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New e-mail system launches for students, alumni STAFF REPORT

A new e-mail system, released yesterday, is available for students and alumni through Live@ EDU. In the coming weeks, this will become the official e-mail system for students and alumni. Live@EDU features 10GB of e-mail storage, 25GB of storage on Skydrive and Office Live. What to expect Student and alumni email address will change. The username will remain the same, but the domain will switch from tntech. edu to students.tntech. edu. For example, if your current e-mail address is awesomeeagle42@tntech. edu, then it will become awesomeeagle42@students.tntech.edu. Those affected by the change have until May 2011 to notify contacts of the new e-mail address, as the current Tech e-mail address will continue to receive and forward mail to the new Live@EDU account until then. Steps to take

edu/studentemail. Users are required to set a new password before logging in. The initial password is your T number (including the T). After setting a new password, users can log in as they normally would. Students and alumni can start using Live@EDU immediately, but e-mails from Tech will not be delivered to the new address until Nov. 12. If there are e-mails in the current Tech account that users wish to keep, those should be forwarded to the new Live@EDU account. Inbox, the current system, will be available for this purpose until Nov. 29. After that date, Inbox will be unavailable.

Students offer inital reactions to new e-mail system

Important dates Nov 12. - All student email will be sent to Live@ EDU. Nov 29. - The current student e-mail system at inbox.tntech.edu will no longer be accessible to forward e-mails. May 2011 - Automatic e-mail forwarding from @ tntech.edu to @students. tntech.edu will end. For more information, visit www.tntech.edu/studentemail.

“If it will help us to have more access to storage, that’s definitely important because mine gets filled up a lot. I think it will come in handy for a lot of people.”

“I don’t know how it will be. I know it’s going to be a hassle to change.”

“I’m a little indifferent about it, but I think it will be more effective and efficient.”

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Bell presents pennant Winery looks to Tech students for design from space to SGA By LINDSEY GORE Staff Writer

By EVAN TAYLOR Staff Writer

A Tech pennant (commemorative flag) that has orbited the Earth was awarded to SGA at its social Tuesday by President Bob Bell . President Bell offered the pennant, given to him by Tech alumni Barry “Butch” Wilmore, as a way of thanking SGA for their hard work and giving back to the students. “This is your flag, as our way of saying ‘thank you,’” Bell said. The pennant was one of 25 items Barry Wilmore took with him on the Space Shuttle Atlantis to deliver supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Wilmore, Navy Captain and decorated fighter pilot, was the pilot of the final space shuttle crew rotation flight. Items Wilmore took with him include Tech jerseys, eagle pins and the University flag. Upon reWilmore turning from the flight, Wilmore gave the memorabilia, including the pennant, to Bell to distribute across campus, in such places as the Alumni Office, STEM Center and RUC. The pennant was presented to the SGA during the SGA Social on Tuesday as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the SGA for their continued service. “We just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to the SGA for the work that they do,” Bell said. The pennant was well-received, and a place in the SGA office above the veranda has already been designated to display the gift. “It shows the compassion of the University to the students when they give such a special thing to us,” SGA President Sean Ochsenbein said.

DelMonaco Winery and Vineyards looks to Tech students for help naming and designing a new red wine and a new white wine. Designs must contain the DelMonaco logo, relate to Tech and fit on a 750mL wine bottle. As many as four designs may be submitted by each entrant. “We would like to see a label that when consumers look at the bottle on the shelf, they see TTU Pride, but they also see DelMonaco’s wine,” said Barbara DelMonaco, who owns the winery along with her husband, David DelMonaco. DelMonaco continued, “Whether it is a classic look or a bright flashy design, we want the consumer to see the partnership between TTU and DelMonaco.” The prizes, one being awarded for each new wine, are a $300 deposit into the winners’ Tech accounts, allowing them to apply the money toward purchasing books, buy-

ing a meal plan or paying tuition. “We want to form a partnership with the University because TTU is a vital part of the community. We want to show our support and appreciation by giving back part of the proceeds to Tennessee Tech University,” DelMonaco said. Students from any major may enter, but participants must be full-time students. “We felt that someone just taking a class or two may not be back next semester, so the contest was limited to fulltime students,” said Tracey N. Duncan, Alumni Relations director. The wine label and naming contest allows for the winery to give back to the community and connect not only to Tech’s alumni but to the students as well. “DelMonaco Winery is an important part of the business

community here, and they are trying to support their local University by offering wines that will connect our alumni and supporters to their business,” Duncan said. “The Tennessee Tech wine, or any other DelMonaco wine, will not be marketed to or

sold to any student under the age of 21. However, one way they can help students without endorsing underage drinking is by offering the awards in this contest.” The winning wine designs to the DelMonaco bottles will begin being introduced next year. Entries are due by Nov. 15, and the winner will be contacted by Dec. 1. For more information, visit www. delmonacowinery. com/WineNameandLabelContest. aspx. E-mail questions to DelMonaco at barbara@ delmonacowinery.com.

• Entries due: Nov. 15 • Prize: $300 deposit into Tech account

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Submitted policy calls for more video surveillance School of Nursing By ALEKSANDR PETERSON Staff Writer

Standardization of the use of video cameras is what Chief Gay Shepherd said she hopes to accomplish with the policy she submitted to the buildings and grounds committee last month. “These cameras won’t be monitored, but they’re good to go back and look at if you do have an incident,” she said. In the past month, Tech has seen high levels of breakins and stolen property incidents resulting in damaged or missing bicycles, vehicle parts and personal items. Continuing thefts and burglaries committed by

mystery offenders have shed light on the University’s need for a better video surveillance system. The committee has not reviewed or approved the policy yet because of the high volume of proposals they received at the beginning of the semester. The RUC now has a video surveillance hub at the Information Desk, but Shepherd hopes to extend the practice to other areas of campus. Separate complainants reported break-ins or attempted break-ins at the Jere Whitson Building, MS Cooper Hall, Foster Hall and the RUC during the past two weeks. The glass window in the door of Jere Whitson Room 212 was found broken Oct. 4. Police think the person used a screwdriver found on the scene to open the door.

On Oct. 8, a complainant in MS Cooper Hall reported that the east side basement window was ajar and a light bulb was broken. The basement is used for storing abandoned bicycles Residential Life acquires around campus. None appeared to be missing. Two other reports mentioned the unsuccessful break-ins of the RUC loading dock doors and Foster Hall Room 101A. Additionally, University Police received numerous calls about stolen bicycles from Crawford Hall, Evins Hall and New Hall North. More vehicle parts also went missing—namely, the tailgate from a small pickup in the commuter lot north of Evins Hall. “This theft is probably related to the recent theft of parts from two Chevy S10 pickup trucks,” Tech police-

man Michael Lambert said in his report. Shepherd isn’t sure whether or not the breakins are somehow connected or committed by the same person. “It’s impossible to say just on face value,” she said. “You have to gather information and connect the dots.” With an updated surveillance system, the campus police would be able to monitor key areas for illegal activity. The system would still be largely reactive, since the University “lacks the manpower to monitor” the proposed cameras. “It’s not one hundred percent foolproof,” Shepherd said.

International students decorate MS Cooper Story and Photo By PAVEL KOSHKIN Staff Writer

Spider webs are hanging overhead MS Copper Hall with large spiders lying in wait. Hollow, gaunt skeletons stare at students going to and fro. Bats are flying in the corridors and rats are abound. “Here you feel as if you were a character [in a] horror film,” Ukrainian student Oleg Volosovich said. Halloween preparations are in full swing in MS Cooper, the residence hall that brings together international students from all over the world. Students from Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Holland, Germany, Span, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Canada, Turkmenistan, Africa and South Korea are participating in decorating the corridors of the residence hall. The decoration started three weeks ago. Jeremy Lowe, MS Copper’s third floor residence assistant, came up with the idea. Initially, he proposed that students draw various scary paintings on big sheets of paper on the eve of Halloween.

Afterwards, he bought the decorations. “Decorating the dorm with buffoonish webs and spiders, skulls, bats and rats is amazing. We’ve never experienced that in our country. We don’t celebrate this holiday in such [a] way,” a South Korean student said. Students from other countries are not used to celebrating Halloween, even though they know all about it. Halloween is believed to be celebrated throughout the world as a result of globalization. However, it is not as popular in Russia, Europe, Asia and Africa as you might think. “We have only a sort of party, and nothing else,” Serbian student Senad Ibraimoski said. Azerbaijani student Elvin Mammadov agreed, saying “We do not celebrate this holiday.” Spanish student Alessandro Munoz-Escalona said, “There are two types of people in Spain. The first type is in the minority: they want to come together and celebrate Halloween. Other people are too reluctant to celebrate this holiday. ‘Why should we celebrate it if we are not supposed to be Americans? We are Europeans,’ they say.” The same trend is typical

for other Asian and European countries where Halloween is usually not observed with decorations and costumes like in the United States. This may be partly because these countries have counterparts similar to Halloween. For example, in Russia people observe a custom before Christmas that somewhat resembles Halloween. The name of this tradition is Svyatky, or Kalyadovanye. It’s observed by dressing up, singing songs and visiting different houses. A handful of adults or children go to stranger’s houses, knock on their doors, sing songs, read poetry, and wish luck and happiness to the house’s hosts. In response to these greetings, the hosts should give gifts such as cakes, sweets, coins, or postcards to the unexpected guests. If they don’t, they will face problems in upcoming years, according to this old tradition, because the unexpected guests are believed to be the souls of dead relatives who come to our world to see their living relatives and wish them luck. Giving a gift is seen as a sort of sacrifice. In Spain, people celebrate

All Saints’ Day, which coincides with Halloween in the United States. All Saints’ Day is observed by visiting relatives’ graves to pay them tribute. People know about Halloween from Hollywood movies, which create a lot of stereotypes. Now, international students can figure out what Halloween really means. It remains to be seen whether or not they will celebrate this holiday in their own countries. Undoubtedly, their way of thinking about Halloween will be altered.

receives new director By CANDICE GRIGGS Staff Writer

The School of Nursing is now under the direction of new leadership. Sherry Gaines took the position of director Oct. 1. “I am excited to finally be on campus.” Gaines said. “I am especially excited about the faculty and the amount of excellence they bring.” Gaines will have total administrative control of the School of Nursing. Her area of expertise is health and safety in child care. In addition, she has 10 years of administrative experience. Former Director Shelia Green said she stepped down from the position because her first love was always teaching. “I am very thankful to leave the position in such capable hands,” Green said. Green took the job when the nursing building was under construction and the school needed leadership. “I had experience from a previous position in coordinating a building project,” Green said. “It was a labor of love that took three years to plan and construct.” Under the direction of Green, the School of Nursing also underwent an external review for the reaffirmation of its national accreditation. “I wanted to leave the position with these two things finished, so the new director could be freed to take us to the next level and our future goals,” Green said. There was a unanimous vote for Gaines. “We are all very excited about how she will lead our future,” Green said. “She has extensive experience in universities with similar goals that we foresee for our future.” Bedelia Russell served as the interim director of the School of Nursing for the six-week period between directors. “Sherry has the administrative background we need,” Russell said. “My advice to her is to try to maintain a balance between what her boss and her employees are asking of her. “This position is the mouthpiece for students and serves as the voice of the faculty.” Gaines said she hopes to collaborate with other programs on campus. She also said she hopes to achieve a national presence in innovative teaching.

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Guest speakers encourage Tech to ‘Take this Job and Love It’ By DUSTIN SMITH Staff Writer

A presentation titled “Take this Job and Love It” will take place from 3 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Monday in Henderson Hall Room 205. The American Association of University Professors has invited two United Campus Worker organizers from Middle Tennessee State University to speak. Karly Safar, United Campus Workers organizer at the University of Tennessee, will present a brief history of the UCW, a union of close to 1,200 employees in public higher

education across the state of Tennessee. She will highlight some of the victories the union has won, discuss what difficulties it will face Summer 2011 when the stimulus funding runs out and speak about the unions campaign goals for the upcoming year. “We first got started at UT-Knoxville 10 years ago when campus workers, students and community members organized to fight for a living wage, an hourly wage that allows one to live decently and take care of a family while working fulltime,”Safar said. The living wage is calculated based on the actual cost of living factors for a particular city. From this campaign,

a union was formed and has since spread to other campuses across Tennessee. UCW ensures that workers are paid decent wages and are guaranteed basic rights and respect at work. “A focus of our work over the past two years of the economic recession has been to fight for funding for higher education to prevent layoffs and severe budget cuts that would hurt not only students and employees but also the greater community and the state’s economy as a whole.” Safar said. Rachel Kirk, MTSU UCW legislative committee chairperson, AAUP member and MTSU librarian, will be addressing why it is important

to engage in the political process, UCW’s support for and endorsement of pro-worker and pro-education candidates running for state house and senate seats and its past fights and campaigns. “We are inviting faculty, staff and students because the event addresses changes in higher education being made by the state legislature that increasingly affects us all with little consideration being given to us,” said Josephine McQuail, English professor and president of Tech’s AAUP chapter. “Basically, it is important for the campus community—all members of the campus community—to come together and develop a collective voice to have input

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in these decisions which affect us all. We need to be proactive, not reactive!” AAUP’s purpose, according to its website (www.aaup. org), is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. “The AAUP is concerned particularly in today’s climate to preserve tenure,” McQuail said. “Take This Job and Love It” is sponsored by the Tech AAUP chapter, the sociology department, the political science department and the journalism program.

Flu facts People who have the flu may have these symptoms:

By HANNAH HARRIS Staff Writer

Because of the high student and faculty turnout for receiving flu shots, Health Services gave out every flu vaccination it had within the first week of the shots being made available. A new shipment of flu shots is expected to arrive by next Monday. “We had a positive turn out for flu shots this early in the season,” nurse Cynthia Tompkins said.

Oct. 4 was the first day Health Services had flu shot vaccination available, and by the end of that week it had given 140 flu shots. “Tech campus has responded well to early vaccinations of the flu because of the H1N1 pandemic we had last year,” Tompkins said. “ People are more aware of the flu.” The flu shot, being an all-in-one shot that protects against Type A H1N1 influenza, influenza A H2N2 and influenza Type B, is bringing in more students and faculty than ever before.

University Announcement SENIOR EXIT EXAM REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATING SENIORS The Senior Exit Exam has been scheduled for November 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 for all seniors who plan to graduate fall 2010 or spring 2011. Those seniors planning to graduate fall 2010 or spring 2011 should have received a letter and signup form via campus mail from Dr. Mark Stephens, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Students tell us they can’t afford to be sick,”nurse Phyllis Kilgore said, “and they don’t want to be sick.” Flu shots are available at local pharmacies and clinics in town if students or faculty do not want to wait, and Health Services may receive their shipment earlier than the latest expected date of Nov. 8. The best way to see if flu shots are available is to check the Health Services website. For more information, contact Health Services at 931-372-3320 or go to www. tntech.edu/healthservices.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Playing God? In today’s society, parents are able to choose the sex of their child as well as other DNA traits. A single trait such as eye or hair color can be singled out and altered to the parents’ desires. Though it is not 100 percent guaranteed. There is still a high rate of success. In my opinion this is wrong. When you choose your to-be child’s traits, you take the suspense out of being pregnant. Who would want to know ahead of time what their child will look like? Controlling parents, that’s who. The parents that actually want to choose the sex and trait of their child is just unorthodox. To me, these select people know what they want in a child. They want their child to be perfect. Whether it be the typical “blonde hair blue eyed beauty” or a “brown hair greened eyed stud.” Nature is not intended to be predetermined. And to choose your child’s sex or traits takes the fun and excitement out of being pregnant. God did not make Adam and Eve so they could get onto a computer and make a testtube baby with the traits they want and not the traits that God himself intended. Also, if you predetermine all this about your child, you will never know what the child may have looked like with the certain traits of the mother and the father. Isn’t that what makes a child so beautiful? Overall, it’s something someone in their right mind would not do. I think people just want the perfect child. But you can’t play God. Which makes me wonder, why does it matter what your child looks

like? Would these parents not be happy with their own flesh and blood their child would inherit? The nonsense should be stopped. Let nature develop as it should. No child wants to have everything decided for them ahead of time.

Jade Cade jdcade42@tntech.edu

Parking problems One big problem on campus is that it can be really hard to park. I live on campus and have a pass and still find it difficult to park. I drove around the other morning for at least thirty minutes, along with two other cars, before I was finally able to. I can only imagine how hard it would be for students who live off campus. Something should be done, such as clearing out a spot for more parking to make it easier to get on campus.

Cameron Crabtree cacrabtree42@tntech.edu

Common courtesy For the sake of brevity, I will avoid using some trite metaphor to illustrate my point--something that would begin, “Imagine if someone did x to you,” and would end, “how would you feel then?” You’ve probably heard all that before anyway. The point I wish to make is simple and objective: if you plan to take up space in a place of business (an RUC Starbucks, for example) for an extended period of time, you should strongly consider spending some of your money there. After all, that is the chief

end of a business--to turn a profit. I understand that the basement from which you obtained this newspaper has become a pseudo-hangout/ study space. I understand that a label like Starbucks probably brings in loads of revenue without your measly three-dollar latte. But that’s not the point. I guess what I’m advocating here is common courtesy, professional awareness, if you will. I sit in the brown, leather chairs with footstools five days a week and study, and five days a week I purchase a grande Pike Place. Whoopee for me--I know, right? But seriously, be nice to the companies that make the RUC what it is. Patronize them, don’t just sit idly, pirating their resources. Thanks.

Aleksandr Peterson acpeterson21@tntech.edu

Funding education Colleges have started up once again, with students still trying to pay for school out of pockets. Unfortunately, this is not an opinion for some students, and because of this, many students cannot afford to go to school. Several students use loans to pay but the only bad part about that is that you have to pay it back after graduation. I believe there are easier ways to pay for school such as scholarships or joining the army as an officer. There are many opinions for paying for school instead of loans, and starting early would be best for every student who applies.

Tawayne Tucker tjtucker42@tntech.edu

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Six soccer seniors say so long By BRANDON GOODWIN Sports Editor

The Tennessee Tech soccer team wrapped up its 2010 campaign on Sunday, falling to Austin Peay 2-1 and marking the end of the careers of six seniors. Taren Brown, Michelle Decker, Jen Hoffman, Brooke Mayo, Ashley Smith, and Kathryn Lally laced up their cleats for the final time as Golden Eagles. Prior to the game, the six, alongside their parents, were presented with framed jerseys in a ceremony on the field. “It’s tough,” Brown said. “I’ve played my whole life.” Smith said, “It was my daily activity, and now it’s gone.

“I have a lot of free time on my hands now and I don’t know what to do with all of it.” The six seniors were forced to band together over the years as they played under three different head coaches in their four-year careers. “It made our class a lot closer,” Brown said, “because we didn’t have just one coach we could depend on. “We became more of a family.” Smith said that being around the other girls basically every day since their freshman year helped them build a stong bond. “It’s like a sisterhood,” she said. Tech ended its season with a 4-12-1 record which included three overtime losses. and a 2-5-1 conference record under first-year Head Coach

Daniel Brizard. “We were all disappointed that we didn’t make it to the tournament,” Brown said. The Golden Eagles were four points shy of UT Martin for the final seed in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. “We wanted to make it back to the tournament again this year,” Smith said, “but it just didn’t happen.” Brown said her most memorable moment as a Golden Eagle came in last year’s OVC Tournament when Tech knocked off the top-seeded Morehead State to advance to the championship game. She was named to three All-OVC teams in her career at Tech. She also played in all 77 games during her tenure. Brown is a nursing major

from Hendersonville while Smith is a native of Shelbyville and majoring in communications. Mayo, Decker and Hoffman are each exercise science majors while Lally is majoring in business. Hoffman, 2009 OVC Player of the Year, is the only one of the six to not play her entire career at Tech. The 2010 OVC tournament is set to begin on Nov. 4 with regular-season champion Morehead State hosting the three-day event. Both Brown and Smith said they might play in a pickup game or two in the future, but Sunday’s match was the end of their organized soccer careers. “I’m going to miss it,” Smith said.

If I could play any other sport: “It would be tennis. I used to play with my dad. Federer is just so good. I just want to drop my racket and fall to my knees if I won. And I like the grunts. I would use those. I would revolutionize the sport. Like the Tiger Woods of tennis.” Craziest Job I would ever do: “Video game designer. Some game with sports, life and DragonBall Z. I’d call it ‘DragonBall Cofur’. I don’t know why. It just came to my mind.” Pets: “I have a dog named Rose. I used to hate dogs though. I’m a changed man.” Favorite Artist: “Trip Lee.” Favorite Actor: “Gotta be Will [Smith]. Fresh Prince. All his movies are good.” Favorite Food: “Fries. Especially from Rally’s. No ketchup though.” Favorite thing to do when bored: “Write Poetry. I’m not sensitive, but I do have a sensitive side.” Favorite Quotation: “My American History teacher told me this last semester. ‘Don’t throw snowballs at people with guns.’ That’s actually how the Boston Massacre started.”

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Student-athletes at Tennessee Tech have the highest overall graduation rate among all four-year public universities in the state of Tennessee, according to the most recent Graduation Success Rate figures announced Wednesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Tech student-athletes also continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body at the University. “This most recent GSR report is good news for Tennessee Tech Athletics, one that we can take a great deal of pride in,” said Mark Wilson, Tech Director of Athletics. “It verifies in numbers that we are successfully fulfilling our mission of graduating our student-athletes. Posting a GSR higher than the Tech student body is even more impressive when considering that Tennessee Tech’s student body has a higher graduation rate than every other four-year school in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. “Taking into account that our general student body is graduating at a higher rate than every other TBR University, it speaks even more to the diligence of our studentathletes,” Wilson said. The current GSR report, which looked at every fouryear institution across the country, includes all incoming students who entered school in 2003 and graduated

by 2009. The GSR for Tech’s student-athletes for the period was 61 percent, while the GSR for the general student body was 54 percent. The GSR for Golden Eagle student-athletes over a fouryear period, including incoming freshmen from 2000 to 2003, is also seven percentage points higher than the general student body at Tech. Overall, Tech’s studentathlete GSR is 77 percent, to top all eight other public four-year institutions in Tennessee. The overall GSR is an adjusted figure compiled by the NCAA. It includes studentathletes who transfer into the institution and discounts student-athletes who depart the institution and would have been academically eligible had they returned. Golden Eagle studentathletes have also fared well in overall GSR when compared with their counterparts around the Ohio Valley Conference. Seven of Tech’s teams, half of the university’s 14 programs, ranked either first or tied for first in overall GSR among their peers within the league. All but one of Tech’s 14 teams ranks among the top five in the conference. The overall GSR for Golden Eagle student-athletes ranks third in the OVC. The latest GSR report reflects several others positive recent trends of Tech’s student-athletes, including the upward growth of the total numbers on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the record-breaking combined grade point average of Gold-

en Eagle student-athletes. In the spring semester, Tech’s student-athletes posted the highest combined GPA ever achieved at the University and topped 3.0 for the fifth time in the last six semesters. The Athletic Director’s Honor Roll total topped 200 in two of the past three semesters, and the past four years have produced six of the seven highest totals in school history. “These kinds of numbers continue to point out that our student-athletes and our staff continue to take seriously our goal of stressing the importance of academic success,” Wilson said. “This latest GSR is another gauge in how we’re doing, and it says we’re doing well. Our coaches, our academic support system and personnel, and our student-athletes are doing a good job.” The history of Tennessee Tech Athletics has typically shown a higher graduation rate for student-athletes than the general student body, and the GSR is a national report that supports that trend. “If you layer the GSR on top of the statewide graduation rates, we can say that Tennessee Tech is among the leaders in the state for graduating our student-athletes,” Wilson said. “Tennessee Tech has the highest graduation rate among all TBR schools, and the highest in the state among all FCS schools. For our student-athletes to beat the Tennessee Tech student body means they have achieved a higher graduation rate than every other TBR and Tennessee FCS school.”

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Spin Dat Record with Kyle Buckner: Crocodiles - ‘Summer of Hate’ Any spandex-clad, acid wash jean jacket-wearing, neon sunglasses-sporting eighties throwback hipsters reading this week? If so, the album that I’m talking about, the Crocodiles’ “Summer of Hate,” is probably right up your alley. I’ve heard quite a bit of buzz about these San Francisco noise-poppers for a couple of weeks now, so I did my research on what artists could have potentially influenced their tunes. I kept seeing comparisons to bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain, Echo and the Bunnymen (Whose album “Crocodiles” probably inspired the name of this band), New Order, and other bands that I really dig from the eighties, so I decided to purchase this album. The first full-length song on the album, “I Wanna Kill,” sounded like a pretty catchy tune at first. Good eighties-style drum beat, muffled vocals, screeching guitars and thumping bass. I gave it a listen and I was feeling it pretty good. One thing bothered me though: it sounded a little bit too much like all of the bands that I had seen listed as their influences. Now, I usually give artists a good deal of slack when it comes to potential rip-offs, considering everything has been done before in one shape or form, but the song sounds like it was blatantly imitating the Jesus and Mary Chain. A little too much, guys. I didn’t give up on it yet, however… mostly because I paid money for it on iTunes. The next song “Soft Skull (In My Room)” sounded like it was going to be a good song…until the vocals came in. “Any of you ever get into The Faint?” Yeah. There you go. I guess these guys liked them, too. They try really hard to sound dark, ominous, and mature, but they just end up sounding like a group of whiny high school kids. Next came “Here Comes the Sky,”

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Matt Damon takes on the role of George Lonegan, an American with a special connection to the afterlife.

Let ’s Talk About CHUCK ACHESON Movies By Entertainment Editor Courtesy of Crocodiles “Summer of Hate” was the first full-length album released by the band in 2009. which actually is a pretty good song. Soft vocals, guitars dripping with reverb, some tambourine for percussion’s sake and a piano holding it down. I quickly knew that this song would most likely come to be my favorite song from the album. I have nothing bad to say about this one. A really well orchestrated song’s not too overbearing. “Refuse Angels” was next on the track list. This one is the Crocodiles’ anthem to all of the kids sitting outside of the club chain-smoking cigarettes and clutching mostly full cups of cold coffee(for aesthetic effect, of course.) The thump-thump of bass and drums almost beckons them to channel their teenage angst and attack the dance floor with all their neglected, emotional might--a really immature song, mostly. The next bleeding-heart anthem was

the title track, “Summer of Hate.” The first minute-and-a-half of this song is annoying noise, and some of the first lyrics that I heard were “I’m praying that you’ll come and scratch out my eyes, then you’ll know that these tears can’t disguise.” I was done with the song after hearing that. Lame. The last song, “Young Drugs,” is a pretty good song. While it’s still pretty much a rip-off, it has a cool drumbeat, some good guitar work, dreamy synthesizer lines, and the lyrics aren’t as dumb as the previous song. At least they ended this disappointing album with a decent song. Overall, I’d say I wasted my money on this album. If you like bands that try to sound like other bands you like, then maybe this band is for you. However, I say “shame on you, Crocodiles.”

Red Dead release suits season By CHUCK ACHESON Entertainment Editor Zombies are a staple of this time of year, but Rockstar has put a new spin on the traditional monster: have them invade the Old West. That’s the idea behind the latest downloadable content, “Undead Nightmare,” released Tuesday for Red Dead Redemption, the second installment of the series set in the Old West. Set in an alternative timeline from the original game, the opening scene finds John Marston returning home to his wife, Abigail, and son, Jack. After a brief exchange about the whereabouts of Uncle, a family friend. The family goes to bed for the evening. However, during the night, Uncle returns suffering from an unknown disease and attacks the family. Before John can find his gun to slay the zombified Uncle, he bites and infects Abigail who, in turn, attacks and spreads the ailment to Jack. John manages to subdue the

two, leaving them tied up in the house before hitting the trails looking for a cure. Unfortunately for John, the disease has spread throughout New Austin. In addition to the single player portion of the content pack, “Undead Nightmare” offers a new multiplayer option named “Undead Overrun.” In this mode, two to four players join forces to hold out against the zombie horde as long as they can. I’ve managed to log several hours so far into both parts of the pack, and I have to say I am very pleased so far. Both are very challenging as they force players to kill the undead by traditional zombie means: a bullet to the head or burning the body. In addition, ammunition is very scarce, making players be smart in how they exterminate the zombies. Just in time for Halloween, this pack is priced right ($9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points). In addition to the appropriate price point, you can’t beat the novelty and fun of this content release.

Clint Eastwood’s newest movie “Hereafter succeeds in telling the stories of three different people and how this common link brings them together. But the movie is not without a few flaws. The movie begins with Marie LeLay (Cécile De France), a Frenchwoman, barely surviving a tsunami while on holiday with her boyfriend, Didier (Thierry Neuvic). Following her near death experience, LeLay is changed after briefly experiencing her own death. The second protagonist we meet is George Lonegan (Matt Damon), an American and former psychic looking to change his life for fear that a life revolving around death is no life at all. Finally, Marcus (Frankie McLaren), an English boy, is the third main character we meet who recently experienced the death of his twin brother Jason. These three go through the movie trying to make sense of their experiences before a chance meeting of the three changes their worlds forever. The highlight of this movie was the storyline, as it had unique and fresh feeling despite sharing some qualities with “Inception.” Throughout the film, we see these characters struggle with the changes their experiences with death have brought. Lonegan quickly became the most detailed character with the most interesting path to the finale. However, while these back stories offer unique looks into the lives of these people, each one feels a tad drawn out and overdone. By the midway point of the film, the plot begins slowing

down significantly, especially when contrasted with how quickly the movie ends. Eastwood would have done well to cut each one short by about 10 minutes, shaving 30 minutes off the final product and would not lost too much of the story. As for the acting, most of the actors played their parts very well. In addition to being the biggest name on the bill, Damon delivered the best performance of the movie. De France was another highlight with her convincing portrayal of a woman scorned by loved ones and her employers. The only real let down from the talent was Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard, playing Melanie, Lonegan’s love interest for part of the movie. Unnatural and forced were two words that immediately popped into my head while watching her stumble through her meager part. Luckily, she was only in the movie for a brief period. Finally, the framing decisions and camerawork were top notch as the moods of certain scenes became more vivid. Primarily, the tsunami sequence came alive as witty camera placement allowed the audience to feel the same horror as the characters. The good parts of this film definitely outweigh the negative ones. The slowness of the plot at times was almost unbearable but the freshness of the story makes up for that problem. Also, the mark of a good drama is high quality acting, which this movie delivers almost unanimously. I recommend checking this movie out for sure; just don’t expect another “Million Dollar Baby.”

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Final Grade: B

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