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Rally protests higher-education cuts Train derails; toxic cloud forces evacuations KEENE, Calif. — Several California homes remained evacuated Sunday after the car of a freight train that derailed near a small town burned and choked the area with thick, black smoke. A day after the derailment, about seven homes were evacuated and the residents of 30 other houses were advised to stay indoors with the windows closed, said Kern County Fire Department Engineer Justin Corley. There were no serious injuries in the derailment about 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Keene, about 15 miles east of Bakersfield. Kern County Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins said earlier that the homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution after a toxic cloud surged from the flames. A temporary shelter was set up at Tehachapi High School for evacuees. Portugal floods kill 42; some people feared buried FUNCHAL, Madeira Islands — Rescue workers in Madeira dug through heaps of mud, boulders and debris Sunday, searching for victims buried by floods and mudslides that have killed at least 42 people on the popular Portuguese island. Residents looking for missing loved ones were directed by local authorities to the resort’s international airport, where a makeshift morgue has been set up. Social services spokesman Francisco Jardim Ramos said not all the bodies had been identified. The center is equipped with psychiatric, psychological and social counseling services, he said. More than 120 other people were injured and an unknown number were missing, possibly swept away or smothered, authorities said, adding the death could still rise. Of 248 people who were forced to flee their homes for temporary shelters, 85 have been allowed to return home, Ramos said. S.C. archaeologists say early octagonal house found BLUFFTON, S.C. — South Carolina archaeologists believe they might have unearthed the first octagonal house in the United States. The ruins were found last fall on the banks of the May River in the southern coastal town of Bluffton. A letter written in 1796 by a visitor mentions the octagonal house and helps date the structure. Archaeologists Heather Cline and Mary Socci say the 900-square-foot house was owned by Scottish immigrant William McKimmy and was built about 1790. That would mean the home predates Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. That home was built in the 1820s near Lynchburg, Va., and is considered to be the first octagonal house in the U.S.

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Students, faculty, and staff gathered Friday afternoon on the Pedestrian Mall to protest Gov. Phil Bredesen’s 6 percent cut to higher education. More then 100 students marched.

Kyle Turner Staff Writer Students, faculty and campus staff joined together on the Pedestrian Mall to rally against what they consider unfair budget cuts, including Gov. Phil Bredesen’s 6 percent cut to higher education. The rally began with more than 100 students marching down the walkway, equipped with signs, megaphones and poignant chants while gaining support as they marched to the front of Hodges Library. In the wake of budget cuts, some UT workers feel they are getting unfair treatment in response to the current situation.

“Campus workers and students are already suffering from the cuts,” Karly Safar, campus organizer for United Campus Workers at UT, said. “At the same time, over the past decade, we have seen more and more of our decreased funding go to grow the UT campus and system upper-level administration. The amount spent on administration has almost tripled in the past decade.” A simple message of the rally included, “Cut from the top, not the bottom,” targeted the UT’s administrators and lack of shared cuts. “We realize the cuts are going to have to be made, but we are just looking for them to be fair,” said Janet Miles, United Campus Workers Knoxville chapter vice president. “Sacrifices need to be

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shared.” Miles said they have seen layoffs of 200 planned already at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. Miles also fears that “stimulus jobs” that are currently being created will be lost once the stimulus money runs dry. “To save our schools’ students and campus workers, we are calling for shared sacrifice from the administration and think that to save jobs and academic programs, budget cuts should start at the top,” Safar said. Sandy Hicks, a retired UT custodian, is extremely displeased with the handling of the school’s image from past university presidents. “The administration has wasted money,” Hicks said. “Past presidents have brought shame to our school and harmed our values. Their priorities have just not been where they need to be.” Hicks was retired before having her job cut but remarked that others were not as fortunate. “People were losing their jobs all of the time, and those of us left had to pick up the slack,” Hicks said. “It was really unfair, and those who still had their jobs were too afraid to complain.” She said she was disturbed UT workers were being targeted when the administration holds much of the blame through poor decisions. Students also voiced their opinions. “I have felt the effects of the budget cuts,” said Holly Rainey, junior in journalism and electronic media and member of the Progressive Student Alliance. “I was unable to get into a class this year because they only offered one section, and as a result, it’s going to take me longer to graduate.” Rainey expressed the importance of higher education and all of those associated with the process. “We have workers here who aren’t making a living wage,” Rainey said. “UT needs to cut administrative perks and not the workers.” See RALLY on Page 3

Web site financially educates Blair Kuykendall Staff Writer For many UT students, the biggest consideration to finances is checking an All-Star account balance before buying Starbucks. A new Web site and online course, http://www.loveyourmoney.org, is hosting its launch with a party at the University of Tennessee to address this issue Monday. The organization strives to raise student awareness regarding smart decisionmaking for their current financial states and their financial futures. “Loveyourmoney.org is a fun, engaging and educational way to learn about money management,” Stephanie Wierwille, junior in advertising, said. Wierwille said the Web site offers a financial planning tutorial for college students to learn how to manage their money, understand the financial markets and save and invest wisely. The course includes financial topics such as budgets, credit cards, debt, investment, stocks, taxes, insurance and much more. The organization presentation is tar-

geted to the college audience. “It is specifically developed for college students and covers college tuition, scholarships, fraternity and sorority dues, studying abroad, Spring Break, housing and job searching and more,” Wierwille said. Financial concerns are high on the list of many students’ priorities, but the issue is often unaddressed on campus. “Universities need to offer programs to help students learn about personal finance,” said Dena Wise, professor of family and consumer sciences. “Meanwhile students need to take initiative and start planning for the future.” All students are encouraged to attend the event. “All students are invited to attend the party,” Weirwille said. “Faculty members, particularly those with accounting, finance and business classes, are invited to attend so they can tell their students about it. Anyone who is not a college student but is interested in learning how to budget his or her money better may also attend.” Organizers have designed this launch to provide information on financial management but also want the event to be

enjoyable for all in attendance. Free food and T-shirts for people who register for the Web site will be available. “There are T-shirts for the first 200 students, so students should come early,” Wierwille said. “There will also be cash giveaways at noon (Several $100, $50, $20 and $10 prizes). Also there will be guest speakers discussing the program and the importance of financial planning.” The Love Your Money program is made possible by FINRA Investor Education Foundation and is coordinated by the UT Extension Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Tombras Group, an advertising agency based in Knoxville, created the brand. “This is an incredible opportunity to give back to the University of Tennessee,” David Avery, Tombras Group senior vice president, said. “It’s an honor to be connected with the university and build something that not only helps students at UT but also affects lives of students nationwide.” The launch party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Crest Room.

High school senior organizes benefit concert, screening Donesha Aldridge Staff Writer “Rock and Rescue,” a benefit concert and film screening planned by a Bearden High School senior in the Invisible Children organization, will take place Monday at 7 p.m. at The Square Room in Market Square. The bands Andy Davis and Vinyl Thief will perform, and Invisible Children’s film “The Rescue” will screen. The film is the kickoff to the organization’s 2010 Legacy Tour. Invisible Children is an organization that is designed to make documentaries and short films that feature children that have been affected by war in Africa. The event “Rock and Rescue” is to raise money for Uganda. Kerri Fillers, Bearden High School senior and member of the “Invisible Children” program, is planning this event. See CHILDREN on Page 5


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• 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. — The UT School of Music hosts a viola studio recital in Alumni Memorial Building’s performance hall 32. The recital is free and open to the public. • 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. — The International House hosts Indian Business Cultural Training in the I-House Great Room. This presentation on “Doing Business with Indians” is free and open to the public.

• 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. — The Black Cultural Programming Committee, Strange Fruit On Stage Productions and the Love United Gospel Choir host a black history program in the UC Auditorium, taking the audience on a journey through AfricanAmerican history in the United States. Hayley DeBusk • The Daily Beacon

• 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. — During Support for Haiti Week, a documentary about Haiti is screened in Hodges Library room 253. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Wednsday, Feb. 24 — • 1:30 p.m. — John Kessler of the Electric Power Research Institute speaks on “Perspectives on the Backend of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Present and Future” in room 308 of Pasqua Engineering Building. This nuclear engineering colloquium is free and open to the public.

Madison Lyleroehr and James Roberson performed Thursday night for the event “Cupcakes for the Cure.” The event raised money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

THIS DAY INHISTORY • 1864 — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest routs a Union force three times the size of his army in a battle that helped end Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s expedition into Alabama. Sherman was marching an army east across Mississippi from Vicksburg to Meridian. He had captured and destroyed a vital Confederate supply center at Meridian and was planning to move further east to Selma, Ala., another Rebel supply base. Sherman was relying on cavalry support from Gen. William Sooy Smith, who was coming southeast from Memphis, Tenn. Sherman directed Smith to meet him at Meridian on Feb. 10, but Sherman did not occupy Meridian until Feb. 14. Meanwhile, Smith dallied in Tennessee waiting for the arrival of Col. George Waring Jr.’s cavalry brigade from Kentucky and did not leave for Mississippi until Feb. 11.

• 1968 — The American war effort in Vietnam was hit hard by the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, which ended on this day in 1968. Claims by President Lyndon Johnson that the offensive was a complete failure were misleading. Though the North Vietnamese death toll was 20 times that of its enemies, strongholds previously thought impenetrable had been shaken. The prospect of increasing American forces added substantial strength to the anti-war movement and led to Johnson’s announcement that he would not seek re-election. • 1980 — In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the

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Week continues with Lady Vols discounts In honor of Faculty Appreciation Week, “Night at the Museum” will screen Monday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at McClung Museum. The event will include a reception with hors d’oeuvres, a scavenger hunt and a presentation about how to use the museum’s resources. The event is hosted by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and the McClung Museum and sponsored by the Provost’s Office. Also on Monday, discount tickets to UT Lady Vols basketball vs. LSU will be available for faculty. Faculty can get $7 tickets by logging onto http://www.uttix.com. There is a $1.25 processing fee. Center begins foreign policy seminars Jessica Yonker • The Daily Beacon

The Great Decisions Program, coordinated by the Center for International Education and funded by the Ready for the World Initiative, will bring five speakers from around the country to UT this semester to address the nation’s most pressing foreign policy issues. The series will begin with Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., speaking about “The Global Financial Crisis” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the International House Great Room. The following three of five lectures in the series, all to take place at 7 p.m. in the I-House Great Room, March 16 with John Marks, president and founder of Search for Common Ground, Washington, D.C.,”Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution”; March 23 with Edward Miguel, professor of economics and director of the Center of Evaluation for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, “Global Crime”; April 20 with David Michael Lampton, dean of faculty, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and director of China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “U.S.-China Security Relations.”

Fridays rally for higher eduation ended with participants walking to Andy Holt Tower. The protesters presented administrators with their message.

RALLY continued from Page 1 David Ownby, graduate student in history, gave his support at the rally in relation to the cuts the UT libraries face. “The stimulus money is on track to run out soon, and if my department has to, I could lose my job,” Ownby said. “I am just here to show my support. It is the least I can do.” The rally ended in a group march to Andy Holt Tower where the rally organizers presented administrators with a message explaining their policy and intentions. Speakers at the rally included UT students, campus workers and faculty, as well as union and association organizers. Groups in attendance included Jobs with Justice, the Progressive Student Alliance and United Students Against Sweatshops

Cafe raises funds for foundation The Ready for the World Café will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation the week of Feb. 22. The international buffet’s menu will include wilted spinach salad with roasted peppers, scalloped eggplant, salmon cakes, sweet and sour tempeh, grits and cheddar soufflé, appled pork chops and chicken sauté with onions, garlic and basil. Musician Eric Johnson will perform at the café on Monday, and the rock/hop-hop artist Jaystorm will perform on Wednesday. T-shirts and wristbands will be given out to diners. Diners will have the opportunity to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation during their visits to the café. The cafe is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center. Diners pay $11 for the buffet or $9 for a carry-out plate.

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In the midst of midterms and the general anxiety of completing large amounts of work during the two weeks prior to Spring Break, it may be useful to give yourself an hour or two to rest every so often. New research seems to prove the positive effects napping has on fact retention. “The wealth of study into the science of sleep in recent years has so far failed to come up with conclusive evidence as to the value of a quick ‘siesta’ during the day. The latest study, from the University of California at Berkeley, suggests that the brain may need sleep to process short-term memories, creating ‘space’ for new facts to be learned,” according to a Feb. 21 BBC News article titled “Nap ‘boosts’ brain learning power.” The lead researcher of the study explained how napping cleans out the brain, preparing it to receive additional information. “Dr. Matthew Walker, who led the study, reported at the AAAS conference in San Diego, said, ‘Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness, but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap. ‘It’s as though the e-mail inbox in your hippocampus is full, and, until you sleep and clear out all those fact e-mails, you’re not going to receive any more mail. ‘It’s just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder,’” according to the BBC News article.

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Rising — Hope for dieting chocolate addicts

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“In their research, University of Birmingham scientists discovered they could replace a normal chocolate bar’s fat particles with calorie-free substances such as water, air or gels,” according to a Feb. 20 Telegraph article. Chocolate addicts may be skeptical about a chocolate bar consisting mostly of water, but “the bar, which contains about 60 percent water, was found to have the same taste, smell and feel in a person’s mouth,” according to the article. With such a breakthrough, there may be hope for a “new generation of ‘healthy’ foods,” foods which will combat obesity crises. The Telegraph article emphasizes the fact that because the fat in the chocolate has been replaced with water, this new chocolate is acceptable for consumption during Lent. It seems that the pleasure associated with eating chocolate would be more of a reason to abstain during the Lenten season, but many chocolate lovers will be pleased with a seemingly acceptable, healthy alternative. Staying the same — Confusion over Haitian “orphans” Ten Baptist missionaries from an Idaho church group were arrested and charged with child kidnapping for “trying to rescue 33 ‘orphans’ by taking them out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.” All of these “orphans” “have close family still alive, The Associated Press has found,” according to a Feb. 21 Associated Press story. Eight of the ten missionaries have been released, but leader Laura Silsby, 40, and her assistant Charisa Coulter, 24, remain in jail. “A reporter’s visit Saturday to the rubble-strewn Citron slum, where 13 of the children lived, led to their parents, all of whom said they turned their youngsters over to the missionary group voluntarily in hopes of getting them to safety. Though their parents voluntarily gave up their children, they did so in hopes of moving their children to safety, also believing that their children would be returned to them when conditions improved, according to the AP story. Now it seems uncertain whether or not these “orphans” will be reunited with their families. “The Social Welfare ministry, however, has yet to decide whether some or all of the 33 children will be returned to their parents,” according to the article. THE DAILY BACON • Blake Treadway

When writing columns, it can be quite difficult in the face of a slow news week. Despite that, I can always count on one individual to come out and make some stupid and controversial statement which will get instant news coverage that I can write about. For a long time, I’ve avoided these hit-and-miss comments, thinking it best not to dignify a misstatement as often these types of thing are. Despite that, blatantly obnoxious and arrogant persons who make continued “misstatements” and fail to apologize for them are fair game. I think most others in the “political commentary” business probably follow this general rule as well, even though they often give free passes. That said, I think it’s time for Sarah Palin to develop some tougher skin and stop her incessant whining. Now I know most Americans are intelligent enough to not take her seriously, but it still is a concern that some of these tea-party people, not some small sliver of the general public, treat her like a god. And these aren’t simply the crazies that you see on TV that live in some “other” part of town. I’ve seen plenty of “Sarah 2012” bumper stickers, even here on campus. That’s just frightening. It tells me that even amongst what should be the most sophisticated corridors of American society, an institution of higher education, there is the notion that amusement is more important than accomplishment. When Palin first entered the public eye, it was easy to ignore her. She was clearly pretty stupid and unprepared to be a heartbeat away from the nuclear codes, but we all sort of knew that her running mate was going to lose anyway, so it didn’t matter. But since she’s been liberated from the muzzle of the McCain campaign, her statements

have gotten more repugnant, and people love her and her negativity more. I mean, honestly, was no one else revolted when Palin smiled and asked, “How’s that hopey, changey stuff workin’ out for you now?” Shouldn’t Palin want hope and change to work, or is she still such a sore loser that she would rather Americans suffer under more of the same? What about deriding the American president as some “charismatic guy with a teleprompter”? When I saw the news of the notes on her hand, as opposed to laughing at her, the only thing I could do was wonder about her mental status — and, more importantly, those who justify her behavior. I don’t need to write a column encouraging people not to support this woman. Those who already do have had far too much of the “Kool-Aid” to turn back, and I know she’s not going to beat Obama in 2012. But this does beg a serious question for me to ask of others as a status check of the seriousness of our political system: What is it about this woman that appeals to you? Are you really so insecure in your own life that you need to essentially support a woman like Palin who “knows her place” and boasts of her simplicity? Palin has grown to become much more than the farce we knew her as when she first bumbled onto the national stage in September 2008; she’s become a religion. People, with all human intelligence capabilities, knowingly ignore the facts to support some fringe lunatic who’s essentially all sizzle and no steak or perhaps bacon if she’s still mad about the lipstick-on-a-pig remark. American democracy is based upon many written and well-defined rules that have existed for hundreds of years, but it’s also based on something much more than that. At its core, it’s about decent people who could be regarded as a “cut above the rest,” doing what they think is the best thing for our country, even if we might not always agree with them. There are plenty of Democrats like this, and there are plenty of Republicans like this as well, but Sarah Palin is just not one of them. — Sam Smith IV is a junior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at ssmit162@utk.edu.

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For the last few weeks, I have been writing about taxing and spending in the United States. I want to finish the three-part series by addressing the dangerous role that public employees play in shaping tax policy — particularly public educators. Because I need to graduate at the end of this semester and because I will be going on to law school at the beginning of next fall, I am choosing to steer away from directly criticizing college-level educators — although as many of you undoubtedly know, many of our dear public servants, some working to the tune of six figures, do a pretty good job campaigning for their own welfare on a regular basis in the classroom. Some interesting changes coincided with the Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning campaign finance laws. While many individuals, including Barack Obama (who made a mockery of his own supposed legal expertise by delivering erroneous information concerning the decision during his own State of the Union address), have determined this decision to grossly tilt the playing field in favor of corporations and most importantly the party they despise, Republicans, these individuals seem far less concerned about another group of individuals exercising an undue amount of power and influence over the electorate and policy: public employees. One of the most recent and profound examples of the potential power that public employees and, more importantly, the unions to which they belong are the tax increases in Oregon. Oregon voters decided to raise taxes by about $700 million on businesses and, yeah, you guessed it, the scum of the earth — that damn wealthy class. I guess one might just

assume that Oregonians (that is fun to say) decided to vote for higher taxes all by themselves, that the initiative to raise the highest income tax to 11 percent — one of the nation’s highest — just appeared all by itself on the ballot. You would guess wrong. Who made this suggestion (if suggestion means an aggressive $6.5 million dollar campaign)? Yeah, you guessed right this time — public worker unions. They utilized the usual tactics: Don’t worry, “normal” people won’t have to pay: it’s for the kids; good people want all of their money redistributed by bureaucrats, etc., etc. If the irony is somehow lost on you at this point, let me spell it out: These unions used taxpayer money to campaign to collect more taxpayer money! Unfortunately for members of the private sector in Oregon, the campaign worked, and tax increases passed. But Anna, one might say, not all members of the private sector are evil and “rich,” and corporations are not people — they are, ummm ... corporations! While this may be so, as I explained last week, when we tax businesses they have to cut costs to stay afloat, which usually means cutting jobs. And when we tax the rich, the investment that could grow companies and thus our economy just disappears! The whole process is kind of magical that way except it’s not. The money reappears after it is collected by the state government in the pockets of public workers. In fact, the government favors public workers so much in Oregon that the average public worker makes 30 percent more in income and benefits than the average private sector worker. One of the biggest winners of the tax increases were public school teachers, who sustained an average income and benefits package of $83,402. I hope there is enough left over for those poor public school kids they talked about in the campaign. But more than that, I hope that when Oregon’s state government goes belly up like California’s, they at least teach this lesson: Remember children, capital and people are mobile. — Anna Parker is a senior in English literature. She can be reached at aparke23@utk.edu.


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Program to acquaint students with Congress Kyle Turner Staff Writer In its first year, the Congressional Internship Program aims to place interested UT students with an opportunity to work with Tennessee legislators in Washington D.C. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek attributes the program’s conception to the goals of raising students’ awareness in regards to Congressional internships as well to help facilitate student opportunities with national legislators. “In an attempt to allow more students to experience this opportunity, we are working directly with legislative offices to ensure that our students can be accepted for standing appointments,” Cheek said. “Having a formal selection process helps with both of these issues.” The program is aiming to make the opportunity of congressional internships available through at least one standing position for UT students. The Congressional Internship Program seeks to reward students with first-hand experiences. “The opportunity to see Congress in action, work with constituents and experience all that working on Capitol

Hill entails is an incredible experience for students,” Cheek said. “We want to increase the number of students who have that experience.” The intern experience can be a strong initial move for any students wishing to pursue the fields associated with public policy and American government. “From what we have learned from former students who currently work for congressional offices, serving as an intern is a “first step” if you are interested in ultimately working for a legislator,” Cheek said. Cheek said that serving as an intern for a member of Congress in Washington D.C. can provide the competitive edge to participating students. “I am confident that any student participating in the Congressional Internship Program will have an extraordinary experience and will walk away positively impacted,” Angi Smith, assistant director of housing, said. Depending on which congressional office a student is placed, duties can include working with legislative staff on varying issues, clerical activities and constituent services. All interested students are encouraged to apply, regardless of major. “We want the option to be known to all students,”

for a great cause. “The money raised from this show will be given to Invisible Children through a one-time donation,” she said. “This event is important to me because Invisible Children is an organization that I have supported for years. A lot of people think IC’s job is done or that it’s no longer the ‘trendy’ organization to jump behind and support, but the children of Uganda still need to know they won’t be forgotten.” Fillers said she hopes students gain a better understanding of what Invisible Children does for others and that the film screening will enlighten others on the problems that still exist in Uganda. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. “Now is the time for us to provide these children with educational opportunities through Invisible Children’s scholarship funds and supply Uganda’s leaders with all that it takes to achieve peace and recovery in their country,” Fillers said.

CHILDREN continued from Page 1 “I really just helped Kerri with whatever she needed me to do,” said Justin Cox, UT junior in hospitality and Square Room intern. “She is the brains behind the operation.” Cox said Fillers asked if he wanted to help her with this event, and he gladly accepted. “I proposed (the idea) to the staff at the Square Room. ... They have been more than helpful and supportive in getting the word out, booking bands and supplying me with ideas to make this night a success.” Cox said he hopes others will understand what the children of Uganda endure. He said students can help by spreading the word and buying tickets. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.thesquareroom.com. Fillers said the concert and screening is a great way for the Knoxville community and UT campus to join together

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Arrests made in Texas church fire case TYLER, Texas — Two arrests were made early Sunday in a series of east Texas church fires that authorities believe were intentionally set, a fire official said. Tyler fire Chief Neal Franklin declined to offer further details on the arrests. Tom Crowley, Dallas spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange declined to comment before an afternoon news conference that was scheduled in Tyler. Authorities believe nine east Texas church fires have been deliberately set since Jan. 1. Officials say a 10th fire, about 120 miles south of Dallas in Temple, also was arson. The two most recent fires happened within an hour and three miles of each other on Feb. 8 in a rural area near Tyler, about 90 miles east of Dallas. Lawmakers to press service chiefs on reversing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy for gays WASHINGTON — Lawmakers this week will press the military’s top uniformed officers for the first time on whether they think repeal-

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ing “don’t ask, don’t tell” makes sense or would be too disruptive. The testimony from each of the service chiefs on Capitol Hill will be crucial to the debate in Congress on whether to repeal the 17-year-old law, which bans gays from serving openly in the military. President Barack Obama says the policy unfairly punishes patriots who want to serve their country. Defense Secretary Robert Gates agrees and has begun a yearlong study on how to mitigate the impact of lifting the ban. Providing much-needed political cover is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, who has said he thinks the law unfairly forces gay troops to compromise their integrity by lying about who they are. But lawmakers, who are divided on whether to end the ban, say they want to hear from the service chiefs. They are the ones who would be in charge of putting any changes in place and responding to any fallout.

converged on a pocket of militants in a western section of the town. Despite ongoing fighting, the newly appointed civilian chief for Marjah said he plans to fly into the town Monday for the first time since the attack to begin restoring Afghan government control and winning over the population after years of Taliban rule. With fighter jets, drones and attack helicopters roaring overhead, Marine and Afghan companies advanced Sunday on a 2-squaremile (5.2-sq. kilometer) area where more than 40 insurgents were believed holed up. “They are squeezed,” said Lt. Col. Brian Christmas, commander of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. “It looks like they want to stay and fight, but they can always drop their weapons and slip away. That’s the nature of this war.”

Outgunned Taliban mounting tough fight in Marjah

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez’s socialist government is creating peasant-based militias throughout Venezuela’s rural, agricultural-rich regions, raising fears of confrontation among the country’s cattle ranchers and landholders. The armed groups, organized by Venezuela’s military, will be responsible for protecting poor farmers from vigilante groups allegedly organized and financed by cattlemen and wealthy landowners, Chavez wrote in a newspaper column published Sunday. “Faced with the onslaught against peasants through an escalation of aggressions, sabotage and hired killings by the most reactionary forces of our society, the duty of the state ... is to protect the poor farmers,” Chavez wrote. The newly formed militias will also help the military prepare for a possible foreign invasion, said Chavez, who has repeatedly warned that the U.S. military could invade Venezuela to seize control of its immense oil reserves. U.S. officials deny that any such plan exists. The government claims that more than 300 peasants have been killed — purportedly by mercenaries for wealthy landholders — since authorities launched a sweeping land reform initiative in 2001.

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Outnumbered and outgunned, Taliban fighters are mounting a tougher fight than expected in Marjah, Afghan officials said Sunday, as U.S.-led forces

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Obama statue returns to public view in Jakarta JAKARTA, Indonesia — A statue of Barack Obama as a boy was placed late Sunday night at the Jakarta elementary school the U.S. president once attended, after its display in a public park prompted backlash in the Indonesia capital. The re-placement of the bronze statue a week after it disappeared from public view was a low-key event officiated by the school’s principal and three local education officials. Scores of proud students had been among the crowd of 500 watching when Jakarta’s mayor unveiled the statue in the nearby park in December. The likeness based on a childhood photograph shows a 10-year-old Obama smiling at a butterfly perched on his outstretched thumb. Many Indonesians are proud of Obama’s connections to Indonesia, but detractors of the statue’s park display argued an Indonesia hero should be honored instead. A Facebook campaign attracted more than 50,000 supporters of the statue’s removal, and court action was initiated to force it. Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska village NOORVIK, Alaska — Bobby Wells has lived all his life in this remote Alaska village, where the Eskimo dancing of his ancestors was banned by Quaker missionaries a century ago as primitive idolatry. Now Wells, 53, and other residents of Noorvik have wholeheartedly embraced the ancient practice outlawed in the Inupiat Eskimo settlement, which was established in 1914. “This is the way God made us, to express our thankfulness to him with dancing,” Wells said. The belief of traditional dancing as somehow evil, however, remains deeply ingrained in scores of Native villages around the state. But some communities have broken away from that ideology in recent decades. One by one, they have resurrected the old dances and songs of the long ago past, along with culture camps and language immersion programs.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Oscar Watch Sharon Bible Staff Writer Ugly people tend to get the short end of the stick, at least this is the case most of time. The exception is the Academy Awards. While it is more common for audiences to gawk at the devastatingly good looks of Hollywood celebrities, those who take home the gold tend to make themselves more homely in films. For those of you who disagree, let’s take a look back. Nicole Kidman lost the Best Actress award to Halle Berry in 2001. Kidman played the glamorous Satine in “Moulin Rouge.” Berry won for the nitty-gritty role of Leticia in “Monster’s Ball.” The year before, Julia Roberts won for the tough, realistic lawyer “Erin Brockovich.” Kidman got with the program the next year and took home the Oscar for “The Hours,” in which she played Virginia Woolf. Her acting was arguably just as good, only this role was complete with a larger, fake nose. The lovely Kidman was hardly recognizable as the homely Woolf. Next year, Charlize Theron won for her roll in “Monster,” playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Following that, Hillary Swank won for playing a tough, hard-knocks boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.” Some actors rely entirely on their appearance for a role. Real talent lies in an actor or actress who can adopt the dirty, realistic and disgusting personalities of their role. This year, one character stands out as the most atrocious of them all: Mo’Nique’s portrayal of Mary in “Precious.” Mo’Nique is a beautiful woman, but the role she takes on this year is one of pure disgust. She beats and sexually abuses her obese, illiterate daughter, constantly berating her and telling her she is worthless. She is so convincing in the role that the audience will hurt with her but hate and loathe her with every fiber of their being. Her reasoning behind the abuse is absolutely unacceptable, but she is able to reach the hearts of the viewers to where they can see her plight and hate her reasoning. Let me be clear. I don’t believe Mo’Nique is just winning because of the ugly role. The other nominees for Best Supporting Actress just fail to measure up to her larger-thanlife portrayal. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s part in “Crazy Heart” was weak and forgettable, partly because Jeff Bridges outacts her. Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick are convincing in “Up in the Air,” but neither are clearly exceptional or outstanding. Penelope Cruz is simply riding the wave of her win last year in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and was “honored just to be nominated.” Ugly roles are real. Ugly people are identifiable. Everyone knows someone who is hideous, both inside and out. If a Hollywood star is capable of stripping themselves down to a person who is both atrocious on the outside, as well on the inside, the Academy tends to find this much more commendable than the star who is just charming and realistic. Not every win fits a formula of the Academy. While Mo’Nique is a sure thing, the other categories leave more room for speculation, which is half the fun of the Oscars.

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‘Charley’s Aunt’ produces laugh riot Chassidy Doane Staff Writer “Charley’s Aunt,” a play running at the Clarence Brown Theatre through March 7, is like a breath of fresh air when it comes to entertainment. One doesn’t expect a play to have such amazing performances and to produce so much laughter in an individual. “Charley’s Aunt” was written by Brandon Thomas, an English playwright who died in 1914, but not without leaving this incredible work behind. “Charley’s Aunt” originally ran almost 1,500 times in London, breaking tons of records at that time. And as a first show to see at the Clarence Brown Theatre, one cannot go wrong with the farce. “This was the first play I have been to at the CBT, and I feel that it was a great show to start with,” Christopher Manning, sophomore in industrial engineering, said. “The acting was amazing, and the show was hilarious.” The production is set in 1910 at Oxford University, where Charles Wykeham (Matt Bassett) and Jack Chesney (Jonathan Visser) are contemplating how to write to the women they love and propose to them before they go off to Scotland for the summer. The boys think about the situation and decide to use Charley’s wealthy aunt, who is coincidentally coming into town to meet him for the first time, as a way to see the girls and have a celebration for the aunt coming to town. However, the aunt’s arrival is postponed, so they use their friend Lord Fancourt Babberly (Michael Moreno), also known as Babbs, and make him wear a women’s costume and pretend to be the multimillionaire aunt, Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez. The play continues, and everyone is convinced that Babbs is actually a woman. The girls in the play, Kitty Verdun (Jack’s love interest) and Amy Spettigue (Charley’s love interest), go on to laugh and converse with Babbs, as though he is just another woman. Little do they know they are being tricked the whole time. The plot thickens when Jack’s father randomly shows up to give him money and decides he should marry Donna Lucia because she is

rich, and the Chesney family is experiencing money problems. Charley and Jack are, all the while, trying to keep Babbs from taking advantage of the girls getting so close to him and keeping Jack’s dad at a safe distance from whom he perceives to be “Donna Lucia.” The story unfolds beautifully, and one who attends will no doubt leave the theater feeling very happy. The actors are extremely refreshing, and Babbs (Michael Moreno) has quite possibly the best facial expressions anyone has ever seen. It would be a shame not to mention the very witty butler Brasset (Neil Friedman) as he comes in and out of the scenes with his funny oneliners and usually gets all the blame put on him for things that are hardly his fault. Photo courtesy of the Clarence Brown Theatre “Charley’s Aunt” is sure to be a Charley’s Aunt, a humorous play, is showing at the good laugh for all. Clarence Brown Theatre. It is being performed now until March 7th and is 5 dollars for students.


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Monday, February 22, 2010

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Bench play highlights win over Gamecocks Vols boast 20-3 advantage from bench while holding SEC leading scorer Downey to 15

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Kevin Huebschman Staff Writer Using a little effort from almost every player, the 18th-ranked Vols managed to snap a two-game road skid by beating one of the toughest home teams in the SEC. Eight of 10 players scored for Tennessee (20-6, 8-4 SEC), as the Vols handed the South Carolina Gamecocks (14-12, 5-7 SEC) only their third home loss of the season on Saturday, 63-55. “There are some guys that I expect to come in and play, guys that have been there and done that,” Vols head coach Bruce Pearl said. “And then all we need is a couple of other guys so that it’s not going to be the same guy every night to come in and make a difference.” Pearl got the leadership he needed as seniors Wayne Chism (11), Bobby Maze (14) and J.P. Prince (10) all registered double-digit points against the Gamecocks. However, it wasn’t just a couple of guys that stepped up in support. Tennessee’s bench scored 20 points, while South Carolina’s scored just three. “The difference really was that their

bench gets 20, and we get three from ours,” Gamecocks head coach Darrin Horn said. “They’re just so athletic and deep, and we didn’t get plays where we had to.” In what has become a familiar pattern, the Vols started slow, trailing for much of the first 33 minutes before staging a 16-3 run, taking the lead for good. The win was UT’s 20th of the season, the fifth such season under Pearl’s tenure. Tennessee has held South Carolina to its two lowest-scoring outputs of the season, and the Vols held Devan Downey, who leads the SEC with 23 points per game, to 4-of-18 shooting and 15 points. That defense, Horn said, was too much for the Gamecocks to overcome. “With a little over five minutes left, it’s a two-possession game, and we were right there,” Horn said. “We just had a stretch where we did not score at all. We had some turnovers that led to some baskets for them, … and it became too much to overcome.” The Vols held South Carolina to 32 percent from the field and just 5-of-26 from beyond the arc, while shooting 49 percent and 4-of-11 themselves. Horn said the Gamecocks also struggled with their own defense, as they weren’t able to keep Tennessee out of the paint in the second half. Pearl told his players they had to play better inside. “I just told our guys that the closer we get to the basket, the better we look at both ends of the floor,” Pearl said. “But the farther we get from the basket, the worse we look at both ends of the floor.” UT scored its last six baskets inside the paint and outrebounded the Gamecocks 21-14 in the second half and 40-30 overall. With the win, Tennessee held onto its third-place tie with Florida in the SEC East. The two will meet in Gainesville Tuesday at 9 p.m., with the winner gaining sole possession of third place. The Vols return home next Saturday to face the league-leading No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats.


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Swim teams conclude SEC Championships Ryan Howard Staff Writer The 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships took place in Athens, Ga., last Wednesday through Saturday. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both finished fourth. Vols UT posted a final score of 417.5 points, and it finished behind Auburn (784), Florida (765) and Georgia (587). “Congratulations to Auburn,” UT head coach John Trembley said. “After this meet, our team has a clearer understanding of what our future can be. We are fourth this year in the SEC, but we do not intend to stay here.” Junior Brad Craig won the SEC title in the 200-yard breaststroke. He also posted a season-best 1:55.53 mark, while beating

Auburn’s defending NCAA champion, Adam Klein. “It was in the back of my mind after (preliminaries),” Craig said. “I was thinking that if I swam my race right that I could have a chance to win. I am ready to get back to Knoxville and start making some more adjustments and get better.” Craig also placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, and his performance impressed Trembley. “Obviously the highlight of this meet was the great victory by Brad Craig,” Trembley said. “ … I am very proud of his toughness.” Diver Michael Muscari took home bronze in his final SEC event, the platform. Sophomore Ryan Helms also finished third in the one- and three-meter events. The UT 400 medley relay team, consisting of Craig, Michael DeRocco, Ryan Harrison and Ricky Henahan, swam to a

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third-place finish. Henahan also won the bronze in the 100-yard backstroke. Lady Vols The 13th-ranked Lady Vols placed their highest point total, 497, in over a decade. Host No. 1 Georgia won its seventh SEC Championship with 824.5 points. No. 6 Florida (698) and Auburn (568) followed, respectively. “I love how aggressive we raced this whole weekend,” head coach Matt Kredich said. “It was just a really solid effort all the way through the weekend. This is one of the best meets we’ve ever put together. I’m proud of the team.” After coming in a first-place tie last year, senior Michele King got the gold all to herself this year in the 50-yard freestyle. “It was a relief to finally win,” King said. “I had been carrying that tie on my shoulders since last year. … My goal when I got

here was to win the 50 free. Just to win my senior year makes it even better.” The Lady Vol 200 medley relay team also won its event with a time of 1:37.32. King, Jenny Connolly, Alex Barsanti and Kelsey Floyd made up the team. Barsanti won silver in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Connolly finished second in the 100-yard backstroke. UT brought home three total medals in the breaststroke. Sophomore Samara Gelb placed third in the 200-yard, and freshman Breanna Folk also won the bronze in the 100-yard. Rounding out the Lady Vols at the podium, junior Aleksa Akerfelds raced to a third-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Tennessee will hold a Last Chance Meet on Feb. 26 through Feb. 27, which will allow for one last chance to make an NCAA qualifying standard.


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Diamond Vols welcome new playmakers Mat t Dixon Staff Writer Entering his third season of rebuilding the Tennessee baseball program, head coach Todd Raleigh believes this year’s team will be the most successful year he has had since arriving in Knoxville. A bigreasonwillbetheadditionof13newVolswhomakeupthe14thranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Baseball America. This class includes eight freshmen, four junior college players and one transfer. “We’ve added a lot of talent and depth to our roster with this class,” Raleigh said. “(The incoming players) have helped to create an even more competitive atmosphere in our practices.” The top newcomer could be Matt Duffy, a transfer from Vermont who came to Tennessee after the Catamounts cut its baseball program after last season. Duffy will play third base for the Vols after spending the past two seasons at shortstop. Raleigh is extremely high on the All-American and 2009 American East Player of the Year after he hit .388 with 13 home runs, 57 runs scored and 57 RBIs last season. “Matt is pretty good,” Raleigh said Tuesday at the team’s Media Day. “When you have an opportunity to get somebody who’s already established in college baseball, that’s the best indicator to me of success because he’s already achieved it at this level. … He’s tremendous defensively, and he’s a guy who would probably hit third or fourth in the order for most teams in the country.” Freshman Cody Stubbs, a 29th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2009 MLB Draft, is another newcomer that Raleigh feels will climb his way up the batting order. “I do feel like we have arguably one of the top freshmen in the country (in) Cody Stubbs,” Raleigh said. “He’s certainly going to push (Cody Hawn at first base) and be that (designated hitter) for

us.” Chris Fritts, a freshman from Texas, is battling P.J. Polk for playing time in left field. “He’s an SEC Player of the Year type of kid down the road,” Raleigh predicted. “I think he can help us right now (too).” Another freshman outfielder, Drew Steckenrider, is a switch hitter from Georgia who will also see playing time after being one of the top high school players in the country last season. Khayyan Norfolk, a junior college transfer from Jackson State, is competing with Cody Grisham for time at second base. “(Norfolk)brings alot of speed,” Raleigh said.“He brings an element we haven’t had since I’ve been here.… He brings alot ofexcitement.” Pitcher Alan Walden, a 43rd round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 MLB Draft out of Chattanooga, is considered a “wild card” by Raleigh because he missed all of last season with an injury.

“He has a chance to be a very special player one day,” Raleigh said. “I don’t want to thrust too much on him right now, but he’s a player who could be pitching on the weekends for most teams in the country because he’s that outstanding.” Rob Catapano, a left-handed pitcher from Knoxville, transferred to UT from North Carolina following the 2008 season and will be eligible this fall after sitting out last season. “Rob is doing well,” Raleigh said. “I think Rob is only going to get better when the weather gets better and the more he gets out there (on the mound).” Raleigh considers his Vols a top 25 team this year. He believes they are more athletic, physical and deeper than his past teams, due in large part to the newcomers on the roster. All-American Cody Hawn tends to agree. “We’re going to have a good mix of new kids, who are going to come in and do a lot for us,” Hawn said. “They’re really going to bring another dimension to what we have now.”

George Richardson • The Daily Beacon

UT defeated Xavier 7-6 on Saturday on a walk-off single by freshman Cody Stubbs. Stubbs is one of 13 new players on the Vols rosters this year.


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