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Race promotes social diversity, equality YWCA of Knoxville holds event to start movement Deborah Ince Staff Writer As over 300 runners took off from the starting line Saturday afternoon at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, all knew that what they were participating in was so much more than just a race. They were starting a movement. YWCA Knoxville held its annual Race Against Racism Jan. 14, advocating the spread of diversity and the fight against racism throughout Knoxville and beyond. Hundreds of men, women and children from various ages and ethnic backgrounds joined together at the Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville to participate in the event that for over 15 years has raised awareness for the racism still prominent in today’s society. “This is a record-breaking turnout,” Race Against Racism co-chair Janet Jungclaus said Saturday. “We are absolutely thrilled. We lost a major group that historically gave us usually about a hundred racers, and we lost them this year, and we are still over what we did last year. So we are absolutely thrilled ... I think this says a lot about the community and their support of the YWCA.” In addition to holding a 5K race for the more competitive runners, the YWCA also offered a one-mile walk for the race’s older participants and for those with infants. “We are thrilled this year that we are having strollers and that the younger ones are joining us and starting to learn about this fight against racism, this awareness against racism,” Jungclaus said.

The race also proved to be a very popular family and organizational event. The Thompson family, consisting of wife Marlene, husband Tim, daughter Lauren and son Aaron, were all present to support the cause. “This is the first time (Tim) has run this race ... TVA actually provided a team and wanted people to run,” Marlene said. “And we believe in fighting against racism.” Roberta Brock and her family were also eager to participate in the race, not only as a devoted running family, but as an advocate of combating racism. “This is the first time we’ve run this race,” Brock said. “I think it’s a good thing for kids to learn, especially with Martin Luther King (Day) coming up Monday.” A silent auction, a group performance by community choir Praise, Honor and Glory and a Zumba pre-race warm up routine were also available to all participants. John Johnson, another Praise, Honor and Glory member who has repeatedly performed at the event, also commented on the significance of the cause. “(It’s important) because it still exists — racism,” Johnson said. “And I think it helps bring more awareness.” The sunny, clear-skied atmosphere on race day was reflected further by the camaraderie among the runners. No matter the size, gender, age or ethnicity of any individual runner, everyone cheered each other on as fervently as the next person, knowing that they moved for so much more than just themselves. Twenty-five teams participated in the race this year, as well as quite a few UT teams — including LGBT and Vols

Against Racism. Joel Kramer of LGBT emphasized the importance of other groups joining the fight against racism. “Well, I think it’s important that different groups that are oppressed and different minority groups all work together for the same goals,” Kramer said. “So when one group has an event, it’s important for other groups to come out and show support and to see that support reciprocated.” Co-workers Ken Brown and Dave Asmaus from the UT-Battelle National Laboratory also saw an opportunity to become a part of a cause bigger than themselves. “I saw an opportunity to participate in a community event that sends a strong message,” Brown said. “Never going to solve the problem if people don’t portray or have an effort, or participate in efforts to solve the problem. People who don’t want to change got to see that as a movement for people who want to change. So I just want to be a part of that change vehicle. Always have been, always will be.” Asmaus also expressed his enthusiasm for the race’s message. “It’s a great cause and community awareness of the issue,” Asmaus said. “It’s a huge problem in this country. People don’t pay enough attention to it or do enough about it. Ken and I are coworkers. He said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ so we’re here.” Young and old alike, the hundreds of runners who participated in Saturday’s race were joined together by three common goals — to combat racism, to spread equality and to inspire change.

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Participants run through Circle Park during a race Saturday, Nov. 12. The YWCA hosted Race Against Racism, which drew over 300 runners on Saturday, Jan. 14, helping to raise both money for many YWCA programs and awareness of the ongoing issue of racism in the community.

MLK Day encourages protests in SC, community service elsewhere The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hundreds of people rallied Monday outside the South Carolina capitol to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and protest the state’s voter identification law. While rallies in previous years have often been focused on protesting the Confederate flag that flies outside the Statehouse near a memorial for Confederate soldiers, the attention this year has turned to the voter ID law. The U.S. Justice Department has rejected the law. The Obama administration said it didn’t pass muster under the 1965 voting rights act, which outlawed discriminatory practices that prevented blacks from voting. On Monday, marchers carried signs that read: “Voter ID(equals)Poll Tax.” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among those slated to speak. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, spoke during a morning prayer service and left little doubt that the law would be the day’s focus. He spoke of the many black pioneers who gave their lives so their children and grandchildren could vote, referring to civil rights icons like Medgar Evers. He also referred to three South Carolina State George Richardson • The Daily Beacon University students gunned down by police durDesiree Seay, senior in mathematics, plays the drums during a performance by the ing a civil rights protest in 1968. Love United Gospel Choir at the MLK Day of Celebration event in the UC Monday, Barber said it was a critical time to make sure Jan. 16. The event featured songs, readings and memorials highlighting the pro- hard-fought voting rights are not lost. found impact and importance of the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We are here to stand up, not to back down,”

Barber said. Several other states have enacted laws similar to the one passed in South Carolina, which requires voters to show a photo ID before casting ballots. Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin are among them. Such laws already were on the books in Georgia and Indiana, and they were approved by President George W. Bush's Justice Department. Indiana’s law, passed in 2005, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. Critics have likened the laws to the poll taxes and tests used to prevent blacks from voting during the civil rights era. Supporters, many of whom are Republicans, say such laws are needed to prevent fraud. In Holder’s prepared remarks Monday, which were released by his office before he spoke, the nation’s top attorney pledged to make the nation’s elections system more accessible to U.S. citizens. Holder disagreed with those who say parts of the Voting Rights Act are no longer necessary. “I wish this were the case. But the reality is that — in jurisdictions across the country — both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common,” he said. “And though nearly five decades have passed since Dr. King shared his vision from the mountaintop — despite all the progress we’ve made, the barriers we’ve broken down, and the divisions we've healed — as a nation, we have not yet reached the Promised Land.”

Competition finalist, family given housing The Associated Press BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a shelter for several days when they got word the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist had made it to the semifinals of the prestigious national Intel science competition. Now, with donations coming in and the county finding them rent-subsidized housing, she’ll again be able to do her homework in a home. “This is just the most amazing thing you could ask for,” the diminutive Garvey said at a news conference Friday, surrounded by her parents, brother, sister and a cadre of politicians and school officials. “We’re all in tears here,” she said after Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that the Department of Social Services had located a nearby three-bedroom house where the family could live. “This is what we’ve always wanted.” Garvey is one of 300 teenagers nationwide named this week as semifinalists in the prestigious Intel science competition;

finalists will be announced at the end of January. She spent more than two years researching the effects of the Asian short crab on the mussel population in a salt marsh on Long Island, east of New York City. “What Sam found was that, like after anyone, after being attacked you develop a tough skin of shell,” said her science research teacher, Rebecca Grella. “These mussels were able to increase their thickness and protect themselves against their predator.” Grella noted the link between Garvey’s challenges and those of the mollusks she studied. “I do believe that is an amazing metaphor,” Grella said, “and I do see Sam as a strong mussel.” The Brentwood High School senior, who has applied to Yale and Brown universities, was evicted along with her family from their home on New Year’s Eve. Her mother, Olga, a nurse’s assistant, was out of work for eight months following a car accident in February, and her father, Leo, could not keep up with the bills alone on his salary as a cab driver. Housing prices on Long Island are among the highest in the country, even in Brentwood, which has struggled with gang violence in recent years. A three-bedroom home there recently

sold for $291,000, according to Lisa Kennedy, a broker with Eric G. Ramsay Associates. A three-bedroom ranch is renting for $1,800 a month, she said. The Garveys will pay 30 percent of their monthly income to rent the county-owned property, officials said. Gregory Blass, the county commissioner of Social Services, said the family was already known to officials because they were staying in a shelter, making them eligible to move into the house. He said the county works to place about 30 to 40 homeless families a month from shelters into apartments or homes. He insisted the Garveys received no preferential treatment because of Samantha’s celebrity. The house is undergoing renovations and should be ready for the Garveys in about 10 days, Bellone said. Leo Garvey, Samantha’s father, said that after the eviction he took his family to a hotel for a week because he did not want them spending New Year’s in a homeless shelter. But he finally had to contact Suffolk County Social Services for help last week; they were then placed in a shelter. This week came the accolades for Samantha’s scientific feat and the offer for the family to live in a home of their own. Her story has gotten coverage nationwide.


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Pat Summitt argues with officials during a game against Vanderbilt on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Lady Vols host LSU at Thompson-Boling Arena this Thursday, at 7 p.m. team was gone — taking $2.7 million with them. They left no clues at all. Eight participants in the Great Brinks Robbery were caught and convicted. However, only a small part of the money was ever recovered. 1950 — The Great Brinks Robbery A team of 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steals more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The Great Brinks Robbery, as it quickly became known, was the almost perfect crime. Only days before the statute of limitations was set to expire on the crime, the culprits were finally caught. The criminal team held repeated rehearsals, with each man wearing blue coats and Halloween masks. On January 17, they finally put their plan into action. Inside the counting room, the gang surprised the guards and tied up the employees. Multiple canvas bags, weighing more than half a ton, were filled with cash, coins, checks, and money orders. Within 30 minutes, the Brinks robbery

1961— Eisenhower warns of military-industrial complex On this day in 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower ends his presidential term by warning the nation about the increasing power of the military-industrial complex. His remarks, issued during a televised farewell address to the American people, were particularly significant since Ike had famously served the nation as military commander of the Allied forces during WWII. Eisenhower urged his successors to strike a balance between a strong national defense and diplomacy in dealing with the Soviet Union. He did not suggest arms reduction and in fact acknowledged that the bomb was an effective deterrent to nuclear war. However, cognizant that America’s peacetime defense policy had changed drastically since his military career, Eisenhower expressed concerns about the growing influence of what he termed the military-industrial complex. Eisenhower cautioned that the federal government’s collaboration with an alliance of military and industrial leaders, though necessary, was vulnerable to abuse of power. Ike then counseled American citizens to be vigilant in monitoring the military-industrial complex. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. Ike also recommended restraint in consumer habits, particularly with regard to the environment. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.


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SC voters analyze Romney’s faith The Associated Press GREER, S.C. — The second time around, the shock has worn off. The prospect of a Mormon president appears to be less alien to South Carolina Republicans who are giving Mitt Romney a second look after his failed White House bid in 2008. Still, worries about his faith persist in a state where one pastor jokes there are “more Baptists than people.” Voters preparing for the Jan. 21 presidential primary are weighing whether Romney’s religion should matter so much when they cannot pay their bills and a Democrat many distrust occupies the White House. Four years ago, the Romney campaign directly took on suspicion about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Conservative Christians, including Protestants and Roman Catholics, do not consider Mormons to be Christian, although Mormons strongly do. The former Massachusetts governor courted evangelical pastors and formed a national faith-and-values steering committee. Romney gave a major 2007 speech in Texas, modeled on John F. Kennedy's pivotal 1960 address on Catholicism, that promised “no authorities of my church or of any other church for that matter” would influence his policies. This time, Romney has no formal religion committee and rarely mentions his faith unless asked. In an appearance Thursday in a motorcycle dealership in Greer, he said the election was about “the soul of America” and described the national debt as a moral issue. He called “America the Beautiful” a “national hymn.” (The music was, in fact, originally composed by a church organist for a hymn.) The only direct mention of religion at the event came from the South Carolina state treasurer, Curtis Loftis. In a speech introducing Romney, Loftis noted that he was a Baptist. By contrast, at South Carolina barbecue joints and churches, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been giving what evangelicals call personal testimony of how he accepted Christ at age 14. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a social conservative and Roman Catholic who’s sometimes mistaken for an evangelical Protestant, recently asked an audience in

Greenville to pray for his campaign. Appeals like these are almost expected in a state where Christianity is so much part of daily life. As Romney arrived in Columbia for the first time since his New Hampshire primary victory, churches around the state were welcoming families for the weekly food, fellowship and Bible study that is a Wednesday night tradition in evangelical churches throughout the South. In 2008, 60 percent of Republican voters in the South Carolina primary identified themselves as born-again Christians, according to exit polls. Oran Smith, president of the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative policy group based in Columbia, said the state “is sort of an evangelical-permeated culture.” The Romney campaign is making a play for these votes with a focus on values, according to Mark DeMoss, a senior adviser to Romney and veteran public relations executive who represents evangelical pastors and ministries. The campaign released a new radio ad Friday that asserts, “Today Christian conservatives are supporting Mitt Romney because he shares their values: the sanctity of life, the sacredness of marriage and the importance of the family.” A glossy brochure that began arriving in South Carolina mailboxes last weekend noting Romney has been a lifelong member of the same church. It didn’t say which one. The detail also can read as a dig at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who left Lutheranism and converted to Southern Baptist, then Catholic. Romney has acknowledged that there are some votes he’ll never win. Romney supporters often compare his plight to that of Kennedy, who overcame widespread prejudice to become the first Catholic president. Charles Wilson, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, said the story of the Rev. Jerry Falwell may be more apt for this election cycle as a model for Christian conservatives. When Falwell was building the Moral Majority in the 1980s, he set aside deep theological differences with Catholics and worked closely with them against abortion. “Evangelicals have been willing to make alliances with groups you never would have imagined,” Wilson said. Maybe Mormons will be next.

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Workers repair a section of road at the intersection of Peyton Manning Pass and Phillip Fulmer Way on Tuesday, Jan 10. Some time in early 2012, the section of Andy Holt Avenue between Volunteer Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way will close permanently for construction to begin on a new $160-million Student Union building.


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Remembering King’s message vital The celebration of Dr. King and his dream — our common dream — of justice and equality for ALL is grand and noble, but let us not use it for a victory celebration when the dream has not yet been achieved. Over one half of black men in America are either in jails, prisons, on parole or probation for primarily drug and non-violent offenses that are equally (or proportionally greater) committed by whites yet not similarly punished. A sense of complacency seems to pervade even the liberal and socially conscious community that has lauded the small steps that have been taken and the slight improvements of station for African-Americans while for the most part ignored the obvious disenfranchisement of such a large portion of our population. Without the right to vote, obtain public housing, education or decent jobs, because of their “felon” status, the Black Community has

been ravaged by the effects of an insidious form of legal oppression and the assemblage of a de facto caste system in America. The human capital of these people (poor whites as well) that has been relegated to the trash bin of the American legacy is a price that is too great to sustain. Their potential for contribution to the good of society by their work, ideas, discovery and action along with the hopes and dreams that enrich all of humanity has been snuffed from Liberty’s torch. We must persevere in Dr. King’s work. He went to the Mountain and saw the Glory, and as he foresaw, he did not make it to be here with us. We have crossed over but not to be stranded, wandering aimlessly in the desert. Let us reignite the torch of Liberty and Justice for ALL. — Stuart England is a junior in religious studies. He can be reached at senglan6@utk.edu.

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America’s health problems persist C ampbel l’s Co r n e r by

Seth Campbell As engaged citizens and students, we constantly debate politics and different ideological standpoints. For the most part, this debate is a healthy practice and it shows that even though we are Americans and Tennessee Vols, we can differ in opinion. There are certain elements of our society that transcend political opinions and ideas. Of these unique trends in our society, the obesity problem is one of the most severe. This problem is truly an epidemic. It doesn’t simply encompass a few individuals or a small segment of the population. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over one-third of the United States population is classified as obese. More importantly, the trend is clearly being passed on to the American youth. Sadly, the CDC reports that roughly 17 percent of America’s youth are classified as obese. As most of us already know, these scary numbers have steadily trended upwards during the last few decades. There’s no easy fix to this complex problem. As a country, we cannot tax the obesity out of Americans. The problem is to the point that a simple sin tax on potato chips and soft drinks would just be a drop in the proverbial bucket. As Americans, we need a culture shift in order to keep our society healthy and productive. I often wonder how our country has become so unhealthy. I challenge anyone to visit the TRECS during the evening. You will be greeted by a vast array of students who are exercising in several different fashions. Without a doubt, this is a good thing. Having students utilize the facilities in order to improve their health is an all-around winning situation. I’ve personally visited several gyms and all of these gyms seem to be full of individuals who are health conscious. Though these various gyms seem to be thriving, a stunning amount of Americans continue to be classified as overweight or obese. While trying to decide what’s the leading cause for this terrible trend, I went through multiple factors. Of these several factors, it seems that video games play a significant role. Even though this accusation

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definitely makes me seem like a disgruntled senior citizen, the logic behind it has merit. Current video games are completely different than their forefathers of my childhood. Frankly, the video games that were present during my youth were often simple and unimpressive. By frequently seeing the fascination my roommates have with killing zombies on the Xbox, I can see how much more interactive and stunning these games have become. It’s too easy to see why American children would rather play “Call of Duty” than play backyard football. The obesity rate cannot be placed solely on the shoulders of video games, but on several different factors. Whether it’s complacent parents or digital cable, there’s a trending acceptance of being overweight for a segment of the population. There are several prominent individuals who are actively finding solutions to this epidemic. First lady Michelle Obama has made children’s health a priority during her stay in the White House. While many Republicans would ridicule her rather than confront America’s inclination toward obesity, former Arkansas Governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has stood alongside the first lady. Although he’s a firm conservative, Gov. Huckabee understands that improving America’s overall health isn’t a partisan battle. While some conservatives, such as Glenn Beck, have taken the easy path and ridiculed Obama for her initiative, Huckabee has personally fought with his weight and knows the risks that come with obesity. It’s safe to say that many Americans thought that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act was out-of-control legislation. With the obesity rate increasing, health care will continue to be on the forefront of our political spectrum and require even more large amounts of spending. If Obama’s recent health care legislation was directed towards the baby boomer generation and their increasing need for health care, the following obese generations will require even more money. As Americans, we face a daunting challenge in combating the obesity rate. Through years of neglect, we find ourselves in a predicament that cannot be easily solved with a simple measure. Through a steady culture shift, we will be able to eventually reverse this trend in our society. — Seth Campbell is a senior in history. He can be reached at scampb42@utk.edu.

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The celebration of the new year often leads to setting popular resolutions and goals such as losing a few pounds before spring break, becoming healthier or striving for a lifelong dream. While these aspirations are respectable, many find that staying diligent about their resolutions tends to fade into the inner crevasses of the mind as other important daily stresses rise to the forefront. Instead of putting these demands upon ourselves in which most of us will fail or forget about halfway through the year, we should think of these dreams and desires in a more realistic manner and add in a healthy balance of perspective. First, one must delve into the root of the problem by questioning why these resolutions have never been met in past years. For example, one might have difficulty with laziness, which makes the act of working out challenging. If one wishes to rid their laziness, they could focus first on establishing good habits, such as going to the gym every day. Although the focus is not solely on losing weight, working to create a healthier habit will naturally help one to find the benefits of exercising, thus creating a leaner and happier self. Another bad habit that many people overlook when deciding what will be on the New Year’s resolution list is jealousy. By ridding yourself of jealousy, you are opening yourself up to achieving many other goals and dreams. This bad habit, often stemmed from wanting what others have, can lead people into forgetting what truly matters. Instead of allowing this jealousy to wash over you as you secretly long for more respect in your workplace or desire to earn a raise, go after what you want and strive for the best. We all have special gifts to share with the world that each of us can bring. If we feel good about what we have to offer and do not waste time comparing ourselves unnecessarily, we can focus on doing well where we feel confident in pursuing those dreams instead of what others are achieving. As this semester slowly begins, try to break the bad habit of avoidance. Although difficulties may

accumulate as the semester progresses, getting things done in a timely manner will help to leave room in the daily schedule. Running away from problems might seem like the easier and immediate solution, but putting things off will only cause the situation to grow into something worse. With all the stress that college life brings, avoiding the inevitable will only cause more unhealthy habits as time progresses. There is a tendency to let the little irritants at the beginning of a semester creep into the habit of complaining. From early classes to unfair teachers, complaining about school and the stress that it brings is common for students to engage in this bad habit. Although venting might be relieving when sharing with close friends about your frustrations, do not dwell on them for too long because it will not make the situation better or make you feel happier. The only way to break this bad habit is to deal with the hardships of life and find the best possible outcome. One of the best ways to lighten up is to laugh and find the absurdity in the situation. One must realize there could always be a far worse scenario to imagine. If one changes one’s attitude into thinking positively, getting through the semester without constantly complaining will slowly become easier. When you have a bad attitude, life seems as if everyone is constantly bringing you down. The desire to hurt others with an irritable and unreasonable attitude will not accomplish anything in life. Focus on the good things that you do and reward yourself after the work ends. This will help to develop good habits for the future. Although New Year’s resolutions can be exasperatingly difficult to maintain, choosing to make positive choices can be the first step toward defeating bad habits. Start the year off right with confidence to break bad habits by slowly correcting them over time. A new year also signifies letting go of things we do not wish to keep. Aspiring to correct bad habits like laziness, jealousy, avoidance, complaining and a constant negative attitude by choosing better thoughts and deeds will be the first step to progress. One may be surprised at how much easier it is to take control of life and discover the positive effects of completely letting go of what was not working in the past. — Samantha Trueheart is a sophomore in communications. She can be reached at struehea@utk.edu.


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Globes show resiliency of films Jake Lane Arts & Culture Editor That’s it, my award season is over. The Golden Globes, that Wild West saloon parade of superlatives considered by many to be the dim-witted younger brother of the Academy Awards, aired Sunday under the helm of three-time host Ricky Gervais. The British cringe comic, whose ratio of beer swilling and celebrity-blasting was more balanced this time around as compared to the small fiasco of his potshots at Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey, Jr., appeared only to pull the show back on schedule when speeches ran overlong, and was bleeped only when introducing the “incredibly racist” Colin Firth and the beautiful, but unintelligible Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas. Overall, the results were predictable, even if some left-field dark horses rose to kick the viewer in the teeth — a fitting reward for idealism and willful ignorance. Of course I’m talking about Meryl Streep’s Best Actress in a Drama Film win for “The Iron Lady,” the biopic of former ultraconservative British Prime Minister and class divider Margaret Thatcher. In a year where such performances as Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Viola Davis in “The Help” displayed the polar opposites of fantastic performance, Streep’s win constitutes one area where the Globes and Oscars at times resemble one another: repeat wins are the safer bet than the truly mercurial efforts of lower profile performers. But that ship has sailed. I’ve had my Streep rant and I’m done. On the flip side, Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” took four of its seven nominations, though sullied by a dicey choice of Martin Scorsese over Hazanavicius for Best

Director. Let’s face it, Scorsese is a sacred cow even I worship, but “Hugo” is not “Mean Streets” or “Raging Bull.” It’s a beautiful, tragic adaptation of a wonderful book, but again to assume that a distinguished director like Scorsese deserves a gimme underlines the core moral of “Starship Troopers,” that something given has no value. Otherwise in other film categories I was pleased with the outcomes, while TV gave love to some less likely contenders, such as Kelsey Grammer (“The Boss”) and Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes,” a win perhaps no one ever expected. Overall, the Globes’ mix of television and film also brings together the most eclectic constellation of stars under one roof of the season, and allows onstage and in-crowd match-ups of talent improbable and magical. But the best visual of the evening was a rare appearance by Sidney Poitier to award Morgan Freeman with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Between Poitier and Christopher Plummer, the mixture of elder statesmen and performers as young as the kids on “Modern Family” on a single stage over the night worked to negate any argument that in the face of economic depression, Hollywood might fail and crumble. Through two World Wars and a half dozen lesser conflicts, money has still been found to keep the silver screen lit and to allow viewers the hour or three of escape. As things start to look up, awards shows remind us that even more than pure entertainment, some movies reach for a higher standard. Some films make our lives richer and we shudder to think of life without them once we’ve seen them. For all the pomp and circumstances that surround awards shows, that’s the thing to take away, and the Globes are, to this reporter, the most consistent aggregator for filmic greatness.

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Members of the UT Dance Society rehearse Sunday, Jan. 15. The group will be hosting performances starting this Thursday, Jan. 19, and running through Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clarence Brown Theatre with $5 student and $10 general admission tickets.

MLK’s image today portrayed in many ways The Associated Press WASHINGTON — On the National Mall in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. is a towering, heroic figure carved in stone. On the Broadway stage, he’s a living, breathing man who chain smokes, sips liquor and occasionally curses. As Americans honor King’s memory 44 years after he was assassinated, the image of the slain civil rights leader is evolving. The Memorial The new King memorial, which opened in August in the nation’s capital, celebrates the ideals King espoused. Quotations from his speeches and writings conjure memories of his message, and a 30-foot-tall sculpture depicts King emerging as a “stone of hope” from a “mountain of despair,” a design inspired by a line of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Some gaze upon this figure in silence. Some smile and pull out cell phone cameras. Others chat about how closely the statue resembles King. And some are moved to tears. “Just all that this man did so that we could do anything and be anything,” said Brandolyn Brown, 26, of Cheraw, S.C., who visited the memorial Saturday with her aunt and cousin. “I know it took a lot more than him to get to where we are, but he was a big part of the movement.” Brown’s aunt, Gloria Drake, 60, of Cheraw, S.C., said she remembers King almost as though he was Moses leading his people to the promised land, even when there were so many reasons to doubt things would get better in an era of segregated buses, schools and lunch counters. “It was really just hostile,” she said. “... And then we had a man that comes to tell us things are going to be better.” “Don’t be mad, don’t be angry,” she recalled King’s message. “Just come together in peace.”

They said King’s lasting legacy is the reality of equality and now having a black president. Drake said President Barack Obama reminds her of King with his “calmness” even in the face of anger. Christine Redman, 37, visited the memorial with her husband, James Redman, 40, and their young son and daughter. She said they also feel a personal connection to King. “We’re a mixed family, and we know that without a lot of the trials that he went through to help end segregation and help the races to become one, we would not be able to have the freedoms to love who we want to love and be accepted in the world,” she said. Her son, 8-year-old Tyler, echoed his mom: “And be who we want to be.” The family tries to celebrate King’s birthday by finding a way to serve others, they said. They were thinking about volunteering at a food pantry or donating toys for needy kids. When he thinks of King, James Redman said

he thinks of hope. Still, he said, King’s legacy is lost on many. “Dr. King was about love and about cooperation and compromise and working together,” he said. “We don’t see a whole lot of that in our leaders. We don’t see a whole lot of it in our citizenry.” The Stage On Broadway, theatergoers are seeing a different version of King — one that is more man than legend. The realism was refreshing for Donya Fairfax, who marveled after leaving a matinee of “The Mountaintop” that she had never really thought of King cursing, as actor Samuel L. Jackson does while portraying King in the play. “He was human and not someone who was above fault,” said the 48-year-old, visiting from Los Angeles. “He cursed. He did things that people do behind closed doors. He was regular.”

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SPORTS

‘Inspired’ Lady Vols top No. 25 Vandy, 87-64 The Associated Press

Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon

Fans toss shredded newspaper into the air after the first UT basket during a game against Pittsburgh Saturday, Dec. 3. The Volunteers take to the road this week against Georgia Wednesday, Jan. 18, looking to snap a twogame losing streak.

Stokes not enough to propel Vols, 65-62 Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor It was close, but not close enough once again Saturday for Tennessee. Despite leading for most of the game, the Vols fell short of another home upset, dropping a 65-62 decision to No. 2 Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena. After a six-minute UT scoring drought, some of the 21,678 fans in attendance began to pile out as Kentucky (17-1, 3-0 SEC) went up 62-54 with 53 seconds remaining. However, consecutive 3-pointers from Skylar McBee and Cameron Tatum cut the UK lead to two points at the 30-second mark. With 10 seconds left, Tatum’s 3-point shot was no good. The Wildcats only needed three free throws to put the game away. “You have to give them (Kentucky) credit,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “They did a good job defending, and that’s what good teams do. You have to defend at a high level. You have to compete. I thought both teams did a good job defending, that’s just part of it.” The Vols lost 62-58 to No. 20 Mississippi State in a 9 p.m. tip-off Thursday. The game Saturday was at noon. Martin said fatigue wasn’t an issue, though. The loss capped a three-game stretch against ranked teams for UT, which upset then No. 13 Florida Jan. 7 prior to the Mississippi State loss.

“(Our recent play) is encouraging, but you still want to come out with wins,” said Tatum, who led the Vols with 16 points on 5of-11 shooting (3-of-4 from beyond the arc). “We’re right there. The whole team feels it. We’ve got confidence, even after this game.” Tennessee held Kentucky to 36 percent shooting in the first half as the Vols led 34-28 at halftime, which marked the first time UK trailed at the break this season. Jeronne Maymon had 10 points in the first half for UT, and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, recording his fifth double-double of the season. The Wildcats made half of their shots in the second half to spark the comeback. Still, UT held them 15 points below their season average. Martin has emphasized defense since he was hired in March. However, Tennessee ranks last in the SEC in scoring defense. “I thought we were playing defense the way this program will be accustomed to playing defense: hard, aggressive and physical,” Martin said. “We’ve still got a ways to go as far as I’m concerned, but we’re at that level where I think we need to be. We’re making the necessary strides we need to be a really good defensive program.” Neither team led by more than eight points. “I am so impressed with what coach Martin has done,” said Kentucky coach John Calipari. “…I don’t really care what their record is; (Tennessee) is an NCAA

Tournament team.” Five-star prospect Jarnell Stokes scored nine points, four rebounds and an assist in 17 minutes of action in his debut for the Vols. The 6-foot-9 freshman power forward out of Memphis just enrolled in classes last week after graduating high school in December. After transferring multiple times, the TSSAA ruled Stokes ineligible to play in high school. Stokes hit his first two shots and was 4-of5 from the field after just three practices with the team. “I just wanted to win the game,” Stokes said. “It was definitely big for me to make my first shot. I didn’t know when you first got on the court how tired you would be, as far as all the noise and bumping and grinding. It’s something I’ll have to get over and I’m looking forward to the next game.” Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (17 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks) led Kentucky, which extended its win streak to nine games. Anthony Davis (18) and Terrence Jones (10) also scored in double digits for the Wildcats. Kentucky only led in two instances the first half: after scoring the first bucket, and a brief three-point lead around the four-minute mark. Under former coach Bruce Pearl, UT was 4-0 against top five teams at home. The most recent of those wins was coincidentally against another second-ranked Wildcats squad in February 2010.

Perhaps Vanderbilt could learn a thing or two from Tennessee about how to come out of halftime. The 25th-ranked Commodores committed fouls and turnovers early in the second half as the No. 6 Lady Volunteers pulled away for an 87-64 victory on Sunday. “They came out more inspired and intense on defense and took away passes and shot the gap and got offense and got us to turn it over,” Vandy coach Melanie Balcomb said. “We’ve been struggling all year; we have not come out inspired after halftime the first 4 minutes, and I thought we helped feed into that. We didn’t come out the way we should have.” The Lady Vols were coming off a 61-60 loss at No. 9 Kentucky, their first Southeastern Conference loss in nearly two years and seemed to carry their disappointment into a back-andforth first half against Vanderbilt. With Tennessee up 39-36, coach Pat Summitt, who before the season announced she had early onset Alzheimer’s, reminded the Lady Vols about the pride of wearing their orange jerseys — especially when playing the in-state rival Commodores, whom they face at least twice every season. Tennessee (13-4, 4-1) responded by turning it up on the court. “If you question that Pat

Summitt does not have an influence on this team, at halftime she had a major influence,” associate head coach Holly Warlick said. “She challenged them the way Pat Summitt challenges them. They were inspired when they left the locker room.” On the offensive end, they fought to get the ball inside to Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson and Vicki Baugh. Vanderbilt struggled to guard the pair in the post, with Tiffany Clarke picking up her third and fourth fouls within the first 1:17 of the second half and Stephanie Holzer fouling out with 8:07 left. Stricklen scored 16 of her team-leading 20 points in the second half. Johnson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Baugh added 16 points. Tennessee held a 45-43 lead when Stricklen hit a layup with 15:17 to go, launching a 16-2 run that put the game out of reach for the Commodores (14-3, 2-2). Stricklen’s basket came off an assist by Ariel Massengale, one of her 12 in the game. Isabelle Harrison stole the ball from Vandy’s Christina Foggie, and Massengale hit a layup on the break to make it 61-45 with 10:26 to play. Balcomb called a timeout to give the Commodores a chance to regroup, but all they could do was keep pace as the Lady Vols hit 55.6 percent of their second-half shots. Foggie and Holzer were the only Commodores who didn’t seem bothered much by the Lady Vols’ smothering defense. Vandy hit just 40 percent of its shots after halftime.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

THESPORTSPAGE

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Vols hire Sunseri as new defensive coordinator Matt Dixon Sports Editor For Derek Dooley, hiring Sal Sunseri to replace Justin Wilcox as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator was “pretty simple.” Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon left for the University of Washington Jan. 2. Sunseri was hired Jan. 13, four days after winning a national championship with Alabama, where he served as the assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach for the past three seasons. “The chance to work with Derek Dooley, who has been around championships and knows what it takes to build an elite program, combined with the rich tradition of the University of Tennessee, makes this opportunity so exciting to me,” Sunseri said in a press release. “I am fired up to work with all of the young talent on the defensive side of the ball, and I can’t wait to get up to Knoxville and coach them.” Prior to being at Alabama, Sunseri spent seven seasons coaching the defensive line of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, and had stops at Michigan State, LSU, Louisville and his alma mater, Pittsburgh, where he was an All-American linebacker in 1981.

“I worked with Sal in 2000 at LSU and developed a relationship with him and just watched his body of work over the last 10 years,” Dooley said. “I’m so excited he wanted to be a part of Tennessee. He’s an outstanding football coach. He’s an outstanding recruiter. He has great energy. He is an awesome human being. I think he’ll be a really good fit for us.” Under Sunseri, the Vols’ defense will be more multiple, Dooley said. “We’re not going to be a 4-3 team,” Dooley said. “We’re going to be a multiple team, which means there will be 3-4 principles. There will be 40 principles. There will be some odd looks, third down, everything. It’s everything. What we’re going to look like next fall is going to be predicated on, as we put stuff in during the spring and in training camp, what can we do well given our personnel?” Players leaving Six players from last year’s team won’t be returning next season: wide receivers DeAnthony Arnett and Matt Milton, quarterback Nash Nance, defensive linemen Martaze Jackson and Arthur Jeffery and linebacker Robert Nelson. Offensive lineman JerQuari Schofield is not currently on the team because he is focusing on academics. Roster additions Seven mid-year signees joined the football team after enrolling in school for the Spring Semester: JUCO defen-

• Photo courtesy of Dusty Compton

Sal Sunseri advises Alabama defenders during practice drills Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Sunseri, coming fresh off a National Championship win with the Crimson Tide, was hired as UT’s new defensive coordinator.

sive lineman Darrington Sentimore, athlete Cody Blanc, running back Alden Hill, tight end Justin Meredith, quarterback Nathan Peterman, defensive lineman Trent Taylor and defensive back Tino Thomas, who redshirted last year after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. “They are ready to go,” Dooley said. “They are in school and good.” The benefits of enrolling early are being able to participate in spring practice and going through an entire off-season strength and conditioning program. Injuries updates Wide receiver Justin Hunter “is right on track and doing great” in his rehab after tearing an ACL, Dooley said. Monday, UT quarterback Tyler Bray tweeted, “Just got done throwing to J. Hunt. Still looks like he did before Florida. #swag.” Safety Brent Brewer will miss spring practice due to his torn ACL. Defensive tackle Daniel Hood, linebacker Curt Maggitt and defensive back Prentiss Waggner all had off-season shoulder surgeries and will be no-contact for the spring. Center Alex Bullard, running back Marlin Lane, linebackers Greg King and Herman Lathers, defensive lineman Marlon Walls and wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers are rehabbing various injures but are all “full-go” for spring practice.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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