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By Blake Jennings Staff writer At 56 and with stark silver hair, physics professor and former NASA engineer, Eric Klumpe (kloom-pa) conveys a youthful and laid-back presence. “Hey dude,” he can be heard saying, sporting a Northface vest, black glasses and a likable, wry smirk. His small, rectangular office space resembles a meeting ground shared …

By E.R. West Editor-in-chief Recently, David “Ritt” Chitwood, was in his digital audio technology class when the professor asked the students to stand and sing. Chitwood, 28, left paralyzed and in a wheelchair from an auto accident that nearly took his life and his mind, couldn’t stand. But he didn’t take offense. Chitwood smiled and …

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: