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Byron Hughes, currently dean of students at Virginia Tech, will become dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for Student Life at UT beginning July 1.

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The undergraduate senate of UT’s Student Government Association (SGA) has successfully introduced and passed a resolution that will encourage administration to increase the student minimum wage. It was signed and submitted to lobbyists by 2021-2022 Student Body President Claire Donelan on April 6.

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Over 50 students peaceably assembled on the lawn outside of the Humanities and Social Sciences building at noon on Wednesday. It was declared a “sit-in” in protest of a drafted Supreme Court opinion that was leaked on May 2, which if left unchanged would overturn 1973’s decision Roe v. Wade.

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On Sunday, a group of independently organized students marched in a loop from the amphitheater at the center of campus to the Rock and back in protest of the leaked Supreme Court opinion which, if unchanged, would overturn Roe v. Wade and could trigger a ban on abortion in the state of Tennessee.

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Since 1931, UT has awarded a select number of graduating seniors with the Torchbearer Award, the highest honor for undergraduates. The award goes to seniors who, through leadership and excellence have uniquely embodied the Torchbearer Creed, which says “One that beareth a torch shadoweth one…

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With the start of April, Earth Day is fast approaching — a day created to bring awareness to environmental protection, sustainability and humankind’s impact on the planet. While UTK has several programs dedicated to sustainability, other universities in the SEC are environmentally conscious …

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The 2022 Student Government Association’s (SGA) election season has arrived, but this season is unique in the fact that there is no competition. The members of UT’s one and only campaign on the 2022 ballot, Evolve, are by no means taking these circumstances as an opportunity to put in less effort.

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According to UTPD’s crime log, on Tuesday, March 15 at 1:01 p.m. the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) investigated a report of animal cruelty at Volunteer Hall. A student running for a senate seat with the Student Government Association’s Evolve campaign was then arrested by KPD at Voluntee…

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An irredeemable fact about college is the short-term memory of a student body that replaces itself like new skin every four years. Few undergraduate students now have any memory of former Chancellor Beverly Davenport, the first woman to lead UT, or the outpouring of anger that followed her s…

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As students search for ways to cope with mental health problems, Student Government Association (SGA) senators are working on an initiative for UT to partner with the mindfulness app Headspace, following in the footsteps of schools like Georgia Tech and Boston University.

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For the fourth year in a row, the Student Government Association’s (SGA) Diversity Affairs Committee placed PVC poles into the lawn outside the Humanities and Social Sciences building and labeled them with various identifying statements. These included religious commitment, veteran status, s…

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The Student Government Association (SGA) at UT has held various events and programs this year, which include Slap The Rock, All Vol Tailgate and the recent groundbreaking ceremony of the newly-created BIPOC Garden.

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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…

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On Friday afternoon, a group of students protested what they see as a lack of support for the LGBTQ community on campus. They marched from the Torchbearer statue to the Student Union where UT System President Randy Boyd and Chancellor Donde Plowman hosted a town hall event to discuss the adm…

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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.

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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…

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One of the three campaigns running in this year’s Student Government Association elections is Forward. Forward is made up of Claire Donelan, running for student body president, Reginald Williams II, running for vice president, Nia Myrthil for student services director and Simon Jolly for exe…

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The 2021 Student Government Association campaign season is underway. Voting for SGA elections begins on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 a.m. and closes on Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. Students can vote at votesga.utk.edu.

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Chandler Lampe and Nick Corbin are the Director and Co-Director of SGA's Technology Affairs student services committee. Last Fall, they approached OIT about potentially having VolCard access on their phones. This fall, their idea will become a reality.

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The Student Government Association (SGA) senate convened in the Student Union for its first meeting of the new school year — which also happens to be the 100-year anniversary of SGA. The meeting, which was focused on introducing senate executives and outlining expectations for the year, comm…

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Picture this: It’s spring semester. There’s a slight breeze blowing while you make your way down Pedestrian Walkway. As you look up from your phone, you see them: SGA campaign booths.