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Volume 94 | Issue 7 | Free in single copy | November 5, 2010

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ABOVE: Tennessee’s congressional districts before the 2010 midterm elections BELOW: Tennessee’s congressional districts after the 2010 midterm elections


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Red in, blue out Republicans gain control of state legislature STAFF REPORT

Tennessee will simultaneously have a Republican governor and majorities in both state legislative bodies. Tuesday night election results confirmed that Republican Bill Haslam was elected governor of Tennessee. The results also indicate Tennessee’s congressional delegation will shift from being a 5-4 Democrat majority to a 7-2 Republican majority. Once members are sworn into the 112th Congress in January, Tennes-

see’s Congressional delegation will include the following members: Representative Phil Roe, Republican; Representative John Duncan, Republican; Representative -Elect Chuck Fleischmann, Republican; Representative -Elect Dr. Scott DesJarlais, Republican; Representative Jim Cooper, Democrat; Representative-Elect Diane Black, Republican; Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican; Representative-Elect Stephen Fincher, Republican; and Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat. “While the outcome of the election was not what we hoped for, I know without a doubt that I am all the more enriched by the experience,” Democratic gubernatorial can-

didate Mike economy moving McWherter again.” wrote on his Haslam will blog Wednessucceed Democratday morning. ic Governor Phil “Today Bredesen. marks a new “This is truly a day, a time for historic day,” Chris all of us to put Devaney, Tennesaside politisee Republican cal differences Party chairman, and to explore Haslam said Tuesday. “I ways in which also want to thank we can work the thousands of together across party lines to donors, volunteers, and do what’s best for all Tennes- Party leadership memseans,” McWherter continued. bers who gave us their “Last night I called Haslam to support.” congratulate him on his vicThe Republican tory and to acknowledge that Governors Association we both share the same desire contributed nearly $1.2 to do what must be done to million to the Tennessee get Tennesseans back to work Republican Party to back in order to get our state’s the Haslam campaign. Graphics by Tennessee Republican Party

Tech offers state’s first agritourism concentration By ISAAC WRIGHT Staff Writer Next semester, classes will be offered for a new concentration as part of the bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Tech is the first university in Tennessee to offer a degree concentration in agritourism, the combination of agriculture and tourism, the state’s top two income-producing industries. The concentration will partially merge agriculture with business for students to learn an assortment of skills needed to work on farms or ranches that incorporate an enterprise of tourism. A growing trend of farms is to introduce a new way to gather additional income to support on-farm operations. Some ways are petting zoos, hay rides, camping, hiking and corn mazes. Farmers may not know how to manage these. “If I’m a farmer in East Tennessee, I may open my land for tourism to gain more income,” Billye Foster, School of Agriculture director, said.

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Agriculture professor Michael Best, Bill Shipley and School of Agriculture Director Billye Foster tour Shipley Barn. “Suddenly I have 20 employees, and I don’t have time to manage them because of farm business, I need to hire managers. This is where the students come in.” Agritourism has many similar names such as agricultural tourism, agrotourism and farm tourism. In 2003,

the Tennessee Agritourism Initiative Steering Committee defined agritourism as “an activity, enterprise or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennessee agriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economic activity

and impacts both farm and community income.” Other similar programs in U.S. universities are no older than three years, so there is no set formula for the concentration to follow. “We may edit it, add some classes and see what works,” Foster said. “You’re inventing as you go, so we’re sort of feeling our way through the dark.” The School of Agriculture is also hoping to renovate the historic Shipley Barn, built in 1818 by North Carolina pioneer Abraham Buck located near the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavillion. The barn would be turned into the Shipley Heritage Farm Center, a laboratory for agriculture students. The school wants to make the farm center a living 1830s farmstead with era-accurate equipment. The proposal for the Shipley Heritage Farm Center includes recreating the farmhouse, refurbishing the barn and developing a living history museum of area agriculture.

Look both ways—it’s a fundamental mantra of life on earth. Yielding to pedestrians is equally basic. Then again, when you repeat something over and over again, it tends to lose its poignancy, as demonstrated on North Dixie Avenue recently. During the past few weeks, two students were hit by vehicles while attempting to cross the street. In response, the Executive Advisory Council addressed crosswalk safety on Tuesday, right after the graduation application process. Gay Shepherd, University Police Chief, attended the meeting and presented an outline of Tennessee pedestrian laws. “Every SOAR I talk about being safe and looking both ways,” Shepherd said. “It goes back to elementary school.” Both collisions happened at low speeds—Shepherd said 15 to 20 mph. Last Thursday, a Volkswagen Beetle hit a student on North Dixie Avenue near 12th Street. The Cookeville Police Department responded to the accident. “The pedestrian stated that she saw the vehicle but thought she had time to cross,” policeman Ryan Moore said in his report. “The pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk, and a witness stated that he only saw the victim in the air.” The victim, a 20-year-old female, was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. “If you walk out in front of a car, you’re going to lose,” Shepherd said. The campus police have responded by tightening down on speed limit enforcement. Shepherd said she isn’t sure how the EAC will handle the matter. “I don’t know if they’re going to try to put more crosswalks in or not,” she said. The other collision happened on Oct. 8, when a Honda Accord hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk near the Bryan Fine Arts Building, also on North Dixie Avenue. The driver and the pedestrian were both young, female students. The victim, who walked away with a bruised leg, did not wish to press charges. “She probably didn’t want to cause a lot of drama,” Shepherd said, flipping through pictures of the incident on her phone. “Some people are like that.” Tennessee law states, “No pedestrian shall leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.” Any pedestrians crossing the street not using a crosswalk must yield to moving vehicles already on the street. “It comes down to the earliest thing that we’ve all learned,” Shepherd said. “Look both ways before you cross the street.”

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Students able to help needy SARAH TOWNSEND

Poll of the Week Will you be attending Tech’s Homecoming football game?

Asst. Editorial Editor How many of us have clothes in our closet that don’t fit anymore or still have Tshirts from clubs we joined in high school? I know I have a lot of stuff I don’t need anymore. One Tech student is thinking globally and decided to collect items to send to children at a hospital in Liberia, one of the most impoverished countries in Africa. Claudia Iciarte is a nursing major whose passion for helping others led her to Liberia last year for 10 weeks of volunteering at the hospital where she plans to send the supplies along with toys and, most importantly, food. It may seem like a small change for us to get rid of one shirt or pair of gym shoes, but to a child who has never had anything new, it means a world of difference. “It’s amazing how a little thing can change the face of a child,” Iciarte said. She went on to tell me a story about a seven-year-old whose mother died giving birth and was HIV positive. “He was crying,” she said. “He has lived at the hospital since he was born with no family left to love him. I gave him a bear by my mother’s advice, and he smiled at me immediately. I don’t even know if this child has survived.” Many of the children were orphaned or suffering from terminal illnesses. After living in Liberia and seeing the conditions in which the people live, Iciarte couldn’t come back here and not help them in some way. The American tire com-

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pany Firestone established Firestone Medical Center and several other facilities for the people of Liberia. Though the hospital is a step-up from having no medical facility, the resources are scarce and there is little funding for new equipment or supplies. Much of the rubber used in Firestone’s products comes from this part of Africa. Instead of Firestone paying high taxes, the company decided to serve the people suffering from diseases in the area. Most of the country’s income is from Firestone’s use of rubber resources, and the decision to build usable facilities to villagers is a great way for a corporation to give back to a place that contributes to their profits. Iciarte also collected books, toys, clothing and

other supplies last year for the same area. However, this year her goal is to send more food. According to her, a large bag of rice could sustain an orphanage for a week or more. This is a cause worthy of your support, and with Iciarte organizing donations, you can easily help. As a college student, I understand that money gets tight at times, but you don’t have to buy anything to help. You can spread the word or donate something you never use. Our most valuable resource is our voice, which is free. Crayons, pencils, shoes, toys, new or lightly used books or clothes are all accepted. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, contact Claudia Iciarte at

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Iciarte with a child she helped at a hospital in Liberia during her 10-week stay. She is working to raise supplies to send back.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Reaction to bullies In recent weeks, our nation has seen a string of suicides among teenagers who were victims of bullying because they were gay or thought to be gay. Each death was a senseless, heartbreaking tragedy. But out of the terrible devastation I saw a glimmer of hope in this: people were now engaged in a much needed conversation about bullying. The Christian community had an opportunity to speak out and make it clear that while we may have substantive ideological differences from those in the gay community, we will always defend the oppressed, speak up for the outcast, and love and accept others just as Jesus would. Thus far, this opportunity has seemingly been squandered as the church has, for the most part, been mum on the issue of anti-gay bullying. We don’t want to, in defending gay individuals’ fundamental right to human dignity, be lumped together with them, so we perpetuate the problem by sitting by and watching in silence. In doing so, we violate the second greatest command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” You’ll notice that there


aren’t any conditions added to that. The command is to love your neighbor period. I am a socially conservative Southern Baptist, but the issue before us is absolutely not a political issue, nor does it require that any of us change our religious views on sexuality. This is an issue of common decency, compassion and respect for the sanctity of human life. Christians: Let’s be able to make the distinction between the lifestyle and the person. Regardless of how we may feel about the former, the person needs an advocate. The 15-year-old student who’s afraid to go to school needs to know that his life has value and that he won’t be harassed for the life he leads, even when it stands in contradiction to what we believe. The church has set on the fence with this issue long enough. You don’t have to agree with someone to affirm their worth or defend their right to live in peace. When others stoop to such low levels of intolerance and intimidation as we’ve seen reported in the media recently, it’s time for Christians to stand up and speak out.

Custodial changes I just want to say that I do not agree with what has happened to the majority of Tennessee Tech custodians. Most students may not know what I am talking about: last week most custodians were put on third shift with little notice. Many of our custodians had second jobs that they have now had to quit. Many of them are also older people, or have kids, or have ailing parents that they care for. Now they are not able to be at home with their family at night. I know that this change of schedule has taken a toll on some of them already. Coming into a building in the morning, the building looks great, but by the afternoon now the bathrooms are a mess, and things are not as clean as they had been before the change. The custodians do a lot of work for us, which many of us have taken for granted, but now we won’t be seeing them around and the buildings in the afternoons will no longer be as clean as they used to be.

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Heffner, Reid named to All-OVC second team PRESS RELEASE


Sophomores Leigh Heffner and Kerri Reid each received post-season honors as members of the all-OVC second team, as voted upon by coaches and sports information directors throughout the conference. Reid, a midfielder out of Peachtree City, Ga., was one of three Golden Eagles to start all 17 contests of the 2010 season. Tied for second on the team in goals scored, she contributed two goals and three assists on the season, helping to anchor the midfield for Tech with her ability to control the ball and distribute. “Kerri’s speed in the midfield was a tremendous asset for us,” said head coach Daniel Brizard. “Her physical toughness allowed her to break through the opposing defense in our attacking

half, and her read on the field played a huge part in setting up many of our offensive attacks.” Also honored this year as one of the OVC’s Defensive Players of the Week for her contributions in the backfield in a 1-0 win over SEMO and a 1-1 tie against EIU, Leigh Heffner earned votes for a spot as a defender on the all-OVC second team. Hailing from Aravada, Reid Colo., Heffner started 16 of 17 games and played nearly 90 minutes in almost all of her appearances. “Leigh has been a mainstay on defense for the team and Heffner definitely one of our younger leaders,” Brizard said. “She’s the go-to for getting the ball out of our end of the field. “We’ll definitely be looking to both of these younger players for their leadership over the next couple of years,” he continued.


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Football looks to keep win streak alive against Racers By BRANDON GOODWIN Sports Editor

The Tennessee Tech football team rides a three-game winning streak heading into this week’s game against Murray State, but that streak is in jeopardy with nine starters out injured. “We’ve got to do the best we can do,” head coach Watson Brown said. The Golden Eagles (4-4, 3-2 OVC) are ranked third in the Ohio Valley Conference standings after beating Tennessee State on Oct. 23. Murray State (3-5, 2-3 OVC) returns home for the first time since it beat Missouri State by a score of 72-59 on Oct. 9. The Racers have lost two of their last three OVC games, both of those came on the road. The Tech defense faces its toughest challenge to date as the Racers rank second in the conference in scoring offense, racking up an average of 32.4 points and nearly 400 yards per game in OVC play.

On the other hand, Murray State ranks second to last in the league in points allowed, giving up 28.4 points per game. Last year in Cookeville, the Golden Eagles thumped the Racers 45-14 after falling to them in Murray 51-21 in 2008. Not only will Tech have to try to contain the Racers’ high-powered attacks, it will have to stop them without several key players. Defensive starters Charlie Seivers, Will Johnson and Caleb Mitchell are all listed as unable to play this week. In fact, Tech has suffered numerous injuries on both sides of the ball thus far this season. “We’ve got good players behind them and they’ve got to go play,” Brown said. The Golden Eagles will also have to battle without five of its offensive starters. Tech has already lost offensive lineman Malcolm Jones for the season with an arm injury. The rest are on a week-to-week basis. According to Brown,

Cass Barnes, Ryan St. John, Cody Forbes, and DuJuan Brown will all get considerable playing time on the offensive side of the ball. “I don’t think this is a life or death, end of season deal,” Brown said, “but when you’re trying to do what we’re trying to do, every game is important.” Brown and his staff have altered their plans to prepare for Barnes to run the offense in the wake of Tre Lamb’s knee injury. “We’ve got to be a little careful andnot to overdo Cass and make sure he can do the things he can do best,” he said. Tech leads the all-time series 41-33-1, dating back to the first meeting in 1930. “It’s going to be different,” Brown said. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is slated for 1 p.m. at Stewart Stadium in Murray, Ky. The game will be broadcast live on the Golden Eagle Sports Network via Magic 98.5 and Free TeamLine.




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Local Honey covers Evan Donohue By KASSI THOMAS Special to The Oracle I went out on a limb this week to review something that I hadn’t discovered myself – something I was completely unfamiliar with until a week ago. “The album is called ‘Rhythm & Amplitude. It’s amazing,” my friend told me on the patio at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville. The opening lyrics of the album explain, “I am under the spell of a melody.” This statement appropriately sums up my feelings about the record. The maestro of said melody is Evan P. Donohue. His voice is strangely reminiscent of Brandon Flowers but twice as bold and emotive. His record “Rhythm & Amplitude” features upbeat indie pop/surf rock, in the vein of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and early Of Montreal, which is utterly deceiving in that you’ll be dancing and clapping along when you realize that the lyrics are about dying alone in a sea of tears. This 16-track semi-au-

tobiographical storybook illustrates experiences inspired by Donohue’s life in California, New York, and his most recent home, Nashville. Donohue’s simple and sophisticated melodies are a welcome addition to Nashville’s repertoire. The lyrics are frank and the arrangements are solid. Since moving to Music City, he has collected a band of talented locals to back him. They released “Rhythm & Amplitude in April of this year and are currently anticipating a new cassette release at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at The Darkroom in Nashville. In exchange for the $6 cover, you get to see four bands, including Evan P. Donohue, of course, and a copy of the new cassette. In addition to having mastered catchy song composition, Donohue apparently also excels at giving you the most in exchange for your meager monetary contributions. The content of the forthcoming cassette is unknown to me, but if it’s anything like “Rhythm & Amplitude,” it will be worth your while to check it out.

The cast gathers during the final musical number on the eve of opening night. The Tech Players opened their newest production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” to a packed Backdoor Playhouse. Director Mark Creter explained he expected a large turnout after the final rehearsal before last night’s show. “We expect a large crowd for this show,” Creter said. “Musicals tend to do very well here. It’s a fun, fast-paced show. You should come early and come often.” The play is a musical based on a book by the same named written by Burt Shev-

elove and Larry Gelbart. Stephen Sondheim adapted the music and lyrics for the play. Drawing on inspiration from the work of Plautus, an ancient Roman playwright, the story follows Pseudolus as he tries to win his freedom. He does so by helping his master woo the girl next door. Mendy Richards handles musical direction. In addition to the new play, most of the contruction in the Backdoor Playhouse finished up, including a new light booth, lighting grid and sound system along with several other new features.

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