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Story and photos by Zoë Haggard / Contributing Writer Fraternity and Sorority Life hosted the End Hazing Now Coalition, which featured two keynote speakers and a Q&A session Tuesday night at the Student Union Ballroom on Middle Tennessee State University campus. The speakers were Rae Ann Gruver and Lianne Kowiak—two mothers whose sons died after …

Photo and story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority hosted a financial literacy session to educate and inform MTSU undergraduate students on taking out loans, saving money, and investing for the betterment of their credit scores. Eli Murphy, a financial manager at Fifth Third bank started off the presentation by …

Story by Megan Tracy / Contributing Writer Photo courtesy of Middle Tennessee State University On Thursday afternoon, Middle Tennessee State University honored eight former Raider athletes with a public forum discussion panel before being honored during that night’s basketball game. Jerry Singleton, Art Polk, Lonnell Poole, Terry Scott, J.W. Harper, Raymond “Ray” Bonner, Ed Miller …

Story and photos by Kelly Fletcher / Contributing Writer “In every sense of the word, this was my dream school.” Those are the words film student Kenny Strawn used to describe Watkins College of Art. The small art college of fewer than 200 students is in a state of upheaval. The funds ran dry. They …

Illustration by Angele Latham Two Tennessee legislators have introduced a bill to the Senate and the House that would allow college students to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses. The controversial legislation was proposed Representative Rush Bricken (R—Tullahoma) and Senator Janice Bowling (R—Tullahoma). HB2102 and SB2288 propose that students who are registered at public …

MTSU student Joshua Washington, a freshman in the Behavioral and Health Sciences program, was arrested on January 29 for domestic assault against his girlfriend, who lives in the campus dormitory Judd Hall. Officers were called to the scene at 6:43 p.m. after reports of a “verbal dispute.” Washington told officers that he went to confront …