Opting in to student fee has same price tag, different benefits

Robert Fisher, SGA President, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Scrappy emails from Chuck Cantrell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications, started early this year asking students to “opt in” to the student activity fee, which provides money to aid programing for the Campus Activities Board and other organizations on campus. Last semester the Tennessee General Assembly almost […]

Staff looks back on academic year

Editorial — We at The Echo would like to thank all of the students and faculty who have read and supported our publication this year. Not only have we seen increased readership on our website — at times reaching 1,000 views per hour — but we have felt the student presence on campus through our social […]

Neo-Nazis in Chattanooga channel common situations on campus

Editorial —  Last week we asked students to respond on our Facebook page to the returned presence of the street preachers. Most of the comments encouraged students to ignore the preachers, claiming that attention was the main goal of the group. While we at the Echo have spoken out previously supporting the right to protest of […]

Advisement tips: who to consult and what to do

Editorial — Making your class schedule can cause a lot of headaches each semester. We, at The Echo, have a few ways to help you make this process as simple as possible. For starters, talking to your advisor is a very helpful step. Don’t go into your advising meeting without doing any background research on classes […]

Trigger warnings are imperative to consenting students

Editorial — Note: This editorial will discuss the issues of interpersonal violence through statistics on college campuses as an indicator of our community at UTC and contextualize that in a greater need for trigger warnings. We at The Echo, as journalists and as informed people, strive to create a forum for issues that are important for […]

Athletes deserve more support from student body

Editorial — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has 17 athletic programs that represent them, and it is important that all of the student-athletes that have sacrificed their time and effort to represent us should get recognition. We at The Echo have focused on previewing upcoming events and profiles on certain athletes so that students can get to know […]

Excess “meals” point to dysfunctional meal system

Editorial — If you notice bare shelves around the on-campus convenient stores, do not panic. No apocalypse threat; just time to spend your Mocs Bucks. While we at The Echo know that this phenomena is a natural college happening, what is disturbing about the excess in the meal plans effects our first-year students who, instead of […]

Wifi problems may lie in digital culture

Editorial — Chattanooga, Tennessee has broadband internet that’s 200 times faster than the national average in the U.S. due to the fiberoptic network which runs throughout the city. The “gig” network which pervades Chattanooga is impossible to miss, so why is it so hard to get ours computers on, and stay on, wifi around campus? Network […]

Speakers limited on campus could hinder educational opportunities

Editorial–We students have plenty on our plate: classes, jobs, tests, budgeting, finding that elusive parking spot and so on. And through all of our daily challenges, it is nice to know the government always has our back and best interest in mind, right? Sort of. Well, maybe not. Earlier in the semester, we mentioned tuition […]

Midterm exams push mental health toward forefront

Editorial — In light of midterms, we at The Echo want to encourage students to be safe and healthy while studying. We know all-nighters happen; we pull some ourselves. But reports from “US News and World Report” suggest pulling an all-nighter makes your memory worse. “This is because sleep allows your brain time to repair and […]