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South Patio becomes pulpit for condemnation By JESSICA SMITH & KATIE VAUGHN Beat Reporters

Controversial sermons on South Patio this week stirred students’ emotions and invoked backlash against the preachers. Street Evangelist John McGlone of Breeding, Ky., and fellow “open-air” evangelists drew crowds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, sharing what they said were the “hard parts” of the Bible. “As Christians, we believe that, as Jesus taught, most people are on their way to hell fire,” McGlone said. Tech students gathered to listen to McGlone and other preachers who visited the campus with him. Many took offense to the speakers’ proclamations about sin and hell. “You drunkards, you liars,” one of the evangelists said to the crowd. McGlone, who does “open air preaching” around the country, said his motive is to spread a message of love. But some of his methods, including singling out students, caused the listeners to question his intentions. McGlone defended his

approach by saying if he saw a student acting in a way that he felt was evidently sinful, he would bring it to attention. Essa Abbas, a freshman Muslim student, was among those who thought McGlone’s method of preaching was extreme. “He is trying to force his opinion and telling other people their opinions are wrong,” Abbas said. “He’s spreading hate.” Angered students shouted back at the evangelists. Some made signs while others clapped and yelled in an effort to drown out preaching. Senior Brantley Turner contested McGlone’s ideology during a sermon. “I came in, and I asked him a question, and I said it loudly and clearly so he could hear me,” Turner said. “I asked him, ‘Can you judge?’ and he said, ‘Are you a homosexual?’” Turner said when he asked McGlone why his sexuality was questioned, McGlone said it was because Turner had “feminine characteristics.” “I felt like he was being disrespectful and offensive,

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Students protest as Evangelist Jesse Morrell spreads his controversial message of biblical condemnation. Morrell is a member of PinPoint Evangelism, which travels the South. and by him asking me that question, he was basically calling me out,” Turner said. Proclamations such as, “You’re preaching nothing but hate!” and threats of violence against McGlone led to discomfort for some students. Senior Alex Hutto believes both McGlone and

Tech students acted offensively. “It was a hostile environment for sure,” Hutto said. “I mean, he egged it on. It wasn’t like just all of a sudden students said they wanted to fight him. He would talk down to people and tell them he didn’t want to hear what they had to say.”

Hutto said McGlone began making negative comments about Tennessee Tech. It shocked Hutto that University Police and Ed Boucher, dean of students, let McGlone’s remarks go. “He said the school was stupid and that it was pointless for us to be here, and I was really throttled that the

dean didn’t turn around and tell him to stop talking like that,” Hutto said. McGlone said the reason for his comments about Tennessee Tech was that students spend too much time studying “wordly” things instead of the Bible. Mark Ochsenbein, director of student activities, said McGlone had a legal right to share his views on Tech’s campus and that he stayed within the parameters set for those who register to speak at the university. Ochsenbein said if students didn’t want to listen to the preaching, they could have walked away. University Police officer Mike Lambert said, “He has gone through the correct legal channels to get the permit to be here, so we have to obey it.” McGlone won a case against Tech in 2010 before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after he was asked to leave for not giving two week’s notice before his arrival or disclosing what he was going to speak about. McGlone said that he has See “Preach,” page 6

Police continue to investigate information security breach By JONATHAN KAULAY Beat Reporter

Rogers, left, presence on the football team has Tech’s fan base in a frenzy, expecting more this season.

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Rogers looks to make best of second chance

By ROSS HARVEY Sports Editor Tech football’s season opener two Thursdays ago was abuzz, as one would expect. Students, faculty, football fans and community members alike piled into Turner Stadium on a warm night excited to watch football. However, every one of the 10,130 in attendance were energized for more than just the opening of a campaign for the reigning Ohio Valley Confernce champs. Heard of Da’Rick Rogers? The former University of Tennessee wideout and All-SEC member Rogers transferred to Tech after he was suspended indefinitely from UT. The reason for the suspension was not released until Rogers himself admitted to failing a drug test while enrolled at UT. “There were a couple of drug tests,” Rogers said at a Tech press conference.

“And it was about me being a young, immature guy, and those are things that I’ve got to work on. I plan to do that. “When it came to review my next school, and I met coach Brown, I most definitely felt like he was a guy that could help me with all my things and the situation that I had going on.” Brown admitted the situation was a new one for him but said that he saw Rogers as nothing but “first-class.” Brown added that he has provided stipulations for Rogers’ behavior in order to keep him accountable. “Would I say Da’Rick has got things that he’ll have to do more than just the regular players on the team? Yes,” said Brown. “But I won’t go into those. That’s between he and I. That’s going to do nothing but help him. If this was my son that had gotten into something that he regretted, then I would love him and be hard on him at the same time and say, ‘Let’s get through this together and get it corrected.’”

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Rogers said he knew he needed to change his attitude and felt that Tech was the right place to get on track. “There were many different programs that I probably could have gone to,” Rogers said. “When I met Coach Brown, it was a done deal. I just fell in love with Tennessee Tech. I most definitely felt like he was a guy that could help me with all my things and the situation that I had going on. All that’s behind me now, and I can say those problems won’t happen here at all.” Rogers played at the same high school as Tech players Tre Lamb and Adam Urbano, who currently start at quarterback and running back, respectively. Lamb’s father coached Rogers at the Calhoun, Ga., school. Although Tech did not talk to current UT coach Derek Dooley about the suspension, Brown said the fact that so many people spoke well on Rogers’ behalf made the decision easier.

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The personal information of some former and current Tech employees was stolen over the summer. Up to 42 employees may have had their personal information compromised. Campus Police Chief Gay Shepard said a former employee gained unauthorized access to the personal information. “One of the victims reported it to ‘Cookeville PD’,” Shepard said. “That’s how it got initiated. We exchanged information, and we are helping with their investigation.” Campus police were informed of the situation July 5. Tech sent letters in early August informing the former and current employees of the security breach. “It’s a huge deal,” Shepard said. “We’ve had to do a lot of work on this end to get the email out and the letters, what have you, to get everybody up to speed and aware. Awareness was the most important part of this.” Tech also plans to send out 11,000 additional letters to current and former em-

ployees with tips on how to spot and monitor signs of identity theft. Shepard said the specific information that had been compromised was confidential as the investigation is ongoing. One of the 42 employees, Kelly Monk, who is a professor at Tech, said they were told very little information regarding the security breach. “I got a form letter,” Monk said. “Not sure what else they could do. They were pretty generic about it. They said a former employee had gotten access to some of my personal information. No real specifics.” Monk expressed concern over something like this happening again but also understands that sometimes things like this will happen. “You have to give up personal information to work, to get paid,” Monk said. “It is a shame that there are people out there who want to steal from you.” The investigation is currently being conducted through a joint effort between the Campus Police and the Cookeville Police Department.

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Tech students expand recycling program across campus By SUZI VAUGHN Beat Reporter Tech is implementing its first campus-wide cohesive recycling program. The first buildings with plastic and aluminum recycling bins are Derryberry Hall and the RUC. Lydia Brown, senior and administrator of the recycling program, said there would be recycling bins in the Library and the Engineering Quad by the end of the week, if not sooner. “Before this semester ends, I would like to hit all the academic buildings, the Fit and the major administrative buildings with recycling bins,” Brown said. Students pay a sustainability, or green, fee included Shelby McDonald

Frank Folters waits for construction work to begin outside the Ellington/Warf residence halls. Construction is slated to be completed by October.

Ellington/Warf residents frustrated with intrusive construction workers By SHELBY MCDONALD Beat Reporter

With the new Arts and Media Village completion about a month away, students living in the Ellington/Warf residence halls are aggravated with construction workers. “They are really loud, and sometimes they smoke,” freshman Alex Wilson said. “I live on the fourth floor and can’t open my window anymore because of the smoke coming up into our room.” Construction has been underway on the bottom floor of Warf since the end of July to put in a classroom and office for the Arts Village. “We haven’t had a lot of complaints,” Andrew Moneymaker, area coordinator for Capital Quad and Crawford Hall, said. “We

did have some people throw up concerns around Great Move-In Day because students would be seeing the construction while moving in.” Moneymaker said Residential Life had stopped construction on Great Move-In Day, but construction is again underway because of a strenuous timeline for completion of the project. “The biggest thing is they cannot start construction or working before 7 o’clock in the morning, and that’s kind of to help the students out,” Moneymaker said. Freshman Corene Ledgerwood said, “I’m on the second floor, and they are literally right below me. They wake me and my roommate up many times during the day, even during quiet hours.”

American Diabetes Association to host event to raise money for research By BRITTANY ANDERSON Beat Reporter

The American Diabetes Association is holding Step Out to raise money for diabetes research Sunday at 2 p.m. on the Quad. According to the ADA website, walking is essential to those with diabetes because it helps control blood glucose levels. It also helps prevent Type 2 diabetes. The fundraiser is essential because it is helping promote healthiness to those with and without diabetes while raising money. The walk will be at Tech for those who have diabetes and could benefit from participating and knowing about this event. “I was diagnosed with

diabetes when I was a freshman in high school, and the biggest obstacle for me was probably learning how to manage my diabetes with my new schedule in college,” junior Krystal Looney said. “I have not heard anything about the diabetes walk here at Tech, but I would love to read and hear all about it if there is one.” Greg Lessley, a member of Nashville’s division of ADA, said, “25.8 million Americans in the U.S. have diabetes. 79 million people in the U.S. are borderline diabetic. This Step Out walk is the first one held in Cookeville. We have held the walk in Nashville for years. I am hoping the walk will get the word out to students and faculty to be aware in the future, if all goes well,

and come out to participate and support in finding a cure for diabetes.” There are currently 12 teams and 73 participants registered for the Step Out. “I have had diabetes since about the seventh grade, and at first I was in denial,” senior Sarah Daves said. “And still years later, I am trying to come to terms for what it means for me. Having diabetes requires a complete change in lifestyle.” According to the ADA website, more than 150,000 participants from more than 130 walk events across the country raised more than $20 million last year. “If trends continue today, since 2000, one in every three people will have diabetes,” Lessley said. “By registering, you will be helping contribute to the nine researchers with $2.6 million in researcher grants to find a cure. “We are fighting an epidemic right now, and one day we will find a cure,” Lessley said. For more information, visit Cookeville’s Step Out website at www.main.diabetes.org/Cookeville.

in tuition to support the recycling program on campus. “The green fee is in the range of $8 to $10 for each student per semester,” Brown said. This fee allows Brown to pioneer the mission for the recycling bins and general maintenance. The recycling subcommittee proposed hiring student workers to engineer and implement a recycling plan. “I was hired to administrate the recycling plan because facility felt strongly that since students are the only ones on campus paying for the program, a student should be hired for the job,” Brown said. She has a team of 10 student workers who help implement the recycling plan.

ITS monitoring student printing, reviewing quota By JORDAN KERLEY Beat Reporter The Information Technology Services department can monitor what every student in a campus lab is printing. The reason for the monitoring is to see if the $25 quota every student has will give a sufficient amount of pages for academic purposes each semester. “I can see the name of the job that is being printed, which I review periodically just to determine if there is a particular class, job or print required by an instructor that may be creating too large an impact on a student’s print quota,” Annette Littrell, manager of academic and client technologies, said. “If we see that the latter is the case, we can offer assistance to the professor to find alternatives for printing to help students.” Littrell said they are not invading anyone’s privacy. The main concern is that all students have a sufficient amount of printing for their academic needs. This summer was the first time the Pharos System, which tracks the print jobs, was implemented. Throughout the summer semester, only 33 students exceeded the $25 quota, and 16 of those students exceeded

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CRIME BRIEFS: - Sept. 4 - 1:17 Classification: Destruction/Damage/ Vandalism Location: Tech Village - West (Gross Lot Area) Disposition: Closed. Refferred to Dean of Students. Notes: Reckless driving on the grass area of the parking lot. Driver will pay restitution to the university. - Sept. 5 - 10:51 Classification: Intimidation Location: Bartoo Hall (Phone Call) Disposition: Closed. No further action. Notes: None.

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Dierks Bentley to replace Eric Church as Fall SOLO concert series artist By JODI LAWRENCE Beat Reporter

Dierks Bentley will visit Tech as a replacement for SOLO concert vote winner Eric Church. Voting results last spring placed Church as the performer for the fall concert. However, Church will not be performing at Tech anytime soon. Bentley, students’ second choice, will be performing this semester instead. “I am very upset that we are getting Dierks Bentley instead of Eric Church,” senior Alex Brown said. “I don’t see the point in voting for something if we never get the performer we vote for. Why don’t they just get somebody to perform instead of getting our hopes up and letting us down? I don’t see the need in the hassle.” This is not the first time the SOLO Committee hasn’t been able to procure the stu-

dent-selected performer in the short history of the SOLO Bill. The first performer to win the vote, Maroon 5, turned down the bid, leaving it up to the Goo Goo Dolls. LMFAO also did not perform, leaving the bid to rapper B.o.B. “When we originally put people in the selection process, Eric Church was in our price range,” SGA Vice President Roy West said. “As soon as the votes came out, his price tripled overnight, and so he was no longer in our price range, so we couldn’t afford to have him perform.” The artist selection for student voters is comprised by a third party agent contracted by the SGA who compiles a list of performers they believe can be obtained by the SOLO fund. Then, SGA members narrow down the list to fit the next genre in the SOLO rotation. “There is always a different reason every year why we don’t get performers,” West said.

International student enrollment continues to rise By MICA BILBREY Beat Reporter The enrollment numbers continue to rise as Tech starts the Fall 2012 semester with more than 200 international students on campus. The International Student Affairs office started the semester with a rise in international students on Tech’s campus. The numbers have increased the past five years based on interest in the campus, what Tech can offer the students and what programs are available. “The numbers for the semester is 60 exchange students, 39 graduate students and 128 undergraduate students,” Charles Wilkerson, director of the International Student Affairs office, said. “That’s not including the 100 ESL students.” According to Amy Miller, study abroad coordinator, they have gained about 50 students each semester. Wilkerson said one reason for the growth is from the recruiting. “We have only been recruiting for the past three years,” Wilkerson said. “When we started recruiting, the students started showing up.” Wilkerson said part of the recruiting process is going to different countries and attending specific fairs to hand out information to students about Tech. He will be attending a fair at the U.S. Embassy this week to gain prospective students. “I will have students fill out prospect cards so that I am able to contact them to see if they would like more information about Tech,” Wilkerson said. Hiromi Kawamura, a Tech senior studying abroad from Japan, said that she found Tech by going online instead of being recruited. “It was just on my own,” Kawamura said.

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“I just came across Tech randomly.” According to Wilkerson, the students come from all over the globe. Some countries include Iran, Peru, Thailand and Indonesia, but the new trend is students from Asian countries. “The largest group is Saudi Arabia,” Wilkerson said. “However, the new students are coming from Asia. We have been getting a lot of students from the Middle East for the last few years because their government has been giving them scholarships and other forms of financial aid.” Kawamura said she didn’t want to go to a university that didn’t have too many Japanese students. “I didn’t want to make friends with just Japanese students because I wouldn’t be able to use English as much as I would like to,” Kawamura said. Wilkerson said another reason the undergraduate numbers have increased is because of the programs involved with Tech. Other reasons include traveling, learning the English language and gaining a degree to pursue a job. The numbers are growing based on the English as a Second Language program Tech offers to international students. Wilkerson said the program is based through the organization FSL International, which teaches students how to speak English, so they can advance and continue their education through Tech. “Tennessee Tech is the only site in the South,” Wilkerson said. Miller said the international students spend up to 30 hours a week working on the ESL program. “When the students reach a certain level of English, they can integrate into the university classes,” Miller said.

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Facebook page pokes fun at campus problems, gains popularity with students By LINDSEY GORE Beat Reporter The TTU Memes Facebook page gained popularity quickly and is a way for students to bond over similar problems in a humorous way. Memes are forms of media, such as pictures or videos, which often express Internet phenomena. The TTU Memes page creators and operators decided to create the Facebook page to see what reaction students would have. “We noticed UT had started a meme page, and we wanted to see how enthusiastic Tech students would get if they had one,” Eric Moon, sophomore and co-creator, said. “We would always walk around campus and notice quirky things about campus that would make good memes.” The memes page quickly became popular and continued to grow steadily after the page was created. “We had 500 ‘likes’ the day after creating the

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page,” Shawn Steffey, sophomore and co-creator, said. “We have about the same amount of people liking our page as the UT page has if you look at it in terms of how many people go here compared to how many go to UT.” Matt Donovan, sophomore and co-creator, said the page also gives new and current students an idea of what to expect on

campus. “Students form expectations when they see the page,” Donovan said. “They know when they see a meme that not just one person feels that way. If they see something on there that they’ve felt before, then they know that they’re not the only ones that feel that way. ” See “Memes,” page 6

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An utter lack of science in the Republican Party JONATHAN KAULAY Opinion Editor

Back in August, the Senate heard from the IPCC, the United Nations climate body. After facing a summer filled with draughts and wildfires, the IPCC warned that there is a direct link between disasters such as those previously mentioned and climate change. “It is critical to understand that the link between climate change and the kinds of extremes that lead to disaster is clear,” Christopher Field, a lead author of the IPCC report, said when before the Senate. Yet the majority of republicans do not believe in manmade climate change. Many do not believe that climate change is happening at all. Climate change even got called out during the Republican National Convention. “President Obama has promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet,” Mitt Romney quipped. He then paused to

allow some laughter. Meanwhile, the overwhelmingly republican Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill that protects teachers from any wrongdoing when they are “helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories such as evolution and global warming.” The bill, which became law in April of this year, opens the door for a teacher to basically imply scientific controversy where scientific controversy does not exist, such as in the specifically mentioned subjects of evolution and climate change. It also allows for alternative theories to be taught in classrooms. There are two disturbing aspects to this. First, the prevailing alternative theory to climate change is to deny climate change. The second is the alternative to evolution, which is a

glorified version of creationism called intelligent design. This can now be discussed in Tennessee public schools as if it were true biology. Does anyone else see a separation of church and state issue here? Republicans in state legislatures across the country have tried to pass legislation such as this but have only succeeded in Tennessee and Louisiana. Considering the antiscience atmosphere in the Republican Party, is it any wonder that we have a republican congressman, in Todd Akin, who understands so little about biology that he would suggest women have a biological mechanism, perhaps some sort of fairy, which can distinguish the difference between consensually received genetic material and forcibly received genetic material? Don’t get me wrong. Evolution and climate

change are controversial but not to scientists. These are controversial to politicians, particularly republicans. Republicans have done an excellent job of creating an illusion of scientific doubt. The fact that I feel it necessary to start presenting evidence that evolution and climate change are real things highlights how deep the illusion goes. It is ridiculous that I feel compelled to do this. Evidence for both evolution and climate change is abundant. It has been exhibited and presented time and time again. Evolution is the guideline that biologists use to study biology. It is a scientific paradigm. There is not true scientific debate on whether or not evolution is an actual thing. Nor is there debate in the scientific community as to whether or not the climate is changing. These are not scientific controversies. Instead, these are

political controversies. It is considered weak for a republican to concede to a scientist. John Huntsman was the least relevant candidate in the Republican presidential primaries. Despite his economic policies aligning perfectly with conservative principles, his belief in science got him labeled as a liberal in disguise. It was not always like this. The Republicans used to offer solutions to climate change. Cap and trade is a good example of this. Cap and trade is a market-based approach to get a hold on climate change. The idea is to provide economic incentives to businesses for achieving reductions in pollutants. Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and other prominent republicans used to support cap and trade. President Barrack Obama has also expressed support for cap and trade.

During this year’s republican primaries, though, it became mudslinging fodder if a candidate voted or supported cutting greenhouse emissions and pollutants. Republicans have managed to make it a positive attribute to not want to limit the amount of chemicals we pump into the atmosphere. Republicans have created an atmosphere in America where a passionate opinion is sacred no matter how much the opinion may go against logic and fact. This idea that “everyone is entitled to their opinion” and sometimes we “must agree to disagree” has paved the way for the notion that all opinions are equal when they are not. Some opinions are simply better than others, especially when one of said opinions is backed up by scientific fact. An opinion alone does not and should not trump science.

‘South Patio Preacher’ is wrong HALEY MULLINS Assistant Opinion Editor

I am sure most of you have heard about or unfortunately seen the “South Patio Preacher.” I, as a Christian, am first of all, saddened by this man and his followers and secondly, upset that he is blaspheming the Word of God. When I first heard about John McGlone, I was very curious. I consider myself to be a child of God and a patriot and therefore support our right to freedom of speech. I think no matter what your view is on an issue, you have the right, as an American, to express it within the bounds of the law. In the past, McGlone was asked to leave for violating Tech’s policy of giving two weeks notice of your intention. That policy was not only in the interest of student safety, but also so certain parts of campus were not doublebooked for use. I understand why Tech had this policy in effect; however, McGlone and the Court of Appeals did not. McGlone filled a lawsuit against Tech and lost in trial but appealed the decision. The ruling was overturned in his favor by the Court of Appeals. Tech then changed its policy to a four day notice. McGlone took all steps legal-

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ly to be on Tech’s campus this time. I had the chance to interview the “South Patio Preacher.” I wanted to clear the air for myself as a Christian and find out the reasoning behind his hate. My findings were not of Biblical backing. I asked him several different questions to try and come to some understanding of his beliefs and from where in the Bible he was taking this extreme view. I told him that I had been on the patio the day before and heard one of the other followers say to someone that he no longer sinned because he “picks up his cross every day and prays that God will deliver him from temptation.” I was shocked and very offended by this. I feel like this man is making the rest of us who are trying to live a life pleasing to God look like a bunch of “crazies.” When we are born into this world, we are born into a sinful nature. It goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. From that bite of forbidden fruit, sin entered the world. The Bible teaches us in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through

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Jesus Christ our Lord.” Does that mean we are all going to Hell like the crazy man says? Yes and no. Yes, the wages of sin is death, but you do have a choice. The choice is whether to accept the gift mentioned in the scripture. The gift is the sacrifice God gave us by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. It was through this that our sins were paid for, and if we choose to accept it, we will live eternal life in Heaven. The “South Patio Preacher” also agrees that is the way to Heaven. However, if you sin again and fall short, you are going to spend life in eternal damnation. The problem with this idea is that you are putting yourself into the equation of salvation. The Bible teaches, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8. If I say, “Ok God, what you did was great and all, but that is not enough. I also have to do X, Y, and Z to spend eternal life in Heaven,” I would be putting myself into the formula of salvation and would be devaluing the ransom that was given by Jesus dying on the cross for atonement of my sins. The fact remains that the only thing that will get me to Heaven and make me worthy before my maker is to accept the price that was paid at Calvary so long ago. This story continues online...

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He’s really making a bad name for Christians everywhere. Beyond all of the ‘don’t force your religion on me’ stuff, which he has every actual right to be there preaching, what does he expect to gain? Yelling at people, making an ass of yourself and telling everyone they’re going to hell coverts nobody. - Justin Swafford via Facebook

LETTER TO THE EDITOR In the defense of Christianity At first the preachers on South Patio were really offensive to me. Not even to me personally, but whenever I, as a Christian, try to reach out to others or even mention my faith, I am terrified that other students might believe that what they were actually saying had anything to do

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Harvey: Why Tech will beat Oregon By ROSS HARVEY Sports

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Tech soccer fans look on from the new fan section, the “Screaming Eagles.“ Assistant coach Corey Boyd came up with the idea in order to make Tech’s soccer experience a more professional atmosphere.

Tech soccer expects to get boost from new fan section

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Tennessee Tech’s soccer team is looking to create a unique atmosphere with the creation of the new fan section, the Screaming Eagles. The idea came from assistant coach Corey Boyd, who looked to professional teams for inspiration. “Many soccer teams have supporters groups,” Boyd said. “An example is Sam’s Army, the U.S. National Team’s supporters group. “In Europe, these groups are called ultras. Fanatical groups that dress in the colors of their club and sing and chant from kick-off until the end of the match.” The promotion of the new section led to an attendance of 400 at last Friday’s match against Middle Tennessee State University. The big crowd was a welcome sight

to junior midfielder Emily Homan. “We love when our stands are full,” Homan said. “It makes us better to hear people cheering for us. Our level rises because of them.” Boyd said, “Our players love our fans, so I wanted the fans to also feel that they are part of something, as well as being able to have a great time in the process.” Homan said, “We are encouraging fans to dress up, cheer, sing and chant as long as it’s clean. We want the games to be fun not only for the players, but for the fans as well.” Boyd also mentioned that the only restriction for the section is noisemakers, which are an NCAA violation. The team’s next home match is Sept. 23 as they open conference play against Jackson State University. It will also be the team’s breast cancer awareness game. For more information, please visit TTUSports.com.

Coach Polk, senior Maxwell lead Tech men’s golf into the 2012-2013 season By CALLEN HARRELL Beat Reporter

Head golf coach Polk Brown is in the process of getting his athletes ready to start the 2012-2013 season. Brown is in his second season as Tech’s head golf coach and is a former Golden Eagle golfer from 2001-2006. “It’s a lot of fun being on the other side of things,” Brown said. “I really appreciate the opportunity.” Brown said his main goal for his golfers is to help them get their degrees and make golf as fun as possible for them. The golf team’s first tournament of the season is the Mason Rudolph Championship Sept. 21-23 at Vanderbilt University. The tournament has a large field of Division-I schools such as Vanderbilt University, The University of Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State University. Brown said that going to big tournaments such as the Vanderbilt one is a great privilege. Normally, a team has to win the conference to get an invitation. The tournaments at Vanderbilt and South Carolina the following weekend will be good for Tech’s program and for the golfers as individuals. “Obviously I want guys that can play

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good, consistent golf,” Brown said. “I want a player with high character and that puts a lot of stock into the opportunity and knows what a privilege it is.” Team member and Cookeville native Lee Maxwell falls right into that category. Maxwell was the only freshman golfer on the team four years ago. Now he’s the only senior. “It’s fun taking on a leadership role and Maxwell helping out the younger guys,” Maxwell said. “Hopefully, I’ll leave a good mark here at Tech.” Maxwell’s ultimate goal is for the team to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship. He thinks there is a better chance of winning this season with the addition of four new golfers. “It’s hard to be as motivated with three or four guys on the team, knowing that you will all get to be in the tournaments,” Maxwell said. With the four extra golfers, there is a lot more in-house competition to push each other during qualifying. Only the top five will get to participate in the tournaments on the weekends.

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“I think we would’ve (talked to Dooley) if I had no background with Da’Rick whatsoever,” Brown said. “But I had enough folks that were talking to me about him and how they felt about him that I just didn’t think that I needed to do that.”

Despite his last couple of weeks, Rogers is excited about his chance to play for the Golden Eagles. And he knows the impact he can have. I’m excited to be in purple and gold,” Rogers said. “Hopefully everybody will be able to come

out dressed in purple and gold and watch our games. It’ll be exciting. I’m excited to be here and be with the team and have brand new camaraderie with these guys. It’ll be fun to watch us play.”

How can Tech beat Oregon? The Calhoun, Ga., connection. Maybe the news didn’t reach the Beaver state, but in Tennessee, this big news hit immediately: former University of Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers transferred to Tech to play football with his high school teammates QB Tre Lamb and RB Adam Urbano. The trio from Georgia has transformed Tech’s potent spread offense from a year ago into an unstoppable force that has defenses around the nation cowering in fear. Last season for UT, Rogers led the Southeastern Conference with 67 receptions and 1,040 yards and was named a first-team AllSEC selection. Rogers is explosive and athletic, and he does not lack in confidence. But why should he? In his first two games (without the benefit of spring practice at Tech), Rogers has eight catches for 163 yards and two scores – on 11 targets. That’s not all. Urbano has run for 140 yards/ game and Lamb has added 317 yards/game in total offense. Add those staggering

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numbers to copious other talented receivers, a bouquet of tight ends and an offensive line that looks like they hit the Tech cafeteria four times a day, and you have a Tech offense that looks like they could outscore the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Our defense, led by linebacker/defensive end Marcus Edwards, senior defensive back Will Johnson and sophomore Austin Tallant, is pretty good as well. They create turnovers and hit you with a big play just when they need it. We all know defense wins championships. This game may end up 114-98, but Tech’s defense will stand tough and stop Oregon when it needs to. Don’t get me wrong. Oregon is good. They run

the spread as well, albeit, the teams run two very different offenses. Chip Kelly is an experienced, smart coach. Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas are an excellent trio themselves. But Tech head coach Watson Brown just came off an Ohio Valley Conferencewinning season. He likes the success his team has experienced. And he knows how to keep it going. Lamb TD pass to Rogers. Urbano TD run. Lamb TD pass to Urbano. Shoot, maybe even Urbano TD pass to Rogers. Rogers to Lamb on the end-around? The Calhoun, Ga., connection. Ask their high school opponents. You know what’s coming. You just can’t stop it.

Magic 98.5 to stream Tech vs. Oregon By ARIEL PERRY Beat Reporter

Digital media outlets have made it possible for Tech students to keep up with tomorrow’s football game against the University of Oregon. Media outlets ranging from radio, Twitter, cell phones and laptops will give students a variety of ways to follow the action against the No. 4 ranked team in the nation. “Magic 98.5 will streaming the Oregon game,” Magic 98.5 employee Zach Ledbetter said. “We also sent Tech student Taylor Jones to the game.” Along with live streaming the game on the Internet and radio, Magic 98.5 held a contest during the recent caravan tour,

awarding one lucky listener airfare and two tickets to see the game in person. Taylor Jones, a junior multi-disciplinary studies major, won the tickets. Students can keep track of the game on their cell phones by using apps from ESPN, Fox Sports or Twitter. Twitter users can follow Tech’s official Twitter page, @TTUgoldeneagles, which will be livetweeting during the game. Students can also keep track of the game on ESPN or ESPN2’s ticker on TV. Fans can stream the game online or check the score by using the free play-byplay tracker on the websites for ESPN and Fox Sports. Both websites offer up-to-theminute results, showcasing who has the ball, what down they’re on and how much time is left in the game.

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Eastern Ky. * at Tennessee St. * Eastern Ill. * Tenn.-Martin * at Austin Peay *

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TV REVIEW OF THE WEEK: CELEBRITY GOSSIP OF THE WEEK “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Blake Lively and By HANNAH BENJAMIN Entertainment Critic

By JAKE THREET Entertainment Editor

The Rise of the “Honey Boo Boo” What is a “Honey Boo Boo” exactly? Most people would first assume that it’s probably a phrase a child says after they fall and get a cut, but that’s not it. Is it an orangutan swooping from tree to tree in the rain forest? Is it a hot, new child’s toy on the market? Maybe a classier name for the women of the night? Unfortunately, the answer to all of those questions is “no.” Honey Boo Boo, occasionally known as Alana Thompson, is a 7-year-old girl starring in her own reality show on TLC called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Boo Boo is not alone in this fight to bring justice back to the typical, all-American family. Starring along with her is her mother June, father Mike, and sisters Anna, Jessica and Lauryn (respectively known as Mama June, Sugar Bear, Chickadee, Chubbs and Pumpkin). Yes, this regular, 21st century version of the Kennedys shares its every moment with America. Whether it is a weight loss contest, burping contest, worst breath contest or just another day of going to the annual redneck games, this family is taking the world by storm, one cut of the cheese at a time! If this family sounds familiar, it’s not because it is your cousins from Muncie. It’s because they first appeared on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” Even then this family had captivated the American audience with its antics. The new show mainly revolves around Honey Boo Boo and her quest to become America’s Next Top Pageant Queen. Boo Boo is a very sassy little girl with the mouth of a G-rated trucker. Her only goal in life is to be the best pageant contestant this side of the Mississippi. Honey Bo Boo does have one exceptional quality though. The girl knows how to strut her stuff! Her family is there and supports her every step along the way. Mama June is Boo Boo’s biggest fan and tries her hardest to give her

People Magazine Honey Boo Boo and her family smiling for the introduction of their hit television show. daughter the best chances at winning a pageant. Mama is definitely rough around the edges and does not always have proper control of her bodily functions. She does support all three of her kids and gives her all to help them accomplish their dreams. Boo Boo’s sisters never get jealous of their little sister and are always watching her with an encouraging eye. All three of the girls play a significant part in this show and make this family dynamic that more compelling. Sugar Bear quietly stays out of the way during pageant preparation but watches his daughter proudly during the pageant. Sugar Bear doesn’t say much, but when he does it is like poetry. For example, when Mama June slips on a short blonde wig in episode 6, he says, “It makes me feel a little frisky, and I kind of wanted to jump some bones.” It’s a regular Hallmark type of moment. When not traveling from competition to competition, the family enjoys spending time with one another at home. Daily activities include sleeping until noon, eating, couponing at the market, eating, going to the garbage dump to shop, eating, feeding the pig, and did I mention eating? They are definitely not conventional in the sense of being mannerly or cultured, but they are conventional in the sense that they love each other and

always put family first. The show has been a ratings success for TLC and is averaging more than 3 million viewers per episode. It has become the No. 1 show in its time slot in the extremely important 18-49 demographic. This family has captivated the American television audience so much that the show beat the Republican Nation Convention in the ratings. It has yet to be determined if that shows a good quality of the American people, but it does speak volumes for what the people actually care about. This family may be irrelevant, crass and unrefined, but if you overlook that, you will see realness about them. They do not pretend to be what they are not, and each one is always true to his or her character. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is pure entertainment, and that is why people like watching it. No, it may not always be the most sophisticated show, and the family may not always be appealing, but two things can be promised from tuning in, and those are laughter and shock. I urge people to watch this show with an open, clear mind and not go into it judgmentally. Do that and you will come away with a laugh, an appreciation of family, and ultimately you will thank God you don’t have Honey Boo Boo and her family living at home.

Ryan Reynolds Tie the Knot Last Sunday night, Blake Lively of “Gossip Girl” and actor Ryan Reynolds got hitched in a secret wedding ceremony at the beautiful Boone Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The two were married just two years after Reynolds’ split from actress Scarlett Johansson. Lively and Reynolds have been dating almost a year since the two costarred in last summer’s “Green Lantern.” Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is rumored to have performed at the reception, and Christian Louboutin is rumored to have been a guest at the ceremony and the designer of Lively’s custom wedding shoes. The main house at the plantation was used as Rachel McAdams’ summer home in 2004’s hit love story “The Notebook.” How romantic! Chris Brown Gets a Tattoo That Resembles Rihanna Chris Brown makes headlines again after being spotted with a weird new neck tattoo that appears at first glance to be a beaten woman’s face. A woman that looks surprisingly similar to Rihanna, the famous pop artist he

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ducers to hire someone else. At the last minute, Enrique Iglesias turned down the show’s offer to judge this season with Mariah Carey. Jackson was reported to be moving to a position as a mentor in the show’s upcoming 12th season but will stay put because of the scarcity. Deals with Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are rumored to be in the works to replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who left the show after last season. Auditions begin in two weeks. Will “American Idol” be able to find two new judges before Jackson and Carey have to handle it on their own?

is known for beating to near unconsciousness in 2009. His reps and the tattoo artist say that the tattoo was meant to be a combination of a sugar skull and a design from a MAC cosmetic design Brown picked out, but the final product looks a lot more like a bruised woman. Is Brown low enough to get a neck tattoo of the ex-girlfriend he beat up? His moral character has been questionable ever since he beat up Rihanna in the first place. You be the judge. Randy Jackson to Remain at American Idol Randy Jackson will continue his role as a judge on “American Idol” after a brief effort by the pro-

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Movie Review of the Week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;?

By LINDSEY GORE Entertainment Editor

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;? is a dull, drawn out film that painfully presents one predictable attempt of a scare after another alongside poor acting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;? begins with workaholic basketball coach Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick), who are recently divorced and sharing custody of their daughters, Emily (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport). After visiting a yard sale where Emily is drawn to an odd box covered in Hebrew engravings, Emily begins acting unusual, violent and withdrawn from her family and schoolmates. Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation quickly worsens, and Clyde asks for help from Rabbi Tzadok (Matisyahu) after Clyde learns from a professor that the box contains a demon. Produced by Sam Raimi (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drag Me to Hellâ&#x20AC;?) and directed by Ole Bornedal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;? is filled with scares that prove to be incredibly predictable and overplayed or scares that the trailers spoiled entirely. The film relies heavily on using Calisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; young age as an outlet for scares. Calis is becoming increasingly violent as the demon possesses her and still uses her childlike vocabulary, which includes calling her mother â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mommy.â&#x20AC;? While â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;? has plenty of loud noises, creepy encounters and tension, many of the scares have

The Seven Sees â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;? is in theaters now. Based on 59 reviews, it has garnered a 32 percent positive feedback on Rotten Tomatoes.

been seen in other films. A majority of Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violent outrages as a result of the possession, such as when she stabs her father with a fork, happen without much being said after the outrages happen. Because these outrages are virtually overlooked, the movie continues without leaving much time for contemplation on what had just happened. As the film nears its end, the scares become more frequent and the tension thickens, but this may happen too late to redeem the movie from becoming labeled as a flop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Possessionâ&#x20AC;? is filled with subpar acting that is almost as excruciatingly painful to watch as the overplayed scares. Davenport places too much exaggeration on her annoying, tweenaged

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Music Review of the Week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Never Getting Back Togetherâ&#x20AC;? By HANNAH BENJAMIN Entertainment Critic

The latest single from Taylor Swift is unsurprisingly about another boy and the relationship troubles between the two. You may have heard it making its rounds on the radio or sought it out because her catchy countrypop hits are just your type of guilty pleasure. The song â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Never Ever Getting Back Togetherâ&#x20AC;? is much more poppy and upbeat than some of her other singles. This song chronicles the classic break up/make up relationship Swift is so over, for real this time. She narrates throughout the song that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, this is exhausting, you know?â&#x20AC;? and make jokes about her ex-boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indie records in the cute verses about her failed relationship. The lyrics certainly arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t well written or deep by any means, but the song is lighthearted and fun enough to serve its

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others would rather never hear it again. Regardless of which category you fall into, if you listen to â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,â&#x20AC;? it will never, ever stop getting stuck in your head.

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Argo - StarringBen Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin & John Goodman Based on true events, the film chronicles the lifeor-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA exfiltration expert who plots to get six Americans out of Tehran by disguising them as filmmakers out to produce a cheap sci-fi flick called Argo. Arkin and Goodman steal scenes as Hollywood types who help pull off the caper. But this is Affleckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, and his directing chops are full display. This movie will be released Oct. 12. Skyfall - Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes & Judi Dench After an operation in Istanbul ends in disaster, James Bond is missing and presumed to be dead, the identities of every active undercover MI6 agent are leaked onto the internet and M (Dench) becomes the subject of a government review over her handling of the situation. Bondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sudden reappearance gives M the pretext she needs to seek out Raoul Silva (Bardem), a dangerous villain claiming a personal

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Jesse Morrell spreads his message against sodomy to growing crowds of Tech students. PinPoint Evangelism spent three days on campus following a 2009 lawsuit.

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Freshman Victoria Dewar knew about the memes page before coming to Tech. She said it gave her an idea of what to expect with situations that Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official Facebook page may not cover.

before his arrival or disclosing what he was going to speak about. McGlone said that he has the right to the First Amendment and was exercising his right to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-disruptiveâ&#x20AC;? public speech. Although the incident between Tech and McGlone happened April 6, 2009, McGlone did not file a lawsuit until 11

months after, stating that Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy was â&#x20AC;&#x153;burdening.â&#x20AC;? Tech is one of 12 colleges McGloneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization, PinPoint Evangelism, will be speaking to this month.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tech Facebook page doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really talk about the more minor things on campus,â&#x20AC;? Dewar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to know what the students thought and not just what Tech wanted me to see.â&#x20AC;? Rules were set to ensure that the student-submitted memes were not being made at the expense of others.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It says on the page that memes canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make fun of faculty, staff or students,â&#x20AC;? Moon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we see a meme has been posted that is making fun of someone, then we take it down immediately. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to be funny, not mean.â&#x20AC;? The TTU Memes page can be found at www.facebook.com/TNTechMemes.

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