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The Murray State News

Nov. 15, 2013

Vol. 88, No. 14


Laptops can be checked out for a two-hour duration period. Murray said the desktops in the library are usually all occupied, but due to limited space and the electrical infrastructure of the building, it is unlikely more will be added. The electrical system for Waterfield has not been updated since 1978. Murray said there was an issue with the University’s network this semester, so many laptops were out of use for a period of time. “There were complaints a few weeks ago about not having enough laptops available, but the laptops would not have worked,”

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Waterfield Library has experienced record-breaking numbers of visitors this year and as a result, resources such as laptops have been limited to students. Adam Murray, dean of University Libraries, said the demand of laptops and desktops stays high. He said laptops are checked out 25,000-30,000 times each academic year and are one of the library’s most used resources. Waterfield has 60 desktops computers available and 50-60 laptops for students to check out.

Murray said. “The issue was out of our control.” Murray said laptops are sometimes out due to repair from the heavy use which they receive. Sara Holmes, senior from St. Charles, Mo., said she sometimes experiences difficulty checking out a laptop and has had issues with the laptops being slow. “It has been somewhat of an inconvenience at times,” Holmes said. “It would be nicer if the laptops and network were faster.” Garrett Wheatley, help desk and user services manager, said the new wireless network was

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Ahmad Alanezi, freshman from Saudi Arabia, checks out a laptop at Waterfield Library.

Need Line to provide help on, off campus Aid pours in for disaster TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Relief operations in this typhoon-devastated region of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but the minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies reaching the hardest-hit areas were causing increasingly desperate survivors to take matters into their own hands. In the first reported deaths as a result of looting, eight people were crushed to death when a wall collapsed as they and thousands of others stormed a rice warehouse on Leyte Island, the worst-hit region by Friday’s storm, said National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez. The looters in Alangalang municipality Tuesday carted away up to 100,000 sacks of rice, he said. Since the storm, people have broken into homes, malls and garages, where they have stripped the shelves of food, water and other goods. Authorities have struggled to stop the looting. There have been uncon-


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Need Line of Murray-Calloway County is expanding both off and on campus this winter, as the organization moves into a new building and helps begin a campus food pantry. Need Line, a non-profit service agency in Calloway County, has been active in the community since 1974. It provides food for those in need, as well as other basic necessities such as blankets and toiletries. Tonia Casey, the executive director of Need Line, said the applications for assistance really started increasing

three years ago, with the downturn of the economy. Because of the increase in applications for food and aid, she began the search for a grant to help with the purchase of a new building. Casey got the call about the block grant two years ago. The grant, which comes from the federal government, is only approved for a few organizations in the entire state. For six months, Casey and her employees had to survey clients to ensure Need Line met the requirements for the money. After the six months, the grant was written, and Need Line was approved. Now, the last installment on the new Need Line facility has been paid and

Same-sex bill brings light to issue in Murray Following in a recent line of states to legalize same-sex marriage, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced last Tuesday that he intends to sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in his state after it was passed by local legislature the same day. Illinois is set to become the 15th state to allow gay marriage, following Quinn’s expected signing of the bill on Nov. 20. Hawaii’s senate passed a bill Tuesday also legalizing gay marriage, making them the 16th state to do so. Jody Cofer Randall, LGBT program coordinator, said despite the momentum states have recently been showing in their efforts to promote fair relationship recognition, Kentucky is not likely to become the 17th state to follow suit or even at all. Cofer Randall said while Kentucky citizens have shown wide support for work place discrimination and bullying protections concerning gay rights, marriage is the one topic state legislators seem unwilling to compromise on. Despite this fact, he said time is on the side of the supporters of same-sex marriage and inevitably same-sex marriage will be universally recognized by all states. Once either half of the states have passed same-sex mar-

Casey is beginning the work of moving supplies from the old location to the new building on N. 8th Street. Casey said when she moved Need Line into the current facility, she never would have dreamed they would need more space. But with over a thousand applications for aid every month, the old building could no longer sustain the work done by Need Line’s employees and volunteers. The building is 4,000 square feet larger than the building Need Line is leaving behind, and Casey said she is very excited about the possibilities for the new location. Some of the programs Need Line currently offer include the Senior

riage legislation or once more than 50 percent of the nation’s populace supports the idea, he said, then the federal government will begin working on establishing federal legislation. “That day is coming,” Cofer Randall said. “Look at the states. One by one we’re ticking them off. We’re heading there and we’re heading there fairly quickly.” And while Kentucky appears to be adamant on this subject, he said, Illinois’ recently passed legislation is important and does affect both Kentucky and Murray State. “I think it is significant any time one of the states takes that step forward,” he said. “It makes the conversation (about same-sex marriage) a bit easier and a bit different in a state like Kentucky.” He said since Illinois is in Murray State’s backyard, it is important for the University to be aware of the state’s public policy and how it will affect students and employees. He said Kentucky has made a number of important steps in the direction of equality, but in terms of same-sex marriage, advocates are just going to have to wait. Said Cofer Randall: “We may say and do things that are shining examples of fairness and equality at certain levels, but marriage unfortunately is not going to be one of them.”

Food Program, which provides groceries for 250 senior citizens of Murray and Calloway County, as well as the Backpack Program. The Backpack Program is coordinated by Need Line, but local churches collect food. The food is distributed every Friday of the school year to children at area schools that teachers have recognized as being in need. Casey said if it were not for the Backpack Program, some children would not eat over the weekend. Casey said she is proud of the work done by Need Line and its volunteers.


Racer Patrol ‘eyes and ears’ Officers assist Murray State Police with several responsibilities Ben Manhanke Assistant News Editor

This semester, the Racer Patrol has received 44 requests for escorts. Nearly 25 percent of these requests were made last week alone, the most in a single week this semester. The Racer Patrol has been escorting students since 1973. David Devoss, chief of the Murray State Police, said originally Racer Patrol’s purpose was limited to escorting women who did not feel safe at night, but their responsibilities have been greatly expanded since then. Racer Patrol officers are responsible for not only escorting students around campus, but also for doing building checks, working security detail at special events and conducting surveillance of the campus, particularly the far removed Roy Stewart Stadium parking lot. “They really are our eyes and ears,” Devoss said “Although their responsibility isn’t law en-

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Chris Gaylord, senior from Festus, Mo., escorts Chasity Bowyer, freshman from Louisville, Ky., through campus Wednesday night. forcement, their presence is a major deterrent for those who may be thinking of committing a crime on campus.” He said Racer Patrol as well as the Murray State Police will pa-

trol later and be more visible on campus in the coming weeks especially around the time of finals due to Waterfield Library extending its hours to accommodate students and also in part due to

trends in crime he has observed at the beginning and end of the University’s semesters. “We do have little spikes (of crime) at the beginning and end of semesters,” Devoss said. “We’re approaching a time right now where at stress is maybe a little high and a few more incidents of that nature are reported and when certain types of theft occur.” Angelica Aconfora, sophomore from Southbury, Conn., said it is comforting knowing Racer Patrol is available when she needs them, and although she has never called them for an escort, she does have their number in her phone. She said one of the things she first noticed when she came to Murray State was the lack of emergency call boxes positioned on campus. She said the lack of call boxes scared her, but that Racer Patrol makes up for this. Brea Shumake, sophomore from Louisville, Ky., said she’s never felt the need to call Racer








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EXPANDING From Page 1 “We’re not federally or state funded,� she said. “We’re able to help when a government or state agency turns someone down.� Casey said on average Need Line has 75 volunteers a week, approximately half of whom are Murray State students. “I’m excited about the new building - it’s a great opportunity to better serve families in the community, but also to create more volunteer opportunities,� she said. Casey hopes Need Line will be fully operational in the new building by the first week in December. In addition to the new facility, Need Line is partnering with Murray State to create a campus food bank. Racers Helping Racers is the brainchild of Re’Nita Avery-Meriwether, director of Student Life and the Curris Center. Avery-Meriwether said she attended a conference three years ago and one of the sessions dealt with campus food pantries.

ESCORTS From Page 1 Patrol because she feels the campus is safe and that it’s not dangerous, even at night. Devoss said this sense of security students have while on campus is a sign that Racer Patrol is accomplishing its goals. Racer Patrol is made up of 16 students, usually half of which plan on becoming police offers, Devoss said, but

TYPHOON From Page 1 firmed reports of armed gangs involved in some instances. The incident shows the urgency in getting food and water distributed to the disaster zone. Aviation authorities said two more airports in the region had reopened, allowing for more aid flights. U.S. Brig Gen. Paul Kennedy said that his troops would install equipment at Tacloban airport to allow planes to

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Blake Lin, a sophomore from China, helps load boxes at Need Line for the move to its new building. “I came back with the idea that Murray State could do this for our students,� she said. Avery-Meriwether said she has seen that hunger is a problem in the student body, and she feels there is a real need for this food pantry. She also believes it is a way for students to give back, as all of the food will

come from donations. Through partnership with Need Line, Racers Helping Racers will offer a number of food items to students free of charge. All donations go first to Need Line, and then from the Need Line facility specific items will be taken to campus, where they will be put in the

food pantry. The new food pantry will open at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester on the second floor of Blackburn Science Building. Casey is enthusiastic about the new program and the partnership with Murray State. “The University is so supportive of Need Line and always has been

this is just one more great example of that,� she said. The connection between Murray State and Need Line extends far beyond Racers Helping Racers. For years, students have donated their time as well as cans of food to Need Line. One organization on campus, Lambda Chi Alpha, has had an impact with their work for the food pantry. Daniel Hughes, junior from Murray, is a Lambda Chi. He has been involved with food drives for Need Line for the last few years. “Each year we’ve tried to amass as much food for our local pantry as possible,� Hughes said. Last year Lambda Chi Alpha donated more than 20,000 pounds of food to Need Line. One event, Watermelon Bust, works with sororities to get food for Need Line. He said Alpha Omicron Pi raised the most cans this past Bust, with 4,385. “Each year we have a good turnout, and it’s thanks to this giving community,� Hughes said. Lambda Chi Alpha has already collected approximately 23,000 pounds of food this semester, and their goal for the year is 25,000 pounds.

their majors and interests usually run the gamut. He said being in Racer Patrol is not the most rewarding job on campus when you compare the six to eight miles Racer Patrol members must walk each night, sometimes in snow and ice, to a job working at a desk answering phones. “The University is extremely fortunate to have this group,� Devoss said. “You can’t measure the importance of the Racer Patrol simply by looking at the number of escorts they give. One can’t calculate the value of having these young men and women.�

land at night. The city of Tacloban was almost completely destroyed in Friday's typhoon and has become the main relief hub. A Norwegian ship carrying supplies left from Manila, while an Australian air force transport plane took off from Canberra carrying a medical team. British and American navy vessels are also en route to the region. The damaged airport on Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000, houses makeshift clinics and thousands of people looking for a flight out. A doctor in Tacloban said supplies of antibiotics and anesthetics arrived Tuesday for the first time.

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Tess Barnes, junior from Imperial, Mo., checks out a laptop at Waterfield Library.

LIMITED From Page 1 implemented over the summer. “The new networks were created in order to improve security,� Wheatley said. “This helps to keep other nearby from snooping on what (students) are doing online.� Wheatley said students needing assistance with the new network can check out the support site at or call the help desk at 809-2346. Murray said the laptops are replaced on a fairly regular cycle and a segment of laptops will be replaced this year. He said the library hopes to add more laptops since they are such a high use item. To help out with the high usage of computers in Waterfield, the library also offers resources such as iPads to students to check out. Murray said the library is also experimenting with chrome books

this semester for students who do not need printing capabilities. Chrome books are devices which can be connected to the Internet and support applications through the Web, as opposed to other devices which support applications through the machine itself. The library has 20 iPads and five chrome books available for students to check out at the information desk. Taylor Bell, senior from Litchfield, Ky., said the library has done a good job providing the resources she needs for her academic success. “The library has always provided me with the resources I have needed for my assignments,� Bell said. Bell said resources such as laptop computers have been a valuable tool for her when studying and completing projects. The average number of visitors to the library each day is more than 4,000 people, and the highest number has been 4,300 in a single day. Murray said it is important for students to have resources such as computers at the library so they can complete assignments. Said Murray: “Anything (students) are required to do anymore requires a computer, so it is important for the library to have these resources available.�

Take T ake Your Your Place in the World World International Education Week International Week November 18-22, 2013

For full session descriptions, presenters presenters and any updates to the schedule, please visit www Enjoy Inter International national Cuisine week at Winslow and the T Room.

Monday,, November 18 Monday

4:00-5:15 CC Barkley Room

Screening: On Sikhism, Tolerance, Tolerance, and Inclusion - Brian Film Screening: Clardy, Coordinator Coordinator of Religious Studies, Department of History Clardy,

4:15 Pogue Library

Asia Initiative Announcement and Signing

Tajikistan: Tajikistan: Wher Where e in the World? World?

2:30-3:45 CC Barkley Room

International International Students & Effective Effective Advising

7:00 CC Theatre Theatre

Lecture Series: Justin Taylor T aylor, Global Alumni Distinguished Lecture Taylor, ’03 Alum, Agricultural Business Jeffr Jef frey Steaman, ’88 Alum, Accounting Jeffrey

4:30-5:30 CC Barkley Room

Health Care International Perceptions Care Experiences: Inter national Per ceptions

10:00-4:00 CC Rocking Chair Lounge

Activities to Expand Your Monday’s Your Mind: Monday’ s Activities: Tweet, Tweet, Create, Create, & Point

1:30-2:00 CC Mississippi Room

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Tuesday, T uesday,, November 19 uesday

8:00-4:30 CC Rocking Chair Lounge

International International Silent Auction

1:00-4:00 CC Rocking Chair Lounge

10:00-11:30 CC Mississippi Room

Immigration & Western Western Societies: Societies: Department of History Professors Professors

11:00-12:00 CC Barkley Room

Lines & Circles: Circles: The Contrast Between Western Western and Chinese Cultures Cultures – Chunfang Liu, Visiting Visiting Scholar, Scholar, College of Foreign Foreign Studies, Shandong Institute of Business & Technology Technology

Can I Afford Afford to Study Abroad? Abroad?


New Faculty Luncheon: Focus on Teach Teach Abroad Abroad and InternaInternational Opportunities

Milton Hershey’s Hershey’s Cuba: Documentary screening screening and discussion with producer, producer, Ric Morris

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Here Here Be Dragons: Smaug, Temeraire, Temeraire, Toothless--and Temerair Toothless--and Fanny, Fanny, too: Take Take Your Your Place in the World! World!

Tasty Tasty Tidbits from from Italy: by by the the Culinary Culinary Italy Italy Summer Summer 2013 2013 Study Abroad Abroad Program Program

3:30-6:00 CC Barkley Room

Modern Modern Language Senior Colloquium

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Imagining Money: From From Commodity to Cyberspace

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop Workshop

6:00 CC Theatre Theatre

Presenting Presenting our Feature Feature Event: Planeta Azul, Brazilian Music and Passistas Samba Dance Group Group International International Food Competition

11:00-11:30 CC Mississippi 1:30-3:30 CC Mississippi Room 3:00-3:45 CC Barkley 4:00-4:45 CC Theatre Theatre 4:30-5:30 Oakley Dining Room, Applied Science 2nd Floor 5:00-6:00 FH 400

Activities to Expand Your Your Mind: Tuesday’s Tuesday’ T uesday’s Activities: Dress Dress Your Your Dreams. Dreams. I No Longer Wish to See the World World Beginners Guide to Intellectual Property Property

Wednesday, W ednesday,, November 20 ednesday 8:00-4:30 CC Rocking Chair Lounge

International Silent Auction International

7:30-9:30 p.m. Residential Colleges

9:00-2:00 CC Ballroom Ballroom

International Bazaar International

Friday,, November 22 Friday

Workshops (each session is 45 minutes) Small Business Workshops

8:00-12:00 CC Rocking Chair Lounge

International Inter national Silent Auction

10:00-3:00 CC Barkley Room 10:00-7:00 CC Rocking Chair Lounge

Your Mind: Wednesday’s Wednesday’s Activities: Activities to Expand Your Vision of Life, Personality Zoo, Tree Tree of the Diversity Tr Vision of Knowledge


New Faculty Luncheon: Focus on Teach Teach Abr Abroad oad and Inter Internanational Opportunities

1:45-2:30 CC Ohio Room

Kakhashi: Japanese Language

Lunch CC Rocking Chair Lounge

Carp Tasting Tasting

3:00-4:00 CC Mississippi Room

Anglo-American Relations in the 20th & 21st Centuries: Education and the Scottish Enlightenment

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Police Beat Nov. 8

and fire marshall were notified. A report was taken.

9: 5 8 a. m . A caller reported a suspicious person near Faculty Hall. Officers were notified and an information report was taken. 2: 31 p.m. A caller reported a skateboard complaint outside Faculty Hall. Officers were notified, but everything appeared normal. A report was taken.

Nov. 12 1 2 : 4 5 p.m . A caller reported a medical emergency in the Wellness Center. Officers and Murray Ambulance Services were notified. A report was taken. 1 1 : 54 p.m . A caller reported the smell of smoke in Mason Hall. Officers and the Murray Fire Department were notified. A report was taken.

Nov. 9 1 2 : 37 a. m. A caller reported an intoxicated and injured person in White Residential College. Officers were notified and a report was taken. 9: 2 2 p. m . Officers received a fire alarm activation notice from White. The Murray Fire Department and fire marshall were notified and the report was referred to Central Plant.

Nov. 13 1 0 : 1 6 a .m . A caller from Hart Residential College reported that the corner of a poster had been burnt. Officers and the Murray Fire Department were notified. An arson report was taken. 1 0 : 52 p. m . A caller from White Residential College reported the smell of marijuana. Officers were notified and a report was taken.

Nov. 10 1 2 : 1 7 a .m . A caller reported suspicious activity outside of the Doyle Fine Arts Center. Officers were notified, but everything appeared normal. A report was taken. 3:24 p. m. A caller advised of damage to a street sign on 16th Street. Officers were notified and an information report was taken.

Call of Fame Nov. 1 1 - 1 2 : 5 8 p. m . A caller reported hearing a loud explosion like sound from north of the Collins Industry and Technology Center Building. Officers were notified, but everything appeared normal.

Nov. 11 1 :2 1 p.m. A caller reported a motor vehicle accident on 15th and Olive streets. Officers were notified and an information report was taken. 5: 32 p. m. Officers received a general incident report advising of possible arson in Hart Residential College. The Murray Fire Department

Motorists assists – 3 Racer escorts – 7 Arrests – 0

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

Amber Phillips of Hardinsburg, Ky., has been named the Outstanding Senior Woman for fall 2013. Phillips, the daughter of Betty and Dwight Phillips, is expected to receive a bachelor’s degree in the area of agricultural education this December. While studying in the Hutson School of Agriculture, Phillips has earned a 4.0 departmental GPA and a 3.89 cumulative GPA. She has earned a spot on the University Dean’s List for three consecutive years, served as a Homecoming Court Candidate in 2010, served on the Agricultural Leadership Council and has been a Hutson School of Agriculture Ambassador for two years. “Serving as an Ag Ambassador and on the Agricultural Leadership Council really benefitted me because I got to go into high school agriculture departments and build my relationships with those agricultural educators,” Phillips said. Phillips is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Zeta scholastic honors societies as well as being a member of the Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority. Phillips said she has gained knowledge about general content in agriculture along with organizational and social skills and especially discipline. She has received numerous awards and scholarships for her academic diligence, has been certified as a Hunter Education Instructor and was selected as 2012-2013 Outstanding Senior Woman in Agriculture for the Hutson School of Agriculture. Being an active member of several campus organizations, Phillips has made time for her education outside of the classroom, as well. She completed two internships with Farm Credit Mid-America as a crop insurance specialist as well as being employed by the Hutson School of Agriculture as a dean’s office employee and an assistant to the Racer Academy program. Phillips currently holds a position as a full-time agricultural teacher candidate at Henderson County High School in Henderson, Ky. Phillips said her student teaching experience at Henderson County High School has also extended her a myriad of beneficial experiences and knowledge gained. “We took 24 students total from our agricultural program to National FFA Convention in Louisville this year,” Phillips said. “I trained a junior and a senior FFA quiz contest team, and for me, that was an awesome experience that allowed me to see my students who worked so hard, take their skills outside of the classroom and compete and succeed in a

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Large Selection of Domestic & Foreign Beers and Coolers

Karaoke Thursday Happy Hour 4 to 6 Everyday

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Senior Amber Phillips was named the Outstanding Senior Woman for fall 2013. Phillips will graduate this December with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education. national event.” In the near future, Phillips will travel to Belize to complete her student teaching experience. Phillips will spend four weeks there with three other Murray State students, teaching integrated science with a focus on physics and chemistry at Corozol Community College. “We will get that in-the-classroom experience Monday through Friday and then every weekend we take a different trip or activity to immerse ourselves in the culture there to learn more about it.” Phillips said the group will visit four different cities in Belize such as San Pedro and Lamanai. “I feel that this trip will help me out a lot by making me more marketable to employers by displaying my dedication to agricultural education and my willingness to step outside my comfort zone,” Phillips said. “I also feel that I will gain new teaching strategies and methods because they have a different education system.” Phillips said in particular two of her family members have been influential on her life and have helped her achieve her success thus far. “I’d have to say that my main motivation comes from my two younger broth-

ers, Bradley and Austin,” she said. “I always want to set a very high example for them and show them how you can work hard for some things and the success you get from that. They always encourage me and help keep me going.” Phillips will be announced as the Outstanding Senior Woman at the Fall Senior Breakfast on November 21. She will also be recognized at the December graduation ceremony and will give a speech on stage which she said she is thrilled about due to her love of public speaking. “I feel that this award will also be an impressive resume builder that will help me in my future educational plans as well in my future professional life,” Phillips said. Within six months of graduation, Phillips plans to begin graduate school at either Auburn University or Clemson University to earn her master’s degree in agricultural education or counseling. “My long-term goals are earning my doctorate and potentially being a college agriculture professor or possibly teaching agriculture abroad in the future,” Phillips said. “I’m grateful to be able to have received this award and I am very thankful for all the professors at Murray State that have helped me and all the individuals that have contributed to my success.”


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One of the great things about being a Murray State student is having access to Waterfield Library and all the resources that come along with it. Whether you’re doing research for a class project or just goofing off between classes, Waterfield is the place to be. Students have access to a well-equipped selection of desktop computers on the ground floor, as well as the ability to check out laptops, iPads and Chrome Books if need be. Unfortunately, ‘if need be’ is becoming more and more the case with fewer students able to access those services Waterfield provides. As the number of Murray State students grows, so do the number of visitors to Waterfield, and therein lies the problem. With 60 desktop computers and around the same number of laptops, and with an average of 4,000 visitors per day, its not hard to see why students are having difficulties finding access to a computer at Waterfield Library. Adam Murray, dean of University Libraries, has said that adding more desktops is unlikely; an outdated electrical system in place at Waterfield Library, which hasn’t been updated since 1978, is to blame. This brings up a host of questions all its own. If what Murray is saying is true, one wonders why the University hasn’t bothered to update the electrical system in Waterfield Library in 35 years. Is it just not high up on the list of priorities for the University to have an up-todate and efficient electrical system? Was there just “no money” to complete such an overhaul, as is the typical claim from the University administration? Even if we give the University a pass on not maintaining Waterfield Library, we can’t ignore the fact that there are students currently being underserved by an institution they pay quite a bit of money to attend. Tuition is nothing to sneeze at. We’re paying to come here and

we’re still not getting what we’re paying for if we don’t have enough computers to go around for students who need access to them. The University should do something to address the lack of computers, and it should do it sooner rather than later. If that means updating the electrical system so that it can enter the 21st century, so be it. If it means buying more laptops and thus allowing students more access to them, then so be it. Doing nothing is not an option, nor is playing the blame game or giving students the run around. “We don’t have the money for it,” is not a valid excuse – as we have said in a previous editorial taking the University to task for ending the 24-hour library during finals’ week – we know that’s not the case. The carry-forward funds (which total in the millions) make a mockery of that claim. The University should quite literally put its money where its mouth is and give students equal access to computers in Waterfield Library. Bear in mind that none of this is possible without you, reader. If you are seriously concerned about not being able to access computers in Waterfield Library, you’ve got to do something about it. We can’t do it for you. If you want this, you’ve got to be the ones to demand it. You have to be the ones to write those angry letters to the editor. You have to be the ones to call up the administration and give them an earful about the lack of computers in our libraries. You have to be the ones to make a fuss at the next Student Government Association or Board of Regents meeting – we just report this stuff. You have to take the next step and make something happen.

A Professor’s Journal

Remembering Murray State’s own Arlie Scott Because Arlie Scott taught 35 years as a professor of agriculture here at Murray State and because he served his country in such an extraordinary fashion, I thought it appropriate to honor him during Duane Bolin this week that began with Veteran’s Day to Professor of recall his service durhistory ing World War II. Every Murray State student needs to know his name, and every Murray State student should remember it well. Scott saw enough of the war, for sure. Scott served, in former President Woodrow Wilson’s words, “to make the world safe for democracy.” Wilson wanted to convince Americans that we should go to war in 1917, but Arlie Scott was born to John James and Nancy Elizabeth Holmes Scott in Webster County, Ky., on December 1, 1919, the year that the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I. Born at the end of one world war, Scott grew, as the Civil War soldier Sullivan Ballou would put it, “to honorable manhood,” in time to fight in a second world war. I think I always admired Scott and the story of his life in part because of his Webster County roots. Scott graduated from Onton High School in 1938, and I graduated from Webster County High School in 1974. Here in Murray, I learned of our Webster County connection when I taught, for several years, Scott’s Sunday school class. Believe me, I learned much more from him and the rest of the gentlemen in that class than they learned from me. After high school, Scott joined the Army

on Oct. 8, 1940, in Evansville, Ind., and he was sent promptly to Fort Knox in Kentucky for training. Assigned to Company A, the 6th Armored Infantry, 1st Armored Division, he was promoted “to PFC in two months and two days, to Corporal in four months and four days, and to Staff Sergeant in six months and six days,” in time to parade for former President Franklin Roosevelt at his third inauguration in 1941. Scott left the harbor in New York for Belfast, Ireland on the Queen Mary in May 1942. After five months at Newcastle, “where the Mountains o’ Mourne sweep down to the sea,” he was shipped to Manchester, England, training there for a month for the invasion of North Africa. It was in the North Africa campaign, a few miles outside of Tunis, that Sergeant Scott was wounded and taken prisoner. And that was the beginning of an ordeal that he would never forget, an ordeal that would forge his character. He spent two years and four and half months in various POW camps in Italy and Germany. He remembers riding the box cars from camp to camp. It was not until April, 1945 that he was finally liberated by the Russians from a camp southeast of Berlin. He weighed 161 pounds when taken prisoner and 121, 40 pounds lighter, when he was freed. And no wonder; his daily diet consisted of coffee – “Well, not really coffee, but I can’t think of the name,” he said – dehydrated rutabaga, and one slice of German black bread. If not for occasional American Red Cross parcels, he was sure that he would have starved to death. Several years ago, Scott gave me a recipe

for the black bread, a slice of which he was given each day. The recipe was put down by Joseph P. O’Donnell of Robbinsville, N.J. O’Donnell found the recipe in the official record of the “Food Providing Ministry published (top secret) in Berlin”: 50 percent bruised rye grain 20 percent sliced sugar beets 20 percent tree flour (saw dust) 10 percent minced leaves and straw O’Donnell recalled from his own experiences with the black bread, “we also saw bits of glass and sand. Someone was cheating on the recipe,” he said. Somehow, Scott survived his long ordeal, and returned to America to marry Jayne Maxine Price, and to have two daughters, Jayne Katherine and Carolyn Elizabeth. He came to teach animal science and agricultural engineering at Murray State in 1949, retiring after 35 years in the classroom and field on June 30, 1984. Scott established Agriculture Field Day at Murray State and established the Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Scott died at 92 on Feb. 10, 2012. Of course, Arlie Scott was honored with the Purple Heart, a cherished reminder of heroic service rendered to his country. Students, this humble hero lived for years with his wife at his home on Chestnut Street, the stone house tucked between the Baptist Campus Ministries and Elizabeth Residential College. When we pass that house we should whisper a prayer of thanks for Arlie Scott and thousands of humble and able men and women like him who served and continue to serve our country with courage and grace.

The News


November 15, 2013

5A Born in the U.S.A.

Letters to the Editor It is the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 as I write this note. Another Veterans Day Holiday has come and gone on the Murray State campus with little or no recognition. During my nine years at the University, we have had a few Veterans Day activities, but we have never closed the campus to observe the holiday as we do for other holidays. The University boasts of being a “military friendly campus” – but apparently not so much on Veterans Day. I suppose it is just not convenient for the University to observe Veterans Day. I am sure that academic calendars are done months or even years in advance and it must be hard to accommodate everyone. A few U.S. national holidays seem to be engraved in stone as days that must be observed by closing the campus. I don’t remember a single Labor Day or Martin Luther King Jr. Day since I arrived that we didn’t close the campus. Once patterns like this are established, it is very inconvenient to make a change. Maybe Veterans Day will get a turn in 2014, but we wouldn’t want to inconvenience anyone or do anything that wasn’t politically correct. Convenience and accommodation are very important, of course. We definitely want to have a two-day Fall Break. That conveniently gives us all a four-day weekend. Labor Day comes early in the semester and is always observed on a Monday which makes it convenient and gives us a three-day weekend. We all benefit from our established pattern of closing the campus on convenient or politically correct holidays, and sometimes on seemingly arbitrary days for Fall Break, but I would like to take a moment to mention some things

Don’t shop on Thanksgiving that are inconvenient. Military service is inconvenient. Leaving your home, family and friends for basic training is inconvenient. Leaving your spouse, children, pets, full-time job and homes for months or years at a time on military deployment is very inconvenient. Most of all, being injured, wounded or killed while in the military is very, very, inconvenient. I believe that every traditional holiday observed in the United States has merit and should be respectfully observed to the extent that schedules will allow. I do not believe, however, that long-deceased American heroes such as Washington, Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. would place themselves, or their holidays, in front of living American heroes like our surviving veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq or the other conflicts and deployments of the past 60 years. Our living veterans are walking, talking symbols of the sacrifices that have been necessary to secure our liberty and the opportunities offered by this nation. In the future, I hope the individuals responsible for planning the University calendar will think a little less about convenience and habit, and a little more about honoring our local veterans by closing the campus to observe the Veterans Day holiday. We don’t have to do it every year, but once in 10 years would be a start.

Thanksgiving is dead. Or at least, it will be if the greedy fat cats who have marked it for death have their way. Those greedy fat cats include the multibilDevin Griggs lionaire Walton Opinion Editor family, the owners of Walmart, which has announced that it will begin its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The Waltons, apparently upset with only being worth around $100 billion, are apparently quite okay with forcing their workers to come to work on Thanksgiving to satisfy their greed. The root cause is the same with every single retailer that has decided to stay open on Thanksgiving – greed. The Waltons and the people like the Waltons who want to drag people away from one of the few days off most of us get are disgusting, awful, greedy people who want to make another dime at your expense and at the expense of their workers this holiday season. They don’t deserve your dollars. Don’t they get enough of them every other day of the year? I don’t know about you, but if I were sitting on $100 billion, I think I’d have enough money that I could stand giving my employees a day off. I think I could have a heart and act like a human being in that instance, rather than act like an inhuman, money-grubbing parasite, which is what the Waltons and their ilk are. But then again, I’m not one of the few graced with billions of dollars and literally nothing good to do with them. Once upon a time, we had businessmen in this country who thought that treating your employees well was good business sense. By the look of it, those today are few and far between – but if you are a businessman or a businesswoman, I implore you to shut your doors on Thanksgiving. You are stealing from your workers if you open on Thanksgiving – stealing precious family time that can never be replaced by a paycheck. If you are not an employer but an employee working Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take action yourselves. Walmart workers all over the country will be walking out on strike on Black Friday; there’s no reason why the festivities shouldn’t start a bit earlier! If enough workers walk off the job and enough shoppers support ‘em, you can be sure the Waltons won’t try something as boneheaded as a Thanksgiving dinner sale next year. As for you readers who are not low-wage workers forced by your boss to punch a clock on Thanksgiving day or an employer, I encourage you not to shop on Thanksgiving. Do not reward bad behavior on the part of these greed-driven opportunists. Better yet, if you know a business that plans on opening its doors Thanksgiving Day, stop shopping there altogether – a message needs to be sent to these folks, loud and clear. Thanksgiving will die if you don’t do something about it. Last year it was 8 p.m. sales, this year it’s 6 p.m. – what next? Sales at 4 p.m.? If we don’t do something about it, one of our nation’s most sacred holidays is going to be rubbed out by the one percent.

Mike Bowman Professor of computer science

Dispatches from the New Enlightenment

Sunlight in the quad or an Illinois yankee in Henry Clay’s court Seven thirty a.m. works phenomenally well, especially in winter accompanied by the vapors warm and rising nearly visible from your cup, but then so does 6-9 p.m. with the Big Muddy well beyond the horizon an hour’s drive distant past your gaze instead of a faded rememWilliam brance at your back. Zingrone The bench behind Associate professor Wells Hall is the place to be in the morning frost of psychology that lasts so briefly down here in the land of tobacco and Henry Clay. As the sun climbs to peek over Pogue Library and every ray carries another at once infinitesimal and nearly infinite deposit of photons to drive away the chill, or as the sun recedes behind Wells from the steps of that stately old library, it is surely the most magic of times and it is a proper time, a fitting moment to reflect on not just the details of the given day about to start or one just ended, but the purpose of higher education and the uniqueness of western Kentucky, its people and Murray State. Free exchange of information, academic freedom, argument, debate and consensus is the order of the day, every day at The Church of Reason. New knowledge, old knowledge, speculation and imagination is transmitted at the speed of sound as it has always been; teachers teach, expand, expound, amplify, criticize by the magic of the spoken word but now accompanied by infor-

mation transfer at the speed of light in the palm of every student’s hand. They think smart phones are normal. They have more computing power at their disposal than Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins had to take them to land mankind on the moon in ’69. Tell me what futurist predicted that one and the net the information flies on? Twenty years ago I’d travel the eight hours straight south to Benton, Ky., every few months to pick up a trailer load of primitive pine furniture for a small country store my wife and I ran, when the idea of teaching was a long gone given up dream, not even on the bucket list. Then to wind up here at Murray State 20 minutes or so down the road in my mid 50s ... doing what I always wanted to do since high school … who could have planned that one? Given the typical job market in academia I’d applied in 2008 at the advice of my advisers to more than 30 positions, and after 32 applications, I got one bite, one phone interview, one site visit and the start of a new career and a love affair with an acre or so of ground left between some old buildings. We may not be Harvard or Berkeley (we sure ain’t Berkeley) UK or U of L, but Murray State and its people have a flavor and charm of their own they can’t touch downtown, out West, up North, out East or anywhere for that matter. Like the fact that y’all never just get up to go somewhere, you don’t just git up and go, rather there’s a mindful preparation to it, an unhurried pause and plan, one you’ll never hear “up North” around Yankeeville where I come from … “I’m

fixin’ to go to the store, you need anything?” You mean you’re going to the store, “Yeah, I’m fixin’ to go right quick, you want anything?” (Damn Yankee can’t understand English … “Bless his heart”). And nobody “up North” hails from any county. I’m from Woodstock, Ill., not McHenry County. You’ve got to get used to where Marshall, McCracken, Graves and Christian counties are and quick. Nobody ever offers what town they are from unless pressed. That wouldn’t work so pretty good up north. Saying you’re from “Cook County” puts you in with five million people, more than all of Kentucky put together and you might be from Chicago or one of almost 120 other cities and towns. The sunset over the Mississippi from the bluffs at Columbus-Belmont is also not to be missed. A breathtaking drop to the water past the rail fence you ain’t supposed to cross and the sound of the tugs and barges parked and ponderous downriver. More magic. And hearing “Miss Loetta” or “Miss Donna” or “Miss Vicki” et al., Those titles are most decidedly not “plantation,” nor quaint, nor a silly affectation from a time past but a sign of genuine and heartfelt respect for elders taught as well in Southern culture as anywhere; nothing to be corrected but enjoyed, and all of the above are filed under “things I won’t forget” when I leave here in another 8 months or so. Mornings or late afternoons on the Quad are not to be missed among the unique people and irreplaceable Murray State experiences. So will this Illinois Yankee miss his time spent south of the Ohio in the rolling friendly hills of the Purchase? I reckon so.

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Cheers to ... leaves for having finally fallen on campus. It’s only a short amount of time before the place turns into a frost-bitten wasteland, but in the meantime, thank you for making Murray beautiful. Jeers to ... whoever thought putting macaroni and cheese on a hamburger was a good idea. Seriously, Dining Services? In what universe is this a good idea? Well, at least you had a mac and veggie burger to go with it ...

Jeers to ... Christmas music on the radio, Christmas decorations on street corners and Christmas ads on TV. This nonsense has been going on since Nov. 1st. Can you at least wait until the day after Thanksgiving?

Cheers to ... Pet therapy. Nothing is more therapeutic than puppies. Nothing. Nothing. At. All. Thanks for continuing to do it ‘doggie style,’ Murray State!

Devin Griggs is president of the Murray State College Democrats.

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By Carly Besser

The News



November 15, 2013

On-campus museum struggles f inancially Low funds result in program, hour cuts Mary Bradley || Staff writer

Tucked next to the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business is Wrather Museum, a building of historical importance to Murray State, and one that has seen better days. The museum offers learning opportunities to the young and old and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1975, but funding for the building’s upkeep has fallen by the wayside. A quick glance around the entrance of the building reveals chipping handrail paint, deteriorating drywall and rusted door frames, a sight that does not compare to the value of history Wrather holds. Lisa Hanberry, director of Wrather Museum, said the museum is visited by many students and holds multiple events that are free to schedule, but may soon not be to help maintain funding. “My boss, Adam Murray, is going to try to work on some kind of contract for future events, maybe next year, of getting a fee charged similar to what the Curris Center charges because right now we have no funds to have a cleanup whenever the events are in here,” Hanberry said. Hanberry said she and her student workers are often left to clean after events, and she sometimes requests the help from the event’s coordinator. Wrather has had multiple events since Hanberry became director in July, including a daycare graduation and a wedding. The most recent event was Crazy in Love, which was an exhibit about warning signs of domestic abuse and was hosted by the Women’s Center. The building is also used for weekly meetings and large

public speaking lectures during the week. The museum has three floors, all containing various exhibits to explore, ranging from War and Remembrance to Music History. Recently, one exhibit titled “Window on the World” was updated to display 40 framed copies of famous art, such as Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange. While the museum has been struggling financially, Hanberry has maintained visitation with students and community members to share Wrather’s history. “We’re working with local schools around the area to recruit them for tours and having professors bring their students in for tours during the day,” she said. “I’m gathering an email listing of professors that teach music or history and Calloway and Murray have a contact person that I’m reaching out to in order to send these emails.” Students on campus have utilized Wrather to hold various events including sorority and fraternity initiations and the annual Miss Black and Gold pageant. While these events are important, Hanberry said she believes students can learn important information about Murray State’s history by exploring the exhibits and said there is something for everybody. The building will not be torn down similarly to Ordway Hall because of its placement on the National Register of Historic Places, but donations are always accepted to help maintain the facility and clean up. Hanberry and student workers do depend on organizations around campus to maintain visitation and help, but the history is what really matters to those at Wrather. “We’re having to depend on the departments and sororities and fraternities to help me get things back in order because we don’t have enough man power to get it all straight,” Hanberry said. “We want to preserve the history.”

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Zac h Garnett, sop homore from Hop kinsvil le, Ky., b rowses throug h the Am eri can History exhibi t in Wrather Museum . The museum is open Mond ay throug h Saturd ay.

University gains education doctorate Ben Manhanke Assistant News Editor

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SAFETY DAY: The Hutson School of Agriculture hosted Agriculture Safety Day where students could view overturned tractors. Senior agriculture students (L-R) Matt Irby of Murray, Greg Deahl of Hansen, Ky., and Josh Meyer of Ballard, Ky., discuss one of the exhibits during the event, held Tuesday at the E.B. Howton Agriculture Engineering Building.

Murray State produces famous alumni Mary Bradley || Staff writer

With an upcoming visit from television personality Bill Nye, students are used to notable people visiting campus. Little do they know, but a handful of notable people spent their college years at Murray State. The most recent notable alumnus of Murray State is Houston Rockets basketball player Isaiah Canaan. The point guard gained national attention after successful seasons with the Racers before joining the NBA. Canaan earned multiple awards at Murray State including the OVC Freshman of the Year and a twotime OVC Player of the Year. As a junior, Canaan and the Racers saw much of their national fame grow as the team won 23 conCanaan secutive games. While Murray State basketball has been a popular sport for the Racers, Kenyan Wesley Korir has run his way to fame after leaving Murray State. Korir, who transferred to University of Louisville after Murray State dropped the track program, made a name for himself through running, politics and non-profit. The runner competed in many large marathons, including the Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston marathons and

placed first in the races three times in the past four years. He holds a personal best marathon record of 2:06:13 and runs professionally for Nike. Outside of running, Korir is a member of the Kenyan Parliament after assuming office in March 2013 and will serve a fiveyear term. Additionally, Korir and his wife founded the Kenyan Kids Foundation and are working on building a Korir hospital in Korir’s hometown of Kitale. The foundation’s purpose, according to its website, is to “spread God’s love throughout Kenya by helping to eradicate poverty through education, healthcare and selfsufficiency.” Senior Keri Yannucci said she believes athletes such as Canaan and Korir bring positive attention to Murray State sports and can be an inspiration to students. “People know that there are different ways to be successful,” Yannucci said. “They can make it in other ways than a normal career. They can be famous, too.” While athletes can bring attention to sports, Murray State has seen theater graduates shine after their years on campus. Alumna Chrishell Staus found success after she graduated in 2003 and landed

a role as Amanda Dillon-Martin on the popular soap opera “All My Children”. After the show ended in 2011, Staus landed a role on “Days of Our Lives” one of the longest running television programs in the world with 48 seasons and more than 12,200 episodes. Staus studied theater before graduating and is originally from Kentucky. Having experienced homelessness while growing up, Staus is involved with the organization Upward Bound House, which works to eliminate homelessness. Freshman Kelsey Woodcock said she thinks Staus and those like her could help students prepare for life after college. “If she could come back, it would give students a good connection,” Woodcock said. “She’s been through it and could give students advice about auditions and good information.”

Other notable alumni include: • Forrest C. Pogue, graduated in 1931, the official U.S. Army historian during World War II • Jude Deveraux, graduated in 1970, a romance novelist with 37 New York Times best-seller novels • W. Earl Brown, graduated in 1986, had roles in HBO’s “Deadwood,” FX’s “American Horror Story,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Scream.” • Kirk Rueter, graduated in 1991, retired from major league baseball in 2005 as the most successful left-handed pitcher in San Francisco Giants history

Last Thursday, following approval by the Council of Post-Secondary Education, Murray State adopted its second doctorate degree program. Set to be available fall 2014 and already accepting applications for the new program, Murray State will offer a doctorate degree in education. Interim President Tim Miller said this is tremendous news for the University and the surrounding area. “Murray State is supposed to serve our 18-county region, and in this region, there are 27 high schools,” he said. “A lot of those teachers at these schools would like to get a doctorate in education and if they can do so at Murray State, in their backyard, then it’s going to be a tremendous advantage to them.” Miller said being able to offer a second doctorate program, the first being Murray State’s doctorate of nursing practice, is especially exciting considering the state’s general reluctance to grant four-year comprehensive universities the ability to offer several doctorate degrees, including education. He said Kentucky generally favors University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, their flagship universities, as the main proprietors of doctorate degrees. Jay Morgan, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, was the University’s representative to present the doctorate program to the CPE in Frankfort for approval. Going in to the presentation, he said he felt confident. Morgan said the entire process of creating the doctorate: the designing of curriculum and the syllabus for the doctorate program and the development of learning objectives took approximately two years, the typical length of time it takes to design a doctorate. After initially finalizing the designs for the then-tentative doctorate program, the College of Education gathered approval from the departmental curriculum committee, collegiate curriculum committee, Murray

State acad e m i c council and Board of Regents before going before the CPE. The fact that MurMorgan ray State has established two doctorates in four years Morgan said is pretty remarkable. “The doctorates bring academic notoriety and increase our academic reputation as a top-flight institution,” Morgan said. "These programs really add to the strength of our community and make others who are both inside and outside the state look at us like we have a complete curriculum from doctorates all the way down to associate’s degrees.” The new doctorate of education, joining Murray State’s approximately 40 masters degrees and 120 undergraduate degree programs, offers three areas of specialization. The areas to choose from are: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) leadership, preschool-12th grade leadership and postsecondary leadership. Morgan said the administration hopes to have an initial cohort class of 23-25 students their first semester. Murray State will be hiring one new faculty member to allow for the offering of the doctorate. The University will mainly rely on repurposing existing faculty to teach both doctoral and regular classes. Already, he said, an exploratory committee has begun researching the third doctorate program Murray State hopes to offer, this one from the college of Humanities and Fine Arts. Morgan said the University is limited by the CPE to offering only clinician practice style doctorates, not research doctorates (Ph.Ds.). Currently, he said, the exploratory committee is looking at what the offering of a Humanities and Fine Arts doctorate might cost the University, what the benefits of it would be and how many potential students such a doctorate might attract.


The News


November 15, 2013


Students, clean-up crews clear trash from sports facilities Kate Russell || Staff writer

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Ryan Johnson, senior from Cape Girardeau, Mo., throws away leftover popcorn bogs and old sodas.

The clock runs down to zero, the athletes start for the locker room and the crowd files out - leaving behind half-full bags of popcorn, empty cups and forgotten nachos. Then the clean-up crew arrives. Building and Equipment Maintenence Division, part of Facilities Management, is responsible for cleaning up Roy Stewart Stadium after every Murray State football game. Rick Grogan, assistant to the director of the Building and Equipment Maintenence Division, said that six or seven buildings services employees are present at every game. Those employees make sure the trash is taken out, cleans up litter and spilled food. After each game, the trash in the cans is removed from the stadium. That includes behind the concession stands, in the public area and around all the exits of the stadium. On the Monday morning following the game, part of the grounds crew goes through the bleachers of the stadium, cleaning up all the trash from the past game. The grounds crew also cleans up discarded material in the parking lot of Roy Stewart Stadium. Grogan said an average of 200 pounds of garbage is taken to the Transfer Station after every football game. Grogan said though they used to have Class D felons on the grounds crew cleaning up trash, they have not done so in a number of years. While the Building and Equipment Maintenence Division handles trash clean up at Roy Stewart Stadium and most other buildings on campus, the CFSB Center has its own cleanup crew for basketball games and events. Bob Scales, operations supervisor

TEDx hits University, students learn success tips

of the CFSB Center and Lovett Auditorium, said after every game or event at CFSB, a group comes in to clean up all the garbage left behind by patrons. He said the usual group is about seven building service technicians, as they take care of the building, as well as four or five student workers. Scales said there are 100-150 students working at CFSB during the year, and they rotate cleanup on games and events. All trash from Murray State, including garbage from football and basketball games, is taken to the Transfer Station, where it is left to be taken to a landfill. According to the Murray Transfer Station’s webpage on, “Refuse is hauled to an off-site landfill by a third-party contractor.” Calloway County does not have a landfill, so no waste is kept in-county. Recycling is also an important part of the work cleanup crews do at these facilities. There are recycling bins in the football stadium for cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans. Grogan said right now building services is recycling approximately 34 percent of materials. He said he hopes to see that number rise to more than 50 percent in the near future. “We’re trying to decrease the amount of material we’re sending to the transfer station, and increase the amount we’re recycling,” Grogan said. About recycling at CFSB, Scales said that all cardboard is recycled, as well as all the batteries used in the building. According to the Murray Transfer Station’s webpage on, every ton of waste dropped off at the station costs $45.75. Philip Morris, supervisor of Murray’s Transfer Station, said his facility receives 90-95 tons of garbage from the University every month.

Lexy Gross || Editor-in-Chief

Success – a word college students hear and think about every day. So how can students reach the goals that lead to a successful career? Speakers Phillip Van Hooser, Kayla Barrett and David Gesler visited Murray State Wednesday afternoon to expand on the topic of success and what students can do to attain it. All Murray State alumni, the speakers participated in a global program called TED. TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a set of conferences with the common slogan “ideas worth spreading.” In the Freed Curd Auditorium, students listened to speakers and watched two video TED talks from across the U.S. Erika Thomas, senior from Clarksville, Tenn., volunteered to help with the program. “I think TED talks are fascinating and

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Dakota Fields, senior from Lexington, Ky., gathers trash after last week’s basketball game.

really bring varying subjects to different regions,” Thomas said. “I’m interested in speech writing so I really wanted to participate.” Hooser started off the program by explaining the best way for students to make effective choices. The strategy, which Hooser said he developed in the first six weeks after graduating from Murray State, focused on how students can position themselves in the best way to overcome obstacles to success. Barrett focused on inner character and the requirement of competence when trying to stand out in the workplace. “Character is who you are, and who you say you are, without an audience,” she said. Barrett ended by saying little changes in character and competence can produce big changes for a student’s professional future. Gesler was the last speaker, bringing in the idea of “hope ninjas” as a way to better the

world we live in. He said often, people look up to superheroes because they represent what individuals strive to be. He asked students to become positive influences and be thankful for everything they have. Patty Parish, director of the Racer Oral Communication Center, said she was talking with Greg Wurth in organizational communications about TED talks and how effective they are in the classroom. “So we went to the dean, Tim Todd, and asked if we could get TEDx at Murray State,” Parish said. The “x” next to TED means the event was independently organized, separate from the conference’s national spectrum. The talks will be available online at “I think the information given today can be used across all majors,” Thomas said. “No matter what field you go into, you need to know how to communicate effectively.”

MSU Foundation supports students, scholarships Alex McLaughlin || Contributing writer

One non-profit organization on campus is dedicated to the academic and financial success of students. The MSU Foundation’s goal is to provide this support. The foundation, although affiliated with Murray State, works independently of the University for the sole purpose of supporting the students who have the intent of graduating with a quality education. This may include raising money for new equipment in classrooms, a new classroom altogether or a new building on campus. The foundation is a non-profit organization that has been responsible for the management of donations to the University since 1946. The foundation focuses on collecting donations from Murray State alumni and friends of the University. Since 1980, the assets of the foundation have increased from $2 million to more than $90 million. Bob Jackson, president of the foundation, has been involved with Murray State for many years. He is transitioning from his previous role of chief development officer of the Office of Development. Jackson’s background also includes experience in the Kentucky State Senate. Jackson was involved in the Hold Thy Banner High campaign, a promotion for the students of the University, which raised $71.73 million. The original goal of the foundation was to raise $60 million and to have 50 percent of that money go toward scholarships for students. Jackson said the foundation benefits a large portion of students. “When you raise private funds at any college or university, it is a true partnership from all entities involved,” Jackson said. “Most importantly, it is from the generosity from alumni and friends of Murray State, so you are con-

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MSU Foundation director Bob Jackson discusses end of the semester business with other members of the foundation. stantly making the case to them of our needs and scholarship needs. This includes phone calls, events for alumni and bringing alumni and friends of MSU on campus.” Of the 65,000 alumni, more than 23,000 donated to the University during the Hold Thy Banner High campaign. “Homecoming is vitally important to our alumni,” Jackson said. “Thousands come back each year. The Office of Development is constantly meeting with alumni and friends of Murray State. We are constantly inviting alumni to campus. We have a Racer-thon calling program where we call alumni five nights a week during the semester. We are constantly calling hundreds of alumni every night. We are constantly touching base with our alumni and friends in many different ways.” Jackson said the process of contacting

alumni is vitally important and is becoming more important now because of the reduction in state funding to public universities. He said the foundation has a responsibility to ensure that this money is used in the possible way to benefit Murray State’s students. “Sometimes we receive stock gifts and sometimes we receive real estate gifts,” Jackson said. “Sometimes alumni remember us in a will. We get checks in the mail. Once these funds are raised, they come to the foundation. The foundation’s responsibility is to hold, manage and invest these funds in a wise and prudent manner.” This process also includes managing the scholarships and projects that have already been established at the University. In fiscal year 2013, because of the work of the foundation, Murray State was able to award $1.6 million in scholarships to students.

“The work of our Board of Regents, the president and the administration, with the help of alumni and friends of Murray State raised about $72 million to benefit students at the University,” Jackson said. “We just ended a very comprehensive campaign that raised a lot of money.” Murray State offers many scholarships because of the money the foundation has raised. Through the Stars program students can apply for scholarships that directly apply student’s individual qualities. The foundation was responsible for implementing the Stars program on campus. The Stars program is software that was designed to help universities and its students simplify the process of accepting and managing scholarship applications. Jackson said the Stars program has been used at other universities around the country and because of the benefits Stars could provide the students, the Foundation chose Stars. “We helped pay for the Stars system and we help manage the Stars system through the scholarship office,” Jackson said. “We interviewed and talked with a number of scholarship software providers and we chose Stars. We vetted it very closely. We interviewed many suppliers and got references from other colleges which helped us to choose Stars.” The Hold Thy Banner High campaign provided funds for new buildings such as the Jesse D. Jones clock tower. It provided funds for new scholarships such as the Shroat Stage Dedication and Scholarship, a scholarship for theatre majors comprised of funds donated by Jerry and Betsy Reid Shroat. Jackson said the foundation will continue to create opportunities like this for students. “For this past year, we awarded $1.564 million in scholarships to our students,” Jackson said. “For the fiscal year 2014, approximately two million dollars in scholarship awards will be made.”


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Head Coach Chris Hatcher hangs his head during a timeout in the loss to Eastern Illinois Saturday. The Racers now have a .500 record on the season and in the conference, where they currently rank sixth.

Second-half rally not enough against No. 2 Eastern Illinois, Racers fall to .500 Jonathan Ferris || Staff writer

The Racers could not contain the nation’s top offense Saturday as the No. 2 Eastern Illinois Panthers defeated Murray State 37-17 at Roy Stewart Stadium. Murray State struggled early, and the Panthers stormed out to a 30-0 lead. The Racers responded late, putting together a late second half rally. In his first career start, Racer quarterback Parks Frazier found sophomore Pokey Harris over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown

strike near the end of the third quarter. On the subsequent kickoff, sophomore T-Ray Malone recovered a fumble and Murray State took over at the Panther 30-yard line. The offense could not take full advantage of the turnover, but sophomore kicker Marc Wynstra sent a 31-yard field goal through the goal posts to cut the score to 30-10. The Racers continued to fight back through the fourth quarter as senior defensive back Brandon Wicks forced his second fumble of the day to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to junior Nevar Griffin to cut the deficit to 13.

“When we cut it to 13 points there, our team was pretty energetic,” Head Coach Chris Hatcher said. “They still felt like they had a chance to win.” Unfortunately for the Racers, that was as close as they would get to pulling off the upset. On Eastern Illinois’ ensuing drive, running back Shepard Little broke off a 61-yard touchdown run to keep the Panthers perfect in OVC play. “They’re a really good team,” Hatcher said. “They don’t have any weaknesses and they play with a lot of confidence. You’re not the No. 2 team in the country just because somebody decided to put you there. They’ve

earned that right.” Perhaps the most disappointing part of the week, however, came Monday when Hatcher received news that All-American wide receiver Walter Powell will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. With just two weeks remaining in the season, Powell’s injury requires a 4-6 week recovery period, thus ending the career of Murray State’s all-time leading receiver. “He’s very upset,” Hatcher said. “He played a really good game and he’ll be missed. He’s

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Women’s basketball opened the new season with a pair of victories against Robert Morris-Springfield and Evansville this week. The team’s depth was on full display during the two games, with seven players scoring double digits. Head Coach Rob Cross said he has been impressed so far. “I’m excited about the aggressiveness we show offensively,” Cross said. “Everyone that can shoot it is letting it fly when they are open.” The Racers opened the season at home with Robert Morris-Springfield Friday, cruising to a 101-44 victory. The team quickly gained a 10-3 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Junior Keiona Kirby was the offensive spark in the first half, scoring 13 of her 25 points in the first six minutes of play. Kirby opened the game with a pair of 3point shots that were far behind the arc. “In her first opportunity to be a go-to player for us, (Kirby) stepped up for us,” Cross said. He said after the game he wasn’t concerned at all about Kirby taking shots so far behind the 3-point line. “I’m a firm believer that you shoot in

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Junior Jarvis Williams shoots over a Brescia defender in the Racers’ 97-69 win Tuesday.

An inexperienced men’s basketball team came up short on the road Friday night with a 7774 loss to Valparaiso, but rebounded Tuesday at home with a 97-69 win over Brescia to move to 1-1 in its first week of play. The Racers have proven their ability to score the basketball, averaging more than 85 points through the first two games. It is the defense, however, that has Head Coach Steve Prohm concerned. “I’m not really worried about us on the offensive end of the floor,” Prohm said. “I think we’ve shown the capability to score the basketball. The biggest thing I’m talking to them about is how we’ve got to get better on the defensive end.” The team’s inexperience showed in the loss to Valparaiso Friday night. Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, the Racers stormed back and found themselves down by two points with 2:46 to play. During the final minutes of the game, however, Murray State

missed several free throws, leading to a 77-74 defeat. Prohm attributed the missed free throws to inexperience – a problem junior forward Jarvis Williams said will fade as the team plays more games together. “We’ve been together all summer, but experience comes from playing against other people,” Williams said. “We come together more than when we’re playing against each other. When we get the chance to play another team, it just makes us come together and have fun.” The Racers suffered another big blow over the weekend as sophomore forward Zay Henderson broke his hand during a drill in practice, sidelining him for four to six weeks. With Zay Jackson’s injury and departure from the program and the ineligibility of guards Justin Seymour and T.J. Sapp, Henderson’s injury leaves the Racers with only eight out of the possible 13 players on scholarship. “When you only have eight scholarship guys,” Prohm said, “there are depth and foul trouble concerns, but nothing will

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your range and for some people, they are better shooting deeper,” Cross said. “She is better off shooting wherever she thinks she is open.” The Racers shot almost 47 percent from behind the arc with freshman Julia Fox adding four 3-pointers on the night. “We are going to have to live and die by (3-pointers) with our team,” Cross said. “We are going to be a very good perimeter-scoring team as long as we relax.” In the paint, senior Jessica Winfrey recorded her 13th career double-double with a 15point, 11-rebound performance against the Eagles. The Racers then traveled north to Evansville, Ind., for their first road game and pulled out a 62-50 victory Monday. Murray State held the Purple Aces to just 19 percent shooting on the night and allowed only four 3-pointers on 26 attempts. “The team did an outstanding job of paying attention to detail within the defensive game plan for the entire 40 minutes,” Cross said. “I was very impressed with the way our players moved their feet without fouling and contested shots in the half court.” Leading 31-27 at the end of the first half, the Racers started the second half on a 9-2 run and didn’t allow the Purple Aces to make a shot until halfway through the second half. Kirby and Edom led the team in scoring with 13 points each, while sophomore Jashae Lee

probably one of the top three or four most dynamic players in this conference, if not the nation, when the ball is in his hands. We’ve lacked some vertical passing game and with him out that really puts us in a bind.” The 37-17 loss drops the Racers to 3-3 in conference play and sixth place, ending their hopes of an OVC championship. Despite falling short of the goals set forth at the beginning of the season, Hatcher said his team will still play hard through the final two games. “We have two more games to compete,” Hatcher said. “Then for the seniors, it’s over with. That’s what I stress each week – enjoy our time together and don’t compromise because we owe it to ourselves to give our best effort, no matter how the season is going.” As the Racers look forward to the remainder of the season, they will work to solidify the quarterback position in particular. During a poor outing a week ago at UT Martin, the Racers made the switch from Maikhail Miller to Frazier. Frazier made his first start against Eastern Illinois and completed 32 of 50 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Frazier’s effort was enough to keep him as the starting quarterback in this week’s practices. “It’s week to week,” Hatcher said. “We’ll start (the week) with Parks at the No. 1, and it’s up to Maikhail whether he wants to get the job back. Whoever goes out and performs the best, that’s who is going to get to play.” The Racers will need consistent play from whoever gets the nod at quarterback as they travel to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to face off against Tennessee State and the OVC’s top-ranked defense. Though the Tigers’ vulnerability was exposed two weeks ago in a 440 blowout loss to Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State rebounded last week, defeating Austin Peay 31-6. If the 5-5 Racers hope to salvage a winning season, they will need to find a way to defeat the Tigers at L.P. Field Saturday. Murray State and Tennessee State kick off at 2 p.m.

From Page 1 change. We have to play the same way with the same intensity and our goal each game is to win.” With the Racers shorthanded until December when Henderson is expected to return from injury and Sapp’s period of ineligibility ends, several new faces have been forced into action. Williams has had an impact in the paint. Williams leads all forwards, averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds

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Freshman Janssen Starks and senior Jessica Winfrey push the ball up the court in a 101-44 win against Robert-Morris Springfield Nov. 8. scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Like her previous game, Winfrey pulled down 17 rebounds in the win against Evansville. Winfrey also added seven points on 3 of 10 shooting.

“Rebounding is all about desire,” Cross said. “It begins with Jessica Winfrey and her unmatched drive to go get the ball when it goes up.” Murray State continues its road trip by taking on Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. Saturday.

through the first two games. Sophomore guard Tyler Rambo has been the Racers’ top producer off the bench. Rambo set a career high with 12 points against Valparaiso, and added another seven against Brescia, giving him an average of 9.5 per game. “(Rambo) can defend and rebound,” Prohm said. “He can get to the free throw line and he’s been good in our games so far. He could easily be a starter at the three or the four for us.” After defeating NAIA Brescia 97-69, the Racers now turn their sights back to Division I as they

make a road trip to Norfolk, Va., to take on Old Dominion. The Racers and Monarchs met last season at the CFSB Center, where Murray State pulled out a 79-72 victory. Old Dominion struggled through most of the year, however, finishing with a 525 record. “Old Dominion has always been known for dominating people on the glass,” Prohm said. “I’m sure they still have that same mindset and they have some size, so we’ve got to do a lot better job than we did at (Valparaiso).” The Racers look to move to 2-1 on the season at 6 p.m. tonight.


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Hart defense earns big win over Rhinos Nick Dolan || Assistant Sports Editor

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Hart A senior quarterback Hallie Freeman scrambles away from pressure before finding an open receiver in the corner of the end zone during Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against the Regents A Rhinos.

The Hart A defense stood tall in its 25-0 win over the Regents A Rhinos in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intramural flag football Tuesday night. Hart started with possession and only took three plays to get points on the board, scoring with a deep pass down the left side of the field by senior quarterback Hallie Freeman. The extra point was no good, making the score 6-0. The Rhinos then looked to take advantage of their first possession. They drove down the field, but after reaching two consecutive first downs on their first two plays, the Hart defense settled in and took control. Regentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; short run was followed by two straight incompletions, a false start and the team eventually gave the ball back after a fourth down incompletion. The bitterly cold night did not help either side as the game wore on with both squads, who traded the ball back and forth in their next series. It did not take long for Hart to get into the end zone; Freeman completed a short touchdown pass and completed the extra point to extend their lead to 13-0 with a little more than a minute before the half. The Rhinos tried to get something together but with just three seconds left the Hart defense got its first interception of the game to send the con-

A l p h a Si g m a P h i e a r n s s h u to u t w i n Mallory Tucker || Staff writer

Alpha Sigma Phi shut out Sigma Pi 33-0 in flag football Monday. Alpha Sigma Phi intercepted three Sigma Pi passes, running two of them down the field for touchdowns. Players from both sides said they did not expect the blowout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew we were playing a very good Sigma Pi team,â&#x20AC;? said Austin Wynn, sophomore and defensive coordinator for Alpha Sigma Phi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen them play against Sig Ep, and they played very well against them, so I told the team just come out ready to play. Anything can happen on any given night.â&#x20AC;? Junior Matthew Komerous, who plays for Sigma Pi, said he was disappointed with the performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were probably our own worst enemy in this game,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can honestly say that. I thought it was going to be a pretty evenly matched game.â&#x20AC;? He said the team ran sloppy plays and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come focused. After winning the fraternity division last year and placing second overall, Sigma Pi holds a 2-2 record this season. Alpha Sigma Phiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team captain and quarterback, sophomore Taran Coleman, led his team to victory with multiple touchdown passes. He said leading a rambunctious group of fraternity men isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always the easiest task, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of responsibility that comes with it, as far as getting people out and getting people to listen,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Coleman said many people have their own opinion on what works, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open to hear those things in the huddle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ask my guys, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working? What does it look like out of your route? Are you open?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little things like that can help. But as far as making the call, the guys respect the call that I make in the huddle and we just execute from there.â&#x20AC;? During the game, two Alpha Sigma Phi players collided, one busting his head and another busting his nose, in addition to a Sigma Pi player leaving the field with a scraped forehead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The game got pretty physical,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of these guys are used to playing football, and used to getting knocked around a little bit. As far as that goes, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tough guys.â&#x20AC;? Coleman laughed at the good play of his center, Mike Filosa, who left the game with two touchdowns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had good play out of my center tonight,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had two touchdowns. He usually doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play very well, but for tonight in a game like this, coming off a loss like we did against Sig Ep, we really needed big play out of our role players, and he showed up tonight.â&#x20AC;? Wynn said intramural football may not be a real college sport, but the games still meant something to his fraternity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college and even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intramurals, they play like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real high school football game,â&#x20AC;? Wynn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great time to be an Alpha Sig right now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;

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The Buckeye Open did not go the way Head Coach Allen Lollar and the Racer Rifle team had hoped for after coming off its tri-match victory over then No. 3 Jacksonville State and No. 4 Texas Christian. The Racers totaled an aggregate 4,608. They shot 2,272 in smallbore and 2,336 in air rifle. Junior Kelsey Emme took charge in smallbore with a team high 576; she finished in a close second behind sophomore Tessa Howald in air rifle with a score of 587. Howald shot a 589 in air rifle. Freshman Jack Berhorst finished third in air rifle with a score of 580 and finished smallbore at 570. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the match we were hoping to have following up the big weekend and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? Lollar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come together for us. The only thing left to do is come back to work and figure out what the problems were, why we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shoot as well as we did the week before and try to fix those things.â&#x20AC;? Murray State sits at No. 4 in the College Rifle Coaches Association Top 20

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No Excuses I have decided to postpone the final column in The Murray State Tradition series to discuss a topic of far greater imJonathan portance Ferris this week. Staff writer Over the last several days, an incredibly disturbing and disappointing story has emerged out of the Miami Dolphins’ locker room. Jonathan Martin, a second-year tackle, left the team last week after reports of bullying from fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito. As the days have gone on, more disgusting details have emerged regarding the actions and words of Incognito toward Martin. Martin, an African-American, received voicemails from Incognito with obscenities ranging from blatant racism to sexually derogatory comments about his sister. As a white male who has never been in a locker room for any reason other than to interview athletes, I realize my lens is clouded and my experience limited. Perhaps the most disturbing part for me, however, was the acceptance of Incognito by his teammates. Not a single one condemned Incognito for his actions. Instead they stood up for him. Teammates attributed the actions to typical locker room dialogue – a pathetic justification, if you ask me. In an NFL culture where players are expected to be bold, harsh and strong, the issue of the matter has been lost in criticism of Martin’s character. Shannon Sharpe’s comments from NFL Today get to the heart of the problem. “Ask your parents,” Sharpe said. “Ask your grandparents about the mountain that they climbed so that a black person in America could have respect, could have dignity – and that you allow this in an open locker room to take place is unacceptable.” Simply attributing Incognito’s actions to “everyone is doing it,” is not in any form an acceptable answer. It’s not about whether Martin handled it correctly or not. It’s about the acceptance and fostering of a culture of hate in the Dolphins’ locker room. Thousands of people throughout this country’s history have paid far too great a price for this kind of garbage to be accepted in any workplace setting. NFL locker room or not, this is the environment where these players are making their livings and no workplace should be a place of racism and bigotry. I find this entire incident despicable, and sincerely hope Incognito is severely punished for his racism and hate. More importantly, however, this incident has exposed a much grander flaw in the NFL and sports in general. Locker room cultures such as the one depicted in Miami should not be tolerated anywhere in any sport. This country has come a long way in acceptance and tolerance, but Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins have clearly shown how far as a nation we have yet to go.

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Tournament hope slips away after loss to Peay Taylor Crum || Staff writer

The chance to play in the OVC tournament slipped away from the volleyball team after a fifth-set loss at Austin Peay Tuesday night. The loss comes after things seemed to be on the upswing for the Racers, who defeated Southeast Missouri State and UT Martin last weekend. The team also reclaimed its lone senior and captain, Katlyn Hudson, after a leave of absence due to a concussion. Head Coach David Schwepker said Hudson’s return made a substantial transformation in the women’s gameplay. “You can tell how much it meant for the team to have her out there again,” Schwepker said. “She’s really made a big difference coming back.” He said with Hudson back on the floor against SEMO on Friday night, the team’s confidence was high, something that helped them pull off a come-frombehind victory. The Racers then turned around to win the next day against UT Martin with another 3-2 match win. Despite the win, Schwepker said the game was not pretty. All the Racers had to do for a tournament bid was earn a win against conference rival Austin Peay. Despite the positive changes the team went through last weekend, Austin Peay

took home the win and put a halt to the Racers’ dream of seeing the OVC tournament this year. Murray State was a set away from winning after gaining a 2-1 lead, but lost both of the final sets. Schwepker said he thinks the women’s nerves got the best of them. “I just think the pressure was too much,” Schwepker said. “We messed up a lot of things that were routine – things that we should not have messed up on.” He said he and the team are both saddened by the loss, but are trying to keep a positive attitude. “I told the girls to remember this heartbreaking experience and remember what it feels like so they will understand why we are going to work so hard in the spring,” Schwepker said. “It’s just a great learning experience for these girls, and it’s only going to make them stronger later on.” With the tournament completely out of the picture, the Racers only have one game left this season against Eastern Kentucky. Schwepker said he does not want the girls to go into the game and blow it off, but to make the best of it since there is no pressure behind the game. The women will travel to Richmond, Ky., to complete their season. They will take the floor at 3 p.m. Saturday against Eastern Kentucky.

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Sophomore setter Sam Bedard passes a ball up during a game against Tennessee State.

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Senior Michael Agnew rides at the cycling club tent earlier this semester.

“Considering cycling is a lifelong sport, I hope to do it until the day I die.” Michael Agnew, senior from Madisonville, Ky., loves cycling, and he said he hopes to make it a profession. For now, he has to settle for riding for the club team at Murray, but he said that doesn’t make it any less exciting. The club has been around since 2001, but Agnew did not really get into the sport until 2011. He said he enjoys riding for multiple reasons, one of which is the variety of competitions within each discipline of cycling. For example, two disciplines include mountain biking – his favorite form of competition – and cyclocross. Even within mountain biking, the sport can be broken down into areas such as cross country or short track. Regardless of the competition, though, Agnew said cycling is a team sport. “It’s an individual sport as well as a team sport,” he said. “A lot of people think it’s just you on your bike, but there are a lot of team tactics.” He said teams typically try to protect their strongest player, because other teams might try to eliminate him from the race. “Teams hold together and you guard one person, and it’s the person you want to win,” Agnew said. “As you’re riding, you’re always guarding that person. Other people are trying to take him out. Crashes aren’t always accidental.” Cycling is about much more than riding in a race, though. Agnew said after most races, the riders have to break down their bikes for maintenance. Due to the extreme conditions cyclists put the

bikes in, Agnew said they have to have a certain caliber of bike. The club is open to anyone, but it encourages any new members to be serious about riding and have the proper gear. “In order to be competitive, you have to have a certain caliber of bike,” he said. “We’re micro adjusting within millimeters – saddle height, bar width, bar height. Everything is specific. You’re going to be on that back for 6 hours. A lot can happen in that time.” Agnew said training for cycling is just like any other sport. Riders have to put in the effort to be good. They are expected to ride 100-200 miles per week, with occasional days during which they push themselves. The training helps avoid some of the dangers of cycling, which are similar to most other athletic ventures. “If you go past your comfort level and experience level, and you’re in a race maybe you shouldn’t be, you’re probably going to get hurt,” Agnew said. “Knowing your limits – that’s the big part about anything.” Agnew said cycling goes beyond the competition, though, especially for him. “The best thing I like about mountain biking is just being out in nature,” he said. “You’re riding over the trail and all you hear is birds chirping and your tires on the ground. There’s nothing else out there.” Plus, he said, people of all ages ride bikes. Even when he rides with the club, he has ridden beside people ranging in age from 14 to upper 60s, and they come from a variety of backgrounds. “All you have to do is have a bike,” Agnew said. “You can ride with people that are super rich or kind of poor. Everyone rides their bikes and nobody cares.”

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Toby Monts, freshman from Murray, puffs on an e-cigarette indoors. Monts only smokes e-cigarettes occasionally because he said they do not have the same effect as a regular cigarette. McKenzie Willett || Staff writer

According to many college students, tobacco products are harmful and not as socially acceptable as they once were, but what if someone picked up an electronic cigarette? Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, were invented in the 1960s, but did not take off until a decade ago, as reported by ABC News. E-cigarettes produce water vapor instead of tobacco smoke. They look similar to regular cigarettes and have the same effect as nicotine, but are better for the environment. This alternative to regular cigarettes is not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, which in turn does not put an age restriction on purchasing the product. E-cigarettes give the smoker the same

type of nicotine buzz a normal cigarette would give, without the harmful effects of tobacco or tar. Judy Lyle, associate director of Health Services, said the e-cigarette may be better for the environment, but contrary to popular belief, health is still affected. “These cigarettes cause a cytological and physical problem,” Lyle said. “The cytological problem involves the look and feel of the electronic cigarette and how it affects the mind. It makes them want to take a drag because it looks just like a cigarette. Physically, smokers have to take a deeper inhale to satisfy themselves with the electronic cigarette.” E-cigarettes are often used by people who want to decrease the amount of cigarettes they smoke a day or as an aid to quit smoking. Lyle said quitting smoking is a difficult task to overcome, and quitting cold turkey can be worse.

“I wouldn’t recommend starting these cigarettes as we find them just as harmful as the original,” Lyle said. “We have 12-week programs for those who would want to quit smoking in a healthy way.” E-cigarette smokers such as Vinny Parlato, local handyman from Murray, said it has helped in the long run to quit smoking. “I haven’t even thought about picking up another cigarette,” Parlato said. “I have been smoking since I was 18 and smoked about half a pack everyday. Some of my friends in the east end of Kentucky showed me the electronic cigarette about three weeks ago and I have bought it ever since. I’ve even influenced other people like my brother-inlaw to use it.” According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, studies show 30 percent of people who make the change

to e-cigarettes quit smoking completely. “I really don’t see the problem with electronic cigarettes because they are not harming anyone around me,” Parlato said. “I think of it as a healthy and cheaper way to smoke without bothering others.” Toby Monts, freshman from Murray, said e-cigarettes do not give him the satisfaction a regular cigarette would. “I only smoke the e-cigarettes once in a while,” Monts said. “I would agree with Lyle and the fact of it involves cytological attributes. I think it is a good alternative for the environment, but your health is still affected.” Gas stations everywhere are now selling e-cigarettes as another option for smokers in Kentucky. Brian Weatherford, store manager of Shell gas station, said their tobacco sales have increased five times since they have put e-ciga-

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rettes on their shelves. “We still sell regular cigarettes to our costumers, but we have increased our sales dramatically over the past two years because of the different options,” Weatherford said. “I do not see them as a problem, but I still do not like them because they can still be addicting just by the look and feel of it.” Though doctors and students seem to agree e-cigarettes are better for the people around you and can help smokers kick the habit, e-cigarettes still have an affect on the smoker’s health. E-cigarettes are similar to devices called vaporizer pens, which have recently stirred controversy. Vaporizer pens can be used to smoke other products such as marijuana, hash and hookah. Law enforcement agencies are watching the trend closely to enure safety of users.

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Though most people have retired their costumes from Halloween, it seems there are some mummies who didn’t get the memo. Across campus, mummies have been posing for pictures and handing out fliers to promote their undead brethren’s Here Come the Mummies concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21 in Lovett Auditorium. Here Come the Mummies is a high energy, funk band based out of Nashville, Tenn. The band members perform “under wraps,” or full mummy costume to both conceal the artists’ true identities and stay in character. The ensemble includes anywhere between eight and 13 members, all with their own personality and alter ego. Each member even has an elaborate bio, which explains how they came back to life. Those members include Eddie

Mummy, B.B. Queen, K.W. Tut, Mummy Cass, Spaz, The Pole, Midnight, Mummy Rah, the Flu and Java Mummy. Though there are many talents in the band, Java Mummy is the only one who speaks and can only speak when music is playing. Hunter Harrell: I’ve heard some exciting things about the band Here Come the Mummies from fans and reviews. What kind of show can students expect from all of you? Java Mummy: You can expect eight mummies to throw down non-stop energy in the form of an undead dance party. HH: For those who have never heard your music, how would you describe your sound? JM: It is really hard to nail down, since we tend to genre hop a bit, but in general we play terrifying funk from beyond the grave,

Over time, auctions have become a more uncommon way of selling and purchasing goods than they once were. For Joe Bunch, it is more than just a job. For him, being an auctioneer means to one day take over his family’s business. Bunch is a senior from Wingo, Ky., and earlier this year he received his auctioneer license from the Kentucky Auction Academy, which is located in Bowling Green, Ky. “I just chose history as my major to get a degree in an area that I actually like,” Bunch said. “Since I went to auction school to get my auctioneer license, between that and working as an apprentice auctioneer, there was no real point in getting any type of business degree.” The requirements from the Kentucky Auction Academy for receiving an auctioneer license are to take 80 hours of auction classes, then pass an apprenticeship test and be an apprentice auctioneer for two years, or possibly longer. For Bunch, juggling school and work

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Joe Bunch, senior from Wingo, Ky., auctions off items for his family’s auction company. was not difficult because his father made him focus on school first and work second. But growing up it was hard to do because he was always playing football or running track, Bunch said. Bunch decided to become an auctioneer about two and a half years ago

when he realized he did not want to become a teacher, he said. Murray State does not provide classes that can help with the auction business other than real estate classes. However, his parents thought it would

We mustache you some questions ... But we’ll shave some for later. Here at The News, we found this month’s No Shave November festivities so entertaining that we decided to choose a few of this campus’ brave and hairy men to show their progress throughout the month. We chose JC Aponte, Derek Miller and Jamaal Gardner as our men of No Shave November. Continue checking back every week to see how their facial hair continues to grow throughout the month and also to hear some of their best no-shaving tips and tricks.

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Q: If you could name this stage of your beard growth, what would it be? A: I would call this stage the fuzzy stage. I’m definitely starting to look fuzzier. Q: Have you been tempted to shave? A: Yes, I have been tempted to trim it up and shave my neck, but I’m holding strong. Q: Have you gotten any comments on your beard so far? If so, what? A: Yes, the comments are mostly from guys who are dumbfounded by how well I can grow a beard and how theirs look like that of a teenage boy.

Q: If you could name this stage of your beard growth, what would it be? A: I’d say that this stage of the beard is the comfort stage. It’s about where I like to wear it all year. Q: Have you been tempted to shave? A: I was definitely tempted to trim over last Sunday because I had a series of interviews for people I am looking to hire for the spring. Q: Have you gotten any comments on your beard so far? If so, what? A: I haven’t gotten any comments yet because I typically wear it about this length anyway. A few people have been surprised it hasn’t grown out more.

Q: If you could name this stage of your beard growth, what would it be? A: We will call it “itchy and scratchy” like from the television show “The Simpsons.” Q: Have you been tempted to shave? A: Many, many times! Q: Have you gotten any comments on your beard so far? If so, what? A: Nope. None at all, yet. Check back every Friday to see how the beard growing process is going for Aponte, Miller and Gardner.

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AUCTIONEER From Page 5B be best if he got a degree so he would have more than just his auctioneer license. “I plan to use my license to help the family business prosper,” Bunch said. “It will also allow me to help certain organizations if they ever choose to have fundraising auctions.” There are two Bunch family businesses, one is called Bunch Brother Auction and Realty Co., which specializes in auctioning off personal property and real estate. The other is Bunch Brothers Auctioneers in Louisville, Ky. This branch specializes in auctioning off heavy machinery, construction and other large equipment. Some of the items Bunch has helped auction are heavy equipment pieces like D10 dozers to auctioning real estate during his time as an apprentice auctioneer. For Bunch, growing up in the family business gave him the chance to travel and meet new people. Said Bunch: “At first I wasn’t going to be an auctioneer but after growing up a little and going to college I realized that continuing the family business is what I want to do.”

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The basics: Alexander Sharp, senior from Murray Q: What is your favorite trend? A: My favorite trend right now is probably wearing leather boots with straight leg pants. Q: What is your go-to outfit? A: My favorite outfit is a plain button-up, gray-toned pants and a cardigan. Q: What is your favorite brand of clothes and why? A: Bullhead Demin makes the best jeans. They’re just the most comfortable and are always on top of the trends. Compiled by Breanna Sill

Mummies? JM: Hilarious. We sit and laugh, trying to out-pun each other.


HH: How do the Mummies balance perfecting their performance and maintaining life while their flesh is rotting? JM: The dead flesh just adds to our funkiness, and for reasons that boggle the mind, it makes us more sexually irresistible.

From Page 5B which ranges from rock to funk. During the show, you can expect everything from straight up funk, R&B ballads, to ska and Latin dance tunes. All of it will make you sweat. HH: Why does the band perform as mummies? Where did the idea come from? JM: We are mummies, and have resigned to let the world see it.

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HH: What are the band members’ talents and specialties? JM: Big question. Our trumpeter BB Queen’s specialty is making high end espresso, our lead singer and guitarist, Mummy Cass’ specialty is making contraptions. My specialty is as a sexual olympian. HH: What is the most exciting part for the Mummies coming to Murray State? JM: Exposing ourselves to many new

HH: What are some of the band’s favorite places to perform or places to see while on tour? JM: Ever been to Tijuana? We were there for several weeks while the donkeys were on vacation.

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Here Come the Mummies dress in full mummy attire for every appearance. eager ears and eyes. HH: Is there anything special Murray State will see in the show? JM: Save for an army of undead, slaying funky rock music, no. HH: I have noticed some of the

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HH: What are the future plans for the Mummies? Will there be any new projects for the band? JM: We are eagerly awaiting the release of our recently filmed live DVD.

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past is she stood for something. “Born This Way” is an amazing song about accepting others for who they are. Now she sings “Don’t want your jewels/I want your drugs” in the track “Jewels N’ Drugs.” In this album, Gaga took a wrong turn from the direction she was going in after her previous album, “Born This Way,” was released. She had an audience and a voice and she failed to use it to the best of her ability. Though I am mostly disappointed with the latest album, there are some tracks that are, in typical Gaga fashion, catchy as hell. “MANiCURE,” the sixth track on the album, has a memorable beat. The lyrics have no depth behind them, but that doesn’t stop it from getting stuck in your head. However, in part of the

I used to love Lady Gaga. I loved that she was weird and didn’t care what others thought. Also, the songs she created were catchy as hell. But after some time, the odd clothing, the strange videos and the “I’m so different from everyone” act, got old. Not to mention, she completely sold out. The first single off the album “Applause” I only know because I’ve heard it too many times on that annoying Kia commercial where the hamsters are overweight and they get in shape to go to some sort of red carpet event. C’mon Gaga. If you’re going to sell out to something, at least make it cooler than hamsters. One thing I loved about Gaga in the

chorus of the song she just screams ‘manicure’ repeatedly. She does it in such a voice that it reminds me of that “Saturday Night Live” sketch with the two retired porn stars selling products on a QVC-like channel. It’s bland, monotone and just flat out weird. “MANiCURE” was a flicker of hope for me as I made it halfway through the album. I liked the catchy beat and lyrics and the creepy porn star voice pushed aside, I liked the song. But from there the album falls flat. The next notable song – and not notable in a good way – is the song “Swine.” Yes, you read that right. She is singing a song about pigs where she literally has sampled a pig’s ‘oink’ in the song. Throughout the album, her voice is showcased to its full potential on tracks like “Do What U Want” and “Dope,” but

the lyrics don’t match up. The song “Gypsy” is perhaps this album’s only saving grace as it showcases her vocal talent and also has some meaning behind the lyrics. At this point, “Applause” isn’t sounding too bad to me.

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She was an American Girl I was your typical little girl. I had bins full of dolls and just about every single Barbie accessory known to man. Among some of my favorite Savannah dolls was my Sawyer American Girl Features Editor doll, Molly. I didn't get Molly until I was a little older, so it wasn’t long until I began to think I was too cool to play with dolls. But honestly, Molly was probably one of the coolest dolls I played with and still own to this day. The American Girl Doll company created dolls that were a part of history. Each one had a different back story about a different time in history. Granted, not many girls who played with the dolls actually followed their back stories, but it was still amazing to be able to instill that type of learning in kids so young. My doll, Molly, was a child during World War II. In her back story, war breaks out and her father is sent off to fight. War is threatening to break out on her home front as well. There are several books that can be purchased that tell the story of each doll. And with each book comes a different time period. However, the American Girl Doll Company seems to be headed in a different direction ever since Mattel bought the company. Mattel retired several dolls with historic back stories and instead replaced them with Saige Copeland, who loves spending time at her grandma’s, riding horses and painting. Her school recently cut art classes and now she does not know what to do with her life. Or, what about 10year-old McKenna Brooks, who excels both in school and in gymnastics? But just when she is at her peak she is sidelined for an injury. I get that the company is trying to change with the times, but it is just sad. Do we not have faith in our youth that they can take on such imaginations? At least some of the original dolls still remain, and I hope that the American Girl Doll Company will realize its dolls are so much more than just dolls. It is teaching the youth about American history.

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Every seat in the house was full last night as the Murray State Alliance held its semi-annual drag show in the Curris Center large ballroom. Nearly 300 people attended to see students and local community members dressed in full drag, performing for their cause. The Alliance has hosted the event on campus since 1996, said master of ceremonies D. Andrew Porter, senior from Scottsdale, Ky. “We make a statement,” he said. “It really is a culture shock, but it is also a campus tradition.” Though some find the event controversial the Alliance supports what it stands for. “Shows like these are part of our (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) culture,” said Jo Bennett, sophomore from Murray and marketing officer for the Alliance. “It’s just something fun for everyone to be a part of.” Student performer Aubry La’Shea Shannell said that she has participated in the Alliance’s shows for the past three years as well as shows in Nashville and Clarksville.

In attendance were people experiencing their first drag show and also regulars to the event. “I have never been to a drag show before,” said Sarah Powell, freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. “It seemed like it would be a good time.” Not only were there drag queens rocking the stage, but there were also drag kings who strutted their stuff. The catwalk mimicked that seen at a fashion show with spotlights and strobe lights flashing all around. The costumes worn by the queens ranged from Reba McEntire to Beyonce. Attendees approached the stage often to give their favorite performers tips and a quick kiss before returning to their seats. Performers also ventured out into the crowd and gave attendants lap dances. The event raised more than $1,500. Proceeds will be used to promote the Alliance’s mission statement which is “acceptance, education, and awareness of diversity in the student body, to empower students to share common goals, concerns and interest as equals and to promote the importance of unity on campus and in the community.”

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