MTSU photos by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – Fall semester classes are getting underway on a number of Middle Tennessee university campuses.

Students at Austin Peay State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Trevecca, and Middle Tennessee State begin classes this week. The school year got underway at Lipscomb, Belmont and Fisk universities last week.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Classes start at M-T-S-U this week, and as nearly 26-thousand students come back to campus, we in the college of mass communication find ourselves facing the perennial question, "Are we a trade school or are we an academic school?"
Although the question may seem like mere ivory tower rhetoric with no practical value, in fact, the answer strikes at the very heart of what we do, and how our graduates will shape the future of our field for years to come. And, it could very well shape what you the audience see and hear across all media forms.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/SIDELINES) – This is a big weekend for Middle Tennessee State University.

Friday morning the school’s new $65 million, 211,000 square foot Student Union opened to visitors. The facility boasts a ballroom, movie theater, restaurants, game room, bookstore, and a 700-plus seat dining hall.

Sarah Sudak is Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/SIDELINES) -- A 211,000 square foot student union complete with ballroom, movie theater, restaurants, game room, bookstore and 700-plus seat dining hall opened about an hour ago here on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

Sarah Sudak is the university's Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life.

MTSU Sports

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (HUBBARD)  --  WMOT previews the fall football season this week with a look at the prospects of several mid-state teams. First up, the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.

MTSU football will look to rebound from last year’s tough season when they take the field at Floyd Stadium Aug. 30.

The Blue Raiders finished the 2011 season with a 2-10 record, giving up an average of 37 points a game.

Head coach Rick Stockstill shook things up in the spring when he brought in former SEC defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix to lend a hand.