Sociology program sponsors spring concert

Playing for the purpose of inaugural sociology, storytelling and a good time, the Spring Strings event is set to take place Saturday at Wrather Museum.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with Ed Smith, nonstudent from Paris, Tenn., playing the bagpipes outside the venue before the doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Boulder’s Smokehouse Deli and Catering, Music One and the sociology office on the fifth floor of Faculty Hall.

Headliner Dan Knowles performs a wide variety of styles and genres including Civil War Minstrel banjo, Mountain style, Bluegrass Three-finger and his own personal style, the jazzy/classical claw hammer approach.

Knowles has previously worked on overnight passenger boats. The inspiration for the lyrics Knowles writes comes from his days working on the rivers.

“I’m looking forward to being able to present my music to people who haven’t heard from me before,” Knowles said. “Essentially my job is not just an entertainer but to give people what they need and feel what they need.”

Through his own music and storytelling, Knowles is able to tell the history of more than 200 years of American music.

The music performed will be comprised of not only his original songs but a few cover songs as well. Continue reading “Sociology program sponsors spring concert”

Alumnus designs T-shirts for Gap Inc.

Photo courtesy of Phil Jones

One of Murray State’s own is making a positive statement in the design world with his original T-shirt design “I Hate Negative Statements,” which is now available in select Gap stores across the nation.

Phil Jones, Murray State alumnus from Louisville, Ky., has experienced success across the design spectrum since his graduation in 2005.

He is now the art director at advertising agency Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis and frequently contributes to the online design community, Threadless.

In February, Threadless partnered with Gap to release a line of T-shirts created by designers and artists from the site’s competitions and archives.

Threadless is a website where designers and artists can upload content to be voted on by other contributors in on-going competitions.

After seven days, the highest scores are released and the favorites can be printed and the artists will be paid. It is most well known for its T-shirt designs.

Jones said Threadless searched through their archives to find the designs that best fit with the Gap’s style and found his “I Hate Negative Statements” T-shirt.

“It’s a very simple typography and one of my favorite quotes that I have ever scribbled down,” he said. “The irony of it makes me laugh and it’s such a simple idea and design that it doesn’t need any extravagance.”

Jones submitted his design in 2011 without knowing about the Gap competition. Continue reading “Alumnus designs T-shirts for Gap Inc.”

Campus, community offer volunteer opportunities

Students around campus are paying it forward by volunteering at local organizations such as West Kentucky Mentoring and Needline.

Murray State students have done their best to help the local community and the results have been tremendous.

“A very important part of the results are found in the thousands of hours and days of volunteers service given from MSU students to the campus and local community,” said Bob Long, professor of youth and non-profit leadership. “There are many local organizations that would have very limited capacity without our students. Some report that they would not exist at all without MSU student volunteers.”

Resources exist to help students find organizations with whom to volunteer. On campus, students can contact the Murray State University Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement or the youth and non-profit leadership program.

“Robin Esau, the coordinator for our youth and non-profit leadership program, is connected to nearly all of the nonprofits in the region,” Long said. “Students should also be encouraged to ask their professors about volunteering. They are often connected to local organizations.” Continue reading “Campus, community offer volunteer opportunities”

Water Cooler: 4.13.12

Jolie to star in ‘Maleficent’

Angelina Jolie is set to play one of Disney’s villains in “Maleficent,” a twist on “Sleeping Beauty.”

The movie will tell the back story of the evil enchantress from “Sleeping Beauty.”

The film will be directed by two-time Academy Award winner Robert Stromberg and is set to hit theaters March 14, 2014.

Facebook buys Instagram

Facebook bought out Instagram, a photo-taking app available for both the iPhone and Android, on Monday for $1 billion.

This is Facebook’s largest purchase yet.

The app, named Apple’s iPhone App of the Year in 2011, allows for photos to have an aged look to them or as if they were taken with a Polaroid camera.

Stones make their way back to the studio

Ronnie Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, said Monday the band would be back in the studio later in April to start on their next album.

The band will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary.

“It’s like working out for the Olympics or something,” Wood said. “You’ve got to go into training. So we’re going to go into training.” Continue reading “Water Cooler: 4.13.12”

Local theater produces southern comedy

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Charm, humor and secrets come together in “Second Samuel,” a southern comedy, which will be presented by Playhouse in the Park this weekend.

“The play takes place in Second Samuel,” said Lisa Cope, Playhouse in the Park director. “We learn that the town has a big secret. We don’t want audiences to know the secret before they come to the show, so we’re being unusually quiet!”

The cast and crew of “Second Samuel,” many of whom have worked with Playhouse in the Park before, have been working on the play since early March.

“B-Flat, my character, is a ‘slow’ boy who narrates the story as it goes on, and jumps inside the scenes while they’re happening,” Wayne Hogue, Jr., freshman from Mount Washington, Ky., said. “He is special because he goes around doing odd jobs to get by, with help from his friends. He’s the main character.”

Hogue is one of six actors in the show who have previously acted with Playhouse in the Park.

“This is my third involvement with Playhouse in the Park shows,” Hogue said. “I started with ‘Sound of Music,’ and I’ve done ‘13 the Musical,’ and now ‘Second Samuel.’ I’m also the musical director for an upcoming musical titled ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’”

Playhouse in the Park was founded in January 1977, making it one of the oldest continuously-running theaters in Kentucky. A programming committee reads scripts and researches plays before deciding which ones to perform.

“I went to the national community theatre festival last summer in Rochester, N.Y., and ‘Second Samuel’ was one of the national finalists,” Cope said. “I fell in love with the show and brought it home for our committee to look at. They loved it, too. We felt it would play well here. It’s very southern.” Continue reading “Local theater produces southern comedy”

Murray State Wildlife, Fisheries Society compete in outdoor competition

When nature calls, no one answers it better than the Murray State Wildlife and Fisheries Society. As an organization at Murray for years, the Murray State Wildlife and Fisheries Society has refined its skills and students into the best they can be.

Taking pride in the students who participate, the Wildlife Society makes it as much of a professional organization as possible, dedicating everything they have to helping students make connections to real world opportunities after graduation.

“We give them everything we can,” said Cody Fouts, president of the Wildlife Society and senior from Booneville, Ind. “We bring in professional speakers from all different kinds of fields.”

This will be showcased later this month at the Wildlife Society’s last meeting of the year, on April 24, featuring a speaker from the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources and Community Outreach Conservation.

Also coming up on Earth Day, the Wildlife Society is screening the film “Green Fire” in the Curris Center Theater. “Green Fire” is a full length documentary film showcasing the career of renowned environmentalist Aldo Leopold.

The Murray State Wildlife and Fisheries Society gets their students into action. Every year around Spring Break, the Wildlife Society travels to the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave where they test their skills in numerous competitions. Continue reading “Murray State Wildlife, Fisheries Society compete in outdoor competition”

‘Breds shutout Skyhawks

Jaci Kohn
Staff writer 


The Breds’ finished out the series against the UT Martin Skyhawks with a 7–0 shutout Saturday.

Coach Rob McDonald said he thought his team played well the whole weekend.

“We came up short the one game, but the guys showed up ready to play,” McDonald said. “I thought in all phases of the game we did a pretty good job.”

All the Breds’ runs came in the sixth inning starting with a home run to left field from senior Travis Isaak which ran in sophomore Ty Stetson. Junior Mike Kozlowski followed with a double to left center and then scored on a wild pitch to freshman Luke Daugherty. Continue reading “‘Breds shutout Skyhawks”

Public Safety sees increase in Racer Escort calls

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Racer Escorts, a service offered by Racer Patrol, have doubled in the spring semester.

In the fall semester, there were 26 escorts; this semester, with two weeks less than the fall, there have been 56 escorts.

David Devoss, chief of police for the Murray State Public Safety, said the reason there has been such an increase could be due to students requesting escorts later at night.

“While there are typically a few escorts each night, the recent increase in escorts can be attributed to one or two students who have requested escorts late at night,” he said. Continue reading “Public Safety sees increase in Racer Escort calls”

Three men vie for SGA presidency

Chase Brasher, Dylan Gerlach and incumbent Jeremiah Johnson make up the all male pool of candidates running for president of the Student Government Association for the 2012-13 school year.

Every April the SGA holds an election to determine who will take on the rule of president for the upcoming school year. Continue reading “Three men vie for SGA presidency”