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Vols narrowly escape UAB in double-OT win Anthony Elias Staff Writer It took two overtimes, but the Tennessee Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 SEC) left the field Saturday in a blaze of glory after a 32-29 double overtime victory over the UAB Blazers (1-3, C-USA 0-1). Vols quarterback Matt Simms completed 19for-34 passes and threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 25yard strike to receiver Denarius Moore in the back of the end zone to clear the sidelines. “I just tried to put it in a place where he could go up and get it and jump over the corner, and that is exactly what he did,” Simms said. “Every overtime is unique, depending on how the game went,” Vols coach Derek Dooley said. “I think I've been in two now, I guess, as a head coach.” The overtime thriller was Derek Dooley’s second career overtime game, with the other a loss at the hands of Hawaii, 45-44, during his tenure at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 8, 2007. In spite of his teams struggles, the UT head coach credited his team with never letting up. “We’ve got to keep fighting and that’s all we can do,” Dooley said. “We won. I told the team I’ve got a policy that I’m never not going to celebrate a win, because they’re hard to come by.” The Vols scored a season-high 23 points in the first half, and it appeared the Big Orange had control of the game heading into the locker room after Prentiss Wagner’s 9-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter gave the Vols a 23-7 lead at the half. The Blazers came out aggressively in the second half, though, and slowly chipped away at the lead. UAB quarterback David Isabelle found senior wideout Frantrell Forrest in the back of the end
zone for a 27-yard touchdown pass, cutting the deficit to 23-13. UAB capped the score with a two-point conversion to put itself back in the game, 23-15. Isabelle’s mobility and teammate Brian Ellis’s pocket presence were UAB’s offensive weapons. Ellis completed 29-of-55 passes for 373 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Isabelle completed 4-for-5 throws for 56 yards and a touchdown and ran 16 times for 73 yards. His 6-yard touchdown run to cut the Vols’ lead to 23-21 in the fourth quarter was followed by a successful two-point conversion, which tied the game at 23 with 9:12 in regulation. Dooley credited the “field goal gods” for “pushing the ball around” on UAB kicker Josh Zahn, who missed all five regulation kicks he attempted, including a potential game-winning kick with 55 seconds left. He finished the game 2-for-7. UT senior Daniel Lincoln’s leg, however, ended the Vols scoring drought in the first overtime. He finished 2-for-2 on the day. The first quarter featured lots of firepower. The Vols’ offense got to work quickly on the scoreboard in the opening quarter, going 59 yards in nine plays and four minutes, and Simms capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore to give UT the early 7-0 lead. The Blazers missed a field goal, but after a defensive stand, Ellis found receiver Mike Jones for a 49-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven with 2:36 in the first quarter. Thirty seconds later, Simms hit Zach Rogers down the sideline for a 72-yard touchdown to give UT the lead back 14-7 with 2:13 to go. The fireworks calmed down in the second quarter as both defenses picked up, and the only offensive scoring the Vols could manage was a 47yard field goal by Lincoln. The senior is 3-for-3 on attempts beyond 45 yards this season.
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Denarius Moore hauls in the game-winning touchdown in double overtime between two UAB defenders on Saturday, Sept. 25. Moore led the Vols in receiving with 68 yards and two touchdown catches.
Forum addresses cat concerns Chris Bratta
Staff Writer Teresa Jennings spoke to a full room in the UC on Friday. Jennings is the program manager of the Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee, and her speech, “Knoxville's Community Cats: Problems and Solutions,” presented the concerns surrounding the cat population in Knoxville. Jennings defined and outlined the differences between pet cats, free-roaming cats and feral cats. She explained that the estimated population of feral cats is equivalent to that of free-roaming and pet cats combined, around 81.7 million. Jennings’ statistics show that “the pet and free-roaming cats have a 85-percent sterilization rate, whereas only 2 percent of feral cats are sterilized.” This is one of the main reasons for the high feral cat rates. The solutions for the problems found in the cat community vary in tactic and approach. “’Wait and see’ allows the cats to keep breeding, and this eventually causes more mortality,” Jennings said. All of the other options require human interaction, because the cats have to be captured. “‘Trap, remove and euthanize’ creates a vacuum effect, because there is plenty
of room and resources for the cats that avoid being trapped,” Jennings said. “Nowhere on the planet has this ever worked.” The theory of trapping — removing the cats from their environment and relocating them elsewhere is rarely recommend. UT goes steps above the “trap, neuter and return” method endorsed by national organizations across the U.S. by using a “trap, rest, neuter, vaccinate, release and monitor” program. Jennings also spoke about the myths and truths surrounding the cat population. There have been many accusations placed on cats for destroying birds and wildlife. “Habitat loss is the No. 1 reason for the loss of the bird population,” Jennings said. She further explained that human activity has caused no less than 10 percent of the extinction of the bird population, and in some places of the world, 90 percent of the bird population has been removed because of humans. Although human activity continually proves to be problematic to many aspects of the environment, UT is taking steps to further aid the cat community. Jennings referred to UT’s program as “Feline Fixin’,” and explains that care-
takers collect cats and bring them in. “We hope for 72 volunteers for each event,” Jennings said. “You don't have to know anything about animals to help, because we will teach you everything you need to get your job done.” Interestingly, the idea behind “Feline Fixin’” is to eliminate the entire feral community. “We want zero feral cats, and you do this by educating people and by spaying and neutering the cats,” Jennings said. The idea is to slowly lower the feral feline community until there are low or no problems within these groups. Lephan Le, junior in chemical engineering, was impressed with this presentation. “In spite this not being my major, nor vocal point of career, I wholeheartedly believe that the variety of topics presented at this science forum are enlightening and show the great opportunities at UT,” Le said. The UT Science Forum meets weekly and provides various viewpoints on a wide range of topics. At these events, UT attracts top researchers in their respective fields of study to inform those who attend. The meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. in the dining hall of Thompson-Boling Arena.
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Students look on in shock as the Vols allowed UAB to come back in the second half to tie the game 23-23 at the end of regulation. The Vols narrowly escaped with a game-winning touchdown pass in double overtime.
SPEAK kicks off awareness week Alyce Howell Staff Writer Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville is celebrating Sustainability Week. During this week, it will have activities to promote sustainable living. It’s having a program called “Water Day,” today which is a play on the Pepsi Challenge. Participants will try to guess the difference between filtered tap water and bottled water. This contrasts the differences between filter water and bottled water and highlights the expensive cost of bottled water. Participants will also get a free UT bottle. “The last SPEAK campaign that we did had a program called Bring Your Own Bottle,” Danielle Gerhard, co-president of SPEAK said. “We partnered with SGA and UT Athletics to help buy reusable bottles. Since then we noticed that students are carrying more reusable bottles with them, which sparked this idea.” Tuesday is “Pollution/Recycle Day.” SPEAK will create a mountain of trash called Mount Trashmore to use as a huge visual representing how much waste is created on campus within one hour. The group will explain how much the university spends to get rid of the trash and what could have been recycled. SPEAK has prepared for two programs Wednesday. The first one is screen-printing one of three designs on shirts and reusable canvas bags, which the participants will bring with them. The second one is at 7 p.m. in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Building room 307 with guest speaker Eric Blevins, from Mountain Justice. He will talk about mountain-top removal, a technique used to get coal by removing the tops of the mountains. “Mountain top removal affects Knoxville and the East Tennessee community,” said Gerhard. “The coal ash and chemicals used in this process leads to illnesses when it comes in contact with the people.” On Oct. 25, the Beehive Collective, which is an art coalition, will be showing a mural of the negative effects to the community. The EPA’s The People Coal Ash Hearing in Knoxville at the Mariott is on Oct. 27. It is an all-day, public hearing event. Thursday is Clean Energy Day. The United Mountain Defense and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will meet to give out information on clean energy. A vegetarian cookout will be on Friday, and Slow Food Knoxville will be talking about their organization. All programs are free and are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Pedestrian Mall. “Even though it’s called Sustainability Week, I hope it lasts for a lifetime and students don’t see it as events to get free stuff but something that educates them on sustainability,” Gerhard said. SPEAK has more upcoming projects, including a film series that will take place January through March, leading up to Earth Month in April, which will feature more videos and guest speakers. “We’ve become stuck in certain ways of doing things, like buying bottled water or throwing everything in the trash,” said Gerhard. “You should think about things before you do them.” Skylar Salter, junior in political science, said that what Gerhard asks is not hard.
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1779: John Adams appointed to negotiate peace terms with British On this day in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission. Accompanied by his young sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams sailed for Europe that November aboard the French ship Sensible, which sprang a leak early in the voyage and missed its original destination (Brest), instead landing at El Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. After an arduous journey by mule train across the Pyrenees and into France, Adams and his group reached Paris in early February 1780. While in Paris, Adams wrote to Congress almost daily (sometimes several letters a day) sharing news about British politics, British and French naval activities and his general perspective on European affairs. Conditions were unfavorable for
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peace at the time, as the war was going badly for the Continental Army, and the blunt and sometimes confrontational Adams clashed with the French government, especially the powerful Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. In mid-June, Adams began a correspondence with Vergennes in which he pushed for French naval assistance, antagonizing both Vergennes and Franklin, who brought the matter to the attention of Congress. The tide of the war was turning in America's favor, and Adams returned to Paris in Oct. 1782 to take up his part in the peace negotiations. As Jefferson didn't travel to Europe and Laurens was in failing health after his release from the Tower of London, it was left to Adams, Jay and Franklin to represent American interests. Adams and Jay both distrusted the French government (in contrast with Franklin), but their differences of opinion and diplomatic styles allowed the team to negotiate favorable terms in the Peace of Paris (1783). The following year, Jefferson arrived to take Adams' place as American minister to France, forming a lifelong bond with Adams and his family before the latter left to take up his new post as American ambassador to London and continue his distinguished record of foreign service on behalf of the new nation. —This Day in History is courtesy of history.com.
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Dr. John Bradford, professor of sociology, is instructed by Jay Ramirez in the art of Capoeira. This Afro-Brazilian art combines elements of dance and martial arts and is often practiced with traditional instruments providing a rhythmic beat for the dancers.
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tels or hotels. Thompson used a blog to chronicle his hike and fundraising efforts. Thompson encourages others to find ways to ‘rock the world’ through volunteering. Southern Comfort Food at Ready for the World Café
Human rights advocate to speak One of the best-known and most well-respected human rights advocates in the country will visit UT to talk about how poverty and race affect the criminal justice system. Stephen Bright, a visiting law professor from Yale University, will present “The Intersection of Race and Poverty in Criminal Justice” today in room 132 of the College of Law. The event is free and open to the public. Bright is the center’s Advocate in Residence and the Summers-Wyatt Lecturer; he will visit at the College of Law for the semester. As part of his visit, Bright will teach the Wrongful Convictions seminar along with professor Dwight Aarons. He also will be providing guest lectures in several classes and working with students and instructors in the college’s Innocence Clinic. Bright serves as the president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, an organization that deals with human rights in the criminal justice and prison systems. He has represented people facing the death penalty at trials and on appeals and prisoners in challenges to inhumane conditions and practices. During his legal career, Bright has argued and won two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, both involving racial discrimination in jury composition. Bright’s work and the work of the Southern Center for Human Rights have been the subject of a documentary film, “Fighting for Life in the Death Belt,” and two books, “Proximity to Death” and “Finding Life on Death Row.” The College of Law’s Innocence Clinic gives students the opportunity to help free Tennessee inmates who have provable claims of factual innocence with the help of a supervising attorney. They look at a range of cases, some involving crimes such as rape or even murder where people may be facing the death penalty. The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution focuses on special courses about trial and appellate advocacy and alternative dispute resolution for students interested in litigation. Alum hiked for children’s charities With each step of his long hike, UT alumnus Brian Thompson made strides for kids. This summer, Thompson hiked the Appalachian Trail, which at 2,179.1 miles long is the longest continuously-marked trail in the U.S., to encourage people to donate to children’s charities around the nation. His efforts raised more than $30,500 for a variety of organizations. Thompson, who received his master’s degree in accountancy in 2005, is one of the many UT alumni, faculty, staff and students who have shared the stories of their charitable efforts with Volunteers Rock the World, part of Ready for the World, the campus’s international and intercultural initiative. The hike took Thompson 149 days, which includes a few days of rest and a few days for his brother’s wedding, to hike from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. Along the way, Thompson mostly slept in his tent, occasionally finding shelter in people’s homes, hos-
The charm of some Southern cities inspired the dishes that will be served at the Ready for the World Café this week. The menu includes Pleasant Grove poppy seed chicken, Savannah smothered pork chops, Bourbon Street shrimp jambalaya, Yazoo City mac ‘n’ cheese, Seabrook stewed tomatoes and okra, Chattanooga cheese grits and Dixieland delight dilled cucumber salad. The café is an international buffet operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism 445. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the UC. Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out. This semester, there are 18 students in the HRT 445 course. In small groups, they take turns planning the menus, marketing the café and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT's provider of dining services, prepares the food. This week’s managers are Jessica La Veck, a junior in food science from Nashville who aspires to be a chef, and Megan Lockridge, a senior in HRT from Pulaski who is a 2010 graduate of the UT Culinary Institute. Music Symposium to bring diverse sounds Music and cultures from around the world are coming to the UT. The School of Music, along with MENC: The National Association for Music Education, is hosting the eighth biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music Oct. 4 through Oct. 9. The event is co-sponsored by Ready for the World, UT’s international and intercultural awareness initiative. Though attending the symposium requires registering and paying a fee, several of the music performances, featuring cultures from around the world, are free and open to the public. The free events include: Monday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Building Performance Hall 32: Cajun music with Dennis Stroughmat and the L’ Esprit Creole Cajun Band. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the UT Conference Center: Irish music performance featuring the Four Leaf Peat Band. Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the UT Conference Center: Multicultural music children’s concert featuring the Knox County Elementary Honors Choir and the Oak Ridge High School Chorus. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the UT Conference Center: Folk dancing taught by Debra Miller of Pearson Education/Silver Burdett. Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the UT Conference Center: Scottish music performance featuring Tracy Wilson and Knoxville Pipes and Drums. Other free events include several music education presentations and roundtable discussions. For a complete lineup, visit http://www.music.utk.edu/mmsymposium/schedule.html. Free sessions are marked with “GS.” The symposium also will include materials and hands-on workshops for teaching multicultural music and will feature presentations by Knox County and UT students. Participants also may choose to attend a field trip to the Museum of Appalachia to explore Appalachian music. Anyone wanting to learn more about multicultural music or any of the featured cultures is invited to attend the symposium. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 1, or attendees can register and pay on site. All sessions are free for UT students. The on-site registration fee for other students is $80 for all four days, $65 for three days, $45 for two days and $30 for one day. Students who pre-register for all four days by Oct. 1 will receive a $5 discount. The on-site registration fee for music teachers is $160 for all four days, $130 for three days, $95 for two days and $60 for one day. The discounted fee for music teachers who pre-register by Oct. 1 is $150 for all four days.
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Tabloid intolerant of campus LGBT community “The Weekly Hangover” attempted to seize the mantle from “The Daily Beacon” last Friday. Veiling its publication as “The Baily Deacon,” the front page's tagline read, “Paper less gay already.” For those administrators and students unfamiliar with the publication, “The Weekly Hangover” is an alternative, satirical, weekly newspaper “Promoting the written word, corrupting students, enlightening idiots, seducing your mother, drinking your beer,” as its Facebook page states. The paper has long challenged, critiqued and mocked those that dominate our campus. Yet, as the most recent issue so clearly highlighted, its editorial staff has again betrayed their once respectable mission. Last spring, they showcased a surprising degree of homophobia when they labeled UT senior Elliott DeVore a “segregationist” for championing a bill through the SGA Senate that would create “gender-neutral bathrooms” on campus. I understand that the “Weekly Hangover” aspires to leave no topic untouched but their words have only succeeded in demonstrating the narrowness of their worldview, a move that marginalized the staff by forcing them onto the same stage as the increasingly irrelevant and shrinking population of bigots on our campus. For those readers unbothered by the tagline of “The Hangover”, consider substituting other politically incorrect terms for minority groups in place of “gay.” “Gay” may not make your blood churn like other words, but when used in a derogatory fashion, it serves as a weapon of repression and subordination in every context. What makes this cut sting all the worse, though, is that UT already ranks as one of the most unaccommodating campuses in the nation. In 2008, The Princeton Review ranked UT fifth in its “Alternative Lifestyles Not an Alternative” (translation: not a gay-friendly school) list of colleges and universities. When the staff of “The Hangover” decides to embrace the most ignorant contours of our society, they engage in the same type of smug, smallmindedness on issues of difference that continues to mark the South as backward. Our society unfortunately employs far too many words for the dual function of denoting a minority group and signifying that some item, person or thing lacks value or worth. This tide seems to be ebbing, and those who continue to count the word amongst their vocabulary are increasingly finding themselves not in an ocean of their peers but in a pond of fellow bigots and unenlightened idiots. Perhaps this is why the entire staff of “The Weekly Hangover” hides behind pseudonyms. But what most depresses a gay UT student like myself is that what once was a light-hearted rallying point for all campus dissidents off of Frat Row has effectively dismissed one of their own. “The Weekly Hangover” may trudge on through the academic year, but they'll do so without the UT's LGBT community. Will Barnes Senior in history firstname.lastname@example.org Letter praises sex column Brandi, I wanted to compliment you on your column in Friday’s Daily Beacon. You should know that I’m old enough to be your father, and my faith is a very high priority to me. When I read your introductory column to this series several weeks ago, my initial reaction was “Here we go. Another cocky college student who thinks she’s got all the answers and is going to show everybody how cool she is by shocking people.” While I’m of the opinion that my generation has taught your generation that sex is some cheap, throw-away commodity, and at times I feel that comes through in your column, I have also appreciated the fact that you’ve tried to be balanced, have tried to educate rather than “opinionate” and have regularly thrown in the little disclaimer at the end of several of your columns about abstinence being the only sure way to avoid pregnancy or STDs. You nailed it with this week’s column. The fact of the matter is that if the two institutions in our culture who should be teaching their children about sex — parents and the church — would be doing their jobs, you wouldn’t feel the need to educate your peers about the subject, and we wouldn’t have the degree of sexual exploitation, STDs, unwanted pregnancies, degradation of both females and males and divorce as we currently do. My wife and I were fortunate enough to have met and been married at a church in Southern California that was unbelievably open about sexuality. It was an incredibly healthy atmosphere to learn in. How many churches have you heard where the pastor is willing to preach about sexual intimacy on a Sunday morning and will include phrases like “Hey folks, God invented orgasms”? Sexuality was also a regular part of teen classes, premarrieds classes and counseling and married classes. From the very beginning we have tried very hard to follow Biblical guidelines in all aspects of our relationship, which included waiting to make love for the first time until our wedding night. We can say unequivocally that the pleasure, satisfaction and fulfillment that we experience even now, 20 years into our marriage, far exceeds anything that we experienced back in our 20s as single people. Having been on both sides of the fence on this issue, I am confident to say that the pleasure, satisfaction and fulfillment we experience ongoingly far exceeds what the typical UT student experiences on the weekend when they hook up with someone. In my opinion, your series has been of a much higher quality than what I expected after reading your first introductory column. Keep up the good work. Dick Fischer Office of Information Technology email@example.com THE DAILY BACON • Blake Tredway
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Conflict does not always lead to violence A C ol umn About A r t a n d L i te ra t u re by
When I was an adolescent and a professed disciple of Gandhi, I believed unconditionally that all variations of violent acts were essentially the same thing: the disease of humanity. I was a radical follower of Gandhi’s doctrine, and without implying that I have strayed from that path, I will say that I am secure enough in my understanding of non-violence to perceive nuances. For example, I fought a man last Monday. Specifically, this was a non-striking mixed-martial arts experiment coordinated by an English major and a global studies major who thought a bare-fisted fight to submission would work out a few spinal kinks caused by too many hours spent reading in the desk chair. On this account, the throw-down was a success. At 9 p.m., just after campus had grown dark, I arrived at the top of the amphitheatre where my opponent was waiting with a few of his friends. We presented a humorous front of antagonism, but the fact is, we’re friends, and the whole thing was conceived as a joke and that’s the way it appeared. But under the second surface, it was serious business. There was a lot going on, and though it resembled both a real act of violence and a theatrical wrestling match, it was neither. First of all, I maintain that this fight was no act of violence. Of course this depends on one’s definition of violence, but as long as a game of backyard football is still considered sport, then violence is not an applicable term. In fact, the use of the term “fight” is arguable given that neither my opponent nor I intended any harm to each other. The admitted goal was sheer physical domination in the presence of witnesses. The object of ping-pong is the same, though the physical element is much less visceral and pronounced. On the other hand, our engagement was in no way theatrical. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I am even inclined to say that our short fight in the dark and damp grass of the amphitheatre under the pale lights of
McClung Plaza was one of the least theatrical moments of my week. If my columns didn’t have to carry annoyingly unpoetic, journalistic titles, I would have called this one “Zen and the Art of the Non-Violent Fight.” For anyone unfamiliar with the term, “Zen” refers to an evolution of Buddhism in which the practitioner finds an immediate connection with reality through nonrational, unspiritual, mundane activities. Awareness — the pure attention to one’s immediate experience of, say, the breeze from a ceiling fan — brings about a kind of enlightenment in which the practitioner understands everything all at once. This omniscience is made possible by the fact that all of reality, all of the cosmos, is contained within the moment at hand. Everything else is an illusion of memory or a projection. Anyway, the fight, for me, contained a Zen moment. Mid-fight, as I wrenched my opponent’s arms away from my neck with my full capacity of energy, I heard giggles from the spectators. No real wrestling match can avoid the occasional display of homoeroticism, and theatrical wrestling, with its cult worship of masculinity, sacrifices much of its precious little credibility to avoid such a display. I heard the giggling and yet my only thought, if you could call such a base mental activity a “thought,” was that I needed to get my opponent’s hands off my neck. In that moment, my mental activity was nearly zero. My impending exams, my love life, my future were all faint and far off like the sounds of the audience. In this way, my actions during the fight were not performed. I was virtually unaware of, or unconcerned with, any spectator, even myself. And still I experienced no thoughts of violence toward my friend and opponent. For three or four minutes — the time it took him to defeat me — he was just a mechanism of arms and legs and chest. And so was I. One last thought: Becoming physical material for four minutes is enlightening, inspiring, real, non-violent. But when one’s government sees you as a mechanism of arms and legs — when it is its official policy to amass a military of arms and legs and destroy the lives of millions who appear to them as only arms and legs — this is violence. This is the disease of humanity. —Amien Essif is a senior in English. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The video game industry is doing well. Since 2002, annual product line receipts for the entertainment software publishing industry have increased more than 130 percent, from about $4 to $9 billion in the last eight years. At real annual growth rates of around 17 percent from 2005 to 2008, the industry is showing a consistent pattern of ever-increasing growth unseen in a majority of industries. It's worth remembering that “Modern Warfare 2,” a large third-quarter release last year, made more money on its first day, $310 million, than any entertainment release (that's books, music, movies, theater, everything) in human history; “MW2” went on to make around as much money as “Avatar,” which is the fifth movie to gross more than $1 billion. Video games even have a noticeable presence in the U.S. GDP, contributing about $5 billion. Yet the term “video game” itself has a strong stigma about it left over from the earliest years — a stigma that, compared to the movie industry, simply hasn't significantly changed since Atari. The sheer newness and novelty of this medium has shaped the public's perception of what a video game can be: a frivolous, shallow pastime. And what can a video game be? The video game is a blank digital slate whose raw potential has never been popularly, and hardly, if at all, academically, analyzed. If only because of the recent threats of financial usurpation, let's compare video games to movies and remind ourselves what movie and film, which continue to be the most accessible and versatile form of popular entertainment, have the potential to be by existing precedent. Film can be social commentary, can be a catalyst for social change by exploring social norms in new ways, can express and blend emotions in an infinite variety of ways; it can visually communicate perhaps what comes closest to an artistic expression of universally experienced truths about the human condition, can be propaganda or educational, and so much more, all of which are strengthened, not weakened, by the entertainment power of the medium. Art that is entertaining is art that is relevant, that speaks to an audience and doesn't separate the
intellectual from the emotional. The intriguing thing about video games, especially the most popular releases of today, is that they don't even allow themselves to enter that artistic realm that film is so comfortable in. Most of the 100-man teams that spend years developing the “StarCraft”s, “Halo”s and “Call of Duty”s don't have so much as an English major on them. The credits for these games claim to have writers on the staff, but all of the factors that go into a game seem to roundly alienate any narrative, intellectual or emotional, from shining through whatsoever. The rudimentary steps of a narrative are usually taken, character development, etc., but these developers attach stories to their games like Ayn Rand tagged on halfassed epistemology to Objectivism, in essence stating that epistemology is a useless pursuit. There's some irony there. The interactivity of video games gives them a level of persuasiveness and emotional investment that is potentially unmatched by any medium, including the passivity of movies. The Master Chief, the decade-old “Halo” series' iconic protagonist, says incredibly few lines and is very direct when he does, but for some reason he's become one of the most charismatic figures in the industry. His character, with no discernible effort or priority put on the part of the developers, created an emotional investment in the plot for so many players merely because he was a fleshed-out and likable enough character that his actions had meaning, yet everyman enough to instantly sympathize with. “Halo: Reach,” for some reason, has dropped this dynamic, and as such, the single-player campaign in that game has the emotional involvement of a trip to the DMV. Developers, for whatever reason, have either not wanted or not been able to address the challenge of balancing the interactivity of this medium with narrative. Perhaps it's the infatuation with how rapidly the technology is growing. Or maybe it's the sudden success of an industry that has found a medium so inherently entertaining and an audience that will uncritically purchase its products, that the business models discourage investing extra resources in something as unnecessary as an emotional reason for playing. Tragically, these myopic fools, blessed with wealth and infrastructure, haven't unlocked a fraction of this medium's expressive power — and IGN.com keeps dishing out the nine-out-of-ten scores as if the industry wasn't so obviously in its infancy. —Wiley Robinson is an undecided sophomore. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 27, 2010
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Museum offers exciting, contemporary pieces Brian Conlon Staff Writer The Knoxville Museum of Art may be smaller than more famous counterparts, like New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and The Guggenheim, but it boasts a surprising number of pieces of art, which boast beauty and depth. Perhaps the most interesting gallery contains the annual Contemporary Focus series, which houses works from regional artists who push artistic boundaries with experimental methods, media and concepts. This year’s exhibit showcases works from three members of UT’s faculty. Upon entering the gallery, the pieces that immediately call for attention are those of Evan Meaney. In his work “Ceibas: To Hold a Future Body So Close to One’s Own,” nine small television monitors display video portraits of people diverse in age, race, demeanor and mood. They stare at the camera with looks of confusion, happiness, satisfaction and other emotions as their faces are distorted by digital glitching and stretching. The overall experience leaves the onlooker with a feeling of unsettlement with these people staring at them while colorful polygons momentarily erase or rearrange their gazes. His work projected on the wall opposite the televisions, “Ceibas: Sigma Fugue,” has a similar effect. “Sigma Fugue” consists of a continuous series of home videos spliced together with similar digital distortion in picture and sound. More traditionally displayed are the works of Nick DeFord, who uses found objects and everyday materials to construct his art. Much of DeFord’s pieces involve painstakingly meticulous embroidery on vintage paper materials like a map of Iceland, posters of flying saucers or a witches’ almanac. He
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also utilizes stickers and Wite-Out as media to create his unique art. Embroidery is normally encountered in people’s homes on wall hangings depicting domestic clichés like “home sweet home” or “God bless this home,” and DeFord takes advantage of this common tradition, making statements about the concept of home. Another theme recently employing DeFord’s art is the mystery and fear of the unknown. Two pieces in the Contemporary Focus series have maps hiding behind the words and alphabet from a Ouija board, likening terrestrial distance to the uncertainty of the realms of life and death. Lying on a platform in the back of the gallery is a part of Emily Ward Bivens’ piece “Expecting Helen,” which initially appears to be a life-sized sculpture of an alligator, but upon closer viewing one can distinguish that the texture and makeup of the alligator is soil sprouting grass. The alligator’s eyes, however, were cameras hooked up to projectors on the wall, which comes as a surprise to any unsuspecting viewer of the piece. Because “Expecting Helen” is about the sensations of being watched, the viewer’s shock at being seen on the wall allows the art to function optimally. This piece is highly biographical; its basis comes from accounts of Bivens’ grandfather’s wife-tobe feeding marshmallows to alligators from her Louisiana porch. The state the alligator is in is reminiscent of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” the title character of which falls asleep for 20 years while plants germinate on his body. This is comparable to the alligator, which waits on its source of marshmallows until its body becomes sod. The Contemporary Focus 2010 is open at the Knoxville Museum of Art until Nov. 7.
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The Knoxville Museum of Art, on the edge of World’s Fair Park, offers students a chance to view a wide variety of multi-faceted arts for free. Contemporary Focus 2010 is currently being held and serves to recognize the development of contemporary art in the East Tennessee area. The show is ongoing through Nov. 7.
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Vols face daunting October schedule Legendary swim coach dead at 82
Matt Dixon Sports Editor It was supposed to be one of those “surewin” games when fans looked at the football schedule before the season. Whether the Vols were supposed to win four games or shock the experts and win seven or even eight games, the Saturday contest with UAB was chalked up as a victory. However, UAB had other ideas, outplaying Tennessee from the second quarter on, before the Vols found a way to escape with a threepoint win in double overtime. After playing two top-10 teams in the previous two weeks, UT expected to finally get a break against the Blazers. Instead, the Vols had to face missed field goals just to play overtime. While the stats clearly show the Vols' inability to move the chains on third downs, the last play of regulation served as a visual reminder of where the Vols are offensively. With only four seconds left in regulation, the Vols tried to attempt a Hail Mary pass with the hopes that one of the tall freshman receivers would return the favor to the Blazers after they defeated Troy the week before on a last-second Hail Mary pass. Instead, playing prevent defense and rushing only four defenders, UAB sacked UT quarterback Matt Simms before he could even launch a prayer. In their defense, the Vols were playing with as many as nine would-be starters out, including two on the offensive line. The Vols started a senior, two sophomores and two freshmen up front and rotated another freshman with the senior guard for much of the game. With four difficult SEC games in the next month, three of which are on the road, the Vols needed a win in the worst way against a 1-2 Conference USA team that, in all reality, should have been 0-3 when it traveled to Neyland Stadium Saturday. The Vols won in the worst way, but at the end of the day, they won and that's what matters most, fans. Just ask Texas or Georgia fans, whose teams lost to UCLA and Mississippi State, respectively, on Saturday. With one-third of the college football season complete, the Vols are exactly where most predicted them to be: 2-2. The questions heading into the season are
still there. Coach Derek Dooley keeps repeating that the same problems he had after the first week of spring practice are the same problems that are plaguing the Vols now. The offensive line hasn't developed as fast as it had hoped to. The defensive line hasn't won many one-on-one match-ups to pressure the quarterback, forcing defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to blitz more, which puts more pressure on the secondary to defend receivers in the passing game. Many fans entered this season cautiously optimistic. A .500 record seemed liked a good benchmark and while it still is, injuries have really hurt this team early in the year. While the win-loss record probably wouldn't be any different if receiver Gerald Jones or defensive tackle Marlon Walls had played against Oregon and Florida, the perception of the team might be different. Regardless of how the Vols looked against UT-Martin, Oregon, Florida and UAB, the fate of the Vols' season will be decided in October. The Vols travel to Baton Rouge, La., Saturday to play 12th-ranked LSU. The Tigers are undefeated, but have their own share of offensive woes, especially at the quarterback position. Following LSU, UT will travel to Athens to play Georgia. Georgia might be in a worse position than Tennessee. Mark Richt's job status is questionable at best, as the Bulldogs are 1-3 and 0-3 in the SEC. If the Vols are to pull off an upset during the month, the Oct. 9 game is their best bet. After a bye week, the Vols return for their only home game in October. However, it will be against top-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide are arguably the best team in college football this year again, after winning the BCS National Championship a year ago. With Mark Ingram back and healthy, the Tide’s offense is rolling, while the defense is getting better each week. After the Alabama game, the Vols will travel to South Carolina to play the Gamecocks. After the Halloween beatdown the Vols gave Steve Spurrier last year, the Ole Ball Coach will be looking for payback with the most talented team he has fielded in Columbia. Most expect the Vols to go winless in October, and if they play the way they did Saturday, the games could get ugly. But expect Dooley’s team to put up a fight against the team he coached at for five seasons under Nick Saban, as well as against the school his dad, Vince Dooley, is a living legend at. Alabama has to lose sometime, and Dooley will have his team motivated against his former boss, and South Carolina … Well, it is South Carolina. Don't count the Vols out when they play in Columbia.
al power. After a 32nd-place finish in 1969, Bussard led teams that were perennial top-10 finishers at the NCAA championships from 1970-79. The man who revived Tennessee's swimming He coached the swim team at UT for 22 years, and diving program, Ray Bussard, passed away retired in 1989, the year the UT Student Aquatic here Wednesday evening at Fort Sanders Regional Center indoor pool was named for him. His tenure Medical Center. He was 82. was the longest for a head coach at UT without "This is a big loss for the Tennessee swimming interrupted service until Lady Vols basketball and diving program, he was one of the best allcoach Pat Summitt surpassed that achievement. time," head coach John Trembley, who swam for Even as he compiled an impressive win-loss Bussard, said. "Ray will forever be remembered as record, Bussard also became known for the added an icon in the swimming world. He was creative, tradition he brought to the sport of swimming. hard-working, persistent and an innovator for our The Vols are noted around the nation for wearing sport. coonskin caps before "He gave our program meets, emptying a many of the traditions bottle of their home we still have today. He water into an oppohis is a big loss for the will always be respected nent's pool and featurby those who competed ing the Vol Timettes at against him, appreciated Tennessee swimming and all home meets. Such by those who competed innovations gained for him and missed by us Bussard the reputadiving program, he was one of all." tion of being an innoIn his time at the helm vative promoter of of the Tennessee swimthe best all-time. swimming in his day ming program, Ray and responsible for Bussard led UT to new – UT swimming coach John Trembley putting "show biz" heights of the program's on the death of legendary coach Ray into the sport. Bussard history with an overall Bussard's arrival in coaching record of 252-20 Knoxville represented (.926) in 21 seasons. His the beginning of a new era in Tennessee athletics dual meet record of 178-20 (.899) included nine as the Volunteers had not competed in swimming undefeated seasons. at the NCAA level since 1959. Bussard, who had Bussard guided the Tennessee program from its never coached the sport of swimming at a colleinfancy in 1968 to an NCAA championship 10 giate level, led an all-freshmen squad to a secondyears later. The title run of 1978 added luster to a place finish in the Southeastern Conference. sparkling eight-year span from 1972-1979, during The following year, the Vols broke Florida's 13which the Vols never finished out of the top four in year streak of SEC championships. Three years the country. later in 1972, Bussard won another conference title Bussard came to the University of Tennessee in and won the next six consecutively until 1979, the winter of 1966, saw the construction of the UT when the streak was broken. Bussard added the Aquatic Center in 1967, and in 1968, put the Vols only NCAA championship the Vols have won in on the road that would establish them as a nation1978.