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The (Shape of Things









Volume 71
Middle Tennessee State University
Population: 17,924
MTSU Student Publications

Box 42
Murfreesboro.TN. 37132

The shape of M.T.S.U. is
constantly changing in size
and diversity, with the total
student population increasing
to 17,924. With the rising of
new buildings and ideas, the
traditions of MTSU have been
able to carry on as a primary
part of Campus life. However,
along with these advance
ments in size and technology
comes the frustrations of
parking, housing, and the
availability of essential

Things to Come...

Since opening

in 1911 as Middle

Tennessee Normal

School, the shape

and name has

changed. As we

celebrate our 85th

anniversary, the
university is faced
with yet another
name change and

an increased de-
mand for new






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The shape of
the faces in
classes be-
come more fa-
miliar as each
semester gets
older Soon
and role mod-
els are discov-
ered. The
shapes of the
faces may
our lives, but
the ties that
are built at
MTSU will last

Student Life

(?)en(Sationa] Seventies

Homecoming at MTSU takocS on a Detro Flavor

by: Gregg Mayer

Homecoming is more than a time for parties and parades. It is time for coming togetlner, for tine Blue Raider alumni to
come back and remember all of the good times, to share their memories with each other and with the students, and for the
students to share their dreams with alumni.

A raving success, this year's homecoming theme, "The Sensational '70s," was a tribute to a decade that changed America.

Beginning with a chili cookoff, an annual event sponsored by the Student Government Association, local retailers, banks,
and many other outside businesses, along with campus fraternities and sororities, competed — lightheartedly — to create the
best bowl of chili in Murfreesboro. Alumni who judged the event were treated to some different tastes and some peculiar
smells, but all laughed the whole time as they dipped spoons into big vats of bubbling chili.

On the morning of the big football game against the Austin Peay Governors, the "Sensational '70s" took a stroll down Main
Street as the homecoming parade — a collage of floats, clowns and flags — kicked off the day. The Band of Blue played funky
tunes like "Celebration" and "Boogie Nights" to keep the parade moving as girls and guys in bell bottom pants and butterfly
collars danced their way along. Spectators stool alongside the route, cheering and waving "hello" to their friends and family,
and waving "hello" to strangers who today seemed like friends and family.

By midday the stage was set for MTSU to take on the Governors in one of the most anticipated Ohio Valley Conference
football games of the season. But nobody had to wait for long to see who was the better team. MTSU routed the Governors
50-14, shutting down the Austin Peay offense and running over the Governors defense like it was a new parking lot to be
paved. Wide receiver Dee Mostiller caught two touchdown passes, and freshman kicker Keegan Ray kicked two field
goals — one from 47 yards out, the other from 49 yards out — to help win the game.

At halftime, five ladies, who crossed the football field with poise and elegance in their sparkling dresses, were presented
as the homecoming queen finalists: Monti McClellan; Tanisha Harris; Shawnelle Jordan; Stephanie Jones; and Christin
Baker. As the hushed crowd sat patiently, Tanisha Harris was announced the winner, escorted by Andre Dooley. She was
given a bouquet of flowers and a silver crown.

After the game, alumni gathered with their old friends for one more chance to share memories and good times, and to
share what they've learned with the students still here. Parties lasted well into the night, and the memories will last forever.

The "Sensational '70s" will be one of the fondest remembrances for students who were lucky enough to take part, and it
will be a reminder to the alumni of what is that makes them keep coming back and visit.

6 Homt^romin^

Opposite page; Austin Peay's
Quaterback is hunted down by
the Blue Raider defense.

Left: Defensive back, Terrell
Neismith tries to intercept an
^ Austin Peay touchdown

Left: The disco beat
captured the spirit of
MTSU students in the
annual homecoming

Opposite page: 1996
Homecoming Queen
Tanisha Harris and escort
Andre Dooley enjoy the
applause during halftime
homecoming activities.

All photos by: Brian G.

(Sen^tional Seventies at MTSU

Homecoming ?

SeventiGS At A




Homecoming 9

Watch Out!

ConcStmction CreatccS
Havoc on Campus

New parking tactics, rising earlier, and
obstructed sidewalks, were just a part of
the growth! process at MTSU. New build-
ings and adjustments have become a part
of life at this university, with no end in
sight. "The construction is especially
annoying during bad weather. When it
rains, everything turns to mud," said
Sophmore, Dan Fox. However, the extra
space that the construction provides does
not go unnoticed on a campus with over
17,000 students.

The Business and Aerospace building,
located between Corlew and Cummings
Hall, is expected to be completed in the
Fall of 1997. Rennovation on the football
stadium is scheduled to be finished by
August 1998. Also, 1998 should bring the
completion of the new library, outdoor
track, and soccer field. However, some
students see the construction as problem
that they will not benefit from, according to
Senior , Scott Wortman, "We have to deal
with the hassles, and I'll never get to go
into the new library as a student." Others
see the constant building and digging as
something to be proud of according to
Freshamn, Amanda Goodman, "The
construction has it's faults, but after I
graduate this campus will be a great
place to visit as an alumni."

Upper right hand corner: Construction to rennovate
the football stadiium caused headaches for pedistrians
by blocking off pathways to Murphy Center.

Middle: A crane lingers over the construction of the
new library being built in an old parking lot.

Right: A fence seperates students from the alsmost
completed Business and Aerospace Building.

10 Campus Life

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Left: A bulldozer makes tracks out of the remains of the
student side of the football stadium.

Left: Completion of the new football
stadium will be a sign of
Division l-A football in
Middle Tennessee.

Lower left hand corner: An outline of the new
library is all that stands of the future
facility that will become one of the
most advanced in the state.

Campus Life 11

Commuter'^.: The
Cencsored Side

By: Richard Lucas

Planes, trains, and automobiles have long
been a source of transportation in the modern
times. Can you imagine spending the majority of
your time in an automobile. To many commuters
this is reality. Exits become redundant and
invisible as they make their way to the pie in the
sky-MTSU. With the tremendous commuter
population, 14,534, the issues and concerns of
this group are important.

The distance from home and campus makes
commuter participation in the school activities
slight. However, the main problem that commut-
ers face is the fight for parking. The campus has
around 9,000 parking spaces available.

The availability of parking spaces and time is a
major concern of this group. The routine or habit
of this group resembles that of high school.
Having to get up early to make a journey to
school, home and sometimes work. This routine
can be both hard and boring.

MTSU has established a process to address
the parking issue. The process restricts parking
in designated spots. The spots or lots are
designated a certain color, such as green, black,
white or blue. There were approximately 9,474
green passes purchased. There were approxi-
mately 3,183 black passes purchased. These
passes help eliminate the parking problem, while
giving people the right to choose one or the

To many commuter's the answer of parking
nightmares is right in front of them. The stress of
traffic and gas money vanish with a ride on the
R&R (Relax and Ride) service provided by the
Metropolitian Transit Authority. This service runs
all schools days, except holidays, between
Nashville and Murfreesboro. This service pro-
vides a postive answer and choice for many

The ride can give students time to study for a
upcoming test or time to rest and enjoy life. The
cost of this stress free service is also cheap.
This is a key feature that also attracts a lot of
students. For a nominal price of $20 a student
can take 20 one way trips from MTSU to Nash-
ville or vice versa. The stations were students
are picked up and dropped off are stragetically
located throughout Nashville and Murfreesboro.
Another great convience is that you have the
option to "Park and Ride." This option gives
students the opportunity to leave their car in a
particular location and not worry about it. This
helps control mileage and almost eliminates the
cost of gas to many communters.

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Left: It does not matter
if your late for class,
you can't pass.
However, this traffic
regulation does not
apply to the class-

Opposite Page Top: The true view
of parking on campus.

Opposite Page Bottom: Cars and
trucks wizz by the intersecion of
Greenland Drive and North
Tennessee Blvd.

Left: Cars become a blur as they
approach Faulkenberry Drive.
Faulkenberry was shut down for
stadium construction.

Left: Commuters wait for the Blue
Raider X-press to carry them to
their vehicles in distant parking

Student Life 13

Eating Your Way
Through College

You have an hour break between classes,
and your stomach begins to growl. Since you
overslept and skipped breakfast, a snack from
a vending machine won't do the trick.

This is just one of the many reasons
students choose to eat on campus. The
choices are not bad - you have pizza,
chicken, sub sandwiches, and tacos, all within
a short walk. "I commute and have classes all
day long. I don't have time to go to a fast food
restaurant and wait in line," stated sopho-
more, Holly Niederhauser.

Many students don't want to leave cam-
pus, for fear of never finding another parking
space. Eating areas on campus not only
provide a quick bite, but also give students a
place to socialize, study, and just relax.

Food Services also provides more than
food for some students. For many, this is the
way to put food on their own table. "Working
at food services provides me the funds
necessary to live off campus. Without this
check I would have to move into a dorm
room," stated Charrissa Moss.

For students that choose to live on campus
eating in the Grill or one of the cafeterias is a
necessity. Students purchase meal tickets at
the beginning of each to ensure that they
don't suffer from malnutrition.












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Above: A food service employee creates

Top and left: In the grill, students can make
their own baked potatoes, bagels, and other
quick bites.

Middle: Foreign Language Senior, Holly
Massey selects a delicious entree for break-

Bottom: For many, potato chips are the perfect
choice, because you can eat them on the run.

Opposite page:

Top: Chick Fila provides students with waffle
fries and chicken for nourishment.

Middle: Long lines are not uncommon in the
grill. Students usually must wait to receive
their food, and then proceed to the cash

Bottom left: Pizza Hut provides students with
that necessary college food, pizza.

Bottom right: Some student prefer to make
healthy choices for lunch by buying vegetables
or fruit.

STudENlLifE 1 5

There's No

Like Home...

In the last few years, renting a dorm room
from University Housing has become very
difficult. More and more students want to
call Corlew, Wood, Miss Mary, and Rutledge
Halls home. This year the university experi-
enced an overflow in housing residents.
These students had to make other housing
arrangements or were placed in local hotels.
What makes this housing choice so popular
among students.

For many students it is the benefits that
make living on campus worthwhile. MTSU
housing offers more than a place to sleep for
students. In select halls, there are computer
labs, study rooms, kitchens, and laundry
rooms all within a short walk down the hall.
"Any time something happens on campus,
I'm already here. I don't have to worry about
finding a parking place." stated Sophomore
Amy Nixon. To other students, living on
campus is the only way to move out of the
parent's home.

However, there are some disadvantages
to making MTSU your home away from
home. First, there is the problem of finding a
roommate that you can live with. This is a
difficult choice for many students, especially
freshmen who usually try to room with
someone they already know. Second, there
is the occasional encounter of those ghastly
cockroaches that scurry across the room at
night. Finally, room temperature is another
complaint that students had. One student
stated that it was too cold in the summer,
and in the winter they had to keep their
window open all the time.

Top: The long halls of Schardt hall are rarely
empty. Noise from hallways keep many
students up at night.

Right: Many dorms have a recreational
room, lounge, and study rooms. These
facilities allow students to escape their
roomate, or take a quick study break.

16 Student Life

Left: A few select dorms are equipped witfi computer
labs. These labs are only open to students that choose
to live on campus.

Far left corner: Students can always be found in the
lobby of their dorm. Here, students must sign-in guests,
and check out materials from housing.

Below: In some dorm rooms, it is difficult to determine
if students or pigs live in these small cubic areas.

All photos by Shawn Sidewell.

(Student Lite 17

Alcoholism on Campus:
Harmless or Harmful?

By: Sherry E. Brown

Officer Duston Miller grinned as he recalled some
of the humorous alcohol related arrest that he had
made. "One night I arrested a pledge running naked
down Tennessee Boulevard in front of Murphy
Center. Another night, I found a guy crawling in his
window in Felder Hall. He was climbing through his
window because his key wouldn't work. As it turned
out, he actually lived in Sharpe Hall," related Miller.

Officer Miller's grin quickly faded. "Not all
alcohol related arrests are funny. I once had to take a
young man to the hospital for alcohol poisoning; his
stomach had to be pumped. The guy almost died.
The most painful thing I have ever seen is a stomach
pumping," said Miller.

By drinking, students are putting their lives in
danger, so why do people drink alcohol? This is not a
question that can be easily answered. Some people
drink because they want to have a good time; others
drink to lower their inhibitions or to relieve stress.
However, if not respected, alcohol will almost always
lead to trouble.

Despite preconceived notions, sororities and
fraternities actually have lower alcohol arrest rates.
Sororities and fraternities were usually more respon-
sible with alcohol intake. The appointment of
designated drivers prevented accidents due to alcohol

During Homecoming Week, some sororities and
fraternities declared "Dry Week" in an attempt to curb
serious alcohol problems. Kristie Burton of Alpha
Delta Pi said, "We declared Dry Week. Also, I did
not attend any parties where alcohol was being
served. "

During Alcohol Awareness week, students cel-
ebrated with a "Mocktail Party" in order to stimulate
creativity in making mixed drinks without alcohol.
Mr. Joey Davenport, who headed Alcohol Awareness
Week, said. "The turnout was great. Twelve organiza-
tions were represented at the gala."

According to Officer Miller. MTSU does not have
a major problem with alcohol, but he also said.
"Students need to be educated on the consequences
and results of alcohol consumption. If they are
arrested, they have to deal with both the criminal
department and the administration, the student would
be made to perform public service and be put on
academic probation."

While alcohol can make a party more enjoyable,
alcohol consumed irresponsibly can be detrimental to
the future.

18 Student Life

^bove: Joey Hesse overlooks the party scene at
he Rugby House.

'ight: Kellege Roberts and a friend pose for the

.eft and Up: Chris Dogmiller has a cold one
D relax during a party at the Rugby House.

.eft:Jody Hersy and Denise Belt snuggle up
k'hile relaxing with friends.

Student Life 19


The months
come and go
with the
change of ev-
ery semester.
Some will fly
by others will
seem to never
end. However,
no matter how
stressful life
becomes dur-
ing midterms
and finals, a
look back at
the past will
always make
you feel better


August 1996

Welcome Back.

20 Annual
President's Picnic

22 Calendar

iroundhrcaking repre sents milestone tor MTSU

2o Groundbreaking

for the $32 million dollar

Calendar 23

September 1996

iCampus Rec provides outdoor adventures


Lady Raider Volleyball
team wins three games in
Memphis tournmament.
The Blue Raider Football team
loses to TSU 24-14.


lers chew em up



ideisfall to TSU

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Mi':. „



Foi«H!! ipiiine»; pKigno R iiders Mriv PaWtevsTroidsl



MTSU^s first
women's soccer team is
defeated by Jacksonville State


MTSU Family Day Blue
Raider Football team ends los-
ing streak with a 16-9 vicotory
over UT-Chattanooga.

24 Calendar

game weekotKi

,.sUipC tltSl pL,^,. ,„,)\( , ,


Actors from the london Stage
bring Shakespeare to MTSU.

^O III The Blue Raider Football
team falls to Murray state 34-7.

Calendar 25

October 1996


Historical First Created for MTSU when the Women's
Soccer team claims first NCAA win against Tennessee


Homecoming Queen finalists are announced. The
finalists were Monti McClellan, Tanisha Harris,
Shawnelle Jordan, Stephanie Jones, and Christin

Raide-is stomp Om s SO-U m Home.omina win K


The Blue Raider Football team stomps Austin Peay with a
Homecoming victory of 50-14. During half-time
festivities, Tanisha Harris was crowned Homecoming

26 Calendar


15th The Blue Raider Football team claims
a second victory against Jacksonville State.
Final Score 30-23.

Silent treatment guarantees crown
for McClellan at Miss Black & Gok


Miss Black and Gold Pagent crowns
Monti McClellan as winner.

^rrSU loses OT heaiibreakerats'Sr?

Mortille' breaks Ovenlys JFfmxrrii^^^, "^'^C''VltJ '

T Old rec^ving record

Ijie. ronune druv i


The Blue Raider Football team loses 16-13
against Southeast Missouri


MTSU breaks
ground for a new
Right Education

Calendar 27

November 1996


Lady Raider Volleyball

falls into sixth place in the OVC
after losing twice to SEMO.

;,t1.v Raiders drop uxu despik- cuuruL-eous etTortl




lfT»,-,.>lh ,.,.-..h Rll,»v Vp,«r,v VnXI ! ..ll,l,.lMv ^^•4llh


Stagnant txiclgerhitstn-SU

Lady Raider
Basketball falls to Lithuania

28 Calendar



Raider Football defeats Ten-
nessee Tech 16-10 in Totem

icrmon angers students OPAs ma\ chanuc

Sludcni dies in car v'^icck

Calendar 29

December 1996

Merry Christmas...

C(ilicy will not chaniie ''"i'^vs

TJ !■ i.pot!

B.lkei S( , \ has 111 Rk

hugl K^i IlipllshMl M'



30 Calendar

Calendar 31

January 1997

Ut r\ Construction brings Falkenberry Street Traffic to a hault

T ^T h Sophmore Melanie Peden is
struck by the Raider Xpress


5ludent struck Wanted: New mascot U„.
)\ Raider Xpress ^^,.10,.



Lady Raider
Basketball falls
to Semo 74-73.

he Slaiiip Acl revised

isi oltice exhibits stamps saluting
ncan-American heritage month


Blue Raider Men's Basket-
ball defeats Eastern Illinois


)ELAY OF GAM E :^!-''^!r:;'"r



Assisted suicide an appalling trend

32 Calendar

^^Y\ /4 Lady Raiders Basketball falls to
^^A l W Farman 95-86.


Men's Basketball loses to Austin Peay


{;iider mnncis dcreat conference foes at home


Lady Raider Track team
wins home meat with
130 points.

Men's Basketball falls to
Murray Racers 78-72.

^ - ,Hke road kill ai Murray

make Raiders look l.K- ^..:^

Racers maKc^ _^^^ 'iMs^^%Ts?s^^


Calendar 33

February 1997

1 Q J- Lady Raider Basketball loses to
-■- ^ ^ Murray State 81-78. Blue Raider Track
places second in Indiana Ivitational.

2l1 r\ Men's Tennis Team wins O'Charley's Inivational.


""''"■;: -:^^;i-e^.Kis.c,.,.hieI^-^ Otll Blue Raider Basketball

^ ^^f^^ts Autin Peay 68-65.

I; iimiiiunitN ii ,id

to become


Ground Breaking for Stadium Expansion.

g^^^^ brings state leadeix, to Tii"

niuiU) SpnngRash
.III-. I loi ifii(i-Fcbn.iiin'

a\ uMitcicnco elicits aaM ickuuii


MTSU Men's Tennis
Team defeats
Louisana 5-2. Lady
Raiders also squeak
by Southwestern
Louisana 5-4.

34 Calendar


Vocalist Michael Winslow, of Police Academy fame
appears at Tucker Theatre.


Race Relations Seminar


Campus ministries hold prayer vigil
for campus purity Happy Valentine's



Women and Power Conference
with guest Speaker Carol Gilligan
of Harvard.

Blue Raider Basketball home finale ends in a 96-71 win
over UT-Martin. The Lady Raiders also clinch the number
seven spot in OVC tourney by defeating UT-Martin 68-50.

Lady Raider Track breaks reign of OVC indoor champion-
ship by falling to rival SEMO. The Men's Track team fin-
ishes third in the tournament.

Men's Basketball wins first round of OVC tourney by defeat-
ing SEMO 89-74. The Lady Raiders also advance to the semi-
finals by scraping by Austin Peay 60-59.

Calendar 35

March 1997

1 Cf" ^^^U ^opes of attending Big Dance are crushed when the Men's
-■-v3 1 Basketball team loses to Murray 74-78 and the Lady Raiders fall to
rival Tennessee Tech 59-56.

Men's Baseball team sweeps Georgia State 9-3 and 7-6 in season
home opener.


Cars are towed from Bell Street
Parking, after rain floods the lot.

Women's Leadership Conference.


36 Calendar

Lady Raider Softball is swept in home opener by UT 5-0 and 10-3.

Lady Raider Tennis defeats University of Memphis 9-0.
Men's Tennis clinches prestigious H.E.B. Classic.

Left: Women's
Leaderhip committee
and honorees

f\Lt Lady Raider Softball drops doubleheader to Southern Illinois with
y ^_|| final scores of 4-3 and 10-13.

Middle Baseball defeats Cumberland 6-5.


Brad Howard pitches Middle's first no hitter against
Tennessee Tech. Final score 12-0.

Men's Tennis team receives highest national ranking in school's
history. The team was ranked fourth by the Rolex Collegiate

Calendar 37

April 1997

1 Sf" ^^^ elections. Ryan Durham running unopposed, picked up the
-"-■^ ^ SGA presidential position with 525 votes.

/I |.l^ Project Help moves to new facility on the corner of Baird Lane
\J lA I. and 1st street.


International Culture Week.


Bomb threat closes Cope
Administration Building down for
three hours.

][4th"19th MTSU Spring Week


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