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Although preserving the historic values of the buildings on campus is important to the university, some projects are just Staff Writer not cost-effective to update, said Jeff Maples, senior associate Knox Heritage recently put out its annual list of the most vice chancellor for finance and administration. “We look at each building on a case-by-case basis,” Maples endangered historic buildings and places in Knoxville and Knox said. “Some of the buildings we have couldn’t be included in the County. Among the buildings listed, 12 were related to the Master Plan because they would cost more to renovate than University of Tennessee. “We put out this list every year,” Knox Heritage Executive they would to simply build a new building in its place.” Maples also said the university was not planning to raze all Director Kim Trent said. “Most of the buildings on the univerthe buildings on the list. sity’s campus are either scheduled to be demolished or are The biggest problem with the renovation of the current going to be changed so drastically that they will lose their hisbuildings is that they toric value.” would have to be Knox Heritage brought up to complibelieves that as UT ance with present-day strives to enter the laws and regulations. ranks of the top-25 “Take Melrose Hall, public research instifor example,” Maples tutions in the counsaid. “If you have ever try, it should prebeen in Melrose, you serve as much of its have seen that the ceilhistory as possible. ings are not very high. “We see the Melrose also lacks cenpreservation of these tral heating and air. In buildings as an asset order to upgrade this to the university,” building, we would have Trent said. “Keeping to put in duct work in and preserving these the ceiling, which would historic buildings bring the ceilings down will help attract more to a little over six feet.” students by making Maples said that the campus more issues such as hallway attractive and hiswidth, which would toric. Almost all the need to meet the dimentop universities have sions proposed by the a large presence of Americans with historic buildings on Disabilities Act, would campus.” need addressing. One such building “When you finish that is slated to be with the renovations, completely redone is you have turned a the Carolyn P. Brown 100,000-square foot Memorial University building into 25,000 Center. square feet of usable Among the buildspace,” he said. ings that will either “Renovations of buildbe affected or comings like this simply pletely razed in the would not be economiconstruction of a cally smart.” new university cenAlthough the master ter are the Carolyn P. plan for UT does Brown Memorial involve changes to hisUniversity Center, toric buildings, it is Aconda and Temple George Richardson • The Daily Beacon intended for the buildcourts and the Ayres Hall retains it’s classic architecture following a facelift as ings to resemble current University Center Plaza and Parking seen on Saturday, May 4. Many UT buildings were identified in the architecture on campus most recent list of endangered buildings in Knox County, many of such as Ayres Hall and Structure. “Another problem which are scheduled for updates and remodels over the next few other remodeled buildings. with the plans to years similar to the work done on Ayres Hall. “We’re hopeful we can either tear down or completely remodel these buildings are the costs involved,” work with the administration with preserving the historic buildTrent said. “In most cases, preserving these buildings would be ings that are present at the University of Tennessee,” Trent more cost-effective. The students should not have to pay for the said. “We hope to share our contacts with the administration, so they can make a more economically wise decision not only renovations.” for students but for future students of the university.”
Staff Writer The small city of Jackson, Tenn., was bustling with business as 36 young women from across the state were competing to become the next Miss Tennessee. The Carl Perkins Civic Center, located at 400 South Highland Ave. in Jackson, hosted the 2011 Miss Tennessee Pageant from June 15 through June 18. The Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant’s primary goal is to provide an outlet for young women to demonstrate their talents, intellect, beauty and healthy lifestyle, while also providing them with scholarship money. Contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24, unmarried and either a fulltime student or employee. Of these 36 women, there were five UT students competing: Miss Tennessee Valley Lacey Alford, Miss UT Knoxville Marissa Mitchell, Miss Seven Lakes Sara Mitchell, Miss Mountain Lakes Morgan Moore and Miss Nashville Chelsea Jensen. Wednesday’s swimsuit preliminary winner, Sara Mitchell, was glad she won the judges’ approval. This is Mitchell’s first year competing. She also won the Tennessee Miracle Makers award from the Children’s Miracle Network. However, Friday was the big night as Jensen, junior in communication studies, placed in the top 15. With support from her Phi Mu sisters, Jensen began her journey to Miss Tennessee back in November with the Scenic City Pageant, where she was named first runner-up. She went on to the Miss Nashville Preliminary in January and won the title. “I thought about competing for the Miss UT Knoxville/Miss Knoxville titles,” Jensen said, “but the preliminary pageant was not held until February, and I secured the Miss Nashville title in January.” The contestants were all scored on beauty, talent, poise, swimsuit and questions. For many of these ladies, the effort paid off. UTChattanooga’s Chandler Lawson, junior in political science and a Tullahoma native, made her second trip to the Miss Tennessee Pageant last week. In 2009, Lawson finished in the top 10 as Miss Scenic City. She was named the first runner-up and was awarded a $7,500 scholarship for school.
Erin Hatley, senior in hospitality and resort management, was crowned the 2011 Miss Tennessee. Winning the $13,000 scholarship prize, she competed as the 2011 Miss Collierville and will compete in the Miss America pageant in January. “Erin is a beautiful young woman,” Jensen said. “I was extremely happy for her when she won, just as I would have been for any of the other titleholders.” Jensen won a $1,500 scholarship for being a top-15 finalist. Contestants spent hours perfecting their routines, making sure to watch their diet and keeping in shape. Watching the news for every major local, state, national and international story, each prepared herself for possible questions. Jensen, a full-time student, stayed on top of her school work, prepared for her interviews daily and did all of the above while still traveling across the state for Miss Nashville. And she still managed to make time to find a competition wardrobe for the state pageant. Even though she did not win the Miss Tennessee title, Jensen is still crowned Miss Nashville. “It’s been a rewarding experience to be able to make the drive to Nashville every other weekend and represent an area that I knew very little about before I won the title,” she said. “I’ve grown tremendously as a person and know more about our state and its people as a result. It also better qualifies me to be Miss Tennessee, who, of course, represents the entire state.” When asked about competing again, Jensen said, “That’s something I will have to pray about, but I do believe that the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant is in the future for me.” Jensen said she would encourage any young woman with ambition and drive to make a difference to compete in the Miss America Organization. “Being Miss Nashville has opened countless doors for me and my future career, and I’ve been able to speak to school children and adults across the state,” she said. “The organization is more than a beauty pageant. The Miss America crown becomes more relevant every day. My crown has become my microphone. It is a direct outlet for me to reach people across the nation and move them to action and service. Because that’s what it’s all about: service.”
UT to implement tactful measures Mustapha Moussa Staff Writer
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Students seek shelter from rain under an umbrella outside the University Center on Monday, Feb. 7. The past week’s rain continued the season of atypical storms for the Knoxville area, one storm leaving much of UT and over half of all KUB customers without power.
It has now been 14 months since Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced plans to focus the UT community on civility. Cheek appointed a 13-member task force, co-chaired by Michael Wirth and Terrell Strayhorn, to the charge of defining civility, promoting it and making recommendations to the chancellor’s office, so that procedures and protocols could be put into place. In the task force’s report, proposals include reviewing current policies on derogatory language; encouraging students, staff and faculty to report any and all incidents of bias; and creating awareness and launching a campaign for civility. On April 15, at the opening of the annual International Festival, Cheek announced the formal launch of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT community. The chancellor’s task force has recommended to incorporate civility and community in such ways as the “Vol-to-Vol” small-
group meetings at student orientation and the Volunteer Community Partnership. In addition, a complete review of the current Hilltopics has been initiated. Revisions and additions will be made to student policies. With the task force’s report now complete, Cheek has shifted his focus into complete implementation of the findings based on the recommendations in the task force’s report. Rita Geier, associate to the chancellor, is spearheading the effort. Other members of the group include Marva Rudolph, director of the Office of Equity and Diversity; Tim Rogers, vice chancellor for student affairs; Pia Wood, associate provost and director of the Center for International Education; Sarah Gardial, vice provost for faculty affairs; Provost Susan Martin; Richard Bayer, assistant provost and director of enrollment services; Joan Hemingway, law professor and Faculty Senate president; Carolyn Hodges, graduate school dean; and Linda Hendricks, vice chancellor for human resources. See CIVILITY on Page 3
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Jeffery Garrison, junior in psychology and sociology, studies between classes in the atrium of the James A. Haslam Business Building on Monday, June 13.
1916 — Lasky Company merges with Famous Players, later to become Paramount On this day in 1916, Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players Film Company merges with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, forming the Famous Players-Lasky Company. The company will later become Paramount Pictures, one of the first and most successful Hollywood motion-picture studios. 1928 — Louis Armstrong records “West End Blues” On June 28, 1928, a 26-year-old Louis Armstrong walked into a Chicago recording studio with five fellow jazz instrumentalists and walked out having changed the course of music history. The record Armstrong and his Hot Five had just made was of a song called “West End Blues,” written and first recorded several months earlier by Armstrong’s mentor, Joe “King” Oliver. Oliver had taken a teenage Louis Armstrong under his wing back in their native New Orleans. He’d taught Armstrong to play by ear, invited him into his band and then brought him to Chicago, the jazz capital of the world at the time, in 1922. Armstrong left Oliver’s band in 1925 for a three-year stint in New York City, where his playing was the talk of the jazz community. But it was not until this day in 1928, with the recording of “West End Blues,” that Louis Armstrong definitively left his teacher in his wake and captured on record the revolutionary style and virtuosic technique that would make him an international sensation. Armstrong’s “West End Blues” features a brilliant piano solo by the great Earl “Fatha” Hines, one of Armstrong’s greatest lifelong friends and collaborators, and a vocal section by
Armstrong that is one of the earliest recorded examples of scat singing. But even without the rest of the landmark recording, Louis Armstrong’s 15-second trumpet intro to “West End Blues” and his eight-bar solo near the end make it one of the most influential pieces of recorded music in history. Armstrong’s playing established a new standard for rhythmic and melodic complexity, for technical mastery and, most important, for sheer beauty and emotional content. “Sometimes the record would make me so sad, I’d cry up a storm,” Billie Holliday wrote of Armstrong’s “West End Blues.” “Other times the same damn record would make me so happy.” Holliday also cited Louis Armstrong’s instrumental technique as a formative influence on her own vocal style. “It sounded like he was making love to me,” she once told the jazz critic Nat Hentoff. “That’s how I wanted to sing.” The technology of 1928 didn’t allow for playback in the recording studio, so when Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five ended their session on June 28, they hadn’t even heard the recording that is recognized as a critical influence even on rock and roll. When Armstrong and Earl Hines finally did hear “West End Blues,” they were reportedly as blown away as everyone else. Their recording signaled a clear move toward solo innovation as the driving creative force in jazz, but more than that, it signaled the end of jazz as a mere form of popular entertainment and the beginning of jazz as an acknowledged art form. 1997 — Mike Tyson bites ear On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. The attack led to his disqualification from the match and suspension from boxing, and was the strangest chapter yet in the champion’s roller-coaster career. Mike Tyson enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom. In 1986 he became the youngest heavyweight champion in history by beating Trevor Berbick at just 19 years old. By 1989, however, Tyson had begun a long downward spiral into sports infamy. His erratic behavior included marrying and divorcing actress Robin Givens (after being accused by her of domestic violence), firing and suing his manager, breaking his hand in an early morning street brawl and two car accidents, one of which was reportedly a suicide attempt. Tyson also fired trainer Kevin Rooney and replaced him with notorious promoter Don King. Unable to keep his focus on boxing, Tyson, once thought unbeatable, lost the heavyweight title after being knocked out by 42-to-1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas in a stunning upset on February 11, 1990. In 1991, Tyson was accused of rape by Desiree Washington, a contestant in a beauty pageant he was judging in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was convicted on February 10, 1992, and served three years and one month in a federal penitentiary. Once released, Tyson regained his heavyweight belts and then planned a bout with Evander Holyfield, a clean-living, religious former heavyweight champion from Georgia who was considered the best heavyweight challenger for Tyson after number-one contender Lennox Lewis, who Tyson refused to schedule. Holyfield had retired in 1994, but the prospect of a huge payday proved tempting, and on November 9, 1996, the underdog Holyfield shocked the boxing world by beating Tyson in an 11th round TKO to win Tyson’s WBA title. Holyfield came into the widely anticipated rematch on this day in 1997 even stronger than he had been for the first fight. In the first round, he hit Tyson hard with body shots while Tyson flailed away, ignoring the science of boxing his trainer had promised he would employ. By the end of the round, the crowd chanted Holyfield’s name, turning on the usual fan favorite Tyson. In the second round, Holyfield head-butted Tyson, opening a cut over Tyson’s right eye. In the third round, Tyson lost what composure he had left. He spit out his mouthpiece, bit off a chunk out of Holyfield’s right ear and then spit it onto the canvas. Though Holyfield was in obvious pain the fight resumed after a brief stoppage, and then Tyson bit Holyfield’s other ear. With 10 seconds left in the third round, he was disqualified. His $30 million purse was withheld while Nevada boxing officials reviewed the fight. Events in Tyson’s life took repeated turns for the worse in the aftermath of the fight, and culminated in his declaring bankruptcy — in part due to $400,000 a year spent on maintaining a flock of pet pigeons — and an arrest for cocaine possession. In 2006, Tyson agreed to join Heidi Fleiss’ legal brothel in Nevada as a prostitute.
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Dual-degree plan benefits UT, Fisk Jamie Cunningham Staff Writer Engineering, science and math students will now have another opportunity to get multiple degrees, thanks to an agreement signed between UT’s College of Engineering and Fisk University. Starting this fall, students can spend three years at Fisk University in Nashville as math and science majors and then transfer to UT for the final two years to complete their engineering degrees. The entire program will take five years, and students will graduate with two bachelor’s degrees — one from Fisk and one from UT. Fisk University is a private black university located in Nashville and is rated No. 1 in the number of African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences, according to the National Science Foundation. However, Fisk University does not offer students an engineering program. Now UT is giving Fisk students the option to study engineering in Knoxville. While the program provides academic opportunities for Fisk students, UT College of Engineering Associate Dean of Student Affairs Masood Parang asserts that it also fosters more diversity in the engineering program at UT. “One of our key goals in the College of Engineering is to create more diversity, and this program is one of the ways we are doing that,” he said. UT College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis is enthusiastic about the positive impact it will have on the field of engineering. “We look forward to implementing the program and encouraging more students to consider engineering as a career option,” he said. “Engineering has seven of the 10 requested majors by employers. The graduate of this dual-degree program will have better access and more opportunities to apply and be admitted to engineering graduate programs after receiving the two degrees.” This dual-degree program is nothing new to the College of Engineering. UT also has a dual-degree engineering program with nearby liberal-arts college Maryville College. Parang is excited about adding another dual-degree program to the College of Engineering. “UT engineering has a tradition of offering dual-degree programs, and we’re excited about this new program with Fisk University,” he said. Parang estimates that approximately five students will participate in the dual-degree program in the beginning. The program requires that students earn a C or better in specific courses and obtain a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade-point average. In order to be eligible, students must meet the general entrance requirements of the College of Engineering and be recommended by Fisk University for the program. After five years, the dual-degree program will be evaluated in order to make necessary changes that will make it more useful to other institutions. Parang is optimistic about the possibility of more dual-degree programs in the future. “We hope there will be more programs like this in our future, especially with private institutions,” he said. “We look forward to more opportunities like we have with Fisk.”
CIVILITY continued from Page 1 A student advisory panel has been formed to help the group set priorities for implementation and to identify the most effective actions to George Richardson • The Daily Beacon achieve the university’s goals. Members of the UT football team put in work, running lines up a ramp into Neyland “Raising awareness and training our commuStadium on Thursday, June 16. Despite summer’s official arrival just this past week, nity is key to the success of Chancellor Jimmy fans are already beginning the countdown until the fall and the start of football Cheek’s plan for civility initiative,” Associate season.
Dean of Students Angi Smith said. Smith said the chancellor’s initiative is something that was already a part of UT’s practice, and she commended the chancellor for his efforts to increase training and awareness. Rick James Whitener, senior in biomedical engineering, welcomes the new initative. “I was at the International Festival last spring when the chancellor announced the civility plan,” Whitener said. “It was exciting, especially for it to be announced at such a diverse event.
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HermitSpeaketh Relativity benefits problem solving Jake Lane Managing Editor Some people say that most problems can be solved if you break them down into manageable pieces. I learned that from the White Stripes some eight or nine years ago, but like any sage advice, its esoteric nature leads to a lot of misdirection in the ultimate followthrough. For me, the best utilization of the simplicity method of problem solving has come through compulsive listmaking, something I learned from my father. With “todo” lists, you can not only track your progress, but combat that diminished memory that comes from being an undergrad and all the manifold brain destroyers inherent in that four-to-nine-year commitment. The problem I come up against time and time again in compiling lists is the overall shift in cognitive function that comes along with it. On my best days I have a problem with most other peoples’ opinions — not with their right to have them, but their overall reasoning and sometimes willful disbelief of hard facts and logic. Therefore my brain goes into list mode, stacking greatest albums or valid philosophical ideas on a one-to-five or one-to-one hundred scale, thereafter establishing an ossified hierarchy of ideas which cannot be challenged at risk of severe admonition, loss of friends, weight loss, weight gain and moral bankruptcy. In layman’s terms: By establishing a system of thought, I negate all other systems of thought and points of view, pigeon-holing myself and distancing others. Needless to say, when approaching issues with a “sure-fire” set of solutions, we ultimately inhibit our own growth and evolution. I become overwhelmed at times and seek a panacea for the ills of the world. Unfortunately, I create more of these problems in my own world in taking what seems an easy path to success. Therefore I submit a challenge against listing and ranking of value on a predetermined scale. I should have done this years ago, right around the time I decided that there is no absolute truth other than the complete lack of absolute truth. Relative value and self-worth are the only two credible sources of worth, as far as I am concerned, though the latter is exploited among people of certain personality types whereas the the former is
virtually non-existent in those who seek a “one problem, one solution” way of thinking. We limit ourselves in both pigheaded dogmatism and rigid logic. By neglecting the ability to be wrong, humans reject the bonds of building a progressive society, whose foundation is trial and error, in which all ideas can grow and step out of the intellectual and technological quagmire which our consumer society has placed us in. I often posit the idea that if you give up oil, violence and the unification of political and spiritual reasoning, you will get “Star Trek.” Of course this is a joke. Physicists have formulated warp technology already and come to the conclusion that the idea of that particular sci-fi phenomenon is not probable. But the idea remains — we as humans have an number of possible futures, as vast and interwoven as the cosmos itself, but the subtle differences in these possible outcomes are nothing compared to the stark opposites of the total reality. We will either destroy ourselves over diminishing resources or we will thrive by learning to moderate our usage and develop sustainable means of perpetuation. I’m not just talking nuclear war or Social Darwinism, but the sheer decline of our antiquated ideas of “humanity” in general. By allowing the idea of self-worth or ideological sovereignty to dominate our views, we miss the opportunity to develop new views from the relative values of ideas which we may disagree with. Let me say that differently. We can reject some ideas based on personal bias, but ultimately even the worst of ideas, both logically and morally, usually have some kernel of value which probably lead to a lackluster fleshing-out. Like this diatribe I present to you. Perhaps my views are slanted as I just finished reading “Dune,” whose philosophical core is two-fold. First, 20,000 years in the future, Eastern and Western philosophy are haphazardly thrown together in a manner which no one likes but everyone tolerates. Second, one prophet can see all possible pasts and futures and how they have come to pass. I don’t claim to hold the key to that mental discipline, but I do submit that when we break any situation down and view the implications of each action, the possible outcomes can be astounding. Perhaps, then, we should not seek the best, or at least simplest, way to solve a problem, and instead think of how we can act in a way to benefit most and harm least. Oh wait, that’s already a school of thought. — Jake Lane is a senior in creative writing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Events give queer cause momentum T he Social N etwo r k by
Elliott DeVore The idea of gay pride and pride celebrations came into existence after the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City. Before the riots, police would raid gay bars, brutally assault patrons and arrest them. Police brutality and cultural oppression led so many people at the time to live a secret life filled with emotional distress and confusion. Gays and lesbians were afraid to be themselves in public, so they sought to create affectionate communities for themselves in certain bars and diners across the U.S. These locations were safe spaces for them to live their lives and be with people who shared their experiences and their struggles. After the raid at the Stonewall Inn during the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, members of the queer community made a decision: They weren’t going to put up with these unlawful raids and brutality. They weren’t going to live in shame, they were going to fight back and take pride in themselves. And thus the idea of gay pride was born. Decades later our nation has changed, thanks to so many queer activists who spent their lives advocating for equality and human dignity. This past Saturday was the Knoxville Gay Pride celebration, complete with a parade down Gay Street, vendors on Market Square and even a performance by pop star Tiffany! Though it may not have been close to NYC Pride, I say GO KNOXVILLE, especially when we’re in a community that elects people like Stacey Campfield. As a Knoxville native, Knoxville Pride has played an important role in my ownership of the local queer community. I remember going to Pride for the first time the summer after my freshman year at UT, and feeling at home. Never had I felt so comfortable, so welcomed, so valued as a person. It is THAT feeling that is the unsung hero of gay pride celebrations throughout the U.S. Since being gay doesn’t come with a name-tag or a certain appearance, it’s easy to feel alone on a daily basis. Growing up gay comes with so many difficult
experiences that only other gay people can understand, and sharing those stories can be few and far between. The LGBT community has no limits to race, gender expression, nationality, religion or political persuasion, which can make identifying others who share your experience difficult. That is why attending pride celebrations can be so uplifting for many LGBT individuals. As I stood looking around at complete strangers, looking into their eyes, I smiled, because I saw a bit of myself. That smile and sense of belonging came from a mutual understanding and shared experiences. They, like me, had been through so much up to that point to find solace in their daily struggles. Whether they were a recent graduate searching for new directions, freshly out of the closet or raising children with their long-term partners, whomever they knew they could be themselves without hesitation, because for the day we created our own affectionate community. It was a place where we were valued as individuals and human beings. We could hold hands with our partner without a dirty look or snide remark. Though the parades and drag queens and street vendors and after parties may be fun, the purpose of Pride is to create a feeling of community. It’s a time for us to come together and celebrate ourselves! For just a short time, we, the queer community, we’re the majority. It was funny to see unsuspecting people walk into Market Square to find thousands of gay people, same-sex couples and transgendered people. I loved watching their expressions and, for some, how visibly uncomfortable they were. Maybe some came to understand how it feels to be queer, sans the harassment. More than likely they had never thought about being straight until they weren’t in the majority. I have to admit, I enjoyed seeing some of the people’s discomfort because I think it was a good experience for them — perhaps it helped them recognize their privileged identity as heterosexual. Events like these are crucial to keep the LGBT movement moving and strong. After attending queer events, you leave feeling refreshed and ready to face the world, because you know you’re not alone in the fight. It reassures you that we can and will achieve equality. Pride is more than just parades, glitter and drag queens — it’s the celebration of human worth and dignity. — Elliot Devore is a graduate in psychology. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Kids have always wanted to take center stage. It’s why toddlers scream when they don’t get their way and why kindergarteners disrespect their teachers and other students when they are upset about something. It’s the reason my cousin Rebekah and I used to put on plays. After we announced to the whole house what we were doing, we would go to my grandparents’ living room or down to their basement and close the doors. Then, we would write, rehearse and perfect some performance. After Rebekah was satisfied with our performance (she was always more picky than I), we would invite the whole family in to see our little play. Kids choosing to perform in front of their families and friends may not be novel, but exactly what kids do and how they do it today is very different from what Rebekah and I did. At the last neighborhood picnic, four of the little girls decided to put on a show. When the first one poked her head out to announce that they were about to perform for us, I thought it was going to be cute. That’s just what I used to do. Then, they brought a boom box and wooden chair out to the driveway, took their positions and started dancing. I was both sickened and saddened by what happened next. The song had lyrics that I don’t listen to. The dance moves came out of some trashy music video. They were shaking their hips and chests in the most provocative ways their young skeletal systems would let them. They danced on the chair and rubbed up against it. I wanted to cry. I babysat some little girls five or six years before — back when they watched Belle instead of Beyonce. Girls these days seem more prone to sell themselves for a jerk who doesn’t treat them well or strive to seduce their way into better social statuses. Sadly, guys seem more prone to believe that girls are on this earth to be taken advantage
of or used or mistreated or hurt. Eighteen- to 25year-olds are too much like that as it is; those girls who are 10 and 11 and already dancing like they’re in a club are trapped in a dangerous and depressing world. Of course, all is not lost. That trap will only be lethal if someone doesn’t help them out. Through gentle, pure love of a friend, sibling or parent, or solid guidance from a mentor leading the way, they can stand against the current of the world and be much stronger for it. The problem is, there aren’t always people worthy or willing to step up and help catch those who are falling. Kids need to learn to stand up to the world when they are falling in the wrong direction, but they can’t be expected to do that if they don’t have a firm foundation on which to stand. There’s a major dearth of heroes and good role models today. Perhaps the most obvious pitfall is that people who do good are rarely mentioned while people who do bad cover the news for weeks. When Tiger Woods was exposed, the story was front-page and top-story news for weeks! For crying out loud! He cheated on his wife — a lot. Get his lousy, lying, unfaithful face off the TV and let us all forget about it! I’d love to give you an example of someone who got half as much publicity for doing good, but I can’t think of anyone. That’s just sad. Those who are blessed enough to have good role models usually find them in history books or family, not in magazines and TV. History boasts spectacular heros, but the world in which George Washington and Joan of Arc lived is gone. Though the same values and strengths they possessed are just as heroic today as they were then, they are not presented as heroes and are therefore rarely esteemed as such. So, is it any surprise that while Rebekah and I acted as nurses in hospitals or brides in white, the little girls I babysat acted as dancers in clubs? True heroes and good role models are: influential but humble, wise and couragous, strong yet compassionate. Those people aren’t famous, they’re heroic and uncelebrated, always influencing those blessed enough to be around them. — Chelsea Tolliver is a junior in the College Scholars Program. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Intrigue keeps “The Killing” fresh N.Y. approves gay marriage law Robby O'Daniel News and Student Life Editor Yes, “The Killing” has plot holes. Yes, it has more red herrings than a batch of 10 “Scooby Doo” episodes. Yes, the season one finale was a bit unsatisfying. But does “The Killing” really deserve the vitriol the Internet and some television critics are throwing at it? No. AMC’s “The Killing” asked the question, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” Police investigators Sarah Linden (Mirelle Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) try to figure out who killed the high school student, and their lead suspects seemingly change depending on the episode. Many tuned in Sunday night expecting to get the answer to the season-long mystery question. But as the minutes began to pass by, it became increasingly apparent that viewers were not going to get that answer. Advertisements for the show said that everyone in spring 2011 is asking, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” Perhaps the real question for fans is, will they be asking that in spring 2012? How about spring 2013? All the while, politician Darren Richmond (Bill Campbell) is running for mayor and trying to balance the integrity of cooperating with investigators on a murder case, with his ambition for the mayoral position. Despite its flaws, “The Killing” achieves an amazing high-wire act. It melds together two usually boring television show environments — the crime procedural and the political show — into one and manages to
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make it interesting at the same time. The crime element of “The Killing” works mostly due to the understated acting of Enos as lead investigator. From her time as twins on “Big Love,” Enos showed she had quite a range from the disparity of the two characters she played, one angry yet detached and the other, innocent and full of love. Enos tries to strike a middle ground with the role of Linden, but it veers more toward the detached, which proved a more interesting character in “Big Love” anyway. Viewers learn of Linden’s home life from the series, that she is on the verge of a long-term commitment but shying
away to continue working on the Rosie case, however viewers only really see into the character of Linden when she rarely gets emotional in the context of investigating. Throughout season one, “The Killing” only drops scarce hints at Linden’s background, a character to be admired in a television show, not ridiculed. The contrast between Linden and Kinnaman’s Holder is fun to watch, providing some humor to a decidedly grim show. Arguably, the Holder character is the most identifiable to the audience, as, outside of the grieving family, viewers get the most insight into Holder’s character through his background of addiction.
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But the most daring element of “The Killing” is its portrayal of the grieving family members themselves. It is easy to show a family that lost a loved one as martyrs, but these people are shown as deeply flawed. Rosie’s father bloodily beats one of the early suspects for the murder. Rosie’s mother is emotionally crippled by Rosie’s death, but it seems to be more about her own missed opportunities as a person and her vicarious living through Rosie. Even mayoral candidate Richmond, someone who lost his wife earlier in life, has an element of deviousness added to him. The real problem that lies with viewers’ and critics’ opinions of “The Killing” is that every character in the show, sans Linden, has some negative element added in order to make him or her a somewhat plausible murder candidate. Does that make the show too in love with twists and setups? Perhaps. But it also gives “The Killing” legs long enough to stretch its intriguing murder plot. If the show makes sense of its season one finale twist and has the longterm vision to sort out all the kinks of the former red herrings’ complications, then “The Killing” will have earned its season one convolutedness. A lot rests on the show’s second season in that regard. If it simply mirrors season one and continues to string things along for its own sake, viewers’ patience will wear thin until it finally evaporates. But for now, the show’s understated acting and dark tone make it enrapturing to watch.
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NEW YORK — Champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village as New York became the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill shortly before midnight Friday, almost 42 years to the day that the modernday gay rights movement was born amid violent encounters between police and gay activists at the Stonewall Inn. Scott Redstone and his partner of 29 years, Steven Knittweis, hugged. And Redstone popped the question. “I said, ‘Will you marry me?’ And he said, ‘Of course!’” Queens teacher Eugene Lovendusky, 26, who is gay, said he hopes to marry someday. “I am spellbound. I’m so exhausted and so proud that the New York state Senate finally stood on the right side of history,” he said. He then repeated a chant he had screamed during a protest at a fundraiser for President Barack Obama the previous night: “I am somebody. I deserve full equality.” Alex Kelston, 26, who works in finance in Manhattan, said he hopped in a cab and rushed to the bar when he heard the news. “This is the place where the movement started, and it’s a way to close the loop and celebrate the full equality of gay people in New York,” he said. The so-called Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969, helped spark the equal rights movement for homosexuals. Gay activists had pinned their hopes on a positive vote this week in New York to help regain momentum in other states in light of recent failed attempts. Amid Friday’s celebration, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and bishops around the state released a statement condemning the passage of the law by the Legislature, saying they were “deeply disappointed and troubled.” “Our society must regain what it appears to have lost — a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America’s foundational principles,” the statement from the Roman
Catholic leader read. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who lobbied for the bill, was mid-sentence at a press conference on the city budget when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn interrupted him to announce it had passed. “It’s hard to describe the feeling of having the law of your state changed to say that you ... are a full member of the state and that your family is as good as any other family,” she said. In a way, the decision will change everything for her and her partner, Quinn said. “Tomorrow, my family will gather for my niece’s college graduation party, and that’ll be a totally different day because we’ll get to talk about when our wedding will be and what it’ll look like, and what dress Jordan, our grand-niece, will wear as the flower girl. And that’s a moment I really thought would never come,” she said. “I really can’t really describe what this feels like, but it is one of the best feelings I have ever had in my life,” she said. Bloomberg called the vote “a historic triumph for equality and freedom.” He said he would support the Republicans who voted for the measure Friday, and that he believed their actions were consistent with GOP ideals of liberty and freedom. “The Republicans who stood up today for those principles I think will long be remembered for their courage, foresight and wisdom,” said the mayor, a Democrat-turnedRepublican-turned-independent. “Ten, 20, 30 years from now, I believe they will look back on this vote as one of the finest and most proud moments in their life.” “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!” she also posted. Talk show host Wendy Williams posted to her Twitter followers as well, saying: “Yay for Gay Marriage! NY, it’s about time... jersey we’re next! How you doin?” Meanwhile, the city's official tourism marking agency said the bill was “good news” for the $31 billion industry that it represents. In San Francisco, where a march kicked off the city’s pride weekend, participants said they were just hearing about what had happened across the country.
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Interim AD Cronan receives award Staff Reports For the past 28 years, Joan Cronan has led the women’s athletic programs at the University of Tennessee and now she is playing a major role in the school’s sports future as the interim vice chancellor and athletic director for both men’s and women’s athletics. Because of Cronan’s long record of success, she earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award. The award, named in honor of the former Athletic Director of Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University, is given annually to an individual for his or her contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The individual should exhibit mastery of all the management functions, be well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management. “The University of Tennessee is fortunate to have Joan Cronan in such a pivotal leadership role in our athletics department. She is a perfect example of what the Maddox Sports Management Award is all about because she does things the right way,” said UT Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek. Under Cronan’s direction since 1983, the Lady Vols program has won 10 national titles, 50 combined Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships, and captured the SEC’s women’s all-sport award from the New York Times for three consecutive years. Currently, Cronan is Tennessee’s interim vice
chancellor and athletic director. She was named to the position June 9 and will help oversee the consolidation of the men’s and women’s athletic departments and assist in hiring a new athletic director. Her first duty in the combined role was the pivotal hiring of new UT head baseball coach Dave Serrano on June 16. “My job as an athletic director has always been to look at how you make the coaches’ job the best it can be, to make the student-athletes’ experience the best it can be and to make the university be represented with class,” Cronan said. Cronan has been honored frequently over the years. UT’s success in both the athletic and academic realms speaks volumes to her decision-making and leadership ability, as demonstrated by her appointment to the 2010 NCAA Division I Leadership Council and selected by her peers as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 200809. Cronan is also a former president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). Both organizations have also honored Cronan as well. She was selected by NACWAA to receive their 2005 Athletic Director of the Year award. In 2004, Cronan was honored by NACDA with their Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year award. Now a Trustee Emeritus for the United States Sports Academy, the USSA elected Cronan to its 2009 Board of Trustees and she was presented with the Women of Achievement Award: “Women Who Make a Difference” by the International Women’s Forum.
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Rocky Top League puts on a show many of the players. “It’s a good opportunity to get young kids out here to watch Staff Writer the games,” White said. “It’s all for the kids. It’s all entertainEveryone who crammed into Bearden High School’s gym ment.” White, the son of former UT standout Tony White, knows knew the shot was good the second it was released. the value of entertainment. A Bearden graduate, his exploits on Unfortunately, before they could see the result of Tony White this court were well known before Rocky Top League even Jr.’s mid-range jumper, a streak of lighting and blast of thunder signaled the power outage in the building and the descending began. Since 2006, White has dazzled fans nearly every game with darkness of the now-dead lights. his deft shooting ability and court vision. His performances While everyone knew this second power outage in nearly 10 have lead Brian Tate, the announcer for the games, to proclaim minutes was due to Wednesday night’s on-and-off-again downpours, many in the stands were left wondering whether or not several times a night in some variation that, “This is Tony White’s torrid stroke — as he, by that point, had made four 3- White Jr.’s house, and we are all just paying rent.” But White is not about the funny quips or doing something point shots — had finally allowed him to “shoot the lights out.” special in the hopes of hearWhite’s shooting streak ing his name intermixed into and the circumstances a one-liner from the scorer’s around it are not unique to stand. To him, basketball is basketball or even to life in also his livelihood, as he has East Tennessee. Players get just signed a pro contract hot all the time; it is a comwith a team in Germany, monplace facet of the game. after a four-year career at the And as for power outages, College of Charleston. The Knoxville’s recent run of Rocky Top league has helped poor weather has led nearly him grow as a player. every resident of the city to “I was always playing in experience some form of a the gym somewhere,” he blackout. But together, said. “But something like these events coupled with this, I wish would have been the sights and sounds of the around when I was still in game make Pilot Rocky Top high school, just because it’s League a unique experilet me play against different ence. players and work on different Since its inception in things.” 2006, the Rocky Top League Those “different things” has allowed current UT and are what make the Rocky local-area college players to Top League special. Players team up with current and can be seen cheering on an former local high school opponent after a spectacular standouts and past UT fan dunk, and fans are allowed favorites to create a special almost unfettered access to environment. the people they come to “It’s special,” senior forIan Harmon • The Daily Beacon watch. The Rocky Top ward Renaldo Woolridge Members of the UT football team put in work, running League is unlike any other said. “They (fans) want to lines up a ramp into Neyland Stadium on Thursday, June for Vol fans, as it not only come out and see the new 16. Despite summer’s official arrival just this past week, allows them to watch players players, see the old players fans are already beginning the countdown until the fall grow over the summer from and just get excited for the and the start of football season. 18-year-old freshmen to seaupcoming season.” soned college veterans, but The games have the feel also keep tabs on favorite past and local players. of middle school basketball played with full-grown men. And as for Tony White Jr.’s shooting the lights out, while his There are no tickets, and no payment is necessary to attend. Seats are doled out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fouls are performance adds to the mystique of the games, it also detractrarely called, deemed only necessary when plainly obvious, and ed from his own night. “It messed me up in the second half, so I probably shouldn’t the words “travel” or “walk” seem to never leave a ref’s mouth. have done that,” he said. “I should have remembered how long Between halves, the players rest in the stands as young children in attendance storm the court for the whole 10 minutes, trying it took to get the lights back up.” The league is in its final week of the season, with games their best to emulate some of the moves they just witnessed. being played Monday and Wednesday at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. In fact, the kids in the stands serve as a major motivation for
Harris drafted, traded to Bucks Staff Reports Tobias Harris became Tennessee’s eighth all-time first-round NBA draft pick Thursday when the Charlotte Bobcats selected him 19th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The versatile forward from Dix Hills, N.Y., earned Freshman AllAmerica acclaim for the Volunteers last season after averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Multiple league sources indicated that the Bobcats immediately appeared set to send Harris’ rights to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team trade. “I’m happy for Tobias and his family,” said UT head coach Cuonzo Martin, who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1995 draft. “He had a great freshman season, and he put himself in a position to be drafted in the first round. Barring injury, I think he’s going to have a long and successful career. I think he’ll be a good fit in Milwaukee because he can play multiple positions, and they have a great point guard in place.” Harris last season also received secondteam All-SEC honors while ranking fifth nationally among all “major” conference fresh-
men in scoring and sixth nationally in rebounding. Tennessee’s second-leading scorer, he also earned NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team accolades while helping power the Vols to the event’s championship in Madison Square Garden. He averaged close to a double-double in SEC play (14.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg), and his eight double-doubles tied for third-most among all SEC players. Harris is the first Vol ever to be drafted by the Bobcats, who were established as an expansion franchise in 2004 after Charlotte's previous NBA team, the Hornets, relocated to New Orleans, La. But Harris appears on track to be the fourth Vol to suit up for the Bucks, joining Ernie Grunfeld (1977-79), Dale Ellis (1990-91, 1999-2000) and Marcus Haislip (2002-05). The Bucks drafted Haislip 13th overall in 2002. Last season, Milwaukee — led by point guard Brandon Jennings (16.2 ppg, 4.8 apg) — finished third in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with a 35-47 regular-season record. Tennessee has now produced 43 all-time NBA and/or ABA Draft picks, including legendary names such as Grunfeld, Ellis, Bernard King and Allan Houston.