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Pensky introduced as soccer head coach Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor After weighing the options and sifting through possible scenarios, Brian Pensky decided to take the head coaching job at Tennessee. Then he changed his mind — he was going keep the same position at Maryland. Then he changed his mind again. Pensky’s wife, Abby, may have been the one who made the deal happen. “It’s kind of like jumping in a pool,” Pensky recalled his wife saying. “When you jump in, it’s going to be a little cold at first — a little uncomfortable. And then it’s going to get warm and you’re going to love it. “You’ve just kind of got to jump.” Pensky dove in, and was officially introduced as the Lady Vols’ new head coach Tuesday at Regal Soccer Stadium. “(There was) lots of excitement (in deciding to come to UT),” said Pensky. “But honestly, before that excitement came borderline terror in thinking about telling the people at the University of Maryland.” The fact that Pensky was weary to leave his home, the players and the program he helped rebuild gave Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart even more confidence that he found the right person for the job. “I thought we would have had the wrong person had he not felt that way,” Hart said. “Brian Pensky fit the profile absolutely ideally in the sense that he’s a wonderful person, he’s a terrific family person ... deeply cared about the young women on his soccer team. Everyone I talked to said that, first and foremost.” Pensky echoed the same sentiment and said, above all, soccer is about people. “It goes back to people, it goes back to relationships,” said Pensky. “Because this stuff, all the greatness that’s going to happen out here (on the field) will end, and it’s going to be about people.” It was Hart’s first head coaching hire since being hired from Alabama in September.
After 16 years as a UT coach, 12 as head coach, Angela Kelly took the head coaching position at Texas on Dec. 17. The Lady Vols went 15-7 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. Kelly went 160-84-20, while taking UT to nine NCAA Tournaments, including five Sweet 16 appearances. Joe Kirt, who served as interim head coach in Kelly’s absence, will remain at UT as the assistant coach. Pensky comes to Tennessee after serving as Maryland head coach for seven seasons, posting a 67-52-20 record. He was named Soccer America’s Coach of the Year in 2010, and guided the Terps to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice. “This is a big move for me — a life move,” Pensky said. “I thought I was going to die in the state of Maryland. I thought I was going to retire at the University of Maryland ... I’ve been in the state of Maryland 39 of the 43 years of my life. “In the recruiting process, everybody asks you what’s your dream job. I (was) sitting in my dream job. ... It did take, at the end of the day, a special person, and a special situation to take me away from Maryland.” Pensky inherited a struggling program at Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference, arguably the toughest women’s soccer league in the country. The Terps improved their record in each of Pensky’s first four seasons at the helm, but did not get above the .500 mark. In 2009, Maryland went 14-6-2 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 2010, Maryland went 18-2-3 and earned a No. 1 seed for the tournament. “We accomplished some great, great things (at Maryland),” Pensky said. “I wouldn’t be here if we couldn’t achieve the same, if not Whitney Carter • The Daily Beacon more, at the University of Tennessee. We can The new head soccer coach, Brian Pensky, and his family are introduced by Chancellor be outstanding here. “This is an adventure, and an outstanding Jimmy Cheek and athletic director Dave Hart on Jan. 31. Penskey is the third head coach of the program and was 2010 National Coach of the Year at Maryland. adventure.”
Site connects people via social networks New business class prepares students Victoria Wright Student Life Editor Nuhook, an online dating site where people can anonymously message romantic interests through other social networks, is holding an interactive Spring Semester Online Contest between UT fraternities and sororities. On Feb. 1 at approximately midnight, 22 Greek organizations began “tagging” social network users in an effort to raise money for the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Denise Koessler, marketing director for Nuhook.com, hopes the competition will gain user interest and benefit the charity. “We designed this contest to
give back to the community and also launch the service,” Koessler, Ph.D. student in electrical engineering and computer science, said. “We kind of came up with this as a way to get Knoxville on the map as a city that can adopt a high tech company. We plan on going to other similar university towns and repeating the contest.” Nuhook founder Yoav Koenig is a Knoxville resident and an IT manager. Koenig launched the website December 2011 with hopes of alleviating the awkward, and potentially dangerous, aspects of current online dating sites. Users of Nuhook can “tag” or message friends from Facebook, Twitter or another social net-
working site. “Lots of the existing services do not provide a way to connect with people you already know,” Koessler said. “You’re forced to go on a blind date. I personally have girlfriends that have (Match.com accounts) and they ended up getting stood up. One of them ended up in a really scary situation.” Koessler said the website is an opportunity for people to escape the “friend zone.” “It’s just a way to not miss that opportunity,” Koessler said. “You probably think about a guy or girl that you liked. What would have happened if you had a way to safely ask them out?” See NUHOOK on Page 2
Matt Miller Staff Writer Before a pilot trainee is allowed to take the controls and fly solo in a jet fighter, he or she must go through flight simulation training. At UT, Dr. Ernie Cadotte, professor of business, has asked the question: Why not use the same idea with business students? Cadotte has created a program that allows business majors to simulate running a business in the classroom, much like a trainee learns to fly without leaving the ground. He believes that this class offers business students an edge as they venture out into the real world and try to find jobs. “Students are able to learn how business decisions are made and how to keep track of all the accounting,” Cadotte said. This business simulation is a required course for all business majors at UT, and Cadotte hopes it will be adopted by other programs across the country. The simulation program received a Brandon Hall Silver Award for Excellence in Learning Technology in the category of Best Advance in 3-D or Immersive Learning Technology. After Cadotte had been teaching for a couple of years, he started to get the feeling that his students were not connecting with the material the way he thought they should. “I started to develop, what I call, experiential exercises,” Cadotte said. These exercises made students interact with each other in a businesslike environment. The exercises started out small but eventually moved to a grander scale with business students in the UC ballroom using industry techniques to buy and sell microprocessors, which were really poker chips. “They loved it,” Cadotte said. “And then when I
would lecture about more abstract things, they understood because they experienced those very same things.” According to businessweek.com, approximately 17 in 20 students that enrolled in the business program graduate in six years. Along with the simulation, Cadotte also introduced what he calls business coaching. This system allowed students get one-on-one help from a graduate student who acted as their adviser. Mike McDonald, a graduate student at UT, was one of the business coaches who helped students through the simulation. “I think most of their classes are very similar, regardless of level,” McDonald said. “With the business simulation class, it is very different from everything else you experience.” Every week, a student must do an executive briefing with his or her business coach. The business coach acts as the chairperson of the board. The student must come in with an agenda and decide what the strategy is and if it needs adjusting. The business coach will then challenge the student every step of the way, asking, “What is the justification?” “What we’re trying to do is get the students to exercise critical thinking,” Cadotte said. The simulation allows students to think for themselves in an environment that allows them to make mistakes with a mentor to help them make corrections. The students’ semester grades allow the professors and the graduate students to get feedback that helps them improve the learning strategies. “That (the simulation) is quite a challenge for them (the students),” Cadotte said. “But on a larger scale, it is wonderful for them because it is truly a tremendous learning experience.”
Haslam seeks adequate funding The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The more than $330 million Gov. Bill Haslam has appropriated for capital projects and maintenance at the state’s colleges and universities is a good start considering they haven’t received sufficient funding in nearly four years, state officials said Monday. The Republican governor stressed the importance of adequately funding higher education’s capital plans in his State of the State address, saying “access is critical to a successful education proMatthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon gram.” Members of the UT Curling team practice at the Ice Chalet on Jan. 29. The club is in “Let me speak plainly, for the last several years its second season and placed second at nationals in Chicago in its class last year. we have not been funding higher education’s capital The club meets Sundays from 8:30-10:30 p.m., except this Sunday due to the plans to the degrees necessary to meet growing stuSuper Bowl. dent demand,” Haslam said. “We need more space
to train students in science, technology, engineering, and math — critical subjects in which we must provide more trained graduates.” Higher education officials had discussed a $2 billion bond issue to cover the costs, but some lawmakers felt the move would jeopardize the state’s strong credit rating. The proposed funding does contain some usage of bonds, but not nearly as much as was being considered by higher education officials. “We have to really be cautious about what we do,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville. “Two billion dollars at this time might not be the right time to do it. We don’t have a clue what Congress is going to do.” See HASLAM on Page 2
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NUHOOK continued from Page 1 Nuhook will award each sorority and fraternity a point for every tag. First, the site will award $5000 to either all participating sororities or fraternities to use towards the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. $2000 will be awarded to the fraternity and sorority chapter who gained the highest amount of points for their chapter’s house. Jillian Smith, Delta Delta Delta president, plans on using the money towards their charity instead of their chapter house. “We could use any of the money for a house that we’re building, but we thought it would be a great idea for St. Jude,” Smith, junior in communications, said. In the last year, the sorority has donated $87,000 dollars to St. Jude and is currently the highest
NEWS donor for St. Jude among other Tri Delta chapters. Smith was glad Nuhook decided to team with the Greek community for a philanthropic effort. “I think philanthropy and philanthropic events are important across our generation in the first place and I believe the Greek community is an easy way to get excited about these things,” Smith said. “It’s easy for people to get involved and it’s for a specific purpose. It’s our generation...that needs to uphold that.” All UT fraternities and sororities were invited to participate. Below is the list of participating chapters: Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, FIJI, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta, Farmhouse, Phi Delta Theta.
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A broken bike stands chained to a rail outside Hodges on Jan. 29. Many bikes can be seen left around campus during warmer times of the year.
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Educational endowments improving after downfall The Associated Press NEW YORK — College and university endowments made gains in the fiscal year that ended in June, but many are still struggling to make up ground they lost in 2008 and 2009, according to a report released Tuesday. Data gathered from 823 U.S. colleges and universities show that the institutions’ endowments returned an average of 19.2 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund said. That's up from 11.9 percent in fiscal year 2010. Still, NACUBO President John Walda said 47 percent of the institutions have endowment market values below what they reported in 2008. “Even though we had a really great year, many of our institutions are still not at a point where they’ve recovered in terms of value from the recession,” Walda said. Harvard University had the largest endowment of any U.S. university at $31.7 billion, up from $27.5 billion in fiscal year 2010. Yale was second with $19.4 billion. At the other end of the scale were colleges with small endowments like Pennsylvania’ Keystone College with $7.1 million and Tennessee’s Pellissippi State Community College with $5.7 million. Colleges typically spend around 5 percent of their endowment annually to boost spending on things like faculty salaries, student financial aid and other operating costs. Most colleges depend largely on tuition revenue and government support, but at elite universities, endowment spending accounts
for a substantial part of the budget; at Harvard, for instance, roughly one-third of the operating budget comes from income generated by the university's endowment. Steve McAllister, vice president for finance at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., said the university’s $1.2 billion endowment allows it to offer needbased financial aid to 45 percent of students. “Last year markets were strong,” McAllister said. “You do have periods like 2008 where markets are less than cooperative.” The 73 colleges and universities with endowments over $1 billion had returns of 20.1 percent last fiscal year while those under $25 million showed returns of 17.6 percent. Verne Sedlacek, president and CEO of Commonfund, which manages money for colleges and other nonprofit institutions, said many of the smaller institutions have low-risk investment strategies that don’t yield high returns. Of the 20 largest endowments on the list, five belong to public universities such as the University of Texas and the University of California that are facing budget pressures from state legislatures. “The challenge there is to try to make up for what’s going on with state appropriations,” Walda said. The donations that colleges rely on to replenish their coffers also have not rebounded from pre-recession levels. Sedlacek said 46 percent of the colleges and universities reported that donations rose in 2011 from the prior year and 31 percent said they dropped. “It’s still not really a vibrant picture with respect to gift flow,” he said.
HASLAM continued from Page 1 Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville said the governor is acting responsibly. “He’s funded some very important projects that we want to do,” she said. “I think it’s a very reasonable approach.” Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said a bond for that amount would cost the state millions of dollars a year. “I think they’ll be happy with what we’re doing,” said the Blountville Republican. “And if more money shows up before the end of the year, maybe we can do a little more.” The last time the state’s colleges and universities received a substantial amount of money for capital projects was in 2008. Haslam’s proposal would fund the top three projects in higher education: — $127 million for a science building at Middle Tennessee State University. — $94 million for a science lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. — $24 million for a multidisciplinary simulation center at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. “It will impact not only students, but our ability to attract faculty, our ability to do research that will really be significant for this state,” MTSU president Sidney McPhee said of the science building. “So we’re really excited for our stu-
dents and for the state.” Haslam said his proposal also includes planning money for new buildings at Nashville State Community College and Northeast State Community College, the University of Memphis, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Finance and Administration commissioner Mark Emkes said the governor’s plan is a “step in the right direction.” “It’s not exactly what higher education officials had wished for, but at the same time I think they’re going to recognize that it’s a significant amount of money compared to previous years,” he said. David Gregory, vice chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, said Haslam’s proposal allows higher education officials to start working on a list of projects and repairs that had “become sluggish, to say the least.” “It allows the list to get going again,” he said. “It allows us to be able to make significant progress on our aging buildings.” University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro agreed the governor’s proposal is good start, “but we would like to see it sustained over a fiveyear timeframe.” “We were hoping there would be a bonding initiative, but we’re very happy with an initiative that says we’re going to help you out with this first year of funding, and we realize this is a five-year timeframe,” he said. “Can’t ask for more than that.”
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Vols advance with ‘absolute team effort’ Dan Hiergesell Staff Writer With an invitation to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Virginia on the line, the Tennessee Volunteers men’s tennis team rallied last weekend to beat Michigan State and Mississippi en route to capturing a spot in the tournament. “It was an absolute team effort,” UT coach Sam Winterbotham said. “Everybody knew that they had to be fully committed. You have to have six guys out there giving you everything they have and that gives you a chance to beat great teams.” The two-day event was held from Jan. 29-30 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center, where Tennessee is now 4-1 on the season. The ITA-Kickoff tournament started Sunday afternoon, but ended fairly quickly for MSU as the Vols secured a 4-2 victory in part due to the success of freshman Mikelis Libietis, who beat Denis Bigatov 6-2, 6-3, while capturing his third win of the season. Libietis, ranked No. 125 in the country, is also the first freshman since 2008 to start No. 1 singles. Despite their efforts against MSU, which also featured victories for freshman Brandon Fickey and sophomore Jarryd Chaplin, Tennessee still had to get past UM. “Ole Miss is a great team. They have great tal-
Jones was later seen cheering on his teammates ent. They have great experience,” Winterbotham said. “It was a real tall task with the young guys from the sideline while bracing his swollen ankles that we played, coming out there and competing with crutches. Following another the way we competed.” Tennessee loss by sophoEntering the matchup, more Taylor Patrick, UT’s Winterbotham was searching chances of making another for yet another bid to the ITA run at the ITA Championship after leading the Championship came down team to two-straight finals to two freshman: Libietis appearances over the last two and Reese. seasons. “That’s what Tennessee Early into the team’s first sets does. You step in and that’s Monday against UM, UT found what we expect,” said themselves in an uncomfortable Winterbotham regarding position. An ankle injury to junhis first-year players. “We’re ior Edward Jones, Tennessee’s just happy that they’re all only returning player from 2011, buying in. The team is caused an immediate setback. about as close as I’ve ever And even after rallying to force a seen.” tiebreaker in the first set, Jones’ Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon Libietis was the first ankle problems proved too much as he went on to lose 6-7, Jarryd Chaplin celebrates freshman to take charge. 2-6, to UM’s Chris Thiemann, during a match against His 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over twin-brother and teammate of Michigan State on Jan. 29. Nik Scholtz in three sets No. 27 Marcel Thiemann. The Vols won 4-2 in the first tied UT with UM. It was “When Ed went down, it round, then beat Ole Miss on the European’s fourth win of the season. sucked,” freshman Hunter Reese Jan. 30, 4-3. “He’s awesome,” said said. “We can’t count on one court. Sam always talks about what if somebody Reese, who is Libietis’ doubles partner. “Woody (Chris Woodruff, UT’s associate head coach) rolls an ankle. Well, it happened.”
always says I’m the rock and he’s the hammer.” With both teams locked up at 3-3, it was Reese who held the key for the Vols’ chances of reaching another ITA Championship. But after dropping the first set 1-6 against UM’s Jonas Lutjen, ranked No. 98 in the country, Winterbotham and Reese worked on his mechanics. “He was playing pretty well, I just felt he was out of position,” Winterbotham said. “We made a tactical change on his serve and he just competed. Just a great effort by him.” “I got broken early in the first set and it just went downhill from there,” Reese said. “After the set break, Sam came over and figured out a game plan that I could really focus on. That helped me a ton.” His coach’s advice allowed Reese to settle down and win the last two sets, 7-5, 6-3, securing a 4-3 victory for UT. “Ole Miss chose to come to us, they could have gone anywhere else. That was their decision,” Winterbotham said. “They felt that we lost five players so we were going to be beatable. Maybe, but we’re hard to beat here.” Tennessee’s victory and Reese’s heroics move the team to 4-1 on the season, with all four victories coming at home. The Vols’ next match is against Illinois in Knoxville on Sunday, Feb. 5. They’ve also clinched a spot to compete in the ITA Championships in mid-February.
Sandusky to learn names of alleged victims The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will learn by the end of the week the names of the 10 young men he is charged with having sexually abused, according to a court document filed late Monday by state prosecutors. The attorney general’s office said that the alleged victims’ names will be delivered to Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola by the close of business Friday, a process that would apparently avoid disclosure through public court records. Sandusky, 68, is awaiting trial on charges he committed a range of abuse against 10 boys over a 15-year period, including alleged sexual assaults on Penn State property. He has denied the allegations. The names of the 10 young men were not disclosed in the grand jury reports, which listed them as victims Nos. 1 through 10. The scandal resulted in the ousting of school President Graham Spanier and longtime coach Joe Paterno, who died Jan. 22, and has brought shame to one of college football’s legendary programs. Athletic Director Tim Curley has been placed on administrative leave, and Vice President Gary Schultz, who
was in charge of the university’s police department, has stepped down. Schultz and Curley are charged with lying to the grand jury and failure to report the alleged abuse to police. Like Sandusky, they have maintained their innocence. Amendola has requested a document from prosecutors that would include names of purported victims along with the times, locations and other information to back up the 52 criminal counts against the former Penn State defensive coordinator. The attorney general’s offices said in a document filed in Centre County court that the grand jury reports, charging documents and discovery materials lay out the facts sufficiently. Sandusky “has at his disposal ample information to be apprised of the charges, avoid surprise, and intelligently raise any double jeopardy or statute of limitations challenges,” prosecutors wrote, asking the judge to deny the request. Amendola said Tuesday he had not read the attorney general’s response. Judge John M. Cleland has scheduled a Feb. 10 hearing to resolve any remaining disputes concerning the defense request, and to consider Sandusky’s attempt to modify bail conditions so he may have contact with his grandchildren.
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Smokey supports the swimming and diving teams by wearing an orange and white checkered speedo during a match against Florida on Jan. 28. The men’s team lost to UF 162-138, but the Lady Vols won 178-120.
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Editor’sNote EU grasps for traction amidst freefall Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief Monday night Merkozy decided to take some definitive action, just not on Greece. The world watches in bewilderment as the situation in the EU continues to deteriorate. To the amazement of all, its members have been consistently unable to shelve the politics and find a solution. After a quiet stint during the holiday season, leaders returned to Brussels and back to the grindstone. The situation’s bloody. Fitch dealt the zone a hard blow by lowering the credit ratings of Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Slovenia and Belgium. The euro has continued to lose value against the dollar. Snowballing uncertainty makes a stabilizing plan imperative. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Germany led the charge. The latest treaty incorporates 17 euro-zone nations, with the consent of eight other EU members, into an even tighter fiscal union. Both England and the Czech Republic refused to join in the plan, which primarily mandates greater budgetary restraint. Complying nations will need to lower their government debt to 60 percent of GDP, a more daunting task for some than others. Ideally budget deficits will average only 0.5 percent of GDP. Hopes aren’t high for the success of these regulations, as the EU already sets forth budgetary guidelines that are generally ignored. It’s also counterintuitive to mandate rigorous fines on nations already failing to meet standards. Some pundits believe this may cripple the euro zone for the short term. The citizenries of most European nations are addicted to government support, and its threatened removal has upset tranquility. Greece is essentially a powder keg. Realistically, the consequences associated with scaling down debt cannot be avoided. Governments like Italy are simply unable to take on more debt and still sustain themselves long term. Critics are also raging because the plan neglects to remedy the extreme private debt problems in nations like Spain. With critical weaknesses in both public and private finance, Europe’s future remains uncertain.
Electing to take a blatant punt, the leaders decided to wait until next March to finalize any permanent European Stability Mechanism. That institution would essentially be a 500 billion euro insurance policy against another collapse. Other nations are pushing to raise its cap, giving the fund a scope of almost 750 billion euro. Germany, for obvious reasons, flatly opposes that idea. Amidst the fray, Greece’s sovereignty has been repeatedly threatened. Germany has suggested, in the past, the creation of an EU commissioner to control some parts of Greece’s budget. Not even Sarkozy is willing to support the use of a trusteeship to curtail any state’s power. And that really is saying something, because at this point he can tell you how Merkel takes her coffee. The carrot on the other side of this stick is a shot at another bailout. Greece is in a desperate situation, and a multi-billion dollar bailout would be tempting to any distressed nation. The time is nigh for Germany to work a miracle. The Germans, however, are far too resolved against shouldering the burden of societies they believe live without a stolid work ethic. The few European nations on relatively sound footing are interested only in saving the euro, not easing the blow of budget cuts for nations accustomed to early retirement. Thus the EU has essentially been backed into a corner of austerity. Economists dread this type of strategy in a down economy, fearing the short-term repercussions such policies will have on markets. Graphical renditions of that course of action tend to have a downward sloping line that suddenly begins to decline faster. Unfortunately for Europe, there seems to be no choice. Germany will do what it absolutely must to avoid the euro’s collapse, but Merkel has made it evident that aid will be given only with vast concessions for budgetary restraint. The other members of the EU must now adapt to a standard of living without so much government padding. Europe must be careful to employ these changes gradually, preserving as much liquidity as possible to sustain financial interaction. Fiscal restraint in the long run, however, is imperative. Instead of peas, Europeans now must buckle down and eat their kraut. — Blair Kuykendall is a junior in the College Scholars Program. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Power exerted over words, not images Ac orns and Other Seeds by
Anna-Lise Burnette This week, I’ve got a picture that I’d like to share with you all. It’s a picture of my closet doors, which are currently partly cracked open. They are tall and thin, with highly polished fronts that reflect the light that comes in through the window opposite them during the daytime. They are the kind of closet doors that slide inside a track that runs along the top of the frame. If my doors were stood up next to each other, just touching, they actually wouldn’t fit inside the closet frame; as it is, each door has its own track, either on the inner or the outer line, and so the fact that each door is slightly wider than half the width of my closet only serves to make it seem impenetrable. Unless of course the doors are left cracked open. Which they currently are. That I leave my closet partially open to let the air in and keep the monster out is probably completely irrelevant to you. That I even have a closet most likely does not affect you in any way. But I wanted to show everyone a picture of my closet doors because I thought it was composed well, and I thought the lighting was good, and I thought that the way my boots were placed in the foreground, out of focus, was tastefully done. But unfortunately, The Daily Beacon does not let me submit photographs in place of columns of text, despite the fact that both might equally share my opinion of some topic or another with our campus audience. And why is this? It’s not that the Beacon holds pictures in disregard, nor is it that society as a whole has deemed photographic images to be too realistic for public consumption. I postulate instead that the reason newspapers and any other publication rely so heavily on text is not merely that printing in color costs more money, but that words are relics of a day gone by. Think of the millennia before the advent of cameras. Carvings and paintings were both time-
consuming to produce and cumbersome to carry about; woodblock prints let images be spread more quickly, but the woodblocks still had to be laboriously crafted. So for scenes of majestic beauty, there was nothing for the romantic to do but describe in sweeping detail the colors and shapes with as large an arsenal of adjectives as he could muster. And if a suitable word could not be found? Well, that’s when he made one up. The human penchant for longwinded verbal description is simply a historical tradition of communication. Some time in the 1800s, though, our means of description radically changed. No longer did we have to resort to putting sweat and oil on canvas in order to share an impression of the world — no, here was an invention that let us almost instantly capture something that seemed tantalizingly close to reality. The camera and its resulting photographs began to be used to convey all sorts of messages, from the grim and bleak to the mundane and blissful. The saying goes that a single picture is worth a thousand words — and indeed, photos can be used in the place of any number of words. But which ones? It seems that there’s always the danger of too much grit or too much ambiguity with a photo. When used in the stead of words a picture often says just the right thing, but it also has the potential for saying almost the right thing at just the wrong time. There’s often no accounting for human error, but at least with words we get to explain ourselves thoroughly. At least with words we get to maintain control for as long as possible. Still, you have to wonder at what cost. For it surely isn’t always a matter of being blandly or boldly truthful in our descriptions, at least not when there’s the possibility of sharing something beautiful in the process. And if words escape you at the sight of a gathering storm, well, perhaps there’s nothing to be done but take a picture. But either way, we must never forget that our descriptions are nothing but shadows. The after-images left burned in the brain by our existence are only cheap imitations of real life — and so for now I’ll stop sharing. Put this rag down and go look at something. —Anna-Lise Burnette is a senior in interdisciplinary studies. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In mid-January, the Obama administration ruled that religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations — a category that includes hospitals and universities — will have to offer birth-control coverage to women employees within the year. The mandate stirred a strong reaction from both Christian and not-necessarily-Christian conservatives, the bulk of whom considered it to be in gross violation of the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. Government regulation of birth control is obviously a controversial issue for many religious denominations, and has for many years been considered an offense against the separation-of-church-and-state ideology upon which the United States has depended for almost two and a half centuries. Regardless, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius believes the proposal “strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services.” The secretary has evidently been unsuccessful, however, at quelling the general outrage or really explaining in any detail why or how the law strikes that balance. Amidst the controversy’s omnipresent moving parts then, the simple question of legality arises. Though I personally think the widespread availability of birth control to be a great thing (I have more than a few sexually-active friends from whom I’d be less than enthused to see offspring spring), the long-term implications that stem from this sort of federal meddling are glaring, indicative of a dangerous precedent, and suggest a truly repulsive unconstitutionality. The White House purportedly made the ruling after careful consideration and 200,000 comments from the public. Specific polling numbers were not available but flocks of pro-choicers reinforced the administration’s decision with comment and support. NARAL ProChoice America president Nancy Keenan supported the ruling, and there was even measured backing from the religious community. Some students at various Catholic universities, for example, voiced their opposition, among them Fordham University law student Bridgette Dunlap. Recently Dunlap sought a prescription for the pill per Fordham’s health care plan, but was left disappointed and fertile when the school’s doctors, themselves Catholic, refused to prescribe. Generally, proponents like Dunlap
and Keenan see the law as derivative of pro-choice sentiment and seek to convey the issue as a matter of women’s right-to-conscience. I’d normally contrast the left’s argument and support by citing different sources condemning the ruling (among them the U.S. Conference of Bishops, the NAE VP for Government Relations, and that Romney guy), but the disparity in support for the two sides is so outrageous I’ll just let you do a quick Google search and go to town. Let’s instead get right to dissecting the text of the First Amendment, which incidentally, is not that long. It reads, “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.” Again, the administration’s ruling primarily violates the clause regarding free exercise (aptly called the “free exercise clause”), which includes suppression of doctrine — our main concern here. Take Catholicism for example. Plainly put, the Catholic church considers contraception and its use a sin. Citizens affiliate freely and willfully with the Catholic church (or, say, a Catholic university), and most choose to accept its doctrine in its entirety. To legally require its members to intentionally violate part of that doctrine then is, according to the free exercise clause, criminal. Granted, the ruling does not require use of birth control, but it does require Catholics and others to accept and effectively endorse its use, which is tantamount to a teetotaler raising his glass or a diabetic promoting red meat. Even if ruling were constitutional, it would still be grossly superfluous. Sure, women whose employers don’t provide birth control as part of their health care will have a more difficult job accessing it for free, but it’s astonishing how available birth control options are for women nowadays. Locally, the Knoxville Health Department and our very own campus’ Women’s Center for Reproductive Health give away free contraceptives. And if you can’t find prophylatisfaction there, throw a rock down Pedestrian — you’re bound to hit some fringe student group giving away rubbers gratis. Perhaps I’m just oblivious to cities that don’t share these luxuries, but the sentiment remains — compromising an important tenet of your own faith is a hefty price just for convenience. In any instance, those of us not kidding ourselves can stash the swords and rest easy. Controversy aside, this is bound to be a run-out-the-clock situation until the Supreme Court reverses the ruling. Or maybe yamakas will be outlawed. I dunno. — Samuel Ellis is a senior in English and political science. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Jake Lane Anyone who knows me knows the nuclear apocalypse is an obsession of mine. Thanks to the “Fallout” series, the tongue-and-cheek view of the end of the world has made all of the tomfoolery that is American politics a bit more palatable. After all, if you don’t believe in rapture but admit that humanity is on track for total collapse, at least to do so with a smile and a song makes the medicine go down easier. Ah, but doomsayer I am not. It’s just another form of morbid amusement, right along cringefest favorites like “Jersey Shore” and “The Office.” Only in my mind, rather than laugh at buffoonery in action, I laugh at its eradication, along with exploitative capitalism, national barriers, political parties, even the Internet. This week has been a boon for such entertainment, from terse drama to Technicolor candy-coated goodness. This week in the interwebs, the nuke is king. Only one of these entries is new, mind you, but with the vast array of information that await for a limited time only, delayed diffusion can be excused just this once. On the human thriller side we have “Jericho,” the ill-fated CBS drama about a small Kansas town reeling in the wake of several precision nuclear attacks in major U.S. cities. Taking a page from Pat Frank’s “Alas, Babylon,” a 1950’s melodrama about a similar situation in Florida, the show is heavy on human emotion and the frayed bonds on civilization once infrastructure collapses and hold-outs are forced to fend for themselves. In many way the show is like “Lost,” in that every episode tends to inch along a larger narrative while focusing on an in the moment problem which would arise in the event of a plane crash on a desert island, or in this case, the end of the world in the Midwest. The show offers a bit for everyone in that respect: it has been alternately a medical procedural, a handyman’s show for any number of repairs and innovations with household goods, and even at times a demonstration of bartering as seen on shows like “Pawn Stars,” albeit with loaded weapons. The show, which ran from 2006 to 2008, was created by Stephen Chbosky, who wrote “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the first major release on the MTV Books imprint. The irony
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and the food is often cooked with ingredients like coconut milk that are rarely found in Pakistan. Many Pakistanis and Indians have missed out on ISLAMABAD — For decades, archenemies Pakistan and India have engaged in a dangerous enjoying the varied tastes of the other country nuclear arms race. Now they’re also competing in a because mutual enmity has made cross-border travmore cheerful forum. The outcome will be mouth- el difficult. “Even though they are neighbors, Indians don’t watering curries and soothing Sufi ballads, not vioknow what Pakistani food is like and vice versa,” lent conflict. The fractious neighbors are going head-to-head said Mirza Fahad, a production assistant at India's in a pair of reality TV shows that pit chefs and musi- NDTV, which developed Foodistan. “It was long cians against each other. Producers hope the con- overdue to get to know each other's foods.” During the first cook-off on the show, filmed in tests will help bridge the gulf between two nations that were born from the same womb and have been New Delhi, the judges gave four chefs from each side two hours to prepare a biryani, curry, kebab at each other’s throats ever since. But so far it hasn’t completely worked out that and dessert. Each of the three judges gave the way. The top Pakistani chef on the cooking show, team’s meal a score out of 10. The judges loved the Iranian-inspired fish biryani which is called Foodistan, quit the contest early. He accused the judges of bias toward India and is cooked by the Pakistanis, their chicken kebab threatening to sue. The producers denied the alle- stuffed with figs, olives, bread and mango chutney, and their shahi tukda — a dessert of fried bread gations. Pakistan and India were founded in 1947 follow- soaked in hot milk with spices. They scored 21 out of a possible 30, losing the breakup of the ing points because a British empire. They dish of chicken in have fought three shalimar curry was major wars, two of a tad chewy. them over the disputThe Indians ed territory of ended up winning Kashmir. the first contest by The TV shows do one point with a not try to hide or menu that included brush over this painful chicken tikka with history. They make truffle cream, light of it. cheese kofta in a “Now the world’s tomato and water greatest rivalry is chestnut curry, going to get spicier,” lamb biryani and said co-host Ira Dubey phirni — a sweet during one of the early • Photo courtesy of mumbaiboss.com rice pudding that episodes of Foodistan, they topped with which first aired in strawberry granita. India on Jan. 23 and will be shown in Pakistan The captain of the Pakistani team, Mohammed starting in mid-February. Her counterpart, Aly Khan, said the aim of the Naeem, executive chef at the Park Plaza Hotel in two teams “would be to grind the opposition into Lahore, alleged the judges didn’t have enough chutney, to make them eat humble pie, to dice knowledge of Pakistani food and were destined them, slice them and fry them on their way to culi- from the beginning to pick an Indian to win. The judges included a British chef, an Indian nary glory.” food critic and a Bollywood actress of Pakistani and Eight chefs from each country were scheduled for individual and team competitions over 26 one- French descent. Another member of the team, Akhtar Rehman, hour episodes, with the winner authoring the first Foodistan cookbook and receiving a trip to three a chef at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, said concerns about the judges were fairly widespread on cities of his or her choice anywhere in the world. There is significant overlap in the cuisines of the Pakistani side, but Naeem was the only one to both countries, as there is in language, music and quit. It remains to be seen whether the music compeculture. Pakistanis and Indians both love curry, kebab and biryani — a spiced rice dish. But they tition — Sur Kshetra, or Musical Battlefield — also often use different ingredients, and dishes can also will spark ill will. The contest, which is being filmed in Dubai, is vary from one region to another within the same scheduled to air in Pakistan and India starting in country. Pakistani dishes often include beef, which is not mid-February, said Mohammed Zeeshan Khan, a — Jake Lane is a graduate in creative writing. eaten by many people in majority Hindu India for general manager at Pakistan’s Geo TV, which is He can be reached at email@example.com. religious reasons. India has more vegetarian dishes, developing the show.
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here is without that book, MTV might have given up on the print game, but instead had two bestsellers last year under Snooki’s name. Alas, babylon. At the opposite end, with children in mind, we have Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.” Set in a distant future after the “Mushroom War,” the adventures of Jake the Dog and Finn the Human exist in a realm of candy kingdoms, icy realms of evil, and intense musicality. At times an adult viewer has to wonder how much your average kid would understand of the show’s humor, but one thing is for certain: when I have children, this will be the first show they watch. While espousing a lot of your typical cartoon rhetoric, i.e. friendship is the most important thing, be nice to even the meanest of people, music is the best bonding tool of all, etc., the relationships on the show actually transcend melodrama and childishness and can make the most cynical of critics go, “Aw, shucks.” Seriously. Finally we have “Nuka-Break,” a polarizing YouTube series based on, that’s right, “Fallout.” This week Wayside Creations debuted the sixth and final episode of the first season, with an exclusive early premier through game culture site IGN. While already one of the better looking fan productions on the web, this vote of confidence from one of gaming’s biggest tastemakers means more funding and perhaps even a future endorsement from Bethesda Games. Dare I suggest that some of the show becomes canon? In one of the “New Vegas” downloadable content packages, “Gun Runner’s Arsenal,” a melee weapon in the form of a neon “Nuka-Break” sign already made its way to players, so the future may hold bright opportunities for these superfans. The season finale continues a hilarious storyline of the bumbling, overweight Vault Dweller Twig, his ghoul buddy Ben and the beautiful runaway slave Scarlet as they traverse the Mojave Wasteland in search of an ice cold Nuka Cola, the franchise’s stand-in for Coke. Each episode so far has left a gaping cliffhanger, but the questions left open in this episode don’t have the weight other have carried previously. Probably because the creators have milked the wait for this final episode for months to the point where most people have forgotten the show. The web giveth, the web taketh away. Basically I have been a slave to Netflix and YouTube all week with an onslaught of post-apocalyptic kicks and thought you should read about it. I’m done now. Bye. No, really, go home.
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