Opinion: Guest Columns

50 Shades of hey, it doesn’t have to be this problematic

Thu Feb 19, 2015

E. L. James’ “50 Shades” trilogy and the recent movie adaptation have been making the news for years now. Lately, the dialogue surrounding the franchise has taken a rather frustrating and unproductive turn.

In the beginning, when I first read the series, the think pieces were generally positive and few ...

Obama's prayer breakfast speech rightly puts burden on individual rather than ideology

Tue Feb 17, 2015

While many criticized President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast as an attack on Christianity and justification of acts of terror taking place across the globe, the outrage prompted by the remarks is the exact reason why they needed to be said in the first place. In referencing ...

Valentine’s letter to my younger self

Thu Feb 12, 2015

Dear Marilyn,

Wait. You don't have to marry S.K. Years from now you will refer to this as your "first marriage" -- your "mother's marriage." I know she has convinced you that you can't survive on your own. You can and will. You will pry yourself out ...

Right stuff, right price

Wed Feb 04, 2015

I'm not quite sure when it happened, but at some point over the past 21 years it was decided that I should leave the sanctity of my parents red-brick colonial and begin the life-long amusement ride that I have come to know as “adulthood.” Now that I am here ...

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 ...