UTC Housing After the Students Are Gone

By: Alan Denton

james-denton@mocs.utc.edu

Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/ The Loop)—For most students, summer begins after their last final is completed, but students who live on campus have one last deadline to meet. All must be checked out of the dorms by May 6 at noon unless you are graduating or a currently competing athlete.

Steven Hood, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Housing, said that the deadline is in the best interest of the students and institution. “Because we are an educational institution,” said Hood, “and when classes aren’t going on, you have idle minds, with nothing to do, things can tend to go wrong. We want to try and avoid that both for the institution and for the students. We recognize that some may perceive it as rigid and inflexible but there is good reason for it.”

The 5000 Building On UTC's South Campus

This could pose as a potential problem for students who don’t live close enough to come back for their graduating friends, but for most, coming back would be a simple inconvenience.

Lauren Griffin, a freshman from Cleveland, Tenn., said “I really am not effected by the move out date just because I don’t live too far away. So it’s not a problem for me to just come back for graduation.”

According to a March 2010 UTC document, 34 percent of the undergraduates live in campus housing as compared to Knoxville’s 26 percent and MTSU’s 12 percent. More than half of the student population comes from outside the immediate Chattanooga area with all but two of Tennessee’s 95 counties represented in the 2010 school year, the document says.

The month of May is the only time housing has the liberty to get projects finished without some of the thousands of visitors that roll through campus in June and July being here, according to Hood. The only exception is summer school housing in Walker Apartments, changing from the UC Foundation building that has housed summer students since it opened six years ago.

As of Monday, April 25, housing had 80 students ranging from people taking summer classes to the softball, golf, and cross-country team signed up for the first session Hood said.

Hood said there are three main projects for housing to be completed by this fall other than touch-up painting. Lockmiller will undergo Phase 2 remodeling, which means there will be cosmetic renovations (new carpet, new light fixtures, painting the walls and kitchen cabinets) done to the apartments to the left of the sand volleyball courts.

UTC's North Campus Between Johnson-Obear and Boling

Locks will be changed in Guerry and UC Foundation for the first time since the university took over south campus. Thus far, UTC has changed three of the five buildings’ locks, including Walker Apartments over Christmas break. In May Guerry will be switched, and UC Foundation will be covered in August.

The most expensive project will be to continue to broaden the wireless coverage in campus housing. “In South Campus and in North Campus, we are expanding our wireless infrastructure,” Hood said. “All of Lockmiller will have it. All of Decosimo will have it and part of Johnson-Obear will. We are frankly behind the rest of the state in providing wireless in campus housing. That’s about a $100,000 investment in North and South Campus. And that will have about a third of campus housing to have wireless internet as a result of that including the other parts of campus that already had it.”

Click here for Steven Hood telling about the expansion of wireless internet in campus housing

After the last camp has checked out in a specific building typically at the middle or end of July, the maintenance men change gears to prepping for the fall, according to Hood. Boling Apartments is one of the first buildings given attention to due to the football players moving in for fall camp and Stophel Apartments will be one of the last because it is used for summer orientations.

Hood said that 75 percent of the camps are finished by the beginning of July, which means rooms will be closed up. This poses a problem for housing because of the high summer humidity that creates mold.

In Boling Apartments, some students were greeted with commercial grade dehumidifiers when they arrived in August 2010 but didn’t allow it to hinder them. Griffin said, “As an incoming freshman, I was confused why it was all there. But we didn’t let it bother us. We just moved them out to the front porch, so we had room to move in all of our stuff.”

Click here for Lauren Griffin talking about her experience with the large dehumidifiers

Hood doesn’t know if housing will pursue the state contracting company again to rent the mostly preventative equipment. The possibility still stands that UTC may purchase their own commercial grade dehumidifiers.

“We are looking at our end-of-the-year budget to make some decisions on that,” Hood said.

 

 

 

 

Final Exams at UTC

By: Victoria Hampstead

Victoria-Hampstead@mocs.utc.edu

Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/ The Loop) -For many, what happens in the next week or so will be a huge determinate for if their semester was considered successful or not. Yes, finals week has arrived on the campus of UTC.

Several students study at the Lupton Library

Throughout the semester time management, studying, and papers come and go but when finals begin there is a subtle shift in the air. For many, the tests, assignments, presentations, and papers due for finals carry much more weight than those due over the entire semester. For example, in one General Science class the research paper is worth over 25% of the final grade. With statistics like these, the notable influx to the Lupton Library is not without reason.

It’s true, the library is much more active during the last couple weeks of school. This is clear if you simply go to the desk and the answer is “we are out of computers”.  Does this indicate a change of study habits during finals?

Maggie Dougherty, a junior and communications major at UTC, said she notices the change in the library around finals saying she can’t focus because there are so many people.

Maggie Dougherty on the library during finals

Lauren Vantrese, a Junior Bio-Chemistry major, appreciates the Lupton Library during finals as a common meeting place for students.

Lauren Vantrese comments on the library

When it comes to studying in general, Jordan Foutch, 21-year-old Chemistry major says his study habits don’t change much when it’s time for finals. “My study habits are pretty much the same because they are so closely spaced together that you don’t have time to space them out.” Foutch also noted that while he retains information pretty well he feels that having to study in such a rushed manner causes him to put less effort into studying overall.  When asked what keeps Foutch motivated his answer was simple,

Brad Gibson, Chemical Engineering major, studying at the Lupton Library

“Getting accepted to Med School.”

Senior Kevin Brown, a mechanical engineering major, echoed Foutch in his frustrations about finals. Brown said by finals “I give up, I’m burnt out by the time they come around.” Although he is willing to admit “My study habits are sloppy, Helter Skelter if you will,” Brown said some motivators for him are will power in the form of friends and Red Bull.

Finals can be difficult for many but there are resources for help. William Rapaport, of New York at buffalo has several suggestions for handling exams. His article “How to Study: A Brief Guide” has helpful tips for studying in general but when it comes to exams he narrows it down.  He urges students to not simply re-read the text book, make a study outline, do sample problems, make flash cards, and finally stop studying when you are confident.

UTC takes note of the need and sometimes the time management issues students have for studying during finals and therefore the Lupton Library makes some changes for finals. Starting on Monday, April 25, Library hours extend to two in the morning on many weekdays and extend other hours throughout the week. This new schedule helps facilitate studying for many.

As exams approach, it may also be useful to note the exam schedule on UTC’s website.

Faculty could be allowed to carry guns on campuses in Tennessee

by Lauren Carter

Lauren-Carter@mocs.utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – Students may soon enter college classrooms where their professor has a handgun on the desk during lecture, an idea that was once thought impossible but is now closer to reality than ever.

HB 2016, a bill sponsored by Tennessee Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, would allow faculty and staff with handgun carry permits to bring their guns to campus. The current law prohibits anyone other than law enforcement to bring weapons to campus.

Students walk to class on 'Cardiac Hill' on UTC's campus. Faculty and staff with handgun permits may soon be allowed to carry guns on campus. Photo by Lauren Carter

In a release from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the administration stated their opposition of “a bill that would allow more people to carry guns on campus, contributing to unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”

“We consider our responsibility to provide a safe campus environment among our top priorities,” said UTC Chancellor Roger Brown. “Campus law enforcement and law enforcement leaders from across Tennessee have said more guns on campus would not make campuses safer,” Brown said.

The statement from UTC administrators said that higher education leaders have joined police forces statewide, as well as the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police in opposition to this proposal.

The law enforcement group said in a letter to the General Assembly, that allowing guns on campus could create difficult scenarios for police who wouldn’t be able to determine the motives of armed people on campus.

The group also said handgun carry permit holders don’t have the training needed to handle guns in stressful and dangerous situations.

“From a law enforcement perspective, having more people with guns on campus increases the risk for a situation to occur and decreases safety.” UTC Police Chief Robert Ratchford said in the administrator’s statement. “Police officers are trained to handle situations. To have others get involved in a situation only complicates matters and raises the risk of injury,” Ratchford said.

Faculty and student government organizations at UTC have also opposed the bill.

Dr. Victoria Steinberg, Professor of French and President of the UTC Faculty Senate, said in the administrator’s statement, “As a faculty member at UTC, I can assure you that I feel quite safe with the current level of security and protection afforded by our campus police in coordination with city police, and therefore do not feel that arming students or faculty would do anything except complicate security.”

Students travel outside UTC's Lupton Library in between class. Faculty and staff may soon be able to carry handguns on campus if HB2016 is passed. Photo by Lauren Carter

UTC is not the only campus in the University of Tennessee system that is opposing the bill.

In a previous statement, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro said, “The University of Tennessee has repeatedly stated its opposition to allowing anyone other than law enforcement officers to carry guns while on campus.”

DiPietro said that the safety of all students, faculty and staff is a responsibility that is taken seriously. Campuses work with law enforcement to take measures to create the safest environments possible, however campuses will not become safer with more gun carriers, DiPietro said.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are also working together against the bill.

Haslam told The Associated Press in a recent statement that he wants to leave it up to administrators at each school to decide whether to allow guns to be carried by anyone other than law enforcement.

Ramsey told The Associated Press that the only major gun bill he wants to focus on is one that would ban businesses from prohibiting their employees from storing guns in cars parked on company lots.

“I want to concentrate on what I think is meaningful and what will help Second Amendment, gun carry permit holders the most,” Ramsey said. “And I do think that guns on campus is a sideline that we don’t need to be getting to right now.”

The number of Tennessee handgun carry permit holders in January was nearly 308,000, a 40 percent increase since January 2009.

Members of the organization ‘Concealed Campus’ lobby for the right to carry guns on campus and their views of their 2nd Amendment rights.

 

 

Concerning Lions Make a Splash In Chattanooga’s Indie Music Scene

By Grahm Long

Grahm-long@mocs.utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — From their polished vocals to their seamless integration of jazz and folk rock, The Concerning Lions are emerging as a bright spot in Chattanooga’s independent rock scene.

As their Facebook biography page states, “Split between Nashville and Chattanooga, Concerning Lions is a quintet divided geographically, but united by writing songs they enjoy performing together.”

The group’s formation goes back to a childhood bond between leader singer and UTC student Brian Beise and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Durham.

After a couple of years playing various gigs in downtown Chattanooga with Beise, Durham discovered lead guitarist Chase Gamble and banjoist Daniel Hallum. Through Gamble, the band acquired drummer and fellow UTC student, Nathan Miller.

The fall of 2008 marked the quintet’s debut at The North Chatt Cat, a bar located on Frazier Avenue in the downtown area. Click here to listen how the Concerning Lions got their big break.

The North Chatt Cat, located on 346 Frazier Avenue

While the band generated buzz among music enthusiasts in the region, it also captured the attention of the Sodium Glow record company in Nashville, TN.

David Terry, one of the producers at Sodium Glow, had previously worked with Beise under an internship during high school. However, it was Durham’s connection to Terry that sent them to Nashville.

The meeting with Terry produced the band’s five song EP album titled A Movement Back and Forth, which released in the fall of 2009.

“On the first track of Concerning Lions’ debut EP, A Movement Back and Forth, singer Brian Beise implores: ‘Meet us,’” says Paste Magazine columnist, Rachel Bailey. “Canon” offers a salutation of acoustic strumming and stretchy electric yawns, punctuated by banjo interjections and the occasional tambourine jingle, suggesting the Tennessee mountains from whence these Lions hail.”

The band’s first time in the studio was not only a rewarding experience but also a learning one as well.

“Recording the drums in the studio was interesting, sometimes your hands and feet are not on the beat they should be, but it was good – it made me a better drummer,” says Miller. “It allowed me to listen to things that I never knew that I did before, either good or bad. It was pretty tough at times, because I had to redo things over and over again.”

The Concerning Lions: Pictured from left to right - lead guitarist Chase Gamble, drummer Nathan Miller, banjoist Daniel Hallum, multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Durham, and lead singer Brian Biese.

Beise says the process of composing music has made the band “more intentional about exploring and listening to music.” Brian Biese tells how the Concerning Lions made him a better musician

Recently, the Concerning Lions released a live-in-studio, full length, sophomore album titled The Winter Set.

“Every time we get to do a gig, I try to remember that standing up in front of people and playing songs is kind of a ridiculous thing to do,” says Beise. “And to ask them to take it seriously and clap at the end of the song, it’s obscene in a lot of ways and sort of audacious, so you have to be really grateful.”

UTC’s Campus Crossroads undergoes renovations

By Laura Milton

Laura-Milton@mocs.utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/TheLoop) — From the old murals on the wall from years past, to the photos of alumni Mocs in

Crossroads renovation sign

Crossroads renovation sign

their prime, any UTC student that has been inside the UTC Crossroads can tell that Crossroads holds a lot of memories and history, but Campus Crossroads will soon offer more than nostalgia for UTC students.

UTC’s Campus Crossroads will get a face lift over the summer.  It will be transformed into a new dining facility that offers students the first place on campus that is all-you-can-eat.

In the University’s master plan, there are many improvements for UTC’s future and Crossroads is next on the list.  This coming school year Crossroads will be renovated into a state of the art dining facility offering UTC student the first “All-You-Care-To-Eat dining location.”

There are big changes next year to UTC’s dining plans, not only are meal plans going to change but where you eat will also change.

The University will now offer only four meal plan choices including: “The Unlimited” that allows students to eat as much as they want at Campus Crossroads, “The Weekly” which offers 14 meals per week and $275 Mocs bucks, “The Mocs Block” which offers 160 meals total a semester and $475 Mocs Bucks, and finally the “$600 Club Fund” which is a declining balance where student can eat anywhere that accepts the club fund.

Paige Pertuit, and employee for the University Center expects great things to come from the new Campus Crossroads.  ”I think that the University can only improve from this change.”

Some students are excited about the change of the dining style on campus.  Annie Peretz, a Farragut, Tenn. freshman, is interested in the new variety Crossroads has to offer, “I would love to be able to get refills on drinks and food and not have to worry about paying for them every time.”

Outside Campus Crossroads

Outside Campus Crossroads

Other students are not excited about the change, Tiffany Walpole, a Nashville freshman is uninterested about the changes to Campus Crossroads.  ”I went to Crossroads once, but I didn’t even buy anything because they don’t accept meal plans.”  Once Walpole learned about “The Unlimited” meal plan she still was not excited to go to Crossroads “I could never eat that much, it’s too expensive anyway, I think I’m going to get the $600 meal plan, so I’m not limited to one place.”

Three of the four new meal plans cost $1312.50, which is much more costly than in years past.  In one semester (which is typically 16 weeks) the total cost of a week of 14 meals is $82 a week with the new system.

The new crossroads will include many different menu choices that students have not seen before in crossroads or even in the UC.  The revamped crossroads will feature a Wood-Fired Pizza place, an International Cuisine option, and a Home Cooked Favorites section for us hungry Mocs.

UTC has made a lot of changes over its 125 years and with the renovations of one of UTC’s most favorable dining locations, Campus Crossroads’ will have a lot to offer for many years to come.

http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSS/UnivTennChat

http://www.tfponline.com/news/2010/sep/26/growing-utc-looks-campus-future/

http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSS/UnivTennChat/MealPlans/

Wall at UTC’s Engel Stadium Collapses

The Loop Staff

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — A wall at UTC’s historic Engel Stadium collapsed in Wednesday’s severe weather.

A portion of the left-field wall completely caved with the heavy winds and rain, tumbling debris onto 4th Street Wednesday morning. Workers cleaned the rubble out of the street but parts of the wall remain on the sidewalk.

The historic stadium that once housed the Chattanooga Lookouts from the days of the Great Depression had been condemned last month.

University of Tennessee of Chattanooga officials are working to transfer ownership of the stadium from the city of Chattanooga. To read more about the transfer of the stadium to UTC, click here.

 

UTC gets the OK to purchase Engel Stadium

By Laura Milton

Laura-Milton@mocs.utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/TheLoop) — The Chattanooga City Council voted to give UTC the right to use Engel Stadium until the University can officially purchase it in the next few months.

Most students may know of Engel Stadium as the lot where you can park, or play intramurals, but Engel Stadium has an interesting history that student may not know.

Engel was the home to the Chattanooga Lookouts until 1999, until the team moved to AT&T Field downtown.

Earlier this year the stadium was boarded up because of its unsafe conditions.  Tennessee Temple University was the only team that has played on the field since the Lookouts left. However, TTU has had problems with the stadium since that time.

Inside Engel Stadium Photo Courtesy of jacklail.com

Inside Engel Stadium Photo Courtesy of jacklail.com

“I’d say it’s a permanent thing [to close it down] unless somebody comes up with a couple million dollars to fix it up,” Greg Bartley, the Tennessee Temple baseball coach said in a March 2011 Chattanooga Times Free Press article.  But, because of UTC’s interest in buying the stadium it may just get that money it needs to benefit many people in the community.

In 2008, Hamilton County commissioners and the city of Chattanooga gave the UTC the “approval for the University to officially acquire the Engel Stadium property” while Tennessee Temple University sub-leased the stadium for its baseball program.  UTC did not officially own it but they were allowed to improve its conditions for students, such as building an intramural field.

UTC has claimed Engel Stadium for many years, they even list it on the school website under their Administrative Services Buildings page, but now UTC can finally call Engel Stadium a part of the University.

Richard Brown, the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations at UTC, made an appearance at a city council meeting to discuss what the stadium will be used for in the future.

Richard Brown’s soundbite offers a better explanation of the University’s interest and plans for the Stadium.

In the future we can look forward to UTC to improve Engel Stadium so it can continue to be an icon in Chattanooga.

 

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/mar/30/engle-stadium-boarded/

http://www.utc.edu/Administration/ParkingServices/UTCbuildings.php#englestadium

http://blog.utc.edu/news/2008/12/university-acquires-engel-stadium-property/

 

UTC Library Construction: Why the Delay?

By Chris Worthington

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/TheLoop) — Although construction workers found the ground under the new library stable, there were a few spots that were not according to Theresa Liedtka, Dean of Lupton Library, said.

Despite speculation that the new library is having problems because it is being built on a cave, it is not true. “That explains the crack in the current library. It’s not that it’s sinking, it’s just the earth’s geography below us,” Liedtka, said workers continue to drill through rough spots. “The sinking library is an urban myth,” Colleen Harris, assistant professor and librarian, said.

Last semester, the school began building the library in hope to have it completed by early 2012. Since late last semester though, no work has been done. “Yes, it has painfully come to a stop,” Liedtka, said. The past four months, the Chattanooga Fire Marshal has been going over the plans and reviewing the safety of the building.

This is not the first time they halted the production of the library. Liedtka said that when there were issues with the state budget, the construction plan was ruled out to pay off some of the state debts.

Liedtka said that there are currently five construction firms that will get the bid to finish building.

“ As the foundation went up, the final drawings were being compiled and then they went to the fire marshal, who had the drawings for four to five months,” she said.  “It’s a fairly complex building that students can come in, swipe their card to get in study rooms and get out of the lock and key business.” Now that the plans are back, construction can continue.

Also Liedtka said the architect did mention that the building was one story below skyscraper status for Chattanooga code. This would have added more complex requirements regarding safety protocols.

“ Our only fear was that prices are starting to creep up for materials, so the faster we move the better deal we will get, so there will be extra money,” Dean Liedtka said. “The good news is that it is not a problem with the money. It’s there. It’s just taking forever.”

“The school was given  $48-million for construction, but that does not include actually moving the books and computers from the old building,” she said. “ So the school has to come up with a separate fund to get them moved in order.”

Students will now have to wait until spring 2013 to begin their study time in the new library.

 

Update: Severe Weather Watch for UTC

The Loop Staff

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC /The Loop) –

From the UTC Office of Safety and Risk Management:  Weather Watch

 

Students with evening classes should pay particular attention to this storm:

 

The National Weather Service is advising that the approaching storms are moving faster than expected.  They are now advising us that the storms should pass through our area between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM this evening.  This system may produce very high winds, medium to large hail and as much as 1 ½ inches of rain in 90 minutes.  This system is very similar to the one which caused tornados in Hamilton County last month and this storm may produce tornados as well.  Tornado watches are currently in effect for Wayne, Perry and Humphries Counties.  As the storm moves eastward the areas within the watch will change.  A tornado watch means conditions are right for the formation of a tornado.  A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted.

 

Again, we do not send out a tornado watches on UTC Alert (text message).  We only send tornado warnings if a tornado has been seen which may threaten the campus.  If you receive a tornado warning from UTC Alert you should seek shelter on the lower floors of buildings in stair wells or other windowless rooms.

 

If you do not receive UTC Alert text messages you can sign up by going to the UTC Home Page looking on the left hand side of the page and clicking on UTC Alerts under Emergency Preparedness.

 

 

Travel Bug: Study Abroad

By: Lauren Turner

Email to: TurnerLBT90@yahoo.com

Travel Abroad is seen as some distant dream in a ivy league students mind, but just by making a phone call you could be on your way to a distant country to further your education.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN (AP/The Loop)- I’m guessing UTC is home to plenty of students that have been in Chattanooga for a while and it’s become boring. UTC is a great school, but when you have the travel bug staying in one place for too long can wear on you.

A great way for students to get out there and travel while still getting a degree is study abroad. It is a relatively affordable, extremely safe way to stay for a prolonged period of time in another country. UTC has a few programs they use for students, check out this link to get the full information on study travel.

One of the programs UTC uses is the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad. This site is very helpful and interesting, with their main job being to, “annually develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Scotland, South Africa and other English-speaking areas.” And with so many places to go you can’t be disappointed with what they offer. And the requirements aren’t that stiff, “All undergraduate and graduate students in good standing are eligible to participate for academic credit in any CCSA program.”

One reason many students never study abroad is the parent factor. Moms and dads are worried that their little kids will be set loose around a strange country to be kidnapped by drug lords, which could happen, if you don’t follow safety rules. CCSA has a special site to help potential travelers prepare themselves for life abroad so it’s a good idea to go over safety protocols on the safety and security page.

And the good news is UTC will work with you too use your scholarships for this program, meaning you will be able to cut the price of the program with Hope and any other scholarship you may have.

Another program UTC uses is the Council on International Education Exchange, a group that strives, “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world”. This group not only sets up study opportunities around the world, they also find jobs and training openings.

Kara Livingston, a UTC junior who went to Spain over the summer, had nothing but good to say of UTC’s study abroad program. Hugh Prevost directs UTC’s International Programs, National Student Exchange Program, and Cooperative Education Program. He is a very helpful advisor when it comes to figuring out what you want to do and what you can do. With so many possibilities for travel, it can be very overwhelming at first and he is there to guide you. You can reach the Cooperative Education and International Programs department at (423)425-4735. Make an appointment to see Mr. Prevost to go over your options if you are interested.

Picture of Traffic, Glasgow - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com

But of course the reason most people want to study abroad is not because of a better program in another country, the best part about studying abroad is getting to go to new places and meet people from everywhere. Not that you should be rash and apply for a study abroad just to get out of town, but broadening your horizons could never be bad. My advice is go for it while you can. Traveling by yourself is expensive and time consuming in an age where every day counts. Travel Abroad gives you the ability to see some amazing places while still earning your education for a relatively low price.

Copyright CIEE 2009