Swag Drag

Sunday, November 28, 2021

During my four semesters at UTC, I have been offered (and sometimes accepted) a wide array of promotional products. These items, colloquially referred to as swag, are often innocuous-seeming keychains, ink pens, Tt-shirts, and the like, are handed out to students without a second thought.

Many students are happy to accept a branded water bottle or UTC pen, but how many are using these items before being unceremoniously tossed into the garbage?

There are a host of sustainable options for promoting the brand of the school, such as post-consumer recycled key fobs, writing instruments, and shirts printed on recycled fabrics. Promotional products (even when purchased through a local company), are sourced from overseas, do little for the local economy, and have a higher environmental impact than that of a smaller maker. The budget for such items could be reallocated to local businesses, like bakeries, print shops, or other makers to help build up Chattanooga’s diverse community of designers and creators.

I would love to see a Bread & Butter cookie giveaway branded with UTC’s logo or having Neat Pony design and print our next T-shirt or tote bag next semester.

Justin Spencer


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Honoring Claude Ramsey And Dalton Roberts Is Long Overdue

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Opinion

How Pelosi’s Visit Proves Everyone Has A Stake In The US-Taiwan Partnership

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to go to Taiwan wasn’t crazy or foolish. There’s a reason that 26 Republican senators reached across the aisle to show support for someone long-considered their political adversary. Pelosi’s visit highlights that it’s more than just principles on the line--it’s the entire global order. Pelosi stated there were three main pillars to this US-Taiwan ... (click for more)

Honoring Claude Ramsey And Dalton Roberts Is Long Overdue

I am so grateful that County Attorney Rheubin Taylor and others are honoring our former County Mayors Claude Ramsey and Dalton Roberts. It goes without saying that this is long overdue. I have seen the Bredesen-Ramsey interchange near Volkswagen Drive, but Claude certainly deserves additional recognition for his contributions to our county. As for Dalton, I have pushed for years ... (click for more)

Breaking News

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Chattanooga Police said two people were shot early Thursday morning as they lay in bed at their residence in Hixson. At 1:30 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a shooting at 4900 Lavender Trail. Police were advised that two people suffering from non-life threatening injuries had driven themselves to a local hospital for treatment. They were a man 22 and a woman 26. ... (click for more)

Biden Administration Announces $25 Million for Wilcox Bridge, $14.6 Milllion To Dunlap For Highway 127 Intersection Improvement

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on Thursday announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $63 million to support three projects in Tennessee from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal transportation and ... (click for more)

Sports

WindStone Chosen As Host Site For 2022 National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Regional

Twelve golf facilities across the nation, including WindStone in Ringgold, Ga., have been named host sites for the 2022 National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Regionals taking place in September. Nearly 200 teams of junior golfers ages 10-17 will enjoy two days of competition. Through PGA Jr. League, kids ages 17 and under learn and play golf on co-ed teams, wear numbered jerseys ... (click for more)

UTC Football Fall Practice Preview

Palpable excitement filled the air this past Tuesday evening at Finley Stadium. As players in various states of undress poured out from a pair of school buses and into the locker room, equipment managers and assistant coaches scurried to set up equipment. The hits of Drake, Future, and other rap stars began to play from the stadium’s loudspeakers as players, now uniformly outfitted ... (click for more)