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Smartphones give students mobile access Maria Lund Staff Writer Students may be changing the way they prepare for class. Today’s newest technology allows everyone to keep up-to-date with their schedule by using devices a small as a deck of playing cards. From checking course schedules and e-mail to writing papers, one small device — the smartphone — is making it possible to

study on the go. Students here at UT seem to be taking full advantage of the benefits this technology offers. Will Veale, student assistant at the UT Office of Information Technology, said iPhones are one of the most common things he sees people using. “They have Internet access and are Wi-Fi capable, which is something that is available all over campus,” Veale said. “Plus they’re a small device which you can take anywhere. People

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David Heise, a sophomore in computer engineering, and Jeff Hatch, a senior in electrical engineering, use the wireless Internet between classes.

come in all the time to get Wi-Fi set up on their phones. Plus you don’t have to pay for it through your monthly AT&T subscription.” Smartphone use is on the rise across the United States. The cell-phone news Web site http://www.cellular-news.com reported that, in a recent survey of 300 college students, 27 percent said they use a smartphone. Eric Lehman, senior in electrical engineering, is just one of many smartphone users on campus. “My Palm Pre often takes the place of bringing my laptop to school,” Lehman said. “The newest generation of smartphones let me have constant access to my e-mail, calendar and contacts, which is great because I don’t have to wait to boot up my computer or find a Wi-Fi hotspot. I can also load class documents, which helps during study sessions or to forward notes to other people in my classes.” While Lehman prefers to rely mostly on his phone, some students still use a laptop as their main way to stay connected with what’s going on around UT. “I use my iPhone sometimes,” David Roe, senior in business, said. “If I forgot my laptop, I use it to log on to Blackboard and check to see if I forgot an assignment. I have used it to Google search occasionally if I don’t know what my professor is talking about.” Roe does not feel that he can always trust his phone to give him the information he needs. “I have considered just using my iPhone instead of my laptop, but I tried that last fall when I had to look something up for finals last minute,” he said. “I think everyone else was doing the same thing because the connection was horrible. My laptop is a better choice because I feel like it’s more reliable.” For those who don’t want to make the switch from a laptop to a smartphone, Veale said another popular option is the netbook. “They’re just small laptops, mainly just used for the Internet,” he said. “They’re limited in ability, but they are low in cost.” Lehman maintains that his smartphone will continue to be his go-to device. “It’s convenient,” he said. “It can do everything I need it to do, and it’s the easiest way to stay connected.” One thing is for sure about smartphones: their ever-changing capabilities mean that phones are not just for texting friends in class anymore.

Cherokee campus developing Will Brewer Staff Writer Construction on the energy-efficient Join Institute for Advanced Materials, a sustainable research facility, will begin this fall on the Cherokee Farms campus. The Cherokee Farms campus is located along Alcoa Highway about five minutes from the Knoxville campus. It is used for multiple purposes. John Nolt, former Faculty Senate president for the 2008-2009 academic year, said that initially the campus had been used for public and private resources. However, in the past year, Interim President Jan Simek has decided to switch the campus and utilize it for UT facilities. The idea that the Cherokee campus should be used for UT purposes was initially championed by former Chancellor Loren Crabtree. Simek decided to follow Crabtree’s plan for developing the Cherokee campus, and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has strongly pursued the plan in his first year. While Crabtree wanted the control of the campus to be part of the chancellor’s job description, Cheek has decided to designate that control to other faculty members. The first significant addition to the Cherokee Farms campus will be the construction of energy-efficient research buildings. As part of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s energy efficiency plan, solar power and geothermal drilling will become part of the Cherokee Farms campus. The funding will come largely from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package.

“The solar power and energy from geothermal drilling will be used, both actively and passively, to power, heat and cool the buildings,” Nolt said. “The energy that is procured will also be harnessed for future purposes.” The main building being constructed on the Cherokee Farms campus is the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, which will conduct research on sustainability. The institute is expected to meet the LEED certification of energy efficiency and sustainability. “I am really looking forward to witnessing the progress of the Cherokee Farms campus. I believe it will be a source of pride for the UT campus,” Nolt said. There are many new ideas for the campus, including starting a childcare facility for the children of UT staff and faculty. “The childcare facility idea came to the Faculty Senate a couple of years ago but was not approved by the administration,” Nolt said. “When Chancellor Cheek arrived on campus, he immediately picked up the idea and ran with it.” Students may not have heard much about the Cherokee developments, but Megan Wanee, senior in political science, is excited about the prospects of an energy-efficient campus that has the potential to harness solar and geothermal energy for research purposes. “I’m really excited that UT will finally be able to compete in the field of sustainability research,” Wanee said. “I’m also glad that the state of Tennessee is allocating stimulus money for this purpose. If Chancellor Crabtree were still here, he would be proud that his ideas were finally coming to fruition.”

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Doctoral students Sumit Goswami and Ritin Sharma converse over coffee at Starbucks in the University Center Wednesday afternoon.

Internships provide workplace credibility Eva Posner Staff Writer Students planning their last few semesters at UT might be missing out on graduate school and job opportunities if they don’t gain real-world experience before graduation. According to the university’s Web site, there are 21,132 undergraduates at UT alone. With large graduating classes coming not only from UT but from all across the country, competition for positions, especially in this economy, is more brutal than ever, Mary Mahoney, assistant director of Career Services, said. The good news is there are a number of ways for students to

stand out among the crowd, and internships are one of the best. When applying for a job or graduate program, an internship on a resume greatly increases chances of acceptance, Mahoney said. “I can’t put enough emphasis on the advantage of experience,” Mahoney said. “It really gives the student a competitive edge.” Mahoney said an internship is simply experience that relates to the student’s major or chosen career path. While most companies offer summer internships, there are also opportunities in the spring and fall semesters as well as six-month internships and year-round, parttime positions. Though it is possible that a student may have to relocate, there should be something to

fit most anyone motivated enough to try. There are many resources available through the university to help with the process of finding and applying for an internship. The Hire-A-Vol system offered by Career Services is one example. Students can register on the Web site, post their resumes on the database and receive information on internships and other career opportunities. Career Services also offers smaller, major-specific sessions throughout the year and campuswide job fairs twice a year. Popular options for UT students range from Knox County Schools to Disney and from Scripps Network to Oak Ridge National

Laboratory. Frannie Powell, senior in finance, interned for Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C., this summer. As an intern in their intercompany accounting department, Powell was given responsibility and treated like any other employee. “Everyone was very helpful,” Powell said. “I knew I could ask anyone if I had a question. I didn’t make copies once.” Powell said the most useful thing she learned is networking. She said she feels her foot is in the door — not only at Bank of America but also in the corporate culture. Her best advice is to practice for interviews and to be proactive. Mahoney agrees. “Sometimes the student needs to contact the

company and plant the idea,” she said. Just because something is not advertised does not mean there is no opportunity there, especially if the student agrees to work for free. Some majors, like hotel, restaurant and tourism management and education, require internships to graduate. Other colleges, such as the College of Social Work, require field placement. Some schools, such as the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, require a practicum, which is a shorter internship for class credit. Mahoney encourages any student in any major to somehow gain experience in the field before graduation.


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Thursday, Aug. 27 —

Last day to return books to the UT Book & Supply Store if not dropping the course.

The City of Knoxville is now accepting applications for students interested in serving on the mayor’s UT Student Advisory Board. Members of the Student Advisory Board will meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:45 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room. For more details and an application, visit http://www.cityofknoxville.org. Applications are due Sept. 7. 3:40 p.m. until 5 p.m. Ned A. Porter, chemistry professor at Vanderbilt University, will lead a Chemistry Department seminar titled “Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and 7-dehydrocholesterol as targets of oxidative stress” in Room 415 of Buehler Hall.

Friday, Aug. 28 — Last day to register, add, change grading options for or drop a full session course without a “W.” 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. CPC Film Committee will show the film “Star Trek” in the UC Auditorium. Entrance is $2 with a UT ID and $3 without.

Saturday, Aug. 29 — 8 a.m. Part of The Man Run for prostate cancer awareness, the 5K race starts at 8 a.m.The one-mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.To register, visit http://www.edgereg.com, event name The Man Run, or call 3058577.

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Junior Pat Bearistow takes a break from his Marketing studies by reading Christopher Moore’s “A Dirty Job” in the Amphitheater Wednesday afternoon.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY The stage is set for the Second Battle of Bull Run on this day when Confederate cavalry under General Fitzhugh Lee enter Manassas Junction and capture the rail center. Union General John Pope’s Army of Virginia was soon on its way, and the two armies would clash on Aug. 29. In August 1862, the action shifted from the James Peninsula, southeast of Richmond, to northern Virginia. The peninsula had been the scene of a major campaign in June, when Union General George McClellan and his Army of the Potomac attempted to capture Richmond but were thwarted by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in the Seven Days’ Battles.

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Wednesday, Aug. 26 12:12 a.m. — Skateboarders at White Avenue Parking Garage 12:45 a.m. — Suspicious male and female at Pratt Pavilion 12:58 a.m. — Harassing phone calls at Massey Hall 3:54 a.m. — Three suspicious persons on Highland Avenue

— Courtesy of History.com — Compiled from a media log provided to The Daily Beacon by the University of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Jury hears pleas in slayings case The Associated Press

UT and Vandy join to form SEC Academic Network KNOXVILLE and NASHVILLE —The University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University have joined with the 10 other Southeastern Conference institutions to launch the SEC Academic Network, a Web site designed to promote academic endeavors of SEC universities in partnership with ESPN and the member universities. “This new Web site will help UT Knoxville take advantage of our national athletic prominence to enhance our academic reputation,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “It is a great addition to the array of methods we use to reach out to those beyond our campus to share our successes in research, teaching and service to the community.” “Vanderbilt is looking forward to this new opportunity to partner with our SEC colleagues to showcase the excellence that exists within the classrooms, laboratories and service organizations on each of our campuses,” Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “The SEC’s dominance as an athletic conference is well established; this new Web site will help make as clear the rigor, diversity and creativity driving each institution’s academic programs.” The Academic Network, developed using technology and coordination from ESPN Digital Media and Origin Digital, features content from every institution ranging from research, innovation and economic development to community partnerships, civic engagement and service. “The commitment to highlight the accomplishments of SEC member institutions’ academic programs was a key component of our new television agreements,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “We are grateful to ESPN for providing our institutions this technology, which had previously been utilized exclusively for athletic events.” Each institution has its own page that includes videos categorized by topic on the site. Alumni, fans and students worldwide now have the ability in one place to learn more about SEC academics through video features that are posted by the league institutions. Former UT educator dies at 59 Sam Brown, award-winning local broadcast journalist, was found dead at his West Knoxville home Tuesday morning. He was 59, and his death appears to be from natural causes, said Knoxville Police Department Capt. Gary Holliday. “There were no signs of foul play,” Holliday said. The body was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where it will be examined, Holliday said. “We got a call from Mr. Brown’s family,” Holliday said. “They were concerned because no one had seen or heard from him in around five days. They authorized the Knoxville Fire Department to force an entry, and Mr. Brown was found there in the house.” Brown was an investigative reporter and anchorman for WATETV for many years. He later worked for WKXT, the forerunner to WVLT, Channel 8, WIVK radio and Knowledge Source, a Knoxvillebased company that recruits U.S. and Canadian candidates to teach English in Asia. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee.

— Compiled from http://www.utk.edu

The jury that convicted the first of four defendants in the brutal carjacking, rape and murder of a young Tennessee couple heard emotional testimony Wednesday from family members on whether he should live or die. The six men and six women on the jury, brought from Nashville to avoid the bias of pretrial publicity, convicted Letalvis “Rome” Cobbins, 26, on Tuesday after a week-long trial in the 2007 carjacking slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and her 23-year-old boyfriend Christopher Newsom. The jury found Cobbins guilty on 33 of 38 counts, including first-degree murder and felony murder in Christian’s death, which can bring the death penalty. The jury will decide if Cobbins will be sent to Death Row or spend life in prison with or without a chance of parole. Christian’s parents from Knoxville pleaded for a death sentence as justice for their tortured daughter. Cobbins’ sisters and cousins from Memphis asked for mercy. Both families expressed profound regret that they couldn’t have done more to avert the tragedy. Gary Christian led friends on a search for his daughter when she failed to show up for work at a mall shoe store on Jan. 7, 2007, after being out on a date with Newsom the night before. They found the University of Tennessee student’s carjacked sport utility vehicle

in an inner-city neighborhood but no sign of her. Police later found Christian’s body stuffed in a trash can in a house a few blocks away. She had been raped repeatedly, beaten, choked and finally suffocated in plastic bags. “Someday I hope that I get to tell her that I am sorry,” Christian told the jury. “I was just down the street. I was trying. But I didn’t hear her. I couldn’t hear her cries.” Medical experts had testified Christian was likely already dead. Newsom’s raped, shot and partially burned body was found in the area along some railroad tracks. “Neither Chris or Channon deserved what happened to them,” Channon’s mother, Deena Christian, said. “They did nothing wrong.” Misha Davidson, Cobbins’ older sister, testified that their mother used drugs and was frequently absent, and Cobbins’ father was rarely around. The children had stability when they lived with a great aunt, but after she died, they were basically on their own. Cobbins was 14 then. “He is not a killer,” she wept repeatedly from the stand. “I am just so sorry to the family that this has happened, too. I cannot imagine their pain,” she said looking to the Christians. “You may look at me and hate me for what happened, but I love my brother.” Assistant District Attorney Takisha Fitzgerald told the jury that the state

UT administration hopes to shift focus beyond Knoxville The Associated Press PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee officials say the system is about more than Knoxville. “I think there is a perception issue,” UT Board Vice Chairman Jim Murphy said during a daylong workshop at Fall Creek Falls State Park. “We’ve grown up from a system that was really Knoxvilledriven, and it’s not anymore.” The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that

Interim UT President Jan Simek told trustees and campus officials that moving the administrative offices off the Knoxville campus might help make the distinction. The UT system includes the medical school in Memphis, UT-Chattanooga and UT-Martin, as well as the Knoxville campus. It also encompasses the Space Institute in Tullahoma, the Institute of Public Service and the Institute of Agriculture.

was seeking a death sentence based on three factors: that Christian’s murder was “especially heinous”; that it was done to eliminate Christian as a witness and avoid arrest; and that it involved additional crimes of rape and robbery. “Follow the law,” defense attorney Scott Green told the jury, “but also your head and your heart.” Cobbins’ mother recently died. His father lives in Knoxville but told family members he didn’t want anything to do with his son or the trial. Cobbins lived in New York for a while, then moved back to Memphis. He finally moved to Lebanon, Ky., a few years ago to work for the JobCorps program. He came to Knoxville to visit his older half brother Lemaricus Davidson, 28, who moved here after completing a prison sentence for carjacking in West Tennessee. Cobbins’ family testified he was a sweet boy and loving uncle. But he had difficulty standing up to his often-angry and manipulative older brother Davidson, the alleged ringleader in the Christian-Newsom slayings. Cobbins admitted he raped Christian but said Davidson killed Christian and the carjacking was Davidson’s idea. Davidson is scheduled to be tried next month. Also awaiting trial are Cobbins’ friend George Thomas, 26, and girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman, 21, both of Lebanon, Ky. All are charged with murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Owners of ‘Rocky Top’ sue A&E after network uses song without permission The Associated Press NASHVILLE — The owners to the rights of “Rocky Top,” the song that’s played frequently throughout football season in Tennessee, are suing the television network A&E for using the song without permission. The federal lawsuit, filed in June, accuses the network of inserting the iconic tune in a 12-second video clip for a true crime television documentary set in Knoxville, even after the owners said

A&E could not do it. Felice and Boudleoux Bryant penned the song in 1967, and the couple’s children own the rights to it under the corporate name House of Bryant. Nashville attorney Robb Harvey, A&E’s legal counsel, declined to discuss the case with The Tennessean newspaper, and an attorney for House of Bryant, a Gatlinburg-based company, did not return calls for comment. See ROCKY TOP on Page 5


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Libertarian thinks columnist’s dismissals childish I typically do not allow myself to get worked up over the statist writings of The Daily Beacon’s columnists who supposedly represent the only two sides allowed a voice in modern political thought. I do, however, feel compelled to respond to Sam Smith’s Aug. 21 column “Dissenters should employ logic, tact” for his remarkable failure to heed his own advice; although, since he is not dissenting, I suppose he feels no need for logic or tact. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a 36-year-old uninsured, diabetic, Libertarian with sometimes severe pain in my knees and feet due to some unfortunate birth defects. Repeated comparisons between Bush and Hitler should have taught us that reasoned discussion and debate tend to be ignored, and impassioned sensationalism is more effective. The “death panel” argument is born out of reasoned thought and observation of other universal “health care” systems. It presents a legitimate, if sensationalized, concern of many who may require expensive treatment in later life. The health care problem has its root in government intervention, namely the wage and price controls instituted by FDR, and the solution cannot be found in the institution of government. Smith’s classification of these dissenting ideas as “stupid,” and those who passionately hold them as “a danger to this nation” is childish. There is neither time nor space to fully rebuke the idea of universal health insurance here, but it is important to realize that it is not health care. I have known many poor people, and, although many have been denied insurance, none that I have known have been denied required health care. Smith’s inability to recognize reason and logic may be a reflection of his own intellect but not mine. I dissent, and, as a Libertarian, a view sadly absent from this publication, my dissent is based in reason, logic and a dedication to the ideal of liberty. If Smith wishes to find reasoned dissent then he need not look far; however, I fear a dedication to rhetoric and a desire to feel superior to his peers is his real motivating factor. William Shipley Senior in mechanical engineering

Anti-abortion banner forces message onto public Sometimes I really hate America. Not all of it. I’ve spent the last eight years of my life defending it. Most of the time, I love it. But sometimes I really hate the lack of class I observe. To clarify, I spent the majority of my time with the military in Japan and the Middle East. I moved home last November and started back to college over the summer. While the transition has been mostly easy (at least in comparison to my wife, who is native Japanese), culture shock does at times slap me right in the face. It got me pretty good on Monday. I live at Sutherland Apartments. Monday, my son noticed a plane flying overhead trailing a banner. Fortunately, he is 3. To him planes are simply amazing. He also can’t read yet, so he missed the anti-abortion message and probably didn’t identify the aborted fetus next to it. I guess I’m lucky that my kid is not 6 or 7 (then I might have to explain all about abortions to him, right? Because, of course, that’s a conversation every parent wants to be forced into with a child). I appreciate the fact that abortion is a divisive issue in America. I also appreciate the fact that many people have very strong views on it. However, I totally reject this way of graphically and indiscriminately forcing this on anyone who happens to look up. It amazes me that we Americans can be so dedicated to preventing exposure of our children to pornography, yet seemingly apathetic about their exposure to violence or extremely “adult” topics, such as abortion. I was always somewhat surprised that, in Japan, several newspapers carry pictures of topless women and that many people on the trains read these newspapers with little attempt to cover those pictures. However, upon reflection, I really think, given the choice, I would rather have my kid exposed to the topless photos. It’s easier to explain and, honestly, he’s seen breasts before. An aborted fetus, on the other hand, is something he hasn’t been exposed to and is something I would rather him not discover till he is at least old enough to reproduce. Certainly the last place I want him to learn about it is from an airplane. Jason Ammons Junior in art and anthropology SUPER BROCCOLI • Sumter & Starnes

Enjoy life through forgetting trivial things An A l ternate R o u te by

Leigh Dickey

Am I assuming too much if I say that most of us have had a rough past couple of weeks? A swine flu epidemic, Greek rush, Greek rush parties, hangovers from Greek rush parties, starting classes, starting college, having responsibilities and deadlines again after a summer of “One Tree Hill” and Chianti. (What? That’s just me?) Quite a jarring few weeks. It’s almost too much to handle, and it’s disconcerting to say the least. But why is that? Why am I surprised when things don’t go my way? Why do I think that all my weeks should be easy breezy? For some reason, I have this thought at the back of my mind that I should always get what I want or get to do what I want to do, that I have a right to happiness at all costs. I only recently became aware of how strongly this idea affects me and my actions and has affected me for as long as I can remember. I thought I would talk about it for a moment today because maybe this idea is at the back of your mind too, and you haven’t noticed it either. I think I shouldn’t have to work hard to get what I want; that it shouldn’t rain on my way to class because I don’t want to get wet; that my favorite TV show should come on at a more convenient time, when I don’t have that weekly meeting; that something is wrong if I am somehow prevented from doing what I want to do at all times. When things, inevitably, don’t go may way, I react like a petulant child with anger, irritability, frustration, tears, ... the list, for me at least, could go on. Why did I bring up this cheery topic of unhappiness? Surely, if you weren’t having a bad day before you read this, you are now. (Like the Ellen DeGeneres stand-up about depression medication commercials: “Are you

sad? Do you feel lonely?” “Well, I do now!”) I think that sometimes our focus in life is too narrow, and we make things harder than they have to be. Far be it from me to lecture or preach to you: I promise, that’s the last thing I want to do. But maybe in learning from my mistakes (and there are plenty of them) you can prevent a few of your own. A key I’ve found, in all the questionable wisdom of my 21 years, is to remember that most things in life aren’t that important like those cheesy posters in middle school said: 50 years from now, will (fill-in-theblank-here) matter? Maybe, for you, it will indeed matter 20 years down the road that you didn’t get into this or that sorority, that you failed that class, that your girlfriend dumped you. I am not one to tell you how to prioritize your life. Did I mention that my summer consisted almost wholly of “One Tree Hill” episodes? Who I am to judge? Instead I would like to say this: Think about what’s truly important to you, and let everything else fall to the wayside. (This is coming from the girl who, as my brother said, is low maintenance as long as everything goes exactly my way.) Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the forest for the sake of the trees, I know. Nobody’s perfect, which is precisely why we, or at least I, need to be able to let go of my own preferences once in awhile and let things slide past me. If, I have found, you can not only let less important things slide by, but laugh at them as they go, you’ll be much better equipped to navigate this road we call life. “Life is too important,” Oscar Wilde said, “to be taken seriously.” So permit yourself to laugh at those situations that could otherwise frustrate or embarrass you. Odds are no one saw you slip on the stairs anyway. They are much too busy worrying whether anyone saw them slip. And if all else fails, feel free to laugh at me. I embarrass myself constantly, and it’s healthy to have people laugh to me (or hopefully with me) every now and then. No one should take themselves too seriously. Have a good week, everyone. —Leigh Dickey is a junior in global studies. She can be reached at ldickey2@utk.edu.

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Just as the scientific community has worked to change the face and public perception of intelligent design, the political agenda of intelligent design and the subsequent controversies surrounding its place in the science classrooms of America have influenced the goals of leading scientists. Admittedly, this is no new phenomenon. Since “creation science” was ruled unconstitutional in the late 1980s (thus introducing intelligent design), many scientists have published a spectrum of ideas seeking to clarify the philosophical, cultural and scientific implications of evolution by natural selection. These range all the way from Richard Dawkins’ “The Blind Watchmaker” to Catholic (and anti-creationist) biologist Kenneth Miller's “Finding Darwin's God.” Lately, however, due to the relatively recent (and very forceful) attempts at placing intelligent design into science classrooms, the goal of many of these scientists is shifting from examining the reconcilability of the concepts of faith and reason to exposing and clarifying exactly what evolution is to a lay audience. Theoretically, this will enlighten an American public notorious for being ignorant when it comes to science and evolution. As though the effort isn’t loud enough, Dawkins has installed another chapter into his crusade for evolution entitled “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.” As the subtitle states, this piece is largely focused on displaying how science has failed to disprove the hypothesis of evolution by natural selection, elevating it to the status of a widely accepted theory. The book is set to release on Sept. 22 in the United States. Two brief excerpts are available on Dawkins’ Web site, http://www.richarddawkins.net. Coming fresh on the heels of 2006’s “The God Delusion,” Dawkins is quick to note in chapter one that his new book is not intended to be antireligious in nature. “I’ve done that, it’s another T-shirt, this is not the place to wear it again,” he said. Despite this early implicit plea for peace with religious readers, however, Dawkins wastes no time alienating young

Earth creationists (those who believe the Earth is no more than 10,000 years old), his “target audience.” Chapter one begins by drawing parallels between the Holocaust denial and creationist/intelligent design movements. Both ignore very crucial parts of history, Dawkins says, and “the evidence for evolution is at least as strong as the evidence for the Holocaust, even allowing for eye witnesses to the Holocaust.” Dawkins never elucidates what exactly makes the two equally provable, but I assume he is referencing genetic similarities between different life forms and small observed divergences in species in the last hundred years. Even if this parallel were to ring true, Dawkins scares away any remaining creationists with the chapter’s next section. Initially lauding many religious figures who have accepted evolution as a scientific fact, he then proceeds to criticize them for not going full tilt and promoting anti-creationist and anti-intelligent design agendas while increasing scientific literacy. He even accuses them of misleading their congregations to promote misconceptions about scripture. Referring to leading religious figures who accept evolution as fact, “... It would be nice if they’d put a bit more effort into combating the anti-scientific nonsense that they deplore.” The question is: If Dawkins’ goal is to educate the public on the validity of evolution, will those unaccepting of evolution tolerate such an antireligious tone from the leading figure of the new atheist movement? It’s hard to tell without a copy of the text in hand, but based on the introductory chapter, things do not look promising. As an aspiring scientist, I can appreciate Dawkins’ attempt to take part in this perceived shift in popular scientific writing to emphasize public education and its relevance to society. However, as long as some leading figures in evolutionary biology (Dawkins certainly isn’t the only one) lace their tomes with anti-religious or anti-faith sentiments, I fear that, in the near future, many attempts at increasing scientific literacy will be dismissed as ideological in nature. When organizations like the National Center for Science Education are busy defending the teaching of evolution in schools and making allies with faith-based organizations, perhaps another blazing piece by the world’s favorite atheist isn’t exactly what the American public needs. — Cody Swallows is a senior in the College Scholars Program. He can be reached at codyswallows@gmail.com.


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Sen. Ted Kennedy dies at age 77 The Associated Press BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of his brothers fell to assassins’ bullets, has died at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77. For nearly a half-century in the Senate, Kennedy was a steadfast champion of the working class and the poor, a powerful voice on health care, civil rights and war and peace. To the American public, though, he was best known as the last surviving son of America’s most glamorous political family, the eulogist of a clan shattered again and again by tragedy. His family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the statement said. “We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.” Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, when his brother John was president, and served longer than all but two senators in history. Over the decades, he put his imprint on every major piece of social legislation to clear the Congress. His own hopes of reaching the White House were damaged — per-

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haps doomed — in 1969 by the scandal that came to be known as Chappaquiddick, an auto accident that left a young woman dead. Kennedy — known to family, friends and foes simply as Ted — ended his quest for the presidency in 1980 with a stirring valedictory that echoed across the decades: “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.” The third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history, Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent surgery and a grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy. His death late Tuesday comes just weeks after that of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Aug. 11. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kennedy’s son Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said his father had defied the predictions of doctors by surviving more than a year in his fight against brain cancer. The younger Kennedy said that gave family members a surprise blessing, as they were able to spend more time with the senator and to tell him how much he had meant to their lives. The younger Kennedy said his father’s legacy was built largely in the Senate. “He has authored more pieces of major legislation than any other United States senator,” Patrick Kennedy said in the interview. “He is the penultimate senator. I don’t need to exaggerate when I talk about my

Brothers. The university has a special license to perform the song, and the clip used in the show was played by the university’s marching band. One of the owners of the song, Del Bryant, is president and chief executive officer of the performance rights organization BMI. The other, Dane Bryant, is a Music Row real estate agent. Both declined to comment to the newspaper on the case. The lawsuit said A&E sought a license to use the song, but the owners turned down the request “due to the nature of the material contained in the planned program.” According to filings in the case, the television company said the way it used the song falls within its legal free speech rights. They claim they used “Rocky Top” to comment on Knoxville’s culture in the same way a journalist might. Mills said using a song without its owner’s permission based on that legal concept can be a bit of a risk, but in A&E’s case, she said, it seems to be a reasonable argument. “If the filmmaker did not use the music, he would not be accurately, factually portraying what happened” at the football game, Mills said. Hetcher said the network will have an uphill battle proving its case because A&E is a commercial enterprise and the song doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the crime that is the focus of the episode. “I would predict strongly that (A&E) is going to lose, or they are going to settle,” Hetcher said. “To me, it’s not even close.”

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father. That’s the amazing thing. He breaks all the records himself.” Ted Kennedy fought his way back to Capitol Hill that summer to cast a pivotal vote for the Democrats on Medicare. He made sure he was there again last January to see his former Senate colleague Barack Obama sworn in as the nation’s first black president, only to collapse in fatigue at a celebratory luncheon afterward. He died without seeing his dream of universal health care come true. From his sickbed earlier this summer, he worked the phones, making a final push for what he called “the cause of my life” in a rousing speech at the Democratic convention last August. Wildly popular among Democrats, Kennedy routinely won re-election by large margins. He grew comfortable in his role as Republican foil and leader of his party’s liberal wing. President George W. Bush welcomed Kennedy to the Rose Garden on several occasions as he signed bills that the Democrat helped write. “He’s the kind of person who will state his case, sometimes quite eloquently and vociferously, and then on another issue will come along and you can work with him,” Bush said shortly before his first term began in 2001. But Bush was also the target of some of Kennedy’s sharpest attacks. Kennedy assailed the Iraq war as Bush’s Vietnam, a conflict “made up in Texas” and marketed by the Bush administration for political gain. Kennedy’s memoir, “True Compass,” is set to be published in the fall.

Steven Hetcher, co-director of Vanderbilt University’s technology and entertainment law program, said, as the music industry looks for new revenue sources, one of the most promising outlets is the sale of song rights for multimedia use. The lawsuit claims unlicensed use of the song could hurt their ability to sell it in the future. “Sometimes people in the music business around town have the idea that you can use a clip if it is under so many seconds,” Hetcher said. “The reality is, there is no hard-and-fast rule.” The program, called “City Confidential,” was highlighting an attempted contract killing in Knoxville in 1994. The episode first aired in 2004. Early in the episode, there are scenes of Knoxville and East Tennessee, including the Great Smoky Mountains and a nuclear power plant. The episode then shows a photo of a University of Tennessee football player, and the familiar refrain from “Rocky Top” plays in the background. “I’m sure many people think ‘Rocky Top’ is in the public domain — it’s so ubiquitous in Tennessee,” said Nashville attorney Paige Mills, who specializes in intellectual property litigation. She is not involved in the case. “Rocky Top” is one of several official state songs of Tennessee and has been recorded by several artists including Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and the Everly

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Popular I-House Culture Night events become week-long fare Katharine Heriges Entertainment Editor Fans of the International House’s perennial favorite Culture Nights series will have something new to look forward to this year. For 2009, the I-House decided to offer a new way to organize its culture-based social events: by giving each culture its own week in the spotlight, starting with Caribbean Week. “We’ve been talking for quite a while about how to organize and promote some of our activities, and it came to the idea of thematic weeks,” Lee Rhea, director of the I-House, said. “Over the summer it came together as an idea everyone got really excited about.” “My hope is that in the future, we can do more of that — if (a group) is doing something already, then we could tailor our schedule around that,” Rhea said. “We’re doing a lot of the same programs we’ve always been doing, but this way there will be more attention paid to each particular culture.” Weeks planned for this semester include Korea Week, Greece Week, India Week and Middle East Week. Rhea said that Japan Week, which is Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, is looking particularly promising at the moment. Next week will be Africa Week. Rhea explained that, often

when the I-House gets a chance to do a program for a relatively underrepresented culture, like African, on UT’s campus, it usually has to squeeze all of Africa into one event. “And of course, there’s lots of cultures within Africa,” he said. “So (the new schedule) allows us to cover lots of different aspects of the culture.” He also said that even a large country like China has a vast amount of perspectives that could be covered in more than just one Culture Night or even one semester. China is one of the groups that will likely get another week in the spring semester, and Rhea said that any groups that get another opportunity to do a culture week will have a completely different focus from the programs the group presented in the fall. Africa Week will consist of a film viewing of South African film “Tsotsi” on Monday, a cooking demonstration for the Coffee House at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and a Cultural Expressions feature event for Wednesday in place of a more traditional Culture Night. “We’re going to have a lot of the same things we have on a Culture Night,” Rhea said. “We’re not going to have a full meal; it’s going to be a snack. There will be an African storyteller; we’re going to have a band come in to play, and we’ll have a craft demonstration.” He added that the Cultural Expressions series will be free, unlike the Culture Nights, which sell tickets to pay for the meal that the group provides. So far, the series has had a positive response from the IHouse faithful. See I-HOUSE on Page 7

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Hall of Fame pop music songwriter dies The Associated Press Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote some of pop music’s most enduring songs, including “Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby” and “Leader of the Pack,” died Wednesday, according to her niece. She was 68. Greenwich died of a heart attack at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where she had been admitted a few days earlier for treatment of pneumonia, according to her niece, Jessica Weiner. Greenwich, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, was considered one of pop’s most successful songwriters. She had a rich musical partnership with the legendary Phil Spector, whose “wall of sound” technique changed rock music. With Spector, she wrote some of pop’s most memorable songs, including “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “River Deep, Mountain High.” But Spector wasn’t her only collaborator.

She also had key hits with her ex-husband Jeff Barry, including the dynamic song “Leader of the Pack” (years later, Broadway would stage a Tony-nominated musical with the same name based on her life). “He was the first male I could actually harmonize with,” she once said. Greenwich was a native of Brooklyn. While she garnered her greatest success as a songwriter, Greenwich started out as a performer. She performed in talent shows as a child, and, by the time she was a teen, she had her own group, called The Jivettes. She went to college, where she met Barry, and shortly after graduation, began working for songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, where she got her break. She had her first chart success with the Jay and the Americans song “This Is It,” which she wrote with Doc Pomus and Tony Powers. She also had success with Barry as the duo

The Raindrops with the songs “What a Guy” and “The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget.” Greenwich also worked as an arranger and singer, a role that saw her working with artists including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. She is also credited with helping Neil Diamond get his start and was a co-producer of early Diamond hits “Cherry, Cherry” and “Kentucky Woman.” “Ellie Greenwich was one of the most important people in my career. She discovered me as a down-and-out songwriter and, with her thenhusband Jeff Barry, co-produced all my early hits on Bang records,” said Diamond in a statement. “She has remained a great friend and mentor over the years and will be missed greatly.” Among the more famous songs she wrote are “Baby I Love You,” ‘’Do Wah Diddy Diddy” and “Look of Love.” Greenwich is survived by a sister, brother-inlaw, nephew and her niece.

Jackson’s disputed time of death an issue The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A key point of contention has emerged in the case investigators are piecing together about the death of Michael Jackson: Exactly when did Dr. Conrad Murray realize that his patient had stopped breathing? There are currently two accounts of that moment on June 25, and about an hour separates them. According to police documents, Murray told detectives he put Jackson to sleep with drugs just minutes before he found the singer not breathing around 11 a.m., then let nearly 90 minutes go by — much of that time on his cell phone — before an ambulance was called. But Murray’s lawyer says the doctor didn’t discover a stricken Jackson until around noon. Investigators have ruled Jackson’s death a homicide, based on tests showing he was killed by the combination of the anesthetic propofol with at least two sedatives, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the finding

has not been publicly released. The homicide designation does not necessarily mean a crime was committed, though it’s a helpful starting point should prosecutors choose to seek criminal charges. Police have said Murray is the target of an investigation into manslaughter, defined as a homicide without malice or premeditation. Murray told police he spent the morning of June 25 administering various sedatives to Jackson in an attempt to get him to sleep, according to an affidavit for a search warrant served last month on Murray’s clinic in Houston. Unsuccessful in inducing rest, the doctor ultimately gave in to the singer’s demands for a dose of propofol around 10:40 a.m. By 11 a.m., after a short trip to the bathroom, Murray said he saw Jackson was not breathing and began trying to revive him, both with a “rescue” drug and by performing CPR, according to the documents. An ambulance was not called until 12:21 p.m. and Murray spent much of the intervening time making nonemergency cell phone calls, police say. That timeline is flawed, said

Murray’s attorney, Edward Chernoff, who was present when investigators spent three hours interviewing the doctor June 27. Chernoff said Murray never told police he found Jackson not breathing at 11 a.m. — instead, it was more like noon. “Their theory is he came back and wasn’t breathing. That’s not what Dr. Murray told them,” Chernoff said Tuesday. “They are confusing the time Michael Jackson went to sleep with the time he stopped breathing.” Chernoff did not provide additional detail about what Murray had told police. Home use of propofol is virtually unheard of — safe administration requires lifesaving equipment and a trained anesthesiologist monitoring the patient at all times. While the 25 mg dose Murray said he gave Jackson was relatively small, its combination with the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam proved deadly. Even if Murray found Jackson around noon, he still waited too long to call an ambulance, said one medical expert, adding that anyone — including doctors — should make calling an ambulance their first priority.

“In a situation like that, time is life,” said Dr. Douglas Zipes, an Indiana University heart specialist and past president of the American College of Cardiology. “It’s got to be immediate or you are going to lose the individual.” Phone records show Murray spent 47 minutes between 11:18 and 12:05 making three personal calls. One of the calls was to one of Murray’s offices, Chernoff said, adding that the doctor never told investigators about the calls because he wasn’t asked about them. At 12:13 p.m., Murray made a four-second call to Jackson’s personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, pleading for help, Williams’ attorney Carl Douglas said. Within two minutes, Williams called Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s bodyguard, with a similar plea. Douglas, who also represents Alvarez, said the bodyguard hurried to the top floor of Jackson’s rented mansion, a private sanctum where staff were not normally allowed, and assisted a confused-looking Murray as he frantically tried to revive Jackson. It was Alvarez that placed the 911 call at 12:21 p.m.

Douglas said Alvarez might be able to shed some light on Murray’s actions but, two months after the death, police investigators had still not formally interviewed his client and had only spoken fleetingly with him at the hospital immediately after Jackson was pronounced dead. Douglas said he was “dismayed at the seeming haphazard manner investigators have gone about obtaining information.”

I-HOUSE continued from Page 6 Midou Michaud, sophomore in psychology and treasurer of Caribbean Student Association, said Monday night’s feature, “Introduction to Caribbean English Usage,” opened her eyes to things she didn’t even know about her own group. “I’m from Haiti, and we speak French Creole,” Michaud said. “This other girl, she’s from St. Lucia, and we had a conversation (in French Creole). I didn’t even know we could speak the same language.” Michaud said all of the CSA members chipped in for the Culture Night cooking when they had time off from class on Wednesday. “The Caribbean food, just about every country in the Caribbean eats it, and it’s prepared almost the same way,” she said. “Except (each person) adds their own zing to it from their country.” Africa Week’s Cultural Expressions will take place Sept. 3. A full schedule of next week’s events can be found at the I-House, located on Melrose Avenue across from Hess Hall.

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Vols sign on to play Cincinnati in 2011 ?

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Aug.28 - Aug.29,2009 Friday, Aug. 28 — Women’s Soccer vs. Arizona State Knoxville 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29 — Women’s Volleyball vs.Tennessee Tech Knoxville 12 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs.Western Kentucky Knoxville 7 p.m.

Staff Reports It was announced Wednesday that Tennessee and Cincinnati have agreed contractually to a onegame football matchup in the 2011 season. The Vols and Bearcats are set to play in Knoxville on Sept. 10, 2011. UT previously was scheduled to host Southern Mississippi on that date, but the Golden Eagles asked to move the game to a future season. Tennessee now plays Southern Miss in Knoxville on Sept. 2, 2017. “We were contacted about the possibility of Southern Miss moving its game to a future year,” UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said. “For us,

that was contingent on finding a suitable replacement, as Southern Miss is obviously a quality opponent. “We worked with our partners at ESPN and were able to schedule the University of Cincinnati, the defending Big East Conference champions. We’re very pleased with how things turned out and excited about welcoming Coach Brian Kelly and the Bearcats to Knoxville for that game.” UT and Cincinnati have met five times, all in Knoxville, with the most recent outcome a 40-0 Vols win in 1992. The other four meetings occurred between 1904 and 1942, and Tennessee leads the overall series 4-1. Cincinnati (11-3) captured the Big East championship last year and played in the FedEx Orange

Bowl. Kelly is entering his third season as head coach of the Bearcats. “Our philosophy is to play the best possible outof-conference schedule,” Kelly said. “The University of Tennessee’s football tradition and geographic location make it a great matchup for us.” Tennessee’s future slate of games already announced now includes: 2010 - UT Martin, Oregon, UAB, at Memphis; 2011 - North Texas, Cincinnati, at North Carolina, Middle Tennessee; 2012 - N.C. State (in Atlanta), North Carolina; 2013 - at Oregon, South Alabama; 2014 - at Oklahoma; 2015 - Oklahoma, at Connecticut; 2016 - at Nebraska, Connecticut; 2017 - Nebraska; 2018 - at Ohio State; 2019 - Ohio State.

Upcoming knee surgery may jeopardize UT center’s career

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Kiffin says McNeil’s status for from three weeks to remainder of season questionable

his career being done.” – UT head coach Lane Kiffin, on center Josh McNeil’s recovery time from knee surgery

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The Associated Press Tennessee center Josh McNeil will undergo knee surgery and miss some playing time, Coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday. The senior will have his already surgically repaired knee scoped Wednesday morning to determine if there is further damage to it. “That’s anywhere from three weeks to his career being done,” Kiffin said. “I don’t know any more than that right now, except that he won’t be with us for a while.” That means senior center Cody Sullins will start for the Vols’ Sept. 5 opener against Western Kentucky. McNeil has started 35 of his 38 games as a Volunteer, but coaches told the 6-foot4 Collins, Miss., native he would have to compete for the starting job like everyone else on the team. McNeil has shared practice time with the first-team

offense with Sullins. Kiffin hadn’t settled between the two, even after watching them through three scrimmages this month. The coach has liked what he’s seen from Sullins but knows the former walk-on from Cottontown is light on experience after having played in only five games in his career — mostly in mop-up duty. “He’s never really played, so there’s always the fear of that ... but what he’s done for us he’s done really well, so we’ll go with him and see how far he can take us,” Kiffin said. Offensive lineman Vladimir Richard said the team is comfortable with Sullins as a starter. “Saturday was the best scrimmage Sully’s ever had,” Richard said. “Sully really did his thing and had all the calls right, and he just got everyone where they were supposed to be, and he just went in there with straight confidence.”

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Senior Center Josh McNeil prepares to snap the ball during the game against the University of Alabama Birmingham last season. McNeil will undergo knee surgery before the start of this season and will not start during the game against Western Kentucky September 5.


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