Opinion: Guest Columns

Senior night reflections

Tue Dec 02, 2014

"Happy senior night."

My friend, Daily Beacon co-worker and fellow senior said this to me as I passed him on the sidelines on senior night in Neyland before the Missouri game. That’s when it hit me: I’m really leaving. 

I might just be moving across town, but it ...

Clearing a path of possibility for native students

Tue Dec 02, 2014

This month, my students and I are celebrating Native American Heritage Month at Twin Lakes Elementary School north of Gallup, New Mexico. It's a place unlike the Tennessee town where I grew up – we are miles away from highways, restaurants and gas stations. Yet this land is rich with ...

Stop the sexual assault shame

Wed Nov 19, 2014

After every sexual assault email this semester, the social app Yik Yak has exploded with activity. The victims, thus far, have each chosen not to file charges, leading many a yakker to wonder: why have these female students declined take further legal action?

Early Sunday morning, a female alleged victim ...

A call to teach

Fri Nov 14, 2014

When I think about my time here at the University of Tennessee, I think about a whirlwind of incredible experiences: dancing in the International Festival, Copper Cellar burger night with friends and singing "Rocky Top" at the top of my lungs in Neyland Stadium. But I also think about the ...

Keep your place, make some space

Thu Nov 13, 2014

Though the square footage of your shoebox-sized apartment or dorm room may be meager, don't feel down about it. Keep your chin pointed up — and in the process discover all the vertical space you've been wasting.

For those of us students with cramped living quarters, maximizing a room ...

Hi ho, hi ho, across the river I go

Thu Nov 13, 2014

After forgotten assignments, long classes and the prospect of a well-deserved nap, I walk to my car nestled on the third floor of the G-10 garage.

I go down the stairs, past the 3-week-old abandoned Cook Out cup and out to my car where a five-minute drive awaits me (assuming ...

The Fort is a magical place

Thu Nov 13, 2014

I remember the first time I heard about the Fort. I was a freshman, and it was a story deserving of a flashlight under the face around a campfire.

"It's like the elephant graveyard from the 'Lion King'" my classmate said. "You must never go there, Simba. Well, unless ...

Six reasons to live in 'The Village'

Thu Nov 13, 2014

Sorority Village is the picturesque site located on the very edge of campus.

Since the completion of the development, more than 530 Panhellenic women call The Village home. While there are many advantages to living in The Village, here are my top six.

1. Living within 20 feet of your ...

Republicans win, but will our success last?

Thu Nov 06, 2014

As a Republican, I am thrilled by the election results from Tuesday night. Republicans exceeded the polls and expectations in big races all over the country. By the time it's all said and done, Republicans will likely have 54 senators, compared to 46 who will caucus with the Democrats ...

For: A Yes for 1 is a Yes for all Women

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Those against Amendment 1 suggest the amendment would allow legislators to come between a women and her doctor, annihilating her privacy and choice. This is both slanderous and a ridiculously false line of logic.

In 1973, the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade ruled that "The right of privacy ...

Against: Amendment 1 is not what you think, not what you want

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Many have heard about Amendment 1, the new proposed amendment to the Tennessee State Constitution that will appear on the ballot this election cycle. Distressingly, however, many have not, or have heard misleading or blatantly untrue things about its intent and possible consequences.

The wording of the amendment itself is ...

Don't reward bad behavior

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Historically, the most productive times in our nation's history are when one political party controls the White House and another controls the Senate and House of Representatives. This statement may find you scratching your head, but if you don't believe me simply look back to the Clinton Administration ...