The album artwork for Earl Sweatshirt's "Doris" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Contributing Writer Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt’s debut studio album, Doris, is a 44-minute display of technical ability, personal reflection and eerie production. It’s been three years since Earl’s debut mixtape Earl captivated the hip-hop scene with its blend of shock value and tongue twisting flows. Over this period, Earl’s life has …

Robin Thicke, left, gets twerked on by Miley Cyrus, right, during a performance of "Blurred Lines" the 2013 Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, August 25, 2013. (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Contributing Writer The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was an event filled with over the top performances, surprising appearances, triumphant returns and, of course, music. This year’s ceremony boasted a solid set of performers including: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & …

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee gives welcoming remarks during the 2013 MTSU Convocation ceremony held Sunday, Aug. 25, at Murphy Center. (MTSU / J. Intintoli)

Faculty and student leaders joined together Sunday to welcome incoming freshmen and transfer students during the university’s 103 convocation in the Murphy Athletic Center. “Today is the day you become one of us,” said Debra Sells when she welcomed the new student body. She is currently the  vice president of Student Affairs. University president Sidney …