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Noam Chomsky lectures on nation’s problems Topics presented to packed crowd included role of government, public relations aspects of government, he also said it could have very severe consequences. “The most serious case is in Pakistan where there is a threat of radical Islamists getting a hold of nuclear weapons,” he said. Chomsky said this “guiding principle” is not a recent thing, though. “Throughout American history, there has been a constant struggle over who should control and who should obey,” he said. “The Founding Fathers were ambivalent about democracy.” Chomsky added that James Madison, one of the framers of the

he said. “The government is closing plants when they could turn them over to the workers and let them run it for profit.” Student Life Editor He also discussed how history plays a role in today’s public relations and marketing industries. Renowned linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam “By World War I, the business class realized that because of new Chomsky spoke to a packed house Tuesday night. freedoms, it was impossible to control the public by force, so they An emeritus professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of need new means,” he said. “They tried to control of opinion and attiTechnology, Chomsky opened the lecture by telling the audience he tude to divert people from the public arena. This is why the public wanted to address “some serious problems we’re having here at relations industry was started.” home.” Chomsky called elections “The guiding principle (for today “public relations extravAmerican government) is that aganzas.” as long as the public is under “You don’t want to provide control, everything is fine,” he information about the candisaid. “(The traditional argudates; that’s the last thing you ment is) the powerful should want to do,” he said. “So you gain ends by any possible delude people with slogans.” means. As long as the public is In regards to political parkept under control, public will ties, Chomsky said they have doesn’t matter.” shifted sharply to the right. Chomsky referred back to “Democrats today are this principle many times what used to be moderate throughout his lecture and said Republicans, and today’s it was the base of many of the Republicans are so deep in nation’s problems. the pockets of business, you He said the principle was a have to have a magnifying security threat to the U.S. and glass to find them,” he said. was at the root of both terror Chomsky also discussed and the huge military budget tax cuts and their benefit to that is strangling the economy. the wealthy. “The military budget is half “There has been a spectacof the deficit,” Chomsky said. Tia Patron• The Daily Beacon ular increase in wealth in the Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon “The other half is the heavily privatized health care system. Renowned philosopher Noam Chomsky speaks at AMB’s A large crowd consisting of students, faculty and the top 1 percent of the populaWe would not have debt and Cox Auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Chomsky has written public wait in long lines in the AMB lobby for the doors tion,” he said. “The Bush tax might even have a surplus if we on topics ranging from theoretical roots of syntax to the to Cox Auditorium to open for the Noam Chomsky lec- cuts of 2011 were made to did not have (the health care underpinnings of American hegemony. ture on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The line extended to the bot- benefit the rich but were crafted so people would not system).” tom of the Hill before the auditorium opened. realize what was happening.” Chomsky also discussed terConstitution, was concerned that if He said Social Security rorism and the post-Sept. 11 United States. also plays into this. “Bush said terrorists committed crimes because they hate our free- voters could determine policy, it would challenge the privileged. “This is why he put the power in the hands of the Senate, whose “Social Security is actually in good shape, despite what you read,” doms,” he said. primary task is to protect the opulent minority against the majority,” he said. “The rich want to get rid of Social Security, because it is based Contrary to this statement, Chomsky said that Muslims actually he said. on the principles of compassion and solidarity, and (the spread of hate our policies, not our freedoms. Chomsky also discussed the history of the labor movement and these principles) could be dangerous for the rich.” Chomsky said United States’ policies actually benefit Jihadists. how it applies to issues today. Students said they gained valuable insights from Chomsky’s lec“The U.S. remains Bin Laden’s only ally,” he said. “The United States has a violent labor history,” he said. “The ral- ture. Chomsky discussed the United States’ support of dictatorships in “I though he did a very good job of historically representing what Egypt, Tunisia, Georgia, Jordan and Colombia. He said this too falls lying cry of the late 19th-century labor movement was, ‘Those who work in mills should own them,’” he said. has been covered up in this country,” Cori Kunberger, senior in psyunder the “guiding principle.” Chomsky said this holds significance today, specifically with the chology, said. “A post-Sept. 11 poll showed anger because of U.S. support of dicautomobile industry. Chomsky ended his lecture with a question for the audience. tatorships and blocking democracy,” he said. “Obama took over the auto industry, so the government owns it,” “Will we subject ourselves to the guiding principle?” he said. Though Chomsky said the “guiding principle” was apparent in all

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Russia increasing airport security Associated Press MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed “retribution is inevitable” for the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at Russia's busiest airport, while President Dmitry Medvedev demanded robust checks at all transport hubs and lashed out at the airport for lax security. NTV television showed a photograph of what it said was the detached head of the suspected bomber, a man who appeared to be in his 30s. Investigators said DNA testing will be necessary before he can be identified. No claims of responsibility have been made for the attack Monday at Domodedovo Airport, which also left 180 people injured. Suspicion is likely to fall, however, on Islamist separatist insurgents from Chechnya or elsewhere in Russia's restive Caucasus region who have been battling Russian authority for over 15 years. Chechen insurgents have claimed responsibility for previous attacks in Moscow, including a double suicide bombing on the capital’s subway system in March 2010 that killed 40 people. They also have hit Domodedovo Airport before, with two suicide bombers slipping through its security in 2004 to kill 90 people. Authorities in the Czech Republic and Ukraine beefed up airport security Tuesday in response to the blast. The British agency responsible for Europe's busiest airport, London’s Heathrow, refused to comment on any new possible security measures but has said security is always under review. Putin has built much of his reputation on his harsh stance against terror but he did not elaborate on what kind of retribution he had in mind during a government meeting Tuesday. Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon Medvedev described Domodedovo Airport Swimmers ready for the start of a race at UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic security as being in “a state of anarchy” and said Center on Jan. 22. The Vols’ swimming and diving teams would go on to defeat two its management must bear key responsibility for the security failures that contributed to Monday's top-15 teams, Georgia and Indiana. UT competes next against No. 5 Florida.

blast. Airport management objected, saying transport police were responsible for the inspection of people coming into the international arrivals area where the bombing took place. The Russian president also vowed to fire or discipline government security officials for any lapses. The blast undermines confidence in Russia’s security ahead of Medvedev’s high-profile appearance this week seeking investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The attack also called into question Russia’s ability to safely host major international events like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup. Still, the International Olympic Committee declared Tuesday that it has “no doubt” that Russia will deliver a safe Winter Games in Sochi, even though the Black Sea resort is relatively close to the volatile North Caucasus region. “Security at Sochi 2014 is already highest priority and plans (are) constantly under review,” Sochi organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said. Many athletes, officials and visitors traveling to Sochi will need to take connecting flights in Moscow. Aviation security experts have been warning since the Sept. 11 attacks that the crowds at many airports present a tempting target for suicide bombers. The latest bombing exposed the unprotected underbelly of airport security — the international arrivals area, packed with families, taxi drivers and businesspeople. Few airports in the world control the entrances to such areas. Putin rose to power largely on his toughagainst-terror image, including a famous vow that Chechen rebels would be hunted down and killed “in the outhouse.” But despite launching the second Russia-Chechnya war and pushing harsh against suspected rebels, he was unable to wipe out the Chechen insurgency during his 2000-2008 presidency.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


1788: Australia Day On Jan. 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare. Australia, once known as New South Wales, was originally planned as a penal colony. In October 1786, the British government appointed Arthur Phillip captain of the HMS Sirius, and commissioned him to establish an agricultural work camp there for British convicts. With little idea of what he could expect from the mysterious and distant land, Phillip had great difficulty assembling the fleet that was to make the journey. His requests for more experienced farmers to assist the penal colony were repeatedly denied, and he was both poorly funded and outfitted. Nonetheless, accompanied by a small contingent of Marines and other officers, Phillip led his 1,000-strong party, of whom more than 700 were convicts, around Africa to the eastern side of Australia. In all, the voyage lasted eight months, claiming the deaths of some 30 men. The first years of settlement were nearly disastrous. Cursed with poor soil, an unfamiliar climate and workers who were ignorant of farming, Phillip had great difficulty keeping

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the men alive. The colony was on the verge of outright starvation for several years, and the marines sent to keep order were not up to the task. Phillip, who proved to be a tough but fairminded leader, persevered by appointing convicts to positions of responsibility and oversight. Floggings and hangings were commonplace, but so was egalitarianism. As Phillip said before leaving England: “In a new country there will be no slavery and hence no slaves.” Though Phillip returned to England in 1792, the colony became prosperous by the turn of the 19th century. Feeling a new sense of patriotism, the men began to rally around January 26 as their founding day. Historian Manning Clarke noted that in 1808 the men observed the “anniversary of the foundation of the colony” with “drinking and merriment.” Finally, in 1818, Jan. 26 became an official holiday, marking the 30th anniversary of British settlement in Australia. And, as Australia became a sovereign nation, it became the national holiday known as Australia Day. Today, Australia Day serves both as a day of celebration for the founding of the white British settlement, and as a day of mourning for the Aborigines who were slowly dispossessed of their land as white colonization spread across the continent. — This Day in History is courtesy of

Crime Log

A female UT student reported a theft in the Presidential Court food court area occurring between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. A student reported that some of his possessions were stolen from his dorm room in Hess Hall. The report stated that the value of the stolen items was $1,760. A female student reported a theft in Hodges Library around 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 20. A staff member reported an incident of assault in the form of verbal threats. The incident occurred in Hodges Library at approximately 10:23 p.m., and the suspect is another staff member. George Richardson• The Daily Beacon

Mason Vickery, sophomore in computer science and chemistry, competes in the 9-Ball tournament in the UC’s Down Under on Jan. 19. The Down Under has several Association of College Unions International tournaments for students to compete in.

— Compiled by Robbie Hargett Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UT: business school research improves students’ salaries The value of academic research performed at business schools has been questioned for the past two decades, some even calling it irrelevant to the real business world. But a study by Russell Crook, assistant professor of management in the College of Business Administration at UT finds that scholarly research conducted by business professors seems to have an impact on the salaries of their students after graduation. The paper, co-authored by Jonathan O'Brien of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Paul Drnevich and Craig Armstrong of the University of Alabama, concludes that "the level of scholarly research activity at business schools appears to add considerable economic value to MBA students' future salaries." The paper, "Does Business School Research Add Economic Value for Students," is in the current issue of Academy of Management Learning and Education and can be viewed at Crook found that scholarly research at business schools appears to add as much as $24,000 a year, or 21 percent, to the MBA students' future salaries. Crook collected data on the salaries of MBA graduates three years after they graduated from 658 business schools in the U.S. and around the world. He chose the three-year mark because, at that point in their careers, the graduates were "more reflective of the value of the knowledge, skills, and abilities provided by the business school education." He then compared this to data on research productivity at each school obtained from a social science citation index. He factored in other information that might influence salaries, including the school's reputation and financial resources. The analysis revealed that the amount of faculty research published in the most influential journals was significantly related to higher salaries in graduates. For more information about the UT College of Business Administration, visit Celebration of first African-American undergrad rescheduled to Feb. 1 On Jan. 4 of this year, UT celebrated an important milestone: the 50th anniversary of African American undergraduates on campus. The kickoff event, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1, in conjunction with the start of Black History Month. The event will begin with a march from the Torchbearer statue beginning at 4:30 p.m. The march will end at the Carolyn P. Brown


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Memorial University Center auditorium with a program and celebration featuring Olympian and UT Knoxville alumna Benita Fitzgerald Mosley. All members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend. The kickoff program will feature comments from Theotis Robinson Jr., one of the first African-American undergraduate students to be admitted to the university. Robinson is vice president for diversity with the UT system. In July 1960, Robinson applied for admission to UT and, in January 1961, he and two other African-American students, Charles Edgar Blair and Willie Mae Gillespie, were admitted to the university and began classes on Jan. 4. Eight years earlier, African-American Gene Gray entered UT’s graduate school. The kickoff event will be webcast. For more information about the university’s yearlong celebration, visit Deadline for Congressional Internship Program extended The deadline for applications to the Congressional Internship Program has been extended to Feb. 4. The Congressional Internship Program provides students in good standing the opportunity to work with Tennessee legislators in Washington, D.C., for approximately six weeks during the months of May and June. Interns will work closely with legislative staff on a variety of projects, as well as assist with clerical tasks, depending upon the office in which they are placed. The internships are unpaid and students are responsible for arranging their housing and travel. A limited number of need-based scholarships may be available. Eligible students must have sixty or more credit hours and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The program is open to students of all majors. To apply, students must fill out the online application form and submit a resume and two reference forms through the UT Career Services’ HIRE-A-VOL database located at More information on the Congressional Internship Program and the application process may be found at UT chapter of Nourish International accepting summer project applications Nourish International develops entrepreneurial, leadership and management skills and heightens global poverty awareness among colTara Sripunvoraskul• The Daily Beacon lege students as they collaboratively work with international non-profit organizations to allevi- Students use the treadmills at the TRECS on Jan. 21. Numerous activities for students are available at the TRECS, from group excercising to personal trainers. ate extreme poverty. This year, the UTK chapter of Nourish is partnering with World Action for Humanity to assist a Ugandan House of Hope that provides education, nutrition, and medical care to orphaned children. For six weeks of this coming summer, student participants will work closely with the community and children to cultivate farmland that will serve as a source of nutrition and possible income for the House of Hope. Previous membership in Nourish International or extensive agriculture knowledge is not necessary. Apply to participate in this project by e-mailing Elizabeth Sherrill at for an application.


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Fighters for equality deserve remembrance

Zac Ellis Editor-in-Chief On Feb. 1, UT will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first African-American undergraduates on campus. The event, which was postponed because of inclement weather from Jan. 4, will recognize the desegregation of our university and the monumental occasion when racial boundaries were broken at one of the major Southern universities. The admission of an African-American undergraduate in today’s terms would barely raise an eyebrow. The diversity exhibited on this campus is well-documented and makes UT a truly “public” university. But what many people don’t adequately understand is the struggle minorities endured to reach the university. Robert J. Booker, former executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, wrote a column in the Dec. 14, 2010 issue of the Knoxville News Sentinel detailing the efforts of AfricanAmerican students in gaining admittance to UT, well before the first black undergraduate set foot on campus in 1961. Booker writes that in 1952, Gene Mitchell Gray became the first African-American admitted to the UT graduate school. Fourteen years earlier, in 1938, three black graduates from Knoxville College unsuccessfully attempted to enter the UT graduate school. “One of them, Clinton Marsh, would later become president of (Knoxville College) in 1981,” Booker writes. Even earlier, in 1881, twelve African-American military cadets sought entry into UT, and, Booker writes, a 1881 Knoxville Daily Tribune article claimed, “It was evident that an intermingling of the races would completely destroy the college.” My, how times have changed. The cadets were instead placed in Nashville’s Fisk University, mostly because, as the article stated, UT trustees decided it would be too difficult to construct new buildings and rope in new professors strictly to serve African-American students. Because, naturally, black students and white students couldn’t possibly learn together, right? As Booker writes, “In the end there was not a lot of ridicule or ostracism. And, indeed, the university was not destroyed as that paper predicted.” It is comforting to know that a mix of races — that whole “equality” thing expressed so evidently in the U.S. Constitution — did not burn UT to the ground. Instead, the university, which was founded in 1794 as Blount College, stands strong in its diversity, and one would be hard-pressed to find a race or ethnicity not represented on our campus. Though no longer in a time of Civil Rights movements, the far-reaching issue of equality still maintains different definitions to different people. There are and always will be those who might not join arms with others to break down racial boundaries, the very historical roadblocks brought to light by Martin Luther King Jr. decades ago. But it is those within that small closed-minded minority — such as the group that allegedly threw bananas at a group of touring African-American students last year — that might not deserve the equality so many have fought hard to reach. At least in today’s society, issues of racial inequality rarely register the same seismic waves of the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s Deep South. Comparitively, our current generation has been graciously spoiled with a society largely accepting of all cultures and backgrounds. The point of recognizing Black History month, UT’s first African-American undergraduate and subjects of the same nature is to prevent such struggles, as well as the boundaries that created them, from happening again. Those of us who have never had to experience the kind of segregation experienced by Gene Mitchell Gray, Clinton Marsh or any of those denied by UT or any other university on the basis of race should be thankful for the era in which we live. But those who have faced such blatant disregard of the inalienable rights expressed by the Constitution should not be forgotten; society is where it stands today because of their sacrifices and determination. So when Feb. 1 rolls around, keep in mind those who made UT the diverse university it is today. Because if we don’t understand history, we’re doomed to repeat it. — Zac Ellis is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @ZacEllis. THE DAILY BACON • Blake Tredway

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Distractions difficult to avoid in classroom T he Pen is Mightier by

Sean Mahoney Last week I felt that it was necessary to closely examine the attendance policies used by various professors at the university and, similarly, I would like to call attention to another subject of great debate within the classrooms. The widespread use of computers on campus has led to an increasing number of students making use of them in classes. This trend has upset many professors who feel that computers are an unnecessary distraction not only for the student using the devices, but also for surrounding classmates. Unlike last week, I ally myself with much of the faculty in their campaign against these overly distracting devices being used during class. The distractions caused by laptop use do indeed outweigh the benefits of using them to take notes during a lecture. It is far too enticing for students to browse the Internet or check their emails during class and, instead of allowing them to be responsible for their behavior, the most logical solution is to forbid them entirely. However, this stance is far too moderate and should be extended to a far greater amount of distractions that should be banned from the classroom environment. After all, if the basis for banning certain things from a class rests on the potential to cause a distraction, then further steps need to be made in order to facilitate a proper learning environment for the student body. Therefore, I have compiled a list of extremely distracting items to serve as my proposal for their banishment. These culprits have been taking the attention away from teachers for decades. First on the list of items that should be banned from classrooms are short shorts and skirts. It is a well-known fact that our society places tremendous emphasis on looks. Because of this, young girls spend hours every day in their attempt to look attractive before setting foot outside their door. But enough is enough. The classroom setting is not the appropriate environment for women to distract men with such inappropriate attire. For too long, young men have had a difficult time paying attention to lectures

because of some inexcusable ensemble involving short shorts or skirts on attractive females. The solution is simple: All female students are to either wear pants or shorts and skirts that reach below the knees. Instituting this policy would almost certainly result in the increase in class participation and grades of the entire male population. Next on the list are notebooks and calculators. These two items have kept students from paying proper attention to their instructors for years. It is entirely too easy for a student to begin spelling inappropriate words on simple calculators to warrant ever using them in a classroom setting. College students just have not developed enough emotionally to be trusted with such devices in class. And to make matters even worse, some calculators have the ability to play games on them, which almost certainly has caused a decrease in overall GPAs since their introduction. Also, the notebook has endured for far too long. This item is the source of a vast amount of doodling in class that has greatly detracted from student’s overall education. Too many students spend their time drawing unnecessary pictures in class that distract them from listening intently to their professor. Therefore, all notebooks and calculators should be removed from the classroom setting. The third and perhaps most distracting element of today’s classroom environment that should be banned is the prevalence of exquisite male facial hair. When young men begin their education at a university, they are often at a new stage in their life where they are able to grow facial hair at a far greater rate than anytime previously. Many males are unprepared for the responsibility that is placed on their shoulders with this new development. They are unaware of how distracting their incredibly stylized facial hair can become to the average onlooker. Facial hair styles like the Fu Manchu and the handlebar have made it increasingly difficult for students to pay proper attention in classes. It is an understood fact that many women are unable to properly concentrate when a man with a perfect mustache is in the area. (See: Tom Selleck, Joseph Stalin.) The new policy should not permit any facial hair of any kind. With the adoption of these policies, our university could be back on track to securing a better future for our students. Distractions existed before computers, and it is our responsibility to fix this situation before it goes any farther. —Sean Mahoney is a senior in history. He can be reached at

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As of late, I have been reading many recent columns and news clippings about vegetarianism, and I get asked a lot why I am one, because the general consensus amongst the people I know is that “meat tastes so good.” Having never really tasted meat nor ever really sustaining the desire to do so, I cannot say much about meat and its added value to my diet. To be honest, I was raised vegetarian by Hindu parents … who are now vegan, so in my head, I’m less extreme than what I could be. I don’t eat beef, seafood, chicken, turkey or pork; the best way to explain this is that I don’t eat things that have faces, offspring and feel pain that I can see. I don’t just refuse to eat meat because of my upbringing; I refuse to eat it because the smell makes me nauseous, and the thought of ingesting flesh makes me feel rather cannibalistic. (Can you tell that I watch too many episodes of Criminal Minds?) It reminds me slightly of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five,” where the prisoners are in an unused slaughterhouse and there are animal carcasses in the underground shelter. I think one of the other reasons I don’t eat meat is because I watched “Super Size Me,” a documentary on fast food made by Morgan Spurlock, during my sophomore year. Seeing the various amounts of buns, lettuce, tomatoes and especially undercooked meat that Spurlock ate throughout his experiment forced me to attain a level of revulsion that I have not previously experienced for both fast food and meat. Some might say that I am weak-minded or possess a weak stomach in order to resist meat. However, it’s not a detrimental lifestyle choice, and I find it odd that people knock it without trying it, and if they do try it, they don’t stick with it long enough to be able to witness the results. I find that, at least for me, I have a clear conscience and a lower grocery bill than most of my friends, even after buying meat-substitute foods. People say that chicken, beef, pork, turkey, etc. taste really good, but to me, everything can taste good with a certain blend of spices and seasoning.

I get really aggravated at people who keep asking me if I want to dive into a steak but doing so more out of spite than courtesy. They seem to think it’s hilarious, and that mocking my dietary needs is going to validate their choices in how they get their nutrition. I will admit, sometimes it can be amusing, like when I think I’ve had something with beef or chicken broth in it, and my roommate judges me when I freak out about partaking in animal butchery and feverishly pray about not going to hell as a result. We also won’t discuss the time in high school where I ordered a mushroom burger at a restaurant, medium rare, only to find out the burger was, in fact, not composed of a Portobello and a bun, but an unwanted beef patty in the middle (I was young and ridiculously stupid). Add to this the fact that I was raised believing (only vaguely) in the idea of reincarnation and the notion that I could potentially have eaten or be eating what could have been my great-great grandmother, and you can only imagine what other horrors lie in the recesses of my mind. Perhaps the idea of this utter nonparticipation in the eating of meat is regarded with distrust in the Southern culture, in which more families bond through the partaking of meals in which at least one protein is involved. For Pete’s sake, most of comfort food is centered around meat, especially dishes ranging from chicken and dumplings to frog’s legs and chitterlings. (Really? Pig intestines?) Keep in mind that I’m not out to preach against those who eat meat out of necessity or out of enjoyment. I’m not even writing to convert the world to vegetarianism or speak out against cattle/chicken farms and the cruelty that animals face so that others may live from the consumption of animals and their byproducts. For me, vegetarianism is not necessarily the avoidance of meat versus a love of vegetables, because I don’t particularly care for vegetables either. (I’m a pastafarian by choice, and I’m all right with it — thank God for those Italians.) I can preach all I want to, but it’s not for me to say how people should live their lives. I’m just saying they shouldn’t knock my way of living, especially with limited knowledge about something as trivial as choices in food. I think this bumper sticker on a random car said it best: “We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others ‘dinner?’” —Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at

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Planned Neb. execution first in 14 years Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — If inmate Carey Dean Moore is put to death, it would be Nebraska's first execution since 1997 and its first lethal injection. Attorney General Jon Bruning said a motion was filed with the Nebraska Supreme Court on Monday, requesting that a date be set. Moore was sentenced to death for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cabbies. The state's last execution occurred in 1997, when Robert Williams was electrocuted for killing three women. Eleven men remain on Nebraska's death row. Besides Williams, Harold Otey and John Joubert also have been electrocuted since the state resumed executions in 1994. Moore's attorney, Alan Peterson, said Tuesday he had met with Moore and will oppose the motion to set an execution date. Peterson wouldn't say what arguments he plans to use. Moore was convicted of first-degree murder for killing taxi drivers Maynard D. Helgeland and Reuel Eugene Van Ness in botched robberies. Moore, 53, came within a week of being executed in 2007, but six days before his scheduled execution the state's high court issued a stay because it wanted to consider whether the electric chair should still be used. Then the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the electric chair amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Since then, lawmakers approved lethal injection as the state's sole method. For nearly four decades, former state Sen. Ernie Chambers, who opposed the death penalty, held up any effort to change Nebraska's method of execution because he believed the electric chair eventually would be banished by the courts. Chambers' departure from the Legislature in 2008 because of term limits made it possible for lawmakers to pass the lethal injection bill. On Friday, the state received the third drug needed to carry out an execution by lethal injection. A worldwide shortage of the drug, sodium thiopental, has made it hard to acquire, and the only U.S. manufacturer of the drug announced last week that it would stop making it. Nebraska's lethal-injection law and the execution procedure prison officials developed were modeled on Kentucky's system because that state's death

penalty withstood the scrutiny of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said last summer that it had prepared a new execution chamber and trained workers to carry out the death penalty once the state obtained the sodium thiopental that will be used to render an inmate unconscious. The other drugs involved in the process are pancuronium bromide, which paralyzes an inmate's breathing, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Nebraska's five-page lethal injection protocol requires that three drugs be administered during an execution by trained corrections workers, including two emergency technicians who would be responsible for maintaining an open IV line. After an execution date is set, members of the execution team who have already received training will undergo weekly refresher courses. When no execution dates are scheduled, the team trains every six months. Critics of lethal injection have argued that corrections workers who don't regularly administer intravenous drugs may have trouble finding a vein. Supporters say the training requirements spelled out in the protocol — including that members of the IV teams be trained as emergency medical technicians — would alleviate that concern. All 36 death penalty states use lethal injection, and 35 rely on the three-drug method. But the three-drug procedure has been questioned. In 2009, Ohio switched to a one-drug execution procedure after the state botched a lethal injection. Romell Broom's executioners tried unsuccessfully for two hours to find a usable vein for injection, painfully hitting bone and muscle in as many as 18 needle sticks before the governor halted the execution. It was not immediately clear Tuesday how soon the Supreme Court might set an execution date for Moore. But legal challenges to Nebraska's new execution method could still put capital punishment on hold for several years in the state. Attorneys who oppose the death penalty have said they expect lawsuits will be filed attacking various components of the new lethal injection protocol, including training requirements they say are vague. The law is also expected to be challenged under federal civil-rights law.





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NEW YORK — The first, and possibly the last, Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, a case that nearly unraveled when the defendant was convicted on just one of more than 280 counts. Ahmed Ghailani, who served as Osama bin Laden's cook and bodyguard after the bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, sought leniency, claiming he was tortured at a secret CIA camp after his arrest in Pakistan seven years ago. But U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan imposed the maximum sentence, saying that whatever Ghailani suffered “pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror” caused by the nearly simultaneous attacks, which killed 224 people and injured thousands more. Ghailani, 36, was convicted last month of conspiring to destroy government buildings. Prosecutors said he bought a truck used in the Tanzanian attack, stored and concealed detonators, sheltered an al-Qaida fugitive and delivered hundreds of pounds of TNT to the African terror cell. His trial at a lower Manhattan courthouse had been viewed as a test for President Barack Obama's aim of putting other terror detainees — including self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed — on trial on U.S. soil. His hands are tied, however — at least in the short term — because lawmakers have prohibited the Pentagon from transferring detainees to the U.S. The prosecution of Ghailani is considered a success by supporters of civilian trials for detainees at the prison on the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Critics, however, say it showed that such trials are too risky. Attorney General Eric Holder said the sentencing “shows yet again the strength of the American justice system in holding terrorists accountable for their actions.” But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, called the case “a near disaster” because Ghailani was only convicted of one of 285 counts. Guantanamo once held nearly 800 detainees, mostly suspected militants captured in and around Afghanistan. Most have been released to other countries but about 170 remain. Five detainees have been convicted at Guantanamo through military tribunals. Ghailani, wearing a blue dress shirt and showing no emotion, chose not to speak in the packed courtroom Tuesday. Before sentencing he bowed his head, closed his eyes and gripped the edge of the defense table with both hands as survivors and victims' loved ones spoke behind him — some in tears, many asking the judge to show no mercy. “The pain is with me every day,” said Sue Bartley, who lost her husband, Julian Leotis Bartley Sr., then U.S. consul general to Kenya, and her son, Julian “Jay” Bartley Jr. They were among 12 Americans killed in the bombings. James Ndeda, a Kenyan who suffered a skull

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No Age gives punk, electronic performance Opening acts embody polarities contained in No Age at Knoxville’s Pilot Light Brian Conlon Staff Writer It seems that in every season of the cooking competition television series, “Top Chef,” one episode will have the contestants deconstructing a complex dish, yielding a collection of b a s i c ingredie n t s , which st and a l o n e and are reminiscent of the origi n a l dish. In a similar manner, before No Age e v e n took the stage at the Pilot Light on S u n d ay, i t seemed like the b a n d ’s presence w a s already heavily felt. The two opening bands reflected a deconstructed No Age: a punk band and a brooding electronic artist. Dirty Knees, the punk ingredient, is a Knoxville power trio that specializes in short, fun punk jams. This all-girl group’s lo-fi sound provides a good medium for the band’s playful lyrics. Dirty Knees, therefore, could not be more different from its

succeeding act, Jeff Witscher, also known as Rene Hell. Rene Hell played a relatively short set, which he ended for fear of blowing the speakers. His songs created a dark soundscape of percussionless ambient music accompanied by digitally skewed old film clips played on a projector. “His music was definitely creepy and disconcerting, especially after (Dirty

“We’re California in a different way — the darker side,” Spunt said. “We pursue the dark and light. The (stuff) gets heavy sometimes.” This pursuance of the dark and light was pervasive throughout the show Sunday night, not only in relation to the openers, but also the different songs No Age played. Even though many of the tracks were upbeat, the droning samples were constantly in the background to remind the crowd of the darkness. Regardless of the contrasting themes, No Age aimed to recreate its big sound live, and in order to accomplish this it has a touring member running the samples as well as Randy Randall’s elaborate guitar rig. The band definitely did not disappoint, as it pumped the Pilot Light full of its brand of cacophonous ambient – No Age drummer and lead singer punk and partialDean Allen Spunt on his path to ly deafened the punk rock crowd for days. The band also • Courtesy of No Age blasted through several punk music seemed to make sense as a sound classics, including The Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments” and Black Flag’s “Six Pack,” that you'd want to hear.” Several other bands from California, during which one man relived Black Flag’s like Best Coast and Wavves, make punk glory days by furiously drenching anyone music that has an overall easygoing feel to nearby with his beer. The only valid comit, comparable to Dirty Knees. No Age, plaints of No Age’s performance would however, provides a different side of the have come from Spunt’s several pairs of splintered drumsticks. Golden State. Angeles duo combines punk rock and ambient electronic music to create a unique sound. “I started listening to punk rock when I was a young kid,” drummer and lead singer Dean Allen Spunt said. “Punk for me was never something I grew out of, so I’ve always had that punk attitude. I was exposed to weirder stuff, and ambient

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Knees),” Chance Vineyard, senior in advertising, said. “It made me nervous.” It would seem odd that two such bands perform together on the same night. However, No Age embraced this juxtaposition in its own music. Indeed, it is these two elements — the light and the dark — that make No Age so interesting. The Los

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Mark Roberts, grad student in choral conductory, and Amy-Beth Miller, junior in music, chat outside Hodges Library on Jan. 21. The weather warmed up enough to allow students to enjoy the sun.

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Balanced Stricklen improving game tions). She can play the point guard one game Preston Peeden and then go in and be a post player whenever Staff Writer Pat needs her.” Johnson also was not shocked at how well Pat Summitt’s glare can cause paralysis in Stricklen had responded to Summitt’s chaleven the strongest individuals. She can make an opposing coach falter and lenge. “The last three games Coach Summitt has referees lose their voice. But nothing is more intimidating than when really gotten on to her for not scoring,” Johnson she calls someone out for not performing to the said. “She told her to go out and play her game, best of her abilities. This is what happened to and so she picked it up a whole lot more.” Stricklen’s recent performances have not Lady Vols junior forward Shekinna Stricklen. gone unnoticed by some former Lady Vols. But like all great players, she rose to the chalAfter the South Carolina game, Stricklen was lenge. “At the shootaround before the Ole Miss approached by Lady Vols great Chamique game, Coach Summitt came up to me and Holdsclaw, who had some advice for her. “She came up to me and told me, ‘You’re asked me if I knew my stats,” Stricklen said. doing good, but there Stricklen, of course, is still some things knew them. This seathat you need to work son, unlike past ones, on and take advantage where she has been a of,’” Stricklen said. go-to player on offense, “She was really just has seen her scoring encouraging me and average dip to around telling me to keep up 11 points per game. the hard work.” This, in Summitt’s Stricklen also said mind, was an unacceptthat Holdsclaw able number for one of stressed to her the her star players. importance of using And Stricklen her own versatility to agreed. attack the basket, “Pat is always right,” move around in the she said. “… I wasn’t open court and catch playing to my abiliothers off guard by ties.” mixing up her pace. Summitt also called These words hit out Stricklen for home for Stricklen, as becoming too complashe said Holdsclaw cent in her new role of was one of her playing more down low favorite players. in the post. She wanted “I respect her,” to see Stricklen move Stricklen said. “I outside more and creloved her game, and I ate new opportunities Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon watched every game and mismatches, not only for herself, but Shekinna Stricklen takes a shot against she played here at also for her team- Stanford on Dec. 19. Lady Vols coach Tennessee … She can Pat Summitt wasn’t happy with play basically every mates. This past week, Stricklen’s performances earlier this position, too.” But Stricklen is not Stricklen has taken season, but thanks to Summitt’s motiSummitt’s words to vation, Stricklen’s play has much satisfied with just two good games. heart, and has improved. In her eyes, there is responded with never a time where arguably her best run of the season. In three of her past five games, Stricklen has she cannot become better. “I always can improve, especially on my recorded a double-double in points and rebounds. And in the past two games, she defense,” Stricklen said. “(Summitt) said I have notched 18 points and 16 rebounds against been doing better, but I’m just staying low and South Carolina and 18 points and six rebounds keeping my hands high trying to play good defense … And she tells me to just keep being against Auburn. However, these results did not surprise any- vocal. I have to talk a lot more to my teamone, especially junior forward Glory Johnson, mates.” Regardless of what improvements need to be who has watched Stricklen the past three years. “She’s a great player,” Johnson said. “She can done, it seems as if for every challenge that do it all really from the one to the five (posi- Stricklen faces, she succeeds. And as long as Summitt is telling her to do more, she will.

Johnson backed by close family care of business and on the court as well.” Johnson grew up playing as many sports as she possible, but she saw something in basketball that Who says basketball players can’t be brainiacs? led her to continue the sport in college. “There was scoring and running as much as Lady Vols forward Glory Johnson defies the stereotypical collegiate athlete in more ways than possible,” said Johnson. “There was also the physical team part of (basketball). one. “With track, it’s more of an individual thing, When originally looking at UT, Johnson was hoping to follow in her father’s footsteps and major with you running your own race and everything. I in engineering while playing basketball. She soon think basketball is a lot more team oriented, and found that basketball and engineering simply did you can do a lot more with the sport.” Johnson’s life may consist of basketball right not jive together. The time commitment was just now, but she hasn’t forgotten about the future. She too much, and she chose the hardwood. “My dad was kind of against me going to UT already has an idea of what she wants to do with for the most part,” Johnson said. “He wanted me her life after basketball is over. “Global studies has a lot to do with sociology to go to more of a Stanford or a Duke school, but and economics,” she he was ultimately on my said. “I chose to go side, and he was happy the more business with the decision I route, just because I made.” love to deal with peoJohnson, a junior in ple and politics at the global studies who is same time. I’ve played from Knoxville, comes so many different from a unique family sports growing up, life. She is fully supportand I would love to ed by her family, but her keep dealing with mom and her dad have sports as I get older. taken different roles. Since I have such an “My dad is more on athletic background, I the brainiac side of it,” would like to use it to Johnson said. “He the best of my ability.” watches the games on With so many high TV. He doesn’t really expectations on her come to the games. He shoulders for so long, doesn’t like to see me on Johnson credits much the ground and being of her success to what physical with other peoshe has learned from ple. My dad will stay at her coaches throughhome and watch the George Richardson • The Daily Beacon out the years. games, but my mom is Glory Johnson attempts to move past an “Any coach that I a die hard fan.” ETSU defender in a game earlier this year. have had, they have While Johnson’s dad watches from home, Johnson, who averages 10.7 points per let me do whatever Johnson’s mom game, splits her focus between time on and worked with me became obsessed with the court and time in the classroom, on my game so much,” Johnson said. basketball. She credits where she majors in global studies. “All the way back to her mom as being her my middle school coach when I was missing No. 1 fan. “My mom is crazy,” Johnson said. “She’s a fanat- layups and bricking jump shots and not even hitic. She’ll go to every game and be cheering. She’s ting rim. They have just helped me keep my confidence up. My high school coach who played for normally the loudest mom out there.” Even Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt can tell that Pat Summitt back in the day, she helps keep my confidence up. Even now, after games, she still the Johnson family has something special. “They are a very close group,” Summitt said of calls me and tells me to be confident and don’t the family. “I think her mom has a great influence worry about if my shot is not falling, or if I’m not on her in the classroom. (Glory Johnson) takes playing as well as I’d like to.”

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Vols facing ‘must-win’ game Tigers eyeing key SEC road win Jason Hall Staff Writer The Tennessee men’s basketball team will host SEC rival LSU Wednesday night. The Vols are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss on Saturday at No. 5 Connecticut. The Vols’ first- and second-half performances Saturday were complete opposites, as the Vols did an excellent job defending and holding the Huskies’ star player, Kemba Walker, scoreless for nearly the game’s first 15 minutes, but Walker, as well as four other Huskies, would go on to finish in double-figures, and the Vols never led in the second half. Many consider Wednesday’s matchup a mustwin game for the Big Orange. The Vols’ 12-7 (2-2 SEC) record matches the worst 19-game record of any team coached by Bruce Pearl. The 2008-09 UT team held the same record, and despite winning the SEC East regular season title, lost in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament to Oklahoma State. Still, junior Cameron Tatum believes the team has a the ability to finish the season strong. “We had time to think about the loss on Sunday,” Tatum said. “Yeah, it hurt because it was a missed opportunity. The guys all understand we can still take the SEC.” Pearl is looking at things less optimistically. “We’ve got to win every game we’re capable of winning,” said Pearl. “Then we’ve got to get a couple we maybe aren’t expected to get. That will put us in position to go to a sixth-consecutive NCAA tournament, which is something that’s never happened in the history of Tennessee basketball.” The Vols will have their hands full with a team that is much improved from its 2-14 conference record last season. LSU relies heavily on its 2010 recruiting class, which includes the team’s two leading scorers, swingman Ralston Turner and point guard Andre Stringer. LSU also returns Storm Warren, the team’s leading rebounder, whose play was one of the few bright spots last season, including against the Vols in the 2010 SEC tournament. Warren led the Tigers with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting in that game. The Vols will have to rely heavily on its key play-

ers against LSU. The Vols’ leading scorers, Scotty Gentry Smith Hopson and Tobias Harris, will play a major role Staff Writer in UT’s matchup against the Tigers. Harris and the combination of John Fields and The LSU Tigers travel to Rocky Top Wednesday Brian Williams off the bench must work together night with hopes of bouncing back from two hardto keep rebounds away from Storm Warren off the to-swallow losses at the hands of SEC foes glass, a task which Williams has been much more Kentucky and Ole Miss. successful at achieving since coming off the bench. Although an upset over the inconsistent With Turner expected to be out with a foot Volunteers would not yield a signature win as it injury, the Tigers will rely heavily on freshman would have in the recent past, the Tigers look to Stringer. stay above .500 in conference play and mount some Containing Stringer will be a key role for momentum going into the heart of the SEC season. Tatum, as well as Josh Bone. When applying the poor-man’s version of the “We’ll just have to transitive property to look at it as another this match-up, LSU is great player to play capable of running against,” Bone said of with this UT team, as Stringer replacing it knocked off an Turner. “We play good Arkansas team that players and good teams gave the Vols a every single game, so it’s migraine in the SECnothing different. We opener. have to key in on him The Tigers are facmore and be able to coning a much better, tain his points, and much more experihopefully we’ll come out enced Vols team on with the win.” paper; however, with In the past few UT coach Bruce Pearl games, the Vols have still under SEC seen an increase in playCommissioner Mike ing time from Bone and Slive’s imposed susSkylar McBee. They pension, Tigers coach have created a greater Trent Johnson and his threat from beyond the young team hope to arc coming off the exploit the inconsisbench. tency of the Vols. According to McBee, Having coached at hard work in practice Nevada, Stanford and and a desire to prove his now LSU, Johnson is a Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon newly given scholarship journeyman coach of drives his game to reach Melvin Goins moves past a Vanderbilt sorts. While he has greater heights. relocated three times defender on Jan 15. Goins, who scored 15 “You have to come in his 11 years, this into practice every day points against UConn on Jan. 22, was one does not diminish his to get better,” McBee of the lone bright spots in the Vols’ 72-61 capabilities as the lead man — he has said. “I’ve just been get- loss. been named conferting into the gym, working and trying to get an extra shot. I’ve started to ence coach of the year with each of his three teams. Needless to say, the Tigers will rally around their find a new level of confidence, and that’s helped us win more games.”

coach Wednesday night and will look to him for success. This reliance is not foreign to the players, and Johnson spoke to that on Monday. “If I have to be a psychiatrist after how we’ve played and competed in the last two games, they don’t care,” Johnson said. “I fully expect us to compete very, very hard on Wednesday. “If we make a couple of shots, we’ll have our chances, but Tennessee is without question a very good basketball team, probably as talented a team in this league. You don’t beat Villanova and Pittsburgh and Georgia on the road without being very talented and skilled. We need to make sure we get off the deck and compete at a high level.” Unfortunately for the Tigers, talented freshman guard and leading scorer Ralston Turner, who had a handful of SEC offers, as well as an offer from Notre Dame, is out with a stress reaction in his foot until later in the week. LSU will need support from highly touted freshman forward Matt Derenbecker. The former fourstar recruit has been inconsistent but has had strong outings in LSU’s two conference wins against Auburn and Arkansas (15 points and eight rebounds, and 12 points and six rebounds, respectively.) Derenbecker seems to have embraced an opportunity to shine offensively with Turner’s injury over the past four games. He put up a team-high 14 points in the blowout loss at home against Ole Miss. He valued effort and hustle over sheer talent after the loss and in preparation for Wednesday night’s game against the Vols. “The last two games have been embarrassing,” said Derenbecker. “We’ve been dominated in all aspects of the game … We’re not talented enough to come into league play and just try to rely on our talent and not rely on hustle and out-rebound like we did the first two (SEC) games.” Despite promising talent from this young LSU team, both the Tigers and the Vols are in need of a decisive victory Wednesday. The Vols will point to continued strong play, both offensively and defensively, from senior guard Melvin Goins as the Tigers lack depth at the guard position. Not only will home-court advantage play a factor in the outcome, but Tennessee is also bigger, faster and more experienced.

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