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Senior student leads charge in calculator drive ‘Calculators to Classrooms’ spreads knowledge of issue, works to increase donation numbers Haley Hall Staff Writer
decided to try to take action,” Duffy said. Duffy created a Facebook group, rallied friends and focused his energy into collecting unused calculators on campus in the remaining two weeks of the fall 2010 semester. Grant Parker, senior in music, liked the idea. “When he brought up the idea for this drive, it really struck me,” Parker said. “The concept of the drive seemed like a no-brainer. Almost everyone who went to high school still has one of those things but now has
In an age of economic deficits, academic funding remains an issue throughout the nation, and the lack of necessary materials is hindering the educational opportunities of students in Tennessee and elsewhere. George Duffy, senior in physics, devised a plan to offset the unavailable necessity of calculators in underfunded schools after pondering the requests of teachers on DonorsChoose.com. This website allows teachers to post projects in need of funding. Duffy found that hundreds of thousands of dollars were sought to purchase calculators, and he began to consider the options surrounding such shortfalls. “What I saw, particularly, was one in Nashville, the Lead Academy of Nashville, and they wanted like $400 for three calculators,” Duffy said. “I saw this, and I was in my room with my roommate. He had a calculator. I had a matching calculator on my desk, and one of my friends said he was done with his math class. “I thought, ‘Hey, me and my friends could make a $400 donation and basically create the thing at George Duffy, senior in physics, receives a calculator from Francesca Freed, senior the school.’” media, on April 14 as part of his calculator drop for Lead Academy of Nashville. Upon continued investigation, Duffy found that nearly 400 schools were seeking calculators on DonorsChoose.com. He continued to ques- absolutely no use for them.” Calculators play an influential role in the teaching of tion the need for calculators in schools and the opportunities that might be employed to provide the mathematic state-required math courses, like Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. tools. “One teacher reported that her students, if they didn’t “When I started realizing that there were these stuhave calculators, did 31 percent lower on standardized dents out there who were not going to be able to get into tests,” Duffy said. colleges simply because they weren’t wealthy enough, I
Through collection attempts on the Pedestrian Mall, donations from friends and lost and founds, Duffy managed to obtain nine calculators last fall. He donated them to Lead Academy of Nashville. “It was actually the first time I’ve actually seen someone’s jaw drop,” he said. “When I presented to the math teacher, she just looked at me, staring, like ‘Oh great. We can get the students trained in this immediately,’ and she was going to start on it the next day.” This small success spurred increasing action. Duffy and his friends increased their outreach to the Society of Physics Students, the Progressive Student Alliances, professors and passersby this semester. The group has recently named its organization Calculators to Classrooms, Duffy said. Last week, Calculators to Classrooms sponsored Cookies for Calculators, a donation drive that offered free cookies to all in the hopes of spreading knowledge of the issue and initiating desires to donate. So far, 13 graphing calculators and eight scientific calculators have been collected. The organization hopes these numbers will continue to grow as the semester ends through who have Andrea Stockard • The Daily Beacon professors agreed to inform their stuin journalism and electronic dents about their abilities to donate after they have finished their finals. “I would love to see a broader movement become of what we have started here,” Parker said. “The idea is brilliant and really requires a very few devoted individuals to make a difference. I’m excited to see what a larger amount of people could do. I try to think in terms of total numbers of calculators can we get in the hands of kids. I think that’s the most important thing.”
Speech contest delivers practicality Public speaking competition allows for application of skills
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A student’s car lies smashed by a tree after the storm on Tuesday. The quick-ending storm left about a quarter of KUB customers without power and several major roads blocked with trees. More photos of the storm are on page 3.
This Thursday at 8 p.m., the School of Communication Studies is scheduled to host the McClung Public Speaking Contest in the Cox Auditorium. This contest is the largest currently held in the southeast and is coordinated by honors students in Communication Studies 217. More than 800 students are currently enrolled in Communication Studies 210, public speaking, that have been narrowed down to five finalists who will speak before their peers. These five finalists will each receive between $25 and $100, provided by the Charles J. McClung Endowment. Each speech, lasting five to seven minutes, will be either an informative or persuasive speech from class. The speech competition gives students the opportunity to apply practical skills they have acquired in their classes. Contestants must demonstrate their effectiveness in conveying information to a crowd. “The purpose of this event is to provide useful examples of student speeches for their peers in Communication Studies 210 classes to evaluate while providing them an extra credit opportunity,”
Laura Arnett Smith, faculty coordinator of the speech contest in the School of Communication Studies, said. “It is also an excellent way to recognize the hard work of the students who will be teaching their peers about relevant current events.” By incorporating themes related to prescient issues, the event plans to be educationally enriching in multiple ways. The emcees for the event will be honors students James Darlington, freshman in communication pre-major, and Molly Hunt, sophomore in preprofessional interest. Students are encouraged to turn out and support those who will be speaking. “I think people should come to the contest to experience public speaking,” Hunt said. “At some point in our lives, we will have an opportunity to speak in front of people. Why not take the opportunity now to see public speaking at its best, so that when that time comes you will have an idea of how to effectively reach your audience.” A new feature this semester will be a photo montage of many of the Communication Studies 210 classes set to music and shown before the competition begins. Everyone is invited to attend.
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David Saunders, sophomore in graphic design, participates in a Skype lecture with Steven Bone, a web designer, in his Graphic Design 405 class on April 18. The Skype lectures allow students to interact with different designers concerning topics from websites to gaming.
4977: Universe is created, according to Kepler On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets. Kepler was born on Dec. 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, Germany. As a university student, he studied the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ theories of planetary ordering. Copernicus (1473-1543) believed that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system, a theory that contradicted the prevailing view of the era that the sun revolved around the earth. In 1600, Kepler went to Prague to work for Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, the imperial mathematician to Rudolf II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Kepler’s main project was to investigate the orbit of Mars. When Brahe died the following year, Kepler took over his job and inherited Brahe’s extensive collection of astronomy data, which had been painstakingly observed by the naked eye. Over the next decade, Kepler learned about the
work of Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who had invented a telescope with which he discovered lunar mountains and craters, the largest four satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, among other things. Kepler corresponded with Galileo and eventually obtained a telescope of his own and improved upon the design. In 1609, Kepler published the first two of his three laws of planetary motion, which held that planets move around the sun in ellipses, not circles (as had been widely believed up to that time), and that planets speed up as they approach the sun and slow down as they move away. In 1619, he produced his third law, which used mathematic principles to relate the time a planet takes to orbit the sun to the average distance of the planet from the sun. Kepler’s research was slow to gain widespread traction during his lifetime, but it later served as a key influence on the English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and his law of gravitational force. Additionally, Kepler did important work in the fields of optics, including demonstrating how the human eye works, and math. He died on Nov. 15, 1630, in Regensberg, Germany. As for Kepler’s calculation about the universe’s birthday, scientists in the 20th century developed the Big Bang theory, which showed that his calculations were off by about 13.7 billion years. —This Day in History is courtesy of history.com.
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Proposed gun legislation negates right to defense In response to the April 19 article, “Student Senate fights against gun legislation,” I find it troubling that in an academic setting where reason should be championed, the main argument against campus carry is an irrational, emotionally based one: “I wouldn’t feel safe.” The history of citizens’ right to selfdefense has been rife with irrational arguments and scenarios that always fail to materialize. When right-to-carry laws were first proposed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the opposition claimed that there would be gun battles in the streets over fender-benders, among other outlandish hypothetical scenarios. More than two decades later, blood has failed to stain the streets as they predicted. When the Tennessee legislature restored the right of citizens to defend themselves in restaurants like Outback or Chili’s, which serve alcohol, we were warned of drunken citizens shooting fellow patrons (it is illegal to consume alcohol and carry a handgun). Predictably, that too has failed to occur. Furthermore, current law is unconstitutional under both the federal and state constitutions. Unlike the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on “unreasonable searches and seizures,” the Second Amendment is abundantly clear in that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.” Article 1, Section 26 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms for their defense while giving the legislature the power “to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.” Tennessee’s handgun carry permit holders carry for the legal purpose of self-defense and have been judged by the state of Tennessee through background checks and training to be trustworthy to carry a firearm for that purpose. Given that there is no evidence to suggest that restricting the right of citizens to carry for their own self-defense will decrease crime, current law is unconstitutional and must be amended immediately. Those concerned that campus carry will increase crime or make campus unsafe should refer to the state of Utah, which allows campus carry for students and has (predictably) not had any of the hypothetical problems dreamed up by the opposition. The very same statement by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police that SGA President Ross Rowland referred to admits that “universities and colleges cannot guarantee safety to any realistic degree.” Speaking before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on April 13, MTSU Police Chief Buddy Peaster’s advice for a young woman being raped was to try to escape. When a killer walks into your classroom and bars the door, this is a strategy of “Stop, drop and die.” It’s time for Tennessee to restore its citizens’ fundamental rights to defend themselves. Nicholas Gibby senior in management email@example.com Columnist fakes historically accurate commentary I am writing in response to Sean Mahoney’s April 13 column, “Similarities found in social movements,” regarding the similarities between the gay activist movement and the Civil Rights movement. I am writing because I feel that he claims to take the perspective of a learned historian. When reading the column, I felt that it was everything but an evidence-based historical analysis. The most alarming part of this is that he says, “like the best of historians,” he will leave out his bias and be impartial. The article is full of Mahoney’s own feelings about both movements. He also says with all arguments aside that he is submitting facts. Very little of what he states is fact. Much of it is far-reaching assumptions with little evidence to back it up. The most alarming part of Mahoney’s article was that he states that gays are fighting for equality in a society where they are not singled out. I was incredibly upset by this given some of the harassment that has marred the gay population throughout its history in America. In the future, I would hope that Mahoney would either claim his arguments as his own or get his facts correct. Mattea Sanders junior in history firstname.lastname@example.org SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline
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Sean Mahoney This week marks the last week of classes for everyone, but for the lucky few of us that are graduating, they could be the last classes ever. Now we have to actually grow up and venture out into the world to make lives of our own. Naturally, it seems appropriate to offer some form of last-minute advice to those of you returning next semester. As I sit here on my laptop attempting to come up with something remotely appropriate for a senior submitting his last column ever, I look around at anything that could help. On my wall, Ferris Bueller is staring into my soul, and his relaxed smile reminds me to never take life too seriously. On my desk is a syllabus from one of my history classes reminding me that I have homework to do. The class is American history, and its theme concerns the “Idea of America” and how it has evolved, progressed or changed over the course of our nation’s past. The course revolves around every individual or group interpretation of what America means to them and how it shapes their concept of the nation’s future. It is an important concept to understand, because, like many lessons in history, it is always relevant to our current society. Competing concepts of America are just as prevalent in today’s society as they were decades ago. Everyone will always have his or her personal interpretation of what America is and should be. This, ultimately, is where my argument stems from. Opposing views of what it means to be an American have led our society to create deep divisions that put a tremendous amount of emphasis on all of our differences. Much of our nation’s entire history is made up of such incredible conflict over these opposing ideals, which can be viewed as very detrimental to the development of our society as a whole. So many times in American history, opposing ideals and the emphasis on the differences they create have resulted in tragedy. Our entire Civil War was fought on the basis that the population could
not agree on how America should operate. One ideal, which became associated with the South, was that the states should have more control over the population than the federal government. The opposing ideal, held by many Northerners, was that the federal government should reserve most control. The inability of either side to get past the major differences led to our nation’s bloodiest conflict. More than 620,000 soldiers died because such deep divisions in society had been created by conflicting ideas of America. Enough deaths to fill Neyland Stadium six times was the result of two sides that could not reconcile their perceived differences. In another example of conflicting ideas of America creating division in society, the Cold War era stands as a gleaming example of the American population turning against one another over a series of issues. The entire period was made up of fears over who may or may not be a communist. Neighbors resorted to spying on each other as a result of the government’s illustration that communists were some dirty, deceitful group of people that were concerned only with the overthrow of American society. Such issues stand as a reminder of how our society can be drastically set back by our overemphasis on differences when people have an opposing idea of America. Our individual interpretations on how our nation should be have led to labels and -isms being placed on everyone to set them apart. Everyone is either gay, straight, liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, communist, socialist or capitalist. Personally, I align myself with Mr. Bueller’s argument that, “A person should not believe in an -ism. He should believe in himself.” This is partly because I have a love for our population. We may not always be the sharpest knives in the drawer, but we are a fun bunch, and for the most part, I believe that most Americans’ hearts are in the right place. So, with this last bit of advice, I will step off my soapbox and sign off. And to all you communists, fascists, atheists, capitalists, activists, Democrats, Republicans and even ’Bama fans, God bless you all. Try not to drive each other too crazy, because after all, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Sean Mahoney is a senior in history. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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As I sit here writing my last piece for The Daily Beacon ever, I am bowled over with the realization of how much of a bittersweet moment this is. I am unsure of how to feel that in a few weeks, I will be a college graduate. In a few weeks, five years’ worth of sweat, tears and caffeine highs will culminate in three sheets of paper that say that I did whatever I was supposed to do, if not well, at least by an acceptable standard. I can finally get a job, have an apartment, perhaps a newer car and health insurance, thank heavens. In order to get there, I have been to some interesting places. I have struggled with many inner battles, reconciling who I now am with who I used to be, and trying to make sense of more existential crises than I have most college material. I have professed to hate every second of being in college, as well as confessed to loving every minute of my college experience. There were the days where I could not honestly see the point of being in college if I was probably not going to get a job that was equal to my education level, days where I thought I was going to march right up to the Bursar’s office and demand a refund. The overwhelming course load that I imposed upon myself clashed with my high expectations. I frequently misjudged myself and thought I was unworthy, incredibly stupid and not fit to be in college. However, those days were negated by the good days, the days where I was thoroughly glad that I had and/or was currently pursuing a college education and the opportunities it afforded me. I have run in a college campaign, done research that has contributed to society in a positive way, become more social and outgoing than I would have ever thought possible and been able to become financially independent. I have come into contact with some of the most revered minds globally and other people who are equally interesting, if not more famous — reveling, as it were, in the quality of the interactions. I have been given the opportunity to write for the Beacon, which for me is an honor, considering the fact that I know/am convinced that I am a poor
writer and completely unable to express a coherent and cogent train of thought, at least in comparison to some of my peers — and my editors have still printed whatever I have written, in good faith. Perhaps what I am trying to express, with much verbose language and less clarity of thought, is that college has been an enriching experience. Even if it was not rewarding sometimes, it was definitely enriching, because at least I still learned something. Every time I took a hit, I learned to become a stronger individual, and every time I triumphed at something, I learned to not let it go to my head. My ego took many hits, my perception of my abilities went up and down, and after five years of being utterly frustrated and utterly delighted, here I am. Wow. Others may not have or have had an experience anything like mine, but I probably did far more than most people should, and mine is not typical. I’m not sure if it is because I’m entirely atypical as an individual or because I chose to pursue a different college experience. However, since we are in some way the product of our choices, I would say both played an important part in my personal development, as they will for others. A friend recently asked me where life went — she had only met me about a year and a half ago, but we had shared much laughter and many tears and too many memories. I answered, “Life didn’t go anywhere. Time snuck by us like thieves, stealing away a particle of sand at a time from a giant hourglass while we stood with the vestiges of our old selves.” College does that to you — it seems like it is never going to end, and one day you wake up and you are an entirely different person from the one you are used to being and the one you used to know. Take my advice. Enjoy every minute of it, even if it’s not the best. Push yourself to every boundary that you can possibly go, and make an effort to grow. Ask help from others, stay true to who you are and never lose sight of why you’re here — and do anything to put off the experience of graduating, because the outside world is not that great. To wrap it up, I hope that you all have enjoyed reading my columns as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. It’s been the most enriching and rewarding experience of my life, to share a part of me with you all. Signing off (for now, but not forever), Yasha — Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Maryville College president to discuss “The False Promise of Green Energy” Maryville College President Tom Bogart will discuss his book, “The False Promise of Green Energy,” today at UT. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. Bogart will sign copies of his book following his presentation. From 1990 to 2002, Bogart was on the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. While at CWRU, he served as chair of the department of economics and as a research associate of the Center for Regional Economic Issues. A recipient of multiple teaching awards, Bogart was selected by the undergraduate students of CWRU to receive the Carl F. Wittke Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching and the undergraduate teaching excellence award for humanities and social sciences. He was also selected by the students of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations to receive the first faculty member of the year award in 1994. Bogart was the recipient of the Weatherhead undergraduate teaching award multiple times. Bogart has taught undergraduate courses in urban economics, pub-
lic finance, real estate finance, the economics of state and local governments, principles of microeconomics and economic perspectives, and graduate courses on the economics of nonprofit organizations, economics for management, and value creation through real estate. Bogart’s research interests include state and local government tax and spending decisions, local government economic development and land-use policy, and the effects of school redistricting on real estate markets. He has served as an expert in court cases involving the effects of environmental damage on property values and on the impact of a professional football team leaving a city before the end of its lease. “The Economics of Cities and Suburbs,” his textbook for the urban economics course, and “Don’t Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the Twenty-first Century” were published in 1998 and 2006, respectively. His latest book is in the publication process. Bogart received a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematical sciences from Rice University and a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Princeton University, where his work was recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Tax Association. He most recently completed studies at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in the summer of 2010. UT hosts conference on how to remodel university’s role in society Much has changed since UT was founded in 1794. The nation’s priorities of prosperity and economic expansion have been overtaken by crises in the economy and social values. A conference at UT will discuss the new role the university should play in today's society. Hosted by the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Social Justice, the Conference on Social Justice and the
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University will be Friday and Saturday at the Baker Center. With faculty, student, staff and community participants, the conference will begin an ongoing discussion of how social justice can inform the responsibilities of higher education. Topics discussed include economic crises and the future of public higher education, homelessness, climate change and labor unions and higher education. A complete schedule can be viewed at http://web.utk.edu/~utsocdep/sjuconf/schedule.html. Keynote speaker Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of the City University of New York Graduate Center, will speak at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. Piven is an expert in urban politics, voting rights and the development of the welfare state and is one of the foremost political sociologists in the country. She has recently been thrust into the limelight after coming under fire by conservative television and radio host Glen Beck. Other keynotes include Erik Olin Wright, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, who will speak Friday night at 7 p.m. on “Envisioning Real Utopias,” and John Gaventa, from the Institute of Development Studies, who will speak Friday at 11:30 a.m. on “Co-constructing Democratic Knowledge for Social Justice.” Other participants come from a variety of academic disciplines, including education, modern foreign languages and literature, law, philosophy, sociology and social work, in addition to various community workers. The Social Justice and University Conference is cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research, Ready for the World, Hodges Library, the School of Information Sciences, the College of Law, the Global Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, the Chancellors Honors Program and the departments of English, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Political Science and Geography.
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3BR, 2BA condo on 17th and Clinch. Pool, porch, W/D and secure entry $1400/mo plus utilities. Call Patti (770)778-4054. 4th AND GILL Houses and apartments now available. Please call Tim at (865)599-2235. APT FOR RENT 10 minutes from UT. Studio $405. 1BR $505. 523-0441. Artsy, Victorian APTS and HOUSES. 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5BR. Some fenced yards, W/D, dishwasher, porches, huge closets, hardwood floors, high ceilings, mantles. $395 $2000. (865)455-0488. Best Apartment in the Fort! Leasing now for Fall. 4BR/ 4BA in newly renovated home. Hardwood, Stainless appliances, W/D, Off street parking. $2,100/mo. (865) 384-7290 CAMBRIDGE ARMS Just 4 miles west of campus. Small pets allowed. Pool and laundry rooms. 2BR at great price! Call (865)588-1087. Condo for rent. Beautiful 3BR, 2BA Wood floors. On campus, gated community with parking. No Pets please. Contact 789-3703.
Sequoyah Hills - 924 Southgate Road. 4BR. $1600/mo. (205)447-1119. 2BR 2BA house. Includes living room, kitchen, cH/A, W/D, dishwasher, private parking, fenced yard. Walking distance to UT. 2018 Forest Ave. $800/mo. Available May. 865-309-6412. Student Housing in The Fort. 3, 4 and 5BR units still available for Fall semester. Call (865)521-7324. UT area. Studio apt. 1700 Clinch Ave. 2 blocks from campus. Water and internet included. Lease and damage deposit. Pool and laundry room. $475. Avail. August 1. www.absolutecom.com/309. 423-956-5551.
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Wednesay, April 27, 2011
South, Midwest plagued by storms Associated Press POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — A levee keeping a swollen river from inundating a southeast Missouri town breached in at least one place downriver on Tuesday, but water pouring through the crack was unlikely to force the further mass-evacuation of homes in the area, authorities said. Crews were also looking into reports of another breach in the levee protecting Poplar Bluff and the surrounding area along the Black River from major flooding, police officer Daron House told The Associated Press. He said officials were planning to evacuate more homes, but that he didn’t know how many. The breach happened southeast of Poplar Bluff, in an area that’s not heavily populated, Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said Tuesday. The water was pouring into a drainage ditch along a road, and even if it topped the ditch, was unlikely to cause enough backflow to threaten Poplar Bluff homes upstream, he said. A powerful storm system moving through the Midwest dumped several inches of rain on already-swollen rivers and spawned at least one tornado that killed four people and carved a wide swath of destruction through the town of Vilonia. Poplar Bluff deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said Tuesday that more than 6 inches of rain fell on the town on Monday, bringing the four-day total in the area to 15 inches and causing the Black River to pour over the levee in 30 places from Poplar Bluff to the town of Qulan, downriver. More showers and thunderstorms were expected in the area on Tuesday, giving crews that worked overnight to sureup the levee no rest. Rolland said street department workers hurriedly filled small boats with sandbags overnight and were able to sure up a vulnerable section of the levee in Poplar Bluff, a town of 17,000 residents that is 130 miles south of St. Louis. Crews rescued 59 people in 11⁄2 hours late Monday after water spilled over the dam. A levee breach could force the evacuation of some 6,000 homes from Poplar Bluff to Qulin and destroy or severely damage 500 homes in Poplar bluff and its outskirts, Rolland said. Already, 23 small businesses in the area’s flood plain have taken on water, he said. The hotels in town filled up quickly, and 300 people took shelter at the Black River Coliseum, the 500-seat concert venue in town, Rolland said. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported. Families forced to flee their homes Monday watched as murky floodwater began creeping into their yards and homes. If the levee were to give way, many of those homes would be left uninhabitable. Sandbagging wasn’t an option — the river, spurred on by 10 inches or more of rain since last week, simply rose too quickly. “By the time we realized what was happening it was too dangerous to sandbag,” Butler County Presiding
Commissioner Ed Strenfel said. Severe storms that began early last week have hammered the nation’s midsection without letup. Again Monday, powerful storms ravaged Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee and other states. Authorities said at least seven people were killed in Arkansas — three of them when floodwaters swept two vehicles off of roadways and four when a likely twister tore through the small town of Vilonia. The storm system was expected to move into Illinois and Wisconsin on Tuesday, said Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. At the same time, a second storm system was expected to start along the same path, bringing several more days of rain, he said. Governors in Arkansas and Kentucky declared states of emergency. In Kentucky, record flooding is expected over the next few days, partly because of a double-whammy — both the Ohio and Mississippi rivers significantly above flood stage. Several dozen residents were evacuated from the area of Cairo, Ill., where the rivers converge. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was considering the extraordinary step of intentionally breaching the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, just downriver of the confluence, in a bid to reduce the amount of water moving down the Mississippi. The move would soak 130,000 acres of farmland, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon objected to the idea. A decision was expected Tuesday. Missouri was still cleaning up from tornado damage in the St. Louis area — 2,700 buildings, including Lambert Airport, were damaged in the Friday night twister — when spring flooding went from bad to far worse Monday. A dam in St. Francois County was in jeopardy of bursting, with a few dozen homes potentially in harm’s way. Levees were stressed along the Mississippi River in Pike and Lincoln counties, north of St. Louis. But by far the biggest concern was Poplar Bluff. The Missouri National Guard sent 200 guardsmen and rescue equipment to the area. Several people had to be rescued by boat, including some who don’t live in the flood plain, as heavy rain flooded several streets Monday night. Police officers spent Monday going door-to-door in the southwest part of town, telling residents to get out. Not everyone did. Along one road near the levee, children played knee-deep in water. Adults gathered on the porches, seemingly enjoying nature’s show. “I’m not worried. This is my favorite time of the year,” 20year-old Brandon Andrews said, pledging to ride out the flood in his trailer home, even as water lapped against its sides. He didn’t have a boat and the water was already too high to drive through, but Andrews said he had been to the store and stocked up on hot dogs, chili and necessities. Police Chief Danny Whiteley was hoping the water would recede soon enough that flooding would mostly be limited to basements. He wasn’t optimistic. “I guess you’d call it a perfect storm: It’s just all come together at once,” Whiteley said.
Facebook to incorporate deals program Associated Press What happens when you cross the world’s largest social network with one of the hottest business models in e-commerce? Facebook wants to find out. Facebook is launching a deals program Tuesday in five U.S. cities, following on the popularity of Groupon and other services that offer deep discounts — for example: $50 worth of food at a local eatery for $25. By allowing small businesses to leverage the Internet while helping consumers score great deals, these group-couponing services have become some of the fastest-growing businesses in the world. Facebook now wants a part of that. It hopes to exploit its existing networks of friends and family when it begins testing offers in San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas and Austin, Texas. Many deals sites have a social component. For instance, if you get three friends to buy a LivingSocial voucher, yours is free. Groupon’s offers become valid only after a certain number of people purchase them. But the deals are circulated to users through email, and the community aspect is secondary. Facebook is hoping to change that. “We’re building a product that is social from the ground up,” says Emily White, director of local for Facebook. “All of these deals are things you want to do with friends, so no teeth whitening, but yes to river rafting.” Starting Tuesday, when Facebook users in the five test markets log into the site, they will see a deals insignia at the bottom of the page. Clicking on it brings up a list of currently available offers. A user can buy one, click the “like” button to recommend it to others or share the offer with friends through Facebook’s private messaging system. When users purchase or “like” a deal, it shows up in their friends’ news feed. That means “the discovery of
the product can happen in lots of different places,” White says. To get the program started, Facebook has enlisted 11 companies that already supply deals elsewhere. Restaurant reservation service OpenTable will broadcast offers for local eateries, while online ticket seller Viagogo will market events. Not all offers involve discounts. Some are experiences people may not otherwise have access to, such as a backstage pass to Austin City Limits concerts, a tour of the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium, or a children’s sleepover at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco with live-snake demos. In some cases, you’ll get a “friend bonus” — an additional discount — if at least one other person in your social network buys a deal. Leveraging social tools and direct sharing among friends will be “a key to success for daily deal companies” going forward, says Lou Kerner, social media analyst at Wedbush. This is not the first time a social network has made a foray into disseminating deals. Twitter launched its own daily deal program called Earlybird Offers last year but canceled it after just two months. Last November Facebook launched a product called Check-in Deals that allowed users to “check in” via their mobile phones when they visit certain businesses and in turn receive discounts and other special offers. Location-based social network Foursquare has a similar program. Offers through Facebook can last anywhere from a day to a week. The social network won’t disclose how much commission it takes. (With Groupon and others, the deal site typically takes up to half the revenue.) There are hundreds of Groupon copycats willing to accept lower commissions, but many small businesses prefer to partner with larger companies such as Groupon and LivingSocial because they reach more potential customers.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Wingardh, Keddie earn golf honors Staff Reports Robin Wingardh and Danny Keddie were Tennessee’s representatives on the 2011 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Awards, announced Monday by the league office. Wingardh was named to the All-SEC second team for a third straight year, while Keddie earned Freshman AllSEC honors in quick fashion after joining the squad this past January. Wingardh owns five top-10 finishes in his 10 tournaments played this season, and leads the team with a 71.87 stroke average. Exactly half of his 30 rounds have resulted in a score of par or better, including a season-low 68 on four occasions. His best finish was second at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in October, but the last five tournaments have seen the Wingardh place sixth, seventh, 20th, eighth and then third at the recent SEC Championship. UT’s senior captain also was named to the All-SEC second team in 2009 and 2010. Keddie made an immediate impact for the Vols with a 10th-place showing in his very first collegiate tournament,
the Battle at the Beach in February. After a few tournaments of adjustment to the college game, Keddie regained his form and capped his first regular season with a pair of sixth-place showings at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational and SEC Championship. Keddie is third on the team with a 74.22 stroke average and has scored par or better in six of his 18 rounds. His season low score was 66 in the opening round of at the Augusta event. The SEC’s 12 head coaches vote for honors in conjunction with the league's recent championship weekend. Florida’s Bank Vongvanij was voted SEC Golfer of the Year and one of two CoScholar-Athletes of the Year, while Gators head coach Buddy Alexander was tabbed SEC Coach of the Year. Alabama’s Cory Whitsett earned SEC Freshman of the Year and Vanderbilt’s Ryan Haselden joined Vongvanij as Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. NCAA regional selections are May 9, with regional competition set for May 19-21. This year's NCAA Men's Golf Championship takes place May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
5 Lady Vols named to All-SEC teams Staff Reports The No. 13-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team had five players named to the AllSoutheastern Conference first and second teams, the league office announced on Tuesday. Senior Rosalía Alda and junior Natalie Pluskota were both named to the All-SEC First Team. This is Alda’s second All-Conference award, as she was a Second Team selection in 2009-10. Alda has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, posting a career-high 24 singles victories and tying a career-best with 29 doubles wins. Her 108 doubles victories rank fifth alltime in Tennessee history. She went 8-2 in SEC regular season play, giving her the highest winning percentage of any Lady Vol. The Round Rock, Texas native notched seven wins against top-100 singles players this season. Pluskota has anchored the top spot in UT’s singles and doubles lineup all season, posting a 7-3 record in SEC singles play (14-10 overall), all from the No. 1 position. She toppled six top-100 foes this season in singles, while going 18-8 in doubles play. Pluskota comes in at No. 39 in the Campbell/ITA singles rank-
ings, while she and Brynn Boren are ranked No. 19 nationally in doubles. Three Lady Vols received Second Team All-SEC honors: Brynn Boren, Maria Sorbello and Kata Szekely. Boren, a freshman from Laguna Niguel, Calif., posted a team-high 28 singles wins in 2010-11. She went 6-3 against top-100 foes. Her 16-7 doubles record includes a perfect 4-0 mark in SEC dual match play. Sorbello, a senior from Mackay, Australia, captured Second Team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season. She went 8-3 in SEC dual match singles play and 80 in doubles action. Overall, she went 21-5 in doubles and ranks 12th in program history with 83 doubles wins. Sophomore Kata Szekely rounds out the quintet of Lady Vols to capture All-SEC honors. Szekely went 18-9 in singles play in 2010-11, including a 7-4 mark in league play. In doubles, she teamed up with Jennifer Meredith to form one of the conference’s strongest tandems. Overall, Meredith and Szekely went 20-1, including a 10-1 mark against SEC foes. They also racked up 19 consecutive victories from Jan. 31-April 10, the longest streak in the SEC this season.
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Predators unsatisfied with first win Associated Press The Nashville Predators are happy after winning their first playoff series in their sixth try. However, they’re far from satisfied. Defenseman Ryan Suter says nobody remembers who wins in the first round. So while winning a series is good, he said it’s not time for the young Predators to start celebrating. “If we win the Stanley Cup, then sure,” Suter said. The small market team in the nontraditional hockey market has bigger goals after being eliminated early in the playoffs six of the past seven seasons. “Now we’re making history,” coach Barry Trotz said. “We’re a young franchise that is trying to go deep.” Trotz gave the Predators off Monday to rest up from a very physical and bruising opening series against the Anaheim Ducks. The Predators closed out the Ducks in six games with a 4-2 win Sunday. The Predators now have to wait to see if they start the Western Conference semifinals at Vancouver, Detroit or possibly even host the Los Angeles Kings. These Predators, who went into the postseason as the West’s No. 5 seed, are playing even better than they did in finishing off the regular season. “Exciting for them. They’ve drafted great for a long time,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Monday. “Every year, I hear Nashville has overachieved, and yet, when I see their lineup at the start of the year, I wonder how a team with Pekka Rinne in net, (Shea) Weber and Suter on the back end overachieved? To me, that seems to be like the best. Good for Trotz and those guys. (general manager) Dave Poile has done a good job.” Nashville has continued how it finished the regular season, when the Predators averaged 3.33 goals in the final 15 games. Nashville scored a franchise-high 22 goals in six games against Anaheim, and the only Predators who played against Anaheim that didn’t score a point in the series were backup goalie Anders Lindback and defenseman Shane O’Brien. The Predators got six points from Mike Fisher and five from Weber, the team captain. They also got a career-best five points from Jordin Tootoo, who had assists on the game-winning goals in Games 5 and 6. “We scored more goals in the series than we ever have and
gave up more goals than we ever have,” Trotz said. “So it was a totally different animal to slay if you will.” Trotz calls it the Predator way, and it certainly has worked for the franchise that still has the same coach and general manager that started a team that hit the ice in 1998-99. Poile has built Nashville mostly through the draft with forward David Legwand, who capped Sunday's win with an empty net goal, as his first pick. Poile’s work in building this roster made him a finalist for general manager of the year. The roster also features other draft picks, including goalie Pekka Rinne, a Vezina Trophy finalist. Weber was named a Norris Trophy finalist on Monday. Defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Blake Geoffrion helped Nashville finished the season with the NHL’s fifth-youngest active roster with an age of 26 years, 140 days. Poile also made pivotal trade pickups like left wing Sergei Kostitsyn, brought in last offseason from Montreal, and O’Brien. His biggest move came Feb. 10 when he gave up his first-round pick this June and what will now be a third-round pick in 2012 to Ottawa for center Mike Fisher. Trotz repeatedly has mentioned the local ownership group’s support for making that deal happen. “We don’t even get in the playoffs without the commitment of getting Mike Fisher in this deal ... A lot of people say you have to do a little different • Photo courtesy of zimbio.com than we do, but it’s about winning for us,” Trotz said. “It’s not about salary caps. It’s about winning, getting players here and getting the win. ... Players love to play here. This city is a fantastic city with a great fan base.” The owners also brought in Jeff Cogen as the new chief executive officer and Sean Henry as the new president and chief operating officer for the business side. They helped Nashville sell out 16 games in the regular season with three playoff sellouts already, just one off the franchise-high 20 sellouts in the 1999-2000 season. But inside the locker room, there was no wild celebration after eliminating the Ducks. Legwand said all the series’ victory means is that they get to keep playing. “I don’t know if we ever played into May, and that’s a big thing for us. ... It’s exciting for us,” he said. “We got one series down, three to go.”
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Martin, UT waiting on duo’s decision
Matt Dixon Sports Editor Cuonzo Martin is one month into his tenure as men’s basketball coach at Tennessee. His job is simple: Keep the team competing at a high level while rebuilding the program — both in the roster and in perception. Not an easy task, especially given who he’s replacing and the circumstances that led to the coaching change. It will take time for Martin to change how UT’s program is viewed by fans and media alike, but he’s already replenishing a team that lost five seniors from last year’s squad by getting Memphis point guard Chris Jones to honor his letter of intent and signing guard Josh Richardson from Oklahoma. Martin could sign additional players, depending largely on the futures of Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris with the Vols. Hopson and Harris are the two biggest recruits for Martin this year. UT’s two best players from a season ago are currently deciding if they will turn pro and enter the NBA Draft or not. Both have tentatively entered the draft, a practice done by many college players each year, but neither has signed with an agent, meaning each could pull out of the draft and return to school. The deadline for withdrawing from the draft is May 8. The future of Tennessee basketball under Martin — especially in the short term — hinges largely on the decisions of Hopson and Harris. Hopson, a junior, has endured an up-and-down three-year career with the Vols. He hasn’t lived up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of high school, when he was one of the top players in the country. Still, Hopson has improved each season and was a first team All-SEC selection this past year after leading the team in scoring, averaging 17 points per game. Given his skill set, athleticism and size, Hopson is an intriguing prospect to NBA scouts who value potential. Hopson — much like his play on the court — has a wide range of draft projections, ranging from late first round to going undrafted. Harris, like Hopson, was also one of the top high school players in the country and was named a Freshman AllAmerican this season, after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game. He was the most consistent player for the Vols during the year. Despite not having many highlight-reel plays, “All Business” stuffed the stat sheet and displayed a solid, all-around game. Harris is considered a mid-to-late first round pick if he chooses to stay in the draft. Most underclassmen looking to enter the NBA Draft like to be assured of being a lottery pick — top 15 overall — before entering the draft, largely because of the guaranteed contract and roster spot the selection provides. While neither Hopson or Harris are likely lottery picks in the June 23 draft, the opportunity to realize the childhood dream of playing professional basketball is enticing, especially considering the uncertainty of the basketball program going forward under a new coach. And until Hopson and Harris make a decision on whether they will return to UT for another season, the expectations surrounding the Vols’ program going forward under Martin remain unknown as well. —Matt Dixon is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter at @MattDixon3.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Grizzlies nearing historic upset Associated Press The Memphis Grizzlies are one win away from more franchise history, and Shane Battier is expecting quite a fight from the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies routed the Spurs 104-86 on Monday night and need just one victory to become the second No. 8 seed to knock off the top seed in a best-of-seven series in the NBA playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday night in San Antonio, and Battier is trying to prepare his younger teammates for what lies ahead. “It’s a very difficult situation,” he said. “These guys know this could be it. They are going to fight as hard as they have ever fought before as a group. We have to be able to match that intensity and surpass it.” The Spurs won 61 games in the regular season and only lost the NBA’s best record by dropping the final two games. But the four-time NBA champs are on the verge losing their opening playoff series 4-1 for the second time in three years. Battier thinks that makes Wednesday night very dangerous. “I’d feel better if it was against someone other than the Spurs,” he said. “They are very capable of winning three straight in a playoff series. All we’ve done is held home court.” Memphis made franchise history by winning the series opener for its first playoff victory, then added its first playoff win at home. A win Wednesday night would put the Grizzlies alongside the 2007 Golden State Warriors as the only No. 8 seeds to eliminate the top team since the NBA expanded to a best-ofseven series. “I know a lot of people didn’t expect us to be here,” Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. “It’s not like we were expected to be up 3-1 at this point. In our locker room, we’re just playing it game by game. We want to come into San Antonio looking to end it there. We’re focused and want to be able to move onto the next round.” The Spurs now are placing their hopes in making a stand Wednesday night on their home court. Coach Gregg Popovich pulled his starters with 5:43 left to start resting them for that game. “They’ll need their juice for the next game,” Popovich said. Conley had 15 points and seven assists. Darrell Arthur added 14 points for Memphis. Tony Allen scored 12, and Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo each had 11 points. Tony Parker scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half for the Spurs, but also had seven turnovers. Manu Ginobili had 14 points, Gary Neal finished with 11, and George Hill and Tiago Splitter had 10 apiece. Splitter, a rookie from Brazil, had not played in the series previously. Tim Duncan had six points for the Spurs on his 35th birthday. “Obviously, the whole team is very frustrated,” Parker said. “I mean we go through a
whole season and get that first seed, and now we’re just one game away to be eliminated so it’s most important for us to focus on Game 5. That’s the most important thing to get Game 5 and try to get another chance to get a win here.” San Antonio led 50-48 for its first halftime lead of the series, and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins ripped his team at the break. The Grizzlies responded with a 14-0 run to begin the third quarter. Marc Gasol’s two free throws at 11:04 put Memphis ahead to stay at 52-50, and Sam Young capped the surge with a dunk. The Spurs missed their first five shots, had seven turnovers in the quarter and put Memphis on the line early with foul trouble. “Everybody started to smell blood,” Conley said. “I think we started to realize a couple more punches, and we got them. A couple more stops, a couple more layups, a couple more steals.” The Grizzlies had every fan up and waving a rally towel, cranking up the noise with every Spurs miss or mistake. Arthur ended the quarter by hitting a pair of jumpers to put Memphis up 78-65. Battier made a 3-pointer to give Memphis a 94-75 lead with 5:43 left, starting the party in earnest in a town desperate for an NBA winner in the Grizzlies’ 10th year here. “They put their foot on our neck and they never let up,” Popovich said. “They did a great job.” The Grizzlies had just their sixth sellout crowd of the season, and the fans couldn’t have been more electric. They buzzed with a sense of expectation instead of mere hope for a win over the same team • Photo courtesy of zimbio.com that swept Memphis out of the playoffs in its first postseason trip in 2004. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili were on that team, and they’re still with the Spurs. Ginobili was asked if they are feeling old right now. “We’ve been feeling old for five years. I don’t think it’s a matter of experience, old or young,” Ginobili said. “We’re not the most athletic team in the league, and they are tough as we said for a week since we started playing. They are young, athletic. They play hard, and we couldn’t find answers in that third quarter.” NOTES: The Spurs outscored Memphis 46-42 in the paint. ... The Grizzlies led the NBA in forcing turnovers with 16.5 per game and steals with 9.40 per game. They had their best performance of the series Monday night, forcing 17 turnovers that they turned into 20 points. Memphis also had eight steals, three by Allen. ... The Grizzlies went 23-3 in the regular season when holding opponents to 90 points or fewer. ... Memphis has never played a game in May.