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MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education (F.I.R.E.) hosted a William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Leadership lecture on Tuesday in the Student Union. The speaker was the co-founder of DNA Doe and founder of Identifinders International Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick to talk about forensic genealogy and the positive identification of the “Buckskin Girl.”  The …

Photos and Story by Carla Hicks/Contributing Writer Murfreesboro Oaklands Mansion held their fifth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday night. Their Oktoberfest is known for its numerous features of top, local craft brewers, food trucks, live music and games for all ages. “I enjoy coming out here every year to provide the people at the festival with …

Photo and story by Mitchell Casteel The Law and Your Community lecture, hosted by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, was held Thursday night at MTSU with great reception. The lecture focused on the laws and rights citizens should know, and how to interact with law enforcement. The event speakers included MTSU criminal justice …

Leaked conversations from the neo-Nazi, white supremacist group Patriot Front, the rebranded version of Vanguard America, have exposed a plan to distribute fliers and posters on more than 120 campuses across the U.S. this weekend, according to the digital community “It’s Going Down,” an online platform that exposes fascist groups’ activities. It is unclear if …

Photo and story by Ashley Perham As part of MT Engage week, Middle Tennessee State University hosted Connecting Through Story: An Exploration of Literacy Experiences. The two-day event allowed students to get hands-on experiences with primary research by interviewing each other about their literacy practices. Tuesday, Jakob Lewis of WPLN presented a workshop on audio …

Photos and story by Toriana Williams. Did you know that Middle Tennessee State University offers free-to-use equipment such as 3D printers, vinyl cutters, virtual reality equipment and more for MTSU students? That’s what Wednesday’s Makerspace Open House on Wednesday was all about. The Makerspace can be found in the James E. Walker Library on the …