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Over the next few weeks, Sidelines will be presenting the stories of MTSU seniors who have found their final classes, final weeks and final memories irreparably and unprecedentedly changed. This is a first-person account by Brandon Casteel, contributing writer, graduating senior and student, interrupted. If you are a graduating senior and would like to share …

A letterboard lays against a pink background: it says "self-care isn't selfish"

Story by Charlie Crump/ Contributing Writer With the major arrival of the COVID-19 virus in Middle Tennessee, most students are being forced to practice social distancing as a result of university and local school closures. With the MTSU’s closing, all on-campus activities—including, of course, classes—are canceled. This leaves many students with no other option but …

Story by Knox Hargis / Contributing Writer Baseball has been a staple of the American community since 1869, and having the start of the Major League Baseball season delayed with most youth and high school leagues canceled is less than ideal to local communities across the country, and to avid fans. Henry Anderton is on …

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 on MTSU’S campus was reported Thursday afternoon, according to a statement made by MTSU President Sidney McPhee. The student, who is an on-campus resident, reported to Student Health Services on Tuesday and tested positive Wednesday evening. They are currently self-isolating, though it is unclear if they remain on campus …

Story by Elizabeth Juengling/Contributing Writer MTSU students and professors were thrown a curveball when President Sidney A. McPhee and the on-campus management team determined that students would complete the remainder of the semester online due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.  Luckily, there is a plethora of free resources online to help students get through …

Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing writer As COVID-19 continues to spread in the state of Tennessee as well as Rutherford County, Murfreesboro Mayor declared a local State of Emergency Saturday that will be effective starting Monday. Mayor Shane McFarland issued the order to gain access to special emergency power from the Tennessee state government. …