A Chattanoogans Guide to Summer Music Festivals

By: Carson O’Shoney

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) –  This past weekend, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival kicked off the summer music festival season in Indio, CA. The likes of Gorillaz, Muse and Thom Yorke graced the Empire Polo fields and got music lovers excited about the upcoming festival season.

People flock to music festivals in droves for many reasons. The atmosphere of being surrounded by music lovers and having bands play all day and all night attracts many. Getting to see all the bands in one place attracts others. Junior Shahad Zarkani likes festivals because, “it’s a very chill way to enjoy music, a lot less stuffy than the concerts I usually go to.” Whatever the reason, music festivals are immensely popular are there are many different ones for fans to choose between.

While Coachella is arguably the most prominent music festival in America, it’s not on the radar of most Chattanoogans because of its far away location. For this article, we’ll be focusing on the music festivals that are closer to home (within a ten hour drive) and more realistic than the festivals out west. There are still plenty of festivals that Tennesseans can easily make it to.


We’ll start with the biggest of them all – Bonnaroo (June 10-13). Tennesseans sometimes take it for granted, but people come to Bonnaroo from all over the world. It’s one of the biggest and best music festivals out there. And Chattanoogans are lucky, this world-renown music festival takes place only an hour away in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo is the music festival of choice for many Chattanoogans, largely due to this fact. “I would love to try different music festivals, but they’re just too far away,” said Zarkani. But with the consistently strong lineups Bonnaroo brings, having it be the only festival one attends in a year makes this okay  for most. This year’s lineup, while a step down from years past, still has a lot of exciting acts to offer – including Jay-Z, Tenacious D, Stevie Wonder and ousted Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien.

Metallica performing at Bonnaroo 2008

Metallica performing at Bonnaroo 2008

If you like camping, hippies and a laid back atmosphere, Bonnaroo is the festival for you. Junior Caleb See will be attending his first music festival this summer, and Bonnaroo’s reputation has preceded it. “I’m most excited about the “roo environment” that everyone keeps talking about.” Indeed, plenty of people go for the atmosphere just as much as for the music. The campsites are a great home base, and a place to relax with the company of friends in the mornings before each day of music starts. The hippies who populate Bonnaroo, love them or hate them, make it a better place. They make the audience interesting, not just the music. They also promote the Bonnaroo spirit – very laid back and free spirited. Which is the same atmosphere that runs throughout the whole festival. Between the art exhibits of Such n Such and the homemade stores throughout Centeroo to the Ferris Wheel and the air conditioned film tent – There’s much more to Bonnaroo than the music.


Bonnaroo is not for everyone, however. Chattanoogans who aren’t up for the rough four days of camping and no showers have a local alternative, that happens the same week as Bonnaroo. Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival has been going on since 1981 and has had a host of legendary acts like James Brown, the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson. The festival stretches over nine days on five stages around the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga, and boasts over 100 bands, with a good mix of local and national touring acts. This years lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, The Charlie Daniels Band and George Clinton. So if you like sleeping in your own bed every night and staying local while seeing some classic acts mixed in with some local flavor, Riverbend is the festival for you. The audience has a wide range, and the environment is a family friendly one. Riverbend is a festival that college students and their professors can enjoy equally. “My favorite part of Riverbend is the opportunity to see so many acts that were big when I was in college,” said UTC Professor Chris Dortch. “Bands like Steve Miller Band, America, Earth Wind and Fire, Z.Z. Top. Awesome!”


While Riverbend has been around for a long time and attracts a large audience, it’s not as far up the ranks as the likes of Coachella and Bonnaroo, who are both part of what festival goers call “The Big Three” of American music festivals. The third in the group is a storied franchise – Lollapalooza. It’s a bit further away from Chattanooga than the others I’ve covered, but it still attracts a large southern audience. It’s hometown since 2005 (after being a traveling festival in the 90s), Chicago, IL, is just over a nine hour drive from Chattanooga, which is a pilgrimage that many Tennesseans make every year – particularly college students. Their target audience is traditionally a bit younger than Bonnaroo and Riverbend, as they include up and coming headliners such as the Killers, Kings of Leon, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Muse and Interpol. This year’s appeal to the younger audience includes headliners Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Phoenix and Lady GaGa. But that’s not to say they don’t appeal to the older music fan as well. This year’s festival will mark the first show for the reunited Soundgarden since 1997. The atmosphere isn’t up to par with the experience you get with Bonnaroo, but the city of Chicago is just as much a part of the attraction as the music is. Lollapalooza takes place in the beautiful Grant Park in downtown, just blocks from Michigan Avenue. The crowds in the relatively long but narrow Grant Park can be a hassle, but festival founder Perry Farrell (of Jane’s Addiction) has promised to expand the festivals limits this year and open it up to allow more room for comfort.

Lollapalooza's Front Gate

Lollapalooza's Front Gate

“Some people may be turned off by the corporate sponsorships {at Lollapalooza}, but it’s consistently a lot of fun,” said Junior Brad Petraline. “Plus, seeing the Chicago skyline in the background of every show enhances the concerts a lot.” Lollapalooza is entrenched in the city – it recently signed a contract with the Chicago Parks District to extend their relationship until at least 2018. But due to city ordinances, the festival must end by 10 p.m. every night. Because of this, many of the bands who play the fest do aftershows at various venues throughout the city – adding to the connection the festival has with the city of Chicago. So if you like to get to sleep at a decent hour and like visiting and staying in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the U.S., Lollapalooza is the festival for you.


Chicago’s other major music festival is a hipster’s dream. The Pitchfork Music Festival happens in Chicago’s Union Park, and boasts a consistently great, outside-of the-mainstream lineup. This year’s lineup includes the newly reunited Pavement, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem, OutKast’s Big Boi, Broken Social Scene and more. If your musical tastes are more adventurous than the average music listener, Pitchfork is the festival for you.

For those Chattanoogans who don’t want to travel very far for their music festivals, there is another option in the state of Tennessee. Memphis in May‘s Beale Street Music Festival has been invading the streets of Memphis since the turn of the decade in 2000. The festival boasts a very eclectic lineup year after year, mixing legends like Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, Al Green and B.B. King with modern radio rock staples Three Days Grace, Staind, Hinder, Korn and Fall Out Boy, while throwing in high profile hip-hop acts like Snoop Dogg, Three 6 Mafia, The Roots and Fergie with college hipster approved bands like the Flaming Lips, Cat Power, Lou Reed, The Stooges, Band of Horses and Elvis Costello. The festival takes place the first weekend of May in the city’s Tom Lee Park, on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. Unfortunately, the past five years it has rained the weekend of the festival and creates a muddy mess, but that’s just an unlucky streak. If your musical tastes are very wide ranging, Beale Street may be for you. This year’s offerings include Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips, Goo Goo Dolls, Alice in Chains and Earth, Wind and Fire.

This year saw the creation of a new music festival that happens not too far from Chattanooga – Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival. The only major music festival that currently happens on a beach, the debut lineup includes the likes of the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Ben Harper & Relentless 7 and the Black Crowes. If you’re a beach person, this is definitely the festival for you. Even if the lineup isn’t as strong as some, being able to experience the concerts while also being able to take a dip in the ocean makes for a fun atmosphere.

Another new music festival making it’s debut this year is the LouFest in St. Louis. It’s a smaller-scaled festival than most summer happenings, but still boasts a solid lineup. Topping the lineup for Loufest are She & Him, Broken Social Scene, Wilco’s lead singer Jeff Tweedy, and Built to Spill. The first year fest happens in Forest Park’s Central Field towards the end of festival season, August 28-29. If you like smaller crowds and a less overwhelming festival, LouFest is the one for you.

From one Lou to another, Louisville, KY has a pair of music festivals of its own, though they’re very different. The brand-new HullabaLOU Music Festival takes place in the legendary racetrack Churchill Downs, and caters to a more mainstream audience. Acts include Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Steve Miller Band, Dierks Bentley and the Zac Brown Band. If you’re a sucker for arena-sized rock & country, this is the festival for you. Louisville’s other summer offering, Forecastle, caters to a much smaller audience, and features the likes of the Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, Spoon and Drive-By Truckers. It also fashions itself as an art and activism music festival – so if you’re culturally and politically minded, this is the music festival for you.

Hopefully this article has helped you on your quest to find the music festival that suits you best. Be sure to drink lots of water, wear lots of sunblock, and have a happy festival season!

Young Monster Fuses Local Art and Music Scenes

By Xan Gwaltney

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — If you have seen event posters around town in the last year, chances are you’ve seen the work of the local art collective known as Young Monster.

Young Monster design

Young Monster design

The group started operating over a year ago thanks to a grant from Chattanooga non-profit organization CreateHere, which identifies itself as “an experiment in harnessing the economic potential of creative individuals” to “build Chattanooga’s cultural economy through arts, economic, and cultural development initiatives.”

UTC graduate Nick Dupey founded Young Monster after writing the grant with Heather Lacey, who now works primarily with Do Ya Hear We records.

Currently, the core group consists of Dupey, Zach Hobbs, Alison Burke, and Scott Campbell, and specializes in screen printing, graphic design, and most recently fashion design.

Dupey says, “There’s a rich history of music-based design” and the goal of Young Monster is to “try to develop a design culture around the music scene” in Chattanooga.

Young Monster pieces can regularly be found touting upcoming events at local venues JJ’s Bohemia and Discoteca, and often add a distinct art aspect to events such as the Bangers Ball and The Chattanooga Roller Girls bouts and shows by the likes of:

Discoteca poster designed by Young Monster

Discoteca poster designed by Young Monster

  • The Distribution
  • King Khan & the Shrines
  • Andrew Bird
  • Those Darlins
  • Lambchop
  • Forest Magic

Dupey says, “The regionality of what we do is really important.  We want to create a voice for our city and the music that comes out of our city.”

A veteran himself of the music scene as a member of Giant Tigers, Dupey has become prolific as a visual artist.

He says, “I personally did about 40 posters last year.”  Add in the output of the other Young Monster contributors and he says the group produced “upwards of 100 posters last year.”

As a group, Young Monster has created a distinctive style, influenced heavily by Polish poster design and film.  Dupey says that film especially is an inspiration because it is a “culmination of film, visuals, music, and graphic design.”

In particular the artists are inspired by horror films, such as the work of Roger Corman, in which they are drawn to the beauty of at times ugly or horrific imagery.

Young Monster has recently branched out further with merchandising, offering posters, prints, cards, and clothing on their website.  Dupey says the worldwide decline in record sales has led the music industry to push gig posters and other merchandise as more products to sell.

As a result, he says the art form of gig posters, while it had never gone away, has found increased public awareness.

Young Monster also recently partnered with Leo Handmade Gallery which officially reopened April 2 and currently features the photography of Robert Parker.

The new store is located at 22 Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga.

Here Nick Dupey demonstrates printing a poster in the Young Monster studio beneath the Leo gallery.

6 Reasons To Attend a Trade Show, Expo, or Convention

By: Kyra Inglis

CHATTANOOGA – (UTC/THELOOP) Many people do not realize how attending a convention, trade show, or exposition can be to their benefit. What they don’t know is about the wealth of information, not to mention freebies, that are made available .

There is also a chance to meet people who are either semi-famous or  knowledgeable in a particular area. Most events are held by theme, so there’s always something of interest for anyone.

Here are six reasons that you should attend one of these events in your area:

Free Stuff: The swag opportunities are incredible. I attended two trade shows in less than a week, and in that time, I racked up four tote bags, a water bottle, a t-shirt, a tire pressure gauge, coupons for products at a local grocer, sunflower seed packets and samples of three different ice creams.

According to Ardyce Mercier, Co-Founder of Cleaning Green, not only do they want your business, but they also want to show you how to clean green. “We come in and clean every surface of your house.” At the Cleaning Green booth, she gave out cleaning recipe cards that showed you how to clean your home in an eco-friendly way.

What is important to remember is that many businesses are going to be present at these events, and they have promotional materials so that you remember their name, and what service they offer. To them, business cards are not enough, and while you can lose or throw away a business card, a free tote bag is always going to be used. And that is free advertisement for them.

Give-Aways : There are countless give aways involved at these events. Each booth usually has an offer for you to sign up with. At the Eco Expo in Chattanooga on April 13th, the main give away was a scooter, that to register for, you had to take your program for the event and have each booth sign that you had visited that booth. Then when you were leaving, you took your program back to the entrance and entered yourself in the giveaway.

This was the prize available to all at the Chattanooga Eco Expo, Tuesday April 13.

This was the prize available to all at the Chattanooga Eco Expo, Tuesday April 13.

Most of these give-aways are not that complicated. Usually, it involves filling out a form with your contact information, your interests in that booth’s products.

Beware though, if it is not something you want to win, don’t enter. Those businesses use that information to do cold calls to sell you their product. They also use any e-mail information to send you information on upcoming product changes. So if you’re not interested in junk e-mail offers, don’t add your e-mail address.

Information: Depending on the theme of the event, there is a wealth of knowledge that is available to the attendants of these events.  At the Southern Women’s Expo in Nashville, travel deals and new cooking products were featured.  The Eco Expo in Chattanooga had eco-friendly products and services that are available in the Chattanooga area.

One of the most interesting exhibitors at the Eco Expo was EVS, or Engineered Verdant Solutions, that offered Green Roofs, Eco-Paving and LIving Wall Systems. The Living Wall System is something that Chad Norman of EVS, said that local restaurants are really getting into. “With a living wall, people are less likely to spray paint or put their cigarette out on your property.”

Knowing what kind of event you are going to, will give you a sense of what do look for and what kind of questions to ask. It will also give you a chance to find the best possible answer from someone who knows about what you are looking for and has probably worked in that field.

Opportunities: There are several types of opportunities available. The opportunity to support local businesses in your area is one.  The opportunity to what services are available to you through companies, such as Earth Fare. Earth Fare offers a pantry makeover program, where you can “trade in your conventional peanut butter, soda, cereal, salad dressing, or jelly and get a free Earth Fare Brand replacement.”

Meeting People: While you can meet people anywhere, it’s a little different at a trade show, expo, and very different at a convention. Depending on what the theme of the event is, there are usually guests that the event holder have arranged to bring in. At the Southern Women’s Expo in Nashville, one of the guests for the weekend was Johnathan Kayne aka Kayne from Project Runway Season Three.


People at the Southern Women's Expo in Nashville, on April 9th.

People at the Southern Women's Expo in Nashville, on April 9th.

At conventions meet and greets are extremely different. Attendants of Dragon Con in Atlanta and the most recent ConNooga can tell you, the emphasis is on Special Guests. It works a little different at these type of events, however. Generally, you have to pay for an autograph, or a photo opportunity. This can get pricey if there are several people you want to meet.

However, if your fandom has no boundaries, it’s a no brainer. According to Rachel Stewart, she met Terry Gilliam at the 2009 Dragon Con, and got to see a special screening of clips from “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.”

“It was really amazing,” said Stewart, “and because I am a Monty Python fan, I got Gilliam to sign some coconuts from ‘Spam-a-lot’ for me.”  Overall Stewart said it was a really great experience, adding that  “it was really epic, because he took five to ten minutes with each person.”

Fun! : So this is an obvious one, but it had to be said. The fun factor is the whole reason that you would go to events like these in the first place. Whether it’s the thrill of getting free stuff, actually winning one of those prizes, or just the road trip involved, for some, it’s a mini adventure. Make sure you do your research before you go, however. You don’t want to spend all your time filling out forms for giveaways, when there’s free ice cream to be had. Here are some tips to make your experiences the best :

Have labels printed out with your contact information. Stick them on the entry forms, for quicker results.

Hit the booths with the bags first. You will be handed a lot of samples and literature, so it’s best to have a bag to put it in.

Remember that if you don’t want your contact information used for junk mail, don’t enter the give-aways.

Do your research in advance. Find out if there is an admission fee at the door. Find out what kind of show it is.

Softball Team Hits Home with Family Atmosphere

By Jeremy Acree

E-mail to: Jeremy-Acree@utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, TN (UTC/The Loop) – Upon first glance, it seems obvious why the Chattanooga softball team has been so successful in recent years. Jim Frost Field and the nearby indoor practice facility rival any Division I facility in the country, – they played host to the United States Olympic Team in 2000 – meaning UTC can show off one of the premier softball parks in the country to recruits from around the nation.

UTC softball coach Frank Reed stands up for his players inside the lines and out.

UTC softball coach Frank Reed stands up for his players inside the lines and out.

What isn’t so obvious is why the Lady Mocs are always up off their feet when one of their own is at bat or why they always have louder and more consistent chatter coming from the bench than their opponent. The secret to such team chemistry is Coach Frank Reed.

Reed’s family is currently close to 25 members deep. And 18 of them are girls that might fill up a cabinet or two with “No. 1 Dad” mugs for him if they weren’t economically challenged college students.

“He’s taken me in as one of his daughters,” Tara Tembey, an assistant coach and former player, said. “I’ve been a part of his family.”

Before a highly touted recruit sees the pristine ballpark, he preaches faith, family, academics and athletics, in that order.

“We sit them down and tell them that if you’re here to be a softball player 24/7, you’re in the wrong program,” Reed said.

After the initial shock of hearing about the family that is Chattanooga softball instead of the win-at-all-costs program that it’s not, most players – not to mention their parents – cannot wait to be a part of what Reed has to offer.

His method has proven to be successful, and not all of the results came with the Lady Mocs:

  • Junior College Coach of the Year in 2001 at Chattanooga State
  • 476-87 record in 10 years at Chattanooga State
  • Three-time SoCon Coach of the Year at UTC
  • Five-time SoCon Tournament Champion at UTC
  • Member of National Softball Association Hall of Fame

The Reed experience is exemplified by Tembey, who was drawn from her home in California five years ago, and still lives 3,000 miles from her parents because she loves the game and the new relatives that came along with it.

“It’s like a home away from home,” Tembey said. “[Reed] is all about faith, family, academics, and athletics, and he really stands by it.”

Tembey changed her mind at the last minute when she decided to come to UTC.

“I had originally told them no,” she said. “But I decided to give them a chance… and this has been the most solid place that I’ve been in a long time.”

She came on an official visit on her birthday weekend, and Reed – who coincidentally shares the same birthday – told her to call as soon as she made a decision.

“I think it’s because we cared about her,” Reed said. “She called me at three in the morning and said coach Reed we’re going to spend our birthdays together for the next four years.”

While another assistant coach, Brad Irwin, joked that Reed can be too nice at times, there is no doubting the results.

Reed took over the coaching job in 2002, and in eight years at UTC, he has claimed six Southern Conference titles and five trips to the NCAA regional tournament.

The Lady Mocs are on their way to yet another strong showing in the Southern Conference.

The Lady Mocs are on their way to yet another strong showing in the Southern Conference.

“The most important aspect [of coaching] is being able to relate to your players,” Reed said.

There has been some adjustment in his theories since he began coaching, and the family mentality has certainly grown.

“It used to be all about the sport,” Reed said. “I was probably a tougher coach to play for [early on]. “I’m probably still a tough coach, but I spend more time communicating with players.”

“You have to have discipline to keep respect,” said Tembey, who thought for a while but could not come up with a flaw of her former coach and now boss.

Reed doesn’t want the title of father added to his job description, but he thinks there is middle ground between disciplinarian and push-over father.

“Maybe father/authority figure,” he said. “They know how far I’m willing to bend, but at some point you just can’t bend anymore.”

Along with managing his own role, Reed has been able to find a mix between talent on the field and strong character off it. And it all starts with the atmosphere he has established.

“We found out the kids that we’ve recruited that come in and do the faith and the family are going do well academically and are going do well on the softball team,” he said. “Our kids understand that at the end of the day, softball is important, but softball is not the thing that runs the ship.”

Having Jim Frost Field to boast about doesn’t hurt either.

The Chattanooga area is stocked full of talented softball players, but Irwin and Reed both acknowledged that getting those players through the door can be more challenging than some from the west coast.

“It’s just plain ol’ UTC,” said Irwin. But after comparing the playing conditions at schools hours away, a new light is shed on the home-town team.

There are eight players on the current roster from Chattanooga and the surrounding area, proving that Reed’s coaching style – which doubles as a recruiting tool – is effective near or far.

The players who visit Chattanooga are impressed by the facilities then sucked in by the coach that makes a softball practice feel like sitting down at the dinner table for a home cooked meal.

“They tell me that I am [too nice],” Reed said. “But can you be too nice and still be somebody they respect? I’d hope to think I could be.”

One Year Makes World of Difference for Mocs

By Jeremy Acree

E-mail to: Jeremy-Acree@utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — Just before Chattanooga basketball coach John Shulman sat down for his postgame radio interview after a Senior Night win over Davidson, he spotted a few ex-players and his face lit up. They were some of the seniors from last year’s team that won the Southern Conference Tournament and went to the NCAA Tournament.

“You see this guy?” Shulman asked his wife as he laughed and pointed at Niccheaus Doaks, a forward who is now playing professionally overseas.

Keyron Sheard and the Mocs were on top of the world in 2009 after winning the SoCon Tournament.

Keyron Sheard and the Mocs were on top of the world in 2009 after winning the SoCon Tournament.

Shulman gave Doaks a big hug, rubbed the 6-foot-10 big man’s mini-afro and could barely contain his wide smile. Kevin Goffney – who has stayed at UTC to get his degree – also dropped by to say hello to Shulman, his wife and their kids. It was like a family reunion. The memories of cutting down the nets and earning an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show seemed to come flooding back for a moment.

Click here to see the 2008-09 team’s guest appearance.

How things have changed in such a short time.

Flip last year’s team upside down and it is an exact replica of the 2009-10 squad. Goffney and Doaks were two of six seniors on that team. This year, it was only Ty Patterson being honored before the Davidson game.

“It’s weird being the only senior,” Patterson said.

Guys like Zach Ferrell and Keyron Sheard were the glue that kept spirits high after a 4-12 start that included losing the first three conference games in 2008.

This season, Shulman has had to push and prod just to get Patterson to keep up.

“He has been up and down with our team,” Shulman said about Patterson. “I told him [before Senior Night] if he wanted to win that he would have to play with way more effort than he had been playing with.”

This year’s team has taken a much different path than last year’s. In that 4-12 start, the Mocs played at Tennessee, at Missouri, in Puerto Rico against Southern California and Memphis and started the Southern Conference at Davidson – which was, at the time, home to Stephen Curry.

This year the Mocs started with a blowout of Virginia Intermont and an emotional win over rival East Tennessee State. A tournament in South Padre Island and games against Georgia Tech and Missouri were added difficulty to the schedule, but the Mocs were very happy with their 8-6 record over the first 14 games.

The Mocs started off the 2009-10 season strong, but have since fallen in the SoCon rankings.

The Mocs started off the 2009-10 season strong, but have since fallen in the SoCon rankings.

“I am excited,” Shulman said after his team beat Eastern Kentucky in the final tune-up before full-fledged conference play began. “We are not a finished product. But we battled… so that is promising.”

See the Mocs’ full schedule and more statistics here.

Things haven’t been so smooth since that point. Going into the Davidson game, the Mocs had lost nine of their last 11.

It was at this point last year when the team was coming together and looking forward to making a run in the tournament.

The 2008-09 group won 11-of-14 heading into Senior Night. The starting lineup hardly ever changed, and every man knew his role.

Last year the emotion of six seniors’ final game in the McKenzie Arena was too much to overcome, and the Mocs lost to College of Charleston. Then they lost to Appalachian State and Western Carolina on the road to finish the season with three straight defeats. But they managed to clinch a first-round bye in the SoCon Tournament – no team has ever won without it – and took advantage of the support they received while playing the tournament in Chattanooga.

After six players graduated last year, Ty Patterson was the only senior night honoree in 2010.

After six players graduated last year, Ty Patterson was the only senior night honoree in 2010.

That may be the biggest obstacle for this year’s team.

The ticket to the Big Dance does not go through McKenzie Arena. This year the SoCon Tournament is in Charlotte, N.C., and the Mocs will not have the luxury of playing one less game.

That change of venue hasn’t dampened the Mocs’ self-belief, though. The brash confidence is another difference youth has brought in 2010.

“We expected everyone to doubt us and think that we’re out,” sophomore Keegan Bell said. “But we have a chance to do something special. We believe it. This year is not over at all.”

Keegan Bell thinks the Mocs can turn it around.

Please Recycle; Not Just a Slogan

By: Siobhan Rahilly

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) – Recycling has become a more and more visible part of our daily lives in Chattanooga over the last few years.  Collection centers are sprinkled across the city and surrounding suburbs.  The UTC campus features a few well-placed cans in campus buildings, as well as recycling bins in all the dorms.

Energy efficiency has become a more common phrase, as well.  The 2 Northshore complex, home to Greenlife and Rock Creek Outfitters, is LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), as is the brand new Carmike movie theater in downtown Chattanooga.  Motion sensors have been installed in all UTC classrooms so that the lights will be automatically turned off when a room has been left empty.

Chattanooga even has a recycling mascot: Rocky the Recycling Racoon

Chattanooga's recycling mascot: Rocky the Recycling Raccoon

All of this attention to the environment is definitely needed, but how much attention are Chattanooga residents paying to the environment?  Trashcans in UTC classrooms are still full of bottles and cans.  Those trashcans are not sorted to remove recyclable materials the same way city trashcans are not sorted to remove recyclable materials.

Some Chattanooga residents have curbside pickup provided by the city.  “I have curbside recycling, every two weeks,” said Becca Stone, a North Chattanooga resident.  “Except for glass, which I take to Warner Park.  Why the city won’t pick up glass is beyond me.“

The reason for this is that people, with “human hands” sort recyclables at the Orange Grove recycling center.  Glass recyclables break easily in curbside pickup and the shards of glass that become mixed in with the plastic and paper recyclables could injure someone.

Vincent Betro is also a North Chattanooga resident, but he and his family have chosen to pay for curbside recycling.  Scenic City Recycling provides weekly residential recycle pickup for $15 per month, or $150 per year.  Going with this option means having your glass picked up along with your paper, plastics, cans, and even computers and small electronics.  Betro made the choice because it’s easier to have all of his recycling picked up at once, but also because he likes helping to create jobs and support Chattanooga’s recycling efforts.

Jaclynn Rhodes lives in East Ridge and doesn’t have curbside pickup, but still recycles anyway.  “I do not have curbside recycling, so I take my recycling to the many facilities around town.  I am thankful that Chattanooga has those.”  This is a refreshing thing to hear after seeing so many trashcans and dumpsters filled with aluminum cans and cardboard boxes.

Dr. David Aborn is a professor in UTC’s Department of Biological and Environmental sciences and is also a faculty advisor for the student group Ecological Decisions for a Global Environment (EDGE).  He says that initial recycling efforts in the dorms failed miserably because of a lack of education directed at the students in the dorms regarding how, where and what to recycle.

Green living

Green living

“Fast forward to 2007 when the campus environmental group, EDGE, successfully campaigned to have students vote in favor of a green fee.”  Students now pay ten dollars each per semester.  “A university-wide environmental task force that’s made up of faculty, staff and students was formed to oversee the spending of that money.”  In the fall of 2008, things were worked out with Orange Grove so that UTC could have a recycling program in the dorms and in the University Center.

The reason for putting recycling bins in those locations was that they were chosen as the highest traffic areas with the highest likelihood of recyclables needing to be tossed out.  Recycling bins have popped up here and there in a few additional spots on campus, but more money and more education is needed before the university can expand the campus recycling program.

Expanding the program also depends on the success of the program so far.  “If people have been participating, then we’ll start talking about expanding to other parts of campus,” Aborn said.  Both the library and Fletcher Hall requested recycling bins and have received them as part of the recycling initiative.

Some students, like Jennifer Long, rely mainly on a re-usable bottle like a Nalgene filled with water to get them through the day.  If Long purchases a bottle of juice from the UC, she’ll hold onto the bottle until she finds a recycling bin to toss it into.  When another option exists, sending a plastic bottle to a landfill just doesn’t seem like the smart thing to do.

Despite it being inconvenient to have to take glass to one of the recycling centers when she has curbside pickup for all the rest, Daisy Elliott, a Brainerd area resident, doesn’t mind.  When asked if she would still recycle if she had to take all of her recyclables to Warner Park, her closest recycling location, she said yes with no hesitation.  “We can’t keep burying our trash,” Elliott said.  “We can re-use instead of making new.”

Students who want to learn more about Chattanooga’s recycling programs and guidelines, as well as more information about recycling should head to any of the following sites for more information.

Students who live in the area or in the dorms should remember that the Warner Park recycling center is only a few blocks from the heart of campus.  Items that cannot be recycled on campus like batteries and old computer hardware can be recycled there.

Help make a difference

Help make a difference

While the statistics on recycling are encouraging, many feel that we could be doing more.  Those who make an active effort to recycle seem to agree that people need to be more aware that their actions affect the planet.  If one person decides to toss a bottle into a recycling bin instead of into the trash, that one person and that one bottle make a positive difference in and for the community.

For a related story on energy efficiency in Chattanooga, please see Brooke Fontana’s article on the new Carmike theatre.

UTC Hosts Chattanooga’s Best Dance Crew Competition

By: Louise Elliott

Chattanooga (UTC/TheLoop) – UTC’s Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity hosted the first annual Chattanooga’s Best Dance Crew Competition at the University Center Auditorium.

Five crews participated in the competition including, The Untouchables, Tennessee Rockaz, C@ution Crew, Final Destination, and Retro Swag. The crews consisted of members from Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, and Atlanta. Two of the crews, The Untouchables and Final Destination, included UTC students as members.

The Final Destination crew were the night’s winners. They walked away with a $1000 cash prize.

“The event was very successful,” said Porscha Boyd, one of the event coordinators. “It brought out a diverse crowd and we were very pleased.”

A canned food item donation was requested from those who attended the dance competition. Boyd said a substantial amount of food was donated to the Chattanooga Food Bank.

“I felt for our first dance competition, the show was well organized and was successful,” said Johnny Lester, a coordinator from Alpha Kappa Psi.  “I am pleased with all the performances and I look forward to seeing everyone back for Chattanooga’s Best Dance Crew 2010.”

Financial sponsors of the event included Dr. Victor Blake & Morehouse School of Medicine, Eric Buchanan & Assoicates, and the Alpha Kappa Psi chapter.

UTC’s Panhellenic Conference Contributes to Neighborhood House’s Toy Drive

By Linda Elliott

Chattanooga (UTC/TheLoop) – UTC’s Panhellenic Conference, which consists of Kappa Delta, Sigma Kappa, Chi Omega, and Alpha Delta Pi, participated in a Christmas toy drive for Chattanooga’s Northside Neighborhood House‘s Santa’s Workshop program.

The Christmas Tree brings holiday cheer to the Neighborhood House

The Christmas Tree brings holiday cheer to the Neighborhood House

“It was truly a blessing to get the support of the UTC Panhellenic group this year,” says Rachel Gammon, Executive Director of the Neighborhood House.

The Northside Neighborhood House is a branch of United Way which serves the North Chattanooga area.  The Neighborhood House offers services such as bill pay assistance to those who have disconnected utilities, adult education, and a thrift store located next door.

The Neighborhood House holds a yearly toy drive to provide Christmas gifts to area children.  According to Gammon, this year’s Santa’s Workshop program will provide toys to between 400 and 450 children.

“One of the obstacles of providing toys for children is finding the toys,” says Gammon.  “So, we contacted UTC’s Panhellenic group and they decided to take that on as their project.”

Gammon says the Neighborhood does a Santa’s Workshop style program because it is more beneficial both to the parents and children participating.

“The parents get to come in and shop for their children,” says Gammon.  “It gives the parents a sense of ownership when they are struggling or having hard times because they can come in and pick out what their child would like.”

Children play on the playground at the Neighborhood House's afterschol program

Children play on the playground at the Neighborhood House's afterschol program

Christina Sjoberg, Community Service Chair for the Panhellenic Conference, says being able to give back to the community is a big part of why the group took on the toy drive.

“I have been involved in some sort of toy drive every year,” Sjoberg says.   “Being able to give back to my community makes me feel like I’ve made some sort of change, no matter how small it is.”

According to its mission statement, the Panhellenic Conference,  “Exists to promote the values of and to serve as an advocate for its member groups in collaboration with those members, campuses and communities.”

Staying true to the community service aspect of their mission statement is important to Sjoberg.

Toys wait to be part of the Santa's Workshop program.

Toys wait to be part of the Santa's Workshop program.

“Community Service is one of my passions and to be able to help families in need have a wonderful Christmas for their children makes me have a wonderful Christmas as well,” she says.  “I want to see every child have the best Christmas they’ve ever had.”

Click here to see a related story about giving on UTC’s campus.

Top Ten Places to Shop Local

 By: Laura Kelton

Chattanooga (UTC/The Loop) -All over Chattanooga, businesses and individuals alike are supporting local shops in troubling economic times.

Shopping local provides a great sense of support in the Chattanooga area. With hundreds of small businesses all over the community, the opportunity to shop local lies around every corner. Supporting local businesses has been seen as one of many ways to take part in the ever-growing ideas of being “green.” Not only is it a way to keep those businesses open, but also helps in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through less shipping and travel.

Chattanooga is a place booming with some great places to shop and dine, and here are a few ways for you to support your local economy.

10. Niedlov’s Breadworks

Niedlov’s provides Chattanooga with some of the most fresh, beautiful bread in the city. They specialize in organic breads that are naturally leavened, and their process may take up to 20 hours. Their signature loaf is the “Wholely Whole Wheat” comprised of unbleached wheat flour, whole-wheat flour, water, sea salt, and yeast. Their phrase, “We love to knead. We knead to love,” says it all once you have sampled their goods. Not only can you purchase their breads at the bakery located at 215 E. Main St., but they can also be found in local restaurants such as The Blue Plate and Easy Bistro and Bar.

9. The Blue Plate

The Blue Plate is located at 191 Chestnut St. and is open Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Their restaurant offers both a breakfast and dinner menu all day long. As a local business, they understand the importance of supporting other local businesses and provide goods from Bluff View Bakery, Niedlov’s Bakery, River Ridge Farms, and Stone Cup Coffee. UTC sophomore Sarah Binion said that The Blue Plate has a “fun, modern, comfortable atmosphere. It’s a cool place to just hang out with people while enjoying a good meal.”

8. Aretha Frankenstein’s

Quaintly tucked away in an old house on Tremont Street, Aretha Frankenstein’s offers a wide variety on their menu. From breakfast food to quesadillas, it’s the perfect place to pick up an evening snack, a coffee, or a beer and run into a few of their neighbors. What makes Aretha’s stand out the most, is their substantially large pancakes. Standing at an inch high, they’re hard to measure up to. UTC student Anna Tribo said, “I don’t think I could ever go back to normal pancakes, I would have to eat 10 of them to make one Aretha Frankenstein pancake!” 

7. Rembrandt’s Coffee House

In the heart of the Bluff View Art District you can find Rembrandt’s Coffee Shop. In a beautiful French stucco building, there is interior and exterior seating to hang out and enjoy an item from their full menu. Their menu ranges from coffee and pastry goods to salads, sandwiches and paninis. A perfect spot in the rain or shine, their warm and inviting atmosphere creates a great spot to meet with friends or study for a test.


Rembrandt's dessert display and toasty fireplace!

Rembrandt's dessert display and toasty fireplace!

6. Collective Clothing

Reflective of their name, Collective Clothing is a vintage clothing and accessory store located at 3933 St. Elmo Ave. While the majority of their merchandise is vintage, they also feature local handmade goods. Collective Clothing has also become an entertainment hub for local artists to perform at. Local DJ Daniel Lewis comments, “Collective Clothing is not just a thrift store. These are clothes handed down, but many of these are sorted through, and are actually relics of their time. I’ve seen tour t-shirts from bands and hip hop groups that were actually tour t-shirts printed in that time. Collective reminds me of the shops you see at Little Five in Atlanta, because that’s what it’s modeled after.” Collective Clothing will be featuring items in the MainX24 fashion show at the Choo Choo on Dec. 5.

5. Chazzy Dogz

Owned by their neighbor, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Chazzy’s Hot Dog stand claims itself to be “Chattanooga’s Coolest Little Hot Dog Shop,” so my friends and I decided to check it out. The shop is no more than a walk up window with a few patio tables outside, but in that little space they have a whole lot to offer.


Chazzy's convenient walk-up window at the corner of 2nd St. and Market St.

Chazzy's convenient walk-up window at the corner of 2nd St. and Market St.

Guests can choose from “Nathan’s All Beef Hotdog” or “1/4 Pound All Beef Hot Dog” ranging from $2.50-$3. After making their decision, they can then pile it high with any toppings they wish – for no additional charge! And trust me, if you can think of it, they have it. They suggest a few styles such as “The Basic Chazzy Dog,” “Chicago,” “Atlantic City,” or “Tijuana.” It is an unbeatable hot dog, for an unbeatable price. Chazzy is open Sunday- Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

4. Greyfriar’s Coffee and Tea Company

A local coffee shop in the downtown district at 406 Broad St., Greyfriar’s Coffee and Tea Co. is the home of RareCoffee. RareCoffee offers freshly roasted coffee beans for sale on their website and in house. Their passion brings about a quality of coffee that can only be brought about through “thoughtful experience and creative artistry” according to their website. Be sure to stop in on your next stroll downtown on a cold winter day.

3. Chattanooga Cupcakes

Located at 500 Broad Street, Chattanooga Cupcakes is a sweet deal for some sweet treats. Owner Sonya Reagor said she has always wanted to open up a bakery of sorts, and cupcakes seem to be the hot item right now.


Even the building looks delicious!

Even the building looks delicious!

With an assortment of cupcakes on the everyday menu to featured cupcakes of the day, there is something there to satisfy any sweet tooth. From Lemon to Chocolate Overload, these cupcakes are melt in your mouth succulent and stacked high with delicious icing. UTC sophomore Nick Friend said that Chattanooga Cupcakes “offers some of the most extravagant desert treats I’ve ever laid eyes on. Not only do they have a colossal amount of icing, they are very creative with the flavors that they use, like cappuccino and red velvet.” Friend also comments that they provide a comfortable and relaxing environment that “seems like it would be perfect for a day date.”


Nick Friend enjoying a cupcake with Sarah Finley

Nick Friend enjoying a cupcake with Sarah Finley

2. Leo Handmade Gallery

Leo Handmade is located below Clumpies in the Northshore strip along Frazier Avenue. The gallery features handmade clothing, jewelry, accessories, and posters from local artists. Owned by Bridget Miller and John Hall, Leo’s brings about a clean, creative atmosphere along the strip. Some artists featured in the store include Young Monster and OwlEyes’ Accessories. Stop in to pick up a one of a kind item, and make sure to check the back room for $20 and under vintage items!


Accessory display

Accessory display


Look what I found! OwlEyes' Hair Accessories for sale

Look what I found! OwlEyes' Hair Accessories for sale

Want to learn more about OwlEyes’?

1. The Chattanooga Market

The Chattanooga Market is a local weekend hot spot to find both family and friends on a Sunday afternoon. With vendor’s selling items from fresh produce, art, jewelry, and cooked goods, the market provides a free, fun atmosphere for all. The market has something to keep everyone entertained in the afternoon with a rock-climbing wall, children’s play area, and live music.

Local artists such as Paul Fontana find the market to be a great place to show and sell their art on the weekends. Fontana’s photo transfers onto wood drew me in that Sunday as I mingled with the locals and talked to them about their goods. He says the market gives him a great way to get his art out there and tell people about his work, which can also be found at the In-Town Gallery on Frazier Avenue.

Although closed during the colder months of the year, the Market offers events such as the Holiday Market during the first weekend of December. The festivities will re-open April 25, 2010, and go on throughout the summer and fall. 


Vegetarian Chattanooga

By:Brooke Fontana

Chattanooga,TENN(UTC/The Loop) The term vegetarian and vegan are used interchangeably, but there are many different variations of an all “vegetable diet”.

Veg⋅e⋅tar⋅i⋅an [vej-i-tair-ee-uhn]-noun-a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish or fowl.

Veg⋅an [vee-guhn]-noun-a vegetarian who omits all animal products from their diet.

Most people assume Chattanooga is a vegetarian friendly city because of it’s growing amount of weekly farmers markets, the eco-friendly atmosphere and the bicycle friendly roads. Chattanooga seems like the perfect city to have a vast amount of vegetarian and vegan options in town. There are approximately 6-8 million adult vegetarians in the United States, and with this many herbivores cities like Chattanooga should consider more vegetarian options.

Greenlife's food bar with vegetarian friendly items

Greenlife's food bar with vegetarian friendly items

Vegan Hillary Mullins says she became a vegan a year ago because it was better for her health, the earth and the animals. Heidi Vasterling said she has been a vegetarian off and on for about 14 years, consistently for the past 4 years, and a vegan for about 8 months. Her reasoning for possessing an all veggie diet was because of family health history. Lifelong vegetarian Jesse Green says his parents raised him vegetarian, and has never eaten a bite of meat in his life.

Going Green is a growing trend and part of that trend has included going vegetarian. Buying local and organic is something that many people are doing to better their health, and to help the local markets. How does being vegetarian help the environment you may ask? It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of meat and it only takes only 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat. According to Vegan Outreach the animal agriculture business is the second largest contributor to global warming, and 20 vegetarians could live off the amount of land that 1 omnivore could.

Elizabeth Southall grabbing a Boca Burger (hamburger substitute)

Elizabeth Southall grabbing a Boca Burger (hamburger substitute)

Some people may wonder how vegetarians/vegans get the needed amounts of protein that you would usually get from meat. The biggest means of protein for a vegetarian/vegan would be soy. Soy can be used in many items such as milk, meat substitutes,and cheese substitutes. Another means of protein for veggie eaters is nuts, beans, rice, spinach, and broccoli.

Philly Steak Tofurky meat subsitute

Philly Steak Tofurky meat subsitute

For a person who is transitioning from the carnivore to herbivore diet it may be hard to imagine life without meat. Well you don’t really have to live life without meat, well a meat substitute make from tofu.

Some meat substitutes that are popular in the vegetarian community include:

  • Boca Burgers
  • Tofurkey
  • Meatless Sausage
  • Tofu Pups (hotdog substitute)
  • Seitan
  • Tempeh
  • Smart Chili

Heidi says you have to dig to find vegetarian/vegan meals at restaurants in Chattanooga, but there are definitely options. However…I wish there were more strictly vegetarian/vegan restaurants.

Chattanooga does have some strictly vegetarian/vegan restaurants such as:

Chattanooga also has many vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants  and health stores such as:



Chattanooga's newest vegetarian/vegan restaurant

Chattanooga's newest vegetarian/vegan restaurant

Sluggos is new to Chattanooga and is the 2nd fully vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurant. It has gotten positive feedback from many veggie eaters, Heidi Vasterling says “I highly recommend it because the atmosphere and food are awesome”.

Some dishes Sluggos offers are Macho Nachos with homemade chili, (vegan)cheezy sauce, lettuce, fresh salsa, tofu sour cream, and avocado. Another popular item served at Sluggos is the BBQ Tofu Sub made with veganaise(vegan mayonnaise) and homemade BBQ sauce.

Sluggos is located at:
501 Cherokee Blvd
North Chattanooga
Lunch Wednesday – Saturday 11am-3pm
Dinner Tuesday – Saturday 5pm-1am


Country Life is the first 100% veggie friendly restaurant

Country Life is the first 100% veggie friendly restaurant

Country Life

Country Life is a restaurant dedicated to health and providing the best vegetarian/vegan options they can. It is operated by Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, which is an institution located in northern Georgia, and is dedicated to improving the health of our guests and patients by providing the environment and tools necessary for them to experience healing physically,  mentally,  and spiritually.

Country Life was Chattanooga’s first 100% vegetarian restaurant. Their menu changes daily with items such as BBQ Tofu, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Baked Beans,a huge list of vegetables, and not to mention a list of soups,  salads,  and desserts.

Country Life is located at:
809 Market St
Chattanooga,TN 37402
They are only open for lunch



Greenlife Grocery

Greenlife Grocery offers organic and local vegetarian/vegan items

Greenlife Grocery offers organic and local vegetarian/vegan items


Is a full service natural foods grocery store and café. They provide customers with a large variety of high quality organic foods and environmentally responsible products. They also carry a selection of local and regional products to help support local farms and businesses.

Greenlife has an array of vegetarian/vegan items such as Teeze (a cheese substitute), Tofurky, Smart Chili, Boca Burgers, and the list goes on. Hillary Mullins said “I eat at Greenlife all the time…it’s my go to. They get a large chunk of my paycheck. I love it because there is always something great no matter what my mood, great veggie sushi, soups, daily hot bar, salad bar, or their prepared items”.

Greenlife is located at:
301 Manufacturer’s Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Monday – Sunday
7:00am to 10:00pm

Greenlife’s mission statement is:


Professor Phillip Allen started a blog called Veganooga to serve anyone who visits or lives in Chattanooga and eats a veggie diet. It  provides reviews of restaurants and merchants in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. It focuses on the vegan diet.

The blog states the reason it was started was to give locals and travelers information about the best vegan/vegetarian places to eat. Phillip’s blog says if a city is Vegan friendly they usually have a website/blog dedicated to telling people about the city.

Elizabeth Southall a UTC Senior majoring in Environmental Science with a focus on sustainability in cities, and told us why being vegetarian/vegan is better for the environment.

Vegan Outreach
Greenlife Grocery