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Monday, March 26, 2012
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Students call for fair-wage sourced products Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief Does a person have the right to sustain himself? In an increasingly global marketplace, clothing manufacturers contract the lowest labor costs available to remain competitive, regardless of the repercussions. Direct vendors like the UT bookstore commonly deal with intermediaries that outsource production to manufacturers overseas with poor labor practices. Gretchen Chromas and Jayanni Webster want to change that. “A fair wage ... supports the right for all individuals and workers to receive payment for their work that reflects their hours and effort and helps them live more than impoverished lives,” Webster said in a statement. “I personally believe it’s a human right and everyone’s responsibility to support fair wages.” Both women believe that philosophy should be applicable to UT’s sales model. “Fair wages should be the bottom line for human rights when we’re looking at how UT’s apparel business is directed,” Webster said. Chomas sees the life-changing benefit that an appropriate wage can bring to an individual. “People who are paid a fair wage are able to purchase clean water and adequate food and other necessities of life,” Chomas said. “Therefore they have a higher quality of life, less disease and fewer health problems. It also increases self worth knowing that they are going to really be able to live on that wage and not just exist.” Possessing a drive to promote change, both young women were driven to play some role in improving global working conditions. “Since my freshman year I’ve been working with Amnesty International at UTK and about two years ago we were in the midst of a sweatshop-free campaign at UT,” Webster said. “It ended
with the university affiliating with the Workers Rights Consortium, which is a third-party watchdog organization that monitors where our UT apparel is being made. Students worked really hard to instate WRC affiliation, but we recognize it is just a step in the right direction. Even with WRC, violations, like the one adidas is implicated in at the PT Kizone factory, continue to occur.” Alta Gracia, a fair-wage manufacturer in the Dominican Republic, promotes a different type of business model. “We like Alta Gracia because it goes above and beyond anything else offered in the bookstore by paying living-wages, embracing its factory union and allowing WRC unrestricted access to monitor its business in a way no business has ever opened itself up to before.” After that success, both students continued in their cause. Chomas’ focus on improving working conditions in apparel factories sparked their quest to see fair-wage manufactured products supplied by UT’s bookstore. “Alta Gracia is based on the principle that workers should be paid a living wage that allows them basic needs such as clean water, shelter, food, education and health care without charging more than other brands,” Chomas said. “Alta Gracia aims to treat their workers as human beings by providing a safe workplace, a non-threatening atmosphere and the right to form a union.” “When I heard about Alta Gracia from Gretchen I knew this was the next step in the process — to directly order apparel from a union-friendly, fair-wage paying company,” Webster said. This firm is truly unique, possessing the courage to reject industry norms and forge a new business model. “The great part about Alta Gracia is that the employer actually benefits from fair working conditions,” Chomas said. “Other schools like NYU and Duke have seen a positive revenue impact. Not only does the employer benefit, but the entire community benefits. ... It allows the worker to not only have their basic needs met, but also provides them with enough to obtain some things beyond necessity.”
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Fraternity kicks off events Victoria Wright Student Life Editor Though the event is titled “Deja Blu” to signify the fraternity’s colors and the “dream like” theme of their events, students will feel anything but sleepy as The Kappa Chi Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity host their Spring Semester fraternity week. The week kicked off on Sunday with Nostalgia Night in the Volunteer Hall Recreation Room. Fraternity members induce students with feelings of nostalgia by playing childhood games. Tarius Summers, chapter president, hopes the week will bring awareness of the fraternity to students. “All of us have really different expectations,” Summers said. “But one of the main things is that we’re trying to get our name out around UT and get our campus to come more together.” On Tuesday, fraternity members will co-host Mahogany Soul Cafe with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at 6 p.m. The event is held by different sponsors on the last Tuesday of every month and invites students to perform various poetry, music and other art forms. Summers and other members hope to bring campus unity through their annual Sleep-Out for the Homeless event on Tuesday. Sigma members will sleep outside the Humanities Building on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in an effort to raise awareness of homelessness in the area and raise money for the Knox Area Rescue Ministries. All students are invited to participate, and Summers said the event will be held regardless of weather conditions. “Homeless people can’t choose what day they sleep outside,”
Summers said. Chapter vice president Reginald Ransom participated in the event last year as a non-Greek student. “It was very humbling,” Ransom said. Homelessness isn’t the only issue the fraternity will highlight during the week. The chapter will host an HIV testing day on Thursday in the BCC Multi-Purpose Room from noon to 4:30 p.m. Ransom believes every student should know their status. “There is no reason not to know,” Ransom said. “I think most of the time (the students) are scared of the results, but not knowing is not going to be good for anyone.” Also on Thursday, members will host a financial literacy seminar at 7:30 p.m. in Room 221 of the University Center. Clarence Vaughn of SunTrust Bank will speak to students on raising knowledge of their finances. The fraternity will also host events beyond those concerned with social issues in the community. On Monday, the fraternity will host a cookout in front of the BCC from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as a ‘90s Trivia Game Show in the UC Shiloh Room at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, members will host a Women’s Appreciation Dinner, catered by Aramark, in the UC Executive Dining Room at 8 p.m. Fraternity members will honor the efforts of various female faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students. Reggie Jenkins, executive director of UUNIK Academy and motivational speaker, will also give a speech during the event. “We definitely honor everyone, but today’s just a special day to honor women,” Summers said. See PHI BETA SIGMA on Page 3
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Annie Fullard, Mari Soto, Kirsten Docter, all on violin, and Merry Peckham, on the cello, perform in the Cavani String Quartet in the Alumni Memorial Building on Friday, March 16.
UTPD urges students to protect belongings from theft Lauren Kittrell Staff Writer The UT Police Department is hosting Operation ID in Presidential Courtyard Monday afaternoon in an effort to aid in theft prevention and recovery. The UTPD will be engraving and registering students’ property free of charge between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Operation Identification is a free theft prevention program offered to university students by UTPD. The program makes it possible for the department to hold records of students’ personal property serial numbers and a detailed description of the item. The program also makes it possible for UTPD to apply registration stickers or engrave property. Lt. Emily Simerly said the goal of the event is to increase awareness about theft prevention. As the No. 1 reported crime on UT’s campus, Simerly believes it is important for students to secure their property. “Placing a registration decal on your item or having your item engraved may reduce the chance of the item being stolen,” Simerly said. “If the item is stolen, having your item registered could increase the likelihood of recovery.” Simerly said the registration on Monday will include UTPD recording the serial number and other identifiers for students’ property. As many students fail to have the information necessary for property recovery, the process of registration and engraving will help students find the information and use it in the event of a theft. “If your item is stolen we can provide this information to the victim,” Simerly said. “Many times individuals do not keep up with serial number or other necessary information people may need if their item is stolen.” Simerly also said that thefts have increased on campus recently. While they have had several success stories in the recovery process (through Operation ID), many students have yet to participate in the program, which is concerning to UTPD. “This event is one way we highlight theft issues,” Simerly said.
“Anything we can do to encourage our campus community to think about theft prevention is positive step.” Jacob Smith, junior in logistics, is always aware of the possibility of property theft. His faith in Operation ID is unwavering. “As a student I live in constant fear of having my personal possessions stolen,” Smith said. “Many times at the library I have had to use the bathroom significantly faster than I would like to, simply because I’m afraid of people running off with my new Kelty backpack or Nalgene bottle. This, of course, is stressful and unhealthy for me. Were these items engraved obviously no one would even consider taking them.” In light of this, Simerly strongly encourages students to hold on to their property and never leave it unattended. Ashley Hodgson, sophomore in English, said that while she has never had an issue with theft and she will not be able to attend the event tomorrow, she isn’t concerned about theft because she follows Simerly’s advice and never leaves her valuables unattended. “I don’t have time to attend the property safety event,” Hodgson said, “but I always keep my backpack with me, so it hasn’t been an issue.” Along with that, Simerly added that it is not safe to trust strangers to oversee your property. “Several victims or cases reported in Hodges are due to students asking a stranger to watch their property for a minute and the property missing when the victim returned,” Simerly said. “The victims typically stated that the person they left to safeguard their property looked like a trusted student. However, thieves can ‘look’ like trusted individuals.” While the event on Monday is a great opportunity for students to take advantage of, there are other ways to register your property. If for any reason a student, like Hodgson, is unable to attend Operation ID, he or she can schedule an appointment with UTPD by calling (865) 974-3114. UTPD also hosts Operation ID in Hodges Library every Monday from noon to 2 p.m.
The Daily Beacon staff would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Davis, who was killed in a moped accident in Cancun over Spring Break. Our thoughts are also with Audry Gayle McInturff, UT freshman, who was severely injured.
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A UT student takes photos with his phone of the demolition of the UC garage on Sunday, March 18. Over Spring Break, construction crews began work to remove the garage, the first of many major changes that are part of the plan to upgrade and expand the aging UC.
1920 — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel published “This Side of Paradise” is published, immediately launching 23-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald to fame and fortune. Fitzgerald, named for his ancestor Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star Spangled Banner,” was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to a once well-to-do family that had descended in wealth and influence. With the funding of a well-off aunt, Fitzgerald was sent to boarding school in New Jersey in 1911 and attended Princeton University two years later. Although Fitzgerald engaged actively in theater, arts, and other campus activity, his financial background was considerably poorer than those of his classmates, and his outsider status, whether real or imaginary, left a sting. He left Princeton after three years and joined the army during World War I. While in the military, he was stationed in Montgomery, Alabama, where he developed a romance with the privileged, pampered Zelda Sayre, daughter of a State Supreme Court justice. Like the heroine of
The Great Gatsby, she rejected the young man, fearing he would not be able to support her, and like Gatsby, Fitzgerald vowed to win her back. He moved to New York, rewrote a novel about Princeton he had started in college, and promptly became the youngest author ever published by Scribner’s. His fame and fortune secure for the moment, he convinced Zelda to marry him, and the two began a whirlwind life of glamorous parties and extravagant living in New York. Unfortunately, the Fitzgeralds lived far beyond their means and soon found themselves deeply in debt. They moved to Europe, hoping to cut back on expenses, where they befriended other expatriate writers, including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. While in Europe, Fitzgerald finished his masterpiece “The Great Gatsby” (1925). 1997 — Heaven’s Gate cult members found dead Following an anonymous tip, police enter a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, an exclusive suburb of San Diego, California,
and discover 39 victims of a mass suicide. The deceased — 21 women and 18 men of varying ages — were all found lying peaceably in matching dark clothes and Nike sneakers and had no noticeable signs of blood or trauma. It was later revealed that the men and women were members of the “Heaven’s Gate” religious cult, whose leaders preached that suicide would allow them to leave their bodily “containers” and enter an alien spacecraft hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet. The cult was led by Marshall Applewhite, a music professor who, after surviving a near-death experience in 1972, was recruited into the cult by one of his nurses, Bonnie Lu Nettles. In 1975, Applewhite and Nettles persuaded a group of 20 people from Oregon to abandon their families and possessions and move to eastern Colorado, where they promised that an extraterrestrial spacecraft would take them to the “kingdom of heaven.” Nettles, who called herself “Ti,” and Applewhite, who took the name of “Do,” explained that human bodies were merely containers that could be abandoned in favor of a higher physical existence. As the spacecraft never arrived, membership in Heaven’s Gate diminished, and in 1985 Bonnie Lu Nettles,
Applewhite’s “sexless partner,” died. During the early 1990s, the cult resurfaced as Applewhite began recruiting new members. Soon after the 1995 discovery of the comet Hale-Bopp, the Heaven’s Gate members became convinced that an alien spacecraft was on its way to earth, hidden from human detection behind the comet. In October 1996, Applewhite rented a large home in Rancho Santa Fe, explaining to the owner that his group was made up of Christian-based angels. Applewhite advocated sexual abstinence, and several male cult members followed his example by undergoing castration operations. In 1997, as part of its 4,000-year orbit of the sun, the comet Hale-Bopp passed near Earth in one of the most impressive astronomical events of the 20th century. In late March 1997, as Hale-Bopp reached its closest distance to Earth, Applewhite and 38 of his followers drank a lethal mixture of phenobarbital and vodka and then lay down to die, hoping to leave their bodily containers, enter the alien spacecraft, and pass through Heaven’s Gate into a higher existence. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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ALTA GRACIA continued from Page 1 After being alerted to the existence of such a manufacturer, Webster and Chomas’ only obstacle now lies in persuading the university. “We met with the bookstore and requested $300,000 worth of wholesale product to match the proven successes in sales at other schools,” Chomas said. “Though more than 15 student groups signed on to this request, vouching that they would purchase Alta Gracia and help spread the word, the bookstore denied this request. This should be an easy choice as the product is superior in production, the company is ensuring that their workers are being treated fairly, and the workers are.” “The response was not positive,” Webster said. “We need the UT community to come together on this issue to help the bookstore and its administration make the right decision.” Both young women believe the ramifications of such changes are essential to UT’s role in the global community. “On a larger scale this movement for fair labor, unionfriendly clothing has started in the university setting, but ideally, people will realize that it is possible to produce a quality product and this will spread,” Chomas said. “It will hopefully provide jobs that will increase the quality of life for the people living in the DR.” David Kent, head of UT’s bookstore, discussed the bookstore’s intention to explore the possibility of working with Alta Gracia. “The concerned students supporting Alta Gracia expressed interest in the bookstore carrying the line in the fall,” Kent said. “I told them we would look at the line when we went to market and invite the manufacturer to campus to showcase that line, which we did. We are looking into the process of carrying their product, but we have to make sure we have a place for the merchandise and that it fits well with other merchandise sold in our store.” Kent is evaluating the details of Alta Gracia’s business practices in his decision-making processes. “The plant is endorsed by the Workers Rights Consortium, which is a good organization, effective at making sure the plant pays employees a living wage,” Kent said. “One thing I did find out at market is that Alta Gracia only makes the pieces there, and that the university insignia is actually
PHI BETA SIGMA continued from Page 1 On Friday, members will participate in Showtime, a multicultural organization hosted by the Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee team of Vol Corps. The event will take place at James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building at 7 p.m. Fraternity members will wrap up the week with their 8th annual Sigma Ball titled, “Sweet Dreams:
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NEWS applied by a factory here in the U.S. that is not certified by the Workers Rights Consortium, so that’s something we’re looking into.” Kent stressed the importance the bookstore places on the sourcing of its products. “We are interested in talking with the company more and involving students,” Kent said. “The bookstore carries a lot of U.S.-made products and Tennessee-made products. We take a lot of effort to ensure that the products we carry in our store are manufactured by factories that do offer a living wage to their employees. We have met with Alta Gracia, and we are waiting to hear back from them about a campus visit to show their products and to meet with both us and the students.” Webster can’t fathom any drawbacks for UT in supporting their efforts. She believes only awareness is lacking to generate support for this cause. “Alta Gracia would literally cost the university nothing to affiliate aside from the cost of ordering the apparel — which they already do with adidas, which is known for sweatshops,” Webster said. “It’s something I feel if students knew about, they would support. As you gear up and put on your orange and white, wouldn’t it be nice to know that it was made in a place that pays their workers a living wage and upholds safety and health standards?” Both young women have high expectations for their efforts. “Once the product is in the bookstore, we want to see Alta Gracia at UT as a prominent brand,” Chomas said. “We want Alta Gracia to be the first thing Volunteers see when they walk into the bookstore. We want Alta Gracia to be frequently re-stocked and re-ordered.” Their work is already drumming up broad interest on campus. “Dr. Fran Ansley, law professor emeritus, was our initial faculty supporter and has been a great source of support,” Webster said. “Now we have over 50 faculty sponsors. Groups backing us include Amnesty International @ UTK, Community Partnership Service Corps, SPEAK, Progressive Student Alliance and the United Campus Workers.” Students who have an interest in achieving these aims are encouraged to participate in the push for change. “Contact Gretchen or myself,” Webster said. “We also have a Facebook going to help generate awareness on the next steps we will take. Step up and speak out. Join the movement!”
A Royal Fantasy,” on Saturday. This event will take place in the Bridgeview at the Boathouse from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets for this event are $10 for singles or $16 for a couple and can be purchased from any Kappa Chi brother or online at http://sigmaball1914.ticketleap.com/dds. Ransom hopes students will get involved with the upcoming events. “I hope everyone comes and enjoys it; we’ve put a lot of work into it,” Ransom said.
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Maria Rosales, senior in environmental science, tosses old computer mice in a makeshift game of Hillbilly Horseshoes during RecycleMania on Thursday, March 15. RecycleMania is an eightweek competition between a number of universities to promote waste reduction on campuses across the country.
Libya militia abandons power The Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya — A powerful Libyan militia said Sunday it has withdrawn from the country’s main airport, leaving it unprotected with no government security force to take over. The evacuation of the airport was the latest sign of the inability of the central government to function effectively after last year’s overthrow of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Militias comprised of former rebels have shouldered much of the responsibility of policing the country in the absence of a national army and police force. The militias operate outside the government’s control. The militia that had been securing the airport gave the government a 24-hour deadline late Saturday, saying they would hand over security to Interior Ministry officials, whether a police force is ready to assume control or not. The militia from Libya’s western mountainous area of Zintan said it no longer wants to be responsible for securing the airport seven months after it assumed control there. Zintan militia spokesman Khaled al-Zintani said the former rebels were responsible for securing a 15-kilometer (10-mile) radius around the airport following a proliferation of long and short-range missiles that could threaten air traffic. Meanwhile, the government staffed civilian posts like the customs office. The government promised in a statement Sunday that it would take over by the afternoon, but later issued a statement
saying the handover was running behind schedule. It did not elaborate. “The sight of armed men around the airport has caused tensions, so we wanted the government to take over the airport,” alZintani said. According to Zintan rebel commander Sayid Mokhtar alAkhdar, the former rebels are tired of protests against their presence and of being blamed by residents of the capital of Tripoli for not turning over security responsibilities to Libya’s new leaders. “We were martyred to liberate this country, but where is the government? Where is the police? Where is the army? Where is a constitution?” al-Akhdar said. He said his militia left the airport to send a message to officials in Tripoli “that we will not be burdened by their failure to govern.” In another example of the precarious situation, Libyan tribesmen have kept the country’s main border crossing with Egypt closed for more than a day, complaining of a rise in crime and rampant smuggling of drugs and weapons across the frontier, residents and officials said.
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StaffColumn Homelessness poses serious problem Emily DeLanzo Design Editor Fifty-two. It’s how many white keys are on a piano. It’s how many total weeks are in a year. It’s how much a basic pair of Chaco flip-flops cost — without tax. And supposedly, it’s the number of homeless people in my hometown. What constitutes being homeless, and how do you measure it? Google told me that homeless is an adjective and it means “Without a home, and therefore typically living on the streets,” but I think that name can be misleading. But what counts as a home? Does a bridge, chicken coop, or car count as a place of residence? If I put a mailbox beside a storage shed, can I call it home and have my tax information or government checks delivered? Cocke County, Tenn., may only have 52 bridge dwellers, but its poverty level shows the true sad state of affairs: a poverty-infested place with little hope in Tennessee. I still do not really understand how I am a product of my surroundings. I had an absolutely incredible childhood. I once resented my parents because I never got to spend a summer at home doing absolutely nothing. Now I realize and appreciate the places I got to see and the experiences I enjoyed. I visited all 50 states and almost 30 countries. I made dolls out of crawfish, and I saw the tallest peak in North America. Meanwhile, my next-door neighbors lived in a chicken coop. In second grade, my class was learning how to write narrative stories. The prompt was about “My trip to Myrtle Beach...” I came home from school crying because I had never (and still haven’t) visited Myrtle Beach. I was one of two students in my entire class who had never experienced the joys of Pigeon Forge with sand. I was forced to write a page about my trip to Greece the month prior while the other student had to write
about his vacation to Gatlinburg. That second grade assignment haunts me to this day, but I realize now how selfish I have been with my experiences and opportunities. And I am sure I am not the only one here at UT. Being homeless is a shame in many eyes. Not only is it a shame, it’s something you obviously “wanted.” Who would choose to live in an alley or under a bridge? What kind of choice is that anyway? People blame it on the fact that homeless people refuse to work. Homeless people blame it on the lack of jobs. This cycle won’t end anytime soon, at least in America, because homelessness is viewed as a personal problem. Americans have desensitized the word. Instead of homeless being an adjective, it’s frequently used as a noun. “The homeless are getting out of hand,” or “all the homeless are lazy,” are commonplace phrases heard today. Back to what I said about my next-door neighbors in a chicken coop. Things are getting a little better. They have butchered a camper and put in a chimney. During the summer, they set up tents and camp out. I am not worried about offending my neighbors for being too personal in this column. Why? They don’t have running water, let alone the Internet. Visit another developed nation. You may see a few gypsies, a handful of street urchins here and there, possibly a homeless person or two. Drive down Broadway in Knoxville and I bet you will lock your doors when you pass under a bridge. Fifty-two is an untouchable number, since it is never the sum of proper divisors of any number. And to us, the homeless people in Cocke County are occasionally perceived as untouchable and unworthy as well. A nation should be judged by how it treats its lowest citizens. The strength and power of its economy should not be measured by the number of millionaires or billionaires but by the number of people without a home. — Emily DeLanzo is a junior in environmental studies. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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SGA elections entertain as always Off the Deep End by
Derek Mullins I cannot explain it. I could not even begin to try to articulate my convoluted reasoning for it, but I have surprisingly been rather uncharacteristically intrigued by this year’s installment of the three ring circus that is the elections for legislative seats and executive positions in the UT SGA. Try as I might, I cannot look away. I could try to couch this as I have in previous years as a case of wanting to watch a car crash in progress and gaze at the fires that ensue in the aftermath or cite some sort of political schadenfreude, but that is not the case this time. While I cannot say that this election cycle has seen anything that could be considered vastly different from previous years, there is something about it that continues to retain at least a portion of my attention. In my years as an undergraduate student at this university, I have watched and rolled my eyes — along with the 90-some percent of the student body that is far too apathetic about the perennial farce to vote — as Greek-stocked campaigns repeatedly step up and declare that they are somehow radically different from one another. They never are ... or at least they never had a chance to be. In what will be my fifth viewing of SGA elections, I see something of a stark contrast between the respective top-flight parties, though I do feel a sense of guarded optimism about it all. In “FUEL,” I see nothing more than the status quo. Captained by Adam Roddy, a current SGA Executive Board member, this party seems to be the typical gaggle of frat boys and sorority girls that parade around proclaiming they will work proactively with the administration to get things done, announcing that they will provide a sense of stable leadership going forward (a not-so-subtle assertion that they believe members of their party will be winning elections for years to come), and asserting that they will do what’s best for the student body they hope to represent. Moreover, I find some of their policy promises somewhat humorous because they include certain
provisions and initiatives, such as a smart phone application to track buses moving around campus, that are already coming down the proverbial pike thanks to the slightest bit of proactivity on the part of what is sometimes an otherwise complacent administration. It is great to be able to promise that you will get a certain thing done when you know that its implementation is imminent. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and get ready to take credit for what was not really your achievement. What I find disturbing about Roddy and his party is that there have been reports that he has accepted a student employee position inside Chancellor Cheek’s office. If this is in fact true, it’s a little bit more akin to working FOR the administration than WITH the administration. Though one could argue that would allow FUEL to have the chancellor’s ear, I find it somewhat doubtful that any employee would do too much to bite the proverbial hand that feeds him, regardless of whatever duty he has to his constituents to provide a voice of opposition to the powers that be whenever necessary. With “REVOLT,” I see promise, but I cannot help but feel that I need to be cautious with whatever measure of optimism I might find with their message. This is a party that burst onto the proverbial scene promising to stand up for the student body — regardless of how futile it might be at times — and speak truth to power when the administration does something objectionable. Though they seem to have inched away from their initial contrarian rhetoric, they still seem to be implying that they are the antiestablishment campaign — an easy claim to make when pitted against the status quo. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not totally convinced. After all, REVOLT’s presidential nominee, Daniel Aycock, was quoted on the front page of this paper as saying that he hoped that Cheek would remember the Chancellor’s Honors Council and Honors Program. He said “We need to know that we are a priority for the administration.” While that might not have been the best choice of words for someone running on a sort of egalitarian, speak truth to power platform, I still see more promise with this campaign. Should you vote? Who knows. Will it make a difference? Probably not. Is it still intriguing? Absolutely. — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For many, the traditional four years spent in college is being extended. A number of factors contribute to the morphing of the traditional four-year approach to earning a bachelor’s degree into a longer amount of time. These include the increasing demand for students to get experience as an intern before entering the workforce as a full-time employee at the entry level. Such demands are exacerbated by the economic downturn. It’s only getting harder and harder to get a job regardless of the economy, as the globalization becomes more and more prevalent and prominent in the business world. Many strategize their graduation date in relation to the current work environment, which may lead to a greater chance of earning an entrylevel job upon graduation. Internships play perfectly into the hands of such planning if the student is not receiving credit hours toward graduation. Nonetheless, some may choose to get the upper hand in internship experience during the spring or fall semester, but because of financial strains, need to start earning a salary as soon as possible. For those in a similar situation, the commencing of the allocation of HOPE Scholarship monies to summer classes is a more than welcome change. The provision of the financial assistance that so many in Tennessee have come to greatly appreciate in the summer signals an official recognition of the changing collegiate landscape. Any competitive edge that students can gain while still in school can pay huge dividends in the long run. This change means that students on a lean budget have a greater ability to earn those crucial hours that set them apart from their peers. The new summertime HOPE means
that more Tennessee students can put summer hours toward a minor, which creates more wellrounded graduates coming out of Tennessee universities. These highly qualified, well-rounded students seem to go right along with the UT’s ongoing effort to climb into the ranks of the top 25 public research institutions in the United States. Perhaps whoever made the change had some “Big Ideas” in store for the Big Orange. Any way you slice it, this change benefits not only our university but the state of Tennessee in general. The many factors such as this that are driving the improvement of our state mean that Tennessee graduates entering the work environment in out-of-state jobs will be viewed with the respect that comes with a diploma from a top-of-the-line institution. Furthermore, the change means that our state’s lottery system is indeed working as intended. This has to be exactly what every resident of Tennessee who voted “yes” in the statewide referendum to pass the lottery in November 2002 wanted. Those who voted against the lottery, regardless of their reasoning, can take consolation in the benefits we are now reaping. If the lottery can continue to improve and provide more scholarship money to students, it isn’t unreasonable to hope for even more scholarship money. The reception of more scholarship money means that students paying their way through summer classes may be able to devote more time to class. The HOPE could provide a route for students to scale back the hours they have allocated to class and add those to study and class time. My thanks go to everyone who voted in favor of the lottery. I would also like to thank whoever made this decision. As I take my summer classes, I won’t be able to not think about the fact that the HOPE is taking a sizable chunk out of the cost. Hold on, I’m going to go buy a lottery ticket. — Ashton Smith is a sophomore in communications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LYBIA continued from Page 3 “We want the government to create separate departments that the militias can be trained to run,” he said. “If we are serious about building a country, this is what we need to do.” Government officials were not available for comment. Libya’s transitional government has signed agreements with Turkey and Jordan to send more than 11,000 former rebels for security training, but no timetable has been given. The government estimates that over
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NEWS 200,000 people in Libya are armed. It has attempted a number of schemes, including offering people jobs in exchange for handing over their weapons or offering to buy their guns, in order to disarm the militias. So far the offers have shown few results. Earlier this month, the head of Libya’s interim government, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, told The Associated Press that his government does not want militias in control of state facilities. Al-Zintani charged that Abdul-Jalil’s government is not yet capable of securing the country. “The reality on the ground is that the militias are protecting the country and protecting government facilities,” he said.
Memphis police accused of mistreating suspected criminals The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Days after an appeals court said the Memphis police department was illegally detaining people without sufficient evidence, Memphis officials say they would work with police to make sure no one is held without probable cause. A statement issued Friday by Memphis City Attorney Herman Morris, however, does not go so far as to say that police have done anything wrong in the past. The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals said earlier this month that Memphis police were violating people’s rights against being unreasonably seized by the government. It was the third time the appellate court criticized Memphis police for holding people for 48 hours without probable cause. “The guidance we will give to law enforcement officials, in keeping with court’s decision, should avoid anyone being held unconstitutionally without probable cause,” Morris said. The Commercial Appeal reported that that the Shelby County Sheriff's office used the 48hour hold six times last year, but stopped using it after the appellate court opinion was issued. Steven Mulroy, a Shelby County Commissioner who is a law professor at the University of Memphis, said he was con-
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cerned that the county could be held civilly liable if the practice were allowed to continue. “And as a law-and-order person, I don’t want serious convictions being thrown out of court” as a result of the holds, Mulroy said. The 48-hour holds were discussed during a Shelby County Commission meeting Wednesday. He said officials have told him privately that their intent was to discontinue the practice. The opinion noted that the court has warned Memphis police since 2001 about the holds. “The rankly unconstitutional 48-hour hold utilized in this case is the product of a police department policy, a policy condemned by this court repeatedly in the past,” Judge James Curwood Witt wrote. The opinion overturned a first-degree murder conviction for a man who implicated himself while being held illegally. The appellate court said the man must be retried. Probable cause, Mulroy said, is the amount of evidence the Constitution requires before someone can be arrested. It’s far less evidence needed than to convict someone of a crime. A report presented at the commission meeting this week showed that judicial commissioners signed off on the controversial 48hour hold 992 times last year.
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Flash fiction: A Separation Olivia Cooper He stood down there all smug and content with himself. He thinks nobody else can see who he used to be? That left sleeve of his is pinned under his coat exactly like mine is pinned on my right. Carl was attached to my right side for twenty-two years until two years ago when we finally separated the bone, muscle and obtained a liver for myself. He took the one we used to share, cleansing it of the drinking our freshman year. “Just wait until he graduates,” our mother told me, “after that you can pursue your own program and get your degree.” I had flunked out of most classes in high school; college was out of the question. They all knew I wouldn’t get a degree. My brain is just as healthy as Carl’s, it just never caught on to school. From the arena stands I watched as Carl whispered to his friends around him. They were all trust fund babies who went into business or engineering. They wore their mortarboards crooked slightly to the right which fit their goofy grins as they pretend sword fought with the tassels. The announcer kept rattling off names of people who completed their educations. I sat in between my parents who were obviously beaming with pride. I scoffed and slid into the plastic seat. My mom on the left nudged me in the side. “You calm down Chester. You had your chance those first few years until you dropped out. Just be proud for your brother today,” she explained. “Your mother’s right,” my father agreed and crossed his arms over his pot belly, “we scrimped and saved for that operation so you two could have this opportunity.” Carl now stood in line to cross the stage and as soon as he did, the “no clapping” rule was broken as people recognized the brave young man who overcame so much to achieve this goal. I was an obstacle, the parasite to his side that rented out his liver, and he had beaten me. We waited for him outside for about an hour, sweat pouring down our face and all of us grumpy at the heat and early hours. He exited
within a crowd of people, dashing out to meet us as a girl slipped him a piece of paper. He held his diploma under his arm and smiled at us with his perfect teeth. “What’d you guys think? I did pretty great,” Carl admitted. He just took twenty some steps to grab a piece of paper. Mom and dad went crazy over him as mom hugged and kissed him and dad shook his only available hand. “I just wanted to thank you guys,” he sputtered, “you know, for the opportunity to get this. It means so much to me. You guys are my everything.” “What was holding you back?” I asked. Mom dropped her hands and gave me that look of rage mothers everywhere have perfected. Carl put his hand on my back. “Don’t be that way buddy,” he told me, “I never could have done this without you. Those first few years were tough, but you were always there for me.” I was attached at his side, of course I was. I looked to my father who gave me a stern look as well and jerked his head. I sighed and shook Carl’s hand then muttered a “congrats” as I turned away. We get to the car when Carl just tosses his graduation regalia in the back seat and his diploma on top. He tells us he’s going to eat with his friends instead. So much for family all the way as my parents smiled and let him go. The ride back home was long since we lived two hours away. In boredom, I slipped on the mortarboard and moved the tassel around the front corner. My mother noticed in the side mirror and smiled while dad took a glance and spat out, “you getting a job anytime soon?” I snatch the hat off and throw it across the seat. I was always the bum, the leech that they just have to do something with. I think it would be called jealousy what I had, but it was more of resentment about it all. My parents’ favoritism, Carl’s success story in which he just had to chop off his brother to get anywhere all just piled up in that car for me. I think that’s why tearing Carl’s diploma in half just felt so satisfying to me. — Olivia Cooper is a senior in creative writing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrity tabloid hits Pakistan The Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Pakistan is better known for bombs than bombshells, militant compounds than opulent estates. A few enterprising Pakistanis hope to alter that perception with the launch of a local version of the well-known celebrity magazine Hello!. They plan to profile Pakistan’s rich and famous: the dashing cricket players, voluptuous Bollywood stars and powerful politicians who dominate conversation in the country’s ritziest private clubs and lowliest tea stalls. They also hope to discover musicians, fashion designers and other new talents who have yet to become household names.
“The side of Pakistan that is projected time and time again is negative,” said Zahraa Saifullah, CEO of Hello! Pakistan. “There is a glamorous side of Pakistan, and we want to tap into that.” But celebrating the lives of Pakistan’s most prosperous citizens is not without its critics in a country where much of the population lives in poverty. Advertising one’s prosperity could be risky as well since kidnappings for ransom are on the rise and attracting attention from Islamist militants can mean death. Wajahat Khan, a consulting editor at Hello! Pakistan, said they were cognizant of the sensitivity of publishing a glamour magazine in a conservative Muslim country where many people are struggling and planned to be “socially responsible and culturally aware.”
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Carter Watson laughs with a teammate before the first pitch of a game against University of Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, March 9.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Korean music group takes world stage The Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea — Five teenagers in school uniforms hold accordions. On the wall is a giant painting of the secret mountain hideout of their nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung. Small red stickers on their instruments mark them as gifts from Kim Jong Il. Yes, this is North Korea. But as they grind their accordions into song, what comes out is no somber ode to either of the late leaders. Instead, as more than 1.5 million YouTube viewers already know, it’s one of the poppiest of 1980s pop songs, A-ha’s “Take on Me.” The three young men and two women perform with gusto, swaying to the music, tapping their accordions and clapping their hands overhead. Their catchy cover, recorded in December, became a sensation as it challenged the world’s preconceptions about North Koreans. After taking their arrangement to Norway to perform at an Arctic arts festival, lead player Choe Hyang Hwa and fellow band members gave The Associated Press a peek into their lives at the Kumsong school in Pyongyang.
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Outside, a gaggle of students marched across the school yard in twos, arms thrown around one another and lunch pails swinging from their hands. They walked past a huge mosaic depicting North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and his son and successor, Kim Jong Il, with students working at computer terminals. Inside, one young woman received a private lesson on the kayagum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument, while her teacher played a traditional drum called a janggo. Elsewhere, students in a classroom with portraits of the two late leaders above the blackboard sat hunched over scores, tapping fingers and pencils as they practiced singing classical European songs. And then there was the “Take on Me” quintet, who happily took up their seats on white stools to re-enact their famous performance. Most North Koreans don't have access to YouTube because of tight government restrictions. Lead accordionist Choe, a 17-year-old army officer’s daughter from the border city of Kaesong, said the students study in the morning, and then practice the accordion in the afternoon. In one classroom, they gathered
around a laptop computer with scores and notebooks. Later, one student chatted on a cell phone as the rest passed around plates of food: tofu, sausages, boiled eggs and oranges. Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, who recorded the video during a trip to the school, said the performance hints at how much outsiders don’t know about North Koreans. “For many it is a revelation that North Koreans open up and play Western pop music with such great joy,” he said last month. “My idea is to challenge our perceptions of North Koreans, which is extremely negative and stigmatized,” he said. “Like other people, they are proud of their country and nature.” Traavik invited the ensemble to an arts festival last month in Kirkenes, on Norway’s Arctic border with Russia. As the group performed, 250 Norwegian border guards holding colored flipboards created a small-scale version of the giant human mosaics performed at the Arirang “mass games” in Pyongyang — but with polar bears and reindeer herders.
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Austin Johnson reaches during his first attempt at the shuttle run at the Pro Timing Day on Friday, March 16. Johnson was one of 10 former Vols to showcase their talents in front of 21 NFL scouts in the hopes of continuing their football careers professionally.
Syrian government blames uprisings on terrorist groups The Associated Press BEIRUT — Syrian troops shelled rebellious areas in central and northern Syria on Saturday in the latest push to quash the uprising against President Bashar Assad, but faced fierce resistance from army defectors, activists said. Much of the day’s fighting focused on the northeastern town of Saraqeb, which activists said regime troops and tanks entered from the north amid heavy shelling. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting reached the central market district where army defectors damaged a tank and three armored personnel carriers. Late Saturday, it said 2 rebel fighters and 9 government troops had been killed in the clashes. “Large numbers of residents are fleeing the town,” said Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, which has a network of activists inside Syria. “People have been leaving the town for some time but after today’s attack the process intensified.” Government troops also shelled parts of the central city of Homs and the nearby town of al-Qusair. Activist videos posted online Saturday showed explosions in residential neighborhoods sending up balls of flame and huge plumes of black smoke. The Observatory said 14 people were killed Saturday in Homs province. Another group, the Local Coordination Committees, put the death toll there at 24. Both said more than 40 people were killed nationwide. Syria’s government has been on the offensive over the past two months and has pushed rebels from a number of strongholds: The provincial capital and other towns in the northwestern province of Idlib
that borders Turkey, the central provinces of Hama and Homs, and the eastern oil-rich region of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq Syria’s rebels, who took up arms following the regime’s crackdown on protesters, are outgunned by armored units loyal to Assad, but have adopted a tactic of hit-and-run strikes on security checkpoints and convoys. They killed at least 6 soldiers in such attacks on Saturday, the Observatory said. The Syrian government cites the rise in such attacks to boost its argument that the uprising is being carried out by terrorist groups acting out a foreign conspiracy. The Syrian state news agency said an “armed terrorist group” blew up a natural gas pipeline in the country’s east on Saturday, causing the leakage of 700,000 cubic meters of gas. The agency said the pipeline feeds a fertilizer factory and electric plant in Homs, and that the damage would take three days to repair. The LCC said the troops that entered Saraqeb were accompanied by pro-government gunmen and plainclothes security agents who arrived in buses and started conducting raids and detaining people. Calls to the town could not get through. The government is known to cut networks in areas where operations are under way. Saraqeb, in the northern province of Idlib, had been held by army defectors for months. The attack came 11 days after troops retook the city of Idlib, the provincial capital, which had also been under rebel control for months. Activists said troops also pounded the town of Qalaat alMadiq in Hama province with mortars and heavy machine guns.
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MTSU upsets Vols in NIT We had good clock management. We were getting the shots that we wanted. We just couldn’t Middle Tennessee moved on to the next put it in.” Middle Tennessee’s decision to double-team round of the NIT and ended Tennessee’s season March 19 by scoring the final 15 points to the post played havoc on Tennessee’s gamecome back and beat the Volunteers 71-64 at plan, too. “I think a couple times we got the ball inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee sat comfortably with a 64-56 lead to them, but they (Middle Tennessee) did a when Jordan McRae hit a driving layup with good job double-teaming them and making 7:11 remaining in the game. That’s when the them try to make plays out of it,” UT senior Cameron Tatum said. Blue Raiders responded “We kicked it out to by feeding the ball to some of our shooters. Bruce Massey. We got a good look at it Massey hit four consecand didn’t knock it down utive free throws, then or got to the bucket and Marcos Knight sank a couldn’t make a layup.” layup in the paint to cut Tennessee’s inside Tennessee’s lead to 64-63 game was still producwith 2:42 remaining. tive. Maymon led Massey came back with a Tennessee with 17 layup in the lane to give points and seven the Blue Raiders a 65-64 rebounds, and Jarnell lead and change the game. Stokes added 15 points. On the defensive end, Golden scored 14. Massey blocked Trae Massey led the Blue Golden’s jumper and then Raiders with a careercame down to nail anothhigh 20 points and 10 er jumper of his own to rebounds. LaRon Dendy make it 67-64 Blue was the only other Raiders. Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee playSkylar McBee couldn’t er in double figures with connect on his two good George Richardson • The Daily Beacon 10 points, and he looks from long range, and Middle Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon picks himself up grabbed nine rebounds. Tennessee won the Raymond Cintron nailed from the court after a hard foul four free throws to finish during a game against MTSU on battle in the paint, Middle the game. Monday, March 19. Maymon, who outscoring “We just fell short,” lead the Vols in scoring with 17 Tennessee 34-28 behind Tennessee head coach points, underwent arthroscopic efforts from Maymon Cuonzo Martin said. “We surgery to fix a torn cartilage in his and Stokes. Yet the Blue Raiders dominated the were out of our consistent right knee immediately after the boards, outrebounding flow offensively. I felt we the Vols 46-30. shot a couple balls quick loss to MTSU. Middle Tennessee as opposed to really pounding the ball inside and taking advantage shot 46.2 percent from the floor compared to Tennessee’s 37.9 percent. of them.” “It means a lot to me, and it means a lot to During the stretch run when Middle Tennessee took control, the Vols missed their our staff,” Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis said of the upset victory. “I know final nine shots and one free throw. “I think we were just running our offense it means a lot to our fan base. We understand and couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” said UT how good Tennessee has been, and how good junior Jeronne Maymon. “We didn’t need to be this team, this year has been in this building.” patient. We just needed to execute our offense.
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Josh Richardson floats through the lane between two Savannah State defenders during a game on Tuesday, March 13. Despite a strong showing in their opening round game of the NIT, the Vols dropped their second-round game in an upset to MTSU, 71-64.
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Lady Vols rally past Kansas to Elite Eight Staff Reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The Lady Vols advanced to their 25th Elite Eight as they rallied from being down by as many as 14 points to post a 84-73 win over Kansas at Wells Fargo Arena in the NCAA Tournament Des Moines Regional Semifinal. No. 2 seed Tennessee (27-8) will take on topseeded Baylor in the Regional Championship, which takes place on Monday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT and will air on ESPN and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network. Sophomore Meighan Simmons tallied 22 points to lead the Lady Vols in scoring — her second 20-plus points game in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee outscored the Jayhawks,
41-11 in bench scoring. Seniors Shekinna Stricklen (16 points and nine rebounds), Glory Johnson (18 points and seven rebounds) combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds. Senior Vicki Baugh added seven points and 11 rebounds Kansas, a No. 11 seed, saw its season end with a 21-13 record. Angel Goodrich had with 23 points and Aishah Sutherland tallied 19 points. Chelsea Gardner added 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Down by 14 in the first half, the Lady Vols reversed the deficit and led by 14 points after a Simmons fastbreak hoop with 5:57 left in the second half, at 69-55. With that basket, Tennessee had outscored Kansas 57-29 over a span of 14:24. The largest lead for the Lady Vols was 16 with
4:32 left in the game on another Simmons jumper, which made it 73-57. Kansas cut the deficit to single-digits with 41 seconds left on a Goodrich 3-pointer, but the Lady Vols held off the Jayhawks. The Lady Vols continued to assert their pressure and took a 10-point lead at 63-53 as Simmons finished a fastbreak off a pass from Kamiko Williams with seven minutes left in the game and forcing Kansas to call timeout. Tennessee used a 23-9 run early in the second half to take control of the game and build a 53-46 lead on four consecutive points by Simmons with 11:07 left in the second half. After trailing for virtually the entire first half, the Lady Vols took their first lead of the game on a Johnson jumpshot, just five minutes into the sec-
ond half. That gave UT a 44-42 advantage — just their second lead of the game (other was 2-0). The Lady Vols trailed by five at halftime, 35-30 as they shot just 36 percent in the first half. Kansas shot 48 percent from the floor as Goodrich had a game-high 12 points at intermission. Kansas built a first-half lead as large as 14 on a Sutherland layup with 8:59 left in the first half to make it 26-12. Tennessee cut the deficit to two at 31-29 with seven points in a row finished by a Johnson jumpshot with 4:22 left in the first half. The Lady Vols are now 112-22 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, the best record and most wins in college basketball. Tennessee is 25-5 all-time in Sweet 16 games.
Diamond Vols knock off undefeated Kentucky, still lose two of three Preston Peeden Managing Editor The Kentucky baseball team came to Lindsey Nelson Stadium as not only the No. 2 team in the country, but also the only undefeated team left in college baseball. Despite winning the series, the Wildcats left Knoxville blemished, as the Vols were able to do what no team before them could, beat Kentucky. Tennessee (13-10, 2-4 SEC) entered the game hot off two wins and it continued that streak in the first game of the series on Friday, downing the Wildcats 4-1. The upset came through a combination of effective small ball, with all four runs coming off of four hits, and also eight innings from junior pitcher Zack Godley, who, combined with one inning from junior Nick Blount, held Kentucky to a season-low four hits. Godley’s performance especially stood out as he had one of the best games of his career against one of the NCAA’s best hitting teams. He tied a career-high with eight innings of work with only three hits allowed, retiring 21 of the final 25 batters he faced following his first-inning earned run. “Zack has really turned into a very grounded young man,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “Zack and I have formed a pretty special relationship of trust. I really feel every time he gets the opportunity to pitch that we are going to get a pretty good outing and I feel he trusts me and the pitches that I’m selecting. “I felt good about him tonight. I felt like it was a good matchup. I felt like he just stayed within himself. I thought his side throwing was good. He was back (after losing last week). It was like he just let it go, like no big deal. OK, you didn’t pitch well last week and now it’s another week. It’s kind of how I want our guys to respond. I want them to have a little amnesia where they just let it go.” The win over Kentucky (13-10, 2-4 SEC) was UT’s first over a team ranked among the top two in the nation since 2009, when the Vols beat then-No. 1 LSU in two games out of a threegame series. “That was a good win,” Serrano said. “I’m not trying to minimize beating the last undefeated team but (I just see it as) beating another opponent in the SEC.”
While the Vols started the series well, their momentum could not carry them through the rest of the weekend. Saturday’s game was played over two days, as rain caused an overnight delay. Despite the Wildcats jumping out to a 5-0 advantage by the home half of the fifth inning on Saturday, Tennessee was in a good position to close the gap with two men in scoring position before lighting halted the game for the night. Freshman Brandon Zajac made his collegiate debut for Tennessee starting the contest on Saturday. In 2.2 innings of work, he allowed three runs — two earned — on three hits. The rain delay seemed to take the momentum away from the Vols, as they were only able to put two runs up in the bottom of the fifth, losing the game 6-2. The final game of the series was a seveninning matchup played Sunday when they finished the remainder of Saturday’s matchup. Through the first five innings, the Vols held Kentucky scoreless, with the game standing at a 0-0 tie going into the sixth. Tennessee lost control, however, in the sixth and seventh innings as they gave up six unanswered runs. “We just fell apart,” Serrano said. “We were hanging with them and we played with them, but we had some opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of. And to beat quality teams you have to do that.” Those missed opportunities weighed on Serrano the most. “We were a swing away from being in this game,” Serrano said. “... Getting us on the board early would have put a lot of confidence in our team, but we didn’t do it. And because of that we came up on the short end.” Despite dropping the final two games, the weekend series was not a complete loss for the Vols, as it did provide them with a sense of confidence. “In the SEC anyone can compete with anyone,” said sophomore pitcher Dalton Saberhagen. “I don’t think that there is any team that is out of it by any means. So we’re confident. We gave Kentucky their first loss and we felt good about that. But at the same time we can’t be content if we knock off a good team. We got to keep going and keep working hard.”
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Head coach Dave Serrano watches as Chris Pierce readies himself for a pitch during a game against University of Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, March 9. Despite dropping the series 2-1, Serrano’s Vols handed undefeated Kentucky its first loss of the season on Friday, March 23.
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Vols’ watch list heading into spring practice Matt Dixon Sports Editor
Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor 1. New coaches, fresh start The Vols return 20 of 22 starters on offense and defense, but had to replace seven assistant coaches. Only head coach Derek Dooley, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney, and now receivers coach Darin Hinshaw return from last year’s staff. Chaney returns for his fourth season in Knoxville, and joining him on offense will be Jay Graham (running backs), Sam Pittman (offensive line) and Charlie Coiner (tight ends/special teams). Defensively, the Vols have a completely new staff, led by coordinator Sal Sunseri, who brings a new scheme and 27 years of coaching experience to UT. Traditionally, Sunseri has coached in a 3-4 defensive front, which he’ll use some this year. How much depends on the personnel on the roster and how quickly players adapt to his scheme. He’s joined by John Palermo (defensive line), Derrick Ansley (cornerbacks) and Josh Conklin (safeties). 2. Thin at wide receiver What was a strength at the beginning of the 2011 season is now a potential hindrance for the Vols, as the wide receiving corps is thin, and there are uncertainties looming. Justin Hunter is five months out from his ACL tear suffered against Florida. Hunter will do work and is well-paced for his return, but he’ll be non-contact during spring practice. Dooley declined to comment on reports that Da’Rick Rogers had missed workouts, just saying that Rogers had made improvement along with the rest of the team this offseason. DeAnthony Arnett and Matt Milton left the program this offseason, leaving Zach Rogers and Vincent Dallas as the only returners. Early-enrollee athlete Cody Blanc will get reps at wideout, and four newcomers will arrive in the summer, including highly-touted JUCO receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
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3. Tyler Bray Entering his junior year, Tyler Bray is still a bit of a mystery. The 6-foot-6, 213-pound signal caller has started a season’s worth of games (12), but has yet to establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country — at least to non-Vols fans. Bray’s talent isn’t in question. He can make throws that few others in the college game can. He’s put up video game numbers against lesser competition, but also has yet to beat one of the SEC’s top teams, granted he’s had few chances. Now as an upperclassman, and especially as UT’s quarterback, Bray must be a team leader, both on and off the field. 4. Getting the run game together Dooley said at the spring press conference Sunday that one of the team’s main goals is to get the run game back on track, especially with said issues at wide receiver. Tennessee’s running attack had issues even getting positive yardage in the SEC last season, totaling just 1,081 yards on the ground. And 693 of those leave with two-year starter Tauren Poole, who is likely to be selected in the NFL Draft in April. One of the big roster moves is Raijon Neal staying permanently at running back. The rising junior rushed for 134 yards last season and caught13 passes for 269 yards, good for fourth on the team. Neal and rising sophomore Marlin Lane (second on team with 280 yards) are atop the depth chart to begin spring practice.
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