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Alex Ogle: Sights Set High

Written by: Katie Haremski
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Alex Ogle makes a photo during her Echo photo assignment at Main X 24. Saturday, December 1, 2018. Photo by: Katie Haremski

UTC Communications and Psychology junior, Alex Ogle, has her sights set high as she approaches her last year of college. While a projection for early graduation came as a bit of a surprise, she couldn’t be more excited for what the future has in store. For many, college is a time of exploration of one’s self and Ogle is no exception from that. During her time in college she has explored several different paths specifically in the Communications Department.

The Knoxville native kick started her college career in the fall of 2016. Over the past two and a half years, she has found a deep love for broadcasting and photojournalism. While Ogle claims that she is “not musically talented”, she has a deeply embedded love for music. Her love for music brought her to having her own show on WUTC. She said, “It’s cool to be able to play whatever music you want”.

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Alex Ogle signs her photo. Her photo will be hung in the COMM department. Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Photo by: Katie Haremski

Additionally, she loves photojournalism. What started as a class, has now become a passion. Ogle is currently in her first class in photojournalism, but will be continuing her “PJ” education next semester. At the end of the October, she joined The UTC Echo Photographers and feels like since joining she has grown in her craft.

What some may not know, is that Ogle is legally blind. Her right eye is corrected to 20/60 but her left eye is 20/300. She doesn’t have peripheral in either eye due to retinopathy of prematurity. Despite that, Ogle said that it is not a defining factor of who she is.

“I love capturing moments and reminding people that [this] is what is going on. That photos can lead to change.” Ogle said that it’s really special that one can capture a moments in time.

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Alex Ogle waits for photo to print out. Her photo will be hung in the COMM department. Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Photo by: Katie Haremski

 

She said that when she first started photographing she “didn’t feel like she was good at it” but as time has past, she has continued to make connections and photos. While “the dream” is unclear, she goes back and forth on whether she wants to seek after photojournalism as a profession. One thing is clear, is that she does have passion for storytelling and capturing emotion.

Ogle’s WUTC show can be heard on Mondays at 10 PM and her work in The Echo can be found on http://www.theutcecho.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Storytellers

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Katie Haremski

Katie Haremski is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Outside of contributing to Rising Rock, she is the Creative Coordinator at Counsel Creative and the Features Editor at The Echo. Katie is a storyteller, writer, designer, social media marketer and photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

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USA Boxing

Written by: Abby Ray

 

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Montreal Hunter (blue) punches Mauricio Quintanilla (red) during their fight at the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga on Monday, October 8, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

During October 7th – 13th Chattanooga hosted the 2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Boxing Championships. The event was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center and had the largest turnout in national tournament history according to TeamUSA.org. Chattanooga has hosted the Eastern Elite Qualifiers two consecutive years since 2017.

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Deontay Brown (blue) kneels down before the begging of his bout at the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

“After check-in and general weigh-in, a total of 834 boxers and 550 boxers will take part in the weeklong national tournament at the Chattanooga Convention Center,” from TeamUSA.org. Due to the large amount of boxers, a 5th ring was added to accommodate the amount of participants.

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The USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

The tournament had Elite, Youth, Junior, Intermediate, Bantam, and PeeWee divisions. Elite Boxers must be 18 years old and have at least 5 years of experience under their belt. The rest of the divisions have boxers who are 17 years old to just 8 years old. The tournament also had female and male boxing divisions.

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The USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

In order to ensure the boxers safety, ring side physicians are present during every bout. The physicians follow concussion protocol and are aware of the early signs of one. Dr. Armando Sanchez was the lead physician at the Qualifiers.

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The USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

The winning boxers from the Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Boxing Championships are one step closer to qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

 

 

 

 

Concussions in Boxing:

Written by: Ayriel Ayers
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Christina Cruz (red) punches Azizo Nimani (blue) during the USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Webster’s definition of a concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. Concussions in the Chattanooga area are a prominent issue in today’s sports realm. According to NATA Journals, Men’s boxing has one of the highest rates of concussions, with a 34% rate out of every 1,000 players, according to wiki statistics.How do you recognize the signs of concussion in a young athlete? To begin, a concussion does not have to be a result of a blow to the head with “blacking out” occurring. Concussions can occur with shaking or rapid head movements and more often than not leave the athlete fully conscious.

“The Brain is the brain. Concussions don’t change. Boxing isn’t the worst sport, but it’s more acceptable to gaining a concussion. the boxers are in a sport that can potentially give them a concussions,” Dr. Armando, boxing medical specialist gives us a more professional insight on boxing with concussions. Armando said,“you want to attack the issue way before it happens, limit those chances of a concussion, anytime you feel there could potentially be something wrong, get it checked out.”

Boxing is a form of fighting, which according to Dr.Armando is “Human Nature” the fighting wont stop, but preventing concussions is possible.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Storytellers

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Abby Ray

Abby Ray, a senior at UTC studying Communications and Business Administration, is from Memphis, Tennessee. She currently works as an intern at Delegator, which is a digital advertising agency in Chattanooga. A few of Ray’s passions are working out, watching the Memphis Grizzlies and scrolling through twitter.

 

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Elian Richter

Elian Richter is an climbing instructor and action photographer. Elian works at High Point Climbing gym as a certified instructor and as a backup photographer. He now combines the skills learned from climbing with the skills he’s acquired in photography to do photo shoots for climbers and outdoors enthusiasts.

 

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Ayriel Ayers

Ayriel Ayers is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She’s skilled in photography, human development, and public relations. As the NAACP President, Resident Assistant for UTC housing, and a Community Service and Membership Development Chairwoman for her sorority, her leadership and positivity characteristics continually pointed her to success.

 

 

 

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Raising the Flags

 

 

 

In 1970 members of Ringgold Georgia community started a tradition to honor the deceased Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, who were residents of Catoosa County at some point. At the time there was only one flag honoring all veterans, but members of the VFW decided each veteran should have a flag of their own. The tradition began with 12 flags that were placed in the Anderson Cemetery in Ringgold. Over the next 46 years the number of flags grew tremendously.

Each year, a week before Memorial Day and a week before Veterans Day volunteers from the Catoosa County area and surrounding areas place American flags along Ringgold’s streets and highways. They are placed on metal poles and a white wooden cross with the name of the veteran, their branch of service, and the war from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. A week before and after the two holidays the flags are up for display to honor the Veterans.

For many years Ralph Teems, his cousin Charles Teems (both VFW members) and Wallace Hall who made some of the first crosses volunteered labor initiative. The position was then given to Gilbert Childer, Head of the Volunteers. Dozens of volunteers have help put this event together each year. From Ringgold, Ridgeland, and Heritage middle and high school students making, painting, and placing the cross to volunteers from all ages, churches, civic organizations, and more. Today there are over a thousand of flags that are displayed and each year a hundred flags are added.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Storytellers

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Allie Schrenker

Allie Schrenker is a committed athlete studying Communications and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with plans to graduate in May 2019. She is one of the editors for UTC’s literary journal and is currently pursuing a career in photojournalism.

 
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Tiffany Closson

Tiffany Closson is a senior marketing major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She studied luxury fashion in Paris and has spent time in photojournalism working with local stories. As a marketing intern she has knowledge in website analytics and social media management.

 

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Brianna (Charlye) White

Brianna (Charlye) White is in her senior year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, majoring in Communications. She is the Community Outreach Assistant for the Bethlehem Center, and a Writer and News Anchor for her school news media, Mocs News. Visitwww.thbeth.org to view her work and email her at white.brianna17@gmail.com to learn more.
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Jackson Hollis

Jackson Hollis has been a photojournalist for the UTC Echo for almost a year. He has shot many events for the paper including including parades, rally’s, sports events, and more. Jackson has lived in Chattanooga for over 3 years and loves sports and the outdoors. Jackson can be contacted either by cell (615) 479-5115 or by email jvaughnhollis@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Ghosts – The Hunt

 

 

 

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In this eerie Rising Rock special, we followed Mystique Paranormal, a local Chattanooga paranormal investigation team. The team investigated the home of a group member where paranormal activity has been reported multiple times. We discussed paranormal experiences that the group has had and why they do what they do. We figured out possible reasons for the ghost activity in and around the house, and we had a few out of the ordinary experiences of our own.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Storytellers

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Savannah Champion

Savannah Champion is a Junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She also works as a Marketing Coordinator for a local infrastructure company, where she utilizes her love for content writing and graphic design to create clear and consistent messaging.

 

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Cade Deakin

Cade Deakin is a photographer and videographer based in Chattanooga, who has worked at the student newspaper, The University Echo, while completing a communications degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and completed a media internship making promotional photos and videos at Songbirds Guitar Museum.

 

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Nik Jones

Nik Jones is a senior communications student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with experience in photojournalism. He is passionate about art in its many forms, but more importantly people and the stories they have to tell.

 

 

 

 

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Time

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What is time? Three UTC students sat down with Dr. Joshua Hamblen, a UTC physics professor, who contemplates the meaning of time and its effects on us. With the time change coming up on November 4, 2018, everyone will set their clocks back one hour, effectively losing one hour of daylight each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Storytellers

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Katie Haremski

Katie Haremski is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Outside of contributing to Rising Rock, she is the Creative Coordinator at Counsel Creative and the Features Editor at The Echo. Katie is a storyteller, writer, designer, social media marketer and photographer.

 

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Ashley Rutledge

Ashley Rutledge, a Chattanooga native and senior communication student at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, plans to work in the marketing industry after graduation. Her skills include social media management, public relations and graphic design.

 

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Phillip Kiefer

Phillip Kiefer is an international Musician and amateur photojournalist with skills in multimedia production and marketing strategies. He is a senior at UTC studying communication and anthropology. His interests in local music and the outdoors drive him to produce fun and informative stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barber Kings – Chattanooga One Snip at a Time

 

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Chris Palmer edges a clients hair on September 10, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Barber Kings, a well-known barber shop on MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga, Tenn., creates a space where area neighborhoods find community.

Established in 2013 by owner Victor Bronson, Barber Kings has been a place where the people of the MLK Neighborhood Association frequent on a daily basis.

Not only can people walk in to receive a professional cut or shave from one of their barbers, they can also come in to spend hours of time with their neighbors.

 

 

 

According to Master Barber Chris Palmer, Barber Kings is a place to not only receive a good haircut, but also a good conversation. By growing up spending time in barber shops himself, Palmer understands the effect a barber shop can have on people.

“As a kid, going to the barber shop was like going on a field trip. It was a place to sit and listen, to have conversations with the barber and the people who lived in this community,” Palmer said.  

By having a personal experience and understanding of the effects a barber shop can have on someone, Palmer and the other barbers work hard to make this shop a place for community.

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Messiah waits for a haircut at Barber Kings on Martin Luther King Boulevard on September 8, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

“We try to make this a place where boys can learn how to become young men,” Palmer said, “We want to be there to help mentor the children that come and sit in our chairs.”

Even with all of their passion for their work and the people they encounter, Barber Kings recently changed locations due to the gentrification of MLK Boulevard.

The landscape of MLK and the neighborhood has drastically changed over the years. What used to be a street made up of predominantly black business owners has been flooded with people from the nearby neighborhoods and has changed to appeal and conform to a younger, middle-class taste.

 

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Terrance Bragg cuts a client’s hair at Barber Kings on Martin Luther King Blvd on September 8, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

These changes have allowed new shops, bars and restaurants to open up along MLK Boulevard as well as allow more college students, tourists and locals enjoy what this part of Chattanooga has to offer. The new businesses like OddStory Brewing Company, 2 Sons Kitchen and Market, Hutton & Smith Brewing, and The Camp House to name a few, fall under the category of change on this street. Unfortunately, because of this change, Barber Kings could no longer stay in their previous location on MLK.

With these changes, Barber Kings had to face the choice of leaving a neighborhood they had spent years building a community with or work hard to stay and continue being involved with their neighborhood.

The shop ended up remaining on MLK, but changing locations to a little ways down the road. Barber Kings is currently located next door to Hutton & Smith Brewing and across the street from Champy’s Restaurant at 517 East Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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Terrance Bragg shaves his face with a straight edge razor on September 10, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Having been around this community for many years, the barbers have seen shops come and go. They are aware of these changes, but they are prepared to face them together and adapt how they see fit.

“I know lots of families who have moved out of this neighborhood. They talk about the way things used to be around here, how it made them strong,” Palmer said.

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By seeing other businesses let these changes move them out, Palmer and the shop understand how different this neighborhood used to be. However, it is also important to them to be a part of this newly formed community inhabiting the neighborhood.

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The Barber kings staff cut clients hair on September 7, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

“These are the streets that musicians like Bessie Smith and James Brown used to roam. As this neighborhood experiences a shift from gentrification, it’s important to us to be an example for other ethnic owned businesses in this community. We don’t want to lose that history,” Palmer said.

Barber Kings is a business that does not let gentrification force them out of a place they call home. These barbers and this company represent strength, community and history in an important part of the city of Chattanooga.

 

 

Meet the Storytellers:

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Troy Stolt

Troy Stolt is a student photojournalist based out of Chattanooga Tennessee, where he is the photo editor of the UTC student newspaper, the University Echo, he has experience covering news, sports, in the creation of multimedia, studio portraits as well as making featured photos. His work has also been published University relations, Nooga.com, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Abigail Frazier

Abigail Frazier is a senior communications major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She works for the student newspaper, The University Echo, as the News Editor. Frazier hopes to pursue print journalism or an online publication in News Media.

 

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Jessica Boggs

Jessica Boggs, Senior at UTC, is pursuing a degree in Communication and minoring in International Relations. She is an experienced international photojournalist as well as feature photographer for The Echo. Jessica is passionate about speaking for those without a voice through the lens of a camera.

 

 

 

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Allie Schrenker – Rugby Queen

 

 

The UTC Women’s Club Sports Rugby team has 32 members and Allie Schrenker is their captain. Allie talks about her passion for the sport and what drives her to keep playing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cade Deakin is a photographer and videographer based in Chattanooga, who has worked at the student newspaper, The University Echo, while completing a communications degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and completed a media internship making promotional photos and videos at Songbirds Guitar Museum.

 

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Allie Schrenker

Allie Schrenker is a committed athlete studying Communications and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with plans to graduate in May 2019. She is one of the editors for UTC’s literary journal and is currently pursuing a career in photojournalism.

 

 

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