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UT on the road to finding new president Robby O’Daniel

Editor-in-Chief After constant reiteration from UT Interim President Jan Simek that he will not stay on as system president past his twoyear stint, the university is now on the road to finding a permanent replacement. Gov. Phil Bredesen challenged the UT Board of Trustees at the board’s June meeting to improve the vetting process of candidates. “I have been here through two (presidents) and various interim owners of that position, one of whom I asked to leave and as some of you may remember, another of whom I was frankly sorry to see leave,” Bredesen said. He said the situations could have been avoided with a deeper background check into the candidates. “In the case of both of the presidents that have left while I’ve been here, there have been issues surrounding what they brought to the university in terms of history and some issues,” he said. “It is striking to me that in both cases there was no lack of knowledge in other places about any of these particular issues that we were currently unable to discern in the process.” Bredesen encouraged an independent way of verifying facts outside of the search firm hired, who he said would have a bias for getting the search over and done with. “I think that clearly the process in vetting the candidates, we have come up a little short,” he said. He said he knew the job was difficult because laws dictate that the search must be transparent and public, but the presidency is a well-paid job at an important institution. And the search must be perfected in order to correct past mistakes. “(The university) has been slowed up and damaged in some ways by what has happened with a couple of the presidents

we’ve had here,” he said. Despite his suggestion, Bredesen assured that he would not get personally involved in the search. “Once again, I am not going to stick my finger in that process in any way,” he said. “If there’s any responsibility that any Board of Trustees has, picking the CEO has to be at the top of the list always.” The UT Board of Trustees approved at their June meeting compensation for the next president, including a base salary of $420,000 to $450,000, a housing allowance of $20,000 and an expense allowance between $12,000 and $16,000. At the Executive and Compensation Committee meeting on June 23, members disagreed over whether it was good to define the salary before the search. One member said setting the salary before the search handcuffs the university, discouraging star candidates from applying and narrowing the search’s scope. But it was also said at the meeting that a consultant said the president’s recommended compensation package had an adequate range and it’s better to put “all the cards on the table at the front.” Plus the cost of living in the state of Tennessee, when compared to other states, is lower, so lower salaries than for the same position in universities in other regions would be acceptable. At the UT Presidential Search Committee and Search Advisory Council’s first meeting on June 28, committee chair James Murphy outlined the timeline for the search. The next step is a July 8 meeting in Nashville where the committee will approve specifications of the position of the presidency and suggest the number of candidates to consider. This all leads up to the projected goal of naming a new system president in October. Murphy encouraged members to use faculty as it was a “rich

resource” in the past when conducting searches, since faculty members work with people all across the country in academia. In addition, he said it was important to verify everything that members hear about candidates and to look past bias, as some will have negative comments for one candidate because of a bias to see another candidate gain the position. Search firm Witt/Keiffer’s Dennis Barden said it was vital also to analyze negative comments about candidates and look at all sides of past decisions they made in other capacities. “One of the things that these two committees is going to be faced with is figuring out what is actually a negative comment, and what is actually an explication of leadership,” he said. “Because people who are leaders have to make difficult decisions, and those difficult decisions inevitably anger people whose oxen are gored.” Simek said a sign of the university’s instability in the president’s office is that he’s been with the university for 26 years and been through at least six different presidents, including himself. “This is, on the one hand, a momentous decision that we are beginning a process to make for our university,” Simek said. “Even a little bit of luck, at this point, I think will set us on a course for the next decade.” Even with past setbacks, Simek said the university was in prime position now. “We have resolved a number of issues that have plagued the institution the past four or five years: questions of authority, questions of responsibility, at all levels, not just at the president’s level but in how the president relates to the campuses, how campus officers operate and how they relate to the president’s office and the system,” he said. “I think we’ve come a long ways toward understanding the relationships and because of that, I think we have a great chance of success here.”

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Gallery 1010 hosted First Friday, a night dedicated to arts, on July 2. First Friday happens the first Friday of every month, and there are galleries throughout downtown Knoxville and surrounding areas that participate.

Steve J. Schwab, M.D., was recommended for election by UT Interim President Jan Simek to serve as chancellor for the UT Health Science Center. After the committee for the UTHSC, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the UT Board of Trustees, approved Simek’s recommendation, they forwarded it to the full Board of Trustees, who also approved the recommendation. Schwab, prior to joining the UTHSC as executive dean of the College of Medicine in 2006, also served as interim dean and chief clinical officer of the Medical College of Georgia, where he was also a regents professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine. Before that, he was a professor and vice chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University. In addition, he was actively involved in administration and clinical practice, as well as having a long history in renal research

as a National Institute of Health-funded principal investigator. Schwab’s mission is to improve the health of the local, regional and global community and plans to do so by helping move the Health Science Center to a top quartile performance in its four missions. According to a Tennessee Today press release, Simek believes that, under Schwab’s leadership, the UTHSC will continue to expand its outreach and service to the community, in addition to increasing research capacity and sustaining its long-term commitment to educating competent, caring health care professionals to serve the region and global community. “Schwab demonstrated his commitment to thinking strategically, responding openly and acting in a collaborative and decisive fashion,” Simek said. “His management skills coupled with his ability to innovate and build strong, mutually beneficial bonds ... are tremendous assets that he brings to his role as chancellor.” “It is an honor to be selected to serve as the leader for the UT Health Science Center

team,” Schwab said. “We have much to do to meet our potential, but we are well positioned to move forward in our four missions of education, research, clinical care and service.” Schwab said he is ready for this position and, in addition to serving as the UTHSC interim chancellor for the last eight months, his experience as executive dean of the College of Medicine has provided critical experience. “I have a clear understanding of the demands and responsibilities of this position, and I am ready and eager to accept this leadership post,” Schwab said. Schwab also mentioned that in 2011, the Health Science Center will celebrate its centennial year. During these years, UTHSC has secured a position as a large academic health science center. Its six colleges: allied health, dentistry, graduate health science, medicine, nursing and pharmacy span the state on its primary campus locations (Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga). He said that UTHSC is ideally positioned to continue and advance its four missions.

Academy educates girls about transportation safety Staff Reports “It’s a week-long academy to get girls introduced into transportation-related careers using math and science,” explained Deanna Flinchum, research director at the UT Center for Transportation. “I’ve been having a lot of fun. This whole experience has been great,” participant Isabelle Defreese said. “I definitely want to do it again next year. I have learned a lot.” The Transportation Academy, run by the Center for Transportation Research, teaches girls about transportation safety and careers in fun ways using items such as remote control cars and a driving simulator. Behind each activity is a lesson. “We had them drive the course first just to get used to the simulator, then we had them do it again except while texting. Then we plotted the data to see how well they drove

compared to the first time,” said Carrie Groseclose, a counselor and transportation engineer masters student at UT. “We are just trying to enforce the idea that texting while driving is not a good thing, and it is a safety issue.” “I kept running into trees and stuff, and I went off the road, and I think if there were other drivers on the road, I would have been a really big hazard to them,” Defreese said. “It was much harder,” said Rachel Ryan, another participant. “I kept going off the road, and it was just a big distraction.” Girls also learned the lesson of wearing a seatbelt by meeting “The Convincer.” “They said it was to convince you to wear a seatbelt,” participant Keylee Troutt said. “So you can feel the impact, and that was just at 5 mph, and it hurt really bad when you lifted up. So that was to make you think if you were going way faster how it would feel if you got in a car wreck.”

All week long, girls traveled to transportation hubs such as the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the McGhee-Tyson Airport, where women in the field gave them a behind-the-scenes look. “We’ve pulled females that are in the profession now to work with the girls and I think that shows them that, yes, it is possible to come into this field,” Flinchum said. “I had no idea there were so many women,” Ryan said. “They are doing a great job. This is normally a man’s job.” The girls came to the academy not knowing much about the interesting jobs in the world of transportation and the driving force women have in it, but now they know and realize the world is open to them too. “This has been a lot of fun,” Ryan said. “I have learned a lot. I am definitely going to consider some of the jobs they have showed me.” The academy’s home base is the UT

Conference Center Building, but activities will take the participants to the Life Development Center ropes course in Anderson County, TDOT’s command center and traffic monitoring station in east Knoxville, the flight training school followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of McGhee-Tyson Airport, a trip on a rail car, the UT driving simulator lab and Neyland Stadium. The academy is made possible through a partnership with Knox County Schools and a U.S. Department of Transportation grant named after Garrett Morgan, an AfricanAmerican engineer who invented the first traffic signal and serves as the inspiration for the U.S. DOT program that encourages students to pursue careers in transportation. The academy is organized and sponsored by the CTR and the Southeastern Transportation Center. UT is also a sponsor. For more information on the academy, visit http://stc.utk.edu/transportationacademy/.


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On June 26, the Knoxville Pride Fest took place in Market Square. There was also a parade that took place that celebrated the local gay community.

The Associated Press Nets cut Chism from summer league Former Tennessee basketball standout Wayne

Chism has been dropped from the New Jersey Nets summer league team. Chism was one of 18 players trying to make the roster over two days of practices. Chism’s agent, Jared

Karnes, said Chism will fly to Sacramento later this week for two days with the Kings in an attempt to catch on with their Las Vegas summer league team. The Nets dropped Chism on Saturday. Eating champ leaves N.Y. jail after hot dog fracas NEW YORK — Japanese eating champion Takeru Kobayashi, arrested at a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest, was freed Monday after a night in jail, looking a little weary and saying he was hungry.

Kobayashi, wearing a black T-shirt bearing the message “Free Kobi” in green letters, was freed by a Brooklyn judge after he pleaded not guilty. The slim 32-year-old said he consumed only a sandwich and some milk in jail. A contract dispute had kept Kobayashi out of Sunday’s annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, but he showed up anyway. “I was there as a spectator, just to cheer on my buddies,” he said through an interpreter outside court Monday. Fans chanted for

him, and “in the heat of it, I jumped on the stage, hoping they would let me eat.” His attorney, Mario D. Romano, said his client was waved up onstage after spectators began chanting “Let him eat!” “Shortly after he got on the stage, he was grabbed from behind by officers,” Romano said. Kobayashi was charged with obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Kobayashi, who’s currently living in New York, had refused to sign a contract

with Major League Eating, the fast food equivalent of the NFL. On his Japaneselanguage blog, he said he wanted to be free to enter contests sanctioned by other groups. But a few days ago, he told Japan’s Kyodo News: “I really want to compete in the (Coney Island) event.” Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., won by downing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes. After witnessing the drama involving Kobayashi, Chestnut said, “I feel bad for him.” Chestnut claimed the mustard-yellow champion’s belt and a $20,000 purse but was disappointed with his own performance. The 26-year-old was aiming for a record 70 dogs in 10 minutes. Last year, he ate 68 dogs, four more than Kobayashi. Major League Eating issued a statement calling Kobayashi’s actions “inappropriate and unfortunate.” “Kobayashi was a great champion, and we hope that he is able to resolve his current situation and move past this,” the organization said.


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‘Toy Story 3’ not nearly as upsetting as ‘Up’ Robby O’Daniel Editor-in-Chief Alright, let’s get one thing out of the way right now. The No. 1 most repeated thing at UT about Pixar’s latest offering and a sequel 11 years in the making, “Toy Story 3,” is that it’s a soul-crushingly sad movie that will make any viewer bawl their eyes out. This assertion is false. There are two fundamental flaws with the notion that “Toy Story 3” is inherently a sad movie (or even the saddest movie in recent memory). The most obvious one is Pixar’s movie before “Toy Story 3.” “Up” came out on May 29, 2009 and immediately soaked all the fluids out of millions of moviegoers’ eyelids. That first 15 minutes was hyped up beyond all measure and for good reason, it is perhaps the best 15-minute sequence in an animated movie of all time, one that remarkably manages to tell a story so quickly and one that is so fiercely emotional. “Toy Story 3” is never as sad as “Up” is because its central storyline is not nearly as dark. Sorry but the inevitable realization that we all must grow up sometime does not even begin to compare with the loss of a loved one. Plus the movies in the “Toy Story” franchise are further into the realm of fantasy because of the obvious (toys can talk and have feelings!) That further departure from realism makes it also fundamentally “less sad” than “Up” on any sane person’s scale. The bigger reason why so many around campus are saying “Toy Story 3” is a sad movie is because the college crowd responds to the plight of Andy. Andy is a protagonist that this generation has grown up with. The first two films came out about a decade ago, when the college crowd was Andy’s age. Now, in 2010, the college crowd is in college, and Andy’s headed to college himself. It’s an obvious parallel then that college viewers would put themselves in the shoes of Andy and bemoan the idea that they actually do have to leave the nest (or how much it sucks to have already left it). But this upcoming grad student did not really identify with Andy as much, being four years removed from making the same transition to college. So it was easier to look at “Toy Story 3” outside of the characters, and when judged objectively and based on all the criteria and evidence presented, “Toy Story 3” is simply not as sad as “Up” in any real or meaningful way. With all that said, “Toy Story 3” marks Pixar’s continuing trend toward providing a top-five or top-ten film of the year every single time out. While not as good as “Wall-E” or “Up,” “Toy Story 3” is at least on par with those films, showcasing Pixar’s mastery of storytelling in the animated medium for all ages. It’s fascinating that, in 2010, an animated film can have a midnight showing and be filled with college students attending without a trace of irony. It’s a testament to Pixar’s ability to cater not just to children or parents but everyone. A recent article in Newsweek said the “Toy Story” franchise both saved and ruined kids’ movies. The article argued that “Toy Story” saved kids’ films by upping the quality for generations and making them more nuanced and complicated than the

classic Disney musicals that had the requisite number of funny songs and furry animals. Yet their very nuance and complication ruined them because it made them no longer accessible to children. It’s funny because the same arguments came up with “WallE” and “Up.” “Wall-E” had its slow pacing, limited dialogue and constant “2001: A Space Odyssey” references, making it hailed as perhaps the best Pixar film ever but not really identified as a children’s movie, per se. Then, with “Up,” that talking dog was often ridiculed as (no pun intended) throwing a bone to the traditional children’s audiences (though the gags were still hilarious, regardless of demographic). But, at the end of the day, how can one really argue for dumbing down great film? Pixar is on an aforementioned roll right now, and so many other animated movies are being made with braindead scripts and concepts, all with the hope that a star-studded voice cast will save the day (which it never does). Regardless of what one’s view of the movie was, “Toy Story 3” lived up to expectations and then some. It probably was not as good as the first two “Toy Story” movies, but the wait was worth it, and “Toy Story” was actually a Pixar franchise that people asked another movie from. God only knows why Pixar mediocre entries “Monsters Inc.” and “Cars” are getting sequels soon.

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You know what’s the best thing about the Fourth of July? It’s definitely not fireworks. The first fireworks I heard this weekend were — believe it or not — on Friday. It gets earlier and earlier every year. Who are these people that buy their fireworks days in advance and just hit the sparklers each night until the Fourth? Is it like the 12 Days of Christmas to them? Grilling burgers in the backyard (or in front of the apartment) is not the best thing about the Fourth of July either. Come on, you can do that anytime! Plus other holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day have the same backyard-barbeque motif. There is nothing particular special about grilling out on the Fourth of July. Not even the spectacle of watching day games of baseball for hours is the best, because, like with the last point, baseball all day is also a staple of Memorial Day and Labor Day (as well as baseball’s Opening Day, of course). So what is the best part of the Fourth of July? The answer is the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which aired at noon on July 4 on ESPN. The contest, which every year is described by the over-the-top commentators as “the biggest thing in the history of sports” or some bombastic superlative to that effect, is just hilarious. ESPN, in the span of just an hour, tries to wedge in all these personalities for the eaters while also trumpeting nationalistic rivalries (ala, the much more boring World Cup “sporting” events). There’s just something so trainwreck-y enrapturing about watching competitive eating matchups. One never tires of just goggling at the spectacle and thinking to oneself, how are these people doing this, eating this much? One can YouTube Kobayashi losing an eating contest to a bear, but in his heyday, he could easily outeat any human. This year’s hot dog eating contest was a bit disappointing for two reasons. Firstly Takeru Kobayashi, former six-time champion, did not compete because of “contract disputes.” (He really wanted more money — in the world of competitive eating?) So no one was even close to Chestnut, with second place Tim “Eater X” Janus finishing about 10 dogs behind. Secondly everyone generally ate less. Chestnut, who ate 68 last year, only scarfed down 54 this year. It was still enough to earn him the coveted Mustard Belt, but it was underwhelming. Not only was there not a race to the finish between two eaters neck and neck (or gullet and gullet as it were), but Chestnut did not even come close to his projected goal of munching 70 hot dogs and buns and setting a new world record. But now, unlike in the “sport” of soccer, we have a champion we can truly look up to and admire, Joey Chestnut. The reigning champion, for four years running now, just keeps on keeping on. Thank you Joey for being a model of this fine nation for the world. Rising — Interest in “Wonder Woman” (the comic, that is) With DC Comics’ recent release of the 600th issue of “Wonder Woman” has come a bold new direction for the female superhero. No. 600 marked the end of Wonder Woman’s traditional costume and backstory in favor of new ones. Both changes mark a huge tone shift for the comic, from more light-hearted, adventure fare to dark and gritty. While the new costume retains the classic tiara, bracelets and lasso, she generally has more clothes now, with a dark-red top, purple jacket and long black pants. Admittedly, with the shifts, my interest in “Wonder Woman” goes from 0 percent to 10 percent, but you have to wonder just how much stock you can put into interest just because of change. DC Comics’ other flagship heroes have had dramatic costume changes (Batman’s new suit in the early ‘90s, energy-blue Superman in the late ‘90s and the various Green Lantern switches over the years), and they’ve all returned to the status quo. This is not even the first time Wonder Woman’s costume has changed. In the 1960s, in order to capitalize on the feminist movement, DC Comics changed Wonder Woman into a martial arts master, complete with white robe and pants. This is now regarded as a huge blunder, and about which, current “Wonder Woman” scribe J. Michael Straczynski says, “The less said, the better.” So chances are, this will all blow over sooner or later. Even though sales for Wonder Woman issue 600 are good, sales for landmark issues like that are expected to be good. The real litmus test is how good sales are a few issues down the road. Though the big change, like all “shocker” comics announcements, has gotten coverage in the mainstream media, such as Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. But perhaps, bigger than the aesthetics of Wonder Woman, the real talk should be about the tonal shift of the comic, which is really where new readers’ interest might be peaked. Having not read the issue, I am at least interested in how dark and gritty “Wonder Woman” could possibly get.

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Ben Whiteside Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning movie “Sideways” is pretty much a buddy film about two middle-aged guys who go on a wine-tasting trip and get “more than they bargained for!” While the film is ultimately an awkward combination of the high-brow and the low-brow, I’ve always thought of it as exceedingly well written. I remember how my friend convinced me to check it out: “Dude, they talk about wine the same way we talk about music.” It seems appropriate, then, that I’ll now be using a quote from the movie to help explain today’s column. At about the halfway point, Virginia Madsen practically whispers, “I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your ‘61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline.” It is the same with art. Genres — even entire mediums — come into prominence and then die off. Taking the metaphor further, I imagine that listening to the Bee Gees, for instance, is an entirely different experience than it was during the disco era, and how we view the Sistine Chapel is a complete departure from how people viewed it during the Renaissance. Or consider ska music: Why is it dead? (I can’t help but also ask, why was it ever alive?) Some people say that art imitates life, and other people say it’s the other way around. But how is the latter possible? How the heck could life imitate art? I think it’s more accurate to say that artists are (or should be) forward thinkers, and people imitate artists. Kanye shutter shades were the way of the future three years ago. Now GaGa burning cigarette shades are the new way of the future. If you didn’t know that, get with the times. Dada artist Marcel Duchamp said, “The role of the artist is to question the nature of art.” If that were true then art would exist inside a vacuum of strict dialectical thesis, antithesis and the resulting synthesis. Thankfully, art does more than just respond to itself. It imitates us, and we imitate it. We are changed by it, and it is changed

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by us. We love it, and it being inanimate can’t love us back. But that doesn’t stop art critics from fawning over Venus of Urbino. Maybe what Duchamp should have said was, “The role of the artist is to update and/or completely screw with preexisting artistic conventions for a contemporary audience.” History much better supports this alternate manifesto. In the 1950s, as moviegoers and critics became bored with the clichéd stylistic and narrative techniques of classic Hollywood filmmaking, a new wave of mainly French directors rebelled with some awesomely weird movies and — whether you know it or not — profoundly effected nearly every film that has come out in your lifetime. In the late 1970s, there were some workingclass British punks who — in the wake of ultraproduced, ultra-technical, ultra-symphonic rock music — didn’t know how to sing or play instruments but performed anyways, called themselves the Sex Pistols, and let people know that you didn’t have to be Mozart to connect with the kids. Today’s musical landscape would be unrecognizable had they not screamed and yanked around. Maybe the best example of what was once immense artistic risk but is now sickeningly traditional is the work of Impressionist painters like Monet, Cezanne and Renoir. Until the Impressionists, art was only concerned with “representing reality in an accurate way,” i.e. every landscape, figure, eyebrow and shadow had to look as close as possible to the real thing. There could be no traces of brushwork, no abnormal colors or subjects. In other words, there could be no sign that the art was the artist’s work. Then photography was invented and this representational kind of painting became obsolete. Enter the Impressionists, whose reckless brushstrokes and non-proportional subjects were at first the butt of all the jokes. Now the most likely place to see a Degas is at your grandma’s house. Without the Impressionists, everything would be strictly portraits and faithfully recreated landscapes. We wouldn’t have abstract art, which to many is the most baffling, irritating kind. So stop thinking of Impressionism as your grandma’s art — and, for that matter, the French New Wave as your artsy friend’s movies or punk as your obnoxious uncle’s music — take a look back at the rebels of old, listen and look with the right mindset, and find out why it is that you love the art you love so much.

Where in the world have I been? I was lounging around Sunday morning when I flipped on ESPN. But they weren’t talking about baseball or LeBron James or even the World Cup. In fact, ESPN was saturated with extensive pregame coverage of Nathan’s International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest. Will Joey Chestnut retain his championship title for an astounding fourth year in a row? Is it really a win if Chestnut doesn’t have to take on the legendary eater Takeru Kobayashi? (Kobayashi could not compete because of a “contract dispute.”) Will the 95-degree heat affect the total number of hot dogs consumed? These people can’t be serious. But I gave it a shot. I watched the entire 10 minutes of grueling competition. And once it was all over, I arrived at an undeniable conclusion: Competitive eating might be the most awesome thing ever. Just in case you missed the epic event, I’ll give you a quick recap. Competitors line the stage with referees in front of them and hot dog counters at their backs. Tens of thousands of fans are packed into Coney Island to witness the competition. Upon the opening signal, eaters start cramming hot dogs and buns into their mouths. Some dip their buns in water to make them go down a little more easily. Some competitors, like Chestnut, bob their heads back and forth while they force down food. (I don’t know how this method is helpful, but it sure is entertaining.) A tiny Asian woman has her cheeks puffed out like a chipmunk with pieces of wet bread spread all over her face. In truth, the whole thing is absolutely disgusting. But you can’t look away! Finally, a buzzer sounds and a man yells, “Put down your dogs!” As predicted by all the experts, Chestnut is the undisputed victor, consuming 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He takes a giant swig of Pepto-Bismol, puts on a huge mustard belt and has an American flag draped around him. I feel a surge of patriotism upon witnessing the spectacle. A reporter asks Chestnut about Kobayashi’s absence. “If he was a real man, he’d be on the stage,”

Chestnut said. “There’s no reason for him not to be here.” But wait! Someone is storming the stage — It’s Kobayashi! A group of policemen apprehend him and carry him away. He’s arrested on charges trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He was later released without bail. On his way out of Brooklyn Criminal Court, he had one thing to say: “I’m really hungry. I want to eat hot dogs.” How can you not love this? We Americans have been virtually ignoring the sport of competitive eating when it has everything we cherish in our beloved sporting world: trash talking, fierce competition, contract disputes and even a Fantasy Eating League! And its participants and fans take this sport very seriously. The International Federation of Competitive Eating (I did not make that up.) holds contests all over the world that challenge competitors’ ability to stomach massive amounts of seafood, ribs and even boiled eggs. Their website lists rankings of the best competitive eaters in the world. Major League Eating (I didn’t make that up either.) is a sort of governing body for the sport. They validate record-breaking attempts, such as when Richard LeFevre gobbled six pounds of Spam — straight from the can — in 12 minutes. Kobayashi is the current record holder for cow brains. He scarfed down 57 of them (17.7 pounds) in 15 minutes. Currently, Chestnut is the No. 1 eater in the world, according to IFOCE rankings. He holds 17 world records and is hailed on the IFOCE website as “truly an American hero and a national treasure.” I guess the whole thing fascinates me because I had no idea competitive eating was such an organized and in-depth activity. People train for these things. Japan has a TV show called “Gluttonous King” dedicated to eating competitions. Personally, I could never do it. The thought of ingesting 20,000 calories in 10 minutes is horrifying to me. And I can’t imagine the excruciating stomach pain that would occur afterward. It is, however, really fun to watch other people do it. So who’s up for going to Chattanooga in September for the Krystal Square-Off World Hamburger Eating Championship? — Amber Harding is a senior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at ahardin8@utk.edu.


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Eminem returns with revealing new album Brandi Panter Managing and Chief Copy Editor As a young girl in the year 2000, I often found myself rolling my eyes and practically having convulsions every time Britney Spears or some other hackneyed, lip-syncing, overly choreographed “musician” crossed the radio every 10 seconds or so, Eminem was an answer to my burgeoning-rebel prayers. Verbose and crude, Marshall Mathers was everything I needed in an artist. He was unafraid to take on the things that I hated the most: boy bands, the president and that punk Moby. Flash forward to the year 2010. Eminem is, as though it would seem, no longer culturally relevant. His fresh, excessively violent, autobiographical lyrics about growing up in a Michigan trailer park, being the son of one of the most dysfunctional mother-child relationships since Oedipus Rex, and exacting imaginary revenge on his perpetual ex-wife Kim, took a back seat to immature, stupid songs about scoring women and whatnot. His original distinction, ethnicity, is no longer culturally viable or shocking. The auto-tune has eclipsed the music industry, and with formerly “hard” rappers such as Ludacris now guest-spotting on tracks with the 16 year old Justin Bieber, Canada’s worst export since Jim Carrey, the game has changed and not for the better. Most of all, Em did the ultimate famous person cop-out for which he so frequently abused other celebrities: went to rehab. So it’s 2010, and the musical equivalent of the pink mohawk kid out behind the bus-loading ramp that is chain smoking Newports he jacked from his dad has gone to rehab and essentially sold out everything about him that made him originally worth taking notice of, right? Actually, not so much. “Recovery,” with all its glory bearing in the title, is a fresh, honest look at starting anew and fixing what was really broken to being with.

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“Won’t Back Down,” the song used for the new “Call of Duty” or whatever, is a typically immature rant from the guy whose name is a play on my favorite candy. Despite his seemingly large lack of awareness or sensitivity, Em turns it out on the rest of the album in a manner that not only manages to make you look at the platinum blonde Pistons super fan differently, but as a serious musician rather than a 5 year old kid in a grown man’s body. Take, “Talkin’ 2 Myself,” for example: on the track Em pontificates on his absence from a music scene that rapidly changed in a direction he was not prepared to travel. He knows he isn’t the king of rap anymore, and instead of taking pot shots at the guys who happily took his place, he instead admires Lil Wayne and Kanye for their success. Number one, it’s hard to believe a guy who wrote a song talking about how Carson Daly and Fred Durst would get into a fist fight while debating who was the first to hook up with Britney Spears would ever compliment another artist on a track. Even more appalling is the idea that the favor would never be returned: Kanye is the rap version of King George III and Lil Wayne is too busy getting root canals and abusing cough syrup to notice.

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It’s almost laughable to think that these are the guys who usurped our token white rapper friend. “25 to Life” is a great jam about emotionally abusive relationships and a seemingly never-ending cycle of violence and frustration, only this time the target is not a woman but rather Em’s relationship with the music industry that so betrayed him and discarded him when he stopped being the freshest item on the menu. He doesn’t spend the entire album wallowing in self-pity about the yesteryears gone by, luckily. He understands enough about the game today that he does what any self-respecting artist does these days: gets Rihanna to sing a hook. On the phenomenal “Love the Way You Lie,” the incredibly fierce woman, responsible for everything from the word “umbrella” being drug out a few extra syllables to Chris Brown’s public breakdown at the BET Awards, belts the chorus of a track devoted to toxic relationships centered on emotional abuse and crazed jealousy. The rest of the album is worth listening to at least once, if not twice, and that’s only if you don’t like rap music. Lil Wayne, currently in prison yet still not off the airwaves despite everything in nature saying that he shouldn’t have a career, makes a guest spot on the delightful “No Love.” The song samples Haddaway’s “What Is Love” … you know, that song. All I can say is, I am surprised it really took someone this long to decide that song needed some twerking. It’s a great track, though. Overall Eminem brings back a solid album to a world that didn’t think it needed him anymore. In that way, he is a lot like the superhero he so often identifies with: Superman. No one really noticed that they needed him until he went away, and now that he is back we aren’t exactly sure how we ever got along without him.

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Friday, July 6, 2010

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As football season gets closer, people start preparing for the home opener against UTMartin on Sept. 4. Here, cheerleaders and Smokey enter the field before the Orange and White game earlier this year.

Staff Reports Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley announced Wednesday that Bakersfield, Calif., punter Matt Darr has signed scholarship papers to play for the Vols this season. Darr, considered to be the No.1-rated high school punter in the nation last season, plans to enroll this summer in time for second semester classes. The 6-2, 215-pounder played in the U.S. Army AllAmerican Bowl and was selected to the MaxPreps AllAmerica first team. Darr averaged 42.9 yards per punt with a career long of 71 for Frontier High School, which finished 11-2 during his senior campaign. Darr turned in 96 tackles, a team-high 79 solo, from his linebacker position. As a junior, he averaged 46.3 yards per punt with 93 tackles.

Darr also excelled in track and field, leading Frontier to the team 2009 state championship with individual titles in the shot put (62-1.25) and discus (192-0). For his combined efforts, Darr was named a finalist for the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year. ARLINGTON, Texas — Tennessee women’s tennis player Rosalía Alda advanced to the finals of the U.S. Open National Playoff Texas Sectional Qualifier before falling to Alina Jidkova, 6-2, 6-3, on Saturday. Alda, a rising senior, began the tournament with straight-set wins in her first two matches, defeating Molly Matricardi, 6-1, 6-1 and Victoria Dollar, 6-0, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Alda topped SEC rival Heather Steinbauer of Vanderbilt, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Alda and Steinbauer have faced off in each of the

previous two seasons, splitting a pair of three-set matches. From there, she went headto-head with Chloe Jones of Baldwin City, Kan., in the semifinals. Alda was again able to pull out a three-set win, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Russia native Alina Jidkova proved to be too much for Alda in the tournament final. Jidkova, 33, turned pro in

1993 and has recorded more than $1 million in career earnings. Alda, who hails from Round Rock, Texas, posted a career-best 23 singles victories and 29 doubles wins in 2009-2010 for the Lady Vols. She was a second team AllSEC selection and currently sits 13th in school history with 80 career doubles victories.


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