The Pacer

The Pacer http://www.thepacer.net Ashton Priest Executive Editor Rachel Moore Managing Editor Sarah Knapp News Editor Bre Rudolph Arts & Entertainment Editor Jason Repath Viewpoints Editor Photographers, web staff, etc.: Ben Greer Sarah Knapp Brooke Boshers Rebekah Cotten Bre Rudolph Jillianne Moncrief Lymonte Thomas Tomi McCutchen Parrish Faculty Adviser Founded in 1928 as The Checkerboard, The Pacer is the student-run newspaper at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

After beginning as The Checkerboard, the newspaper became The Volette and remained that way until October of 1971, where it became The Pacer, named after the then-nickname for UTM athletics, the Pacers. Even after UTM changed its nickname to the Skyhawks, the newspaper kept its name. “By an overwhelming margin, the staff voted to retain the Pacer moniker for two reasons. First, The Pacer reflects an ever-evolving, pace-setting entity, and we believed the newspaper should continue to represent such on campus. Second, the staff believed that retaining the name would make it clear that the newspaper does not necessarily follow the recommendations of consultants,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, former Pacer advisor and current chair of the Department of Communications. The Office of Student Publications at UTM publishes The Pacer every other Wednesday throughout the semester except for holidays and exam periods. The typical circulation for our print issue is 1,500 to 2,000 issues every other week during the semester. We also publish articles daily on our website. Our newspaper is distributed free on the UTM campus and at many local advertisers’ place of business. We have 11 bins stationed around campus in high-traffic areas.

After beginning as The Checkerboard, the newspaper became The Volette and remained that way until October of 1971, where it became The Pacer, named after the then-nickname for UTM athletics, the Pacers. Even after UTM changed its nickname to the Skyhawks, the newspaper kept its name. “By an overwhelming margin, the staff voted to retain the Pacer moniker for two reasons. First, The Pacer reflects an ever-evolving, pace-setting entity, and we believed the newspaper should continue to represent such on campus. Second, the staff believed that retaining the name would make it clear that the newspaper does not necessarily follow the recommendations of consultants,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, former Pacer advisor and current chair of the Department of Communications. The Office of Student Publications at UTM publishes The Pacer every other Wednesday throughout the semester except for holidays and exam periods. The typical circulation for our print issue is 1,500 to 2,000 issues every other week during the semester. We also publish articles daily on our website. Our newspaper is distributed free on the UTM campus and at many local advertisers’ place of business. We have 11 bins stationed around campus in high-traffic areas.

Mission: This page is for The Pacer, the editorially independent student newspaper of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Operating as usual

09/17/2020

Today an email was sent out to students from Bud Grimes and The Office of University Relations :”Chancellor Keith Carver has entered quarantine as he was a close contact of an active COVID-19 case. He will be working remotely from home during this period. The chancellor is showing no symptoms and is able to keep all his appointments in a virtual format.

The chancellor’s action follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for quarantine.”

UT Martin ranked among top universities in the South
09/15/2020
UT Martin ranked among top universities in the South

UT Martin ranked among top universities in the South

The University of Tennessee at Martin ranked among top universities in the South in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report in categories including best regional universities south, best colleges for veterans, best value schools and more. UT Martin ranked 13th in the South as a top regional public institu...

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and want to get tested, there will be free drive-through testing unti...
09/15/2020

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and want to get tested, there will be free drive-through testing until 1 pm today

Hey Skyhawks! Tomorrow is the last day of the Lifeline Blood Service Drive. Catch them outside of the UC from 9-4. Get a...
09/10/2020

Hey Skyhawks! Tomorrow is the last day of the Lifeline Blood Service Drive. Catch them outside of the UC from 9-4. Get a free T-shirt when you donate!

UTM has chosen a new director of public safety, the link below will take you to our website to read more about him!
08/19/2020
Longtime Henry County sheriff named UTM director of public safety

UTM has chosen a new director of public safety, the link below will take you to our website to read more about him!

Longtime law enforcement professional and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew has joined UTM as the new director of public safety. The UTM criminal justice graduate has served as Henry County sheriff since 2006 and previously served as a Tennessee State Trooper and as a patrolman, school resource offic...

OVC POSTPONES FALL SPORT COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS - UTM Athletics
08/14/2020
OVC POSTPONES FALL SPORT COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS - UTM Athletics

OVC POSTPONES FALL SPORT COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS - UTM Athletics

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents has announced fall competition and championships in the sports of football, men's and women's cross country, women's soccer and women's volleyball will be postponed due to the concerns and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandem...

Skyhawk alum Alec Mills makes Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster
07/24/2020
Skyhawk alum Alec Mills makes Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster

Skyhawk alum Alec Mills makes Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster

For the first time in his budding Major League Baseball career, former University of Tennessee at Martin hurler Alec Mills has made an Opening Day roster. Not only will Mills be in uniform for the Chicago Cubs during tomorrow’s season opener against Milwaukee, first-year manager David Ross announc...

Gov. Lee extends State of Emergency to August 29 - WBBJ TV
06/29/2020
Gov. Lee extends State of Emergency to August 29 - WBBJ TV

Gov. Lee extends State of Emergency to August 29 - WBBJ TV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 50 Monday, extending the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to August 29, 2020. The order allows for the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures to facilitate the treatment and ...

UT Board of Trustees Approves COVID-19 Resolution, Annual Budget
06/27/2020
UT Board of Trustees Approves COVID-19 Resolution, Annual Budget

UT Board of Trustees Approves COVID-19 Resolution, Annual Budget

After listening to University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd and chancellors of campuses across the system discuss their plans for handling COVID-19 in the fall on Thursday, the UT Board of Trustees approved their plans as well as the University’s $2.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-21 dur...

UT Martin students required to get flu vaccine
06/26/2020
UT Martin students required to get flu vaccine

UT Martin students required to get flu vaccine

UT Martin students will have to get their flu shot this fall, and if a vaccine becomes available, be immunized for COVID-19, under an emergency rule unanimously approved Friday by the University of…

UT Martin employees among recipients of the 2020 President’s Awards
06/25/2020
UT Martin employees among recipients of the 2020 President’s Awards

UT Martin employees among recipients of the 2020 President’s Awards

From transforming the way the University of Tennessee approaches diversity and inclusion to championing biomedical research, recipients of the 2020 President’s Awards, including two UT Martin employees, Dr. Richard Robinson and Davis Rash, embody excellence throughout the UT System. UT President R...

Click on the link below to go to our website and read the recent update on the Fall 2020 semester.
06/24/2020
The Pacer

Click on the link below to go to our website and read the recent update on the Fall 2020 semester.

Independent voice of the University of Tennessee at Martin

Built with wires and hope: Savannah Metheny rebuilds horse skeleton for anatomy classes
06/15/2020
Built with wires and hope: Savannah Metheny rebuilds horse skeleton for anatomy classes

Built with wires and hope: Savannah Metheny rebuilds horse skeleton for anatomy classes

While she may be small in stature, the legacy Savannah Metheny, a recent animal science graduate, has left at the University of Tennessee at Martin casts a tall shadow. In fact, it is 17-hands tall. When the pre-veterinary student was asked if she wanted to help rebuild a fully articulated equine sk...

UT Martin offers test-flexible admission for fall 2021
06/08/2020
UT Martin offers test-flexible admission for fall 2021

UT Martin offers test-flexible admission for fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Admissions will offer test-flexible admission for students applying for the fall of 2021. As ACT/SAT scheduled tests are being canceled because of the coronavirus, UT Martin will accept applications based on high s...

The university issued a press release this morning about plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Follow the link to our websit...
05/29/2020
UTM to open fall classes Aug. 17

The university issued a press release this morning about plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Follow the link to our website to learn more about how the semester will play out.

Students attending fall semester classes at UTM will begin classes Aug. 17 and finish classes by Thanksgiving. The condensed semester will offer a combination of in-person and online classes and minimize travel to and from the main campus and five centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Some...

UT Martin four-year graduation rate increases after implementing ‘Soar in Four’
05/21/2020
UT Martin four-year graduation rate increases after implementing ‘Soar in Four’

UT Martin four-year graduation rate increases after implementing ‘Soar in Four’

The University of Tennessee at Martin’s four-year graduation rate has increased 10.8 percent since proposing “Soar in Four,” the tuition model that encourages students to take at least 15 hours per semester in order to graduate in four years, in 2015. The “Soar in Four” tuition program beg...

Martin announces cancellation of annual TN Soybean Festival
05/16/2020
Martin announces cancellation of annual TN Soybean Festival

Martin announces cancellation of annual TN Soybean Festival

Martin announces cancellation of annual TN Soybean Festival By Admin User | May 15, 2020 | 0 The Award-Winning Tennessee Soybean Festival Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 27th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival planned for Sept. 5-12, due to the uncertainties that still lie ahea...

UT Martin to hold virtual Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony
05/16/2020
UT Martin to hold virtual Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony

UT Martin to hold virtual Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony

The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold its annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony virtually at 9 a.m, Friday, May 22, in lieu of the traditional in-person service. The event is closed to the public and all participants will engage in social distancing in order to comply with CDC COVID-1...

UT Martin joins other UT campuses opening in-person classes this fall
05/06/2020
UT Martin joins other UT campuses opening in-person classes this fall

UT Martin joins other UT campuses opening in-person classes this fall

The University of Tennessee System plans to welcome students back to each of its campuses this fall. “We are planning for a safe return to campuses in the fall and will do everything possible to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff,” said UT President Randy Boyd. “We will cont...

UT campuses propose unprecedented, across-the-board zero percent tuition increases
04/30/2020
UT campuses propose unprecedented, across-the-board zero percent tuition increases

UT campuses propose unprecedented, across-the-board zero percent tuition increases

For the academic year that begins in fall 2020, all University of Tennessee campuses are proposing 0 percent tuition increases to their individual advisory boards. The advisory boards will meet in early May to review and discuss tuition. Their recommendations will be submitted to UT President Randy....

UT Martin Athletics
04/27/2020
UT Martin Athletics

UT Martin Athletics

UT Martin celebrates 25 years of the Skyhawk logo!

Hey, everyone! It’s I 🧡 UTM Week, and UTM is bringing this year’s festivities online. We may not be on campus for the re...
04/21/2020

Hey, everyone!
It’s I 🧡 UTM Week, and UTM is bringing this year’s festivities online. We may not be on campus for the rest of the semester, but we can still celebrate our campus from home!

Show your Skyhawk pride by participating in each day’s activity!
🤍💙🧡
Here is the schedule for the week:

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News
04/20/2020
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News

Gov. Bill Lee announced that the remain-at-home order will expire on April 30.

The UT System made the decision to continue online classes through the summer. More details below: http://www.thepacer.n...
04/01/2020
UT campuses to continue online classes through the summer

The UT System made the decision to continue online classes through the summer. More details below:

http://www.thepacer.net/ut-campuses-to-continue-online-classes-through-the-summer/

MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd – in consultation with chancellors at UTK, UTC UTM and the UT Health Science Center – has announced that summer session classes at all campuses will be delivered online in response to COVID-19. At UTHSC, clinical rotations in ...

Precautions were taken at the UTM mail services after an individual with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 was in the fa...
03/26/2020
COVID-19 precautions taken at UTM Mail Services

Precautions were taken at the UTM mail services after an individual with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 was in the facility.

http://www.thepacer.net/covid-19-precautions-taken-at-ut-martin-mail-services/

On Wednesday afternoon, March 25, UTM officials were informed that an individual who had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 had been in University Mail Services located in Clement Hall. Although this individual has now been tested for COVID-19, the results are not known. Out of an abundance of cautio...

Amid the transition to online classes, UTM has extended the drop date for courses to April 3 at 5:00 p.m. http://www.the...
03/25/2020
UTM extends drop date

Amid the transition to online classes, UTM has extended the drop date for courses to April 3 at 5:00 p.m.

http://www.thepacer.net/utm-extends-drop-date/

Good morning, In trying to ease the transition to online coursework, the administration has decided to extend the drop date of courses to April 3, 2020 at 5:00PM. Please be sure to review any holds on your account, as you will be able to drop classes via Banner Self-Service as long as you do...

UTM announces refunds for housing, dining and parking. More information in the story below. http://www.thepacer.net/stud...
03/24/2020
Student Refunds

UTM announces refunds for housing, dining and parking. More information in the story below.

http://www.thepacer.net/student-refunds/

From the Office of Student Affairs. The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in the shift of all face-to-face courses to online delivery for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. As a result, many students are no longer on campus and have returned home. The university will provide prorated refunds t...

Matt Borden, associate director of Annual Giving, has announced that UTM has created a crowdfunding initiative to help d...
03/19/2020
Displaced Student Worker Fund

Matt Borden, associate director of Annual Giving, has announced that UTM has created a crowdfunding initiative to help displaced student workers. The link to donate is below:

http://utmforever.com/helpahawk

Help keep our Skyhawks soaring by giving to the Displaced Student Worker Fund.

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