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Chavez rejects report citing rights violations CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that Venezuela should boycott the Organization of American States' human rights body, saying the panel wrongly accused his government of political repression. Chavez took issue with a report issued this week by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which cited widespread human rights violations in Venezuela. The socialist leader called the 300-page report "pure garbage" and described the commission's president, Santiago Canton, as "excrement." His threat drew criticism from a local rights activist. "This is very bad signal," said Liliana Ortega of the Cofavic rights group. "Hopefully, he'll reconsider this decision." The report released Wednesday at OAS headquarters in Washington complains of a lack of independence for Venezuela's judiciary, the closing of news media outlets that are critical of the government, and political discrimination and repression under Chavez. Woman accused of sending daughter to steal purse INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman faces a theft charge for allegedly coaxing her 5-year-old daughter into stealing a woman's purse at a restaurant. According to a probable cause affidavit, a 24year-old woman admitted asking her daughter to steal the purse Feb. 14 at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. The woman allegedly told officers she pointed out the purse she wanted her daughter to take and urged her to "Do it for Mommy" when the victim wasn't looking. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the woman, who faces charges of theft and contributing to delinquency of a minor.

As the class of 2010 prepares to leave their undergraduate years at Tennessee behind, they are left with one task: leave a senior gift. The Senior Gift Challenge has been part of UT since 1991. During the first 12 years of the challenge, the senior class left behind physical gifts. However, since the class of 2002, the gifts have shifted toward a monetary contribution in order to support libraries, scholarships or other areas of academics. The senior class of 2010’s gift is to have graduates find a job and donate money back to the college from which he or she graduated. The program is called “Learn, Earn, Return.” “We want the graduates to take what they have learned from the university, go out into the world and start earning money and then return some of their earnings they make to the university,” Kelsey Wilson, who is on the committee for the College of Business

Administration, said. Each graduate will be asked to donate to the college from which he or she graduated. “Each person is asked to donate a certain amount of money for a span of four years after they graduate,” Wilson said. “In the first year, they are asked to donate $20.10, and that amount will incrementally increase over the next three years.”

Vietnam War veteran discusses controversial role of Jane Fonda Matt Miller Staff Writer

Ellen Larson Staff Writer Vietnam War veteran Jerry Lembcke spoke to students and faculty in McClung Tower on Wednesday about his new book, “Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal.” Lembcke has written numerous books on the “myth of the Vietnam War”and explores the recurring stories of female betrayal in wartime. “Jerry Lembcke thinks that there’s a particular sensitivity to how women respond in situations of national crisis,” Martin Griffin, assistant professor of English, said. “There are greater demands for loyalty placed on women as the male ego feels more fragile, especially if things have gone wrong.”

Lembcke was a chaplain’s assistant during the Vietnam War and later a professor of sociology at Holy Cross College. “It is often said that myths are made of something, some elements of truth,” Lembcke said. “I think a good myth has to have some plausibility to it.” In Lembcke’s newest book, he examines why certain figures become lighting rods for political arguments over the past. He writes about how Jane Fonda did go to North Vietnam, but the stories about her and the myth of Hanoi Jane expand beyond any reasonable evidence, Griffin said. Fonda visited Hanoi in July 1972, where she met POWs and was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery of the Vietnamese. See FONDA on Page 3

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SGA sponsors support week to aid earthquake victims in Haiti Donesha Aldridge Staff Writer

Mexico deputy police chief slain at son's school CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Mexican authorities said Thursday that gunmen killed a deputy police chief outside an elementary school as his wife, son and other students and parents looked on. Eduardo Ezparza, the spokesman for prosecutors in northern Chihuahua state, said the shooting occurred Wednesday in the state capital, also named Chihuahua. City police coordinator Antonio Olague, 39, was dropping his 8-year-old son off at school when assailants in a car opened fire. Olague was hit by eight bullets.

The program was designed to encourage new alumni to start giving back to the university, as opposed to waiting and giving back later in life. In an effort to encourage support for the campaign, the committee from the business college will hold an event March 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Stokely Executive Suite on the fourth floor of the Haslam Business Building. The event will feature a raffle for T-shirts, a football signed by coach Derek Dooley, a basketball signed by coach Bruce Pearl, as well as free pizza and drinks. The keynote speaker at the event will be David Leaverton, who was the starting punter for the 1998 national championship football team. Leaverton will talk about the importance of giving and how the alumni should be proud to give back to the university. “The main goal of the campaign is to have students to give back to the university as much as they have received,” Linsi Phelps, a member of the committee for the College of Business Administration, said.

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Chili’s restaurant and bar, formerly located on Cumberland Avenue, closed its doors early this week. All signs were removed from the building and a note informed customers to visit other Knoxville locations.

Robby O’Daniel Chief Copy Editor The Strip experienced a shake-up this past week, as two restaurant options for students were eliminated. Chili’s Bar and Grill, smack dab in the middle of the Strip, closed its doors on Wednesday. McDougal’s, located at the corner of 17th Street and White Avenue, stopped frying chicken fingers just days

prior. Danielle Smith, public relations spokeswoman for Brinker International, the parent company of Chili’s, said former employees of the Strip’s Chili’s could find new employment at two Chili’s locations within six miles of the former restaurant: Chili’s at 7304 Kingston Pike and Chili’s at 6635 Clinton Highway. See RESTAURANTS on Page 5

The Student Government Association sponsored “Support for Haiti Week” from Monday through Wednesday to collect donations to send to the American Red Cross for Haitian earthquake victims. The week of support began on Monday with the documentary “Égalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution.” The film covers Haiti’s history up to the point when it became the first black national republic after the Haitian Revolution. “It was important to educate ourselves and other students on Haiti’s incredible inception,” Sarah Patterson, senior in English literature, said. Patterson and Kevin Seymore, senior in English, worked close together to plan the events. Patterson said Seymore approached her with the idea and was very passion-

ate about it. She said she agreed to help in any capacity she could. A benefit concert on Tuesday had musical tributes by Love United Gospel Choir and Ice Cold Experience, as well as student performers. Jessica Session, sophomore, and Quineka Moten, senior, did spoken word tributes. A dance tribute was done by Strange Fruit Dance Company. The opening song by Love United Gospel Choir was titled “All in His Hands.” Choir members Raven Lewis, undecided freshman, and Tyrone Dobson, sophomore in public relations, hoped this song conveyed a special message. “Everything is all in his hands,” Lewis said. “With all the problems in Haiti, all they can do is just put it in God’s hands.” Lewis said that this concert was important because everyone should help each other in times of need. See HAITI on Page 3

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• 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. — This week’s UT Science Forum features John Mack, cardiothoracic surgeon and medical director of the Heart Lung Vascular Institute at the UT Medical Center, speaking on “Advances in Cardiovascular Care at a Dedicated Heart Hospital” in dining rooms C-D of the Thompson-Boling Arena. The forum is free and open to the public.

Monday, March 1 — • 12 p.m. — Philip G. Schrag and David Ngaruri Kenney discuss their book “Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America,” an account of Kenny’s odyssey through the world of immigration processing in the U.S. The lecture is presented by the UT College of Law International Law Society and takes place in Room 135 of the Law School.

Temperatures dropped early Thursday morning and snow fell as students walked to class. The weather will improve throughout the day, warming up into the 40’s.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY • 1919 — Two national parks were established in the United States 10 years apart — the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929. Located in northwestern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is the product of millions of years of excavation by the mighty Colorado River. The chasm is exceptionally deep, dropping more than a mile into the earth, and is 15 miles across at its widest point. The canyon is home to more than 1,500 plant species and over 500 animal species, many of them endangered or unique to the area, and its steep, multi-colored walls tell the story of 2 billion years of Earth’s history. In 1540, members of an expedition sent by the Spanish explorer Coronado became the first Europeans to discover the canyon, though because of its remoteness, the area was not further explored until 300 years later. American geologist John Wesley Powell, who popularized the term “Grand Canyon” in the 1870s, became the first person to journey the entire length of the gorge in 1869. The harrowing voyage was made in four rowboats. In January 1908, U.S. President

Theodore Roosevelt designated more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon a national monument; it was designated a national park under President Woodrow Wilson on Feb. 26, 1919. Ten years later to the day, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law a bill passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress establishing the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. • 1990 — A year after agreeing to free elections, Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government loses at the polls. The elections brought an end to more than a decade of U.S. efforts to unseat the Sandinista government. The Sandinistas came to power when they overthrew long-time dictator Anastacio Somoza in 1979. From the outset, U.S. officials opposed the new regime, claiming that it was Marxist in its orientation. In the face of this opposition, the Sandinistas turned to the communist bloc for economic and military assistance. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan gave his approval for covert U.S. support of the so-

called Contras-anti-Sandinista rebels based mostly in Honduras and Costa Rica. This support continued for most of the Reagan administration, until disapproval from the American public and reports of Contra abuses pushed Congress to cut off funding. • 1993 — At 12:18 p.m., a terrorist bomb explodes in a parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, leaving a crater 60 feet wide and causing the collapse of several steelreinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast. Although the terrorist bomb failed to critically damage the main structure of the skyscrapers, six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The World Trade Center itself suffered more than $500 million in damage. After the attack, authorities evacuated 50,000 people from the buildings, hundreds of whom were suffering from smoke inhalation. The evacuation lasted the whole afternoon. — Courtesy of History.com

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Tourism helps maintain Tenn. farms The Associated Press In a tough year for Tennessee’s state budget, the departments of tourism and agriculture have found a mutual silver lining: a boomlet in agricultural tourism. Milking cows (sort of), wandering through corn and cotton mazes, watching chicks hatch, having a country wedding and picking melons are among the activities drawing city folks and their pocketbooks to farms around Tennessee. Officials from the state Department of Agriculture said more than 600 such operations can be found across Tennessee today. And some of the farmers have crossed into the cyberspace world, setting up Web sites and Facebook pages. With an estimated loss of 11.5 acres of Tennessee farmland per hour to development, conservationists wanting to preserve the state’s green landscapes are also among those supporting the movement. “It’s very much a growing industry in Tennessee,” Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens said. Figures from a 2006 University of Tennessee study showed annual spending of about $32 million, including $17 million in direct spending. The report

FONDA continued from Page 1 “Jane Fonda emerges in that period as an exhibit of how we know we really lost the war because of what happened here at home,” Lembcke said. Fonda was an anti-war activist and is criticized by many veterans as being part of the failure of the war. But Lembcke’s research provides evidence that her impact is questionable. “By 1990, 30 or so POW memoirs had been written, and I read most of them,” Lembcke said. “I did not find one Hanoi Jane reference.” His suspension searches for the answer of just where this “myth” arose. He considers the idea that veterans may have felt betrayed, first knowing her as

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came out after efforts began cranking up three years earlier to actively promote what became labeled as agritourism. Some farmers open their farms for family reunions, for scarecrow festivals, pumpkin picking or hayrides so that they can help make ends meet. Others, like Billy Donnell, whose Jackson-area farm has been in the family since 1835, view agritourism as a way to educate the public about farming, while still raising cattle and crops. The tours and activities, which he said pay for themselves — plus a little extra — include playing in a giant “sandbox” filled with dry, shelled corn instead of sand, and feeding chickens. “Milking” water out of a cow made of wood with rubber teats is a favorite activity there, as seen on the Donnell Century Farm’s YouTube video. Amy Ladd and her husband, Jason, launched the 60-acre Lucky Ladd Farms in Rutherford County’s Eagleville with a passel of farm animals to visit in hopes of providing their primary income. “We’re loaded with pregnant animals right now,” Amy Ladd said. “We’re on baby watch as we speak. Several goats are due to kid, starting this week.” Youngsters like the 100-foot slide, but the real attraction is petable farm creatures. The Ladds have about 100 animals, including pigs, alpacas, llamas,

a sex symbol, then realizing she was a “peace activist.” However, this scenario also seems unlikely. “I don’t think Jane Fonda was hugely well-known then at that time,” he said. “Most veterans probably didn’t know who she was.” Some argue that Fonda was a popular sex symbol among soldiers, with her pictures on walls of some tents. Lembcke believes this to be untrue. “As a chaplain’s assistant, I saw the inside of many tents,” he said. “Take my word for it, there were no Jane Fonda pinups.” Collected evidence and research leads him to believe that the myth of Hanoi Jane developed after the war. This assumption took him to Waterbury, Conn., a heavy populated Vietnam veteran city, where veterans protested a movie starring Fonda from

cattle, miniature donkeys and Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep, which just came off the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy’s endangered species list. Like most farms of its kind, the Ladd farm is closed now, but it will have a spring festival with baby chicks hatching and Easter egg hunts. In the five weeks they were open last year, about 10,000 visitors came. That was with downpours that kept some away, Amy Ladd said. “We can make a living like this,” she said. The Ladds’ Facebook page has a total of 452 fans, while Pick Tennessee Products’ page, which provides info on agritourism possibilities statewide, has 4,473. Mazes made by farmers’ planting crops and then mowing designs into them have increased to the point that 55 are listed on the PickTnProducts.org Web site. Corn mazes, which are most common, in the past have included faces of now President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, country superstar Johnny Cash and even county road maps. The Ladds’ maze is made by cutting through sorghum, and at least one maze in West Tennessee has been cut into cotton plants.

being shot in the town. “I thought that Waterbury, if not the birth place, was definitely the cradle of bringing Hanoi Jane into national prominence,” he said. Again, Lembcke was surprised with what he discovered. “I spent a few days in the city interviewing the guys in charge of the protest,” he said. “It was all about communism, not so much about her being a traitor.” The book further investigates particular national organizations that seem to have influenced the veterans of Waterbury. Lembcke’s theories aim to ask questions. Even with extensive research, he realizes that the true origin may never be uncovered. “Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal” will be released on June 30.

HAITI continued from Page 1 Dobson said that it is important for students to be involved with efforts to help the earthquake victims. “This concert promotes cultural awareness,” Dobson said. “Just because things here are well doesn’t mean things somewhere else are too.” Amadou Sall, professor of Africana studies, gave reflections on Haiti. He said that we should help them not because they are poor but because they are humans. “Disaster does not know whether you are rich or poor, black or white,” Sall said. Mark Foster, UT alumnus from Rockport, Tenn., opened the program with a slideshow of pictures from his time spent in Haiti. He was there on a church mission trip when the earthquake happened. Culture Night was held in the UC on Wednesday night. Students supported Haitian culture by reading monologues of Haitian activists. Stanley McGrady, senior

in electrical engineering, attended culture night. “The night consisted of presentations by those with personal experiences with Haiti, a video presentation of some of the devastation, some poetry and Haitian culture,” McGrady said. McGrady said his favorite part was when a blog from a Hatian American student that withdrew from Brown University to help her father with an orphanage was read. LaVinia Jennings, professor of English, spoke as well. For the three nights total, many student organizations, such as TeamVols, Minority Student Affairs, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Lambda Theta Alpha and Mahogany Soul Café, co-sponsored with SGA. “I loved how many student organizations wanted to be a part of this,” Patterson said. She was elated that students were involved. “For me, it’s a domino effect,” she said. “Because Haiti touched them, it has incredibly touched me. Compassion is an amazing thing.”

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Columnist subjects readers to rigid morality, outdated views I’m writing in response to Amber Harding’s Feb. 19 Daily Beacon column about Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit magazine. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would be rolling in their graves if they could have read what Harding wrote about them. I think she completely missed the mark when she said Stanton and Anthony would object to women posing in magazines. No one forced any of the women in the swimsuit edition to pose for the magazine. Women choosing to pose for that magazine, or any magazine for that matter, is the exact thing that Anthony and Stanton fought for so many years ago. They fought for women to have the right to do what they please. They fought so women like Teter and Vonn could actually compete in the Olympics. They didn’t fight for women like Harding who think women should be subjected to her personal code of moral conduct. Harding needs to get off her high horse. I sincerely doubt that Harding hasn’t used her womanly assets in order to woo a particular guy (or girl, I don’t know her) who she thinks is cute. She claims to have a boyfriend, and I doubt that he dates her solely for her intellectual prowess. Of course, if he is just attracted to her for her intelligence, he’s either the world’s best liar or high as a kite 24/7. Reading Harding’s column made me feel like a “Jew reading a Nazi manual,” and it utterly amazes me that, in this day and age, there are still women out there who want to subject their peers to ’50s-era morality. By the way, I just want Amber to know, that as a guy she doesn’t know, I think she’s smoking hot.

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State wastes time; student body apathetic I thou ght y ou h a d c la s s ! by

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New policy strips student-athletes of Second Amendment rights The University of Tennessee’s newly announced policy banning all gun ownership by student-athletes is an extreme overreaction to the criminal acts of a few. UT’s athletic director, Mike Hamilton, said that under the new policy, the university will automatically dismiss any student-athlete found in possession of a gun — even those with permits and even those living off-campus. This over-reaching policy prevents law-abiding UT student-athletes from hunting and engaging in recreational and competitive shooting. More importantly, it also prohibits them from owning a firearm for self-defense, a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Let’s be very clear — anyone, student-athlete or otherwise, who commits a serious crime ought to be punished. But the law-abiding should not, period. Sports teach everyone that actions have consequences. Sloppy work in practice leads teams to defeat. Criminal acts lead to punishment. A quality team — on and off the court or field — is what Vol fans want. That is not achieved by depriving students — athletes or not — of their civil rights. Chris W. Cox Tennessean and NRA chief lobbyist

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A week ago today I witnessed one of the largest protests I have seen in my time at UT. Students and faculty alike banded together to voice their concerns over the imminent budget cuts the university will face next year, as a result of the stimulus money running out. This rally was similar in nature to the “Save Higher Education” protest that occurred last year, yet the message was slightly different. Instead of asking the state for more money, this time the protesters simply wanted a more fair way to implement budget cuts. Despite the great message, I ultimately left the rally feeling very disappointed in the state of Tennessee and in students here at UT. I felt betrayed by Tennessee because instead of trying to find ways to raise revenue in order to prevent cuts to education, our state legislature decided it was more important to pass frivolous laws such as those that allow people to carry guns in bars. Don’t get me wrong: This ingenious piece of legislation is very critical. I cannot tell you how many times I have walked into Cool Beans or Tin Roof wishing I was packing heat. Now thanks to our state congressmen (who clearly have their priorities in order), I can. The unfortunate side effect of this, however, is that the time spent on gaining support for, writing and passing bills like this one was a waste of time and in no way bettered the great state of Tennessee. The Great Compromiser himself, Henry Clay, could not have done a better job at dodging an important issue. As angry as I was with our state government, I was more upset and

disappointed with the students here at UT. The rally last Friday had hundreds of students and dozens of faculty members; however, it was still frustratingly small considering the student population at UT. There are over 20,000 students (undergraduate and graduate) here at UT, and all we could muster was a few hundred, maybe a thousand if one is generous. I am not criticizing those who put together and attended the protest. They did a great job; however, they were fighting an uphill battle: Students do not care and are too lazy to act. If only something important was taking place, like a football coach leaving to go take a better job. Maybe then there would be enough anger to rally the masses and have a good old Robespierreian chop fest. (Let the heads roll!) Come on, guys, there are over 20,000 of us. If even a majority of us turned out one day for a huge protest, Nashville would listen. It took only Boston, a town of a mere 15,000 at the time, to start a revolution that brought the world’s greatest power to its knees. Surely half of the students here at UT can achieve humbler goals. Does anyone doubt that education is important to fund (to put it bluntly)? Instead of wasting our time and money passing ridiculous bills that make Tennessee into a national joke (see “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show” for examples), the state legislature should actually do its job for once: pass legislation that actually helps Tennesseans. Also, it is our job to hold their feet to the fire, get over our laziness and apathy and do something. Instead of wasting time making Facebook groups about how much Lane Kiffin sucks or how ugly Ugg Boots are, let’s focus our energies on saving UT. If the state’s flagship public university fails, Tennessee fails. — Gabe Johnson is a senior in history and political science. He can be reached at gjohns13@utk.edu.

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I usually don’t care much for the Olympics. But maybe I should have more appreciation for them. After all, witnessing the coming together of 83 countries should make me less ignorant to the world outside of my own. It should educate me about culture and diversity. So here, my friends, are the top five things I have learned from the 2010 Winter Olympics: 1. China is really good at putting on an opening ceremony. I think it was right after the duet between Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams that I realized our friends up north didn’t have the Olympic budget that China did in 2008. Then, out came the slam poet with the neck beard, Sarah McLachlan singing forever and then that k.d. lang person who insists her name be spelled in all lowercase letters. I could have looked past all that. And I could have ignored the goliath light-up polar bear and the equally disproportional cardboard maple leaves all over the stage. But then they messed up the torch. After Wayne Gretsky stood there sweating and shaking nervously for what seemed like hours, the malfunctioned “torch” emerged from the stage. But it looked more like the ruins of Stonehenge. On fire. 2. The athletes are tremendously fashion savvy. There’s an American snowboarder named Nate Holland. He seeks to uphold the integrity of the snowboarding world. “I think the problem we have now is the emo look,” he told the New York Times. “And people trying to use that as an excuse for wearing tight clothing.” Holland was referring to the trend toward tighter, lighter clothing worn by snowboarders seeking a competitive advantage. Poor Nate. I don’t think anyone took his complaint seriously. But I sure dig the flannel and jeans look, if anyone cares. Plus it’s super anti-emo. 3. NBC stands for “Nothing But Curling.”

I’d venture to say it’s on for at least 15 hours a day. Probably because it takes FOREVER. Personally I’m not a fan. These guys (and girls) sweep ice with a broom and get to call themselves Olympic athletes. Next thing you know, we’ll be handing out medals for hopscotch. 4. Even Canadians know Canada is terrible. The Canadian government launched an initiative called “Own the Podium.” This program declared that Canada would win the total medal count for the 2010 Winter Olympics. (I know! Funny stuff, right?) Anyway, Own the Podium was met with amusement not only from other nations but also from Canadian citizens. What’s even worse is that several Canadian athletes, including skeleton racer Melissa Hollingsworth and speedskater Denny Morrison, blamed Own the Podium for their poor performances in the games. Hollingsworth said the initiative was “haunting.” Notice no one cared that Russia promised it would win an outrageous 40 medals. This is because everyone just expects Canada to rot in mediocrity — even its own people. 5. Ice dancing is a sport. Seriously, I had no idea. But I think it might just become my favorite sport — especially the singles events. The best thing about ice dancing is that it’s so full of controversy! These people go out on the ice and hop and twirl to music, and then they all get in fights! Essentially the winners are chosen based on pure subjectivity by the judges. Take the couples ice dancing event, for example. Italy hates Canada because the judges gave them some kind of home ice advantage. Russia hates everyone because they are the best dancers in the history of ice and only got a bronze medal. And then the United States gets mad at Russia for being haters because Canada deserved it. And then Nate Holland gets his flannels all in a twist because he thinks their ice dancing leotards are too tight. I hope you all found the Olympics to be as incredibly educational as I did. And I can’t wait until 2012 to enhance my cultural knowledge even more. — Amber Harding is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at ahardin8@utk.edu


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RESTAURANTS continued from Page 1 Due to the size of the restaurant’s staff, she said finding a new position at one of the other local Chili’s locations would be dependent upon room for hire at the other locations. But if the former employees so desired, Brinker International would attempt to facilitate a switch. Smith could not say whether having two Chili’s locations close to the Strip location was a contributing factor to its closing. “We have more than 1,500 Chili’s across the nation and other countries and areas where the brand is popular,” Smith said. “The demand is there, and that is where there are locations. ... It is common to have multiple restaurants in such a close proximity.” She also said other Chili’s locations are close to universities as well. “I went to Texas A&M, and there was one right across the street from campus,” Smith said. “There are definitely instances where it’s that close.” She said the decision was part of an annual evaluation process the company does, which led to this year’s closing of the Strip location that opened in October 2003. “From time to time, we choose to decline lease renewals in restaurants that, for a variety of reasons, are not expected to generate sufficient future cash flows,” she said. Unlike Chili’s, which announced its closing a week in advance, McDougal’s closed so suddenly that one former employee did not know his job was gone until after the fact. Hassan Salloukh, former McDougal’s employee and senior in political science, said he heard the day after from managers. McDougal’s proprietor Tommy McDougal left a note on the door of the restaurant, which read the following: “To our loyal following and for those just now discovering us, we are so sorry to say we have closed this location. It’s a very sad day for the McDougal family and our fellow employees. We gave it all we had but just couldn’t keep going. Our two stores in Nashville are doing great and will continue to crank out our amazing chicken that we’ve all becometo love. Thanks for all your support, and come see us in Nashville.” Salloukh said he started the day the store opened, back in late October, and worked late

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STUDENTLIFE evenings from 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. until the store’s 9 p.m. close. He said all the students who worked there were part-time. He said the closing of the restaurant took him off guard because changes were recently made to the menu to include hamburgers. In the store’s final month, McDougal’s modified its menu to include the drink with a chicken basket meal, rather than charging extra for the drink. The store also eliminated its trademark sauce bar. In addition, a Valentine’s Day special — buy one chicken finger basket and get one free — led to the store running out of chicken two hours before closing. Matt Roebuck, junior in enterprise management and another former employee of McDougal’s, said the runout of chicken was due to McDougal’s using fresh, not frozen, chicken. “So when it’s out, it’s out,” Roebuck said. “You can’t just go in the freezer and get more. ... We season it for a period of 24 hours before we serve it.” Roebuck was also surprised by the timing of the closure and is currently looking for a way to replace that income. Salloukh did not put much stock in the competition with Guthrie’s and Zaxby’s on the Strip because he said McDougal’s established itself as something different. The store strived for higher-quality chicken fingers and figured students would pay higher prices and wait longer for them. Roebuck attributed much of what McDougal did at the restaurant to experimentation. “He did a lot of things where he was just trying new stuff, things like that,” he said. Unlike Guthrie’s and Zaxby’s, McDougal’s closed for an extended period of time during Christmas break, but Salloukh did not attribute that as a factor to the eatery’s closing. “It was mostly college students (eating at the restaurant), and the majority went back home anyway,” he said. “He (McDougal) said it himself that he didn’t want to be like everyone else. He was more catering to our needs.” Salloukh said McDougal achieved differentiation from the two other chicken places on the Strip. “Zaxby’s is more of a franchise, and Guthrie’s is, I look at it like a late-night stop,” he said. “McDougal’s was more of a fun atmosphere, compared to others. Just look at all the sports memorabilia he had on the wall.”

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McDougal’s, formerly located on 17th street, closed thier doors unexpectedly last week. Cutbacks began with taking away their unlimited sauce bar, however, they closed the restaurant permanantly a week later.

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Group brings salsa to Knoxville Anthony Elias Staff Writer Whether they’re singing about free-spirited dancers, blue bossas or just giving audiences an alluring beat to move their bodies to, the Salsemos have jumped onto the stage as Knoxville’s first salsa band. The Salsemos is a premier group of individuals with entirely different backgrounds but all brought together by their strong interest in salsa. General manager and piano player Matthew Laney orches-

trated a search for members just after the winter break, saying the search would’ve been sooner but with “everyone scattered during the holidays, it would’ve been difficult to put a band together.” The Lee University alumnus was an instrumental music director at West Park Baptist Church for two-and-ahalf years before joining the Air National Guard as a systems administrator. He became part of the choir group, majoring in music business. On his free time, Laney has studied different

dancing styles, such as ballroom dancing, salsa, cha cha cha and bachata. Salsemos made its debut at the Red Hot Valentine’s Party at the Flynn Dance Center back on Feb. 12, just a month and a half after the first rehearsal. Among the recruits were UT students Kyle Bothof (saxophone), James Cook (trumpet), Steve Corrigan (percussion) and Bowman Townsend (percussion). Townsend was asked what he thought about the idea of playing the Latin genre, and

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he replied that “the dancing’s real sexy.” UT alumnus Craig Sowby (percussion), Gabe Noonan (bass), Hernando Gevera (trombone) and Freddy Vargas (vocals) were the other band members recruited. Bothof said he liked the idea of playing salsa because it’s “a different style of music.”

“Watching people dance to our music was very motivational,” Cook said of his experience playing in the Salsemos’ debut. When asked about what their favorite song to play was, the band members all looked at each other but then came to an agreement that it was “Sandunguera,” a song about a girl with a strong will to dance out on the floor with no means of resistance to those who dance with her. Those in attendance enjoyed the performance put on by the new salsa band. Maria Mares was among those who attended the Salsemos debut. “The band played very well for a band in their debut,” Mares said. She said that hopefully the band can “grow more as they start to get out there.”

UT student Leigh Redmond also attended the salsa group’s debut and said the band was “fabulous” and that she was glad to hear, in particular, one of the group’s songs. Mares and Redmond won’t have to wait long for an encore. The Salsemos will return to the Flynn Dance Center on Saturday as part of the “Knox Salsa Fest” hosted by the premier dancing studio SalsaKnox. The band is only in its early stages, but Laney has been eager to help get the band’s name out there. The salsa band’s general manager said he is “working on a (great) show to get us going.” Any information regarding the Salsemos can be found by reaching Laney at matthew@salsemos.com.

Aiken to speak at gay-rights event The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — More than a year after disclosing he is gay, Clay Aiken is speaking before a gay-rights event in his hometown. Aiken will deliver a speech about gay rights this weekend at the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala in Raleigh, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday. Actress Meredith Baxter, who recently said she is a lesbian, will also deliver a speech. The 31-year-old Raleigh native, pop singer and 2003 “American Idol” runner-up said he wrote his own speech after remarks

provided for him proved too political, including a slam aimed at former President George W. Bush. “I don’t feel like this is the place to be horribly politically charged and bash people and talk about the wrongs that have been done,” he said. “My goal is to be hopeful, that it’s time for everyone to have equal rights.” Aiken said his goal is to urge Americans to support equal rights for all. He said that means allowing homosexuals to marry and enjoy rights that heterosexual couples take for granted, like inheritance and hospital visitation. Aiken said that goal may take decades.

Former ’80s actor found dead The Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver police say "Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig has been found dead. At a press conference in the downtown park where his body was found, police said foul play was not suspected, but would not

release a cause of death because the coroner is still investigating. The actor's father, Walter Koenig, said his son "took his own life." Walter Koenig played Pavel Chekov on the original "Star Trek" TV series. Friends found the body at around noon Thursday in a heavily wooded area

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about 100 feet (30 meters) from a popular foot path. Koenig, 41, was visiting friends in Vancouver when he went missing more than a week ago. The Venice, California, native had a recurring role on the 1980s sitcom as Boner, a pal of star Kirk Cameron's character, Mike.


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Vols travel to West Coast for series with Beavers Terrence Boone Staff Writer Coming off their threegame set to start off the season, the Tennessee Diamond Vols look to continue to build on a successful start when they go on the road to take on the Oregon State Beavers this weekend. The Diamond Vols’ bats were on full display as they scored 40 runs in their three contests against defending Atlantic 10 champions Xavier. The second game produced the most drama. Freshman Cody Stubbs hit a walk-off, two-RBI single to help Tennessee win a tight affair, 7-6. Head coach Todd Raleigh noted the importance of winning that game. “It was huge because we still have a lot of young kids, and with young kids, you just want them to stay in the game, stay in the game and know we have a chance to win,” he said. “By seeing that they stayed focused and stayed in it and we did win, now we don’t feel we’re out of any game. We’ll fight to the end.” The Beavers, ranked 10th in the nation, pose a formidable challenge to the Diamond Vols this weekend in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State started off the season with a 3-1 series win against the Hawaii Warriors. The Beavers were led offensively by junior Stefen Romero and senior Rob Folsom, who drove in six and four runs respectively. Tennessee’s junior pitcher Bryan Morgado, the Vols’ Friday starter, spoke of the challenges in trying to eliminate the Beaver offense. “Oregon State is very similar to Xavier hitting-wise,”

he said. “They’re not going to hit for power. They’re going to try to be scrappy. Bunt the ball and put the ball in play. So as long as I throw strikes, keep the ball down and make them hit the ball, I’ll let my defense do the work.” Though the Beavers may not have a dominant offense, their pitching staff rates as one of the best in the nation. Oregon State has a lot of depth in their rotation and features sophomore Sam Gaviglio, who has yet to surrender a run, along with juniors Tyler Waldron, Greg Peavey and Tanner Robles, who have been drafted into the major leagues. The Diamond Vols counter with SEC player of the week, left fielder P.J. Polk, and a middle of the order that boasts catcher Blake Forsythe, third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman Stubbs. Polk, whose .750 batting average and nine hits are tops on the Diamond Vols, noted the differences in going up against Beaver pitchers in this series. “It’s a little more important this weekend just because of their staff,” he said. “But it’s nothing we can’t handle. We’re confident. We feel like we can match up with them, so not much is going to change.” Despite the fact that the Diamond Vols-Beavers series has the looks of being competitive, one unknown is the status of junior Cody Hawn. Hawn hurt his shoulder on Opening Day, and the team is unsure of his availability for the series. Hawn has been getting treatment, and if he does travel, he will only have a designated hitter role.

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UT’s Matt Duffy slides into home during last weekend’s season-opening series against Xavier. The Diamond Vols open up a three-game road series against Oregon State tonight in Corvallis, Oregon.

Swim teams garner nine conference awards Staff Reports Vols The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday its All-SEC teams, All-Freshman Team and Scholar Athlete awards, with four Vols being honored. The 2010 SEC Community Service team, announced Feb. 15, also honors a Vol, junior Chris Winchell, to give the Big Orange five league honors in 2010. With his 200 breaststroke championship, Brad Craig was named First-Team All-SEC. The Midland, Mich., native won the event on the final day of the 2010 SEC championships. Both Giles Smith and Ryan Harrison were named to the SEC All-Freshman team for their efforts at the league’s championship meet. The All-Freshman team consists of the top-finishing freshman in each event, excluding relays. Smith’s honor comes behind his ninth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. The Baltimore, Md., native swam a career-best time of 47.06

seconds to win the consolation final at the SEC championships. Harrison placed fifth in the 200 freestyle with a 1:35.10 B-cut time. The Londonderry, Northern Ireland, native finished just two seconds shy of a medal at the SEC meet. Junior co-captain Geoff Sanders was named 2010 SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year along with Auburn’s Jordan Anderson. Sanders is a chemical engineering major with minors in business administration and chemistry. The Raleigh, N.C., native boasts a 3.75 GPA. Sanders swam to 10 top-five finishes during the Vols’ regular season, including two wins in the 500 freestyle. Before the season started, his teammates voted him to serve as a team captain — making him the first individual non-senior co-captain at Tennessee since 1969. Lady Vols Five Lady Vols captured All-SEC honors on Tuesday, as the Southeastern Conference

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announced its all-conference swimming and diving awards following last week’s SEC Championships from Feb. 17-20. Senior Michele King earned her third consecutive First Team All-SEC award as she repeated as the 50y free (22.06) league champion and anchored the 200y medley relay to victory in an NCAA A-cut performance (1:37.32) at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. Both marks lead the nation. Joining King on the relay and capturing their first First Team All-SEC accolades were senior Alex Barsanti, sophomore Jenny Connolly and freshman Kelsey Floyd. First Team All-Conference honors are given to each event winner at the SEC Championships. Barsanti also took second in the 100y breast and sixth in the 100y breast, while Connolly was runner-up for the second straight year in the 100y back along with seventh in the 100y fly and ninth in the 200y back.

King snagged a fourth-place finish in the 100y free in addition to her victories. Floyd and classmate Breanna Folk were named to the SEC All-Freshmen Team by way of their freshman-best finishes in the 100y fly and 100y breast, respectively. Floyd, a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree this season, placed ninth in the 100y fly, while also earning a fifth-place finish in the 200y back and the seventh-place clocking in the 200y fly. Folk was third in the 100y breast as well as ninth in the 200y IM. The Lady Vols grabbed their thirdstraight fourth-place conference finish at the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. UT’s 497-point total was its most in the standard top-16 scoring formula since 1997. The Lady Vol swimming and diving team will be in action again this Friday and Saturday at the Last Chance Meet in Knoxville.

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Lady Vols clinch regular season title Zac Ellis

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Friday, Feb. 26 — Baseball Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 8:30 p.m. Softball Syracuse Cathedral City, Calif. 11 p.m. Women’s Swimming Last Chance Meet Knoxville All Day Men’s Swimming Last Chance Meet Knoxville All Day

Saturday, Feb. 27 — Men’s Basketball Kentucky Knoxville 12 p.m. Softball Ohio State Cathedral City, Calif. 3:30 p.m. Baseball Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 5 p.m. Women’s Track SEC Indoor Championships Fayetteville, Ark. All Day Men’s Track SEC Indoor Championships Fayetteville, Ark. All Day

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Hayley DeBusk • The Daily Beacon

Point guard Brianna Bass celebrates after clinching the SEC regular season title against the Kentuckey Lady Wildcats on Thursday night. The Lady Vols wrap up their regular season against the Ole Miss Lady Rebels on Sunday.

For Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, a victory over LSU earlier this week meant at least a share of the SEC regular season title. But Summitt knew that wasn’t good enough. The Lady Vols wanted the championship all to themselves. “They wanted to win this, for sure,” Summitt said. UT used a quick start and determined defense to overwhelm visiting Kentucky 81-65 Thursday night at ThompsonBoling Arena to clinch the outright SEC regular season title. Kelley Cain led the Lady Vols with 14 points in 19 minutes. Glory Johnson added 13 while Angie Bjorklund and Shekinna Stricklen both chipped in 12 for UT. Alicia Manning tallied a career-high 11 rebounds, while Victoria Dunlap led Kentucky with 22 points and 10 rebounds. “I think this game meant a lot to our team,” Summitt said. “They knew they hadn’t really won anything... They wanted to win something, something very important.” The yearning for an SEC title sparked UT out of the gate early against the Wildcats. Shekinna Stricklen converted a steal into layup before a threepoint play by Cain gave the Lady Vols a 9-2 lead three minutes into the game. Bjorklund knocked down two straight 3-pointers to boost UT’s advantage 35-16 with six minutes left in the first half, and the Lady Vols headed into intermission with a 45-31 halftime cushion. Stricklen admitted the team’s practice and preparation made a difference against the Wildcats. “It just shows that extra shooting is paying off,” Stricklen said. “We have to hit those shots.” The Lady Vols did not let up in the second half, controlling

the game on defense. UT held Kentucky to only 9-of-31 (29 percent) from the floor in the first period while connecting on 50 percent of its own shots in the half. “I felt like we handled things,” Summitt said. “We knew they were going to come out and really get after us defensively and try to push tempo. I thought we settled down. I thought we had a toughness on the defensive end.” After intermission, the Lady Vols’ post play made noise early. Cain, who played only three minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, hit layups on two straight possessions to boost UT’s lead, 5031. Cain scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half, and the Lady Vols enjoyed a 36-26 scoring advantage in the paint on the evening. A Stricklen free throw with 6:40 remaining in the game gave UT its largest lead of 27. The Lady Vols never looked back. For a team trying to erase the memory of a lackluster year last season, Johnson said an outright SEC title is icing on the cake. “I think we’ve come a long way,” Johnson said. “I think we know our concepts a lot better. We should be dominating some of the teams we struggled with last year. Right after our last game, we made sure we were really for this team, ready for Kentucky.” For Summitt, the difference between the two teams is night and day. Especially when reminded of UT’s lateseason loss to Kentucky last year. “It’s been great to be able to watch their progress from last year to this year,” Summitt said. “To see the investment they’ve made on the court and also in the weight room and all their conditioning. I think they’ve been very focused and they understand what it takes now.”

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