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Steele shares political insight with students Donesha Aldridge Staff Writer Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to students about politics and leadership Monday night in the Cox Auditorium. Steele is the first African-American chairman of the RNC and has recently been in the public eye for several controversial issues. The event was sponsored by the Issues Committee and the Black Cultural Programming Committee. Both committees collaborated together and said they were happy with the outcome of the program. Nathaniel Shelso, chair of the Issues Committee and senior in economics and finance, said he felt it was important to bring a figure like Steele to UT. Jerica Robinson, member of the Black Cultural Programming Committee and senior in political science, said Steele brought diversity to UT. “Given his demographics as a black Republican, he was able to spark some things that most aren’t used to,” she said. Steele’s main lesson for the night was to teach and show students how to become an effective leader and how to become involved in the world of politics at a young age. “The job tonight is to help you figure out where you fit in, in politics,” he said. “Where is your role, and what is your responsibility?” Steele said the best leaders know how to follow and live outside of the status quo. “You can’t please everyone, but you sure can tick them all off,” Steele said. “It’s hard to give up control, but people are looking for leaders that will do just
that.” Raphael Onwuzuruigbo, senior in biomedical engineering and chair of the Black Cultural Programming Committee, said Michael Steele’s challenge to the audience was that in order to be a great leader, a person has to be a servant-leader first. Onwuzuruigbo thought Steele’s lecture impacted him personally as a young leader. “As chair of the Black Cultural Programming Committee, I have to be able to see the leadership ability in those around me and not always be in the forefront,” he said. Steele also talked about the Republican rhetoric of politics and the reason he became a Republican. He said his mother was upset when she found out he voted for former Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1976. “It was the first election I could vote in,” he said. “I came home and said, ‘Mom, I’m a Republican.’ She asked why I voted for a Republican, and I said, ‘Because you raised me well.’” Steele went on to explain how bipartisanship should not be the issue when it comes to voting. “Our job is not to be bipartisan,” he said. “Our job is to come to a consensus with the issues at hand.” Steele said coming to a consensus does not mean trying to reach a middle ground, but rather dealing with the issues at hand indubitably. Steele’s in-depth answers to the questions of several students were received well. David Sturts, junior in industrial engineering, enjoyed Steele’s message. “It was an interesting speech,” he said. “He gave an inspiring message to go out and work.” Steele ended his lecture with the Chinese proverb that he used in his opening. “May you live in interesting times,” he said.
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UT partners for culinary program
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and art is a highly subjective field,” Antun said. “ ... After the students need to get to the basics, then they can enhance, enlarge, expand and improve. With the PSTCC group, we will go beyond the UT and Pellissippi State Technical Community College recently basics and into breaking food down to its component parts, a poputeamed up in a field brimming with extreme academic and artistic lar culinary mechanism known as molecular gastronomy.” As Antun confirms the avant-garde nature of the actual instrucintegrity, complete with a side of flavor and elegance: the culinary tion, Bob Rider, dean and professor in the College of Education, arts. Health and Human Sciences, provides some UT's Culinary Institute has been in full of the ideas backing the success of the operation now for three years, but its Culinary Institute. recent partnership with PSTCC started “This type of partnership between a state this semester. The students in this proschool system school, namely UT, and a gram will graduate with an Associate of Tennessee Board of Regents school, namely Applied Science degree in business and a PSTCC, is the first of its kind,” Rider said. minor in culinary arts. The mixture between the classroom and The director and a founding member of lab provides the knowledge and experience the Culinary Institute, John Antun, is also one needs to perform well in the culinary an associate professor in the Department field. of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism “The course work is predominately comManagement. His hard work in the pleted at PSTCC, but we provide the practiCollege of Education, Health and Human cal lab experiences for the students,” Rider Sciences, has proved to be beneficial in cresaid. “This program is very much an acaating and improving the Culinary Institute demic-oriented program with a lot of hands and the partnership with PSTCC. on training, and the students are evaluated The instructors for this program all and graded on a multitude of different comrange in various occupations within the ponents.” culinary field. The benefits of this program span from “We currently have 12 instructors in the university to student and producer to conprogram, 9 of which are working chefs,” sumer. Antun said. “The instructors work all over, “From the business perspective, we have anywhere from catering to hospitals.” a contract with PSTCC that generates The Culinary Institute focuses on protuition and revenue for the university, which fessionalism and aims to produce chefs John Antun • Photo courtesy UT Culinary Institute helps support other faculty and the culinary who reflect this trait. program on campus, in addition to the uni“All culinary schools cover the basics, because those are the skill standards set by the Department of Labor versity as a whole,” Rider said. “Over (the) next four years this profor one to call a chef, but we place a great deal of emphasis on pro- gram will generate nearly $4 million during economic hardships.” This program clearly helps the university and PSTCC. fessional development,” Antun said. “Other programs develop home “It benefits the community and helps students acquire marketable cooks, hobby chefs, personal chefs, bakers, food stylists, etc., but we skills that will help them gain self determination as well as an develop professional chefs.” The Culinary Institute also considers the changing trends associ- income,” Rider said, As the program continues, it is projected that Knoxville's culinary ated with food and the world. With a relatively young program, it is possible to start fresh and continue to grow in conjunction with the scene will improve. This in turn will stimulate the economy and the image of Knoxville's restaurants as a whole. surroundings. The Culinary Institute provides a great deal of services for a relThe agreement between UT and PSTCC aids the Culinary atively low cost, and this agreement with PSTCC makes it available Institute in its drive for progression. “We are working on being the greenest program in the country,” to more people. “Professor Antun has maintained a 100 percent placement rate in said Antun. “We have a forager whose job it is to go out to local farms and purchase the vegetables, meat, etc., and we use that for the workplace, so if people are looking for jobs in the culinary field, the classes. We could not afford that if we didn't have the Pellissippi UT is a very great place to be,” Rider said. Not only are the rates for gainful employment high, but “our procontract.” With a forward-thinking program in session, the PSTCC students gram is significantly less expensive,” Rider said. “Our students will pay about one tenth of the price when compared to Johnson and are exposed to a variety of old and new techniques. “Teaching culinary arts is much like teaching any other art form, Wales or the Culinary Institute of America.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter wasted little time in going on the attack against Republican opponent Bill Haslam at the first debate of the general election campaign Tuesday. In his opening statement at Tennessee Tech University, McWherter took aim at Haslam’s background as an executive with the family-founded Pilot chain of truck stops before he was elected mayor Knoxville in 2003. “I think the oil business has taught him all the wrong lessons,” McWherter said, citing price-gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008. “When gasoline prices are rising, that is great for the oil business.” Haslam later responded that the pricing problems were quickly addressed and new software was created to avoid a repeat. He also criticized McWherter, the son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, for his attacks on Knoxville-based Pilot. “Really what I’m surprised about Mike, quite frankly, is your whole attitude toward Pilot in this campaign,” he said. “When your dad was governor ... he actually used to come to our manager meetings and talk about how proud he was of Pilot and how glad he was that it was a Tennessee-based company. “I would think that as governor you would be glad to have a company that employed so many people, paid so much in taxes and gave so much back to our state,” he said. McWherter said Haslam hasn’t been forthcoming about Luxembourg-based investment firm CVC Capital Partners, which owns a 47.5 percent interest in the Pilot Travel Centers subsidiary. Haslam responded that as a distributor of Budweiser beer, McWherter also deals with a foreign company because AnheuserBusch was bought by Belgium-based InBev in 2008. McWherter rejected the analogy, telling reporters afterward that he is simply a customer, while CVC “clearly has a lot to say about what the operations are at Pilot.” The debate in Cookeville came with less than a month remaining before the start of early voting. The candidates have two more debates scheduled for Knoxville and Memphis in early October. The candidates differed sharply on the severity of the budget shortfall facing the next governor. Haslam said he’s best suited to help shepherd through more than $1 billion in cuts, while McWherter argued his opponent was unnecessarily trying to terrify voters about the budget that he said has been managed by termlimited Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. Both candidates said they oppose the election of school superintendents, preferring the current system of having them appointed by school boards. McWherter said it would be a main priority to grow the state’s public pre-kindergarten program beyond children who qualify for free and reduced price meals. “I am a huge proponent of the pre-K program in this state,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I can to expand that program in Tennessee.” Haslam said that while the pre-K program has shown “dramatic returns” in high-need areas, the state can’t afford the more than $250 million it would cost each year to offer universal access. “My idea is that we leave pre-K where it is right now,” Haslam said. “And when the revenue situation changes, we will look at expanding it then.”
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Brent Davis, right, assists Alex Roberts, both juniors in graphic design, in checking out a video camera from The Studio in Hodges Library. The Studio offers rentals of a wide variety of media-related equipment to students, free of charge, as well as powerful workstations for graphic design needs. More information about equipment and services can be found at www.lib.utk.edu/studio.
Sept. 16, 1932 Gandhi begins fast in protest of caste separation On this day in 1932, in his cell at Yerovda Jail near Bombay, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi begins a hunger strike in protest of the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by caste. A leader in the Indian campaign for home rule, Gandhi worked all his life to spread his own brand of passive resistance across India and the world. By 1920, his concept of Satyagraha (or "insistence upon truth") had made Gandhi an enormously influential figure for millions of followers. Jailed by the British government from 1922-24, he withdrew from political action for a time during the 1920s but in 1930 returned with a new civil disobedience campaign. This landed Gandhi in prison again, but only briefly, as the British made concessions to his demands and invited him to represent the Indian National Congress Party at a round-table conference in London.
After his return to India in Jan. 1932, Gandhi wasted no time beginning another civil disobedience campaign, for which he was jailed yet again. Eight months later, Gandhi announced he was beginning a "fast unto death" in order to protest British support of a new Indian constitution, which gave the country's lowest classes-known as "untouchables"--their own separate political representation for a period of 70 years. Gandhi believed this would permanently and unfairly divide India's social classes. A member of the more powerful Vaisya, or merchant caste, Gandhi nonetheless advocated the emancipation of the untouchables, whom he called Harijans, or "Children of God." "This is a god-given opportunity that has come to me," Gandhi said from his prison cell at Yerovda, "to offer my life as a final sacrifice to the downtrodden." Though other public figures in India--including Bhimrao Ramji Ambdekar, the official political representative of the
untouchables--had questioned Gandhi's true commitment to the lower classes, his six-day fast ended after the British government accepted the principal terms of a settlement between higher caste Indians and the untouchables that reversed the separation decision. As India slowly moved towards independence, Gandhi's influence only grew. He continued to resort to the hunger strike as a method of resistance, knowing the British government would not be able to withstand the pressure of the public's concern for the man they called Mahatma, or "Great Soul." On Jan. 12, 1948, Gandhi undertook his last successful fast in New Delhi, to persuade Hindus and Muslims in that city to work toward peace. On Jan. 30, less than two weeks after breaking that fast, he was assassinated by a Hindu extremist on his way to an evening prayer meeting. — This Day in History is courtesy of history.com.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Vol football players in fight won’t face additional charges Associated Press No other Tennessee football players will face charges in a bar brawl that left an off-duty police officer seriously injured and one player kicked off the team, the Knox County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Tennessee sophomore defensive back Darren Myles Jr. and freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers were arrested following the July 9 fight at Bar Knoxville. A judge on Tuesday dismissed Rogers’ resisting arrest charge and another charge against him was also expected to be dropped. Myles was kicked off the team. Attorney general Randy Nichols said that some witnesses gave contradictory statements and others refused to cooperate, so the investigation failed to develop enough evidence to charge anyone with the assault of Officer Robert Capouellez. The officer, who is back on duty, cannot remember how he was assaulted, but suffered severe head injuries, officials say. At least a dozen Vols were rumored to be at the bar and Nichols said they “placed themselves in a very volatile situation and put themselves seriously at risk of being implicated in criminal acts.” “I hope they realize the seriousness of the risk they put themselves in, and that, at least, we won’t see any of these athletes in a similar situation in the future,” Nichols said in a statement. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said his players have been honest with police. “They were incredibly available and cooperative with the investigators and many times were doing it without the protection of an attorney because they wanted the truth out and they wanted their story out,” Dooley said. “It doesn’t surprise me that it was resolved the way it was, and I’m very appreciative of the process. I respect the process.” Myles pleaded guilty in August to resisting arrest and public intoxication. Dooley also suspended sophomore linebacker Greg King and sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls, though the two were never arrested or charged. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against Rogers if the Calhoun, Ga., native performs 16 hours of community service and pays court costs. A hearing on the charge has been moved to Oct. 27. “I would like to make it clear that I did not participate in any kind of fighting and did not assault any police officer or any other person during the events of July 9, 2010,” Rogers said in a statement released by defense attorney, Don Bosch. “I was present in Bar Knoxville at the time a fight broke out among other people, but I was not fighting or drinking.” Rogers, 19, said he was attempting to leave the bar when a bouncer squirted pepper spray in his eyes. He said he was grabbed from behind, but did not realize it was a police officer until he was handcuffed because his eyes were burning from the spray. “Even though I did nothing wrong, I regret the negative attention this has brought me, the university and our football program,” Rogers said. “These events have taught me about my responsibilities and what it means to be in the public eye.” Bosch said Rogers, who was not suspended for his arrest, isn’t admitting guilt by performing the community service. Instead, he wants to prevent teammates who witnessed his arrest from having to testify. “He does community service anyway as part of his experience as a student at UT. He did not mind doing some additional community service,” Bosch said. “That said, he could have had a hearing down here today which would have involved several of his teammates all day. Frankly, with their obligations as a student and as an athlete — particularly this week — that was going to take a lot of people out of rotation, so to speak, from their studies and from their football responsibilities.”
Clarence Thomas’ security measures at lecture Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be speaking at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. Security measures will be in place for all of those attending the event. The U.S. Marshals will be providing security for Justice Thomas during his visit to Knoxville. They ask that no backpacks, briefcases or large bags of any kind not be permitted in the Cox
NEWS Auditorium for Justice Thomas’ lecture. All attendees are asked to leave these items in their offices, dorms or vehicles. The lecture is being hosted for the UT law community while extra tickets were available to the general student body. However, anyone without a ticket will not be allowed to enter the event but have the option to view the lecture via webcam and available in archive form. Following the event, Justice Thomas will serve as a judge for the College of Law’s annual Advocates’ Prize moot court competition. Antonin Scalia was the last Supreme Court Justice to have been hosted by UT’s College of Law in 1990. Knoxville named as bicycle-friendly community The city of Knoxville has recently become one of the 18 communities to make the list of the country's “Bicycle Friendly Communities” by the League of American Bicyclists for the first time. Previously, Knoxville has received a Bronze designation as well as honorable mention status on two
The Daily Beacon • 3 previous bids in an attempt to make the BFC list. In an attempt to make the list, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization featured the work of the TPO's Knoxville Bicycle Program, City of Knoxville's greenways network extension and upcoming bike route network. Saturday, Oct. 2, will mark the 10th Anniversary Neighborhood Bike Ride, sponsored by the TPO and the city. The event will start at 10 a.m. on the corner of Baxter Avenue and North Central Street in Happy Hollow. Bicycle checks and tuneups will be offered an hour prior to the event. Commuting by bicycle in the BFCs has grown by 70 percent over the last eight years and elected officials and leaders support cycling in an attempt to improve public health and quality of life, helping the environment at the same time. Out of 400 applicants, only 158 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 43 states exist. The League of American Bicyclists sponsors the Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and the new Bicycle Friendly University programs.
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As a University of Oregon alum who attended the Ducks-Vols football game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday evening (including the storm, complete with thunder, lightning and a heavy rain downpour amid a 70-minute storm delay), I wish to express my amazement at the admiration for the incredible friendliness, hospitality and generosity of the University of Tennessee and of UT fans. Everyone my son and I met in Knoxville was wonderful. I am truly impressed, and the Vols are now one of my favorite college gridiron greats. This has nothing to do with the outcome of the Ducks-Vols game (sorry about that). Let me explain my gratitude to UT, its fans and Knoxville this way: 1. I couldn't get game tickets from Oregon, so I got them from UT. 2. I saw Tennessee fans applauding the Oregon team before the game started, along with their own team. I told one of them that was classy. He was extremely civil about his team's prospects in the game. When he left late in the game, he congratulated me warmly, despite what had to be his disappointment over the game’s result. 3. The Tennessee band played not only Rocky Top, but the Oregon fight song. I learned that they do this for every opponent before home games. I've never seen that kind of thing before. More class. 4. In the heavy rain downpour, a young Tennessee student took off his poncho and gave it to me. (This brings tears to my eyes.) 5. My UO friends had similar experiences. When they entered their section of the stadium, they were 30 rows above their seats in one Oregon section. A UT fan took my friend's arm and helped her down all 30 rows of steps. 6. The Tennessee fans were (almost) all friendly and sympathetic, especially the girls. Kind of neat. There was only one jarring note. An older Vols’ fan sitting in front of me (older, but not as old as me) made an insulting remark to me as he left, with the game not yet over, but no doubt as to the outcome. I forgive him because his team had just gotten plastered. (Again, I am really sorry. Not that UO won, but that UT had to lose.) Vols-Gators this weekend. Go Vols Al Karr, UO ‘54 Editor, Oregon Daily Emerald, 1953-1954 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Change not as likely as columnist claims Recently, it has come to my attention that in a recent article published in The Daily Beacon ("Possibility Exists for Everyone to Change" by Yasha Sadagopan in the Sept. 9 issue of The Daily Beacon) referenced me as "Another obvious product of the Tennessee education system." I was referenced as this because I don't believe that people can change, or to put in more definite terms, I believe that people are who they are, and they can't change that. Now, obviously, "Another obvious product of the Tennessee education system" carries a negative connotation. This seems to imply that the Tennessee educational system is in some way flawed or inferior to other, more sophisticated educational systems, but I would like to point out that the author who penned this article is also a product of the same educational system. Obviously, the educational system does not influence my opinion on the way people are, or the author would have the same opinion, no? Far be it for me to base my opinion on observations and personal experiences (as I would expect her to do as well, because this is what life is about). To further this, wasn't the entire article an opinion? The article was an opinion on how MY opinion is wrong. Ironic, huh? That being said, I feel that the author is very smart, and I still respect her and her opinion. As far as what was said, I believe the author took what I said out of context. My classmate shares the view that people are either “sheep or goats.” While I don't necessarily share the same view, I do believe people cannot change who they truly are. There are many different ways of looking at the truth, but no matter which way you choose to look at it, the truth is going to remain objective. The same is true about the “truth of oneself.” You can change many things about your life, going from a Satanist to a Christian, changing the way you dress or how you act, but in essence, you are only changing the outer layer. The inner truth of oneself never changes, and if you think it is, then you haven't discovered it. The beauty in this life is accepting that truth, no matter what it is. That is what makes us free. People generally get caught up in perceptions (i.e. the idea of being a “sheep” does not sound good because no one wants to be looked at as a follower). However, I disagree with this notion; I feel as if there is nothing wrong with being a follower. Just as there is nothing wrong with having a job like being a janitor, garbage man or even working in a fast food restaurant. We, as a society, are focused on the more glamorous aspects of life. We have magazines dedicated to celebrities because we idolize them. Everyone wants to be the next Brad Pitt, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift or any celebrity. There is no “Fast Food Monthly.” Nobody wants to read “Janitorial Weekly.” However, the simple fact of the matter is that it takes EVERYBODY to make the world go round, including “sheep and goats.” Denying yourself who you truly are is a tragedy and in the end, doesn't end up changing who you are. No matter how hard you want it to. Michael Joseph Martz Junior in political science email@example.com COFFEY & INK • Kelsey Roy
All of you, I'm sure, are awaiting tomorrow with bated breath: Sept. 17 is everyone's favorite holiday, Constitution Day! There have been all sorts of fun and exciting events taking place on campus this week to celebrate this beloved holiday, and tomorrow the UT College of Law is hosting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in honor of the day. I am going to celebrate tomorrow by walking up to some of you randomly on the Pedestrian Mall, asking you to recite the Preamble to the Constitution for me, and, if you fail to do so, I am kicking you in the shins. (Thomas Jefferson was known for doing this). If you can do it, I'll give you some Skittles! If you can do it in Latin, I will give you even more Skittles, and a firm handshake. I anticipate relieving a lot of stress tomorrow. I once, in fact, learned the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution in Latin. I don't remember it now, and I recently asked myself, what was the use of learning the Preamble in Latin (besides that being a cool party trick, I mean)? And as far as that goes, what was the point of you and me memorizing the Preamble in our high school government classes? It's never really been useful. Also, its phrasing isn't as pretty as the prose of the Declaration, so I don't even quote lines from the Preamble in other contexts, though I certainly could. In my humble, and somewhat flippant, opinion, it was pointless for us to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution in high school. Pointless, because it seems as if mere memorization was the end of the lesson; that this memorization was a sufficient substitute for understanding of the text. This is a type of legalism that I hate and am particularly susceptible to: The part is accepted in place of the whole, the form valued over the content. You can often see this with the memorization of religious creeds and catechisms,
too. Memorization of texts and creeds can be useful, don't get me wrong. But my problem is that I tend to settle for a superficial knowledge of something (i.e. memorized passages) in place of an understanding, or internalization, of the content. To my mind, the point of memorizing something is that hopefully the meaning behind the words will be internalized, but this is often not the case. To go back to our example, what's the use of having the Preamble memorized (besides, again, it being a useful party trick)? The Preamble is not law and being able to recite it won't help you in a legal context. It is much more useful to, if not memorize, at least understand the Constitution itself, and its subsequent amendments. Interestingly, a JayZ song provides a perfect example of this. In the song “99 Problems,” Jay-Z describes a situation in which he is pulled over by a policeman (possibly in an instance of racial profiling, but that is not our concern for the moment). When the policeman, without cause, asks for him to step out of the car, and then asks for permission to look around the vehicle, Jay-Z refuses, saying, “I know my rights so you gon' need a warrant for that.” The policeman, taken off-guard, asks whether the rapper is a lawyer, to which Jay-Z responds, “Nah I ain't pass the bar but I know a lil' bit/ Enough that you won't illegally search my …” (you can supply that final word yourself). I have no idea whether Jay-Z has the Preamble to the Constitution memorized (though, let's be real, he probably does), or if he's even aware that the right he's invoking is the Fourth Amendment, protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. But that doesn't matter, does it? At least not in this case. He understands the substance of the law, if not the form: the meaning rather than the appearance. I'll end there because, who am I kidding, this whole column was just an excuse to talk about a rap song I like. Sept. 17, in addition to being Constitution Day, is the birthday of one of my roommates, and, this year, the beginning of Yom Kippur. So tomorrow is a very big day. Enjoy all the holidays, and good luck to the team Saturday. —Leigh Dickey is a senior in global studies and Latin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There is a psychological effect that I read about recently, courtesy of Wikipedia (an ever-reliable source of sundry and strange tidbits in our lives) called the Dunning-Kruger effect. It describes a cognitive bias in which an unskilled person makes poor decisions and reaches damning conclusions, but their general lack of competence doesn't give them the ability to recognize their mistakes. In other words: an idiot, ignoramus, buffoon, the reason why I despair of ever conversing with someone intelligent, etc. Incompetent people think they are skilled in a superior fashion, and those with higher skills constantly underrate their capacities. Dunning and Kruger hypothesized that incompetent people overestimate their skill and don't recognize actual skill in others, but they can be trained to improve and recognize just how incompetent they are. That being said, have you ever met someone who really, really annoys the crap out of you, because they think they know everything, and their ego makes them seem like they cured cancer, climbed Everest, brought world peace and ameliorated world hunger? Have you ever had to bite your tongue hard, because it seemed that Lady Luck courted someone who was incredibly undeserving of full scholarships, an incredibly attractive significant other and that damningly expensive car for which you would have to save for 10 years to be able to afford the gas? You know or hope that you are far more attractive, far more intelligent and deserving of nice things — yet you are so far into the friend zone with everyone that you have a white mansion with a five-car garage and peacocks on the lawn in the friend zone — that's how well-known you are there. You also have to work a minimum-wage job to be able to pay for gas for your nice-butaverage car, your average apartment and you did not get a full ride to college, because your parents made too much. Sometimes, life feels pretty unfair, and the more you realize the extent of a person's incompetence,
the more aggravated you get. I usually try to ameliorate my frustration by telling myself that people like these will all work for me someday, and then, I will have my revenge ... (evil laughter in the background) ... and then they will really have to watch their incompetence. I think in college we have to deal with individuals of incomprehensible degrees of incompetence. They range from just plain laziness to idiocy of a degree so high, someone should have written a country music song just about these people. (Oh, don't judge, this is from the genre that produced real winners like “Redneck Yacht Club” and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”) I, like many of my friends, fall into the latter category, the type that constantly undervalues our abilities because of external forces. While I can't speak for them, and can't say that I'm extraordinarily skilled, because I personally think I'm one of those people of indeterminate skill and ability, I can say that I love my friends for their obsessive qualities, their worry of self worth and their own capacities and just for how stressed they get during the week, because it's my way of connecting with them. Between the few-and-far beers, the papers, the movie nights and the numerous exams, it's how nerdy folks and academically oriented and (sort of) highly skilled people bond. At this point in our lives, we need to stop comparing ourselves to others and what they have. I'm not going to say that we shouldn't because we don't know what problems others have, but because we should do it for our own well-being and ourselves. Sure, we don't get the same amount of money to go to school (And if you're me, you don't honestly get enough to go here, especially with how the Ducks went Vol-hunting this past weekend, am I right?), and yes, we aren't dating (or dating someone hot) and yes, our things are mediocre, but at least it’s ours. I always have to ask myself, “Is this problem going to matter to me in a year? Am I still going to give it top priority?” in order to keep myself in check. If you ever get down by comparing yourself to someone else (even though you know in your heart that they appear incredibly inferior to you) and you doubt yourself constantly, just remember: Nerd may be a four letter word, but it's a six-figure salary. —Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Frontier Ruckus to play Barley’s Country star preps double album Brian Conlon Staff Writer Michigan-based folk rock group Frontier Ruckus is returning to Knoxville after a summer tour, which included a critically acclaimed set at Bonnaroo. The Daily Beacon spoke with founding member and banjoist David Winston Jones, while the band, which is from East Lansing, was on its way to Raleigh. How many people are you touring with now? There are five of us. Matt Milia is the guitar player and singer/songwriter. I play banjo and sing harmonies. Zach Nichols plays the musical saw, trumpet and other instruments. Ryan Etzcorn is the drummer. Brian Barnes is the bass player. You’ve toured around this part of the country a lot this year. What brings you back? I guess our booking agent. We tour continuously, and at this point in the game, we’re trying to hit every area of the country as much as possible and try to build a fan base in all these areas. But Knoxville is cool because there’s a lot of great stuff going on like the Blue Plate Special, which is incredible. The people who put that on (WDVX) are great. They’re big supporters of music of our type. They brought us to Knoxville to perform in Tennessee Shines, which is a live broadcast from the Bijou Theatre, which is an incredible place to play. We’re excited to be coming back. Your music has a literary element to it. What writers influence you? Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams. Would you say Southern gothic writers such as Knoxville native Cormac McCarthy influence you? Not directly. That kind of Southern gothic, American gothic or folk gothic thing has come to the surface recently. I’m not sure how I feel about that. That’s fine by me. And for the most part, whatever label a person wants to fix to what we’re doing, it’s fine as long as they listen to and appreciate the music. The banjo is a common instrument here, but what got you into playing it? It’s definitely out of the ordinary in Michigan. I was about 12 when I started.
My dad’s family’s from Georgia, so he was always into bluegrass and old country music, so he always made me listen to that stuff when I was a kid, and I really started to like it. One day I expressed interest in playing banjo. I thought it was a cool sound. One day my mom bought one for me at a garage sale, and I became obsessed with it. It sets us apart as a Michigan folk band with a banjo player who plays three-finger style banjo in a bluegrass type of way. Do your Motown origins have any influence on your music? It’s not directly in the music, but we’re all pretty obsessed with Motown music and Detroit soul music and stuff from that Golden Era, that amazing music that was coming out of Detroit. We’re all really driven by that music, but it doesn’t really show up in what we’re doing, but maybe it will one day. It’s burning in our minds that we’d love to cover some old, cool Motown songs in some interesting way. What is your opinion on the state of modern country music? A lot of it has morphed into pop music, more or less. It’s strayed from what it used to be if you look at country music as a pure art form. But I guess that happens to everything over time. I’m not really into it. It’s funny to listen to sometimes, as a sort of anthropological research. It’s really pretty hilarious. On a deeper level, I’m much more connected to old country music like Hank Williams. There are a couple artists now that are doing good things, but there are a lot that are doing things that I don’t care for at all. I know most of the band went to Michigan State University while you went to the University of Michigan. Does this create any band tension? Occasionally we joke. I’ll tell them they went to an inferior school, and they’ll call me a snob. We’re not really big sports fans, so we never really bought into that whole rivalry. Frontier Ruckus will perform a show at the Knoxville Visitor Center, which will be broadcasted live by WDVX at noon, another in-store performance at Disc Exchange at 5 p.m., and a full show at Barley’s at 10 p.m., all on Thursday. All shows are free and for all ages.
Associated Press NASHVILLE — Jamey Johnson can do what he wants when he wants. The country maverick records his songs with buddies when and how the muse directs. He's not constrained by labels or styles, and couldn't care less what critics think — or anyone else, for that matter. Need proof? Exhibit 1: While Nashville's mainstream music market is trending smaller — from singles to six paks to EPs — searching for more record sales in a market that continues to free fall, Johnson is putting out a double album, “The Guitar Song,” that includes 25 tracks and is more than two hours long. “We are free. That’s the whole point,” Johnson said. “You’re as free as you want to be. If you don't like your job, quit, go do something you do like and figure out how to make money doing it. ... But whatever you do you’ll do because you wake up every day and you love it, you can’t wait to go in and go to work because you can’t wait to see what you end up with. That's freedom. I’ve always had that.” His story resonates in Nashville, especially to a growing number of singer-songwriters who see him as a latter-day outlaw in the mold of Waylon and Willie, leading the way in uncertain times. The Alabama native shrugs off the outlaw label deftly — “I’ve never done anything illegal. That's for the record” — but cops to demanding the right to chart his own path. “If the question is, ‘Will I cater to your needs?’, then the answer is, ‘No, I won't.’ And that's a choice,” Johnson said. “The best sermons that I heard growing up were from preachers who said, ‘I did not come here to make you happy. I came here to tell you the truth.’ Well that's what I do. I don't care if it makes you happy or it (upsets you) and you decide to pull up your skirt and run down the street naked." Jerrod Niemann followed Johnson's advice and wound up with both a No. 1 record and single. He thinks other inspired singers are on the way. Niemann, who along with Randy Houser and Shooter Jennings is among Johnson's closeknit circle of friends, believes Johnson's gift is his unique point of view. “He is one of the smartest individuals I've ever met in my life,” Niemann said. “He probably attempts to hide that sometimes, but he is always thinking ahead. He’s very intelligent. You’re not going to put one past him. He always looks at things from a different angle.” Johnson didn’t gain his cult hero status easily. He started as a singer-songwriter on the empty bar circuit after moving to Nashville in 2000, making a living during the day with a pump truck until his songs began to bring him notice. He landed a record deal that lasted just one album, went through a divorce and had few prospects. The songs kept coming, though, and he never stopped recording. He laid the tracks for his
breakthrough, “That Lonesome Song,” on his own and signed to Mercury to release it. He went on to win his second Country Music Association Award for song of the year for “In Color” in 2009. Mercury allows Johnson his creative freedom and he doesn't understand why other artists let record companies meddle with their music. “I think the difference is when a lot of these guys and gals come to town, they don't know they have that — the freedom to walk away from something you don't want to do,” Johnson said. “Why wouldn't you? Who’s telling you you have to be this way or you have to do that? Tell them they don't know what it’s like to be you and shut ... up, and go do what you’re going to do anyway. And they do usually, eventually, shut up.” He started recording the material for “The Guitar Song” in 2006. He would pop into the studio with his band and co-producers, The Kent Hardly Playboys, in Nashville, Los Angeles and even Key West, Fla., and lay down tracks. “There was just so much that I just kept recording it, and we still do today,” Johnson said. “We still book some time here and there and slip in and record a bunch of stuff for no other reason than we just haven't been in the studio for a while and it's probably time to go record something. Sometimes we’ll get a couple of songs in hand and, man, I can’t get there fast enough.” “The Guitar Song” is divided into Black and White halves — modeled after the yin-yang symbol — filled with originals and covers. It contains at least a half-dozen songs that instantly shoulder their way among the classics. Johnson is funny (”Playing the Part”), tough (”Poor Man's Blues”), nostalgic (”Set 'Em Up Joe”), heartbreakingly tender (”Baby Don't Cry”) and restlessly creative. Listen for the small touches between songs like the sound of a hand-cranked music box on “Baby Don't Cry,” the R&B chorus in “Macon” and the funky bass on “That’s How I Love You.” Some of the songs feel so personal, they hurt. “Cover Your Eyes” can easily stand with “Your Cheatin’ Heart” or “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” in its raw intensity. “Can’t Cash My Checks” could serve as an anthem for the recession. “There is a naked honesty about the music that Jamey does,” Trace Adkins said. “He’s just brutally honest and you’ve got to respect that and appreciate that. I do.” Johnson might be at his most honest on “Baby Don't Cry,” a lullaby to his daughter, Kylee, who's now 6. She’s been on his mind a lot lately as his growing success has pulled him away from Nashville more and more. “I have to figure out how to make time to come home and raise this kid, too,” he said. “That entails a lot more than being a telephone number on the screen or a picture that she sees a lot. To me that’s what’s taking a high priority these days.”
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Tennessee Valley Fair offers entertainment, food Chassidy Doane Staff Writer Got a sweet tooth? Looking for some excitement? Look no farther, because the Tennessee Valley Fair is happening right now until Sunday. The TVF has been in Chilhowee Park off of Magnolia Avenue for almost 100 years and is a tradition that many people from Knoxville and surrounding areas look forward to every year, not just for the rides or the food, but for the atmosphere that is created when people come together to enjoy something that has been going on this long. The TVF has had some pretty spectacular events this year so far, and more are coming up this weekend. Uncle Kracker performed on opening night of the fair and thousands showed up to see him perform. Other events include The Band Perry, the Fairest of the Fair contest, En Vogue and James Rogers. This weekend is going to prove to be an exciting weekend at the Fair with performers
such as Con Hunley and the Charlie Daniels Band performing on Saturday and Sunday night. The agricultural displays in the Jacobs Building offer insight into what farmers form around the community have been doing and exactly how much work goes into making things likepumpkins, squash, etc. Also in the Jacobs Building, an individual can find artwork from the surrounding high schools and see the talented young artists in the community. “It's the perfect distraction from college life; it has breathtaking rides, entertaining shows and enough food to make me sick for a week,” Kristen Lambert, senior in business management, said about the fair. “Overall, a great time.” Most people attend the fair for one reason and one reason only: the food. The food that everyone loves —high in calories but great in taste — is readily available at the fair. This year food like fried Oreos, funnel cakes, hotdogs or just caramel apples, can be found at the TVF. “The food at the fair is the best,” Derek Davenport, senior in accounting, said. “I could eat funnel cakes all day long.” Some vendors travel with the fair, and some are local. Some have been setting up booths at the fair for years. This includes a snow cone stand, “Rainbow Ice,” which also sells funnel cakes, fried Snickers, or Oreos and Twinkies and a caramel apple booth called “The Big Apples,” which also sells cotton candy. A downside to the fair for students is the price, though. Admission has gone up in previous years: Adult admission is $9, regular children’s admission is $5, but children 5 and under get in free. Senior citizens get a price cut on admission as well, paying only $7 to get in. For some it’s not the price of admission that is steep, but rather the price of wristbands for rides. For a full day, bands are priced at $22 dollars during the weekends and $20 dollars during the week. The TVF orchestrates a fireworks show at 10:30 PM as end-of-the-day experience for fairgoers. The fair ends on Sunday. The TVF's website is located at tnvalleyfair.org.
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Get to know a Vol Wingardh focuses on golf on, off links side of it.” With the determination and drive to play professional golf, Windgardh spends the majority of his time on the golf course With the golf season in full swing, the UT golf team is working with his team, then working on his own once prachard at work preparing for the Windon Memorial taking tice is over. Because of his rigorous schedule and hard work ethic, most of Windgardh’s spare time is spent on school place in Chicago, Ill., at the end of September. work, but he still saves a small portion of his Senior captain Robin Windgardh is worktime to hang out and relax. ing on making this season his best. When not on the course, Windgardh spends a Windgardh has had three years of experience lot of his free time with his girlfriend. He also playing golf at UT, and he has acquired an likes to go to the gym to stay in shape, and he impressive array of awards. enjoys the occasional video game. Sometimes “(Windgardh) works hard,” coach Jim the golf team even sets up its own “Super Smash Kelson said. “He’ll be here after practice for Bros.” tournament, where athletes and coaches two to three hours working on his own.” alike compete against each other. Windgardh’s inspiration in his golf game “I just got ‘Red Dead Redemption’ for the came from his dad. Growing up in Sweden Playstation 3, and I’m really enjoying that right with his house on a golf course, he played the Robin Windgardh now,” Wingardh said. sport with his dad acting as coach. He played He enjoys listening to just about all types of golf throughout high school with his family givmusic, country being the only exception. He also watches ing him encouragement. Because of his success on the golf shows like “Family Guy,” and he recently discovered “The course, several schools made offers, but Windgardh chose Office.” UT. He looked for a college where his game would continue Spending hours of his time critiquing his golf game, to grow. “I knew I wanted to play golf here (in the U.S.),” Windgardh is completely devoted to his sport. Even with his Windgardh said. “I got some offers from different schools, busy load as captain, though, he still finds time to enjoy but I really liked the coaching staff, and that was the main other things in life.
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reason I came to UT.” Wingardh, a psychology major, uses what he learns in the class room to help him gain an edge on the golf course. “I picked psychology, because I find it pretty interesting,” he said, “and I felt like it was something that could actually help myself and my golf, with the whole sports psychology
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Katie Frith, senior hotel, restaurant and tourism major, prepares meat for the Ready for the World Café on Wednesday. The café serves a full international buffet, and operates Monday through Thursdays, from 11:30 to 1:30. The café can be found on the third floor of the UC in the Hermitage Room.
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Memories make rivalry for Gator fans UF fans include ‘98 game as perfect example of heated rivalry
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Florida Gator fans will be making the drive this weekend up to Volunteer Country for the UT-Florida football game. Although the game has had a long history as a grudge match, many Florida fans have come to cherish the memories of their trips to Knoxville. It doesn’t matter to me. People say so-and-so fans are the worst. I just don’t buy into it.” Robby O’Daniel In fact, she said good-natured gamesmanship makes the Recruitment Editor experience more enjoyable. “I love the spirit,” she said. “The more spirited the fans are, It’s not just UT fans who are excited about the big Florida game on Saturday. Every other year, orange-and-blue shirts the more fun I have. That makes it fun. I don’t want to see us and jerseys add some variety to Neyland Stadium, as Gator go play somebody we’re going to kill. I want to see the big games.” fans make a mass exodus to Knoxville. In that vein, she hopes for both teams to do well. “I’m a little disappointed that we’re both not doing a little Memories of a rivalry To head up to Tennessee early Thursday, like she had better,” she said. “But I think, for both teams, it means a lot. We need to show that we actually play four quarters and that planned, Vicky Haynes Pratton had a lot to get ready. But packing for the Gators’ away game in Knoxville is a our quarterback can actually play.” But there is another thing she misses about the UT-Florida familiar process to Pratton, who has not missed a Florida rivalry. game in Knoxville in about 20 years. “I really miss being able to make fun of coach (Phillip) “I can remember sitting in the rain, many games in the rain,” Pratton said. “I can remember losing and being on the Fulmer,” she said. “We really miss that.” top row of the stadium and all the fireworks going off. ... I’ve Hope for a return to the glory days been there to see it all.” For Steve Russell, sports director at WRUF radio station in The Pensacola, Fla., native graduated from the University of Florida in 1975. She missed the play of Steve Spurrier by a Gainesville, Fla., this is the first year since 1998 that he will few years, but she saw quarterback John Reaves connect with not make the trek to Knoxville. His first experience in Neyland Stadium is one of the most wide receiver Carlos Alvarez on the gridiron. One of the major factors in the planned trips to Neyland memorable ones for Vols fans. “That was pretty scary because the fans just came running Stadium for the Gators-Vols game is Pratton’s cousin settling on the field and just running around and almost got trampled,” in Nashville. “We head on over to Nashville and then head to Knoxville he said. “It was a little weird, not in a bad way. It’s just a lot of people were on the field.” for the game,” she said. Russell said he enjoys the experience of going to Neyland Plus, the availability of cheap golf at public courses makes Stadium. visits alluring. “When you go there, you’re dealing with over 100,000 peoEven though Pratton, 56, cheers on the Gators, she enjoys the games that turned into nailbiters, literally. She remembers ple,” he said. “You’re dealing with as rabid a fan base as there sitting with her cousin in the middle of Neyland Stadium dur- is in the SEC. It was fun to go to. I’ve been to every SEC road ing the game in 2000, when a controversial play, ruled a catch venue. I always enjoy SEC crowds.” With a brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Knoxville, Russell by wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, made the Gators victorious and left the Vol faithful angry. She remembers biting her fin- has stayed with family before going to the game. He remembers, in the heat of the rivalry during the late ’90s gernails, decked out in gator-blue fingernail polish, during that and early 2000s, hosting a simulcast call-in show with ESPN finish. Then, there was the 1998 overtime win the soon-to-be 1180 AM Knoxville radio host Tony Basilio. “His show could be heard here (Gainesville),” he said. “My national champion Vols had over the Gators. After Florida show could be heard there (Knoxville). I took calls from kicker Collins Cooper’s attempted field goal went wide left, Knoxville. He took calls from Gainesville. That was during the orange-and-white-clad Vols fans stormed the field. “All the fans were out there pulling up the grass,” she said. time when the rivalry was pretty intense, a lot of fun.” He said the station did the Tennessee-Florida radio simul“They wanted a piece of history. They took the goal posts down and carried them off. We literally couldn’t get out of the cast more than one year, but the station has never done a stadium because the fans didn’t want to leave the stands. So simulcast with any school other than Tennessee in this manner. we basically said, ‘Oh well, I guess we’ll stay.’” Russell yearns for the days of a more heated rivalry between She calls that experience the major memory that sticks out in her mind of all the Gators-Vols games in Knoxville she’s the two schools, saying lately Florida has succeeded, while Tennessee has struggled. been to. “I hope that Derek Dooley does a nice job, and I hope that The ’98 game, of course, was the first year after Peyton Tennessee gets back to prominence,” he said. “... Not that this Manning. “We always took pride in the fact that Peyton couldn’t ever game doesn’t mean anything because it does, but it just does not have the sizzle it used to have.” beat us,” she said. It was thrilling, he said, when both teams were good, and Many Vols fans might see incoming Gators as villains walking into hostile territory, but Pratton and her family do not this opening SEC game could give a leg up to one team and take the adversarial nature between the fans as serious. When drastically hurt another’s chances. “I just hope it gets back to that,” he said, “because this someone says something to them about being Gators fans, rivalry deserves that.” they just smile. “People who let that stuff bother them don’t need to be going to away stadiums,” she said. “I just think it’s hilarious.
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Senior forward John Fields practices defense at Pratt Pavillion on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Fields, a transfer student from UNC-Wilmington, joins with high hopes for a successful season with the Vols under the leadership of head coach Bruce Pearl.