Meet the New Officers!

William Hawks, Contributing Writer

Freshman class of 2019 Student Government Association officers were announced on Sept. 13. Meet the new officers!

President: Amy Caroline White, Biology Medical Sciences

Though a newcomer to the student government world, Amy Caroline White is no stranger to leadership. Back home in Jacksonville, Fla., White started off her high school career active in her school’s Student Ambassadors program, became an active member of National Honors Society, and finished off as captain of the tennis team and senior member of the girls golf team.

Knowing her passions and desires, White’s friends and family recommended student government to her. “What better place to serve than SGA, where real change and development is taking place?” she said. “Throughout the course of my term, I would love to see new ways that students can come together as a community.”

Vice President: Jacob Moffett, Pre-Medical

When not working at the farm in Raymond where he bails hay, Jacob Moffett hopes to spend his freshman year helping others through service in the SGA.

During his high school years in Laurel, Moffett didn’t gain much experience in school-related activities. “I was really busy, it was just wasn’t necessarily school-related. That’s one thing I wanted to change,” he said.

Moffett is looking forward to his time at Mississippi College and his service as Vice President. “It’s kind of like a symbiotic relationship. You get to know the upperclassmen, and serve your fellow freshmen.”

Secretary: Tia Mitchell, Social Work

Meridian native Tia Mitchell is already quite familiar with student government work. She ran campaigns throughout her high school upperclassmen career, and Mitchell already has a year of experience as a student secretary.

“It really opened my eyes to see how much time and preparation goes into planning things for your school/class. I enjoyed it and really think I did a pretty good job as a secretary,” she said of her experience.

“I would like to bring any concerns of my classmates to attention in [the SGA] meetings and see if we can work things out. Really, anything that will make our journey at MC even better!”

Treasurer: Terrance Williams, Political Science

Terrance Williams wants to be a governor one day, and he’s making sure he gets all the experience he can get now. He was his class’s president his Junior and Senior years of high school. And he wants to continue his rise in government.

William is looking forward to making real impacts on the school through the SGA. “Actually being visible on campus, that’s very exciting,” he said.

Speaking on one of the great privileges of the treasury, he said, “I want to really focus on fundraising and that type of thing because I want to make sure the class of 2019 has the biggest and best gift ever to be given to MC.”

Senators

Lake Williams:

-“I’ve been involved in student legislature since 7th grade, in addition to participating in mock trial events and Model United Nations.”

– “I enjoy politics and I want to serve my freshman class, so I threw my name in the running.”

Tiffany Patt:

-“The SGA at my high school wasn’t very involved in actually making changes to better the school and community, so as a member of the Senate here at MC, I look forward to doing just that. One idea I would like to present is allowing students to use their student ID points to purchase apparel in the bookstore.”

Nicholas Ellis: (This is the correct spelling, the announcement email was incorrect.)

-“With my term, I would love to make MC a more attractive school for the student who wants the ‘typical college experience’ without sacrificing the values that make this school great.”

-“My reason for wanting to be a senator was to be able to meet new people and to make MC the school that produces the leaders that restore our state and nation.”

Haley McDonald:

-“One thing that I would like to see accomplished during my term is being able to bring our students together and make this campus an even more beautiful place than it already is!”

-“I want to represent my class in a respectable way and make this place feel like home for everyone!”

Anna Beth Houston: (transfer senator)

-“I would love to see the entire student body get more involved with what happens on this campus. I know that not everyone has time to be a senator, but I think everyone’s opinion matters. I’m trying to figure out ways to make sure everyone’s concerns and ideas can be heard and utilized.”

-“After being introduced to politics, I wanted to get involved. I’ve campaigned for eight different people since the age of 14. Many people don’t vote or get involved in politics because they don’t think their voice matters. I’ve had the opportunity to personally see the outcome of an election change because of time that I put into campaigns. It’s exciting to see the men and women God is raising up to lead our state.”

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You Belong Here: A Message from Clinton Mayor Fisher

“You Belong Here”. This is the city’s message we use to recruit retail and industrial business to Clinton. The beauty of the message is that we can tweak it to fit the other activities we need and to promote interest in our community. For example: “Softball Belongs Here” to promote the Girls Community College National Softball Championship. Or “Veterans Belong Here” to promote veteran orientated events.

College students belong here also, and I’d like to get your opinion on the ways the city of Clinton can better partner with the students of Mississippi College. Your activities, interest, and spending habits are important to the city, and we want to provide the types of businesses and activities you enjoy.

One of my many goals for Clinton is to make the Olde Towne area a more popular walking district during the day and at night for everyone. Increasing foot traffic in Olde Towne allows a greater opportunity for retail success – and more retail success brings more people to Olde Towne. A key element to making this happen requires a better understanding of the 5,000 strong student body’s varying interests.

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I am open to your ideas and want to develop those ideas that encourage you to “hang out” along the brick streets. While every suggestion may not be possible, I am willing to listen to your thoughts and try to accommodate your ideas.

Sometimes this will be very easy. For example, I spoke to some randomly selected students and they suggested a change in the music played in Olde Towne. We now play light jazz from 8 AM to 9 PM. From 9 PM through 2AM the music selection will change to something more appealing to you. We are starting with Indie music, and are open to changing that to other styles as per your listening taste.

All suggestions are welcome, and please, be specific. For example, don’t say “cheap food”, tell me the type of food (such as chicken wings or ice cream). As another example, don’t say “stay open later”, instead give a specific time for stores to close. While I can’t guarantee a business will locate to fill a particular suggestion, it gives me a better idea of who to seek when recruiting.

I also want to know the routes and times you walk/run at night so I can make the Clinton Police Department aware. With that information they can better plan the best times to patrol along those routes and provide you better security. We can also determine if additional lighting is required, as well as any additional traffic controls.

Only my Executive Assistant, Cheryl Reece, and I will know your suggestions and we will not share them or the walking/running information with anyone. All suggestions will come straight to her and we will use the information to provide a more inviting city to you and the interests you enjoy. Contact Cheryl via her city e-mail address, creece@clintonms.org, and we will begin compiling your thoughts and looking for trends.

Thanks for your assistance.

New SGA Executive Council Plans Big Things

-Tiffany Babb, Contributing Writer

Near the end of the spring semester every year at Mississippi College, Student Government Association elections are held and a new group of students step up as leaders. On March 24, MC’s students elected the 2015-2016 Executive Council. The Council consists of the following members: Mary McRae, President; Rowan St. John, Vice President; Emma Carroll Waller, Secretary; Zach Burns, Treasurer; Andrew Borho, Chief Justice; Grant Gilliam, Christian Development Coordinator; Kaitlin McCarty, CAB Chairperson. Some of the council members have moved from other SGA positions, while others are new to MC student government.

SGA, which consists of the Executive Council and the Senate, offers the opportunity for students to have a voice in campus affairs including parking, food services, and student resources and events. SGA teaches the importance of good leadership and good citizenship.

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McRae said “I love being able to have a voice for students and build relationships with staff.”

While the newly elected council has not yet held an official meeting, many had formed relationships with one another prior to the election and express excitement to work as a team. Additionally, a reception was held at the President’s Mansion on March 31 for the student body to get to know their new leaders.

SGA is looking forward to several changes for next year. Members plan to improve SGA as a whole to make it more unified and involved on campus.

McRae explained, “SGA is great but you want to keep improving on something that is good to make it even better.” SGA also plans to focus more attention in the direction of the athletic department. “My number one goal is to promote student athletics as something students enjoy.”

The new members of SGA will welcome back MC students into the fall with new changes across campus and even more ways to enhance their college careers.

“How are you” is not a statement

-Bethani Thomas, Opinions Editor

I hate when people say in passing, “Hey, how are you?” This is such an American thing. I don’t know why it happens. It boggles me to pieces, and it needs to stop. Obviously, stopping to talk to someone and asking how they are doing is not what I am referring to at all. It’s the keywords from my first sentence: in passing.

I say in passing referring to a state of physical movement past another person, whether stationary or in movement. Other words to describe this phrase could be incidentally or even coincidentally. This is a happenstance, momentary meeting, not a sit-down-have-a-coffee-and-converse-with-me extended moment. So why do we ask, “how are you” with hardly even a chance to catch the usually un-thought-out response of “I’m good!”?

Of course, I will once again state, as I have in other articles I’ve written, that I am also guilty of this strange phenomena of converting the question “how are you” into a careless statement—but no more.

This decision was made my sophomore year when I had an interesting conversation with an international student. This student from China asked me one day why Americans “didn’t care.” Immediately, I asked him why he thought Americans didn’t care, and who/what were they not caring about. He proceeded to explain how every American student he had met since arriving to MC would wave and give a “how are you” greeting when they saw him.

Of course, his awkward new-culture, broken-English response was to stop walking while trying to remember their name and work to quickly put together some kind of salutation that he had learned so he could say it correctly. But by that time, the student was had walked past and was gone and had not waited for any kind of response. The Chinese student looked at me questioningly and asked if he was doing something wrong, or if he had misunderstood some cultural cue or custom.

Up until that point, I had already thought about the flippantly used phrase myself, but had decided not to take offense when people I had met didn’t seem to care to follow through by hearing the answer. But when I heard what the foreign student thought and how he had felt after experiencing that situation several times, I felt an anger in me towards those who had made him feel inadequate. The anger was a little dramatic, but even then I vowed to stop asking people in passing how they are unless I plan or have the time to stop and listen to, not just hear, their response.

By reading this article I hope you realize the importance of having a genuineness behind your words. Words are vital to our existence, and can change the way people see us. So be real with your words, your greetings, and your questions.

Proverbs 13:3: “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”

Dear Miss Collegian… My roommate is driving me crazy!

Dear Miss Collegian,

My roommate is driving me crazy! She borrows my clothes, takes way too long in the shower in the morning (and we are in East, so I have to wait), and her side of the room is always messy. She even leaves food from the Caf out on her desk overnight! She transferred in so we’ve only been roommates since January, and I know that the semester is almost done, but I’m not sure I can last the next month. She was really nice and considerate when she first moved in, but after Spring Break, she just sort of snapped and has no concern for my personal things or our space. I’m not sure I should talk to my RA because I don’t want to make it any more awkward than it already is and I’m pretty sure that it’s too late to switch rooms since the year is almost up. I try to talk to her about it, but she just leaves the room and doesn’t come back until I’m gone or in bed. What do I do?!

-Really Frustrated Roomie


Dear Frustrated Roommate,

First of all I’d like to say that I understand completely what you are going through and you are definitely not alone in this. I struggled with a difficult roommate my freshman year as well. I would say that it is probably too late to ask to switch roommates because there is only a month left. The main thing I learned freshman year is that communication is key. The next time you are both in the room together, I would sit down with her and ask if you two can discuss some things that have been bothering you. I know confrontation is difficult sometimes, but it definitely is worth it once you express your concerns and are able to come to a solution.

If she doesn’t want to talk about it and avoids the situation all together, just know that you did try and you did the best you could. And there is only less than a month left so just sticking it out the rest of the way would be the best option right now. If it gets worse, I would talk to the RA and see what can be done. I wish you the best of luck! Hopefully things will get better with your roommate, and if not, now you know what to look for in your future roommate next year! It’s definitely a learning experience that everyone goes through in college.

Best of luck,

Miss Collegian

Celebrate Spring Fever Week Mar. 21

-Megan Cole, Reporter

One of the most exciting times on Mississippi College’s campus is slowly approaching as the weather warms up and our season shifts into spring. Yes, it’s Spring Fever Week and CAB has a lot in store for the student body. Get ready to relive memories and create new ones while recapturing some joy in life this semester. Don’t let exams get you down or watch the semester fly by without taking some time to relax and be a part of this week of fun and exciting events!

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On Mar. 21, the events will kick off with the ever-famous Crawfish Boil. Come out and join the SFW’s annual tradition by enjoying a delicious, seasonal meal outdoors. You’ll get the chance to visit with CAB members and reconnect with our campus’s community – not to mention take up the opportunity to step out of the Caf for a while.

The week will continue through the Mar. 26 with a wide-variety of events and end with a bang at the SFW annual concert.

“Spring Fever Week is one of my favorite weeks during the school year. It has become such a big MC tradition that helps us welcome spring to campus,” commented Dannie Woods, Assistant Director of Student Life for Student Activities.

“I think this year’s SFW is going to create a fun and care-free atmosphere all around campus,” shared Hunter Sandoval, CAB Chairperson, senior and Christian Studies and Spanish major.

According to Sandoval, the week is designed to let students relax from tests, meetings, and deadlines. The week is meant to “create a buzz of high-energy to kick-off the last half of the semester” and allow students to reconnect to MC’s community.

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SWF makes up some of the year’s most popular events all year. From dinner nights, new activities, good food, skating, and some surprises, the week is chock-full of fun for our Choctaws!

Students are encouraged to come out and meet some new faces – or reconnect with some old ones.

Sandoval believes that SWF is a great time to “make lasting memories with those friends you’ve kept around since freshman year” as well as “the best opportunity to make new friends.”

“You really get a sense of the awesome community we have on campus because everyone comes out for this week,” Woods shared.

“There truly is no better way to jump full force into the spring than by coming to a week’s worth of events,” said Sandoval.

“I hope that this year’s students love our lineup of events just as much as we do,” shared Lauren Livingson, freshman and communication major.

“We have some new events coming out this year and some twists on traditional events, but we think campus is going to be excited to participate,” said Woods.

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details about SFW (including the musical act for this year’s concert) from MC’s Campus Activities Board. Follow @MC_CABevents on Twitter.

Symphonic winds concert to be an emotional and entertaining performance

 – Megan Cole, Reporter

Mississippi College’s concert band, Symphonic Winds, will be performing for their spring tour on Tuesday, Mar. 3. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to come and enjoy the emotion-packed performance at 7:30 p.m. in Swor Auditorium. The event will showcase a variety of pieces from different symphonies and evoke a wide spectrum of emotion from listeners.

Music is something that can strike us in a way nothing else can. There is something about a sweet melody or a fast-paced beat that can open up some of the deepest parts of our soul and elicit unforeseen emotions.

According to Craig Young, Director of Band Activities at Mississippi College, this performance will put the audience through “lots of emotions” and is “all over the place.” From foreboding feelings, to excitement, peace, and joy, this symphony brings it all through the students’ talents.

“The show has students soloing all over the place,” Young proudly shared while describing a Memphis Blues piece called “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.”

“This song really lets the students show their skills through a second-line New Orleans-Style beat.” “Slidin’ Down The Mississippi” is another Southern-themed song showcasing student solos.

“I am looking forward to seeing how all of our hard work the past couple months will pay off,” shared trumpet player Courtney Morgan, sophomore and Christian Studies major.

On the darker end of the spectrum, “March to The Scaffold” by Hector Berlioz will be performed. Young believes the piece is meant to be ominous “but exciting.” The song features a story about a man marching to his death within his own imagination.

One of the concert’s faster-paced songs is “Short Cut Home” which evokes excitement, and, according to Morgan, is rather advanced.

“I’m super excited about ‘Shortcut Home.’ It is another piece that we’re doing that is very technical,” stated Morgan.

On the lighter side, there are two hymn-based tunes and a song of prayer included in the performance. “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka deals with the reconciliation of the Christian people to the whole world.

Young believes that the song moves from “joy to sadness” and includes “all of the things any good symphony would have.”

A symphonic rendition of “It is Well With My Soul” and another hymn, written by one of MC’s own, will be performed.

The second hymn piece is from James Sclater, MC’s professor emeritus. Young shared that the piece is based on “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

“The song is pure joy,” noted Young. “And really the emotional content of the show is quite something. It’s gonna be a great show, I hope everyone comes!”

Derby Week 2015

-Tiffany Babb, Contributing Writer

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Derby” will be the theme for this year’s Derby Week, which will take place from Mar. 16-21. The week will include a relay race, a dodge ball tournament, an inflatable jousting competition, a service project, and Derby Day, which will be on the Quad on Saturday, Mar. 21. Anyone is welcome to come and view the events. However, only club and tribe members are permitted to participate. The purpose of Derby week is to help clubs and tribes engage in friendly competition, spirit, and service to the community.

These events will vary in location depending on what event is taking place. McCarty said, “Proceeds from the ticket sales to view the dodge ball tournament will be donated to Make-a-Wish. Derby week t-shirts sold by the council during that week will also be donated to Make-a-Wish.”

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So you think you can dance? On Mar. 16 at 9 p.m. in Swor Auditorium, club and tribe members will have an opportunity to show off their moves in the annual competition known as Swerve. This competition is designed to showcase choreography, creativity, and dance ability. There will be three winners, which include best tribe, best club, and an overall winner. This year seven groups will be competing. These include Swannanoa, Kissimmee, Laguna, Nenamoosha, Shawreth, Kokoa, and Civitan. Clubs and tribes break up into teams for their activities and each of these teams represents a philanthropy that the team members will be donating to if they win the overall award.

In addition, all of the proceeds of the ticket sales will automatically be given to the winning team’s philanthropy. Tickets will go on sale the week of Mar. 16, during lunch in the Caf. The presale price for the tickets is $5 and $7 at the door. Swor holds 800 guests and tickets will be sold until seating is no longer available.

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Dannie Woods, Assistant Director of Student Life for Student Activities, said, “I think Swerve is a great tradition on MC’s campus. Each year student dances highlight how great our students are, as well as diversity among different groups.”

CAB member Kaitlyn McCarty said, “Swerve is a fun, MC-centered, competitive night that is a good time for audience members and participants alike. It is a chance for the various social organizations to showcase their creativity in dance, costuming, music selection, and choreography winners will be determined by a panel of skilled judges.”

Woods added, “I am always excited to see it all come together each year.”

So after spring break, come out and enjoy the many events that will be a part of MC’s annual spring tradition—Derby Week.

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Town and Gown: The Saga of Clinton and Mississippi College

-James Osborne, News Editor

Now available in local bookstores is the new book “Town and Gown: the Saga of Clinton and Mississippi College” written by Walter Howell, Ph.D. The book is being sold at local stores including Pentimento Books and Lemuria Bookstore for $29.

“My intent was to write a history of Clinton, but I soon found out that you cannot write a history of Clinton without including a history of the college,” said Howell. “Not only are they so intertwined, but the college ran the town really for most of its history. Many of the mayors of the town have been former college professors of MC.” Howell himself is the most recent mayor of the town and was also a professor at MC.

Howell has a bachelors and master’s degree in history from MC and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia. He gives credit to his education at MC for his ability to graduate number one out of a class of 12 with his Ph.D. He taught history at MC for 13 years and served as president of the Mississippi Historical Society. He served as a Clinton city alderman from 1977 to 1981 and as mayor of Clinton from 1981 to 1985. Howell was named official town historian in 2013 by the current mayor and town aldermen. He also gave the MC faculty convocation lecture at the beginning of the semester.

Howell said that when thinking of a title for the book, he included the word “saga” which is a reference of the chronicling of worthy people and events.

There have been previous books on the history of the college, but Howell said those books were written from a college administrator’s viewpoint and did not touch on any controversial information, which Howell said he was not afraid to do. “I found a wealth of information and I’d like to think that I brought a faculty members perspective.”

“Mississippi College is a very unique college and invaluable to the town,” added Howell. He went on to explain that the college was started before there was officially a town. Hampstead Academy started in 1826 which then became Mississippi Academy in 1827, and then Mississippi College in 1830. The men who founded the college laid out the plans for the town in 1829, and it was then chartered in 1830.

The book focuses on the beginning of the college and the town in the civil war era, but it also tells of the town during two world wars, the Great Depression, and the history of the town and college up to present day.

Some of the interesting stories in the book include General Sherman providing 15,000 rations to the people of Clinton to prevent starvation during the Union Army’s 1863 occupation and the Clinton Riot in September 1875, which led to the overthrow of Carpetbagger government in Mississippi and the end of Reconstruction in the state in 1877. The book also tells of the Mississippi Baptist Convention’s vote to move the college to Meridian and the town’s fight to make sure the college stayed in Clinton. Other stories include Clinton acquiring MCI WorldCom, which was then the third largest telecommunications company in the world at the time, and later the largest bankruptcy in American history.

Since the book’s release on Nov.18, Howell has attended book signings at various locations such as the Quisenberry library, Lemuria book store, the MC Library, and Pentimento books, and he spoke recently about the book on the morning show of MC’s own Star 93.5.

“We did have a very nice crowd the two days we had Mr. Howell for the book signing,” said Tammy Smith, manager of Pentimento Books in downtown Clinton. “I enjoyed listening to his stories. I enjoyed learning about the riots of the late 1800’s, Dr. Todd’s house, and Violet Banks house. I think it is important to see the role that Clinton played in the history of Mississippi.”

“Mississippi College has enjoyed a long and rich history with the City of Clinton,” said Steve Stanford, vice president of administration and government relations. “It is exciting that Dr. Howell has worked diligently and conducted extensive research to capture some of that history. His book will undoubtedly serve as an enjoyable read and an informative reference for readers for years to come.”

Stanford and the rest of the administration at MC are recognizing the relationship between the college and town this school year under the campaign called “Celebration Clinton: Town and Gown since 1826.” “Our purpose in identifying this year as ‘Celebrating Clinton – Town and Gown since 1826,’” said Stanford. “Is to express our appreciation to our host city for the support it offers to our students, faculty, staff and university. Our histories are certainly intertwined and our futures undeniably connected. We are a part of a wonderful city that reflects our values, beliefs, and commitments to God, family, education and community.”

One part of this campaign is the production of “Our Town” by the MC theater department being shown in the spring. “We chose to do ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder as our spring main stage production for several reasons,” said MC theater teacher Phyllis Seawright. “Yes, the idea of ‘Town and Gown’ is one we have embraced for several years with our casting for ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’ Ms. Sandra Grayson has used children from the Clinton area for many roles in ‘Best Christmas.’ Another reason we chose ‘Our Town’ is because it has not been done here for many years, if ever. That means we will be introducing it to a fresh audience,” said Seawright.

Seawright said that “Our Town” is about the life cycle of a town and its residents. The play illustrates the ordinary routine of living and dying, even as it captures the beauty of that routine. The message of the play is to enjoy every day to the fullest.

“Dr. Walter Howell’s convocation lecture made me aware of so many people I never knew of before,” said Seawright. “I had not known that so many professors had also held the office of mayor of Clinton. That gave me a new appreciation for why MC has remained so strong for so many years. The backbone of a college is its town, whether an MC student ever knows that. Those of us who are here for more than four years provide that necessary stability, and those of us who live here nurture the soul of this place.”

Howell said that the college has had a tremendous impact on education in Clinton due to so many teachers and administrators in the Clinton school system graduating from MC. “Considering the strong influence MC has on Clinton,” said Howell. “Look at the ranking of Clinton schools in MC compared to the Oxford, Starkville, Hattiesburg, and Cleveland schools. There’s no comparison! To me, that is tangible evidence MC has had a greater impact on its host city than any other college city in the state. They can put that in stone, cause it’s true.”

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