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Fall tuition increase looms By Matt Kenwright

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Students at the University may expect a 10.8 percent increase in tuition and fees to address academic, faculty, library and athletics needs this fall. Debbie Parker, the associate vice chancellor of business and financial affairs, said the figure is tentative pending approval from the University of Tennessee’s Board of Trustees, which meets in June. Tuition composes 9.9 percent of the increase, and funds for the new library and a now separate athletics fee is 0.9 percent, Parker said. The new library fee is $25 a semester and athletics will now receive $180 from students, Parker said. Athletics will establish its own source of revenue, separate from the general revenue to Student Programming Services, Parker said. “Athletics is trying to wean themselves from additional student fee money and return that to Student Development for student programs,” Parker said. “Part of the money they are requesting is part of that would give back.” Athletics will use the increased revenue to support the smaller teams and women’s sports to comply with Title IX regulations, Parker said. More scholarships are available to certain teams after various sanctions expired, Parker said. The University will fund 40 percent of a 1.6 percent raise for its employees, and UTC has planned an additional 1.4 percent increase to raise the total to 3

By Caitlin Case

The University housing staff is hopeful they can decrease the number of students in hotels next

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Photo by Matt Kenwright Taking the plunge: The UTC track team swims in the Maclellan Gym, which may receive an operating budget with the new revenue. Smaller teams and women’s sports may also receive more funding.

percent, Parker said. Faculty has not received a cost of living raise in four years, Parker said. Parker said the state reduces higher education funding as its sales taxes revenue decreases and the economy lags. Chuck Cantrell, vice chancellor of university relations, said despite the increases, UTC charged in-state students an average of $650 less in 2009 than similar universities such as the College of Charleston, Tennessee Tech and Western Kentucky. “Campuses are relying more on student and donor generated money than state money,” Parker

said. Shalin Shah, a Chattanooga sophomore and SGA president, said SGA is only limited to sharing student opinions about tuition increases to the administration. Shah said the tuition increase is appropriate considering the state’s reduced support for the University, and he believes UTC’s emphasis is on its academics needs. The tuition increase will alleviate classroom overcrowding and lack of class availability, Shah said. Shah said there should have been a compromise with the 50 percent increase in the athletics fee.

“Everyone at the University is suffering because of the lack of funding, so I personally disagree with the increase in the athletic budget,” Shah said. Vincent Dominguez, a junior from Whitehouse, Tenn., said he expected the increase and is not surprised. “My understanding is that the state is cutting back on education funding. The school is getting less, so they have to make increases,” Dominguez said. Parker said, “We are well aware of students’ budgets, their needs and the cost of education. We try to hold down costs and be responsible.”

year. Dr. Steven Hood, assistant vice chancellor for student housing, said they are shooting for 100 students in hotels. He said this year there were 110.

Hood said this is a big improvement over the 210 students who were in hotels two years ago, some staying there the entire semester. “Frankly, it’s cost-prohibitive for everyone,” he said. “We don’t make money off the hotel, we lose money.” Hood said historical data shows there will be a certain number of no-shows and students who leave in the first couple of weeks. He said this has allowed the students to be placed in rooms in the first month to two months of school. “This past year, we got everybody out by the first week of October,” he said. “We end up with gender imbalance in the hotels; about 80 percent are guys. The women, we got out really fast. We had to do some consolidation on campus to convert female apartments to male apartments.” Hood said there are plans in place to lessen the number of students placed in hotels at the beginning of the year. “We have approval from the State Building Commission right now to renovate Stagmaier Hall,” he said. “For six years or so, it’s been used as office space. We plan to open that Fall 2012. That will be about 140 bed spaces for freshmen.” Hood said there are currently 2,949 bed spaces on campus. Stagmaier will put this number

around 3,100. “Housing is also undergoing a Master Plan,” he said. “Based on some market studies and campus research efforts, it will help us determine how many additional bed spaces we will need on campus, and even identify where we should put that building or multiple buildings, and who should live there.” He said surveys have been sent out to students to help collect data for the plan. “We are looking right now at how we handle our room renewals,” he said. “We know one of our struggles, for rising sophomores in particular, is for them to be able to secure oncampus housing or secure oncampus housing with who they want to live with.” He said this problem is worst among sophomores because upperclassmen have the opportunity to renew their rooms first. “We have a freshmen residency requirement so we hold back space to accommodate the freshmen,” he said. “We hold back a little over 1,500 spaces for freshmen.” Hood said a Web site is being launched through Off Campus Partners, to help students find housing off campus. The site, which can be found at http://offcampushousing.utc. edu/, should be up and running this week.

Photo by Gabrielle Chevalier Enter with caution: Allison Baker, a Memphis junior, enters her room in Decosimo Apartments. Students may face crowded dorms and potential hotel placements for the 2011-2012 school year. Main office: (423) 425-4298

Proposed fee will benefit University By Hannah Lazar

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The student athletic fee for next year will increase in order to place more money in the hands of student development for student activities. This increase in the separate athletics fee will allow the student activity fee to allocate less money to athletics and more to the proposals from student government and student development, John Delaney, vice chancellor of student development, said. The athletics fee, which was set at $120 per student per semester, will increase to $180 per student per semester in the fall, he said. Shalin Shah, a Chattanooga sophomore and SGA president, said the activity fee, which covers funding for athletics, student programming and student organizations, will potentially allocate less money towards athletics, allowing more money for a variety of new programs. The proposal, which was put together by the student activity fee committee, allocates a total of about $481,000, taken from the athletics portion of the student activity fee, for these programs, Shah said. These new programs include an AlcoholEDU program, evening and weekend staff for the UC, additional staff positions for the Women’s Center and the Multicultural Center, a USA Today Readership program, and funding for student leadership development programs, Shah said. In this proposal, student organization funding will receive $50,000, while $50,000 will go toward student leadership development, $75,000 for UC evening and weekend staff and $90,000 for graduate assistants in the student development division, Delaney said. The amounts allocated for the new positions in the Women’s and Multicultural Centers total about $146,000, he said. The USA Today Readership Program is planning to receive $20,000 from this fee, and the AlcoholEDU program for freshmen will receive $25,000, Delaney said. Delaney said athletics is no longer receiving state money. The athletics fee will increase by another $60 for the 2012-2013 year, and the student activity fee will no longer cover any athletics, Delaney said. Shah said the student activity fee itself will not increase for students. He said the fee will remain at $10 for every hour of class taken, with a maximum set at $120 per student. The proposal will be decided on over the summer, Delaney said.

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The Best of the Campus Crime Log of Spring 2011 Compiled by Hannah Lazar 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.

Jan. 27, 2011 11-0128 Police responded to a theft call at 541 Vine St. The resident director and the owner of the snack machine said an unidentified individual had stolen $70 worth of candy from the machine after unlocking the door. No further action was taken.

to loan her friend some money three days earlier. The friend had sent her threatening text messages because she didn’t have the money to return yet. The woman declined to prosecute and spoke with her father. No further action was taken at this time.

Jan. 28, 2011 11-0107 Police responded to a theft of government property and alcohol violation at 801 E. 8th St. Four individuals were seen on camera carrying UTC Police Department traffic cones into a residence room. Police reached the room and determined the cones had been moved. Police checked another room and found the two cones and three individuals under the age of 21 with alcohol. Two residents had drunk alcohol and were cited to Court while the third individual had not drank and was cited to Student Affairs.

Feb. 21 , 2011 11-0245 Police responded to a harassment call. Police spoke with a student who advised that he had broken up with his boyfriend and had changed his phone number to eliminate contact with him. The student advised that he received a wink face text from his ex-boyfriend at his new number. The following texting occurred: Student: “who is this” Ex-boyfriend: “lol....” Student: “How did you get my number?’ Ex-boyfriend: “wink face” The student advised his exboyfriend that he desired to have no further contact with him of any kind. Police attempted to contact the ex-boyfriend and left a voice message advising him of the student’s request. No further action taken at this time.

Feb. 8, 2011 11-0179 Police responded to a miscellaneous call at 400 Palmetto St. A woman said she had agreed

Feb. 25, 2011 11-0260 Police responded to a harassment call at 400 Palmetto St. 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 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. No further action was taken at this time.

Police found a man who tried to distract a Records Office employee to steal a paper. The man said he tried to steal it for a girl he wanted to have a relationship with in hopes she would like him. The girl was trying to get into a sorority and does not have the grades. The man wanted to fix her transcript to help. Police notified Student Development about the incident and no further action was taken at this time. April 1, 2011 11-0444 Police responded to a suspicious person call at 815 University St. Two women said they heard a coughing noise by their window, and they opened the blinds to see a man staring at them. Police unsuccessfully searched the area. Police recorded the incident and took no further action at this time. April 3, 2011 11-0449 Police responded to a public intoxication call at 818

University St. Police found a man asleep on the sidewalk and woke him up. There was a strong smell of alcohol on the man, and he admitted to drinking heavily the night before. He was sober. Police cited him to Student Affairs and no further action was taken at this time. April 10, 2011 11-0488 Police responded to a dispute at 501 Oak St. A roommate said another larger roommate made her fear for her safety. The smaller roommate confronted the larger one about eating her food. The larger one began to scream profanity about it just being noodles. The angry woman continued to be aggressive and threaten the other roommate. After the resident assistant was contacted, the angry roommate slipped an apologetic note under the roommate’s door. They were referred to Housing and the Dean of Student’s Office and no further action was taken at this time.

Getting earthy

March 31, 2011 11-0432 Police responded to a miscellaneous call at 612 Oak St.

Photo by Hannah Lazar Happy Earth Day: In honor of Earth Day, Tricia King, political science professor, explains her involvement with the Slow Food Movement at UTC, promoting “good, clean, fair food,” to an interested student.

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Pavilion to replace run-down stadium By Jessica Medeiros staff reporter

Chamberlain Field’s South Stadium building will be torn down this summer. Janet Spraker, UTC’s director of engineering services, said the project will begin in May, and most of the dismantling will occur in June and July. “We call it dismantling because it’s not really demolition,” Spraker said. “We’re not really knocking it down because we’re saving pieces of the building to be reused.” Spraker said they have tentative plans for the saved parts of the building. “We’re going to use the pieces from the entrances to make some sort of commemorative pavilion going into Chamberlain Field,” she said. She said the pavilion will be on the east end of the field near Student Park walking into the Chamberlain green space. She said they will also be saving some of the bricks to raise money for some other development campaigns. Spraker said the South Stadium building is a disaster on the inside. She said the University cannot save it because of the way it was built back in the Graphic contributed by Janet Spraker 1920s. “They used concrete columns and slabs Looking to the future: A commemorative pavilion is planned to replace the current Chamberlain South Stadium and will be situated in the same spot as the stadium. and then brick inside,” she said. “Well,

School of Nursing begins admitting freshmen in fall By Hayley Martin editor-in-chief

Freshmen can be admitted into the School of Nursing beginning fall 2011. April Anderson, program coordinator of the School of Nursing, said allowing freshmen to enter the program would help them to be more grounded in the nursing program. “These freshmen admit students, as part of their nursing requirements, will be involved in the Students of Nursing Association,” Anderson said. “And they’ll have a faculty mentor in the School of Nursing from the very beginning. Our traditional students in the past have met with me for advisement and maybe have been in the Students of Nursing Association, but that’s about it.” Freshmen must have a 3.5 high school GPA and a 23 on the ACT, or SAT equivalent, write a reflective essay and have two letters of recommendation to be considered for admission, Anderson said. The School of Nursing will only admit 40 freshmen into the program every spring, Anderson said. “As long as they maintain minimum

requirements for nursing, they will be able to roll into the nursing coursework their spring semester of their sophomore year,” Anderson said. “It takes a little bit of the anxiety of going through you first year to two years taking prerequisites and not knowing whether you’ll get in or not.” To be able to transition from a freshman admit student into the School of Nursing, students must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA, Anderson said. However, admitting freshmen will not get rid of the traditional admission process, Anderson said. “We will still be doing traditional admission, which is where students take their prerequisites and general education their first year to two years and then apply to nursing in the fall of every year,” Anderson said. “We will no longer be admitting in the spring like we have been.” Anderson said the admissions process is the only aspect of the program that will change. The program will still be a four-year plan of study. Although, the spring 2012 semester will be the last traditional spring admissions class.

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concrete tries to shrink and brick tries to expand, so it’s pulling itself apart.” She also said there is no use for the stands. “The stands are the roof of the structure, and a lot of water gets into the building,” she said, Spraker said the stadium has a rich history, and a lot of UTC alumni will be sad to see it go. Maggie Sauser, a sophomore from Memphis, said, “I think it’s a beautiful, historic building, and I bet a lot of people will be sad to see it torn down.” Spraker said they will save the area where the South Stadium building stands as a future building spot but do not have plans yet for what will take its place. Dacey Fisher, sophomore from Franklin, Tenn., said it is sad that the building couldn’t be saved, but she is excited that a new potential building site is opening up. “Out with the old, in with the new,” she said. “I hope they put in a Jamba Juice.” Spraker said the building planners work closely with the safety and risk management department, and the building has already been prepped for dismantling. She said the project will block off part of Oak Street, but otherwise will not interfere with summer school students or summer camps.

Photo by Matt Kenwright Sliding down the hill: Students often use Chamberlain Field for various student activities and events. This week, Kappa Alpha held a philanthropy event in which participants paid $2 to slide on a makeshift slip-n-slide and throw water balloons.

Faculty senate raises admission standards By emily neutens staff reporter

A motion passed in faculty senate to raise the standards for fall 2012 incoming freshmen. Steve White, professor of management, and Yancy Freeman, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services, proposed a strategic and incremental adjustment to the freshman admission standards. The new admission qualifications will require freshmen to have a 2.85 cumulative grade point average and an 18 ACT composite score or a 2.3 cumulative grade point average and 21 ACT composite score. Both also require 14 college core high school units. “We hope that by raising the standards we will meet the retention standard we are wanting to meet,” Freeman said. Senate members agreed with the

proposed adjustments and passed a motion that will raise the standards beginning in the fall of 2012. Senate then passed a motion to consider the proposal to start an Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainability given by Linda Collins from the department of biological and environmental sciences. This committee will help the University become more energy efficient while also working to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it a part of the students educational experience, Collins said. Provost Phil Oldham presented the faculty senate with a financial model for summer school. Oldham said there is a tremendous opportunity for growth this summer since last summer there were only 2100 student credit hours. He said all of the the classes during the summer semesters will hold up to 30 students.

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‘Ashley’ targets young girls

Contributed photo Tiny Bikini: The ‘Ashley’ bikini was origianally targeted for young girls.

Editorial This spring the popular clothing store Abercrombie and Fitch introduced the “Ashley” bikini top as a pushup option for younger girls who have not yet reached puberty. With summer drawing near and temperatures rising it makes sense for fashions to change and become more

weather conducive. However, warmer weather is not an excuse to encourage young people to dress inappropriately. We at the Echo encourage self expression, but we also think people should be mindful to portray themselves in a respectful manner. This issue goes beyond a sense of style, when it involves a younger demographic becoming hyper sexualized. The media is constantly filled with images of scantily-clad women, and these images are reaching more audiences and age groups due to the easy access to technology. Facebook is no longer a college network. Middle school students are signed up for it, as well. Nearly every teenager has a cell phone and can retrieve information instantly. Teens are growing up at a younger age than ever before and products such as a push-up bikini top are encouraging this change. Encouraging young girls to be more grown up insinuates there is something wrong with the place of life they are currently in. Teens should not have to feel the pressure of needing to achieve adult expectations of sex appeal. Cosmopolitan magazine is well known for being focused on relationships and sex for adult women. Seventeen magazine could be labeled as the teen version of Cosmo.There is no need to rush through adolescence and no need to accelerate teens’ sexuality. By dressing children and teens in suggestive clothing it sends and inappropriate message.

CAMPUS COMMENTS How do you think the tuition increase will effect you?

Chattanooga community offers variety Editorial

incomes and interests. The average annual salary of the different areas ranges from $34,848 to $148,750. Regardless of socioeconomic status, we enjoy an exciting city. Chattanooga culture is dynamic. The city celebrates music, film, art, nature and exercise. The festivals and gatherings contribute to the vibrant personality that defines Chattanooga. Appreciate the various events because they introduce new cultures and experiences to broaden our intellectual horizons. We at the Echo believe the Tennessee Aquarium is the epitome of our city’s spirit. Its mission statement clearly identifies its values, “‘to inspire wonder, appreciation and protection of water and all life that it sustains.” The IMAX 3D Theater adds another element of entertainment that will impress audiences of any age. The enormous fish tanks display dazzling fish and exotic wildlife. Another famous attraction lies close to the museum. The Riverbend Festival on the bank of the Tennessee River is arguably the preeminent entertainment. Past acts include Willie Nelson, Train, Michelle Branch, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rascal Flatts. The Nightfall Music Series on Fridays in the fall features rock, folk, blues, jazz, reggae and bluegrass music. The Creative Discovery Museum is an entertaining and enlightening facility with exhibits designed to stimulate minds. Displays include paintings, drawings, sculptures and glass. One may ride a boat on the Tennessee River, dig to uncover

Life in Chattanooga allows students to affordably enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. The closeknit yet rapidly growing city offers a thriving business climate, a revitalized downtown, several communities and a safe environment. The city’s acclaimed aquarium, built in 1992, signaled a resolve to reinvent Chattanooga and usher the population into a new era of prosperity and happiness. The ambitious spirit attracted businesses, and local job growth increases despite the adverse national trend. We are proud of the recent surge in economic development new businesses have spurred. Citizens may rest reassured because the future is more promising with each new arrival. Volkswagen made an immediate impact on the community with $1 billion in investment. The iconic car manufacturer will employ 2,000 people and release 180,00 to 200,00 cars annually. Volkswagen’s power and reach will ensure our city forges a global profile and our professionals expand their network. Amazon’s new $139 million distribution facility also jumpstarted Chattanooga’s economy. The Web site retailer is expected to employ up to 3,400 full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. Jobs are an attractive lure, and homes provide a comfortable, safe environment. There are 14 different suburbs surrounding Chattanooga, and each neighborhood caters to different socioeconomic conditions to suit all

exciting finds, play on the rooftop Fun Factory playground, handle unusual music instruments and discover more educational stations. Educational opportunities are not limited to these novel exhibits. The Hunter Museum of American Art features iconic artists such as Andy Warhol and artwork from the Colonial period to now. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Cress Gallery hosts various from around the country and world for free exhibits. The city cannot be defined by its museums alone, however. America’s pastime is available downtown. The Chattanooga Lookouts minor league baseball team is an economical choice because the tickets start at $4. Other cultures are also represented in the city. The Siskin Museum of Religious Antiquities possesses intriguing items to encourage cultural awareness. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center honors African-American society with artwork and a historical collection. The Jewish Cultural Center has temporary exhibits that spotlight the religion. Value these different groups because our community cannot succeed if we merely linger in our own culture. It is crucial that Chattanooga’s population is exposed to the diversity because we cannot grow unless we encourage the exchange of ideas. Live here because the experience leads to personal growth, fond memories and a lifetime connection to an extraordinary city.

“I will have to cut down on my spending habits and manage my money better. I will also be choosing a cheaper meal plan and consider picking up a parttime job.” — Caylor Haynes, Nashville, sophomore

“The increase will take more of my scholarship money causing me to pay out of pocket for housing again.” — Justin Huggins, Soddy Daisy, Tenn., junior

“I will have to cut down on extracurricular activities and use the campus resources, as well as dining services more wisely and frequently.” —Sherika McGhee, sophomore, Memphis

“It will put me more in debt since I have to pay for my classes out of pocket.” — Brandon Norton, Calhoun Ga., junior

“I will have to take out loans and maybe go to a community college just to survive this evil idea.” — Shawn Shumpert, Nashville, sophomore


In the March 10 issue of The Echo in the page one article titled “Police wary of pending gun bill,” we incorrectly reported information about the ability for students to carry concelled guns on campus. The bill states that only faculty and staff would be permitted to carry handguns, not students. We seriously regret any errors and are committed to accurate reporting. If any errors are found in The Echo, please e-mail or call 425-4298.

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increases it could possibly force me to go to a cheaper school because I don’t have an abundance of financial aid money.”

— Lee Snell, Savannah, Ga., sophomore

“I take the increase in a positive light because I’m sure it will go towards security and other operations of the university, but it will affect my shopping and loose spending.” — Charde Terry, Memphis, sophomore

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Public schools ‘sack’ home lunches Hannah Lazar news editor

According to a recent article in “The Chicago Tribune,” many public schools are beginning to institute “no sack lunch” policies. “The Chicago Tribune” reports that these policies have been put in place in an order to encourage healthy eating, suggesting that the school’s food is healthier than the food provided by parents. As a proponent of the freedom of choice, I am offended by the idea that the school can make better decisions for children’s health than parents can. First, the price of school lunches has risen dramatically since even we were in elementary school. To force parents to pay these prices is unfair, unrealistic, and undemocratic. Second, as far as I can remember, school lunches are fairly disgusting.

Even if schools are attempting to make their lunches healthier, they cannot get around the fact that most of their food is pre-packaged, frozen, and preserved with all sorts of chemicals. Now, personally, I would much rather eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I watched my mother make in the morning than a casserole served straight out of a box. Not only does the food seem rather unhealthy, but in many schools, children have the opportunity to buy all manner of junk food along with their lunch. In my high school, I knew students who would eat nothing but an ice cream sandwich and a bag of chips for lunch. However, the biggest point of contest to me is the idea that schools should be making the decisions for children’s health. Yes, I understand that childhood obesity is a problem, and I applaud the efforts of schools to institute more physical education and health education classes.

However, I feel that at a certain point, it becomes the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children are following a healthy lifestyle. In fact, it seems that by banning lunches from home, it is actually infringing on the parents’ right to make decisions for their children. Parents are perfectly capable of putting together a healthy lunch for children. More importantly, parents are capable of making the decision between a school lunch and a sack lunch. If parents feel that school lunches are healthier or more convenient, that is fine. But to force the issue upon them is unfair. Furthermore, I feel that if a parent wants to allow a child to eat unhealthy food for lunch, that is the parent’s prerogative. The child belongs to the parent, not to the school, so it is ultimately the parent’s responsibility to make sure the child is healthy.

Dodgers hire ex-police chief to head security after fan attack Tyler Brown sports editor

Opening day is the first spring evening fans file into the ballpark, emerge from the tunnel and see the greenest grass imaginable. This is the experience most fans have the day of Major League Baseball’s first pitch, but a loss for one man’s home team added insult to injury, literally. Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old father of two, was brutally attacked by two Dodgers’ fans after the Giants’ 4-3 loss to Los Angeles. The two men, wearing Dodgers clothing, ambushed Stow from behind. Stow was stricken in the back of the head, fell to the ground and was kicked in the head repeatedly by his attackers. After the assault, the two men jumped into a getaway car and fled the scene. The attack on Stow left him in a medically induced coma with half of his skull removed in order for his brain to swell without killing him. This is absolutely ridiculous to hear about. It seems like the only time anyone hears about an athletic event-related death comes from compilation police videos from out-of-control soccer matches, but now it is hitting close to home. Witnesses to the assault say the attack was unprovoked, and

Contributed photo by Die hard fan: San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked outside of Dodgers stadium after the Dodgers/Giants opening day game March 31. Stow is currently in a medically induced coma.

I believe the event was completely uncalled for. At no time is it all right to attack anyone for any reason. I can’t get past the fact that his team lost, and he was still attacked. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it best when he said: “It’s sad. It’s a shame

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somebody’s in critical condition because of a ball game. When they’re out fighting in the parking lot, we’ve lost sight of what this is all about. Sounds like the guy got blindsided, too.” I applaud the Dodgers organization for stepping up security. The Dodgers went as

far as hiring the former Los Angeles Chief of police William Bratton as their head of security. As for the two Dodgers fans, police have yet to catch the suspects. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the attackers.

Furnace shows area’s Standardizing curriclum solves technological advances transfering class credit problems Miranda Solomon senior

Hopefully Chattanooga residents and visitors have had the opportunity to visit the site of Bluff Furnace. A replica of the furnace was constructed in the early 1990’s, but it was destroyed slowly by the weather and vandalism. In January of 2011 an improved replica was revealed. The new display was constructed by students at the University of Tennessee, Mark Making, and Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp, professor of Archaeology at UTC. The remains of the furnace were stumbled upon around 1977 by the late Dr. Jeffery Brown, professor of Archaeology at UTC. After researching the history of the site, it was established that this site was home to a coke-fueled furnace, the first one of its kind in the southern United States. Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp and a few

helpers painstakingly excavated the site throughout the early 1980s. Why do people keep attempting to preserve this site? Well it is because it is an important piece of American and local history. The location of the furnace on the river between what is now the Hunter Museum and the Walnut Street Bridge made the location ideal for shipping iron on the river. Multiple railroads that crossed through Chattanooga in the mid to late 1800s were also helpful in the shipment of products from Bluff Furnace. In 1864, the furnace was taken over by Union troops towards the end of the civil war. The soldiers converted the furnace into a lime kiln. Bluff Furnace is evidence of technological advances that were taking place in Chattanooga many years ago. It is a reminder of the production of quality materials from the area and a monument from the Civil War era.

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Transfer students know just how hard it can be to switch colleges and make sure all of their hard work counts for something. Unfortunately, many times there will be that one class that should translate over, but doesn’t. It can be frustrating for college students who have put in a great amount of effort and end up having nothing to show for it. College is expensive, and one can’t afford to have to take a class twice, especially when it is a transferring issue. I propose that universities seek to standardize curriculum in order to ensure a student’s transfer process is successful. This problem isn’t just found between schools but within them as well. As a

Budget cuts force family decisions Amanda Gilreath kingsport, senior In the article featured April 4 in the “Chattanooga Times” regarding the decrease in funding for the Hamilton County Health Department it is stated that Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is “not interested in tapping reserve funds” to support the health department. This would be detrimental for many of the patients that rely on the department for their health care. Many people cannot [afford] doctor visits, or they simply don’t have medical insurance for vital immunizations and checkups. The health department also provides essential family planning, many times at no Main office: (423) 425-4298

cost to the patient. This alone helps people prevent both unplanned pregnancies and the spreading of sexually transmitted diseases. Aside from Family Planning, the immunizations department is also very valuable to people who cannot afford to go to a doctor for these shots. Not only does the health department provide these services, but they also maintain healthy standards in restaurants and other stores around the city. I think many people are unaware of the hard work that goes into protecting people from unsanitary conditions. Without funding, the health department cannot do its job. The citizens of Chattanooga need to be aware of the cuts our mayor is trying to make. Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

student, I can take, let’s say a chemistry class from one teacher, and my friend can take it from a different teacher, and the material may essentially be the same, but the format of the class, and the level of difficulty are drastically different. I may end up with a teacher who challenges students to actually learn, and to think in the process, whereas my friend gets through class by sleeping through it and never taking notes but still managing to pull an A. Yes, there are other factors to consider such as each student’s learning ability, but that only goes so far. I think that we should unify college curriculum within a college and also with other colleges in order to provide equal education and easy transition to a different college if necessary.

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Volume 106, Issue 1

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Expectations running high for Mocs

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Leading the charge: Mascot Scrappy Moc leads the 2010 Chattanooga Mocs surging onto Davenport Field for last fall’s matchup against Eastern Kentucky. The Mocs will return to Finley Stadium Sept. 10 in search of revenge on Jacksonville State in the 2011 Chattanooga home opener.

By Tyler Brown sports editor

Coming off a successful Blue and Gold spring game, Head Coach Russ Huesman and the Chattanooga Mocs have the entire summer to prepare for the upcoming 2011 season. With the April 3 intersquad scrimmage signaling an end to on-field practices, the four-week clock began ticking toward the end of the spring semester. With the school year wrapping up, Huesman said he wanted to make these four weeks count

before his players left for summer. “Once the spring game was over, we had four good weeks of lifting,” Huesman said. “Those four weeks are huge for us because we have the team here. That’s why we ended spring practice, and we mapped it out that way. We have this window to get bigger and stronger, and we can focus on academics. I told my coaches, ‘I don’t care what we get done football wise, the next four weeks are about our football players.’” After finals, the players will begin their summer vacations just like any other college student, but

Huesman is expecting individual workouts to continue over the academic break. “The sign of a great football team is what your guys do when you’re not looking,” Huesman said. “There will be a window there where they will have to do it all on their own. These four weeks were big, but once these four weeks are up and exams are over and they go home, what happens between that time and when they come back at the end of June is a huge time for us and the football program.” Huesman, happy with his

current team and recruiting class, is looking to build on the 2010 season. Huesman said his team looked 100 percent better than the 2009 Mocs, and he hopes this year’s team looks 100 percent better than the 2010 Mocs. Looking down Chattanooga’s roster, Huesman said he expects sophomore linebacker Gunner Miller, from East Ridge, Tenn., senior Nick Davison, from Calhoun, Ga., and Knoxville freshman Davis Tull. Miller is an East Ridge High School product that saw playing time early on in the season and earned his first collegiate start in 2010. Miller was named the 2011 Bob Davis Winter Warrior after the spring game for his individual work off the field. Davison is a transfer from the University of Alabama at Birmingham that is ranked at No. 1 on the Mocs depth chart at nose tackle. Davison recorded a career high eight tackles at Wofford and was considered “unblockable” in the spring game by Huesman. Tull was a redshirt freshman in 2010 that Huesman considers a promising prospect. Tull is a Bearden High School graduate that Huesman had travel with the team last season. Tull was an allregion competitor and preseason all-star before breaking his femur his final year of high school. When the fall semester rolls back around and students begin filing back into the dorms, the

Mocs will have already been back on campus making season preparations for nearly a month. Emphasizing season preparations, Huesman and the coaching staff doesn’t plan on going into Chattanooga’s season opener against Nebraska any differently than they would against any other football team. “You have to prepare for a football season,” Huesman stated. “Not for one individual game. We are playing a good football team, but we don’t point to Nebraska. And we don’t point to the first game of the year. We point to the football season.” The Mocs will open the season in Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 3 against the Cornhuskers, marking the first time Chattanooga has opened up a season against a BCS team since taking on the nationally ranked No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners to begin the 2008 campaign. “I like BCS schools toward the end of the season,” Huesman said. “I know a lot of people don’t, but I thought it was good to play Alabama and Auburn where we played them. This will be a new one, but I have done this at other places and played BCS schools in the first game of the season. No matter what, no matter when you have those games, you want your football team to compete.” The Mocs will return to Finley Stadium Sept. 10 for the much anticipated 2011 home opener against Jacksonville State.

New look Lady Mocs volleyball team prepares for season By Sean Jones

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Even though the spring semester is considered the off-season, the UTC volleyball team is not taking any time off or taking it easy off the court. Chattanooga hired Travis Filar in February, making him the sixth head coach in school history. Filar comes from the University of North Carolina where he was an assistant for four years. Being a head coach is new for Filar, but he said that he felt comfortable stepping into the role even though it was his first gig. Bringing in a new head coach obviously has brought changes to the program, but the team has taken all the changes presented and looked at them as a fresh start. One of those fresh starts is starting the day off bright and early. Filar has brought his team in at 6 a.m. three days a week to get them ready for the 2011 season which starts in August.

While most teams are sleeping early in the morning, the Lady Mocs are in the gym attempting to improve from last year’s team that failed to make the Southern Conference tournament. The team hasn’t let the early start affect their practices either. The team has been excited and energized about coming together and working to earn a spot in the SoCon tournament no matter what time they were on the court. “We didn’t qualify for the Southern Conference tournament last year,” Filar said. “That is going to be a huge goal. It’s very attainable. Once you get there, you win three games in a row, and you’re in the NCAA tournament.” To reach those goals, Filar will look to some of his upcoming seniors to help lead the team. Filar noted team captains Ellie Kuhn, from San Antonio, Texas, and Paula Passmore, from Merritt Island, Fla., as two of the players he expects to step up on and off the court.

“Paula Passmore and Ellie Kuhn have shown an improvement in their leadership ability and also in their play which is important for us to move forward,” Filar said. “But ultimately the whole team has done some good things this offseason.” Another player to watch will be Christina Teter, from Signal Mountain, Tenn. Teter has been very consistent this spring according to Filar. Filar also said upcoming sophomore Aneisha Christie, from Alpharetta, Ga., has been another bright spot for the Lady Mocs this spring. The road to a SoCon championship will not be easy but Filar said the Lady Mocs are working to put together a challenging nonconference schedule that will both test them and help them grow as a team. The schedule has not been finalized yet, however, Chattanooga played high caliber teams such as Tennessee and Kansas last season. While wins and losses are the ultimate

measuring tool, one of the goals of this team is to grow as a team. Filar stated that he wanted his group to be known as a hardworking and energized team. Chattanooga has used the eight weeks they are allotted by the NCAA for spring practice to come together as a team and improve individually. Over the offseason, Chattanooga also named Savanah Parra assistant coach. Parra comes to Chattanooga after spending time at Southeastern Missouri State, Bradley and Southern Indiana. Parra’s most recent position was at Southeastern Missouri where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Parra played her collegiate career at the University of Ohio, leading the Bobcats to four Mid-American Conference titles. For more information on the Lady Mocs volleyball team, go to to find rosters, coaches, and past schedules and statistics.

Momentum carries tennis into SoCon Tournament By Matthew Lewis

The Chattanooga Mocs Tennis teams closed their 2010-2011 regular seasons over the weekend with the women netting another victory over Appalachian State. The women’s team played at Appalachian State and set their definitive pace by taking the doubles point at number 1 and number 2. Junior Shaina Singh, from Vancouver, B.C., and sophomore Jenna Nurik, from Roswell, Ga., won at No. 1 with a score of 8-5, bringing their doubles tandem score to 19-8. Sophomore Alexa Flynn, from Memphis, followed this with a singles victory over Jennifer Ansari. She led the team in singles wins this year. This is her 18th win in the singles category. Junior Emily Hangstefer, from Signal Mountain, Tenn., was next in line with a victory at No. 3. Singh also found her team a victory with her triumph at No. 4, despite a loss by Nurik on No. 1. Freshman Diana Zora, from Barrancabermeja, Columbia, found herself a win at No. 6. Head Coach Jeff Clark said,

“I was really proud of the team for getting a hard-fought win. We played really well in doubles and jumped on them quickly. Alexa and Emily carried that momentum over to singles, and we closed out the season with a strong win.” The men’s team was unable to capture the same steam as their counterparts. Despite hard fought matches, the team fell 4-3 at the finale at Georgia Southern. The loss brought their regular season to a close with a 7-15 regular record and a 2-8 Southern Conference record. Despite dropping the first doubles match, UTC nearly grabbed the first doubles point. Sophomores Jackson Tresnan, from Akapka, Fla., and Stephen Crofford, from Franklin, Tenn., grasped a win at No. 2. Sophomore Roberto Viera, from Bedfordview, South Africa, and freshman Orlando Lourenco, from Chattanooga, played hard but fell at No. 3. This left the top doubles bout as the deciding factor. Despite very strong performances from sophomores Chris Smith, from Johnson City, Tenn., and William Disterdick,

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from Hixson, Tenn., and a lengthy match that went into a tiebreaker, the Eagles managed to grab the overall point 9-8. With the Mocs down 1-0, senior Rick van de Bovenkamp, from Oud-Beyerland, The Netherlands, snagged a strong victory at No. 4. He not only broke his sevenmatch losing streak but also set his single-season and career-high ninth win. This was followed by a loss at No. 2 with Smith but a victory at No. 6 by Crofford to tie once again. Here, Crofford snapped his six-game losing streak, finding his fifth win of the year. Tresnan next found his teamhigh 14th match win, but it wasn’t enough to deter the Eagles, who found victories on No. 1 and 5 to grab the team victory. Both teams will now turn their attention to the upcoming Southern Conference championships, hosted by Chattanooga at the Champions Club. Matches are currently scheduled for April 20-23. The Lady Mocs are next scheduled to play April 21. Up-to-date pairings and match times can be found

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Pass down the right side: Emily Hangstefer, from Signal Mountain, Tenn., earned a win against Appalachian State April 16 both in singles match and doubles with Memphis freshman Alexa Flynn.

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SoCon Standings

SoCon Softball Chattanooga Georgia Southern Appalachian State College of Charleston UNCG Samford Furman Elon Western Carolina

11-3 13-5 10-6 8-9 7-8 7-8 6-9 5-10 3-12

29-12 25-23 17-19 28-16 19-24 11-31 13-24 20-19 18-25

9-1 9-1 8-2 7-3 6-4 5-5 4-6 3-7 2-8 2-8 0-10

15-5 17-6 15-5 15-6 16-6 7-17 8-12 11-11 7-15 6-17 3-20

10-0 8-1 8-2 7-3 6-4 5-5 3-7 3-7 2-8 1-8 1-9

18-7 13-6 11-10 17-4 11-10 11-10 10-10 9-10 10-14 5-18 2-15

SoCon Tennis (M) College of Charleston Elon UNCG Appalachian State Samford Furman Wofford Georgia Southern Chattanooga Davidson Citadel

SoCon Tennis (W) College of Charleston UNCG Furman Samford Chattanooga Elon Appalachian State Georgia Southern Wofford Davidson Western Carolina

SoCon Golf Rankings (M) 1. 2. 3. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Stephen Jaeger, Chattanooga Chandler Brazeal, Wofford Matt Broome, Furman Stephen Dressel, Elon Kyle Sonday, UNC Greensboro Robert Hoadley, UNC Greensboro Steven Fox, Chattanooga Tanner Norton, Elon Brent Whitehead, Wofford Benni Weilguni, Chattanooga Davis Bunn, Chattanooga

71.63 Avg. 72.78 Avg. 72.80 Avg. 72.80 Avg. 72.92 Avg. 73.03 Avg. 73.19 Avg. 73.57 Avg. 73.65 Avg. 73.71 Avg. 73.74 Avg.

SoCon Golf Rankings (W) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Emma de Groot, Chattanooga Christine Wolf, Chattanooga Leigh Wittaker, College of Charleston Stephanie Kenoyer, Furman JosefineSundh, Western Carolina Tara McFadden, Elon Virginia Mayer, Elon Yue Xu, Appalachian State Maria Juliana Loza, Chattanooga Malin Jansson, Western Carolina

74.13 Avg. 74.50 Avg. 74.78 Avg. 75.26 Avg. 75.50 Avg. 75.57 Avg. 76.13 Avg. 76.26 Avg. 76.29 Avg. 76.46 Avg.

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Lady Mocs golf claims One-and-dones SoCon Tournament title ruin the NCAA By Kristin Cook

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the Southern Conference Championship on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The Lady Mocs dominated the women’s tournament as they defended their conference championship, while the men’s team slipped on the final day to finish in 3rd place. The Lady Mocs finished the three rounds at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., with a team score of 900. The team led at the end of each round and finished 30 strokes ahead of second place College of Charleston. Senior Emma de Groot, from Coffs Harbour, New South Whales, Australia, led the way for the Lady Mocs as she shot a 219 to win her first SoCon title. Freshman Jordan Britt, from Signal Mountain, Tenn., was right on the heels of de Groot as she finished in 2nd place three strokes behind her teammate with a 222 for the tournament. Junior Maria Juliana Loza, from Bucaramanga, Columbia, finished tied for 5th with a 230, and senior Christine Wolf, from Igls, Austria, finished tied for 7th with a 231. Freshman Marion Duvernay, from Publier, France, shot a 242 to end the tournament tied for 26th. Chattanooga Head Coach Colette Murray was name the SoCon Coach of the Year, and de Groot was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. De Groot, Loza, and Wolf were made the All-Southern Conference Team, and Britt,

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freshman Yushira Budhram, from Johannesburg, South Africa, and Duvernay were named to the AllFreshman Team. The Lady Mocs will next compete in the NCAA Championship held in College Station, Texas. It will be a four round tournament scheduled to be played on May 17-20. The men’s team shot an 867 for the tournament to finish in 3rd place. They were tied for 1st at the end of round one and had a four stroke lead going into the final round. However, the Mocs played the final four holes at nine-over par to lose their lead. They finished six strokes behind first place Georgia Southern and one stroke behind second place UNC Greensboro. Steven Fox, a sophomore from Hendersonville, Tenn., led the Mocs and finished tied for 4th place with a tournament score of 214. Fox shot an impressive 68, four under par, on the final day. Junior Stephan Jaegar, from Munich, Germany, tied for 8th place as he shot a 216 for even par. Freshman Chris Robb, from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was just one stroke behind his teammate to finish tied for 11th with a 217. Freshman Davis Bunn, from Knoxville, and Benni Weilguni, a freshman from Langelois, Austria, shot a 221 and 222 to finish tied for 21st and tied for 25th. Jaegar was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season, while being named to the All-SoCon Team for the third straight year. Fox and Weilguni also earned spots on the All-SoCon Team. Bunn and Weilguni both made the All-Freshman Team.


Bob Knight recently commented on the University of Kentucky basketball team’s increase of “one and done” players. This years NCAA tournament shed light on the impact that freshmen can have. VCU was considered one of the worst teams in the tournament field and considered by some to be unworthy of a bid. The Rams went on an improbable run winning five straight games over teams like Kansas, Purdue and Georgetown. It seems crazy that an 11-seed team could take down number one seeds and high-profile teams in the tournament that is supposed to be the best of the best. But in my eyes, it all comes back to the way college basketball has changed. Elite freshmen have the ability to adjust to the college game easily but the number of truly elite freshmen is few. VCU relied on experience and a team that had meshed over the course of several seasons to pull off an improbable tournament run. They prepared themselves to be a good team when it counted. Their goal was to win a championship not to end the season to jump to the NBA. College is a time where kids change into adults and grow into the people that they are going to be. They learn how to succeed in their future job and use 4 years to refine their skills for a career. College basketball is the same way. It should be a developmental part of basketball not something that is used half-heartedly to get to the league.

Baker rewriting Chattanooga record book By Shawna O’Neal staff reporter

Lady Mocs’ senior third baseman Tiffany Baker has been leaving her mark in the Chattanooga softball record books for the past three seasons. The East Ridge, Tenn., native started playing softball when she was just four years old but never thought she’d be where she is today. Baker was a four-year letter winner at East Ridge High School in both softball and volleyball, but those were only a few of awards she would be honored with by the time she graduated fourth in her class. She was also the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year, AllState Selection, Chattanooga Times Free Press “Best of Preps” Player of the year following her junior and senior seasons and was named All-District after each of her high school seasons. Baker helped the Pioneers to four undefeated seasons in district competition, finishing with a .537 batting average, 50 doubles, 21 triples, and 35 home runs. While also pitching for East Ridge, Baker notched 15 shutouts, nine no-hitters and struck out 329 batters. In 2007, she was redshirted her freshman year for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. After her father’s passing in September of that year, she transferred back to Chattanooga. “I transferred back to be with my family,” Baker said. “But UTC has been a great experience, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Baker joined the Lady Mocs in 2008 as a freshman. She started 50 games at second base and recorded a .971 fielding average. She scored 23 runs and drove in 14 runners. She also registered six home runs and seven doubles for the season, earning herself a spot on the 2008 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team. Baker started off her 2009 sophomore season off strong, starting 53 games at designated player, and first and second base. She was the team leader with a batting average of .365, a slugging

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Heart of the order: Senior third baseman Tiffany Baker sits atop the UTC all-time leaders in home runs, ranks ninth in career RBI’s and commands the season home run record with 14 blasts.

percentage of .667, 41 RBI’s, 11 doubles, and 12 home runs. Baker was named to the 2009 NAFC All-South Region Team as a second baseman, 2009 AllSouthern Conference First Team, 2009 All-Academic Team after making the Dean’s list in the fall and spring semesters. The slugging infielder was on fire until an ankle injury sidelined her in the opening game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. But she didn’t let that stop her going into her junior year, leading the team with 41 RBI’s. Her slugging percent was .669 and on base percentage totaled .487. She had a total of nine doubles, 14 home runs, and 101 total bases. Baker was also the team leader with 11 multi-hits and nine multiRBI games. She compiled a .956 fielding average for the season. She was placed on the 2010 NFCA All-South Region Second Team, 2010 All-Southern Conference First Team, and 2010 SoCon All-Academic Team after being on the Dean’s List for both fall and spring semesters. Baker was also named the

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SoCon Player of the Month for February. After her injury, she had surgery performed on her foot both her sophomore and junior year. But the hard-nosed infielder said she doesn’t let it affect her playing. “There is just pain usually, I just play through it,” she said. Although fighting through pain on nearly every swing, Baker is the all-time homerun leader at UTC, blasting a total of 43 with nine games remaining in Southern Conference play. “It is definitely an accomplishment that I never thought I could really reach, but it is a great honor and accomplishment,” Baker said. “But records can always be broken, and there will always be somebody else.” Baker is majoring in Health and Human Performance and plans on going to Eastern Tennessee State University next year to help coach the Lady Buccaneers softball team. Bakers said she may also further her education, looking to gain her masters from ETSU .

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Let’s get Personal

Music festival rocks the river

Read the favorite personals from this semester. Be sure to submit more personals next fall. Thank you all for the participation. Compiled by Jennifer Redman features editor

Dear Mike, You were the best cross country runner UTC ever saw and always the star of the Echo. We miss you already. -Lovingly yours, Lauren and the Echo Staff To all the pretty girls on campus, I’m a better date than Brad Bacon. -Love, a Lesbian Hippie Boy, Your class discussion speaking privileges have been revoked. You make things up, and it is all b.s. Stop! -Corner Judger God, I love you.


Dear guys in jerseys, You are not 12 years old, and this is not 1999. Put on a real shirt. -A bunch of girls who are not attracted to you Dear fake college graduate, Seriously? Enough is enough. You suck. -Frustrated current barely girlfriend Dear B.J. Coleman, Have you ever heard that the safest way to sleep is with a nurse? -Love, a UTC nursing student Dr. Bromley, A smiley face?! Shut up! I can’t believe it. I’m almost not... -Terrified in Sunglasses To the guys that sword fight behind Brock, Some people may laugh at you, but that looks like a lot of fun. But I’m not really sure how it works, I mean is it like a dance off where I can just show up and challenge you? Because I’m totally game. When I left the house for my first day of kindergarten, my mother said to me, “Come back with your shield, or on it.” And I’ll have you know, I plan on coming back with my shield. -Sincerely, Throwing Down the Gauntlet Dear Keegan Bell, You are so freaking hot! -Love, a Mocs News admirer 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 Josh Hill, There is considerable animosity towards you. The SGA meeting snaps and the shorts are wearing on our nerves. -Love, all UTC Administration, I get so tired of hearing female students talk about how Aaron Shaheen is dreamy. How about some hot female professors for the male student to drool over? - Sincerely, I am, Hot for Teachers Main office: (423) 425-4298

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Tennessee River traffic jam: Every summer the Tennessee river crowds with boats as Chattanooga’s annual summer music festival Riverbend takes place. This year Alan Jackson, The Beach Boys and Miranda Lambert are among those to headline.

By Emily Sumners

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Riverbend, Chattanooga’s annual summer music festival, will be June 10 through 18 and will feature musicians from Miranda Lambert to the Beach Boys. “Riverbend is a community festival with a diverse lineup for a diverse community,” Andy Tallent, director of public relations for the festival, said. “It’s made to bring all walks of life together to enjoy all types of music.” About 100 acts are in the lineup for this year’s festival. “We’ve got music on all stages,” Tallent said. “We’ve got new things that are up and coming,as well as bands you recognize.” General admission pins go on sale May

1 at area Kangaroo Express convenient stores, these $30 pins provide access to the nine-day festival, Tallent said. Jacqueline Bruce, a Chattanooga sophomore, said, “It’s just like Bonnaroo, but it’s four days longer and $200 cheaper and more of your friends will be there. But the bands aren’t as good.” Bruce said she isn’t looking forward to how crowded Riverbend is. “I’m not looking forward to the nasty people who are there,” Bruce said. “There are a lot of drunken rednecks.” Gracie Bickley, a Chattanooga freshman, said she has gone to Riverbend twice, but she mostly goes to be with friends. “I don’t really go for the music,” Bickley said. “I go to socialize and to sit

down and watch music.” Bruce said, “This year I’m looking forward to hanging out with friends and seeing people who are back from college.” Bruce said anyone who loves Chattanooga will love Riverbend. “If you like Chattanooga, it’s a good experience,” Bruce said. “It’s one of Chattanooga’s biggest events.” Tallent said, “I love it being a community event.” “My favorite thing about Riverbend is the people who come down for it,” Tallent said. “There are people there like me who grew up going to Riverbend.” Bruce said she has been to the festival since she was in fifth grade and has seen some of her friends perform there before. Christian Singer, a Clarksville, Tenn., freshman, said he went to Riverbend once and had a lot of fun. “I went one night over the summer at orientation,” Singer said. “We heard the music and went downtown to the festival.” Bickley said, “I love being downtown and listening to music.” Singer said he did not pay to get in the festival. “I just went in and walked around,” Singer said. Bruce said she does not pay for Riverbend either. Bickley’s favorite acts from the festival’s past are Sheryl Crow and The Wailers, the reggae band that backed Bob Marley. Bruce said, “One time I got back stage passes to Michelle Branch. That was cool.” Singer said he doesn’t remember who was performing when he was at Riverbend, but he did enjoy waking around and hearing the music. Tallent said there will be special events going on at the festival to celebrate its 30th anniversary. “The Wheel Mobile will be there, which is where you can play Wheel of Fortune,” Tallent said. “They will be screening for contestants, so you could go on to play on the show.” He said the Great American Country Network will be at the festival Wednesday and Thursday.

Students’ allergies attack studies By Chris Garmon

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As the spring and summer seasons bring pollen and dust, some UTC students’ allergies are making it harder for them to stay focused and get through the rest of the semester. Kirsten Beasley, a junior from Dallas, Texas, said she has seasonal allergies, and the pollen has been killing her. “I don‘t get itchy eyes, but I do get a runny nose,” Beasley said. “I take overthe-counter Allegra. It works fast and doesn’t have any bad side effects.” Beasley said in Texas the dust got to her more than the pollen. “It’s worse here in Chattanooga, because I’m not as used to it,” Beasley said. “I only have problems in the spring here.” Beasley said this will be her first summer in Chattanooga, and she hasn’t thought about how bad her allergies will be. Chase Long, a sophomore from Brentwood, Tenn., said on a scale from one to 10, his allergies are at four this spring. “I don’t take any medicine for my allergies, because as long as I keep my house clean it doesn’t bother me too much,” Long said. “My house is so dusty because I‘ve been busy with school, though. I wake up, and it’s just constant sneezing, so I have to leave.” Long said his allergies are worse in Brentwood than in Chattanooga, because he is allergic to plants in Brentwood. “I don’t get a runny nose or itchy eyes, just sneezing,” Long said. “I keep a box of tissues next to my bed just in case it gets bad.” Will Meyer, a Chattanooga freshman, said he takes over-the-counter Claritin to relieve his allergies. “It works really well if I take it as often as the directions recommend,” Meyer said. Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

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April showers bring May flowers: Lee Reece, a junior from Chattanooga, tries to study outside after the rain but still has problems with his springtime allergies.

“Zyrtec, Nasonex, and Allegra don’t work for me.” Meyer said if he takes his allergy pills his nose still runs and throat still hurts. “If I don’t take anything, then my eyes burn and head hurts too,” Meyer said. “The pollen in the spring is everywhere and really gets to me. The summer and fall are not as bad.” Evan O’Lannerghty, a Nashville freshman, said he doesn’t have allergies but gets occasional sniffles. “I think all these people with allergies are wieners and should go suffer from Fax: (423) 425-8100

them somewhere else,” O’Lannerghty said. “Everyone always says when you ask them how they are, ‘I’m good, but my allergies are killing me.’ They become part of their lives.” O’Lannerghty said he recommends eating an apple a day, drinking hot tea and blowing your nose as often as needed. “I’m sorry for those with allergies, but it’s a pretty common thing,” said O’Lannerghty. “There’s no reason to complain about them, because almost everyone knows what you’re going through.”

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blood donations earn credit By Idris Garcia

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& By Esan Swan staff reporter

Students at UTC are turning blood into extra credit. Dr. Paul Watson, UC Foundation professor and psychology department head, has been at UTC for 34 years and has recently discovered a creative way to motivate students to serve by offering extra credit for blood donations. “I’ve been doing the extra credit for the past three years,” Watson said. “The first year I only did it once per semester, but now I do it once early on, then once more later.” Watson’s wife works for the Wesley Center at UTC, which has helped him form a relationship with them. “I always try to make the first extra credit a collaboration with the Wesley Center since my wife works there,” Watson said. He also said that he has established a good relationship with Blood Assurance because of it. Watson said he feels that his extra credit is a part of the educational process. “It’s service learning,” he said. “Students learn through research, too. This is service learning. UTC works to be an engaged, metropolitan university and part of that is being important to the community.” Lacey Wilson, public relations representative at Blood Assurance said, students are especially important to Blood Assurance in times of inclement weather since others in the area cannot get there to donate and campus is so close in proximity.

“We need about 400 units per day, so when we close for snow or bad weather that’s 400 donations we don’t get,” Wilson said. “And the next few days people are getting back into their routines so we may only get 200 the next day. The students’ close proximity definitely helps us.” Watson said his extra credit has yielded positive results to help meet Blood Assurance’s goals in the past, something he hopes to continue. “I had students donate 500 pints, maybe more, last semester,” he said. “Hopefully, there will be about the same this semester, too.” Wilson said Blood Assurance serves over 50 area hospitals as their only provider for blood, which they need for trauma patients, cancer patients and surgeries. Allison Costner, a junior from Chattanooga, said she has donated blood before for extra credit in Dr. Watson psychology class. “It’s a good idea,” said Costner. “You should give blood even if you don’t get extra credit. I still think it’s worth it.” Costner said her best friend is too little to give blood because she doesn’t weigh enough. Costner said if given the opportunity, she’s not quite sure if she would do it again. Rachael Hester, a freshman from Chattanooga, cannot give blood because she is anemic, but she said if she could donate blood she would. “A couple of my friends have done that before, but it kind of sucks for people like me who can’t,” Hester said. “I heard it’s pretty painless, and you just sit there and squeeze a ball. She said she thinks it’s a silly reason to give extra credit but it’s easy credit.

Volume 106, Issue 1


“An Evening with David Sedaris” Check out the photos Molly Arnold and Ryan Darling submitted to win the contest.

Contributed photo by Molly Arnold

Critic's Corner

Contributed photo by Ryan Darling

Paltrow gives ‘Strong’ performance By Jennifer Redman features editor

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Here comes the bride: Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for official photos after announcing their engagement. The April 29 wedding ceremony will be televised.

Wedding receives royal attention By Jennifer Redman features editor

The wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton April 29 has discussions on the nuptials ranging from focusing on the romance, to wondering why it is a big deal. Dr. Aaron Shaheen, an English professor, said he thinks the wedding is a novelty for Americans due to it being somewhat of a Medieval tradition. “We are a country without real connections to the Middle Ages,” Shaheen said. “And you can indirectly trace Prince William’s bloodline back to that time. For some countries, that sort of continuity is comforting and important.” Shaheen said he thinks it has become such a large deal in American media because Americans like to marvel at the “otherness” of the event. Alexis Willis, a senior from New Orleans, La, said she thinks the media is being too invasive of Kate’s life. “It seems like it may not be such a great thing to be a princess,” Willis said. “Her entire life is going to change, obviously. But even little things will be different, like her not being able to eat shellfish because it can be such a health threat.” Willis said she thinks the media is putting too much pressure on Kate to fill Princess Diana’s shoes. “They need to stop comparing her to Diana,” Willis said. “Diana was Main office: (423) 425-4298

exceptional and iconic in her own right. They should just let Kate be Kate and give her the opportunity to make a name for herself.” Brittney Owens, a senior from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., said she is not planning on waking up at 4 a.m. to watch the ceremony. “I think this wedding is a really big deal because England is getting a new princess,” Owens said. “But I don’t really understand why coverage of it is on every single tabloid and magazine in the U.S.” Owens said she thinks the main appeal for Americans is the fairytale theme of the whole story. “She is an ordinary girl who is living out the dream that every little wants of becoming a princess,” Owens said. “Since she is a commoner marrying into the Royal family this is definitely an important event. I’m sure it will be one of the biggest weddings ever, and there is no doubt it will be absolutely gorgeous.” Bethany Bellotti, a senior from Troy, Ohio, said she is not planning on watching the actual ceremony. “I’ll watch the highlights of it or read about it in a magazine, but I just do not have that much interest in royalty.” Erika Greene, a junior from Sevierville, Tenn., said she would rather spend time watching other news. “I think there are more important stories to be covered in the news,” Greene said. “Weddings are a big deal, but this one does not really affect us.” Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

The film “Country Strong,” recently released on DVD, was not exactly what I had expected, but it was very good. Gwyneth Paltrow plays the country star Kelly Canter, who is a recovering alcoholic and has just been taken out of rehab in order to get back on the road and tour. Kelly’s husband and manager, James, played by Tim McGraw cares more about Kelly’s career than her actual health, but Kelly has given him reasons to distance himself from her. Leighton Meester from “Gossip Girl” plays the up and coming star Chiles Stanton, who has just joined Kelly’s tour. Garrett Hedlund, from “Tron,” plays Beau Hutton, a young singer, songwriter who worked at Kelly’s rehabilitation center, and Kelly insists he come on tour with her.

It is obvious from the beginning that Kelly and Beau have a personal relationship, and her marriage with James is deteriorating. Paltrow did a lovely job portraying the personal struggle Kelly is going through. She is always amazing though, so this comes as no surprise. McGraw’s character was harsh, but he did a wonderful job, showing he definitely has a talent for acting. Meester and Hutton both have great voices, and they had believable chemistry with each other. The film shows the ups and downs of a life in the spotlight and how detrimental it can be. Each actor did a good job of making their role believable and relatable for the audience. The film is filled with love and heartache, and the ending brings a twist. I would recommend seeing it, especially to country music fans.

Lady Gaga performs for Little Monsters By Emily Sumners

assistant features editor

Lady Gaga traveled through Chattanooga Tuesday on her way from Atlanta to Nashville, and I followed her up I-24 to be a part of her Monster Ball Tour. I have been a “Little Monster” for about a year and a half now, which means I memorize the dances to her songs, follow her on Facebook and try to integrate her costumes into my everyday outfits. When Tuesday night finally arrived, I stood at Lady Gaga’s feet, looking up at her as she performed the show of a lifetime. Although the seven-month wait between getting tickets and going to the show seemed to last forever, the most painful wait was the hour between the opening act and Lady Gaga’s appearance. Semi Precious Weapons opened for Gaga, pumping up the crowd with lyrics like “I can’t pay the rent, but I’m [expletive] gorgeous” and asking, “who who who wants my baby?” The crowd was energized and ready for some Gaga. Then the curtain went down, the lights went up, and I stood in the mosh Fax: (423) 425-8100

pit for an hour. Once Gaga was finally on stage, she sang, dance and praised her fans. With songs like “Born this Way” and “Dance in the Dark,” Lady Gaga is all about loving yourself, and between songs, she would encourage individuality amongst her fans, many of whom were ironically dressed just like her. The visuals of the show were almost as impressive as her songs. She made several costume changes, wearing a clear plastic dress , disco ball corset and a red cape that looked like curtains hanging from a rod. The most awe-inducing costume was her bra and panties set that shot out fire. This blazing ensemble was a weapon against The Fame Monster, a huge animatronics creature that stole the show during “Paparazzi.” Giant monsters, elaborate sets and costumes, and theatrical dancing all made this a beautiful and entertaining stage production. While many stars sing on a stage and call it a show, Lady Gaga made her concert a true performance, taking the audience to a place of music and love – a place called the Monster Ball.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Volume 106, Issue 1

Editors’ Choice: The Echo Guide to Chattanooga fun Favorite Flavors Out and About restaurants by category

Burgers: Urban Stack 12 West 13th St. (423-4755350) Sun. – Thur. 11. a.m. – midnight, Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Chattanooga’s newest burger place combines an extensive burger menu, an intimidating whiskey list, locally grown ingredients and one of the most unique venues in town to create the perfect storm for burgers and drinks. New in Town: The Terminal Rembrandt’s Coffee House: This quaint 6 14th St. (423-752-8090) coffeehouse is the perfect place to stop in the art Mon. – Sun. 11 a.m. – midnight district for coffee and dessert. Simply put, the terminal is the best place in town for good Close to Campus: Coffee Crafters local food and beer. Its unique 324 Vine. St. (423- 756- 9995) venue and affordable menu make it an Mon. – Thur. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. 7 a.m. – unbeatable downtown dining destination. 3 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Whether you’re looking for solid coffee and breakfast served all day, free wifi or fresh sandwiches and salads, Coffee Crafters has it all within walking distance to campus. Photo by Caitlin Case

Best Breakfast: A r e t h a Frankenstein’s 518 Tremont St. (423265-7685) Photo contributed by Aretha Frankenstein’s Ranked as the best Aretha Frankenstein’s: This breakfast bungalow’s walls breakfast spot in are covered with movie and music memoribila. Chattanooga by Urbanspoon, Aretha Frankenstein’s offers Best Coffee: Rembrandt’s unbeatable hearty meals with a great 204 High St. (423) 265-5033 atmosphere. Monday-Thursday 7am-10pm; Friday 7am-11:30pm; Saturday 8am-11:30pm, Sweet Tooth: Julie Darling Donuts Sunday 8am-10pm This gem in the 121 Frazier Ave. (423-591-3737) Bluff View Art District is famous for its M-Th 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m. – 9 delicious coffee and chocolate. Come p.m. early for fresh scones. Julie Darling Donuts truly makes Chattanooga a sweeter place to be All Night Eatery: City Cafe by offering a variety of freshly made 901 Carter St. Mon. – Sun. 24/7 donuts ranging from traditional glazed This downtown diner boasts 24 hour to pancakes and bacon. After trying Julie delivery from its extensive menu. Darling donuts, not other donuts will suffice. Late night Study Spot: Yellow Deli 737 McCallie Ave. (423) 468-1777 Mon.-Thur. 24 hours, Fri until 5 p.m., closed Sat., open Sun. at 5 p.m. The Yellow Deli provides a unique dining experience with sandwiches, soups, smoothies and cream cheese pie made from 100 percent homegrown ingredients. Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Sweet CeCe’s 330 Frazier Ave. Suite 120 (423) 710-1633 Photo by Caitlin Case This frozen yogurt shop Urban Stack: Offers inside and outside seating, and offers a unique do-itis open late. yourself experience. Add in as many toppings as you Mexican: La Altena wish and pay by the ounce. 314 West Main St. (423-266-7595) Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat 11 Best Date Spot: Tony’s Pasta Shop and a.m. – 10 p.m. Trattoria A family owned restaurant, La Altena is 212 High St. (423) 265-5033 one of Chattanooga’s hidden gems. Its This renovated carriage house offers a menu is full of delicious Mexican fare and unique atmosphere. The build-a-pasta drinks at an affordable price. option is especially appealing. Home Cooking: Southern Star 1300 Broad St. (423-267-8899) Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. A fresh take on home cooking, Southern Star offers daily specials with a variety of tasty sides and hearty entrees which aren’t complete until they’re finished with warm banana pudding or sweet caramel cake. Main office: (423) 425-4298

art, entertainment and retail

Favorite Shopping: Forever 21 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423-296-1183) Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Hamilton Place Mall’s newest addition Forever 21 includes themed based collections of clothing, rooms for accessories and shoes and a section of Men’s clothing all with affordable prices and fun designs.

of Irish whiskey and beer. The pub serves as a venue for live local music every other Wednesday night. Best Mixed Drinks: The Big Chill 427 Market St (423) 267-2445 Mon.-Sat. 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Big Chill boasts the best frozen concoctions in town and delicious daily specials.

Best Beer: Big River Grille 222 Broad St. (423-2672739) Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri. – Sat 11 a.m. – midnight Sun. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Six varieties of beer ranging from light lager to I.P.A. combined with some of the best food in Photo by Caitlin Case town makes the original The Honest Pint: A short walk from campus, this Irish Big River Grille located pub features music, darts, and billiards. downtown our pick for best local brewery. Art: Hunter Museum of American Art 10 bluff view (423) 267-0968 Most Scenic: Art District, Walking Overlooking the Tennessee River, The Hunter Museum houses a fine collection of Bridge, Riverfront and Coolidge Park: Chattanooga is the perfect city for a walk- American art, which spans from the Coloing tour. Starting around the Hunter Mu- nial Period to the modern. A favorite event seum of American Art, anyone can walk for college students is the Hunter Mashup. down the glass bridge, explore the river- Buy an annual college pass and you can enfront, cross the walking bridge and end up joy art, music and a cash bar after hours. in at the carousel or fountains in Coolidge Park. Whether it’s a first date or an outing with friends, a walking tour can be a great Bluegrass: Mountain Opry 630 Chestnut St. (423) 267-8583 way to get acquainted with the city. Hours vary Friday nights Admission Price: Free The Mountain Opry offers live bluegrass music from local artists. Local goods: Chattanooga Market 1826 Carter St. (423) 6482496 April 18- Dec. 5: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Chattanooga Market is Photo contributed by Cloud 9 a local open aired market Cloud 9: This hookah bar has a relaxed and authentic that offers local produce atmosphere. and live music every weekend. Hookah Bar: Cloud 9 Hookah Bar 1101 Hixson Pike (423-521-4737) Tue. – Thur., Sun. 4 p.m. – midnight, Fri – Sat. 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sweet tobacco flavors, warm teas and comfy couches make Cloud 9 the most relaxing place in town to wind down with friends. Handmade goods: Leo 22 Frazier Ave. (423) 634-0440 Sun.-W 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., Th 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., F-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Leo customers shop for vintage clothes, functional art, avant garde fashion, and locally handmade jewelry on the eclectic North Shore. Best Bar: The Honest Pint 35 Patten Parkway 423-468-4192 This Irish pub and kitchen offers traditional Irish food and an impressive variety

Seafood: Easy Bistro 203 Broad St. (423- 266-1121) Mon. – Thur. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner Easy Bistro provides excellent seafood and sandwiches. Thursday night oysters on the half shell are priced at 25 cents each. Advertising office: (423) 425-8101

Bookstore: McKay’s Used Books 7734 Lee Highway (423) 892-0067 Located in a two-story open air building, McKay’s offers used books, movies, CDs and games from all subjects and is a great place to find textbooks.

Educational: Chattanooga Aquarium 1 Broad St. (800-262-0695) Adult Admission $24.95 Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Otters, butterflies and penguins, oh my! The Chattanooga Aquarium combines river wildlife and ocean wildlife in an interactive format to entertain anyone. Our staff particularly enjoys the butterfly room, petting stingrays and the catfish exhibit that features the Tennessee river.

Photo contributed by The Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium: The aquarium sits at the riverfront in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Fax: (423) 425-8100

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