Football – no haze of violence
April 14, 2014
At the snap of the ball, the 300-plus pound bodies smash into each other, battling for position on the field of painted lines.
Bones crack; ligaments tear like string cheese. Collisions at 8.4 tons of force leave some men inert on the ground, but more often than not, nobody ...
The most powerful you'll ever be
March 31, 2014
No famous people will endorse a candidate; no campaign fundraisers will attract national media attention. Ideological party lines will be irrelevant (for once); the terms will only last one year.
More than any federal election, however, this year's Student Government Association election affects you, a student at the University ...
America can be the best, prove it by voting
February 24, 2014
It's time for a new patriotic cliché.
"As American as apple pie" has been debunked by the Huffington Post; "the American Dream" has turned into an ironic reminder of our nation's growing inequality; even baseball, "America's pastime," has suffered Congressional investigations into steroid use and imported enough ...
Four years and get out
February 10, 2014
<p>American higher education is often labeled "the best four years of your life." It's as much reminder as it is encouragement – you're going to have a blast, but it's only supposed to last four years.</p>
Why UT needs Sex Week
February 03, 2014
<p>In short, Sex Week uses .27 percent of student programming fees to educate our state's students on the one thing human life depends upon, the one thing American culture – rightly or wrongly – values the most.</p>
Living life through an iPhone lens misses the point
January 13, 2014
This weekend, when my roommates and I elected to launch water balloons from our second-story balcony in Fort Sanders, it wasn't enough to simply shoot them out over the houses of our neighbors.
We had to Snapchat ourselves in the act.
And so, as I watched multicolored balloons explode ...
The Softening of America
December 03, 2013
We can do anything we set our minds to; the sky is the limit; all it takes to be extraordinary is that little bit of extra.
As a millennial, every college student on this campus has grown up on a steady diet of these encouraging phrases and clichés. When ...
Brotherly love to a sister betrothed
October 22, 2013
When she left in bridal white and bubbles, I did not get a chance to say goodbye. The perks of working at a newspaper, however, include the opportunity to say more than goodbye; the following surmises goodbye and good luck to my just-married sister.
In a time when more than ...
Buying in is not selling out
October 11, 2013
Imagine visiting Rocky Top for the first time.
You are driving down I-40 east, following the green signs guiding you toward "The University of Tennessee." You slide into the far right lane, exiting onto Neyland Drive.
Imagine: the river runs beside you as you hug the corner of the road ...
Stop sleeping through Jack Daniels and Beyonce tickets
September 18, 2013
In the financial vacuum of collegiate lifestyle, we students often complain about the cost of our education.
At $9,780 per semester for in-state students, our semesterly education equates to buying a used 2005 Ford Mustang.
With 16 weeks of class, each hour of instruction is worth $40.75, enough ...