“Sartor Cemetery”/by Brandon Blair

he hath set eternity in their heart. Ecc. 3:11 

The other day a friend asked me if I thought I would be remembered at Mississippi College after graduation. “Not really,” was my response. Simple. 

Though I did make a point to identify a few friends that I know I’ll never forget and I hope will never forget me. I also mentioned a professor or two of whom I had grown close with over the years. I have equal hopes for them. I am sure that most students won’t remember me, and neither will I them. On any given day, I still don’t know every classmate in all my lectures. 

I then wondered how many of my acquaintances had already vanquished my existence from their consciousness. When I got to thinking about it, I felt really small. 

On a vacant rust-colored gravel road in the hills of Monroe County, there is a deadpan place called Sartor Cemetery where my family’s ancestors lie. It is isolated, remote, silent. Dark and brute wildernesses engulf the small plot for a radius capably measured only in miles. Only deer hunters and the mourning go there. The rest of the world passes around it, above it, but certainly never through it. There are no weary pilgrims seeking refuge there. No one of notoriety was buried in its clay. The granite markers themselves slowly betray their purpose, drowning their identities with the rain. The epitaphs are read only by the wind for they have no audience to hear. Their words speak no wisdom, hold no truth. The moss smitefully shrouds the names of the deceased. It is a place of memories trying to forget. 

At the back of the plot stands a firm magnolia tree, its boughs shading moist soil. In the corner, just outside the chain-link fence grows an old fig bush–evidence of a long ago dinner-on-the-grounds or the snack of a lonely grave-digger. Either way, no one claims it. 

There is almost always a pile of faded and dirty plastic flowers heaped beneath the “Do not throw flowers here!” sign. Its meaning was lost a long time ago. And the grass is always tall and seeded though a man is paid to cut it. I’m sure his excuse is predictable. He forgets.

As a child, during the handful of times in which I visited Sartor Cemetery, I always marveled at the marble monument in the center of the cemetery plot. The monument is twelve feet tall and shaped somewhat like an obelisk, except an urn sits at the top. On both sides of the monument are gardenia shrubs that bloom in the height of summer. The smell alone is enough to capture any visitor’s attention. 

The bottom of the monument on the pedestal reads “Dr. Sartor.” He was the man the cemetery was inevitably named after. Whenever I have visited the cemetery, I have always been drawn to that spot–to the center of the plot at the foot of the massive marble pinnacle. And I’ve often thought to be like Dr. Sartor in my own death, to erect a similar marker only more grand and eye-catching. Monuments like his cost thousands and demand recognition. Yet, like the bodies of the poor sharecroppers that surround him, he is dead. He is flowerless unless pitied by an old mourning maid; his epitaph now unreadable. He is forgotten–except by me. 

Why do we need to be remembered? What’s in it for us? If we want to be remembered, who do we want to be remembered by? And for what reasons do we want to be remembered? To be remembered, one must be absent. Why would we want to be absent at all? 

I have pondered all of this. 

I have come up with no good answer other than human selfishness. After all, to be remembered does nothing for the person tasked with the remembering. Memories carry emotional baggage; they’re burdensome. Memories force us to do something with them… to commemorate them, to relive them, to resuscitate them and suckle them. If forgotten, a memory never returns. They are extremely frail things. 

Perhaps it is best to overcome the innate temptation to be remembered. I have been thinking of giving up on it. But then I find myself jotting memoirs like this and effectively immortalizing my thoughts through words. I still do feel the urge to be remembered; however, I am now more

conscious of it. But what if we are designed this way? What if this is purposeful? What if this is the feeling of eternity in our bones? In the end, I don’t think I’ll buy a marble obelisk to mark my corpse, and I won’t hope that visitors marvel at my final resting place. Rather, like my ancestors in Sartor Cemetery, I’ll be resting in the cool shade of a firm magnolia tree. Remember me!

On the Nature of Art/by Morgan Miller

What is art?

A simplistic question on the surface, but much more multifaceted upon closer inspection. It’s an inquiry you might hear in your art appreciation class, and the very thought brings to mind paintings of blinding color, sculptures of intricate shapes, and drawings that look real enough to touch.

Those things, indeed, are all art. You can take the question farther if you wish, choosing to include works of poetry, prose, film, and theater. Music might trickle into your mind. Dance may come soaring along. Yes, these things are art as well.

But could it be even more than that?

In times like the present, when work is stacked miles high and deadlines stand with their catapults at the ready, I tend to fixate on small things more than I normally would. Things I notice but often ignore become pinpoints of focus, such as the way sunlight filters through overhead trees and the shapes made by cracks in the sidewalk. I ultimately credit this fixation to procrastination, a way for my mind to think about things other than the insurmountable list of tasks that needs to be completed.

However, there’s a certain beauty to those mundane things, too.

I am a writer. Writers are taught to pay attention to the world around us, harvesting the details so that we might translate them into our own works of art in whatever shape they choose to take. But for us to turn those details into art, do those details not already hold a semblance of art themselves?

I think they do. I believe art goes beyond what first comes to mind at the mention of the word. I think the very term is limitless with its classification, and it can come to categorize whatever you might find profound on whatever day at whatever time. I believe all of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings are art, but I also believe the way the moon creates tiny blades of light across my room at night is art. Short stories from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Eudora Welty are undoubtedly art, but so is the brilliant shade of orange the sun takes on right before it dips below the horizon. 

There’s art in the laughter of friends. It exists on the wings of the robins that frequent the quad. Art is in the scattering of leaves in the fall, a cityscape alight at night, and the texture of an old quilt. It’s in the font of the letters you read right now.

It’s likely I’m being too liberal with the term and just need to get back to writing my many essays. But I also think there’s truth in it, too. The little things of life exist to remind us that things aren’t as giant and scary as they may seem. In the same vein, they also serve to show us the detail that has gone into the perfect planning of this world that is well beyond any human’s capacity to understand. 

Simply put, art is everywhere. Anything within your light of sight can be deemed as such. You just have to look closely.

Applicants Wanted for Arrowhead and Tribesman Editorial Positions

With the end of the semester approaching, two of MC’s student-run publications – the literary and artistic magazine The Arrowhead, and the campus yearbook Tribesman – are seeking to fill editorial positions for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Arrowhead is hiring an editor-in-chief, an assistant editor, and one to two art editors. Literary experience is preferred but not required for the editor-in-chief and the assistant editor positions; however, art editors should have art or graphic design experience. 

These individuals would be responsible for soliciting submissions in writing and art categories, securing judges for those pieces, and curating the magazine for release in the spring semester over the course of the school year. 

For questions and applications, email Dr. James Potts and Professor Ben Ivey at potts@mc.edu, and ivey@mc.edu

The Tribesman is hiring an editor to coordinate next year’s yearbook. The editor will be responsible for planning pages of pictures and text chronicling MC student life, academics, and campus organizations, as well as managing a staff. 

For applications and questions, email Vicki Williams at vwilliam@mc.edu. The Tribesman seeks to fill this position before April 28.

MC Social Tribe Earns Laguna Day/by Marquisha Mathis

Mississippi College has a number of student organizations on campus for MC students to get involved with during their four years here, whether that be academic, career-related, honor societies, intramurals, and more. This allows them the chance to participate and become a part of something bigger. One known thing about MC is the clubs and tribes, where incoming freshmen and transfers have the opportunity to connect and get involved.

One organization in particular is Laguna Social Tribe, which was established in 1952. On April 10, the City of Clinton Mayor Fisher approved this day as Annual Laguna Day It is another day to celebrate Laguna and to connect sisterhood with the city.

This was a day for Laguna to build more relationships and celebrate 68 years of being on the campus of MC.

Because of COVID regulations last year, the tribe was unable to have their usual Founders Day on the quad, but this event was bigger and opened the celebration to the whole city.

Laguna held a booth on the brick streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that resembled a classic Laguna tailgate to allow Clinton residents who haven’t experienced their tailgate the chance to see what they typically are like for the actives.

During this time, they passed out information brochures about the Hard Places Community, which is a non-profit organization based in Jackson that fights internationally against human trafficking in Cambodia, Greece, India, and Madagascar. They also told Clinton residents about Laguna Social Tribe and made new relationships with the people of the small town.

Laguna has had generous support from MC alumni, Clinton residents, and local businesses.

Dance practices at Olde Towne Barre, fundraising at Arrow Nutrition, active jerseys from Clinton Printwear & Trophies, and catering from The Bank have all been a part of the success of Laguna.

This event was an opportunity to forge greater connections and celebrate together.

A number of goods were baked such as cake pops, brownies, blueberry pie muffins, chocolate cookies, and more! They also sold Hard Places Community merchandise including HPC tumblers, handmade Greek soap, and handmade Cambodian scarves, where 100% of the proceeds went to HPC.

Over $300 was raised for the Hard Places Community, their philanthropy.

Laguna is a well-known organization on campus that participates in a number of events intended to give back or bring in new people to join in on what it’s like to be here.

Jill Dickerson, the President of Laguna, said, “What I learned by being in this sisterhood for the past four years is that you can’t do it all on your own. In anything I have accomplished, I have had help and support from all the people around me.”

The support that this organization gets from MC and Clinton as a whole means a lot. Being able to join Main Street Clinton was a joyful and encouraging day for Laguna.

Dickerson, who will be graduating in May, wanted to leave something significant behind. “With Laguna Day, I can graduate leaving Laguna in a fantastic position to grow stronger connections with the city of Clinton,” she said.

This is just a small step, but Dickerson believes in the ladies of Laguna and knows that it is going to grow bigger and better every year with their creativity, kindness, and ambition.

Graduation Updates and a Fond Farewell for Seniors/by Marquisha Mathis

Graduation is three weeks away and seniors are preparing for their big day which will be divided up between three days. Mississippi College announced this news weeks ago to graduating seniors who are very excited to walk across the stage in their cap and gown.

MC will host three days of events honoring graduating seniors on the Clinton campus on May 6-8, 2021. Also, 2020 graduates who participated in remote ceremonies are invited to return, if they wish to walk in person.

A central ceremony will begin on Thursday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. where a graduation procession, music, and a keynote speaker will be held.

MC is excited to announce that the speaker will be Kim Anthony, who is known for a number of accomplishments throughout her life. For over 20 years, she has been motivated to impact the lives of others as a motivational speaker, author, and leadership coach. And now she wants to share in the company with graduating seniors at MC.

This event is exclusively for MC faculty, staff, and graduates, but will be live-streamed for family and friends.

Following this will be separate degree ceremonies beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 7 with the School of Science and Mathematics, followed by the School of Business at 2:00 p.m., and the School of Education at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 8 will open with the School of Nursing at 10:00 a.m., the School of Christian Studies and the Arts at 2:00 p.m., and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at 6:00 p.m.

Although things are a little different, MC has made it a much smoother process, where students still have the opportunity to be in the company of their family and friends.

School receptions will be held after the Thursday afternoon event. Plans are proceeding for the degree ceremonies, and four tickets will be distributed electronically for each graduate.

Seniors have enjoyed their time at MC and are really looking forward to the next step in their lives, and they can’t wait to walk across the stage.

Senior Damon Wright said, “It’s truly a blessing to have the opportunity to walk and experience graduation with my family. Through this past year, I’ve learned to not take events in life for granted, and an in-person graduation is one event that I will truly appreciate.”

This is the moment that they have prepared for. COVID has taken so much from people all around the world, and now MC has granted students the opportunity to take a well-deserved walk across the stage in May.

“I’m very glad they are able to hold an in-person ceremony so that my family can come see me walk. I’m also very glad to be done,” said senior Sydney Cannette.

Whether students came in as a freshman or transfer, it has been a long and rewarding process. The day will be here soon, and MC has provided the token for it all.

“It’s gonna be electric. I’m elated about the opportunity. Electric I say,” said senior Elliot Reeder.

This is a fond farewell for seniors to their professors, friends, and classmates. It has been a journey that is slowly coming to an end.

Be sure to watch emails for details as plans develop.

Some Thoughts on “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”/by Morgan Thomas

I was nine years old when Taylor Swift’s sophomore album, “Fearless,” was released. I quickly memorized every single word from that album and even sang a rendition of “Love Story” for my fourth grade talent show. While the rerecording of this album, released as “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”has filled me with nostalgia for that little girl, it has also allowed me to ponder the way things change—and the way they stay the same. 

“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” is the result of a dispute between Taylor Swift and her former label, Big Machine Records, over the ownership of her masters. The backstory is long and complicated and frankly, I don’t want to talk about it because I’d rather talk about the album itself. Measuring a whopping 26 songs, the album features the original 13 tracks, the six bonus songs from the deluxe edition, the single “Today Was a Fairytale,” and six more that are identified as songs “from the vault.” One of these from the vault songs is “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” which is such a certified bop™ that even Sophie Turner (the wife of Joe Jonas, aka Mr. Perfectly Fine himself) couldn’t help but post an Instagram story praising it. Honestly, it’s just that good.

Somehow, the album manages to be everything that made the original so good in 2008 but with the added benefit of hindsight. “The Way I Loved You” is every bit as scream-in-the-car-as-you-drive-with-the-windows-down worthy even as you recognize that this is probably not the healthiest representation of a relationship. These songs are still the distilled emotions of a heartbroken teenage girl; they are not worth any less now that that girl is 31 years old and in a stable relationship. Every feeling this album inspires in its listeners is still just as valid as it was 13 years ago. 

For some, this rerecording might be their first experience with the album. My sister is one such listener, and I’m jealous that she gets the fortune of listening to “Fifteen” for the first time while she is actually 15 years old. My nine-year-old self could only dream of being able to drive along as I listened to my CD. And I suppose that brings us back to the beginning, to the fact that “Fearless” was such a huge part of my formative years in elementary school while “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” gets to be the closing score to my college graduation. The same friends with whom I once rewrote the words to “Hey Stephen” are still listening along with me. We just share the experience from different states. Everything has changed, and yet it’s still the same.

I recognize that my experiences are not universal. Not everyone likes Taylor Swift or her music and that’s okay. Music is music. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you hate it. But for me, as I prepare for what lies ahead with the soundtrack of my childhood playing in the background, I recognize a closing of the loop. I’ve been here before and undoubtedly, I’ll be here again. The time will come, and we’ll sing hallelujah.  

A Look at the Illustrious Career of Brandon Boston/by Elliot Reeder

MC men’s basketball forward Brandon Boston has developed into one of the best players in program history. He keeps moving up the all-time scoring and rebounding list at MC (currently at 1,096 career points which puts him under 100 points away from the top 10 all-time and is roughly 50 rebounds away from the top 10 in MC history), he was named 1st-team All-GSC West Division and was named to an All-South district team this past year. He was also named as a GSC Player of the Week this year.

Boston credits his father for getting him into basketball and developing his love for the game: “Really, it was my dad. My dad put a ball in my hands at a young age. He’s really groomed me since I was really young. He started coaching me when I was little, shooting around outside, that kind of thing. He really helped me develop the love I have for it today.”

Then when he was in high school at Pearl High School, it became time for his recruitment. Boston credits some of the players already on the roster as the biggest ones who contributed to his decision to attend MC: “I talked to Coach Brooks a lot. I talked to Coach Lofton a lot. I took a visit and really enjoyed the environment. I got to meet some of the guys that were already here such as Stacey Mack and Xavion Dillon, they really convinced me to come.”

Boston arrived as a promising freshman in 2016 where he played mostly off the bench in 26 games for the Choctaws his freshman season, but was a key reserve player as he averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds per game. He then really burst onto the scene in his sophomore season in 2017-2018 when he became a starter and averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. As a junior, he put up very similar stats, going for 15 points and 6.2 boards per game.

Then, in what was supposed to be his final season in 2019-2020, he was injured in the opening game for the Choctaws, and ended up missing the remainder of the season. He ended up using the year as a redshirt year. He returned for his fifth year which isn’t abnormal, but as we know this season was anything but normal. MC played a division-only schedule this year, and only ended up playing eight games due to COVID-19 protocols, but Boston still shined in the shortened season. He led the conference in points per game, going for 20.3 per game, while also adding 5.1 rebounds per game. Those were good enough to earn him spots on the All-GSC West Division and the NABC All-South district teams.

That recognition he began to receive this season does not come as a surprise to Boston: “It feels good. I wasn’t really surprised by any of it I guess because I know the work I put in. I work hard. Those long days in the summer in the gym by myself really helped me show what I can do. I’m glad I finally got to get recognition for all the work I put in.”

Boston’s head coach for the past two seasons, Mike Jones, credits Boston for what he has done on and off the court for MC: “Brandon’s been here since he was a freshman. He has always been a great person. He’s a good student. He means a great deal to this institution, not just because of basketball, but because of the kind of person he is. He’s a great basketball player–all-conference player, leading scorer in the league this year.”

Boston has really seen how much he has developed while at MC: “I developed a lot. I was really surprised, I never saw myself in the position I am now. The guys that I mentioned before really helped me grow into the guy I am now. They really helped me develop and changed my mindset, become more determined and showed me how to work hard.”

In terms of who has helped him in that development, Boston said it is a mix of his coaches and former teammates: “Coach Jones really helped get me here and develop my game. Coach Lofton and Coach Brooks. But I would say the people that helped me the most were my teammates. People like Stacey [Mack], people like Xavion [Dillon] and Byron [McCall], and those guys that I was with in my younger years really helped me develop.”

One of the signature moves in Boston’s deep offensive arsenal is his mid-range jumper (a shot that is uncommon in today’s game). Boston says he developed his mid-range shot after watching NBA star Carmelo Anthony growing up: “One of my favorite players is Carmelo Anthony. I grew up watching him. That’s really a big part of his game. I see a lot of similarities in our game. I just try to take what he does and implement it into my game.”

In terms of his style of play, Jones and Boston have similar views on it. Jones said, “He’s the kind of guy that can score on anybody, he’s a great athlete and he loves to play the game of basketball…He’s explosive and hard to guard.” Boston described his game simply as “versatile.”

Overall, Boston is currently sitting at 13 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over his career on 52.3% shooting from the field. Looking forward, Boston has the option to return to MC for a sixth season if he chooses due to the blanket extra year of eligibility given to all winter sport athletes by the NCAA due to how much this season was affected by Covid.

Kienna Van Dellen Named Collegian Editor/by Kyle Hamrick

It is with great pleasure that I announce News Editor Kienna Van Dellen will succeed me as Editor in Chief of The Collegian for the 2021-2022 school year.

Van Dellen was hired by Dr. Vance and me, and confirmed by Publication Council vote last Friday, April 16.

A rising junior from Canada majoring in journalism, Van Dellen started writing for The Collegian as a student in Andy Kanengiser’s journalism lab class in August 2019. The following spring, she became News Reporter, and helped The Collegian continue online publication after the COVID-19 pandemic sent us home for the rest of the semester. She has worked as News Editor since August 2020.

At the moment I read her first article as a lab student, I knew Kienna would do great things for The Collegian. She is a talented writer, an excellent editor, and I am confident this paper will be in good hands with her as editor in chief.

Mississippi College Makes History at Dance Marathon 2021/by Emily-Kate Ford

On April 8, 2021, students at Mississippi College made history by raising $109,500.95 for Children’s of Mississippi. By coming together and thinking of creative ideas to support the cause, MC raised more than any other school its size has ever raised. “This is not cool, this is not awesome, this is history,” said student director Carly Fisher. 

Every spring, Mississippi College takes part in a movement called Miracle Network Dance Marathon. Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. One hundred percent of the funds raised remain local to support kids in that specific area fighting various childhood illnesses.  

For Mississippi College, all the funds raised go to support the Children’s of Mississippi Hospital in Jackson. When the MC Dance Marathon began in 2016, Children’s of Mississippi had just started an expansion project that tripled the hospital’s size. The expansion included an in-patient and out-patient clinic, in-patient care rooms, a surgical floor, imaging centers, and two NICU floors. MC’s donations help fund the upgrading of the cancer patient care facilities, two expanded NICU floors, and the new imaging rooms. 

With no budget, Mississippi College Dance Marathon relies solely on volunteers and donations. Current students and alumni of MC participate in promoting and raising awareness for the cause and raising money. Students across campus think of creative ways to raise funds. Some sell baked goods, stickers, and even bracelets, while others use social media promotions and word of mouth. Over the years, clubs and tribes at MC have even turned Dance Marathon into a competition. Each group competes to see who can raise the most money for the cause. Different businesses in Clinton have also chipped in. This year, both The Froghead Grill and Arrow Nutrition gave a portion of the profits on specific days to support MC Dance Marathon.  

The fundraising season begins to slow down on the night of the actual dance. This year, the dance was held on the night of April 8 in Anderson Hall. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. many students, some faculty, and a few patient representatives from the Children’s Hospital, also known as Miracle Children, danced the night away.  

 Each hour, a different Miracle Child walked down the aisle and shared their story while attendees cheered them on. The kids were represented by a team, represented by colors, composed of both one club and one tribe. Jordan, one of the miracle kids and represented by the blue team, shared his journey with the children’s hospital. Before leaving the stage, though, Jordan was sure to shock the crowd by freestyle rapping. “He sure knows how to bring the place down,” said student Michaela Cooper. 

After hearing from the Miracle Children, students had the chance to learn different types of dance styles. From ballroom and salsa to Zumba and swing, attendees had a blast learning new moves. “I particularly enjoyed learning specific moves and techniques while also freestyling and just having a chance to hang out with friends,” attendee Ethan Coats said.  

As the 2021 Dance Marathon season comes to a close, MC students look back, knowing that all the hard work and fundraising paid off. As fun and incredible as it was, Mississippi College made history for the kids by uniting together. “It has absolutely changed my life,” said Fisher. “To get to see it bring people together and to life through this pandemic has been an honor.” 

Lady Choctaws win GSC SCS title/by Elliot Reeder

On Saturday, April 3, the MC women’s soccer team beat Lee 3-0 in the championship game of the GSC Spring Championship Series. The Lady Choctaws jumped in front early as Emily McNair scored in the ninth minute. MC then doubled their lead in the 27th minute as Lindsey Stephenson scored. MC cruised through the rest of the first half and led 2-0 at the break.

Lee began to get more of the ball in the second half, but they couldn’t get the ball past MC goalkeeper Sara Maleski. Then in the 87th minute, Avery Hederman got the dagger as she got the ball on a counter and pulled a shot from outside the box and put it in the net to give MC the 3-0 win.

The Lady Choctaws dominated the first half, which was a large deciding factor in the match. On the first half, head coach Darryl Longabaugh said, “From the get-go we talked to the girls and said, ‘When we get out here, we have to be on our front foot. Just get after the ball. Be aggressive, but not fouling every time we get after it.’ They took that to heart, and brought it out as a team, as a whole team across the board. We put them [Lee] on their heels the entire first half. And it showed by us scoring two.” 

McNair added, “That first half was so intense. We came out ready to go. We played our game, we got the ball down. I just had a good feeling the whole time. I knew once we got that first goal that we were going to win.”

Four Lady Choctaws were named to the all-tournament team. They were McNair, Erin Hederman, Maleski, and Beatrice Currie. Hederman was also named the most outstanding player of the tournament. On her award, Hederman said, “I wouldn’t have been able to win it without all of my teammates. They get all of the credit for that. I couldn’t have scored the goals I did without the people that passed it to me. I’m really thankful to play for a team that really emphasizes teamwork, and that’s how we win.”

On the season, MC finishes up 8-0 overall. The Lady Choctaws went 5-0 in group play, and won Group A in the Spring Championship Series. They then rallied off wins over Alabama-Huntsville, West Alabama, and then Lee in the tournament. On the season as a whole, Longabaugh added, “We have won a game from the lead, we have won a game after being down, we have won a game after playing poorly, and we have won a game after playing great. Today was the actual show of that by winning the final game 3-0 against a very good Lee team.” 

McNair also added, “This season has been crazy, just with COVID and everything. We just came out to practice every day ready to work. There was just something different about this team. We know how to win.”

COVID did have a major effect on the season. College soccer is a sport usually played in the fall, but it was postponed from last fall to this spring due to COVID. MC also played a conference-only schedule, and there is no NCAA tournament this spring. Even with all the changes, Hederman sees some positives with the change to the schedule: “COVID actually has given us the opportunity to practice and practice and practice. I feel like that’s the reason why we did so well in this tournament, because we practiced so much together and under such strict conditions that it helped us get the results that we did. I’m thankful for the year of practice that we had because that makes the victory even sweeter.”

The women’s soccer program has been on the cusp of winning a GSC tournament title the last few seasons (they have won regular season titles), but this was the first time they got over the hump. McNair, a senior, added, “The last time I was here [in the GSC title game] was my freshman year. I was thinking about that and just getting revenge and coming out and winning this game. I knew we could do it with this team.”

MC will now turn their eyes towards next season, which is currently planned on being played next fall as normal. All seniors on the roster also have the opportunity to return for another season if they choose due to the blanket year of extra eligibility given by the NCAA. The Lady Choctaws will hope to parlay this season’s success into the fall of 2021.