$25,000 donation more than just a check

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board. $25,000 will be donated to the Murray State Office of LGBT Programming in the form of a five-year endowment by alumna Kristie Helms and her wife – an investment not just for financial support, but for …

Red Bus rolls around

Story by Julia Mazzuca, Staff writer A large, red, double-decker bus sparkled in the sun all day Tuesday by the Murray State gates with people in bright red shirts and big smiles ready to share with students why they were on campus. The Red Bus Project, a mobile thrift shop, came …

Title IX unintended effects

Need for balance causes inadvertent results to men’s sports Story by Blake Bernier, Staff writer A review of sports programs offered at universities across the country shows that nearly twice as many women’s sports are available in comparison to men’s sports – a continuing ripple effect of Title IX. That’s not …

Music festival mania

Story by Kayla MacAllister, Staff writer Warm weather has graced the city of Murray once again and spring commencement is a short two weeks away, which means Summer Break is coming and with it, music festivals. Traditional classes are on hold for the coming months, and concerts are planned all over …

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University to reform sexual assault policies

April 24, 2015 News

Story by Amanda Grau, Staff writer, and Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

President Bob Davies said students will likely have to take an online alcohol and sexual assault education program this fall as University officials seek to reform policies and procedures for handling sexual assault complaints.

Such changes could take effect as soon as the next academic year if approved by the Board of Regents. The board will take up the issue in its next two meetings in June and August.

Davies and administrators have spent much of this academic year informally reviewing policies and procedures related to Title IX – the federal law that governs how universities should handle discrimination and sexual assault cases.

The University has transitioned into a formal review, Davies said.

That formal review process will be similar to the creation of Murray State’s tobacco ban. University officials first will recommend to the regents in June the proposed revisions to the Title IX process. … Continue Reading

$25,000 donation more than just a check

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

Katie Wilborn/The News

Katie Wilborn/The News

$25,000 will be donated to the Murray State Office of LGBT Programming in the form of a five-year endowment by alumna Kristie Helms and her wife – an investment not just for financial support, but for hope as well.

No matter the benefactor, a donation of any size by alumni means a great deal to the University and to its students. It’s one of the many examples of how we can continue to make a difference at Murray State after we graduate, and we should see more support like this from alumni in all aspects of the University.

According to the Murray State Alumni Association website, more than 66,000 alumni have the opportunity to show this kind of support.

There are 66,000 people who are supposed to be the most loyal and strongest supporters of Murray State. There are 66,000 people who have the best chance of promoting the University by word-of-mouth advocacy among their respective professional and social networks.

Alumni are who we, as current students of Murray State, look up to as role models.

They come back as speakers, professors and mentors to guide us to success after graduation so we, in turn, can do the same. … Continue Reading

Title IX unintended effects

Need for balance causes inadvertent results to men’s sports

Story by Blake Bernier, Staff writer

IMG_9230_EDITA review of sports programs offered at universities across the country shows that nearly twice as many women’s sports are available in comparison to men’s sports – a continuing ripple effect of Title IX.

That’s not quite the case at Murray State. Beyond the coed rifle team, there are five men’s sports that are scholarship-funded compared to eight for women’s sports.

Because of the complex way that scholarships are calculated – taking into consideration in-state versus out-of-state tuition – Murray State had more scholarships available for men’s sports in 2014-15.

The original purpose of the 47-year-old federal law was to create equality between genders in the academic and athletic areas of universities.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance,” reads the first line of the bill. … Continue Reading

Red Bus rolls around

April 24, 2015 News, Slider Featured stories

Story by Julia Mazzuca, Staff writer

Mary Bradley/The News

Mary Bradley/The News

A large, red, double-decker bus sparkled in the sun all day Tuesday by the Murray State gates with people in bright red shirts and big smiles ready to share with students why they were on campus.

The Red Bus Project, a mobile thrift shop, came to Murray for the second year in a row, trying to raise money and awareness for the needs of orphans all over the world.

Emily Bruns, senior from Quincy, Ill., contacted the Red Bus Project to ask if they would come back to Murray.

“I just love what the Red Bus Project does and how the students on our campus were impacted last spring,” Bruns said. “Since the event was sponsored by the United Campus Ministries Association, it was neat to see all the different campus ministries work together to show hope to orphans around the world.”

Every 18 seconds, a child becomes an orphan and there are more than 140 million orphans around the world today who are in need of hope, according to the Red Bus Project website. … Continue Reading

Music festival mania

Story by Kayla MacAllisterStaff writer

 Graphic by Taylor McStoots/The News

Graphic by Taylor McStoots/The News

Warm weather has graced the city of Murray once again and spring commencement is a short two weeks away, which means Summer Break is coming and with it, music festivals.

Traditional classes are on hold for the coming months, and concerts are planned all over the country. Surprisingly though, Murray is a shorter distance away from these festivals than most beach vacation destinations. The following are all notable music festivals closer than an eight hour car ride from Murray, in chronological order.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL – THREE HOUR DRIVE

The Beale Street Music Festival will be held May 1-3 in Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Tickets are still available for $94, according to the Music Festival Junkie (MFJ) website, but as of Tuesday Ticketmaster had tickets available for $43. A few of the festival’s headliners are The Avett Brothers, Ed Sheeran, the Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Hozier and Cage the Elephant. It is a multistage, three-day event that is best known for its “eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent and its musically inspired setting,” said the festival’s official website.

SHAKY KNEES MUSIC FESTIVAL – SIX HOUR DRIVE … Continue Reading

Back to back tennis champions

April 24, 2015 Athletics, Tennis

Story by Blake Bernier, Staff writer

Kory Savage/The News Junior Megan Blue prepares for her singles match against Jacksonville State on April 11.

Kory Savage/The News
Junior Megan Blue prepares for her singles match against Jacksonville State on April 11.

The women’s tennis team defeated Eastern Kentucky in the championship match on April 19 for the second straight year to win the OVC title.

After finishing the regular season as co-champions with Eastern, the Racers showed their postseason prowess by beating Eastern Illinois 4-0 in the semifinals then following it with a 4-2 victory over Eastern.

The title was the eighth in Racer history and the first for Head Coach Jorge Caetano, who took over in August.

“It was a close match,” Caetano said. “We took the crucial doubles point and after that we got started in the singles but with only four courts we only had 1-4 playing, and we lost the first set in three of the four matches.”

The match was a mirror image to the previous meetings between the two teams. In the regular season the Racers beat Eastern 5-2 and in last year’s championship match, the Racers won 4-1.

In the 2015 championship, senior Andrea Eskauriatza clinched the match point by defeating the OVC Player of the Year, Amandine Faouzi from Eastern, despite losing the first set.

“I’m so happy for her,” Caetano said. “She really played her heart out and she deserved it so much. I’m really happy that she was able to win her final match in the OVC.” … Continue Reading

Confessions of a First-Year Graduate

April 24, 2015 Opinion, Opinions Columns

Column by Kaylan Thompson, Graduate student from Murray

She’s telling me about all the students who don’t know what to do and, while my head is nodding and mouth is smiling, my brain is thinking that was me. The professor I’m talking to continues to describe what I’m taking upon myself to name: student disillusionment.

stu-dent dis-ill-u-sion-ment

(noun)

1. The false sense of security college students fall prey to that hides reality and leads them into believing they are a perpetual student. 2. A blackhole of apathy. 

I’m nearing the end of my second semester of graduate courses in mass communications and I’m just now exploring career options. Why? Because I was one of the students she’s talking about, one of the suckers pulled into student disillusionment. I took no time off between undergrad and graduate school, switching gears from creative writing to journalism partly because I didn’t want to bet my future success on my ability to write fiction and mostly because I felt lost. My plan was to buy myself some time. If the time you’re buying is graduate school hours, you must really need it. … Continue Reading

Grimes speaks to Young Professionals

April 24, 2015 News

Story by Mari-Alice Jasper, News Editor

Kory Savage/The News Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks in Paducah, Ky., last fall during her campaign for the U.S. Senate seat.

Kory Savage/The News
Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks in Paducah, Ky., last fall during her campaign for the U.S. Senate seat.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky secretary of state, greeted and shook hands with more than 40 members of the Young Professionals of Murray group as they trickled into the wood-paneled back room at The Big Apple Cafe.

Brittany Marchetti, Murray State alumna and co-chair of the Young Professionals of Murray, said the group, already bursting with more than 60 members, started meeting together for lunch at The Big Apple in January.

She said the group stemmed from a need the Chamber of Commerce acknowledged recently. There is a lack of support for young professionals in Murray.

The Young Professionals of Murray group congregates at local restaurants to network with other young professionals in the city and share ideas to improve business in the city. Marchetti said their goal is to connect, serve and grow in the community.

She said the group is composed of community members and graduate students between the age of 21 and 39.

“Technically, I still qualify as a member of this group,” Grimes said.

Marchetti said she was honored when Grimes contacted the group hoping to speak with them about what it is like to be a young professional in Kentucky. … Continue Reading

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