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Aug. 30, 2013

Vol. 88, No. 3

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

Study to reveal crosswalk safety 15th Street near campus currently lacks crosswalks - where they were present last semester Meghann Anderson News Editor manderson22@murraystate.edu

During the summer, 15th Street, from Olive to Main Streets, was repaved - fixing potholes and other road issues. When students returned to campus, they noticed another change to the street – no more crosswalks. Ron Albritten, street superintendent of Murray, said the city is studying 15th Street to decide if crosswalks will be repainted. Currently, hoses are laid across the street counting cars, their speed, direction of travel and other data to be used for the traffic engineering study. “You can’t just paint a crosswalk on the street and that be enough,” Albritten said. “When you paint a midblock crosswalk like that, what you’re doing is saying this is the safest place to cross. You have to determine what makes it the safest place to cross.” He said there was no traffic engineering study when the crosswalks were originally placed on 15th Street. Albritten said studies are required for midblock crosswalks to make sure everything meets the requirements and warrants for where a pedestrian crosswalk should go. “What we’re doing is getting a traffic study to see if they will be recommended to be put back in and where they would be recommended to be put back in,” Albritten said. “There is a chance that none of the crosswalks be put back in. Studies have been done for years, and the common misperception is a crosswalk improves safety. Studies have shown that is not always true.” He said often pedestrians do not look before they enter a street, because they think just because a cross-

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vendors have been selling produce at the hospital. This on-campus farmer’s market is basically an extension of that.” The farmer’s market on campus will be in the driveway behind the Applied Sciences building, and the market at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital is located in the Poplar Street parking area, across from the Center for Health and Wellness. “We’re going to try September and see where we go from there,” Welch said. “Part of the problem is there is a policy on campus that a vendor can only have three days of commerce per semester. I had originally planned to do the whole month and then discovered that policy.” Welch said he is going to talk with officials at the University to see if he can work around the policy. “But I can understand it, they don’t

Officers will be scattered throughout the streets of Murray over the next few weeks to make sure people who have been consuming alcohol are not behind the wheel. The Murray Police Department is participating in the national DUI awareness program, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, next week while Murray State is using AlcoholEdu, an alcohol educational program for first-year students. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative is using a national ad campaign with the slogan, “They’ll see you before you see them,” to warn drivers of the consequences of driving intoxicated. The program requires local law enforcement to be out in increased numbers and to be more visible during the Labor Day holiday period. Sgt. Dave Howe, public relations director for the Murray Police Department, said drunk driving is simply not worth the risk and officers will be looking for violators. “Research has shown that highvisibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” Howe said. “By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Murray’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period”. According to a press release from the Murray Police Department, the police will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired. The Murray Police Department plans on having up to 12 roadblocks spread across the city. “On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 53 minutes across America,” Howe said. “But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways”. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, 138 people die during Labor Day weekend in car accidents involving alcohol. Approximatly 10,000 people die yearly due to alcohol involved accidents. Local authorities want to emphasize the other consequences that students face with a DUI charge. Howe said he wanted to remind students that violators face jail time, loss of their drivers licenses and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court cost, lost time at work and the potential loss of his or her job. “Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,” Howe said. “But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.” Murray State, with money allocated by the city of Murray, is making an effort, with AlcoholEdu, to lower the number of drunk drivers on the road by edu-

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A student crosses 15th Street, which is completely void of crosswalks from Main Street to the University gates.

FOLLOW THE NEWS Follow us @MurrayStateNews for regular updates on future action regarding 15th Street crosswalks. walk is there, it makes it safer. “We’re having people step right out in traffic,” Albritten said. “Motorists and pedestrians alike do not understand the pedestrian laws. Even if the pedestrian legally has the right of way, they have a responsibility to stop.” He said the city is trying to work with the Occupational Health and Safety classes at the University to see if they can assist with collecting the

College Courts renovations to continue in near future

date for the pedestrian study. Interim President Tim Miller said he has received several emails from faculty members reporting the danger of the situation and their concern about students and drivers. “Students are crossing wherever they can,” Miller said. “The students need to be careful because of the drivers and the drivers need to be careful because of the students.” Since 15th Street is a city-owned street, the University has no control over the lack of crosswalks. “The city is responsible for painting those crosswalks,” Miller said. “We have been in contact with them because we know this a serious issue. We feel like they are going to do

Ben Manhanke Assistant News Editor bmanhanke@murraystate.edu

Renovations that began in July will continue during the course of the academic year for College Courts. Kim Oatman, Murray State’s chief facilities officer, said improvements to College Courts are made as funds become available and that scheduled routine maintenance is performed throughout the year. The work started this summer was made possible by funds allocated from an agency bond Facilities Management received in

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15th Street 15th Street, in front of Pogue Library, was repaved over summer to fill potholes. In the process, several crosswalks were covered and have not been repainted. Evan Watson/The News

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March, the result of the Feb r u a r y signing of House Bill 7 by Gov. S t e v e Beshear. House Bill 7 allows universities to Oatman self-fund projects on their campuses instead of depending on state funding. Murray received $15.4 million dollars as a result of this signing, $4.9 million of which was set aside for assorted facilities im-

provements, which include those made to College Courts this summer and $590,000 of which was specifically to be used in the installation of new sprinkler systems. The remaining $9.9 million dollars is for the renovations of Hester Residential College. “At a time when we are pushing our students to pursue higher education, it’s imperative that they have adequate classrooms, housing and facilities, and the issuance of these bonds will accelerate those projects to meet those needs quickly,”

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Downtown Saturday Market will visit campus Meghann Anderson News Editor manderson22@murraystate.edu

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Maxine Pool of Murray purchases fresh vegetables from Wurth Farms.

Students looking to buy fresh farm produce no longer have to go downtown on Saturday mornings, but instead can stay on campus. The Downtown Saturday Market, which is a part of the Murray Main Street organization, is coming to Murray State for three days during September. The farmer’s market will be Sept. 3, 10 and 17 from 2:30 – 6 p.m. Mark Welch, director of community relations, said Murray Main Street has grown sustainably in the last couple of years, so it was looking for new ways to reach out to community members and students, so the idea of selling on campus came about. “They’ve been trying to work on moving the farmer’s market off downtown,” Welch said. “This month several

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CROSSWALK From Page 1 something, but we have no control over when they are going to do that.� He said he hopes something will be done soon. “We don’t want any accidents,� Miller said. Earlier this year, the University and the city did a study on 16th Street and the safety of pedestrians and drivers. After the concern was raised about crosswalks and pedestrian safety on 16th Street, the city of Murray collected data and began working with the Department of Highway Safety to investigate ways to make a stretch of 16th Street safer for vehicles and pedestrians. Matt Mattingly, city administrator, said an average of 7,200 vehicles travel along 16th Street per day. It is the third most used road by cars in Murray and the most used road by pedestrians. The City of Murray Public

SOBER From Page 1 cating first-year students on alcohol consumption. Judy Lyle, interim associate director of Health Services and chair of the coalition for Alcohol Risk Education, said according to the AlcoholEdu

RENOVATION From Page 1 Beshear said. The new sprinkler system for College Courts was scheduled to be partially installed this July and to be completed during the following year in phases, but Oatman said they were forced to stop work on this project. “We had planned to install some sprinkler systems in

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Safety Committee, who commissioned the city to compile data relating to the use of the road, brought the issue of increasing safety precautions along 16th Street to the city’s attention two months ago. Since the presentation of the city’s findings, the committee has conducted further research, which has since been passed along to the engineering firm from the University of Kentucky Extension Office for the Department of Highway Safety. Jay Morgan, provost and former chair of the City of Murray Public Safety Committee, was the one who raised the issue of improving safety measures along 16th Street in February. Suggestions of lowering the speed limit and other possible solutions discussed have included improving or adding more crosswalks or shutting down the area of road that runs through the University. Travis Cartwright, senior from Paducah, Ky., said he thinks 15th street needs more than a couple crosswalks. “Areas by The Burrito Shack

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A student crosses 15th street, walking toward Wilson Hall, as cars pass by. and Mr. J’s need an area for people to cross the street,� Cartwright said. “It’s a hightraffic area. I think crosswalks make it more safe.� He said no crosswalks result in people crossing the street

survey, the majority of incoming students of various classifications do not consume alcohol. More than 1,400 students completed the survey out of the nearly 1,800 that were sent out. “When students talk about behavior and attitude in the first survey, that’s precollege,� Lyle said. “That information derives the pathway

they will be taking�. Lyle said the information gathered from the surveys will help direct the right information to the right types of students whether they are heavy drinkers, casual drinkers or abstain from drinking altogether. “Obviously we’d like them to not be drinking,� Lyle said. “We are here to keep students safe.�

some of the buildings this summer, but due to some delays in the engineering process, we were not able to accomplish this,� he said. “However, we plan to do the sprinkler project next summer.� Although the new sprinkler systems were not able to be installed, Facilities Management did work to rid of asbestos and installed new flooring in six of the College Courts buildings. Oatman said Facilities Management has recently been contracted to replace four roofs at College Courts.

Work on the roof tops of the apartments will begin within the next week. He said plans have also been made to upgrade some of the exteriors of the buildings, including new windows and soffits. Renovations to Hester Residential College will continue throughout the school year to fix several problems in the building. The improvements will include replacing the current electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems, lavatory improvements, along with flooring, ceiling and lighting upgrades.

wherever they please. “Even the crosswalks that are located on Olive (Boulevard) are barely visible,� Cartwright said. “If they want people to be safe, they need to paint back the crosswalks.�

want people parking on campus and trying to sell stuff,� Welch said. “I’m hoping for 6-8 farmers, that’s my goal Town and Gown is the sponsoring organization on campus.� “We’re trying to promote sustainability issues, encourage students, faculty and staff to buy local. It’s only produce.� Town & Gown and members of the Murray Environmental Student Society are working in conjunction with the downtown market in several ways. MESS volunteered to develop promotion and help the vendors with setup and sales. Deana Wright, Murray Main Street manager, said the market, which is in its 15th year, has become a regular staple in the community. Located on the Court Square, it has traditionally

been only open on Saturday mornings. “In August we took it to the hospital to promote their healthy eating initiative,� Wright said. “We thought we’d bring the market to the University faculty, staff and students, so they could get a look at what all it had to offer.� She said fruits, vegetables and arts and crafts will be sold at the market on campus. “We want to bring awareness to the entire market,� Wright said. Kassity Whinchester, freshman from Murray, said she is excited for some locally grown fruit to be on campus. “I’m from Murray, so I’m glad to see the local support between the community and the University,� Whinchester said. "I'm always running around on campus between my classes, and being a student worker, it'll be great to be able to pick up fresh fruit, even if they are only on campus once a week.�

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GREAT START: Recently, Murray State has begun expanding the arboretum in hopes of widening opportunities for students. The new additions will include a three-to-four acre area of land spotting a 6 to 15 feet deep fish-filled pond as part of a pseudo-swamp, a 25 foot hill with a waterfall and other features that were not previously included in the landscape.

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12:43 p.m. A caller reported a medical emergency at the CFSB Center. Officers were notified and a medical report was taken. 6:21 p.m. A caller reported being harassed in Elizabeth College. Officers were notified and a report was taken.

5:56 p.m. A caller reported property stolen from the Price Doyle Fine Arts Complex. Officers were notified and a burglary report was taken. 3:19 p.m. A caller reported being stuck in an elevator in Hart College. Officers and Facilities Management were notified.

August 23 8:27 a.m. A caller reported the vandalism of a vehicle near the Public Safety Building. Officers were notified and the report was referred to another jurisdiction. 1:19 p.m. A caller reported hearing a loud noise coming from Wrather Museum. Officers were notified and performed a security check. A report was taken.

August 24 12:04 a.m. A caller reported a medical emergency in Franklin College. Officers and the Murray Ambulance Service were notified and a report was taken. 6:40 p.m. A caller reported a possible fight in James H. Richmond College. Officers were notified and a report was taken.

August 25 12:21 p.m. A caller reported a motor vehicle accident in the Curris Center parking lot. Officers were notified and an information report was taken. 9:57 p.m. A caller reported the smell of marijuana in Franklin College. Officers were notified and a report was taken.

August 27 8:13 a.m. A caller reported a non-injury accident in the Alexander Hall parking lot. Officers were notified. 6:49 p.m. A caller reported possible marijuana in The Olive’s parking lot. Officers were notified.

August 28 10:01 p.m. Officers received an incident report advising of an alcohol violation in James Richmond College. The report was referred to housing. 11:10 p.m. A caller reported a medical emergency in Franklin College. Officers and the Murray Ambulance Service were notified. A report was taken.

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Fraternities kick off fall recruitment Rebecca Walter || Staff writer rwalter@murraystate.edu

The fraternities on campus kicked off their seasonal recruitment Monday on Old Clark lawn and have reported numbers surpassing last year’s totals. So far, more than 252 men have signed up for recruitment, which is a 24 percent increase from last year’s total of 204. Jason Hinson-Nolen, Greek Life coordinator, said he is excited to see such a high increase in numbers of men signed up to experience all Greek Life has to offer students. “These organizations impact every aspect of their members’ undergraduate career,” Hinson-Nolen said. “Through these organizations, you meet like-minded individuals and have opportunities to work on philanthropy and community service projects to really be able to make a difference.” Throughout the week, each of the nine chapters hosted a variety of different events to get to know all interested members and express the essence of their organizations. Recruitment, which ends on Sept. 3 includes events such as bowling, flag football, grill-outs and other individual events were held for those interested, giving people the chance to meet and interact in a relaxed setting. Nathan Workman, freshman from Hopkinsville, Ky., said he decided to become a part of recruitment in hopes to find his place on campus, get involved with the community and to take advantage of all the opportunities that come with being in a Greek organization. “I feel like it really helps you get connected with a great group of guys,” Work-

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Greek Life Coordinator Jason Hinson-Nolen and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Robert Spalding, check in students at Monday night’s fraternity recruitment kickoff. man said. “I’m excited to see what is in store for my future by deciding to become a part of the Greek Life here on campus.” The fraternities will host their bid day Sept. 3 inside Lovett Auditorium to welcome the new members of their individual chapters. For the first time, the new members of each sorority on campus will be invited to the event so all new members of the Greek community can be recognized. There will be a band providing live music and a panoramic picture taken of the entire group. Ethan Koehler, director of fraternity recruitment, said becoming a part of the Greek community has impacted his life

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Call of Fame August 28 - 5:41 p.m. The Murray Police Department advised of a dead cow on the side of College Farm Road. Officers were notified.

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

Correction In last week’s edition of The Murray State News, Kevin Binfield was misidentified as the chair of the English department on page 1A. Binfield is an English professor. On 5B, Leigh Wright was also misidentified as the chair of the journalism and mass communications department. She is an assistant professor.

more than he could have imagined. “Being a part of my fraternity and Greek Life at Murray State has given me so many more opportunities in life,” Koehler said. “Without the Greek community, I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Koehler said by becoming a part of a Greek organization at Murray State, members are not only making a difference in the community and at the University, but also building tight-knit friendships which will majorly impact their lives. Said Koehler: “You build life-long friendships through these organizations, and it’s more than just a friendship; it’s a brotherhood.”

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INTERNATIONAL INTERACTION: Provost Jay Morgan and Interim President Tim Miller spoke to a group of Engl ish as a Second Language stud ents at a lunc heon Tuesd ay.

This fall, The Burrito Shack will encounter competition when a similar restaurant when Qdoba Mexican Grill opens on 12th Street. The Burrito Shack was opened in October 2009 by Matt Gingles and his father. Since that time, it has had a monopoly on the large-burrito market in Murray. Gingles, a 28-year-old Murray native, said he is not worried about the new chain. “It was only a matter of time before we got some competition,” he said, “and there are two different target markets involved; location is key, and by being right next to campus we get a lot of student business.” Colin Horwood, senior from Murray, eats at The Burrito Shack at least twice a week and does not believe Qdoba will have much of an impact on it. “Qdoba is too far away from campus for students to go there easily, and The Burrito Shack tastes better,” Horwood said. Horwood also thinks the local-

ity and familiarity will keep customers at Gingles’ restaurant. Gingles said he had to stop doing deliveries because they were simply too busy to handle the store and deliveries. “This past week has been one of the best weeks we’ve had in four years,” Gingles said. He said he believes another burrito place in town, and a little friendly competition, would be good for the city of Murray. Qdoba will open at 618 N. 12th St. this fall. The location is next to Subway, and Qdoba franchisee Tony Page, the man bringing the new restaurant to town, is excited about both the location and the fact he is getting a franchise here in Murray. Becca Kilby, Junior from Murray, said she eats The Burrito Shack multiple times a week and thinks student loyalty will keep business at The Burrito Shack. Said Kilby: “I think The Burrito Shack will still be okay because it is so close to campus, and it’s really convenient.”

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If you have tried to make your way across 15th Street (which cuts through the area between Burrito Shack and the Quad) since school has been back in session, you may have noticed something missing (and we’re not talking about Ordway Hall.) What is missing? Well for starters, there is no way to walk across the street without the possibility of being hit by a speeding car. Prior to classes coming back in session, the city of Murray (which owns 15th Street, giving it the final say on how many crosswalks will be on the street, for what it’s worth) had 15th Street repaved, and thus, crosswalks vanished into thin air. This might not sound like a big deal until you walk across 15th Street yourself. The road is well used, to say the least, and cars speed down the road in excess of the nominal 25 mph speed limit on a regular basis. Trust us – The News, housed in Wilson Hall, is located right on 15th street, making our daily commute to bring you to-the-minute reporting a treacherous one. We would like to commend the University for keeping in close contact with the city on this issue. Interim President Tim Miller has engaged in discussions with the city about our concerns, though as of yet the city has still not moved to rectify this issue. What is taking the city so long to address this? Why are students being completely shut out as the city deliberates, but does not act? It doesn’t take a traffic study to tell students who have to cross 15th Street every day of the week that the possibility for some-

thing bad to happen may yet be around the corner. We have had accidents at Murray State before, and those accidents ultimately resulted in needed changes to speed limits on our roads and increased the number of crosswalks available. But why should we have to wait until a student, staff member or faculty member has an accident before we make it safe to cross the street near campus? There is absolutely no excuse for the city to stand idly by or postpone the addition of crosswalks to 15th Street once you consider the fact this street previously had not one, but two, crosswalks. If those crosswalks were recognized as necessary in the past, what has changed? Does the city think that with more students on campus at any given time we need less crosswalks? Perhaps the solution lies in reducing the speed limit on 15th Street. Driving slower may prevent accidents even if crosswalks are not present – but we do not think this is a choice we should have to make. The city should provide the maximum amount of protection for those walking across its streets, even if that means paving new crosswalks and lowering the speed limit on 15th street in tandem. Whatever the solution adopted by the city, it would do us all well to take extra care when crossing any road in Murray. Too often, students don’t look both ways when crossing the street, or on the flipside, commuters don’t give students crossing the road enough time to get across.

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Reviewing evidence, making history meaningful Historians write books, publishers send the books out to scholarly journals, journal editors send the books out to other historians, who in turn write book Duane Bolin reviews to be published in the Professor of history journals. To be reviewed in a scholarly journal or in a newspaper is helpful in getting out the word, boosting book sales and (especially if the review is positive) boosting the reputation of the author. At least, that’s the way it used to be. Now, in the age of the Internet, a positive post on Facebook or Twitter will no doubt sell more books than any journal review. Usually, reviews are complimentary, but sometimes, reviewers are critical. It can get especially nasty if someone’s research is called into question, or if a historian’s integrity is held to be suspect. When my first book was published, the one negative review – out of scores of them – came from a fellow Kentucky historian I thought was my friend. Historians can be vicious to other historians. That’s what happened to the eminent Harvard historian Samuel Eliot Morison, the biographer of Christopher Columbus. I remember that my mother had secretly called Gladys Bryant, one of my history professors at Belmont University, to ask for advice on a good book of history to buy as a

Christmas present for her history major son. Bryant, surely caught off guard by my mother’s phone call, had suggested Morison’s “The European Discovery of America.” I have that Christmas present book on my shelves and through it I came to admire Morison’s work. In one of Morison’s books on Columbus, however, the historian got himself in a pickle with a reviewer when he made what he must have thought was an innocuous statement about one of the discoverer’s voyages.

We often encourage our students to empathize with those long dead individuals in their history textbooks.” –Duane Bolin Professor of history Morison simply stated that on one particular day in 1492, the captain (Columbus) had “staggered to the deck of the ship.” The conscientious book reviewer questioned the statement. After all, he said, how could Morison, who surely wasn’t there in 1492 to witness the event, know that Columbus on that day had staggered to the deck of the ship. Morison responded that in his research he had consulted the ship’s log, and on that particular day, the captain (again Columbus) had been ill.

Furthermore, the captain noted that on that day there was a storm at sea. With that evidence, the historian had reasoned that with a storm at sea, an ill and weakened captain would not have walked to the deck of the ship; he would have staggered. That explanation did not satisfy the critical reviewer. How could the historian know for sure, based on the evidence? What, after all, did the evidence reveal? Morison made one more stab at an explanation. He said that he himself had sailed on a scale replica of the Santa Maria. He assured the reviewer that based on his own experience, a sick captain, in a storm at sea, would have staggered to the deck of the ship. He knew from his own experience! Well, now! What do you think? Samuel Eliot Morison, this renowned historian, had certainly developed an empathy for his historical subject through his research. We often encourage our students to empathize with those long dead individuals in their history textbooks. What must it have been like to live as they lived, to think as they thought, and to act as they acted? “Put yourselves in their shoes or moccasins,” we tell students in our history classes. “What was it like to have lived back in those long ago days.” But what role does empathy play in historical research and writing? Perhaps this is another example of history as an art, rather than an exact science. jbolin@murraystate.edu


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Last week Mr. G. Ostermann provided an entertaining and intriguing, if not rambling and sometimes hard to follow, thoughtful letter to the editor considering the complexities of biologic and cosmic evolution. He seemed unsatisfied with the lack of evidence for an Intelligent Designer of some kind in natural processes. Like many nowadays who eschew millennia-old theistic mythological explanations he replaces the big “g” in God with a little “g” in guidance, as to him there must be some “creative brain,” “Super Intelligence” or at very least “software” i.e. some prior agent who underwrites the complexity of the bumblebee’s flight or the later dinosaur’s feathers. Bumblebees don’t explicitly know how they fly any more than most of us know precisely how we keep ourselves upright while riding a bike. The many portions of our brains that are not accessible to our consciousness produce most of our procedural skills and regulate our bodily and mental functions all without conscious control and awareness. The intricate patterns of your own breathing, digestion, perception and sleep-wake cycles all hormonally and neuronally mediated, don’t require conscious attendance. 100 million neurons, each with thousands of connections can accomplish such things with nary a thought involved. Neurons are stunningly complex collections of large molecules and chemical processes, strikingly similar in us, bumblebees and all creatures. They run blindly every minute without our intervention and all evidence leads to the conclusion that biologic evolution and cosmic expansion do so as well. We can accept the fact that our automatic processes are run by the unaware, unthinking parts of our brains, but don’t like the idea that

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biologic evolution or cosmic expansion both unfold without need of some conscious or at least “programmed” guidance. Physical laws are accepted by most nowadays as sufficient to direct how complex molecules dissolve in a solvent or an apple falls to the ground, though it wasn’t always so. It was once readily assumed if God didn’t keep constant vigilance on the planets in their orbits they would come crashing down, as surely as there was a god of the wind who must be causing storms and summer breezes. Children of preschool age begin to assume that such person-like agents must cause all sorts of phenomena in the world. While for many, giving up those childhood ascriptions is easy, letting go of the feeling of agency in the guidance of the cosmos is uncomfortable. We don’t like giving up our supernatural agents, even when they are watered down to mere “software.” Distressingly to some, the world doesn’t care what we like and science finds what it finds whether we choose to believe it or not.

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Cheers to ... Labor Day! It’s always nice to have a day off two weeks into the semester, and it’s even better when it means fall is just around the corner. Cheers to ... Miley Cyrus. Love, hate or stand in total awe at her performance at the VMAs last weekend, you have to give her some credit for being willing to take risks. But you’ve got to feel for Billy Ray right about now ...

Jeers to ... fire drills in the middle of the night. Look, we understand that we need to know where to go in the event of a fire and how to get there – but can we not do one at say, 5 or 6 p.m.? Jeers to ... still not a single crosswalk on 15th Street. We ‘jeered’ this last week and we’re going to keep doing it until something gets done. Hop to it, Murray!

Letters The U.S. EPA has a checkered record when it comes to evaluating pesticides. A case in point is the agency’s slow response in regulating the neonicotinoid insecticides, or “neonics,” despite extensive scientific evidence of the threat to bees, birds and other wildlife. A 100-page report by the American Bird Conservancy, “The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds,” examined the risks to birds and aquatic systems, including extensive comparisons with the older pesticides that the neonics have replaced. The results reinforce the need for immediate intervention. Neonics are easily the world’s most widely used pesticides. The EPA helped make the neonics best-sellers by approving no less than 595 of these products since the 1990s – including

nearly 100 different seed treatments – even though the agency’s own toxicologists were raising red flags about potential environmental threats. In internal reviews conducted by the EPA, agency scientists voiced concerns about how long it took for neonics to break down, how readily they got into water supplies, and how harmful they could be to pollinators and other wildlife. We believe those warnings would have been even more dire if the scientists who issued them had gone beyond the agency’s antiquated risk assessment protocols. But they did not. Instead, EPA scientists measured the toxicity of neonics to aquatic invertebrates by running tests on a species of freshwater flea that happens to be uniquely insensitive to these chemicals.

They evaluated the potential threats to birds by running tests on Mallards and Northern Bobwhites, even though other birds can be ten times more sensitive to pesticides like these. ABC’s review of 200 studies turned up ample evidence that the threats posed by these chemicals are more than theoretical. These pesticides are having dire effects on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates as well. Astonishingly the EPA does not require that registrants of acutely toxic pesticides develop the tools necessary to diagnose poisoned birds and other wildlife. Moreover, the EPA does not require registrants to report any bird fatalities involving fewer than 200 of a “flocking species,” 50 of a songbird species or five raptors. These 1997 revisions to federal pesticide laws essentially place

the agency in a state of enforced ignorance. The feeble reporting requirements, combined with the failure to require development of basic biomarkers, help keep the government in the dark on a range of pesticide effects on wildlife. In April, the European Union announced a two-year ban on three neonics, effective Dec. 1, in light of the ongoing threat to food production systems. ABC is calling on the EPA to do likewise – to suspend all uses of neonics pending independent review of their effects on birds, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife.

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The real Martin Luther King Jr. Would Martin Luther King Jr. have been invited to the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington? I’m not so sure the man honored Devin Griggs Wednesday Opinion Editor would be a guest of honor at his own march 50 years on. Why’s that, you ask? Well, Martin Luther King, Jr. probably would rather not share the podium with a politician who may have, by the time this goes to print, authorized the use of military force in Syria – a nation with whom we are not at war. King would probably also find himself a little bit preoccupied marching with striking fast food and other low-wage workers to worry about the latest Washington nontroversy. It’s worth remembering that King was murdered while supporting a sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tenn., so I’ve got a hard time believing that, were he alive today, King would not be in the streets with the dispossessed and downtrodden among us, fighting still today for a decent wage and a voice on the job. The good folks at Fox News probably wouldn’t be as cordial to a man that said “There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.” If conservative talkers think that President Obama is a “socialist” (a laughable claim) then King must have been Karl Marx in the flesh. Prior to his tragic assassination, King was planning on another march on Washington – but this one would be aimed at recognizing the abject poverty in which millions of Americans lived in and still live in today. Dubbed the “Poor People’s March on Washington,” King planned to ‘occupy’ Washington before occupying was cool. The real Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who was never wholly respectable when he was alive. He was denigrated, attacked as a ‘communist’ by his political opponents (who included folks in Washington as well as those in white hoods) and shut out of mainstream political discourse when he dared come out in opposition to the war in Vietnam. “There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, “Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark,” but will curse and damn you when you say, “Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children,” said King in a 1968 address entitled “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam.” In an age of endless military commitments overseas, the use of predator drones to strike and kill targets without trial and the use of torture and rendition by these United States, I would wager King would not be very happy with the politicians who now sing his praises. “If ever I become entirely respectable, I shall be quite sure that I have outlived myself,” said Eugene Debs, another prominent American socialist and opponent of World War I. King, too, has become “entirely respectable,” and we are all worse off for it.

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Walter is a big-play guy. He’s got the ability to extend the field, extend the defense and make the defense. The great thing about Walter that I’ve always loved since day one is just that he works hard. It’s very special to find someone with his talent and work ethic. -Offensive Coordinator Mitch Stewart

He is so explosive and he just kind of leaves the defenders scratching their heads sometimes. The one thing I love about Jaamal is he came from a big program in Ohio State, and not once has he come here and said something wasn’t good enough for him or complained about playing time. When you have someone like that, it’s pretty exceptional. -Offensive Coordinator Mitch Stewart

Duane is a very under looked aspect of our offense. He’s a very good, coachable kid and he probably knows the offense better than the quarterbacks sitting back there with him. On top of being an extremely good athlete, he’s very smart and you can do a lot of things with him. He’s just an all-around good back. -Offensive Coordinator Mitch Stewart

He’s played multiple positions for us. He’s a very smart and headsy player. The guys respect him. He plays hard each and every ball game. By doing that, you garner the respect of the guys on your football team. -Head Coach Chris Hatcher

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Bigger. Stronger. Faster. That’s what Murray State Head Coach Chris Hatcher called them. But Murray State does not plan on laying down in their trip to Missouri this Saturday. Sure, the Missouri Tigers are considered the weaklings in the Southeastern Conference, but they are an SEC team nonetheless. Murray State, on the other hand, was picked by coaches and sports information directors to finish in the middle of the pack in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers are looking to bounce

back from a 2012 season, which featured some tough heartbreaks and the loss of several key players.

Any time you play a game like this, that’s the question you’ve got. Can you hold your own in the trenches and can you hold your own in the special teams?” –Chris Hatcher Murray State football head coach Costly turnovers and broken defensive coverages were the difference in at least two games last

season, and they certainly did nothing to keep other scores close. This year, Murray State is a whole new team. A new head play caller on defense brings in an entirely new scheme that has the potential to put the team on the road to fast success. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Therrell said now that the new structure is in place, he expects huge improvement and consistency. “We’re not a group that’s going to change every week,” he said. “During the week we say ‘this is what they do, this is how we adjust to it,’ and we play football.” According to the 2012 statistics,

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coach Dan Werner for advice. Werner was an assistant coach at Murray State in the early 2000’s under Head Coach Joe Pannunzio. Werner said he thought it would be a good fit and before long, Miller was on the phone with Head Coach Chris Hatcher. Murray State lost All-American Casey Brockman just a few months earlier, and Hatcher was still looking for his new signal caller. Miller was sold. When asked if he wanted to prove Ole Miss wrong for not giving him a chance to start, Miller said there were no hard feelings. “It’s definitely in the back of my mind,” Miller said, “but I really don’t hold any grudges. I just want to come out here and have fun. I just love playing the game and that’s what I want to do.” When Miller arrived on campus during the first day of preseason practice in August, he was immediately thrust into a stiff quarterback competition. Junior Parks Frazier had impressed coaches in camp and seemed to be leading the race, while sophomore KD Humphries had also been working behind Brockman for a year, preparing to start. Miller also came in without any prior knowledge of the offense, putting him at a severe disadvantage compared to the two other quarterback hopefuls. “I worked hard,” Miller said. “I really didn’t know the offense so I studied and watched a lot film after practice.” While Frazier and Miller both looked impressive in scrimmages and practices, the coaching staff named Miller the starter because of his consistency and potential. “He was the most consistent in camp,” Hatcher said, “That was without having a spring practice under his belt. We feel that the more reps he gets, the better he’s going to be.” Miller now finds himself leading the famed “Hatch Attack” offense, which made Brockman the all-time leading passer in Murray State history. Racer fans should expect some significant differences this season, however, as Miller provides more athleticism and mobility potential from the pocket. Miller said he believes his ability to run the ball will help open up the fast-paced offense. “My style opens the offense up a little more,” Miller said. “A lot of people like to run the quarterback in these fast paced offenses, and I think it’ll help out a lot with my ability to run the ball and keep plays alive.” Though it has been a month of change for Miller,

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2012 stat lines: • 94 catches • 1,213 receiving yards • 2,123 all-purpose yards • 12 touchdowns

Walter Powell, senior wide receiver

Though he may be the new man on campus, sophomore quarterback Maikhail Miller feels some familiar comforts in Murray – a small town and a chance to play football. Miller grew up in Fulton, Miss., a rural town more than an hour outside of Birmingham, Ala. Then Miller spent his freshman year of college in Oxford, Miss., at Ole Miss. So for Maikhail, playing football in a small town is not anything new. Football was not always Miller’s sports of choice. Baseball was his first love. He began playing at a very young age and was a diehard New York Yankees fan throughout his childhood. As school started, Miller began playing basketball and football. Throughout middle and high school, Miller played all three sports. As it became time to begin thinking about college athletics, Miller was forced to choose between playing baseball or football. He received a few lower-level baseball scholarships and also attended some pre-draft MLB camps with the possibility of foregoing college to immediately enter the draft. After his junior season, Miller got a football scholarship offer from Ole Miss. This offer, Miller said, was too good to pass up. “I went to a couple MLB camps and pre-draft things,” Miller said, “but I wanted to go to school and get an education. It was the SEC and you can’t beat that, plus it was about an hour away from the house.” During his freshman season, Miller played behind then-sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace. As a freshman, Miller saw action in two games, rushing six times for 23 yards while failing to complete a pass. Following the season, Wallace returned to lead the Rebel offense in his junior season. Additionally, Ole Miss signed highly touted freshmen Devante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan. Miller, now buried deep down the Ole Miss depth chart, decided it was time to transfer. “They had their guy coming back from surgery and they had two other guys they were bringing in that they really liked,” Miller said. “I just wanted to move on and get a little playing time. It just wasn’t the right fit anymore.” As he began to think about transferring to a different school, Miller went to his quarterbacks

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Sophomore transfer Maikhail Miller earned his first start as a Racer against the Missouri Tigers in Saturday’s game. transitioning from a reserve role on an SEC team to leading a brand new offense against a tough opponent in Missouri, Miller remains relaxed and confident as he begins this new chapter. “I’m a guy that just lets it flow,” Miller said. “I just want to get an education, be the best player I can be here and see how it goes.” Miller gets his first chance Saturday at Missouri.

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Senior running backs Jaamal Berry and Duane Brady have only played together for one full season at Murray State. Yet, the dynamic duo has a friendship which dates all the way back to their senior years of high school. Berry and Brady attended the same football clinic as rising college freshmen and formed a strong bond. Little did they know, their paths would cross again three years later in Murray. Now the Racer running backs enjoy a friendship on and off the field. “We just click,” Brady said. “We just know each other so well that we know how to take care of each other.” The duo now enters its final season as Racers, looking to improve upon successful 2012 seasons. Berry, a late transfer from Ohio State in 2012, took the OVC by storm. After missing the first two games, Berry racked up more than 900 total yards, scoring eight times and averaging a conference-high 7.1 yards per carry through the final nine games of the season. Berry was rewarded for his accom-

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Seniors Jaamal Berry and Duane Brady will carry the Racers’ offense from the backfield. plishments earlier in the summer, joining senior receiver Walter Powell as the lone Racers to be named to the 2013 Preseason All-OVC Football Team. While transferring from a Big Ten powerhouse to a small OVC school in western Kentucky admittedly came with several challenges, Berry attrib-

uted some of his success to his friend and teammate. “I just came in here last year and Duane (Brady) has been here four years,” Berry said. “There’s so many ins and outs and he knows more than me, so I definitely went to him for help. Off the field, he just helps me keep a

straight mind and stay out of trouble.” Brady enjoyed the company in the backfield in 2012. The St. Augustine, Fla., native rebounded from a down sophomore season to post career-highs in nearly every offensive category. Leading the team in carries, Brady amassed 870 total yards, averaging five yards per carry and reaching the end zone nine times. Brady has played in each of his previous three seasons, racking up more than 1,200 career rushing yards at Murray State. He will now look to put the finishing touches on a productive Murray State career. While the duo might seem primed to repeat their successful 2012 campaigns, Brady and Berry will face several new challenges with the 2013 squad. In addition to losing All-American quarterback Casey Brockman, Berry and Brady will line up behind a farless experienced offensive line than a year ago. Now that the pair are the focal point of the high-flying Racer offense, opposing defenses are likely already looking for ways to stop the duo from running rampant. With the inexperience at some

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other key offensive positions, Head Coach Chris Hatcher plans to lean on his experienced backfield heavily. “They (Brady and Berry) are dynamic,” Hatcher said, “We’re going to lean heavily on them this season, especially early on until we break the quarterback in.” That heavy workload will not slow down as the season wears on. When asked about his team’s greatest strength, Hatcher spoke warmly of his running backs. “Offensively, our (biggest strength) is our backfield,” Hatcher said. “You look at the experience we have with Jaamal Berry and Duane Brady – those guys have made big time plays for us over the past few years.” Though Hatcher has worked to give his experienced running backs significant rest in preseason scrimmages and practices, Berry and Brady said they are excited and ready to get down to business. When asked about where the Racer backfield ranks with others around the OVC in the coming season, Berry quickly made his opinion clear. “There’s no competition,” Berry said. “We’re the best backs in the OVC.”

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NEW SCHEME Therrell revitalizes Racer defense Ryan Richardson || Sports Editor mrichardson5@murraystate.edu

The Murray State defense looked like it was spinning in circles last year. This year, a whole new coaching staff and defensive scheme has taken hold and put the Racers on the fast track to success. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Therrell is not a new face at the helm of the Racer defense. His task this year is the same as it was nearly a decade ago in 2004: revitalize a defense that ranks near the bottom. Therrell said it was an easy decision to take the job. He lives in Murray and has a son on the team. He said he knew he had some work to do, though. “We got a new staff so we had a lot of work to do as far as putting in a new scheme and trying to figure our what our players could do physically,” Therrell said. “We try to put them in the best situation so they can be successful.” Therrell said he has seen great improvement since he joined the staff, but he still sees room to get better. “We’re not all the way there yet,” Therrell said. “We never will be, but we’re way further

along than we were at the beginning of spring.” Along with new coaches, the defense has been subjected to a whole new scheme since last season. Therrell said there are two main changes he wants to institute. The first is not leaving players on islands by themselves when they are in one-on-one situations. The second is keeping as many eyes on the football as possible. The Racers will play zone coverage most of the time, and Therrell wants them to see the ball thrown and see the running backs at all times. Head Coach Chris Hatcher said the change is definitely a good one. “He’s taken the guys we have on the team and he’s tried to put them in positions to be successful,” Hatcher said. “I think just with his overall knowledge of the game he’s brought a different mentality to the defense that we haven’t had in a while.” Both coaches said they think the players have made the transition well and seem enthusiastic, which will help them win games. “They’ve played with a lot of excitement,” Therrell said. “They fly around. As long as they’re doing that, we’ve got a chance.”

He said he hopes that speed and excitement will be present in the game against Missouri Saturday. Therrell said the Missouri receivers are big and fast, and that will be one of the biggest challenges. Since the Tigers are such a big school, they have a depth chart with which the Racers can not compete. “If we can go out there and get a couple of three-and-outs and get off the field and on the sideline,” Therrell said, “we don’t have to worry about some of those issues of getting tired and having to play tired.” Another challenge will be containing the Missouri quarterback. Therrell said he is a very good athlete and runs well, so the Racer defense will have to contain him in the pocket. Once he gets out of the pocket, Therrell said, he can get dangerous. Hatcher and Therrell both said they know this will be the toughest game of the season. While they are still trying to get a victory, most of their goals are set for the rest of the season rather than this weekend. “[Our goal is to] keep the opponent to one point less than what our offense scores,” Therrell said. “We want our players to go out there and play the best they can play, and not make any mistakes and give up the game.”

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Defensive Coordinator Dennis Therrell said he expects great things from the defense after installing a new scheme.

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Senior Brandon Wicks will lead the defense as one of the captains this year.

MIZZOU From Page 1 Missouri and Murray State should match up as opposites. The Racers amassed nearly 150 more yards per game than the Tigers. Change directions, though, and Murray State allowed nearly 150 more yard per game. That means there will be a battle in the trenches. The linemen on both sides of the ball will play a huge factor in keeping the game close or breaking it wide open. Hatcher said he recognizes that threat. “Any time you play a game like this, that’s the question you’ve got,” he said. “Can you hold your own in the trenches

and can you hold your own in the special teams?” The loss of experienced offensive linemen does nothing to help the situation. A slight sigh of relief comes with the new quarterback for the Racers, though. After the loss of All-American Casey Brockman, Hatcher and company were left scratching their heads about who would fill those shoes. Sophomore Ole Miss transfer Maikhail Miller was the player who stepped up. Hatcher said Miller provides more of a threat outside the pocket because of his athleticism and ability to scramble. Miller will have help this weekend from veterans Duane Brady and Jaamal Berry, two running backs who ran over defenses last year.

He has led the team in tackles two out of his three years at Murray State. This year, he has a good chance to do it again. Senior Brandon Wicks will line up in his familiar position in the secondary as a safety this Saturday when the team travels to Missouri. Even before Murray State, Wicks was a standout player on defense. He spent his last two years of varsity football at Murray High School. The transition was easy, he said, because Murray is a small community where everybody knows everybody. “I still communicate with a bunch of people from my past and they watch Murray State games,” Wicks said. Wicks has friends that attend Murray, and Head Coach Chris Hatcher recruited him heavily. “I really believed in the new change that was coming through here and I knew we were going to do great things,” Wicks said. Three years later, Wicks is still at Murray State and he said the team is prepared for the season. “I think we’re ready but we’ve got two more days of practice,” he said. “That’s

“They’re dynamic, and we’re going to lean heavily on them this season, especially early on until we break the quarterback in,” Hatcher said. He said he thinks the game will be good experience for the players, but does not feel pressure. He said the game will help them find out more about the team that they can carry into the rest of the season. Hatcher said he recognizes the mismatch, but he said he feels confident in his team. “This is kind of like Murray State’s basketball team going and playing the worst NBA team,” he said. “But I do feel good about us. We’re a bigger team than we’ve been in the past. We’ve got some skill guys that can compete at a high level. We’re excited about the opportunity.” Therrell said his opinions are

going to get us mentally ready, so that’ll make us better.” Developing a connection with fellow players is important, Wicks said. He stayed in Murray over the summer and spent several days in the weight room with teammates.

My teammates believe I’m the best choice. That lets me know that they believe in me, and I’ve just got to go out there and prove myself.” –Brandon Wicks Senior Defensive Back He said he tried to build chemistry with them because they had to work hard on the new defensive system. Wicks said getting in the right mindset and growing mentally is also a huge key to success. That is a part of his game he has been working on since he was a freshman. “I just feel like I’m improving from the mental aspect,” he said. “I’ve been seeing a lot of things from different teams over the

similar to Hatcher’s on the game. He thinks the starters can match up well, but the depth chart will be a problem the Racers face too soon for some positions. “In some cases like safety and corner, we have a lot of depth,” Therrell said. “We just have to hold up and get ourselves off the field.” Murray State should be used to these tough season openers, though. This is the fourth consecutive year they have opened the season on the road against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent – the Racers are a member of the Football Championship Subdivision. Saturday’s matchup is actually the second meeting between the schools. In the 2006 contest, Missouri routed the Racers 47-7. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

last four years.” Wicks has put a great deal of dedication into his role on the team. He said that is probably one reason his teammates chose him as one of this year’s captains. He said it means a lot because it shows great signs of respect. "I’ve been around here a long time,” Wicks said. “My teammates believe I’m the best choice [to be one of the captains.] That lets me know that they believe in me, and I’ve just got to go out there and prove myself.” This Saturday, Wicks will lead the defense in Columbia, Mo., as they take on the Tigers. He said the game should be a great learning experience for the team. Wicks said he has many things to look forward to and a few new goals for his last season with the Racers. His main goal is to finally earn the ring as Ohio Valley Conference Champions. First, though, he said he wants to make sure they win the games they should have won last year, and even beat some teams he hasn’t beaten in his time at Murray State. “Trying to beat up on somebody else,” Wicks said. “I’m looking forward to that.” Wicks said the most important thing, though, is to be mentally ready, finish every game and just have fun.

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What are you seeing out of your players that makes you excited or nervous? We’re excited about the opportunity to play on a big stage. That’s always a treat for our guys, to be able to do that early on. It’s a daunting task playing against a team from the SEC. My goal is that we have 11 men on the field, they know what to do, they’re fundamentally sound and they play hard each and every snap.

What are some of your strengths compared with Missouri’s? They’re a lot bigger, stronger and faster than we are. Their lines are going to be the best lines we play all season. Their receivers are tall and fast. They’ll be the best team we play all season.

How does Missouri compare to Florida State? Offensively, they’re better than Florida State was. They have a really good defensive line. I don’t know if they have as many on the D-line. I would say their first team is very comparable to Florida State.

How do the 11 guys who have been here four years bring their experience to this season? They know what’s expected out of them. They’ve been through the league a couple times now. We expect their leadership.

How have the players transitioned into the new defense? They’ve done a good job. They’ve picked up on the new scheme pretty well. They’ve shown a lot of improvement since spring practice. It’s still something new to them and, hopefully, they’ll continue to get better as we go.

What have you seen out of everyone since naming Maikhail Miller the starting quarterback? We’ve been doing a lot more against the scouts. It’ll be interesting to see him play when the lights are on. We feel like he’s got a lot of upside and we’re excited to get out there and watch him play. We’ve got some guys that if he can get the ball to them, they can do something with it.

How does the running back duo of Duane Brady and Jaamal Berry factor into everything? Both of them are good players. They’re dynamic, and we’re going to lean heavily on them this season, especially early on until we break the quarterback in.

What has been the most impressive part of the team in practice? We’ve had a really good work ethic. The guys have wanted to learn. They’ve gone out and practiced hard. They’ve tried to do what we’ve asked them to do to the best of their ability and now it’s time to go play and see what kind of product we have.

What are your thoughts on the Mizzou offense? The quarterback makes them go. He’s a dual threat. They have the one receiver who was Player of the Year a couple of years ago. They’ve got two other receivers that are really good. On the defensive side of the ball, it’s just a matter of can our offensive line hold up to their athleticism on the defensive line. Any time you play a game like this, that’s the question you’ve got. Can you hold your own in the trenches and can you hold your own in the special teams. I do feel good about us. We’re excited about the opportunity.

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Yes, I’m a girl. I wear makeup, and I occasionally wear dresses and heels. My nails are painted hot pink and I wear lipstick, but don’t let that fool you. Taylor Crum Nothing bothers Assistant me more than Sports Editor being looked at as a female with no knowledge of the sports world. A man once told me that if he saw a woman’s name as the writer of a sports article, he would most likely not read it. As a female member of the sports section at The Murray State News, I took great offense to that. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like listening to a girl, or anyone, ramble on about sports when they have absolutely no credibility. So I thought I would take up this space to explain my background in athletics and my love for sports on and off the field. Athletics were thrust upon me from the day I was able to say the word “ball.” Growing up in a home filled with St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys fanatics, I caught on pretty quickly. Yes, I love the Cowboys, and think what you want, but a good fan is a fan during the good times and bad. Cowboys fans are the best fans in the nation by this standard. Besides my love for watching sports, I loved playing them even more. I know what it’s like playing a double-header in 100-degree heat, getting floor burn diving for a volleyball and smelling the aroma of fresh-cut grass before playing a round of golf. I know all the time commitment and pain that comes along with being an athlete. Competition has always run through my blood, and sports were my way of getting it out of my system. I had about a 12-year, love-hate relationship with fastpitch softball. It took a lot of commitment, but nothing felt better than hitting in that winning run during a championship game of a tournament. Few things can compare to the feeling of sliding in at home plate before walking into the dugout with a mixture of blood and dirt on your left hip. Volleyball was my one true love, though. Although I only stand at about 5-feet 4-inches, I couldn’t get enough of the game. Putting up that perfect set for a hitter to spike in an opponent’s face is the best feeling in the world. Helping bring home a regional championship title to my high school for the first time in 14 years was a highlight of my sports career. Golf, on the other hand, I mostly just played for the love of the game. I’ll admit, I’ve tried that infamous Happy Gilmore swing, and may have just become a member of the country club so I could drive around a golf cart. Nonetheless, I played the game and I still love going to the driving range to swing a club every now and then. No, I’m not a collegiate athlete. I’m just a journalist who loves sports. However, I believe that when you play any sport on a competitive level, it makes you truly appreciate those who play at a collegiate or professional level. To be able to dedicate your life to playing one sport every day takes a true athlete. A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into playing a sport, but that’s why I love reporting on it. I know how it feels to cry after a tough loss. I know how it feels to be on the field and block out every scream in the crowd to flawlessly complete one play. I know what it feels like to get angry with a coach or fellow teammate. So if you ever pick up the sports section and see a female’s name as the writer of an article covering your favorite sport, take the time to read it and block out the fact that a girl wrote it. Sometimes we girls actually do know what we are talking about. tcrum3@murraystate.edu

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Just when Racer Band couldn’t get any better, Director John Fannin has something else up his sleeve. After having the highest recorded membership last year at 300 members, most of them being upper classmen, the Racer Band wowed crowds with its musical abilities. Although this year’s group is smaller with 269 members, Fannin’s enthusiasm is high for the upcoming season. “It’s been great so far,” Fannin said. “We’re young and very, very talented. It’s a very smart group.” Fannin and the group must be doing something right. This year, Racer Band has managed to retain 70 percent of last year’s members. The band has one of the highest retention rates across the country, Fannin said. This year, Fannin strategically picked arrangements of songs that appeal to audiences of all ages. The first halftime show for Racer Band, which is at the Sept. 9 home football game, will feature songs from the ‘70s. “It’s really fierce and there are really cool sound effects,” Fannin said. “You haven’t heard some of the sounds that are going to come off of Racer Band this year, so it’s really exciting.” During the second halftime show this year, which happens to be family weekend, the crowd will see a rockpop show. They will combine songs from groups like ACDC with some

more contemporary pop groups like Imagine Dragons and Fun. Fannin said he is currently waiting on the copyright to Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” so that it can be added to the show as well. One of the many reasons that Racer Band has such a strong impact on Murray State’s campus is the leadership behind it. Not only is Fannin a huge component of that leadership, but several students are as well. “We have a great leadership team this year,” Fannin said. “It always tickles me that they are so concerned about all the details of how we run things. It blows me away how great they are. Everyone is really proud to be a part of this organization.” Former Racer Band bass guitarist and this year’s sound technician, senior Tyler Burch said his favorite part about Racer Band is the community it builds. “From the minute I step on campus for band camp to the last note of the season, I’m surrounded by some of my closest friends,” Burch said. Burch also said all the time he has spent with Racer Band during practices and performances has taught him a few things. “I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is how to work with a group to accomplish something great,” Burch said. “Last year we had a very intense practice schedule due to our performance in Indianapolis at the Bands of America Grand Nationals.” He said they all worked extremely

hard to pull together an amazing performance. “After performing in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000, I can say that the work was worth it,” he said. Aside from working hard for its own performances, Fannin and the band diligently put together an event called Festival of Champions, where 24 different high school bands compete for the title of top band. “It’s the highlight of our season every year,” Fannin said. Racer Band is also going to a high school festival in St. Louis on Sept. 21 at the St. Charles West High School band competition. Fannin said the competition is one of their biggest recruiting areas. Fannin’s tactics make him an inspiration to Racer Band. He even had his own “Take Your Place in the Murray State Racer Band Tradition” motto before the University came out with “Take Your Place in the Murray State Tradition” as this year’s tagline. “Mr. Fannin is a fantastic instructor,” Burch said. “I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that at all points during the season he is working as hard, if not harder, than any of his students to create a great end product. Seeing him exemplify the same work ethic that he asks of us is very inspirational and admirable.” Overall, Fannin said he is pleased and excited to start the new Racer Band season. Said Fannin: “I think you’re in for a real treat.”

This weekend, the Murray State volleyball team will kick off its season at the North Carolina Central University Invitational tournament in Durham, N.C. At the tournament, the Racers will face Evansville, Hampton and North Carolina Central. Although this is a new tournament for the Racers, Head Coach David Schwepker said he hopes the team will make a big statement on the floor this weekend. Schwepker has been working with the players all week to prepare them for the tournament, which begins today and ends Saturday. He said he hopes the team’s lack of height won’t affect its ability to bring home a win. “We spent a lot of time on our skills and being very good at ball control,” Schwepker said. “We can’t afford to make silly mistakes that other teams can because they make up for it in their size.” Schwepker said every team the Racers face this weekend will ultimately be big competition. Since this tournament is the first match of the season for the team, Schwepker said he wants to use this weekend as a tool to see where the team stands, competition-wise. “We just take one team at a time,” he said. “Evansville is our first competition, and we’re just going to go after them and kind of evaluate us after that match.” The Racers faced Evansville during this year’s spring season and they pulled through with a narrow win. Schwepker said this game against Evansville could go either way. Schwepker said about seven or eight of the girls will be doing most of the work this weekend including three of the freshman players. “You’re going to see the returning sophomores,” Schwepker said. “Then you are going to see Katlyn Hudson, Scottie Ingram, Kamille Jones and Ellie Lorenz.” Schwepker said he would be satisfied without the overall tournament win as long as the team shows promise in its gameplay.

Soccer season begins with win, draw Tom Via || Contributing writer tvia@murraystate.edu

The Murray State women’s soccer team kicked off the 2013 season with a 1-0 victory at Evansville and followed up its performance with a draw at Northern Kentucky. Head Coach Beth Acreman said she believes this road trip will help the team later in the season. “We went on the road and came away with two shutouts, and that's very encouraging to have two clean sheets this weekend,” Acreman said. She said the weekend belonged to freshmen Savannah Haberman, who recorded the two shutouts in her first weekend as the Murray State goalkeeper. “Savannah made some great saves and is playing extremely well for us,” Acreman said. Haberman faced 23 shots this weekend, saving all 10 shots that were on the Murray State net. In the season opener at Evansville, who happens to be last year’s Missouri Valley Conference regular season champion, the Racers overcame the referees’ whistles to win the opening game 1-0. The whistle blew 16 times for Racer fouls compared to the Purple Aces’ seven. The action started off with the Racers playing aggressively, putting the first three shots of the game on the Evansville goal. In the 28th

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Sophomore Alexa Hosey fights for possession in last weeks game against Southern Indiana. minute, the aggressive style would land senior midfielder Tasha Merritt in the referee's book with a yellow card after a hard challenge on an Evansville player. Just before the first half ended, the Racers earned a corner kick that would provide the only offense the team would need. Junior forward Pavlina Nepokojova served the ball from the corner and connected with senior midfielder Shauna Wicker, who pushed the ball past the Evansville goalkeeper in the 42nd minute. In the second half, the Racers would call upon Haberman in her collegiate debut to protect the lead and

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win the game. Haberman made three saves in the final 45 minutes, including two in the 65th minute to hold on for the 1-0 victory. The victory for the Racers was their first at Evansville in four appearances and just their second all-time against the Purple Aces. The Racers’ road trip continued to Northern Kentucky as they played the Norse to a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of action that saw both teams get numerous chances to score. “Our play today was very much a grind-it-out game,” Acreman said. “With this being the opening weekend, you could tell fatigue was playing

a role today. We’re excited that we got so many shots off, but we just could not get that goal for the win today.” The first half saw the Racers come out of the locker room shooting and dominating the beginning of the game, generating eleven shots on the Norse goal compared to four at the Racer net. The second half saw the Norse attack the Racers’ defense as they dominated possession and put the pressure on Haberman. She recorded her first save in the 55th minute of the game. The Norse continued to fire shots into the area, but couldn’t get one past the keeper. In overtime it was Haberman holding strong as the Norse got three shots on net in the opening minutes of extra time. The save of the match happened in the 92nd minute as Haberman dove to her left to keep the game tied. The Racers’ best opportunity for a goal came with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period as junior Julie Mooney broke free on a run, but wasn’t able to score. The second overtime period saw Northern Kentucky get another opportunity to win, but Haberman made the diving saves to preserve the draw. The Racers continue their road trip today when they travel to Alabama A&M, which the Racers defeated last year 5-0. The Racers return to Cutchin Field for their home opener at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Local band strives to impress Murray with music Hunter Harrell || Staff writer hharrell@murraystate.edu

In the music industry, everyone has to start somewhere. Though for Tony Logue, music was not about the business at all. Born and raised in western Kentucky, Logue began writing songs at the age of 18. Showcasing his talents in solo performances moved his interest along. For Logue, it wasn’t about the stage or being known; it was about the songs. “Writing songs was something I always did since I was about 18 or 19,” he said. “I was probably 25 when I started actually getting out and playing solo. I played so many shows by myself before I actually had the band.” Though band members have come and gone, Logue met the current members of his band three years ago and all were interested in country music. It wasn’t long until they created The Tony Logue Band. The four member group consists of Logue on lead guitar and vocals, backed by Dylan Driver on guitar and back-up vocals. Bassist Kyle

Robertson and drummer Jason Munday round out the band. “These guys are amazing,” Logue said. “We’ve now been together for a few years. I knew Dylan, and he knew Kyle from Murray. Kyle introduced me to Jason.” Together, the band went on to record its first album in 2009, “Calm Before the Storm,” which was a seven-track EP. The song “Road I Chose” from the album even gained local and regional radio airplay. In 2011, the band’s LP “Reckless Kind” was released. A year later, the band rereleased the album as its first full-length record. Currently the band books local and regional shows to promote “Reckless Kind.” Though it is unsigned, it has worked with Kenny Royster, an award-winning producer from Nashville who has worked with other artists such as Trace Adkins, Billy Currington and Randy Houser. Logue believes the biggest accomplishment for the band has been opening for some well-known artists.

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“We’ve had some great moments these last couple of years,” he said. “We opened for Little Big Town and Tim McGraw, but my personal favorite was opening for Jason Isbell.” Despite these great achievements, the band is solely focused on the message in its music. “I am pretty lyric driven – a lyricbased writer,” Logue said. “The imagery in my songs comes from where I grew up. If you are from here, you know where I’m coming from. Hopefully, if you aren’t from here, you still know where I’m coming from.” Overall, Logue wants to see the band do well with its real people, small-town music. Someday, Logue would like to play music for a living. He hopes to sell enough records and merchandise to succeed in that goal. “I’m not trying to be a household name,” he said. “(I) just feed my family doing what I love.” The Tony Logue Band will be playing tonight at 9 p.m. at The Keg in Murray. They will also be playing at Mr. J’s Grill and Pub at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

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The desire to feed the community of Murray must run in the Hudgins family. Previously Quarter’s Campus Grill, Mr. J’s Grill and Pub is striving to bring a fun dining experience to Murray State’s campus while staying true to its original owner. The restaurant, located at 200 N. 15th St. across from Wilson Hall, was originally Mr. Ed’s Grill. It was then leased to the owners of Quarter’s, Leslie and

Maurice Wormsbacher, when Edward Hudgins decided to retire. Edward’s son, James Hudgins (or “J”), now manages Mr. J’s. Mr. J’s officially opened July 26 but required renovations before serving customers. “My dad was planning on doing a complete remodel anyway,” James said. “So, I asked him if I sold all of my stuff – my Harley and two street rods – to help fund (Mr. J’s) if we could open it. He reached into his retirement savings some, too, to help fund it. This is what we came up with, and I didn’t want him running it. He’s 64 years old, and I want him to enjoy life.” The renovation process consisted of raising the ceiling 2.5 feet, putting in a

galvanized ceiling, building a new bar made of oak, purchasing new tables and chairs, laminating the floors and redesigning the kitchen. “It’s a little different (from Mr. Ed’s),” James said. “It’s completely been removed 100 percent, front to back, floor to ceiling. We spent lots of time and put a lot of effort into trying to bring a nice business onto campus that has good taste. All of the woodwork is custom, thanks to River Valley Woodworks.” There are some pieces of Mr. Ed’s that are still a part of Mr. J’s today. For example, the kitchen still holds the original grill from 1978 when Mr. Ed’s opened. Mr. J’s also still displays some of the original

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When it comes to the rating of a horror film, a review is kind of arbitrary. I mean, what do you base a review on? Epic kills? Creepy plot discoveries? Eerie moments in the big creepy house? The list is, in fact, limitless. There are so many great story elements that make a horror film. With this being said, director Adam Wingard has done his best to give us an original take on the classic home invasion and brutal slaughter aspect of horror. For the most part, I think he succeeds. “You’re Next” follows a family who is coming together after

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time apart to celebrate its parents’ forthcoming wedding anniversary. Even with tension among the siblings, the whole family shows up. However, this dinner could prove to be the worst thing upon which they could have ever agreed. When the house is invaded, members of the family start to die at the hands of animal-masked murderers, whose mission is to annihilate this family. The remaining members of the family must rise together, despite their mixed feelings, and survive – even if that means becoming animals themselves. The film has a mostly unknown cast, which is rarely a bad thing. In this case, that is definitely true. If there was ever to be one standout actor/actress from this movie, it would be the lovely Sharni Vinson. With such innocence and beauty, she displays multiple levels of intense aggression in her attempts to survive the attack. Vinson plays Erin, a former college teaching assistant and love interest to one of the family’s older siblings, Crispian (played by AJ Bowen). Despite being at the wrong house at the wrong time, Vinson very much leads this cast. As a frightened bystander and former survivalist, Erin decides that she is going to live and starts to not only plan, but also execute attacks on the attackers. Not to give any spoilers, but one of her so-called kill traps serves a very messy fate for an unassuming character. For those of you who saw “Step Up 3D,” you will remember

Vinson as Natalie; however, I must caution you if you were fond of this past character, you will find yourself noticing quite a difference this time around. This woman brings a whole new level to getting your butt kicked by a girl. As far as the rest of the cast, there is really no standout in the acting. Rob Moran and former scream queen Barbara Crampton take on the roles of the parents. Crampton, of course, shows us what it takes to be a scream queen, and Moran is not half bad in a film of this magnitude. The rest of the family is pretty much your typical, bickering family full of lowlifes and wimps. However, the oldest sibling, Drake (played by Joe Swanberg), provides a great deal of comic relief throughout the film. Let’s be honest, all horror films have to have a level of comedy. As far as our murderous intruders, their choice of weaponry is definitely a statement to their brutality in the film. With axes, machetes and crossbows, they offer the animalistic nature around which the film is built. Wingard is definitely a fan of classic horror movies. You can see this through the many nods to classic horror films. Some of these nods include films like Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” and Fred Walton’s “When a Stranger Calls.” Wingard, along with his writer, Simon Barnett, had a big task to accom-

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plish. That task was to make something new and interesting to a very old spectrum of viewers, who have been spoiled on gory kills, thanks to the “Saw” series. Through a truly dark and twisted script, Wingard and Barnett sought to show what fear looks like deep down when you are being hunted in your own home. Throughout the film, these characters are put through the emotional, proverbial wringer as they bare witness to the ones they love most being butchered like cattle. As a film lover, I often go to the cinema like most people and want to talk about what I really enjoyed about the movie I just saw. With “You’re Next,” the cast and crew clearly upped the stakes in the home invasion category of horror movies. The savagery of the murders throughout the film is brutal and the murders themselves are very well executed (pardon the pun). Now, before you think I am some kind of psycho, allow me to explain myself. Enough time is given in between each kill in the film to give the viewer hope to see a certain character’s fate. When it comes time to kill off the character, the choice of weapon reflects their character’s personality. For example: Bolt to the head = quick kill, axe to the face = a brutal statement. The gore of each kill is also the way you want it. They are not too gory but show just enough to give you a clear image. Casting Vinson is a great decision. She is definitely going places in Hollywood. Now, for the part I never like, what I didn’t like in the film. My reasoning for this is because I don’t go to movies to hate on them. However, “You’re Next” is not a film without flaws. One of the biggest setbacks for this film is that we want to relate to this family, but there is so much hatred and secrets within the group that you can never get a clear indicator of who they really are. They are too complicated, as film families go. If there were some flashbacks to their past, maybe this wouldn’t be an issue, but it is. The reasoning behind the attack is very predictable. This does not necessarily take away from the film, but it is kind of a bummer. At times, there is too much humor buried within the seriousness of the film; this makes the intruders look like the ones from the “Home Alone” film series. It is hard to take them seriously when they act like buffoons being beaten by a child. With a great concept of a classic horror element, startling suspense and a great movie in the making, I am giving “You’re Next” 2.5 out of 5 stars. Check this film out at your local cinema here in Murray. And remember, as the legendary director, Wes Craven, once said, “The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.”

Murray State sports memorabilia from Mr. Ed’s. “(That grill) is a heck of a machine,” James said. “It makes some of the best burgers you’ll ever eat. It just seasons them so well and cooks them just right.” Menu-wise, the food is pretty much the same as Mr. Ed’s, James said, though a few additions have been made. Mr. J’s serves beer and has several different types of burgers from which one can choose. The menu also includes appetizers and wings that James claims are second to none. James said the responses he has heard from people who have seen the changes of the building through the years have been positive. “The ABC lady, Kendra, when she walked in, her jaw dropped at just how nice of a place we’ve built here,” he said.

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Mr. J’s Pub and Grill often has live music for everyone to enjoy. “That was a huge compliment to us – seeing the reaction of people who have been here before, and then coming here now and seeing all of the upgrades and changes. It’s still a familyoriented and run business. Me

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It's time to dress your best Murray State! The Features section is looking for the best dressed person on campus. Each day we will be posting a new photo of a different fashionista on campus on Facebook and Twitter. Vote by liking or favoriting the photo and pick up a paper Friday to see who received the most votes.

The basics: Taran Coleman, sophomore from Milan, Tenn. Q: Who is your style icon? A: “CJ Bradley, my Big in Alpha Sigma Phi. He has a great sense of style.” Q: Why did you choose to wear this today? A: “Rush week starting this week, everyone is probably wearing red shorts, which they did, but I wanted to break the mold and be different.” Q: What or who inspired you to wear this? A: “My roommate, Micheal Filosa, set out different shorts but (instead) I chose the shorts I am wearing now.” Compiled by McKenzie Willett

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TODAY • 3:30 p.m. Women’s volleyball vs. Evansville • 7 p.m. Playhouse in the Park presents “The Odd Couple,” Murray-Calloway County Park • 7:30 p.m. Cinema International presents “Rust and Bone,” Curris Center Theater

S A T U R D A Y

• 7 p.m. Playhouse in the Park presents “The Odd Couple,” Murray-Calloway County Park • 7:30 p.m. Cinema International presents “Rust and Bone,” Curris Center Theater

SUNDAY • 1 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Cutchin Field • 2:30 p.m. Playhouse in the Park presents “The Odd Couple,” Murray-Calloway County Park

MONDAY T U E S D A Y

• 11 - 11:45 a.m. Yoga, Carr Health Dance Studio • 5 - 6 p.m. Zumba, Carr Health Dance Studio • 5 - 6 p.m. Murray State College Democrats Meeting, Curris Center

• 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Tai Chi (all levels), Carr Health Dance Studio • 6:30 p.m. FUNdamentals of Belly Dance, Old Fine Arts Dance Studio

W E D N E S D A Y

• 7:30 p.m. Cinema International presents “Tabu,” Curris Center Theater

THURSDAY

August 30, 2013

Pop Culture Savvy

‘90s kid at heart “‘N Sync ... n’ stinks!” Yes, I was one of those kids on the playground in elementary school hating on ‘N Sync. (Side note: 1. how is ‘N Sync Savannah n’ stinks a Sawyer phrase? And 2. Features Editor Does that even make sense?) Even though my loyalty was with the Backstreet Boys back in the day, a piece of my 10-year-old self almost died when ‘N Sync reunited onstage at the MTV VMAs Sunday night. Artists of the ‘90s have really made a comeback in the past few years. The first to make a comeback was Britney Spears. After the crazy train she was on for a few years finally came to a stop, she managed to get back in the game. Some of her latest albums have been my favorite and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store. At the 2012 Summer Olympics the Spice Girls reunited onstage during the opening ceremony. I was never a huge Spice Girls fan, but I knew the music and it was fun to see them do their thing. Beyonce reunited with Destiny’s Child, briefly, during this year’s Superbowl halftime show. I was hoping their reunion would last longer than the few minutes they were onstage, but alas, that wasn’t the case. Just this summer, the Backstreet Boys made a second comeback – if that’s even possible – when they made a guest appearance in (SPOILER ALERT!) “This is the End.” It was great because they were able to make fun of themselves without being too over-the-top cheesy. To my knowledge, they are still making music together. I love seeing all these groups reuniting, whether it’s for a short time onstage or for a long-term basis. It just makes me wonder who will be the next to reunite. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch? What about S Club 7? ssawyer@murraystate.edu

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