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October 17, 2014 News

Racers revel in Homecoming happiness, from the parade to the football game and everything in between.

Legendary comedian and entertainer greets new, familiar faces

October 17, 2014 Features, Slider Featured stories

Breanna Sill/The News Bill Cosby sports a Murray State baseball cap and sweatshirt at the opening of his “Far From Finished” tour performance Saturday.

Historic funny man Bill Cosby brought his comedy tour, “Far From Finished,” to the CFSB Center Saturday night to provide a bit of comedic relief to round out the day’s Homecoming festivities.

Cosby took to the stage in a Murray State sweatshirt and baseball cap. Within minutes Cosby had students and community members doubled over in their seats laughing.

Cosby poked fun at everything from graduation and marijuana to women and religion.

“When even the school is tired of taking your money, you know your kids have been in school too long,” Cosby said of his daughter’s numerous major changes throughout her college years.

  Cosby also made crowd engagement a large part of his performace. If he heard a wrong answer to a question he asked, he would politely ask the audience member to stay in their seat after the show ended to be explained the correct answer by “a volunteer.”

Before the show began, Cosby did a meet and greet with a few lucky community members and President Bob Davies and his family.

However, this was not the first time the two men had met.

During Davies’ adolescent years he played competitive tennis in Reno, Nev., and Cosby, who loves tennis, would come to the court and watch his team play and occasionally join in.

“One time, during a celebrity tennis match, he was doing a fundraiser type of deal,” Davies said. “His celebrity partner didn’t show up at the last minute – I think it was a plane issue – and he remembered playing with me and so he just looked at me and said, ‘Let’s go!’”


Photo courtesy of the CFSB Center Zbynek Smetana surprised Bill Cosby Saturday night with artwork that was displayed on “The Cosby Show” that now resides in Murray State’s permanent art collection.

Davies was able to sit down with Cosby and remind him of the event and talk about their mutual friends and memories of playing tennis together backstage before the show.

For many people, Cosby may be most well-known for his time on his sitcom “The Cosby Show,” which was based on his own family.

During Cosby’s time on the popular sitcom, the fictional Huxtable family became a household name.

What some viewers of the television show may not know about is Cosby’s love of art. Throughout the show, the painting that was hung above the fireplace in the Huxtable home was different in every episode.

Three of the different pieces of art displayed during the show were photographs of paintings created by Ellis Wilson, an artist from Mayfield, Ky.

These paintings are now property of the Murray State art and design department’s permanent collection, after being donated to the Clara M. Eagle art gallery.

The paintings have not been shown on campus since 2000.

Zbynek Smetana, chair of the department of art and design, thought surprising Cosby before his show by pulling the paintings out of the permanent collection would be a nice gesture.

“At first, when I showed Mr. Cosby the paintings, he asked me if he could buy them,” Smetana said. “I told him he could not because they were property of the University, but we did shake hands and strike a deal.”

Smetana promised Cosby he would have the University’s photography department take high quality photographs of the paintings and have them sent to Cosby’s team for use in his upcoming NBC and Netflix specials.

“We will have the paintings photographed to look real,” Smetana said. “And Murray State will be credited during the specials.”

Story by Breanna SillAssistant Features Editor

Legendary entertainer to perform in Murray

August 22, 2014 Features

Fans of the iconic Bill Cosby have a chance to see him once again when his tour, “Far From Finished,” will make a stop at Murray State for Homecoming.

“I had called his agent several years ago trying to see if we could get his schedule to coordinate with our Homecoming schedule,” said Shelley Todd, director of the CFSB Center. “We were excited to learn about nine months ago that our offer had been accepted and Mr. Cosby would be available Oct. 11.”

Cosby was the University’s first choice for a Homecoming show and have tried to book his tour for several years with Cosby’s booking agent.

However, ticket prices may be a factor in some students’ decision to see the actor in person. Ticket prices for the event range from $27 to almost $95 depending on the seat, however. The show is open to the public.

Cosby’s role on “The Cosby Show” as well as other jobs in stand-up comedy, television production and music have made him the public figure he is today.

Said Brenden Breen, junior from Murray: “When I was a kid I would always watch ‘The Cosby Show’ and I always enjoyed it, so it would be great to see him in person.”


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Annual step show rounds out Homecoming weekend

October 25, 2013 Features

Students, parents and alumni flocked to Lovett Auditorium to watch the annual National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show. As a part of Homecoming tradition, Greeks gets involved by participating in the contest.

“I went to the step show last year, and it was amazing,” Jesus Siqueiors, freshman from Murray, said. “I think it’s neat to see everyone dressed up and showing spirit.”

Stepping is a style of dance that involves stomping and clapping to make a beat. Aside from being a part of the organization, it takes soul, passion, talent and individuality to become a part of a step team. The contest consisted of four different sororities; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma. The fraternities consisted of Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Iota Phi Theta, Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Phi Alpha.

Torrey Perkins/The News Alpha Kappa Alpha members perform a step routine Saturday.

Torrey Perkins/The News
Alpha Kappa Alpha members perform a step routine Saturday.

Colors, themes, costumes and makeup contributed to bringing the show to life. When stepping, competitors might yell out the year their organizations were founded or Greek letters to show spirit. The crowd reacted to their performances by chanting, singing and dancing along with them.

In between every performance, Rick Daniels, the host, asked the disc jockey to drop a beat and everyone in the audience got up and danced along with him.

At the end of the event, the winner was announced. The first-place sorority was Zeta Phi Beta and the first-place fraternity was Alpha Phi Alpha.

The second-place sorority was Alpha Kappa Alpha and the second-place fraternity was Phi Beta Sigma.

Zeta Phi Beta, the returning champion, took the title for individuality by adding extras, props and costumes to the performance.

“I feel so accomplished,” Mary Harris, senior from Louisville, Ky., said. “This will be my first and last step show because I’m graduating this year, but it feels good to win. Some people don’t understand how much work and time it takes to produce a turnout like this.”

Stepping might be difficult for the average person but to the steppers, it is a way to showcase their talent and take pride in their organizations.


Story by McKenzie Willett, Staff Writer

2013 Homecoming Slideshow

October 23, 2013 News, Slider Featured stories

See photos from Homecoming! Watch this slideshow to see if you missed anything form this year’s Homecoming.

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October 18, 2013 News, Slider Featured stories



Murray State drops Homecoming game to UT Martin, 66-59

Just moments after an embattled 66 – 59 Homecoming loss to UT-Martin (5-2, 3-1 OVC), Racer wide receiver Walter Powell sat with his hands clasped together and eyes lowered.

Consumed with anger by the stinging loss, his words were caustic and directed.

“It’s already eating me up right now,” Powell said. “When we play this next team, there is going to be hell to pay.”

Powell finished with 14 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns, tallying his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game, en route to breaking the school record of three.

However, in the end it wasn’t enough, as UT Martin senior quarterback Derek Carr had a career night, completing 42-46 for 510 yards and seven touchdowns, four of them going to junior wide receiver Jeremy Butler.

First quarter miscues proved to be too much for the Racers to overcome, as senior quarterback Casey Brockman threw a rare pick-six on the first drive of the game.

Three drives later, down 21 – 10 late in the first quarter, senior running back Duane Brady fumbled and the Skyhawks recovered.  With excellent field position, Carr’s top target, senior wide receiver Quentin Sims, went in to the endzone untouched from 22 yards out for the 28 – 10 lead.

Despite the loss, Brockman finished with eight touchdowns and 537 passing yards on the night, surpassing his own school record of seven touchdown passes in a single game and moving past quarterback Michael Proctor for all-time school passing leader.

With just four minutes left to play, the Racers got the ball back with 92 yards to go for the tying touchdown. A deep pass to Walter Powell, however, on fourth and four fell harmlessly to the turf, resulting in a turnover on downs.

“They didn’t have a safety in the deep half of the field,” Brockman said. “We checked the post to (Powell), and it was one of those things where if I make a better throw, I’m a genius and a hero, but if I don’t I’m an idiot. It’s kind of one of those things if I just make a better throw or maybe don’t check the post and come down to another player, maybe we get a completion there. But I saw what I wanted and kind of got what I wanted and their defensive back made a really great play.”

UT Martin junior running back D.J. McNeil scored on a 9-yard rush just three plays later to make it 66 – 52 with :38 left in the game, spoiling any hopes at a comeback.

Racer junior wide receiver Dontel Watkins caught a touchdown with three seconds left in the game to make it 66 – 59, but the onside attempt failed and the game was over.

Watkins, who finished with seven catches, 149 yards and one touchdown, said his favorite thing about the team was their  inability to quit even when the situation is grim.

“We’ve got a lot of fight in us and we know the season is far from over,” Watkins said. “We’re still pushing to our goals and if we didn’t go out and do what we did today and just laid down and quit, then we could just hang our hats up.”

Headed into the bye week battered and bruised from a brutal opening schedule, the Racers (3-4, 2-2 OVC) have just four games remaining to make up a two-game deficit in the OVC standings and will need to finish 3 – 1 in order to secure a third-consecutive winning season.

Head Coach Chris Hatcher tipped his hat to the Skyhawk offense for an outstanding game, but said he was very proud of his team for not giving up on the game plan and charging back into the ball game.

“I’m proud of the guys; they didn’t quit,” Hatcher said. “It’s a very disappointing defeat and it’s going to be very hard to live with for two weeks, but we’re going to have to regroup and there is still a lot of ball left to be played and we’ve put ourselves in a big hole. Anything can happen, and our goal is focusing on getting better during this off week.”

The combined score of 66 – 59 broke an OVC-record for points scored in a game.

Edward Marlowe, Staff Writer

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Alumni Golf Scramble scheduled for Oct. 12

September 25, 2012 News

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of Murray State, the Student Alumni Association is hosting a golf scramble on Friday, Oct. 12, at Miller Golf Course.

The event is a four-person scramble and golfers will play 18 holes. Participants will be provided with a cart, snacks and beverages, lunch will also be served.

Several types of prizes will be awarded and all participants will receive a tumbler and be entered in a raffle.

Participants may sign up with a team or individually. Individual participants will be matched with a team. Registration is $50 per player and $40 for students. Tee times will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be first come, first served. There will be no rain date scheduled in the event of inclement weather.

For more information, contact Rachel Foley at (270) 809-3738.

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