Keeping you current in Columbus: Sept 21-Sept. 27

Sayonara Jones


Here’s what’s happening around town for the week of September 21-27.

Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Campus Recreation is inviting the community to exercise and party for a good cause.

The annual Charity Fitness Party for HEARTS (Helping Every Age Reach and Teach Students) After-School Tutoring Program will be held on campus Monday, Sept. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Pohl Gymnasium. Classes that will be offered include Zumba, Pound, Tabata and kickboxing.

“I hope the entire MUW community comes out to support or participate in the party by volunteering or making a donation,” said Marion McEwen, campus recreation wellness coordinator at the W.

Tickets for the Charity Fitness Party are $5. Instructors from the YMCA, Lowndes County Recreation Authority, Fitness Facto,r and The W will lead the classes. 

For more information about the fitness party or to make a donation, call McEwen at (662) 241-7494 or email

Also the Student Government Association at Mississippi University for Women is hosting a program titled Hands Up, See Me Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Claudia A. Limbert Assembly Room in Cochran Hall.

The program is inspired by Mike Brown and the incident in Ferguson, Mo. The program will consist of facilitated discussion that will promote communication among students.

Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions to a group of panellists. The panel will consist of Sirena Cantrell, dean of students and director of housing and residence life; Kimone Holtzman, coordinator of student engagement; Bre'Ana Marshall, senior education major; Antonio Small, senior communication major, and the campus police.

“Understanding will help eliminate fears, broaden perspectives and enable individuals to see the next person for who they are, rather than stereotyping and/or profiling them because of factors that make them different,” said Sade Meeks, president of SGA .

For more information on the event contact call (662) 329-7420.

Also this week is the Possum Town Tale Storytelling Festival being held at the Columbus Arts Council from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27.

There will be workshops Tuesday through Thursday starting at 7 p.m., and on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. there will be dramatic presentations, according to Beverly Norris, projects manager at the Arts Council.

“The shows are so interesting and unique that they are hard to describe. You have to come out and experience the exciting, dramatic interpretations of the professional storytellers,” said Norris.

For more information call 662-328-2787 or visit the website at