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 […]

Mission trips highlight self-renewal not external revival

Lily Sanchez, Chattanooga, Tenn. — We at UTC have the fortune — or the misfortune, according to others — of being smack-dab in the middle of the Bible Belt, USA. Chattanooga was recently named the most Bible-minded city in the United States; we are the belt buckle to a history of religious sprawl and expansion. This […]

Classes are an indication of problem solving, not practicality

Sarah Keifer, Chattanooga, Tenn. — I recently read two “articles” on the social site Buzzfeed that left me thinking about my time in college and what it means after graduation. As I read “55 Questions Everyone Asks After College” and “15 Courses That Should Be Taught In College,” I thought about the questions I will have […]

White-washing becomes Biblical

Cameron Morgan, Chattanooga, Tenn. — During spring break I had the opportunity to see “Son of God.” While I am not particularly religious, I thought the film was well done, and I am sure it will be a classic among the slew of religious movies coming out this spring. Without this religious vantage, I was able […]

“Listicle” represents alternative form of journalism

Lily Sanchez
Spanish Edition Editor

Lily Sanchez, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The year 2013 saw an interesting rise in collections of writing in the form of detailed lists, idiomadically named the “listicle.” These articles have flooded our social media feed and continue to do so in 2014. The lists provide a myriad of tips, compilations and insights for the average social media […]

Volunteering options flourish on edge of campus

Eleanor Angel, Chattanooga, Tenn. — I live on Magnolia Street and MLK. It’s about a three-block walk to and from campus each day, although sometimes I drive. One particular building that stands out to me as I walk to campus is the Salvation Army. I used to always feel this weird sense of distance from the […]

Spanish edition of The Echo creates opportunity for all

Idris Garcia, Chattanooga, Tenn —  Throughout my academic career, I have spent many hours writing about myself—my heritage, my background, my pride, my “Puerto Ricaness.” But I have come to realize it is not just about me. It is about all of us together, Hispanic or not, learning from each other and helping each other […]

True Life: My life revolves around my smartphone

Leah Kiernozek, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Going an entire 24 hours without my iPhone seems impossible. And that frightens me. We have become so dependent on technology that it’s difficult to imagine what life was like before smartphones. Every morning, I wake up to the sound of my alarm going off on my phone. After I roll out of bed, […]

Fandoms increase imagination, help explore creativity

Cameron Morgan, Chattanooga, Tenn. — While I don’t own a TV, between my Netflix obsession and the amount of shows I stream online, it is safe to say that I am a TV junkie. I don’t discriminate either: Masterpiece Theatre, MTV, TLC or even some international BBC love, I’m pretty diverse in what I watch. One […]

Pursuit for perfection leads to lofty, unattainable goal

Sarah Cooksey
Assistant Features Editor

Sarah Cooksy, Chattanooga, Tenn. — My favorite, yet hideous, $1.99 coffee mug from the clearance bin at TJMaxx has some of my favorite words. Atop the black and red flower, in Comic Sans it reads, “Strive for excellence, not perfection,” over pastel and lime green polka dots. Yes. My Facebook feed is littered with gushy comments […]