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witness the fierce singing and dancing competition. The Honors College won first place of the independent organizations, and Elizabeth College won first place of the residential college division. The first place winners of the sorority division were the ladies of Alpha Sigma Alpha who performed “The Order of the Phoenix.” Alpha Gamma Delta came in second place with their performance “Material Squirrels.” The first place winners of the fraternity division were the men of Alpha Sigma Phi who performed “Welcome to the 2000s.” The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon came in second place with their performance “The Circle of Life.”

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On Wednesday afternoon, Murray State celebrated the 60th annual All Campus Sing on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. All Campus Sing, hosted by Murray State’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, is one of the most anticipated campus traditions. Every year, hundreds of students, faculty and staff, alumni and residents of the community join together on the lawn in front of Lovett Auditorium to

University budget strains, $10.2 million shortfall Lindsey Coleman || News Editor

As budget proposals slide across Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk, the Murray State community is bracing for economic challenges during the 2019 fiscal year. Eliminating Health Services, outsourcing campus services, increasing tuition by 3 percent, closing some academic programs and reducing the current workforce are the decisions facing Murray State officials as the proposed budget, revenue and pension bills at the state level reduce funding and increase expenditures. At a Town Hall on April 6, President Bob Davies, Vice President of Finance and Administration Jackie Dudley and Provost Mark Arant outlined the university’s proposed budget to combat expected fiscal challenges at the state level, no matter what the final outcome of the budget bill may be. “I will say that [the university] budget is evolv-

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ing,” Davies said. “It is fluid. It is changing, just like many of the dynamics that we are facing. It is through this process that we need to hold dear to what makes Murray State special.” Kentucky’s House and Senate committees will reconvene in Frankfort on Friday, April 13 for the last two days of the general session. Legislators have the ability to override Bevin’s vetoes and pass the budget and revenue bills. If so, the bills would become law. However, if they choose not to override the bills, Bevin will be forced to call a special session to vote on new bills before the next budget period begins on July 1. A $10.2 million budget shortfall is expected for the university, which is based upon the proposed pension rate increases, a tuition increase, net tuition, changes in state unrestricted appropriations and projected performance funding.


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Sigma Pi fraternity was crowned grand champions of the philanthropic event. Tressa Ross, alumna and current faculty member of Murray State, said All Campus Sing has always been a large tradition on Murray State’s campus, and she has not missed a performance since 1979. “Back in those days, All Campus Sing was kind of it,” Ross said. “We didn’t have step show yet, and Rock-AThon wasn’t the lip sync contest that it is now. The only way for all of us to perform was at All Campus Sing, so it

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‘What were you wearing?’

Dining Services serve Murray State pork

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Elizabeth Erwin

Outfits worn by sexual assault victims at the time of their assault are on display in a new exhibit at Waterfield Library. The exhibit titled “What Were You Wearing?” was created by Advocacy for Respect Culture, a new student organization associated with the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. The clothing on display ranges in style and origin, representing stories from 10 different countries. Emily Greene, junior from Paducah,


Kentucky, is the vice president of Advocacy for Respect Culture. “The purpose of this exhibit is to create a culture of respect and also break down the stigma of ‘they were asking for it’ when it comes to sexual assaults,” Greene said. “We wanted to do this in order to create an environment where survivors and supporters can come together to understand one another and create change.” “What Were You Wearing?” comes in time for April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The theme for this year is “Embrace Your Voice,” according to the National

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Murray State is now one of the few universities in the nation to serve pork from pigs that were born and raised on their own campus. Assistant agriculture professor Matthew Shultz, who currently supervises the Murray State swine lab, said this milestone originated from a swine production class project in the fall of 2016. “During the final six weeks of this class, students focus on what we call a strategic initiative project where they research, plan and propose an


action that they feel will benefit our swine operation,” Shultz said. From there, students in the class vote on the project they want to pursue, and the university is now reaping the benefits of one of the selected projects. Students in the swine production class in the following semesters presented this business proposal to the Dining Services staff, who saw the potential in it as well. “We have agreed to purchase all of the pork which they produce, and it will be used in the operations on campus such as Winslow, T-room


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New nonprofit supports ACS feminine hygiene

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Paige Effinger Staff Writer

A new campaign to provide feminine products to those in need was started this semester by a Murray State student, Kristen Farley. Farley is a Murray native and started this campaign with her sister, Shannon Farley. Clutch - There When You Need It provides feminine hygiene products in small makeup bags, or clutches. These clutches are stored in “clutch hutches” in women’s bathrooms. The two got the idea for Clutch from an NPR story that discussed how schoolaged girls were experiencing restraints to their lives due to the lack of feminine hygiene products. The sisters took it upon themselves to help fix this problem.

According to the press release, Kristen knew that no girl should have her academic concentration or personal pursuits put on hold for any reason, much less her menstrual cycle. Fast forward to Feb. 23, when Kristen officially started Clutch. The campaign caught on very quickly. Within a week of their social media debut, more than 200 donations of clutches and feminine hygiene products were made. “I’m very humbled and amazed by how much traction it has gained in the last month and a half,” Kristen said. “The generosity of western Kentucky has been amazing.” She initially reached out to local schools such as Murray High School, but she is partnering with many schools in the area such as Calloway County High School and Middle School, Graves County

High School and Middle School and Mayfield High School and Middle School. “It’s a little intimidating, but I am still very honored to be the vessel in which this grows,” she said. Anyone can donate feminine products or clutches or make a monetary donation to the Clutch campaign. They have set up drop-off stations at the Murray Art Guild, Vine Street Salon and Office 120 in Mason Hall on Murray State’s campus. There is a “donate” button on their Facebook page as well to make monetary donations. Kristen is graduating next May, but she wants the campaign to continue after her time here at Murray. She said she is potentially thinking about making it into a club. “I really want this to continue after I graduate, but I am not just going to stop after this is over,” Kristen said.

was a really really big deal.” Ross said the event of All Campus Sing has made many changes over the years but has remained very special to both the university and the community. “I think all the performances have gotten much more elaborate and cool with all their dancing and props,” Ross said. “I also think it is awesome how we can stream the entire event online for anyone to watch. The greatest part is being able to

see how much it binds our school with the community that its in. It’s just so much fun, I love it.” Paige Stallings, sophomore from Murray, Kentucky and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, was a participant in All Campus Sing 2018. She said the event is something she looks forward to all year. “The day of the show and all of the days leading up to it have been so enjoyable with my sorority,” Stallings said. “It’s one of those times that really brings us together, and we become true best friends. I was never a big singer or dancer growing up, but All Campus Sing is

great because it doesn’t matter. Everyone has an equal opportunity to perform.” Grant Knox, senior from Lexington, Kentucky, coached Alpha Gamma Delta at this year’s ACS, and he helped write the show music for Phi Mu Alpha. He has been involved in the event in some way for four years. “It’s cool to see a bunch of people gather around to participate in musical event that wouldn’t otherwise,” Knox said. “It’s an opportunity for the music fraternity and sorority to spread the love for music. The friendly competition is cool, and gives them a pride in their organizations.”

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Twenty-two groups representing residential colleges, fraternities, sororities and campus organizations competed

WEARING From Page 1 Photo contributed by Kristen Farley

On April 8, volunteers met to fill 275 clutches with feminine products to be distributed to eight local schools.

PORK From Page 1 and in our on-campus catering,” Charlie Liming, with Murray State Dining Services, said. Some of the products which will be utilized include bacon, sausage, pork roast for pulled pork sandwiches and pork loins. Murray State pork was first served at a dinner for the Board of Regents and President Bob Davies and was also served at the Hutson School of Agriculture banquet in March. It is expected to be served at on-campus dining venues in the coming weeks. Dining Services will work alongside agriculture students to inform the members of the university about this project. Liming plans to have students involved while serving these products to help the customers become aware that this is a

Sexual Assault Resource Center website. “I think that this exhibit illustrates embracing your voice, because it emphasizes the diversity and beauty of multiple countries,” Greene said. “We all have different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Therefore, we all have unique voices, all of which deserve to be heard.” Although similar exhibits have been displayed at other universities, the decision to focus on sexual assault from

an international perspective is specific to the exhibit at Murray State. According to information at the entrance of the exhibit, this decision was inspired by the results of a survey taken by international students studying at Murray State. The survey asked students, “Do you know what sexual assault is?” Thirty percent of those surveyed responded no. However, when the survey asked if they were interested in knowing about the resources available to them, Greene said 100 percent responded yes. “Going back again to the purpose of this exhibit, we wanted to create a culture of respect

and get the whole Murray State community involved in making a change, regardless of where each individual comes from,”Greene said. Going forward, Greene hopes to have all of the sexual assault resources translated into the different languages of international students here at Murray State. “This is a world-wide problem, and nothing is going to change until we start breaking down the walls of victim blaming and fear that prevent us from talking about it,” Greene said. The exhibit is on display in Waterfield until April 20.

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Murray State will serve pork from pigs that are grown and raised on campus farms. Murray State product and how involved the students were in the raising of the livestock and in the production of the pork. “The Dining Services staff has been very willing to let students take charge of what types of materials are presented in regards to how the swine unit would like to be portrayed,”

Rachel Jackson, senior agribusiness major, said. “I think that if we keep the connection open between agriculture students and Dining Services, we can all benefit in the future not only in regards to the swine unit, but in other areas of the Hutson School of Agriculture as well.”

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Outfits worn by sexual assault victims are on display in Waterfield Library to break down the “they were asking for it” stigma.



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Sports Tennis turnaround

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How Racer tennis flipped the script

Adam Redfern

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With its 5-2 win over Austin Peay University Tuesday, Racer tennis (14-6, 8-0) matched their best OVC start since they swept the OVC 8-0 in 2003. And while the tennis team is in the midst of taking the OVC by storm this year, it’s possible this result came by surprise after the Racers finished 7-12 (4-5) last year. Not only are they perfect in the conference, but they are riding a 10-game winning streak which has them sitting at 14-6 and perched atop the OVC. A turnaround of that magnitude takes more than just a talented group. Four-year Head Coach Jorge Caetano attributes this newfound success to the sheer mental fortitude of this year’s team. “It’s so mental; college sports in general is more mental,” Caetano said. “The most important thing is even when we aren’t playing good we are still finding a way to win matches. Even though we got a lot of wins, some of those wins were those tight matches that we didn’t really play that well.” Caetano said he’s impressed by his team’s play early on, but with a portion of the regular season remaining and a grueling OVC tournament ahead, he wants the team to take the remainder of the season one game at a time. “We are just trying to win one match at a time, one practice at a time, and just try to enjoy every single moment out there,” Caetano said. “They do a really, really good job of that. Got to give props to every single one of them.” Caetano said his team is playing confidently on the court. That has showed in the Racers’ season, as they’ve swept four of their opponents this year. “We’ve got a lot of things going for us now,” Caetano said. “We’ve lost a lot of close matches. We were doubting ourselves in

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Fourth-year Head Coach Jorge Caetano has transformed Racer tennis from a 7-12 record last season to 14-6 this year. those moments, but now we kinda stopped worrying too much about it. We are just playing tennis. We always work really hard to get prepared and play our best tennis.” The unprecedented start is a testament to Caetano’s mental approach to the game, as his philosophy has rubbed off on his players. Junior Amina Hadzic, from Esbjerg, Denmark, said her improvements mentally over the past two years have proved instrumental in her play this season. “When I’m playing the match, it’s all men-

tal,” Hadzic said. “I’m more mature now than my freshman and sophomore year, and I know that even if I have a bad practice it doesn’t bother me anymore.” Her emphasis on the mental aspect of the sport has clearly proven fruitful. With her win Saturday, Hadzic has now won 15-straight singles matches and serves as an anchor for the team at the No. 4 spot. As one of two juniors on what is a young Racer team, Hadzic has evolved into one of Murray State’s most vocal leaders. But with meetings against the conference’s

finest coming up, the Racers will need to string together a balanced effort from top to bottom. They meet 12-8 Eastern Kentucky University (7-0 OVC) on Tuesday, April 10, in a match between two of the conference’s unbeatens. The match will likely decide the No. 1 seed in the OVC tournament. The last time Murray State tennis won eight straight games, the team went on to win the OVC tournament. With this year’s imposing start, the team will surely be hoping history repeats itself.

Track athletes Softball falls short in UT make history Martin doubleheader

Zach Scott || Staff writer

Four Racers sketched their name into school history on March 31 when they broke the school record in the 4x100 relays at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational. Junior sprinter Daijah White, sophomore sprinter Norma Abdur-Rafia, junior sprinter Tamdra Lawrence and junior hurdler Jabreuna Brimlett broke the school record with a time of 45.60 seconds. The previous record was set at the Louisville Twilight Invitational in 2012 with a time of 45.63 seconds. While an accomplishment of that magnitude is certainly significant, the thought of breaking the record wasn’t on the girls’ minds at all. “I don’t think any of us immediately went out and thought ‘Oh, let’s get a school record today,’” White said. “Our plan was to run and just become one and trust each other,” Lawrence said. Until the Racers broke the school record in March, they never executed a clean run in the 4x100. “Honestly, our first time getting through the race successfully we got the school re-

cord,” White said. “We were really just focused on having a clean race and getting the baton through to the finish.” Head Coach Adam Kiesler was pleased to see his group get a clean run in the relay. “The last three meets, we got disqualified once, dropped the baton once and at the Texas relays we weren’t really confident with our exchanges, we all talked, and we put it all together,” Kiesler said. The team said they couldn’t help but smile when they saw all the hard work they have put forth finally pay off. “It feels good, it makes me want to work harder, do more, break more records,” Abdur-Rafia said. “It means a lot, it means that all of the hard days we have are for a reason,” White said. “We have all been working really hard this year. To be able to see things come to fruition and get the school record pretty early in the season is a great feeling.” Just because they have the school record now doesn’t mean that they are stopping there. When asked if they think that they will be able to surpass their own record, Abdur-Rafia had a simple answer. “Definitely,” she said.

Four Racer sprinters broke a record that stood for six years at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational.

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Amber Van Duyse throws a pitch in Murray State’s matchup with Western Kentucky last Wednesday. Zach Scott || Staff writer

Runners left on base was the Racers’ kryptonite in Monday’s two losses against UT Martin. In their second doubleheader in as many days, the Racers dropped both games to the Skyhawks. The first game ended 3-2 after eight innings, while the second game ended in a 4-0 shutout. Game One: After falling down 2-0 in the first inning, freshman outfielder Jensen Striegel scored freshman infielder Sierra Gilmore on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the second. Murray State plated another run in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up 2-2 when junior catcher Madison Culver hit an RBI double, scoring junior outfielder Leah Kesel. The game went into extras tied at two, but the Skyhawks were able to strike first in the top of the eighth and the Racers could not answer. The Racers had plenty of other opportunities to score in the opening matchup, but left seven runners on base. Despite the loss, Murray State had plenty of positives going into its second game of the week. Sophomore infielder Lexi Jones led the way at the plate for the Racers going 3-for-4,while Culver followed suit going 2-for-3.

Senior pitcher Haven Campbell also did well for Murray State out of the bullpen, giving up one run on five hits over eight innings pitched. Game Two: Despite outhitting UT Martin in game two, the Skyhawks kept the Racers off the scoreboard, beating Murray State 4-0. The Racers had 10 hits in the game, but couldn’t convert when it mattered most, leaving 10 runners on base. Junior infielder Lillie Goetz went 2-for-4 with a double. Striegel finished the second game 2-for-3. Junior pitcher Grace Vaughn pitched six innings in relief, giving up only one run on four hits. Head Coach Kara Amundson said she knows what her team has to work on to get back on track. “They have an off day tomorrow, so it is up to them how they turn around between now and Wednesday,” Amundson said. “They know what they need to work on; we’ve been doing this since August. At this point in the season, Amundson told her team to execute what they need to do with this off day. “Whether that’s rest and get treatment, going to hit 100 balls, spending a day in the bullpen. “Whatever that is for them,” Amundson said. The Racers finish their homestand against Southern Illinois at 4 p.m on Wednesday, April 11 at Racer Field.

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Big league hoops head to Paducah Gage Johnson Senior writer

Last weekend’s Select Super 16 tournament drew 100 AAU teams to Paducah, Kentucky.

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Paducah, Kentucky isn’t exactly known as a hotbed for amateur basketball showcases, but last weekend’s Select Super 16 tournament looked to change that. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams from as far as Washington and Florida, along with local teams around Paducah, went head-to-head this weekend at the Select Super 16 tournament at venues like the Paducah Regional Sportsplex, Reidland Middle School and Lone Oak High School. The tournament is in its second year. In its inaugural season, the tournament, hosted by AthElite Sports Management, Under Armour Premier Team Network and SI Select, drew 50 teams. This year, however, saw the tournament size doubled to 100 participating teams. Among the 100 teams, the tournament managed to bring in a plethora of nationally-recognized talent. Teams such as the Adidas-sponsored Alabama Celtics, Memphis Bulls, Team Manimal, Team Tae and the host team SI Select came to participate in the tournament. Team Manimal is sponsored by Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, while Team Tae is coached by former Boston Celtics forward Dontae Jones. Jones said the environment at the event over the weekend made the tournament one to be remembered. “The competition and environment puts this tournament up there with some of the best-held tournaments we’ve played,” Jones said. Players in attendance garnered attention from renowned collegiate programs like West Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Portland, Bethune-Cookman, SIUC, SIUE, Morehead

State and UNLV, many of which were in attendance at the event. The first games of the championship brackets began at 1 p.m., and progressed until the final games at 6 p.m. DMG Elite won the 13U division, the Show Me State Warriors won the 14U division, SI Select won the 15U division, Team Tae took the 16U division, and the Southern Indiana Titans won the 17U division. “The championship games were a perfect cap on a great weekend,” said Tournament Director Sam Swinford. “We had five nail-biting games and I truly feel that the best team in each division came out on top.” Swinford said the competiton from top to bottom was what made the tournament unique. “I enjoyed the mix of competitive teams with great players and the total amount of teams participating,” Swinford said. “In some tournaments, there are only three or four teams in each division, but with this tournament, there was a wide range of competition. When it comes to AAU basketball, winning is great, but most teams are looking to give their players the best chance to improve their game and try to propel them to the next level. SI Select Head Coach Riley Swinford is well aware of that and felt that the Select Super 16 tournament gave them the perfect opportunity to do so. “The live video streaming, the music, the T-shirts and the concessions made for a great event,” Riley Swinford said. “It creates memories for kids that they will keep for a lifetime, while also helping them get better at basketball and giving them exposure to help earn scholarships.”

Late rally pushes baseball to win Gage Johnson Senior writer

Riding off the high of two wins during a short home stint, Murray State hit the road to take on the Purple Aces of Evansville University. The Racers were able to put a big rally together in the latter half of the ballgame, propelling them to an 8-3 road win. Coming off a start in which he allowed four runs in four innings pitched, sophomore pitcher Luke Brown looked to bounce back in his sixth start of the season. Murray State was able to give Brown some early run support in the first inning off of an RBI single from sophomore third baseman Davis Sims. In the top of the fifth the Racers were able to tack on two more runs to their lead.

A leadoff triple for graduate student outfielder Gavin Wehby led to him scoring on a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Freshman second baseman Grant Wood later grounded out, but brought a run across the plate to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Brown was dealing through the first four innings of the ballgame, holding the Aces scoreless while Murray State’s offense backed him up. However, they answered the Racers’ two runs in the fifth with three runs of their own. A double steal led to runners on second and third with one out to start the inning for Evansville. Sophomore infielder Troy Beilsmith then singled, driving in both runners. This marked the end of Brown’s day for the Racers, having given up three earned runs over 4.2 innings, while striking out five. Beilsmith later advanced to third on a wild pitch, and

then scored on a groundout. Newly-entered junior pitcher Peyton Hayes was then able to stop the bleeding and keep the game tied at three going into the sixth inning. The Racers came right back with an offensive attack of their own in the top of the sixth. Five-straight hits for Murray State brought across three runs, with a two-run double from Sims causing most of the damage. While the Racers added another run to their total in the top of the ninth, it was not needed as their bullpen only allowed three hits in the ballgame to hold the Aces scoreless. This helped Murray State walk away with an 8-3 road win. The Racers will now head back home to take on rival Austin Peay. They’ll look to improve their three-game win streak against the Governors at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at Johnny Reagan Field.

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Five-straight hits in the sixth inning scored three runs and allowed Racer baseball to coast to a 8-3 win against Evansville.

Football opens Men’s golf bounces back spring practice with fourth place finish

Keith Jaco

Staff writer

The Racers opened up their first spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 7, with snow flurries and 20 mph wind gusts. With temperatures dipping below 30 degrees, Head Coach Mitch Stewart ran a loaded scrimmage at Roy Stewart Stadium, with both the offense and defense showed signs of improvement. Despite the bitterly cold chill, the Racers displayed fiery explosiveness and a competitive drive. Murray State is coming off a 3-8 season in which they suffered sizeable losses at

Louisville and Jacksonville State. With an equally challenging schedule looming in the future, the Racers are using all the time they have to improve and prepare. The Racers’ fall schedule includes matchups against Kentucky, Southern Illinois and Central Arkansas. Stewart and his staff hope these early spring scrimmages will ignite a fire on the field and in the locker room. “We’re just trying to compete a little bit,” Stewart said. “Just putting the boys in competitive situations, not only offense versus defense but more so competing against the standard at which their coach sets for

their position.” Considering the weather the team was dealt on April 7, Stewart said he was pleased with how his team reacted once they got on the field. “I thought the boys handled the weather conditions pretty well,” Stewart said. “I mean you’re talking about snow in April. I thought for the most part they came out and they competed and they played hard.” As the semester winds down and spring comes to a close, the Racers plan to hold a few more scrimmages before hosting their official spring game on Saturday, April 21 at Roy Stewart Stadium.

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Murray State’s men’s golf team placed fourth in the Tennessee State Big Blue Intercollegiate at Hermitage Golf Club in Old Hickory, Tennessee on Tuesday. The Racers showed glimpses of progression on Tuesday after coming off a 13th-place finish just two weeks ago in the Florida Atlantic Spring Championship. Murray State was led by sophomore Austin Knight, from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, who amounted three consistent rounds for the Racers. Through 18 on Monday, Knight posted scores of 71 and 72 for a total score of 143 and a spot

in fourth place. The Racers as a team shot rounds of 295 and 290 for 585, earning them fourth place. Freshman Connor Coombs, from Central City, Kentucky, earned a share of 17th-place after scoring 220 in three rounds of play. Juniors Lance Davis from Mayfield, Kentucky and Gabe Wheeler from Sikeston, Missouri went on to share spots in 28th-place on the day, after scoring 223. Knight followed up his first day performance with a 3-under-par 69 on Tuesday, to secure Murray State’s first individual championship since 2016. The Racers stayed consistent play in their final 18 holes, earning fourth place out of 13 teams. Murray State sophomore

Avery Edwards, from Paducah, Kentucky, played as an individual for the Racers but was forced to withdraw after experiencing discomfort from a previous injury. Coming off a matchup in which Murray State struggled, Head Coach Eddie Hunt enjoyed his team’s consistent rounds of play this week. “I was really pleased,” Hunt said. “We played a lot better in the last round, that’s where we’ve been really messing up and I like to see us improve our score each round.” Murray State will now spend the next two weeks preparing for its conference tournament. The Racers will begin play in the OVC championship on April 23 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at The Shoals Golf Club.

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Features Singing through history

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The history of Murray State’s All-Campus Sing

Nick Erickson

Assistant Features Editor

Murray State held it’s 60th annual All Campus Sing this week, marking 60 years of uniting the community through the beauty of music and the passion of students. According to Murray State’s website, All Campus Sing has been a tradition on campus since 1958. The event is held in unison by the forces of Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha with participants ranging from fraternities, sororities, residential colleges and others who join together to choreograph and perform a brief musical number on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. The event proved to be a hit in 1998, when the cast of All Campus Sing gathered praise from their selection of musical numbers. Alpha Omicron Pi took first place for its rendition of “Grease.”

Alpha Omicron Pi took second place with their comprisal of hits such as Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” while Hester Residential College took first place in the independent category with its medley of songs from “The Lion King.” But it is not always a smooth process for the cast. In 2013, an onslaught of rain came down during the first half of the performance. Despite losing a portion of the crowd, the event still drew a large number of onlookers once the rain passed. Additionally, there were almost 23,000 online viewers. As the years have passed, new technology has allowed All Campus Sing to reach more people. In 2017, the event had more than 5,000 online views throughout the event’s Facebook live stream, spread across 26 different countries outside of the U.S. including the U.K.,

Photo from Murray State’s 1983 edition of The Shield

Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority performs a bright rendition of “Singin’ in the Rain” at All Campus Sing in 1983. Saudi Arabia, Chile, Germany and Spain. Coupled with the

Quad’s attendance, the count hit over the 6,500 mark. Rain

or snow, the future looks bright for the event.

Excuses, excuses

Murray State professors recall their best student excuse stories

Amy Turner

Staff Writer

Everyone has heard of the age-old excuse, “My dog ate my homework.” In elementary school, that one may have earned a few laughs. But college is an entirely different animal, and the excuses that students choose to dish out have gotten more clever, more frequent and sometimes, more ridiculous. Between taking 15 credit hours per semester, getting involved in social circles and activities, as well as meeting basic hygienic needs, it is a wonder that college students have time for just about anything. So when the occasional or not so occasional assignment is forgotten or finished after the due date, excuses come pouring in. Keeping record of some of the excuses that they have heard over the years are the professors who receive them in

their inboxes. Robert Valentine, senior lecturer in advertising, has been teaching at Murray State since 1974 and has several stories to recount involving student excuses. Valentine first spoke about a student who spent too much time driving and ended up missing most of class time trying to find parking. “There was a student who was habitually late to class,” Valentine said. “He came to class, but up to 20 or 30 minutes late. Finally, I had to ask. I said, ‘If you want to miss half of your college education, that is okay because you’re an adult under Kentucky law but I gotta ask, how is it that you’re so late?’” Valentine said the student responded by telling him he could never find a parking place. “The student said ‘Well, I can never find a parking place,’” Valentine said. “So then I asked him where he was coming from and he said he was coming from

class. So, I assumed that he had a class out maybe at the university farm or something, so when he got here there were no parking spaces.” Valentine said the student told him that sometimes he had to ‘drive around and around’ before finding a parking place, sometimes eventually parking behind the science building. However, the student said he normally came from class in the Carr Health Building. “So I said, ‘Well Carr Health is a four minute walk about. If you want to jump in your car and drive around for 15 to 20 minutes, you are not a friend to the environment. You are burning a lot of gas there.’” Valentine said students often give an excuse and move on. Unfortunately for them, some of their professors do not move on so quickly. “People don’t think the faculty discuss things and sometimes they do,” Valen-

tine said. “Sometimes the excuses are well worth discussing. Sometimes the excuses are unforgettable.” Peter Webber, director of nonprofit leadership studies and assistant professor, also had stories to share when it came to student excuses. Webber has been a professor on Murray State’s campus since January of 2015, but he said his favorite excuse stories came from his time teaching at Indiana University. “A student sent me an email shortly before class saying that her car broke down,” Webber said. “She had a flat tire and couldn’t make it to class, so I accepted it and acknowledged that it could happen to anybody. Over the course of the next couple of years, she was a good friend of my wife’s and we developed a good friendship. One day, we were at a pub eating and drinking. She told us she had to leave because she had class.”

Webber said the student then unintentionally revealed her master excuse to him. “She said, ‘Well I don’t think I want to go to class, so I will just email the professor and tell him I have a flat tire,’” Webber said. “That was the same excuse she had given me two years earlier.” His advice to students in a pinch is not to fabricate a crazy story to give to their professors. “Don’t make up fake things,” Webber said. “There are a lot of valid excuses, that’s fine. Just don’t make up something that is not true.” However, there are some instances when students choose to put very little effort into their excuses. Elena Picech Reisinger, assistant professor of Spanish, said she has had a student claim that not his dog, but his cat, ruined his homework. “Just once, I have a student telling me his cat, not his dog ruined his homework,” Reisinger said.

Nick’s Notes

A tribute to Hemi

Saying goodbye to a pet is undeniably one of the hardest obstacles to overcome with growing older. Molly, one Nick Erickson of my closest Assistant Features friends, had Editor to put down her best friend of 12 years this past week and my heart aches for her. Though I was friends with Molly long before I ever met her dog Hemi, her admiration for her grew to be a staple of our friendship. Over the months, I would receive heartwarming pictures and videos of Hemi every day. She always looked so happy to see Molly, making the goofiest but most endearing faces and noises as she flopped around. This past December I finally got to meet Hemi, who was as sweet as I had imagined. Planning to attend a concert in Chicago the next day, I stayed at Molly’s home in Maple Park. In our downtime leading up to the show, we took Hemi to the PetSmart in town so she could take a photo with Santa and I nearly cried at the cuteness overload. Hemi made the perfect sleeping companion that weekend, providing more support and warmth than my pillow ever did. Toward the beginning of March, Molly told me that Hemi had not been her usual vibrant self. Clinging to her bedside and losing appetite, the tragic realization came that time was catching up to her and she would need to be put down before too long. Despite this, even as she progressively grew weaker with her remaining months, Hemi’s enthusiasm emenated through her mile-wide smile. My relationship with Hemi is something I will cherish forever, despite its briefness. The impact she made on Molly over their years spent together puts the concept of time into perspective: everything and everyone around us is finite. I personally feel like it sometimes takes loss to make one realize how much they truly value something or someone, and I wish it did not have to be that way. Looking at Hemi’s death has made me realize that not only do I wish my dogs back in Cadiz were here with me, but I also need to make more time for everyone whom I love. Despite our hesitancy to acknowledge it sometimes, we are all finite. Rest well, Hemi.

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Top 5 reasons your work is late And how to be healthy and balanced for finals

Bridgette McAuliffe Staff writer

You’ve reached that point in the semester again. There are four exams all on the same day. There are five projects due in the same week. Your organization is prepping for that philanthropy event. You don’t even have time to eat or sleep, much less finish all your homework. Your professors say they understand, but sometimes you don’t feel like it’s true. Here are 5 excuses you’ve probably given your professors for turning in work late this semester.


Be honest, everyone has overslept at least once or twice per semester. Though oversleeping does not seem like a valid excuse, think about why you are oversleeping. Cramming for an exam keeps you up late at night and if you fall asleep studying, you probably “slept through” that alarm you forgot to set. A good way to avoid this is

you are doing to your body to keep getting sick. Are you sleeping enough? Are you eating poorly? Are you constantly stressed out? It’s hard to find time to take care of your body in the midst of school, clubs and jobs. Find that balance. Look up easy, healthy recipes on Pinterest. Eat something healthy at Winslow. Pack healthy snacks for class instead of junk food. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.

to set a steady sleep schedule. I know this is easier said than done, but if you have classes that are within a two hour start time every day, 8 a.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, think about setting a repeating alarm to wake up at 7 a.m. every morning. Soon enough, your body will adjust and you will wake up every morning a few minutes before your alarm.


This one can be harder for professors to understand because school work should always come first. However, it is commendable to be dedicated to an organization and follow through on schedules already made. Ask your officers if it is acceptable to do homework during meetings, or take your homework to do during down time. Multi-tasking is hard and if you’re not used to it then you may have issues staying engaged in either the meeting or your work. At this point, it is up to you to prioritize. Is


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this a professor that accepts late work? Will you have time to do it after the meeting? Is this a project big enough that you need to miss your meeting to complete it? These are all questions you have to ask yourself.


Here is a seemingly logical reason that we’ve just about

all used. First, if you are sick, go to health services. For the rest of the spring semester health services on campus is free. Although most professors won’t require a note, this at the very least lets them know you really thought you were sick and didn’t just have a headache or the sniffles. Second, if this is happening frequently, think about what

Professors know that their class is not your only class. However, they do expect you to manage your time effectively enough to make it seem that way and get all of your work done. But this isn’t always possible. There are group projects. There are out of class assignments. What this all boils down to is communication and trust between you and your professor. If you have a schedule conflict that is going to prevent you from getting an assignment done, let your

professor know. If they can see you’ve tried to work around it to stay on task, they may be more inclined to be more understanding and help.


There’s nothing simple or shameful about being stressed. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 30 percent of college students say that stress has negatively affect their academic performance. Sometimes, what we mistake as just stress can be real anxiety or depression. Don’t forget, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone if you think you could be dealing with anxiety. If you focus on your mental health, you may get better at balancing all the stresses of being a college student. As you prep for finals week, don’t forget to take care of yourself, manage your time and don’t forget to enjoy your college experience!

Humane Society seeking donations for annual yard sale Sara Howell Staff writer

The Humane Society of Calloway County’s annual yard sale will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Weaks Community Center. Kathy Hodge, executive director of the Humane Society from Marion, Kentucky, said this sale began over four decades ago and the proceeds go to the society’s programs that support animals within the community. “This is one of our fundraisers that depends on people who love animals to both donate items to sell and purchase items at the sale,” Hodge said. Most traditional sale items can be donated, she said, even items that have become trash at someone’s home. She said she believes these items are ready to become treasures to those attending the yard sale. Kerry Sexton, junior from St. Louis, Missouri, said she enjoys the fact that this yard sale allows anyone in the community to get involved by simply donating. “It is so easy to just pack up things that aren’t being used anymore and bring them to be donated,” Sexton said. “It’s also really nice that the things donated to this sale will go back into helping animals.” She said she is eager for the yard sale. “My friends and I plan on

going to look around at all the stuff there,” Sexton said. “Who doesn’t love a good yard sale every now and again?” According to the Humane Society’s website, clothing and TVs will not be accepted as donations. Items can be brought to the Humane Society’s office at the Weaks Community Center during regular office hours, Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or during the setup of the sale on Friday, April 20 from noon to 6 p.m. The Humane Society can also arrange picking up and storing items for those people who aren’t able to bring items in by April 20. Items that are unable to sell and are not easily holdable for future sales will be donated to Angel’s Attic and the local Angel’s Clinic. Volunteers are needed on Friday, April 20 for the setup and Saturday, April 21 for the yard sale itself. If you are interested, call the Humane Society at 270-759-1884.

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The Humane Society of Calloway County are in need of volunteers for their annual yard sale to benefit animals within the community.







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How the press covers news has evolved over the years, as has the medium through which the news is reported. However, the reporter’s purpose has not changed: educate and inform the masses to ensure they vote. It’s a simple premise, but one which party politics and the “fake news” crusade has hampered. Even President Donald Trump hasn’t shied away from attacking the credibility of most all news media except Fox News.

The citizenry of our nation and those who report the news must reconcile their symbiotic relationship, and fast. Without news media, the everyday person will lose a vital source of information which directly impacts their dayto-day life; without re-establishing trust in its readership, news media will face far greater struggles than just advertising shortfalls. We, The Murray State News Editorial Board, propose there is

work to be done on both sides if our nation wishes to rise above the lies and vitriol and restore this vital component of our democracy. What has, in part, created the rift in trust between reporters and readers is what is being reported, and how. At a time when readers are being bombarded with information from all corners of the internet, the content we report and how much bias slips through is critical. According to a new Knight-Gallup survey, eight in every 10 U.S. adults believe news is key to democracy. However, “seventy-three percent of Americans say the spread of inaccurate information on the internet is a major problem with news coverage today,” according to the same survey. The trustworthiness of true, unbiased reporting is on the line and, to some readers, is already beyond salvaging. Until social media platforms begin to take the issue of fake, biased “news” seriously, it’s up to established news media organizations to take a stand. Unfortunately, partisan politics and the influences of telecommunication companies such as Sinclair Broadcasting Group means this unity will likely never happen. As advertising revenue falls and the future of internet content becomes uncertain, some may turn to the NPR news model in order to continue operations and preserve their credibility. NPR is a non-profit media organization that has been praised for

its mostly unbiased reporting, in part due to not being beholden to the whims of advertisers and other entities. The organization’s interests lie in reporting, not pandering to politicians. The public is bombarded with news from hundreds or thousands of sources every day; if some of these sources were to go by the wayside in a non-profit shift, we would all likely be better off. Wholly blaming the news media for this problem would be doing everyone a disservice – the public must bear their own share. As the number of news sources grows, readers must relearn to discern fact from fiction. Conscious critical thought plays an important role in how news is assimilated and spread. False news stories can be shared via Facebook millions of times in a day, while a CNN report may be shared only a few thousand because of a lack of due diligence. Sensationalized political media sells because it’s emotion driven. Once the everyday reader reigns in their personal views and emotions to scrutinize all news sources, more unbiased reporting based on fact will get screen (and page) time once again. This situation will not simply resolve itself overnight. As long as there is an opponent of the unbiased press in the White House, we are all facing an uphill battle. But with some time, perhaps democracy, and the people, will win out in the end.

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Love her or hate her, she’s not going anywhere. Her new album “Invasion of Privacy” is already setting records. And her recently announced pregnancy isn’t slowing her down. Cardi will definitely go far. Jeers to ... Broken promise of Spring Mother Nature had better get her act together. Seventy degrees one day, 35 the next? There is no excuse for this tomfoolery. All we want is to trade our boots and parkas for shorts and flip-flops.

Looking Forward

Future of gaming at Murray State Tyler Anderson

Opinion Editor

Video games grew out of being a niche market around the time the Nintendo Wii debuted. Never before had a gaming console been so widely accepted as a must have for every family gathering. It rapidly became a living room staple. Now, video games are nearly impossible to avoid. According to the 2017 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), about 65 percent of American households are home to someone who regularly games. The ESA also reported the industry’s revenue reached $36 billion in 2017, an increase compared to 2016. It’s difficult to ignore the presence video gaming has in our

culture. Efforts to link violent video games to real-world violence (a theory that has been regularly debunked) has had virtually no impact on this growth. However, this growth has not been embraced by Murray State. At a time when enrollment is down, the administration would be wise to explore the potential of this popular field of work. Murray State currently offers two courses specific to video games: CSC 275 and 575. These build upon other courses in digital modeling and design. Both are a great starting point for those interested in how video games are made and give students experience in the basic art of crafting games. But there is the potential for so much more. Many for-profit institutions, such as Full Sail University, have long-since recognized this potential for enrollment growth.

Students can also expect to pay outrageous tuition fees at these institutions. According to, the average tuition paid per student for the 2016 school year at Full Sail University was $22.7 thousand. Despite the fact that the online diploma route only lasts 29 months, there are zero savings in comparison to many public universities. The quality of instruction at for-profit institutions has been under increased scrutiny the past few years. Wtih shady practices and a focus on profit over student learning, one would have the right to question the intent of these institutions and the quality of education one might receive. Murray State has a long-held tradition of producing strong leaders in the modern workforce because of the quality of our instructors. I wager many would rather have the face-to-face ex-

perience at an institution with a history of student excellence than chance their money being squandered. While taking on another program at a time when some are in danger of being cut might seem counterproductive, there is money to be made. Video gaming is not a small industry; it continues to grow each year with no currently predicted growth ceiling. Murray State should reach out to potential and current students to gauge interest in such a program. The foundation for video game creation at Murray State has already been set. With room for growth concerning game theory, production and marketing, now is the time to build upon what has been established. This would be another logical step toward realizing our university motto of “Opportunity Afforded.”

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Chamber CEO named Miranda Carpenter Contributing Writer

With the search over, Michelle Bundren is now the upcoming president and CEO for Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the chamber for the past three and a half years. Bundren was selected to replace existing president and CEO, Aaron Dail, who held the position for the past four years. He recently took a new position for the Calloway County Banking Center of Community Financial Services Bank. In the 91 years the Chamber has been open, Bundren is the first female to take on this position. She graduated from

Murray State in 2004, where she earned a degree in public relations and marketing. She said being president and CEO at the Chamber is an honor, and she doesn’t take this responsibility lighty. “I plan to have some strategic planning with our board and community leadership to identify opportunities of growth for our community and build around those opportunities, while maintaining the excellence of service and benefits members have to come to expect,” Bundren said. Bundren said collaborating and advocacy is the key, and she plans to brainstorm different initiatives to better engage employees and students. “We want to strive to make

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Bundren is a 2004 graduate of Murray State. this community the best and friendliest place to do business and build a life,” Bundren said.

Depending on final word from the governor, funding is expected to be reduced by 6.25 percent from the state of Kentucky. To cut costs, Dudley said positions would be eliminated, parking passes would increase by 50 percent, the employee computer and bike loan programs would be eliminated, the cap on the number of sick days would be lowered to 20, private insurance carriers would be considered, waiver programs would be reviewed, the overtime budget would be reduced and vending funds would be reclassified. Adjuncts would be reduced, and programs, though not disclosed yet, would be closed, reduced or structured. About 10-15 positions would be elimi-

nated and 20-30 vacant positions would be eliminated. The university is considering outsourcing many aspects of its services to cut costs. Requests for Proposals are pending for Dining Services, buildings and grounds services, postal services and the operational maintenance and rental fleets “The goal will be to keep employment, to keep jobs, even though they may not be on Murray State’s payroll,” Dudley said. As for Health Services, the university went through two RFP processes in the past several months. “We just haven’t got the proposal that meets our need,” Dudley said. “Because of that, the president is recommending that we remove the funding for Health Services from our budget for fiscal year ‘19.” If all of those areas were outsourced, 175 positions would not be on Murray State’s payroll. Davies said the greatest op-

portunity to expand is through enrollment, which steers the university towards a model of privatization and leaning less on state funds. “We will rely on public support, no question, for some base levels, but our model is now based almost squarely on enrollment,” Davies said. The proposed state budget bill allocates $31 million into a performance funding pool, which state-funded universities in Kentucky will compete for. Murray State expects to receive $1.5 million from the pool. “We are entering a new dimension, where we control our fate in many ways, and that is through the performance funding model,” Davies said. “Even with performance funding and excellent results, we are becoming more and more reliant on those tuition dollars.” At the June 8 Board of Regents meeting, budget plans for next year will be finalized.

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