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Behind the wheel: Boys vs. Girls

Emily DeLanzo Design Editor On campus, battle of the sexes rages on the roadways. Men constantly claim that hormones hinder females’ driving while women say men feel the need to prove their masculinity in the driver’s seat. Who really are the better drivers: men or women? “I definitely don’t think the female drivers I ride with are better than men,” said Daniel Morrell, junior in kinesiology. “I have one that is particularly bad. In fact, I feel like I’m on some freaky deathcoaster when I’m in the car with her.” Even some women believe men are better drivers. “Honestly, I think men are better drivers,” said Sabrina Rhodes, a senior in ecology and evolutionary biology. “I think I am an ‘OK’ driver, but I can’t tell you how many times I have seen girls texting, putting on makeup, and looking in the mirror. The only time I have almost wrecked, a crazy woman was the cause.”

Club discusses debt Andrea Overby Staff Writer The UT Economics Club will host its second Debt Event lecture on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Haslam Business Building. The event will examine U.S. national debt, which currently totals $15.6 trillion. Club members will discuss the distribution of government spending, tax revenues and possible solutions that would reduce the national debt. Economics professor Donald Bruce from the UT Center for Business and Economic Research will be the guest speaker at this year’s event. His lecture will be followed by a question-andanswer session where attendees will have the opportunity to comment on the discussion. Lecture and faculty adviser Ken Baker said students especially should be concerned with U.S. debt. “We believe that the current U.S. debt and deficit situation is unsustainable, and the problems it will cause for future generations will only become worse if nothing is done,” Baker said. “We hope that this event will help the UT community become more informed about this issue and that is a first step to a viable solution.” Baker also hopes students will gain knowledge about other economic issues outside the national debt. “That is the purpose of our

second annual debt and deficit forum next Wednesday,” Baker said. “One of the main, overriding goals of the club is to help spread awareness around campus and the community about economic issues and events, and their impact upon everyone. We like to show how you can use economic tools and concepts to help untangle seemingly complicated and confusing news events.” Club president Thea Aub said the club also provides benefits for students who are not economics majors. “The fact that we can educate our students and allow them to absorb that and use it later in life makes this club very beneficial,” Thea Aub, junior in public administration, said. Aub said her involvement with the club has given her leadership experience and has allowed her to network with economics professors. Club member Zach Brurnett said, in addition to networking, the club also allows students who share similar interests to come together and meet with faculty from the economics department. This semester, the club created a blog to focus on U.S. debt. Articles include reports on the Republican candidates’ projected budgets for the future and how to avert a financial crisis. The blog can be accessed at See ECONOMICS on Page 3

UT has a split enrollment of about 11,000 male undergraduate students versus 10,200 female students, according to Tennessee Office of Institutional Research and Assessment in 2010 (OIRA). Through commuter, non-commuter and staff/faculty, the university sees heavy traffic daily. The Daily Beacon could not retrieve specific data on the number of female versus male drivers with parking passes on campus or accidents. CJ Tate, a sophomore in biochemistry and molecular biology, believes that men are overall better drivers, but men are also more likely to partake in risky behavior. “I think women are more likely to get distracted while driving, but men are more likely to do reckless things like speed,” Tate said. In 2010, 13 male students were cited for driving under the influence compared to only six females according to the University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD). For 2011, the number of male students issued DUIs jumped up to 27 while female students remained steady at

six. Guys who drive on campus are more likely to do risky behavior behind the wheel. Men are also more likely to speed on campus. Several major roads, including Cumberland Avenue, run through the middle of campus. According to numbers from UTPD, men and women run 13 male and 11 female students were issued citations for speeding on campus by UTPD. The difference increased significantly in 2011 when 12 males and only five females were issued. See DRIVING on Page 3

• Statistics courtesy of UTPD Knoxville as of April 2012

Health fair held on campus Caroline Reinwald Staff Writer As part of national “Public Health Week,” UT’s College of Nursing teamed up with the Student Health Center and the UT Medical Center to host “Health Beat,” a free health fair for UT students and faculty on Wednesday. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UC Ballroom, the health fair offered free services such as testing blood type, HIV, bone density, allergies and hearing. Information booths educated people on the dangers of dipping, unhealthy eating, tanning beds and diabetes. Student Health Services and nursing students worked at the various booths and educated people on healthy living. “We want to involve the community (with what we are doing) and make the university aware of what is happening outside (campus),” Dr. Mary Sue Hodges, clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, said.

One popular booth, Dipper Dan, taught people on the dangers of chewing tobacco by showing a face mold of a real person who died of cancer of the throat and mouth. Knoxville and campus police officers were at the health fair to educate students and faculty on the effects of alcohol when doing everyday activities such as walking and driving. People were able to try walking a straight line and driving a car on a Wii video game while wearing “drunk goggles.” “We are just trying to give students a chance to make an informed choice (about alcohol),” UTPD Sgt. Donnie Ross said. The skin care booth showed people the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and tanning beds. Nursing students talked about how cancerous melanomas used to only be found on people older than 50, but now doctors are finding melanomas on 20- to 30-yearolds due to tanning beds. Free gifts were also distributed at the fair, such as toothbrushes, shampoo, candy and restaurant food vouchers.

“I think it’s great, health awareness is wonderful,” Jordan Sigler, undecided freshman with a pre-med interest, said. When asked what she thought of the fair, Sigler said she wished it had been better advertised to students, but otherwise it seemed like a great success. UT Medical had a Healthy Living Kitchen booth with cookbooks showing popular home recipes and modifications that can be done to make them healthier. There was also a display showing what five pounds of fat looks like and how much salt and sugar is in our everyday food and drink. “I thought the elderly information table was really interesting,” Jenna Frazier, sophomore in nursing, said. “I am excited (to) learn about opportunities in Knoxville to help with the elderly.” For more information about the health fair and tips to leading a healthy lifestyle, visit UT’s Medical Center at

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Students, faculty and staff members crowd into the new Student Health Center after the building’s grand opening on Friday, Jan 20. The center collaborated with the College of Nursing to help inform students on healthy living on Wednesday at the “Health Beat” fair.

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As the sun sets in the distance, members of the UT baseball team take the field in the top of the fourth inning during a game against Memphis on Wednesday.

1859 — Mark Twain receives steamboat pilot’s license On this day in 1859, a 23-year-old Missouri youth named Samuel Langhorne Clemens receives his steamboat pilot’s license. Clemens had signed on as a pilot’s apprentice in 1857 while on his way to Mississippi. He had been commissioned to write a series of comic travel letters for the Keokuk Daily Post, but after writing five, decided he’d rather be a pilot than a writer. He piloted his own boats for two years, until the Civil War halted steamboat traffic. During his time as a pilot, he picked up the term “Mark Twain,” a boatman’s call noting that the river was only two fathoms deep, the minimum depth for safe navigation. When Clemens returned to writing in 1861, working for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, he wrote a humorous travel letter signed by “Mark Twain” and continued to use the pseudonym for nearly 50 years.

Clemens was born in Hannibal, Missouri, and was apprenticed to a printer at age 13. He later worked for his older brother, who established the Hannibal Journal. In 1864, he moved to San Francisco to work as a reporter. There he wrote the story that made him famous, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. 1865 — Robert E. Lee surrenders At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining the surviving Confederate force in North Carolina, and harassed constantly by Union cavalry, Lee had no other option. In retreating from the Union army’s Appomattox Campaign, the Army of Northern Virginia had stumbled through the Virginia countryside stripped of food and supplies. At one point, Union cavalry forces under General Philip

Sheridan had actually outrun Lee’s army, blocking their retreat and taking 6,000 prisoners at Sayler’s Creek. Desertions were mounting daily, and by April 8 the Confederates were surrounded with no possibility of escape. On April 9, Lee sent a message to Grant announcing his willingness to surrender. The two generals met in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home at one o’clock in the afternoon. Lee and Grant, both holding the highest rank in their respective armies, had known each other slightly during the Mexican War and exchanged awkward personal inquiries. Characteristically, Grant arrived in his muddy field uniform while Lee had turned out in full dress attire, complete with sash and sword. Lee asked for the terms, and Grant hurriedly wrote them out. All officers and men were to be pardoned, and they would be sent home with their private property — most important, the horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers would keep their side arms, and Lee’s starving men would be given Union rations. Shushing a band that had begun to play in celebration, General Grant told his officers, “The war is over. The Rebels are our countrymen again.” Although scattered resistance continued for several weeks, for all practical purposes the Civil War had come to an end. — This Day in History is courtesy of

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said Alex Adkins, an undecided freshman. “Constant construction adds to the problem where it becomes a pain to try continued from Page 1 and get anywhere. UTPD advised that its speeding “But, as a student, I have to give some enforcement numbers were low the past credit to the university as there are worse few years because they lacked radar campuses out there. So while it may seem equipment; however, UTPD just obtained bad, I just keep in my mind that there are a grant to allow the purchase of radar worse situations elsewhere.” units to enforce speed limits. UTPD According reminds stuto past dents to pay records from attention to the UTPD speed limits concerning and other on-campus traffic laws driving, the out of courg e n d e r tesy for felstereotype low classthat women • Statistics courtesy of UTPD Knoxville as of April 2012 mates and simply can’t themselves. drive is not true for risk-taking driving Regardless of gender, driving can be a differences. Women may not be better challenge on campus. Avoiding jaywalkdrivers, but they drive more cautiously ers, orange cones and other indecisive on campus. drivers can create a stressful situation. Estrogen, at least in this case, helps “Driving on campus is a nuisance. I steer students in a responsible fashion. tend to avoid driving, if it’s possible,”


ECONOMICS continued from Page 1 Each semester, club members assist with the Knoxville Economics Forum, which is organized by the Department of Economics at UT. This year, the forum will take place on Friday, April 20, at Club LeConte downtown. Jane Gravelle, a Senior Specialist in Economic Policy at the Congressional Research Service, will discuss “The Long Term Fiscal Outlook: Are Tax Increases in Our Future?” Past guest speakers at the event include Sen. Bob Corker. Other events that the organization takes

part in annually include its trip to Washington, D.C. every December where members have the opportunity to meet and network with business professionals and government leaders. Members also participate in philanthropic causes, such as the Lost Sheep Ministries, and attend guest speakers around the UT campus. Students in any major can join the club and are encouraged to stop by the weekly meetings. The Economics Club meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Haslam Business Building Room 305. Study sessions for economics students are also held weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Room 305 of the Haslam Business Building. Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon

TN legislature encourages parents to be more involved The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Charles Widener and his wife believe being personally involved in their children’s academics is essential to the youngsters succeeding — not just in school but in life. “It’s very important for us to be involved with our children,” said Widener, whose 9year-old and 5-year-old attend a Nashville magnet school. “You have to show them that education is important.” Tennessee is among a few states that have enacted or are considering legislation that aims to spur parents to get involved in their children’s school performance. One bill advancing in the Tennessee Legislature would encourage school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, and another proposes what are commonly referred to as parent report cards, which are mostly used in charter schools. The contract legislation is similar to a proposal passed in Michigan in 2001, and Louisiana is currently consid-

ering legislation to grade parent participation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Utah passed legislation last month that creates an online survey where parents can evaluate their own involvement, but the school does not assign them a grade and it’s voluntary, the NCSL said. “It’s the engagement,” said Rep. Antonio Parkinson, a Memphis Democrat and sponsor of both Tennessee proposals, which are advancing in the Legislature. “One thing we understand is schools with higher parental involvement perform higher. And so, what we're trying to do is ensure that every school gets that opportunity for higher parental involvement.” The bill that would require the state Department of Education to develop a parental involvement contract to be used by school districts is close to being sent to the governor. The measure unanimously passed the Senate 320 last month and is awaiting a vote on the House floor.

Austin Richey, focus of the documentary “Austin Unbound,” interacts with students during a discussion about the movie on Tuesday. Austin, who is both deaf and transgendered, came to UT with filmmaker Eliza Greenwood to discuss the making of the documentary, the issues he’s faced in his life, and his work as an ally for deaf and transgender people.

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Protecting environment not political I whole-heartedly agree that the terms “liberal” and “environmentalist” do not go hand in hand. The connection between the two is often drawn because conservatives hear environmentalist and they think government regulations. However, the environmental problem is not a problem of the interior but a global concern and while our government and/or we as individuals can sway the environmental policies of other nations, realistically it is a problem that needs to be embraced first by individuals. First and foremost, PETA is not an environmentalist organization. They may have some overlapping ideals with environmentalists when it comes to preserving wildlife habitats, but beyond that their concerns about animal welfare have little to do with improving the health of our planet. As for the dietary incorporation of animals into our meals, it takes far more resources to raise and feed a cow than to grow beans and vegetables that offer the same nutrients with less saturated fat and cholesterol. This problem is compacted by our current practices of shipping cows from all over the country to a few localized stockyards where they are kept in filthy conditions and fattened on grains (not a natural part of a cow’s diet) to be slaughtered and shipped back all over the country. The filthy conditions and grain diet lead to heightened bacterial contamination (i.e. E. coli) of the food. Humans are omnivores and are meant to eat meat, sure. But they are also meant to eat fruits and vegetables and beans and nuts and grains. Most of these take far less energy to grow. The meat industry releases more green house gasses than all of the cars in the U.S. By cutting meat out of your diet one day a week you help the environment and your health and if you want you can eat hamburgers the other six days of the week. The best option is to buy locally grown meats from farms where the cows are grass fed, the chickens are pasture raised and the pigs roll in the mud. These meats are far better for your health with less hormones, antibiotics, saturated fat, cholesterol and more omega-3 fatty acids as a result of their natural diet. If you are worried about feeding the 7 billion, it is important to keep in mind that approximately 60 percent of the world lives on a mostly vegetarian diet. In places like India where the population is very high the people are culturally vegetarian. Besides, worrying about producing enough food to feed 7 billion is a wasted effort, because if globally we can feed 7 billion, it won’t be long before we are worried about the 9 billion or the 12 billion. Nature has a way of keeping things in check and it is better not to press those buttons. By building up a dependence on GMO foods we have built, in large areas of this country, what is called a monoculture. In places where farmers used to grow animals, grains and vegetables now they are only producing one. Much of the Great Plains area is

dedicated only to growing grains for cattle feed. The problems with monocultures are that if you only grow one crop the beasties that like to eat that crop amass in the area, leading to higher pesticide use and stronger pesticides. The soil that was once replenished by lying idle a season to be used as pasture land and nourished by the animal poo is now abused being forced to grow the same crop year after year, having its nutrients sucked from it and then being “nourished” by chemical fertilizers instead of natural. The crop diversity in the modern age of the large scale farm has diminished from a historical 7,000 estimated species that were once cultivated for consumption to 150, according to the New York Times. Most humans live on about 12 species of plants. This is the epitome of putting all your eggs in one basket. The fewer species we produce the more likely one could be destroyed by pestilence or drought or some other disaster, leaving a large portion of the 7 billion to starve. The fact is relying on GMOs is actually setting us up for more catastrophic famine conditions. As for recycling, it is true that plastic is not recycled to form new plastic bottles. Metals and glass are the most effectively recycled. However, if you are down with energy conservation because of your concerns about fossil fuels, I have news for you. Plastic is also produced from fossil fuels. Recycled plastic is used to produce other items such as textiles, but in general it is best to try to find products that are packaged in more recyclable materials. Anyone who has dealt with children’s toys at Christmas knows how ridiculously over packaged things are, anyway. Ultimately, we can go to the polls and vote for politicians, but the polling place that has a far greater impact is the cash register. Clearly not everyone can afford expensive organic meat all the time, but if everyone did something, no matter how little, it would make an impact. By switching to a couple of organic products, or pasture raised eggs (don’t bother with cage free, that’s a total hoax) or energy saving light bulbs, or a couple minutes fewer in the shower in the morning, or by carpooling a couple times a week, or buying canned soda instead of the plastic bottle sometimes, as a whole we slowly change the market. If more people bought local things, the price would slowly decrease. No, it will never be as cheap as the ridiculous subsidies this country offers to corn and beef, but maybe over time that could change too. If subsidies were offered to farmers who raised spinach and green beans instead of corn and beef the average health of the average American would be better. The heath care costs of the nation would decrease. The dependence on foreign oil would decrease. So every day we vote with our dollar and with our deeds for the kind of America we want to live in. Jamie Lawton Post-Doctorate Research Associate Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


THE Great Mash Up• Liz Newnam

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Trayvon case highlights greater issue Off the Deep End by

Derek Mullins Sometimes it’s funny how a single personal experience can explain or represent a much larger phenomenon. Last week, while sitting in one of my history classes, the professor informed us that we would be discussing the Civil Rights Movement over the course of the next few lectures. So I sat there, anticipating the names of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, or maybe even Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner to be among the first to come from her mouth. To my surprise and dismay, none of the aforementioned figures from the 1950s and ’60s were even mentioned over the course of that particular class. Instead, the only name that she brought up for discussion that day was Trayvon Martin. Now, as I am sure even the most casual news reader would be able to tell you, the woman was playing with fire, and I have little doubt she knew that. I certainly knew things could become quite contentious. Indeed, within moments of her opening the floor to the approximately 120 students, things started to boil over. Some of the more vocal members of the predominantly white class started to discuss how they believe the media was blowing the entire thing out of proportion. To them, they explained, the question of whether or not George Zimmerman’s actions were motivated solely on race was one that was being cultivated by the 24-hour news networks out of a desire for ratings. The few black members of the class retorted that they did not understand how the entire thing could not be considered a racial conflict. This discussion went around and around. Information and misinformation about the case and the situation were put out for commentary and/or correction for almost the entire hour and 15 minutes of the class period. While discussing a contemporary issue in a class that is supposed to be about things that happened decades ago may seem strange on its surface, I

certainly understand the professor’s ideology in bringing up the topic. After all, one of the most important questions anyone can ask themselves while studying history is “How has this trend or phenomenon changed if it has at all?” Still, that was not the biggest thing I took away from that particular class discussion. You see, the discourse between black and white students in that single class about the fiasco which has more or less dominated headlines for the past month or so is largely emblematic of the discourse that is being held across the country. A certain percentage of whites — perhaps even a majority — are failing to see how the black community could possibly see this case as being one that contains a racist motive. To them, an overzealous gun-nut shot and killed a teenager. Thus the case should, in theory, boil down to whether or not he committed a crime. Perhaps there are some merits to that argument, but the fact of the matter is we are, despite the work of those historical figures I mentioned earlier, not living in a post-racial society. The inescapable truth is that racism still plays a part in the lives of many. No, it may not be the overwhelmingly individualized prejudice we all tend to think of, especially when it comes to thinking about the Civil Rights Era. Instead, the most prevalent form of racism that exists today is institutional racism, racism that occurs when the system specifically benefits one race over others. Whether we — and by we I mean other white Americans — realize it or want to admit it or not, there are demonstrable advantages to being white in the United States. Housing, education, health care, job opportunities and, yes, the criminal justice system are all more favorable to whites than they are towards people of color. The evidence may not be visible on the surface, but it does exist and it is there for anyone to find. It is with that in mind that I would implore my classmates in that particular class, my fellow Americans, and you, my loyal readers, to exercise a bit of empathy with regards to the public outcry in the wake of the Martin case. Sure, this whole case may not be as overtly racist as it may seem. Still, given the nature of American society, the outrage makes undeniable sense. — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at

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Nearly 87 years since the beginning of the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tenn., the state is once again barreling toward being the battleground state for the debate between supporters of the theory of evolution and intelligent design. Tremors of tension regarding the subject are already being felt throughout the nation. Following reports that Gov. Bill Haslam is likely to sign a bill that would allow teachers to discuss “scientific weaknesses” of theories such as biological evolution, global warming and cloning, news outlets from MSNBC to The Los Angeles Times to The Wall Street Journal have had their hands on the developing story. With such a strong reaction emanating from Haslam’s remark that he “probably” will sign the bill into law, which he has until Tuesday to do, the tremors could erupt into a full-scale earthquake of disagreement between parties on either side of the issue. The bill passed by a landslide in the Tennessee Senate and House, with tallies of 24-8 and 72-23, respectively, leaving the governor with the ultimate decision to sign into law or veto the legislation. If 1925 taught us anything, it is that the creationist vs. evolutionist debate polarizes and evokes emotions of the highest degree. If a small town such as Dayton could be turned into a media circus complete with live WGN Radio broadcasts of the trial carrying a price tag of $1,000 per day for telephone lines, according to NPR, then who knows what sort of extravaganza may unfold in Nashville if this bill is passed. The Butler bill, which passed by votes of 71-5 in the Tennessee House and 24-6 in the Tennessee Senate, strictly prohibited the teaching of “any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” The ACLU, attorney Clarence Darrow, and teacher John Scopes teamed up to challenge the bill in the courts, which ultimately failed. Scopes was found guilty by the jury and fined $100 by Judge Raulston. In an appeal attempt, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the law was constitutional but overturned Scopes’ ruling because Judge Raulston set the fine rather than the jury.

The law remained intact until Tennessee repealed the Butler Act in 1967. Despite similarities between the Butler bill of 1925 and the current “Monkey Bill,” a few critical differences remain. The intent of the Butler Act was to effectively squash within state lines Darwin’s theory of evolution and the descent of man. The wording of the bill was much more black and white than the one Haslam may sign into effect. America was also much more conservative back in the 1920s. While Tennessee remains one of the more conservative states, the nation as a whole has become more liberal in the past century. Furthermore, science has made significant gains in that time period, vastly increasing human knowledge and productivity. Therefore, even if the governor signs the “Monkey Bill,” formally known as HB368, into effect, the bill won’t last indefinitely without challenge. The ACLU, which spearheaded the attack against the Butler bill, is already riling up supporters against HB368. According to The Wall Street Journal, the ACLU is arguing that the law is injecting religion into the public sphere. There lies the major difference between the two bills; early in the 20th century, conservatives were fighting to maintain the traditional theory of creation following Darwin’s publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859 and the more controversial “The Descent of Man” in 1871. Now, conservatives are seeking to regain a religious foothold in public education. The passage of this bill is a needed change. With all of the civil liberties that we as Americans possess, it only makes sense to give citizens the right to make up their own minds on this issue. HB368 is not eliminating the teaching of evolution from schools. HB368 is not bringing about a strictly creationist curriculum. Rather, the bill aims to allow the questioning of theories that a teacher may find ill-founded. This is, I believe, the best approach to this issue. After all, is science not based on questioning the world around us? Without this critical value of science, we would still believe that our flat earth is the center of the universe. The wording of the bill allows for discussion of “scientific weaknesses” of theories. Science dictates that theories, by definition, can be disproven. In sum, it is unscientific to oppose this bill. Ponder that, ACLU. — Ashton Smith is a sophomore in communications. He can be reached at

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US sends experts to assist search at site of avalanche in Pakistan The Associated Press ISLAMABAD — The U.S. sent a team of experts Sunday to help Pakistan search for 135 people buried a day earlier by a massive avalanche that engulfed a military complex in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border. At least 240 Pakistani troops and civilians worked at the site of the disaster at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier with the aid of sniffer dogs and heavy machinery, said the army. But they struggled to dig through some 25 meters (80 feet) of snow, boulders and mud that slid down the mountain early Saturday morning. Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said Sunday evening that it was unclear whether any of the people who were buried are still alive. At least 124 soldiers from the 6th Northern Light Infantry Battalion and 11 civilian contractors are missing. “Miracles have been seen and trapped people were rescued after days ... so the nation shall pray for the trapped soldiers,” Abbas said in an interview on Geo TV. Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the site Sunday to supervise rescue operations. The U.S. sent a team of eight experts to Islamabad to provide technical assistance, said the Pakistani army. Pakistan will consult with the team to determine what help is needed to expedite the rescue operation. The American assistance comes at a tense time between the two countries and could help improve relations following American airstrikes in November that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two posts along the Afghan border. Pakistan retaliated by closing its border crossings to supplies meant for NATO troops in Afghanistan. The Pakistani parlia-

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ment is currently debating a new framework for relations with the U.S. that Washington hopes will lead to the reopening of the supply line. But that outcome is uncertain given the level of anti-American sentiment in the country. The avalanche in Siachen, which is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan, highlighted the risks of deploying troops to one of the most inhospitable places on earth. The thousands of soldiers from both nations stationed there brave viciously cold temperatures, altitude sickness, high winds and isolation for months at a time. Troops have been posted at elevations of up to 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) and have skirmished intermittently since 1984, though the area has been quiet since a cease-fire in 2003. The glacier is known as the world’s highest battlefield. Abbas, the army spokesman, said the headquarters that was buried was located in an area previously believed to be safe. At an altitude of around 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), it is the main gateway through which troops and supplies pass on their way to more remote outposts. More soldiers have died from the weather than combat on the glacier, which was uninhabited before troops moved there. Conflict there began in 1984 when India occupied the heights of the 78-kilometer (49-mile)-long glacier, fearing Pakistan wanted to claim the territory. Pakistan also deployed its troops. Both armies remain entrenched despite the cease-fire, costing the poverty-stricken countries many millions of dollars each year. Pakistan and India have fought three wars since the partition of the subcontinent on independence from Britain in 1947. Two of the wars have been over Kashmir, which both claim in its entirety.




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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.comto apply. The Children’s Center of Knoxville, Inc. is looking for a special May graduate to be our next Family Services Coordinator. BS in Child and Family Studies or related field preferred. Full time position with excellent benefit package, including meals, paid time off and insurance. Interested applicants should send resume to EOE. 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

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Zach Hethmon, senior in economics, shows an example of inappropriate business wear at the Dress for Success Fashion Show in the UC Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 29.



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Fiction: The Modern Workspace by Olivia Cooper

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Tammy Russell, junior in interior design, and Mary Beth Korey, senior in pre-dentistry, chat in their Morrill dorm room during the 1986 school year. Beacon Flashbacks is a new photo feature that will highlight past students and their experiences in and around UT.

A Nerf dart flew by Jacqueline’s head and landed in her guide’s coffee cup. He frowned at the spot on his shirt the collision created, but laughed halfheartedly and tossed the dart aside. “We’re not like other offices,” he said through a forced smile, “we try to relieve stress in any way possible.” Jacqueline shuffled nervously as a man on a scooter rolled by them. Scooter-man was about seventy years old and had a wagon of mail tied behind him. Both man and mail were not going fast. The guide continued through the office where cubicles were empty or taken over by playing card castles. A man in his thirties walked by with files in one hand and a basketball under his arm; his shirt was bright pink with a tacky pattern. Jacqueline had begged her mother for a new and expensive professional wardrobe so that she may land this job at the very successful firm whose offices now resembled a scene from “Lord of the Flies” as someone had brought out the foam swords. “How were sales this week?” she asked as the two made their way through a cardboard maze set up in the aisle. “Oh, you know, good. Our stuff pretty much sells itself so we only have about three hours of— ” he stopped and then made air quotes as he mouthed the word “business.” The office noises were yelling, dubstep from somebody’s iPod, and the constant ring of an unanswered telephone. They arrived at the secretary’s desk which had a vinyl banner taped to the edge that read, “Office Play Limits” which obviously didn’t sit well with some as several pictures of genitalia and graffiti were painted on it. The secretary was young and had dark circles under her eyes and the look of a rabbit when it people discover its hiding place. “Mr. C-C-Conley will see you n-n-nnow,” she told them and returned to frantically pushing buttons on the telephone and thanking people for calling. Jacqueline felt sorry for the woman as a paper plane landed in her uneaten sandwich. The woman did not attend to the collision as the plane sunk deeper into the chicken salad. Mr. Conley’s office was a welcome change from the sales floor. His desk was made from a beautiful wood most likely

from some rare tree in a rainforest and had leather chairs for guests and a nameplate without so much as a speck of dust on it. Jacqueline went over her notes in her head: Don’t hesitate, don’t look down, good posture, shake his hand no matter what. When Mr. Conley turned around, she tossed her mental notes to the side and her shoulders slumped immediately. He was a fifty year old man with no hair, a striped shirt, and black and white makeup on his face. Mr. Conley sealed the deal when he donned a beret and pointed his white glove at Jacqueline. “You go first,” her guide said from the leather couch while he scribbled on a clipboard. Jacqueline had been to business school. She had gone through at least a hundred practice interviews in which she had to shake hands, make eye contact, thank people profusely for their time. She had to wear her nicest clothes all day on campus for the one interview assignment, in rain, snow or heat she had them. There were sometimes puzzles in the questions they asked, there were imaginary scenarios to find solutions to and there were tricks of where to sit and what to say she was told to follow. Above all, she was to be professional. Jacqueline stood and looked Mr. Conley in the eye. “I have waited for this interview for months. This entire company has more profit than any others I have applied to, and I always wondered why, what is the secret? This is it? A mime? Some Nerf guns? I have practiced for this moment for years in college and this is it?” she told him firmly. She maintained eye contact, shook his hand, and kept her shoulders squared back as she walked out briskly. Mr. Conley took a towel out of his desk and wiped off his face paint. He sighed as he chomped off the end of a cigar. “Inability to adapt to uncomfortable situations, but I like her fire, put her at the top,” Mr. Conley gestured to the guide. “Yes sir. If I may ask, sir, I seemed to have ruined this shirt and—,” “You’ll be reimbursed. Send up the next one, we have to fill this spot by Tuesday and this face paint is breaking me out.” — Olivia Cooper is a senior in creative writing. She can be reached at


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‘Journey’ proves revolutionary, intimate Chris Flowers Staff Writer The rise of the downloadable video game marketplace has become the most significant development since the addition of the third dimension. Video games no longer have to be enormous projects with multi-million dollar budgets. A game can be created by a single person in their free time and still be a huge success, as seen with Daisuke Amaya’s “Cave Story.” Because budgets for downloadable games can be significantly lower than disc releases, experimentation with design is more frequent. Two recent releases, “Journey” and “I Am Alive,” are products of the experimentation common in this emerging scene. In my two decades of ravenous video game consumption, I have never encountered a game quite like “Journey.” Generally I play games for the high of victory, or to take in a story that piques my interest. “Journey” connected with me on a level I never expected the video game medium would be capable of creating. Progression in “Journey” is like a trek through different emotional states. Each leg of the journey is defined by a specific emotion that the score and surroundings help to create. Though the “Uncharted” series has the most technically

impressive graphics of this console generation, “Journey” has the best overall presentation. Simple models and cel-shaded textures form gorgeous landscapes and fascinating structures that demand to be gawked at. The ultimate goal of “Journey” is to reach the towering mountaintop that dominates the horizon. Most of the actual gameplay is simply walking toward your objective, while occasionally jumping or using your vocal “chirp” to interact with the environment. There is little challenge to be found aside from hunting for collectibles, but the game is better for it. The steady, brisk pace ensures the player is constantly engaged. As an experience, “Journey” is more similar to watching “Fantasia” than playing a video game. It contains no dialogue, but a somewhat abstract story emerges during the eight or so cutscenes that occur at the end of each section. These scenes play out in the mind of the protagonist during meditation, and their meaning is up to each player’s interpretation. “Journey’s” unusual implementation of online play proved to be the defining aspect of my experience. When the game is played with an Internet connection, other players that are in the same area as you are seamlessly dropped in. I never saw a player spontaneously generate, I would instead spot them in the distance as I rounded a corner or reached the top of a hill. This cooperative play is limited to two people, but this added

some intimacy to the partnership. I found a companion early in my voyage, one I became attached to as we helped each other gather diligently to reach collectibles and exchanged friendly chirps while trudging through the sweltering desert. After 20 minutes or so together, we reached the top of an enormous sand dune. The descent of this massive slope is the climax of the game’s focus on happiness. We stayed side-by-side while skiing down the fiveminute joy ride. We ramped off crumbling architecture and flew through the air with a tremendous sense of speed while the sun set behind the sands. When we finally reached level ground the sun had set and the entrance to our next destination gave off an ominous aura. I was glad to have someone to accompany me through this new area. Unfortunately, after a quick glance at the next leg of our journey, my friend took a seat in the sand and slowly disintegrated into dust. The comforting effect of that player’s presence and the twinge of pain produced by his loss made the feelings of camaraderie “Journey” creates between strangers its most powerful quality. Because the only method of communication is through the musical chirps, biases based on age or gender cannot come into play. “Journey” only takes around an hour and a half to complete, but it is a game that should be experienced by anyone with an interest in the video game medium.

Israel at odds with poet The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Israel on Sunday declared Guenter Grass persona non grata, deepening a spat with the Nobel-winning author over a poem that deeply criticized the Jewish state and suggested it was as much a danger as Iran. The dispute with Grass, who only late in life admitted to a Nazi past, has drawn new attention to strains in Germany's complicated relationship with the Jewish state — and also focused unwelcome light on Israel’s own secretive nuclear program. In a poem called “What Must Be Said” published last Wednesday, Grass, 84, criticized what he described as Western hypocrisy over Israel's nuclear program and labeled the country a threat to “already fragile world peace” over its belligerent stance on Iran. The poem has touched a raw nerve in Israel, where officials have rejected any moral equivalence with Iran and been quick to note that Grass admitted only in a 2006 autobiography that he was drafted into the Waffen-SS Nazi paramilitary organization at age 17 in the final months of World War II. Grass’ subsequent clarification that his criticism was directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, not the country as a whole, did little to calm the outcry. On Sunday, Israel’s interior minister, Eli

Yishai, announced that Grass would be barred from Israel, citing an Israeli law that allows him to prevent entry to ex-Nazis. But Yishai made clear the decision was related more to the recent poem than Grass’ actions nearly 70 years ago. “If Guenter wants to spread his twisted and lying works, I suggest he does this from Iran, where he can find a supportive audience,” Yishai said. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused Grass of anti-Semitism. The uproar has touched upon some of the most sensitive issues in modern-day Israel: the Holocaust, Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons and Israel’s own illicit nuclear program that is widely believed to have produced an arsenal of bombs. It also has unleashed a debate in Germany, where criticism of Israel is largely muffled because of the country’s Nazi past. Grass’ most famous book, The Tin Drum, is about the rise of the Nazis and World War II as told through the lives of ordinary people. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999. According to a biography from his museum in Germany, Grass has been in Israel at least once — notably accompanying Chancellor Willy Brandt in 1973 on the first official state visit of a German chancellor to Israel.

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Students from Alpha Gamma Rho and Zeta Tau Alpha participate in a Homecoming scavenger hunt around campus in 1997. Beacon Flashbacks will feature file photos from events on and around campus from the Student Publication archives.

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GUNTER GRASS continued from Page 7 Israel gained independence in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust and became a refuge for hundreds of thousands of survivors of the World War II Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews. Some 200,000 aging survivors still live in Israel. The scars of the Holocaust have deeply influenced Israeli thinking over the years. Israel marks a Holocaust memorial day every year with a siren that brings the country to a standstill for two minutes. Israel’s drive to maintain a powerful military has been shaped by the thought that its enemies want to repeat what the Nazis tried to do. More recently, Netanyahu has turned to Holocaust imagery in warning the world of the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. In a speech last month to American Jewish leaders, Netanyahu said, “Never again will we not be masters of the fate of our very survival. Never again.” Israel, along with much of the international community, believes that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. The Israelis fear a nuclear Iran would threaten its existence, given repeated Iranian calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, and have threatened to attack Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail. A new round of talks between the West and Iran are set to begin this week in Turkey. Rarely mentioned in the debate — except by Iran — is that Israel itself is widely believed to possess its own undeclared arsenal of nuclear bombs. That assessment, by foreign experts, is in part based on photos that were taken by a rogue technician at an Israeli nuclear facility in 1986. Israel neither confirms nor denies having nuclear weapons and has refused to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would subject it to international inspections. Grass’ poem took exception with Israel’s alleged program, and alluded to Germany’s sale to Israel of submarines capable of firing “alldestroying” nuclear missiles into Iran. He further outraged Israelis by referring to their “alleged right to the first strike that could annihilate the Iranian people” — even though Israel has not threatened the entire country, only its nuclear installations.

ARTS&CULTURE Tom Segev, an Israeli Holocaust historian, said he found Grass’ allegations against Israel to be “absurd” but nonetheless felt the Israel response was exaggerated and reflected a troubling lack of tolerance for criticism. Israel has barred a handful of critics, including American linguist Noam Chomsky, from entering the country. “The need to delegitimize criticism is a very dangerous, autocratic tendency which has increased in recent years. It’s very demagogic. Netanyahu and Leiberman are experts in doing that. Every word of criticism will immediately be presented as a sign of anti-Semitism,” Segev said. “If we are really distributing entry permits to Israel according to people’s political views, then we really are putting ourselves in the company of countries like Iran, and Syria,” he added. Grass’ poem has also opened up some delicate issues in Germany. As a result of the country’s Nazi past, German governments have made staunch support for Israel a cornerstone of their foreign policy, making the country one of Israel’s most trusted allies in the EU. For decades, criticism of Israel was largely taboo, though that has begun to loosen in recent years, particularly when discussing Netanyahu’s hawkish stance on peace talks with the Palestinians. The government, however, has resoundingly criticized Grass’ poem. Politicans, leaders of Jewish groups and newspaper editorials have all accused Grass of turning reality upside-down by labeling Israel the aggressor and Iran the presumed victim. The author was also openly accused of being anti-Semitic, not least by the country’s conservative mass-circulation tabloid Bild. Writing in the newspaper Sunday, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday became the first Cabinet member to react publicly to the controversy. “To put Israel and Iran morally on the same level is not intelligent, it is absurd,” Westerwelle wrote. A few voices have come forward to welcome Grass’ comments as a valuable contribution to public debate, by dragging Israel’s nuclear arsenal into the spotlight and outlining the danger of a military confrontation with Iran — which could cause global economic and military mayhem.

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Matthew Hoty heaves the shotput during the Tennessee Invitation Track and Field meet on Saturday, April 7. Hoty and fellow members of the men’s and women’s track teams combined for 15 event wins on Saturday.

Pope calls for Syrian peace The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and expressed hope that the joy of Easter will comfort Christian communities suffering because of their faith. Benedict, struggling with hoarseness and looking tired, celebrated Mass on Christianity's most joyous holy day on the flower-adorned steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, before a crowd of faithful that swelled to far over 100,000 by the end of the 2hour-long ceremony. Only hours earlier the pontiff, who turns 85 on April 16, had led a long nighttime vigil service in the church. There have been concerns over his health, and he has recently used a cane in public appearances. He no longer walks down the basilica's long aisle, traveling instead aboard a wheeled platform pushed by aides. At the end of Sunday’s Mass, Benedict moved to the basilica’s central balcony to read his Easter message “to the entire world,” as he put it, delivering a ringing appeal for peace in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, and in Africa, citing coup-struck Mali and Nigeria, where Christians and Muslims alike have been hit by terrorist attacks. “May the risen Christ grant hope to the Middle

East and enable all the ethnic, cultural and religious groups in that region to work together to advance the common good and respect for human rights,” the pope said. “Particularly in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for by the international community,” Benedict said, making Syria the first of several strife-torn countries he mentioned in his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for “to the city and to the world”) Easter speech. The Syrian government on Sunday appeared to be backing out of a cease-fire deal aimed at ending the country’s crisis, saying that it will not withdraw its troops from cities without written guarantees from armed groups that they also will lay down their weapons. U.N. estimates put the number of dead in that conflict at some 9,000 since it began in March 2011. Benedict also lamented that many Syrians who have fled the conflict are enduring “dreadful sufferings” and prayed that they would receive welcome and assistance. Underlining the pope’s concern for the Middle East, the Holy See said Sunday the pope would make a three-day pilgrimage to Lebanon in September, celebrating Mass in Beirut and encouraging bishops and other churchmen in the Middle East.

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Vols track teams win 15 events in Tennessee Challenge Staff Reports The Lady Vol and Vol track and field teams took advantage of their first home appearance of the season, rolling up a combined 15 event victories at the Tennessee Challenge on a gorgeous Saturday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. The Lady Vols tallied 10 of those victories, headlined by national-caliber marks in the 800 meters by senior Chanelle Price, the shot put by senior Annie Alexander and the 1500 meters by senior Brittany Sheffey. The Vols, meanwhile, captured five wins, with redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty (shot put) and senior Terry Benson (110m hurdles) picking up victories in those events for the second straight meet. Price produced the fastest 800m collegiate clocking of the young season, and her best season-opening time in that event, easily winning in two minutes, 3.36 seconds. Teammate Kianna Ruff was well back in second with a career-best 2:07.11 readout. Alexander, who entered the meet ranked number four nationally in the shot put, remained undefeated in that event this outdoor season with a heave of 54-6. It was her runnerup discus effort of 183-5, however, that was her best mark of the day. That outburst pushed her to number five nationally. She wound up second behind Louisville’s Chinwe Okoro, whose 183-5 toss was good for third on the NCAA list. Sheffey added the No. 7 output of 2012 in the 1500 meters. She checked in first in that race and won for the second time in two tries this season at that distance. She also picked up a win at the season-opening SEC/Big Ten Challenge. After setting a Vol freshman outdoor shot put record of 59-9 3/4 last weekend at the UCLA/Washington State Duals, Hoty wasn’t able to match that mark on Saturday. He did, however, win for the second straight week, posting a top mark of 58-3 1/4. He also added a third-place showing in the discus at 160-9. Benson, who fancies himself more of a 400m hurdler, continued to look sharp over the barriers at 110 meters. After winning in 14.05 at UCLA last weekend, he produced a 14.32 output at the Tennessee Challenge and collected his third career victory in that event as a Vol. Junior Luke Hadden and redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey seized their first wins as Vols. Hadden uncorked a throw of 194-0 to win the javelin, while Bailey let the discus fly for a measurement of 171-1. The Vols, who ran neither their top 4x100m or 4x400m relay units at this meet, closed out the day with a triumph in the 4x4. Freshman Michael Williams, senior Varick Tucker, junior Garrek Thompson and freshman Jamol James put together a 3:13.25 readout to prevail. True freshman Nick Kaiser and senior

Deaundra Dailey had runner-up showings in the 800m (1:52.14) and 400m (48.94), respectively. James added a third-place effort in the 100m in 10.40 but was technically the top collegiate performer behind two unattached competitors. “The weather cooperated and allowed us to get some good things done on both sides today,” UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. “On the men’s side, Drew (Thomas) had a PR in the hammer. Reggie in the 100m and Tommy in the 1500m had PRs. Arnez and Varick Tucker had some in the 200m. It allowed us to get some good things done, and now it's time to just get sharp for the upcoming meets. “We had a lot of good season bests across the board. If you add Bodary to that mix from Friday at Stanford, where he had a 20 second PR, we’re starting to gain traction. We just have to keep going, and I’m very optimistic that we’re going in the right direction.” In addition to the impressive middle distance and throws marks by the Lady Vols, the sprint corps collaborated for the remaining seven wins for Tennessee. Senior Brittany Jones (23.51), junior Martinique Octave (24.08) and senior Ashley Harris (24.36) went 1-2-3 in the 200 meters in one of the most dominant displays of the afternoon. After winning three individual events a week ago, senior Ellen Wortham was good for two more at home. She took the 100m hurdles in 13.75 and followed with a victory in the open 400m at 54.04. Senior Bianca Blair took the other hurdles title, winning the 400m version in 1:00.68, while junior Kia Jackson sped to the 100m crown in 11.68. The Lady Vols opened and closed the meet with relay wins. The lineup of Harris, Jones, Octave and Jackson took the 4x100m event in 44.75, while the 4x400m contingent of Ruff, sophomore Brittney Jackson, Price and senior Charity Honeycutt won in 3:45.09. Jessie Harrison (180-3) and Linda Hadfield (12-7 1/2) added second-place finishes in the hammer throw and pole vault. “On the women’s side, we had ten wins,” Clark said. “We had some good, exciting things on the women’s side. PRs in the 800 from Amber, Kianna, and Kelsey. Martinique and Kelsey Kane PRed as well. It was a very good meet for us. We learned how to move the stick in the 4x100. We had to figure out some things in the pole vault, but it was a good, solid day for us all around.” UT will be at home for the second straight week, as the Big Orange squads play host to the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays, Wednesday through Saturday. Day four of the meet will feature the first-ever Sea Rays Showcase, featuring the top men’s and women's sections of nine different events from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Big Orange seniors will be recognized during that window of time.

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Luke Hadden prepares to throw the javelin during competition at the Tennessee Challenge on Saturday. Hadden won the javelin with a throw of 194-0, taking his first victory as a member of the UT track and field team.

Dooley: ‘Typical first scrimmage’ The Associated Press KNOXVILLE — The Volunteers have stressed this spring that they want to run the ball better and Rajion Neal did just that Friday during Tennessee’s first scrimmage of spring practice. Neal rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries after splitting time last season between running back and wide receiver, but is working exclusively in the backfield this spring. Vols running backs combined for 260 yards on 50 carries in the 134-play scrimmage. “Pretty typical first scrimmage,” coach Derek Dooley said. “Like most scrimmages, some good things and some things we've got to work on. I felt like we really showed a lot of improvement running the ball, and that’s been our emphasis.” The Volunteers averaged 90.1 rushing yards per game last season, ranking 116th out of 120

FCS teams, and also must replace two-year starter Tauren Poole. Devrin Young had eight carries for 60 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run, and caught three passes for a scrimmage-high 59 yards. Marlin Lane, the Vols’ second leading rusher last year, had eight yards on seven carries, but scored on a 1-yard run. Each of Tennessee’s running backs brings different strengths to the backfield. Neal and Young are explosive and fast backs. Both joined Tennessee’s track team in February. Lane is more of a between-the-tackles runner and also plays quarterback in a wildcat package. Tom Smith, who had six carries for 18 yards on Friday, is a down-hill, power back, as is early enrollee Alden Hill. See FOOTBAL SCRIMMAGE on Page 10

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Nighthawks bring indoor football to Knoxville Ben Daniel Staff Writer The Knoxville Civic Coliseum is home to a new team that can bring football to Tennessee a little early this year — football with an attitude that brings a totally different atmosphere. It’s the Knoxville Nighthawks. As an expansion team in a newly-formed Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL), the Nighthawks are new to Knoxville, and for those who were in attendance for the home-opener against the Richmond Raiders, it was an experience to remember. “It was unlike any football I have ever seen,” Jamey Vick, senior in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, said. “Players were bouncing off walls like it was a hockey match, and the atmosphere was

great, fans yelling at players, players yelling back. I will definitely be going to more games.” Unlike regulation football in the NCAA or NFL, the PIFL follows some different rules. The teams play on a 50-yard field and there are only eight players on offense and defense at one time. There are three down linemen, a quarterback, a fullback and three wide receivers. On any given play, one of the three wide receivers can start in motion in a dead sprint towards the line of scrimmage.

There is no running out of bounds because there are padded walls around the entire field, and the teams use this to their advantage. In the home-opener, several players were knocked over the wall either into the bleachers or onto the concrete that surrounds the field. These hard hits amounted to around 20 personal foul calls, and when the final buzzer went off, players and coaches had to be separated from the opponents and escorted off the field. Like the football games that most are used to, there are field goals and extra

points, but if the ball is kicked wide and makes it into the stands, the first fan to grab it takes it home as a souvenir. There are also many play-breaks during the game where cheerleaders come out dancing and throw out T-shirts and other prizes for fans to take home. “I was trying to get a ball the whole game,” Matt Mabry, junior in marketing, said. “It was unlike any football I’ve ever seen in Knoxville, and they serve beer, so it was obviously a good time.” The Nighthawks also have a few names that Vols fans might recognize. Former Volunteers playing for the pro team include kicker Alex Walls, linebacker LaMarcus Thompson, defensive back Derrick Furlow and offensive lineman William Brimfield. It’s not the football team Knoxville is used to, but it does bring an atmosphere that can get one back into the football spirit.


spring, allowing sophomore Antonio Richardson to play left tackle. Richardson played in 12 games last season in a reserve role, and has shown leadership skills to go along with his 6-foot-6, 329-pound physically-imposing frame. Right guard Zach Fulton has been limited this spring rehabbing a foot injury. James Stone has worked with the first team in Fulton’s absence. Quarterback Tyler Bray was 13 of 32 for 142 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the scrimmage. Bray said his accuracy was off on Friday, but garnered praise from Dooley with his check-downs in the passing game. All-SEC wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers didn’t catch a pass, but “worked his tail off,” according to Dooley. “I didn’t have any catches today, it was all blocking for me,” Rogers said. “That is just the unselfishness you have to have to have a good run game. I’m really trying to put more work into that.” Dooley said the passing game wasn’t where it needed to be, but added the emphasize on running the ball, as well as inexperience at wide receiver as reasons. Tight end Mychal Rivera tied for a scrimmage-high with four catches for 45 yards and the only receiving touchdown. Several players were held out of the scrimmage, including wide receiver Justin Hunter (knee), linebacker Curt Maggitt (shoulder), defensive back Prentiss Waggner (shoulder) and defensive lineman Maurice Couch (concussion).

continued from Page 9 “It is good to know that our backfield is so versatile,” Young said. “We have a man that can do everything. I feel like that can be very frustrating to our opponents.” The addition of first-year running backs coach Jay Graham has brought a noticeable difference, especially in practice, to the unit. In the two previous years under Dooley, a graduate assistant worked with the running backs instead of a full-time running backs coach. Graham, who is the Vols’ seventh all-time leader rusher (1993-96), knows the recent struggles of the run game, but wants to focus on the future. “The most important thing is what we do from this point going forward,” Graham said. “The thing that is important for me is every day I am looking at and evaluating every drill, grading every practice. They have to understand that because we have to be perfect on everything we do technically.” Coaches have also seen an improvement from the offensive line and the wide receivers in the run game. Right tackle Ja’Wuan James said the offensive line needs to play with more consistency. The Vols return all five starters from last year's line, and have seven players who have started at least five games. Dallas Thomas started every game the last two seasons at left tackle, but has slide inside to left guard this

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Devrin Young returns a kick during a game against South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 22. Young totaled 60 yards on the ground and a team-high 59 yards in the air during the football team’s first scrimmage in the spring.

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