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The position of residence hall secretary has recently been eliminated at UTK. The majority of the secretaries occuping those positions were moved elsewhere on campus.
Late last month, the campus hall secretary position was officially eliminated from the Department of University Housing. According to Executive Director of Campus Housing Frank Cuevas, the secretaries were notified about 10 months ago that their position would be eliminated and they would need to find another job if they wanted to stay employed. Former Resident Assistant Megan Cusick of Humes Hall said that for two years she really enjoyed working with her former campus hall secretary, and while she may have seemed to have a tough exterior, once Cusick got to know her she was quite friendly and warm. The Daily Beacon cannot currently confirm who the specific campus hall secretaries in this story are, so their names will remain unavail-
able until further verification can be done. “She knew everybody or recognized everybody within the year, and all the RAs joked around with her,” Cusick said of the secretary. “She was kind of shy though. She didn’t talk a whole lot, but she was friendly once you got to know her, and once she got to know you she was really friendly.” Cusick said that the secretary had a lot of interaction with students because she checked in all packages that arrived for students at the front desk and exchanged pleasantries to those who entered and exited throughout the day. The secretary worked 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day and it took a major weight off of the RAs knowing that they could use that time to go to class or get done with homework. When she got off, it was usually a rotation of RAs throughout the night that would work the front desk. See SECRETARIES on Page 3
Y-12 breach raises concerns Preston Peeden Managing Editor Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli sit comfortably at a cluttered wooden table in the dining room of a South Knoxville home. In front of them is an open Bible with a wellworn spine and several loose leaf sheets of paper scattered about. They share an easy conversation, touching upon religion, life and politics. By all appearances, there is nothing out of the ordinary about these two — but appearances can be deceiving. Rice, 82, and Walli, 63, are two recently released prisoners from the Blount County Jail, where they were being held in connection to their alleged break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex on the night of
Saturday, July 28. Rice, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus since the age of 17, along with Walli and another man, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, according to facility officials, cut through perimeter fences using only a set of bolt cutters and reached the outer wall of a building where bomb-grade uranium is kept. Once they reached the outer wall of the building, the activists are said to have thrown human blood on the wall, painted slogans, lit candles and prayed. “We brought candles to show the light and we brought the Bible as a symbol of people’s inspiration,” Rice said. “...The blood (which was gathered from people they “knew,” who were unable to be at the complex as well) is a special sign of people giving their lives in service of others. To pour out our lives to help. As well as the symbol of the monstrous
waste of life that has happened due to the buildings of these bombs.” All three suspects are members of the religiously-influenced activist group “Transform Now Plowshares,” which base their philosophy off of the prophetic visions of the Book of Isaiah. The group cites the verse in which Isaiah called for an era of world peace when people “will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” In this vein, the group, citing also the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, view the Y-12 complex as not only a physical manifestation of immorality, but also of illegality. “The crime, in the first place, is the violence of the nuclear industry,” Rice said. “There’s the violence that is going on. 24/7.” See Y-12 on Page 3
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Michael Walli, 63, and Sister Megan Rice, 82, stand in the dining room of a South Knoxville home holding two documents and a bible that they had on their persons during their arrest at the Y-12 Security Complex. Wallie, Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed are charged with misdemeanor trespassing charges and felony charges of destroying or injuring government property. Walli and Rice were both released on conditions by the court on Friday, Aug. 3.
UT professors Wis. gunman was white supremacist work with NASA The Associated Press
said Kah. “These rocks might serve as a time capNASA’s Curiosity rover sule of Mars’s transition landed on Mars Sunday from a warm, wet planet to a night. Now, the work will cold, dry one.” Kah is part of a camera begin for two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, pro- team that is searching for fessors searching for poten- features within rocks that tially habitable environ- might provide clues to the role of fluids in the planet’s ments on the red planet. Linda Kah and Jeffrey past. When combined with measurements, Moersch, associate profes- chemical these observations can help sors in the Department of determine how life might Earth and Planetary Sciences, are an integral have exploited surface envipart of the NASA team ronments. “We like to pretend that working on the rover. the rover is like a field geoloThe Curiosity rover is gist with an looking for analytical clues to laboratory whether the on her Martian surback,” said face has ever K a h . had an envi“Curiosity ronment has a lot capable of more capaevolving or bilities than potentially earlier sustaining rovers. The life. Critical • Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL- c a m e r a s evidence Caltech and my scimay include entific team liquid or act as the rover’s eyes and frozen water, organic compounds, or other chemical ears.” Working from Pasadena, ingredients related to life. California, the team will Kah, Moersch and the guide the rover to collect rest of the science team will soon begin selecting targets soil material and powdered for the rover and helping rock samples using its robotchoose which instruments ic arm to gather, filter and will be used to examine transfer them into the Martian soils and sedimen- rover’s analytical system. Kah and other scientists will tary rocks. “In particular, we will be then use an instrument capaexamining sedimentary ble of detecting both organic rocks that form Mount molecules and the isotopic Sharp, which is a more than signatures often left in rocks five-kilometer-high moun- by microbial metabolisms. tain within Gale Crater, the area the rover is exploring,” SeeMARS on Page 3
OAK CREEK, Wis. — The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot to death by police was identified Monday as a 40-yearold Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band. Authorities said Wade Michael Page strode into the temple without saying a word and opened fire using a 9mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition. Page joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998, according to a defense
official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not yet authorized to release the information. Witnesses said the gunman walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee and opened fire as several dozen people prepared for Sunday services. When the shooting ended, six victims ranging in age from 39 to 84 years old lay dead, as well as Page. Three others were critically wounded. Page was a “frustrated neo-Nazi” who led a racist white supremacist band, the Southern Poverty Law Center said
Monday. Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the nonprofit civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., said Page had been on the white-power music scene for more than a decade, playing in bands known as Definite Hate and End Apathy. “The name of the band seems to reflect what he went out and actually did,” Potok said. “There is a whole underworld of white supremacists music that is rarely seen or heard by the public,” Potok said, describing lyrics that talk about carrying out genocide against Jews and other minorities, he said.
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Michael Vargas, senior in mathematics, investigates the new bus routes on Aug. 2.
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Derek Dooley talks to tailback Rajion Neal during an open practice on Aug. 6.
1782 — Washington creates the Purple Heart On this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.” Washington’s “Purple Heart” was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit.” In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.” 1947 — Wood raft makes 4,300-miles voyage On this day in 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents. Heyerdahl and his five-person crew set sail from Callao, Peru, on the 40-square-foot Kon-
Tiki on April 28, 1947. The Kon-Tiki, named for a mythical white chieftain, was made of indigenous materials and designed to resemble rafts of early South American Indians. While crossing the Pacific, the sailors encountered storms, sharks and whales, before finally washing ashore at Raroia. Heyerdahl, born in Larvik, Norway, on October 6, 1914, believed that Polynesia’s earliest inhabitants had come from South America, a theory that conflicted with popular scholarly opinion that the original settlers arrived from Asia. Even after his successful voyage, anthropologists and historians continued to discredit Heyerdahl’s belief. However, his journey captivated the public and he wrote a book about the experience that became an international bestseller and was translated into 65 languages. Heyerdahl also produced a documentary about the trip that won an Academy Award in 1951. Heyerdahl made his first expedition to Polynesia in 1937. He and his first wife lived primitively on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands for a year and studied plant and animal life. The experience led him to believe that humans had first come to the islands aboard primitive vessels drifting on ocean currents from the east. Following the Kon-Tiki expedition, Heyerdahl made archeological trips to such places as the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Peru and continued to test his theories about how travel across the seas played a major role in the migration patterns of ancient cultures. In 1970, he sailed across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados in a reed boat named Ra II (after Ra, the Egyptian sun god) to prove that Egyptians could have connected with pre-Columbian Americans. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
Vehicle Arrives for EcoCar 2 Competition A group of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, engineering students feel like sixteen-year-olds when they received the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu they are going to remodel to make more eco-friendly. Ryan Howell, graduate student in mechanical engineering; Mitchel Routh, graduate student in mechanical engineering; David Irick, mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering (MABE) research assistant professor; Scott Curran, research associate in MABE; Emily Wise, graduate student in business administration; Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering; and Katelynn Routh, senior in communications studies. The graduate and undergraduate students are part of a team competing in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, a three-year collegiate engineering competition established by the US Department
of Energy and General Motors. They’ve spent the past year planning their design with the goal of making the GM-donated car a better, more efficient hybrid vehicle than what is currently on the roadways. Now, they get to see their hard work pay off as they begin to implement their design into the car. The EcoCAR 2 competition challenges the next generation of automotive engineers to reduce the environmental impact of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. UT is one of fifteen universities in North America participating in the challenge. A year into the competition, the students have used math-based tools to model and design their own unique architecture for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. They’ll select the system’s powertrain components the same way major automakers do. The arrival of the Malibu
marks the official entry into Phase II of the competition, where the design is applied to the car. The design, called series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle architecture, will improve the vehicle’s environmental impact and efficiency in three ways. First, the vehicle will be able to couple and de-couple the engine from the wheels while still providing electric power from the battery and/or generator to drive an electric motor. Second, the vehicle will have a large, highvoltage battery pack which allows the vehicle to run on electric power. If the battery—which can be charged using a standard wall outlet—gets depleted, the vehicle will use a combination of an engine and electric motor. Third, the vehicle will utilize E85 fuel which is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline and burns cleaner. While translating their design into reality, the team is also developing a working vehicle that meets the competition’s goals. The competition culminates at the end of each academic year when all of the schools and their vehicles come together to compete in more than a dozen static and dynamic events. UT won sixth place in Phase I’s competition. Winners receive cash awards. Since 1989, UT has had more than 500 students participate in similar projects.
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SECRETARIES continued from Page 1 Since the position is now gone, some have speculated that the RAs will have to take on a much bigger role in manning the front desk throughout the day. This will make for tougher studying times with more job responsibilities on the list, as well as a class schedule to work around. Sophomore Cole Adams lived in Reese Hall last year and said he loved talking to the secretary at the front desk. “She was always super outgoing and always very willing to help in any way possible,” he said. “Usually going out of her way to do so.” Adams said that he saw her help residents numerous times and never with a sad or frustrated look on her face. She would even help him look for his VolCard at times when he had lost it and was looking for it in the lobby. “She definitely seemed to have an interest in me, as well as my roommates and suitemates,” he said. Efficiency via technology was a main contributor to the position being eliminated. But not everyone is so excited about technology taking over personal touch. “I don’t know how an iPad will be able to do the job she did,” Adams said. “That’s not much of a replacement if you ask me. It’s sad to hear. I think that almost everyone would rather have human interaction for help than to have to type in
MARS continued from Page 1 “Twice a day, data will be downlinked to specialists who will put it into a format that will be most accessible to the rest of the scientists,” said Kah. “Five teams will look at the data and use their expertise to decide the next targets and the most pertinent questions.” Moersch is searching for hydrogen—another ingredi-
a question on an iPad or something similar.” Technology can do many things, but the personality side of it will be a tough aspect to replace. This has some people thinking that parents will be worried that there will be no secretary stationed at the desk during the day. However, Cusick said she doesn’t think it will affect the parents too much, because they already assume a lot. “I think a lot of parents assume that it’s the RAs that are working the desks anyway because on move-in day, it’s the time that parents come in the building the most,” she said. “And generally, during those times, the desks are staffed by the secretaries as well as the RAs to help check people out. I think parents assume that the RAs are always at the desk or always working the desk so I don’t think that will affect it too much.” When parents do come in with problems or complaints, the RAs are not allowed to assess the situation; rather they have to go to the hall director for assistance, and it was the same thing with the secretaries at the desk. Adams is hopeful that the absence of the secretaries will release enough backlash, and students will miss them and need them so much that they’ll come back. “I think they will miss them greatly,” Adams said. “I know the RAs enjoyed having them around and I know I did as well. Maybe they will bring them back. Hopefully.” ent important for life—in the form of water, ice or hydrated minerals. “Hydrogen is an interesting element because, geologically, it is only likely to be found in water and in hydrated minerals, such as gypsum or clays,” said Moersch. “Those types of minerals tell us about the history of the environment in that location and whether or not there was liquid water there, making it more hospitable for life.” Moersch and the team will
Y-12 continued from Page 1 Walli also shared Rice’s views on the complex, and stated their reasoning behind pleading not guilty to the charges. “The government is saying that we are committing violence by destroying property,” Walli said emphatically, all the while gesturing his hands above his head with a clear sense of urgency. “That’s what they say according to their statutes. But if I destroy something that has no legal right to exist, say a nuclear weapon, what does that mean?...That nuclear weapons cannot be considered property. The presence of these illegal terroristic nuclear weapons at the Y-12 site make the whole complex a global state terrorist site, which is chronically and systemically used for criminal activities.” The pair were released Friday by U.S. magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley on conditions, while Boertje-Obed, who is representing himself and using only “elbow council,” waved his right to a detention hearing, and therefore remains in custody.
use the rover’s neutron detector—the same technology oil companies use to sniff out hydrocarbons in drill holes— to search for hydrogen-bearing materials and other geochemical anomalies in the Martian surface. “If the neutron detector turns up something that is potentially interesting in a given location, we may choose to spend some additional time to investigate that location with the rover’s other instruments, including sampling the subsurface with a small drill,” said Moersch. The process is painstakingly slow. The rover likely will cover only about 200 meters on a good day, and the mission will not conclude until at least 2014. Still, the scientists are certain their hard work will pay off.
At the detention hearing, assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Kirby argued for their continued stay in custody because the actions of this trio were a “crime of violence,” and that their release would pose a dangerous threat to the community. Kirby categorized the group’s actions as a “schemed, planned, and coordinated event.” She also said that their release would be a “catalyst for violence,” in that it would encourage not only themselves but others to try and do what they did. The fallout of this group’s actions will be hard to measure, however, says local activist Ralph Hutchison, a cooridnator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, as they have effectively shattered many Americans’ “illusions of security.” “When I say ‘our illusion of our security,’ it exists in the immediate small sense and in the larger sense,” Hutchison said. “The idea that the nuclear weapon’s plant was secured by a couple of fences and the hightech equipment that they have, that was obviously demonstrated to be an illusion by what these people did and what they were able to accomplish. But in
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The three defendants have had their hearings at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Federal Courthouse in downtown Knoxville. The trial will resume with a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the felony charges that the government filed on Friday, Aug. 3. the larger sense, their message was that the nuclear weapons themselves, which we say protect us from our enemies, is similarly an illusion, a very expensive and dangerous one that we can no longer afford.” Regardless of the long-term outcome of their actions, the
trio’s immediate future is clouded by these legal proceedings; but according to Rice their guilt is based upon perspective. “We are not guilty of what they say,” she said. “We entered the base, but for a purpose. It is everybody’s responsibility to stop crime.”
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One of the first few images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity shows its wheel as well as the coil used to open the camera viewer.
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Rising — Michael Phelps places in Olympic history
Rising — School Anxiety Honestly, this can be said for every day, but that’s only because with each passing moment we become one day closer to school, and one day closer to a near total breakdown from the pressure of classes. Classes start the 22nd, which is only 15 days away. In that time you could take a trip, read a good book, go for a hike or just do anything. Unfortunately, in the back of everyone’s mind will be that Wednesday morning, like it or not, which will be the first day of classes. And while many may want to get back into the swing of things, that first day still looms as a scary thought. Falling — Buildings Construction is continuing late into the summer months all around campus. Parts of avenues and walkways are still unfinished, and the gaping lot that once was the White Avenue Parking Garage is a little hard to miss. While most of the construction was not expected to be finished in time for fall, let alone within this calendar year, one can’t help but wonder how students will be able to handle the new delays and detours once campus starts to fill up once more. Rising — Interest in presidential election It’s almost that time — soon we will all be barraged by the incessant grandstanding and campaigning of both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Regardless of which party and candidate a person supports, the election season remains one of the most pivotal times in our nation as citizens have the opportunity to not only vote for the person they think is right for this country, but also express their basic civic responsibility. While the ads may be annoying, as the passing days get ticked off the calendar, the interest in not only the election but also the future path of our nation will heighten.
It’s official, Michael Phelps has swum in his last Olympic event, and like so many races before this one, he walked away with gold. Phelps walks away with 22 overall medals, 18 of which are gold. That’s more than most nations get in an entire Olympic cycle. With his retirement from the Olympics, the question is now raised as to where Phelps stands in the Pantheon of all-time Olympic greats. Ultimately, Phelps’ name is sure to be listed near the top for not only swimming, but all Olympic sports. His run of dominance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a thing of beauty, and his overall three Olympic runs at Athens, Beijing and London have culminated into making him one of the most decorated athletes the world will ever see. Rising — Justin Gatlin’s career revival The former UT track star has been in the midst of a career revival at the 2012 London Olympics. Once the fastest man in the world for a brief moment in 2004, Gatlin was suspended from track in 2006 for a positive test of unnaturally high levels of testosterone. Once the dust settled in 2007, Gatlin was banned for four years and had his career best performance in the 100m annulled. While out of track, Gatlin contemplated a possible football career, but ultimately returned in 2011 and surprisingly made the US team by winning the Trials. This week, Gatlin’s star has continued to rise by winning the bronze in the 100m dash at a blazing time of 9.79 seconds, the fastest time ever recorded for a man in his 30s. While Gatlin was a distant third to the Jamaican speed-duo of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, his performance (though some do still question his “clean” status) is something to behold at a summer spectacle known for great human interest pieces.
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Life moves quickly in rearview mirror G oing Some wher e
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Preston Peeden So, with this being our last issue of the summer, I’ve decided that today would be a perfect time to give a recap of my vacation. Here goes nothing: Over the summer I met a beautiful Australian girl at a beach, who was aptly named Sandy, and we fell in love. It was one of the first times that I felt like I completely clicked with someone. We spent the entire summer together in pure bliss singing show tunes. Unfortunately, when the summer ended, she had to go back to her family half-a-world away. So there I was broken hearted on the first day of my senior year at Rydell High School when Sandy reappeared. It turns out her parents decided to not return to Australia, and we were reunited. The year wasn’t a completely smooth ride, but through our ups and downs (and eventually an awesome drag race scene), we decided that we loved each other and flew away in a magical car whilst credits rolled in yearbook style. Okay, so let’s be honest. I am not Danny Zuko, I can’t dance and my summer did not go according to the plot of “Grease” (except for that one awesome drag race scene, that happened), but wouldn’t it be better if it did? To be completely forthcoming, I spent my summer working. Be it here at the paper or at a restaurant in town, the majority of my days were spent indoors either writing stories or carrying scolding hot plates to waiting customers. Every week, I had a day or two off, but I never got to have the ideal summer of bliss. I can’t complain too much, because I took these jobs by choice. Regardless of the fact that I needed the money to pay rent, I made a conscious decision to work as much as I did. I could have done nothing at all and just spent my summer bohemian-style, living from couch to couch. Unfortunately, I decided to be responsible. The word “responsible” wasn’t really an adjective that I thought would ever be put upon me when I was growing up. I’m the youngest of three, so, naturally,
I was spoiled. While my brother and sister had to eat whatever was served, I had the gall, and for some reason the ability, to request whatever meal I wanted and somehow get it. They were only allowed to watch TV for an hour a day, while I was somehow able to finagle a second or third. At almost every turn, I somehow came out the better of the three of us, because (at least in my view) I was adorable, and who can say no to an adorable kid? So here I am now, a little less adorable and a little more tired. While I’m writing this, I’m reminded of the old Dr. Seuss quip of “How did it get so late so soon?” It seems like only a few days ago that I finished my last exam, sold back my last textbook and popped my feet up on my coffee table waiting for relaxation to set it. But it hasn’t been two weeks, or even two months — it’s been an entire summer. Three months gone in a flash. I don’t like to complain about time moving fast, it just feels cliché. Most of the time when I read a “Ferris Bueller”-type diatribe about how quickly life runs past, I find myself getting bored. No one realizes that their life goes fast when they’re in the moment of it, but rather they only feel cheated by the ticking seconds when they’re looking back longingly upon them. And that time spent pondering about wasted time only further wastes more time. It’s a cycle. But today, I can’t help but look in hindsight. I want to have the time and the summer I dreamt of having. A summer should be an escape. My summer was mostly spent working (with the exception of watching “Grease” several times last week), and I wish I had done more. I could have spent more time with my girlfriend or seen more friends or attempted to get a more even tan. But I made my choice and there’s not much use being worried over it. I guess what I’m trying to get at is that time really is ethereal. It’s a concept that’s forever slipping through our fingertips. And while looking back on what you missed is a good way to complain about how unfair things are, it ultimately wastes more time. There’s only two weeks left until we’re all back in classrooms staring at a whiteboard. So don’t waste that time. Go out and have fun, stay in and watch a movie. Just do anything but waste that time. — Preston Peeden is a senior in history. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Some people say that most problems can be solved if you break them down into manageable pieces. I learned that from the White Stripes some eight or nine years ago, but like any sage advice, its esoteric nature leads to a lot of misdirection in the ultimate follow-through. For me, the best utilization of the simplicity method of problem solving has come through compulsive listmaking, something I learned from my father. With “todo” lists, you can not only track your progress, but combat that diminished memory that comes from being an undergrad and all the manifold brain destroyers inherent in that four-to-nine-year commitment. The problem I come up against time and time again in compiling lists is the overall shift in cognitive function that comes along with it. On my best days I have a problem with most other peoples’ opinions — not with their right to have them, but their overall reasoning and sometimes willful disbelief of hard facts and logic. Therefore my brain goes into list mode, stacking greatest albums or valid philosophical ideas on a one-to-five or one-to-one hundred scale, thereafter establishing an ossified hierarchy of ideas which cannot be challenged at risk of severe admonition, loss of friends, weight loss, weight gain and moral bankruptcy. In layman’s terms: By establishing a system of thought, I negate all other systems of thought and points of view, pigeon-holing myself and distancing others. Needless to say, when approaching issues with a “surefire” set of solutions, we ultimately inhibit our own growth and evolution. I become overwhelmed at times and seek a panacea for the ills of the world. Unfortunately, I create more of these problems in my own world in taking what seems an easy path to success. Therefore I submit a challenge against listing and ranking of value on a predetermined scale. I should have done this years ago, right around the time I decided that there is no absolute truth other than the complete lack of absolute truth. Relative value and self-worth are the only two credible sources of worth, as far as I am concerned, though the latter is exploited among people of certain personality types whereas the the former is
virtually non-existent in those who seek a “one problem, one solution” way of thinking. We limit ourselves in both pigheaded dogmatism and rigid logic. By neglecting the ability to be wrong, humans reject the bonds of building a progressive society, whose foundation is trial and error, in which all ideas can grow and step out of the intellectual and technological quagmire which our consumer society has placed us in. I often posit the idea that if you give up oil, violence and the unification of political and spiritual reasoning, you will get “Star Trek.” Of course this is a joke. Physicists have formulated warp technology already and come to the conclusion that the idea of that particular sci-fi phenomenon is not probable. But the idea remains — we as humans have an number of possible futures, as vast and interwoven as the cosmos itself, but the subtle differences in these possible outcomes are nothing compared to the stark opposites of the total reality. We will either destroy ourselves over diminishing resources or we will thrive by learning to moderate our usage and develop sustainable means of perpetuation. I’m not just talking nuclear war or Social Darwinism, but the sheer decline of our antiquated ideas of “humanity” in general. By allowing the idea of self-worth or ideological sovereignty to dominate our views, we miss the opportunity to develop new views from the relative values of ideas which we may disagree with. Let me say that differently. We can reject some ideas based on personal bias, but ultimately even the worst of ideas, both logically and morally, usually have some kernel of value which probably lead to a lackluster fleshing-out. Like this diatribe I present to you. Perhaps my views are slanted as I just finished reading “Dune,” whose philosophical core is two-fold. First, 20,000 years in the future, Eastern and Western philosophy are haphazardly thrown together in a manner which no one likes but everyone tolerates. Second, one prophet can see all possible pasts and futures and how they have come to pass. I don't claim to hold the key to that mental discipline, but I do submit that when we break any situation down and view the implications of each action, the possible outcomes can be astounding. Perhaps, then, we should not seek the best, or at least simplest, way to solve a problem, and instead think of how we can act in a way to benefit most and harm least. Oh wait, that's already a school of thought. — Jake Lane is a graduate in creative writing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column originally ran on June 28, 2011.
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Local band holds free concerts for fans Dirty Guvs to play at Disc Exchange and Market Square Preston Peeden Arts and Culture Editor Every band likes to claim that they give back to their fans. But, unlike most bands, the Dirty Guv’nahs are putting their money where their mouths are. In appreciation of their fan’s support of their third studio album, “Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies,” The Dirty Guvs will not be playing just one free concert for their fans, but two. This may seem like an overly-generous move by the band, but considering the lengths that fans went to in their Kickstarter campaign, the Dirty Guvs are just paying back their kindness. For those who don’t know, Kickstarter is a website that allows for people with upstart business or artistic ideas to receive funding for their projects through donations over the Internet. For each donation, compensation is given by the group which people are donating to. For the Dirty Guvs, their third album was funded solely by fan donations to their online campaign. “We put together a short video that explained that we wanted to make a new album, and instead of partnering with a major record label, and having them own it,” said James Trimble, the frontman for the Dirty Guv’nahs, “we instead asked our fans, ‘Would you front the money?’... And we have
a great fan base and they chipped in and raised that money in a very short time.” The Guvs’ asking price was $20,000, a hefty fee, that the fans met in only three days. In fact, the entire campaign even earned a mention in “Billboard.” But despite its rapid success, the band wasn’t convinced as to just how well their endeavor would turn out. “I remember the day we set up the site and set the goal at $20,000,” Trimble said. “And with Kickstarter, if you don’t meet your goal, you don’t get any money… We were thinking it would just be so embarrassing if we didn’t raise a lot of money. But we made it... It was proof that this music and this art that we were creating has really connected with people.” To show appreciation for the fan support, the Dirty Guv’nahs have slated two appearances within a week of one another in Knoxville. The first will be Tuesday, August 14, at 6 p.m. at the Disc Exchange on Chapman Highway. The event is not only a free concert with catered food and drinks, but also the band’s release party for the album that the fan support created. While the Disc Exchange event is certain to draw a large crowd, it is the band’s second free performance that is sure to be the highlight of their two concert stay in town, as on Friday, August 17, the band will play a free show at Market Square. “The free show at Market Square is us
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saying ‘Thank you,’” Trimble said. “I believe that it was around 65 percent of all the money raised during the Kickstarter campaign was raised here in East Tennessee. So instead of us throwing another show at the Bijou or the Tennessee Theatre, we just thought that we wanted to do a free show to say thanks... It’s going to be fun, we got some great opening bands.” These two stops in town are the first local shows for the band since a two-night stand at the Bijou Theatre in February. For fans of the Guvs, especially those that donated to the campaign, these concerts are a well-deserved thank you.
“I think they’re a great local band,” said Kathleen Carlson, junior in history. “... I wish I wasn’t going to be out of town. But if I was in town, I wouldn’t miss them for the world.” For the band, it is fan support like this that has made their own dreams of music careers possible. “Our fans are all we have,” Trimble said. “We don’t have some big budget machine running behind us. We don’t have some major record label pumping money in. We have who our fans are, and without that we don’t have a career. We’re just extremely thankful for each and every one of them.”
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Three Questions: Special Teams Matt Dixon Sports Editor
Preston Peeden Managing Editor Who will be Tennessee’s field goal kicker, punter and kickoff specialist, and can they b e d e p e n d a bl e ? Michael Palardy battled injuries and inconsistency since arriving in Knoxville as one of the top high school kickers. The junior has served as placekicker, punter and kickoff specialist at times in each of the past two seasons. Coach Derek Dooley doesn’t want one player handling all three roles, but Palardy has given the Volunteers the best option. He’s made 14 of 21 field goals in his career, and averaged 37.3 yards per punt. This fall, Palardy insists that he is the healthiest and the most confident he’s been since high school after battling lingering injuries throughout his legs, though the 32-yard field goal he missed in the Orange and White Game might beg to differ. Freshman George Bullock was brought in to challenge Palardy and junior walk-one Derrick Brodus (the one from the frat house) at placekicker and at kickoff specialist. Sophomore punter Matt Darr, another incredibly talented high school prospect who has yet to live up to his billing, has also dealt with his fair share of inconsistency issues. Last year, he punted 40 times for 38.1 yards per kick. This year, expect Palardy to at least get the first shot at field goals while Bullock handles kickoff duties. Darr should be
improved enough to handle punting on a full-time basis, but coaches could use Palardy on directional kicking like they did last year. Who will be the kickoff and punt return ers? It’s no secret Tennessee has struggled at returning in recent years. Last year freshman Devrin Young handled both kickoff and punt returns once he was healthy after breaking his collarbone in summer workouts. The 5-foot-8, 172-pound Young is an elusive returner who has also impressed coaches at running back. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson scored six touchdowns returning kicks and punts last year in junior college and has been working at returner in fall camp. Depending on how fast Patterson picks up the offense (his return abilities have been compared to a young Randy Moss), coaches could see extensive work in the return game, similar to the way they used Da’Rick Rogers in 2010. As long as Young continues to field punts cleanly and regain some of the explosiveness he had early in the season, he’ll the Vols’ main punt returner this fall. Patterson will get the first look opposite Young at kick returner, and running back Marlin Lane could also get some chances. What affects will the new kickoff rules have? Beginning this year, kickoffs will be from the 30 to the 35-yard line in an effort to
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Tailback Devrin Young returns the ball during the Orange and White game on April 21. reduce injuries. In theory, this will produce more touchbacks with fewer returns. Tennessee only had six touchbacks in 48 attempts last year. Palardy handled most of the kickoffs last year, but with his past injury concerns, it would be best for the Vols if someone else, possibly Bullock, to be the full-time kickoff specialists.
The flip-side of the new rule change will also be a further reduction in the dangerousness and the effectiveness of Vols’ already tepid return game. With kickoffs going deeper and deeper than ever before, the coaches might start convincing their return men to settle for taking a knee, instead of trying to bring one out.
Two former Vols win bronze Staff Reports
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LONDON — Sunday was a very rewarding day for the Tennessee track & field program, as two highly-decorated alums raced to bronze medals at Olympic Stadium. Former Lady Vol DeeDee Trotter and Vol product Justin Gatlin completed dramatic career comebacks by racing their way to bronze medals in the women’s 400-meter dash and the men’s 100-meter dash, respectively. Three-time Olympian Trotter was the first to earn a spot on the podium. Making her first Olympic final appearance since placing fifth in the 400-meter dash in 2004, Trotter put together a season-best readout of 49.72 seconds to earn her second career medal at the Games to go along with a gold medal won with the USA 4x400m relay unit in 2004. She became the first Lady Vol to earn an individual event medal at the Olympics since LaVonna Martin grabbed silver in the 100m hurdles in 1992. Trotter, who barely made the Olympics in 2008 after suffering several injuries, has gradually made the climb back to the elite level of sprinting she displayed in 2004. Racing confidently and aggressively, she went for the top spot on the podium on Sunday and led coming down the home stretch. She didn’t have quite enough reserve left at the end, and American teammate Sanya Richards-Ross (49.55) and Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu (49.70) overtook her for gold and silver. “Getting out there and trying to really get after it, it came down to that home stretch and I was in a good position to take home the gold, but I just came up short,” Trotter said. “I got snipped at the line for the silver, but to get a bronze medal and an individual medal has been the highlight of my career, I couldn't be prouder, all the
glory to God for giving me the opportunity. “I’m glad we brought the gold medal back home. Sanya Richards-Ross worked very hard. If anyone had to get it, I’m glad it was her. She has been working her butt off, and it is a lifetime dream for her. I’m very happy to see her have such a fantastic race and complete that dream.” Gatlin, who like Trotter starred at the 2004 Games, sped to a career-best 9.79 effort to grab third and complete an improbable comeback for a sprinter. If not for the Jamaican juggernaut of Usain Bolt (gold, Olympic record 9.63) and Yohan Blake (silver, 9.75), Gatlin would have been standing on the top rung of the victory stand for the USA. The third-place effort resulted in the fourth Olympic medal of Gatlin's career. The winner of gold (100m), silver (4x100m relay) and bronze (200m) in 2004, Gatlin served a four-year ban from the sport and missed the 2008 Olympiad. Many felt his career was over, but the former Big Orange NCAA champion gradually proved the doubters wrong during his comeback and capped a return to prominence with his performance at the 2012 Games. “It just feels good to be back,” Gatlin said. “A dream. I have been sitting in my room, in the Village. I am here, eight years later. My journey, coming back - it has been a lot. “I just wanted to get on that podium and to be there for my country. All of the people in the stands with flags. They are there for us, so I wanted to be there for them.” Trotter and Gatlin should have an additional medal opportunity in London. Both are part of the USA relay pools for the women’s 4x400m unit and the men’s 4x100m tandem, respectively. The first rounds of those events are set for Aug. 10.