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Wednesday
Apr102013

Considerations for registration

Casondra Barlow

Reporter

Registration has officially opened for students to pre-register for summer and fall. This can be a very exciting time for students. Freshmen especially are usually anxious to begin college, wondering what “college life” is all about. The birds are chirping even louder than normal, and the sun seems to be shining a little brighter.

Students have somewhat settled in by the time they reach sophomore and junior years. Their familiarity with college and campus has silenced some of the birds, and the sun may not be as bright. By their senior year, the students are ecstatic. They are focused on their futures and ready to begin their last year at MUW.

Registration is an important time. Choosing the right classes at the appropriate time is imperative to having a successful learning experience. One way to ensure that you are on track is by speaking to an advisor. Each student is assigned an advisor for his or her chosen field of study.

Your advisor should be someone that you have a good relationship with, and someone you can trust to guide you in the right direction. Advisors can answer questions and deal with concerns that you may have about your future.

Advisors are able to let students know ahead of time what year would be best for taking certain classes. For instance, sometimes classes are only offered once a year. If a student fails to take the class the semester it is offered, the student may have to wait until the following year. Waiting will put that student behind, especially if that particular class is a pre-requisite.

Students who have jobs and families to raise may find it challenging to fit certain classes into their schedule. Commuters may not be able to travel to campus. In these situations, taking an on-line class may be the best route.

Due to how classes are offered, one class may be face-to-face one semester and online the next semester. The option to choose face-to-face vs. online may not exist. The student has to take what is available at that time.

The option didn't exist for me last semester. I found that my traditional way of learning was being threatened by online classes.

I was reluctant, but I had no choice. I signed up for my first online class. I felt overwhelmed from the start. I missed the face-to-face encounter. “Where was my visual aid,” I thought to myself! I am an artist; I need to see what's going on! It was too late to retract my decision.

As time passed, I realized that this online class was not that bad. The instructor provided a visual aid and a podcast which gave explanation and detailed instructions. The instructor was also willing to offer face-to-face assistance if I needed it. I felt much better about the class. However, I still had to play a major part in this being a successful experience. I had to stay motivated and keep up with assignments, quizzes and tests.

Since this experience, I have changed my perspective about online classes. They can be quite convenient. However, I am still an old-fashioned girl and a face-to-face instruction will always be my first choice.

Registration Dates for 2013

Pre-registration for summer and fall began March 20. Registration for First Term and Full Term summer school begins May 28. Registration for Second Term summer school begins July 1. Fall registration will begin Aug. 18.

Wednesday
Apr102013

Go Big Blue!

Zac Carlisle

Reporter

I’m a big sports fan. I like football and baseball.  To be honest, I prefer college sports more than professional athletics. Growing up in the South, I would believe that most people prefer collegiate sports more than anything. I’ve even heard one person criticize another because he didn’t like sports.

“How can you not like sports?” the person said, “You’re from the South.”

For those who do like college sports, it is basically drilled into our heads from birth.  In Mississippi, you’re one of three things: a Bulldog, a Rebel or an Eagle, most commonly known as the “Big 3.”  For those wondering, I’m a Bulldog.

In the near future, there may be one more mascot added to the conversation.  Mississippi University for Women is thinking about possibly bring athletics back to the school.

When I was first thinking about going to college, athletics was a big draw for me. I didn’t play sports in high school, so I knew that I was not going to be on a college team. The high school that I went to wasn’t greatly known for its sports. From the time I was in seventh grade to the time I graduated, the varsity football team may have won five games total.

I wanted to go to a school that had great athletics. I first went to Itawamba Community College, who was pretty good at all sports. For a little bit of irony, I didn’t even go to a single athletic event while I was there. Next, I wanted to go to Mississippi State University. Since I have been a fan since birth, it was only a matter of time before I went.

That didn’t work out, so I then decided to go to MUW. I knew it had intramural sports, but no official athletics. This was alright by me. I was only concerned with my studies.

Now that the school is thinking about bring them back, I am kind of excited. By the time the school does bring them back, I will be long gone, but it is something to possibly be proud of.

Bringing athletics back can be a good thing and a bad thing.

First, athletics would raise awareness for the university. Since the teams would be traveling across the state and the South, more people would become familiar with the school and what it has to offer.

Another thing that could help the school by bringing back sports is that it might raise male enrollment. I guarantee that more men would enroll if the school had athletics. Even if it was by a small percentage, it would still be a win for the school.

Some questions are: What sports would be brought back? Would there only be women athletics? Would there also be male athletics?

I probably would agree that the first sport to be brought back would be women’s basketball. Since there are more women students, it is only be just that there would be more women sports. Some other sports that I can think of off the top of my head would be tennis and soccer. All three sports could be both male and female.

Like I said before, there are some cons to bringing sports back.

One of them is that it would take some time before the teams would be relevant. It may take 10 years before MUW is seen as equal to other universities in sports.

Another concern is what conference or association would the school be put in? I wouldn’t put them in any major associations. Since MUW is so small, I wouldn’t know where to begin on how to categorize them.

Whether it be positive or negative, I believe that bring sports back to MUW would help the school in many different ways.

Like I said before, I will probably be long and gone when they do bring them back, but I will still be proud of my school. All I can say is “Go Big Blue.”

Thursday
Mar282013

March Radness: You can dance if you want to

Will Stennett

Lifestyles Editor

There’s a gigantic Michael Jordan slam dunking a disco ball behind the DJ stand. The DJ stand looks like a basketball goal and the scoreboard announces the beats per minute. My best friend is DJing his gypsy step metal electronic set ,and I’m pretty sure this is the loudest party at the Princess. Maybe it has something to do with the 8 tuba sub woofers. March Radness, the Halloween in spring, was Saturday, March 23, at the Princess Theatre.

Metal has always been an integral part of my DNA. It is loud and obnoxious, sometimes ambient, sometimes fun, but always angry. It was something to drink beer to. Although, seeing a metal show, I hardly moved at all. Not that the audience followed my suit. It was 2008, five years before March Radness, and I was at what I dubbed the Metal House on Greensboro, in Starkville. The only reason it was called the Metal House, was that the housemates often collaborated into a metal band at their parties.

Halloween 2008, at the Metal House, my friend told me to ditch this party and walk with them to the house down the street. He told me that the Hooded Deer was having a party. I had no idea what a hooded deer was. The Hooded Deer is and was Will Bryant. And the Hooded Deer dance parties look a lot different today than they did that Halloween night in 2008. It was a simple party, with tin foil monsters decorating the house. The DJ was an iPod. And the legendary sound man, Will Howard, was nowhere in sight. This is a lot different than a metal show, I remember thinking; I am actually moving. And this time, everyone followed suit.

Even though I enjoyed those house parties, the Hooded Deer parties, and consequently every Halloween dance party at the Princess, has gotten a lot bigger and a lot louder.

Howard is the production manager and backbone to the dance parties. He tells me his story into DJing.

“I was DJing at the princess a lot in the ‘90s. Then, there was a negative connotation surrounding electronic music. You know, drugs. So I stopped DJing around ‘94 and picked it back up around... 2002?”

Mostly, as an audience member, I’ve come to realize that the themes surrounding the dance parties surround some form of exercise. Like Sweatageddon, or this year’s March Radness, which is much like march madness.

Trey Burke, who has been DJing these parties for the past five years, and is now “the coach” to novice Princess Theatre DJs explains.

“Well, I mean, no matter what there’s gonna be that druggy element or boozy element there. But what we try to do is bring a positive vibe. A healthy vibe. Like, one year our theme was the Haunted Nintendo. We had a giant monster Nintendo console for our backdrop. I mean, instantly it takes you back to a place as a kid in front of your Nintendo. Just having fun, trying to go to a different place. We try to counteract those negative connotations.”

“Yea, we go all out on our decor every year. That’s one of the things that set us apart,” Howard tells me.

Blaine Garrard, also a DJ from the last five years, and the one DJing the gypsy-step metal electronic set, is the creative director for the crew. As a self-proclaimed metal-head, I’ve always enjoyed his set the most.

“I generally start with what I call gypsy-step,” Garrard says, “I use a lot of horns, and it becomes darker and darker as it progresses. Then I launch into more metal. It gets a whole lot darker then. This year, at March Radness, I got the closest to dubstep that I’ll ever get with ‘Jawbox.’” We both smile in our dismay for dubstep.

March Radness was PJ Ladner’s — Cheatsheet — second time DJing. Though he has the coach, he admits to it being intimidating.

“It’s not only a large audience that’s scary; it’s the responsibility that I have to have to be able to read their reactions to the music. If I play a song that is too soft when the crowd is ready to dance or jump around it reflects poorly on me, but the same is true if I were to play a song that is too up tempo when the crowd has been dancing for three hours,” Ladner tells me.

Ladner played a well-done set and added, “I heard someone yell ‘yea, Cheatsheet!’ and that was reinforcement to get over my nerves.”

The dance party has been a community conglomeration over the past five years and has brought something new and interesting to Columbus, Miss.

“Blaine and Trey and Phillip were there to experience the hooded deer shows,” Ladner tells me, “I feel like it’s a tradition.”

At the end, Howard tells me, “You know, we always like to bring young people in. You’re the kind of people that we like to have.”

Wednesday
Mar272013

The art of being broke

Will Stennett

Lifestyles Editor

I am broke. This might be one of the biggest clichés spoken by a college student. It is the bud to all other clichés, like “I bought ramen noodles,” “I am in debt for alotta money,” “I’m eating this nonsensical combination of food i.e. jelly and tuna,” or “I’m writing an article for my college newspaper on college kids being broke.”

But no, I am broke. Not seriously broke, though. I’m not going to be a jerk and say, “I am so broke, I have no one to fend for but myself, wahh, wahh”. I don’t have kids, I’m not paying any medical bills (no financial bills at all, actually) and I’m not even paying rent. In fact, you could say that I’m living comfortably.  

There is an art to being broke. One that I have accumulated over the years of being a lazy, sometimes sort of homeless, sometimes sort of funny, but most often dumb bum.

A very short comprehensive list of the art of being mostly broke, and sort of a bum would look something like:

  1. Accept your brokenness. Make it where people would like your brokenness (aka not annoying)
  2. Be good to your friends. This means be a friend and not a jerk. You’re going to look gross and probably start developing a weird ego.
  3. Don’t complain. Accept whatever food you can, and most importantly, always except free beer.
  4. Walk everywhere. Everything is so much more awesome when you walk around. Whether it is down the block or 10 miles.

Jackie Norton is a MUW senior business student. More importantly, she is a commuter. Needless to say, she knows about making that money stretch.

“I’ve been commuting from Louisville for about a year now, so yeah, ha ha, I know about being broke,” Norton says.

“I’m ready to graduate and make that high-paying dollar, ha ha.”

Her secret to success of managing to get by are her friends and family.

“Friends and family help a lot. They help me get by on gas and maybe some food. The meal plan helps out a lot,” she says.

Braxton Maclean is a MUW communication and history major who lives on campus. Though he doesn’t share the same problems as Norton, he still has his own regimen of getting by.

“Use your flex dollars,” he tells me, “I mean Subway and the cafeteria are pretty much free if you are within that $150. Just don’t spend money on stupid stuff. Don’t smoke. Basically cut down on your vices.”

“Basically, it’s to make ends meet and go to shows, ha ha. I mean if you’re going to a show, carpool.”

Whitney Williams, a University Relations worker and communication student, dropped a jewel on my lap.

“If you fill out surveys at restaurants, the ones that are on your receipt, you get great deals. Free ice cream, drinks, maybe even food.”

She continued to give advice on making your financial aid stretch, but honestly, this broke fool is filling out surveys.

Add to the list:

  1. Don’t forget your friends.
  2. Figure out what you live for and spend money accordingly.
  3. Complete those restaurant surveys.
Thursday
Feb072013

It’s refund time!

Alex Woolbright

Managing Editor

STOMP. STOMP. STOMP.

Each semester the sound of students’ feet pounding on the pavement, rushing to their cars, and flying to the bank can be heard. Why are they so desperate to get to the bank? Now that refund checks have been distributed, all the small luxuries previously taken away have finally returned in a small, rectangular piece of paper.

Though the money is free to be used as desired, many students take this opportunity to also use refunds for responsible purposes.

“I plan to put it into my bank account and save for next semester,” says Rayma Williams, a junior music therapy major from Pleasant Grove, Ala.

Williams is not the only student at MUW who hopes to use her money responsibly.

“I save 10 percent of all money that I receive and finance the rest out to my financial responsibilities,” says William Walker, a junior exercise science major from Ridgeland, Miss.  

Some students who do not live on campus hope the money will go toward helping them simply pay for life outside of school.

“I am a commuter, so I plan to use my money for rent, utilities, and gas,” says Elizabeth Gainey, a junior pre-physical therapy major from Star, Miss.

While many students plan to use their money for the next semester and living expenses, there are some who need this money to help fulfill bigger plans they have made for this semester.

“I am going on a mission trip to Haiti and plan to use my refund for that,” says Britney Gee, a junior nursing major from Eupora, Miss.