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Jill Smith

Jill Smith, Co-Editor In Chief/News Editor

Jillian Smith is Co-EIC and News Editor at The News. Smith is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Smith is also a Graduate Assistant in Student Affairs. Beyond working and class, Smith enjoys reading, coffee, and listening to music.

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Michael Bordieri (left) and David Roach (right) discuss legislation impacting higher education.

Faculty Senate leads discussion session over legislation

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 29, 2024
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Police Beat

[Photo] Police Beat

Caroline Blakeman, Assistant News Editor
February 29, 2024
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Murray State President issues statement on proposed DEI bills

Murray State President issues statement on proposed DEI bills

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 20, 2024
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WPSD wins summary judgement against Murray State on Feb. 16.

Judge: MSU violated open records laws

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 16, 2024
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Kentucky House passes Murray State vet bill

Kentucky House passes Murray State vet bill

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 15, 2024
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The first VITA session will start Friday, Feb. 23. More sessions will be held throughout the semester.

[Photo] VITA sessions to provide community assistance

Caroline Blakeman, Assistant News Editor
February 15, 2024
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The Racers Helping Racers Food Pantry celebrated 10 years on Feb. 14.

Murray State food pantry celebrates 10 years

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 14, 2024
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The Kentucky Senate passed SB6, 26-7 on Tuesday.

Anti-DEI bill passes Senate with overwhelming majority

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 13, 2024
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Howell files Murray State vet school senate bill

Howell files Murray State vet school senate bill

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 9, 2024
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University of Kentucky student, Rebekah Keith shares her support for the bill.

Anti-DEI bill targeting higher education passes senate committee

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 8, 2024
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Rep. James Tipton presented HB228 before the Education Committee on Jan. 23.

Murray State faculty leaders react to anti-tenure bill

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 8, 2024
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President Bob Jackson and Dean Brian Parr present plans for the vet school to the House Agriculture Committee.

Murray State vet school bill passes house committee

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
February 7, 2024
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The Murray State gates were damaged mid-morning on Jan. 30.

UPDATE: Murray State gates damaged Tuesday morning

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
January 30, 2024
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Franklin resident, Madison King, bundles up while working on assignments.

UPDATE: Parents, students share concerns over heating in residential colleges

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
January 17, 2024
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Wilson named staff regent after special run-off election

Wilson named staff regent after special run-off election

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
January 5, 2024
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Regent Chair, Leon Owens, recognizes several University leaders for their work this semester.

Regents vote to pursue purchase of apartment complex

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
December 11, 2023
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The Murray State community and local leaders come together to break ground on the new Nursing and Health Professions building.

Murray State holds groundbreaking for new building

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
December 8, 2023
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Staff Regent candidates get ready to answer questions from staff congress president, Trish Lofton.

Candidates address goals, concerns at regent forum

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
December 6, 2023
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University professors will research diversity on Murray States campus.

ADVANCE grant to examine inequities

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
November 30, 2023
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Director Zackary Claggett stands behind camera during filming of Scene 10. Photo by Sam Mitchell.

‘Collide’ set to premiere Saturday at Cheri

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
November 30, 2023
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Staff Congress met during a special called meeting to discuss next steps after the resignation of Staff Regent, Jessica Evans.

Staff Congress announces plans for special election to fill vacant regent seat

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
November 16, 2023
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7 Brew Coffee is located at 700C N 12th St. and is expected to open by the end of the year (Foley, Alabama location pictured).

7 Brew Coffee set to open in Murray by end of year

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
November 10, 2023
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With a highly publicized race, Andy Beshear secured a second term as governor.

Beshear and Cameron: how did this race compare to past elections in the state?

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
November 9, 2023
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Mental health in student-athletes is on the rise, according to a NCAA study.

Mental health in student athletes

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
November 2, 2023
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Murray State student confronting the demonstrator, who claims to be a member of Consuming Fires Ministries.

Murray State students rally against religious demonstrator

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 27, 2023
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Laura D. Adams will visit Murray State on Thursday, Oct. 26 to discuss her new book, Money-Smart Solopreneur.

Adams to discuss her latest book at Murray State

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 26, 2023
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Students work on their own personal Mardi Gras mask. This was the activity at French table at the Global Languages Workshop.

Global Languages Showcase returns after brief hiatus

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 26, 2023
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Paducah band, Midlife Crisis, performs classic rock hits before the start of the Festival.

PHOTOS: Kentucky Comedy Festival: Night 2

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 21, 2023
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Opening act, Mark Klein, talks about pets in the house.

PHOTOS: Kentucky Comedy Festival: Night 1

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 20, 2023
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The Kentucky Comedy Festival kicks-off Thursday, Oct. 19. The three day event features a diverse group of comedians from all over the country, including two local comedians.

Kentucky Comedy Festival set to bring laughter to MSU campus

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 17, 2023
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Taste of the Arts will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12. Proceeds will benefit schloarships for Fine Arts students.

Annual event benefits fine arts students

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 12, 2023
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Hall outside of Radio City in his Santa costume. Photo courtesy of Charles Edward Hall.

Santa Claus is coming to Murray State

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 12, 2023
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Robertson at Multicultural night in Winslow Dining Hall. Photo courtesy of Don Robertson.

The man, the myth, the legend: Dr. Robertson

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
October 12, 2023
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Changes in insurance premiums to affect Murray State employees

Changes in insurance premiums to affect Murray State employees

Jill Smith, Co-Editor-Chief/News Editor
September 28, 2023
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School of Nursing Building Rendering. The illustration was created by RossTarrant Architects, Ayers Saint Gross. Photo provided by Murray State University

New nursing building promises more opportunities for Murray State students

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
September 7, 2023
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Murray State University moves ahead with plans to develop School of Veterinary Medicine

Plans move forward with proposed Murray State vet school

Jill Smith, Co-Editor in Chief/News Editor
September 7, 2023
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Murray State University Board approved establishing a task force to develop a school of veterinary medicine.

Murray State regents consider future vet school

Jill Smith, Co-EIC/News Editor
August 31, 2023
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Police Beat

Jill Smith, Co-EIC/News Editor
August 31, 2023
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Dannis Seay/ photo courtesy of Calloway County Jail

Former Murray State cheerleader enters guilty plea

Jill Smith, Co-EIC/News Editor
August 30, 2023
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A conversation with ChatGPT about Murray State University.

AI raises questions in Higher Ed

Jill Smith, Co-Editor-In-Chief/News Editor
August 24, 2023
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Second floor upgrades include updated bathrooms and ramp.

Photo Gallery: Curris Center Renovations

Jill Smith, News Editor/ Co-EIC
August 17, 2023
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Joanne Gunns, Jamie Miller and Don Robertson examine the lights during the April safety walk. (Jill Smith/The News)

Safety walks focus on campus security

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
May 4, 2023
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President Bob Jackson (center) and other University leaders address the 2023-24 fiscal year budget at the Budget Town Hall on Tuesday, April 25 (Photo courtesy of Jeremy McKeel).

Budget reveals major reallocations

Jill Smith, Assisstant News Editor
April 27, 2023
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National Stress Awareness month is an opportunity to focus on ways to handle stress. (Shann Riley/ The News)

Report shows student stress level hike

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
April 13, 2023
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Kade Gambill, Jacob Frits, Gabe Maynard, Ellie McGowan and Luke Wyatt traveled to Frankfort to meet with Kentucky legislators to discuss higher education. (Photo courtesy of Ellie McGowan)

Student rally highlights higher education

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
April 6, 2023
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n 2023, 23% of Americans were somewhat dissatisfied with current gun laws, while 40% were very dissatisfied (Source: news.gallup.com/poll/1645/guns). (Dionte Berry/The News)

Kentucky gun bills focus on colleges

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
March 30, 2023
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Racers Helping Racers food pantry is located in Blackburn Science Building Room 144. (Jill Smith/The News)

University food pantry focuses on food insecurity

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
March 30, 2023
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Representatives work to address teacher shortages through a new bill (Shann Riley, The News
Kentucky).

House bill addresses teacher shortages

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
March 9, 2023
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Three guests speak about bodily autonomy in light of recent abortion restrictions in Kentucky (Graphic courtesy of the Gender Equity Caucus).

Gender Equity Caucus hosts panel discussion

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
March 2, 2023
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Protesters speak against abortion bans at the Kentucky State Capitol in April 2022 (Photo courtesy of AP).

Kentucky Supreme Court upholds abortion ban

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
March 2, 2023
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Kentucky is one of 22 states to still have a tax on menstrual products, HB 142 is trying to reverse that (Dionte Berry, The News).

Kentucky bill proposes period tax removal

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
February 23, 2023
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Junior psychology major Tamryn Woolfork (left) and senior communication disorders major Megan Yochum (right) received the Benjam A. Gilman International scholarship (Photos courtesy of Tamryn Woolfork and Megan Yocum).

Students receive scholarship to study abroad

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor
February 16, 2023
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The ADVANCE lecture will highlight LGBT+ support in STEM (Photo courtesy of ADVANCE).

ADVANCE set to host LGBT+ focused lecture

Jill Smith, Senior writer
February 9, 2023
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Phase 1 of the P3 housing plan was set to start by Jan. 2023, but was halted becayse of pricing (Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News).

Inflation halts housing updates

Jill Smith, Senior writer
January 26, 2023
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Screenshot of the Dec. 2 Board of Regents meeting.

Board of Regents halt housing construction plans

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
December 18, 2022
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Voters lined up to the road at the CFSB Center on Election Day. (Mary Huffman/The News)

Voters reflect on state, national election results

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
November 17, 2022
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The workforce grant set to launch in Spring 2023 supports frontline healthcare training. (Dionte Berry/The News)

Grant set to support nursing program expansion

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
November 10, 2022
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For more information about voting in Kentucky, go to elect.ky.gov. (Shann Riley/The News)

Election season is quickly approaching

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
October 27, 2022
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Dr. Marc Polizzi discusses his new book at the Department of Political Science and Sociologys colloquium event held on Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Mary Huffman/ The News)

Professor studies mining effects in Global South

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
October 27, 2022
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The 2021 Homecoming theme was, ‘99 years and counting’ and the 2022 theme is, ‘Forever Blue and Gold.’ (Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News)

Homecoming set to celebrate the Centennial

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
October 13, 2022
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Option 9 was approved by the Kentucky House of Representatives in April 2022. (Dionte Berry/The News)

New program aims to address teacher shortage

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
September 28, 2022
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The Pride Center is located in Blackburn Science Building Room 243. (Dionte Berry/The News)

Mental Health Highlight: The Pride Center

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
September 28, 2022
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Announced at the Board of Regents meeting, Murray State has had a 2.3% enrollment increase in comparison to the fall 2021 semester. (Mary Huffman)

Enrollment rises despite national trends

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
September 22, 2022
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Over $100,000 has been donated so far to various academic programs during 2022. (Dionte Berry/The News)

Centennial marks record-breaking donor support

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
September 14, 2022
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Abigail Perry is the administrative assistant for Student Disability Services located in Wells Hall 423. (Dionte Berry/The News)

Mental Health Highlight: Student Disability Services

Jill Smith, Staff Writer
September 14, 2022
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