Eminem the real “Slim Shady” does it again

By: Mariah Brooks


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn ( UTC/The Loop)- When Eminem was first nominated for album of the year some 10 years ago for “The Marshall Mathers LP,” it marked a milestone for the Grammys as it chose to honor an album that was considered masterful in its artistry yet morally bankrupt in its values.

On Wednesday, as the Recording Academy once again nominated Eminem for album of the year along with nine other bids, it again gave accolades to a foul but genius piece of work — Cee Lo’s “(Expletive) You,” an infectious retro groove with an unforgettable, unprintable chorus.

The tune, which is so profane it had to be changed to “Forget You” for radio play, was nominated for two top Grammy honors: record and song of the year.

“It wasn’t meant to be a radio song,” said Cee Lo after the nominations. “It was meant to be something with flair and first impression and it really took on a life of its own, and I had no idea it would become what it is today.”

It’s a sign of how much times, and Eminem himself, have changed that his leading nominations were not controversial, but expected and respected.

The person with the second-leading tally, Bruno Mars with seven, was not without his own drama this year, after being arrested in Las Vegas in a cocaine possession case, which is pending. It was the only negative in a brilliant year for Mars, who co-wrote “(Expletive) You” and was also featured on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” also nominated for record of the year.

“It’s just been a great year, incredible, incredible year, and I can’t believe this is happening to me,” said Mars, who was also nominated for best male pop vocal for his own hit, “Just the Way You Are.”

“We’ve worked so hard trying to make a living doing music and the fact that we’re here right now is incredible, incredible,” he added, speaking from Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, where the nominations were announced as part of an hourlong live special on CBS.

Other top nominees included Lady Antebellum, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, who were all nominated with six each. Gaga also was nominated for album of the year — the second straight nomination in the category for her.

For Eminem, “Recovery” was a critical and commercial triumph. It became the best-selling album of the year so far, with more than 3 million copies sold, and spawned top hits like “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, which was nominated for song and record of the year.

It also marked a stark contrast between the Eminem nominated 10 years ago and the one nominated this year. Back then, he was a stunning yet divisive figure whose violent imagery and slurs against gays and women outraged as many people as he entertained. Eminem would become one of the best-selling artists in the world and arguably rap’s greatest artist, but his stature was diminished as his battle with prescription drug addiction led to lags between albums and sub-par material.

With “Recovery,” an album that detailed his battles and how he overcame them, his status as the best rapper — and pop’s top artist — was restored.

Country trio Lady Antebellum couldn’t be more opposite than Eminem, but their album “Need You Now” was the second-best selling album of the year, doing almost as well as “Recovery,” with almost 3 million albums sold and fueled by the lovelorn title track — a huge crossover hit for the band. Grammy voters rewarded that success, nominating them for album of the year and record and song of the year for the hit.

Only last year, they were celebrating their first Grammy win.

“It’s been a wild and crazy year; it definitely feels like Christmas came early for us,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood in a telephone interview after the nominations were announced. He wasn’t watching with his bandmates, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, but they watched the special and texted each other.

“It’s just kind of complete shock that we’d be recognized, especially to be recognized in some of these all-genre categories,” said Haywood. “It’s pretty bizarre for a couple of rednecks from Tennessee and Georgia.”

Other nominees for record of the year included Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ anthem for New York, “Empire State of Mind.”

Rounding out the nominations for song of the year were Ray LaMontagne’s “Beg Steal or Borrow” and Miranda Lambert’s hit “The House That Built Me,” written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” was one of the year’s top hits but was shut out of the record and song of the year categories. Yet Perry, who performed the hit on the nominations broadcast, was far from disappointed: Her album “Teenage Dream” was nominated for album of the year, along with Gaga’s “The Fame Monster,” ”Recovery,” ”Need You Now” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.”

“It’s amazing. It’s like no other award show because I feel like you’re being recognized by your peers,” she said. “And there’s so many fantastic performers and artists that could be in this category, so when they nominate you, it feels like a win.”

Justin Bieber appeared on the show from London and the 16-year-old was rewarded for staying up: He was nominated for best new artist in a category that also included Drake, Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and jazz artist Esperanza Spaulding.

“It feels amazing. I can’t believe I’m in this position. Thank you to the fans,” he said. “I don’t know what to say.”

The evening’s biggest snub may have belonged to Ke$ha. Even though the party-girl singer had a top-selling debut and several hit songs, she was not nominated for any awards.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Life After College: The Real World

By: Mariah Brooks


You have been waiting for this and it is finally here. It’s graduation day. You have prepared for this day for the past four or five years and now reality is about to hit you in the face. College is over and it’s time to step into the real world.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) – It seems just like yesterday you were walking into the admissions office going to orientation. Everything was so new and exciting, these were the first steps to your collegiate career. Although college wasn’t all studying, there was some playing involved. The toga parties, beer pong, reading day parties, and spring break will be memories you will  never forget.

Adapting to the social life after college could  be difficult. Friends start to leave and you may outgrow the college scene. Figuring out a new social scene could be challenging but you should be open to trying new things and making new friends. WebsiteS like eCampus Tours.com offer advice on how to adapt to life after college. The article suggest ways to shed your college habits and embrace a new type of lifestyle.

This is where it all begins

Although some students are anticipating graduation, others like Brandon Dunlap are nervous and pressured to make a decision about what to do with his life.  Although Brandon doesn’t go to UTC, the senior from Nashville said ,“ My parents are constantly pressuring me to make a plan and stick with it, but I just don’t know what I want to do.” This isn’t uncommon for most students, who feel the pressure from family and friends to make a decision. However there  are ways students can get guidance to figure out what they want  to do.

At UTC ,the career counseling center in the University Center provides students with assistance to getting on the right track. There are also websites like the Stepcase Lifehack that give advice for college students who are about to graduate. I think the best advice the website gives is to network. Networking is  such an influential part in making your way into the world and something that will help get your foot in the door.

Go here for guidance

Another way to prepare for the real world is to make sure to have a good resume. All my professors have stressed how important it is to have a good resume.  The resume is the first thing an employer sees before they even look at you. This is your shot to show your future employer that you have the credentials and skills to do the job. Everything from the paper, font, style, and the wording has to be perfect. There are plenty of books and websites that offer advice for having a good resume. I also suggest asking one of your professors to go over your resume before going on an interview.

Time is winding down and it is time to enter the real world. However do you feel prepared? Are you ready? These may be some of the questions you ask yourself, and i’ts okay not feel ready. For four or five years now, we have been on a mission to graduate. It’s finally over. It’s time to move on to the next mission.

The new mission starts with entering the  job market. The job market for college graduates can be kind of tricky. The advice that I have been getting from graduates recent and old is to start applying now, and do a lot of internships. Internship are very important in developing contacts and getting a job. There are some occasion your internship will offer you a job, if they have a position open upon your graduation.

Hanging out in the student center

We are now on the hunt for a job; however, there are some things we must prepare for and that is the expected pay.  The average salary for college graduates in Chattanooga,Tenn is $40,000 according to the Simply Hired website. The average salary for Nashville, Tenn is $43,000. All of this is dependent on experience and the type of job. The website also provides average salaries for different salaries in different cities.

Another reason it is so important to find a job after graduation is student loan debt.Our parents and family are not the only ones waiting for the day we graduate. After graduation we have around  six months until we have to start paying our students loans. Yep we have debt and although it was a good investment, somebody has to pay it back. Student loans can take many years to pay back. Look at this article on MSN to prepare yourself for the next few years. There are also websites such as Kiplinger’s financial advice that provides advice and other websites to manage your student loan debt along with other life finances.

We have spent four or five years studying our major, but unfortunately for some of us, this major will not matter. A lot of college graduates face this dilemma. Many employers don’t care if you graduated with business finance degree, or communication degree. What they want to see is skill and experience.

Therefore many of us will have to settle for an entry level job.It would be nice  to have our dream job coming out of college but chances of this happening are very unlikely. Many college graduates are on a mission to having a career versus a job.  Most jobs coming out of college are the stepping stones to attaining a career.

It has been a couple of months and you still haven’t heard back from any jobs. This isn’t uncommon for many college graduates. In fact,  jobs are scarce no matter how many degrees you have. The economy has negatively affected the job market and this isn’t good for recent graduates. Some advice students may be getting is going ahead to grad school after college .

Some students are furthering their education and going ahead to grad school. Considering the current job market this doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Although some students are considering the possibility of grad school, there is still some worrying about the job experience.  However there are some employers that encourage and  pay for employees that are interested in furthering their education. This is a good way to gain job experience and go to grad school.

Your competition is inside this building

Congratulations to making it this far and I will see you on the hunt for a job.

Think B4U Drink

By: MariahBrooks


Don’t  underestimate how many drinks is one too many. Many people get behind the wheel before it is too late jeopardizing their life and others. There are tips to manage how much you drink so you wont be a threat behind the wheel.

CHATTANOOGA, Tn (UTC/The Loop)-  Here is a scenario that many people face everyday. Today is Jimmy 21st Birthday he is out with his friends celebrating and going to different bars. He has had too many drinks, but feels that he could make it home because it is not far. He leaves his friends and gets in his car and as he leaves the parking lot and hits another car.

One too many drinks

Although this is just a simple scenario, this happens a lot in reality. The average Blood Alcohol content (BAC) that cause fatal car crashes is .16. At this level for a female driving skills are significantly affected  and for males this is consider legally intoxicated. Therefore after 4 or 5 drinks driving skills are impaired and presumed dangerous.

A lot of times when people are out drinking they don’t realize when they have reached their limit. It is very important to know your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), websites like B4Udrink Educator educate those of drinking age on factors to consider before you drink. There is also accessible usage, where  cell phones user can download.

After finding out your BAC, you must make sure you maintain it in order to get behind a wheel. While drinking at a bar or friends house make sure you space  out drinks. It is okay to have a soda or a non- alcoholic beverage in between. This will  keep Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels down according to Alcohol Problems and Solutions. Eating is also another way to manage BAC. Foods that are high in protein for example meats or peanut butter,  are very good for absorption of alcohol. Another tip to consider when out drinking, is if you don’t know what it is don’t drink it. Unfamiliar alcohol can be difficult to judge if you’re not use to drinking it, so if you know you have to drive now is not a good time to experiment with different alcoholic beverages.

The effect of not knowing your BAC

Driving while under the influence have severe legal consequences, but the worst consequence of all is taking your life or someone else. If you know cant drive call a taxi, or have a friend drive you. Limit your drinks and only carry enough cash with  you that will not have you over your limit. Always remember to drink responsibly.

I love Pink

By: Mariah Brooks


Ten-year-old Parker Salinas considers herself one lucky little girl and a lifelong believer in the power of pink.

Mom Jules was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer, enduring weeks of radiation, chemotherapy and, finally, a double-mastectomy that saved her life. Parker — the oldest of three kids — begged to get involved in the search for a cure and got busy making and selling bracelets from soda can pull tabs. Her total: 600 bracelets and $600 to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“I’m doing something fun but I’m also doing something to help another family, or somebody else,” said the fourth-grader from suburban Atlanta. “It was the thought of helping others to feel better and not die from it.”

Parkers large and small are trying to push back the most common form of cancer in women in their own homegrown ways, from two teachers who putt-putted more than 2,700 miles on scooters in “Dumb and Dumber” getups to a Minnesota family’s cookbook that raised $30,000.

Many do it year-round with help from a bump in online giving and the rise of Facebook. Others find shorter-term projects to take advantage of October’s designation as breast cancer awareness month, when bubblegum pink takes center stage during walks, corporate drives and the sale of special products that raise millions for research, education and support for patients.

“Finding a good give-back project is like finding that perfect pair of jeans,” said Christy Eichers, who nearly lost her mother, Joan, to the disease. “To give to something you really believe in is a gift.”

Eichers hit on her “Mixing Up Memories” cookbook idea while driving one day in Minneapolis two years ago, listening to the “Wicked” tune “Defying Gravity”: “Some things I cannot change/ But ’til I try, I’ll never know!” She embellished each comfort, party-pleasing recipe (Cowboy Salsa, Annie’s Cajun Yams) with its distinct family history.

“My mom said, ‘Oh my goodness, we’re not going to have any family secrets left,'” Eichers said.

Like Parker and Eichers, Carter Hoff’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. Hoff’s good friend Alan Landers has survivors in his family, too. Both men were teachers on a U.S. military base in the Azores in Portugal when they decided on their scooter ride across the United States in late June.

“It was an easy choice,” Hoff said. “We decided we could be just two guys on scooters or we could do it wearing the orange and blue tuxedoes from ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ We had canes, too, but we lost them in Pennsylvania. They fell off the hogs,” Hoff joked.

Averaging about 300 miles a day at 60 mph or slower, it took them 16 days to go Washington to Washington and raise about $4,300. “We went for the everyday grassroots people you meet on the street,” Hoff said. “A few dollars here, a few dollars there could add up and make a big difference.”

Nobody knew more about the personal touch than Mel Simmons, a suburban Boston mother of two and a flight attendant for 38 years who died of breast cancer after a fierce, five-year battle.

Frequent flyers on Delta Air Lines planes asked for her by name. Her friends nominated her to carry the Olympic Torch, and she did with her trademark grin. During treatment for breast cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital, Simmons liked to give her nurses and others colorful bead bracelets on elastic bands that a friend found for her in Turkey.

When Simmons died in 2005, the recipients of her token gift wore them in her honor. Soon others wanted them, too, and friends found 1,000 more of the bracelets. The supply quickly sold out, with proceeds donated to cancer causes. Her loved ones realized the bracelets could raise even more money in the fight against all cancers and formed the Friends of Mel Foundation. The group had a bad turn of luck in 2007 when they voluntarily recalled the bracelets due to lead, but it found a new source in January 2008 and the tradition continues. More than $2 million in proceeds from the bracelets and other fundraisers has been distributed.

“We were missing her and trying to channel our grief in a positive way,” said Pauline Alighieri, a close friend. “At the time people started asking for the bracelets, so we put a basket down on a table and said take a bracelet, give us $10. We didn’t know what we were doing. The whole thing was done out of the back of my car.”

Greg Moore in Chattanooga, Tenn., lost his mother to breast cancer 18 years ago. The mother of his oldest daughter died of the disease two years ago.

Moore co-owns a Volvo Rents franchise, providing heavy equipment for construction work. He painted one of his 45 cherry pickers pink and began last October to donate 25 percent of its proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Moore has turned over a little more than $2,000 so far.

“At the very beginning everybody wanted to rent it for what it’s used for but a lot of times just to aggravate their workers,” he said. “On the job site it’s a big conversation piece.”

Corporate marketer Nick Mavrick at Volvo Rents headquarters in Asheville, N.C., said other stores have done the same with pink, along with red, white and blue American flag designs to support military veterans, purple for the March of Dimes and a jigsaw puzzle look for autism.

“There are a lot of big guys in this business with soft hearts,” Mavrick said. “A lot of what they do doesn’t fill their hearts. This does.”

Drinking Responsibly: Lack of Chattanooga Nightlife

By: Mariah Brooks


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop)- Walking down Market Street on a Saturday night, there is live music at Raw, karaoke at Sing It or Wing It, and drinks on deck at Big Chill and Taco Mac. It appears that Chattanooga offers many choices to go on the weekend, but some UTC students think differently.

Most students come from bigger cities where the nightlife is “jumpin.” Not to say Chattanooga nightlife isn’t fun, but for some it is a big transition. Coming from Nashville my first year, I had a hard time finding places to go, especially places for the under 21 crowd. I think Chattanooga could benefit more from having more night events. For example, concerts, dance clubs, and upscale bars could really improve Chattanooga night life.

Chattanooga nightlife is catered more to a specific crowd, and should be more diverse. Adding flair and a little youth could be the trick to reviving the Chattanooga nightlife. There are a couple places however that I think are decent.

Located on Georgia Avenue, Midtown Music Hall offers a variety of music for different audiences all for a five- dollar entry fee. Midtown is one of the few dance clubs in Chattanooga that have a diverse audience. If you want to dance to your favorite song with a twist I suggest you go to Midtown. The latest addition to the downtown nightlife is Sing It or Wing It. If you like to belt out your favorite song, this is the place you want to be. There is always a full crowd, giving people their five minutes of fame.

Although Chattanooga doesn’t have the best nightlife,  I think there are a few perks to its dullness. There isn’t too much going on to distract me from my school work and ultimately that’s the reason why we are here. Being a student, I think that it is good for UTC to be a dry campus and leave the socializing for off campus.

Till next time go out and make the best of Chattanooga, but put the Natural Light down and study first. Always remember to drink responsibly and cheers to having money in your pockets!

Kid Cudi pleads guilty to drug chargesThe

By: Mariah Brooks


(CHATTANOOGA,TENN UTC/The Loop)–Rapper Kid Cudi has pleaded guilty in New York City to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Tuesday that the charge will be dismissed if the entertainer stays out of trouble for six months and serves two days of community service.

Cudi was arrested June 11. Police said at the time they believed he had cocaine in his pocket. He performed the next day at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.

The Cleveland native released his debut album, “Man on the Moon: The End of Day,” in 2009. Kid Cudi :”Day and Nite Video

Cudi pleaded guilty last Friday through his lawyer. His next court date is March 23.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

Drinking Responsibly and Pay Less: Hitting the Town

By: Mariah Brooks  


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn  (UTC/The Loop)-  I certainly don’t think of myself as an alcohol connoisseur; however there are a few places in Chattanooga that I think are worth my dollar. My top five places to go to in Chattanooga are Big Chill, Abuelos, Amigos, Taco Mac, and The Delta Queen.  

In my last article, I gave advice on some easy and cheap drinks that could be made at home. In this article, I want to talk about some places that I go to for drinks that fit into my budget. Although going out for drinks can get pretty expensive, the places that I normally go  are fairly priced and usually have good drink specials.  

With its wide variety of slushy alcoholic drinks and the laid back atmosphere, Big Chill is the perfect spot to indulge in a frosty treat. One of my friends, Sharonda Williams says,” Big Chill reminds me of when I was a kid drinking an icee from the gas station.” Big Chill has a very large selection of drinks but my favorite is the St. Croix Joy. With one of these I have reached my limit!   

The Slushy machine at Big Chill, Yummy!


When I feel like having mexican food there are two places I go to that also quench my thirst. During the week, Abuelos has two for one sangrias, margaritas, and beers for happy hour. I prefer the sangria swirl; it is a delightful blend of sangria and margarita. Although Abuelos doesn’t have a bar atmosphere it’s a good place to relax and have a drink with your friends. On Mondays Amigos has 75 cent tacos. They also have two for one frozen margaritas, and five dollar pitcher of beer. The  tacos are good and the frozen margaritas complement them very well.  

Game Time!!!


Aside from their food, Taco Mac also is a great place to have drinks. When I celebrated my 21st birthday my friends and I had a great time. The drinks are muy delicioso, and if you are 21+ and  celebrating your birthday, you get a complementary shot of Jagermeister. Taco Mac is also a good place to go and watch Monday night football with your friends.  

My 21st Birthday Party at Taco Mac


This weekend when my friend and I were doing a little research we went to the Delta Queen to talk to my friend, Kimmie Cann, who is also the bartender. I asked her about some good places to drink and what to get. She said, “Although I like to create my own drinks one of the places I go to is Hair of the Dog.” Her favorite drinks are Jagermeister and Cosmo Kamis: triple sec, vodka, and limejuice and she says, “It looks like dirty water.”  

However I prefer the Delta Queen one of Chattanooga’s historical venues, and my secret place to hang out with my friends. Originally a warship hospital, the Delta Queen offers a very old world atmosphere and sometimes makes me feel like I’m on the Titanic. Although it may not seem like a place for college students, the drinks speak for themselves.  

Well those are my top five  places although the search is never over. Always remember to drink responsibly and cheers to having money in your pockets!

Drink Responsibly and Pay Less

By: Mariah Brooks


CHATTANOOGA,Tenn. (UTC/Loop) — In college, we are all on a budget. No one wants to pay an arm and leg for alcohol. Therefore I took it upon myself to do a little research, finding some easy and cheap drinks that can be made at home.

The research was  simple. There are tons of recipes for quick and easy cocktails but I only chose eight that were cheap, good and give a punch.My sources came from a website About.com and a book called Cocktails for Dummies. These sources are  helpful for any amateur bartender who is looking to explore new alcohol beverages.

Before I list the eight recipes I would like to share some of my small wisdom I’ve learned about mixing drinks. The first rule to buying cheap alcohol is that you have to remember that you get what you pay for. My advice is to mix the alcohol with different juices or cokes. It will dilute the taste and go down more smooth. Here are some cheap alcohols that I  have used:

  • Burnetts
  • Svedka
  • Pinnacle
  • E&J
  • New Amsterdam
  • Evan Williams
  • Pedro Lopez tequila

I also talked to some of my friends and asked them how they get around paying alot of money for alcohol. One of my friends,  Kristen Smith, said that when she goes to the liquor store she isn’t afraid to ask the salesman or woman at the store for advice. Kristen said, ” I’ve made some of my best drinks just by asking them and they are always good but inexpensive.”   This is something that I generally do myself and  most of the time when I ask they give me really good advice.

Another friend Jason Murphy said he often split the cost of the alcohol with his friends. He said, “At times you may want to buy your own, but you get more for your money when you split the cost.”  This is something I’ve seen a lot of college students do; it’s less expensive to the share the cost.

Here are some of the recipes that I found on the web at About.com: Cocktails

With a little a practice anyone can make a drink like this

1. Lemon Drop  Martini

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup
  • lemon twist for garnish
  • 2. High Ball

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • ginger ale
  • 3. Rum and Coke

  • 2 oz rum
  • cola
  • lime wedge for garnish
  • 4. Woo Woo

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 Tbsp peach schnapps
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • lime wedge
  • The other source I was the  book called  ” Cocktails for Dummies.” It has a alphabetical list of drinks with directions on how to make them. I only chose the drinks  I thought would be cheap and good:

    5. Melon Ball

    • 3/4 oz. Midori
    • 1 oz. Vodka
    • 4 oz. Orange Juice

    6. Screwdriver

    • 1 1/4 oz. Vodka
    • 4 oz. Orange Juice

    7. Purple Passion

    • 1 1/4 oz. Vodka
    • 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
    • 2 oz. Grape Juice

    8. Cuba Libre

    • 1 3/4 oz. Bacardi Rum
    • Cola
    • Juice of 1/4 Lime

    Although these are just some of the recipes, this is a good start to being your own bartender on a budget. Just remember alcohol adds pounds and always drink responsibly . Cheers to having money in your pockets!

    UTC enrollment is up this year

    By: Mariah Brooks


    CHATTANOOGA, TN. (UTC/The loop)–UTC enrollment has increased this year by three percent, which is 500 more than last year enrollment.

    Vice Chancellor Chuck Cantrell said, “that we will get a better idea of the true size in two weeks because the number of transfer students should be complete.”

    However the prediction for the total enrollment is 11,000.

    Judge forbids Fisk from selling famous art work

    By Mariah-Brooks@mocs.edu


    • The Association of Art Museum Directors has praised a decision by a Nashville judge that forbids Fisk University from selling a 50 percent share of its art collection donated by the late painter Georgia O’Keeffe.
    • The historically black university argued that its precarious financial state prevents it from maintaining and displaying the collection.
    • Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that selling a 50 percent stake in the collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark., would violate the conditions of the gift to the school.
    • Lyle ordered the state attorney general to find a way to keep the collection in Nashville within 20 days.

    Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.