Suitcase College and the Fight to Stay / Kienna Van Dellen

Through the weeks of seemingly endless rounds of tests, assignments, and ever-changing schedules, the typical MC student can be found rushing from the Commons to class with a coffee in hand. With the busy weeks of college life, it can sometimes be difficult to catch up with your friends during the week with everyone’s varying schedules. The rest and social activities that the weekends often bring are a time welcomed by students. 

However, many students on Mississippi College’s campus do what is most often referred to as “suitcase college.” This refers to the students who are on campus during the week but frequently travel home on the weekends, leaving the parking lots empty and dormitories quiet.  

The motivations behind leaving campus vary for each student. For some, it’s earning money in a job they are comfortable with back home. For others, it’s the delight of seeing family and the familiarities of home. A commonality between many of them is the search for a pressure-free outlet. We do our academics, work, and live our social lives all in the same spot within a few blocks of these red-brick streets. This environment leads students to want an escape by the time the weekend comes, which often takes the form of a road trip home. 

This may not seem like an issue at a glance; after all, family time is important, and nobody is going to turn down a home-cooked meal. However, aspects of this may contribute to feelings of loneliness during students’ time at MC. 

College gives each of us the irreplaceable opportunity to expand ourselves and be fully immersed in the world of academia. Beyond our studies, we are able to build a home within the Clinton community over our four years here. 

Going home every weekend can make it difficult for freshmen to build community on campus; making another city your home is a rough transition to go through. However, every student on campus has had to fight the pull to return home. While this struggle is not unique, it doesn’t make it any less challenging. 

However, if you want to cultivate those deep relationships outside of school, it often takes that extra time spent with other people outside of academic study. 

I challenge you to put your bags away and spend a few weekends on campus and in the community. Step outside your social comfort zone and go to different things that you normally wouldn’t attend. Spend time with different people, foster relationships, and break down the barriers of small talk. Weekend bonding often comes through spontaneous late-night ice cream runs or dorm lobby game nights. It’s hard to be a family when nobody is home, so come on back and embrace it before it passes all too quickly. 

Ephesians 4:2-6

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Black History Month Finishes Strong with “Celebrating the Black Legacy” Performance / Gracie Lee

Black History Month concluded on a strong note, with students’ performance of “Celebrating the Black Legacy” on February 24, in Swor Auditorium. It showed glimpses of Black history through the decades, creatively depicted by dancing and narrations. Camryn Johnson, a senior, directed and performed on stage with choreographer Ajah Swanson. Two of MC’s dance teams, Monarch and Praise, joined them. Among the cast were dancers, Nia Harvin, Nia McKnight, Britney Young, Mahala Berry, Makhali Berry, Alexandra Daigle, Miracle Keys, Ezra McCaw, Allie Satcher, and Ellie Satcher.

Johnson was first inspired to produce the show after watching Swerve the previous years. 

“We should do that for Black History month, and I think it can be done,” she said. She put her experience performing at her church to use when preparing for opening night. “I’m excited for the audience to see a glimpse of Black history and see all the work we have put together for this show,” she said.

Senior Aaliyah Newsome and Junior Braxton Lewis were excited to showcase their hard work in front of any audience. “I’m ready to get on the stage and I’m everybody to see what’s happening and just see how time has progressed,” Newsome said. 

The addition of negro spirituals and a recording of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” enhanced the flavor of the of the production. “ The process has been very fun and also very tiring, but it’s going to all be worth it, once it gets put together,” Lewis said. “I’m most excited about the music.”