Hey, Seniors. How Are You Doing?/by Marquisha Mathis

 Are you angry or sad? Do you want to fight the world for what has happened within the past month? Are you still shocked by the recent events?

     It’s been a little bit over a month since the coronavirus has taken the world by storm. Universities, sports events, restaurants, etc. have been closed down. We’re trying to keep up with this thing called social distancing.

     Social distancing has caused us to stay at home and stay at least six feet away from people. During this time of year, we’re missing out on the crawfish boils, birthday parties, and going see a good movie in the theaters. Hopefully it gets better because we’ll miss summer vacation too!

     Many college seniors are missing their last everything else that goes with their senior year. They’re hurting, and they’re upset. They have lost out on their last special moment as college students. And to make it even harder, graduation has been pushed back.

     So, I want to ask, “Seniors, how are you doing?” You’ve dealt with one heartbreak after another. You may feel like the world is against you. I’m sure you’ve cried multiple times and are in shock by what is happening.

      Even if you couldn’t have anything else, you had graduation. This would have been where all of your family and friends came out to witness what was going to be the best day of your life.

     You have already taken your graduation photos or were in the process of taking them. You were having your invitations done, so you could send them out to people.

     Everything was planned until it wasn’t. You don’t know what to do anymore now that you’re sitting at home and taking your last classes online for that matter. You’re still going to get your degree, and you will be able to walk across the stage because it’s not your fault, and nothing else should be taken away from you.

     Along with graduation photos and invitations, you have started your job search process. You were applying and interviewing for every position possible. You were ready to see what company you wanted to work for and move on to the next step post-graduate.

     Some of you are looking into grad school, but exactly how is this process working? Is it on hold as well, or will it go on as planned? There are so many questions and not enough answers. Trust and believe, you’ll get your degree in May, but for now graduation is going to have to wait.

     I cannot imagine how you’re feeling, but I’m here with you. Soon enough you’ll get your questions answered, you’ll walk across the stage and shake your president’s hand, and you’ll step into this thing called the working world.

     For now, I just want to know how you’re doing. I want to let you know that you will get what you have worked so hard for. It may not be under the circumstances we are in right now, but you will have everything in the end.

 

Confederate Heritage Month is Not What Mississippi Needs / By: Kyle Hamrick, Editor in Chief

As if the coronavirus was not bad enough, here comes the Confederacy from beyond the grave.

Two days after Mississippi went under a shelter-at-home order to combat the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tate Reeves signed “Confederate Heritage Month” into effect.

According to an article in the Jackson Free Press, the proclamation designates April 2020 as a month to remember Mississippi’s role in the Civil War. The document states, “It is important for all Americans to reflect on our nation’s past, to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow.”

I agree that reflection on the mistakes of the past is necessary and important, but I do not think that this proclamation and this “Confederate Heritage Month” is the way to do it. The language is too vague and conciliatory, and fails to consider Mississippi as a state that left the Union to defend the institution of slavery.

Before we go further, I understand that less than 10% of the population of the South owned slaves. I understand that for a majority of Southerners it was “a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.” I understand that a combination of economic and political actions (tariffs and legislation) on the part of the North did not benefit the South. Most of all, I understand that history and humanity are complex, and that gray area exists. But I refuse to believe that Mississippi fought for anything more than the protection and preservation of slavery as an economic and social institution.

Reeve’s proclamation assigns no fault to Mississippi or the rest of the Southern states who left the Union for the instigation of the bloodiest war in American history that saw more than 600,000 men die.

Reeves assigns no blame to Mississippi or the rest of the defeated Confederates for rejecting racial reconciliation under Reconstruction and instead authoring the poisonous policies of segregation and institutional racism that haunted America beyond the end of the Civil Rights movement and into the 21st century.

While much has been done to undo such policies, their ghosts still haunt the system today. Racism, handed down like eye color and hair texture, still colors the actions and peppers the thoughts of many people, be they denizens of big cities or generational occupants of small towns.

“Confederate Heritage Month,” per the language of the proclamation, fails to mention any of those things. Its stated goal is “to understand and appreciate our heritage.” The proclamation then is only half right: the people of Mississippi need to understand the facts of the state’s role in the Civil War, but by no means should the reasons and values that compelled Mississippi to act be appreciated.

It is a fact that Mississippi seceded from the United States because of slavery. Its secession documents, written by a convention of delegates over the course of several days, includes a document titled “A Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.”

In this declaration, the delegates of the secession convention list their reasons for seceding. The first reason says, “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world.” The first reason continues, saying that because cotton is best grown in tropical climates, African slaves are the only ones capable of cultivating and harvesting it.

“A blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization,” the document states, concluding Mississippi had no other choice but to submit “to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.”

That is not something I can appreciate, and how people can believe that I will never truly “understand.” Nevertheless, it happened. Mississippi fought to keep people in chains. In a way, that is our heritage. But reflection is too soft, too comfortable, and too little. What Mississippi needs is a reckoning.

I propose a Confederate Reckoning Month, where we wrestle with the dark shadows of the past as if our lives depended on it. Because our lives do depend on it. Our ability to move forward into a brighter, better future depends on our ability to settle accounts with our past.

(The secession document can be read via the Documenting the American South collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at this link – https://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/missconv/missconv.html – page 47.)

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The Writing Center Goes Digital/by Austin LaBrot

The Mississippi College  Writing Center has been fully equipped to help students remotely. As COVID-19 continues to keep students away from MC, the Writing Center can meet students wherever they are. 

Writing Center Assistant Director Lingshan Song, said 17 tutors have been trained to work via Zoom, online chat, and online correspondence. 

Leading the Writing Center’s online learning were students Sydney Nicholson and Casey Kellogg. They “developed a Zoom manual for tutors and students for their Online Chat sessions,” Song said. 

Online Chat sessions are good for students who have stable wifi and would like to interact with a tutor in real-time,” Song said.

On the other hand, Correspondence appointments “ work better for students who might not have stable wifi for real-time online meetings and prefer written feedback on their drafts,” Song said.MC Writing Center tutors are excited and ready to support students in whichever way students desire.” 

MC students have already been taking advantage of the digital Writing Center. Over the past couple of weeks, the Writing Center has had over 30 appointments. 

Tutor and online leader Kellogg said, “We’ve been able to use Zoom and Correspondence appointments to keep connecting with students. I think we’re all learning that although we’d like to meet in person, the WC community isn’t confined to a location. It’s whatever and wherever we need it to be.” 

Tutor Kennedy ZumMallen said, “Overall it hasn’t been as different as I expected from the sessions we do in person. We’ve set up screen sharing and video chat, so the tutor and the writer are able to communicate almost as well as if they were together.” 

Stop by the virtual writing center for help with papers, formatting, and other writing needs. 

The Writing Center’s operating hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. To make an appointment, students can go to https://mc.mywconline.com/. A how-to guide for navigating the Writing Center online can be found at https://www.mc.edu/academics/writing-center/online-consultation.

Transition to Online Classes/by Megan Hendricks

Due to COVID-19, schools all over the world have made a drastic transition to online classes, and this is not how some individuals anticipated finishing the rest of their semester.

Many students have gone into a panic! It’s more about the thought of not being on campus, sitting in a class and hanging out with your friends. However, the number one worry for college students are: Seniors.

These particular students had plans to graduate and celebrate. Now they have to cancel their events for a later date. People are now working from home, and some are being furloughed. Parents are now homeschooling their kids and they have a newfound appreciation for hard working teachers who teach their kids all day. 

The coronavirus has caused people all over the world to fall ill, and some have lost their lives. Online classes can be easy for some people, but for others it requires a lot of dedication, and it can become difficult to maneuver through the semester. We can become distracted at home while trying to pay attention in a Zoom class. Your wifi can even decide to just turn off when you need it to complete your homework.

For some students wifi might not always be available due to financial reasons. Students who live in dorms on campus are concerned about whether their expenses will be reimbursed due to them not staying on campus and transitioning to online classes.

I hope that these colleges who have implemented online classes will find a reasonable way to either reimburse students or give them credit on their tuition for the following semester. These unprecedented times have caused all of us to worry about our health and our loved ones. Practicing social distancing is not easy because you want to see your family and friends. We all want to be able to go to work or school, but right now the world is facing a crisis. The quicker we stay home, the more this disease can stop spreading.

Let’s start appreciating those who fought so hard during this crisis to keep us safe. Doctors and nurses who are working 12-hour shifts to make sure that people stay alive.

Grocery store workers who are risking their lives by coming to work to make sure you and your family are fed. Truck drivers who are traveling long distances to keep us supplied with food.

We would not be able to survive without these people who must leave their homes to protect us. So let us protect them by staying home and practicing social distancing.

This is a crisis, but we will get through this together. We will lean on the word of God to get us through times that cause worry. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

We will get back to life soon enough. We will get to go to the mall, hang out with our friends, go to sports events and everything else.

Stay safe!

Frozen II & the Perfect Timing of Disney+/by Morgan Miller

In times such as this, we find ourselves turning to our favorite shows and movies to distract from a reality that seems to grow grimmer with each passing day. It’s a form of coping and escapism wrapped into one, immersing ourselves in various media to take us out of the real world for a little while. However, the opposite can also be true: we look to media to give us messages of hope and bravery to take back into our own lives, messages we can use to bring light to a situation coated in darkness.

The Walt Disney Company understands this need for people to have hope in the face of fear. In fact, that way of thinking was the precise reason why Bob Chapek, Disney’s newest CEO, decided to release Frozen II three months early to the company’s streaming sight, Disney+.

 

In a recent press release, Chapek explained his reasoning for this, stating, “Frozen II has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, messages that are incredibly relevant during this time.”

 

I had that quote in the back of my mind when I decided to give Frozen II a try, having missed the chance to see it in theaters when it was released back in November. I went in hoping to be empowered and, at the very least, charmed in the way only Disney movies seem to be capable of. 

 

By the film’s end, however, I was given so much more than just that.

 

The movie picks up three years after the events of the first film, introducing audiences to a recently awakened spirit that calls Elsa to right the wrongs of the past. We see her struggling with doubt as well as coming into her own, seeking answers about prior events and herself along the way. Anna and company are there as well, joining in on an adventure that takes them to new places and encountering new people. Relationships are tested, mysticism is prevalent, and secrets are unlocked about the characters and the world they inhabit.

 

Make no mistake: Frozen II is a Disney film through and through, filled with moments meant to delight children and appeal to their love of fairytales. That’s not an insult, either; kids need these stories so that they don’t lose their sense of wonder, especially in times like this. However, the movie is also filled with notions that resonate with all audiences, no matter their ages. 

 

Messages of family take center stage in the film, messages that show us our need to hold fast to them in times of trouble. The need for communication is highlighted, and there’s even a segment dedicated to what it means to process grief and carry on. It is a film that empowers people to do the impossible, but it also tells us the importance of taking things one step at a time. These are messages that are especially important now more than ever, and they’re vital to anyone who sees the film.

 

Watching Frozen II isn’t going to make the situation with COVID-19 any better, but it’s enough to give you hope that somehow, someway, things will be alright in the end. We may not see that now, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept the despondency that seems thick in the air. If you’re looking for something to remind you of that, I cannot recommend this film enough. 

 

And as a final sentiment, I’ll leave you with a set of lyrics from “The Next Right Thing,” a song from the film that highlights something I think we could all benefit from hearing:

 

“But break it down to this next breath, this next step,

This next choice is one that I can make.

So I’ll walk through this night,

Stumbling blindly toward the light,

And do the next right thing.”

Tom Brady: The Best to Ever Play/by Sam Kinslow

2020 has brought forth such chaotic change in just the few short months it has been around. On top of all that has taken place so far, the sports world has been shown no mercy with the relentless 2020 changes. Future NFL Hall of Famer Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. has said his farewell to Foxborough, Mass. after 20 long seasons. According to buccaneers.com, Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 20 of this year. This is one of the most historic signings in the history of the NFL. There has time and time again been blockbuster moves throughout the history of the league, such as Peyton Manning leaving the Colts for the Broncos or Brett Favre ending up on the Vikings and facing the Green Bay Packers twice a year, but none have been as monumental as this move. 

The only time that a comparable transition has happened in the NFL was the departure of Joe Montana from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana, another of the arguably greatest to play, finished his Hall of Fame career in Kansas City, Mo., after bringing four Super Bowls to Santa Clara, Ca. This shocked the football world, but I personally feel that this is milder than the Brady exit. While Montana is an undisputed icon in Santa Clara, the 49ers had another elite quarterback option in Steve Young, who wowed in the limited playing time he received. Some in the 49ers fan base were ready to move on from Montana due to a high number of injuries sustained in the Hall of Famers career. The Patriots do not boast a quarterback of similar caliber (as far as we know). On top of this, Brady lacks the injury history that Montana did, as Brady has only sat out one full season in 2008 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener. While Montana is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play, there was a level of certainty about the next man up. The New England Patriots do not boast this same level of comfort and confidence in Tom Brady’s successor. 

In Tom Brady’s two decades of football in New England, he has exemplified what excellence is at the quarterback position. According to pro-football-reference.com, Tom Brady has finished his time as a Patriot with 219 wins, as opposed to just 64 career losses. That’s a .774 career winning percentage. Tom Brady could lose every single game for nine seasons straight and still retire with a winning record (and yes, we factored in the new 17-game seasons). While Tom Brady’s winning stats are impressive enough, the six-time Super Bowl champion bolsters incredible passing numbers, with a career passing yards number of 74,571 yards (equivalent to over 42 miles of passing). Alongside his passing yards are 541 passing touchdowns, which sits at second on the all-time passing list, just six touchdowns below the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. 

This move has been met with much disbelief around the league. Fans from all over have been left shell-shocked that arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game had left his team of 20 years. Many assumed that Tom Brady, being the natural competitor he has always been, would be back with a vengeance after a humiliating loss at the hands of the Tennessee Titans in Gillette Stadium, in which Brady closed with an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Brady is no stranger to crushing defeat. Despite his six championship rings, Brady has also lost three Super Bowls, one of which destroyed an otherwise perfect season. Brady plays best with a chip on his shoulder. After having to sit for four games, Tom Brady lit the league on fire by throwing an NFL record 27-to-2 touchdown/interception ratio. Later that year, after falling behind 28-3 against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Brady led an astonishing comeback which led to an overtime victory, one of the greatest sporting feats that anyone has ever witnessed or will ever witness again. 

All that being said, Brady is no stranger to failure and feeds off of this negativity to wow the crowds with sheer greatness. Due to this “fall seven times, stand up eight” mentality, many expected the legends to don the red, white, and blue for the 2020 NFL season. The storybook ending never came to fruition for Patriots fans as Tom Brady headed down south to Florida. In Tampa Bay, Tom Brady joins an impressive young offense, consisting of two Pro Bowl receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, OJ Howard at tight end, and two young running backs in Ronald Jones II and Peyton Barber. On top of this remarkable offensive unit, the Buccaneers have an incredible run defense, which is complemented by a young secondary with remarkable upside. All in all, Brady surrounded himself with some top-notch weapons, something he was lacking in New England. The four-time Super Bowl MVP has definitely put himself in a position to succeed for 2020 and forward.

As for the Patriots, all is quiet on the Northeastern front. While many are frantic, as it is not every day you have to replace arguably the greatest player to ever put on a helmet, New England certainly hasn’t hit the panic button yet. Barring some unforeseen moves in the NFL Draft, the Patriots are looking in-house for their heir apparent to Tom Brady: Jarrett Stidham. Stidham is the Patriots 2019 fourth-round pick out of Auburn. Stidham has received high praise from many within the Patriots organization, including legendary coach Bill Belichick. Alongside Stidham, the Patriots have added NFL journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is on his third stint with the organization. No matter who steps under center for the Patriots come 2020, one thing is for sure: you won’t find harder cleats to fill. 

Overall, this drama does bring forth much excitement for fans all over, because we are witnessing history, as we usually do with Tom Brady. It will definitely take some getting used to, but this change does create one of the most exciting storylines the NFL has seen in years. Many onlookers will be curious to see how this scene plays out and who deserves the credit for the greatness of the Patriots Dynasty. Will Brady maintain this same level of greatness that he has despite no longer playing for the great Bill Belichick? Will Belichick be able to rise to the occasion without his star quarterback, or will the Patriots be blindsided by something they haven’t seen in over twenty years: mediocrity? While Brady’s success will be under the observant judging of millions, one thing is for certain – greatness cannot be measured in recency but instead must be examined through the watchful eye of Brady’s longevity within one of the most physical sports in the world, dedication to the game and pursuit of excellence within the realm of football, and love of one of the greatest sports on earth. That is why Tom Brady has been, is, and will be one of the best to ever play the game of football.

COVID-19 in Canada/by Kienna Van Dellen

The pandemic is sweeping through the world one person at a time labeled as COVID-19. This new virus, also known as the coronavirus, is a respiratory illness similar to the flu with its symptoms. Severe cases can lead to extended intensive care unit stays or even death. The USA, China, Spain and Italy are among the top countries to have the highest mortality rate. The USA is the world leader. There were 240,000 cases reported as of April 2 and more than 4,700 deaths. Canada started taking precautions early before it became widespread. 

The outbreak of the virus has sent the world spinning with panic as the pandemic spreads quickly. This virus has caused businesses to shut down, workers to be sent home, and schools to close. Because of educational institutions shutting down, many students find themselves returning home and moving back into their childhood bedrooms. However, international students are struggling in a different way. Many of them are not able to return home due to the virus taking over their home country. Thus, they are having to stay with friends or find a way to stay on campus at their schools. 

During the week of spring break, MC students across the globe got the email from MC president Dr. Blake Thompson saying that school would be extending spring break due to the coronavirus. Although I didn’t want to believe it, I knew that school would most likely close down for the rest of the semester. I made the decision to go back to campus, pack up my things, and make that 36-hour drive home back to my hometown in Alberta, Canada, before the Canadian government closed its borders. I made it across the border and am now just finishing my mandatory two-week quarantine. Online learning has definitely been a shift in the way that I am now attending college. I was homeschooled before college, so I thought it would be easy to come back home and do school. I was wrongthe struggle of procrastination and motivation is still there. The time zone change has also affected my studies; I am currently on mountain time, so all my classes are now an hour earlier. Being in the South is a slight shock to the system, but I made it my home and now I am having to switch back to being in Canada. The main transition is the weather: it is snowing in April. That is normal for our part of the world, but I had gotten used to the humidity of the South. I, along with many students around the world, am missing school and friends right now. I have not been able to see anyone but my family for the past two weeks. With everything going on, I am happy to be home and thankful for some quality quarantine time with my family. Having healthcare professionals in the family, I have come to appreciate how hard they are working through this time of crisis.

Canada was fortunate enough to be hit with the virus weeks later than some other countries, giving time for assessment and action. The Government of Canada started early with its safety precautions and management of the early stages of the outbreak. Business and school closures, social distancing, self quarantines and the limit for the number of people gathering all started when COVID-19 started to hit the USA, this all as an attempt to flatten the curve. According to Alberta Health Services, the province of Alberta has been hit harder with the virus than most Canadian provinces, along with Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. A quarantine act for all travelers outside of the country was passed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; all travelers have been mandated to isolate for at least two weeks. Domestic travel by plane or train will soon be off the table for anyone exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, Trudeau announced March 28. 

The province of Alberta has recently increased the enforcement of public health orders as the number of COVID-19 cases surpasses 700. On March 25, there were 61 new cases of the virus in 24 hours. Access to public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities has been prohibited. Restaurants and food service businesses are either closed or offering carryout only. The mass gathering number is limited to 50 people, and the fines for violating a health order can be as high as $1,000. Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only. As of March 27, many provinces across Canada are shutting down all non-essential businesses. 

Canadian healthcare workers are already preparing for the second wave of COVID-19 through Canada within the next few weeks. There is a worry about enough protective gear for healthcare staff and medical supplies for patients. “We are taking stock of Canada’s ICU beds, ventilators and protective gear for our healthcare staff. We are looking across the globe for more of these necessities,” said Dr. Njoo, the deputy chief public health officer of Canada. According to Alberta Health, within the past 24 hours, 77 healthcare workers in Alberta along have been tested positive for COVID-19.

“Canada is spending $192 million on developing and producing vaccines in defense against the virus. We want to provide more of a long term solution to the virus.” Prime Minister Trudeau recently announced. Researchers across Vancouver, Alberta and Quebec are formulating and testing different vaccines to create a long-term defense against the virus.

Let’s Create Some Fun, Shall We?/by Marquisha Mathis

Well, let’s take a look. We have been in the house for a couple of weeks now. We have hit the month of April, and there is still a month before school gets out. Let’s hang in there.

I know that we are tired of talking about the coronavirus, but did you hear the nicknames that the world has given it? The names are Rona and Ro Ro.

When I first saw it, I was wondering, “what kind of names are those for a virus?” I didn’t think there was anything wrong with finding a name for it because we’re all just trying to find laughter and happiness in our lives during this time.

Now, this got me thinking. What kind of fun should we be having? What brighter days can we give ourselves? Then it hit me! Time to take on a new hobby, or we can find something that we were thinking about doing, but can’t travel anywhere.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? I know for me it was to really learn how to cook. I know basics such as ramen noodles, hamburgers, hamburger helper, fried chicken, spaghetti and mashed potatoes.

This should be enough, right? Probably not. I’ll be living in an apartment in the fall, and I need to know how to cook more than what’s on this list.

However, I won’t be spending this break doing that. So, what’s next? I know when I was younger, I could do a backbend, and I haven’t been able to do one in years. I may just be out of shape, but to help pass the time, I should try. I may be surprised.

Two weeks ago, I said one day I wanted to visit the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. I wanted to see everything this wonderful place had to offer. One of my professors has put on our Moodle page a number of museums that my class could explore, and the Metropolitan Museum was one.

This made me think! This is my opportunity to finally see and look at the great art, in this great city, from my own home.

What are you interested in doing? A puzzle that you could never finish as a child, binge-watching a show that you have put off for so long, or maybe even some stress relieving exercises, such as yoga.

Time is really going by slowly sitting in the house, so we could create our own fun. Don’t you just love memes? Sometimes they’re the highlight of my day. This time is so crazy right now, but we can still have a life outside of just school and boredom.

I’ve been watching one of my favorite networks, which is Lifetime. I just love all of the mystery that’s involved in it. It got me thinking, that I would like to start reading some true crime novels. This has led me to watching Law & Order.

So, if you know of any good crime shows or mysteries, send them my way.

Believe me! We can still find good out of everything that is happening.

Lions, Tigers, and Carole Baskin… Oh My!/by Riley Deakins

Hey there all you cool cats and kittens…oh no, it’s happening to me. I watched Netflix’s Tiger King and now I can’t stop saying weird things around my family and suppressing the need to talk about a tiger owner, drug dealer, and homosexual who convinced two, maybe three straight men to marry him! Honestly, it was like I woke up one day and all I could see on my Instagram feed was a dude on a jet ski and crazy cat people. I could not understand why people liked it until I watched five out of the seven episodes in one day. 

People who own big cats have a certain stigma, and the new documentary Tiger King on Netflix sheds a light on some extreme example of what every day looks like for some of the well-known big cat owners in America. Since it dropped on the streaming service on March 20th, Tiger Kings has received an 8.1/10 on IMDB and it has become one of Netflix’s most popular documentaries to date. 

The story main focuses on a man named Joseph Maldonado-Passage, commonly referred to as Joe Exotic. In the documentary, it shows how crazy the operations of his big cat zoo are, and the challenges that he faces with his mortal enemy, Carole Baskins. 

I’ve found it fascinating how this show has taken over social media, and how people can’t get enough of it. There for about a week or two, anytime I got on Zoom it got brought up. The new, hot thing to meme was this gay polygamist from Oklahoma. 

MC Senior Andrew Lechner said, “I haven’t seen all of it, just 10 minutes of the first episode…I think the hype is definitely not overplayed.  It’s unbelievable that someone like this actually exists.” 

The further you get into the series the harder it is to know if you actually like some of the subjects of the project or not. Brian Knappenberger, the filmmaker of Tiger King took multiple years to make the series and his style helps viewers understand a longer, more drawn out narrative of the story. 

I will say this, I’m not a documentary kind of person, and this one really got me hooked. It was too insane to be real, and that’s one of the biggest things that I believe keeps people pressing yes when Netflix asks, “Are you still watching?”

Overall, I’d give Tiger King a 8.5/10. It is full of wild stories and you’ll never get over laughing about some of the most unbelievably crazy people you never knew existed!

 

 

Rewind Back to Choctaw Football/by Elliot Reeder

I decided that since we do not have sports going on right now that I would look back at football season and do a full season recap of the Mississippi College 2019 football season. 

Things really started to click this season for the Choctaws. The triple option offense started taking over games and the defense became a force. After a week one loss to Division I Alcorn State, MC returned home and overcame a 10-0 halftime deficit to tie the game with Albany State at 17-17. Then Jaylin Jones scored with 27 seconds left to give the Choctaws the 24-17 win. Then in game three, MC outscored North Greenville 26-13 in the final three quarters to knock off NGU 39-27 and start off 1-0 in GSC play and improve to 2-1 on the year. 

Then MC would hit the road again to take on eventual Division II National Champions in West Florida. MC jumped out to a 14-0 lead before West Florida came back to take a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Then quarterback Detric Hawthorn scored from five yards out on the last play of regulation to tie the game up at 21 and send it into overtime. West Florida would eventually score the walk off TD in overtime to win 27-21. Then, still on the road, MC would take on number one ranked Valdosta State. Valdosta State jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but then MC came back and cut the lead to 21-17. Valdosta State would pull away with three touchdowns in the final 16 minutes to win 42-17 and knock the Choctaws to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in GSC play. 

Next, the Choctaws returned home to take on Florida Tech. MC would dominate the second half and win the game 34-14 thanks to 271 yards rushing as a team (with 126 coming from Jaylin Jones). Then it was time for Homecoming against Shorter. MC would dominate as they lead 34-7 after the third quarter and would eventually win 41-20 to improve to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in GSC play. The Choctaws ran for a whopping 395 yards on Shorter with both Jordan Wright and Detric Hawthorn topping 100 yards individually for the game. This put MC within striking distance of a potential birth in the Division II playoffs with three games left. 

MC would take on West Georgia next, and the Choctaws led 21-7 at halftime, but West Georgia came back with 28 unanswered in the second half and would win 35-21. Detric Hawthorn ran for 142 yards in the game. Then the 4-4 Choctaws took a trip to West Alabama. MC led 14-7 in the 2nd quarter, but another 28-0 run saw the Choctaws fall once again by the score 35-21. 

The Choctaws then geared up for a Senior Day game at home against rival Delta State…with a chance to keep the Statesmen out of the Division II tournament. MC and Delta State traded scores early with MC leading 9-6 with a minute left in the first half. Then Detric Hawthorn hit Moregon Sharp for a touchdown with 35 seconds left, then right afterwards, Turner Rotenberry took a pick-6 to the house and just like that, MC led 23-6 at the half. Detric Hawthorn would add a touchdown on a short QB keeper in the third to extend the MC lead to 30-6. Then came the play. Delta State had marched all the way to inside the MC five-yard line and was looking to score to get back into the game. Then Derric Hawthorn poked the ball loose from the DSU QB and picked it up himself and went 97 yards the other way to put MC up 37-6 and put the nail in the coffin. MC would win the game 37-13 and finish the season 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the GSC. 

The Choctaws ended up going a perfect 5-0 at home on the year. Detric Hawthorn led the team in rushing yards with 586 and nine touchdowns. Jordan Wright (480), Jaylin Jones (397) and Ja’Mori Mark (376) all ran for at least 375 yards on the season. Detric also threw for 635 yards on the year. Cole Rotenberry led the team with 309 yards receiving and three receiving touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Derric Hawthorn led the team with 59 tackles. Jonathan Jones (55) and Josh Miller (51) both also had over 50 tackles on the season. Jones led the team with 8.5 tackles for loss. Fred Walls led the team with 3 sacks.