The UC offers a variety of choices: Asian food, Subway, Chick-fil-A. But now on the menu is the future of our nation. The choices are more than just lunch foods, but instead the future of entitlements, nation-building, environmental issues, health care and women's rights.
For registered Knox County voters, UT opened up a polling site Monday at the UC to make voting easier on students.
Located in Room 227, polls opened at 10 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m.
For undecided freshman Madeline Stark, Monday was her first opportunity to vote in a presidential election, and the process was much easier than she thought it would be.
"It went really well, the voting," Stark said. "It was fast, easy and I got right through. ... If it wasn't for this, I would have been driving down a little rural road to the place where I'm registered.
"It's just so much easier. I'm actually now able to just vote, then walk to class," she added.
Stark wasn't aware of this opportunity, however, until Monday morning when she by chance checked her email.
"I got an email this morning from the 'Student@Tennessee' account saying to come down and vote, and I was like 'Okay, this is where I'm voting,'" she said.
Stark's enthusiasm was also shared by Holly Podgorski, senior in logistics and marketing and another first-time voter in a presidential election.
"This was my first, and really it was great," Podgorski said.
It was not just first-time voters who found the UC's polling place to be convenient, but even more experienced voters found the process much easier this time around.
"This was my second election (to vote) in and I am really excited," said Rebecca Keyes, senior in economics. "This is such a great service by them coming to campus because it's so convenient. It makes it easier for students to do and take part in. ... Even if they didn't have this here, I would have driven out to Fort Sanders Elementary School and make this happen. But this was easier.
"I think this is such a great thing. You can't just expect everyone to be able to vote on one day, what if you're busy?" Keyes added.
For many students, the UC's polling station afforded them the opportunity to express their voice more clearly on the state of the nation.
"Voting is important because we need to make a difference in how our country is run," Rebecca Fernandez, junior in graphic design, said. "If nobody gives their input, then how are we going to know what happens to our country, and how are we going to have control of that?"
The UC's Early Voting Site will be open today through Thursday, Nov. 1, opening each day at 10 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.