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Students say tuition increase too abrupt Preston Peeden Managing Editor
Lauren Kittrell Editor-in-Chief University of Tennessee students’ wallets got a little bit lighter with the approval of an 8 percent tuition increase Many students were taken aback by the abruptness of the increase, after receiving an announcement from Chancellor Jimmy Cheek regarding the decision from the Board of Trustees on June 21. SGA vice president Terry Nowell, senior in biological sciences, said the increase had been in the minds of administrators and trustees for months. “We had a meeting with the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Vice Chancellor Rogers in the middle of May,” Nowell said. “We talked about how tuition was probably going to go up, which didn’t really catch us off guard because it hadn’t gone down in the past 15 years.” Despite Nowell’s concerns, for many students the first notice of a possible
tuition increase came less than two months before classes begin. Lee Campbell, senior in marketing, said the abruptness of the announcement was disconcerting. “I just think it’s outrageous,” Campbell said. “If I had more time to let it sink in, I might feel better about it. But it’s a month and a half before school starts.” Even more concerning to students was the possibility of future tuition increases. Nowell said the SGA’s major concern was the need for predictability in tuition increase. “(Students) don’t know if (tuition increase) is gonna be 4 percent or 10 percent and because of that, that’s a $500 discrepancy per year and it can mean an extra job during summer,” he said. “We saw that as a big problem and we addressed that with him.” Despite the reassurances from the SGA over the stability and predictability of the tuition increases, many students, like incoming freshman Lexie Barton, still feel uneasy about the increases. See TUITION on Page 3
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TEAM UT students stand with representatives of M Scenic Group Studios while working at the Kentucky Derby. TEAM UT is also the group responsible for sending students to the Super Bowl.
Students work Kentucky Derby Wesley Mills News Editor The sharkskin suits, the sun-blocking hats and the pinnacle of horse racing greeted UT students this past spring as TEAM UT worked the 138th Kentucky Derby. The trip came about through a long-standing relationship between UT’s recreation and sport management program and M Group Scenic Studios. For the past eight years, Fritz Polite, clinical assistant professor of sport management,
has led a team to work at the Super Bowl. Lori McAllister-Antol, president and executive producer of M Scenic Group Studios, liked the idea of TEAM UT helping out with the Kentucky Derby because of how well it performed at the Super Bowl. “She wanted to have our group more involved with the preplanning stages of the Super Bowl,” Polite said. “At the same time, she had the Kentucky Derby coming up and her company has the rights to that as well. She said she also thought it would be really good to have TEAM UT come up and help with the event.”
While at the Kentucky Derby, the team experienced a lot of work in the event management industry. “We assisted with the setup and operation of the Oaks and Derby races,” said Candice Greene, senior in recreation administration. “The operational duties were crowd control, venue setup, venue appearance and cleanliness throughout the entire day, and essential communication between the team, M Scenic Group Studios and other staff that was working at the event.” See DERBY on Page 3
UT interviewed ‘unacceptable’ police chief candidates The Associated Press
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Students walk around detours near the hill on June 15. Summer is a popular time for construction, and this summer it continues with the temporary closure to the entrance of Middle Way Drive.
UT funds student businesses Staff Reports A snack dip company, an import distribution business, a children’s fitness initiative, and an information portal for fraternities and sororities will continue to grow, thanks to an infusion of dollars from a UT grant. The four student-owned businesses were recently awarded a total of $20,000 from the Boyd Venture Fund. The fund aims to propel student entrepreneurs before they graduate. It is administered through the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s College of Business Administration. As part of the grant, the center also connects each winning enterprise to a mentor.
Since the Boyd Venture Fund’s inception in 2011, six UT student companies have received a total of $42,500 in seed money to invest in their businesses. Grants are available to any student-owned business and are awarded each spring and fall. The spring 2012 winners are: SummerSett Foods, a company that develops, markets, and sells high-quality snack dips. Jake Rheude, of Cincinnati, a management major, and Cedric Brown, of Columbus, Ohio, an accounting major, founded the business after they were frustrated by the lack of a frozen, pre-packaged buffalo chicken dip available in grocery freezers. They eventually sponsored a successful buffalo chicken dip recipe competition. A website is not yet available.
“We’ve received great mentoring through connections we’ve made through other Anderson Center competitions,” Rheude said. “The award will allow us to move forward with establishing a website, designing packaging, and meeting labeling requirements.” Grassroots Uganda in North America (GUNA), an import and distribution company allied with a women’s empowerment organization in Uganda. It was founded by Jennifer Smith, of Maryville, a Russian/global studies major. The organization reaches out to homeless and HIV-positive women, teaches them how to make jewelry and handicrafts, pays them for their work, and gives them the opportunity to improve their health and well-being.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee spent $2,200 to bring two finalists for police chief to the flagship campus for interviews although reference checks had revealed questionable backgrounds. The Knoxville News Sentinel obtained hundreds of emails, memos, resumes and other documents about the effort to find a new chief. The university eventually hired Troy Lane from the University of Wyoming, and he started at UT on Monday. The former chief, Gloria Graham, left to become assistant chief at the University of Chicago. According to the documents, search committee members began making reference checks on four finalists and four alternates in early March. Those checks found that candidate Carey Drayton had resigned from Florida State after an extramarital affair and paternity suit while candidate Adam Garcia’s leadership of the police department at the University of Nevada-Reno had been faulted in an external review. UT Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Chris Cimino said late last month that after calling current and previous employers, examining public information, and talking to other people in the industry, UT officials decided Drayton and Garcia were “still viable candidates.” Those two and the other finalists visited campus for two-day interviews in April
and May. UT spent $992.40 in transportation, hotel and meals to bring Drayton, director of public safety at University of Southern California, from Los Angeles. The travel costs for Garcia were $1,213.22 to bring in Garcia from Reno, Nev. UT spent $1,343.15 to bring in Lane and $311.27 in meals for local candidate Gus Paidousis, a deputy chief with Knoxville Police Department. The search committee met on May 14, after all interviews were complete, and assessed whether each candidate was acceptable or unacceptable. Drayton was rated as unacceptable. The reference check notes reviewed by the newspaper found that while at Florida State he was investigated twice and forced to resign in 2005 when a union representative found out about a sexual affair with another university employee that led to a paternity suit. Garcia was rated as acceptable, although the notes said he would likely bring “controversy” and “bad press.” A letter of no confidence in Garcia was signed by 10 of the department's 16 officers and four sergeants shortly after a string of sexual assaults and the highprofile kidnapping and murder of a 19-year-old girl near campus. The university ordered an external review of the department, which described the department as “nearly crippled due to internal dysfunction,” according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
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A “Cone Zone” street sign remains after sections of Phillip Fulmer Drive closed for the construction of the new UC on June 28.
1775 — Washington takes command of Continental Army On this day in 1775, George Washington rides out in front of the American troops gathered at Cambridge common in Massachusetts and draws his sword, formally taking command of the Continental Army. Washington, a prominent Virginia planter and veteran of the French and Indian War, had been appointed commander in chief by the Continental Congress two weeks before. In agreeing to serve the American colonies in their war for independence, he declined to accept payment for his services beyond reimbursement of future expenses. George Washington was born in 1732 to a farm family in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His first direct military experience came as a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia colonial militia in 1754, when he led a small expedition against the French in the Ohio River Valley on behalf of the governor of Virginia, beginning a fight that resulted in disastrous defeat for first Washington and then British General Edward Braddock. This launched the Seven Years War, but Washington resigned from his military post and returned to a planter’s life in Virginia, later taking a seat in Virginia’s House of
Burgesses. During the next two decades, Washington openly opposed escalating British taxation and repression of the American colonies. In 1774, he represented Virginia at the Continental Congress. After the American Revolution erupted in 1775, Washington was nominated to be commander in chief of the newly established Continental Army. Some in the Continental Congress opposed his appointment, thinking other candidates were better equipped for the post, but he was ultimately chosen because, as a Virginian, his leadership helped bind the southern colonies more closely to the rebellion in New England. Despite his inexperienced and poorly equipped army of civilian soldiers, General Washington led an effective war of harassment against British forces in America, while encouraging the intervention of the French into the conflict on behalf of the colonists. On October 19, 1781, with the surrender of British General Charles Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, General Washington defeated one of the most powerful nations on earth. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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DERBY continued from Page 1 Along with Greene, five other current UT students went, along with two mentors and Polite. For Greene, this was her first trip the Kentucky Derby, and she said that it certainly lived up to the hype. “The atmosphere was very exciting,” she said. “The place was crowded with people everywhere. The mood was filled with excitement and anticipation. There was an abundance of flashy suits and hats at every turn. Between races everyone was socializing and making bets for the next race.” It was not long before the team saw faces they knew. Faces like Michael Jordan and Bill Clinton were just a few of the spectators sitting in the VIP suites. Polite said that the team oversaw around seven VIP boxes, and that they were both directly responsible for the service and treatment these high-profile guests received. “Basically, we were directly responsible (for) those high-end luxury suites,” Polite said. “I was freaking out myself. I can imagine a college student freaking out. I’ve been around celebrities before, but I’ve never been to Churchill Downs. I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, and I’ve been to eight Super Bowls — the Kentucky Derby was a spectacle.” Greene said that while many big names were at the event, TEAM UT maintained a low profile, and just did their job.
NEWS “TEAM UT kept a professional presence the entire time at the event,” she said. “We were not there to search for famous people and disrupt their experience, as they would in public areas, but provide a relaxing and safe environment for them to enjoy with friends and family.” Polite said the team oversaw agenda items such as
trash and garbage overflowing, direction, emergency response and other happenings that needed to be attended to. “I call it quality control,” Polite said. “It just means that you maintain the quality of what’s going on in that area. It’s kind of like problem solving. Someone lost a bottle opener. Well that’s not a big deal. Well, when you have 5,000 bottles of beer and you’re in a VIP box, and the owner of the horse wants a beer, and you don’t have a bottle opener, we need to get a bottle opener.” Sean Hensley and Justin Shaw served as mentors to the team, while Danielle Polk, sophomore in marketing, and Kristen Petway, sophomore in recreation and sport management, went to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis in January. “Between those four, they know how I operate and they know what I want,” Polite said. “For as short as time as we had, I think we were nearly perfect. It’s hard to be perfect.
But we were 98.9 percent perfect.” But in the end, out of all the hard work that was put in and the month-long preparation that took place, those that went will never forget those fast-paced two minutes. “No doubt my favorite part of the entire experience was being able to watch the Kentucky Derby race,” Greene said. “The surroundings were perfect with an excellent view to see the race and all the people around cheering and socializing.” Polite shares the same sentiments. “It’s way over any Super Bowl I’ve ever seen,” he said. “The horses only run for two minutes, but it’s the most electrifying two minutes ever.”
TUITION continued from Page 1 “I had all of college and my tuition paid for before the announcement, including room and board,” she said. “But now, it’s like ‘Oh wait, I have X amount of fees to pay more for a year.’ And I understand having to increase tuition, but if it keeps on increasing and increasing then the scholarships I have will seem to be worth less compared to the fees. It makes it hard to plan for the future.” During their meeting the SGA discussed a locked rate for tuition increase and requested that students be told of possible increases further in advance. Another concern was the increase in hours for full time student, but Nowell said he now sees the benefits of this decision. “The way I ended up seeing it and I think the chancellor and vice-chancellors see it too, is if you take 15 hours per semester, you’ll be out in four years,” Nowell said. “With that you’ll not have to take summer school, you’ll not have to take a fifth year and you’ll save some money even though you’re paying for three extra hours a semester as
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opposed to paying 12 your final year. It makes sense and it also makes it where UT’s degree will hopefully become a lot stronger.” Regardless of the benefits that the administration and the SGA see as coming from the “Defining the Future Program,” some students aren’t sold on the future these plans will bring and feel underrepresented in the path their school is headed on. “I don’t feel like we got a lot of representation,” said Maggie Wallen, senior in history. “In the e-mail they sent out, they said that it was ‘voted for the tuition raise.’ And did they even ask students about this or was it just a faculty representative.”
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Somewhere... Hopefully Disunity abounds throughout UT Preston Peeden Managing Editor “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln paraphrased this passage from the Book of Mark during his address to accept the state of Illinois’ Republican Party nomination as that state’s senator. Lincoln’s allegory is simple. In the politically turbulent time that was the late 1850s, the expectations for an imminent national struggle over slavery and the galvanizing issues that came with it was growing. For Lincoln, the nation could not continue to exist in the divided state it was in at that time. Without unity, the house would crumble. I’m a history major, so Lincoln’s words are more than just familiar to me. When I first heard them, all I took away from his message was the obvious. The U.S. was divided on the issue of slavery, and it was slavery that was going to create an environment in which the nation could no longer exist without some confrontation (though this is an over-simplified version of the complicated contingency of the various causes of the Civil War). As I grow older, however, Lincoln’s words resonate more in my daily life. The “house divided” metaphor has found an allegorical outlet in such varying instances as sport teams, friendships, class projects and once even a literal house. For me today, the largest growing division I see, however, is on our own campus. As our states’ flagship land grant public university, UT likes to present itself as one big happy family. Our university’s online homepage has a revolving banner of random images from around campus sprinkled in showing a diverse group of students all having a good time together, and so do our newsletters and the guides we sent out to college fairs at high schools throughout the country. We want people to think that UT is a singular, cohesive entity. And why wouldn’t they? Who wants to go to a school that’s more divided than the Kardashian family is over who should get the most screen time? Despite its best efforts, UT is not the unified idealized image our advertising representatives would like us to think it is (“Big Orange, Big Ideas” anyone?). But rather, our school is a hodgepodge of divisions thrown together under one banner, instructed to look
like one cohesive working unit. There is no singular UT. There are the UT administrators, the UT faculty, the UT staff, the UT alumni, the UT athletic department and lastly the UT student body (a group that is even further divided by not only graduates and undergraduates, but also the discipline that each student studies). All of these UTs exist as separate, self-contained entities with only fleeting contact with the others. Athletics doesn’t have anything to do with the student body — as shown by Athletic Director Dave Hart opining several months ago about the football locker rooms not being renovated since the 1980s, while most students spend their days in buildings that have not seen a makeover since their unveilings (Estabrook, for example) — nor does it seem like the administrators and alumni have much contact. UT is a house divided. The university wasn’t always like this. In the heydays of Andy Holt, who was the University president from 1959-1970, UT saw an unprecedented period of growth. Holt was a man known for his abilities to make people work together and work hard for a common goal. He sought to advance UT and the education it provided, and during his presidency the enrollment tripled and the faculty doubled. He and others made this school what it is today. The university doesn’t necessarily have to be divided. This is a large school, and with its size some form of disenfranchisement and distance between pieces of the campus are inevitable, but they aren’t allencompassing. Unity is possible, but only with the right attitude. In any conversation about this school’s future, there are a number of different voices, representing these divided factions, trying to be heard. With this incoherent babble, nothing can change. Left unchecked, these divisions will stop this school from ever advancing. Initiatives like the “Top 25” program are great, but they’re a step too large. Our campus spends the majority of its time disagreeing over every little matter, without ever coming to a useful conclusion (ironically, the most obvious sign of unity visible to outsiders would be the recent petition for Chancellor Cheek to turn down his raise). Before UT can ever become the school that our faculty, staff, administrators, students and even athletes want it to be, there needs to be comprehensive unity. Because, as Lincoln said, a house divided cannot stand. — Preston Peeden is a senior in history. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Olympics fails at lasting impression Shal l o w a n d Pe d a n t i c by
Robbie Hargett For a couple weeks in July and August, Americans will engross themselves in the Olympic Games. Hard men who drink only domestic pilsners will follow synchronized swimming, they will cheer for Danell Leyva (men’s gymnastics) and Julie Zetlin (rhythmic gymnastics), and they will be collectively outraged when judges call against the U.S., even when they don’t understand the call, or, for that matter, any of the most basic rules of the sport. The Olympics has a powerful and mysterious way of making us care about sports and people that, under normal circumstances 50 weeks out of the year, we couldn’t care less about. Nationalism is behind that power and mystery. There’s a special quality in knowing our team can thrash their team anywhere, anytime. I was moving into North Carrick during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. I remember every TV in the dorm was tuned in, including the community set in the lobby. I stopped to watch an event — which event, I’m not sure — and I wasn’t the only one. Freshmen and their parents were all stopping by to watch as they filtered through the lobby to the stairs and elevators. When one of our guys won, we all cheered and high-fived. There was a real sense of camaraderie between a lot of strangers, which is a good thing for a freshman dorm. You can say what you want about the emergence of war’s odor in sports, and how that impresses upon us a comforting idea that our country would be superior on any other kind of field, but if people who only have a textbook’s notion of large-scale combat can come together for a particular side, it really comes down to bald nationalism. In the Olympics, the sport doesn’t matter, the country does. Most of us are totally ignorant of the decisions behind the outcome of a synchronized swimming competition, but that won’t stop us from hoping the girls from the other teams choke. That kind of inclusiveness is part of what makes the Olympics so great. Nationalism suppresses other
particularities; there are no racial or ethnic divisions. We need only remember Jesse Owens beating the Nazis in Berlin in 1936, showing everyone that color didn’t matter — we’re all American. And it’s not just that. We root for these small-sport competitors because, though their sport is minor, they are still the best at it. We celebrate their brilliance just as we celebrate Michael Phelps’s record-tying eight gold medals in Beijing. Yes, eight gold medals is loftier than one win in archery, but it still takes an incredible amount of effort to be the best in the world, no matter the sport. OK, we will probably not concern ourselves with badminton: China, Indonesia, and South Korea have won 23 of 24 gold medals awarded since badminton’s first appearance in the Olympic Games in Barcelona, 1992. Other than that, we’ll shave all the hair on our bodies if we think that kind of gesture will help the U.S. swimmers. But it still bugs me that I can’t remember the event we all watched in the lobby of North Carrick. Not to get into a debate here, but I wonder whether the seasonal Olympics should really be a quadrennial affair. It must be, sure, but it’s just too much greatness to be packed into two weeks out of 2008. And what happens to the athletes? We remember the Michael Phelpses and the Usain Bolts, but what about all the other medal winners? I wouldn’t be able to tell you off the top of my head who won the archery and gymnastics competitions in 2008. What about all the other American Olympians whose faces are forgotten come fall, who never sign autographs? In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the audience wept as Germany’s Matthias Steiner held up a photo of his late wife, Susann, on the medal podium after winning gold in the men’s weightlifting +105 kg Group A. Susann died from resulting injuries following a car crash in 2007. Matthias promised her the gold medal as she lay dying on a hospital bed. It’s a truly touching story, and the Olympics is made up of many stories like this, yet they too fade come fall. We return to school and our jobs and baseball, and football is starting up. Ah, the true American sports. We don’t remember who won the gold in the modern pentathlon event. Sadly, we don’t even remember Matthias Steiner or his wife. Well, we do, if we’re German. — Robbie Hargett is a graduate in English. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Writing is a fickle mistress. I can recall Allen Wier telling stories in workshop about authors who would distract themselves from the task of immersing oneself in the work of creating characters and plot of thin air and the sheer horror of dangling their fates between one’s fingers. Wier never described it so melodramatically — that is my own embellishment, but essentially the effect is the same: writing fiction is playing god. In the six months and change since graduation, actual fiction has only come in fits and starts for me, so I decided to exercise my mind in approaching works already set down in print, to work on literary theory for a while in hopes of kickstarting the proverbial creative engine. What is so wonderful about our current cultural and artistic age is that mediums bleed so seamlessly and effectively into one another that if I wanted to cite an excellent work of literary fiction, I could quote a well-written video game and argue its place in the canon. Multimedia has replaced the importance of singular, monomaniacal focus on one particular field of art and has instead bred a generation of auteurs, potential Renaissance people, out of the attention-deficit free zone of the internet. All of this is to preface my first installment of exploring genres or trends in fiction whose influence has carried across mediums and helped bring together the towering hodgepodge we call modern arts and letters. I cannot think of a better place to start than with perhaps the most profitable, and indeed whole archetypal of genre conceits, the space opera. Most of you have seen “Star Wars” and perhaps fewer but still many have surely have walked Arrakis with Frank Herbert in reading “Dune” (or at least watched its oft-derided 1984 screen adaptation by David Lynch), so you have some basic context for what the space opera is and what it does. A force of absolute evil threatens the entire galaxy/universe/multiverse and usually one person or group must thwart them against impossible odds. This is hardly exclusive to the space opera, but here examples of how theory may be used to rate the perfection of a narrative are virtually innumerable. While perhaps the first example of the space opera dates back to 1851, E.E. “Doc” Smith’s “The Skylark of Space,” serialized in the legendary golden age pulp magazine Amazing Stories in 1928, is considered by many to be the first modern masterpiece and opening statement from the godfather of the genre. Smith's “Lensman” series, as well as the “Tales of the Dying Earth” saga by Jack Vance, Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation”
series and Orson Scott Card’s Ender and Bean cycles all paint in broad strokes the many speculative futures of technological and cultural oppression, and the deliverance or lack thereof at the hands of one or a few noble people, all the while offering philosophical treatises on what it means to be a human at the edge of a galaxy, where your context based on some long-lost homeworld means nothing. But the space opera on the page is but one articulation of the idea. An author’s words can paint a more vivid and deliberate portrait than a frame of celluloid or a computerrendered, semi-interactive environment, but visualizing in your mind rather than direct stimulation of the optical nerve has a decidedly smaller following these days. “Star Wars” broke the mold with its mix of experimental special effects and the theosophical power struggle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, whose underlying cause was the age old battle for spiritual dominance of the Force between Jedi and Sith. “A New Hope” has become the stereotypical explanation of Joseph Campbell’s hero myth (“a wizard gives a young boy a magic sword��� ring any bells?), and George Lucas consulted Campbell repeatedly throughout the filming of the original trilogy to ensure the mythic dominion he wrote would carry an almost religious punch when delivered to fans. While “Star Wars” inspired many imitators, the video game world has long starved for a legitimate contender to place on the Olympian echelon with Smith, Card, Vance, Lucas, et al. Series built in the earlier generations of modern gaming offered a narrative worthy of these progenitors of the genre, and one of the best examples in the last generation came in the form of a Star Wars tiein, BioWare/Obsidian’s “Knights of the Old Republic,” but not until 2007 did the prophecy fulfill itself when BioWare delivered the first “Mass Effect.” Tasked as the first human Spectre, a galactic peacekeeper and ambassador representative of your entire race, the player character takes on a galaxy of many varied political battles and a menace from a galaxy far, far away. The experience to bend the narrative to your will within the limitations of the publisher’s script offers the perfect incarnation of this literary idea, because the stereotypical white/black contrast blurs with the weight of a thousand tiny decisions, and of course afew that determine the fate of trillions. While fans have booed and hissed the series’ conclusion with May’s “Mass Effect 3,” not unlike the reaction to the prequel trilogy we try to forget, the promise of Mass Effect as a pioneer in modern space opera storytelling is a foundation on which our children may actually build a stranger, but hopefully brave new world. To be continued. — Jake Lane is a graduate in creative writing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is best film of the year Preston Peeden Arts and Culture Editor When Wes Anderson burst onto the scene in 1996 with “Bottle Rocket,” he did more than just introduce the world to the Wilson brothers; he created his own style of movie. Now 16 years later, he has finally perfected his craft with his recent release, “Moonrise Kingdom.” The story follows three days in the intertwined lives of several quirky inhabitants of the fictional New England island of New Penzance in 1965. In this time period, marriages are tested, family bonds are broken, a child gets stabbed with scissors, and first love blooms. The crux of the film is the young coupling of two twelve year-old “misfits” Suzy Bishop and Sam Shakusky, both played expertly by rookie actors Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, who after corresponding through letters hatch a plan to escape their dreary lives for some form of happiness together. Both Bishop and Shakusky are outsiders in their respective homes. Suzy is labeled the “troubled child,” a girl who can neither hold her tongue nor her temper and is prone to bouts of going “berserk”, and Sam is an orphan, too smart for his own good and cursed with social deficiencies and an inability to fit into his highly regimented life as a member of the cult-like Khaki Scouts. Sam and Suzy’s attempt at freedom does not go unnoticed, however, as following closely on their heels are Sam’s Scout Master (a role impeccably acted by Edward Norton) and the ragtag group of troupe 55, Suzy’s dysfunctional parents (Frances McDormand and a curmudgeony Bill Murray), police Captain Sharp (essentially Bruce Willis playing a role well within his comfort zone) and the aptly-named Social Services, who was brought to life by Tilda Swinton. With any Wes Anderson film, there are two certainties. One, the movie will have more than its fair share of quirky characters, and two, the film will be impeccably shot. On both of these predictions, “Moonrise
Kingdom” does not disappoint. Every character is masterfully crafted by Anderson and his screenwriting partner Roman Coppola. They each have their own little oddities, personality traits and peccadilloes that make them both weirdly unbelievable and completely humanized and relatable at the same time. The best example of Coppola and Anderson’s prowess comes in the form of Sam Shakusky, whose nerdy appearance, incredibly advanced survival skills, and blatant honesty warm the hearts and amuses the most cynical of viewers. The only aspect of the movie on par with the writing, however, is the films cinematography and the visuals. From the very start, Anderson and longtime cinematographer Robert Yeoman showcase all of their skills to create one of the most visually pleasing movies of the year. Shot on 16mm, the movie retains not only a grainy quality but also a dream-like feel. Each shot is perfectly planned to not only maximize the beauty of the set-pieces and the location, but also to reinforce the mood that Anderson and his characters have created. When the audience views the world through Suzy’s binoculars, the effect does more than just shorten the viewing area. But rather it helps to reinforce the feeling of distance and isolation that Suzy feels in a world that she can only hope to view from afar. No shot or opportunity is wasted. After watching the film, one thing is clear: Anderson has outdone himself. He has not only salvaged his reputation as a rising indie director, but also topped his previous magnum opus “The Royal Tenebaums” and left it in the dust. And with that said, Anderson’s tale will not only continue to delight fans but will also clean up come award time. Overall, “Moonrise Kingdom” is nothing short of being the best movie of the year so far. It is deftly written, expertly directed, perfectly shot and is, at its core, a funny, deep, and genuine story of family, love and the beauty of youth.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dickey named National League All-Star Staff Reports Former Vol flamethrower R.A. Dickey's transformation into a knuckleball pitcher has reached new heights as he was named to the National League All-Star Team on Sunday. “It’s not an honor just for me,” Dickey said. “It’s an honor for every person that's ever supported me and helped me along the way. For every fan that believed special things could happen, if you apply yourself.” Dickey becomes the fifth Tennessee player to earn a spot on an All-Star Game • Photo courtesy of UTADPHOTO roster, joining Ed
Bailey (1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963), former teammate Todd Helton (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Phil Garner (1976, 1980, 1981) and Rick Honeycutt (1980, 1983). The New York Mets starting pitcher leads all Major League hurlers with a 12-1 record and 0.88 WHIP, ranks second with an opposing batting average of .190, third with an ERA of 2.15 and fourth with 116 strikeouts. With Dickey as a prime candidate, starting pitchers for the Midsummer Classic will be announced later this week. Inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in February, Dickey is the only three-time First Team AllAmerican in UT baseball history, claiming the honors each year from 1994-96. The Nashville native was also a two-time first team All-SEC selection and an academic All-American following his junior year. In addition, he was a member of the bronze-medal winning 1996 Team USA Olympic team in Atlanta. During his time at Rocky Top, Dickey wrote his name in the UT record book as the career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. He also holds the school single-season records for
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Kelsey Floyd swims the 100m butterfly during the SEC Championships on Feb. 17. Floyd advanced to the final round of the 100m butterfly during the Olympic Trials.
wins and innings pitched and ranks third for strikeouts. Since being selected as with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, Dickey has embarked on a 10-year career in the big leagues. In addition to the Rangers, he has also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins before joining his current team, the New York Mets in 2010.