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FBI arrests California man for threatening Pelosi SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI says the suspect accused of making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a 48-year-old San Francisco man. FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler identified the man as Gregory Lee Giusti. He was arrested at his home shortly after noon Wednesday. Schadler did not disclose the charges against Giusti but said he’s due in court Thursday. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the suspect made dozens of calls to Pelosi’s homes in California and Washington, as well as to her husband’s business office. They say he recited her home address and said if she wanted to see it again, she would not support the health care overhaul bill that since has been enacted. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

The final session of the current SGA Senate took place Tuesday, covering a variety of bills senators hoped to pass before the expiration of their term. One bill in particular focused on increasing the ability and affordability for out-of-state students to travel abroad. “UT is really on the lower end when it comes to meeting out-of-state students’ needs when looking to travel abroad,” Lauren Bellamy, junior in architecture, said. “Seven out of 12 SEC schools currently have a reduced tuition policy for out-of-state students studying abroad.” At a time when studying abroad is highly encouraged by administrators, Bellamy sees a disconnect and disadvantage for out-of-state students. “My college is currently pushing for as many students as possible to study abroad, realizing the benefits to education,” Bellamy said. “For some, though, it just currently is not feasible when having to pay out-of-state tuition.” While still working to make it an institution policy, the two senators who proposed the bill have garnered the support of John McRae, dean of the College of Architecture and Design, as well as the SGA.

Another bill passed during the session will promote participation in the senate as well as transparency to constituents. Responding to the criticism that SGA business is not readily accessible, the newly passed bill will

Jessica Gossett, senior in anthropology, said. “Students will be able to see the actions of their representatives and decide if they are being represented fully.” SGA also showed their support by passing bills that were deemed important to students before the term’s final session ended. The bills included meal plan reimbursements, keeping Laurel Apartments open over breaks, as well as extending the UC’s hours of operation around exam time. Provost and Vice Chancellor Sally McMillan attended the SGA meeting, hoping to receive input from students on how best to improve aspects of student life. Many students expressed the need for upgrading classrooms. The concerns included moving towards lightweight tables as opposed to individual desks, as well as more printing stations in areas other than the library. McMillan also focused on implementing a new class timetable system. • Photo courtesy of UT Media Relations Under the new system, classrooms require an electronic record indicating senate activ- would be utilized more efficiently and availability ity. for classes would be increased. The record would indicate individual activity for There are still open senate seats for interested each senator, such as attendance and proposed leg- students that include two in Humes Hall and Hess islation, to give constituents more insight into the Hall as well as two in the College of Education, actions of their representatives. Health and Human Sciences and one seat for the “Through this bill, senators can now be held College of Social Work. Complete instructions can accountable for their actions by their constituents,” be found at http://votesga.utk.edu.

Chile’s latest quake toll at 486 dead, 71 missing SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s government has raised the number of confirmed deaths from the Feb. 27 earthquake and tsunami to 486. A report last week listed 432 dead. A report released Wednesday by the Interior Ministry also lowers the number of missing to 79 from 98. The 8.8-magnitude quake devastated a vast area of south-central Chile, causing nearly $30 billion in damage, according to the government. In the first week after the quake, the estimated death toll rose above 800 due to double-counting among government agencies. Police believe body of Cornell suicide victim found ITHACA, N.Y. — Police in Ithaca, N.Y., say they believe they have found the body of a student who was among a rash of recent suicides at Cornell University. Police say a body spotted Wednesday by a boater on Cayuga Lake has been tentatively identified as Matthew Zika, a 21-year-old junior from Lafayette, Ind. Zika was seen jumping March 12 from a bridge into one of the gorges bounding the Ivy League campus, but his body was never found. Waters in the gorge empty into Cayuga Lake. Cornell officials say six students have committed suicide this academic year, including three who jumped off bridges. The school has long been haunted by a reputation for suicides. Cornell maintains its suicide rate over time is normal for colleges.

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The UT track and field teams kicked off the Sea Ray relays at Tom Black Track on Wednesday. The Vols and Lady Vols will host the Relays until Saturday.

Panel offers college-to-career transition advice Jillian Edmonds Staff Writer For many female students, thoughts of transitioning from college to a career may be stressful and overwhelming. “What I Wish I Knew: Transitioning from College to Career” was sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Program. The program is designed to build mentoring relationships between female students, faculty and staff. The Women’s Mentoring Network provides an opportunity for female students to be paired with a mentor, who will provide positive guidance and aid students in the shift to the career field or graduate studies. The Leadership Workshop series is free and open to students, faculty and staff, and will focus on topics relating to women in the workfield. “What I Wish I Knew” featured a panel of UT alumnae who shared their experiences about transitioning from students at UT to their first job. Alumnae Sara Pierce, Natalie England, Karri Lovegrove and Alissa Ralph gave advice on how to balance love, life and full-time careers. Career Services graduate assistant Suzette Stiles introduced the panel. The workshop was held as a

discussion board, and a full room of young women came to listen and ask questions. When asked by a female student in the audience what their best piece of advice to help transition would be, the panelists all had some insight. “My best piece of advice would be to find a mentor, no matter what your field is,” Lovegrove said. “It’s really important to find those connections.” She also went on to explain that it is important to enter and exit a job on a positive note, to make lasting impressions and help make connections and contacts. “Treat everyday as your first interview,” England said. “Everyone sees the best of someone in an interview, and it’s important to leave a good impression.” Pierce advised to be a positive person who can create successful relationships. “Networking is an important part of business,” Pierce said. One student asked an important question for many female students: how to juggle serious relationships with school or a career. Panelists advised that organization and daily planning is the key. “Make time for each part of your life,” Ralph said. The ladies also advised to take the GRE early if

planning to attend graduate school and to begin researching graduate schools as early as junior year. Several panelists voiced that one regret from their college careers was not taking the opportunity to study abroad. “Really try and make time for it,” Lovegrove said. “If you don’t study abroad, look for other opportunities to travel because it’s difficult once you have a full-time job.” They also advised to begin concentrating on finding a job early, researching jobs before graduation and learning how to assess important issues to working women such as salary negation and rights as a mother. “Remember that everyone has been there at some point,” Pierce said. “Don’t shy away from opportunities. Be confident. You’re not alone. Just be real with whatever you decide to do. Don’t let being a woman discourage you.” Stiles recommended taking advantage of all Career Services has to offer, from help on resumes to applications to graduate schools. The panelists agreed that it is important to take advantage of the resources the campus has to offer and that having a mentor can help tremendously to guide young women in the right direction.

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Thursday, April 8 — • 9:40 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. — David Allen, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas, Austin, speaks on “Designing Sustainable Engineered Systems” in room M311 of Walters Life Sciences Building. The STAIR seminar is free and open to the public.

• 3:40 p.m. until 5 p.m.— Bill Sullivan of Colby College, Maine, speaks on “Rethinking the Initial Assembly of North America: Testing the Transpressing Hypothesis in the Cheyenne Belt Suture Zone” in room 302 of the Earth and Planetary Science Building. The Earth and Planetary Science Colloquium is free and open to the public. • 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.— The International House screen the film “The International” in the Hodges Library Auditorium as part of their Global Grime Week. The film stars Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, who investigate corruption within a banking institution, and is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 9 — • 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.— Bob Hatcher, professor and distinguished scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, speaks on “Evidence for a 25,000-Year History of Earthquake Activity in Eastern Tennessee” in dining rooms C-D in the ThompsonBoling Arena. This week’s UT Science Forum is free and open to the public.

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Construction workers are in the process of building the new Student Health Center. It will be located at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Summitt Drive.

THE CRIME Sunday, March 28 • 2:04 a.m. — Officer observed a blue Buick traveling westbound down eastbound-only White Avenue. A stop was initiated, at which time the license plate number was run and found that the plate was registered stolen. When asked for paperwork, the driver could not produce any form of registration or proof of insurance for the vehicle. She told the officer that a friend of one of her passengers had let them borrow the car, but they also could not substantiate this claim. The driver was given a misdemeanor citation for driving a car with a stolen license plate. The vehicle was scheduled for towing until it could be picked up by its owner. All occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle and were frisked. One male passenger held a Crown Royal bag with two .22 caliber shells inside, as well as a pair

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of tan work gloves, both of which were confiscated. A further search of the vehicle returned an array of lethal and recreational guns. A .22 Derringer was located under the rear passenger seat, as well as a black airsoft gun and a BB pistol. A black mask was also found on the rear floorboard. The man with the shells and glove was then detained for possession of a weapon with intent to go armed. At this time the driver and other passengers were advised to call for a ride. When the driver’s husband arrived, he informed the officers at the scene that the detained passenger had earlier bragged about wanting to rob a drug dealer of his drugs and money with the gun. Officers asked him to fill out a voluntary statement to confirm this information, to which the man declined. The rest of the occupants of the vehicle were released without incident.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY • 2005 — Eric Rudolph agrees to plead guilty to a series of bombings, including the fatal bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, in order to avoid the death penalty. He later cited his anti-abortion and anti-homosexual views as motivation for the bombings. Eric Robert Rudolph was born Sept. 19, 1966, in Merritt Island, Fla. He served a brief stint in the U.S. Army and later supported himself by working as a carpenter. On July 27, 1996, a 40-pound pipe bomb exploded in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, killing one woman and injuring over 100 people. A security guard named Richard Jewell was initially considered the prime suspect in the case. Then, on Jan. 16, 1997, two bombs went off at an Atlanta-area medical clinic that performed abortions, injuring seven people. In February of that same year, a bomb detonated at a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta, injuring four people. On Jan. 29, 1998, a bomb exploded at a Birmingham, Ala., women’s health clinic, killing a security guard and critically injuring a nurse. Rudolph became a suspect in the Birmingham bombing after witnesses reported spotting his pickup truck near the clinic before the bomb went off. Authorities then launched a massive manhunt in North Carolina, where he was spotted stocking up on supplies. In February 1998, Rudolph was officially charged as a suspect in the Birmingham bombing. In March 1998, Rudolph’s brother Daniel cut off his hand to protest what he saw as the mistreatment of Eric by the FBI and the media. In May of that same year, Eric Rudolph was named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and a $1 million reward was offered for his capture. In July, a North Carolina health food store owner reported that Rudolph had taken six months’ of food and supplies from him, leaving $500 in exchange. — Courtesy of History.com

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UT Libraries honors recently published faculty authors UT Libraries and the UT Knoxville Office of Research will recognize and celebrate university faculty who have written books during the last year. The UT Faculty Authors Reception will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the first-floor galleria of Hodges Library. Copies of the books will be on display in the galleria. The reception will begin at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., author and Cormac McCarthy scholar Christopher J. Walsh will discuss his experiences publishing a book with a digital press. Walsh published his book "In the Wake of the Sun: Navigating the Works of Cormac McCarthy" with Newfound Press, the UT Libraries' digital press. Yale professor to discuss health impact fund

MEMPHIS — A faction of the tea party movement is calling on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen to take back statements he made during a radio interview in which he criticized the movement. The Commercial Appeal reported that more than a dozen protesters gathered Monday outside the Memphis office of Cohen, DTenn., to demand Cohen retract his statements and meet with members of the Mid-South Tea Party. “The Mid-South Tea Party has never and will never condone or participate in racism, homophobia, antiSemitism, the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazism,” said Mark Herr, a member of the group. The newspaper reported

that Cohen, appearing on the Internet and satellite radio talk show The Young Turks last week, said the tea party — “without hoods and robes” — has shown an angry, hardcore side of America that opposes diversity. Cohen went on to say tea party members have shown hostility toward anybody who isn’t “a clone of George Wallace’s fan club,” and that he has seen no Republican standing up to appeal for reason. Cohen was not at his Memphis office at the time protesters were outside the federal building, but he defended his earlier statements. Meanwhile, a threatening comment sent to Cohen through his Web site was

also reported by the newspaper. The message said in part that Cohen should be burned “on a cross on the White House front lawn.” Marilyn Dillihay, Cohen’s chief of staff, said they took the appropriate actions by alerting the local FBI office in Memphis and the U.S. Capitol police. “We have gotten a lot of phone calls, and we have had people who have been civil and some that were not good,” she said. “The FBI takes seriously any threat to a congressman and would definitely investigate to the fullest,” said spokesman Joel E. Siskovic. U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the e-mail to Cohen is being treated as “an open case.”

Thomas Pogge, the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, will give his presentation “The Health Impact Fund: Financing New Medicines Accessible to All” Friday at 3:30 p.m. in UT School of Law Room 135. Pogge is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Philosophy and Practical Ethics at the Australian National University and the Research Director for the Center for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science. Prior to moving to Yale, he held appointments in both philosophy and political science at Columbia University. Among his many publications are Politics as Usual: What lies behind the pro-poor rhetoric, World Poverty and Human Rights:Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms, and Realizing Rawls Human resources “Jeopardy” competition to be held at UT UT will host the Society of Human Resource Management Southeast Regional Student Conference and the "Jeopardy"-style Human Resources Games on Friday and Saturday. The two-day event begins at 2 p.m. on Friday in the James A. Haslam II Business Building. The games begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All are invited to watch students from more than 25 colleges and universities face off to answer "Jeopardy"-style questions about human resources. This conference includes speakers, competition and awards, but the event also serves as a review for those attempting the professional human resources (PHR) exam that most students take upon graduation. UT has three teams of three students each competing in the games. Participants from across the Southeast, including North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky and Florida, will be attending the games. The judges of the event are human resource professionals working in the community. Temporary street closure set for weekend UT will close Estabrook Drive between Neyland Stadium and Cumberland Avenue on Saturday and Sunday as part of the construction of the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. Construction crews will close the road from 8 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday in order to dismantle and remove a large crane from the job site. Estabrook Drive is expected to reopen on Monday. Previously set for April 10 and 11, construction work on a section of Andy Holt Avenue has been rescheduled for April 17, and April 18. The eastbound lane of Andy Holt Avenue between Volunteer Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way will be closed after the end of the Orange and White Game on April 17 and will remain closed until approximately 6:30 p.m. April 18. Workers will make infrastructure improvements to the water and sewer lines serving Neyland Stadium. The westbound lane of Andy Holt Avenue next to the University Center and the Haslam Business Building will remain open to one-way traffic from Phillip Fulmer Way. The section of Andy Holt Avenue is expected to reopen on April 19.

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War not valid excuse for civilian atrocities “Suppressed.” That’s a more fitting word than classified, as in a document not fit for public consumption. Though “classified,” when read on a certain level, implies that only a certain class of people may consume said document, it just doesn’t have the same ring. After all, on a gun, a suppressor is that which muffles the sound of a shot, seemingly to avoid attention and proof of guilt. When a document is classified, the ends are often the same. By now it should be common knowledge that WikiLeaks, a Web site which intentionally posts content to question authority in wrongdoings, posted an allegedly classified video shot during an airstrike on Baghdad in 2007. In the course of this video, the pilots laugh and joke as they gun down a half dozen people, then plead with command to open fire when help arrives to collect their wounded and finally they destroy the van carrying their victims. Overall, 12-15 casualties were tallied. “Look at all those dead bastards,” one soldier said. “Nice,” another responded. Over the course of our current war of terror, we (being the military and media) have tagged an entire race of people in an area of the world as “potential insurgents.” Instead of using the parlance of the ‘90s and Tim McVeigh’s “collateral damage” line of reasoning, we use the old “kill the seed before it rows” ideology. This is not to say that soldiers do not discriminate or hang the yellow-ribboned collar of “brainwashed killing machine” around their necks. But it does give them a considerable amount of leeway, enough so to say, justify killing innocents by any means necessary. In hurried responses to the fallout caused by the video’s release, the Pentagon told CNN, “this tragic incident was investigated at that time by the brigade involved, and the investigation found that the forces involved were not aware of the presence of the two reporters, and that all evidence available supported the conclusion by those forces that they were engaging armed insurgents and not civilians.” It’s my Constitutional duty to call the government’s bluff. In this case, while there may be an smidgen of validity to their too-little-too-late apologetic line, the case stands that we the people were not told that this happened in a timely manner. After all, the war was losing popularity in July 2007, and there was no way the current administration of the time could have lost more respect at the time, besides perhaps machinegunning puppies and kittens on live television while Michael Vick refereed a cock fight in the background. But let’s step off the political party line; it’s so tired, and I have no intention to come across as partisan. The problem here lies in the power to go above the citizens’ head and hide an atrocity. After all, there are bald-faced lies audible in the video. For example, one of the men on the Apache gunbird says that there is a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and gunfire in a crowd of about eight individuals while conveniently positioned behind a wall that blocks sight. As they fly around the wall and prepare to open fire, the view watches the crowd disperse, having finished a photo op. What was accused of being an assault rifle was, in fact, a camera with a telephoto lens. Two of the victims were Reuters employees on assignment to cover a weight-lifting competition. Namir Noor-Eldeen, a staff photographer, held the camera and died in the first bout of gunfire. His colleague and chauffeur Saeed Cmagh crawled away toward the rescue van before he was taken down. Regardless of your personal views regarding war and military, such horrid events cannot be rationalized or ignored. These men were responsible for killing eight innocuous civilians and then half a dozen more would-be aid-givers, and it’s sickening. World police or humanitarians, Americans are supposed to be the cavalry, not the storm troopers. Even in a war allegedly incited as a preventative measure and cautionary conflict directed at worldwide terror, it would seem in situations such as the Baghdad airstrike of July 12, 2007, that the role of terrorist was dubiously defined, at best. At worst, we now have the knowledge and guilt that due to indifference and bloodlust of a few, at least a dozen people will have died for walking down a street and posing for a photo while their killers rained death from above and laughed. Surely we must be held to a higher standard. We are America, right? COFFEY & INK • Kelsey Roy

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U.S. should force Israel-Palestine peace Immut abl y Right by

Treston Wheat The current diplomatic spat between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu has brought a very important issue to light. How much does the Israel-Palestinian conflict affect America’s role and security in the world? The U.S. has extended its military power about as far as it can go right now with Iraq and Afghanistan. We are losing our influence in the international community, as demonstrated by the inability of the administration to get China and Russia to agree with sanctions on Iran. A report given to Gen. David Petraeus shows Arabs think America is unwilling or unable to stand up to our staunchest ally. Therefore, I say it is time for the United States to force a peace agreement on the two peoples. The peace agreement should be similar to what has been proposed. The borders will be similar to the 1967 borders after the Six Day War, except Israel will maintain its settlements in the West Bank while giving the Palestinians Arab land adjacent to it. There will be no “Right of Return” of Palestinian refugees to Israel, but they may legally return to either the West Bank or to Gaza. East Jerusalem will be granted as the Palestinian capital; however, the city as a whole will be under Israeli protection. Furthermore, Israel will protect the water supply that is coming from the Jordan River until sufficient stability allows both countries to get water without conflict. Palestine will also be required to recognize Israel as a state. Israel would then release Palestinian prisoners who did not actually commit terrorism, which numbers into the hundreds. Any student of the Middle East knows that this is basically the path to peace since the Oslo Accords and what the Quartet is proposing, though some things are different. The United States, which still has influence over Israel, needs to compel the two sides to

do this. If Israel rejects the plan, the U.S. should stop all aid to the country; this would significantly impact them because they receive half of all U.S. foreign aid. If Palestine rejects, then we ought to sign a pact with Israel that if they are attacked by ANY Palestinian organization, we will fully back them militarily to wipe out any possible Palestinian offensive. This will include Hamas and any minor terrorist group in the country. If Palestine accepts, they will be guaranteed loans by the U.S., IMF and World Bank for bottom-up nation development, including building and supply schools, hospitals and homes. This is the best option for American and Israeli security. In addition, this is the best option for Palestine’s security. Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa detailed why he was leading his jihad against the United States: We are Zionist crusaders assaulting the Muslim Ummah in Palestine. This will eliminate a reason for attacking the U.S., even though Islamofascists have many reasons. Also if America chooses to take a definitive stand on Israel, we will begin to regain our position as sole hegemon in the world and be on a more solid footing to tackle the Iranian issue, among others. Israel’s security will increase because there will be fewer Palestinian terrorist attacks against her. Hamas will probably still exist for a few years, while Hezbollah will remain a threat, but this will be the first step in having a truly safe Jewish state. Finally this is best for the Palestinians. Contrary to the propaganda given by Islamofascists, they do not really care about the Palestinian Arabs displaced by Israel. If they did want to help, why is Iran funding Hamas militarily instead of supplying humanitarian aid? If Saudi Arabia cares, why do they not accept the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and give them a home? They only want to use the conflict as a political issue to increase international support from the Muslim Ummah. A forced peace plan will actually help everyone involved, including the Palestinians. — Treston Wheat is a junior in political science and history. He can be reached at twheat@utk.edu.

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Recently I was speaking with a friend who is doing an art education program through the Knoxville Museum of Art called “Meet the Masters.” The program involves teaching preschoolers through eighth graders about the different artists exhibiting at the KMA. As we were discussing the different things the program entails, such as teaching students about the artists and actually creating work with similar techniques as the exhibition, we began discussing art education. Growing up, I went to three different elementary schools, three different middle schools and three different high schools. So needless to say, I had a plethora of art education. My first memory of art class was in first grade. I remember looking forward to that class every day because it was a place where I could be creative and do more than learn the rules of grammar and multiplication tables. This first art class was held in a huge classroom with what seemed like an endless supply of paint, paper, clay, crayons and pencils. My next elementary school did not even have an art program. The school budget didn’t allow for the programs, so the art classes I loved taking were no longer even offered. I remember not enjoying school as much and really missing a class where I felt like I could truly be creative. Once I got to middle school, art class wasn’t mandatory; it was simply an “optional elective” along with physical education or home economics. Most of us ended up taking P.E. or home economics either because there wasn’t any homework, we had to put in little effort or we were allowed to make cookies or go outside.

By the time I got to high school, the art classes I really enjoyed were something I rarely thought of. I had begun to find other interests in sports or in finding the best university to attend. My friend, Michael, on the other hand, had a much different experience with art class. He too had art classes that he loved in elementary school, but his art education was continued all the way through high school. “Even in middle school, I always remembered having to take art classes and having a huge amount of resources for them,” Michael said. Today Michael’s career is art. He creates his own work, and he also teaches young kids through the KMA. When we were discussing the program, Michael said many of the experiences I had with art education are very similar to those of preschoolers through eighth graders now. Many art teachers do not even have a classroom; they instead have to push a cart from room to room. Needless to say, kids are not getting a very in-depth education. Many people may not see this as a problem, but many students would not find any other way to excel if it weren’t for art class. I was fortunate enough to find other interests, but many students wouldn’t be so lucky. For this reason, I think it’s really important that some sort of art education be implemented in every school. So many kids who fall in with the wrong crowd because they don’t feel like they belong anywhere else could find more productive and healthy ways to spend their time if they had some sort of outlet, such as art classes. Programs like “Meet the Masters” through the KMA are free to all students who take them; most schools just need to take the initiative to get their school signed up. I realize art education can’t save every lost kid, but it can definitely help kids who don’t excel in traditional academics to find something they’re good at. — Ali Griffin is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at sgriff10@utk.edu.


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Reopening of U.S. 64 to be celebrated in Polk County DUCKTOWN, Tenn. — After five months of hardships and inconvenience from a rockslide, the Polk County Chamber of Commerce is planning a party April 16, when U.S. Highway 64 reopens. Free food, drinks and music will be available and souvenir shirts will be sold. The Cleveland Daily Banner reports the public is invited to the noon to 6 p.m. celebration at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Work is ongoing at the site of the Nov. 10 rockslide that shut down a section of the Ocoee River Gorge highway. Polk Chamber of Commerce President Jan Beck told the newspaper that the closure “has had a devastating impact” on families and businesses. She said the reopening is a time to celebrate. The Ocoee Whitewater Center is located on Highway 64 about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Vols hold practice with no clear QB starter Matt Simms is doing his best not to think about where he might fall on Tennessee’s depth chart. That doesn’t mean his teammates and coaches aren’t constantly considering who the next Volunteers quarterback will be. For the third spring in a row, Tennessee has no clear starting quarterback as offensive players work to grasp a new offense. First-year coach Derek Dooley doesn’t plan on naming a starter before the fall. This year Simms and incoming freshman Tyler Bray are locked in a competition with rising senior Nick Stephens, a player who’s been around for all three offensive transitions.

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Dooley is making sure each of the three gets their shot in practice to prove what they can do. Police say meat salesman swallowed marijuana joint ATHENS, Tenn. — Athens police said they have arrested a door-to-door meat salesman who swallowed a half-burned marijuana joint as they watched. The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens reports that 30-year-old Robert Sherk of Cleveland faces charges of tampering with evidence and resisting arrest. A jailer said Wednesday that Sherk was being held on a $5,000 bond, and there was no record he has an attorney. Athens police said officers arrested Sherk after he tossed a half-burned marijuana cigarette into his mouth and then resisted the officers’ efforts to retrieve it and take him into custody. Officers said Sherk was seated in a vehicle, and they were questioning him about selling meat door-to-door without a city permit. Trial starts in bonfire-birthday party slaying CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A murder trial has started for an East Tennessee man accused in a fatal stabbing during a fight after the victim’s tent was kicked at a bonfire-birthday party. The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that a jury in Cleveland heard opening statements at the trial of Johnny William Coffee. Coffee is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2008 slaying of Jesse Schoate.

1986, spent a lifetime creating giant, rugged concrete crosses that stood by roadsides before there were interstates. They proclaimed messages such as “Get Right With God” to passing motorists. Two of the crosses recently have been standing in the way of area highway expansions. One was on Dalton Pike in front of Dalton Pike Baptist Church, where utility lines are being moved and grading done in preparation for a widening.

Prosecutors said Schoate bled to death from cuts in a fight after Coffee kicked a tent where Schoate was, and it reportedly collapsed. When deputies arrived about 2 a.m. at the field in Charleston, Shoate was dead. Defense attorney Randy Rogers told jurors that his client suffers from mental illness. He challenged jurors to “measure what the law says and what was going on in his mind that night.” Marshall Co. getting help with jobless rate

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NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen has announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Marshall County by putting up to 175 people back to work using federal stimulus dollars. The 175 positions include 50 highway maintenance worker positions within the Tennessee Department of Transportation and 125 positions that will be filled primarily by private sector companies seeking to hire additional staff. Marshall County has had the state’s highest unemployment rate, 19.1 percent, in February for the past three months. The southern Middle Tennessee county includes 2,330 currently unemployed residents. The jobs package, announced Wednesday, is similar to the program announced last May for Perry County, which, at the time, had the state’s highest jobless rate.

SULPHUR WELL, Ky. — An overnight fire killed four children and an adult Wednesday in a rural Kentucky mobile home with 14 people inside. Kentucky State Police Capt. Greg Baird said the blaze destroyed three mobile homes owned by the same family — one used for living space, the other two for storage. Neighbor Janet Heuer said she heard a big boom about 2 a.m., then looked outside and saw the fire. She says the family had lived on the property for three decades. State police say seven people were treated and released from an area hospital in Glasgow and two were flown to University Hospital in Louisville, where one was treated and released and the other is listed in stable but critical condition. State police Detective Andy Olson says five bodies were found and sent to Louisville for autopsies. The state fire marshal’s office says the children were ages 1, 2, and 3, and a fourth child was 11 or 12.

Highway markers memorialize concrete evangelist CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Generations of Appalachian Southerners are familiar with the work of the Rev. Henry Harrison Mayes, even if they don’t know his name. Mayes, who was born in 1898 and died in

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Law would ban gangs from Skid Row The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Authorities unveiled a tough new legal tactic Wednesday aimed at keeping gang members — and the drugs they sell — off the streets of Skid Row. Under a civil lawsuit proposed by the city attorney’s office, 80 defendants, most of them gang members, would be barred from the povertystricken, 50-block area on the east side of downtown. The move is aimed at reducing rampant drug sales from gangs that don’t live in the district populated by 4,000 homeless or transient people, many of whom are trying to recover from addictions. “The single biggest criminal threat faced by the residents of this area is the open and notorious drug dealing

and violence committed by hardcore gang members and career criminals who actually commute to Skid Row to do their dastardly deeds,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said at a news conference. His comments were repeatedly drowned out by about 20 protesters shouting that the area needed more housing, not tougher policing. The use of gang injunctions is common in Los Angeles, with more than 40 currently in place that typically target gathering or other activities by a single gang in one area. The legal tool is gaining popularity around the country to disrupt gangs. Bruce Riordan, the city attorney’s chief of gang cases, said the Skid Row action marked the first time an injunction was being aimed at multiple gangs. The

lawsuit names members of 31 gangs. Riordan said several gangs cooperate to maximize drug profits and run the drug trade on Skid Row. If approved by a judge in the coming months, the injunction would give police officers the ability to arrest those named in the injunction if they are found on Skid Row. A defendant could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to six months in jail. University of California, Los Angeles law professor Gary Blasi, who has spent two decades researching Skid Row, worried police might use the injunction to target people without probable cause. “If they start driving around and stopping people because they look like people on the injunction, I would be concerned,” he said.

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West Virginia’s governor works to comfort citizens after mine deaths

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NAOMA, W.Va. — Gov. Joe Manchin four years ago delivered what seemed to be miraculous news: a dozen miners had survived an explosion at the Sago mine — only to then have to tell devastated families that all but one were dead. Those who watched the tragedy unfold on the national news were dumbfounded: How could the governor so carelessly lift spirits without knowing for certain the miners’ fate? As the worst U.S. mining disaster in two decades unfolds this week, Manchin has been a cautious and calm presence, vowing to communicate with families with compassion and frequently even if he doesn’t have much new to tell them. The explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine killed 25 and four others remain missing; rescuers have been laboring for the past two days to try to reach them while also battling poisonous gases that bottle up underground. The shadow of the 2006 Sago mine disaster has hung over the explosion at Upper Big Branch. Manchin has kept a high profile, delivering regular briefings to the media and updating families in person every two hours. He’s been measured in tone and in the news he delivers. The cautiousness is a change from Sago, but in some ways Manchin is playing the same role: comforter-in-chief to a state whose identity is so linked with coal that a statue of a miner graces the grounds of the Capitol. At Sago, Manchin heard along with relatives the wildfire rumor that all but one of the 13 miners had survived, and then joined in their celebration and helped to relay the bogus information that only made the heartache worse when reality set in. “It was the euphoria of the moment,” Manchin recalled later. “The (church) bells were going off, everybody was hugging and kissing. We’d been together for two days, and to get news like this ...” This time, miners’ families have been largely sequestered from the media on the site, unlike at Sago, where the two groups mingled. Information comes from Manchin, or from one of the officials by his side, at frequent briefings. Manchin has also changed. While people cling to the hope that their loved ones are among the four who haven’t been found dead, the governor serving his second term has tempered that optimism with frank talk about the enormity of the blast. “You’re always hoping for that miracle,” he said, his voice trailing off after adding, “but when you have an explosion of this magnitude ...” His public gaffe is seared in the memories of people who live outside of West Virginia, but his constituents didn’t hold it against him. Manchin-as-empathizer may be the image that lingers longest in the minds of West Virginians, who returned him to office in 2008 with the largest share of the vote by any gubernatorial candidate at least in modern times. “Despite the terrible tragedy of mistaken information at Sago, in the end it was positive for Manchin because of his direct attempts to deal with it,” said Robert Rupp, a political science professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Sago families said in 2006 they didn’t blame Manchin for sharing their mistaken jubilation, and John Groves, whose brother Jerry died at that mine, understands why the governor has taken a more measured tone this time. “This brings everything back to if Sago just happened, all the anger and sadness all over again,” Groves said. For Manchin, mining tragedies are personal. In 1968, his uncle was among 77 miners killed in a blast at a mine in the governor’s Farmington hometown.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre, an ecologist with the agency. He warned the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade. “When we’re measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home the glacier is already smaller than what we’ve measured,” Fagre said. The latest two to fall below the 25-acre threshold were

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Miche Wabun and Shepard. Each had shrunk by roughly 55 percent since the mid1960s. The largest remaining glacier in the park is Harrison Glacier, at about 465 acres. On a local scale, fewer glaciers means less water in streams for fish and a higher risk for forest fires. More broadly, Fagre said the fate of the glaciers offers a climate barometer, indicating dramatic changes to some ecosystems already under way. While the meltoff shows the climate is changing, it does not show exactly what is causing temperatures to rise. In alpine regions around the world, glacier melting has accelerated in recent decades as temperatures increased. Most scientists tie that warming directly to higher

atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Some glaciers, such as in the Himalayas, could hold out for centuries in a warmer world. But more than 90 percent of glaciers worldwide are in retreat, with major losses already seen across much of Alaska, the Alps, the Andes and numerous other ranges, according to researchers in the United States and Europe. In some areas of the Alps, ski resorts set atop glaciers have taken drastic measures to stave off the decline, such as draping glaciers in plastic sheeting to keep them cooler. It could prove a losing battle: Scientists working for the United Nations say the last period of widespread glacial growth was more than three decades ago, lasting only for

a few years. Since about 1850, when the Little Ice Age ended, the trend has been steadily downward. The area of the Rocky Mountains now within Glacier National Park once boasted about 150 glaciers, of which 37 were eventually named. Fagre said a handful of the park’s largest glaciers could survive past 2020 or even 2030, but by that point, the ecosystem would already be irreversibly altered. Fagre said geological evidence points to the continual presence of glaciers in the area since at least 5000 B.C. “They’ve been on this landscape continually for 7,000 years, and we’re looking at them disappear in a couple of decades,” he said.


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Sundown in the City returns to Knoxville April 22 as Regal Entertainment Group presents Sundown in the City 2010. For five weeks, AC Entertainment presents an exciting variety of live music in downtown Knoxville. Sundown in the City is free, open to the public, and a great event for the whole family to enjoy. National recording artists and successful regional bands, combined with the incomparable atmosphere of downtown Knoxville, draw several thousand visitors to the thriving bars, restaurants and retail shops in Knoxville. Regal Entertainment Group presents Sundown in the City 2010 with support from Bud Light, Pilot, and U.S. Cellular and produced by A.C. Entertainment. With such an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews had to create a new word to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock! Get ready to get funky and get moving when he brings the uplifting New Orleans sound straight to Sundown on April 22. Buzz just doesn’t get any louder than it has for the Eli Young Band. Working their way up through bars, the Texas-based country outfit has a hit single with “When It Rains” from the band’s debut CD, “Jet Black & Jealous.” Jill Andrews has one of the most haunting voices in Americana. Now solo after the dissolution of the everybodyfields, Andrews continues to make riveting roots music that reflects the light and dark sides of her home in East Tennessee. With six Top 10 hits, including the monster rock standard “If You Could Only See,” Tonic has dom-

inated the airwaves for the past decade. Tonic’s new album comes out May 4. Ten-piece funk band Aftah Party took home first place in The Square Room’s debut Sound Off band competition with their mix of soul and R&B. More than 20 years into their career, Blues Traveler continue to reinvent their appealing fusion of jangly rock led by John Popper’s soulful vocals and blazing harmonica. The band’s bestknown single, “Run-Around,” was the longestcharting radio single in Billboard history. The band’s latest disc, “North Hollywood Shootout,” features the same infectious melodic hooks that have invigorated fans throughout the years. The Dirty Guv’nahs rank as one of the Knoxville music scene’s most exciting exports in recent years. Voted Best Band two years in a row by Metro Pulse readers, The Dirty Guv’nahs are paving the way for a new chapter of American rock ‘n’ roll. They recorded their sophomore release in December 2009 with Grammy winning engineer Justin Guip (Levon Helm, The Black Crowes) at Levon Helm’s Woodstock, N.Y., studio. Flaunting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s. Led by frontman Patterson Hood and comprising a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives, the band celebrates the South while refusing to paint over its spotty past. The band’s newest CD is “The Fine Print,” a collection of oddities and rarities, which features songs written by band members past and present. Opening act Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves is a soul band in the classic sense, echoing the best of Motown. — Courtesy of AC Entertainment

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‘Jackie’ season two rachets up tension RobbyO’Daniel ChiefCopyEditor There’s something exciting about watching the first two episodes of the second season of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” One might say it’s akin to the feeling of seeing a child reach his full potential. The New York City hospital drama starring gritty, strongwilled Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) was always enjoyable, but the show’s first season paled in comparison to what other shows on HBO, Showtime and AMC were dishing out in 2009. The first season, at times, felt like a short story, decompressedandstretchedpainfully into 12 episodes. True, all this time allowed for character building, but the main plot of the show — the fact that Jackie wascheatingonhusbandKevin (DominicFumusa)withhercoworker Eddie (Paul Schulze) — didn’t come close to hitting the fan until the season one finale. With the beginning of the second season of “Nurse Jackie,” we’re done with all that set up, and we’ve entered into the intriguing second act — the one with all the twists and turns. Now that Eddie knows about Jackie’s husband, what happens now? Another compellingguessinggamearises— when will Kevin find out about Eddie? — but it is much more compelling week in and week out because, in the wake of his breakup with Jackie, Eddie is an emotionally fragile ticking

time bomb. Schulze stood out as the highlightofthefirstthreeseasonsof “24” as Ryan Chappelle, and he’s the highlight of “Nurse Jackie.” He’s got this hard-toput-your-finger- on-it demeanor. He comes off as villainous at times in season two, but he’s so likeable in general that it’s hard for the viewer not to revel in Eddie’s madness, yet he holds the key to the unraveling of Jackie’s entire life. When the viewer first sees Eddie in season two, he’s being wheeled into the hospital, treated for an overdose. A distraught Jackie freaks out at Eddie’s erratic behavior. But Eddie, numb after the pain Jackie’s caused him, is transparent about the fact that the overdose was merely a cry for attention. “I’m a pharmacist,” he says, matter-of-factly. “I know exactly how much not to take.” In the new season’s second episode, Eddie returns to the bar where Kevin serves alcohol and strikes up another of their off-putting, friendly conversations. Eddie goes for pitchblack humor when he catches up Kevin on his life by saying he triedtokillhimselftogetagirl’s attention. He quickly adds that he’s “just kidding,” but the forced grin on his face as Kevin serves him a beer makes one wonder when exactly Eddie will go over the edge during these visits. Things are even getting dramatic in unexpected places. Thor, the gay male nurse used in the past merely as comedic relief, reveals to Jackie that he

lost eyesight in one eye, due to his diabetes. Jackie finds Thor lying on a church pew and eating donuts. He laments about comfort food. “Why do the things that are so bad for you make you feel the best?” he asks. So far Thor is filling in admirably for Mohammed, Jackie’s close male co-worker during season one who isn’t around this year. Even with these changes and developments, the hilarious status quo is still in place, with Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli) and Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) bringing much of the humor to the show. The young, eccentric Dr. Cooper is still wigging out over the lack of respect he perceivesfromJackie,aswellashis comingtotermswithhisgeneral low opinion of nurses. Dr. O’Haratriestomitigategriefin the zaniest ways possible, like coming to work high on ecstasy. Hilarity ensues, of course. In the season two world of “Nurse Jackie,” perhaps the show needs Dr. Cooper and Dr. O’Haramorethanever.Jackie’s usually crabby, but we’ve never seen her as out-of-her-mind angry as she was when talking to Eddie for the first time in months after Eddie’s overdose. The audience needs the comedic interludes to fill the gaps between the emotional carnage that the Jackie-KevinEddie plotline is sure to cause soon enough. “Nurse Jackie” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on Showtime. To view the season two premiere, visit http://www.sho.com.

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‘Hot Tub’ humor boasts broad appeal Jake Lane Entertainment Editor

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What a gimmick. That is easily the first thing that comes to mind when the words “hot tub” and “time machine” are jumbled together, seemingly out of some coke-binged writing session by big studios looking to make a quick buck. The movie shows symptoms of such a prognosis at times but never succumbs to the “B-movie” echelon, so let’s dispel that off the bat. The big thing to remember about this movie is skiing. That is the majority of the background aesthetic: three middle-age bros and a younger dude are transported to the ‘86 Winterfest at Kodiak Valley Ski Resort, a rampant excuse for kids to get wasted and promiscuous, all while under the lull of tunes by glam metal schlock-merchants Poison. Sadly, Bret Michaels does not make a vain attempt at cashing in on his name, or perhaps the Postal Service was smart enough to lose his invitation in the mail. In terms of story, the film is incredibly solid for a big-budget comedy. While riffing on ‘80s culture and the transformations one goes through from teenage angst to semi-adjusted adulthood, the audience actually roots for these guys because, while they may at times be foul and pathetic, they have legitimate dreams. John Cusack plays himself, cleverly named Adam while dressed as his immortal Lloyd Dobler (“Say Anything...” if you were born under a rock). His 17-year-old self aspires to be Hunter S. Thompson, replete with a full suitcase of multi-purpose drugs and alcohol. He carries around some serious daddy issues and is destined potential stabbing with plastic cutlery. So, in all, he’s John Cusack. Craig Robinson, an Apalyte veteran of “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express,” is a washed-up, overweight would-be hip-hop impresario, whose one shining moment was a forgettable set during Winterfest. Now he sorts through dog doo and suffers a cheating wife. In 1986, Robinson’s Nick is a skinny lead singer in a band with a Kid N’ Play cut and mad dance moves. He even has groupies. Often his comrades lambaste his hyphenated last name, a result of his demanding wife. And then there’s Lou, whose appropriate description is unfit to print. Needless to say, he is a failure at life and lives for his childhood days. The first glimpse given is him crashing his Camaro into a garage while drinking cheap gin and blasting Motley Crue. ‘Nuff

said. But Lou, played by “Daily Show” alum Rob Corddry, hides a seriously fractured ego under his foul visage and harbors resentment deeper than the Mariana Trench for his friends. And then there’s Jacob, the comic sidekick who is promised to come-of-age. The film takes off, with his middle-aged uncle (Cusack) and his buddies going off to Kodiak Valley to relive their glory days. Ironically Jacob is the most adult of them all, despite a social life of “Second Life” and porn. When they all fly backward in time, it’s also Jacob’s existence which drives the teams to perform their actions in the manner they originally occurred. Time travel is a well-traversed theme in Hollywood, going back to Wells’ “Time Machine” and its many adaptations, to the often-referenced “Back to the Future” trilogy, whose Crispin Glover makes a canny cameo in this very film. One of the themes espoused by “Hot Tub Time Machine” is surprisingly astute, given the seemingly ridiculous nature of the name at first glance. Basically a huge contention and fear in time travel is that of event paradoxes. If an action or event is changed in the past, it can enact a sort of Chaos Effect across time, completely altering the future. In this case, the three older men have a chance to change their sorry state of affairs, but it becomes increasingly obvious that Jacob’s conception and life depend on their actions, thus they must try and stick to the original timeline. Naturally they fail. While kitsch often ruins films if overused, “Hot Tub Time Machine” gracefully skirts the line between parody and satire. Frequent cameos by the likes of Glover and Billy Zabka of “Karate Kid” could be vainglorious, but they are played to pitch perfection here. And since the best things are often left unspoken, one can only say, “Chevy Chase.” “Hot Tub Time Machine” takes a premise so farfetched it’s bound to be a rotten egg and instead turns out a little gem. The Academy will not waste its time, and snobs will shy away, but anyone who gives this film a chance will see why it was made in the first place. Modern comedy often fails miserably in satiating the intelligent and ignorant in the audience, either pandering or waxing philosophical to the point of narcissism. Here no one holds their punches, and every laugh is right on time.

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Golf teams record Track star Wright honored with award top-10 finishes Lauren Kittrell

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Terrence Boone Staff Writer Over the weekend, the Tennessee men’s and women’s golf teams took to the course at their respective locations and came away with positive results. With the men’s team finishing fifth and the women’s team finishing sixth, both squads posted solid outings. The men’s team got a boost from junior Robin Wingardh, who notched his third top-10 finish at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational at 9 under par, good enough for a tie for sixth place. Before the season, men’s head coach Jim Kelson noted that he expected a breakout season from Wingardh. “He’s (Wingardh) got an enormous amount of talent, and he’s really become a student of the game and learned how to progress as a player,” Kelson said. “It’s just a matter of time before he takes off, his talent shines through and he’s able to win college golf tournaments.” Wingardh was followed in the standings by sophomore Darren Renwick who tied his best collegiate tournament score of 210 over three days to finish at 6 under par. Renwick’s score put him in a tie for 14th in the tournament. Making a move on the final day in Augusta, Ga., was senior David Holmes. Holmes, who shot a 1-under-par 71, moved 10 spots up the leaderboard over the last four holes, going birdiepar-eagle-birdie to finish in 31st. The Lady Vols finished sixth at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. The 15th-ranked Lady Vols were led by sophomore Nathalie Mansson who finished two strokes behind Wake Forest’s Cheyenne Woods. Mansson, the Stockholm, Sweden native, shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to move from fifth to second. Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon acknowledged the success of Mansson this season. “Nathalie is a great player,” Pavon said. “She is so determined and tough. It’s a pleasure to watch her compete.” In a tournament filled with the nation’s best, the Big Orange was well represented. Aside from Mansson, senior Diana Cantú finished 20th at 6 over par. Senior Ginny Brown and freshman Sara Monberg tied for 43rd at 11 over par. The tournament featured nine teams, which made up half the field, ranked in the top 25. Florida State held off Wake Forest by a stroke to win the event while Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Duke finished in a tie for third. An unfortunate second day caused UT to drop from first to third in the standings, before finishing tied for sixth on the third day. Pavon was relieved the team had some time to relax after the tournament for their stretch run. “Today was a decent round for the team,” Pavon said. “Yesterday’s round is what really hurt us. Diana (Cantú) played really solid all week too and gained some confidence heading into the SEC Championship. We are looking forward to a little break and getting some good practice in before the start of the postseason.” The Lady Vols will compete at the SEC Championships on April 16 through April 18 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The men will start their postseason on the same days, competing in St. Simons Island, Ga., for their SEC Championship.

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As a senior at the University of Tennessee and a key athlete for the Lady Vols track and field team, Phoebe Wright has a career both behind and before her as she concludes her final season with the Volunteers. Wright, the three-time champion of the NCAA distance medley relay (2008, 2009, 2010), also has many awards. Her awards include being an eight-time All American and six-time SEC champion. More recently, Wright was named the 2010 SEC Indoor Women’s Runner of the Year. Wright is not only accomplishing great things in her athletic career but also academically. Named a 2009-10 H. Boyd McWhorter Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year along with Auburn University swimmer Jordan Anderson, Wright will be formally presented with the award at the annual awards banquet. The event will take place on June 3 at the league’s spring meeting in Destin, Fla. She will also receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Wright encompasses what the SEC stands for. “The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive in the Southeastern Conference,” Slive said in a

press release. “The commitment and dedication that Jordan and Phoebe embody makes them excellent selections for the McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award. They are outstanding representatives of their institutions and the Southeastern Conference.” As Wright finishes up her final year, she is making and meeting goals. She remains undefeated in the 800m, mile and 1500m during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. “I’ve found that the best way to get results in track is to be super consistent and do the same thing every day,” Wright said. “I’m going to just continue to be consistent in my training and hopefully get a little bit quicker towards the end of the season and break that twominute barrier.” Wright has also been an

active member of the Knoxville community. She regularly visits children at local hospitals, volunteers to assist with local track meets, speaks to youth church groups and participates in “Teams for Toys.” A true “volunteer,” Wright also organized the Red Bank High School Fun Run to raise more than $1,000 for the school’s track and cross country teams. In addition, she volunteers with Chattanooga River Rescue to help clean rivers as well as taking part in many other volunteer opportunities. “I’ve really leaned on a lot of people who’ve helped me out during my time at UT,” Wright said. “Coach (J.J.) Clark, for one, saw something in me and worked with me every day to try and get the best out of me, on the track and off. The training

room kept me healthy, and the Thornton Center provided community service opportunities that really made it easy for me to get involved in helping other people.” UT Women’s Athletics Director Joan Cronan had high praise for Wright. “I am extremely proud of Phoebe’s accomplishments, and this is a real credit to her and the members of our athletics staff who’ve helped her develop from a walk-on as a freshman into the record-setting student-athlete she has become,” Cronan said. Wright’s goal now is to do her best in the SEC, NCAA and USA championships. “I want to have really good showings at those so I can, not necessarily win them, but lay it all out and do my best and come to the line prepared,” Wright said.


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Thursday, April 8 — Softball Western Carolina DH-1 Knoxville 4 p.m. Softball Western Carolina DH-2 Knoxville 6 p.m. Women’s Track Sea Ray Relays Knoxville All Day Men’s Track Sea Ray Relays Knoxville All Day

Friday, April 9 — Men’s Tennis Florida Gainesville, Fla. 3 p.m. Women’s Tennis Florida Knoxville 4 p.m. Baseball Florida Knoxville 7 p.m.

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Dooleys, Heimerdinger among 2010 coaching clinic speakers Staff Reports Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley and his father, coaching legend Vince Dooley, headline the featured guest speakers list for the 2010 Tennessee Football Coaching Clinic. This year’s three-day workshop begins Thursday afternoon and concludes with Saturday’s UT football scrimmage at Neyland Stadium. Joining Tennessee’s firstyear head coach and the former Georgia coaching icon is Greg McMahon, special teams coordinator for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, and both the offensive and defensive coordinators from the Tennessee Titans, Mike Heimerdinger and Chuck Cecil. In addition, Friday’s schedule showcases coaches from the Tennessee and Georgia high school ranks who claimed a combined five state championships this past season. Clinic participants are invited to attend Thursday’s UT practice at Haslam Field, followed that night by chalk talk sessions by position. Members of the UT coaching staff — offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, defensive line coach Chuck Smith, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox — add to the speakers docket for what promises to be quite

a weekend of football in Knoxville. Vince Dooley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and ranks as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history. He coached Georgia to the 1980 national championship and twice earned national coach of the year in addition to seven times being named SEC Coach of the Year. Both Dooleys take their turns at the podium Friday, Derek to start the morning and Vince to conclude the afternoon. Earlier that day, Heimerdinger and Cecil offer their instructional messages. Heimerdinger enters his third season as offensive coordinator since re-joining the Titans in 2008, and his eighth season overall with Tennessee at the offensive controls. Cecil in his 10th season on the Titans staff and his second as defensive coordinator, a role he assumed in February 2009. McMahon closes the event just before Saturday’s scrimmage with reflections from the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis. McMahon just concluded his fourth season working with the Saints special teams and third as coordinator. Walk-up registration and Hayley DeBusk • The Daily Beacon payment is available during the clinic. For more informa- Vols football coach Derek Dooley will be the headlining speaker at the 2010 tion, contact the UT recruit- Tennessee Football Coaching Clinic this Thursday through Saturday. Dooley’s father, Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley, will also speak at the three-day ing office at (865) 974-1247. event.

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