New preacher has UTC students getting fed up

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Updated: 11/20/2013 9:11 pm
There's a new face preaching on UTC's campus and some students are getting fed up, and taking their frustrations to administration.

Zachary Outlaw, UTC Student said, "This guy has come to campus today and this is like the third wave, or I guess third week of hateful preachers we've received on campus." Three weeks too long for senior Zachary Outlaw who says that his grades are now suffering. Outlaw said, "Two weeks ago, I had a midterm and during that midterm, we took the entire time period alotted for that midterm. We were forced to another room closer to this guy, or where Angela was preaching at that time, and this is the lowest grade I have received in 3 years with the same professor I have taken consecutively."

Outlaw believes that it's a disruption to his academic progress, so he wrote a letter to the Dean. Outlaw said, "This is finals week. I'm about to graduate, I really can't risk having my GPA lowered or anything like that. There's an ampitheater right up that way thats away from any centralized academic like building, Brock or Grody, where he can blab all day long." Outlaw isn't the only student complaining. Sophmore Parker Smith agrees. Smith said, "My buddy made a formal complaint yesterday because he was in class right over there in Grody and he couldn't focus on his test. And he couldn't study in the library because of the commotion. Its really disrupting him." Outlaw said, "If he can attract a crowd over there that's fine. I'm not against him speaking. I'm just against him interrupting."

The UTC Student Government released a statement Wednesday afternoon sharing in the frustration of the student body. They recommend students to just keep walking.
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Loren - 11/21/2013 12:15 PM
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Whoever this preacher is, sir, as a fellow Christian I ask you to please notice the examples the Lord left. You are not helping people open up to the Word of God by yelling where these young people are trying to study. Would you appreciate being busy at study while someone yells outside your place of study? Heb. 12:14 and Romans 12:18.

Nobody - 11/21/2013 7:36 AM
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If I was Satan, this would be my approach as we'll.

JamesBarcus - 11/20/2013 11:44 PM
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I hope the Student Government Association at UT-Chattanooga is thinking straight, It does not matter whether they are inside the building with academics, or outside within earshot of the blasphemous preacher, that preacher is disturbing the classroom environment and should be moved to a more public forum. If the amphitheater is where the preacher can preach, then so be it. If the Preacher can not preach without disturbing the peace and academic integrity of the campus, then he needs to stop preaching there at once.
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