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Author, UT alumna shares writings I-House focuses on Saudi Arabian culture this week Kelsey Ray Staff Writer
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Pamela Schoenewaldt, far right, meets with fellow author Heather Newton and a fan, Kathy, during a book signing on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. Schoenewaldt, author of “When We Were Strangers,” recently read from her novel at the Writers in the Library event in Hodges Library.
Taylor McElroy Staff Writer “Don’t die alone Erma,” was one of the first sentences uttered for UT’s own former creative writing teacherturned-novelist, Pamela Schoenewaldt. The audience’s eyes never left her as she coaxed their ears with a story of an Italian immigrant experience. On Monday Jan. 23, Schoenewaldt presented and read excerpts from her book, “When We Were Strangers.” Immediately following her reading, accompanied by Marina MaccariClayton, she led a quick question-andanswer portion where she discussed her writing process, the most difficult aspects of the book and most importantly, the socio-economic importance that comes from immigrants. Her novel kicked off this semester’s
Authors in the Library series sponsored by UT’s Department of English. “When We Were Strangers” tells a story of young Erma’s 1880s journey from her homeland of Opie, Italy to America. “While the genre is historical fiction, it still manages to open windows to the past, yet it’s accessible enough to be recognizable,” Schoenewaldt said. The idea for the novel occurred during her stint in Italy from the ‘90s to 2000. “I was immediately struck by the beauty and isolation,” Schoenewaldt said. “I kept envisioning a young person who only knew this place, feeling trapped, but also overwhelmed by the fear of leaving somewhere they’ve never left. “The most challenging part came as the main character becomes a vic-
tim of sexual violence. I had to empathize with the perpetrator of the act. It is much harder to go to the dark place.” The Q-and-A session started off with the author explaining one of the greatest examples of irony in history, its common belief that immigrants were easily accepted by other immigrants. In reality, there was a lot of isolation even among those who were strangers in the new country. Some interesting statistics given by Maccari-Clayton were that about 50 percent of historians who study immigrants are also immigrants or children of immigrants. She feels that the hardest part in studying these things is having to separate one’s own personal experience from other people’s experiences. See WRITERS on Page 3
countries, but a light golden-yellow. A plate of dates was offered as finger food to the guests. The process of making the specialized coffee can take anywhere from half an hour to three hours, depending on the quantity being made. Although a special kind of coffee pot is used for creating the mixture, a thermos works just as well for carrying it around. However, the coffee is typically taken in small amounts due to its potency. The traditional cups used are small and fit between the index finger and the thumb. Alkohaiz said having four or five cups during your first go is said to keep you from sleeping. Coffee is made in the mornings and evenings with family meals. In the spirit of hospitality, guests are served this coffee as well. Additionally, the beverage is served before meals, not after.
Mohammed Alkohaiz, a student through the English Language Institute and native of Saudi Arabia, shared an important aspect of his culture surrounding Arabic coffee with students and faculty on Tuesday evening in the International House Great Room. “In my country, when getting married, the first question asked to the woman is if she knows how to make coffee,” Alkohaiz said. Students and faculty quietly sipped at their coffee during the presentation. The ingredients lay on a table between the speaker and the audience. Coffee beans from Brazil, Yemen and Ethiopia, saffron from Iran, cardamom and cloves were some of the ingredients used. The color of the coffee is not black, like in most Western See SAUDI ARABIA on Page 3
BCC brings back opera series to campus
Jasmine Green Staff Writer
On Jan. 21, the Black Cultural Center and The Knoxville Opera hosted African American Voices. The series gives the public the opportunity to personally meet three of the most famous AfricanAmerican males in the opera industry. The artists sang two songs that were followed by a discussion of their journey to fame, along with a question-and-answer session. The first African American Voices program was held last semester in October. The first artist to kick off the series was Kevin Thompson. Noah Stewart, the second featured host, highlighted the event on Saturday. Both Stewart and Thompson are graduates of the Juilliard School in New York. The school specializes in dance, drama and music, and students have to audition before being accepted. Michael Austin will be the last featured artist during the month of April. Austin is internationally known for his roles as Otello, along with countless
other operas. The audiences of these events have been mostly adults. “More young people should definitely come out to programs like this because it can only benefit them,” Frederick Wagner, a member of The Knoxville Opera choir, said. “Opera isn’t boring, it’s storytelling because you’re learning others’ culture as you listen.” Stewart is a Harlem native who grew up with no intentions of becoming a singer. He had plans of being an engineer because his favorite subjects were math and science. “I was a just a regular kid that went to school and played sports on the side to stay out of the streets,” Stewart said. As a teenager, his interest in music peaked. He then decided to try out for the choir, and has been singing ever since. Stewart looked to opera as an alternative path toward success. “It was another option to succeed other than becoming a rapper or sports player, and I was good at it,” he said.
Stewart’s forte in opera has given him countless opportunities to succeed in what he loves. He had to miss his own graduation from Juilliard for a performance in Germany. However, opera is not Stewart’s only specialty. He has also sung back-up vocals for pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Hootie and the Blowfish and Coolio. Stewart has also done voice-overs for Sesame Street, along with other school television specials. Stewart even dreams to one day sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. When asked to give advice to students on success Stewart said, “What’s for you is for you. You’ll get your chance, just be ready when it comes.” Stewart will be performing the musical drama Romeo and Juliette on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. The final dress rehearsal, on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m., is open to all students free of charge, courtesy of Comcast sponsorship. Upcoming events for Stewart include the release of his opera album in the spring. To keep track of Noah Stewart, follow his blog on Noahofficial.com as well as his Twitter @noahsoffical.
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1788 — Australia Day On January 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 George Richardson• The Daily Beacon than 700 were convicts, around Africa to Students ascend stairs lit by the bright, sunny day in the University Center on the eastern side of Australia. In all, the Wednesday, Jan 25. 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 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 fair-minded 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
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“anniversary of the foundation of the colony” with “drinking and merriment.” Finally, in 1818, January 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. 1945 — Audie Murphy wounded On this day, the most decorated man of the war, American Lt. Audie Murphy, is wounded in France. Born the son of Texas sharecroppers on June 20, 1924, Murphy served three years of active duty, beginning as a private, rising to the rank of staff sergeant, and finally winning a battlefield commission to 2nd lieutenant. He was wounded three times, fought in nine major campaigns across Europe, and was credited with killing 241 Germans. He won 37 medals and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit, and the Croix de Guerre (with palm). Upon returning to the States, Murphy was invited to Hollywood by Jimmy Cagney, who saw the war hero’s picture on the cover of Life magazine. By 1950, Murphy won an acting contract with Universal Pictures. In his most famous role, he played himself in the monumentally successful To Hell and Back. Perhaps as interesting as his film career was his public admission that he suffered severe depression from post traumatic stress syndrome, also called battle fatigue, and became addicted to sleeping pills as a result. This had long been a taboo subject for veterans. Murphy died in a plane crash while on a business trip in 1971. He was 46. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Health society seeks new members Andi Overby Staff Writer Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, the world’s largest organization committed to premedical scholarship, is seeking new members for spring semester. UT’s Beta chapter is now one of 171 branches that brings students together who are pursuing careers in the medical field. AED recognizes achievement in premedical education, promotes communication between students and medical professionals, and uses the intelligence of its members for the good of the community. Members of the Beta chapter volunteer at the local Ronald McDonald House and have been involved with other philanthropic organizations such as The National Kidney Foundation. “(It’s) a chance to learn from your peers and doctors in the community about how to become a medical professional,” Greg Spencer, AED president, said. Spencer, a senior pre-dentistry major, deemed the honor society as a prominent national organization. “I personally joined because it gave me some direction and upperclassmen to talk to about the process of getting into a medical professional school,” Spencer said. AED offers its members a variety of services, such as a panel of judges who talk about what extra curricular activities they are involved in and internships they have had so that students can create well-rounded resumes. Interviews with career services also benefit hopeful scholars. The honor society is an opportunity for students, both undergraduate and graduate, to connect with their peers
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Schoenewaldt then transitioned into how many of us are immigrants even if we never leave our own country. Especially now that the immigrant population is close to what it was in the 1880s, it seemed to beg the question: what defines “home?” A passage from her book stated, “Once you cross the ocean you’re always on the wrong side.” “The time of native people being the majority is just a moment in time,” Schoenewaldt said. “Since immigration
through programs and events related to their major. “They are learning about other alternatives in health professions that may be beyond just medicine,” chapter adviser Mary Anne Hoskins said. Hoskins believes that the honor society is beneficial to students. “Students have the opportunity to network with one another and get ideas from one another about how to prepare and study for the MCATS,” Hoskins said. AED kicked off its spring semester Tuesday night with a Teach for America event in the UC. There they talked about their national convention that will be held in Cincinnati this March. Alpha Epsilon Delta’s national chapter, the Tennessee Beta chapter and the College of Arts and Sciences have teamed up to make the trip more affordable for members. Students who wish to attend the convention may contact Hoskins for more information. Membership to AED requires that each student be a pre-health major and have three full semesters of college coursework complete. Students who do not meet the 45hour requirement are given an opportunity to pledge the organization and attend meetings. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and a math and science GPA of 3.20 are also required. Students who have met the national GPA requirement still have the opportunity to apply as a full member for the Spring Semester through the end of next week. The application can be found on its UT website, http://web.utk.edu/~aed/joining.html, and should be submitted to the Arts and Sciences Advising Office in 313 Ayres Hall.
is such a heated topic I hoped (through her book) to give perspective on what it would be like to move to a country that is unwelcoming.” As the night came to a close, the audience was suddenly more aware of the connectedness this story brings. “I’m going to go buy the book soon,” Olivia Steely, sophomore in journalism and electronic media, said. “Historical fiction is my favorite genre; it’s so interesting, because it’s what makes up America. I thought it was fascinating how Dr. Maccari-Clayton was an immigrant too. It was an interesting combination between the author herself, and the woman who lived it.”
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“To be honest, I knew nothing about Arab culture, so it was really neat to learn about it,” Mindy Reed, a freshman in psychology, said. Alkohaiz weaved elements of his culture into the short presentation. Women and men, for example, drink coffee in separate places. However, before the oil revolution, both genders shared the experience together. Although the attendance was small, the reception was positive. Katie Brown, freshman in psychology, gained an interest in Saudi Arabian culture from the presentation. “From what I experienced tonight, I would really love to experience more of Saudi Arabian culture,” Brown said. The International House has hosted activities every day of week. Saudi Arabia Week kicked off on Monday at the I-House with a showing of the film “Keif Al-Hal.” Wednesday, Jan. 25 is Saudi Arabia Culture Night, which begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Presentations, music, a dance performance and a Saudi Arabian meal will be available with the purchase of a $5 ticket from the I-House front desk. On Thursday, Jan. 26, Patrick W. Ryan will lecture on the relation between Saudi Arabia and American interests in the Middle East. Ryan has served as the editor-in-chief of Saudi-U.S. Relations Information Service and was the President of Tennessee World Affairs Council. Unlike the Culture Night, the lecture is free and runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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Somewhere... Hopefully Randomness permeates everyday life Preston Peeden Managing Editor I woke up 20 minutes late yesterday. I jumped out of bed, grabbed a quick shower, scarfed down a PopTart and ran out the door. I had to double back once I reached the elevator to grab my keys. By the time I reached the ground floor and saw the sunrise shining in, I realized that this was too good of a day to try to drive, so I decided to walk to class. And it was on that walk that I ran into an old friend. We crossed paths on the Strip as he was walking down 17th towards Oodles of Noodles. He was someone I had known well in middle school, but not seen since 2004 when his family moved to Illinois. Last I had heard from him was that he was going to Eastern Michigan University. Regardless of all that, he was standing in front of me. At first we shuffled our feet, looking around awkwardly, grasping at the straws of an overly-formalized conversation. But after only a minute or two, we started joking about the overbite of one of our swim coaches from back in the day, and like that everything came back to us. We both remembered stories, people and circumstances that the two of us had experienced together and had not spoken about in over seven years. By the end of the conversation, I found out that he had transferred back to UT, and now we’re going to have lunch before the end of the week. With this chance encounter, I discovered a new love of mine. I love random chance. To me, nothing is more interesting and more unfathomable than the intricacies of the most random and minor events in our everyday lives. Looking back at my meet-up with my friend, I couldn’t help but think about how close it was to not even happening at all. If I had woken up on time, decided to make breakfast, remembered my keys or driven to work, then my day would have been different. If I had followed my regular daily routine, then I would have never even known that my friend was back in town, let alone that he was still the same person that he was when he left. When some people hear the words “random
chance,” they assume I’m going to go on some atheist-riddled rant about how the only guiding force in life is coincidence, and that nothing exists outside of it. But this is not how I view chance. To me, chance is a web made up of all the actions in the world. It isn’t a vertical structure necessarily, with everything coming from some power on high, but rather the collection of all the horizontal-level interactions in the world. It is every person’s actions, decisions, missteps and movements. Random chance encompasses everyone and everything. The existence and prevalence of a power above us isn’t necessary, nor is it obsolete. The system works either way. And for me, this is where part of the beauty of random chance lies. When life is random, it is fair. There are no biases, prejudices or inequalities in random circumstances. Life happens with no strings attached. There is no other situation or decision in the world that this statement can be made. There are strings attached to everything; there are preconceived notions and ideas that permeate every facet of the world that people try to control. But our control doesn’t extend to randomness. When things are random, when people give up their ability to control the circumstances around them and simply go with what is happening, they live in a world governed by incorruptible randomness. They live in a fair world. Through random chance, we are all connected. It is in the simple movements of our days, the ones that we take for granted, that random chances show their reach, as they can affect and shape not only our own lives, but also the lives of others. The culmination of actions to create a car wreck is more than being completely dependent on one person (this is not to say that the blame for the accident can’t be traced back to one person), but rather it takes two objects, two people and two separate paths to come together to form an accident. Like it or not, our lives are in some way governed by chance. There are aspects that we can’t control. And though we might try to ignore randomness, we can’t help but be affected by it. All we can do is accept that fact and live in the moments of chance that permeate ourselves. What will be, will be. Like Julius Caesar said, “Alea iacta est.” “The dye is cast,” and there is not much else left to do about it. — Preston Peeden is a junior in history. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Catching up with Peyton Manning C ommit tee o f I n f ra ct i o n s by
Greg Bearringer Life cannot be very good for UT’s own Peyton Manning right now. For those of you who don’t follow the NFL very closely, here is a recap of the last year in the life of Manning. Last summer: There are rumors that Manning and his wife Ashley are on the fritz; turns out they were trying (and succeeding) to hide the impending birth of twins, little girl Mosley (seriously) and little boy Marshall. (Note: I am pretty sure that Manning was happy about this part.) Manning has neck surgery even though the lockout will keep Manning from working with team trainers. Manning negotiates a contract that includes a clause allowing the Colts to cut him following the 2011-2012 season with minimal salary cap implications. Certainly, all parties involved assumed this fail-safe, in case the surgery didn’t work, would be a mere formality come March. That neck surgery turns out to be a big deal. News leaks out that Manning will miss at least the first two months of the NFL season. Last fall: Manning watches as the Colts, to put it plainly, suck really bad. The situation is made all the worse since General Manager Bill Polian, who drafted Manning and built effective teams around him, is about as media friendly as Oscar the Grouch at 80 with a heavy drinking problem. This may not have mattered except coach Jim Caldwell turned out to be a barely sentient tree person. The local media decided all the discourtesy Polian had shown them over the years was too much. They attack him. Also, there is Andrew Luck looking like Manning while leading Stanford to a BCS bowl. Manning stays upbeat as he misses the whole season waiting for some nerve to regenerate, which is never a guarantee. This winter: Manning hears Jim Irsay claim that the Colts will draft Luck even if Manning is healthy. For Manning, that means two unappetizing propositions. 1: The Colts draft Luck and keep
Manning, which hinders the Colts from improving the team Manning might be starting for. 2: The Colts cut Manning before the next season, leaving Manning on the open market with a host of other teams who want him but have to ask, “If he was healthy, would the Colts have cut him?” In the middle of a conversation about his off-season rehab with Polian, the long-time general manager is summoned to Irsay’s office to be fired. New boss Ryan Grigson is hired about a week later, and most of the coaching staff is fired, retires or leaves to accept other jobs. Rob Lowe tweets that Manning will retire. After all that, Manning has to watch over the next few weeks as his little brother’s Giants and arch-nemesis Tom Brady take over his practice facility to prepare for the Super Bowl in the stadium he is largely responsible for. It is hard to blame him for complaining about the state of the franchise (especially since we know one week into his job, the new GM hadn’t bothered to call Manning). “It’s not a real good environment down there right now,” he said. Duh. OK, so Manning isn’t exactly a tragic hero. The man has made hundreds of millions of dollars, has two healthy kids and a very attractive wife. But as a long-time Colts fan, I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a better way to handle the dismantling of a franchise. Within a few weeks, the Colts will have their new head coach and soon after the infrastructure will be back. Over the next month, Manning will find out his fate, and maybe he will come back as the unquestioned leader of the Colts, especially if they trade the number one overall pick for a bevy of young talent or draft picks. Maybe it is a good time for the best player in Indianapolis Colts history to move on, go to a franchise that already has a team he can compete with right away, like the Jets. But I cannot believe that this was the best way to manage the franchise, to leave Manning as the figurehead even while his own fate was uncertain. Perhaps both parties will come out for the better, and Manning will have a successful swan song as the Colts get the next great QB. All I know is that if anything less than that happens, it will be Mr. Irsay’s fault, not Manning’s. — Gregory Bearringer is a graduate student in medieval studies. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Do you like obscure music, being really confused and feeling totally out of place? Then Knoxville’s Pilot Light is the place for you. The Pilot Light is this little hole-in-the-wall music venue and bar on East Jackson Avenue in the Old City, right next door to the Knoxville Pearl, a.k.a. the cereal bar. Seems like nearly every night of the week, they have a show of some obscure band you have probably never heard of. I have been multiple times, and it seems like every time I go I remember how much I don’t like it. Seems like unless you have heard of the band and enjoy it or you go to see your friend’s band, it’s a loud, dark, crowded disappointment. I definitely recommend going at least once though, because taking in the whole atmosphere is an experience within itself. But you probably won’t want to come back. According to their website, they have had a sizable handful of major acts come through their doors — including the Black Keys, Bon Iver, Elf Power, Matt & Kim, Cat Power, the War on Drugs, Wavves, the Dirty Projectors, the Mountain Goats and from my freshman year Best Coast and Cults. But with way over 2,000 bands having graced that stage in 11 years, statistically speaking you’re bound to land a handful of good, successful bands. I have seen some really great acts play there, but I have also seen an even greater number of just plain laughably awful ones. For instance: scream-o repetition of the phrase, “DIE, DOLPHIN, DIE,” leading to a guy on stage singing a cappella “Ave Maria” while rubbing his hands all over his chest and taking off his tie dye shirt that reads, “This is not dubstep.” And then he played dubstep. The crowd seems to enjoy the good acts and the really bad ones just the same, though. In both cases everyone is bobbing his head and jumping up and down and all around. I always have to wonder: Do these people not hear the same thing I’m hearing?
Do they like the way the inside of their heads feel after someone has been screaming into the microphone for 45 minutes straight? It could be that everyone is just really drunk and that you have to be pretty far-gone to enjoy this music. People buy drinks, but it doesn’t seem like anyone’s chugging the beer, so I don’t know what it is. Maybe these bands are so weird that they’re cool. Maybe I just don’t understand. But it’s really hard to want to come back after getting fallen on and hit in the face and kicked in the shins by members of a violently thrashing mosh pit, and after usually not being able to detect any discernible melody or beat from the raging amalgamation of sound, and after having to wait for every show to start for at least an hour, usually almost two. But obviously the Pilot Light has to be doing something right. They have been around for over 11 years and show no signs of stopping. People always come to the shows and buy beer and seem to enjoy themselves. And it is really nice to have a venue for local bands to share their music and practice performing in front of crowds. But when most of the bands they schedule sound exactly the same (i.e., loud), it just gets to be kind of embarrassing. Pilot Light has a whole lot of potential to be a really cool, well-known, with-it independent music venue. If they ran a sanitary wipe across the benches every once in awhile, or maybe even put some soap in the bathroom, it would be more appealing. Or — here’s a crazy suggestion — start shows when they are advertised to start instead of an hour and a half later. But maybe that’s the point: They don’t want to be well-known or cool or with-it. I guess the cool thing is to not be cool. The feel of the Pilot Light is one of sanctimonious irony and unceasing apathy. At some point though, their complete lack of concern for how they are perceived as a business just gets exhausting. But making some minor changes to the feel of the place and adding a little more professionalism would attract a more diverse group of bands and music lovers from all around the area and make the Pilot Light a Knoxville destination we could really be proud of. — Lindsay Lee is a sophomore in mathematics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In annual address, Obama focuses on economy, taxes The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor, promising to tax the wealthy more and help jobless Americans get work and hang onto their homes. Seeking reelection and needing results, the president invited Republicans to join him but warned, “I intend to fight.” In an emphatic State of the Union address, Obama said ensuring a fair shot for all Americans is “the defining issue of our time.” He said the economy is finally recovering from a deep and painful recession and he will fight any effort to return to policies that brought it low. “We’ve come too far to turn back now,” he declared. Obama outlined a vastly different vision for fixing the country than the one pressed by the Republicans confronting him in Congress and fighting to take his job in the November election. He pleaded for an active government that ensures economic fairness for everyone, just as his opponents demand that the government back off and let the free market rule. Obama offered steps to help students afford college, a plan for more struggling homeowners to refinance their homes and tax cuts for manufacturers. He threw in politically appealing references to accountability, including warning universities they will lose federal aid if they don't stop tuition from soaring. Standing in front of a divided Congress, with bleak hope this election year for much of his legislative agenda, Obama spoke with voters in mind. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” Obama said. “Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” A rare wave of unity splashed over the House chamber at the start. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, survivor of an assassination attempt one year ago, received sustained applause from her peers and cheers of “Gabby, Gabby, Gabby.” She blew a kiss to the podium. Obama embraced her. Lawmakers leapt to their feet when Obama said near the start of his speech that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, killed by a raid authorized by the president, will no longer threaten
America. At the core of Obama’s address was the improving but deeply wounded economy — the matter still driving Americans’ anxiety and the one likely to determine the next presidency. “The state of our union is getting stronger,” Obama said, calibrating his words as millions remain unemployed. Implicit in his declaration that the American dream is “within our reach” was the recognition that, after three years of an Obama presidency, the country is not there yet. He spoke of restoring basic goals: owning a home, earning enough to raise a family, putting a little money away for retirement. “We can do this,” Obama said. “I know we can.” He said Americans are convinced that “Washington is broken,” but he also said it wasn't too late to cooperate on important matters. Republicans were not impressed. They applauded infrequently, though they did cheer when the president quoted “Republican Abraham Lincoln” as saying: “That government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves — and no more.” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, offering the formal GOP response, called Obama’s policies “pro-poverty” and his tactics divisive. “No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others,” Daniels said after the president’s address. In a signature swipe at the nation’s growing income gap, Obama called for a new minimum tax rate of at least 30 percent on anyone making over $1 million. Many millionaires — including one of his chief rivals, Republican Mitt Romney — pay a rate less than that because they get most of their income from investments, which are taxed at a lower rate. “Now you can call this class warfare all you want,” Obama said, responding to a frequent criticism from the GOP presidential field. “But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.” Obama calls this the “Buffett rule,” named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who has said it’s unfair that his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does. Emphasizing the point, Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, attended the address in first lady Michelle Obama’s box. Obama underlined every proposal with the idea that hard work and responsibility still count.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
What: Stars on Stage: Tennessee Legends Featuring Loretta Lynn Where: Tennessee Theatre When: 8 p.m. How much: $47.00 - $127.00 Our take: The Queen of Country plays in this rescheduled benefit for the Tennessee Theatre. Witness a living legend and help keep Knoxville’s most beautiful performance venue running.
Saturday, January 28 Thursday, January 26 What: Soweto Gospel Choir Where: Tennessee Theatre When: 8 p.m. How much: $19.50 - $39.50 Our take: Grammy-winning African ensemble performs in six languages. See it.
What: Fine Penduncle with Gmaez, Heatstroke, Methdad Where: Pilot Light When: 10 p.m. How much: $5 Our take: Knoxville’s foremost MC of the carnal variety, Penduncle’s presence should literally be the only incentive you need to show up.
What: MiMOSA with Kastle, Wick-It the Instigator, Negitive Feedback Where: The Valarium When: 9 p.m. How much: $16 ($3 surcharge for patrons under 21) Our take: West Coast producers brings brostep to Knoxville’s brostep emporium. It could use more drop. What: Les Ballet Trockadero Where: Clarence Brown Theatre When: 7:30 p.m. How much: $5 UT students / $25 general public Our take: All-male troupe challenges traditional ideas about ballet. Brought to you by the Cultural Attractions Committee.
Friday, January 27 What: Faux Ferocious with Mother Mange Where: Pilot Light When: 10 p.m. How much: $5 Our take: Hometown boys by way of Nashville kick jams which befit their name, under no false pretenses.
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What: Taboo Where: The Valarium When: 9 p.m. How much: N/A Our take: The Valarium’s fancy dress tradition continues with minderasing drinks and the dubiously named Orgasmasaurus. What: The Movement with Fat Penguin Where: The Cider House When: 9 p.m. How much: $7 advance / $10 door Our take: Quartet mixes rock, reggae and hip-hop. The foul spawn of Sublime crawls towards Bethlehem to be born, brah.
Sunday, January 29 What: KSO Chamber Classics Present Bach & Vivaldi Where: Bijou Theatre When: 2:30 p.m. How much: $11.00 - $32.00 Our take: An afternoon of selections by two masters brought to you by Knoxville’s world-class symphony orchestra.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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No. 9 softball preparing for season Kelsey Floyd garners Gibson just finished helping the U.S. softball team pull off big wins in the summer and fall, helping America to the World Cup of Softball title and the Pan American The Tennessee Lady Vols softball team practiced at Games title. The recently announced 2012 Team USA Senior Sherri Parker Lee Stadium this week. The team, ranked No. 9 preseason by ESPN, worked on national team member said she was excited about the pitching, as well as working in some of its incoming fresh- Lady Vols’ upcoming season, but that she wanted to work more on the team’s chemistry and communication. man, such as Cheyanne Tarango. “It’s all about learning, “I think we had about playing with each an average practice other,” Gibson said. defensively but a Playing alongside Gibson really good practice is Raven Chavanne, who finon the mound,” coished fifth in the nation in head coach Ralph batting average last season Weekly said. at .455. The standout junior Weekly said the was selected to try out for Lady Vols needed one of the last five spots on work in certain the 2012 senior national areas before their team in the spring. opener, but overall Chavanne’s and Gibson’s was pleased with (.420) batting averages led how well the players the Lady Vols, while UT led were coming along the nation in the same cateand can tell they’re gory (.348). ready for the season Weekly needs just 35 to begin. more wins to reach 500 “This time of career victories with UT; year, when you’re his race to the milestone getting ready to begins with UC-Santa play, you tend to be Barbara in Tempe, Ariz., on tired of playing each Feb. 9, and he can tell the other,” Weekly said. Lady Vols are ready to get “They’re excited Jake Wheeler • The Daily Beacon the season going. and locked on.” When asked if he was Tarango showed she could be a bat- Players and coaches on the UT softball team watch from the ready, Weekly smiled and ting threat as well dugout during a game against Mississippi State at Lee said, “I’m ready; I’m as this season after this Stadium on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The No. 9-ranked Lady ready as I can be. I’d like us past Saturday. Vols look to get back into the swing of things, beginning to be perfect, but I realize this is not the time to be Playing with the U.S. practices for the upcoming spring season. perfect; we need to just softball junior team in Anaheim Hills, Calif., the native’s go-ahead grand slam keep working. “But I’m proud of them and they’re working hard and helped the U.S. beat Japan, 4-1 in the ISF World putting forth a great effort so that’s all I can ask.” Championship. The freshman pitcher is working into the Lady Vols pitching rotation with returnees Hosfield and the Renfroe sisters, Ellen and Ivy, who combined for all 49 pitching wins last season for the Big Orange and are showing they’re still going strong. “The pitchers were really strong today and I was really pleased,” Weekly said. “The first part of practice was pitchers and I thought (Ivy and Ellen Renfroe, Cheyanne Tarango and Cat Hosfield) did really well.” UT’s only departure, Kelley Grieve, leaves center field wide open for young players to win a starting spot as teammates look on. “Everybody in the outfield is doing great,” second baseman Lauren Gibson said. “They’re working hard and just trying to win a spot.”
SEC Swimmer of Week honors Staff Reports
The Southeastern Conference rewarded Tennessee junior swimmer Kelsey Floyd for her efforts against Georgia on Saturday, as the league announced Tuesday that the Lexington, Ky., native has been tabbed the SEC Female Swimmer of the Week. Against the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs, Floyd won every event she competed in, while also notching NCAA B-cut times in four events. Floyd swept the fly events, along with swimming legs on the victorious 200y medley and 400y free relay squads. Her 200y fly time of 1:56.50 is the eighth-best mark in UT history, ranks first in the SEC and 12th nationally. Floyd won the 100y fly event after touching in at 53.59 seconds. She has now swept both fly events in all three dual
meet in which she has competed in those two events this year. Floyd, along with Jenny Connolly, Molly Hannis and Caroline Simmons recorded the third fastest 200y medley time in the conference versus UGA. The readout of 1:39.01 was also the fastest time in an SEC dual meet this season and tied for ninth nationally. The 400y free relay clocking of 3:19.22 was a season best for the Lady Vols, along with being the 13th-best time in the country and the second fastest this past week. Joining Floyd on the 400 FR were Connolly, Simmons and Lindsay Gendron. Tennessee will host No. 9 Florida on Saturday in its dual meet finale. It will be Senior Day for the Lady Vols, with the meet beginning at 11 a.m. ET, which is a change from the originally scheduled start time of noon.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Hot 3-point shooting leads Vandy over Vols, 65-47 Staff Reports NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vols suffered a 65-47 defeat at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. Jeronne Maymon led Tennessee with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jeffery Taylor topped the Commodores (15-5, 5-1 SEC) with 23 points and nine rebounds. John Jenkins added 16 points. Tennessee (9-11, 1-4) was coming off a huge win over defending NCAA Champion UConn last Saturday in Knoxville, but couldn’t carry the winning ways to the road where the Vols are now 0-6 on the season. Cuonzo Martin even debuted his version of the legendary orange blazer at the game, but it couldn’t stir up the magic for Tennessee. Vanderbilt scored the game’s first nine points and never looked back as the Vols battled but couldn’t cut the deficit below double-figures after the game’s first nine minutes. Turnovers were debilitating for Tennessee as Vanderbilt converted 25 Vol miscues into 30 points. Tennessee had 10 turnovers in the game’s first 10 minutes. The Vols shot just 35.3 from the floor and didn’t make a 3-pointer on Josh Richardson canned one with 6:34 left in the game, finishing 1-of10 from trifecta land. Conversely, Vanderbilt shot 42.6 from the floor and made 44.4 percent from 3-point land (8-of-18). Jarnell Stokes started for the second game in a row and had six points and 10 rebounds. Yemi Makanjuola had his second-best scoring game with seven points before being ejected for a flagrant foul late in the game. During the second half, Vanderbilt led by as many as 27 points as they
doubled the Vols at 54-27 on a fastbreak 3-pointer by Jenkins with 10:57 left in the game. That margin was the largest margin Tennessee trailed by all season. Vanderbilt led 40-21 at halftime thanks to 49-percent shooting from the floor and holding the Vols to just 29.2 percent. It was Tennessee’s largest halftime deficit of the season. Down by 20, the Vols went on a mini 6-0 run to get back into the game at 30-16 on a dunk by Trae Golden with 4:37 left in the first half. But Vanderbilt retaliated with an 8-0 spurt to take a 22-point advantage at 38-16 with 1:32 left on a dunk by Brad Tinsley. The Vols struggled mightly on both ends of the floor early on, falling behind 26-8 with 6:54 left. Tennessee committed 11 turnovers in the first 12 minutes and missed 12 of their first 15 shots from the floor without making a 3-pointer. A Stokes basket with 6:33 left in the first half gave the Vols their first field goal in more than eight minutes. Vanderbilt answered with the next two hoops to balloon its lead to 20 at 30-10. Vanderbilt opened the game on a 9-0 run in the first 3:30 as the Vols missed their first two shots and had four turnovers. Ray Mears was the first coach to don the trademark coat during his tenure, debuting it in 1962 when he was hired. Every coach since Mears with the exception of Kevin O’Neill is believed to have worn an orange blazer at some point during their tenure with the Vols (Don DeVoe, Wade Houston, Jerry Green, Buzz Peterson and Bruce Pearl). The Vols return home to host Auburn on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Vol Network.
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Vols defensive lineman Malik Jackson has been added to the Senior Bowl roster for this Saturday's game in Mobile, Ala. He is the 118th Vol all-time to play in the prestigious game. The 2011 game is set for 3 p.m. Central time (4 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.