Ranger Bookstore is a one-stop-shop

By David Campbell

Every student at Northwest has gone to the Ranger Bookstore at some point, but what some people may not know is that there is a lot more to the bookstore than just textbooks. At the bookstore, they sell a  variety of items at affordable prices. From snacks and school supplies to clothing and bluetooth speakers,  if there is an item that a student may need, the bookstore will most likely have it. It is basically a mini campus Walmart.

In addition to selling all of the textbooks needed for Northwest courses, they also buy your books back at the end of the semester.  Students don’t even need the receipt. All they have to do is take their textbooks to the bookstore. If the books are on the buyback list and in good condition, the bookstore clerk will ring them up and print you out a check right there, no need to go to the Business Office across campus.

Moving back to the other items offered at the bookstore, early every semester they hold a sale with discounts on a large number of items. This sale is to help students use up their remaining Pell Grant funds before they expire. Discounts are usually half off or more, and include most of the high dollar clothing items sold there.

Clubs continue service projects in spring semester

By Allen Brewer

This month, there have been several clubs that are sponsoring service projects to spread love throughout the Community. Clubs in Senatobia that were active this month include Phi Theta Kappa and the Northwest Education Association

From March-April, NWEA  gathered travel sized items to donate to St. Jude’s Tri Delta Place. Items included razors, deodorant, combs, etc.

“It was an honor to partner with St. Jude to help these families in need,” Kendall Newton, president of NWEA  and a sophomore studying special education from Hernando, said.

St. Jude’s Tri Delta Place, like the Ronald McDonald House, is a home for parents while they wait for their children to receive treatment at St. Jude. Though the Tri Delta Place is only for families staying for shorter periods, there is still a need for travel sized items.

“I love the mission of St. Jude Hospital,” Kendall Kimberlin, vice president of NWEA and a freshman studying elementary education from Olive Branch, said. “The way they take care of very sick children without putting a financial burden on the family is remarkable!  They go above and beyond that and care for the needs of the family because they know the family is focused completely on their child.”

Donation boxes were located in the R. C. Pugh Library and in the Calhoun Building. After the deadline on April 4, the items were boxed up and sent to St. Jude.

“We are pleased with the response that we have received from both faculty and students,” Teri Hawkins, club adviser, said. “We have collected about four boxes of items to date.”

PTK is also sponsoring a service project to thank campus police for all that they do.

“I am excited to just give back to the officers who do so much for us,” Leah Thompson, president of PTK, said. “I think most people forget on thanking the people who protect us every single day. With this service project, I am excited to let them know that they are appreciated.”

The club is gathering items for goodie bags to give to officers to show their appreciation. Items were gathered and delivered on April 27.

“I think it it awesome to give back to the people that make us feel safe on campus,” Katie Stone, vice president of PTK, said. “We are gathering hand sanitizer, gum, mints; just handy things to have and keep.”

This will be PTK’s last service project of the semester. PTK also hosted an induction ceremony on April 24 for new members joining this spring.

Catching up with former Ranger Rocket editor Sam Whittle

By Shay Humphrey
     Samantha Whittle, a junior at Ole Miss from Strayhorn, decides to change her major after writing for the Daily Mississippian. 
     During her time at Northwest, Whittle was a reporter her freshman year and editor of the Ranger Rocket her sophomore year. She received numerous honors such as Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, Outstanding Student and Northwest Hall of Fame. 
      When Whittle went to Ole Miss, she got an opportunity to work for the Daily Mississippian. 
     “I loved being able to write more there,” Whittle said. “It was exactly how it would be if I was employed there. We had meetings on Sundays discussing story ideas. Later, we could stay for the big meeting where the writers, editors and photographers got together to discuss what was being published that week.” 
     After her experience with the Daily Mississippian, she decided to change her major. Whittle is now majoring in elementary education with a concentration in English and Social Studies. 
     “I love writing, but I decided that I wanted a job that is a little less high maintenance for whenever I decide to get married and start a family.” 
     Even though she changed her major, Whittle still plans to work for a newspaper in the future. 
     “Mrs. Huebner really helped me with writing for a paper and getting information to the public,” Whittle said. 
     While she is continuing her journey at Ole Miss, she wants to give advice to aspiring journalists. She wants them to know to always meet deadlines, have fun with your craft, and learn AP style. 
     Whittle’s journey does not end with a change in major.  

Cosmetology program offers services to students, community members

By Shay Humphrey

The cosmetology program at Northwest offers more than just hairstyles and nails.

Also known as the Ranger Salon, students have a choice to enter a field in cosmetology teacher training, cosmetologist or nail tech. Although admission is extremely competitive, students can gain knowledge to enter their field of choice. Admission to Northwest does not guarantee admission into the cosmetology program.  Out of 165 applicants, only 40 students can be accepted for the term. The number of applicants rises every year.

“The cosmetology program is a growing field at Northwest,” Danita Denson, cosmetology instructor, said. “A student has to be extremely dedicated when entering into the cosmetology program. The program teaches our students how to be professional characters, obtain skills to perform services, become team players, as well as getting students ready for the salon.”

The program tuition is around $1,400. First time students must obtain an instructional kit which costs around $900.

The cosmetology program prepares individuals to care for hair, nails and skin with emphasis on hygiene, sanitation, customer relations and salon management. Instructors teach the students to develop student’s practical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional attitudes for success.

“Once a student gets their cosmetology license, they can do just about anything as in teaching or becoming a nail tech as well,” Corine Newsom, cosmetology instructor, said.

Students who are considering teaching cosmetology need 750 clock hours to get a teaching license, which is about three semesters. Upon completion of the training, students are qualified for the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology Instructor Examination. Students who wish to enter the Cosmetology Instructor Trainee program must hold a current Mississippi license to practice in the field of cosmetology. They must be at least 20 years of age. They must have completed one Mississippi Board of Cosmetology “methods of teaching” seminar and have completed 12 semester hours in college courses approved by the Mississippi Cosmetology Board.

Students who are interested in the nail tech program must complete 350 clock hours. The nail tech program prepares individuals to care for nails with emphasis on hygiene, sanitation, customer relations and salon management. Completion of this course qualifies students for the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology Manicure Nail Technician examination.

“Our requirements are based upon the state,” Denson said. “Once the state changes, we have to adjust to those changes.”

Although the Ranger Salon helps instruct students, they offer services to the public and other Northwest students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Prices ranges from $2 through $40, depending on the type of service that an individual would like.  Northwest students can get discount prices such as half off or less than half the regular price.

“Our main mission is to make sure students get the information that they need to be professionals and that plays a huge role,” Newson said. “The only thing is, that when you come up short of your semester hours, there is no way of making them up.”

Students in this field are taught how to be successful whether they are independent owners or working under an employer.

Fake news on the Senatobia campus

By Allen Brewer
We are sorry to inform that Easter break has been canceled and classes will continue as scheduled—April Fools! This year, in honor of all the fake news that has been circulating during the election months, the staff of the “Ranger Rocket” wanted to write our own fake news articles for the month of April. Call it a late April Fools joke. This collection of stories is meant as a joke and should not be taken seriously. 
Tiger on the loose at Marshall Hall
On April 20, a tiger cub was spotted on the Northwest grounds around the trees of Marshall Hall. While reports say this tiger is only three feet tall, students have been asked to stay calm and not to make any wild animal noises. If a student must make an animal noise, officials have said to do it very quietly as not to attract the tiger’s interest. 
The tiny tiger was reportedly seen by a clump of trees by Marshall Hall’s head office. If students see the tiger, they have been warned not to make any sudden movements or to look like food. Officials hope to relocate the tiger to Benten Hall once it has been captured. 

Northwest loses one, wins one heading into spring break

By Allen Brewer

Northwest, Mississippi Delta and Coahoma met at Jim Miles Field to play a triple feature before school closed for spring break on March 10. While the day opened with Mississippi Delta and Coahoma at 11:30, things got heated when Northwest clashed with Delta.

The Rangers faced off against the Mississippi Delta Trojans during the second game and lost 14-4.

Freshman catcher/outfielder Hunter White, helped get the Rangers going by scoring off a throwing error, but the Trojans kicked it into overdrive with 10 runs in the second inning.

During the third inning, sophomore outfielder Aaron Campbell and sophomore infielder David Herrington were able to pick up two runs.

During the fifth and sixth innings, the Trojans were able to score four runs, putting the total at 14. Although the loss was inevitable, Herrington managed to get one last run in during the bottom of the seventh, totaling four runs.

It was the Rangers’ third loss in a row, but the day was not over.

During the third game of the day, the Rangers beat the Coahoma Tigers, 10-0.

Herrington scored the first run of the game in the first inning. Freshman infielder Dakota Dailey scored the next run during the second inning.

The Rangers exploded on the field in the third inning with three runs earned by Hunter on a balk, Campbell and freshman Bailey Nix added two.

During the fourth inning, Herrington made a home run for the second time. White also scored an unearned run on a passed ball.

Things were silent during the fifth inning, but the Rangers were able to wrap up the game early during the sixth inning with help from Herrington and freshman Will Brook.  The Rangers held on winning 10-0 putting their record at 12-6.


Groundskeepers have big plans for spring


March showers bring April flowers. Northwest groundskeepers are sprucing up campus for the spring season.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

Spring 2017 is just around the corner, and Northwest groundskeepers are cooking up big plans for the Senatobia campus.

With construction of the new Football Field House and Health Sciences building being completed, campus groundskeepers are planing to start work on replanting the landscape. Groundskeepers are also planning to add new visual appeal around the sports complexes.

“The idea of ‘Landscape Maintenance Sustainability’ is a priory here on campus,” Len Lawhon, head of groundskeeping, said. “Choosing plants that are both beautiful, naturally disease and insect resistant, require only a little pruning or irrigation and are tolerant of our weather extremes are all very important requirements to make it to our approved planting lists.”

Groundskeeping is planing to plant over 100 blooming trees on the streets around the sports complexes. New types of flowering cherry trees, a tulip magnolia tree from New Zealand, hybrid redbuds and many shade trees will also be incorporated in the block.

“It is great fun to watch bloom buds swell and explode into color overnight,” Lawhon said. “I can drive through campus and see into the future of our campus with great excitement. In five years, spring on the Senatobia campus will be a community event!”

While spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, many flowering trees and bushes have already started to bloom around campus. These plants not only provide beauty to the surrounding landscape but also help to lift the sprites of students and staff.

“A well-maintained campus shows pride and attention to detail,” Lawhon said. “Both students, their parents and the entire campus staff feel good when their surroundings look good.”