Mocs spirit shines on the first week of school

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Once again, Welcome Week at UTC was a success! Several students came out and participated in all of the various activities that took place on campus. Ice cream, paintball guns, games and food were just some of the things that helped kick off this semester to a great start! Photos by Mary Gower

Local businesses offer student discounts

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You just paid for tuition, housing, books, a parking pass and gas to get to town. And now you are looking at your bank account and crying. You want to have fun, but you know you have to empty your bank account again next semester. Dry your tears and know there is hope. Your Mocs […]

Tips to deal with your new roommates

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The building off McCallie Avenue was
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By Geno Campbell, Chattanooga, Tenn., —The end of summer break means the end of lounging on your parents’ sofas while keeping up with the Kardashians. It also means many students are moving into housing, getting ready for classes and dealing with new roommates. From cleanliness to competing for the bathroom, sharing a living space can […]

Life after studying abroad

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By Abigail Wetmore, Chattanooga, Tenn. — I recently returned from a semester of studying abroad in Germany. When I say recently, I mean almost walking off the plane, onto campus and into class. It may have been a little last minute now that I think about it, but very worth it for that last bit […]

Professors should think twice before requiring textbooks

Every semester UTC students and college students in general find out what textbooks they are required to buy and how expensive they will be, in addition to tuition, fees, room and board and anything else the college institution decides to pile on financially. And how many times have your new teachers said you “need” the […]

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 […]

Top five things I wish I knew as a sophomore

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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 […]

Welcome week events

Information collected by the Echo staff Club Sport Expo What: Check out what club sports UTC has to offer. Where: Heritage Plaza When: Mon. Aug 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stand Up Paddleboarding Trip What: Paddleboard on the Tennessee River. Where: Meet at the ARC When: Wed. Aug 20 at 5:30 p.m. CAB […]

New app helps students choose clean sex partners

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By Baris Gursakal, Chattanooga, Tenn.–Hula, a smart phone application that helps individuals practice safe sex, was released with college students and spring break in mind. The application, which is available in the iTunes app store, can help users find the best place to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases anywhere in the United States, retrieve […]

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 […]