Takeaways from 2015 State of the Union address

By Eve Hermann, Chattanooga, Tenn.— Last Tuesday, Jan. 20, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address. For me, the State of the Union address has always been accompanied with a certain amount of political “swagger”, and I have always enjoyed watching it. As voters and taxpayers it is our duty to stay informed […]

Balancing work as a student

By Madison Baldwin, Chattanooga, Tenn., — In a perfect world, higher education would be little to no cost, students could just be students and everyone would graduate in four years or less. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, not a perfect world. Higher education comes with a high price tag and the majority of students […]

Reading reduces stress, emphasizes self

By Sarah Grace, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Life as a college student can be hectic and stressful but remembering to take time for yourself is extremely important for your mental, physical and emotional health. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading is able to reduce stress by up to 68%. My new routine […]

Mocs on the Money

By Bill Parker and Alexis Scott, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Research shows over and over again that college students are unprepared for the financial responsibilities associated with college success. Students are also expected to manage large debts, but have little training to do so. Many of our students are making financial decisions that will plague them […]

Our library worth the wait

By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn .— Two days ago I finally got to see for myself our new library that we all waited so long for.As I walked  across campus on a cold Sunday afternoon to head in our weekly Echo staff meetings, I noticed that there were not that many people walking around the […]

Review: Campus Starbucks

Photo by Lily Sanchez

By Lily Sanchez, Chattanooga, Tenn.— I am well-aware you have all been on the edge of your seats anticipating the Echo’s opinion on the long-awaited establishment of our new Starbucks on campus, conveniently built into the new library. Before I start, is that what we have decided to call it? The “new library”? When does […]

Holidays should be for friends, family

Sarah Cooksey, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Most Americans would say they value their friends and family above all else. However, in our so-called capitalistic and free society, it is difficult, if not impossible, to carry that out when you are suppressed by corporate greed. As an employee of a business that will be open Thanksgiving and […]

5 reasons to never forget friends you met in college

By Emily Bostic, Chattanooga, Tenn. — As the semester winds down and everyone begins to prepare for finals week, holiday breaks and time away from UTC, life will happen, bringing some people back to Chattanooga and others in opposite directions. The beautiful thing about life is that even though time never stands still, we have a […]

Fracking: coming soon to Tennessee

Taylor Lyon, Chattanooga, Tenn., – Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of natural gas extraction in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into a gas well at high pressures in order to fracture rock formations; thus allowing gas to flow easily from those rocks. There is controversy among this technique, however. Gas and […]

Time goes on, take advantage of present day

Leah Kiernozek, Chattanooga, Tenn., — As I started creating my overwhelmingly long to-do list of projects to complete, papers to write and finals to study for, I found myself asking: where in the world has the time gone? It feels like just last week I was printing out syllabi and standing in the forever-long bookstore line […]