On Friday, SGA held an in-person town hall meeting at the Student Union with UT President Boyd and Chancellor Donde Plowman to let students air their concerns following Boyd’s support for and subsequent withdrawal from a fundraiser for Tennessee Sen. Mark Pody, who openly advocates against L…
Behind the desk of Rev. Rachel Penmore at UKirk, the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), hangs a print of the mural “Modern Last Supper” by Atlanta-based artist Ross Boone, better known as “Raw Spoon.”
Last year, UT was ranked as the second least friendly college campuses towards members of the LGBTQ community by the Princeton Review. In looking at UT’s relationship with the gay community, it’s important to think about all aspects of the university to understand this ranking. So, we look t…
When the Princeton Review named UT the second most LGBTQ-unfriendly college and the most LGBTQ-unfriendly public college in the nation last fall, the ranking cemented a years-long stain on the university’s reputation.
Actions have a tendency to speak louder than words, and the university’s words on certain topics may feel hollow or “just for show.” However, concrete policy changes and additions demonstrate an institute’s true intent.
After months of petitioning and rallying for increased safety measures against COVID-19 on campus, representatives from United Campus Workers (UCW) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) were able to meet with Chancellor Donde Plowman on Oct. 7.
Yellow school buses are typically thought to only be used at K-12 schools. However, this is not the case in Knox County. School buses rented by UT’s Greek organizations can be seen lining the streets of the Fort or Fraternity Park to transport their members to various social events.
Sean Casey is an undergraduate student with a passion for transportation. When he noticed over the summer that only students in Knox County schools have access to Youth Freedom Passes on the KAT bus system, Casey wanted to make some changes and start a petition.
Just as they have every year since the 1990s, the anti-abortion Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) set up a large display on Pedestrian Walkway last week featuring photos from the Holocaust and American lynchings placed alongside images of fetal tissue, which the group says depict aborted fetuses.
National Hazing Prevention Week, hosted by the Division of Student Life and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL), ran from Sept. 20-24. UT Greek Life hosted many events for students to express the importance of hazing prevention, as well as to educate the community on the impact…
At 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Chancellor Donde Plowman held her third annual Flagship Address in the Student Union Auditorium. She spoke on her five goals for the University of Tennessee: cultivating the Volunteer experience, conducting research that makes life and lives better, ensuring a cul…
The world can be a scary place. While we’d like to avoid them, emergencies happen, and it can be frightening to send your child off into the world on their own. Luckily, UT has a ton of emergency resources meant to keep your child safe and to help give you a sound mind.
UT has altered its alcohol policy to allow campus organizations to serve alcohol at their events if they have completed the new event registration procedure and have been approved by the university. With the new policy, however, there are still many restrictions, and all changes fully comply…
Along with students, faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee have concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sept. 7, Chancellor Donde Plowman met with UT President Randy Boyd and other chancellors from across the UT system and decided to extend the current mask policy, which requires masks in all indoor public spaces on campus, except when eating or exercising.
After enduring a year of Zoom breakout sessions and trigger-happy mute buttons, students returned to campus this semester with the promise of in-person classes — and, as of now, it appears that the university intends to keep this promise.
Well into the third school year with the pandemic, COVID-19 has remained a large concern for a majority of students. Its lasting impact on the world and the community continue to be seen as cases continue to rise.
Every Monday, the university publishes updated COVID-19 monitoring data to its website and this week, the data indicated that there is now a greater reported COVID-19 case load on campus than at any other point in 2021.
Thousands of students have celebrated a return to campus after a year of isolation by filing into campus bars and house parties in pre-pandemic numbers. But with a rise in cases, unclear mandates and the Delta variant, many students are concerned about the University of Tennessee’s response …
At the beginning of this semester, UT policy required that masks be worn in all classrooms, with optional masking in other spaces. This Monday, UT expanded its mask mandate to include all indoor spaces, with the exception of private offices and dorm rooms.
On Aug. 23, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to gain the agency’s approval, there was a rush of new vaccine mandates across the country.
Perhaps the pandemic made us forget what it meant to be on campus with nearly 30,000 other students. Perhaps too many people who could have walked to their first day of class decided to drive instead. Or perhaps, with one of the largest student populations in UT history, we have simply arriv…
As of Tuesday morning, the CDC and FDA have suggested that the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine be halted, and UT is now closing its April 13 vaccination clinic.
On Wednesday morning, the Clery Compliance sent out an email with information regarding a burglary and assault that occurred on Tuesday night.
VolCards and buildings on campus are undergoing electronic upgrades to improve security on campus.
On the evening of Monday, Feb. 1, the Office of Title IX sent out an email informing the UT community about an event that occurred Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
Last November, when administration announced that UT would not be providing hazard pay or a higher minimum wage for frontline campus workers, Brandon Risley, who works as a custodian in Hess Hall, was in disbelief.
A Clery Compliance report sent out Wednesday afternoon said that a carjacking occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the G-12 parking garage on UT’s campus.
According to a Clery Compliance report on the morning of Oct. 8, there has been a series of motor vehicle thefts and burglaries at the University of Tennessee.
On Oct. 5, UT released their Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2020, which can be found here.
Reporting positive test results is essential to the University of Tennessee in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus as well as in the community. At UT, faculty, students and staff are expected to notify the university as well as the UT contact tracing team when they have tested positive…
With nearly 30,000 students enrolled at the University of Tennessee, it can seem almost impossible to stay on top of the sanitization that is necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Several photos have emerged showing students breaking social distance guidelines. Crowded parties at the LiterBoard Bar and large social gatherings in the Fort paint a grim picture. But what about the risk when on campus?
Chancellor Donde Plowman’s COVID-19 updates for Tuesday, Sept. 8 were, as she described in the livestream, “short and to the point.”
On Sept. 6, active coronavirus cases at the University of Tennessee surpassed 500. The case counts rose by 221 since Sept. 3. As of Sept. 6, the active coronavirus cases at UT are 590: six employees and 584 students.
Of all student organizations, fraternities and sororities may stand to lose the most due to COVID-related conduct policies.
According to the most recent COVID-19 active case numbers on Aug. 30, cases have risen by 57 since Aug. 28, just two days prior.
According to an article from WBIR-TV, the second COVID-19 cluster has been discovered as two members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at the University of Tennessee have tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to a Clery Compliance report Tuesday evening, there has been an ongoing campus threat occurring near the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee.
With classes resuming and students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall, many are wondering about how to properly social distance themselves and stay safe in the backdrop of a global pandemic.
In the wake of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture has relaxed requirements for student emergency food services.
UT campus phones were not receiving incoming calls Tuesday morning, according to a news release sent out by UT Police, after severe storms passed through Middle Tennessee.
UT administration has installed two cameras that now livestream footage of the Rock, an on-campus structure that is often painted by students and organizations. The Rock was placed on campus in 1966 and, ever since, the Rock has been one of the staple features of UT’s campus and painting the…
The UT Clery Compliance has released their 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, available here. The report contains detailed information about emergency and crime reporting protocol, and it also reports statistics regarding the number of crimes that occurred on and around campus from…
The UT Police Department received a report Wednesday of a sexual assault near campus, according to an email from the UT Clery Compliance Coordinator.
The topic of campus safety has been circulating the nation the past week after news was released about the death of a University of South Carolina student. Samantha Josephson, set to graduate the university in May, was murdered after she got in a car that she mistook for her Uber.
Knoxville is located in the Appalachian region, which means we are pretty likely to get at least a little snow during the winter season. But even if it snows, classes aren’t always guaranteed to be cancelled. Here is the ultimate inclement weather guide to keep you protected.