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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. 

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Concerts are back and the reunion of dedicated fans in the center of Nashville has proven that we can live in a world where COVID-19 and big events can coexist, if done correctly.

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We all have those shows that we feel more bonded with than any other. We may identify with a character or long to live a day in their shoes. You may absolutely love the drama, the comedy, the thrill. No matter the reason, some shows just touch our hearts more than others. 

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While researching the topic of social media for one of my classes, I realized the depth of social media's role within our society. With the constant developments in industries and corporations throughout America, we have succumbed to the reign of social media. 

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Being right is fun, but being wrong is important. When we avoid hard topics in hopes of never facing confrontation, we miss our chances for self-exploration and improvement.

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Cramming knowledge of 20 distinct Central and South American cultures into 30 days is not feasible. Nonetheless, this is what the U.S does during Hispanic Heritage Month instead of regularly implementing this information into every school’s curriculum.

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College has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I have loved every minute of it.

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My entire family originates from Southern California where the palm trees grow high and the cost of living grows even higher. 

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Those who have done their part to prevent the spread of Covid-19 should be frustrated with those who haven’t. It’s been nearly two years since we first entered the pandemic, and those of us who have worn masks, social distanced, and gotten vaccinated are tired of feeling like our efforts are…

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As an avid YouTube fanatic and constant social media scroller, I see the call-out posts almost daily. Cancel culture, which aims to take away the platform of a celebrity, influencer, politician, or sometimes “normal” person who has done something inappropriate or wrong, is not helping anyone. 

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In the spring semester of 2020, students went on spring break and didn’t return to campus for what felt like an eternity, but many of us have changed for the better.  

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Earlier this week, Texas implemented a new law, SB 8, that restricts the options a woman has if she desires to have an abortion. 

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BookTok, the side of TikTok for book nerds, has inspired me to purchase plenty of interesting novels that a variety of other readers highly recommend. The latest 400 page book that I finished was “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 

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Everyone knows college is the best time in almost every person's life. You meet friends, find love, and do all the things your hometown could never offer. 

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In the light of Covid-19, there are many towns that have not gotten the support or help that is needed.

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In February 2019, my sophomore year of college, I finally decided to take my family's advice and get a job at a local restaurant. I was incredibly nervous and worried it would overwhelm me--which it did, but I am so glad I stuck with it.

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In today's society, going to college remains a big deal. For many, going to college is a rite of passage. For others, it can be filled with many challenges that make finishing school much harder.

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How many times have you heard someone say they want to quit their nine to five office job? While many college students graduate and enter the workforce, some of us are fighting for a structural change in office jobs.

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Social media has the capacity to be a great tool for social change. Through providing free services to connect, communicate, and share conversations with wide audiences, social media sites seem as if they may induce more empathy and understanding among users.

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People survive on hope. In times of great suffering, it has been hope that has held us together. When hope, our unifying element, is eliminated-- what are we left with? 

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The University of Tennessee system initially declared in April that COVID-19 vaccines would not be required for the 2021-2022 academic year, but should they be? 

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There is no better time of the year than fall. The crisp air, the warm clothes, the cozy nights with good movies and hot drinks. There is absolutely nothing better.

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It’s common knowledge that a large vocabulary is a sign of intelligence. At least, that’s what college students tell themselves when they crack open a thesaurus to pump up their essay. After all, sophisticated writing must involve using lots of sophisticated words, right? If this line of rea…

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As the mask mandates began to lift last spring in Tennessee, we all thought the trauma that came along with the widespread pandemic and shut down could finally begin to mend. People were getting vaccinated, businesses began to reopen, and it was safe to congregate and see our loved ones again. 

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By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief – As I completed my last week of working for the Echo, I reminisced on the chilly November afternoon…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– What is life’s meaning if not to find a way to use our own thoughts, values, and beliefs…

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By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief – Throughout my time exploring social media on the platforms of Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, I…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– Up until about three years ago, I would not have considered myself a morning person. I wasn’t an…

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By Regina Baker, Asst. News Editor– As a result of the global pandemic of COVID-19, many universities are ringing in a new semester…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– UTC administrative staff recently announced the University’s plans for the upcoming spring graduation ceremony. After much waiting, curiosity,…

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Cassandra Castillo, Asst. Features Editor– Schools across the country celebrated Dr. Seuss Day just days after six of his books were taken down…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– I can still hear in my head the conversations from last semester around mid-October: “I just want one…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– I have to admit, when I decided to write on this topic this week, I thought it would…

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By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Equality Act was passed by the House of Representatives, outlawing any form of discrimination…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– 500,000. 500 groups of 1,000. 100,000 groups of 5. Half a million people. Numbers above 1,000 have always…

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By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor– The 2nd Impeachment Trial of former President Donald Trump is now over and done with. The trial was…