Sarah-Grace Battles, Chattanooga, Tenn., — ThinkAchieve began at UTC in fall of 2012. ThinkAchieve’s purpose is to help get students engaged on campus and in the community by facilitating participation in experiential learning opportunities. Benefits of being a part of the program include priority registration, a celebratory dinner and awards. Allison Quintanilla, Nashville senior, is […]

First Annual Org-Fest, 2014

Org fest sign ups

The first-annual Org-Fest began as a way to better organize sign-ups for student organizations on campus. Whereas before the Oak Street Roast was a catch-all for organizations, the Org-Fest sought to create an open environment for organizations on campus. Similarly, club sports and student media held open houses to create a separate environment where student […]

Mocs spirit shines on the first week of school


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


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

Photo by Mary Gower

The building off McCallie Avenue was
bought by UTC to convert into student

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 […]