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Rankings list UT among top 373 colleges Robby O’Daniel Editor-in-Chief According to The Princeton Review’s rankings, UT rates among the best 373 colleges, placing UT with roughly the top 15 percent of four-year colleges. UT also ranks among the top 50 best value public colleges and the top colleges in the Southeast. Out of a 60-99 scale, the university’s fire safety rating (83) and green rating (85) put the university at above average, while the school’s academic rating (71) and quality of life rating (74) put UT at average. Meanwhile the university ranked No. 10 on The Princeton Review’s Least Beautiful Campus list, “based on students’ rating of campus beauty,” according to the publication’s website, and No. 20 on Jock Schools, “based on a combination of survey questions concerning intercollegiate and intramural sports and the popularity of the Greek system.” Rob Franek, The Princeton Review senior vice president, publisher and author of the 2011 edition of “The Best 373 Colleges,” said staff spend a good deal of time on the road visiting colleges, and the 373 number comes from The Princeton Review not wanting to “back into the number each year.” “It’s a wonderful distinction to simply be in the best 373 colleges,” Franek said. Franek said The Princeton Review evaluates schools as best value schools based on “how aggressively a school has offset their stickerprice tuition through grants and scholarships but also providing those students with an
exceptional academic experience.” The publication also asks students if professors are good teachers, if they engage in the classroom, if they are accessible outside of the classroom and if they encourage class discussion. The best 373 colleges ranking and all 62 ranking lists of The Princeton Review are compiled 100-percent based on the opinion of current college students. 122,000 students from the 373 colleges contribute opinion to the 2011 ranking. That averages out to about 325 opinion surveys per campus, but for large universities like UT, Franek said the response can amount to several thousand responses. He said The Princeton Review asks students about their college experience in four major areas: themselves, academia and administration in their school, life at their school and the student body. The ranking is not a comparison between universities. It is compiled simply through students talking about their experience at their home campus. Then the data is compiled and evaluated separately. “I’m not asking students to compare to their experience or observation at other schools,” Franek said. “I’m simply asking them to rate their experience at their school.” For specific categories like Best Campus Food or Happiest Students, it, again, comes from the surveys, where students answer questions based on a five-point scale. Concerning UT’s ranking among Least Beautiful Campus, the two-page summary of the university from “Best 373 Colleges” sheds
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some light: “’Down by the river is gorgeous’ but, on the whole, this concrete-ridden campus is ‘not very aesthetically pleasing.’ In fact, ‘aside from some of the buildings on the outside’ and the ‘top-notch athletic facilities,’ it’s ‘ugly.’” The summary also relays students’ responses on professors. Students say professors are a “mixed bag” with some professors “active in their field” and “passionate,” while others are “horrible.” One senior quoted in the summary offers a stern warning about what he calls the “Big Orange Screw.” “You might get the runaround a bit,” the senior says. “It’s always best to get everything in writing.” The summary also calls the university “large, dynamic” and “very affordable.” Survey results say the school has a great library and athletics facility. Survey responders say students are happy, that everyone loves the Volunteers and that student publications are popular. In the same vein as cheering on the Vols, students call UT “a party school,” with a popular Greek life and occasional drinking at frat houses, house parties and bars on The Strip. The student description of the student body gets specific, saying students are “physically active” and wearing “at least one North Face jacket, a pair of Sperry shoes and plenty of Ralph Lauren clothes” will help new students blend in. But the survey also mentions the many different opportunities and clubs UT provides, such as theater, music, LGBT, Greek life and others. How does such a specific consensus about UT life get boiled down into a two-page sum-
mary? Franek said The Princeton Review board reads through all of the surveys and looks for consistency and a consensus. “We’re looking for representative quotes,” he said. He said if he heard 50 quotes about how good the campus food was and one witty quote about how bad campus food was, he would opt for the 50 quotes because they were a representation of what students on campus actually think. Toby Boulet, immediate past president of the UT Faculty Senate as well as a member of the UT Board of Trustees, said rankings are good and bad. “They give you an idea of how you’re thought of by the people who make the rankings and the people who contribute to the rankings, but they obviously don’t tell the whole story about the institution,” he said. “And they’re not always completely accurate. “But it’s important that we pay attention to those rankings because that’s how outsiders see us. It contributes to how they see us.” Boulet said this point plays into Gov. Phil Bredesen’s challenge for UT to become a top 25 public research institution. “I think the governor’s point in making that challenge was that UT has a lot of strong points, and we should check to see how we compare to the best schools and find those areas in which we feel like we need to improve and work on those areas,” Boulet said. For UT, which appears also in The Princeton’s Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges, the university is lauded in some areas but still seeks improvement in others.
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Staff Reports A study by two College of Business Administration accounting professors at UT shows that corporate financial fraud doesn’t pay. Professors Joe Carcello and Terry Neal were part of a team that conducted a 10-year study for the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, a private-sector organization dedicated to business ethics. The study, “Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1998-2007,” examined 347 alleged fraud cases investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “We found that there were long-term, negative consequences associated with fraud,” Carcello said. “Companies engaged in fraud often experienced bankruptcy, delisting from a stock exchange or material asset sales following discovery of fraud — at rates much higher than those experienced by no-fraud firms.” Twenty-eight percent of companies allegedly engaged in fraud went bankrupt and 62 percent had to liquidate assets within two years. Forty-seven percent of the companies were delisted from a stock exchange. The study discovered that within two days of a public company’s alleged fraud being reported, its stock price declined by an average of 17 percent. News of an SEC or Department of Justice investigation was accompanied by an average seven percent stock price decline. The study discovered that CEOs and CFOs are largely to blame. “Out of all the public companies investigated for fraud by the SEC in the 10-year period, 89 percent of cases implicated CEOs and/or CFOs as the responsible parties,” Carcello said. “Within two years of completion of the SEC’s investigation, about 20 percent of the CEOs/CFOs had been indicted and over 60 percent of those had been convicted.” Compared to a previous 11-year study (1987-1997), there was an 18-percent increase in the number of companies investigated during this study — 347 cases vs. 294 cases. However, the authors discovered a 1,600-percent increase in the amount of money involved; the average dollar amount per case soared to nearly $400 million versus $25 million during the previous study. The authors noted that these results were highly influenced by the high-profile fraud cases of Enron, WorldCom and 30 other major frauds during this period. Other findings of the study include: — Companies allegedly engaging in financial fraud had median assets and revenues just under $100 million, significantly greater than comparable companies in the previous study, which had median assets and revenues under $16 million. — There were few differences noticed between the boards of directors of fraud and no-fraud companies in regard to size, meeting frequency, composition and experience. — 26 percent of the firms engaged in fraud changed auditors during the period examined compared to a 12-percent rate for no-fraud firms. — Revenue frauds accounted for more than 60 percent of fraud cases. The study was co-authored by Dana Hermanson of Kennesaw State University and Mark Beasley of North Carolina State University.
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Traffic through parts of Volunteer Boulevard will be closed into next week as construction on the new student health clinic continues.
Brandi Panter Managing Editor Motorists traveling on Volunteer Boulevard are having to make some changes in their daily commute. Closed until Tuesday, Volunteer Boulevard has been closed since earlier this week as construction workers make changes for the new student health center being built. “An underground utlities line is being installed, and they have to dig a trench across Volunteer to put it in,” said Charles Primm, information specialist with media relations. “They have to close the road for this to happen.” Motorists traveling will not be able to travel from east to west on Volunteer past the intersection but will still be able to travel north and south on Pat Head Summitt Street freely, the intersection at which the closure is occurring. So what are some alternate routes for motorists? One option, Primm suggests, when heading west is to turn right onto Pat Head Summitt Street and then use Andy Holt Avenue as a navigating street to travel from east to west to the desired location. Another option is to turn left onto Pat Head Summitt Street, traveling southbound, and use UT Drive. For students traveling eastward, UT Drive is also an option. The changes will not impact visitors and residents of Fraternity Park. As Tom Helton Drive runs from north to south on Volunteer Boulevard, accessibility will remain as usual. Volunteer Boulevard will reopen on Tuesday at 7 a.m.
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The Associated Press 18 states endure deadly stretch of steamy weather JACKSON, Miss. — This heat wave isn’t just stifling — it’s deadly. Extreme temperatures continued Thursday across a large swath of the country, killing more than a dozen people, at least two police dogs and likely contributing to the death of Franklin the rhinoceros at a Mississippi zoo. Arkansas fire departments were volunteering to hose down overheated cattle, and people as far north as Maine were trying to stay cool. High school football teams and marching bands practiced indoors or canceled altogether. Tennessee election officials touted air-conditioned polling places as a way to bring in voters, and many cities set up cooling centers for those who needed a break from the sun. Residents were encouraged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly. The scorching temperatures and high humidity made it feel like at least 100 degrees in many places, with heat advisories in effect for 18 states. “This heat wears on everybody,” said Sandy Shamburger, who runs Rankin Sod Farm in Brandon, Miss. “We rigged up lights on a sod harvester so we can work at night.” Still, not even nightfall brings much relief, with temperatures sometimes lingering in the 80s overnight. In Columbia, S.C., 33-year-old Kylin Doster tried to stay under the shade of his umbrella stand as he hustled to serve up steaming hot dogs. He said he works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street, then sets up outside a biker bar north of town from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. “It’s really, really hot now, but it even stays hot at night,” Doster said. “It don’t make any difference. It just stays hot.” The heat has been blamed for at least 16 deaths in Mississippi and Tennessee alone, including a man who had a heart attack while mowing his lawn and a construction worker who was spreading concrete. Maryland authorities on Thursday reported two heat-related deaths from early last
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Pictured right is the construction site for the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, which is expected to be completed in fall 2011.
week. Two concrete sections of U.S. Highway 49 in central Mississippi buckled Tuesday, when temperatures hit 103 degrees. “I can assure you, it was probably 120 degrees on the concrete,” said Steve Grantham, assistant district engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Animals also have fallen victim. Authorities also said a police dog died Wednesday from heat exhaustion in Tennessee’s Blount County after a search for two burglars. A deputy and another dog, also from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, were treated for heat exhaustion. A Fayette County, Ga., handler had also reported his K-9 died because of the heat, said Blount County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Marian O’Briant. Heat may have also been to blame for the death of a 37year-old rhinoceros named Franklin at the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi, where temperatures have surpassed 100 degrees in recent days. And seven puppies died Wednesday while in the cargo hold of an American Airlines jet in Tulsa, Okla., said airline spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.
NJ court: Nazi-naming parents shouldn’t get kids TRENTON, N.J.— A New Jersey couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, citing the parents’ own disabilities and the risk of serious injury to their children. The state removed Heath and Deborah Campbell’s three small children from their home in January 2009. A month earlier, the family drew attention when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son, Adolf Hitler Campbell. He and siblings JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell have been in foster care. A family court had earlier determined that there was insufficient evidence that the parents had abused or neglected the children. That decision was stayed until the appeals court could review it. On Thursday, the three-judge appeals panel determined there was enough evidence and that the children should not be returned. The panel sent the case back to family court for further monitoring. A gag order remains in place and the parties refused to discuss the decision.
Fed court bars candidate’s lawsuit over expletive MADISON, Wis.— A federal court has rejected a lawsuit filed by an independent candidate for the state Assembly in Wisconsin who wants to use a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa said in the order filed Wednesday that Ieshuh Griffin’s lawsuit must be dismissed because it was a habeas corpus action and those require the person bringing it to be in custody. Randa did not rule the merits of the lawsuit. Griffin is fighting a decision by the state Government Accountability Board barring her from using the phrase “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’” to describe herself on the ballot. The judge said Griffin’s claims should be brought in a civil rights lawsuit. Griffin on Thursday instead filed a motion to get Randa replaced due to “judicial disability.” “He doesn’t have the authority to tell me what to file or when to file,” she said. Griffin said she may file a civil rights lawsuit after the Nov. 2 election if she’s not able to get the ballot language approved. In the meantime, she appealed the judge’s decision rejecting her habeus corpus action.
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Linney helms smart new Showtime comedy throw it out. Sean’s life is a zany sitcom existence, one that, if analyzed for too long, might douse a bit of surrealism on a show that is Laura Linney getting her own show on decidedly supposed to be about Showtime is equivalent to if real-life scenarios and feelings. HBO debuted a show starring Sean’s character does not exactly Christian Bale. It’s the perfect fit in with the rest of the bunch, place for one of the best actors but it’s in the same way that Steve in Hollywood. It’s practically Carell’s character did not exactly fit destined to succeed. into “Little Miss Sunshine,” nor did Indeed the premiere episode even Juno fit into her own movie. of “The Big C,” Showtime’s It’s OK to have a bit of surrealism, newest comedy, shows just how especially if it comes from such a much potential the program has, scene-stealing character. mostly based on an outstanding And let’s not forget that it is cast. absolutely fabulous that Phyllis Of course “The Big C” is Somerville from “Little Children” propped up by the Big C herself, has regular work on this television Cathy (Linney) who has another show. Somerville plays Marlene, Big C, cancer. Cathy’s neighbor across the street. Linney is hilarious in the Marlene’s friends have died, her first episode, thanks to her natuhusband died and now she says ral wit and the strength of the she’s waiting to die. Essentially writing. There are plenty of Marlene adds yet another pesnotable one-liners in the first simistic, morose character to an episode alone, most memorably already pessimistic, morose show a conversation between Cathy chock full of those type of characand her husband Paul (Oliver ters. But the premiere episode Platt). Paul has recently moved shows that Cathy and Marlene’s out, and the two are having dinrelationship looks like it will develner, so Paul can plead his case op past this. to move back in. But Cathy, who “The Big C” seems like a show realizes how much time she has that is using cancer as a launching left, is re-evaluating her pad for a “Bucket List”-type exislifestyle. She remembers that tence for its protagonist. Except, Paul’s distaste for onions is the instead of skydiving and racing like main reason she has not had the mediocre “Bucket List” movie onions in awhile. “I want onions had, this seems more an existentialto be a major part of my life in • Photo courtesy of IMDB ist, introspective look at Cathy as the next year,” she says, as sto“The Big C” is a new Showtime comedy series, centering on the life of a suburban mother diagan individual. Perhaps it will not ically as if she was speaking nosed with cancer. The series stars Academy Award nominee Laura Linney, as well as a cast that last very long, due to the obvious about her illness. It’s a dinner includes Oliver Platt, Gabourey Sidibe and Phyllis Somerville. Though the series debuts on restraints of the narrative it’s set conversation that ends with Showtime on Aug. 16, “The Big C” series premiere is available online now at sites like YouTube.. up for itself, but as long as it does Cathy telling the waitress that last, expect the fire of “The Big C” she’s just having desserts and to burn bright and turn in some of the will only consume trash because he thinks Andrea, a student in Cathy’s summer liquor. best television on the best network in telschool class, casually strolls into class late the country wastes too much as it is. So, Just when someone might start to evision. And expect Linney to add yet as a patron leaves the fast-food restaurant and does not worry too much about it, think Cathy is an unsympathetic characanother strong female lead character to a where Sean and Cathy are dining, Sean saying Cathy usually takes forever to get ter, the viewer meets Cathy’s son. Adam network that already has three of them in asks for the departing patron’s tray full of to her point anyway. Cathy is a bit cruel (Gabriel Basso) constantly torments Nancy Botwin of “Weeds,” Jackie of half-eaten scraps. He then takes a seat Cathy with the most lurid pranks. We first in her accosting of Andrea for this behav“Nurse Jackie” and Tara of “United States next to Cathy and commences to eat. Yes, ior, but it seems well-deserved with meet him as he pretends he’s a home of Tara.” it is disgusting, but it is charmingly Andrea’s devil-may-care attitude. intruder, putting Cathy in a headlock and “The Big C” premieres on Showtime quirky at the same time. The only way But the main comedic force of the waving a gun at her. Later on in the Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m. To view the preCathy can get Sean to take some food, show is, ironically, a virtual no-name, at episode, he fakes cutting his own finger miere episode early, visit YouTube.com sealed in a tupperware container, is by least in a show that already has Linney, off while helping to prepare dinner. Adam and search “The Big C.” saying it is leftovers and she was going to Platt and Sidibe. John Benjamin Hickey as probably needs to add a third dimension
to his character in future episodes. Then there’s sassy Andrea, played by the actress who portrayed the title character in “Precious,” Gabourey Sidibe.
Sean, Cathy’s homeless, bleeding-heart brother, provides the most laughs in the premiere. See, Sean has an odd way of life. He
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Editor’s Note Rankings create insight into campus life Robby O’Daniel Editor-in-Chief With another year of rankings from The Princeton Review comes another conversation — among an already growing slew of them — about how UT measures up against other public universities in the nation. On the grandest scales, the results were good for the university. UT found itself once again among the best colleges, placing it among the top 15 percent in the nation. In addition, UT is called a best value college once again, making it one of the top 50 best buys among public universities in the nation. But when one looks a bit more closely at UT’s two-page profile in The Princeton Review’s latest “Best 373 Colleges” publication, the evaluation is not quite as glowing. Perhaps most damning is students’ analysis of professors. It essentially amounts to students saying that “some professors are good, and some professors are bad,” and one could make the case that any university — especially a public state one — might have the same middleground opinion of professors among its student body. But some of the vicious tones that are applied in the sample quotes take a reader aback. You can hear the bitterness in the students’ voice when reading about how one student had professors they loved and some they wish they could fire. Another student sarcastically offered that a UT student needs to make sure everything is in writing in order to avoid the Big Orange Screw. It’s also strange that the university administration — which is usually either vilified for tuition hikes or looked upon as objects of scandal in the past because of abrupt departures or public arguments — is only mentioned in passing as people that “genuinely try to connect” to students. It shows just how effective the all-cards-on-the-table approach that Interim President Jan Simek and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek have employed has perhaps improved the public image of the university’s top officials in recent years. Not nearly as concerning but perhaps equally as depressing is how the students themselves at UT are characterized in The Princeton Review’s summary of student responses to their survey. A prospective student sees a stereotype: a football-crazed, middle-class conservative who brings “at least one North Face jacket, a pair of Sperry shoes and plenty of Ralph Lauren clothes” to campus. As those words are typed, I can hear the collective groan from thousands on campus. One student even says, “Walking to class, it is a wave of the exact same person in the exact same clothes just in a different color combination.” To those students who responded this way, that cannot be the way our student body really is? Can it? I certainly hope not, but I will avoid doing a verbal survey through the Fort on a Saturday night to verify. The summary of the student body at UT also mentions other groups at UT such as “artistic types, liberal crunchy types,” but the stereotypical caricature already did the damage. And, as in the past, UT is categorized as a “party school,” always a ranking that students should be proud of. Reading about UT students’ likelihood of drinking on the weekend in a resource like The Princeton Review just makes one wonder: Is this sort of fact the kind that really attracts students to the university, or does it merely repel them? How much does it play into what we call university life? Administration tend to make light of rankings like The Princeton Review, while also taking them into vital consideration. It’s a logical stance that does not altogether make sense. But whether or not you are dismayed with the results of The Princeton Review’s survey, there’s no doubt about it: The two-page summary of how UT students think about UT is one of the most compelling reads from any of the multitude of rankings and studies that are done about what UT life really is like. And the way The Princeton Review does the survey seems to strive for accuracy. The staff gathers a representative sample, reading through all the responses and looking for a consensus of what the student body really thinks. It’s better to see it in writing and with, admittedly inflammatory, quotes from select students than it is to see simply quantifiable data. Plus it’s always great to hear that “student publications are popular” at UT, as The Princeton Review tells us.
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Soddy-Daisy’s Marceaux serves as visionary 54-40 or Fight! by
After a summer of supporting presidential hopefuls, I have an inbox full of e-mails from diehard voters, saying stuff along the lines of, “voting for president is great and all, but what about the local elections? Those are the ones that really affect you.” Normally I'd disagree for two reasons. First, because I spend most of my time in Knoxville, I really couldn’t care less who is running the show in Chattanooga. And secondly, I really have no interest in who district three’s fire chief is. To be honest, the only local position I do care about is who district five’s hockey coach is, but alas it looks like we are in for four more years with Gordon Bombay. Lately, however, I have been so impressed by a man who is running for state governor, I have almost completely changed my views on local elections. This man, Basil Marceaux, wants to return the great state of Tennessee to the way things were under the “last Republican form of government, which was 1866.” Marceaux resides in my hometown of SoddyDaisy, just a short walk away from the local high school. The copious amounts of knowledge pouring out of the those hallowed halls likely keeps Marceaux in a perpetual state of learning (though there is no telling what is pouring out of the recycling plant, which is literally next door). Since he comes from a place whose name translates to “CENSORED-flower,” you know he is a champ. Everyone from Soddy is a champ. (That’s what the locals call it — Soddy — but be careful not to say this to an old person at Hardees. They will be offended and especially so if they hail from Daisy). And now you can chalk another name on that list: Basil Marceaux. Marceaux loves Tennessee so much he went so far as fathering 11 sons and daughters (I'm
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assuming). His oldest son is of course Basil Jr., followed by his daughter Ginger. Then you have Dill, Rosemary, Pepper, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Cinnamon, Thyme, and Salt (eat your heart out, Sarah Palin). Often times, Marceaux just refers to his children as “my 11 herbs and spices, just like the Colonel had.” Marceaux is not just a family man, though. He genuinely cares for the people of Tennessee. On his website (a free site, I might add, no campaign financing for Basil), you will find a list of “Things of important.” On this list includes reimbursing those people who sell alcohol for the arduous task of checking IDs. He also wants to reform the car insurance laws and encourages people to “hate the U.S. flag because we fly the wrong one, and when we fly the right one, we and the government fly it wrong.” These are just a few of the “Things of important” Marceaux believes in. Besides telling the people what he will do, Marceaux also has concocted (he is also a famed alchemist) a list of “citizens enemy!” I personally call this list Basil's Predication List because it is the people or groups of people Basil will prey on if elected. On the list, we have such dastardly people as “All U.S. Senators, All U.S. Congressmen, F.B.I. Chatt. And Wash., U.S. Marshal, Secret Service, United Nation, Department of Defense, Army and Navy, National Guard, All state, Senator, All state house Reps., T.B.I., Governor, All Newspapers.” None of these people would I trust with my life, and you should not either. Marceaux is just a simple-minded, hard-working, small-town man, with common sense and real American values. Hopefully a successful campaign for governor in 2010 will catapult Basil to a potential presidential bid in 2012. If you do not win, Marceaux, I encourage you to not give up. Pursue your political dreams anyway. Your beliefs are so innovative that you are way ahead of your time. Though some of your policies might look like a throwback to the past, antiquated methods which oversimplify the nation's complex problems. In reality, you are the vanguard.
What was originally planned for this column — the last in the weekly run of Chicken Finger Fridays before the column’s finale in The Daily Beacon’s upcoming Welcome Back issue — was a follow-up to the Wal-Mart budget plate. Columnist Cody Swallows planned to look into more expensive options at your average grocery store and see how those fared, both in the stomach and with the wallet. But really, Tyson-brand chicken — the gold standard of frozen chicken — is not too much more expensive than Wal-Mart’s Great Valuebrand chicken fingers. It’s maybe $1 or $2 more, if anything. Name-brand frozen French fries are still frozen French fries, no matter how mediocre Great Value’s French fries are. And it’s highly unlikely that Great Value-brand Texas toast can be topped. So the prices between an expensive, grocery store plate and a budget, grocery store plate are probably inconsequential, and the taste difference is probably virtually non-existent as well. So let’s move on. I’ve decided to pinchhit for this column and take it into a new direction, another all-youcan-eat direction. When the idea for this column was first formalized, a mutual friend instantly recommended Wild Wing Cafe, saying it was the creme da la creme of fried chicken in Knoxville. Having never been there, Swallows and I were skeptical, but we allowed him his opinion. Wednesday afternoon marked my personal second visit to Wild Wing Cafe, and the results were a mixed bag. As previously stated, Wild Wing Cafe’s main word-of-mouth allure — at least to a relative Wild Wing Cafe virgin like myself — is its allyou-can-eat deal. This comes in at $10, which is on par with just about any all-you-can-eat offerings you can find, outside of say, Cici’s Pizza or Sawyer’s. The entire meal, with drink but sans tip, came in at $11.95. Now was it worth the money? Yes and no. The atmosphere was certainly commendable. Wild Wing Cafe is large and with plenty of seating. Though a not-well-chosen seat could lead to long walks to the self-serve buffet of
wings, it’s up to you to choose well, and our party was in moderate distance from the delectable fowl. But what about the wings? As someone who personally does not enjoy getting too messy with wing consumption, a fact which people usually write off as inevitable, I frowned at the prospect of only having one boneless option. It meant I only had one wing to choose from if I wished to utilize the fork provided and keep the inner crevices of my fingernails free from a smell of barbecue for the next few hours. It was a downer, especially since Hooters offers you the choice of getting anything in boneless variety. (Though Hooters costs a bit more for all-you-can-eat.) The boneless variety of wing was adequate but not the best of the offerings. Flavors like lemon pepper, wild west and barbecue lured me away. It looked like, just like in the real wild west, I was going to have to get my hands dirty. Unfortunately the most delicious variety of wing — the barbecue — was also the most slippery. The BBQ wings, indeed, seem like they are absolutely bathed in the sauce. The BBQ sauce is quite tasty, but the amounts are obviously unnecessary. It makes one wish he or she had made a special request for regular wings with a dipping BBQ sauce. The lemon pepper, while not as mouthwatering as the BBQ, is the best middleground. It was not boneless, but it was also quite tasty and not caked in sauce. It’s hard to exactly tell how “worth it” the all-you-can-eat experience was, especially since my party and myself were eating what equated to breakfast for us, just roughly one hour after we all woke up. And for many college students, they will have a likewise experience if they try all-you-can-eat, since it’s only available for lunch. Plus all-you-can-eat at Sawyer’s is not only cheaper, but it also gives patrons chicken fingers, rather than the more plentiful wings, and chances at getting refills of Texas toast and French fries, which is not available at any other places, at least to the knowledge of this writer. All in all, Wild Wing Cafe, taken by itself, is an enjoyable experience, on par with other allyou-can-eat offerings. But in comparison, Wild Wing Cafe does not offer the good value of Sawyer’s, nor does it have the options of Golden Corral. Ultimately, the advice I give is to look elsewhere. — Robby O’Daniel is a graduate student in communication and information. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arcade Fire matures on newest release Brandi Panter Managing Editor Some days the words just come to you, and sometimes you need a little bit of help with expression. This was one of those days. I don’t know how to explain The Arcade Fire in any type of syntax that remotely resembles English. This is not a band you can explain without plopping down and listening to them for hours on end. Most of the time, their lyrics don’t mean anything, and sometimes they just do things for the sake of being weird. It’s cool, it’s what they do and you can’t hate them for it. But because this is a band that I don’t know how to describe, and I’m in a mood that genuinely has not a single word for, I am instead going to compare the biggest standout tracks from 2003’s ingenious “Funeral” and the band’s newest release, “The Suburbs.” “Crown of Love” This track, from “Funeral,” is a song meant for slamming
doors, loud stereos, crying into your pillow in anguish over your first love, drowning your sorrows in a bottle of vanilla Stoli and just generally ignoring the world for a few hours, thanks to heartbreak at the hands of another. It genuinely reminds me of being in love for the first time at 16, in a love that seemed infinitely complicated, yet on the surface could not be more simple. No one ever said anything, no one was ever talking and you were just left to float in a sea of raw emotion, especially when that love eventually betrayed you and found itself moving on somewhere else. That is genuinely what this song is about: being stuck and being tortured with the sight of something that you love so dearly, so intimately, going on without you. The aches and pains of rampant, teeny, hormone-charged love are a great way to describe “Funeral” in general. It’s an album about mourning, sadness, hurt, abandonment, growing up, growing out and not ever really thinking that you are moving, but yet you aren’t where you started out by any means. “We Used to Wait” Listening to this track, especially back-to-back with “Crown
of Love,” you almost wouldn’t believe you are listening to the same artist. While certain hallmarks remain that make the track easily identifiable, gone is the moody, whiny Arcade Fire of yore. In its place is something new and frankly pretty cool. “We Used to Wait” is catchy, upbeat and kind of sounds like some sort of ‘80s throwback. The high-pitched, dramatic vocals have been replaced with a normal human-singing voice, and the indie-emo lyrics whining about love lost have been phased out in favor of lyrics about “hoping something pure can last.” The song is an excellent metaphor for maturity and growth. It’s a song about waiting for things, and realizing that sometimes they don’t show up exactly the way you wanted or expected. This upbeat, grown-up Arcade Fire is a welcome change from the brooding days of old. The entire album almost reminds of early Bruce Springsteen, with its light, floating sound that kind of creates a soaring effect on the ears. It’s almost impossible to explain, other than saying it is really, really nice that the band has grown up and changed for the better.
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Toddler teacher needed in West Knoxville. 2:30-6:00 M-F. Needs to be energetic and love children. Experience with young children required. Starting Points Child Care. 966-2613. Two part-time receptionists/ clerical positions with downtown law firm. Near bus stop, flexible hours, $8+/hr. Good people skills, good attitude, and be able to maintain confidentiality. Send resume and days/hrs. of availability to P.O. Box 1624, Knoxville, TN 37901 or email email@example.com. West Knoxville childcare needs 2 afternoon teachers. One 12-6pm. Exp. with preschoolers preferred. One 2-6 and are willing to train. Must be available M-F. Call 693-5750 Louise.
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FOR RENT 1 and 2BR, 1BA duplex apartment. 1mi. from campus. $500 & $650/mo. water included. No pets. (865)862-6402. 10 MO. LEASES AVAILABLE Walk to campus! Student Apts. Cable, and internet included. 1BR apts. Prime Campus Housing (865)637-3444. www.primecampushousing.com/tn. 1803 White Ave. Apartments. 2BR apt. 2 blocks from campus. Ready for immediate occupancy. Hardwood/ tile floors; private entrance. 12 month lease. Margaret@tvp1.com or call (865)607-5395. 1BR, LR, kitchen, private parking and entrance. All utilities paid. Walking distance to campus. $400/mo. Call 522-3325. 3BR 2BA Laurel Villas, across from The Hill. W/D, 2 gated parking spots, ground floor. $1425/mo. Andy 851-4261. 3BR, 3BA, Double car garage. Minutes from campus. 1 yr. lease. Security deposit, No pets, no smoking. $1,150/mo Call (865)603-0379. 4th AND GILL Houses and apartments now available. Please call Tim at (865)599-2235. 5506 Holeston Drive 2BR, screen porch, full basement, water/ sewage, fully furnished. 525-2947 Artsy, Victorian apts. and houses. 1, 2, or 3BR. Some fenced yards. $395 - $1,200. (865)455-0488. Attention all College Students. Prelease NOW for Fall! All Size Apartments Available. Call 525-3369. CAMBRIDGE ARMS Just 4 miles west of campus. Small pets allowed. Pool and laundry rooms. 2BR at great price! Call (865)588-1087.
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CAMPUS 2 BLOCKS! Apts. now leasing for fall. 2BR $695 -$795/mo. Some with W/D, dishwasher and microwave. (865)933-5204 or utk-apts.com.
KEYSTONE CREEK 2BR apartment. Approx 4 miles west of UT on Middlebrook Pike. $500. Call (865)522-5815. Ask about our special.
Woodlands Condo. 1 or 2BR with private bath. Hardwood, tile, W/D, internet, cable. Cash bonus on move-in. $450/mo. Call Joe 603-5634.
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Special 1 month FREE. Convenient to downtown, UT area. 2BR apartments available now. $475/mo (865)573-1000. St. Christopher’s Square 3BR 2BA condo. Balcony, newly remodeled, W/D, SS appliances, granite, tile, hardwood, reserved parking. Cable, internet and water provided. $1500/mo. 691-7581.
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4BR + extra study rooms. 5 minutes from campus. LIKE NEW $1150/mo. Call (865)919-8789. 7 yr. old super energy efficient 2BR, cottage. Level yard, backs to park. All H/W floors and tile. Concord St./ Sutherland Ave. $675/mo. Available August 10. (865)719-8666.
Walk to campus. $450/mo. Renaissance II, 16th & Highland. Furnished, DW, W/D, balcony, cable. Nice! Call Lee 901-237-9548.
Available now. 3BR, 3BA. West Knoxville Home. 1 car agarage. Perfect for graduate students. $1200/mo. Includes water. No pets. (865)242-0632.
Woodgate Apartments now leasing 1, 2, & 3 BR apartment homes, furnished and unfurnished. Close to campus and great rates! Call today to schedule a tour! (865)688-8866. Ask about our student discount!
CONDOS FOR RENT 2BR, 1BA 1507 Highland Ave. Pool, laundry room, security deposit, water and sewer included. $400/BR (865) 388-1725. Westcliff 3BR, 2BA ground floor. 5 mins. to campus. Pool, large living room, patio, lots of parking. $1,350/mo. (865)806-3321.
ROOMMATES Looking for roommates 11th Place Condos. Call (865)599-3239 or 599-3284. Roommate wanted to share nice 3BR house. 10 minutes UT. W/D $340/month plus share utilities. (423)283-9355.
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Very Nice 1BR condo. Pool, elevator, security. 2 Blocks to Law Bldg. $510.00/mo. $400/SD, (423)968-2981/ 366-0385.
Fort Sanders. Park your car and walk to UT. 3BR, 2BA appliances, W/D furnished. Available now. (865)919-4082.
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UT Condo Lake Plaza Building in new construction, next to McDonlds. 8th floor corner, Great view, parking, 3BR, 2BA, granite tops SS appliances, W/D, and available now. $285,000 Call Vick Dyer (865)599-4001. Coldwell Banker, Wallace & Wallace, (865)584-4000.
HOMES FOR SALE 1100 Chickamauga Ave. Renovated 2,400 sq. ft. 8 rooms plus. 4BR, 2.5BA, Must see. $169,900. (865)604-3538. Great college house. 4BR, 1.5BA. Newly renovated. 2.5 miles from campus. Go to http://307liberty.vpweb.co m for details and pictures. (615)631-2585. $74,500. Perfect home for professionals. 1709 Starmont Trail. West Knoxville. 2-story brick, 4BR, 2.5BA, 2-car garage, 1acre. $249,900. Pre-lisitng inspection & appraisal. Faculty neighborhood. Spetacular views. Great updates. Bearden schools. (865)357-2081. www.forsalebyowner.com/li sting/8AD7A.
FURNITURE Brand new mattress sets. Factory sealed plastic. Full $125, Queen $150, King $225. Contact Brad (865)696-1819. MATTRESS SALE Student discounts, lay-away available. Twin size starting at $79.99, Full $109.99, Queen $139.99. Also carry Futons. Call (865)560-0242.
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LUXURY 1BR CONDOS Pool/elevator/securty. 3 min. walk to Law School. $480R. $300SD. No app. fee. 865 (4408-0006, 250-8136).
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Friday, August 6, 2010
Dooley, Vols ready to begin fall camp Simms ready to lead, quarterback UT Matt Dixon Staff Writer
Matt Dixon Staff Writer The Tennessee football team began its fall camp this week, and head coach Derek Dooley doesn’t feel nervous, at least not yet, as he enters his first season leading the Volunteers. “(Fall camp) is the easy part,” Dooley said at a luncheon on Tuesday. “I’m sure I’ll have some (nerves) in a month. If I’ve got butterflies going to practice, we’ve got a real problem.” Nerves aside, Dooley will have enough problems to worry about after the Vols go through 21 practices leading up to the Sept. 4 season opener with UT-Martin. On Tuesday, one of Dooley’s problems was answered when he reinstated two players who had been suspended indefinitely after the incident at Bar Knoxville in July. Dooley announced sophomores Marlon Walls and Greg King had rejoined the team and will participate in fall camp and not be suspended for any games unless new information surfaces. “I’m very comfortable with the discipline that we have put on them, and I’m comfortable with their attitude and the remorse that they’ve had,” Dooley said. “I’m confident that they’re going to be two great ambassadors for our program.” Walls is a projected starter at defensive tackle, while King is expected to play significantly at linebacker, possibly starting as well. Signees have question marks Dooley also said that one signee was ruled ineligible, and four more have not been cleared academically and are not currently with the team. “(Defensive back) Dave Clark is not going to be apart of the team this year; (defensive tackle) John Brown, Marcques Dixon, (safety) Eddrick Lofton and (linebacker) Martaze Jackson are all still in the process of things that they have to do before they come to be a qualifier.” Dooley added he hoped to have the eligibility issues resolved next week. Switching from offense to defense The eligibility issues of the two defensive backs, along with the depth at wide receiver, allowed coaches to move two offensive players to the defensive side of the ball. Receivers Marsalis Teague and Ted Meline will make the transition to the secondary where they will provide depth, Dooley said. “We’re a little deeper at wideout than we are at defensive back,” Dooley said. “Nowadays, you’re in nickel (package) over half the time, so I view five as starting in the secondary.” Teague is a sophomore who grabbed 13 receptions last season for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Meline is a freshman who enrolled in January and participated in spring practice. From the track to the gridiron Two members of the team will bring their track talents to the football field this fall. Eight-time UT track All-American Evander Wells joined the team during the summer and will be a senior this season. The sprinter is a 5-foot-7 wide receiver that could contribute in the return game as well. Freshman Justin Hunter is a 6-foot-4 receiver, who excels in the long jump. This summer, he placed sixth at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships. Injured Vols healing Defensively, several Vols either didn’t participate in contact drills or played through pain during spring practice. Starting defensive ends Ben Martin and Chris Walker each had one knee scoped in June. Both will be limited at the beginning of fall camp, but both are expected to be ready for the season. Linebackers Nick Reveiz, Herman Lathers and King, along with cornerback Art Evans, dealt with injuries during the spring but are physically ready, Dooley said. Reveiz, a senior leader on the team, suffered a torn ACL last season and spent the past year recovering for the upcoming season. “I am at 100-percent,” Reveiz said. “The great thing about this summer is the coaches haven’t held me back at all, so I have been going 100-percent all summer. I feel the best I’ve ever felt, and I’m really excited to get going.” Defensive back Naz Oliver suffered a torn ACL in the spring and had surgery in May. Dooley hopes Oliver can recover and provide depth later in the season.
Matt Simms admits he didn’t always know what he was doing during spring practice. Always confident in himself, the junior college transfer had to pretend to his teammates that he knew what he was doing behind center during spring practice. “I would look at the guys in the huddle and say, ‘Here we go. We got such and such play. Let’s do it.’ And I’d be thinking in my head, ‘All right now, what do I really have to do here?’ I made them believe I knew what I was doing, and now I finally know what I am doing,” Simms said. One person Simms wasn’t fooling was head coach Derek Dooley. “He wasn’t fooling me,” Dooley said. “He was fooling the team, but I knew he had no idea what he was doing. I think that his confidence is going to be built every day by the investment he’s putting in, and nobody has put in a greater investment on being a good player on our team better than him.” The investment Simms made over the summer can be attributed to the advice he received from senior leaders Gerald Jones, Chris Walker and Nick Reveiz. “(They) really took me under their wing, told me that if you want to be the starting quarterback, you really have to work hard, and we’ve gotta see it,” he said. The quarterback position will be even more crucial to the offense’s success this year, with only three starters among the returning offensive linemen. The Vols will enter the season without a signal-caller that has thrown a pass in the SEC. “I don’t think any coach goes into the season with a quarterback who has taken zero snaps and feeling like we’re OK at that position,” Dooley said. “Even if he’s the best ... you really never know until he gets out there.” Simms gives Tennessee the most experience and enters fall camp as the favorite to start. He played sparingly his freshman season at Louisville and appeared in 10 games last season for El Camino Community College in California. This summer, he worked to improve his decision-making and reducing his turnovers. The only other scholarship quarterbacks on the team are true freshman Tyler Bray and Nash Nance. Bray enrolled in school in January and participated in spring practice, while Nance arrived in the summer and will see his first collegiate action in fall camp. Simms and Bray developed a good friendship over the summer, and Simms sees a bright future ahead for Bray. “Tyler and I get along really well,” Simms said. “He reminds me a lot of me when I was a freshman. He has all the talent in the world and a cannon for an arm. We get along. We like the same things. We have a good relationship.” In addition to bonding with teammates and embracing a leadership role, Simms impressed everyone in attendance at the Manning Passing Academy, a four-day camp featuring some of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Simms was one of the camp’s top performers, a camp even he was amazed with when he saw over a thousand high school players there. “I show up and was thought, ‘Wow, this is a huge deal,’” Simms said. “It was a great experiece hanging out with all those quarterbacks and being around Peyton, Eli and Archie (Manning) was unbelievable.” Peyton Manning, a Tennessee football legend, had only one bit of advice for Simms. “Win,” Simms said with a chuckle. “He wants us to go out there, play hard, represent this school in the right way and go out there and win some games.” Now firmly affiliated with his teammates and the university, and with fall camp kicking off, Simms can begin focusing on Manning’s advice.
Published on Aug 6, 2010