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HSS begins makeover, renovates for 2012 Claire Dodson Staff Writer UT students and faculty who have classes in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS) may have noticed a few changes this semester. Most notably, the floor is gone in almost every classroom. These changes are in preparation for the large-scale renovation HSS will be undergoing this summer. William Dunne, associate dean and professor of research technology in the College of Engineering, said these renovations are simply the next step in improving student learning at UT. “We have seen an improvement in the caliber of the students at UT,” Dunne said. “We take that as a challenge to make students’ learning experiences better. The HSS renovations are a large part of that.” HSS, which was built in 1965, has been the source of a lot of student complaints over the past few years. UT has been making slow but steady improvements to relieve these concerns. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, the lighting and HVAC systems were replaced, resulting in more comfortable temperatures and added energy efficiency. “I had classes in HSS my freshman year,” Megan Lange, junior in
English, said. “It was always either really hot or freezing cold. This made it a very distracting learning environment.” With the HVAC systems now fixed, the Classroom Upgrade Committee, chaired by Dunne, can focus completely on the renovation of the entire building. For three years, the committee has been working on diversifying the style of learning through classroom style in HSS. “Most of our classrooms now reflect a focus on lecture-style teaching,” Dunne said. “While this is still a valuable teaching method, we recognize it may not work best for every type of class UT offers. Our aim is to make those classrooms more accessible for learning.” This accessibility comes in the form of flexible rolling chairs, matceramic boards to take the place of white boards/chalkboards, and smartboards in smaller classrooms. These are all meant to enhance student-teacher interaction. Currently, a few classrooms in HSS are already using the colorful chairs, and Dunne said the feedback has been excellent. “These chairs make it easy for teachers to construct their classrooms in different ways,” Dunne said. “Students can work in groups much more efficiently to maximize classroom space.” See HUMANITIES on Page 3
Knoxville expo raises health awareness among UT students Matt Miller Staff Writer According to the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta, about three out of 10 people in Tennessee are too fat, and university students are not immune from this staggering statistic. “If I have to write a big paper or I get stressed out, I tend to eat a lot of sweets and chocolate,” Anna Nisch, a grad student studying German literature, said. “Coffee is also an issue for me.” So far, though, Anna remains trim, despite her penchant for relieving stress with chocolate. To help students combat this problem and to make Tennessee a healthier place, the Healthy Living Expo is back in Knoxville. The expo will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. For many college students, staying up late, partying, eating cheap food and other such activities make their college lifestyles unhealthy. The expo will feature a wide variety of events, from free health checks to food samplings. “The more people we can teach about living healthier, the better,” said Susan Benton, the communications director at the Healthy Living Expo. The expo is designed to help people become healthier by talking face-to-face with specialists and people going through similar health issues. Free health checks from specialists will be available at many of the more than 250 interactive, eduFrancis Glynn • The Daily Beacon cational exhibits. If there is a question about The Dunkin’ Donuts mascot hangs out on the Pedestrian Mall on Jan. 18, holding a health, one of these exhibits should be able to sign advertising the new opening of a Dunkin’ Donuts at Volunteer Hall. The store answer it. opens at 7 a.m. Monday-Friday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. As a college student, finding the time to be
TeamVOLS gears up for day of service Tiffany Perkins Staff Writer The King Holiday and Service Act was passed by Congress in 1994 as part of the president’s national call to service initiative. Instead of having a day off from work or school, Congress urged Americans of all backgrounds to honor Dr. King’s legacy with service and community action. Approaching another year of giving, TeamVOLS Volunteer Center asks students to “continue to make this a day ON and not a day OFF.” The TeamVOLS Volunteer Center will host the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 21. Since its start at UT in 2002, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has seen great progress. Participation has more than doubled since 2010 with over 600 students currently registered this year. The 2011 Day of Service gave over 1,100 hours of service to the Knoxville community, and members of TeamVOLS feel that this year will be “the biggest one yet.” “I hope everyone who pre-registered and (who) comes out to volunteer has a positive attitude and a willingness to serve,” Kate Humphrey, program adviser, said. Each year the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service gives students the chance to volunteer at different places throughout Knoxville. This year’s volunteers can expect to serve at places like the Ijams Nature Center, the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center and the Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Boys and Girls Club. Though much emphasis is placed on community service, it is not
the only objective of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. King said that “service is the great equalizer” and this nationally observed day of service aims to bring UT students together, regardless of barriers that have divided them in the past. Students like Kewana Phennessee, senior in sociology and criminal justice, volunteer for this very reason. “Dr. King dedicated his whole life to fighting for equal rights and giving back to the community,” Phennessee said. “Dedicating my whole day to giving back in honor of him is the very least I can do. Even though it is only a small step, I know that it is a part of a huge effort to continue breaking barriers.” Humphrey also said breaking barriers is one of the reasons she is so passionate about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. “Another reason I love this day of service is because almost anyone can serve,” Phennessee said. “TeamVOLS prepares the volunteer sites and provides transportation for those who might not normally have it. Dr. King said, ‘Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve.’ We do have to limit the amount of students who sign up, due to the amount of buses our office can afford, etc., but I am proud to see how many UT students are willing to give up a Saturday morning to help their community.” Since pre-registration numbers were so high, registration was closed early. Students who did pre-register are asked to be at the UC from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to check in. This is mandatory. A light breakfast will be served, a brief presentation will be made and students will be transported to service sites around the city. All students will be back to the UC by 1 p.m.
healthy is difficult enough, not to mention expensive. A drawing will be held every hour to win a one-year membership in Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center. Along with this drawing, tons of other prizes will be distributed. Different stages will be set up throughout the expo as well. The Zumba Stage is set up for people of all ages to try the easy-to-follow, Latininspired, fitness dance. There is also an Eat Right Stage where local chefs and nutritionists will help show people how to eat healthier. Chef Walter Lambert, whose popular cooking show airs on local Channel 8, will be there to talk and share some recipes. There also will be free food tastings. The Get Active Stage will have physical activities such as dance, karate, gymnastics, Pilates, kickboxing and yoga. Missy Kane, a UT graduate and track star, is going to speak at the expo about preventive health screens and wellness. The Family Fun Center has activities for all ages, including a portable tennis court. Last, but not least, there will be free massages for anyone attending the Healthy Living Expo. When asked if he would go to the expo, Stephen Palmer, a sophomore in logistics, said it was a nobrainer. “I would definitely go,” Palmer said. “I mean, come on, free massages.” The Healthy Living Expo is committed to helping people live healthier, whether they are trying to counteract long nights of partying or just curious about how to stay healthy in everyday living. Free tickets are online at http://www.thehealthylivingexpo.com/knoxville/index.php.
Northwest prepares for harsh weather The Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. — A winter storm that packed winds of 100 mph and dumped more than a foot of snow in the Pacific Northwest could soon give way to another threat: warmer weather and the potential for flooding. However, an icy Thursday morning commute was the next challenge likely to face Western Washington drivers, local emergency management officials warned. Sub-freezing temperatures were the rule late Wednesday with Bellingham forecast to dip as low as 15 degrees with wind gusts to 25 mph. Light freezing drizzle fell in Seattle and Tacoma. More than 40,000 electrical customers lost power at least temporarily late Wednesday, in many cases as icy, snow-laden tree limbs drooped or fell onto power lines. Many of the outages
were quickly restored. Some residents in Washington state’s capital tried to find a way to enjoy the abundance of snow Wednesday in a region not used to huge snowfalls. “I love it,” said teenager Emily Hansen, who had the day off from high school and spent the morning with her mother taking photos of the growing piles of snow outside the Capitol. Her mother, however, was more measured, mindful of what the days ahead could bring. “A day or two it’s fun, but after a while you start looking at accidents and slush and flooding,” Pat Hansen said. From Olympia to the Oregon coast, the storm closed schools, caused dozens of flight cancellations and clogged roads with snow and hundreds of accidents. Kennewick and Richland. The University of Washington canceled Thursday classes at 3 campuses, including Seattle.
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Grant Caldwell, sophomore in communications and religious studies, hands Katie Cahill, sophomore in English, a shirt from the campus location of Faith Promise Church. Faith Promise will be meeting at Clarence Brown Theatre at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday for the next two weeks.
1961 — John F. Kennedy inaugurated On January 20, 1961, on the newly renovated east front of the United States Capitol, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. It was a cold and clear day, and the nation’s capital was covered with a snowfall from the previous night. The ceremony began with a religious invocation and prayers, and then African-American opera singer Marian Anderson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Robert Frost recited his poem “The Gift Outright.” Kennedy was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Earl Warren. During his famous inauguration address, Kennedy, the youngest candidate ever elected to the presidency and the country’s first Catholic president, declared that “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” and appealed to Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1917, Kennedy was the son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, a wealthy businessman. Both of his grandfathers were politicians, and his father served appointed positions in the Roosevelt administration, most prominently as U.S. ambassador to Britain. Kennedy volunteered to fight in World War II and was decorated for an August 1943 action in which he saved several of his men after the PT torpedo boat he was commanding was sunk in the South Pacific. In 1944, Kennedy’s older brother, Joseph, was killed in a bombing mission over Belgium. Joseph had planned to make a career in politics, and Kennedy, discharged and working as a reporter, decided to enter politics in his place. He won the Democratic nomination for the 11th Congressional District of Massachusetts, defeated his Republican opponent, and became a U.S. congressman at the age of 29. Twice reelected, he was known in Congress for his foreign policy expertise, often taking a bipartisan stance when it came to issues of national security. In the election of 1952, in which the
Republicans won the White House and majorities in Congress, Kennedy captured the Senate seat of Republican Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. after an intensive campaign. In 1956, he nearly became the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, winning Kennedy wide national exposure and leading him to consider a bid for the 1960 presidential nomination. In 1957, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of biographical essays, Profiles in Courage, and in 1958, he was reelected to the Senate by the largest margin in Massachusetts history. By that time, Kennedy’s presidential campaign was in full swing. The press embraced the young, idealistic senator and his glamorous wife, Jackie, and Kennedy’s father bought a 40-passenger Convair aircraft to transport the candidate and his staff around the country. By the time the 1960 Democratic National Convention convened, Kennedy had won seven primary victories. On July 13, he was nominated on the first ballot, and the next day Senate majority leader Lyndon Johnson was chosen as his running mate. Opposed by Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Kennedy performed well in televised debates with Nixon, a new addition to presidential politics. On November 8, he was elected president. Kennedy, his wife, and family seemed fitting representatives of the youthful spirit of America during the early 1960s, and the Kennedy White House was idealized by admirers as a modernday “Camelot.” In foreign policy, Kennedy actively fought communism in the world, ordering the controversial Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and sending thousands of U.S. military "advisors" to Vietnam. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he displayed firmness and restraint, exercising an unyielding opposition to the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba but also demonstrating a levelheadedness during negotiations for their removal. On the domestic front, he introduced his “New Frontier” social legislation, calling for a rigorous federal desegregation policy and a sweeping new civil rights bill. On November 22, 1963, after less than three years in office, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open-car motorcade with his wife in Dallas, Texas. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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HUMANITIES continued from Page 1 But these renovations extend beyond the classroom. Because of the age of the building, HSS does not strike students as a very lively learning environment. “It kind of feels like an old high school,” undecided freshman Adam Young said. “I don’t really like to go there a lot.” It is precisely this sentiment that Dunne wants to change. “We want students to spend time there, like they do in the library commons,” Dunne said. “University buildings should have multiple functions.” Once the renovations are complete, HSS will have an Aramark food facility on the ground floor and a small common area on the first and second floors. The common areas will have seating, charging stations and printers. Outside seating will also be available on
the ground floor. Other changes include fresh paint for the entire inside of the building and modifying the hallways to include more seating for students waiting before class. The stairs will also be made more aesthetic and artwork will be added. Dunne hopes these renovations will not only better the atmosphere of HSS but also inspire other revamps around campus. “I hope students and faculty will like it and want it in their buildings,” Dunne said. “These types of renovation aren’t for every classroom on campus, but many smaller classes could definitely benefit.” If the reaction is good, then the committee will be able to acquire funds more quickly and provide useful changes to other colleges at UT. “I’m excited for these changes,” Lange said. “Now it will be more of a community learning environment instead of a falling-asleep-in-class kind of environment.”
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Romania’s social upheaval worsens The Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian cities are gripped by the worst street violence in over a decade. Slovaks seem poised to re-elect a confrontational and divisive populist. Hungary alarms the European Union with laws that erode democratic rights. In former Soviet bloc nations now part of the EU, frustration is mounting due to economic stagnation and worrisome governance, encouraging street protests and unpredictability that could further jeopardize growth and stability in an already troubled part of the continent. Many of the problems are common far beyond the region: indebted states hiking taxes and slashing state spending to stay solvent. But the added burdens come to a region that was already grappling with much deeper poverty and corruption than in the West before the global financial crisis hit. In recent days, the situation has played out most dramatically in Romania, where pent-up fury with the government and an eroding standard of living exploded into days of street protests that at times turned violent. In Bucharest over the weekend, 59 people were injured in fighting that saw riot police turn tear gas on protesters who attacked them with stones and firebombs. “What happened last weekend is only the beginning,” commentator Gabriel Bejan wrote in Tuesday’s Romania Libera daily paper. “We are in an important electoral year and such confrontations will be frequent. What will they lead to when nobody seems willing to take a step back?” Much of the frustration goes back to the way Romania transitioned to democracy after its 1989 coup against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu — with many former communists keeping control of power and resources. The results, today, are seen in entrenched cronyism, a huge gap between rich and poor and a lack of government transparency that feeds a widespread sense of injustice. “The Mafioso government stole everything we had!” protesters declared on banners at several of the rallies that have taken place in more than a dozen Romanian cities since Thursday and appear set to go on. Hungarians have also been taking to the streets with increased fre-
quency in recent months over a new constitution and a blizzard of new laws that concentrate power for the right-wing Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Freedom House, a U.S. group that carries out a yearly global survey of political freedom and civil liberties, has observed “hints of re-emergent illiberalism” across central Europe, said Christopher Walker, the group’s vice president for strategy and analysis. This year’s report, which was published Thursday, highlights what it sees as a deteriorating climate for civil liberties in Hungary due to threats to the independence of the press and the judiciary. “Hungary has shown a bent towards illiberalism which is really inconsistent with the European idea,” Walker said. The EU agrees. On Tuesday the EU Commission launched legal challenges against Budapest over its new constitution and other laws which took effect Jan. 1, saying they undermine the independence of the national central bank and the judiciary and do not respect data privacy principles. Orban’s tightening hold on many institutions comes thanks to an overwhelming 2010 victory for his party on the heels of near economic collapse by the previous, Socialist-led government. But the mounting EU pressure appeared to have some effect: EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday that he received a letter from Orban promising to modify the legislation that raised EU concerns. In Slovakia, meanwhile, opinion polls predict a probable return to power in March elections for Robert Fico, a former left-wing prime minister who has also worried Western diplomats with a sympathetic approach toward authoritarian states. Fico took Russia's side during its 2008 war with Georgia — bucking a trend across the former Soviet bloc to express concern over Moscow’s use of power. He has also celebrated Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution. In striking contrast to trouble in much of the region, there is one relative oasis: Poland, the largest of the 10 ex-communist states that joined the EU in recent years. Its economy has seen unusual dynamism given the difficult times, thanks in some part to massive infrastructure projects in recent years as Poland prepares to co-host this summer’s European football championships with Ukraine.
Morrocan men self-immolate The Associated Press RABAT, Morocco — Five unemployed Moroccan men set themselves on fire in the capital Rabat as part of widespread demonstrations in the country over the lack of jobs, especially for university graduates, a rights activist said Thursday. Three were burned badly enough to be hospitalized. Once rare, self-immolation became a tactic of protest in the Middle East and North Africa ever since a vegetable seller in Tunisia set himself on fire in December 2010 to protest police harassment, setting off an uprising that toppled the government and sparked similar movements elsewhere in the region. The Moroccans were part of the “unemployed graduates” movement, a loose collections of associations across the country filled with millions of university graduates demanding jobs. The demonstra-
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Andy Rogers, a UT alumnus, responds to the audience during the BOSS Dance Company rehearsal on Wednesday. Rogers is responsible for the diabetes musical, “Andy and the Beats,” that he performed last year. He plans to hold another performance run in June at the Clarence Brown Theatre.
tions are often violently dispersed by police and in some towns and cities have resulted in sustained clashes. While the official unemployment rate is only 9.1 percent nationally, it rises to around 16 percent for graduates. Around 160 members of the movement have been occupying an administrative building of the Ministry of Higher Education for the past two weeks in Rabat as part of their protest. Supporters would bring them food until two days ago when security forces stopped them. “The authorities prevented them from receiving food and water, so five people went outside to get food and threatened to set themselves on fire if they were stopped,” said Youssef al-Rissouni of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights. Of the three who were hospitalized, two were in serious condition, while the other two just had their clothing singed, he added.
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‘Napoleon Dynamite’ fails to ignite Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor The 2004 film “Napoleon Dynamite” is a contentious movie, and its cult following is probably why. In my high school, at least, “Napoleon Dynamite” became a phenomenon, and people had entire conversations at lunch that consisted of quotes. Needless to say, tater tots became a much more popular lunch room staple afterward. I did not mind it. I even occasionally joined in because I watched it in 2004, without expectations just like them, and loved the movie. For those who did not watch it in 2004, however, the endless quoting probably only did two things: a.) annoy the heck out of them and b.) raise the bar unrealistically high for this funny cult movie about an eccentric group of high schoolers. It’s not the funniest movie ever made, not even close, but the later viewers of “Napoleon Dynamite” thought it was supposed to be. (Maybe this is why I do not like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”) Many of the people who dislike “Napoleon Dynamite” fall into this camp. Gradually, with time, “Napoleon Dynamite” fell out of the public consciousness, as did its star Jon Heder. At the film’s release, Heder looked like he might become the next great comedy actor, but ever since, he has appeared in a number of dull comedies, most notably “Blades of Glory.” So it is interesting that now, eight years later, Fox debuts a “Napoleon Dynamite” animated series, complete with a storytelling approach that more or less requires the viewer to have watched the movie previously. In some cases, like with supporting characters Don and Summer, it is even more helpful to have watched it recently. While “Napoleon Dynamite” is certainly a funny movie, was it the best choice for an animated series? Looking back on the first two episodes, it is inescapable to notice that none of the biggest laughs involve character humor. Usually they are jokes that stand on their own or reference something. Two of the funniest gags from the premiere both reference obscure things. The show spoofs the band at Chuck E. Cheese’s by having Napoleon’s brother, Kip, take a date to Goof Nutz Pizza, complete with
its own band. The entirely unimaginative parodies the band plays are hilarious. They include “Takin’ Care of Pizza,” a parody of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business,” and a rendition of “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base that changes the words from “all that she wants is another baby” to “all that she wants is another pizza.” That is truly expert songwriting. The band includes animals and randomly an Abraham Lincoln that pops out of a cabin. The show also makes fun of how obviously fake the performers look by having them immediately slump forward, powering down from a performance. But at the end of the premiere, the show plays with that expectation by having the animals come to life and say hello to Kip, a frequent customer. But perhaps the funniest aspect of the premiere is Uncle Rico reading a book called “Quarterback Detective,” a take-off on some of the horrible juvenile genre fiction, especially that of the crossover variety. Rico getting confused with the simplistic, hackneyed plot is hysterical. “The diamonds were in the football,” he marvels when he is a little farther along in the book. But all the actual attempts at character humor felt tired. It certainly did not help that so many of the supporting characters are so static or unrealistic, especially bullies Don and Summer. In the series’ second episode, “Scantronica Love,” all the characters are strangely paired by a computer dating survey. Summer comes off as a caricature, talking about how much she misses Don because he makes fun of other people. It felt more like she was spouting off her own character traits, rather than actual lines. Then again, much of everyone’s dialogue in “Napoleon Dynamite” feels the same way. In both of the series’ first two episodes, the third acts play out slow and predictably, with lots of action going on and little humor. When the writers do not care enough to solidify interesting character relationships, then the times when the episodes turn to the central plot become much more tedious. It also did not help that the third acts felt so far removed from the original source material. Could anything as fantastic as the Pioneer Punch Club’s Thundercone have really existed in the world of the 2004 movie? All in all, “Napoleon Dynamite” has some funny gags but not enough of a cohesive whole to become a worthy addition to anyone’s weekly viewing schedule. — Robby O’Daniel is a graduate student in communications. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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‘Conservative’ religion holds paradoxes T he Bur den o f I n fa l i a b i l i t y by
Wiley Robinson It seems like the rest of the Western world has answered the question of religion. England, Italy, Germany and France, themselves the ancient seats of one brand of Christianity or another, have slaughtered each other under the auspice of religion for nearly 10 centuries. Though an old statistic, it is worth repeating; these same countries have almost no church attendance. They’ve killed each other over it too much. Sure, things like the English Civil War were caused by economic changes like the rising middle class — but it was the Protestant Reformation and religious ideology that moved men to pick up the weapons. The Anglican church, or Church of England, is still sponsored by the state (yes, completely by tax payer dollars), yet about 2 percent of the population regularly attends. Religion in England is a cultural relic; its sponsorship by the state is written in stone to this day. America has a reported attendance of 43 percent, and the foundation of our country also has something definite to say about religion: Under no circumstances will the state have anything to do with it, aside from assuring the freedom of its pursuit. Yet there looms the de facto political reality that we’re all too aware of: the skewing of religion’s role in politics, due most directly to the exploitation of voter demographics, that’s responsible for the most controversial cultural issue of our time despite the clear role that is written in our Constitution. What causes every “true” Republican to feel justified in not just subverting, but entirely blocking out, the portion of our constitution that demands religious freedom? Maybe one’s own subjective cultural beliefs are thicker than patriotism. Not as catchy as blood is thicker than water, but it’ll do. The open contempt for one clause in the Constitution might seem like a valid stance that doesn’t necessarily reject America’s founding document as a whole. Unfortunately, the clause containing the separation of church and state prevents such convenient selectivity, such a la carte interpretation: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” To reject the first clause of this amendment is to undeniably reject it as a whole. England, whose religious intolerance motivated the intellectual founders to yearn for religion to be a political non-issue, has culturally “outgrown” strong religious identity as a culture despite its continued legislative bias. America, intended from day one to be free from religion’s infinitely biasing effect on the functions of government, especially for the purpose of party manipulation, is now far more religiously biased and intolerant than England — a grand irony, and a testament to maddening complexities of culture and the failure of government sponsored religion in the modern day. We can’t ignore the success that is the free market of religion. From the wording in the First Amendment, the founders themselves craved a freedom from religion as much as the freedom to pursue it. But they were the governors, the “elitists” of their time. The colonists that continued to pump into America had a much different perspective; in a way, it was they, in their new, huge environment, who preserved the religious intensity that continues to demand treasonous political inclusion. The Republican Party has transformed its campaigning process to exploit this strong cultural identity: exploit, because it actually does nothing to support Christianity besides claiming a general solidarity with them. It’s all quite rhetorical. Why? Besides the First Amendment, Christianity operates on a cellular level — there are simply too many brands that don’t have a strong enough bond. There’s nothing monolithic about it. American Christianity itself has no consensus. The Old Testament can only really be understood in the cultural context of ancient Judaism; capitalism itself ignores the fourth commandment — keep sacred the holy Sabbath — by working on Sunday (well, Saturday). What does the Bible demand of people who work on the Sabbath? Death (Exodus 31:15), same as the other commandments, because “thou shalt not kill” meant don’t kill your fellow Jews unprovoked. Without the possibility of one literal translation there can be no consensus. And good luck getting people to focus literally on the New Testament; it takes a real “liberal” interpretation of Jesus’ teachings for them to complement conservative economics. There’s just no excuse for promoting a cultural identity at the scale it’s being done. There is no controversy. It’s a direct attack on the only thing ensuring America’s theoretical moral superiority. — Wiley Robinson is a junior in ecology and evolutionary biology. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For the first time in six semesters of college, one of my history professors has asked me to complete an assignment that is often required of college students but that I had not yet encountered; we are to keep a blog and post each week responding to the readings assigned for homework. At first, I was fairly daunted by this task –— my academic training has taught me how to write formally, but has unfortunately given me little practice in the freer style of blog posts. Of course, I then realized that I write in a similar style every week in this column, and it suddenly wasn’t so intimidating of an assignment anymore. Nonetheless, the assignment of a weekly blog post raised an interesting question in the context of my study of history: How relevant is the role of conversational prose in the study of academic theory and practice? It does seem inevitable in a world of technology and instant publication that such a style of writing would take a foothold, but this does not inherently lend it validity as an academic endeavor. We often assume that academic writing must take the form of a structured paper or book, rather than informal prose in the context of one academic sharing his or her thoughts with colleagues. Perhaps the reason this method is often discounted as inappropriate for true scholarship because any kind of conversational thought is often wrought with convoluted streams of consciousness and ideas to wrestle with. Academic writing is intended to be clear, concise and articulate, in order to convey to the audience exactly what you’re thinking on a particular matter is. It is rarely intended to be a conversation about theory, methods and contexts of your field. In my experience, however, it is those highly convoluted and complex conversations that have piqued my interest and inspired me the most, even more so than reading formal academic writing. The most I have learned as a history major has not come from textbooks, but from conversations with my professors and with my
friends and peers, even those who aren’t necessarily trained in history. These conversations, whether in person, e-mails, text messages or phone calls, can spark new ideas and perspectives that otherwise might not have occurred to me. It was through such conversations, in fact, that I decided to change my major from music to history after my freshman year — without the encouragement and inspiration of a few professors, friends and my parents, I would have been hard pressed to come to that conclusion on my own. The power of conversation has been confirmed for me once again as I begin the incredibly difficult task of deciding the topic of my senior thesis. I too am victim of the problem that plagues so many humanities majors — I love almost every element of my field, making it particularly difficult to decide on a topic to which I can devote a year and a half of research and writing. Anyone who has written a significant amount on a topic of their choice, or indeed chosen a major to pursue in college, can identify with the difficult task of making sure your choice is one that you can live with for at least four years, if not the rest of your life. What we choose to spend our time studying is an extremely formative choice as we move out into the working world, and we all want to make sure we have chosen wisely. In my experience, and in the case of many others, the decisions about our majors or our research topics have not been made in a vacuum. It is where those conversations with professors, parents, friends and colleagues become invaluable as we listen to their experiences and consider their thoughts from a wide range of perspectives. To be sure, we gather information from print sources as we search for the topics that interest and inspire us. But even finding those books could not have been done without the help of professors and friends who knew me well enough to suggest ideas that I might enjoy studying. Perhaps the blog I must keep for my history class will be yet another vehicle of seemingly casual conversation that ultimately leads to bigger ideas to discuss and ponder. Academia has always benefited from informal conversation between interested parties, and it seems only fitting that it should embrace the vehicle of technology to further these conversations. — Sarah Russell is a senior in history. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Story of legendary war pilots reaches theaters The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter flew 77 missions during World War II and crashed landed only once, impressive numbers that challenged those skeptical of the abilities of black aviators. Decades later, he and the other legendary African-American airmen he flew with must once again prove themselves — at the box office. “Red Tails,” a movie chronicling the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terence Howard, opens Friday in 2,500 theaters nationwide. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has been blunt about his 23-year struggle to make the film. He said executives at every major studio rejected it because they didn’t think mainstream viewers would pay to see an all-black cast. The 94-year-old Carter sees the hesitation by studios as history repeating itself. “It goes back to the old axiom that the all-black fighter squadron, in their estimate, wasn’t going to do well,” said Carter, who made a career of the Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel. “It ... doesn’t surprise me.” The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the U.S. military. They were trained in Alabama at Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, as a segregated unit during World War II. After being admitted to the Army Air Corps, they were prohibited from fighting alongside white counterparts and faced severe prejudice, yet went on to become one of World War II’s most respected fighter squadrons, successfully escorting countless
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Skyrim fails to listen to fan feedback Wiley Robinson Staff Writer It can be argued that the best time to review and discuss a game is a matter of weeks after its release — that is to say, when the highest percentage of gamers most likely to have something to say about what they’ve just spent their time and money on, and who aren’t taking full advantage of product hype and ignorance, have been able to fully grasp what that may be. For a game like “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” that was a grace period of at least a month or so — and longer still for others. To many, open-world games with that level of detail and content create the pinnacle of entertainment. Certainly that sense of firstperson freedom and, sometimes, purpose, is hard to resist. Whatever you can say about Skyrim — and as a piece of entertainment that is loosely simulating reality, one based so closely on a formula having only been marginally refined (mostly just visually) over the course of more than a decade (from “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind” in 2001), there is a lot to be said — one has first to disclaim any and all criticism with a solemn acknowledgment for what these games — and none more so than Skyrim — do for the total perception of single-player games. There was disappointment with total industry sales last year (due mostly to a lack of Nintendo competency), but that’s missing the point altogether. Consoles didn’t sell as well because they’ve been out for around 10 frakin’ years, and there is only justice in the fact that Microsoft’s inflated console sales attributable to the rapid internal decay of the Xbox 360 is behind them. But with this hardware generation (which also affects PC) finally getting around to its climax and subsequent twilight, the most complete sample of game buyers and their love of semi-story-driven-but-
a l s o - t o t a l l y - f re e - t o - ex p l o re - o p e n world-games, was indubitably measured. And for those who are confused as to why I’m emphasizing the importance of the genre over the franchise, well, who besides Rockstar Games is actually making entertainment like this? So even if you don’t quite agree with their methods, it’s not their fault there aren’t more people trying to capitalize on a market with totally untapped potential. That said, instead of trying to dissect every aspect of Skyrim and how they all come together for a more complete picture, let’s start with some complaining. A perfectly valid way to measure Skyrim’s worth is by looking at the degree Bethesda overwhelmingly ignores the most direct form of feedback from its games: mods. Of course, mods are going to be a much more reliable and specific form of feedback than increasing sales in a completely cornered market. Since Morrowind — which is, again, basically the same game in every foundational way — this franchise has classically enjoyed the largest of modding community on the Internet, and the collective message is overwhelming: more variety, and more context. The first thing anyone does (or undoes) to modify and enhance these games is to add a variety of clothing, weapons, armor, houses, accessories — the primary ways the silent characters express themselves in worlds where things get done almost explosively with force and money (usually gotten by force). And the most successful of these integrates it well into world, addressing all relevant contexts: narratively (relative to the mythos, location, politics) and economically. That an absolute value of realism is the ultimate goal for these games that reek of realistic fantasy is beyond doubt in my mind, but the game’s overall item system not being stagnant, even if only based on what the people buying your game
deliberately change with each passing iteration, is the most imperative to overall enjoyment by the most people. And Bethesda has barely lifted a finger to change its bland, overly statistical formula. Items and money, the primary motivation for exploring the vast world and its dungeons, remain primarily determined by a very narrow pool of armor, weapons, money/jewels and magical items that are completely independent from the context of their surroundings. And over-dependence on the player’s level, something the mod community takes great pains to abolish altogether, continues to destroy immersion instead of actually rewarding efforts. Perhaps the most widely remarked upon complaint with Oblivion, whose items and enemies were almost leveled to the player across the board, was that the game’s randomly spawning bandits all wore the most powerful armor (forged with demon powers, mind you) in the game. This was actually something of a PR embarrassment for Bethesda, and they promised to never err so again. But is spawning generically enchanted, expensive suits of armor on random shelves and generic chests around the world really any less glaringly obtuse and boring? Boring out of sheer contempt for anything like a realistic context? What is promised is a reinvigoration of one of the most satisfying and widely appealing genres in entertainment to exist, and we get the same beautiful garbage that despite feeling so inherently fun, organic and deep, invites the discouragement of repetition to stop the experience in its tracks when the remedy is being made — well, en masse, and for free. It just makes no sense. Agree, disagree? Wiley Robinson, junior in ecology and evolutionary biology, can be reached at email@example.com. Check back for more in-depth Skyrim and game rants in the future.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Stopping SOPA may save venture capitalism Jake Lane Arts and Culture Editor What ten-dollar adjective hasn’t been thrown at the anti-piracy legislation hanging around Capitol Hill like the dark pregnant clouds before a storm? “Draconian” has surely been used, and fittingly. Perhaps one also might call it “unconstitutional,” also apt as it abridges free speech. I think of all the terms I’ve heard, “unexpected” was not one of them. What seems to shock so many people is that the government would side with big business and secure the means of generating capital in a time of titanic deficit. This only phases them when their pirated movies, music, pornography and television shows are at stake. Let’s be real. At this stage in the game most people probably feel a sense of entitlement to free entertainment. Pop quiz: When was the last time you bought a new DVD, Blu-Ray or CD?
I’m willing to bet the answer is somewhere in the neighborhood of more than a calendar ago. I’ll confess, I don’t like buying retail, either. Most of my budget goes to recycled media from the likes of McKay, Disc Exchange and Raven Records. Furthermore, the idea of “Internet piracy” seems an inflated term which roughly translates to “you are stopping us from financially raping you because you like our product.” SOPA and PIPA are simply the latest model of tailor-made bills written at the behest of production and distribution giants like the RIAA, along with regulators such as the MPAA. The funny thing is, their complaint about losing jobs and income isn’t on the part of the artists who actually create the product being sold, but the relatively few peons who get rich marketing said product. Let’s take a trip back in time to the turn of the century, when Y2K scared the bejesus out of so many and Napster was the scourge of artists from Metallica to Limp Bizkit (Wiki them, fun times). Columbia House, once a distribution giant whose colorful inserts offered 12 albums for the price of one with subscription to their service, closed its doors as their once lucrative deals faltered in the face of peer-to-peer file-sharing. Their main factory was located in Terre Haute, In. Located on Fruitridge
Avenue, wedged between Sony DADC (a disc manufacturing plant, workforce: 100) and Bemis Company (plastic film production, workforce: >800), Columbia House provided 3,300 jobs as of 1996, yet when it finally closed under the merged title of Direct Brands Inc. in 2009, just 147 people were employed at the Terre Haute branch. So which jobs are being eliminated, exactly? It would seem that with the avenues opened by rapid online distribution, more bands are being formed, more nascent filmmakers are taking a stab at the craft and receiving instantaneous feedback thanks to stream sites like YouTube and Vimeo, and what’s more, human interaction with media is evolving in a way it should have decades ago. Again, let’s be real. Even for an atavistic Luddite who would take vinyl over a digi-single any day, the boundless opportunities which high-speed Internet and a work ethic provide once hopeless dreamers is wish fulfillment at the very greatest, and most American. All the politicians who would say “Internet piracy” inhibits the capitalist promises of our country fail to step back from their myopic party lines and see the bigger picture. Venture capitalism functions on the “aim big, win big” paradigm. On the flip side, the kids with web cams on YouTube aren’t spending a lot of money or
losing any money by doing what they do. Rather, they are saving people money to funnel back into consumer ventures by providing a free service. They are pursuing happiness for the sake of happiness, for the love of the game if you will — that is the kernel of the America I love. If anything, I see this as a boost to the economy rather than the bane of its continued existence. That lies in energy and food subsidies, free trade agreements, multinational monopolies and ... Sudoku, right, I’m back. As vehement reaction has caused even the strongest supporters of these bills to rethink their stance, the threat of danger remains quite real. While the castration of the Internet may not spell doom for this country, it would put us on the level of totalitarian entities such as China, who the same legislators denounce openly. All the same, I think Lincoln said it best, over 170 years ago, when describing America’s future: “If destruction be our lot, then we ourselves must be its authors and finishers. As a nation of free men, we will live forever, or die by suicide.” Such self-sabotage has been momentarily averted. For how long, your guess is as good as mine. — Jake Lane is a graduate in creative writing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foreign artwork gains copyright protection The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld a law Wednesday giving U.S. copyright protection to paintings by Pablo Picasso, films of Alfred Hitchcock, music from Igor Stravinsky and millions of other works by foreign artists that had been freely available. The justices said in a 6-2 decision Wednesday that Congress acted within its power when it extended protection to works that had been in the public domain. The law’s challengers complained that community orchestras, academics and others who rely on works that are available for free have effectively been priced out of performing “Peter and the Wolf” and other pieces that had been mainstays of their repertoires. The case concerned a 1994 law that was intended to bring the U.S. into compliance with an international treaty on intellectual property. Without it, American artists might have found it hard to protect their work in certain countries that lacked specific copyright arrangements with the United States. The law requires people to ask permission or pay royalties before copying, playing or republishing foreign works that previously could not have been copyrighted in the United States. The court ruled in 2003 that Congress may extend the life of a copyright. Wednesday’s decision was the first time it said that published works lacking a copyright could later be protected. “Neither congressional practice nor our decisions treat the public domain, in any and all cases, as untouchable by copyright legislation.
The First Amendment likewise provides no exceptional solicitude for works in the public domain,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her opinion for the court. But Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for himself and Justice Samuel Alito, said that an important purpose of a copyright is to encourage an author or artist to produce new work. “The statute before us, however, does not encourage anyone to produce a single new work. By definition, it bestows monetary rewards only on owners of old works,” Breyer said. University of Denver music professor Lawrence Golan was the lead challenger to the law. He said the ruling will effectively prevent orchestras in small and mediumsized cities as well as high school and university ensembles from performing works by 20th century composers such as Shostakovich and Stravinsky because it will be too expensive. Works by Mozart and Beethoven, meanwhile, remain in the public domain and won’t require prohibitively expensive fees each time they’re performed. “This ruling just eliminated a big chunk of the repertoire, mainly the middle of the 20th Century,” said Golan, who conducts the university’s Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington. Golan, a violinist, said he had hoped to have the Yakima orchestra open its next season with a celebratory Shostakovich concert but, following Wednesday’s ruling, he plans instead to feature a work by Tchaikovsky not covered by the law. Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case because she worked on it while serving in the Justice Department.
Victims of British tabloid agree on settlements The Associated Press LONDON — Rupert Murdoch’s media empire apologized and agreed to cash payouts Thursday to 37 people — including a movie star, a soccer player, a top British politician and the son of a serial killer — who were harassed and phone-hacked by his tabloid press. The four — Jude Law, Ashley Cole, John Prescott and Chris Shipman — were among three dozen victims who received financial damages from Murdoch’s British newspaper company for illegal eavesdropping and other intrusions, including email snooping. Lawyers for the claimants said the settlements vindicated their accusation that senior Murdoch executives had long known about the scale of illegal phone hacking and had tried to cover it up. Financial details of 15 of the payouts, totaling more than 640,000 pounds (about $1 million), were made public at a court hearing Thursday. The amounts generally ran into the tens of thousands of pounds — although Law received 130,000 pounds (about $200,000), plus legal costs, to settle claims against the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and its sister tabloid, The Sun. Law was one of 60 people who have sued Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, claiming their mobile phone voicemails were hacked. Others whose settlements were announced Thursday at London’s High Court included former government ministers Chris Bryant and Tessa Jowell, rugby player Gavin Henson, Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt, singer Dannii Minogue and Sara Payne, the mother of a murdered girl. It was the largest group of settlements announced yet in the longrunning hacking scandal, which has shaken Murdoch’s global empire, spurred the resignations of several of his top executives and reverberated through Britain’s political, police and media elite. Law, the star of “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” said he was “truly appalled” at the scale of surveillance and privacy invasion that his case had exposed. “No aspect of my private life was safe from intrusion by News Group Newspapers, including the lives of my children and the people who work for me,” he said in a statement. “It was not just that my phone messages were listened to. News Group also paid people to watch me and my house for days at a time and to follow me and those close to me, both in this country and abroad.” News Group Newspapers admitted that 16 articles about Law published in the News of the World between 2003 and 2006 had been obtained
by phone hacking, and that the actor had also been placed under “repeated and sustained physical surveillance.” The company also admitted that articles in The Sun had misused Law’s private information — although it didn’t go as far as to admit hacking by that paper. Law said Murdoch’s tabloids had been “prepared to do anything to sell their newspapers and to make money, irrespective of the impact it had on people’s lives.” “I changed my phones, I had my house swept for bugs but still the information kept being published,” Law said. “I started to become distrustful of people close to me.” The slew of settlements is one consequence of the revelations of phonehacking and other illegal tactics at the News of the World, where journalists routinely intercepted voicemails of those in the public eye in a relentless search for scoops. Murdoch closed the 168-year-old paper in July amid a wave of public revulsion over its hacking of the voicemails of missing 13-year-old Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered. More than a dozen ex-Murdoch employees have been arrested by police investigating phone hacking and bribery. British politicians and police have also been ensnared in the scandal, which exposed the cozy relationship between senior officers, top lawmakers and Murdoch newspaper executives. A governmentcommissioned inquiry set up in the wake of the scandal is currently investigating the ethics of Britain's media and its links to police and politicians. Law’s ex-wife and actress Sadie Frost received 50,000 pounds (about $77,000) in damages for phone hacking and deceit by the News of the World. Bryant received 30,000 pounds (about $46,000), while Prescott — a prominent member of the Labour Party who was Britain’s former deputy prime minister — accepted 40,000 pounds (about $62,000). After each statement, News Group lawyer Michael Silverleaf stood to express the news company's “sincere apologies” for the damage and distress its illegal activity had caused. Many of the statements ended with victims saying they felt vindicated after years in which Murdoch’s company denied phone hacking had been widespread at the News of the World. The company had initially vowed to fight the claims in court. “Today’s court decision at long last brings clarity, apology and compensation for the years of hacking into my telephone messages by Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers,” Prescott told his local
newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail. “It follows years of aggressive denials and a cavalier approach to private information and the law.” In a statement, the claimants’ lawyers said that “News Group has agreed to compensation being assessed on the basis that senior employees and directors ... knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence.” News Group did not admit this in court, and declined to comment on the statement. The claimants described feeling mistrust, fear and paranoia as phone messages went missing, journalists knew their movements in advance or private information appeared in the media. Frost said the paper’s activity had caused her and Law to suspect one another. Henson said he accused the family of his then-wife, singer Charlotte Church, of leaking stories to the press. Other claimants included Guy Pelly, a friend of Prince William who was awarded 40,000 pounds (about $62,000), and Tom Rowland, a journalist who wrote for one of Murdoch's own newspapers, the Sunday Times. He received 25,000 pounds ($39,000) after News Group admitted hacking his phone. In a handful of cases the company admitted hacking into emails, as well as telephone voice mails. Christopher Shipman, whose father, Dr. Harold Shipman, was a notorious serial killer thought to have murdered more than 200 of his patients, had emails containing sensitive legal and medical information intercepted by the News of the Word. He was awarded “substantial” undisclosed damages. The settlements announced Thursday amount to more than half of the phone-hacking lawsuits facing Murdoch’s company, but the number of victims is estimated to be in the hundreds. Mark Lewis, a lawyer for many victims, said in an email that the fight against Murdoch’s media empire wasn’t over. “Fewer than 1 percent of the people who were hacked have settled their cases,” he said. “There are many more cases in the pipeline. ... This is too early to celebrate, we’re not even at the end of the beginning.” Many victims had earlier settled with the company, including actress Sienna Miller — whose on-again, off-again romance with Law generated widespread press interest — and the parents of murdered teenager Dowler, who were awarded 2 million pounds (about $3.1 million) in compensation. Ten further cases are due to go to court next month, though lawyers said more settlements are likely.
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Projected Starters Tennessee 8-10 (1-3 SEC)
G Trae Golden G Josh Richardson G Cameron Tatum F Jeronne Maymon F Renaldo Woolridge
No. 13 Connecticut 14-4 (4-3 Big East)
14.3 2.9 9.2 11.6 5.3
How They Match-up UT UConn 71.7 Scoring Offense 71.7 67.4 Scoring Defense 63 Field Goals % 45.6 47.9 Three Point % 36.9 35.5 Free Throw % 68.9 69.3 +2.7 Rebound Margin +6.2 4.9 Blocks per game 7.2 13.7 Assists per game 14.1 5.9 Steals per game 6.1 -1.44 Turnover Margin +1
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Jarnell Stokes battles in the paint against a Kentucky defender in his college debute on Jan. 14. He scored nine points in 17 minutes against the Wildcats.
Jan. 22, 2011 in Hartford, Conn. UConn 72-61
G Shabazz Napier G Jeremy Lamb F DeAndre Daniels F Alex Oriakhi F Andre Drummond
14.6 17.7 4.2 6.7 9.9
Why the Vols will win: The Vols may be on a three-game losing streak, but they lost by a combined 11 points in those matches, two of which were against ranked teams. The defense that coach Cuonzo Martin promised since he was hired last March has finally shown up. Tennessee hasn’t allowed more than 69 points in its past five games, and UConn only scores 71.7 points a game. The Vols have proven they can keep games close, but they have issues with turnovers and bad shots in the closing minutes. The Jeronne Maymon-Jarnell Stokes inside combo will be key if UT wants to pull off the upset. Maymon, who’s shooting 56 percent from the field (third in the SEC) has fouled out twice in the past three games, and had four fouls in the other. Stokes nearly had a double-double against Georgia in just his second collegiate game. If both can stay out of foul trouble, that will be key for the Vols to finish out the game. Why the Huskies will win: Yes, the Huskies have lost three of their past five after starting off the season 12-1 in defense of their national championship. Yes, they’re once again missing freshman point guard Ryan Boatright (who averages 10 points, three assists) because of a pending NCAA investigation. However, UConn plays some defense, holding opponents to just 36 percent field goal shooting, while also grabbing 39 rebounds a game and blocking seven shots. They’ll need sophomore Jeremy Lamb (18 points a game) to step up even more and improve his 3-point shooting as of late. Although he’s shooting 36 percent from the season, he’s just 3-of-19 in his past four games. For a team that powered through the NCAA Tournament last year, a hostile environment at Thompson-Boling Arena shouldn’t be a problem.
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Lady Vols spoil Caldwell’s return SEC experience,” Simmons said. “Hollie (Warlick) pulled me aside at practice the Staff Writer other day and told me I would really need The No. 9-ranked Lady Vols showed lit- to play defense this game. I took that as a tle mercy to a former player and assistant way of testing me to see how my defense coach Thursday night during a 65-56 victo- has really improved over the year and this game I think I ry over visiting LSU. showed it. I came The reason for the out there and played hostility was simple. as hard as I could to The former Lady Vol help my team win.” was on the opposing UT responded sideline. with a 10-0 run in Tennessee coach the middle of the Pat Summitt's warm second half to gain a pre-game greeting of lead it would not her former underrelinquish. study, and first-year Freshman forward LSU coach, Nikki Cierra Burdick Caldwell signified the chipped in 15 end of the evening's points, including 11 pleasantries. in the second frame. “I thought tonight The Lady Tigers you saw two very were led offensively physical, up-tempo by senior forward teams, hard fought, Courtney Jones with just battle.” UT associ16 points. ate head coach Hollie In addition to the Warlick said. “And I scoring of Simmons wouldn't expect anyand Burdick, four thing different from a other Lady Vols conteam coached by Nikki tributed between or a team at UT.” five and ten points Playing without to atone for the leading scorer absence of Stricklen. Shekinna Stricklen, Caldwell was a the Lady Vols relied member of UT's Joy Hill • The Daily Beacon heavily on sophomore guard Meghan Lead scorer of the game, Meighan 1991 national chamsquad. Simmons. She paced Simmons shoots the ball. Simmons pionship the team with 19 had 19 points to help the Lady Vols Following a stint as an assistant at points as a crowd of beat the Tigers 65-56. Virginia, she 13,107 watched Summitt's squad improve to 14-4 (5-1 returned to Knoxville where she was under Summitt from 2002 to 2008. SEC) on the year. “It was a knockdown, drag-out type of “I didn't know she had 19 points until I looked at the score sheet,” Warlick said. fight,” Caldwell said. “But it was a very Her scoring ability and her making plays is competitive fight,” Caldwell said. “You almost a given for us and we rely on that.” saw two teams really playing every possesEntering the contest, the Lady Tigers sion like it was their last. And we also had (13-5, 4-2) led the conference in points some breakdowns, and a very good allowed, holding SEC opponents to an Tennessee team was able to capitalize on them.” average of just 48.4 points per contest. The Lady Vols will play their next three Through one half the score was tied at games on the road before returning to 26-all. Thompson-Boling Arena to host South “I knew from the beginning that this Carolina on Feb. 2. was going to be the scrappiest game of our
Club sports win national titles Zak Koenig Staff Writer With 42 clubs and about 1,000 student participants, there is a lot to talk about with rec sports at UT. Sport Clubs are organizations founded and run by students who wish to participate in sports at the collegiate level. Clubs range from instructional and recreational groups to teams that are nationally competitive. “Sport Clubs are a great opportunity for students, because it gives them an opportunity to get involved and meet people, develop their leadership, organizational and financial management skills, promote healthy and active lifestyles, and represent UT on the regional and national stage,” Carrie Trexler, Sports Club coordinator, said. Just last year, both the paintball and wakeboard clubs won their respective national championships. The Paintball Club won the 2011 American Paintball Players Association national championship against Cal State Long Beach after a third-place finish in 2010 and top finishes the previous two years. “It was awesome playing in and winning at nationals,” Ben DeVault, a senior in history and member of the Paintball Club, said. “I’ve been playing with a lot of these guys since I was a freshman, so I was very happy when I could stand on the field with them as an undefeated team at nationals, and have professional players that I looked up to when I first started playing hand me a national championship trophy.” The games from the Paintball Club’s national championship bid are available on YouTube, and the championship game will be available on Hulu
later this year. More recently, the Ice Hockey Club concluded their 2011-’12 home schedule with games against Vanderbilt on Friday and Saturday nights. The Ice Vols played valiantly against the Commodores but lost both games. Friday evening, the Ice Vols scored two goals with less than two minutes left, bringing them within one score of Vanderbilt. In an attempt to get the tying goal before the end of regulation, coach Steve Durrigan made the call to pull the goalie in exchange for an extra shooter, allowing Vanderbilt to score the finishing blow in the final minute, and defeat the Ice Vols 6-4. Saturday evening, Durrigan started the game by inducting three former players, Jon Benner, Scott Holtzman and Adam Bogren, to the Ice Vols Hall of Fame. After the first period, seniors Scott Andrews, Evan Marroni and Matt Byrd were also recognized before the home crowd one final time. Vanderbilt won Saturday’s game 7-2. “During my time playing on the hockey team, my teammates and I were fortunate enough to win an SEC championship, and also compete in two national championship tournaments,” Evan Marroni, senior in logistics and former club president, said of his time as an Ice Hockey Club member. “Even though we’re not playing in the NCAA, it still means a lot to wear your school’s name and play in that kind of setting. Very few people get the chance at a national championship, no matter what level they’re playing in.” If you are interested in joining a club, each club will be holding informational meetings for prospective members on Jan. 24-26. A full list of times and locations for these meetings will be listed on the Sport Club website. For more information about Sport Clubs, you can visit the program website: http://recsports.utk.edu/Programs/Sport%20Clu bs/index.php.