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The Murray State News

November 16, 2012

Vol. 88, No. 14

President selects search committee Chris Wilcox || News Editor

With the resignation of University Provost Bonnie Higginson, President Randy Dunn has selected individuals to serve on a search committee – charged with doing a national search for a new University provost. Higginson said applications for the position were likely to be due in early February after the University advertised the position in publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dunn said in prior searches of the same magnitude, the University hired a firm with an in-house search committee serving in tandem. He said this time, due to cost and time restraints, the

University has opted to use its own search committee. He said the cost incurred for the benefit received was a determining factor, because he said the University could save m o n e y while still Higginson getting the best candidates. “We think we can get the same end results by using the talent we have here at the University,” he said. “I have asked Jack Rose to chair the committee.” The provost selection com-



Photo illustration by Kylie Townsend/The News

Murray State Police Chief David DeVoss recommends students faculty and staff keep weapons stored in their vehicles stored away so as to prevent the likelihood of a break-in. This comes after a spring Kentucky Supreme Court ruling on guns in cars on university campuses.

Chief suggests concealed weapons for campus vehicles after ruling File Photo

This 1998 photo of Hester Hall shows cordoned-off police zones and a fire truck after an early-morning arson blaze destroyed most of the fourth floor, killing one student and injuring another. Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to tampering charges that made the 14-year-old case difficult for authorities.

Meghann Anderson || Assistant News Editor

ollowing a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling that took place last spring, students, faculty and staff are allowed to keep concealed weapons in their vehicles, but are being advised to keep them hidden. The ruling states that education institutions in Kentucky are in violation of the law if they do not allow students, faculty and staff to keep concealed weapons in the glove compartments of their vehicles. To prevent licensed weapons from being stored in private vehicles is contrary to the fundamental Constitutional right to bear arms, the opinion states. Murray State Police Chief David DeVoss said some students and staff were under the impression that it was a requirement to keep a weapon in plain sight when it was left in a vehicle in University parking lots. “With a weapon in plain sight, one runs the risk that the vehicle will be entered to steal both


Walker pleads guilty Chris Wilcox || News Editor

Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. pleaded guilty to six counts of tampering with physical evidence Tuesday morning in the Calloway County Circuit Court, marking the end to an almost 14-year-old battle over the Paducah man’s innocence in connection to the fatal Hester Hall fire of 1998. Walker was indicted twice

for setting the early-morning blaze on the fourth floor of Hester, but both times he walked free – most recently in July, when a jury found him innocent. Michael Minger, a sophomore music student who lived on the far end of the fourth floor, lost his life in the Hester Residential College, formerly known as Hester Hall.

the weapon and other personal property,” DeVoss said. “It is most prudent to keep a weapon out of sight when parking a vehicle in University parking lots.” For hunters, DeVoss recommended storing the weapon in a safe place off campus. “If one must keep a weapon in his vehicle when parking on campus, it should be stored out of sight to prevent an unlawful entry,” DeVoss said. Murray State Police officers will respond to any calls regarding a weapon on campus. The Supreme Court ruling does give universities the right to prohibit weapons on all other entities of campus – a policy Murray State enacted years ago. DeVoss indicated that there had been some

ONLINE: Murray State gun policy for students and faculty.

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Campus facility maintenance work underway Edward Marlowe || Staff writer

Even universities have to do a little house cleaning every now and then. While much of the work the University tries to schedule during the less crowded and warmer summer months, some projects do come up while regular classes are in session – not unlike the maintenance roof work on Wells Hall this month. Lined out through specific stipulations in the University 2012-13 Operating Budget, Facilities Management has a calculated budget of nearly $13 million for this year, which goes to support funding for projects such as building and equipment maintenance, building services, facility design and construction and utilities. Of the $12.9 million for this year’s budget, Chief Facilities Officer Kim Oatman said the University spends an average $1.7 million per year on main-

tenance across the University. For every project visible to the general public, such as the new basketball facility, however, there exists almost hidden cosmetic improvements to buildings like Wilson Hall and the eventual demolition of Ordway Hall, Oatman said there are even more projects organized unbeknownst to students and faculty alike. “These maintenance tasks do Oatman often go unnoticed since they take place on top of the roofs, in mechanical rooms of buildings and even sometimes underground,” Oatman said. “However, they are essential to the operations of the University.” While the crew at Facilities Man-

agement can handle many of the daily tasks required to maintain the general upkeep of the University, some tasks, Oatman said, are just too big for the Management staff. One such project is the repair and re-tarring of the Wells Hall roof. Despite the best efforts of the employees of Facilities Management, large renovations and improvements are best completed with the help of outside assistance and the budget supports these contractors. “It is essential to keep water from infiltrating our buildings, so due to age and deterioration all of our roofs get replaced periodically,” Oatman said. “Our crews do routine maintenance such as cleaning out roof drains and making minor repairs, but due to the equipment and expertise required to re-roof a building, it is typically much more efficient to have done by

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Mobile kitchen set to hit streets Student argues for increased during spring semester, 6A women’s rights awareness, 5A


Photos by Beamer Barron/The News

A Swift Roofing Inc. employee prepares to begin apply hot tart to the roof of Wells Hall.



Walter Powell continues to break football records, 1B

Online editor reviews newest Call of Duty edition, 7B

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November 16, 2012 News Editor: Chris Wilcox Assistant Editor: Meghann Anderson Phone: 809-4468 Twitter: MurrayStateNews

This week Sunday



• 3 p.m. College Republicans; Curris Center, second floor, open to all • 5:30 p.m. Line Dancing; Wellness Center, open to all • 7:30 p.m. “Harvey”; Robert E. Johnson Theatre; free with Racercard • 4 p.m. Murray Art Guild Annual Holiday Sale; Murray Art Guild, open to all • 9 p.m. PRSSA presents Plymouth Rock; El Mariachi Loco, open to all

• 8 p.m. Murray Art Guild Annual Holiday Sale; Murray Art Guild, open to all • 10 :3 0 a.m. “Elmo Makes Music”; CFSB, $12 • 1 p.m . Football vs. Southeastern Missouri; Roy Stewart Stadium, Senior Day, free with Racercard • 7:30 p.m. “Harvey”; Robert E. Johnson Theatre; free with Racercard


• 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; Winslow Cafeteria, open to all • 9: 30 a.m. Journey Church; Sunday School, Curris Center, large ballroom, open to all • 11 a.m. Journey Church; Curris Center, large ballroom, open to all • 2 p.m. Free Movie Afternoon; Traders Mall Family Theater, Paducah, open to all • 2:30 p.m. “Harvey”; Robert E. Johnson Theatre; free with Racercard


• 5 p.m. Leadership Connection Workshop; Curris Center, Barkley Room, open to all • 5 p.m. Kick Boxing class; Wellness Center, open to all • 7 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Evansville, free with Racercard • 7 p.m. Sci Fi Club; Faculty Hall, Room 208, open to all


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•4 p.m. Miss MSU Scholarship Pageant interviews; Office of the Center for Student Involvement, candidates only • 5 p.m. PRSSA meeting; Wilson Hall, Room 115, open to all • 5:30 p.m. Cycling class; Wellness Center, open to all with Racercard • 7 p.m. Joe Furman Speech; Curris Center Theater, open to all • 7 p.m. Beginning Zumba; Wellness Center, open to all


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Police Beat Nov. 8 8:2 7 a.m. A caller reported a theft to officers at Public Safety. Officers took a report for theft of a credit/debit card. 3:12 p.m. A caller reported a theft of property from Regents College. Officers were notified and took a report for theft of mail matter. 5:18 p.m. Officers issued a verbal warning to a driver on Gilbert Graves Drive for failure to illuminate headlights and speeding.

Nov. 9 12:1 1 a.m. Officers arrested Cedric Cherry, freshman from Murray, at Pizza Hut on Chest-

nut Street on a bench warrant. 3:54 p.m. A caller requested to speak with an officer in reference to a theft in the Curris Center. Officers were notified and took a report for theft by unlawful taking for more than $500. 10:41 p.m. A caller reported an elevator stuck on the first floor of Regents College. Officers and the Central Plant were notified.

Nov. 10 12:04 a.m. Officers issued a citation to Jordan Wilbanks, senior from Louisville, Ky., for drinking in public. 12 :11 p.m. Central Plant workers reported an animal complaint at Central Plant. Officers and the grounds department were notified. 5:10 p.m. The fire alarm in Winslow Dining Hall was acti-

vated. Officers, the Murray Fire Department, the state fire marshal, Central Plant and Murray Electric and Gas were notified.

Nov. 11 3:44 p.m. A caller requested an officer to check on a person in the Waterfield Library parking lot. Officers were notified and took an information report. 7:11 p.m. A caller reported an animal complaint at the Biology Building. Officers were

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notified and took an information report. 9:1 3 p.m. A person reported theft of property to officers at Public Safety. Officers took a report for theft by unlawful taking of less than $500 from an automobile.

being stuck on an elevator in Hester College. Officers were notified and took an information report. 5:24 p.m. A caller reported a parking complaint at Winslow Dining Hall. Officers took an information report.

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11:1 3 a.m. Officers gave a verbal warning to a driver at the 100 block of College Courts for disregarding a stop sign. 3: 44 p.m. A caller reported

8:05 a.m. A caller reported a threat of fire at the Roy Stewart Stadium. Officers, the Murray Fire Department and the state fire marshal were notified. 2:58 p.m. A caller reported a noninjury accident at the Howtown Agriculture Building. Officers were notified and took an information report. 4:19 p.m. A caller reported locking their keys in their vehicle at Waterfield Library. Officers were notified and took an information report.

Nov. 13 11: 02 a.m. A caller reported vandalism to a vehicle at Franklin College. Officers were notified and took an information report.

Nov. 14 7:24 a.m. Officers reported damage to a vehicle at the Roy Stewart Stadium parking lot. The owner was notified and officers took a report. 3:0 8 p.m. A caller reported a medical emergency at Regents College. Officers and an ambulance service were notified. 11:56 p.m. A caller reported an unoccupied elevator was stuck at Regents College. Officers and Central Plant were notified.

Motorist assists - 1 Racer escorts - 2 Arrests - 1 Meghann Anderson, Assistant News Editor, compiles Police Beat with materials provided by Public Safety. Not all dispatched calls are listed.






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From Page 1 external roofing contractors.” With the job bid out on Sept. 6, Swift Roofing Inc. in Murray made the lowest bid for the Wells Roof Replacement Project, bidding the job at $153,090. The project includes removal of existing roof, new insulation, new 4-ply felt roof with asphalt coatings and all new counter flashing around the perimeters. Oatman said the funding for roof replacement came from an internal repair account designated and planned for the purpose and was part of the operating cost fixed in the University budget. The project is expected to finish late this month. Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, said repairs conducted for the University were less about getting by and more about precedence and planning, as preventative maintenance is definitely planned each and every year through committees and consultations with University officials and in coordination with Facilities Management. “There is a budget and a priority list of things that need to be done,” Robertson said. “(Facilities Management) has money set aside for unex-


Education & General Buildings •Pogue Library •Wells Hall •Carr Health •Curris Center (metal replacement) •Sid Easley Alumni Center •Oakhurst (other repairs) Source: Facilities Management

pected needs. (The University) puts aside X amount of dollars for our residence halls, as well, and there is money set aside for major construction and also day-to-day operational maintenance.” While several educational and general campus buildings fall under the care of Facilities Management, Robertson said there are some buildings under the care of Auxiliary funding, which is also an appropriation within the 2012-13 University budget but operate under their own funding on a yearly basis.

PROVOST From Page 1 mittee will be charged with recommending two to four unranked candidates who would serve as finalists in the search. Those finalists would do on-campus interviews in the spring. Dunn said he hoped to have a new provost in position by July 1. If the selected candidate is not in position by that date, Dunn said he would serve in capacity – provided the candidate only needed a few weeks during the summer. If a candidate is selected and needs more time than feasible, Dunn said an interim might be ap-

“Auxiliary buildings have to pay for themselves,” Robertson said. “There are no University dollars that go into the auxiliary buildings. Winslow, the TRoom and other facilities have to come out of the Auxiliary budget.” With student and faculty traffic at high points during the fall and spring semesters, several projects go on hold until the summer when most of the students have gone back home and workers can move freely in the buildings. Bonnie Higginson, vice president of Academic Affairs and

pointed who would assume the role for the summer. Jack Rose, faculty regent and professor in the College of Education, said as chair of the search committee he will help guide the group in selecting two to four candidates who will then be recommended to Dunn. “Overall we’ll be looking for (applicants) who will be effective in maintaining the high quality we have now,” he said. “We’d like someone who would lead us forward to even greater heights.” Rose said there were standards of the position, which were obviously necessary such as a doctorate and years of experience, but he said the key is finding someone who is visionary and compatible with the University’s goals.

whose office is in Wells Hall, said she understood while some maintenance had to occur regardless of the inconveniences and costs, all proper care and consideration is taken when deciding which projects need to come first. “I know Facilities Management is very conscious of access issues and would not engage in a project during the academic year that would cause a major disruption,” Higginson said. “I guess I would term these minor disruptions as just minor frustrations for most of us.”

WALKER From Page 1 The tampering charges relate to a series of letters Walker admitted to authoring following the dorm fire. The letters, according to Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship, led the prosecution to believe Walker was behind the fatal fire. The six letters Walker wrote named suspects in the case. None of the individuals proved promising to Kentucky State Police or local authorities, but because Walker seemed to know so many details about the case, a case was opened against him, which led to his first trial, which ended in a hung jury. Walker’s second and final trial in July

GUNS From Page 1 initial local confusion following the policy ruling that guns in vehicles legally had to be visible – opposite of the actual ruling and official Murray State recommendation. “Some people thought we were asking people to leave weapons in plain sight,” DeVoss said. “We do not suggest that because it can initiate criminal acts.” Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, said the University does not want students to get in trouble and there are lots of students who have guns for hunting or other reasons. The policy statement regarding weapons states, “weapons and dangerous materials are prohibited on all property owned or controlled by Murray State University. This prohibition encompasses, but is not limited to, outdoor areas, classrooms, laboratories, residential colleges and other living facilities, office buildings, performance halls, and auditoria, museums, dining facilities and arenas, farms, parking lots and vehicles on property owned or controlled by Murray State.” The University’s policy de-

ended in an acquittal, leaving the 1998 arson a mystery that may never be solved. “We started on this journey a while ago and we didn’t expect it to become a cold case,” Blankenship said. Walker “This is not the getting off place the Commonwealth was looking for, but we all know we have to accept the jury’s verdict. I do appreciate Jerry Walker for doing the right thing and accepting responsibility for the fabricated evidence. This is where we all now get off this case.” Blankenship and Walker’s defense attorneys Dennis and Richard Null arranged a plea deal prior to Tuesday’s

termines a weapon as anything that can be shot or is capable of producing death or serious physical injury. Knives, other than pocketknives, swords, nightsticks, karate sticks, death stars, artificial knuckles and bow and arrows are all considered weapons. The policy statement does not prohibit the possession of a firearm, with lawful authority if it is located in and not removed from a privateor University-owned vehicle and is kept in an enclosed container, compartment, or storage space installed as original equipment in the vehicle. Any student in violation of the policy is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion from the University and other legal actions. Policy decisions like these have encouraged some students to carry weapons for safety reasons. Kimberlie Moore, sophomore from Hampton, Ky., said she plans on getting her concealed weapons permit when she turns the legal age of 21. “I personally travel to school about 20 miles each way,” Moore said. “If I were to break down on the interstate or get stuck somewhere I can have protection with me. I know that guns are an issue but that’s just because people are uneducated about them.”

hearing that stipulated a diversion sentencing with no jail time. Additional conditions include yearly community service to be served at Murray State’s Michael Minger Memorial Garden and that he write a formal letter of apology to law enforcement for fabricating evidence and destroying the credibility of the case. Foust, prior to Walkers plea, read the terms of the diversion agreement. Subject to the diversion agreement Walker said he was guilty and that he had already provided the letter of apology. Dennis Null said the case had taken many forms over the years and he was glad it was finally being settled. Said Null: “We appreciate the court’s consideration and Blankenship doing his job. Now this is finished and hopefully everyone has learned from the situation.”

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Our View

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

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More than a decade has passed since the devastating Hester Hall fire that caused the death of one student and injured another. Most of us weren’t here when it happened, but the impact of that fire on our day–to–day lives at Murray State is something that we should not overlook. Since 1998, we have seen the reorganization of campus housing on the residential college model, a result of the Hester fire and the resulting death of sophomore Michael Minger. Safety measures have been increased and policies changed to make all of us safer. The unfolding drama that has engulfed Murray in the aftermath of that fire has been the trial of Jerry Walker, the prime suspect thought responsible for starting the fire. Walker was initially acquited in 2001 for his role in the fire before being brought back to court earlier this year following new evidence surfacing in the case. Walker was again acquited for his role in starting the fire. On Tuesday, Walker did, however, plead guilty to six counts of tampering with evidence in a related trial after reaching a plea agreement with Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship. This brings a close to the saga of Jerry Walker and the Hester College fire, does it not? We would venture that no, it does not. After spending over a decade trying to prove the guilt of Jerry Walker, the Commonwealth has failed to produce a case against Walker that links his actions to the Hester College fire.

It has wasted resources that might have been better served elsewhere in a repeated attempt to get Walker convicted for a fire that two juries are convinced he did not set. How many more times will we travel down this road? Will Mr. Blankenship be satisfied this time around, with Walker fulfilling his end of the plea agreement, or will we watch another trial unfold in the next few years? It seems that in the pursuit of justice, a few things are being overlooked. Namely, the notion that someone other than Jerry Walker could have been responsible for the Hester fire. In the time and with the resources the Commonwealth has spent trying to convict Walker, we might have been able to do a bit more digging into the incident itself. We might have been able to call up a few new suspects and see if the puzzle pieces came together for the Commonwealth to make a case. We might have finally been able to do the family and memory of Michael Minger justice, but instead, the Commonwealth has spent our dollars and our time on a lost cause. There’s no doubt that this incident has left some wounds that have yet to heal and has cut all of us at Murray State and in the city of Murray deep. It has changed how we live our lives and go about our daily activities on campus. Yet the fact of the matter is that we may never truly know who started the fire. We may never have justice for a fellow Racer because of the wasted efforts of the Commonwealth on an increasingly difficult case to make. We wish turning the page on the whole thing was easy to do – but that’s talk when there’s justice to be done.

A Professor’s Journal

Murray State students deserve recognition, support If you are a student, member of the faculty or staff, or administrator at Murray State, you cannot help but know that our university does a great many things well. After all, the university garners accolades from various prestigious sources year after year. We do things the right way, whether it is civic engagement, life-changing Duane Bolin study abroad programs, nationally-recProfessor of ognized athletic programs or academic History programs that involve deep learning that prepare students for something more than simply occupations and careers. In my own department, my colleague Dr. Charlotte Beahan recently spoke at an Asian Studies Conference at Berea College. One student’s response to Dr. Beahan’s presentation says it all: "I really want to thank the Asian Studies department for hosting this event. This was by far the BEST Asian studies colloquium speaker I have seen at Berea. Her speech was funny, yet informative. It was in a style that I felt both rookies and scholars could really understand. She did not take an antagonistic tone towards the PRC (People’s Republic of China) which I find common in discourse of their policies, yet it was also not propaganda. She had such a well written and well performed speech. I came in there with a huge list

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of questions, and she answered each one in the speech. This was really convo worthy. I loved it so much; the month I waited for this convo was well worth it. Thanks!" Another colleague, Professor Ted Franklin Belue, organized the third annual Roots Music Concert, which took place in Wrather Auditorium Wednesday evening. It was Wrather Auditorium, which is a great venue, but it could have been Carnegie Hall. The McKendrees “perhaps Western Kentucky’s premier bluegrass band,” displayed their usual rich harmonies and “precise instrumental interplay.” Fidula, led by Jim and Inge Wood Wood, and accompanied by Hillary Bevels and 17-year-old Nate Strasser wowed the audience with virtuoso performances on a dizzying array of instruments, including fiddle, viola, cello, keyboard, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. When Inge Wood sang “Five Smooth Stones” I leaned over to my wife Evelyn and said, “That was just fantastic.”

“It hasn’t. I don’t go anywhere where the construction has been.” Zach Riebling • Freshman from New Athens, Ill.

The evening concluded with Ranger Doug of Rider’s in the Sky and The Time Jumper’s Fame and Andy Riess, also of “a first-call Nashville lead guitarist since 1981,” playing swing numbers on vintage Archtop guitars. What an evening.” Yet another history department colleague, Dr. William Mulligan, has organized and sponsored an ongoing Research Forum every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 or 4:30 in Faculty Hall, Room 505, where graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty members present their research in a relaxed, collegiate setting. Dr. Mulligan’s forum has revolutionized the culture of our department and given our students and faculty excellent feedback for ongoing research and writing projects. The Research Forum is open to the campus community and the community at-large. I promise you will enjoy the intellectual stimulation. Another opportunity to hear the work of our students will come the week after Thanksgiving. Students in my HIS 400 Senior Seminar and Professional Engagement class will give Oral Presentations and Critiques of their Senior Papers on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:15 in Faculty Hall, Room 506. Please come and support these students in Faculty Hall, Room 506. There will be time for questions from the audience. The program is free and open to all.

“One day I was walking to the Business Building and the smell from it overwhelmed me.” Victoria Marables • Sophomore from Louisville, Ky.

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Shupe: Women need to be taken seriously Everyone knows that women can’t drive … … When they aren’t in a car. Otherwise, they are provided that same opportunity to earn their license. To say that they are equal in all aspects of life is untrue though. One need only look at our current politics to see this. Kyle Shupe Think about what politisenior cians have said. Paul Ryan from Farmington, Ky. does not believe a woman should be able to have an abortion even if she is raped or her life is threatened. Republican Todd Akin announced that pregnancy from legitimate rape doesn’t happen. As though if you get pregnant from rape, you wanted to be raped. Or let’s think about the arguments in response to rape such as “she shouldn’t be wearing those clothes.” Fair enough on the argument that if a woman doesn’t want to be ogled she probably shouldn’t reveal so much of the areas that makes the male loins tingle with happiness. That is about as far as that argument goes. Honestly, who really thinks that the clothes make people sexually assault each other? Last time I checked, there isn’t a rape orgy occurring in the quad because some guy saw another girl in revealing clothing. Although, I’m sure we’ve all heard the stories of certain parties. Apparently, men have the right to put the red tape on your uterus. Also, to force you to have

this huge tool shoved in your vagina that’s bigger than most men, admit it guys. Transvaginal Ultrasound! Perhaps we should step back to what the propagandist Rush Limbaugh has to say about women who want birth control. When he was asked about birth control and a young female college student taking it he proceeded to call her a “slut” because she needed to take birth control every day. Well, that’s how birth control works. You have to take it on a regular basis in order for it to be effective. Plus, birth control is also used by some women in order to help balance hormones as prescribed by their doctor. Speaking of vagina, did you know if you have one that you probably won’t be making as much as a man? You need not look further than where you’re standing really. I have no idea what it is about vagina that makes it worth less than a sausage fest but there’s apparently something. There must be because women on the same level as men and who have even been there longer still get paid less. While some may say the woman’s place is in the house and not the workplace, I disagree. A woman’s place is where ever she wishes to be. True that I believe that all should live up to

their potential and make a difference in society but if a woman wants to be a housewife, then she can be that just as they should be an executive if they wish – doesn’t mean she can’t make a difference in the community. They have the right to choose where they want to be and while I may hear that their place is the kitchen I don’t believe it. My own mother showed me that a woman can do the work and raise a family. If women couldn’t work then when we went to war we would have crumbled. While men were in the war, women were in the factories. They created everything we needed to survive the war. They kept the country going when no one else was here to do so. Then they took care of the ones who came back from war. If it weren’t for them, America wouldn’t exist. Women have shown they can carry the load of the country through the toughest times so why are we treating them like they can’t? Why do we make them have to prove themselves more than males? Why do we try to take away their maternity leave? I’m not sure if my male parts make this ironic or not. Somewhere along the line something has gone wrong and we still refuse to do anything about it. Perhaps now is the time to start changing it. Otherwise, when the lightning strikes the clock at precisely 10:04 p.m. we’re sending you back … to the kitchen!

Letters to the Editor I read Dr. William Zingrone’s response to my letter and his thinking in it is as interesting as his earlier missive in The News. Dr. Zingrone asks us to believe, “ ... non–religious group members don’t take down others’ posters (of our own) as part of their heathen moral code.” I’ve read too much history and I’ve seen too much of the world to believe that. Then he says, “hundreds of secular groups all over America regularly deal with having their advertising materials defaced or taken down.” What does that mean? Who are these “hundreds of groups”? What do they have to do with Murray State? What does “regularly” mean? Where does this information come from? And, if I’m understanding Dr. Zingrone correctly these two unsubstantiated statements are meant to support his, “I’ll stick with my “probably someone(s) religious.” If that’s how Dr. Zingrone makes sense of things, I guess that’s how we makes sense of things. What’s more interesting is Dr. Zingrone’s next statement where he says, “ ... since 80 percent of Americans identify with some religion, if Mr. Herr can spare a moment from his chuckling, he can do the math.” This statement leads to two important questions: Why did Dr. Zingrone choose to use religion as the identifying characteristic of the group he focused on? And what was the link between the events on campus and that group? By Dr. Zingrone’s logic since 95 percent of the people in the US listen to the radio each week, Dr. Zingrone could have said that “the posters were probably taken down by someone who listens to the radio,” but he chose “someone(s) religious.” Since “do(ing) the math” is important to Dr. Zingrone why not note that 97 percent of the US population eats meat and suggest that eating meat leads to intolerance? In math, the answer you get is only as good as the equation you build, and it seems the one Dr. Zingrone built tells me more about his preconceptions, than it does about mathematics or about how the posters came down. And while I don’t believe the wind selectively removed posters from across campus, I’m also not willing to ignore the possibility that they may have been removed by someone who had a personal animus towards Dr. Zingrone, or his group, or by

someone who might have had a competing interest with the event. What makes me sad is that those considerations weren’t raised by Dr. Zingrone. When Dr. Zingrone chose to say that the posters were taken down by “probably someone(s) religious” he chose to ignore larger groups and alternative explanations, and that doesn’t seem reasonable or kind. And what’s it called when you identify certain types of negative behaviors and you ascribe those behaviors to an entire group of people, and then when something goes wrong, even if you have no proof of what happened, because of your beliefs regarding that group of people you blame that group for what happened? There’s a word for that isn’t there?

Steve Herr non-student from Murray, Ky.

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Nation Builders If there’s one thing that Americans are good at, it’s nation-building. We’ve done a lot to build up our allies and even our former foes. We helped the Japanese come out of Devin Griggs their own defeat and our investOpinion Editor ments abroad during the Cold War helped turn the tide against the Soviet Union. In his campaign for a second term, the president called for nation-building at home. Here are a few past American leaders that he could look to for inspiration. 1. Alexander Hamilton In all of American history, there’s perhaps no one more responsible for making America what it is today than Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton pushed for a national bank, federally-funded infrastructure projects and protectionism to develop American manufacturing. A new national bank would be an idea worth looking into – the president could fund a lot of his own initiatives in other areas by borrowing money not from Tokyo, Berlin or Beijing, but from the American people in the form of a bond drive. 2. Henry Clay I might be a bit biased here in that Clay hails from the Commonwealth, but nevertheless, the three–time presidential candidate and mentor to Abraham Lincoln would be a good fit for the president’s drive to revitalize American infrastructure. While speaker of the house and as a senator from Kentucky, Clay proposed the “American System,” building on Hamilton’s proposals with a strong emphasis on “internal improvements.” We desperately need to update our infrastructure, and the president would be wise to look into Henry Clay’s “American System” for tips on how to get it done. 3. Abraham Lincoln Another great Kentuckian (don’t let the Illinoisians fool you), President Abraham Lincoln not only defeated the Confederacy and restored rule of law in the south, but also built a transcontinental railroad in the midst of it all. Lincoln also wasn’t afraid to raise taxes on the wealthy to finance it. Higher taxes on the rich and railroads stretching across the country? Sign me up. 4. Franklin D. Roosevelt As if beating polio, the Great Depression and Hitler weren’t enough, FDR also found time to build schools, parks, roads and bridges during his time in office. A stimulus program that did all that and more is something Obama has tackled before, but economists argue that it’s been too small. The president should go big, just like FDR’s New Deal did in the 1930s. There are many ways to tear a nation down but few to build one up. Here’s hoping the president learns the right lessons from American history. Devin Griggs is vice president of finances for the Murray State College Democrats.

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Tattoos still taboo in workforce Lexy Gross || Staff writer

Tattoos, a common form of self-expression among college students, have seen a rise in popularity over the last decade, but have also been removed at an increasing rate. A study performed by The Patient’s Guide – an online publication – states laser tattoo procedures increased 32 percent in the last year. Many patients have claimed future employment as a main reason to remove visible body art. Tattoo artist Jason Agee, owner of Ain’t That Art, said he usually warns students of the consequences of getting a visible tattoo. “We still see students coming in wanting these tattoos on their neck and hands,” Agee said. “We try to talk them out of it and give them our perspective.” Agee calls neck and hand tattoos “job-stoppers” because they are the most visible. Another consequence is they tend to fade faster than tattoos in other locations. Another common tattoo is on the wrist, said Agee. “Most of the time (employers) won’t get too crazy about the lettered wrist tattoos like faith, love, family or something like that,” Agee said. “Those can typically be covered up with a watch if necessary.” Blake Walton, junior from Paducah, Ky., said he does not think it matters what a tattoo says. “I know my employers wouldn’t have hired anyone with a visible tattoo,” Walton said. “I made sure the tattoos I have weren’t visible because I don’t think it’s professional.”

According to a survey conducted by, 31 percent of human resource managers consider tattoos to be the main physical attribute that could limit a candidate’s potential. Agee said he believes the job industry will have to become more lenient because so many younger people have tattoos. Today, one quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 have some form of body art. “I don’t think employers will have a choice,” Agee said. “Especially restaurants and small stores around here, they want to hire college students with or without tattoos.” Katie Mantooth, a counselor for Murray State Career Services, said students should research the culture of the company they are pursuing. “There are some fields where a more creative display of who you are, such as a tattoo, is acceptable,” Mantooth said. “Someone in the music production industry may be able to be more creative than someone trying to reach a prominent accounting firm. Those are more professional, conservative environments.” Mantooth said appearance is important to impress a group of professionals in an interview. She said appropriate physical appearance is important. According to Mantooth, the job industry has not become lenient on visible tattoos. She said some businesses and even the military have focused on turning away applicants with visible art in the last few years. “I would definitely tell students to plan ahead,” Mantooth said. “I think

Across campus Open house encourages Greek Life A Greek Life open house is being held on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom for anyone interested in Murray State’s Greek Life. Each organization will have a booth and representatives to discuss membership in their organizations. The Interfraternity Council has also decided to offer free registration to any student that comes to the open house, which is a $25 saving. Other activities include cornhole and a DJ. The ultimate goal of the event is to increase interest in Greek Life in a relaxed atmosphere. If interested, contact Jason Hinson-Nolen, interim Greek Life coordinator, at 809-6953.

Former University professor discusses book Joseph Fuhrmann, professor Emeritus from the history department, is presenting his book titled, “Rasputin, the Untold Story” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Curris Center Theater. Fuhrmann will discuss what is true and what is fiction about Grogori Rasputin, a Russian monk who had an influence on the Russian Empire. After the discussion, Fuhrmann will have a book signing and will be open for questions. For more information on the discussion, contact Fuhrmann at 753-4161.

Paducah extended campus receives bids A & K Construction in Paducah, Ky., recently won the bid for the rights to construct the Murray State Paducah extended campus. According to Kim Oatman, chief facilities officer of Facilities Management, the construstion firm bid nearly $8.1 million. The architectural firm Peck Flannery Gream Warren Inc. started the design in January and the Board of Regents approved the design at its April meeting. Oatman said the project should be nearing completion by December of 2013. The new campus will replace the Crisp Center, the University’s current Paducah campus.

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Katie Mantooth, counselor of Career Services, said tattoos are not as taboo as they were in years past. She said it was important for a student to research the culture of the business they are pursuing. The nature of the job will determine whether or not tattoos are permissable. that’s hard when students are figuring out who they’re trying to be in college, but those are the consequences.” Many of the customers getting larger, visible tattoos are professionals set in their career with extra in-

come, said Agee. He said many students consider getting larger tattoos, until they understand the price of the piece. “It definitely deters a college student when they find out a larger piece

could be $100 an hour and take 4-6 hours to complete,” Agee said. Agee as well as Mantooth agreed students should wait to get visible tattoos until they consider their future career choices.

Food truck in first stages of design; anticipated arrival next semester Meghann Anderson || Assistant News Editor

Students who don’t want to walk across campus to the Winslow Dining Hall, the Thoroughbred Room or the food cart in the Business Building are going to have another option soon. A food truck, like the ones seen on the Food Truck Race on Food Network, will be arriving to Murray State’s campus next semester. Paula Amols, director of Dining Services and Racer hospitality, said she anticipates the truck will arrive by Spring Break. “It will take three to four months to build, and we first have to go out to bid on it to manufacturers,” Amols said. “It might not be until sometime (this month) when the actual order is placed, and then we have to allow for the holidays and those are not very pro-

ductive times of year.” She said the staff at Dining Services is still working out the details of the menu, but she said it will serve food items students want, such as hamburgers and french fries and the menu will vary depending on the time of day. “I expect lunch to be the main meal as it goes around campus, and we'll want to start out with a relatively small menu until we work out all the kinks and gauge what the demand is,” Amols said. “We will probably have some sort of hot and cold sandwiches, fries, bottled beverages and if there's enough refrigerated space, some of the Jasmine sushi.” She said the truck will be a fully equipped mobile kitchen, but storage space is limited so they will use a small number of ingredients.

“We also expect to bring the truck to sporting events where there are currently no concessions, and University events like All-Campus Sing, Homecoming and Racer Week,” Amols said. “We will also test the demand early in the morning at locations where commuters arrive, and see if breakfast sandwiches prove to be popular.” She said the food truck will accept flex dollars as well as credit cards, the new staff and faculty meal plan and cash.

Two College of Business professors awarded Two professors in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business received the Best Paper Award in the Education Group of the Academy of Business Research International Conference in Biloxi, Miss., on Nov. 7-10. Gerry N. Muuka and Bellarmine A. Ezumah authored the award-winning paper, “AACSB Accreditation Towards Assurance of Learning Best Practices for the 5th Year Maintenance Report.” Their paper will also be published as a peer-reviewed article in the Academy of Business Research Journal. Muuka is the associate dean of the Bauernfeind College of Business and the director of the M.B.A. program. Ezumah is an assistant professor in the department of journalism and mass communications.

Inside the story Menus for the truck are unavailable for the time being, but preliminary discussions have revealed service times will be breakfast, lunch and late night (Fridays and Saturdays only). The tentative idea for breakfast products offered include items such as breakfast sandwiches – which will come on biscuits, croissants or English muffins. According to Tim Bruce, department chef manager of Dining Services and Racer Hospitality, the lunch menu is based around hamburgers and sandwiches. He said additional items may include french toast sticks, hash browns, home fries, deep-fried poptarts, salads and chili.

Cooking Equipment • Sandwich prep table

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The tentative name for the truck is "Pony Express", and the truck will be wrapped in an appropriate graphic design, in the Racer blue and gold. Amols said she wants to acknowledge all the support and help Dining Services has had on this project, from the staff at Public Safety, Information Technology, Transportation and Health and Safety. The students who have heard word about the food truck have noted the idea is a good one and agree it will help save students time. Amber Miller, senior from Owensboro, Ky., said she and her friends thinks a food deliv-

ery system would be very convenient. "Food delivery systems are perfect for busy individuals who do not have time to shop every week," Miller said. “Since these meals are easy to prepare, they definitely save us time.”

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International lecture series boasts high participation Ben Manhanke || Staff writer

International Education Week, an annual lecture series sponsored by the Institute for International Studies at Murray State which aims to educate students and community members on the importance of global education and awareness, ended Thursday night. The series, hosted by ISS and spanning four days, included a total of 27 presentations on a variety of topics. The turnout of this year’s events was higher than other similar events hosted in the past. A large portion of these events were dedicated to promoting the study abroad program and international travel. The week was kicked off by two lectures: “London 2012: Out of My Comfort Zone and Into My Element” presented by Rachel Isom and “Get the Taste of Life” by Bassel Alhashemi both geared towards giving a student perspective of what studying abroad is like. “The Arab Spring: Reflections from MSU Students”, a multimedia presentation by four international students from Yemen, Egypt, Syria and Libya respectively focused on the unprecedented number of revolutions, demonstrations and protests across the Arab world beginning in 2010. Osama Benyaia, an exchange student from Libya, spoke about what it was like to live under the reign of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 43 years and who didn’t allow any elections to take place. He said most of Gaddafi’s govern-

ment was filled with his close friends and family – people who would not question his authority. Benyaia showed the audience pictures of his hometown, Tripoli, the capital of Libya, which is now in ruins after the intense fighting between pro-Gaddafi soldiers and rebels, and spoke on post-Gaddafi Libya. A country he said is still feeling the impact of violence even after Gaddafi’s death in 2011. Not all the events of the week were as politically charged as “The Arab Spring”; Jie Wu, assistant professor within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, in collaboration with the International Cultures and Language Association (ICALA) taught a handson workshop on Chinese calligraphy Tuesday night. An International Bazaar was held in the Curris Center Ballroom Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Approximately 600 students from surrounding elementary, middle and high schools attended the event. There were 22 countries represented by displays and by flags in the ballroom. Each arrangement was supervised by a student from their respective country who answered questions and elaborated on their display’s information. The international students created the displays themselves and chose what information to share about their native country. Displays were diverse. Some included video presentations, items from the country, informational pamphlets and pictures. At the Japanese booth people were

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Ewa Wantulok, senior from Wisla, Poland, shows a group of students from several regional elementary, middle and high schools how to make a display from construction paper. There were more than 27 countries represented at the Internation Education Week in total. allowed to make their own origami and those that visited the South Korean display could get their faces painted, dress in traditional clothing and play the popular Korean game Gonggi. Other events were targeted at faculty specifically. On Thursday, education professor Lee Kem and assistant education professor Jennifer Wyatt led a panel discussion with international students

from Murray State graduate programs and other faculty to discuss the implementing of teaching and advising strategies that are better suited for international students. At an event geared toward LGBT students studying abroad, faculty, staff and alumnna shared insight into the impact sexual identity may have on a student’s experience travelling abroad. At the event a key focus was how a

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Taufiq Rashid, senior lecturer of Humanities and Fine Arts, spoke Tuesday about the most successful religions and why they have remained relevant.

Panelists discuss Islamic faith Sam Villanueva || Staff writer

To help combat confusion and explain the nature of the Islamic faith, several professors held a panel discussion on Tuesday, during International Week, to help bring about discussion on the topic. Brian Clardy, assistant professor and coordinator of Religious Studies, led the panel, along with the aid of Taufiq Rashid, senior lecturer and Zachery Heern, professor. Each of the panelists work within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Clardy began the panel by stating the overall objectives, which included a brief history on the religion of Islam. “Islam is definitely a religion of tolerance, peace and goodwill,” he said. “It is a religion that not only has spanned centuries but has, to date, 1.6 billion followers all over. It follows the basic Abrahamic traditions and sticks to its own written word with the Quran.” Clardy raised numerous questions at the event to help set the tone of discussion. He asked where the religion going, has the golden age of Islam happened and how could Mohamed Gandhi’s biography, a film cause a global impact? The panel was created to promote serious, intellectual dialogues throughout the University, he said. Clardy said diversity is among one of the greatest assets Murray State possesses. He said he hopes students will take from the panel a new perspective. He said students need to debunk the stereo-

types and that he believed it was important to stop seeing foreign as different. Heern’s discussion focused on the history of the religion and the important advancements made by Islam, developments that contribute to the western world. He said when people look at Islam through a historical lens they see so many great contributions that are overlooked, and that the Islamic countries have been the middlemen of trade.

most reject enlightenment principals, modern technology is something they, as a majority, are very open to grasping, even if it may be for warfare.” The two terrorist groups, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, were a theme at the panel as Heern said they are among the more intense of Islamic sectors. He said the easiest way to explain was to say those two groups do not only target Western civilizations, but they target anyone who does not fit within their standards. “This is the reason why there are actually more attacks within the Muslim world itself than is realized,” Heern said. Rashid wrapped up the discussion by asking the audience what makes a religion successful. He listed three things as making a religion successful: adaptability, change with time and geographical converts. The three most popular religions in the world – Buddhism, Christianity and Islam – are examples. “What makes them so successful is their ability to adapt and change,” Rashid said. “The harder the conversion process, the less number of people.” He said what makes Islam different from other religions is it maintains its identity with both belief and practice, but the standards of practice may change according to location. He said being a Muslim in Baghdad is different then being a Muslim in Calcutta. Said Rashid: “They are the same at the core but they have different practices.”

“Islam is definitely a religion of tolerance, peace and good will. It is a religion that not only has spanned centuries but has, to date, 1.6 billion followers all over.It follows the basic Abrahamic traditions and sticks to its own written word with the Quran.” –Brian Clardy Assistant professor Heern said some of the most basic humanistic knowledge is based on the translations of Islamic works. He believes that the religion is in its golden age and one great thing about Muslim culture is the followers have no history of racial divisions like the Western Civilization has. Heern said one of the biggest problems that Islam faces is nationalism, because a large number of the countries were settled by European powers. On the other hand, though, Horn said something that is not greatly realized is most Muslims do accept modern technology. “For example, Al Qaeda is very adept in using the Internet,” he said. “Although

student’s identity can enhance experiences in both positive and negative ways in another culture. Bill McKibben, associate director of international studies, said International Education Week is a good way to share and learn about new cultures. Said McKibbon: “International Education Week helps to open the eyes of our student body ... this is a chance to see that there are other cultures out there and to be a global citizen.”

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PAPRIKA: Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, stops by a program created to facilitate an interaction between international students and American students ended up allowing both groups to learn more about other people from around the globe. The program is named to describe the spice of culture and diversity that is represented at Murray State.

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Strong shooting, tough defense help Racers top Auburn 79-59 Team looks to continue strong performance against St. Johns Staff Report The Murray State men’s basketball team dominated Auburn in the first round of the Charleston Classic Thursday night. Strong shooting and tough defense on the part of the Racers (2-0) proved too much for the Tigers (1-1) to handle. Murray scored 79 points, holding the Tigers to only 59. The starting five, led by senior guard Isaiah Canaan, took early control of the game. Only seven minutes into the game the Racers were carrying a comfortable 16-6 lead. Murray State would end the first half leading Auburn 45-19, shooting 61.5 percent in the 3-point range and 58 percent from the field. The Racer’s defense was in fine form, keeping the Tigers without a field goal for about seven minutes of the first half. Murray State continued to dominate the game in the second half, with a 10-2 run. The Racers would score 34 more points in the half. The team shot 48 percent from the field goal and 30 percent in 3-point shots. In the early minutes of the second half, junior guard Dexter Fields had an injury scare after what looked like he hyper-extended his knee coming down from a rebound attempt. Fields limped off the court escorted by team

assistants, only to return to action with 11 minutes left to play. If the Racers were to have lost Fields it would have severely hurt the team, the roster is already on guard short without freshman Zay Jackson. With 6:57 left in the second half, and the lead steady at 35 points, Head Coach Steve Prohm subbed all five starters out of the game giving his freshman – dominate bench the chance to finish out the win. Scoring was wide spread through out the team but Canaan came out on top with 22 points in the first half – more than the entire Auburn team put up in the first half. The All-American guard scored 26 points overall, going 3-5 in 3-point shots, before taking an early exit from the game midway through the second half. Senior Stacy Wilson also scored big against Auburn. Wilson scored 18 points going 6-10 and scoring four of Murray State’s 11 3-pointers. The Racers held a 53 percent (27 of 51) field goal average overall and were 11-23 (48 percent) in 3-point shots. They kept Auburn to just 33 percent (20 of 60) shooting and 2-10 (20 percent) in the 3-point range. Murray State recorded nine steals and forced the Tigers into 20 turnovers. The Racer men will face a strong St. John’s team Friday, at 4:30 p.m. CDT. St. John’s defeated host team College of Charleston Thursday, 64-53.

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Senior Ed Daniel finished Thursday night with six points, five rebounds and four steals. Below, seniors Brandon Garrett and Isaiah Canaan team up to defend Auburn’s Josh Wallace. The Racers take on St. Johns Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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Season ends at Regionals

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Jaci Kohn || Assistant Sports Editor

The cross country teams wrapped up their season on a high note at the NCAA Southeast Regional last Friday. Freshman Abbie Ashbee-Simmonds was the first runner to cross the finish line for the women. She ran a 6K time of 21:35.73, breaking the program record she set earlier in the season. Ashbee-Simmonds finished in 40th place. “She is really tough and very competitive,” Head Coach Jenny Severns said. “She really wanted to beat some people that beat her at OVC and she did that. It was a very big race for her.” Junior Carolyne Tanui was the next runner to finish for the Racers. She finished in 84th place and ran a 21:35.73, a personal record and her third fastest time while competing at Murray State. “I am very happy with the way they fought during the race; the course was really narrow so it was a bit scrappy but they did really well with it,” Severns said. “Almost everyone passed a lot of people throughout the race. Carolyne passed over 50 people the last half of the way.” Freshman Lucas Prather was the lone runner from the men’s team to compete on Friday, running a 10K time of 34:03.57. He finished in 181st place. Prather said it was a honor for him to compete at Regionals, which was the biggest race of his career. “I beat a lot of freshmen that I have run against earlier in the season that I hadn’t beat,” he said. “So I am happy with it.” Though it was hard for him to compete without his team there, Prather said he will share the experience with his team next year. “The team will jump up a lot in place in the OVC next year with the new experience,” he



Senior receiver Walter Powell is in the midst of one of the greatest seasons in Murray State history. With one game remaining, Powell is breaking multiple school and conference receiving records.

Receptions Single Season MSU Record: 88 OVC Record: 115 Walter Powell 2012: 90

Receiving yards Single Season MSU Record: 1,120 OVC Record: 1,453 Walter Powell 2012: 1,162

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Freshman Abbie Ashbee-Simmonds broke the 6K school record earlier in the season. said. “We are really young this year, so I think after a year of going through all the rough patches I guess we will really improve a lot.” This year the team showed promise, Severns said. With every meet the teams ran faster and showed what they are capable of in the future. Looking toward next season, training and practice will not drastically change. The men’s and women’s teams will try to bump up a little bit in mileage and intensity. “We will also add in our red shirt freshmen and incoming freshmen,” Severns said. “I am really excited where we will be next year.”

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I haven’t always been a huge basketball fan. Coming to a basketball crazed school like Murray State will change just about anyone’s mind. Since I’ve been here, I’ve fallen in love with the college basketball world. I may have also developed a man crush Jonathan or two on some of our Ferris players, but that’s another column for another day. Sports Editor One of my favorite things about basketball at Murray State is getting the chance to watch a mid-major school change the tide in NCAA men’s basketball. For the last few years, small basketball programs have been significantly improving, consistently winning games each season and making deep runs in the tournament each March. Several elite mid-major programs such as Gonzaga, Xavier, Creighton, Butler and yes our very own Murray State Racers, are changing the landscape in college basketball. It is a trend that has been around for a while, and a major part of what makes college basketball so appealing is watching Cinderella teams emerge each year and make miraculous, unexpected runs through the season. These magical runs are becoming more and more common. An unlikely George Mason team started a pattern when they defeated sixth-seeded Michigan State, third seeded North Carolina and finally, the No. 1-seed Connecticut Huskies in the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Reaching the Final Four cemented their place in history as one of the most memorable underdogs in college basketball history. The trend has continued on an almost yearly basis. In 2008, the Davidson Wildcats, led by Stephen Curry, played their way into the Elite Eight and nearly upset Kansas to go to the Final Four. Several mid-majors made impressive runs in the 2010 NCAA Tournament including Cornell’s appearance in the Sweet 16, Northern Iowa’s upset of No. 1 seed Kansas, and Butler’s run all the way to the national championship game where they would lose by two points to Duke. Butler would return to the championship game again a year later, only to lose the title again. The Bulldogs had company, however, as Head Coach Shaka Smart (by far the coolest name in sports) led his Virginia Commonwealth to the Final Four, marking the first time two mid-majors were represented in the final rounds of the tournament. This slow shift to competitive equality between historically dominant programs and upcoming mid-majors is no anomaly. The top programs in the country – Kentucky being a prime example – are no longer classic collegiate teams, but rather gateways to the NBA for the top high school recruits each year. Kentucky plays teams of all freshmen, only to be replaced the next year by another all freshmen squad, thus we see the tide begin to turn. The difference between the huge programs and the mid-majors is veteran leadership and player development. Sure, Kentucky proved championships can be won with freshman teams. That’s not a strategy that is going to work every year, however. Once in a while they’ll get that group of freakish athletes who are so physically dominant they don’t need to be coached and developed, but it’s not a strategy that’s going to consistently win championships. And so, the gap is diminishing between the small programs and the Goliaths of the sport. The mid-majors are still recruiting athletes who fit into their style of play. They must have coaches who can actually coach players and develop them as athletes and as people in order to be successful. Mid-majors have players who stay for four and sometimes even five years, which provides the veteran leadership top programs simply don’t have. Guys like Isaiah Canaan, who choose to come back for their senior season are the reason programs like Murray State are slowly approaching the same level as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina. If I were a betting man, I would most certainly wager that a mid-major team will finally get over the hump and win the National Championship in the coming years. It may not be this season, but the day is coming when David will finally topple Goliath. What a sight it will be to see a program like Gonzaga, Butler, or, dare I say, even Murray State, at the pinnacle of the college basketball world.

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November 16, 2012

Club Sport

Small club posts big results at home meet Kyra Ledbetter || Staff writer

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Last year, the Murray State cycling club had only two members. It entered this season looking to rebuild its numbers as well as compete successfully. So far, the club managed both. Their current leadership’s main focus is competition. Club President Michael Agnew and returning cyclist Eric Chandler have split their time between recruiting new members and training for races. “We’re re-starting the program, essentially,” Agnew said. “Eric and I were the only two members last year and we started to get our numbers back up and started to place at races and really improve our attendance and just get people aware that we have a cycling club.” The process has been a slow one, and because cycling is not a varsity sport at Murray State, the club is limited in what it can do to help cyclists who don’t have all the equipment they need. “We just finished our mountain bike season and we went to regionals over at Lindsey Wilson (College) and four of our members competed in regionals,” Agnew said. “I competed in men’s Taxi cross country and I got second place in that category and my friend Eric Chandler competed in

men’s B cross country and got third place. I also competed in men’s downhill category C and got third place in that.” Though the team, as it stands now, is compromised almost entirely of experienced bikers, they welcome beginners and have group rides every week for cyclists of any fitness level. “The group rides are rides we’ve been doing out of the local bike shop here, Gear Up Cycles, and it had been Tuesday and Thursday nights and we also have rides set up for Saturday morning,” Timothy Martell, cycling club faculty adviser, said. “This would provide people with an opportunity to come out and ride their bikes with others on a course that most of us are familiar with and is relatively safe and interesting.” The group rides tend to attract anywhere between a dozen and two-dozen people, with paces available for those on par with the cycling club and those who don’t have much experience on a bike. “Generally there’s an A (pace), a B and even a C,” Martell said. “We’ve got one group that goes around 22 miles an hour, another group that goes around 18 and a third group that will also take a shorter route that will go closer to 15 or 16 miles an hour. There’s definitely a group to ride with if you’re

just a beginner. You won’t get lost and there are other people who are going pretty much the same speed. And 15 or 16 miles an hour, around here, given that the roads are pretty flat, that’s a manageable goal, particularly when you’re riding with other cyclists.” In addition to organizing group rides, the cycling club also has organized events in which both collegiate and non-collegiate amateurs can compete. The most recent beginner event was the Barkley Bootlegger Cyclocross which attracted around 40 cyclists. “We hosted a race on this past Saturday and it involved both collegiate athletes and professional and amateur cycling athletes and we had races going on from about 9:30 in the morning until two in the afternoon,” Martell said. “Murray State was represented by at least two or three riders in what was called the B race for the collegiate athletes.” Collegiate athletes race in two different categories, A and B and Eric Chandler won the B race outright. He was competing against other college athletes and a number of other non-collegiate amateurs. The cycling club wants to host a similar event in the spring, with information forthcoming. For more information visit the Gear Up Cycles website at

The Murray State cycling club’s Michael Agnew placed second in Men’s Taxi competition at regionals.


Pitney leads winning legacy in Racer Rifle program Kyra Ledbetter || Staff writer

The Racer rifle team has a winning legacy. Holding the most individual and team NCAA titles in school history the team is in competition with the best every season, and this year is no exception. Rifle is, however, an individual sport, and while the team competes together during its OVC season, without successful individuals, the team would not be able to compete at all. In 1984 Pat Spurgin Pitney joined the Racer rifle team as a freshman, thanks primarily to her connections to the team and Murray State’s engineering and physics program. She spent the majority of that semester on the road, hitting international matches when she wasn’t traveling with Racer rifle. “In the fall I started school late because I was at the championships in Austria and so I came in a week and a half late, but then the rest of the fall wasn’t too bad,” Pitney said. “I took the normal load in the fall. In the spring I only took the minimum 12 credits and I was traveling eight full weeks of that spring semester I took math and physics so that I could do all my work on the road for the most part. I spent a lot of time traveling and training for different competitions. That summer was the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where Pitney became the first Racer to medal in the Olympics, bringing home gold for her performance in air rifle. Instead of pursuing a career in shooting immediately following her Olympic appearance, Pitney chose to return to Murray State both to finish her degree and to continue to grow as a shooter. “It was a time of true amateur athletics, at least in the shooting sports,” Pitney said. “So my choices were get a very small sponsorship or stay

in school. My plan was to continue to compete in shooting, so I wanted to be able to stay in school, so I chose to stay because there wasn’t the make-the-money options that there are for Olympic athletes now. Not that I would have changed my mind, I don’t think, even then, because you’d have to make a lot of money to replace an education and the training opportunity. I think the NCAA rifle teams across the country provide the very best training opportunity for making it to the international level. So even though my goal was to continue on the international team I planned to stay and graduate college.” The following fall Murray State took notice of both her sport and Pitney, bringing the young shooter into the limelight. “I went back in the fall to Murray and I was a bit of a celebrity, which was very hard for me to handle, being in a fairly non-public sport,” Pitney said. “Boy, when you win a gold medal there’s a lot of visibility that goes along with it. I did a lot of speeches and a lot of appearances and demonstrations explaining what is this sport of shooting. But then for the most part I was just kind of a regular student. I studied and continued to compete.” Despite her success as an individual, Pitney holds that her success as a member of the Murray State team meant more to her than Olympic gold. “My sophomore year myself and three freshmen won the NCAA championships, Murray’s first win,” she said. “That was a really cool accomplishment. Winning individually and winning as a team is totally different, and it’s so much more satisfying winning as a team. So bringing that first national championship home, it was really nice to bring a win home for Elvis Green, our coach. Because he would have done

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Pat Spurgin Pitney was the first Racer to medal at the Olympics. In 1984 at the Los Angles Olympics she brought home a gold medal in air rifle. She returned to Murray in 1985 and helped the team win several NCAA Championships. anything for anybody. Then my junior year we had a strong showing but we were second that year by a point or two. Then my senior year we won as a team at the NCAA championship, pretty much the same group with the exception of one additional person.” After her senior year at Murray Sate Pitney traveled to the Olympic training facility at Colorado Springs for a season and then began her risle career at the University of Alaska shortly thereafter.

“I went to Colorado Springs and lived at the training center throughout the summer then moved to Alaska and got married and had kids,” Pitney said. “That was sort of the end of the shooting career and it was okay. Just a whole new chapter of life. And now my kids are about to get married, which is hard to imagine.” Though her career at the University of Alaska would seem to pit her against the Racers, she will always be a part of Racer history, and has nothing but good will for this year’s team.

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November 16, 2012



That’s What He Said

No, no ... thank you

Women fall short in early-season matchup

With Thanksgiving peeking its delicious face just around the corner, people have taken to keyboards to broadcast a daily reminder on Facebook describing things for which they are thankful. Edward Me? I decided to Marlowe take to my column Staff writer and share some thoughts, and I have plenty of things for which I am grateful. There are the tangible things like running water, electricity and food that are certainly appreciated on a day-to-day basis. Following Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you have to have certain staples for daily living and there is no need to overlook them, most especially when so many people go without for long stretches in their life. I have loving parents and family, a warm home, two jobs, lots of friends (most of which don’t claim me), a semiworking vehicle and my health. I’m attending college and improving my skills so I can enter the workforce and be a productive member of society. I have an inquisitive mind and a thirst for knowledge, both of which have served me well thus far in my quest to be the most journalistic journalist who has ever journeyed. I appreciate the opportunity of being able to return to college for so long and getting another chance to attack life goals with vigor and vengeance. In my two-year absence from school, it never occurred to me to move away from Murray State and start anew because I kept telling myself I had to finish what I started oh-so long ago. I am extremely grateful for my opportunity in the newsroom. If it hadn’t been for last year’s sports editor Sophie McDonald and news editor Austin Ramsey, I may not have joined the staff of The News at all. For some strange reason, they assumed I was an intelligent and worthy writer (or maybe they were desperate), and they constantly reminded me of open positions on staff. After writing a piece on my good friend “Maq” for the Diversity Tab, I, at long last, caved into their pleas, taking a position as a contributing writer in the spring of 2011. I’ve been a writer ever since, and as a writer I have had the chance to meet our football, basketball

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Junior forward Jessica Winfrey shoots over Indiana forward Aulani Sinclair. Winfrey scored four points and seven rebounds. points and the pressure was on for the Racers to change the outcome with just two minutes left. One by one, the leading Hoosier scorers took a seat on the bench as they fouled out and the lead shrank to just three points with 30 seconds left in the game. Kirby took her free throw shots, inching the deficit to only two. “(Cross) always tells me that I always need to be ready,” Kirby said. “So when I get that chance, I need to produce.” Robinson sank a final 3-point shot with just 11 seconds left during the game, giving the Racers a one point lead. After a final layup by Indiana center Sasha Chaplin, the Racers were down by one with 3.2 seconds left. Robinson missed the final shot of the game, handing the Racers a 62-63 defeat. “I knew we still had an opportunity,” Robinson said. “(Cross) gave us a good play for a scoring opportunity and honestly, we didn’t lose on that possession.” Their next game will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va.

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The women’s basketball team played a nearly shotfor-shot game, however Indiana struck in the final seconds of the game. The Hoosiers seized the win from the Racers 63-62. The Racers established the short but powerful lead midway in the first half. A footrace established a quick tempo with a rebound and turnover by Robinson in the first 30 seconds. Scores stayed low and fouls high for both teams, with Murray State shooting 31.4 percent from the field, Indiana with 28.9 percent in the first half. A three-minute scoring drought was broken by backto-back jumpers and a 3-point shot made by Robinson, who led the first half with nine points. Dirks ran the defensive side of the court, finishing the game with eight rebounds and three blocks, giving Murray State protection with her 6’3 frame. “Kelsey was working really hard in the first half for post position,” Head Coach Rob Cross said. “We just didn’t get the ball to her.” The Hoosier defense tried to stop the scoring stampede, drawing six fouls in the first 10 minutes and giving the Racers trips to the line where they averaged 80 percent. The two minutes of dominance were short lived after Indiana regained stability with forward Aulani Sinclair chipping in 14 points and two rebounds. “We overran the ball a little bit,” Cross said. “Got a little too aggressive on the back court and we were supposed to stay solid.” After losing the lead to Hoosier guards Jasmine McGhee and Sinclair, who scored 25 of Indiana’s 34 points of the half, the Racers had trouble maintaining consistent scoring and avoiding costly penalties. Exhausted, Indiana extended the lead by six points by the end of the first half. The start of the second half was a sluggish one for Indiana, with two turnovers in one minute and ample opportunity for Burgess to penetrate a slowed defense and lay it up for the first points on the board. The powerful drives did not stay consistent for the Racers though, and they once again allowed Sinclair to extend the Indiana lead by 10 points with 13:30 left in the second half. In her first shot attempts of the game, Racer guard Keiona Kirby made back-to-back 3-point shots followed by a jumper and recharged the Racers’ aggressive full court press and sparked a scoring drive by Murray State. Assisted by Robinson, the deficit shrank to four

and golf teams, speak with countless campus and local officials, been awarded a KPA Internship and was serendipitously granted access into the Tennessee Titans press box and locker room. I’ve made connections throughout west Kentucky and have been able to shore up a solid resume and portfolio for my soon-to-arrive graduation. I’ve been able to attend conferences and network with people and just realize there is so much more out there to absorb and be a part of, and it all started with Murray State and the journalism department. Speaking of the journalism department, I am forever indebted to the knowledge and insight provided by the faculty and staff posted up in Wilson Hall. When I walk out of the CFSB Center on Dec. 15, I know I will be ready to tackle most any challenge set before me no matter the difficulty. I thank you for the many lessons I have learned and for the open forum you have built inside of my heart and my mind, as I hope to put it to great use in the months to come. I’d also like to take this time to thank Dave Winder, John Brush, Chris Hatcher, Eddie Hunt, Velvet Milkman, Ricky Martin, Dusty Luthy Shull, Neal Bradley, Will Aubrey and several Racer athletes, staff and fellow journalists who have allowed me to interview them over the past two years. Whether it was an actual interview, a friendly conversation or just picking their brain, I may have never gained the confidence required in reporting without having conversations with so many people. Thank you, staff of The News, for understanding my personal difficulties this semester and for providing me a safe and rewarding refuge to succeed and push through struggles with ease and accomplishment. Had my hands and mind been idle and left to meander into what-ifs and unknowns, I’m not certain I would be racing toward graduation like I am today. I’m so thankful, after starting college in 2003, that I can finally say the word “graduation” and it not refer to someone else’s big day. And finally, I’m thankful it is college basketball season and that I don’t cover the Racers. As fun as it is to be in the locker room and talk to Coach Prohm and the players, being a crazed fan in the stands of The Bank cheering at the top of my lungs is a helluva lot more fun than writing game stories. Well, almost.

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Tough loss in final game on the road Edward Marlowe || Staff writer

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Senior Casey Brockman completes 34 passes for 343 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked six times and lost a fumble behind the line of scrimmage.

The Racers (4-6, 3-4 OVC) shipped up to Richmond, Ky., last Saturday needing a win against the No. 1 defense in the conference owned by the 17th-ranked Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-3, 6-2 OVC). The Racers did net get what they came for losing 55-22. It seemed as if the Racers had solved the Colonels’ defense, as a touchdown catch by senior wide receiver Walter Powell gave Murray State a 24-20 lead with 10 minutes left in the second quarter. The Colonels, however, did not take kindly to the Hatch Attack moving at will, and, in response, parried the blow and responded with 35 unanswered points, shutting out the Racers in the second half en route to a convincing 55-24 victory. For all of the emphasis in improving the passing defense, it was the rush defense giving the Racers fits all night, as the Colonels piled on 387 rushing yards for the contest, including 214 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Matt Denham. While a victory moved the Colonels into second place in the OVC standings, the loss ensured a losing season for the Racers, the first under the leadership of Head Coach Chris Hatcher. “We didn’t have the firepower to hang with them for four quarters,” Hatcher said. “When we saw the film, we realized those guys are just better than us, and unfortunately that’s the way it goes. You’ve got to give them great credit; they’ve built a good football program and a good team and they took the football and mashed it right down our throats and we couldn’t do anything about it.” Senior quarterback Casey Brockman mustered perhaps his best performance of the season by completing 34-47 passes for 343 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, but was left wanting after facing duress all game and suffering six sacks and a lost fumble behind the line of scrimmage. Powell continued his campaign up the leaderboards of

school history, catching eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. With 90 receptions and 1,162 yards on the season, Powell is now the school leader in both categories for a single season. “I said it from the get go, he’s not scared of anybody,” Hatcher said of his performance. “As many big plays as he makes, he makes a couple busts here and there that seem to come at inopportune times, but then he’ll catch a touchdown on a play where he really wasn’t supposed to be there. He just plays so hard. He had a great day.” Powell and Brockman are just two of 16 seniors ending their career in the Blue and Gold this Saturday on Senior Day against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (3-7, 2-5 OVC). While honoring the seniors is important each year, Hatcher said his philosophy stays the same every week, regardless of the circumstances. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Senior Day or any day, we want to win,” he said. “We want to play for pride like we do every week and want to play to prove we’re better than the opponent that’s coming into town this weekend.” SEMO comes into Saturday’s matchup sporting one of the strongest rushing attacks in the conference behind freshman quarterback Scott Lathrop and senior running back Levi Terrell. Working under the option formation, Terrell (113.4 yards/game) and Lathrop (70.5 yards/game) combine for an average 180 yards rushing contest, while SEMO averages nearly five yards per carry and 244 yards rushing per game. Regardless of last week’s disheartening loss, Hatcher said he knows the guys will be ready to play come Saturday. “They run a lot of option, which is just a different animal you have to prepare for and defensively they haven’t been giving up a bunch of big plays,” he said. “It depends on which team shows up for us. I think we’ll practice well and I think we’ll be ready to play.” Kickoff for the final game of the season is set for 1 p.m. at Roy Stewart Stadium.


Rodeo team member wins PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Final Jaci Kohn || Assistant Sports Editor

The Murray State Rodeo team has seen its share of success this year. So to has one of its members. Senior Logan Corbett, a bareback rider from Nashville, Tenn., won the 2012 Ram PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Lexington, Ky, Nov. 8-10. Corbett walked away with a little more than $2,000 after scoring 244 on three horses. In bareback riding, competitors are given a score out of 100, 50 points come from the animal and 50 points come from the rider. At the circuit finals, only the top 12 riders compete at the rodeo. “Each one rides really good,” Corbett said. “So to be able to in just my third year of the PRCA, to be able to come out of the Finals as the winner feels really good. It’s a large part of it has to do with the Murray State Rodeo team has been in the little success I have seen. A large part of it has been because of Coach J.D. and the University team.” During the three rounds of the rodeo Corbett did not change anything with his riding. He stuck to his goal, which has been the same all year. “Every time I ride, (I try) to do the very best that I can,” he said. “Because a lot of it comes from the animals. Half of your score is for the animal. And so you can’t control what animal you ride.

Whether he is good or whether he is bad, but if I do everything I can every time I ride, I am pretty positive that God will take care of the rest.” Corbett said he has been very blessed this season. The Murray State Rodeo team has competed in four rodeos so far. In the four rodeos so far this season, Corbett has won two first and two second-place finishes. “I was able to win our home rodeo here,” he said. “This was a big honor, because to be able to put on the rodeo here is a lot of work for us. But to be able to work all week while everybody else at all the other colleges gets to sleep and relax and practice. To be able to come and work at the top level was a big thing.” Mentally preparing yourself is a big part of rodeo, and it is something Corbett said he works on all year, it is self-esteem that helps or hinders your confidence and your riding ability. “The biggest thing that I work on and that I try to help other people with is the mental aspect,” he said. “Because rodeo, as life, is 90 percent mental. And being very strong mentally will help you almost more than being physically prepared.” Corbett has been riding since he was 15. He started riding bulls when he was a freshman in high school and bareback horses when he was a sophomore. After he graduated high school he quit the bull riding and stuck to bareback riding. Corbett and the Murray State rodeo team will head to Troy, Ala., this weekend for the last rodeo of the season.

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Senior Logan Corbett scored 244 points on three horses to win the average at the circuit finals. This is his third year competing in the PRCA.


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food for thanks Murray State professors and staff members shared some of their favorite Thanksgiving dishes with The News. For additional recipes, visit

Brie Tartlets 1 loaf of white bread 1 wedge of brie cheese 1 jar of raspberry preserves 1 muffin pan or mini-muffin pan Associated Press

Preheat oven to 350. Take one piece of white bread, cut off the crusts, roll out flat, and cut to line the bottom of each muffin cup, repeat as necessary to fill all muffin cups. Bake for five minutes at 350 degrees until bread is lightly toasted. Meanwhile, cut brie cheese into cubes. Take muffin pan out of the oven. Place a cube (or 2) of brie cheese on half of each muffin cup. Place a spoonful of raspberry preserves on the other half. Bake for additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm and enjoy! Recipe courtesy of Jenilee Williams, administrative assistant in organizational communication

Sweet Potato Casserole

Easy-to-Fix Turkey 1 whole turkey 1 oven bag apples (amount based on preference) onions (amount based on preference) 1 celery stalk Clean out turkey. Chop apples, onions and celery. Stuff turkey with chopped apples, onions and celery. Place turkey in oven bag. Place turkey in oven. Bake at preferred temperature. Turkey should remain hydrated throughout process due to unique stuffing. The drippings make for a good dressing. Recipe courtesy of Marion Hale, administrative assistant in journalism and mass communications

2 eggs beaten 1 stick of butter 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 3-4 sweet potatoes

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water until tender. Peel and mash sweet potatoes and mix with other ingredients. Put in a greased casserole dish.

Early in the day, make a small skillet of buttermilk cornbread and hard boil two eggs. If you plan to have biscuits for breakfast that morning, make those too, or save 3-4 ahead of time (they can be frozen and then thawed the morning of Thankgsiving). In a large bowl, crumble the bread and biscuits into bite-size chunks. Cut the shelled, hardboiled eggs into about 1/2" chunks. Add one medium-sized chopped onion (my mom adds celery, but I never have!).

Topping 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup self-rising flour 1 stick melted butter 1 cup chopped pecans Sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Mix in 1 stick of butter and 1 can of chicken broth. Add salt, pepper, and sage to taste. (My job as a girl was to taste!) Pour into buttered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until slightly browned and set. Serves approximately six.

Recipe courtesy of Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications

Recipe courtesy of Gina Claywell, professor of English and humanities


Department edits Mozart for children Dominique Duarte || Staff writer

The music department’s children adaptation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” removed the stereotype of the average opera this past weekend. The Murray State music department presented the 50minute production last Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. This show involved a lot of audience interaction in which children in the audience got to be included in parts of the show. Laynie Mitchell, Murray High choir director, worked on costumes, props and helped get the word out to children about the event. This show introduced opera to a new generation of audience members for the future, she said. Kylie Townsend/The News “This can be exciting and fun

and silly; I don’t know how many children will ever hear live opera in their future so we opened their ears now in an effort to create the audiences of the future in music, so it’s important,” Mitchell said. The cast rehearsed two hours four nights a week starting the first week of September. Christopher Mitchell, associate voice professor, directed “The Magic Flute.” The show was double-cast and there were many advantages for both him and the students involved. The students were able to watch each other perform and they had fun and laughter during rehearsals and got to see a lighter side of him, he said. “They get to watch each other, and are able to observe each other in the staging rehearsals,” he said. “They saw the mistakes that the other person made and they saw how the entire stage looked when they’re not in it.” Lane Northcutt, sophomore from Frankfort, Ky., had a blast playing Papageno in the show. He thought the children could really take away a lot just by learning about opera and life morals just

by watching the show. “I think that with it being an English adaptation I think that (children) will understand (opera) more and that will help them want to hear it,” he said. “The music is a lot of fun, fast paced music and it really hits home. There are a lot of things like ‘be brave’ and ‘don’t lie’ and I think that the kids will get that message through it and they’ll just love it.” The children’s adaption was first introduced by Nashville Opera for their children’s outreach program. Even though the show is adapted for children, Mitchell hoped it would give everyone a better understanding of what opera is and why it is important in the community. “It’s really not just for children, it’s for the whole community to realize that opera is not the elitist, intimidating thing that we are led to believe in the popular media,” he said. They shouldn’t be intimidated at all when they see the title ‘opera’ and secondly they should be seeking it out; they should demand that it gets created in our community as well, not just in big cities.”

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Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon After transforming into a werewolf, Jacob spends most of the movie chasing a squirrel. #faketwilightspoilers 4:09 p.m. Nov. 14

cassie @DarthCassie After giving birth to the demon baby, Bella & Edward end up getting a last minute spot on Teen Mom: Vampire Babies. #faketwilightspoilers 4:13 p.m. Nov. 14

Betty F*ckin’ White @bettyfckinwhite Bella realizes that Edward is a 100 year old man into dating teen girls and calls Chris Hanson. #faketwilightspoilers 5:35 p.m. Nov. 14

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Nicolette Mykietyn @nicoletteeee_ Jacob actually wears a shirt #faketwilightspoilers 4:10 p.m. Nov. 14

Joey Skaggs @joeyskaggs After realizing all the drama surrounding Bella's love triangle, the baby petitions to secede from the family. #faketwilightspoilers 4:44 p.m. Nov. 14

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BON JOVI’S DAUGHTER OD’S Stephanie Bongiovi, daughter of the famous singer, Jon Bon Jovi, was found unresponsive early Wednesday from an overdose of heroin. The 19-year-old was discovered in Dunham Hall, a dorm at Hamilton College where she attends. Investigators got a search warrant for the dorm where they found heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia which led to the arrest of Bongiovi.

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Honors program hosts game night Staff Report How many gold medals does Michael Phelps have? Who was Murray State’s first and only female president? What bird did Benjamin Franklin want to be the United States of America’s national bird? If you answered 18, Kala M. Stroup and turkey then you may have had a chance at the first place trophy being handed out on Murray State’s campus Saturday night. At 6:30 p.m. last Saturday in the Curris Center Stables, the Honors Program Student Council (HPSC) put a fun twist on raising money in the first Murray-O Party trivia and games night. They hosted a new philanthropy event that raised $406 for Needline, a local agency that lends assistance to those who need it in Murray and Calloway County. “It was a Mario Party inspired trivia night,� said Demi St. John, sophomore from Edwardsville, Ill. “There were 10 rounds of trivia with categories ranging from geography and sports to music or Murray State history. In addition to the trivia, there were also four mini-games, just like you would find in Mario Party, for teams to earn a couple of extra points.� St. John, a co-chair for the philanthropy committee that hosted the event, said the Murray-O Party com-

mittee worked on developing the event all semester. “We started off this semester knowing we wanted to put on an event that was totally different than what the Honors Program had done in the past,� St. John said. The committee spent the first three months of the semester piecing together the event without any prior experience with trivia nights. “In one of our first meetings we talked about how a trivia night would fit well with the honors program, but we wanted something a little bit more fun,� St. John said. “‘We added Minute-To-Win-It’ style games to the event and gave it the unique theme, and that just added so much more energy and spirit to the night. We also made the decision to raise the money for Needline early on in the semester. In the planning stages, our committee decided that we wanted the money to stay in Murray and help support the community.� After working on making MurrayO Party perfect all semester, St. John said seeing the entire event come together was really enjoyable. “For me, the best part of the event was watching all of the teams react to the trivia questions and hearing the conversations between participants about the correct answers,� St. John said. “Also, my favorite mini-game was

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Sigma Phi Epsilon team won the first place trophy and a cash prize of $50 at the Honors Program Student Council Murray-O Party trivia and games night. ‘Let’s Make a Deal’. In order to win your team had to have the most items out of five random items. I stood in five different locations throughout the room and if you had the item that was called, such as a Burrito Shack punch card, you had to find me first to receive a point for your team. It was so exciting to see the enthusiasm of the participants because it meant we had accomplished one of (the goals we had set for the event).� The event had first place and sec-

ond place winners and recognized them with trophies and fifty dollars for the first place team. The Sigma Phi Epsilon team won first place and a team of Honors Program professors took second place. St. John said there has been much enthusiasm and encouragement on the success of the event and that the HPSC plans on bringing back MurrayO Party for a second round as the Honors Program’s philanthropy event next year.

Needline collects books for children Hunter Harrell || Staff Writer

BANKS WELCOMES BABY BOY Actress Elizabeth Banks welcomed her second son, Magnus Mitchell Handelman, Wednesday via gestational surrogate. “The Hunger Games� star and her husband, Max Handelman had problems with infertility with their first son, 20-monthold, Felix. The new mom took to her website to announce the birth of her son. “I now turn my attention to managing two boys under 2. For which I am thankful. And all their poop. For which I am less thankful.�

‘SEXIEST MAN ALIVE’ GOES TO... People Magazine has crowned Channing Tatum this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive.� It announced the winner Wednesday with the annual “Sexiest Man Alive� issue. Tatum has had a big year starring in this summer’s “Magic Mike,� a story based loosely on his life prior to acting as a male stripper. Past winners of the magazine award have gone to Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman.

As Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approach, people are reminded the holidays are the time of the year for giving through the many fundraisers, food drives and charity events. This year, the National Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts student affiliate is collecting children’s books to give to Needline for their annual Christmas food boxes. “Our NCTE student affiliate tries to focus on a community event each year,� said Deborah Bell, NCTE sponsor. This is the first year the organization has collected books for the Murray Calloway County Needline. “As pre-service teachers, we are all passionate about our field and we strive to promote literacy,� said Ethan May, NCTE president. “The NCTE wanted to find some way to share that with children during the holiday season, so we began to ask for book donations.� The books collected will be sent to Needline to be

WKMS hosts wreath contest Kelsey Randolf|| Contributing writer

It has been said nothing is more thoughtful than a homemade gift. With this in mind, Murray State’s own WKMS radio station is hosting their first ever wreath contest through their Sounds Good program. The rules are simple; make the wreath by hand, decorate using any material desired for an indoor or outdoor wreath and have it submitted to the circulations desk at Waterfield Library by the end of the day Friday with the entry form attached. Winners of the contest will receive a $150 gift card for Petals & Pots Flowers & Home Decor in May-

added to the food boxes sent to children on Christmas as a special gift, Bell said. “Research has proven that exposure to reading at early ages contributes to literacy development,� she said. “We hope to get an inviting book into the hands of these children and hopefully open a door to literacy development that would continue hopefully at all grade levels.� Murray State students and faculty members can participate in the community service project by placing a children’s book in the drop-off boxes located on every floor of Faculty Hall and the Curris Center. Books need to be dropped off by Monday, Nov. 19 to ensure Needline is able to receive them before Thanksgiving break. Any type of children’s books will be accepted for donation and given to Needline. “Ideally, we would like to have (children’s) Christmas books,� May said. “But we appreciate any and all books that are donated to the cause.� The Murray/Calloway County Needline also has many other opportunities to give back, especially around this time of the year. Some of their volunteer field, second-place receives $100 and third place will receive $50. The five finalists’ wreaths will be donated to the Murray Calloway County Hospital along with any other donated wreaths. “It sure sounds like fun and the prize incentives are there,� said Debi Danielson, Executive Director of the Murray Art Guild, “This could be the beginning of a fine tradition.� The wreaths will be left on display at Waterfield until Nov. 30 and then those donated will be moved to the hospital. Judges will be evaluating in different categories such as prettiest, most unusual materials, best represented by the region and most festive. These categories will receive recognition only. “I believe this is a great opportunity to help the hospital during the holidays,� said Kate Lochte, WKMS station manager. “Usually they are in need of some Christmas cheer and this, I believe, will help tremendously.� In the past, WKMS has hosted similar events in an attempt to gain listeners and positively impact the community. During this holiday season, it hopes its

“Research has proven that exposure to reading at early ages contributes to literacy development. We hope to get an inviting book into the hands of these children and hopefully open a door to literacy development that would continue at all grade levels.� –Deborah Bell National Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts sponsor

opportunities include stocking the pantry, lifting and unloading donated items, organizing food areas and assembling grocery bags with necessary items for those in need. For more information about the Murray-Calloway County Needline, visit or contact the food pantry at 753-6333.

listeners’ wreaths will bring cheer into the Calloway County Hospital. “I’m really looking forward to this event; it is creative and is bound to look great,� Lochte said. “It makes me happy knowing these will be given back to the community to decorate for the holidays.� Pictures of the wreaths will be posted on The entry forms can be found online or at the circulation desk of Waterfield Library and judging will take place on Saturday. Photo courtesy of

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‘Black Ops 2’ revolutionizes gameplay Ryan Richardson || Online Editor

In their latest title, “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” Treyarch and Activision have completely overhauled the game, yet, managed to maintain aspects of gameplay that make the Call of Duty franchise one of the most popular of all time. The game has come to be known for its online multiplayer, making it difficult to find ways to improve. The developers, though, instituted some changes, making it both easier for new players and more versatile for long-time fans. The most notable difference in this game is a system the producers named “Pick 10.” With this, players now have to constantly alter their loadout between matches depending on how they want to play each round. They must choose from 10 different items: primary and secondary weapons, perks, attachments and wildcards. While it carries over the simplicity of making a custom class, it adds an amount of variety unmatched by previous “CoD” titles. This variety comes in the form of new attachments, including scanners and shock charge grenades, which become available as players rank up their weapons. Another big change is the switch from killstreaks to scorestreaks, meaning special weapons are available in-game after reaching a certain score without dying, rather than needing to get several kills without dying. Treyarch also introduces futuristic weaponry with drones and sentry guns that can be operated either manually or set to automatically fire upon enemies. Along with new weapons come new game modes. Combat Training allows players to test the new weapons and explore the maps without worrying about facing talented competition. League Play allows players to join a team and rank up as a league rather than an individual. Additionally, Multi-Team play takes on features of “Halo” in that up to six teams can compete at once rather than the traditional two. Treyarch decided to make this edition more objective based gameplay, forcing gamers to work together, whereas past games led players to become obsessed over their personal kill-to-death ratio. Perhaps even more revolutionary in multiplayer mode is the Prestige system. In all of their previous games, players who reached the point of Prestige were forced to give back everything they had unlocked as they ranked up. Now they have the option to keep gaining experience points and unlocking new challenges without starting over. Becoming a Prestige is also easier this time around. Rather than ranking up to 70, players only need to reach level 55. Gamers are still able to Prestige 10 times, just as in the original “Black Ops.” Treyarch also realized the need to considerably revamp the Campaign mode. While the brevity of campaigns in previous titles caused them to fall short of the dollar amount, “Black Ops 2” makes the purchase worth it. Along with the stunning graphics that make the game seem all too real, especially during the graphic scenes, this campaign begs for numerous replays by creating alternate storylines. Rather than picking up right where “Black Ops” ended, the game starts several years later. After the first few missions, the story runs along a dual timeline, with the gamer playing as both Alex

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“Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” is the ninth official game in the franchise. The game is available now for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Mason and his son, David. As Alex, the game is set in the Cold War era. As David, play is set in the seemingly real future year of 2025. In this edition, the storyline is what the player makes of it. In some instances it is obvious the plot can take two directions, as the player must choose which person to kill in tense situations. In other cases, simply taking a different path en route to the objective leads to subtle differences in the outcome of the storyline. So rather than every player’s campaign ending the same way, there are multiple endings in this interactive story. Plus, players can use the Pick 10 system before each mission instead of being forced to use the weapons provided by the game. Though the different storylines add to the overall value, missions called Strike Force bring it back down a level. While they are meant to add depth and variety, they are an unnecessary obstacle that makes it hard to complete the campaign completely. These levels are strategy-based, meaning the gamer can control entire units of soldiers and bots, but many players are having to take control of a soldier and try to single-handedly beat the enemies. It is possible to replay these missions if they are failed, but only for a limited time and with limited resources. Along with Mulitplayer and Campaign modes, Treyarch adds a third playable option on the main menu: Zombies. After first being introduced in “CoD: World at War,” the zombies became a favorite mode of gameplay among active players. Though this issue’s Zombie mode was highly advertised and anticipated, it fell short of expectations. While it is likely a high amount of down-

loadable content will focus on advancing Zombie gameplay, the current mode is over-hyped. In this mode, a transit bus loops through different locations full of zombies, and the player can choose whether to take a ride or stay and fight. Players can also join up to three others to fight hordes of zombies, as well as compete against other human teams. When playing with other teams, the objective is to survive longer than the opposition. All in all, “Black Ops 2” is by far the best in the series. Treyarch and Activision worked together to produce a game worth playing more than the competition in a time of hot new releases, including the latest editions of “Halo,” “Assassin’s Creed” and “Medal of Honor.” While there are a small number of difficulties and letdowns, the overall transformation makes it a top contender for Game of the Year. Whether a player wants to replay the Campaign to find every story ending, battle other humans online or try to survive as long as possible against the undead, “Black Ops 2” is the most fast-paced, adrenaline-filled first person shooter in recent years. With its epic overhaul, this “Call of Duty” is finally worth the money.




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The final installment of the “Twilight Saga,” “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” takes off right where “Breaking Dawn Part 1” left off. After Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) gives birth to her miracle daughter, Renesmee, the Cullen clan prepares to team up with multiple vampire groups to help fight off the Volturi in order to protect Renesmee from harms way.

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In “The Expendables 2,” Mr. Church comes back for what seems to be a pretty easy way to earn a qui ck buck. The quest soon turns challenging when one of their men in the mercenaries is murdered while on the job and they find themselves in enemy territory. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth and Bruce Willis. The original “Expendables” was released in 2010 and also starred Stallone.

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R&B singer, Rihanna, will release her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic” Monday. The first single off the album, “Diamonds,” was released Sept. 26 and has since made it to number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Rihanna worked with a slew of artists on this record such as Eminem, Future, David Guetta, Mikky Ekko and Chris Brown. Beginning on March 2013, she will embark on a world tour.

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Tuesday, Nov. 20

Jacob Tomsky was just a college student clueless as to where his life was heading when he accepted a job as a valet parker at a hotel. Little did he know he would spend years in the hotel industry moving up the ladder as time went on. His book, “Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality,” is about all the mishaps he has come across.

Sometimes I listen to rap and hip-hop. It might not be my go-to for easy listening but I do occasionally enjoy hearing a good beat, not to mention it’s great for motivation. If there is one thing I’ve noticed about rap Anna Taylor over the years, though, Features Editor it’s that half of the music is not actually creative or even original. The lyrics might be original but the music we hear is often sampled from other songs that have already been released as singles themselves. Flo Rida is one of the most guilty artists of taking other songs, giving them a modern update and throwing some ambiguous sexual innuendos on them. In other words, he seems to enjoy sampling from other artist’s songs. The most recent song of his that takes from parts of another song is “Good Feeling.” This song uses a beat that Aviccii created called “Levels.” Both the Aviccii and Flo Rida songs sample from Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold of Me.” He also has several other songs that his fans probably don’t realize were taken from some past hit songs. “Elevator” samples Bruce Springsteen’s “Prove It All Night,” “In the Ayer” samples Pretty Tony’s “Jam the Box,” “Right Round” samples from “You Spin Me Round” by Dead or Alive and “Sugar” samples from Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee).” That’s half the length of an album that he could have released of potentially stolen music. Even his name isn’t original. The rapper took the state of Florida and put a space in the center. I digress. As much as I could continue talking about his professional faults, there are other rappers who like to take the easy way out, too. Kanye West had a huge single in 2007 called “Stronger.” We even used that song as a warm-up tune for basketball season. I still really like this song today because of the beat. If you remove Kanye from the song, you have an updated version of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – which is the entire hook of “Stronger.” Kanye also samples with his single “Power,” which borrows from Continent Number 6’s “Afromerica.” Chris Brown released a single titled “She Ain’t You” last year. The song not only sampled from Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” but also from SWV’s “Right Here.” Kid Cudi is another rapper who samples. He used Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” in his single “Make Her Say.” Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha Say” borrows from Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” which was already a fantastic song, but maybe that’s the point. I understand why they do it: it’s less work for them and if the songs they sample from were hits the first time, odds are good they will be again. As students and journalists we learn not to plagiarize or steal someone else’s work and use it as our own. I’ll just assume that these artists get the proper permission and don’t violate any copyright laws from the songs from which they take.

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Tuesday, Nov. 20

The latest in the “Hitman” series, “Hitman: Absolution,”chronicles Agent 47, an assassin taking on his most dangerous mission to date. Featuring a cinema–esque storyline with the classic “Hitman” gameplay players have come to love, “Hitman: Absolution” promises to be yet another thrilling entry in the series. The game is rated “M” for Mature.



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Theater students bring imaginary cast to life Shannon MacAllister || Staff writer

with Harvey, (the doctor) diagnoses her as the person who is actually crazy.” From here the play continues to follow the increasingly hilarious pursuit of Ellwood and Harvey as the doctors try to fix their mistakes and commit the right patient. The play takes on a more serious tone however, as it forces the audience to take a step back, and reconsider which character is actually insane. Is Ellwood crazy to believe in the imaginary if that makes him content, or are the seemingly sane characters in the play those in need of a check up, as they have all lost their perspective on life? “The play carries this whole idea of, you know, he’s found something that makes him happy, while everyone else is stressed out, and they’re hung up on all of these material things, and they’re really missing out on what life has to offer,” Phillipy said. Despite the laughs within the play, “Harvey” promises to make the audience take a deeper look at their lives and reconsider what is truly important as Ellwood is portrayed as increasingly wise, rather than as a crazy man. The performances will be held in Johnson Theatre in the Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and the final performance of the show will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All performances are free to students with a valid student ID. Members of the community are also invited to attend.

Imaginary friends, giant rabbits and psychiatrists will soon grace the stage at Murray State’s Johnson Theatre as the theater department presents the famed comedy “Harvey,” originally written by Mary Chase. Directed by Daryl Phillipy, assistant professor of humanities and fine arts, the students will perform “Harvey” for audiences of all ages. Built upon the search for contentment in life, the story follows Mr. Ellwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey. “(Ellwood) has an imaginary friend named Harvey who is a rabbit,” Phillipy said. “He is a white rabbit that is six feet tall, and they go everywhere together. They are best friends.” Ellwood’s family, unfortunately, is not thrilled about the presence of Harvey in their lives. “(Harvey) really causes problems for Ellwood’s family, because the family is shunned by society because everyone thinks Ellwood is crazy,” Phillipy said. “His sister Vita gets fed up with it all when Ellwood introduces Harvey to everyone at her big society party, and it is just this big embarrassment for her. She’s had it. So (Vita) goes to the sanitarium to try and have Ellwood committed, but while she is discussing with the doctor the problems she is having Graphic by Evan Watson/The News

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Clarkstock 2012: Local bands performed at the fourth annual Clarkstock music festival held on the intramural fields in front of Lee Clark College. Aside from live music, the festival also offered carnival games and food. Proceeds from the Clarkstock 2012 went to Mainstreet Youth Center.

Organization raises awareness for self-injury through music Dominique Duarte || Staff writer

Students gathered Wednesday night for live music and coffee while raising awareness for an issue that plagues both men and women daily: self-injury. The Murray State Women’s Center held a benefit concert for self-injury awareness at the Baptist Campus Ministry. There were performances by Murray State students and local bands including Ellie Rodenberg, Planet Here, Leonard the Band and Chase Harris. Brittany Stinnett, research coordinator for the Murray State Women’s Center, came up with the idea for the program this year. Stinnett said she had been planning the event for about a month. “It is very important because young women and men struggle with this issue,” Stinnett said. “We wanted tonight to bring hope and encouragement that there are people out there who care about them and want to help them and so this is just to bring people out to educate them and also to bring awareness.” The concert and concept are based on the ‘To Write Love on her Arms’ movement which promotes love, Stinnett said. People in the movement write the word ‘love’ on their wrists once a year to show proof that people don’t have to cause pain to themselves and that there are people who love them and will wrap their arms around them, she said. Ellie Rodenberg, senior from St. Louis, sang and played guitar during the event. She performed “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift, “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin and “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. “I came because I really like to sing and my friend Brittany asked me to play and I thought it was a really great cause,” she said. “It’s really nice to hear other people play and hear the tal-

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Leonard the Band performed during the Self-Injury Awareness benefit concert sponsored by the Murray State Women’s Center. ent because there’s a lot of it here.” Throughout the week, the Women’s Center put up ‘Reach for Hope’ banners within all of the residential colleges on campus. Students signed the banners with encouraging statements that began with ‘Today I will.’ They also handed out 744 orange ‘Reach for Hope’ bracelets throughout campus earlier in the day. The Center wanted to create a safe and cozy

environment. It was important to have students lead the program instead of faculty or staff members so students attending the concert could have someone to relate to, Stinnett said. Self-injury is usually caused by loneliness, fear, past abuse, inability to understand or express feelings or depression. It can include cutting, burning, picking or interfering with wound healing, infecting oneself, punching or hitting self or object, or inserting

objects into skin, bruising or breaking bones and some forms of hair pulling. “We live in a world that’s very based on appearance and pressure and being successful and it’s real easy to get caught up,” Rodenberg said. “You pass by so many people every day and you don’t know the battle they are fighting so I think that it’s important to come out and be aware that things do go on and we need to support each other.”

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