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From rhinos to mastodonts, Gray fossil site makes history

According to Brian O'Meara, an ecology and evolutionary biology professor and researcher, UT's annual Darwin Day events are all about the "outreach of a core theory in biology." That core theory is evolution, and this year's theme of paleontology calls attention to the discovery and study of fossils to evolutionary biology's past and continued success.

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Flint water crisis inspires concern in Knoxville
Posted: February 11, 2016

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, investigators in Flint, Michigan, announced that local officials could face charges equal to manslaughter if they are found to be “grossly negligent” in dealing with the city's water crisis.

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UT facilities chancellor slams privatization proposal
Posted: February 11, 2016

Governor Bill Haslam's privatization proposal came under scrutiny Monday, after Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Dave Irvin heavily criticized the governor's outsourcing initiative for the state.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
UT athletes and administration subject of federal sexual assault lawsuit
Posted: February 10, 2016

Six women filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday claiming the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX laws, creating a hostile environment for female students.

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Lecture addresses college racism across country
Posted: February 10, 2016

In 2015, racial issues on college campuses dominated the national media.

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Campus groups unite to educate student voters
Posted: February 10, 2016

With the Tennessee primaries only a few weeks away, not much time is left to study up on candidates and voter issues before taking part in the statewide candidate selection process.

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Former Pilot CEO indicted on fraud charges
Posted: February 10, 2016

An almost decade-long investigation into fraud practices by Pilot Flying J, a Knoxville-based truck stop company, culminated in the federal indictment of eight employees Tuesday evening, including the former Pilot president Mark Hazelwood.

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Stay safe while studying abroad
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 1:40 pm

Over half a million American students travel outside the U.S. every year.

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Tuesday 02/09/2016
Ancient Crocodiles highlighted in Darwin Day lecture
Posted: February 09, 2016

As a part of UT's 19th celebration of Darwin Day, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will present nail-biting research on crocodiles.

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School voucher bill delayed after flood of amendments
Posted: February 09, 2016

A controversial school voucher bill presented in the state House of Representatives Monday was postponed to later in the week due to the absence of noted supporters.

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Allotted space for student veterans arrives to campus
Posted: February 09, 2016

The call for a space for the 900 student veterans and dependents came nearly five years ago. Next semester, the group will finally be allotted their section on campus.

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Knoxville celebrates Chinese New Year with festival
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 12:24 am

“Welcome to the year of the monkey!” graduate student from the Bredesen Center, Nannan Jiang, said to welcome guests to the East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival.

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Monday 02/08/2016
Commission for Women meeting focuses on legislation
Posted: February 08, 2016

The Commission for Women held their monthly meeting last Thursday to discuss the proposed bills in the Tennessee state legislature that would limit certain diversity efforts, bar some topics taught in the classroom, cut diversity spending and restructure UT’s Board of Trustees.

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Campus workers fight for diversity
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:28 am

“Hey, Haslam, step off it! Put people over profit!”

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Route Talk: Weather changes, parking stays the same
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:28 am

For students like freshman Nikki Zimmerman, words like “atrocious” and “unfair” aren't seen as unwarranted when it comes to describing UT parking.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Dispatches for Feb. 5
Posted: February 05, 2016

Student voucher bill passes hurdle in state house

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Crime Log for Feb. 5
Posted: February 05, 2016

Date: 1/28/16

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Student with service dog speaks out
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 3:16 am

Few things make your average college student more excited than the sight of a dog on campus.

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Cheek listens to student complaints at Pride Center visit
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 12:52 am

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and four members of his cabinet visited UT’s Pride Center for the first time on Thursday to listen to the concerns of LGBT+ students and answer questions on the future of the Pride Center.

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Activist works to bring environmental justice to small town Tennessee
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 12:53 am

If you have never been there, you probably could not find Campbell County on a map. Located roughly an hour north of Knoxville, the county is no stranger to irony; it is rich in shale and natural gas yet consistently one of the poorest counties in the state.

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Thursday 02/04/2016
Donators to be speakers for Trailblazer series
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 3:05 pm

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion performed this spring's edition of the semi-annual African-American Trailblazer Series Wednesday night to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in the Knoxville community.

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UT Physics Professor works with ORNL to discover two new periodic elements
Posted: February 04, 2016

Researchers at The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Robert Grzywacz, a physicist and professor at UT, were recently credited with discovering two of four new super-heavy elements that will soon be added to the Periodic Table.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
African American Trailblazer Series showcases diversity
Posted: February 03, 2016

With diversity issues recently taking the forefront on campus, the Commission for Blacks and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion will host this spring's first event in the continuation of the African American Trailblazer Series.

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
First-year studies program offers help to incoming students
Posted: February 02, 2016

The First-Year Studies Office is dedicated to providing first-year students with a smooth and successful transition into college.

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Committee holds meeting regarding diversity
Posted: February 02, 2016

Seven years following Chancellor Jimmy Cheek’s “Welcome to All and Hostile to None” speech, UT continues to experience challenges within the diversity scene.

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Haslam delivers State of the State, outlines budget proposal
Posted: February 02, 2016

Governor Bill Haslam delivered his sixth State of the State address Monday night in front of a packed legislative body in Nashville. Haslam's proposed budget includes major investment in K-12 education, calling for over $106 million in salary increases for Tennessee teachers.

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UT's women's athletes to start sporting logos
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:29 am

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced a compromise regarding the Lady Vols logo during a press conference Monday evening. For the 2016-2017 season, all UT women's athletes will be required to wear a commemorative Lady Vols patch on their uniforms that will sport the Lady Vols logo. After that season, each female athlete will be given the option of wearing the patch on an individual basis rather than a team basis.

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Monday 02/01/2016
Jimmy Cheek speaks about Lady Vols logo
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 pm

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announces the Lady Vols patch to premiere next season.

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Cheek announces compromise for Lady Vols logo
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced a compromise regarding the Lady Vols logo during a press conference Monday evening. For the 2016-2017 season, all UT women's athletes will be required to wear a commemorative Lady Vols patch on their uniforms that will sport the Lady Vols logo. After that season, each female athlete will be given the option of wearing the patch on an individual rather than a team basis.

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Apathy and lack of registration result in lower student voter turnouts
Posted: February 01, 2016

Everyone has political opinions, but not everyone backs them up with a vote — especially when it comes to college students.

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New year brings bigger crowd to TRECs
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 10:00 pm

With a new year comes new resolutions, which always leads to more trips to the gym.

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Friday 01/29/2016
Email Confusion scraps diversity meeting with Cheek
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 2:54 pm

A meeting between Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and the student coalition UT Diversity Matters was cancelled Friday evening due to an apparent miscommunication between student organizers and UT administration. Students gathered in Thompson Boling Arena for the scheduled meeting only to be greeted by Diversity Chancellor Rickey Hall and Chancellor for Student Life Vincent Carrilli who explained that an email had been sent out changing the location to Fred Brown Hall. Student organizers, including SEAT member Elizabeth Stanfield, expressed frustration with the administration's lack of communication.

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Student present diversity demands contrary state bill
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 6:21 pm

With the new legislative session well underway in Nashville, legislators are making good on their promise to de-fund the University of Tennessee's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. A bill recently introduced by State Senator Frank Niceley would cut the University of Tennessee school system's diversity related funding to $2.5 million, a 75 percent decrease from the the nearly $20 million the school system funds its diversity efforts.

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Student fights for rights
Posted: January 29, 2016

With only her voice and a keyboard, Andrea Richardson, senior in anthropology and Spanish, is seeking to create a better world. The Memphis, TN native has written about and protested injustice with a number of organizations and independently while at UT.

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PSA open house restates groups future plans
Posted: January 29, 2016

On Wednesday evening, the Progressive Student Alliance held an open house to discuss this spring semester’s campaign priorities.

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Thursday 01/28/2016
Greek organizations adjusting to new judicial system
Posted: January 28, 2016

Spring rush came to a close this past weekend with more than 230 students participating in Interfraternity Council's spring recruitment.

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Local gun shop owner talks student access, permit-carriers on campus
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 12:42 pm

Nestled in a white house near South Knoxville, Cary Wiedman presides over firearms transactions for customers that visit A-Zone Sports, the gun transfer business he has operated since 2012.

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Marijuana bill to reduce incarcerations
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 1:55 pm

The upper house of Tennessee's General Assembly met Tuesday to discuss a bill that would alleviate the felony from the third and subsequent arrests for simple possession of marijuana.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Christian/Newsom killer's appeal heard in state Supreme Court
Posted: January 27, 2016

Nearly a decade after the gruesome murder of a young, local couple shocked the Knoxville community, the leader of the group responsible is appealing his case in the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Segregation, mental illness discussed at county meeting
Posted: January 27, 2016

In their first meeting of the year, the Knox County Commission gathered Monday night to discuss hot-button issues around Knoxville, from justice to the education system.

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Ancient Mayan artifacts focus of new McClung exhibit
Posted: January 27, 2016

When people think of ancient civilizations, they think of the towering Egyptian pyramids and the mighty Roman Empire. Many people forget the civilizations that inhabited what is now Central America: the Aztecs, the Incas and the Mayans.

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Poor Tennessee road conditions subject of scrutiny
Posted: January 27, 2016

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation maintains Tennessee’s roads the best it can with the resources it has, according to Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi.

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
Video screening highlights dangers of cervical cancer
Posted: January 26, 2016

HPV could affect someone you love.

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Study abroad fair aids students seeking
Posted: January 26, 2016

Before you can become well-traveled, you have to know how to travel.

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Safe Zone training highlights unique needs of minority community
Posted: January 26, 2016

This semester, the Pride Center will be hosting Safe Zone training workshops for people willing to help the LGBT+ community on campus. The training is open to all undergraduates and will explore sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Monday 01/25/2016
Construction on campus gets updated
Posted: January 25, 2016

It's the second week after Christmas break and campus is already back in business. But for facilities and services, the work never stopped. The Daily Beacon sat down with Director of Design for Facilities Services Andy Powers to find out how the university is progressing with its many construction projects. Here are some of the things you might have missed while you were away:

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Anatomy lecture sheds light on human body
Posted: January 25, 2016

When it comes to human anatomy, even medical students could use the occasional refresher.

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Friday 01/22/2016
Walk with a Vol encourages healthy habits in new year
Posted: January 22, 2016

Being active doesn't have to be a solitary activity.

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Lecture to discuss unknown Knoxville war histories
Posted: January 22, 2016

The history of Knoxville's Civil War just got personal.

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Gay marriage ban fails to gain traction in state legislature
Posted: January 22, 2016

As students went sledding and made snowmen Tuesday evening, legislators in Nashville were deciding the fate of gay marriage in Tennessee.

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Beacon Poll

How is Jimmy Cheek doing?

Throughout the past several months, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has faced controversy surrounding the rebranding of UT women's athletics, diversity on campus and other legislative issues. How do you feel about his leadership at UT Knoxville?

Total Votes: 134

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