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Sports grades up from Spring 2009 Staff Reports Athletes’ grades were mostly on the rise after the spring 2010 semester compared to the spring of 2009. According to data from the UTM athletics department, the women’s tennis team had the highest overall GPA of 3.66, up from their spring 2009
see page 4 for athletic grades graph semester average GPA of 3.46. Women’s volleyball followed with an average of 3.52, also up
from its 3.25 GPA in 2009. Softball had the third highest average with 3.45, and golf came behind with an average of 3.09, rising from 2.65 in spring 2009. Equestrian also rose from a 2.93 in spring 2009 to 3.05 in spring 2010. Cheerleading came out with a 3.03 average compared to
2.88 in spring 2009. Men’s cross country jumped from 2.49 in 2009 to 3.02 in 2010 and women’s cross country trailed closely at 3.01, staying the same as in 2009. Soccer came out with a 3.0, dropping from 3.27 in spring 2009, while women’s rifle was up with a 2.84 compared to 2.69 in 2009.
The women’s basketball team also jumped from 2.36 in spring 2009 to 2.46 in 2010. The mixed rifle team followed with an average of 2.51. The football team rose from a 2.31 in 2009 to 2.48 in spring 2010 while the baseball team’s average fell from 2.83 in 2009 to 2.46 in 2010. Rodeo also fell from 2.78 to
2.42 in spring 2010. The men’s basketball team rose from 2.14 in 2009 to 2.16 in 2010. The total average for all athletes came out to 2.75. Ninety-eight athletes made the spring 2010 Dean’s List and only nine were on probation. Thirty-seven sported GPAs between 3.00 and 3.19, and 23 athletes had a 4.00.
Residence halls to become wireless Jasmine Brooks Editorial Assistant Tired of tangled cords and being stuck in one area of the room in order to connect to the Internet? UTM Housing has formed a solution to these hassles by installing wi-fi (wireless Internet) in all residence halls and campus living establishments. Starting over the upcoming Christmas break, information technology workers will begin work on wi-fi connections in Ellington and Browning halls. They will later move on to Cooper Hall and will then expand to University Courts. “We plan on being done with the residence halls by this summer and, by this fall, getting it into University Courts,” said Mark McAlpin, UTM Information Technology Services manager. The technical project will be funded by Student Housing and will not be an additional cost to students. Ryan Martin, assistant director of Housing, said the wi-fi project has been in the works for a couple of years, but is just now taking off. The initiative was jumpstarted two months ago when the planning stages finally reached Information Technology Services. “We’ve known that students always have wanted wi-fi in the dorms, but it takes time to get these things together. With the help and information from the Student Government Association, we have really been determined to get this project going,” Martin said. When finished with the dorms and apartments, the majority of the campus will be wi-fi accessible.
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Free prints on Skyhawk cards reallocated Sarah Rowland Staff Writer UTM students want to know where their “free” print money has gone and Shannon Burgin, chief information officer for ITS and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, has answered the question. Burgin attended the SGA Senate meeting Thursday, Nov. 11, to present a report on technology services. After highlighting the technology fee summary report, which is released and available on the UTM website, Burgin informed SGA about the status of the
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$8 worth of “free” print money that until this fall had been automatically placed on students’ Skyhawk cards each semester. The money could be used only for printing documents on university printers in the Paul Meek Library and in various department labs. Burgin said the decision to phase out the print money service was decided a few years ago when the university began planning for impending budget cuts. The print money service was discontinued this fall, as budget cuts finally became a reality. “There were all kinds of recommendations taken throughout the campus on ways to
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reallocate money. We’ve had huge budget cuts, and I can’t quote the exact number, but we’ve had huge budget cuts and this is all part of the reallocation of funds to make the campus more efficient and more effective,” Burgin said about the ITS committee, which made the decision to reallocate the print money funds. Burgin stressed that the money has not been taken from students, but has been reallocated into other funds for software and other technology for students.
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Giving thanks for higher education With this being our last issue before Thanksgiving, it would be logical for us to do the usual “be thankful” song and dance that we’re sure we’ve done in years past. It’s not a bad message and, really, it’s a great holiday: gather with the ones you love, talk about what you’re thankful for, watch some football and eat some food. So we at The Pacer ask: “What are you truly thankful for?” We believe that even the bare minimum of gratitude is acceptable, so long as you do it. For some of us, it’s been too easy to say, “Well, I’m just thankful for my good health.” But do we really mean it? Do we truly feel it? After you’ve finished consuming all that delicious food, use the rest of your day to meditate on what you are truly thankful for and one of your items could certainly be your pursuit of a higher education. UTM certainly isn’t without fault. It’s all too easy for us to lament the lack of night life or maybe complain about the parking situation or difficulty in selecting certain classes during registration. Really, though, UTM does fine by us. The campus is clean, safe and we boast a state-of-the-art library and workout facility. Some of the greatest praise surrounds the teacher-to-student ratio and the ability to work closely with professors. Yeah, the Fine Arts Building is derelict and the Humanities Building is polluted with noise on occasion, but it’s a lot more than many people have. It’s easy for us to complain and call out the shortcomings, but it’s a lot easier to just give credit where it’s due and be grateful for a place where we can gain both knowledge and experience. So when you’re loosening your pants after a hearty meal or two next weekend, take a moment and be thankful for UTM, too.
Anime fan praises Cosplay Cafe, recent JARS fundraiser Claire Harden Guest columnist If you have been walking around the Quad recently, you have more than likely seen chalk signs saying, “Cosplay Café! November 3rd and 4th in Cooper Basement, 5 – 9 P.M.!”. Or you might have been standing in line for lunch and had a random person in a kimono wearing cat ears screaming at you to buy tickets for Cosplay Café. No matter how you heard it, JARS, the Japanese Anime Research Society, was trying to get your attention and get you to attend the first Cosplay Café. For those not immersed in the anime culture, you may have wondered what Cosplay Café is. To find out, you have to do a little backtracking – to Japan, in fact. In Tokyo is an area called Akihabara, a popular community for those interested in anime and all of its craziness. Akihabara has cafés where
Reuben Kendall Guest Columnist “THE WORLD OF ANIME” was hard to miss. Hovering over a bright jumble of cartoon faces, the large black letters caught my eye as soon as I picked up last Wednesday’s Pacer. Page 3 promised to tell all - why DO fans of Japanese animation love it so much? As a fan myself I had my ideas, but I flipped through the Pacer’s flimsy folds without hesitation, eagerly anticipating a professional take on the matter. I was disappointed.
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way into the public limelight for well over a decade, taking a stand for the art they love and proving themselves a force to be reckoned with. A “cult” no longer (if it ever was), anime fandom is now mainstream. Our own Middle Tennessee Anime Convention’s annual thousands of attendees aside, the influence of Japan’s manga and anime on American comics and cartoons has been undeniably powerful and continues to grow stronger as generations of graphic artists and storytellers raised on Eastern masterpieces bring their new ideas to the drawing board.
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The entire world of anime is apparently so simplistic that a single sentence sums it up nicely, and not even an especially original sentence at that. Far from being even moderately well-informed, the author’s 27-word synopsis of “almost al[l]” anime was nothing but the same disinterested stereotype that has long been thrown at anime fans by a condescending incrowd majority. Well, former majority. The marginalized “cult following” of anime fans who are supposedly “living in a fantasy world” have been pushing their
costumes of favorite anime characters, and use those instead. Thus became Cosplay Café. With food tiers of $10, $15 and $20, there was a price and a food item for every taste. On Nov. 3 and 4 people came to eat delicious items like beef clear soup, udon, hot chicken casserole, karage, and grilled steak while drinking their favorite sodas or trying new sodas like Ramune, a Japanese imported soda, or nibbling on Japanese desserts like Pocky and mochi or something a little more familiar in cookies and doughnuts. “The food was good and very authentic in my opinion,” said Reuben Kendall, one of the customers, “but then again I’ve only eaten about a dozen homecooked Japanese meals in Japan.” As customers were eating, they were able to watch the servers dance around to the music, either doing a spur-ofthe-moment tango or para para.
“It [dressing as a maid] made me a little nervous at first, but then I got into the experience,” said Cayla Comstock, one of the waitresses. “It was an educational experience for me,” said Angela Le, the president of JARS, who got to learn trial-byfire what it takes to be a manager in a restaurant. And apparently the experience translated into sales for the café. JARS was able to raise $320 to help fund community service projects with Martin Housing, help lower club member costs to the annual trip to Middle Tennessee Anime Convention, and to help get new anime to show for the club. “We need to make some improvements for next year,” said vice president Ian McGrath, “but overall it was a success. And a dream come true for an otaku like me.” So if you couldn’t attend Cosplay Cafe this year, look for it next fall.
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the uniform du jour is to be dressed as a maid. The waitresses, dressed as maids, serve the hungry masses and entertain them by playing games and keeping a steady stream of conversation going. These maid cafés have become so popular they have made their way into popular animes such as “Kaicho wa Maid-sama,” “Class President is a Maid,” where the female student body president of a recently integrated allboys school has to keep her job in a maid café a secret in order to maintain her tough standing with the boys at her school. So when JARS was thinking about what to do for a fall semester fundraiser, a maid café serving Japanese dishes came to mind. The club hit a snag when it became obvious it would have a tough time getting or making outfits for everybody. The easier solution was to reach into the depths of club members’ closets and pull out Cosplay outfits,
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Unfortunately, the author of last Wednesday’s article seemed blissfully unaware that there was anything to anime or anime fans beyond a decadesold caricature based on careless and childless assumptions. So, having exhausted her knowledge and interest in the life experience of the Martin anime fan base before she even began to try to do them justice, our dear friend at The Pacer proceeded to plug a sequence of three interviews that quickly abandoned nearly all relevance to the article, ending up with a disjointed investigation of the literary interests of two student writers who happened
to be attending JARS’ recent Cosplay Cafe. All told, it really wasn’t the way that last week’s article failed to do an art form I admire justice that disappointed me. It wasn’t the way that it failed to give anything close to an accurate representation of the life and diversity of a rapidly growing social demographic here at UTM. More than anything, it was the way that 19 whole paragraphs utterly failed to convince me that the author even remotely cared. To which I can only say, wake up. We are the real world.
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“I’m going to have to stick with the traditional meal on this one. It’s just not Thanksgiving without dressing.”
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News In Their Shoes A weekly walk in another’s life experience
College student balances school and motherhood Marquita Douglas News Editor The life of a college student can be hectic with tests, papers, the temptation to procrastinate and those occasional night-life experiences that sum up what college life is all about. Like Jessica Walker, though, many college students today have more than just their traditional studies on their plates. Walker, who already has a full plate, is not only a college undergraduate and employee, but is also a full-time mother to her daughter, Nautica Tomlin. Though she has more responsibility than most college undergraduates, Walker, a senior Finance major, confesses she wouldn’t trade any of her responsibilities for anything in the world. “My focus is my family and my daughter. Second, I would have to say, is my school life. Those are the two main things in my life that matter the most to me right now,” Walker said. Walker, who said her world
Senior Jessica Walker tries to balance being a full-time college student, while at the same time being a young mother. (Pacer Photo/Whittney Lucas)
changed drastically, but for the better, when her daughter was born 18 months ago, believes that the life of a
mother and a college student may be overwhelming at times. “When I first realized that
I was going to be a mother, so many thoughts ran through my head. I was thinking, how am I going to go to school, how am I going to stay focused,” Walker said. “ You see so many statistics against young mothers, it makes you think. To know that my child’s father is still here, and that our families are very supportive, lets me know that we can overcome a lot.” Responsibility is the key for Walker when she is overwhelmed with the obstacles that can come along with being a young mother, still trying to accomplish positive goals. She encourages all people, not just young mothers, to realize that certain situations come with more responsibility. With motherhood, especially with college students, comes the task of separating your needs from your wants. “Everything that I want to do, I have to think first. It is not just about Jessica anymore. I just can’t up and go out. I can’t just go here and there without thinking about how this will affect my family. I had to realize I’m a mother now,” Walker said.
Academic speaker discusses ‘Coming Economic Crisis’ Kimmie Balkcom Pacer Writer
The free market affects everyone on the planet, yet only a few participate in it, said the latest academic speaker on Nov. 11. Dr. David Barber, associate professor of history at UTM and author of “A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why it Failed,” gave insight on how the banks and subprime loans pushed the country into its current economic situation. Barber explained that before the 1980s banks gave out loans on the premise that the individual could pay back the loan over time. Since that time the banks began to create other means of giving mortgages called subprime loans. These loans, he said, were given to people who could not pay them back and the investors of these loans were stuck with the problem. Those people who could not pay back the loans also could not buy as many consumer goods and so the housing market collapsed, along with the markets that included those consumer goods.
When these markets fell, so did the jobs that once created those goods. These subprime loans and other debt mechanisms were created from the nation’s skewed distribution of wealth, which was created from the free market system, Barber said. Barber added that in the U.S. the richest 1 percent of the population own over 40 percent of America’s wealth. However, the lowest 60 percent own about 1 percent of the nation’s wealth. Barber asked the audience to picture an auditorium with 100 people and 100 seats. The single richest person would have nearly 43 seats to himself, while the poorest 60 people would cram into one single seat. The consequences of this unequal distribution of wealth can be seen throughout the world. Those people who make clothing and shoes, said Barber, make about $1 a day. Nearly 10.6 million children under age 5 die each year from curable diseases and hunger. All of this is a result of the U.S, free market system, he
Dr. David Barber, the latest Academic Speaker, delivered insights on the current economic situation. (Pacer Photo/Kimmie Balkcom)
said. “There is no coming economic crisis, the crisis we have today is a permanent and ongoing crisis, it is a crisis which condemns the majority of the people on this planet to lives of poverty, ignorance and violence,” Barber said. Barber added that so long as a few people control the
world economy in their own interest, that economy cannot meet the needs of the world’s majority, including the needs of the American people. The only way to end this crisis of the free market system is to place the power of the world’s economy in the hands of every human being on the planet, he said.
Student honored for building social network site Three UTM students and three faculty members presented at the annual ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) mid-Southeast chapter conference Nov. 11 and 12 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Paul Tesar, a UTM senior and computer science major, received an honorable mention for his speech about a children’s social networking website he developed called mygopoints.com. The system for the website was built on the Friendito Social Framework, developed by Tesar, according to the
abstract written of his talk. “My talk went great! I got a large audience and received an Honorable Mention award for my speech and project. I consider that a great success for myself as well as UTM,” Tesar said. Ben Hollomon, a computer science major, and Ian Weston, a UTM senior and information technology major, presented a speech about a project they began planning last year and recently implemented. “Mine and Ben’s talk went really well. We gave a 20minute presentation about the deployment of a project we’ve been working on with the
“Nautica is full of life. She is just vibrant. She’s always happy; even when I feel like I’ve had a bad day, she always finds a way to cheer you up. It’s like I forget everything, when I come home and know that she is happy,” Walker said. Though becoming a parent changed Walker’s life, she accepts motherhood and believes in the saying that “Nothing is impossible.” “Never give up. I know people put a label on or judge young mothers, but never give up. I know it is hard, but it can be done. “Whatever your goal is, go for it; don’t think you can be held back because you are a mother now,” Walker said. Graduating in May, working a full-time job, raising her daughter, and establishing a family has made Walker appreciate life and hope for the future. “I’m blessed. I know a lot of people say that, but I’m truly happy with life right now,” Walker said with a smile. “I have my family and support from his family and my family.”
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Computer science students attend conference Sarah Rowland Staff Writer
Walker approaches her new responsibilities with open arms, and knows that without the support from her child’s father, who also attends UTM, things could be a lot harder. “I feel like a lot of times if my child’s father wasn’t there I would be overwhelmed and I would have a hard time. He is there for us 100 percent.” Time management, as any mother may agree, is also the key to motherhood. Being a parent is hard enough, Walker said, and tying in studying and schoolwork calls for balance. “Nautica’s father and I try to balance each other out. If I need time to study or he needs time to study, it’s like we try to help each other out,” Walker said. Though the life of a young mother, who also wears the hat of a full-time graduating senior, can get frantic and overwhelming at times, Walker said that at the end of the day it is all worth it. The studying, lack of sleep, and tight schedules are minor in the grand scheme of things when she comes home to her daughter.
Gibson County emergency operating center program,” Weston said. Three UTM faculty members presented at the conference as well: Bob Bradley, Otha Britton and Jim Clark, UTM professors of computer science. “I thought the conference went great this year. There were 125 people in attendance, 58 professionals and 67 students. Everybody did great on their presentations and they were well attended,” said Bradley, also the treasurer for the mid-Southeast chapter of ACM. Weston said the conference lasted all day with four
presentations happening at a time and visitors chose which talks they wanted to listen to. “My favorite part of the conference was the time right before I was going to give my speech. I liked the rush of adrenalin, not knowing what to expect. I also enjoyed social gathering at the banquet where the awards were given out,” Tesar said. Bradley said UTM has participated in this conference for the past several years. Beth Walker, Writing Center employee, and Anna Clark, instructor of English, also attended the conference with the group.
SGA hosted several visitors at the Senate meeting held Thursday, Nov. 11, including guests who presented information about the proposal for UTM security. Daniel Plourde and staff of LPS Integration talked with SGA about the types of services they could offer UTM through installing security cameras in campus parking lots. Plourde presented several examples to SGA exemplifying the quality of LPS Integration camera systems. He said they could provide cameras that would shoot images of entire parking lots and their cameras could provide detailed zoom features to catch license plate numbers or have more clear views of suspects in crimes. One of Plourde’s associates informed SGA that LPS Integration could offer a new camera system to UTM for an affordable rate. However, the students would directly pay the cost. LPS said each UTM student would pay about $23$25 per semester to pay for
the new camera system. The payment is a leasing system that would be in effect for five years and would not place any added tax or burden on ITS. Plourde asked if this was something UTM students wanted and he said he would like to hear feedback from students as to where they would like to see cameras installed apart from parking lots. To submit your thoughts on the proposal, please contact SGA by e-mail at sga@utm. edu. In other SGA business: •President Sammie Linton called for volunteers for a new committee aimed at helping student organizations through funding or other means. •Shannon Burgin, chief information officer, Mark McAlpin and Terry Lewis spoke about “free” print money and other current and new technology services. •SGA debated new legislation, “Repeal of Article IV, Section 8,” which states that members of SGA cannot work more than 10 hours outside of SGA.
Photo exhibit on 9/11 attacks displayed at UTM museum Jenifer Nicks Pacer Writer Millions of Americans were going through their daily routines when the world was seemingly turned upside down on Sept. 11, 2001. The opportunity to honor those who died when the twin towers were attacked has come to UTM. An exhibit titled “New York, September 11, by Magnum” is being shown in the Special Collections area in the Paul Meek Library. The exhibit was photographed by Magnum Photographers, who captured the responses of some of the civilians and first-responders who were in New York City directly after the terror attacks
occurred. “Careful and respectful, this exhibit, which includes a list of all those who perished, is one means of helping us process national grief and shape a national memory,” said Richard Saunders, the curator of Special Collections and University Archives at the Paul Meek Library The New York Historical Society created the exhibit. Funding from the J. Houston Gordon Museum Endowment has made it possible for the exhibit to be seen at UTM. Access to the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 15, is free of charge. The museum is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
November 17, 2010
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where brains meet brawn: A look at Spring 2010 Skyhawk Sports GPA averages
From Cover Reasons she gave for the reallocation were: students were not primarily using the funds for academic endeavors; many of the academic projects that do require printing are now available online, particularly through Blackboard; and the reallocation helps to reduce printing and increases the focus of green technology by doing more paperless academic work online. In response to Burgin, one student said that several of his professors do not use Blackboard and some even refuse to use it. He asked how students or SGA could persuade more professors to move toward Blackboard. “You all have better luck at influencing professors than we do, so if you wanted to be very strong about it you could put a referendum in saying you would like every faculty member to use Blackboard,” Burgin said. She added if students wanted to take a more “middle ground,” she would be willing to cooperate with SGA in gathering faculty who are heavy Blackboard users and use them to help persuade other faculty to use Blackboard. Another student said a lot of faculty say they need to use paper materials in order to comment on student work. He asked if there was a technology available to them to make
comments electronically. Burgin said all faculty receive a tablet computer which does allow them to annotate students’ work electronically and UTM provides training for using the computers. However, Burgin also said, “There are some courses and some items that are difficult to put online so ‘blanketly’ everybody cannot do it online, but a good majority can.” When one student asked about adding an open computer lab in a building like the Business building, Burgin asked if students would use a laptop charging station in the lounge area of the building. She said it was an inexpensive way to equip the building for computers. One student asked about adding printers in some labs on campus that lack them. Burgin said such decisions are made on a volume versus cost basis. If there are not a lot of students who use that lab and the output is not great, she said it’s more expensive to furnish a printer there, with ink and paper, than to allow students to print in another lab. Finally, one student asked what measures are being taken by UTM to protect other technology services provided for the students. “That’s exactly what we’ve been doing. All these steps
that we’ve taken are being able to do that. If we could not reallocate the printing money then there was a possibility that when the stimulus money was gone then some of the other services might have gone away, like some of the software that’s provided now. All these steps that we’ve taken over the last two to three years are to prepare us for the drawback on some money,” Burgin said. Mark McAlpin, UTM telecommunications manager, said wireless Internet should be up in Browning and Ellington by spring 2011. Terry Lewis of ITS introduced what he called the “virtual lab revolution.” ITS is currently working on a project to make UTM software available through a server farm located on campus. The project would make software available to students anytime, anywhere, said Lewis, as long as they have Internet access. He said so far only a few computers on campus are hooked up to the server, but it’s a long-term project that is being phased into existence. Burgin, McAlpin and Lewis also informed SGA about other information on UTM technology services, saying that UTM is working toward better technology services for students despite recent budget cuts.
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11-5-10 at 8 a.m. – University Courts – Traffic accident involving two vehicles. Report on file. 11-5-10 at 7:24 p.m. – University Courts “G” Unit – Report of a dispute between apartment occupants. Both parties were advised to have no further contact with each other. Referred to Student Affairs.
11-9-10 at 2:05 p.m. – Lovelace Street – Subject issued a citation for a stoplight violation. (City Court)
11-9-10 at 2:16 p.m. – Library – Report of a stolen cell phone from a backpack. Investigation continues.
11-9-10 at 10:20 p.m. – Browning Hall – Report of a subject who was having a panic attack. Officers responded and transported the subject to the hospital per request.
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11-10-10 at 1:58 a.m. – Subject was issued a citation for no proof of insurance. (General Sessions Court)
11-10-10 at 11:25 a.m. – University Courts “E” Unit – Received a report that an individual had attempted to harm self. Officers and EMS responded and the subject was transported to the hospital.
11-10-10 at 9:11 p.m. – Clement Circle – A vehicle was towed because of an excessive number of parking tickets.
11-11-10 at 2:02 a..m – Off Campus East – A subject was arrested on public intoxication, violation of the drinking age law, and possession of a false identification. (General Sessions Court)
“Energy Saving Initiatives at UTM” will be the topic on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The talk will be held in Room 111 in Boling University Center from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Faculty Art Exhibition
The Department of Visual and Theatre Arts presents VTA Faculty Art Exhibition Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Upstairs Gallery of the Paul Meek Library.
11-11-10 at 12:43 p.m. – Humanities Building – Report the fire alarm was sounding. Officers and MFD responded and determined it to be caused by ongoing construction. 11-11-10 at 1:07 a.m. – Lot 1 (Football Stadium) – A vehicle was towed because of an excessive number of parking tickets.
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Academic Speaker Series
Jonathan Alter, a political commentator, will be the Academic Speaker on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elam Center.
The sign-up deadline for Campus Recreation’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Tuesday, Nov. 23. Anyone interested can sign up from 4 to 6 p.m. that day in the Elam Center.
Senior Voice Recital
The Department of music will present two senior voice recitals Sunday, Nov. 21. Virginia Cherry’s recital will be held at First United Methodist Church from 3 to 4 p.m. Brittney Joyner’s recital will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church from 7 to 8 p.m.
November 17, 2010
‘CoD: Black Ops’ supplies multiplayer madness Spencer Taylor Managing Editor
Grab your rifle, slap in a magazine and lock and load according to “Call of Duty’s” sales pitch, there’s a soldier in all of us. “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” the latest juggernaut shoot-’em -up to grace our screens, began flying off shelves at 12:01 a.m. last Tuesday to avid fans willing to fork over the cash to let their soldier out. For those unfamiliar with the immediate history of the franchise, allow me to catch you up. Two developers, Treyarch and Infinity Ward, have alternated duties in creating each new title in the “Call of Duty” series for the past few years. Infinity Ward was responsible for pushing the franchise into the modern era with “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” and “Modern Warfare 2,” while Treyarch stuck with the past in “World at War” (World War II) and now “Black Ops” (Cold War era). At this point, I should probably point out that I’ve barely played the single-player campaign. I can tell you it takes you around the world from Cuba to Vietnam, to some snowy place that might be somewhere in Russia. To be honest, I don’t really know. Really, if you’re picking up a “Call of Duty” game just to play the single player, someone needs to page you on your
beeper or call your car phone - this is 2010 and I don’t think anybody, Treyarch included, has made it less than clear what the selling point of their game is. If you haven’t guessed, it’s the multiplayer. Those who have played any of the past three titles will feel right at home with the latest round of multiplayer madness Treyarch provides. The game play, heads-up display and control scheme is largely unchanged and it’s what lies outside the battlefield that lends the greatest change to the experience. There is a soldier in all of us, and Treyarch’s enrichment of the multiplayer experience benefits the individual player in the massive online world “Call of Duty” hosts. Gone are the days of slowly unlocking specific weapons at particular levels of play. Instead, Treyarch has introduced a currency system that allows players to choose (when unlocked) what weapon, attachment, perk, kill streak, etc. that they wish to buy. In interviews and promotional videos, Treyarch developers have made the case that this currency system allows players to better tailor their loadouts to their fighting style and I’m inclined to agree with them. Additionally, players can spend this currency on customization features such
as face paint or weapon decals. Really, Treyarch has done a pretty solid job of giving players the ability to differentiate themselves from the mass of other players designing phallic images to represent their character. Mapwise, “Black Ops” ships with a pretty decent collection. One of the more striking
mentioning, “Firing Range,” is a simple yet functional map by design and forces all players to constantly be on their guard. It’s not as glamorous as some of the other 13 maps that ship with the game, yet its smaller size and congested layout can lead to some tense moments, especially in the Domination game type. The other maps within the game range in style and size, a n d many of them
maps the developers previewed leading up to launch, “Nuke Town,” is tight map with little breathing room. Modeled after a nuclear test town, (think the latest Indiana Jones movie) “Nuke Town” is a neat piece of American suburbia that contrasts nicely with the hordes of soldiers blowing the hell out of each other. Another map worth
are undoubtedly modeled after the single player campaign. Currently, no plans have been announced to release a map pack for the game, but I would be willing to bet gamers will have one before the year is up. Overall, the multiplayer experience does not disappoint. With a good to great selection of maps, overhauled leveling system and the inclusion of
wager-type matches that allow players to gain (or lose) currency, “Black Ops” packs a multiplayer punch that is hard to ignore. One downside to the new experience is what I would call the “bullshit” factor. The game strays from the straightedge, no-nonsense game play found in the first few games and includes some aspects that feel like they should belong in other popular shooters of the day. For example: several levels into the ranking system, players unlock a crossbow with an explosive bolt not unlike the gritty Torque Bow from the “Gears of War” series. I don’t know if operatives during the sixties carried such an item, but I’m much more willing to bet that it was just Treyarch referencing the popular science fiction weapon. Also on into the leveling system, players can walk around with a heavy, multi-barreled machine gun like the one the Terminator uses in “Terminator 2.” You know, the robot. Look, I’m not a stickler for realism in a game like this, but when I’m playing “Call of Duty” I don’t want to have to double check the game disc in my 360 thinking I’m in a “Team Fortress 2” match. C’mon Treyarch, was this one really necessary?
That’s pretty much the worst of Treyarch’s “bullshit” factors, unless you count the undermounted flamethrower that you can attach to any assault rifle. Sorry to complain, but after scanning the weapon options in “Black Ops,” I wonder if Treyarch employees stowed away on some school bus one afternoon to listen to a bunch of 12-year olds talk about all the random cool stuff they’d want to see in a game like this. I’m not saying it’s not fun, but I imagine the guys over at Infinity Ward are wondering how the hell their semi-serious additions to the series ended up getting to this. If I didn’t run you singleplayer lovers off earlier, I can say that what I did play of the campaign seemed promising. The opening level puts you in the midst of the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, and, as a History major, it’s neat to see the way Treyarch puts a spin on real-life incidents. Also look for appearances by John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro and Robert McNamara. If you’re a shooter fan on the fence about buying this latest installment, I’d wholly recommend it if you’re looking for a great way to have some mindless multiplayer fun. f you’re stuck without online capabilities, I’d wager that this one is probably worth a rental first to see if it deserves your hard-earned cash.
Student Org Spotlight: S.H.A.P.E. Club exercises right to get involved Kara Kidwell Advertising Manager
T.K.I.F. - Thank Kanye it’s Friday Joel Flowers Pacer Writer Ever since he snatched the microphone from Taylor Swift and uttered the infamous words “Imma let you finish …” at the 2009 VMAs, Kanye West has become as he says in “Power”: “the abomination of Obama’s nation.” How does one come back from such self-inflicted public scorn that has seemed to exponentially grow from his accusation of “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” against the former president in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to his most recent spat with Matt Lauer of the “Today” show? Well, it might not cause full recovery/forgiveness, but giving away free music every Friday might be a start. And since Aug. 20, West
has done such with the release of “Power (Remix)” and the proclamation that from then until Christmas he will be releasing a new song every Friday. Understandably he has called it GOOD Fridays, the G.O.O.D. acronym coming from his self-founded record label G.O.O.D. Music, which stands for Getting Out Our Dreams. The label is home to several all-star and upand-coming artists, including Common, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Mos Def, Pusha T (of the Clipse), and Big Sean. Let it be made clear: These songs aren’t minute snippets or trashy sounding early album leaks with DJ drops splattered throughout. Every single track is album quality with a majority of them serving as hosts to features from legendary hiphop artists such as Jay-Z,
Raekwon, and RZA. Lyricism is alive and well throughout the tracks released thus far, which is evident in part of Jay-Z’s verse on “So Appalled”: “Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero/ Or live long enough to see yourself become a villain/I went from the favorite to the most hated/ But would you rather be underpaid or overrated?” It should also be said that the tracks released are better than other artists’ whole albums (looks at Waka Flocka Flame) and others’ entire discography (looks at Gucci Mane). In fact, three of the GOOD Friday releases are actual album cuts from Kanye’s upcoming release “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” West has always been for better or for worse a trendsetter in not only hip-
hop but all of music and this next move he has made via GOOD Fridays has put the industry on its head and made his mission clear: getting good music (see that pun there?) out to the masses. And that kind of generosity should make fans of those who wouldn’t be fans otherwise. One issue with GOOD Fridays that is worth mentioning is the cover art for all of the individual songs. Almost all of them have women in various states of undress, including fully nude, which could be offensive to some. But if you are able to get past that, then head over to kanyewest.com and legally download free music from West. So Kanye, I, for one, am going to let you finish with your GOOD Fridays till Christmas and not interrupt.
The S.H.A.P.E .Club at UTM might just be what you need to get in “shape” and have some fun at the same time. According to its website, the S.H.A.P.E Club, or the Sports, Health, Athletics, Physical Education Club, is “the student professional organization which offers the Health and Human Performance majors an opportunity for personal and professional growth through involvement in departmental activities and campus events.” The club advisers are Dr. Laura Brown, Dr. Deborah Gibson and Scott Pun. Currently, the 79 club members have many different activities they participate in throughout the year, such as the Brian Brown Memorial 5K Run, a one-mile Fun Walk, Quad City and canned food drives. They are also assisting serving residents of Greenbrier Meadows with their Thanksgiving Day
meal and assisting with the Van Ayer Nursing Home Christmas Party. Sequria Hamer, a senior Health and Human Performance major, is the president of the organization. She joined “because it was a club devoted to my major. It has not only kept me involved in the community and on campus, but it has also enhanced my ability to guide and work well with others,” she said. Currently the S.H.A.P.E. Club is open to students at UTM, and you need not be a Health and Human Performance major to join. Meetings are held every other Thursday at the Skyhawk Fieldhouse in room 2056 at 12:15 p.m. Free pizza is provided, but please bring a drink. Member dues are $8 per semester and a club shirt is included in your dues. For more information about the S.H.A.P.E Club, contact Hamer at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu or go to www.utm. edu/departments/cebs/hhp/ SHAPEClub.php.
November 17, 2010
Secret’s out: ‘Lady Audley’ another Vanguard success Kristen Harrelson Pacer Writer If you like stories where not everything is as it first seems, Vanguard Theatre had something for you with “Lady Audley’s Secret.” Based off a popular book written in the 19th century, “Lady Audley’s Secret” is a musical with intrigue, creativity, and pure random adventure. Set in England in 1860, the musical delves into the past life of Lady Audley and the current lives of Sir Michael Audley, Capt. Robert Audley, Miss Alicia Audley and George Tallboys. When the latter goes missing on the day of Sir Michael’s 70th birthday, Capt. Robert Audley forges ahead to hunt down the reason. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Lady Audley has a secret that only a close friend, Phoebe, knows. The musical started off a little slow in the beginning. As it neared the end of the first act, the pianist and Lady Audley are in a battle of wills. As proof of her dominance, Lady Audley produces a one-shot pistol and shoots the pianist, but low and behold, in
classic melodramatic style, he does not die! He returns to play the rest of the show. Unfortunately for him, he gets picked on by Lady Audley and Capt. Audley during another song in the second act, which was considerably better than the first. Jade Johnson portrayed Lady Audley, the conniving and manipulative exgoverness married to Sir Michael Audley, portrayed by Matthew Maitland. The relationship between these characters seems to be loving and happy even though it is based upon lies as George Tallboys, portrayed by Mark Lassiter, comes to town and subsequently goes missing and Capt. Robert Audley, portrayed by Tyler Fitzgerald, looks into the disappearance. Johnson was particularly good as the title character, convincingly portraying a governess turned lady of society. She showed off her acting skills as well as her singing voice. She worked very well with her on-stage husband and had the audience laughing with her interactions with the pianist, Michael Yandell. Maitland was great as Sir Michael Audley, and he was a wonderful
complement to Johnson and the rest of the cast, though he was not a minor character by any means. Both Mark Lassiter and Tyler Fitzgerald, playing George and Capt. Robert, performed well enough to keep their scenes moving and provide laughs for the audience. Also worth noting were the many ensemble performers who lent their voices and acting skills to the production, along with Yandell, who provided not only the music, but also some comic relief. The play used references from many other-era things. When discussing this with others, I found certain references to shows such as “Family Guy.” I found “The Firemen’s Song” to be hysterical, even more so when one of the firemen had his mustache upside down and then he tripped. The musical used aspects of our times as well as aspects from the 1800s. As for the cast, it was well put together and the directing phenomenal. It was a very good production by Vanguard, who will look to follow it up in the spring with “Rashomon.”
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November 17, 2010
Skyhawks dominate Tennessee State University Relations/Trevor Ruszkowski
Column: Rooting for the other team is unacceptable, even the other band Joshua Lemons Sports Features Editor
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Skyhawks take win, bragging rights, first-ever Sgt. Alvin C. York Trophy Josh Weiss Sports Editor Their band was about the only thing that Tennessee State had going for them Saturday, as the Skyhawks dictated almost every second of UTM’s 37-0 trouncing of the Tigers in the Skyhawks’ final game of the season. The words, “Finish strong,” echoed throughout the Bob Carroll Football Building all week, and that’s what UTM did on both sides of the ball.
The Skyhawks’ defense was phenomenal, holding the Tigers to just 123 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers in the shutout victory. Senior linebacker Josh Bey led the way for the “D,” racking up seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss, against TSU. The UTM offense matched the play of their counterparts, posting 517 yards of total offense in a mere 31 minutes of possession. Working quickly and efficiently,
UTM picked apart the Tigers’ defense. Sophmore quarterback Derek Carr continued his superb play, throwing for 286 yards, including 54-yard and 47yard strikes to wide receivers Stephen Shiver and Taylor Stanley respectively. On the ground, tailback Jason McNair rushed just nine times for a whopping 125 yards. McNair finished the game with 156 all-purpose yards in his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season. The Skyhawks finish the season at
6-5, including a 5-3 record in Ohio Valley Conference play. “We are going to work Monday,” Simpson said. “We will get back in the weight room Monday. Next year, this time, we want to be one of the teams who will get to continue to play in the postseason.” With the win, UTM claims the Sgt. York Trophy for the fist time in school history, defeating in-state rivals Tennessee State, Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech
OK, before I hear from the naysayers, let me say this. Tennessee State University has an awesome band. They are nationally recognized. To quote Friday, “I know this ... man!” However, it was sad to see people leaving the game at halftime after the TSU band performed – especially considering the Skyhawk band was taking the field, some band members performing for their last time. After all, they are students, too. At that point, the Skyhawks were only up by two touchdowns with TSU receiving to start the third quarter. The game was by no means a blowout. In addition, it was senior night. Oh yeah, there was a trophy on the line (the Sergeant York trophy) and in-state bragging rights for the whole year (even though we don’t get the trophy until the spring, but that is another rant for
Skyhawks cruise past MacMurray College in season opener Jonathan Crawley Pacer Writer
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Junior guard Reuben “Ookie” Clayton led all scorers with 18 points as the Skyhawks rolled past MacMurray College 70-49, never trailing in their season opener. The first half started with a quick score by Clayton and UTM used that to their advantage as they slowly started to increase their lead to 11-6. They maintained control and scored nine more points before the MacMurray Highlanders could score again. The Highlanders slowly tried to work their way back into the match as they made the score 35-21, in favor of UTM late in the first. That streak ended with a jump shot from Dane Smith and a final shot from Terence Smith that sent both teams into the locker room with the score 39-21. Clayton opened the second half with another quick score followed by Mike Liabo to put the Skyhawks up 43-21. The Highlanders tried to rebound quickly in hopes of turning the game around as they made the score 45-31. The Skyhawks battled it out with the Highlanders for the last moments of the game, but UTM successfully fought off the resistance and took a lopsided victory at 70-49. “I think our ability to guard the basketball and limit them to 35 percent shooting was something that really helped,” said Head Coach Jason James. “That is something that we kind of shoot for. We
use 40 as a goal and anytime we can get below that, I believe it shows a direct correlation between that and winning basketball games. We’ll try to build on that momentum and build on the fact that we forced
26 turnovers. Take it in Monday and try to stay at that same level,” said James. “Our lineup should help us a lot. Monday’s will be big for us and most teams will play ten or eleven players and we’ll try to play the same amount. We like to keep them fresh and keep guys running in and out. We want to keep everyone’s minutes around twenty five. I think Ookie played 27 tonight, which may be a little high for him, but he was playing well so we let him roll,” said James. “We are going to try to create opportunities for ourselves. Getting the ball in transition. Passing the ball inside more. I think in the second half we got a higher percentage of shots because we were shooting the ball in the paint. In the first half we settled for outside jumpers. We have to keep getting that ball in the paint and keep trying to penetrate to create opportunities. I think our points will go up as the season goes on. Right now we are so farther ahead defensively than we are offensively, which is kind of by design, but hopefully our offense starts to catch up”, said James. The Skyhawks picked up their second win of the season on Monday, Nov. 15 against Centenary College, moving UTM to 2-0 on the season. The Skyhawks will again be in action Thursday, Nov. 18 as they travel to Baton Rouge to face the Tigers of Louisiana State University in their first true test of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Women fall to Indiana State; freshman receives honors Sports Information The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team (1-1) suffered a 72-60 loss to host Indiana State (2-0) Sunday afternoon at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. Four of the starting five freshmen for the Skyhawks tossed in double digit points. Heather Butler led the team with 18 points, while Beth Hawn posted a double-double, 10 rebounds and 12 points, in only her second collegiate game. Brittany Schoen led the host Sycamores with 20 points. She hit five 3-pointers in the game. Anna Munn knocked down three 3-pointers. Indiana State hit 10 treys in the game. “They lived on the perimeter because they have capable shooters,” UTM head coach Kevin McMillan said. “We didn’t do a good job of finding them and we gave them way too many
(University Relations Photo) open shots from the 3-point line.” While the Skyhawks did not lead in
the first half they controlled the tempo of the game. The host Sycamores led by as many as eight points in the first half. Hawn made a layup with 5:45 to play in the first half to tie the score at 20-20. She also hit the last field goal of the first half, with 2:09 to play, to cut Indiana State’s lead to three points, 27-24. At the half, Indiana State led 28-26. “We dug an early hole, but we were setting the tempo in the first half,” McMillan said. “In the second half they controlled the game and had us on our heels.” With 9:35 to play in the game, Schoen hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana State an 11-point lead, 56-45. Jaclissa Haislip made a layup with 8:27 left and cut the lead to seven points, 56-49, but that was as close as the Skyhawks could get. The Skyhawks shot 33 percent from the field against Indiana State, while
the Sycamores shot 46 percent from the field and 46 percent behind the arch in the second half. “The bottom line is we missed shots,” McMillan said. “We out-rebounded them; turned the ball over less than they did, but they had better looks than we did and made shots.” For her efforts in this game and the Skyhawks’ season opening win against Southern Illinois Univeristy Carbondale, Hawn was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s first Freshman of the Week for the 201011 women’s basketball season. Last season, Skyhawk players were named OVC Freshman of the Week on two occasions and OVC Newcomer of the Week 11 of 16 weeks. The UTM women return to action this Wednesday when they travel to Nashville where they will play at Belmont University. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Sergeant York trophy another day). Plus, I know I’ve said it before: What else is there to do in Martin? I mean that, someone answer me ... please! We have a comments section at www.utmpacer. com. If anyone who left early reads this, please let me know what was so important that you could not take an extra five minutes to watch our band, let alone stay for the entire game to watch our seniors play their hearts out and go out in style. OK, I will climb off of my soapbox; you got the message. You’ve gotten the message from me since I began covering sports for The Pacer some three years ago. There is no reason to not come out and support athletics. This is your team and I have a sneaking suspicion that many of you after graduation will regret not taking advantage of all UTM has to offer, including athletics. That being said, I would like to personally thank all the seniors (listed in alphabetical order): No. 11 Josh Bey, No. 78 Jeremy Buchanan, No. 57 Aaron Carney, No. 2 Daniel Chamberlin, No. 10 Tim Cox, No. 23 Erick Daniel, No. 40 Justin Darden, No. 42 Sione Fale’ofa, No. 61 Darren Fizer, No. 29 Gerald Guffin, No. 44 Chase Samples, No. 94 Ray Teamer, No. 75 Taz Tillery and No. 6 Derek Welch. Thanks to each and every one of you for never taking a play off, for playing with injuries, for never giving up. Also thanks to Coach Simpson and the entire coaching staff. It’s been one hell of a season!