Students prepare for finals

Students all over campus are buckling down in an effort to prepare for upcoming tests. || Ben McGrath/The News

As finals week approaches it seems students lose all perspective and go into panic or survival mode.

The pressures of the week plague student minds. How much time should you dedicate to each final? What is the best way to prepare?

According to the Dartmouth Skills Center students should study in 20 to 50 minute increments and give themselves 5 to 10 minute breaks between each session. For the best results possible, study time should be spread out over one full week. Continue reading

White: Study of lake imperative

Photo provided by Hancock Biological Station

Students, faculty and other scientists at the Hancock Biological Station are busy using real time sensors to study the waters of the Kentucky Lake to better understand the water supply.

The Hancock Biological Station is located on the shores of Kentucky Lake and is a year-round facility providing scientists with a base operation for a wide variety of field research and presenting students with opportunities for field-oriented classes, individualized instruction, independent research and close interactions with researchers and faulty.

There are some students who choose to live at the station and conduct research as a contribution to their graduation requirements. Continue reading

Glaciologist visits University

A renowned glaciologist visited Murray State on Wednesday April 25, 2012, in the Freed Curd Auditorium of the Collins Industry and Technology Center.

Keith Mountain, professor in the department of geography and geosciences at the University of Louisville, got his start in 1974 when he ventured to work on a glacier in Greenland. Mountain said he has had a interest in glaciers, snow and ice from an early age.

His visit to Murray State was to ensure the community and the University was aware of how glaciers affected daily life.

“This is a worldwide issue,” he said. “I’ve seen the same situations happen in Peru as they do in Australia. Everyone needs to be aware of the option not only to speak for this issue but also to know about the kind of legacy we leave for future generations.” Continue reading

Commission on sustainability discuss changes

The Presidents Commission on Sustainability had their last meeting of the semester on April 19 to discuss changes since their last meeting and what plans were being implemented for the future.

The commission is one of three created by President Randy Dunn, which also include improvements to campus sustainability and student retention. It was organized to help with the formation of a campus-wide plan for increasing ways to make Murray State more environmentally friendly.

Dunn’s Commission on Sustainability began in 2010 with the objective of improving campus sustainability and recycling efforts. Continue reading

LGBT center slowed by insufficient funding

Plans for a LGBT resource center are still being spoken of, months after the petition to jumpstart the facility was released.

The center comes as part of the president’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity Plan.

Jody Cofer, academic program specialist and Alliance adviser, said he thinks the institution is trying to figure the best way to respond to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Continue reading


In today’s edition of The Murray State News’ Superfecta 2012, the photograph accompanying the My Reality Tattoos and Body Piercing’s article is incorrect. On page 16, under the headline “Best Tattoo Parlor: My Reality Tattoo,” the photograph is of another tattoo parlor and does not represent My Reality in any way.

We apologize to readers and My Reality for our error.

City starts Amnesty International group

Murray Amnesty, a newly formed local chapter of the global organization Amnesty International, held their first meeting on Wednesday April 25, at Calloway County Public Library.

Jessica Evans, Kentucky Area Coordinator of Amnesty International, led the meeting. Evans, appointed to the position in January, has been involved with letter writing campaigns and petitions with Amnesty International for multiple years prior to her appointment. Evans said that she originally began her work with Amnesty International because she was eager to become involved with an organization that focused on equality and social justice.

“I have seen firsthand what discrimination, injustice and intolerance looks like and I wanted to be part of a group that works to (not only) end discrimination, but educate people as well,” said Evans. “One of the reasons I started my role as Area Coordinator is because I felt Amnesty’s presence in Kentucky could, and should, be more prominent.” Continue reading

Vox Populi: What May 1st means

Devin Griggs

Opinion Editor


Across the globe, the first of May brings demonstrations, parades and celebrations. Why is that, you might ask? May 1 is the traditional “Labor Day” for just about everywhere in the world outside of Canada, Japan and the United States, all three of which celebrate Labor Day in the fall. Known around the world as “International Labor Day”, “International Worker’s Day”, or simply “Labor Day”, May 1 commemorates the fight for the eight-hour workday and the killing of workers that protested for the eight-hour day (among other things) at Haymarket Square in Chicago on May 4, 1886 (following arrests made of striking workers on May 1, 1886). Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: 05.04.12

Bill Zingrone
assistant professor of psychology

Steven Herr’s response to my reply stemming from my original editorial “Religion is not the answer” cites some research from psychology and psychiatry that religious belief may have some potential benefits for the life of the individual doing the believing. And that may well be true. But the focus of my editorial and my response to Professor Goggins was the not merely potential but very tangible negative effects of religious thought on our individual personal freedoms, as believers of all stripes mistakenly think, since they claim to understand what some god intends for all of our behavior, they get to impose it on the rest of us. Continue reading