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Man pleads guilty in attack on Milwaukee mayor MILWAUKEE — A 21year-old man has pleaded guilty to beating Milwaukee's mayor during an argument at the Wisconsin State Fair. Anthony Peters pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree reckless injury, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In a deal with prosecutors, he also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and bail-jumping. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss three related charges and recommend a nine-year prison sentence. Defense attorney Anthony Cotton says his client was guilty and wanted to admit it. Authorities say Peters was arguing with his daughter's grandmother last August when Mayor Tom Barrett heard cries for help and intervened. A criminal complaint says Barrett punched Peters before Peters hit the mayor with a metal object.
As the UT College of Agriculture prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Board of Trustees will vote on a proposal to name Joseph DiPietro Chancellor of the College of Agriculture. The proposal is the work of UT Interim President Jan Simek. “With the title of chancellor, Dr. Joseph DiPietro, as chief academic officer for the agriculture campus, would be given latitude and authority needed in the tenure and promotion process,” Lorna Norwood, director of marketing and communications for the UT Agriculture Institute, said. UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek manages the faculty and staff for the entire university. With this change, DiPietro will be responsible for overseeing faculty and staff members for the Institute of Agriculture in much the same man-
ner. The Institute of Agriculture consists of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, UT Extension and the UT Agricultural Experiment Station. “The Institute of Agriculture would continue its joint relationship with UT-Knoxville in their shared responsibilities for the UTIA (University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) Colleges of Agricultural and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine,” Norwood said. DiPietro, like the chancellors at UT-Chattanooga, UT-Martin and other campuses within the UT System, will report directly to the UT president. “Dr. DiPietro supports this change and believes it is a good decision for the Institute of Agriculture,” Norwood said.
DiPietro currently serves as the vice president of the Institute of Agriculture, which operates differently than other academic colleges that make up UT-Knoxville. “What makes the College of Agriculture unique is that it has its own administration staff,” Mary Albrecht, assistant dean for academic programs, said. “The college is still part of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but it is administrated separately.” There is some history of the Institute of Agriculture being separated from the main campus. The main hall for the institute, Morgan Hall, was built at the same time as Ayers Hall and was also designed by the same architect. In the late 1990s, a bridge was built to connect the two areas of campus. Before this, the Institute of Agriculture was accessible almost solely by car or bus systems. Even with the change, the
College of Agriculture would operate as part of UT-Knoxville and would not become a separate entity. With the change, however, comes more control over the quality of faculty members hired within the college. Researchers for the College of Agriculture gather information about livestock and crops in all of Tennessee’s counties. This data gives Tennessee residents cohesive information about state agriculture since the state is so geographically diverse. In addition to gathering agricultural research for the state of Tennessee, the college provides students with a chance to study in different counties with research and education centers in several different locations. Although this proposal has already been made to the Board of Trustees, it will not be voted on until the board meets again in June.
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Soldier arrested in assault on Ohio homeless man CINCINNATI — A soldier and another man have been arrested in the beating of a homeless man, and two other soldiers are suspects, police said Tuesday. Military police in Fort Knox, Ky., turned over 24year-old Riley Feller to the Hardin County, Ky., sheriff's office Tuesday. Feller was being held on a fugitive charge at the county jail. He will be arraigned Wednesday, pending extradition to Ohio. Cincinnati police say Feller, 24-year-old Michael Hesson of Cincinnati and two soldiers based at Fort Bragg, N.C., badly beat 52-year-old John Johnson on April 10 at a homeless encampment under a bridge. Police are getting arrest warrants for the two Fort Bragg soldiers, whose names weren't immediately released, said Detective Kristen Shircliff. Sachs CEO defends actions, investors got risk they sought WASHINGTON — The CEO of Goldman Sachs is testily defending his company's ethics and business practices during the nation's financial crisis, saying that customers buying securities from the investment house came looking for risk and that's what they got. Lloyd Blankfein told a Senate investigatory panel that clients wanted a security that would give them exposure to the housing market. He said that "unfortunately, the housing market went south very quickly ... so people lost money in it." Blankfein was the final witness in a daylong hearing on Goldman Sachs' behavior leading up to a government civil fraud charge earlier this month. — The Associated Press
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Students make their way up the hill to classes Monday, which marks the beginning of the countdown to the final day of classes on Friday, April 30.
Law team wins national contest Staff Reports A team from the UT College of Law has won the Giles Sutherland Rich moot court national championship in Washington, D.C. Composed of third level law student Josh Lee and second level law student Stephen Adams, the team won by a split decision over American University. The team won the Houston Regional to advance to the national finals, where the winners and runners-up from each of the four regions competed. In the national competition, Lee and Stephens defeated a team from Akron University, which had placed second in the Midwestern Regional, in the quarterfinal round and then a strong team from the University of California-Davis, first in the West, in the semifinal round. In the final round, the team had a unique opportunity to argue its case before Judges Alan D. Lourie, Alvin A. Schall and Timothy B. Dyk of the Federal Circuit.
Judge Lourie asked Lee if a case he had cited was still good law in light of a later Supreme Court decision and noted that he was particularly interested in the answer because he had written the opinion Lee had cited. “Please join me in congratulating national champions Josh and Stephen for bringing the championship to the University of Tennessee College of Law,” Gary Pulsinelli, team cocoach and professor in the college, said. “And thank you to all those who helped out by judging practice rounds, and also to my co-coach, Ken Hoffmeister.” In its 37th year, the Giles Sutherland Rich moot court competition is hosted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and looks at problems in intellectual property law. The competition is named for a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who was the most distinguished jurist in the field of patent law in the world.
Freshmen entering UT in the fall who major in nursing, business administration or engineering will face an unprecedented tuition hike specific to their colleges. Of the three colleges affected, junior and senior nursing students, undergraduate business students and all engineering students can expect an increase in tuition. The plan for differential tuition, approved by the Board of Trustees this February, will go into effect for the fall semester of 2010. Differential tuition is a percredit-hour charge and is expected to be a different rate for each college. Plans for differential tuition entail future increases at the same percentage rate as university tuition increases. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek credits the supply of jobs for graduating students in nursing, business administration and engineering as a reason for the increase in student demand. To meet student needs for these three colleges, extra funds are required to employ more faculty and purchase new technology, and the tuition increase is expected to help meet this demand. “Consequently, student demand for these areas of study is outpacing our ability to accommodate students,” Cheek said in a UT press release. “Without differential tuition, we will have to limit enrollment in these areas.” The new plan has not gone without strong research and input from faculty and students in the three colleges, Cheek said.
“UT-Knoxville students realize they are getting a topnotch education at an affordable price,” Cheek said in the release. “Students tell us they want to maintain and grow the caliber of their education because they know a UTKnoxville degree is a tremendous asset to their future.” All undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration will pay an extra $50 per credit hour, resulting in an additional $3,100 from sophomore, junior and senior years combined. “The number of undergrads majoring in business at UT has increased from about 2,500 five years ago to about 5,200 today,” Jan Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration, said. “The faculty size has declined from 120 to 114 during that same time period. Our budget was reduced in 2008 to 2009, as were the budgets of other UT colleges. Today, about 25 percent of the undergrads at UT major in business, and we have about 10 percent of the faculty.” Williams said the tuition increase was one of two options. “We essentially have two alternatives,” Williams said. “(We can) increase the amount students pay to major in business or reduce our size to about two-thirds the current size and then put in a mechanism to continue to reduce our student numbers as the faculty continues to decline in size.” Students echoed the same sentiments after taking part in forums offered about differential tuition. See TUITION on Page 3
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Wednesday, April 28 — • 3:35 p.m. until 4:35 p.m. — Greg Knese of the University of California, Irvine, speaks on “Pick interpolation and stable polynomials” in room 113 of Aconda Court. This analysis seminar is free and open to the public.
• 7 p.m. — Barbara Bodine, former ambassador to Yemen, who works on issues including U.S. bilateral and regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism and governance and reform, speaks in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.
• 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. — As part of the Poverty, Energy and the Environment minisummit, a discussion on “Alternative Energy and the Future of Green Jobs” will be held in the Hodges Library Auditorium. Panelists include Kim Jensen, professor of agricultural economics, and Gil Hough and J.P. Plumlee of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Thursday, April 29 — • 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. — As part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a group of experts on sexual assault from the UT and Knoxville communities discuss prevention of sexual assault through bystander intervention, trauma associated with experiencing sexual violence, the narratives of those who have committed sexual assault and the incidence of sexual violence in the LGBTQ community in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY • 1945 — “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland. The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of a puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation toward the close of the war. As the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula, defeat of the Axis powers all but certain, Mussolini considered his options. Not wanting to fall into the hands of either the British or the Americans, and knowing that the communist partisans, who had been fighting the remnants of roving Italian fascist soldiers and thugs in the north, would try him as a war criminal, he settled on escape to a neutral country. He and his mistress made it to the Swiss border, only to discover that the guards had crossed over to the partisan side. Knowing they would not let him pass, he disguised himself in a Luftwaffe coat and helmet, hoping to slip into Austria with some German soldiers. His subterfuge proved incompetent, and he and Petacci were discovered by partisans and shot, their bodies then transported by truck to Milan, where they were hung upside down and displayed publicly for revilement by the masses. • 1965 — In an effort to forestall what he claims will be a “communist dictatorship” in the Dominican
Republic, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends more than 22,000 U.S. troops to restore order on the island nation. Johnson’s action provoked loud protests in Latin America and skepticism among many in the United States. Troubles in the Dominican Republic began in 1961, when long-time dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated. Trujillo had been a brutal leader, but his strong anticommunist stance helped him retain the support of the United States. His death led to the rise of a reformist government headed by Juan Bosch, who was elected president in 1962. The Dominican military, however, despised Bosch and his liberal policies. Bosch was overthrown in 1963. Political chaos gripped the Dominican Republic as various groups, including the increasingly splintered military, struggled for power. By 1965, forces demanding the reinstatement of Bosch began attacks against the military-controlled government. In the United States government, fear spread that “another Cuba” was in the making in the Dominican Republic; in fact, many officials strongly suspected that Cuban leader Fidel Castro was behind the violence. • 2004 — Comcast, America’s largest cable operator, abandons its $54 billion hostile takeover bid for the Walt Disney Company in the face of faltering stock prices and Disney’s continued refusal to entertain the proposal. If accepted, Comcast’s February bid would
have made it the largest media company in the world. Based in Philadelphia, Comcast had begun as a regional cable company in Tupelo, Miss., and increased its holdings through a series of lucrative acquisitions. For its $54 billion in stock, Comcast would have received control of Disney’s film studio, the ABC television broadcasting network and the cable channel ESPN, among other assets. Observers of the proposed merger predicted problems similar to those that had faced other media giants, such as AOL-Time Warner, including scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which had objected to ownership of local networks and cable stations in the same market. The Disney board evaluated Comcast’s offer and rejected it, stating that the Comcast bid was worth $3.60 per share less than the current market price of Disney stock. Still, Disney’s troubles — and those of its chief executive, Michael Eisner — did not begin or end with the potential Comcast takeover. Credited with reviving Disney’s sprawling empire since he assumed the reins in 1984, Eisner had reportedly provoked the wrath of other studio executives and shareholders over the previous several years with his management style and decisions, according to The New York Times. — Courtesy of History.com
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Volapalooza takes a special time-out for seniors Senior Hour will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday during Volapalooza: The Kickoff to Commencement. Gates open early to graduating seniors, and there will be free food, drinks and giveaways. The event will be held in World’s Fair Park and features Passion Pit with special guest star Flogging Molly and opening with Asher Roth. The event is free to students with a UT ID and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased through Knoxville Tickets Unlimited. For more information, contact Andrew Garber, Volapalooza director, at 865-974-5455.
Lenhart will talk about “optimal control theory” and how it can be used to make decisions in these applications. For questions about the UT Science Forum, contact Mark Littmann at email@example.com or 974-8156 or Mike Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 974-6006.
Final UT Science Forum focuses on CPR As the final installment of the Science Forum, Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics, will explain how mathematical theory can be applied to both improve CPR and slow the spread of rabies in raccoons. Her talk — “The Power of Optimal Control: From Confining Rabies to Improving CPR” — will begin at noon on Friday in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D. The program is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the Café at the Arena. The UT Science Forum is a weekly event where leading science researchers share their discoveries and discuss the frontiers of their fields in a way that the general public can understand. The UT Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research.
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“Every forum I attended, students were adamant that they did not want to cut technology or the number of students admitted to the college,” Elizabeth Bassett, senior in enterprise management and international business, said. “The only option would be differential tuition. As a very active member of the business college, I feel that the education I am receiving is well worth paying differential tuition to keep the prestige of my education at the level it is currently.” The College of Engineering, which has previously had differential tuition, will now charge $45 per credit hour to all engineering courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
“The engineering differential tuition, with its focus on enhancing the quality of both the undergrad and graduate experience, provides a substantially better environment for our students,” Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, said. The college has outlined the services the tuition raise would maintain. “(Services) include enhanced advising at the freshman level, access to state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory technologies, access to software and tools that they will encounter in the work environment upon graduation, enhanced research experiences as an integral part of their education, improved access to international exchange programs and a number of other quality enhancing tools,” Davis said. For the College of
Nursing, juniors and seniors are charged an additional $90 per credit hour, amounting to an additional $5,490 for two years of study. The downside of the plan, said deans and students from the three colleges, is the concern that students will go elsewhere due to the increased cost. “If this plan does discourage students from attending, research money could be harder to come by because there wouldn’t be adequate students to support the research,” Matthew Brown, senior in electrical engineering, said. “Whatever the worst case scenario may be, as a graduating senior, I sincerely want to see this college continue to improve.” The differential plan does include financial aid and need-based scholarships for those who meet the need requirements.
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Columnist ignores facts in claiming civilian murders justified Last week, I was personally attacked by Treston Wheat in his April 22 column for exposing the 2007 civilian killings by the U.S. military in Iraq for what they were — murder. I was called “proterrorist” and “anti-American,” among other things. I’d like to point out to everyone that what I stated were facts from WikiLeaks spokespersons as well as other statements from unnamed and named American officials who confirmed the absence of weapons on the persons of the victims. I’d also like to add that several other previously hidden massacres have since been publicized, both by the military on the ground as well as military officials at the Pentagon. On Wheat’s work, I think that George Orwell said it best, “Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.” With that, I’d like to further expound on the moral decay that I had described in my earlier letter. Since Wheat was more than ready to serve as an example of what is wrong with the United States today, I will take him up on it. We like to think that we are a peaceful, just country. We also like to think that our leaders are level-headed and not influenced by extremist ideologies and unreasonable policies. It follows that Republicans, then, who supposedly stand so firmly for their peaceful faith, should be the foremost in opposing wars, conflict, etc. However, have any of us noticed the way Wheat, a self-proclaimed devout Christian and a supporter of the Republican Party, speaks about nuclear bombardment of other countries? How many times has he called for the eradication of whole populations in Iran, Venezuela and whatever other country he happens to hate? This is reflective of the sort of people we had running the country during the Bush administration. They engineered this policy of sustained hatred and fear of the other, “the enemy,” and the end result is people like Treston Wheat and their heroes Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly (not in order of despicableness or mediocrity). They use our emotions, fears and love of this country to manipulate and divide. We now justify murdering people on the premise of assumed guilt. I accused the military of cowardice because it refused to tell the truth about the killings and then refused to take action against the perpetrators. Anybody can go into a battlefield guns-blazing, but the real heroes are those who maintain their principles and control themselves. There’s little difference between an American soldier who blames “the facts on the ground” for the killing of civilians and a suicide bomber who cites military inferiority. Did 9/11 really scare the principles of human rights and the rule of law out of us? Are we more focused on winning a war than the principles enshrined by the Constitution? Rather than confront the military’s policy of lying to the American public, we shun those who expose this dangerous habit and label them “anti-American.” We make excuses for soldiers and take their word over all others, regardless of the obvious bias they have as members of the military. During the rise of Nazi Germany, many regular Germans would be surprised to hear that their sons were murdering people in cold blood. Even if they knew, they would fear the retribution from Nazi officials if they spoke against it — so they largely stayed silent. Similarly, we are now firing professors at universities simply because they are vocal in their opposition to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan or the actions of some of our so-called “allies.” Is this what the United States of America has devolved to? What hypocrites like Wheat and likeminded individuals need to realize is that they themselves are committing crimes against the principles America was founded on. While we point fingers at others, we must realize that there are three pointing right back at us. By labeling people, spreading hate and making accusations without any reasonable argument other than extreme nationalism and blind subservience, they are doing nothing but adding to the degeneracy that we are experiencing as a country. Waqas Ahmad Senior in psychology
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Without the verification of a Gallup poll, I imagine that most poets have had to reflect at one time or another on the sum of global problems and wonder what kind of suffering their activity offsets. There are just as many responses to this question as there are poets. Consider the following: An environmentalist poet might say she is working for the cause on the ideological level. The same goes for a communist poet writing about the international class struggle, a Christian poet glorifying the relationship between himself and his religion, or even a Jihadist poet like Osama bin Laden (I read yesterday that he is, in fact, a self-described poet) who is fighting emotionally as well as violently for what he considers “the” cause. But not all poets are jihadists for their cause. Some poets (again, no sharp percentage here) don’t have a cause. Some poets seem to have determined that the reality of cosmic proportions renders all effort meaningless and therefore art is justified as the only profession that is conscious of this truth. In an interview with the Paris Review, French poet Blaise Cendrars commented on this, saying that “to be able to earn some return for the practice of (my) art is all the same a noble privilege compared with the lot of most people, who live like parts of a machine, who live only to keep the gears of society pointlessly turning. I pity them with all my heart.” Here is an experiment. Try to think of the most undeniably “good” profession. I came up with the “Médecins Sans Frontières,” the doctors who travel the globe and treat the sick in undeveloped nations for relatively little pay and no profit. But the storm cloud in their clear blue conscious is that every child saved is a child that will grow up to eat the food of another starving child. Even the farmer who increases the world
supply of human food would still be guilty of aggravating environmental threats and contributing to human over-population. But the solution to this is not suicide. The solution is to stop worrying about it. It is not up to one person to decide what is good for the entire planet. It is a communal effort, a collective intelligence that emerges outside the individual and changes the world for the better as long as we are seriously and unselfishly working toward that goal. What I have to do to justify art, then, is to look at art as one big package attached like a limb to human society. If I can say that art improves people’s lives, and if I can feel its vital role in the course of human history — which I can — then I can justify the work of each and every poet for this reason: The invisible hand of culture (not the market this time) will decide who will become a poet and who won’t. If a budding young putterof-words-on-paper becomes a “poet,” it is most likely because she was encouraged. And if she was encouraged, it is most likely because our culture could use a few more poets. It’s like deer populations. If there are too few, the enviroment provides encouragement for growth. Once the population overextends itself, we hunt them. No, but really: There is a mechanism for equilibrium in all professions, and if poets (and steel workers and campus housing staff and farmers) live with guilt because someone told them to get a real job, then they might consult their gut feeling. If their gut feeling is wrong, then their profession will eventually go the way of the 8-track tape manufacturer. So much confusion! And it seems the only way out is to sit back and watch. But I have a gut feeling of my own I’m going to follow. I think this laissez-faire essay needs a better ending. I’m going to say that the final trick to understanding this is that activism and effort are all parts of the calculus. Democracy “just happened” only if you consider a few centuries of progressive thought and another century of revolution to be incidental. And that’s that. Take it or leave it. — Amien Essif is a junior in English literature. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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If one person on this Earth owns a pistol, then everyone should own a pistol. The same goes for AK-47s, tanks, nuclear bombs and other instruments of death. The reason is simple and perhaps best conveyed with an example. Going back to Nazi Germany, one notices a striking lack of armed resistance by the Jewish people and other minorities. I’d bet that the major reason for this is that the Nazis banned firearms from these groups years before condemning them to death. Would these groups have stood a chance if they’d been similarly armed? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure would have helped. Gun control is a good idea in theory, but to make it work in the real world, every individual and, more importantly, every government must surrender their weapons. Speaking of Nazis, I should mention an event of which most of y’all have probably never heard: the Rosenstrasse protest. Until 1943, when the Final Solution was just getting into full swing, Jews married to Aryans had been exempted from most (maybe all, not entirely sure) of the Reich’s anti-Semitic laws. But in February of that year, there was a massive roundup of the Jews in Berlin, and even Jews wed to Germans were selected for deportation. However, these Jews’ spouses (predominantly Aryan women) gathered where their husbands were imprisoned and stayed for a week, facing harassment from Nazi guards. They had one clear message: “Give back our husbands.” Guess what. They got their husbands back (around 2,000 people). This stands alone as the only example of a significant, unified action by a large number of German Aryans on behalf of the Jewish people during the Nazi era. It worked. What if more Germans had acted similarly? Another note: The version of Anne Frank’s diary you read in middle or high school is a watered-down mockery of Anne’s original diary. It trivializes the single most demonic action humans have ever taken against other humans. To this day, this version of the diary is the primary source of Holocaust education in most American schools. The Holocaust is not an uplifting tale about
people who, “in spite of everything,” are “really good at heart.” This is the exact opposite of arguably the most significant thing the Holocaust should teach us, which is that, as a species, we’re not inherently good all the time. The people of Germany were regular folks like you and me. In a time of economic depression, Hitler and the Nazi party gained the support of the populous by promising, and later delivering, radical economic turnaround. Hitler enforced strong nationalistic attitudes and German patriotism, pledging to return Germany to its rightful position as the world’s premier nation. Regular people were duped into going along for the ride. It was a good ride, after all; everything was getting better for Germans under Hitler. But, both “good” and “bad” people soon found themselves complicit in the murders of 6 million Jews and 5 million others. It may be true that many Germans had no concept of what happened to Jews after they were removed. The “Jewish Question” was certainly not the biggest concern facing the nation, and the Final Solution wasn’t exactly public knowledge. The nation was led by a group of exceptionally clever and sadistic individuals who enacted policies of systematic genocide against the Jews and other minorities. Because Nazi policies were beneficial for Germans, virtually nobody spoke out against the government’s more despicable actions. “Good” people did nothing. My point is that we must never be complacent. Governments, religions and other institutions are easily corrupted by the authorities in charge of them. And while I’m sure many of our leaders have good intentions, they too can be misled by someone with a strong agenda and a way with words. Because of this, we, as individuals, must not be easily fooled. We cannot be a docile herd, simply following orders. We cannot be satisfied with choosing between pre-packaged Red and Blue ideologies, while ignoring all other colors in the rainbow of thought. Every individual is an authority. Your ideas are as valid as any world leader’s. Don’t settle for the popular opinion just because it’s easier to go along with. Be an individual, use your common sense and have the courage to speak up when you think something isn’t right. The hounds of hell are running wild on this earth; it’s time to attack the status quo. — Kel Thompson is a junior in creative writing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Disbanded artist to perform hometown show Drew Lambert Staff Writer Treading the less-than-harmonious path between wry wit and the grim reality of personal responsibility, Sam Quinn of the disbanded Knoxville group the everybodyfields makes a hometown appearance May 14 at The Square Room. Quinn, with his backing band Japan Ten, will perform songs from his new album, “The Fake That Sunk 1,000 Ships,” scheduled for release May 11. His approach to writing lyrics is decidedly self-deprecating this time around but with a sardonic sense of humor. One need look no further than the album title’s histrionic word play regarding Helen of Troy, the face that purportedly launched 1,000 ships, to get an understanding of Quinn’s eccentric brand of humor. It’s this humor that takes some of the edge off of the emotionally charged themes behind his music. “It’s a pretty depressing record; I figured it needed a depressing title,” he admits unabashedly. “I definitely poke fun at myself. I know it’s kind of over the top, but that’s what I was going for (on the album), so I figured a nice melodramatic title would kind of get people on the same page.” Quinn said songs on “The Fake” pick up where his last band, the everybodyfields, left off, to some degree.
As the album deviates from the familiar alt-country vibe of past releases, however, it’s clear he’s gained a different perspective after the group’s dissolution and his time spent away from home. “It’s all my own deal now, and there’s not really anybody else to pick up the pieces. So it’s a lot of responsibility that I just had to take the reigns of,” Quinn explains. “Probably a year and a half ago, I was just very fatigued. I just didn’t really have the gusto to really do it. I just kind of stayed home. Moved to North Carolina for a few months and tried to clean the palette a little bit.” Taking his career into consideration from a fresh vantage point led Quinn to make alterations to how he made his voice heard, both through the style and the prose of his lyrical content. “In the past, I’ve been really vague and stuff with the writing,” he said. “I’m kind of using more proper nouns on this record. Just kind of going for not and being honest. It’s about a lot of the junk that was going on, instead of just pretending it’s not and writing songs about coal mining and making booze or meth or whatever. I just decided to shoot it straight. Shitty year last year, you know. Pretty sad record.” Despite the less-than-cheerful thematic elements to the record, the instrumentation itself may lull some listeners into believing otherwise. Lively drums, steel gui-
tar and fiddle mesh with guitars and bass to create more complex and varied sounds than those heard on the everybodyfields’ albums. When formulating the musical structure of the record, Quinn had in mind the sensibilities of more mainstream music. “I listened to a lot of pop music in between the old band and this and just kind of incorporated those popular music vices into this recording,” he explains. “Just kind of doing it up and going for broke. Making it big and making it small. Making it wilt.” The recording process was overall a more organic, live experience, taking place in a Johnson City studio set up inside a barn. Quinn found himself enjoying the chance to call the shots, relax at the pool between sessions and fuel the creative drive with Mexican food and beer. “It can be fun, or it can be no fun,” he said. “I’ve been in studio situations where it’s no fun. If you think you’re going to get something that sounds good out of a time where everybody hates being there, then you’re wrong.” Knoxville fans of country and bluegrass music looking for the fix they need might want to mark down the date in May to see this innovative and locally grown artist. “Since it is a hometown show, we’re going to try and pull out all the stops,” Quinn said.
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6 • The Daily Beacon
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tennis Vols sweep SECs for tournament title
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The UT men’s tennis team won the SEC Tournament in Lexington, Ky. over the weekend. The Vols produced a record setting performance, shutting out all three opponents en route to the title. The win ended an eight-year drought by the Vols in the tournament.
Travis Cabage Staff Writer The 2010 SEC-portion of this year’s Tennessee men’s tennis schedule could not have ended in a better way. After a rain delay forced the final match indoors, Vols’ junior Boris Conkic found himself in a position to take the final match in the SEC Tournament final round in Lexington, Ky. Conkic returned a serve by Florida sophomore Joseph Burkehardt, which sealed the fate of the Gators. The win by Conkic was just the end to a perfect storybook tournament. “That was probably the best feeling I’ve had in my life, having a chance to celebrate it with my teammates,” Conkic said. “Everyone ran out on the court. It’s hard to describe. It was just amazing.” The Big Orange defeated LSU and Mississippi both 40 in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Vols’ standout and No.1-ranked singles player, junior JohnPatrick Smith, defeated fifth-ranked Gator junior Alexandre Lacroix 6-2, 6-1 in their finals match to extend Smith’s record for the tournament to 3-0. Vols’ junior Matteo Fago also helped secure the singles portion of the championship round. Fago won 6-3, 6-1 over Florida sophomore Nassim Slilam. Smith would later team up with senior Davey
Sandgren to defeat the 14th-ranked Gator duo of Lacroix and redshirt senior Antoine Benneteau, 8-3. The eighthranked Vols’ duo of Conkic and Rhyne Williams were also in doubles action, as they beat the Gators’ Burkhardt and freshman Sekou Bangoura 8-5. Both wins gave the Vols the doubles point of the championship round, as well. It was the 26th time this year the Vols have taken the doubles point. In the end, Tennessee handed Florida the same treatment as their previous two foes, taking the SEC Championship with a 4-0 shutout, which was the first time in SEC Tournament history that a team won by shutting out all three opponents. After the victory, Smith was named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and joined Conkic on the All-Tournament Team. “The guys were very focused,” Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. “The coaches were more nervous than the players were. We’ve worked hard to get this far, and we’re enjoying this. To go out and win the regular-season championship undefeated and then to come out here and not lose a match as we go through this tournament, it says how much it means to the team.” Conkic, whose record on the year is 27-10, also explains that it was the fans who gave him an extra edge. “Our fans were loud and supporting us today,” Conkic said. “It’s unusual in college tennis to have 50 or 60 fans drive up just to see you play. It was just amazing.” The win also ended an eight-year drought by the Vols in the tournament. An SEC Championship also gives the Big Orange an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, which starts on May 15. The team will await the announcement of where they will be playing their opening round, as sites are announced on May 4.