By Siobhan Rahilly
CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) — What really bugs me…. Ann Coulter.
By Siobhan Rahilly
CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) — What really bugs me…. Ann Coulter.
CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) – As first-time home renters, my roommates and I have an old house with many problems, most were not fixed before we moved in. Trying to correct these problems, we may have stepped on some toes, mainly those of our landlord.
Sarah Finley, a sophomore from Memphis, said, “I’ve found it difficult to find a balance in the relationship between tenant and landlord. I understand that this is their home, but it’s ours too.” She says that she has come downstairs and found her landlord, unannounced, sitting in a room, watching people make repairs.
Aside from our parents, this is the first encounter we have had with landlords. While searching for a home, I found there are many different types of landlords. You have the creepy landlord, the nosy landlord, the landlord that never calls back, and in our case, the cheap landlord.
Considering that fact, it seems that many of the issues have become “do it yourself.” Even if we took care of it, it has still become the landlord’s problem. Finley finished, saying, “Although the solutions may be a little out of bounds, I don’t think we have crossed the line.”
With that, I leave you “The Top Ten Ways to Annoy Your Landlord.”
10. Tell your landlord that you spent your entire first week cleaning, right after they finish ranting about how they cleaned it top to bottom.
9. Strip your wallpaper instead of painting over it as you were explicitly instructed to do.
8. Have your mother call and inform the landlord that they will be deducting from next month’s rent all of the expenses spent on improvement.
7. Insist that the landlord change your lock, because while you can unlock it, you cannot seem to lock it back.
6. Never have the utility bill switched over to your name, so your landlord still gets the bill.
5. Have three different plumbers look at your bathroom. You landlord pays for each one.
4. Never pay a pet deposit, but get a pet anyways.
3. Never cut your grass.
2. Use your front yard as a parking lot.
1. Have someone punch a hole in your wall.
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by Alex Cooze (UTC)- With unreliable temperatures and an unruly weather patterns, many students are forced to walk to classes in very undesirable conditions. Battered from rain, and whipped around from the brutal winds, students have been using the Mocs Express bus system to help get them from point A to point B.
I am one of the few who have taking to the ever so free, ever so convenient Mocs Express that encircles this campus. Actually, the benefits of the bus system out weigh the negatives.
According to campus statistics, in 2007, the Mocs Express had 95,677 riders. I wanted to find out how many students actually use the Mocs Express, the system that I, myself have become accustomed to riding. I wanted to know why they didn’t ride the bus, and one answer stood out particularly.
Most students do not ride the Mocs Express simply because it is more convenient for them to drive. UTC is still a commuting school, and thus many students get a parking space close to where a majority of their classes are held.
Brett Burns, a senior, has most of his classes near the Fine Arts Center and thus tries to park near there. He doesn’t believe he would ride the Mocs Express just because it is not terribly convenient for him.
Many students agreed with the inconvenience Mocs Express may have with their schedule, but most students actually do not know of the new system that CARTA has introduced. A new online system called Bus Tracker allows anyone with internet access to see exactly where buses are on routes, and can help avoid waiting a long time at a bus stop.
All CARTA buses also have free internet access which also you a few more minutes to finish that email.
For more information on CARTA and the Mocs Express or if you want to track a bus near you then check out their website!
By: Carmen Stephens
Chattanooga (UTC)-The United States is the only nation on earth that had preserved for over three centuries a genetically discontinuous enclave of mostly African ancestry within a larger population of European ancestry. The phenomenon demands study.
Sometimes the things that separate us are often times the things that brings us together. Although we are no longer physically segregated, it is our mindsets that tend to keep us from getting out of our comfort zone.
As a student at UTC, the University Center is a place where students can go to eat, study, or just hang out. Something what tends to get the attention of students is the invisible line in the eating areas. As a spectator, it appears that where one sits is based on his/her ethnicity. However, there are always exceptions to every rule.
Shonda Foublasse, UTC junior agrees that the invisible line does exist in the UC. Shonda said that time of day has an effect on how how noticeable the invisible line is. She said, “It’s usually black people at top, white at the bottom and and a lil mix on the side.” In addition, she charges the seating arrangement to how people were brought up and what makes them comfortable.
Kristie, agrees with Shonda that there is a visual invisible line, but she does not however feel bound to those stipulations. She said, “there is a visual line, but I don’t feel like I am stopped from going to sit anywhere. I don’t feel like I need to stay on one side.” This is an example of how some people acknowledge the fact the there is a stereotype, but does not let that determine where they sit.
The phrase color line was originally used as a reference to the racial segregation that existed in the United States after the abolishment of slavery. The invisible line could be dissolved if people begin to take the time to get to know one another. Some people may wonder what all the fuss was about when civil rights leaders fought for equality.
Shanee Driver, UTC sophomore, says that her and her friends have certain names for the different sections. For example they use Africa to represent where the black people sit, China where the foreigners sit, and America where is where the white people sit. She describes “Africa” as being loud and rowdy. She also couldn’t understand if the people’s decision was intentional or unintentional. She thinks the entire situation is sad but says, “this is just what we have chose to accept as reality.”
This is an example of how some people get so caught up in looking at situations from the outside in, that even though you think you may think you are not directly effected by the invisible line you inevitably fall in the stereotype yourself.
PBS did an article entitled “America Beyond the Color Lines” with Henry Gates Jr. The article gives insightful information of his impression of the color line and how it has changed over time.
By: Carmen Stephens
CHATTANOOGA (UTC) — For many, Black History month is a time when you simply write an essay and make a presentation on an influential member of the civil rights movement or from Black History. Others sing Negro spirituals, and some treat it like another month of the year. However, now that a African American is president, people seem to take more pride in the price that was paid for our freedom.
Martin Luther King Jr. would be thrilled at the progress that has been made thus far. Nearly 46 years ago, he spoke the words,
“One day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal….Little black boys and girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”
Today not only have people come together as brothers and sisters but we have the first African American President.
Some may feel that over the years the dream has been forgotten or delayed. Some may even feel that Black History month has somewhat lost its impact. Cathrine McElhinny said “It’s not more important but since the recent inauguration, it has made people more involved and pay more attention.” Black voices.com has interactive section on their website that allows visitors to quiz themselves, view galleries and gain knowledge on new information.
Rap icon MC Lyte recently gave her opinions on the new president and its effect on the community. She said, “all the excuses are out the window.”
There is no reason why we as a people can’t succeed. Anything can be as long as the time and effort are put forth.
The phrase “anything is possible” is more believable and in arm’s reach now more than ever. In my personal opinion, I feel that Black History has allowed those individuals who were always told that they wouldn’t make it or they couldn’t make it because of ethnicity now believe that they can be anything. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others; this is what they and all of our forefathers fought and died for. And just as our President stated, “we are the keepers of this legacy.” Their legacy must live through us.
So what exactly does having a Black President mean? Well, it means hard work and daring to be different pays off. It means that dreams really can come true.
By MANDY SHALLENBERGER
WASHINGTON, D.C. (UTC/AP) — Political cartoonists had a relatively easy job for the last eight years. When poking fun at George W. Bush, they often depicted him with big ears and a large overbite, or sometimes as a clueless doofus. They are finding it much more difficult to come up with material for making fun of Barack Obama.
Bush had physical features that were easy to caricature, distinctive facial expressions, and largely unpopular political decisions that gave artists easy fodder. But President Obama has arrived on the scene at a time of economic uncertainty when even political opponents are wishing him well.
“I had all my villains in place for eight years and they’ve been taken away,” said Pulitzer Prize winner Pat Oliphant one of the foremost political cartoonists. “I don’t know that I’ve ever had this experience before, of a president I maybe like. This is an antagonistic art. We’re supposed to concentrate on finding things wrong. There’s no point in drawing a cartoon that’s favorable.”
As the recession worsens, there is also the question of whether it is in good taste to ridicule a chief executive who is trying in earnest to guide the country toward economic recovery. Last summer, racial sensitivities were also brought to light, in the uproar over the New Yorker cover of the Democratic candidate giving his wife a fist jab in the Oval Office.
Editorial cartoonists are finding themselves in uncharted territory, slowly coming up with material and ideas.
“It always takes awhile to get a handle on new administrations, getting to know the players and working on developing effective caricatures,” said Ann Telnaes, who draws the animated cartoons for Washington Post online and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. “My earlier George W. Bush changed quite a bit over the first year.”
Some artists say that perhaps Obama may provide more fodder for their work after he has been in office for awhile. An editorial caroonist at the Philadelphia Daily News, Signe Wilkinson, said that Obama’s tendency to attract academic eggheads and over-achieving intellectuals will provide one way to poke fun at the 44th president.
Copyright 2009 www.politico.com
What I can’t help but be afraid of is the fact that this country is lazy and not easily motivated. With our previous president leaving his crumbled legacy amid questions of failure, it makes me wonder what would any of us have done when faced with the events that this man had to go through. I, myself am very good at thinking on my feet and coping with stress, however, I do think that faced with countless international incidents, a home front attack, and several natural disasters, I would be in a room, vomiting in a corner when faced with the things this man has had to deal with. I’m not saying he’s without fault, but I’m not sure when put in his shoes, I could do much better, so who am I to judge?