Month: September 2018


Board of Trustees approves 2 percent raise for Oldham

President Phil Oldham received a 2 percent raise and a $60,000 bonus from the board of trustees that rejected a proposal for more during a Sept. 18 meeting. Oldham’s annual salary is currently $325,682. The raise will increase his salary to $332,195.64 beginning in 2019. Trustee Barry Wilmore called the […]


“Hope Strong” for Patrick

Patrick Yurek On his good days, Patrick Yurek enjoyed sketching, playing the saxophone, or just spreading joy. He was caring, loved everyone, and had a quick wit, according to his friends at Tech.  At other times, he struggled with addiction, suicidal thoughts, and hating himself.  “People who are suicidal are […]


Tech student remembers Sept. 11 attacks

TTU journalism student Sherry Chaffin.  Photo by Kelly Camera The terrorist attack on Sep 11, 2001 personally affected journalism major and at the time flight attendant Sherry Chaffin.  She happened to be off work that day and was planning on exploring Chicago, where she was based, with a friend whenever […]


9/11: Before and after

The 9/11 memorial reflecting pools represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  Each victim has their name inscribed in stone bordering the pools, and loved ones often leave flowers.  Photo by Kelly Camera. My mom shook my sister and I awake on Sept. 11, 2001, and she tried […]


Bicycle thefts on the rise

A rise in bicycle theft is prompting University Police Chief Tony Nelson to encourage students to educate themselves about personal safety and how to protect their belongings. Police reports show six bicycle thefts this semester, near residential halls and off-campus housing. Some stolen bicycles were left unattended and unlocked while […]


Dean of students advises SGA

Dean of Students Katherine Williams Tech’s Student Government Association is now working alongside the new dean of students.  Dean Katherine Williams is the new SGA adviser and is looking forward to working with the SGA leadership.  “The Student Government Association strives to serve Tennessee Tech students by advocating for […]


No bitter notes in sweetener

Pop star Ariana Grande.  Photo by DeviantArt user LegendaryRonin. Ariana Grande is one of the luckiest women in the world. There’s the insane vocal talent, a successful acting and musical career, and of course, the famous ponytail I could only dream of replicating – all of this is something that […]


Opinion: Nike’s right to “just do it”

Nike is under fire due to their recent 30-year anniversary ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. In August of 2017, Kaepernick, the now free agent, began protesting “the oppression of people of color and ongoing issues of police brutality,” by sitting during the national […]


University officials respond to student parking complaints

Despite student complaints, university officials say campus parking is a perception problem, not a reality. But students say they are frustrated with changing their daily routine because of issues caused by construction. “There’s a sufficient number of spots on campus,” Dewayne Wright, a Tech spokesman said. “From the student’s perspective, […]


Office of Sustainability launches new recycling campaign

New bins on campus should make it easier to recycle aluminum, paper and plastic under a new campaign launched by the Office of Sustainability. The project, in partnership with the Office of Communications and Marketing, was funded by a $35,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  “A […]