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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 …

Photos and Story by Tina Higgins / Contributing Writer The second annual Showtime at the Apollo took place at the MTSU Student Union Building on Monday, with much fanfare and excitement. This talent show-styled event debuted a year ago in honor of the legendary television show, “Showtime at the Apollo.” The original show stands as …

Photos and Story by Emily Blalock / Contributing Writer MTSU’s Center for Popular Music presented “An Evening of South Texas Conjunto Music” on Monday night at the Blue Note Café, featuring artists Felipe Perez y Sus Polkeros and Cactus Fire, the opening band of the evening. Gregory Reish, the director of the Center for Popular …