Thursday, February 20, 2014
Issue 30, Volume 125
Dargan Southard Assistant Sports Editor After scoring 31 runs in the opening series, Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano expected an offensive drop-off at some point in the foreseeable future. Of course, a step down from a more than 10-run per game average can still win many contests, as the Vols found out Wednesday afternoon. The bats weren’t quite as explosive as before, but UT managed just enough production at the plate, scraping out a 5-3 win over Appalachian State at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
“I thought, from an offensive standpoint, we weren’t on it, and that’s human nature,” Serrano said. “When you score 31 runs in the previous three games, you come out and have a tendency to get complacent.” That, however, didn’t appear to be an issue early on as senior Scott Price started the first inning with a left field blast — the Vols’ first home run of the year. Price, who’s now hitting .429 in his first season as Serrano’s leadoff hitter, was predicting an aggressive pitch sequence and took full advantage. “A lot of times early in the game, pitchers will come right at you with
fastballs, and I’m pretty sure I saw all fastballs,” Price said. “Fortunately for me, he got behind (in the count), and I knew he was just going to try to pound the zone. I think he got to 2-2 (count), and had just got a swing and a miss with an outside pitch. “He went right back out there again, and I just let that one get a little deeper and drove it pretty good.” The quick score was a welcomed sight for starting pitcher Andy Cox (1-0), who worked four solid innings, allowing just one run on two hits while throwing only 52 pitches. See BASEBALL on Page 6
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Vols continue upward trend with 5-3 win over Appy State
Sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart points to the sky while on second base during the Vols’ 5-3 victory over the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Wednesday.
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UT-themed TED talks Emilee Lamb
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Rock the catwalk: Knoxville Fashion Week lures style enthusiasts
Assistant News Editor It’s TED time at UT. The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will host Knoxville’s own TEDx conference Saturday, Feb. 22. Ten featured speakers are scheduled to present multidisciplinary thoughts and ideas to attendees beginning at 10 a.m. TEDxUTK Organizer Katie Rogers, a sophomore in biomedical engineering, said she and Co-Organizer Chris Barnes, senior in chemical engineering, were inspired to host TED talks at UT after she was introduced to the annual international conference during the summer. “I really love TED talks because they are cross-disciplinary and refreshing,”
Rogers said. “Chris and I thought that TED went along with UT’s Pursuit of the Top 25 and Vol Vision so we decided to write a proposal and submit it to potential faculty advisors for their thoughts.” The non-profit organization TED, named for its original focus on sharing expertise in technology, entertainment and design, holds an international conference each year, bringing the world’s leading thinkers together to share ideas and discoveries. TEDx is a free licensing program that allows individuals to organize TED conferences in their own communities. Patrick Caveney, an assisting organizer for TEDxUTK and graduate student in the Bredesen Center, aimed to bring interdisciplinary discussion to campus since founding the Academic Journal
Club, a discussion group with similar goals. TEDx, he said, is a good fit. “This is an opportunity to showcase the interesting, world-class work and research being done in the area and an opportunity to bring together a diverse set of people to learn about and discuss these ideas,” Caveney said. Some of TEDxUTK’s featured speakers will include: Avigail Sachs, assistant professor in the School of Architecture; Baldwin Lee, professor in the School of Art; Neal Eash, associate professor in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science; and Greg Kaplan, professor in Modern Foreign Languages. In addition to several UT faculty members, academics from other schools will be contributing their expertise.
Cortney Roark Assistant Arts & Culture Editor For a college student, $10 can go a long way. It can buy two Cookout trays or eight McDoubles. Or, it can feed a Nicaraguan child for a month. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will host Shabby Chic Prom tonight for feedONE, a charity that will feed a child in Nicaragua for one month with each $10 donation. FeedOne is a branch of Convoy of Hope, a charitable organization which provides extra supplies and needs while feedONE supplies the food. Rebekah Meyer, sophomore in history and secretary of Chi Alpha, said the goal is to feed one child per hour for a week. That requires 168 donations of $10 in one week. “Any group can be a part of this,” Meyer said. “We’re feeding children. There is no reason for any group to feel like they are not involved in this.” Chuck Lester, campus director of Chi Alpha, said he believes UT students will take advantage of this opportunity and help reach the 168 goal. “Students want to make a difference,” Lester said. “They want to take on big responsibility. For starving children to eat, that’s a big responsibility. We really need their help. “We need students to show up and say, ‘Hey, I’ll sponsor a child for $10.’” Shabby Chic Prom will have inflatable basketball and boxing, a dance floor, hot dog stand, photo booth and various other food donated from area churches. As for the dress code, Meyer said shabby chic is “whatever you want it to be.” She said prom goers can wear anything from an old prom dress with Converses to sweats and a blazer.
See TEDX on Page 2 • Photo Courtesy of TEDxUTK
UT’s ‘love doctor’ prescribes cure for the common breakup
Campus group aims to assist underfed children
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Falling flat: A ‘losing mentality’ cost the men’s tennis team their second championship of the season SPORTS >>pg. 5
Students painted the rock on Tuesday to promote TEDxUTK, a conference that will host 10 speakers at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
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Tennessee Capitol may condemn UT students Limiting turnovers, post play the focal points for the Lady Vols as Auburn stroll into Knoxville SPORTS >>pg. 6
R.J. Vogt Editor-in-Chief Despite 2,974 likes on Facebook, it appears not everyone approves of Sex Week. After Tennessee state legislators successfully pressured administrators to pull all state funding from Sex Week in 2013, some of those same legislators are “outraged” once again, according to House Joint Resolution 661. Sponsored by Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, and passed unanimously by voice
vote in the House Education Committee, the bill initially condemned the UT administration “for permitting ‘Sex Week’ to be held” on campus for the second consecutive year. Tuesday, the House Education Committee approved an amendment to change the wording – no longer condemning “administration,” the bill now condemns Sex Week’s “organizers.” And those would be Jacob Clark and Brianna Rader, both seniors in College Scholars. The pair co-founded Sexual
Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, better known as SEAT, in fall 2012 and organized Sex Week 2013, despite the lastminute withdrawal of financial support from the university. Their organization has grown to include 16 executive board members for Sex Week 2014, and the proposed legislation is unclear as to who, exactly, will face condemnation should it pass. “It’s more disappointing than anything else,” Clark said Wednesday. “Their response, in my opinion, is a petty response.”
Upon hearing they faced condemnation, Clark and Rader contacted top UT officials, including Chancellor Cheek and Vice Chancellor for Student Life Vincent Carilli, asking that UT release a statement to counter the state’s proposed condemnation of students. “There will be effects,” Clark and Rader wrote in an email sent late Tuesday night. “For instance, we can probably never work for the Tennessee state government now – not that we were planning to, but it’s still an example of the
types of considerations that need to be made. “We do not take this Resolution lightly, and we hope UT administration won’t either.” Provost Susan Martin responded to Clark and Rader Wednesday morning, indicating support. And in the video stream of the Senate Education Committee’s meeting Wednesday afternoon, Chancellor Cheek can be seen, suggesting the administration traveled to Nashville to discuss the bill. See SEX WEEK on Page 2
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Record-breaking box fort Couples benefit from visits to represent national debt to UT’s resident ‘love doctor’ Jenna Butz Staff Writer Fort Knox, meet Fort Box. In partnership with UT Recycling, Up to Us will work to beat the record for largest box fort while promoting economic and environmental sustainability starting at 8 a.m. on Friday next to HSS. Carly Frensley, junior in economics and international business, is the founder and president of the Net Impact Chapter at UT and the Up to Us Creative Director. Following the two organizations’ missions of linking students to careers with impact and raising awareness of the national debt, she said she believes the incorporation of the cardboard boxes will represent both the size of the national debt and the amount of waste UT produces. “Through our box fort we would like to give the message that an average American lifestyle is not sustainable for the environment or our economy,” Frensley said. “If we get just a few students to understand how much waste we accumulate, whether it is resources, money or time, and then in turn inspire them to prepare themselves for a more sustainable future, we’ve accomplished our goal.” A competition has arisen among university recycling coordinators, with schools using their box forts to set the record for using the most boxes. Currently,
the University of Texas, Austin holds the record with 4,123 boxes used for their fort. Jay Price, UT’s recycling manager, had hoped to participate in the rivalry, but never before saw a chance. When Up to Us approached him looking for a way to facilitate a large-scale event with recycled materials for their national debt campaign, Price provided the idea to host in conjunction with RecycleMania. “It’s all coming together,” Price said. “The idea has been lingering in the shadows, and now we have storage containers full of boxes.” Hoping to use all 5,000 boxes, the fort will be in the shape of a Power T that can be viewed from the top floors of Hodges Library or McClung Tower. Smokey will also make an appearance at the fort building along with food, prizes and music. While the fort is meant to entertain – students will be allowed to crawl through – the focus is on sustainable messages. According to Price, the fort “shows a student organization sending their message in a big way.” “While we do recycle, we need to do more,” he said. “We should reduce, and that’s a message of personal responsibility that Up to Us is helping to send. They want to visually represent what the national debt is and what that means to students. It also shows that we are thinking about the wasted materials that we have.”
Frensley said she sees the event as an opportunity to “embrace our inner kid” while addressing a heavy issue. “Each box will represent a dollar amount of debt,” Frensley said. “How big the fort becomes determines the dollar value of each box. “This way, students can stare down a representation of the debt we will have to tackle in our future.” The 5,000 boxes are a fraction of the cardboard UT Recycling collects in four weeks. However, cardboard is only one material the organizatoin prevents from going into a landfill. Recycling on campus now includes aluminum, plastic, glass, food waste, light bulbs, electronics, scrap metal and textiles. Bea Ross, UT’s recycling outreach coordinator, stressed that waste reduction is a part of recycling which is often overlooked. “There are three steps we can take before recycling: refusing what we don’t need, reducing what we do need, and reusing what we consume,” Ross said. “These are the steps that we are promoting with Fort Box and for RecycleMania. By working together, students will see the connection between reducing environmental impact and improving the economy.” In the effort to combine economic and environmental responsibility, Ross said she hopes the event is a gateway to understanding among students. “I hope that at least a handful of students walk away understanding that planning for a successful, efficient future requires social, environmental and economic planning,” Ross said. “Not just one of the three.” Lindsey Huff, SPEAK co-president, said she believes the event could “spark interest” in students who may not otherwise come in contact with the amount of recycled materials UT produces. “It’s a visual that people can see, and people like things they can look at,” Huff said. “It’s going to serve as something that when people are walking by, they’re going to want to know what’s going on. It’s a fun way to get involved with recycling materials.”
Bradi Musil Staff Writer UT’s love doctor can’t cure relationship problems, but she can treat them. After years of studying the “dark side” of marital stresses, Kristina Coop Gordon, Ph.D., professor and associate director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at UT, developed Relationship Rx, a campus and community resource dedicated to fostering healthy relationships. Her key to success? Prevention. “I realized that people wait until it is really, really late to get help,” Gordon said. “With Relationship Rx, we try to catch people way earlier in the process.” After receiving the Healthy Marriage Initiative grant in 2011, Gordon partnered with Cherokee Health Systems to establish the Relationship Rx Program at UT. Since then, Relationship Rx has enrolled approximately 438 couples. The program consists of two brief sessions for each couple: one session for assessment and one session for feedback. What seems to be most helpful for couples is the platform Relationship Rx builds before ever beginning to assess issues, Gordon said. “We start by talking with a lot of couples about their strengths,” she said. “We ask about how they met, what they loved about each other, what they see as best parts about their relationship.”
SEX WEEK continued from Page 1 SGA President Jake Baker said the student government is also looking into the issue. “We are planning on setting up a meeting with SEAT executives to explore the issue,” he said Wednesday. The Campfield saga continues The legislative response to Sex Week extends beyond HJR 661; state Sen. Stacey Campfield has also proposed two bills that would fundamentally change the way student fees are allocated
Relationship Rx is intentionally not marketed as therapy. But Gordon admits the program is “not terribly” different from therapy, merely less intensive. Gordon believes brief therapy, like a two session program, is just as effective as long-term therapy. “Most people see therapy as something really brutal that makes you feel bad about your past and goes on forever,” Gordon said. “We try to avoid that stigma about therapy. “It doesn’t dig too deep into the past. It’s very focused on the present and what to do to fix things in the present.” If couples require further counseling, Relationship Rx provides a number of followup programs, the most popular being Pillow Talk, an allexpenses paid overnight retreat in Gatlinburg, Tenn. There, couples work on a number of factors including communication, relationship expectations and intimacy issues. The only eligibility requirement to enroll in Relationship Rx is that couples be in a committed and cohabited relationship. It is open to all community members, UT students, faculty and staff. However, Relationship Rx does specifically target lower income couples. “Poverty and marital status are really intertwined,” Gordon said. “Poverty stresses marriage ... the initiative is to strengthen marriage as a way to fight poverty.” As a free service, Relationship Rx dissolves any obstacles facing couples seeking care. Facilitators make house visits
and have been known to provide bus passes or alternate means of transportation in order for couples to attend sessions at UT’s labs or Cherokee Health Clinics. Simultaneously, the program conducts a longitudinal study with couples. While in treatment and again six months after treatment, couples are asked to fill out a total of three questionnaires assessing progress. For each questionnaire a couple completes, they are given a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. “We track them over six months to assess short-term and long-term effects, and (the program) has been shown to be beneficial for all participants,” Kelsey Adams, head research assistant and recruiter at Relationship Rx, said. Adams described sitting in on home visit sessions with facilitators, calling those experiences an “extraordinarily amazing experience” for undergraduate students. “You have the opportunity to see counseling and therapy work in action with these couples,” Adams said. “You get an actual feel for what it’s like to do couples counseling.” Relationship Rx also qualifies as a premarital counseling program, which grants a $60 discount for marriage licenses. Relationship Rx is currently available to residents of Knox, Loudon, Blount and Sevier Counties. However, plans to reapply for funding this summer could expand that range. To learn more about Relationship Rx, visit http:// relationshiprx.utk.edu/.
for funding. To discuss those proposals, the UT College Democrats and Republicans planned to co-host Campfield for a question and answer session Friday evening. Wednesday, two days before the event, Campfield backed out of the commitment after changing the terms of his agreement. In a Facebook conversation with Zach Dean, one of Campfield’s staffers, College Democrats President Joshua Stovall originally proposed to offer Campfield the chance to look over all the potential questions an impartial moderator might ask him. Despite initially
agreeing, Dean shifted gears Wednesday, indicating that Campfield would not answer half of the proposed questions, including one on how he defined membership and another on how the constituency might encourage him to change his bills. Dean also indicated Campfield would only field preapproved student questions if his potential competition for the District 7 Senate seat, Democrat Cheri Siler, would be present. “It changed the original intent of this event,” Stovall said. “His electorate were calling on him … and he backed out.”
TEDX continued from Page 1 “I’m really hoping TEDxUTK is something that the student body, as well as faculty and the Knoxville community, can get excited about,” Rogers said. “TED talks are unique in that they bring people of all backgrounds together to discuss ‘ideas worth spreading,’ so an idea is seen from a variety of perspectives.” Tickets to TEDxUTK are free, but the 100 allotted seats for the conference in the Baker Center have been filled. To accommodate the expected crowd, TEDx organizers arranged a live broadcast of the event in the Hodges Library Auditorium and the UC Auditorium, for which tickets may be reserved.
In addition, talks will be available for live streaming on the TEDxUTK website. TEDx attendees are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start. Rogers said she is looking forward to the culmination of eight months of planning, much of which hinged on connecting with the area’s academic community. “Networking is definitely key in reaching out to potential speakers,” Rogers said. “Chris and I are STEM majors, so it was difficult for us to reach out to people who were in different disciplines; however, our TEDxUTK core team grew, and collectively we span a good number of the colleges here at UT.” Saturday’s event, Rogers said, will bring fresh inspiration to the UT community and push audience members beyond typical lines of thought. “TEDxUTK,” she said, “is the intellectual spark that students and faculty need here on campus.”
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Knoxville Fashion Week puts city on style map Melodi Erdogan Managing Editor New York. London. Milan. Paris. Knoxville. Knoxville Fashion Week will take place Wednesday, Feb. 26 to Saturday, March 1 and will feature three runway shows and one kickoff event. Spearheaded by Gage Models & Talent Agency in conjunction with local sponsors such as Star 102.1 and Metropulse, Knoxville Fashion Week has “the ultimate goal of creating buzz and giving a relevant outlet to fashion houses, buyers and culture enthusiasts in Knoxville and beyond,” according to the event’s website. “A lot of people were skeptical about Knoxville having a fashion week since we don’t have any designers, and they’ve been really surprised by how many are here and how they didn’t have the platform,” Jaime Hatcher Hemsley, director of Knoxville Fashion Week and president of Gage Models & Talent Agency, said. Hatcher Hemsley began Knoxville Fashion Week in 2012 with two events, mirroring New York Fashion Week which holds its event twice a year, in February for fall and winter shows and September for spring and summer shows. Since 2012, Knoxville Fashion Week has taken place annually, scheduled to hit the first weekend of March. Hatcher Hemsley also directs Chattanooga Fashion Week, which takes place in October. The kickoff event on Feb. 26 will take place at G&G Interiors in Bearden and will host professionals from the Knoxville Chamber and models from Gage Talent, as well as those who have purchased VIP passes for Knoxville Fashion Week. From 5-7 p.m., the event also features the live music of Cindi Alpert & The Corduroy Jazz Trio. Market Square restaurant Latitude 35 will
SHABBY continued from Page 1 As for committee member Emily Hill, junior in social work, she will be sporting a 1950s dress and beret. Hill agreed with Meyer that Shabby Chic Prom is for everyone. “It’s a cause that everybody can care about,” Hill said. “We’re a Christian organization, but we wanted to bring a diverse group together to have fun at an event and use the proceeds to do something good.” Chi Alpha officials hope to make this an annual event and Meyer said she hopes Shabby Chic Prom starts a trend for local charities. “When you see how many problems there are in another country, you start to notice things where you live,” Meyer said. “If anything, several more groups can get involved and make it a bigger thing.” For Lester, this is seen as a “tremendous opportunity” and a way to help children who may not get help otherwise. “University students have their meals provided if they live on campus,” Lester said. “To think of other people, that’s what we want to see — students reaching out to other people. “These children are lined up in orphanages and schools and they desperately need our help.” Shabby Chic Prom will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at the John 23rd Catholic Center.
“We really didn’t have anything locally that was host Knoxville Fashion Week’s second event, the Accessories Showcase and Emerging Designer like fashion networking,” Hatcher Hemsley said. Runway, on Feb. 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. The fol- “People within the beauty industry, we just did lowing day, Relix Variety Theatre will host the our own things in our separate areas, so this kind Made in America Runway, Swimwear & Men’s of brings together your hairstylists, your makeup Show from 9-11 p.m. The Grand Finale Runway artists, the wardrobing people, and fashion blogEvent will take place on March 1, featuring the gers, and local boutiques get to buy from local artists. Children’s Runway Event “It’s a neat little machine that at 2 p.m., Teen Runway helps a lot of different people.” at 3 p.m. and Grand Hatcher Hemsley said she Finale at 7 p.m. All of has heard stories of people Saturday’s events will be who were involved in Knoxville held at the World’s Fair Fashion Week launching clothPark Holiday Inn. ing lines and model careers Jamie Madere, senior afterward. in retail and consumer Madere, who also science and a 2012 writes weekly columns for intern for Knoxville CollegeFashionista, a streetFashion Week, said her style blog geared towards colrole included promoting lege students, said the event using social media, helpis a unique opportunity for ing to find sponsors and style-driven students on UT’s setting up for the events. -Jamie Madere campus. She noted Knoxville “Knoxville’s fashion sense is Fashion Week is unlike a little behind,” Madere said. any other event in the “Sure, we have some very trendy boutiques and area. “I think its great because it really puts Knoxville stores, but near downtown, the city is filled with on the fashion map by providing a fashion week college students who do not place an emphasis on like many other major big cities,” Madere said via their style for class days. “I think more artsy events like fashion week email. “Knoxville isn’t known for its high fashion, so it’s nice to give the people who love that an really bring out Knoxville’s dressiest crowd.” In preparation for the first Knoxville Fashion event to go to.” Knoxville Fashion Week began as a locally-driv- Week event, Hatcher Hemsley visited 10 other en event but has since grown with many people cities that have comparable markets to Knoxville’s across the nation volunteering, participating and and attended their Fashion Week events. She visstaying involved. Hatcher Hemsley said she ini- ited Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, and Nashville, tially wanted to create the event to help establish Tenn. Hatcher Hemsley said she saw good and bad locals’ careers in the fashion industry, but the program has since has become something bigger. productions of the event, but felt confident in
known for its high fashion, so it’s nice to give the people who love that an event to go to.”
‘Dixie Swim Club’ highlights friendship, Southern women Victoria Brown Staff Writer “Dixie Swim Club,” a comedy that follows the lives of five Southern women dealing with the ups and downs of life, is currently available to the public. Theatre Knoxville Downtown will present showings of “Dixie Swim Club,” which is directed by James Fisher, now through March 2. The play is a heartfelt comedy that aims to keep the audience entertained and laughing throughout the two hours of its runtime. The cast, composed of five women, adds up to make a diverse group. They share a bond from their younger days in college when they were all members of the same swim team. The women have remained friends throughout the years, regardless of their differences, and the play highlights the comedic aspects of their lives. Each August, the women set aside a long weekend to themselves at a beach cottage in order to rekindle their friendship, catch up on each others’ lives, and have time away from their husbands, jobs and children. Bonny Pendleton is presi-
dent of the board at Theatre Knoxville Downtown and also plays the character Jeri Neal. “I love the intimacy of our space and the great people who make up the board,” Pendleton said. “As an allvolunteer organization, the board members give hours of their time to make our theater successful.” Pendleton said her character is one who deals with many changes throughout her life, but she faces them all with humor, laughs and positivity. “I love the way Jeri Neal charges right into life and always expects the best,” Pendleton said. Pendleton admitted she’s hopeful audiences will enjoy the comedic aspects of the play and said the show is shaping up to be one of the theater’s most popular and best-attended shows of this season. Cheri Compton, who plays the character Sheree, is a previous president of the board at the theater and said most volunteers, both on and offstage, also work professionally in theater and film. Compton’s character, Sheree, was captain of the swim team and is seen as the
organizer and nurturer of the group. “She wants to take care of them and prides herself on providing healthy food, activities and encouragement,” Compton said. “A lot is revealed by the way the others view her.” Compton said the central theme of the play is friendship and how the group of women maintains it over the years. She said she feels the play is relatable to college students because the characters’ bond began in college and continued throughout their lives, which are full of difficult decisions the plot explores. “It is funny and charming,” Compton said. “Each of these women have characteristics that college students would recognize in themselves and their friends.” Fisher said the cast is one comprised of very diverse characters, with personalities and a social spectrum all their own. “UT students will see very good acting from a very talented cast,” Fisher said, “as well as the humor, relationships and situations women experience throughout a lifetime.”
herself to host one in Knoxville. “I thought I could easily make this great,” she said. “You put pretty people, cool clothes, alcohol and good music in a room, people are happy. They enjoy it, and it’s not people like at a women’s expo looking for a bargain or something cheap. They’re there to celebrate fashion.” Three hundred models, 200 people on staff, countless volunteers and a handful of bands; these are just some figures that go into the eight-month long Knoxville Fashion Week production, Hatcher Hemsley said. But the event will also benefit people who will not be present. All remaining proceeds from the event will go to Autism Speaks, a foundation that raises awareness for those dealing with autism, and The Scarecrow Foundation, a group that works to reduce hunger. “It’s a lot more than what people see,” Hatcher Hemsley said. “We’re going to have fun, but we’re also going to benefit the people that can’t be here to enjoy it.” Hatcher Hemsley was contacted last year by Time Magazine for an interview about Knoxville Fashion Week. The article, printed last October, examined how different cities, including Knoxville, seem to be adapting to the Fashion Week trend. Hatcher Hemsley said she thinks this reinforces how Knoxville is an unexpected name for holding a Fashion Week. “It gets attention because it’s unexpected,” Hatcher Hemsley said. “Chattanooga is more of a Southern name, so I’ll get calls from ‘Southern Living’ for that but every time I get a call about Chattanooga because it’s a Southern staple, I’m always like ‘Knoxville,’ because Knoxville is home. People are more surprised about Knoxville.” Tickets range from $45 for a runway show to $250 for the four day VIP pass, but UT students are offered a discounted price of $20 per runway show with student ID.
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Evan Ford Three weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his West Village home with a needle in his arm and seventy bags of laced heroin scattered around his apartment. This death, like last year’s passing of Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger’s 2008 overdose and numerous other celebrity drug-related deaths, was seen as a tragedy — an early death of a good person caught in a bad spot. There have been memorials, and several of my friends have watched all their favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman movies. This perception of drugs sits in stark contrast to public opinion about addiction and drug use, specifically hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. The traditional moral standing is that these drugs ruin lives, ruin communities and should be outlawed at all costs. But even this mentality has been challenged in recent years. Seven years ago, marijuana used to be considered immoral by half of Americans. Now that number has fallen to under a third. This change reverberates throughout entertainment, too — the highest-rated cable television show of 2013, “Breaking Bad,” had a crystal meth manufacturer as its protagonist. These conflicting public sentiments toward drugs bring up an important fundamental question: what is the purpose of the “War on Drugs?” To keep things simple, let’s look at the negative effects of those “hard drugs” I mentioned above. Recently, the Washington Post asked how to save the lives of the 100 Americans who die of overdose every day, and the millions more who are victims of addiction. That’s a good place to start — does the criminality of these drugs make addicts less likely to stay on drugs or overdose? Short answer? No. Public disgust toward and criminalization of drug users is a problem, and only serves to cause more addiction, more pain and more death. Think about it. If Philip Seymour Hoffman had been caught alive in the apartment with 70 doses of heroin, how would we have treated him? How have we treated ‘outed’ celebrity addicts (Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen)? Treating addicts like criminals and screw-ups traps drug users between a rock and a hard place — either whiteknuckling it out of addiction alone like Hoffman did before relapsing, or admitting to drug use and being treated as a pariah for a couple decades until you become a “survivor” (Robert Downey Jr., Robin Williams). Before relapse, Hoffman was considered a survivor, too. The War on Drugs is essentially killing off addicts by forcing them into solitude — where there’s no information or help — and shaking its head when there’s an overdose. Anti-drug hawks use tragic deaths as arguments for stricter drug policy, when they really are a result of the prohibition. It’s easy to say we should get rid of these laws, but what actually happens when they’re gone? The most extreme example is Portugal, who decriminalized all (yes, all) drugs a few years back and has seen drug deaths drop by about a third, with no significant increase in usage. Ten years ago, Vancouver opened a clinic where heroin users can inject for free, without fear of prosecution, which has seen “more than 2 million visitors since 2003 and not a single death.” While we obviously want addicts to escape from their addiction, I’ll settle for them not dying in the meantime. Proponents of the War on Drugs assume that people like me think drug abuse is okay. Truly, I believe the opposite — addiction is destructive and powerful. The difference between the two sides is approach — they want to ‘ban’ addiction, as though some legislation can cure addicts of a chemical dependency. I get that the effects of addiction go beyond just the person using the substance. Addicts generally commit more crimes and are worse parents and neighbors. Drug users increase costs of healthcare and law enforcement and tend to be less productive (sometimes). On the other hand, the reason a lot of those people are in jail is because they’re avoiding the pain of withdrawal and need drugs. Once they’ve been in jail, employers can discriminate, public housing is off-limits, and food stamps are withheld. No job, no home, no money. Criminalizing drugs has negative side effects, too. At the end of the day, those effects are hard to measure, and it’s hard to say what’s best. But one thing is easy to measure: deaths. By criminalizing the behavior of drug addicts, we’re forcing them to get clean, get high or die trying. Every day the War on Drugs is taking more casualties. Hoffman was just a famous one. Evan Ford is a junior in philosophy. He can be reached email@example.com.
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Victoria Knight Notice the group of Tibetan monks walking around the UC last week? You may have first noticed their bright red and yellow robes, heard their chanting, or even walked past the room where they were housed and sneaked a peek at the multicolored sand mandala they spent almost 40 collective hours working on. For the students who did come to “The Mystical Arts of Tibet,” whether practicing Buddhists or not, the general appraisal deemed it a meaningful and culturally significant event. People repeatedly told us they would like to see more events of this nature. One of the head monks gave three lectures throughout last week, and though they were not at all political, they would have been in danger in light of two bills, SB1608 and SB2493, proposed by State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, regarding restriction of student fees. As a member of the Cultural Attractions Committee, the committee that brought “Mystical Arts,” we get funding from the University Programs and Services Fee Allocations Board, and we will be directly affected if the two bills are passed. Though the purpose of our committee is to “provide high quality and culturally stimu-
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weather approaches and we all think about our summer plans instead of the ramifications of eliminating student fees. The bills have not been voted on yet, but they could be scheduled to at any time. We must not sit down, and we must keep our voices strong. To our administration, I also urge you to not give up on us. So far your support has been commendable – President DiPietro, I admire your sentiments in your interview last week when you stated “Great universities have exchanges of ideas, and we should be able to do that to further the education of our students as well as our research.” Chancellor Cheek, I also appreciate you speaking out against the bills in the UT Faculty Senate Meeting two weeks ago. No matter what happens, the one thing they cannot change is that we are the University of Tennessee. We have spawned the likes of Peyton Manning, Min Kao, Cormac McCarthy and Howard H. Baker, Jr. We have still managed to fill the third-largest stadium in the nation in consecutive losing football seasons. We consistently have students who come up with groundbreaking ideas, conduct high profile research and generally make things happen in the world. These legislative bills can never take that away, but they can make that success a lot harder to accomplish. So don’t stop, because we can’t afford to. The future of UT as we know it depends on us. Victoria Knight is a senior in microbiology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haslam’s ‘Promise’ is heartening in light of recent Tenn. politics Dean’s List by
Katie Dean Although it’s still unclear what kind of ramifications Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed community college reform will have on four-year universities, it seems to me he might have hit the nail on the head this time. At his State of the State speech last Monday, the governor unveiled his plan to provide two years of free tuition to community college or technical school for high school graduates. The plan, called the “Tennessee Promise,” is a groundbreaking move in education and is a huge component of Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative. The “Drive” refers to Haslam’s goal of raising the percent of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree to 55 percent (right now it hovers around 32). This initiative comes in response to projected data that in 11 years, 55 percent of jobs will require some form of secondary education. When I heard about the governor’s “Promise,” my initial reaction was not exactly positive. My first instinct was to object to merit-based scholarship money (the HOPE) being reallocated for students that may not have been as dedicated in high school. The more I read about the initiative, however, the more it seems like a creative, dynamic move
Non Sequitur • Wiley
lating events at a relatively low cost” to UT students and faculty, we could no longer be in existence. The same goes for any organization that brings guest speakers, whether cultural, academic, religious, comedic, historical or artistic -- the list goes on. No “balancing out” would be needed for these non-political speakers, and yet they would be eliminated. And that’s a shame, though Campfield seems to not acknowledge that. Another thing Campfield tends to forget is that college is supposed to be a place where you become open to new perspectives and experiences. Even if you may not agree with the views of a liberal speaker, there is still value in going to the lecture and understanding their way of thinking. Most likely if you are set in your beliefs, it is not going to change your mind, but it will perhaps help you to appreciate the other side better and see where it comes from. When there is something we do not like in the real world, we cannot just tell it to go away because we disagree with it – that’s not real life. And despite our campus’s general disagreement with Campfield, we need to be demonstrate our own understanding of real life in our public outcry. He has a right to his opinion. If we take that away from him, then we are just as unconstitutional as he is. You have the chance to agree or disagree. In the heat of the moment, when things are just getting stirred up, it is easy to cry for change. Once you feel like defeat is imminent, giving up is easy, especially as warm
that could have a real impact on the lives of a lot of students. If the “Tennessee Promise” goes into effect, Haslam will use money from the Tennessee HOPE scholarship to make two-year degrees completely free for all Tennessee graduates. Students who are using the HOPE to attend four year universities would now receive $3,000 their first two years instead of $4,000, and if they reach their junior and senior year that amount would increase to $5,000. When you look at the final outcome, the money isn’t necessarily being taken from university students, just reorganized and distributed in a different way. The total amount still equals $16,000. Given the amount of students who lose the HOPE or drop out after their first year of college (it was estimated at 30 percent in 2010), this monetary reorganization makes perfect sense. Concerns have been raised about the effect of this initiative on smaller universities such as UT-Chattanooga and UT-Martin, mainly that their enrollment numbers could drop as more students opt for the free community college option. It has also been speculated Tennessee could see a huge increase in the number of people who move here in order to get a free education. These points certainly have merit and are worth discussing, but they don’t stop me from applauding the governor for doing something that could potentially move Tennessee forward in significant ways. In fact, this is the first initiative I have seen in Tennessee in a long time that actually has a clear, comprehensive purpose.
Gov. Haslam’s initiative has reminded me there are, in fact, still competent and creative lawmakers alive and kicking in the Volunteer state. Lately, I have felt increasingly frustrated with and grossly misrepresented by our state legislature and their pointless bills, including the most recent one sponsored by State Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville. The bill protects local businesses from lawsuits if they decide to deny service to potential customers on “religious grounds.” In short, you don’t have to do business with gay people if you would rather be discriminant than make money. Another example of the profound strides the legislature has made this year is their 26-7 decision to make carrying firearms in parks legal in Tennessee. While this was previously left up to local governments, the state took it upon themselves to make sure we can all take our guns with us while we walk our dogs. Thank God, I was really concerned they wouldn’t address this profoundly important issue. In sum, I applaud the governor for doing something that actually has substance and could be positive for the state. While the “Tennessee Promise” still has kinks to work out before we can fully examine its impact on education, I’m heartened he is at least trying to do something that could actually help students and not just sitting around thinking of ways to make Tennesseans look like a bunch of gun-toting homophobes. Katie Dean is a junior in political science. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Vols fall flat at National Indoor Championship Garrett Ahmad Contributor
Tennessee junior center Isabelle Harrison absorbs contact and attempts a layup in the Lady Volsâ€™ 75-71 loss to Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday.
Lady Vols focused on â€˜taking care of ballâ€™ against Auburn Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer While the No. 10 Lady Vols have already put the Kentucky loss behind in their rear view mirror, they will come across yet another challenge Thursday night as they face a defensive-minded Auburn Tigers team at home. After Tennessee turned the ball over 22 times in their loss Sunday â€” well above their season average of 17.1 (236th in NCAA) â€” the team has spent the past two practices focusing on limiting unforced errors and getting back to the way they know they are capable of playing. â€œItâ€™s all about taking care of the ball,â€? redshirt freshman point guard Andraya Carter said. â€œWhen we come out and we are under control, weâ€™re having fun, and playing hard. Thatâ€™s when Lady Vol basketball shows. We want that to be a standard not a moment.â€? When they go up against the Tigers (14-11, 5-7 SEC) Carter said the Lady Vols expect to see a team that will try to expose their weakness and go for the ball.
This season, Auburn head coach Terri WilliamsFlournoyâ€™s team ranks third in the SEC in steals per game and 15th nationally with 10.7 swipes per contest. Guards Hasina Muhammad and Tyrese Tanner both average more than two steals a game and have combined for 94 this year. â€œAuburn is a great defensive team,â€? Lady Vols assistant coach Jolette Law said. â€œTheir motto is defensive chaos and they like to run multiple defenses. I told all the players to expect and see some sort of press for 40 minutes. â€œThey let their defense create their offense.â€? Law has held the players accountable throughout the season with her infamous ball rack strategy. â€œIf you watch practice youâ€™ll know she has a ball rack out,â€? junior forward Cierra Burdick said. â€œWhether we miss box outs or turn the ball over, she has five balls on the rack, and if all of those balls are off the rack then we are running. We have to have great leadership.â€? On offense, the Lady Vols (20-5, 9-3 SEC) will look to continue and feed the post. Strong
play from Isabelle Harrison, who has averaged 16.7 points per game, 10.8 rebounds and shot .596 (28-of-47 FG) in her last four contests, has powered UT as of late. While they will see different looks from their opposition on defense, Burdick said the Lady Vols do not expect to change the way they go out and compete. â€œThey throw so many defenses at you just trying to confuse you,â€? Burdick said. â€œWe have to stay within our system and play together. Playing together as a team is what is going to win this game.â€? Throughout the season Tennessee has found its niche as bounce-back team, having not lost two straight contests year. However, Burdick admitted the team realizes there is no easy night in conference play. â€œWe have to come out on our court â€“ or on the road â€“ with a great intensity no matter who we are playing,â€? Burdick said. â€œI think we have learned that the hard way at times this year. Itâ€™s just a matter of bouncing back and weâ€™ve got an
opportunity to do so against a good Auburn basketball team.â€? For the Lady Vols to win the regular season conference championship they will need to win out and will also need Kentucky to beat Texas A&M and South Carolina, which would set up a regular season finale matchup for UT with the Gamecocks to determine the No. 1 seed going into the SEC Tournament. For now, the Lady Vols are focused solely on one opponent: Auburn. â€œWe are a great team and I still have faith in us,â€? Burdick said. â€œWe can do some great things and I think our best is yet to come.â€?
The No.14 Tennessee menâ€™s tennis team came out with the wrong mentality against No. 4 USC and No. 8 Texas A&M, according to head coach Sam Winterbotham. The Vols dropped their first two matches, 4-1 and 4-1, last weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston against the Trojans and Aggies. They did, however, manage to turn things around in their third match with a 4-1 win against Pepperdine. Tennessee lost the doubles point in all three matches with the top nationally-ranked doubles team of juniors Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese losing once against Texas A&M and leaving their other two matches unfinished. Winterbotham said they â€œlaid an eggâ€? in doubles every day, which he said was uncharacteristic for the duo. â€œWe were too amped up against USC when we needed to be composed,â€? Winterbotham said. â€œThen we turn around, we were too disappointed against Texas A&M and did not handle that opportunity well.â€? Winterbotham attributed the poor performances to a losing mentality. â€œItâ€™s not like they werenâ€™t trying,â€? Winterbotham said, â€œbut they werenâ€™t playing to win. They didnâ€™t have a winning mentality. They didnâ€™t come out like, â€˜OK this match against Texas A&M is a great opportunity. Letâ€™s be ready for it, prepare myself to play as good tennis as I can.â€™ They came out with disappointment. â€œThey were flat, and they threw that opportunity down the drain.â€? ReesereiteratedWinterbothamâ€™s thoughts from two weeks ago after
a loss to Oklahoma State where Winterbotham said his team was not humble. â€œIn my mind, I feel like this team has a sense of entitlement that is very undeserving,â€? Reese said. â€œWe havenâ€™t done anything, so thereâ€™s no reason to think we should win. I think thatâ€™s just kind of a mindset that some of the new guys have walked into with the success we had last year. They feel like they deserve to be sixth in the country, but that wasnâ€™t this team. â€œWeâ€™re better than last year, but thatâ€™s not the same team.â€? The teamâ€™s mentality in the Pepperdine match changed after Winterbotham spoke with them following the loss to Texas A&M. After dropping the doubles point in the Pepperdine match â€“ and with teammates fervently supporting the squad â€“ Tennessee either won or was leading each of its singles matches when the contest ended in a 4-1 victory for the Vols. â€œThey had the right mentality,â€? Winterbotham said. â€œItâ€™s that they had a winning mentality. Even though they lost the doubles point, they were all out there with great focus and with a determination to hold their end of the bargain up.â€? This marks the second time this season the Vols have come back strong after a loss. After their loss to Oklahoma State, Tennessee won three consecutive matches against Tulsa, Duke and Wake Forest. Tennessee will next look to start a winning streak March 2 in its SEC season opener when the Georgia Bulldogs visit the Goodfriend Tennis Center. But while being able to bounce back from losses is a desirable trait, itâ€™s not one Reese hopes becomes a theme for them. â€œI hope itâ€™s not a theme,â€? Reese said, â€œbecause that means we lose.â€?
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row of the team picture – because that’s where the smallest guys go of course. Price, however, is thriving despite meeting exactly zero of these traditional descriptions. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, the Leesville, S.C., native fits soundly into his baseball attire and fills up the left-handed batters box with relative ease. In a collegiate career split between Tennessee and South Carolina Sumter junior college, Price has swiped just 17 bags in 27 attempts. In more than 500 collegiate at-bats, he has walked less than 10 percent of the time. “The coaches have really given me free reign at taking my own approach up there as the No. 1 hitter,” Price said. And for the man who last season finished as the sixthleading hitter in arguably the toughest baseball conference in the country, who can argue with his alternative methods. As a former middle-of-theorder guy – he batted third or fourth in every game he played in last year – whose’s name has topped a lineup card just once in his collegiate years, who can blame Price him for continuing his run-producing, powerdriven ways. He doesn’t know any different. “He one of the better hitters in the SEC , one of the better hitters in the country,” Serrano said. “The opponents get the opportunity to face him right out of the gate.” And with that offensive thumper mentality quickly in pitcher’s faces before there’s hardly even time to settle in, Price provides an added dose of versatility to this UT offense; a trait that will come in handy when the competition ramps up in conference play. So forget the stolen bases. Throw out the small stature. Get used to the uniform fitting. Because Price isn’t morphing into a traditional leadoff man anytime soon.
Scott Price says hello to countless individuals every day as they briskly shuffle into campus. Well, not literally of course, but the senior outfielder’s image is plastered on a large billboard that sits along the well-traveled Kingston Pike entrance into the University of Tennessee. This welcome-to-the-neighborhood type capacity is solid practice for Price as his role in 2014 requires those same strong introductory skills. As Dave Serrano’s newlycrowned leadoff hitter, he’ll be the first to greet many opposing pitchers throughout the season. And if Price’s gaudy numbers to date are any indication as to how his initial season as the Vols’ official lineup catalyst will go, no hurler should be anxious to meet the senior’s acquaintance. Through four games, Price is currently hitting .429 with 12 total bases, seven RBI and a ridiculous .857 slugging percentage. His three-run double on Monday headlined a four-RBI performance and provided the decisive offensive blow in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Purdue. His first inning blast to left field — UT’s only home run of the year — on Wednesday ignited the Vols’ offense in a 5-3 win over Appalachian State. But wait, leadoff hitters are supposed to be the small ball specialists with little power, who are asked to steal bases and draw walks, not drive in runs and launch pitches into the street. Dargan Southard is a junior They’re the ballplayers of a in journalism and electronic pesky, bothersome nature who don the extra baggy uniform media. He can be reached at and typically sit on the front email@example.com.
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UT’s offense thriving with untraditional leadoff man
Senior outfielder Scott Price rounds third base during the Vols’ 5-3 victory over Appalachian State at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Wednesday.
BASEBALL continued from Page 1 “Andy had good stuff,” Serrano said. “He was only going to go four innings anyway because we need his help this weekend out of the bullpen, so it was pitch count deal.” Cox’s only real blemish came in the fourth when Appalachian State catcher Oscar Gonzalez laced an RBI double with one down. The sophomore lefty, however, would limit the damage to just a single run after two consecutive outs ended the frame. The Vols (4-0) quickly answered the Mountaineer scoring as Christin Stewart’s hustle double down the left field line
opened the bottom half. Two batters later, his outfield mate Vincent Jackson untied the game with a sacrifice fly to center. Stewart’s two-bagger helped push his batting average up to .467 as the Vols’ 2013 home run and RBI leader has seemingly steered clear of a second-year drop off. “I’m feeling kind of comfortable right now,” Stewart said. “I mean I’m not complacent, but I have better at-bats. I’m seeing the ball pretty well right now. I’m letting the ball get deep, staying to my approach in the batter’s box.” His effectiveness at the plate continued just one inning later as the Lawrenceville, Ga., native was a crucial ingredient in yet another UT scoring sequence. After A.J. Simcox’s RBI bunt
single following back-to-back walks, Stewart laced his second RBI double of the game to right field. The extra base hit brought home Price and pushed the Vols’ advantage to 4-1. With Cox reaching his pitch limit, the Vols’ bullpen, who allowed just one run in 14 innings during the Purdue series, was again called upon for extended work. The relief core held strong for three frames as Trevor Bettencourt and Peter Lenstrohm allowed just two hits and four base runners combined. In the eighth, though, the Mountaineers (0-4) broke through, tallying three hits and two runs off Vols’ sidewinder Zac Grotz. The outburst forced Serrano’s hand in an unexpected fashion
as he brought in closer Drake Owenby for a rare four-out save. “I just never imagined that it was going to be Drake coming there in eighth inning to get the last out with a 4-3 lead,” Serrano said. “But he did his job.” The sophomore lefty maneuvered out of the eighth inning jam and shut down the Mountaineers in the ninth, striking out a pair en route to his second save of the year. The win marked the second 4-0 start in the Serrano era, but the third-year coach firmly stressed his team’s achievement list is still blank. “We as a coaching staff keep stressing that we have done nothing yet,” Serrano said. “We’re proud we’ve gotten out of the gate 4-0, but we’ve done nothing.”
Pitching depth shines early on for Lady Vols Taylor White Contributor After being named the No. 1 team in the nation by preseason polls, the Lady Vols softball team has lived up to that honor through the first two weekends of the season. After tournaments in Statesboro, Ga., and Tampa, Fla., the Lady Vols have posted a 9-0 record. A question mark going into this season was the depth of the Tennessee pitching staff; so far, that question has been answered positively by the Lady Vols as they have shut out five of their nine opponents. “I like the depth we have shown in our pitching staff,” co-head coach Karen Weekly said. “Last
weekend Ellen Renfroe only started two games, and we didn’t feel like we needed to start her every single day.” Senior Ellen Renfore came into this season as the clear ace, but after her sister, Ivy, graduated there was a gap that needed to be filled. Sophomores Erin Gabriel and Rainey Gaffin stepped up to give the Vols some much-needed relief in the circle this past weekend. Gabriel struck out a career-high 11 batters over five innings in a 10-0 win over Binghamton on Friday night and picked up her second win of the weekend against Wright State on Sunday to close out the USF Tournament. Gaffin came out of the bullpen Friday, striking out eight over four innings of relief in a 3-2 win over host South Florida. “I love our depth,” senior shortstop Madison
Shipman said. “I love how we can throw one pitcher one inning and come in with a different pitcher the next inning, and they are completely different. I think they really complement each other well.” A good defense is something that can make a young pitching staff look their best, and that is exactly what Tennessee has shown thus far. “I definitely think our defense has helped out our pitching a lot,” Shipman said. “We have some new pitchers out there, and I think it has given them confidence that even if they do give up a hit, we’re there to back them up.” In recent years, Tennessee has gotten the reputation as a slap-hitting, small-ball team. This year, however, the Lady Vols are relying more on their power than their speed. Through their first nine games, UT has hit 11 homeruns and scored 69
runs. This offensive explosion has led to several blowouts, including three games ending after only five innings due to the NCAA mercy rule. The hot bats have been appreciated by the young Tennessee pitching staff. “I think we have hit the ball extremely well,” Gaffin said. “There are solid hits all around and it’s just a different kind of success for us, but it’s definitely a good turn out.” Despite a dominant performance so far, the Lady Vols have slipped in the polls the past two weeks to No. 3 in the nation. “It’s never how you start, it’s how you finish,” Gaffin said. “So they can change us now, but games from now, that’s where it’s gonna count. So I’m not worried about where we are now.”
Published on Feb 20, 2014