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UTC Police add to Morris’ charges By Caitlin Case news editor

Photo courtesy of Bernard “Junior” Morris was charged with 12 counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggressive arson. Previous Convictions 2006-Felony Class E Aggravated Burglary 2006-2 Counts of Felony Class C Arson 2007 2007-Class A Misdemeanor Harrassment 2007-2 Counts of Class A Misdemeanor Harrassment 2007-Class A Misdemeanor Stalking 2007

UTC police have added two misdemeanor theft charges and an additional felony burglary charge to Bernard “Junior” Morris’ 12 felony charges of aggravated burglary and one charge of aggravated arson. The Chattanooga sophomore and former resident assistant is the main suspect in the case involving surveillance cameras planted in the rooms of campus residents. Bob Ratchford, UTC chief of police, said they were first made aware of unusual items in the rooms of residents in Guerry and Stophel apartments around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. He said Morris was identified as a suspect, brought in for questioning, arrested, booked and in jail by around 11:30 p.m. Monday night. A search warrant was obtained and several items were collected from Morris’ campus residence, Ratchford said. He said rumors of women’s underwear and T-shirts being

found in Morris’ possession are unfounded. He said all of the items containing cameras were manufactured and not of Morris’ making. “They were things that you could purchase readily on the Internet,” he said. “They’ve got all types of video surveillance equipment and nanny-cams.” Ractchford said Morris was cooperative with police when brought in for questioning. He said Morris’ arraignment is scheduled for April 4. Grant Schryver, a freshman from Clarksville, Tenn., said he was roommates with Morris all of fall semester. He said Morris moved out this semester and told the other roommates he was no longer their resident assistant. “Just in general there was something, looking at him, some of his movements, stuff like that,” he said. “I don’t know, he was just different, just off.” Photo by Hannah Lazar Schryver said Morris never Surveillance watch: Kristin Fowler, a junior from Dickson, Tenn., looks around and checks to make sure nothing is out of place in her dorm room in Lockmiller. See MORRIS page 8

University shows improvement in handicap access By Hannah Lazar

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The Office for Students with Disabilities has recently finished a lengthy process of evaluating the University for handicap accessibility. Michelle Rigler, director of the office for students with disabilites, said she has compiled a list of recommendations for improvements to be made and will be presenting it to the Chancellor this summer. Rigler said overall the University has made great progress with accessibility since the last evaluation in 1994. She said the majority of the recommendations that will be made to the Chancellor are minor improvements, but there are a few bigger issues to deal with. To evaluate the accessibility Photo by Hannah Lazar of the buildings, they focused on Taking a stroll: Kristen Stanfill (left), a sophomore from Columbia, emergency safety, entrance and Tenn., and Julia Hunter, a senior from Clarksville, Tenn., utilize the egress and inside accessibility, access ramp leading up to the front doors of the Guerry Center. Rigler said.

Rigler said as far as the buildings go, there are some buildings that lack braille signage, and some buildings that lack elevators, such as Bretske Hall and Boling Apartments. Kluesner, the adaptive technology coordinator for the office for students with disabilities, said, “the University is usually very proactive about the braille signs, though. If we put in a request for a sign to be put in by a door, it is usually there by the next day.” Rigler said the University has made improvement on the programming side of accessibility as well. In light of complaints against programs such as CourseCompass that are not compatible with screenreading programs for visually impaired students, Kluesner said the problems are being dealt with on an intra-departmental basis. He said the departments are providing better programming access by offering more individual

help, such as providing help to disabled students from other students in the classes. The Times Free Press reported several other schools around the country have had accessibility complaints brought against them for using Google mail. However, Rigler said students at UTC have had no problems using the Google-based E-mail, and it is possible Google resolved its accessibility issues before UTC began using it. In fact, Rigler said the new e-mail program has actually been easier for visually impaired students at UTC to use. She said the improvements that the office for students with disabilities is suggesting are in the form of a three-year transition plan. Rigler said this plan will be presented over the summer. Kluesner said the evaluation focused on building accessibility, program accessibility and student satisfaction.

Senators vote down Huckabee’s impeachment By Hayley Martin

Impeachment charges against senator Matthew Huckabee, a sophomore from Chattanooga, were voted down in Tuesday’s SGA meeting. Stephen Doyle, a sophomore from Milan, Tenn., sponsored bill MAR22-13. Bradley Bell, a junior from Knoxville, asked what the article said, explaining “misconduct in office.” Alden Coleman, a sophomore from Jackson, Tenn., read the article for the senate. “Grounds for impeachment shall be failure to perform duties of office and misconduct in office,” Coleman said. Brittany Justice, a senior from Gallatin, Tenn., and SGA vice president, reminded the senate there is no exact definition of “misconduct in office.” Evan Williams, a freshman

from Jackson, Tenn., said the senators should keep their constituents’ opinions in mind. “We’re here to represent what our constituents think,” Williams said. “And yes, there are two sides to every story, but we need to remember what the people we have talked to said and what they feel about the situations. It isn’t our personal beliefs.” Huckabee raised the question of whether this one act of “misconduct in office” negates the positive things he had accomplished the past two years in senate. “I don’t see that as necessarily being cause for an impeachment, with that senator having put in so much time and effort in previous situations having not been negative,” Huckabee said. “I think a reprimand might be considerable, but an impeachment is a bit much.” Coleman said there seems to be a loose definition of misconduct in

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office. “If you perform all of the duties of your office as far as your obligations to being here, meetings, that is performing good conduct,” Iesha Vann, a sophomore from Mount Juliet, said instead of impeaching Huckabee, SGA should turn his experience into an alcohol awareness event instead of an impeachment. John Delaney, vice chancellor of student development, said Huckabee had been very forthcoming about his mistakes. “Matthew was in my office apologizing to me for something I didn’t even know about, and he’s done that with some other folks,” Delaney said. “He’s fully accepting responsibility for his decision. Never once in this conversation was I told that he did Photo by Tyler Brown anything other than readily admit Self-defense: Matt Huckabee, a Chattanooga sophomore, speaks ‘I messed up.’” up on his own behalf when he hears the bill brought to this week’s Huckabee’s impeachment SGA asking for his removal from office through impeachment. failed 6-16.

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The Campus Crime Log Compiled by Matt Kenwright The campus crime log is a weekly feature of the University Echo and is compiled from UTC Police reports to keep students aware of incidents on campus. Reports are listed in chronological order. March 10, 2011 11-0338 Police responded to a narcotics call at 805 Douglas St. Police arrived and spoke to a resident assistant who reported the smell, and police confirmed it. In the bedrooms an officer found three small baggies with marijuana residue. The resident was told he was cited to Student Affairs, and no further action was taken at this time. March 11, 2011 11-0340 Police responded to an assault call at 801 E. Fourth St. City police said they received a call about a man ‘going berserk’ in a UTC residence hall. A man answered the door and said his friend did not believe in God, but he would. Police spoke to him further and determined he had banged on his friend’s door and then punched him in the face. The suspect also grabbed the refrigerator door and swung it at the victim, cutting the victim’s hand in the process. The suspect continued to be upset, break dishes and throw food around the kitchen. Police found five bong smoking devices in his room.

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No further action was taken at this time. 11-0341 Police responded to a theft call at 719 E. Fourth St. A man said in the morning someone had stolen golfing equipment from his truck’s bed from under a cover. The man described the clubs and bag. The total value was estimated as $1,000. 11-0343 Police responded to a miscellaneous call at 801 E. Eighth St. A woman said a man had stolen her GPS. She said she retrieved it and it was stolen again. The woman described the man, and police found and stopped him. The man said he was staying with her, and they had a disagreement about his clothes so he stole her GPS. Police trespassed him from campus. 11-0346 Police responded to an alcohol violation at 718 McCallie Ave. Police saw a man carrying a 24-pack of beer in a resident hall hallway. Police stopped him and found he and his three friends were under 21 years of age. Police frisked the group and found a smoking device with marijuana residue along with a marijuana grinder in a man’s jacket pocket. Police read the man his Miranda Rights and asked where he bought his drugs.

The man said he frequently met a man in a grocery story parking lot, and bought a “dime bag,” one gram of marijuana. The man was given a citation in lieu of arrest and was cited to Student Affairs. A second male non-student said he paid someone at a gas station for the beer, and he was given a citation for unlawful possession of alcohol. The man was trespassed from campus, and he poured out the alcohol. The two women were cited to Student Affairs. 11-0347 Police responded to a medical emergency at 541 Vine St. A man by the tennis courts said he had taken his medication and drank Vodka. The man was transported to Erlanger Hospital, and no further action was taken. March 17, 2011 11-0354 Police responded to a drug call at 700 McCallie Ave. Police saw a vehicle speeding and pulled her over. The former UTC student allowed police to search her car, and they found five Ambien pills and one oxycodone pill. The woman was issued a criminal summons to sessions court. 11-0355 Police responded to a theft call at 400 Douglas St. A contractor said he parked his vehicle and returned to discover

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his $220 GPS had been stolen. Police recorded the GPS description, and no further action was taken. March 18, 2011 11-0356 Police responded to a miscellaneous call at 518 Oak St. A UTC employee said a woman called several times and said she wants to take UTC classes. The caller is medically bipolar, and she complained about being discriminated against and her hard life. The caller then hangs up before the employee can say anything. The number was tracked to a UTC phone number. 11-0366 Police responded to a resisting arrest call at 815 University St. Police stopped a suspicious man hiding from them, and he refused to obey commands. The man started cursing and swung his arms in the air. Police said they would have to tase him if he did not cooperate, and they shot the uncharged barbs into his chest. The man pulled a barb out, and he was placed under arrest. The man continued to resist, and the police forced him to stay still. The man was soon unruly and used racial slurs toward an officer. Police told him to be quiet, but he continued talking. The man was taken to Hamilton County Jail. 11-0368 Police responded to

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an assault call at 818 University St. Police were told there was a fight in the residence hall courtyard, and they found a man in an altercation with two women. The highly agitated and slightly intoxicated man said one woman was a former sexual partner. Two witnesses said the man had assaulted one of the women, and there had been verbal disorder beforehand. The woman’s lips, face and hands were swollen. Everyone declined medical attention. The cameras showed the injured woman had initiated the fight after the argument when she pushed and punched the man. The video also showed the three women beating the fallen man and leaving to another room. The man found the women, and they chased him. Police determined the man acted in self-defense and arrested one woman for domestic abuse and another for assault. March 22, 2011 11-0385 Police responded to an alcohol violation call at 805 Douglas St. Police knocked for three minutes before a resident assistant arrived and unlocked the door. Beer and marijuana residue and seeds were on the table. Police also found a beer bong funnel device, more alcohol and six shot glasses in the empty room. The room had a prior history of violations and charges are pending while it is under investigation.

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Newspapers disappear By Caitlin Case news editor

On January 10 almost all of the Echo newspapers disappeared within hours of being distributed. Justin Huggins, a junior from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., said he noticed the papers were missing around 10:40 a.m in Fletcher Hall. “Then I went to Johnson-Obear Apartments, Hooper-Race Hall, Hunter Hall, Subway and then the UC,” he said. “I didn’t see a single paper.” Huggins said this was unusual because he usually picks up his copy of the Echo on Thursday at 9:25 a.m. or 10:40 a.m. Jim Hicks, dean of students, said security pulled footage from around the University Center to try to determine who the culprits of the theft were. “They didn’t see anyone taking a large amount,” he said. “I’m not surprised by that because our cameras are positioned so that

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they are towards the doors. Someone could get the papers and throw them in a trash can and no camera we have would catch them.” Hicks said this is not the first time the papers have been stolen. “In one case students have taken the papers and threw them in their car so they could actually return them,” he said. “Another time they were charged with theft. In the past when the Echo has had to reprint, the students had to pay the Echo what it cost to reprint.” Hicks said even though the papers are free, they still cost money to print, and there is a responsibility to the advertisers. “They’re free for you to take for yourself, not free for you to take them all,” he said.” Rick Mitchell, a senior from Crossville, Tenn., distributes the Echo every week. “I started delivering the papers around 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, and I was done by 11:15,” he said. “By 12:15, they were gone. It was done really quickly, so I’m betting it was multiple people taking them.”

Photo by Matt Kenwright Row of legends: (left to right) Current UTC Chancellor Roger Brown joins past chancellors Bill Stacy and Fred Obear in a panel discussion about the University.

Previous chancellors visit University for open forum By Matt Kenwright

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Photo by Hannah Lazar Good sports: Students enjoying the warmer spring weather congratulate each other on a game well played at the volleyball court between Lockmiller I and Lockmiller II.

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Three University chancellors with thirty combined years of experience discussed the campus’s past and future Tuesday. Fred Obear served as chancellor from 1981 to 1997 and 2004 to 2005, Bill Stacy from 1997-2004 and current Chancellor Roger Brown started in 2005. Tom Griscom, a communication consultant, moderated the forum. An audience member’s question addressing current challenges steered the conversation away from nostalgia. Brown said the University’s role in the community remains a priority. “We need to keep the community we serve in strong support,” Brown said. “We need to perform in such a way that we are worthy of their support….we have to tell our story very well.” Brown emphasized UTC’s academic progress. ACT scores increase every year, and there are plans to expand the honor college from one percent of the student body to 10 percent, Brown said. Stacy said the acquisition of South Campus was perhaps one of his biggest accomplishments. It depended on the former community’s willingness to allow the University to expand its borders. Stacy said, “We would not come unless invited.” The chancellors shared the most challenging moments of their tenure. Brown said a controversy over student-athletes involved in sexual

abuse allegations in his first-year was his hardest situation. Stacy said his decision to increase his assistant’s salary along with other female employees was misunderstood and caused him grief. Obear said it was his 1996 decision to change UTC’s Chief Moccanooga mascot to a mockingbird. Obear said he returned as chancellor to replace his successor, Stacy, and found a small practical joke gift of bourbon in his desk. It was odd replacing his successor and he felt like he was his own grandfather, Obear said. An audience member asked the men their opinion on the role of the athletics. “I think we need to emphasize cultural and education events, as well as athletic events,” Stacy said. Brown commended the athletes’ dedication to their sports and their scholarship. Obear said the men worked closely together during each transition and ensured smooth continuity. Obear said, “I think what each of us did was leave for our successors a kind of unfinished business, a list of issues that were open at the time.” Stacy said he thinks the faculty’s applied excellence through their thinking defines the university. Brown called the union of the University of Chattanooga with the University of Tennessee system 42 years ago “The Treaty of Chattanooga.” Brown elicited a round of applause from alumni in the audience when he said, “We preserved the tradition and excellence you brought in.”

Senators raise standards for GPA By Hayley Martin managing editor

Senators brought impeachment charges and passed three bills to amend the SGA constitution Tuesday that will appear on the election ballot this spring as a referendum. Shalin Shah, a sophomore from Houston, Texas and SGA parliamentarian, sponsored a bill for the Spring 2011 elections packet to be approved as the official set of guidelines and regulations for the 2011 spring elections. The bill passed in a roll call vote, 240. The senate passed a bill raising the required GPA for a senator to be elected or appointed from a 2.0 to a 2.5. The bill was sponsored by Shah and passed in a roll call voted 22-2. Senators Iesha Vann, a sophomore from Mount Juliet, and Bradley Bell, a junior from Knoxville, opposed the bill. Along the same lines, the senate voted to raise the GPA requirement for executive positions in SGA from a 2.0 to 2.75. The bill passed in a roll call vote 18-5 with Bell, Matt Huckabee, a sophomore from Chattanooga, Emily Neutens, a Fax: (423) 425-8100

junior from Knoxville, Chris Onan, a freshman from Chicago, Ill., and Vann opposing the bill. The freshman senate sponsored a bill to add a creed to the article outlining freshman senate in the SGA constitution. Article IX, section II would read: “The object of freshman senate shall be to represent the freshman class to both the University and SGA, promote community and university involvement and to further develop leadership skills with honestly, responsibility and integrity.” The bill passed in a roll call vote, 230. The two bills concerning the changes in GPA requirements and the creed propose changes to the overall SGA constitution and must be passed with a 2/3 majority of students who vote in the spring election to officially make the changes. Katie Kinsinger, a junior from Chandler, Ariz., sponsored a bill to reimburse Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. $200 for their trip to Charleston, S.C. The bill passed. Alden Coleman, a sophomore from Jackson, Tenn., sponsored a bill to See SGA page 8

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SGA needs standards Editorial

SGA controversies this year prove the organization needs an Ethics Committee to define the expectations for UTC’s student leaders. The constitution vaguely mentions “misconduct in office” as an impeachable offense. An SGA senator avoided this discipline Tuesday following recent misbehavior. Last November, seven senators interpreted this clause to include constitutionally valid appointments they disagreed with, and they unsuccessfully tried to remove President Andrew Clark. This ambiguity distracts the senate because more important issues are not given the proper attention and debate. The recent situation involving two SGA members presents an opportunity to revisit an earlier debate. In October an Ethics Committee was proposed, but its membership rules were ruled unconstitutional. We at the Echo advocate for an Ethics Committee over the attempted

removal of the two scrutinized SGA members. They made mistakes in an organization’s culture that lacks accountability outside the weekly sessions. Everyone should be aware of the consequences rather than suffer after the fact. Establishing an Ethics Committee demonstrates a commitment to integrity and transparency. For the organization to continue unchanged suggests it allows friendship to cloud its judgment. It is regrettable our elected leaders and their appointees need a committee to remain responsible, but there is a clear need for checks and balances. The Ethics Committee does not need to serve as an instigator for public impeachment hearings, but it must be a legitimate avenue to correct wrongdoings. Most people excuse mistakes in college as understandable. We cannot allow others to desensitize us to the troubling decisions others make. Our leaders need to reevaluate

their priorities and realize the precedent they set by tolerating these public failings. UTC’s well-publicized efforts to engage the community are ruined when its leaders clash with laws. The University as a source of education and personal growth is comparable to any business product and these major setbacks cast doubt on the company’s integrity. The status quo cannot be maintained because it condones future misbehavior. SGA’s low expectations raise troubling questions: what is the line its members cannot cross? Assuming senators have unofficial immunity, is the Executive Team excused for similar offenses? We at the Echo believe our leaders need to clearly define acceptable behavior and strive for the student body’s respect . We should regard our representatives as role models rather

self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class.” Students living on campus should also take advantage of the procedures put in place by Residence Life. Oncall resident assistants are available at all times, if someone is in need of assistance or feels unsafe. Students should remember resident assistants are not present for the purpose of disciplining students, they are meant to be a resource for students living on campus. Keeping open communication with roommates about who comes and goes from your shared spaces is essential. Furthermore students should be sure to communicate with their roommates if there are activities or individuals in the apartment that make them uncomfortable. The UTC police also offer an escort service, that drives students from one destination to another at night. UTC police are on campus and

available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can reach UTC police by calling 425-HELP and their Web site offers suggestions on how to be safe as well as links to other sites about general safety. In addition to using existing resources, students should continue using common sense to prevent being involved in an incident. Refusing to walk alone at night, locking doors and letting someone know where you are perhaps some of the easiest ways to stay safe. Carrying pepper spray or a small flash light on a key chain are other simple safety precautions that can be a huge comfort both on campus or in the city. Students should remember to always be aware of their surroundings, particularly while downtown or on campus at night. There is nothing wrong with leaving a place or situation if it makes a student uncomfortable. Humans are equipped with instincts for a reason, and they should be trusted. Even though students are capable adults, it never hurts to take mom’s advice and remember it’s better to be safe than sorry.

working towards fixing it would be effective, instead of guilting people into supporting their organization or attacking those who do not respond to their message. The entire “I’d rather go naked” campaign infuriates me. I do not want animals to undergo torture for their fur, so I do not support wearing fur. However, I refuse to support the objectifying of human bodies just to catch a viewer’s attention. A recent ad with actor Kellen Lutz shows him and his dog with the tagline, “Adopt, Don’t’ Buy.” At least this advertisement features an animal instead of just a naked celebrity. Alicia Silverstone posed in an

ad with the tagline, “I’m Alicia Silverstone and I’m a Vegan.” In this ad she is laying on the grass barely covering herself with her arm. From viewing this ad I understand she is a vegan, but I do not know her reasoning behind the decision or how this ad is helping the animals she wants to protect. By using these images in their advertisements PETA is objectifying the spokesperson, and instead of preventing animals from being made into meat, they allow the celebrity to be viewed as a piece of meat. Since their focus is on the treatment of animals it is only fair for them to give the same amount of respect to the people helping them support the cause.

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Safety requires common sense Editorial

With the arrest of a former resident assistant and another shooting at Coolidge Park this week, it is understandable for students to be concerned about their personal safety on campus and in Chattanooga. Even though it seems like a rise in crime may be occurring, there are still a variety of resources students can use to maintain their safety. Students should be proactive about their own safety, and take every measure possible to protect themselves without living in fear. Currently there are over 100 blue lights on campus students can press if they are feeling uncomfortable. These lights immediately connect them to the UTC police dispatcher. The dispatcher will then alert on officer, who can be wherever the student is in 60 seconds or less. Female students who would like more practical protection can participate in the Rape Aggression Defense class taught each semester at the ARC by officer Rebecca Tolbert. The UTC Web site states: “The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic

PETA ad campaigns miss mark Jennifer Redman features editor

I am an advocate for animal rights. I think they should be treated with love and care, however I do not think their lives are more valuable than a human life. I do not wear fur, but I do eat meat and animal by-products, so by PETA’s standards I would be someone they are working to target with their advertisements. The issue is, though, their advertisements are what give me a negative view of the organization. Animal cruelty is a terrible part of our society, one that I wish was not an issue. However, since it is an issue

“My bracket is doing bad. A few of my teams didn’t make it past the first round.” — James Bales, Franklin, Tenn., sophomore

“My bracket has turned into a major bust. This tourney has turned into Cinderella’s Ball.” — Kent Green, Memphis, senior

“My bracket was busted when Louisville decided to suck it up and lose to Moorehead. However, Ohio State better win it all.” — Pockett Lankford, Stevenson, Ala., freshman

“My bracket is busted because the Memphis Tigers are out.” — S h a n e s e M u r r a y, Smyrna, Tenn., freshman

“My bracket is ballin’ because North Carolina is still in it.” — Taron Smith, Memphis, junior

“My bracket fell apart. To p t e a m s e e d s a r e overrated.” — Reed Ward, Chattanooga, freshman

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“My bracket is busted! VCU, Richmond, and Marquette never made it out of the first round in mine. Kansas will still win though.” — Austin Watson, Nashville, sophomore


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Flock of Mocs soar on pro day: Former Mocs defensive back Buster Skrine (Top Left), offensive lineman Chris Harr (Top Right), tight end Garrett Hughes (Bottom Left), and running back Erroll Wynn (Bottom Right), were four of those performing for National Football League scouts March 23 at UTC’s Scrappy Moore Field.

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A Chattanooga Moc has not been selected to compete in the National Football League in nearly a decade, but that is likely to change in April’s upcoming three-day frenzy that is the 2011 NFL draft.

Former Chattanooga defensive back Buster Skrine patrolled the Mocs’ secondary for four years before intercepting an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., to put his talents on display for the 32team league. Skrine entered the combine projected as a late-round selection, but his unofficial 4.29 in the 40-yard dash and

Combine record-setting 10.75 in the 60-yard shuttle gained the attention of scouts, sending the Woodstock, Ga., native’s stock rocketing. Skrine’s blazing shuttle earned him top honors in the workout, and the speedy corner was also named a top performer in the three cone drill, placing second with a time of 6.44, and the 20-yard shuttle, with a time of 3.90 for another second place finish. After a more than successful performance at Lucas Oil Stadium, Skrine said he entered the Combine with something to prove. “I went in there with a chip on my shoulder,” Skrine said. “I knew I was a small school prospect. I had to do more to impress, so I went out there and impressed a lot of people.” Skrine said the workout was an experience of a lifetime, but the UTC standout went into the try-out with a different outlook that most would imagine. “The overall experience was like a business experience,” Skrine said. Everybody is competing for a spot on a team. I went in there and competed, and I think I came out pretty good.” After rocking the Combine, Skrine returned to Chattanooga’s Scrappy Moore Field for the Mocs Pro Day, March 23, to perform in front of scouts along with his former teammates. Before the beginning of the 2010 campaign, Skrine was named a preseason 1st Team All- Southern Conference selection. Skrine was named the No. 1 right corner on the depth chart, and gained First-Team All-Southern Conference honors for his dominance on the field. Skrine amassed 39 tackles in 10 games last season. Former Mocs Chris Harr, Erroll Wynn, Garrett Hughes, Chris Marshall and Chris Pitchford were among others that worked out for NFL scouts. The flock first hit the weight room at the Lawson Center, then hiked to Scrappy Moore Field for field workouts. The last Mocs to go in the draft were Richmond Flowers, a wide receiver, and defensive tackle Terdell Sands late in the 7th round of the 2001 draft. Before 2001, Marrio Grier and Terrell Owens were drafted in 1996. The current UTC football team will open up the 2011 season at Nebraska Sept. 3rd. Season tickets as well as more information on the Mocs football team can be found online at

Lady Mocs Softball ride six game win streak By Brad Bacon sports editor

Spring break was no break for the Lady Mocs softball team as the girls had eight games over the break including three double headers. The team took the momentum from a one run loss at No. 1 Georgia into the conference opening series against Samford. In the three game home stand, the Lady Mocs ripped of 26 runs while only surrendering seven to the Lady Bulldogs. In game one of the first double header, junior pitcher Michelle Fuzzard, Huntington Beach Calif., threw a one hitter gem. The Lady Mocs bats backed up the pitching as seven different lady Mocs found gaps for extra base hits for a 11-0 victory. The second game of the Saturday double header was dominated by the Lady Mocs pitching as Nikki Walters, a senior from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Kandice Irwin, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn., combined for seven strikeouts and zero walks in a 5-3 victory for the Lady Mocs.

The team then wrapped up the three game series with a 10-4 win to sweep the first series of the season. Irwin continued her pitching assault racking up seven more strikeouts totaling 13 for the two day series. The Lady Mocs bats were alive for a second day as they scorched 11 hits in their ten run effort. “We sort of wear targets on our backs,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “Hopefully it makes us better. Samford came in here ready to play this weekend and gave us a tough time. We are happy to have these three wins.” After the three game SoCon sweep of Samford, the Lady Mocs packed their bags for the USF “The Game” Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. The tournament featured big name schools including Rutgers, Colorado State, Liberty, North Florida and No. 21 Texas Tech. The Lady ripped off three more wins against Rutgers, Colorado State and Liberty to push their win streak to six in a row. Fuzzard’s bat destroyed the opposing

pitching on day one of the tournament as she went 7-8. Fuzzard blasted two home runs and drove in 11 runs for the Lady Mocs. “She was an offensive weapon all day, she got us the RBI’s,” Reed said. Fuzzard said the ball was slowing down for her while she was at the plate which allowed her to have as much success as she did on the first day. The Lady Mocs as a team scored 34 runs on 40 hits in the first three games of the tournament pushing their record to 19-5 after the game against Liberty. In the Liberty game, the Lady Mocs battled back from a 6-2 hole with an eight run fourth inning that included two three-run homeruns. Tiffany Baker, a senior from East Ridge, Tenn., and junior Jessica Traxler crushed homeruns to put the Lady Mocs up 10-6 before they tacked on four more runs in the final two innings to put the game away. “We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole and some pitch calls [didn’t go our way],” Reed said. “The kids responded. To come back and run rule a team after being down,

that’s big for our team. We had a lot of momentum, we grew up a lot. We became a team today.” The Lady Mocs fell in the final two games of the tournament to against No. 21 Texas Tech and North Florida. The team could only muster one run in the two games, but pitching was as solid as ever as they surrendered only seven runs in two days. The Lady Mocs will now return home for a five-game home stand that will open with Appalachian State March 26. The Lady Mocs and the Mountaineers have a storied history as UTC’s new Assistant Coach, Amy Herrington-Woodard is Appalachian Sate’s former head coach. Appalachian State is coming off a threegame weekend sweep of the preseason No. 1 Elon Phoenix. The Lady Mocs are 3-0 in the SoCon so far this year after the sweep of the Samford. For more information on the Lady Mocs softball team including, scores, game stats, player bios and full rosters and schedule visit

Running Mocs stride to victory at Emory University Invitational By Matthew Lewis staff reporter

The UTC running Mocs finished their season opener with multiple first place victories at the Emory University Invitational held in Atlanta, Georgia. Competing against teams such as Furman and NYU, UTC managed to lay claim to three top place finishes in the second day of the three day event. Day one of the event saw the men’s and women’s teams take high placement marks. The men’s 4x800 relay team finished first. The B team placed fifth. In the men’s category, several runners saw improvements to their personal records. Junior Chris Berry from Murfreesboro, Tenn., improved his personal

record to 3:53.09 in the 1500 meter run, thanks to his first place finish in the men’s 1500 meter run. Sophomore Josh Vasquez from Kingsport, Tenn., also topped his personal record in the men’s 800. He ran a time of 1:54.89, nearly four seconds less than his previous time. Junior Emmanuel Kirwa from Kapsabet, Kenya ran his first 1500 meter race. He finished fourth with a time of 3:57.84. Directly behind him was Senior David Moore from Sarnia, Ontario. He ran a time of 3:59.18. Sophomore Blake Olson from Pleasant View, Tenn. took the win in the men’s 400 hurdles, posting an impressive time of 56.51. Jake Simms, from Pleasant View, Tenn., set a personal best and ran in fifth place with a time of 58.61.

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On the women’s side, Sophomore Ashley Hall from Memphis, took third place in the 400 meter hurdles. She posted a time of 1:08.88. Finishing fourth in the 1500 meter run was Senior Tara Gietema from Knoxville. She ran a time of 4:47.62. In the same event, senior Shelley Taylor, from Cohutta, Ga., ran a 5:03.34. Senior Monika Groppe, from Germantown, Tenn., ran a time of 2:31.25 in the women’s 800 meter run. She placed 8th overall. The Mocs will be splitting up for a bit to tackle two oncoming tournaments. Berry and Kirwa will be heading to the Stanford Invitational to compete. The rest of the team will venture to Atlanta, Ga., to compete in the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Georgia Tech.

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Setting the bar: Junior Chris Berry, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., ran a personal best in the 1500 meter run as he paced his way to a 3:53.09 time and first place finish.

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Check out recent student personals. Submit current messages to see them in the next issue. Compiled by Jennifer Redman features editor

Dear Guy who sits next to me in class, It’s called deodorant. Buy some. Now. -Guy that’s dry heaving Dear Keegan Bell, You are so freaking hot! -Love, a Mocs News admirer Dear UTC, Come out and watch us play April 2 at Finley Stadium for our annual blue and gold game! -BJ Coleman Dr. Bromley, Missed you. -Terrified in Sunglasses Dear Lauren/Technofemme, Thank you for being my style icon. -Love, Lee/Cyberhomme Dear Brenda, Thanks for always being so nice and helpful, even when the UC is slammed. Aramark food may suck, but you always make me feel better about my day! -Trying to get rid of that $575 Dear Junior Morris, In the movies when girls say “I saw fireworks when we first met,” I’m pretty sure they don’t mean literally...Just saying. P.S. As for hidden cameras, they aren’t quite as cool in real life as they are in the Bond movies. They’re just creepy. -Sincerely, Glad I don’t live on Campus Dear UTC, Keep guns off my campus, no one should get married in college- you’re too stressed. And SGA leaders, if you think your personal life won’t get in the media, you might as well get out of office now. -Opinionated Little Jenny Redman, I love your beautiful brown hair and your crazy hazel eyes. -Love, Steve Dear UTC Athletics, I heard Bruce Pearl’s schedule just opened up. We should look into that. The tradition of losing in the first round of the SoCon tournament is kind of lame. -Concerned fan Chere Sandrine, Merci for breaking my heart. Enjoy your American boyfriend. -Pascal Check out next week’s issue of The Echo for more current personals submitted by fellow students. To submit a personal to be shown in next week’s issue, send your note to Main office: (423) 425-4298

Students dealing with accidental pregnancy also deal with additional stress during college. Jaclyn Lawton, a Ft. Payne, Ala., junior, said she had her son during her freshman year at UTC. She said she took the spring semester off to be with her son but returned to school that fall. “I never thought about quitting,” Lawton said. “I know it will better his life in the long run.” UTC English Professor Rebecca Cook said she got pregnant during her freshman year at Dalton State Community College. She said after she got pregnant, she dropped out of college, married the baby’s father and became a military wife. She later got divorced and went back to school. “I felt guilty for leaving the baby to go to school,” Cook said. “I felt like a failure because I had to drop out of school in the first place.” Cook said she was raising a kid while she was still a kid. “I would want to go out, but he would insist that I bounced him to bed,” Cook said. “It was like he knew I was leaving and didn’t want me to. He wanted to keep me in the house.” Meghan Bernard, an Athens, Tenn., senior, said her friend from high school got pregnant as a college freshman and is now a single mother going through school. Bernard said her friend’s difficult pregnancy caused her to do poorly in school. “As soon as her feet hit the floor she would throw up,” Bernard said. “She went to class when she could, but she was usually too sick.” Bernard said her friend receives help being both a student and a single parent. “She is still in school and lives with her

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Smile for a study break: Jaclyn Lawton, a junior from Ft. Payne Ala., spends some quality time with her son, who she had during her freshman year at UTC.

parents,” Bernard said. “Her parents help her with money and the baby.” Lawton said her friends and family help her by baby sitting. Lawton said raising her son, going to school and working part time keeps her busy. “Time management is a big challenge,” Lawton said. “I feel like I don’t ever have enough time for anything.” Cook said she got pregnant because she was too ashamed to use protection. “Getting on birth control was admitting that I was having sex,” Cook said. “It was a mental game I was playing with myself.” Cook said she still has young students who get pregnant accidentally. “I think it is different now than when I was

younger,” Cook said. “More people have sex and are aware of what they are doing or have made a deliberate choice not to have sex.” Cook said she encourages birth control. “Use birth control,” Cook said. “Don’t get pregnant. Going to school with a baby is just hard.” Bernard said, “I can’t imagine having a baby while in college. I would be so stressed, and I couldn’t handle the financial strain.” Lawton said going to school while being a single parent is difficult but worth it for her son’s future. “The best advice I have is keep your eye on the prize, which is graduation,” Lawton said. “It will be hard, but get through it. It will make your life better.”

Reading experience promotes community By Chris Garmon

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As a way to introduce incoming freshmen to college life, UTC’s First Year Studies Program will launch the First Year Reading Experience this fall. Dr. Joe Wilferth, an English professor who chairs the First Year Reading Experience committee, a committee made up of students, faculty and staff, said his role is to get the program off the ground and to build interest in a “common reading” experience. Wilferth said all incoming freshmen, faculty and staff are expected to read the same book, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, before the start of the fall semester. “Students will be expected to discuss the book and its ideas across a variety of academic disciplines, so they should, of course, read the book,” Wilferth said. “It’s realistic to imagine that not everyone will read it, but if we do a good job launching the program then students, faculty and staff will want to read the book even after the fall semester begins.” Wilferth also said he is excited about guest speakers including the author William Kamkwamba and potential for partnerships in the community. “The broad goal of FYRE is to sustain an intellectual community of readers, of people who read and talk about great ideas,” he said. Josh Littell, a freshman from Dayton, Tenn., said he was not sure whether or not he liked the idea of the program when he first heard about it.

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Catching up on some reading: Jennifer Smith, a Chattanooga senior, looks over the book selected for the First Year Reading Experience, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

“I think a lot of students will benefit from it,” Littell said. “Some will take it seriously, but others won’t. The fact that the faculty are reading the book along with students will help promote the idea.” Jessica Wright, a Knoxville senior, said the First Year Reading Experience will help incoming freshman get used to having responsibility at UTC. “It’s a really good idea,” Wright said. “It’s important for freshmen to have a book, a common reading experience, to start out with. It’s their first college experience. They

probably won’t like the idea that they have to read something over the summer, but they’ll get something out of it. They’ll be surprised.” Wright said that they will have to embrace the fact that they are going to read while in college. She said it is inevitable, and it is a part of being a university-level student. “Go into it with an open mind,” she said. More information about the First Year Reading Experience, the book, and its author, is available online at Academic/FirstYearStudies/fyre.php.

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Oldest student turns 90 By Carolina Evans staff reporter

UTC’s oldest female student, Susan Pope Mansfield, turned 90, March 22. Mansfield said she had intended to come to UTC to audit classes, but like everyone else, she kept putting it off, until she was 82. “One day I was on the bus on McCallie Avenue, and I got off on a dime, walked in and requested someone to take me where I needed to go to sign up to audit classes,” she said. “This is going on my eighth year now.” According to the UTC catalog, senior citizens, age 65 and older, are allowed to audit classes for free of charge, paying nothing but the application fee to enter UTC. Chuck Cantrell, assistant vice chancellor of university relations, said, “Miss Susan is a perfect example of life-long learning. She brings a perspective that is completely different and based in experiences unfamiliar to many of her fellow students.” Mansfield said she has taken many courses, including geography, history, music, religion, english and psychology. In addition, she has taken many trips to different U.S. states and seven trips to Western Europe. “Sometimes I will look around in class and see a student eating breakfast or studying for the next class and wonder if I’m the only live wire in there,” Mansfield said. “I love campus life and mixing and mingling with the young students.” Evelyn Murray, administrative assistant for the philosophy and religion dept., said Mansfield’s love of life is wonderful. “Ms. Mansfield shows students and others that age is just a number, and that you can participate in all aspects of life, no matter how

old you are,” Murray said. “She is always a ray of sunshine in my day.” Elaine Jones, a Hixson, Tenn., freshman and non-traditional student, said her first meeting with Mansfield, prior to attending UTC, was at their church. “We started talking, and we haven’t stopped talking yet,” Jones said. “I hope she lives another 20 or 30 years. She is such a good friend.” Melissa Randle, a Chattanooga junior and nursing student, said, “She is my role model.” Katy Rehyansky, professor of English, said Mansfield has been such a delightful addition to her classes. “Her thoughts and opinions fascinate my students, not just because she’s a person of her generation, but because she’s Susan,” Rehyansky said. “She’s such a strong, optimistic, active person who’s learned a great deal about how to live, and likes to communicate some of it to younger people.” Haley McNabb, a Chattanooga junior, said, “Susan is spunky, a lifetime learner and so full of energy and life.” Thomas Ware, professor of English, said Mansfield is in the forefront of things. “She enjoys learning much more so than a number of students in the class,” he said. Christopher Stuart, associate professor of English said, students get a lot of energy from Mansfield’s enthusiasm. “It makes them see how lucky they are to be in college because Susan seems to feel so lucky,” he said. “Seeing her out there doing her thing is inspirational.” Lynn Orth, professor of psychology, said Mansfield cares about other people’s feelings and experiences. See OLDEST on page 8

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Howdy Stranger: Johnny Depp lends his voice in the new movie, “Rango.” Rango is a lizard who is new to a desert town and becomes the new sheriff.

‘Rango’ showcases fun, humor By Stephanie Cox

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No longer paint by numbers: Kimmely Sanders, a sophomore from Chattanooga, visits the UTC Cress Gallery to view their current exhibit of selected student artists.

Art project brings collaboration By Lauren Haynes staff reporter

UTC student-led gallery The Apothecary introduces an exhibit this week with the intention of bringing students from all across UTC together. The Interdisciplinary Collaboration Exhibition opens March 24. Students from all majors are welcome to submit, Aaron Cowan, a senior from Tullahoma, Tenn., who helped organize the show, said. Daniel Wroe, a senior from Chattanooga, said: “The point is to try to get different majors to work together collaboratively and to share ideas. I’ve always felt like there was a divide between the three fine arts majors within the art department. That seems silly.” However, submissions are encouraged from all areas of study, not just the art department, Sara Rouse, a junior from Clarksville, Tenn., said. “Whether it is a science major teaming up with a painter or graphic designer and a sculptor, there is something to learn from everyone, and art is a fantastic platform to explore the connections and differences between disciplines,” Rouse said. “We do have a science major participating, as well as a creative writing major.” Cowan said, “I haven’t seen any of the submissions so far, but I hear there are some paintings, some experimental apparel, as well as some installation work.” Wroe said he has high hopes, “Writing majors could write a piece and tape it up on a canvas, or take a picture of their writing, or Main office: (423) 425-4298

whatever. It’s going to be really exciting and is definitely something that has never been done here before,” he said. Rouse is an artist participating in the show. “I will be building a wooden support for a graphic designer to take make a drawing,” she said. “I will also be assisting a senior graphic design student and a sophomore painter create an environmental installation for gallery visitors to interact with the art. It should be fun.” Cowan said, “This show is an attempt to bridge the gap between majors, to give students an opportunity to work outside of their comfort zone and to perhaps make UTC that much more intimate.” Wroe said the artists are also trying to get the word out about the Apothecary. “We hope that if we do a show with lots of different majors and lots of people involved students will begin to see the space as something that is for them and a tool that is at their disposal,” he said. Matt Greenwell, department head of the art department, said he had nothing but praise for the students and their gallery. “The department is fortunate to have access to the Apothecary as a student run gallery space,” he said. “Our students, not surprisingly, are doing amazing work in supporting and programming the gallery – creating a vital link between the community and the department through a conceptually rich and visually diverse exhibition schedule.” Cowan noted that the gallery is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at 774 McCallie Avenue in suite 113. Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

“Rango” is a cartoon that surprisingly appeals to the adults. Rango the lizard ends up in the town of Dirt where the occupants are suffering from a drought and in desperate need of a new sheriff. Rango rises to the occasion and fills the post. It was hilarious and not at all what I expected. Johnny Depp voices Rango, the lizard. Rango is lost figuratively as well as literally. He struggles to figure out who he really is inside, while trying to help this town out of its troubled times. Depp has proven to be one of the most talented and versatile actors of the day. Again in “Rango” he showcased this expertise by really allowing his personality and theatricality to shine through the character. Another major character in the film is Beans, a female lizard in the town of Dirt. Beans is played by Isla Fisher, who can also be found in “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Definitely, Maybe.” Fisher’s character was a tough as nails western gal who is trying desperately to hold onto her family’s ranch during the tough times. Fisher, actually born to Scottish parents and raised in Australia, successfully employed a thick western drawl and made her character believable. Gore Verbinski, who also directed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, directed “Rango.” Verbinski was a major part of why the film worked. He had the cast actually acting on a stage together

while saying their lines. This allowed them to get deeper into their characters and work off of each other. Verbinski referenced the actors’ motions and emotions to create the cartoons. This seems to have really paid off, and the characters seemed more human and entertaining because of it. The humor in the film really caught me off guard. I went in expecting to see a children’s movie, but that’s not what I got. The movie contained a few curse words I didn’t expect to hear in a Nickelodeon film. Also, most of the jokes seemed to fly right over the heads of the children in the theater. In fact, the adults in the room were cracking up at them, and the kids just looked puzzled. One example of this comes when Rango says they are thesbians and one of the westerners looks abashed and says, “That’s illegal in seven states!” I was pleasantly surprised by the comedy and actually really enjoyed the film, but I don’t know if I would advise young children to watch it. It’s only rated PG, and it’s not going to scar them if they do watch it, they probably just won’t understand or enjoy it as much as an older audience would. Overall, Rango was a real joy to watch. It is definitely a feel good film with some laugh out loud funny comedy. It successfully combined the happy go lucky feeling of being a kid again and enjoying animated films with the older comedy that kept me engaged and entertained. I smiled and laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

‘Darling’ donut shop lives up to name By Jennifer Redman features editor

If you are looking for good donuts in town, look no further than Chattanooga’s Julie Darling Donuts. Julie Darling is located at 121 Frazier Ave. They are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. I have been there twice, and both experiences were wonderful. They have specialty donuts every day, and they post their daily specials on their facebook page. They also have a specialty donut for each holiday. Other specialties include the pancake and bacon donut, the butterscotch cream and the oreo and cream. Fax: (423) 425-8100

The atmosphere is really cute and fun because of the bright paint colors and funky furniture. There is a large seating area with a couch and tables that gives it a slight homey vibe mixed in with the cafe atmosphere. The staff is very welcoming and helpful which helps make the experience better. There are many shops in the North Shore area that have a similar cute and funky vibe, so this shop is a nice addition. It is easy to run in for a cup of coffee and a donut in the morning for breakfast, grab one before a walk across the bridge, or take a dozen for a birthday. I definitely recommend everyone to go and try out Julie Darling because they have something for everyone.


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Doyle sponsored a bill allocating $2,500 to purchase 300 t-shirts for the SGA week event “Mocs Skillz Challenge.” The bill passed in a roll call vote 16-4-3 with Zeno Mercer, a sophomore from Memphis, Neutens, Evan Williams, a sophomore from Jackson, Tenn., and Nikki Wooten, a junior from Memphis, opposed the bill. Dossett, Hill and Kinsinger

abstained. Vann sponsored a bill to allocate $80 to purchase refreshment items for the District I Meeting, March 31. The bill passed. Huckabee sponsored a bill allocating $1,100 for the Outstanding Seniors Banquet. The bill passed in a roll call vote 23-0. Drew Priest, a freshman from Etowah, Tenn., sponsored a bill

allocating $200 for the District II and V meeting held March 9. The bill passed in a roll call vote. Doyle sponsored a bill to impeach Huckabee on the grounds of “misconduct in office.” The bill failed 6-16 with Jared Anderson, Callie Clement, a sophomore from Maryville, Tenn., Doyle, Onan, Williams and Wooten voting to impeach.

than infamous troublemakers. An Ethics Committee applies pressure and encourages members to avoid poor decisions. The committee may also reduce the drama which nearly led to Cont. from 7

Clark’s impeachment previously in the year. This outlet allows for frustrated senators to constructively express criticism rather than hastily prepare impeachment papers

and make the organization into a spectacle. SGA cannot be regarded as a respectable organization if future scandals wear away at its credibility.

“When she talks about herself, she has another point to bring out,” he said. “She wants whoever is listening to learn something, to realize something or to change their perspective.” Chancellor Roger Brown said life-long learning is much more

than just a new catch phrase for students. “Susan Mansfield is an inspiration to me and to all of her fellow UTC students,” Brown said. “If I am fortunate enough to be 90 years of age and still healthy, I hope to follow in her

footsteps and be enrolled in my latest college course.” Mansfield said, “I encourage any senior citizen to go back to school, even to just audit. Enjoy the privilege of improving your health, and enjoy the outside world.”

Sports Barn. David Martinez, the community relations manager for CARES, said that history has been a great help. Though Martinez has done volunteer work at CARES and at other HIV/AIDS organizations in New York, this is his first year organizing Strides. “It’s stressful, but not nearly as difficult as I expected,” he said. In addition to the framework his predecessors established, Martinez said the media and other groups just needed his call to get involved. Troy Mills, a Prevention Specialist at CARES, said the money from Strides is vital as most of their funding is government and private grants

with very strict guidelines on spending. “Strides fills in the gaps left behind, mostly in outreach and support for clients,” Mills said. In addition to their financial goals, Mills said their biggest goal this year is diversity. “I want to see the most eclectic crowd at the park...groups like TVP and PFLAG that have always been there but moms and dads pushing strollers too.” Strides of March will be held at Renaissance Park Sunday, March 27th. Registration opens at noon and the walk begins at two in the afternoon. To volunteer for the event, e-mail Martinez at davidm@

participated in the movie nights on campus, and they play the more popular movies and are pretty current. Henderson said one Saturday a month they show a movie from about 9 p.m. to maybe midnight or 1 a.m. The time depends on how many people show up, she said. She said based on who sponsors it, if it’s The Women’s Center, or ACE or whoever, they help pick out the movies as well. She said Residence Life is a sponsor of movie night. They use channel 98 to get the movies that run in the residence hall, then they turn in a list of movies the different organizations could choose from each month, Henderson said. Hayes said, “It’s a nice atmosphere and I’m usually around a group of my friends. The next Moc’s movie night is April 2 for Sexual Assault

Awareness Month and they will be playing the hit movie “For Colored Girls,” Henderson said. “We try to coordinate it with a theme,” Henderson said, “Like for February, it’s Black History month, so we showed ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.” Hayes said the only thing he doesn’t like about movie night is they don’t give concessions, and he was unaware they were about to begin doing so. He said if they decide to incorporate concessions then they should make sure to choose quality over quantity. Henderson said they change locations but will always try to do something outdoors as long as students show interest. “I’d like the students to know that at every movie we have food and prizes,” Henderson said. “So I would really like to encourage them to come out and enjoy the movie and some free stuff.”

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mentioned his criminal history, and never talked about his past. However, he said some strange things happened while he was living with Morris. “When I got back from fall break, I came in and I noticed that my bed was kind of messed up,” he said. “I started to look for things out of place or not there and started thinking about the space behind our beds and I knew that I cleaned back there at the start of the year because my bed was broken.” Schryver said when he looked behind his bed, he discovered a bag full of women’s underwear. “I just couldn’t even fathom why anyone would do that,” he said. Schryver said he took the underwear to the UTC Police and they filed a report about the incident. He said he never heard anything back from the police and the incident blew over. Schryver said when he came back from Thanksgiving break he noticed his light was on, and he knew he hadn’t left his light on when he left. “I opened my door and could clearly see that my bed had been messed with again. It was even more obvious this time,” he said. “I looked under there and there was nothing in there.” Schryver said he went back Cont. from 3 SGA allocate $750 to fund the speaker

to the police and filed a report, but since nothing was stolen the police could not take action. Caitlin Rice, a sophomore from Hendersonville, Tenn., said she lived next door to Morris. Rice said security officers and a housing official came to her apartment Monday, and told her and her roommates there had been burglaries on campus, and their apartment’s keys were missing from the housing office. Rice said the locks on their doors were changed, and they were all given new keys. She said her roommate visited Morris’ apartment several times and never noticed anything unusual. Erica Banus, a Chattanooga junior and former resident assistant said Decosimo and Stophel apartments have a master key, but Guerry apartments still has a separate key for each dorm room. She said only resident assistants have access to these keys, and any other student wouldn’t know where to look for them. “You have to log in the time that you took the key, and you have to log it back in whenever you bring it back to the office,” she said. “There’s no way a regular student would have any access.” Representatives from Housing declined to comment on the issue.

Jessica Valenti, as a Women’s Action Council women’s history month. The bill passed in a roll call vote 22-0-1, with Onan abstaining to vote. Phoebe Dossett, a junior from Eureka, Cal., sponsored a bill allocating $200 to fund food for the debate with the candidates. The bill passed. Stephen Doyle, a sophomore

from Milan, Tenn., sponsored a bill to allocate $3,000 to purchase supplies and prizes for the SGA week event “Mocs Skillz Challenge.” The bill passed in a roll call vote 22-0-1 with Josh Hill, a junior from South Pittsburg, Tenn., abstaining. Doyle sponsored a bill allocating $2,500 to purchase 300 t-shirts for the SGA week event “Mocs Skillz Challenge.”

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Strides of March works to prevent AIDS By Katie Christie

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HIV/AIDS education, prevention and support have come a long way for our city. Jerry Evans, the prevention program director for Chattanooga CARES, said it began in 1986 with two men handing out condoms from the trunk of a car and has now grown to a registered nonprofit with a clinic, full-time staff and over 200 volunteers. He said last year, Strides of March—Chattanooga CARES primary fundraiser—raised over $80,000 with almost 1,000 people participating. Evans said he remembers the first time it was held 16 years ago with a handful of people at the

University events strive for student involvement By Marquita Reed staff reporter

UTC has been finding new and innovative ways to keep the students active and involved on campus. One idea that has been enjoyed by students is showing blockbuster movies on Moc’s movie night . Tricia Henderson, the Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health Education Coordinator, said the idea for the movie night came from trying to give students programs and a variety of opportunities to participate in on campus. “Basically, we just try to find gaps in what’s being programmed and when,” Henderson said. “And if we find that Saturday nights, there’s not a lot going on, we try to pick up a program.” Anthony Hayes, a Covington Tenn., junior said he has

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