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Annual Civil Rights Conference begins with Dr. Fleming Amber Pickett Pacer Writer Dr. Cynthia Griggs Fleming, a History professor at UT Knoxville, was the opening speaker last Thursday for UTM’s 10th annual Civil Rights Conference. This marked Fleming’s fourth appearance as an opening guest speaker during the conference. Fleming began her speech with a personal recollection of the emotions she felt during the election of President Barack Obama as the United States of America’s first African-American president. “I was in disbelief ! Every morning, for about four to five months after the election, I would turn on the television just to reassure myself that this was true. There was always this fear in the back of my head that somehow it wasn’t, or that it would be taken away from him,” Fleming said. Fleming was born and grew up in Detroit. She was just a child during the time period when segregation was legal in the United States. “The school I attended didn’t have segregation. I always knew there was a difference between the children, but segregation was a bigger issue in the South,” Fleming said. Fleming’s mother explained to her and her older sister what segregation was before they made a trip to visit their grandmother in Knoxville when she was 5 years old. “I clearly remember the first time I experienced segregation. Our family had relatives living in Knoxville. We had gone to visit them and decided while we were there that we
Dr. Cynthia Griggs Fleming, a History professor at UT Knoxville, was the opening speaker for UTM’s annual Civil Rights Conference in commemoration of Black History Month. Fleming spoke about her early dealings with segregation and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. (Photo Credit/Trevor Ruszkowski)
were going to go shopping. Our mother sat my sister and I down and explained exactly what segregation was,” Fleming said. “I remember waiting at a bus stop and my mother holding my hand. While she was looking for change in her purse, my sister ran ahead of her and immediately sat down. I remember the feeling of my mother’s grip tighten around my hand,” Fleming said. Fleming’s older sister sat down in the seat right behind the bus driver in a section
where they weren’t allowed to sit. “My mother told my sister she couldn’t sit there. And my sister, being as opinionated and honest as she is today, answered, ‘Why not? I want to sit here.’ My mother then asked her if she remembered the talk we had earlier,” Fleming said. “I could feel the stares of everyone on that bus. They were in shock. My mother grabbed my sister’s hand and led us to the back of the bus. “I couldn’t help but feel frightened by white people
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after this happened. I even felt anger,” Fleming said. When Fleming was 14, she said, she remembers watching television and seeing disturbing and graphic images of a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to fight for AfricanAmericans’ right to vote. “These images on my TV moved me. There were efforts for this march to be ended through a means of violence. There was tear gas being used against the people marching. There were people getting beaten down with clubs,”
Fleming said. “I called my best friend and before I could get my whole sentence out asking her if she had seen the news, she told me she had seen the same thing. I asked her what we were going to do about it. We both wanted to take action,” Fleming said.
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Dr. Meek speaker for Annual Women’s History Month luncheon Dr. Anne Meek spoke Feb. 28 at the Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon, sponsored by the UTM Faculty Women’s Club. Dr. Meek reflected on her early years in Martin, “Playing Second Fiddle: Martha Meek’s Legacy of Love.” Georgia Baskett, the Faculty Women’s Club president, gave the welcome. After lunch, Dr. Tom Rakes introduced Meek. “Today we get to hear from a lifelong supporter of UT Martin,” Rakes said. Meek spoke on the role of her mother, Martha C. Meek, in the development of UTM. In 1915, Martha Meek entered the University of Tennessee with a double major in English and Home Economics. During her college years, World War I was going on, as was the flu epidemic of 1918. After graduating, she began her teaching career at E.W. Grove High School in Paris, Tenn. Then she began teaching at Carson-Newman College. Martha Meek married Paul Meek on Sept. 5, 1922. In 1934, Paul Meek took a
Dr. Anne Meek spoke Feb. 28 to kick off the Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon. (Pacer Photos/Mary Jean Hall)
job as executive officer at the University of Tennessee Junior College, with a salary of $2,700. “His (Paul Meek) success depends on how well she could get connected and accepted within the community,” said
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Meek, discussing her mother’s obstacles in moving to Martin. Martha Meek was the first president of the Faculty Women’s Club at UT Junior College. She played a major role in the community, hosting
several events. She had 332 guests in just five years. Meek recalled how her mother would tell her that during that time, Snowball was her only pet rabbit, and all of the other rabbits were food sources. Also, all of the families in the Martin area would have picnics together. “My mother was an emblem of the value of education for women,” Meek said. “She was managing accounts, demonstrating executive planning skills, practicing social interactions in various venues, and keeping house.” Meek said her mother was a passionate advocate for literacy and learning, reading and writing. She also was an example of clean living, Christian faith, and an advocate for children and young people, Meek said. Martha Meek would accompany Paul Meek to speaking engagements and university meetings. She would also write his speeches and inform him about issues, especially on those pertaining to the community, education, and family. There was an unspoken rule against gossiping in the Meek
household. Paul and Martha Meek never gossiped in front of the children. “Taught five years in Martin Elementary School - the fifth grade (which I loved)” is an excerpt from Martha Meek’s notes in 1967. Her mother made a great impression on the students while she taught at the school, Meek said There was a student who once vandalized Martin Elementary School, all except Mrs. Meek’s classroom. When the police asked him why, he replied, “Mrs. Meek was always good to me.” Meek recalled once when her mother was a guest lecturer in one of her classes. “I saw a woman who loved teaching, loved students, and knew how to get the best from them” Meek said. “Teaching was her identity, her calling, teaching was who she was.” “She was not second fiddle; she was the conductor of the symphony orchestra.” Meek made a donation to the endowment at the Library. As a token of appreciation for speaking, the Faculty Women’s Club also made a donation to the Paul Meek Library in honor of Meek.
“See it. Text it. Anonymously!” is the slogan of a new text messaging tip system on the UTM campus called Tip Now. The tip system is as simple as sending a text to utm@ tipnow.org. But what is new and improved about this system is that it is completely anonymous, so the tipster cannot be identified by name or number and Public Safety can reply to a tipster’s message to ask for additional details, says Scott Robbins, director of Public Safety. Robbins explained that the system works by a person texting a tip to utm@ tipnow.org; he and one other investigator get the tip on their cell phones and in their e-mails. Once the tipster has sent a text message, he or she receives a text message back telling the tipster that a message was received. It gives the tipster an alias number and instructs the tipster to delete the text message that he or she sent for safety purposes. Robbins added that the system will also allow him to send a personal message for a further explanation of the nature of the tip, while the tipster still remains anonymous by name and number. That is why there is an alias included in the initial response from utm@ tipnow.org. After the message is received, and if necessary additional information is gathered, the tip is then passed along to the officers who are on duty. Robbins said that tips such as “suspicious or criminal activity, drug-related activity, safety hazards and any other pertinent information” should be texted to firstname.lastname@example.org, but he stressed that students and faculty should still dial 911 in case of an emergency. “The system is fairly cheap,” said Robbins, “and it is totally funded by fines paid for drug arrests.” UTM is the first university in Tennessee to use this new system, Robbins said. “We looked at technology and what was out there,” Robbins said. “The popularity of texting seems like it’s how college students are communicating and it seems like a good tool to have.” Robbins has communicated to the other police departments in the area that the UTM Department of Public Safety will forward any information to them that could be helpful. The Tip Now system is available 24 hours a day. The Department of Public Safety encourages anyone on campus to text any tips and photos that could be helpful in keeping the campus safe.
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Editorial: Diversity not to be feared
Dr. Cynthia Fleming, opening speaker for the recently ended UTM Civil Rights Conference, made an interesting point in her speech. She said that “men and women are more afraid of diversity instead of making it a strength.” Why? And we must also ask: What do we need to fear? We believe that diversity offers nothing to fear and everything to celebrate, even though we know people often fear what they don’t understand. We question that, as well. To understand often requires more deep thinking and questioning of self and society than we are willing to do. Our “groups” believe a certain way, so it’s easier -- and certainly more comfortable -- to just go with the flow and believe that way, too. Look at The Pacer staff, just as an example of diversity. On the surface, we don’t look all that diverse -- mostly white and, in a recent change, mostly men. But our adviser is female, two of our top three positions are filled by nontraditional students, two of our best reporters are a white female and a black female, and our political and religious views run the gamut from liberal Democrat to staunch Republican, from agnostic to a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. To us, diversity is not about race, or merely race. It’s about knowing -- and embracing -- the fact that all of us are different in some way or other. It’s about not assigning cruel labels to people based on their differences, but getting to know them as friends and peers and accepting the differences as the traits that make each of us unique. Open your minds, people. Diversity blends us, not divides us, and makes us stronger.
Sean Boers Guest Columnist Upon reading your report of Mr. Reinhard’s arrest, I was struck with two forms of the same emotion: I was shocked that an alleged rapist lived that close to me, and I was shocked that your paper published his name. Rape is no laughing matter, especially when it involves a child. I’m not here to defend that. If the allegations are true, I am nothing but disgusted. “If ” is the operative word. Our society is based upon many ideals, one of which is the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven. The article did not state whether Mr. Reinhard is guilty, which is something I agree
with. Having said that, the charges listed next to his name do that job for you. Imagine if the victim’s name had been listed. When she wakes up to go to school, not only would she have to deal with the emotional trauma attached to such a horrible experience, but she would also have to deal with the reactions of those around her. Some would be supportive, but there could be others who would not be. All of it would hurt. Now place the shoe on the other foot. Even if Mr. Reinhard is acquitted, this stigma will follow him around for the rest of his life. Certain things could be
expunged and certain people sued, but the memory would remain. Does anybody honestly
Mr. Reinhard should be given the same protections as the victim. His guilt or innocence should be decided in a court of law, not the court of public opinion. expect him to come back here and feel welcome, much less safe (again, assuming he is acquitted)?
What about down the road, if a job were to require a background check? Would any of you hire him? What should be known is that false accusations are made every day. The accuser claims innocence, but “guilty” is a plea; the true victim is occasionally the accused, especially in the age group we fall into as students. Some, like two people I know who were falsely accused, never go farther than a social group. Others, like the one made against me, make it as far as the school’s administration. And, finally, some even end up as criminal charges; what if this is the case here? No matter what the alleged
offense, all of them carry their own stigmas. The only truth in this situation is that nobody except those involved knows for sure what happened. Mr. Reinhard could in fact be a rapist. If so, he should be punished to the full extent of the law. But again, what if he isn’t? As students, we have a right to know of crimes committed on campus. Therefore, I agree with the publishing of the arrest. Having said that, Mr. Reinhard should be given the same protections as the victim. His guilt or innocence should be decided in a court of law, not the court of public opinion.
‘Hello:’ Is it really the proper greeting? John Nicholson Guest Columnist Friends are hard to come by these days, but good friends are very hard to come by. I personally only have a few close friends. This is surprising to most people because I’m such an easy person to get along with. I’m the kind of person who is surrounded by many friends but only have a handful of close friends whom I’m very open with. Some see that as a problem. I honestly don’t know what I think of it. If I walk past you and say “hello,” and you say it back, I’m happy. This happened to me quite recently and it got me thinking about the word, “hello.”
It’s funny though how “hello” works. Hello is usually a word that is used for greeting somebody you are coming into contact with, and goodbye is how we depart from that conversation. Now, when you pass someone you know in the street, walking back to your dorm, or whatever, you usually say, “hello.” Is this really the proper term though? If you think about it, you should be saying, “Hello... Goodbye,” because you’re not staying to chat with that person, except on that rare occasion when you do have a brief conversation about how your day is going, or if that assignment for class is due tomorrow. But it would make you seem like a fool if you said, “hello… goodbye,” to everyone you met
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on you daily cycle. Another greeting people use is, “How are you?” But most of the time, the person doesn’t respond or repeats the question back to you. It really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you stop and think about it. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “wait a minute, I say how are you to (insert name here) everyday, and they always reply…” But I’m looking at a much larger scale. I recently read in an article that you’re not really asking the person how they are. You are basically saying, “I acknowledge your existence.” This was quite humorous to me. It is just human nature to acknowledge people that you are associated with, but it would sound weird if everyone went around saying, “I acknowledge
your existence.” So, to your brain, asking, “How are you?”, or, “Hello,” just seems more natural. That is why when the person actually does stop to tell you how their day was, you think to yourself, “Okay, okay, shut up...I don’t care...” because you’re just informing them unconsciously that you are aware they exist. And you want them to be aware of this and respond back. There is always that occasion when you pass someone you know and don’t say anything, or they don’t say anything. Well, that just depends on your mood and state of mind (or that rare occasion you really don’t want to talk to that person), but usually it has nothing to do with the person. Sometimes your mind is focused on a certain goal,
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Chude Allen, Dr. Henry Parker and Karen Troty discuss segregation, being minorities during the White Privilege and White Activism in the Struggle for Black Freedom presentation at the Civil Rights Conference. (Photo/David Deaton)
Dr. Robert Moses, the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Civil Rights Conference, Thursday, Feb. 25. (Photo/Kenny Williams)
Karen Troty, Chude Allen share Dr. Bob Moses their story of segregation talks about David Deaton Pacer Writer
This past Thursday as a part of UTM’s weeklong Civil Rights Conference, Karen Troty and Chude Allen gave a presentation on White Privilege and white activism in the struggle for black freedom. Both Troty and Allen met at Spelman College, which during that time was a predominantly black school. Being in the minority they both were faced with challenges that they were not ready to face. They were essentially thrown right into the mix of a war against segregation and it would go on to have a lifelong impact on each of their lives. Now they both use that experience and travel around and share their stories so that the current generation can get a better grasp on the importance of never forgetting the past and its influence on
the current generation. Allen started off by sharing a poem that she had written about her roommate Joy. Joy was indeed an African American and it was the first time that each of them had lived with someone of another race. The first hurdle was initially tearing down the first wall between she and Joy in order to establish a relationship. The first thing they both had to realize was that neither one was responsible for the way things were. Once they were able to see that neither of them was responsible and that together they could promote unity, their relationship began to flourish and they would go on to become best friends. Through that, they got to experience what life was like as a young Caucasian woman and as a young African American woman. Troty’s story, on the other
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Fleming and her best friend decided they were going to help. They did things like having bake sales and washing cars to raise money to send to the march in Selma, Ala. “People were sleeping in the mud. People were burned by the sun. Old people and young people came together for this march. People from the North and South came together. Black and white people came together to march. They were singing freedom songs the whole way,” Fleming said. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Montgomery, Ala., at the end of the march from Selma. King said things like, “No lie can live forever,” and “You shall reap what you
sow” during his motivational speech. The people in the crowd continuously chanted, “Speak,” Fleming said. On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing the right for African Americans to vote. At the end of her speech, Fleming challenged the audience to take action and make better changes in the world. “Men and women are more afraid of diversity instead of making it a strength,” Fleming said. “What can you do to change things? Change always starts with the young.”
UTM’s Sandy Neel to take director of Financial Services at Daymar College in Louisville Janessa Henderson Pacer Writer Sandy Neel, the director of Student Financial Aid will be saying farewell to UT Martin soon because she has accepted a job at Daymar College in Louisville, KY. Her position at Daymar College will be as the Director of Financial Services, which is similar to her position here at UTM. Though Ms. Neel has only been at UTM for six years, she is extremely sad to leave. Ms. Neel states that her time at UTM has been absolutely great and wonderful. Sandy Neel being a native of Kentucky was immediately
taken in by the financial aid staff and they were the best staff she ever worked with. March 12, 2010 is the last day that Sandy Neel will work at the University of Tennessee at Martin and she says it will be the “hardest day of her life because of the experience and atmosphere.” So who takes Sandy Neel’s position as director of Student Financial Aid? According to Ms. Neel, the university has yet to fill the position and is still on the search of a replacement. However, Ms. Neel believes “UTM cares for its students and will take their time to find the right people for the job that will be there for their students.”
hand, was much more brutal. Troty shared a story about the time she was going to protest a gathering that was in support of segregation. On July 4, 1964, Troty and two African-American men had walked into a gathering with the intent to protest. The moment she walked in, people started to scream “kill the niggers” and everyone took off and had ganged up on them. All three of them were beaten and hit with metal chairs and whatever else could be thrown at them. Troty was sure at that moment she was going to die. However, a guy grabbed her and got her out of the way of danger, while the other two guys remained. Eventually they were rescued as well. They all came out of that situation beaten and bruised and it was at that moment Troty realized the wrath and effect of racism and how much
hatred white people could have toward black people. This event had such an impact on her that she now deals with post-traumatic stress. She didn’t talk about it for years and, in fact, this presentation was the most people with whom she had ever shared her story. Both Troty and Allen bring a unique perspective to that time period. “I’m sharing these stories to try and help and to acknowledge what happened and to stop doing it,” Allen said. “It is our problem. Until we open our hearts, it is not going to change,” she added. Both Troty and Allen said they truly want to help people realize that they must acknowledge what happened in the past and grasp the severity of it so that people don’t allow racism to continue.
Racial disparities in health care hit minorities harder Jasmine Brooks Pacer Writer
cancer and prostate cancer, because they go for health screenings too late. The U.S. The lack of regular doctor’s Congress, however, is trying appointments is one reason to ensure that screenings for why many African Americans’ different types of illnesses are health is not good, a Tuskegee conducted for all people at University professor told a the appropriate ages so that UTM audience last week. those illnesses can be helped Dr. Vivian Carter, Tuskegee in time, she said. professor of Psychology and “Place matters. When, Sociology, discussed racial where and how you entered disparities in the health the health care centers care industry during her matters to your health status,” lecture Feb. 25 in Watkins Carter said. Auditorium. Her talk was one Other reasons why health of several events scheduled care is such a problem in for the annual UTM Civil the African American Rights Conference, held Feb. community, Carter said, 20-26. include stress, access to Carter also said that quality of care, health status, African Americans are a particular health outcome, more likely than Caucasians food with a high sodium to contract HIV/AIDS, content and genetics. as well as develop breast
Bill clarifies gun rights of inmate coordinators NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Inmate relations coordinators in Tennessee would have the same guncarrying privileges as correctional officers under a measure headed to the governor for his consideration. The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman passed 28-1 Monday evening. The companion bill was approved by the House 94-0 last legislative session. Current law allows
correctional officers authorized to carry a firearm to do so anywhere in Tennessee whether they’re on-duty or off-duty, with certain exceptions. Yager’s proposal extends the same rights to inmate relations coordinators, who have the same duties as correctional officers, except they also do counseling. Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to review the legislation once it reaches his desk.
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UTM got the chance to meet an American hero. Dr. Bob Moses, a civil rights activist, graced the UTM campus with his presence Thursday, Feb. 25 in Watkins Auditorium. Dr. Moses, keynote speaker, was an important figure in the civil rights movement and voter registration in Mississippi. Eager students, faculty, and other guests arrived in Watkins for a chance to hear the man of the hour talk and recall about his struggle for Civil Rights and African American voting rights in Mississippi. While everyone settled into the auditorium, Dr. David Barber, assistant professor of history and philosophy, encouraged all guests to text message others telling them to come and witness a great event while witnessing history. As UTM’s Collegiate Gospel Choir wowed the audience with spiritual songs such as “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and other selections to begin the event, the evening seemed like a night to remember. The gospel choir added some extra excitement to an already anticipated event. Dr. Henry Parker, an assistant professor of history and philosophy, delivered an influential introduction speech on Dr. Bob Moses offering the audience some
important background information while at the same giving some insight into The Civil Rights Movement. “This is a very distinguished man, and he represents what we value today,” said Dr. Parker. Before the audience got the opportunity to hear Dr. Bob Moses, Dr. Parker provided short clips of African American people being lynched and other shocking photos while “Strange Fruit” by Nina Simone played in the background. Dr. Bob Moses soon came out and expressed his views on everything from Abraham Lincoln to his struggles with civil rights. Dr. Moses went back into history discussing his times of being beating and arrested numerous times while trying to lead African American voting rights in Mississippi. At that time, Mississippi was one of the most violently segregated states in the United States. Dr. Moses explained to his audience that the movement was not easy, and he knew that, telling his audience about the murder of civil rights workers and other friends. After Dr. Moses delivered a very significant speech, he then offered his audience the opportunity to discuss anything they wanted with him, and answered any questions that the audience. The keynote speaker was a very important and influential person to the Civil Rights program that was presented here at UTM last week.
March 3, 2010
Petraeus: Iraq violence SGA tackles numerous issues in long, volatile session down but threats remain NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he expects there will be a threat from extremists to disrupt the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq, but adequate security forces are there. Petraeus, who spoke to reporters Monday before a speech at Vanderbilt University, said security in Iraq has greatly improved over the last two-and-a-half years but elements of al-Qaida and Shia militia remain. “In December 2006, every 24 hours on average there were 53 dead bodies in the streets of Baghdad,” he said. He said attacks in Iraq have dropped from an average of 220 per day at the height of the violence to less than 20 a day over the last six months. The military is on track to reduce the number of troops there to 50,000 by the end of August and those that remain will have an advise and assist mission, he said. Petraeus took questions submitted by the audience at Vanderbilt and focused on the surge strategy against alQaida in Iraq that combined civilian and military efforts to reconcile fighters and improving the security situation while partnering with other governments. He said this “whole of governments” approach is becom-
ing the regional approach to combating extremism after showing success in Iraq. “We learned a great deal in Iraq about what it takes to make progress in a civil-military campaign plan,” but he said that’s not to say Afghanistan is the same situation. In Afghanistan, about 4,500 of the 30,000 additional troops ordered to Afghanistan have already arrived, he said. He noted that a number of important developments have started in Afghanistan, including increased cooperation with Afghan security forces and reconciliation of lower level Taliban fighters. “One of the challenges is to determine who can be reconciled and who cannot be reconciled,” he said. He also lauded the creation of pacts with tribes like the Shinwari, which dominate five districts of about 600,000 people in Nangarhar province, to assisting in the reintegration of former fighters. The pacts have been compared to the turnaround in Anbar Province in Iraq, led by tribal leaders fed up with al-Qaida. But Petraeus warned against reading too much into the agreements just yet. “This is not necessarily the Anbar Awakening in its infancy, but these are important developments,” he said. Despite the military’s efforts to reduce civilian casual-
ties in Afghanistan, Petraeus acknowledged there have still been recent incidents of innocent civilians being killed by airstrikes or other attacks by NATO forces. “I think that the general consensus is that the tactical directive and other instructions are sound, but the key is proper implementation,” he said. Just returned from a visit to Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where Pakistani troops last year fought offensives to oust Taliban fighters, Petraeus said the next challenge will be keeping them from returning. “What they did there was very impressive,” he said. “It was a textbook counterinsurgency operation.” He said he has been increasingly focused for the last couple of years on Al-Qaida forces in Yemen, which had ties to the recent airline bombing plot on Christmas Day. He said the government in Yemen has attempted to clamp down on extremists, but he noted the country was also dealing with many challenges including separatists in the south and economic difficulties. “The fact is that Yemen has gone after al-Qaida over the course of the last three months,” he said. “The government clearly realizes that more work needs to be done.”
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee lost $96 million managing health care for TennCare enrollees in 2009 — more than double what the insurer expected to lose. A records review by the Chattanooga Times Free Press shows the BlueCross loss from managing TennCare in East Tennessee and West Tennessee is expected to grow to $135 million this year. A report to legislators said to offset the projected loss, BlueCross is cutting reimbursements to thousands of specialty physicians and to some hospitals by 14 percent and is counting on an emergency room diversion program. The report said while BlueCross has been able to operate at a loss “for a short period of time due to our financial strength, we cannot sustain significant operating losses.” TennCare is Tennessee’s Medicaid program and
provides coverage to 1.25 million poor and disabled people. Some physicians already complain about losing money on TennCare and are threatening to leave BlueCross’
TennCare networks. The briefing document for lawmakers, titled “VSHP Rate Reductions Q&As,” shows physician cuts will save BlueCross about $25 million.
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Regina Emery Asst. Life Editor Tempers were flaring and legislation was flying during last Thursday’s SGA Senate meeting. The evening started civilly enough. Dr. Malcolm Koch, who was recently named the new Executive Director for International Education, spoke briefly to the senate about his experiences with travel study programs and emphasized the gratitude their program has for the SGA scholarships. However, as participation in the programs grows, the money allotted is becoming increasingly insufficient. “The bottom line is our travelers are increasing—over a 45% increase this year—and the students’ contribution of five dollars has not changed over the last four years although the costs to travel certainly have,” Koch said. “We hope that legislation will be passed tonight that will allow us to be able to fund more scholarships.” Senior Psychology major Liz Hudson and first-semester Communications senior James Buchanan agreed. Following Koch’s introduction, they each gave presentations highlighting their experiences with UTM’s travel study programs. Seasoned travelers themselves, they spoke passionately about the educational value of traveling abroad. Moving right along, Senator Monroe presented legislation that would better the relationship between SGA and UTM’s off-campus centers. The legislation, passed unanimously, would require that all contact information be made readily available at
off-campus centers so that students there could keep communication lines with the main campus open. Next, Senator Andrea Cote presented legislation that would revitalize the now inactive Student Court. After some discussion, it was clarified that SGA judiciaries would make up the court, and would see only cases handed over to them or studentappealed. The motion was passed overwhelmingly. Academic Affairs Committee chair Rachel Stephens presented the next piece of legislation, which echoes similar legislation already passed by UT Chattanooga and UT Knoxville. Basically, it supports the recommendation that the Tennessee Hope Scholarship should be available for use for summer classes, without negatively impacting the amount of money received for the regular semester. And while the legislation is merely a recommendation for the state and will not guarantee any change, SGA voted eagerly to support it. Legislation discussion then took a break while Elections Commissioner Nicholas Lewis reminded senators about guidelines for the upcoming elections. Lewis also clarified some senate-seat confusion, due to the merging of colleges. Stuart Watson, Chief Justice, also wanted to announce that they were three open seats. Filling those seats may prove just a little more difficult after the debate that soon ensued. Referring back to the earlier discussion regarding travel study scholarship funding, Mary Jean Hall and Jillian Maynard presented legislation that would raise the student fee of $5 towards
SGA scholarships to $10. Immediately, divisions were made and opinions were established. After forty minutes of inconclusive discussion, the motion to table the legislation until the next meeting was raised. But after a roll-call vote ended that possibility, the senate eventually voted. By a narrow margin, the legislation failed. Tensions rose to a boil when Associate Justice William Morris expressed dissatisfaction with Secretary General Mary Unger’s duties, citing her failure to post the senate meetings’ minutes, including legislation, in the SGA office. Although dictated in the SGA constitution, the task has gone unnoticed for awhile with no perceived problems. Taken aback by the blatant criticism, Unger explained that she was aware of the posting of the minutes, but not the legislation. “The debate in Senate meeting was the best it has ever been until an individual had to address one of my tasks I neglected in my duties,” said Unger. “It was done in an untactful manner and should not have been handled that way in front of visitors and the rest of SGA. We all have our faults and SGA as a whole should be acknowledged instead of calling an individual out. We should be united, not malicious towards one another.” Eventually, President Philip Masengil approached the senate in regards to their behavior, and the use Parliamentary Procedure was reiterated. After nearly two hours of session, the SGA senate disbanded until their next meeting, Thursday, March 11, which is open to the public.
March 3, 2010
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2-19-10 at 10:54 am-St Charles StreetSubject issued a citation for a red light violation. (City Court)
2-19-10 at 2:15 pm-Univ Center-Subject reported that their purse was missing. It had been found and secured by staff personnel and was returned to the subject. 2-19-10 at 4:06 pm-Clement Hall-Received a report that a subject had passed out. Officers and EMS responded and transported the subject to the hospital. 2-20-10 at 2:57 am-Cooper Hall-Report of a burning smell around the one of the vending machines. The machine was unplugged and the owner was notified
2-21-10 at 3:47 am-Lot 19 (Browning Hall)Mr Zachary J. Jones from Memphis and Mr Keenan D. Thompkins from Memphis were arrested for simple possession of marijuana. (Gen Sessions Court).
Fire Call-2-21-10 at 4:33 pm-Univ Village “G” Unit-Report the smoke alarm was sounding. Officers responded and determined it to be caused by cooking food. MFD notified. 2-22-10 at 8:11 am-Univ Courts “K” UnitSubject reported the theft of some textbooks from their vehicle. Investigation continues. 2-22-10 at 1:52 pm-Student HealthReport of missing university equipment. Report on file.
Times Talk Times Talk is at noon today in the Skyhawk Cafeteria, Room 125. Dr. Sue Byrd, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be moderating the topic: “Import/Export Issues: Where Your Clothing is Produced and Why it Matters.” PSEPP The Personal Safety Empowerment Program Project (PSEPP) invites you to visit its Web site. PSEPP provides advocacy and
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2-22-10 at 11:17 am-Elam Center-Report of the theft of a wallet. Investigation continues. 2-22-10 at 3:11 pm-Lot 2 (Tennis Courts) Report of theft of a GPS from a vehicle. Investigation continues
2-22-10 at 3:24 pm-Library-Report of the theft of a textbook. Investigation continues. 2-22-10 at 3:47 am-Lot 1 (Football Stadium)-Report of the theft of a wallet from a vehicle. Investigation continues. 2-23-10 at 7:56 am-Univ Street-Subject issued a citation for a crosswalk and seatbelt violation. (City Court)
2-23-10 at 1:10 pm-Business BldgReport of a subject who was ill and requesting transport to the hospital. He was taken there by Officers. 2-23-10 at 4:45 pm-Child Care CenterReport of accidental damage to a vehicle. Report on file.
Fire Call-2-23-10 at 5:10 pm-Univ Village “G” Unit-Report a smoke alarm was sounding. Officers responded and determined it was caused by cooking food. MFD notified. 2-24-10 at 10:20 am-Browning Hall-Mr Michael Reinhard, from Camden TN, was arrested pursuant to warrants from Henry County and taken to the Weakley County Detention Center.
an entry portal for students who have been victims of sexual assault or stalking. Candidate for Congress Luther Mercer, a Democratic candidate for the 8th District U. S. Congressional seat, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Legislative Chambers in the UC. Senior Central The Campus Bookstore will be sponsoring the second annual Senior Central, Wedsnesday, March
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2-24-10 at 11:10 am-Lot 19 (Browning)Vehicle was towed because it was blocking a dumpster. 2-25-10 at 2:20 am-Oakland St.-Subject issued a misdemeanor citation for underage drinking. (Gen Sessions Court) Fire Call-2-25-10 at 12:50 pm-Univ Village “H” Unit-Report the smoke alarm was sounding. Officers responded and determined it to be caused by cooking food. MFD notified. Fire Call-2-25-10 at 11:43 pm-Cooper Hall-Report the Fire Alarm was sounding. Officers and MFD responded and determined it to be caused by burnt food.
Crime Prevention Tip
On 2-22-10 the Dept of Public Safety received 5 theft reports involving property that was left unattended in a building or in plain view inside a vehicle. These are “opportunity crimes” and are preventable by placing the property out of sight in the vehicle and/or keeping control of the property. Also, please put some type of personal identification (not your SSN) symbol in your textbooks so they can be identified if recovered.
10, in the UC Ballroom from 11-6. This is one-stop shop for seniors to take care of last minute business with the university Women and Politics The Women for McWherter presents Women and Politics March 10, in room 229 at the UC starting at 5 p.m. For more information call 901-356-1475 Art Exhibit Deptment of Visual and Theatre Arts presents the Stephanie
Sandoval and Christina McMillion art exhibit in the upstairs gallery in the Paul Meek Library Yearbooks Available The Spring and Fall 2009 Yearbooks are available. Go to Gooch 305 to get your books.
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March 3, 2010
Skyhawks’ late comeback helps down EKU Pacer Photos/Tonya Jordan
One year ago Randy Cavin News Editor
Pacer Photos/Tonya Jordan Junior Alecia Weatherly (left) and freshman Labrica Ward (right) have been integral parts of the Skyhawks’ success in the secon half of the season. Weatherly has earned an OVC record nine Newcomer of the Week awards for her outstanding play this season, averaging 12.6 points, 5.9 boards and 1.9 assists a game. Ward has stepped up her play in the last couple months, averaging almost 12 points a game for the Skyhawks. Weatherly, Ward and company hosted the Colonels of EKU on Tuesday, March 2. For recap and analysis, check utmpacer.com.
Women clinch OVC tourney berth for first time in three years Athletic Communications The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team opened the second half with an 11-0 run to spark a second half comeback and down Eastern Kentucky 62-54 at McBrayer Arena Thursday night. Darnisha Lyles posted her third double-double of the year, with a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead UTM, in a win that clinched a berth in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since the 200607 season. The win improves UTM’s record to 10-17 on the year and 8-9 in OVC play. It also moves the Skyhawks into a tie for fourth place in the conference standings with Eastern Kentucky, which falls to 12-15 overall and 8-9 in the league. By virtue of a tie breaker, if the season ended today the Skyhawks would be awarded the fourth seed in the conference tournament and a first round home game. “Tonight was truly a game to two halves,” said Skyhawk head coach Kevin McMillan. “We played about as bad as we could in the first half and I was really disappointed in our
effort. Then in the second half Lyles gave us a good shot in the arm to start and we were able to build on that.” The Skyhawks and Colonels both struggled to find their rhythm early on, with both teams registering as many turnovers as points the first four minutes of the game. UTM calmed down thanks in large part to the play of Lyles, who scored seven of the first eight points for the Skyhawks, giving them an 8-4 lead eight minutes into the game. Eastern Kentucky later found its shooting touch and used a 5-0 run to take the lead 9-8 at the 11:28 mark on a banked jumper from Sarah Fraser-Jones. An Erica Glisson free throw briefly tied the game at nine but the Colonels then responded with a 12-2 run, pushing their lead to double-digits at 21-11 with 3:15 remaining in the half. During the Colonels’ run UTM went just under 5:30 without a basket from the field. Cali Cupples scored the only basket during the Easter Kentucky run on a back door layup from Lyles then Ward ended the shooting drought over five minutes later with a jumper in the lane, setting
the score at 21-13 with three minutes left. After both teams swapped baskets, Colonels looked to gain extra momentum to close the half when Mossong hit a three-pointer with only eight seconds remaining. Glisson though dribbled the ball to half court where she attempted a long distance prayer, only to be knocked to the floor and fouled. She then stepped to the free throw line and hit two of her three attempts, cutting the halftime deficit to only 27-17. At the half, UTM was shooting only 22 percent from the field and was a dreadful 0-9 from three-point range. Lyles early seven points led the Skyhawks at the half, while no one else registered more than three points in the opening period. In the second half UTM exploded out of the locker room with an 11-0 run over the first 2:30 to erase the double-digit halftime deficit and take its first lead since the 12:10 mark of the first half. While switching up the defensive looks it was giving the Colonels, the Skyhawks opened with a quick basket from Lyles. Glisson then connected
on the Skyhawks first threepointer of the game, and Alecia Weatherly followed up on the next possession with an old-fashion three-point play. Cupples completed the 11-0 run with her first three-pointer of the game, also giving UTM the lead. Eastern Kentucky responded with a 5-0 run to tie the game again at 41-apiece, but then UTM mounted a run of its own. The Skyhawks held the Colonels scoreless over the next 2:30, and scored seven consecutive to build a 4841 lead with five minutes remaining. Lyles scored five of the seven points during the UTM run, including a spinning layup in the lane. Michaela Kleist hit a jumper to end the Eastern Kentucky scoreless drought, but Colonels biggest blow came on the following possession when Sarah Fraser-Jones fouled out with 3:38 remaining. “Fraser-Jones is a great player for Eastern Kentucky and can do a lot of things so getting her in foul trouble really helped us tonight,” added McMillan. Free throws from Lyles and Glisson kept the Skyhawk advantage at five with 2:32 left, but Eastern Kentucky coach
Chrissy Roberts was then hit with a technical foul which allowed Weatherly to extend the lead even more to 53-46 with a pair of free throws. The Colonels were not done though as Colette Cole sank a 30 foot three-pointer to pull within 53-49 with two minutes remaining. That would be as close as Eastern Kentucky would draw the remainder of the game though as they were forced to foul in an effort to extend the game. UTM hit its free throws down the stretch, setting the final margin at 6254. The Skyhawks greatly improved their shooting in the second half, finishing the game shooting 34 percent from the field and 22 percent from threepoint range after connecting on four of their nine second half attempts from behind the arc. In addition to Lyles doubledouble Weatherly finished as the only other Skyhawk in double-figures with 12 points. In more recent news, UTM again faced EKU in their first round OVC Tournament game last night, Tuesday, March 2. For a game recap as well as reactions from coaches and players, log on to utmpacer.com or utmsports.com.
‘Two out-of-three ain’t bad’ for baseball in Big Boy Classic Athletic Communications Chances are most players on The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team are not familiar with Meat Loaf or the lyrics to his hit song, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” After this past weekend at the Big Boy Classic sponsored by the Hampton Inn at Nicholls State University, the Skyhawks are probably downloading the 1977 song or singing, “Now don’t be sad cause two out of three ain’t bad.” The Skyhawks claimed two out of three at the three-day classic in Thibodaux, La., beating Houston Baptist, 7-4, falling to Nicholls State, 8-2, and recovering with a 6-3
victory over Bryant University. By winning two-out-ofthree, the Skyhawks are 6-1 on the year, their best start in
more than 25 years. After winning the opener Friday afternoon against Houston Baptist at Ray E. Didier Field, the Skyhawks dropped an 8-2 decision to host Nicholls State Saturday night. The loss ended the Skyhawks eight-game winning streak, the longest in program history since a 15-game win streak in 1992. The Skyhawks scored one run in the first inning and one run in the third inning on six hits. Nicholls State took advantage of four Skyhawk errors in the game and scored four runs in the fifth inning en route to the victory. Jerron Casey and Cody Terry had two hits each in the game,
while freshman pitcher Dan Tobik pitched three-and-two third innings of scoreless relief. He gave up three hits and a walk, while striking out four. The Skyhawks recovered from the loss Sunday with a 6-3 victory over Bryant University. The Skyhawks erupted for 11 hits. Terry led the attack with three hits and three RBI. Freshman Brent Morris drove in one of two runs for the Skyhawks in the second inning. Bryant scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and took a 3-2 lead. The Skyhawks claimed the lead in the top of the eighth inning with three runs. Terry drove in two-of-the-three runs
with a single. In the top of the ninth inning, Terry drove in his third run of the game with a single. Freshman pitcher Alec Mills picked up his second victory of the season, while junior Wes Alsup earned his fourth save of the year. Mills pitched two-and-two-third innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up one hit and struck out won. Alsup pitched the ninth inning for the save. Senior Drew Flaniken made the start for the Skyhawks. He gave up three runs and struck out five. The Skyhawks will return to action Tuesday, March 4 when they host Lipscomb University at Skyhawk Field. Action gets under way at 4 p.m.
OVC! OVC! That was the sound being heard from 4,826 screaming fans with 30 seconds left on the clock in a basketball game matching UTM against Morehead State Feb. 28, 2009. In that one game, history was made. UTM beat Morehead State, 79-65. The Skyhawks also beat one of the elite teams in the conference to capture their first OVC regular season championship. On this night, UTM was king of the OVC. In the first half of the game one year ago, UTM took a commanding 31-13 lead with 5:39 left in the half. Destiny seemed to be on UTM’s side. But Morehead State would have none of that as it went on a 13-5 run to close the half at 36-26 in UTM’s favor. Current head coach Jason James, then an assistant coach said, when UTM built that 31-13 lead the team had to get better and perform as the game went on. “We got to get another shot. That’s what was going through my mind,” James said. “Try to contain and perform. To get better as the game went on. Try to focus on the task at hand, and that’s winning the basketball game.” After Morehead State went on that 13-5 run there was a sense of urgency in the crowd. Some teams might have started to panic, but not these Skyhawks. They would have none of that, and Coach James did not believe this team was going to panic. “I don’t think we panicked. We just wanted to do what we do,” James said. “Focus on performing, playing effective defense, execute our offense and take what they gave us.” UTM came out strong in the second half and kept the intensity up. With 14:40 left to play, Eric Massey was sent to the line to shoot a pair of free throws. Massey made both attempts, giving UTM a commanding 20-point lead. Sophomore guard Marquis Weddle said he knew everybody was ready for this. “I knew we was ready. Everybody came out ready to play. We was focused, and we wanted that championship,” Weddle said. “We was hungry for it, and we knew it was right there.” With 30 seconds to go in the game, the 4,826 in attendance started the chanting “OVC! OVC!” UTM was on the verge of making history. UTM was about to win its first OVC regular season championship, and the players could feel the excitement coming from those 4,826 screaming fans. “It felt great, and it is a moment we all waited for,” Weddle said. Winning their first regular season OVC title was not the only history made that night one year ago. UTM also set a team record for regular season wins (21) and conference wins (14). Senior guard Delrico Lane said it best when he said he was very thankful to God to be part of that history. “To be part of history, I just thank God. Some people don’t have the opportunities that we had as athletes,” Lane said. “Some people just sit and hope and dream and wish that they can have the ability that we have. I am very thankful and I give honor to God to give me the tools and the ability to be in the situation that I am.”
March 3, 2010
‘The Crazies’ a solid Romero remake Spencer Taylor Managing/ Life Editor “The Crazies,” a remake of the 1973 George A. Romero film, has landed in theaters nationwide and has now recast its hat into the ring of zombie fandom. While I am a self-labeled Romero nut, I am embarrassed to say I’ve never seen the original film. Placed between his “Night of the Living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead,” I suppose I never gave “The Crazies” much attention - not unlike how people tend to overlook the Korean Conflict. Therefore, I can only set my review in the context of the present; unable to refer to the source material, I will reluctantly deal with “The Crazies” as best I can. Set in the little Iowa town of Ogden Marsh, the audience is introduced to Sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) as he does his duty in the boring little town. While watching a high school baseball game, Dutton is forced into action and guns down an armed town resident who stampeded onto the field. From then on, things begin to go astray in Ogden Marsh as seemingly normal townsfolk begin to commit grisly murders surely out of their capabilities. Soon after, the military intervenes and Dutton along with his wife (Radha Mitchell) and partner ( Joe Anderson) are forced to flee Ogden Marsh before it kills them. While Romero’s films were never known for their complex plots, I was fairly surprised at how simple this film was. All of Romero’s main zombie films carried strong political overtones of their times: racial equality in the ‘60s and
‘70s and the militarism of the ‘80s were sewn pretty heavily within his earlier works. “The Crazies,” however, just seems to want to entertain and scare the hell out of you. The acting of the cast, while not Oscar-worthy, was solid enough for this type of horror film. I’ve always had a strong respect for Timothy Olyphant despite his sometimes poor choice of roles (from Deadwood to Hitman, the world may never know). The accompanying cast does a decent enough job exuding enough terror to make the film believable without being plain stupid. The film’s pacing is done generally well. Wasting no time, the audience is launched immediately into the chaos that engulfs Ogden Marsh,
only to revert to a “two days earlier” scenario that still wastes no time in exposing the new freakish nature of Ogden Marsh’s residents. My main issue with the pacing of “The Crazies” is that you just never seem to get that feeling of “uh oh, here we go!” that you may get with other horror films. A few times throughout the beginning of the film, you are exposed to some heinous acts within the town, but it winds up being a false start as Dutton seems to go about business as usual. While that’s not a huge strike against the film, many moviegoers may be a little underwhelmed by the simple plot, as stated earlier. If anyone has ever seen a film featuring zombies as its main antagonist, chances are
the plot flow and resolution to “The Crazies” are about as original to you as, well … another zombie movie. It’s true that “The Crazies” is not the most original film to be highlighting marquees right now, but I can really only chalk that up to what I call “Shakespeare syndrome.” While there may be a more professional term for it (I’m a History major, not an English major), I self-define “Shakespeare syndrome” as a collective audience being unable to reap enjoyment from an original formula because of the countless ripoffs, knockoffs and homages it may be subjected to (think the theme of forbidden love in “Romeo and Juliet,” for example). While Romero is the unquestioned father of the modern zombie film (I dare you to argue otherwise), “The Crazies” seems to plummet in the originality department because of the countless renditions of Romero’s formula in various mediums of entertainment. However, potential moviegoers shouldn’t let this keep them from seeing “The Crazies.” The best part about this film is simply that it is entertaining. Sure, it may not be the most original film to date (is anything original anymore, really?) and sure, it’s chock-full of clichéd cheap scares to give you a headache from your eyerolling, but when it’s all said and done with, “The Crazies” is just a damn fun movie. That’s the point of the film, really, to entertain. Go sit in a theater for two hours and turn your brain off and jump with the rest of the audience. Just be sure to leave your pitchfork at the door.
BIG SCREEN Alice in Wonderland PG. 108 min. March 5 Directed by Tim Burton Starring Johnny Depp
DVD/BLU RAY 2012 PG-13. 158 min. March 2 Directed by Roland Emmerich Starring John Cusack
Where the Wild Things Are PG. 101 min. March 2 Directed by Spike Jonze Starring Catherine Keener
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Fifteen years later: Paul Meek Library Spencer Taylor Managing/Life Editor The book is dead. This declaration, uttered by some, is one that Paul Meek Library Director Mary Vaughan Carpenter would like to dispute. “I just have to laugh. That certainly hasn’t been our situation at UT Martin. Our attendance is up 40 percent. Our circulation of books is up. Seven and a half items per full-time student, per semester. That’s just not what we’re seeing. People are just using information differently, and they’re using the library differently,” Carpenter said. This summer will mark the 15th anniversary of the Paul Meek Library’s reopening
after undergoing a two-year construction period that dispersed the library’s contents all across the campus. This renovation would largely contribute to the success that the library now has today. “It was a huge headache; we had to get a big box building into Clement with little rooms. The media center went over to Gooch, so there we were, that far separated. Periodicals were in the University Center. [It was] harder for people to find things, really hard if someone came in and needed something and you had to tell them ‘you have to go all the way across campus, it’s in storage.’ It was hard,” said Linda Butler, acquisitions librarian at Paul Meek. While literally spread all over campus, the new library
was set to open in December any adult to come in here 1994 but was delayed until and communicate and find May 30, 1995. Library Movers information from all over of America, the world,” which had “People are just using said thenpreviously Gov. Don m o v e d information differently, Sundquist in m a t e r i a l and they’re using the a Fall 1995 for the library differently.” edition of University C a m p u s - Mary Carpenter Scene. of Memphis, was hired “It [the to move the original new library’s contents back in. building] was just a big box. During the official ribbon- Really, a two-story box without cutting ceremony on June any decoration or amenities - it 9, those in attendance were was pretty utilitarian. We were impressed with the beauty and so flabbergasted when we got sophistication that the new this new one - it was much facility offered. prettier and so much more “(The library) opens up attractive,” Butler said. a lot of doors…The most Fifteen years removed from modern of technology and renovations that expanded the the most traditional books are library from 65,000 to 120,000 here…allowing any child… square feet, the library has
proven that the book, better yet, the overall exchange of information, is anything but dead. The success of today’s libraries is dependent upon the evolution of the concept of the library - something that Carpenter says is rapidly changing in the industry. Having worked at the Obion County Public Library for eight years, Carpenter witnessed a library that functioned not as a book warehouse with the ambience of a monastery, but a community hub that catered to everyone and went beyond the traditional idea of a library. Carpenter envisions the same for Paul Meek, and after adding a leisure reading area and a 24-hour computer lab (among other things), the style of the library has definitely
shifted. Statistically, it is hard to argue with the success the library has had. Book circulation between the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years rose 22 percent, while attendance during the past few years has risen steadily, making Paul Meek Library the second-most occupied building in Martin behind Wal-Mart, according to statistics provided by the library. “I feel that we have a fortunate situation that this library is so beautiful, and not only is it beautiful, but it really works. It’s very functional. Obviously our students are relating to it or we wouldn’t see a thousand [students] a day,” Carpenter said. Perhaps the book isn’t dead, after all.
see next week’s Pacer for an Oscar wrapup and analysis
March 3, 2010
Bill Miller shares messages, music with UTM Native American artist urges audience to open minds, hearts Randy Cavin News Editor A truly inspiring gentleman, Bill Miller touches the hearts of people wherever he goes. Miller is a three-time Grammy winner, winning his latest at this year’s Grammy Awards on January 26. Miller has also won seven Native American Music Awards and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Miller does not claim all of the honors for his awards. He says it is not just his; it took a lot of people to win a Grammy Award. The awards also represent his people. “It added a confidence that my people need because I represent my people. I represent a
‘Roots of Rhythm’
lot of people who struggle. It’s not just mine. It isn’t me. It’s a lot of people that took to win those Grammies; my wife, my family and the record company,” Miller said. Miller also gives credit to his success to his peers because he says they know what his music is about. “For me it is not about me. It is about the purpose of my music. That’s the beautiful thing that my peers voted for me because they know what I am about,” Miller said. Miller was also been involved with “The Last Stand” symphony. He co-composed the symphony with Joshua Yudkin and Kristin Wilkinson, in collaboration with conduc-
tor Amy Mills. The symphony, which commemorates the Battle of Little Big Horn of the Great Sioux War of 187677, was performed in Israel in March 2009. Miller says the people of Israel welcomed him and his music. “They were the most loving foreign audience I have ever experienced actually. They were very accepting. When I got done there were people in tears and I never spoke a story,” Miller says. “I basically didn’t sing, it was all music. These were a high-art classical people. That is a very difficult audience to play to.” Miller has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including;
UTM percussionists, led by Dr. Julie Hill, above right, performed their “Roots of Rhythm” concert to a group of students during the 10th Annual Civil Rights Conference last Thursday. The group explored the origins of rhythm from Africa to the United States. Pacer photos/ Tonya Jordan.
Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes and Michael Martin Murphy. Miller says he has learned a lot from them and they compare each other’s work. “It’s always been an honor working with them. They are my peers and my mentors. It’s like a master carpenter working with another master carpenter, you learn from each other,” Miller said. “Not everybody can have Peter Rowan back you up. Not everybody can sing ‘Wildfire’ with Michael Martin Murphy and jamming with Kim Carnes.” Miller sings, plays instruments and composes music. He is also an accomplished speaker. He tours on college
campuses giving motivational speeches about growing up on a reservation and about the struggles and hardships the Native Americans have faced for generations. “What motivates me do it is because it’s motivational speeches. There’s such a gap in history that has not been told correctly. Our native people are not being represented correctly or enough,” Miller said. “I’m also involved in another movement in the bigger picture; the mental health and spiritual health need to be addressed in a healing manner.” “When I speak of my pain, it’s also the pain of others,” Miller said. Miller’s performance at the
10th Annual Civil Rights Conference was an experience that inspired and delighted those attending. His music, his stories of humor, pain and suffering and the hardships of growing up, such an abusive father and poverty on the reservation, touched the hearts of this audience and brought them together. “It was a very enlightening experience. It opened up a broader music. It was a learning experience,” said Jason Holloway, a senior Finance and Economics major. “During his whole performance he wanted us to open up our minds. He doesn’t want us to be closed minded, but opened up to all.”