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

Ferguson cartoon

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

Screen shot from Google by Emily Bostic

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

Sara Moroni — Aug 18 cartoon

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 […]

Study habitat is crucial component for finals success

Zach Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn. — With finals coming up, it can seems like professors are piling the work before exams. Through my experience, studying for finals can be either very stressful or manageable, and I believe that where you study is just as important as how much you study. The obvious choice is the library, but […]

Stress over finals puts goals in perspective

Leah Kiernozek, Chattanooga, Tenn. — It is the time of the year college students dread the most: finals are here. Throughout the week, students will be doing everything they can to finish out the year.  Some can be found zombie-walking across campus, too tired to speak to anyone. Others might be nodding off or sleeping through […]

Life lessons learned: a school year in recap

Sarah Cooksy, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Now that David Letterman has retired, someone has to take over the infamous top 10 lists. I have graciously accepted the self-appointed nomination. Except we will squeeze this list into five points. Maybe I did not learn as much as I thought this year. Let’s take a minute to look back […]