The Official Website of The Murray State News Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:08:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 Austin Peay ends seven year drought against Racers Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:06:58 +0000 Story by Blake Sandlin, Assistant Sports Editor

The last time Austin Peay’s football team recorded a road win was in 2010. On Saturday night, the Governors put an end to that drought with a 27-7 win over the Racers.

The family weekend crowd was no cure for the Racers’ offense in their first conference game of the season. What looked on paper to be an opportunity for Murray State to move to 2-2 against a team they defeated 45-17 last season, never fully materialized.

The Governors wasted no time making their mark on the game, as senior receiver Kyran Moore got the Govs on the board first with a 3-yard touchdown run, followed shortly after by a field goal by sophomore kicker Logan Birchfield. Towards the end of the first, the Govs struck again, as sophomore running back Kentel Williams caught a 14-yard pass from sophomore quarterback JaVaughn Craig to give the team a commanding 17-point first quarter lead.

The succeeding quarters spelled more of the same for the Racer offense. The Governors’ defense stifled the Racers, holding them to zero first downs in the first half. A converted 22-yard field goal by Birchfield in the second quarter gave the Govs a 20-0 lead heading into the second half

Freshman running back D.J. Penick attempted to quell the onslaught by Austin Peay in the third quarter, catching a 7-yard pass by freshman quarterback Corey Newble to trim the deficit to 20-7. The Racers buckled down on the defensive end in the second half, but it was too little, too late, as a fourth quarter touchdown run by Craig sealed the game for the Govs and ended a seven year drought on the road.

Newble threw for only 50 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Racers’ loss. Craig won the throwing and rushing battles on the night, recording a touchdown and 84 yards in the air as well as 103 yards on the ground. Head Coach Mitch Stewart said he acknowledged that Newble’s inexperience would play a role coming into Saturday’s game.

“I knew we were going to have some struggles just starting a freshman quarterback; we knew that going into it,” Stewart said. “But we’ve got to be able to find a way to effectively run the football, and if we can’t do that then nothing else is going to work.”

Saturday’s win was the second straight for Austin Peay, who hasn’t won two games in a single season since 2012. Stewart praised his team’s performance on the defensive end, but said his offense has to step up.

“I thought defensively we played really well,” Stewart said. “I think defensively this whole year we’ve played really well. Offensively, obviously we were abysmal. Obviously we’ve got to make some changes in the things that we’re doing and the way that we’re doing them.”

Racer fans will have the chance to see if those changes come to fruition when the team kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 against the 19th-ranked University of Louisville. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports South.

Rifle prepares to open season Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:09:14 +0000 Story by Cory Sharber, Contributing writer

The Murray State rifle team is set to begin its 2017 season this weekend.

The Racers are ranked third in the CRCA preseason polls to start off the season. They’ll be looking for continued success after a third place finish in the NCAA Championships last year.

The Racers return their entire roster from last season, seven of which obtained all-american honors.

The Racers won the OVC title in 2016, competing against three teams that currently sit in the top-25 in the nation. Head Coach Alan Lollar said his team will have to pick up where they left off in order to compete with a tough conference.

The OVC is a good conference,” Lollar said. “Morehead and UT Martin are well-coached. It helps to have a conference where you can’t take anything for granted.”

Lollar is entering his 10th season as the head coach for the Racers. He was the 2016 National Coach of the Year and is a four-time OVC Coach of the Year. He has led the Racers to three OVC titles during his tenure.

He wants the team to shoot at their standard of performance, “The Murray State Way.”

The “Murray State Way” has led to success for many of their athletes, like senior Ivan Roe and junior Mackenzie Martin, who both took bronze medals in the 2017 USAS National Championships.

Following this mantra has also led to success in the classroom, as the team has been honored with the OVC Team Academic Achievement Award on three occasions under Lollar.

“They are quality people,” Lollar said. “They are trying to be their best in everything they do. Our team’s GPA shows that we have a commitment to both.”

Their commitment includes a six-day-a-week practice schedule, starting at 5:30 am.

Robert Broadstreet, senior from Ozark, Missouri  said their training helps give them an edge during the season.

We’ve got the advantage over the competition,” Broadstreet said. “We’re all very experienced. We’re all very dedicated. We want it more than everybody else.”

The practices help unite the Racers. First team All-OVC honoree Ben Estes, senior from Ozark, Missouri, commented on the team chemistry.

“Shooting brings us all together,” Estes said. Broadstreet added, “Shooting is the middle ground for everybody.”

The players said they’re looking to perform at their highest level in their last season.

“Being seniors on the team, this is kind of our last hoorah. I know personally that I want to go out with a bang. No pun intended,” said Broadstreet.

Lollar recognized the team’s improvements over the offseason.

We’re shooting a lot better,” he said. “They’re starting to realize that they need to leave the distractions behind.”

Competition could be stiff this upcoming season, as Murray State sits third behind five-time defending national champion West Virginia at No. 1 and TCU at No. 2 in the CRCA polls. The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs are bringing back most of their shooters this season.  

“The only thing that we can do is train as well as we can and shoot matches the way we train,” Lollar said. “This is a sport that you can’t play defense. The only thing you can do is focus.”

Murray State’s season starts on Sept. 23 at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range at 9 am against Georgia Southern.

Small books, big lessons Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:00:22 +0000 Written by Rachel Wood, contributing writer

Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken the time to revisit young adult books, both from my own adolescence and more recent publications. It’s not something I would normally do – between books for class and keeping up with new publications, there isn’t much spare time to re-read young adult books. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that young adult literature can be of great value.

While re-reading some of these books, I’ve realized just how beneficial it would be if we all took a moment to value the lessons that these books teach.

Young adult literature proves that adolescents are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. As I was reading my favorite young literature books, I remembered just how intricate and emotional the plot lines could get.

One of my favorite historical fiction novels, Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Fever 1793,” tells the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who loses almost her entire family to a fever outbreak in Philadelphia, and must learn to survive on her own. This novel is a wonderful display of perseverance and hope.

In fact, young adult books offer some of the best advice on tough topics – advice that, even now, I find helpful.

A few weeks ago, I fell in love with Claire Legrand’s 2016 novel “Some Kind of Happiness.” The story follows Finley Hart, a girl who has been sent to her grandparent’s home for the summer while her parents work through relationship problems.

Though the book is packed with whimsical tales of the Everwood Forest, Finley isn’t your typical headstrong protagonist; she regularly finds herself dealing with overwhelming fear and sadness on what she calls her “blue days,” a telltale sign of anxiety and depression.

Though it’s written for a younger audience, her experiences are easy for adults young and old, myself included, to relate to. She even relays her experiences of going to therapy – a topic many adults struggle to talk about. At first glance, some might call the topic inappropriate for adolescents, but this novel could be a lifesaver for young adults who share Finley’s emotions.

So, even as a college student, I find I can still learn a lot from these books. Well-written young adult literature does a great job of reminding us that our feelings are valid and universal. They remind us to be nicer to one another, and even to be nicer to ourselves.

Sometimes, the most important encouragement we can have is knowing what we’re dealing with isn’t just happening to us, and a book might just be the perfect reminder.202

The library and privacy of analog Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:22 +0000 Written by Arthur “A.J.” Boston, (MLIS) Assistant Professor

Vinyl records, print magazines, Moleskine notebooks, film photography and board games are all examples of analog “things” author David Sax describe as enjoying a relative resurgence of popularity. In his book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, Sax makes a convincing case for why, in a digital era, we sensuous, tactile human beings may still crave to have and to hold these non-connected things in real life. Count me in Sax’s camp – my having read this book on a Kindle notwithstanding.

Amidst recent tech news stories, one forgotten aspect of analog has struck me anew: the ever-shifting balance of our privacy as we increasingly enjoy the convenience of the digital.

It’s an old story, but as an old man, I’m old enough to remember the moment when I consented to supplementing my paperback consumption to include ebooks several Christmases ago. I remember posting pictures on Facebook from an SD card in 2006 as a college student and when I started keeping to-do notes and composing mind-blowing rap lyrics on the Notepad app.

I also remember the past few weeks, when Apple announced facial identification was going mainstream and when Equifax decided it was the Oprah of leaving social security numbers beneath every hacker’s seat.

Strangers love to take my picture because of my extreme aesthetic niceness, but now I have to worry that maybe these strangers aren’t cataloging my peculiar charm for their personal collection, but rather IDing me and my wonderful credit score for nefarious causes.

How old were you when you first shopped online, had your picture uploaded to social media, texted mom or wrote something personal in an email? How could it have occurred to you that you were giving up some bit of your privacy, relative to the analog version of that thing, when you were that age, when this was the accepted practice of the world around you?

I have a mission for each of you. At some point during the four or so years of your time as a Murray State undergraduate student, go to the bank and bring me a sample. But also, withdraw ten dollars for yourself. Drive, walk or cycle down to Terrapin Station. Or G’s Comics. Or Angel’s Attic. Switch your phone to airplane mode, go inside and pick out a paperback or comic book or any analog thing that suits your fancy.

Buy it. Pay cash. Take it back to your dorm or apartment. Enjoy it. Read it. Commune quietly with its creator. Write on it, lend it to a pal, resell it. Leave the book in the back of a Mama Nancy’s cab like you’re the Emma Watson of Murray. Toss it in a recycling bin if you so wish.

Take a moment to meditate on what liberty you have with an object as elegantly untethered as this.

Relish the pure privacy of paying cash for a book that’s utterly immune to a zero percent battery. The only trace of your financial transaction will fade just as the scent of burning incense on your shirt will in the wash. Big brother won’t erase or alter the text in your sleep or track your reading progress. No digital rights management software will prevent you from lending as you see fit. Jeff Bezos won’t follow you to Wal-Mart, making misguided recommendations for similar books.

And if you throw the book away, you’re a monster. But a monster with peace of mind that once that poor paperback arrives at the pulper, it’s really gone and not logged in a cache.

CFSBank and Murray State partner to educate students on financial literacy Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:45:22 +0000 Story by Nick Erickson, Assistant Features Editor

Graphic courtesy of Cody Myers

With the everyday struggle of juggling classes, a job and personal lives, managing money can be a burden. CFSBank has partnered with Murray State to offer a financial wellness program that will alleviate students of this stress and teach them about being fiscally responsible.  

A team of certified financial coaches from CFSB, trained by Dave Ramsey out of Nashville, are available through the program to “coach” interested students on how to avoid making bad financial decisions.

This financial wellness program covers a list of issues, including budgeting, saving, debt elimination, insurance, mortgages, retirement, investments, collectors, bankruptcy and even real estate planning.

Cody Myers, Client Relationship Manager at CFSB and Certified Financial Coach said these seminars are targeted at a range of students, from freshman transitions students to graduating seniors.

“Additionally, these seminars will be used to teach other adults as well as the MSU faculty and staff interested,” Myers said.

Myers said the seminars are divided into three subsequent layers, each of which delve into new facets of financial wellness.

“The first layer tackles the basics of financial wellness,” Myers said. “These include budgeting, debt and savings.”

Myers said the second layer offered consists of a nine week long course which lasts anywhere between one to two hours per session.

The third layer offered is where the course gets even more personal and intricate, incorporating one-on-one coaching with a student and their certified coach. 

“The third layer of the program is the whole nine yards,” Myers said. “Things learned through this course apply straight to the individual.”

Many students have recently been made aware of the program and believe that it could be very beneficial to their lifestyle.

Jordan Lowe, sophomore and business major from Frankfort, Illinois said he’s pleased to see that Murray State and CFSBank are catering to students’ need for improvement.

“It’s awesome that this program is being offered,” Lowe said. “I think the majority of college students aren’t very good at managing their money, so this would be a good start to better their adulthood.”

Bo Hawkes, junior from Bedford, Kentucky said he believes this is a great opportunity for students to become smarter when it comes to money.

“I spent way too much money during my first year at Murray,” Hawkes said. “Freshmen should go to this program and learn about what to do with their money.”

Upcoming dates available to utilize this program include Oct. 17, Oct. 25 and Nov. 9. All seminars during the month of Oct. will be held in Wrather Auditorium and Financial Peace University meets in the Murray Room at the CFSB Center. But one-on-one coaching is available anywhere, including locations on campus.

For further information and a free 10-minute consultation, those interested in the program can call CFSB Financial Coaching at (270) 527-6099 or contact the team at

Health disservices Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:10 +0000 The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board

                   Autumn Brown/The News

Our health care system’s identity crisis has been in the media spotlight for the past several years. Rising insurance and drug costs, along with uncertainties surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, have put many on edge about our nation’s health. Thankfully, students and staff here at Murray State University have been able to look within our own campus for medical care through Health Services.

But as Murray State supposedly looks to cut costs across the university budget, our wellness and wallets may bear the most burden if Health Services are privatized as recent rumors and proposals suggest might happen.

So, what does ‘privatization’ really mean? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “to change from public to private control or ownership.” This process typically results in reduced operating costs and less privacy and insurance concerns for those relinquishing responsibility for said services.

Privatization of university facilities is nothing new – for example, Western Kentucky University’s Health Services are now operated by Graves-Gilbert Clinic, a medical juggernaut in Bowling Green, KY. Campus food operations are another high-rate target of privatization efforts.

Currently all fees for access to Health Services are built into student tuition. Of course, if one doesn’t utilize the facility this charge does not go away.

If an outside entity were brought to campus, insurance billing and copays would almost certainly follow. And for the percentage of students who don’t have insurance, either by choice or due to financial concerns, this could mean the difference between having access to health care or none at all.

However, the university may have just as much to lose by outsourcing campus wellness.

Murray currently has several options when it comes to medical care including Fast Pace Urgent Care, Primary Care Medical Center and others. They have competitive payment options for both cash-paying patients and those with insurance. Plus, the services they provide far outstrip what is currently offered by Health Services.

So what’s to keep the student body from going off campus for their medical care if there is no incentive to visit a privatized facility on campus?

Location is a factor for those without private transportation, but it’s hard to believe most don’t have a friend or guardian who would help if the need arises. Affordable cab services are cropping up every week as well.

Any facility on campus would have to provide highly competitive pricing and services comparable to other providers in town to compete. However, it’s unlikely a private business would allow their services to become too devalued as making a profit would be their main goal.

For those who have visited Health Services, it is obvious there is limited space. So to provide these expanded services, more space would logically be needed. This means more construction on campus and a hefty price to go along with it – but who would be responsible for these costs, the business or the university (i.e. tuition-paying students)?

Since privatization would lessen the financial burden on the university, what then will happen to the charges built into our tuition? Will those be deducted from the consistently rising cost of attending Murray State? Our guess is no, but it is all pure speculation at this point in the process.

Gov. Matt Bevin recently made comments regarding public state universities and their obligation to be fiscally responsible. Changes to campus operations in the form of privatization, among others, would without a doubt achieve this goal of saving money.

But if changes are to be made, what are students willing to give up? And what is the university prepared to sacrifice in order to stay operable?

Murray State University claims to always have the well-being of students and staff in mind. We must hold them responsible for their commitments.

Here’s to hoping our health doesn’t bottom out to pad the university’s bottom line.

Stop asking if Trump is sincere Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:03:33 +0000 Column by Dylan Doyle, contributing writer

Experiment with me, okay? Ask someone you know the following question: do you believe what President Donald Trump says?

You can imagine what the answer will be, given Gallup polls suggest up to 60% of Americans disapprove of their president. But grab your friend by the ear one more time and ask them this: does Trump believe what Trump says?

Entire volumes have been written about the fractured psyche of our nation’s current leader, but lately, pundits on both sides of the aisle are fascinated with these questions. Does Trump really hate immigrants, or is he simply pantomiming xenophobia for political points? Is Trump really a racist, or is he just appealing to his racist voter base?

In short: is our president a liar or is he delusional?

It is readily apparent that he must be one or the other, considering how many falsehoods have been attributed to him by reputable fact-checking organizations since he stepped onto that gaudy, golden escalator and announced his candidacy for president in 2015. Even his supporters are starting to admit that their leader stretches the truth – as one particularly unpleasant fellow said in my Twitter mentions recently… all politicians tell lies! At least Trump has the decency to be honest about his lying!

Set aside the fact that these are the same people who were calling for Hillary Clinton to be executed by firing squad for dishonesty. It seems deceit is only a capital offense when the liar in question is a woman.

This situation has come to a rolling boil with Trump’s announcement that his administration will be killing former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, leaving hundreds of thousands of undocumented Americans without a legal leg to stand on. Major media networks, newspapers and social media creators alike were quick to strike up a conversation about Trump’s motives.

Is this a product of racial animus lurking in his subconscious? Or is he simply trying to protect the jobs of legal Americans being snatched up by all of these invaders?

The problem is these questions are not productive because it does not make any bit of functional difference if Trump hates immigrants deep down in his heart of hearts. It does not matter if Trump is a white supremacist. He is hurting immigrants and fawning over slave owners on Twitter.

Personally, I do not think Trump actually believes people of color are inferior to white people. If we cracked open his brain and examined the contents, I am sure we would find that he simply believes every other person is inferior to himself. However, claiming that Trump’s policies are not actually racist because he is not personally a racist is making a distinction without difference.

To paraphrase the great Maya Angelou, you should believe people when they show you who they are. But with political leaders, talk is cheap. Interior motivations matter far less than tangible policy decisions that adversely affect real human beings living in our nation.

Even so, the adage holds true: if it walks like a white supremacist and talks like a white supremacist, it’s probably a white supremacist.

Edwards leads Racers for second straight week Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:11:27 +0000 Story by DJ Pigg, Contributing writer

Murray State’s men’s golf team finished 14th overall this weekend in Eastern Kentucky’s Raising Cane’s Intercollegiate Tournament.

Avery Edwards, sophomore from Paducah, Kentucky, followed his second place individual finish in the Murray State Invitational with another top-ten finish.

Head Coach Eddie Hunt is very pleased with Edwards’ play thus far. He believes he is one of the top players in the OVC.

“Avery has played great,” Hunt said. “He’s having a great season and playing the best golf he’s ever played for us. He’s playing as well as anyone in the conference right now.”

Edwards posted scores of two over par, 72, three under par, 67, and one over par, 71 for an even par total of 210, which left him in a tie for ninth-place overall.

The Racers as a team had rounds of twelve over par, 292, ten over par, 290, and thirteen over par, 293. With an 875 team total, the Racers finished 14th in the tournament.  

Following Edwards was Gabe Wheeler, junior from Sikeston, Missouri, carding a total of five over, 215 (T-24th), Connor Coombs, freshman from Central City, Kentucky, finishing eleven over, 221 (T-58th), Austin Knight, sophomore from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with a twelve over, 222 (T-62nd), and both Lance Davis, junior from Mayfield, Kentucky, and Justin Wendling, sophomore from Lithia, Florida, with a 22 over, 232 (T-84th).

Although the men didn’t follow up the win in their home invitational quite as well as they’d hoped, it is still very early in the season. The Racers will spend the week practicing before leaving for SIUE’s tournament on Sept. 25th and 26th in Madison, Illinois at Gateway National Golf Club for the Derek Dolenc Invitational.

Billikens hand Racers first loss Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:09:33 +0000 Story by Gage Johnson, Contributing writer

After winning its first conference game of the year and improving their program best start to 6-0-0 on Thursday, Murray State was handed its first loss of the season against Saint Louis University.

After its last two games ended with game-winning goals in overtime, Murray State hosted a Saint Louis team that had allowed only three goals in seven games. The defense was a crucial part of the game for both sides, and it showed immediately with only seven shots being taken between the two teams in the first half.  Neither team was able to score in the first half

In the second half, the Billikens began to have their way, getting off 10 shots in the second half of the game. Head Coach Jeremy Groves said his team’s demeanor did not meet expectations in the second half.

“Coming off of a long trip from Morehead State, I thought we looked a bit sluggish,” Groves said.  “They took over the game in the second half.”

After a game-long scoring drought, Saint Louis capitalized as freshman forward Annabelle Copeland scored her second goal of the season to give the Billikens a 1-0 lead.  Murray State was able to get off a few shots towards the end of the half, but in the end it was the goal by Copeland that decided the game.

After taking their first loss of the season, the Racers will look to bounce back and win their second conference game of the year when they hit the road and challenge Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Eblen Center.

Missouri State intercepts Racer win Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:09:54 +0000 Story by Bryan Edwards, Sports Editor

The Murray State football team hit the road for the first time this season, facing off against the Missouri State Bears with a chance to bounce back from the 41-13 loss to Central Arkansas last week.

Offensive execution was an issue for the Racers, as the Bears claimed a late fourth-quarter touchdown to take a 28-21 win over the Racers.

Head Coach Mitch Stewart said the offense needed to produce more to win the game.

“We continue to put ourselves behind the chains,” Stewart said. “Whether it be with false starts or whether it be with not getting off the sidelines, that’s on us and that’s unacceptable.”

Slow starts offensively hurt both teams. The Racers and Bears combined for 274 yards of total offense in the first half.

The quarterbacks did most of the work in the first half, recording 191 yards of offense in the first half. Junior quarterback Shuler Bentley recorded 20 completions off of 27 attempts for 103 yards, playing in very limited minutes on the day. Racer Freshman quarterback Corey Newble recorded the bulk of the reps, throwing the lone touchdown of the first half for the team with a jumping throw to sophomore wide receiver Tyre Gray.

The Missouri State offense only mustered four first downs in the first half, helping the Racers get their first points when sophomore quarterback Peyton Huslig threw an interception to senior defensive back D’Montre Wade on the Bears’ first drive. The error led to junior kicker Gabriel Vicente knocking down a field goal in the first quarter.

The Racers went into the locker room up 10-7 after Huslig found senior receiver Malik Earl in the end zone on a 35-yard pass.

The second half saw much more action from both teams. Missouri State opened the second half with a quick touchdown drive, and the Murray State offense stalled for the majority of the third quarter.

It wasn’t until Murray State ran a drive with Newble in command that a spark was created. Newble led the Racers on an eight-play, 75 yard drive for a TD, capped off with a 33-yard touchdown from Newble to senior receiver Jordon Gandy.

Stewart said the change to Newble was because of the hot hand he had.

“He was the one that was making plays,” Stewart said. “Corey at least gave us a chance to get out of bad situations.”

On the Bears’ first drive during the fourth quarter, Wade struck again with another interception. The following Racer drive, however, ended in a field goal to even the game at 21.

The Bears struck the final blow when senior running back Calan Crowder ran in for a two-yard TD. Crowder finished with over 100 yards rushing for the afternoon.

The Racers’ final drive was stopped when a Newble pass was intercepted with 40 seconds remaining in the game as he was attempting to lead his team on a game-tying drive

The loss moves the Racers to 1-2 on the season. They will return back to Roy Stewart Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 when the Austin Peay Governors come to Murray for family weekend.