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. 

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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.

Hip-hop line dancing comes to the W

Chris Richardson


Two women have brought hip-hop line dancing to The W —  and they are hoping it is here to stay.

LeAnn Alexander, director of Campus Recreation, and Ashley Hill, Student Success Navigator for the College of Arts and Sciences, hosted the first class at Stark Recreation Center on Nov. 2 from 6-7 p.m. in the Aerobics Room. Alexander shared how the idea of the class was started.

The W walks to lunch

Frederick L. Brown


Passport to Wellness hosted its second annual “Walk to Lunch” on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event began with registration at the front gates of the university. At the gate, the Passport to Wellness ambassadors assisted participants in registering for the event with a sign-in sheet and special stickers. The stickers could then be used to get discounts at nearby businesses.  

BlackList gives back with Be The Match

Liz Bosarge


The BlackList Alumnae Association and BlackList Honorary Social Club held their annual “Rattle Them Bones 5K” for Be The Match Registry on Oct. 17 at the W campus.

It was the first year that the BlackList groups partnered with the Brotherhood of Beta Kappa Tau to host the event. The event proceeds were given to Be The Match, in honor of Eddy Doyle, a BKT founding father who recently died of cancer. 

IJM holds night of prayer for trafficking victims

Megan Withrow


The W’s International Justice Mission joined Wesley Foundation in a night of prayer on Oct. 14 for victims of human and sex trafficking.

This is one of many events that IJM has held on campus, even though it is relatively new to The W. The goal of many of these events is to bring awareness to the hurt and pain that some people have to go through on a daily basis. Human and sex trafficking affects most of America, and more than nine million people across the world are victims.

Student Spotlight: James O'Loughlin

Chris Richardson


At 72 years young, James O’Loughlin has developed quite the resume. After spending decades in the military, O’Loughlin began his studies at The W in 2010. He was awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees in 2011 and 2013, but he decided to continue his education and pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. When he’s not in class, O’Loughlin can often be found in the school’s cafeteria or gym, and when he learned about The Spectator, he sent a request to be interviewed for our Student Spotlight series, so that he could share his story with students all across the campus. 

Q: Where are you originally from? 

Students get active with intramural sports championship

Dylan Scott


The W’s intramural sports department held a flag football championship and tailgate on Oct. 15, giving students the chance to connect in an active environment.

The flag football season had been going on for roughly three weeks before the championship. The campus radio station, WMUW 88.5FM, was aired over a loudspeaker with music for the students. Social clubs sold food at the tailgate party.  

Students give vaccine presentation at Pohl

Chris Richardson


A vaccine presentation was held in Room 206 of Pohl from 9-10 a.m. on Oct. 16.

The purpose of the presentation was to inform students about getting vaccinated and the purpose of certain vaccines. Matthew Reeves, a graduate assistant in health and kinesiology, and Cole Phillips, an undergraduate intern with the public health education department, gave the presentation.

Research project leaves lasting impact on students

Jessica Barnett

Online Editor

This is the second part of a story about integration at the W. The first part chronicled how a small group of students are working with Dr. Erin Kempker, an associate professor of history, to learn more about the six women who originally integrated MUW. The first part was published in The Spectator on Oct. 23, 2015, and can be read here. Additional photos can be found here.

Kempker and Arrington echoed the sentiments, calling it intense and admiring the influx of positive reactions from the audience. All four looked forward to the second run of the production, which is currently scheduled for next spring. Vaughn said that she expected it to be bigger, better and even more powerful.

Student Spotlight: Kelly Idella Benford

Frederick L. Brown


Kelly Idella Benford, a sophomore communication major and theatre minor, is from Greenville, Miss. Benford is a 2014 graduate of Greenville Weston High School. Benford is a very talented dancer and serves as the vice-president of the Audacity Dance Team on campus. Benford is also dealing with a rare skin disorder called "ichythyosis."

Ichthyosis is a family of genetic skin disorders characterized by dry, scaling skin that may be thickened or very thin. Ichthyosis affects people of all ages, races and gender, and there is currently no cure for the disorder. While a cure is being sought, researchers and physicians have been working to develop effective ways to help manage the disorder. For more information, visit

Math teacher by day, martial artist by a little later in the day

Eric Wiggins


A mathematics professor at The W has decided to share her martial arts knowledge with students.

On Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m., students can participate in the aikido club in Pohl gymnasium. Aikido is a Japanese martial art that focuses primarily on redirecting momentum into falls and rolls. Dr. Susan Ficken teaches intermediate algebra, pre-calculus and modern algebra. She has also been practicing aikido since 2006 and encourages everyone to try it at least once.