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The Murray State News

January 25, 2013

Vol. 88, No. 18

University prepares QEP for next year’s SACS visit

Winslow, T-Room see changes Lexy Gross || Assistant News Editor

Dining Services has made many changes to Winslow Dining Hall and the Thoroughbred Room since last semester. Paula Amols, director of Dining Services and Racer Hospitality, said many more changes will be implemented in the year to come. “We changed the section of the T-Room we call ‘chicken world’ this semester,” Amols said. “The staff started putting chicken in little cardboard bowls so the portions are consistent and the chicken doesn’t get soggy.” Amols said similar changes were made to the Mongolian grill in Winslow, which was introduced at the beginning of the fall semester. According to a study Amols conducted, 25 percent of students dining at Winslow choose to eat from the Mongolian grill. Since the grill is cook-to-order, Amols said food preparation takes longer than in other lines. Staff members have been added to the Mongolian grill to write down orders and keep bowls organized. Caity Kyle, freshman from Hickman, Ky., said Winslow has become more strict when it comes to employment by ensuring student workers have their hours checked by a manager. Kyle boxes food for Fast Track and the T-Room in the morning and works at the deli in Winslow in the afternoon. “It helps make sure Winslow isn’t shorthanded,” Kyle said. In addition to the Mongolian grill in Winslow, Dining Services made several changes to the TRoom salad bar last semester. Amols said many more students are purchasing salads in the TRoom compared to last year. Also, students are paying for what they actually get in their bowls, not just the price of the bowl size. While many changes have been made to the food itself in Dining Services, nutritional awareness has also been a major focus point for Amols. In the T-Room, Dining Services has ensured a vegetarian soup will be available every day and nutritional information is available for the meals. Amols said it is important for students to practice healthy eating, but there is only so much Dining Services can do. “I think we hear so much about the benefits of having a good diet,” Amols said. “But we don’t pile it up in one place and say, ‘here’s your healthy stuff.’ It’s up to (students).” Dining Services has two nutrition students working to improve the availability of food information. Recently, the students have created a dining blog linked to the Dining Services website. The blog includes many topics such as how to replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones, guides for sodium intake and tips on how to differentiate good and bad cholesterol. Kyle said Winslow and the T-Room are not what the average students think of when it comes to a cafeteria. “Students think everything in Winslow is made and frozen,” Kyle said. “That’s not the


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New tagline to represent academics Chris Wilcox || Chief Copy Editor

The academic tagline of Murray State, Your World to Explore, is being phased out and in its place, requiring about a year of transitioning, will be Take Your Place. In February of 2009, University Communications created focus groups consisting of faculty, staff and students and conducted research that involved interviewing more than 300 people. The research led to the rebranding of the University. From the data collected Sivills came the creation of the We Are Racers (WAR) statement and the Your World to Explore tagline. Now, almost four years later, University Communications is releasing the newer tagline.

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This banner is one of many University Communications will be placing around campus in an attempt to phase out the old academic tagline, Your World to Explore. The phasing out of Your World to Explore will be gradual, according to University Communications, and will minimally affect the University financially, as recent budget concerns have been a hot topic on campus since early last year. Once Your World to Explore is replaced, Take Your Place and the WAR statement will co-exist. The WAR statement will reflect the spirit side of the University – athletics and campus organizations – and Take Your Place will represent the academic side of the institution.


Zay Jackson victim of robbery Staff Report Former men’s basketball guard Zay Jackson was robbed at gunpoint in Hopkinsville, Ky., during the afternoon of Jan. 17. Paul Ray, public information officer at the Hopkinsville Police Department, said Jackson called 911 after the incident. “He went to another location to call us,” Ray said. “He actually went to a convenience store.” Officers met with Jackson at the nearby convenience store

and he gave a description of the suspect. Ray confirmed Jackson was robbed by an unknown suspect while dropping off a friend at 1510 Tate Street. The suspect demanded cash from Jackson, but the amount is currently unknown. The unknown black male is said to be approximately 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. Jackson said he was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans. The police department noted the suspect had a

black and silver pistol. Ray said officers saturated Tate Street and the surrounding areas to look for suspicious individuals. “We came across a few people close to the description and actually brought someone to the police department,” Ray said. “They were a person of interest and that actually lasted for a few hours.” The suspect is reportedly unknown to Jackson. No one has been arrested for the robbery so far.

Preparations underway for 76th Campus Lights Hunter Harell || Staff writer

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Jacob Waid, senior from Mayfield, Ky., practices for this year’s Campus Lights show.

Traditions at Murray State are what makes the University so unique. One of the longest-running traditions in the South will be cherished again with the music department’s 76th production of Campus Lights. This year, the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota will be producing “The Drowsy Chaperone” in Lovett Auditorium on Jan. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Kathie Reinhardt, senior from St.




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Louis, Mo., said an afternoon performance will be exhibited on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m. “The Drowsy Chaperone” has never been performed at Murray State, but she said it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. “This is a new show for Campus Lights,” said Jamie Wilson, Chairman of the Campus Lights and senior from Paducah, Ky. “This show is hilarious and I know that our audience will love it.” “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredit Murray State every 10 years. The University is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan, a plan of action for improving student learning, as part of the reaccreditation. The theme for Murray State’s new QEP is the application of knowledge and skills in a real world setting. The University is required to create a plan of action for improving student learning as part of the accreditation with SACS. Students received an email encouraging them to help develop a name and Dunn tagline for the QEP. Students can submit as many ideas as they want, and they will be entered to win an iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano or Kindle Fire. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 18. Winners will be notified by Feb. 22. On Feb. 24 – 28 of 2014, SACS will visit the Murray State campus. For the last several months, a task force of approximately 175 faculty and staff members has been reviewing the documents that will be turned in to SACS. President Randy Dunn said the idea of the preliminary visit is to have the key representative from the University’s accreditor come onsite to take an early read of the work the University has done in preparation for the full visit of the accreditation team about a year from now. “(The SACS representative) will be talking to a number of us on campus and will review the preparation and some of the changes we’ve been working on in response to standards of accreditation,” Dunn said. “We had to beef up some things, and the representative is giving us feedback on things we need to do. To some degree it’s like a punch list.” Dunn said the University is in the process of assimilating all the documents together in one electronic submission. Jay Morgan, associate provost, said the combined documents would consist of approximately 50,000 pages. Morgan said 65-70 percent of the University’s review is complete, and the majority should be finished within Morgan the next two to three months, allowing time to make final corrections. The final version, approved by the Provost’s Office, will be sent to SACS during September of 2013. The accreditors then complete an off-site review of all campus materials. Morgan said the document will contain research and analysis of 96 standards created by SACS used to evaluate the education plan and its overall implementation at the University. The 96 standards include 16 core requirement areas, 69 comprehensive standards and 11 federal requirements. On Sept. 10, 2013, the 50,000-page document must be completed and sent to SACS headquarters for the off-site review. After the submission of the document, the faculty and staff will finalize and deliver to SACS a Quality Enhancement Plan in December 2013. During the next 10 months, the group will work on tasks such as development of a literature review, identification of practices, structuring of interventions and assessments. The preliminary visit took place Thursday and will continue today. The final accreditation visit is in February 2014. The University will receive the reaccreditation status from SACS in December of 2014.


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Police Beat Jan. 17 7:05 a.m. A caller reported stolen Murray State property at Transportation Services. Officers took a report for theft by unlawful taking of more than $500. 11:53 p.m. Officers arrested Nicholas Wuest, freshman of Murray, at Old Richmond Residential College for alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Jan. 18 9:28 a.m. Officers issued a verbal warning for disregarding a stop sign and expired registration at Regents Residential College. 8:10 p.m. A caller reported an animal complaint at Regents Residential College. Officers took a report.

Jan. 19 2:24 p.m. Officers made an attempt to locate a runaway juvenile in Murray and a report was taken. 7:20 p.m. Officers issued a verbal warning for careless driving at Roy Stewart Stadium.

Jan. 20 12:05 a.m. Officers arrested Phillip Durham of Utica, Ky., on Miller Street for second-degree driving under the influence. Durham was issued a citation. 12:52 a.m. The Murray Police Department requested backup because of a fight complaint at the Night Owl. Officers were notified and an information report was taken.

Jan. 21 11:58 a.m. A caller reported

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The Murray State Staff Congress, a representative body for the 1,000 working staff at the University, provides its members with two textbook scholarships per semester. The congress consists of 30 employees representing three main bodies of workers on campus: secretarial/clerical, general/facilities and executive/managerial/professional, as well as a fourth body, at-large. Staff Congress President John Young said the organization not only uses committees within the staff body to represent the voice of staff members, but representatives also serve on university-wide committees, which address various areas such as faculty/staff insurance and benefits. Another way Staff Congress recognizes and aids staff is through the biannual award-

theft of property at Carr Health Building. Officers reported theft by unlawful taking of less than $500. 3:16 p.m. A caller reported being threatened and filed a harassment complaint. Officers were notified and an information report was taken.

Jan. 22 4:59 p.m. A caller reported a reckless driver on Highway 641 North. Upon arrival, officers failed to locate the suspicious person. 11:40 p.m. A caller reported two people with alcohol outside of Regents Residential College.

ing of the Staff Congress Foundation/Marie Jones Textbook Scholarship. Debora Plummer, administrative assistant of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and Staff Congress treasurer, said the purpose of the scholarship is to assist University staff members and dependents with purchasing textbooks needed to pursue their particular degree. “We try to give out two scholarships every semester: one is usually a staff member and the other is a staff dependent, either to a child or spouse,� Plummer said. Established by former and current Staff Congress members, Plummer said the textbook scholarship was later combined with the scholarship created by Marie Jones, the first Staff Regent for Staff Congress. This scholarship is awarded every fall and spring semester. The money for this scholarship is raised

every year by members of Staff Congress and the amount of the award varies. Before individuals are selected by the Staff Scholarship Committee to be awarded, they must meet a number of criteria. “The staff member has to be part-time or full-time staff at Murray State and be employed for at least one year,� Plummer said. Those who qualify may apply every semester as long as they were not recipients of the scholarship within the past year. The scholarship money only goes toward books purchased from the University Bookstore. The textbook scholarships are not the only contributions Staff Congress renders. Young said it organizes voting for Staff Excellence Awards, which are announced annually at the Staff Recognition Luncheon in August. The Staff Congress will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation this fall.

Website promotes nonprofits Meghann Anderson ||

Jan. 23

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9 p.m. A caller reported seeing fireworks at Hamilton field. Upon arrival, officers could not locate the suspicious persons. 9:06 p.m. A caller reported smelling marijuana in Hart Residential College. Officers took a report.

At the end of last year, Murray State’s Office of Regional Outreach launched a new website making it easier for local residents to find nonprofit organizations looking for volunteers. The website is called Get Connected and the program began with the help of a start-up grant from the Office of Regional Outreach. Galaxy Digital, a company based in Asheville, N.C., worked with the Office of Regional Outreach, Aaron Dail, executive director of United Way of Murray-Calloway County and four other United Way agencies in western Kentucky to help establish the program. Organizations can actively advertise their need for volunteers through Get Connected. Regional Outreach Executive Director Gina Winchester said she and her staff are excited about the impact Get Connected will have on the University. “Murray State is funding (Get Connected) for the first year to help get it running and connect

Call of Fame Jan. 22 – 11: 34 a.m. A caller reported a person going through the dumpster at the 100 block of College Courts. Officers advised the person of University policy. Motorists assist – 0 Racer escorts – 0 Arrests – 2

Lexy Gross, Assistant News Editor, compiles Police Beat with materials provided by Public Safety. Not all dispatched calls are listed.

volunteers to nonprofits in the region,� Winchester said. According to the Get Connected website, there are 31 nonprofit organizations in the county looking for volunteers who are willing to help invest in the community. Some of the agencies looking for volunteers are Calloway County 4-H, Clean Air Murray, Humane Society of Calloway County, Murray-Calloway County Needline, Murray-Calloway County Hospital, United Way of Murray-Calloway County and West Kentucky Mentoring. Through friendly competition between Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University and Murray State, students are using Get Connected to give back to the community. Challenge for Change, a volunteer service-based competition, kicked off Jan. 12 and will end when Murray plays Morehead in men’s basketball Feb. 20. Volunteer hours should be logged through Murray State’s Get Connected website. Morehead Student Government Association President, Margo Hunt said hours could be

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Rachelle Peck, junior of Salem, Ky., helps stock shelves at Needline. The nonprofit organization is one of many involved with Get Connected. sponsored by an organization and could take place within the community. “As long as the student is actively giving back that's all we care about,� Hunt said. Meggie Goeke, junior from St. Louis, Mo., said Get Connected is helpful because it encourages volunteerism. “The Get Connected website promotes a sense of community for each university and encour-

ages its students to become actively involved in the philanthropic events each campus sponsors,� Goeke said. Any student may participate and service hours can be collected until Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Goeke said: “The program is designed to give recognition to students who donate their time, money and resources to the Commonwealth and to cultivate a feeling of wanting to do more.�


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TAGLINE From Page 1 Catherine Sivills, assistant vice president of University Communications, said the original intent of the rebranding in 2009 was to consolidate the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image. At that time, the University had about 55 unique logos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your World to Explore resonated well with the generation of students coming to Murray State,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have always intended to evolve the brand as we go along.â&#x20AC;? Sivills said University Communications had conducted research that suggested Generation Z, the generation of people born from the early 2000s to the present, wants a fresher image. She said those students want to know what makes them unique to

LIGHTS From Page 1 musical comedy in which a man retells the story of his favorite musical. Within this manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, the other characters come to life on the stage as commentary by the character continues. Some of the songs featured in the musical are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overture,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fancy Dress,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Off,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toledo Surprise,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Message From A Nightingaleâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love is Always Lovely in The End.â&#x20AC;? The Campus Lights production always puts on a show, but it is unique because it has always been, and still is, produced and presented entirely by Murray State students. The students pick the musical, cast the actors, build the sets and promote their show without help from the faculty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many consider Campus Lights a symbol of the memories and dreams of the original members of Greek music organizations,â&#x20AC;? said Ryan Knight, assistant chairman for Campus Lights and senior from Benton, Ill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They built a tradition nearly from scratch using their own knowledge, skill sets and drive for success.â&#x20AC;? Pulling the show together is a year-long process. After months of narrowing down the choices of musicals, three are presented to the

their predecessors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Your Place messaging allows us to share stories about our alumni who have taken their place in life and how our students can take their place in life if they choose Murray State,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know students have a choice, and we want them to know that our focus is helping them take their place in whatever they have a passion for.â&#x20AC;? While Sivills said she is excited about the transition, she said the process would take time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the budget to wipe out Your World to Explore,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a year or two to phase in Take Your Place.â&#x20AC;? She said concerns had arisen around the idea that University materials with the old line would still be acceptable, but when a stack of letterheads, for example, would need replacing, replacements would be ordered with the new tagline.

members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota, where a majority vote determines the show they will perform for the community. Auditions are then held at the end of the fall semester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shows are chosen through a rigorous, semester-long process,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campus Lights is a short time for most of the people involved, only the month of production. But for people like me who are leaders, we work on Campus Lights for a year, starting shortly after the show closes each January.â&#x20AC;? There are more than 100 students involved in the production including cast, pit orchestra, tech crew, builders, painters, ushers, ticket sellers, Board of Producers and production staff. After starting its humble roots in 1937 when the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Club compiled their own varsity show entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythms Talks of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;37,â&#x20AC;? the club formed Campus Lights. Since then, the production has grown larger every year. The show was used to pay for charter fees for Murray Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Greek organization, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Currently, the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profits are collected and placed in an account for music scholarships for young Murray State students. These scholarships are given out every four years. The Campus Lights tradition continues each year because of its popularity. The show sells out almost every evening the show is presented


Sivills said it was important for Murray State to know University Communications would continue conducting surveys and research in order to communicate a brand meaningful to students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe Take Your Place insinuates the personalization offered and the excellent atmosphere Murray State provides,â&#x20AC;? she said. Fred Dietz, director of Enrollment Management, said he thinks the tagline will be a great centerpiece for the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communication to prospective students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can be used in so many fashions, such as pointing out our traditions and student spirit or demonstrating how successful our graduates are in the marketplace,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said there are so many choices and options for students to find their place at Murray State and to become a member of the University family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students can take their place in

our traditions, organizations, clubs and academics and discover all that Murray State has to offer,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it provides students with a sense of belonging.â&#x20AC;? When asked about the change in taglines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the transition from Your World to Explore to Take Your Place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bonnie Higginson, vice president of Academic Affairs, said she had concerns that individuals might have a negative reaction when they hear those three words, but she was confident in the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to present the tagline appropriately. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When put into the proper context, it can make a powerful tagline,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those three words alone are a bit problematic to me, but I know University Communications will work to ensure it is put in the right context.â&#x20AC;? Terry Holmes, chair of the marketing department, said the theory behind the integrated marketing

communications is that the organization is speaking with one voice and that too-frequent changes may mean that those in various units are not doing so. He said when frequent changes happen, the message to the various audiences can become confused and weaker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A public educational institution is not the same as a product brand, which might have some slight change periodically to freshen it up,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Such a change would depend on the pace of change within the brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industry, competitive changes and other variables.â&#x20AC;? However, Sivills said the original tagline was intended to be used for only two years before it was replaced, following a format not rare to univerities across the nation. Instead, due to budget concerns and the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeness toward it, the original line was kept for four years.

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Lauren Kapfhammer, senior from Louisville, Ky., performs a song during practice. each year. In addition to the show, Campus Lights has built traditions into the production, such as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Running of the Lettersâ&#x20AC;? during alumni night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small changes are made to allow the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Running of the Lettersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for both music fraternities,â&#x20AC;? Knight said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probationary members and newly initiated members carry large boards or various sets of Greek letters for both organizations. The crests are also displayed somewhere on the sets.â&#x20AC;? Following the show on Saturday night, the alumni join the fraternities in the Performing Arts Hall for

an informal reception. Tickets are available at the door for a cost of $10 for adults, $7 for students with a Murray State ID and $7 for children under 18. On Friday night, students wearing something to signify they are in a student organization or Greek fraternity or sorority will receive $1 off their ticket price. Saturday night, alumni of the Gamma Delta and Iota Beta chapters receive $1 off, and Sunday, seniors and children under 18 receive $1 off ticket price. Only 500 tickets are available for each night.

case. They make most of their food fresh. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely not like a high school cafeteria.â&#x20AC;? Amols said Dining Services is always working to improve meal quality on campus. Many changes, including renovation of the T-Room and a food truck, will be available next year. This summer, the T-Room will be closed for complete renovations. Dining Services plans to add a fire-brick oven for pizza, pasta bakes and calzones where short-order is currently stationed. Short-order will move and change its menu to include items such as quesadillas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The T-Room) will look completely different,â&#x20AC;? Amols said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to get new floors, ceilings and walls.â&#x20AC;? A food truck, called the Pony Express, has been ordered and will be available early next semester. The truck will have more grills and fryers than the T-Room and will include food items such as sandwiches, salads and burgers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to take the truck to commuter lots in the mornings so students can grab breakfast to take to class,â&#x20AC;? Amols said. Kyle said a food truck would be perfect for students in commuter lots because most students do not have time to go to Winslow in the morning. Dining Services also plans to serve food near the residential colleges on Friday and Saturday nights, since Winslow is not open after 8 p.m. Amols said she believes all of the changes made, and those implemented in the future, will greatly benefit students.

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Taking our place in the Murray State tradition? The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board.

Take your place. Three words with a variety of meanings to a variety of people – and three words with which Murray State students will become very familiar with as the University phases out its existing tagline, Your World to Explore. Your World to Explore, only four years old, will die a quiet, gradual death as the University implements the new tagline over a period of time. We are told these changes will have a minimal impact on Murray State’s financial health by the administration. The fact they have any impact on Murray State’s finances when we are repeatedly told the University is bleeding money raises some questions. Why is the University extending its existing brand, spending money, when we are constantly told that cutting costs is our number one priority? What is the point of extending the existing brand? To bring more students to the University? Why was Take Your Place the ultimate selection of the University, with all of the negative connotations those words conjure up? Catherine Sivills, assistant vice president of University Communications, said the office had conducted research suggesting that Generation Z, the generation born from the early 2000s until today, wants a fresher image. This is apparently the rationale that led the University down the path of an extension. One might remind University Communications that Generation Z won’t walk the halls of Murray State until 2018 at the earliest. If this extension is an effort to reach out to a younger generation of prospective students by compelling

them to take their place in the Murray State tradition, why did that extension have to happen this year? If Generation Z is the target and Your World to Explore’s life expectancy is taken into account, Take Your Place could come and go by the time Generation Z moves into any one of the residential colleges in sunny August 2018. So what are Murray State students to do? Take their place, or continue making this campus and this city their world to explore? The extension effort, if it is truly warranted, probably could have been handled better and a better choice of words could probably have been chosen for Murray State’s new tagline. We understand the motivation behind the extension is to draw in more students, but we doubt that a new tagline will bring in the numbers we need to seriously put a dent in the financial problems we face. As we cut programs and spend more money to encourage students to take their place at Murray State, perhaps we should stop for a moment and ponder what it is that actually draws students to Murray in the first place. A new tagline might be the cheaper solution, but thinking that simply changing up how Murray State presents itself will attract students to this university is wishful thinking at best. If the administration wants to draw in more students, we have to make tough choices and that is clear – but those tough choices are where to spend more on our academic programs, not where to cut them. Our tough choices should revolve around how students can better be served, and how students can be brought into the Murray State family. Until the administration realizes this, we won’t be able to draw more students into the University.

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The art of writing bird by bird or one bird at a time Does the act of writing remain a mystery to you? Do you cringe at the thought of those book reviews, research papers and essays that must be turned in this semester? Sometimes I sit down in my writing cabin and the words flow. Now, whether the words make sense, or whether they tell the tale that I am trying to tell, is another matDuane Bolin ter altogether. Professor of At other times I sit staring off into History space and find that the computer screen is still blank. The sportswriter Red Smith said it best. “Writing is easy,” he wrote, “you just sit down at a typewriter, open up a vein and bleed it out drop by drop.” Why is it that some of the sweetest things, the most enjoyable of life’s offerings, are so many times the hardest to endure, or the most gut-wrenching to complete? Writing, for me, is hard work. Yet, the process of writing, as difficult as it may be, is also fulfilling and satisfying work. Someone said that he really did not wish to be a writer; he wanted rather to be someone who had written. But it is in the act of writing itself, much like the act of living, that a writer may be fulfilled. We would not say that we would not wish to live, but only to have lived. Would we? An editor encouraged me to forge ahead on an overdue

manuscript. He put me on to a book by Anne Lamott titled “Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.” I ordered the book immediately, and, putting off my writing, read it cover to cover. A prolific and inspirational writer of essays, novels and memoirs, Lamott offers instruction on the art of writing, but more importantly for me, on the art of living. After lending another one of her books, “Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith,” to a history department colleague, she thanked me and after reading the book remarked that Lamott was “quite a character.” Quite a character indeed! Lamott’s salty language belies her commitment to a pilgrimage of religious faith and a determination to live a life of service. The title of her book, Bird By Bird, comes from a word of encouragement given by her father to her older brother. “Thirty years ago,” she writes, “my older brother, who was 10 years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. (It) was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” The wise father’s instruction gave solace to a son struggling with a project, the completion of which made seemingly impossible by the son’s procrastination. The

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Davis earns third runner-up in Miss Rodeo USA

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Every year rodeo queens from all over the country travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the International Pro Rodeo Association Convention for a chance to be the next Miss Rodeo USA. Kaitlyne Davis, graduate student from Kevil, Ky., competed to be the 50th winner of Miss Rodeo USA Pageant last week and placed third runner-up, but won the horsemanship award. Davis became involved with the competition after being named Miss MSU Rodeo 2012. The pageant coordinator, Kimberly Bellah, had competed for the title in the past and brought it to Davis’ attention. “I was honored to have been awarded the horsemanship award,” Davis said. “Horse-

manship entails your ability to ride and perform a pattern on a horse that you have never ridden before. There is no warm up or time to get to know one another. You tighten the saddle, adjust the stirrups and in the arena you go.” Davis said as a rodeo queen she is often riding horses in parades and grand entries she has never been on before, so horsemanship is important. “The horsemanship portion is to test your ability to adapt to that and your ability to ride,” Davis said. There are several factors that go into the judge’s decision for who will take home the title. Each contestant is put through a rigorous judging schedule, where they are judged on appearance, personality and horsemanship. Every competitor is also judged on style shows, speeches, written examinations and interviews.

To ease tension, events such as luncheons, dinners and media interviews are planned throughout the week for contestants to have some fun. “Having one of our students compete at the national level is a testament to what kind of students we have here at Murray State,” rodeo coach J.D. Vanhooser said. “It lets people from across the country know who Murray is.” Murray State is one of 13 colleges and universities in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollege Rodeo Association which consists of all the schools east of the Mississippi River. The mission of men’s and women’s rodeo teams at Murray State is to provide the opportunity for students to earn a college degree while pursing the sport of college rodeo. Teams compete in multiple events such as goat tying, team roping and bull riding. Individ-

uals can compete in more than one event. Davis started barrel racing at 9 years old and began her rodeo career in high school. She has been a member of the Murray State rodeo team for three years and competes in barrel racing and breakaway roping. “I plan on sharing my experience with other young women that want the opportunity to promote the greatest sport on dirt,” Davis said. This is Davis’ last year of eligibility with the Murray State rodeo team. She is currently working toward her master’s degree and plans to continue her rodeo career after she graduates. “I want to thank the Murray State community for their support,” Davis said. “There were so many members from the community showing their support and I am very grateful for that.”

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Kaitlyne Davis, graduate student from Kevil, Ky., waves to the crowd during the Miss Rodeo USA pageant. Davis won third runner-up and the horsemanship award.

School of Agriculture hosts Soybean Day Alex Berg || Staff writer

nomic practices, test new products and systems and to evaluate current products. Bauer lectured to a room of farmers from all over the region about the best ways to understand the yield components of soybeans. She touched on ways in which highyielding soybeans can be achieved and highlighted the different possible causes for low yields and how to compensate for them. Nathan Reed, soybean farmer from Sedalia, Ky., said he was excited to come to Soybean Promotion Day because he has read about Bauer and thought it would be interesting to hear from her. “I have read some of (Bauer’s) articles in Farm Journal magazine and was excited to learn that she would be speaking at Murray State” Reed said. “Agronomy is a big part of my job so I am interested in learning from her.” Although agronomy, the science of soil management and crop production, was the main subject of her lecture, Bauer also emphasized the importance of farmers getting back to the basics, such as knowing how to

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Students help pass out information packets on Soybean Day on Jan. 22.

The Hutson School of Agriculture and the Kentucky Soybean Board hosted the Ninth Annual Soybean Promotion Day on Tuesday in the Murray Room at the CFSB Center. The event was led by guest speakers Moe Russell and Missy Bauer. Russell is the cofounder and president of Russell Consulting Group, a leading provider of marketing and financial advice to crop and livestock producers. The company’s experienced associates consult the top 20 percent of producers in 36 states and Canada. He is also a frequent business speaker on motivation, planning and entrepreneurship. Bauer is an independent crop consultant with B&M Consulting out of Coldwater, Mich. She acts as the Farm Journal associate field agronomist and coordinates the Farm Journal test plots in the eastern Corn Belt. She also coordinated agronomy research farms in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, they were used to educate customers on agro-

identify plant stages and understanding how stress affects those growth stages. Mike Bouce, Murray State agriculture alumnus and former Kentucky Soybean Board member from Hopkinsville, Ky., said he attended Soybean Promotion Day to gain knowledge he could take back to his farm. “I came today because I have attended a couple Soybean Promotion Days in the past and I learn something new every time,” Bouce said. “I am hoping to get some new ideas about chemicals and planning methods.” After a short intermission for dinner, the attendants returned to the Murray Room for the second session, a lecture from Russell about managing risk in a volatile environment and the opportunities for profitability in the farm industry. Many audience members attended the event with the simple interest in gaining new ideas for their farms. Both of the lectures given generated many questions among audience members. All were answered at the end of the session.

Author presents memoir, manual Samantha Villanueva || Staff writer

When author Cathy Bao Bean began her diversitty presentation on Jan. 17, she quoted Edward Hall. “Culture hides much more than it reveals, and strangely what it hides, it hides most effectively from its own participants.” The group of students sat in silence while Bao Bean gave a short presentation on cultures. Bao Bean’s lecture was hosted by the human development and leadership department in the College of Education auditorium. Bao Bean, author of “The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual,” gave a presentation about the importance of acknowledging different cultures and how it can influence life choices. Jennifer Wyatt, assistant professor for Human Development and Leadership, said the department organized the presentation to show students the positive outcome of diversity in the workforce. “I really feel the aspect of diversity is of great importance to education,” she said. “Especially for students in our graduate program, we wish to provide students the chance to meet an international expert in this field of diversity.” Wyatt said Bao Bean was the perfect match for the presentation due to the success of her book. She said Bao Bean helped to heighten student awareness of diversity and she led the presentation in a hilarious and approachable manner.

“I hope students will open their eyes and consider that most people who they might come across will not share the same experiences or traditions as them.” – Cathy Bao Bean Bao Bean’s presentation consisted of personal stories and facts about the positive affects of diversity. Wyatt said Bao Bean’s delivery made her speech even more interesting to the graduate students. “She knows how to combine the personal stories of her life and infuse those with the lessons in her presentations,” Wyatt said. “It makes for a more conversational feeling to the topic and helps students learn the importance of global learning.” Born in Guilin, China, Bao Bean moved to the U.S. in 1946. The daughter of a past representative of the Republic of China for the In-

ternational Sugar Council, Bao Bean recited stories of her education in the U.S. and how she learned to “think in English and forget in Chinese.” She has led diversity workshops and spoken on a wide range of issues at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Lee Kem, coordinator of Human Development and Leadership, said presentations such as this one, helped Bao Bean teach students and the community the importance of global learning. “This area of Kentucky has always been unfortunately known as a non-diverse part of the world,” she said. “Over the past few years, though, there has been an influx of students from around the world to this University and especially our program.” Kem said Bao Bean was an ideal speaker for the presentation, for not only her diverse background and history, but also a deep understanding of how differB ao B e an ent cultures view life. “I hope students will open their eyes and consider that most people who they might come across will not share the same experiences or traditions as them,” Kem said. “Once they do that, they will start to question who they are themselves, who other people are and in a longer context, who, in general, try to come up with a broader understanding of the world.” Niche picking, which is the setting or location that is most comfortable, was a topic Bao Bean was hoping students would stray away from. Kem said students must step outside of their comfort zones and grasp a new view of the world. Bao Bean touched on numerous topics pertaining to diversity in her presentation, such as setting the truth in stereotypes that affect an individual and how to acknowledge the true affect of culture on society. She also explained the differences between different cultures and how people should interact with others. Bao Bean is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Claremont Graduate University School of the Arts and Humanities, the Board of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and is a member of The Star-Ledger Scholarship Committee. Along with serving on the various committees, she is also president of the Society for Values in Higher Education and is a founding member of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy. “Language is a style you were not born to be stereotyped in,” Bao Bean said.

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OBAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SECOND TERM BEGINS President Barack Obama was sworn in to his second term Monday at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Obama gave his inauguration speech promising several things, among them were the equal treatment of gays and lesbians under the law and increased efforts to tackle climate change.

Lexy Gross || Assistant News Editor Chairman Constantine Curris said preparing students for entering the competitive global economy is a primary goal of the Board of Regents. Curris has been chair of the board for three of the four years he has served as a regent. His primary responsibility is to lead board meetings and discuss items on the agenda with fellow Regents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Universities prosper when the governing board and the central administration are working together in tandem to advance the institution,â&#x20AC;? Curris said. Along with the responsibility of running meetings, Curris meets with the Audit and Compliance and Finance and Regional Services committees. Curris said many recent board discussions have considered what changes could be made to the University over the next few years. These changes, according to Curris, would benefit the students of Murray State as well as western Kentucky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I truly believe in public higher education,â&#x20AC;? Curris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I served as the president at Murray State for 10 years,

so I have a personal investment in the future of the University.â&#x20AC;? At the age of 32, Curris became the president of Murray State, making him the youngest university president in Kentucky history. Curris also served as president at the University of Northern Iowa and at Clemson University. Curris said he believed Gov. Steve Beshear asked him to serve on the board due to his prior public education experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think as a former president I understand how a university operates internally,â&#x20AC;? Curris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been helpful to the board in bringing that experience to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deliberations.â&#x20AC;? Looking back at his experiences as a student at the University of Kentucky helped Curris shape some of the ideals he uses as chair of the board. Curris received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from UK and his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from the University of Illinois. Keeping tuition low, forming policies and focusing on student experiences are all values Curris said he learned from being a student. Curris said Murray State is very student-cen-

A shooting at the Lone Star College-North Campus left three men wounded Wednesday after a dispute broke out between two of the wounded. The shooter, Carlton Berry, 22, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and is now under police supervision at a hospital. Berry was arguing with, Jody Neal, 25, who was not carrying a weapon and is expected to recover from his injuries.

tered and the board focuses on this aspect when administering new procedures on campus. Curris said being a central administrator is different from working on the board. Curris â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a regent, you basically focus on policy issues six days a year,â&#x20AC;? Curris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although I hold many of the same values as I did as president, it is a different position.â&#x20AC;? Beside his central work at various universities, Curris has held many positions in public education. He recently retired from presidency of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which he held since October of 1999. AASCU presides over more than 400 public colleges and universities. Curris has been involved with the organization since 1973. Curris also spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., discussing student aid and higher education with the U.S. Department of Education.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you have experience such as that, it has a bearing on how you work as a regent,â&#x20AC;? Curris said. Curris has been involved in several community projects. While president of the University of Northern Iowa, Curris headed a United Way campaign. The organization, which aspires to improve education, helps people achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It provided an interesting perspective for me,â&#x20AC;? Curris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people in a college town do not attend a university, never have, yet you can still be very helpful to them.â&#x20AC;? Curris said between public education, nonprofit and corporation work, he has gained a better understanding of people and society. He said those experiences influenced his decision making. Curris said students should be the primary focus of the board. Curris said students should also make sure they work hard by balancing their studies and other activities. Said Curris: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the process, develop your personal values so that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be a credit to your family, your faith and the University.â&#x20AC;?

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The event slogan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living the Dream: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges,â&#x20AC;? was a reality for those who attended the 5th annual Martin Luther King Jr. keynote address Monday morning. Students who attended the event consider Jan. 21 not only a day of remembrance, but a day of service. Following the community breakfast, attendees gathered in the Curris Center Ballroom to listen to Henry Watson. Watson, a preacher from Lexingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street Baptist Church, was welcomed by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Regional Outreach and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. President Randy Dunn was also in attendance. Following the address, a small group of her peers took part in a project called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bike Ministry,â&#x20AC;? where participants gathered approximately 115 donated bikes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A retired man in Clinton restores all of the bikes and gives them to children in need,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He does it every year and not for profit.â&#x20AC;? Ryan Christensen, junior from Lexington, Ky.,

was excited to listen to Watson, who is a fellow resident of Lexington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was proud that a member of my community was invited to speak at my school on a day like this,â&#x20AC;? Christensen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very good experience.â&#x20AC;? Prior to the day of service, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity met near Pogue Library to honor the first black student enrolled at Murray State. The group then walked to dorm circle to visit the recently dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Sherri Anderson, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer from Murray State, partnered with MayfieldGraves County United Way to launch the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;United we Readâ&#x20AC;? project on Jan. 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;United we Readâ&#x20AC;? is a project that allows high school students to serve as mentors to children of the community. Mayfield High School students read biographies on King to the students of Mayfield Elementary. Afterward, the books were donated to participating classrooms by the Mayfield-Graves County United Way.

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Henry Watson speaks at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. event in the Curris Center on Jan. 21.


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Fields dreams of fourth OVC title

Full Court Press Becoming a legend My biggest comforts in life have come from the faint “click-clack” of metal cleats on concrete and the scent of freshly mown grass just before the game. Ryan My favorite Richardson feelings come Online Editor when I pull up a pair of long athletic socks or throw on a jersey. You see, I’m a junkie, and sports are my high. Maybe it’s the rush I get when adrenaline is pulsing through my veins. Maybe it’s the way I’m addicted to the feeling I get right before the game: those moments just between the first whistle and tipoff, the few seconds just before kickoff or that split second between the time the pitcher lets go and the ball reaches the plate. No matter what got me hooked, I started down that slippery slope when I was 4 years old. That’s when I first picked up a baseball glove and started the game I’ve loved more than most everything else in life. I’ve played every position and batted in every slot of the lineup. I didn’t care where I was, just as long as I was on the field. When I realized baseball alone couldn’t satisfy my hunger to play, I dribbled a basketball for the first time. It may not have been pretty then, but it felt right, all the way to my bones. With basketball, it was much easier to practice, because I could shoot on the portable goal in my driveway for hours every night with only the faint glow of a motion sensor for light. I was getting pretty good, and my coach said I had a chance of being a starter in junior high, even though I was only going to be in sixth grade. That summer is when it happened. Sure, I’d had my share of busted lips and bloody noses in baseball, but that just comes with the sport. This time was different. I was dribbling in to take a routine jump shot in practice when a teammate collided into my knee. My coach yelled at me to get back up, until he noticed that my leg was twisted about 90 degrees, starting just above my knee. I recovered much faster than doctors expected from that broken leg, but my basketball skills never quite returned. Since then, injuries have plagued most of the sports in my career. I’ve broken my nose twice, and fractured it at least twice more. My dad always told me I should quit because sports treated me so roughly, but that was never an option. Through all the blood, sweat and tears, there was always something to fight for. There was always that dream for greatness. On top of that, sports served as my outlet for emotions. Hitting a golf ball relaxed me. Playing tennis relieved stress. No matter how bad I felt, sports could always make me happy like nothing else could. Now that I’m in college, most of my sporting desire is lived out as a fan rather than a player. Saturdays are for NCAA football – namely the Crimson Tide, but obviously the SEC reigns supreme overall – while Sundays are spent watching the NFL. Weekdays vary, including everything from soccer to basketball, depending on the time of year. Though I mostly watch them instead of play, I haven’t given up sports. I could never give up such a dream of greatness. All my life, my greatest desire was to become a legend. I think I did that. Sure, it was only in my mind, but isn’t that all that really matters? You have to be proud of what you’ve done. I am. Now, in my mind, I’m the greatest legend of them all.

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Every athlete is a little bit different. Sometimes, an athlete looks so intensely focused, they seem almost inhuman. Sometimes they look a bit lackadaisical and leave fans wondering if they even care about the sport. Sometimes, athletes just look like they’re having the time of their life each time they play. Dexter Fields is one of those athletes. Whether he’s running to chest bump a teammate after sinking a shot, boasting his trademark smile after sinking a shot of his own, getting in an opponent’s face to distract him or pointing to the crowd asking for more noise, Fields almost always looks like he is having fun. When looking at the junior guard’s profile, his hometown is listed as Orlando, Fla., but he was actually born in Palatka, Fla., where he grew up with one brother and eight sisters. It was also in Palatka where Field’s love of basketball was born. “My family was pretty much a football family so I don’t know how I came about liking the game of basketball,” Fields said. “I just grew up playing and started loving the game.” Fields began playing football and basketball at age four. In middle school, however, Fields dropped football and began to hone in on basketball. In seventh grade, he developed a close relationship with his travel basketball coach, Diana Neal. Before he began high school, Fields made the tough decision to move away from his family to Orlando with Neal, hoping to receive more attention for his game than he would have in small-town Palatka. “My family was definitely my biggest influence,” he said. “They gave their last for us. They were both very hard working parents and they taught me to work hard at everything I do and I think that’s why I’m successful today. So it was really tough for me when I decided to move away because they were such big influences for me.” Fields found immense success in Orlando, becoming a basketball standout at Olympia High School. After his junior season, Fields drew interest from Louisiana State, Central Florida, Western Kentucky, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Mur-

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Junior guard Dexter Fields has started every game this season and is averaging 7.2 points per game. ray State. In the end, Fields chose to take his game to UAB. During his senior season, Fields averaged 17.7 points per game, leading his team to a 28-5 record and the No. 1 ranking in the state. Fields stepped in right away at UAB, averaging 9.6 minutes and 3.4 points per game during his freshman year. The sharp shooter’s role increased in his second year, playing in all 31 games while averaging 22.5 minutes and 7.1 points. The 2010-11 UAB team won its conference and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to Clemson. After UAB’s cham-

pionship season, Fields began contemplating the idea of transferring. “There were a lot of things going on at UAB that just weren’t working out, and I knew Murray had just gotten a new coach and they had been recruiting me out of high school, so I knew Coach Prohm a little bit,” Fields said. In addition to knowing Prohm, Fields also knew assistant coach James Kane, who recruited him in Florida while he was still in high school. During the summer after his sophomore year, Fields made the decision to transfer and become a Racer. “I knew I needed a better place where I could be more focused. I feel

like I’m more focused here than in a big city with a lot of distractions so that’s why I came here.” Per NCAA rules, Fields was forced to sit out the 2011-12 season due to his decision to transfer. It just so happened, that was the most successful season in Racer basketball history, making the missed season all the more painful for Fields. “I was glad I got to sit on the bench and observe it, but it was really tough because I wanted to be a part of it also,” Fields said. “I think me sitting out a year helped me a lot though because I was able to fix a lot of things that needed work.” After sitting out an entire year, Fields was ready to play as the new season rolled around. Fields couldn’t wait to get on the court. Just as he did when he moved to Orlando and when he started at UAB, Fields again found immediate success. He has started each game this year while averaging 7.2 points per game. After half a season of playing, Fields remains happy with his choice to come to Murray State. “My last year at UAB we did win our conference and I did get a ring,” Fields said. “But I feel like here, winning is the expectation. The program is built on winning and every year they win championships. So the biggest difference is here you walk into every game and you’re expected to win.” While Fields continues to dream of a fourth straight conference championship for the Racers, he also has dreams of one day playing basketball professionally. He hopes to continue playing the sport he loves while being able to eventually provide for his family. Right now, however, Fields is focusing on this team and this season. Excited to finally prove himself after a long year of sitting out, the sharp shooter is as hungry as ever to help the Racers succeed. “I’m feeling really good with the team and the record we have. We are pretty good right now and we still haven’t reached our peak,” he said. “Nobody knows how good this team can be right now and that’s what Coach Prohm has been saying, and everybody is buying into it. We’re good right now but we can be great.” Regardless of the team’s success, No. 23 is smiling and having a good time. In his first season playing for Murray State, Fields continues to find success while enjoying playing the game he has loved since he was four.

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The Murray State men’s basketball team defeated Tennessee Tech 47-39 Thursday night in Cookeville, Tenn. After trailing at the half by 6 points, the Racers had another strong comeback in the second half to bring home its fourth consecutive OVC win. Senior guard Isaiah Canaan was the high scorer with 15 points, followed by senior forward Ed Daniel with 10 points and senior forward Stacy Wilson, who scored 9 points. For an in-depth feature on the game, visit




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Strong showing in first half of Withrow Open Laura Kovarik || Staff writer

The No. 10 ranked Murray State rifle team had a successful open in the first weekend of the Withrow Open. This marks the last competition in which the Racers will compete before the OVC championships. Hosted at Murray State’s own Pat Spurgin Rifle Range, the Withrow Open is divided into two weekends to accommodate the large number of entries. UT Martin, Jacksonville State and Akron were the teams shooting alongside the Racers during the first weekend of the tournament. While scores aren’t finalized, as many shooters have yet to shoot on, the Racers had an overall strong team score in smallbore score of 2,295 and a team air rifle score of 2,319. This week presented a different team dynamic for the Racers as arguably one of their best shooters, sophomore Kelsey Emme, is in Germany for the Bavarian Air Gun Championships.

Emme will return and continue preparing for the OVC championships with her fellow Racers after the Withrow Open. Head Coach Alan Lollar said many of his shooters really stepped up and brought their best. Freshman Tessa Howald led her team in smallbore and air rifle with a score of 584 and 590 respectively. Junior Mikey Burzynski remained consistent throughout the weekend with the second-highest smallbore score of 575 and the third-highest air rifle score with a 579. Freshman Kaitlyn Wilson shot a solid score of 71 in smallbore and had the Racers’ second-best air rifle score with a 581. Consistency has been the focus of this relatively young Racer rifle team. Lollar said he’s been impressed overall by this team’s ability to persevere and train hard. The Racers had an overall team score of 4,614, just a few points behind Jacksonville State, which shot a 4,630. The team is still awaiting one more air rifle shooter.

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Competitors prepare to shoot during the first weekend of the Withrow Open. UT Martin Men and Women’s team trailed with a 4,579, Akron shot a 4,576, and UT Martin women 4,436. The Withrow Open marks the sixth time that the Racers and Gamecocks have competed. Practice and preparation for the OVC championships become the main focus for the Racers as the Withrow Open winds down. “Right now we are working on finding the best way to gain more points,”

Lollar said. “This may mean fixing and tweaking some things in practice, developing a different strategy for how we are going to shoot the match or simply increasing confidence in the team.” The rifle team’s maturity and confidence has increased throughout the season and this has been reflected in their increase in consistency and scores. So far the Racers’ season best was shot at Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 10.


Women prepare for match against Jacksonville Carly Besser || Staff writer

After three straight conference games at home, the Racers will travel to Jacksonville, Ala., to take on Jacksonville State. The Racers have shown much more offensive cohesion in their last back-to-back victories against Southern Illinois Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois. In the last game against Eastern Illinois, senior guard Tessa Elkins went on to lead the team with 17 points after typically averaging five points per game. Junior guard Jessica Winfrey earned a double-double and tallied up 18 rebounds. With multiple, similar performances, the team effort could result in a vital win against the rivaled OVC opponent. “Tessa has a high basketball IQ ,” Head Coach Rob Cross said. “She’s always going to play hard. I think that Tessa’s leadership qualities are what attracted me to her as a recruit. I think right now for the first time in her career, she’s stepping forward and seeing what it takes to lead a team in a positive way.” Senior guard Mariah Robinson has taken on the role of the points leader for Murray State, recently breaking the record for the most 3-point shots made in school history. With assists from key defensive powerhouses like freshman forward Kelsey Dirks, Winfrey and Robinson could cause a struggle beyond the arc for the Gamecocks. In her performance against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, Robinson scored 31 points, including six shots in the from beyond the arc. This will be the first meeting against Jacksonville State since last season in January where the Racers pulled out a 73-57 win against the Gamecocks. In a high-tempo game, three of Jack-

sonville’s top five scorers were faced with foul trouble. Forward Brittany Manning, center Danielle Vaughn and guard Candace Morton all left the court with four personal fouls. “I just think you gain confidence from being successful and you can only gain so much from being close,” Cross said. “At some point, that stops. I feel like the team understands what it takes to beat good teams in this conference.” With guards like freshman Erika Sisk and junior Erica Burgess, to driving into the paint for layups and drawing the foul, the Racers could hold the Gamecocks to more foul trouble to get them to the line, where they average over 75 percent. “Erica Burgess is a very talented player,” Cross said. “She’s one of the best players in the league at a guard spot. Kyra (Watson) and Burgess are back in the fold and doing what they’re told to.” Against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, the Racers shot for almost 8 percent behind the line, making them a dangerous team to foul. Another weak point for Jacksonville is the teams rate of turnovers. Against Murray State last season, the Gamecocks finished with 20 turnovers to the Racers’ nine. With agility, an eventual full-court press and aggressive dives for the ball, the Racers would have a potentially great defensive chemistry to ensure another victory. The Racers have their best games when they grab several offensive rebounds. Against a bigger Jacksonville State team, forwards like Dirks will need to secure offensive rebounds. Averaging 6.6 rebounds a game, she is a major component to the Racers when shots aren’t falling . Tipoff for Murray State will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in Jacksonville, Ala.

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The Racers will face Jacksonville State at 2 p.m. on Saturday. They are coming off back-to-back victories against Southern Illinois Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois.

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Winfrey rebounds, makes comeback Carly Besser || Staff writer

After recording a double-double and breaking her career high in rebounds, Jessica Winfrey has proven herself as a rehabilitated team player. Against Eastern Illinois, Winfrey led the team in rebounds with 18 and she scored 10 points and had two steals. With a former career record of one 3-point shot made in a game, Winfrey improved and she shot two beyond the arc against the Panthers to make way for a new personal best. “She’s such a tough Winfrey player,” Head Coach Rob Cross said. “She steps on the court, the ball goes up in the air, and she’s going to do whatever it takes to go get it. That’s something you can’t teach; it’s something you can’t coach.” The conference performance shattered her season stats, averaging just 7.3 rebounds and 5.4 points per game. “I just thought I would step up with the rebounds and I knew my teammates would feed off of me,” Winfrey said. “It feels great (to have a game like this). I feel like it’s been tough for me to work in getting myself back together with my rebounding and scoring being out, but it’s starting to get there.”

Winfrey was faced with being redshirted and lost almost two entire seasons last year when she suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and underwent two reconstructive knee surgeries. Winfrey worked hard to rehabilitate and earn her time back on the court. “Jessica Winfrey was just huge on the boards,” Cross said. “We were talking about how important defensive rebounds were. She asked a question and I just told her there were no answers for it. You’ve just got to go get the ball. She went back out and it seemed like she got every rebound from that point.” Before her injuries, Winfrey was a standout for the Racers in her first season, being named to the All-OVC Newcomer team, starting in all 30 games and being named the OVC Freshman of the Week. She totaled 10 double-doubles in the season, including two back-to-back, and led the team in rebounds. In the beginning of the season, Winfrey said she was excited to return to the court because she had pent up energy and excitement to see playing time again. With more performances like the one against Eastern Illinois, Winfrey could potentially see more time on the court and a chance to make up for so many lost games. “Her best basketball is in front of her,” Cross said. “I hope she continues to improve. I hope she keeps that mindset that she has right now.”

Swing and a Drive The Murray State Tradition Part 2 As I said last week, for the next couple of columns, I will be sharing the stories of a few former Murray State basketball standouts in an effort to raise awareness and Jonathan appreciation for Ferris the illustrious Sports writer history of Murray basketball. This week, we are taking a blast to the past, going way back to the 1940s to take a look at “Jumpin’ Joe” Fulks. Fulks was a standout basketball player at Kuttawa High School, just about 40 miles down the road from what was the Murray State Teachers College. He was recruited by the program’s original coach, Carlisle Cutchin, who was able to convince him to stay close to home and become a Thoroughbred. While at Murray State, Fulks unveiled an unheard of type of shot. In the days where players never left the ground when shooting the basketball, Fulks would often jump, launching the ball from above his head. Fulks was later credited as the pioneer of the jump shot. He joined the varsity team in 1941 and went on to score 13.9 points per game over the next two seasons, leading the team to a 39-9 record. His time as a Thoroughbred was cut short in 1943, however, when he enlisted in the Marines during the height of World War II. Fulks proceeded to play even during the war, joining the Fleet Marine Force Team at Pearl Harbor. It was there that Eddie Gottlieb, owner of the Philadelphia Warriors franchise in the Basketball Association of America (predecessor to the NBA), noticed Fulks. Gottlieb immediately offered Fulks a contract and he made his professional debut in 1946. The move immediately paid off for Gottlieb, as his Warriors team won the 1947 league championship in Fulks’ first year. “Jumpin’ Joe” took the league by storm, averaging 23.9 points per game in the pre-shot clock era where teams often only scored 7075 points a game. No one else in the league averaged more than 17 points that year. To give a bit of perspective, Lebron James is currently averaging 26.3 points per game and his team routinely scores 100 points or more. Fulks continued to dominate the league, upping his scoring average to 26.0 per game in his second season. Perhaps the highlight of his eight-year career came on the night of February 10, 1949 when Fulks dropped 63 points, shattering the single game scoring record which he had set the previous season. The record would remain untouched for 10 years. In 1976, Fulks was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s son during an argument over a handgun. Less than a year later, Fulks was posthumously honored when he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Although his time in Murray was brief, Fulks was in a Thoroughbred uniform when he revealed his jump shot which would go on to revolutionize the entire game of basketball. Next time you go into the CFSB Center, look up and you’ll see his number, 26, hanging from the rafters among the all-time Racer greats.

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Prohm competes in Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge Jonathan Ferris || Staff writer

Head Coach Steve Prohm has joined 47 other college basketball coaches from around the country in participating in ESPN’s Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge to raise money for different charities. Each of the 48 coaches is competing for $100,000 for the charity of their choice. The coaches have been split up into four regions – East, West, South and Midwest – and are competing for enough votes to win their region and move on to the final four. Once the final four are selected, a final vote will be held for the winners of each region to determine whose charity will receive the $100,000 prize. Prohm opted to support The V Foundation for Cancer Research, drawing inspiration from college basketball announcer and

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Head Coach Steve Prohm supports The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

personality Dick Vitale, after his visit to Murray State to call a Racer game last season. “Dick Vitale came down here last year which was a blessing for this community and this University,” Prohm said. “He invited me to his V Foundation Gala and I went down there and was just really impressed by the generosity and humbled by parents of the cancer victims and the cancer patients, so that was my charity that I wanted to choose to support when I was selected.” The V Foundation was started by former North Carolina State Head Coach Jim Valvano, who lost his life to cancer at the age of 46 in 1993. In the late stages of bone cancer, Valvano gave one of the most influential speeches in sports history at the 1993 ESPY Awards where he announced the beginning of the foundation and coined the trademark phrase, “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Valvano lost his life just over a month later, but the foundation continues on today. The organization focuses on working to find cures for cancer. It recommends and funds projects in cancer research while also working to support young scientists and those interested in research. According to the Foundation’s website, “The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100 percent of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research.” Prohm said one of the reasons he chose to support The V Foundation was because of the impact cancer has had in the Murray community. “It’s impacted a lot of people here and it’s a dreaded disease,” Prohm said. “I thought The V Foundation would be a great one because of the way Vitale really supports it, and you know he was huge for our school and our program coming down here.” Prohm is currently in third place in the East region, with 10 percent of the vote. The regional voting runs until Feb. 27, with the final four voting occurring from Feb. 27 to March 10.

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Freshman Nicholas Mitric focuses on the tennis ball during an afternoon practice earlier this week.

Men have tough start to season Laura Kovarik || Staff writer

pleased with the guys, and we’ll continue to work hard in practice for our next match.” The Racers were back on the road again as they traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Middle Tennessee State on Sunday, Jan. 20. The team was defeated 6-1. Kennedy picked up the lone win for the Racers at No. 5 singles. Kennedy defeated Pedro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2. No. 6 singles player Nicholas lost in a close three set match to Marlon Brand, 6-0, 2-6, 10-7. Jeffers, No. 1 singles player, lost 6-4, 6-1. Jeffers and Taylor were defeated at No. 1 and 2 singles. McLean lost at No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-2. Racers doubles teams were defeated with the pairings of Kennedy and Taylor, Aleks and McLean and Nicholas and Jeffers. Purcell said the biggest challenge was figuring out the right combination of doubles. Scrambling to gain footing from their previous losses, the Racers completed their circuit at Tennessee in Knoxville on Jan. 21. The team finished its road trip with a pair of losses, 4-0, 6-0, at the Goodfriend Tennis Center. Tennessee won the doubles’ point by winning all three doubles

The men’s tennis team hit the road for matches at the University of Louisville and Middle Tennessee State. The Racers lost against 34th ranked Louisville 7-0 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Junior Adam Taylor lost 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to Albert Wagner. Senior Tyler Jeffers and sophomore Aleks Mitric lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Senior Ryan Kennedy lost 60, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Freshman Nicholas Mitric lost 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and sophomore Max McLean was defeated 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Taylor and Kennedy lost 8-1 to Wagner and Alex Gornett. McLean and Aleks also lost 8-1. No. 2 doubles pair Jeffers and Nicholas were defeated 8-4. Despite their defeat, Head Coach Mel Purcell commended his players for going out and playing hard. “I was really happy by their efforts,” Purcell said. “You can’t always look at the score, you have to judge it also by the strength of our opponents. We had a tough couple of matches, but overall I’m very

Club Sport

Bass Anglers promote fishing year round

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More than 500 colleges in the U.S. have bass fishing clubs. The Murray State Bass Anglers pride themselves on being one of the first. After four in 2004, the Bass Anglers now have more than 30 members who work hard and fish often to keep the club going. They compete among themselves, as well as at other schools across the country. Clubs from schools such as Oklahoma State and Wisconsin have come to Murray to compete. Unlike many other college bass fishing teams, the Bass Anglers is open to anyone interested in joining. “We welcome anybody, whether you’ve fished one day in your life and you want to learn or you’ve fished every day,” club president Therron Shaw said. A membership fee of $30 is required to join the club. Students wishing to join must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and maintain a 2.0 GPA to stay active in the club. The Bass Anglers have been featured on ESPN, as well as many other TV networks. The club has a wide variety of sponsors with whom they work to maintain good relationships. Some of the spon-

matches. Taylor and Kennedy were defeated by the 26th ranked doubles team of Mikelis Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin 8-4. A loss at No. 2 doubles with Jeffers and Nicholas 8-1, and another loss with McLean and Aleks 8-5 gave Tennessee the early lead. In the singles portion, Taylor lost 6-2, 6-2, senior Joao Camara lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Kennedy lost at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-0. During the second match of the day, Taylor lost 6-1, 6-2 to Hunter Reese, ranked 40th. Jeffers lost 6-1, 6-3 to ninthranked Libietis and Camara lost 61, 6-3. McLean lost in match number two to Tennessee’s Brandon Fickey, 6-0, 6-2. Kennedy and Nicholas lost in their second singles matches of the day 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively. “A couple of them were playing really well by the end of the matches,” Purcell said. “Playing more matches and getting more comfortable on the court will help.” The team will host Abilene Christian at the Bennie Purcell Tennis Courts on Feb. 7.

sors include Fisherman’s Headquarters, Dobyn’s Rods and Woodforest National Bank and Tackle Warehouse. Many other companies support the club as well. The club has become very successful over the years and has been nationally recognized many times for its achievements. In 2009, the Bass Anglers won the BoatUS Collegiate National Championship and in 2010, they won fourth place in the FLW College Bass Fishing National Championship. “It’s a great group of guys and there’s some of them there that are probably around the borderline of pro bass fisherman,” adviser Gary Morris said. “I’m learning more from them than they’ll ever learn from me.” The members of the club fish year-round and participate in four tournaments per semester among themselves. The members are ranked based on how they fish at these tournaments. Based on those rankings, the club decides who will go on to nationals. Most national events take place throughout the middle of the year. The club hosts its own invitational every year and draws attendance from 30 to 40 schools. This year, the Bass Anglers are hosting the 2013 Murray State Kentucky Lake Invitational Feb. 22-24. All college bass fishing teams are invited to participate in the tourna-



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ment. “It’s a great way to get our name out there and what we’re trying to do as a club,” Shaw said. The club regularly fishes on Kentucky Lake as well as Lake Barkley. Most lakes only contain fish around 3 or 4 pounds, but the

Bass Anglers often find 7pounders. Said Morris: “The great thing about Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is that when you’re fishing, you know that you have a chance to catch a nice fish and you could have a wall hanger.”

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FILMING BEGINS FOR WIKILEAKS MOVIE DreamWorks Studios announced filming has begun on a movie about WikiLeaks, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the website's founder, Julian Assange. Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Dan Stevens are among the cast. The film is due for release in November.

Students use Internet for project inspiration Shannon MacAllister || Staff writer

As trends come and go, fashions emerge and disappear and decorations go in and out of style, many find themselves throwing money away on the ever-changing next “it” item or fad. Once too many people have it, or have done it, it becomes outdated, overdone, an imitation. So how is it that so many women around the country have managed to merge trendiness with the economic sensibility that comes with hard financial times? They have learned the power of DIY, or do it yourself. Whether it be scarves, skirts, dresses, shirts, decorations, beauty or crafts, a way has been found around their price tags, limits and regulations, and individuals across the nation are jumping on board the quickly moving DIY train. With unlimited numbers of personal DIY or craft blogs emerging and sites such as Pinterest linking them all into one place, it’s no wonder do it yourselfer’s are coming out of the woodwork. This new trend has many people asking, “what’s the appeal?” According to DIYer Lindsey Powers, freshman from Cincinnati, Ill., the appeal lies in the satisfaction of time well spent and a job well done, and the knowledge that something unique and of worth was made. “I think Pinterest really made DIY something trendy and fun to do,” Powers said. “With Pinterest, crafts and home goods are much easier to make, and it feels good to do a project and know you made it. Unlike when you buy it, there’s a meaning behind it. Many of the trends now are vintage, and it looks even better when you do it

yourself.” Though the DIY trend was brought to the forefront of pop culture in the last year by sites such as Pinterest, it has been fueled by several smaller, more personal blogs. Bloggers have collected and created a number of new, must-do DIY projects that are then brought onto Pinterest and spread exponentially. DIY has brought out a new side of our culture as it has created a shift from the pre-made, ready-touse products to those that allow students to be creative, make things on their own and create something they’ve never thought of before. “My favorite DIY projects are the ones that carry meaning,” Powers said. “I love being surrounded by my picture collages because it brings back memories of my friends and family in Cincinnati. I think anything handmade holds so much more value and meaning. You create memories with each craft.” In addition to the personal pride that comes with doing something yourself and having it come out right, DIY carries the added benefit of being fiscally responsible. As college students, many have expressed the need to make their campus spaces their own, but have found that many items are overpriced, or not quite what they wanted. As a direct result of these two issues, DIY is larger on college campuses than many other places as students create their own projects. “I started doing DIY crafts when I knew I needed decor for my dorm room,” Powers said. “Now, I have begun making things for my family as gifts because I enjoy it so much.”

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Already have Toms? Wanting a new pair but can’t afford it? An easy and affordable solution to cover the holes on those soles is DIY Toms. What you need: -fabric -glue (hot glue is recommended) -pen or clip -needle/thread -scissors How to Create: 1. Cut out the fabric by personal preference and adjust according to the Toms shoe size. 2. Use a hot glue gun (for a quick dry) and glue the fabric on the shoes. 3. Add clothes pins to help hold the fabric together while the shoes dry. 4. Sew a hem to the top part of the fabric to give it more of a finished look. Some DIYers have also used paint or paint pens to draw designs on their shoes while others have glued on studs. The creative options are endless.

How to make removable wallpaper Made using simple supplies that can be found at Walmart, the idea has popped up on college campuses around the nation because of its affordability, adherence to institutional rules and its quick cleanup at the end of the year. What you need: -lightweight fabric -liquid fabric starch -sponge or paint roller -paint pan -thumbtacks -measuring tape How to Install: 1. Prewash the fabric in hot water to remove any excess dyes that could stain walls. 2. Wash the wall to remove any dust, dirt or film as it will keep the fabric from adhering correctly. 3. Measure the wall or space to which you will be adhering the fabric, adding a couple of inches to account for possible shrinking as the fabric dries. Cut the fabric, being sure to align any designs if the fabric requires multiple panels. 4. Pour the starch into the pan and roll the starch onto the top half of the wall with the roller. 5. Begin applying the fabric to the top of the wall that has already been starched, leaving excess inches on top in case of shrinkage. Use thumbtacks to secure the fabric while the starch dries. Roll on additional starch going all the way down the wall while securing the fabric with thumbtacks until the entire wall has been starched and tacked. 6. Brush and smooth the fabric before it has dried in order to avoid any bubbles or wrinkles, rewetting the fabric with starch as needed. Be sure the fabric is saturated with starch and that the starch has penetrated the fabric as evenly as possible. 7. Let the fabric dry completely, allowing time for any shrinkage in the fabric drying process to occur, then cut the excess fabric off of each edge. How to Remove: 1. Using a rag or sponge, lightly dampen the wall with warm water. 2. Begin peeling the fabric off of the wall by the corner, rewetting the fabric as necessary. 3. If needed, wipe down the wall with a damp washcloth to clean excess starch off the wall. A removable, reusable wallpaper wall has now been created, allowing students to make spaces cheerier, more inviting and their own, overcoming the dreariness of winter, all while abiding by apartment, dorm and rental property rules.

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January 25, 2013

5B Pop Culture Savvy

Movie Review

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Cooper, Lawrence f ind silver lining in new film Savannah Sawyer || Assistant Features Editor

Excelsior. It means onwards and upwards, a common theme throughout this movie. “Silver Linings Playbook” is a tell-all tale that will make you feel bad for Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat, when you find out his wife cheated on him. It will make you laugh when Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Tiffany, is harsh and brash, but you can’t help but love her. You will cry when Robert De Niro’s character, Pat Sr., gives a heartfelt talk to his son, about how horrible he feels for not always being there for him like he was for his eldest. The film starts by getting right into it, no beating around the bush. It begins with Pat being discharged from a mental hospital, where he was treated for bipolar disorder. Prior to that he had a mental breakdown, which was brought on when he caught his wife cheating on him with a co-worker. Pat leaves the hospital and moves back in with his parents with the hopes of winning back the love of his wife. A difficult task considering she filed a restraining order against him after a violent episode where he nearly beat said co-worker to death. One thing I did not understand about the movie was why he would want to get back with her after everything that had happened. She cheated on him. Sure he reacted in a manic way, but she shouldn’t be the one to end the relationship. I just could not wrap my mind around why he would want to be with her, and I do not think the story between the two characters was strong enough to make someone believe that they belong together for any reason. While out on a run one day, again trying to better himself to impress his wife, who, may I remind you, wants nothing to do with him, he runs into an old friend who invites him over to dinner. At dinner that night is where we meet Tiffany. Right off the bat, you find out she is a widow and is a little messed up in the head. Because of that, she and Pat click. Both characters are distraught and it seems the help of each other is all they have to get through the personal messes in their lives. They form an unconventional friendship that no one saw coming. They also both have things the other wants. Tiffany’s sister is the best friend of Nikki, Pat’s wife, and she agrees to give Nikki any letters that Pat wants to write, realizing by doing this she will have to work around the restraining order to give Nikki the letters. In return, Pat must help her in a dance competition. He agrees. They begin to learn dance after dance and become amateurs in the art itself. I must note, during this film sequence, they played quite the enticing song. Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country” featuring Johnny Cash, played as they memorized each dance, which is a bit strange considering it’s not an upbeat dance song but rather emotional. I could not help but stop and just appreciate how oddly well the song fit with the story being told. “I really love that song,” said David O. Russell, director of the film. “It plays through the whole montage of the two characters finally connecting and turning a corner and it's counterintuitive because it's not a dance song; it's an emotional song. ‘Girl From the North Country’ is a big favorite of mine. I knew I wanted to use it in the film but I wasn't sure where. It's one of those songs that when you find where it fits – it's perfect.” The dance competition was supposed to be something that was fun. Knowing they would be competing against some

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in the Oscar-nominated film, “Silver Linings Playbook,” which recieved high praise at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where the film premiered. professionals they knew not to get their hopes up until things got a little more serious. Pat Sr., who has recently lost his job, has taken to bookmaking to earn enough money to open his own restaurants. He made a bad bet and nearly lost all his savings, but a chance to win back his money, double or nothing, comes along. Pat Sr., makes a parlay, a single bet that links together two or more wagers and is dependant on all wagers winning together, with a friend. The bet is that not only will Philadelphia beat Dallas in their next game, but his son will score an average of five out of 10 in the dance competition, both of which take place on the same day. The dance turns out to be charming but not quite on par with the professional dancers that are also competing there. But all that did not really matter. It was the dance that helped both Tiffany and Pat overcome their tragic pasts, finally being able to see the silver lining. They worked together and learned from one another and could finally be happy once again, even if they did only score five points. Lawrence won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy. “Silver Linings Playbook” has also received eight nominations for this year’s 85th Annual Academy Awards Show including Lawrence and Cooper for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. De Niro is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and the film is nominated for Best Picture.




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Facts and tidbits Title: “Silver Linings Playbook” Director: David Owen Russell Running Time: 2 hours and 2 minutes Released: Nov. 16, 2012 Rating: R for language and some sexual content and nudity Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Box Office: $69,536,219 Other Films by Director: “The Fighter,” “Flirting with Disaster” Review Rundown: Roger Ebert: 3.5/5 Rolling Stone: 3.5/4 Entertainment Weekly: A Random Fact: Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Kirsten Dunst and Andrea Riseborough were considered for Jennifer Lawrence’s role.

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Friday, Jan. 25

“Movie 43” is the latest movie featuring multiple storylines much like “New Years Eve” and “Valentine’s Day.” This film will feature 12 storylines and one of the biggest ensemble casts to ever be in one film. Each storyline was created by a different director. Some of the stars include Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29

Stars such as Andy Samberg, Cee Lo Green, Selena Gomez and Adam Sandler lent their voices to the characters in “Hotel Tr ansylvania.” The hotel in the film is owned by Dracula and is a place where all of the world’s monsters can go a take a break from the human race. All is well until 21-year-old traveler Jonathan comes upon the hotel and Dracula must prevent his daughter from falling for him.

Hear It

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Emmy Rossum will release her sophomore album Tuesday, “Sentimental Journey.” The album is being released by Warner Bros. Records. This will be her first album since the release of her debut, “Inside Out” in 2007. Her latest album will feature a collection of covers ranging from the ‘20s to the ‘60s. The album is designed to take the listner through a seasonal journey.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29

“Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel” by Alan Bradley is about 11year-o ld Flavia de Luce who considers herself to be an amateur detective and chemist. Nobody is more excited than she is when the body of the church organist, Mr. Collicutt, is found. She tries to find out who held such a big vendetta against him and why they would do what they did to him.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29

“Hitman Trilogy HD” will be released Tuesday for Xbox 360. The game features 40 missions across three Hitman games, each of which are digitally remastered in high definition format. The game will come with an exclusive art book for the limited edition version with 22 pieces of never-before-seen reinterpretations of the classic moments from previous Hitman games.



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I’ve written a lot about movies, television and music, but I have yet to delve into another branch of pop culture that I hold Savannah dearly to my Sawyer heart. Fashion. Assistant So I Features Editor thought, what better time than awards season to write about my obsession with fashion. I like to think of myself as a somewhat fashionable person, but I was not always that way. Yes, I was one of those teenagers who went through the “you don’t understand me so I’m just going to sit in my room blasting emo music” phase. Lucky for me I realized that was not the lifestyle I wanted to pursue and I quickly changed my ways. I went from wearing band Tshirts and black eyeliner like a raccoon to sporting dresses and quickly realized my love of shoes, the higher the better. My shoe collection has hit roughly 60 to 70 pairs, while I also obtain two entire wardrobes, one at home and one here at school. I have endless amounts of rings and earrings and I’ve currently taken to collecting scarves and watches. Some may say I have a problem but to them I say I have a passion. To go along with all this, I must say award show season is my favorite time of year. Not only do I get to see what the best of the best is in the way of movies, music and television but I can truly gorge myself in red carpet coverage. My favorite designer would have to be Elie Saab. His work is art and anyone would be honored to wear his designs. In fact, if I myself were ever given the opportunity to walk a red carpet, I would insist on wearing one his designs. But, favorite designer aside, there is a slew of celebrities I look forward to seeing on the red carpet. Jennifer Lawrence is someone I cannot wait to see. She was one of the best dressed at the Golden Globes and looked amazing when she wore a simple red Calvin Klein dress at the 2011 Oscars. I’m also excited to see what Kerry Washington will wear. I loved the Miu Miu dress she wore at the Golden Globes just a few weeks ago. Lastly, I am interested in seeing what host Seth MacFarlane will wear. Men suits don’t have much variation, but the hosts always seem to be dressed fairly well. But until the Oscars, I’ll just have to make do with watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’? TODAY • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive located at St. John's Episcopal Church • 4 - 9 p.m. West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show located in the CSFB Center • 7:30 p.m. Marty Stuart and Connie Smith performing at the Carson Center, Paducah, Ky. • 7:30 p.m. “13 Assassins” playing at the Curris Center Theater • 7:30 p.m. Campus Lights presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” in Lovett Auditorium


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• 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive located at Baptist Campus Ministries • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nonprofit Connections located in the Dance Lounge in the Curris Center • 4:30 p.m. Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It. at the Curris Center Barkley Room. • 7 p.m. “Shrek the Musical” located at the Carson Center, Paducah, Ky


• 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show located in the CFSB Center • 6 - 8 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Fashion Fair located in the Curris Center Ballroom • 7:30 p.m. “13 Assassins” playing at the Curris Center Theater • 7:30 p.m. Campus Lights presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” in Lovett Auditorium

• 5:15 p.m. Women’s Basic Self Defense Course located at Carr Health • 7 p.m. “Shrek the Musical” located at the Carson Center, Paducah, Ky.

January 25, 2013

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• 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show located in the CFSB Center • 1:30 - 5 p.m. "Everything Eagles" Van Tour located at the Golden Pond Visitor Center at Land Between the Lakes • 2:30 p.m. Campus Lights presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” in Lovett Auditorium


• 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Tornado Tour featuring Little Big Town with Kacey Musgraves located in Lovett Auditorium •7:30 p.m. Miss Bala playing at the Curris Center Theater • 9 p.m. John Sutton Band at the Big Apple Cafe




• 9 - 10 a.m. Yoga Class at the Wellness Center • 5 p.m. PRSSA meeting located in Wilson Hall, Room 115 • 5 - 6 p.m. Ultimate Fitness at the Wellness Center • 5 - 6 p.m. Water Aerobics at the Wellness Center •6:15 Spike Lee Film Festival, “Inside Man,” held in the Curris Center Theater

5 things...

college students do when they’re bored


Milking. The latest strange trend people seem to be attempting. Milking is the act of pouring an entire gallon of milk over ones head.

Planking. Find any place. The stranger the better. Lie down flat on your stomach. That’s the way you do it.

Little Big Town with Kacey Musgraves at 7:30 p.m. Thursday


Tebowing. Made popular by the football player himself, you get down on one knee as if you are praying.

Coning. Purchase an ice cream cone through a drive-thru and instead of grabbing the cone, grab the ice cream.

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Cinnamon Challenge. A person tries to eat one tablespoon of cinnamon without drinking any water for one minute. Compiled by Savannah Sawyer

Dog day afternoon CFSB Center Pet Therapy relieves student stress hosts annual

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Shannon MacAllister || Staff writer

As the start of the semester begins to wear away and students become more acclimated to their schedules, the amount of coursework and stress is on the rise. In an effort to diffuse some of the stress, the Student Government Association has brought back a student favorite program: Pet Therapy. Based on the idea that time spent with animals, particularly animals such as cats and dogs, is calming, Pet Therapy is designed to decrease stress in students as they enjoy time with the animals. Though simplistic in sound, Powell Henderson, volunteer for the Pet Therapy program at the Calloway County Humane Society, said the idea maintains credit within the scientific community, as those who consistently spend time with animals show lower levels of stress and anxiety compared to those who have no animal interaction. Held monthly in the Curris Center and occasionally in the residential colleges, the program has been a staple on Murray State’s campus for a number of years. Students have consistently participated in the program, enjoying the presence of dogs and puppies on campus. Kayla Clark, senior from Brandenburg, Ky., said she has enjoyed the dogs being brought to campus as compensation for missing her own pets while living on campus. “The puppies are the main reason I stop by,” Clark said. “They’re too cute and it’s great because I never get to see my dogs at home because I live on campus. It almost makes up for it, not quite, but almost.” Contrary to popular belief, the majority of dogs featured in Pet Therapy are not simply dogs brought from the local animal shelter that are up for adoption. Nearly all of the full-grown animals brought to the Curris Center are in fact trained, tested and certified therapy dogs.

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The Student Government Association hosts Pet Therapy once a month in the Curris Center. Students use Pet Therapy as a way to relieve stress brought on by the semester. To become certified, the animals take tests to demonstrate discipline and calmness, according to Henderson. Though animals from the animal shelter may be brought in on occasion, most of the dogs in Pet Therapy are the personal pets of the attendants seen with them. In addition to their training, the therapy dogs are brought to campus rather than animal shelter dogs because of the reassurance that they are trained not to bite or be aggressive, therefore presenting less of an insurance liability for the University. As the program continues to thrive on Mur-

ray State’s campus, many students find themselves looking forward to the occasion, anticipating the program’s next date. “I can’t wait for Pet Therapy because it really takes your mind off of things, no matter what may be going on,” Clark said. The Humane Society also occasionally brings therapy cats to local nursing homes, and they also have a miniature horse. Said Henderson: “People always tend to ask why we bring (the animals) in and the answer is always the same: they make people happy.”

For the 29th year in a row, the West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor show is coming to Murray. Today, Saturday and Sunday, there will be more than 60 boats and 10 RVs displayed in the CFSB Center. The annual event is free of charge but donations will be accepted. This family-friendly event will provide vendors and events for all ages. A separate section will offer merchandise from Pampered Chef, Avon and Scentsy. The Hazel Women’s Fishing Club will also provide a pond for children to fish in and inflatables for children. To participate a donation is required. An outdoor simulator will be available for visitors to take an amusement park-like ride to see and feel firsthand what being on a ranger boat feels like. All donations from this event will be distributed evenly among four high school bass fishing teams in the area. In the past, more than $20,000 has been raised, and hopes are to continue with a bigger turnout according to Nancy Mieure, alumna from Hazel, Ky. There will also be cash prizes up to $10,000. To enter, guests must register at The Murray Bank booth. The boat show will also include seminars. “This is a great opportunity for people to get out and look forward to all the spring events that are around the corner,” said Mieure. “I specifically want families to come out and feel welcomed into the season.” The show will be open today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Roxann Downey has been working at Business Express for 10 years. Prior to that she work at Fast Track for eight years.

For the past 18 years, Roxann Downey has been working for Dining Services to feed Murray State’s hungry students. Now, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. throughout the week, Downey provides students with coffee, doughnuts and snacks at Business Express. Downey, who was previously a stay-at-home mother of six sons, did not start out working at Business Express when she became employed at Murray State. “I actually started out over at Fast Track next to Winslow,” she said “I had a girlfriend that I told her that if anything at Murray State opens up to let me know and she did and I’ve been here ever since.” She made the move from Fast Track to Business Express when it opened ten years ago. Currently, a typical day for Downey begins at 6 a.m. She gathers food from the Thoroughbred Room for Business Express and brings it over to the Arthur J. Bavernfeind College of Business building, then stocks the coolers and racks. “At about 6:30 or a quarter to 7, I come over to Business and I make coffee and I just get everything ready to open,” she said. “Then at 8

o’clock I open.” At the end of the day Downey drops off her deposit and closes for the next day. Downey also overlooks five student workers and restocks when there is not a rush between classes. One of the reasons she enjoys her job so much is because she gets to interact with the students throughout the day, Downey said. “They make me feel so young,” she said. “They could be sitting (in Business Express) carrying on a conversation and I’ll put my two cents worth in – my Momma Downey cents in – and I treat my customers how I want to be treated.” Downey said she feels like a second mother to the students who stop by Business Express each day. She hopes to always treat them with kindness and appreciation. “I am a mother to a son that goes to college in Chicago and I hope that lunch lady there is treating him the way I treat (Murray State students),” she said. Even when the days seem long and the rush gets heavy, Downey never takes her job for granted. “I am truly blessed,” she said. “I get up everyday and go to a job that I love. I like that I’m around the kids. I like my hours. I love it. I hope to retire from here and when I retire, I want to have everything – full-insurance, full-pay.” When Downey is not working, she likes to knit, crochet and spend time with her four grandchildren.

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