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Reach candidates take 2011 SGA election Rowland, Sharp, Shapiro emerge victorious over SPARK campaign in student vote “Just pure joy and excitement,” Sharp, junior in Spanish and psychology, said. “It’s crazy, because this is something that’s been in the back of my mind since freshman year. “All our hard work paid off.” The Reach campaign spent the majority of the week

are just some of the platforms as a part of Reach’s campaign. Zac Ellis Rowland said the student body’s newly elected repreEditor-in-Chief sentatives will hit the ground running with each of the party’s planned initiatives. Moments after the 2011 SGA election results were “Our three, four main points are what announced on Wednesday night, Reach camwe try to focus on,” Rowland said. “The paign presidential candidate Ross Rowland extension of the HOPE Scholarship in the still didn’t know how to react. summer, that’s been a project of mine for The newly elected SGA president had a a long time. I really want to ensure that new position to become accustomed to. happens on this campus.” “To be honest with you, I still don’t know Sharp said that despite the victory at how to feel,” Rowland said. “I’m looking forthe top, the win was a team effort. ward to getting the full feel.” “For me, there’s so much pressure Rowland and fellow Reach candidates because if we don’t win, all these people Courtney Sharp and Drew Shapiro won the that have been working for us, their 2011 SGA elections over the SPARK camcareers in SGA are shot,” Sharp said. paign on Wednesday night, announcing the “And that’s who we do it for. They’re so victory to a packed deck at the Reach elecgreat and they work so hard.” tion party at the Roaming Gnome on The Rowland and Sharp both admitted the Strip. campaign and all the work involved took a Rowland defeated SPARK presidential toll on those who volunteered all their candidate Courtney Vick with a total vote time and efforts for their cause. count of 2,286 votes. Sharp, the Reach vice “There’s been a lot of ups and downs,” presidential candidate, defeated SPARK’s Rowland said. “But the sheer amount of Max Gearin with 2,519 total votes while focus and effort and energy it takes to Shapiro, Reach’s Student Services director accomplish all this, it’s a lot. But thanks candidate, emerged in front of SPARK’s to all of our group, our exec, our senators, Quintavias King with 2,524 total votes. everyone that worked with us. With the conclusion of Campaign Week, “That’s the only way we were able to which began last Wednesday, the Reach canpull this out.” didates arrived at the Roaming Gnome just Sharp said the campaign is meant to before 9 p.m. to deliver the news to friends represent more than its top three candiand supporters. dates; every person involved will have a “Thank you all so much,” Rowland said, chance to make a difference on UT’s camaddressing the crowd. “We really, really pus. appreciate y’all’s love, y’all’s support, y’all’s “There are a lot of tough parts about dedication. The most personal thing someGeorge Richardson • The Daily Beacon running a campaign,” Sharp said. “But I one can do is to donate their time, their Ross Rowland, Courtney Sharp, and Drew Shapiro celebrate with fellow Reach think the toughest is just keeping things energy, their effort ... we really, really appre- campaign members and supporters after announcing their victory in the SGA elecin perspective. At the end of the day, we’re ciate what all you all have done this past tions on Wednesday, April 6. all so lucky to even have this opportunity, week.” and sometimes it’s hard to think that Even after the announcement, the feeling leading up to the election campaigning on its main issues there’s life past winning or losing. of excitement had yet to escape the candidates. surrounding the student body. Improvements to student “Knowing that in this campaign, there’s something so “I’m shocked,” Rowland, junior in public administraparking, the extension of the HOPE Scholarship to cover much bigger than a single candidate winning ... SGA is tion, said. “I’m numb. It still hasn’t hit me yet.” summer courses and alterations to final exam study days something bigger than any of us.” Sharp echoed Rowland’s surprise.

Event informs about grad admissions Info session focuses on students changing fields after first degree Career Services recommends its own method. Jamison Lanum “We tend to recommend Staff Writer what we call the ‘rule of six,’” Kit said. “You would apply to Career Services hosted at least six schools. So two are Graduate Admissions 101, an stretch schools, two safety, and information session about two are kind of mid-range graduate programs, on schools.” Tuesday. A widely unknown fact Students who attended the about the graduate admissions info-session were given infor- process is that getting acceptmation concerning the basics ed into a graduate school is of the graduate admissions only the first obstacle. process along with how Career Students must also be acceptServices can help them along ed into the department under the way. which they wish to study, a far “Every college has a liaison more difficult task. that can work with you on your “I didn’t know that you had career goals, whether that’s to get into both the graduate finding an internship, a full- program and the department,” time job or with the graduate Sarah Price, junior in biologischool admissions process,” cal sciences, said. Stephanie Kit, associate direcStudents were also told tor for Career Services, said. what makes a good candidate While Kit addressed the for graduate school. many reasons why students “There is no way around it. would want to enter a graduate Test scores and your grade program, she honed in on the point average are very imporstudent whose current major tant,” Kit said. “I’ve heard it no longer fits in with future said that it’s better to be really plans. strong in one if the other is “I, for example, had an weak, so if you have a strong undergraduate degree in busi- GPA, your test scores may not ness, but then went to a gradu- have to be as high.” ate program in counseling,” Students can also take steps Kit said. “So if you’ve reached to make themselves more a point where you’re very far attractive graduate school canalong in your major and you didates by moving location. don’t want to change it, but “If you are flexible, consider you know you want to do moving to a region of the U.S. something else, I often encour- that’s outside where you’re age students to look ahead and from, because sometimes get the higher degree rather schools value that type of geothan a second bachelors.” graphic diversity,” Kit said. Prospective students should Another benefit of thorbegin collecting materials for oughly researching graduate different programs and schools programs and what they offer at least one year prior to apply- is knowing the financial ing. Kit informed all attendees options that are made available that knowing what program to through graduate assistantapply to and which schools ships and teaching positions. Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon have these programs is vital to With these, Kit said many students receive enough aid to Alix Pfennigwerth, senior in ecology, works on the bike of Brenan Shiles, sophomore in computer science, during a smooth admissions process. When considering how pay for their entire graduate the UT Outdoor Program’s bike tune-up day. The event was part of UT’s celebration of Earth Month. More informany schools to apply to, education. mation on related events can be found at environment.utk.edu/earth_month


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Thomas Brantley • The Daily Beacon

Nick Hendershot, freshman in wildlife and fisheries, views art in the UC Concourse Gallery on Wednesday, March 30. The gallery displayed work from the Knox County Student Art Exhibit, which features works focusing on diversity.

1994: Civil war erupts in Rwanda On this day in 1994, Rwandan armed forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in the genocide that had begun only hours earlier. In approximately three months, the Hutu extremists who controlled Rwanda brutally murdered an estimated 500,000 to 1 million innocent civilian Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the worst episode of ethnic genocide since World War II. The immediate roots of the 1994 genocide dated back to the early 1990s, when President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, began using anti-Tutsi rhetoric to consolidate his power among the Hutus. Beginning in October 1990, there were several massacres of hundreds of Tutsis. Although the two ethnic groups were very similar, sharing the same language and culture for centuries, the law required registration based on ethnicity. The government and army began to assemble the Interahamwe (meaning “those who attack together”) and prepared for the elimination of the Tutsis by arming Hutus with guns and machetes. In January 1994, the United Nations forces in Rwanda warned that larger massacres were imminent. On April 6, 1994, President Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down. It is not known if the attack was carried out

by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Tutsi military organization stationed outside the country at the time, or by Hutu extremists trying to instigate a mass killing. In any event, Hutu extremists in the military, led by Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, immediately went into action, murdering Tutsis and moderate Hutus within hours of the crash. The Belgian peacekeepers were killed the next day, a key factor in the withdrawal of U.N. forces from Rwanda. Soon afterward, the radio stations in Rwanda were broadcasting appeals to the Hutu majority to kill all Tutsis in the country. The army and the national police directed the slaughter, sometimes threatening Hutu civilians when persuasion didn’t work. Thousands of innocent people were hacked to death with machetes by their neighbors. Despite the horrific crimes, the international community, including the U.S., hesitated to take any action. They wrongly ascribed the genocide to chaos amid tribal war. President Bill Clinton later called America’s failure to do anything to stop the genocide “the biggest regret” of his administration. It was left to the RPF, led by Paul Kagame, to begin an ultimately successful military campaign for control of Rwanda. By the summer, the RPF had defeated the Hutu forces and driven them out of the country and into several neighboring nations. However, by that time, an estimated 75 percent of the Tutsis living in Rwanda had been murdered. — This Day in History is courtesy of history.com.

Crime April 5

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At approximately 9:44 p.m., a UTPD officer, while exiting Hodges Library, encountered an intoxicated male. The subject, an unaffiliated Knoxville resident, was arrested for public intoxication. Four visitors reported that the visiting team locker room in Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium was burglarized. The estimated value of the stolen items is $750. A UT student reported that some of her possessions were stolen from the south side of the fourth floor of Hodges Library around 9:15 p.m. The estimated value of the stolen items is $1,200. — Crime Log is compiled by Robbie Hargett. Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

NEWS resource at a lecture titled “Wood as a Sustainable Resource” from 1-2 p.m. in the Pendergrass Library Alcove. This lecture is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Center for Renewable Carbon. For a complete list of Earth Month events, visit http://environment.utk.edu/earth_month. UT Science Forum to feature themes from “Harry Potter” to discuss creative property

UT celebrates Earth Month April is Earth Month, and UT is seeing green with a month’s worth of events to celebrate. Departments from across the campus are participating through lectures, film screenings and other activities. Events kicked off last Friday with the second annual Recyclympics Challenge. Other featured events include a New Norris House Tour from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. today in Norris, Tenn. The New Norris House is an award-winning sustainable home designed and built by UT faculty, staff and students. In 2009, the house was one of six national winners of the Environmental Protection Agency’s People Prosperity and the Planet Competition. For more information or to RSVP, email gbennet5@utk.edu. On Friday, April 15, there will be a film screening of “Garbage Dreams” from 3-5 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Sociology Graduate Student Association and UT Libraries, the PBS documentary follows the residents of the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo, who collect 4,000 tons of trash per day, recycling nearly all of it. On April 20, there will be an Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Humanities Plaza, hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK). Festivities will include a showcase of local environmental organizations, free T-shirt screen printing and bike tune-ups courtesy of the UT Bike Shop, a service of the UT Outdoor Program. The Environmental Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place at 12:15 p.m. The Committee on the Campus Environment will honor students, faculty and staff. On April 28, Adam Taylor, associate professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, will discuss the applications of wood as a sustainable

According to Bill Weasley, a wizard in J.K. Rowling ’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “All goblin-made objects are, in goblin eyes, rightfully theirs.” Gary Pulsinelli, associate professor of law, uses this fictional scene as a metaphor for real-life creative property law issues. Pulsinelli will be speaking on “Muggles vs. Goblins: Who Should Own Creative Property?” at noon on Friday in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room CD. The program is free and open to the public; attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the Café in the Arena. In terms of real world copyright issues, Pulsinelli will discuss a case where a Picasso painting was cut into small pieces for resale, as well as the showing of the colorized version of the movie “The Asphalt Jungle” in France. In the modern digital world, ownership and control of creative works sparks some not-so-easily answered questions. The UT Science Forum is a weekly event where academic, medical and research professionals share their knowledge and unique insights in their fields. Different science topics will be discussed with a question-and-answer session at the end of each 40-minute presentation. The UT Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research. Upcoming presentations include: On April 15, Mitchell H. Goldman, assistant dean for research, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery in the UT Graduate School of Medicine, presents, “Research at UT’s Graduate School of Medicine” and on April 29, Kristina Gordon, associate professor of psychology, presents “Shattered Relationships: Understanding Betrayal and Forgiveness in Intimate Relationships”. For questions about the UT Science Forum, contact Mark Littmann,

littmann@utk.edu or 974-8156, or Mike Clark, clarkgmorph@utk.edu or 974-6006. Suzanne Lenhart named SIAM fellow Suzanne Lenhart, whose research applications range from improving CPR to modeling rabies in raccoons, has been named a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) fellow. Lenhart, a UT professor of mathematics and faculty adviser for the SIAM student chapter at UT, is being recognized for her research in optimal control with biological and physical applications and her significant contributions to advance undergraduate research. In addition to optimal control, she studies partial differential equations and disease, population, environmental and natural resource models. In addition to her efforts in the academic realm, Lenhart has spent many years encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to pursue mathematics and

The Daily Beacon • 3 related fields. Lenhart served as the national president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) 20012003, and won the UT College of Arts and Science Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. Lenhart was awarded the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lectureship at SIAM’s annual meeting last year in acknowledgment of her contributions. She is a past member of the SIAM Board of Trustees and serves on the education committees of AWM and SIAM. SIAM named 34 academics and professionals to its 2011 Class of Fellows for their outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and computational science through research in the field and service to the larger community. This distinguished group of individuals from wideranging areas was nominated by the SIAM community and will be recognized in July at the seventh International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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Fort Sanders residents fooled in towing The City of Knoxville made a small fortune swindling college students on the morning of April 3. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to my downstairs neighbor bursting into my house shouting about cars being towed up and down Clinch Avenue in the Fort Sanders area. I ran downstairs — a screaming, swearing frenzy of fury — to find five tow trucks up and down the road towing every single car between 11th and 16th Streets. As I asked how they could possibly do this, a police officer approached and referenced a sign, crookedly hung up on what turned out to be a rusty nail on a wooden pole reading “Temporary No Parking,” saying it had been there since Friday. Nothing more besides the secret posting of these signs had ever been mentioned to the residents of this area. These signs were not only unofficial-looking, but frankly looked like a practical joke. I was informed that cars were being towed so that the marathon that morning could pass through. A girl a few cars down was crying and begging them not to take her car, saying she had no cash and no other way to get to work — but to no avail. I take enormous offense to this process for several reasons. First of all, the ambiguity of the signs; they had apparently been there since Friday (although clearly no one had seen them), meaning that technically there should not have been parking there for days. The signs said nothing giving a where, when or why. They weren’t even posted on every pole. I have seen similar situations for Nashville marathons; they post very bright, detailed signs explaining the situation well in advance,

as well as putting traffic cones in the areas where you are not supposed to park. Second: the clear maliciousness. Cars were towed to the Knoxville City Impound. If the goal of this crew of miscreants was genuinely to keep people from parking there, (instead of raking in a pile of cash) many things could have been done with minimal effort. An email could have been sent out to all UT students through the Office of Information and Technology. Fliers could have been posted on cars and mailboxes informing students of what was happening. Announcements could have been made. Clearer signs could have been posted. However, it is clear that they did as little as they could in order to get away with making a ton of cash off of college students. If this had been a neighborhood of milliondollar homeowners, this would never have happened. Can you imagine tow trucks towing five blocks worth of convertibles and sports cars without telling anyone? The city would have been sued before you could say “guileful money grabbing.” I would take no offense to this if even the slightest amount of action had been taken to inform students that cars could not be parked on Clinch Avenue during the marathon. However, it was made abundantly apparent that the least possible effort was made to forewarn students in order to legally snatch the most possible cash from them. Dedanna Dickey sophomore in communications pre-major ddickey2@utk.edu

Scrambled Eggs • Alex Cline

The Great Mash Up • Liz Newnam

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Pastor creates dangerous political climate Of the Deep End by

Derek Mullins We’ve all had moments when we are faced with an issue or situation where the solution is obvious but it goes against things that we believe in as individuals, communities and as a nation. These are the moments when the “stuck between a rock and a hard place” idiom rears its ugly head and gives us the impulse to bang our heads against the nearest wall we can find. These moments happen so often that, if you missed the rock and a hard place situation that is currently up for discussion, all you need to do is wait a few weeks and another will arise, ready to facilitate your participation. When I was not campaigning for the destruction of the SGA and/or for Tyler Bray to become that organization’s president last week, I was paying close attention to the latest conundrum that has faced us as a people. It’s a perplexing issue that, not so humorously, we thought we had already put behind us. Down in Gainesville, Fla. — the home of denim shorts, cut-off T-shirts and mullet haircuts — is a “holy” place where a foolish leader presides over a congregation of delusional mouth-breathers. However fitting it may be, fear not, bandwagon Florida Gator fans, for I am not talking about “the Swamp” and Tim Tebow, who many in Gator Nation no doubt believe was the college football equivalent to the second coming. No, I’m talking about the Dove World Outreach Center, a supposedly nondenominational church, as well as its attentionhungry leader, Terry Jones. Now, if the names of that church, which proudly boasts a whopping total of somewhere around 50 members, and its pastor do not sound familiar to you, they probably should. Last year, Jones and his diminutive gaggle of devolved primates decided that, on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, they were going to burn copies of the Koran as part of an “International Burn a Koran Day” event that they were trying to organize. Luckily, there was enough of an international outcry against Jones and his tiny, backwards band of cave-dwellers that the event was postponed and the church vowed to never propose

the idea again. Whether Jones and his small throng of knuckledraggers forgot about their promise to not bring the topic up again or just completely decided to go back on their word is not quite clear, but, on March 20, in a mock-trial sponsored by Jones’ other group, Stand Up America Now, in which Jones served as a judge, there were several Islam-toChristianity converts, who served as witnesses, and a former Sudanese presidential candidate, who served as a defense attorney. Jones and his followers found that the Koran was against God and then promptly burned a copy of the holy book that they had marinating in kerosene for 24 hours. While the outcry that has followed may not have been as substantial as last year’s, the tragic costs have been no less real, for protests and attacks have been planned and carried out in the weeks that have followed in the Muslim World. In Afghanistan, for instance, a mob attacked a United Nations compound. This attack resulted in the deaths of several protestors and Nepalese soldiers who were guarding the building. Other attacks and protests have been carried out against American soldiers stationed in those countries. The obvious solution to this problem would have been to utilize legal, financial or physical power to try to stop Jones and his miniscule troop of freefalling lemmings from carrying out what President Barack Obama has decried as an act of “extreme intolerance and bigotry,” but that would impede the free speech and free religious exercise rights of Jones and his small, misguided flock. However tempted we may be to follow Sen. Lindsey Graham’s “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war” strain of emotional response, we have to refrain from lashing out against Jones and his infinitesimal legion of fools in order to preserve what could be at stake if we acted against them — in this case, freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. In the end, like with so many other “rock and a hard place” situations, we can only hope that Jones and his teeny gathering of loons suddenly have a logical epiphany and hear the words of troops like Charles Becker, a childhood friend of mine currently stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army: “Stop burning the Koran! You’re going to get me shot!” — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science and history. He can be reached at dmullin5@utk.edu.

Philanthropy in need of restructuring Immut abl y Right by

Treston Wheat

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Americans usually do not like the idea of nation building in other countries when there are already so many problems within the U.S. However, there are many easy solutions to the problems that will not be as expensive to the American taxpayer as current projects. Looking at the world, we can make small changes in how we do nation development that cost less and help more people. First, we need to stop throwing money and “aid” at Third World countries and impoverished people just because it makes us feel better. “Trade not aid” is the common and trite response. I know it is the Christian (and American) thing to do. It is not good, though, when it hinders a country from progressing. I think of people giving clothes away to places in Africa: What would help more is if we purchased local textiles to give to the people rather than sending our old clothes. This brings money into the economy where previously there was not, and clothes the naked as well. I also think of TOMS shoes. I know it is the cool thing to buy these shoes, because when someone purchases a pair, the company sends a pair to those without. This may assuage the guilt of capitalism working, but it does not help the poor in the longterm. Again, what would be better is if TOMS purchased local shoes for people, or put a factory in there with great working conditions and a living wage. If we want poorer countries to develop and sustain themselves, we must stop throwing money and stuff at them. It does not work. Then there are other alternatives, like in Afghanistan, where we are trying to fight an insurgency. As many people know, the largest problem in Afghanistan is the poppy seed trade. Poppy seeds are used to make heroine, and Afghani farmers produce over 90 percent of the world’s illicit opiates. Instead of trying to eradicate a foundation that was part of Afghanistan for the last 30 years, America should help them use it for something else. We could encourage places like the World Bank and

International Monetary Fund to give loans to build factories in the country that would turn the poppy seeds into needed medication like hydrocodone or morphine instead of heroine. The International Council on Security and Development has estimated that if Afghan farmers changed over to legal opiate production of morphine they could make over $900 a year, while they currently make about $450 a year. This will create construction jobs initially, and then stable, long term employment for factory workers and owners. The farmers can continue their labor-intensive activities, and the government can actually have tax revenue. This will help stabilize the country, and America can leave sooner. In addition, this will help prevent the Taliban from “taxing” the farmers and gaining millions of dollars in funding. One can also look at Haiti. Even though it has been over a year since the earthquake and billions of dollars of aid have been sent to Haiti, the country is still in abject poverty. People are starving even though there is plenty of food in the country. They just don’t have the money to buy it. People are still living in tents, run-down houses and unsanitary conditions. If America really wanted to help the Haitians achieve economic stability, as soon as the earthquake was over, we should have employed the locals for clean-up and construction efforts. They could have built houses for the people, put in sewer lines and made it a safer place. This would give money to the people who could buy goods and food, which would have a reverberating effect on the economy and bring it back to life. Americans need to reconsider the way we do nation development and helping the poor. Welfare does not produce work and keeps people in poverty longer. Capitalism is the only way to mitigate poverty in the world by bringing jobs and money to places so people can take care of themselves. This is not to say that a social safety net should not exist to help the less fortunate. Rather, it is to say that if we continue on this current path, then the two billion people who live for under a dollar a day will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. There are many simple and cost-effective changes that we can do to help the poor achieve material stability. — Treston Wheat is a senior in political science and history. He can be reached at twheat@utk.edu.


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Grammys eliminate over 30 award categories Associated Press NEW YORK — Men and women will compete head-to-head, some of the more exotic awards like best Native American album and best spoken-word children's record have been eliminated, and the number of categories has been reduced by more than 30 in the biggest overhaul in the 53-year history of the Grammys. While no musical genres will be excluded from Grammy contention, the changes will make the awards a lot more competitive. "It ups the game in terms of what it takes to receive a Grammy and preserves the great esteem of with its held in the creative community, which is the most important element," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a telephone interview Wednesday. While the Academy has adjusted its rules and adapted to industry changes over the years, these changes follow its first major examination of the awards structure, a process that took

vocal categories. "A great singer is a great singer is a great singer, and somebody that has a gift in terms of their voice, and is at the top of their game in terms of their delivery and emotion, really isn't necessarily defined by gender," Portnow said. The changes would appear to make it more difficult for artists in lesser-known and less mainstream categories. Tia Carrere won't be taking home any more Grammys for best Hawaiian music album, for example. But she could still win in the new best regional roots music album category, which comprises more genres. Other changes will require each category to have at least 40 entries instead of 25, and categories that receive between 25 and 39 will have only three nominations instead of four or five. If a category gets fewer than 25 entries, it will be removed for that year, and if it happens three years in a row, the category will be discontinued and the material will find a new home in a related genre.

more than a year. The biggest change will come in the number of categories, cut from 109 to 78. Awards will no longer be given in such categories as rap performance by a duo or group; some of the instrumental categories in pop, rock and country; traditional gospel; children's spoken-word album; Zydeco or Cajun music album; and best classical crossover album. That doesn't mean that those types of music are ineligible; they will simply compete within larger fields. Portnow said the changes will make the awards process more rigorous. "That's appropriate. We are talking about the most prestigious, coveted award and it should be a high bar in terms of the measurement of receiving that," he said. Separate male and female vocal categories in fields like pop, R&B and country are among those being dropped. Men and women will now compete in each overall field. That is already the case in the field of rock, which does not have male and female

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Attention Graduate and Undergraduate Students Looking for Real World Intern Experience. The University of Tennessee Medical Center is hiring a Marketing/PR intern (job # UHS-9004). The internship begins May 9th and continues through December 2011. Intern position will be responsible for; write for a variety of mediums (i.e. news releases, website, newsletters, medical reports, etc.), support management of website content, assist at community events and a variety of other duties as assigned. Job consists of a total of 19 hours per week with an hourly stipend. Resume, cover letter and writing samples will be reviewed in selection process. Healthcare experience is a plus but not required. To apply please visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org/j obs or call (865)305-9520.

Join the Fun Professionals! Now hiring camp instructors for swimming, arts & crafts, and nature. Some experience preferred. Lifeguard certification available for aquatics staff. Located on Cedar Bluff Road in W. Knoxville. Call Tate’s Day Camp (865) 690-9208, funjobs@tatescamp.com, or apply online at www.tatescamp.com.

PT Weight Loss Consultant Jenny Craig WLC, 9307C Kingston Pike. Must provide nutritional information; motivate; set/ follow-up on exercise; extensive phone work. Must be energetic, organized, compassionate, and posess excellent communication skills; computer skills necessary. $8/hr plus incentive, approx. $11/hr., paid training. M/Th 8:45-1:00PM, T 8:45-6:30PM, F/Sat 8:00-12:45PM. Contact Jo Vaccaro/ Vanessa Smith at (865)531-3353 or e-mail resume cvw8loss@yahoo.com

1, 2, and 3BR from $330 per bed. Walk to campus, Fort locations. NO APP FEE. NO SECURITY DEPOSIT. www.primecapmushousing.c om/tn (865)637-3444.

Available August. 3BR, 2BA, large kitchen, dishwasher, washer & dryer included, cH/A, security system, large porch with swing, deck. 5 minutes drive to UT campus. Free lawn maintenance. NO PETS. $750/mo. 522-4278.

RentUTK.com 1- 4BR CONDOS Walk to class rentals in the Fort plus Sullins Ridge, Kingston Place, Renaissance, Woodlands & RiverTowne. Robert Holmes, Owner/ Agent. (800)915-1770.

3BR 2BA Condo. Franklin Station. Includes new applicances. $1350/mo. Lease required. No pets. Utilitites and wireless internet included. (865)414-9619.

CASH FOR JUNK CARS Professional Licensed Auto Recyclers. We Donate to St. Jude’s. www.junkyourcarintennessee.com (865)771-0880. Moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming this summer? Need a cheap place to stay while you apply for jobs and figure out your housing situations? The Point Inn & Suites offers affordable housing in a convenient location. Our weekly rates in May start at $249/week for students. Call 1-877-JHPLACE or check out www.thepointjh.com

TUTORING TESTPREP EXPERTS GRE/ GMAT/ LSAT For over 30 years, Michael K. Smith, Ph.D., and his teachers have helped UT students prepare for the GRE/ GMAT/ LSAT. Our programs offer individual tutoring, practice tests, and computer- adaptive strategies at a reasonable price. Programs can be designed around your schedule, weekdays, weeknights, or weekends. Conveniently located at 308 South Peters Rd. Call (865)694-4108 for more information.

EMPLOYMENT ADVERTISING MEDIA SALES The Daily Beacon Now accepting applications from UT students for our Advertising Sales Representative positions that will begin either summer or fall semester and continue through spring term. We are looking for goal-driven students who are seeking sales experience in advertising, marketing or general business disciplines. *Sell retail print and online ads to local and regional accounts *Create campaigns and media plans *Build customer service skills 20 hours/week, base plus commission. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 8, 2011 Applications are availalbe in our office, 11 Communications Bldg. Please call 865-974-5206 for more information. Make over $2600 a month with FasTrac Training. Find out why students who intern with us get great job offers after graduation. Call (615)579-4513.

Camp Counselors, male/ female, needed for great overnight camps in the mountains of PA. Have fun while working with children outdoors. Teach/ assist with A/C, Aquatics, Media, Music, Outdoor Rec, Tennis, & more. Office, Nanny & Kitchen positions available. Apply online at www.pineforestcamp.com. Customer Service at local financial services provider. Good job for students very flexible hours. 30 plus hours per week, when not in school. $9 per hour with no experience. Call Kevin at (865)679-6286 for more info. Customer Service Representative $12.00 per hour. Serve customers by providing and answering questions about financial services. You will have the advantage of working with an experienced management team that will work to help you succeed. Professional but casual west Knoxville call center location, convenient to UT and West Town Mall. Full and part-time positions are available. We will make every effort to provide a convenient schedule. Email: hr@vrgknoxville.com Fax: (865)330-9945. Global Research Consultants, LLC. is a boutique information brokerage serving a select group of multinational corporations with information to help drive their strategic business decisions through a targeted “crowdsourcing” methodology. GRC will hire students on a contract basis, and is prepared to pay up to $1000.00 per contract assignment. More about this opportunity: www.grcknows.com THE TOMATO HEAD KNOXVILLE Now hiring dish and food running positions. Full and part-time available, no experience necessary. Apply in person at 12 Market Square or apply online at thetomatohead.com.

Infant caregiver needed. Experience with infants in a group setting required. MWF 11-6PM TR 1-6PM. Ideal candidate will be loving, have a good work ethic, and have good communication skills. Please call 966-2613. Looking for qualified Customer Service Representatives for a West Knoxville Call Center. Candidates with minimum of 6 months to 2 years of recent Customer Service experience (retail/ call center/ restaurant). Part-time or full-time when needed. Monday-Sunday. Must have a flexible schedule, good work stability and professional demeanor. If you feel you would be a good candidate, please forward your resume to robyn.sisk@staffingsolutions.com. We will be conducting an open house each Wed, Thur, and Fri of this month between the hours of 10am-4pm; please bring resume for review. Please call (865)690-2311 for directions. MOONSHINE GIRLS NEEDED IN THE KNOXVILLE AREA! Are you outgoing, enjoy nightlife and need extra CASH? If so, stop in the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Knoxville on April 8, 4-7PM or April 9, 1-4PM to fill out an application. Email emily@osdistillery.com if you have any questions. 21+ Be there rain or SHINE! Pride & Joy Children’s Academy 4418 Kingston Pike, (across from Western Plaza in the Sequoyah Hills area) has an immediate full-time position available working with preschool children 2-3. Also, have full-time summer positions available working with school age children. Previous experience with this age group preferred. Please call Jenny @ 414-6072 or 524-7907 to set up an appointment. PT Nanny/Mommy’s Helper. Nanny for infant in West Knoxville wanted. 20-30 hr/week at $10/hr. Childcare experience preferred. Must be energetic and enjoy children. Position includes light housework and errands. Interested email shazam00@hotmail.com. Special needs young lady seeking companion for daily activities in the community. Times flexible. Must have vehicle. Training involved. $9.50/hour plus mileage. Call (865)567-7679

Staying in Knoxville This Summer? Need a Fun Summer Job? Camp Webb day camp, in West Knoxville, is now accepting applications for full-time summer camp counselor jobs! Positions: general camp counselors, lifeguards, and instructors for Archery, Arts & Crafts, Drama, Swimming, Ropes Course, Nature, Sports, & some leadership positions. Part-time available. www.campwebb.com to apply.

UNFURN APTS Rent now for May! 1 and 2BR Apts. UT area. (865)522-5815. Ask about our special. 16th PLACE APARTMENTS 3 blocks from UT Law School (1543- 1539 Highland Ave.) 1BR and 2BR apts. only. Brick exterior, carpet, laundry facility on first floor. Guaranteed and secured parking. 24 hour maintenance. No dogs or cats. 31st year in Fort Sanders. www.sixteenthplace.com. brit.howard@sixteenthplace. com.. (865)522-5700.

1BR $390, 2BR $450. 3526 Fairmont Blvd. Call for our specials. 219-9000.

Best Apartment in the Fort! Leasing now for Fall. 4BR/ 4BA in newly renovated home. Hardwood, Stainless appliances, W/D, Off street parking. $2,100/mo. (865) 384-7290

1BR $575 2BR $700. 4408 Kingston Pike, across from Fresh Market on bus line. Call 219-9000. 1BR. Walk to campus. Pool & laundry. Cats OK. $499/mo. 755-6419.

Student Housing in The Fort. 3, 4 and 5BR units still available for Fall semester. Call (865)521-7324. UT area. Studio apt. 1700 Clinch Ave. 2 blocks from campus. Water and internet included. Lease and damage deposit. Pool and laundry room. $475. Avail. August 1. www.absolutecom.com/309. 423-956-5551.

CAMBRIDGE ARMS Just 4 miles west of campus. Small pets allowed. Pool and laundry rooms. 2BR at great price! Call (865)588-1087.

1BR/ 1BA apt. for rent. 10 min. walk to UT campus. Open floor plan w/ additional office space and outdoor balacony. Available Aug. 1st. $525/mo. plus ultities. Call (865)776-4281.

FORT SANDERS James Agee 3BR/ 3BA with parking included. $1575/mo. (865)384-7290.

Want to ditch the dorm? 3BR 1BA HOUSE available NOW! 1 car garage, less than 3 miles from campus. 2420 Waverly St. (off Western). $695 discounted to $650 with one day early pay. Owner/ agent requires lease, damage deposits, and credit reports. 207-2452.

HUNTINGTON PLACE UT students! Only 3 miles west of campus. We have eff. to 3BR. Hardwood floors. Central H/A. Pets allowed. Call (865)588-1087. Ask about our special.

2, 3, 4, and 5BR houses/ apartments in Fort Sanders. Available Fall. No pets. Call now for best selection. Leave name and number (865)389-6732 or after 6pm (615)300-7434.

LUXURY 1 BR CONDOS 3 min. walk to Law School. $480R. $300SD. No app. fee. 865 (4408-0006, 250-8136).

3BR, 2BA condo on 17th and Clinch. Pool, porch, W/D and secure entry $1400/mo plus utilities. Call Patti (770)778-4054.

HOUSE FOR RENT 1 up to 7BR houses for rent. Walk to class. W/D furnished. Now leasing for Fall. Off-street parking. Call (865)388-6144.

Maple Sunset Apartments. 1 and 2BR apt at $650 and $850. Only 10 min from campus. Student specials. Call 208-0420 or visit our website at maplesunset.com.

4th AND GILL Houses and apartments now available. Please call Tim at (865)599-2235.

Monday Plaza 1BR and studios available on The Strip. Starting at $365/mo. Call (865)219-9000 for information.

5BR. 3BA House. Central H/A, hardwood floors, great front porch, W/D, dishwasher, off street parking, quiet side of Fort, 2322 Highland. No Pets. Leave namee and number (865)389-6732 or (615)300-7434.

Summer sublet in Historic Old North Knox. Split rent and utilities. Rent includes washer, dryer, cable and internet. (865)673-4694.

ROOMMATES 2 female roommates needed for 3BR/ 2BA condo. On bus route, Laurel Ave. Water, internet/ cable inlcuded. W/D, patio. $525/mo. Lease required Aug 1- July 31. Call Carolyn (615)823-0470 carolyn012@aol.com. Two Roommates needed for 3BR/ 2BA condo. First floor, large patio, pool. Great location next to Clement at 17th and Clinch. $450/mo + utilities, August 1- July 31. Call Jason at (865)363-6647.

CONDOS FOR SALE For sale, walking distance to campus. Renaissance II 3BR 2BA. Gated covered parking. Washer/dryer included. $182,000 (865)740-4425, swt418@gmail.com. Like new! Clean, ground level, end condo. 10 min to UT. 2BR, 2BA, garage. MLS #735125 $102,900. Amy Fortune, Rocky Top Realty. (865)246-0300. RobertHolmesRealtor.com Condo Listings and Property Mgmt. Call Robert Holmes, RE/MAX Real Estate Ten Commercial (423)231-1266.

AUTOS FOR SALE

5, 6, 7, 8BR houses in Fort Sanders for August. W/D, Central H/A, parking, large bedrooms, walk to campus. Special from $395/BR . Call/ text (865)964-4669 , or Volrentals.com.

100+ vehicles $5,995 or less. Specializing in imports. www.DOUGJUSTUS.com

Sequoyah Hills - 924 Southgate Road. 4BR. $1600/mo. (205)447-1119.

This space could be yours. Call 974-4931

CAMPUS 2 BLOCKS Studio, 1BR, 2BR, and 3BR Apartments. Restored Hardwood Floors Historic Fort Sanders. Available beginning in August . No pets. 1 year lease. UTK-APTS.com (865)933-5204. KEYSTONE CREEK 2BR apartment. Approx 4 miles west of UT on Middlebrook Pike. $497.50. Call (865)522-5815. Ask about our special. South Knoxville/UT downtown area 2BR apts. $475. Call about our special. (865)573-1000. VICTORIAN HOUSE APTS Established 1980 3 blocks behind UT Law School. 1, 2 and 3BR apartments. VERY LARGE AND NEWLY RENOVATED TOP TO BOTTOM. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, porches, 3BR’s have W/D connections. 2 full baths, dishwashers. Guaranteed secured parking. 24 hour maintenance. No dogs or cats. www.sixteenthplace.com. brit.howard@sixteenthplace. com. (865)522-5700.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Folk, reggae band to make Knoxville debut Brittney Dougherty Staff Writer In 2002, Chris Sheridan and Clee Laster founded Simplified, a band that plays everything from rock to reggae to folk. Lead guitarist Sheridan and lead vocalist Laster decided to start the band after jamming together, and were joined by bassist Chris Lynch and drummer Ross Webb. “We were just hanging out and playing some stuff, but we didn’t really have a band or a band name,” Sheridan said. “We really liked what we were doing, and we wrote a few tunes and decided to look for some more players.” Sheridan has been involved in music for most of his life. He said he grew up around it and his father was a songwriter. He first got into music when he started teaching himself piano, and then dabbled in playing the drums before finally focusing on the guitar. Everyone in the band is a lifelong music lover. Sheridan said they all have their own individual musical tastes and styles that bring something to the band, and these differ-

ences work together to give Simplified its extensive musical reach. “We’re all very passionate about making music and touching people’s lives,” he said. “I think that we make our particular sound partly because we are all so wide open to anything and not limiting ourselves.” Sheridan said the band also has a wide variety of

influences, but that the members do not try to sound like anyone in particular; however, there are two bands to which Simplified is often compared. “People will tell us that we have a similar sound to like Dave Matthews Band and OAR,” Sheridan said. “We get that a lot because we kind of fall into that genre.” Simplified describes itself as “cultivating a roots movement.” Sheridan explained what that meant to him in terms of the music he makes. “It’s ‘rootsy’ meaning like there’s a foundation in our music of the culture in the Southeast,” he said. Simplified has three albums out. The band released its latest album, “Brighter Days,” on Tuesday. Sheridan said it’s very exciting to be able to present the new album at the show tonight. Sheridan said everyone in the band loves what they do. They play to have fun, and he said the audience should expect to have a great time at the show. There will be a mixture of original songs as well as covers of bands with a similar sound. • Photo courtesy of Simplified Simplified has never played Knoxville before, but the band did play a show in Farragut a few years ago, and the band is excited. “I’m really stoked to be able to spread our sound and music and hopefully make it back a little more often,” he said. Simplified will be at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria tonight at 9 p.m. For more information on Simplified, visit its website at simplifiedmusic.com, or visit the band’s Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Daily Beacon • 7

SPORTS

Martin adds three coaches to staff Staff Reports

Gruver upholds 4.0, MLB dreams Matthew McMurray Staff Writer Tennessee weather is known for being crazy, but Volunteers pitcher Steven Gruver loves it. Raised in Ohio where snow consistently coats the ground, the junior pitcher finds the Tennessee weather enjoyable no matter what the conditions, when compared to home. “The weather is a big deal — I love it here,” Gruver said. “Some people complain, like this weekend there was a little bad weather, and people were complaining about it. My dad told me last week there was snow on the ground, so this is nice weather — I don’t care what anyone says. This is nice weather to play baseball in, just to have all the time.” Practically born with a glove in-hand, Gruver’s enjoyment of baseball started at a young age and continued throughout his childhood. He considered playing soccer at one point, but the thought of not being able to play baseball for a year instantly ended the idea. “Baseball was always just fun. My family and cousin encouraged me all the time,” Gruver said. “(My cousin) pitched for a smaller school in college. He was a left-handed pitcher like me. He would always catch for me when we had family outings and stuff like that. He always kept me going with it.” When it comes to pitching, Gruver thrives on the fact that all the attention and the momentum of the game rests on his shoulders. “I don’t see pitching on the mound as too much pressure,” Gruver said. “You always have all eyes on you; I like that. On the mound you have to have that confidence that you know what you’re doing, and know that

you are going to get it done. The pitcher is kind of like the quarterback of baseball: You’re facilitating everything. Everything runs off of what you do, so it’s a position of power.” Coach Todd Raleigh recognizes all the keys contributing to Gruver’s success on the mound. “His pitching has been phenomenal,” Raleigh said. “I think it is a combination of development, maturity and being healthy. He has been outstanding for us. He just does all the little things. He is so intelligent; he’s a 30-something ACT kid.” Gruver’s strive for success extends past the baseball diamond. During high school, he maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated Valedictorian of his class. He credits much of his success to his parents. “I put my mind to • Steven Gruver it, I guess, and my parents always brought me up on homework first and hanging out later. So in high school I did my homework, I paid attention in class. High school wasn’t too bad. I just tried to pay attention and learn everything I could from it.” Gruver plans to try his hardest to make it a step further in his baseball progression. “Obviously going to the Major Leagues is my dream, my goal in life,” he said. “But that is so unpredictable. I am going to give it my all as long as I can and just ride that out and see what I can do.” While in high school, Gruver sustained a partially torn rotator cuff to his left shoulder. He learned that getting back into the game was not easy for those suffering from injuries. The experience gave him an idea of what his future after baseball may look like. “I’d like to go into physical therapy or sports therapy and try and help kids like myself who were injured,” he said. “Then I would want to help get them back into the game as quick as possible.”

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin announced the hiring of three assistant coaches Tuesday, adding Tracy Webster, Jon Harris and Kent Williams to his full-time staff. “I’m excited about the coaching staff we’ve put in place,” Martin said. “These are honest, hard-working guys with a passion for the game of basketball. They’re all excellent at coaching on the floor, recruiting, scouting, teaching and developing young players. “This staff is full of guys who have been high-level players at the Division I level. So we know what it takes to not only perform at your best on the court, but also manage the demands of being a student-athlete.” Webster spent this past season as an assistant coach at Nebraska and also has assistant coaching experience at Ball State (2001-03), Purdue (2003-04), Illinois (2004-07) and Kentucky (2007-09). He served a brief stint as interim head coach at DePaul during the 2009-10 season, and he helped lead the 2005 Illinois team — which featured five future NBA players, including All-Star Deron Williams — to a 372 record, the Final Four and a national runner-up finish. Harris and Williams both were assistants on Martin’s staff at Missouri State the past three seasons. That partnership yielded extraordinary results as the Bears averaged more than 20 wins per season, earned a pair of postseason berths and captured the program’s first-ever Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship in 2010-11. MSU improved from 11 wins in the 2008-

09 campaign to a 24-12 record and the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament title in 2009-10. Harris and Williams’ leadership was instrumental in MSU’s stellar 2010-11 MVC championship run and subsequent NIT berth. Missouri State advanced to its conference tournament title game. Webster was a three-time All-Big Ten selection during his collegiate career at Wisconsin (1991-94) under Steve Yoder and Stu Jackson. A three-time captain for the Badgers, Webster set single-season school records for assists (179 in 1992-93) and 3-point percentage (.490 in 1991-92). “Tracy Webster was a great point guard,” Martin said. “He has a great understanding and a great feel for how to play the game. He’ll be a great teacher for our guards, because he was a really complete basketball player and he has a great mind for the game. “He also adds great experience coaching in the SEC, Big Ten and Big East.” A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Harris was a two-year captain during his playing days at Marquette under head coach Tom Crean. He made 22 starts and shot 53 percent from the floor during his career, which culminated in a 2002 NCAA Tournament berth after he and teammate Dwyane Wade helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 26-7 record and No. 9 ranking in the Associated Press national poll. Harris’ first taste of college coaching came at his alma mater the following season. The Golden Eagles powered their way to a 27-6 record and a run to the Final Four. From there, Harris transitioned to a five-year stint as a full-time assistant coach at WisconsinGreen Bay.


8 • The Daily Beacon

THESPORTSPAGE

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Presbyterian catches Diamond Vols at home GentrySmith Staff Writer The comfort of Lindsey Nelson Stadium was not enough for the Diamond Vols to catch a little recovery wind under their sails on Tuesday. Looking to rebound, Tennessee took the field against Presbyterian College only two days after being swept by Florida over the weekend. The much-needed rebound was in vain as the Vols lost 10-6. Coach Todd Raleigh harped on the tough scheduling after the game. “It was a tough one,” Raleigh admitted. “I knew going in this was going to be our toughest mid-week game of the year. It was a trap game and we got trapped. We didn’t play well.” A pair of doubles, along with the Vols’ lone error of the game, induced two runs for Presbyterian in the third inning. The Vols countered in the bottom half of the third as Chris Fritts, sophomore from Houston, drove a triple down the line in left. He would then go on to score on a ground-out by Georgia native and promising freshman Andrew Toles. Similar to the past weekend’s games, Presbyterian’s early lead would prove to be insurmountable for the Vols. Despite junior Zach Osborne’s tenth multi-hit game of the season and Toles’ sixth multi-RBI game, the Vols’ pitching could not hold Presbyterian off the scoreboard. Osborne, third on the team in batting average and onbase percentage, spoke about the disappointment of the

loss. “It was one of those dull nights, I guess — a midweek game,” Osborne said. “We know we’re a better team than they were; we just couldn’t get anything rolling.” Getting anything rolling at all is an immediate necessity for the reeling Volunteers, as they have dropped 8 of the last 12 games. The SEC gauntlet will not let up Thursday, as the defending national champions and third-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks come to Knoxville to begin a three-game series against the Volunteers. Thursday night’s atmosphere should be electric in Lindsey Nelson Stadium, as promotions will run rampant in correspondence to the game. UT Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day and the All-Greek attendance game are both scheduled for Thursday. If wide campus exposure is not enough to elicit excitement at the ballpark, televised coverage by ESPNU will add to the hype for this SEC bout. Sweeping the defending national champions and still high-powered Gamecocks is a lot to ask of the Diamond Vols. Their bats came alive against Presbyterian, which will be vital again after only three collective runs in three games over the weekend. Improved pitching, fan support and an overdue victory are also factors that could propel the Vols to taking the series this weekend. Osborne offered his perspective on the team returnWade Rackley • The Daily Beacon ing to winning form after the game on Tuesday. “I think our team needs to come together a little Nick Williams delivers a pitch against New Orleans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on more,” he said. “I think some of our players are playing Tuesday, March 8. The Vols were dealt their first mid-week loss against kind of tight. (We) just need to play loose and play our Presbyterian at home on Tuesday, April 5. game.”

D-line making strides in practice Jason Hall Staff Writer

Matt Dixon Sports Editor The Tennessee defensive line entered spring practice with not only a new cast of players, but also a new coach. Following the departure of Chuck Smith, linebackers coach Lance Thompson moved to coaching the defensive line. Thompson, who has been with UT the past two seasons, has served as the defensive line coach in three previous jobs and played defensive end at The Citadel from 1984-87. Replacing Thompson as the linebackers coach is former Tennessee Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon, a college teammate of Vols defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox at Oregon. Coach Derek Dooley believes the switch will benefit the defense greatly. ���Lance (Thompson) brings the defensive line a lot of experience at a high level,” Dooley said. “He did it at LSU, Alabama and Georgia Tech. So he’s had a lot of players and he knows what he is doing. And it really brings something special to our line.” Defensive end Willie Bohannon is excited to work with Thompson this season and has approved the job he has done with his players during the spring practices. “He’s so exact,” Bohannon said. “I’ve had plenty of other coaches that have told me to do something better. He tells you exactly how it should be done.” Bohannon hopes to have an increased role this season up front for the Vols. The redshirt junior is one of the the most experienced players at his position and is pushing for a starting position. “The only thing I can do is play my butt off,” Bohannon said. “I have to go hard every play and do my assignments. And if I do that, all the rest will take care of itself.”

Smith enters his sophomore campaign with great expectations from his coaches. Dooley praised the defensive end after practice on Tuesday. “Jacques has really elevated his game,” Dooley said. “I hope he continues to play that way. Both he and Willie (Bohannon) have continued to push themselves; we just need some more depth at the position after those two guys.” Redshirt senior Ben Martin missed the entire season after suffering an Achilles injury, and he suffered the same injury again during winter workouts. However, the fifthyear senior hopes to recover in time to contribute this season. Redshirt sophomore Marlon Walls, who also missed last season with a torn Achilles, was moved this week in practice from defensive tackle to end. Sophomore Corey Miller is another player capable of playing multiple positions up front. Miller was a top defensive end prospect out of high school and has been working at both end and tackle this spring. The defensive tackle position has been a question mark for the UT defense for the past few seasons. Malik Jackson returns after an impressive junior season that saw him transition from end to tackle. The USC transfer racked up an All-SEC honor last season. However, depth has been a problem on the interior of the line, as injuries have plagued the Vols for the past few seasons. Junior Montori Hughes has yet to live up to his potential and has been plagued by inconsistency and off-the-field issues. Sophomore Daniel Hood moved to defensive tackle before the spring, and coaches hope that junior college transfer Maurice Couch has an immediate impact after being ranked as one of the top JUCO players in the country.


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