Professor returns after last year’s controversy

Elizabeth Johnson Editor-in-Chief A professor has agreed to a one-year contract with Murray State after retiring in March when he was suspended without pay for allegedly making a racist comment to a student. Mark Wattier is contracted to teach four online courses this year, said Bonnie Higginson, provost of the University. She said he will Read More

Police Beat: 8.19.2011

August 11 10:54 a.m. A caller reported damage to?Murray State property at the gates. The Murray State Police were notified and took an information report. 2:32 p.m. A caller reported a theft of vehicle parts. The Murray State Police were notified and took a report for theft by unlawful taking less than $500. 4:34 p.m. Read More

City approves new businesses

Austin Ramsey News Editor For students, it seems, what’s different is always best. At least, that’s what Justin Harris hoped when he received City Council approval to build a Zaxby’s restaurant last spring. “The University has played a big role,” Harris, owner of the N. 12th Street chicken restaurant said. “The Zaxby’s franchise likes to Read More

Organization closes, decreases student service opportunities

Meghann Anderson Contributing Writer The Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Kentucky, Inc., closed its doors last month due to financial concerns, according to program officials. Many student volunteers associated with the program through the Murray State Youth and Nonprofit Leadership program are feeling the effects. The closure eliminated the four BBBS branches of Trigg, Read More

New campus gains ground

Olivia Medovich Staff Writer The extended Paducah campus of Murray State is growing with the help of Paducah and McCracken County governments, approved by the Murray State Board of Regents in May. Mark Welch, director of community relations, said the need for growth stems from the unreached potential student populations in the Paducah and McCracken Read More

Record-setting YNL program adds major

Haley Russell Assistant News Editor Since 1986, the University has offered a youth and nonprofit leadership minor, and with the new semester the College of Health Sciences and Human Services will be offering a major in the program. With 670 students last year, it set a national record for YNL development. The radical growth is Read More

Town & Gown starts food fight

Edward Marlowe Staff writer Ever tasted the Rainey T. Wells with cheese?  How about the Waterfield with hot wasabi and a side of wild rice? On Sept. 27, it could be the taste of the town. Town & Gown officials at the Town & Gown Breakfast in The Stables revealed plans on July 12 for Read More

Beshear appoints new Regent to Board

Edward Marlowe Staff Writer It was just a normal work day at Beshear Funeral Home for Jenny Sewell. The phone rang, and the Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, was on the other end. “He called and asked if I would do it – be on the Board of Regents,” Sewell said. “I didn’t anticipate it Read More