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Trooper makes 2 DUI arrests in one traffic stop FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers needed just one traffic stop to make two arrests for drunken driving. Troopers said a highway patrol officer arrested a 42year-old man for drunken driving after stopping him for speeding on Sunday. A short time later, a 29-yearold man arrived to take custody of the car. The officer determined he had driven to the scene while drunk. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that the second man also had an outstanding warrant for failure to report to jail from a prior DUI.
UT’s Quiz Bowl team is one of the smallest organizations on campus but is making huge waves in the intercollegiate competition level. At the most recent, National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) competition at UT, more than 12 teams competed from Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. UT’s team, consisting of many first-time competitors, placed second in their division overall and first place in the undergraduate division. Quiz Bowl president Derrik Smith equates the impressive performance to the dedication and enthusiasm of all those involved. “What we accomplished would not have been possible without the number of hours put in by the team, and we earned a hard-fought second
place,” Smith, junior in physics, said. Smith said the strong performance of UT’s team also stood out because UT had a relative lack of practice time in comparison to other teams that competed. “Considering most of the teams listed have been together practicing and competing in Quiz Bowl s i n c e September, I would say that our team, having only formed in November, performed very well in comparison,” he said. The Quiz Bowl team itself consists of a diverse group from varying fields of studies. The members are involved in the Chancellor’s Honors Program and SGA Senate, as well as many other activities. When it comes to competing, Smith said that being a good student
is the most important and easiest way to be successful in the Quiz Bowl. Though the event does focus on high-achieving students, with UT’s Dennis Vann, junior in history, and Carey Cantrell, senior in biological studies, being recognized as top competitors at the recent NAQT Regional Competition, the event is meant to be an enjoyable outlet for students to compete. “Quiz Bowl is supposed to be a fun environment where people can learn random factoids and maybe win a tournament or two,” Smith said. “We just want our members to come to practice, answer when they know it, go to competitions and overall just to have fun with Quiz Bowl.” The team is currently looking to expand, hoping to give all interested students the chance to join the Quiz
Bowl team at UT. Members remark how the meetings are less of “practice” and more of just a time to hang out and have friendly competition, always learning something new. “I chose to compete for two reasons: getting to challenge others about random facts and learn new things in the process,” Vann said. “I genuinely have a good time and am definitely looking forward to competing again.” The Quiz Bowl team has an impressive record thus far and is looking to allow others to contribute to make the team stronger. “Our impressive performance in a field of not only upperclassmen but also graduate students shows me that this team has potential,” Smith said. All students are encouraged to come to either of the two interest meetings taking place Thursday and Friday in the UC room 227. Any questions can be sent to Quizbowl@utk.edu.
Thai protesters vow to spill own blood BANGKOK — Protest leaders vowed Monday to collect blood from tens of thousands of anti-government activists and splash it onto the Thai government headquarters in a symbolic sacrifice to press their demands for new elections. As many as 100,000 “Red Shirt” protesters converged Sunday on Bangkok to demand that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva agree to dissolve parliament by midday Monday. Abhisit refused and blanketed the capital in security but said his government was open to listening to what else the protesters have to say. Frustrated, the protest leaders said they would collect “1 million cubic centimeters” of protesters’ blood, or about 264 gallons (1,000 liters), to spill at Government House in the Thai capital by Tuesday evening — a tactic slammed by the Red Cross as wasteful and potentially unhygienic. Sandbags delivered ahead of expected Fargo flood FARGO, N.D. — Police escorted convoys of flatbed trucks carrying piles of sandbags into neighborhoods along Fargo’s Red River on Monday as residents began preparing to keep the looming flood waters away from their homes. The cities of Fargo in eastern North Dakota and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., were in flood fighting mode after the National Weather Service bumped up its flood crest forecast because of warm weather and rain. The Red River is expected to crest on Saturday about 20 feet above the flood stage, meaning the rising waters flowing over the river’s banks could threaten nearby houses, roads and parks.
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Sammy Anderson of the UT Rugby Football Club breaks free from a defender in this past Saturday’s match against Ole Miss. The Vols defeated the Ole Miss squad 57-0. The team hosts it’s final home match March 20 versus Georgia.
State prepares for implementation of Next Generation 911 technology
Professor named CCI associate dean Staff Reports
The Associated Press The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board is aiming for the technology to make local emergency centers across the state ready for Next Generation 911 beginning in early 2011. To help make NG-911 a reality, the state communications board will spread $25 million across the state to fund technology upgrades at local E-911 centers. The board collects millions of dollars annually in 911 cell phone tariffs and redistributes those funds to local E-911 centers through grants and population formulas. “We need NG-911 to handle the emerging technologies like Internet phone service and the many capabilities of today’s cell phones,” Lynn Questell, executive director of the board, told The Knoxville News Sentinel. NG-911 involves developing a digital wireless emergency network that uses Internet protocol and is supported by fiber optics statewide. Not only does the technology provide quicker emergency responses, it also enables interactivity between emergency service providers and those needing the services. See 911 on Page 3
Catherine Luther has been named associate dean for academic programs for the UT College of Communication and Information. Luther, interim coordinator of the college’s interdisciplinary graduate programs and associate professor in the college’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, had taken on additional interim administrative duties for the college since January of this year, when her predecessor, Sally McMillan, was named vice provost for academic affairs. The appointment became official on March 1. Michael Wirth, dean of the
college, said Luther was chosen through a unanimous decision by a committee appointed to fill this position. He said Luther has many merits that helped the committee choose. “(She is) strong academically; she has lots of professional experience, good communication skills and the support of the faculty,” Wirth said. In addition to teaching college-wide graduate courses, Luther will oversee recruiting efforts, the application process, undergraduate and graduate programs and curricula for the college. Wirth said he looks forward to Luther’s involvement with the college in this new position. “I expect she will bring a
new set of eyes, renewed energy and will help move the undergraduate and graduate programs forward to achieve excellence in all areas,” he said. Luther, a well-known scholar in the area of international communication, earned a doctorate at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and joined UT as an assistant professor in 1998. She was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan in 2007. In addition to her academic career, Luther has been a producer for ABC News’ Tokyo bureau and a reporter/producer for Japan America Television Inc., based in Los Angeles.
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• 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. — As part of WUOT’s 60th anniversary celebrations, legendary NPR newscaster and “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” star Carl Kasell shares his experiences in public broadcasting and answers questions at a brown bag lunch seminar in the UC Shiloh Room.WUOT will provide soft drinks, though attendees should bring their own lunches and $5 for admission. Seats can be reserved by calling (865) 974-6167
• 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. — UT Hillel/Jewish Student Center hosts an evening of comedy featuring five-time Emmy award winner Alan Zweibel, who has written for “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Saturday Night Live,” in the UC Auditorium.The event is free and open to the public. • 7 p.m. — As part of the Great Decisions Program, John Marks, president and founder of Search for Common Ground in Washington, D.C., speaks on “Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution” in the I-House Great Room.The event is free and open to the public.The Great Decisions Program is coordinated by the Center of International Education and funded by the Ready for the World initiative.
• 7 p.m. — As part of the sophoMORE initiative, a discussion in the University Center Crest Room will address questions sophomores may have on a variety of issues, including the potential for changing majors during sophomore year. Students can talk to various representatives from college advising offices, Career Services and the Student Success Center.
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Writer Gary Paulsen spoke and signed books Tuesday in the UC Auditorium. He spoke to the packed audience about his life stories that led him to write his many novels. His newest novel titled “Wood’s Runner” is coming out soon. Children from several elementary schools attended and the line for the book signing was out the door.
THE CRIME Tuesday, March 9 • 2:08 a.m. — Officers responded to a disturbance at 2001 Cumberland Avenue, where two men were apparently making a scene. On scene, the men sat in a red Dodge Durango. They appeared extremely intoxicated and when questioned, had slurred speech and smelled of heavy alcohol consumption. At this time, the passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to re-enter the store. The employees asked officers to restrain the man from coming in, as he and his companion had started a fracas and thrown items around the store previously. Officers obliged, and the man was asked to have a seat. The driver also held an open beer, and the vehicle’s engine was running. An officer asked the driver to shut off the ignition before continuing with questioning. The driver exited the vehicle and had trouble standing. He fell against the SUV
several times, and due to safety concerns, a field sobriety test was not conducted. The driver was detained for first offense DUI. His passenger, who could not resume operating the vehicle due to a level of drunkenness, was arrested for public intoxication. Their argument was reportedly over a lighter. • 11:55 a.m. — Officer responded to a theft at the loading dock at the Biotech building. The complainant explained that it was electrical parts containing copper, used for a refrigeration unit in the building’s basement. The items included four balusters and four light bulbs. The last time the unit was seen functioning was November 2009. It was turned off in late December, due to the missing parts. The compressor was damaged in the theft but later replaced. However the unit cannot function if its missing components are not replaced.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY • 1751 — James Madison, drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the “Federalist Papers” and fourth president of the United States, is born on a plantation in Virginia. Madison first distinguished himself as a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he successfully completed a fouryear course of study in two years and, in 1769, helped found the American Whig Society, the second literary and debate society at Princeton (and the world), to rival the previously established Cliosophic Society. Madison returned to Virginia with intellectual accolades but poor health in 1771. By 1776, he was sufficiently recovered to serve for three years in the legislature of the new state of Virginia, where he came to know and admire Thomas Jefferson. In this capacity, he assisted with the drafting of the Virginia Declaration of Religious Freedom and the critical decision for Virginia to cede its western claims to the Continental Congress. • 1926 — The first man to give hope to dreams of space travel is American Robert H. Goddard, who successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Mass., on March 16, 1926. The rocket traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. The rocket was 10 feet tall, constructed out of thin pipes and was fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline. The Chinese developed the first military rockets in the early 13th century using gunpowder and probably built firework rockets at an earlier date. Gunpowder-propelled military rockets appeared in Europe sometime in the 13th century, and in the 19th century British engineers made several important advances in early rocket science. — Courtesy of History.com
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Recyclympics uses recycled materials for games UT is hosting its first-ever Recyclympics on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the TRECS Intramural Fields. Students, faculty and staff will compete in various events such as a recycled phone book shot-put, dumpster dive, aluminum can crush and recycle pong. Participants can register on site. The cost of participation is a bag of recyclable material such as empty bottles and cans. RecycleMania T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants to register, and prizes will be awarded to the individual and team participants who score the most points in a variety of activities. RecycleMania aims to increase recycling participation by students and staff and raise awareness about the significance of waste reduction programs on campuses. It is part the university’s efforts to become “climate neutral.” Recyclympics is part of RecycleMania, which is a 10-week competition among more than 600 college and university recycling programs. For this year’s competition, UT’s recycling program has decided to take on the University of Florida. RecycleMania ends on March 27. Library to install entrance card swipe after hours The UT Libraries are in the process of implementing a card swipe entry system for Hodges Library between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The second-floor door across from Melrose will serve as the sole entry point for UT students, faculty and staff during these hours, and a swipe of the VolCard will be required to enter. Individuals may still exit at the ground floor doors, but entry will be closed between midnight and 7 a.m. at the Volunteer Boulevard entrance. Announcement of a start date will be made in advance of activation. Race to raise money for electronic resources The UT Graduate Student Senate will host the 18th annual Love Your Libraries Fun Run on the UT campus. The 5K race and fun walk will take place Saturday. Registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in Circle Park, and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit UT Libraries. The race is sanctioned and emceed by the Knoxville Track Club. An awards ceremony will follow the race. In addition to individual awards to top runners, the “Best Team” award will be given to the organization with the most registrants. UT student organizations are invited to participate. Registration is $20 per runner/walker. The Graduate Student Senate hosted its first race to benefit the UT Libraries in 1992. Proceeds from the 2010 race will be used to purchase electronic library resources that are critical to both undergraduate and graduate study. More details and a copy of the registration form are available at http://www.lib.utk.edu/funrun. Spots still open for leadership conference Registration for the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference is still open. The conference is March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UC. This year students will be able to “find their new direction” by attending three different breakout sessions on a variety of different topics. Presentation topics in the past have included networking, learning about and improving your student organization, values and ethical leadership, leadership in the “real” world, keeping your meetings exciting, the concept of “servant leadership” and many more. For more information, visit http://sold.utk.edu to register.
NG-911 will offer automatic crash notification to E-911 centers on cars equipped with the technology and will allow texting between the public and E911 centers. It also will allow various emergency agencies to talk to one another and allows E911 centers across the state to coordinate efforts. The technology also can let different states communicate in emergencies. In February the board said it would pay each of the 100 emergency communications districts statewide $120,000, plus an additional amount based on the population served by the E-911 center, to help finance the costs to upgrade to the digital NG-911 system. For Joe Wilson, executive director of the Bradley County E-911 Center, that means his district will get $319,000 for the NG-911 upgrade. Wilson also is president of the Tennessee Emergency Number Association. “I think that will get us what we need, but the costs right now are a moving target,” Wilson said. “Excited is the right word,” Wilson said of the NG-911 concept. “With all those cell phones out there, that’s a bunch of eyes on the street for us.” Wilson noted Tennessee was the third state in the nation to have total location identification coverage wherever a wireless connection existed. Now he sees the TECB taking the lead on a statewide NG-911 system. “We’re not going to take a back seat to anyone,” Wilson said.
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UT to sell president’s house to cut costs, smooth feathers The Associated Press The University of Tennessee has put the president’s house on the market. It became a flashpoint after a former president spent $500,000 to renovate it and is a drain on the university, which is spending $180,000 annually to maintain the now-vacant house. The Georgian-style brick home is in the upscale Sequoyah Hills neighborhood on Fort Loudoun Lake. The 11,416square-foot house sits on a 3.4-acre lot and has a tennis court, boat house, deck and garden. Former UT President Andy Holt moved into the home in 1960. Since then, five UT presidents and chancellors have lived in the house. The last resident was former President John Petersen, who moved out last June. UT trustees voted in October to sell the Georgian-style mansion, known as “Sequoyah Place,” in a move to cut costs, raise cash and smooth feathers. The costly overhaul came under John Shumaker, who was recruited from the University of Louisville and was president of UT for only 18 months. Among the half-million dollars in improvement he ordered was a $4,800 outdoor grill. Shumaker resigned in 2003. A news release from the university said the house was put on the market Friday, and Coldwell Banker real estate agent Jim Ford was chosen to handle inquiries. State law requires the property to be sold by sealed bid. Prospective buyers have until April 30 to submit bids.
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Altered genes could erase disease, identity I am led to believe that, in every person’s life, there comes a time when they have lived long enough, produced a suitable number of progeny and seen enough 25th reunions and anniversaries to, at last and with wisdom — and a lot of extraneous Web searches — become interested in their family genealogy. Right now that person is my father. A few months ago, he began surfing Ancestry.com, a site that collaborates birth, death and marriage certificates to trace family lines. My father started tracking our ancestors much like a college student tracks relationship statuses on Facebook. It’s a fascinating tangle of seemingly unconnected individuals, except on Ancestry.com you may finally arrive at the tangent of your own birth. According to one family tree (there’s no sure thing since some ancestors are born without record, change their name or claim several wives), I am a descendant of Geoffrey Chaucer. You may now be amazed. However I suspected that the father of English literature may be Ancestry.com’s version of a relationship match site decoy. (”Meet Aaron. He is the exact age, the exact Protestant denomination and the exact height you selected. He shares all your interests and also wants 3.7 children. For $29.95 a month, you may meet Aaron. Oh wait, no you can’t.) So for Christmas, my brother and I gave my dad the gift of science, otherwise known as an ancestral DNA test. The test charts 43 markers on the Y chromosome. We got the mysogynistic version: The markers are only found in male genes. The results are compared with other known genomes whose owners share your last name. And then if you want, you can call up the Joneses in Wichita and see if you have the same eye color. I thought about my personal history with deoxyribonucleic acid when I read about George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and a pioneer in genome sequencing, in the March 2010 issue of Discover. The article describes his long career in DNA sequencing starting in 1977 when he began using computers to automatically sequence the DNA, which led to his Personal Genome Project today. The Personal Genome Project, created by Church, is a “wide database of personal genomes and genes that were correlated with people’s traits.” The project began with 10 volunteers whose genomes were sequenced then compared to the minutiae of their health, appearance, interests, even the region in which they live. The project is now open for anyone to submit an application. The Discover interview gives the impression that Church envisions a world where once a gene matching a predisposition to a trait is recognized, people may alter their lifestyle choices to better format their biology. For instance, those with a greater genetic risk of suffering from diabetes in adulthood will know earlier to improve their diet and exercise regimen. In addition to identifying genetic traits, medical researchers have begun experimenting with methods of deleting mutant, or harmful, genes and supplementing missing genes to reverse the course of genetic disease. Known as “gene therapy,” this new type of medicine could fix a deficiency from its launch pad. Two successful trials were published last year (and later summarized in the January/February issue of Discover): one curing nine out of 10 trial babies born with bubble baby disease (an immunodeficiency disorder) and the other reversing Leber congenital amaurosis (a mutation that prevents the eyes from properly forming rods and cones, leading to blindness later in life). Genes are certainly rising above their size to become primary players in not only the future of medicine but like Church’s Personal Genome Project, also in our relationship with our own identities. We all have strengths and weaknesses, but would complete genetic sequencing take away the slow discovery of ourselves? Will we perhaps triumph over many currently incurable diseases (a wonderful relief and research deserving of attention), yet at the risk of losing a trait that has been a powerful driver of human innovation and creativity: the question “Who am I?”
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Skiing causes fear-conquering Spring Break Ac orns and Other Seeds by
Anna-Lise Burnette Hopefully everyone enjoyed this past week, had a pleasant Spring Break and is ready to pick back up right where we left off. I, for one, had a great quick jaunt across the country but am happy to be sitting here at the airport waiting for my plane to depart for Nashville. The weather coming up looks a bit spotty, but the temperature is slowly climbing and, with it, my mood. And as I think back on this eventful week, I hope that everyone has as many memories to bring back with them as I have. Last Saturday we arrived in Denver, Colo., a city and state I had never visited before. After a several-hour shuttle ride, we finally reached our ski lodge, set high in the Rocky Mountains and tucked away in a snow drift. We settled in, were fitted for boots and skis and bedded down anxious for the next morning. Sunday is when the beating began. Prior to the ski trip, I had tried to prepare myself physically and mentally for skiing by supplementing my workouts and watching ski instruction videos on YouTube. But I realized all too quickly that nothing teaches you how to ski except actually skiing. And before it teaches you how to ski, it teaches you how to fall. I don’t know how many times I actually fell that first day; I would estimate it to be around one million times, give or take a few. More importantly though, and cheesy though it may sound, skiing also teaches you to pick yourself back up. And though knowing that your only way down the
mountain involves two thin planks of wood strapped to your feet is a great motivator to learn, I’d like to think that something inside sort of clicked, and that after a while, I just wanted to do my best. Every day that passed, I fell down less and less, felt turning become easier and found myself slowly enjoying the feeling of zooming down the mountainside. What started out as a truly frightening experience (and quite possibly the most painful few days of my life) gradually turned into a wonderful time, and by the end of the week, I was able to stop looking down at my skis, so that I could enjoy the majesty of my surroundings. Several times I had to snap myself back into reality. I was so consumed by the beautiful Rockies. Our last day of skiing was sunny and warm, with fresh powder on the slopes and smiles from ear to ear. I was no longer scared for my life, and with a newfound confidence, I promptly crashed into another skier in my party. But despite the mishaps, this week has truly been amazing. I got to see Pike’s Peak, ride along the Continental Divide and watch the North American landscape morph through the window of a plane. I pushed myself to the limit, arguably over, and I rediscovered the quiet, calm feeling of utter exhaustion. Although I have a host of bruises to show for it, in some small way I think of myself as a more capable person now, someone not too scared to jump headfirst into something that is, in my opinion, quite scary. I don’t expect that everyone conquered his or her fears over the break, but I do wish that all of you came back with a level of satisfaction that matches mine. Good luck this week. — Anna-Lise Burnette is a sophomore in global studies. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This is an exciting week. (Or so I’m telling myself as a means of coping with no longer being on Spring Break.) Yet another holiday on Wednesday, one devoted, as far as I’ve ever been able to tell, to wearing green and drinking and possibly talking in an Irish accent; two of my friends turn 21 this week; and March Madness, the best part of basketball season, starts Thursday. I’m more of a football fan, generally, but ever since ninth grade geometry, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for the NCAA tournament. My teacher was also the high school football coach, and our class was during the lunch period, so during the tournament, some of the cute, older football players would come in to watch the games, and we would all pretend to be doing homework but would actually be staring at the TV (and the football players). Good times. While a lot of my friends take the tournament with as much seriousness as they take studying for the MCATs and will literally argue for half an hour about teams, players, strategies and whatever it is they argue about (I almost never understand — my eyes start glazing over, similar to what happens when I listen to my roommate study for BCMB), I like March Madness because it’s exciting and riles everyone up. It makes them crazy, if you will. (Get it? Madness?) I don’t keep up with basketball much and know next to nothing about relative team strengths, but I don’t want to be left out of the fun: To solve this problem, I’ve evolved a rather creative and incredibly subjective method of filling out my bracket in the spring that I thought I’d share with you. (Though if you take this super-seriously, you might want to skip the rest of this column. Quite frankly, half the fun of March Madness for me is watching my basketball-crazy friends’ frustration with my bracket choices.) If anyone is still with me, here
goes: To begin with, Memphis is always in the championship game. And wins. This year, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Cry a little, to be sure, but probably Tennessee will replace Memphis as my winner. I’m not sure, though, because I haven’t finished my bracket yet. SEC teams usually win out for several games, especially in the beginning, like with Vandy v. Murray State or Florida v. BYU. But there is a critical exception: Kentucky will definitely lose first round, by a lot, because of He-Who-MustNot-Be-Named. Next comes schools my friends go to: Purdue, Syracuse, Cal, Pitt and Cornell will all do quite well. I’ll also take Wake Forest over Texas, Wofford over Wisconsin — you get the idea. Then I proceed to schools with fun names, like Marquette, Gonzaga, Xavier and Baylor, and schools with which I have random associations. I’ll choose St. Mary’s over Richmond because, even though a friend graduated from Richmond, St. Mary’s is the name of an all-girls school in Memphis, and it amuses me to no end to make jokes like, “St. Mary’s is in the basketball tournament? Why are they letting high school girls in the men’s college tournament? Aren’t they rather small compared to the rest of the teams?” (I didn’t say I made good jokes about it.) I’ll take Michigan State over New Mexico State because my high school mascot was the Spartans; they’ll probably go far in my bracket this year because there’s no one else interesting to me in the upper portion of the Midwest bracket. I’m sure you get the picture by now: Fun and personal amusement are the lamps by which my feet are guided in this particular instance, and I’ve never once regretted that decision. I hope you enjoy March Madness this year as much as I do. Have fun filling out your brackets, and don’t forget to wear green tomorrow. (Happy birthday to Ben and happy almostbirthday to Will — hope both of you are reading this!)
— Leigh Dickey is a junior in global studies. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Damon-led film preaches politics features Damon disposing of even more bad guys. Making a film is hard enough as it is, but when filmmakers try to cram their political beliefs into the process, things really get messy. For “Green Zone,” the script is the main casualty. In case viewers don't quite understand what these political views are, forced lines such as “People are dying out there, and I want to know why,” will provide cringe-worthy clarity. Upon viewing the film, one might wonder if there was a bet placed to see how many times the abbreviation “WMDs” could be used in the film. Naturally it is a big part of the film, so it's going to be used a lot, but there is a line between creating a film and creating a new drinking game. Greengrass has become synonymous with the camera technique known as “shaky cam,” and this film is certainly a continuation of his legacy. It is an idea that sounds great in theory because it is meant to make the experience more realistic for the audience but leaves them with a severe case of motion sickness instead. On top of it all, there is no depth to the characters in the least bit. The audience knows nothing more about Damon's character at the end of the film than they know from the commercials. Each character is as bland and paper thin as the next. “Green Zone” is a film that limps through the finish line, thanks to a suspenseful scene here and there. The only area where it makes high marks is in total cost (close to $100 million) and with a meager opening weekend of $15 million, the film isn't going to be out of the red for quite some time.
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War films have always been a part of American cinema. From the old days of John Wayne to this year's Oscars, where “The Hurt Locker” walked away with Best Picture, the country has always been drawn to epic conflicts. Historically this genre of film has been very kind to America and its military. That is, until 9/11. This event, as well as the subsequent invasion of Iraq, brought out hundreds of conspiracy theories and provided an open door for Hollywood to expand the genre. “Green Zone” is the latest film to provide a critical glance at the War on Terror. The film travels roughly seven years into the past to explore the environment of the Iraq war in its early stages. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon), a soldier given the specific job of finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is growing tired of his orders. After several attempts, his unit still hasn't found any significant evidence of nuclear weapons, which forces him to question where all of the military's poor intelligence is coming from. With the help of an old CIA agent (Brendan Gleeson) and an American reporter (Amy Ryan), Miller hopes to uncover why the government keeps coming up dry. Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear), however, is a government bureaucrat that will do anything to get in his way. Just when it seemed safe to go back to the movies, Hollywood delivers another biased sermon of how Americans should think. This time, the film (or “agenda”) is being pushed as another Jason Bourne outing. After all, it is directed by Paul Greengrass (the “Bourne” sequels) and
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Gere, Hawke highlight ensemble in well-acted ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ Will Abrams Staff Writer
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One of the toughest jobs in the world is being a police officer. For years, Hollywood has tried to capture the gritty life that these men and women endure on a daily basis. Shows like “Law and Order” and “NYPD Blue” brought the dramatic stories of the justice system into primetime television and sparked the public’s interest. “Brooklyn’s Finest” is a film that delves into the lives of three cops who work one of the most dangerous neighbor-
hoods in New York. To keep things interesting, each man displays a different aspect of life in the blue uniform. Eddie (Richard Gere) is an old-timer only a week away from retirement. After 22 years on the force, he has grown weary of his badge and the nightmares that accompany it. Tango (Don Cheadle) is an undercover narcotics officer that is looking to make detective so that he can get back to a normal life. The only thing standing in his way is a handler (Will Patton) that wants him to give up his best friend (Wesley Snipes). Unlike his character from “Training Day,” Ethan Hawke plays Sal, a cop who is flirting with the idea of stealing money from crooks so that he can set his family up in a new home. If one were to describe the film in a single word, it would be “dark.” No one in the film is a “good guy” 100 percent of the time. Much like its predecessors, the film displays the hard life that comes with the gun and badge. Eddie’s only happiness in life comes from alcohol and hookers, whereas Sal feels trapped every moment of his life by the responsibilities of being a father and husband. Tango is just looking for a way to start things over as his attitude warps over time into someone that he never wanted to be. With such a powerful cast, it is no surprise that the film boasts some of the best acting seen thus far into the new year. While Cheadle certainly delivers as the burnedout undercover cop, Gere and Hawke simply take their characters to a different level. As each scene progresses, the audience can slowly watch Eddie sink further away from humanity. Gere portrays a man that has been so consumed by his job that he doesn’t even care for it anymore. The scenes where Gere really shines are when his character is placed with rookie cops that he is supposed to show the ropes. It is an interesting clash of young ideals and years of hard living. The film certainly isn’t perfect, though, as the script seems a bit lacking at times. The actors use everything that has been given to them and more, but the film still comes up a little short. Overall the film feels about a half hour too long. It is possible that director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) could have cut one of the storylines to make the film flow a little better, but deciding which one would be a hard task. Had a few changes been made here and there, “Brooklyn’s Finest” would have joined “Shutter Island” as the first likely Oscar candidates of the year. Instead it settles on just being a good movie. Not the worst fate one could be dealt.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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‘Parenthood’ shows all sides of caregiving
Robby O’Daniel Chief Copy Editor Chances are, most television viewers already know at least one of the cast members of the new NBC drama “Parenthood” from some other series they’ve seen. The show assembles a bonafide all-star team of television actors, highlighted by Peter Krause (”Six Feet Under,” “Sports Night”), Lauren Graham (”Gilmore Girls”) and Craig T. Nelson (”Coach”). And it should come as no surprise that it is ultimately the acting of these TV veterans that makes the show worth watching, especially when the drama’s scripts get sappy or overdramatic. From seeing the first two episodes, it seems that the goal of “Parenthood” is to shine a light on the challenging job from virtually every perspective, all while trying to remain “forever young,” as the theme song suggests. The show’s main protagonist Adam Braverman (Krause) and his wife Kristina (Monica Potter from “Boston Legal,” yet another familiar face) are coming to grips with the fact that their son Max has Asperger’s syndrome. One could perceive a child with a disorder as a crutch for the writers to jerk tears out of the viewers’ collective eyelids, but Krause and Potter manage to sidestep this by looking more realistically frustrated at this prospect than one would expect in a television drama. There are cheesy, illogical moments, such as Max magically deciding to fit in, become interested in baseball and get good at it, conveniently just in time for the end of the pilot episode. But these moments are thankfully kept to a minimum to where we see less of Adam tearing up and more of Adam, a self-professed problem solver, dealing with the fact that there is no quick fix to this situation. Meanwhile, as Adam’s sister Sarah, Graham is at a role that she seems to always be filling — one in which she is an emotional trainwreck, trying to rebuild her family. Not to overdo
the comparison, but Graham’s humor does not seem to work without the writing of Amy Sherman-Palladino of “Gilmore Girls” to support it. Plus Graham is too often the source of the show’s sappiness, scrunching her face too quickly into tearyeyed helplessness before the viewer gets a real shot at caring. Her daughter Amber (Mae Whitman) checks off everything on the “bad kid” list pretty quickly in that she dates a musician, gets poor grades and smokes cigarettes and potentially marijuana. To say it’s an interesting juxtaposition from the actress’ religiously devout character Ann from “Arrested Development” would be an understatement. It just makes one wish she had more screen time in a show that’s pretty packed already. While Graham’s plotline of getting back on her feet after a divorce is a bit intriguing, more interesting is the look at her lawyer sister Julia’s marriage with Joel, in which the two are in a constant silent battle over the attention of their child. The child seems to play favorites, choosing Joel often to cut up her meat, sing her to bed and anything else. The situation boils and festers so much in the mind of Julia that it culminates in an accidental off-hand comment and an excruciating awkward silence that has to be seen to be believed. But by far the shining gem of the show so far is Nelson’s portrayal of grandfather Zeek, a man who embodies the fighting
spirit of old-style parenting. This is a guy that is trying to toughen up Max so much that he gets physical with him in a game of pick-up basketball, elbowing Max and giving him a bloody nose. Despite feeling apologetic about the situation, he announces, “Bloody nose,” when they enter the house, as if Max’s crimson honker is a rite of passage. When Adam tells Zeek that he needs to be careful with his son because he’s sensitive, Zeek replies, “You were sensitive too. I cured you.” Need you really say more? Throw in Dax Shepard’s portrayal of the final sibling, a noncommittal unmarried (gasp!) pseudo-bachelor, who somehow becomes pseudo-engaged while barely being in a relationship with his pseudo-girlfriend. This is to cater to the unclaimed in the audience to cover all the bases, but at the end of the day, NBC’s “Parenthood” seems more like a mixed bag that could ultimately go anywhere from here. It could hit its stride like fellow network show “Community” did, or it could crash and burn. Tune in and find out. “Parenthood” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. Episodes are available online on Hulu or on demand from Comcast.
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UT students look through photographs for this year’s Phoenix magazine. This year’s issue celebrates the fiftieth year of the student publication on campus and will feature old and new works.
Jawad Ahmad doesn’t wait for success to ﬁnd him. Every day, he’s showing the world what he’s made of. Every day, he’s feeding his life, his career and his future.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Singer breaks up with Twitter The Associated Press NASHVILLE — Blake Shelton seems to be coping well after his recent breakup. The country star ended his committed relationship with Twitter about a month ago by deleting it from his phone. “After I guess almost a year of being on Twitter, about three weeks ago I woke up one morning, and I was looking at it like I did every morning, and I said, ‘Man, I’ve got to move on with my life. I’m addicted to this stuff.’ I can’t think in the morning because all I can do is get on there and think, ‘All right, I’ve got to think of something funny to say to start this day,’” he said in a recent interview. Shelton, 33, significantly raised his profile over the past year through his colorful participation on Twitter. The day he deleted the mobile app, Shelton had over 76,000 followers. “I think people are so used to country artists, celebrities, just kind of playing the middle and really not being themselves out of fear, that it was refreshing to them to get on Twitter and see well Blake Shelton wrote, ‘Oh my god, I got so drunk last night I think my liver exploded ...,’” he said. “They’re going, ‘This guy is crazy. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to write next.’ Over time they realized, ‘Man, all the guy is doing is joking around.’” Shelton has found himself in the post-breakup gray area. He still tweets, but it’s not as convenient or as often without the mobile application. Since the release of his “Hillbilly Bone” album this month, his followers have actually increased to over 80,000, thanks, in part, to the success of the album’s title track. The “Hillbilly Bone” duet with longtime friend Trace Adkins is currently a top-five country hit, and it’s nominated for the Academy of Country Music Awards’ vocal event of the year. The collaboration came naturally. Shelton’s friendship with Adkins goes back to the early 2000s, when they both had hair longer than their shoulders. “He’s one of the first guys I met that I felt like was not only a great guy but genuine. Anytime he would talk to me, he would talk to me in a way that I felt like he had my best interest at heart because I was a new guy when he was probably on his third or fourth album,” Shelton said. “He was somebody I could call any time I had a question about the industry and ask him, ‘What would you have done here or there?’ He was just somebody I could talk to like a friend.” Shelton couldn’t be happier with the direction his life is going right now. His album “Hillbilly Bone” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, his relationship with girlfriend and fellow country star Miranda Lambert is solid, and after getting a divorce in 2006, he’s finally open to the idea of marriage again. “Miranda and I have been together, it’s getting close to five years now,” he said. “We’ve had our good years and our bad years and our really bad years. But I think right now, she and I have a stronger relationship than we’ve ever had, even in the early times when it was new and exciting, it still didn’t feel like it feels right now. We’ve been through a lot together, and we’ve toughed it out. It’s exciting to me.” “Probably for the first time I can realistically say, I can see us being together forever,” he added. “I can see us getting married one day, maybe, where before you would never have gotten me to say something like that. As far as I’m concerned, we’re definitely closer than we’ve ever been to maybe taking that step.”
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Daily Beacon • 9
The 2010 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference men’s basketball team released Monday, with name, school, position, and class:
FIRST TEAM • DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky, F, Fr. • Devan Downey, South Carolina, G, Sr. • John Wall, Kentucky, G, Fr. • Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State, FC, Sr. • Trey Thompkins, Georgia, F, So.
SECOND TEAM • Patrick Patterson, Kentucky, F, Jr. • Chris Warren, Mississippi, G, Jr. • Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt, G, Sr. • Tasmin Mitchell, LSU, F, Sr. • Wayne Chism, Tennessee, F-C, Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR John Wall, Kentucky
COACH OF THE YEAR John Calipari, Kentucky Hayley DeBusk • The Daily Beacon
The Lady Vols snagged a No. 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Monday night. UT will face No. 16 Austin Peay in the Memphis Region at 12:16 p.m. on Saturday in Knoxville.
Jayhawks maintain AP top spot The Associated Press Kansas was on top of the preseason poll, and the Jayhawks were in the same spot in the season’s final Top 25. The Jayhawks, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, were a unanimous pick Monday, their 15th week this season on top of the rankings. That matches Kansas in 1996-97 and Illinois in 2004-05 for the most weeks at No. 1 in a season since Duke ran the table in 1991-92. Kansas (32-2) received all the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel and was on top for the second-straight week. The Jayhawks were No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first eight weeks of the season until losing at Tennessee. They had another four-week stretch at No. 1, ended by a loss at Oklahoma State. This is the second time Kansas was No. 1 in the final poll. In 1996-97, the Jayhawks went into the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team, and they lost to Arizona in the round of 16. While the top of the poll didn’t change much at No. 1 in 2009-10 — with Texas, Kentucky and Syracuse also reaching No. 1 for a total of four weeks — a record 53 teams were ranked at some point in the season. That broke the record of 49 teams in 2007-08.
Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse, the other No. 1 seeds, were second through fourth this week. This was the 13th time in the last 14 seasons Duke was ranked in the top 10 in the final poll. Ohio State was fifth followed by West Virginia, Kansas State, New Mexico, Villanova and Purdue. Butler led the second 10 followed by Temple, Michigan State, Georgetown, Tennessee, Wisconsin, BYU, Pittsburgh, Baylor and Maryland. The last five ranked teams were Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Texas A&M, Richmond and Xavier. Texas moved into the No. 1 for the first time in school history in January and stayed there for two weeks before starting a season-ending run that saw the Longhorns go 7-9 after a 17-0 start. They became the fifth team to hold the No. 1 ranking and then drop out of the poll in the same season — Alabama was the last to do it in 200203. Kentucky spent one week on top, and the Wildcats were a unanimous pick that week. Syracuse moved to No. 1 for one week, the Orange’s first time on top since 1990. Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova and Duke spent the entire season in the top 10. Michigan State, Purdue, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgetown were the other teams to be ranked all season.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR John Wall, Kentucky
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No. 6 seed not death sentence for Vols
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March 17 - 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17 —
Softball Austin Peay Knoxville 6 p.m. Baseball Morehead State Knoxville 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 18 — Men’s Basketball San Diego State Providence, R.I. 9:45 p.m. Women’s Swimming NCAA Championships West Lafayette, Ind. All Day
Friday, March 19 — Baseball South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 7 p.m. Men’s Golf Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational Statesboro, Ga. All Day Women’s Swimming NCAA Championships West Lafayette, Ind. All Day
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
“I feel a little insulted about what the commentator said as far as picking us to be the upset loss. I’m more upset about that than the seeding we got.” — UT point guard Bobby Maze after CBS’s Seth Davis picked the Vols to be upset by San Diego State in Thursday’s NCAA Tournament game
Brad Merritt Sports Editor The NCAA selection committee supposedly has a formula. Strengthen the schedule, they say. Play good teams from outside your conference, they add. Get quality wins versus the RPI top 50, have a winning record in conference play and they say that is the way to earn a top seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. They lied. But when your committee is made up of league commissioners and athletic directors, all of which have a vested interest toward their respective leagues and teams, can
you really expect a fair and equal bracket? For Tennessee, who received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament despite a 25-8 record, including wins over two No. 1 seeds, the answer is clearly and emphatically no. The better question, though, is who to blame. Is it the committee’s fault, or does the onus fall on the players? A third option would be SEC commissioner Mike Slive has his head so far up Kentucky’s nether regions he has lost sight of the rest of the league. Nevertheless, none of that matters at the end of the day. Whether the Vols were a six seed or the top overall seed in the tournament, they still have to put the round ball in the round hole more often than their opponent. After all, the NCAA tournament mantra is “survive and advance.” In that regard, the Vols’ draw isn’t quite as daunting as it may appear on paper. While the Midwest bracket is
easily the deepest group in the tournament, no matchup nightmares stand in the Vols’ path to an NCAA Championship. In reality, the Vols are probably a Tyler Smith away from being a Final Four-caliber team anyway, but their path to a rematch with Kansas and a trip to the Final Four is less daunting than the names of their likely opponents would initially indicate. San Diego State is a solid club and should challenge the Vols in the opening round, but at the end of the day, they can’t match the Vols’ athleticism and overall talent. Georgetown, the Vols’ likely second-round opponent, is a very similar club to the Vols. The Hoyas are grossly lacking for depth on the inside, but the post players they have are supremely talented. However the difference is the overall depth of the clubs. Bruce Pearl will go 10 to 11 guys deep, whereas Georgetown typically uses an eight-man rotation while
playing their starters 35 minutes a game. If the Vols will utilize an up-tempo style, where they seem to do a much better job of making shots, they can use their superior depth to wear down the Hoyas late in the game. The Vols likely third-round opponent, the Ohio State Buckeyes, would more appropriately be coined the EvanTurner-and-everybody-else team. If the Vols can slow down Turner, the likely national player of the year, the rest of the Buckeyes are incapable of producing enough offense to win. Still, three straight games against that level of competition leaves little margin for error. The Vols cannot afford to start slowly or shoot poorly. The lost cause of slowing down the pace and taking jump shots from their halfcourt sets must end. They have proved repeatedly this season that they are incapable of consistent shooting, but when they take jump
shots in transition, the way they did against Ole Miss, they shoot at a much higher clip. If the Vols are able to navigate their way out of the quagmire that is the first three rounds, “all” that awaits them is a date with Kansas in St. Louis. It will be a Kansas team not far from home with the crowd, talent and motivational vengeance all in their favor. The good news for the Vols is this: For the first time under Pearl, seniors lead the Vols, the defense is the strength of the team and they have solid point guard play entering the tournament, three musts for an NCAA champion. However, if the Vols can knock off the Jayhawks under that particular set of circumstances, it would stand as the biggest win in Tennessee history and an upset of biblical proportions. But hey, this is March Madness. Anything can happen.
Tennis Vols defeat Kentucky, remain unbeaten in SEC play Staff Reports In their biggest test at home so far this season, the secondranked Tennessee Volunteers did not disappoint. The Vols seized early leads in both singles and doubles Sunday to earn their third win over a top 10 team this year, defeating sixthranked Kentucky 6-1 at Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. Senior Davey Sandgren and junior John-Patrick Smith secured the doubles point on a tiebreaker at the No. 1 position. A few hours later, freshman Rhyne Williams clinched the win 4-0 with a threeset victory before the teams played out the match. Head coach Sam Winterbotham liked what he saw in the Vols’ 6-1 victory over No. 27 Vanderbilt on Friday, and he was again impressed with his team’s effort to maintain momentum Sunday against one of the highest-ranked programs in the country. The Vols (15-1, 4-0 SEC) had not faced a top 15 team since a month ago at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. “I really felt that we’ve taken another step forward as a team,” Winterbotham said. “On Friday, I was really impressed by our preparedness in the match against Vandy, and how we came out in both singles and doubles. We were ready, and we jumped on them right away. “I was interested to see how we were going to do in this match today because there’s a lot more nerves associated with this match, and they did a fantastic job.” Williams and junior Boris Conkic got the ball rolling for the Vols in doubles, winning their 13th consecutive match with a quick 8-2 victory over Alberto Gonzalez and Alex Lambropoulos at the No. 2 position. Williams and Conkic, ranked fifth, improved to 22-2 this season. The remaining doubles matches took much longer. Junior Matteo Fago and freshman Edward Jones fell down a break late and lost 9-7 at No. 3, putting the fate of the doubles point on court 1. Sandgren and Smith stayed on serve with their opponents, 15thranked Eric Quigley and Brad Cox, so the match went into a Michael Gratton • The Daily Beacon tiebreaker. With the home crowd backing them, second-ranked The Tennessee tennis squad knocked off No. 6 Kentucky 6-1 at Goodfriend Indoor Sandgren and Smith jumped out to a 5-1 lead and won the tiebreakTennis Center on Sunday. The No. 2 Vols return to the court this Sunday to host er 7-2 to take the match and give the Vols a 1-0 lead. In singles, Smith was the first to finish for the Vols by winning LSU. his fourth match against a top 10 opponent this season. Smith, currently ranked fourth, picked up early breaks in both sets and defeated No. 8 Quigley 6-3, 6-1.