Opinion: Guest Columns

Construction gives UT chance to accommodate impaired

Wed Apr 09, 2014

The little piece of bone on the X-ray printout mocked me as the doctor said the words "surgery" and "crutches" and "MRI."

I sat on the hospital bed in shock – did I seriously just break my leg? Was the X-ray wrong? Could that little fragment just stop its field trip through my knee joint and go back where it belongs, please?

Until this year, I hadn't broken a bone or needed crutches – I've led a cautious life. So it's been hard for me to transition from a life of hustling all over campus to months of ice, crutches, pain pills and frustration.

I cannot think of a campus more ill-fitted for crutches, with constant topographical changes that make my abs and arms scream in pain just typing these words. We all like to complain about walking up those hills, but you don't know hills until you've had to conquer them on crutches.

Kit Fisto – the galaxy’s greatest Jedi of all-time

Tue Apr 01, 2014

Over the past 30 years of development, director George Lucas has created a universe for his "Star Wars" franchise that is longer than human history.

Throughout the 36,000 years of the "Star Wars" canon there have been thousands of heroes and villains rise and fall and millions of young ...

White to the third power: arithmetic’s supremacist agenda

Tue Apr 01, 2014

The other day in philosophy class, my professor and I got into a heated discussion about America's so-called "war on drugs."

During a recent lecture, my professor – a cold, heartless communist sympathizer who hates traditional American values and believes in heavy government regulation and the redistribution of wealth – laid ...

Why my spring break was crazier than yours

Tue Apr 01, 2014

So this spring break was possibly the craziest week of my life.

Initially, I was unsure about how this break was going to go: I am a senior and was forced to go on a vacation with my parents, my two little brothers and my little sister. On top of ...

Sorority girls: We're not all like the stereotypes

Fri Mar 14, 2014

College is a selfish time.

Each class, organization and action shapes students. We are all young; we are all striving. When we're trying to pinpoint who we are (hint: there isn't a static answer) and detail a 20-year life plan, we have a tendency to simplify others. We ...

Why I as a Christian support Sex Week

Wed Mar 05, 2014

I'm going to be honest – until recently, the word "sex" scared me.

I chose abstinence at a young age, but my continued commitment to the practice had more to do with fear than piety. I've had more than one moment where I looked at friends and thought about ...

A hipster goes to Boxing, reluctantly enjoys herself

Mon Mar 03, 2014

It is 7:45 p.m. and the line outside Jacobs' Center isn't even a line anymore. It's a swaying mob of students, huddled for warmth. Only the smokers and the police stand apart, pensive – they're preparing for the three-hour onslaught to come. Already, the ground is ...

A resolution condemning certain leaders

Wed Feb 26, 2014

In response to House Joint Resolution 661, which condemns the organizers of Sex Week:

A RESOLUTION condemning certain leaders within Tennessee's General Assembly for representing the residents of Tennessee in an ineffective manner;

WHEREAS, the students of this public institution are most distressed by the Tennessee State Legislature once ...

An open letter on finding the beauty in being bold

Wed Feb 26, 2014

This is an open letter of equal parts reverence and bewilderment to a few people I have recently encountered.

To the girl in my literature class last semester who did not hesitate to raise her hand and raise her voice: you scare me. You sat in the front of the ...

Stigmas regarding prostitution allow sex trafficking cycle to continue

Tue Feb 25, 2014

By the time you are done reading this column, three to four children will have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the U.S. alone.

This is according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, citing that every two minutes a minor is trafficked; this ...