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UT vice president Yegidis to resign from post Robby O’Daniel Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Yegidis, UT system vice president for academic affairs and student success, spent 18 years at the University of South Florida. Now she’s going back. It was announced last week that Yegidis was resigning her position to become professor and director of the School of Social Work at USF. Meanwhile, Katie High, who previously filled the same position two years ago before Yegidis was appointed, will fill the position once again in the interim. Yegidis’ last day in the role will be July 31, and High’s first day will be Aug. 1. Yegidis, who got her doctorate in measurement research and evaluation at USF, said she was called sometime in late spring and invited to apply for the position. “I was thrilled to get the opportunity, and I’m happy to be able to lead the School of Social Work,” she said. It’s a School of Social Work that Yegidis is a founding faculty member of. She helped build the master’s program in social work and was there during the development of the school in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Yegidis grew up in upstate New York, near the Catskills Mountains area. And it was this life that led her to find West Virginia, where she got her master’s degree in social work, and Tennessee, where she served in higher-education administration since 2008, attractive. “That’s one of the things I loved about Tennessee and West Virginia, frankly, was the mountains,” she said. It was never a question for Yegidis about what she would do for a career. When she was in junior high, she watched a television program that featured a social worker, a community organizer in the South Bronx, and it left a big impression. She majored in social work and then got a job in social work right out of college. “I knew my whole life from the time I was 12,” she said. “I wanted to be a social worker and help people and communities to thrive and also ensure that public policy is responsive to what people need.” After her years at USF, she left to become dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia for nine years, and it was here where she was first introduced to UT properly — predictably, it was through football. “One of my most vivid recollections at the University of
Georgia was going to a Georgia-Tennessee football game,” she said. “It was my second year as dean. ... It was fun.” She said she was introduced firsthand to the power of football rivalries there, and her past at UGA was the source of many jokes when she went to UT. After Georgia, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. Then she took the position at UT in 2008. Yegidis said the achievement she was most proud of accomplishing at UT was working to lead a state-wide initiative to make sure students had the ability to transfer into UT and across the system without losing academic credit. She also worked with nursing to allow UT system and Tennessee Board of Regents students access to becoming nursing students. And she worked on making accountability measures more transparent, so stakeholders would know clearly what higher education does and how UT is measured. But the most critical initiative in Yegidis’ mind is one that is still ongoing — improving graduation rates at the state level and the university level. “We have to be able to get students through,” she said. “We have to develop schedules that work with students. We have to ensure there is access to coursework online. We have to provide students with support services for students who are at risk and generally make an all-out effort to graduate the students we admit.” She said there’s a lot she’ll miss about UT. “I think the people, the staff and the students at UT are so outstanding,” she said. “I will miss the contact with students and with staff and with faculty leaders. I think UT has incredible faculty and good leadership.” Returning to the role High is returning to a role she served just two years ago, but working in different positions in academic affairs is nothing new to the administrative veteran. “Actually I’ve been in the academic affairs office for 23 years, so if there’s been a position in that office, I’ve held it,” High said. From a northwest corner of Ohio, High grew up in farm country, where all you needed to know was a letter and a number and you could place someone’s geographic location. “The roads going east and west were called A, B, C, D, and the roads going north and south were called 1, 2, 3, 4,” she said. “... So someone who lived in G7, you knew exactly where
Bredesen appoints two to board Kevin Letsinger News and Student Life Editor Two new members will join the UT Board of Trustees upon appointment from Gov. Phil Bredesen. J.A.M. “Toby” Boulet, associate mechanical engineering professor, and Carey Smith, senior in political science, will represent the Knoxville campus on the board for the coming term. The board has two faculty members, stated by Tennessee law, and the two members rotate amongst the four campuses. When the rotation comes to Knoxville, it is automatic that the representing member will be the outgoing Faculty Senate president. When a new faculty member is appointed to the position, they claim non-voting status for the first year and are handed such power the second year of the two-year term. The voting member for the upcoming term is from Memphis, while the Knoxville campus perspective will be voiced by the non-voting member. Being new to the board, Boulet offers his experience
as outgoing faculty senate president to the new post. “During my year as president, I handled the communication of the stimulus funds,” Boulet said. “We need for people to understand what is going to happen.” There have been multiple meetings on how to lessen the impact of the lack of funds, and Interim President Jan Simek has worked diligently to move people around so that only 60 individuals will lose their jobs. “The original number was 600,” Boulet said. “He (Simek) has done a great job there.” As for the upcoming search for a new president, Boulet said that even though he is not personally on the search committee, there are two faculty members who are represented, one from the Knoxville campus. “We are well represented,” Boulet said. “The Search Advisory Council will also play an active role, and there are two or three members represented from Knoxville.” One issue discussed was that of the future president’s
they lived.” She called it “the kind of town where if something happens to you, everyone pitches in to help.” Perhaps this was a precursor to a career in higher education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in American literature and master’s degree in teaching at Miami University in Ohio and taught public school in Knoxville and Clinton for nine years. She taught sixth grade but found it not as rewarding as the time she spent in Clinton teaching first grade. “The very best thing about teaching first grade is that, if there’s a day, usually in October, where 95 percent of the class has a light bulb go off, and they figure out how to decode the letters, and they learn to read that day,” she said. “Maybe when a baby takes his first steps, it’s that exciting. But when a little kid learns how to read, that’s the most gratifying thing for a teacher that I can imagine.” During this time, she went to get her Ph.D at UT, with the idea of returning as a principal or at least to the elementary school. But after just one month on the UT campus, she fell in love with the atmosphere and did not want to leave. So she earned her doctorate, all the while serving as a graduate assistant in the system vice president’s office, and her career in higher education took off from there. She worked at UT from 1983-2001, serving various positions and working on various projects, including director of licensing, designing the Leadership Institute, starting the Tennessee Governor’s Academy and revising high-school credit requirements for college enrollment. At UT-Martin, where she served from 2001-2005, she started that campus’ LEAD Academy, tore down old residence halls from the ‘60s to make way for more apartment-style housing and got a new student recreation center. High said, as part of her role at UT, she needs to focus on the entirety of the UT system and all its moving parts. “The goal of this office is to do everything they can to encourage and support all those institutes as they reach their goals,” High said. “Knoxville’s trying to be a top 25. Martin and Chattanooga are also developing specific goals that they increase in their stature among their peers. The Medical Center is doing similar kinds of things. “My expectations are to see all those pieces come together so that, as a system, we’re even more vibrant and more robust and more productive and more well-received than we are now, and you can always strive for improvement,” she said.
Office of Sustainability seeks to further compost initiative Kevin Letsinger
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compensation. Boulet said that while the university does not pay the most for the position, the president is not paid the least either. The UT trustees approved a recommended compensation package for the next president that includes a base salary of $420,000 to $450,000, a
housing allowance of $20,000 and an expense allowance in the range of $12,000 to $16,000. As far as the budget for the presidential search, $212,375 has been allocated with the goal of electing a new president at the October 2010 board meeting.
UT is making new efforts to reduce waste on campus. One of these many efforts is the composting program, led by the Office of Sustainability. The compost comes from on-campus, pre-consumer waste and leftovers from the cafeterias students eat at everyday. Just a pilot program, it is expected to expand very quickly. “We are hoping to compost all food items by spring semester,” said Jay Price, environmental coordinator in Facilities Services. What is needed for the program to expand is a wood grinder, with an estimated cost of $230,000. At the moment, wood is being hand cut in order to bulk up the materials for compost. “There is a lot of support from the university,” Price said. “The coffee from both campus locations of Starbucks and the Haslam Business Building location of Einstein Bros. is collected for composting.” The locations where pre-consumed and leftover waste is collected are all food venues in the UC and the cafeteria in Presidential Court. At the moment, the compost is used for the organic farm, which is a student-run certified organic farm. Being on the Princeton Review of the top 286 green colleges in the U.S., the composting done on campus is completely university-ran, whereas the recycling collected is outsourced to private companies. According to a Tennessee Today press release, the university recently adopted a Climate Action Plan as part of being a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The commitment calls for higher education to take more efforts to mitigate human influence on the climate, including day-to-day operations and curriculum and research. In the works for the upcoming fall term, there will be two 23-gallon recycling bins in every classroom on campus to make the effort to be green minimal on students. “We are getting a brand new recycling truck for the fall,” Price said. “Every office and dorm room will also have a blue recycling bin.” By the spring, glass will also be something that can be recycled, with everything but plastic being recycled locally. Other initiatives are to place water bottle refilling stations all over the campus, expanding the ones already in place at the UC and TRECS.
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While parking will be lost, the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center will be comparable to other university tennis centers in the nation. They are expanding the center to include six courts instead of four. It will be completed in January.
The Associated Press Cop uses Taser on another in Mass. off-duty spat HAVERHILL, Mass. — Two police officers are facing charges after an off-duty fracas outside a Massachusetts home ended with one officer using a Taser on the other. Daron Fraser lives in Raymond, N.H., and is a patrolman in Lawrence, Mass. Joshua Wallar, of Methuen, Mass., is a patrolman in Kingston, N.H. Authorities say Fraser and his pregnant girlfriend were having a dispute late Tuesday night in Haverhill, when Wallar intervened and subdued Fraser with his department-issued Taser. Fraser was charged with two assault counts. Wallar was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Both pleaded not guilty. Wallar's lawyer says his client believed his intervention was justified. Fraser's lawyer says the dispute was overblown.
Cops: N.J. woman made up carjacking to cover up sex VINELAND, N.J. — Authorities say a New Jersey woman told them she was carjacked to cover up the fact that her car crashed because she was having sex. The 23-year-old had initially told police she got lost on Sunday and asked a man for directions. Police say she told them the man pulled her out of the car at gunpoint and threw her to the ground. Police say she later admitted she picked up a man and let him drive, and the car crashed into a tree while they were engaged in a sex act. Officers say the car had been set on fire. The woman is accused of filing a false police report. She has refused to identify the man. Mummified body found under S. California home EL MONTE, Calif. — Los Angeles County authorities say a mummified body found under an empty home may be the remains of a man who went missing five years ago. County coroner's Capt. John Kades says there's no sign of foul play.
Construction workers remodeling a back house in El Monte found the remains Wednesday in a crawl space. He says family and friends reported the man was known to hide or hang out in enclosed spaces such as closets. Kades says a pillow was found with the remains, and it appears the man may have been resting in the crawl space when he died of natural causes. Kades says the body hasn't been officially identified but is believed to be the missing man. Wedding gift: Groom gives bride-to-be $250K ticket ST. LOUIS — One Missouri groom gave his bride-to-be a perfect token of his love: a $250,000-winning lottery ticket. Robert Russell surprised his betrothed, 30-year-old Tracie Rogers, with the early wedding gift. The scratch card surprised them both with its bounty. The Missouri Lottery says Rogers and Russell plan to use their winnings to pay off a house. Thirty-three-year-old Rogers says that will be one less burden for them to contend with as they begin married life.
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‘Millenium’ sparks literary interest
‘SNL’ alumni squander talent in ‘Grown Ups’ Brandi Panter Managing Editor
Jake Lane Art and Entertainment Editor Literary phenomena, by their very nature, are slowly fading into obscurity. Whether it be due to declining interests in literacy, debasement of subject matter or simple the death of the printed word, more often than not the passion to grab a book and read it cover to cover seems to have dissipated from our cultural reality. When such a work comes along which makes the reader put their life on pause for the duration of the narrative, we may question the content of said work. In the case of the last work I can think of, the ongoing “Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer, what was produced and vaunted by tweens and soccer moms the world over left much to be desired in the greater literary community. What has succeeded Meyer’s series may be the most socially conscious group of novels to arise to such worldwide fervor since religious texts were made on Gutenberg’s press. Enter Stieg Larsson. The erstwhile editor of Swedish geopolitical anti-racist magazine, Larsson wrote the “Millenium” trilogy and outlined up to seven more novels in the series before his untimely death at 50 in 2004 after a massive heart attack. Throughout his career of three decades in the political investigative journalism sphere, Larsson built a reputation as an unerring, ethical man whose work often yielded death threats and more than likely factored into his early demise. However, his fictional prose and its dual protagonists read much like an amplified version of Larsson’s life in the news biz. The story of hacker Lisbeth Salander and bumbling but vigilant reporter Mikael Blomkvist seems odd to have sold millions of copies worldwide. After all, the series’s underlying theme is one of gender equality, most notably in terms of physicality. Salander, though pint-sized at 4-foot-1 and 90 pounds, can tackle a brute who weighs three times as much and stands nearly two feet taller. Her mind, one of the main topics of discussion throughout the trilogy, is razor
sharp and juggles such complex ideas as industrial computer codes and Fermat’s Last Theorum to Mensa symbology exercises with equal finesse and largesse. In short, Salander is a genius in the body of a caustic punk whom society would deem incompetent. What makes Larsson’s work so phenomenal on a level beyond its sales and popularity lies in the casually excogitative conversations and plot structures that range from gender violence, post-Soviet European economic trends, Internet piracy and the sex trade in the Eastern bloc. While readers bite their nails in pursuit of the numerous boogie men of the trilogy, they are also digesting a plethora of astounding facts on many different levels, and if unwittingly entering into social conversations which may have escaped their knowledge previously. As a caveat, rabid readers who take the time to dig a little dirt probably know that much of a fourth novel exists, yet hangs in limbo due to a dispute between Larsson’s biological family and Eva Gabrielsson, his girlfriend and life partner of 30 years. Due to Larsson’s inflammatory dedication to breaking the truth, he refused to marry his girlfriend for her safety. At the time of his death, the first three novels had already been given to a publisher, while roughly 70 percent of the fourth lay in Gabrielsson’s laptop. The legal battles that ensued due to Gabrielsson’s lack of binding familial status with Larsson have put an indefinite seizure on the fourth piece. But this reporter predicts that as with anything valuable, if it can be sold, some agreement will be made. Would a person of Larsson’s reputation want a piece of his canon finished by a third party or released unfinished? That answered is unobtainable, but as a fan of the man’s work, I can only hope that someone of social valor can step up to the plate and take on the helm of the man and his already terrific work.
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In the history of cinema, there have been movies that have touched the hearts of audiences and brought tears to their eyes, expanded their minds to new realms of thinking and tickled their funny bones to the point of sheer exhaustion from laughter. Not surprisingly, “Grown Ups” does none of the above. This movie, if we are going to be honest here, seems as though it was written by Adam Sandler as an excuse to hang out with his bros from “Saturday Night Live” days of yore. That would be great if this movie was actually funny. Sandler, for those of you whose parents were responsible and made them go to bed early on Saturday nights, was a prominent player of the “SNL” cast that brought the show back to relevancy after the departure of Eddie Murphy in 1984. It’s really quite upsetting to see the guy who made Opera Man and Canteen Boy in such a dud of a movie. Here’s the basic premise of this movie, because I don’t suggest you actually go out and see it. Sandler plays a big-wig Hollywood agent, which means that Sandler yells a lot — it’s kind of his schtick these days. He has spoiled kids and a smoking hot, primadonna wife in Selma Hayek. Sandler has to go home to give a eulogy at a funeral for the childhood basketball coach who defined his life, and along the way runs into all of his former bros. The gang’s all here — David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, and everyone you ever saw on Saturday nights during the ‘90s. You would think with this much star power that this movie would at least have had a decent screenplay, but you thought wrong. First of all, Chris Rock, what the hell is wrong with you? You aren’t exactly a pioneer in racially charged com-
edy, that distinction goes to Paul Mooney, but you are still pretty groundbreaking. Why are you in this movie? Did you need money that
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badly? If you need another Bentley, I understand, but I would have just put if off for one year rather than having my name attached to this. Same goes for you, David Spade. You are the resident sell-out of the gang, but even you have comedic chops. You have physical comedy skills and a sharp, acidic delivery, both of which are terrifyingly absent in this film. You were great in “Tommy Boy”! As for Rob Schneider, I don’t really care about you as much because let’s be fair here, you never were funny to begin with. Rounding out the Fat Five of Sandler, Rock, Schneider and Spade is Kevin James, playing the role that they all obviously wish Chris Farley was still alive to play. Guys, he’s been dead since 1997; let it go a little. James doesn’t have the talent that Farley, or if we are going to go back in time a tad further, John Belushi had in their chubby pinkies. James doesn’t have the physical grace or security to mock him fully or to throw into physical comedy completely. One good thing about the film, though: the (terrible) usage of Collin Quinn and Norm MacDonald, my two personal favorite Not Ready for Primetime Players of the
‘90s era, in supporting roles. Up until this film, I had no idea either of these guys were still alive, let alone available for work. After having seen them in this, though, I kind of understand why I wasn’t sitting around concerned about their careers too much. Make no bones about it, this movie is easily one of the worst of the year. The screenplay is stupid, the bits aren’t funny, and you can get better verbal quips when you are talking with your best friends. It isn’t worth the money. Mostly, though, this movie is a bit of a heartbreak for another reason, at least for me. As someone who has grown up in a household where Saturday nights were reserved for “SNL,” it’s hard watching some of the best talent around squander their gifts for a paycheck. Then I remember, I can watch the “Gap Girls” sketch on YouTube, and the best brain bleach known to man, laughter, makes it all better.
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“The goal of this office is to do everything they can to encourage and support all those institutes as they reach their goals. Knoxville’s trying to be a top 25. Martin and Chattanooga are also developing specific goals that they increase in their stature among their peers. The Medical Center is doing similar kinds of things. “My expectations are to see all those pieces come together so that, as a system, we’re even more vibrant and more robust and more productive and more well-received than we are now, and you can always strive for improvement.” — Katie High, soon-to-be interim vice president for academic affairs and student success
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Bar Knoxville incident should lead to tighter restrictions I grew up in Knoxville, went to UT and love all things Orange and White, but enough is enough. Last year the coach whose name I won’t mention couldn’t even control his own mouth, and from the looks of things in sunny California, he still seems to be having that same problem. Dooley is heart and soul SEC and needs to step up and take control of his team, and he needs to do it now. When rebuilding a program, everyone always says it’s time to get back to the basics. Fine, then Dooley need to do just that. If his athletes can’t control themselves and want to act like a bunch of stupid kids, then Dooley needs to start treating them like kids. It’s real simple. If you’re involved in anything that brings bad publicity upon the team, you’re off the team. If one member of the team screws up and gets into a fight at a night club, then ALL members of the team should be banned for the entire season from going to ANY night club. If Dooley has to sequester the entire team and only let them go to their dorm, classrooms and practices all semester long, so be it. It’s time that someone sets a standard for all NCAA athletes, and I think Dooley is the one who needs to do it, and the administration needs to back him 100 percent. James Kannard Class of ‘98
Dooley’s football team needs players with integrity In Sports Editor Kevin Huebschman’s Tuesday column, “Future of UT’s reputation rests on Dooley,” he came to the conclusion that Coach Derek Dooley needs to “change the culture of the football team.” As a lifetime Vol, I want to see our players carry themselves with integrity both on and off the football field. This team lacks integrity, and I put the blame on the veterans of the team. Recruiting prospects starts almost four years before many athletes even qualify to enroll in school. As a freshman in high school, many players become targeted by major universities for talents they already have or will develop in the future. Coaches tell these players that the university they represent is the clear path to professional football. At such a young age, these high school student-athletes’ thoughts can be molded fairly easily. Recruiters put everything out on the table: depth charts, previous success stories, to even “extra incentives,” all aiming at getting the athlete to commit to their school. By the time the recruiting process is finished and the high school star becomes a college freshman, he is exposed to freedom and opportunity to live on his own. From personal experience, I know those freedoms can be overwhelming at times, and understanding how to balance school work and fun can be difficult. Many of the players who participated in the brawl were freshman or sophomores. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, freshman defensive tackle Montori “Hughes started the fight by pushing him (Russell) and then punching him in the chest after Russell bumped into Hughes on his way from the bathroom.” Another player speculated that night was high-touted freshman Da’Rick Rogers. Both Hughes and Rogers are 19 years old, far too young to be at Bar Knoxville at 2 a.m. on a Thursday night. How do you get through to these players? Huebschman said in his column that UT has had this problem since Coach Phillip Fulmer. What actions must be made to end this reckless behavior? Dooley must find the players who can become leaders and keep those who are tempted to act out from doing so. Winning with integrity would be awful refreshing for us in Knoxville. Henry Cooper Student in history
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magazine shelves, and the numbers echo this sentiment: Nearly 92 percent of U.S. adults read magazines, as well as 75 percent of teens. In 2009, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News went out of business, signaling the first major shutdown of a newspaper as a result of financial stress brought on by declining advertising revenue and economic downturn. Though the magazine industry has seen a handful of publications fall to the wayside (the largest of which, Gourmet, closed in 2009), statistics show magazine advertising — and, indirectly, the magazine industry — has prospered. In 2009, 734 magazines were launched, while only 67 folded. Why do magazines grow while newspapers appear in limbo? Studies show magazines are the most influential medium in getting customers to search for products online. Essentially, magazine advertising works. As for the future, magazines are finding ways to integrate into an increasingly digital era. Tablets such as Apple’s iPad are now the newest medium with which to converge. Publications like Time and Sports Illustrated recently released iPad versions to go along with their weekly magazines, often with bonus iPad-only content. Tablets are intriguing advertisers, too; ads within digital copies can be interactive, allowing readers more exposure to featured products. So what do the next five to 10 years hold in regard to print journalism? Few can provide an answer with any certainty. With digital media on the rise, the newspaper chute may be empty one day, but keep checking the mailbox. Your favorite magazines should be on their way.
Alrighty, Beaconites, I’m about to go inter-city on you. You see, I spent the weekend of July 10 in good ol’ Memphis, Tenn., home of endless rib joints and as many Stevie Ray Vaughan wannabes as you can shake a stick at. In case you didn’t know, the girlfriend’s family resides in this city, and it was her older brother’s wedding day. Congratulations, sir. Anyway, I took this once-in-a-month opportunity to compare Memphis’ chicken to Knoxville’s own. And no, I didn’t try to compare ribs. (Apparently, they’re pretty good in Memphis.) Instead, I went for the true definition of white meat: the plate I was initially shocked at how few places offered the plate. While fried chicken fingers and fries are offered on the “alternative menu items” list at virtually every restaurant, Texas toast is pretty hard to come by, making my search all the more challenging. However, just before we hopped on I40 east, we spotted a decent candidate: Huey’s. Huey’s (”Blues, Brews, and Burgers Since 1970”) isn’t exactly a chicken-finger joint. As the restaurant motto hints, Huey is more known for his burgers and sandwiches such as the World Famous Huey Burger, the Senor Huey, Huey’s Club, the Heart Healthy Huey Burger, and so on. Unfortunately, there is no Huey’s chicken-finger plate. Huey’s does, however, offer a “chicken tender dinner,” herein referred to as CTD. While the CTD technically includes only chicken and fries, the staff at Huey’s was kind enough to accommodate my request for Texas toast. A makeshift plate was born. Before the CTD was prepared, though, Huey’s introduced me to a mean plate of cheese fries. And these ain’t your momma’s cheese fries. These are
piles of steak fries smothered in layers of cheese and topped with a cup of bacon bits. Never before had I considered the possibility of a topping option for fries in a plate, but Huey’s definitely makes an excellent case for it. The CTD itself, though, was pretty underwhelming. While certainly an improvement over Sonic’s bomb, the chicken-finger dinner, the CTD lags behind the Wishbones and Guthrie’s of Knoxville. At the price of nearly $9, the CTD’s cost set high standards. But right off the bat, the CTD violates plate etiquette by only offering four fingers instead of five. While this normally earns the equivalent of excommunication, West Tennessee chicken standards are decidedly unique, so I’ll dismiss this as some sort of local preference. But even this generosity can’t save the CTD. With thick layers of minimally seasoned breading covering equally zestless chicken tenders, these things don’t exactly impress. The steak fries, on the other hand, were quite good, offering up nice breaks between the finger munching. While I would have preferred the addition of some seasoning salt to spike the taste a bit, it’s hard to complain about freshly prepared steak fries, so I’ll stop there. And the Texas toast? While Huey’s offered up two slices as an additional side, the toast was missing a crucial ingredient: BUTTER. I was under the impression bathing the toast in butter was a prerequisite to Texas toast, but apparently that is incorrect. I adamantly disagree. While the CTD offers up some staple concepts (there is a buffalo option), it clearly isn’t meant to compete with full-on chicken-finger joints. While many may view this as undermining my review, I would point to the fact that all the prerequisite materials for a plate were present, and challenge the reader to suggest other plate offerings in Memphis. This is not as easy a task as one would think. Nevertheless, I would gladly heed these recommendations as this trip is certainly not the last. — Cody Swallows is a senior in the College Scholars Program. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Hold Steady concert surprising yet entertaining Robby O’Daniel Editor-in-Chief Attending The Hold Steady concert at The Square Room in Market Square on Monday was surprising in a few ways. Anybody who has heard the Brooklyn-based rock band probably thinks of lead singer Craig Finn’s voice as something oozing of manliness, evoking this feeling of a resigned, tortured city guy who has been through a few too many parties, hangovers and heartbreaks. His bass voice from the CDs, in the mind’s eye, reminds of one of those singers who spurts out the lines at concerts seemingly out of obligation, never moving and never looking at anything but the ground. Then somebody sees Finn jump up on stage at a concert, and he looks about the least stereotypical “rock ‘n’ roll” of anybody in his band. Wearing just a solid-colored shirt and dress pants, he bounced around the stage as if he was not going to get paid in full for the gig unless everyone in the crowd was completely 100-percent engaged with the experience. Finn had this excited, nervous energy coursing through his veins the entire night. His eyes, wide and lit-up behind his glasses, begged the audience to join in. He grinned broadly, seemingly without ceasing throughout the roughly two-hour set. Often he would sing a line of a verse then mouth it away from the microphone right after, hurriedly and to no one in particular. On the very first song of the band’s set list, “The Sweet Part
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chances at yelling for our state. When Finn sputtered out, “she always claimed that she was from Tennessee,” a state-pride cheer went up from the crowd. And, of course, the band played its 2008 hit, “Sequestered in Memphis.” But it was not all shouting and blaring music. The Hold Steady worked in its more mellow sounds as well. It was odd because the set list did not really follow any rhyme or reason for this. There was no “slow” set of songs, followed by a “loud” set of songs, which was the philosophy The Whigs singer followed before The Hold Steady took the stage. Instead, The Hold Steady would just throw in meandering ballads like “Lord, I’m Discouraged” and “First Night” in between the rocking bar songs they’re known for. Then again, this also follows the way the band does its albums. Perhaps the funniest part of the experience were Finn’s introductions to a few of the songs. He claimed that it’s obvious girls have all the power to lead into “You Can Make Him Like You.” Later he said his father gave him some important advice for life: guys like looks, but, as the song goes, “Girls Like Status.” The Hold Steady worked in much of its new material — playing at least five of the 10 new songs — but it also made sure to play all of its hits that long-time fans would enjoy. Long story short, even though Finn looks more like someone’s dad than a man that’s ready to party, he has all the makings of an exquisite showman. And The Hold Steady have all the makings of an excellent concert.
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Fancher joins full-time basketball staff Staff Reports Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl announced Wednesday that former Appalachian State University head coach Houston Fancher has joined the Volunteers program in a full-time capacity as director of video scouting. Fancher’s resume includes more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, with 12 as a head coach. His responsibilities as director of video scouting include oversight of all opponent scouting and recruiting data while assisting with on-campus recruiting. “Houston and his family fit in so well in this community and as a part of the Tennessee basketball family,” Pearl said. “He’s had a lot of success as a former head coach, and he’s got tremendous ties — both personally and professionally — to this area.” A native of Newport, Tenn., Fancher posted a 137136 overall record at ASU. His tenure included Southern Conference North Division championships in 2003, 2007 and 2008. He was named the 2003 SoCon Coach of the Year after winning the first of his three divisional crowns. Then in 2006-2007, he was a mid-major national coach of the year finalist after leading Appalachian State to a school-record 25 wins, the San Juan Shootout championship — which included consecutive victories over Virginia, Central Florida and Vanderbilt — and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. In 2007-2008, Fancher led the Mountaineers to a second consecutive division crown as well as another victory over an SEC opponent — defeating Arkansas in North Little Rock. His triumphs over Vanderbilt and Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon
Bruce Pearl walks off the court during halftime at Rupp Arena earlier this season. This week he announced the addition of Houston Fancher to the basketball staff as director of video scouting. Fancher was previously the head coach at Appalachian State University.
Arkansas represent Appalachian State’s only wins over SEC opponents in the program’s history. Fancher recruited and coached more All-SoCon players than any other coach in Appalachian State history, and he also won more Southern Conference games than any other Mountaineers hoops coach. In total, 18 school records were set during Fancher’s tenure, and he also produced 13 players who continued their careers as professionals overseas. “Bruce Pearl has taken Tennessee basketball to unprecedented heights, and I am excited to be a part of his tremendous staff,” Fancher said. “I feel that my experience will enable me to make significant contributions toward the continued success of the program. I feel fortunate for the opportunity to contribute in any way possible.” In addition to their success on the court, Fancher’s squads also were presented with NCAA Public Recognition Awards in 20052006 and 2006-2007. The NCAA Public Recognition Awards honor programs that rank among the nation’s top 10 percent in their sport in Academic Progress Rate
scores. The ASU men’s basketball program fell just hundredths of a percentage point shy of receiving the recognition for a third consecutive year in 2007-2008. Fancher began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Division III Maryville (Tenn.) College from 1988-1992. He then compiled a 44-41 record as the head coach at North Greenville College from 1993-1995 before taking a position as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for the 19951996 campaign. From 1996-2000, Fancher worked as an assistant coach (1996-1998) and associate head coach (1998-2000) at Appalachian State, and he was named that program’s 14th head coach following the 1999-2000 season. Fancher received his undergraduate degree in physical education in 1988 from Middle Tennessee and later earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. He is married to the former Cathy Reagan of Jamestown, Tenn. The couple has two sons, Hayden and Ethan, and a 1-year-old daughter, Cameron.
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