Volunteer, don't voluntour
April 04, 2014
If you get on Facebook during the summer, you're bound to see people you knew in high school or people you know now posting dozens and dozens of photos in an album, the title of which is a Bible verse. In these photos, the person you know is posing ...
How stereotypes label us wrong
March 28, 2014
Every time I meet someone new, I can't help feeling boxed in.
"Good to meet you, Wade. What kind of things are you involved in on campus?"
"Well, I'm a member of a college fraternity..."
"You're a frat guy? You're a buttchugging, womanizing, racist, patriotic, drunk ...
Get a dog, gain a friend
March 07, 2014
It's that time of year, y'all. It's getting warm. People are playing in the grass. We're shoving aside our academic responsibilities to have a little bit of free time with our friends. I shaved my beard. And we all want to get a dog.
Or a ...
Why Greek life should support Sex Week
February 28, 2014
If you have not already been able to tell by my stereotypically vested headshot, I am a member of a college fraternity on campus.
Though I have devoted a great deal of energy to my chapter and to the Greek system as a whole, I have been very invested in ...
Mental illness a sickness, not a crime
February 21, 2014
If you've ever watched any sort of Batman film or program, you know Arkham Asylum.
Unstable villains are ushered through empty hallways where they are under lock and key. The asylum is for the "criminally insane." Unfortunately, the word "insane" is tossed around like the remote control in our ...
Cable news networks make us stupid
February 07, 2014
Chances are that you have some kind of loyalty to a cable news channel.
I know I do. My roommate does. Several of my friends do. During the day, if you're bored and you don't want to watch mindless programming, SportsCenter, or whatever movie is on AMC, you ...
UT irresponsibly silent during snowy situation
January 31, 2014
If you've lived in Tennessee your entire life, you probably haven't had many snow days.
On Tuesday, it started snowing at about 9:30 a.m. Nothing heavy, but precious snowflakes were falling from the sky onto our hilly and prismatic Knoxville. It was still safe to drive ...
There's more to MLK than what's remembered
January 24, 2014
On Monday, we received a day off from school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which celebrates the birthday of American history's most iconic civil rights leader.
King's message of racial equality and acceptance bears special meaning for me.I attended an elementary school in southeast Memphis filled ...
'Dry campus' label a farce
January 17, 2014
Traditionally, UT student government campaigns brand themselves with a catchy buzzword.
Since 2010, there's been "Spark!" and "Reach!" and "Revolt!" and "Fuel!" and "Amplify!" and "Engage!"
But though these are undeniably riveting, a running joke in SGA circles for some time has been that if a campaign were to ...