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hol was in plain sight. Sapp agreed to tone down the party, but as the officers left someone turned the music back up, according to reports. Officers soon returned to warn those in attendance of the “consequences of failing to be quiet.” The officers were then called back at approximately 12:37 a.m. when they were advised that a fight had broken out in front of Building No. 7. At that point, O’Brien presented an Alabama ID that provided a false name and stated that he was over the age of 21. A.J. Johnson, top left, Danny O’Brien, top right, Dontavis Sapp, bottom left, and Isaac Mobley, bottom right, were arrested Sunday morning on alcohol-related charges at Quarry Trail Apartments. Johnson and O’Brien are current Tennessee See ARREST on Page 7 football players. Brennan Warrington • The Daily Beacon
Two current and two former Tennessee football players were arrested in Knox County early Sunday morning. Current linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive tackle Danny O’Brien as well as former players Dontavis Sapp and Isaac Mobley were all listed on the Knox County Sheriff Office’s 24-hour arrest list. Johnson and Sapp, both 22, were each charged with resisting arrest and providing alcohol
for persons under the age of 21. O’Brien, 20, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption. Mobley, 20, a former walk-on who last played in 2012, was charged with underage consumption. According to police reports, officers were called to Quarry Trail Apartments Building No. 7 at 12:02 a.m. Sunday morning on complaints of loud music. There the officers discovered a party of “approximately 80-90 people” at Sapp’s apartment. Officers then realized many of the people present were under the age of 21 and noticed alco-
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Two current, two former UT football players arrested
Profile: Who is Stacey Campfield? Campfield also taught jiu-jitsu and martial arts at UT. During Campfield’s four years serving as senator, he has creHayley Brundige ated and sponsored a number of Assistant Photo Editor controversial bills, eliciting both Stacey Campfield, U.S. support and outrage. Campfield, Senator for the seventh district however, remains unconcerned of Tennessee, says he’s “just a by his growing reputation. “People have said everything regular guy.” Born and raised in Vestal, N.Y., under the sun,”Campfield said Campfield spent his summers in during a phone interview Feb. 4. “I’ve been called Tennessee and every name in the fell in love with book, trust me. the geography ’ve been called every You have to have and the people. His passion for name in the book, trust thick skin to be in this business. politics began when Campfield me. You have to have I guess I have it because it doesn’t volunteered to really bother me.” thick skin to be in campaign for the In 2013, Bush presidenthis business.” Campfield cretial campaign in ated Senate Bill 2000. Soon he -Stacey Campfield 0132, which prowas running for posed the reducoffice himself. tion of Temporary M a k i n g his first foray into politics in Assistance to Needy Families 2004, Campfield was elected payments by 30 percent should to the Tennessee House of the children of families receiving Representatives, henceforth TANF benefits fail to make “satisestablishing a name for himself factory academic progress.” Opponents quickly renamed as a radically conservative force in Tennessee and across the United it the “Starve Our Children,” bill, spurring criticism across States. Born in 1968, Campfield holds a Tennessee. The bill was dropped bachelor’s degree in Management after Aamira Fetuga, an 8-yearfrom Excelsior College (formally old Tennessee student, followed known as Regents College), an Campfield around Capitol Hill Associate’s Degree from Broome for a day, questioning him about Community College and another the bill and presenting a petition Associates degree in marketing against it. from Excelsior College, formerly known as Regents College. See CAMPFIELD on Page 3
Sororities and fraternities wore themed costumes and warmed their voices for the 82nd annual All-Sing inside the Cox Auditorium on Feb. 7-8. Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa’s Mary Poppins took away Best Single Performance.
Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa win big at All-Sing Kendall Thompson Contributor It is not often songs from “Chicago,” “Mary Poppins” and “Willy Wonka” are performed on the same stage in the same night. This is what happened Friday and Saturday night as sororities and fraternities donned themed costumes and warmed their voices for the 82nd annual All-Sing. All-Sing was created in 1932 under the name All-University Sing in order to familiarize students with university
songs, according to the event’s program. Originally, each group was required to perform UT’s Alma Mater in addition to a song of their choice. The event quickly became a UT tradition. To carry on this tradition, each group sang a set of combined songs falling under one theme, which ranged from Chicago to Disney. Their performances were then judged by “Jurors,” made up of several UT graduates, employees and former All-Sing participants. Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa took away Best Single Performance – only girls or only boys – as well as becoming overall win-
ners for the second year in a row. Delta Delta Delta and Chi Omega as well as Phi Mu won second and third place in the singles category. Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma won the mixed category. Phi Mu was the first contestant of the night and performed a mix of the music from “Chicago.” Their songs varied from “The Cell Block Tango” to “All that Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzled.” These merry mistresses, as the program referred to them, even included red ribbon to imitate the red in the play and movie. See ALL SING on Page 6
Scholarship fund to benefit 2-3 UT transfer students Emilee Lamb Assistant News Editor tnAchieves, a scholarship program currently providing lastdollar funding for public high school applicants, will now offer assistance to students holding
an associate’s degree who wish to continue their higher education at UT. Thanks to a $1 million gift from Randy and Jenny Boyd, both UT alumni, the organization’s first transfer scholarship program will support two or three students next fall.
“Many students face both financial and non-financial burdens that prohibit the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree,” Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director of tnAchieves, said. “This scholarship provides the opportunity for our students to overcome those barriers and earn a degree
from a top-notch university.” Any tnAchieves program participant who has completed an associate’s program will be considered for the transfer scholarship upon application to UT. Working closely with tnAchieves’ scholarship coordinator, UT administrators said
they hope to make UT a more viable option for transfer students within the state. “The existence of this new award will allow more financial resources to be offered to transfer students for the upcoming fall 2014 semester,” said Tim Woods, associate director of
the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UT, “and this is a population who often needs additional funds to address their transition to a four-year university.” See TNACHIEVES on Page 3
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Around Rocky Top Current UT linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive tackle Danny O’Brien were arrested early Sunday morning along with former linebacker Dontavis Sapp and former walk-on Isaac Mobley at a party at Quarry Trail Apartments. Police were called on reports of loud music at approximately 12:02 a.m. and returned at 12:37 a.m. when receiving word about a fight outside the building. Johnson and Sapp, both 22, were each charged with resisting arrest and providing alcohol for persons under the age of 21. O’Brien, 20, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption and Mobley, 20, who last played in 2012, was charged with underage consumption. Confused students took to Twitter to try and figure out what was happening.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In the wake of financial woes, officials in Memphis are working on a new plan for managing parks and other recreation along the Mississippi River. Without such a plan, the Riverfront Development Corp. faces budget deficits for years to come. It has a projected budget shortfall this year of $377,000. Last year, it had a shortfall of $444,000. Talks in recent weeks have included representatives from RDC, the Downtown Memphis Commission and Mayor A C Wharton’s office. Memphis CAO George Little told The Commercial Appeal
that he expects the discussions to result in a new operating agreement proposal that could go before the city council by next month. The proposal will affect 10 riverfront parks and Mud Island River Park. Little said details are still being worked on, but he ruled out options like closing Mud Island. Officials are looking at ways to cut costs and generate more revenue. “There simply isn’t enough funding to support (RDC’s) mission,” Little said. “The current model simply is not sustainable.” RDC President Benny Lendermon said the groups are trying to reach a consensus on how the riverfront will be managed and he will pay for it.
“We do all need to get on the same page,” he said The city subsidizes the nonprofit RDC, which has operated the parks under contract since 2000. The agency has spent more than $100 million to maintain and improve parks and other riverfront facilities. The arrangement has saved the city money, but cost overruns, delays and controversies have plagued some recent projects. The RDC has also gotten criticized over how much executives are paid. Little says that overall RDC “has done a good job” of managing the riverfront. “The city has no interest in taking back over the management of the riverfront parks,”
New York-based artist Dannielle Tegeder exhibits installation of wall drawings, animation and sculpture entitled “Death Rock City” Feb. 7 at the UT Downtown Gallery.
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Knoxville Mayor Medline Rogero, right, hands off the torch in Circle Park on Feb. 6 to WBIR’s Courtney Lyle, the first runner of the 14-mile relay route through Knoxville in celebration of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and to raise money for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.
Nashville pre-Ks utilize tablets to help kids learn Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adan Sanchez-Uribe is high-tech. Bilingual. Hard at work on his first e-book. And he’s 5 years old. With one finger — sometimes more — the Nashville preschooler takes pictures of his classmates, draws around them on the touchscreen, types his name, records his voice and plays it back right away. Before class ends, he shows off the e-book to his teacher and classmates. Given a little more time, a much broader audience will take notice. That’s because Sanchez-Uribe plays with the iPad in one of two city classrooms being studied to see how preschoolers learn with digital tablets. It’s an innovative approach in Tennessee at a time when interest in the state’s preschool classrooms could hardly be higher. People want to know: Does preschool matter? How state officials answer that question will determine whether they move to expand Tennessee’s pre-K program. Proposed increases of federal funding for pre-K have butted up against questions about the long-term value for children. Leading Republican lawmakers have cited emerging research at Vanderbilt University, widely regarded as definitive, as showing that some gains in achievement tend to dissipate over time. Gov. Bill Haslam isn’t expected to include money for preschool expansion in his budget. But the researchers themselves say there’s more to it than that. They say the most important findings are still to come in the multi-year study. And they’re seeing early evidence across the state that some of the more innovative programs have more lasting impact. That’s all happening against the backdrop of a national conversation about universal preschool, led by President Barack
Obama, who has held out the prospect of significant federal money for states willing to make the investment. Preschool teachers in Tennessee are eager to embrace innovations. More than 1,000 attended a summit in Nashville last summer on early childhood learning, a record showing. The Vanderbilt researchers, meanwhile, press on with their evaluations of what they saw over a two-year period in 160 classrooms around the state, where new approaches merged with ideas educators already felt sure about. The key to expansion, it turns out, could be the 5-year-old boy swiping his fingers across a touchscreen, and others just like him. When Vanderbilt researcher Debbie Rowe approached Haywood Elementary School about the idea of bringing iPads into the classroom, preschool teacher Rebecca Carty-Groll didn’t take much convincing. She’s always seeking tools that reach students who learn visually, or through sound and touch. “There are so many things out there with technology that don’t encourage people to think, or to use critical thinking, or interactions with other people,” she said. “I was excited about finding some software that would be interactive, that adults or teachers could use with children, and that the children could turn around and use to interact with peers.” When Rowe gave Giovanni Moctezuma his turn last week, other children gravitated to his table and hovered. Moctezuma made a digital drawing of a spider and then recorded himself naming the creature, first in English and then in his native Spanish. Then he swiped to get a new blank “page” and started again. Rowe finds promise in the tablet’s ability to teach a whole gamut of skills at once, from
obvious ones, such as reading and writing, to some that aren’t as traditional — but are nonetheless valuable. These include comfort with digital technology and taking pride in being bilingual. There’s no hiding that the iPad makes learning fun and fast. “They can explore with the built-in camera and draw and write all together,” Rowe said. “I’m the original give-kids-paperand-a-marker teacher, but now there’s no lag time. The kid goes and takes the photo and it’s right there.” Because kids rely on visuals as subjects to write and talk about, Rowe likes how the iPad encourages children to create their own images — drawn or photographed — and then write. With the right mix of adult guidance and free exploration, young children are able to test their skills and creativity. Of course, allowing a child like Sanchez-Uribe to explore can test a teacher’s patience, even for a pro like Rowe. After watching the boy meticulously scroll through colors, choose the thickness of his lines and fill the screen in a way she had not seen him do before, Rowe had to hold back when he suddenly changed his mind. “Sometimes they create something really cool and then they choose to use the eraser,” Rowe said, “and we’re like, ‘Oh no!’ “ But the tablet can be more than a sleek stand-in for paper and pencil, Rowe said. Part of her research looks straight at the proliferation of touchscreens, smartphones and hand-held video games in daily life, acknowledging that failing to bring similar tools into the classroom could make schools “obsolete.” She also marvels at how children get along without the user manuals that accompanied gadgets of years past.
CAMPFIELD continued from Page 1 “That bill really did not tie a child’s grades to welfare benefits,” Campfield said. “It was all tied to parental involvement. I don’t think it’s too much to say, if your kid is failing every single class, that a parent should show up to at least two parent conferences a year to get the money. “I don’t think that’s some incredibly hard bar to reach.” The written bill did not comment on parental involvement. Campfield admits the legislation he supports often draws attacks from media outlets. “A lot of times, the media would get in front of me and get a hold of something and name something terribly that had absolutely noth-
In addition to this donation, the Boyds have previously invested in programs for teacher education, founded student entrepreneurial competitions, and funded a unique veterinary school program. Randy Boyd is chair of the board for tnAchieves, as well as a special adviser on higher education to Gov. Bill Haslam. “Both are individuals who have a heart for education and understand the necessity of ensuring more students earn a post-secondary degree,” DeAlejandro said. “It is individuals like Randy and Jenny who allow tnAchieves to do this important work.” In a UT press release announcing the Boyd endowment, Randy Boyd expressed the desire that his family’s gift will further Haslam’s vision for higher education in Tennessee. A Jan. 29 media release re-stated Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative, which aims to have 55 percent
ing to do with the legislation I’m trying to bring,” Campfield said. But the senator has released bills garnering wide bipartisan support. Currently, Campfield is working on a bill that would close a loophole in an existing copyright bill and expand music digital performance royalties to include songs created before 1972. Campfield utilizes his blog Camp4u to communicate directly with his constituents and avoid media interference. “We are having a war with the media, and a lot of it is ideological,” Campfield said. “I always said the Internet is going to be a change for the conservative movement because it’s our avenue to get out our point of view without the media.” Campfield’s grammatical and spelling mishaps, however, are an admitted fault.
of Tennesseans hold some form of higher education by 2025. While DeAlejandro said she appreciates degrees offered by lower level postsecondary institutions, she believes the chance to pursue a bachelor’s degree presents an unparalleled educational opportunity. “Our community and technical college partners do an amazing job working with our students,” DeAlejandro said. “However, it is very exciting to offer the opportunity for our students to further their education. “It is incredibly important to provide avenues for students to reach their full potential.” DeAlejandro said she hopes the donation will draw attention to a student demographic often overlooked. “It would be amazing if Randy and Jenny’s gift inspired others to create similar endowments to other four-year institutions,” she said. “However, we are thrilled that this is now an option for our students.”
“If you are a second grade English teacher, don’t look at my blog,” Campfield said. “If you are a ‘grammar Nazi’ forget it. Save yourself the heartache and headache. Your head will explode reading my blog.” Claiming he has solely witnessed improvements in Tennessee during his time in the senate, Campfield cited dramatically improved education rankings, rising as the number one state for new business and becoming one of the best retirement states in the nation. “For me, it’s never been about being in politics, its more about pushing the things that I believe and the things I think are right for my city, my state, and my country,” Campfield said. “I love Tennessee. I love the people. I love the environment.”
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The best four years of your life It was your last year of high school. You were at a graduation party, or maybe talking to some relatives; perhaps it was a professor or your best friend’s dad who first said the one thing that every college-bound student hears before they leap. “College will be the best four years of your life.” At some point, someone you know shared that little nugget of inspiration with you. But the American expectation is as much reminder as it is encouragement; you’re going to have a blast, but it’s only supposed to last four years. At least, that’s what American higher education mandates. Look at our own university, where Chancellor Jimmy Cheek instituted his “15-in-4” tuition model in 2013. Every full-time student pays for at least 15 credit hours, even if he or she is only taking 12 hours. The logic is simple and direct; if students pay for 15 hours, they will more than likely want to take 15 hours. And if all students take 15 hours each semester, they will only need eight semesters to graduate. “We have embarked on an all-out effort to make on-time graduation the new norm for our students,” the Chancellor’s Office explains on its website. And it’s not just our Chancellor pushing for seniors to pack up their diplomas and move out. All across the country, universities are incentivizing their students to graduate “ontime.” Purdue University is trying to raise its four-year rate to 50 percent by this May; the University of Texas is pumping $5 million into financial aid programs for students to promote four year graduation. Here at UT, our ascent to the vaunted “Top 25 Public Research Universities,” has been slowed by our low four-year graduation rate – only 36 percent in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Hence, “15-in-4.” Considering our struggles in that area, I couldn’t help but initially agree with the Chancellor’s initiative. But then I looked around at all the aquatic centers and dining halls, high-tech educational settings and beautiful women. I thought about how awesome it is to go wild for the Orange and White in Neyland Stadium – with 100,000 other people. When I also considered all the brilliant visiting speakers I got to see and incredible organizations I got to join, I realized there was something I didn’t understand. If this university is going to spend millions of dollars enticing me to attend and have “the best time of my life,” then why would I want to graduate in four years? The common reasoning sounds like this: Students who take more than four years spend more than they should on tuition. Not only does an extra year at UT cost $20,000 per year; any student of opportunity cost knows that another year of pennies spent is also a lost year of pennies earned. And the universities certainly don’t benefit from students taking up seats in classrooms that would be better used by each year’s increasinglyqualified freshman class. He who takes a victory lap is one more alumnus not giving back – one less mark against us on the rubric for the top 25. Even our state pushes UT to graduate students in four years in its formula for higher education spending. But the common reasoning neglects the pressure on students to take time to study abroad in a globalizing economy and work an internship in their intended field. And though it may be cheaper to graduate on time, fail to find a job, and move back in with your parents, it’s also a hell of a lot more humiliating. And increasingly common. Our country conflates the idea of college as rite of passage – “the best four years of your life” – with college as economic propeller. Now we find ourselves with universities that fund lazy rivers even as they shout at students to get out of the inner-tube. Of course, the American higher education has a simple solution. Know exactly what you want to do at 18 and arrive with a few college credits; take and pass 15 hours every semester, even though your first two to three semester will be spent taking general education courses that have little to do with your career; travel Europe the summer after your sophomore year; work an internship the summer after your junior year. And all you students who have to work through college to pay for the ever-higher tuition? All you dreamers who dare to change majors? You Napoleons, who study more broadly than one country; you over-achievers who double and triple-major? You’re slowing down the system. It promised you the best years of your life – but only four of them. How dare you try for more? R.J. Vogt is a junior in College Scholars. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nye proves science still trumps creationism in age-old debate School of Sarcasm by
Kaila Curry Since the dawn of time, this age-old question has remained life’s greatest mystery: where did man come from? Was it by a “big bang” or an “intelligent designer?” Was it by mere chance or is there some higher power that puts purpose to our existence? On Feb. 7, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, debated evolution with Ken Ham, founder of Northern Kentucky’s controversial Creation Museum, which presents the Biblical creation story as fact. The debate was viewed live on NPR.org, which, according to the news service, at one point received 500,000 live viewers and 830,000 views later on YouTube. Ken Ham, who won the coin toss jokingly “not tossed by Joe Namath in a fur coat,” initiated the two-hour debate. Ham began by showing multiple recorded mini documentaries of well-respected scientists who happen to also be creationists. After five minutes he is cut off and Nye presents his question, “Is Ham’s theory of creation viable?” The debate is long but the topic possesses an inescapable magnetism that kept my eyes glued to the screen.
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do occur, but that the human soul is of divine creation and not subject to evolutionary processes. I think this is an ideology that all Christians should take into consideration, and I believe this would not be an issue if evolution were taught more adequately in public schools. For the Christians and other skeptics still reading, here are some clarifications on the common confusions associated with evolution. I’ve heard many people ask, “If humans evolved from monkeys, why do we still have monkeys?” Or, “If evolution happens why don’t we ever see new species?” Let’s clear this up: we did not, repeat, did not, evolve from monkeys. According to “An Introduction to Physical Anthropology,” “The earliest human ancestor evolved from a species that lived some 6 to 8 million years ago. The ancestral species was the last common ancestor we share with chimpanzees. The lineage that eventually gave rise to apes and humans separated from a monkey – like ancestor and monkeys are still around because as early primate lineages diverged from one another, each went its separate way.” Whether or not you believe God to be the “intelligent designer” or that life just happened one way or another, there is no excuse to deny the remarkable amount of evidence regarding evolution. Bill Nye, The Science Guy, I too deem you the crowned victor on this age-old debate. Kaila Curry is a freshman in English. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Plenty of work to be done regarding racism in US Struggling to be Heard by
Andrea Richardson Last week, I was one of the many students who crowded the Alumni Memorial Building to hear the amazing Angela Davis speak. She spoke about our country’s history of slavery and slavery’s modern incarnation: our nation’s prison industrial complex. “We should seriously question the fact that punishment can be profitable,” Davis challenged. She was referring to the multibillion dollar industry of privatized correctional facilities, one of our economy’s fastest growing sectors. The thing about capitalism is that in the right conditions, a profit can be made from just about anything — including the suffering of other people. Why do we pump billions of dollars and millions of citizens through our prisons but neglect the increasingly dysfunctional education and healthcare systems? After I left the talk, this and many of her other points reverberated within my mind, but one stuck out to me the most. She criticized the way race is broached as a topic of discourse in the U.S. by comparing it to South Africa.
We all (or at least, we should) know the tumultuous history of South Africa, of Nelson Mandela and his “long walk to freedom.” In many respects, the violence and the unrest were much worse than that which occurred in the U.S. Yet Davis claims that in South Africa, white and black people are better at having critical discussions about this history as well as the current situation than we in the U.S. are. I think she’s right. In the U.S., many people are often criticized — myself included — for talking about race-related issues. Davis added that many white people in our nation seem to be unable to talk about our country’s racial history without feeling guilty in such a way that derails discussion. We all need to learn how to have this conversation because it is an important one. Slavery and racism are, unfortunately, intricately weaved into our history and society. American capitalism was birthed on unpaid laborers, and it is maintained on the backs of inadequately paid workers. Our country has engineered the plight of Native Americans, Latinos and Asians — and yet, we refuse to talk about it, because for some it is an uncomfortable topic? Ignoring a disease does not cure it. And as scared as people are of the disease of racism, they fear much more its public diagnosis. White America is more concerned with being called racists than it is about actu-
ally having constructive discussions of what we’ve inherited from our forefathers. What did George W. Bush call “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency? Hint: It wasn’t the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and it wasn’t the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. It was during a telethon fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina when Kanye West infamously said that the former president “doesn’t care about black people.” Let me repeat: President George W. Bush perceived one of his lowest points to be a hiphop celebrity calling him a racist. (I’d just like to say, for the record, that there are worse things than being called racist. For example, you could be subjected to racism. But let me go on.) There are many reasons that we need to be able to discuss race in America. For one, the prison industrial complex that I mentioned earlier disproportionately affects men and women of color. And contrary to popular belief, Trayvon Martin is not the only hate crime that has happened in the last five years. Socioeconomically, there are still huge gaps in income and wealth that correlate with race and ethnicity. Pseudo-egomaniacal talk-show hosts like Bill O’Reilly exist. We have work to do people. Andrea Richardson is a sophomore in anthropology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nye challenges creationist’s estimate of the age of the Earth (4,000 years), by showing tree ring examples and fossil evidence. Nye said, “There’s a famous tree in Sweden, old tico is 9,550 years old. How could these trees be there if there was an enormous flood just 4,000 years ago?” The Noah story comes in for particular scrutiny. The debate, as you could imagine if you have not yet been able to watch it, continues this way. Ham said that theology and science denies all traces of the evolutionary theory and Nye continues to state evidence and facts pertaining to his beliefs. So, “Who ‘Won’ The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?” According to an NPR poll, Nye won by 92 percent and Ham by 8 percent. Which to me is not at all shocking. I found Ham’s view, from both a Catholic background and an atheist mindset, absurd. With the overwhelming amount of evidence ranging from the discovery of ‘Lucy’ to modern biology, denying evolution is like denying the Holocaust. The Bible is written in parables, taking the story of Genesis as documented history is an extraordinary claim. I know as a fact that the Catholic church does not accept the Biblical story of creation as documented history. Some years ago, the Vatican hosted an international conference on human evolution; in 1996, Pope John Paul II issued a statement saying “fresh knowledge leads to recognition of the theory of evolution as more than just a hypothesis.” Today, the official view of the Catholic church is that evolutionary processes
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Cortney Roark Assistant Arts & Culture Editor UTâ€™s Cultural Attractions Committee and Central Program Council will host an event this week that will highlight Indian culture. The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world-renowned tour group from the Drepung Loseling Monastery of South India. The event will run from Feb. 10-14. According to its website, Drepung Loseling is committed to helping preserve the endangered Tibetan culture. It coordinates The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tours and oversees the Drepung Loseling Educational Fund, a sponsorship program for the adoption of monks in training at Drepung Loseling Monastery. Margaux Joe, sophomore in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology and CAC subcommittee member for the Mystical Arts of Tibet, said the event adds culture that UT students may not normally get the chance to experience. â€œA lot of cultures people are interested in are basically
European and maybe South American cultures but not really Asian or African cultures,â€? Joe said. â€œItâ€™s important to give UT students the opportunity to engage in these types of cultures.â€? The opening ceremony for the event is Monday, Feb. 10, at noon in the UC Auditorium, with the making of the sand mandala following immediately afterwards. There will also be three different lectures spanning Tuesday to Thursday, with each also beginning at noon. The monks will perform a traditional Tibetan music and dance act at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Each day, the monks will work on the sand mandala from 10-6 p.m. in the UC. On Friday, the closing ceremony will begin at noon in the UC auditorium and immediately afterwards, the monks will pour the sand mandala into the Tennessee River. Sean Wright, senior in political science, is the chair of the CAC and worked to bring the group to campus. â€œMystical Arts of Tibet will expose UT students to Tibetan
culture in a way they most certainly wouldnâ€™t be able to otherwise and highlight the importance of Buddhism within that culture,â€? Wright said. Post Mystical Arts of Tibet, CAC will be subsidizing tickets for STOMP, with students being charged $5 per ticket. Later in the semester, CAC will host an event for the California Celts and Motionhouse Dance, a contemporary dance that uses images for an â€œunforgettable performance,â€? Joe said. As for Mystical Arts of Tibet, Joe said she hopes students will come out to learn about the Tibetan lifestyle. â€œBetween the lectures and the evening performances, UT students should expect to see and hear a lot about the Tibetan culture, from the Tibetan conflict to the traditions of the sand mandala,â€? Joe said. â€œI would hope students would learn a lot about Tibet, Buddhism and the history behind a lot of traditions they have there.â€? All events throughout the week are free to UT students and open to the general public. For more information, visit mysticalartsoftibet.org.
Strivers Row to celebrate Black History Month through poetry Grace Ann Sanders Contributor February is Black History Month â€“ a history that honors black activists, leaders and, yes, poets. The Black Cultural Programming Committee will present The Strivers Row Poetry Slam in celebration of Black History Month tonight at 7 p.m. in the UC Auditorium. BCPC aims to bring events to UTâ€™s community that enhance public awareness of African-Americans and their accomplishments locally and internationally. The poetry event happening Monday has been created in order to celebrate the impact poetry has had on the African-American community of the university. â€œPoetry gives listeners the opportunity to hear a com-
mon message in a real and fresh way,â€? Marlon Johnson, graduate research assistant for the Black Cultural Center, said. Strivers Row is an artist management and talent relations agency that specializes in spoken word artists. The organization currently represents Miles Hodges, Joshua Bennett, Alysia Harris, Carvens Lissaint, Zora Howard and Jasmine Mans. The Strivers Row group will be the featured performer of the evening. These spoken word artists have performed in many wellknown venues, including the NAACP Image Awards, Sundance Film Festival, Poetry Africa and Sundance Film Festival to President Obamaâ€™s Evening of Music and Poetry at the White House. â€œ(I am) committed to the uplift of those peoples too
often marginalized and not often enough celebrated,â€? poet Zora Howard wrote on the Strivers Row website. â€œThrough word and action. My work is in praise of all of our beauty and all of our ugliness too.â€? The audience can expect extremely moving stories from the group including messages of racial discrimination, homophobia and poverty. â€œIssues they talk about are relevant to people at the event such as domestic violence, relationship and love,â€? Johnson said. â€œThese are messages (the BCPC) has tried to send, but they are heard by the audience in a new way.â€? Admission is free and the doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information contact Marlon Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tibetan culture to be featured on campus
J.C. Haun, left, of J.C. and the Dirty Smokers performs at Barleyâ€™s Taproom on Friday, Feb. 7.
J.C. and the Dirty Smokers record live album at Barleyâ€™s Grace Ann Sanders Contributor Saturday, the stage at Barleyâ€™s was graced by the presence of arguably one of Knoxvilleâ€™s fastest-rising local bands, J.C. and the Dirty Smokers. This was not the groupâ€™s first time to light up the Barleyâ€™s stage, but the setting for this particular performance had some elements added to it, including cameras and recording equipment, to create the bandâ€™s new album, â€œLive at Barleyâ€™s.â€? The album will give the Dirty Smokersâ€™ fans throughout Knoxville the full honky-tonk music experience created at The Old City restaurant. As the start of the performance drew close, the atmosphere of the venue changed from a restaurant into a setting full of attendees connected to one another by the love of the Dirty Smokersâ€™ music. The bandâ€™s lead singer, J.C. Haun, could be seen mingling
with the bandâ€™s supporters before the performance. The entire bar area seemed to be filled with light chatter, laughter and smiles, creating an intimate, calm and relaxing atmosphere. â€œItâ€™s a community. Musicians come together, intermingle with one another, support each other,â€? audience member A.P. Cavender said. â€œWeâ€™re just one big supportive family.â€? This performance was the first for some audience members, but they felt as if they were just as much a part of the Knoxville music scene and that their experience was as intimate for them as it was for the regulars. â€œIt was pretty unbelievable to see such a supportive small niche of people within a larger city,â€? said Lindsay Gendron, UT student. â€œThere seemed to be a strong connection with everyone in the audience.â€? As the Dirty Smokers took stage, cameras surrounded the band and its fans took to their feet. The groupâ€™s country sound
â€“ reminiscent of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash â€“ brought the room to life, and people wandered to the front of the stage to dance the night away. â€œThey are a Knoxville cultural paradigm made up of honky-tonk local music,â€? Cavender said. â€œIt seems like no one would really understand this Knoxville music until they become a part of it.â€? Throughout the entire set, J.C. and the Dirty Smokers seemed to have the connectedness every band hopes to create with its audience during a performance. â€œWe worked really hard to put the show together; itâ€™s nice that people came out and enjoyed it and became a part of it,â€? Haun said. â€œIt was good to see Knoxville come out and support.â€? The full-length album will be made available for purchase on iTunes and at www.jcdirtysmokers.com.
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Monday, February 10, 2014 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson
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Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark
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Ensembles find ‘perfect pitch’ during a cappella competition freshman ReVOLution member, Hayley McGinnis, said he is “very proud” of his daughter who landed the closing solo in Saturday’s performance. “We got exposed to a cappella through ‘The SingOff’ and we love it,” Kay McGinnis, Hayley McGinnis’ mother, said. “It’s phenomenal. There is so much talent.” Following ReVOLution, the remaining ensembles performed various mixtures
voice,” James McHugh, sophomore member of The Melodores and recipient of Saturday’s “Outstanding Hailing from the Soloist” award, said. “And Southeastern coast, nine colafter ‘Pitch Perfect’ came out, legiate ensembles brought people really started to show “Pitch Perfect” and “The interest in a cappella.” Sing-Off” to life in the Natalie Although VOLume didn’t L. Haslam Music Center’s advance to the semifinals, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall Owens said the group was Saturday night. excited to open and close the Hosted by VOLume, UT’s show and to share its hard all-male a cappella ensemble, work with an appreciative groups gathered in front of audience. a sold out crowd “It’s crazy to see to compete in people going wild the International for you onstage at Championship these competitions,” of Collegiate A Owens said. “I mean, Cappella quarterit’s mind-blowing.” know it’s cliché, but if you can get everyfinals in the hopes Not only do a capthing just ‘pitch perfect,’ it’s amazing to see.” pella of landing a spot group members in the ICCA South get to experience the Semifinal competirush of sharing their tion to be held March -Tyler Owens upbeat, emotionally 15 at Vanderbilt charged vocal feats University. with enthusiastic The Vanderbilt audiences, but they University Melodores were of classic and contemporary also gain a safe haven amid Saturday night’s first place popular music in true, fun- the flurry of university life. champions and secured a spot filled a cappella style. “My singing ability has in the ICCA semifinals along “It’s just fun,” said Tyler sky-rocketed since joining the with second place winners, Owens, VOLume member and group,” Justin Kenney, senior The Beltones, from Belmont first year graduate student. Melodores member, said. “It University. The University of “Everyone knows the songs. really gives you a place to Central Florida’s Gemini Blvd It’s really hyped up. I know grow musically. We’re like followed in third. First and it’s cliché, but if you can get brothers. second place ensembles will everything just ‘pitch perfect,’ “I started singing in high continue to the ICCA South it’s amazing to see.” school, but it was really Semifinal in March. One performance by The through the ‘Dores that I Among the competMelodores included the clas- found my voice.” ing groups was UT’s sic Backstreet Boys tune Lauren Edmondson, junior own all-female ensemble, “Backstreet’s Back” and a in English, attended the event ReVOLution, who, according sensual rendition of Michael and said she appreciated all of to the group’s Twitter page Jackson’s “P.Y.T.,” eliciting the work that goes into a capis “a bunch of sassy ladies a standing ovation from the pella performance. singing stylings of contemaudience. “I’m a big fan of ‘Glee,’ porary favorites.” Although The a cappella community so I figured I’d come down ReVOLution did not advance has recently experienced a and check it out tonight,” to the semifinals, UT’s sassy dramatic spike in popular- Edmondson said. “It’s been songbirds started the night ity due to the aforementioned great. I think it’s really cool out strong with an energetic pop culture presence. watching live because you rendition of Jackie Wilson’s “There’s something about know they’ve practiced so “Higher and Higher.” the power of the human long to get to where they are.” Greg McGinnis, father of
Chelsea Faulkner Contributor
Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta perform their rendition of “Wicked” during the 82nd annual All-Sing competition inside the Cox Auditorium Feb. 7-8. Included were performances of “Loathing,” “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.”
ALL SING continued from Page 1 Next was “Song of the South,” a nod to country music made by Delta Gamma and Alpha Gamma Rho. They took the stage with cowboy boots and some well-known country hits, such as Brad Paisley’s “Country Music,” Miranda Lambert’s “House That Built Me,” and, of course, Alabama’s “Song of the South.” The show took a turn for the magical with Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma’s set, aptly titled “Beauty and the Beast.” The costumes reflected Belle’s world, and there was even a Gaston to show off his muscles. “Be Our Guest” and “Tale as Old as Time,” were also part of the performance, prompting several audience members to sing along. The release of “Saving Mr. Banks” made Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa’s theme of Mary Poppins all the more relevant. The group came out dressed as chimney sweeps, with a few wearing costumes of principal characters. In the front, the conductor also stood out in his striped suit that alluded to Bert’s. They sang songs such as “Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Jolly Holiday” and “Step in Time,” during which the front row promptly broke into a tap number. The group ended with “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” which they spelled out with tongues and hands faster and faster until they reached their last note. Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta shimmied onto the stage to perform “Little Shop of Horrors,” revolving around a man-eating plant, a deranged dentist and a girl named Audrey. They incorporated such favorites as “Skid Row” and “Don’t Feed the Plants!” into their set. Another group, Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta, also took on a musical theme; theirs being the acclaimed “Wicked.” They told the story of Elphaba and Glinda by starting with “Loathing” and “Popular,” and wrapping up with a rendition of “Defying Gravity.” Elphaba’s green makeup was comparable to that worn by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Mu Alpha,
who chose “Willy Wonka,” as their theme. The majority of the group were dressed as Oompa Loompas with white pants, suspenders and bright orange faces. Of course, they warned against greediness between Wonka’s periodical solos with “A World of Pure Imagination.” Other groups to perform included Alpha Omicron Pi and Delta Tau Delta with “Through the Decades,” a gathering of hits from “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” to “Bye, Bye, Bye” as well as Pi Beta Phi’s take on Justin Timberlake, with “Sexy Back,” “Mirrors” and other favorites. Also, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry’s set composed of music used in the Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah movie, “Joyful Noise.” Kappa Kappa Gamma and Beta Upsilon Chi closed the evening with their theme, “Disney.” Their music ranged from “Under the Sea” to “At Last I See the Light” and “The Circle of Life.” Kate McGregor, a sophomore in nursing and a member of Delta Delta Delta, had more than one favorite. “Obviously, my own sorority, but other than that, DZ and Sigma Kappa’s, ‘Mary Poppins,’” McGregor said. “They did really well.” Sydney Deaver, undecided sophomore, said she particularly enjoyed the Disney-themed performances. “(I enjoyed) Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma,” Deaver said. “They did ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ I thought that was really good, I liked their costumes. I really liked when they did Gaston.” Hannah Simpson, an undecided freshman, was a member of the Delta Zeta chorus. “I think we did really well,” Simpson said. “But I heard that Tri Delt and Chi Omega were absolutely amazing.” McGregor said her sorority practiced three nights a week and had done so since the start of the semester. “We practiced Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours every week,” Simpson said. “We had two rehearsals in December, and then we went the week we came back from Christmas Break on our regular schedule.”
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One last chance for ‘older guys’ to leave their mark on program
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Sophomore Rainey Gaffin swings at a pitch against the Tennessee Tech on Apr. 10, 2013. The 2014 No. 1-ranked Lady Vols softball team opened 4-0 in a weekend tournament in Statesboro, Ga.
No. 1 Lady Vols open season 4-0 Staff Report STATESBORO, Ga. – The No. 1 Lady Vols softball team was busy this weekend as they kicked off the 2014 season by sweeping their four game slate in the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro Ga. Fueled by a perfect hitting day from freshman second baseman Megan Geer and a one-hitter from starting pitcher Ellen Renfroe, UT forced a run rule, 8-0, victory in its season opener against the Northern Colorado Bears on Friday. Sophomore Lexi Overstreet and Geer led the team offensively. Overstreet went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. In Geer’s first collegiate game, she went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, including the game-winning RBI that ended the game in the fifth. “Any win is a good, especially when it’s the first win of the season,” co-head coach Ralph Weekly said in a UT release following Friday’s victory. “We’ve got a long way to go as a team and we know it, but we were really pleased with the effort and the energy and the way they came out today and just played hard. It was just one of 60 games, so we’ll go look at it on film
ARREST continued from Page 1 O’Brien was described in the police report as having “a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath,” and was “combative” as officers tried to take him into custody. O’Brien’s bond was set at $1,500 while Sapp and Johnson’s were each set at $1,000. Sapp and O’Brien are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 20, 2014, while Johnson is set to appear Feb. 21. “We are aware of the situation and are still in the pre-
and try and get a little better. On Saturday, the Bears had a chance to exact their revenge, but they fared no better as Tennessee took home yet another victory, 8-3. Sophomore Erin Gabriel took the mound for the Lady Vols and pitched a solid 4.1 innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out four. Gabriel’s effort on the hill would be overshadowed, however, by the girl who would toe the rubber in relief. Sophomore Rainey Gaffin, who started the game in center field, came in and delivered 2.2 innings while not allowing a run and striking out seven en route to her first career win. “We really didn’t play a clean game,” co-head coach Karen Weekly said, “but what I liked was when we got our back to the wall and they tied it up, we came back and put runs on the board right away and I think you saw that this team is going to fight no matter what and I really like the way they responded.” In their second game on Saturday, the Lady Vols had to scratch and claw to maintain their perfect weekend but their ace, Renfroe, was up to the challenge, throwing a two-hit shutout as
liminary stages of gathering all facts and information,” head coach Butch Jones released in a statement. “We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee and appropriate action will be taken.” Johnson is a two-time AllSEC linebacker who has recorded consecutive 100-tackle seasons. He is expected to be one of the top senior NFL prospects after announcing he would return to UT for his final year on Jan. 7. O’Brien played in all 12 games for the Vols in 2013, recording 12 tackles — three for loss — and one sack. He is
Tennessee beat Georgia Southern, 1-0. “That’s Ellen,” Karen Weekly said. “You give her one run and you can pretty much plan on Ellen making it stand up. That’s a really good team in Georgia Southern with a very strong pitcher that is going to take them very far.” The lone UT run came when left fielder Melissa Davin homered in the second inning. In Sunday’s matchup against Oakland, freshman Taylor Koenig and senior Madison Shipman combined for seven RBIs, and Lexi Overstreet hit a home run as Tennessee finished its seasonopening weekend with a 14-3 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. Junior Cheyanne Tarango picked up her first win of the year, going 5.1 innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. “We did go 4-0,” Ralph Weekly said at the end of the weekend. “I thought at times we played well at times, and we played like a team that is starting four freshman the other times. I know we’ve got a lot to fix. I’m pleased with the kids and that’s what these games are all about.”
expected to compete for a starting position on the defensive line in 2014. Sapp’s first three years at UT were spent primarily as a special teams player before becoming a starting linebacker in 2013. He recorded 66 tackles in 2013 — eight for loss — and recovered three fumbles. Sunday’s arrests are the first known legal incidents in the Tennessee football program since Jones took over in Dec. 2012. The last known Tennessee player arrested was tight end Brendan Downs, who was charged with underage consumption Nov. 24, 2012.
biggest douses of kerosene to the fire that is Tennessee fans’ discontentment with this year’s team. “We’ve got older guys, there shouldn’t be any collapse right now,” Maymon said. “As a leader, what you do is talk to your teammates individually and see where their heads are at.” Take McRae’s comments after UT’s Wednesday night loss at Vanderbilt — another tough-to-swallow defeat. “I mean, it’s tough for us,” McRae said, “but we just got to make sure everyone on the team doesn’t stop and keeps going harder in practice, doing everyday things like that.” After the N.C. State loss, the Vols rallied around their experience-laden leaders and embarked on the season’s longest win streak — four games. Coming off the Vandy defeat, UT dominated South Carolina 72-53 on Saturday and would need to upset the third-ranked team in the nation to continue its winning ways. Martin knows better than anyone of the impact of these three players, as he shared after the South Carolina win on Saturday after being questioned about the notion that his team is dependent on McRae. “Well, I think they’re dependent on those three guys: Jordan, Jeronne and Jarnell,” Martin said. “Those three guys have to play well for us to be successful. But, you can say that for every team — successful team — in America.” “Successful” is the key word. To some, SEC prominence and a rebuilt program means Tennessee basketball has indeed been successful. To others, three letters despised by any college hoops fan — NIT — indicate otherwise. As if there wasn’t enough to play for this season with the postseason on the line, McRae, Maymon and Stokes could also leave Rocky Top in shambles if they fail to finish strong. With little experience returning next season and an already apathetic fan base, Vol fans need something to rally around heading into next year. The fate of this season, and perhaps the reputation of UT’s coach moving forward, lies solely on the shoulders of three star Vols. Each will finish as an all-time great in Tennessee basketball history, with one last chance to write their legacy.
They have pointed to themselves directly after each of Tennessee basketball’s tough losses this season, putting the responsibility on them to turn things around. They are the collective reason why this Vols team was supposed to do what Cuonzo Martin’s first two could not — make an NCAA Tournament. UT’s core trio of experienced players — Jordan McRae, Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes — or “us older guys,” as they like to refer to themselves, have been the key to 2013-14 ever since the Vols missed the Big Dance in painful fashion last year. They have also put the brunt of turning this season around on their shoulders and have so far largely come up empty. But alas, you can cue the storybook ending for these three Vols if they are able to pull a stunning upset of No. 3 Florida in Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night. With no other regular season games remaining against ranked foes, McRae, Maymon and Stokes would forgo their last true opportunity to convince the NCAA selection committee of their case to be included in the tournament if they fall short. A loss would also be a fitting ending for this “Big Three,” who have their fair share of big wins but seem to come up short like clockwork when momentum seems to be swinging UT’s way. Despite the shortcomings, there is no doubt these three know the magnitude of their play. The window is closing, and the current season has seen one — or two, or three, or four — too many letdowns. On paper, the Big Three is crucial to the Vols’ successes as they combine for 44.3 points per game — nearly 60 percent of the team’s scoring. But it is the leadership and experience brought to the table that puts the Steven Cook is a senior in journalism outcome of this season solely in their hands. Take Maymon’s comments after a Dec. and electronic media. He can be reached at 18 home loss to N.C. State — one of the firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Vols cruise easily over SC, 72-53 UT outruns Gamecocks in Steven Cook Copy Editor The last-place team played like one, and Tennessee played like the contender it has shown shades of being. Jordan McRae scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, and the Tennessee Volunteers throttled the hapless South Carolina Gamecocks, 72-53 on Saturday afternoon inside Thompson-Boling Arena. The lopsided win marked the eighth time this season the Vols have won a game while leading from start to finish and the 13th straight program victory over South Carolina. “Good bounce-back win for our guys,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “I thought the guys did a good job at both ends of the floor. Great job facilitating the basketball in the first half.” While the majority of UT’s conference contests have been dogfights, the Vols’ win on Saturday was practically locked up minutes after the opening tip. It took Tennessee less than five minutes to sprint out to a 10-0 lead, and other than 15 points from Sindarius Thornwell, the Gamecocks showed little ability to sway a game that was UT’s from the beginning. McRae nearly outscored the Gamecocks by himself in the first half, as his 20 points were just two shy of USC’s 22 first-half points. As a team, South Carolina shot just 36 percent (20-for53) from the field, while the Vols looked impressive from the field in hitting 28 of their 53 attempts (53 percent). “I don’t want to hear this nonsense I read about or hear on TV, they’re real good,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said of UT. “They’re good and they played that way, and we paid the price with a game we never really had a chance to win.” The Vols took advantage of South Carolina’s size deficiency in the post, unleashing Jarnell Stokes for a 13-point first half that included two one-handed dunks that electrified the crowd of 17,215 on hand. He finished with 17 points and eight boards, while post sidekick Jeronne Maymon added 10 points and eight rebounds as both enjoyed productive days from the field against the undersized Gamecocks. “Really, the focus was to get the ball inside to our bigs and allow those guys to play,” Martin said. “(The Gamecocks) like to play aggressive, man-to-man defense around the rim. We felt like we could get our big guys off to a good start.” Along with dominating the post, UT had a groove going from the outside as it hit five 3-pointers in the first half — all of which came from McRae — and finished 7-for-16 from beyond the arc. By the early parts of the second half, Saturday’s game had more of the feel of a preseason scrimmage than a SEC game. That allowed Martin to toy with a number of different lineups. Eleven players saw action Saturday for the Vols thanks to the one-sided scoreboard, which Martin attributed to rest but likely had more to do with UT’s heavy lead. “We were ready to rotate some guys in there just in case
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Individual Leaders S. Thornwell 15
J. McRae 24
M. Kacinas 6
2 Tied, 8
S. Thornwell 4
D. Thompson 4
S. Thornwell 4
3 Tied, 2
L. Chatkevicius 2
J. Stokes 3
some guys looked a little sluggish,” Martin said. Armani Moore emerged as one bench player who continued to impress. Serving as the first guard off the bench in recent SEC games, Moore tied his career-high with nine points and added three rebounds in 17 minutes of action. “He’s one of those guys you would like to have on the floor,” Martin said, “but it just depends on games. I have to do a better job as a coach in trying to get him on the floor as much as possible.” Seemingly every time the Tennessee lead dwindled lower than 20 in the second half, Martin would re-insert his starting lineup and watch the lead balloon again. The Gamecocks got as close as 13 just under the 10-minute mark thanks to a 10-0 run, but that would be as close as the road team got in the closing moments. Once McRae, Maymon and Stokes strutted back onto the floor, South Carolina’s run was thwarted. Saturday’s win could not have come at a better time for the Vols, who snapped a two-game win streak with a loss at Vanderbilt on Wednesday that seemed to re-insert Tennessee on the NCAA Tournament bubble. That two-game string of wins was the Vols’ longest in SEC play, as trading wins and losses has helped produce a maddening trend of mediocrity for UT since the start of conference play. Stokes has taken notice, as have his teammates, who insist on putting a stop to it starting Tuesday with a home game against No. 3 Florida. “It’s funny, I noticed that when we lose, we come back and gather up to play with a lot of fire,” Stokes said. “We play hard the next couple games, and history tells us we may have a drop game coming soon. “We are just fighting that sequence.”
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As the game turned: With 11:55 to go in the first half, junior guard Josh Richardson hit a pull-up jumper to extend the Tennessee lead to 23 and seemingly put the dagger in the Gamecocks’ chest. Instead of going quietly into the night, South Carolina made its run. Over the next 2:46, the Gamecocks would go on a 10-0 run, whittling the UT lead down to 13 points. With no choice, head coach Cuonzo Martin called his starters back in to duty and dashed any chance of a South Carolina comeback as the Vols pushed their lead back up to 20 less than two minutes later. “Probably at the six or seven-minute mark, that unit out there wasn’t as assertive as we needed them to be, so we put the starters back in,” Martin said. “Overall (though), a good effort for us.” Hot topic: It’s become somewhat like clockwork to see Tennessee lose a game only to get back up and brush the dust off. The Vols have only lost consecutive games once this season – at Wichita State on Dec. 14 and then at home against NC State on Dec. 18 – and that fact didn’t change Saturday. Following a disheartening loss to Vanderbilt just days before (Feb. 5), UT came out with intensity and played one of its best games of the season against the Gamecocks, shooting more than 50 percent while holding USC to 35.7 percent. “I thought they were focused when they lost the game,” Martin said after Wednesday’s loss. “You just go into a game, you game plan, you get ready, but what happens in most cases is when you lose games, you don’t play well. I’ve never seen, for the most part, teams play perfect and lose games. You lose because the other team played better. They did some things to beat you. “But, yeah, we’ve done a solid job of bouncing back after a loss, especially tough losses.” Spotlight: Jordan McRae has been the catalyst for the Vols all season, especially following a loss. The junior guard is averaging 21.1 points per game for the Vols in contests that follow defeats, including his game-high 24 points Saturday.
McRae, however, said he doesn’t feel like it’s all because of him whenever the Vols are able to get back on track. “I always feel like when we are in need of something, whether it be a big defensive stop or a big rebound, myself, Jarnell (Stokes) and Jeronne (Maymon) I feel like are the guys that have to go out there; Josh, too. So we just have a whole lot of guys who can go out there and step up.” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin wasn’t surprised to see McRae take over after what he saw in Columbia, S.C., last season. “That’s what he does,” Martin said. “Last year, we had a chance to win because we were able to guard him, we didn’t lose him, so he never got any looks, then when he got one at the end of the game, he made it. “That three he made last year broke our backs. ... Early in the game, we were not good enough defensively and gave him open looks. When good players see the ball go in the basket, that’s when you have a problem.” The other guys: Freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell was the only player to score in double digits for the Gamecocks, pouring in 15 points. He also scored the team’s first nine points of the game. Outside the box score: Former Tennessee football player and head coach Johnny Majors made an appearance on the Kiss Cam late in the first half. Say something: Jordan McRae when asked about Chris Walker of Florida, who made his season debut Feb. 4 against Missouri due to eligibility issues: “He dunks. I haven’t seen enough of him. He played seven minutes and got two dunks. We know he can dunk.” By the numbers 10: The Vols had a season-high 10 steals in the game. 3: Tennessee held South Carolina to three 3-pointers in the game. The Gamecocks came into the contest as the No.1 3-point shooting team in the SEC. 23: Tennessee is 23-0 when it shoots better than 50 percent in the Cuonzo Martin era. The Vols shot 52.8 percent against the Gamecocks. Up next: The Vols will take on the No. 3 Florida Gators inside Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Published on Feb 10, 2014