Nixed out of NCAA tournament seed

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board.   After watching the Racers win 25 games in a row, we thought we had a strong chance to get a bid into the NCAA Tournament. Losing to Belmont in the final round of the OVC …

STEPPIN’ IT UP

The sound of foot beats on hardwood floor drummed through campus as Greek organizations united at Alpha Phi Alpha’s 15th annual Step Show in Lovett Auditorium Thursday night. Sororities and fraternities across Murray brought their A-game and stepped together at the Step Show. Alpha Delta Pi took first place in …

The road ends here

It was a fairytale season with a nightmare of an ending – an ending that was all too familiar for the Murray State Racers as they lost on a buzzer-beater three from Old Dominion University on Wednesday during the quarterfinal game of the National Invitation Tournament at the Ted Constant …

Raising the bar

$1,602,664: the amount of alcohol sales revenue since Murray became a wet city within dry Calloway County.       395 percent: the increase in revenue since changing from moist to wet. Prior to the law changing, annual regulatory fees produced roughly $145,000 for the city. In the 2012-13 fiscal year, …

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Nixed out of NCAA tournament seed

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 Opinion, Our View, Slider Featured stories

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

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  After watching the Racers win 25 games in a row, we thought we had a strong chance to get a bid into the NCAA Tournament. Losing to Belmont in the final round of the OVC Tournament by one point didn’t dilute the idea that we deserved a spot, regardless of the seed.

To the surprise of fans, rivals and analysts, Murray State was denied an invitation to The Big Dance. There is more to our case than rooting for our University’s team. By the record, the talent and the criteria, Murray State deserved to be in The Big Dance.

Teams make it to the tournament by winning games. Murray State remained undefeated from Nov. 30 to March 7. Analysts have continually used our schedule as a demerit against us, but winning that many games in a row is difficult, no matter what conference we’re in. … Continue Reading

STEPPIN’ IT UP

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 Features, Slider Featured stories
Haley Hayes/The News Rachel Ross, sophomore from Murray, holds the overall championship trophy on behalf of Alpha Gamma Delta at the Step Off competition Thursday.

Haley Hayes/The News
Rachel Ross, sophomore from Murray, holds the overall championship trophy on behalf of Alpha Gamma Delta at the Step Off competition Thursday.

The sound of foot beats on hardwood floor drummed through campus as Greek organizations united at Alpha Phi Alpha’s 15th annual Step Show in Lovett Auditorium Thursday night.

Sororities and fraternities across Murray brought their A-game and stepped together at the Step Show.

Alpha Delta Pi took first place in the sorority division of the competition with their take on circus culture, as well as drawing on themes from shows such as carnivals to create their “Emporium” theme.

Sigma Alpha Iota took the second place position for sororities with their alien theme. The fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi won first place in the fraternity division with their “Star Wars” theme, beating out Phi Mu Alpha, who won second place for the fraternity division.

Kearron Smith, president of Alpha Phi Alpha and chair of the Step Off, said newcomers to the competition had many theatrics to look forward to with this year’s production.

“The audience can expect a spectacular and entertaining show with lots of excitement,” Smith said. … Continue Reading

The road ends here

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 Athletics, Basketball, Slider Featured stories
Photo by Jenny Rohl/The News

Photo by Jenny Rohl/The News

It was a fairytale season with a nightmare of an ending – an ending that was all too familiar for the Murray State Racers as they lost on a buzzer-beater three from Old Dominion University on Wednesday during the quarterfinal game of the National Invitation Tournament at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.

After junior forward Jeffery Moss hit a 3-pointer to tie it up with just nine seconds left on the clock, it appeared the Racers had come back to push the game to overtime. The sellout crowd in the Convocation Center fell silent until the Monarch’s junior guard Trey Freeman shocked not just the fans, but the nation with a deep three to end the Racers’ season 72-69.

The last-second shot echoed the OVC Championship game against Belmont when the Racers lost in the last seconds pushing them out of the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m extremely hurt for my guys,” said Head Coach Steve Prohm. “We’re 27 and two in our last 29 games, and both our games we’ve lost on a fadeaway 3 and a bank 3-pointer. God’s blessed this team abundantly.”

Down by 10 points with 3:39 to play, the Racers stepped it up in the final minutes of the game in hopes of ending their season in New York, but instead Old Dominion was able to finish out a perfect home season with their 20th consecutive home win. … Continue Reading

Raising the bar

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 News, Slider Featured stories
Photo courtesy of imgkid.com

Photo courtesy of imgkid.com

$1,602,664: the amount of alcohol sales revenue since Murray became a wet city within dry Calloway County.

      395 percent: the increase in revenue since changing from moist to wet. Prior to the law changing, annual regulatory fees produced roughly $145,000 for the city. In the 2012-13 fiscal year, regulatory fees totaled to $572,586.

   Revenue continued to rise in the 2013-14 fiscal year, bringing in $1,030,078.

    This revenue is from an 8 percent regulatory fee placed on the sale of alcohol, which goes to law enforcement to help pay the cost of enforcement, regulation and administration of alcohol laws in the city.

   Kendra Clere, Alcohol Beverage Control, or ABC, Administrator for the City of Murray, said she predicts the 2014-15 fiscal year will produce comparable numbers.

   According to the City of Murray’s website, 12 percent of the 2015 fiscal year’s general fund operating budget is based on alcohol sales fees. This is the third highest contributor, behind only property and insurance tax. … Continue Reading

Baseball loses at home opener

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 Athletics, Baseball
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Haley Hays/The News Sophomore pitcher Tanner Edge, from Owensboro, Ky., pitches the ball at the Racers home opener Tuesday.

Coming off a series win at home over the weekend, the Racers (8-17, 4-5) lost 14-6 Tuesday to Arkansas State University (10-11). The eight-run drubbing though  was an improvement from last seasons 27-7 loss against Red Wolves.

After four innings, the Racers led 5-3 but the Red Wolves scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead.

Sophomore John Lollar started the game and struck out a career best six batters over four innings while allowing four runs.

The Racers have struggled to pitch well in games in which the offense is scoring and have failed to hit when they are getting strong starts from their pitchers.

“If we can get both sides flowing at the same time, that would be awesome,” said Derek Yoder, a senior left fielder.

Losing affects the morale of the players in the locker room. … Continue Reading

In response to the bathroom wall

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 Opinion, Opinions Columns

I’m in a bathroom stall, wondering about a couple of things. The first, why do bathroom doors open inward? The second, who brings sharpies into the bathroom with them? And  third, where is the respect for ourselves?

I’ll explain. Bathroom doors really should open outward, otherwise you’re stepping in the stall and over the toilet just to make your way out.

What is important, though, are the conversations being etched permanently in Sharpie onto the walls of the bathroom stalls.

I can’t speak for the guys on campus, as I’ve never been in the men’s restrooms (except once on a road trip … the situation was dire), but if you’re a woman spending more than a couple of hours at a time at Murray State, you’ve probably been in one of these bathroom stalls and you know what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the posters on the back of the stall door informing us of the dangers of eating disorders. This is great and I applaud the effort. What concerns me is the vile commentary taking place on the walls in response to said poster. … Continue Reading

Government and Law Career Fair offers new opportunities

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 News

Students attending the Government and Law School Career Fair on April 6 can expect to discover a plethora of career opportunities, including 88 federal, state and city agencies and 12 law schools.

The Government and Law School Career Fair differs from the University-sanctioned All Majors Career Fair in that government agencies are in need of workers from a variety of educational backgrounds, Bertus Ferreira, criminal justice professor and organizer of the Government and Law School Career Fair, said.

The fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 in the Curris Center Ballroom.

Ferreira

Ferreira

Ferreira said the All Majors Career Fair underrepresents a large portion of the student population and he hopes to offset some of that imbalance with the Government and Law School Career Fair.

“I can’t fix everybody’s lives,” he said. “But here I have a massive solution to part of the problem.”

Ferreira volunteered to bring more federal agencies to the All Majors Career Fair last semester. When he was turned down because of lack of space at the fair, he decided to make his own. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor 3-27-15

Elizabeth Leggett March 27, 2015 Letters, Opinion

Both letters are in response to a March 9 features column titled “Embrace the Housewife.”

It’s appalling that this article would be published in a public forum branding Murray State’s name. The article is inherently misogynistic, and it exclusively heteronormative message is offensive and degrading.

Its author addresses “gender stereotypes,” yet seems not to understand how these stereotypes perpetuate inequality. Perhaps the author should have more carefully considered her subject, and should also realize that a woman’s place should be where she chooses rather than “where the boys are.”

A woman is no less a woman for being unable to make a lemon meringue pie. Attitudes like the one presented in this article are as harmful as explicit sexism. … Continue Reading

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