Reese Hall residents celebrate ‘Reese’s 50th Birthday’

On Wednesday Nov. 30, Reese Hall Resident Association hosted a birthday party in honor of the aging building. All of the residents were invited and many were in attendance. There were numerous activities for everyone to enjoy as well as a very large cake.

At the event, some of the activities included were water pong, polaroid photo booth, pin the football on Josh Dobbs, RA trivia and hand printing on the basement walls. For each game, there were different prizes for the winners including a Reese Hall t-shirt. Attendees expressed that they enjoyed the opportunity to leave their handprint and signature on the wall. There were also many snacks such as cake, jello cups, assorted candies, soda and fruit punch. A piñata provided many treats, as well, and made the party seem like a true birthday celebration.

A.J. Schroder, president of RHRA, was in charge of the RA trivia. “It was fun learning about the resident assistants of Reese and helping the residents to get to know them more,” he said. “This game was a big hit at the program.”

Reese Hall is closing this December and residents will be moving in to Stokely Hall in the Spring. This was the last event ever to celebrate the building and leave life long memories for its residents.

Numerous residents expressed that this program was a great study break and one of the best programs they have been to this semester.

Resident hall councils and resident assistants put on monthly programs for students living on campus to participate in. Whether it be educational, arts and crafts or just free food, they are meant to be a way to bring students together. Programs are also a way for residents to become more comfortable with the university and their home on campus.

To learn more about Reese Hall and resident events, visit the Reese Hall Residents Association website.

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Edited by Katy Hill


Easy and creative desserts for the holiday season

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas time is finally here! Holiday parties, family dinners and Santa Claus are on there way. Don’t know what to bring to your next event? Here are a few recipes that are guaranteed to be a big hit! Not only are they easy to make, they are fun for the entire family to do together.


Peppermint Brownies

What you need:

  • Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines Brownies
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Peppermint extract
  • Vanilla icing
  • Peppermint sticks
  • Red & green food coloring


Start off by making the brownies exactly like the box says. Before you put the brownies into the pan, add two drops of peppermint extract into the batter. Once the brownies are done, let them cool for 20 minutes. Second, separate the icing into two bowls. Put two drops of red food coloring into one bowl and two drops of green food coloring into the other bowl. Mix until you get the color you want. Then put three drops of peppermint extract into each bowl. Next, , icing the brownies with as much icing as you prefer. Finally, crush peppermint sticks into small pieces and sprinkle them onto the brownies.


  1. Fudge brownies work the best!
  2. Taste the icing as you add the peppermint extract to make you its the amount you want.
  3. Let the brownies fully cool because adding icing because it will run off and get messy.


Decorative Christmas Cookies

What you need:

  • Betty Crocker sugar cookies
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Assorted icing flavors
  • Sprinkles
  • Christmas shape cutters


Make the cookie dough exactly like the instructions explain on the pack. Use the cookie cutters to form the dough into shapes. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, let them cool for at least 15 minutes. Spread a light layer of white icing onto the cookies. Then use colored icing to make designs on the cookies. Put sprinkles on it if you prefer!


  1. Make sure to spray the pan with non stick spray.
  2. Take your time when making designs!
  3. Don’t let the cookies get too dark in the oven, no one wants to eat hard cookies!

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Edited by Katy Hill

International Coffeehouse continues to share different cultures

The International Coffeehouse is held every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Hodges Library. Every week, there is a different country that is highlighted. Students and faculty are welcome to stop by and enjoy food and drinks that are from the specific country.

On Nov. 9, the coffeehouse featured desserts, coffee and hot tea from Russia. Some of the desserts included Ruolet Piroshki (biscotti with poppy seed and raisins), Cherry Piroshki, which was similar to a cherry pie, and marmalade candies. Guests had the choice of coffee or black tea. All of the food and drinks were made by students in the Russian club before and during the event.

Hunter Leef, a UT freshman, was serving the food and interacting with those who came in. He said, “I just started learning Russian so I am volunteering today to help spread the culture that I have grown to love. These desserts are very similar to what you would find if you went to Russia and they’re very good.”

Besides the food and drinks, there were facts spread all around the room about the Russian culture. One of the surprising facts was, “There are over 100 minority languages spoken in Russia today, the more popular of which is Tatar (Tartar), spoken by more than 3% of the country’s population.”

There were many students sitting inside the Mary Greer Room and many going in and out. It was a welcoming atmosphere and most everyone was open to having conversations.

“The International Coffeehouse is a great way for students to come together and learn about countries every Wednesday,” Keely Biladeau, International House employee, said. “We will continue the coffeehouses through next semester! We hope the countries of Turkey and Egypt will be making another appearance as well.”

If you missed the International Coffeehouse this week, Argentina is the country featured for next Wednesday Nov. 16.

International Education Week starts Nov. 14 and goes through Nov. 18. You can find more information about this at

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Edited by Katy Hill

UTK Trunk or Treat brings safe Halloween fun for all ages

The University of Tennessee United Residence Hall Council and National Residence Hall Honorary hosted their annual Trunk or Treat took place Wednesday Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Circle Park. The goal of the event was to bring the community together for some safe Halloween fun.

There were numerous activities for the children to take part in such as face painting, pumpkin painting and a cake walk. There were 25 decorated trunks full of candy at the event ranging from Finding Nemo and Minion themed to ghost and spider themed. Additionally, plenty of Halloween refreshments were provided such as candy apples, cotton candy, chips, cookies, popcorn and drinks.

Organizations including multiple Residence Hall Associations, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Student Political Alliance, National Residence Hall Honorary, Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity and many more were represented at Trunk or Treat.

“My favorite part about Trunk or Treat is seeing kids from around Knoxville come together for a night of fun and community building,” said Dylan Roberts, President of National Residence Hall Honorary and Resident Assitant in Fred D. Brown Hall. He spoke about his passion for putting this event on and seeing what impact it makes on everyone who participates. He then said, “I also love seeing the different UT organizations come together to build that sense of community on campus.”

The University of Tennessee Police Department also made an appearance at the event, along with the Knoxville Fire Department who passed out candy on the big, red fire trunk.

Miles Basehart, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Leadership, spoke about his contribution with putting this event on while celebrating his daughter’s first Halloween. He summed up Trunk or Treat by saying, “We do this event every year because we want a safe environment for the children of Knoxville to be able to come to around Halloween. We want to engage the UT community by letting any organization be a part of this, as well. The turn out gets better and better every year.”

You can learn more about the URHC and NRHH organizations on their websites.

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Edited by Katy Hill