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Story and photos by DeAngelo Conley It is after midnight and Anna Hutchinson surveyed her creation. She sat on the floor of her living room, a metropolis of shoeboxes rising around her. Hutchison collects sneakers the way others collect stamps. And every shoe has a story. She gazed at the pair of Jordan 1s that …

Story by Cassie Sistoso, Assistant News Editor Photos by Bill Lickman, Photographer Tucked away in the patchwork hem of historic houses of the downtown sits Crying Cat Books and Records, a converted house to book and record shop in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Though out of reach of both the center of downtown and the main roads …

Story by Cassie Sistoso, News Assistant Editor Photo courtesy of Rachel Cunningham It is a snowy Tuesday afternoon when I meet with Rachel Cunnigham, sole owner and tattoo artist of True Eden Studio. As we sip our respective mugs of coffee, Cunningham describes her journey into the tattoo industry with such passion and belonging that …

Story by Stephanie Hall | Contributing Writer Photos by Ethan Pickering | Lifestyles Editor Talented students at Middle Tennessee State University showed off their culture and abilities at the Rep Your Roots talent show on Sept. 16, 2021. Located outside the Student Union, students had a fun-filled evening watching the acts.   Chris Rochelle, an agent for the Veteran Center at MTSU, was helping work …

Story by Stephanie Hall | Contributing Writer Photos by Elise Carter | Contributing Photographer Wednesday, September 8 marks the first of a new monthly tradition: Mental Health Wednesdays. Students get to hang out and pet some adorable therapy animals. The pets were on Main Street in the John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building.  The four dogs were: Roger, Zoey, Judy, …

Story by Ethan Pickering / Assistant Lifestyles Editor Photos by Ethan Pickering / Assistant Lifestyles Editor Middle Tennessee State University’s Textile and Merchandising department is hosting their big fashion show this week. The program will be entirely virtual this year, in contrast to previous years, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone involved in the …