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Issue 22, Volume 121

Friday, September 21, 2012

UT welcomes parents this weekend David Cobb Assistant News Editor

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Clayton Bennett, freshman in mechanical engineering, contemplates his next move in a game of chess on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. As part of the Family Weekend, UT Parents Association will host a tailgate party in Circle Park this Saturday.

Unique comic to appear at Bijou Victoria Wright Arts and Culture Editor Building her comedy partly from a passion for her art and partly from her mother’s humor, Margaret Cho has created a style all her own. She plans to use that style when she visits Knoxville tonight to perform her candid show, “MOTHER.” Known for her brass sense of humor, Cho doesn’t plan to hold back at the show. “It’s really dirty jokes and things that can’t be repeated anywhere,” Cho said. “(It’s) something that’s dangerous and not something that you can see anywhere. It’s well-written, but it’s raunchy.” Born in San Franscisco to Korean parents, Cho said her relationship with them has transformed as she’s grown older. “I think parents in general really become more of your friends as you grow older,” Cho said. “They become less of an authority figure.” Cho started in the comedy scene roaming the college circuit in the early 1990s, and was soon nominated for “Campus Comedian of the Year.” As her career progressed, Cho took her jokes from the stage to the screen, starring her 2008 VH1 television series “The Cho Show”, and most recently on the Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva” as Teri Lee. “I think they’re both great. I really enjoy working in both,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be able to do comedy. It’s all great.”

Throughout her years as an entertainer, Cho remained loyal to her raw comedic style. In an industry where the majority of comedians dishing out raunchy jokes are men, Cho stands apart for her no apologies jokes. “I’ve just always wanted to do comedy as an art form. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed,” Cho said. “I guess it doesn’t matter to me what people are saying. I would rather just be a good comic. I think it’s important just to be a good comic. I think that kind of transcends any ideas about women and what people think they should (be).” “MOTHER” will focus heavily on views of strong women within the gay community, as well as other aspects of popular culture. The argument of legalizing gay marriage has been a focal point in the U.S., and Cho doesn’t plan to stray from the sensitive subject. “I think (gay marriage) is really important for equal rights,” she said. “That’s my (complete) take on everything as it relates to marriage equality.” Hannah LaPrise, senior in global studies, said she enjoys how Cho advocates for gay rights without seeming overbearing. “I like that she’s made it a part of who she is, how she cares like that, and how she makes it part of her persona,” LaPrise said. “She’s made it pretty non-threatening because she is a comedian.” Tomorrow not being her first time in Knoxville, Cho plans to alleviate some nostalgia by eating at The Tomato Head in Market Square. “I'm really excited to come back there,” she said. “MOTHER” starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theater. Tickets for the show are $25 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at

If you walked by Circle Park Thursday and saw the gargantuan white tent going up, you might have thought “College GameDay” was back on campus. Saturday’s Tennessee vs. Akron football game doesn’t make for an appealing weekend in ESPN’s eyes, but it is enough for a slew of parents to descend on UT’s campus for the Parents Association’s Fall Family Weekend. Parents Association Director Emily Parker said this weekend was strategically selected with the help of the UT athletic department as one where enough football tickets would be available to accommodate the approximate 4,000 family weekend participants. “We think it’s really important that parents do have the opportunity to come to campus and visit with their students, see what’s going on around campus and just spend time with them in the university environment,” Parker said. “That’s what we strive to do.” Families will check in at the Black Cultural Center between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Friday and then will have the chance to participate in a variety of activities, including Fall Fest, a street fair on Pedestrian Walkway. “That’s really an opportunity to showcase the colleges and student organizations to parents and students,” Parker said. “They can see what activities and research the colleges might be doing or what student organizations like the Visual Arts Committee do. It’s a chance for those student groups to promote themselves and really engage parents and students with what’s going on around campus.” Friday’s festivities will be capped with a concert by Nashvillebased recording artist Ben Rector at the Humanities Ampitheatre, an event that Parker suspects will draw at least 1,000 spectators. “Last year, our parent evaluation results from family weekend showed that they really wanted a concert to attend with their students so we said, ‘okay,’” Parker said. “We talked to the students on the Campus Entertainment Board and told them to bring whichever artist they thought would appeal to both parents and students, and they selected Ben Rector.” Prior to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff, participating families will enjoy a tailgate and silent auction in Circle Park, as well as a chance to interact with UT administrators. The tailgate is a zerowaste event, meaning all materials are 100% recyclable and any food scraps will be composted. “That’s an opportunity for parents and students to have a place to hang out, enjoy good food, entertainment and shop at the auction,” Parker said. “They’ll be able to talk to Chancellor (Jimmy Cheek), the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Student Life’s staff, and get to mingle with everyone on campus in a relaxed atmosphere before heading over to the ball game.” Cheek will address the crowd at the tailgate. During a meeting with Student Government Association representatives on Wednesday, he commented on the significance of the Parents Association. “I’ve been at three universities now in my professional career and by far this is the best parents association I’ve ever seen,” Cheek said. “To get 4,000 here on a weekend, it’s just a phenomenal number of parents.” The last official event of the weekend will be a Sunday morning brunch at Presidential Court Café. Tickets are $5 in advance through the family weekend registration system. “We know that students do really well if they have that parental support,” Parker said. “So just giving them an opportunity to spend time on campus, and do all the activities that are planned for them, I think that’s pretty unique.”

Study abroad fair Wednesday Staff Report While most students at UT took trips to beaches in Florida or South Carolina last spring, Mackenzie Higgins saw two of the Seven Wonders of the World. Higgins, a senior in global studies and Spanish, was studying at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in her free time, visited Machu Picchu and Iguazú Falls. She also traveled to Chile and Peru, as well as San Martin de los Andes, Mendoza, and San Luis in Argentina. When she wasn’t in class or traveling, she ate a lot of empanadas and watched a lot of soccer. She said her study abroad experience was wonderful and said speaking Spanish every day improved her ability to communicate abroad. This semester, Higgins is back at UT and working as a peer advisor in the Programs Abroad Office. She and other peer advisors will be avail-

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able to talk about their experiences at the Fall 2012 Study Abroad Fair. The fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26 in the University Center Ballroom. Interested students can learn about semester-long, year-long, summer and mini-term study abroad programs. There also will be information about summer internships. Students who have studied abroad and faculty members who lead summer and miniterm programs will be on hand to answer questions. Students can find out more about scholarships and how to use financial aid for a study abroad program. Finalists’ photos in the Programs Abroad Office photography contest will be on display, and students can vote for their favorites. Past years’ winners can be seen in the Photo Gallery at Students can also visit with peer advisors anytime to learn more about studying abroad. They are available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Programs Abroad Office resource room. Daily informational meetings are held at 2:00 p.m.

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A brochure stands on display during the Study Abroad Fair in 2009. Interested students can attend the next Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 26 in the University Center Ballroom, or attend daily informative meetings at the Study Abroad Office.

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Friday, Sepember 21, 2012


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6:06 p.m. A UTPD officer assisted with an arrest that occurred at Gate 23 of Neyland Stadium. The subject was arrested for evading arrest and public intoxication. He was then taken to Gate 10 and the transport wagon. 8:17 p.m. Two officers were dispatched to Johnny Majors Drive west of Lake Loudon Boulevard in response to a possible vehicle burglary in process. An intoxicated individual was found inside a vehicle that did not belong to him. The individual was taken into custody for public intoxication. 9:15 p.m. An officer responded to a complaint of someone smoking in Section K of Neyland Stadium. The usher at that section advised the officer that the subject was smoking in his seat. The officer found the subject to be disorderly and intoxicated. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Knox County Intake Facility via the transport wagon. 10:10 p.m. A sheriff responded to a distur-

1780 — Benedict Arnold commits treason In this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word "traitor." Arnold was born into a well-respected family in Norwich, Connecticut, on January 14, 1741. He apprenticed with an apothecary and was a member of the militia during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). He later became a successful trader and joined the Continental Army when the Revolutionary War broke out between Great Britain and its 13 American colonies in 1775. Brandon Crawford • The Daily Beacon When the war ended in 1883, the colonies had won Students run through judo-throwing techniques during a Martial Arts club practice their independence from Britain and formed a new on Monday at TRECS. nation, the United States. During the war, Benedict Arnold proved himself a brave and skillful leader, helping Ethan Allen's troops capture Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and then participating in the unsuccessful attack on British Quebec later that year, which earned him a promotion to brigadier general. Arnold distinguished himself in campaigns at Lake Champlain, Ridgefield and Saratoga, and gained the support of George Washington. However, Arnold had enemies within the military and in 1777, five men of lesser rank were promoted over him. Over the course of the next few years, Arnold married for a second time and he and his new wife lived a lavish lifestyle in Philadelphia, accumulating substantial debt. The debt and the resentment Arnold felt over not being promoted faster were motivating factors in his choice to become a turncoat.

Log bance call in Section E of Neyland Stadium. The subject, who was intoxicated, had been in an altercation in the stands. The subject resisted while being placed under arrest and was not cooperative. He attempted to pull away from the sheriff on two separate incidents during the arrest. When an officer asked for his social security and phone numbers, he replied that he would only tell his lawyer. The subject was then transported to the Knox County Intake Facility by the transport wagon. 11:59 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Hodges Library in regards to an individual that would not leave after being asked multiple times to leave the area by the library staff. The individual was taken into custody and charged with the offenses of criminal trespassing and public intoxication. Crimelogs are compiled from records of the UT and Knoxville police departments. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

In 1780, Arnold was given command of West Point, an American fort on the Hudson River in New York (and future home of the U.S. military academy, established in 1802). Arnold contacted Sir Henry Clinton, head of the British forces, and proposed handing over West Point and his men. On September 21 of that year, Arnold met with Major John Andre and made his traitorous pact. However, the conspiracy was uncovered and Andre was captured and executed. Arnold, the former American patriot, fled to the enemy side and went on to lead British troops in Virginia and Connecticut. 1792 — Monarchy abolished in France In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic. The measure came one year after King Louis XVI reluctantly approved a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power. Louis ascended to the French throne in 1774 and from the start was unsuited to deal with the severe financial problems that he inherited from his predecessors. In 1789, food shortages and economic crises led to the outbreak of the French Revolution. King Louis and his queen, Mary-Antoinette, were imprisoned in August 1792, and in September the monarchy was abolished. Soon after, evidence of Louis' counterrevolutionary intrigues with foreign nations was discovered, and he was put on trial for treason. In January 1793, Louis was convicted and condemned to death by a narrow majority. On January 21, he walked steadfastly to the guillotine and was executed. Marie-Antoinette followed him to the guillotine nine months later. — This Day in History is courtesy of

Friday, September 21, 2012

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Fair offers various opportunities Mollie Swayne Contributor UT’s fourth annual Social Impact Fair offered students exposure to 66 different organizations recruiting volunteers, interns and paid workers in the University Center Ballroom Wednesday afternoon. The theme of social impact was the unifying element of the event, but the opportunities at the fair were quite varied. Representatives showcased environmental work, health-related opportunities, ESL positions, and social work for the impoverished, to name just a few. Melissa Suadi, volunteer coordinator of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding based in Lenoir City, was at the fair to seek volunteers to help people with disabilities grow or rehabilitate by learning to ride a horse. Suadi says the work that the volunteers do is important, meaningful and beneficial to the lives of their patients. “We’ve had first words spoken at STAR and some individuals that have never had the strength to stand up or walk establish that strength and then are able to function better physically. It’s just amazing,” Suadi said. “We have goals for them set up for each session, (and) then we strive to get them to obtain those goals. I mean, sometimes they’re working on fine motor and gross motor (skills) and don’t even realize that’s what they’re doing, so they’re able to use their left hand much better than they were before they started.” No prior experience or knowledge of horses is required to help people of all ages and conditions, including individuals with Down syndrome and disabled veterans, to improve their quality of life.

Similarly humanitarian yet structurally different was the work Katie Weber of Bridge Refugees Services sought volunteers for. Her organization seeks students willing to help refugees transplanted to Knoxville to learn about and adjust to American life. Bridge Refugees services 200 to 300 refugees a year. This past year, most have been from Iraq, Burma, Ethiopia and Cuba. All the work is volunteer-based, and Weber knows it takes a special kind of person to devote time so selflessly. “(We’re seeking) someone who is humanitarian-minded, who is interested in multiculturalism, maybe somebody with some policy experience...Just somebody who has a good heart and is interested in our mission, basically,” Weber said. Two students that might fit that description are Holly Hayes, freshman in Hispanic studies, and Christopher Faulkner, senior in computer science and language and world business. Hayes and Faulkner were required to go to the fair for their language and world business class to consider the international aspects that the businesses present, as well as to investigate how the exhibited opportunities could improve their resumes. However, the students also had previous experience in community service and felt it is important to give one’s time and help to others. Faulkner mentors kids in the foster care system by sharing his personal experiences; Hayes spent two years as a youth intern in her hometown church. She was especially fervent about the importance of volunteering. “... I really believe ... that the youth in our community are the future of our world,” Hayes said. “Because, if they don’t have a good foundation in what is important … then where is our world, where is our community, where is our society? So, I really think that community service is the backbone of our society.” The next job fair hosted by UT Career Services is the 2012 MBA Job and Internship Fair, held today in the Haslam Business Building.

Russian Week draws crowd Luke Cottam Contributor Russian Week returned to UT this week with a series of anticipated events. For the first time in 10 years, UT’s Russian program is hosting a fall semester Russian Week comprised of presentations, cooking demonstrations, a movie viewing and a Russian Culture Night. The week’s anticipated climax came Thursday night with a cultural emersion of costumes, dance and indigenous food. Thursday’s Culture Night was poised to sell out. Although Wednesday night’s Coffee House viewing of the Russian documentary “My Perestroika” consisted of a quiet crowd, it seems that most of those interested in Russian Week were not only eagerly awaiting Thursday night’s dancing and refreshments, but were also looking forward to Wednesday’s Coffee House event. The lights dimmed in the International House ballroom around 6:15 p.m. over a loose huddle of viewers joined in a prevalent air of tension. For 88 minutes the award-winning documentary dissected Russia’s transition from the Soviet era to modern day by telling the stories of five classmates who grew up behind the Iron Curtain. After hitting on themes of patriotism, western imperialism, progress, regress and disillusionment, the film tuckered to a close with an eye of optimism on the future. After the viewing, Drew Hargis, sophomore in communications who is enrolled in Russian 101, said he primarily came for the extra credit offered for attending. But

there was another motivation. “I came because I thought it would be interesting to see the aspects of the Russian culture from that time, to see what Russia was like in past decades,” Hargis said. Despite the loose organization of the event, Hargis said that the film was, “very interesting and informative.” Maria Kamyshkova, Russian lecturer and Russian Week organizer, was excited about the week as a whole. “Monday was a lecture by Josh Barnett, a political science student about ‘Pussy Riot’, which went very well, and yesterday was the cooking demonstration which went well also,” Kamyshkova said. She said the film was chosen to appeal to students who may not know a lot about Russian history. “Usually we don’t show documentaries, but since we couldn’t find a more popular Russian movie like we showed last time, we chose this,” she said. “It’s interesting because it’s about transition, for some people who know about the Soviet Union it might be interesting.”

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A UT alumnus informs a student about Acadia Village during the Social Impact Fair on Wednesday in the University Center Ballroom. The fair offered numerous volunteer and job opportunities for students.

Friday, September 21, 2012


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Somewhere... Hopefully Search for ‘the point’ distracts in writing Preston Peeden Associate Editor I’ve always wanted to be Jerry Seinfeld. If not for his awesome sneaker collection, piles of money and incredibly coifed hair; I wish I could be Jerry simply for the fact that I could write a story about nothing and everyone would love it (also I would make piles of money because of it). For the past four years, I have been struck by the ambition to become a writer. I want to one day be a screenwriter for the sole purpose of taking a friend to a movie and pulling the ultimate oneupper move by saying, “Oh, you liked that film? Well I wrote it.” Think about it, that would be the most epic way of shutting up that one person who thinks that everything he or she does is not only worthy of being mentioned but is also somehow superior to everything else you have done. I ultimately have a career path based primarily out of a self-interested, vindictive pipe dream. In my pursuits of being a writer, I have tried just about every style. I’ve dabbled in journalism (kind of an obvious statement since I am currently writing in a newspaper), short story writing, scriptwriting and even an embarrassing attempt at novel writing. At every stage, I have run into a common problem: I never know what to write about. For some authors, it seems that they know exactly what they want to say and how they need to go about it (this is obviously why they’re writers). But why does having a point matter? When did I become convinced that writings and stories needed to have some plot, vision or path that leads somewhere? And in this way I am back to Jerry Seinfeld, a

man who made one of the most successful TV sitcoms ever by simply writing a “show about nothing.” “Seinfeld” was great because of this nothingness. George, Jerry, Kramer, Elaine and every other character to grace that world had almost nothing going on. It was free-floating, and I loved it. Regardless of my love for the show, whenever I sit down to write anything, for either school or pleasure, I find myself grasping at straws for some point or idea, desperately trying to make sense out of my words in a vein attempt to create some meaning out of nothing. I avoid the “nothing” that I used to relish and get lost in searching for the point. Why should I even care about points? Points are relative. Whatever I register from an author’s work is probably not what he or she was trying to get across. Writing leaves too much up for interpretation. And in doing so, the points gathered vary from person to person. In a way, it’s like what the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi taught about the fallibility of human perception. We’re all limited by the constraints of our own conceptions, and we therefore view things differently based on that level of awareness. I make myself look out for a meaning and a purpose in my writing, and am blind to everything else (also, this past paragraph was a nice synthesis of my Religious Studies homework, proof that I did it). So where am I now? In a way, I’ve gone somewhere by doing nothing. In these past 600 words, I have chronicled my quest for nothing— but does that constitute a point? Trying to find meaning and themes in writing can stop people from doing what they love, writing. I want to be Jerry Seinfeld. I want to write about nothing and everything. — Preston Peeden is a senior in history. He can be reached at



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Sarah Russell Up until this year, I admittedly did not care much about politics. I was not old enough to vote during the last presidential election, and at the time I did not feel that I knew enough about the issues to make an informed decision even if I could vote. I have never been particularly outspoken about my beliefs, and I was not even willing to engage in conversations on the issues out of fear that I would reveal my ignorance or have my opinions shot down by better arguments. In short, I was everything that the founding fathers sought to protect against when, for better or for worse, they established the Electoral College: I was an uninformed and uninterested citizen. Clearly, my views on politics have changed somewhat since then. I am now registered to vote; I am making an effort to watch the news, read the paper, listen to the debates and have a working knowledge of the issues that will be featured prominently in this upcoming election. I will still wholeheartedly admit that I do not know everything there is to know about each issue, and I am sure that some of the opinions I have formed are shaped in large part by the media and could be changed with more exposure to the realities of the issues. However, unlike before, I am much more willing to swallow my pride and ask questions about these issues. Many of my professors and peers are much more knowledgeable about these issues than I will ever hope to be, and rather than being afraid of showing my ignorance, I have started to use them as invaluable resources in developing my political beliefs. I still have a great deal of sympathy for those

who feel that engaging in politics is a zero-sum game. It is impossible to fully grasp these issues being debated, they say; in fact, even the politicians themselves do not understand every aspect. Many feel that their votes do not count for anything, either because of the electoral college system or because of the sheer number of voters that turn out for each election. In fact, many want to engage themselves in politics in one way or another, but simply feel as I used to that their decisions will not be fully informed and that whatever decision they make will count for next to nothing in the long run. What finally changed my mind about my involvement in politics was little more than increasing my exposure to information about the candidates, the issues and the election process. As sentient human beings, we all have opinions; and in today’s world of polarizing politics, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to not take sides on an issue, even if we never express that opinion publicly. Furthermore, as citizens of the United States, we are members of a participatory democracy. In that sense, we have an obligation to do just that: participate. We are fortunate enough to live in a country that allows freedom of opinion and gives us the opportunity to elect our leaders, whether you wholeheartedly support one or are simply choosing “the lesser of two evils.” There will be several opportunities to register to vote on campus before the election, and I hope that those who are not registered will do so. I am not using this space to ask you to vote Democrat or Republican; I am simply asking that we, as educated citizens of a democratic country, understand that we have the ability and the obligation to inform ourselves about the issues and to cast our votes in the upcoming election. — Sarah Russell is a senior in history. She can be reached at

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Why am I not tired of talking about stupid politics yet? The recently leaked Romney fundraiser video is a great example. It’s being spun in some places to be a stark escalation in the polarizing, classist rhetoric from most of the things he says. Fuel for the fire of the barbarian liberal hordes. Actually, I agree with Romney’s own clarification that, yes, the language was blunt, but he was merely selling big campaign doners as strategic a package as he could; why not write off the minimum 47 percent of voters who are statistically just not going to vote for him? Emphasizing the closeness in size of the opposing groups to your own is a predictable strategy to get those you’re soliciting to help out. And the people he’s selling to are no doubt already his voters at the ballot, but $50,000 buys a lot of bumper stickers. Nothing he claimed was anything he hasn’t claimed before, he stood by it when questioned, and it was likely exactly what the donors wanted to hear. To recap, Romney claimed 47 percent of Americans are “victims,” “dependent upon government, who believe that the government has a responsibility to take care of them,” and “pay no income taxes,” thus being immune to any message about lower taxes. To suppress any explosive moral outrage and simply clarify—you know, contribute a little bit of damage control to objective reality, you know, that thing that gets smashed to pieces every day—more than 47 percent of those people do pay taxes in meaningful ways. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “these figures cover only the federal income tax and ignore the substantial amounts of other federal taxes— especially the payroll tax—that many of these households pay. As a result, these figures greatly overstate the share of households that do not pay federal taxes. Tax Policy Center data show that

only about 17 percent of households did not pay any federal income tax or payroll tax in 2009, despite the high unemployment and temporary tax cuts that marked that year. In 2007, a more typical year, the figure was 14 percent. This percentage would be even lower if it reflected other federal taxes that households pay, including excise taxes on gasoline and other items.” Moreover, a majority of people who don’t pay income or payroll taxes are “low-income people who are elderly, unable to work due to a serious disability, or students, most of whom subsequently become taxpayers.” Information from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy also shows that the “poorest fifth of households paid a stunning 12.3 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes in 2011.” With federal, state and local taxes, it’s more like 16 percent of their income. The second poorest fifth pays more like 20 percent. To really do anything about increasing income taxes on the lowest-income Americans, policymakers under Romney would have to do things such as lower the personal exemption, or standard deduction—“which would tax many lowincome working families into, or deeper into, poverty; weaken the EITC or Child Tax Credit, which would significantly increase child poverty while reducing incentives for work over welfare; or par back the tax exclusion for Social Security benefits, which would subject more seniors with modest fixed incomes to the income tax.” Basically, every single mentally and/or physically able citizen pays or will pay significant taxes in their life, and is therefore entitled their share. But regardless of how absurd these arguments are, lately it’s been too easy to make self-indulgent claims about the differences between conservatives and liberals, Obama and Romney. Yes, in the vein of always asking the most questions when you find yourself with a lot of like-minded folks, good questions lead to the nature of the conflict itself. More on the highly disillusioning similarities between the presidential candidates next week. — Wiley Robinson is a senior in ecology and evolutionary biology. He can be reached at

Friday, September 21, 2012

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Passion Pit plays Knoxville Melodi Erdogan Contributor The electronic indie-pop group Passion Pit was due to play downtown Knoxville venue The Valarium in early July, but cancelled only forty eight hours in advance due to lead singer Michael Angelakos’ mental health. Although these reasons seemed suspicious, after articles and videos were released online, it was obvious that Angelakos had major personal problems that kept him from performing. Fast forward two months and Passion Pit reschedules the show on Sept. 18 to promote “Gossamer”, the album the released in July, where Angelakos was not only smiling and laughing on stage but also filled the venue with a beautiful sound that cannot truly be compared to anything else. Passion Pit’s performance began with their single “Take a Walk” off their new album and set the bar for the rest of the concert; as they began to play, the audience immediately erupted with life after a long twenty minute wait, and soon after harmonious music was vibrating through the room and every member of the crowd. The band played quite a variety of their work, beyond just what’s on their new album, including most of their popular songs, such as “Little Secrets” and “The Reeling.” Rhett Abrahamson, Knoxville resident since 2000, had never attended a concert before Passion Pit and did not quite know what to expect from the experience. “The crowd was quiet and non-attentive—then as soon as Michael and (his) bandmates walked on (stage), the crowd went nuts and only got crazier,” Abrahamson said. “I didn’t think I’d get so sucked into the music, I’m a big fan and all, but all that energy was overwhelming.” The band was set up mostly around Angelakos, putting the focus on him, which is understandable; Passion Pit began as a one-man-band of just him and his music. Writing all his music and producing it as well, Angelakos is an extremely personal musician, which was apparent on stage; his emotions were brought out in the song “Constant Conversations”, where he became more focused and a bit somber, bringing an austere feel to the concert. The mood was quickly lightened as Angelakos started to laugh and mess around with the drummer. Passion Pit initially became popular with their “Chunks

of Change” EP, which featured the band’s most well-known song, “Sleepyhead.” This upbeat and fun song with complex lyrics closed the set accompanied with streamers along the crowd, whose energy was beyond intense at this point of the concert. After chants and protests, Angelakos and the band came back on stage to perform three more songs as their encore. Although rather small for such a well-known headlining band, the Valarium was a good setting for the concert. The open floor allowed concert-goers to interact with Angelakos by singing into the microphone when he pointed it at the audience and was perfect for taking photos. The attendance was not overbearCarolina Gumpers • The Daily Beacon ing, and the lights and production of Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos performed at the Valarium on the show essentially added that extra something to accompany the music Tuesday. After cancelling tour dates this summer, Angelakos is happy to that truly made the concert unforget- be back on the road to promote “Gossamer”, the band’s new album. table. and appreciated Passion Pit’s extra effort. For Alyssa Johnson, freshman in studio art and first-time “The best part was the double encore, it felt like an apolValarium visitor, the venue proved to be a little unsettling. ogy for the cancelation they made in was nice to see “I walked here from campus and it’s definitely in a shady that extra effort for the fans,” Abrahamson said. part of town,” Johnson said of The Valarium. “I would have Passion Pit’s performance as a whole was truly incrediliked to see (Passion Pit) in a nicer venue.” ble. When considering their music and how electronic it Two fairly new California-based bands opened for Passion really is, it is hard to imagine how that sound could be Pit, Pacific Air and The Neighborhood. Pacific Air, which reproduced live with the same level of quality their albums has only performed six times before, showed promise with have. With the main emphasis on vocals and the instruexciting tunes that hyped up the crowd for Passion Pit’s ments being played on stage juxtaposed with the lesser anticipated appearance. Jose Mejia, freshman in social and audible and noticeable synthesizers and electronics, the live public policy, enjoyed Pacific Air’s six song set. music had that undefinable quality that just cannot be cap“I really liked them, I think they have potential,” Mejia tured on tape. said. “They are bright and going somewhere, plus Passion Abrahamson, who personally connects with the deep and Pit knows a winner when they spot them.” dark lyrics of Passion Pit, said that he can see Passion Pit The other opening band, The Neighborhood, was quite only getting better. dreary and disappointing with meaningless lyrics and music “I think that the future of the band and Michael is a lot that faded to the background, making the crowd impatient like their first (song) on the EP ‘Chunk of Change’—‘Better and eager for Passion Pit. things are coming,’” Abrahamson said. Abrahamson highly enjoyed the production of the show









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Friday, September 21, 2012 Sports Editor Lauren Kittrell

Assistant Sports Editor Austin Bornheim

Vols look to rebound against Zips John Stewart Contributor Coming off one of the most deflating losses in recent history, the Tennessee Volunteers are looking to bounce back against Akron Saturday. Unfortunately, the Vols will be without sophomore starting safety Brian Randolph for the rest of the season. Randolph tore his ACL against Florida last week. This comes as an immediate concern due to Akron’s pass heavy offense. Junior Brent Brewer will replace Randolph as the starter, but head coach Derek Dooley said that he would also give time to senior Rod Wilks and freshman LaDarrell McNeil. Dooley also praised junior safety Byron Moore for being in position and doing what he’s been asked to do. Moore knows that losing Randolph is a big blow to the secondary, but he said that everyone needs to focus and work harder. “Just gotta have another guy step up now,” Moore said. “I’ll take more of a leadership role back there and make sure those guys are right in the back end, and the next guy just has to be ready now.” The Vols will also be making a change at cornerback with sophomore Justin Coleman replacing senior Marsalis Teague on the right side. On the other side junior quarterback Tyler Bray struggled last week, but still put up decent numbers. With 900 passing yards through three games Bray has kept the ball moving and made some great throws. The problem so far has been when Bray sees pressure and has to get rid of the ball quickly. “We’re just not executing,” said Bray. “If you can’t complete a pass or run the ball you’re not going to do anything on offense.” The Volunteers are looking to get the running game going to take some pressure off of Tyler Bray. Junior running back Rajion Neal has over 200 yards and sophomore running back Marlin Lane has over 100 yards so far this season. One way to help improve the running game may lie in sophomore linebacker A.J. Johnson’s hands. Johnson had two carries for five yards and a touchdown lined up in the Wildcat formation. “He’s physical,” said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. “I knew he’s 250 pounds, and let’s put him on the field and see what happens and we couldn’t be happier with that result.” The Volunteers play Akron in Neyland Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon

Brent Brewer squares up to make a tackle against a ball carrier in the Georgia State game on Saturday, Sept. 8. With Brian Randolph sidelined by injury, Brewer will see the field early and often against Akron.

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Assistant Sports Editor Austin Bornheim

Williams leads Zips into Knoxville Corbin Taylor Contributor It is a busy week in Akron, Ohio as the Zips prepare for the talented Tennessee Volunteers. Head coach Terry Bowden is aware that he has a tough task ahead of him, but believes winning is an option. “We have no illusions, we believe we can win this football game,” Bowden stated in a Tuesday press conference. “We will go in with all our plans to play our very best football game and see how we can do.” Akron has only played Tennessee in one previous meeting. In 1989 the Zips got spanked by the Volunteers, 52-9. This year the Zips hope not to repeat that beating. The Zips are riding high after last week’s 66-6 win over Morgan State. The Akron offense has put up some tremendous stats in their first three weeks of playing this season. They are fifth in the country in passing yards per game with 378 and 25th in scoring, averaging 39.3 points per game. Leading the way is senior quarterback Dalton Williams, who has been a bright light for the Zips this season. He has completed 94 of his 152 pass attempts and has already passed for 1,004 yards in his first three games. After throwing for 446 yards last Saturday, Williams is eager to sling the pigskin again in Knoxville. Williams’ great performance against Morgan State earned him recognition as one of the 12 players to be selected as a Weekley Davey O’Brien Award honorable mention.

Along with the quarterback, senior wide receiver Marquelo Suel hopes to continue his success. Suel accounts for a little more than a quarter of Williams’ passing yards, with 260 on 20 receptions. Although the Zips are a predominately pass first team, they still need a solid running game to balance out the offense. Averaging 118 yards per game, their running game is ranked 97th in the country. Their rushing attack is lead by sophomore running back Jawon Chisholm. Chisholm accounts for 189 of the Zips rushing yards this season and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Defense is a major downfall of the Zips. In the past three games they have given up 103 points and in each of those games they were not playing against the offensive fire power of an SEC opponent. The defense has been preparing all week to improve in hopes to slow down the Tennessee offense. This will be a tough match-up for the Zips. “They are a much more talented team,” Bowden said. “They have more athletic ability than we do, and size than we do and they have more speed than we do.” The team is eager to play in Knoxville, and hopes to gain exposure for the Akron athletic program. Commenting on the game, Bowden realizes that the odds are against them and a lot of things will have to go their way for them to be successful. “They got Georgia next week, maybe they will be thinking about Georgia,” Bowden said hopefully.

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Junior running back Jawon Chisholm fights for extra yards against the Morgan State Bears on Saturday, Sept. 15. Chisholm is the leading rusher for Akron.



Friday, September 21, 2012 Sports Editor Lauren Kittrell

Assistant Sports Editor Austin Bornheim

FIRST PLACE Austin Bornheim Assistant Sports Editor Akron 13 - Tennessee 35 Arizona - Oregon Kansas State - Oklahoma Clemson - Florida State Michigan 27 - Notre Dame 21

Overall: 12-3

SECOND PLACE David Cobb Assistant News Editor Akron 14 - Tennessee 45 Arizona - Oregon Kansas State - Oklahoma Clemson - Florida State Michigan 34 - Notre Dame 35

Overall: 11-4

THIRD PLACE Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon

Tyler Bray throws a pass downfield against the Florida Gators last Saturday. This weekend against Akron, Bray should continue to put up big numbers against what should be an overmatched secondary.

One moment, one quarterback Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor My favorite sports moment in history happened last Saturday. It wasn’t a great day for Tennessee football, but the scene that developed from that will be forever etched in my memory. Earlier this year, junior quarterback Tyler Bray was named to the 2012 Preseason Watch list of everything. From the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Year to the Manning Award and even a possibility of the nation’s top player, Bray’s talent was getting noticed. After his first two games against N.C. State and Georgia State, Bray’s talent continued to be a topic of debate from ESPN to 90.3 ‘The Rock’. He was the next Peyton Manning. He was destined for the NFL. He was Tennessee’s ticket for a return to the glory days. Notice the past tense. On Sept. 15, the Volunteers lost to the Florida Gators, 3720. While Bray’s first-half performance was acceptable with two passing touchdowns, Florida’s defense flustered him in the second half, and Bray fell apart.

In a game that could have been a breaking point for the team’s seven (now eight) game losing streak against their rival Gators, Bray had a 50 percent completion record and two interceptions. The hype that had surrounded the weekend, between ESPN’s “College GameDay” and retiring Johnny Major’s jersey number, came to a staggering hault after Florida halfback Trey Burton scored on a 75-yard run. And only a short time later, the moment came. Bray threw a beautiful pass, directly to head coach Derek Dooley. Even better, Dooley caught it like a pro and threw it down like a boss. If Bray wasn’t already aware that he lost any chance of an award this year, that moment decided it for him. And at that moment, I began to feel sorry for him. It can’t be easy to know that any mistake will come back to haunt you. It can’t be easy to know that every Vol fan in the country is looking to you as their golden boy. It can’t be easy being over-hyped across the nation. Maybe Bray needs to be viewed for what he is, for what the stats say he is. Maybe he should be viewed as an exceptional athlete. Maybe he should be viewed as a Tennessee quarterback who has led the Vols to wins that should have been won. Maybe Bray should be viewed as a player who has broken numerous Peyton Manning records. Maybe Bray shouldn’t be viewed as the answer to all Tennessee’s problems, but as a step in the right direction. Maybe Dooley disagrees with me.

Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor Akron 13 - Tennessee 37 Arizona - Oregon Kansas State - Oklahoma Clemson - Florida State Michigan 27 - Notre Dame 31

Overall: 10-5

THIRD PLACE Preston Peeden Associate Editor Akron 14 - Tennessee 35 Arizona - Oregon Kansas State - Oklahoma Clemson - Florida State Michigan 28 - Notre Dame 27

Overall: 10-5

DEAD STINKIN’ LAST Emily DeLanzo Managing Editor Akron 10 - Tennessee 27 Arizona - Oregon Kansas State - Oklahoma Clemson - Florida State Michigan 14 - Notre Dame 10

Overall: 9-6

DEAD STINKIN’ LAST Casey Lawrence Ad Sales Akron 17 - Tennessee 40 Arizona - Oregon Kansas State - Oklahoma Clemson - Florida State Michigan 33 - Notre Dame 36

Overall: 9-6

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