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Matt Markgraf, WKMS, courtesy of Pogue Library

During the second world war, the fledgling Murray State Teacher's College, like many schools during this time, was at risk of closing due to low attendance had it not been for the efforts of the administration to open up the campus as a Navy Pre-Flight Training School. Murray State's Pogue Library has a meticulously kept collection of documents from this time period, so as we think of our veterans this week, Matt Markgraf stopped by the library to speak with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, about how this training school "saved" Murray State, beginning with some historical context.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

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. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Hanh Dinh, a graduate student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, now in her second semester at MSU, working towards a Master's degree in the TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). They discuss Vietnamese water puppetry, approaches to teaching English and how her country has changed over the past 40 years.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the second to perform new work, "Symphony no. 2 - La Commedia" by Boston composer Brett Abigaña, based on Dante's Divine Comedy. The concert is tomorrow night (Nov. 5) at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Abigaña and Director of Bands Dennis Johnson about how the work is crafted so as to avoid the stereotypes of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, while pushing the boundaries for a contemporary audience. 

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Mindfulness is an emerging area in psychology with the potential to be useful in our everyday lives, says Dr. Michael Bordieri of Murray State's Department of Psychology. It's not a new psychological discovery, but has been a part of spiritual practices of Buddhism and eastern religion traditions for a millennia. Within the past 30 years or so, western medicine and psychology has taken interested in the practice of mindfulness as a way of paying attention to one's thoughts. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Bordieri about understanding mindfulness and ways to practice it in everyday life.

Andy Black of the Murray State University English Department reviews American-New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy "What We Do In The Shadows," showing this weekend at MSU's Cinema International.

From Dracula by Bram Stoker: 

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Murray State University’s newest freshman class shows a smaller but higher-achieving group.  

 

The MSU Board of Regents approved new, tougher admission standards this past June, including a minimum 18 ACT composite score.  These standards won't go into effect until the 2016 fall semester.

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Murray's Swim, Bike, Run Club is hosting a 5K for Carter's Kids on Campus, honoring former club member Jim Carter, former VP of Institutional Advancement at Murray State and former president of MSU's Alumni Association. On Sounds Good, race manager Brady Parks speaks with Tracy Ross about the run, Carter's Kids and how Jim Carter was dedicated to fitness and giving every child the opportunity to experience college.

Courtesy of Sarah Hopley and Murray State's Pogue Library

Mad scientists, monsters, Martians and more are artfully depicted on the covers of over a thousand science fiction magazines in a special collection at Murray State's Pogue Library. With Halloween creeping around the corner, Matt Markgraf stops by Pogue's War & Diplomacy Room to speak with Special Collections and Exhibits Librarian Sarah Hopley about the books, taking a look at some of the standouts, beginning with an early issue of an influential magazine.

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Mandolinist, composer, singer, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and future host of A Prairie Home Companion Chris Thile talks about his time as a student in Murray, on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross, ahead of his performance October 29 at Lovett Auditorium, benefiting the Murray State Music Department. Also, Asia Burnett speaks with Tina Bernot, MSU Interim Executive Director of Development, about how the concert came to be and how the scholarship will be used.

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Murray State's Indian Student Association is holding a Flash Mob today in front of the Carr Health Building on campus, featuring a mash up of diverse Indian dance and music. Matt Markgraf speaks with the association's president, international student Mayur Bhandare. They talk about how he came to Murray State, his hometown of Nashik, cultural differences between India and the United States and an Indian festival coming up next month.

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