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‘Thank you’ voiced through appreciation week Week long events organized to express gratitude toward faculty for hard work staff take value from one another’s involvement in classroom processes. Haley Hall “It’s a combination of a talk and a workshop,” Schumann Staff Writer said. “The idea being that customers and providers may work together to provide value to a product.” UT’s second annual Faculty Appreciation Week will be Schumann and Blakely both said that the events of held this week from February 14 to 18. Faculty Appreciation Week might provide staff with a This year’s events include a reminder of their value to the reception for distinguished faculty UT community in a time when members, a “thank you” breakfast, they have not seen raises in Night at the Museum, and a faculyears. ty and staff celebration at the Students express their gratiThompson-Boling Arena for tiude to faculty who have made Wednesday’s Vols basketball game. a difference to them on the There will also be an interactive comment section of the staff faculty luncheon with guest speakwebsite. er David Schumann, TLC director, “Thousands of responses and faculty and staff celebration at came in last year,” Blakely said. Thompson-Boling Arena for Blakely and Schumann both Friday’s Lady Vols game. said they hope students and Amy Blakely, assistant director staff might further the educaof media relations for UT and cotional processes in ways that creator of Faculty Appreciation make it more meaningful for all Week, said that she worked with involved and may continue the the Provost’s office to find a way to discussions started during fachelp faculty understand some of the ulty appreciation week. benefits available to them and “I think students, staff and honor them. faculty may be less constrained “We brainstormed and kind of in their means to care about came up with this idea of Faculty one another as Tennessee Vols Appreciation Week,” Blakely said. when they begin to see past George Richardson • The Daily Beacon “Through the Provost Office we UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek chats with Dr. J.A.M. Boulet, associate professor in the their stereotypes and through put out word to all the deans that Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department at the UT Faculty Senate meeting the eyes of others in the learnwe were looking for people who on Monday, Feb. 7. Monday marks the start of the annual Faculty Appreciation Week. ing process,” Schumann said. deserved some special recogniBoth Schumann and Blakely tion.” said they hope to see this event continue to gain momenpsychology. The Media Relations Team and Provost Office sought Schumann said that he would be speaking about co-cre- tum in the future and show the UT community how its staff nominations for outstanding faculty through student ational value in the classroom at this year’s faculty lunch- makes a difference in a real capacity. newsletters, staff newsletters, Facebook and online alumni eon. This value discusses the means by which students and publications to find two faculty members from each college who are going above and beyond what is expected of them. “These may not be the people who are always in the news,” Blakely said. “These are people who are doing great things who really deserve some special attention.” One portion of faculty appreciation week includes a seminar by Schumann, who is also a professor of business and

Vols reeling after close loss to Florida

Tara Sripunvoraskul• The Daily Beacon

Jennifer Gordon, junior in food science, prepares Valentine’s Day cards during an event at Apartment Residence Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Florida, the Vols ultimately lost the battle from the free-throw line, going only 4-of-10 from the Brett Parisi stripe compared to Florida’s 16-of-22. Staff Writer The most important of those misses was from Cameron Tatum (1-3 on the day in the Bruce Pearl has had Billy Donovan’s number final two and a half minutes), who missed on for almost as long as he’s been at Tennessee, los- the front end of a one-and-one with 25.5 secing only two games in five seasons to the onds left on the clock. Two makes would hvae Gators, neither of which was at home. put Tennessee up by three. Now the only numbers that matter are 61-60, “I let down this team,” Tatum said. “I had a as the Gators swept the UT/UF series for the chance to make the big shot, make the big free first time since 2002 and throw and I didn’t. (I) denied Pearl his first SEC missed the front end of win of the season. a one-and-one, and Tennessee (15-10, 5-5 that’s not what I’m supSEC) dropped its second posed to do. I’m supstraight SEC game to the posed to step up and Florida Gators (20-5, 9-2 make big shots, and I SEC) and is now 0-2 didn’t. So I lost the since Pearl’s return from game.” the eight-game SEC susJunior guard Scotty pension. Hopson gave a valiant Junior Florida guard effort, going 3-3 from Erving Walker drove the beyond the 3-point line lane with 14 seconds to and finishing with 22 go and dropped in the points, 4 assists and 5 go-ahead layup to put the rebounds. He could not, Gators up by one, and however, will his team the Vols weren’t able to to get past the Gators’ 9answer. 2 opening second-half Senior Melvin Goins run that fueled their pushed the ball up the eventual come-fromIan Harmon • The Daily Beacon court in the final secbehind win. onds but could not exe- Scotty Hopson throws down against “We did a lot of great cute the play they want- Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Despite things,” Hopson said. ed and missed a desper- Hopson’s 22 points, the Volunteers “And a lot of things to ation 3-pointer as time were unable to close out a tough win us this basketball expired. game against the Gators on the road, game. We just had a “I’m disappointed in falling 61-60 in Gainesville. few mental lapses, they the execution at the made a run and we end,” Pearl said. “In a sense that it started with countered, but we didn’t make plays down the the inbound pass and worked its way up the stretch, and that’s what I think we’ve got to confloor. tinue to build on.” “We didn’t run what was called. I considered Senior center Brian Williams finished one calling timeout late in the possession because it rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points, was obviously not what I wanted, but I went nine rebounds, and reached a season-high in ahead and let it go. I don’t second-guess what minutes played with 30 off the bench. we called because if we execute what was called Hopson and freshman forward Tobias Harris, in transition, I have every confidence we would each still being treated for injured ankles, have have scored. Every confidence.” four days to get healthier before the Vols host Despite leading the game for almost 30 min- South Carolina in Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 utes and hitting five more field goals than p.m on Wednesday.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon

Students from Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu Alpha sing during the All-Sing competition on Saturday, Feb. 12. The groups were the overall winners in the annual choral competition between student competitions.

278: St. Valentine beheaded On Feb. 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on Feb. 14, on or about the year 270. Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.” For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14

February.” One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa. Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that Feb. 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day. Gradually, Feb. 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers. —This Day in History is courtesy of

Monday, February 14, 2011

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Kristian Smith Student Life Editor Valentine’s Day is here once again, and the most popular date night of year will see tons of couples headed out to dinner at a romantic restaurant or at the movie theater to see the newest romantic comedy. While the typical dinner-and-a-movie date is always a crowd-pleaser, there are plenty of other fun (and cheap) Valentine’s Day activities for everyone, single and attached. For Couples Many UT students think that a unique date idea makes for a better Valentine’s Day. “I can go to dinner and a movie any time of the year, but doing something different actually shows that the person who planned it cares and wants to make my Valentine’s Day special,” Alex Goduco, senior in management, said. Instead of going out to dinner, cook a meal together. has a special Valentine’s Day section that has recipes for easy dinners and desserts. Couples can also learn how to cook together by attending a cooking class at Glass Bazaar in Knoxville. Visit for specific dates and prices of cooking classes. Ice-skating, a very popular activity during the holidays, can be a fun and romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day together. The Ice Chalet in Knoxville is open from noon-3:30 p.m. and from 8-10 p.m. (This is also a good idea for those on a budget — two tickets and skate rentals are less than $20.) For a truly unique Valentine’s Day, try Sips N Strokes. This franchise recently opened a location in Knoxville. Sips N Strokes is a step-by-step painting class where you bring your own beverage of choice. At the end of the class, you take home your painting. This could be a fun way for couples to learn a new skill together. The Valentine’s Day class will be held tonight from 79 p.m. Go to and choose the

For Groups Group dates can be a great way to get to know someone better in a more relaxed setting. Some UT students think this can be a good way to spend Valentine’s Day with all your friends, singles and couples alike. “If you don’t want your single friends to feel left out, invite them to a group date with other couples,” Caleb Barron, law student, said. “Group dates are also a good way to get two single friends together.” If you’re hanging out with a group, try hosting a game night. This is a fun way for everyone to interact, and it helps keep those awkward silences at bay. Have everyone bring a dish for a potluck dinner (this is a much cheaper alternative to going out). If you want to go out but stay near campus, go bowling at the UC. This is another fun (and inexpensive) date for groups.

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Interest meeting for TOMS club to be held at UT A TOMS club interest meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. in the UC Shiloh room. The meeting is open to all interested students and food will be served. The club is designed to raise awareness about the TOMS organization, the shoe supplier that donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of TOMS purchased.

about sustainable design, work ethic and racial reconciliation. And his work has not gone unnoticed. Fox has been named one of only two winners of the 20102011 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Diversity Achievement Award, which honors efforts to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel and student bodies. Working at the crossroads of economic empowerment, environmental activism and architecture, Fox concentrates on making design and building processes as environmentally friendly as possible but is equally passionate about helping the disadvantaged. See BEACON BITS on Page 5

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Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer to speak at UT Timothy Ferris, often called “the best popular science writer in the English language,” will discuss “The Science of Liberty: How Science Enabled the Rise of Democracy” on Feb. 24 at the Baker Center. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. Ferris will touch on science communication and the impact on public policy, along with a discussion of his book, “The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature.” The Christian Science Monitor has called Ferris “the best popular science writer in the English language” and the Washington Post has called him “the best science writer of his generation.” He is a recipient of the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Ferris’ work has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Ferris, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has taught astronomy, English, history, journalism and philosophy at four universities. He is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. A former newspaper reporter and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Ferris has written more than 200 articles and essays for publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, Forbes, Harper’s, Life, Nature, Time, Newsweek and Scientific American. He will sign books after the presentation. A week prior to the lecture, on Thursday, Bruce Tonn, professor of political science, and Tom Handler, professor of physics, will lead a book discussion about Ferris’ recently released “The Science of Liberty,” also in the Toyota Auditorium. The discussion will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants are not required to have read the book to attend the discussion. Both events are free and open to the public.

For Singles If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, there is no need to feel left out. There are plenty of things for single girls and guys to do on Valentine’s Day. If you still want a gift on Valentine’s Day, try “Covert Cupid” — a Secret Santa-type gift exchange. Draw names with a group of friends and pick up a small gift, like a box of chocolates. Get together with your friends and have an anti-Valentine’s Day movie marathon. Watch your favorite scary movies or comedies. If you don’t have a valentine, show love for yourself! Treat yourself to something like a pedicure or good meal. Note: If you are meeting someone you met online for Valentine’s Day, make sure to be cautious. Use myDateTrackerAlert, a new app for the iPhone. If you don’t check in by the time that you determined, an alert with the name, time and location of your date will be texted or emailed to your UT architecture professor awarded for diversity efforts emergency contact(s). The myDateTrackerAlert app is free During the past 10 years, UT architecture associate proon Valentine’s Day only and a demo is available at datetrack- fessor David Fox has led several groups in a housing project aimed at bringing long-term economic sustainability to —Kristian Smith is a senior in neighborhoods in need of revijournalism and electronic talization. media. She can be reached at In the process, Fox has taught architecture students

Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of the Afghanistan Music Unit, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Researching the Music of Afghanistan in Film Monday Feb 14, 11:15 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. University Center, Shiloh Room Music & Censorship in Afghanistan Tuesday Feb 15, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Room 113, Humanities Bldg. Both events are free and open to the public.

An expert in music of Afghanistan, Dr. Baily has completed fieldwork in Herat and Kabul, and studied aspects of the Afghan diaspora in Pakistan, Iran, USA, Europe and Australia. On behalf of the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia, he established in Kabul a program for teaching Kabuli art music. Having published a book, numerous articles, CDs and DVDs, Dr. Baily explores music and migration, ethnomusicological film, performance as a research technique, and the biology of music making. He is writing a monograph titled War, exile and the music of Afghanistan: The ethnographer’s tale. For info, contact


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Tops &Bottoms


Falling — Pearl domination of Florida

Perhaps we jinxed the UT men’s basketball team? This is the thought running through the minds of Beacon staffers this week. Frequent readers may recall that in this exact spot last Monday, we wondered out loud about the return of Bruce Pearl to UT’s sidelines and the effect it would have on the Vols’ daunting week of road games. A week later, we seem to have our answer: If Pearl’s return had an effect, it wasn’t felt in UT’s end-of-week record, which stood at 0-2 after a dominating loss at Kentucky last Tuesday and a crushing, one-point loss at Florida on Saturday. The Kentucky loss? Perhaps most fans forecasted such a debacle. But if there’s one thing Pearl has done consistently since arriving in Knoxville (aside from reaching the NCAA Tournament), it’s beating Florida. Until this season, the Gators routinely fell apart when facing Pearl’s Vols. But Billy Donovan’s boys are 2-0 against UT this year, an important mark when deciding the SEC East standings. Pearl’s magic against Florida appears to have lost its luster this season. The loss in Gainesville marked another jarring stat: UT has played seven games which have been decided by three points or less, and the Vols are just 3-4 in those games. Such a stat can only mean that Pearl’s Vols have trouble finishing close games, and considering the mind-boggling plays we’ve seen UT run as the clock ticks to zero, it’s no surprise that a glaring lack of execution seems to plague Tennessee. Florida, on the other hand, is 6-1 in SEC games decided by six points or less. The better-executing team won the contest. A silver lining in all this negativity? Scotty Hopson filled up the stat sheet on Saturday, scoring 22 points and pulling down a season-high six rebounds along with four assists. Even casual Vol fans know that UT only goes as far as Hopson will take them. There are only six regular-season games left to play, and UT will take on South Carolina to start that stretch on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena. A sure-fire NCAA Tournament resume, the Vols do not have, so these six games will be imperative for Pearl and this team to salvage a disappointing season.

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Valentine’s Day teaches nature of love Pol itics o f Tr u t h by

Justin Crisp

Rising — Purchases of Marvin Gaye on iTunes Oh hey there, do you know what little holiday today happens to be? In case you’ve missed the sudden burst of diamond commercials encouraging you to “take her breath away” (didn’t know Zales was trying to give someone respiratory failure), the grocery store suddenly having an influx of red and pink boxes of chocolates being held by giant stuffed teddy bears, not being able to walk anywhere without your pollen allergy being aggravated and the fact that your significant other hasn’t stopped giving you the evil eye all morning, today is in fact Valentine’s Day. It isn’t rocket science; you know how it works: the restaurant reservations, the “for two” tickets to the symphony you bought, the fact that you pulled out “that dress,” “that suit” and “those heels.” He’s wearing a tie and smells like he showered. She is definitely wearing lipstick and you’re pretty sure she curled her hair tonight. Valentine’s Day, for whatever reason, is international date night. It’s that one night of the year, with the exception of anniversaries, that romance is the sole expectation. It’s almost set up on the economic principle of goods and exchanges, if you really think about it. Romance is the commodity being given. It provides the warm and fuzzy feelings, the butterflies in the stomach, the tears in the eye you see her trying to blink away quickly so she doesn’t smudge her mascara, the giggling conversation to her girlfriends and co-workers afterwards when she gushes on and on for hours about how wonderful and amazing you are, and how she couldn’t be a luckier lady. So, what’s the exchange for the good you’re providing? Well, you know...there is THAT. Well, what are you doing still reading this flimsy little excuse for an editorial? Go ahead, get to the pharmacy before 5 p.m. and grab that last box of $2 variety candy and a cute card with hearts and puppies on it. Don’t forget the roses! While you’re at it, iTunes is doing a 69 cent special on select love songs for the holiday. D’Angelo never let you down before. If you’re single, don’t worry. The bars are surely going to be full of other lonely singles, drowning away their sorrows and sadness in a pitcher. Just be sure to take the card, flowers and candy with you... SCRAMBLED EGGS• Alex Cline

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Deconstruct Valentine’s Day. Yes, you read that correctly. For all our sakes, someone please sic the ghost of Derrida on this crazy Hallmark holiday, with all its chocolate, expensive dinners and rom-coms, and not to mention the overwhelming glut of flowers and frilly hearts. Maybe then we can see if this day is about anything other than commodification and making up for lost time. First things first: what’s a Valentine? Think about it. Does this word refer to a person — as in, “Will you be my valentine?” — or a greeting card? And wasn’t there a saint(s) in there somewhere, too (no matter how confused his/their hagiography)? Our terms are contested from the very get-go; we can’t even figure out what kind of valentine we speak of. Something can, of course, mean more than one thing simultaneously, but I think it’s important to consider what this holiday is meant to celebrate or signify. At the very least, we’ve got greeting cards, lovers and saints in the running. It seems to me our culture assembles these signs in the following way: lovers buy each other greeting cards (and jewelry and chocolate and teddy bears and — well, you get the drill) to signify their love and affection for one another while those of us who are single tend to make sarcastic comments about martyrs. Sounds like a pretty done deal, right? (Or, at least, pretty commercial.) Not so fast. Leaving our martyrs behind for a moment, consider the following sentence: “The valentine signifies a relationship with the valentine.” This seems pretty intelligible, right? And yet, in this scheme, the greeting cards are greeting cards because they’re not the lovers, and the lovers are lovers because they aren’t the greeting cards. And yet, despite relying on negative difference (which, I should add, means the greeting cards, which signify relationships with lovers, could very well be lovers signifying relationships with greeting cards. Oh the humanity!),

we hope the greeting cards still symbolize and perhaps even participate in the connection between the lovers. The meanings of “valentine” differ, obviously — otherwise the sentence would be unintelligible — but they also defer: to each other and to this mysterious relationship that the valentine attempts to communicate to the valentine. They don’t “mean” in and of themselves. Their meaning is made, by a chain of infinite deferral and difference. There is so much more to be done in this language game (I mean, what couldn’t be done with, “The valentine signifies a relationship with the valentine?”), but I think we should stop here for now. I see a couple insights dramatized here, beyond the fact that language is just plain confusing. “Valentine” is this beautiful little word that can’t help but invoke both the one you love and one’s effort to communicate that love. That the line between these two is so unstable is actually pretty telling. Valentine’s Day is not a 1-out-of-365 opportunity to make up for lost time, nor is it some built-in pressure release valve for your relationship. It’s a reminder that loving someone and expressing that love mutually constitute each other. We’re talking about love as praxis, action with a purpose. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the hearts and expensive dinners, so long as they’re part of the praxis of love rather than a way to get your significant other off your back or an empty ritual which you repeat year after year because the greeting card industry tells you it’s time to communicate your love again. Hallmark and 1-800-Flowers can help, to be sure (and for the record, I actually love cards), but if a Valentine’s Day coupon has to remind you to communicate your love, you have bigger problems. Perhaps the valentine can teach us a valuable lesson: that love is a verb, and yet, for that to make sense on the level of grammar, it must simultaneously be a noun. Love is some kind of noun-verb, a particular kind of relationship unintelligible outside its realization in the here-and-now. So don’t let Valentine’s Day devolve into parody. Use this day to affirm that you’d rather be real with your lover than fairy-tale with anyone else. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like something I can celebrate. —Justin Crisp is a senior in English and religious studies. He can be reached at

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Love is in the air — and so is an unhealthy amount of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide brought about by the practice of mountaintop removal. Being Valentine’s Day, today normally gives a chance for lovers to exchange affection. However, a group of fellow Appalachians is taking today to demonstrate their love for their community and environment. Kentuckians of the Commonwealth (KFTC) are spearheading a movement called, “I Love Mountains Day.” The organization is a true grassroots group — its mission being to organize communities in taking “action for justice.” The Valentine’s Day event is an annual outcry for justice throughout central and southern Appalachia. Today, hundreds of Appalachians are gathering in Frankfort, Ky., to show their everlasting love for and commitment to their home — the mountains of Appalachia. The group will march through the capital of Kentucky, rallying against the practice of mountaintop removal, a method of coal mining that literally destroys the surface of mountains in its wake. It is a passionate issue to the people of Kentucky and greater Appalachia, and it’s important to understand just what mountaintop removal means for these mountain communities. Mountaintop removal is a particular manner of extracting coal from the earth by which explosives are used to literally take off the tops of mountains in order to expose coal seams for mining. First the vegetation and topsoil of these mountains are removed, then explosives are used to blast away hundreds of feet off the summit. There are sections of West Virginia where the Appalachians once stood, but now only miles of completely level landscape remain due to mountaintop removal. Though most cases aren’t this severe, these remnants of the Appalachians are so minimal that one can’t even distinguish that the mountains existed. The case of mountaintop removal is a tricky topic for some because the results of this practice are twofold. While the method leaves irreversible damage to communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia, it is particularly efficient and effective for removing coal from the earth — coal that is used as a power source

for the nation. As of 2007, the burning of coal generates half of the nation’s electricity — and this proportion is growing. Thus, it only makes sense that owners and corporations are looking to mine coal in the most efficient and costeffective manner possible. There is clearly a demand for it, and, thus far, coal has been the answer to America’s incessant demand for cheap energy. However, a growing proportion of the U.S. population believes that coal is not the answer. While coal may be cost-effective for those in charge of production, the method is actually killing economies throughout Appalachia. Coal mining has grown exponentially over the past century, but jobs in the mining industry have actually decreased significantly. With a spike in the use of surface mining, rather than deep mining, coal companies are employing fewer and fewer miners. Based on data from Appalachian Voices, an awardwinning environmental nonprofit, jobs in the coal industry of West Virginia have decreased from 130,000 in 1940 to just over 21,000 in 2008. It is clear that the practice of mountaintop removal takes jobs from underground miners as much as it “creates enormous barriers to economic development and diversification, by making the area less attractive for other industries, due to the pollution of the land, air and water.” In addition to these economic reasons, mountaintop removal also poses serious environmental problems. In 2003, the EPA estimated that mountaintop removal has destroyed over 1.2 million acres of forest as well as polluted 2,000 miles of headwater streams. The burning of coal also emits sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide in especially unhealthy amounts. These compounds cause acid rain and smog throughout the region as well as lead to thousands of deaths per year. While some may argue that the use of coal is effective in the present, an argument for the long-term use of coal is weak, at best. But that is another debate. What I think we can all agree on now is a stop to the practice of mountaintop removal — a method worse for mining economies than underground mining and a practice that is literally destroying parts of Appalachia. In honor of “I Love Mountains Day,” KFTC is encouraging participants to send a “Valentine for the Mountains” to your elected officials, showing your love for the mountains and support for a ban on mountaintop removal. Seeing as mountaintop removal is taking place here in Tennessee — not even 100 miles from the UT campus — I believe this is a pressing issue for all students who claim to hold a love for Rocky Top. —Eric Dixon is a sophomore in philosophy. He can be reached at

Monday, February 14, 2011

Seek quality cinema this holiday

Will Abrams Art and Entertainment Editor Ah, the time of year has come again. Valentine’s Day, that special day dripping with the aroma of last-minute roses and lonely tubs of ice cream. Depending on one’s circumstances, Feb. 14 can either be a day of fulfilling romanticism or one of bitter disappointment. For the purpose of this column, let’s forget about that latter group which comforts itself with feeble attempts at humor like “ S i n g l e ’ s Awareness Day” and focus instead on the problem facing those who have a date tonight. Ladies, Valentine’s is a rough day for men. Rather, it’s rough for those of us who actually make plans and don’t forget the day altogether. In order to appease most women, a guy has to run around buying perishable goods that are programmed to be romantic, making dinner plans, and, in some cases, even putting together a scavenger hunt. All that I’m asking for is to give your other half a break. Unless the person you are dating is utterly without value, they have attempted to put together a quality evening at no charge to you, so cut a little slack for the guy. One way to ensure that the guy doesn’t lose his man card after a “romantic” evening is not forcing him to watch one of the most idiotic genres of film ever created: the romantic comedy. Sure, it’s the most romantic day of the year and you want to watch something that brings out warm, fuzzy emotions. This doesn’t mean that a couple has to watch (read: survive) a Matthew

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McConaughey film. In recent years, many movie critics have complained that remakes and 3D projection have undermined the quality of cinema, but this process began much longer ago when film executives realized that marketing romantic films was a profitable exercise. The commercialization of a feeling like love undermines the institution itself by making it cheap and generic. These films ask audiences to believe that two characters belong together because they are both attractive and take up space within the same storyline. Not only are the actors usually playing characters as thick as cardboard, but the plot almost always follows the same storyline: Two strangers meet at a generic place like a coffee shop and, at first, they don’t get along. After a while, they start to grow on each other and happiness seems unstoppable until a big secret is revealed that forces the couple to question their relationship. Never fear, though, because they will find a reason to love each other once more approximately 90 seconds before the screen fades to black. Are all romantic comedies the same? No. The 2 percent of films in this category that are unique and use refreshing per• Photo courtesy of Rana Royale spectives usually make very little, if any, profit. Meanwhile, the most generic titles are usually found at the top of the box office receipts. The advice here is simple: make informed choices about what film gets your time and money. Don’t throw (or ask someone else to throw) $20 at whatever pathetic Gerard Butler film recently took 12 minutes to write. Taking the time for an intelligentlywritten comedy is not only the civil thing to do for your other half, it may just leave you with those same warm feelings in addition to a bonus gift: dignity.

BEACON BITS continued from Page 3 As a component of his work, Fox developed UPSIDE, the Urban Program in Sustainable Design Education. Starting a number of years ago in Chattanooga, Fox developed a strategy housing development that involved architecture students, local high school students and community foundations in designing and constructing homes with local families taking ownership in the neighborhood. Through the UPSIDE program, Fox has joined UT architecture students and students at Austin East High School. The collaboration matches the art of sustainable architecture and design with the social, economic and political hopes of the community’s youth for a better future. Fox also has served as the faculty mentor of the college’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) chapter. Fox also received the UT Knoxville 2010 Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope for his work with the UPSIDE program. The award honors those who demonstrate commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and appreciating the differences of people and cultures on campus. Fox will be presented with the award during ACSA’s annual meeting in early March in Montreal, Quebec. For more information about ACSA, visit ORNL Jaguar helps BMI win award, nation save fuel A BMI Corp. SmartTruck technology that could save 1.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel and $5 billion in fuel costs per year has hit the road in record time in part because of simulations performed on the nation’s most powerful supercomputer at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While South Carolina-based BMI Corp. has just won an industry award from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, the real winners could be trucking companies and the environment. With installation of BMI’s SmartTruck UnderTray System to improve the aerodynamics of 18-wheeler (Class 8) long-haul trucks, the typical big rig can achieve fuel savings of between 7 and 12 percent, easily meeting the new California Air Resources Board mandate that calls for a minimum mileage improvement of 5 percent. Those results, which earned BMI one of

the publication’s top 20 products of the year awards, were made possible because of simulation work performed on ORNL’s Jaguar supercomputer. The work on Jaguar shortened the computing turnaround time for BMI’s complex models from days to a few hours and eliminated the need for costly and time-consuming physical prototypes. In all, running simulations on Jaguar allowed BMI to go from concept to a design that could be turned over to a manufacturer in 18 months instead of the 3 1⁄2 years they had anticipated, according to Mike Henderson, who noted, however, that more work remains. In time, BMI plans to design trucks that are far more aerodynamic from the ground up. Until then, Henderson noted that if all of the nation’s 1.3 million Class 8 trucks were configured with just the minimum UnderTray package, the average fuel economy of 6 miles per gallon could increase to about 6.5 mpg or more, which is significant given the fact 18-wheelers collectively travel some 130 billion miles per year. And from an emissions standpoint, equipped with the aerodynamics package, those trucks would reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 32.7 billion pounds (16.4 million tons). BMI’s work with ORNL was made possible through the laboratory’s Industrial High-Performance Computing Partnerships Program. Through this effort, BMI was able to access Jaguar, which boasts nearly 225,000 processing cores with a theoretical peak computational capability of 2.3 petaflops (2.3 quadrillion floating operations per second). The UnderTray’s aerodynamic components are manufactured in Georgia by Cellofoam while various metal brackets, bolts and other hardware that attach the parts to the trailer are made by a number of companies in South Carolina. Several fleets, including Con-way Truckload and Frito-Lay, are already using the parts. The kit can be installed in the field by fleet owners and operators. The award was presented Tuesday at the American Trucking Association’s 2011 Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual truck show in Tampa, Fla. Images and more information about the SmartTruck technology can be accessed here: A DOE press release about BMI SmartTruck is available at ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

— Will Abrams is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at



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Texas’ Gray newest Titan’s coach

Brent Brewer latest Vol arrested after domestic dispute Sunday

coaching career with the then-Tennessee Oilers in 1997 as defensive quality control assistant when Munchak was promoted to offensive line coach. Gray was promoted to secondary coach in 1999 and 2000. Samari Rolle and Blaine Bishop earned Pro Bowl honors in 2000 when the Titans ranked first in the NFL in fewest yards passing and total yards allowed. He left in 2001 with Gregg Williams for Buffalo as defensive coordinator through 2005. His defenses in 2003 and 2004 ranked second in the NFL in each season for yards allowed. Both defenses ranked in the top 10 in points allowed. In 2004, the Bills led the NFL with 39 takeaways and were fifth in red zone defense. He coached the secondary in Washington between 2006 and 2009 before moving to Seattle for the 2010 season. Gray played with Munchak during the 1992 season for the then-Houston Oilers. “I have known Mike for a number of years and if he is a head coach like he was a player or a position coach, we are going to be in great shape, because he has had so much success and everything he does,” Gray said. This is Munchak’s second hiring since taking over on Monday. He also hired close friend and fellow Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews to replace him as the offensive line coach. Munchak still has several openings left to fill including offensive coordinator, running backs assistant, defensive line and a couple of other assistants.

Suspended indefinitely by Dooley, released on bond Sunday

Associated Press Titans coach Mike Munchak has filled one of the biggest openings on his staff by hiring Jerry Gray away from the University of Texas to become Tennessee’s defensive coordinator. The Titans announced the move Saturday, a day after Munchak picked Gray up at the airport to interview him for the job. Munchak said he respected Gray both as a player and a coach and was someone he knew right away he wanted to talk to about being his defensive coordinator. “It was evident to me during interview process that he will fit well with us — he is familiar with our system and the type of players that we have on the roster. He is a great teacher and a great person, and I think the players will respond well to his style,” Munchak said. Gray was hired by Texas, his alma mater, to be defensive backs coach and assistant head coach to Mack Brown last month. He was due to make $425,000, but this job meant at least doubling that for this season. Gray said in a statement that he knows the timing of this move isn’t ideal. “But this was something that I couldn’t turn down,” Gray said. He replaces Chuck Cecil, who was fired in January a week before the Titans parted with coach Jeff Fisher. A two-time All-American at Texas, Gray was a four-time Pro Bowl pick during his nine NFL seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started his

Colin Skinner Assistant Sports Editor Tennessee sophomore safety Brent Brewer was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor domestic assault, including bodily injury or threat of injury. According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Brewer was released late yesterday morning after posting bond set at $1,500. His court appearance is today. Coach Derek Dooley has suspended Brewer from all team activities until more details are known in the ongoing investigation.

Brewer started in six games for the Vols and saw action in all 13 games last season for the Vols, recording 30 tackles. He was selected in the second round (60th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006 and played four years of baseball as a shortstop/outfielder in the organization, most recently for Huntsville in Class AA Southern League. Brewer originally signed to play football for Florida State in 2006 from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga. before opting to play baseball. Efforts by The Daily Beacon to reach the UT athletic department for further comment were not immediately returned.

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Brent Brewer breaks up a pass to a Kentucky wide receiver on Saturday, Nov. 27.

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Rosalía Alda waits to strike against Evgenia Vertesheva of Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 12. Alda’s win helped the Lady Vols to a 5-2 victory over Indiana, improving to 5-0 on the season.

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