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Sousa out as Pride director Hanna Lustig News Editor Twenty-four days remain of Gary Sousa’s 17-year career as the director of bands for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Due to acts of insubordination committed in October 2013 and Sousa’s poor standing with “key” university officials, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan D. Martin issued a letter Thursday

five opportunities for the Pride to perform could be eliminated. Nothing came of Sousa’s plea. But it began a chain of events that would someday appear in a review of actions compiled by Zomchick. Two years later, the roar of change would only grow louder. Dave Hart assumed his post as athletic director in the fall of 2011. Sousa claimed Hart had “shut” him out,

blared throughout the Tuscaloosa stadium during periods typically reserved for band performances. The following week, Sousa sent a letter to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, asking him to advocate for the preservation of live music on gameday. Sousa wrote to Slive that in the ring of those “artifical noisemakers,” he heard the “death knell of the college marching band.” Under the SEC guidelines for that year, Sousa estimated that three out of

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Dave Hart hired as director of athletics.

5: UT-Georgia game: Sousa thinks recorded music reaches “unreasonable levels” 8-9: “No response” policy lifted and student petition created, media interviews begin. 14: Placed on administrative leave.

November Athletic denies band money to travel for first time.

Plans laid to transition from Office of Provost to School of Music.

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Head coach Butch Jones and quarterback Justin Worley run drills during spring practice at the NeylandThompson Sports Complex on March 19, 2013.

Vols start spring ball with uncertainty at QB Troy Provost-Heron Sports Editor Although many questions surround the Tennessee Volunteer football program heading into the first spring practice on Friday, arguably the biggest unknown may rest under center.

Justin Worley, Nathan Peterman and Joshua Dobbs all started for the Vols last year, and all three return – along with redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson – which sets up a four-man quarterback battle for the second consecutive offseason. With a multitude of options at the signal caller position, head coach Butch Jones said

he’s going to let the competition run its course, giving no indication of when a starter will be announced. “There are no timetables,” Jones said Thursday at his prespring practice press conference. “That person will emerge. I don’t know if it is going to be the second week of spring, after the conclusion of the orange and

white game, or a week prior to Utah State. That will take care of itself. “Right now, they just have to work on making themselves better individually every day and being a leader. They have to prove that they can win at Tennessee.” See SRING PRACTICE on Page 6

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Sex Week examines TN sex ed Senior Day gives Vols another opportunity to bolster tourney resume SPORTS >>pg. 7

Knoxville resident finds the right note on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Claire Dodson

AKA’s ‘AmerAKAn Hustle’ week to end with ‘upscale’ fashion show

Lady Vols begin hunt for 17th SEC Tournament title against LSU

Fired as director of bands, will remain on faculty as tenured professor.

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After UT-Alabama football game: Sousa sends complaint to SEC Commissionaer Mike Slive about recorded music playing over the Pride of the Southland Band.

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ing “bias” and factual inaccuracies. Despite his protest, Sousa is now solely a tenured professor in the School of Music. Sousa’s “bitter battle” was prefaced by years of smaller skirmishes. He couldn’t hear the bells, only the PA system. After the UT-Alabama football game in October 2009, Sousa was concerned about music. But his concern was not caused by a wayward trumpet or a tuba out of step – it was the recorded music,

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stripping Sousa of the title and his “appointment” as a WJ Julian Fellow. After a long period of investigation on the part of the university, a review of actions Gary Sousa of the band of directors was compiled by Vice Provost John Zomchick. Sousa responded to this document, cit-

McCord Pagan Copy Editor Students met in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Thursday morning to discuss the sexual education law in Tennessee and how it may be improved. Part of the week-long lineup of Sex Week events, the brunch at Afternoon Delight: A Discussion About Politics and Policy in Tennessee, provided a way for students, faculty and

staff to satisfy their physical and intellectual hunger. The speaker, Tory Mills, the external affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and 2009 UT alumna, started the event with a discussion about Tennessee’s 2012 revised sex education policy. The Family Life Curriculum has been dubbed by critics as the “No Holding Hands Law” due to its explicit promotion of abstinence-only education.

In her lecture, Mills defended the need for comprehensive sexual education. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tennessee was the 12th worst state for chlamydia, ninth worst for gonorrhea and 19th for primary and secondary syphilis in 2012. The Planned Parenthood representative encouraged attendees to offer their own thoughts on the legislation, of which few had heard. While

many in attendance expressed concern about leaving teenagers without proper education. The law, like those in other states, requires that any county with a teen pregnancy rate greater than 9.5 births for every 1,000 girls must provide some form of sex education. However, it forces educators to “not endorse student nonabstinence” and “not promote gateway sexual activity.” See SEX WEEK on Page 2

In the summer of 2010, a Gibbs High School baseball star suffered an arm injury that took him away from not only potential college opportunities, but the game he had put all of himself into since he was 8 years old. The months spent in recovery were brutal, the comingof-age phase magnified by the sound of crushed dreams. Despite it all, Morgan Wallen knew it was all part of a greater plan. “I was wondering what the purpose of it was and questioning God,” the now 20-year-old Wallen said in an interview with The Daily Beacon on Thursday. “I dwelled on it for a couple months, but after that I tried to be positive about everything and figured there was a better plan for my life in some way.” And it turned out there was. The injury that threatened Wallen’s youthful aspirations gave him a new one, or rather, an old one: music. Wallen and his raspy country rock joined Team Usher on season six of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” in the blind audition that aired this past Tuesday night. A Sneedville, Tenn., native, Wallen began singing when he was around 3 years old. His mom recognized his growing musical ability and sent him straight to church, where he sang “Jesus Loves Me,” among other Gospel songs. See MORGAN WALLEN on Page 3

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UT officials: Awareness SOUSA key to preventing data theft after IU incident

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Tanner Hancock Contributor Nearly every student at Indiana University had their identity stolen last week. A recent security breach at IU resulted in the theft of personal data from more than 146,000 Hoosiers and recent graduates, according to a Chicago Tribune report by Jon Herskovitz. Data stolen included the names, addresses and social security numbers of these students and alumni. Left in a vulnerable location for more than 11 months, the information was eventually discovered and stolen by several malware programs working in conjunction to uncover sensitive information. Jointly, such programs are referred to as “webcrawlers.” Addressing rumors regarding the nature of the theft, IU stated: “The information was not downloaded by an unauthorized individual looking for specific sensitive data, but rather was accessed by three automated computer datamining applications, called webcrawlers, used to improve Web search capabilities.” A website and assistance hotline was set up by the university for any students concerned that their information may be put to ill use. Given the serious nature of the theft, UT students are left questioning the safety of their own data. Bob Hillhouse, Tennessee chief information security officer, seemed confident in UT’s ability to maintain a sense of security. “There’s not a higher risk

because of the IU incident,” Hillhouse said, maintaining that the Indiana mishap will have no effect on the University of Tennessee’s ability to prevent theft of student personal information. Hillhouse admitted, however, that in the real world of data theft and hacking, unfortunate incidents can and will occur. “You can’t prevent people from making mistakes,” he said. “It’s something we live with constantly.” For some individuals across campus, worries and concerns of unprotected information remain a present worry. Freshman computer science major and Haslam Scholar Anagha Uppal said she feels the threat of a security breach is very real and that those entrusted with sensitive data should be prepared. “Sure, it is unethical for programmers to misuse their knowledge by stealing some of this data,” Uppal said, “but universities like Indiana University have an even bigger responsibility to protect information we trust them with.” Dave Melando, sophomore supply chain major, expressed similar feelings. “I have a great concern for it,” Melando said. “Your personal information is everything, and a simple set of numbers can ruin you.” Ultimately, as Hillhouse said, preparation and awareness are the only course of action available to prevent digital theft. Hillhouse added: “We live with that risk.”

raising “walls” between athletics and the band that had not existed before. Months later, UT athletics denied the Pride the funding needed to fly the band for the Arkansas road football game. Sousa refused to transport the band by bus. 2012 would force the Band to move, though not in the manner Sousa would have preferred. Previously, Sousa and the band fell under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Provost. But this, Zomchick stated in his review, was both “ineffective” and “inconsistent” with “standard practice for the director of bands.” Despite resistance from Sousa, the university pushed through a “tense” transition and moved Sousa and the band under the jurisdiction of the School of Music. In 2013, the tension escalated into “war.” Sousa’s computer contained

a folder entitled “Athletic Battle 2013.” The year brought more recorded music during games, two defunded away games and heavier budget cuts. Sousa felt that the Pride was being minimized. By the beginning of the fall 2013 football season, “mutual distrust had emerged” as a result of these events. Sousa had yet to address his concerns directly with UT athletics because, in his mind, it was not in his new “chain of command.” The Georgia game on Oct. 5 was the final straw. The prevalence of “canned” music at the game had reached a level Sousa believed “unreasonable,” though an audit later conducted by UT athletics revealed that this belief was only shared by one other interviewee – a Pride alumnus. In a message addressed to Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Fuller on Oct. 7, Sousa directly expressed his distress about the increased commercials and recordings. At halftime, music

had played over the sound system during a Pride performance. “While we see this kind of disrespect in other stadiums within the SEC, it will not be tolerated here at the University of Tennessee,” Sousa wrote. In a letter to Chancellor Cheek formally addressing this occurrence, Sousa highlighted the wider trend of recorded music and commercials during games. But this letter would not reach Cheek until days after Sousa had already approached the media. This conduct would later draw Martin’s criticism, as she noted it did not accord with professional standards. On the night of Oct. 7, Sousa rallied support at the monthly Alumni Band Council Meeting. The following day, Sousa met with a reporter for his first interview. On Oct. 9, he lifted the no-response policy requiring band members to remain silent about these issues. Shortly thereafter, band student leaders posted an online petition defending the band’s importance that would go

on to garner 13,345 signatures. The university placed Sousa on leave on Oct. 14, but permitted him to return to prepare for the spring semester classload on Dec. 19. Now, classes will be the only thing Sousa prepares for, as he no longer works 12 months a year and his Saturdays will be free. He lost 25 percent of his salary and a $15,000 fellowship endowment, but Sousa said he has few regrets. In the letter included with his rebuff of Zomchick’s review, Sousa stated his willingness to take the fall for the “welfare” of students and “gameday tradition.” However, he did admit he wished he had given administrators more time to react before going public with his complaints. “My refusal to accept the march to profits is my mistake,” Sousa wrote, “and one for which I have paid dearly.” Emilee Lamb, Zoe Yim and R.J. Vogt contributed to this report.

Former ambassador talks policy Hayley Brundige Assistant Photo Editor Former Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter said being a diplomat is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. “We don’t go out there with guns,” he said. “We go out there with ideas.” Delivering the semi-annual Ashe Lecture on Wednesday at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Munter discussed his experiences as a foreign diplomat, the 2011 operation to capture Osama bin Laden and how U.S. relations with Pakistan must change in the future. After the covert operation to capture bin Laden, the head of Islamist militant group al-Qaida, in his compound in the northeastern Pakistani town of Abbottabad, relations with Pakistan became strained, Munter explained. “I watched C-17s take away millions of dollars worth of sniper

rifles, night vision goggles and computers back to the United States because of this growing collapse of our relationship,” Munter said. “It took us six months to apologize, and in the meantime, the Pakistanis closed the supply routes that go from Karachi to the southern part of Afghanistan.” The Pakistani people, in Munter’s experience, perceive American politics and government to be callous, but nevertheless appreciate U.S. businesses, philanthropy and culture. Referencing the death of Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, who was killed in 2012, Munter advised future diplomats to the Middle East to learn Arabic, talk to security forces and fully know the area. “One thing that diplomats can do and should do, in addition to telling America’s story overseas, is to listen,” Munter said. “If we feel bending countries to our will is the way to do things, then don’t bother to listen.” In a country divided by tribal and ethnic groups – Punjab, Sindh, Pashtun, Hazara – Munter said the importance of understanding the culture is multiplied. “Yes, we are investing in Pakistan, but it’s worth investing on the people to people level,” Munter said. “It’s worth investing in outside of government.”

In Munter’s opinion, “one size fits all” policies in the Middle East are useless. Rather than focusing all diplomatic efforts on the bond between two governments, Munter said he envisions a future for U.S.-Pakistan relations that emphasizes interpersonal relationships. “It would be wise for us to stay engaged, but in a different way – an engagement led by universities, led by foundations, led by civic groups and led by businesses,” Munter said. “We need to show the face that I’m most proud of.” Following his 30-minute lecture, Munter opened the floor to questions from the audience. “I’ve dealt with the Pakistani press, so no question you ask will be more difficult than that,” Munter said, inducing laughter from the large audience. When asked about the implications of the information distributed through WikiLeaks, Munter recalled his two years as ambassador to Serbia during the Kosovo independence crisis. When the embassy was under threat, the first action, Munter said, was to destroy the communications equipment, a testament to the importance of confidentiality. “It was very hard for people who looked to us with trust to keep a confidentiality in the age after WikiLeaks,” Munter said. “From the parochial standpoint of

AFTERNOON DELIGHT continued from Page 1 According to Mills, the confusing language has led many health educators to carefully pick what they teach. While the law also allows outside educators such as social workers, Planned Parenthood or Just Wait to be fined if they are found promoting gateway sexual activity in school, such a case has yet to come forward. Toward the end of the lecture, Mills asked students to break apart and come up with what kind of sexual education they think should be taught in high school. Many suggestions came back asking for all options to be taught without bias. “Big, meta-analyses of studies have shown that comprehensive sex ed can help you delay onset of sexual activity, reduce the frequency of sexual activity and reduce the number of partners,” Mills said. “And when a person does choose to become

a diplomat, it is a disaster if you cannot keep confidences. That’s what diplomats have to do to stay credible.” In regard to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Munter warned against a single-minded global outlook, placing too much importance on one volatile situation. “We’re a superpower: we do have the capacity to work on more than one issue at once,” Munter said. “I think we have to guard against the danger of only thinking of one big crisis.” Among the many points of Munter’s lecture, he expressed a hope that those in attendance would better understand the importance of diplomatic relations with the international community and see ways that they can have an impact on those relationships. Victor Ashe, Knoxville’s mayor from 1987-2003 who started the Ashe Lecture Series at the Baker Center in 2012, invited Munter to the Baker Center to speak because of his broad knowledge of U.S. diplomatic relations and experience working and speaking with students. “One thing I hope students can take away from this is considering a career in the Foreign Service,” Ashe said after the lecture. “Students who are juniors and seniors are starting to look at what’s next, and foreign and public service is definitely an option.”

sexually active, (it can) increase the likelihood that they will use contraception.” Joan Heminway, the W.P. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, was in attendance as one of the faculty advisers for Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, the organization that sponsors Sex Week. While Heminway said she is uncomfortable with some of the naming and content of certain events, the overall goal of promoting sexual education is what is important. “The audience is not me,” she said. “The audience is students. That’s who need to be there.” Coupled with understanding what her own children were lacking in Knox County public schools, Heminway said meeting SEAT organizers Jacob Clark and Brianna Rader convinced her of the need for more sexual health education. “I felt I got a better sex education program in New York in the 1970s than my kids got in Tennessee for the 2000 – 2010 time frame,” Heminway said.


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Strange Fruit does strange dance Cell Waller, III Contributor It’s that time of the year again: The dance powerhouse that has been providing the University of Tennessee with entertainment since 2001 is back with their Spring 2014 performance. Strange Fruit Dance Company is looking to build on their recent success from brief previous events such as the Alpha Phi Alpha’s “Miss Black and Gold Scholarship” pageant with a performance at Cox Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. Strange Fruit is composed of a diverse of group of dancers that pride themselves on their passion and dedication to the craft. As seen in their

MORGAN WALLEN continued from Page 1 Wallen soon advanced from the church to local contests, several of which he won. At age 8, he competed in a Gospel singing competition and was subsequently offered a recording contract, which he and his parents turned down. “My mom knew I was also interested in baseball, and she thought I wouldn’t give (singing) my all,” Wallen said. “She wanted me to have a normal childhood.” After adolescent years full of baseball tournaments and offseason training, Wallen’s injury gradually returned him to his childhood hobby. But he was still pretty low-key about his talent, writing the occasional song or performing for a few friends that praised his ability. When he began receiving heaps of praise regarding his vocal talent, however, Wallen, or rather, his mom, decided to take the first step toward doing something with it. She signed him up online for “The Voice” and offered to drive him to St. Louis for the open call audition. Wallen was game. After the auditions were over, Wallen received the call that would bring a southern-drawling good ole boy to the glittering world of Los Angeles. Just before he took the stage to face the coaches’ turned-around chairs, the nerves set in.

name, the goal of this dance collective is to make what is usually viewed as strange more familiar and appreciated. Specifically, they hope to open students’ eyes to a less traditional form of dance. This comes naturally; Strange Fruit is not your traditional dance company. Strange Fruit allows dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels to join the team and treat the company as a home to craft their skills. They use performances, such as the one tonight, not only to showcase their talents but also to market themselves to potential dancers at the university looking for a group to join. “The veterans and more experienced dancers reach out and help

the newcomers so that they won’t be embarrassed and discouraged,” said Tayla Brown, second-year performer at the company. The overall culture of the company is one of growth and improvement; Brown said this mentality leads them to be able to put on a quality show but still welcome students that might not have a lot of experience. Brown went on to describe the team as being “like one big family,” and this is a quality they pride themselves on. Because of the diversity of their dancers, Strange Fruit is able to bring a unique concept to its dance routines, and this year the dancers have chosen to title the event “La Coeur de la Vie,” which is French for “The Heart of Life.”

He took a minute to calm himself, and then emerged on the stage to raspily croon Howie Day’s 2003 hit, “Collide.” Within 30 seconds, Colombian singersongwriter Shakira had pressed her button, much to the excitement of his “hootin and hollerin’” family backstage. “It was instant relief,” Wallen said. “I knew I didn’t have to worry anymore.” The relief was compounded by Usher’s late-in-the-game button push that led to “the claws coming out,” according to third “Voice” coach Adam Levine as he pouted in coach Blake Shelton’s lap. Though both Usher and Shakira made a convincing case for Wallen to join their respective teams, Usher won out, due largely to Wallen’s baseball background. “I always liked a coach who didn’t pat me on the back or was satisfied with my performance,” Wallen said. “I always wanted them to want more from me. (Usher) had criticism for me and my performance. He said there were issues, but it was good. I knew that was what I wanted to hear.” And so begins a new dream for Wallen, one a little more star-studded than the last, but one he said he will pursue despite the show’s outcome. “It’s what I love,” Wallen said. “I’ve met a couple people already back home that (want to work with me) if this doesn’t propel my career forward enough. I want to go back home and maybe get a band together and start performing around the area. “But I just want to see what happens here first.”

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“This year’s show will be one for the books,” said Elizabeth Sueing, creative director of the company. Building on their formula of forming dance routines around new school hiphop songs and older classics, this year’s show will showcase dance numbers to songs ranging from “Blood on the Leaves” by Kanye West to “It’s a Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. Although Strange Fruit has big shoes to fill with the success of their previous shows, Sueing is not worried. “I’ve never been as proud of a group of dancers as I am this year,” Sueing said. “All the hard work and progression is amazing.” Tickets for the show are available at the door for $5.

• When: Friday, March 7 • Time: 7 p.m. • Where: Cox Auditorium • Cost: $5

‘If Looks Could Kill’ brings diverse fashion Victoria Brown Staff Writer Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will bring a little bit of class and fashion to UT tonight. The “If Looks Could Kill” fashion show event begins at 7:08 p.m. to keep with the tradition of the sorority that was founded in 1908. It is the final campus event of AKA spring week 2014, which is titled “AmerAKAn Hustle.” Diane Tate, a senior double majoring in communication studies and political science, is a member of the programming committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and was delegated by the fashion show to coordinate the event. “We wanted to conclude AKA week with an upscale event that would be welcoming and fun to all of campus,” Tate said. The fashion show will consist of three segments, Tate said. There will be street wear, business attire and all black attire. Members of UT modeling organization P.O.S.E. (People of Style and Education) will walk in the fashion show, as well as contestants from the Multicultural Mentoring Program’s Freshmen Pageant and the men of Kappa Alpha Psi

Fraternity Inc. “Students will get the opportunity to see their fellow peers’ creative expression through fashion and can also expect live music and good crowd interaction from the host,” Tate said. While this is a new event from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tate said she is hopeful that it will become annual. For Asa McMullen, a senior majoring in business and a model for P.O.S.E., the event gives her a chance to enjoy her love of fashion. She said it would be very elaborate thanks to some “great ideas” from the executive boards of both P.O.S.E. and AKA. McMullen added that the event is an exciting way to see fashion and to see the AfricanAmerican organizations on campus come together and branch out. “I feel like, on this campus, you don’t really get to see much of the fashion aspect,” McMullen said. “Occasionally there will be a few shows pop up every now and again, but this is definitely a great way to see the creative side of other students, and also just to support UT as a whole and encourage diversity.” Fashion has always been something that has interested McMullen, and she thinks the collaboration between Alpha Kappa Alpha

Sorority Inc. and P.O.S.E. was a great idea. “I think they’ve come up with a really excellent show, and I’m honestly excited and honored to be in it,” McMullen said. Chelsie Allen, a freshman majoring in food science and technology with a concentration in pre-dentistry, is also modeling in the show. She said she has always been into fashion because it is a great way to express oneself. “I think the fashion show is a fun, creative way of providing students with different outfit choices, for both males and females,” Allen said. “It also benefits students in several other aspects, and I am excited to be involved with such an impactful event.” Allen said she would definitely recommend the event to friends, as well as all UT students, because it gives insight on appearance from everyday clothing to office attire. “I do not want to spoil the surprises that are in store, so just wait on it,” Allen said. “This is an event you do not want to miss.” The “If Looks Could Kill” fashion show will be held in the UC Auditorium. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door.


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Adopt a dog, gain a friend Fifty Shades of Wade by

Wade Scofield

It’s that time of year, y’all. It’s getting warm. People are playing in the grass. We’re shoving aside our academic responsibilities to have a little bit of free time with our friends. I shaved my beard. And we all want to get a dog. Or a cat, as the case may be. But I find that it’s hard to keep 21-year-old guys from wanting to have a best buddy to hang out with who doesn’t argue with us about our beer choices or which girls we hang out with. There are plenty of justifiable reasons to get a dog. Not only are they vehicles of unconditional love and admiration, the responsibility a domestic animal requires surely can guide us to a more accountable and thoughtful existence. More tenderly, the gratification that comes with caring for a being that cannot care for itself in this crazy world is immense. I know I’m convincing, but before you rush off and start looking for your new best friend, I’m going to leave one little seed in your brain. If you become a pet owner, you should adopt from a shelter. Some of the reasons are obvious. Shelter pets are already spayed or neutered. They are in good health, having been cared for by people who truly love animals. They’re relatively cheap – dogs and cats at animal shelters around Knoxville range from $20-$80 in adoption fees. Another worthwhile reason to adopt from a shelter is that, if you adopt a puppy or dog, you are likely getting a mixed breed. Though purebred dogs can surely be healthy, those from abhorrent puppy mills tend to have a lower gene pool and may die earlier in life, as well as have health problems. Research has shown that mixed breeds can live longer and lead healthier lives because they would on average inherit less “bad genes” that could be ironed over by genetic diversity (remember high school biology, you guys?). This is not to suggest that insulated family breeders of purebred dogs are irresponsible. If you’re dead set on a dog raised by a family, check the newspaper for ads. Family breeders are dog lovers themselves and have no connections to profit-driven puppy mills. Still, clearly the most heartfelt reason to adopt a shelter pet is that, simply, you’ll save a life. Though shelters in the Knoxville area aren’t as filled as in major cities and can hang onto animals for quite some time, that doesn’t change the fact that about 2.7 million dogs are euthanized each year for lack of space. In addition, not only do you save a life by adoption, you give another animal a space at a shelter for rehabilitation and care. And, if you’re looking to adopt, try to adopt an older pet. Everyone wants puppies and kittens. These babies don’t have trouble finding a new home. It’s the 6-yearold skittish, neglected pet who needs a home the most. Plus, pets are good for you. According to the Center for Disease Control, pets can decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol . Also, it’s clear that pets make you more social. Not only do you have to get out to walk them, but they become a magnet for people to talk to you. You can make all sorts of new friends who are pet lovers. If you’re worried about not having a yard or enough space to let your pet run around, Knoxville has four dog parks, including one downtown . Finally, and most importantly, having a pet makes you infinitely cooler in the eyes of your orange-clad peers. Think of how many precious Instagrams you can post. So if you’re looking for a new companion, there are some places you should look. Just off Sutherland Avenue is Young-Williams Animal Animal Center. Maryville has the Blount County Animal Shelter. There’s one in Loudon and Sevierville. And if those don’t work for you, just get on the web. There are dozens of animals in foster homes just waiting for a new best friend. Wade Scofield is a senior in religious studies and Latin. He can be reached at wade@utk.edu.

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Rising: Concerns over Crimean invasion For those of you who haven’t been following the Russia-Ukraine saga as it has developed, here’s the rundown: Ukraine’s government is becoming increasingly pro-Western, but the majority of ethnic Russians in Crimea, a small peninsula between mainland Ukraine and Russia, has led Russia to take over that part of Ukraine, which houses key military advantages in the Black Sea. Obama has been criticized for his foreign policy in Syria – where he drew a “red line” but never enforced it – and some political analysts have suggested that Russia’s aggression is a not-so-subtle sign from Vladimir Putin that the Russians are not intimidated by the U.S. Others say the crisis is a resurfacing of Cold War tensions. This much is certain – Thursday’s announcement of a referendum to vote on the region’s future suggests progress. Falling: Understanding of middle school invasion Campus was invaded Thursday by the visits of middle and high school-aged children. Whether they come to observe college students in their natural habitat, to visit the McClung Museum, or to hear from one of UT’s many decorated professors, no one can be certain. All we students know is that small, excited creatures invaded campus Thursday, wide-eyed and typically standing in the way. The ogling stares might tempt you to growl or bark, as if you were an animal at a zoo,

Editor-in-Chief: R.J. Vogt Managing Editor: Melodi Erdogan Chief Copy Editor: Gage Arnold News Editor: Hanna Lustig Asst. News Editor: Emilee Lamb Sports Editor: Troy Provost-Heron Asst. Sports Editor: Dargan Southard Arts & Culture Editor: Claire Dodson Asst. Arts & Culture Editor: Cortney Roark Online Editor: Samantha Smoak

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Show celebrities a little respect, they’re people, too Crossing Cues by

Marianela D’Aprile “You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.” Unfortunately, most of us know who said this and to whom. It’s the same man who, just last week, was the subject of a first-person, 5,000-word cover story in New York Magazine entitled “Good-bye, Public Life.” Many have mocked him, citing the irony of purportedly “leaving” public life by putting his face on the front of New York Magazine. Most reactions to Alec Baldwin’s latest move have been filled with contempt and criticism, and his past behavior has led some to claim that New York City shouldn’t “cry for Alec Baldwin.” He’s most infamous for beating up paparazzi, both physically and verbally, usually using frighteningly homophobic slurs. It’s certainly difficult to move past the phrases like “F-to-M tranny” and “awash with gay people” that dot Baldwin’s farewell opus, but it isn’t impossible to

empathize with a man who has, along with his family, been exploited by the media for years. There is no reason — other than to bring in money for lurid enterprises like TMZ — that we should have access to a recording of a father’s conversation with his daughter. Our obsession with celebrities, particularly actors, stems from the fact that we see them right at home, in our TVs, 24/7. It’s easy to forget that on camera, they play characters who merely look like them. Baldwin and others like him are still people with private lives that deserve respect. They just happen to have chosen a career that, by its very nature, puts them in the public eye. A photo of them next to a mildly controversial-sounding article title brings in more clicks than real news. A shot of them with their new significant other, or out shopping, or on the way to the gym, means money for people like Harvey Levin. Every time we click a “Hollywood gossip” link or pick up a tabloid at the checkout line at the supermarket, we contribute directly to the continuing exploitation of celebrities’ private lives. Some, like Baldwin, react violently. Others — Shia LaBeouf comes to mind — resort to acts of passive-aggressiveness, like showing up at a film festival wearing

a paper bag— with two holes cut out for his eyes and the message: “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” scribbled in black marker — over his head. Yet others, Miley Cyrus for example, act out a kind of perfectly controlled rebellion in response to the attention they receive, going just far enough to ruffle the feathers of those watching but not so far as to offend anyone for more than a few Internetsanctioned seconds. Perhaps because she’s still so young, Cyrus defends her headlinemaking lifestyle relentlessly; she doesn’t seem jaded yet. The truth in all of these cases, though, is that we’ve grown so accustomed to celebrities being something to marvel at – available for our entertainment 24 hours a day – that we forget to respect the fact that they are people, too. We don’t mind joking about the appearance of a woman who could be any of our grandmothers. It’s easy to blame paparazzi or TV commentators, but we play into the exploitation by being interested. When we realize celebrities really are just like us, the way we treat them changes. Everyone can gain a bit from empathy. Marianela D’Aprile is a fourth year in architecture. She can be reached at mdaprile@utk.edu.

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but it is generally advised to avoid drawing attention to yourself – you never know what horror awaits an actual face-to-face interaction with the invaders. One student reported that one of the children asked her to hug him; she declined his request. Rising: Hoop dreams The Lady Vols are slated for a potential return to the throne this year; the men’s team looks to sneak into March Madness after a third straight year of riding the bubble. There’s even more on the line for Cuonzo Martin and his team, as former coach Bruce Pearl becomes eligible to coach at a Division I NCAA school after the conclusion of this season. Will UT be willing to bring in a proven winner, even if he’s a proven liar? It may depend on whether Martin’s third season can end in a successful presence in the year-end tournament. As for the Lady Vols, the weight may fall squarely on the shoulders of star guard, Meighan Simmons. The team’s only senior will be looked to for leadership; if she can deliver, it could be a deep run for a team that ended the season by winning 10 of its last 11 games. Falling: “Pig” Howard’s predicted offensive output “Dealing with personal circumstances.” That’s how Coach Butch Jones explained “Pig” Howard’s announced leave of absence from the team Wednesday. Though the rising junior was one of UT’s most productive offensive weapons last season – catching 44

passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns – it appears, for the moment, that more weight will be shouldered by rising sophomore Marquez North and true freshman Josh Malone, a four-star recruit that ESPN ranked seventh at his position coming out of high school. And whether Howard will return is hard to tell – he’s still enrolled at UT, but the length of his leave is up in the air. Rising: SGA campaign season The campaigns have declared; the petitions have been signed; the traditional, glamorous publicity photos have been taken – it’s election time in Tennessee. Two main campaigns have emerged, We Are UT and Keny – Dugosh, and one nebulous campaign, [Insert]. Fronting We Are UT are presidential candidate Carly Frensley, vice presidential candidate Jack Johnson, student services director Katelyn Hadder, and board of trustees candidate R.J. Duncan. Keny – Dugosh, meanwhile, has eschewed the traditional election campaign format and stuck to a simple ticket: Kelsey Keny for president and Connor Dugosh for vice president. [Insert], the third campaign, describes itself on the group’s Facebook page: “Everyone knows that being the best SGA campaign is like being the most buoyant turd in the septic tank, but we here at [Insert] plan on being the best buoyant turd we can be.” The ticket comprises “Stone Cold” Quinn Cowan for president, Ryan “Nighthawk” Whitener for vice president, Kyle “Ice Blood” White for student service director, and Cody “Big Honey” Walsh for the board of trustees. Falling: Number of days until Spring Break Seven days, y’all. We can make it.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

THE DAILY BEACON • 5 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson

ARTS & CULTURE

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Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark

Christine Gidden (left), Tyler Yoner (middle) and Alexandria Green (right), all students in a Japanese class, work on following the Japanese Cooking Demo at the I-House on Tuesday night.

Japan represented at I-House through song, dance, delicacy Emily Rytz Contributor A little bit of Japanese culture was introduced to UT students, faculty and community members Wednesday night at the International House. Guests were treated to a night of delicious Japanese food, traditional dancing, a martial arts performance and a musical show. With just three world showcase weeks per semester, the I-House’s three graduate assistants are given the task to choose which cultures they want to feature. Leigh Ackerman, one of the three graduate assistants, spearheaded the quest to hold the Japanese Culture Night this semester. “I reached out to the Japanese faculty and they contacted Japanese students since there is no Japanese student organization,� Ackerman said. “We wanted to see who would come out and help with this event. We also had a ton of volunteers that are students who are enrolled in Japanese classes come and help out this week.� The night started with some traditional Japanese food for dinner. The guests were served Oyakodon, which is a spiced mixture of chicken, egg and rice. Yakisoba—a fried noodle and

vegetable dish—was also served. Yakisoba was originally a common snack food but has more recently been made into a popular family dish. It can now also be bought as a prepackaged meal. Guests also were treated to Miso soup. There are three different forms of this soup and the type one chooses to eat depends on the region in which they are located and their own personal preference. Next on the list of events for the night was traditional Japanese dancing that was performed by six UT students. They performed Soran Bushi, a popular dance that originates from Hokkaido in the northern part of Japan. The dance represents the art of catching fish. Hitomi Sakiyama, an exchange student from Japan studying International relations and peace studies, led the dance and says that this dance usually has more people in it and is much longer. “This dance is very famous,� Sakiyama said. “Even I learned this dance as a child, and I am from the very bottom part of Japan. It is extremely well-known throughout all parts of Japan and is danced often.� After the dance was finished, the crowd learned about the history of martial arts and was shown a performance. This specific type of martial arts is known

as Kendo which means, “the way of the sword.� In Kendo, fighters use a bamboo sword and are taught discipline, manner and respect through physical and mental practice. Kendo originated as a practice for the samurai to prepare for sword fighting. It prepared them to kill who they were fighting against. In today’s society, it is practiced worldwide by both men and women. The crowd was then treated to a music performance that was put on by UT students enrolled in a Japanese class this semester. Sakiyama interpreted the song for the audience and then the students sang the song twice through. The sell-out crowd was entertained all evening by the fascinating traditions that were provided by the I-House’s Japanese Culture Night. Events such as these usually draw many people from all over the community. “I think it’s a fun way for people to learn about another culture,� Ackerman said. “In a college environment, you see all the study abroad information and you want to learn about other cultures, and this is a really great way to see them.� Check out the I-House website for news on other upcoming cultural nights.

Used book sale benefits local libraries the first Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale started in a small space of the Western Plaza Shopping Center. Used to supplement what tax payerfunds could not cover, the sale has grown considerably, now residing in an exhibit hall in the Knoxville Convention Center. “I guess it was just an obvious fit,� Carini said. “There’s a mix of people who love to read with more books than they can handle but who want to collect more.� Funds from the sale go

Jenna Butz Staff Writer Friends of the Knox County Library will open their Annual Used Book Sale this weekend at the Knoxville Convention Center to raise funds for Knox County libraries. The sale begins Saturday, March 8 with a preview sale for Friends of the Library members. It opens to the public Sunday, March 9. Extending their Bag Sale Mania an extra day, the final weekend of the sale, March 15-16, will allow shoppers to fill a bag with books and DVDs for $5 a bag. There is also an “Early Bird Special for Educators� sale Friday, March 14 for tutors, librarians and childcare professionals to shop the bag sale a day early. Seventy percent of the books are collected through donations and the other 30 through withdraws from the Knox County libraries throughout the year. Maggie Carini, the Friends of the Library communications chair, said she sees the success of the event as a testament to improved literacy levels and interest in reading within the Knoxville community. “First, I think it’s kind of like ‘What’s not to love?’ Our town has plenty of readers who love collecting and reading but don’t always have room for it all,� Carini said. “So, we make appeals for what they are no longer reading or using. “Secondly, people in our town are becoming better and stronger readers, which is great.� Beginning 35 years ago,

BOOK SALE

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reference librarian Candra Philips, Burris believes it “can make a big difference in students’ success here in Knox County,� a difference that will come in large part through years of fundraising efforts by the organization. Aside from its large collection of hardbacks and paperbacks, the sale also boasts a room full of collector and vintage books of “greater importance� that Carini said are “cheaper than what you would find on the Internet.�. Where students are concerned, there is the opportunity for them to find a textbook for a class for a significantly discounted price. The sale also sees individuals who are looking to enter a career or start a hobby who can now invest in the proper literature for around $2. Organized and operated entirely by volunteers, Burris said the event depends on a certain kind of people. “People who love the library so much that they’re willing to work their tails off – some of them 12 months out of the year – so that every penny of our proceeds goes to strengthening our library system,� Burris said. Stating that the sale’s greatest marketing is word of mouth, Carini sees her own involvement as a promotion for the event. “People who know me and know how interested I am in this,� Carini said. “People see that I enjoy this and that strangers enjoy each other’s company. It’s being a good citizen.� Hardback books are $2, and paperbacks are $1. For more information, visit www. knoxfriends.org.

• Cost: Most books $2 or less

directly to local libraries for projects, programs and other needs. From rocking chairs to updated media, the Annual Used Book Sale “keeps things in good repair and keeps them from falling into disrepair,� according to Carini. Abby Burris, Friends of the Library coordinator, sees a computer class given in Spanish as one of the biggest improvements in the Knox County libraries. Taught by

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Friday, March 7, 2014 Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

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Assistant Sports Editor Dargan Southard

MEN’S TENNIS

Vols preparing for ‘battle’ on court against Ole Miss Garrett Ahmad Contributor

The Tennessee men’s tennis team battled the weather in a 4-1 win against No. 52 Georgia Tech Tuesday at Goodfriend Tennis Center. For the first time in five matches, No. 13 Tennessee took the doubles point despite playing in sub-40 degree weather. “I think that’s definitely important for us to get the doubles point and to get back on track in that sense,” junior Hunter Reese said. “It’s so vital in the SEC because all the singles matches are going to be pretty tight, so that doubles point really can make the difference in a match, almost week in week out. “It’s nice moving forward that we’ve got a little momentum.” In the singles portion of the match, Reese was the first to finish with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Nathan Rakitt, extending his undefeated streak this spring. “I try to avoid thinking about (the streak),” Reese said, “but I do know I haven’t taken a loss. I don’t even know how many wins I have. I don’t want to know. I try not to think about it.” After losing the next singles

match, the Vols won the next two to secure the victory. Head coach Sam Winterbotham was proud of his team for braving the cold in its second outdoor match of the season. “I love the word ‘proud,’” Winterbotham. “It’s something that I’ll use and what I mean is that I’m proud of everybody on this team. We have a group of

“On Sunday, we’ve got a team that in the last number of years has been consistently one of the better teams in the SEC. They compete really hard.” -Sam Winterbotham, head coach

really good guys. So I’m very proud of them.” The Vols next face Ole Miss (2-5, 0-2) at home on Friday at 2 p.m. “Ole Miss has beaten us the last at least three times we’ve played them,” Reese said. “They’re tough every year. I think we’ve got a few different match-

ups this year. They lost a few players, which will be interesting to see how that pans out.” Tennessee is winless against SEC teams this season after losing to Texas A&M in the ITA Indoor Championships and Georgia this past Sunday. However, Winterbotham still believes his team has the ability to compete in the SEC. “We know we can beat everybody in the SEC,” Winterbotham said, “but we also know that we can be beaten by everybody in the SEC. That’s the reality of our league” Tennessee will face No. 17 Mississippi State at home again Sunday, a must-win if the Vols hope to keep their SEC title aspirations alive. “On Sunday, we’ve got a team that in the last number of years has been consistently one of the better teams in the SEC,” Winterbotham said. “They compete really hard. “It’s going to be a battle both Friday and Sunday.” Both of Tennessee’s opponents are filled with new players, which will provide a new challenge for the Vols. “There will be some different matchups that we haven’t seen in the past,” Reese said, “and that will make it interesting. So it will be a good weekend for us to get tested.” Tennessee junior Hunter Reese returns a forehand against Georgia Tech at Barksdale Stadium on March 4.

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Lady Vols looking to stay hot in SEC tourney Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer The last time Tennessee met up with LSU in the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament was in the 2012 title game when the Lady Vols won 70-58 to give Pat Summitt her 16th league championship; the run also turned out to be her last season as head coach. Now, two years later, and under the leadership of second-year head coach Holly Warlick, the No. 2-seeded and sixthranked Lady Vols will tip-off once again with the Tigers – this time in this season’s SEC women’s tournament quarterfinals tonight from the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Although Nikki Caldwell’s Tigers enter the tournament as losers of six straight contests, the former Lady Vol guard (1991-94) and her team avoided elimination by defeating No. 7 Alabama 78-65 on Thursday night. “You always see different kinds of teams that go in and they all have different mindsets,” junior forward Isabelle Harrison said of teams entering the tournament with a clean slate. “You’re never going to

see the same team that you were playing during the regular season.” This will be the third matchup this season between the two as each squad won on the road with UT winning the last matchup, 72-67, on Feb. 27 at LSU. In their last regular season game, the Lady Vols turned the ball over a seasonlow seven times against No. 5 South Carolina, who holds the No. 1 seed in the tournament. “We had very few turnovers, which I was very proud of,” senior Meighan Simmons said after the South Carolina win. “We rebounded the ball very well, and that’s something we’re going to have to do in the NCAAs and especially the SECs.” Simmons will try to carry over her success that she’s had over the past 12 games, in which she averaged 20.4 points per game and shot 49.7 percent from the field, 47.2 percent from deep and 85.3 percent at the line. Simmons, who averaged 16.2 points per game in the regular season, will also try to emulate her last performance against the Tigers in which she poured in 31 points on an 11-of-18 effort from the field, including five 3-pointers and a season-high seven

rebounds. “I really want us to finish with the SEC Championship,” Simmons said, who is just 42 points away from becoming the fifth player in Lady Vol history to reach the 2,000-point plateau. “As a senior, it’s something you always want to end your legacy on. “I really think winning the SEC would help in possibly going on to the NCAAs, and finishing in the Final Four would be great.” While the Lady Vols enter the tournament as winners of 10 of their last 11 games and are focused on winning the program’s 17th conference championship, they are not trying to look too far ahead. “We’ve talked all year about taking one game at a time,” Warlick said. “We are trying to not look back and not look ahead, just stay in the moment. “I think that’s been a great thing for us this year to really focus on what we have to get done, take care of ourselves, get better with ourselves, and then we will prepare for our opponent.” The Lady Vols’ matchup with the Tigers tips at 6 p.m. and will be televised by SportSouth and streamed on ESPN3.

SPRING PRACTICE continued from Page 1 And winning at Tennessee includes thriving in the SEC, a conference that has won seven out of the last eight national championships, so Jones is planning on a meticulous process to find a quarterback capable of succeeding. “We will chart, film and evaluate everything,” Jones said. “We will evaluate how they are in team meetings, in the classroom and how they perform in individual drills. Every rep is a valuable rep. You don’t know how many reps you are going to get so you better make sure you make the most of every single rep. “Every rep is for a championship.” Extracting Explosiveness It was a detail that Jones didn’t try to hide about his Tennessee squad last season. In fact, the second-year head coach made it blatantly clear that his team lacked playmakers last year. The lack of explosiveness, however, is something the Vols hope to have an abundance of this year, as they added three wide receivers and three running backs in their 2014 recruiting class to go along with the maturation of their other young players. “We all know we didn’t have very many explosive plays last year, and it’s hard to play perfect – you can’t – especially in this conference,” Jones said. “We

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need playmakers, so that’s why I’m excited to see how far we’ve come, not just with the 14 newcomers. “Jason Croom has had a very good offseason. Marquez North ... looks like a completely different person, he has tremendous confidence right now. He is one of those individuals that you just see that look in his eye and you see he’s extremely competitive, but he’s focused. He has that look in his eye that he’s chasing greatness.” The overall increase in team speed should also positively affect the play of the special teams unit, where Jones thinks the Vols will see their biggest improvement this season. “I think that’s what will be the biggest difference in our football team, and it should be in terms of our overall team speed,” Jones said. “I think that will be extremely evident in the special teams game from the returner position, but also in our coverage teams.” Out for spring practice Wide receivers Drae Bowles and Ryan Jenkins, tight ends A.J. Branisel and Brendan Downs, safety Brian Randolph and defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry will not participate in spring drills for the Vols. “They will split their time in the weight room and working on the mental aspect, so when we get them back in June or July, they will be ready to go,” said Jones regarding the workload the six players will undergo while out.


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Vols playing ‘best basketball’ heading into senior night Steven Cook Copy Editor The Tennessee Volunteers have never iterated more than now that they need to take things one game at a time. Coincidentally, that’s all the time four seniors have left to play in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols will finish their regular season against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN, as two bubble teams fighting for a NCAA Tournament spot will battle on national television. It will also be senior night in Knoxville, recognizing seniors Jordan McRae, Jeronne Maymon, Antonio Barton and D’Montre Edwards in a pregame ceremony set to start at 3:45 p.m. The only way the Vols (19-11, 10-7 SEC) will face another opponent on their home floor this season is if they fail to make the NCAAs yet again, in which case they would likely open the NIT at home. But with UT notching its first three-game win streak in SEC play and coming off demolitions of Vanderbilt and Auburn, there’s no doubt that the Vols are rolling into

what could very well turn into a spot in the Big Dance. “It’s definitely our best basketball,” Vol forward Jarnell Stokes told reporters after Wednesday’s 82-54 win over the Tigers. “Auburn felt that they could pull this game out, but we came in and took the life out of the arena. “It’s our best basketball, and at the right time, also.” That may be an understatement. After coming off an overtime loss to Texas A&M on Feb. 22, the Vols haven’t lost as they aim to close out the season by further bolstering their postseason resume. However, making it a four-game win streak will be easier said than done for Tennessee, who fell 75-70 to the Tigers (21-9, 9-8) in the season’s first meeting on Feb. 15. But before the referees toss the ball into the air, some Vols will have to keep their emotions at bay during the pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors. For Maymon, a transfer from Marquette and native of Madison, Wis., who has emulated UT’s “Tougher Breed” motto through his intense play while battling through injuries, it will be an emotional moment. “I’m pretty sure when Saturday gets

How they match up Missouri

Senior forward Jeronne Maymon battles for position during UT’s 76-38 win over Vanderbilt March 1 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols and Maymon will take on Missouri at home on Saturday at 4 p.m for senior night.

here,” Maymon told Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp on the Vol Network broadcast after Wednesday’s game, “(when it) rolls around, the emotions are going to flow. “The enthusiasm from the crowd and seeing everybody – I’ve had such a great time at the University of Tennessee, so it’s going to be overwhelming.” While he isn’t the player he once was physically and has taken a backseat to Stokes this season, Maymon has proven his worth as of late. The senior is shooting 63 percent from the field in his last four games, a span in which he has nearly averaged a double-double (11.25 points and 9.75 rebounds). Head coach Cuonzo Martin will be the first to brag about Maymon’s heart as he prepares for life after college basketball. “You’re talking about a guy that’s a senior,” Martin said. “You know, the time is ticking. I obviously think he’ll play a long time after college basketball, but it’s just a case where a guy is taking pride in what he’s doing. “He knows he is a senior and that he wants to be successful. He wants his team to make the NCAA tournament. He’s just one of those guys that is doing what he does.”

Who to watch for

Tennessee

74.0

Scoring Offense

72.5

68.9

Scoring Defense

62.3

.462

Field Goal %

.357 +5.8 10.7

Assists Per Game

12.7

3.3

Blocks Per Game

4.9

PPG RPG APG FG% #32 G Jabari Brown

20.1 4.5

2.0

.483

.447

#5 G Jordan Clarkson

18.3 4.1

3.5

.456

3-Point %

.344

#33 G Earnest Ross

13.9 6.2

1.4

.413

Rebound Margin

+8.6

4.7

Steals Per Game

5.2

-1.8

Turnover Margin

+.0.3

Last Meeting Feb. 15, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Tigers, 75-70


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Vols hope to gain respect against Arizona State In less than three weeks, they’ve swept away weekend opponents, churned out a record-breaking start and rediscovered the national rankings after a six-year hiatus. But for third-year head coach Dave Serrano and the Tennessee baseball program, the rejuvenation process is still just beginning. “We’re excited as a group because we’re trying to still make a name for ourselves,” Serrano said. “We’re 12-0. We’re not getting the recognition around the country that maybe I believe we should be, but maybe there’s a reason for that. “We’re going to have to go out and beat some big boys to start proving ourselves to the country.” That opportunity at garnering national respect comes this weekend when the No. 19 Volunteers (12-0) travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face No. 24 Arizona State in a three-game series beginning tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST. No matter the formula, the Sun Devils (6-4) certainly fit the mold of a perennial college baseball powerhouse. The five-time National Champions have only missed the NCAA tournament seven times since 1981 – their 2007 appearance was vacated – and have sent more than 100 former Sun Devils to the MLB. This season, ASU, who was ranked as high as 18th in the pre-

season, struggled out of the gates, though, losing four of its first six contests of 2014. But the Sun Devils, have rebounded as of late and enter tonight’s series riding a four-game winning streak, including a perfect showing in the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic this past weekend. “We’ll have our hands full this weekend,” Serrano said. “We know that … the atmosphere will be rockin’. It’ll be a hostile environment, and (Arizona State’s) a very good baseball team. We’ll be up for the challenge, but we do know we’ll have our hands full.” As for the starting rotation, UT’s third-year head coach made no changes from last weekend’s series against Quinnipiac. Nick Williams will get the nod in tonight’s opener, with Andrew Lee going on Saturday and Kyle Serrano taking the hill in the finale on Sunday. “It’s exciting to go out there,” said Williams, who owns an 1.00 ERA through two starts and a long relief appearance. “They’re a big name in baseball, a big powerhouse. Going out there and coming away with wins would be fun, but it’s going to be tough. We’re going to have to battle each and every game. “I’m going to take it like I have been the past three outings — pitch how I pitch and try not to do anything too much that I don’t do (usually).” In 2013, ASU took two of three

at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, despite being outscored 12-11 in the threegame set. Sun Devil lefties Ryan Kellogg and Brett Lilek heavily contributed to the series victory in Knoxville, as the duo combined for 10 strikeouts and one run allowed in seven innings of work. Both southpaws are scheduled to start this weekend against the Vols, with Lilek (1-0, 1.29) going in the opener and Kellogg (1-1, 4.50) slated for Saturday. “They’ve got two very good left-handed pitchers in their rotation,” Dave Serrano said. “We saw both of them last year. That’ll be a challenge to us due to the fact how we’re so left-handed with our lineup.” After UT opened the 2014 campaign with 12 consecutive games inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium, the Tempe trek will serve as the Vols’ first road trip of the season — their latest since 2011. Williams, one of five seniors on the team, felt those early home matchups were extremely crucial, given the multitude of underclassman and newcomers that reside on UT’s roster. “I think it was good for us to open with a lot of these games at home just because we’ve got a lot of new guys (and) young guys still,” Williams said. “I think we’ve matured along the way, and I think playing at Arizona State now it’s just going to be another game to Senior Nick Williams delivers a pitch during the Vols’ 13-2 win over Quinnipiac us.” on Feb. 28 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols will take on Arizona State for a three-game series in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.

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Injured freshman Robert Hubbs III poses in the Vols’ new ‘Smokey Gray’ uniforms that were unveiled on Thursday.

UT unveils ‘Smokey Gray’ Staff Report The Tennessee Volunteer men’s basketball team unveiled their new “Smokey Gray” uniform for use in the 2014 college basketball postseason on Thursday. The Vols can wear the uniform as soon as next week,

beginning with the SEC Tournament on March 12-16 in Atlanta. The uniform is part of Adidas’ “Made in March Uniform System” collection that features a “functional perforated print pattern along the leg of the stretch-woven short to enhance breathability and ventilation, keeping players cool

as the clock winds down and ClimaCool zones on the chest, back and side that move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry,” according to a UT release. The Lady Vols revealed similar jerseys for their postseason run before their practice on Tuesday.

Lady Vols prep for SEC play in weekend tourney Garrett Ahmad Contributor The No. 2 Tennessee Lady Volunteer softball team will look to prepare for its upcoming SEC slate by hosting the Tennessee Tournament this weekend at Lee Stadium. Coming off two emphatic victories over Wright State, the Lady Vols (17-1) have one week to get ready for the SEC season that begins on March 14. “It’s just a tournament that we’re putting on right before we play,” said sophomore Hannah Akamine, who hit two home runs against Wright State on Wednesday. “I think we’re all really excited for it. “It’s the last tournament before actual SEC play, and we’re really coming out with some passion and drive to really be competitive.” Tennessee will begin its preparation today with a doubleheader against Holy Cross (1-3) and Campbell (13-8), followed by Western Kentucky (11-6-1) on Saturday. The toughest test for the Lady Vols could come on Sunday when they face Georgia Southern (14-5) in the first game of a doubleheader. In their third game of the season, Tennessee barely

escaped with a 1-0 win against the Eagles as Lady Vol Melissa Davin scored the only run of the game with a solo home run in the second inning. The second game of Sunday’s doubleheader will be against College of Charleston (12-7), which has won seven straight games. The streak was started Feb. 25 when sophomore Valerie Cassell no-hit South Carolina State. “There are about to be a bunch of really good teams,” sophomore Rainey Gaffin said, “and our first home series with people here from everywhere. So I just think it’s going to be an awesome tournament and playing good competition. It’s going to be a good weekend. I’m excited.” Gaffin herself tossed a nohitter in her first career start Wednesday during an 8-0 win over Wright State. Gaffin was not initially expected to start for the Lady Vols this season after being converted to a pitcher this offseason, but after some of her performances in relief, co-head coach Ralph Weekly said he had two reasons to change his tune. “She’s a really good pitcher, number one,” Weekly said. “And number two, some of the games she’s thrown, one of them she threw against the

University of South Florida and the coach there is a U.S. team coach, and he was very pleased with the way she threw and he’s been a pitching coach for a long time.” Gaffin has now been thrown into the mix for the second starter behind senior Ellen Renfroe. “Rainey’s got some talent,” Weekly said. “She’s got to be polished a little bit. Ellen’s our primary starter. The second spot is up for grabs, and Rainey made a good run for it tonight.” However, Gaffin has serious competition from the others on the pitching staff. Sophomore Erin Gabriel has succeed filling the second starter role up to now – currently wielding a 3-0 record with a 2.37 ERA – while junior Cheyanne Tarango has also performed well. “They are all three trying to be the other starter because you only have two starters in fast pitch softball,” Weekly said. “Even if they don’t become the starter, they will become the first backup. Also, Ellen graduates this year, so we are looking for two or three pitchers to carry us next season.” First pitch for UT’s matchup against Holy Cross will be 3:30 p.m. while Campbell and the Lady Vols will square off at 6 p.m.


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