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RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN DREAM DACAmented student speaks out Lindsey Coleman Assistant News Editor

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“I will fight for what I and any others believe in,” she wrote. “I will go kicking and screaming before anyone tries to tear my family apart. We all have an obligation to fight racism and hate.” Last week news spiraled about the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and President Donald Trump called on Congress to reform immigration policy in the next six months before DACA is officially phased out. Amidst the chaos, Celeste Siqueiros mustered the courage to demand better for America. She published a blog online and sparked a discussion about what it means to be DACAmented in this country.

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Celeste Siqueiros has lived in the United States for about 15 years, but President Donald Trump’s immigration actions make her fear deportation. “It’s really disheartening to see that people don’t educate themselves before assuming that they just crossed the border and are trying to steal people’s jobs,” Siqueiros said. “We are the ones who are taking the opportunity to help local businesses and governments flourish.” Siqueiros is a sophomore nursing student who moved to Murray from Mexico at five years old. Her family uprooted from Hermosillo, Sonora and sought a better life. The family came with traveling visas, unsure if they would stay permanently. “I had some family here, and my parents just wanted us to have a better life,” Siqueiros said. “They knew we wouldn’t really get that in Mexico, so we moved.” She started kindergarten without speaking any English. She said she remembers crying every morning before school, but despite the challenges, she learned English by the end of the year. During elementary school, she felt like a citizen, but

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in middle school that changed. Around fifth grade, someone made a racial slur about her. She felt angry, hurt and confused. “It’s very out of body sort of, because you don’t know any other way,” Siqueiros said. “I thought I was like everyone else. I thought I was a citizen. I was a part of the culture.” When she was in fifth grade, Barack Obama was elected, which she said honored diversity and inclusivity in American culture. In 2012, the administration enacted the DACA immigration policy and erased the fear of deportation. “Now that all this is happening, the fear is starting to creep back in,” Siqueiros said. According to CNN, since the Obama administration began DACA in 2012, 787,580 people have been approved for the program. Eligibility requires applicants to arrive in America before age 16

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and live there since June 15, 2017. Most DACAmented immigrants are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. They pay income taxes, are eligible for a license and can legally have jobs. Siqueiros and her brother were able to work, receive licenses and earn good credit. They are now students at Murray State. “We are lucky because we’ve lived here in Murray and we’ve been able to save up. My parents have sacrificed so much to have us both in school,” Siqueiros said. “Even the immigrants who don’t get to go to college should still be treated equally because they fight to keep the economy thriving.” Siqueiros said President Trump’s actions and words about DACA have messed with the country’s emotions and left them not knowing what to believe. “You just lose hope in the government, because they are playing this political

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game without realizing that it’s harming the people,” Siqueiros said. “What they’re doing is dividing our country even more. We have to unite and support each other, but a lot of people don’t understand that.” For students who want to get involved, she said the Office of Multicultural Affairs may have an event soon where students can get informed. “I know my brother and I aren’t the only ones who are DACAmented on this campus,” Siqueiros said. Last week, Murray State released a statement about the university’s stance on the DACA issue and vowed to protect the privacy of all students involved: “Murray State University is and remains a student-centered university dedicated to supporting a diverse community of student scholars in their educational pursuits, regardless of their background or country or origin.”

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Woods says ‘I do’ at the Stew Blake Sandlin

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You’ve probably heard of players being “married to the game”, but on Tuesday night after football practice, senior defensive lineman Bishop Woods took that mantra to a new level. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Woods and his fiancée, Caitlin Myers, were wed on the midfield line of the football stadium in front of a crowd of teammates, friends and coaches. For most people, the thought of holding an impromptu wedding on the 50-yard line of Roy Stewart Stadium would be enough to scare them away from marriage altogether, but Myers said their relationship has always been about spontaneity. “How our relationship is, it’s very spontaneous and on edge and impulsive,” she said. “So how we did it, it was really special to us.” Woods made the decision to hold the wedding after he ran into offensive line coach Brian Hamilton before football practice Tuesday. Woods told Hamilton he was desperate to get married, and as fate would have it, Hamilton had the solution. “[Hamilton] said he’s married people before, so I was like, ‘Would you really do this for me and Kaitlin this afternoon after practice?’,” Woods said. Hamilton, an ordained minister, suggested the two wait until the next day, but when Woods called his fianceè to propose delaying the wedding, Myers said she wanted to get married that day. “[Myers] said, ‘I want to do it today, before you change your mind’,” Woods said. Thus, they collectively agreed to hold their wedding after practice that day, with Hamilton as the officiant. Woods said when he told his teammates he was holding a wedding after practice, they didn’t buy it. “At first [my teammates] thought I was joking,” Woods said. “And then I told them, “I’m getting married after

practice.’ They thought I meant propose. I’m like ‘No, I’m getting married after practice.’” At the conclusion of practice, teammates and friends huddled around the two as Hamilton read lighthearted vows to both Myers and Woods. “Do you promise to love and protect him – even when he chooses to wear sleeveless shirts and mesh shorts to parties and events?” Hamilton asked Myers. “Do you promise to love him in sickness – even if that sickness is caused by losses by his team, any team he is coaching, the teams of his children or the teams that he wagers on. Do you promise to have a solid answer for what you want to eat at least 50 percent of the time?”

Love is the hard work, love is the dayto-day, love is the little things. And I think if you keep that in mind, you’re more likely to be successful in it.

- Brian Hamilton, offensive line coach

After vows were exchanged and tears were shed, Woods kissed his girlfriend and sealed the deal – in pads and all. Woods’ story has since gained traction on a national scale. ESPN, ABC News and USA Today all featured the couple’s spontaneous and unconventional ceremony on their websites. Woods said he initially posted the video on his own Twitter hoping it would inspire athletes, but the response was overwhelmingly universal. “I woke up this morning with a bunch of notifications, it was getting spread everywhere,” Woods said. “It’s just crazy how fast it’s happened and now

everybody knows that we’re married, and how we did it was special and unique in its own way.” While some may question Woods and Myers’ decision to hold an impromptu wedding on a football field, Hamilton believes true love isn’t measured by lavish weddings and expensive outfits. “I think a lot of times, those kind of things can be overproduced,” Hamilton said. “That’s not what love is. Love is the hard work, love is the day-to-day, love is the little things. And I think if you keep that in mind, you’re more likely to be successful in it.” Woods’ mother, who lives in Atlanta, wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, but Woods said she couldn’t stop crying at the news. Yet despite not having close relatives in attendance, Woods said he wouldn’t have had the ceremony any other way. “I truly felt like if I was at church it wouldn’t have went any differently,” Woods said. “This is the real deal.” The two met at Murray State during Woods’ freshman year. He first approached her outside of Winslow Dining Hall, and the rest was history. “I was outside of Winslow, I tried to be cool,” Woods said. “I said, ‘Aye girl,’ as she was walking and she almost tore her ACL – she stopped so hard.” The two now have one four-monthold son, Benjamin. Hamilton has watched Woods progress throughout his years at Murray State, and praised his relentless efforts to provide for his family of three. “You hear so much bad about college athletes,” Hamilton said. “And here you’ve got a guy whose showing up to practice and passing all his classes and working at Pizza Hut at night to put food on the table for his family. I’m proud to be a part of someone who lives there life like that. There’s a great story here before all this happened, in my mind.” The wedding will be memoralized long after the two move on from Murray State – just check the shoe tree for a pair of football cleats.

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Defensive lineman Bishop Woods got hitched to his girlfriend of three years, Caitlin Myers, on the 50-yard line of Roy Stewart Stadium Tuesday night.

Nursing program named most affordable in commonwealth Katlyn Mackie Staff writer

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Murray State’s School of Nursing was named the number one most affordable nursing program in Kentucky by College Choice. Dana Todd, associate professor in the nursing program, said Murray State’s School of Nursing is a “hidden treasure” and this recognition will provide publicity of the affordable, yet quality education that is provided through the program. “The program is professionally accredited with qualified nursing faculty that care about the success of their students,” Todd said. While the school of nursing is an affordable and quality program, Todd said, it should not be considered “cheap.” Todd said the BSN program provides students clinical experiences similar to that of other programs, but there are also several experiences that are unique for Murray State nursing students. For example, students in the pediatric clinical course have the opportunity to work with nurses at St. Jude Children’s

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Murray State’s nursing program requires each student get 135 clinical hours with a registered nurse mentor in the last five weeks of the program. Research Hospital in Memphis. Students enrolled in the school of nursing have six semesters of nursing courses with clinical experience in each one. In the last five weeks before graduation, students practice 135 clinical hours with a registered nurse mentor. For this, students are placed locally in Nashville, Louisville, Evansville, Owensboro and

Lexington. Throughout the program, students gain experiential learning in the on-campus lab and in multiple hospital settings in the region. The National Center for Education Statistics compiled nursing programs in Kentucky that offered a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the last academic year to form a list of the

most affordable programs. The list was then sorted to include the top ten most affordable schools of nursing in the state of Kentucky, by in-state tuition. Murray State’s program came out on top with an average tuition of $7,608. Marcia Hobbs, dean of the school of nursing, said this recognition is special because it supports Murray State’s efforts

to provide quality education at an affordable price. Hobbs also said although every college student needs to be cost conscious, she would like to think that decisions are based on more than just the cost of an education. “I think we are a value because we have a reputation of producing strong and productive graduates who do well in their chosen profession of nursing,” Hobbs said. The School of Nursing has about 210 BSN students, 80 RNBSN students and about 80 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students. The acceptance rate into the traditional BSN program runs from 50-65%. Anna Ellis, senior from Eddyville, Kentucky, said this recognition is great for the school of nursing as well as Murray State. “I think this is a very positive thing for our program, especially when comparing programs who have the same success rates,” Ellis said. Through the nursing program, Ellis was able to study abroad in Italy as well as learn about the Blue Zone – a concept that describes how to help people live healthier.

“If it weren’t for Murray State and the School of Nursing I would have never been able to experience something like this,” Ellis said. She also said the small class size allows the students to be able to form better relationships with their classmates as well as their professors. Jessica Loyd, senior from Herrin, Illinois, said she believes this recognition is positive and it will draw more students to our program that may not have previously been aware of it. Loyd said the atmosphere on campus and the tight knit community along with the excellent reputation of the nursing program was her reason for choosing Murray State. Loyd also said she believes the faculty sets the program apart, especially since the curriculum is difficult, and the knowledge requirements to pass the licensure exam are always changing. “I feel that our faculty does their best to prepare for our licensure exam and support us as students,” Loyd said. “They push us to be our best, and they are always there to help us if we need it. “

Popular student hangout closes without notice Sabra Jackson Staff writer sjackson30@murraystate.edu Hart Cafe did not reopen for the Fall 2017 semester, leaving students without a quiet hub to study. Ally Buhr, senior from Bloomington, Indiana, said the cafe was a cozy place to go study when she needed a quiet place to be alone. “I was really planning on studying there,” Buhr said. “I work in Hart as a desk person

during the semester, so I was always able to go in before work or after, so I was pretty sad.” This semester, she said she will head outside to find a quiet place to study and get coffee at Thoroughbred Cafe. Zachary Ryne, graduate occupational safety and health student from Bowling Green, Kentucky, worked at Hart Cafe during the 2017 spring semester. “Dining services itself did not extend any kind of

a warning to anyone,” Ryne said. “They didn’t say ‘hey this is going to be happening’. The supervisors were informed and they told us they think this is going to happen.” As far as all of the equipment used in the cafe, Ryne said it is just sitting in storage waiting until the next step. Ryne said one thing he will miss most about the cafe is talent nights. He said his favorite performer was “Tan

the Man,” local disc jockey and one of Ryne’s Phi Mu Alpha fraternity brothers. “It was really nice to be there and support him during his ‘infant stages’ of DJing,” Ryne said. The customers were another of Ryne’s favorites. He said the cafe had the coffee shop vibe, being very relaxed and at ease. He said he was “bummed” to find out Hart Cafe closed. “The worst thing is probably is that it’s not open at all,”

Ryne said. “It would have been cool if they had opened the doors and said ‘this is a study lounge for the semester.’” Student workers from Hart Cafe were transferred to different areas in dining services such as the Thoroughbred Room, the Thoroughbred Cafe and Market 22. Shawn Touney, director of communications, said the closing was a result of evaluating direct and indirect

costs to the university. These include student use and overall revenue from the cafe. “Students may utilize Winslow Dining Hall on the residential side of campus for coffee options that are available through the unlimited meal plan,” Touney said. He said the space is being evaluated to determine what is best for the future use. “We’re optimistic that some decisions will be made later this academic year,” Touney said.


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Sports ‘We shouldn’t lose this year’ Sports Editor: Bryan Edwards Assistant Sports Editor: Blake Sandlin Page Designer: Rosalyn Churchman Phone: 270-809-4481 Twitter: MSUSportsNews

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goals on the season and is two goals away from breakgjohnson17@murraystate.edu ing the career scoring record of 34 goals at Murray State. After claiming their best In addition to attempting start in program history, the to claim the career goals re5-0-0 Racer soccer team will cord, Withers is also fighting have two monumental games for the top spot in the nation ahead of them when they meet in goals scored, as she is curMorehead State and Saint rently tied for the most goals Louis University this weekend. in the country. The Racers have won two “It would obviously be really games at home and three on cool, but it’s not my biggest the road, with four of their wins priority,” Withers said. “It’s being dealways cided by a b o u t a single the team goal. for me. Along I score with a goals so strong rewe can turning win as a core, Head team. As C o a c h long as Jeremy - Harriet Withers, senior forward; Murray State we’re getGroves Soccer ting the said a key win, that’s to their success has been the what really matters.” freshman class. Going into this week, Mur “It’s been huge; they’ve ray State has two big games added depth to us,” Groves in store. The first of two said. “We’re asking these when the Racers hit the road younger kids to do things and open conference play that might be out of the oragainst Morehead State. dinary for them and they’ve “We just have got to make done a really good job.” sure we prepare and just keep Along with the team’s undoing the things that have defeated start, one Racer is made us successful,” Groves attempting to rewrite the resaid. “Murray State has won cord books. Senior forward Harriet Withers has eight see , page 4 Contributing writer

It’s always about the team for me. I score goals so we can win as a team

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Senior forward Harriet Withers approaches a ball in defense. Withers is two goals away from being Murray State’s all-time goal leader.

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Groves, Lodge bring storm of success DJ Pigg

Contributing writer dpigg@murraystate.edu

When Murray State brought on Head Coach Jeremy Groves and his assistant, Matt Lodge, they had no idea the effect it would have on the program. But four years and two OVC regular season titles later, the two have shown they have more in common than an aptitude for winning. It seems almost fateful that they’ve made their way to Murray State, as both men made an eerily similar journey. Although they are roughly 10 years apart in age, they grew up within 25 miles of each other. Groves grew up in Leeds, United Kingdom while Lodge lived just mere minutes away in Doncaster, United Kingdom. After finishing successful youth soccer careers in England, the two men made their way to the United States to embark

on college careers. Groves and Lodge both spent time playing for the University of Kentucky. Groves played for the Wildcats for three years after spending his first year of college at Virginia Intermont College. He led the Wildcats to two-straight Mid-American Conference championships in 2003 and 2004 and played professionally after graduating. Lodge was named a freshman All-American after his first year at Kentucky and continued a great career that climbed up the all-time record lists at Kentucky. After graduating, Lodge finished third in program history for assists and game-winning goals. It was in Lodge’s time at Kentucky that he first came in contact with the man who would later become the head coach for Racer soccer. The two met during Lodge’s freshman year while Groves was working as a graduate assistant

on the Wildcat’s coaching staff. Groves said the proximity of their hometowns was part of the recruiting pitch for Lodge to go to Kentucky. After spending a season together as coach and player, Groves took an assistant coaching job at Morehead State University, where he coached from 2010-2013 while Lodge was finishing his final three seasons in college. When the Murray State head coaching job opened up after the 2013 season, Groves applied because he felt he could bring success to a program with plenty of resources at its disposal. “When I was at Morehead, we would come here (to Murray State) to play, and I didn’t understand why they weren’t doing better here,” Groves said. “It’s a beautiful campus, the field is in the middle of campus, and the town is great. So when I heard the job came open, I put in for it.” He was tasked with assem-

bling a coaching staff and he knew the perfect candidate to complement his coaching style. “I wanted someone who had played the game at a high level before,” Groves said. “And I wanted someone who could work with our attacking players, because my main forte is working with defenders.” Knowing that Lodge was graduating from Kentucky, Groves’ first call was to contact Lodge Groves and offer him a position. “It was a no-brainer for me,” Lodge said. “It’s funny how the world works, because my wife is from Paducah originally, and we met at Kentucky.” Since then, there has been nothing but improvement for

Racer soccer. In their first season at Murray State in 2014, the team made an immediate turnaround, going from 6-10-1 in the 2013 season to 11-9 in the 2014 season. In 2015, the two led the Racers to a season record 16 wins, the OVC regular season title (undefeated in conference play) and their first OVC Lodge Championship win since 2009. The program has since bounced back from a disappointing upset by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in the 2016 OVC Championship, storming out to a perfect 5-0 start thus far. Groves believes the key to their immediate success is due

to his players buying into the expectations he set from the beginning. “You have a vision of what you want to see and do,” Groves said. “My goal coming in was not only to win the OVC, but to try and win NCAA games and really get this place on the map as a soccer school. Fortunately for us, it has come off. We have high standards, and we don’t let our kids go beneath that. We have great kids that are very grounded.” Lodge said that recruitment is a big part of their success, but in order to have success at a place like Murray State, he must create a place and environment that engages the players. “For us, the biggest thing is creating a good culture, a positive culture, that kids want to be a part of,” Lodge said. “It starts with our seniors, and they show our underclassmen that that’s

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Murray State student-athletes find the perfect balance Cory Sharber

Contributing writer csharber1@murraystate.edu

While most Murray State students try to balance school and social time, Racer student-athletes face a third barrier. Many believe that when athletes commit to Murray State athletics, academics takes a back seat, but Murray State Head Coach Mitch Stewart said his team’s entire dynamic is based upon strengthening players in the

classroom and beyond. “We want to develop a culture academically, socially and spiritually,” Stewart said. Adjusting to the college atmosphere is quite a challenge. For new student athletes, especially football players, it can be demanding. So demanding, in fact, it can become difficult to manage. “The transition for high school kids for football is that their bodies are not used to the workload,”

Stewart said. You have to be very careful for how long you have them on their feet. Young people get worn down very fast.” Stewart said it is imperative for players on his roster to be gifted in both the classroom and on the field. “You’re expected to be good at both,” he said. That expectation is met with dedication from athletes like MacKenzie Martin, a junior on the rifle team. “A lot of your juggling of your academic and sport

stuff comes down to your love for the sport,” said Martin, an engineering major. “Dedication and hard work and sacrifice leads to success. That’s where a lot of your drive to continue comes from.” The drive even continues with how an athlete plans out his/her day. On the football team, there are days where the team must wake up at 5:30 a.m. for workouts. Practice, on the other hand, occurs in the afternoon. Stewart likes to use

the KISS principle during these events to allow his athletes to have personal time of their own. “My practices are short and sweet. We try to keep it 2 hours or less,” Stewart said. Stewart encourages his team to maintain excellence in their lifestyles as well as in the classroom by keeping tabs on their habits. The university keeps tabs on academics but the NCAA also makes sure student-athletes are attending class.

“We try to chart everything, like what they ate and when they slept,” Stewart said. “We give them the time to go to sleep and to do the things they need to do.” For Martin, a little discipline goes a long way, as far as her sleeping regime goes. “Sleep for us is fine. It’s just a matter of discipline and time management,” Martin said. The ideal standard of discipline always ranges from

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Football preparing to bounce back Blake Sandlin

Assistant Sports Editor bsandlin1@murraystate.edu

Following a 41-13 rout by the University of Central Arkansas, Racer football will look to bounce back when they meet Missouri State University on Saturday. Central Arkansas, ranked 15th nationally, was able to stall the Racers’ high octane offense displayed in their season-opener, holding Murray State to just two field goals and a lone touchdown in Saturday’s loss. Head Coach Mitch Stewart acknowledged his team’s poor performance against the Bears and said his team will need to lean on improved blocking in order to redeem themselves in the upcoming matchup against Missouri State. “We didn’t do a whole lot of anything great the other night,” Stewart said. “We got our fannies whipped by a really good football team Saturday night, but for us to get past that, we’ve got to keep people standing up and

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the way we do things here at Murray State, and this is why we’re successful. And that just gets passed down through each class.” Along with their success on the field, the two coaches have also started their families. Groves and his wife, Melissa, have a five-year-old son, Aidan, and a one-year-old son, Jaxson. Lodge and his wife, Brooke, just had their first child, Millie, in March of this year. Coaching a collegiate team while making time with family can be a challenge, but Groves said that he and Lodge are paired with a great supporting cast.

we’ve got to get movement at the point of attack.” But it will call for a collective team effort to defeat a Missouri State team highlighted by five players who were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference Preseason Team. Yet, lucky enough for the Racers, the Bears are none too familiar of a foe. Last season, the two teams met in a game that went down to the wire, inevitably ending in a 28-22 loss for the Racers. The Bears finished their 2016 campaign with a combined record of 4-7. Its been a slow start to the season for the Bears, jumping out to an 0-2 record in nonconference play. In their first week, the Bears faced a stellar SEC foe, the University of Missouri, in a game where defense was practically nonexistent. The game ended in a final score of 72-43 in favor of the Tigers. Last Saturday, the Bears faced 11th-ranked University of North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks held the Bears scoreless in the game, sealing

a decisive 34-0 victory over Missouri State to hand the team their second loss of the year. In that game, Missouri State’s sophomore quarterback Peyton Huslig passed for 132 yards, completing 12-23 of his passes. Because of the peculiar circumstances surrounding both of the Bears’ previous games, Stewart said it’s difficult to assess what they bring to the table. “It makes it hard to evaluate them from a standpoint of watching one game against an SEC opponent and they look like gangbusters, and then you watch the other game and they don’t play so well,” Stewart said. “So I’m hoping that team shows up, not the one that showed up the first week.” In the Racers’ game against Central Arkansas last weekend, the team’s defense gave up 486 total yards offensively. As the team prepares to take on Missouri State, senior linebacker Lamont Crittendon said his defense has evaluated their underwhelming defense performance and

identified their shortcomings. “We went back and looked at the film, and the hiccups that had happened because of one person not fitting in the right place,” Crittendon said. “It was small things, nothing in the grand scheme of things.” With the lopsided loss last week and the Racers looking to avenge a 2016 loss against the Bears, Crittendon said his team is primed to bounce back and extend their record to 2-1. “We played Missouri State last year, so I’m really excited about the rematch,” Crittendon said. “I don’t think there’s anything special [to focus on] because we know what they do because we’ve played against them. We’re going to watch film on their games this season, and I think just having that bad taste in our mouths from last season is all the motivation we need to prepare for this week.” The Racers’ third game of the season will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Springfield, Missouri.

“Our wives are great and support us in what we do,” Groves said. “They make it easier on us.” Lodge said he loves having his family at Cutchin Field for home games because of the influence they have on one another. “It’s good that the girls get to interact with Millie, and it’s good for Millie to be around them because they will be role models for her,” Lodge said. From Northern England to the University of Kentucky and now to Murray State, Groves and Lodge seem to have tread the same trail on their way to the Racers. They both have already had an abundance of success in their playing and coaching careers, and with the major improvements in Murray State soccer, it would be hard not to believe that the best has yet to come.

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done a great job with identifying that there’s a need to assist coaches or check coaches in making us manage our time,” Stewart said. “You have a 24-hour time limit to make changes, except in the case of inclement weather.” Stewart’s advice for highschool students looking into college revolves around the people, rather than the textbooks. “Whether you go to Harvard or Murray State, the textbooks are all the same,” Stewart said. “That’s not what makes your education. It’s the people in your classrooms and the professors teaching you the material, and how much they care about your ultimate success as a student.”

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athlete to athlete, especially when you have to manage 90 of them on the same team. “Some of our guys grew up as the quote-on-quote ‘dad of the house’ and they know how to schedule themselves, wash their clothes, and how to do all of that stuff,” Stewart said. “When you’re dealing with 95 people, you have more opportunities for a lot of people to come from a lot of places.” Stewart also praised the NCAA and their involvement with helping the staff schedule around the athletes’ class schedules. “I think the NCAA has

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Junior kicker Gabriel Vicente kicks a field goal in the Racers’ 41-13 loss to Central Arkansas

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two OVC titles in school history, and they haven’t lost in OVC regular season play in the last two years. Next up, the Racers face the talented Saint Louis University team that is 6-0-1. Their tie came against Kansas University, a team that is currently ranked 19th in the country. The Billikens have a defense that has minimized opponent’s offensive attacks, allowing three goals in seven games. Although the Saint Louis defense has been strong, Groves said the gameplan for them will be the same as it would be for any team.

“The way we play won’t change,” Groves said. “I know we’ll score in the game. It’s about if we can get better defensively to keep them from scoring.” Overall, the returning Racers and freshman class seem ready to continue their early season success, and Groves definitely believes they can. “For me, I don’t believe we should lose a single game,” Groves said. “We shouldn’t lose this year, that’s how good we are.” The Racers will kick off the week by opening conference play at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 against the Morehead State Eagles. They’ll then look to cap off the week against the Saint Louis Billikens at 2 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 17 at Cutchin Field.

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Checking the pulse on Racer health Sydni Anderson Staff writer sanderson33@murraystate. edu

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Murray State student Anna Sohl standing by some of the pieces from her “Just Making” exhibit on display at The Murray Art Guild.

Local art guild shines a light on student artist Anna Sohl receives exhibition award from the Murray Art Guild Emily Williams Features Editor ewilliams15@murraystate.edu Opportunity was recently afforded to Anna Sohl, senior from Paducah, Kentucky and member of The Organization of Murray Art Students (OMAS), when she was granted the MAGpie Award, a Murray Art Guild Exhibition Award, for the design of her unique, hand-crafted ceramic pieces. The Murray Art Guild is a nonprofit organization that supports the arts, especially around the community. After entering some of her ceramic pieces in a student art exhibition that OMAS organizes and displays in the Clara M. Eagle

Gallery each year, she said she heard her name announced as the winner for the MAGpie award and accepted the honor. “I honestly remember being surprised when my name was announced that evening, since there was so much talent and skill shown within the entire exhibition,” Sohl said. “I feel honored to be a recipient of the MAGpie Award.” Sohl said the award came with an exhibition opportunity through Murray Art Guild that will be her first. Her solo art exhibition is called “Just Making.” “The exhibition shows the general process of making ceramics as well as where I imagine my work to be,” Sohl said.

Sohl said she wants the viewer to get a sense that working with clay or even making art is a process which happens primarily in a studio or workspace. “My exhibition is centered on the idea that I feel the most success when I am immersed in my studio and just making,” Sohl said. Caitlin Hemenway, senior from Cadiz, Kentucky and president of OMAS at Murray State said Sohl is very active in the art department and is a very talented individual. “She creates beautiful pieces and has presented nothing but kindness to those around her.” Hemenway said. “She is stunning and she absolutely deserves the honor. We

all applaud her for even her future successes.” Hemenway believes Sohl excels in the areas of 3D printing with an emphasis in ceramics. Sohl’s first experience with clay was in grade school but it wasn’t until 2013, when she began working with a potter’s wheel, that she truly began her path to ceramics. “The opportunity to have an exhibition has been a great learning experience,” Sohl said. “It’s sometimes hard to grasp what all has to go into creating and having an exhibition until you do it.” Sohl’s “Just Making” exhibit will be on display Sep. 8 until Sep. 23 in the Murray Art Guild’s gallery.

Classes, jobs, student organizations and community service – the daily to-do list for Murray State students can often feel overwhelming and distract from other priorities like health. Key components of wellness like physical and mental health can sometimes be put on the back burner as deadlines loom and exams approach. However, this can sometimes backfire. Sickness like the flu can keep students confined to dorm rooms so they miss class. Mental health can also hinder students from achieving goals.

THE IMPACT OF BAD HEALTH

Angie Trzepacz, director of university counseling services, said mental health issues can interfere with students’ ability to be successful in college. “If you are so overwhelmed that you can’t keep up with assignments, or so depressed that you can’t make it to class, or so homesick that you never reach out and make new friends on campus, you could be at risk for failing classes or getting behind in your program,” Trzepacz said. However, mental and physical health can often be linked. Trzepacz said some of the most important things students can do for their mental health are the same things that are critical for their physical health.

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY

Trzepacz said fitness, nutrition and sleep are important for health. She recommended students get seven to eight hours of sleep at night, eat healthy balanced diets saturated with fruits and vegetables and exercise

every day. She said students should also develop a worklife balance that includes time to relax and socialize. She said students should also allocate time for studying, attending class and working for pay. “Meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing are good ways to relax but hanging out with friends and talking or listening to music are also good ways to spend your downtime,” Trzepacz said. “Whenever possible, try to get some fresh air and spend some time in nature, either by traveling to LBL or just by walking around campus or visiting the arboretum.” Trzepacz said time management is also crucial to maintain mental health. She said students might want to use a planner or Google calendar to plan their schedules. In addition, she said students should talk to someone they trust. “Talking to friends or your RA or your advisor or your parents can often relieve a lot of your anxiety even if they aren’t able to answer all of your questions or solve your problems,” Trzepacz said.

RACERS SHARE WHAT KEEPS THEM HEALTHY

There are many ways Racers can stay healthy at Murray State, whether it is taking Zumba classes at the Wellness Center, eating salads at Winslow, attending puppy therapy to relax or checking in at Health Services to distinguish between allergies and a cold. Some Murray State students shared a few of their strategies for wellness. Alex Thorne, freshman from Murray said he gets his exercise from walking between classes. He said he also avoids eating out. “I live at home so I mostly

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Students experience science through artist eyes Nick Erickson Staff writer nerickson@murraystate.edu Andy Harding, sculptor from Nashville, TN, is holding his new exhibit “Cloud Witness” in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery until Sep. 24 and its aim is to unveil new perspectives of the world. Located on the 6th floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, Harding’s work is a testament to his interest in the world of science. For the Nashville resident and former Belmont University student, the once aspiring chemist now channels this interest through wood and metal. “I’ve been interested in matter for a long time, which is why I studied chemistry in college,” Harding said. “I imagined creating new compounds in the laboratory, but then I discovered art and was taken with the creative process and endless possibilities.” Harding said with his newest exhibit, which began development in 2014, he’s approaching science from an artist’s perspective and attempting to reckon with the implications of what we are learning from new discoveries in science.

“While it isn’t always directly reflected in the work, it’s part of the practice of art-making for me,” Harding said. “Throughout the process of making art, I’m wrestling with these ideas and what they mean.”

Out of everything on display at the exhibit, Harding said he is proudest of what hangs above. “The suspended wood sculptures and acrylic sheet ‘ice clouds’ that start near the ceiling of the second floor gallery and cascade down into the main floor space are my favorite aspect of the exhibit,” Harding said. “I believe they really transform the space and provide a unique experience for the viewer.” In addition to Harding’s exhibit, Martin chose to pair the exhibit with artist Ron Johnson’s -Andy Harding, sculptor from Nashville, TN “Vast” exhibit. “I paired these While always aiming to two concurrent exhibitions experiment, Harding said together to juxtapose the he prefers working with organic marks in Johnson’s wood over acrylic sheet. works with the structured With “Cloud Witness,” his angles of Harding’s sculpdecisions in choice of media tures,” Martin said. justly reflect the concept beHarding was approached hind the works themselves by a former gallery director and hold a particular meanof his from Nashville, Miing for him. chael Martin. “The primary and most “I looked up images of satisfying characteristic of the Clara M. Eagle Galall the materials used to lery online and thought the make “Cloud Witness” is unique interior architecture that they are reclaimed or would make for an interestdiscarded,” Harding said. “It ing sculpture installation,” links me to the ongoing saga Harding said. of material transformation Admission is free. Stuthat occurs in nature and the dents are invited to come cosmos, which is the concepand experience science tual basis for the work.” through Harding’s eyes.

I imagined creating new compounds in the laboratory, but then I discovered art and was taken with the creative process and endless possibilities.

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Pieces from Andy Harding’s exhibit ‘Cloud Witness’ displayed in the Clara M. Eagle gallery.


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Her news, her Campus ‘Her Campus’ chapter comes to Murray State Amy Turner Contributing writer aturner32@murraystate.edu What were you doing this summer? If you were Jordyn Rowland, junior from Murray, you were working to bring Her Campus to Murray State. Her Campus is a national online magazine for collegiate women, and it is quickly working its way to colleges all over the U.S. After being connected to the publication by a professor, Rowland knew it was time to launch the online magazine here at Murray State. The process was not the easiest, as it happens over the summer. Rowland had to get a petition signed with 100 signatures, fill out the application as well as other paperwork and then staff the publication. The online magazine will launch on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Upon the official launch, viewers will be able to find articles written from our local chapter, such as an article from a senior writer giving advice to college freshmen and an article about the nightlife in downtown Murray. The site will run almost like a blog with a variety of content, including hard news stories, entertainment, quizzes, features and profiles. “I really like the idea of an online thing by Murray women, for Murray women,” said Lauren Edminster, sophomore from Murray. Edminster is responsible for running the media accounts for the chapter. She posts fun content daily with everything from jokes to encouraging quotes. The chapter currently has a Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. In the future, they hope to have Pinterest and Snapchat accounts as well. The Her Campus accounts are under the username @hcmurraystate. Professor Elizabeth Thomas, faculty advisor for Her Campus, was the closest to Rowland when setting up this project. She emphasized the convenience of the website, and explained that as a public relations senior lecturer, she believes the project follows the goals of the major program. “It’s everything the college woman needs in one place,” Thomas said. “Connecting the right message to the right people, using the right channel.” The publication is searching for more writers. They have around 15 and need about 25 total. The whole process takes roughly three steps, and within 48 hours of turning in the

PULSE From Page 5 eat home-cooked meals,” Thorne said. Cole Rahman, sophomore from Newburgh, Indiana said he tries to go to the gym at least once a week to run, play racquetball or use the rowing machine. “I also try to eat smart when at Winslow because I could overeat very easily when I’m there,” Rahman said. Rahman said he maintains his mental health by completing homework quickly so he doesn’t have to deal with the stress of

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deadlines later. He said he goes to the library because it has a positive atmosphere that promotes work and getting stuff done. Jordyn Traylor, sophomore from Princeton, Kentucky said she stays mentally healthy through socialization. She said she likes talking with friends and watching movies to stay relaxed. She also said she tries to get enough sleep to stay mentally and physically well. Trzepacz said the balance between academics, work, health and all other responsibilities can be difficult and sometimes impossible. Students seeking help regarding mental or physical health should utilize university counseling services in Oakley Applied Science Building, Health Services in Wells Hall or seek professional help.

Falling for the friendliest small town in America Racers reveal their favorite ways to enjoy fall in Murray Sydni Anderson Staff writer sanderson33@murraystate.edu

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Jordyn Rowland, founder of Murray State’s chapter of Her Campus. application, a final decision should be given. The process starts with submitting the online application. Once the application is turned in and accepted, there is a writing test. The test includes pitching an idea and then actually writing the proposed article. The last step is a quick editing test which should take less than 30 minutes. The online magazine is focused on giving women the freedom to publish their opinions and forming a community around the women in local areas. Over 50 percent of the population at Murray State is female, and the goal for the online magazine is to cater to that fact. “It is tons of fun. Who knows what we will get into?” said Rowland. The site to access the Murray State chapter of Her Campus is hercampus.com/murray-state. The national website can be accessed at hercampus.com and will be an outlet for Murray State to creatively express happenings around campus, as well as common college issues such as relationship advice with practical solutions.

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Students unable to drive across county lines have no need to fear. Murray offers a wide variety of fun activities to celebrate the season. Danielle Martin, senior from Carmi, Illinois, said her favorite way to relish the season is to carve pumpkins with friends and enjoy bonfires. Martin said Racers on a budget can set up a chili potluck with friends. “My favorite thing to do on campus in the fall is sit in the Quad and enjoy the cooler weather,” Martin said. Parker Lindsey, sophomore from Smithland, Kentucky, said he enjoys staying on campus in the residential colleges during Fall Break. “I meet people I normally wouldn’t,” Lindsey said. Lindsey said he also enjoys the coffee culture of fall and goes to local coffee houses like Future Grounds. Brittani Hawkins, senior from Owensboro, Kentucky, said her favorite thing to do off campus is go to bonfires with friends. On campus, she said she likes to hammock and hang out out-

FALL-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE OF MURRAY

Murray State students also offer recommendations for fall festivities across Kentucky. Racers looking to travel can mark their calendars and plan trips for some seasonal fun. Hawkins said students looking to venture outside of Murray can visit a pumpkin patch in Mayfield called A-maize-ing Farms that has a petting zoo and a big corn maze with puzzles. The cost is $5 to get inside. Hawkins said her favorite fall activity overall is visiting her hometown to go apple picking at Reid’s Orchard. “They host an apple festival every October where they have hay rides, handmade craft booths and carnival rides,” she said. Martin said Racers looking for a more local outlet to fall into the season can go hiking at Land Between the Lakes and go to pumpkin patches. There are many ways for Racers to get into the fall spirit, whether it is on or off campus. Holidays are approaching, bringing festivities and Winslow-themed dinners with them. Murray State offers many opportunities for seasonal fun, including Fall Break.

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The temperature is dropping outside, and leaves are turning orange, ushering in everyone’s favorite season for pumpkin pie, boots and mild weather. Fall is upon Murray, bringing with it a slew of seasonal activities for Racers to enjoy. For those struggling with planning activities for the coming months, Murray State upperclassmen offer a fix by sharing some ideas for students who want to enjoy fall.

side before it gets too cold. “If you have to stay indoors, opening your windows so you can get the autumn breeze in your apartment or dorm can put you in the fall spirit,” Hawkins said. Cameron Brown, senior from Newburgh, Indiana, said his favorite thing to do on campus is ride his bike and enjoy the weather. He said students can opt for an evergreen activity and go to the movies or watch them in their dorms. Brown said he also likes stopping by Central Park to enjoy nature and playing on local golf courses.

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Immigration reform was a huge selling point for President Donald Trump’s winning bid for the White House. Millions rallied behind his call to tighten borders and begin the deportation of undocumented immigrants. An air of uncertainty has hung thick over the nation since the administration took charge in February and many have waited with bated breath for their fate to be handed down. But one group of undocumented immigrants has lived with this uncertainty for most of their lives: Dreamers. These are individuals who were brought to the United States as children and gained the right to stay in the country through a rigorous, restrictive and expensive program introduced by the Barack Obama Administration known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in 2012. This program mirrored the requirements and benefits of the DREAM Act, official legislation which Congress has debated over and tinkered with several times since its conception in 2001. A common misconception is the DACA program is immediately being terminated and deportation is on the horizon for all affected individuals. In actuality, President Trump is giving Congress an ultimatum: either codify DACA into law or put those involved at risk of losing their livelihoods and the only home they’ve ever know. Had the DREAM Act been instated as law one of the several times it was introduced, Dreamers wouldn’t be at the mercy of a historically ineffective Congress. There can be no doubt Dreamers are in this position through no fault of their own; now they are in danger of being exiled to countries they don’t know, by people who have very little compassion for the exhausting process it takes to stay in the country.

Autumn Brown/The News And the myths surrounding Dreamers are too many to count, but the most common are they are criminals, welfare hogs and taking education funds away from actual citizens. However, these are all untrue; if you are part of the DACA program, you must not have a criminal record, cannot utilize welfare and receive no financial aid for your education. The argument surrounding the legality of their being able to stay could go on for a lifetime. The requirements to stay are numerous. The hostility towards their very presence is unfathomable. Yet, they can never become citizens. The DACA is not a means to an end. Those that qualify must pay $495 every two years, submit a

Letter to the Editor From Kenneth Ashlock, Associate Director, Office of Student Disability Services:

We felt it was necessary to write this letter in response to the article “Students seek solace in furry friends on campus,” which appeared in the Aug. 24 edition. The features editor, Emily Williams, interviewed Kelsey Ross, senior from Paducah, KY, as well as Laura Beckers, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, as part of her research. Both individuals made reference to having/allowing emotional support animals in the classroom. Although it is not uncommon for individuals to use the titles of emotional support animals and service animals interchangeably, there are some distinct differences that should be noted, especially in terms of where it is permissible for animals to be on campus. Emotional support animals are

not specifically trained to perform a task; therefore, there are some limitations associated with having an emotional support animal on campus. The Fair Housing Amendments Act influences how emotional support animals are governed, which includes on-campus housing options at Murray State University. Since emotional support animals are not trained to perform a specific task, they are considered an accommodation and are not used for accessibility purposes. Therefore, the animal(s) is limited to the owner’s living space. It is not permissible for an emotional support animal to accompany their owner to class, to an on-campus job, to the cafeteria, to the library, into a residence hall (other than the one building they have been assigned to live in while staying on campus), into another resident’s room within their assigned residence hall, etc. Emotional support animals are typically dogs or cats,

Looking Forward Tyler Anderson Opinion Editor janderson49@murraystate.edu Looking back on my role models growing up, they’re a far cry from what you’d expect from a cisgender male living in the south. Oprah and Stefani Germanotta (we all know her as Lady Gaga) were pretty high on the list. But one person, or in this case, fictional character, has always held a special place in my heart: Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City.” Independent, quick on her feet and keenly aware of her faults, Carrie Bradshaw epitomized what it meant to be modern and successful. Above all, she was a writer. And not just any writer, but one that worked for years to achieve the success she’d always dreamed of. That a fictional character inspired so much of who I am today goes to show writers, authors and other creative talents inspire and move us more often than is acknowledged. As one of those aspiring trendsetters and opinion shakers, nothing is as frustrating as repeatedly being told my time spent bettering the talents I have is a waste. Believe me, I came to terms with never becoming a millionaire long ago. Barring breakout successes, few authors ever see six-digit sala-

large amount of paperwork and can only leave the country for humanitarian, education or employment purposes (no vacations are permitted under this practice, called ‘Advance Parole,’ but documented health issues of a non-native relative are acknowledged on a case-by-case basis). But citizenship is not an opportunity which they are afforded. The DACA did not pave the way for these people to become documented citizens. And as an intensely debated workaround to the floundering DREAM Act, Obama’s program is just that: an easily replaceable program, not a law. Now President Trump is laying the fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants born in other countries at the feet of a government body which has proved over and over it is incapable of coming to an effective and humane consensus on many issues. A humble suggestion would be to fix the underlying issue: the United States has a convoluted, lengthy and sometimes ineffective immigration system which would eventually lead to citizenship. If this process were streamlined with the well-being and security of all parties considered, making it easier for immigrants to become part of the great melting pot, then illegal immigration would slow and the pool of taxpayers would widen as all documented citizens pay taxes. More jobs being filled, more money going towards social services and more diversity is something we can achieve. But we must hold our government responsible for bettering the lives of everyone in our country. Dreamers will be under intense stress as their fate is debated for the next six months. But we can make the real dream, citizenship and safety for all those who earn it, a reality.

but may also include other types of animals that provide therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or emotional disability. Service animals, however, are animals that are trained to perform a specific work or task. A common service animal most are familiar with is a seeing-eye dog, a dog which is specially trained to serve as a navigator or ‘sight’ for an individual with a visual impairment. There are only two types of animals that the Americans with Disabilities Act has approved for use as a service animal (dogs or miniature horses). Therefore, a cat, for example, could not be considered a service animal. Service animals are not considered an accommodation; rather, they are required for accessibility purposes. Service animals are generally allowed to go wherever their owner goes (i.e. the animal may be taken to class, to an on-campus job, etc.) Service animals are a necessity for some individuals to have access to

virtually every facet of campus. With the significant increase in animals on campus in recent years, we as a university community need to think about the impact it is having on different components of campus life. Our classrooms (in most instances), for example, are not equipped to handle a large number of animals at one time. In fact, we are doing a disservice to those students who need the accompaniment of their service animal by encouraging other individuals to bring their animals to class. Comfort and companionship do not equate to a trained work or task. It has become apparent in recent years that emotional support animals do indeed provide therapeutic benefit to individuals with a mental or emotional disability; our office would be glad to meet with any student to discuss the process of requesting this valuable reasonable housing accommodation to help them adjust to living on campus.

Writer’s block

ries, and that doesn’t bother me. What does, however, is lack of respect for the painstakingly tedious writing process and just how much everyone relies on those who’ve taken up writing professionally as their career. Chances are you’ve used a textbook in the past few days. Or maybe you’ve been putting together a new Target bookshelf and really needed the instruction manual to help piece it together. And if my Facebook feed is anything to go by, more than a few of you are “Game of Thrones” addicts. Each of these is possible because of a writer. Forbes recently published “The Least Valuable College Majors,” a list on which English sits at number ten, with history and the physical arts not far ahead. These articles aren’t rare, either. Median salary and unemployment rates are often the criteria such articles go by. Each are important things to consider in a career, yes; however, my apprehension stems from the assumption that more money equates to more credibility or usefulness, a belief which is even shared by some lawmakers, such as Gov. Matt Bevin in recent remarks regarding the arts. This simplistic attitude towards the influence and the importance of the arts certainly isn’t a new one. Earlier this year, The New York Times published “What if Trump Really Does

End Money for the Arts?” Within is an in-depth discussion on funding and the importance of the arts, including the written word, and whether they are financially feasible endeavors. What strikes me as most important is an included quote from the Association of Art Museum Directors: “It is the mark of a great democracy to support the arts, which are an expression of what makes us human.” If I’ve learned nothing else as a student, it’s that most all writing stems from the need to explore the human condition. Not only that, but good writing leads us to think critically about the world around us. This is what’s missing in the discussion about writing. I’m lucky to have parents who understand my future isn’t meant to be spent in a medical office or managing a construction crew (but they do hope I hit the writer’s jackpot one day so they can retire peacefully in the mountains). When we stop focusing less on the almighty dollar and more on how to better serve ourselves and our communities, an appreciation for what writers do will come naturally. Until that time, I’ll keep looking to Carrie Bradshaw for the inspiration I need. I might not be looking for love in the big city, but I’ll make it one day, on my own terms, and no financial analyst can convince me otherwise.


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Four years, still on top Murray State ranked Best Bang for Your Buck in Kentucky, again Katlyn Mackie Staff writer

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Washington Monthly’s 2017 college rankings named Murray State the top-ranked public university in Kentucky within the southern schools category of “Best Bang for the Buck,” for the fourth consecutive year, The university ranked 28th among nearly 200 institutions. “These rankings are consistently achieved as a result of the accomplishments of our students, and the opportunities afforded to them by our tremendous faculty

and staff,” President Bob Davies wrote in a press release. Davies wrote this recognition continues to affirm Murray State’s commitment and ability to provide students with an outstanding and affordable education that prepares them for lifelong success. Patty Parrish, a communications lecturer, said the faculty’s dedication to the students and their hard work helps set Murray State apart. “We try to do the most with what we’ve got,” Parrish said. “We are here because of the students and we try to do the best we can.” M u r r a y

State’s master's degree program was also a part of Washington Monthly’s rankings and was 148th among more than 600 universities – the top-ranked public university in Kentucky, and the second highest Kentucky institution in this category. Pat McCutchen, a senior lecturer in sociology, said Murray State being located in a small town provides a safer environment and adds to the uniqueness of the university. McCutchen also said Murray State’s smaller class sizes, taught by professors with PhDs, provides a better quality education and sets it apart from other colleges who normally have teacher’s assistants teaching small classes. “We do try to focus on providing an affordable education, I think that is a goal of Murray State,” McCutchen said. “I always consider the cost of materials for my students and I know I’m not the only professor that does.”

Washington Monthly ranks the institutions in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorates) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The methodology for the “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings include measures such as loan repayment rank, graduation rate, net price of attendance and percentage of Pell recipients and first-generation students. According to a press release, Murray State’s most recent reports state the university provides more than $126 million in financial aid yearly and awards an average of $5,573 per student in scholarships and waivers. Murray State was also recognized by Forbes magazine, naming it one of America’s Top Colleges, for the tenth consecutive year.

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