Story by Mallory Tucker, Staff writer
Some leaders are loud, outspoken and enthusiastic. Some leaders are quiet, reserved and logical.
All successful leaders must lead by example, which is exactly what juniors Abbi Stamper and Sophie Hillier plan to do when they return in the fall as captains of the 2015-16 women’s golf team.
“They are two completely different personalities, which is what you want in a captain,” said Head Coach Velvet Milkman. “You don’t want captains to be the same person. Different personalities gravitate toward different people. So yes, Abbi is the more outgoing one, the more bubbly one. She’s the one beforehand high-fiving and saying, ‘We got this.’ Sophie is the more reserved, but leads by example. You will not find anyone that works any harder than her. And people are very comfortable going and talking to her, as well.”
Over the summer, both women will play in various tournaments without the stress of balancing schoolwork. Hillier will return to Sandy, England and Stamper to Frankfort, Ky., where they will both try to improve their scores by two strokes, the goal Milkman assigned to both before beginning fall golf.
As an international student, Hillier believes playing collegiate golf will make her a better person going into the real world. In England, collegiate athletics are not commonplace, as university is the only focus for students. … Continue Reading
Story by Gisselle Hernandez, Contributing writer
As the semester draws to a close, students eagerly prepare to leave for Summer Break but those who stay in Murray may find the town becomes much more quiet once the majority of students head out.
Despite Murray being relatively small, it has no shortage of entertainment students can engage in. The following are some activities that students can do over the summer in or near Murray.
Land Between the Lakes
Land Between the Lakes, commonly known as LBL, is a popular recreational area that is less an hour away from Murray on Van Morgan Drive. It offers numerous activities for all types of sightseers. There is camping available for $12 a night at the basic campsite, the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory for $5 and more than 500 miles of hiking and biking trails. Students also can go fishing or canoeing at Kentucky Lake or have picnics by the lakeshore. For more activities LBL offers, visit its websitewww.landbetweenthelakes.us.
Playhouse in the Park
Playhouse in the Park is Murray-Calloway County’s community-run theater in Murray’s Central Park. A show premieres at the beginning of each month and usually plays for two weeks with residents of the community as cast members. Tickets are from $8 – 10. “Little Women” will play from June 4 – 17 and “A Year With Frog and Toad Kids” will play from July 17 – 21 (tickets go on sale July 6 for the latter). Anyone can also audition if they have such aspirations. … Continue Reading
Story by Zachary Orr, Assistant News Editor
In the fall of 2016, Murray State will offer its first University scholarship for veterans: Operation Graduation.
The scholarship was made because of a growing demand for financial assistance that veterans have when pursuing higher education today, said Chris Jeter, assistant registrar for Veteran Affairs.
Jeter said although veterans benefit financially from the G.I. Bill, which provides financial assistance to veterans for education as thanks for their service and can cover both tuition and some living expenses, the bill doesn’t cover all the costs attending a four-year university entails.
“When you take into consideration that there are other things they’re paying for – everything from books to putting food in your stomach and gas in the tank – no, it’s not going to pay for everything,” he said.
Returning to civilian life is a difficult transition for many veterans, Jeter said. Many veterans return from service with families, so higher education may not be their first priority financially.
Jeter said he hopes Operation Graduation will help veterans afford higher education despite their financial obligations.
Abby Hensley, director of development for the Hutson School of Agriculture and Special Projects, helped develop the scholarship, alongside Renae Duncan, associate provost for Undergraduate Education. … Continue Reading
The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board.
Collegiate sports and scholarships go hand in hand. Murray State, along with many other universities, wouldn’t have some of the sports talent it has without the incentive of financial aid. What’s interesting, however, is where those scholarships are actually going.
More than 40 years ago, a federal law was passed with the intention of leveling the playing field – pun intended – of men and women’s sports. This law, Title IX, was created to establish equality between the two genders in both athletics and academics.
This is a lofty goal, and one Murray State isn’t meeting. As of right now, there are more scholarship-funded women’s sports than men’s – three more, to be specific.
The imbalance is due to the fact that Title IX measures “equality” by tabulating the number of individual participants instead of looking at teams as a whole. Team revenue and success are not taken into consideration.
For instance, Murray State’s football team boasts a roster of 98 male athletes. The female equivalent to this team doesn’t exist. … Continue Reading