GPA requirement change does more good than harm

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board. Seniors graduating this December are in the final stretch, but there are proving to be a couple bumps in the road along the way. While the University has attempted to be transparent about these changes, students …

Feelin’ the MUSIC

Sigma Alpha Iota hosted the 57th annual All Campus Sing Wednesday Umbrellas, tarps and an estimated 1,000 spectators covered the Quad Wednesday to open the 57th annual All Campus Sing. The event began with an introduction to the judges and a featured guest, Judy Hill, member of Sigma Alpha Iota, who participated …

Women’s tennis still No. 1

Racers take on OVC Tournament in Nashville Saturday and Sunday For the second year in a row the Murray State women’s tennis team won the OVC regular season championship. This year they are co-champions with Eastern Kentucky. On April 11 the Racers (15-3, 9-1) faced Jacksonville State (9-14, 5-5) in …

Cum laude GPA requirements to change in fall

Students are disappointed in Murray State’s cum laude GPA requirement change from a 3.3 to a 3.4, but by decreasing the number of hours in residence and removing the upper level hours in residence will in turn help more students qualify for academic honors at graduation. Mark Rhodes, junior from …

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April 17, 2015 News

How one traumatic night for a student became a six-month struggle with Murray State.

Editor’s Note: The Murray State News changed the name of the woman and decided to not name the alleged perpetrator or any other students involved.

It took Lily Smith two days to fully understand she had been raped.

She said as she stood in the shower thinking about the events of Nov. 7, 2014, she wished the hot water running over her head were acid, eating away flesh and memories.

“If I didn’t ask for this, then what does that make it? The shock of the word ‘rape’ hit me,” Smith said.

It took another three days for her to gather the courage to come forward about what happened. … Continue Reading

GPA requirement change does more good than harm

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board.

Katie Wilborn/The News

Katie Wilborn/The News

Seniors graduating this December are in the final stretch, but there are proving to be a couple bumps in the road along the way.

While the University has attempted to be transparent about these changes, students seem to be taken off guard and frustrated with the decision to raise the Cum laude GPA requirement from 3.3 to 3.4.

For some, frustration is an understatement.

The frustration stems from those who have been under the understanding that the requirement for graduating with Cum laude honors was 3.3 for so long that raising it to a 3.4 by fall 2015 seems unreasonable. … Continue Reading

The Murray State News – Education Abroad

April 17, 2015 Special Sections

Education Abroad is a special publication of The Murray State News.

Feelin’ the MUSIC

Sigma Alpha Iota hosted the 57th annual All Campus Sing Wednesday

IMG_3850_EDITUmbrellas, tarps and an estimated 1,000 spectators covered the Quad Wednesday to open the 57th annual All Campus Sing.

The event began with an introduction to the judges and a featured guest, Judy Hill, member of Sigma Alpha Iota, who participated in the first All Campus Sing.

Guests honored the flag when the Racer Men’s Choir sang the National Anthem and supported Murray State with the singing of the fight song led by the Murray State Football team.

Independent groups began the competition portion of the show with the Euclidean Math Club “bringing nerdy back.” The National Panhellenic Council performed songs in a performance titled, “Soul Train.”

Other performances included the International Student Organization who incorporated various flags from around the world as well as Sigma Alpha performing a “Sisters before Misters” act.

Residential colleges rocked the stage with a variety of acts ranging from romance in a Romeo and Juliet performance by White & Elizabeth Residential Colleges to a Clue mystery performed by Springer-Franklin College. Hester College entertained the crowd with a “Space Jam” tribute. Members danced in uniforms and sweatbands and sang around a large scoreboard and basketball goal. … Continue Reading

Women’s tennis still No. 1

Racers take on OVC Tournament in Nashville Saturday and Sunday

Kory Savage/The News POSITIVE ENDING: (Above, left) Junior Megan Blue from Mississauga, Ontario hits the ball during doubles play on Saturday April 11. Sophomore Verginie Tchakarova from Sofia, Bulgaria plays her last regular season game before her and twin, Eleonore transferring in the Fall.

POSITIVE ENDING: Junior Megan Blue from Mississauga, Ontario hits the ball during doubles play on Saturday April 11.

For the second year in a row the Murray State women’s tennis team won the OVC regular season championship. This year they are co-champions with Eastern Kentucky.

On April 11 the Racers (15-3, 9-1) faced Jacksonville State (9-14, 5-5) in the final match of the regular season. With the title on the line, the Racers played at the top of their game and won 7-0.

Before the match, senior Andrea Eskauriatza was honored by Head Coach Jorge Caetano as she prepared to play in her final match at the Bennie Purcell Tennis Courts.

“She did exactly what we expected her to do all year and that was win,” Caetano said. “She is always exciting to watch with the way she plays, sliding around and getting to the ball.”

The Racers jumped on their opponents early and scored the doubles point behind a strong effort from a new team of Nancy Karaky and Verginie Tchakarova who won 8-0. Verginie typically pairs with her twin sister Eleonore Tchakarova, but an injury kept Elenore from competing over the weekend. … Continue Reading

Miss MSU winner makes history

April 17, 2015 Features

Miss MSU judges crown Tanelle Smith as Murray State’s first black queen

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Johnson Miss MSU winner, Tanelle Smith, sophomore from Cape Girardeau, Mo., poses with President Bob Davies after being crowned.

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Johnson
Miss MSU winner, Tanelle Smith, sophomore from Cape Girardeau, Mo., poses with President Bob Davies after being crowned.

The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed Miss Murray State University pageant took place Saturday in Lovett Auditorium as history was made by crowing the first black queen.

Emily Baker, junior from Russellville, Ky., was the marketing specialist for the pageant.

Her main goal was to increase student attendance and awareness of the pageant.

“One thing I always noticed about Miss MSU was the lack of student knowledge and interest in the event,” Baker said. “These girls work so hard preparing for this scholarship opportunity and they deserve to be supported by the students, staff and community … Through social media we were able to gain followers and interest from the student body.”

The audience was welcomed by Executive Director Laken Kanipe, junior from Clay, Ky.

  “I am excited for the audience to see the opening number,” Kanipe said before the show. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the show is really unique and entertaining for all.” … Continue Reading

Politicians are reflections, not activists

Campaign season, while it lays out the groundwork for the future of a politician, marks the beginning of dirt-digging and scathing review of a candidate’s past.

Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State turned Democratic presidential hopeful, has been the target of skeptics (understandably) for her use of a private email server to conduct public business.

Clinton’s secret homebrew email server scandal is worth the criticism. It was wrong and against federal policy. What is unnecessary, though, is how opponents crucify her for being a “flip-flopper” on social issues.

Clinton’s campaign launch video featured not one, but two, same-sex couples – a sign of how far she’s come on the issue, just like a lot of Americans. According to a Gallup poll, support for same-sex marriage is rising among all ages. Support from 18-29 year-olds rose from 41 percent to 78 percent between the years 1996 and 2014. The same upward curve is seen in older generations.

Though it’s a thoughtful way to address the issue, Clinton’s campaign video contrasts highly with her 2008 campaign, when she said she opposed federal same-sex marriage rights. … Continue Reading

Cum laude GPA requirements to change in fall

April 17, 2015 News, Slider Featured stories
Photo Illustration by Hannah Fowl/The News Gold cords are given to students who achieve honors such as cum laude with their graduation robes.

Photo Illustration by Hannah Fowl/The News
Gold cords are given to students who achieve honors such as cum laude with their graduation robes.

Students are disappointed in Murray State’s cum laude GPA requirement change from a 3.3 to a 3.4, but by decreasing the number of hours in residence and removing the upper level hours in residence will in turn help more students qualify for academic honors at graduation.

Mark Rhodes, junior from Farmington, Ky., came to Murray State understanding the requirements that were needed.

“I started school under the assumption that I could make a certain GPA and graduate under honors,” Rhodes said. “But now I will be a senior and it is too late to dramatically change my GPA to reach newer standards.”

Although this requirement won’t be affective until the fall 2015 semester, the policy change was approved in 2013 by the Academic Council with delayed implementation, giving the students the chance to prepare for the change.

The Academic Council intended on students being prepared for the change, students are just now becoming aware of the change.

The change from a 3.3 to a 3.4 has caused many students to complain to the Registrar’s office. … Continue Reading

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