The MUW Department of Communication hosted its first-ever student film festival on March 24 in Nissan Auditorium.
The festival showcased works created by students attending The W. Dr. Barry Smith, chair of the department, has been helping to organize the event since 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Where do we stand as a university? Dr. Jim Borsig, president of The W, answers this question and more in the first installment of "From the President's Desk."
Kendra Keesee is a music therapy major with a focus in piano. She has come from Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her major at The W. In her turn in the spotlight, Keesee gave us a look into her piano history and explained why she is so far from home.
Q: How long have you played the piano?
The Young Black Leaders Association and Coretta Social Club hosted a panel discussion with MUW African-American alumni on Feb. 16 in Cochran Hall.
The purpose of “Black Space on a White Campus” is to create an outlet for W alumni to tell their experience as African-Americans on a previously segregated campus. The event organizers hoped the audience would gain a better understanding of what life was like for African-American students in the past.
There really are too many superhero movies and shows that are floating in the air, and “Deadpool” proves they don’t all have to be the same. Especially when you’re an anti-hero.
The raunchy, scarcely R-rated action flick doesn’t fall short by any means in delivering its fair share of quick wit and jabs. Marvel should be full of pride about this film being added to its library. But word to the wise: “Deadpool” is not for children at all.
Dr. Jim Borsig is the current president of Mississippi University for Women. He has been in office since November of 2011. As president, Borsig said he hopes to continue to enrich The W in academics, tradition and stability. Borsig is known for walking about the campus and consciously making himself available in whatever ways he can.
Q: You were named Commissioner of Higher Education for the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning, yet you returned here to continue serving as president. Why did you come back?
Chris Jenkins is the official MUW photographer and video producer with more than 20 years of experience taking photos and producing videos. This month Jenkins will be sharing some of the many moments he has captured across The W campus in an exhibition titled, “Chris Jenkins: Views of The W.” Jenkins shared how he got his start at The W and his advice for future photographers.
Q: What is your role here at the W?
The W’s Student Programming Board sponsored a performance by Eh440, a Canadian-based acapella group, on Feb. 22 in Rent Auditorium.
Eh440 was started in 2012 and made its first album, “Turn Me Up,” in 2014. The group includes lead singer Stacey Kay, Janet Turner, Jake Stern, Joe Oliva and Luke “The Human Record” Stapleton.
The Institute of Higher Learning Board of Trustees amended its policy regarding weapons on campus on Feb. 18 to be in compliance with current state law. Administrators at The W are in the process of updating the campus policy.
There are no changes to the policy regarding lawful carrying of a firearm on the W campus. Students and employees are not authorized to possess pistols, firearms or other weapons on institutional property or at off-campus events, even if they possess a state-enhanced carry permit.
The Office of Student Life is now using OrgSync, an accessible online tool that helps students and organizations stay connected throughout the campus.
OrgSync is an online community that will allow organizations and students to complete and review forms, communicate with other organizations and track their respective involvement activities, such as community service and leadership roles.
A condensed version of this article was featured in the March 2016 print edition of The Spectator. Continue reading for the full statements of each faculty member.