SGA election reflects small-minded college life
April 10, 2014
Being in college can often lead to living in a very tiny bubble; a bubble which makes it seem like formals and midterms and Friday nights at Rumorz are the most crucial things going on in our lives. You may scoff at this, but I see it every single day ...
Veterans' treatment demands drastic improvement
March 13, 2014
Growing up as an Army brat, I used to believe a military career path was an option I would viably consider under certain circumstances. My experiences as of late, however, have completely altered the way I view the military in this country, and I can confidently say I will probably ...
Imperative for Obama to man up on foreign policy talk
March 06, 2014
I know something is different when I find myself nodding along in agreement while listening to Fox News quote South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
On Sunday, the Republican called out President Barack Obama for being "weak and indecisive" and suggested he "stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs ...
Integrity is strengthened, not sacrificed, through compromise
February 27, 2014
As humans, we're naturally inclined to be self-serving, and as Americans, we live in a society that completely exacerbates the need to have what we want, when we want it and how we want it.
Acting like I am any different would be pompous and, well, just plain false ...
Haslam's 'Promise' is heartening in light of recent Tennessee politics
February 20, 2014
Although it's still unclear what kind of ramifications Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed community college reform will have on four-year universities, it seems to me he might have hit the nail on the head this time.
At his State of the State speech last Monday, the governor unveiled ...
Now, not later: America needs to clean up its immigration
February 14, 2014
Talking about our country's immigration system not only gives me a headache, but also reminds me of that random junk drawer that everyone has in their kitchen.
You know it's there, you know it has some useful stuff in it, and you know you should clean it out ...
'Resume-building' shouldn't replace 'life-building'
February 07, 2014
Though I cannot speak for the rest of you, I also cannot believe that I am the only one starting to panic.
As I work through the second semester of my junior year, it is a little hard to believe that I have passed the college halfway point. My mind ...
Speech speculation: Takeaways from Obama's 2014 State of the Union
January 30, 2014
If I were President Obama, the events of this second term would have me wound tighter than an eight-day clock.
To my amazement, however, the President emerged Tuesday night looking incredibly vibrant and fresh-faced. He came across as composed and confident, and overall had a positive presence about him.
Finding middle ground in health care debate needed more than ever
January 23, 2014
Thus far in my short stint as a columnist, I have really tried to avoid talking about the Affordable Care Act.
One reason is I have much better things to do than read 500,000 hate messages in my UT email account. But I also haven't come to a ...
Christie's gaffe shouldn't hold him back from running in 2016
January 16, 2014
With all the upheaval at the NSA, the past year has already proven to be one of interesting revelations.
Now we know that not only does the government monitor our phone calls, but they also stop traffic as political retribution on one another. I don't know about anyone else ...
Sexy headlines distract citizens from relevant issues
January 09, 2014
Some issues never seem to go away.
Sometimes they go underground for a while only to resurface just when you start to forget about them. News outlets can exacerbate this. Typically, they discuss one current, trending topic until you would rather bang your head into a wall than hear about ...
State texbtook censorship threatens 'true' education
November 14, 2013
Well, Stacey Campfield has done it again; the man who proposed the infamous "Don't Say Gay bill" has once again voiced his opinion in an open-minded fashion.
Right, who are we kidding? I realize Tennessee is a red state, I have no dispute with that fact. But some of ...
Facility services workers deserve more student support
November 07, 2013
Anyone that has had the pleasure of waiting tables would probably agree that, at times, it can be a mentally tiring and even dehumanizing experience.
Sure, the restaurant gossip is salacious and the crazy customers can be entertaining sometimes, but overall it tends to be a massive pain. This is ...