Humanities electives offered in the spring


Deborah Wilbourn, English instructor, teaches Survery of African American Literature in the spring.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

The Harlem Renaissance resonates smooth jazz as epic poetry, while  slaves tell the story of how they overcame their struggle. Survey of African American Literature is a class that comprises all of these elements and more.

Offered in the spring, students will be able to engage into the untold stories of poets, writers and music that have been overlooked in African American history. The instructor for this class is Deborah Wilbourn, English instructor. Wilbourn states the class will cover a variety of subjects such as the Civil War and Harlem Renaissance.

“I want my students to see the common thread in African American culture that follows through the literature and history of America,” Wilbourn said.

Traditionally, this class has a low enrollment rate, but it is offered as a humanities credit. Wilbourn states that students can learn from this class and for it to be untold would be a waste.

“There are so many people unaware of the effects of African Americans on our culture in literature and poetry,” Wilbourn said. “Everyone regardless of race will benefit from this.”

For students who do not care much for reading, the Film as Literature class will offer students a chance to watch movies for homework. While it may seem like a cake walk, this class will focus on the social messages of films and show their effects on society.

Offered in the spring semester, Film as Literature will be taught by Dale Davis. Films shown in class will vary from classics, westerns, science fiction and horror.

“The class is a way to learn about films and understand their artistic value as well as their historical and cultural significance,” Davis said.

After watching a movie, the class will discuss how techniques such as camera angles, lighting, color, and music add to the film’s message. The class will also study why genre films are more than entertainment and some of the social issues they address.

“We can watch films every day for the entertainment they bring, but those same films can speak to us in important ways about our own hopes and fears in the time we live in,” Davis said.

For students interested in these classes, speak to your adviser about adding them to your schedule. Both classes are humanities electives that will count for three credit hours each.

Rangers headed to HOT bowl



Staff Report

Northwest has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, marking the school’s 11th all-time bowl appearance and third in the last five years.

Northwest (9-2) will face Trinity Valley (10-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bulldawg Stadium. The game will be streamed live on and the WatchESPN app.

“We’re so excited to get the opportunity to play in a bowl game against a great opponent in TVCC,” head coach Benjy Parker said. “It should be a great matchup. We want to thank our administration and everyone else involved in this decision. It’s an honor to represent the MACJC in this prestigious bowl.”

The C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl features two major bowl games each year, matching two top junior colleges from the NJCAA in the first game, then pits schools from NCAA Division II in the second game.

Northwest is ranked fifth in the final NJCAA regular season poll, a 24th consecutive week in the top 10. The defending national champions have four wins over nationally-ranked teams this season and are 10-3 the last two seasons against ranked opponents.

TVCC, the 2016 SWJCFC champions and nation’s fourth-ranked team, will be making its 21st all-time bowl appearance and fourth in five years. They are 3-0 in the HOT Bowl.

More information about the Heart of Texas Bowl can be found at