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For as long as I have been politically aware enough to understand the implications of laws that are proposed or passed, I have known that a woman’s right to a safe abortion has been at stake. I can remember the barrage of legislation constantly proposed, some even passed, that made it nearly…

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Makenna Lee Elrod, Layla Salazar, Maranda Mathis, Nevaeh Bravo, Jose Manuel Flores Jr., Xavier Lopez, Tess Marie Mata, Rojelio Torres, Eliahna “Ellie” Amyah Garcia, Eliahna A. Torres, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Jackie Cazares, Uziyah Garcia, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Maite Yuleana Rodriguez…

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They say that the best way to obscure handwriting with pen marks is not to scribble over or cross out, but to write new words on top of old ones. 

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“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, and what it means.” - Joan Didion, "Why I Write"

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During this year’s Coachella festival, multiple artists complained about a lack of crowd participation, were cut off in the middle of their performances, or were not included in online streaming coverage.

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For a movie which features an alternate universe where everyone has hot dogs for fingers, Everything Everywhere All at Once is breathtaking.

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As of April 7th, 2022, the United States holds over 240 new anti-LGBTQ+ pieces of legislation in preparation for passage. A staggering portion of these bills are not just anti-gay, but are specifically anti-trans and aim at reducing the rights, privileges, and general social acceptance of tr…

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The Staten Island Amazon Workers’ Union is a remarkable step towards the reintegration of collective action into the American consciousness. Witnessing the first union break in Amazon history is certainly inspirational and marks a cultural turning point regarding attitudes concerning the lab…

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The 94th Academy Awards were held on Sunday, March 27th. Since then, a thousand think pieces have been launched. 

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Called “Major” by those who knew her, famed trans activist and community leader Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is recognized for taking action on behalf of the most vulnerable in her community, dedicating her life to advocacy for trans women of color, and improving national perceptions of transgen…

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“What I want to tell you today is not to move into that world where you’re alone with yourself and your mantra and your fitness program or whatever it is that you might use to try to control the world by closing it out. I want to tell you to just live in the mess. Throw yourself out into the…

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During Biden’s first State of the Union address, he emphasized the necessity for Americans currently working from home to get back to their offices and “fill our great downtowns again.” With a recent, absurd jump in the price of gas making unnecessary travel unaffordable for many, why would …

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A highly anticipated articulation of Batman starring Robert Pattinson was released over the weekend. The Batman, which has already reached blockbuster ticket sales at the box office, is Pattinson’s most recent depiction of a loner. In exploring the definitive films of Pattinson’s career, a p…

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Hypatia of Alexandria was a woman dedicated to understanding the incomprehensible. An individual passionate about discerning the mysteries of life through scientific means, she was a famed mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer who gained the respect of those in her community through edu…

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Like many other students last Thursday, I was enjoying the warm welcome of spring by taking the opportunity to get some fresh air without the frigid chill of winter wind pushing me back indoors. 

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Ida B. Wells: writer, activist, researcher, and a force to be reckoned with -- a woman who could not be held back or stopped for any reason.

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Whether it’s school, extracurriculars, home life, or social media – kids these days are constantly bombarded by the pressures of society to succeed. I believe kids and young adults are now held to a higher standard than ever before and the effects of this are slowly being revealed.

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Staying sober is hard. Throw toxic drinking culture and mental health stigma into the mix and the difficulty intensifies. Enabling addiction and treating mental health as a taboo subject is easier and more dangerous than one would think.

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Absurdism is back, baby. Whether in the rhinestone studded hallways of Euphoria or the extremely public and brief relationship between Kanye West and Julia Fox — we’re playing with over saturation again.

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Basketball player Malachi Smith recently made history as a Chattanooga Moc when he was awarded the Southern Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. 

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Tuesday, January 11, as University of Tennessee at Chattanooga economics professor Michaël Bonnal was preparing to teach his first “Game Theory” class of the new semester, nearly all of the students in the sparsely populated EMCS 203 lecture hall wore their masks — all but one. 

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In November of 2021, New York City opened the doors of its first supervised injection sites. The sites have become a soapbox for many in the GOP, as figures like Marsha Blackburn have claimed outrage over President Biden’s “crack pipe distribution plan.” 

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January 10th left a devastating blow to all those within the Tennessee school system, as the state Board of Education voted to ban the graphic novel Maus from being taught in Tennessee classrooms.

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If you’ve seen Disney’s new movie Encanto, it may have struck a chord within you. After watching the movie in theaters, I wiped my teary eyes and held my family closer to my heart. It seems that children’s animation continues to increase in relatability, but why could that be?

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Everyone, myself included, loves to complain about dating apps. They operate based on the commodification of the self – oversimplifications, polishing, and hyper self-examination. Uploading these curated profiles to sites like Tinder and Bumble, then, is further confirmation of our willingne…

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Around a year and a half ago, my best friend graduated from Chattanooga State. What I remember about that day was not the most important person in my life’s smile as they held up their diploma in victory, but the face they made while showing me their school's community garden. 

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Here’s a hot take: public health misinformation during a pandemic is actually a very bad thing. That is not to say it had an especially positive effect prior to the world being ravaged by a deadly virus for over two years, but this issue certainly feels a lot more relevant in our current day…

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Upon its recent return to HBO Max, "Euphoria" quickly became the most streamed show on the platform, grossing 2.4 million viewers on the first episode alone. The A24 produced show highlights the dramatized lives of teenagers struggling with drug addiction, navigating relationships, and disco…

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"Hey baby, I love you. I just want to tell you good morning, and I hope you have a good day. Thank God we woke up. I love you very much. The keys are in the floorboard if you need them. I thank God every day that I have your beautiful face to look at in my life. I will always have your back …

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Since the rise of the #MeToo movement, I have witnessed a lot of people on social media counter the movement with the phrase “it’s not all men.”

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In my lifetime, no wardrobe change of mine has ever attracted even half the attention focused on the Green M&M this week. On January 20th, Mars announced a character redesign of their candy to promote a “more dynamic, progressive” world. 

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Last Sunday, my brother tested positive for Covid-19. On the following Monday, his girlfriend tested positive, as well. Likewise, numerous professors and friends of mine have tested positive or been directly exposed to someone with Covid-19 within the past few days. All of these cases have o…

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This semester felt less uncanny valley than previous pandemic times, but it still didn’t feel right. Though the majority of students were back on campus and in person classes resumed, the overall tension of the campus seemed to remain raised.

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Now that the semester is coming to an end and my senior year is halfway over, I am beginning to think to myself, “What’s about to happen next?” The mere thought of it honestly frightens me a little more and more as I inch closer to graduation. 

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Through the rise and fall of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have become accustomed to online learning environments. With this transition, there have been lasting effects on students. Due to the circumstances of the pandemic, quarantine and social distancing became the precedent. These regul…

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Last night, Randy Boyd announced the decision to lift the mask mandate at all University of Tennessee campuses during the last week of fall semester classes. The mandate was lifted as a result of Bill Lee’s support of a bill, SB9014/HB9077, which bans any state entity from having mask or vac…

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Do you remember when you were little and your parents signed you up for something, maybe it was AYSO soccer, or clarinet practice, or church choir? It became one of those hobbies that you just never quit. You stuck with playing soccer, or the clarinet, or singing all your life, dedicating a …

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Over the weekend, I saw Eternals, Marvel’s newest movie that depicts the 7,000-year journey of immortal beings known as "The Eternals." As a huge Marvel fan and an avid movie-goer, I was excited to see what Marvel had in store for their next phase, especially after seeing Shang-Chi, which fi…

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Within our society, there are many issues that need to be addressed through culture, equality, and government. In what case, then, is it inappropriate to help solve these issues? Advocating for an issue or injustice that does not directly affect you can result in pushback.

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We have finally reached the point in the semester when we are pushing towards finishing up classes and gearing up for finals. 

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Imagine if eight people died and twenty five more were hospitalized after a Jay-Z concert in the 90s. Imagine if, throughout the chaos of people screaming and begging for help, Jay-Z never called off the show. Imagine if the medics on location were grossly undertrained and did not have the s…

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My last name is Cortez. I am an ancestor of the Aztec killer—or, at least that’s what my family jokes about. My great-grandfather was from central Mexico. We still make tamales on Christmas Eve. 

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As a communications major and photographer, social media presence is everything to me. Not only am I able to stay connected with people, I can also market my work through these platforms. 

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Introduced four days ago by Mark Zuckerberg himself, discussion of the newly invented Metaverse has blanketed social media feeds. The Metaverse is a virtual and augmented reality simulator in which users may first interact with their friends in digitally curated spaces through the use of vir…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, students have had a hard time coping with the transition that was replicated around the world. The dynamic in which students had to attend school and participate in the curriculum was challenging. 

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Chattanooga was made for Fall. With the leaves slowly changing colors, the air suddenly feeling crisper, and Chattanooga’s gorgeous fall landscapes, this city is once again thriving as summer turns to fall. 

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Red (Taylor’s Version) is set to be released on November 12th. The album, having been announced months ago, is still drawing major fan attention though there has yet to be a single released. Swift and her team have opted to remain silent instead.

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I understand that certain precautions had to be taken to keep professors and students safe during the pandemic. Courses were taught online, both asynchronously and on Zoom. It was a necessary adjustment we all needed to make to detour this virus as much as possible. 

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Over the past month, tens of thousands of American laborers have gone on strike. John Deere employees, Kellogg's employees, and healthcare workers are all demanding more from their employers-- and it's thrilling. 

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Over the past week, Squid Game, a South Korean show streaming on Netflix, has become a sensation across the United States.

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Throughout time, school systems have made many rules in regards to student dress codes. However, these school systems have also had different standards for boys and girls. Due to this difference, many students have petitioned against their schools dress code. 

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In recent years, a focus on mental health and public awareness has been on the rise. As we realize the importance of mental health, we are now trying to find ways to ensure we all have mental clarity and an improved sense of self. 

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Over fall break, students were able to enjoy their first real mid semester break since pre-pandemic times.

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Recently, Gabby Petito was coined “America’s Daughter.” As tragic as her story is, I hope it brings more awareness to how frequently women face domestic abuse and helps reopen the cases of the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women found in Wyoming.

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2018 was a weird year for music. Cardi B rolled in at number one, while multitudes of indie artists made their now beloved claims to fame. Underneath the genres, there was a pervasive sense of pessimism.