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Tripoom TJ Jala projects the ball across the court as he follows through with a backhand swing.

Game. Set. Match. Let the Season Begin!

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

Men's Tennis opened its Spring 2024 season Sat., Feb. 17, on their home courts in a match against Hampden-Sydney College. While perhaps the game lacked in the favoring of the Panthers, with a scored...

Rayshawn Dixon strikes familiar pose this season.

Rayshawn Dixon’s Perfect Season

Kyle Markowitz, Editor February 22, 2024

Rayshawn Dixon’s senior season has been one to remember with goals he says he still wants to accomplish. Dixon wrestles at 285 lbs. and is ranked third in the nation for his weight class.  His 27-0...

New Head Football Coach Kevin Sherman addresses the team before morning workouts.

Refocus on Focus, Refocus on Focus, Focus on Your Refocus

Cody Gibson, Sports Editor February 22, 2024

Newly hired Head Football Coach Kevin Sherman has a certain feeling about coming back home. “First off, I'm truly honored and blessed an thankful for the opportunity, because this is where my coaching...

Championship Ambitions On and Off the Mat

Franklin Melton, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

Heavyweight wrestler Rayshawn Dixon, a senior wrestler and HHP major, hails from Fayetteville, NC and strives to be a champion both on the mat and in life. Dixon came here hungry to make a difference...

Senior Brodie Johnson, right, and Coach Dan Caston retrieve their discs from the basket and head to the next hole.

Disc Go Dis Way

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

"Did you mean to hit that tree?" jokes Brodie Johnson, senior, as he witnesses a bright green disc thrown by his opponent soar directly into the leaves above. There always seems to be some light banter...

Jikari Johnson, junior, flashes the W sign after the Panthers knocked off Bridgewater in the first round of the ODAC tournament Monday.

On the Bus

Compiled by Staff February 21, 2024

The mood is light. It's 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, and the men's basketball team is preparing for a road trip to take on rival Bridgewater in the first round of the ODAC tournament. Players...

Kiana Sommerville Walks into the SET office to get her treats before they run out.

Treat Tuesdays Offer Respite

Refentse Maselwa, Editor February 19, 2024

Stomach rumbles, mind blank, but not yet ready for lunch. Student Engagement Team (SET) office has Treat Tuesdays during common hour and happen every last Tuesday of every month. There are snacks...

 Guest Speaker Paul Chapman raves about the many upcoming opportunities and events for members of the community offered by Franklin County Parks and Recreation at the February meeting of Ferrum Forward.

Ferrum (Steps) Forward at Monthly Meeting

Eliza Copes and Grace Weaver February 19, 2024

This past Tuesday, Ferrum Forward members assembled and commenced with the introduction of the night’s speaker, Paul Chapman, director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation. Chapman expressed appreciation...

Sophomore Adrian Samano placed second at 125 pounds.

Panthers Take 5th at ODAC Wrestling Championships

Cody Gibson, Sports Editor February 19, 2024

The Panther wrestling team competed Feb. 18, at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, held at Averett University's Grant Center, and placed fifth of seven teams. The team scores throughout...

Macbeth Opens On Campus This Week

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

The days left of rehearsal dwindle as the  Theater Arts Department sets the stage for the upcoming performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth on campus. The production will make its debut this Thurs., Feb....

Tahli Oden, senior, floats and scoops for two of his 12 points against Shenandoah.

Men’s Basketball Dominates Shenandoah

Compiled by Staff February 18, 2024

Sometimes endings are hard to write--they can seem contrived or cheesy. But other times, endings seem appropriate and pretty much write themselves. Truth may not be only stranger than fiction--but...

The Panther Nation fills the seats and partakes in the friendly competition at the Rocky Mount Bowling Center.

Students Make Trek to Rocky Mount for Bowling Night

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Members of the  Panther Nation spent the afternoon at Rocky Mount Bowling Center Jan. 26. The activity was offered by the Office of Student Engagement. The local facility was filled with the cheer...

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