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Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Raymond Green Vance, Derrick Rump, and Ashley Green Paugh; five people who were killed as the result of someone else’s hate. Eighteen were injured in what was supposed to serve as an LGBTQ+ safe haven in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

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On November 15, thousands upon thousands of Taylor Swift fans logged onto Ticketmaster to purchase tickets for her Eras Tour, only to be gravely disappointed. 

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Harry Styles broke into the acting scene in 2017 with his first role as Alex in the war movie “Dunkirk,” but Styles’s acting chops have improved tremendously since then. Harry played Jack Chambers, the leading man, in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological thriller set in a dy…

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Takeoff, one-third of popular rap trio Migos, was fatally shot and killed in the early hours of Nov. 1. The shooting took place in Houston, Texas, where gun laws are lax to say the least. Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was killed over a game of dice gone wrong. 

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On Feb. 14, 2018, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students and staff members at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. After a long and grueling trial, Cruz was sentenced to serve 34 consecutive life sentences despite the majority of the victim’s families askin…

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As we all know, midterm elections are just around the corner. Although there are no bills addressing the issue of marijuana legalization this year, the topic itself has recently increased in popularity. Unfortunately, it looks as if Tennessee is way behind the curve in legalizing and decrimi…

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On Tuesday, UTC’s Center for Women and Gender Equity hosted their annual Coming Out Cookout on Chamberlain Field to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The event was open to UTC students and featured two bouncy houses, T-shirt tie-dying, photo booths, free food, among other activities. 

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On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse took the lives of two unarmed men in what he claimed was an attempt of self-defense as he protected the property of a local car dealership in Kenosha, Wisconsin during protests in the city. The protests began after a Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot in th…

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First and foremost I would like to start off by saying that I am so honored and thankful to have served on UTC’s 2022 Homecoming Court. I know it sounds cheesy, but my freshman self never would have believed that this would happen. I have always cared about my community and those around me, …

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Following the abduction and murder of Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis teacher, women all over the southeast gathered to finish the run she began. 

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When I saw The Band Camino at the Signal this past Saturday, I only knew one song. Even though I had two weeks to attempt to learn the lyrics so I could sing along at the concert, I didn’t. I don’t know why, but I went into the show very unprepared, especially when I looked at the super fans…

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Waking up to a storm on the morning of a music festival is never a nice feeling, and for us Moon River ticket holders, that happening on Sunday meant that we would be spending our day drenched outside, waiting around for updates, and trying to keep our phones dry. 

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Suicide rates among college students have skyrocketed in the past few years, and especially during Nation Suicide Prevention Awareness month, it's an important issue for UTC to address. 

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A vital function of the Biden administration’s student debt forgiveness plan, the restructuring of the Income Driven Repayment (IDR) plan, has been overshadowed by cries of unfairness coming from the political right, and worries that enough isn’t being done from the left.

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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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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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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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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 …