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Hayley Brundige Assistant Photo Editor About one-third of UT students are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program, a statistic exceeding the national average for public institutions according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education report. Last week, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek traveled to Washington D.C. alongside leaders from approximately 100 higher-education institutions for the College Opportunity Summit. Gathering representatives and leaders from private, public and community colleges across the nation, the summit rallied support for programs specifically geared toward high-achieving, low-income students. “We have identified assisting low-income students as a high priority for us,” Cheek said. “We have the Pledge and Promise scholarships that help those students go to school in addition to the HOPE and the Pell. So when you put the HOPE and Pell and other scholarships together, it makes us much more accessible than most universities.” Other schools in attendance included LSU, the University of Arkansas, Yale and the University of California system. Every university invited was challenged to create and submit innovative programs benefiting this student demographic. In response, UT’s Top 25 implementation team drew up three new programs to recruit, retain and graduate low-income students with academic potential. These programs include a summer math camp, a coach-
ers to success at the university level, such as coming from a lowachieving high school or having never taken an AP class. The coaching program aims to ease the transition from high school to college.
Swing music, progressive rock and break dancing – oh my! While these three distinctive genres do not ordinarily elicit comparisons, they shared a common audience Saturday night at Knoxville’s Relix Variety Theatre. Local acts Swingbooty, Oroboro and VolatomiX took the stage back-to-back for an evening in which the dance floor was undoubtedly the place to be. True to its name, the venue’s inclusive variety of entertainment allowed for concertgoers to practice their Lindy Hop one song, and their Six Step the next. Megan Patterson, freshman in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology and psychology, thought the impromptu swing dancing that erupted during Swingbooty’s gypsy-jazz set made for a pleasant surprise. “Swingbooty was fantastic,” she said. “Watching a crowd of 21st century college students break it down like our grandparents’ generation was extremely entertaining and unlike any other show I’ve attended.
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Jimmy Cheek speaks with students Billy Rochelle, left, and Laura Galloway, in the skybox during the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 23. Last week, Chancellor Cheek traveled to Washington D.C., alongside leaders from approximately 100 higher-education institutions for the College Opportunity Summit. ing program to promote college readiness and an expanded transfer system with community colleges. “If you look at the metrics for Top 25 universities, the only metric we currently meet the goal in is the quality of our students,” Cheek said. “Our students are
already in the Top 25. But the financial resources are an issue with many of our students.” Starting this summer, the proposed math camp will target incoming freshmen interested in math-intensive majors who do not have the strong ACT math scores needed for success
in areas like engineering or biochemistry. Although there will be a fee to attend the camp, students will be able to apply for scholarships. A pilot version of the mentorship program is already underway, using volunteer coaches to mentor students who face barri-
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CCI takes New York City by storm R.J. Vogt Editor-in-Chief During his tenure at the College of Communication and Information, Dean Michael Wirth has pumped several million dollars into high-tech classrooms in an effort to improve the educational experience of CCI students. But for some CCI students, the pursuit of journalism, advertising and public relations took them beyond the classroom. Some things are just better learned in New York City. Last week, 28 journalism students and 24 members of the Ad Club traveled to the “City That Never Sleeps” to see the professional world of their respective disciplines. One of the year’s largest storms – referred to in New York as “Snow-pocalpyse” – greeted the UT travelers with more than a foot of snow but failed to stop them from meeting the likes of Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric and more. Ad Club Led by Courtney Childers and Roxanne Hovland, both faculty members for the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the Ad Club students visited six advertising agencies, including Young & Rubicam and Scripps Network. Eight students also visited NFL headquarters to meet with Paul
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Maci Lewis, left, and Malorie Cunningham, middle, meet Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie Tuesday, Jan. 21 outside NBC studios. Hicks, executive vice president of communication and government affairs for the NFL. Whether actually interviewing for internships or networking for future opportunities, the students had a peek into a life after Knoxville. “It’s definitely a learning experience, even as a senior,” Lauren Gregg, senior in advertising and public relations, said. “It helps you know if you really
want to live in New York.” Journalism classes Led by Sam Swan, a broadcast professor, and Elizabeth Hendrickson, a magazine journalism professor, the journalism students met with top industry executives, including on-air celebrities. “Honestly, when I saw Katie Couric, I cried,” McKenzie Martin, junior in journalism and electronic media, said after
the trip. “And Anderson Cooper was just so down-to-earth.” The broadcast students visited studios at NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, CNN and the Food Network, capitalizing on alumni connections and the extensive professional network maintained by Swan, a former TV anchor in several Midwestern markets. See NYC on Page 5
Web show keeps LGBT talk active Liz Wood Staff Writer As the fight for LGBT equality continues, “The Lavender Table” web show strives to keep current issues under discussion. Creator and host Gary Elgin began the show in 2010 after years of activism with Knoxville Pride and other organizations. Throughout this period, Elgin sought to prevent pertinent topics from being neglected in the media. “We don’t talk enough,” Elgin said. “The goal of the show is – as the tagline says – to keep the conversation going.” Unlike programming on a national scale, “The Lavender Table” offers a more personal and relatable context, an attribute Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, recognizes as a highly effective way to reach an audience. “Gary provides an important voice for equality in Tennessee,” Sanders said. “He really takes the time to interview his subjects in depth, and their lives embody important moments in the
struggle for equality. “I think that’s really an inviting way for people to understand what’s going on in our movement.” Although the web show often interviews local celebrities, more widely recognized guests are proliferating as the show gains popularity. Chaz Bono and Park Overall have appeared on former seasons. Overall’s appearance solicited 1,000 views, the show’s peak number to date. As “The Lavender Table” garners a following, viewers from Asia, Europe and Africa have begun to tune in. “The Lavender Table” will launch its fourth season April 9 with an interview of former UT trainer Jenny Moshak. Currently a co-plaintiff leveling allegations of inequality against the university, Moshak plans to discuss several LGBT issues as well as equality in relation to sports. “If we don’t talk about it, then people think things are fixed or that they don’t exist anymore or that they can just ignore them, and that is not the case,” Moshak said. See LAVENDER TABLE on Page 3
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In Case You Missed It: The 2014 Grammy Awards were everything one would expect in music. Out-of-this-world outfits – such as the Daft Punk’s traditional robotic get-up – set the stage for an evening of ball gowns, slick suits and photographers galore. The group also took home Best Dance/Electronica Album. Memorable collaborations – including Beyonce and Jay Z’s duet and Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban’s tandem performance – only built upon the hype surrounding the awards show that highlights amazing achievement in the music industry. Below, UT students sounded off on this year’s Grammys and added a slightly humorous side of their own to the awards show.
Madilynn McCollum, right, a senior in chemistry, and Holly Humberger, freshman in communication studies, add their touch to a community mural after watching VolatomiX Breakdancers’ performance on Jan. 25 at the Relix Theatre.
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Prosecutor asks to find Iowa man guilty of 1974 murder Associated Press OTTUMWA, Iowa — Despite a lack of direct evidence connecting Robert “Gene” Pilcher to the killing of a 17-year-old waitress at his cousin’s Iowa farmhouse, investigators immediately suspected him in the 1974 death, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday at his murder trial. Three days before Mary Jayne Jones’ beaten, bulletridden body was found in the bedroom of the farmhouse near Ottumwa, another woman told police that the married exterminator had handcuffed her in the same room and forced her to perform oral sex, assistant state attorney general Denise Timmins said in closing arguments. Pilcher was convicted of sodomy and perjury in that case. But he wasn’t charged in Jones’ death until two years ago, when cold case investigators matched his DNA to semen stains on the blanket beneath Jones’ body, including one that was just underneath her crotch. “What are the odds that that semen is not connected to that crime scene, to the horrendous acts that occurred to Mary Jayne Jones?” Timmins told jurors, urging them to convict Pilcher. But the semen “cuts both ways” because prosecutors
know Pilcher had sex in the bed earlier and could not show when it was left, defense lawyer Allen Cook told jurors. The earlier sexual encounter gives “a legitimate, innocent reason for why Gene Pilcher’s DNA would be there,” he said. Cook said that encounter involved a barmaid with whom Pilcher previously had consensual sex. He said that was a very different situation than the violent death of Jones, whom he only knew as a customer at her restaurant. But Timmins said there were similarities between the attack on Jones and the attack on the barmaid that led to the sodomy case. She read the barmaid’s police statement to jurors in which she recounted an attack in which Pilcher stripped and handcuffed her. Timmins said both attacks happened at the same time of day and that Pilcher neatly laid out the victims’ clothes on a chair. Cook urged jurors to acquit Pilcher, 67, saying the state’s case was based upon speculation. Prosecutors did not show how Jones ended up at the farmhouse, he said. The attorneys also sparred over whether Pilcher had the time to commit the slaying, and whether there were other viable suspects. Pilcher faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree
murder. Jurors deliberated for an hour Thursday afternoon before leaving for the day. Deliberations will resume Friday morning. “I feel fine, I guess,” Pilcher said as he waited for a verdict. Jones’ naked body was found on a bed in a farmhouse that was owned by Pilcher’s cousin, Max Marlin, on April 9, 1974. Investigators say she had been beaten with a shotgun, sexually assaulted and shot with a rifle through the heart and the head. Jones, who had moved to Iowa from North Carolina to live with her sister in 1973, was last seen hours earlier at an Ottumwa bank. Her body was discovered by Marlin’s mother, who had stopped by the home while her son was out of town. Timmins said that Pilcher was always the prime suspect. Pilcher knew that his cousin was out of town and had access to the farmhouse. Pilcher had made lewd comments about Jones when he ate at her restaurant and was rebuffed when he asked her out, Timmins said. Timmins said that it remained unclear how Pilcher got Jones to the house, and that no eye witnesses saw the crime. But she said jurors should piece together bits of circumstantial evidence like a puzzle, and “see the big picture” pointing to Pilcher’s guilt. But Cook said holes in the case created reasonable doubt. Investigators never identified another source of male semen found on the blanket or the owner of the gun that was used to beat Jones, he said. He suggested there were other suspects, including a Colorado inmate from Iowa who knew many details about Jones’ death and a boyfriend of Jones who went looking for her around the time she disappeared. Many other people had access to the farmhouse, which was a bachelor pad, he said. Pilcher didn’t have the time to commit the slaying given that some witnesses told police they saw him around Ottumwa that afternoon, Cook argued. Timmins rejected that testimony, suggesting Pilcher was unaccounted for during a brief window of time. “Violent assaults can happen quickly,” she said.
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LAVENDER TABLE continued from Page 1 “There’s a lot in the media today where there’s equality with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, with the Defense of Marriage Act scenario being struck down,” Moshak added. “The fact is that equality is a big issue in America today.”
In addition to interviews, “The Lavender Table” features comedy, music and entertainment. In its upcoming season, the web show will be adding “Cooking With Lavender,” a cooking segment featuring Joseph Lowery. As a former actor and clown, Elgin said he tries to offer something for everyone while maintaining the web show’s serious themes.
“In the days of ‘Real Housewives,’ ‘Honey-boo-boo,’ ‘Candy Crush Saga,’ there are very real things happening in the world: people being burned alive, beaten, imprisoned for just loving who they love,” Elgin said. “Equality and human rights do not just happen by accident. “The more we talk about important issues, the more we understand each other.”
Md. mall gunman was avid skater, had no criminal past Associated Press Flags of different countries hang from the ceiling in the UC Ballroom during last fall’s Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 25, 2013.
UT welcomes spring Study Abroad Fair Madison Rasnake Contributor Youth is the time for travel. The Center for International Education will hold its spring Study Abroad Fair on Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. Students will have access to hundreds of booths and experts to gain information about studying abroad. Nick Hendershot, senior in ecology and evolutionary biology, said the fair will be a useful tool for students wishing to study abroad. “There will be everything and anything about study abroad,” Hendershot said. “The people there have dedicated their whole lives to talking about it.” Companies at the fair will have information regarding everything from summer internships to financial aid.
Kerry Green, senior in Spanish and global studies, said she believes the fair is a way to break down the different aspects of studying abroad. “I remember when I first started the process of going abroad – it was really overwhelming,” Green said. “The fair is a great way to get your foot in the door and get started.” In addition to representatives of study abroad programs, students who have previously studied in a foreign country will be in attendance. Hendershot summed up his experience abroad in one statement: “It was the best decision of my life.” Hendershot spent four months studying tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica and decided to stay through the following summer. “I would go out in the field and research everyday,” he said. “We slept in tents in the
forest and on the beach. “I was fully immersed in what I want to do with my life.” Green spent her time abroad in Uruguay through a student exchange program in fall of 2012. “I went by myself, which was kind of scary at first,” Green said. “It was the best decision because I could practice my Spanish and meet so many more people.” Green said she believes that studying abroad made her more comfortable with herself and helped her feel secure in the world around her. “Even though it might sound weird, self identity was the most important thing I gained from my experience,” she said. “Coming back made me realize that I fit in with Knoxville more than I thought. “It may sound funny since you’re going abroad to learn about the world, but you end up learning about yourself.”
COLUMBIA, Md. — The 19-year-old Maryland mall gunman was a skateboarding enthusiast who took a taxi to the mall, carrying a 12-gauge shotgun he’d purchased legally a month earlier, plenty of ammunition and some crude homemade explosives inside a backpack, authorities said. Darion Marcus Aguliar entered the Mall in Columbia around 10:15 a.m. Saturday near Zumiez, a shop that sells skateboarding gear, and went downstairs to a food court directly below. Less than an hour later, he returned to the store, dumped the backpack in a dressing room and then started shooting, police said. Shoppers fled in a panic or barricaded themselves behind closed doors and police arrived within 2 minutes of the first 911 call. They found three people dead, including Aguilar, who killed himself, police said. The shooting has baffled law enforcement and acquaintances of Aguilar, a quiet, skinny teenager who graduated from high school less than a year ago and had no criminal record. Police spent Sunday trying to piece together his motive, but by late afternoon, it remained elusive. After Aguilar had fired between six and nine shots, two Zumiez employees were dead, police said. One victim, Brianna Benlolo, a 21-year-old single mother, lived half a mile
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away from Aguilar in the same College Park neighborhood, but police said they were still trying to determine what, if any, relationship they had. Although they lived close to Maryland’s largest university, neither was a student there. The other employee, Tyler Johnson, didn’t know Aguilar and did not socialize with Benlolo outside of work, a relative said. Tydryn Scott, 19, said she was Aguilar’s lab partner in science class at James Hubert Black High School and said he hung out with other skaters. She said she was stung by the news. “It was really hurtful, like, wow — someone that I know, someone that I’ve been in the presence of more than short amounts of time. I’ve seen this guy in action before. Never upset, never sad, just quiet, just chill,” Scott told The Associated Press. “If any other emotion, he was happy, laughing.” Aguilar graduated in 2013, school officials confirmed. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said at a news conference. Aguilar purchased the shotgun legally last month at a store in neighboring Montgomery County. It took hours to identify the gunman since he was carrying ammunition and a backpack containing homemade explosives, McMahon said. Officers searched Aguilar’s home Saturday night, recovering more ammunition, computers and documents, police
said. The home is a two-story woodframe house in a middle-income neighborhood called Hollywood, near the Capital Beltway. No one answered the door Sunday morning. There was a Christmas wreath on the front door and signs that read “Beware of Dog.” Aguilar and his mother rented the home. Sirkka Singleton, who owns the property with her husband and lives a block away, said they use a property manager to find tenants and have never met the Aguilars. She declined to say who the property manager was. A roommate who answered the door at Benlolo’s home confirmed that she lived there but declined to comment further. Two police officers went into the home after he spoke briefly to a couple of reporters. Residents described the neighborhood as a mix of owners and renters, including some University of Maryland students. But university spokeswoman Katie Lawson said neither the victims nor the gunman attended the school. A man who answered the phone at Johnson’s residence in Mount Airy, northwest of Baltimore, said the family had no comment. The victim’s aunt told a local television station that she did not believe her nephew knew Aguilar. Sydney Petty, in a statement to WBAL-TV, said she did not believe her nephew had a relationship with Benlolo.
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One thing Obama won’t talk about As President Obama prepares to deliver his 2014 State of the Union address Tuesday, the talking heads have freely speculated on his central focus. Paul Krugman of The New York Times wrote in his Thursday op-ed that the President ought to focus on inequality; Politico reported Saturday that the White House has said the address will empower the middle class with practical proposals for economic growth. Hey NSA, did you hear that? Obama to give ‘optimistic’ message – shocking news from the man that brought us hope on a redesigned Pepsi symbol. Meanwhile, down here in the Appalachian hills of East Tennessee, our dear State Senator Stacey Campfield is focusing on a slightly less feel-good issue – shutting down the NSA within state borders. It’s a stroke of unexpected wisdom from Campfield – the gentlemen that generally embarrasses his constituency with outlandish legislation. For those readers unfamiliar with Tennessee’s 7th district representative, his most memorable bills include proposals to: ban teachers from teaching about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools, limit lottery winnings to $600 for people on public assistance, require teachers/counselors to report a child’s private questions about sexuality and decrease welfare to families with a child making inadequate academic progress. He also has a beef with the University of Tennessee’s Sex Week and led the charge against its funding last year. Despite his history of backwoods ignorance and unrealistic public policy, Campfield’s most recent legislation actually affirms his right to sit on Capitol Hill. Senate Bill 1849 aims to cripple the NSA by refusing material support, participation or assistance to the spying agency that has enraged Americans and governments the world over. In layman’s terms, Campfield’s legislation would bar state government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity to the NSA. The bill also seeks to block public universities – such as UT – from serving as NSA research facilities and recruiting grounds. For students with connections at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the proposal is particularly noteworthy. Oak Ridge houses several supercomputers, including the Titan, one of the world’s fastest. According to NSA researcher James Bamford, most of the data that the NSA gathers whirs through these supercomputers; the NSA depends on Tennessee to crack the encryption codes that would stop it from collecting private data. Only five other states are considering iterations of the so-called Fourth Amendment Protection Act, and only one of them – Washington – has an actual NSA facility within its borders. The fate of the bill is unpredictable at best, but if passed, it could spell trouble for the hallowed hills at old UT, a direct partner to ORNL through UT-Battelle. The university conducts $300 million of externally funded research each year; $17.3 million comes thanks to ORNL. And areas of joint research between UT and ORNL span bioenergy, computational science, neutron science and more. Though the bill takes aim at only the NSA-related facets of ORNL, it would be hard to avoid some attrition in other areas of the lab, areas that UT both depends upon and feeds with undergraduate and graduate research. State’s rights are increasingly relevant in an increasingly hegemonic age, and Campfield’s stand probably has Andrew Jackson celebrating from his Hermitage grave. Cutting electricity to Titan would be a big step towards increased data security, and it’d be nice to see Tennessee on the vanguard of that progress. But for the state’s flagship university, this is a noble battle better left on the docket. We need ORNL if we intend to remain competitive among national research universities, let alone crack the top 25. If the state goes toe-to-toe with the federal government, it won’t just be the NSA that suffers. The university community, though perhaps more secure in our data, would lose the esteem we gain by sheer proximity to the national lab that built the atom bomb. You won’t hear Obama mentioning SB1849 in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. You won’t see it in the headlines of The New York Times or on your next Buzzfeed list. But keep an eye out for Campfield’s most recent “Big Idea.” The Volunteer State is taking on Uncle Sam, and the Volunteers might get caught in the middle. R.J. Vogt is a junior in College Scholars. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Grades are fleeting, embrace experiences in college School of Sarcasm by
Kaila Curry As I arise this morning in my sub-freezing residence hall and begin the process of waking up, which includes at least six presses of the “snooze” button, I cannot help but feel empowered by a newfound confidence. “It is my second semester as a college freshman, and I have it all figured out,” I think to myself right as my face hits the tile after gracefully missing a step of my lofted bed. Maybe not. Though I definitely do not have this whole “college thing,” figured out just yet, I have gained more knowledge about independence, time-management, friendships and life in general than in my four years of high school combined. In the beginning, I walked blindly through campus with a look of utter confusion that just screamed out “freshman.” That, and the fact that I was carrying around a campus map may have blown my cover. As time progressed I began to figure how I could sleep between classes and still make it to the next one on time. When the workload increased, however, I learned to replace sleep
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map of the library that I will be sure to call upon in semesters to come. It was in this expansive building that I also garnered information about friendship that one cannot learn from collegiate textbooks alone. Although our schedules grow increasingly hectic through the semester, I can always count on some, if not all, of my friends to be on the third floor in the “secret” location we’ve declared our own. I remember starting college with the uneasy thought that my group of high school friends would grow apart, but it seems we’ve grown closer. We’ve made new friends that could never replace the old, but also only expanded upon our already pre-existent, close-knit group. From parties to friendship, the most important lesson I have learned is this: there are experiences that a college classroom can never offer you. While grades are important, it’s personal experience that will truly impress future employers. As the cliché goes, college is the best time of our lives, and it is also one of the most fleeting. Therefore, I leave the reader with this simplistic advice from the infamous Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop to look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Kaila Curry is a freshman in English. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s health care goes well beyond abortion debates Struggling to be Heard by
Andrea Richardson Women’s health is more than just the right to an abortion. Last Wednesday commemorated the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that established the right to abortion in the U.S. Over the course of my life I have encountered a great many opinions on abortion, and I may have gotten into an argument or two over the subject. There’s no question that the topic is a hotbed for disagreement. However, I feel the heated debate over abortion is, at times, highly misguided. Many feel that abortion is a simple issue, that it’s a yay-or-nay kind of deal. The truth is that abortion is one facet — albeit a highly controversial one — of the bigger issue of women’s reproductive health. The Population Institute released its annual State of Reproductive Health and Rights report card a couple weeks back. Spoiler alert: We as a nation didn’t do so hot. A “C-”, America? Really?
Tennessee got an “F.” This, sadly, does not surprise me. As a young woman, I should be highly frightened, which I am. But not surprised. Among the individual states who received an especially dismal “F-” on their report cards is our neighbor Mississippi — which, fun fact, has just one abortion clinic in its entirety — as well as Texas. Big, giant, problematic Texas. About two years ago, Texas cut its family-planning budget by two-thirds. A year ago, Texas legislators endorsed these cuts as steps to dismantling the “abortion industry.” Guess what though, guys? Not only is there no such thing as an “abortion industry,” but also, of the 53 clinics that closed as a direct result of the budget cuts, none of them even offered abortion. These clinics offered things like basic health screenings, mammograms and STI testing. The clinics that remain now have had to begin charging fees to stay afloat, which means even fewer people will have access to these services. Regardless of your stance on the issue, you must see how harmful abortion politics have become. Let me break it down for you again: essentially we have countless women who have lost or are losing access to an affordable means of basic healthcare just because a bunch of old men in expensive suits
conflate the terms “family planning” and “abortion.” And this isn’t just happening in Texas, it’s happening all over the country. Pro-life legislators are so into policing women’s bodies that they don’t care about the very real destruction to women’s health that they are causing. Women’s health issues are so much bigger than just having the right to have an abortion; but because we as a nation have placed so much weight into this one issue, we aren’t appropriately addressing things like breast cancer, cervical cancer, STIs, mental health, pregnancy complications, rape and domestic abuse. Why is it that some of my friends know more about late-term abortions than they do about at what age and how often they should get a pap smear? Priorities, people. Finally — just to add two more cents to my two cents — the general political platform that comes along with being “prolife” isn’t so in favor of life as one would like to think. Supporting the downsizing of welfare programs and being OK with “Stand Your Ground” laws seems pretty staunchly “anti-life” if you ask me. Andrea Richardson is a sophomore in anthropology. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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with coffee. It has been working quite well with very little side effects – except maybe a few slight twitches. By the time finals rolled around, I invested in a portable IV that pumps espresso into my blood stream. It’s what the cool kids do. Speaking of peer pressure, I recall my first college party like it was yesterday – maybe because it was. The first thing I learned at a college party, contrary to popular belief, was that Asher Roth is not constantly being played in the background. Some clichés, however, do hold true. The bedrooms are never unoccupied and girls peeing together is an unspoken law. A keg stand is not a stand in which the keg is placed on. Not every drink one is offered should be accepted. And finally, he who brings an extra tap will be crowned a hero and crowd surfed to the keg if the previous tap breaks. The next college survival lesson I mastered last semester was eating. Sometimes it seems like there is not enough time to have a sit-down lunch at PCB and buying snacks can get pricey. I have taught myself to occasionally live off the free food on Pedestrian. Is my backpack filled with event flyers? Do I get 17 emails a day from evangelists, environmentalists and the various clubs? Yes, but in return I have Ramen noodles, cupcakes, hot chocolate, cookies and coffee for free. After spending the entire finals week lost in Hodges, I have also obtained a cognitive
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CAMPUS NEWS NYC continued from Page 1 â€œThe purpose of the trip is to expose broadcast journalism students to excellence at the national level,â€? Swan said, adding that the exposure to major networks and cable news channels allows the students to hear from some of the best in the business. â€œThese visits and connections may lead to internships and jobs. Thatâ€™s why it is so important.â€? On the magazine side, eight students headed for sit-downs with editors at Vogue, Shape, Menâ€™s Journal, Lucky, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple and others, even meeting with Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger, a 1978 UT graduate. The editors offered tips for cracking into the small world of magazine publication, as well as insights to the editorial process and anecdotes from decades of personal experience in the industry. During his tenure at the College of Communication and Information, Dean Michael Wirth has pumped several million dollars into high-tech classrooms in an effort to improve the educational experience of CCI students. But for some CCI students, the pursuit of journalism, advertising and public relations took them beyond the classroom. Some things are just better
learned in New York City. Last week, 28 journalism students and 24 members of the Ad Club traveled to the â€œCity That Never Sleepsâ€? to see the professional world of their respective disciplines. One of the yearâ€™s largest storms â€“ referred to in New York as â€œSnow-pocalpyseâ€? â€“ greeted the UT travelers with more than a foot of snow but failed to stop them from meeting the likes of Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric and more. Ad Club Led by Courtney Childers and Roxanne Hovland, both faculty members for the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the Ad Club students visited six advertising agencies, including Young & Rubicam and Scripps Network. Eight students also visited NFL headquarters to meet with Paul Hicks, executive vice president of communication and government affairs for the NFL. Whether actually interviewing for internships or networking for future opportunities, the students had a peek into a life after Knoxville. â€œItâ€™s definitely a learning experience, even as a senior,â€? Lauren Gregg, senior in advertising and public relations, said. â€œIt helps you know if you really want to live in New York.â€? Journalism classes Led by Sam Swan, a broadcast professor, and Elizabeth Hendrickson, a magazine journalism professor, the journalism students met with top
CHEEK continued from Page 1 â€œWe started it without any money,â€? Cheek said. â€œWe got volunteers to do it, and we think itâ€™s successful. And we will modify that and implement it more fully in the fall.â€? A substantial expansion of the transfer program is also a priority. A new community college coordinator was recently hired to improve communication between the university and community colleges. â€œWe are going to be more specific than the pathways that have been identified,â€? Cheek said, â€œso when you go to a community college you know exactly which courses to take.â€? As the first member of his family to attend college, Cheek said he understands the importance of guidance. â€œIf I hadnâ€™t gone to my adviser and gotten some help, I might not have done so well,â€? Cheek said. â€œThere was some struggle that I had because no one else in my family had gone down that path. â€œWe all struggle, but struggle is important. We learn from struggle.â€?
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industry executives, including on-air celebrities. â€œHonestly, when I saw Katie Couric, I cried,â€? McKenzie Martin, junior in journalism and electronic media, said after the trip. â€œAnd Anderson Cooper was just so down-toearth.â€? The broadcast students visited studios at NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, CNN and the Food Network, capitalizing on alumni connections and the extensive professional network maintained by Swan, a former TV anchor in several Midwestern markets. â€œThe purpose of the trip is to expose broadcast journalism students to excellence at the national level,â€? Swan said, adding that the exposure to major networks and cable news channels allows the students to hear from some of the best in the business. â€œThese visits and connections may lead to internships and jobs. Thatâ€™s why it is so important.â€? On the magazine side, eight students headed for sit-downs with editors at Vogue, Shape, Menâ€™s Journal, Lucky, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple and others, even meeting with Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger, a 1978 UT graduate. The editors offered tips for cracking into the small world of magazine publication, as well as insights to the editorial process and anecdotes from decades of personal experience in the industry.
Margie Nichols, vice-chancellor for communications, attended UT Martin as a firstgeneration college student, funding her education primarily through loans and scholarships. Supportive programs, Nichols believes, would have aided her adjustment to college life. â€œI was scared,â€? Nichols said. â€œI was afraid that I was going to fail. Itâ€™s an adjustment because you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re walking into, and your parents donâ€™t know what youâ€™re walking into, and they canâ€™t really help you. Youâ€™re really dependent on your university for help.â€? Yet, First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking to a room of higher education leaders on Jan. 16 expressed confidence that, through these same socio-economic difficulties, students develop advantages over more privileged counterparts. â€œIn facing and overcoming these challenges, these kids have developed skills like grit and resilience that many of their peers will never be able to compete with â€“ never,â€? Obama said. â€œAnd when they get out in the world, those are the exact skills they will need to succeed. â€œAnd they will succeed.â€?
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Minimum wage bills being pushed in at least 30 states Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. â€” Minimumwage increase proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in statehouses in more than half of U.S. states, highlighting the politically potent income inequality issue this year. Lawmakers in at least 30 states are sponsoring or are expected to introduce wage hike measures, according to a national review by The Associated Press. They hope to notch state-level victories as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats remain stymied in attempts to raise the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour. The president is expected to mention the minimum wage in his State of the Union address Tuesday. Even in Republican-dominated capitals where the bills are longshots, the measures still give Democrats a chance to hammer home the popular theme of fair wages in what is an election year in most places. â€œItâ€™s a no-brainer for any Democrat,â€? said Neil Sroka, a strategist for progressive groups who is communications director at the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America. â€œCongress is failing. They can take real action right in the states and have a demonstrable impact right here at home. For politics and policy, itâ€™s a winning strategy.â€? Minimum wage is a perennial issue that has taken on a higher profile amid the slowly recovering economy and growing public debate about income inequality. A Quinnipiac University poll this month found 71 percent of Americans in favor of raising the minimum wage â€” including more than half of Republicans polled. Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign
Committee, calls it an â€œorganic issue thatâ€™s bubbling up from the grassroots.â€? But itâ€™s also being pressed by politicians and labor unions. Democrats challenging Republican governors have taken up the issue, and there are ballot initiatives in several states. â€œWe are facing a huge income gap that only continues to widen, where the workers at the top see large wage increases and the workers at the bottom are at a standstill. That needs to change,â€? said Massachusetts Democratic Senate President Therese Murray. Five states passed minimum wage measures last year, and advocates hope that number will grow as states from New Hampshire to Washington consider proposals. Many would push families above the federal poverty line, which is $15,730 for a family of two. In Iowa, a bill would hike the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. A Rhode Island bill would raise it from $8 to $9. And a year after New York approved a multiyear minimum wage hike, Assembly Democrats introduced another bill for 2014 sponsored by Labor Committee Chairman Carl Heastie of New York City that would accelerate the increase. Labor unions and other advocates point to workers like Andrew Lloyd, who cleans the cabins, bathrooms and cockpits of airplanes between flights at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City for $8 an hour. With a wife and 1-year-old, he relies on food stamps to help stock the refrigerator and his paychecks barely cover diapers and other needs of his daughter. He said he canâ€™t afford a new pair of socks for himself. â€œItâ€™s not enough. What weâ€™re making is not enough to support,â€? Lloyd said. â€œThereâ€™s just no way they can justify what is going on is right.â€? Opponents, many of them
Republicans, argue that the higher wages translate into fewer jobs and higher consumer costs. So wage hike bills in Republicancontrolled legislatures, like Florida and South Carolina, are not expected to pass. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the claim that working families need the boost to make ends meet makes him â€œcringe, because I know that statement is a lie.â€? â€œEven if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs,â€? Scott said. â€œWe need good jobs that lead to good careers for our families, and thatâ€™s what I am focused on.â€? Already, a Democrat-backed bill to increase Indianaâ€™s minimum wage by $1 was blocked by majority Republicans on a partyline vote Tuesday. Win or lose, the legislation gives Democrats a potential weapon against Republican opponents. Eddie Vale, a Democratic strategist with close ties to labor unions, said Republicans who oppose a wage hike will face fierce criticism. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of people in this state that are making the minimum wage that are voting Republican right now,â€? said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Tennessee, where they plan to introduce a minimum wage bill this year. â€œMaybe if they see that they donâ€™t have their best interests in their heart, they might change their minds.â€? Thereâ€™s hope that success will breed more success. Vale, a top adviser at the Democratic super PAC American Bridge, said the thinking behind the push is to get things started at the state level, where lawmakers come into more direct contact with their constituents. Once state legislatures start moving, it will lend momentum to a federal expansion.
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Monday, January 27, 2014 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson
ARTS & CULTURE SWING BOOTY continued from Page 1 “Although their sound was foreign to the typical college scene, they really drew everyone in and owned the crowd.” When not jitterbugging herself, Patterson, a first-time visitor to Relix, made note of the venue’s offbeat, scruffy feel. “What stood out to me was the relaxed, eclectic atmosphere,” she said. “I think the fact that it is further away from campus ensures that only actual fans of the band will make the trip and everyone at the venue will be into the performance.” The all-ages show drew as diverse a crowd as its musical attractions. Audience members spanning from teenagers with glow sticks to older couples in dapper, 1940s-evocative looks intermingled on the floor. A curtain of heavily draped string lights created a starry stage backdrop, and a large canvas accompanied by an assortment of acrylics invited passersAll Photos Courtesy of Janie Prathammavong • The Daily Beacon
by to leave their artistic mark. Part of a live art installation by Lisa Leturno, the brightly painted canvas added a thoughtful touch to the evening, said Jimmy Russell, a recent graduate in psychology. “Lisa Leturno rounded out the culturally diverse night with some live painting that took on a life all its own,” he said. “A dozen concert-goers joined in to contribute to a psychedelic mosaic that constantly evolved throughout the night with the individual touches of everybody that contributed.” Equally experimental was the performance of Knoxville band Oroboro, Russell said. “They play great music with a psychedelic touch that seems to be surprisingly rare in this scene,” he said. “What really stands out is the talent of the musicians: from the frenetic, rat-a-tat-tat drum beats of Matt Johnson always keeping you on your toes with constant variations so flawlessly stringed together, to the expertly crafted and technically impressive guitar riffs of Jay Torrance.
“He truly does the Jimi Hendrix tattoo on his shoulder justice.” For Lee Paulsen, a 2010 political science graduate and Relix regular, the diversity of both the musical acts and audience added to the evening’s worth. “I think the diverse demographic of people who go to Relix is really great,” he said. “A lot of venues will cater to one specific scene, like you’ll have a jazz club targeted toward older married couples and then a place like NV that’s obviously more popular with the college set. At Relix shows, like tonight, everyone here is on equal footing. “We’re all here for the music, and it’s music that can appeal to wide variety of people.” The night’s end drew the unconventional crowd together for a similarly unconventional last hurrah. Seven-piece breakdancing troupe VolatomiX commanded the audience’s attention for a routine with music ranging from Jay-Z to “The Lion King” soundtrack. “The breakdancing group’s closing performance may have
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been the highlight of the night for me,” Patterson said. “They put on a great performance and then ended by spreading out and going freestyle with the crowd.” A jam circle formed in the middle of the dance floor in which both members of VolatomiX and the audience took turns busting a move in the spotlight. As young and old alike stepped up their two-steps, turtles, and head spins, the onlookers’ cheers grew into a deafening roar. The group’s energy and enthusiasm was contagious, Paulsen said. “I’d never seen breakdancing live before,” he said. “It was a completely different experience for me, and one that turned out to be really interesting. They’re obviously passionate about what they do and had a pretty big fan base present. I hope to see them perform again. “It’s always a good night when you’re exposed to new forms of entertainment and art, and I’m definitely walking away from Relix with the experience tonight.”
Yasameen HoffmanShahin performs as a special guest vocalist for Swingbooty on Saturday at the Relix Theatre.
The crowd forms a conga line as the gypsy jazz players of Swingbooty perform at the Relix Theatre.
Christian Lange, a violinist for gypsy jazz band Swingbooty, performs with the band Oroboro and VolatomiX breakdancers at the Relix Theatre.
Kukuly Uriarte from the band Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego performs as a familiar guest with Swingbooty.
Kyle Bothof plays saxophone as a guest performer for the gypsy band Swingbooty at the Relix Theatre.
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James Davis, senior in accounting, pets a monkey during Vol Night Long on Saturday.
Students prepare for Indian Culture Week tion that is knowledgeable in the country or culture and can ensure that our activities are authentic.” The I-House also tries to Henna tattoos, chicken curry ensure that local cultural restauand traditional Indian dances. These are just a few of the rants are used for food; this way components of this year’s India students are receiving a real-life Week, a week designed to bring Indian culture to the students at UT. India Week will take place from Jan. 27-29 and is filled with different activities to engage stuIndian Coffee House, dents in the Indian culture. Each night will showcase a different 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. aspect of Indian culture: Monday night will include the Indian Coffee House; Tuesday, the Indian Cooking Demonstration and Wednesday, the Indian Culture Night. Indian Cooking For some, this may be their Demonstration, first time hearing about such an event at UT, but Thuy Pham, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in charge of the Indian World Showcase, said showcasing different cultures is something that happens each semester. “The International House chooses 3-4 cultures or countries Indian Culture Night, to showcase,” Pham said. “We 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. devote three consecutive days to showcase the culture through presentations, demonstrations, food and performances.” Given the amount of work that goes into putting on a culture week, the I-House collaborates look at the culture they are learnwith other student organizations ing about. “This will be the fourth on campus to put on the different World Showcase,” Pham said. events. “For the Indian World “And although no event runs as Showcase, a UT student orga- planned, I believe students who nization named Manthan will chose to come to previous events also be responsible for putting have left with a more knowlon weekly activities,” Pham said. edgeable understanding of that “We usually choose an organiza- culture.”
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Making sure students have a more knowledgeable understanding of the showcased culture is the main goal of those who put on the World Showcases, and it is why the organizers go to such lengths to ensure all the activities are enjoyable and unique for the students. Emily Corley, sophomore in sports management, had nothing but praise for past cultural events. “I’ve been to multiple cultural events at the I-House, and each time was better than the last,” Corley said. “I definitely think that those who work closely to these kinds of projects really look at what went well and what went wrong. They take note of what students respond to and what they don’t, and that enables them to make it that much better for the following semester. “I have no doubt that India Week will top what they’ve done in the past.” Freshman Greg Butcher said he cannot wait to see what the I-House has in store for India Culture Week. “As a freshman, it’s hard to make connections and to know what all is going on throughout the course of a semester,” Butcher said. “When the I-House puts on events like culture week, it allows students to get involved, to learn and to meet other individuals that may share their same interests and ideas. “I think it’s a really interesting way to get out of our comfort zones. I’m very excited to see how this upcoming week unfolds.”
‘I, Frankenstein’ shines as solid comic adaptation Clinton Elmore Contributor “I, Frankenstein”: a noteworthy comic book adaptation that doesn’t try to be more than it is. A secret war between good and evil has raged for centuries. In the shadows and dark of night, the fate of the world is decided by incarnations of life and death while a clueless humanity meanders about doing whatever it is humans do. No, it is not “Underworld X,” but you wouldn’t be wrong for thinking it might be. The similarities in tone and plot are undeniable. Just like “Underworld,” those with a taste for this genre are likely to enjoy it. Directed by Stuart Beattie, “I, Frankenstein” follows the life of Frankenstein’s Creature as he becomes enmeshed in the eternal struggle between Demons and Gargoyles. Played artfully by genre veteran, Aaron Eckhart (”The Core,” “Battle: Los Angeles”), the Creature struggles to decide where his place should be. He is neither man nor beast nor demon or gargoyle. His ultimate allegiance is only to himself. Yet, Eckhart’s portrayal evinces humanity in the creature even in moments of depravity and violence. Based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, the plot is fairly straightforward and the pacing is tight as the movie unfolds. This is a by-the-numbers genre film that does little to stand out from similar offerings in the genre but doesn’t get in its own way by trying to be more than it is. As a result, the story isn’t particularly deep nor does
I, Frankenstein Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy Director: Stuart Beattie
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Around Rocky Top
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Rating: PG-13
it bravely tread over untrammeled territory. There are moments when cheese creeps in, but these are either unavoidable in the genre or mercifully brief. Miranda Otto plays Queen Leonore with the same grace that made her stand out in “The Two Towers” and “Return of the King,” yet she is able to add a hint of ambiguity to the noble gargoyle to keep us uncertain as to her intentions toward the creature. Bill Nighy plays the evil genius we all wish we could be. He plays demon Prince Naberius who is after the secret of the creature’s immortality, cold and disinterested with everything but his goals. There is such menace in this understated performance that only Nighy could pull off. He could read a cake recipe and come off as a convincing criminal mastermind. The rest of the performances are on par with similar genre films. Again, no one stands out in a good or a bad manner. A hallmark of classic Hollywood editing is that it does not draw attention to itself. Marcus D’Arcy does an
“I, Frankenstein” is a 2014 Au s t r a l i a n -A m e r i c a n fantasy action film based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux. The film was released Jan. 24. admirable job of keeping the pacing and cinematic flow going. The use of 3D is proficient and doesn’t give a headache like many recent films have done. The score by Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, while not particularly memorable, contributes to the tone and emotions of the movie. The CGI isn’t what it could have been but it isn’t bad either. “I, Frankenstein” is not without flaw, but it concentrates on its strengths. The plot is shallow, but the pacing keeps one interested. The characters are one dimensional, but veteran actors add personal touches that breathe life into them. By the end of the movie, when the world was on the brink, I found that I actually cared who won. As a result, I’d recommend this to fans of genre and comic book movies. Otherwise, wait for it to come out on DVD or streaming.
8 • THE DAILY BEACON
Monday, January 27, 2014 Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron
Assistant Sports Editor Dargan Southard firstname.lastname@example.org
Simmons’ 26 points Despite low temps, Vols warming up for 2014 help Lady Vols top Texas A&M, 76-55 Dargan Southard
Assistant Sports Editor
Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 11 Tennessee took on an “all hands on deck” approach to playing without star point guard Ariel Massengale, and one shooting hand in particular stood out in the Lady Vols’ 76-55 whipping of No. 17 Texas A&M: That of senior guard Meighan Simmons, who scored a gamehigh 26 points in Massengale’s absence. “I was out there playing for one of my teammates who couldn’t be here,” Simmons said. “Ariel has done so much for this team, and we all stepped up to the plate. When we play as a team, the game is more fun and we have a lot more energy.” It appeared so on Sunday in UT’s first visit in history to Reed Arena, as the eight-time national champions whipped A&M in three facets: fast-break points (17-0), points in the paint (38-16) and bench points (12-5). “Seventeen to zero on fast breaks? That’s never happened in my career,” A&M coach Gary Blair said. “And there’s no excuse for it.” Massengale, whose 110 assists are more than double any other Lady Vol, didn’t travel to College Station after suffering a face injury on Thursday in the first half of Tennessee’s 89-69 home victory over Florida. “She could have come with us, but I just made the decision for her to stay home and get some rest,” Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said. “I thought it would be good for her, and good for us to focus on us.” Warlick added that she expects Massengale, whom she described as “day to day” with the injury, to take part in Tuesday’s practice and to likely play on Thursday at home
against Arkansas. Freshman Andraya Carter ran the offense admirably in Massengale’ absence, finishing with 10 points, a team-high six assists and tying for the team lead with two steals. “I was little nervous at first but I leaned on my teammates and coaches,” Carter said. “They just wanted me to go out there and play, and it’s hard to be too nervous when you have such a good support system.” Despite their first loss in 10 games, the Aggies (16-5, 6-1 SEC) are still tied for the league lead with South Carolina, while the Lady Vols (16-4, 5-2 SEC) are creeping back into contention. Guard Courtney Walker led A&M with 20 points, while UT’s Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison chipped in 10 points each in the Lady Vols’ balanced attack. The Aggies had entered the game allowing a league-best 51.2 points per game in SEC play, but the Lady Vols scored their 52nd point with 14:41 remaining in the game. “We got beat by a better team,” said Blair, who won a national title at A&M in 2011. “Tennessee acted like a top 10 team today. And Carter was exceptional at the point. I bet Massengale gets better in a hurry before their next game.” Simmons scored nearly as many points (15) as the Aggies in the first half, as the Lady Vols roared to a 36-20 lead over the first 20 minutes, and A&M never threatened after the break. The hot Lady Vols shot 33 of 61 (54.1 percent) from the floor, compared to A&M’s 23 of 68 (33.8 percent). Simmons, a Texan who played at Steele High School near San Antonio, finished 12 of 19 from the floor in her return to her home state. “We wanted to go out there and play for Ariel - but not just for Ariel,” Simmons said. “And we knew we needed each other.”
Texas A&M 55
College Station, Texas // Reed Arena // 7,207 33-61 (.541)
Individual Leaders M. Simmons 26
C. Walker 20
M. Russell 11
K. Gilbert 11
A. Carter 6
J. Jones 7
2 tied, 2
J. Jones 2
3 tied, 1
R. Mitchell 2
In temperatures hard-pressed to stay above freezing, only a handful of outdoor activities are generally accepted. Baseball would certainly be absent on most lists. But after even icier weather left the Tennessee baseball team cooped up in various indoor facilities for days one and two of official practice, complaints were nonexistent as the Diamond Vols made their 2014 Lindsey Nelson Stadium debut Sunday afternoon. “It actually warmed up to about 40 (degrees) today,” said a smiling Scott Price before the team’s 11-inning intersquad scrimmage. “I think everybody’s in short sleeves, The leggings have come off. I think it’ll feel good to get back out on the field officially for the first time this spring.” Despite three consecutive losing seasons, each one producing less than 10 conference victories, this type of positive demeanor has been a mainstay for the Diamond
Vols in recent weeks as head coach Dave Serrano has consistently labeled his 2014 squad the kind of remodeled product he envisioned upon arriving in Knoxville. “I’ve been to the postseason, and (my staff and I) know the road how to get there,” said Serrano, who’s visited the NCAA Super Regionals four times including two College World Series appearances. “We’re trying to pave it for our players right now, so they know how to get there. I’ve been doing this business for a long time, and I know when I see good ability. “The building process is over. Now it’s time to start getting the results that we should be having in this program.” Arms Aplenty For UT – as would be the case for any team trying to reach the postseason for the first time in seven seasons – depth within the team’s pitching staff is a top priority, and UT believes they have just that in 2014. “I feel like this pitching staff, we’re a lot more mature
this year,” said senior Nick Williams, who threw 61 innings last season and represents the team’s most-used returning pitcher. “We’ve got a lot more quality arms. We’re filling the zone up a lot more in practice. We’re all competing.” While this year’s staff boasts the arrival of five junior college transfers, the program’s most heralded addition is that of Serrano’s own son, Kyle, who opted to don the orange and white despite being drafted by the Colorado Rockies. The former Farragut Admiral, who was named the conference’s top preseason freshman by the baseball scouting service Perfect Game earlier this month, hardly disappointed in his official practice debut, tossing four innings of no-hit ball. “Kyle’s like anyone else on our pitching staff, just unfortunately for him, he’s my son,” Dave Serrano said jokingly. “I’ve been proud with his progress,” Strenuous SEC slate Similar to the conference’s
overly-dominant football product, the SEC is no slouch on the diamond either as the Vols will face a treacherous road inside league play; one that yet again boasts a bevy of nationally ranked teams. According to Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason poll, the SEC features eight ranked teams, six of which will match up against UT this season. “The SEC is always gonna be strong,” junior infielder Will Maddox said. “There are different teams each year that are very good.” But while the stiff competition inside the conference is to be expected, it’s the reduced discrepancies in talent level that has Serrano’s anxious to go. “I’ll be able to look across the diamond now no matter what venue we’re at — here or on the road in the SEC — and not feel like we’re outmanned,” Serrano said. “I think we can match player by player now with some of the best teams in the SEC with the talent we have in our own dugout.”
Gators chomp Tennessee, 67-41 Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon were doubleand triple-teamed just about every time they touched the ball. No. 6 Florida was trying to force anyone else to take shots — a defensive scheme that worked to perfection in a 67-41 victory Saturday. Stokes finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds — his 10th double-double of the season — but little else went right for the Volunteers in Gainesville. “They basically said, ‘We will not let you score inside,’” Stokes said. “They forced us to hit shots.” And the Volunteers failed miserably. Florida held Tennessee (12-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) to a season-low in points and shooting percentage (27). The Volunteers’ backcourt really struggled, with leading scorer Jordan McRae, Antonio Barton and Josh Richardson combining to make 2 of 29 shots. “They turned us over, they sped us up, they did a great job,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. “We forced some shots, but you give that defense credit for doing that.” Florida snapped Tennessee’s three-game winning streak in the series, something the Gators had been looking forward to for months. “We had a little chip on our
shoulder because they kicked our butts the last three times,” said Florida center Patric Young, who scored 10 points. “I can actually remember each loss, and the last one was the worst because they were on the court celebrating. They punched us, and we didn’t respond well the last three years. “Tonight, we were so ready for whatever they had to throw at us. We were all locked in.” Michael Frazier II led Florida with 17 points, and Scottie Wilbekin added 13. The Gators (17-2, 6-0) beat the Volunteers for the first time in nearly two years and extended their school record for consecutive home wins to 26. Stokes and Maymon kept the Vols in the game early, but they faded down the stretch. Maymon finished with eight points and seven boards. “This is just my observation, but I thought those guys, Stokes and Maymon, were so incredible on the backboard with their effort,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said. “To offensive rebound and to chase balls like they did, they got worn down, they got tired and rightfully so. Those guys are carrying around a lot of weight and size and strength.” The Gators led 26-19 at halftime and pulled away with a 21-5 run after the break. Wilbekin’s floater in the lane got things started, and Frazier’s consecutive 3-pointers really opened it up. After Will Yeguete’s dunk and Dorian Finney-Smith’s consecutive layups in transition,
Gainesville, Fla. // Stephen C. O’Connell Center // 12,475 15-56 (.268)
Individual Leaders J. Stokes 16
M. Frazier II 17
J. Stokes 10
J. Stokes 2
8 K. Hill 3
J. Stokes 1
4 Tied, 1
D. Thompson 1
D. Walker 1
the Gators pulled ahead by 17 and looked really in rhythm. It was just what Florida had hoped for after the last three meetings. “It’s a gift to be desperate,” Donovan said. “I thought we played closer to our identity and out potential than we have before. I think the last two games we didn’t do that. It’s encouraging to me to see our guys come out with that kind of focus.” Florida coasted from there, winning for the 16th time in its last 17 games. The only loss in that stretch was a buzzerbeating defeat at then-No. 12 Connecticut in early December.
Florida shot 48 percent from the field, including 5 of 16 from behind the arc. The Gators scored 38 points in the paint, made 10 of 13 free throws and finished with a season-low six turnovers. Stokes posed problems for Florida early. But Donovan’s full-court press gave McRae, Barton and Richardson fits. The Vols had just 13 turnovers, but they ended up taking countless ill-advised shots and had little, if anything, come easy. “They played really good defense, doubling in the post,” Maymon said. “They just played a really good, all-around game.”