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New charity begins at farmers market Victoria Wright Editor-in-Chief Most patrons circling the UT Farmers Market are on the hunt to buy fresh produce, but a new initiative is hoping visitors will bring food with them during their next visit. With their tent pitched to shield the afternoon heat Wednesday, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture began promotion of their new campaign “Grow More Give More,” a charity aiming to give fresh produce to those in need. Partnering with Society of St. Andrew, a national, ecumenical organization that provides fresh produce to food shelters, the two are hoping to reach multiple food shelters in the Knoxville area. Spearheading the project are Jean Husley, assistant director of UTIA marketing and communications, and Amy Caponetti, human resources coordinator with UT AgResearch, who decided to start the program after realizing a void for summer charity projects. “We do a toy drive in the winter time and I thought we needed to do something in the summer that would help our community,” Caponetti said. Caponetti said she noticed a large need among food banks and food shelters in the area for fresh produce and said as as a representative of the Ag Campus, the ability to help was right up their alley. Starting Wednesday, June 5, “Grow More, Give More” will take fresh produce donations. The fruits and veggies will travel through Society of St. Andrews, where the food will be distributed to food bank and shelters including Wesley House Community Center, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission and the Love Kitchen. The project follows a “no waste” policy, and any food not consumable by humans will be donated to the zoo. Capinetti and Husley don’t have a set goal for donations, but the two hope their first numbers at the end of the program will be high. Plant seeds were distributed to visitors to encourage people to grow extra produce in their

gardens in hopes that the surplus will be donated to those in need. Though the seeds planted this summer would not sprout in time to be given towards the project, Husley said the message the action spreads is more important. “In addition to trying to grow our fruits and vegetables, we’re also trying to grow an awareness of the need in this community,” Husley said. Most donations to food banks and shelters are dried, packaged food. While these do feed those in need, Husley said they are not the healthiest options. “It’s (the project) good because there is such a real need,” Husley said. “I have a 9-year-old son and I know that if I wasn’t able to give him fruits and veggies it would be a source of concern for me. ”A lot of these food banks do have a lot of dry goods donated and a lot of highly processed foods, but as far as fruits and veggies, that’s a real need.” Mike Smith, volunteer for Society of St. Andrews, has served with the nonprofit organization for about six years. In the last year, Society of St. Andrews has delivered 9 million pounds of produce. Smith said while there is still a need for fresh produce donations, he said there has been a steady rise in numbers. ”Most people don’t have it (fresh produce), but that’s why we’re getting farmers involved,” he said. “This year we’re picking up not only from the farm, but we’ve also picked up from several other vendors from the Farmers Market. Things like this make people more aware of what we’re doing.” Husley said that no amount of produce is too small to donate. Whether a donor comes with a crate of squash or a handful of apples, she said all help is needed. ”We definitely have a potential in the future to grow outside of our campus and outside of Knoxville to across the state.” The group will take donations at the UT Farmers Market on Neyland Drive beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.

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Timothy Rogers, retiring vice chancellor of student life, enjoys a formal meal at a luncheon in 2010.

Vice Chancellor steps down Provost Martin to serve interim role during the search for his replacement Staff Report Vice Chancellor for Student Life Tim Rogers is retiring from UT after more than 38 years at the school. His retirement comes after a year of surprises in the Department of Student Life. In late September, a UT student who ended up in the hospital with an extremely dangerous blood alcohol content made national headlines when authorities suggested he had been using an alcohol enema. The student’s fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, was subsequently removed from campus and Rogers faced questions from a myriad of news outlets, includ-

ing CNN. In his official press release, the student, Alexander Broughton, accused Rogers of knowingly disregarding the truth. On the heels of scandal came more national attention over April’s ‘Sex Week,’ which was stripped of some Student Activity funds after Tennessee legislators questioned the university budget on the Capitol floor. The week was still held, but UT popped up on national media and was questioned for its sudden change of heart on the controversial program. Early May posed another scandal for Rogers’ reign as Vice Chancellor, when Jenny Wright, the director of student judicial affairs, was removed from her post after allegations of sexual relations with student-athletes, including departing Volunteer point guard Trae Golden.

Rogers promoted her to director two years ago. On May 23, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that emails between Rogers and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek included a reference to an “intolerable situation.” The emails also contained Rogers’ intent to retire, and on June 30 he will fulfill that intent. Despite the scandalous year for his department, Rogers’ legacy as vice chancellor spanned nearly a decade and included involvement in the new RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue, Sorority Village, the new Student Health Building, and the planning for the new Student Union and Fred D. Brown Residence Hall. He became vice chancellor of student life after previously serving as interim vice chancellor and dean of students, and

has served at the position for nearly a decade. In a university press release, the chancellor was quoted as saying that “Tim is a dedicated advocate for our students and has worked tirelessly to make their UT experience even better. We appreciate his leadership of several large-scale efforts that will benefit UT students for many years to come.” “Along with leading significant change, Tim always took great care in listening to our students and making sure their interests and concerns were considered,” Cheek said. Administration plans to begin a nationwide search for a new vice chancellor for the Division of Student Life. Until a new vice chancellor is hired, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin will assume responsibilities at the vacant position.

New store adds college appeal to Market Square Melodi Erdogan Arts & Culture Editor

Victoria Wright Editor-in-Chief

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Urban Outfitters opened on Thursday, May 2 at the corner of Market Square.

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When word spread last fall of Urban Outfitters opening at a Market Square location, it made news. Located in the southern corner of the square in the 1906 Arnstein Building, Urban Outfitters opened its doors to customers of May 2, and since then has only added to the positive atmosphere of downtown Knoxville. “When we open a new store we have to be confident that we’re a good fit for the city,” said Justin VanLaeken, district manager for Urban Outfitters. “The large student population certainly factored into the decision making process. Knoxville is the right city, we found the right space, and it was the right time.

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“The stars were aligned on this one.” Urban Outfitters typically appeals to the young crowd, with trendy clothing and exclusive brands. The store currently sells some of summer’s coolest styles, including camo prints and graphic shirts, along with their BDG jean collection. The store hosted a grand opening on May 11, offering shopping customers free beer from Saw Works and providing music with three performing DJs, including Washed Out, Torres and Jackson Scott. VanLaeken said the culture Urban Outfitters provides reflects their customer – selfexpressive and creative. “We are committed to being invested in the local community and have a strong history

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UT Foundation executive fired following arrest Associated Press The Chief Operating Officer at the University of Tennessee Foundation has been fired following his arrest on charges of receiving child pornography. An attorney for Bruce Downsbrough was in court on Thursday morning and not immediately available for com-

ment. The UT Foundation sent Downsbrough a termination letter on Thursday. The foundation is UT’s fundraising arm. It employs its workers at-will, meaning cause is not needed to fire them. Downsbrough is charged with downloading child pornography in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Court documents

state that federal authorities searched Downsbrough’s home in November, finding pornographic images on 19 digital video disks and his computer hard drive. He was arrested Tuesday and remains in custody pending a Monday hearing. Downsbrough has been on administrative leave from the foundation.

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Market Square continued from Page 1 of being involved in the contemporary art, music, and fashion scenes of the moment,” he said. “We want to let the community know that our store is a fun place to hang out and this event is the perfect way to do that.” Ellen Hooper, an employee of the nearby boutique, Fizz, said Knoxville style has always leaned toward the hippie/bohemian direction and that the store opening will only reinforce that. “The Old City has really had that hippie style, so we’ve had it before, and it’s just enhanced it and brought more people here,” Hooper said. “It’s a popular place so a lot of people like it.” Despite the potential competition Urban Outfitters might have brought to Fizz, Hooper said the store opening has been “great”

for Fizz’s business. “It’s brought a lot of customers that wouldn’t be in Market Square normally here,” Hooper said. “I think a lot of younger people come here and say ‘Urban is here’ and they find a lot of the other stores and say ‘oh I didn’t know this was here.’” Janice Ryan Bock, sophomore in journalism and electronic media, is a hostess at Tupelo Honey Café, next door to Urban Outfitters. She supported Hooper’s theory that Market Square’s demographic is younger as a result of the new store. “I would describe (Market Square) as a place that many families and adults spent a lot of time in,” Bock said. “But now Urban draws in a younger crowd to the Square, which is always great for business. “A much younger and trendier crowd comes into the restaurant now.” Having experienced the

change from pre Urban Outfitters Market Square to its post version, Bock said the trendy clothing store is “a perfect addition to the Market Square family.” “Because Tupelo gets very busy and our wait times can be incredibly long, customers are always thrilled to know they can go shopping at Urban while they wait on their table,” she said. “It keeps our customers happy and I’m sure our customers keep Urban happy.” As a college student and a big fan of the store, Bock said she can’t see the downside of Urban Outfitter’s latest location in Knoxville. “I hope Urban will bring in even more retail stores in the market square area,” Bock said. “It’s great having a nice big store that our customers can shop in while they’re waiting.” “If I ever have a few minutes to spare before work I always run into Urban.”

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Destination Imagination teams pass the time with a fun song and dance during the Global Finals, held on campus May 22 through May 25.

THIS DAY IN 1431: Joan of Arc martyred At Rouen in Englishcontrolled Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy. Joan was born in 1412, the daughter of a tenant farmer at Domremy, on the borders of the duchies of Bar and Lorraine. In 1415, the Hundred Years War between England and France entered a crucial phase when the young King Henry V of England invaded France and won a series of decisive victories against the forces of King Charles VI. By the time of Henry’s death in August 1422, the English and their French-Burgundian allies controlled Aquitaine and most of northern France, including Paris. Charles VI, long incapacitated, died one month later, and his son, Charles, regent from 1418, prepared to take the throne. 1911: First Indianapolis 500 held On this day in 1911, Ray Harroun drives his single-seater Marmon Wasp to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500, now

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one of the world’s most famous motor racing competitions. The Indiana automobile dealer Carl Fisher first proposed building a private auto testing facility in 1906, in order to address car manufacturers’ inability to test potential top speeds of new cars due to the poorly developed state of the public roadways. The result was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other in order to showcase their full power and entice spectators to check out the new models themselves. In 1911, Fisher and his partners decided to focus on one long race per year, as opposed to numerous shorter events, in order to attract more publicity. The purse for the grueling 500-mile race would be the richest in racing. 1806: Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickson in duel On this day in 1806, future President Andrew Jackson kills a man who accused him of

cheating on a horse race bet and then insulted his wife, Rachel. Contemporaries described Jackson, who had already served in Tennessee’s Senate and was practicing law at the time of the duel, as argumentative, physically violent and fond of dueling to solve conflicts. Estimates of the number of duels in which Jackson participated ranged from five to 100. Jackson and Dickinson were rival horse breeders and southern plantation owners with a long-standing hatred of each other. Dickinson accused Jackson of reneging on a horse bet, calling Jackson a coward and an equivocator. Dickinson also called Rachel Jackson a bigamist. (Rachel had married Jackson not knowing her first husband had failed to finalize their divorce.) After the insult to Rachel and a statement published in the National Review in which Dickinson called Jackson a worthless scoundrel and, again, a coward, Jackson challenged Dickinson to a duel.

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Saturday, June 1 What: John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives with the French When: 9 p.m. Where: Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (ages 21 +) Price: Free Melodi’s Take: Barley’s is the hot spot of Knoxville’s Old City. In addition to their supreme pizzas and the cool atmosphere in the building, they also invite up-and-coming artists that are worth the visit. John Paul Keith, a Knoxville native, has had a long history in the music business in Tennessee. Beginning in Knoxville then playing in Nashville and finally moving to Memphis, he’s covered the whole state in his music. Returning back to play some of his classic old country/R&B music, it’s sure to be a great show. Also performing with him, the One Four Five and the French, are sure to amp up Barley’s customers for an amazing performance.

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What: Broadway at the Tennessee: ‘The Addams Family’ When: 8 p.m. Where: Tennessee Theatre Price: $37 - $77 Melodi’s Take: Got a summer job and don’t know how to spend your money? Why not opt to see the acclaimed Broadway version of “The Addams Family”; This classic tale of the quirky, dark and twisted family comes alive on stage, and it’s sure to not only send shivers down your spine but also make you laugh out loud. It’s not often that big Broadway shows like this one stop in Knoxville, but the Tennessee Theatre is the perfect location for a fun night shared with the Addams’.

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What: Market Square Farmers’ Market When: Beginning at 9 a.m. through the afternoon Where: Market Square Price: Free Melodi’s Take: Dear freshman currently enrolled in summer classes: welcome to Knoxville! I would like to introduce you to Market Square, your new best friend. Market Square is the hip-and-happening place in Knoxville and will inevitably be where you make some amazing memories and some embarrassing mistakes. Nevertheless, it’s an amazing place. I cordially invite you to the Market Square Farmers’ Market, where local entrepreneurs reveal the best of their products for the Knoxville community. From fresh fruits and vegetables, to hair accessories and tie-dyed dresses, this market is great to not only shop at but also to appreciate everything this city has to offer.

What: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives with the Barstool Romeos When: 8 p.m. Where: Shed What: Drowning Pool with Eye Empire, Even the Dead Love a Parade, and Exilia Price: $20 When: 6 p.m. Melodi’s Take: If that “what” wasn’t one of the longest you’ve read in a while you obviously get around. Where: NV Nightclub These country music performers have gathered together to have a concert/jam sesh in Maryville at Shed. Price: $13 - $15 Marty Stuart, with his 25 years of experience on stage and his roots from Nashville already sounds like he Melodi’s Take: So many bands, and only one night. Drowning Pool, an alternative metal band, released would put on a great show, and the Barstool Romeos are sure to compliment his unique, twangy country sound. For affordable but quality entertainment, enjoy the picturesque drive to Maryville to see these artists their fifth album in April. Titled “Resilience,” its loud, creative sounds are sure to fill NV Nightclub and have the building shaking from wall to wall. The entrance fee is affordable and you’ll get to avoid big crowds with live.

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R.J. Vogt Managing Editor I discovered that I have a super power this month, and you may have it too. While making my way around Costa Rica with the Haslam Scholars Program, I unearthed this superpower by simply bearing witness to a developing country and its similarly developing economy. There was no superhuman spider bite or Captain America-style experiment, though I do have my fair share of mosquito bumps begging to be scratched. And I won’t be needing any capes or bat-masks, just some trips to a store or two. So what’s the superpower? No, it’s not flight or super-strength – it is my power as a consumer. Kapow. Before I left for Costa Rica, I knew that spending money was an important decision but had never considered its ramifications beyond the accompanying lightening of my personal wallet. I bought based on what I needed and how much I had and where I wanted. They say “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind,” but it seems living I for I actually left me blind, as well as wearing a ridiculous pair of $8 American flag swim trunks from Wal-Mart. My eyes were opened by the bare hands of a Nicaraguan field laborer who had forgotten his gloves. He said the ammonium nitrate he was throwing among the rice paddies burned, but not too bad. He would make maybe $36 that day, much more than he could have in his native country. And the coffee farmer who used pig manure fumes to provide methane gas for his stove, he opened my eyes too. I bought 30 cups worth of coffee beans from him, organically and sustainably grown and roasted, for a measly $6. What is that, two cups of Starbucks’ famous “fair trade” products? Everywhere I turned in Costa Rica, I saw the front end of the pineapples I buy What the Duck •Aaron Johnson

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or the bananas I eat. This peek behind the scenes of our grocery stores and corner cafes showed me the far-reaching impact of my next purchase. It took a country half the size of Tennessee to teach me the enormity of this world. An epiphany that the money I spend affects so much more than my own wellbeing may seem pretty rudimentary. Of course economy affects many different people, and the free market ensures that supply and demand protect everyone’s mutual interest: Economics 201, and a big thank you to Ken Baker. But understanding a multiple-choice test question in a crowded auditorium leaves a lot to be desired in terms of understanding the swift globalization going on outside the Big Orange Country. For me at least, I needed to see it. Now that I’ve caught a glimpse behind the curtain, I feel the weight of my wallet. If I buy from the markets that support producers – Trader Joe’s, Earthfare, locally owned clothing – it may cost me more money than the classic Wal-Mart run, but the tradeoff is worth it when one considers the breakdown of each purchase. Massive chains have to pay thousands of mid-management workers who deserve the pay they’re promised; in order to offer us the goods we want at the most competitive price, somebody has to come up short. If not us or the stores, then who? Those burning hands in the rice field come to mind. Spending more money more carefully will limit my purchases. It’s a fact supported by the struggling college student budget with which so many of us Vols operate. But do I really need a hundred different t-shirts or more easy mac? I think the farmer’s market in Market Square on Saturday morning will taste much better. Maybe my theory won’t ever make the comic books, but consider mulling over your own superpower. I’ll see you at the farmer’s market. We won’t even have to wear capes.

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It’s amazing what six months can do. Six months ago, Obama was sitting pretty. Of course, most people who remember the past few presidencies probably expected storm clouds to start gathering. Nixon had Watergate, Regan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Lewinsky, and Bush had Iraq. One note about second terms: they usually don’t end well. Even without scandals, presidents can occasionally take advantage of the aura of their second election victory to try to push through a few bills before the shine wears off. Usually, by the middle of year two the party in question realizes they are about to loose a bunch of seats in Congress and they abandon the nominal head of their party. Obama has had a particularly rough time getting his second term into full gear. First, he put a lot of his political clout behind a gun control bill that was stymied despite promises from Republicans to pass it. To be fair, - R.J. Vogt is a rising junior in College Scholars. He can be reached at rvogt@ there was a TON of social media and other communication from conservautk.edu. tives warning of the electoral implications of a Republican voting for these laws, but in any event, it left the Administration visibly angry. Then, bit-by-bit, the S.S. Obama has begun to spring leaks. The confusing and difficult to explain inaction surrounding the Benghazi attack last spring left Obama’s staff and cabinet struggling to come up with new ways of saying, “Don’t blame us.” Right around the time this started, it was made public that the IRS was apparently targeting Tea Party organizations for excessive scrutiny (though

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Now that the sun has graced us with its presence, it is time for us girls to pull out our summer wardrobes from the depths of our closets. However, summer clothing tends to be a bit boring. Usually, the go-to outfit is solid colored or denim shorts with a shirt of some kind. While this outfit is a must for lazy days around the house or for running errands, a night out with friends demands much more. There are a number of ways to spice up summer wardrobes. One incredibly easy way to change up an outfit is to add fun and colorful accessories. A simple outfit can be transformed easily with a statement necklace into a much more interesting ensemble. Statement necklaces are a must for the summer because they add a personal touch to an old dress or shorts, and make it into a fresh look. Also, there are two other accessories that are needed for the summer: bags and hats. Bags are another way to add another element to an outfit without actually changing the clothing. It is important to have two sizes of bags. First, a small cross body bag or clutch to carry only the essentials when going out on the town. Secondly, a large tote with an interesting element, such as an unusual color or print, will carry everything needed for an afternoon at the pool. Another trend that is perfect for summer is hats. Hats can add new dimension to any outfit. To add flair to your beach attire, a large, floppy hat is perfect. The floppy hat will give your outfit a pop of color, and actually create a complete look, rather than just throwing on a swimsuit and running off to the beach. Also, this hat will protect the face from the harsh rays of the sun, so an all day beach trip is possible. A popular trend among many women this summer for accessories are monograms. Monograms are very trendy because they allow women to put their own personal touch onto their clothing and accessories. One specific accessory that is the most popular is the monogrammed necklace. These necklaces are, again, statement necklaces, but do not add

I think this is more about unclear policy, it still looked bad). As if this wasn’t enough, phone taps and other surveillance done by the administration targeted the media—specifically Fox News. Republicans and conservatives are over joyed to be able to declare the Obama administration “corrupt” with a hint of “I-told-you-so”. As mentioned above, however, Obama isn’t sailing a sinking ship, just a leaky one. There is still time to patch holes and get things done if he acts carefully. First things first: fire some people. Eric Holder probably needs to be fired, if only because he is the voice most often associated with much of what looks shady. A few State department officials will probably need to be axed; Hillary Clinton’s resignation was probably enough to save face. The next thing I think he needs to do is disappear for a couple of weeks. No, I don’t think he should go all Jimmy Carter, who famously disappeared for two weeks and transformed from overwhelmed to insane. After dealing with the above issues appropriately, he needs to lay low and spend two weeks meeting with senators from both sides in order to work toward compromise on things like gun control and basic budgetary concerns, which have fallen into the background during the past few months. Obama has done a good job with staying out in front of stories as they have come out. However, I think that “getting out in front” of a story is an overrated strategy when it comes to politics. The easiest way for Obama to reclaim the power and prestige of January is to step away and stay below the radar for a while. If he is able to come out if it with a few close wins in Congress he won’t just be salvaging the best of a situation; he’d be proving his adversaries wrong. - Greg Bearringer is a graduate student in history. He may be reached at gbearrin@gmail.com color or shapes to an outfit. Monogrammed necklaces add sparkle, since the necklaces are usually gold or silver, and they give an outfit personality, depending on the type of font and size of the monogram. Monograms can be put on almost every accessory, such as bags, jewelry, and hats. And of course, there are shoes. That’s really all that needs to be said. Arguably the best accessory a woman can wear, cute and original shoes are essential to finish off any summer look. Sandals are definitely a must for the summer because they are incredibly easy to wear and add more to an outfit than plain flip-flops. Flip-flops should only be used to wear outside when washing a car or doing yard work. Usually, shoes end up being an after thought when it comes time to walk out the door. However, shoes are necessary to create perfection. Probably the most important item to have for the summer is the perfect swimsuit. Swimsuits are just as relevant as accessories this summer because when the cover-ups and hats come off, all that is left is the swimsuit that will be seen at the pool and beach. Currently, mix and match bandeau bikinis are the most prevalent styles. Bandeaus are strapless bikini tops that are best to tan in to avoid any tan lines. The mix and match trend is current now because it lets women choose what kinds of bottoms and tops fit them best and to allow them to be more creative with the type of swimsuit they want to wear. So, women can wear different solid color tops and bottoms, a printed top with a printed bottom, both bottom and top prints, and so on. This way, it is rare for two women to have the exact same swimsuit, which is good since no one wants to run into someone with the same suit on. Accessories are incredibly important and necessary in the fashion world. It is one thing to have an amazing designer dress on, but the accessories, whether they are jewelry or bags, make the outfit different from person to person. They also allow people to express themselves by enhancing their favorite dress or jeans with an interesting pendant or tote bag. In the end, the fashion world depends on accessories to complement the designs that come out of the fashion capitals of the world. - Samantha Coley is a sophomore interested in chemistry. She can be reached at scoley2@utk.edu.


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Iconic live award show reveals shallow reality Every year, Billboard Magazine hosts the Billboard Music Awards. Taking place in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, this live event has a guest list that includes all the top artists in popular music who topped the charts within the past year. In theory, the award show is a good idea, but every year without fail, its execution is like watching a train wreck. The two plus hour long awards show is tedious and annoying, and extremely loud. Only a handful of actual awards were given on stage with the live cameras rolling, and the rest of the show consisted of unnecessarily flamboyant performances and loud music, which was not enjoyable. This year’s Billboard Music Awards exemplifies just how corrupt the music business has become. I found myself watching the award show on a summer Sunday night, yawning through the performances and laughing at the immature behavior of the artists. Also, I was eagerly waiting for the horrific on-stage, embarrassing moment I knew would come. It happens every year: something terrible happens in front of a sold out arena and millions of people who are watching at home. This year’s incident, Miguel’s not quite stage jump where he basically sat on someone’s face, caused an eruption of internet memes and dubbed videos making fun of the R&B singer within minutes of his performance. Miguel’s crotch accident aside, since when did music award shows become focused on celebrity drama rather than the actual music? Time and

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Modern Vampires in the City debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Vampire Weekend album examines theme of mortality Melodi Erdogan

Arts & Culture Editor

Highly anticipated is an understatement for the release of Vampire Weekend’s third studio album, released May 14. The 12 track collection explores different themes of wisdom and mortality while incorporating specific musical details that build off the band’s original sound while taking a mature direction in their compositions. The band’s last album, “Contra,� released Jan. of 2010, received critical acclaim at the time but pales in comparison to “Modern Vampires In The City.� Their use of pop and synth was creative and clever in “Contra,� but muddled the acoustic foundations and made the piece more of a collection of singles rather than a full album. “Modern Vampires� still plays with technology but stays limited to choruses and bridges, allowing songs to completely capture and emphasize the album’s overall themes of the inevitability of death and the struggles of affection. “Step� and “Diane Young� are the first singles off “Modern Vampires,� featured as a double release on the band’s Youtube account in the form of lyric videos. The songs juxtaposed debut was initially ironic due to the two songs completely different natures. “Step,� a much slower, softer-sounding harmony in no way mirrors “Diane Young� and its fast-paced, manipulation of pitches, yet the two songs gave fans a formal introduction to the bands more developed sound. Both songs act as a continuation of the unique qualities that make Vampire Weekend the band that indie music fans love, but contain a new, softer base that has been neglected in their previous works. When examining the lyrics of each song, it’s apparent where these four New York natives get their musical influence. Following the lyrical footsteps of fellow New Yorkers Simon & Garfunkel, Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij, lead singer/guitarist and keyboardist/guitarist/backup vocals respectively, wrote the majority of the lyrics in a poetic, literary-appealing way. Their verses feature metaphors and alliteration, like in the song “Step� where Koenig croons, “snow falling slow to the sound of the master.� These quirky uses of literary characteristics make their lyrics more like poetry, where listeners can pull apart certain lines and discover the genius

that lies within the music. Whether the album was developed with the intent to please already fans or create new ones, it does not matter. Any fan of music would be intrigued by the profound commentary on the themes that are echoed throughout the track list. Most music, if not all, revolves around love: what is love and how does one find it? What makes Vampire Weekend’s analysis different is the way they express it; not plainly or restricted, yet with an open interpretation that anyone can advocate for. As seen in the song “Finger back,� Keonig croons “Everybody wants you, but baby you are mine / And baby you’re not anybody’s fool.� Additionally, “Step� provides for an interesting perspective on years passing by, “wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth / age is an honor, it’s still not the truth.� Both these lyrics can mean different things to different people, but neither can be called invalid or irrelevant. Stand out pieces on the album include “Don’t Lie,� the only ballad like song among all twelve. A small collection of string instruments accompany an old-fashioned piano, exemplyfying the new direction Vampire Weekend aimed for. “Ya Hey,� released as the second single off the album, is sure to resonate with “Contra� fans. The experimental tune keeps a steady beat even with the use of pitch variations and quirky microphone manipulations. Closing the album is a barely two-minute song entitled “Young Lion.� With only one line, “You take your time, young lion,� the song itself is not extremely complex, but creates an aura of safety, almost as if it were extinguishing the fire and flames that the album created. This type of song most frequents introductions to albums as the first song heard, but the placement of this tune at the finality of the album acts as a closing sequence to a great film or novel. In many ways, “Young Lion� sums up Vampire Weekend’s whole experience with this album. “Take your time� could easily be referring to the two plus years it took the four members to produce this album. “Young Lion� could allude to the fact that these twenty-somethings still have the strength and potential to make something great. But in the end, with lyric dissection aside, “Modern Vampires of the City� showcases all that great artists in this day and age can be: entertaining and experimental.

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immature behavior tolerated in one of the biggest industries in the world? These artists (well, at least some of them) produce music that gets played all around the world with millions of people listening. Without those people, these so-called musicians would be living normal lives like the rest of us, before their big breaks. So, naturally, these musicians thank their fans by acting like fools on live television. Their personal lives, I believe, should always be personal. And that goes for everyone. But when a musician knows they are attending a live broadcasted awards show, basic etiquette should include their very best, least offensive behavior (that goes for you,

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too, Kanye). Back in the 60s and 70s, music award shows were pleasant to watch, almost like a family affair. Parents and children alike could watch their favorite performers on TV and gawk at the dresses on the red carpet. Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like watching a bomb waiting to explode. But what caused this? Is it the advanced access to internet that letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyone feel like they can say anything and get away with it, like a delete button? Is it the massive interest in celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives and who theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dating? Could it all be blamed on reality television and almost every celebrity having one these days? Who knows. With these things you can never pinpoint one exact factor. But if you ask me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands. They control their own actions. Maybe Kid Rock was right, maybe all the performances were lipsynched, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doubt it. And maybe J Biebz was simply standing up for himself and expressing his own opinion, no rule against that. But I believe there is a limit to everything, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re crossing the line when you do it in front of tons of people, including fans, that look up to you and enjoy your music. In some ways, Billboard put on a great show. It did not fail to entertain, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give them that. I feel as though they deliberately picked controversial guests and purposely made an awards show into a concert and not an awards show. Ultimately, I would advise them to put the focus on the music, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re awarding in the first place. I think.

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SPORTS Lady Vols blast Gators 9-2 in WCWS game 1 Staff Reports OKLAHOMA CITY - Using three-run first and a fourrun sixth, the University of Tennessee softball team handed Florida its worst loss of the year in a 9-2 win in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series on Thursday. Tennessee (50-10) moves on to face Washington, which took a 4-3 win over Nebraska in Game 1 on Thursday. The teams will square off on Friday at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Lady Vol seniors helped Tennessee to its eighth 50-win season as Melissa Brown, Raven Chavanne, Kat Dotson and Lauren Gibson combined for six hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored. Fellow senior Whitney Hammond scored a pinch run while Dotson was just a home run shy of the cycle. UT handed Florida its worst loss of the season as the Gators (57-8) had not lost by more than two runs this year and their seven previous losses were by a combined nine runs. Today’s game marks Florida’s worst loss since losing 10-1 to the eventual national champion Alabama in the SEC Tournament last season on May 12, 2012. The nine runs tallied by the Lady Vols against Florida tie the most Tennessee has registered at any Women’s College World Series the last being a 9-0 win over Arizona on June 3, 2010. Ellen Renfroe (18-4) was dominant in the circle allowing just four hits and two earned runs while sitting down nine Gators by way of the K. Florida’s starter Hannah Rogers (33-6) was chased from the game after just 24 pitches, nine for strikes. She took the loss after tossing one third of an inning with three runs attributed to her. Lauren Haeger tossed six and a third innings in relief giving up 10 hits and six runs, four earned. The Lady Vols started out on fire, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Kat Dotson and Lauren Gibson drew back-to-back one-out walks

and Madison Shipman singled to left field to load the bases. Cheyanne Tarango drew a walk on six pitches to plate Dotson and give UT the 1-0 lead. After Haeger replaced Rogers in the circle, Melissa Brown clubbed a two-RBI double to right center. Rainey Gaffin walked on another full count in the next at-bat, but Haeger induced a strikeout and a pop up to leave the bases loaded and end the Lady Vols’ surge. Florida got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. With one on and one out, Kelsey Stewart hit an RBI triple through the left side to give the Gators their first run of the game. After Merritt grounded out to third, Stephanie Tofft connected for an RBI single to center field to score Stewart and bring UF to within 3-2. Haeger was hit by a pitch on her hands and Horton walked on five pitches to load the bases.>Ellen Renfroe escaped the jam when Schwarz grounded into a fielder’s choice. Raven Chavanne handled the ball at third and stomped on the base for the force out. The Lady Vols responded in a big way with four more runs in the top of the sixth. Akamine led off the inning with a leadoff single down the left field line. Whitney Hammond pinch ran for her and advanced to third when Tory Lewis reached on a throwing error at third base on a sacrifice bunt. Chavanne reached on a fielding error by the second baseman up the middle, scoring Hammond on the play. After Chavanne stole second base, Dotson ripped a two-RBI double down the right field line to push UT’s lead to 6-2. Gibson stepped in next and ripped a two-RBI double down the left field line to plate Dotson. Haeger got out of the inning with three strikeouts. Tennessee sealed the deal adding two more runs on in the top of the seventh as Akamine reached on a single to right center advancing to third on a Lewis double down the leftfield line. Akamine crossed the plate on a wild pitch while Lewis came across on a triple to center by Dotson to ice the victory.

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Memphis guard, Antonio Barton, passes Tennessee guard Skylar McBee, in the Tigers 69-51 victory over the Vols on, Jan. 4, 2012.

Memphis point guard joins Vols Michael Martin Staff Writer Former Memphis Tigers guard Antonio Barton has decided to transfer to UT and play for head coach Cuonzo Martin. Barton, senior, had narrowed his choices down between four schools heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend but ultimately chose Tennessee over Maryland, Texas A&M and Kansas State. There were some concerns over who would play point guard for the Vols after All-SEC second team guard Trae Golden announced he would transfer in early May. It appears that Martin has filled that void with Barton.

Tanner Tucker, a sophomore, at UT and avid follower of Tennessee basketball, demonstrated enthusiasm regarding the new recruit. “I’m very excited he chose us, we need his senior leadership at the point,” Tucker explained. “This easily makes us a contender. The one thing we lacked was an experienced player at the point.” Barton helped the Tigers win back-to-back Conference USA Tournament Championships in 2011 and 2012 while starting 31 games during his three year stay. The 6-foot-2 combo guard out of Baltimore will likely assume leadership in the backcourt of the stockpiled Vols starting lineup immediately without sitting out a season, which is not usually the case for transfers. Per NCAA rule, if a player enrolls in a graduate program that was not otherwise offered at his previous school, as is the case with Barton, then they are subject to play immediately. Barton will take advantage of the rule and further his education in the process. He intends on completing his undergraduate degree during the summer. With the addition of Barton,

return of Jeronne Maymon and arrival of Robert Hubbs to the team in 2013-2014, more casual Tennessee basketball fans such as UT senior Hailey Duke pledge to be more supportive of the team. “With all of the excitement surrounding the basketball program, it really makes you want to go to more games and back the team a little more,” Duke said. “I haven’t regularly attended games in my stay here but with the way Cuonzo is adding all these great players, it’s going to be hard not to go.” Tucker believes Baton’s addition will shed a positive light on the Vols heading into the season. “The reception of his transfer has been tremendous,” Tucker said. “Positivity is swirling around the program which just a few weeks ago seemed a bit in turmoil.” Barton is a strong defensive presence who shoots the ball well from behind the arc at a career 41.7 percent mark. He’s suffered a decrease in playing time every year since his freshman season, partly due to a foot injury suffered his sophomore season, but figures to assume the majority of the point guard

minutes for UT Despite a paltry 45.3 career field goal percentage, Barton has struggled at the free throw line, boasting a career low 58.3 percent of his free throws last season. Will Barton, Antonio’s older brother who currently playis in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers, broke the news of Antonio’s decision on Twitter. “My bro Antonio Barton has decided to attend the University of Tennessee for his senior year,” the excited brother tweeted. “He will be allowed to play right away.” The Barton brothers played together in the Tigers’ backcourt for two seasons before Will declared for the 2012 NBA draft. The arrival of Antonio Barton suddenly gives the Vols options at guard for the upcomingseason. All-SEC guard Jordan McRae will continue leading the team splitting time at both shooting guard and small forward. Two talented freshman are being added to the mix with five-star recruit Robert Hubbs looking to start games at shooting guard and also the presumed backup point guard in Darius Thompson.

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