Choose healthy habits, not addictions
April 03, 2014
Last semester, I intentionally addicted myself to coffee.
Fed up with my daily schedule of eating lunch and then slipping into an unproductive coma, I started having a cup of coffee every day around 3 p.m. It worked, and I've reclaimed about two and a half hours of ...
Knoxville isn't a college town or a big city, it's home
March 27, 2014
Over this Spring Break, I realized Knoxville is home.
Like most of us, I was pretty sick and tired of Knoxville by the time break rolled around and desperate to leave — and that's just what I did. I was lucky enough to be playing some music over the break ...
Living wage a good first step, but not a solution
March 13, 2014
When I was 15, I wrapped burritos.
My dad decided it would be a good idea for me to get a "real" job, and I wanted the money to buy guitar things. So, I washed bowls and endlessly asked "Cheese, pico and lettuce?" and tried to avoid getting addicted to ...
College teaches us how to survive, not live
March 06, 2014
Last week, I had a borderline panic attack.
I think we all experience something like that from time to time, at different levels of severity. It feels like acute procrastination — you think so much about all the things you should be doing or should have done that you don't ...
Sex Week: Let's talk about it
February 27, 2014
What's in a name? A rose by any other name still smells as sweet, and an assistant to the regional manager is the same as assistant regional manager, right?
Obviously not. In case you've forgotten, the Affordable Care Act has far more positive ratings than Obamacare, even though ...
Get clean, get high or die trying: 'War on Drugs' kills more than helps
February 20, 2014
Three weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his West Village home with a needle in his arm and seventy bags of laced heroin scattered around his apartment.
This death, like last year's passing of Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger's 2008 overdose and numerous other ...
Enter into arguments aiming for empathy
February 06, 2014
We're pretty bad at arguing.
Look at last week's State of the Union address, or the entirety of Congress, or religious or political discussions at every family dinner. Americans treat arguments like fights to the death, pulling out all the stops to "win" – but what does winning even ...
Private ownership of Internet is unethical, unwarranted-- and here
January 30, 2014
The free Internet is at risk.
Comcast can now charge Netflix a fee in order to have good bandwidth for their videos. Verizon can make Instagram pay to make sure your videos upload quickly. AT&T can make HBO GO play new episodes of Game of Thrones slower if HBO ...
Magic of childhood escape still exists through film, books
January 23, 2014
I still believe in magic.
Maybe it started a little over a decade ago, when my friend Micah and I decided to throw a magic show for our parents on his birthday. Micah loved magic, and I've always had an affinity toward performing, so we made a good duo ...
Growing up and getting real
January 16, 2014
And we're back.
Breaks are always a cocktail of relaxation and idleness. Many of us return home and find ourselves stripped of our independence for a couple of weeks. We have to be back for dinner and ask our parents if we can stay out. So coming back to ...
Let your home-school show, reveal your interesting side
November 21, 2013
I was home-schooled.
While other kids were standing in cafeteria lines and sticking gum to the bottom of school desks, I was at home, listening to my mom explain biology and pre-algebra and waiting till I could go upstairs and play Legos with my sisters.
I've asked my mom ...
Debunking the war between freedom and fairness
November 07, 2013
What is freedom, and is it fair?
This question is monumental. It lays the foundation for whether our laws should leave us alone or intervene for the sake of fairness. Economically, it challenges us to think of what regulations, if any, we need. It shifts the way we look at ...
Willful ignorance diminishes chance for civilized debate
October 31, 2013
What does it mean to believe something?
We believe the world is round and that God does or doesn't exist (or that we can't know). We believe our friends when we ask them questions, and we believe that our bed is wherever we left it at home. We ...