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MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee gives welcoming remarks during the 2013 MTSU Convocation ceremony held Sunday, Aug. 25, at Murphy Center. (MTSU / J. Intintoli)

Faculty and student leaders joined together Sunday to welcome incoming freshmen and transfer students during the university’s 103 convocation in the Murphy Athletic Center. “Today is the day you become one of us,” said Debra Sells when she welcomed the new student body. She is currently the  vice president of Student Affairs. University president Sidney …

Hawaiian-native Jack Johnson will headline for Mumford & Sons Saturday night at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival after it was announced the band’s bassist had to have a blood clot removed from his brain. “I got this phone call basically asking if I could fill in, and we haven’t played a set in a year,” …

By Meredith Galyon | Contributing Writer Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves recently released her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, after she sprang up the charts with her hit single “Merry Go Round.” The 24-year-old Texas native emerged onto the country scene after becoming a top 10 finalist on season five of “Nashville Star.” She has …

David Bowie The Next Day

By Jay Powell // Features Editor Whenever an artist returns after a prolonged absence, the resulting album and/or tour are typically met with enthusiasm. It’s an exciting time. Mad hysteria is on message boards, but artists never live up to the level of anticipation and expectation. Eventually, the album is written off as a halfhearted …

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performs at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily West)

By Claire Osburn | Assistant A&E editor Months of speculation can finally be put to rest because the 2013 Bonnaroo lineup is officially here. The bands at this year’s ‘Roo, scheduled for June 13-16 in Manchester, were announced early Tuesday afternoon. The lineup unveiling was done via an hour-long video, streamed live on the bonnaroo365 …

Santa Train

Story by Emily West // Community News Editor | Photos by Matt Masters // Photography Editor Brenda Grizzle stood at the tracks in her khaki jacket and straight leg jeans. The day was warming, but a thick chill hung in the air. Through her clear-framed glasses, the retired farmer turned part-time seamstress watched her grandchildren, River …