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Ryan Kenney performs at MTSU's Tucker Theatre in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The performance was a part of the first MTSU vs. Belmont Battle of the Bands. (MTSU Sidelines / Cat Murphy)

The first annual MTSU vs. Belmont University Battle of the Bands was held Wednesday night at Tucker Theatre. The event, which was sponsored by Music With A Purpose and Raider Entertainment, put two bands from each school against each other to see which act would win a $500 prize, as well as bragging rights for …

Students enter the "Tunnel of Love" educational fair at MTSU's James Union Building to learn about the risks of sexually transmitted infections on Thursday, September 19, 2013. (MTSU SIdelines / John Connor Coulston)

MTSU students had the opportunity to learn about the risks of sexually transmitted infections at the annual “Tunnel of Love” educational fair held on September 19 in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building. The event, which was cosponsored by MTSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance, Student Health Services and Nashville CARES, sought to educate the students on sexually transmitted …

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer The Freshman of MTSU had the chance to give back to the Rutherford County community at the “Freshman Day of Service,” which was held on Friday. The event, which was a collaboration between United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, MTSU’s Student Government Association and the university’s Center for …

Freshmen Kenneth Carpenetti, left, Bria Kilcrease, center, and Cat Hoy, right, pose as they discuss their first impressions of MTSU. (MTSU Sidelines / John Connor Coulston)

We asked ten freshman students to give us their first impressions of life here at MTSU. Here are their responses:

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 …

Salvation Army

By Nick Carey // Contributing Writer Persisting economic struggles this holiday season have placed a greater emphasis on the work of local organizations dedicated to easing the worst effects of poverty. The Rutherford County Salvation Army, Room at the Inn Day Shelter and the MTSU Food Pantry make up just a few. According to a U.S. …