Weathering Relationships

By: Olivia Bradley

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/THELOOP)- With the change in seasons and the emergence of the birds and bees, UTC students have the opposite sex on the mind. As clothing becomes more scarce, some believe that the changing seasons effect their relationships .The opinions of select UTC students is that the presence of more skin can create a lack of inhibition.

During the changes in seasons some UTC students believe that more people are together during winter rather than summer. Kenisha Lewis, 22  from Dickson, Tenn., was in a long distance winter relationship this year. According to Lewis, guys get “tempted” by  summer time. Lewis believes guys are more affectionate during winter than summer.

 Denae Sylverston, 22 of Cleveland, Tenn. feels the same way. Sylverston considers herself a “relationship person” who  finds that warm weather makes people less inhibited. Sylverston stated that, “alot of people just don’t want to be held down.”

Senior Austin Emeagwai thinks that lack of clothing in the summer is a strong reason for winter to summer break-ups. According to Emeagwai, “People want to get naked,” leading to break-ups of previous relationships.

Other than animal instincts and the colleges student sex drive, there are different factors that can lead to relationship changes during summer. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, weather can play a major role in  someone’s mood. The study noted, “in spring days when people went a lot of time outside, mood was positively associated with air temperature.”

One theory, according to Sigmund Freud, can also play a part in the relationships people had over time. Freud developed a drive theory that describes what motivates individuals to make decisions in their life. These influences include Eros which is described as the libido. According to Wikipedia, libido is, “the desire to create life and favours productivity and construction.”

Besides nature and psychology, one popular woman’s magazine has some insight as to why relationships are so difficult in the winter. Cosmopolitan, along with clinical psychologist Dr. Seth Meyers, looked into why relationships take more effort in the winter. According to the magazine there are three major reasons.


Relationships may be harder to maintain in the winter

Relationships may be harder to maintain in the winter

  • More prone to fighting
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Decrease in sexual libido

The increased chances of altercations is partially due to weather, according to couple therapist Dr. Barton Gold Smith. “The season’s shortage of sunlight lowers our levels of the mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin,” says Smith. “this makes you more cranky than in the summer when most people enjoy up to 15 hours of mood-boosting sunlight a day. This is also combined with the long periods of time people spend indoors and decreased activity. “This is contradictory to the outdoor activities of summertime.”

The second reason, according to Cosmopolitan magazine, has to do with our self esteems. During winter (with all the holidays that focus around eating) people tend to put on more weight. This makes it more difficult to be motivated to get up and get out to events with your significant other.

The lack of self-esteem becomes another deterrent that influences the third and final winter relationship killer: lower libido. The extra weight makes partners feel self conscious and therefore less likely to be intimate with on another. Also, during this season with longer nights, the brain produces more melatonin which makes people sleepier.

On top of the vast differences in winter and summer activities, Cosmo explained how each issue of summer dating can be resolved. In order to increase serotonin and vitamin D levels, couples should spend more time outdoors together. These activities can be a bonding experience and can also be increased during the summer time with vacations and picnics. For students in particular, after studying inside they can reward themselves with with some outside activities with their partner.

Summer love may come easier but also may not last as long

Summer love may come easier but also may not last as long

To counteract the lower self-esteem due to increased weight, Cosmo offers some tips for eating. “To break the cycle, make it a point to eat high-protein foods that have serotonin-boosting nutrients.” This will increase energy and ultimately activity which can be shared with the partner.

Author Pat Love suggests ways to boost libido and connectivity between partners. This means getting outdoors and doing more physical activities with one another. This, according to Love, can lead to an endorphin high making you  “alert and ready for action.”

Interactive Improv Appears at UTC

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga music department presented an improvisational piano concert by Dennis Thurmond.

The concert entitled “400 Years of Keyboard Improvisation” was held in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall on Mar. 23. This free event was open to students and the public and is meant to be an interactive event between pianist and audience. Pianist Dennis Thurmond took melodies from UTC music majors in the audience and created new songs by merging the chosen song with various genres of piano.

Dennis Thurmond

Dennis Thurmond

Professor Thurmond is a classically trained pianist who practices jazz as well as keyboard synthesis. Thurmond has been in productions such as the New York Vocal Jazz Ensemble as well as for the Boston Pops. As well as touring in Asia and Europe, Thurmond has composed with the Jazz SophistiCats series. Thurmond, a Tennessee native, is the director of pedagogy and specialist in electronic music.

During the performance, Thurmond called on UTC students with prepared melodies that he had never seen before. After looking over the line of sheet music, Thurmond then played the line to the audience. Afterwards, he began improvising what came to his mind from the music he was given. At the end Thurmond had improvised a total of six pieces. Finally, Thurmond was called on stage for an encore were the Memphis born professor played a blues piece entitled “Memphis Blues.

Shaina Ferguson, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn. said the performance was “impressive.” “I had never seen improv done like that before,” said Ferguson

This event, sponsored by the music department, is meant to showcase interactive improvisation according the the UTC music department website. The music department’s website stated that it would be “a one-of-a-kind concert that will be both interactive and entertaining.”

According to, to improv means “to compose, perform or deliver without preparation.” An example of improvisational piano could be seen here by a man demonstrating the technique of freestyle musicianship. Thurmond used his technical background to improvise using musical genres such as Baroque, Jazz, Impressionistic, and Romantic.

Multicultural Center Heads Black History Month Events

By: Olivia Bradley

Chattanooga—(UTC/The Loop) New Multicultural Student Center showcases Black History month events for students.

One group on campus has been an integral part of multiple functions revolving around Black History month. The Multicultural Center has promoted over a dozen events for nearly every day of February.  This center has worked in conjunction with other groups including Greek organizations as well as ACE and The UTC chapter of NAACP.

The Multicultural Student Center

The Multicultural Student Center

The Multicultural Center is located on the third floor of the university center in a room that was once empty. January 30, 2009 was the opening of the now one-year-old center. According to UTC’s website Chancellor Roger Brown quoted Margaret Mead stating at that time, “If we are to achieve a richer culture, rick in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”

After their opening, the Multicultural Center has developed events during black history month that catered to different students on campus. Some events were specifically for women such as “Girl Talk Womanhood: Do we fit the description of a Queen” which discussed issues of life as a woman today. February 15 was dedicated to the Lady Mocs as a “Celebration of African-American females contributions to sports program.” This was a party with pizza drinks, and giveaways for students in attendance.

The Multicultural Center also incorporated the arts into their Black History month celebration. Actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed “The World is my Home-The Life of Paul Roberson on Feb. 1. This was followed by events such as a jazz and poetry night as well a screening of the film “School Daze”.

Multicultural Center Event

Multicultural Center Event

The final event being hosted by the Multicultural Center is the Black History Month Awards Show and Dance. The $5 dance benefits Haitian relief and is a semi-formal event that will feature a photographer and red carpet.  Graduate assistant Kristopher Davis of Memphis Tenn. says,“The purpose of this event is to teach students about the accomplishments of noted African Americans such as Alvin Ailey, Madam C.J. Walker, and Booker T. Washington just to name a few,” Davis continues, “But to also acknowledge students as well as student groups for their accomplishments and contributions to the UTC campus and Chattanooga community as well.”

Davis considered more than one event to be rather successful for the Multicultural Student Center. “We hosted Jazz and Poetry Night featuring Rhyme N Chat and the UTC Performance Theatre Society that packed the Multicultural Center. Davis stated he also was proud of the Celebration African American Females and Males Contributions to Athletics.  “These were two separate events, but each one allowed students to learn about our African American athletes in all sports.  Some of the athletes had an opportunity to come over and meet with students and take pictures,” said Davis.

Another event that incorporates UTC students during Black History month is the 6th annual step show. This is a showcase of Greek and Non-Greek steppers competing for cash prize Feb. 27 in the Memorial Auditorium. This event is open to the general public and is hosted by comedian Lil Duval.

Click here to order tickets online.

Two Cops Shot in California Shootout

SANGER, Calif. (AP/TheLoop) — Two Fresno County deputies and a police officer were shot Thursday by a man who then barricaded himself inside a house and kept firing on law enforcement officials, authorities said.

A neighbor said he heard what sounded like hundreds of shots.

Sheriff’s spokesman Chris Curtice had no further details about the ongoing standoff. It was unclear if any other people were inside the home.

The injured officers were shot during an unspecified investigation in a rural part of Central California. Two were deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. The other was a police officer from Reedley.

Their conditions were unknown. All three were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where numerous deputies and police officers had gathered.

Mary Lisa Russell, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the emergency department was briefly locked down when the deputies and the officer arrived. She would not provide any information about their conditions.

The deputies were assisting state fire officials when they were shot, Curtice said.

Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said state fire officials were at the scene but would not say why and referred questions to the Sheriff’s Department.

Mary Novack, who runs a convenience store across from the home under siege, said she saw the deputies and a fire official smash down the door of the home in Minkler in eastern Fresno County after repeatedly demanding someone inside surrender. Then she heard gunfire.

“Oh my god, somebody’s going to be dead,” Novack recalled thinking at the time.

Jim Stone, 46, who lives about 100 feet from the surrounded home, said he was evacuated after the shooting erupted.

What People Watch Now

Olivia Bradley

(AP/TheLoop) Nieslsen’s new list has described the top grossing shows this week. Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Feb. 8-14. These listings show the new viewerships in the millions.

1. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, NBC, 32.6 million.

2. “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 27.9 million.

3. Winter Olympics (Sunday), NBC, 26.4 million.

4. Winter Olympics (Saturday), NBC, 26.2 million.

5. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 25.2 million.

6. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.8 million.

7. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 17.9 million.

8. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 17.7 million.

9. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.3 million.

10. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 15.9 million.

11. “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 15.5 million.

12. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 14.8 million.

13. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 14.3 million.

14. “Survivor: Heroes-Villains,” CBS, 14.2 million.

15. “House,” Fox, 13.6 million.

16. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 13.5 million.

17. “CSI: NY,” CBS, 13.0 million.

18. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 12.8 million.

19. “The Bachelor,” ABC, 12.4 million.

20. “Lost,” ABC, 11.1 million.

UTC Singers Perform To Help Haiti

The UTC music department presented a concert for Haitian relief Tuesday Feb. 2.

(UTC-The Loop) Music department groups including Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers appeared at the First Baptist Church Golden Gateway to raise money and premiere a new piece. Men and Women’s choir also joined in the performance that included soloists and the UTC Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Kevin Ford and Roland Carter directed the sons for the evening.

Chamber Singer of 2008-2009

Chamber Singer of 2008-2009

The idea came from the students who, at first, planned to use the money for a scholarship. Instead the singers chose to raise money to benefit those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.

Chamber singer Shaina Ferguson of Knoxville, Tenn. thought the event was a success. “I thought that overall the concert went well. All the hard work and extra rehearsals paid off. It seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves.” Ferguson stated, “A lot of students suggested using the money to benefit Haiti. Everyone thought that would be a better idea.”

Red Cross made an appearance to help collect money after the performance ended. The Red Cross has been one of the many leaders in collecting money in the help for Haiti. They continue to receive donations on their website. If you would like to help, you can do so by clicking here.

Red Cross volunteer collecting donations

Red Cross volunteer collecting donations

On top of being a part of the relief efforts for Haiti, the music department decided to do the United States premiere of a piece from composer Steve Dobrogosz. The Requiem was a forty-five minute work that first was performed overseas in Stockholm before making its way to Chattanooga Tenn. The Requiem (mass for the dead) is one of 800 compositions from North Carolina native Dobrogosz.

For upcoming performance be sure to visit the UTC Music Department website for more information.

What’s in a Cigarette

RICHMOND, Va. (UTC/AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smokescreen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products.

In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they’ve done on the effects of the ingredients.

It’s an early step for an agency just starting to flex muscles granted by a new law that took effect last June that gives it broad power to regulate tobacco far beyond the warnings now on packs, short of banning it outright.

Companies have long acknowledged using cocoa, coffee, menthol and other additives to make tobacco taste better. The new information will help the FDA determine which ingredients might also make tobacco more harmful or addictive. It will also use the data to develop standards for tobacco products and could ban some ingredients or combinations.

“Tobacco products today are really the only human-consumed product that we don’t know what’s in them,” Lawrence R. Deyton, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s new Center for Tobacco Products and a physician, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

While the FDA must keep much of the data confidential under trade-secret laws, it will publish a list of harmful and potentially harmful ingredients by June 2011. Under the law, it must be listed by quantity in each brand.

Some tobacco companies have voluntarily listed product ingredients online in recent years but never with the specificity they must give the FDA, said Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Some items from the  list of ingredients include:

  • tobacco
  • water
  • sugar
  • diammonium phosphate
  • ammonium hydroxide
  • acetone
  • butane

Scientific studies suggest those chemicals also could make the body more easily absorb nicotine, the active and addictive component of tobacco.

“Until now, the tobacco companies were free to manipulate their product in ways to maximize sales, no matter the impact on the number of people who died or became addicted,” Myers said. “The manner of disclosure previously made it impossible for the government to make any meaningful assessments.”

About 46 million people, or 20.6 percent of U.S. adult smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, down from about 24 percent 10 years ago. It also estimates that about 443,000 people in the U.S. die each year from diseases linked to smoking.

Tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma continue to cut into the number of cigarettes sold, which were estimated to be down about 12.6 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period last year.

Cigarettes and their smoke contain more than 4,000 chemicals; among them are more than 60 known carcinogens, according to the American Cancer Society. But scientists say they can’t yet tell all they’ll learn from the new data because so little is known about how the chemicals combine to affect people.

“The reality is that we have known so little over time that it’s difficult to know with much accuracy what getting a good look is going to tell us about what we could do in the future,” said Dr. David Burns of the University of California-San Diego, scientific editor of several surgeon general reports on tobacco.

Myers warned that a list of ingredients or an unexplained product label is “just as likely to mislead as it is to inform” if consumers don’t know about the relative effects of ingredients.

Designer Housing at UTC

By Olivia Bradley

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/THE LOOP) – Students living on campus will have new housing options in the near future. UTC will introduce themed housing as an option for those who want a change in environment.

This semester will bring about the ability to request a specific group to live with on half of the hallway. According to the UTC housing website, “It is an opportunity to offer co-operative living among students with a common shared interest in promoting a sense of community and scholarship, both inside and outside UTC boundaries.”

Themed housing will apply to students who reside in Decosimo and UC Foundations apartments. It must be approved by housing after the submission of a proposal. UTC housing will choose the strongest proposals before allowing students to live in their groups. The students who apply must then meet the criteria that is posted on the website. If you would like to view the site click here.

Decosimo Apartments

Decosimo Apartments

According to 22-year-old resident assistant Dandridge Conrad of Memphis,Tenn. this program could be a success among students, but he fears there are flaws. “I think they’re going to love it, but I think they don’t know about it. They need to put up more fliers,” says Conrad who live in UC Foundations. With the new housing option Conrad believes, “everyone is all working together for the same thing.”

An example of themed housing would include Green roommates. This would involve people who are more environmentally conscious to share in the same living atmosphere. Conrad says “it could be like a club almost.” These “clubs” are allowed to be co-ed in terms of neighbors and creative with ideas.

On the UTC housing website, the approval process has over a dozen criteria a student must meet to apply. Students must be in good standing with the university and a full time student. A proposal must also be completed and accepted with certain criteria.  These include the group being pro-active in the campus community and even allotting for the recruitment of freshmen.

More Drama with Marijuana

Marijuana Legalization

By Olivia Bradley

CALIFORNIA (UTC/AP)–Its first victory could also be the last gasp for a California bill to tax and regulate marijuana in the same way alcohol is controlled.

The state Assembly’s public safety committee voted for the bill, 4-to-3, Tuesday.

But the health committee also must approve the measure by Friday before the full Assembly can consider it, an unlikely scenario.

The health committee is not considering the bill during its meeting Tuesday. And the bill’s backers would have to get a special waiver to reconvene the health committee later this week.

The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally possess, grow and sell marijuana. The state would charge a $50-per-ounce fee and a 9 percent tax on retail sales.

Though the successful committee vote could end up being purely symbolic, pot advocates hailed it as an important step forward.

“We’re thrilled,” said Stephen Gutwillig of the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group. “This to me, this is the formal beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States.”

State tax collectors have estimated the bill could bring in nearly $1.4 billion in revenue.

Under the bill, much of that money would go to fund drug abuse education and prevention programs. Republican Assemblyman Danny Gilmore ridiculed that idea during the hearing at the state Capitol.

“We’re going to legalize marijuana, we’re going to tax it, and then we’re going to educate our kids about the harms of drugs?” said Gilmore, a 31-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

If the legislation fails to arrive on the Assembly floor this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will likely not be forced to take a stand on marijuana legalization before he is termed out of office early next year.