Two fraternities to face IFC judicial board

Alpha Tau Omega and Alpha Gamma Rho will face the Interfraternal Council Judicial Board to determine the consequences for incidents which occurred at their fraternity houses earlier this month.

Mike Young, assistant vice president of student affairs, said the IFC will schedule the hearings for sometime next week.

Both fraternities will remain on social probation until further notice, Young said. Continue reading

Dining Services announces venue change

Paula Amols, director of Dining Services and Racer Hospitality, has announced several more changes to Murray State dining venues among others instituted since her appointment as director in early January.

Changes include the upcoming summer renovation of the Thoroughbrewed Room and renovations next year to Winslow Dining Hall. In addition to these renovations, some services have been offered more recently.

These new services include extended hours at Fast Track, a wider variety of products at all dining locations and, most recently, the Regents Thoroughbrewed Cafe upgrade.

That upgrade, which was instituted Sunday, has required a cut in hours of operation but has expanded the variety of products the venue provides.

Amols said the change to the operation in Regents was necessary for the survival of the business. She said the cafe has been struggling for a long time, unable to cover its costs. Continue reading

Legislature passes budget: 6.4 percent cut in education funding remains

For the first time since 2006, the Kentucky General Assembly has passed the state budget in regular session.

Titled House Bill 265, the measure passed last Friday 36-1 in the Senate and 81-7 in the House and now falls on Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk seeking his final approval.

Beshear has 10 days to either sign or veto the bill, with the final day of the regular session scheduled for April 12, in which the Assembly can override any vetoes performed by the governor.

The two-year plan calls for $19 billion in total state expenditures, but is headlined with an 8.4 percent cut to several state programs and a 6.4 percent reduction in funding to state universities, including Murray State.

The passed budget is a far cry from the governor’s original submitted in early January, but legislators and negotiators agreed on this budget based on compromise. Continue reading

Administrators advise students on registration

With one month left in the spring semester, students are looking ahead at registering for summer and fall classes.

Students can begin registering for summer and fall 2012 classes beginning April 16.

Kristina Jackson, associate registrar, said students should see their academic adviser before the assigned time to register to discuss classes and get their registration user number (RUN code).

“All registration activities, including adding or dropping a class, takes place via each student’s myGate account under the academics tab,” Jackson said.

She said students should review their registration status for any holds that may prevent registration and take care of any outstanding holds before signing up for classes. Continue reading

President furthers focus on outreach

President Randy Dunn announced new University initiatives in the fall. || File photo

President Randy Dunn proposed adopting the K-12 Connect dual enrollment program at last fall’s state of the University address, which will be implemented for the 2012-13 school year.

Racer Academy, an initial part of the president’s dual enrollment program allows high school juniors and seniors to take advantage of dual credit courses, online and on-campus courses offered by Murray State.

Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, said the Racer Academy was created to allow high school students to take classes at Murray State for college credit and will work in conjunction with the K-12 Connect program.

There are 47 courses offered for high school students through Racer Academy. Continue reading

Police Beat: 4.6.12

Assistant News Editor Haley Russell compiles Police Beat with materials provided by Public Safety. Not all dispatched calls are listed.


March 29

•1:58 p.m. A caller reported a person in the free speech zone getting close to students. The Murray State Police were notified.

•3:11 p.m. The Murray State Police issued a citation to Lacey Ellis, sophomore from Murray, for failure to maintain insurance and expired registration.

•3:17 p.m. A caller requested to speak with an officer about an emotionally disturbed person. The Murray State Police were notified.


March 30 

•8:26 a.m. The Murray Police Department took a report for third degree criminal mischief at the Sigma Sigma Sigma House. The Murray State Police were notified.

•3:21 p.m. The Murray Police Department requested assistance serving a warrant at White College. The Murray State Police were notified and took a report for possession of drug paraphernalia.

•9:21 p.m. A caller reported a vehicle playing loud music outside Waterfield Library. The Murray State Police were notified.


March 31

•1:11 a.m. The Murray State Police issued a citation to Blake Rutherford, freshman from?Fancy Farm, Ky., for possession of alcohol by a minor and open alcoholic beverage in public.

•3:36 a.m. A caller reported a medical emergency at Hart College. The Murray State Police and ambulance service were notified.

•12:53 p.m. A caller requested access to Ordway Hall. The Murray State Police were notified.


April 1

12:24 a.m. A Murray State Police officer reported a medical emergency in the Curris Center. An ambulance service was notified.

1:20 p.m. A caller reported they locked their keys in a vehicle at Hart College. The Murray State Police were notified.

9:23 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check on a student in Old Richmond College. The Murray State Police were notified and found that everything appeared normal.


April 2 

•7:02 a.m. A caller reported a smoking ceiling light in Wells Hall. The Murray State Police, the Murray Fire Department and state fire marshal were notified.

•10:02 a.m. A caller reported chalk graffiti on the side of Lovett Auditorium. The Murray State Police and Facilities Management were notified.

•5:41 p.m. A burglary alarm was received in Winslow Cafeteria. The Murray State Police were notified and checked the area. Everything appeared normal. An officer took an information report.


April 3

2:06 p.m. A caller reported a non-injury accident at the 16th and Upper streets parking lot. The Murray State Police were notified an took an information report.

4:31 p.m. A caller reported a hit and run accident in the 15th and Olive streets parking lot. The Murray State Police were notified and advised the caller he could pick up a self accident report if needed. An officer took an information report.

6:44 p.m. A caller requested an officer to unlock recruitment/tornado shelter area. The Murray State Police were notified and took an information report.


April 4

•1:45 a.m. A caller reported they were stuck on the elevator at Regents College. The Murray State Police and Central Plant were notified.

•2:38 p.m. A caller reported an illegally parked vehicle at the Alexander Hall parking lot. A Murray State ticket writer was notified.

•3:27 p.m. The Murray State Police were notified of a panic alarm activation near Sparks Hall. The Murray State Police were notified and determined the cause to be an accidental activation.


Motorist assists – 1

Racer escorts – 3

Arrests – 0

Call of Fame – March 29

•2:05 p.m. A caller reported a person punched through a window at Old Richmond College. The Murray State Police and Murray EMS were notified.

School hosts annual conference

Marketing professor Glenn Mangold speaks to students on communicating via social media. || Allie Douglass/The News

With an uncertain job market, many students are looking for new ways to be successful in finding a future career.

Last Thursday the College of Business held its annual entrepreneurship conference to teach business students how to be profitable in the 21st century.

Tim Todd, dean of the Bauernfeind College of Business, said the conference was designed four years ago to be an afternoon where students could gain knowledge on how to be profitable entrepreneurs.

Todd started the conference by demonstrating a sales tactic students could use with potential customers.

The exercise involved Todd auctioning off a dollar bill and seeing how much money students were willing to pay for it. Continue reading

It’s time to be moderate

Jon Rowland
senior from
Jonesboro, Ill.

This past week I strolled down the University walkway enjoying the beautiful weather that has recently bestowed itself upon Murray.

It was early afternoon and the walkway was choked with students walking to class while others rushed to various dining venues for a quick lunch. As I navigated my way through this flood of moving bodies my eyes were drawn to the brightly lit and colorfully worded information tent of Murray State’s Alliance group. Attached to the tent was a sign titled “Live Homosexual Acts.” Continue reading

Our View: Keep safety a priority

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Murray State News.

The recent rise in the number of Racer escorts across campus brings our security into question. Although the actual cause of the increase is unknown, the rise in insecure students needing someone to help them across campus is enough for us to be concerned. Continue reading

Jaywalking: My kind of green

John Walker
Opinion Editor

This past weekend I was working in the gardens out at Pullen Farm digging paths and leveling off rows in the newfound heat when I met a young man with an interesting story. He was in the garden to achieve his volunteer hours for the Bio 103 Saving Planet Earth class. After a few minutes of digging and shoveling I sparked up a conversation with him. He told me he was in the Occupational Safety and Health program here on campus (one of the best in the country) and he was going to be working for a construction company when he got out of school. But this is not just any construction company. This one constructs and erects windmills all around the country, helping build wind farms and move our country toward energy independence. Continue reading