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As an ongoing series, we invite individuals who make up Murray State University's diverse body of international students to share some background into their native country, cultural traditions and experiences here at MSU. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bassel Alhashemi, an undergraduate student from Aleppo, Syria, studying biology. In a two-part conversation on Sounds Good, they discuss coming to Murray State, life growing up in Syria, how the media portrays the Syrian crisis, how his family is faring, hopes for the future and more.

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Murray State's Campus Lights continues their tradition of musical theatre at the start of the Spring semester with the musical adaptation of "Hairspray." On Sounds Good, Austin Carter is joined by cast and crew members Malcolm Jones, Makenzie Kauffman, Emily Duff and Chris Lossie to talk about their experience putting on a production during break and the cultural relevance of the message "love yourself for who you are."

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Psychology professor John Norcross found that went studying New Years resolutions, about 70% continue their resolutions beyond two weeks. The good news is that there's still time for those who have lapsed in their resolutions to get back on the wagon, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Bordieri on ways to accomplish goals and make behavioral changes that stick.

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The first WKMS Community Advisory Board meeting of 2016 is Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m. on the 8th floor of the Fine Arts building on Murray State's campus. There will be data comparing this fiscal year to past years, as well as a discussion on ways to engage new listeners with WKMS in 2016. All are welcome.

Feel free to come and share your thoughts about WKMS for 2016!

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"Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley predicted the struggles for this years' Racers team would come early before they start picking up the wins. They started off 5-2 and had a bit of a rough stretch, but record-wise they're about where he thought they'd be without having had a solid road game. On Sounds Good, Bradley updates his prediction, saying the best Racer basketball is coming in February, when some of the freshmen players will start to break out. He recaps the recent games a looks ahead with Tracy Ross. 

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Update: Visitation and funeral arrangements have been added to this post. Please see below. 

Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents Chair, Murray attorney and former District Judge for Calloway and Marshall Counties, died Tuesday. Easley had been battling cancer. 

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Three Murray State University professors recently authored a peer reviewed paper that won the "Best Paper Award" in the Business Education Category at the Academy of Business Research International Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The professors are Dr. Gerry Muuka, Interim Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Dr. Bella Ezumah, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and Dr. Kevin Qualls, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Qualls about the paper's reception and its findings.

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With 2016 only a few days away, now is traditionally the time of year to start thinking about changes you want to make in your life. Many seek a fresh start for changes in habits and ideas in setting new year's resolutions, but sticking to them can be tricky. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri on how to keep to your resolution. 

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Nashville-based jazz guitarist and Murray State alumnus Ben Rice has a new album out called, "Seeds." Café Jazz host Dr. Brian Clardy caught up with Rice after a recording session with his band and they talk about his influences, his new album and some thoughts on the holiday season.

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Murray State University is celebrating "A season of global traditions" this holiday season, so on Sounds Good Matt Markgraf sat down with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library, to talk about some of the holiday traditions at the university over the decades, including a giant Christmas tree, letters to Santa and a pre-Kwanzaa celebration.

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