Obama’s Buzzfeed video shows relatable side

Lily Sanchez, Chattanooga, Tenn. —Last week, a short video from the news media website Buzzfeed was released featuring the POTUS himself, Barack Obama.The video, titled “Things Everybody Does But Doesn’t Talk About” features President Obama doing, well, things that we all do but never mention to others. The video was filmed in an effort to […]

Yik Yak creates dialogue, tension among student users

By Kierstyn Parker, Chattanooga, Tenn.– Yik Yak, an anonymous social media app launched in 2013, has sparked controversy across college campuses all over the country. It prompted a protest by students at Colgate University in New York in September 2014, who were offended by the amount of racial slurs posted on the app. In January, Clemson […]

Anonymous apps create crimes of opportunity

Editorial — As the number of anonymous apps, such as Unseen and Yik Yak, increases, it is our duty as a University to extend our protection of students to those spaces, especially to victims of sexual assaults who are subject for stalking and members of LGBTQ+ communities, as well as racial minorities. While anonymity creates […]

Q&A: “Unseen” CEO explains anonymous app

unseen phototop

By Madison Baldwin — Chattanooga, Tenn. Unseen, the new anonymous photo sharing app is specially designed for use on college campuses. Unseen went live at UTC in September and has seen rapid growth despite having been available for a short time. The app is available for free download on Andriod and iOS devices. The Echo […]

Check facts before posting on social media

By Leah Kiernozek, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The next time you walk across UTC’s campus, pay attention to the amount of students with their faces buried in their cell phones. There’s a pretty good chance that most, if not all, of those students are refreshing newsfeeds and timelines to check for updates on retweets, favorites, likes, […]

Get off cell phones, join community

Editorial – Clearly, our generation has some improving to do. Yes, supposedly we are the most advanced humanity has ever been. We are more educated, healthier and our quality of life is far superior to what it has been. But, we are still far from perfect. It is 2014 and there is still war, famine, […]

Ice Bucket Challenge more than new fad for pop culture

Cartoon by Sara Moroni

Kaylene Chadwell, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Everyone has seen amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) ice bucket challenge videos take over their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the ice bucket challenge involves getting a bucket of ice water dumped over one’s head. Then, the participant nominates other friends or […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Online romance sparked by @UTCCrushes/Cuties rivalry

Amber Wilson, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Twitter followers witnessed a brawl this summer between two anonymous accounts that highlight students around campus for their looks. @UTCCuties stole the idea and logo from the previous account @UTCCrushes, who popularized tweeting at attractive people on campus through the account. The pages’ argument happened via Twitter over an alleged tweet […]