Hate words smear the Rock again

Sometime during the night before Monday, April 9, a group defaced the University of Tennessee Rock with derogatory words.

The Rock reads “Sluts catch AIDS” beside what resembles three crosses. The message is signed by “Federalist Soc.”

The incident marks just one of several times the Rock featured negativity this school year. On Feb. 12, more than 400 members of the Volunteer community gathered at the Rock and created a rainbow of handprints to cover racist remarks.

Students wonder if the current phrase correlates with UT’s annual Sex Week. The educational venture runs through April 12.

“I think it definitely has something to do with sex week,” junior Lainey Goodwill said. “Sex Week is such an important event here on campus, but it gets a lot of backlash. People mistakenly think that providing sex education to college students means that those students are going to suddenly start having lots of irresponsible sex and getting abortions, when that’s just not accurate.”

Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT) coordinates Sex Week on campus. SEAT aims to educate the students of UT about sex, sexuality and relationships.

“UT has a sex week to compensate for Tennessee’s inconsistent sex education in high schools,” Goodwill said. “The information you got largely depended on where you went to school.”

More information about UT Sex Week and the list of events can be found here.

Featured photo taken by Chelsea Babin

UT to implement smoke-free policy

The University of Tennessee will be a smoke-free campus effective Aug. 1, 2018. The policy takes measures to protect the health of all university students, faculty and visitors.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, Chris Cimino, sent out an email saying that smoking will be prohibited in and on all university property.

“Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette (including any electronic cigarette or similar device), pipe, or other lighted tobacco product” Cimino said.

The policy prohibits smoking in private vehicles on university property. Students can report violations to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Faculty can report violations to faculty supervisors. The policy applies to anyone on campus.

“As we transition to a smoke-free campus, those interested in smoking cessation options can visit the Be Well website for a full list of campus and online resources including cessation products and programs, help line, and apps” Cimino said.

Additionally, the website lists both tips for and the benefits of quitting smoking.

More than 2,000 colleges and universities across the nation implemented smoke-free campus policies. UT’s full policy can be viewed here along with frequently asked questions.

Featured image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

7 Touchdown dishes for your Super Bowl party

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Super Bowl 52 featuring the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will be played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota Sunday. You may not attend the game, but you might need some snacks.
Whether you’re hosting a party or going to someone else’s party, here are seven dishes that will score big on game day.

The Seven-Layer Dip

1 ½ cups sour cream
1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
1 package (8 oz) refrigerated guacamole
1 ½ cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1 cup pico de gallo
1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
¼ cup sliced green onions
Tortilla chips, as desired

First, spread refried beans out along the bottom of a bowl or casserole dish. Then, mix together the sour cream, taco seasoning mix and green chiles in a separate bowl. Once mixed, spread over the beans.
For the next layer, put guacamole over the beans and sour cream mix. Top with cheese, pico de gallo, olives and green onions.
Serve with tortilla chips.
Refrigerate before and after serving. Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.com.

By Sunil.verma84 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
3/4 cup pepper sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers

First, combine the chicken and pepper sauce together and heat until warm. Then, combine the cream cheese, ranch dressing and half of the shredded cheese with the chicken in a crockpot (if you have one) and cook on low for 40 minutes or until bubbly.
May be served with the chicken-flavored crackers, crackers of your choice or different vegetables. Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
8 oz pkg Reese’s peanut butter cup Minis (or about 1 1/2 cup chopped Reese’s cups)

Over medium heat, melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar and peanut butter. Mix until the sugar dissolves and immediately remove from heat to cool.
Then, in another bowl, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar for around 4 minutes or until creamy.
Once the brown sugar and peanut butter mixture cools, mix into the cream cheese on a low setting.
Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips and peanut butter cups. Your dip is then ready to be enjoyed with pretzels, animal crackers, vanilla wafers or whatever else you would like.
Put in the refrigerator before and after serving.  Recipe courtesy of shugarysweets.com

Walking taco ingredients/ Photo by Jodimichelle:Flikr Creative Commons

Walking Tacos

1 Tablespoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 small jalapenos, seeds removed, diced
1 lb. ground beef
2 1/2 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet of taco seasoning
1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
1 14 ounce can kidney beans
1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
4 Frito bags-make sure they are all corn if you’re gluten free
Shredded lettuce
Shredded Mexican Cheese blend
Sour Cream

Over medium heat, melt butter and saute chopped onions until softened. Then add jalapeños and saute for 2-3 minutes.
After the onions and jalapeños are cooked, add the ground beef to the pan and brown. Drain excess fat and mix in taco seasoning.
Then, combine tomato sauce, kidney beans and drained diced tomatoes to the pan. Cook and stir until heated through.
Finally, add mixture to Frito chip bag and top with cheese, sour cream or whatever else you like. Recipe courtesy of neighborfoodblog.com

Pigskins in a Blanket

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2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
48 cocktail-size smoked link sausages or hot dogs
Yellow Mustard

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and open each package. Separate the dough. After separating, cut each piece into three triangles.
Starting from the point of the dough, roll one sausage and dough until reaching the end. Place them seam down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Change the position of the cookie sheet halfway through baking.
Remove from oven and transfer to serving tray and let cook for 2 minutes.
Once cooled, use the mustard to create football laces on top of the crescent dogs. Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.

Oven Baked Chicken Wings

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3 lb. chicken wings, split at the joint, wing tips removed and discarded
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels and toss in oil. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and baking powder.
Grease rimmed sheet pans with olive oil and spread chicken in a single layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, then broil until golden brown – 7 to 10 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Delish.com

Sloppy-Joe Sliders

1 lb. of ground beef
½ chopped onion
1 package of King’s Hawaiian rolls
1 ½ cup of Ketchup
1 Tbsp of Mustard
½ cup of BBQ sauce
Garlic powder
Seasoned salt

In a medium pan, add the chopped onion and ground beef. You’ll want to season the ground beef with garlic powder and seasoned salt. Cook over medium heat until the meat is completely cooked. Drain the excess fat.
Then, pour the ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce into the meat and onions. Mix until everything is combined evenly.
After mixing, slice the Hawaiian rolls horizontally so that there are bottoms and tops. Put the bottom section of rolls in a casserole dish and then layer the meat on top. Place the top section of the rolls on the meat and gently press the layers together.
You can serve them as is, or you can heat them up in a oven set at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

No matter where you are, enjoy the Super Bowl with some easy and delicious treats!

Featured Image obtained from creativecommons.org 

Edited by Lexie Little

Preview: Inside Joy Again, Knoxville concert

Following its early 2017 debut EP, the Philadelphia five-piece band Joy Again announced a list of tour dates including a stop in Knoxville with headliner Furnsss Nov. 20 at the Pilot Light beginning at 9 p.m.

The group formed in 2015 when the members met at boarding school. They have since performed with acts like Car Seat Headrest, Shamir, Hinds, Daywave, and Hoops, making festival appearances at 35 Denton, Savannah Stopover, and SXSW, according to their official biography.  

With the upcoming show, Tennessee Journalist secured an exclusive short interview with the group.

TNJN: How did you all [JoyAgain] get started?

Joy Again: First steps at 3, first food at 7, first stocks at 12, bankrupt by 5 a.m.

T: How did you come up with the name?

J: We were at prom and [the name] sounded really nice.

T: Who or what are your musical influences?

J: Outkast, Pavement and Bryan Nowell.

T: What do you hope to accomplish with your music?

J: Make enough money to afford a plane ticket to Los Angeles.

T: Why play Knoxville– what does our scene have that others don’t?

J: The East Tennessee chili cookout, of course.

T: What are some random facts about each band member/band as a whole?

J: Tyndall- big guy

Sachi- slaps the wheel

Arthur- bowl cut

Will- Tinder master

Blaise- diabetes

T: How has the band evolved as a group?

J: [We’ve become] older and wiser.

T: Does anyone have any pre-show rituals?

J: Melatonin and a cup of coffee.

T: What is everyone’s favorite song that they’ve ever done?

J: “Hotline Bling”

T: Do you have any advice for aspiring music artists/bands?

J: It doesn’t happen, till it happens.

T: What is your favorite moment or memory since becoming a group?

J: One time Tyndall was asleep in the car with his mouth open and [a member] put a lit cig in his mouth.

T: What’s next?

J: We’re going on tour this week and also going on tour in January/February with Rostam and then maybe making a record and then [I don’t know].

T: What was it like creating your newest package of songs?

J: We made them mostly over in the internet and had additional help from some more people. [It] was cool to branch out and work with others, especially the talented minds who worked on these songs. Hopefully we can do it again in the future!

Caleb Laven, who produced Frank Ocean’s “Blonde & Endless,” produced Joy Again’s “Kim” + “On A Farm.”

Joy Again released “Kim” + “On A Farm” as a single package set with Never Grow Up Records, showcasing their unique style and ability to merge genres together. Joy Again’s storytelling through song continues to win-over internet underground music fans. Media outlets like “NME” and “FADER” have also noticed and applauded the group.

Joy Again has released previous debut singles on “Mom + Dad” (U.S.) and “Lucky Number” (U.K.). Their latest EP on Never Grow Up Records can be heard here.

Featured Photo: Caro Ramierz

Edited by Lexie Little

Chancellor Davenport opts out for outsourcing

After months of deliberating, UT Chancellor Beverly J. Davenport announced today that she has chosen to opt out of Gov. Bill Haslam’s outsourcing plan.

The chancellor has been working closely with the Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Chris Cimino. Both have extensively analyzed the aspects of outsourcing before reaching a decision. Davenport and the UT administration have attended numerous meetings and taken time to listen to the community before making the final verdict.

“My decision to opt out was based on the extensive analyses of the financial considerations, the complexity of the work done on our research-intensive campus, and our commitment to the East Tennessee economy and our workforce,” Davenport said. “It is for these reasons that I have decided outsourcing facilities management is not the best option for our campus.”

Students, faculty and staff have been protesting the outsourcing plan for months; and on Tuesday, Oct. 31, they are finally heard.

“We thank the state and the UT System administration for challenging us to engage in extensive cost analyses and an evaluation of our practices, which have led to cost-saving operational changes in keeping with the outsourcing goals,” Davenport said.

Since the master campus plan in 2011, UT has invested in their facilities and infrastructure. The university has increased the buildings and spaced maintained by over 100 acres (1.5 million square feet), according to Davenport.

As a result, UT has become more efficient and reduced spending over the recent growth period. The savings are being transferred into the funding for the academic mission of the university.

“In fact, we rank among the lowest in the SEC in administrative and maintenance costs per square foot,” Davenport said. “Five-year projections indicate an additional $3.3 million in savings.”

According to Davenport, the goal of the proposed outsourcing was to increase efficiency on campus. However, the chancellor and administration reached the conclusion that UT does not need to outsource in order to do that.

“I want to thank the numerous people who have spent countless hours evaluating the outsourcing option.”


Featured image by Chelsea Babin

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Celebrating Halloween after trick-or-treating

It’s hard to believe that October is nearly over––considering it’s just now becoming cooler outside. As the end of the month nears, the spookiest day of the year is upon us.

Halloween is the one night a year where all the ghouls, ghosts and zombies come out to play…well, people dressed as them.

Being an adult during halloween may not involve trick or treating, but that should not stop someone from celebrating their once favorite holiday. Here is a guide to have a fun Halloween as a college student.


Attend/Throw a party!

Head to your local dollar store to get some cheap decorations to hang up around your apartment or house to create a spooky atmosphere. You may even want to go as far as creating a haunted house for your party.

After you’ve decorated your place for the celebration––depending on how much work you want to do––you can make some Halloween themed foods and drinks. Delish has over 40 different Halloween themed items to make for a party.

To make your party even more fun, make it a costume party! Ask all your friends to dress up and everyone can vote on their favorite!


Go to a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, a corn maze or take a hayride

Knoxville has a website that lists all the local places to go during October for Halloween festivities. There are a handful that are still open through the 31.

Get a group of friends together and plan an evening out together. Make the night even more fun by dressing up as a group––bring back your childhood and be the Mystery Inc. crew.


Watch a scary movie

Maybe going out isn’t your thing or doesn’t fit your schedule. You can always stay in and watch scary movies. Whether it be with your significant other, best friends, family or by yourself, scary movies are always a good go-to for Halloween. Netflix and Hulu both have a fairly extensive list of classic Halloween movies that are available to stream. Just curl up on your couch in your pajamas and favorite candy and enjoy your night in.


Halloween isn’t just for kids; it can be for adults too. It may not be the same as trick-or-treating, but there is still plenty of fun to be had.


Featured image by lobo235

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo