Lifestyles

W shapes up to shop with 2017 Spring Fitness Challenge

Lauren Shuman

Online Editor

The 2017 Spring Fitness Challenge is already underway, with 244 W students and faculty members competing to be the “biggest loser” this semester.

For five years now, Campus Recreation and Passport to Wellness have sponsored and organized this weight-loss competition. Yet LeAnn Alexander, director of Campus Recreation, says there’s more to it than just dropping a few pounds.

From orange and black to red and green...with no in-between?

Trisha Maxey

Photographer

The aisles are decked with red and green. The bells of the Salvation Army ring out into the parking lot. Santa waves from his post next to the tinsel reindeer in the neighbor’s yard. The holiday season is clearly upon us.

But did we somehow skip from Halloween straight to Christmas? What about the holidays in between?

Ask Asia: How should I handle holidays with my family?

Ask Asia: How should I handle holidays with my family?

Asia Duren

Advice Columnist

Q: I was finally able to be myself this semester, but my family doesn’t know about it and would probably disown me if they found out. I can’t just skip the holidays, but how am I supposed to sit across from the table and pretend it’s okay for them to make such horrible comments about people like me? –Trapped

Dia de los Muertos comes to The W

Tara Baucom

Reporter

The W’s Art & Design building hosted an exhibit for Dia de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead.” 

The exhibit is a collection of personal pieces put together by Beverly Joyce, Erinn Holloway and Jo Shumake. It is the second year this exhibit has been set up in the Art & Design building. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of ancestors who have died. The holiday is marked thoughout Latin America, but is predominantly celebrated in Mexico. 

W celebrates Women's Health Awareness Week

Lauren Trimm

Reporter

MUW’s Department of Health and Kinesiology hosted three events Oct.4-6 to commemorate Women’s Health Awareness Week and encourage women to live healthier lives.

The events focused on sexual health, heart health and metabolism. Speakers for the events included Dr. Kathrynmay Malone, Dr. Caroline Payne-Purvis, Dr. Hector Dox and Melissa Parsons.

Ask Asia: How do I get the most out of this semester?

Ask Asia: How do I get the most out of this semester?

Asia Duren

Reporter

Q: It’s only a month into the semester, but I’m pretty sure I’m failing one of my classes. What do I do? – Worried
A: There are so many things you can do! First, are you actually paying attention in class? Are you completing homework on time? Have you committed enough time to studying? If you said no to any or all of those questions, you should be trying harder in the class. If the answer to those questions is yes and you are still struggling, talk to your professor. He or she can give you some guidance. If you need the class to graduate, then try and stick it out. Go to the Student Success Center on the first floor of Reneau Hall and get a tutor. If you do not need the class to graduate, talk to your professor about getting a WP and dropping the class without it counting as a failing grade. You have options. I promise this is not the end of the world. 

Heavy hearts, clear minds: the story of international students

Editor's Note: This is part two of a story that was printed in The Spectator on Sept. 23, 2016. Part one of the story can be found here.

Anush Aryal

Reporter

He didn’t speak to his roommate for three days. Now, he understands that his roommate was going through the same experience and they could have made things better had they hugged and consoled each other. 

Heavy hearts, clear minds: the story of international students

Anush Aryal

Reporter

Amun Kharel could be considered just another average guy from Kathmandu. Kharel played various sports on the weekend, supported FC Barcelona and lived all his life with his family. It was an easy-going life until he got the itch for more. He found himself yearning for higher education in the field of management information systems, but more than that, he wanted the education in an international setting. He soon found himself considering life as an expatriate in the United States.

There can be a separate column for how ugly or beautiful the process from thought to action is, but the fact remains that Kharel eventually decided to move his life across the Atlantic. On Aug. 4, he joined a record-breaking group of international students, the largest group ever to enroll at Mississippi University for Women. Each student had his or her own dream of life in America, but also the sinking realization that home was now thousands of miles away. They were now segregated from the lives they had lived so comfortably. 

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.