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Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer COVID-19 is continuing to evolve throughout the United States, and the education system is working to adapt for their students. Middle Tennessee State University has announced they would be refunding students for their on-campus housing. MTSU stated they would be refunding students up to 60 percent of the …

Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer Photo courtesy of Pexels Study abroad trips are being canceled nationwide as travel bans are being enforced all over the world. Middle Tennessee State University has decided to pull students from their current trips and cancel most abroad trips set in the summer. MTSU and Education Abroad Administration …

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 …

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 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. …

Story and photos by Christa Adams Adams is a travel writer and 2017 graduate of MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media. She is a native of  Morristown, Tennessee, and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Life right now feels like it’s been pulled from a dystopian novel. Police officers monitoring eerily empty streets, citizens …