Auburn ranked third

By Brad Bacon

AUBURN, Ala. (UTC/AP) — It was the ultimate call-out for an offensive lineman.

No. 3 Auburn coach Gene Chizik told his most experienced group three weeks into the season they weren’t being physical enough. He hasn’t had to repeat that message.

The Tigers’ offensive line has bullied opposing defenses ever since, helping spearhead one of the nation’s top rushing attacks and string together 300-yard games against Southeastern Conference defenses.

“It was one of those things where we were being physical, but it was just he wasn’t seeing enough of it,” guard Mike Berry said. “He knew we had the potential to be one of the best offensive lines out there. He just called us out that we had the potential to be even greater. We stepped up to the challenge and put it on our backs.”

The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 SEC) are averaging 352 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns on the ground over their last five games against league teams going into Saturday’s game with Chattanooga. The lowest output: 311 yards at Kentucky.

The highest: 440 against LSU, which has the SEC’s top defense. The Tigers are running for 307.7 yards a game and no SEC team has averaged 300-plus since the 1985 Auburn team led by Bo Jackson.

Consider Chizik pleased.

“I don’t think there’s any question in my mind: everything has started with the offensive line playing much better than they did earlier in the year,” he said. “That’s what makes it go.”

It’s not just lip service paid to the guys who do the dirty work but get little of the attention, either. Auburn has four senior starters on the offensive line with a collective 145 career starts.

And the Tigers kept up the success against Mississippi when Newton mostly handed off to tailbacks Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb instead of trying to break free for his own yards. Dyer wound up with 180 yards and McCalebb had 99.

“The last three or four weeks, it’s been quarterback runs,” Chizik said. “Well, they took away the quarterback runs and now it became a tailback running game. I think the stabilizing force in there is not necessarily the quarterbacks or the tailbacks. It’s got to go back to the offensive line. I think it all starts with the offensive line.

“It’s been a great thing to watch the improvement of those guys over the last month.”

Chizik’s next talk to the linemen came in a meeting after the LSU game, but this time he came in praise. And Ziemba said that meant a lot because “he doesn’t toss around compliments very often.”

“We like to be appreciated for what we do,” Ziemba said. “Every day I turn on ESPN and see Cam making a huge run or throwing the football well, or somebody else doing some good things, that’s appreciation in itself.”

Besides, he can borrow one of coach Jeff Grimes’ lines: “Little guys follow the big guys.”

The line’s only open spot entering the season was right tackle. A.J. Greene won the job but was injured against Clemson in Game 3, and junior college transfer Brandon Mosley has started since then.

The 6-foot-8, 319-pound Ziemba assured that the line would be one of the team’s strengths when he bypassed the NFL draft to return for his senior season.

But many of Auburn’s best runs have come behind center Ryan Pugh and guards Berry and Byron Isom, who are often called upon to do their version of a sprint downfield to take on a linebacker.

“It’s one of those things you’ve got to get on your horse,” Berry said. “Pulling 300 around isn’t an easy task. And you know (offensive coordinator Gus) Malzahn isn’t afraid to run the same play again. So you’ve got to be conditioned when your number is called.”

Defensive tackle Zach Clayton enjoys watching it happen.

“It’s always fun to see Mike Berry just pull around and cream somebody,” Clayton said.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Coming to UTC: “Walking is Overrated”

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) — Matt Glowacki is coming to UTC in October as a featured speaker.

Glowacki was the owner of three successful businesses and represented his country at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000. As a member of the United States Sit-Volleyball Team for eight years, Matt was bestowed with the honor of wearing his countries uniform. Not the military kind, but one that still allowed him to fight and represent what we believe in as a nation all round the world.

Matt was born without legs, and lives the mantra, “Walking is Over-Rated.” The nature of his disability made him realize people’s expectations for others are based on preconceived  stereotypes, limited personal experiences, and prejudices. His new common sense approach to tackling ignorance sets him apart from the crowd of educators and puts him in a new class of “Revolutionary.” The use of humor is always present in his illustrations of absurdity, when it deals with the judgment of others.

On Monday, October 18 Matt will have a climbing wall event in the ARC at 10:00 am. Around noon, there will be an “Invitation only” luncheon in the Multicultural Center. At 3:00 pm, Matt will have his “Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy” speaking event.

Watch for further details on The Loop about his visit to the UTC Campus.

Power in a Box: The Bloom Box Debuts in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (UTC) — Officials and representatives in Chattanooga inaugurated the city’s first Bloom Box, a 100kW energy server that could become an important alternative energy source for the nation’s power grid. One server can power up to 100 homes.

The energy server uses solid oxide fuel cell technology developed by California’s Bloom Energy. Researchers from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering evaluated the cell’s efficiency and will continue to monitor the new installation.

The project is the continuation of a long-standing partnership between the UTC SimCenter, EPB, TVA, and Bloom Energy that began with Bloom’s first field trial of its technology in 2006. That successful field trial was a key milestone on Bloom’s path to commercialization.

See KR Sridhar of Bloom Energy explain how the Bloom Box works.

Located on the top floor of the EPB building’s parking garage, in downtown Chattanooga, the Bloom Box will be a showcase piece for innovation and for successful collaboration between the public and private sectors.  By working closely with TVA, this project also highlights how distributed generation technologies such as Bloom’s can be an integral part of a clean smart grid for the 21st century.

“Energy independence and preserving the environment are critical national priorities. An efficient economical fuel cell with low or negligible carbon emission that can operate on a wide range of locally available fuels-such as natural gas and other biofuels-and then provide distributed electrical power without major transmission loss is one element in the solution to this critical issue,” said Dr. Harry McDonald, holder of the Chair of Excellence in Computational Engineering at the UTC SimCenter. “This type of research is exactly why the SimCenter must continue to grow and widen its interests to provide Chattanooga, the state and the nation with well-educated engineers to solve challenging important problems.”

Dr McDonald explains how UTC played a major role in this project.

The units will be closely monitored by the EPB, Bloom Energy, and the UTC SimCenter to optimize and simulate performance and to provide educational value on cutting edge energy technology.

“UTC and the Tennessee Valley, have been exceptional partners from the beginning, and the valuable insights gained here have helped shape our product into the commercially viable entity it is today,” said KR Sridhar.  “We are thrilled to be here to celebrate the continuation of Bloom Energy’s collaboration with Tennessee’s Congressional leadership, the Tennessee Valley Authority, EPB, and the University.”

With major support from Congressman Zach Wamp, and in conjunction with the TVA, this project will provide 24/7 clean reliable power to EPB’s building.

“The Tennessee Valley has been involved with this technology for a long time, and we’re now at the point of demonstrating its viability as a compliment to the grid. The ultimate goal would be to manufacture fuel cells in Tennessee and further advance the new manufacturing boon in the Tennessee Valley Corridor,” said Congressman Wamp. “Bloom’s technology could have a tremendous impact for the world in creating new energy sources that are cleaner and more efficient than much of today’s power generation. Fuel cell technology coupled with increased nuclear energy could significantly shrink our country’s carbon footprint.”

Rep Wamp explains how the Bloom Box makes our area more energy competitive.

Bloom Energy’s technology produces clean, reliable, affordable power, practically anywhere, from a wide range of renewable or traditional fuel sources, including natural gas, wind, solar, and biomass. Bloom Energy Servers are among the most efficient energy generators available, providing for significantly reduced electricity costs and dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions. By generating power on-site where it is consumed, Bloom Energy offers increased power reliability and security.

Chattanooga continues to be on the forefront of technology.  Home to the UTC SimCenter National Center for Computational Engineering, the largest fiber to the home network, and one of the most automated Smart Grids in the nation, the 100 kW Energy Server is yet another shining example of Chattanooga quickly becoming a recognized national leader in state-of-the-art thinking and innovation.

“Here at UTC, we are proud of the progress our campus and our community have made in the areas of sustainability and energy innovation. And we are especially proud that the research scientists and students from our SimCenter played an integral part in the development of this exciting new technology,” said UTC Chancellor Roger Brown. “This is exactly the caliber of research and development this region is coming to expect from our campus.”

Hear Chancellor Brown’s remarks about the Bloom partnership.

Summer Orientation at UTC

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/TheLoop) — Incoming freshmen are finding out what they need to know about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Orientation began in June and will continue through out the summer.

Here’s are the current orientation dates:


  • June 3 – 4
  • June 10 – 11
  • June 17 – 18
  • June 24 – 25
  • July 8 – 9
  • July 15 – 16
  • July 22 – 23
  • July 29 – 30

Here is video from orientation held in Frist Hall with Professor Holly Cowart.

For more information on scheduling, click here.

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.”

Here’s the drill: Renovations at Frist Hall

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) — Summer school is here at UTC and construction is underway.

Renovation work began Monday at Frist Hall. Construction workers started drilling out damaged concrete on the outside of the building to get to the rebar reinforcing the structure underneath and stop any further damage.

Holes left from the drilling will be filled with new concrete.

Looking Back: The Stress of Finals Week

By Sarah Wagner

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) — The end of the semester is the most stressful part for some UTC students.

The semester’s end is a busy time for professors and students alike. Not only is there course material to finish covering, but also there are final exams to study for. For many students, finals week is the most strenuous week of all.

Beth Thrasher, Chattanooga sophomore, is no exception. “It is the only week consumed with an exam in every single one of your classes,” she said.

The final exam can count for a lot. Kristi Anne Moore, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. freshman, said, “For some people, what they make on their final is the only factor that decides whether they pass or fail the class.” Amber Bowers, Chattanooga sophomore, added, “I’m always scrambling to make sure that I’ve gotten everything I needed to keep or improve the grade I have.”

Scrambling is right. Although most students re aware of the importance of the final exam, it doesn’t stop some from waiting until the last minute to start studying.

Bowers is included in that category. “Like most students, I put off worrying about tests until I have to, “ she said. “So the week before (finals) makes me have to cut back on sleep in order to get everything I need done.” Thrasher, however, has a positive outlook on the last minute cramming. She said the stress helps her accomplish all of her tasks.

In many classes, the final isn’t the only thing students have to worry about at the end of the semester. Most professors at UTC hand out a syllabus at the beginning of the semester telling what they plan to cover during the course. When the semester is coming to an end, any tests, quizzes, or projects not given yet could get squeezed into the final class periods.

Bowers said most professors plan to go by their syllabi because their tests are similar each semester. So even if they are running out of time, “they are (still) eager to keep it very standardized.” Moore added that many of her professors would just omit what they were unable to cover if it isn’t too crucial to the overall course.

With finals week just around the corner, some might wonder how students are dealing with the added stress. Many just study a lot. Some take long runs to clear their minds. Moore said her and her friends “reward” themselves by going out for ice cream. Lorraine Norris, Atlanta senior, said, “I drink lots of coffee, eat quick snacks, and wish that I had that machine from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ that kept your eyes open.”

How can the UTC campus grow?

By Richard Sailors


To the north, south, east, and west houses, churches, office buildings, hospitals, and rivers surround UTC.

According to the master plan for the campus, the first goal is to have a preferred campus size by balancing growth with available resources.

This plan was developed in 2000 to fit 10,000 full-time students. Sept. 9,2009 UTC surpassed that mark with enrollment of 10,526 students.

Because building space on campus is limited, officials knew campus growth would be difficult. “It was once considered impossible to move our campus beyond McCallie Ave.,” Dr. Richard Brown, vice chancellor for Finance and Operations, said.

Since McCallie Avenue has turned into a two-lane road, it has helped with student safety when they cross that street, Brown said. UTC has grown mostly because it is a place students want to come to, he said.

Now UTC is faced with the problem of lack of space for residents. “In housing, it is not our goal to have people in hotels,” Janet Spraker, director of Engineering Services, said.  210 students in the 2009 fall semester roomed at downtown hotels.  Brown said an additional 200 students were denied admission to UTC because of a lack of residential space.

A lot of effort was put into the housing and Brown said he thinks that is a reason why UTC has seen the growth. About 35 percent of the students at UTC are residents.  Brown said and if the university is going to grow more, it is going to need more room to place people.

“We are going to get rid of the surface area parking lots and add multilevel parking decks,” Brown said. Each parking deck would hold 500 to 1,000 cars, he said.

UTC Students Prepare for Life After Graduation

By: Janay Roberson

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop)—Graduation is intended to be a great accomplishment to anticipate. Many students have stayed up long hours to study for exams, finish projects, and even put their personal lives on the back burner to succeed in college. Most  are ready to graduate, but for others, reality is sinking in and it’s beginning to bother them.

Some students are nervous about finding a job after college and moving to a new city. Others feel like they are losing their college support system  and having to move out on their own. Students who stay on campus and graduating in May from UTC have a few days after graduation to move out.graduation1ik9

Some students aren’t in a rush to be completely on their own. Even though moving back home may not be at the top of most students’ lives, there can be some pros for moving back in:

  • Students may not have to pay rent or utilities
  • Gives students the opportunity of saving money
  • May be able to work for a previous employer while back at home
  • Don’t have to worry about spending money on furniture
  • Gives students the opportunity to spend time with family that was lost while away at school

Amanda Standefer is a Human Resource Management major from Dunlap, TN who is graduating in May.  She is like any other college student who has enjoyed the college life, exams, homework and the experience of meeting new friends. The only difference between Standefer and other college students is the fact that she has been staying at home with her parents since she started school in 2006.

“I drive an hour every day to get to school. So I am comfortable with staying with my parents. I will definitely be staying there after I graduate until I start my career but I’m in no big hurry, Standefer says.”(misplaced quotation marks)


Moving back home just doesn’t sit well with too many college students no matter the benefits that it might have.  Latasha Spears, who is a Finance major from Memphis, TN, says that moving back in with her parents after graduating in May is not an option. Spears is currently working at BlueCross BlueShield in the security department. She is interested in moving closer to her family between Memphis and Nashville, but refuses to move back in with her parents.

“I have been living on my own for a while and I can’t put myself in a situation where I know I will be living off of anyone else,” Spears says.

UTC anxiously await for Graduation day

UTC anxiously await for Graduation day

With the down  economy and the job market to match it, some students are looking forward to grad school. Standefer is definitely considering graduate school in the fall after working in the summer to save money.

“I feel like the economy is bad,” Standefer says. “I feel like nowadays a college degree is basically like a high school diploma so graduate school is the best way to go.”

 After a student graduates and see that they are ready to apply to a graduate program, they need to first figure out what the best programs are for their major. According to, the top five graduate schools of business are:

Harvard University is in the top graduate program for Business according to

Harvard University is in the top graduate program for Business according to

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Northern University

In Spears’ case, she doesn’t believe that graduate school would benefit her because she is looking to follow in her father’s footsteps. Spears’ father has been an owner of a chicken wing restaurant for the past eight years and she is looking to become owner of the restaurant one day.

“I want to be my own boss. I’m going to be an entrepreneur so me attending graduate school is not necessary,” Spears says.

For Criminal Justice major Talesha Wade from Milan, TN, graduate school is not even a question. “For my major, I have to go to law school, so the only problem that I’m facing now, is getting accepted into graduate school,” Wade says.

On May 2nd, UTC students will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas and start their journey into the real world. Some students will find themselves scrambling for ideas and opportunities that will lead them on the right path to success for life after college.

Delta Zeta Sorority Comes to UTC

By: Sue Harris


CHATTANOOGA, TN (UTC/The Loop) — After months of interviews and planning, UTC Sororities have voted on which new sorority will come to campus: Delta Zeta.

Delta Zeta is an international organization that was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1902. This sisterhood was founded by six women who came together to start a sorority on a male populated campus.

Delta Zeta's take a picture on Bid Day

Delta Zeta's take a picture on Bid Day

This organization’s symbol is the turtle, inspired by the fact that turtles always have a home. Their colors are Old Rose and Vieux Green, with a national flower that is the Killarney Rose.

Today, Delta Zeta has over 220,000 members and alumnae in the US and Canada. This sorority has a nonprofit organization for scholarships, leadership, philanthropy, and education called the Delta Zeta Foundation.

Delta Zeta was chosen out of the other three sororities for presenting to the campus the different ways they plan to contribute to the community.  Some of the main factors are:

  • Community Service
  • Civil Engagement
  • Fitting in to the UTC community

Delta Zeta showed how involved they would be with community service.  Their national Philanthropy is the Painted Turtle Camp, which is a nonprofit organization for speech and hearing.  The camp is an experience for children with life threatening diseases to have fun and life changing experience. They also have started a new campaign called Pink Goes Green for environmental awareness.

This group also plans to get involved by recruiting members that will be leaders on campus as well as in the community. The women they chose to join their organization will make it part of their pledge to be an active  community member.

A group of Delta Zeta's gather around their letters

A group of Delta Zeta's gather around their letters

Ashley Baker, UTC Senior and Student Development Intern, said they were a great choice for this campus because they will fit in with the lifestyle. “UTC Greek life cares a lot about every student on campus, and the campus as a whole.” Baker said.  “Delta Zeta showed the students they intend to be an active part in our community by making sure we are all an active part of their activities.”

Members of the Greek community are very excited to have this group come to our campus. Samantha Holder, UTC Sophmore and Panhellenic Vice President of Public Relations, said she knows Delta Zeta will make a great asset to the campus. “The Delta Zeta women showed me that they will be a great fit to the rest of the groups here.” Holder said. “I am very excited for them to assimilate and become an active part of the campus.”

Patti Phillips, UTC Junior and Panhellenic President, said Delta Zeta had great ratings after their presentation. “The women had a wonderful presentation and really showed the community how badly they wanted to be a part of us.” Phillips said.

After Delta Zeta starts recruiting their new chapter in the fall, they will begin the colonization process. This includes getting founding sisters of the chapter, and a new pledge class to kick things off.

Want to know more about the extension process? click here!

Sara Jahansouz, Dean of Students and Greek Advisor, said this new chapter will be the last new sorority to colonize for a couple of years.  Jahansouz said we will wait to see the outcome with this current new addition. The campus will wait another couple years to add another sorority.  

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