Issue 25, Volume 121
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Controversy surrounds PIKE allegations Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief The Daily Beacon is currently investigating the events that took place early Saturday morning, Sept. 22, at the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity house, resulting in the hospitalization of Alexander Broughton, a sophomore majoring in logistics. The victim’s father, Mark Broughton of Memphis, claims the situation has not been thoroughly investigated to date. “There are erroneous reports out there,” Mark Broughton said, late Tuesday night. “There are significant errors that have been reported and we will correct them.” Speculation emerged after local and national news sources cited police reports that linked alcohol enemas with an incident at the Pi Kappa Alpha house. Alexander Broughton was dropped off at UT Medical Center with a Blood Alcohol Content level of over .40 early on Saturday morning. Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk
said in a news release on Monday that they believed fraternity members were using rectal enemas to facilitate rapid intoxication, but no official police report confirmed this allegation by the time of printing. University of Tennessee Police Department Chief Troy Lane has refused to comment on the ongoing investigation. “We are talking to both the UTPD and KPD, the fraternity, and the fraternity’s members,” Mark Broughton said. “We will have a statement, we hope tomorrow.” Pike has been suspended from fraternal activities for 30 days by its national headquarters. Mark Broughton said that his son is doing fine. “He went to classes today,” Mark Brougton said on Tuesday. “He is livid with the defamation of his character.” The Daily Beacon decided Monday not to report on the issue until vetted sources close to the situation could be cited. “He loves UT, he loves his fraternity,” Mark Broughton said of his son. “We place no blame on the fraternity.”
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Programs Abroad Office holds fair Cody Woodside Contributor UT’s Programs Abroad Office will hold its Study Abroad Fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. This event will provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the study abroad experience and the overall process. Studying abroad is an experience that is encouraged for students who seek a more globalized outlook as well as a more expanded understanding of foreign cultures. Sophomore Madeleine Hartle, sophomore in business, values the potential experiences offered by foreign education. “I plan on studying abroad because I think it will be life changing to explore some of the sources of modern civilizations,” she said. Many UT students study abroad each year, and each of these students testify that their experiences abroad changed them. Having the opportunity to live amid a different culture is a great way to broaden one’s perspective. It also results in a more compet-
itive resume in today’s job market. The Study Abroad Fair will have students that have studied abroad on hand to answer any questions. There will also be staff from the Programs Abroad Office available to inform everyone on the different types of programs (mini-term, summer term, year long, semester long and internships). The staff will also be able to answer questions about paying for the trip through scholarships and financial aid. Molly Thessin, junior in accounting, studied abroad in Malaga, Spain. Her desire to pursue studying abroad came from her mother’s past ventures abroad. “She always talked about how great her experience was and how much she learned,” Thessin said. She mentioned that visiting where her mother studied in Italy motivated her to choose a location in Europe as her destination. When it was time for her to begin the process of studying abroad, she chose to study intermediate Spanish in Malaga. “Spanish is so valuable in the United States now, so I wanted to
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Shelby Hall, senior in kinesiology, talks to a study abroad representative at the Study Abroad Fair on Jan. 27, 2012. learn the language better,” Thessin said. She knew that learning a language in a country that speaks it is the best way to do so. Her immersion in the language and culture really sped up the learning process. As mentioned above, most students feel that their experiences abroad changed them, and Molly is no different. She spoke on how she
changed. “I think I have become more independent. I only went with one person from UT, so we learned to meet other people in our group and meet locals in Spain,” she said. “I also learned to communicate with people who didn’t speak English, and that made me realize I could do it.” Thessin’s advice to any student
Center plans for fall break RJ Vogt News Editor Although the Vols play Mississippi State on Oct. 13, some UT volunteers will be headed elsewhere over fall break. The Center for Leadership and Services’ annual Alternative Fall Break takes place Oct. 11-14, marking the 20th anniversary of UT’s alternative break program. Tomorrow, those participating in the AFB will host a spaghetti lunch at the Black Cultural Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ticket includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, a breadstick, salad, dessert and a drink. “We have the same recipe that we’ve been using for years. It’s like an AFB tradition,” said Jordan Prewitt, junior in communications and one of the student organizers for alternative breaks. “All of the fundraising opportunities are student run,” said Kate Humphreys, a coordinator with the Center for Leadership and Service. “Each trip will pick how they want to fundraise.” The fundraiser is not the only student-run initiative. Even though there are three completely different trips, each with 20 participants and a specific theme, students are in charge. “Each of our break trips are planned and coordinated by two student leaders,” Humphreys said. “There’s a little bit of a method to the madness; they’re really working towards a specific goal and theme behind the trip.”
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Prewitt planned his group’s trip to Roanoke, Va., focusing on the theme of asset-based community development. “We wanted to find a community where we could meet their needs where they are,” he said. “Our goal is hopefully to go back to the same place. This is the third time that UT has gone to Roanoke, and we want to pick up where other groups left off.” Another group will travel to Louisville, Ky., focusing on rebuilding and recovery. Students will work with recovering child abuse victims and will have a chance to promote social skills and education. They will also work with refugee families and serve breakfast at a mission for the homeless. The third destination for AFB is centered on issues of hunger and homelessness in Winstom-Salem, N.C. Students will have the opportunity to paint and garden for Habitat for Humanity, as well as deliver food and redistribute produce for Wake Forest University’s Campus Kitchen. They will also work at a food bank and serve breakfast to a nonprofit transitional housing project, Veterans Helping Veterans Heal. Prewitt sees more than just community in the alternative breaks, highlighting the benefit for students as well. “I think that it really offers an awareness opportunity for students to realize what’s out there ... and to realize that these same service opportunites are in our same town,” he said. See FALL BREAK on Page 3
interested in studying abroad is simple. “Go to the Programs Abroad Office. They are very helpful in helping you pick a program, and they help you figure out what you need to turn in. Start early. There are a lot of forms involved, but if you start early, it is less stressful,” she said.
Students chat with former mayor Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief Bill Purcell believes in the power of local government to affect change. His experience as both a former state representative and former mayor of Nashville, coupled with his positions in academia, have given him a unique perspective on government’s role in society. “I left the legislature and started a center for child and family policy at Vanderbilt University,” Purcell said. “During that time I had a revelation ... about the importance and ability of local government to make a difference.” Now director of
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Harvard’s Institute of Politics, Purcell met with a small group of UT students in the Baker Center before his lecture Monday evening. Around ten students affiliated with the Baker Center took the opportunity to ask Purcell questions about his career and their futures. “Though going to lectures on campus (is) always very valuable, it is an incredible opportunity to be able to sit down with a speaker and have a truly open discussion between the speaker and a small group of students,” Lisa Dicker, senior in political science, said. “He was very dynamic and engaging.” See PURCELL on Page 3
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Alex Roberts, senior in studio art, squeegees ink over a shirt during the first annual Fall Fest on the Pedestrian Walkway on Sept. 22.
11:02 p.m. A UTPD officer was dispatched to an address on Laurel Avenue to assist officers with the Knoxville Police Department in reference to an assault that had already occurred. The victim stated that an unknown suspect knocked on his door and became belligerent without provocation. He stated that he asked the suspect to leave; however the suspect did not comply. The victim stated that he pushed the suspect out of the doorway, and the suspect punched him a single time in the mouth and then fled. The victim had visible injury to his lip, including bleeding, consistent with his statement. He declined medical attention and stated that he did not wish to file a police report unless the suspect could be identified. After conversations with tenants of a neighboring apartment, to which the suspect was thought to have fled, the suspect was identified and the victim stated that he wanted to pursue criminal charges. September 22 1:16 a.m. A UTPD officer was dispatched to the University of Tennessee Emergency Room in response to a request for assistance from the Knoxville Police Department. KPD had been called in reference to a male subject who had arrived in critical condition. The male subject is a current University of Tennessee student. The Location of Occurence/Address is listed as “Fraternity: Pi Kappa Alpha / 1820 Fraternity Park Dr., Knoxville, TN, Pike House.” Of the 27 persons listed in the report, all are male, and 25 are listed as students. 5:22 a.m. An officer reported a vehicle sitting in the left eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue at James Agee Street. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the driver was passed out with the vehicle running with his foot pressed on the brake pedal. The driver was awakened from his alcohol induced stupor by Rural Metro and placed under arrest on the charge of D.U.I. (First Offense). The driver refused to submit to a blood chemical test, and as a result received a second charge of violating the state’s Implied Consent Law. — The Crime Log is compiled of police reports from UTPD.
1776 — Congress elects agents to negotiate treaty with France On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress elects Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane and Arthur Lee as agents of the diplomatic commission that will be sent to secure a formal alliance and negotiate a treaty between the United States and France. Franklin, Deane and Lee were given formal instructions by the members of the Continental Congress as to what concessions they would be authorized to make in negotiating the treaty. First and foremost, they were instructed to tell the king of France, that if a treaty were signed, the United States would never form an allegiance with Great Britain and, if war between France and Great Britain were ever declared, the United States would defend France. Covert French aid began filtering into the colonies soon after the outbreak of hostilities in 1775. Silas Deane, the Connecticut delegate to the Continental Congress, left for France on a secret mission on March 3, 1776. The Committee of Congress for Secret Correspondence, consisting of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Harrison, John Dickinson, John Hay and Robert Morris, instructed Deane to meet with French Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Count de Vergennes, to stress America's need for military stores and assure the
French that the colonies were moving toward "total separation" from Great Britain. Deane managed to negotiate for unofficial assistance from France in the form of ships containing military supplies and recruited the Marquis de Lafayette to share his military expertise with the Continental Army's officer corps. However, it was not until the arrival of the suave Benjamin Franklin and the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777 that the French became convinced that it was worth backing the Americans in a formal treaty. 1969 — The Brady Bunch premieres On this day in 1969, American television audiences hear the soon-to-be-famous opening lyrics “Here’s the story of a lovely lady who was living with three very lovely girls…” as The Brady Bunch, a sitcom that will become an icon of American pop culture, airs for the first time. The show was panned by critics and, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, during “its entire network run, the series never reached the top ten ranks of the Nielsen ratings. Yet, the program stands as one of the most important sitcoms of American 1970s television programming, spawning numerous other series on all three major networks, as well as records, lunch boxes, a cookbook, and even a stage show and feature film.” Created by Sherwood Schwartz (whose
previous hit sitcom was Gilligan’s Island), The Brady Bunch followed the story of Carol (Florence Henderson), a widowed mother of three blonde daughters, who marries architect Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widower and the father of three brown-haired boys. The blended family lives together in a suburban Los Angeles home with their cheerful housekeeper, Alice (Ann B. Davis). The show focused primarily on issues related to the Brady kids--Greg (Barry Williams), Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Peter (Christopher Knight), Jan (Eve Plumb), Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and Cindy (Susan Olsen)--who ranged from gradeschool age to teenage. Although set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time of political and social upheaval in the United States, The Brady Bunch generally avoided controversial topics and instead presented a wholesome view of family life, tackled subjects such as sibling rivalry (including Jan’s now-famous complaint about the focus on her sister: “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”), braces and dating. After 177 episodes, ABC cancelled The Brady Bunch and the last original episode aired on August 30, 1974. However, the show soon became a massive hit in rerun syndication. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Purcell kicks off lecture series Parker Suczynski Contributor On Monday, former mayor of Nashville Bill Purcell gave a lecture entitled “American Cities are Back: Now What Do We Do?” in the Howard H. Baker Center. In the lecture, which is to be the first in the Ashe Lecture Series, he discussed his views on the future of American cities and the need for public policy to support them. Purcell’s lecture outlined various important factors in the process of building and maintaining a successful city, including the importance of public safety, quality of life and, above the rest, education. “It’s the one thing that touches everything else. It’s the most important thing that we do,” Purcell said. “Our cities would not succeed unless our schools succeeded.” He shared a humorous anecdote about his experience with education during his tenure as mayor. As a candidate for mayor, he promised to visit every school in Nashville. “(When) I was elected, I realized it was a pretty clear promise, easily interpreted and remembered. I said to my staff member, ‘Please find out how many schools we have.’ He went, he called, he came back, he said ‘They want to know how you would count them.’ I said, ‘I don’t know, I’m just a new mayor, but I was thinking, 1, 2, 3 ... and when you get to the last one, then you’d know.’ He went back, he called them back, he came back, he said, ‘They say, if you count them that way, there are 129.’ I said to him, ‘We’d better start out.’ I said to myself, ‘I wonder how else would you count them?’”
Mayor Purcell’s basic premise on the topic of public safety relies on common sense. “If a place is not safe, people will not come, and they certainly will not stay,” he said. Specifically, Purcell advised against believing the idea that confined crime is a viable safety measure, citing an instance that occurred in Boston during the 1960s. “They created what was then called the ‘combat zone.’ As long as the crime and the vice could be in some way contained within that zone, then all would be safe, or safer at least, in the rest of the city,” Purcell said. “The ultimate notion that somehow or another, if the crime occurred over there, it won’t affect me over here today, or tomorrow, or sometime soon, was wrong.” Marianela D’Aprile, senior in architecture, attended the lecture and was intrigued by its application to her major. “I thought it was interesting,” said D’Aprile, “especially from an architectural point of view, to start to look at •Photo courtesy of utk.edu things from more of a policy point of view and start to understand how we can implement strategies that help everyone.” “I’ve actually heard this speech before,” admitted Dimi Venkov, senior in theater who also attended the lecture. “Mayor Purcell is one of the most insightful and smartest people I’ve ever met, and he’s a great student of policy in cities.” The Ashe Lecture Series is named after Victor Ashe, a former mayor of Knoxville and former United States Ambassador to Poland.
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Ohio Amish charged with hate crimes The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes including forcibly cutting off fellow sect members’ beards and hair in a religious dispute that offered a rare and sometimes lurid glimpse into the closed and usually self-regulating community of believers. A federal jury found Samuel Mullet Sr. guilty of orchestrating the cuttings of Amish men’s beards and women’s hair last fall in attacks that terrorized the normally peaceful religious settlements in eastern Ohio. His followers were found guilty of carrying out the attacks. Prosecutors and witnesses described how sons pulled their father out of bed and chopped off his beard in the moonlight and how women
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A laser cut art installation lays tangled around the stairs in the Art and Architecture building on Monday.
Purcell gave recounted how he entered into politics. “For three and a half years I was a public defender,” Purcell said. “One day, my neighbors came and said we want you to run for the legislature, and I said I’ve never even been to the capital. Not having been there, I ran for the legislature in 1986, and spent 10 years there. I would say that was a particularly good time to be in state government. It was a very state-central time in America. We got (to) move ahead in education, healthcare and a variety of other areas.”
surrounded their mother-inlaw and cut off two feet of her hair, taking it down to the scalp in some places. All the defendants are members of Mullet’s settlement that he founded near the West Virginia panhandle. Prosecutors say the defendants targeted hair because it carries spiritual significance in their faith. Mullet wasn’t accused of cutting anyone's hair. But prosecutors said he planned and encouraged his sons and the others, mocked the victims in jailhouse phone calls and was given a paper bag stuffed with the hair of one victim. One bishop told jurors his chest-length beard was chopped to within 3.8 centimeters of his chin when four or five men dragged him out of his farmhouse in a late-night home invasion.
“We got about twice as many applicants as we could place,” she said. After completing the online application, students must pass a secondary group interview. Both the application and the interview ask for reasons why the student is applying. For more information on alternative break programs, please visit http://leadershipandservice.utk.edu/involv ed_altbreaks.php. Purcell realized that some important changes would need to be made at the local level, specifically in education. “I had to become mayor of Nashville before the class sizes were reduced,” Purcell said. Purcell elaborated on his belief in the importance of municipal governments. “I think the issue of citites is particularly interesting ... the history of local governments is both understudied and undervalued.” Students joined in a dialogue with the former mayor to discuss municipal issues. “Speaking with Mr. Purcell was an opportunity to get a big picture view of the future of Tennessee’s urban development,” Julia Ross, sophomore in political science, said.
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Editor’s Note QE3 sidesteps systemic problems Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief I might be one of Ben Bernanke’s biggest fans, but in my humble opinion, QE3 is a terrible idea. To bring you up to speed, QE3 is economic shorthand for the Federal Reserve’s third bout of quantitative easing since the beginning of the Great Recession of 2008. The Fed unveiled its new round of market intervention in mid-September, citing dismal economic growth as impetus for action. Quantitative easing is the primary engine through which the Federal Reserve manipulates the money supply in an effort to lower interest rates. Essentially, the Fed prints money to purchase bonds, flooding the American marketplace with a surge of liquidity. The goal is to lower interest rates to the point that reluctant entrepreneurs and financiers will begin to loan and borrow money once more. Firing up economic activity is the only sure-fire way to lower the unemployment rate and usher in a renewed era of prosperity. At least that’s the story we’ve been sold. A quick look at the unemployment rate reveals that results aren’t quite consistent with that tale. As the marketplace greedily devours QE3, someone, somewhere, has to be thinking that we’ve seen this show before. The ending’s not that great. Interest rates have already bottomed out, arguably as low as they can go. We’re still waiting for the titans of finance and industry to step forward and pull us out of this mess. Where are they? Watching, very carefully. Experienced business leaders and investment bankers have a decent grasp of fundamental economics (I’m assuming). They understand that what goes up must come back down.
Right now, American banks are flush with capital, and they’re sitting on it. If I’m a bank president, and I find myself with truckloads of cash, first blush suggests that I loan some of it out to a population excited by low interest rates. That’s called the short term outlook. But wait. What happens when all of the banks decide to loan out this cash, and economic activity does pick up? That’s right, inflation. And when inflation goes up, the dualmandated Fed generally likes to step in and end the party by raising interest rates. As a banker, that’s my worst nightmare. In periods of great inflation, lenders get burned. Let’s say that I loan you a dollar today today to buy a Coke, and prices increase so that tomorrow it now takes two dollars to buy that same Coke. Tomorrow I’m still going to get paid back my dollar, but now it’s only worth half a Coke. In other words, I got screwed. Bankers and investors are rational. They know that, historically, loose monetary policy by the Fed brings on inflation. As rational actors, they are reluctant to expose themselves to greater risk long term. Thus, the Fed is facing a big problem. It’s put all of this money into the marketplace, but that money is not reaching the entrepreneurs who have to use that money to create new businesses and jobs. This is a problem that requires solving, but throwing more money into the situation seems counter-intuitive. The economic minds at the Fed are far greater than mine, but it seems as if they are out of ideas. I blame politics. The Fed’s Board of Govenors are facing an angry American population and politicians ready to sling blame. It’s just too easy to say the Fed isn’t doing enough. Last year, when Bernanke declined to run QE3, he stressed the limits of monetary policy. The bottom line is that the Fed has already done all it can do, and its action lacked appropriate fiscal and regulatory policy to accompany it. Pushing the Fed to do more of what it’s already done isn’t the answer. — Blair Kuykendall is a senior in College Scholars. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Sept. 17, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek issued a statement that UT will not discontinue prayer before home football games. Cheek’s letter was issued in response to charges that UT’s practice of prayer before games is unconstitutional. Did Cheek and his counsel make the right call? Earlier this month, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) delivered a complaint to UTK regarding prayer before games. The complaint noted that FFRF had been approached by a UT alumnus, and it provided a series of separate but related arguments regarding the unconstitutionality of prayer before games at public universities. The most pivotal argument put forth by FFRF hinged on the Chaudhuri v. State of Tenn. decision from the Sixth Circuit. To quote the letter directly: “ ... Prayers at public university events that are sectarian in nature violate the Establishment Clause. Sectarian prayers at public universities have been struck down as unconstitutional in the Sixth Circuit. ...” In his response, Cheek referenced the Chaudhuri decision as support for the constitutionality of nonsectarian prayer before games. A few clarifications need to be made here. First, there lies a distinction between sectarian and nonsectarian prayer, the former implying endorsement or favor of one faith over others and the latter demonstrating faithneutral content. Prior to the Chancellor’s letter of response, UTK had regularly invoked sectarian prayer (i.e. the Lord’s Prayer was recited before the Florida game). Now, the days of sectarian prayer before UT games have come to an end, but some people, like professor in constitutional law Ted Brown, think the situation isn’t as black-and-white as simply referencing the Chaudhuri decision. A larger question looms: is prayer, even of the nonsectarian type, before football games a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause? In the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court case Engel v. Vitale, the high court decided that “Neither the fact that the prayer may be denominationally neutral nor the fact that its observance on the part of the students is voluntary can serve to free it from the limitations of
the Establishment Clause … which [is] operative against the States by virtue of the Fourteenth Amendment.” Justice Hugo Black, who delivered the court’s opinion, even went so far as to quote founding father Thomas Jefferson himself: “fasting and prayer are religious exercises.” The most important relevant case, however, is the 2000 Sante Fe Independent School District v. Doe Supreme Court decision, which handled prayer before the football games of a public high school in Texas. The school had sponsored a majority vote among students to determine whether to have a nonsectarian prayer before games, and the court held that “in (another case), the school district made the related argument that its policy of endorsing only ‘civic or nonsectarian’ prayer was acceptable because it minimized the intrusion on the audience as a whole. We rejected that claim by explaining that such a majoritarian policy ‘does not lessen the offense or isolation to the objectors …’ Similarly, while Santa Fe’s majoritarian election might ensure that most of the students are represented, it does nothing to protect the minority; indeed, it likely serves to intensify their offense.” So, Sante Fe is a big kicker here not only because it is a more recent decision than Chaudhuri and opposes Chaudhuri in its conclusion, but it was also delivered from a higher court. What I’m not doing here is arguing whether or not UTK should be able to have prayer before games. That’s a separate issue. The question at hand is whether prayer, nonsectarian or not, before the football games of a publicly funded institution is constitutional, given precedent established by the courts. Brown argues, “I think that the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Chaudhuri was, to put it simply, wrongly decided in the first place and that it probably is no longer good law in the light of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Santa Fe case. I further think that the University’s practice rather clearly violates the Establishment Clause, as construed by the Supreme Court in Santa Fe.” And, as the Vitale case made clear, nonsectarian prayer is still religious in nature. So, whether we like it or not, Cheek may have been better served by following the precedent of then-UTC Chancellor Roger Brown, who just two weeks ago replaced prayer before games with a moment of silence. As much as we love UT football and the prayer beforehand, we value the Constitution more. Though, it’s probably pretty close. — Eric Dixon is a senior in philosophy. If you have any comments or questions regarding the content or sources utilized for this column, he can be contacted at email@example.com.
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As this elections draw nearer, general consensus throughout the United States is that the economy (or lack thereof) is going to put all social issues into a very distant backseat. Not that these topics aren’t important, but there are few social issues that affect every single individual like the recession does and will continue to do. For college students, this election is especially important. With our careers just around the corner, this election will go a long way in determining what the U.S. job outlook will look like by the time the current freshmen are graduating. There are several interesting trends in this election, but one I find particularly fascinating is that Barack Obama is ardently avoiding his political record. The few times Obama does address his policies, he tells us that “the private sector is doing fine,” regardless of the fact that the real unemployment rate (number of people who can’t find work plus the number of people who have given up looking for work) is close to 14% as of August 2012. Surely Obama does not truly believe this is “fine.” However, there is evidence that the economy is growing. This could potentially support Obama’s belief in his policies. Let’s investigate this growth while viewing it within the context of its historical value. The percentage growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) is a common indicator of economic movement and can be used to compare growth across large time periods. The average percentage of GDP growth over the last 30 years is 2.7 percent. Any growth over 3 percent is generally considered to be quality economic growth. George W. Bush averaged 2.0 percent over his eight years. Ronald Reagan averaged 3.4 percent. Obama looks like he will finish his first term somewhere near 1.5 percent. If we buy Obama’s argument that we shouldn’t blame him for what he inherited, then we can
knock the first two years off of his average. Obama went 1.7 percent in year three and looks to finish at about 1.9 percent in year four. That seems like a good improvement, right up until you realize that Reagan went 4.5 percent for year three and 7.2 percent for year four. Mind you, Reagan instituted tax cuts and monetary tightening in his first term, the exact opposite of what Obama wants to continue doing. Even more is revealed when you consider that the size of an economic recovery has historically corresponded inversely to the size of the recession. Obama’s inherited recession was 75 percent larger than Reagan’s, so, theoretically, his recovery should be 75 percent larger. Why hasn’t it been? Simply put, higher tax rates on big businesses leave less money for investing and stagnant financial growth. Some of these taxes have gone to fund Obama’s pet projects, like the green energy company Solyndra (now bankrupt), and his supporters, like the United Autoworkers Union and General Motors (which posted a 41 percent loss in profits in the second quarter of 2012, all while selling federally subsidized Chevy Volts on a taxpayer-funded loss). This column is not meant to tell you to vote for Mitt Romney. I simply want you to thoroughly consider who you are voting for in this election and why. Four years ago, many of us supported Obama because he was hip, cool and new. This year, I encourage you to vote for the candidate you believe can get the job done. If that is still Barack Obama, then go for it. Just make sure to educate yourself on electoral issues and make informed decisions. Voting is a liberty afforded to us as Americans that we should never waste. Shameless Plug of the Week: If you are looking for some really accurate news, including domestic and international politics as well as breakthroughs in science and daily life, I encourage you to check out instapundit.com. It’s informative, comprehensive and oftentimes humorous. Instapundit is nationally acclaimed as one of America’s most widely read political blogs. It’s headed by Glenn Reynolds, a UT graduate and law professor. Dr. Reynolds also shares my high school alma mater, Maryville, which is an added bonus. — Hunter Tipton is a senior in microbiology. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
THE DAILY BEACON • 5 Arts & Culture Editor Victoria Wright
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Mohr to play Knoxville Fiasco releases new album Victoria Wright Arts & Culture Editor With time comes maturation, and comedian/actor Jay Mohr has realised a lot about himself since he started performing standup in New Jersey. “A lightbub went off in my head that I’m supposed to do comedy,” Mohr said. “I tried it when I was 16 and that’s when I realised I had a niche. It was the beginning of of a marathon.” That marathon was the beginning of his long running career, and he doesn’t plan on losing any momentum, especially when he performs his stand-up routine at Side Splitters Comedy Club on Thursday. Perhaps most recognized for his coveted position as a Saturday Night Live cast member in 1993 and 1994 and his killer Christopher Walker impression, Mohr still knows how to stand out from other comics in his routines. “After watching so much comedy, they know when you’re doing a routine,” he said. “I think when you’re up to telling the truth, you stand out. This isn’t something he made up for a show.” Knowing how to tickle an audience’s funny bone is only half the task of perfecting his talent. After two years of performing on SNL, Mohr began exploring movie roles, eventually landing the part of Bob Sugar, the merciless sports agent in the film “Jerry McGuire.” His experience in movies led to the realization that he had another passion. “Nothing is better than being in moveis, not even close,” he said. “I have an enmorous ego and I say that knowing that would be my biggest detriment. I knew I would want to be in movies and the best at everthing I tried.” Despite his debilitating pride and overly zealous attitude, Mohr wasn’t afraid to admit that he’s learned his lessons. “I have not reached that movie gold, but I’ve been in many movies and I’ve realized how lucky I am and how great it is,” Mohr said. “I’m never going to be the name above the titled on the billboard for a movie and that’s fine,” he said. With that growth, Mohr said younger showbiz hopefuls need not lose faith in their aspirations, as opportunites in the world of entertainment are plentiful.
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He said students should remain persistant in achieving their goals, but overall they should strive to know themselves. “You’ll know whether you’re wasting your time or not. A lot of people wash out—that’s the thing about showbiz,” he said. “There’s so many things to make a living out of it. You may not be a storyteller, but you may be a stage manager at a local playhouse. You can teach, you can write, you can sing at a restaurant. Just keep doing it. I have found perservance at times can be a better trait than actual talent. Sometimes it came down to who just kept swimming.” Throughout his successes, Mohr still enjoys
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the simple pleasures in life, those offstage, away from the bright lights and clamor of an audience. “Just this life, this baby, this family, this wife, this love,” he said. “I’m traveling to Tennessee to make people laugh. I think it’s incredible.” Parker Dulin, freshman in materials science and engineering, said the show is an exciting opportunity. “Well I think SNL is a hilarious show and to be able to see a cast member live would be an amazing experience,” Dulin said. Side Splitters Comedy Club is located at 9246 Park West Boulevard in Knoxville. Tickets for Mohr’s show are $25 online, $27 if ordered by phone or at the door. All ticket prices increase $2 on the day of the show. Call 865-934-LAFF (5233) or visit www.SideSplittersComedy.com for more information.
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next, which gives the album a harmonic feel to it. Similar to his previous works, especially his work on his third album “Lasers” and his last mixtape “Friend of the People,” many of the lyrics in this album are based on world political issues. Lupe describes his ideology in the song “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” by saying he is “as left as a heart in the chest.” His political views and opinions are not difficult to spot and they are laced into almost every verse on each track. Whether you agree with his philosophy or not, it’s refreshing to hear a rapper that actually makes music about something that matters. Lupe redefines what rap music is all about. He creates a change of pace away from every day ghetto rap and tries to show his vision of a perfect world and we as people can do to get there. Other songs such as “Strange Fruition” and “Put ‘Em Up” show a different side to the usually reserved Fiasco. In these songs, a hardcore beat plays and Lupe goes in with extremely fiery verses that resemble ones created by Kanye West and Jay-Z. This versatility is just one more example of why he has become one of the most popular rappers in today’s era. Prior to this album release, Fiasco announced he would hang up his mic and retire from the rap industry after his contractual obligation with Atlantic Records. That means he has two more albums, both of which he says are basically finished. One of those will be the sequel to this album, and the other is currently titled “Skulls.” Fans will be praying for Lupe to change his mind because without him rap will never be the same. However, if this is indeed the beginning of the end for Fiasco, then the end couldn’t have started any better than with “Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1,” which has set a high bar for all other albums released in 2012.
Troy Provost-Heron Contributor The perfect album will never exist. There will always be some flaw stated by fans of a particular artist. With that said, Lupe Fiasco may have delivered the closest thing to perfect on Wednesday with his release of “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.” Just like in his first three albums, the greatest rapper of this generation didn’t disappoint. The song “Form Follows Function” is a masterpiece. While every song is great, this song is a true testament to his musical genius. The slow beat runs as a saxophone occasionally plays in the background while Lupe spits with the same legendary flow that got him to the pinnacle of the industry. The song is just another fixture of a long list of Lupe songs that have the listeners bobbing their heads throughout the entire song. The singles that were released prior to the album “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” “Lamborghini Angels,” “Battle Scars” and “B**ch Bad” are all hits because of the way they embody his style of music. They all seem to give listeners what they expect for Fiasco. All four singles built the foundation for what could be his best work of art to date. “The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1” starts off with the introduction “Ayesha Says,” which is a poem recited by what sounds like an African-American high school girl and is reminiscent of a previous intro that he used for “Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool” called “Baba Says Cool For Thought.” Once the intro ends, the real music hits your ears and you suddenly fall victim to the addictive lyrics and intoxicating beats that are known from the Chicago native. The further along you listen, the more you realize that every song flows with the
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Vols look to Georgia Arellano adjusts, shines Thomas Duggins Staff Writer Going into Athens, Ga., against a fifthranked Georgia team, Tennessee expects a physical game with the Bulldogs, but the Vols are up to the task. “We just got to out-hit them and out-physical them, you know, the entire game for 60 minutes and if we do that, you know we’ll get the outcome we want,” said junior offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James. Although Tennessee struggled two weeks ago at home against then No. 18 ranked Florida, they feel confident in their ability to go on the road and compete with a more highly-touted team in Georgia. “(In) the Florida game we had a lot of selfinflicted wounds,” said sophomore linebacker Curt Maggitt. “We’re just correcting them, playing our ball, we just got to play to the best of our ability.” Maggitt also thinks that previous experience will help in games like the one coming up Saturday. “I understand the game a lot more and understand what’s ahead,” he said. Georgia brings a talented defense into
Saturday afternoon’s matchup. “This system of defense,” said head coach Derek Dooley, “it’s base 3-4, going to play real sound, fundamental football on first down, trying to get you in third and long.” “We have to be real disciplined, got to be able to communicate,” he added. Imperative to the Vols’ success on offense will be how they handle the blitz pick-ups this Saturday. “They’re going to bring a lot of exotic stuff,” said junior quarterback Tyler Bray, “try to come at our running back, try to blitz at our running back, make him pick up, so as long as we do our job we’ll be fine.” Offensive balance will also be key to the Vols’ success Saturday, especially running the ball to keep the defense honest against the pass, something the Vols struggled to do last year when Georgia held them to -20 yards rushing last year. “We’re not going to let another team stop us from getting what our goal was, we just look forward to averaging more yards each game, being more consistent with the average,” said sophomore running back Marlin Lane. “We don’t have to throw the ball on first down, we can just put it in our running back’s hands.”
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Junior quarterback Tyler Bray looks down field for a pass during the Florida game on Sept. 15. Bray threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns for a career-high against Akron on Sept. 21.
their receivers. So she has to get comfortable with our hitters, the speed of the game. She Assistant Sports Editor is getting better and better every practice, so It was a bit of culture shock for freshman I am very excited about that.” Arellano has already seen action in all 13 Bianca Arellano to come to Knoxville, but she is adjusting well to the laid-back mental- of the Lady Vols’ matches this season and had a breakthrough game against Cincinnati ity of the southeast. “It’s a lot more country, but that’s what I on Aug. 25 where she had 18 assist, 2 digs wanted,” said Arellano. “I wanted a different and a .500 hitting percentage. She followed culture and get to experience it. But, it’s def- it up the next week with seven digs against initely different from Phoenix and the Wichita State on Sept. 2. The freshman has an excellent mentor in Southwest.” Arellano is a highly-touted freshman for sophomore Mary Pollimer, who shined as a the defending SEC Champion Lady Vols vol- freshman for the Lady Vols last season and leyball team. The Phoenix native was the was named the 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year. 2012 Arizona “Being right Gatorade Player behind Mary is of the Year and a good,” Arellano said. 2011 second “She’s set a good team AVCA example for me and Under Armour to have her back me All-American. up helps. She was a Head coach freshman playing Rob Patrick is here last year, but excited about yeah I want to be what Arellano ready and come in an can bring to the play so when I get Lady Vols. my chance in the “She is a great game I am ready for athlete,” Patrick it.” said. “She’s a real Being a part of the smart player and Tennessee tradition a great volleyball was important to player. She is Arellano, as well as somebody that getting the exposure can really affect the school gives her. matches in a lot “I love the teamof ways.” mates,” she said. The Lady Vols “The coaching staff are coming off a has really been 2011 season important and where they went strong in the envi28-4 with a 19-1 ronment. You see in the SEC. They how many fans we made it to the get, the feel for it, second round of being a Lady Vol is the NCAA tourwhat really drew me nament before in.” being knocked The Lady Vols out by Ohio Joy Hill • The Daily Beacon State in five sets. Freshman setter Bianca Arellano assists will look to Arellano to help the team and Patrick is optiMercedes Vaughn for a kill in the Cincinnati bring another SEC mistic about game on Aug 25. Title to Knoxville. Arellano’s ability “We just have to to have an immediate impact on the team this year as they try keep working with her to be more consistent,” Patrick said. “The biggest thing with to repeat their success from last season. “She does a lot of things that can help,” freshman is their consistency, that’s what she said Patrick. “She is working her way into is working on just like all of our freshman. what we need her to do in regards to the Even Kelsey Robinson as a freshman had to tempo of the offense. It’s like a quarterback work on her consistency. That is something in football; very few freshman quarterbacks that will come with more repetitions and come in and are great right away it takes a play. But, I am very happy with where she’s little while for them to get comfortable with at right now.”
One loss, Dooley’s seat heats right up Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor Dooley’s seat is red hot. A few more mistakes, interceptions or losses, and basketball will become the new topic of conversation— and Dooley will be a former coach. We all knew he was on the hot seat at the beginning of the season, but that doesn’t compare to what will happen if Tennessee loses
to, well, anyone else. Losses to Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama and South Caroline have become hardly acceptable, and Troy, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are must-wins. While wins over N.C. State and Georgia State worked like ice over hot coals at the beginning of the season, Dooley lost all hope when Tyler Bray fell apart in the second half of the Florida game, and Saturday’s game against Akron left much to be desired. Fans will call for his job if things don’t pick up. Which is unfortunate. Yes. The argument has been made that Dooley was handed the perfect opportunity. He had skilled athletes. He had a home field advantage. He had an opposing team who’s quarterback was nothing special and he still lost. The argument has been made that he missed that opportunity, that he can’t win, even with everything in his favor. But should one game be the determining factor here? Should it be the fulcrum that Dooley’s seat sits on— leaning fans from positive to negative? Tennessee has won
games they should have won and lost a game they could have won. That’s normal to any football program. Fans are looking for a 1998 team that just isn’t there. We don’t have the talent. Don’t get me wrong. The Vols have some talented players, but I would argue that they’re not National Championship material. Yes, Cordarrelle Patterson is gifted, Tyler Bray’s arm should be bronzed and Justin Hunter could be in the Olympics. Literally. But going back to the glory days takes time. Tennessee, Dave Hart and Dooley are building a team. They’re putting together a puzzle and there’s a few pieces missing right now. Our team isn’t 1998 caliber, but the puzzle is almost finished, and when the holes are filled it’s going to be a beautiful thing. A National Championship is down the road—not far, but not here yet. Fans should stop and think. They should consider what has happened in the realm of UT sports in the last ten years and stop breathing down Dooley’s neck. He needs time to mold something out of nothing.