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Students find place to connect Baker Center fosters debate, research through various programs Caroline Reinwald Staff Writer For students interested in politics and nuclear energy, the Baker Center provides valuable resources and connections. The Baker Center Learning Community is now accepting applications. Around 25 freshman move in to Morrill Hall at the beginning of each fall semester to be a part of the BCLC, a place where students interested in politics and government service go to share their thoughts on different government policies and topics, while learning more about what makes the U.S. tick. The students commit to taking a course in the fall and another in the spring to learn about public policy, civic engagement and different controversial government topics. There are also roundtable discussions each week where the students pick their own topics to discuss, which can vary from separation of church and state to First Amendment rights. Hannah Bailey, freshman in the BCLC, said that attending Baker Center events allows students to meet different people around the community and on campus who are interested in public policy. “I absolutely love the Baker Center,” Bailey said. “If it wasn’t for the Baker Center, I wouldn’t be involved with anything on campus.”
In addition to the BCLC for freshman, there is also the Baker Scholars program, where rising juniors, seniors and grad students can focus on research with an interest
topics they are interested in, such as environmental sustainability, global security and nuclear energy. Hadil Senno, senior in Spanish and inter-
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The Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy opened in 2008 to help provide a location for education and research for students. Several groups on campus are affiliated with the Baker Center, including the Baker Center Learning Community in Morrill, the Baker Scholars, and the Baker Ambassadors. in government issues and nuclear power. Students work one-on-one with faculty and professionals to perform research on political
national business, said that after being a part of the BCLC, she became a Baker Scholar. She now conducts research in the Baker
Center’s Modern Political Archives studying foreign public policy. “I’ve enjoyed having a place where I can conduct my own research with the support of great staff,” Senno said. “I was able to set the terms of my own project, and was given leave to explore what I was most interested in. The archives are a unique resource on campus that I would not have been able to utilize as such without the guidance of the (Baker) Scholars program.” The Baker Center also offers a program called the Baker Ambassadors, where sophomores, juniors and seniors can bridge the gap between campus and the community by mentoring students, planning special events for the Baker Center, or registering people to vote. Students who are interested in political engagement can be a part of this program while being involved in the community as well. “Definitely apply,” Bailey said about the BCLC. “It gives you so many opportunities that other students don’t have and you meet so many great people through the program.” If you are interested in applying to any of the Baker Center programs or want to learn more, you can go to their website at http://bakercenter.utk.edu/student-engagement/, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (865) 974-0931.
‘Mary Poppins’ composer dies The Associated Press LONDON — How do you sum up the work of songwriter Robert B. Sherman? Try one w o r d : “Supercalifragilisticexpialidoci ous.” The tongue-twisting term, sung by magical nanny Mary Poppins, is like much of Sherman’s work — both complex and instantly memorable, for child and adult alike. Once heard, it was never forgotten. Sherman, who died in London at age 86, was half of a sibling partnership that put songs into the mouths of nannies and Cockney chimney sweeps, jungle animals and Parisian felines. Robert Sherman and his brother Richard composed scores for films including “The Jungle Book,” “The Aristocats,” “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” They also wrote the most-played tune on Earth, “It’s a Small World (After All).” Sherman’s agent, Stella Richards, said Tuesday that Sherman died peacefully in London on Monday. Son Jeffrey Sherman paid tribute to his father on Facebook, saying he “wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded.” Jeffrey Sherman told The Associated Press that his father had learned the craft of songwriting from his own father, Tin Pan Alley composer Al Sherman. “His rule in writing songs was keep it singable, simple and sincere,” Jeffrey Sherman said. “In the simplest things you find something universal.”
Robert Sherman knew another truth, his son said: “What seems so simple is really very complex. “He was a very simple guy — complex but simple. If you ever want to know about my Dad, listen to the lyrics of his songs.” The Sherman Brothers’ career was long, prolific and garlanded with awards. They won two Academy Awards for Walt Disney’s 1964 smash “Mary Poppins” — best score and best song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” They also picked up a Grammy for best movie or TV score. Their hundreds of credits as joint lyricist and composer also include the films “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Slipper and the Rose,” “Snoopy Come Home,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Magic of Lassie.” Their Broadway musicals included 1974’s “Over Here!” and stagings of “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in the mid-2000s. “Something good happens when we sit down together and work,” Richard Sherman told The Associated Press in a 2005 joint interview. “We’ve been doing it all our lives. Practically since college we’ve been working together.” The brothers’ awards included 23 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They became the only Americans ever to win First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival for “Tom Sawyer” in 1973 and were inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2005. See COMPOSER on Page 3
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Bethany Worsham, freshman in nursing, clears the jump during lessons Monday. Worsham is a member of the UT Equestrian Team that provides lessons to students at low costs. The team competes in Western and Hunt seat several times a year.
NRA pushes for gun bill ‘as is’ The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Rifle Association is pressuring Republican lawmakers to abandon proposed limitations to a measure that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers’ lots. The state’s Republican leaders have proposed exempting some businesses from the law that would force employers to allow the guns on their parking lots after vocal opposition from business
groups and the state’s police chiefs. The NRA’s chief lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, demanded Monday in a letter to state lawmakers that they adopt the original bill without any changes. The bill, scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit. It would also apply to any private or public parking lot, meaning guns could be stored at schools or colleges. The breadth of the latest push by the
firearms lobby has caused consternation in an exceedingly gun-friendly Legislature. The business and law enforcement groups fear it would infringe on property rights and endanger safety. “Sometimes you start hurting your cause,” Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, RBlountville, and a main sponsor of the state’s handgun carry permit law, told reporters recently. “There are lines you cross over talking about schools and colleges where suddenly people say, ‘Now come on, I’m not sure that’s reasonable.’”
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Crime Log March 1 5:33 p.m. — An officer observed a white 2006 Chrysler Pacifica disregard the stop sign at the intersection of 22nd Street and Highland Avenue. The officer made a traffic stop and the driver, a 26-year-old white female with no affiliation to UT, was arrested for having a warrant. 5:57 p.m. — An officer responded to the Laurel Station Condominiums located at 1517 Laurel Ave. A 20-year-old white female UT student reported her wallet had been stolen from the study lab on the second floor of the Thornton Athletic Center. March 2 2:19 a.m. — A UTPD officer and KPD officer responded to 1819 White Ave. in response to a strong armed robbery. The victim, a 21-year-old UT student, stated he was struck in the chin by one of three unknown suspects who took his wallet and fled in an unknown direction. 3:12 a.m. — Officers heard shouting and banging coming from the G-11 parking garage located at 1818 Lake Ave. Four subjects, none of whom are affiliated with UT, were arrested for public intoxication, and three were also charged with underage consumption. March 3 3 a.m. — Officers were dispatched to the third floor of the Art & Architecture Building located at 1714 Melrose Place in response to a sick person. Rural Metro and the Knoxville Fire Department were also dispatched. The subject, a 25-year-old UT student, was treated by Rural Metro and arrested for public intoxication. March 4 8:55 a.m. — An officer was dispatched to Hess Hall in reference to a theft. The victim, a 19-year-old UT student, stated her GPS had been stolen from her vehicle in the G-11 garage. 1:57 p.m. — An officer was traveling westbound on Cumberland Avenue when he noticed a red 2003 Ford F-150 change lanes abruptly, and what appeared to be an altercation inside the vehicle. After a traffic stop, the driver, a 31-year-old white male with no affiliation to UT, was arrested for DUI (first offense), violation of implied consent, domestic assault and false imprisonment.
1885 — Kansas quarantines Texas cattle The Kansas legislature passes a law barring Texas cattle Rebecca Vaughan • The Daily Beacon from the state between March 1 Kyle Bothof, junior in music, performs saxophone during a recital for James Green and December 1, the latest on Monday. action reflecting the love-hate
relationship between Kansas and the cattle industry. Texans had adopted the practice of driving cattle northward to railheads in Kansas shortly after the Civil War. From 1867 to 1871, the most popular route
was the legendary Chisholm Trail that ran from San Antonio to Abilene, Kansas. Attracted by the profits to be made providing supplies to ranchers and a good time to trail-weary cowboys, other struggling Kansas frontier towns maneuvered to attract the Texas cattle herds. Dodge City, Caldwell, Ellsworth, Hays, and Newton competed with Abilene to be the top “Cow Town” of Kansas. As Kansas lost some of its Wild West frontier edge, though, the cowboys and their cattle became less attractive. Upstanding town residents anxious to attract investment capital and nurture local businesses became increasingly impatient with rowdy young cowboys and their messy cattle. The new Kansas farmers who were systematically dividing the open range into neat rectangles of crops were even less fond of the cattle herds. Although the cowboys attempted to respect farm boundaries, stray cattle often wreaked havoc with farmers’ crops. “There was scarcely a day when we didn’t have a row with some settler,” reported one cowboy. Recognizing that the future of the state was in agriculture, the Kansas legislature attempted to restrict the movement of Texas cattle. In 1869, the legislature excluded cattle entirely from the east-central part of the state, where farmers were settling most quickly. Complaints from farmers that the Texas cattle were giving their valuable dairy cows tick fever and hoofand-mouth disease eventually led to even tighter controls. On this day in 1885, the Kansas legislature enacted a strict quarantine. The quarantine closed all of Kansas to Texan cattle for all but the winter months of December, January, and February-the time of the year when the diseases were not as prevalent. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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COMPOSER continued from Page 1 President George W. Bush awarded them the National Medal of Arts in 2008, commended for music that “has helped bring joy to millions.” Alan Menken, composer of scores for Disney films including “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin,” said the Sherman brothers’ legacy “goes far beyond the craft of songwriting.” “There is a magic in their songs and in the films and musicals they breathed life into,” he said. Robert Bernard Sherman was born in New York on Dec. 19, 1925, and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California. The brothers credited their father with challenging them to write songs and for their love of lyrics. Al Sherman’s legacy of songs includes “You Gotta Be a Football Hero,” “(What Do We Do On a) Dew-Dew-Dewy Day” and “On the Beach at Bali-Bali.” Robert Sherman’s affection for Britain was nurtured during his service with the U.S.
NEWS Army in World War II. One of the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp — and, his son said, the only Jewish serviceman there — he was shot in the knee in Germany in 1945. Recovering in hospitals in England, he developed a fondness for and familiarity with the country that stuck with him. He wrote for British characters in “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Winnie the Pooh,” and spent the last years of his life in London. After the war, the brothers started writing songs together. They began a decadelong partnership with Disney during the 1960s after having written hit pop songs like “Tall Paul” for ex-Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and “You’re Sixteen,” later recorded by Ringo Starr. They wrote over 150 songs at Disney,
including the soundtracks for such films as “The Sword and the Stone,” “The Parent Trap,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Aristocrats” and “The Tigger Movie.” Most of the songs the Shermans wrote — in addition to being catchy and playful — work on multiple levels for different ages, something they learned from Disney. “He once told us, early on in our career, ‘Don’t insult the kid — don’t write down to the kid. And don’t write just for the adult.’ So we write for grandpa and the 4year-old — and everyone in between — and all see it on a different level,” Richard Sherman said. The Shermans teased songs out of each other, brainstorming titles and then trying to top each other with improvements. “Being brothers, we sort of short-cut each other,” Richard Sherman said. “We can almost look at each other and know, ‘Hey, you’re onto something, kiddo.’”
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Most of their songs were written quickly, but others took longer. The pair spent two weeks trying to nail down a snappy title for a song sung by the nanny in “Mary Poppins.” They considered, and then nixed, “An Apple a Day” and “A Stitch in Time.” “Nothing was coming,” Robert Sherman recalled. Then one day his then-8-year-old son came home from school. “I said, ‘How was school?’ He said, ‘Great. We got the (polio) vaccine today.’ I said, ‘Oh, did it hurt?’ He said, ‘No, they just stuck medicine on a lump of sugar.’ I went, ‘Ohhhh!’ That was it!” “He came in the next day all glassy-eyed,” Richard Sherman recalled. The final lyric would become world famous when it emerged from the lips of Julie Andrews: “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Another of their songs — “It’s a Small World (After All)” — has become one of the most translated and performed songs on the planet. It plays on a continual, multilingual loop every few minutes at Disney theme parks across the world — a fact that Disney employees are only too well aware.
Dictionary covers regional dialects, words, phrases The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Order a sloppy Joe in North or South Dakota, and the waiter may give you a blank stare. The popular beef-on-a-bun sandwich is known to some there as a slushburger. People from parts of the West and Midwest call theirs a Spanish hamburger. And in northwest Iowa? It’s a tavern. If ordering lunch now seems unexpectedly complicated, you might want to take a look at the recently completed Dictionary of American Regional English, which explains more than 60,000 regional words and phrases. Known as DARE, the dictionary gives readers a broad history of how the English language is spoken. It traces popular, and not-so-popular, words and phrases to their origins. Then it breaks down how they’ve been used, with maps showing their geographic range. The final volume of the dictionary, which covers S-Z, is being released this month. It arrives in time for the 2012 presidential election with words like snollygoster, a Southern term for a selfpromoting politician. Scholars and word fiends say the dictionary is an invaluable resource. The volumes already in release have been referenced in books and articles about racial and political identity, labor history, human sexuality and even cursing. Curtis Miner, chief curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, used the dictionary to help create an interactive map showing speech patterns across the state, including where residents stop saying “soda” and start saying “pop.” “DARE is helpful for discerning these cultural fault lines,” he said. “It’s the only work of its kind that is as comprehensive and exhaustive, because it builds on research that they’ve been accumulating for decades.” Novelists and actors have used the dictionary to create authentic characters, and police have used it to identify suspects. Forensic linguist Roger Shuy cracked open the dictionary in the 1990s to create a pretty accurate profile of Ted Kaczynski from the Unabomber’s writings. “It raises awareness of the distinctive communities we have throughout the country. It’s easy to look at Americans and say that on the whole, Americans pretty much talk alike, which is true on a very broad level,” said Allan Metcalf, executive secretary of the American Dialect Society. “These are the interesting details that make us distinctive.” A University of Wisconsin English professor started work on the diction-
ary about 50 years ago. Frederic Cassidy deployed dozens of field workers, most of them graduate students, around the country to interview people about topics as mundane as the weather and as personal as marriage. They asked more than 1,600 questions and collected 2.3 million responses over six years. But that was just the start. Since then, researchers have vetted the terms to decide what to include. The first volume was finished in 1985. Cassidy died in 2000, with the fourth and fifth volumes unfinished. His tombstone reads, “On to Z!” August Rubrecht was a graduate student studying medieval literature and historical linguistics when Cassidy hired him as a field worker. Now he’s a 70-yearold retired English professor. “Everybody thought they could get it done quicker,” Rubrecht said. “But it’s the nature of dictionary work. It’s so meticulous.” Researchers thought the fifth volume, which starts with “Slab” and ends with “Zydeco,” would be done in
2010. But publication was delayed as funding dried up and new Internet tools increased the amount of work. The release of the final volume is “a huge relief,” said chief editor Joan Houston Hall, but the work isn’t done. A supplementary sixth volume with an index, maps, and questions and answers from the original field work is in progress. The dictionary team expects to launch an online edition in September 2013, and there’s a new website that allows visitors to track some words based on state. A Twitter page offers a DARE word of the day. When Cassidy hired Hall in 1975, “he said, ‘Don’t expect this to be a full-time job. We’ll be done in a few years,’” she recalled. “... Well, it has been a lot more complex than that.” With the dictionary finished, Hall has replaced Cassidy’s “On to Z!” with a new mantra for the team. “On Beyond Zebra!” she said, with a nod to the Dr. Seuss book by that title. “He would have liked that as well.”
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Volunteers for the UT Dance Marathon dance during the all-night event Friday. The first mission statement was, “We dance for those who can’t” and has become a tradition among over 150 schools across the country. UTDM raised over $45,000, but any donations are welcomed.
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Editor’sNote Expand scope of student contribution Blair Kuykendall Editor-In-Chief I would like to personally thank every reader who has contributed feedback to the Beacon on both the new advertising campaign and the upcoming SGA election. It is flatly apparent that each of these issues is of great concern on campus, and we are daily rearranging the paper to accommodate most we receive. Given the outcry we have received over both issues, I would like to explore their relation. I believe concerns over the advertising campaign and the upcoming SGA election exist as symptoms of a greater campus issue. Here at the Beacon, we stand witness to a perceived disconnect between the administration and the student body. The majority of correspondence we’ve received on our new slogan doesn’t convey bitter outrage about the creation of a brand. Most large universities present a professional image, and the majority of updates brought about by the campaign seem positive. Students seem most grieved by the fact that they had an extremely limited influence in the decision. The brand’s unveiling was a complete surprise to most. SGA meeting minutes from Jan. 24 indicate that its members were made aware of the decision in advance. Notes for members include “pushing the new branding campaign.” Pushing really is the problem. If the student body had been more broadly included in the planning and implementation of the new brand, campus support would be more widespread. Low student participation rates in past SGA elections speak to frustration as well. They indicate a lack of faith in the organization’s power to truly affect administrative decisions. That may be debatable, but many students do hold that view. To be fair, some students may simply not care either way. I don’t think a full 90 percent fall into that category. A great number of students are interested in sharing their opinions, but feel futility in the sentiment. Blame should not rest on SGA’s members, but the institutional limitations on the body itself. SGA doesn’t need an
enormous budget to effect change, but it should be given a much greater role in administrative decision-making. I would venture to say most students on campus aren’t aware of the main avenue through which opinions are passed to administration. Officially, SGA bills and resolutions make recommendations to administrators, but more goes on behind the scenes. A series of administrative advisory boards exists on campus encompassing both individual colleges and target issues like cultural affairs, parking and student life. They are composed of faculty members, alumni, community members and students. It is the responsibility of the SGA president, with input from SGA members, to appoint student representatives on these councils each year. There are around 50 such representatives, and many of the appointees are SGA members. By and large, most advisory boards can accommodate only a few student voices each. This is rather problematic, as a narrow swath of students dispersed throughout these committees is unable to fully represent under 30,000 UT students. Some students, though, are at least able to discuss some policies with administrators. Are student opinions actually being ignored? I don’t believe that’s the case, but that perception does exist among students. The administration has taken well-intentioned steps as of late to correct this problem. Chancellor Cheek hosted a recent dinner to take questions from over a hundred student leaders on campus. Tuesday evening he met with members of the honors college, discussing the university’s future. I don’t believe the current relationship between the administration and the student body reflects the intentions of either party. Most members of the administration seem truly eager to promote student interests. Student opinions on the direction of the university have been constructive, and seem to stem from a real desire to improve the school. Dialogue doesn’t have to be formal. If you want your voice to be heard, e-mail administrators. Think about ways students could make greater contributions to UT’s leadership. If you’ve got a concern or an idea, send us a letter. Make sure the administration knows you’ve got some “big ideas” too. — Blair Kuykendall is a junior in the College Scholars Program. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Music still best experienced in person Ac orns and Other Seeds by
Anna-Lise Burnnette For those of you who don’t know, our local WDVX radio station out of downtown Knoxville hosts what they like to call the Blue Plate Special every weekday at noon. The hour-long live broadcasts feature musicians from all over (though many and sometimes most are local) and are performed in the Visitors Center on the corner of Summitt and Gay. It was while listening to said Blue Plate Special this week that I realized: some of these bands aren’t online. Not only are they not online, but also they aren’t on iTunes. Now take a step back and think really hard about what I just said. They aren’t on iTunes. In other words, they aren’t digital. In other words, in order to hear their music you have to drag your behind down to Market Square or the Old City and sit down within tomato-throwing distance of the players (but let’s assume, of course, they aren’t that bad). In order to hear the strumming, you actually have to attend a show. As a young adult writing primarily to other young adults, I think it’s pretty safe for me to assume that all of you remember your first concert. And for those of you who don’t quite fall under that category, I’m going to assume you remember your first concert, too. And that’s because “firsts” of every kind are often quite memorable. But concerts are memorable the second, third, fourth and fifth times, too, and that’s because there’s nothing in the world like live music. WDVX knows that, and you know it, too. But with the advent of radio, people no longer had to be physically present in order to enjoy music. With the production of records, then tapes, then compact discs, music became a portable commodity. And today, what with those completely intangible “files” of music we store on our hard drives, there’s not even the possibility of losing the liner notes. Not even, I might add, the possibility of “losing” your good friend’s Franz Ferdinand CD. Because, you know, now
they can just e-mail it to you. So what are we left with, in an age of digital music? It’s hard to argue that we don’t lose all of the heady exhilaration (that overwhelming wooziness that comes with standing in a crowd of liquored-up hipsters who smell like smoke and leather) and the euphoria (like what you feel during the final bars of a symphony’s performance in a cold, darkened theater) that come with live shows. And there’s also no making up for the loss of random, city-based shout-outs a la “This is our first time in Knoxville, but we already love you! (Insert wild applause and shrill screaming.)” But as the listeners, consumers of good music, we certainly have it easy. After all, at least we aren’t the record companies whose physical copy sales have dropped off in recent years. And at least we, as the buyers, don’t have to suffer through the remorse and guilt that comes with realizing we were selling an intangible at the price of inflated costs and inflated egos. We, at any rate, can sleep easily at night. Still, if you have a heart, you have to wonder what digital piracy really does to the artists. Though the starving artist stereotype still persists in some circles, by and large it has disappeared; it has given way to superstars and tween sensations helped along by synthesizers, digital pitch-perfecting and Adobe Photoshop. Clearly, those are not the artists we’re really worried about. No, instead, we worry about the up-and-comers who, without any sales to speak of, might have to go back to being sales clerks or waiters in dingy diners. We also worry about the kind of hometown-startups who might be featured on the Blue Plate Special. We worry about the ones who maybe haven’t even made it that far. So if you happen to care about the future of music at all, have a listen; there’s no stepping back from digital music at this point. But we can, and perhaps we should, make a conscious effort to support music in its most original of forms whenever we can. And if the only reason you can come up with to attend a concert is to selfishly indulge in tomfoolery, well, that’s OK, too. Once you’re there you’ll probably find that the music carries you away, even if it is a tiny little “Happy Birthday to you.” — Anna-Lise Burnette is a senior in interdisciplinary studies. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I’m writing this column on Monday night. It will be edited and formatted at the Beacon’s offices on Tuesday — Super Tuesday, in fact. And you will read it on Wednesday, by which time you will have already voted in Tennessee’s Republican primary, probably for Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. You will not have written in withdrawn candidate Buddy Roemer. Not that that’s bad or surprising or anything. I mean, I probably wouldn’t vote for him either if I knew what you know about him, which is likely nothing. But given his assumed goal(s) of issue advocacy and/or seeking notoriety for future campaigns (surely this guy you’ve never heard of doesn’t actually see himself Oval Officechillin’ in 10 months?), I thought it worth my time to fill you in: A Democrat-turned-Republican from Shreveport, La., Buddy Roemer is a seasoned politician seeking SOMEone’s nomination for the 2012 presidential election. Civic-minded, experienced and well-qualified, Roemer is a Harvard graduate, former Louisiana congressman and governor with an almost foolish amount of integrity and a wholesome platform aimed at building a better republic. But what makes Buddy Roemer the preferred option isn’t his curricula vitae or defense policy; it’s his unique plan to curb money’s influence on politics, which is arguably Washington’s biggest problem nowadays. Monetary contributions are necessary to run any successful campaign — I’m not trying to tango around that. But when they correlate directly to the outcome of the race, i.e., when it becomes necessary for a candidate to meet every FECA-stipulated maximum just to keep his or her campaign afloat, they become a problem. This has been the case for every major presidential nominee for at least the last half-century. Roemer recognizes this and seeks to effect significant reform toward restricting money’s influence and making politics about ideas again. On the large scale, he wants to dramatically curtail special interests’ access to politicians, first by barring lobbyists from participation in campaigns fundraisers. He also wants to reduce the four-month donation
reporting requirement to a mere 48 hours. He wants to put a $100 cap on allowable contributions by individuals (slightly less than the currently-allowable $2,500) and wants to eliminate Super PACs ENTIRELY. He wants to introduce enforceable criminal penalties for campaign finance violations and really just wants to bring politics back to the individual. But more than anything, the guy just wants to run an honest campaign, and he wants to reform the game so everyone else will play fair too. Said Roemer to U.S. News: “Money can buy you a ticket to a movie (or an) automobile. But money can’t buy a good idea. We now have a political system that is addicted to money and doesn’t have room for good ideas.” A lot of analysts are chalking up sound bites like this to naïveté, but it’s certainly worth noting that despite the clear disadvantage to refusing the large bulk of what would otherwise be money in his pocket, Roemer’s strategy has worked before. In the late ’80s, Buddy defeated incumbent Edwin Edwards in the Louisiana gubernatorial election and did it adherent to the same campaign finance policy by which he still solemnly testifies today. Granted, both the rules and culture have changed in the last 20 years, but the fact remains that unflinching idealism won a challenger campaign in modern America when many believed it no longer possible. Is the same still possible at the federal level? At the core of the dilemma, and of most major, federal-level candidates’ campaigns, is soft money. Soft money, according to politico Joseph Cantor, is “any contribution outside the federal regulatory framework, but raised and spent in a manner suggesting possible intent to affect federal elections.” While soft money can technically only be used for issue advocacy, there is a significant lack of scrutiny in terms of disclosure nowadays, especially since interests are really only limited by state laws. It becomes the responsibility of the politician then, to determine what’s ethical, legal, and what’s neither. Unfortunately, to enact Roemer’s reforms, the country needs to elect someone who is actually willing to campaign without the help of moneyed interests. And because the competitive impetus of campaigning (particularly at the national level) sort of really necessitates lots and lots of cold hard cash, the whole mess becomes one big catch-22. I dunno. I feel like a team effort is in order or something. I certainly believe Roemer is headed in the right direction, but if he’s gonna keep this up without money, he’s gonna need structural breaks, exposure, and a whole lot of support. — Sam Ellis is a senior in English and political science. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Roleplaying shines in expansion Jake Lane Arts & Culture Editor “Please Stand By” — “Fallout” loading screen ...And we’re back. To recap, we’ve learned that despite divided opinions on “New Vegas” as a follow up or a tie-in to “Fallout 3,” by the time its secondary installments were released the cumulative reception for the game actually rivaled and in some cases topped the predecessor. Most of the critical acclaim came for the third expansion, “Old World Blues.” Stranded in a mountain technological hideaway, cheekily called the Big MT, the Courier finds a zany cast of pre-nuke scientists, reduced to disembodied brains whose ambition for scientific breakthroughs has continued in the two centuries after the nuclear apocalypse. Their creations, however, include the rattlesnake-coyote hybrid Nightstalkers and Giant Cazadores which plague the Mojave Wasteland, in addition to some fantastic armor and weaponry. The player must choose to destroy the “Think Tank,” or help them defeat their former colleague M o b i u s . What makes “Old World Blues” so effective is a perfect execution of the dystopian humor that permeated the Interplay titles but was sorely missed by many fans in “Fallout 3.” Whether it’s a sassy lightswitch or a dastardly toaster, the overthe-top performances of the stellar voice cast make for a capsule of the “New Vegas” landscape to which you may find yourself returning over and over just to hear household appliances trying to seduce you. If “Old World Blues” captures the comedic irony of a technological society stuck in the nuclear era, the final story pack “Lonesome Road” addresses the idea furthest from it, namely the idea of nemesis. “New Vegas” begins with Mojave Express Courier Six, the player character’s avatar, at the receiving end of a coup de grâce in a graveyard above Goodsprings, Nev. Early on in the main story you find out the package you were carrying was enough to die for, and that the original Courier Six turned the assignment down knowing your character would get the job instead. This other Courier, Ulysses, embodies the archetypal American often lampooned in domestic and foreign media today, a relentless patriot for whom only the American flag carries any significance or allegiance. Far from the backwards ideology of the “love it or leave it” members of American society, though, Ulysses’ fervor is more nostalgia than nationalist screed. A former scout for Caesar’s Legion, the would-be Roman conqueror sect of the game, Ulysses settled in a place called “The Divide,” where the thriving community sought to rebuild in the style of the “Old World,” rather than the restrained tribalism of the Legion or the bloated bureaucracy of the New California Republic. Enter Courier Six, who unwittingly delivers a package which spells the doom of the Divide and many combatants on both sides of the Mojave power struggle. The spectre of Ulysses looms large throughout
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Maymon, Stokes earn SEC honors Staff Reports
‘Grandma’ Baugh perseveres Now in her final season as a Lady Vol, Baugh is averaging a career-best 7.5 points per game, while grabbing 6.6 rebounds. She posted eight points and eight rebounds 2,455 miles. That’s the distance between Knoxville and fifth-year senior forward Vicki per game in UT’s run through the SEC women’s tournament. Baugh’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif. “It speaks to her strength of character and her “I could probably count on one hand the number of games my family has been to in my whole strength of spirit that she stayed on course and was able to persevere,” UT assistant coach Dean career,” Baugh said. Lockwood said. “I think it says volumes about But Baugh has found the kind of person that another family in her five she is.” years at Tennessee, a famThe impact of Baugh’s ily in which she is the journey is felt by her grandmother. teammates beyond the Her Lady Vols teamcourt. mates comprise that fami“She’s genuine and carly, and they are not short ing,” Burdick said, “and I on praises for their matrirespect her more as a perarch. son than as a player just “I know it was tough for because she’s that great of her to move all the way to a person. But I’m definiteKnoxville, Tenn.,” freshly going to miss Vicki.” man forward Cierra But it doesn’t stop Burdick said. “But she’s there. grown up. She’s 22, she’s Senior guard Briana the grandma of the team. Bass offered a glimpse We all have a definite into what the team does amount of respect for when they aren’t on the her.” court. Baugh is the lone Lady “We normally go over Vol with a national chamto Vicki’s house and hang pionship ring. She averout over there,” Bass said. aged 5.3 points and four “We’ll watch a movie or rebounds per game as a play some music and act freshman on UT’s 2007-08 silly.” team that finished 36-2. “Vicki’s got a townThe ring came with a house so it’s got a lot of price for Baugh though. room,” senior forward She tore her ACL in the Alicia Manning said. 64-48 title game victory “Vicki’s house has always over Stanford. kind of been the place to She rehabbed and averRebecca Vaughan • The Daily Beacon hang out. She’s always aged 19.1 minutes a game for the Lady Vols in her Forward Vicki Baugh rushes past a cooking something or sophomore year when Razorback defender on Feb. 23. watching some show or a Baugh averages 7.8 points a game movie so we like to go disaster struck. over there and hang out.” She tore her ACL for the Lady Vols this season. Baugh said the deciagain. “It was very tough,” Baugh said. “I had a sion to leave home and play for UT coach Pat moment where I didn’t know if I’d be able to play Summitt was easy. And although her tenure as a Lady Vol may not have followed an ideal script, again.” After sitting out the 2009-10 season as a med- the mark she’s left on her teammates is obvious. “She’s such a great person, such a great caliber ical-redshirt, she returned last season after missplayer, she’s just amazing,” Manning said. ing almost 21 months of game action. “Well yeah, pretty much, she is the grandma. Though not 100 percent healthy, Baugh played in 24 games, averaging 3.6 points and 3.2 She has been through it all, literally.” rebounds per contest.
The Southeastern Conference announced its men’s basketball postseason awards Tuesday, and Tennessee forwards Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes were among those honored. All awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches. Maymon, a native of Madison, Wis., landed on the coaches’ All-SEC second-team after a breakout junior campaign. Maymon was Tennessee’s top performer in conference play. He started all 16 SEC games and led the Vols in scoring (14.2 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg), fieldgoal percentage (.573) and steals (1.2 spg). Maymon had a team-high eight double-doubles this season, and he also drew a team-high 16 charges. He led the Vols in scoring seven times and led the team in rebounding 14 times. His burst onto the national scene in November after exploding for a 32-point, 20rebound performance against Memphis in the Maui Invitational. It was just the sixth 30-20 game in Tennessee history, and the 20 rebounds were a Maui Invitational record. Throughout the entire season, no SEC player managed to score more points or grab more rebounds in a single game. Maymon had a 19-rebound game against Auburn, and his top scoring output in SEC play was a 20-point performance at Alabama. Maymon’s development under the staff of first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin has been remarkable, as Maymon averaged just 2.6
points and 2.8 rebounds in 9.1 minutes off the bench a season ago. Stokes — an 18-year-old power forward from Memphis, Tenn., who graduated early from high school and enrolled at UT in January — earned a spot on the coaches’ SEC AllFreshman Team. One of the most heralded signees in Tennessee basketball history, Stokes appeared in 14 games for the Vols, making 11 starts. He appeared in 13 SEC contests and was a difference-maker in UT’s home win over defending national champion UConn. In league play, Stokes shot .541 from the field while averaging 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds (ninth in the SEC), 1.2 blocks (10th in the SEC) and 1.1 steals per game. He also ranked 11th in the conference with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game in SEC play. Stokes was named the SEC Player of the Week in the final week of the regular season after averaging 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in key wins at LSU and against Vanderbilt — two teams with outstanding frontcourts. In fact, Stoke made a habit of starring against some of the nation’s top big men. His first of two double-doubles on the year came against UConn, as he totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds against projected 2012 NBA Lottery Pick Andre Drummond and future pro big man Alex Oriakhi. Stokes is Tennessee’s 16th all-time SEC AllFreshman Team honoree.
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Senior Glory Johnson stands with Pat Summitt and her family during Senior Day against Florida on Feb. 26. The forward helped the Lady Vols win their third SEC Tournament championship in a row by scoring 20 points against LSU on Sunday.
Published on Mar 7, 2012