Another College Rivalry Story By Madison Brown

When you think college sports, you think rivalry. Ole Miss and Miss. State. Alabama and Auburn. Michigan and Ohio. Rivalries that extend into areas not even related to sports, and Mississippi College has one, too. A rival so big that even wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is considered treason. Hashtags and buttons that read #bEATtheOkra can be found all over campus and on social media starting a week before game day. So who is our rival?

Delta State.

This rivalry goes back decades. The two schools have competed in almost every major sport starting as early as the 1930s. Before the Choctaws left the Gulf South Conference in 1996, the competition between these two teams was intense, but now back at Division II, Mississippi College students and the Clinton area have been reminded of just how big this rivalry is.

Athletic director, Mike Jones, said that MC alum had one thing on their minds when the Choctaws moved back to Division II, “Beat Delta State.” He said, “They knew how important it was. The renewal of this rivalry is great for athletics, for the state, and for both of these schools.” Convincing students to get involved however, is a different story.

Mississippi College and Delta State have always fought for the Gulf South Conference championship title, and assistant athletic director, David Nichols said it’s always nice to have “bragging rights over your rival team.” He said, “We’re trying to get our student athletes to appreciate the rivalry and get back to what it once was in the 80s and 90s.”

The younger generations don’t remember how intense the rivalry was before the Choctaws left the GSC. Don Lofton, head coach for the men’s basketball team, said that since the Choctaws have moved back to Division II, hopefully the rivalry mindset will come back as well. “I think interest from the fans will grow.” He said it’s healthy for MC athletics to compete in such a rivalry because the athletes and coaches look forward to facing the Statesmen.

For former choctaw football players like Dr. Jim Turcotte, this rivalry is personal. “When I was a student, they were our number one rival. We prepared for them all year.” Like others, Turcotte hopes that students will learn more about the history of the rivalry and invest into it as years go by. He said, “They don’t understand how important it was for us to beat Delta State when we were athletes. We didn’t care if we won another game all year, as long as we beat Delta State.”

This isn’t just a rivalry on the basketball court or the football field though. It’s a battle on the recruitment field, too. Delta State and Mississippi College are the only Division II schools in the state which means they’re constantly fighting for recruits. Coach Lofton said, “In college athletics it comes down to players. Beating Delta State would help us gain back the respect we need in the athletic program.” MC athletes recognize the rivalry as well.

Sophomore, Choctaw women’s basketball player, Kaitlyn Thompson is from Cleveland, Miss and she understands the weight of a game against Delta State. “Coach Duke tells us that every game is important and that this game is no different. You have to have the mindset to play every game your hardest, but this game is a little more personal.” She said that having friends and family from her hometown cheer against her team just makes her work even harder to get a win.

Going into last week’s basketball game against Delta State, seniors like Antonio Johnson really wanted a win. In his four year career at MC, Johnson has only won once against the Statesmen. He said, “To win against them while I’m a starter would mean so much more to me than people understand.” Even freshman Lauran Sheriff understands the importance of a victory over Delta State. She said, “We know they’re tough, they’re quick, and they’re of course our rival team which means we have to beat them.”

In their first meeting of the 2017-18 season, the Choctaw men and women’s basketball teams played a tough game against the Statesmen but were unable to pull away with a win. Since returning to the GSC in 2014, the Lady Choctaws have only won twice against the Lady Statesmen. For the men’s team, the Choctaws have only won once in the last four years.

Although the Choctaws were defeated by the Statesmen last Saturday, both the men and women are looking forward to their next meeting on February 22 where the Choctaws will compete in their final regular season game against Delta State in Cleveland, Miss.

Choctaws vs. Statesmen. It’s a traditional rivalry, but one that is well-respected across the state. A rivalry that began many decades ago, and one that will forever have Choctaw fans cheering, “Beat Delta State!”


Donovan Ham’s basketball IQ and pedigree are helping the Choctaws take the next Step this season. Corey Rholdon, Sports Editor

donovan hamThe Mississippi College Men’s Basketball Team has gotten out to its best start since rejoining the GSC in 2014. A big reason for that is junior transfer Donovan Ham, who came from Georgia Highlands College. Before that, Ham played at Texas Tech. Ham averages 14.6 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, and 3 assists for the Choctaws this season.

Coach Lofton believes that Ham’s size, athleticism and basketball IQ make him stand out. “The biggest thing that he brings that we haven’t had here is size. He has got some length and is a good athlete. He can do a lot of things. He is a good ball handler, and he really gets into the lane and sets up our other players. We haven’t had that in the past and I think that is the biggest difference in our team this year compared to past years,” Lofton says.

Ham has great basketball pedigree in his family. Donovan’s father Darvin Ham played eight seasons in the NBA, won a championship with the Detroit Pistons, and is currently an assistant for the Atlanta Hawks. Donovan’s older brother, Darvin Jr., played at Northwest University, and his younger brother is currently playing high school basketball.

Lofton knows Donovan is going to play well each and every night because that is how he was raised. “His dad was an NBA player and is an NBA coach, so he gets that from his genes. What we have to do is play better around him, because I know he is going to play well for us,” Lofton says.

A big perk about having an NBA father is that you are always around NBA players. Ham notices a major difference in the mindset of NBA players. “NBA players have a different mindset. They are definitely more mature, and they just get it. It is a different type of mindset that they have. The players understand the game, the spots, how they need to score, and the execution and preparation.  The game is totally different from college,” Ham said.

“The role is the biggest thing. If you are a shooter you have to prepare before the game and get your shots up, or if you are a defender you have to come out with the intensity to defend. I always think about what I need to do before the game, and how I can execute and help the team win,” said Ham.

Ham’s teammate Junior Davy Fisher sees that focus and preparation in Donovan. “Donovan is an all-around good guy. He works harder than a lot of our players. He is not very outspoken, but you know he is taking it seriously and he wants the best for the team,” said Fisher.

“What I respect about him the most is how seriously he takes his practice outside of our team practice. The best thing I think Donovan does is take game shots at game speed. He does that over and over again,” Fisher said.

The biggest thing that Ham got out of being around NBA players and watching his dad play was that he got to fully understand the game of basketball. “Growing up I always used to watch him play, and seeing him coach has definitely given me a lot of wisdom in basketball. My basketball IQ — I am always seeing things before others do, and I see things that others don’t. I just understand the game both in offensive sets and defensive sets,” Ham said.

With several key players out for the rest of the season for the Choctaws, the team is going to need Ham to have the mamba mentality more than ever. “He is frustrated right now that our team lost some of our size and that has hurt us. He is trying to do a lot to try to carry us. He has to and we need him to. For us to have a chance to win, we have to have great production from him, and he has to score the basketball. He also guards the opposing team’s best player, and he does a great job at that,” said Lofton.

At the beginning of the season Ham did not see himself as a leader on the team, but as the season has progressed and Ham has gotten more comfortable at Mississippi College, he has become one of the leaders of the team. “At first I really did not see myself as a leader because we had three seniors, but as of now I see myself as a leader because people follow what you do, and always look at your body language. If you have a positive body language, then you could uplift your teammates and everyone is going to play just as good as you” said Ham.

Ham wants to play professionally when he has done his career at Mississippi College, but as of right now, he just wants to win. “I just want to win, and play as good as possible and help the team win. After that, if I am successful, hopefully I can play professionally, but as of right now, I am just focused on this season,” said Ham.

Ham says his family is what continues to push him forward. “My family is my motivation. I feel like I just have to be successful. My dad was successful; my older brother was successful; and my little brother is successful, too. So we have a successful family,” Ham said.

The Choctaws will play rival Delta State on Saturday, Jan. 27. Come out to support our Choctaws!

Choctaws Basketball Keeps on Kicking. Josh Clark, Contributing Writer

mens basketball.PNGEveryone loves a good underdog story. In fact, some of the greatest stories in the history of sports involve an underdog. In these stories, a certain athlete or team overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in the face of doubt and uncertainty to pull off an incredible feat.

The exciting yet potentially demeaning thing about being an underdog is that no one expects anything of you. Underdogs are typically written off, aren’t projected to do anything impressive, and are typically excluded from playoff talks prior to the beginning of the season.

Ever since Mississippi College joined the Gulf South Conference as full-time members of NCAA Division II athletics just before the 2016-17 academic year, they have served as the underdog in a variety of situations. Maybe it’s the adjustment period that comes with the transition, or maybe it’s simply the fact that MC is up against an entirely new animal in the GSC. Whatever the case may be, the Choctaws have been forced to navigate a tough road over the past two seasons. One of those tough roads is on the basketball court, specifically for the men’s team.

In their first season as full-time members of the GSC last year, the Choctaw men’s basketball team struggled to gain traction. Although they had a surplus of talent and had spent the past two years playing conference competition, something went terribly wrong. The Choctaws finished dead last in the GSC standings in 2016-17 with a record of 7-19 overall and 4-18 against conference opponents.

“Even though we didn’t do well last year, I think we were better than our record indicated,” said head coach Don Lofton. The Choctaw basketball team could not seem to string together any consistency and struggled to find the win column, even with a rather skilled and deep lineup.

Last season’s struggles mixed with the Choctaws’ newness in the conference led to a lack of respect or expectations for the team coming into the 2017-18 season. In the preseason power rankings, the Choctaws were picked to finish 12th out of the 14 GSC basketball teams. They were dismissed and ignored entirely and expected to do very little.

But now that the 2017-18 basketball season is a little over two months in, one thing is clear: the Choctaws aren’t backing down.

MC currently sits in a tie for ninth place in the GSC standings with a record of 7-8, including a 4-6 mark in conference play. While that may not seem altogether impressive, the top eight teams make the GSC Tournament which takes place in early March. So, the Choctaws are still very much in the fight. And with a little over a month to go in the season, there is still a great opportunity for the Choctaws to do something big and make it to their first GSC Tournament.

“We just took the negative and made it into motivation,” said senior guard Antonio Johnson. “We’re trying to stay positive. We know people are doubting us, but we come together as one team, and we are going to keep fighting to the end.”

The Choctaws have plenty of talent in their lineup this season, including returning guards Antonio Johnson and Otis Harvey. Both players have played in all 15 of MC’s games this season and are helping the Choctaws put together an exciting and encouraging run.

“Coach has been telling us always that it’s a new year,” said Harvey. “The key to having success is believing in ourselves no matter what other people think, and we all believe in each other. That’s what coach has been preaching to us since day one, so we believe. We just have to get the job done.”

The Choctaws have received significant help from some of their older talent this season. Johnson is leading the team in steals (18) and minutes (31.8 per game), while senior Stacey Mack leads the team in points (15.8 per game) and rebounds (7.5 per game). Their contributions, along with the depth of the Choctaw bench, have aided MC in getting to where they are now.

But things aren’t getting easier. After winning four games in a row during the Christmas break, MC has now lost three GSC games in a row. A large reason in this skid is the absence of Stacey Mack and Isaiah Austin from the lineup. Both players are ineligible to play for the rest of the season and will be sorely missed on the team.

“That’s really tough,” said Harvey. “Our offense is based on our post players, and when we lose key pieces like that it makes it very difficult. We have to try and come up with a new game plan every night and see what works.”

“We’re playing a different lineup now since we lost some guys, and some of the new guys are young and just haven’t gotten some areas worked out,” said Lofton. “It’s going to take us some time. Even though we’ve played a lot of games, we haven’t played a lot of games with this lineup. We don’t have the luxury of playing exhibition games to help get us ready. We’re right in the middle of the Gulf South Conference race, but we’re not going to make any excuses.”

But even with their absences, the Choctaws are still finding ways to fight. Junior guard Donovan Ham has been an incredibly bright spot for MC in his first season in Clinton. He is averaging 14.6 points per game, including shooting 41.7 percent from the three-point line. He’s contributing in a variety of areas and is providing the MC basketball team with a nice balance of speed and skill.

“He’s just been really good,” Lofton said of Ham. “He does a nice job on both ends of the floor. We’ve enjoyed having him. He has some size that we haven’t had on the perimeter and he brings that. Obviously when he’s going good, we’re a good team.”

With just a little over a month left in the season, the Choctaws are in a corner and have to fight their way out. The team has 10 games remaining on their schedule, all of which are against GSC opponents. With MC being two wins out of both fifth place and last place in the standings, there is a great opportunity for the Choctaws to take advantage or fall behind, depending on how they play it.

“We just have to stay together as a team and keep executing and defending well,” said Donovan Ham. “Defense is really the key. If we play great defense, I feel like we can beat about any team in the GSC. We just have to stay together, keep hitting shots, and keep focusing. We’ll make it to the playoffs doing that.”

It’s fun being an underdog, but it’s even more fun when you capitalize on it. With the odds stacked against them, can MC go the distance and make it to the tournament? Whatever happens, it’s promising to be a fun ride to the finish. Buckle up.

Track Teams Prepare for Samford Invitational. By Madison Brown

track and field.PNGComing off of a seven week break, the men and women’s track teams will compete in the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend. The last team event was held in early December, so both teams spent their first week of practices to get back into a routine. Sophomore Luke Govero and Senior Kiana Grant are two key members of the Choctaw teams. Govero competes in the multi-event, while Grant specializes in long jump, triple jump, and long sprints.

Both the men and women’s teams train and condition together, but practices are divided by event. Jumpers from both teams will have run-through practices where the athletes focus on technical details such as take off, landing, and form. The runners then meet up to train together for their specific events.

Grant explained that each member was sent a workout to follow over the break in order to keep up an active routine. She said, “It’s difficult to come back after a break, but there’s nothing like practicing with a coach and your team. When you’re alone it’s kind of hard to motivate yourself.”

Govero competes in the decathlon which consists of events like the 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, hurdles, pole vaulting, discus, and other field events. He says he doesn’t have a favorite, but “discus and javelin are really fun, and I’ve grown to like the pole vault.” Most of his time is spent practicing alone, but he enjoys getting to spend time with his teammates at group practices and on road trips to each meet.

Grant says that as meets get closer, their practices get lighter and more technical. She enjoys forming relationships with her teammates as well. As a senior, she finds ways to connect with the younger members on the team. “I see myself as a motivator and a friend.”

Preparation for each meet looks the same for Govero and Grant: lots of mental preparation. For Govero, each event in the decathlon is one after another so he tries to “not get too focused on each event but be prepared for the event as a whole.” Grant goes through a really long warm up on meet days but says “mental preparation is key.” Listening to music is her go-to option for staying focused. Both Govero and Grant have goals they want to achieve going into the rest of the spring season. Grant is still recovering from a summer surgery but hopes to have a great last season. Her goal is to improve on her current marks and defend her position on the team.  Govero said he wants to continue to do his best this season and “qualify for nationals, both indoor and outdoor.”

Women’s Basketball: Mid-Season Summary. Sadie Wise, Contributing Writer

womens basketballMississippi College’s women’s basketball team is coached by Paul Duke, who is on his 23rd season as the leader for the Lady Choctaws. During his past 22 seasons as head coach for the Choctaws, Duke has been very successful, accumulating a record of 356-204.

The team, which is made up of mostly younger players, has faced some adversity this season due to injuries. Because of this, Duke has had to use multiple, varying lineups since the season started back in October.

Things finally seem to be looking up for the Choctaws, though.

On Monday, Jan. 15, MC’s women’s basketball team geared up for their holiday match up against the Montevallo Falcons in Mississippi College’s Golden Dome. The Choctaws went into the game with a record of 5-10, with hopes of clinching their second conference win of the season, and that’s exactly what they did.

Key player Kelley Allen led the Choctaws with 21 points in the game, freshman Lauran Sheriff was close behind Allen with 16 points, and Ieisha Lacey contributed 15 points to the win. The Lady Choctaws maintained a lead throughout the game and extended it to a 15-point lead to seal the deal in the closing minutes at A.E. Wood Coliseum.

“Our girls are starting to get used to each other,” Duke said after coaching the team to their second GSC victory this season. “We’ve played a lot better offensively and defensively.”

He said his No. 1 goal for the team right now is getting each player back from the plague of sickness and injuries that has affected the team this season. Injuries to key players like Kelley Allen have forced some other ladies to step up.

Duke says one of those players is Kaitlyn Thompson, who is a sophomore forward from Cleveland, Miss. She had eight points last Monday against the Falcons from Montevallo. She said the team had time to hang out before the game so they were very focused and ready. “That’s always been my favorite part of basketball: my teammates,” Thompson said. When asked how the victory against the Falcons has helped the team, Thompson said, “I think we have some momentum now.”

As for the injuries the Choctaws have had to deal with this season, Thompson admitted that it’s tough, but it’s just a part of sports. Duke also mentioned Hannah Shafer as a leader for the Lady Choctaws, after her return from being out since the second week of October.

With 11 games left in GSC play, Duke hopes to have everyone back and healthy for the remainder of the season. “I hope with everybody back that we play hard, and we can win any of these games if we stick together and get a little bit better each day.”

Paul Duke: Husband, Mentor, Women’s Basketball Coach Kelsey DeVazier, Editor

coach dukeHe is a developer. He believes in each of his players, and constantly encourages them, preparing and growing them into women who are ready to face the real world. Most of all, he is passionate about the “great game of basketball.” This is just a short glimpse into the life of Coach Paul Duke, the head women’s basketball coach at Mississippi College.

“My mother was an All-State basketball player,” said Duke. “My twin sister was a girly girl; she wasn’t really an athlete. My mother really introduced me to the great game of basketball.” Originally from Columbus, Miss., Duke grew up playing basketball at the YMCA after school with his friends. “That was a very safe place. It taught us great Christian values,” said Duke, with a gleam in his eye, “And that was the place that taught us how to play basketball.”

For Duke, the best thing about being a coach is developing his players. “Making them better and giving them confidence to get better. I really enjoy working with the players and making them better with their skill work,” he said.

Skill work is one of the techniques that Duke focuses on individually with each player. “Basketball is a fundamental sport, so we work on their fundamentals to make them better with their skill set.” Duke said that each position requires a particular skill set. “The point guard position requires dribbling, passing, and shooting, so we teach them to dribble, pass, and shoot. We’re always in player development.”

Duke stresses that passion is important, not just in basketball, but in everything you do. “As a player, you’ve got to absolutely love the great game of basketball,” said Duke. “You’ve got to have that love and passion for it. And time is the key to everything.”

“What I do for a living, I don’t call it work,” Duke said with a smile. “I enjoy it so much! Every day I drive up 200 South Capitol and smile because I come to this golden dome. This is a great place to work. I’ve been very fortunate and very blessed to be here for such a long time. MC is a great college.”

In contrast, the hardest thing about being a coach for Duke is “getting people to give an overall effort in everything they do.” He also said that the teamwork can be difficult too. “You’ve got to accept your role on the team. Everybody’s got a skill that they’re really good at. Not everyone can be a good shooter, and some people can’t rebound,” he said.

As a coach, Duke works hard to see that his players go on to be “productive and successful citizens.” To Duke, it’s not just winning and losing games. “It’s teaching the girls the right values and have them leave Mississippi College and become successful people in the real world. That’s what I look forward to.”

The most important thing about coaching is to take it one day at a time. “Each day is a different day, and sometimes people make mistakes. And you try to be patient and develop these players,” said Duke. “It’s a challenge when you work with people. And you’ve got to be forgiving.”

Emery Wilson is a sophomore on the team. “Coach Duke has been a very new and different experience,” she said. “You always learn something new from him.”

Wilson has been playing basketball for approximately eight years. Even with her years of experience, she said that she has learned new skills from Duke. “He always reminds us to always be a student first. He teaches us to be modest, respectful young ladies,” she said, “He teaches us about life outside of basketball too.”

While Duke wishes the team would’ve had better luck this season, he recognizes that developing the program into DII doesn’t happen overnight. “We’re better than we were when we first started, so it’s a process we’re in,” said Duke. “It’s been really tough. We’ve been knocked down, but we’ve gotten back up. When you get knocked down, what do you do? You jump right back up. And we will be better as we go.”

Get to Know Our New President

Dr. ThompsonSeptember 4, 2018

The start of a new school year is best described as a wave of change and excitement. For some students, it’s meeting up with old friends they haven’t seen all summer, finally getting into the circus arts class, or being one semester closer to that “ring by spring”. But for Dr. Blake Thompson, our new MC president, this fall brings its own changes and plenty of excitement. As a husband and a father of three, it was no small task to move his family and become part of the Mississippi College family. Nevertheless, he seems up to the task.

Dr. Thompson and his wife are both from Mississippi, but they and their children have lived in a number of places, including Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio. When given the chance to become the next president of MC, his family saw it as an opportunity to come home and contribute to this community.

So far, Dr. Thompson has enjoyed his time at MC and has found it hasn’t been too hard of an adjustment. He thoroughly enjoys meeting students, being able to build relationships with the faculty, Pimento’s homemade chips, and getting to use his new golf cart. If you see any random scooters around campus, they probably belong to his children, who are also getting used to this new way of life.

“Everyone has been so welcoming and warm and kind. We really just appreciate it and find it a joy to even be here.”

Being president of a university was not originally one of Dr. Thompson’s ambitions. However, he and his family “pursued opportunities as they came,” and when God opened this door for him, he did not hesitate.

When comparing working at a smaller, private university to working at a large, public university, he notes that while the size is a noticeable difference, they are more alike than they are different. Both private and public universities have relatively the same problems, but they also the same possibilities and potential. However, parking at private universities is noticeably better.

Dr. Thompson is also very active on social media (@DrBlakeThompson) . Recently beating the MC Clocktower (@MCClocktower) in a race to 1,000 followers, he hopes his presence on the world wide web will allow him to interact more with students, as well to boost morale by letting them know that they are heard and cared for.

When asked to describe Mississippi College in one word, Dr. Thompson gave three.

“Family,” for how close knit and inviting MC is, not only to him and his family, but to anyone who walks through its doors. “Faith,” not only due to the faithfulness MC has shown and will continue to show, but also in regards to God’s faithfulness to His people here on campus.  “Love,” because people love MC. Our alumni and students are loyal. The faculty loves students, and the love of God is present on this campus, a love that is formed by faith.

Dr. Thompson’s current mantra is simple, but rich in meaning: “Head and Heart.” To him, this can mean many things. It describes how he wants to be a headstrong but also compassionate leader. In addition, it delves further into a sense of purpose, describing us as an institution. Mississippi College produces intellects who are in touch with those around them, combined with a smart and compassionate culture, full of faith and academic success.

So what’s next? Dr. Thompson plans to spend these next weeks getting to know the campus and everyone who makes MC what it is. So be on the lookout, and be sure to give our newest president a warm MC welcome!

Nathalie Rowell

Volume 100, Issue 1

New BSU Leaders Expect Great Things

March 22, 2016

(from left) Mandy Phillips, Emily Greer, Travis Pollard, Anna Widner and Jarrett Frierson ministered in Mass. over Spring Break

 The Baptist Student Union has experienced changes in leadership this semester with both a new Director and Associate Director. In January, former Associate Director Mandy Phillips was officially named Director. Then, on Feb. 22, MC graduate Ryan Bain worked his first day as the associate director.  

Phillips had previously served as Associate Director beginning in October 2014 until her time as the interim Director from October 2015 until January 2016. Phillips has had a 16-year-long career in collegiate ministry that has had her crisscrossing the country. Before returning to her home state of Mississippi to work at MC, Phillips worked in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and Louisiana.

Phillips’ first exposure to college ministry came right after she finished her bachelor’s degree at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. She was the associate director for their BSU for a year before going to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to get her Masters of Divinity degree. While there, she ministered to nursing and medical students.

When she graduated from seminary, Phillips moved to Providence, R.I. There, she was a North American Missions Board missionary and worked on staff at a church plant. She said she was able to make many campus relationships with students at Brown University. She recalled helping one particular student become a Christian, which was a difficult thing because of the anti-Christian nature of the school.

From there, Phillips was recommended by a mentor for a job at Louisiana State University. She served for five years at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry there. And then, in 2011, she was recommended for the associate director position at the University of Tennessee.

In 2013 Phillips got engaged. Her fiancé was working in Pennsylvania at the time, so she moved there and got a job at Penn State.

In 2014, Phillips and her husband were “sensing that God was doing something, about to move us, but we didn’t know why.” They ended up moving back to Mississippi, where Phillips applied to the BSU position at Mississippi College that had opened up right about the time they moved. She went to her first interview, and about three hours later, checked into the hospital for the birth of their son.

Phillips said the students she’s encountered at Mississippi College have been different in several ways from the ones she’s ministered to at other schools. “I’ve seen some of the strongest leaders here,” she said. Also, she’s noticed “some of the most willing servants I’ve ever seen. They understand no task is too small and somebody has to set up sound and lug water coolers and somehow that can point to the glory of God.”

Some people have said to Phillips, “You realized you’ve worked with some of the best ministries in the country.” She responds, That’s only the Lord.”

Ryan Bain brings another unique set of experiences to his new position as the Associate BSU Director. He graduated with a bachelors in Christian Studies from Mississippi College in 2014. After graduating, he interned at the Louisiana State University’s Shreveport campus BSU. He then began seminary at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, Tenn. Bain also interned at the BSU at Northwest Mississippi Community College for a semester.  After his first semester there, Bain made the move back to MC, and will continue to serve here while taking seminary classes online.

-Will Hawks, Contributing Writer

this article appeared in Vol. 97, Issue 10 of The Mississippi Collegian