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.

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UTM Holiday Closings
12/19/2020
UTM Holiday Closings

UTM Holiday Closings

UTM will close all administrative offices for winter holiday Dec. 21 – 25, as well as New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. This applies to offices on the main campus and the five centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ri…

How can a campus org flourish during a lockdown?
12/19/2020
How can a campus org flourish during a lockdown?

How can a campus org flourish during a lockdown?

The fall 2020 semester has definitely been one of the most challenging ones to date — especially if you hold a leadership position in a student organization. Currently, I am the president of Transf…

12/04/2020

Paul Meek Library Winter Break Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00-Open

December 7th-December 18th
December 28th-December 31rst
January 4th-January 13th

Saturday and Sunday-Closed

24 hr. lab will remain open during Winter Break

CLOSED

December 19-27
January 1, 2021

UTM theatre acts against Coronavirus with first-ever livestream
11/25/2020
UTM theatre acts against Coronavirus with first-ever livestream

UTM theatre acts against Coronavirus with first-ever livestream

The UTM Vanguard Theatre’s production of “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley ran Nov. 5-8, primarily for a livestreamed audience, testing the ability of Visual and Theatre …

11/18/2020
11/17/2020

Today the Student Government Association will be setup in the dining hall from 11am – 1pm taking donations for Skyhawks Share. Faculty, staff, or student meal plan customers can donate up to (5) of their unused meals to the program.

Skyhawks Share is a program that supports students dealing with issues of food insecurity. Students are able to request swipes to be applied to their account that they can use in the Skyhawk Dining Hall.

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host three in-person commencement ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Kathle...
11/13/2020
UT Martin

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host three in-person commencement ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, to celebrate the spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates. Social distancing and CDC guidelines will be implemented during the ceremonies to promote safety for graduates and their families.

The 2020 fall commencement ceremonies are scheduled by academic colleges:
• 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Business and Global Affairs
• 2 p.m.: College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Graduate Programs
• 6 p.m.: College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences

Each ceremony will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on Facebook and YouTube for those who are unable to attend. Graduates who are not attending the in-person ceremonies will be recognized virtually after the in-person attendees are announced.

All graduates and guests are required to wear face masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines during the ceremony.

With more than 7,400 students representing 41 states and 17 countries, UT Martin is committed to providing a traditional collegiate atmosphere characterized ...

Growing money on vines?
11/12/2020
Growing money on vines?

Growing money on vines?

For the cash-strapped college student, there are few joys greater than cheap and healthy food. Unfortunately, the world of 2020 simply does not work that way. The problem of nutrition and especiall…

Thankful, but not so thankful for COVID-19
11/12/2020
Thankful, but not so thankful for COVID-19

Thankful, but not so thankful for COVID-19

As we all know, the end of the semester is just around the corner. With in-person classes ending on Nov. 24, there will be many students traveling back home to spend Thanksgiving with their familie…

Sci-fi throwback review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
11/12/2020
Sci-fi throwback review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Sci-fi throwback review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

As is often the case with film adaptations of older novels, sometimes the originals get lost to the public consciousness: like tears in the rain. One such example is Philip K. Dick’s Do Andro…

The Pacer
11/11/2020

The Pacer

UTM Students,

The Pacer is interested in running a story on how you participated in the 2020 Election. Our Viewpoints section is interested in publishing your stories about how and why you voted and making those available to fellow students. Understanding and respecting the viewpoints of other students is one way in which we can foster a sense of community here at UTM. If interested, you can email Colby Anderson, Viewpoints editor, at [email protected]. As always, we respect student privacy and will not publish names without your permission.

The Pacer
11/11/2020

The Pacer

UTM Students,

The UT system (formerly written as University) has taken the unprecedented step this year of requiring a flu vaccine for all students enrolling in the Spring semester. Around half of Americans were vaccinated last year, and the link between flu vaccination and better outcomes from COVID-19 is not clear. The Pacer wants to know how students are responding to the new policies. Are you intending to file an exemption? Does mandatory vaccination make you feel safer on campus? We want to let the campus community know your viewpoints on the matter. If interested, you can email Colby Anderson, Viewpoints editor, at [email protected]. As always, we respect student privacy and will not publish names without your permission.

Photos from The Pacer's post
11/11/2020

Photos from The Pacer's post

Photos from The Pacer's post
11/11/2020

Photos from The Pacer's post

UTM art faculty make the most of quarantine
11/11/2020
UTM art faculty make the most of quarantine

UTM art faculty make the most of quarantine

The UTM Fine Arts Gallery is currently hosting the “Made in Quarantine” collection through Nov. 13 displaying the work of seven of UTM’s faculty artists. When I went to the galler…

11/10/2020
11/10/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

The Center for Women and Gender Equality is hosting its last Lunch & Learn of the semester on the topic salary negotiations. Katie Mantooth from CPAD will discuss with students how to determine an appropriate salary and how to negotiate for salary in the hiring process. While this session is meant to help address the gender wage gap, the skills and information in the session are applicable to all.

Thursday, Nov. 12 at 12:15 pm
Link to join!
https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/98354132307?pwd=SVdQRlNXZXorby9pQzJZSU00aVNkZz09

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UTM Students, The UT system (formerly written as University) has taken the unprecedented step this year of requiring a f...
11/10/2020

UTM Students,

The UT system (formerly written as University) has taken the unprecedented step this year of requiring a flu vaccine for all students enrolling in the Spring semester. Around half of Americans were vaccinated last year, and the link between flu vaccination and better outcomes from COVID-19 is not clear. The Pacer wants to know how students are responding to the new policies. Are you intending to file an exemption? Does mandatory vaccination make you feel safer on campus? We want to let the campus community know your viewpoints on the matter. If interested, you can email Colby Anderson, Viewpoints editor, at [email protected]. As always, we respect student privacy and will not publish names without your permission.

UTM Students, The Pacer is interested in running a story on how you participated in the 2020 Election. Our Viewpoints se...
11/10/2020

UTM Students,

The Pacer is interested in running a story on how you participated in the 2020 Election. Our Viewpoints section is interested in publishing your stories about how and why you voted and making those available to fellow students. Understanding and respecting the viewpoints of other students is one way in which we can foster a sense of community here at UTM. If interested, you can email Colby Anderson, Viewpoints editor, at [email protected]. As always, we respect student privacy and will not publish names without your permission.

11/05/2020

Tuesday through Thursday of next week November 10th-12th, Hurt Street will be busy with construction and maintenance. If you are able to park elsewhere or avoid trips on Hurt Street please do so.

A Look At KB’s ‘His Glory Alone’
11/05/2020
A Look At KB’s ‘His Glory Alone’

A Look At KB’s ‘His Glory Alone’

I will preface this by saying I am not a critic or musical professional of any kind, I just happen to know what music I enjoy. Under that category of music I like is KB’s newest album His Glory Alo…

11/04/2020

On Friday, November 6th at 3:30 PM the 3rd floor of Gooch Hall will be fogged to kill the wasps. The Physical Plant will need to cut off the HVAC to the entire building on which could result in the fumes circulating throughout the building. They are recommending that everyone in Gooch Hall evacuate the building for this procedure.

The Pacer
11/03/2020

The Pacer

On election day, November 3rd, bring your “I Voted” sticker to the Student Life and Multicultural Affairs Office in the University to receive an exclusive “Skyhawks Vote” t-shirt. If you participate in early voting, just save the sticker or take a selfie with the sticker after you vote!

Aviators Marching Band hosts ‘Last Blast’ concert Nov. 7
11/03/2020
Aviators Marching Band hosts ‘Last Blast’ concert Nov. 7

Aviators Marching Band hosts ‘Last Blast’ concert Nov. 7

The UTM Aviators Marching Band will host a “Last Blast” concert at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at the tent in the Pacer Pond parking lot. The concert will be the first time the Aviators will perform …

SOAR Leader Applications
10/28/2020
SOAR Leader Applications

SOAR Leader Applications

The UTM Office of Admissions would like to invite you to apply to be a Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) Orientation Leader. The deadline to apply is November 6, at 5 p.m. SOAR Staff cons…

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