Ovi Kabir and his party members celebrate their wins in SGA elections at Hanna’s Cafe on Thursday evening. Moses York / The Daily Beacon
Imagine UT wins presidential positions, most senate seats Staff Report The 2017-2018 SGA election season ended on Thursday with the Imagine campaign winning president, vice president, UT board of trustees representative and most senate seats. With 3,165 votes — 45.63 percent — of overall votes for SGA president, Ovi Kabir, junior in political science, became UT’s SGA president-elect and with 2,579 votes — 43.74 percent — of votes, Hailey Paige, junior in chemistry, became UT’s vice president-elect. Maddie Stephens, senior in English literature from the Together campaign, won student services director with 4,528 votes, and John Calvin Bryant, junior in food science and technology, won UT Board of Trustees representative. “I’m just so grateful. I was so nervous going into this,” Kabir said. “Five minutes before waiting there, trying to listen, you know, ‘What’s the numbers. What’s the numbers?’ But it wasn’t because of ‘Will I not be president?’ but ‘Will I let my team down?’ Just being able to come back and just say that we did it I’m so happy.” This year’s voter turnout was the secondhighest voter turnout in UT history, with 6,936 total voters compared to last year’s 6,616 —
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about a 4.83 percent increase. Dalton Teel, junior in agricultural communications from the Together campaign, finished second in the presidential race, with 2,371 votes, while Jack Larimer, junior in political science from the JAB campaign, finished in third place with 1,249 votes. In the vice presidential race, Xavier Greer, junior in accounting from Together, finished in second with 2,579 votes, while Avery Morgan, junior studying finance from JAB, finished in third with 1,211 votes. Blaine Ziegler, junior in microbiology from JAB, finished second in the student services director race with 2,093 votes. “Our main outcome, we wanted people to vote no matter who they were voting for, and they did, and we’re grateful for that,” Morgan said. “This was the second-highest voting turnout at UT. It was crazy high, and there’s something to be said with that.” Kabir said the first policy point he will focus on is the transformation from a dry campus to a damp campus. In five years through four steps, the policy plans to add areas of permitted alcohol consumption in Thompson Boling Arena, Neyland Stadium, licensed tailgate events in Circle Park, Fiji Island and upperclassman residence halls such as Laurel and Vol Hall. “Something that I want to push forward very quickly is that we promised that we have a five-
year plan for the damp campus policy on this campus,” Kabir said. “Of course, that’s going to take five years, but we’ve got to start working now to get that implemented.” Teel, although unsure of his plans for next year, said his campaign members will continue to promote the foundations of their campaign. “For Xavier, me, Maddie and Maya, it was never about the position. So I think we’re really going to have to remember that. We’re going to have to remember that it was about a passion that we had for making people feel important,” Teel said. “That might just be us sitting at a table in Starbucks in the library. We always have. And just making people feel like they are a part of something here.” Larimer, while disappointed with the results, said that he is looking forward to all the different ways that JAB can still make an impact on campus in other organizations. “I think that we said wherever we went that SGA needs to recognize that that’s not the only place where change happens. And I think that’s important to keep ahold of that whatever (regardless of what) organization we’re in, whether that’s CHEW (Center for Health Education and Wellness) or SAA (Student Alumni Association) or GLS (Global Leadership Scholars) or Avery’s Torchfund,” Larimer said. “We have so many opportunities to make Knoxville and UT a better
place. That’s exciting.” Greer also said that he hopes the organization and university continue to improve. “I wish the next SGA the best of luck. I know we’ll still be around. We have a whole bunch of first-year students that are excited to continue. Even though we lost, (it) doesn’t mean that we’ll stop our efforts of making this university home to everybody,” Greer said. “I continue to urge people to stay involved. SGA is not just senate and student services. It’s what you do every day.” More than 40 Imagine campaign senators won their campaign. Although only two Imagine candidates lost, Kabir still feels that he let his campaign down. “I told my senators that if one of us loses, we all lose,” Kabir said. “I was disappointed in myself, honestly, that we weren’t able to win every seat. We lost two senator seats out of our 43. And that may not seem big, but to me, it’s big because those two senators, Joseph Staton and Autumn Ragland, they were out there every single day grinding, trying to get out votes. I was sad that I wasn’t able to get them there.” Kabir said he’ll go home to celebrate the evening with his parents, but after that, he wants to get to work with his cabinet and senators. See SGA on Page 2
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SGA continued from Page 1 “You know when they win the Super Bowl, and they’re like, ‘I’m going to Disney?’ Right now, I’m honestly going to go back home to my mum and go see her and see my family,” Kabir said. “The first action of order coming soon is making sure we know what the position is ... Throughout the summer, we’re going to work closely to see how we can move forward with that.” Winning senate candidates are as follows: Architecture and Design: Arden Gillchrest — JAB Arts and Sciences: Mustafa Salameh — Imagine UT, Lindsey Gardner — Imagine UT, Chad Smith — Imagine UT, Rohit Srivastava — Imagine UT, Kaylee Sheppard — Imagine UT, Sophia Rhodes — Imagine UT, Vanna Dodson
— Imagine UT, Cole Tipton — Imagine UT, Mateos Hayes — Imagine UT, Dylan Douglas — Imagine UT, Avery Patterson — Together Agriculture and Natural Sciences: Ethan Harvill — Imagine UT, Megan Mills — Imagine UT Business: Ashlyn Bowman — Imagine UT, Spencer Ammen — Imagine UT, Mary Beth Nehls — Imagine UT, Davis Crocker — Imagine UT, Nick Mucci — Imagine UT, Jude Cypher — Imagine UT, Joe Hall — Imagine UT, Communication and Information: Hannah James — Imagine UT, Nicole Painter — Together Engineering: Molly Mays — Imagine UT, Malay Shah — Imagine UT, Matthew Herald — Imagine UT, Jason Pan — Imagine UT Education, Health and Human Services: Heather Warren — Imagine UT, Garrett Orick — Together Social Work: Emma Boyle — Together Nursing: Austin Smith — Imagine UT Off-Campus: Hannah Blackwell — Imagine
UT, Jack Tidwell — Imagine UT, Mackenzie Hobbs — Imagine UT, Kassandra Wolfe — Imagine UT, Reagan Homan — Imagine UT, Jessie Powell — Imagine UT, Kati Gouge — Imagine UT, Thomas Peavy Patten (Tré) — Imagine UT, Alex Allen — Imagine UT, Gabbi Parker — Imagine UT Fraternity Park: Leonardo Spadafino — Imagine UT Sorority Village: Karmyn Casey — Imagine UT East Area: Jasmine Wilcox — Imagine UT, Owen Flomberg — Imagine UT, Jazmin Gerrett — Together West Area: Hannah Nelsen — Imagine UT, Eli Pearson — Together, Alexis Horton — Imagine UT Alex Holcomb (Editor-in-Chief), Rob Harvey (Managing Editor), Kylie Hubbard (News Editor) and Tyler Wombles (Sports Editor) contributed to this story.
Student excels to international competition in Brazil Natalia Capella Staff Writer
David Gentry recently won a ticket to the third annual International Soil Judging Contest. Placing third in the individual competition during the National Collegiate Soils Competition earlier this year, Gentry, senior studying environmental and soil science, will head to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, as a part of Team USA later this year. “It feels really good to have placed where I did individually, but the best feeling was winning the whole contest as a team for our coaches, department and UT as a whole,” Gentry said. “It is really cool knowing we will always be the first group of UT soil judgers to have won at nationals and put ‘University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2018’ on that big trophy.” UT competed against 22 other teams from seven regions across the U.S. and ultimately won first place in the competition and a national title. The top eight individuals of the 87 that competed were offered the opportunity to represent the U.S. in Brazil, and lecturer in biosystems engineering and social science and UT team head coach Andrew Sherfy will serve as Team USA’s head coach. “To be selected as head coach for Team USA is a tremendous honor and one I do not take lightly,” Sherfy said Gentry joined the team after competing in similar contests in high school and attributed his success to practicing rigorously for the competition by using different soils around the area. Sherfy said the win amplified the passion Gentry and the other students have for soils. “I think to be recognized doing something that they love makes it even that much more special,” Sherfy said. “These students love soils, and they love environmental awareness and
The students on the soils team present their recent awards. Courtesy of David Gentry stewardship.” Sherfy said the love shows their dedication to the competition and the work leading up to it. “That love and dedication was shown in the countless hours they spent coming to practice, working in the lab, studying on their own, and quite literally standing for hours in rain and snow when nobody told them that they had to,” Sherfy said. The competition is not the only hands-on event that the environmental and soil sciences department participates in, however. “One of the best aspects of the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) Department is that the faculty are so dedicated to experiential learning, providing opportunities for the students to get out in the ‘real world,’ apply their classroom knowledge and actively engage in their future professional fields,” Sherfy
said. Gentry said the competition and especially the win gave him more confidence in his future plans. “The contest has helped me feel more confident in my career path,” Gentry said. “I am starting to look forward to my career the more people I meet and the more I participate in these activities.” Using the title to move forward, Gentry encouraged students to participate in extracurricular activities to the best of their abilities so they can get the best results. “I am just happy to be a part of a great team of people with great coaches,” Gentry said. “ I also encourage anyone to find an extracurricular activity you enjoy and do it 100 percent because the people you meet and get to know are well worth the time and effort you put in.”
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Museum receives award, reflects on past exhibit John Orona
Staff Writer The McClung Museum received recognition for highlighting the Gilded Age with a local emphasis. Garnered from the Tennessee Association of Museum’s Award of Excellence, the museum was awarded for its special exhibition, “Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age,” which ran from May 26 to August 27, 2017. The award is given annually for programming that ranks 4.5 or above on a 5-point scale, as judged by fellow museum professionals and curators. According to the Tennessee Association of Museums, the nominees are judged on creativity, originality, audience and public programming, among other criteria. “The award is given to recognize the amazing work that goes on in museums across the state,” state coordinator for the Tennessee Association of Museums Debbie Shaw said. “There is so much good work happening, and we want to highlight it.” Museum curator Catherine Shteynberg created the exhibit, which explores how the Gilded Age (1870-1900) birthed today’s modern consumer culture, after examining the strengths
of McClung’s 27,000-object arts and culture collection. “A lot of our founding collections here at the McClung Museum were given to us by old Knoxville families,” Shteynberg said. “They’re giving you things that they collected in the late 1800 and early 1900s. Our founding collections really reflect those Victorian tastes and Victorian sensibilities, so it was always interesting to me that a big chunk of our collection came from that time period and was collected by people right here in Knoxville and was displayed in their own homes right here in Knoxville.” The Gilded Age was a time marked by great economic expansion and consumer demand fueled by increased industrialization and manufacturing, the development of railroad and steamboat shipping and the onset of advertising and marketing on a mass scale. This led to a major transformation in many people’s lifestyles. “In the early 1800s, the probability of someone having a sterling silver spoon in their home was very slim to none, and if they had a silver spoon it would be one spoon,” Shteynberg said. “What happens between the early 1800s and the late 1800s is that all of a sudden if you’re a middle-class or upper-class person in America, instead of having one silver spoon you have 50 of them.” The effects were more than just material and
The exhibition Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age ran from May 26 to August 27, 2017. Courtesy of Catherine Shteynberg influenced culture to this day. “You have this birth of this consumer capitalist culture that now is totally ingrained in us, that we don’t even think about at all, but back then that’s when it was first happening,” Shteynberg said. “Think about social media and the ways we feel we need to present ourselves to the public — both to our friends but also even to strangers. This obsession with self-presentation and identity being expressed through objects I think is expressed now even more than ever.” In order to convey the sentiment behind the
exhibit, the museum designed a mock parlor from the time period, replete with a formal dining place including all the different types of silverware that were meant to show sophistication at the time but often overwhelm museum guests. They also held a Gilded Age cocktail party, a Victorian manners seminar, lectures and tours. “When you’re designing an exhibition, you try to show, not tell, and that’s one of the keys,” Shteynberg said.
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UT Sex Week concludes with annual drag show
Copy Editor Sex Week finished with flair in a night full of glitter, dollar bills and drag queen camaraderie. Thursday night, Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT) hosted its final Sex Week event in Cox Auditorium. The show featured performers from all over Knoxville, with students and members from the local community taking the stage together to perform drag queen acts. According to Patrick Sonnenberg, junior studying sociolinguistics and women, gender and sexuality and co-chair of the SEAT executive board, bringing in students and community members helped diversify the performances. Without rehearsal time before the show, all of the performers worked individually to perfect their acts. Even though there wasn’t an official rehearsal, Sonnenberg explained that a lot of tech work still went into the show. “A lot of work did go into the drag show, even though there wasn’t a full rehearsal,” Sonneberg said. “We had to look at the space; we’re constantly in contact with the people here about lighting, sound, backstage. I know that the performers themselves put in
a lot of work.” With each performer having their own stage characters and dances, the audience got a variety of fun, energetic and provocative dances from the drag queens. While queens Dahlia Black and Ebony Nicole wowed the crowd with impressive and sensual moves in a more traditional drag queen style, queen Sweet Tea gave an alien-style performance to Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” her body covered in silver glitter, surprising the crowd by stripping out of her dress and performing the rest of the song in just silver underwear. Musical theater was also included, with two queens performing a scene from “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” and queen Harry Scary giving a rendition of “Don’t Rain on my Parade.” Transmissive and Theyonce’s acts broke away from the traditional colorful and glittery queen acts, with one of the performers dancing in casual clothes while her partner was dressed in a belly-dancing costume. A member of the Knoxville community, Anastasia Alexandra was a crowd favorite, giving energetic performances in a tracksuit and cheerleader uniform. Alexandra was the closing act as well, performing a baton number with a baseball bat to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” While each act had its own signature
moves, every performer showed flexibility and athleticism, jumping into splits, somersaults and cartwheels, wearing heels the whole time. Throughout each act, audience members went up to the stage and tipped the performers, some even getting to dance with them. Freshman in chemistry Rowan Borsari, a Knoxville native and avid appreciator of drag shows, attended this year’s and last year’s show. Borsari believes that the drag show is key to Sex Week as it gives people a space in which to learn how to open their minds more to the topic and strongly encourages SEAT to continue with this Sex Week tradition. “I think it’s important to let people see people of different cultures and (emphasize) breaking down gender norms,” Borsari said. “This year’s (show) was amazing. I think they just keep getting better. (I hope) that they just continue doing what they’re doing.” Sonnenberg said he believes that the drag
show, like the annual cabaret, provides a fun way to learn what Sex Week is all about. “It’s a fun way to engage with topics surrounding gender, sexuality and performativity that really brings in a large audience where people are able to have fun and enjoy themselves while at the same time challenging their own notions of gender and sexuality and consent,” Sonnenberg said. “It’s really just a way for people to have fun and enjoy themselves and embrace themselves.” With the drag show marking the end of Sex Week of 2018, Sonnenberg reflected on his committee’s work for the eventful week.w “I think we did a phenomenal job this year,” Sonneberg said. “We had really great attendance for all of our events. We had so many people coming up and thanking us afterwards for all that we are doing, saying that they enjoyed our programming. I feel like every year I learn so much more.”
A drag show performer dances on stage to music as the crowd cheers and runs up to tip the dancers in Cox Auditorium on April 12th. Natalia Capella / The Daily Beacon
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Indian American student organization hosts annual Holi show Cat Trieu
Copy Editor The Indian American Association (IAA) brought Holi to campus through an annual dance competition. Saturday night in Cox Auditorium, IAA hosted the annual Raang Se Naachle Holi Show, a collegiate dance competition to celebrate Holi, an Indian and Nepali spring festival that shows love and unity through colors and community. The show opened with freshmen in IAA walking up to the stage with candles and performing a short dance, welcoming the audience to the show. Then, the executive board of IAA gave an additional welcome, thanked those who contributed to the show and presented a video and skit representative of the theme for the night: The hit TV show “Friends.” Most of the dance performances had a blend of traditional and contemporary Indian and Western music and dance movements. ATL Insaafi, a nationally competitive co-ed Bollywood fusion dance team from Atlanta, featured songs like Ariana Grande’s “Focus” and contemporary Indian music in their performance. UT groups VOLtage and Mayuri also featured blends of old and new in their performances with fusions of South Asian and Western dance and music, including J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente.” While some teams showed more of the contemporary side, others like Hurricane Bangra, Classic City Bhangra and Emory Karma Bhangra focused more on traditional Indian dances, performed in traditional formal attire and utilizing saps — which make a clapping sound — and colored wooden koondas, both of which are props specific to the Bhangra style
of dancing. Some teams added a storyline to their performances. UAB Rangeela’s performance depicted the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother as a message to youth to preserve relationships with the older generations. Champa and Chameli, an all-female group from the University of Georgia (UGA), gave their dance a Kim Possible theme, while USC Moksha gave a Freaky Friday performance. Georgia Saazish, an all-male group from UGA, took first place in the competition for their performance, which had a haunted house theme. While none of the UT teams competed, co-captains of the Mayuri dance team Ojee Sharma, sophomore in neuroscience, and Sanjana Senapati, freshman in neuroscience, said they hope for their dance team to join the competition next year. “I think it was really interesting to see all the teams perform and compete,” Sharma said. “I think it’s a really good experience for our team to learn about other teams and how they use their techniques and learn about how they perform as a team.” While the show served as a collegiate dance competition, families and friends traveled from all over to celebrate Holi throughout the show. Dineel Patel, freshman in microbiology, came to support his friends in VOLtage and Mayuri. Patel felt that the show effectively showed the Indian American culture on campus. “I feel like it represents the variety we are, how diverse we are and how we are still tied to our roots,” Patel said. Sharma believes American Indian culture is derived from the diversity of influences from both Western culture and Asia. “I think it shows a really good image of the
UAB Rangeela performs a piece depicting a relationship between a girl and her grandmother on Saturday night in Cox Auditorium. Moses York / The Daily Beacon
IAA Freshman introduce the Holi Show with a short dance on Saturday evening at Cox Auditorum.Moses York / The Daily Beacon American Indian culture because we’re not just exclusive to South Asian culture; as you’ve seen, in all the teams there are non-South Asian men and women dancing,” Sharma said. “We also use Western influences of song and dance as well, so what I think is really intriguing is that our culture is very inclusive and includes everyone.” Senapati said many people don’t realize the influence that South Asia has had on dance and
that the show’s blend of Western and South Asian cultures effectively represents the Indian American culture. “I just think that so many of the teams include fusion of Southern dance that they maybe didn’t know it originated from South Asia,” Senapati said. “It’s really cool to see how they can mesh it all together and make one cohesive piece of dance.”
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TRACK & FIELD
Gatlin, Coleman fall short in record attempt to close Tennessee Relays Peyton Martin Contributor
On Saturday, the final stretch of the three-day Tennessee Relays came to a conclusion, featuring arguably the largest single competition of the entire event. Former Vols Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman, as well as TCU alum Ronnie Baker and former Olympian and 100-meter specialist Mike Rogers, had the opportunity to set an American record in the 4x100 relay event. The standing record, a time of 37.38 seconds, was set in 2012 at the London Olympic games. Gatlin himself was on that relay squad that set that time. Gatlin would match this time once more in 2015 at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.w The four men, running as “America’s Team”, have an incredible amount of experience amongst themselves. Gatlin is a five-time Olympic medalist, while Coleman won all four NCAA sprint titles for Tennessee in 2017. Coleman is also currently a world record holder in the 60-meter sprint, running a time of 6.34 seconds. However, the chance to add another prestigious title to their names just barely slipped away on Saturday, as the four men ran a time of 38.08, falling just .7 seconds short of at least tying the American record. The run was looking strong until the backstretch, when the mild wind blustering around Tom Black Track became a huge factor. “It was like a 4.1 wind on the backstretch,” Gatlin said. “So we had to run through some crazy, hurricane-type wind to hand the stick off.” This was just the first run as a team for “America’s Team.” They’re slated for two more attempts at the record, with times to be determined. For Gatlin and Coleman, perhaps the best experience of the relay was being able to return to Tennessee. Though Coleman lives in Knoxville and still trains at the University of Tennessee, it was a great feeling for him to get out and run in front of the fans for the first time in over a year. “Coming out here and running amongst all the fans,” Coleman said, “They gave a great atmosphere. It was intense. It felt like we were at a championship out here, so I was just happy to come back home.” Despite coming short of breaking the American record, “America’s Team” does now have the fastest 4x100 relay time in the world for 2018 so far, and 37.38 is a record for the Tennessee Relays and Tom Black Track. Despite drawing the biggest spectacle, the record-setting 4x100 was far from the only event that Tennessee (or its alumni) took part in. In the very same 4x100 relay, the Tennessee
Justin Gatlin, Christian Coleman, Ronnie Baker and Mike Rogers prepare to attempt to set an American record in the 4x100 relay. Tara Halley / The Daily Beacon men’s group of Elijah Miller, Kwantreyl McConio, Mustaqeem Williams and Nathan Strother took third with a time of 39.71. McConio, Williams and Strother teamed up with Darryl Harris in the 4x200-meter relay to give Tennessee its first win of the day. McConio, Strother, Harris and Williams found another top-three finish in the 4x400meter relay, carding 3:07.40, good enough for third. Tennessee’s women, as well, competed in their respective 4x100 and 4x200 relays. The squad of Lenyssee Dyer, Felecia Majors, Maia McCoy, and Shania Collins, running together in both events, placed second in both events. Two Tennessee women participated in the triple jump. LaChyna Roe locked down Tennessee’s second win of the day in that event, notching a 13.26-meter jump to claim victory. The second of the pair, Cidae’a Woods, secured fourth, jumping 12.93-meters. Roe would have broken Tennessee’s triple jump record, but the jump was ruled ineligible for this honor due to it not being wind legal. Woods’s bound was good enough for secondbest in school history.
Justin Gatlin attempts to set an American record on Apr. 14, 2018. Tara Halley / The Daily Beacon The women, ranked 17th in the nation, were rolling in the track and field events on Saturday, and this carried through into the discus throw. Junior Stamatia Scarvelis placed third, tossing for 51.94-meters, with Tamia Crockett coming right behind in fourth with a strong throw for 50.63-meters.
Before all the events kicked off, junior Zach Long was given the Chuck Rohe Leadership Award for his strong presence off the track. Tennewssee’s athletes will next compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, hosted at El Camino College in Torrance, California starting April 19 and lasting until April 20.
The Daily Beacon • Monday, April 16, 2018
No. 10 Lady Vols defeat No. 14 LSU in doubleheader, sweep series Noah Taylor
Contributor An impromptu doubleheader, the threat of an impending downpour and a comeback attempt in the seventh inning by the Tigers weren’t enough to deter No. 10 Tennessee (34-8, 8-7) from sweeping the series versus No. 14 LSU (32-10, 7-7) on Saturday. “It’s huge,” co-head coach Karen Weekly said of winning the series. “With LSU having two All-American senior pitchers, with us having to play a doubleheader today. With everything set up, it worked against us because we don’t have the pitching depth they do.” Much like Friday, Tennessee answered early in the bottom of the first. Junior leadoff hitter Aubrey Leach advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball at the plate to put the Lady Vols up, 1-0. After a rough first inning, LSU’s Hoover settled in, and a pitcher’s duel with Tennessee’s Matty Moss ensued, as neither team was able to plate a run over the next two innings. Finally, in the bottom half of the third, Leach was again able to extend the Tennessee lead thanks to another passed ball at home to make it a 2-0 advantage. An RBI double in the bottom of the sixth from senior Scarlet McSwain allowed pinch runner Treasury Poindexter to score from third, taking on another run and making a 3-0 game heading into what would be the final frame. The Tigers wouldn’t go away quietly, as
they were fighting for a shot to take it to game three to decide the series victor. LSU singled down the right-field line to score a run and cut Tennessee’s lead to 3-1. It was a fitting end for the junior pitcher, as Moss (16-3), who recorded four strikeouts while only allowing three hits and a run, closed out the game to secure the win for Tennessee. “I’m so proud of our (team),” Weekly said. “Sticking to our game plan, even though we were struggling, just continuing to battle and doing enough to score and beat them. I really have to hand it to our pitchers. They got us out of a lot of jams.” The series finale was a back and forth affair, as LSU took three different lead changes that Tennessee was able to answer every time. The Tigers pounced early to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off of a fly-out RBI from centerfielder Emily Griggs to score leftfielder Alyiah Andrews. After holding Tennessee scoreless in the bottom of the first and second, LSU would score again in the top of the third from an RBI single courtesy of Shemiah Sanchez. The Lady Vols would finally find an answer in the bottom of the third, as McSwain continued her standout weekend with a two-RBI double to right centerfield to tie the game, 2-2. “Huge weekend for Scarlet (McSwain),” Weekly said. “Again, somebody with a lot of talent. When she gets up there and just starts trusting her eyes, good things happen.” The Tigers broke the tie in the following frame, taking a 3-2 lead off of a wild pitch from Tennessee freshman Gabby Sprang, but another
Jenna Holcomb #2, batting against TSU on at the Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Apr. 3, 2018. Emily Gowder / The Daily Beacon wild pitch from Hoover would plate a tying run scored by none other than Aubrey Leach, making it her third score off of a wild pitch in both games. LSU took its third lead of the game in the top of the sixth, tagging up on a fly out to the warning track in left field to go up, 4-3. The Tigers took their lead into the bottom of the seventh, hoping to salvage the series and not head back to the bayou empty handed. But as the storm clouds began to roll in from the west, sophomore third baseman Chelsea Seggern wasn’t about to let LSU out easily. Facing one out with Holcomb on first, Seggern hit a grounder to second that looked like it was going to set up a game-ending double play. But Tigers second baseman Becca Schulte wasn’t able to field the ball as it rolled all of the way to the fence in centerfield. Holcomb scored the tying run from first, and
the game was set up to head into extra innings, tied up again at 4-4. “That’s what we kept saying: ‘You’ve got to quit striking out,” Weekly said. “Put the bat on the ball and make them make plays. Good things happen when you put the ball in play. We took advantage of the help we got.” A winner was decided in the bottom of the eighth when Haley Bearden, facing a 2-2 count with no outs, blasted a walk-off, two-run homer over the bleachers in left centerfield for the 6-4 series-sweeping win. “I was just trying to be calm and not make it any bigger than it is,” Bearden said. “I just got up there and saw the ball well, and I swung. I was just so happy I could do it for my team.” Tennessee will ride a four-game win streak into the week as it gets ready for a midweek game with ETSU on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Tennessee men’s rugby team based in tradition, still going strong
Jessica Landefeld Contributor
In 1970, students Gary Gilino, Ric Mellon and Jim Pyles had an idea: Create the first rugby team at the University of Tennessee. They enlisted chemistry professor Dr. John Bloor and graduate assistant Dr. Fred Masri as coaches and proceeded to put the team together. Within six weeks the team had formed and played its first official rugby match. Today, the traditions that were started almost 50 years ago are still going strong. The Tennessee men’s rugby team continues to work hard every season to represent Tennessee well. While not technically considered a varsity sport, the team has an SEC schedule like other athletic programs on campus and plays against schools such as South Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama. Some students may not know much about the rugby team, but it attempts to provide
multiple opportunities for students to become involved and holds tryouts every year for interested potential players. “If students want to get involved, they should just come out and try it,” Tennessee rugby president Tommy Lane said. “We’ve had players who come out and have no idea what the game is and we teach them. Obviously, we play a high level of competitive rugby, but at the same time, we will take anybody and teach them the game.” Rugby is one of the oldest sports on campus and provides students an opportunity to experience a game which many have not played before. This past season, the team was predominantly young and made up of many freshman players, some of whom were brand new to the sport yet helped lead the team. “We’re building on the success that some of our young players had this past season,” head coach Martin Bradley said. “We’re doing well in our spring training season to help the young men become more complete players for next fall. We’ve had several freshman players that really stepped up and played well.
“The task now is to see how far we can get these players.” Lane was elected as president this past season and plans to continue his leadership responsibilities during his next two years at Tennessee. Although he is only a sophomore, he is looking forward to stepping into a leadership position and leading the young team to more victories this fall. “I have to go back and look at how I was encouraged by the older guys when I was younger,” Lane said. “I always followed them when they led by example, so that’s why I try to be the best person and the best player I can be — so I can hopefully inspire others by example.” Rugby is a well-known sport by some Knoxvillians. Because of the Knoxville Rugby Football Club, many students have an idea of what the sport entails, and some even played it during high school. However, students not originally from the Knoxville area may not know much about the sport. The Tennessee rugby team encourages students to learn more by following the team on
social media and by attending games during its fall season, which is when especially important SEC rivalry games occur. “When we play another SEC school, it’s on,” Bradley said. “When we play Alabama, we really get after it. South Carolina is probably our longest rival, and that game is probably more bitter than any others.” While rugby may be considered a lesserknown sport, that doesn’t make it any less competitive or serious for the players on the field. “We’re not a social sport, and we’re not a recreational sport, so it takes that person who is really interested in competing in a contact sport to want to come out,” Bradley said. “We go to the football walk-on tryouts, and we’ll get a couple players a year who come through that avenue to us.” The Tennessee men’s rugby team will play its first match of the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against West Virginia, with its home opener slated for Sept. 8 against ETSU.
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