Your View: Letters to the Editor

Facing the facts about gender neutral/family style restrooms

Mon Nov 17, 2014

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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 ...

Student trustee selection non-representative of student voice

Wed Jun 11, 2014

Dear Editor,

The student voice has been more impactful this past year than I can remember. It slowed the progress of a mandatory meal plan and helped defeat harmful student fee legislation. An important duty of the student voice is the election of student representatives that gives SGA legitimacy in ...

From your SGA president: Don't be afraid of the blank page that is your college career

Mon Jun 02, 2014

I stared at a blank white page on my computer screen for a long time in my attempt to write this letter.

A long time.

I ignored my economics homework, scrolled through Facebook, jammed to Spotify and made every procrastination attempt in the book as I attempted to think of ...

From (next year's) Editor-in-Chief: The Beacon is for you

Mon Jun 02, 2014

When I stepped into the office of The Daily Beacon in August of 2011, I was just short of terrified.

I felt as though my insecurity must have been written all over my face – my status as "freshman" emblazoned in the way I stumbled over my words when asking where ...