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Photo courtesy of MTSU News Story by Sabrina Tyson / Contributing Writer Ying Iris Gao, a Middle Tennessee State University associate professor and lead researcher at the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, has been able to study the DMDD compound, a low-toxicity compound from the root of a starfruit tree that is showing a …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer The backdrop of Destroyer’s “Ken” is one of refined bliss, just relaxed enough to lull a listener into the ethereal space it creates. Synthesizers breathe and come alive against a carefree beat, and in the distance an errant saxophone can be heard effortlessly riffing away. Amidst this world …

Photos and story by Anthony Merriweather / Contributing Writer  With hopes to urge Congress to pass a “clean DREAM Act,” supporters of undocumented immigrants marched in silence from Cumberland Park to the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol on Saturday afternoon. The march was organized under the working organization name, Nashville Dreamers, by a group …

Photos by Tayhlor Stephenson / MTSU Sidelines Bell Buckle, Tennessee, is known for its small-town, historic vibe, making it the perfect setting for some of the state’s most popular festivals, including the RC-Moon Pie Festival and the Bell Buckle Craft Fair, which hosted thousands of festival-goers this weekend. At the Bell Buckle Craft Fair, it’s all …

Photo by Darwin Moore / MTSU Sidelines Story by Carl Coates Jr. / Sports Reporter Honors for Middle Tennessee’s men’s basketball team have already been awarded, as senior guard Giddy Potts was selected to the 2017-18 All-Conference USA Basketball Preseason Team Monday morning. Last season, Potts was a key piece to the Blue Raiders’ success. …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines Story by Jonas Saich / Sports Reporter Middle Tennessee sent its men’s tennis team to Knoxville, Tennessee, to take on opponents from across the country in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional. Eight players competed for MTSU, including 18th-ranked Gonzalo Morell Raschiatore. In the round of 128, five of the team’s …