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Photo and Story by Tina Higgins / Contributing Writer Generation Action is a student organization on MTSU’s campus which focuses on reproductive rights and sexual freedom. Since fall 2018, the organization has been supplying free female products in the majority of female and gender inclusive bathrooms through the movement, “Project Accessibility, Period.” The organization was …

Photo and story by Amber Cetinel / Contributing Writer Religious leaders in Murfreesboro gathered at MTSU’s Tucker Theater Tuesday evening to discuss safety measures for their places of worship with representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The “Protecting Places of Worship Security Forum” aimed to address faith-based leaders’ concerns about targeted hate …

Photos and Story by Carla Hicks/ Contributing Writer MTSU ‘s Iota Mu Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity held the much anticipated annual “Stepping For A Cure” at Tucker Theatre Friday. The step show was held to benefit the organization March of Dimes, which works to raise money to “expand programs and educate medical …

Photo and Story by Taylor Blanch / Contributing Writer Local nonprofit Archie’s Promise held its annual $25 Prom Dress Event at the Archie and Idalene Formal Shoppe Saturday to help give back to the community and help young girls feel beautiful for such a formal event at just a fraction of the cost. Archie’s Promise, …

The year was 1970. Bell-bottoms were in, hippies were still going strong and Elton John was making his extraordinary mark on the world of music. The era of peace and love seemed like it would never end. For some, at least. For others, particularly African Americans in the south, the fight for equality was still …

Graphic by DeAnna Black / MTSU Sidelines As the city of Murfreesboro continues to expand and evolve, officials say that unintended consequences come with the changing landscape. Namely, as the population of ‘boro dwellers grows, as does the homeless issue in the city. Bill Kraus, the executive director of the Housing, Health and Human Services …