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Bed bug infestation often unseen health hazard Robbie Hargett Staff Writer The fabled bed bug has been resurgent in the past couple of decades, threatening the mattresses of motels and dorm rooms all over the country. “There are still a lot of people who have no idea about bed bugs, don’t know what they are and most importantly how to avoid them and what to look for,” Jeff White, entomologist for Bedbugcentral.com, said. Bed bugs, flat, reddish-brown insects about a quarter of an inch in size, are parasitic creatures who feed on human blood at night. White said that many people will not actually see the bed bugs themselves because of the bugs’ habits. They are primarily nocturnal and will hide in cracks and crevices during the day. Another difficulty is the odd feeding habits of bed bugs; they may not feed often and may consequently avoid suspicion. “They take about five to 10 minutes to get a full meal,” White said. “Then, they go back to where they were hiding, and they may not come out again for seven to 10 days. They can go up to a year without feeding, and they will be perfectly fine.” Although bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, they have not been shown to transmit disease.

Physically, bed bug bites cause skin irritation and appear in rows and clusters on exposed skin, primarily the arms, shoulders, neck and face. However, White said the psychological effects of dealing with a bed bug infestation are often more significant. “It’s just creepy when you have bugs coming out of your mattress or box spring or wall to feed on you while you sleep at night,” White said. “For a lot of people, a bed is a sanctuary and getting attacked by bugs as you sleep is very disturbing.” White said bed bugs can spread quickly, a major concern on college campuses. He said it is best to limit the amount of things taken to and from your living space to avoid spreading the bugs. “There is really no true prevention for bed bugs,” White said. “There are some devices that you can put in your room, such as bed encasements, which can help you detect infestations early on.” One effective encasement device is called Protect-A-Bed, which started out as a mattress protector and allergen eliminator. “We found out after testing that it was also a good product for bed bugs,” Protect-A-Bed marketing director Mike Simpson said. “If you have bed bugs in your mattress, it will lock them in, and they will not be able to bite through the polyurethane backing. If they are not in your mattress, they can’t get in because Protect-A-Bed’s entry is through a zipper that is too

small for them to get into.” Protect-A-Bed offers a student bed protection kit, which includes a mattress protector, a mattress encasement and a pillow protector. Simpson said that, aside from protecting against bed bugs, Protect-A-Bed benefits health and hygiene. “More people today are using antibacterial hand lotion, and we never used to use that because we didn’t think about it — now we do,” Simpson said. “It’s the same with a mattress. Most people don’t realize they lose about a pint of water every night when they sleep. So it’s also a protection against allergies and germs.” “Protect-A-Bed’s encasement line is actually the best out there,” White said. But White said that for students living in the dorms, the first thing to do when faced with a bed bug infestation is to contact housing for an initial inspection. UT’s Superintendent of Sanitation Safety Randy Hamilton said that a thorough inspection of a dorm room takes roughly an hour to an hour and a half. Fortunately, he said there have been very few cases of bed bug infestations over the years. “We’ve gotten a lot of reports but we’ve actually not found them in most cases,” Hamilton said. “Most of the time it turns out to be something else — mosquitoes or scabies.” For more information on bed bugs and Protect-A-Bed, visit bedbugcentral.com and protectabed.com

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam speaks with Aemish Patel, senior in business, about current events on Tuesday in the UC. Haslam was invited by the College Republicans group to speak about his policies and hotbed issues surrounding current politics.

Software tutorial to aid engineers Robbie Hargett Staff Writer Theta Tau, UT’s professional engineering fraternity, offered a free Autodesk Inventor tutorial to engineering students Wednesday. Theta Tau members Alex Sheinfeld, senior in industrial engineering, and Stephen Oi, senior in electrical engineering, taught the tutorial. “Autodesk Inventor is a program that allows the design, modeling and simulated testing of parts and assemblies in 3-D,” Sheinfeld said. “This can range from one-piece parts, such as a key chain, all the way up to full, complex pieces of machinery, such as a car.” Karl Hughes, senior in mechanical engineering and Theta Tau professional development chairman, said all industrial and mechanical engineering majors at UT will use Inventor in industrial engineering 330/mechanical engineering 366 and manufacturing processes, but it is not explicitly taught in any class. “Students are expected to teach themselves via the included tutorials, but the learning curve when starting out is pretty steep,” Hughes said. “It took me several hours of tutorials plus hours of trial and error to figure out how to make a simple part.” Sheinfeld said the level of exposure to these kinds of programs in the classroom is much too low. “The projects are mostly homework and very little time is spent in class teaching the techniques of the program,” Sheinfeld said. “Furthermore it’s only the very basics of the program which are covered, and it’s really up to the student to take interest and try to discover more of the program on their own.” Sheinfeld said he started using Inventor in the manufacturing processes class. He said he developed an interest in the program that remained after

taking the class. “I hope (to) go a couple steps beyond what’s normally taught in the classrooms to bridge the gap between learning how to make basic shapes and making the types of assemblies that we, as engineers, will be expected to make in the professional world,” he said. Hughes said Inventor and other similar programs are used frequently in the professional engineering world, and while there are many design programs other than Inventor, the skills are easily transferable. “The advantage of this free tutorial is that every student who attends will be better equipped to face the challenges of being a professional engineer,” Sheinfeld said. “The skills in this tutorial class will be very useful, not only in the context of how to use the program, but also in the context of how a product is designed.” He said he hopes students will obtain a greater appreciation for what it takes to actually make something, to “show students a more practical side of engineering than just bookwork.” “We’re entering an age where every product you see, from pencils to jets, has been designed in a program like Inventor,” Sheinfeld said. “This allows much greater precision in designing the product which results in more rapid prototyping, more efficient machine layouts, and an overall better and cheaper product.” Hughes said the overall goal of the tutorial was to reach out to fellow engineers, who could likely use the help. “We will be hosting several more professional development opportunities for engineers this semester and will be working with other engineering student groups to bring guest speakers and company representatives to campus,” Hughes said.

Doggie Dip The city of Knoxville is hosting its first-ever event catering to dogs and dog owners alike. The Inskip Pool will be the site of “Doggie Dip,” held on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inskip Pool was closed this Labor Day to all human swimmers in preparation for winter. Dog owners, however, can take advantage of the event this Saturday and let their canines take a dip in the pool before the gates are closed for the year. The event aims to engage the whole family, including pets. Safety concerns should be quelled with the presence of aquatics professionals, including a lifeguard certified in pet first aid and mouth-to-snout CPR, all who will be in attendance for the event. The Doggie Dip is billed as a time for community members to get people outdoors and enjoy fun events at the same time. Costs for the event are $5 per dog with a maximum of two dogs per owner. There is no charge for the owner of the dogs but for any additional persons who want to join the event, the cost is $2 per person. All proceeds collected at the Doggie Dip will go toward the building of future dog parks in Knoxville. A raffle and auction will also be held for event participants to take part in. Various booths will be at the event, hosted by The Young Williams Animal Center, several veterinarians, various rescue groups and even a canine treat specialist. Requirements for all dogs at the event include leashes, all up-to-date vaccinations and tags. See BEACON BIS on Page 2


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BEACON BITS continued from Page 1 Doggie Dip registration forms, found at www.cityofknoxville.org, must be completed and submitted for each dog attending the event. Registration forms will also be available at the event for walk-up attendees. UC Open House The UC is hosting an open house to expose all to the available resources offered. The goal of the open house is to educate students about offered services in an effort to make them more successful and become more aware. Attendees can learn simple changes that can benefit the environment, as well as partake in giveaways, raffles, and free samples, and more than twenty door prizes while they last. The event is open to all UT students, faculty and guests and will be held today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UC. Each floor of the UC will be offering unique events, highlighting the services located within. On the third floor, students can participate in an ongoing question and answer session about Student Activities in the Alumni lounge. Students interested in volunteering can stop by the Team Vols office and register to win two tickets for a CAC event. The second floor will be showing, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” in the auditorium, starting at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Sweet Shop will offer a chance to win free candy, as well the sale of sodas and popcorn for only 50 cents each. Students can learn how to reserve spaces for student organizations and register to win a free A-V rental for an event. In attempt to reduce waste, free water bottles will be given out in conjunction with the B.Y.O.B. campaign at UT. Free food samples will be available incuding products from Tropical Fruit and Nut, Heinz, Petros, Pepsico, Pepsi, General Mills, RC, Coke, Otis Spunkmeyer, Mayfield Milk, Starbucks and UT Bakery. On the first floor, the post office will be giving away a free P.O. box for the remainder of the semester and free carabiner key chains while they last. Giveaways will also feature items from UCopy, UT Bookstore, Central Ticket Office and the UT Federal Credit Union. The basement will be offering free bowling, billiards and a chance to win one of two free, two-hour bowling parties. All students are encouraged to come out and enjoy all the UC has to offer. “Amadeus” The Clarence Brown Theatre is currently showing “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer. The show is a collaborative event between the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Clarence Brown Theatre in association with Schaad Companies and runs from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19. “Amadeus” will be the first collaboration between the Clarence Brown Theatre and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in a decade. The production is directed by CBT Artistic Director Cal Maclean and conducted by KSO Music Director Lucas Richman. On Sunday, guests are invited to attend a post-play discussion with the cast of Amadeus and on Thursday, Sept. 16, an interpreted Ian Harmon • The Daily Beacon production will be held for the hearing impaired. As part of the pre-game festivities, the College of Business Administration hosted an open house in the Haslam The recommended ages for attendees is 14 years and older. Business Building on Saturday. Refreshments were served and visitors were allowed to conduct self-guided Prices for the event vary and can be found at www.clarencetours of the building. browntheatre.com


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Underwood proud of movie debut Associated Press NEW YORK — Carrie Underwood thought she’d walk away from her first movie experience vowing to stick to her day job. But after a recent screening of the upcoming movie “Soul Surfer,” Underwood found she wasn’t as bad as she thought she’d be. “I really liked how everything turned out, including myself,” Underwood said in an interview Tuesday. “I was really expecting the worst from myself, and I really surprised myself.” The Grammy-winning country superstar plays a youth counselor in the film, which is based on the story of Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack. “It’s definitely an uplifting movie,” said Underwood. “Everybody would definitely feel a lot better coming out than they did coming in.” Although she gives herself good marks for her work on the film, Underwood said she’s not ready to carry a movie just yet. “There are people that are absolutely amazing actors and actresses, and I am not one of those, though who’s to say one day; you never know, maybe I will be,” she said. “But I’m definitely new at this and just doing what’s fun

right now, and I love my music; that’s my first love.” The second stage of her “Play On” tour starts Sept. 25 in Portland, Ore., sponsored by Olay; she became the company’s first North American spokeswoman Wednesday. It will be Underwood’s first tour since her summer wedding to professional hockey player Mike Fisher. “It’s kind of like my season, my tour, starts the same time his season does. It will definitely be a challenge but we love each other and we love what we do, so there’s no reason we can’t have it all,” she said. “Next year will be an easier year for me. As soon as my tour is over, I’ll be hanging out with him a lot more.” Underwood will host the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 10 with Brad Paisley. While she’s nominated for female vocalist and album of the year for “Play On,” some fans wanted her to get a nomination for entertainer of the year, the show’s highest honor. “I’d like to see that, too,” she laughed. “I’m not going to lie.” But the 27-year-old said she’s not upset about being excluded, and she’s happy for all her friends who were nominated.

Winfrey, McCartney among Kennedy Center honorees WASHINGTON — TV host and actress Oprah Winfrey has been chosen as a Kennedy Center honoree right before the start of the 25th and final season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Winfrey is one of five honorees revealed to the public Tuesday morning. The others are former Beatles member Paul McCartney, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, country music singersongwriter Merle Haggard and composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. The Kennedy Center Honors recognize performing artists for their contributions to American culture. Winners are selected by the Kennedy Center's Board of Trustees. In addition to her award-winning TV show, Winfrey earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her work in the movie adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple.”

Country singer James Otto hospitalized in Tenn. NASHVILLE — Country singer James Otto is hospitalized in Nashville. He was admitted to an area hospital Tuesday for an abdominal illness and is canceling his weekend shows in Clarksville, Tenn., and Berea, Ohio. Otto says in a statement that he has “been feeling badly on and off for a while now but didn’t think it was serious.” He adds that he “may have been a bit distracted by all the excitement of baby Ava’s arrival.” His wife, Amy, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Aug. 24. Otto says he will be down for a few days but hopes to be back in action soon. Otto scored his first No. 1 hit in 2008 with “Just Got Started Loving You.” He also co-wrote last year’s CMA song of the year, “In Color,” sung by Jamey Johnson. Otto is releasing a new album Sept. 14. Ian Harmon The Daily Beacon

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Proposed amendments spark question marks I have to admit, for a “conservative,” Treston Wheat is a peculiar specimen. His political perspectives are diverse, as well as confusing. In his latest column, Mr. Wheat proposes certain changes that need to be made to the Constitution. I would like to address some of these. 1. The first change that Mr. Wheat proposes is a “balanced budget” amendment. I think, in general, the amendment appears to be sound; however, Mr. Wheat somehow wishes to exempt military spending from the cuts. I understand the logic of Mr. Wheat’s objection, but I feel his response is overexaggerated. No one doubts that any sovereign state needs a military, but what is being called into question is the sheer size of such a force, and more importantly, the role it plays in international politics. What I believe Mr. Wheat is implying is that the current size (a size that has us establishing military bases around the world) and the current role (our imperialism is undeniable) is acceptable. I encourage Mr. Wheat to reconsider his implied position; our military is too large and too intrusive. As a veteran, I also encourage Mr. Wheat to seek a commission upon graduation to provide for him with a firsthand experience of what he so desperately wants to preserve. 2. The proposal of an Equal Rights Amendent is quite simply baffling. Am I to understand that Mr. Wheat believes that another layer of affirmative action is what the Republic needs? Is this because the current program is such a “success?” How is this not more government intrusion into people’s lives? His suggestion that women should be in combat is, quite frankly, disturbing. Men will generally go through greater lengths to protect women over men; add in the sexual tension that will rise in a coed combat force, and the recipe will be disastrous. Again, I encourage Mr. Wheat to serve before he begins to formulate such opinions. 3. As for the abortion issue, I am just curious if Mr. Wheat and the rest of the army of pro-lifers plan on giving every one of these unwanted children the life that they feel that they deserve. Their parents obviously do not want them, so what kind of life is in store for these children if their births are forced? Will it be a “precious” one, a clear “gift from God?” In addition to this, will Mr. Wheat support whatever welfare is necessary to make sure this unwanted life has all their needs met? If so, how is that “conservative?” I am being critical of Mr. Wheat, but I still enjoy his editorials. Keep up the good work; I find your articles most entertaining. Nick Zamudio undecided junior nzamudio@utk.edu

Letter comments on STD column To Brandi Panter, Thanks for writing a great, informative article on STDs. I’m glad you took a no-bs, clear, neutral stance. Maybe you can mention that you can get tested for free at the TN Health Dept. here in Knoxville. Keep writing good stuff like this! Colton Griffin Senior in industrial engineering colton.griffin@gmail.com

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Leigh Dickey Somehow I have, for three years, successfully prevented my little sister from moving into my (larger) room in my parent’s house. When I went to college, Mom kept threatening to move my stuff out and my sister’s in, but my cunning (read: failure to have a clean, organized room that can be easily packed up) has thus far foiled her efforts. I did, though, attempt a little cleaning when I was home briefly this past summer, and I found all sorts of fun things I hadn’t seen since high school. For example, my high school tests, essays and report cards. This was depressing, illumining what I’ve feared for some time: that I peaked academically in high school, though my taste of music has only improved. It’s all downhill from here, I suppose. Other fun things I found included forgotten skirts and shirts. Thus, instead of going shopping for new clothes to wear this summer, I just wore all the old clothes I had found: It had been so long since I had seen them, it was like they were new! This was exciting for me, but while this was both fun and economical, my style has changed a good bit since high school. Recently, my new (old) clothing has been amusing my college friends. I hadn’t really noticed the change, but I guess these days I wear my Chacos and shorts more often than I wear my Polo shirts and pearls. This was not an intentional or important style shift for me, but my college outfits have been decidedly more laid-back than my high school ones. Not having a dress code at school allows that, I suppose. (I hadn’t thought about it until just now, but “no dress code” may be one of my top five favorite things about college.) This became obvious the other day as I was getting ready for class (way too early in the morning). I put on one of those skirts I found this summer, one that’s cute and blue and purple. I didn’t think anything of wearing it until one of my roommates walked into my room, looked at me and started dying laughing.

I guess I should mention that the skirt is a Lilly Pulitzer print, and the blue and purple colors are blue and purple giraffes, elephants and lions covering the skirt. For the two men still reading this, Lilly Pulitzer is a cutesy, preppy clothing line, kind of like Vineyard Vines, with animals or flowers in its prints. Anyway, these days I don’t wear clothing decorated with pastel animals, so while wearing the skirt didn’t seem too odd to me, my friends, who hadn’t known me six years ago, found my attire that day quite amusing. Their laughter unnerved me a bit. Well, not their laughter per se (because I’m used to my friends laughing at me by now), but the fact that I have changed so much in the past few years; that something that was normal for me a few years ago is abnormal now. Maybe y’all are better adjusted than I am and have taken in stride how much you’ve changed since high school, but I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’m in a children’s literature class this term, and so far we’ve been looking at the child both as a character in and an audience of various stories. We’ve been talking about childhood, and one of the questions we’ve raised is how we look back on our own childhoods. This seems to go along with my momentary identity crisis: How is it that the little girl that watched Disney’s “Cinderella” once a week is the same Polo-wearing person who made great grades in high school and is the same tank topwearing girl that makes OK grades in college? I’m the same person that wrote those college application essays, yet am incredibly different. How can that be? Who, or what, is our identity? And if it keeps changing, how do we know who we are? Can we? If this is too many questions too early in the morn, I apologize. I’ve just been amazed recently by the fact that I change and yet stay the same and wondered if y’all had been, too. Change is part of life and growth, and changes in our personalities are to be expected as we mature. I know that, and it makes sense, yet on the other hand, I am fascinated by the fact that I have seemingly been so many different people in my short life, and yet am the same person. (It makes me feel much better about all those voices I hear in my head.) Until next time. —Leigh Dickey is a senior in global studies and Latin. She can be reached at ldickey2@utk.edu.

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Not many people know this about me, but I’m a triple major in economics, philosophy and psychology. I know, let the jokes about me flipping burgers and failing miserably at life someday begin. I’m constantly overworked because of school, but during the times when I actually pay attention during class instead of falling into a comatose state, we sometimes have discussions that are meaningful. We had a discussion in my philosophy class the other day about whether people should follow social convention or their moral code. We were talking about whether it’s possible to change from who you are to someone different. A couple of people argued that you are who you are, and change was not possible, and if it was, it was to a minimal level. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I used to feel that way, and if it weren’t for some really inspirational classes and a total 180-degree shift in my way of thinking, I would still be in that frame of mind. God, I really hope those people don’t choose to work in therapy or suicide hotlines because they would be so screwed. On the other hand, they would be good for population control … so … I’m joking of course! Er, maybe. I think everyone changes throughout college, from minute shifts in preferences to entire lifestyle changes. Some of us are compelled to even go so far as to change our gender, because we feel trapped in a body dictated by societal norms of gender. Society puts an entirely high premium on convention, asking us to behave a certain way for fear of rejection by our peers and superiors … but when does it stop? When do we start saying no to others and yes to ourselves? At some point in college and life, we realize that everything we do is a choice — from the time we got completely wasted that one night before a test and got caught drinking underage by the cops (not me, although I do have some hilarious stories about dragging my drunk roommate away from the cops and around the Fort) to setting off the fire alarms in Hess because we thought it would be JUST HILARIOUS to wake up everyone at 3 a.m., including that couple in the room next to us … uh … satisfying

their biological imperative (again, not me for once, hallelujah). As we grow older (and if you’re like me, with two feet in our graves already), and theoretically wiser, we learn to not tick off people the way we used to want to. College takes a toll on us in terms of workload and plans and what we want to do with ourselves, making us question what kind of person we want to be. Some of us decide college is not for us and leave to pursue (hopefully) better avenues. Others, like me, decide to stick it out to see what’s in store, because you can’t really do anything without a college degree these days, or apparently with three either, because I seem to be failing hard at finding full-time employment. Seriously, the only job I’ve been offered is a manager at some fast food restaurants, which I’m considering taking, because I know I’ll be bored next year. Regardless, my point still stands that college is a gateway to change and a good starting ground for students to make choices. I believe the point was made in my philosophy class that there are two types of people in this world: sheep and goats. Don’t ask me why goats, because I would have picked lions, but apparently goats have much potential in leadership ability. Anyway, this individual postulated that there are two types of people in the world: the leaders (goats) and the followers (sheep), and that MAYBE there was the ability to change from a sheep to a goat. Another obvious product of the Tennessee education system chimed in that change was not possible; you were either a sheep or a goat. In essence, they were saying that abilities are inborn, and you were who you were. I say ... bulls***. I say it’s entirely possible to turn from a Satanist to a Christian, from a KKK member to running campaigns for the NAACP, although it might take a lot of work. My advice is to try something different, and be open to change. As an old friend told me once, if you want things in your life to be different, do things differently. So go join a club that you wouldn’t normally join, ask out that sexy Indian columnist you’ve been wanting to, visit 4chan … wait, that last one is just a BAD idea. All I’m saying is, be open to the idea that you can change and to new experiences — you might turn out to be a better and wholesome person than you've been before. —Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at ysadagop@utk.edu.


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KNOXVILLE — Fresh off of her second Most Valuable Player performance in as many weeks, University of Tennessee senior Nikki Fowler has been named the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for a record-breaking eighth time in her career. She was also unanimously voted as the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row. With this week's SEC accolades, Fowler breaks a tie with three-time player of the year Aury Cruz of Florida who tallied seven weekly honors from 2000-03. Making Fowler's accomplishment even more impressive is that she has accumulated all of her awards in the last three years alone, winning it three times in 2008 and four times last year. Dating back to last season, Fowler has now claimed four of the last six offensive player of the week awards handed out by the SEC. Since its emergence on the volleyball scene in 2004, Tennessee players have won more weekly accolades for their offensive performances than student-athletes from any other school with a grand total of 19. That is three more than Florida players have claimed during that span and nine more than both Georgia and LSU. This past weekend, Fowler was named the MVP of the Houston Invitational after leading the 14th-ranked Lady Vols to sweeps of Big 12-foe Oklahoma, then-No. 13 Florida State and Houston in her first return to her home state while wearing the Orange and White. The Dallas, Texas, native paced Tennessee with 39 kills for the weekend, while hitting .348 and averaging 4.33 kills, 2.78 digs and 0.56 blocks per set. She was also one of the team's top passers with a .977 reception percentage, having tallied just one reception error in 44 attempts. Fowler opened the weekend with an astounding 21 kills in a three-set victory over Oklahoma, hitting at a .400 clip in that match with just three errors in 45 swings. The 21 kills mark the most by an SEC player in a three-set match this season. She also had nine digs, two blocks and a pair of assists against the Sooners. On Saturday morning, Fowler led the Lady Vols to a sweep of then-No. 13 Florida State with nine kills, seven digs and a pair of blocks. She then helped UT complete its second consecutive perfect weekend with a nine-kill, nine-dig performance against Houston later that night. With her fourth dig versus the Seminoles, Fowler became just the fourth player in Tennessee volleyball history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs during her career at Rocky Top. She joins Sonja Thomas (1991-94), Kristy Dobson (1988-91) and Stephanie Ehlers (1985-88) in the exclusive club. For the season, Fowler is averaging 4.11 kills per set and hitting at a blistering .329 pace, while scooping up 3.06 digs per frame and averaging a Tennessee-best 4.72 points per set. Also nominated for Lady Vol Athlete of the Week were freshman cross-country runner Amber Zimmerman and junior soccer player Chelsea Hatcher. In her first collegiate meet, Zimmerman led Tennessee at the Belmont-Vanderbilt Opener, running a time of 15:25.47 over 4,000 meters to card a 35thplace finish out of 120 runners. Hatcher, meanwhile, scored her team-best second goal of the season during the second half of UT's loss at No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday.

Serbia knocked defending champ Spain out of the world championship Wednesday when Milos Teodosic made a long 3pointer with 3.1 seconds left for a 92-89 quarterfinal victory. Spain erased an eight-point deficit in the final 4 minutes to tie it on Marc Gasol’s basket with 25 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Serbia patiently ran its offense until Teodosic — 1 of 7 on 3-pointers at that point — pulled up from straightaway, well beyond the arc. “He’s a great player and he has a great feeling for the big shot,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. The Spaniards couldn’t get a final shot off, with Jorge Garbajosa losing the ball after a timeout. Serbia’s players celebrated at midcourt as Spain’s Sergio Llull kicked the ball deep into the stands. “I think it was a very, very tough game. Maybe the best one until now in Istanbul,” Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic said. Avenging a loss in last year’s European championship game, Serbia advanced to face Turkey or Slovenia in a semifinal game Saturday. “It’s very difficult to forget this kind of game, but we have to try to forget everything that happened tonight because in two days we will play in the semifinals,” Teodosic said. Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic scored 17 points apiece for Serbia, while Dusko Savanovic added 15. The Serbians were 15 of 30 from 3-point range, exploiting the zone seemingly every time Spain used it. “We were not able to stop them on the long shots,” Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro said. “That’s why we lost and I believe that’s why they deserved to win.” Navarro scored 27 points and Garbajosa, the former Toronto Raptors forward who recovered from a severe leg injury, added 18. But the Spaniards, considered the co-favorites along with the United States coming into the tournament, lost for the third time in Turkey. They were without their best player, Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol, then lost point guard Jose Calderon of the Raptors shortly before the tournament. The champions in Japan four years ago now will be forced to qualify for the 2012 Olympics at next year’s European championship. Teodosic, one of the two Serbia players suspended for a brawl in an exhibition game against Greece, finished with 12 points. Center Nenad Krstic of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the other suspended Serb, finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

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Associated Press Pope taken to hospital for tests KNOXVILLE— Tennessee center Cody Pope was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests and released. Pope was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center during the Volunteers’ Tuesday afternoon practice and released later in the evening. Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton did not have details about Pope’s injury but said the junior is expected to practice with the Vols on Wednesday. WNML radio in Knoxville, which first reported Pope was taken to the hospital, says Pope may have suffered a severe stinger. Pope, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound, Julian, Calif., native made his first start Saturday in Tennessee’s 50-0 win over Tennessee-Martin. The Vols face No. 7 Oregon this weekend. Vince Young has ‘no comment; on Heisman, Bush NASHVILLE— Vince Young refuses to be drawn into the conversation on whether Reggie Bush should keep his Heisman Trophy of if he would accept it if the trophy was taken from Bush. The Tennessee Titans quarterback, who finished second in the Heisman voting to Bush, declined to comment on the situation, saying he really doesn’t know what’s going on. And Young also sidestepped the question of what if the Heisman were offered to him, offering only a “no comment.” Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday the Heisman Trophy Trust would strip Bush of the award by the end of the month, but the executive director said that no decision had been made yet. Young led Texas to a title over Bush’s Southern California Trojans in the 2006 BCS national championship.

Predators sign Franson to $1.6 million contract NASHVILLE— The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Junior linebacker Austin Johnson leaps to tackle a UT-Martin runner in Cody Franson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract. Saturday’s game. Johnson had an impressive day with five tackles, one interThe 23-year-old Sicamous, British Columbia, native posted 21 points ception and an assisted safety. in 61 games and had three game-winning goals with the Predators last season. He played in four of Nashville’s six 2010 postseason games. really hard. And coach Wilcox understood that The 6-foot-5, 213-pound Franson was Nashville’s third-round choice I had never been in a defensive scheme ever and and 79th pick overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He spent two seaJason Hall sat me down and really got me to understand sons with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, and was named to the AHL Staff Writer the scheme.” All-Rookie Team in 2007-08. Off the field, Johnson tries to be an average One of the main contributors to the Volunteer victory against UT-Martin was junior UT student. Tigers end White Sox winning streak He is a junior in communications studies, linebacker Austin Johnson. DETROIT— Justin Verlander allowed five hits over seven innings This was the first game Johnson has played who lists “Whale Wars” and “Man v. Food” as and the Detroit Tigers ended the Chicago White Sox’s seven-game winat linebacker since high school. Johnson played his favorite television shows. Also, Johnson is a ning streak with a 9-1 rout Tuesday night. at fullback his first two seasons, despite earning big fan of singers Michael Buble and Johnny Three players — White Sox starter Freddy Garcia (back), Tigers first Cash. His favorite food is sushi, and his favorite baseman Miguel Cabrera (shoulder) and White Sox designated hitter many accolades as linebacker in high school. Johnson was All-State for Hickory High drink is sweet tea. Manny Ramirez (hand) — all left the game with injuries, while Johnson is also a devout Christian, who lists Chicago’s Gordon Beckham (hand) was a late scratch from the lineup. School in North Carolina in 2006 and 2007, team MVP his junior year and a two-time con- “being one with God” as one of his biggest hob- Home plate umpire Angel Campos needed attention after being hit by bies. Johnson also enjoys hunting and fishing. a foul tip in the eighth inning, but stayed in the game. ference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career with 580 tackles before He already has his future endeavors mapped The White Sox were trying to win the first eight games of a road trip for the first time since 1951, when they went 11-0 on a four-city jaunt. enrolling at UT early, in January 2008. Johnson out. “I want to get a degree, get married, raise a They fell behind in the first inning Tuesday and never caught up. had five total tackles, including three solo, in Verlander (15-8) allowed one run and walked one while striking out Saturday’s win over UT-Martin. UT coach family and live for the Lord,” he said. With the move to linebacker in the spring, seven. Derek Dooley praised the play of his new lineDetroit rookie reliever Robbie Weinhardt made things more interestJohnson joined fellow linebacker and senior capbacker. ing with a double error in the eighth when he misplayed a grounder and “He’s earned the right to play, there’s no ques- tain Nick Reveiz. “One of my favorite places to hang out is the then threw the ball into the stands. Then he knocked Ramirez out of the tion,” Dooley said. “He’s got to keep doing it. That’s what we try to do. As a head coach, you Reveiz house,” Johnson said. “I love going over game by hitting him with a pitch, but got out of the inning with a douare always evaluating guys and hope you put to that place. My favorite teammate I’ve had ble play. The Tigers broke the game open after Garcia was forced to leave with them in the right position, where they can play since playing at UT is Nick Reveiz.” a stiff lower back. Garcia (11-6) allowed two runs in his two innings. Johnson said Thompson is one of his favorite the best and help the team. The jury’s still out In reliever Lucas Harrell’s first inning, the Tigers scored four on Austin. We’ve only played one game. He did coaches, as well as former UT defensive line a good job, though. But he’s had a good camp.” coach Dan Brooks. Brooks was the recruiter unearned runs. Austin Jackson reached on first baseman Mark Kotsay’s fielding error Johnson has been optimistic about the posi- responsible for bringing Johnson to Tennessee. and took second on a sacrifice bunt. After Johnny Damon struck out, “Dan Brooks was a main reason for my tion change. the White Sox intentionally walked Cabrera. “I think it’s going to be good,” Johnson said. choice to play for UT,” Johnson said. “Tradition, The move backfired, though, as Don Kelly and Brennan Boesch fol“I’m just glad to get the first game under my belt the fans and coach Brooks all played a major lowed with RBI singles before Jhonny Peralta’s two-run double gave the and see where the season goes from there. As a role in my decision to play for Tennessee.” Tigers a 6-1 lead. Johnson hopes to continue his success at lineteam, I think we need to keep working hard and study film, and as a player, I need to stay backer on Saturday as the Vols host 7th-ranked Oregon. focused on film and study hard in practice.” Johnson seems optimistic that Wilcox’s past Johnson gives credit to his new coaches, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and line- success against Oregon will carry over to this backers coach Lance Thompson, for his steady season. “We have a ton of confidence in coach transition back to the position. “They’ve done a lot for me,” Johnson said. Wilcox’s scheme,” he said. “He stopped them “Coach Thompson really took me under his last year, and we know he has the right scheme wing when I went over there and has pushed me to stop them again, as long as we can run his through camp to make sure I manage the game scheme right.” Wade Rackley • The Daily Beacon

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Women’s Tennis SEC Coaches Tournament All Day Auburn, Ala

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“You’ve got to practice hard every week; you’ve got to prepare hard every week as if it’s your last game and only game. I think that’s something we’re going to have to learn to do.” — UT football coach Derek Dooley after practice Tuesday on the mindset of his young team.


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