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Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines Last Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, Rep. John DeBerry introduced a controversial bill that proposed a ban on fraternities and sororities on Tennessee campuses. Since the bill’s introduction, DeBerry has said that the legislation was misunderstood and that the ban was simply the “start of a conversation.” MTSU Greek …

Photo courtesy of Rhionna Sims Story by Carley Olejniczak / Contributing Writer  In the days of Gen X, Baby Boomers and other generations before them, having a child out of wedlock was considered such a scandalous affair that many young, pregnant girls were shunned from their communities. It was sinful, reckless and shameful in the …

Photo and story by Sabrina Tyson / Contributing Writer Katie Foss, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University, has put 10 years of research into her new book, “Breastfeeding and Media: Exploring Conflicting Discourses That Threaten Public Health.” The book looks at the portrayal of breastfeeding in media, such …

Video by Anthony Merriweather / MTSU Sidelines Photos by Anthony Merriweather and Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines  Story by Andrew Wigdor / News Editor  Children excitedly danced along the tracks as the train’s whistle bellowed, signaling the arrival of, for many, the few gifts they would receive this year. As the gleam of the locomotive …

Photo by Ethan Clark / MTSU Sidelines  William York first learned what it felt like to be alone in a foreign country, struggling to communicate, when he studied abroad in Japan for a summer. “You don’t really realize how dependent we are on being able to communicate until you go somewhere where you can’t communicate,” …

Photo courtesy of MTSU News Story by Sabrina Tyson / Contributing Writer Ying Iris Gao, a Middle Tennessee State University associate professor and lead researcher at the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, has been able to study the DMDD compound, a low-toxicity compound from the root of a starfruit tree that is showing a …