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Mother, son turn college into family affair Years after dropping out, mother joins son in return to college in pursuit of degree Jamison Lanum Staff Writer Only one class stands between a local mom and her bachelor’s degree this May. “I’ve got about a month left, as long as I pass Spanish,” Connie Mroz, senior in history, said. For Mroz, a mother of three, earning a bachelor’s degree has been a long and obstacle-laden journey. It began with her flunking out of the University of Arizona in 1980. Like many college freshmen, Mroz didn’t handle her new responsibilities well. “I didn’t take my studies seriously,” Mroz said. “Too much partying, too much beer.” After flunking out, Mroz moved from Tuscon, Ariz., back home to Phoenix and attended Glendale Community College. While working and going to school full time, Mroz completed her associate degree in 1984. “I got my A.A. in secondary education and never used it,” she said. “It was the degree with the least amount of math. You’re either a math or a words person. I’m definitely words.” In 1985, Mroz married and started a family. Any thoughts of furthering her education were placed on the backburner for the time, but three kids and more than two decades later, Mroz decided it was time to go back. “I started at Pellissippi, taking statistics in the fall of 2006,” she said. “In the spring of 2007, I started at UT. I was working full time, bi-schooling and was a full-time mom.” Although Mroz started back as a junior, she progressed slowly at first, taking as many courses as she could while still juggling multiple responsibilities. In 2009, Mroz finally traded her full-time job for a student assistantship in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Department, allowing her to concentrate fully on school. “I knew that I should probably finish up my degree, because that would be my future,” Mroz said. “With a degree I could get a better job. Also, once the last one was out of the house, I didn’t want to go, ‘Now what do I do with my life?’” All of Mroz’s children attended Karns High School and

I’m a real stick in the mud. As the oldest, I have a type-A

personality, so I feel like I have to

prove myself. There’s different paths in life, and I took the one that went straight through school.

– Aaron Sachs, master’s student in the college of Communications and Information, on how his college experience differs from his mother’s

are now currently attending college. Aaron Sachs, the oldest, is a second-year master’s student in the College of Communication and Information here at UT. “I was too busy to think about it when she started doing it when I was in high school,” Sachs said. “At that point I was working 30 hours a week at Chick-fil-A, playing on the worship team at church and carting my siblings around.”

Sachs didn’t encounter as many obstacles during his undergraduate studies at Berea College, where he double majored in German and speech communication, as his mother had. “I’m a real stick in the mud,” Sachs said. “As the oldest, I have a type-A personality, so I feel like I have to prove myself. There’s different paths in life, and I took the one that went straight through school.” Although Sachs doesn’t know exactly what he will do with his master’s degree, like his mom, he understands the importance of having one and that it offers him more opportunities in the job market. “The degree has been more of a safe haven for me more than anything,” Sachs said. Mroz said she made sure her son wouldn’t be embarrassed with her on campus. “When I found out that Aaron was doing his master’s here, I told him I will not yell across campus, ‘Mommy loves you Aaron,’” she said. “(She’s) come awfully close,” Sachs said. Sachs also owns his own social media firm, called Symply Social, which specializes in managing a company’s online presence and community. “He’s an overachiever,” Mroz said. Mroz has achieved much herself, as she’s overcome her freshman-year blunders, making the dean’s list last spring. Despite their different methods in navigating through college, mother and son have their similarities. “I’m definitely my mom’s child,” Sachs said. “We’re very driven, very purposeful,” Mroz said. “Don’t tell us we can’t do it, or we’ll prove you otherwise.” Sachs, who recently celebrated his one-month wedding anniversary, is considering pursuing his doctorate after he graduates this August. “I wish he would,” Mroz said. “He’s so good at it. He’s like me. He’s able to do 10,000 things at one time.” “I’m going to stop that one of these days,” Sachs said.

North Carolina blasted by tornadoes Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Rescue crews searched for survivors in wind-blasted landscapes Sunday in North Carolina, the state hardest hit by a storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Virginia and left dozens dead. The spring storm, North Carolina’s deadliest in two decades, spun off 62 tornadoes in that state alone Saturday night. Eleven people were confirmed dead in rural Bertie County, county manager Zee Lamb said. Another four were confirmed dead in Bladen County, bringing the state’s death toll to at least 21. Deaths reported by officials in five other states brought the U.S. toll to 45. In the capital city of Raleigh, three family members died in a mobile home park, said Wake County spokeswoman Sarah Williamson-Baker. At that trailer park, residents lined up outside Sunday and asked police guarding the area when they might get back in. Peggy Mosley, 54, who has lived in the park for 25 years, said she was prepared when the storm bore down on the trailer park. She gathered small pillows and other material and hunkered down in her small bathroom. “I went and got into my small bathroom and just sat in there and cried and prayed until it was over,” Mosley said. Farther up the street, Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon Angelina McCaizie was also among those hoping to get Katelyn Hasse, junior in nuclear engineering, kicks a plank held by Jacob Arbital, sophomore in environmental back to their homes. She said she had been cooking science, during the International Festival in the UC Plaza on Friday, April 15.

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when she saw the winds and rain pick up. She grabbed her children, nephew and brother and brought them into the kitchen, where everyone ducked until the storm passed. When the storm was over, McCaizie, her husband and her brother went outside to check on neighbors. She said she saw several people bleeding and others with broken bones. McCaizie also said one resident ran up to her shouting, “Please help me! Please help me! I need 911.” “It was horrible,” McCaizie said. Gov. Beverly Perdue said Sunday that state emergency management officials told her more than 20 were killed by the storms in North Carolina. However, the far-flung damage made it difficult to confirm the total number of deaths. The emergency management agency said it had reports of 22 fatalities, and media outlets and government agency tallies did not all match. The National Weather Service said 23 died in the state, including one in Johnston County, but an emergency management chief there told The Associated Press nobody died in that area. The storm claimed its first lives Thursday night in Oklahoma, then roared through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Authorities have said seven died in Arkansas; seven in Alabama; two in Oklahoma; and one in Mississippi. In Virginia, local emergency officials reported seven storm-related deaths, said Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman Bob Spieldenner.


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Let There Be Bowman performs during the annual Relay for Life event in TRECS on Friday, April 15. The event, which helps raise cancer awareness across the country, was able to raise more than $60,000, up from the $50,000 raised in 2010.

1906: The Earthquake

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At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, Calif., killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock waves could be felt from southern Oregon down to Los Angeles. San Francisco’s brick buildings and wooden Victorian structures were especially devastated. Fires immediately broke out and — because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them — firestorms soon developed citywide. At 7 a.m., U.S. Army troops from Fort Mason reported to the Hall of Justice, and San Francisco Mayor E.E. Schmitz called for the enforcement of a dusk-to-dawn curfew and

authorized soldiers to shoot-to-kill anyone found looting. Meanwhile, in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls. On April 20, 20,000 refugees trapped by the massive fire were evacuated from the foot of Van Ness Avenue onto the USS Chicago. By April 23, most fires were extinguished, and authorities commenced the task of rebuilding the devastated metropolis. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires it inflicted upon the city. Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district.

April 13

Crime Log April 14

A UT student reported that the convertible top on his white 2008 Nissan 350Z had been cut open while it was parked in the G7 parking garage some time between noon on April 10 and 12:44 a.m. on April 13. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. A student reported that his wallet had been stolen behind Hess Hall some time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on March 27. The victim stated that the wallet was in his backpack when he left it unattended behind Hess near the Pedestrian Mall to “play ball” with a few of his friends. He then left the walkway, with the backpack, to eat dinner in the food court in the Presidential Court Building. At this time he discovered that his wallet and its contents had been stolen.

A student reported that the convertible top on her silver 2002 Mercedes CLK320 had been vandalized while it was parked on the first level of the G7 parking garage between 11:45 a.m. on April 4 and 1 p.m. on April 14. At approximately 9:33 p.m., a UTPD officer was walking along the Pedestrian Mall when he observed a group of students. He approached the group and smelled an odor he believed to be marijuana. After further investigation, a male UT student was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana. — Crime Log is compiled by Robbie Hargett.

— This Day in History is courtesy of histo- Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical ry.com. to those listed may not be those identified in reports.


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Budget cuts cripple senior job seekers Associated Press LOS ANGELES — For $700 a month, 65-year-old Esmeralda Calderon cares for children part-time through a federal community service job that’s in jeopardy because of cuts to the proposed federal budget for 2011. It’s the only source of income for a woman who has no one to rely on and lives alone in public housing in a gritty Hollywood neighborhood. Under the Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, more than 75,000 elderly Americans living in poverty in all 50 states earn their keep by the slimmest of margins. To qualify, participants must be over 55 and earning less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level — $13,600 a year. In the budget bill signed Friday by President Barack Obama, the program was slashed by 45 percent, from $825 million to $450 million a year. Advocates say it could mean as many as 58,000 fewer jobs if states or national groups are forced to discontinue the program because of the reductions. For 20 hours a week, Calderon bounces toddlers on her hip, feeds them cereal and cleans up after the at-risk children at downtown Los Angeles’ Para Los Ninos, a childcare and educational facility. “It’s harder for people my age who are on our own,” said Calderon, in Spanish, clutching the green Starbucks apron she wears to clean. “Unfortunately, other employment opportunities are very hard to find for people my age.” In a bad economy where jobs are hard to come by for young, qualified workers, seniors face serious problems finding gainful employment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, older workers who have lost a job are more likely than any other age group to face very long-term unemployment and remain jobless for 99 weeks or more. But the budget situation is dire, with the federal government borrowing 43 cents for every dollar it spends, which will lead to economic catastrophe unless federal spending is drastically cut, according Brian Riedl, research fellow in federal budget policy at the Heritage Foundation, a research institute that aims to promote conservative principles. His organization has recommended terminating the program entirely. “The private organizations that benefit from these employees need to be willing to pay more of these wages,” said Riedl.

According to Riedl, many job-training services the Labor Department program provides are duplicated by the Administration of Aging and seniors can apply for the same job-placement programs that all Americans are eligible for. That doesn’t persuade Carmela Lacayo, who heads the National Association for the Hispanic Elderly, which oversees more than 300 community service jobs for seniors in the Los Angeles area. “I have never seen a government be so callous about the working poor and the impoverished,” said the former nun in a phone interview this week. “This is going to hurt the poorest of the poor, people who have already contributed into this system, people who have worked all their lives and were never on the welfare rolls, people who are trying to maintain some dignity.” According to the National Council on Aging, one of every three seniors is economically insecure, living on an annual income of less than $22,000. “This is really the only national program that helps vulnerable older adults get job training and placement,” said the Council’s director of public policy Marci Phillips. It’s unknown how the cuts will be exacted because there hasn’t been direction yet, but Phillips said it’s likely that programs in some places will be forced to close. “Without that extra income to rely upon or the training that might give them fulltime employment at hopefully a better wage they’re making decisions between keeping the lights on or taking their meds,” said Phillips. Ana Martinez, 62, worries that if this job disappears, she’ll be forced to go on welfare, get food stamps or sleep on the streets. She earns $600 a month at Para Los Ninos, which is supplemented by about $300 a month in social security. Her rent is $450. With a shake of her head Martinez says, “When we look for work, they look at us and give us a form to fill out, but they want someone who is 25 or 30 to do the job.” The cut could also cause a staffing crunch for senior centers, Meals on Wheels, libraries, the Red Cross and other venues that rely on seniors to keep the programs running. There were no hearings for the program, and no opportunity to defend against a cut that hits the most vulnerable Americans, Phillips said. National Taxpayers Union Executive Vice President Pete Sepp says controlling federal spending is difficult but it’s the only way to ensure major programs, including Social Security, are sustainable in the future.

UT kicks off campus-wide Civility and Community Initiative Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek hosted a crowd of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in celebrating civility and community on the UT campus last Friday. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek at the 2011 International Festival and Celebration of Civility and CommunityThe day marked the formal launch of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT community and what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer. The event was part of UT’s annual International Festival. The principles are ten key words which have been defined as the best way to demonstrate civility and value for the campus community. Cheek announced that civility will be a core component of Freshman Orientation. The principles of civility and community also will be central to FYS 100: The Volunteer Connection, a new zerocredit, pass-fail course, which is now a required course for all freshmen. Asian martial arts and acrobatics performance at the 2011 International FestivalCivility goals are already part of UT’s Ready for the World effort to prepare students for working in a global economy. Faculty and staff will integrate civility in their ongoing programs which explore diverse cultures and backgrounds. Students are also being asked to make the emphasis in campus programming, as they make decisions about speakers, workshops, and campus entertainment. The campus-wide Life of the Mind book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, highlights civility as a central theme. All freshmen are asked to read the book before arriving on campus and then participate in discussion groups about its themes during Welcome Week. UT’s Torch Night ceremony will build the principles into our values as Volunteers, Cheek said. Training for faculty, staff, and student leaders will be promoted as well. Last spring, after several incidents of bias were reported, Cheek sent a memo to the campus emphasizing that he would not tolerate behavior that was hostile or unwelcoming to any member of the campus community. He assembled a task force on civility and community and asked its members to define civility and come up with a list of guiding principles and recommend ways to promote civility on campus. The task force was co-chaired by Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information, and included faculty, staff, students, and community members. The group looked at several existing campus-wide programs and services and made recommendations on how to bring the civility and community concepts to the forefront. The task force also recommended several new programs and services. The final report, located at http://utk.edu/go/7a (pdf),also weighed in on policies, staffing, and ways to incorporate civility into coursework. For more information about the effort, visit http://civility.utk.edu/. UT’s Team Living Light to hold construction open house on Tuesday Team Living Light from UT will host a construction open house next week to celebrate progress made on the Living Light house.

The Daily Beacon • 3 Free and open to the public, the event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Design Build Annex, 3408 Henson Road, Knoxville. The Living Light house is a functioning energy-efficient, solarpowered house that the group has designed for the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition. Construction is nearing the halfway point. The floor and roof decks are complete and the walls are framed. The electrical and plumbing systems also have been roughed in. The interior of the rectangular-shaped structure will be a large loftlike space with floor-to-ceiling glass panel walls, maximizing daylighting capabilities and opening it up to views of the landscape. A 10.9 kW solar array generates all power and provides shading for the home. Illumination, privacy and thermal comfort are controlled through an intuitive touch pad interface. This automation system even tracks energy usage and suggests changes to save money. The interdisciplinary group of UT students and faculty — from the colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering — has been working on the project since fall 2009 with an anticipated construction completion date of July 31. In late September, the team will begin readying the house for transportation to the competition in Washington, D.C., which will take place from September 23 to October 2 on the National Mall West Potomac Park, between the Jefferson Memorial and new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Like the Olympic decathlon, the Solar Decathlon consists of ten contests, which are designed to gauge how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are. For example, in the Appliances Contest, teams earn points for refrigerating and freezing food, washing and drying laundry, and running the dishwasher. Teams are scored on how well they balance production and energy consumption. For more information about the Living Light house and Solar Decathlon competition, visit http://livinglightutk.com/. UT hosts public meeting about campus master plan UT will host a public meeting for the community to review the draft master plan for the Knoxville and agricultural campuses. The meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the UT Visitors’ Center. This community meeting is part of a series of meetings to get feedback on the draft plan. Once finalized, it will be a guide that helps the university pursue its overall goals and make decisions on land usage, placement of buildings and investments in infrastructure. This new (2011) draft plan is an update to a previous version created in 1994 and updated in 2001. A key element to moving UT from a Top 50 public research university to the ranks of the Top 25 involves having the resources to improve and supplement campus facilities in order to support firstrate academic and research programs, along with student housing and services. The planning process identified significant needs for academic space on the Knoxville and agricultural campuses. The Knoxville campus has the greatest deficiencies in general classroom, class lab and research space. Among the goals are to define current and future facility needs, promote a sense of community, integrate instruction, research, student living, and student life, and create a pedestrian- and bicyclefriendly environment. Considerations of traffic, parking and related infrastructure are taken into account, along with how to promote sound environmental policies and development and building practices. After the review and stakeholder meetings, a final report will be submitted to the UT Board of Trustees for their consideration at their June meeting. If approved, the final draft is submitted to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the State Building Commission for approval and finalization. For more information about the master plan, visit http://www.utk.edu/masterplan/.


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OPINIONS

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Rocky

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Rising — Quarterback controversy?!?!? Oh dear, here we go again. Tennessee football’s annual Orange and White Game took place on Saturday, with the White squad earning a victory over the Orange 24-7. Shoddy weather made a bland game even more so, with very little offense to come by for either team on a day with 23mph winds and overcast skies. But the story likely blowing up message boards as of late is the apparent statistical edge exhibited by quarterback Matt Simms over starting signal-caller Tyler Bray. Simms, who was benched as UT’s starter midway through last season in favor of Bray, completed 6-of-13 passes for one touchdown while rushing for another. Bray, on the other hand, shot blanks all afternoon with a 5-for-30 performance, tallying only 122 yards and one touchdown. Though Bray outgained Simms in yards, it was the obvious discrepancy in accuracy that caught most fans’ attentions, not to mention Simms’ intensity. The rising senior was obviously hyped up for a game in which only a reported 29,000 fans showed up, the majority of whom left around halftime. So naturally, this means coach Derek Dooley made the wrong call in switching quarterbacks last season, right? Simms deserves to take over the starting role after simply dominating his own defense, right? After all, Simms played against tougher opponents in the first half of last season than Bray did in the latter portion. A padded schedule must have worked out in Bray’s favor. As ESPN’s Lee Corso likes to say, “Not so fast, my friend.” Everyone take a deep breath and remember what coaches always preach in the media: It’s just the spring game. Nothing more, nothing less. Does Simms’ performance indicate an ability to pick apart SEC defenses on a weekly basis? Saturday probably didn’t provide that answer. Falling — Support for campus gun legislation For those outside the loop, there will be new legislation placed in front of the State House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The legislation would allow permit-carrying students, staff and faculty at UT to carry firearms on campus. According to an e-mail from Faculty Senate President Joan Heminway, the majority of UT’s campus appears strongly opposed to this new legislation, which would undermine the current university policy of prohibiting firearms on campus. Two members of the UT Faculty Senate proposed a resolution that supports the current laws and opposes the legislation. SGA proposed a similar resolution, while Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, his cabinet and UT President Joe DiPietro have also expressed disapproval of the legislation. Even UTPD has indicated opposition to such legislation. Supporters of the bill point to tragic attacks like that at Virginia Tech in 2007 as a need for campusgoers to protect themselves. Arm campus, they say, and such attacks could be prevented. Still, if campus administration opposes such a measure, something doesn’t make sense. Based on all this information, it seems necessary to ask, why is the legislation being presented in the first place? If the majority of campus is voicing its “nay” opinion, how do lawmakers explain the necessity of the legislation? Either way, the process is beginning fairly soon as the legislation makes its way into law. As current university policy states, only law enforcement officials may carry firearms. Only time will tell how much longer that policy will stay in place. SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline

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Progressive Christians must break silence Pol itics o f Tr u t h by

Justin Crisp Not all Christians are fundamentalists — though you’d be hard pressed to prove it sometimes. Let me begin by saying it is hard to determine exactly what the Bible says, because reading anything requires subjective interpretation. A person has to either read aloud or write down a passage of scripture in order for any of us to approach it. There is no access to the text as such, for, to invoke New Testament scholar Dale Martin, texts do not mean so much as we make meanings with texts. And to answer a common objection, this does not indicate that texts are meaningless; it’s simply to say that you have to read them for them to mean something. They are just strange-looking lines on a piece of paper or computer screen until the reader approaches them, discerns letters, which combine to make words, and begins to piece together what the sentence says. Meaning is not something that hides beneath the surface of our Times New Roman scripts; it is something we construct together through the dialogues of text and reader. This is not an effort to undercut the thrust of all arguments based on scripture — liberal or conservative. It is, rather, an attempt to foreground the debate over what the Bible says, which gets erased when you dismiss either conservative or liberal Christians full stop. Anyone who has spent five minutes with me knows I am dedicated to progressive, prophetic Christianity. My thesis for the Chancellor’s Honors Program is a history of women’s ordination in the Episcopal Church and an argument for the ordination of both women and LGBTQ people that’s self-consciously Christian and theological, centered on the concept of the Body of Christ itself. Sometimes there’s no time for distancing yourself from the impoliteness of being confessional. In my case, the stakes are too high, and the time’s too short. Education is supposed to be practical, and I’m invested in praxis. There’s a debate going on, and I want to get in there.

But that’s my point. It’s a debate over who gets to speak for Christianity and for its sacred texts. The Bible and Christian theological language in general are neither inherently liberating nor intrinsically oppressive. There is evidence of both strands in scripture and in theology. Both sides can appeal to whatever makes their argument look best. My point is that the Bible and/or Christianity is not intrinsically or inherently anything until we read it, until we interpret it, until we deploy it. And Christians have an ethical responsibility to deploy the Bible in a liberating way. They have a responsibility to go headto-head with the folks for whom the Bible offers an excuse to oppress women or to hold slaves or to cling to their homophobia. And the ground for this ethical responsibility is not the Bible itself but our relationship to the God we see revealed in Christ: a relationship from which all our “talk about God” (otherwise known as theology) issues. Many Christians need to be reminded that we don’t worship the Bible; we worship Jesus. It is time to say “Enough.” It’s time for progressive Christians to come out of the proverbial closet. If we don’t interpret and deploy scripture, if we don’t get out there in the thick of the public sphere and give an account of what we find beautiful, good and true in our religion, we willingly let the Christian right own our religion. So long as we remain silent, the Al Mohlers and James Dobsons of this world get to speak on behalf of Christianity. But the political left needs to stop playing its part in the production of this silence as well. By writing Christians (not to mention all religious people full stop) off as patriarchal, racist, homophobic crazies, we do not do ourselves any favors. (We should listen to cultural theorists like Lacanian psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek and Marxist literary critic Terry Eagleton, who have started trafficking in — gasp — theology because they think the left can learn from and use it.) The Christian right, from Falwell to Robertson, has made many people profoundly uncomfortable with appeals to religion — and to Christianity in particular. Christians should not and must not forget or dismiss these concerns. But we should answer them. The answer to bad religion is not no religion, as has so often been argued, but good religion. — Justin Crisp is a senior in English and religious studies. He can be reached at jcrisp1@utk.edu.

Festival aims for environmental justice App al achian O u t lo o k by

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Considering we’re more than two weeks into April, many of you are probably well aware that it’s that time of year when thousands of people across the country take particular efforts to champion environmental causes. That’s right, April is Earth Month. Earth Month encourages people to do primarily two things: educate themselves and those around them of the massive environmental problems facing our planet and take action in saving the Earth for centuries to come. As a globe, we continue to rely on nonrenewable resources as our primary source of energy. We are especially dependent on both coal and oil as sources of energy. Not only are these resources finite, but they also both pose other environmental concerns. The burning of coal and oil releases serious pollutants into the air that are detrimental to the environment in a number of ways. Another serious issue that we face is that of global climate change. Study after study from across the globe provides compelling evidence for an irregular shift in the globe’s climate, and scientists worldwide believe this process is being expedited by both the practices of modern civilization and the growth of the global population. As you probably know, a shift in the globe’s climate would have drastic effects worldwide. It would destroy many ecosystems across the globe as well as pose other serious problems for human civilization. What makes things worse, the utilization of nonrenewable resources as mentioned earlier is actually accelerating this shift. While I have provided you with the basic skeleton of these problems, they are much more complex than can be detailed in a single article. In the spirit of Earth Month, I encourage you to do some research about these issues on your own. One thing’s for sure: These issues affect every single one of us and will continue to be relevant long after our grandchildren are gone. Being knowledgeable about these issues, as well as taking action to address them, is something I highly recommend. Seeing as it’s Earth Month, a number of organizations across campus are taking some serious steps to address the well-being of our planet. As you’re reading this, some of your fellow UT students are most likely speaking with

Tennessee’s U.S. congressmen. Today more than 10,000 individuals from across the country have gathered in Washington, D.C., for a massive rally seeking environmental justice. The goal of this conference, “Powershift 2011,” is “to create a Power Shift, and a 100percent safe, equitable and clean energy economy.” Powershift participants have been attending educational sessions, training workshops and marches all weekend in preparation for their efforts today. On Saturday, I spent a few hours marching in the streets of D.C. with fellow environmental activists yelling chants like, “When I say climate, you say justice,” as we made our way to the White House and other major locations in the city. One hundred legislative visits have been scheduled today to lobby for a clean-energy economy and dozens upon dozens of students from Tennessee are pouring into the offices of senators and representatives in Congress to ask for political support of environmental legislation. By this, I mean legislation that puts an end to things like mountain-top removal and supports things like green jobs and clean energy. This Wednesday, Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), the UT environmental organization, will be hosting a festival in honor of national Earth Day. The Earth Day Festival will take place Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the UC Plaza. SPEAK has invited organizations and groups from across Knoxville to host booths at the festival. Organizations like United Mountain Defense, Earthfare, Beardsley Farm and SOCM (Statewide Organization for Community Empowerment) will participate and educate students about those environmental issues most pertinent to our region. SPEAK itself will be hosting a “how-to-compost” workshop, providing giveaways to individuals who can correctly answer questions of environmental trivia and giving out free silk-screened SPEAK T-shirts. Additionally, SPEAK will be hosting a massive local and organic cookout, where free food, like homemade blackbean burgers, will be provided. The Earth Day Festival will certainly be a wonderful means for our campus to show its support of environmental justice. If you are at all unfamiliar with or curious about the specifics of the issues affecting our planet, I encourage you to drop by the festival and educate yourself. If you are acquainted with these issues, make a stop to show your support for these efforts and grab a delicious homemade black-bean burger. — Eric Dixon is a sophomore in philosophy. He can be reached at edixon4@utk.edu.


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Monday, April 18, 2011

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Community unsettled following abduction Shocked Parsons, Tenn., residents rally to aid in search, comfort family, friends Associated Press PARSONS, Tenn. — Whether they are grabbing coffee, sitting down for a meal or filling their pickup trucks with gas, people in this western Tennessee town are talking about the abduction of 20-year-old Holly Bobo. Those who know the nursing student with blond hair and a big smile say they don’t know what’s more shocking: that anyone in this community about 100 miles northeast of Memphis would be abducted or that it would happen to someone like her. “That’s what’s so surprising: that it’s her,” said Robert McCoy, who goes to nursing school with her at the University of Tennessee at Martin. “She’s just the sweetest little thing and so smart.” She was last seen by her brother, Clint, early Wednesday morning as she walked into the woods with an unknown man. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Mehr said authorities do not believe she went willingly. Searchers went back to looking for Bobo on Saturday, a day after authorities revealed her brother saw blood outside the house. Authorities haven’t confirmed whether it belonged to Bobo, who disappeared as she was preparing to go to classes. Police said Saturday afternoon they are receiving calls from

first wasn’t alarmed when he saw her outside the family home around 8 a.m. Wednesday, walking toward the woods with a man dressed in full hunting camouflage attire holding her arm. He thought at first it was her boyfriend, the TBI said. Authorities have said neither her boyfriend nor her brother is a suspect. Friends say Bobo, like most young people here, likes to go four-wheeling on the weekends. Bobo, they say, enjoys the outdoors and fits right into this community of sports enthusiasts and hunters where men often wear hunting camouflage. Bobo’s Facebook page shows her with a young man in a camo cap. Like many here, Bobo attends church regularly. She also sings in church, sometimes by herself in front of the congregation and other times performing in a duo. She performed in several talent shows in school. “She has an angelic voice,” said David Ivey, who goes to church with the family. Bobo’s Facebook page says her interests include Miley Cyrus and country music singer Whitney Duncan, who is her cousin. Friends said she loves animals, especially horses. She spends much of her free time going to dinner and the movies — she likes Morning Glory and The Hangover 2 on Facebook — with her boyfriend.

all over the country offering information about Bobo. Investigators have expanded their search to four counties and are hoping she is still in the western part of the state. McCoy said Bobo had already begun her clinical training program at local hospitals. He called her a natural nurse, soothing and gentle with the sick. “She was so good with the patients,” McCoy said. Besides surprise, the suspected abduction also inspired fear. Residents nearby say they have begun to lock their doors at night. Bobo’s father, Dana, has said the captor was probably watching the family and knew the rhythm of their comings and goings from the one-story home where Bobo lived with parents and 25-year-old brother, Clint. Bobo was on her way to campus to take a test when she was taken. A convoy of teenagers on all-terrain vehicles, seating two and three kids at a time, rolled down a country road where volunteers gather to search for her. Her community of Darden, where neighbors are close in spirit even though their houses can be a mile or two apart, has rallied to help. On Friday, almost a thousand volunteers joined officers to push through thickets of brush and up and down wooded hills looking for a sign of Bobo. They have taken food to the family, posted fliers with Bobo’s photo and held prayer vigils. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says her brother at

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Monday, April 18, 2011

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Vols track and field teams log seven victories Staff Reports The Tennessee track-and-field teams got some good work in on the final day of the 45th-annual Sea Ray Relays. The Big Orange also came away with seven victories Saturday, as relay events were the prime focus on a cold and blustery day at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. The Lady Vols crossed the finish line first in the shuttle hurdle relay, distance medley relay and 4x100m relay events and closed the day with a triumph in the 4x400m relay. The Vols, who managed multiple second and third-place outcomes on the afternoon, also closed the meet by racing to victory in the 4x4. Individually, junior Annie Alexander was a double winner, seizing her third meet title in the women’s discus and taking the shot put crown as well. She and classmate Ellen Wortham, who won the 400m hurdles on Friday and contributed to three relay victories on Saturday, were chosen the female winners of the Tony Wilson Awards for field events and running events, respectively. Andrew Riley, who won the 110m hurdles and was on the first-place 4x200m relay team for Illinois, was the male running event winner, while Kentucky’s Keenan Hall took the field event award after winning the triple jump and taking second in the long jump. “The conditions last night and today were not optimal, but I think we demonstrated a lot of great promise in many different areas this weekend,” UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. “I saw some promising individual accomplishments from Annie Alexander and Ellen Wortham, who were recognized for their achievements. We also did some good things in the relays today and had promise all across the board in the sprints, distance and field events. “Our teams got some work in here that prepares them for the Penn Relays in a couple of weeks and for the SEC Championships a little further down the line. We definitely come out of this meet having made some progress toward the way we’ll compete the rest of the season.” In the women’s shuttle hurdle relay, Tennessee won for the first time since the inaugural women’s SHR race in 1994. The quartet of junior Ellen Wortham, senior Jená Murphy, junior Bianca Blair and sophomore Kirstyn Sweeney moved up and down the straightaway and over the barriers in 58.63 to hold off runner-up Eastern Kentucky (58.71). UT’s mark is the sixth best in school history. The Lady Vols picked up their fourth meet win in the 4x100m relay in the past five seasons and their ninth overall at this meet. The collaboration of junior Ashley Harris, Wortham, sophomore Martinique Octave and sophomore Kia Jackson moved the stick around the oval in 45.15 to collect its second win in three outings this season. The Big Orange women added a first-place finish in the distance medley relay, the program’s third win in that event. Junior Chanelle Price, freshman Kianna Ruff, senior Liz Costello and junior Brittany Sheffey took care of business with an 11:47.10 result in an event Tennessee is known for on a national scale. The Lady Vols and Vols closed the day with first-

place efforts in the 4x4. The quartet of Ruff, Harris, Wortham and Octave finished the day with a 3:47.31 readout to edge South Florida (3:47.78) for the program’s eighth women’s win at this meet in that event. The UT men, meanwhile, broke through for their first win on the final day. They earned a nearly two-second victory via a 3:12.48 count registered by senior Nathan Grace, junior Deaundra Dailey, sophomore Matt Bergquist and junior Varick Tucker. It was the Vols’ fifth 4x4 title at this meet. As for Alexander, her mark of 178-7 was good enough to win by nearly three feet and gave her Sea Rays discus title number three of her career. She also won as a freshman in 2008 and was victorious last season while competing unattached. Alexander is undefeated in three meets this season in the discus and has 17 career victories in that event. She came back later to add the shot put championship to her resume’. It didn’t come easy for Alexander, as she had to unleash a toss of 54-1 on her final attempt to hold off Louisville’s Khadija Abdullah, who was primed for the upset. She now has eight outdoor shot victories to her credit. The Vols cranked out a trio of runner-up relay performances, taking second in the 4x200m, 4x800m and distance medley relays. In the 4x2, the combination of redshirt freshman Reggie Juin, Grace, Dailey and freshman Keith Thomas came up just shy of Illinois, recording a 1:27.94 reading to the 1:27.16 effort of the Illini. It was Illinois once again holding off the Big Orange in the 4x8, winning by a little under two seconds. Redshirt freshman Jordan Chaney, junior Joe Franklin, senior Eric Ryan and senior Peter Sigilai finished in 7:45.10. In the distance medley relay, Ryan, junior Terry Benson, sophomore Breon Dixon and senior Chris Rapp clocked in at 10:18.27, which left them in second behind Eastern Kentucky (10:14.93). Chaney, Bergquist, Franklin and freshman Jake Rainey were right behind them at 10:19.60. The Tennessee men had three more third-place finishes. Individually, Fassino cranked out a 9:20.55 readout in the 3000m steeplechase and Desmond Brown stretched the tape to 24-3 3/4 in the long jump. The third effort came from the 4x1500m relay unit, with the tandem of Rapp, Fassino, redshirt freshman Daniel Tobin and junior David Clabo covering the distance in 16:42.54. The Lady Vols added a bronze effort as well. The 4x800m combo of junior Ramzee Fondren, freshman Ty-Vonna Johnson, junior Elizabeth Altizer and senior Kim White produced a time of 9:24.50. Prior to the day’s first running event, 12 Tennessee seniors were honored. Vols recognized included Alan Bachman, Minor Bowens, Grace, Rapp, Ryan, Sigilai and Spooner. Lady Vol seniors include Liz Costello, Holly Kane, Jená Murphy, Brittany Napoli and Kim White. Tennessee will return to action next week at two different meets. The throwers will head to LaJolla, Calif., to compete in the UCSD Triton Invitational. Other members of the squad will head over to Nashville to take part in the Vanderbilt Invitational. Both meets run Friday and Saturday.

Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon

Amber Zimmerman rounds a corner at Tom Black Track during the distance medley relay on Saturday, April 16. Despite rain, the Vols and Lady Vols were able to put together a solid effort, coming away from the Sea Ray Relays with six wins.


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THESPORTSPAGE

Monday, April 18, 2011

White team takes annual spring game Diamond Vol pitching decides series scrimmage of the spring, Neal put some pressure on starting running back Poole, who ran for a game-high 60 yards on nine carries Saturday. “I’m for Rajion in everything he does,” Poole “A long way to go.” That was the message after Tennessee conclud- said. “I was happy he got some good plays today. ed its spring practice on Saturday with the annual But I think that’s definitely motivating. We’re always competing. Me and him always go at it. Orange and White Game. The White team jumped out to a 10-0 halftime Now that I see the type of spring Toney (Williams) had today, I’ve got another guy to compete with, lead and held on to defeat the Orange squad 24-7. “I told the team it was a great example that it but it’s definitely good for me, good for the game, doesn’t matter what kind of game it is — spring good for this offense (to) just have multiple threats, game, SEC game, you name it — that the team that and I’m just excited about the opportunity to comwins the line of scrimmage and can run the football pete with those guys.” Simms shines will win the game, and today was evidence of that,” Simms, the team’s backup quarterback, finished UT coach Derek Dooley said. “It doesn’t matter how many fancy guys you’ve got in the skill posi- 6-of-13 for 93 yards and one touchdown. “It was just fun to get out here and compete a tions, you better be a physical football team. “The White came in a heavy underdog. The little bit, play in more of a game situation, not have Orange was confident and talking smack, had all all the coaches in the huddle and bearing down the skills. And the White went blue collar on them over you,” Simms said. “It was fun to get out there and punched them right in the mouth. It was fun to and play with some of the younger guys like (center Mack) Crowder. First time in the stadium, a litwatch.” While Saturday was more for the fans and not tle nervous the first few plays, but a lot of young an indicator of players’ progress throughout the guys stepped up and played well. Just fun to get out there and just happy everyone is healthy.” entire spring, Dooley was His counterpart, pleased with the work of starter Tyler Bray, the team as a whole. struggled through “I’m obviously glad the air for much of nobody got hurt,” Dooley the day, completing said. “I was real proud of on 5-of-30 for 122 how we ended up the yards and a touchspring. I felt like everydown. body on our team “I was more frusimproved. Units trated with myself, improved. But we still not making the have got a long way to go, throws,” Bray said. “I a long way to go. But was off on my accurawe’re headed in the right cy and wasn’t making direction.” throws today. In Running back Rajion warm-ups I felt great. Neal got the scoring startI just didn’t have it ed, hauling in a 43-yard when we started.” touchdown pass from However, the quarterback Matt Simms scrimmage doesn’t at the 4:13 mark of the change the fact that first quarter. Neal finished Bray is the team’s George Richardson• The Daily Beacon with 56 rushing yards on 12 carries and led both Da’Rick Rogers takes off down the side- starting signal-caller squads in all-purpose line during the Orange and White game heading into the season. Yet Simms is conyards with 100. Tight end Mychal on Saturday, April 16. Coach Derek tent with the situaRivera got loose in the Dooley emphasized the importance of tion. “I believe I have secondary for his only the run game and physical play at the reception of the day on a line, which helped lead the White team ability,” he said. “I played against some 54-yard touchdown pass to a 24-7 victory. pretty good teams in from Tyler Bray to cut the this conference. I have White lead to 10-7 early in the third quarter. Players like Neal and RIvera will be looked upon experience, and that’s a good thing to have for a to play larger roles in the upcoming football season. second quarterback to have is experience. God for“There are some areas where we feel like we bid if anything happens. I just take it one day at a have players who will continue to develop, and time, and I’m just happy to be here.” “I kept saying Matt can play,” Dooley said. “I told then there are other areas where we’re going to need some help,” Dooley said. “That’s when June him he’s going to have to go in next year at some comes around, and we’re going to have another 20 point and win us a football game.” GM Malik guys (incoming recruits) in June and training all All-SEC defensive tackle Malik Jackson, one of summer to see how they can help us. We’re going the more outspoken Vols, was one of the seniors to need their help.” Running back Tauren Poole, a captain for the who participated in the draft to select the rosters Orange team, along with linebacker Daryl Vereen, for the game. Jackson was in a good mood followsaid he believes the improvement this spring is a ing his White team’s victory on Saturday and took the opportunity to boast a little bit. result of the team wanting to win. “I feel like I picked a pretty good team,” Jackson “I think we made a big leap this whole entire spring by playing fast, playing together,” Poole said. “I felt confident all week, and we went out said. “There’s a sense of urgency for this team, there and played well today. My goal in the draft because we want to win and we want to win fast. I was to choose a good offensive and defensive line. see it, I know the coaches see it, but we have to I know the game is won in the trenches and that’s take it into the summer and continue to work. where I focused my attention. Our defensive line has jumped leaps and bounds over the spring. At Definitely not where we want to be.” the beginning of the year, we were just a bunch of Backfield battles The talented Neal garnered praise from coaches guys, but now we’re a unit. I’m really proud of for much of the spring. After rushing for more than them.” 150 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s first

Matt Dixon

Sports Editor

started on the mound for the Vols and had a dream outing on the hill, throwing a complete seveninning game en route to a 2-1 UT win. The pitcher’s second complete game this year Turbulence is one word to describe the recent featured five strikeouts and four singles in a 105success, or lack thereof, for the Diamond Vols. Heading into the weekend, the Vols were riding pitch effort. “We just couldn’t find any offense all day long,” an eight-game losing streak, six of those coming to the likes of SEC powerhouses Florida and South Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We had a few Carolina. Big Orange baseball (21-15, 4-11 opportunities and just didn’t have enough quality Southeastern Conference) looked to right the ship at-bats. We didn’t really put any pressure on them in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and did just that, winning two the entire day, and of course their pitching did a of three games in a series against conference foe nice job.” At the plate, Volunteer junior Zach Osborne and and No. 24-ranked Alabama (24-15, 8-7 SEC). seniors Josh Liles and Tyler Horne recorded a pair Thursday Under the lights and in the national spotlight on of hits. Osborne and Liles tallied RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, respectively. A huge 4-6-3 ESPNU, Tennessee double play in the botcame out fast with a run tom of the seventh in the first inning but capped the victory for couldn’t add to that until the Vols. the seventh inning, dropIn the second ping the first game in the game, the Vols cashed series, 8-2, to the in on another pitchCrimson Tide. ing performance, this Junior Charley time by sophomore Thurber batted 2-for-3 Georgia native Nick with two singles and Blount. Making the reached base three times first start of his career for the Vols, while senior and only his second Tyler Horne added a pair appearance, Blount of singles. Productive kept the Crimson second baseman Tide scoreless for five Khayyan Norfork stole innings, allowing just another base, adding to three hits, walking his SEC-leading 22 one and striking out stolen bases, scored and another, leading the recorded an RBI on a Vols to a close 1-0 vicsacrifice fly. George Richardson • The Daily Beacon UT coach Todd Nick Blount winds up against a Xavier tory to end the series Raleigh liked the Vols’ batter during a game on Friday, Feb. 19, in winning fashion. “Both of our starthard-hitting, scrappy 2010. Blount helped the Vols with a solid ing pitchers were outplay early on but pointed pitching effort as the team went on to standing today,” out that getting behind sweep Alabama in a double-header on Raleigh said. “Gruver after six unanswered Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. really set the tone for runs flattened the Big us and pitched great. Orange. He got in a few jams and walked a few more than “We came out and scored a run in the first inning tonight, which is a good sign,” Raleigh said. “We he usually does, but he was able to make the pitchjust gave up too many runs. Once you get behind, es when he had to. “His off-speed was as good today as it has been it’s hard to hit like that.” Senior lefty Rob Catapano recorded the loss, all year. Nick Blount in the second game was just falling to 2-3 on the year. He allowed five runs on six unbelievable. Ground ball city. We got a lot of ground balls today as a staff.” hits in 2.1 innings. With the second win in the series, Tennessee Saturday Because of inclement weather in Tuscaloosa captured its first SEC series win of the season. The Friday evening, officials decided to push the game series win is also only its third ever against the to Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Crimson Tide, the others coming in the 1994 and 2000 seasons. and featuring two seven-inning games. UT looks to overcome its “trap game” woes this Now on a nine-game skid, the Vols took it upon themselves to change their fortunes with two clutch Wednesday against out-of-conference opponent Western Carolina at 7 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson pitching victories against the Crimson Tide. In game one, junior southpaw Steven Gruver Stadium.

Colin Skinner

Assistant Sports Editor


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Monday, April 18, 2011

ENTERTAINMENT

2011 can make or break 3-D films Will Abrams Arts & Entertainment Editor Decades ago, Hollywood attempted to answer a serious decline in box office sales with a series of gimmicks. While these included wild ideas like smell-o-vision and others, one niche market has come around again to test the waters. 3-D films once involved an audience wearing red- and blue-tinted glasses, while images from the film popped out at them. Although not limited to the genre, horror films are good examples of this, where viewers might see an ax come through the screen in an attempt to make the film more exciting for the audience. Technology has come a long way since then, though. Now these films come with slightly more comfortable, clear glasses, and the three-dimensional effect is supposed to lead to a deeper immersion in the film. While that may not sound so dissimilar, it’s all a part of the James Cameron-led movement to prove the legitimacy of 3-D projection. Since the creation of Cameron’s “Avatar,” the director, along with others in Hollywood, has preached the message that new technology is here to enhance the storytelling method for a new generation. After all, there are some ideas that sound amazing on paper but involve too high of a visual concept to be properly done. This all sounds good and well at first, but is 3-D really all for the good of a story’s audience? Is it more than just a ploy to inflate ticket costs? Perhaps the two sides of the 3-D debate can be separated by what one considers the ultimate goal of film to be.

If it is solely a means for entertainment, then this new technology is something to be praised, as it opens the door for new methods of storytelling. No matter what one thought of the writing in “Avatar,” the visual effects were fantastic. On the other hand, though, film can also be viewed as an artistic form that is corrupted by such cheap tricks. Let’s face it, most of the films being put out in this newer format are not exactly “Citizen Kane.” With franchises like “Saw” and “Step Up” eagerly climbing aboard the 3-D train, it doesn’t seem that this technology is shooting for highbrow material. Despite the overwhelming financial success of “Avatar,” most of the projects taken underneath the 3-D wing have either flopped (2011’s “Mars Needs Moms” made roughly one-fourth of its reported production budget) or received mediocre success (“Tron Legacy” is about $50 million in the black once foreign gross is added). While three of last year’s domestic top-five highest grossing films were made with 3-D technology, one always has to remember that a ticket for these films costs as much as $4 more than one for a normal film. On top of that, “Toy Story 3” and “Shrek Forever After” are sequels to wildly popular family films and thus would have ended in the top 10 regardless. The battle over 3-D has seen the new technology take a beating in ticket sales recently, but this year may be the deciding factor for its future. • Photo courtesy of rottentomatoes.com This summer features family films (“Cars 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 2”), superheroes (“Thor,” “Green Lantern” and “Captain America”) and sequels to popular franchises (“Final Destination 5” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) all shot in 3-D. With such large film projects being presented in the new format, there is only one thing for the film purists to do: hope James Cameron isn’t lying.

Record Store Day enthusiasts rewarded Associated Press

NASHVILLE — Music fans started lining up outside Jack White’s Third Man Records shortly after midnight, vying for something special on Record Store Day. White was more than willing to accommodate them, opening his store a little early Saturday for vinyl enthusiasts. “Record stores are closing all over the place, yet vinyl record sales are the only thing growing in the music industry,” White told The Associated Press. “So it’s a beautiful thing that everyone can come together and release these special releases, whether they’re brand new or old or obscure or never released tracks, whatever they are, it’s really cool that people can get out and buy them. I mean look at how many people are here to buy records. That’s pretty cool. Very cool.” Labels big and small released more than 300 items exclusive to Record Store Day this year, the fourth year of the celebration meant to draw fans to their local independent record store. That’s nearly twice as many as last year. White contributed two 7inch rereleases of The White Stripes’ first singles and those tiny platters of goodness brought Craig Jackson and Mark Klacik out at 2 a.m. to camp behind Grimey’s New and Preloved Music, a record store about a mile from Third Man Records. “We slept right here under this tree in the rain,” Jackson said. They fired up a grill to warm up and cook a break— Will Abrams is a senior in journalism and electronic fast of steak, sausage and toast. As the store’s openmedia. He can be reached at wabrams1@utk.edu. ing approached, hundreds

stood behind them in a line that wrapped around the block. Clouds threatened more rain and a chilly wind dropped temperatures into the 50s but that didn’t deter anyone. However, the severe weather did postpone the Jerry Lee Lewis’ concert at White’s record store until Sunday. Before the concert was postponed, White talked about Lewis, known as The Killer. “This is a guy who was setting his piano on fire before Hendrix did it,” White said. “That shows you how wild the early days of rock ‘n’ roll were and how important it was, breaking up the cookie cutter sort of clean-cut pop music that was out there at the time. It’s just as important today as it was then. He’s a founding father and it’s incredible to even be able to do something like this.” The Lewis concert wasn’t the only one involving big names. The Foo Fighters were scheduled to play at Fingerprints Records in Los Angeles. My Morning Jacket set up at CD Central in Lexington, Ky., The Drive-By Truckers were at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Va. and The Del McCoury Band teamed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Greenfield, Wis. At Grimey’s, Jackson and Klacik, both 27-year-old, carried blue carry-all bags to haul their loot. “After it stopped raining it kind of got colder,” Jackson said. “We got soaked but it was kind of worth it.” Doyle Davis, owner of Grimey’s, turned the day into a true celebration with eight concerts by acts like Matt & Kim and Jason Isbell.

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