Your View: Letters to the Editor
Early literacy takes second stage as Washington debates education bill
Wed Mar 04, 2015
For years, educators and policy-makers have debated over the deficiencies of No Child Left Behind, which mandated school accountability through standardized testing. The Obama administration’s Common Core waivers and added teacher assessments only aggravated the problem.
The federal education law is up for renewal, and Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander ...
DiPietro should be “de-tenured” for failure to make UT Top 25
Wed Mar 04, 2015
Last Thursday, President of UT Joe DiPietro proposed a cost-savings plan to the UT Board of Trustees that calls for the “enacting of a de-tenure process,” among other action items. Certainly, the fiscal situation at UT appears challenging, and many of DiPietro’s proposed actions seem worthy of consideration in ...
Facilities services fixes more than sidewalks
Thu Jan 22, 2015
On behalf of UT Facilities Services and the many people across our campus and in the community who support our work, I'd like to respond to the column "Congratulations on the sidewalk, University of Tennessee" written by Mr. Grayson Hawkins and published in the Jan. 16 edition of The ...
Letter to the Editor
Fri Jan 09, 2015
Wednesday morning, we were faced with another reminder that our world is scary, chaotic, incomprehensible. What do we say, what can we say, in the face of violence, in the face of murder? We don't always have the answers, and we certainly don't always ask the right questions ...
Facing the facts about gender neutral/family style restrooms
Mon Nov 17, 2014
Social media has recently been abuzz ever since students from the Student Government Association's Diversity Affairs Committee passed a bill in the Student Senate on Nov. 4 for one bathroom in most UT buildings to be converted to gender neutral/family style. Noting the ambiguity of this ...
Sexual assault is never a laughing matter
Tue Sep 30, 2014
In the past several weeks, the campus community has become more aware of incidences of sexual assault in our university environment. Every week, we receive alerts from UT campus police that women on campus have been subjected to assault, rape, forced fondling and stalking to name a few ...
Save lives, remember those who can't
Thu Sep 18, 2014
I'm a gay male, and I'm full of blood.
I don't usually lead with either of those things when I introduce myself to people. The first one tends to come out eventually if you talk to me long enough (especially if, say, we're standing by a ...
A love that defies all reason
Fri Sep 12, 2014
I'm very popular.
Anyone who knows anything about me, which is pretty much everyone, knows I have a penchant for churlish and graceless women. Given my inclination — my idiot doctor calls it an addiction — it should come as no surprise I have fallen for Alexandra Chiasson, columnist for The ...
Wal-Mart has everything to offer consumers, employees
Fri Sep 05, 2014
I would like to provide a different perspective regarding the wages and career opportunities provided by Wal-Mart that were articulated in Chris West's recent column on workers' rights. The information provided in the article did not accurately reflect who we are as a company, and I would like to ...
For the students that may never be
Thu Sep 04, 2014
A Letter to Our Fellow Classmates:
As many of you may or may not be aware, funding to support the continuation of the UT Lead Summer Institute program has been abruptly cut. The program is a highly unique program that has existed at the University of Tennessee since 2008. The ...
A teacher's takeaway from Ferguson, Missouri
Wed Aug 27, 2014
I'm a second-year teacher, and I was sitting in my classroom Monday, waiting for my new students to come in after the first tardy bell. As I heard the sounds of their footsteps echoing down the halls, I went to my computer to shut down my Internet windows. On ...