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Editorial: The Daily Beacon endorses Watkins, Kahl and Beane for SGA's top three

Tue Mar 31, 2015

Last year's low voter turnout for Student Government Association elections (the lowest since 1998) set the stage for 2015 campaigns centered around the topic of SGA's relevance to the student body as a whole.

Connect UT; Seth, Leala, Willie; and Hawkins-Kiefer each addressed this issue with different policy ...

How can we help our trans friends? By listening

Fri Feb 13, 2015

Laverne Cox, a transgender actress known for her role as Sophia Burset in “Orange is the New Black,” visited UT Wednesday night. She discussed everything from her own struggles with identity to the struggles of trans people everywhere.

After her talk, she was asked the question: How can we help ...

Beacon claims national awards

Wed Nov 05, 2014

Last weekend, two Daily Beacon staff members, Claire Dodson, editor-in-chief, and Hanna Lustig, managing editor, traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend the National College Media Convention. The convention gathered more than 2,000 student journalists and advisers who engaged in workshops, critiques, special events and awards ceremonies.

One of these ...

Vote 'No' on Amendment 1, Briggs for state Senate

Mon Nov 03, 2014

Midterm elections receive neither the publicity nor the passion that surround presidential elections, but we at The Daily Beacon argue they deserve equal- if not greater- attention, especially from students. As a state institution, local and state representatives directly influence our university's policies and funding -- and we owe it ...


Fri Oct 03, 2014

Secret Service Director Resigns

Wednesday, Julia Pierson resigned as head of the Secret Service, the result of several serious security lapses during her tenure. In 2011, for example, a man fired a semi-automatic weapon at the White House and the Secret Service didn't know until days later. In March ...


Tue Sep 02, 2014

Celebrity nudes leaked

The FBI is investigating after alleged nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice, Mary E. Winstead and other female celebrities appeared on sites such as Perez Hilton, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr, potentially leaked through Apple's iCloud backup system. While Justice said on Twitter the photos of ...


Fri Aug 22, 2014

Ebola-infected patients released from hospital

Two Americans diagnosed with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, yesterday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no risk to public health. Ebola is still posing problems in West Africa ...


Wed Aug 20, 2014

Protests over 18-year-old man's death in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown, an unarmed, black, soon-to-be-college student, was shot and killed by a white, 28-year-old police officer after a struggle Saturday, Aug. 9. Though an early report suggested Brown as the aggressor, several eyewitnesses have disputed these claims. The shooting has ...

Rocky Tops and Bottoms

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Rising: Football fever

The Vols won – albeit, against themselves. But what really mattered in Saturday's Orange and White game was not the number on the scoreboard but rather the numbers in the seats. Vol Nation showed up in full, practically filling Neyland Stadium's lower bowl with nearly 70 ...

Rocky Tops and Bottoms

Wed Mar 26, 2014

Rising: Tennessee Basketball

Both Tennessee basketball teams will compete in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 this weekend. Junior guard Josh Richardson scored 26 points in the Vols 83-63 second-round win over Mercer on Sunday, marking the game-high and his career-high. Lady Vol senior guard Meighan Simmons played her last home game at Thompson-Boilng Arena and scored 10 of her 17 points in the second half, helping the Lady Vols pull out 67-51win over Saint John's.