How to bide your time until summer
April 16, 2014
Counting today, there are 10 days left until the end of classes.
Seven school days, specifically.
If you, like the average UT student, take 15 hours a week, then you have 21 hours of class left for the 2014 Spring Semester: 1,260 minutes; 75,600 seconds.
And then – we ...
The Sunsphere remains a beacon of Knoxville's energy
April 09, 2014
It's high in the sky, bright and shiny.
All day long, Knoxville doesn't just have one sun — we have two. It's safe to say we're a sunny crew.
Erected in 1982 for the World's Fair, the Sunsphere was built around the same premise as the ...
Confront today's taboos and discover who you really are
April 02, 2014
What is allowed into conversation has come a long way. I've argued before that we are possibly the most open generation, but taboos still creep their way into our conversations.
Conversation from my mouth finds almost no filter, barrier or opposition to any subject, but it often meets unwanted ...
An open letter to Mom and Dad
March 13, 2014
<p>Dear Mom and Dad AND Pam and Dave,</p>
<p>When I was very little, you whistled Winnie the Pooh to me so I could fall asleep. We went on play dates to the zoo, watched movies downtown on Tuesdays and got lost in the ball pits of McDonald's play area.</p>
<p>We played Buzz Lightyear: all three kids got on Daddy's back and buzzed around the house, only to be thrown onto your fluffy bed. Mommy always followed close behind, making sure we didn't fall off.</p>
<p>Every night we had family dinner at our circle table, followed by the standard family walk with the pups and then story time with at least three or four books – "Hippos Go Berserk," "All Dogs Go to Heaven," "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" ... your inflections and rhythms echo in my mind.</p>
<p>You would wave to me as I got on the bus and sat down with my mommy-made lunch box by my side; you would be there to greet me as soon as I got home, ready to inquire about my day. If it had been a bad one, we would make cookies.</p>
<p>I grew older and you became the bane of my life. I could only watch an hour of TV if I read for 30 minutes and I couldn't even watch Rugrats or SpongeBob like all the other kids. I had a "never-ending" chore list, and couldn't have dessert unless I finished dinner.</p>
Counting stars: Value, knowledge found through astrology
March 05, 2014
The longer I've dealt with astrology, the more I see its application in my life.
What started as a hippie hobby has transformed into usable knowledge, and now, something I advocate.
Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence ...
America's rite of passage is lame
February 19, 2014
By the time you read this, I will be 21.
I will have glided across an arbitrary line in time that proves I've completed 21 cycles around the sun, achieving an effortless rite of passage.
Though I will not experience the typical steps considered to quantify as a rite ...
Take time to see history, purpose behind Tibetan sand mandalas
February 12, 2014
A Tibetan sand mandala has come to UT.
If I hadn't taken Hinduism as one of my upper-level non-US distribution classes, I would be unaware of the significance and rare opportunity that this event offers.
So I must begin by thanking UT for two things: making me take an ...
Don't underestimate the rewards proper of social etiquette
February 05, 2014
Social etiquette: it's a catastrophe and a masterpiece, a game at best and a prepared script at worst; it's a breeze on a good day, and a formulated equation for most; it's conducted in groups of hundreds and intimate gatherings of two.
Thankfully, social etiquette can also ...
Hit that early-semester grind? Grab a cup of coffee
January 29, 2014
Coffee and I go together like ground up beans in a brew.
Being the cliché English major that I am, I have been drinking anywhere from one to five cups of coffee a day since freshman year. Upon returning to the daily grind this semester, I became increasingly aware of ...
The best relationship you'll ever have should be with yourself
January 22, 2014
I have good and bad news.
The bad news is, according to Facebook's breakup timeline, the upcoming season is forecasted to hit romances hard, especially within the next three months. So this article is for all of your heartbreaks waiting to happen.
Now for the good news. There is ...
Why being a millennial absolutely rocks
January 15, 2014
Our generation, the millennials, have gotten quite a bit of wrath. We are undeserving of trophies, we are non-committal, we stick our tongues out and take Snapchats with an air of entitlement.
Behind the mask of these seemingly exclusive negative attributes, we revel; a species of positive awesomeness.
To start ...
November 20, 2013
Going to the zoo is expensive, but watching UT's commonplace squirrels is free and extremely entertaining.
Their habits become more appealing when you know why they do what they do.
These cute tree inhibitors are formally known as Sciurus Carolinensis, or as they are informally called, the Eastern Gray ...
Change it up and To-Do list your way through November
November 13, 2013
We are wallowing in what I call "The November Lull," a pre-hibernation period that includes: snack napping (snacking followed by napping), energy conserving, working hard at doing nothing and a general aura of laziness.
This November's hiatus proves to be nothing new. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the ...
Who are you? Halloween brings existential crisis
November 06, 2013
"Who are you?"
Halloween has been haunting me.
While it feels like the transformative holiday was moons ago, I still have a ringing in my ear.
"Who are you?"
This inquiry is only fun when we can confidently answers this question, eloquently coupled with further details about how we so ...
Changing seasons provide relished rhythm
October 30, 2013
"Hey, you look lonely," yells a bearded man in grey sitting solo on a bench down the street.
I ignore him, focusing instead on the slowly accumulating sweat that my overly warm wardrobe has initiated as I sit cozily in my porch hammock.
Last week, my tights, thick socks and ...