Month: February 2023

On campus

‘Divisive Concepts’ in the classroom

Divisive concepts is a term many individuals have become familiar with through news stories and social media.  Now these words are being used to describe parts of a curriculum, some of which are facing controversy and speculation.  ‘Divisive concepts’ aim to educate individuals on concepts such as race, sex, white […]

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Religion and Freedom Collide

Religion is the belief in and worship of a higher power or powers, especially a God or gods. Freedom is the power — or right — to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. But what happens when the two collide? Can religion and freedom coexist?  […]

Local On campus

Intolerance is something underserving of toleration

The fundamentals of any democracy is proper representation of all voices within the society.  A democratic society must have tolerance in order to respect these voices and give them space to participate. To take this to mean that there must be absolute tolerance of all positions, however, would be a […]


Tech alumnus signs for the Rockies

Former Tennessee Tech, three time Collegiate Baseball All-American, Jason Hinchman, takes a swing at the minor leagues after recently signing with The Colorado Rockies rookie affiliate team. Hinchman originally signed in October to the Glacier Range Riders, a team associated with the independent baseball league called the Pioneer League. However, […]

On campus

‘Divisive concepts’ survey sent to students cause confusion, concern

   On January 23rd a survey was sent out by Tech president Phil Oldham. The email explained Tennessee state legislature had passed HB 2670 in the year 2022.     This is a law that “prohibits public institutions of higher education from taking certain actions regarding divisive concepts and the ideologies of employees.” […]

On campus

Tech faculty lose, appeal civil rights lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Waverly Crenshaw released a written opinion in December ruling against two Tennessee Tech faculty members who sued the university’s provost for alleged violations of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The federal lawsuit filed in October 2021 by Dr. Julia Gruber and Andrew Smith alleges retaliation […]


This week on Campus, Febrauary 6

A bird of prey perched on a tree just outside the RUC on February 6. There are a vast number of birds of prey native to Tennessee, including the Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered hawk, and the Great horned owl, photo by Elliot Payne. Students walking to and from classes outside […]


Tech community marches against displays of hate

“This is an extension of nonviolence. That is why we’re doing this — to be supportive of all members of this community.” That is what Mark Rine said of an organized silent march that took place Jan. 29, just one week after members of hate groups and some local church […]