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UT receives NCAA’s Notice of Allegations Pearl, Kiffin among involved parties as university’s meeting with NCAA set for June 10th Matt Dixon Sports Editor
Allegations against Pearl - “Acted contrary to the principles of ethical conduct...by initially providing false and misleading information to the institution and the (NCAA) enforcement staff” during an interview on June 14, 2010, when he was shown a photograph of a recruit in his home and failed to identify where the photo was taken or who another person in the photo was.
After months of speculation, the news finally arrived in Knoxville. On Wednesday, the University of Tennessee publicly released a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA after a 22-month investigation into the school’s men’s basketball, baseball and football programs. The 26-page notice, received by the university on Tuesday, alleges that the men’s basketball and football programs violated NCAA rules. The baseball program, listed in the NCAA’s initial Letter of Inquiry released on Sept. 10, 2010, was not mentioned in the notice. “Any allegation from the NCAA is a serious matter for us,” UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a statement. “And we’ll address these issues in a timely manner. As an institution, we have been proactive in dealing with these allegations, and we will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA.” Tennessee’s receiving of the notice means the NCAA has concluded its initial review and factfinding period. “Receipt of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations by the University of Tennessee is another step in brining this matter to conclusion,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement. “Our institution has operated in complete coopFile Photo • The Daily Beacon eration with the NCAA since April Lane Kiffin waits to lead the team on the field before a game against South Carolina on 2009 as they have pursued their Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009. Former head coach Kiffin investigation. was one of the main targets of a 26-page NCAA “We take these allegations seriousNotice of Allegations received by the university on ly and most items noted in this docTuesday, Feb. 22. ument have already been reported - “Failed to promote an atmosphere for combroadly. I would like to thank the NCAA pliance” and “failed to monitor the activities enforcement staff for their professionalism and regarding compliance of all his assistant men’s guidance during this process.” basketball coaches” encompassing three other The most severe allegations were against the allegations in the notice. men’s basketball program. “Impermissible contact with prospective “The receipt of today’s notice brings us one student-athletes” along with associate head step closer to a final resolution in this matter,” coach Tony Jones regarding an “off-campus coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. “Throughout the process, we have recognized contact” with a high school junior “on or about that we made significant mistakes, and we Sept. 14, 2010.” look forward to concluding this matter with the NCAA.”
Other allegations against the men’s basketball program - “96 impermissible telephone recruiting calls to 12 men’s basketball prospective student-athletes or their family members” by Pearl, associate head coach Tony Jones and assistant coaches Jason Shay and Steve Forbes. - Forbes, Shay and Jones “violated the NCAA’s principles of honesty when (they)
NCAA during his initial interview with them on June 14, 2010. “The penalties imposed on our program to date have been severe, but I want to commend our student-athletes and staff for staying focused and working through these potential distractions,” Pearl said. “The support of our fans and administration has been amazing and appreciated by me and my entire family, and reminds me every day why I have the best job in the nation. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the University of Tennessee, and everyone in our basketball program is focused on finding ways to improve every day.” The university was also alleged to have failed to monitor the men’s basketball coaching staff in regards to the excess phone calls made by the coaches. The allegations against the football program stem from when Lane Kiffin coached Tennessee before leaving for USC after one season.
Allegation against Kiffin - “Failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the football program and failed to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant coaches...and an athletics administrator involved with the football program who reported directly or indirectly to Kiffin” regarding a seperate allegation. That allegation states: - “Former members of the footGeorge Richardson • The Daily Beacon ball coaching staff.... engaged in Bruce Pearl reacts to a call from officials during a game impermissible recruiting activities against Oakland on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Pearl has with prospective student-athletes.” been targeted by an NCAA Notice of Allegations, which Because the allegations were identifies 12 possible major violations, but provides no against Kiffin, and not Tennessee, mention of potential punishments. USC also received a Notice of failed to provide full and complete information Allegations from the NCAA. “We have received the notice of allegations,” to the institute and the enforcement staff and failed to protect the integrity of the investiga- Kiffin said in a statement. “On the advice of tion” when each were interviewed by UT and my legal counsel, we cannot comment other than to say we look forward to working NCAA enforcement staffs on June 14, 2010. Pearl and his assistant coaches had salary through the process with the NCAA.” The university has until May 21, 2011, a 90reductions and recruiting restrictions in September 2010, and Pearl was later suspend- day period, to submit its response to the ed the first eight conferece games of the 2010- NCAA regarding the notice. The university is 11 basketball season by SEC Commissioner expected to go before the NCAA Committee Mike Slive, after Pearl admitted to providing on Infractions during the committees’ meeting the “false and misleading information” to the from June 10-11, 2011.
Author addresses fast food ignorance Emily Devoe Staff Writer
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Whitney Haworth, sophomore in journalism, enjoys a pleasant day between classes in Circle Park on Tuesday. A front bringing rain for the next few days will put a damper on the past week’s sunny skies.
Eric Schlosser, the author of “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal,” spoke to a filled auditorium Tuesday night. “I’ve been a big critic of McDonalds for years,” Schlosser said. He produced a New York Times bestseller on his hatred for fast food restaurants and how they are making America fat. He still enjoys the occasional burger, just not from fast food chains. In the last 40 years, food has changed more than it has in 40,000 years. After WWII, in Southern California, the McDonald brothers decided to bring the assembly line of a factory to the restaurant kitchen. Success was obvious, and when a traveling milkshake salesman, Ray Kroc, saw the line around the door, he envisioned McDonalds as a national chain. “He believed success is measured in dollars,” Schlosser said. In 1968, there were 1,000 McDonalds restaurants in the U.S.; now there are over 30,000. McDonalds and other fast food chain restaurants pride themselves in the ignorance of the people eating their food. “Knowledge is power,” Schlosser said.
The market is not telling the public the information it needs to make good, healthy decisions. “There is no such thing as choice if you’re only given one point of view,” Schlosser said. Schlosser used the example of STDs to show how a burger comes from thousands of cows compared to the ’50s when a burger came from the butcher shop and was made of two cows. Diseases within meat from the cows are much more likely today, and currently more people acquire food poisoning than they did 40 years ago. There are 13 major slaughterhouses across America that feed their animals steroids and hormones that are illegal for humans. “It’s incredible anyone could treat animals this way,” Schlosser said. Schlosser struggled with the idea that media pressures the public to be thin but promotes fatty foods. Children of the poor are becoming obese and the children of the middle and upper class are developing eating disorders. He shared a story about Jamie Oliver visiting an elementary school where kids couldn’t recognize vegetables and fruit. Around 25 years ago, America was one of the fittest countries, but now it is at the bottom of the rankings. See SCHLOSSER on Page 3
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The UT Baseball team prays prior to the start of its season opener against Milwaukee on Friday, Feb. 18. This weekend the Vols host another threegame series against Canisius, starting Friday at 3 p.m.
1836: Alamo defenders call for help On this day in 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army. A native of Alabama, Travis moved to the Mexican state of Texas in 1831. He soon became a leader of the growing movement to overthrow the Mexican government and establish an independent Texan republic. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, Travis became a lieutenant-colonel in the revolutionary army and was given command of troops in the recently captured city of San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio). On Feb. 23, 1836, a large Mexican force commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived suddenly in San Antonio. Travis and his troops took shelter in the Alamo, where they were soon joined by a volunteer force led by Colonel James Bowie. Though Santa Ana’s 5,000 troops heavily outnumbered the several hundred Texans, Travis and his men determined not to give up. On Feb. 24, they answered Santa Ana’s call for surrender with a bold shot from the Alamo’s cannon. Furious, the Mexican general ordered his forces to launch a siege. Travis immediately recognized his disadvan-
In our Feb. 23 article, “Scholars program awaits prospective students,” it is mistakenly reported that “Jimmy Haslam will extend an invitation to 15 of these students to join the (Haslam tage and sent out several messages via couriers asking for reinforceScholars) program.” In fact, selection of Haslam Scholars is ments. Addressing one of the pleas to “The People of Texas and All made by the Academic Selection Committee, which is comAmericans in the World,” Travis signed off with the now-famous posed principally of distinguished members of the faculty. phrase “Victory or Death.” Members of the Haslam family do not participate in the selecOnly 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to tion of Haslam Scholars. Travis’ call for help, and beginning at 5:30 a.m. on March 6, Mexican Similarly, selection is not only based on “academic merit.” forces stormed the Alamo through a gap in the fort’s outer wall, killing Selection criteria include scholastic achievement, leadership Travis, Bowie and 190 of their men. Despite the loss of the fort, the potential, maturity and seriousness of purpose and special talTexan troops managed to inflict huge losses on their enemy, killing at ents. least 600 of Santa Ana’s men. The Daily Beacon regrets these errors The brave defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana’s army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of “Remember the Alamo!” The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders Recycle for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River. On Your May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic.
— This Day in History is courtesy of history.com
Thursday, February 24, 2011
UT explores, spotlights diversity Week’s activities hosted by SGA focuses on disability, LGTB issues Tiffany Minnis Staff Writer UT has students from all different backgrounds, and SGA’s Diversity Week is meant to highlight and celebrate all different types of students. Rajesh Jena, graduate student in food science and technology, as well as graduate assistant at the International House, is an international student from India. He is one of many students who chose UT to expose himself to other cultures. “It’s different from India; some things I had to learn were mannerism and English,” Jena said. UT incorporates diversity as an essential part of education, and Jena believes UT has a diverse atmosphere. “Diversity here is really good,” he said. “The International House and (other) programs are very diverse and open to learning diverse backgrounds.” Brittney Goo, senior in journalism and electronic media, said she has had a different experience with diversity. “I think the campus as a whole still has a long way to go in terms of fully embracing diversity,” she said. “Being an AsianAmerican, I have heard students make racial remarks toward me in passing and judging me on my appearance. One of the greatest difficulties about being a minority at UT is the unfortunate fact that a lot of people are unable to look past the stereotypes and take time to get to know people for who they truly are.” But she thinks diversity is improving. “I do like that the university has started to better promote diversity through events such as SGA’s Diversity Week and the CCI
“Two-thirds of adults in America are continued from Page 1 obese or overweight ,” Schlosser said. He also mentioned that in the past 40 years the amount of obese preschool-aged children has doubled, and the rate of obesity in children has tripled. He commented on employment in the industry as well. “The fast food industry is the largest employer of minimum wage workers in the U.S. and for decades has been the biggest opponent of raising the minimum wage,” Schlosser said. He described the “McJob” for workers: minimum wage, no benefits, no training, easy turnover and little room for promotion. Organic farming, however, is a steppingstone for a healthier lifestyle. Schlosser told
The Daily Beacon • 3 the audience to shop organically and locally. In Tennessee, one-sixth of the population lives in poverty, and there are elevated rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The state also has a lower life expectancy rate than the national average. “You just have to do something,” Schlosser said. “If everyone did something, so much could change.” Malory Halpin, junior in communication studies, attended the seminar and shared her thoughts afterwards. “He gave us a lot to think about,” Halpin said. “I believe it when he says if we all do something then it will add up to something better. We need to all put in more effort to make UT healthier.” Schlosser closed with a charge for the audience. “There is only one obstacle, and that’s apathy,” Schlosser said.
Diversity Week last semester,” Goo said. Punam Patel, assistant director of diversity affairs, helps coordinate events, such as this week’s SGA Diversity Week, as an effort to expose students to diverse organizations. “We did LGBT on Tuesday and found so many different resources,” Patel said. “The thing that we’re trying to focus on for diversity week is not just appearance, not just ethnicity. We’re trying to include disability services, LGBT, the I-House, the Baptist Christian Ministry, along with others. They’re useful and also are great, because so many students attend.” Patel mentioned many resources organizations like these provide. “For those of diverse backgrounds, there is UT Lead, for incoming freshmen from Nashville and Memphis, which helps with the transition to UT,” he said. “There is also a first-year studies course. BCC does book loan programs and tutoring, and all of this is free,” Patel said. Goo said she has had positive experiences with these resources on campus. “I’m glad that resources exist on campus like the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the I-House,” she said. “I have personally benefited from both of them. They have helped me to better understand the diversity that exists across the UT campus, and have showed me that I am not alone as a minority.” Though she recognizes that there are some issues with diversity at UT, Goo said she could not have made a better choice than to be a Volunteer. “UT was not my number one choice,” she said. “But looking back, I now see that I made the right choice to come to Knoxville. I’m Thomas Brantley • The Daily Beacon glad I decided to step outside of my comfort Eric Schlosser speaks with students while signing a copy of his book, “Fast zone to live in a place that is different from Food Nation,” on Tuesday. Schlosser lectured about the impacts fast food what I am accustomed to.” has had on American culture.
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University lacks support for student parents So I chose life. Now what? After listening to sermons, being aware of National Choose Life Month and even having a former presidential candidate speak on the virtues of having a child, I wonder where this fervent support goes when the actual results of “choosing life” become reality. I am a father, husband and a struggling engineering student. So I chose to be a father when presented with the unexpected result. I could have walked away or encouraged my future wife to have an abortion. But no, we chose life. After overcoming significant adversity in our relationship, my wife graduated from UNC and, in accordance to the next phase of our master plan, we moved to Knoxville so I could take my turn in finishing my degree. During our initial preparations, we were shocked to discover that UT has no married-student housing and no childcare scholarships, which were lifesavers back in Chapel Hill. Instead we live off-campus where we pay $1,000 in rent and $600 in daycare. So I drive 30 minutes to the only daycare we could find every morning while my wife works at the same apartment complex where we live. We have one vehicle at the moment. I pick our 2year-old daughter up every afternoon in rush-hour traffic which eliminates any chance at the late-afternoon and evening campus events. I have an exam and paper due on the day that the daycare is closed for President’s Day. FML. This amount of stress and frustration has reached epic proportions and I find myself getting angry at the total lack of university support. How can the more conservative school have fewer options to meet the unique needs of student parents compared to one of the more liberal schools? The entire Huckabaloo (see what I did there?) over choosing life over abortion rings hollow to me given the astounding lack of understanding from the university. The discussion then turns to whether or not a person can be a student or a parent, but not both. This is, of course, the precursor to the question of, can one be a professional with a family? With two-and-a-half years of experience trying to make a two-working-parent household a reality, I can tell you it is more difficult than anything Engineering Fundamentals 151 can throw at you. The decision to be a parent has the biggest risk and highest reward of anything a person will ever do in the course of his or her life. It is no coincidence that the highest percentages of abortions occur in the collegiate years. Because without a ton of support from your partner, your family and your university, the complete gamechanging set of responsibilities is too much to bear for a student to stay in school. So then I must conclude that UT encourages abortions since it does not support student parents. Joe Kaemmerlen sophomore in pre-computer engineering firstname.lastname@example.org Huckabee article exhibits apparent bias I wanted to address the complete failure on the The Daily Beacon’s part to actually cover the student organized protest of Mike Huckabee Monday, Feb. 14. What article only covers a major part of the story with only 22 words in the caption of the picture? Let’s break down this article. The first paragraph introduces the event. The second paragraph detailed the fundraiser. The final four paragraphs unquestionably paraphrase the ultra-conservative, anti-abortion talking points by the fundraiser’s organizer. The article failed to mention not only the dozens (if not close to 100) protesters who were a mix of UT students and local citizens, but it also didn’t even address the highly controversial use of blown-up graphic images or the use of the word “genocide” in the anti-abortion activist campaign or even Huckabee’s comparison of abortion to slavery. The Beacon should be required to re-write the story on principle. It looked to me like the writer just paraphrased a PR release from the anti-abortion fundraiser. It was a blatantly biased and embarrassing front-page story. No offense to those who actually try and keep the paper afloat. Colton Griffin senior in industrial engineering email@example.com SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline
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Charity should begin on homefront Off the Deep End by
Derek Mullins We’ve all done it. We’ve all stayed up way too late at night, surfing through channels of nonsense that the television networks delayed broadcasting until the wee hours of the morning because they didn’t think it would pull in a substantial audience. Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim,” Comedy Central’s “Secret Stash,” the replay of “SportsCenter” and/or anything on “Investigation Discovery” usually dominate my insomnia-driven television viewing patterns. Regardless of where my remote ends up taking me in the wide array of late-night television offerings, one thing is always present: infomercials. There are two kinds of infomercials. The first is of the long-form variety, with durations mostly lasting from 30 minutes to an hour. They usually try to sell exercise products to people who think they can fulfill their New Year’s resolutions with their credit card; get washed-up celebrities like Mr. T to sell cooking appliances to people who, in their own minds, think it will make them into a contender on Iron Chef; and, of course, there are the getrich-quick spots that make people believe they can be the next Donald Trump. These are of no consequence and are often more entertaining than persuasive. The second variety consists of the short-form infomercials that usually last from 45 seconds to five minutes. Sometimes these spots are done for commercial reasons, but, more often than not, they are ads for charitable causes. Most notable and increasingly common are infomercials concerning abused animals and impoverished children of the Third World. Both of these types of spots normally consist of sad images of the creatures or children in question living in the most disgusting of conditions, having medical problems of varying severity, and generally have either a washed-up celebrity or an overweight, holier-than-thou type of person standing in front of the camera with either a sad puppy in their arms or an emaciated child at their side, all the while pleading for you to send a small donation every month to help feed and house the deprived little beings in question. They consistently go for your emotions,
pulling you in until you unconsciously transfer your pets or young relatives into the places of the afflicted and malnourished things on the screen. After that? They go for your purse strings. Grab your phone, dig out your credit card and get ready to save the world, one credit card charge at a time. On the surface, organizations that run both types of ads are, regardless of the almost sketchy and always overdramatic delivery, noteworthy for their charity and dedication. Religious groups normally cater to the needs of the stricken children, and groups like the Humane Society, the ASPCA, and PETA (a group that makes me yearn for a steak every time I hear its name) normally cater to the abused animals. They should be commended for their efforts. The problem? Studies have shown that, since these adverts have started taking similar tones and utilize almost the exact same methods, viewers are starting to either consider the problems to be very similar or, more alarmingly, view the animal abuse as being a more important issue. …excuse me? Look, I have three dogs of my own back home, and I’m the kind of guy who feels bad when I spot a pet that’s been run over lying on the side of the road, but I could never and probably will never understand why people want to lob so much money at the plight of animals when we have people of all ages, but especially children, starving in our own nation. Sure, the dangers faced by children in the Third World are deplorable, but we have men, women and children dying of malnutrition, inadequate shelter and a complete and utter lack of adequate and easily accessible health care. How did the priorities of this nation get thrown so out of whack? Former UT wide receiver Donte Stallworth struck and killed a man with his car a few years ago in Miami and was back playing football a year later. Michael Vick tossed a couple of dogs in a ring and this society nailed him to the wall. Someone, please, explain the logic there. The point is simple: before you give any credence to PETA, worry about the plight of Fluffy the homeless cat or think about sending a dime to Raul in rural South America, take that time, money and energy and put it to good use for the less fortunate people of your own city, state and country. Now, where’s that steak? —Derek Mullins is a senior in political science and history. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There exist in this world extraordinary people who actively combat evil in the name of God; Christine Caine is one of those people. I got to hear her speak this past week at my church as she travels the world calling out against serious problems and Christian complacency. Currently she fights against sex slavery in a variety of countries, focusing on Europe and using Greece to funnel the victims to safety. She decided to start fighting one of the great evils of our time after a visit to Greece, where she saw posters of missing girls thought to be in the sex trade. Now her organization, the A21 Campaign, does everything it can to bring the sex traffickers to justice and free the girls involved. For those who do not think that slavery still exists or that sex trafficking is an issue, these facts will come as quite a shock. There are 27 million slaves today, which is more than ever before in history. There are 2 million children who are slaves, and one person is taken into slavery every 30 seconds. An average girl in the sex trade will service 40-110 men a day, and together they bring in over $12 billion a year. Trafficking women is an incredibly lucrative business. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, this is the second largest organized crime in the world today. According to the A21 Campaign, there are 1.39 million sex slaves worldwide, and 25 percent of those trafficked come from Eastern and Southern Europe. In addition, because of the nature of the trade, there are even worse moral issues involving the girls who get pregnant. Some of them are forced to abort the fetuses, but others have their newborn children taken so that the pimps can sell them into pedophile rings in Eastern Europe. Sex trafficking became an issue after the fall of the Soviet Union. With the former Soviet Bloc in complete economic disarray, massive poverty swept the region. This poverty disproportionately affected women because of the patriarchic nature of the society. One girl described in the campaign went
to Greece because she met a girl who said her cousin owned a beauty salon and would give her work. When the girl reached Greece, the man took her to an apartment and told her that, instead, he actually owned a brothel, and he forced her into sexual servitude. The A21 Campaign has several responses to the tragedy facing these women. First, they offer relief to the victims by getting them out of the situations and offering medical and psychological help. They will talk to the police and justice officials to begin the legal processes involved. Second, they offer legal representation to the victims during the criminal proceeding or for a redress. Third, they offer longerterm psychological care to the victims, since most will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the least. Finally, they actively work to try to prevent girls from falling into the rings by finding them employment, educating men to view women differently and fighting corruption in public offices. I find it repulsive that Christians and Americans are allowing this to happen on their watch. Christians everywhere should be challenging the problems the world faces, and sex trafficking is one of these issues. I write this to encourage Christians and churches to fund and work with organizations like the A21 Campaign to put an end to slavery today. As the prophet Micah put it, “(W)hat does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Although I support Christians taking action to do justice in the world, we as Americans should support this also. Through proper public policy options, we can mitigate the circumstances that produce and allow the sex trade to flourish. The U.S. should give money and advice to Eastern European countries to build up their justice institutions and fight corruption. In addition, America should give assistance to Interpol, along with the FBI’s cooperation, to actively set up operations to bring down the organized crime that lets this happen. Those countries involved will most likely need to create larger jurisdictions and new treaties so that America can help them end these injustices. Lastly, the U.S. Congress should pass a bill that allows any victim entrance into America under refugee status so that we can help them in this country. It is time for the church and for America to step up and battle the injustice of slavery today. — Treston Wheat is a senior in history and political science. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Improv musical group to perform at UT Baby Wants Candy (The Improvised Musical) will perform at UT tonight. The show will take place at 7 p.m. in the UC Auditorium. Admission is free. The Campus Entertainment Board has been collecting suggestions for possible musical titles and on the night of the show, a member of CEB will bring a box on stage for Baby Wants Candy to draw out a title. The group will then perform a completely improvised 60 minute musical. Some titles they’ve done before have been “The Jersey Shore goes to the White House The Musical!” and “I Hooked Up with My Roommate’s Girl Last Night The Musical!”. In the past, BWC has featured performers Stephnie Weir and Nicole Parker from “MadTV,” Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers from “Saturday Night Live,” Jack McBrayer from “30 Rock,” Garry Tallent from Bruce Springsteen and the E St Band and Mark Pender from Max Weinberg 7 to name a few. Baby Wants Candy has performed over 1,700 completely improvised musicals to sold-out crowds from Singapore to Edinburgh. Iraq’s ambassador to U.S. to speak at Baker Center Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2006, will be speaking at UT on March 4. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. The event is sponsored by the Baker Center, the Department of Political Science and Susan and Janan Dakak of Knoxville, American citizens who emigrated from Iraq and are friends of
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the ambassador. The event will be webcast live at http://tinyurl.com/4fv279s. Prior to this appointment, Sumaida’ie was named Iraq’s permanent representative to the United Nations in July 2004. Ambassador Sumaida’ie previously served as the Minister of Interior in Baghdad, managed a domestic security force of more than 120,000 and worked toward reconstituting and reorganizing the Interior Ministry and its operations. Ambassador Sumaida’ie also served as chairman of the media committee of the Governing Council in Iraq. In that role he helped found the Iraqi Telecoms and Media Commission and the Public Broadcasting Institution. Lunch costs $15, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Advanced reservations are required. Attendees must register by Feb. 28 at http://tinyurl.com/4nkm96s. Two UT faculty members safe following earthquake in New Zealand Two UT Space Institute faculty members are safe following the earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand. Lloyd Davis, professor of physics, and Bill Hofmeister, research professor of material science and engineering and director of the Center for Laser Applications, are both currently in the country and without injury. Davis is on sabbatical and with his family on the north shore of the island. He arrived in New Zealand in January. Hofmeister is in Christchurch with his wife as a Visiting Erskine Fellow in engineering at the University of Canterbury. He arrived earlier this month. Hofmeister is keeping a blog while in Christchurch. To read his blog, visit http://hofsinkiwicountry.blogspot.com/. UTSI Director Buddy Moore said he is contact with the professors and expects Hofmeister will return to the United States shortly. See BEACON BITS on Page 8
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
‘Merry Wives’ showcases UT talent vides an atmosphere catering to the middle class rarely seen in his work. “(Shakespeare’s) comedies are usually set in foreign lands…but this is a comedy that takes place in England at the time he lived,” Buckley said. “It’s the closest play in Shakespeare’s canon that relates directly to Shakespeare’s life.” Though the play has been transformed into operas and other theatrical attempts in the past, Buckley
duction to seem a little distant from the experiences of the present day. Will Abrams However, the play’s themes may trigArt and Entertainment Editor ger a familiar emotion within the audience. When it comes to finding quality “We’re really talking about a play entertainment on the UT campus, one that deals with relationships,” Buckley of the first places that comes to mind said. “Those themes are universal is the Clarence Brown Theatre. through all of time.” From the theater’s yearly performClarence Brown Theatre not only ances of “A Christmas Carol” to more serves as a source of entertainment for recent productions like “A Streetcar the community, but also hopes to train Named Desire” and “Oedipus Rex,” the next generation of the program has actors. The production for left a legacy on the the group’s current play feauniversity. tures very few thespians Beginning on from outside the UT family. Friday, the theater “One of the main missions will run its newest of the theater department is production, “The to give as many students the Merry Wives of opportunity to work on the Windsor,” through main stage as they can,” March 13. Buckley said. Like many The cast of “The Merry other works by Wives of Windsor” consists W i l l i a m of undergraduate students, Shakespeare, the faculty members and actors show has a rich from the region. history, which is Kevin Bohleber, junior in one of the many theater, plays Nym, one of reasons why direcFalstaff ’s servants, and is tor Kate Buckley one student who believes the was initially interexperience has improved his ested in the proabilities. duction. “We “It’s really interesting to haven’t done (a work with your teachers,” Shakespearean Bohleber said. “There’s no play) in a little line whatsoever…they’ve just while,” Buckley been (acting) longer.” said. As the time for the curThe play centain to raise approaches, the ters on Sir John cast and crew of “The Merry Falstaff, an aging, Wives of Windsor” wait anxoverweight knight iously for an opportunity to who looks to over• Photo courtesy of The Clarence Brown Theatre come his financial Ashleigh Stochel, Suzanne Ankrum, and Neil Friedman in promo- display their talent. “Everyone’s ready to get woes by courting tional shots for “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The play will be two affluent hosted by The Clarence Brown Theatre, opening Friday at 7:30 in front of an audience,” Bohleber said. “We’ve been women who are p.m. and running through Sunday, March 13. working pretty hard, so it’s already married. promises a production that doesn’t going to be nice to actually hear a As is the tradition with Shakespearean stray too far from its original path. response from the audience.” comedy, his attempts are met with “We’re doing the play straight, as writA preview of the play will be held hilarity and humiliation. While most of the play’s in ten,” Buckley said. “It’s going to be a on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Admission for this performance is free with a UT Shakespeare’s repertoire take place in traditional, Elizabethan-style play.” Because it was originally written student ID. The production will begin distant lands or an age of antiquity, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” pro- around 1600, it is possible for the pro- its actual run the following night.
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Outdoor Program to host fundraiser All Access Fund proceeds to aid climbing facilities across nation compete, and all proceeds go to the All Access Fund. Brittney Dougherty Kevin Soleil, graduate stuStaff Writer dent in sport studies, The eighth-annual All explained that the All Access Weekend hosted by Access Fund gives money to the UT Outdoor Program various organizations across will begin this Friday. The the nation to improve their group will show a selection climbing facilities and of short films from the equipment. “The Access Fund is a Telluride Mountain Film climber’s advocacy fund, Festival. Susan Bean, outdoor which helps support the purrecreation graduate assis- chase and maintenance of tant, said they have always climbing areas in the United included films from the States,” Soleil said. The UT Outdoor Sports Telluride Mountain Film Program also holds many Festival as part of the All Access Weekend. The different events throughout themes in the movies corre- the year. The program runs spond to the themes the the climbing wall in HPER, Outdoor Program tries to loans out equipment to students, owns a bike shop promote, Bean said. “It does highlight a lot of where students can fix their things that we’re into and bikes free, and even takes that we do and that we sup- people on trips. “We would provide you port,” Bean said. “There’s mountain sport adventure with gear and the teaching stuff, but there’s also envi- skills and transportation and ronmental stuff and cultural food and stuff like that, so you can go a bunch of differthings.” In the past, the films have ent places and get outside,” covered a wide range of sub- Bean said. The trips are quite popujects, she said. “There were some cool lar because they are low cost sporty adventure ones,” for students, and Bean said Bean said, citing a short she sees many new faces. “Some people are all about about a man who would jump off cliffs wearing a it and want to come back,” squirrel suit. “There was Bean said. “But a lot of new also a great story about this folks come through here guy who wrote children’s every semester and are books and he wanted to edu- excited to see what we have cate kids about agriculture and learn a new skill and go and growing their own play outside.” Both Bean and Soleil say food.” In addition to the movie they hope to see a big night, there will also be a turnout for the film festival. mountain biking and rock Students should “expect climbing day on Saturday awesomeness,” they said. “You’re going to see someand a bouldering competithing that doesn’t happen tion on Sunday. On Saturday, the public every day, that is truly can choose between build- exceptional,” Solieil said. ing and riding a mountain “It’s something that will bike path, and improving inspire you to do something and climbing a local rock really great.” The Telluride Mountain climbing area. The Sunday bouldering Film Festival, a free event competition is at the climb- for students, is from 7-10 ing wall in the HPER build- p.m. in the UC Auditorium ing. There is a $15 fee to on Friday.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Late free throws cap comeback win for Vols Pearl celebrates 200th game as UT head coach with victory, season sweep of Vanderbilt Colin Skinner Assistant Sports Editor Scotty Hopson scored 19 points and Melvin Goins added 15 as the Volunteers rallied from an 11-point deficit to complete the season sweep of in-state rival Vanderbilt in Nashville Tuesday night, winning 60-51. The win celebrated Bruce Pearl’s 200th game at the healm of Tennessee basketball, and the man donning the orange blazer was all smiles after the game as fans stuck around to cheer on the team three hours away from Knoxville. Tennessee (17-11, 7-6 SEC) won its second in three games, whereas the Commodores of Vanderbilt (20-7, 8-5) saw their five-game winning streak snapped. The talk of the town, or nation rather, after the game concerning the Vols was not about the come-from-behind victory performed to perfection, hitting 11-of-12 free thows over the final 2:52, but rumors of an official notice of allegations from the NCAA handed down to UT, which was delivered Tuesday. Nonetheless, Pearl was pleased with the fans’ commaraderie and allegiance to the school inside Memorial Gym Tuesday night. “All of a sudden, I look up and all of our fans still stuck around,” Pearl said. “That’s what makes it such a rivalry ... We finally gave our fans something. We put our fans through a lot this year on and off the court, and so it was good to reward them a little bit for staying with us.” The same Tennessee team that could not hit a late free throw or rally against Georgia in last weekend’s 69-63 loss did just that against a dangerous Vanderbilt foe, and on the road. The Vols trailed at the half 31-27 and endured an 11-4 Commodore run to start the second half, thanks in part to a tomahawk dunk by Commodore Jeff Taylor with 15:45 to go. Vanderbilt star and SEC scoring leader John Jenkins finished the night with only 11 points, and the Vols held Vandy to the fewest points ever scored against Tennessee in Memorial Gym. “We thought we had them this time,” Jenkins said after the game. “We were at home, so we thought we had a good advantage, but it didn’t work out for us.” A Pearl timeout at the 12:55 mark worked wonders for the Vols, who were facing a surging wave of home-team momentum inside Memorial Gym. With the Commodores up 42-31, it looked as though UT was ready to be blown out of Nashville. A steal and a layup by Goins, who reached double digits in scoring for only the fourth time in SEC play this season, as well as a jumper from Tennessee center Brian Willams, got the Big Orange back on track. Tobias Harris, who finished with 10 points, hit a free throw, and Hopson followed with a game-tying layup that put the teams at 49 apiece with 5:27 left. Taylor scored two points for Vanderbilt with 5:01 left to play, but this was the last time the Commordoes would see a lead of their own. Tennessee would go on to hit 14of-21 free throws on the night to help cap a roaring Tennessee run versus Vanderbilt, who shot 14-of-19 from the charity stripe.
Tennessee forced 16 turnovers in the game, an improvement from the Commodores’ last effort in Knoxville earlier this season, when they turned the ball over a season-high 21 times in SEC play. The Vols tallied15 steals on the game, largerly in part to the scrappy, do-it-all play of senior Steven Pearl on the court, who matched his career-high of six points in the win. The Volunteers look to keep momentum in their favor as they close the month of February at home against Mississippi State this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
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Melvin Goins looks to pass while being guarded by Vanderbilt’s Brad Tinsley on Tuesday. Goins contributed 15 points as the Volunteers went on to win, 60-51, in a close contest on the road against the Commodores.
Vanderbilt reviewing bloody mascot incident NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt officials are investigating how their mascot left a young man with a bloodied nose while crowd surfing through the student section. Mr. Commodore moved through the students before coming down, first putting his hand on the young man’s shoulder before knocking him in the face. Video on ESPN.com shows the incident during No. 18 Vanderbilt’s 60-51 loss to instate rival Tennessee. The young man stemmed the blood with newspaper, and assistant vice chancellor Brock Williams said Wednesday the student is fine. School officials are trying to determine what happened. Williams says they will wait to decide whether to address stunts like crowd surfing. Vanderbilt’s next home game is March 5 against Florida. Geniuses rejoice! Caltech hoops end 310-game skid PASADENA, Calif.— Caltech ended its 310-game conference losing streak in men’s basketball Tuesday night, beating Occidental College 46-45 in its season finale. Ryan Elmquist hit the go-ahead free throw with 3 seconds left for the Division III Beavers, who had lost every Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game they had played since Jan. 23, 1985. “I hope that everyone who has participated in Caltech men’s basketball is able to celebrate a little bit tonight,” Caltech coach Oliver Eslinger said. “We still have goals and aspirations that we want to accomplish as a program, and this win is another step towards meeting these objectives.” Caltech is a famed private research university with a heavy emphasis on science and engineering. The school has just 950 undergraduates and doesn’t give out athletic scholarships, but 31 alumni and faculty have won the Nobel Prize. Caltech finished the season 5-20, its best record in 15 years. The Beavers went 0-25 last season and hadn't won more than one game in any of their previous eight seasons — but back in 2007, Caltech ended an NCAA-record 207-game losing streak with a victory over Bard College of New York. The Beavers have a great sense of humor about their athletic struggles, but they still celebrated at the Braun Athletic Center after Occidental missed its desperation shot at the buzzer. When Caltech won its last conference game more than 26 years ago, four-time NBA champion coach Gregg Popovich was running the bench at SCIAC rival Pomona-Pitzer. Not everything is looking up athletically at Caltech: The women’s basketball team finished its season 0-25, losing to Occidental 82-35 on Tuesday night.
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ORNL develops new technique to identify common “fingerprints”
A theoretical technique developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is bringing supercomputer simulations and experimental results closer together by identifying common “fingerprints.” ORNL’s Jeremy Smith, who directs ORNL’s Center for Molecular Biophysics and holds a Governor’s Chair at UT, collaborated on devising a method — dynamical fingerprints — that reconciles the different signals between experiments and computer simulations to strengthen analyses of molecules in motion. The research will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new method solves the problem by calculating peaks within the simulated and experimental data, creating distinct “dynamical fingerprints.” The technique, conceived by Smith’s former graduate student Frank Noe, now at the Free University of Berlin, can then link the two datasets. Supercomputer simulations and modeling capabilities can add a layer of complexity missing from many types of molecular experiments. Combining the power of simulations and experiments will help researchers tackle scientific challenges in areas like biofuels, drug development, materials design and fundamental biological processes, which require a thorough understanding of how molecules move and interact. View a supercomputer simulation of a protein in motion here: http://www.ornl.gov/ornlhome/hg_mer.htm. The collaborative work included researchers from L’Aquila, Italy, Wuerzburg and Bielefeld, Germany, and the University of California at Berkeley. The research was funded in part by a Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing grant from the DOE Office of Science.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
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UT football assists Boys and Girls Club Staff Reports Tennessee football players made time Monday to revisit their youth and assist the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley with a punt, pass and kick competition inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. UT’s Partners in Sports student organization helped organize the event, held on campus for the seventh year in a row. Between 80-90 Knoxville area children took advantage of the Presidents Day school holiday to participate and play football with Tennessee student-athletes. “I came to all these events when I was growing up,” said Anthony Anderson, a Knoxville native who just completed his junior season with the football team. “Anytime I could see a UT player without paying, I was there. I enjoyed every minute of it, and they always made me feel like they were my big brothers.” The football student-athletes’ contributions were another part of head coach Derek Dooley’s successful Vol for Life program that helps further the players’ personal growth through character education, life skills, career development and spiritual growth. “It’s really possible because the program allows us to discuss issues that are impor-
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Members of the men’s basketball team tunnel up for the introduction of the starters for UT’s game against South Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
tant and we can examine our life's path after football,” said Nick Guess, who also will be a senior in 2011. “It’s also a great thing that Coach Dooley encourages us to take the time out of our schedules and make a positive difference in a young person’s life.” Sport management graduate assistant Josh Pate estimated that 30 UT students helped put this year’s event together in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club staff. “This is our service project,” Pate said. “The kids seem to enjoy coming to campus and mingling with the student-athletes and just being here on the indoor football field. There have been different challenges and different things we have done each year, but the kids love it and we love it. Usually, our sport management students who have helped out with this event in previous years keep coming back to help us the next year.” Anderson has been on both sides of events like these from his days as a UT fan growing up in Knoxville. Monday, he was the one signing autographs for perhaps a future Vol or Lady Vol. “It was an honor, and making them smile made me smile,” Anderson said. “I know a lot of these kids from the summer programs I used to work with when I was in high school. I couldn’t believe they remembered me because they were so much younger then, but I feel they are a part of my family.”
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Connolly shines in, out of water Osborne’s scrappy play defies size “The SEC record in the relay was four fantastic swims,” Kredich said. “I don’t know how many people have won three SEC Championships, two individual and a relay in Lauren Kittrell one night, but not many. Jenny Connolly really Staff Writer put herself into elite company with those perJunior Lady Vol swimmer and 10-time All- formances.” Connolly’s performance and that of her American Jenny Connolly continues to be an asset to her teammates and coaches as she teammates came as no surprise to Kredich. He said that the team performed well specifically swims her way through college. After three due to its focus on the goal ahead. “We were really competitive, really aggresyears at UT, sive, and that is the way we race,” Kredich said. Connolly has a hard time “The way we got into the finals was a result of choosing one attitude and execution.” Connolly came to the university because of thing that the team, the coaches and for religious reasons, stands out but also because UT offered the major she was above the rest, but the interested in pursuing. Her sincere desire is to SEC swim- help individuals with disabilities, and Connolly ming champi- hopes to major in therapeutic recreation. “I love working with individuals with disonships this abilities, and I think that’s the path I’m going to weekend was take,” Connolly said. “It’s just really rewarding. a • Jenny Connolly definitely h i g h l i g h t . It’s a really fun major and I enjoy coming to Connolly’s personal success, as well as the suc- class. I enjoy learning about it.” Connolly said that she had learned a lot cess of her teammates, through the prohelped to make the meet a gram and from personal favorite. her teammates “This past week was and coach. SECs, and I think the Nutrition, physiFriday night session (was) cal, mental and probably the best session for emotional wellmy team and for myself,” being are some of Connolly said. “I was able to the things that win the 100 backstroke and she mentions as the 100 butterfly, and probahaving a great bly the best part of the night impact on her for me was winning the 400 over the last three medley relay because I was years. able to share that with team“My experimates. ence has been “We broke the SEC amazing,” record, we broke our school –Jenny Connolly Connolly said. record and we just dominaton her philanthropic future “I’ve learned a lot ed our competitors. It was a through the huge bonding experience for our team.” The swimmer’s performance at the SECs swimming program. It sounds really cheesy, impressed many, including her coaches, and but I’ve learned a lot about myself. In the swimher three gold medals only served to confirm ming aspect, I’ve learned a lot of what I need to this. Lady Vols’ head swimming coach Matt do to be the best that I can be in swimming. Kredich said that these results were the prod- I’ve learned a lot in school, and it’s just been a huge learning experience.” uct of attitude and execution.
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Preston Peeden Staff Writer Comparing a college athlete to a professional one is not an easy task; regardless of what criteria is used, the professional will more than likely come out on top. But, UT junior shortstop Zach Osborne has something about which not even the game’s greatest players today can boast: Zach Osborne is a World Series MVP, or at least of the miniature version. In 2002, Osborne was a member of his native Louisville, Ky.’s Little League baseball team. That team not only qualified for the Little League World Series, but also won the whole series by downing the Sendai Hagashi Little League team of Sendai, Japan, 1-0. For his efforts at bat, in the field and also as a pitcher, Osborne was chosen as MVP for the entire tournament. “That was an unbelievable experience,” Osborne said. “Millions of people are watching you on TV, and thousands are in the stands. It was like playing in the big leagues as a 12-year-old. I actually have a trophy from it that’s taller than I am.” From that point on, Osborne’s life began to revolve around baseball. When he’s not playing baseball in real life, he likes to do so virtually. “MLB the Show is my new favorite game.” Osborne said. “In the ‘Road to the Show’ mode, you just got to create a guy. And I kind of put myself in there; you know, a shorter shortstop.” It was an experience he had with baseball as a teenager that brought him to UT.
“My parents, brother and I came down here when I was 13,” Osborne said. “We watched a practice and I just turned to them and said, ‘I can play here.’ And ever since then, that was my goal.” Osborne’s story of his journey to UT is another example of his own internal drive that allows him to reach his goals. “I’m a smaller, scrappier player,” Osborne said. “Sometimes I feel like I got to go out there and make things happen.” That driven mentality is something that senior teammate Josh Liles also sees in Osborne. “He works so hard,” Liles said. “And he’s an unbelievable fielder. A lot of people walk up and think he’s kind of short, but once they see him out in the field they know why (he’s there).” Osborne, who stands 5foot-7, is not viewed by his teammates as being hindered by his short stature. “I don’t really think size affects him that much at • Zach Osborne all,” Liles said. “He’s got some of the best hands I’ve ever seen and he’s got a good bit of power.” As the season progresses, Osborne hopes to continue to do his best to get the Vols back to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series. But to do so, he knows that it will take a lot of hard work. “I have to improve my approach up at the plate,” Osborne said. “When I hit the ball, I tend to pull off balls when I shouldn’t, so I need to work on that.” For the Vols, however, they might need Osborne to play like he did in 2002. And if he does not reach his goals in baseball, his MVP is a rare accomplishment that can never be taken away from him. “That’s definitely something I’m going to tell the grandkids about,” Osborne said.