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By Bailey Robbins and Noel Heath Features Editors The wind roared past Haley McKinney, a nursing major and self-expressed adrenaline seeker, as she prepared to jump from a plane into the blue sky for the first time. “You scream, and then you realize you can’t hear yourself,” McKinney beamed, recalling that recent inaugural parachuting experience. …

By Meagan White Contributing writer The view from Michael Bouchillon’s front window is often never the same from night to night. And that’s just fine with him. Bouchillon, 20, a music business major, is not homeless, however. Well, he is homeless in the sense that he doesn’t have an apartment like most of his classmates, …

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 …

By Bailey Robbins Features Editor So, what’s next? A smile stretched across the face of agriscience education professor Cliff Ricketts, which suggested it wasn’t the first time he has been asked that question. “I thought I did pretty good so far,” he laughed. The article taped to the outside of his office door is one …

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. …