The 2020s, years known as “the greatest decade in the history of the University of Tennessee” by UT System President Randy Boyd, have come into fuller view.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at UT, the university’s largest Greek life governing council composed of 20 fraternities, was recognized by the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) with five of its six 2022 IFC Awards. The awards include Outstanding IFC, Outstanding IFC Presiden…
Just one year after Chancellor Donde Plowman called UT’s 2-star rating on the Campus Pride Index “not satisfactory,” the university’s work on LGBTQ policy and practice seems to have paid off.
After a challenging few years, the university’s Student Government Association (SGA) is hoping to reconnect with the student body and administration to spark more involvement within the community.
While many areas of the mainstream media have been dominated by news of protests and outpourings of grief in response to the Dobbs decision, conservative voters, political figures and advocacy groups have celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling which struck down Roe v. Wade on June 24.
As the college cycle continues to turn, the senior class of 2022 has parted ways with the University of Tennessee, and the freshman class of 2026 will soon arrive on campus.
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.
Chancellor Donde Plowman met with the UT Advisory Board on Friday morning to approve the proposed $1.7 billion operating budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The budget is $193 million higher than the original 2022 budget, which represents a 12.6% increase for next year.
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.
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.
For seniors at the University of Tennessee, Torch Night is a celebration that acts as the pre-graduation ceremony. It will take place at 8 p.m. on May 19 on the Ayres Lawn in front of Ayers Hall.
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…
On the evening of April 22, the plaza of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building was packed with students honoring Earth Day. The Earth Day Festival was held from 7-10 p.m. for students to come together and enjoy the beautiful day while enjoying music, free food, free plants and a fashion show.
On a night when SGA campaigns typically celebrate beating out the competition for spots in student government, members of the unopposed Evolve campaign came together in a Zoom call Wednesday evening to celebrate the election and to look forward to the year ahead.
In a statement posted to its social media pages on Wednesday night, the Evolve SGA campaign announced that it had requested the removal of a senatorial candidate over the candidate's arrest by the Knoxville Police Department for animal cruelty at Volunteer Hall on March 15.
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 …
As this year’s Earth Month kicks off, there’s much to be looking forward to on Rocky Top! The days are warming, tulips are blooming and robots are zooming while we celebrate what it means to Make Orange Green all throughout April.
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.
On Thursday evening, Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU Stern School of Business, delivered the 2022 Baker Distinguished Lecture before a large audience in the Student Union Auditorium. It was the first time Haidt had traveled to deliver an in-person lec…
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…
When Abbey Lawrence, a junior geography major, began her freshman year at UT, she and some of her friends decided to go to a student organization fair on Ped Walkway. It was there she decided to apply for the Student Government Association’s (SGA) first-year leadership council (FYLC), which …
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…
According to UT’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, or OIRA, there has been a decline in Black students attending the University of Tennessee in comparison to other racial or ethnic categories.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
UT President Randy Boyd withdrew his support from a fundraiser for conservative Tennessee state Senator Mark Pody on Sunday night after facing backlash from students and faculty.
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…
After acquiring the executive board positions following their Forward campaign, UT’s new SGA president, vice president, executive treasurer and student services director are eager to begin the 2021-2022 school year.
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…
When Walker Hoover ran for student body president with the Promise campaign as a sophomore in 2020, he knew that no sophomore student had ever been elected to the position. But, these odds did not stop him from trying to be the first.
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.
The Student Government association brought forth the #itstimeUT initiative on implementing change as it relates to the Student Code of Conduct.
All across America, people are casting their ballots for this year’s election, set to take place on Nov. 3. As of the week prior to the election, over 75 million Americans had already taken advantage of early voting.
The 2020 SGA Election season ended on Friday with the Change campaign winning the executive positions of president, vice president, executive treasurer and student services director and a majority of the undergraduate senate seats.
Running on a platform focused on listening to students, We Hear You UT is aiming to address issues of mental health, financial insecurity and transparency.
Compassion. Collaboration. Community. These three words not only form an alliteration but also represent the three pillars that the 2020 Student Government Association campaign Change has been founded upon.
UT’s Student Government Association is a voice representing the student body for issues on campus. Though coronavirus may have muffled that voice for a time, SGA is still running and still holding elections.
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.
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…
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.