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Story by Delaney Johnson Photo courtesy of Live for Live Music For the past six years, Middle Tennessee State University and Bonnaroo have had a working relationship that benefits students studying in the College of Media and Entertainment. In 2014, the Bonnaroo team visited MTSU’s campus to discuss audio production and more with interested students. …

Over the next few weeks, Sidelines will be presenting the stories of MTSU seniors who have found their final classes, final weeks and final memories irreparably and unprecedentedly changed. This is a first-person account by Brandon Casteel, contributing writer, graduating senior and student, interrupted. If you are a graduating senior and would like to share …

A letterboard lays against a pink background: it says "self-care isn't selfish"

Story by Charlie Crump/ Contributing Writer With the major arrival of the COVID-19 virus in Middle Tennessee, most students are being forced to practice social distancing as a result of university and local school closures. With the MTSU’s closing, all on-campus activities—including, of course, classes—are canceled. This leaves many students with no other option but …

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 on MTSU’S campus was reported Thursday afternoon, according to a statement made by MTSU President Sidney McPhee. The student, who is an on-campus resident, reported to Student Health Services on Tuesday and tested positive Wednesday evening. They are currently self-isolating, though it is unclear if they remain on campus …

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Blue Raider Sports

Football: MTSU players sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents

Men’s Basketball: Blue Raiders add two key transfers to 2020-21 roster

A socially distant fan finds a way: How the Internet became a sports junkie’s best friend

Held Serve: How MTSU men’s tennis is dealing with COVID-19

Music, Arts, Culture


Brendan Benson plays the guitar on stage.

Story by Danielle Findley Photos courtesy of Third Man Records Brendan Benson released a new album on April 24, 2020 titled Dear Life. Dear Life was a surprise, considering Benson has not produced a new LP in seven years. Benson’s outlook on his new album heralds his Good to be Alive single, which was a …

Story by Alyssa Poston Photo courtesy of Facebook With a constant smile and an acoustic guitar in hand, Briston Maroney held an hour-long live stream on Tuesday, April 14, where he was able to interact with his fans worldwide. Maroney is a songwriter, guitarist and Knoxville, Tennessee native that gained popularity after auditioning for American …

Illustrations by Tara Flores National Women’s History Month—a time for all of us to come together to celebrate the bold, brave and downright stunning achievements made by women throughout history, despite all efforts made to suppress them— was established by Congress in 1987 and has been a notable annual event ever since. This year, however, …