Fans remember Rob Bironas as childhood hero

Screen shot from Google by Emily Bostic

By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn. – On the morning of Sept. 21, 2014, Tennessee Titans fans heard the news that Rob Bironas, a former kicker for the team, was killed in a one-vehicle car accident the night before, after hitting several trees and flipping into a drainage culvert. I was shocked when I saw photos […]

Failing one test not the end of the world for students

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Sarah Grace Battles, Chattanooga, Tenn. – It’s about that time when tests, midterms and eventually finals consume the majority of our time. Parents and professors will tell you that that is what you are here for, right? Wrong. College isn’t about spending hours upon hours cooped up in a study carrel in the library alternating […]

Four steps to being a true Chattanoogan

Cartoon by Rachel Veazey

Eve Hermann, Chattanooga, Tenn. — When I moved to Chattanooga two years ago, I knew I was moving to a city with many special features. At the time, I thought those features were obvious things, such as not having to drive an hour to go to the mall and getting student discounts around town. Little […]

Joan Rivers remembered by determination

By Lily Sanchez – Legendary actress and comedian Joan Rivers, 81, died of complications from vocal chord surgery. Rivers’ career stood for more than just her personality. Rivers understood the intricacies of comedy and theater long before she honed her skills. She knew the purpose it served for both the performer and the audience and rarely […]

Violence against women continues as a social norm

By Cameron Morgan — Trigger warning: rape, violence against women, domestic abuse and assault. This narrative is not new. I’m actually sick of how old it is: Women’s bodies are battle grounds,  not for their own personal development or growth, but for aggressors who take advantage of their roles as partners, as friends and as […]

Ferguson tragedy could happen in Chattanooga community

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By Madison Baldwin — Images on the Internet depicting the violence in Ferguson, Mo., are eerily similar to photos I’ve seen in history textbooks from the Birmingham riots in 1963 and the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992. On Aug. 9, Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown. Since the initial […]

Miley Cyrus starts war against youth homelessness

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Miley Cyrus sent Jesse, a homeless young man in LA, up to the stage to
accept her VMA for her song “Wrecking Ball.”

By Emily Bostic, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Miley Cyrus just can’t stop. Well, more like she won’t stop making headlines after MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs). Only this year, even her toughest critics had nice things to say. When Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” video officially won a VMA, a young man named Jesse entered the stage, accepting […]

Social media could lead to unrealistic life comparisons

By Emily Gurchiek Chattanooga, Tenn., – Fun fact: college may not be the best years of your life. No matter what the movies, BuzzFeed articles, or your cool aunt lead you to believe, college is not all fun and games. Sometimes these four years just plain suck. Sometimes college is when you realize you are alone. You move […]

Robin Williams’ death brings reflection on depression


By Leah Kiernozek, Chattanooga, Tenn. — After hearing the news of Robin Williams’ death, I felt the same way many other Flubber Lovers around the world felt- heart broken.  Because I grew up watching Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Hook and all the other fantastic films Robin Williams starred in, learning that Genie is no longer here with us […]

Top five things I wish I knew as a sophomore

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Cameron Morgan, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Last year I wrote a column for the first-day issue of The Echo entitled “Top 10 things I wish I knew as a freshman.” This year’s installment continues with pithy but practical advice in the hope that someone besides myself and my Facebook friends can learn from my mistakes. In other […]