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Exhibit honors Abraham Lincoln’s accomplishments Alex Pierce Staff Writer Since opening in November 2011, the East Tennessee History Center has used their detailed exhibit “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War” to pose the question, “Why does Abraham Lincoln matter today?” It attempts to do so by breaking down three key issues the 16th president faced: the secession crisis of 1860-1861, slavery and the constitution, and civil liberties vs. the needs of the nation. The first of these issues is explained in a bright red and pink display called “Divided.” Lincoln inherited a country on the absolute brink of civil war when he came to office. As the display explains, the question was largely, “Is the United States a single nation, or a confederacy of sovereign and separate states?” “‘Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War’ illustrates how Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery and civil liberties — all questions our country’s founding charter left unanswered,” William E. Hardy, a Ph.D. history student at UT, said. “Each section of the exhibit features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. Most importantly, the exhibit shows visitors why Lincoln’s struggle with the
Constitution still matters today.” South Carolina was the first state to secede in 1860 — a move that Abraham Lincoln decided was both undemocratic and unconstitutional. Lincoln maintained that no state had the right to declare itself separate from the United States, a position which sparked the Civil War. The deep purple display titled “Bound” deals with the question of how slavery is handled in the Constitution. It makes the point that for the first portion of Lincoln’s administration, he was more focused on the Southern rebellion itself than on the issue the rebellion hinged on. However, Lincoln’s thoughts on the subject would soon be pronounced. “So I say in relation to the principle that all men are created equal, let it be nearly reached as we can,” Abraham Lincoln is quoted on the “Bound” display. At the time, slavery had firm roots in the Constitution. Could slavery be simply uprooted by constitutional means? Lincoln said yes. He was so ecstatic about the 13th Amendment that he signed it himself, a largely unnecessary measure, given that the Legislative Branch had yet to approve it at the time. The final display talks about Lincoln’s actions during wartime. See LINCOLN on Page 3
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MLK holiday raises appreciation Victoria Wright Student Life Editor As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, generally students are influenced to relax; however, some students are inclined to participate in MLK-geared events and service projects. Mardea George, junior in nursing and minor in political science, plans to sleep in Monday morning and then attend an event in the afternoon. She believes that whether or not one attends an event, the significance of recognizing the holiday is still important to college students. “To me, the holiday was always an important holiday,” George said. “It seems like an extra break just for you to relax and perhaps reflect on things, but MLK is a special day because it’s an appreciation day. It’s an appreciation, not just for African-Americans, but for all races and ethnicities. Some people celebrate it differently.” Service opportunities are available for students to take advantage of. The UT TeamVOLS community service and outreach organization is currently taking registration for individuals and groups interested in an MLK Day community service retreat on Jan. 21, giving students an opportunity to relax this weekend and serve the next. The event buses students to various locations to perform services, such as recycling or volunteering at an elementary school. However, the location is kept secret until students arrive there. About 400 students participated in last year’s event, according to TeamVOLS chair Lauren Lee. “I think it’s a fun activity to do because you can sign up with other organization members,” Lee, senior in Spanish and studio arts, said. “It’s a way to meet people. I would like to have more volunteers come and have them go away with something that’s more meaningful and impactful.” Lee believes that community service has a strong impact on Martin Luther King Jr.
Day as service creates an understanding of different people’s needs. “It’s important to volunteer, especially in the name of civil rights, because it’s hard to put yourself in someone’s shoes,” Lee said. “It’s important to be aware.” Carlos Jackson, senior in psychology, participated in the service project last year. He plans to attend a march this holiday. “I wanted to celebrate what Martin Luther King’s Day was all about, which is looking at our past and embracing it and embracing our future as well,” Jackson said. “Without looking at our past and seeing what people did to pave the way for us, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate our present and our future.”
Jackson feels that the decision for college students to participate in an activity or stay in on MLK Day is divided evenly. Regardless of a heavy course load, Jackson said college students should be motivated to attend an event. “In addition to them (college students) getting their degree, it’s about getting involved in the campus and knowing what’s going on,” Jackson said. Janielle Pratcher, junior in nursing, plans to spend her MLK Day resting after a demanding first week of classes, though still recognizes the significance of the holiday. “Last year I slept in,” Pratcher said. “It’s a day off. I think everybody is more inclined to take it as a holiday.”
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Dr. John Dougherty, Medical Director of the Cole Neuroscience Center (Memory Disorder Program) at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, helps accept $75,000 from the Pat Summitt Foundation to the UT Medical Center’s Brain and Spine Institute. The Pat Summitt Foundation also gave $75,000 to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
Occupy protesters run low on funds The Associated Press NEW YORK — It was only a few nights after the Occupy protesters began sleeping in his church sanctuary when the Rev. Bob Brashear realized that his laptop was missing. The refugees from Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park had found their way to his cavernous Presbyterian church on a cold winter evening, hoping to stay for a few nights, maybe longer. It was the latest stopover for the nomadic group, which has been living in a rotating series of churches since the city shut down its camp in November. “There was a sense of shock and sadness that it had happened,” said Brashear, whose laptop will soon be replaced by Occupy organizers. “And there’s a common understanding that if there’s one more theft in the church, that’s it.”
This is what the Occupy encampment has become: a band of homeless protesters with no place to go. Amid accusations of drug use and sporadic theft, they’ve been sleeping on church pews for weeks, consuming at least $20,000 of the donations that Occupy Wall Street still has in its coffers. Their existence is being hotly debated at Occupy meetings: Are these people truly “Occupiers” who deserve free food and a roof over their heads? “We don’t do this out of charity,” said 34-year-old Ravi Ahmad, who works for Columbia University and volunteers with Occupy in her spare time. “We do this so that whoever wants to work in the movement can work in the movement. This is a meritocracy.” But money is draining rapidly from Occupy’s various bank accounts, which currently amount to about $344,000. Including church mainte-
nance costs and meals, living expenses are more than $2,000 per week. “We are all aware that the NYPD destroyed the tent homes of many Occupiers in just one night,” someone recently wrote on www.nycga.net, Occupy’s General Assembly website for New York City. “However, where were they living before Zuccotti Park? Are we paying for housing for homeless people who may be relocated to City shelters?” The movement, which denounces corporate excess and economic inequality, has been fighting to stay afloat in the city where it began. Media attention and donations have dropped off. And although protesters regularly meet to plan demonstrations, recent marches have had none of the spectacle that captivated New Yorkers and watchers worldwide. See OCCUPY on Page 3
NEW YORK — Stocks were mixed in afternoon trading Thursday after an increase in unemployment claims and tepid retail sales dampened optimism about strong bond auctions in Italy and Spain. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 4 points to 12,445 shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. The Dow started the day lower, falling as many as 64 points in the first hour of trading. It recouped those losses shortly after noon and was trading near the breakeven level in the early afternoon. Chevron fell 2.5 percent, the most in the Dow, after the world’s second-largest publicly traded oil company said its income will be “significantly” below its fourth-quarter results in the prior quarter because of narrower margins on refining and selling fuels. The S&P 500 was up a little more than half a point at 1,293. The Nasdaq edged up 8 points to 2,719. It was the latest day of quiet trading in the stock market. There have been six consecutive days with moves of less than 1 percent in the S&P 500, the quietest stretch since May. Ralph Fogel, investment strategist and partner at Fogel Neale Partners in New York, said the moderate moves were an encouraging sign following the steep rises and sudden declines that were typical of last summer. “This is a much healthier market than we’ve seen.” Unemployment benefits spiked last week to the highest level in six weeks, mostly because companies let go of thousands of holiday hires, the government reported. Retail sales barely rose in December and were lower than analysts were expecting. Despite the mixed news on the economy, investors are starting to focus on the U.S. corpo-
rate earnings season, which got under way this week with Alcoa Inc. The aluminum maker predicted stronger demand for its products this year and surprised the market with revenue that was higher than analysts were expecting. “There’s a fair amount of pessimism out there but I also think that investors are slowly becoming immune to the bad news,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank in Chicago. “As long as the stuff you can sink your teeth into, like corporate profit, is improving, I think it bodes well for the markets this year.” European markets mostly rose after Italy and Spain held highly successful bond auctions, easing worries about Europe’s debt crisis. Italy’s benchmark stock index rose 2.1 percent. In Italy’s first bond auction of the new year, the country was able to sell one-year bonds at a rate of just 2.735 percent, less than half the 5.95 percent rate it had to pay last month. That’s a signal that investors are becoming more confident in Italy’s ability to pay its debts. Spain was able to raise double the amount of money it had sought to raise in its own bond sale as demand for its debt was strong. Both auctions were seen as important tests of investor sentiment. Investors have been worried that Italy and Spain, the thirdand fourth-largest countries in the euro area, might get dragged into the region’s debt crisis. Greece, Ireland and Portugal have been forced to get relief from their lenders after their borrowing costs spiked to levels the countries could no longer afford. The euro rose nearly a penny against the dollar, to $1.28, as worries eased about Europe’s financial woes. The currency, which is shared by 17 European countries, fell to a 16-month low against the dollar the day before.
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Before classes start, construction finishes on Phillip Fulmer Way. Several construction projects continue on campus, including the new Sorority Village as well as a facelift for HSS that is meant to create more student friendly areas. The main renovations will start in the summer and will provide areas for food and more seating.
1898 — Zola’s “J’accuse” letter is printed On this day in 1898, French writer Emile Zola’s inflammatory newspaper editorial, titled “J’accuse,” is printed. The letter exposed a military cover-up regarding Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus, a French army captain, had been accused of espionage in 1894 and sentenced in a secret military court-martial to imprisonment in a South American penal colony. Two years later, evidence of Dreyfus’ innocence surfaced, but the army sup-
pressed the information. Zola’s letter excoriated the military for concealing its mistaken conviction. Zola was a well-known writer who had published his first story collection more than three decades earlier. A high school dropout, he had worked in the sales department of a major French publisher, who encouraged his writing and published his first book. He became one of the most famous writers in France with the publication of his 1877 hit, The Drunkard, part of his 20novel cycle exploring the lives of two families. Zola’s letter provoked national outrage on both sides of the issue, among political parties, religious organizations, and others. Supporters of the military sued Zola for libel. He was convicted and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, but he fled France to avoid the sentence. In 1899, Dreyfus was pardoned, but for political reasons was not exonerated until 1906. Zola returned to France shortly after Dreyfus’ pardon, and died in 1902. 1962 — Comedian killed in Corvair crash On this day in 1962, Ernie Kovacs, a comedian who hosted his own television shows during the 1950s and is said to have influenced such TV hosts as Johnny Carson and David Letterman, dies at the age of 42 after crashing his Chevrolet Corvair into a telephone pole in Los Angeles, California, while driving in a rainstorm. Kovacs, who often appeared on camera with his trademark cigar, was found by police with an unlit cigar, leading to speculation that he had been reaching for the cigar and lost control of his vehicle. The Corvair was later made infamous by Ralph Nader’s groundbreaking 1965 book “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile,” about unsafe practices in the auto industry.
Ralph Nader, who was born in 1934 and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, published “Unsafe at Any Speed” at a time when U.S. automakers were still largely unregulated. His book accused car companies of designing vehicles with an emphasis on style and power at the expense of consumer safety. One chapter of “Unsafe at Any Speed” focused on handling problems with the Chevrolet Corvair, a car produced by auto giant General Motors (GM). In February 1966, Nader testified before the U.S. Congress about some of the issues in his book. Shortly after Nader’s congressional testimony, the news media reported that Nader had been followed by detectives. It was later determined that GM had sent investigators to spy on Nader and look into his personal life in an effort to discredit him. Nader sued GM for harassment and invasion of privacy and won a settlement. The publicity surrounding GM’s actions helped make “Unsafe at Any Speed” a best-seller and turn Ralph Nader a household name. Nader’s public advocacy on auto-safety issues helped lead to the passage of the 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which sought to reduce the rising number of injuries and deaths from road accidents by establishing federal safety standards for every American-made vehicle, including safety belts for all passengers. The Corvair, which suffered from slumping sales due in part to the negative publicity from Nader’s book as well as to consumer lawsuits (the car’s suspension system was blamed for rollovers), was discontinued by GM in 1969. In a bitter coincidence, one of Kovac’s three children was later killed in an auto accident. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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ing sure they’re good,” he said. “No sex in the church, no drinking, no smoking, no shooting, no sniffing.” continued from Page 1 The church was quiet and cozy Wednesday night as about two dozen people staked out On Monday, the metal barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park were removed for the first their respective corners of the room. Some pretime since the November raid. But protesters fer the balcony; others like to curl up by the still can’t set up tents to camp overnight — and door. Someone fiddled around on the piano and they don’t have a long-term solution to the sang a few songs as a cat watched from a pew. Showzah wandered around and chatted with housing problem. Their current home is Brashear’s West-Park everyone, making jokes and doling out advice to the singer. Presbyterian Church, a The security threat is very stately 100-year-old house real here. At least 30 percent of worship on the Upper of the crowd is a mix of West Side that badly needs chronically homeless, drugrenovation. Occupy organaddicted people, some of izers see the cracks in the whom suffer from “psychoceiling as an opportunity logical issues,” as several proto repay the favor by helptesters put it. Among other ing to fix the place up. rules, the pastor has demandThere are about 70 ed that the Occupiers station Occupiers staying there at least one mental health and another 30 or so at expert “within easy reach” of Park Slope United the church every night. Methodist Church in Even some of the church Brooklyn. dwellers themselves are fed “Everybody tries to get up with their fellow pew along, make things work,” • Photo courtesy of James Fassinger mates. Chris Allen, 36, is said Donna Marinelli, 52, working on a backup plan in of New Britain, Conn., case they get kicked out. who was sitting on the floor in a sleeping bag “I feel people are messing up the church and alongside her cousin, David Monarca. “We were in the park in tents until they raided us. We we’re not going to have it much longer, so I’m wanted to stay for the movement. We didn’t worried about putting money in my pocket,” said Allen, an unemployed construction worker want to leave when we just got here.” During the daylight hours, Marinelli attends from Long Island who lives here with his wife. Occupy events and volunteers at an Occupy “Because when it snows and I have nowhere to kitchen in Brooklyn. Nobody is allowed to stay go, I’m not going to be stuck on the streets like in the church during the day. At night, the place everyone else for being idiots.” Who is allowed to stay at the church is a is patrolled by an Occupy security team led by source of contention and perpetual infighting. If Marine Corps Sgt. Halo Showzah, a 27-year-old you’re not on the official list kept by Occupy Iraq war veteran from the Bronx. “We walk around the church with flashlights, organizers, you’re not allowed inside. But it’s making noise to wake these people up and mak- unclear what distinguishes the general populace from an Occupier.
LINCOLN continued from Page 1 “This is the most controversial aspect of Lincoln’s administration, as it was the first (and not the last) time a U.S. president suspended civil liberties during wartime,” Hardy said. The corresponding orange display chart in the exhibit, “Dissent,” raises the major question during this time: How far can a president stretch wartime powers without violating the constitution? The exhibit also shows numerous unflattering political cartoons of Lincoln at this time, one portraying him as a beast stepping on a document titled “Freedom.” Lincoln’s next move was public relations success. He issued a pamphlet called “The Truth From an Honest Man: The Letter of the President” explaining his actions and securing the 1864 re-election. The exhibit covers very little of the president’s personal life or assassination, which was covered in
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prior weeks with documentaries and Lincoln experts. Hardy led a well-attended lecture on the Lincoln assassination on Jan. 8. “This exhibit has been very popular,” Hardy said. He said between 30 and 150 people have visited since the exhibit’s Nov. 20 opening. In addition to the numerous pictures and factual displays, the exhibit contained a number of authentic artifacts, such as a genuine 1864 Lincoln/Johnson campaign poster, and toys Lincoln gave to his children. “The Constitution and the Civil War” also has one of four known recorded copies of the Gettysburg address. “It’s a great exhibit,” Jerry Wiseman, a part-time employee of the center said. “I’ve been through it several times myself just for fun.” Admission to this exhibit is free. While the final day of “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War” is Thursday, Jan. 12, the East Tennessee History Center is offering free admission up through closing time on Friday, Jan. 13. Students with an interest in history are encouraged to stop by.
Injection wells produce earthquakes The Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Boos, applause and the occasional outburst marked a gathering of about 500 Ohio residents seeking explanations for a series of earthquakes that has hit their area since deep injection drilling came to town. At a news conference after the forum Wednesday, the company voluntarily shut down an oil and gas wastewater well in Youngstown to study any links to the quakes urged caution in accepting a seismologist’s finding that their injection well almost certainly caused the quakes. “It is in the best interest of the community to allow the research process to play out,” said Vince Bevacqua, a spokesman for D&L Energy. “The well that people are concerned about — rightly or wrongly — is offline and will stay offline until we have answers.” Bevacqua said that the seismologist made his judgment from “an office in New York” and that no one has definitively proven the quakes are related to activity at the well. The company has commissioned a study and is depressurizing the well following the shutdown. In a state investigation into 11 earthquakes in the region this year, Columbia University seismologist John Armbruster said that the injection of thousands of gallons of brine wastewater daily into the injection well almost
certainly caused the quakes. State officials said they believed the well activity caused pressure to build near a fault line and led to the seismic activity. Armbruster’s finding intensified the debate over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to extract natural gas from underground shale. The Youngstown well took wastewater from all sorts of drilling in the oil and gas industry. It is an injection well, not a well for extracting oil and gas. Bevacqua said the company hopes its own study will provide different feedback. The study has not been started yet and Bevacqua was not able to provide a timetable. Many residents who attended the Wednesday forum experienced the 4.0 magnitude New Year’s Eve quake, which led to Gov. John Kasich calling a moratorium on injection drilling in the region. Several said fear and concern brought them out. “Your saltwater is radioactive poison!” shouted one participant. Retiree Bob Gray, a lifelong resident of Youngstown, said regulators who attended the
event didn’t provide satisfactory answers. “I feel like my intelligence has been insulted,” said Gray, 70. He described the forum as “a dog and pony show.” Gray and others questioned why wastewater from fracking is being shipped into Ohio for disposal when nearby Pennsylvania and New York don’t want it. Pennsylvania drillers are recycling much of the water they use, but Ohio has a contract to accept a portion of the Pennsylvania wasteMatthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon water. Bill Kinney, a petroleum The Rocky Top Rowdies celebrate after tearing up newspaper and throwing it in the executive representing the air after the Pittsburgh starting line-up was announced on Dec. 13. The student secOhio Oil & Gas Association at tion has several traditions between the Lady Vols and men’s basketball teams. the forum, said the shipments aren’t unusual. “There are all types of interstate commerce, that happens to be one of them,” he said. “Pennsylvania is not Afghanistan. It’s the state next to us.” Joseph Planey, 65, a Boardman resident who works as a consultant, said the public meeting was a good start. “More detail needs to be gotten into,” he said. “I think the depth of the problem can’t be addressed in a two-hour meeting.”
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Lilley piques interest with versatility Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor To those unfamiliar with Australian comedian Chris Lilley’s past work, his new mockumentary series “Angry Boys” is downright disarming. Lilley plays six different characters in the show, including Australian twins Daniel and Nathan Sims, Japanese mother Jen Okazaki, African-American rapper S.mouse, prison officer Gran and over-the-hill surfer Blake Oakfield. The characters cross race and gender lines, and yet they all come off as believable. For those who have seen Lilley’s previous shows, “Summer Heights High” and “We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year,” none of this is surprising. It is more like a really good band finally putting out another album. No, this show is not Tyler Perry fare or “White Chicks.” If nothing else, Lilley proves here and elsewhere his extreme versatility. His body is ageless. He can play any age, from 16 to 60, and convincingly so. This all goes back to the writing phase of the show. The pure strength of character carries the endeavor. It produces great rewards for the acting phase too, better allowing Lilley to pick and choose just the right tone of voice for each character. With the hilarious — but never over-the-top — back stories of his characters, viewers never feel like they are just watching Lilley try on many hats. It is easy to think of each character he creates as independent. Viewers can see the underlying brilliance behind Lilley’s work in the series’ most outstanding character: S.mouse. On its face, a parody of a self-absorbed rapper seems both obvious and done already. One could even argue that, in the right context, a portrayal of an African-American rapper by Lilley could easily prove offensive and stereotypical. Lilley avoids both of these barbs by tweaking the character and playing with viewers’ expectations. Yes, this S.mouse loves controversy, and sure, he says that he came from a rough background. But then in his introduction, viewers are blind-sided when S.mouse’s father reveals the truth: S.mouse actually grew up rich. The comedy then comes from S.mouse’s constant aim to become the rapper stereotype, while everyone from his father to his girlfriend to even his buddies subverts that.
Lilley also makes a statement with the actual songs that S.mouse produces. Instead of Eminem parodies, his songs are more like some perverted version of Kidz Bop, infantile rebellion for the middle-school set. Songs include one about using the bathroom on a cop car and another about having sex with grandmothers, both for seemingly no reason. Like with S.mouse and the bombastic rapper archetype, Lilley takes on the parent with a hunger for fame through Jen Okazaki and her son, Tim. Viewers are, no doubt, familiar with the news stories of parents making up things to make their children famous, in order to become famous as the parents. Lilley targets this idea but plays it up in such a bombastic way that it becomes hysterical. Jen forces Tim to learn skateboarding as a child and instills a deep-seeded love for the sport from constantly guilting her son into performing well. She even threatened to kill herself if Tim did not win skateboarding tournaments. Even though Tim uses his documentary confessional time to say the truth to the filmmaker, he maintains that he loves skateboarding, and he loves winning. This shows Lilley’s keen eye for psychology and depth in his characters. This type of emotion from Tim recalls documentaries like “Spellbound” where parents push their children to be the very best, even when the children seem exhausted. Yet the children grow to love the sport through this extreme ambition. Jen and Tim’s story takes a turn for the bizarre in how Jen seeks to actively market Tim, telling him to say that he is gay in order to brand him the first-ever gay skateboarding champion. This launches ludicrous catch phrases — “Skateboarding gay style!” and simply “I’m gay!” — as well as a whole line of clothing and phallicshaped accessories. Tim yelling “I’m gay!” each time he starts skateboarding is the kind of ridiculous punch line that consistently gets laughs. It is unfortunate that “Angry Boys” is getting forgotten about in the grand scheme of things, with its odd, early premiere date of Jan. 1 and its rush of airing two episodes at a time each Sunday. It feels like HBO is simply burning off the series, while satiating its cult audience. The strange decision to take Lilley’s past series “We Can Be Heroes” off HBO On Demand right after “Angry Boys” premiered only speaks to this. However, Lilley’s brand of humor is one of the most inventive and interesting corners of comedy in recent years, and “Angry Boys” is definitely worth checking out. — Robby O’Daniel is a graduate student in communications. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Sarah Russell The first few months of the new year tend to be a time when people worldwide focus on reflection and renewal. Americans spend millions of dollars on gym memberships and organic foods to assist them in fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions. Chinese New Year’s traditions, which often fall in late January or early February, emphasize reconciliation and letting go of grudges in order to begin the new year peacefully. Even we, as students, begin our new semesters with reflection and renewal when we adjust our study habits from the past semester, actually buy a few textbooks instead of relying solely on Wikipedia articles, and pledge that we will (hopefully) not get any grades below a B minus. The winter months of the new year provide an opportune time to think back and look forward, especially since there isn’t much else to do when the weather is as dreary as it has been for the past few days. In my field, though, the focus on reflection is constant, regardless of the season. History might often seem like a vast collection of people’s names and particular dates, but when you get beyond what they teach you in your high school American history classes, history becomes more about the stories of the people living through events than the events themselves. An individual’s reminiscences often give a more enlightening description of the event than mere facts and dates can. While working in our library’s Special Collections department, I recently encountered the personal reflections of Thomas J. Walker, a native of Haywood County, Tenn. His “Reminiscences of the Civil War” is a 100-page handwritten narrative of his experiences fighting with the Confederate Army across the South, including in the famous Atlanta campaign that prompted Gen. William T. Sherman to burn the city to the ground. Walker’s writing, which covers several loose-leaf notebook pages and half of an old legal notepad in a loopy penciled scrawl, lends a voice to the famous war that is so often reduced to simply the dates of particular battles. Throughout the narrative, he gives his often blunt
opinions on soldiers fighting for the enemy and describes the everyday life of a Confederate soldier as well as how it felt to be actually engaged in battle. Without these personal descriptions of events like the Civil War, historians would be left with an incredibly weak understanding of the war aside from when and where specific battles were fought. We are able, through narratives like Walker’s, to understand why these soldiers fought in the war, what it felt like to be on the battlefield, and what happened to these individuals after the war was over. Without these individuals’ ability to reflect upon their experiences and articulate them for future audiences, our understanding of history would be very bare indeed. My great-grandfather, Carlton Parrish Russell, was a colonel in World War II, and he, like Walker, wrote an autobiography detailing his experiences fighting with the Allies. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, a battle that appeared briefly on my World War II timeline in my European history class. I knew little about the events surrounding the battle until I read his reflections and learned that his regiment was fighting SS troops, and many of the German soldiers were wearing Allied uniforms and driving Allied vehicles, making it difficult to determine who to shoot. Furthermore, my great-grandfather emphasized in his writing the incredible difficulties experienced by the Belgian civilians, who faced “death and deprivation” from both the Germans and the Allies. We are often taught that the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and most deadly battle fought in World War II; what narratives like that of my great-grandfather’s teach us is that battles have profound effects on both soldiers and civilians, and that war is not always as black-andwhite as it may appear in history books. My great-grandfather’s autobiography, which is also in Special Collections, is of great personal value to myself and my family, as T. J. Walker’s narrative also was and is. It is fitting, in these months of reflection and renewal, to pay attention to the words of family members, famous men and women, or even ordinary individuals who feel the need to tell their stories. It is said that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it, but through the stories of those who have gone before us, we are able to learn from their reflections and start a new story ourselves. — Sarah Russell is a senior in history. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I don’t particularly want to spend a lot of energy writing about the Republican primaries and debates this semester, so might as well get most of it out right now. I’ve never considered myself religious, but a limited Catholic upbringing instilled a certain empathy with people who were. Religion, on many levels, is something probably felt at least as much as it is thought about, and politics kind of fills that void for me — people need to feel, after all. Yes, I’m saying that, amidst overwhelming self-control and relativity in the spirit of objective speculation, politics is the cultural construct I allow myself to sometimes feel strongly about as much as I think I know about it. Because just try to apply total relativity and raw realism to absolutely every aspect of your life and see how quickly it takes you to have a panic attack, or just fall into a deep depression. The deliberate struggle for objectivity at the expense of the baser instinct to be unconditionally correct is very satisfying, and the world would be unrecognizably better if this were a more widely learned attitude in the face of the endless warring of stupidly co-dependent ideologies and dualities. But sometimes you just need to let go and get enthusiastic about something part of you knows is cursed with the ridiculousness of your species. But at the same time, what could fit the description of something so obviously co-dependent better than our two-party system — to the point that one party could not be well defined completely stand-alone without pressure from the other? These realities are interesting because people probably couldn’t bring themselves to be so ideologically dependent on something so flawed, but it’s these flaws and inconsistencies in the context of your own political interests that can energize the most apathetic and disillusioned among us. I don’t even think most people consciously ally themselves with one of the two parties anymore, and rely instead on more individualized, practical platforms instead of macroeconomics or foreign policy. But then the Republican primaries come along, and the candidates for our highest office regularly
abandon whole chunks of their party’s most basic tenets simply to gain the fleeting leverage against some vague accusation in a so-called debate. And it keeps getting worse. I’ve had no choice but to temporarily adopt the boring better-than-politics stance because of the stress these people cause me when they say things. I think relativity is fine to slip in here and there for effect when talking about important issues just as a general reminder of the nature of the system one is participating in; the self-awareness gained by the deconstruction of a system given so much emotional validity by animals who require these constructs for consistency and structure can be just what’s needed to get a point across that would be otherwise bogged down in an ideological tug-of-war. But the Republican candidates seem to being doing a great job of making the most complacent politicos uncomfortably selfaware of how theatrical this process has really become, and how embarrassing these debates really are for us all. Republicans have it extra hard these days, it seems. What unifies them save the guaranteed force of everyone who thinks Obama is a failure? I would remark that at least war is still a unifying principle for these guys, minus Ron Paul, but how can they mean that when Obama has seen the Iraq war through to the bitter end, staying until the very day the Bush Administration recommended, and in general enjoying the full precedent of the out-ofcontrol Bush foreign policy? They squabble over who would have fewer scruples about automatically attacking Iran at the first sign of nuclear maturity and Rick Perry says he’d send troops back to Iraq. Sounds like satiating the bloodlust of mob rule. The Republican candidates may not be keeping democracy honest, consistent, remotely intelligent, professional, substantial or appealing, but at least they’re keeping it, in a country where a little over half the people even vote for the president. Who could honestly blame “them” for just kind of, well, taking the hint, and calling the whole thing off? I don’t like to think that this kind of overdone, childish, dramatic, back and forth is required to keep people interested in, nay, acknowledging our form of government and the possibility that it might play a role in our culture. Falling below the 50 percent democratic participation line might be scarily close to reality, but I’m not sure even that would shock it into conducting more mature debates. — Wiley Robinson is an undecided junior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Best efforts often thwarted Jake Lane Arts & Culture Editor Dear friends, this is not good. It’s the third issue of the semester and already deadlines elude me and the grandiose plans for stories which seemed so great at the point of conception (I heard that’s where life started, not sure I agree) now unravel at every angle and would seem perhaps more folly than providential. That is to say, I am derelict in my duty. Let’s recap. Sunday, Jan. 8 It’s late in the evening, and chances are better than not that a certain reporter has been buried in the land of Westeros for most of the day. In a break from treachery and fantasy warfare I check my news feed and discover a disturbing report. Apparently, our local daily paper has not only systematically ignored the NDAA and SOPA legislation currently in Senate, the latter of which has now been passed into law, but also blocked reader comments asking for coverage of these issues. The combined implications of these bills would be the indefinite detention of American citizens without probable cause and the destruction of the Internet as we know it. Now, as I have a deep-seeded beef with that paper, it seemed an opportunity to finally make a legitimate platform to argue their ineptitude and bias favoritism. Ideas for attack formed in my head; rage ensued. Tuesday, Jan. 10 The Beacon reconvenes from winter sabbatical, all to the heraldic trumpets of seraphim and ... O.K. you’re looking at the Sudoku now, let’s get back to the point. After consulting some of the more veteran members of staff, it becomes obvious this potential rant against our competitor and sometimes business partner might not hold much water without some solid policy quotes from their camp, an unlikely proposition. O.K., well, am I really going to prop up a rage strike based on some Internet comments? All the while volunteers (they wore blue shirts, can’t give them the superlative capital “V”) gather along Peyton Manning Pass and Philip Fulmer Way in a mock Thanksgiving parade formation. Talk for the past week revolved around the shoot for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” ABC’s feel-good
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renovation show which awards deserving families with a new home. The episode set in Knoxville was touted as a way to rev up Knoxville’s national profile, and the parade seemed to encapsulate that point. Set to begin at 3:30 p.m., the parade actually ran up the stretch of road between the UC and the Communications Building three times, each punctuated by an endless process of turnaround and abominable wait. During this time I spoke with my contact on the SOPA story and found out that while the choice to block user commentary is indeed a dastardly practice, his own commentary was more spamming to maximize the exposure of lacking coverage, and by his own admission he was asking for a banhammer. My story dead in the water, the parade lost any luster and instead became a charade. In my mind, using floats from the actual Macy’s Parade and marching people off and on for three hours down a small stretch for a reel that might air for 30 seconds at most seemed a grievous waste of resources. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of charity and coming together to provide a place to live for those who cannot provide it themselves is a noble ambition, and the core idea of the show works for that reason. However, there was no story to be had after three hours of waiting. They rolled the family in on a bus, the volunteers surrounded them with their inflated stars and a pilgrim Garfield the Cat, and for half an hour they shot over and over again the family smushed together with this gleeful mob shaking pompoms and shouting on cue. No speeches, no uplifting message to take away from the experience, and even the sequence of the lucky homeowners pulling away in a stretch navigator had to be shot multiple times to get all the angles. In a stew, I vowed to show the gutwrenching artifice of the sorry affair. Thursday, Jan. 12 Given time and reflection, cooler heads have prevailed and I sit here now, relieved. Neither story panned out as planned, and my initial pessimism stems from anger over not finding exactly what I was looking for in the field. Let this be a caution to anyone who journeys to tell a tale, especially one based on facts: Go in without any ideas to take for granted and tell what you see, as best as possible. I still have not lost the vitriol which these events have stirred, but the need to make a crusade in print has subsided. It’s an ugly job, realizing that your efforts might not ever garner the intended or desired result you imagined, but that’s life. Get a helmet.
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Romney looks for third win in SC him the first non-incumbent Republican in a generation to pull off the back-to-back feat. “Tonight we celebrate,” Romney told a raucous victory party in Manchester, N.H. “Tomorrow we go back to work.” The way ahead passes through minefields that held him to fourth place in the South Carolina primary when he ran four years ago: Republicans skeptical of his Mormon faith and reversals on some social issues. All the candidates planned to campaign in the state Wednesday. Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman were flying in from New Hampshire. They’ll join Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who didn’t invest much time in New Hampshire while putting his post-Iowa focus on South Carolina. Several of Romney’s rivals have made clear they will seek to undercut the chief rationale of his candidacy: that his experience in private business makes him the strongest Republican to take on President Barack Obama on the economy in the fall. Perry, for
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mitt Romney says he’s ready for an uphill climb in South Carolina after coasting through New Hampshire. As the Republican presidential contest heads south Wednesday, his rivals are sharpening their attacks and trying to rev up tea partyers and religious conservatives still nervous about the front-runner. Still, Romney projects a selfassurance that must be wearing on his five opponents. He dismisses much of their criticism as acts of desperation. And he said that while several campaigns can afford to keep the nomination fight going, “I expect them to fall by the wayside eventually for lack of voters.” Despite the rougher tone and tougher ideological terrain ahead, the former Massachusetts governor is hoping to force his opponents from the race by achieving a four-state streak with victories in South Carolina on Jan. 21 and Florida 10 days later. He posted a double-digit win Tuesday night in New Hampshire after a squeaker the week before in Iowa — making
one, is accusing Romney of “vulture capitalism” that led to job losses in economically distressed South Carolina. Obama’s team, treating Romney as their likely general election opponent, has joined in the effort to darken the picture of his days in private enterprise. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday night that Romney had worried more about investors doing well than he did about the employees of companies bought by his venture capital firm. On Wednesday, Romney offered a practical-minded defense of layoffs that might not reassure voters worried about holding onto their jobs. “Every time we had a reduction in employment it was designed to try and make the business more successful and, ultimately, to grow it,” Romney told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He got some support from an unusual source — his rival Paul, who finished second in New Hampshire. The libertarian-leaning congressman said other Republican candidates were slamming Romney for marketoriented restructuring of corporations.
Dramatized tabloid retracted wide-ranging investigation of wrongdoing at British newspapers. The inquiry stems from public anger about the phone hacking scandal, which saw reporters and private detectives hack into the voicemail systems of celebrities, sports stars, crime victims and royal aides. Committee lawyer Robert Jay seemed angered by Hill’s casual explanation of the decision to link Madeline McCann’s parents to her disappearance, suggesting that Hill had just “whacked it into the paper” regardless of its veracity. Hill responded angrily that he felt he was being put on trial and said other British papers had taken similar liberties in reporting the McCann case. The hacking scandal has centered on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, which the media mogul shut down in July. More than a dozen journalists have been arrested in the probe, senior executives with Murdoch’s News Corp. media empire have lost their jobs, and top U.K. police officers have resigned over their failure to tackle the problem.
The Associated Press LONDON — A former tabloid newspaper editor told Britain’s media ethics inquiry Thursday that he published an inflammatory story about the parents of a missing girl because he thought there was a possibility the story could be true. The unfounded Daily Express story suggested that Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann, might have been linked to her 2007 abduction and possible death. The Daily Express newspaper had to make a front-page apology and pay a substantial settlement to the parents, but former chief editor Peter Hill seemed unrepentant when quizzed about the decision to publish. “I felt the stories should be published because there was reason to believe they might possibly be true,” he said, suggesting that the saga of the young girl’s disappearance from a holiday resort in Portugal had generated extraordinary interest throughout the world. Hill testified before the Leveson Inquiry, a
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Projected Starters Tennessee 8-7, 1-0 SEC* G Trae Golden G Josh Richardson G Cameron Tatum F Jeronne Maymon F Renaldo Woolridge
PPG 14.6 3.2 9.5 11.2 6.2
How They Match-up UT* 74.5 68.7 46.5 37.5 69.7 +2.9 5.1 14.6 6.1
UK 80.1 Scoring Off. 58.7 Scoring Def. 48.6 Field goal % 36.6 3-Point % Free Throw % 71.5 +7.9 Reb. Margin Blocks per game 9.2 Assists per game 15.6 Steals per game 6.9
*UT’s record and stats as of 1/12, before Miss St. game
Last Year: Feb. 8 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky 73-61 George Richardson • The Daily Beacon
Trae Golden shoots with no trouble against ETSU on Dec 23. Golden had 11 points in the Vols’ 66-63 victory.
March 6 in Knoxville Kentucky 64-58
No. 2 Kentucky 16-1, 2-0 SEC G Marquis Teague G Doron Lamb F Terrence Jones F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F Anthony Davis
PPG 10.8 14.6 11.8 13.6 12.7
Why the Vols will win: There are not a lot of reasons to believe Tennessee can beat No. 2 Kentucky. The Vols’ only saving grace is that they’re playing in the friendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena. Under former coach Bruce Pearl, that fact alone tended to be a boost, especially against top teams. In fact, UT went 4-0 against the top five at home under Pearl. Coincidentally, the last win in that category was in 2010 against another second-ranked Wildcats squad, 74-65. That was the same year an undermanned UT squad topped No. 1 Kansas. The Vols knocked off then No. 13 Florida last week at TBA in their last home game. If the Vols can improve their scoring defense, which currently ranks last in the SEC, and keep the score close late, they may be able to pull off yet another upset to climb in the conference standings and keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Why the Wildcats will win: With any Kentucky team, especially under John Calipari, the Wildcats are talented and filled with future NBA players. UK’s only blemish on the year is a 73-72 loss at Indiana on Dec. 10. Six Wildcats score in double-figures, led by sophomore Doron Lamb’s 14.6. UK can score as well as any team in the country and UT has struggled at times on the defensive end. Big man Anthony Davis is a shot-blocking machine, averaging 4.6 a game. The Wildcats are arguably the best and most complete team in the country and a trip to the Final Four is well within reach, even expected by many. Calipari always has his teams ready for the Vols — maybe because of the rivalry with former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl — but the UTUK game is always special to fans of both schools.
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Pittman named new O-line coach Staff Reports University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Thursday that the Vols have hired Sam Pittman as offensive line coach. Pittman, who has spent the last five years at the University of North Carolina staff from 2007-11 in charge of the offensive line, was named associate head coach before the 2011 season. “Sam has an excellent reputation and track record as an offensive line coach and as a recruiter,” said Dooley. “Sam brings a considerable amount to our program as a coach and a person, and we are excited that he is joining our staff.” Pittman fills the position on the Tennessee staff formerly held by Harry Hiestand, who resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities. The 2011 North Carolina team averaged 6.3 yards per play in the regular season, the second-best mark in the ACC. The UNC offensive line helped redshirt freshman running back Giovani Bernard to 101.8 yards per game, a mark that led all NCAA freshmen and included seven 100-yard rushing games. Bernard’s 14 rushing touchdowns ranked second nationally among freshmen.
Additionally, sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner led the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency, a category in which UNC led the conference as a team as well. The Tar Heels ranked fifth in the ACC in total offense at 396.6 while earning a berth in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. Named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by ESPN.com, Pittman has signed the No. 2rated offensive tackle in each of the last two years, Alex Hurst in 2010 and Kiaro Holt in 2011. Hurst, who started all 12 games at left tackle for UNC as a sophomore during the 2011 season, joined teammate and left guard Jonathan Cooper as the first Tar Heel tandem to earn All-ACC lineman honors since 1993. Pittman also worked to develop offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, who earned second team All-ACC honors in 2008 and was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Pittman joined the Tar Heels after four seasons as the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois from 2003-06, including three seasons as assistant head coach from 2004-06. During that time frame, the Huskies produced a pair of standout rushers in Garrett Wolfe and Michael Turner. Wolfe led the nation in rushing with 1,928 yards, while Turner, who has
earned two Pro Bowl selections with the Atlanta Falcons and has led the NFC in rushing in each of the last two seasons, finished second in the nation as a senior at Northern Illinois in 2003 with 1,648 yards. His first stint as offensive line coach for Northern Illinois was for two years, from 1994-95. Pittman also previously coached the offensive linemen at Kansas (2001), Missouri (2000), Western Michigan (1999), and Oklahoma (1997-98). He coached offensive tackles and tight ends at Cincinnati at 1996. Before coaching at NIU, Pittman spent two seasons as the head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 1992-93 after serving as the school's offensive line coach in 1991. He was a head coach in the high school ranks at Trenton (Mo.) High School from 1989-90 and at Princeton (Mo.) High School from 1987-88. He began his coaching career with a two-year stint as a student assistant at Pittsburg State from 198485, followed by one season as an assistant coach at Beggs (Okla.) High School. Pittman, a graduate of Pittsburg State (Kan.), played defensive end at the school and was inducted into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. He is married to the former Jamie Conrad of Pittsburg, Kan.
Penn State president hopes to repair school’s image after scandal The Associated Press Penn State University President Rodney Erickson was grilled Wednesday by alumni unhappy about how the school handled a child sex abuse scandal, the firing of longtime football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency in the case. Erickson is attempting to repair the school’s image with alumni, faculty, staff and students more than two months after former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s arrest brought controversy, criticism and contemplation to the school. Some alumni have criticized the university's failure to conduct a complete investigation before firing Paterno and ousting Erickson’s predecessor, Graham Spanier, while decrying the leadership as secretive and slow to act. Erickson, who was greeted by polite applause, told the crowd at the start of Wednesday night’s 1 1/2-hour meeting in Pittsburgh that openness and communication are his guiding principles. He said crit-
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ics have accused the school of having problems in those areas recently and the school “will do better in the future.” When he said he won’t allow the scandal to define the university nor “our outstanding football program,” the audience of about 600 people burst into applause. But the first questioner called the treatment of Paterno “unconscionable,” drawing some applause and a few boos. “We will certainly want to honor Joe as the future unfolds,” Erickson replied. And there was passionate and prolonged applause for another person’s suggestion members of the board of trustees step down. “I think the board will have to make those decisions,” Erickson replied to some groans from the crowd. Erickson, who said an investigation into what the trustees knew and when is ongoing, declined to answer several questions, such as why the school fired Paterno when the coach had already announced that he would retire at the end of the season.
Asked for how many defendants Penn State is paying legal fees, Erickson replied that was “a difficult question to answer.” He said the school will start posting details of what the crisis has cost in legal and other fees next week. One of the people who attended Wednesday’s meeting, Gina Kelly, said she went in with negative feelings toward Erickson. She said afterward she feels he has a good plan for moving forward but not much of a plan for reconciling things that were done in the past. Another, Jean Spadacene, said she was disappointed to hear Erickson say he hasn’t spoken to Paterno since the coach was fired in early November. “That really spoke to a lot, in a negative way,” she said. But others said Paterno was part of the problem at Penn State. Dave Hrinak, a 1980 graduate who lives near Pittsburgh, said before the meeting that he has one main message for Erickson.
Gibson makes US Softball team; other Lady Vols to try out Staff Reports Fresh off a high-profile summer and fall that consisted of helping the Red, White & Blue to both the World Cup of Softball VI and XVI Pan American Games titles, Tennessee junior softball player Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) has been announced as one of 12 athletes selected to the 2012 version of the prestigious USA Softball Senior Women's National Team. “While growing up, it was always a dream of mine to one day wear the Red, White & Blue, and I finally got that chance this past summer,” Gibson said. “It means so much to me to get to put on the U.S. uniform and represent my country. It’s also an honor to compete alongside such a great group of friends from different colleges while playing a sport that has meant so much to me.” Fellow Lady Vol standouts junior Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and sophomore Ellen Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn.) were also included among a group of 11 players that have accepted invitations to try out for one of the five remaining spots on the 17-member Senior Women’s National Team or for the roster of the 2012 USA
Softball Women's Elite National Team at the USA Softball Selection Camp in June. Chavanne previously played for the 2010 USA Softball Women’s Futures National Team and was included among the invites that participated at the 2011 USA Softball Selection Camp in Chula Vista, Calif. Throughout the spring, additional athletes will be invited to the selection camp, where the five remaining members of the 2012 USA Softball Senior Women's National Team and the 17-athlete roster for the 2012 USA Softball Women's Elite National Team will be decided. Following the camp, members of both squads will play each other in exhibition contests before beginning official competition. The USA Softball Senior Women’s National Team will compete at the World Cup of Softball VII in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The Women’s Elite National Team will compete at the 2012 World University Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.