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Stadium faces potential loss of funding By Matthew Kenwright assistant news editor

Prices at Finely Stadium may change as the Chattanooga City Council considers not funding the facility. The city has provided $60,000 for several years, Finley Stadium

executive director Merril Eckstein said. The director said the funds account for 10 percent of the budget. Eckstein said without city support, the stadium will increase operation prices to compensate. “We are really squeezed,”

Eckstein said. “We will need to find increased revenue in other areas such as a higher price tag for parking, increased rental fees and stuff like that.” Parking fees range from $5 in the surrounding parking lots to $10 in the North Lot in front of the stadium, Eckstein said.

Photo by Brad Bacon Team spirit: As the UTC marching band takes the field for halftime, students and fans in Finley Stadium cheer them on. If ticket prices rise, the stadium may not see this large of a crowd.

Other organizations including high school football teams, Chattanooga’s semi-pro soccer team, band competitions, the First Tennessee Pavilion and nonprofits rent the stadium, and their rental fees may be increased Eckstein said the University’s football games provide the biggest turnout and resources. Finley receives $10,000 from UTC for each game, and the University keeps the money from ticket sales, the director said. Finley’s Stadium Corporation representatives present to the city council March 8, and a final decision will be reached July 1, Eckstein said. Carol Berz, Chattanooga councilwoman and the budget committee chair, said she was reluctant to discuss the issue before she reviewed the proposal March 1. Berz said she supports the stadium, but she wants to see Stadium Corp.’s five year projection. “The board supports the concept, but we have to review the level of funding,” Berz said. Chattanooga taxpayers must be considered, because they pay for the city’s operations and 60 percent of the county’s budget, Berz said. Rick Hart, UTC’s Athletic Director, said the University is not involved in the discussion. Hart said UTC has a larger

investment in the stadium than other renters. UTC borrowed money to contribute to Finley Stadium’s construction, and it pays $155,000 to $175,000 a year in debt service, Hart said. “We have a vested interest in overall health of Finley Stadium,” the athletic director said, “We’re fulfilling our obligations in regards to the rental fee, debt service and increasing attendance so they can generate revenue off parking and concessions.” Hart said home game ticket sales totaled $211,188, and the average home game brought in $42,237.60 UTC determines ticket prices and attendees should not see those prices increase, the athletic director said. Hart said UTC and Finley Stadium have a complex relationship. The city and county-owned facility is operated by a private company and separately managed by Executive Director Merril Eckstein. Sam Nienow, a Franklin, Tenn., freshman, said, “I do not eat or park there so it doesn’t affect me, but I would like to know why the city may make this decision.” AJ Montgomery, a Memphis sophomore, said, “I am outraged by this proposition. Why, Chattanooga, why are you making us pay for this?”

don’t expect this to be a recurring issue. Megan Foley, a junior from Dalton, Ga., said: “If they e-mail ever went down for longer, it would be catastrophic. Students and teachers would be lost.” Amelia Gunn, junior from Decherd, Tenn., said she was unnerved by the email problems. “It could be dangerous if it went down for too long, because a lot of people find out about

emergencies like bad weather or bomb threats through email,” she said. Wilson said it is important for students to report technical problems to the ITD as soon as possible, or the department won’t know anything is wrong. He said students can contact the IT help desk by phone at (423)-425-4000, or students can go to the UC computer lab to report a problem.

Google servers cause problems with MocsMail+ By Jessica Medeiros staff reporter

A number of students and teachers had problems with their UTC e-mail accounts last week. Monty Wilson, assistant vice chancellor of chief information officer, said the affected accounts appeared to be down between Monday Feb. 21 and the following morning. “We put out a notice to all

campus that said by 8 a.m. Tuesday, about 75 percent of the accounts were resolved,” he said. “By all indications, everything was resolved that same day.” Wilson said the problems were on Google’s end, and these are not the first ones they have had lately. “Google is a huge company, and big companies have issues too,” he said. “We do have contact with Google’s technical folks, and we

let them know what’s going on so they can get it resolved for us,” Wilson said. “But sometimes they get back to us, and sometimes they don’t.” “One of the advantages of using Google Gmail is they take care of everything, but a disadvantage is that we don’t really know what they do,” he said. Wilson said it has been a fairly reliable system since the conversion last summer, and they

Academic pressure blamed for low retention rates By Gabrielle Chevalier

With recent legislation saying state funding will now be based on graduation rates rather than enrollment, UTC will need to reevaluate its 42.26 graduation rate. According to Philip Oldham, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, the retention rate should rise in the next few years as the freshmen retention rate continues to go up. He said the state’s calculation of graduation rate is flawed because it doesn’t include transfers. He said UTC’s graduation numbers are more important and more accurately show the university’s output, which is around 1,200 to 1,300 students each year. “There are a lot of reasons that students don’t complete their degree, but academic pressure is one that we hope to resolve with more academic advising and counseling,” Oldham said. “It’s about institutional alignment for the singular goal of graduating students that are well prepared to launch a career and

doing so in an efficient and timely way.” Alice Holmes, a Chattanooga senior, said she thinks UTC’s graduation rate needs to be higher, and students should be more focused on school if they are going to be in college. “I think a lot of people just come to school just because their parents want them to, not because they want to,” Holmes said. “I think UTC’s rates absolutely need to improve.” According to the National Center for Policy Analysis Web site, “Even among the students most likely to succeed -- those who begin their college career as full-time freshmen in four-year colleges and universities -- only six out of every ten, on average, get a B.A. within six years.” Oldham said that UTC is trying to answer questions such as how to help students who lose their HOPE Scholarship, in order to better serve students needs and help those who are struggling financially. “I think students will see a Photo by Matt Kenwright lot of opportunities to really get focused on their education here in Retaining attention: A large sociology class meets in an auditorium in Fletcher room 100 for Dr. LeMoyne’s Sociology of the Family class. UTC cites class stress as a part of the low retention rate. the future,” Oldham said.

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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. Feb. 23, 2011 11-0250 Police responded to a harassment call at 501 Oak St. Two women said one of them kept receiving cell phone calls from a restricted number since the beginning of the fall semester with someone breathing heavily into the phone. One woman said it may be her mother because they do not have a good relationship. Neither woman could think of any other suspects. Police told them how to obtain call records from the service provider, and they were told to call police in future incidents. Police shared the availability of the women’s counseling center. 11-0251 Police responded to a drug call at 510 Oak St. Police observed a suspicious car parked illegally, and it was found the owner was a known drug dealer and not a UTC student. Police saw a man approach the car, and it was believed a drug deal transpired. Police approached the car to question the driver, and they smelled a strong marijuana odor and saw plastic baggies with marijuana residue in the backseat. The driver allowed police to

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search his vehicle. The police found a plastic bag by his door with one gram of marijuana inside and $4,023.83 in a duffle bag behind the passenger seat. Police also found $30 in the car’s center console, an empty plastic medicine bottle that smelled of marijuana and a plastic bag with marijuana residue and scales. East Ridge K-9 was called, and it confirmed the vehicle had contained narcotics. The man was arrested and transported to Hamilton County Jail. Feb. 24, 2011 11-0253 Police responded to a harassment call at 651 Vine St. A man said his ex-girlfriend approached him from behind and grabbed his shoulder. The woman asked if they could get back together, and the man said no and ran away to hide. The man told police he wanted the woman to leave him alone, but police were unable to find the woman to tell her to stay away. Feb. 25, 2011 11-0259 Police responded to a property damage call at 818 University St. A man told police someone unknown keyed his car overnight. Police observed the damage, and no further action was taken. 11-0260 Police responded to a harassment call at 400 Palmetto


A woman said she was on Facebook talking to friends when another woman wrote on the victim’s Facebook that she was going to hurt the woman’s unborn baby she was carrying and something about an attempted murder charge. The victim said she and the angry woman had previously argued about $10 the victim loaned her. Police spoke to the other woman, and she said she was going to file her own report. Police shared the information with Student Affairs.

individual was found vomiting. Police found that 19 people were under 21. Police seized two vodka bottles, one rum bottle and 24 Smirnoff bottles in the common area, balcony, freezer and refrigerator. Police released five minors and trespassed them from UTC property after they determined the teenagers had not drank. One ill individual was diabetic, and police determined he needed medical attention. Another man and was arrested

for underage drinking 12 people under 21 were cited for underage drinking in lieu of arrest, and five UTC students were cited to Student Affairs. Four non-students were trespassed from UTC property. A 23-year-old man admitted to providing the alcohol. Police charged him with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child. The man was taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Police trespassed him and another man from UTC property.

Feb. 26, 2011 11-0265 Police responded to a prank call at 541 Vine St. Police observed two men changing a car’s tires, and later the car was seen on blocks with no tires. Police called the out-of-town owner to let her know and said she would return immediately. However, police saw the tires had been returned and called the woman again. No further action was taken at this time. 11-0270 Police responded to an alcohol call at 501 Oak St. Police observed a loud party in a resident room and knocked to address the noise violation. Police saw alcohol bottles in plain view and entered to detain the 19 people inside. Another extremely intoxicated

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Mentoring program receives funds By Carolina Evans staff reporter

The Center for Community Career Education recently received a $3,000 grant from Hamilton County Department of Education to continue the Postsecondary Awareness With Success mentoring program. Sandy Cole, executive director, said The Center for Community Career Education originally started their work in 1980 in the metropolitan area with single parents and women who were forced to become the head of the household. In the mid 1980s the CCCE began working with adults and youth through various programs such as Upward Bound, Youth University, College Access,

Educational Opportunity Center, Life Planning and PAWS, she said. Cole said the Center for Community Career Education runs off of grant money supplemented by different organizations and generous donors. “It’s an entrepreneurial program, and the University has not had to pay for employee salaries or benefits,” she said. According to the Center for Community Career Education Web site, PAWS began in 2007 as a pilot-elementary-age college awareness program geared toward mentoring students via homework assistance, guidance in how to be successful in school and awareness of the possibility of a college experience. Cole said the PAWS program

could not work without the help of UTC students willing to volunteer. “All programs use a lot of UTC students, and we are able to provide part time jobs and summer jobs for UTC students,” she said. “They have pushed the program to the point that we will be able to expand it to Birchwood, East Brainerd Elementary, Orchard Knob, and East Lake elementary schools.” “In Hamilton County, only 22 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree,” Cole said. “The Hamilton County Schools have been partnered with us in the program for the last couple of years, so the $3,000 will help us to continue mentoring to younger students through the PAWS program.”

SGA proposes graduation change By Hayley Martin managing editor

Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Monty Wilson gave a presentation to the SGA senate Tuesday explaining the technological updates the University is making. Matt Huckabee, a sophomore from Chattanooga, asked about getting wireless internet in the dorms on campus. Wilson said, “We have considered that in the past, and housing is working to identify funding to do that.” Wilson said it would cost $350,000 to provide campus dorms with wireless internet. The senators voted on bill that was tabled from last week’s meeting. The Social Issues committee sponsored a bill to provide $1,000 to bring Dr. Earl Shuttle as a guest speaker. Shuttle will

speak on “racial and ethnic diversity in a complicated and multidimentional phenomenon.” The bill passed in a roll call vote 22-0. The student athletics committee sponsored a bill to purchase 150 tickets for UTC students to attend the Mocs’s SoCon tournament game Saturday for $750. The bill passed in a roll call vote 21-0 with one abstention. Academic Affairs sponsored a resolution to allow non-faculty members with at least a Master’s degree to march with the faculty in the commencement processional and recessional at graduation. The resolution passed in a roll call voted 22-0. The projects committee sponsored a bill to reimburse the UTC College Republicans $143.11 for travel expenses to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference. The bill passed.

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Amazon provides jobs for Chattanooga area


Sales tax debate takes backseat COMMENTS Editorial

Amazon is setting up shop in Chattanooga later this year, but many activists are determined to alienate the company and discourage our city’s pro-business climate. The controversial issue stems from the online retailer’s refusal to collect sales tax from its transactions. Tennessee relies heavily on sales tax, and many observers feel the Web site giant has an unfair advantage over physical stores. However, Chattanooga will ruin its reputation if it punishes Amazon after the ink is dry on the contract. Forcing the business to change its well-known practice establishes the idea that the city failed to screen it during the discussions. We at the Echo believe our city cannot cultivate a thriving economy if businesses perceive Chattanooga as shortsighted and unprepared. Our leaders appear underhanded because we lured Amazon in with tax benefits then sprung new tax regulations on them. Amazon demonstrated its commitment to the sales-tax free policy in states other than Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota and Washington. It closed a distribution center in Dallas after Texas asked the company

to pay $269 million dollars worth of sales tax. The company has already spent $139 million to build the facilities here, and it is expected to employ up to 3,400 people. Although the city may miss out on valuable sales tax, the Amazon employees will spend their paychecks and stimulate local growth. Amazon said Chattanooga has valuable qualities it did not see in other regional locations. It appreciated our proximity to the interstate, a readily available site, our transportation companies and the new fiber optics system. We at the Echo does not understand why our city may not take advantage of these assets for the sake of new jobs and economic development. The critics belong to a Knoxville group named the Tennesseans for Fair Taxation. Their hometown is intriguing because Amazon passed over the city because of its lack of desirable qualities. One may reasonably assume this watchdog group’s efforts would be more subdued if Amazon had chosen their economy to rejuvenate. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield appreciates this opportunity, an ironic twist because his push for more tax revenue nearly led to his impeachment by angry voters.

Littlefield encourages sales tax advocates to realize Amazon will still conduct business in Tennessee regardless of if they physically operate within our state. We at the Echo understand the argument that Internet retailers should abide by the same tax laws physical stores follow. However, Governor Haslam properly refocused the debate when he said all online retailers’ sales tax practices should be scrutinized. A state should consistently enforce policies that are clearly understood rather than abruptly set a precedent when old questions are suddenly relevant. Haslam postponed new state regulations for 45 days and rumors swirl about the final decision. A proposal to exempt Amazon from collecting sales tax has a clause a distribution center must ship half of its goods out of Tennessee. This is a fair compromise because it reflects Amazon’s global reach and also encourages Tennessee businesses to expand their market to reach the sales tax free plateau. Chattanooga cannot take Amazon for granted or we risk losing it like Dallas. Support jobs and growth and address the sales-tax issue in a fair and responsible manner later.

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Women’s history month draws attention to social problems Editorial

Tuesday was the first day of Women’s History Month, and the White House honored the day by releasing its first comprehensive report on the status of women since 1963. This came one week before the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8. In his proclamation of Women’s History Month, President Obama said, “In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day.” He also said that International Women’s Day will celebrate the progress of women across the globe and will serve as a reminder of how much progress still needs to be made. We at the Echo believe the strides women have made toward equality deserve a month of remembrance, and we agree strides still need to be made. American women today have far more rights and opportunities than their mothers and women in other generations had. This is because of the efforts of the women in our nation’s history who put everything at risk to demand equality.

This month, we should not only honor famous women who were on the front line fighting for women’s rights, but also the women who fought less publicly in their homes and careers for equal rights and opportunities. Despite how far women have come, they still have not reached true equality with men. American women earn less salary than men and are more likely to live in poverty, according to the White House report. The report blamed much of female poverty on single mothers who receive little or no help from their children’s father, a problem we think could be eliminated if Americans helped single mothers find jobs and childcare as well as hold men responsible for their children. Women around the world struggle with greater problems than American women do. Many foreign nations do not offer women the same rights and opportunities found in America. In his proclamation, Obama said it is important to encourage gender equality abroad, because nations in which women have equal opportunities are often more prosperous and peaceful. We think that women and men in America should use their economic and intellectual advantages to encourage equality for women

abroad. Closer to home, UTC students should care about women’s rights as well. Students should work toward equality for themselves and others. Female students are making strides toward equality by being enrolled in school, which will help them have successful careers in the future. Each academic year since 2002, about 1,000 more female undergraduate students enrolled at UTC than males, which means women will have a significant impact on the future. We appreciate the efforts of UTC’s women’s center, which encourages women’s rights on campus, in the community and around the world. From their Green Dot campaign, which fights sexism, to the support they offer to women, the women’s center and the Women’s Action Counsel work to improve the lives of women. Men need to join the fight for equality as well. Women’s rights should matter to men because women are an integral part of society. They impact population, poverty levels, career competition and lifestyles. Times are changing and the world is progressing, and with it women’s roles and rights should change and progress also.

“Partnering with g-mail was the best way to go. It’s open platform will allow for lifelong use, making our UTC e-mail addresses not just a single use system.” — Justin McAfee, Dunlap, Tenn., senior

“I like google, so I like the new system.” — Jessica Kitchens, Memphis, senior

“The new e-mail system is better than the old system. You can save old e-mails that are important without deleting it forever.” — Nicholas Cook, Memphis, junior

“Mail is mail, so I don’t care.” — Ru Chon, Knoxville, junior

“The new e-mail system is great. It’s efficient, easy to use and easy to understand.” — Matt Ryan, Chattanooga, freshman

“I think the new e-mail system is working okay. It has it’s ups and downs, and the server messes up some, but overall, I’ve had a good experience.” — Teasha Brown, Johnson City, Tenn., freshman

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Mocs claim SoCon North division title By Sean Jones staff reporter

UTC wrapped up a share of the SoCon North Division title and solidified a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament with a win over Samford. The Mocs took a 77-72 overtime win on the road at Samford after dropping a 97-58 decision to the Wofford Terriers on senior night earlier in the week. Chattanooga looked to be back on track after their big win over Furman, but Wofford proved to be too strong. After being down 9-8 just 2:44 into the first half, Wofford reeled off a 19-1 run and never looked back. Junior Keegan Bell, from Hazel Green, Ala., knocked down two jumpers to end an eight-minute scoring skid and cut the lead to 13 before Wofford went on another 18-7 run to end the half up 45-21. The Mocs attempted to put some scoring runs together, but the Terriers closed the game on a 16-3 run to earn the win. Wofford shot a blistering 70 percent from the field in the second-half and out-rebounded Chattanooga 42-28 to sweep the regular season series. Chris Early, a junior from Huntington, W. Va., led UTC with 13 points. Dontay Hampton was a bright spot for the Mocs. The junior from Chattanooga scored 12 points in only 14 minutes of action. UTC Head Coach John Shulman said his team lacked energy and effort, something he was worried about coming off the big win over Furman. “If you have no effort, but you execute, you can win the game,” Shulman said. “If you have effort, plus execution, then you got something pretty special. Tonight we had neither.”

Energy and execution returned when UTC traveled to Birmingham to take on Samford with a chance to lock up the SoCon North title and a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Bell had a career night, going for 25 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Mocs to a 77-72 overtime victory over the Bulldogs. Bell and the Mocs overcame a 40-34 second half deficit with a 9-0 run to grab a 43-40 lead. The lead pushed to seven before a 10-3 Samford run knotted things up at 65 with 25 seconds left to play. Bell took a three-point attempt that wouldn’t fall and neither would Samford’s desperation heave, sending the game to overtime. Samford took a 72-71 lead with 1:45 left in the extra session but wouldn’t score again, as Bell hit a huge three and knocked down three of four free throws to seal the title for Chattanooga. UTC was clutch at the line, hitting 81 percent of their attempts from the stripe. Junior Ricky Taylor, from Brownsville, Tenn., added 14 points, and Early added Photo by Wes Hale eight points and pulled down a game-high Driving to the hoop: Junior point guard Keegan Bell, from Hazelgreen, Ala., finds an nine rebounds. open lane for an easy layup. Bell and the Mocs look to continue their dominance at Senior center DeAntre Jefferson, from McKenzie Arena in the Southern Conference Tournament. Bloomington, Ill., said close, hard-fought The Men’s SoCon tournament games were a theme throughout his team’s 11th SoCon championship and make it back to the NCAA Tournament. begins March 4 and continues until the season. Coach Shulman said he isn’t worried championship game March 7 at 9 p.m. “We grind out games and find a way about matchups, but more about his team’s Tickets are $15 for a single session pass or to win. I knew at some point the year it would help us, and tonight was one of those focus and energy going into the tournament. $75 for an all-sessions pass. Students with “You can talk about matchups all day and a valid student I.D. pay only $8 for a single nights,” Jefferson said. The focus now turns to 7 p.m. March 5, all night, but whoever you get, is who you session pass and $38 for an all-sessions when the Mocs open up SoCon tournament get,” Shulman said. “We’ll do everything pass. play against the winner of Samford and we’ve always done tournament week in Tickets can be purchased at the Furman after earning a first round bye. Chattanooga. We’ll get as energized as we McKenzie Arena box office at 423-266Chattanooga will be looking to win their can.” 6627 or online at

Lady Mocs 5-0 in Frost Classic By Matthew Lewis & Brad Bacon staff reporter & sports editor

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Finding the open player: Sophomore Kylie Lambert, from Etowah, Tenn., and the Lady Mocs ride a three-game winning streak into the Southern Conference Tournament in search of their 14th tournament title.

Lady Mocs basketball finishes regular season strong By Shawna O’Neal staff reporter

The Lady Mocs Basketball team chalked up a win against the Western Carolina Catamounts at the Ramsey Center Feb 26. Chattanooga beat WCU 59-47, earning themselves the 3rd seed in the Southern Conference. Junior Whitney Hood, from Meridian, Miss., led the Mocs with her sixth doubledouble of the year. She also totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds for the game. Hood also had a game high of four assists. Junior Bailey Dewart, from Spartanburg, S.C., went five out of six for the game with two three pointers for a total of 12 points and three rebounds. “Whitney did a great job on the defensive boards, going to get them and kept them from making the run at us,” Head Coach Wes Moore said. “I thought that was real big.” The dynamic duo had a total of 30 combined points to lead for the Lady Mocs. UTC got an 11-3 head start against WCU after Hood, and Dewart put nine points up on the board. For the first 6:50 of the game, the Catamounts went 0-7 from the field and only making three free throws. Diamond Hunnicut made the first basket for WCU to make the score 11-5 with 13:10 left in the first half. The Lady Mocs Main office: (423) 425-4298

finished the half with back to back baskets by Dewart and freshman Alex Black, from Memphis, pushing their lead up to 26-21. Five quick points were made by Hood and Dewart at the start of the second half. The point increased their lead to 31-21 at the 18:57 mark, but the Catamounts fought back and cut the lead back down to five. Sophomore Kayla Christopher, from Oliver Springs, Tenn., put UTC back up 36-28 after hitting a three pointer with 15:06 left in the game. Chattanooga got their lead back by 12 and never let Western Carolina within seven points for the remainder of the game. The Lady Mocs went 21 out of 51, 41.2 percent, from the field and 6 out of 19, 31.6 percent, from the three point arc. The Lady Mocs were also 11 out of 17 from behind the free throw line. Junior Tenisha Townsend, Antioch, Tenn., added to the final score with a pair of three pointers, contributing a total of nine points. Christopher had a total of seven points and seven rebounds. “I’m proud of the way this team has gotten a little bit tougher. Early in the year if we’d had to play this road games that we just finished with, we’d be lucky to get a win,” she said. “We’ve got to get tougher on the boards. That concerns me heading into tournament time. Rebounding usually will make the difference,” Townsend said. Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

The UTC Lady Mocs softball team hit the field for the first time at Frost Stadium in the 2011 season, hosting the annual Frost Classic Feb. 25-27 at Warner Park. The eight-team tournament provided Chattanooga their first five games at home, taking on Toledo, East Tennessee, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Northern Iowa and UT Martin. The Lady Mocs showed promise Feb. 25, posting victories over both Toledo and ETSU to extend their winning streak to eight games. Against Toledo, the Lady Mocs took an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and never let Toledo catch up. The Lady Mocs ended the game early in the fifth inning with a 14-3 run-rule win. Chattanooga’s bats were hot, putting 11 hits on the board and collecting five extrabase hits. Senior Della Harrison, from Nashville, junior Michelle Fuzzard, from Huntington Beach, Calif., and sophomore Kasey Tydingco, from Fairfield, Calif., each sent a home run over the fence. Against ETSU, Chattanooga scored a whopping eight runs in the first inning against Lady Mocs’ former assistant coach Brad Irwin’s Buccaneers. The team also played phenomenal defense, restricting the opposition to one run scored in the second inning. The Lady Mocs won with an 11-1 run-rule score in the top of the fifth inning. Senior Lyndsey Stiles, from Hixson, Tenn., stole her tenth base of the season, and sophomore Sara Poteat, from Thomaston, Ga., swiped her fifth bag. The Lady Mocs continued their winning streak Feb. 26 with triumphs over IUPUI and Northern Iowa. The Chattanooga offense stayed strong in the third game of the Classic, scoring seven unanswered runs by the third inning against IUPUI pitching. The Jaguars posted their only run in the fifth inning, falling 9-1 in only five innings to Chattanooga. Harrison and senior third baseman Tiffany Baker, from East Ridge, Tenn., blasted home runs to pace the lineup. Against Northern Iowa, the Lady Mocs battled tightly through the first four innings, entering the frame with a tworun lead. Thanks to a five-run fifth inning,

Chattanooga secured the victory with a 10-3 final score. Baker crushed her third home run of the season, going 3-3 on the day with an RBI. Though the tournament wound down on Sunday, Chattanooga continued their ten-game victory run, trouncing UT Martin with an 8-2 final. The Lady Mocs’ five runs scored in the first inning went unanswered until the fifth inning when UT Martin scored two runs. However, the Lady Mocs responded with three more runs and secured the victory easily. Junior Jessica Traxler, from Chino Hills, Calif., didn’t start the game, but entered the lineup in the fifth to deliver a solo home run. Fuzzard earned her sixth win of the season, and senior Kandice Irwin, of Knoxville, recorded her fourth save. The Lady Mocs ended the weekend undefeated to improve their record to 12-3 on the season, and the victory over UT Martin extended Chattanooga’s win streak to 11 games. After the UT Martin game, Head Coach Frank Reed was happy with his team’s performance over the weekend, but Reed said the team can’t get too comfortable. “I am happy with the win, but we see so many things we need to get better on,” Reed said. “We praise our players, and then we tell them how we can get better.” The Lady Mocs head to Athens, Ga. March 4 for the three-day Bulldog Invitational. Looking forward to the Georgia tournament, Reed said the team has to be prepared to take on much tougher competition. “We won’t go in there afraid to play anyone,” Reed said. “We are figuring out who we are and what we are trying to accomplish. I expect to go down there and beat Georgia if we play like we are supposed to play. The only advantage they have is they’re getting to play at home.” While in Athens, Chattanooga will take on Indiana, Campbell, James Madison and Georgia. Designated player Fuzzard looks to hold down the offensive lineup after being named Southern Conference Player of the Week, and Irwin goes into the tournament with four wins and four saves in the circle for the Lady Mocs.


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Let’s get personal

Taboo disorders draw emotion

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

Happy birthday Michelle! -Love, your special students Caroline Anne Dale (the First), I know you are obsessed with me, but I’m taken. And we’re even more complicated than you two. -Dr. Spencer Reid Robbie, I’ve noticed your hulking bod beneath that tasteful, sleeveless shirt... and your familiar, cheesy aroma. Like Butterball, you’re best of all. -F.C. Dear ADPI lover, I love our late night conversations and how we snuggle after class. You are such a blast. Your name is Brooke McFadden and we should mate. -Love, your SIGMA CHI C.Murph, You’ve got a rockin’ body. Give me a call sometime, you seem like you’d be a fun date. -Love, B.Sue Dear Rm. 1116, I hear the noises from your room, please keep it down. And Jersey Shore night lives on forever on our crackerjack box tv. -Yours truly, the Gold-digger Dear B.J. Coleman, Have you ever heard that the safest way to sleep is with a nurse? -Love, a UTC nursing student Steve, We need a movie night soon, and maybe you should explain your texts a little more. -J.J.R. Dear Emily, I’m right here in front of you. Get it together. -Trail blazer Dear ka-la, Love know no age.

-Yours truly, boof

Paul Finkelman, The love of my life and the apple of my eye. My passion for you burns like the heat of 10,000 white hot suns. Why do you waste your affections on Lindsey? The Lohans don’t know who you are. -Love, A front porch waver J.O,

Let’s build community off-campus for Mardi Gras -B.O.

Dr. Bromley, The two week break will be good for our relationship. Hopefully I’ll come back less... Terrified in Sunglasses Matthew Kretizer, Run, Forest. Run.

Love, The Echo

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Grown up Barbie: Catora Douglas, a Memphis sophomore, looks through brochures in the Women’s Center next to the life size dimensions of Barbie poster.

By Emily Sumners

assistant features editor

Eating disorders affect many UTC students whether they know somebody with one or struggle with it themselves. Cecilia Lavoie, a Clarksville, Tenn., freshman, said she was a child when her mother went through an eating disorder, and she still resents her for it sometimes. “She was obviously really thin, and sometimes I would walk in on her throwing up,” Lavoie said. “I knew something was wrong, but I was too young to understand what exactly was going on.” Tricia Henderson, coordinator for alcohol and other drugs and mental health education at UTC’s Counseling and Career Planning Center, said there are three types of eating disorders. “There is anorexia, which is basically not eating,” Henderson said. “There is bulimia, which is binging and then purging. Then there is binge eating, which is related to obesity, and it is kind of the opposite of bulimia and anorexia.”

Macey Phillips, a Greenwhich, Conn. junior, said her friend from high school struggled with an eating disorder. “I became aware of it when she started losing weight and counting calories with every meal she had,” Phillips said. “It wasn’t healthy eating. She would have one big cookie and eat nothing else for the rest of the day. Then she began to work out a lot.” Phillips said her friend would never let anyone work out with her, because she didn’t want them to see how much she was working out or that she was burning more calories than she ate. Henderson said, “Having unhealthy habits for losing weight is different than carrying out an eating disorder for an extended period of time where it is affecting your physical health.” Phillips said she noticed how thin and unhealthy her friend was during a spring break vacation. “You could see her chest caving in, and her face had become very narrow.” Phillips said. “She just lost a lot of weight. Within

six months she had become rail-thin. It was noticeable by everyone. I’m pretty sure she threw up, but she would never admit that.” Phillips said her friend began doing drugs after she developed her eating disorder. “She said getting high was an escape from reality,” Phillips said. “And she didn’t like reality.” Lavoie said her mom not only struggled with an eating disorder, but is also an alcoholic. Henderson said, “Other than the physical issues related to an eating disorder, there are a lot of emotional and mental health issues that come along with it, such as mood swings, feeling like you’re low on energy, not being able to go to class, isolating yourself and hiding your behaviors that are associated with the disorder.” Henderson said anybody who knows someone with an eating disorder should confront them about it. “I strongly urge you to have a conversation with them, and let them know that you care and that you recognize what they are going through,” Henderson said. “It’s a hard conversation to have with somebody, but it shows them your friendship.” Phillips said her friend would get angry with her anytime she tried to talk to her about her problems. “I confronted her a couple of times and a couple of times with her mom,” Phillips said. “She always denied it and said we were crazy.” Phillips said the problems in her friend’s past led up to her eating disorder, so therapy helped her to recover. Lavoie said her mother recovered from her eating disorder years ago. “She is obsessed with working out now, though,” Lavoie said. “She works out two hours a day except Sundays. She still has problems, but that is to be expected.” “You may think the people suffering can just stop,” Lavoie said, “but they can’t because it is a disease. They have to get help. It won’t change overnight. They have to work every day to be better.”

Campus jobs fill bank accounts By Marqutia Reed staff reporter

Many students take advantage of the job opportunities offered by UTC to earn money without leaving campus. Samantha Eitner, an Orange, Ca., freshman said she received her position at the library by an academic work scholarship she applied for through the work study program. Eitner said there’s not much required at her position that isn’t required anywhere else. She said, respect, timeliness and knowledge are some of the major expectations of her job. “Knowledge comes along with it, like you need to know where the photography of this or where the art section is on each floor,” Eitner said. “You should know how to work a computer because that’s where all our data is.” Ashley Walls, a junior from Memphis, said she didn’t have to go through the work study program to receive her position in the UC’s food court. Walls, who works at Chik-fil-A, said all she had to do was ask about a position, fill out the application and turn it in. She said the rest was simply management deciding to place her. “With all the stuff that I have to do and all the responsibilities I have just as a student, working on campus is perfect for me,” Walls said. Jonathan Oye, a Nashville sophomore, said he just received an application from the first floor of the library, filled it out and turned it in to get his position. Oye said one qualification of obtaining a position depends on your availability to work and your class schedule. “How you fill out your FAFSA has something to do with it,” Oye said. “You’re supposed to watch over the people in here, keep them quiet, help the people find books, help search for books.” Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

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Whistle while you work: Laura Cagle, a Dandridge, Tenn. senior, works in the UC office as her part time job on her breaks from classes during the week.

He said the minimum and maximum amount of hours is somewhere between 15 to 20 hours per week for students on the work study program. Eitner said, “For me, the scholarship only allows you one hundred hours a semester.” Walls and Eitner said what distinguishes their positions on campus from other jobs they’ve had is the fact that it is on campus. The convenience of leaving their job and going to class, or to eat or even back to their dorms is one of the benefits. “It’s just easier to be on campus, Fax: (423) 425-8100

because everything’s on campus,” Eitner said. “And usually doing things like going to eat, going to classes coming from work and going to classes definitely has its benefits.” Walls said some of the perks include the pay and the people. Neither is bad, and getting to see people you know or friends only makes working on campus a plus, she said. “Sometimes people I know come in, and we just chat a little bit,” Walls said. “If there’s somebody in my class and one of us missed what the assignment was, we just ask each other or something,”

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tuba players gather By Lauren Haynes staff reporter

The Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference will be hosted in Tennessee for the first time this year, bringing musicians from over 22 states to UTC. Spanning three days, March 10 to 12, the conference will expose audiences to performances, presentations, competitions and concerts from a variety of talented performers, Kyle Marcum, a sophomore from Hixson, Tenn., who is helping to organize the conference said. He said all concerts and competitions are open to the public. “Musicians that play these instruments seldom have the opportunity to gather together and attend a musician’s conference to discuss new techniques for their instruments,” Marcum said. “The musicians coming are some of the best in the country.” Dr. Wilson, assistant professor of music, said: “The events range in atmosphere. There is even a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band done entirely by tubas. We are serious during the day and playful at night. It should be enjoyable for everyone.” Performers at the conference range in skill level from amateur student play to professional military bands, Marcum said. “There are over 20 soloists and a plethora of ensembles and most performances will be held within the Fine

Arts Center,” he said. “Featured ensembles are coming from the University of Georgia, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” Reed Bobo, a senior from Morristown, Tenn., who plays tuba in the UTC Symphonic Ensemble said: “I am excited. There are a lot of works that have been composed just for the SERTEC.” He said the symphonic ensemble will be accompanying several soloists throughout the conference. The eight tuba and euphonium competitions held at the SERTEC each have a cash prize or scholarship for the winner. “There are also mock-auditions designed to help students get a feel for what it is like to audition for a real symphony,” Wilson, who plays in the Tuscaloosa Symphony said. “They are exactly what I had to do when auditioning for my symphony.” Marcum said presentations will be given by John Meuller, Sy Brandon, Ed Owens and David Brubeck, and will cover a variety of topics, from “Getting into the Composer’s Mind” to “My Life as a Double Agent: True Confessions and Practical Suggestions for TromboneEuphonium Doubling.” For more information about the Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, visit its Web site at www.

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‘Crooked’ explores sexual, religious matters for teens By Chris Garmon

contributing reporter

The Women’s Studies Program and the UTC Theatre Department’s most recent production “Crooked” is a coming of age comedy, addressing the different quirks of teenagers. Blake Harris, a senior from Chattanooga, is the director of “Crooked.” “‘Crooked’ explores the intersection of sexuality, religion, gender and other identity categories that make us who we are,” Harris said. The show runs from March 4 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, Harris said. Tickets are on sale now at the Fine Arts Centebox office, order them by calling (423) 425-4269, or by visiting www.utc. edu/fineartscenter, Harris said. Jamie Harkin, a Franklin, Tenn., junior, said the play is a student production. “This play tells the story of Laney, my character, a 14-year-old, who suffers from dystonia, which makes one of her shoulders draw up,” Harkin said. “She

misses her father and hates her atheist, embarrassing mother. When she meets Maribel, a 16-year-old Christian, her world is turned around.” Harkin said audiences will see life through a teenager’s eyes and follow Laney as she tries to find out who she is in this interesting journey. “There is a lot of semi-adult subject matter in this play,” Harkin said. “It’s not for the lighthearted. Laney is discovering who she is sexually, spiritually, and emotionally. Come support the UTC Theatre.” Dr. Anne Swedberg, Theatre professor, will be performing in the show, as well. “I’m one of the actors in the show, playing the mother of a 14-year-old daughter, both of us in crisis,” Swedberg said. Swedberg said Harris has been a wonderful student director. “The other two actors in the show, Jamie and Heather, bring their characters to life,” Swedberg said. “It’s been terrific participating in the show’s ‘growth’ throughout the entire rehearsal process.”

Critic's Corner

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Directing external power by the sea: Zibin Guo, professor of anthropology, gave the first presentation on the internal martial art form of Tai Chi at the conference.

Asian culture explored through on campus conference Esan Swan

staff reporter

The third annual Introduction to Asia Conference brought cultural awareness and thinking to campus again this year. Alice Tym, geography professor, organized the conference. It included many other professors and scholars from not only Chattanooga but around the world. Speakers, including some UTC professors and other moderators, discussed topics ranging from cultural metaphors of Tai Chi to finding a job and creating a career in Shanghai. Dr. Zibin Guo, a UC Foundation Professor of Anthropology, spoke about the movement of Tai Chi and how it relates to culture and values of Asia. “Tai Chi is a form of the internal martial arts,” Guo said. “Tai Chi became popular many years ago because it is a powerful way to yielding, directing and borrowing external power.” Guo also said getting people involved and interested in Asian culture, something that does not similarly relate to a majority of the population, would be a gradual process. “We hope more and more people pay attention to our competitors and to the people increasingly influencing our economics, life and policies,” Guo said. “Our goal was to provide some platform for people to engage in conversations and understanding about Asian culture.” Tym said the purpose was multi fold. She said it introduces UTC students to some of the issues going on in Asia. It was an event for the community at large and lastly the program was for teachers, who could receive high school credit, she said. “We try to make it a broad program so that some things should interest everybody,” Tym said. Main office: (423) 425-4298

Tym also said it is important for people to understand these cultures because of Asia’s influence. “If we don’t understand the cultural differences then we can’t appreciate it,” she said. “And there is certainly a lot to learn from them.” The United States has fallen so far behind because students aren’t willing to work and be disciplined, and that is something every UTC student should hear, Tym said. “It’s your value, and if you don’t have hard work and value then somebody else is going to take your job,” she said. Although, the faculty conducted most of the presenting, there were a few students involved. Joshua Garland, a senior from Knoxville, participated in the conference and was responsible for facilitating a discussion with Jami Barys, the Executive Editor of Shanghai TALK, about find a job in Shanghai. “As an undergraduate, when you’re asked to participate in any academic conference, it’s really an honor,” Garland said. “For me, professionally, later on down the road it’s just going to be a valuable experience. I am very fortunate to have an opportunity to take part in it.” Garland said one of the benefits to attending the conference was he had a chance to see experts in their fields. Anyone interested would receive a great deal of knowledge just by going to hear these lecturers speak, he said. The speakers of the conference included Dr. Zibin Guo, Dr. Jooyong Ahn, Dr. Richard Rice, Dr. Craig Lane and Ms. Jamie Barys, along with a group of moderators. The Introduction to Asian Conference was cosponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography and has plans for a conference next year. Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

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Less than entertaining: James Franco and Anne Hathaway perfectly display the attitudes they exhibited for the entire night as the hosts of the Academy Awards.

Oscar hosts irritate, not entertain By Jennifer Redman features editor

I was really looking forward to the Oscars this year, especially since Anne Hathaway and James Franco were hosting. However, I was less than impressed with their performance. I am a fan of both of them as actors, I think they are both incredibly talented and will continue to be successful. As hosts though, they left much to be desired. The little shout out they gave to her mother and his grandmother was sweet though, especially since his grandmother referred to Mark Wahlberg as Marky Mark. James seemed like he had about 10 other things on his mind that he would rather be doing instead of hosting. Seeing him in that pink dress was the highlight of his entire time on stage. Anne is gorgeous, but several of her dress choices were not. That blue dress that looked like a version of the Britney Spears’s “Oops I did it again” outfit was atrocious. The white dress and the red dress were both beautiful, and all of her hairstyles except for the up do were very pretty. She was filled with excitement, which is great, but if she had given some of that excitement to James they could have reached a happy, tolerable medium. She was obviously thrilled to be there and have that opportunity, but she was so over the top that she ended up annoying me more than she made me laugh. Fax: (423) 425-8100

I don’t know who they will pick as the hosts for next year’s awards, but I really hope they make up for the let down of this year. As far as fashion goes, Halle Berry looked flawless and Natalie Portman looked wonderful as well. The part of the evening that sticks out the most in my mind is definitely Melissa Leo’s acceptance speech. Not only was she the first winner to ever drop the F-bomb during her speech, but she was so all over the place I literally felt nervous watching it happen. I am not sure if she even fully thanked everyone, but I know she started using the man’s cane as she was leaving stage, which is not even a little classy. I was instantly irritated by her by default though because I think Hailee Steinfeld from “True Grit” should have won best supporting actress. I though Natalie Portman was very deserving of her award for best actress. Her acceptance speech was endearing, and her performance in “Black Swan” was her best work to date in my opinion, and I’m sure she will only continue to impress audiences in the future. I unfortunately have not seen “The King’s Speech,” which won for both best actor and best picture, so needless to say I will make the time to watch it. I was thrilled Christian Bale won for best supporting actor for his role in “The Fighter,” because he is phenomenal. With all the varied characters he has played he continues to show how much incredible talent he has.

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