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Put on your dancing
The Sugar Mocs will be
holding tryouts next week.
See page 7.
Did somebody say
The Ronald McDonald
House offers a "home away
from home" for families of
seriously ill children.
See page 9.
So you think you're
requirements will effect
students graduating in
August 2000 and later.
See page 2.
More budget problems
UTC professors explain
how they are dealing with
See page 2.
Scholar athletes were
recognized for their work
off the field and court on
Game, set, match!
The tennis teams win big in
And the winner is...
Eric Larson elected SGA president
By Jenny Poole
Echo Managing/News Editor
The ballots are in, and Eric "Brass"
Larson is the newly-elected president of
UTC's Student Government Association.
The amount of votes that Larson received
in his defeat of Howard Barnwell will not be
released until Tom Losh, assistant dean of
students, returns on Friday.
Raley Parker, the former SGA secretary,
defeated Ashley Austin for the position of
SGA vice president.
By defeating opponents Karen Shelton
and Sheril Varghese, Stanley Chacko will
take office as treasurer.
For District I, .arts and sciences, Ashley
Austin, Necole Jones, Tiffany Smith and
Mario Walker will occupy the four senate
Jamillah Jackson and David Smith won
the election for senators in District II,
business administration. Matt Wilson will be
the senator from District III, engineering and
District IV, education and applied
professional services, will be represented by
Angela Dalton and Eric Stokes.
Rebecca Northern will be the senator for
District V, health and human services. Scott
Black, Otis Donald and Laura Welch will
represent District VI, non-degree.
This year's SGA elections had a smaller
turnout than last year's record-setting turnout
of 1,300, said election commissioner Alicia
J T Mofgan
Andrea and Angela Hill watch over the polls at the SGA elections on Wedne day.
Moore, who estimated that around 1,000 to the members."
"A lot of the people who did vote were
friends of the candidates," said Moore, a
junior from Memphis. "A lot of interest was
peaked because the candidates went to
different clubs and organizations and spoke
Moore also applauds the work o. ic poll
workers, who she believes contribucd to the
number of voters.
"I would like to commend my poll
workers because they did pull people in,"
Proposed engineering building on hold
Governor Sundquist sites budget shortfalls as reason
By Amber Austin
Echo Editor in Chief
The path leading to the construction of
the new engineering, math and computer
science building got a little bit rougher after
Governor Don Sundquist's Tuesday
afternoon speech on the proposed site al the
corner of East Fifth and Palmetto streets.
The $336 million budget shortfall could
result in cutting funding for the much
anticipated building if Sundquist's proposed
tax reform is not passed. The $28 million
engineering building is part of the $65.6
million he plans to take from funding for
"Higher education - instead of getting
$25 million more - will have to make do with
at least $40 million less," Sundquist said.
"And all of the capital projects in the budget,
including the new engineering sciences
building for the University of Tennessee.
Chattanooga, will have to be delayed or
UTC was approved for a total of $60
million in funding last November for
various construction and renovation
projects. This included the $28 million for
the engineering building, $15 million for
renovation and expansion of the University
Center and fitness facility and $ 13.7 million
for a new housing complex.
So, what does this mean for UTC?
First of all, accreditation for the
engineering department could hang on
whether or not construction of the new
building comes through, according to
Chancellor Bill Stacy.
The engineering school's accreditation
committee, the Accreditation Board of
Engineering and Technology (ABET), has
visited UTC's engineering department
several times and reported on the lack of up-
to-date facilities and equipment, Stacy said.
The upcoming addition of the new
engineering building was saving the
department from dealing with the possibility
of not being reaccredited.
"I think that the possibility of not getting
the new building is a serious matter," Stacy
said. "They (ABET) will be very
But despite all of this, Stacy still believes
the engineering building will come through.
"I'm incurably optimistic," Stacy said.
"I think the building is so critical to us and
we have been so fortunate to be number one
on all of the necessary lists for funding, that
we will get that building."