On campus venues offer students entertaining jobs

Two of the busiest, exciting places on campus are the CFSB Center and Lovett Auditorium.

While the CFSB Center is now student employed, nonprofit organizations used to work in the concession stands and other positions during events such as concerts and basketball games, like students do today.

Working at the CFSB Center not only entails working in the concessions stands although that is a large part of the job. It also involves helping set up the stage when there are concerts.

“One of my favorite events (to work) was the Lady Antebellum concert,” said Jesse McCallon, sophomore from Murray. “I liked putting the stage together and seeing how to put a show together.”

McCallon is a concession stand manager at the CFSB Center and has worked there four semesters. He said there is not an opportunity to sit down and watch the events but that it is still easy to see a lot of the event from where he is working.

There are a few different aspects of the job such as going to get food to sell to customers, or managing concession stands and setting up the stage for each event.

The students get the experience of seeing how a concert is set up from behind the scenes. Continue reading

Event raises awareness for suicide prevention

With school coming to an end, many are concentratimg on studying for finals and getting ready for summer vacation.

However, students took a break from the books Thursday night at 7 p.m. to attend the Friends of Anime (FOA) Spring Dream: A Masquerade for Suicide Prevention, an event meant to bring people together.

“This event is all about a group of people coming together for a cause in a way that is fun and enjoyable,” said Taylor McStoots, freshman from Morgantown Ky. “It’s people that might have or might have not had to deal with something suicide related in their life, but regardless all the people are donating their money and time.”

This is the first year the event has been put on.

“I was told by the people organizing the event that the Spring Dream is meant to be a dream prom,” Kelsey Bearden, freshman from Louisville Ky., said. “It’s a fantasy themed masquerade.”

The event was put together with the intent to raise awareness of suicide and honor those who have passed too soon. The purpose was to also celebrate each other and destress. Continue reading

Students to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The department of modern languages and the International Culture and Language Association (ICALA) will be finishing the semester with a fiesta in celebration of Cinco de Mayo this Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Faculty Hall.

Susan Drake, assistant professor of Spanish, is the adviser for ICALA. She said the event is going to double as a recognition ceremony for outstanding students in the department and outgoing seniors, as well as a celebration of Mexican culture.

“We want to take this time to recognize the seniors from our department and those outstanding students that have worked so hard,” she said.

Cinco de Mayo has long been a staple in American party holidays, especially among areas with a concentrated Mexican-American population. Still, it has transformed over the last several years into a major celebration and holiday in the U.S. – even more so than in Mexico. Drake said more Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo than Mexicans.

She said one of the reasons this holiday has become so popular here is because of the pride it gives Mexican-Americans and their homeland because of its historical meaning.

Cinco de Mayo translates literally to “fifth of May” and marks the date of a Mexican victory against France in the state of Puebla in the late 1800s. In this battle, the Mexican army was able to defeat the stronger French army, with fewer weapons and forces. Continue reading

Summer movies we can’t wait to see

“Dark Shadows”

Unrated

“Dark Shadows” is the newest creation from director Tim Burton.

The movie stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz and Bella Heathcote.

“Dark Shadows” is about a vampire (Depp) who wakes up in 1972 after being underground for two centuries.

The movie is based on a soap opera that took place in the late 1960s and early 1970s which Burton and Depp are both fans.

“What To Expect When You’re Expecting”

Rated PG-13

This star-packed comedy reveals the secrets and some obvious things that comes with pregnancy.

The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Chris Rock.

It is a quirky version of the New York Times bestselling book.

What can you expect? A baby, obviously. Continue reading

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Social event celebrates past

Interpretations, crafts and local actors made up the seventh annual Turn of the Century Social on April 28.

The event celebrates both history and literature through costumes and performances.

Claire Dunlap, senior from Paducah, Ky., was part of the promotions committee for the event.

“The Recreation 302 class, taught by Kelly Rogers, was in charge of the event along with the Interpretation class, which is taught by Mike Gowen,” Dunlap said. “We split up into committees who took charge of different things: promotions, operations, talent and acquisitions. Each week we would set goals for ourselves. We would go out into the community and access resources. We contacted businesses and asked for sponsors. Then at the end of the week we would come back to class and focus on the details.”

Students in the recreation and leisure services department interpreted three different historical sites: the Calloway County Courthouse, the one-room schoolhouse in the Murray-Calloway County Park and the Train Depot.

Students dressed in period costumes, from 1822 to the early 1900s.

“Along with the different historical interpretations, we also had things like a trapping interpretation and different things like kettle corn,” Dunlap said. “We had children’s games from that time period and volunteers from the community came out with different talent like corn husk doll making, and kids’ crafts.” Continue reading

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Jessica Simpson gives birth to daughter

What seemed to have been a long awaited pregnancy finally ended for Jessica Simpson.

The pop singer, 31, gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, weighing nine pounds and 13 ounces, in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday.

Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson, former NFL player, 32, named their daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson.

Maxwell is Johnson’s middle name and his mother’s madien name. Drew is Simpson’s mothers maiden name.

Olympics will hit the web

NBC executives have made the decision to make every Olympic event available online to view as it happens.

“You’ll be able to live the moment,” said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager for NBC Sports Digital.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2,200 hours of the event were streamed through NBCOlympics.com; however, most big events did not stream. This year more than 3,500 hours are set to be streamed. Continue reading

Murray, Marshall to vote on heated issue

Following the city of Murray declaring the package liquor vote will occur on July 17, Marshall County officials scheduled their liquor vote for the same day.

Tim York, Marshall County clerk, said it was more a matter of convenience and less about coordination to have the dates the same between the counties.

Marshall County has the same laws governing special elections; a judge-ordered election cannot be held 60 days before or 90 days after a petition was submitted and approved by the county judge-executive.

York said the statewide primary election on May 22 pushes the voting window a mandated 30 days before special elections can be ordered.

Marshall 1st, the group proposing package liquor sales in Marshall County, had their petition approved by Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller on April 16. After the required amount of time passes, the earliest possible date for a specific vote is June 26. Continue reading

Football, volleyball win soccer championship

Tensions ran high Tuesday night as both the men’s and women’s played for the intramural soccer championship. The girls kicked off the night as the Lady Terps took on the Murray State Volleyball team and the men followed with the Futballers playing the Shooting Panthers.

The Lady Terps started off strong with a goal to take the lead 1-0. MSU Volleyball girls rallied and scored a goal to tie it up 1-1. The atmosphere intensified as the officials asked fans to move from the bench-side of the field to the other to move fans away from the benches of the teams.

Strong defense and goaltending left the game tied at two headed into the second half. Continue reading

From The Bull pen: Growing up with Chicago sports

I was young when I realized I would not have a career as a professional athlete. Despite my best efforts and a basketball coach for a dad, I was just plain bad. It didn’t help that I was slow, short and more likely to get hit by a ball than catch one.

I tried my hand at volleyball, soccer and cheerleading but the results were always the same. I am just not cut out to be an athlete, unless you count rodeo but that is another story.

So, I became a fan. My family has always been very into sports. There are countless pictures of me as a baby wearing Chicago Bears and Bulls outfits. In all the family videos of my birthday parties, you can hear and see a Chicago Cubs game in the background, where, unfortunately, they are often losing. Continue reading