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Charged with Spirit. MTSG's cheerleaders are a dynamic part of the athletic scene,
motivating the enthusiasm of Blue Raider fans. Photo: Wayne Cartwright.
Quiet Time. During pleasant weather, the entire campus is a giant study hall for
MTSO's over 14,000 students. Photo: Sandra Rennie.

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Autumn Images. Each fall, members of tfie MTSG community enjoy middle Tennes-
see's temperate climate and the beautiful scenery on campus. Photo: Wayne Cartw

Pace in Peace. The football stadium provides a place for this student to revel in a
solitary afternoon run. Photo: Sandra Rennie.

Temple of Learning. The Todd Library houses over 800,000 volumes in its 107.500
square feet of space. Photo: Wayne Cartwright.

Gracious and
Growing . . .

Opening 5

. . . MTSa Is

Home to

Over 14,000

Mo Pain, No Gain. This MTSG student bears with honor the
wounds he acquired on a Campus Recreation trip. Photo: Chris

A Time for Play. Many students enjoy to spacious yard between
Peck Hall and the administration building for athletic pursuits.
Photo: Sandra Rennie.

A Piece of the Action. Individuals experience the spirit of involve-
ment through organizations. Photo: Sandra Rennie.

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Sometimes You Gotta
Do What You Gotta Do.

Usually stable and sensible
people occasionally lose
that scholarly decorum to
the frenzied Murfreesboro
night life. Photo: Chris

Calling All Cars. Student
organizations come out en
masse for the Homecom-
ing Scavenger Hunt.
Photo: Wayne Cartwright.
Send in the Clowns. No
parade would be complete
without these ever-spirited
cut-ups. Photo: Wayne

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Photos By
Sandra Rennie

Campus Casuals

Fashion at MTSG

We have seen it all: from hoopskirts and
hairpieces to wide ties and leisure suits;
from neon and nautical to paisley and tropi-
cal; from miniskirts and military uniforms
to football jerseys, boxers, and tiedyed T-

Now, as we leave the 80's and enter the
90's, the latest additions to the fashion
craze are vests, plaids, hats, torn jeans,
pins, and coin jewelry.

Each era has its own unique style, as
does each individual. Individuality has in-
spired the design industry to be bolder and
more creative. Clothes have stressed soft-
ness and comfort, consistently maintaining
form and vibrancy.

College students need comfort to aid
them through endless lecture halls, but that
does not only mean sweats, jeans, and ten-
nis shoes. Many students prefer a tailored,
businesslike appearance, some wildly
strive to contrast with society, and still oth-
ers are unheeding slaves to the latest fash-
ions. On-duty military personnel do not
have the luxury of veering from mandatory
uniform codes.

All in all, is dress a whim or a well
planned creation? Since fashion only re-
mains popular for a few months or years
before being replaced, what can we expect
from the 90's?

Men and women enjoy changing their ap-
pearances and this is reflected through the
changing trends and "anything-goes" atti-

More than a definition, fashion is a state-
ment. Whatever one choses, comfort and
style are based on personal taste. Like each
of us, fashion is anything we want it to be.
Story: Colleen Carnevale. Photos:
Shellie Hagans.

Wild Thing. (Jnrestrictive and expressive — torn
jeans are just right for getting crazy, in the tree-tops or
at ground-level. Model: Bill Williams.

Deep Meditation. The comfort of today's thrift store
fashions are perfect for engaging in heavy thought.
Models: Bill Williams and Shellie Hagans. Photo: Jan-
na Wheatley.

Just a Good Ole' Boy. Who can resist the Southern
appeal of leather boots and tight, faded jeans that
perfectly match those baby blues? Model: Keith ten-

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Classic Combination. A tradi-
tional argyle can't miss when
paired with the hottest bold jew-
elry and a flowing, mid-calf
length skirt. Model: Leola Mc-

Playfully Preppy. Baggy plaid
shorts and an oversized sweater
in subtle earth-tones are perfect
for co-ed mischief. Model: Tanya

College Conservatives. The
tailored look helps you achieve
that serious image — even if
you're not! Models: Carol Clark
and Barry King.


Student Life 1 1

Homecoming 1989

Chili Cookoff

Photos By Wayne Cartwright

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Fight Song

Photos By Sandra Rennie

Student Life 13



Photos By Wayne Cartwright

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MTSG Homecoming:

a glance through "windows" of the world

"Windows to the World," Homecoming 1989 has come
and gone, but for many, the memories of the week of
October 16-21 will live on.

Festivities kicked-off Monday with a hot and spicy chili
cookoff in the MTSU Livestock Pavillion, complimented
with the rock 'n' roll of the St. Louis News Boys and Jet
Set. Off-campus winner was the Campus Pub. Campus
winner was Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

On Tuesday, the KCIC courtyard rang with the sounds
of the annual fight song battle. First place winners were
Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraterni-
ty and the Wesley Foundation in the independent division.

Window decorations were also judged Tuesday. Scenes
based on the internationally-minded theme "Windows to
the World" were found gracing The Boro, Blue Raider
Bookstore and other local businesses. Alpha Omicron Pi
and Sigma Chi worked together to create a colorful first
place window.

A free Atlanta Ballet performance Tuesday night was
planned by the Student Programming Committee to coin-
cide with Homecoming week.

Then, scavengers literally overran the campus for a
Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday. Adventurers set out from
the KUC Courtyard to find such off-the-wall objects as a
Chipmunk album, a key to a Jaguar and an accordian.

Successful in finding all items but a Cain-Sloan charge
card and a garter belt within the allotted two-hour period
were Delta Zeta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Later that night, the Count Basie Orchestra performed
at Tucker Theatre providing traditional "swing" for die-
hard big-band fans.

Thursday's "Activities Day on the Green" featured the
Russian Bean Toss (with furniture-sized bags), the Egyp-
tian Mummy Wrap and Ethiopian Tug-of War. Overall
winners were Alpha Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Alpha.

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A parking ticket from 10/2 and a bale
of hay? Photo: Wayne Cartwright. What
ever happened to the potato sacks?

Photo: Sandra Rennie. Is this a new type
of first aid? Photo: Sandra Rennie

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(continued from previous page.)

The day's events were capped off with two Saturn V
Laser and Music Shows in the Tucker Theatre, courtesy
of the Special Events Committee. Music included "You
Shook Me All Might Long" by AC/DC, "Whole Lotta
Love" by Led Zepplin, "Stand" by R.E.M. and "Owner of a
Lonely Heart" by YES.

Riot Act, a non-improv comedy group entertained a
crowd at a free noon show in the KCIC Theatre on Friday
offering the standard Dan Quayle bashings and an uncon-
ventional "Mewlybed Show."

Residence hall Homecoming decorations were judged
with High Rise West winning the female division, and the
Wesley Foundation winning the open division.

A blazing bonfire, cheers and a party Friday night hyped
spirits up for the big event — THE GAME.

A Homecoming parade, featuring colorful organization
floats and hand-wavers, made its way down the streets of
Murfreesboro Saturday morning.

Hours of struggling with tissue paper and chicken wire
in cold warehouses paid off with a first place award in the
float competition for Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma.

Overall Spirit Awards based on points awarded during
Homecoming competitions went to Alpha Delta Pi for the
sororities and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity as Grand
Champion winner.

During the Homecoming game half-time later that day,
sophomore Julie Mansfield was crowned Homecoming
Queen. She was attended by the 1989 Homecoming court:
Beth Miller, Leah Hulan, Melita Melson and Lynessa Wil-

And, of course, the final crowning of all Homecoming
1989 events was the 46-7 victory over Austin Peay.

Photos By Sandra Rennie and Wayne Cartwright.

Student Life 17

Artist's Hideaway. Beth Pagan's room in Rutledge Hall pro-
vides comfort and the opportunity to use and display her talent.
"Hey, What's Op?" With their spacious yards and common
areas, dorms are the center of many students' hectic social and
academic lives.

Down South. The charming country accessories and quaint
stenciling of this Monohan room make it seem more like a homey
bedroom that a "housing unit."

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Doin' the Dorm Thing

Innovative Lifestyles in Campus Housing

A dorm room represents more than tempo-
rary housing. Most students quickly establish
these rooms as "home." Along with unknown
amounts of clutter and personal belongings,
tremendous memories are also accumulated
in one short year. These rented rooms become
very special to those who occupy them.

Within university guidelines, some students
have strayed from cell block styles to create
some interesting and unique living environ-

Aside from conventional posters and pic-
tures, paints and stencils have led to novel
creations. Nontraditional rooms range from
multicolored rugs to a hammock-lounging
stuffed man.

With a little work, students have creatively
executed their room decorating ideas. Room
themes include modern deco, country charm,
and a look at life in the fast lane.

The style of each room tells a story about
the individuals who occupy it. These rooms

reflect personalities while providing comfort
and security. A good environment must be
visually stimulating to counteract boredom.
Boredom and monotones breed stress, and
stress is a factor that everyone can do without.
Color and design are an inspiration to the mind
and imagination. Besides, who wants to return
to a prison cell after a long, hard day of
classes? Story: Colleen Carnevale. Pho-
tos: Chris White.


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Gracy Mansion. Although not quite as traditional as other Man-for-Hire. In a direct violation of visitation policies, this
dorms on campus, nonstop action surrounds Qracy Hall. stuffed man hangs out for cuddling when the dates aren't around.

Student Life 19

Getting There Is
Half The Battle

One of the greatest challenges that a
MTSCl car owner faces is the unending
quest for a parking spot. With increasing
enrollment, the problem only escalates.
Students will go to incredible lengths to
claim ownership to any nine by fifteen sec-
tion of "legal-green" asphalt.

One way to guarantee finding a parking
space is to arrive hours before the first
classes begin. By sacrificing valuable sleep
the car will be easily parked.

For the perpetually late, the rushed mo-
ments before class lead many people to
"park at risk." Needless to say, the invisible
campus "Parking Man" will whip off a cita-
tion faster than it takes to put a car in gear.
Cars may also be towed free of charge and
no questions asked. It only costs money to
get the car OCIT of tow!

These perils of parking have led to some
creative solutions.

Walking is the healthy alternative. Pro-
vided the weather is fair and book weight is

minimal, it's just as easy to walk from an
apartment as it is from Greenland.

Skateboards have redefined their popu-
larity, as students prefer the ease and mo-
bility of walking to class while riding. More
skill is necessary in this mode of transporta-
tion, and cracks in the pavement can prove
to be deadly.

Biking has always been a favorite for
many college students. Overshadowing its
ease, "bike parking" has also become
cramped on campus, causing a dilemma
for the simplistic biker.

A few students have gone so far as to
develop their own park and ride systems.
Instead of battling fellow coeds for parking
spaces, the industrialists park in the far-
thest lots and unload their bikes.

After enduring the tensions of parking
and elevated stress levels, it is time for the
real reason we torture ourselves everyday:
the second half of the battle — class. Story
by Colleen Carnevale

20 Student Life

In Stereo. Many students choose to walk to school — at least there's no
car to get vandalized, ticketed, or towed! Photo: Chris White.
Rolling Along. This biker enjoys the sun and the breeze as he employs
one of the quickest methods of getting to class. Photo: Sandra Renr^ie.
Motorcycle Madness. It's bigger than a bike, smaller than a car, and no
easier to park. Photo: Chris White.

"A Ticket? For What?" One of the hassles of getting
to class is the ominous and ever-present parking atten-
dant. Photo: Chris White.

Auto Overkill. No, it's not a car convention, just an average

day in one of MTStl's filled-to-capacity lots. Photo: Chris


An Everyday Sight. Need we say more? Photo: Chris White.

Student Life 21

All college students hold one thing sa-
cred — free tinrie. Even in the midst of a
challenging class are the nagging questions
of what to do, who to see, and where to go
when class lets out. Some students have
such precise countdown systems that they
could easily launch the latest rockets for
NASA. Not only do they detail the seconds
left of class, but also the maximum number
of words the professor will utter to be writ-
ten down.

When the golden moment finally arrives,
classmates disperse in every possible direc-
tion. What is a person to do outside of

Time Out

On Campus R & R

Free time is defined in different ways by
different people. Many students leave class
grateful for the chance to go home to crawl
back into bed or watch the most recent
episode of a favorite soap opera. Some stu-
dents regard it as an opportunity to do
some intensive and much needed studying
in Todd Library. It may also mean subsiding
hunger pains and catching up on life's
events at the Grill. In addition, free time
represents the all-important "mail check"
and wandering through Phillip's bookstore.

Sometimes free time includes a variety
of fresh air physical activities. One such
sport is touch football on the lawn outside

KUC. And what would a college campus be
without the ever present, always popular, free
time activity of scamming on coeds?

In general, all college students have deter-
mined what needs to be done, and the maxi-
mum amount of time that can be blown off.
This time is spent in a multitude of ways that
can be classed in a spectrum from rigorous to
relaxing. In whatever way free time is spent, it
is used to its fullest potential since it is each
person's chance to do what they most want.
Story: Colleen Carnevale.

22 Student Life

Rough Stuff. These freshmen, residents of Judd dorm, enjoy a friendly game of
football one fall afternoon. Photo: Sandra Rennie.

"Wait for Me!" Sophomore John Lawrence plays with Buck, a seven week old huskie
pup. Photo: Sandra Rennie.

Munch Time. A grill snack grabbed between classes is a staple of most universi-
ty students. Photo: Sandra Rennie.

Hi-ho, Hi-ho. These botany students combine class and free

time pursuits by examining campus foliage. Photo: Chris


It Never Ends. Sometimes just because class is over doesn't

mean that study time is. Photo: Chris White.

Student Life 23

First Stop, The Boro. A typical college pub, this establishment has low
key decor and furnishings — the chief attraction is the customer.
Smiles All Around. The excitement of the AGR Barbeque never fails to

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover. The relatively mundane exterior of
Mainstreet belies the high-powered thrills found inside the newly remod-
eled club.

Party Bunnies. The masses of single women attending the AGR Barbe
que draw a correspondingly large male crowd — and vice versa!

24 Student Life

Night Time is the Right Time

Murfreesboro's Party Spots

Are you in need of academic decompres-
sion? If so, cast away the books and the inhibi-
tions, grab some friends or a hot date and aim
for Murfreesboro's hot night life. Vampires
aren't the only creatures who thrive on the
darkness; college students look upon it as an
escape from reality and stress.

The most obvious way to cut loose is to go
to a party — and THE party of the semester is
the Alpha Gamma Rho Barbeque. Live music,
great barbeque, and hundreds of other party-
goers are but a few of the event's attractions.
But since this gala only occurs once a semes-
ter, students must seek release elsewhere the
rest of the time.

The closest watering hole to campus is The
Boro, located on Greenland Drive. Some of

this establishment's highlights are Monday
night football, Tuesday taco parties, and a
steady flow of bands for live entertainment.

Also nearby is the Outback, which offers
the decor of a wild-and-wooly trading com-
pany. Its exotic menu of alligator, buffalo,
shark, and rattlesnake draws a large dinner
crowd — this original fare is evidently a much
needed change from campus dining services.
It may sound weird to prefer reptile over good
old ground beef, but manager Richard Gray
says, "There hasn't been one complaint about
the alligator." The dance floor opens at 10
p.m., and D.J.'s and local bands motivate the
crowd to dance the night away.

The last stop on the Murfreesboro party
tour is 527 Mainstreet. Located exactly where

the name says, this club spells out energy.
Balconies, an extensive bar, and a checkered
dance floor highlight the interior. Local bands
such as Walk the West, Government Cheese
and Clockhammer play here frequently, and
even the employees of Mainstreet get in on the
entertainment. Bartender John Lennon serves
drinks Cocktail style, flipping bottles and
glasses while spouting profoundly, "Live life
fast . . . you'll see more stuff" — a philosophy
that perfectly fits the students caught up in
Murfreesboro's social whirl. Story: Colleen
Carnevale and Janna Wheatley. Photos:
Chris White.












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MTSU's "White House


Any great presidential position includes
a residency appropriate for that status.
MTSG's version of the White House stands
on the northwest side of campus. Built in
191 1, the house's original central structure
remains, but additions have been made in
later years.

Robert Lee Jones was the first university
president to occupy the "White House." In
what was then known as Middle Tennessee
State College, Jones witnessed the first en-
rollment of 1,026 and the hardships of un-
settled land. During heavy rain, flooding
prevented students from getting to class
unless they were carried by wagons. Going
to class was not easy — some things never

Sam Ingram, the outgoing university
president, is only the sixth to occupy this
home. He has seen great expansion and
soaring enrollments of over 14,000 stu-

Within the house, most of the furniture is

antique. The kitchen has been modernized,
but the elegant dining room houses cabi-
nets of china and silver dating back to the
early 1900's. The den is more relaxed with
family portraits, books, and trophies.

The central focus of this household is the
main staircase. In 1986, the base of this
grand staircase served as the scene of Presi-
dent and Mrs. Ingram's New Year's wed-

Finally, a great portion of the second
floor contains moving boxes as the house
readies itself for yet another shift in occu-

From property used largely for farming
to a bustling institution of higher education,
this house has seen changes in the universi-
ty and in the people who spark its energy. If
this house could only speak, what would it
tell us and what secrets would it share?
Story: Colleen Carnevale. Photos: San-
dra Rennie.

The Presidential Palace. MTSU's version of the
White House stands on the edge of campus overlook-
ing the Main Street entrance.

MTSU's First Lady. Mrs, Ingram used the theme of
unicorns to personalize the house, including this tapes-
try that took her over a year to complete.

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Band of Blue


1989 In Retrospect

The 1989 MTSU Marching band provided entertain-
ment for all of the home games as well as the Tennes-
see Tech and TSG games. The show, designed by GTA
Terry Jolley, boasted a number of exciting tunes. The
band requires hours of commitment each day, but pays
off in the end with a successful performance on Satur-
day. With it's 119 members, the band provides the
whole campus with entertaining music at all hours of
the day and night. Commitment and pride are the two
words that describe each member of the Band of Blue.

Director Joe Smith enjoys the game. Photo: Chris White. Todd Humphrey enter-
tains the crowd. Kelly Smith directs the marching musicians. Photo: Sandra Ren-

The Beaters

Middle Tennessee State University's Band of Blue
boasts some of the nation's best musicians. Along with
individual excellence, the percussion section was
named the fourth best drum line in the nation in the
recent Percussive Arts Society's annual convention.
This was held at the end of the second week in Novem-
ber. Next year they plan to take top honors.

Contest of Champions

The band's members work in many other capaci-
ties as well as marching musicians. They are used to
usher musical presentations and help put on the
university's Contest of Champions. In the 28 year
history of the competition, the Contest of Champi-
ons has built a reputation as one of the best in the
nation. Held during the last weekend in October, 25
bands participated from the surrounding states. By
the fact that this competition is by invitation only
they are the best around. But only the best of the
best is named Grand Champion, and that honor
went to Nashville's McGavock in 1989.


Elizabeth Manley performs during
the 1989 Percussive Arts Society's
Convention. Photo: Chris White.
Andrew Proctor aids judges during
the 1989 Contest of Champions.
Photo: Chris White.

Student Life 29

Sex, Drugs, and
Rock & Roll

MTSCJ's Buchanan Players present

Pride and Prejudice. Singing "Colored Spade," Rich-
ard Browder leads the Tribe in a satirical protest
against racial prejudice.

Director Deborah Anderson

Assistant Director Susan Cummings


George Lee Blair

Claude Tim Gillard

Sheila Shannon Parnell

Jeanie Tracy Howard

Christty Shelley Stice

The Tribe Dawanna Gudger, Richard

Browder, Wesley Hewlett Motley III, Mi-
chael McGhee, Lee Ann Myers, Gwen Kan-
ies, Jennifer Byers, Barry M. King, Dollie
Boyd, Barbara Bull, Harrison Williams, Tim
Davis, John Lennon, Ray Sells, David Fla-
herty, Jimmy Collins, Craig Core, Michelle
Snider, Ashley Haber, Keith Duke.




They're Just Words. The Tribe asks why our society
takes such offense to words in the song "Sodomy."
Hell No, We Won't Go! Sheila (Shannon Parnell)
Leads a peace march.

Take a Deep Breath. Jeanie (Tracy Howard) and the
Tribe sing out against air pollution.

Photos by Michael Johnson.

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Director Maartin Reilingh

Assistant Director Elizabeth Dugger

Set Designer Michael Sniderman

Costume Designer Ann Donnell


Sir Andrew Aguecheek Barry M. King

Viola/Cesario Carol Clark

Sebastian Harrison Williams

Sir Toby Belch Derrek Whittaker

Feste the Jester David Flaherty

Orsino, the Duke Craig Core

Olivia, the Countess Gina Brandon

Maria Wendy Bundy

Malvolio Lee Blair

Fabian Mike Reed

Valentine Wesley Hewlett Motley, III

Antonio Jeff Swafford

Curio Martin Topping

First Officer Steve Street

The Captain Keith Sanders

The Priest John Carpenter

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