Your View: Letters to the Editor

Sex Week's future

Wed Apr 23, 2014

There are those whose blood bleeds orange; ours hasn't bled orange for a while.

We write to you as the former co-founders and co-chairs of SEAT and Sex Week. We've spent the last two years designing and implementing programs to create a healthier environment at UT. Through this ...

Do the Right Thing, Jimmy Cheek

Mon Apr 21, 2014

If you attend the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, you have probably heard the phrase 'Make Orange Green.'

As a student who has been involved in numerous Make Orange Green initiatives, I have witnessed many people take great strides to make our campus more sustainable. I continue to be impressed with the ...

Let's ditch the hate and embrace the Volunteer spirit

Mon Apr 07, 2014

I'm not going to attempt to speak for all "GDI's" or Greek people – I'm going to speak as a Volunteer.

Upon reading the Letter to the Editor that ran on April 2, many of my Facebook friends raved about it; I, however, felt a sinking sensation. The ...

Beacon columnists over-sympathize with Greek community

Wed Apr 02, 2014

To the Editor:

I'm not in a Greek organization, myself. Not because I have anything against fraternities or sororities – more because I don't have an extra few thousand dollars a year to spend on a social club.

I guess I assumed, given how fancy and expensive these clubs ...

Speak up, stop activity fees legislature from hurting campus

Wed Mar 12, 2014

It's a crisp Monday afternoon on campus. Having just gotten out of your late afternoon class, you find you have a little bit of that rare thing known as "free time" and decide to just walk.

As you walk down the long hall of HSS, something catches your eye ...

UT's Roosevelt Chapter in opposition of student activity bills

Wed Mar 12, 2014

We are writing as concerned students of the University of Tennessee to express our opposition to SB 1608/HB 2378 and SB 2493/HB 2450.

SB 1608/HB 2378 demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding on the part of its sponsors of the purpose and structure of the current student fees allocation ...

Letter to the Editor: A new 'opt-in' proposal

Mon Mar 10, 2014

have been thinking about state Sen. Stacy Campfield's "opt in" proposal for the use of student fees and have concluded that he has an idea that has broader applicability. Therefore, I suggest that the legislature pass a bill requiring all voters in Tennessee to "opt in" to the payment of the salaries and per diem expenses of their state representatives and senators. The compensation of each legislator would be based on the fraction of voters in his or her district who opt in. For example, if only 50 percent of the people in Campfield's district were to opt in, he would receive only 50 percent of the compensation set by the legislature.

Arizona's racial profiling bill demands our response, resistance

Mon Mar 10, 2014

The police state of America is the current status of our decaying country, a country where big businesses are what matters.

Only a truly misled country would see its state pass the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070) and violate our Constitution, Bill of Rights and ...

Sex Week responds to proposed resolution from Tennessee Legislature

Mon Feb 17, 2014

The Tennessee state Legislature has proposed "a resolution condemning the administration of the University of Tennessee for permitting 'Sex Week' to be held on the UT-Knoxville campus." In summary, the resolution expresses official "distress" over the "atrocious" program called Sex Week, which, according to the proposed resolution, "fits nowhere within ...

Johnson one of few student allies in Nashville

Wed Feb 05, 2014

Tuesday, I had the unfortunate and bizarre experience of reading Mr. Brandon Chrisman's smear piece about state Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, and her record.

Though the author left plenty of opportunities for people to be utterly misled and confused, most confusing of all was Mr. Chrisman's ridicule of ...

Gloria Johnson stands for herself, not her district

Tue Feb 04, 2014

Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, defeated Gary Loe, R-Knoxville, by a margin of 296 votes in the 2012 election for State Representative for District 13.

Her narrow victory in the 2012 State House race was not her first attempt at public office. Previously, Johnson ran in 2011 for the vacancy in the ...