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Kyoto art comes to Knoxville Pilots blamed for deadly plane crashes The Associated Press
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Hideki Kimura talks with Joanna Guo, senior in studio art, after his presentation at the opening of a new exhibition in the Ewing Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 19. Kimura is one of 13 artists featured in the “Redefining the Multiple: Thirteen Japanese Printmakers” exhibition, which runs through March 1.
Japanese artist Kimura demonstrates different styles of printmaking Lauren Parker Staff Writer
In the hills of East Tennessee, art vastly different from the familiar was on display in the Ewing Gallery. Hideki Kimura, contemporary printmaker and professor of printmaking at Kyoto City University of the Arts, gave an insightful lecture into the world of Japanese printmaking. Kimura began his speech by giving some background on his past work. A fiercely proud native of Kyoto, Japan, he had his first exhibition in Tokyo at the age of 24. His artwork is most recognized for the use of duality, with an element serving two functions, the latter of which is not always immediately apparent. In 1988 he formed the group Maxi Graphica, along with six other artists, all of whom used postmodern techniques in their printmaking.
Kimura also explained the history behind the separate styles of printmaking. After World War II, the Japanese art world experienced a monumental shift of values. The rise of the Sosakaku Undo movement emerged from the midst of this cultural turmoil, with the traditional Ukiyo-e method standing in firm opposition to change. The controversy arose because of the invention and implementation of photographic technology, while the traditional printers felt the art should continue to be done by hand. During the Golden Period of Sosaku Undo, the strain between the rival art forms caused a schism in the movement, spawning the modern and postmodern printing schools. The postmodern printmaking movement celebrated the delicate interaction of techniques, photography, tradition and surface. “Even though the postmodern movement split from the Ukiyo-e printmaking, it still makes its home in art today,” Kimura said. The youngest artist on display, Shoji Miyamoto, 23, uses woodcut prints in his work, many of which feature the delicious Japanese snack, sushi. Obsessive repetition is a staple in the art of Kouseki Ono. What appears from a distance to be a geometrically designed rug, is actually thousands of protruding, multicolored cylinders. The vivid hues recall the pop art movement. See KIMURA on Page 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Federal safety investigators on Friday faulted pilots who tried to outrun approaching storms in two fatal medical helicopter crashes in South Carolina and Tennessee. The National Transportation Safety Board issued very similar findings in both crashes, saying the pilots could have made safer decisions, but risked flying into bad weather in order to return home. Two pilots and four flight nurses were killed in the 2009 and 2010 crashes. The board studied an increase in crashes involving medical helicopters between 2002 and 2005 and said there were recurring safety issues, including a lack of flight risk evaluations and less stringent requirements for flights without patients on board. In the September 2009 crash in South Carolina, the NTSB said the Texas company that operated the medical helicopter, OmniFlight, contributed
to the crash because it did not have a formalized dispatch system that required its pilots to check in with dispatchers before taking off. OmniFlight did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday. The system could have helped the pilot realize there were storms between the Charleston hospital where he dropped off the patient and the helicopter’s home base in Conway, the safety board said in a report on the accident. Pilot Patrick Walters, 45, flight nurse Diana Conner, 42 and paramedic Randolph Claxton Dove, 39, died in the crash. Walters likely became confused by low clouds and stormy conditions and lost control of his helicopter, the NTSB said. “The pilot did not have to enter the weather and could have returned to Charleston Air Force Base/International Airport or landed at an alternate location. The pilot, however, chose to enter the area of weather, despite the availability of safer options,” the safety board said.
Knoxville health expo last weekend ‘biggest yet’ Caroline Snapp Staff Writer
The eighth annual Healthy Living Expo was held this past Friday and Saturday at the Knoxville Convention Center. According to the event’s website, “The expo is the area’s largest health, fitness, nutrition and green living event.” The website also stated that the event was focused on healthy living “with exhibitors representing products and services relating to healthcare, nutrition, fitness, natural health, family fitness and ‘green’ living, visitors to the Healthy Living Expo are sure to find something to enhance their lifestyles.” The event was sponsored by many local businesses and organizations, such as The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Food City, local Channel 8 and the radio station Star 102.1. The expo was the biggest yet with more than 250 vendors and over 8,000 visitors during the two-day period. Susan Benton, the Healthy Living Expo’s communication director, was pleased with this year’s turnout. “This was our eighth year and there was an unbelievable turnout,” Benton said. “We had over 250 booths this year, like UT Medical, Fort Sanders Fitness and we have Food
City samplings.” The expo, which was held part of the day Friday and all day Saturday, had a variety of booths to promote health and fitness, such as weight loss clinics, and booths with all organic products. There was also a stage where some fitness classes took place, along with another stage sponsored by Food City that gave demonstrations about healthy eating and cooking. Several events, such as events catered to senior health or kid’s fitness, were held throughout the expo. Benton also said there were many new exhibits at the expo this year. “This year there was a lot more vendors,” Benton said. “We also had a portable tennis court that could be indoor or outdoor. Also, Antone Davis and Joe Mitchell from ‘The Biggest Loser’ were here. So was Missy Kane.” The UT School of Nursing also had an exhibit where some nursing students were giving health tips and advice to visitors. This was the second time Emily Sullivan, a senior in nursing, had been to the Healthy Living Expo. “We’re in our community rotation right now,” Sullivan said. “We’re tryTara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon ing to reach the people of the community and trying to teach them how to Hideki Kimura talks with Joanna Guo, senior in studio art, after his presentation at eat healthy for high blood pressure, the opening of a new exhibition in the Ewing Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 19. Kimura is colon health and all kinds of stuff.” one of 13 artists featured in the “Redefining the Multiple: Thirteen Japanese Printmakers” exhibition, which runs through March 1.
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A large group of participants enters the new Student Health Center for the first time after the grand opening ceremony on Friday, Jan. 20. The new Student Health Center offers such conveniences as electronic self-service check-in, a sports therapy center and a large counseling center.
1781 — Light Horse, Swamp Fox raid Georgetown, South Carolina On this day in 1781, Patriot commanders Lieutenant Colonel Light Horse Henry Lee and Brigadier General Francis Swamp Fox Marion of the South Carolina militia combine forces and conduct a raid on Georgetown, South Carolina, which is defended by 200 British soldiers. Marion won fame and the Swamp Fox moniker for his ability to strike and then quickly retreat into the South Carolina swamps without a trace. His military strategy is considered an 18th-century example of guerilla warfare and served as partial inspiration for the film The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson. Marion took over the South Carolina militia force first assembled by Thomas Sumter in 1780. Sumter, the other inspiration for Mel Gibson’s character in the film, returned Carolina Loyalists’ terror tactics in kind after Loyalists burned his plantation. When Sumter withdrew from active fighting to care for a wound, Marion replaced him and strategized with Major General Nathaniel Greene, who had recently arrived in the Carolinas to lead the Continental forces. On January 24, the Patriots under Marion and Lee managed to arrive at Georgetown undetected and captured at least three officers, including the British commander. The following month, Lee’s cavalry was able to defeat a band of Loyalist cavalry at Haw River, North Carolina, by taking advantage of the extreme similarity of Patriot uniforms to those of British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton’s troops. British Colonel John Pyle’s men at Haw River were surprised to discover that the horsemen approaching them were not friends, as they appeared from a distance, but foes. Losing three fingers and blinding one eye in the course of combat, Colonel Pyle, a doctor by profession, survived by hiding in what is now known as Pyle’s Pond. 1965 — Winston Churchill dies Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, dies in London at the age of 90.
Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five years, he enjoyed an illustrious military career, serving in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, and distinguishing himself several times in battle. In 1899, he resigned his commission to concentrate on his literary and political career and in 1900 was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP from Oldham. In 1904, he joined the Liberals, serving in a number of important posts before being appointed Britain’s first lord of the admiralty in 1911, where he worked to bring the British navy to a readiness for the war that he foresaw. In 1915, in the second year of World War I, Churchill was held responsible for the disastrous Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns, and he was excluded from the war coalition government. He resigned and volunteered to command an infantry battalion in France. However, in 1917, he returned to politics as a cabinet member in the Liberal government of Lloyd George. From 1919 to 1921, he was secretary of state for war and in 1924 returned to the Conservative Party, where two years later he played a leading role in the defeat of the General Strike of 1926. Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of Nazi and Japanese aggression. After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Churchill was called back to his post as first lord of the admiralty and eight months later replaced the ineffectual Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of a new coalition government. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that the British people would “never surrender.” He rallied the British people to a resolute resistance and expertly orchestrated Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin into an alliance that crushed the Axis. In July 1945, 10 weeks after Germany’s defeat, his Conservative government suffered a defeat against Clement Attlee’s Labour Party, and Churchill resigned as prime minister. He became leader of the opposition and in 1951 was again elected prime minister. Two years later, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume historical study of World War II and for his political speeches; he was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1955, he retired as prime minister but remained in Parliament until 1964, the year before his death. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Lauren Parker, sophomore in geology, and Carolyn Wood, freshman in ecology and environmental biology, enjoy refreshments while browsing through the opening of a new exhibition in the Ewing Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 19.
New meth method fills hospitals The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: it is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it’s contributing to the closure of some burn units. So-called shake-andbake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. But if the person mixing the noxious brew makes the slightest error, such as removing the cap too soon or accidentally perforating the plastic, the concoction can explode, searing flesh and causing permanent disfi gurement, blindness or even death. An Associated Press survey of key hospitals in the nation’s most active meth states showed that up to a third of patients in some burn units were hurt while making meth, and most were uninsured. The average treatment costs $6,000 per day, and the average meth patient’s hospital stay costs $130,000 overall — 60 percent more than other burn patients, according to a study by doctors at a burn center in Kalamazoo, Mich. The influx of patients is overwhelming hospitals and becoming a major factor in the closure of some burn wards. At least seven burn units across the nation have shut down over the past six years,
partly due to consolidation but also because of the cost of treating uninsured patients, many of whom are connected to methamphetamine. Burn experts agree the annual cost to taxpayers is well into the tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars, although it is impossible to determine a more accurate number because so many meth users lie about the cause of their burns. Larger meth labs have been bursting into flame for years, usually in basements, backyard sheds or other private spaces. But those were fires that people could usually escape. Using the shake-and-bake method, drugmakers typically hold the flammable concoction up close, causing burns from the waist to the face. “You’re holding a flamethrower in your hands,” said Jason Grellner of the Franklin County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department. Also known as the “one-pot” approach, the method is popular because it uses less pseudoephedrine — a common component in some cold and allergy pills. It also yields meth in minutes rather than hours, and it’s cheaper and easier to conceal. Meth cooks can carry all the ingredients in a backpack and mix them in a bathroom stall or the seat of a car. The improvised system first emerged several years ago, partly in response to attempts by many states to limit or forbid over-thecounter access to pseudoephedrine. Since then, the shake-and-bake recipe
has spread to become the method of choice. By 2010, about 80 percent of labs busted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration were using shake-and-bake recipes, said Pat Johnakin, a DEA agent specializing in meth. So instead of a large lab that supplies many users, there are now more people making meth for their personal use. The consequences are showing up in emergency rooms and burn wards. “From what we see on the medical side, that’s the primary reason the numbers seem to be going up: greater numbers of producers making smaller batches,” said Dr. Michael Smock, director of the burn unit at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. It’s impossible to know precisely how many people are burned while making shake-and-bake meth. Some avoid medical treatment, and no one keeps exact track of those who go to the hospital. But many burn centers in the nation’s most active methproducing states report sharp spikes in the number of patients linked to meth. And experts say the trend goes well beyond those facilities. The director of the burn center at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, the state that led the nation in meth lab seizures in 2010, said meth injuries are doubly damaging because patients often suffer thermal burn from the explosion, as well as chemical burns. And the medical challenge is compounded
by patients’ addictions. “You’re not judgmental in this kind of work, but you see it day after day,” said Vanderbilt’s Dr. Jeffrey Guy. “We’ve had patients say, ‘I’m going out for a smoke,’ and they come back all jacked up. It’s clear they went out and did meth again.” Few people burned by meth will admit it. “We get a lot of people who have strange stories,” said Dr. David Greenhalgh, past president of the American Burn Association and director of the burn center at the University of California, Davis. “They’ll say they were working on the carburetor at 2 or 3 in the morning and things blew up. So we don’t know for sure, but 25 to 35 percent of our patients are meth-positive when we check them.” Guy cited a similar percentage at Vanderbilt, which operates the largest burn unit in Tennessee. He said the lies can come with a big price because the chemicals used in meth-making are often as dangerous as the burns themselves. He recalled the case of a woman who arrived with facial burns that she said were caused by a toaster. As a result, she didn't tell doctors that meth-making chemicals got into her eyes, delaying treatment.
“(They) had an indirect influence on printmaking as a fine art form,” Kimura said, adding that they eventually helped pave the way for photography as a new facet of modern printmaking. During the question-and-answer session, Kimura spoke in his native Japanese while a translator mediated questions from the audience. He explained the relationship of “surface” in the printmaking world as the ideal being to have a visible surface in the work, but not obtrusive to the point where the focus of the art and its message was obscured. He also expounded on the bureaucracy behind the art world. While artists in America were almost always dependent on patronage and had external sources of wealth, in Japan, artists could make a name for themselves free from financial constraints. After the questions fizzled out, the guests dispersed out into the Ewing Gallery to ponder the personal implications of the displays. “The interplay between light and shadow reflects the cultural turmoil in post-World War Japan,” Julia Bell, senior in mathematics, said. “You can see the same theme of conflict in many of the other prints as well.”
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Guest Column Today’s TV viewing trends lack intimacy Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor When I was a sophomore in high school, I had the distinguished privilege of watching “Prison Break,” one of the greatest shows to ever cross public airwaves. Briefly, “Prison Break” is about a man named Michael Scofield who tries to break his brother Lincoln Burrows out of a high-security penitentiary because he is framed for murder and is to receive the death penalty. Scofield, a true creative genius, was one of the engineers who designed the prison, and therefore has special knowledge of the facility. He purposefully fails a bank robbery so he can be incarcerated and free Burrows before he can be put to death. For better or worse, much can be said about the series as a whole. However, critics and fans are pretty much unanimous in anointing season one as one of the better seasons in television history. I remember rushing home from soccer games, wrestling practice or whatever else I had going on, grabbing a shower and timing a McDonald’s run perfectly so that I could get home with the food piping hot just in time for the show to air Monday nights at 9 p.m. The family was commanded to never disturb me during “Prison Break.” I would pull a big blanket over myself and lie alone in our dark TV room to watch Scofield and Co. planning their way out, avoiding crooked security guards, making deals with gang leaders among the inmates, etc. I was completely entrenched in the show, while at the same time being very conscious that I was watching something spectacular. The writers had a very special knack for making some of the greatest cliffhangers ever. The cinematic quality of the show made it even better. My stomach turned every single time the graphic/music would flash across the screen, queuing a commercial break. I jumped off the couch, pulling my hair whenever the same graphic would flash across the screen at the top of the hour. He’s going to get caught! The guards are going to find the toilet unhooked in his cell and figure out that’s how he’s been getting around the walls! I would meet my friends at lunch the next day and talk about the show, all of us barking out our prediction for
the next episode, or more commonly, trying to discern what actually happened. I woke up, went to school, ran at practice, did my homework and tingled with suspense every day as I waited for the next Monday to arrive. It was like a drug for me. Summers without “Prison Break” were like rehab. When fall premieres rolled around, it was a relapse. Yes, I’ll admit subsequent seasons were not as good as the first. However, I still thought it was better than almost anything else on television at the time. It was smart and involved, with solid acting from many of the supporting characters. I kept up with it through its final season during my freshman year at UT, forcing my roommate off his own TV as I would literally sprint back to Hess Hall from my Monday-night lecture in Alumni Memorial Building. Last summer, I noticed the entire “Prison Break” series was streaming on Netflix. I didn’t have much of a job, so of course I started watching it. But it wasn’t the same. I knocked out five 40-minute episodes in the first day. No more did the commercial graphic/music have that same gut-wrenching effect on me. There was no need to sprint to the bathroom to make sure I didn’t miss anything. If I wanted more, I had plenty of it. If I didn’t, I was willing to wait until a more convenient time. And there lies the greatest and worst thing about Netflix, Hulu and the online television streaming sensation. What was originally a five-year process of watching a TV series in its entirety can now be condensed into two weeks. While it’s wonderful that it’s on-demand and fits my schedule, maybe the greatest part about “Prison Break” was that it belonged to me as much as I belonged to it. That anticipation, that shared experience at the lunch table, that was all half the fun. TV may not fit into our self-serving, have-it-now, gluttonous society, but it is a true art to be able to convince a viewer to clear his schedule and watch your show over the infinite other things he could be doing Mondays nights. But our children probably won’t ever have that experience. While most may see it as a nuisance, I still consider the experience of a good few seasons of television as a pleasure. Even if it’s not exactly on my schedule. — Clay Seal is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Samantha Trueheart As young women reach maturity, they also face very serious personal decisions about whether to engage in or abstain from sexual relations. There are conflicting opinions as to the correct decision influenced by religion, personal values and societal views. Women may neglect to realize their sexual health is crucial in ensuring the safety of their spouses and children, as well as for their own general well being. If a student chooses to become sexually active, there are many options for women to explore. By protecting yourself, you are also protecting your future. In recent news, the Obama administration has been making great strides to lower the age for women to receive contraception, including women’s health needs in insurance plans and ultimately setting the price lower for these items. Health insurance plans must now make more preventive care accessible. There are new laws mandating more coverage that will come into effect Jan. 1, 2013. Advocates believe that women’s health and sexual health are equally important. Yet, many have disagreed with our president on allowing these terms to be met. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops shared their disagreement with the proposition to allow younger women to purchase emergency contraceptives. This organization also does not approve of requiring religious establishments to provide birth control help. The debate over sexuality and who controls the power of choice will be a subject that will not be solved in the near future amicably. As young women, we must demand that our sexual health and sexual decisions be represented. Each new generation makes more progressive ideas mainstream. As recently as 1965, the Griswold v Connecticut case prohibited the use of contraceptives. The Supreme Court later decided by a vote of 7-2 that this invalidated the law of
marital privacy. Recently, the safety of regularly using the emergency contraception Plan B has been questioned. Plan B should be taken rarely and only in emergency situations. This pill is designed to have a higher hormone dosage than regular birth control. The only difference between the two is the strength of Plan B. Emergency contraception should not be used regularly because it will confuse the body’s natural menstrual cycle. Also, Plan B does not protect women from STDs. In order for young women to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, women should use safer options, such as condoms or the various forms of birth control available that can be prescribed by a physician. It is imperative to educate women about their sexual health, such as using a condom with their partner. UT’s health clinic offers many tests and checkups for women. At the clinic, one can receive pap smears, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, birth control prescriptions, pregnancy testing, and diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections. These gynecological exams do cost money, but are moderately priced. If money is an issue, one can make an appointment with Planned Parenthood in Knoxville. Located on North Cherry Street, Planned Parenthood states: “You will not be turned away because of your inability to pay.” There is usually a sliding scale based on the ability to pay. Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of medical attention related to women’s health. Women are more vulnerable than men since they are the ones who will be left with the burden of an unwanted pregnancy. The power lies within the woman’s ability to choose from a healthy perspective of becoming educated as to how to make the most informed decision. The safest decision is always abstinence, yet if a woman does decide to engage, she should choose wisely and carefully. — Samantha Trueheart is a sophomore in communications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When first examining the Republican candidates, I wasn’t all that impressed with any of them. Herman Cain had the rhetoric, but it quickly became clear that he knew little regarding foreign policy. Rick Perry had the reputation, but he could hardly form a logical sentence. After both of these candidates failed and have since suspended their campaigns, we are left with only four Republicans vying to compete with President Obama in November. After Newt Gingrich’s overwhelming victory in South Carolina’s primary, it appears that he is a significant force in the GOP field. As a young man that usually leans to the left on most political issues, I was somewhat interested by the Gingrich campaign. It wasn’t that long ago when the vast majority of his campaign staff suddenly left and joined other campaigns. If anything, these staffers must feel a tad bewildered for abandoning Gingrich and then watching him succeed. Since Gingrich’s original staff jumped ship, he has continually been fighting an uphill battle. This could be where some of my admiration for him comes from. It wasn’t just the determination to continue a campaign that many told him was doomed, it was much more. When Gingrich would speak, he wasn’t focused on attacking other GOP candidates as much as he wanted to push his specific ideology. While it is difficult for me to agree with many of his positions, his policies were big ideas that encompassed a wide array of people. Gingrich refuted Paul Ryan’s health care plan and condemned this case of right-wing social engineering. Moreover, speaker Gingrich refused to pander to GOP extremists and he refused to support the deportation of all illegal immigrants. He seemed to rise above some of the bickering, and he seemed to be the grown-up of the Republican candidates. Well, lately, and to quote a Bob Dylan song, it
seems like “things have changed.” Since Gingrich has regained some of his campaign momentum, he seems much less like a peaceful grandfather and more like the stereotypical grumpy old Republican. He bashes not only President Obama at every speaking engagement, but also everyone in his way, whether it be fellow Republicans or debate moderators. Recently, Gingrich asked fellow Republican candidates Rick Perry and Rick Santorum to drop out in order to consolidate the conservative vote against the more moderate candidate, Mitt Romney. While his request seems logical, it is by all accounts extremely arrogant. This is not the only recent showcase of Gingrich’s arrogance. When questioned at a recent debate about his rocky marital history, Gingrich rallied against all news media that isn’t Fox News. While I can understand that explaining two divorces and a third marriage might not be the most pleasant experience for Gingrich, these are questions he should have expected when he decided to run for the office of president. For him to rally against the moderator of the CNN debate in South Carolina last week was simply immature. It seems that Gingrich just stomped his way to the primary victory in South Carolina by marginalizing South Carolinians and pandering to extreme Republicans. By routinely labeling President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claiming poor children have “no habits of working and nobody around them who works,” Gingrich appears as nothing more than a bigot. I understand that Gingrich must appeal to the conservative base in order to win the nomination, but the lengths he is reaching in order to succeed are somewhat sickening. When Gingrich first caught my attention this campaign season, it was due to his compromising approaches, big ideas and his desire to work across the political aisle. Nowadays, Gingrich is more focused on sustaining his poll numbers, momentum and his dirty tactics against anyone involved. I suppose it’s better that I discovered the real Newt Gingrich now as opposed to later. Hopefully, the rest of America will also realize the same. — Seth Campbell is a senior in history. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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New ‘Diablo’ beta installment looks old, plays unchallenging Chris Flowers Staff Writer First, I must admit that I have never played a “Diablo” game before booting up the beta. I did play through “Torchlight” over the summer so I assumed it would be similar, but I was surprised by just how similar it turned out to be. “Torchlight” was developed by some of the same people who worked on “Diablo” and “Diablo II,” so one can safely assume that “Torchlight” is pretty similar to those games. Thus, using the transitive property, I deduced that “Diablo III” would be pretty similar to the previous entries in the franchise, so if that’s what you’re looking for from a new “Diablo,” you won’t be disappointed. Much of the coverage of “Diablo III” boils the game down to a prettier “Diablo.” While the game obviously looks much better than 2000’s “Diablo II,” don’t expect the game’s graphics to send your jaw to the floor. The first time I launched the game I was actually shocked at how outdated the game looks. The character models in the class selection screen look like they belong in a PS2 game. The blurry, flatfaced characters looked so out of place for a modern major release that I rebooted the game, thinking it was a bug. The awful character models aren’t as noticeable in-game due to the pulled-out camera, but the characters and environments still have a muddy look about them. The opening level is a foggy cemetery which is easily the ugliest environment in the game. The fog effects wash out the screen and look more like your monitor’s brightness is set too high than fog. Blizzard has always tried to keep their required system specs low, but the game looks significantly worse than their 2010 release, “Starcraft II.” Since this is a beta, it’s possible that Blizzard did not include all of the graphical settings that will wind up in the final game. Most of the graphical options could only be set to high or low, yet “Starcraft II” includes “very high” and “ultra” settings, so hopefully more options will be added in a future update. My first hours playing the game didn’t do anything to improve my opinion of it. They consisted of clicking on people with exclamation marks over their head, then trudging through dungeons filled with slow-moving monsters that provided absolutely no challenge. All that was required to defeat the waves of oncoming attackers was to hold the mouse in their general direction for a couple of seconds. I couldn’t use much strategy, even if I felt the need, because although new spells are unlocked each time your character levels up, the number of spells you can actually take into battle is limited by your current level. Until level six, only two spells can be equipped at a time, which makes for supremely uninteresting combat. I started to wonder how “Diablo II” had possibly achieved such a revered status, because I was
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extraordinarily bored. Shortly after hitting level six and acquiring a few new cool spells, I finally started to feel the game’s hooks slipping into me. Each class has three categories of spells at its disposal, and now I could use one of each. After a few minutes of experimenting with different combinations, I chose the three I felt had the best synergy. As a Demon Hunter, my skills were divided into spammable spells that built up my hatred meter, more powerful abilities that depleted the built up hatred and tactical use spells that used a slowly regenerating discipline meter. My basic strategy was to blast at enemies with my hatred builder, lead them into my slowing trap, then unload all my built up hatred with a spell that made my bow more of an emplaced machine gun. It wasn’t rocket science, but it did make combat much more entertaining. After messing around with my new spell setup for a few minutes, I hopped into an online game to try the four-player co-op. This is where “Diablo III” really started to shine. Here I could show off the fat loot I had collected to make people on the Internet jealous, which is really what “Diablo” is all about. The loot system in cooperative play is one I’ve never seen before, and it’s one I hope future games will adopt. Whenever items or gold drop from an enemy or chest, they are totally unique to your game. There is no fighting over loot because everyone gets their own drops. You never even see what drops for your teammates. The loot consists of more than just weapons and armor; crafting materials and recipes also drop on occasion. The crafting system is almost identical to the one found in “World of Warcraft,” where new recipes are learned from trainers as your skill levels up. You can find random crafting materials and disassemble items for spare parts, and, surprisingly, the items obtained from crafting were much better than any from random loot drops. Running around killing monsters with three other dudes proved to be much more entertaining than playing solo, but unfortunately Blizzard still needs to do some tuning on the difficulty level of co-op. We absolutely massacred every single enemy encounter in seconds and were never even remotely in danger of dying. I didn’t even participate in half of the battles because I was lagging behind picking up loot, but my team managed just fine without me. Before playing the beta I was staunchly against buying “Diablo III” when it is released later this year. Blizzard’s game design philosophy of taking ten years to make extremely repetitive sequels to their established franchises frustrates me. I took the same stance before the release of “Starcraft II,” then wound up buying it on release day and playing over 1,000 matches. If Blizzard can patch up the graphics and add a little challenge, I’m afraid I may waver once again.
George Richardson • The Daily Beacon
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Vols snag two wins in openers David Cobb Staff Writer The No. 13 Tennessee tennis squad began its 2012 campaign with a trio of matches inside Goodfriend Tennis Center this past weekend. The Vols recorded two victories and one defeat. UT’s wins came against Eastern Kentucky and No. 15 Georgia Tech, while the loss came at the hands of in-state rival Memphis. After losing five seniors, four of whom were All-Americans from a 2011 team that reached the national semifinals, UT boasts a roster consisting of six freshmen. “We can’t lament over what could have been,” coach Sam Winterbotham said. “We
because of our experiences.” UT rested on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s contest against the No. 13 Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech entered the match boasting the No. 2 doubles tandem in the country, along with the No. 9 singles player. The Volunteers laid the groundwork early against the Yellow Jackets by taking two of three doubles matches and earning the first point of the match. Freshman Knoxville native and Webb School graduate Brandon Fickey was paired with fellow freshman Edward Jones, a native of Wales. The duo defeated Georgia Tech’s Vikram Hundal and Juan Melian, 8-2. “Doubles played exceptionally today on all courts,” Fickey said. “Doubles sets the tone for the match. If you get that point, most of the time singles will fall right behind it. The doubles point is probably one of the biggest parts of college tennis.” Fickey then changed his focus to singles. The freshman provided the matchclinching fourth point for the Vols with his 6-4, 7-6 singles victory over Juan Melian. “I’m playing
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Lady Vols drop opening matches in New York Dallas Abel Staff Writer
The Lady Vols tennis team traveled to New York City to open up their spring season play. The big story coming into the weekend was, due to injuries, UT had to play a woman down, forfeiting one match each day. Despite this, the Lady Vols stayed competitive throughout the weekend. One player who stood out to co-head coach Mike Patrick this weekend was junior Kata Szekely. Szekely won both of her singles and doubles matches. “It was a really successful weekend for me,” Szekely said. “I just stayed with the game plan and it worked.” They opened play taking on ninth-ranked Virginia on Saturday afternoon. Natalie Pluskota continued to battle an injury and did not compete in singles, but competed in doubles. Having to forfeit the first match, the Lady Vols evened the score with a win by Caitlyn Williams in straight sets. After dropping have to three straight matches, Szekely got the Vols focus on who another match win, but it was too late. is here, and f o r Virginia won the singles. they have to t h e However, the Lady Vols corrected their now take t e a m , ” mistakes and took the doubles matches. t h e i r Fickey said. Sophomore Brynn Boren and freshman Sarah opportuni“And you’ve got Toti took one, and Szekely and freshman ty to to do what you’ve got Joanna Henderson won the other. shine.” to do to win. I wanted the ball. I Virginia took the overall victory by a score The wanted to win. And I wouldn’t of 4-3. weekend rather have the ball in anyone began in a else’s hands when it comes to that.” Rebecca Vaughan • The Daily Beacon disappointing With the win, Fickey finished the fashion as the weekend with an overall record of 5-1 across Vols fell to Memphis on Friday afternoon by both singles and doubles play. a score of 4-3. Freshmen Edward Jones and Hunter The loss signified the first time UT has Reese and sophomore Jarryd Chaplin also suffered defeat on its home court since 2009. contributed singles victories for the Vols on Friday night, the Vols treated their home Sunday. fans to a more familiar experience by defeat“We just finished the third (team) match ing Eastern Kentucky, 6-1. for a bunch of freshmen,” Winterbotham “Friday was Friday, and you either learn said. “They’re still learning, but if they can from the loss or you don’t,” Winterbotham put in that kind of effort, and they can be said of his team’s loss to the Tigers. “We’re a that tough, then we’ve got a chance.” program that is going to learn from our The Volunteers will return to action on experiences and we’re going to get better Sunday when they host Michigan State.
“We knew we were talented,” Patrick said. “To handle the adversity of not having a full squad, it was a tough way to go against a great team. We competed well and fought hard on every court. Virginia is a quality opponent. If that’s where we’re at right now, I think we can compete with a lot of teams, especially come March.” With optimism coming into the second day, the Lady Vols could not get a win against the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels. Falling to the Heels 4-2 gave Tennessee a 0-2 start to their spring season. Once again, the Lady Vols had to play singles a woman down due to injuries. Controlling the doubles point for a second straight day wasn’t enough to overcome the lack of a player. Pluskota and Caitlyn Williams grabbed a doubles victory, 8-4, followed by two more wins from Boren/Toti, 8-5, and an 8-2 win by Henderson/Szekely. Szekely got another dominating win over a ranked opponent in straight sets, (6-3, 6-2). No other Lady Vols could get into the win column during singles. “We have talent, we just have to get tougher,” Patrick said. “The team we played today showed its experience and they took it to us. Hopefully, we can get Natalie back and that will help quite a bit.” The Lady Vols have a week off to prepare for next weekend when they take on UC Davis Friday at 2 p.m. The outcome will determine the time and opponent for Saturday’s match.