Music department presents opera, musical theatre workshop

Lauren Trimm

Reporter

The MUW Department of Music presented an opera and musical theater workshop on April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The workshop featured performances by the voice students of Dr. Cherry Dunn and Elizabeth Jones. Performances included excerpts from various musicals, including songs from “The Sound of Music,” “Carousel,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Baker Street” and “Ragtime.” Arias from “Parade ed Elena,” “L’italiana in Algeri” and “Trouble in Tahiti” were also performed.

Students for Life present Celebration of Life summit

Liz Bosarge

Senior Reporter

The MUW Students for Life chapter hosted its first Celebration of Life Summit on April 21 in the Cochran Hall Assembly Room. 

The event featured speakers from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The speakers addressed different aspects of pregnancy, abortion, adoption and the conception of life. Several of the speakers shared their personal stories and explained the laws surrounding abortion in Mississippi. 

W announces Trufant as new director of athletics

Jessica Barnett

Editor

The W announced Jason M. Trufant as the new director of athletics on May 3.

Trufant, currently senior associate director of athletics for administration at Dowling College, will start the position on June 6. A search committee chaired by Dr. Rita Hinton, professor emerita and interim faculty athletic representative, selected him for the position from a list of 10 candidates.

Passport to Wellness, culinary arts share healthy snacks with campus

Trisha Maxey

Campus Reporter

The W’s Passport to Wellness joined the culinary arts team this semester to educate students, faculty and staff on creating healthy snacks. 

On April 25, the ninth session with Passport to Wellness took place, and there were only five empty seats in the classroom. Mary Helen Hawkins, a culinary instructor, shared a buffet of goodies with participants before allowing three of her students to demonstrate the recipes. 

The greatest achievement of my life so far

Jessica Barnett

Editor

In my first editorial of this semester, I talked about adventures and stories. I advised everyone to set out to create their own and to be unafraid to share it. Over the next two months, I encouraged people to vote and to keep their heads up as the semester neared an end.

I wonder if any of you actually managed to do those things. What adventures did you go on this semester? What were they like? Did you share your story with someone new?

W hosts launch party for published professor

Liz Bosarge

Senior Reporter

The W celebrated the publishing of “Barrier Island Suite” by Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg with a launch party and reception at the Puckett House on March 29.

Dunkelberg serves as the director of Creative Writing, the director of the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium and a professor of English at The W. “Barrier Island Suite: Poems Inspired by The Life and Art of Walter Inglis Anderson” is the third book of poetry written by Dunkelberg, who said he was inspired by a reading of Anderson’s bibliography at the Eudora Welty Symposium in 2002. 

Spectator Editor to attend White House College Reporter Day

Columbus, Miss. - Jessica Barnett, editor of MUW’s campus newspaper, The Spectator, will be attending White House College Reporter Day on April 28.

Student reporters from dozens of campuses across the country were selected to participate in the first-ever White House College Reporter Day. Participants are scheduled to attend a news briefing with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in the White House Press Briefing Room, discuss campus-related issues with senior administration officials and meet members of the White House Press Corps. 

Splinter Art Gallery

Vagina Monologues returns to The W campus

Liz Bosarge

Senior Reporter

The MUW Student Life Center and National Organization for Women present “The Vagina Monologues” on April 5-7 in the Cochran ballroom at 7 p.m.

Performers will read and act out over a dozen stories of women from Eve Ensler’s award-winning play about the struggles of women around the world. The play is based on true stories about real women and the issues they face. The goal is to tackle serious issues and actual events in a way that is comedic and makes them easier to discuss.

Students learn what it means to be a director

Lauren Trimm

Reporter

The W’s Theatre Department will present a series of student-directed scenes on April 10, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in Cromwell.

Directors include Karen Thead, Katie Welch, Candice Monteith, Kevin Barkman, Saudai Jackson, Graham Young and Jonathan Best. The scenes are a way to get students involved and count as a final grade for students in William “Peppy” Biddy’s directing class at The W.

Preparing for the storm with WCBI's weather team

Ryan Savage

Reporter

Five.  The clicking of keyboards, telephones ringing and people yelling to each other down a long corridor fill the air.  A low roar emits from fans of different computer towers and boards and travels over a group of people rushing around like ants trying to get to different places in the small room full of TV screens and processors.  A man yells down the corridor from the lobby about whether or not certain papers were missing.  No one in the room answers. They are on a mission.

Four.  Papers rustle in hands as people shuffle around and finally get situated in their squeaky rolling chairs. The heavy sound of someone’s boots rushes down the corridor leading to the small room. A woman looks up from her papers, peers down the hallway and then gets up and closes the door. She makes her way back to her chair and puts on a headset. By this point, everyone in the room has on their headsets.

Spectator Sound-Off: What inspired you to become an educator?

Trisha Boone

Campus Reporter

Homecoming is an important weekend and a great time to focus on the many alumni who have spent time on our campus. However, there would be no alumni without educators, which is why we set out to ask professors what motivated them to choose this profession.

Q: What inspired you to become an educator?

We're almost there, so don't give up now

Jessica Barnett

Editor

With everything going on these days, it can be really tempting to toss in the towel. Maybe you got a little too lazy on Spring Break and you can’t get back in the swing of things now that school has returned. Maybe the assignments and deadlines piled up, and there’s so much on your plate that you just want to crawl away and hide from it all.

Whatever your reasoning is behind procrastination and avoidance, trust that you are not alone. Students all over campus are feeling the end-of-semester drag. Summer is just a few weeks away, and as much as we’re dreading each day that brings us closer to another deadline or exam, we are eager to get through each day that brings us closer to summer.

What the new religious liberty bill could mean for Mississippi

Jessica Barnett

Editor

Mississippi’s Senate passed House Bill 1523, also known as the religious liberty bill, by a vote of 31-17 on March 30.

The bill, formally named the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” allows a person who chooses to allow or deny individuals certain goods and services based on “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions” to be free from government action or discrimination. H.B. 1523 prevents the state government from taking action against a person or organization for any decisions regarding the following: employment of an individual who expresses different beliefs or convictions; rental, sale or occupancy of a building under the person’s control; services, facilities, recognition and accommodations regarding marriage or the performance of a marriage; providing treatments, counseling or surgeries related to gender identity or reassignment; and access to bathrooms, spas, locker rooms and other sex-specific areas. 

Dance the night away with the Nightclub Two-Step

Liz Bosarge

Senior Reporter

Stephen and Frieda Burt will be teaching a five-week dance class to couples at the Stark Recreation Center.

The class will meet every Tuesday for five weeks starting on March 29 with a focus on the nightclub two-step. The class is for couples only. Students, staff and faculty are eligible to take the class for $80, while others will be charged $120.  A $10 discount is offered for two couples who register at the same time.