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What's with all the #@%$&%# cussing?

Patrick Wiggins

Feature Editor

“I’m pretty much f*****.”

And so begins the New York Times best selling book “The Martian.”

And the college student when she realized it was close to impossible to bring her grade up to passing.

As well as the other college student who suddenly found himself pulled over by a police officer and was driving without a license.

And a citizen of Laketown when she saw Smaug the dragon flying towards them in The Hobbit.

And countless others all across this country, both in real life and the fake one.

TVA gives MUW $150,000 for energy savings

Liz Bosarge


The Tennessee Valley Authority congratulated The W with a check for $150,000 on Nov. 12 for completion of its energy project in the Harvey Cromwell Communications Center.

The project started about three years ago when The W entered an energy-savings project with TVA and Columbus Light and Water. TVA agreed to partially fund renovations to reduce energy usage in the building.

Newest way to appreciate TV: Binge watching

Marlana Dolan


Before 1999, after a long day’s work families would scurry to the living room, snuggle up on the couch and watch their favorite movie or TV show. Although it appears not much has changed, the invention of TiVo was just the start of a new and improved way to watch television. Once the word got out that movies and TV shows could be recorded with a push of a button, a revolution began. People started recording all kinds of shows like “The Wire,” “Six Feet Under,” “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos.” 

The added bonus of forwarding through commercials started an epidemic, with everyone wanting content on demand. Although this seemed to be enough to make everyone very happy, Netflix then raised the bar. In 2007, with Netflix already having more than four million members, it introduced streaming. Now Netflix has roughly 50 million members globally. There’s a whole new generation who now binge-watch movies and TV shows and call it Netflixing. It is a trend that has taken over, and it is here to stay. 

World Changers provides opportunities to help others

Joanna Frye

Religion Editor

Some MUW students are using their faith to not only change their own lives, but the lives of those who live in other parts of the world.

World Changers is one of the organizations providing these types of opportunities. World Changes is a Christian organization that aims to encourage the younger generation to be lights in their cities and in the world.

Academic titles and tenure: what does it all mean?

Liz Bosarge


It is safe to say that most students do not give much thought to the title of the people who teach their classes.  

At The W, there are instructors, adjunct professors, assistant professors, associate professors, professors and even emeritus professors.  Each title represents a promotion level in the faculty ranking system.  There are also administrative titles that further identify faculty, such as dean, coordinator or director.  

Nepali students celebrate, explain Festival of Lights

Joanna Frye

Religion Editor

November is a month that most Americans associate with turkey and Thanksgiving. But for many Nepali students on The W’s campus, it is a month more associated with the stars.

The W has a large community of Nepali students, most of whom are Hindu. During the month of November, Hindus celebrate a five-day festival called Tihar, or Festival of Lights. It was celebrated from Nov. 9-13 of this year. The time when the festival is celebrated each year depends on the positioning of stars. 

Put down the cell phone and nobody gets hurt

Asia Duren


In recent years, the everyday use of cell phones has skyrocketed, and I am not alone in believing that they are ruining our relationships.

I cannot count the times I have been with a group of friends sitting in pure silence. We were not silent because we were sad, tired or angry, but because we were all on our cell phones. When a conversation does start, it spurs from a post someone saw on Facebook or a picture someone posted on Instagram. That is absolutely insane. If a room full of educated college students cannot carry on a conversation without getting ideas from social media, then where is our society headed?

Wassail at the W returns for third consecutive year

Jessica Barnett

Online Editor

The W will be participating in Wassail Fest for a third year on Dec. 4 in Pohl Gymnasium.

The festival celebrates wassail, a spiced cider that is usually served around the holidays. Angela Ferraez, director of major gifts and special events at The W, remembered Wassail Fest being celebrated at her dad’s store when she was younger and wanted to help create those memories for those at The W now.

Spectator Sound-Off: What are you thankful for?

Megan Withrow


Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. At this time of the year, it’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted. Students were asked to comment on what they are thankful for in this season of life.

Q: What are you thankful for?

SGA hosts forum on state flag

Dylan Scott


The Student Government Association hosted a public forum on Nov. 16 to discuss the state flag on campus.

The event was held at Pope Banquet Hall and included guest speaker Rufus Ward, a Columbus native and local historian.  Ward gave a history lesson on the background of the state flag, including the various versions of the Mississippi flag and how they came to be.  After he spoke, those attending were encouraged to discuss the topic with others at their tables. People then got the chance to share their opinion or thoughts about the flag in front of everyone at the forum. 

How-to: Interview Etiquette

Megan Withrow


Going to an interview can be extremely scary and overwhelming. Most of us have tons of questions about how we should dress, when we should arrive and how to act. Here are some tips and tricks from Towanda Williams, career specialist at The W, that will help people breathe more easily throughout the interviewing process. 

What should one wear to an interview?

Mission Improvable provides on the spot laughter for The W

Ryan Savage


The Student Programming Board hosted an event on Nov. 10 in Nissan Auditorium featuring a traveling improvisation group known as Mission Improvable.

Mission Improvable stars actors who pretend to be secret agents who travel around to bring laughter out of random “missions.” The agents play games and create scenarios on the spot out of the suggestions made by the audience. The group would first call out which game was going to be played and then take suggestions from the audience that contained random and wacky answers throughout the night: including scuba diving in mashed potatoes with an air tank filled with cheese flavored mustard.