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.
A once-white Cook-Out box sits in a puddle outside of UT’s Student Union as leftover french fries rot inside. Hundreds of students meander down the sidewalk and ignore it — they’re late for class.
At the beginning of the semester, the number of events and activities offered can be daunting. While the UT Events Calendar is a great resource for viewing potential event options, it can be good to know some specific events to look out for. Here are some of the biggest campus events happeni…
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…
Marki Lukyniuk, a junior from Ukraine studying violin performance who came to UT as a refugee of war, will perform a benefit concert for his home country on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in room 362 of the Student Union. The concert is free and open to the public, and will provide attendees t…
On Sunday night, the student organization Plastic Free UT hosted an art night where they made posters to prepare for their protest at the Coca-Cola bottling site in Knoxville. The protest is set to happen on Tuesday, Nov. 15, which is recognized as National Recycling Day.
Lizzo, the viral pop and rap sensation behind songs like “Truth Hurts” and “About Damn Time,” will headline Volapalooza on Friday, April 21, 2023, in Thompson-Boling Arena on a stop of “Lizzo: The Special 2our.” She will be the biggest name and the first female solo artist to headline the an…
UT Students for Women (UTS4W) is a student-led organization that is working to support victims of domestic violence. Their current fundraiser will support the local organization YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley. The campaign will run until Dec. 13 and will give students at the Univers…
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.
On Monday, Oct. 24, the student organization Plastic Free UT hosted an event entitled “Free the Torch” promoting environmental action at the torchbearer statue. Students hung a garland of plastic waste on the University of Tennessee's iconic statue as a demand for change at UT on the Interna…
Rachel Mekdeci grew up loving English classes. Her mom was an English teacher, and she said that in another life, she would have majored in journalism. English classes were always her strong suit, and they made her feel comfortable.
Decades after its start in the 1960s, UT’s Women’s Coordinating Council (WCC) is still thriving on campus and working towards its mission of empowering people from all backgrounds by engaging the student body through annual events.
Volunteer Boulevard was blocked off from Fraternity Park down to the Student Union on Friday afternoon for the annual Homecoming Parade. Barriers were in place, and people from all different walks of life crowded them to get a glimpse of the numerous floats and performers that walked the str…
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence – also known as “intimate partner violence” – is defined by the National Coalition on Against Domestic Violence as “willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a syst…
While the University of Tennessee has many notable alumni, it is inspiring to see young graduates among this list. Here are a few under-45 alumni who are making strides in the world.
Following Tennessee’s 52-49 win against Alabama, students and fans celebrated both on and off the field. From storming the field to burning couches and breaking TVs, the UT fanbase was more than ecstatic about the win over Alabama.
On Oct. 5, a federal appeals court declared the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) unlawful, affirming a Texas judge’s decision that the program is illegal.
As the leaves turn to reveal the start of another fall season on Rocky Top, the Tennessee Champion Tree Program continues its year-round effort to celebrate the imperative roles trees play in the ecosystem, enhance their appreciation and encourage their protection.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 2022 elections is Oct. 11. Other important election dates are quickly approaching, including the deadline to request a mail-in ballot, as well as the beginning of the early voting period.
When she was 14 or 15 years old, Mahshid Mokhtarnejad was hanging out with two friends in the Iranian city of Urmia when a woman from the so-called “morality police” attacked the girls, saying their clothes didn’t adhere to the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for girls and women. After …
One week after the death of a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini, who was arrested and beaten by Iran’s “morality police,” Iranian students at UT plan to join the voices of millions around the world in protest against the Islamic Republic in Iran.
For the first time in its history, the UT Office of Student Media has been integrated into the College of Communication and Information (CCI), setting its four student-run media outlets on a path towards institutional support and sustainable growth at an uncertain time for college media outlets.
Each year, individuals gather to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17. Constitution Day is intended to reflect on the adoption of the Constitution and its signing at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in September of 1787.
It’s the day before classes start and you’re casually scrolling through Instagram. Wanting a break from the stress of preparing for school, you just want to see what all your friends are up to. But once you start scrolling, you only see pictures from a Panhellenic tradition that has its grip…
In a continued effort to streamline and secure admission procedures on game days, the UT Athletics Department has issued a new all-digital ticketing system, by way of the Tennessee Athletics app for smartphones. This new system will protect against counterfeit or otherwise fraudulent tickets…
A new student organization has a daunting mission: to completely eliminate the University of Tennessee’s dependency on single-use plastic products.
College is much more than studying and going to class — it is a chance to get out of your comfort zone and connect with your home. If you are beginning your freshman year or entering your final year at UT, getting involved can increase your chances of success.
As UT hosts its first football game on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. against Ball State, parking, class schedules and building access will be impacted.
While UT offers hundreds of clubs for just about every niche interest you can think of, it might take a little bit of hunting to find one that you are positive will be welcoming no matter your sexuality.
With hundreds of student organizations on campus, it can be both exciting and overwhelming for a student at the University of Tennessee to find where they feel most at home. Some organizations are more broad and appeal to a variety of interests, whereas others are more niche in nature.
Given how huge UT’s campus is, finding something to eat is rather easy. However, figuring out how to utilize a dining plan in the best way possible can be a little more challenging.
Whether you’re a freshman, transfer student or senior, it can be overwhelming to get to campus and see countless events coming up within the first few days of class. Almost everywhere you look, there’s something to add to your already full calendar.
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.
Byron Hughes, an expert in higher education and former dean of students at Virginia Tech, became the next dean of students on July 1 after a months-long national search.
Jordan Peele is back to serving up twists, turns and thrills with his latest offering, sci-fi horror-thriller “Nope.” Despite not premiering until July 22, 2022, its tight-lid promotional materials and Peele’s penchant for the bizarre have already spawned several fan theories and online pred…
This fall will be a busy one for Gallery 1010, one of three galleries associated with the School of Art at UT. It is the only non-profit, off-campus exhibition space fully run by students in the state of Tennessee.
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.
Kelsey Hollis, a senior at UT studying journalism and electronic media, recently won the 2022 Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition. Hollis has a long history with these programs and has a passion to help others.
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.
During a summer when UT works to fill several positions vacated during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as add new administrative positions such as assistant vice chancellor for leadership and engagement, the Division of Student Life announced the hiring of three new directors.
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.
As UT enters its “greatest decade” according to UT System President Randy Boyd, Chancellor Donde Plowman will be receiving a $160,000 raise, authorized by Boyd as compensation for her performance. The raise will increase her annual salary to $820,000 beginning July 1.
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.
In an interview with Daily Beacon staff writer Kaitlyn Pilcher, UT junior Sophie Nauta spoke about the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at UTK, her involvement with the organization and how it can help with students’ future careers in the medical field.