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Study abroad meeting encourages immersion Study abroad meeting encourages immersion Matt Miller Staff Writer
Leaving one familiar culture and moving into an alien one is difficult for almost anyone. Despite this daunting idea, students like Rochelle Breen, a senior in linguistics, have taken that step and feel that they are better people for it. One of the largest barriers between cultures is language. Many students choose to not study abroad because of this barrier. “Usually, if you’re in a different culture, where they speak a different language, if you try to learn the language, people will try harder to help you out,” Rochelle said. Even with this help, Rochelle acknowledged that not knowing the language was sometimes difficult and frustrating. Topics and questions such as these were answered and discussed in the study abroad meeting, Thursday, Jan. 24. This is the first year that the study abroad meeting has assembled. Taking place at the International House, it gave students a chance to get answers to questions about the university’s Study Abroad Program from Tyler D’Andrea, an institutional relations manager at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and Heather Grigsby, the programs abroad coordinator at UT. CIEE is one of the leading student exchange programs in the world. It’s been around for over 60 years, and now has exchange and study abroad programs in 41 countries. D’Andrea became interested in working for the study abroad programs at the University of Florida. Having studied abroad himself, both in high school and college, he decided that he wanted to help students have the same experiences that he had.
Students said afterward that the meeting was a small get-together that provided a lot of insight into what the program is and how it works. During the meeting, D’Andrea talked about the experiences that the program could offer. Short-term programs, such as the summer program, give students a feel for what it is like to be in another culture. These short, one- to two-month experiences allow for a break in the normal, everyday life that students have and give them an inside look into another way of life. D’Andrea also talked about the longterm programs, such as the semester sessions or year-long sessions. He made it clear that these programs allow for students to completely immerse themselves in another culture. “The things you gain on a study abroad program, you can’t get in any other experience,” D’Andrea said. “From my experience, and from other people’s experiences, the Study Abroad Program opens your eyes and it changes how you view the world and how you view yourself.” Different cities have different programs. Though many of the programs focus on business, there are other programs for all interests, including the arts, public health, communications, environmental studies and more. There is even a screenwriting program in Prague. This meeting helped students who attended understand more about what the Study Abroad Program is and how it can help them have an incredible experience. Though the Study Abroad Fair happens every year, this new meeting allowed students to get specialized, and get personal answers to specific questions.
Online ‘vine’ spreads campus news Sara Jung Staff Writer
There’s a new events publication on campus. Volunteer Vine, more commonly known as The Vine, was started by UT students for UT students in November 2011 and is growing in full force. “The Vine is a one-stop shop for all things Knoxville,” Ava Gunter, senior in marketing and The Vine’s managing editor, said. Gunter and Brandon Swinford, marketing director for The Vine, had the idea for a website where students could find out about events not only on campus, but also around Knoxville. “We noticed people were just stuck in the Fort and going to the same parties without any idea about what was happening outside of the Fort,” Swinford, junior in psychology, said. “We wanted a way to encourage people to get plugged into more holism, varied activities, like
going outside and experiencing the Knoxville community.” “(The Vine’s mission is) to promote an active lifestyle across UT’s campus and contribute to the well-being of the community,” Gunter said. “Overall, to increase the happiness of our readers.” “We’ve found that the best way to follow our mission is to practice what we preach, to get out and do things on and off campus, all around Knoxville, that we think are cool and make us happy,” Swinford said. Gunter and Swinford approached students Andy Pigg, Dan Hood and Bob Boyd, and asked for help with the start-up, format and innovative ideas for The Vine. “We wanted something simple and unique in its own right,” Swinford said. “It was hard trying to come up with something people haven’t seen before.” See VINE on Page 2
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Tyler D’Andrea from the study abroad program Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) talks to students on Jan. 24 about possible choices of studying abroad. CIEE is one of the many programs that students can choose to study abroad through. Going through a program like CIEE typically makes the process easier on a student.
Dorms successful with urging students to conserve energy Justin Joo Staff Writer
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Students and resident assistants from the Apartment Residence Hall show off the “MO Green” POWER Challenge Trophy that they won during the POWER Challenge. The United Resident Hall Council and the Office of Sustainability co-sponsored the challenge during October, with the total cost savings being $36,287.
Architecture professor honored TaylorMcelroy Staff Writer
UT professor Brian Ambroziak’s passion and dedication allowed him to be chosen as the winner of the 2011 American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Educator Honor Award. The AIAS jury was impressed with his role in students’ lives and felt that his mentorship will mirror who they become as professionals and leaders. What kind of professor exceeds the expectations of a jury to deem him or her one of the best in the nation? When asked this, Ambroziak’s answer seemed to always go back to one thing: the students. “The key to having success is to have great students, students who are inspired and passionate about what they are doing,” Ambroziak said. “Fortunately for us at UT we have the best students in the country. The quality of students makes it quite easy.
I love the students here; it’s amazing how good our students are and it means a great deal to have students acknowledge the role that you played in their lives.” Teaching had always been a goal of his. Even before he was sure of what exactly it was he wanted to do for the rest of his life, teaching was always there. “My original dream was to be in any environment where there was meaningful discourse about architecture and hopefully to be able to advance that discourse,” Ambroziak said. “The academy is the perfect place to do that; it contains the kind of environment where architecture can talked about in an intelligent way, which is what I was always looking for.” As any professor will tell you, each has their own style when it comes to teaching. Ambroziak’s key lies in something he likes to call the artistic conscience. Taught to him by his mentor Michael Grace, he really likes to focus on the idea of individuality. See AMBROZIACK on Page 2
With unity in the dorm and a constant theme of sustainability, the Apartment Residence Hall has won the POWER Challenge. Short for Power Of Water, Energy and Recycling, the POWER Challenge was a campus-wide competition between the dorms to see which one could conserve and sustain the most energy. The competition is held every year. The competition is cosponsored by the United Resident Hall Council and the Office of Sustainability. Through October, points are awarded to dorms weekly based on how much electricity and water is saved, how much recycling a dorm has done and any programs the resident assistants might do. Once all the points have been tallied up, the dorm with the most points wins. To determine how many points are awarded, the Office of Sustainability monitors the dorms’ electric and water meters, weighs how much recyclables have been turned in and finds out what sort of programs the dorms have orchestrated. The Office of Sustainability does take into account the differences in dorms when taking scores. They do not include the electricity and water used by the Morrill Dining Hall as part of Morrill Hall’s overall score. Likewise, to balance out
things like the amount of students and the different amenities dorms have that others might not, the program score is used to offset any unfair scoring. The RAs of the Apartment Residence Hall conducted many different programs to encourage and educate the residents about conservation and sustainability. Kiersten Backs, an RA and junior in kinesiology from the Apartment Residence Hall, did a ghost story theme as one of her programs. “We tried to shut everything we could off,” Backs said. “… And we sat around and told ghost stories with our flashlights.” Backs and the other Apartment Residence Hall RAs also decorated bulletin boards and doors with facts about recycling and the environment. Tables were set up where students could pledge to take quicker showers. The dorm’s residence association, ARTA, also got in on the act, conducting a blackout dance where all the lights in the ARH’s study room were shut off, and the walls were painted with glow-inthe-dark paint. Backs said the black-out dance was the highlight of the dorm’s activities. Backs attributed ARH’s victory to the unity of the dorm and the fact that ARH has had a sustainability theme since the beginning of the school year. See SUSTAINABILITY on Page 2
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The Vine is updated daily and weekly with upcoming events and pictures. Gunter, Swinford and the student staff search the Internet for Knoxville events. Every event posting has a brief description with all the necessary information including where the event is taking place, when and how much it costs. The Vine staff acts as the middleman between the many different campus organizations, Knoxville publications and UT students. The staff sorts through many different websites specific to Knoxville. They make their way around Knoxville and UT to seek out exciting and enticing events for students to know about. “Whenever I see a poster for a concert, art show or cultural event, no matter where it is, I snap a picture of it with my smart phone and post it to the website, www.volunteervine.com, and to our Twitter page, @volunteervine,” Swinford said. Every Monday, The Vine features a picture magazine online that shows what stu-
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“Our residents are always the people that come out and say, ‘Yeah! Let’s do that idea!’” Backs said. “Our whole theme this year for the building has been sustainability. We’re taking this sustainability to a whole new level. We’re still promoting it even though the program is over.” As part of the ARH’s continued push for sustainability, some of the students are growing a garden outside the dorm. Other students have started keeping compost buckets in their rooms, which will later be used outside for the garden. The dorm is also trying to get more recycling bins to put throughout the building. As part of their prize, all of the residents of ARH received the “MO Green” POWER Challenge trophy and catering from Moe’s Southwest Grill. Courtney Washburn, the outreach coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, said she and
InSHORT dents did the previous week. The Vine staff hopes to create something good and build community to make UT a better, more involved and connected school. With the use of smart phones and all the modern mobile technology, connection to The Vine is fast and easy. “Everyone can be involved,” Gunter said. “We talk to people who are already involved in specific things, like The Knoxville Bike Collective, an off-campus organization, and the International House, an on-campus organization.” Swinford reasserted the openness of the Vine organization. “The more people engaged and interacting with the website, the better it will be,” Swinford said. “The Vine is for everyone. There is a big focus on outdoor events, like trips the UT Outdoor program offers and other outdoor happenings, local bands and businesses.” If you have any suggestions for events, e-mail email@example.com. If you want to be a permanent event contributor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you have a picture you want to share with the community, e-mail email@example.com.
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“In high school it’s like a road to university — they give you the book and you all know about the same things. Here, you find yourself,” Ambroziak said. “If you can do that, you can be an individual and that’s what jobs and schools are looking for. We have students now that are in top graduate schools and top firms around the country. That’s my goal as a teacher, to see them be the best they can be.” The root of this idea steams from the dialogue that exists between faculty and students. The fact that he is able to present
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ideas that were given to him by his faculty, which can then turn into a conversation, ultimately those original ideas have the potential to become something new. He feels that conversation and the oneon-one time is what defines teachers. “I am not an architecture student, but what I can tell you is that inspiration really does grow from knowing you go to a school where the teachers care so much about you and your future; teachers who want to see you succeed and are passionate about watching you grow,” Danna Li, a freshman in finance, said. “In today’s society where the best teachers are often over looked, I am glad to see one of ours get noticed and I hope it brings encouragement to other teachers as well as students.”
the office were very pleased with this year’s results. “I think this is the most impressive year we’ve seen in floor and hall programs,” Washburn said. But the POWER Challenge isn’t just a fun time for students. The program ends up saving the university a lot of resources and money. After compounding and studying the information, the Office of Sustainability concluded that the water saved could have flooded the field at Neyland Stadium up to six inches. An additional 16,000 pounds of recycling were collected. Due to the light bulb exchange program, where students could exchange their incandescent bulbs for fluorescent bulbs, over 77,000 kWh of electricity were saved. The Office of Sustainability said the amount is comparable to the carbon emissions of 1,400 propane cylinders used for barbecue grills. The total costs avoided during the POWER Challenge amounted to $36,287.
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Smokey dances with a young fan during the Lady Vols vs. LSU game on Jan. 19. The Lady Vols beat the Tigers 65-56.
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Oscar Predictions: Snubs and Surprises
Brush off your tuxedos and roll out the red carpet, because it’s Oscar season! If UT students wanted to see the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations, they either had to be awake earlier than usual or clandestinely watching on their laptops during organic chemistry. The nominations were announced by Jennifer Lawrence, who was herself a nominee for her performance in last year’s “Winter’s Bone,” and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak at 8:38 a.m. on Tuesday.
Since Michael Fassbender didn’t receive a Best Actor nomination for his gripping and somewhat disturbing performance as a sex-addict in “Shame,” the wonderfully expressive Jean Dujardin has little real competition for his probable award for “The Artist.” Leonardo DiCaprio, who had been expected to receive a nomination for his role as the title character in “J. Edgar,” was also missing from the list. Two actors who were not nominated for Golden Globes (as Fassbender and DiCaprio were) received Best Actor nods: British veteran Gary Oldman for the labyrinthine “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and the little-known Demian Bichir for “A Better Life,” a drama about undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States.
Rooney Mara is one of the five very talented women who earned a Best Actress nomination this year, but it is likely that her fascinating performance as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” caused Tilda Swinton’s Golden Globe-nominated work in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” to be ignored by the Academy. Other nominees for Best Actress were anything but a surprise. The unquestionably brilliant and seasoned actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close received nominations for their performances in “The Iron Lady” and “Albert Nobbs.” Viola Davis and Michelle Williams, representatives of a younger generation of Academy darlings, were also each nominated for the uplifting “The Help” and “My Week with Marilyn,” a new look at an American icon.
Predicted Winner: Jean Dujardin
Predicted Winner: Meryl Streep
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Three surprising choices populated the Best Supporting Actor category: Jonah Hill for the somewhat overrated “Moneyball,” Nick Nolte for the ridiculous boxing flick “Warrior,” and Max von Sydow for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” in which he plays a character who is mute for the entire film. The nominations of these actors are especially confusing considering the absence of Albert Brooks from the list, who was predicted to receive attention for his role in “Drive.” Kenneth Branagh and Christopher Plummer were given their Best Supporting Actor nominations for performances in “My Week with Marilyn” and “Beginners.” As coyingly funny as Branagh was as Sir Laurence Olivier in “Marilyn,” Plummer leads the way and could be the oldest Oscar winner at age 82.
Predicted Winner: Christopher Plummer
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS In a gesture that is important for funny women everywhere, the Academy recognized “Bridesmaids” in two categories, with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Melissa McCarthy and a Best Original Screenplay nomination for Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Jessica Chastain’s Best Supporting Actress nomination for “The Help” is a surprise; viewers would think Bryce Dallas Howard’s cruel Hilly Holbrook deserved a nomination more than Chastain’s performance as a Jackson, Miss. pariah. Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”) and the marvelous Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) were also given nods by the Academy, but the Oscar will likely go to the highly deserving Berenice Bejo for her performance as the fan-turned-film star Peppy Miller in “The Artist.”
Predicted Winner: Berenice Bejo
BEST FOREIGN FILM In the Best Foreign Film category, Iran’s “A Separation,” which currently has a 99 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is obviously the best choice.
Predicted Winner: “A Separation”
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BEST PICTURE “Hugo” and “The Artist,” two love letters to cinema, come out on top for most nominations: 11 and 10, respectively. These top contenders show the Academy’s nostalgic affection for the bygone days of classic cinema. Nine films were nominated for Best Picture due to new voting regulations, which are based on the percentage of votes each film received during nominations instead of filling the list with a set number of titles. The nominations this year were so full of surprises that they were likely more suspenseful than the ceremony itself will be. Audiences were especially shocked by the nomination of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” for Best Picture.
Predicted Winner: The Artist It is disappointing that so many of the year’s best movies received no attention at all from the Academy. Why were “Shame,” “Drive,” “Take Shelter,” “50/50,” and “Carnage” all overlooked? “Carnage,” a smart little gem featuring an almost unbeatable ensemble cast, should have received nominations in acting categories or at least for Best Adapted Screenplay. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” only received nominations for Visual Effects, Makeup and Art Direction, but readers should know it’s no “Lord of the Rings.” As moviegoers wonder about this year’s confusing nominations, they at least have Billy Crystal’s ninth appearance as Oscar host, as well as in the inevitable best and worst dressed lists, to look forward to. Send out those Oscar party invitations soon; there’s no time to spare!
Despite expectations, David Fincher (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Steven Spielberg (“Warhorse”) were both missing from the list of Best Director nominees. Martin Scorsese, although chronically underappreciated by the Academy and only previously winning for 2007’s “The Departed,” leads the pack of this year’s Best Director nominees. Spielberg’s other directorial venture this year, “The Adventures of Tintin,” was also snubbed for Best Animated Feature, which is especially surprising considering it won that award at the Golden Globes.
Predicted Winner: Martin Scorsese
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‘Boss’ shows promise for political thrill
Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor This week was supposed to look into ABC’s failed sitcom “Work It,” a show about two men that crossdress as women in order to keep jobs in a struggling economy. Essentially it was an updated “Bosom Buddies.” While its premiere on Jan. 3 garnered good ratings, that was probably just because it premiered before many of the other spring offerings. Either that or people watched the pilot and were turned off in droves. ABC canceled the show after only two episodes. Indeed, “Work It” was one of the most reviled shows by critics this year. Doesn’t that sound just ripe for review? Unfortunately, in order to sweep the embarrassment under the rug, ABC has pulled the only two aired episodes from ABC.com and Hulu. After scouring the Internet, alas, there is no physical evidence anymore that “Work It” existed, outside of the wails of reviewers. But there was one show from the fall that this column did not have time to look at — Starz’ new original series “Boss.” Starz positioned the series as its major drama, holding off on premiering it until Oct. 21, long after nearly every other major fall show had begun. The pilot episode even had a big-name director, Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “Milk.”) Starz made a few questionable decisions with the show. A month before the first episode even aired, the network ordered a second season. And while the show garnered tepid ratings, the network did not help matters by airing one episode the Friday after Thanksgiving. The series begins with Chicago Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) getting diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder. Kane comes face to face with his own mortality, but he only reveals his worry and vulnerability when alone or in the presence of his estranged daughter Emma (Hannah Ware). All the while, Kane is choosing a candidate to back in the state gubernatorial race, siding with state treasurer Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner) against the incumbent, McCall Cullen (Frances Guinan). But some of Kane’s political adversaries, including Cullen, start talking to Zajac about potentially dropping out of the gubernatorial race and waiting to challenge Kane for the mayor’s seat. Despite being Starz’ foray into joining HBO and
Showtime on the pay cable, prestige television circuit, “Boss” is not as engrossing as “Boardwalk Empire,” nor does it have the rabid fanbase “Dexter” grabbed. Even still, the show’s eight-episode first season is worth going back to watch. Much of the reasoning behind that recommendation comes from the show’s star, Grammer, who won a Golden Globe for the role. Grammer dominates the show with scenery chewing sequence after scenery chewing sequence. From his tenures on “Cheers” and “Frasier,” Grammer is no stranger to episodic television, but here, more so than his other television endeavors, Grammer anchors “Boss.” His fiery energy not only denotes that this is a harsher role than he usually grabs, but he also makes up for some of the show’s storytelling limitations. The understated acting of much of the ensemble cast also helps the show. In particular, Hephner and Guinan illuminate the yin and yang nature of the incumbent and the young upstart in a political race. One particular scene, in which Cullen sits down with local voters long enough to eat exactly one bite of food and get his picture taken for publicity, is just cynical enough to ring true. However, much of the characters in “Boss” are either morally bankrupt, apathetic toward life or both. One wonders whether the environment the show creates, in which a major city mayor is so ruthless as to have people killed to keep his stranglehold of power, is realistic. The show’s center focuses on Kane’s family, all three living separate lives and mostly ignoring each other. Kane alludes to distancing himself from his daughter because of her past substance abuse and the potential effect that it could have on his political career. But the ruthlessness of that act — as well as some of Kane’s other moves in the series — make his attempted reconciliation feel hollow. Indeed, the show’s protagonist, on some level, is not supposed to be a good guy. But by beginning the series with his diagnosis, viewers are supposed to feel something for Kane. However, after viewing the season, it feels more like the disease is a plot device to substitute for characterization. The closest the show comes to a truly compelling and cohesive storyline is Kane’s aide Kitty O’Neill getting caught between loyalty to Kane and an affair with Zajac. But even that begs for further story wrinkles. While the show can be over-the-top and even unrealistic at times, the strength of the acting in “Boss,” as well as its thrilling, almost soapy take on the political life, only speaks to its potential. — Robby O’Daniel is a graduate student. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline
THE GREAT MASH-UP • Liz Newnam
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Internet continues to alter media, TV T he Bur den o f I n fa l l i b i l i t y by
Wiley Robinson The unforeseen consequences of technology have given humanity a pretty hard time. The massive troop charges into machine guns in World War I seem to be an appropriate poster child for our collective inability to comprehend the most obvious effects of technological advancement, symbolizing how much physical suffering and death it actually takes for a cautionary message to get across at all. Today, humanity shambles forward just as blindly as ever. With information technology exploding at a rate of change no area of human endeavor has ever seen, being vigilant about the effects of pervasive new digital technology is hardly paranoia. At the turn of the millennium the Internet still had all the innocent novelty of the dot-com boom and bust. It caused quite a stir: Some people were actually making some money off of their websites in the stock market — like a real business or something! Adorable. Now a search engine all but commands the commercial element of a near global infrastructure that we depend on as much or more than the highway system to live our lives. While our interaction with this digital infrastructure is more complicated and includes many more players than a car on the highway, our adaptation to it and reliance on it is no less evident. Whereas the consequences of the car include CO2 pollution and injury or death caused by travel at speeds we didn’t evolve to collide at, the consequences of communication and information technology can be predicted by how it mingles with our biology. It’s been modestly publicized that using fully dataplanned smart phones has odd effects on the brain. The brain has evolved to unconsciously anticipate activity that originates from places it has learned are relevant to survival; it’s as simple as early humans having to anticipate movement or sound in the distance that could belong to prey or predator. Studies on the effects of texting in teenagers, arguably the first demographic to fully embrace the new method of communication, concluded that the social anticipation combined with the chemical reward that came with receiving, opening and replying to the message was what made it so addicting. Smart phones, as an all-inclusive platform for all modern mediums of communication, take that subconscious formula and multiply it many, many times; a crippled ability to be in the moment and retain newly learned
ideas are just a few documented consequences of longterm use. My point is, people are OK at adapting, but we make huge mistakes, and the potential for error has never been greater: The deceptively gradual speed and scope with which the Internet has replaced huge segments of our culture has perhaps stunted the level of discourse conducive to full understanding and appreciation of this phenomenon — until recently. The SOPA and PIPA controversy, those badly veiled motives of paid-for legislation and the subsequent outrage of the masses, has had the overwhelmingly positive effect of getting people to comprehend what life would be like without this, no, our, abstract global network. There’s never been a better time to wax poetic about the old ’Net. The Internet is now indistinguishable from culture, that peculiarly human way we tend to organize existence so we don’t go insane — on a truly free and global level. It is the air, it is human potential made effortless and free, defeating classic barriers like geography, distance and language. But it is no longer free from the consequences of its own success. Hours after SOPA was scrapped, Kim Schmidtz, founder of the Megaupload file-sharing site, has been arrested and sentenced by the American government with jail time longer than many rape-murders. The precedent has been set, legislation or no, and the legislation will not stop coming — but let’s achieve some perspective, here. The old media empires are and have been crumbling. They’ve already lost to the Internet, and obtuse copyright law is the last option these idiots have to swing things back in their favor. The fortunes of the modern day have not been made on the back of copyright law — they’ve been made harnessing the natural freedom of this new frontier, and they will continue to. Find the list of SOPA sponsors and supporters (Viacom, the NFL, Ford) and find comfort in the fact that while none of them make most of their money on the Internet, you can bet that the extra cash they had lying around to sponsor SOPA with was gained by some meaningful pursuit of online advertising (Google). These buffoons benefit fully from the uninterrupted traffic of a pristine and flourishing Internet ecosystem, and whatever losses they try to allocate to file sharing will only be multiplied by forcing a legal framework in place where such a thing can’t even be sustained. Our entire domestic economy is moving to the Internet and isn’t looking back, and the claim that TV can remain profitable being autonomous from the Internet is the most hilarious pretension I’ve ever heard. But we should boycott them anyway. — Wiley Robinson is a junior in ecology and environmental studies. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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There is a famous proverb that says that in order to fully understand someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Comedian Jack Handley adapted this proverb slightly, saying “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” Joking aside, I found myself hearkening back to Handley’s words of wisdom as I waded my way through the dense prose of historian Leopold von Ranke for one of my history classes. In the preface to his first edition of “Histories of the Latin and Germanic Nations,” Ranke specifically emphasizes his particular use of primary documents in writing his monograph: “memoirs, diaries, letters, reports from embassies, and original narratives of eyewitnesses.” He then goes on to elaborate on his asserted importance of these firsthand accounts: “Finally, what will be said of the treatment of particulars, which constitutes such an important part of historical work? … There are noble models for this procedure, ancient ones and — let us not fail to recognize this — also modern ones. But I dare not imitate them. Their world was different from mine.” Ranke immediately recognizes and articulates one of the major pitfalls of the historian’s work: Try as we might, we cannot exactly imagine how living in a period other than our own must have been like. We did not live in the midst of their wars, their politics, their religious beliefs (or lack thereof) or their health conditions and diseases. We did not wear their clothes or sit in their furniture; we did not have personal relationships with others of their time period. In short, we truly have no idea what being a member of any historical era could possibly have felt like, and it is this drawback that makes writing history an especially challenging endeavor. But, as Ranke readily admits, we do have one advantage, one window into these strange and wonderful worlds of old: primary documents. As a student worker in our library’s Special Collections, I have seen firsthand the incredible insight that
primary documents can provide about a certain time period. Personal letters, diaries and even scrapbooks specifically emphasize aspects of life that historical men and women found important; they describe the living conditions, clothes and relationships from which we are so far removed. This is why these primary documents, as Ranke writes, help us “grasp the event itself in its human comprehensibility, its unity, and its fullness.” It gives us a taste, from the mouths of the characters themselves, of what framed their particular historical narrative. It gives us the lenses through which to see things obscured by the distance of years. On the first day of a history class about pre-modern England, my professor stood at the front of the class and said, “Studying the men and women of Tudor England will be somewhat like studying an alien species.” These men and women’s lives were completely and utterly dominated by religion and by the political systems of kings and lords; in today’s increasingly secular and democratic world, it can prove almost impossible to really understand why Henry VIII would found a whole new denomination of Christianity in order to obtain a divorce, or why Joan of Arc would launch into a full-scale war against the British simply because she had dreamed of angels. Our modern world would write these people off as utterly insane, but their decisions were ones that people in their time would have recognized as valid or understandable, even if they weren’t always uniformly agreed upon as “good.” This is why historians absolutely must rely on primary sources in their study of the people of the past. Without these documents, we could never hope to understand how important religion was, why obtaining a divorce required large-scale church reform or why war could be waged based on the voices in an illiterate peasant girl’s head. It is true that we will never completely understand these historical forces simply because we weren’t there. Ranke admits that, “One tries, one strives, but in the end one has not reached the goal.” In a way, historians are trying to understand and, in some cases, criticize these people from miles away. But because we have their primary documents, we have the ability to try to understand them even if we fall short. We may be a mile away, but we have their shoes. — Sarah Russell is a senior in history. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Olympics ironing out ticket issues Lady Vols soccer hires former The Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland — The cost of staging the London Olympics remains within budget and glitches in the ticketing process are being ironed out before the next batch go on sale in April, organizing chief Sebastian Coe said Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, the two-time 1,500-meter Olympic champion defended his organization against charges that ticket sales have been flawed from the very beginning. Last year, organizers put the first batch of tickets on sale via a complicated ballot system. Many customers were left empty-handed and others ended up with far fewer tickets than they had hoped for and often not the ones they had wanted. “We’ve done it in bigger numbers than anything on the planet,” Coe said. Coe said he had three objectives for the Olympic ticketing process — making sure the venues were full throughout the games, selling a large chunk of the tickets at affordable prices
and raising a quarter of his committee’s 2 billion pound ($3.1 billion) private operating budget. About 1.9 million people made 24 million ticket applications for the 6 million tickets available through the ballot. Some people now want to offload their Olympic tickets and the London organizers created a resale website for that. However, the site, operated by Ticketmaster, was unable to cope with the traffic and was shut down within hours of its launch earlier this month. Although the site has now reopened to allow customers to sell unwanted tickets, prospective buyers won't be able to purchase any until April. “On the first day it didn’t work as well as we wanted it to work,” Coe said. “This was something we weren’t satisfied with.” London’s preparations for the games, which take place from July 27 to Aug.12, have been relatively smooth. Coe insisted the cost of hosting the 16-day sporting spectacle remains within budget. The government’s budget for the games, which includes all the venue construction and infrastructure projects, totals 9.3 billion pounds ($14.5 billion).
Maryland coach Brian Pensky ACC Championship match in 2011. The Terrapins advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 with victories over Auburn and La Salle in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Oklahoma State. Additionally, during Stanford’s 25-0-1 national championship season in 2011, the lone blemish was a 0-0 tie against Maryland on Aug. 26, 2011. During the past three years, Maryland posted a 15-10-5 record in the ACC, the first time the Terps recorded three consecutive seasons of .500 or better in conference play in program history. During the last four seasons, Maryland defeated five Top 10 programs including the Terps’ first-ever victories over the most-storied program in college soccer history, North Carolina. Under Pensky’s guidance, the Terps defeated the 20-time NCAA Champions in each of the last two seasons. The Terrapins had players drafted by Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in each of the last two years: goalkeeper Mary Casey in 2010 by Los Angeles, and earlier this month, All-American forward Jasmyne Spencer by Philadelphia. Spencer was twice a member of the Hermann Trophy Watch List, awarded annually to the national player of the year. She also became the fifth Maryland player to earn All-ACC accolades three times. Before guiding the women’s team, Pensky served as an assistant coach with the Maryland men’s program, helping those Terrapins to three consecutive College Cup berths (2002-04). Working with head coach Sasho Cirovski, Pensky helped the Terps to a 57-14-3 record (.791 win percentage). The men captured the ACC Tournament title in 2002 and regular season crown in 2003. In 2004, CollegeSoccerNews.com named Pensky one of the top assistant coaches in the nation. Prior to working under Cirovski for three seasons, where he was involved in all facets of the program, Pensky was an assistant at Loyola College in Maryland, where he helped the Greyhound women’s team win the 2001 MAAC Conference Tournament and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament in his one season with the program. He came to Loyola after spending three years as an assistant coach with George Washington’s women’s soccer program. Pensky holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University in Atlanta, class of 1991, as well as an “A” license from Pensky and his wife, Abby, have three children, boy-girl twins Will and Alex, who turn 10 on Monday, Jan. 30, and Ben, who turns eight in March. Pensky and his wife, Abby, have three children, boy-girl twins Will and Alex, who turn 10 on Monday, Jan. 30, and Ben, who turns eight in March.
Staff Reports University of Tennessee vice chancellor and director of athletics Dave Hart announced Thursday that Brian Pensky, the 2010 Soccer America National Coach of the Year, has accepted the position of head soccer coach at the University of Tennessee. Pensky takes the helm at Tennessee after seven years as the head coach of the women’s soccer program at the University of Maryland. “I am excited to have Brian coming to Tennessee to lead our soccer program,” said Hart. “Brian is an outstanding coach with a proven record of success in building and maintaining an elite program capable of competing at a championship level. We welcome Brian, Abby and their children into our Volunteer family.” In 2010, Maryland earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and Pensky was named both National Coach of the Year by Soccer America and ACC Coach of the Year. He served as the head coach of the Maryland women’s soccer team from 2005-11 and posted a 67-52-20 overall record. While at the helm in College Park, Pensky led the Terrapins to their most successful three-year run in program history, with a 44-14-9 record and a .724 win percentage over the last three years. Pensky guided Maryland to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of the last three consecutive seasons, including Sweet 16 appearances in both 2009 and 2011. “I am humbled and honored to be the next head women’s soccer coach at the University of Tennessee,” said Pensky. “There were a number of factors that went into this decision, including the tradition of athletic excellence, the passionate fan base, and the first-class facilities. But most importantly, Abby and I were impressed by the family atmosphere within this athletics department, and we were very much drawn to that. We are very thankful to have the opportunity to join the Tennessee family.” Along with 2011 national champion Stanford and Florida State, Maryland is one of only three programs that has finished ranked in the Top 11 in each of the last three years in the NSCAA Coaches Poll, finishing 10th in 2010 and 11th in both 2009 and 2011. In 2010, Pensky guided Maryland to its best season in program history with an 18-2-3 record (.848) win percentage and a school-record 7-2-1 mark in the ACC. Additionally, co-captain Caitlin McDowell earned the 2010 ACC ScholarAthlete of the Year Award. Playing in a highly competitive conference, Pensky guided the Terps to their second-ever
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Cuonzo Martin yells to the court during the Vols vs. UConn game on Jan. 21. Both teams, and different SEC schools during the week, were wearing “We Wear Purple to Back Pat” shirts themed to their school for “We Back Pat” week. The Vols beat UConn 60-57.
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Projected Starters Tennessee 9-11 (1-4 SEC)
Auburn 12-8 (2-4 SEC)
G Trae Golden G Josh Richardson G Cameron Tatum F Jeronne Maymon F Jarnell Stokes
G Frankie Sullivan G Josh Wallace G Josh Langford F Kenny Gabriel C Rob Chubb
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How They Match-up UT 69.8 66.8 45.0 36.1 67.7 +2.8 4.7 13.3 6.0 -1.7
Scoring Offense Scoring Defense Field Goals % Three Point % Free Throw % Rebound Margin Blocks per game Assists per game Steals per game Turnover Margin
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Jeronne Maymon shoots the ball against UConn on Jan. 21. Although he only had nine points against UConn, he had 15 against Vanderbilt to add to his total of 231 for the season.
Feb. 3 in Auburn, Ala. Tennessee 69-56
64.4 63.9 42.7 31.6 64.8 +1.3 5.5 13.5 6.7 -0.1
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Why the Vols will win: Tennessee has lost five of its past seven, including a huge letdown at Vanderbilt on Tuesday just three days after upsetting No. 13 UConn. It seems that in that stretch the Vols really showed up against the ranked opponents (responsible for three losses in that stretch), but had a harder time with the lesser teams. The Auburn game’s at Thompson-Boling Arena, where Tennessee has won six of seven. Freshman phenom Jarnell Stokes has already earned a spot in the starting lineup after joining the team this semester. He is nearly averaging a double-double (10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds). If Tennessee gets points from him and Jeronne Maymon inside the paint, as well as improves on its 10-percent 3-point shooting from the Vandy game, they have a good chance to earn another road win. Why the Tigers will win: The Tigers are lingering around the lower portion of the SEC standings just like Tennessee, and a road win would look good for their resume with only three more chances to play ranked teams, according to the most recent polls. Auburn has a senior and three juniors and a freshman in the starting lineup, so experience is on its side. However, the Tigers haven’t won in Knoxville since 1997. Guard Frankie Sullivan will need to hit some 3s (he’s shooting 37 percent this year from beyond the arc), and Kenny Gabriel will need to be a force inside against the Vols’ Maymon/Stokes duo. Gabriel will have his hands full, but he’ll have to snag some rebounds (he averages eight a game), draw fouls and get to the free-throw line in order to make the biggest impact.
Published on Jan 27, 2012