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Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor / Sidelines Archive  As the new year rolled in, so did new free speech protections for students and faculty on campuses across Tennessee. On May 9, 2017, Gov. Bill Haslam signed the Campus Free Speech Protection Act, a piece of legislation meant to ensure that free speech would be upheld …

Black Lives Matter demonstration

Photo by Tanner Dedmon / Managing Editor MTSU was issued the poorest rating for student free-speech rights by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, also known as, FIRE, on Nov. 1. FIRE is a non-profit organization with the mission to defend the individual rights of students on college campuses. According to FIRE’s website, the rights that the …

Black Lives Matter demonstration

Photo by Tanner Dedmon / Managing Editor MTSU students responded to an inflammatory preacher by organizing counterdemonstrations on campus Wednesday. Just a day after a panel discussed free speech on college campuses and touched on designated free speech zones, a preacher returned Wednesday to read select Bible verses and encourage students to “repent for their sins.” …

Photo Courtesy of Quinlan Odom / Turning Point USA Political education, grassroots activism and re-branding free market ideals are all goals of Turning Point USA on the MTSU campus. Turning Point USA is a nationally recognized political education organization with chapters at over 1,000 college campuses. According to the TPUSA website, some of the group’s main …

  With MTSU’s recent Constitution and Civil Rights events on campus, it’s only fitting that renowned singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie discussed free speech, inspiration and songwriting with recording industry students on Sept. 17. Sainte-Marie, 74, was awarded the Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award by the Americana Music Association in Nashville on Sept. 16. Much of …

The current discussion on changing the name of Forrest Hall and the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag are both crucial ones to be had. However, the arguments are primarily centered around the question, “is it right or wrong,” when we need to be asking about the rights of the people and organizations donning these flags/titles. To …