"(The referendum) demonstrates not only the democratic process that elections create, further it provides an opportunity for the university to take the lead on environmental issues in a state, more importantly a city that ranks worst in the nation on many environmental issues."
-SGA President Chaz Molder
"Knoxville is one of the most polluted cities in the nation, and I would like to see some action taken by UT. If we have the opportunity to make a change, I think we should do everything in our power to make it happen."
-John Michael Pantlik, senior in public relations
"I think it's really terrible on the administration's part that they're not even addressing this issue at the board meeting. I think it's careless of the administration when so many students voted in favor of the initiative and they won't even address it. Another thing they could do is take a cut out of executive expenses because this is for the people and the environment, and I think they are being very selfish about the whole thing."
-Brett Newkirk, senior in electronic media
"I'm a very adamant environmentalist. This issue, though, is not only for the environment, but for the people of Knoxville. It's really unfair to Knoxville citizens that the UT administration is not willing to consider this referendum."
-Jen Lee, sophomore in political science
"The whole issue has become much more political, which is what we were trying to keep it from being in the beginning. All of the administrators want to stand by the decision they made, and the only way to do that is to now change what they initially said."
-Michael Helms, junior in philosophy
"I just don't understand why the administration won't stand behind us full force like they initially said they would. Being a nursing student and aware of how this issue will affect the rest of our lives, I think it's a disgrace that the administration won't take initiative to help the students and moreso their own families."
-Aubrie Gatlin, senior in nursing
Published: Tue Jun 22, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:10 p.m.