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Notre Dame smothers Lady Vols in Dayton Irish defense holds off UT’s comeback bid, gives Irish Final Four bid, first win over UT Stricklen layup. The second half was sour early for the Lady Vols. Diggins Zac Ellis knocked down two 3-pointers before Novosel converted a layup Editor-in-Chief at 15:57 to give Notre Dame a 41-32 lead and force a Tennessee timeout. DAYTON, Ohio — Going into Monday night’s NCAA region“Definitely our defense was exposed,” Summitt said. “This al final matchup with Tennessee, second-seeded Notre Dame team had has some good nights on the defensive end, but this boasted a well-documented 0-20 all-time record against the Lady was a night we had to have it if we Vols. wanted to advance. We did not But as the Irish’s players stressed in come and bring our A-game in that the week leading up to the contest, regard.” that record didn’t matter. And Even against a hot-shooting Irish Tennessee found out the hard way. squad in the second half, Tennessee “We weren’t the aggressors failed to go down easily. A Kelley tonight,” Angie Bjorkland said. Cain layup with 6:26 left brought The Irish used strong defensive UT to within four, 51-47. Cain pressure to force several Lady Vols brought some energy to the UT into foul trouble, neutralize the UT bench when she was issued a techoffense and knock off top-seeded nical foul at the 5:05 mark, after an Tennessee 73-59 in the Dayton altercation with Notre Dame’s Regional final of the NCAA Becca Bruszewski under the basTournament on Monday night. ket. Shekinna Stricklen and Taber Spani But Notre Dame was just too led Tennessee (34-3) with 13 points. much down the stretch offensively. The Lady Vols shot a dismal 33 perDevereaux Peters converted two cent from the field. layups to push the Irish ahead, 60“We have a ways to go, obviously,” 48, with just more than three minTennessee coach Pat Summitt said. utes left. “We were exposed today.” “Defense,” Stricklen said. “That’s Tennessee’s offense was stagnant in the key to winning the game. You’ve the first half largely because of foul got to bring your defense and enertrouble. As the Irish’s Natalie Novosel gy, and we didn’t have that today.” hit a layup to give Notre Dame (30-7) Summitt said while Notre a 9-4 lead with 16:05 left in the half, Dame’s defense was key in stopping Meighan Simmons picked up her secGeorge Richardson• The Daily Beacon the Tennessee attack, the Lady Vols ond foul. Glory Johnson was tabbed shot themselves in the foot numerwith her second foul eight minutes in, Meighan Simmions and Taber Spani display mixed reactions after the Lady Vols fell 73-59 to Notre ous times. Dame on Monday. After previously going 0-20 all time against the Lady Vols, the Fighting Irish took limiting both Simmons and Johnson “I think it was a combination,” to only four and eight minutes, respec- their first win from Pat Summit’s Lady Vols to the Final Four. They will face either Connecticut or Duke. Summitt said. “They definitely tively, in the first half. played good defense on us. But I Simmons and Johnson combined thought there were times they for just two points before halftime. On the night, Simmons hit For the second game in a row, Tennessee enjoyed a buzzer- affected us, but there were times we got so overanxious. only one of 11 shots. “At this point, trying to get to a Final Four was probably a litbeater before intermission. Just as Stricklen had done in UT’s “Obviously, Meighan was not herself today,” Summitt said. “I semifinal matchup with Ohio State, Taber Spani nailed a deep tle too much for some of the younger players.” don’t know why. But just looking at her stat line, 1-for-11. I If she had her choice, Summitt said, the Lady Vols would be trey as time expired to cut UT’s deficit to five at halftime, 29-24. thought she was very overanxious. Neither team shot well in the first half, with Tennessee knock- on the practice floor tonight. “She’s a freshman, and sometimes we forget that. She’s got a “If Ms. (women’s athletics director Joan) Cronan would let ing down only 33 percent of its shots compared to the Irish’s 41 great future ahead of her.” percent. Tennessee’s only lead was off its first basket, 2-0, on a me,” Summitt said, “I’d probably go back in there tonight.” Despite UT’s foul-plagued starting lineup, Vicki Baugh emerged as a threat off the bench in the first half. With Kelley Cain and Alyssia Brewer combining for only 2 points in the first half, Baugh scored 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting before halftime. But Notre Dame was relentless late in the first half. A Skylar Diggins layup gave the Irish their largest lead of the half, eight points, with 2:09 left.

Fraternity brothers to bike for charity cycling that will take place over the summer, Baysingar has been riding between 25 and 30 Jamison Lanum miles every day. “I’ve been training pretty intensively,” he said. Staff Writer “I got a bike in August. I haven’t ridden a bike While most students will take this summer since I was 12. I’m 22.” Baysingar said he hopes he will improve not to relax or work, four UT students will bike almost 4,000 miles across the United States to only physically but also as a human being. “All my friends that have done this in the past raise money and awareness for people with discame back and had all these memories, and abilities. Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle they’ve said it completely just changed their fundraiser held by Push America, a nonprofit phi- lives,” he said. “They become better people overlanthropy founded by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in all. It’s going to better me as a person and help 1977. Push America is dedicated to enhancing other people.” A typical day for cyclists and crew members the lives of people who live with disabilities. consists of waking up The Journey of Hope at 5 a.m. and biking has been open to brothuntil noon. After they ers of Pi Kappa Phi reach their desired city nationwide since 1988. for the day, they perThis year the trip will form acts of service for begin in San Francisco people with disabiliand Seattle and will ties. These acts of conclude in service range from Washington, D.C. playing wheelchair “As the chapter advibasketball to singing sor, I try to motivate songs while sitting them to do things that around a campfire. are for the greater good “After they’re done of mankind,” Michael cycling all day, they’ll Mynatt, chapter advisor go and put a skit on for for the University of people who are mostly Tennessee Pi Kappa Phi not disabled,” Mynatt chapter, said. said. “It really opens Each cyclist has to go up the mind of a 19- or through an interview 20-year-old when they process and raise see people who were $5,000, most of which not as fortunate as goes directly to Push them.” America. Crew memWhile on the road, bers, who drive alongmeals are simple. All side the cyclist for assisTara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon dinners are donated tance, must raise $2,500 to take part. Travis Baysingar, senior in psychology, by the organizations Travis Baysingar, takes a ride around campus to prepare operating in each city senior in psychology, for the 4,000-mile ride he will participate in which the cyclists stop. Lodging is also raised most of his in this summer with three other UT stu- donated, so cyclists money from donations dents. He rides 25 to 30 miles each day will typically stay at made by family and friends. His motivation to ready himself for the roughly 75-mile the local community for cycling across the treks he will have to cover during the center or school gymnasium. United States hits close summer. “Hotels are very to home. “Well, my cousin has Tourette’s, so that was few and far between,” Baysingar said. “Of course, kind of a big thing that drew me to it,” Baysingar we’re not really too worried about where we’re Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon said. “There are a lot of organizations that raise staying the night. It’s kind of like, where are we Lauren Greenlee, undecided junior, paints shirts for the TOMS club on Thursday. money for cancer or for diabetes, but I don’t real- going next, and how can we continue to help peoThe shirts are for the One Day Without Shoes event, which takes place on April 5. ly know that there are a lot blatantly helping peo- ple?” For more information on Journey of Hope, visit During the event, people from around the world will walk around barefoot to raise ple that have disabilities.” In order to endure the typical 75-mile day of awareness of the TOMS movement.

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Students examine the artwork of Shannon Mullane, junior in art interest, from the 34th Annual Student Competition. Mullane entered a mold plaster of herself covered with candy wrappers into the contest. The gallery will display students’ work until April 4.

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were transported to UT Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment and evaluation after they admitted to having ingested the drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. March 27

1973: U.S. withdraws from Vietnam

Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. America’s direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War was at an end. In Saigon, some 7,000 U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees remained Pi Kappa Phi house on Fraternity Park Drive some behind to aid South Vietnam in conducting March 26 time between 4 p.m. on March 23 and 2 p.m. on what looked to be a fierce and ongoing war March 24. Someone apparently had thrown a stone with communist North Vietnam. At approximately 2:46 a.m., an officer executed object through a window on the east side of the In 1961, after two decades of indirect mila traffic stop near 21st Street and Grand Avenue on house. itary aid, U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent a white 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had only the first large force of U.S. military personnel one functioning headlight. After further investigaA student reported that her wallet, containing tion, the officer arrested the driver, a male student, her student ID and $20 in cash, had been stolen to Vietnam to bolster the ineffectual autocratfor simple possession of marijuana and issued a from Rocky Top Café inside the UC around 5:05 ic regime of South Vietnam against the communist North. Three years later, with the male unaffiliated passenger a misdemeanor citation p.m. on March 24. South Vietnamese government crumbling, for simple possession of marijuana. The male pasPresident Lyndon B. Johnson ordered limited senger and a female passenger, also unaffiliated, — Crime Log is compiled by Robbie Hargett. bombing raids on North Vietnam, and Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. Congress authorized the use of U.S. troops. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or By 1965, North Vietnamese offensives left A student reported that her laptop and bag conAt approximately 7:34 a.m., a UTPD officer was taining keys and two credit cards had been stolen dispatched to Humes Hall in response to a report of from the southeast corner of the fourth floor of an unconscious person. The officer found a semi- Hodges Library around 5 p.m. conscious female student lying in the hallway of the third floor of the building. The student was transMembers of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity reportported to UT Medical Center. ed an incident of vandalism that had occurred at the

identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.

President Johnson with two choices: escalate U.S. involvement or withdraw. Johnson ordered the former, and troop levels soon jumped to more than 300,000 as U.S. air forces commenced the largest bombing campaign in history. During the next few years, the extended length of the war, the high number of U.S. casualties, and the exposure of U.S. involvement in war crimes, such as the massacre at My Lai, helped turn many in the United States against the Vietnam War. The communists’ Tet Offensive of 1968 crushed U.S. hopes of an imminent end to the conflict and galvanized U.S. opposition to the war. In response, Johnson announced in March 1968 that he would not seek reelection, citing what he perceived to be his responsibility in creating a perilous national division over Vietnam. He also authorized the beginning of peace talks. — This Day in History is courtesy of

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‘Squish Water Bottles’ takes Vol Court prize Hard plastic or metal water bottles may be a thing of the past if Zach Linn, a senior in retailing at UT, has his way. Linn’s business idea of a squishable water bottle was the winner of the spring 2011 Vol Court pitch competition. Linn won $500 to invest in his business, Squish Bottles. A second-place prize of $250 was awarded to a team that developed a new online coupon site that connects the support of local businesses to local fundraising causes. Vol Court is a series of workshops presented by the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to help people develop new business ideas. The workshops address entrepreneurial challenges such as setting up a business, determining the market and the customer, understanding financials, and learning how to pitch the idea to potential investors. Linn spotted a problem in the market and developed a solution for it. When a water bottle is empty, students must carry around the big container, so he created water bottles made of flexible materials that can “squish” into a bag when they are empty. The second-place Funds4.Us team, consisting of former UT students Kelly Burke and Jeff Nichols, along with Jeff’s daughter, Rebecca, saw an opportunity for a more convenient and profitable way to accomplish local fundraising efforts. Kelly and Jeff have been creating technology-based, media solutions since working together at Jewelry Television in Knoxville. Jeff returned to UT in 2006 to complete his Ph.D. in mathematics and now works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a computational scientist in bioenergy and climate research. They have continued to collaborate on ideas and started attending the Vol Court seminars last fall to learn how to turn their ideas into reality. Vol Court is offered every fall and spring semester to all undergraduates on the UT campus. Ready for the World Café offers Greek, Italian menu Four parts Italian, two parts Greek and a dash of Americana: That’s the recipe for “delicious” at the Ready for the World Café at UT for the week of March 28-31. The menu includes tomato and feta salad, chicken marsala (wine and mushroom sauce), Italian fish fillets, meat lasagna, moussaka (Greek meat and eggplant casserole), parmesan broccoli bake and Dutch potatoes (whipped potatoes with carrots and chives). The café is an international buffet operated by students in the

NEWS advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445. The café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the UC. Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out. Aramark’s faculty/staff discount card can be used at the café. Students in HRT 445 take turns planning the menus, marketing the café and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food. This week’s café managers are Scott Bennett and Angelica Manning. Bennett, of Nashville, is a senior in HRT. He has worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 16 and, for the past 2 1/2 years, has worked at McAlister’s Deli on the Strip. His goal is to own and run a sports bar. Manning, of Memphis, is a senior in HRT. She has worked for Walt Disney World, Aramark and Westhampton Country Club. Her career aspirations include starting her own hospitality, consultant and conference/convention planning company — as well as being elected governor or being appointed as a U.S. ambassador or diplomat. Native American Student Association to host first powwow In the Cherokee language, “anadasgisi” means “they are gathering.” The Native American Student Association (NASA) and UT are hosting “Anadasgisi — The Gathering of International Natives,” a traditional powwow featuring performers from across the globe on April 8 and 9 at various locations around UT’s campus. The event will begin on Friday, April 8 at 6:45 p.m. in the Humanities Amphitheater with an open discussion with Principal Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, followed by a presentation of the Aztec Fire Dance. The event will continue on Saturday, April 9 at 10:15 a.m. with the Grand Entry of Performers in Circle Park. The day ends with a performance from the Samoan Fire Dancers at 8 p.m. Admission to “Anadasgisi” is free and open to the public. Native American culture celebrates through the arts — dancing, singing, music, cooking, story-telling and more. Traditional dancers will be representing the natives of the North and Central Americas and the natives of the Polynesian Islands. With performances throughout the day, the audience will be able to experience the fascinating cultures of the Aztec, Samoan, Tahitian, Hawaiian and several other tribes of Native Americans. The audience also will be able to enjoy traditional native foods and explore booths from native vendors featuring traditional arts and crafts. This event is co-sponsored by the University of North Carolina, the United Residence Hall Council, the Cultural Attractions Committee, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Western Band of Cherokee Indians, the Office of Minority Student Affairs, Amnesty at UT and Ready for the World. For more information or questions about the event, please contact NASA President Kim Smith at 828788-7183 or email

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UT College of Communication and Information to celebrate auditorium renovation, fundraising success The College of Communication and Information (CCI) at UT will celebrate the completion of its auditorium renovation and the achievement of a major fundraising goal at a luncheon event Friday. The event is set for 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium, located on the third floor of the Communications Building at Circle Park. Lunch in the Scripps Convergence Lab will follow the program. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and CCI Dean Mike Wirth will speak to the guests, and CCI alumnus Peyton Manning will deliver videotaped remarks. Members of the college’s Board of Visitors will be in attendance, along with CCI donors, alumni, faculty, staff and students. The newly renovated, state-of-the-art CCI auditorium provides seating for 98 and offers much-needed space for large classes, public forums and events for the college and for the university. The college’s 2-year-old “Take-a-Seat” campaign has helped raise funds for the project. Campaign donors who contributed at least $2,000 were honored with the placement of a nameplate on an auditorium seat. Those nameplates have now been installed, and the donors and other attendees will have the opportunity to view them. A list of donors to the auditorium campaign also will be featured on a plaque installed at the entrance to the auditorium. The college also will celebrate the success of its effort to raise $10 million as part of the “Campaign for Tennessee.” To learn more about the “Take-a-Seat” program, visit For more information on the “Campaign for Tennessee,” visit For more information on the luncheon event or to RSVP, email


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Guest Column REACH to give campus ‘proven leadership’ Over the last several years, students at UT have experienced the comings and goings of administrators, coaches and faculty members that can aptly be described as “tumultuous.” What the students need and deserve is leadership from individuals who have proven themselves to the Volunteer Nation. This characteristic is boldly apparent in candidates of a campaign working to serve as next year’s Student Government Association leadership: the REACH campaign. Ross Rowland is a junior in public administration, and is the REACH campaign’s presidential candidate. Rowland is a veteran of SGA who not only has served on the SGA Executive Board since his freshman year but has also held responsibility in every branch of SGA. Offices he has held include Freshmen Council chairman, commissioner of safety and a three-year tenure on Student Senate, which he currently chairs. Also, Rowland is Tennessee Higher Education Commission student representative for UT. Courtney Sharp, REACH’s vice-presidential candidate, has campus involvement that is highlighted by her experience in SGA, while still remaining well-rounded with other campus organizations, like Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Mock Trial. Sharp is a junior in Spanish and psychology, has served on SGA for the past three years and has held several leadership positions, including on the SGA Executive Board as the press secretary/historian and Freshmen Council advisor. She also actively participates in the Student Senate by advocating for the UC study days and serving as senate secretary. REACH’s Student Services Director Candidate Drew Shapiro is a junior in history. A member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, he holds the responsibility of delegating duties to the chapter’s 12 committees and internal communication of the chapter. He also serves

as the vice-president of recruitment for the Inter-Fraternity Council. He not only plans and organizes recruitment week, last year IFC had the largest recruitment class in the university’s history. The Student Services director’s duties include managing SGA’s nine committees and Student Services’ events. To address the growing concerns of UT students, the REACH campaign seeks to REACH out, up and forward to administrators and students to improve UT. First, we aim to extend the Lottery Scholarship to summer classes. We believe students deserve the right to use that money in the summer. We’d also like to implement a reverse “text alert” system, which students can utilize in case of emergency to bring aid from local law enforcement in as little as 90 seconds. The REACH campaign would like to make campus parking rules/regulations more transparent and accessible to students to avoid future citations, as well as reform the parking citation appeal process. Feel free to find us around campus, e-mail us at or find us on our website at, on Facebook at Reach UT or on Twitter, @ReachUT, for any questions. Also, don’t forget to vote REACH on April 5 and 6 at — This column is part two of two in a series of guest columns written by SGA campaigns. Campaign week begins Wednesday. — Ross Rowland is a junior in public administration. He can be reached at — Courtney Sharp is a junior in Spanish and psychology. She can be reached at — Drew Shapiro is a junior in history. He can be reached at

Scrambled Eggs• Alex Cline

The Great Mash Up• Liz Newnam

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N.H. bill intended to block youth T he Social N etwo r k by

Elliott DeVore

Since January, I have been following the proposed legislation, House Bill 176, in New Hampshire, introduced by Rep. Gregory Sorg. The goal of the bill is to alter the eligibility of voter registration within the state by changing the definition of domicile. Domicile, the word used to describe a person’s permanent home, is used in voter registration laws across the United States. If this bill were enacted it would strip many people of the right to vote, which in my opinion is an affront to Americans everywhere. Stripping individuals of their right to register to vote or to cast their ballot is unconstitutional. Those most deeply affected will be out-of-state students and people who are serving the state or nation, people in the military, etc. As we look through the history of the many suffrage movements, a bill of this nature makes us ask the question: Why would someone feel so strongly to intervene in the voting process? Currently in New Hampshire, students can register to vote in their college town, as their residence is sanctioned under their current residence hall address or other residential address while attending the university. With the current legislation in place, out-of-state students and people temporarily living there may claim residency for domicile purposes, which equates to voting within that local precinct. The new legislation would alter this. Sorg has been quoted as saying that students were “transient inmates ... with a dearth of experience and a plethora of the easy self-confidence that only ignorance and inexperience can produce.” He has argued that the bill will end “unfair domination of local elections by students.”

William O’Brien, the Republican New Hampshire state house speaker, was quoted in reference to college students at a recent Tea Party event saying, “voting as a liberal. That’s what kids do. ... Students lack ‘life experience,’ and they just vote their feelings.” I would argue that some uneducated older voters simply vote with their Fox News Addiction. What O’Brien and Sorg are wanting is not to ostracize students from voting on local politics, as evident from student voting records, but from issues on a national level, i.e. presidential elections. Their true motives are stark as we look to the 2008 exit polls that show us that 66 percent of young voters (ages 18-29) cast their ballot for Obama; the 2008 elections also had the secondhighest youth vote of all time. Sorg clearly sees this bill as a way to cut out some of the liberal voting base. This bill is dastardly and is an underhanded assertion of political agenda that needs more attention and action. What would you do if Tennessee passed such legislation preventing you (as an out-of-state student) from registering to vote here in Knoxville? You will live here for four to five years, and if you have a job, you pay taxes, you buy things that have tax, you contribute to the local economy consistently, so you too should have a say. What if you were not allowed to vote in the 2008 elections or the upcoming fall 2012 elections? Students in New Hampshire deserve the same political voice as we do. No matter what your political ideology, I would hope you agree that a bill of this nature should never be put into law. Everyone should have the ability to register to vote and to cast a ballot where they live. Politicians should not enact legislation that barricades students from performing the civic duty of voting. Moving forward, I hope this bill dies and that legislation will be passed that makes voting more accessible. Stay informed, be proactive and you can make a difference. — Elliott DeVore is a senior in psychology. He can be reached at

Use terror of unknown to make life exciting For the Love. . . by

Ashleigh Disler

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Some find that the unknown of life is terribly terrifying. The thought of where you may be in 10 years, the thought of afterlife, the thought of death are all uneasy contemplations. But I find that knowing, that being narrated as you go, would be infinitely more terrorizing. Yet fascinating. In one sense or another, our lives are all a book. Our stories begin when we are born, and when we reach a competent age, we begin to write the pages ourselves. We make our own decisions and, knowing right from wrong, are expected to make the proper decisions. There is no doubt that we are all writing a story, minus the writing for the vast majority of us. However, more times than not, we forget that one page leads to another. We lose sight of the intended ending we started with. How terrifying, how mesmerizing, if we each had a personal narrator reminding us and rehashing our personal battles. Imagine. “As she saunters toward the bar, through the ocean of categorized groups and seemingly oblivious peers, she has an epiphany that perhaps this isn’t where she wants to be. Perhaps these aren’t the nights she dreamed up. Perhaps, in a room full of people, she should feel more accompanied.” In less toned words, we’ve all had this thought without realizing so (or maybe we did). Would hearing this from another voice, as it is taking place, help us understand ourselves? I wonder whether the reality of the idea would stick with us much longer if only it were vocalized in the fancier terms of a compelling narrator. Even the English loather appreciates the propensity that accompanies meaningful words that are smashed together to form the

perfection of one simple, philosophical thought. Thousands of websites are erected for the sole purpose of providing phrases or quotes that many found enlightening for this very reason. As humans, we are intrigued with the narration of the lives of others. We are fascinated with each other’s opinions, and we are so steadfast in our own opinions that many of us will take them to our grave without altering or tweaking them in the least. And stories. We are fascinated with stories: fairy tales, fiction, nonfiction, science fiction. We have favorite lines and favorite characters, typically the lines and characters we relate to the most, and then we fall in love with the story. We fall in love again, more or less, with the narration. “Stranger Than Fiction,” a more odd movie that I recommend, deduces that “the only way to find out what story you’re in is to determine what stories you’re not in. Odd as it may seem, I’ve just ruled out half of Greek literature, seven fairy tales, ten Chinese fables and determined conclusively that you are not King Hamlet, Scout Finch, Miss Marple, Frankenstein’s monster, or a golem. Aren’t you relieved to know you’re not a golem?” As comical and tailored to this specific movie as it is, it’s true. If only we could figure out what types of stories our lives are not, maybe we could use process of elimination to figure out what types of stories our lives are. We do, at best, have the ability to narrate our own lives. While our stories are all so very unique, I imagine that, without the details, “Stranger Than Fiction” has tagged the narration for most. The unknown is still terrifying, the narrating is mesmerizing and the story is in fact tantalizing. But if you’re terrified, narrate your story to be tantalizing, and you’ll leave everyone mesmerized. For the love … just be stranger than fiction. — Ashleigh Disler is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at

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Strokes’ new release misses ideal equilibrium and also perfectly — and purposely — unpolished sense of the pre2005 Strokes is blended well with a lightened pitch to Casablancas’

Preston Peeden Staff Writer In music, the key to any band’s success is balance. As a way to appeal to a broader audience, every great band must be able to grow musically and evolve its sound as it advances in years. But it is also important that the band keep an equilibrium and a foothold in the aspects of its music that made it great, so as to appease the fans that got it there. For the Strokes in their newly released album, “Angles,” there is an evolution of sound but a lack of balance. After a five-year hiatus, the band returned on March 18 with its fourth collective album. But things have changed since the 2006 release, “First Impressions of the Earth.” During that time, the Strokes has been replaced as the premiere indie darling in the eyes of many reviewers by the band Phoenix, whom many have claimed to be the “French Strokes.” It seems that in an attempt to reclaim its past glory, the Strokes has added some musical elements from its Francophone counterparts and other mainstream acts of today. The album opens with the synth-pop tune “Machu Picchu,” which certainly is a departure from an old Strokes song but is still pleasing to the ears. The song also serves the purpose of setting up listeners for the new sound they are about to experience. From this point, the album slides into the garage rock-like “Under Cover of Darkness,” which perfectly combines the masterful strumming of Albert Hammond Jr. and the always addicting voice of Julian Casablancas. This song sticks out on the album as a clear high point, as it achieves the closest semblance to the balance necessary for success. The remains of the old guitar-heavy,


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usually stage-stealing gravelly voice to create an enjoyable product. The rest of the album is a mixture of differing song choices and bold guitar riffs. In fact, one of the few running constants of the lat-

ter part of the album is its diversity. High points of this new sound abound throughout the album. “Two Kinds of Happiness” opens with an ’80s-inspired synthesizer solo yet works its way into a guitar-driven melody after the initial 45 seconds or so. “Gratifaction,” instead, opts for the path of a mainly vocals-inspired tune with a lighter feel to it, one that is reminiscent of carefree feelings. The album’s final song, “Life Is Simple in the Moonlight,” harkens back to previous Strokes endeavors like “Reptilia” and “Modern Age,” as it seemed that behind the strength of guitar riffs, Casablancas’ voice would explode from the speakers. The true problem with this album, though, is that it tries too hard to be something that it is not. In even the best songs, “Under the Cover of Darkness” for instance, there is a tinge of almost Auto-Tune-esque overproduction that can leave Strokes fans wondering why the band changed. An example of this almost unnecessary, excessive change comes in the form of “You’re So Right,” which comes off sounding like it should be on a Linkin Park album. All of this is not to say that “Angles” is a perfect album, or even really a great one. Rather, “Angles” is a good album, not up to par with “Is This It” or “Room On Fire” but certainly a step in the right direction after the failure of “First Impressions of the Earth.” The true missing ingredient from this album is constant balance. While the Strokes achieved the first part of the equation of remaining a great band, it diversified its sound at the expense of its depth, and that is what “Angles” is left as. It is a good album, with definite high points, but it tries to be more than just the Strokes, and this could leave some fans searching for the essence of their favorite band.









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UT students unfamiliar with Martin Colin Skinner Staff Writer As one chapter ended last Monday, March 21, in the tumultuous saga of recent Tennessee athletics, another began just as quickly this Monday. Much to the surprise of the student and faculty bodies at UT, the school’s athletics director Mike Hamilton announced Sunday evening in an official press release that Cuonzo LaMar Martin of Missouri State was hired as the 18th Tennessee men’s basketball coach. Buzz of the new hiring spread around campus like wildfire Sunday, a little after 7:30 p.m., and a press conference was called for the following day at 2:30 p.m. What was most shocking was not the immediacy of the hiring — 10 days after the Vols’ lackluster performance and loss to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament — but rather the little public information known about the new coach arriving in Knoxville this week. “When I heard we had hired (Martin), I had no idea who he was,” Kyle Kempka, junior in mechanical engineering, said. “After looking him up, though, his resume made him look much better. I was sure we would get a name bigger than Cuonzo Martin.” On Monday, the mindset of the student body remained that Tennessee could have — and maybe should have — hired a bigger, better, more credible name to replace the recruiting juggernaut, Bruce Pearl, regardless of whether the NCAA Tournament was still going on. “At first I was pretty surprised because I had never heard of (Martin) before, and I kind of felt like a big SEC school would have the ability to hire almost anybody that they wanted to,” Alex Jackson, sophomore in pre-veterinary interest, said. “Somebody with maybe a better resume in Division I, but you just have to hope for the best.” Whitney Haworth, sophomore in journalism and electronic media,

offered another opinion on the hiring of the little-known coach. “At first I was pretty negative about it, but I had to think about it,” she said. “When Bruce Pearl was hired, I had no clue who he was either, so I am willing to give (Martin) a chance. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to look into what he has done, but from what I have heard, he is probably a good pick for our school.” What bothered Battle Alex Beasley, a junior in business premajor, the most about the hiring of Martin is the coach’s background in a mid-major conference, the Missouri Valley Conference. Digging farther, Beasley realized the coach’s background had more depth than he originally thought. “My initial reaction to the new coach was, ‘What conference do you even come from?’” Beasley said. “I thought we were getting some coach from Division III, an Ohio State (move) hiring coach Jim Tressel in football. Upon reading up on (Martin), he’s up for two national coach of the year awards, and (Chancellor) Jimmy Cheek was involved, and he’s one of the those no-nonsense guys, so I have faith that (Martin) will be all right.” If anything is certain, it is the fact that Martin will have to come in running a squeaky clean camp at UT amidst the self-reportings of recruiting violations and NCAA violations committed by Bruce Pearl and his staff. One thing the new coach has done already is mention how excited he is for the opportunity provided to coach in the presence of the Tennessee students and Rocky Top Rowdies, who support Big Orange basketball. “The thing about the students is, we’ll have fun with this thing, but one thing about the student experience, you also are supporting your fellow students who are on the floor playing, so I think that’s the biggest key,” Martin said. “We’ll play hard, we’ll compete, we’ll have fun with this thing, ’cause it is still a tradition, and it’s still your university and as a student you want to support your university.”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UT fans should rally behind Martin Whoever UT hired was going to be given the task of replicating Pearl’s success on the court. Martin now has that job. “For me, I embrace the success, because it’s a program,” he said. “I think you want to embrace it, and it helps you when you recruit when somebody has success. I mean, somebody has to follow (Pearl). Sports Editor “If you don’t want to follow him, you’re afraid of competition, you’re afraid of being successful. For Go ahead and admit it. me, I didn’t really think about it like that. I thought When you first heard Tennessee had hired it was a great opportunity to be a part of a great Cuonzo Martin, you probably had the same reaction program.” you did when you learned Derek Dooley was hired He may not paint his chest for a Lady Vols home by UT. game or even wear an “Are you serious?” orange blazer against “That’s the best we can Kentucky and Vanderbilt do?” — he said that decision Yet exactly a year after was up to his wife. losing to Michigan State But Martin needs the in the Elite Eight by one Tennessee fan base to suppoint — March 28, 2010 port him. — the Volunteers introHe’s not Bruce Pearl. duced a coach who had He’s Cuonzo Martin. yet to even coach in an The 39-year-old up-andNCAA Tournament game. coming coach spent eight But like Dooley, who seasons as an assistant had a career record of 16coach at his alma mater, 20 in three seasons at Purdue, under Gene Keady Louisiana Tech before and Matt Painter before coming to Knoxville, the three seasons with the wins and losses don’t Bears of the Missouri reveal the whole story. Valley Conference. Instead, fans should He’s a former NBA playlook beyond Martin’s 61er, a cancer survivor and 41 record in three seasons he was raised in East St. at Missouri State. Louis, Ill. “Cuonzo is known as a Given his background, great recruiter, a solid coaching basketball at floor coach, person of Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon Tennessee will be relativegreat integrity, a great Cuonzo Martin answers questions from the ly easy. father, a great husband press on Monday. Martin was introduced as And Vol fans shouldn’t and now, he is known as UT’s 18th men’s basketball coach at a 2:30 make his job any harder the head coach of the p.m. press conference before answering than it should be by comUniversity of Tennessee,” questions from the media. He comes to UT paring him to his predemen’s athletics director with his wife, Roberta, two sons, Joshua and cessor in any area besides Mike Hamilton said Chase, and daughter, Addison. what happens on the Monday at Martin’s introcourt. ductory press conference. And even then, Hamilton believes Martin will Martin’s job at UT will be tough enough, espesucceed. cially if Tobias Harris and/or Scotty Hopson leave “Cuonzo will win at University of Tennessee,” he early for the NBA. said. He’s replacing a legend. Bruce Pearl made Tennessee basketball what — Matt Dixon is a senior in journalism and elecevery Vol fan dreamed of it being. tronic media. He can be reached at And more importantly, Pearl won over the fan and followed on Twitter at base. @MattDixon3.

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