Photos and Story by Amber Cetinel / Contributing Writer Stage director Will Perkins wants you to forget everything you think you know about opera. “It’s not just people in powder wigs on stage making big sounds … There is beauty, politics, love, hate and things that really are going on in the world around us …

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Story by Allison Borrell / Contributing Writer  To all the old-school punk fans out there: I hate to break it to you, but punk sucks. Don’t get me wrong, punk has its importance in the realm of culture and music. When it hit the scene in the ‘70s, it hit …

Photo courtesy of MTSU Story by Collin Lombardo / Contributing Writer  Collin Lombardo is an MTSU student in his fourth year as a Public Relations major, with a minor in Recording Industry Management. Lombardo signed up on the MTSU Blue Raider Autonmous Driving project website to be a student passenger in MTSU’s new self-driving Tesla …

Photos and story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Big Ears Festival continued into the weekend with a jam-packed day of music Saturday, filling theaters, museums and bars alike across the city of Knoxville. The day was highlighted by striking performances by modern-classical composer Nils Frahm, historic jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and banjo player and …

Photo by Jordyn Lee / MTSU Sidelines Story by Truman Greub and Tim Carroll / Contributing Writers On Friday, the Middle Tennessee State University (8-15, 3-3) baseball team geared up for a weekend series against Louisiana Tech (13-8) but ultimately fell to the Bulldogs 2-1 for the series. Peyton Wiggington had a stand-out performance on …

Story by Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo, Chad Day and Julie Pace / Associated Press The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not …