The 4 variations and meanings of Throwback Thursdays
April 10, 2014
Today is the day we are inundated on all of our social media platforms with sets of pictures known as Throwback Thursdays — though if you're really cool, it's shortened to just #tbt.
I tried researching the origin of how exactly Throwback Thursdays came about, but to no avail ...
How are you? And don't say 'busy'
April 03, 2014
Busy. Busy. Busy. It's a weird word if you break it down and really stare at it, isn't it? Four letters, two syllables and the singular word we use to convey just how overwhelmed and overbooked we are.
In the close-knit environment of our dear university's walls ...
Alternative Spring Break refreshes Volunteer spirit
March 27, 2014
Climbing up makeshift steps and over unsteady rocks, we brushed against itchy green leaves; while cleansing water droplets fell on our skin, we followed a strange and yet familiar man as he guided us through the depths of the rainforest.
That's where I found myself a little over a ...
Inclusivity issues masked by society's love for 'The Bachelor'
March 06, 2014
It's the thing we all hate to love – reality TV.
Once again it's that time of year where the final rose is handed out, and the constant competition is reduced to only one woman in the finale of "The Bachelor." At 10 p.m. next Tuesday, my friends ...
12 things only graduating seniors will remember
February 27, 2014
Avoiding list-icles is a must for most aspiring writers, seeing as they are more Buzzfeed and less New York Times-worthy than we would like most of our work to be. But this one is called for.
During a chat with fellow seniors this past weekend, we talked nostalgically, as everyone ...
Civility is key to preserving student activity fees
February 20, 2014
Notice the group of Tibetan monks walking around the UC last week? You may have first noticed their bright red and yellow robes, heard their chanting, or even walked past the room where they were housed and sneaked a peek at the multicolored sand mandala they spent almost 40 collective ...
To our first loves: Thanks, truly, for stealing our hearts
February 14, 2014
This is a column about first love.
Maybe it started and ended with that kiss on the playground in kindergarten. Or in the limo on the way back from prom. Or mutual bonding through the hellish first week at UT. Maybe it never ended, and you're still together.
Name-changing traditions still remain in maiden stages
February 06, 2014
"I think I want to keep my last name when I get married," I said to a group of my friends who immediately began to laugh at me.
It was freshmen year, around the end of finals when we were sitting around and having those delirium-induced kind of conversations that ...
Think of real-world implications next time the weather nips your nose
January 30, 2014
Have you complained about the cold lately?
With the arrival of the polar vortex weather system twice within the past month, it's likely you've been one of many UT students who have uttered a curse word or two upon the moment of stepping outside your door into the ...
Find the beauty in living for an audience of one
January 23, 2014
Cornered at a party this weekend by someone from my high school, I found myself not caring when he was unimpressed by my post-college plans.
Though I've gotten used to the various reactions elicited when I tell people I don't know what I'm doing after graduation, I ...
E-books are turning the page on tangible text's authenticity
January 16, 2014
There's just something about the equal parts paper, glue and binding that make up that old book smell.
Running our hands along weathered spines; pulling out the ones with intriguing titles; examining them and either pushing them back into the carved-out shelf space or carefully selecting them as precious ...
Long live the Queen Bey: Why Beyoncé still rules the music world
January 09, 2014
On the night of Thursday Dec. 12, 2013, unsuspecting UT students drank and danced the night away after the last day of finals. Little did they know in the morning they would find an unimaginable, unthinkable and ultimately amazing thing had happened – they would wake up to a brand new ...
Don't forget to 'give thanks' before you 'Merry Christmas'
November 21, 2013
Every year, Thanksgiving arrives before Christmas. And yet every year, we continue to creep up the date of when it is acceptable to start doing Christmas-y things.
Now more than ever, it seems to be happening immediately after Halloween is over. I was an actual eyewitness to the crime that ...
Pop the college bubble and explore Knoxville
November 14, 2013
Like any good hometown is bound to do, Knoxville has made me claustrophobic.
Maybe it's the impending date of graduation looming ever closer and the realization that my time in this city may soon come to an end – or even a sentimentality that has overcome me with memories of ...
Stop trying to look normal: Be beautiful instead
November 07, 2013
Ever heard of a thigh gap?
I hadn't until scrolling through my Twitter feed and seeing a picture retweeted of an unhealthy looking girl, with an unseemly space between her thighs, and a caption reading, "thigh gap, I wish #perfect."
Immediately, I was alarmed – was this the new standard ...