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Through early morning fog I see: Alan Alda and science communication

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

The University of Tennessee is very large, several times larger than Maryville, and thus is able to bring in lecturers of which we can only dream. One of these lectures was beloved actor and science communication enthusiast Alan Alda. Alda became famous for his role in the beloved television sitcom “M*A*S*H,” which chronicled the efforts of a group of Army doctors in the Korean War trying to maintain their sanity (usually in a comedic way) amongst the horrors of war. Since “M*A*S*H,” Alda has done numerous other projects, most of them related to science and the art of communicating effectively as a science. The lecture he gave at UT was in direct relation to this, and as a member of the Highland Echo team, I was able to attend the media pre-interview and meet Alda face to face. The...

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Potential scheduling changes are being discussed at MC

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Recently, there has been buzz in the Maryville College community about possible upcoming changes. One such issue is the case of academic rescheduling currently being explored by a campus task force. In fairness, many students have already heard of the idea of replacing J-Term with a “May-Term,” but the changes could be potentially far more widespread than that. Kristen Gourley is the Director of Campus Life at Maryville College, and a member of the Academic Calendar Task Force. According to Gourley, May-Term vs. J-Term is only a small part of what the task force is looking into. The entire academic calendar could be shuffled about and then a proposal could be sent to the Academic Life Committee to give the final verdict. Gourley stated that the benefits to these calendar changes are that the spring semester could potentially end...

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Homelessness impacts Knoxville

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 0 comments

The slow, progressive guitar of The Animals’ “House of The Rising Sun” came through my car’s speakers as I pulled into a Knoxville parking garage. My mission was to find my friend Stanley hanging around Market Square. Stanley is a nice guy. He’s about 6 feet tall, red headed, 22 years old and homeless. I first met Stanley near the end of the Summer. I had just taken some bad news and went downtown to clear my head when Stanley approached me and asked me for food. I obliged him and told him about my situation. He replied by telling me that I needed to remember the blessings in my life: I have a home, an education and a family that cares about me. Stanley, unfortunately, doesn’t have any of those things. He was kicked out of his house...

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Local elections worthy of your interest

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Local elections are important for several reasons, not least among them that they decide how policy and laws closest to home are decided on and where federal funding is allocated. In addition to choosing a president this year, voters in Tennessee will have the opportunity to decide who represents them on a state and local level this November. All across the state, there are several close elections that will decide which direction Tennessee will move in the future. Here is a brief overview of some of the most hotly contested districts during this election cycle. Those participating in Maryville College Democrats, or MC Dems, will remember Gloria Johnson, who came to visit the meeting held at the Center for Campus Ministry on Sept. 16. Johnson was previously elected in 2012 in State House district 13, and then went on...

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