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Miles to go before I sleep: a reflection of the 2017 cross country season

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features, Sports | 0 comments

Cross country takes place at an interesting time of year. We begin our season by running with minimal clothing and conclude our season in layers. “Season” is an interesting term in the running community. Traditionally, winter is the indoor track season, followed by outdoor track in the spring. Because Maryville College does not have a track team, spring means speed to prepare the runner for the next six months. Summer means heavy mileage for building the stamina and endurance to make us faster than before. At last, fall arrives. Cross country season is here. With the joys of longer runs to zone out, the cross-country athlete must also endure sustained fast-pace miles embedded in interval and tempo workouts. Like all sports, cross country athletes spend time conditioning, which takes its form in both running and weight training. Six days...

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Echo staff reflects on Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

Chandler Chastain “My favorite thing about Thanksgiving–or really any holiday at my house, is “orange stuff.” It sounds so weird, and honestly it is, but it’s a food dish that I just can’t live without. I can’t give away the recipe–it’s a family secret, and if I told you what was in it, no one would try it anyway. Basically it’s one of those weird congealed salads only grandmas know how it make, and it is so good.” Rachel Britt “Every thanksgiving eve, my father starts marinating the turkey. I stay up late with him, and we talk and catch up. Then I always know it’s thanksgiving day when I wake up at five in the morning to my father singing and whistling while checking on the turkey. I know this tradition is arbitrary to some, but this is a memory I...

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MC seniors reflect on internships through MC Works

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

Maryville College began its innovative job preparation program four years ago, and this year the graduating senior class will be the first to have completed all four years of the course designed to help prepare them to meet the demands of today’s job market after graduation. The four-year long curriculum, involving seminars, job fairs, interviews, portfolios and resumes, also requires each student to participate in a Significant Practical Experience (SPE). These SPE’s are oriented with the student’s major and field of interest, ensuring that each individual gains meaningful hands-on experience in a real-world environment. Byjan Kajaei is a senior majoring in English as a Second Language (ESL) education with a minor in Japanese. She spent six weeks over the summer teaching ESL in Japan. During this time, she was able to substantially improve her Japanese language skills while gaining...

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Meet the editors: Adam Brown

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Adam Brown, sometimes called Dave, but not necessarily Dave Brown, is a sophomore at Maryville College. He hails from a little town in Tennessee that you may have heard of: Knoxville. He grew up like many millennial men: in a middle class home that was in the image of the American Dream. However, while his upbringing is just like many others in America, there is no one that is like Adam Brown. I’ve had to describe him to people before and found it’s easiest to just say, “Adam, well he’s Adam.” Adam is known in many circles as the man with advice. Whether or not that advice is solicited is on a case by case basis, however. He has been described to me as a sort of enigma. It was my job to decrypt that enigma in the interview...

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Keepers of The Covenant to unveil new project

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

On the evening of Nov. 13, 2017, senior Grace Plemmons began conducting interviews by the Covenant Stone on campus, supervised by Dr. Jesse Smith, lecturer in Mathematics, and filmed by both sophomore Ryan Lay and multimedia communications specialist Jacob Haskew. This marked the beginning of the new project on campus revolving around the Maryville College Covenant. This project seeks to investigate what the covenant means to people who live it every day. The Keepers of the Covenant organization was started on Oct. 20, 2000 under MC President Gerald Gibson. Every year since, there have been eight student members, three staff and three faculty members who are deemed as “Keepers of the Covenant.” If you’ve ever been to a Covenant Ceremony you can thank the Keepers for organizing it, as well as developing the “Spirit of the Covenant Awards.” Starting...

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Science behind seasonal changes

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

For many of us, the changing of colors and falling of leaves in autumn is only an accepted fact of life. However, not every region in the world gets to experience different seasons or the brilliant transformation from green leaves to reds, oranges, golds and browns. In fact, the Earth can be divided into separate biomes by characteristics such as average rainfall and temperature. These aspects strongly influence the species diversity present in each biome. The Smoky Mountains as well as most of the Eastern United States falls within the “temperate deciduous” forest biome. This is because we are inside a low-pressure zone of the global air circulation, allowing for a great amount of precipitation. In fact, temperate deciduous forests are second only to the tropics regarding annual rainfall amounts. Temperate deciduous forests are among the oldest and most...

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