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Friday, September 27, 2013

Campus spider population creeps higher McCord Pagan Copy Editor

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Big Orange, big… spiders? According to a WBIR video released on Sept. 13, both exterminators and spider experts have confirmed that Knoxville’s spider population is more vibrant than usual. Junior English major Julie Mrozinski said she has noticed more bugs and spiders around her Fort Sanders house; one spider web persisted in the corner of her room for several weeks of summer. “They’re just everywhere,” Mrozinski said. “On our front and back patios … we have at least a dozen spiders.” Mrozinski, who has lived in the Clinch Avenue house for more than a year, said she has spied many more spiders in her

junior year than she did in 2012, her first in Knoxville. “I didn’t even notice it last year … I never had any insects in my room whatsoever,” Mrozinski said. “And I’ve had three spiders in my room in the past two months.” Experts attribute the increase to an especially wet summer; according to the Powell/ Knoxville weather station, 2013 is set to be one of the wettest years on record, with 45.59 inches of rain already recorded. Knoxville’s yearly average of 40.78 inches has been surpassed by nearly half a foot with three full months still left in the year. Naturally, rain brings insects. “Spiders feed almost exclusively on insects, and insects are really abundant when it’s been raining a lot,” said Susan Riechert, distinguished service

professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “And so we have huge spider populations, and this time of year is when most of the spiders are maturing, so they’re bigger, more visible.” Riechert has made a career of studying spiders, even serving as the president of the American Arachnological Society from 1983-1985. Through her research, she has realized that spiders pose no real threat to humans, but rather assist in the removal of insects around human populations. “They control insect numbers, that’s what they feed on,” she said. “There’s no spider that feeds on humans.” Riechert took The Daily Beacon on a tour through her lab in the Hesler Building, a room filled with more than

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Susan Riechert has spent more than 40 years researching spiders and keeps more than 3,000 inside plastic bins in her lab, including this tarantula. 3,000 spiders in plastic con- source of food for other, larger tains. She said she does not see species. “There is never going to be any sort of unbalance coming in the local ecosystem, as spi- too much of one species – they ders themselves are a common See SPIDERS on Page 2

College of Law hosts DOMA critique

Pumpkins transform fall flavors Kendall Thompson Contributor

Hayley Brundige Staff Writer

Legally, DOMA is dead, but in Tennessee, it lives on. On Wednesday evening, the UT College of Law hosted Abby Rubenfeld, a prominent marriage equality advocate and Nashville-based lawyer, to reflect on this year’s Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. “Marriage equality is a really important thing for us to have in Tennessee,” Rubenfeld said. “Whether or not people want to get married, we should have the right. We too should get to suffer the pains of marriage.” DOMA, a legislation instituted in 1996 that defined marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June. However, the antigay marriage amendment in Tennessee’s state constitution still stands. Also found in 35 other U.S. states, Rubenfeld called these amendments “miniDOMAs.” See DOMA on Page 3

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Senior midfielder Caroline Brown chases after a cross in the Lady Vols match against Texas A&M at Regal Soccer Stadium on Sept. 20. The Lady Vols won 1-0 over the Aggies.

Lady Vols brace for SEC road trip Cody Gross Contributor

After an upset win against Texas A&M, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team hopes to continue its momentum on the road this weekend against SEC foes LSU and Alabama. The Vols (6-2-1, 1-0 SEC) began conference play with a 1-0 win last Friday against thenNo. 20 Texas A&M. The Aggies were chosen to win the confer-

ence in the preseason. Senior midfielder Carolina Brown said a win against a nationally respected team like Texas A&M gives the squad confidence going into the weekend. “We are just looking to build off of what we did Friday night and keep that edge that we played with,” Brown said. The edge that Brown mentioned will be important going into the Bayou tonight. Similar

to the LSU faithful that pack the football stadium on Saturdays, the Tigers’ soccer stadium brings a distinct home-field advantage. “I’ve never played at LSU, but I’ve heard from some of our older kids that it’s a very tough place to play,” said UT head coach Brian Pensky. “They send a pretty good crowd out there, and the crowd yells at us and gives us a hard time. It becomes a fun challenge.” The home-field advantage in

Baton Rouge, La., that UT veterans mention is no exaggeration. In four home matches in 2013, the Tigers have shutout their opponent three times. LSU (5-3-1, 1-0) comes into the 8 p.m. game with momentum similar to the Lady Vols. The Tigers defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend to begin their SEC schedule with a win. See SOCCER on Page 12

WUTK holds fundraiser for faulty transmitter tower Beacon Staff Report TV did not kill the radio star, but a rapidly declining transmitter tower just might. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, WUTK, UT’s college radio station, will host their second annual College Radio Day

event, complete with special programming and live in-studio performances. This year, though, the event will double as a fundraiser, hopefully gathering enough money to make some much-needed improvements. The transmitter tower, spe-

cifically, needs to be replaced, an expense costing approximately $15,000. Garth Malone, a senior journalism and electronic media major currently doing a practicum at WUTK, has been working at the station since spring 2011.

“If we don’t raise the money to make the repairs, the station will loose its terrestrial signal, which would cripple it,” Malone said. “The antenna has been up there since the early 80s and isn’t going to last much longer. The station receives no money from

UT which makes the situation much more dire.” The audio production board, too, needs replacing eventually. This technology costs $10,000. See WUTK RADIO on Page 3

Leaves crunching, comfy sweaters, SEC football and apple cider all point to one undeniable fact. Autumn has fallen. What better way to usher in the season than eating pumpkin-flavored delights? Gigi’s Cupcakes in Turkey Creek has had an influx of pumpkin-related business recently. Their pumpkin white chocolate cupcakes have been extremely popular. “I just sold out of my last pumpkin flavored (cupcake) 10 minutes ago,” said Lindsay Boch, a worker at Gigi’s cupcakes in Turkey Creek. Gigi’s wasn’t the only place running low on supply. Rita’s shaved ice and ice cream shop in Market Square had a similar dilemma: all of their pumpkin cheesecake cream ice had been bought out before 4 p.m. However, some local spots were still in supply to meet the big demand. Orange Leaf, a new frozen yogurt venue that opened in Market Square, features pumpkin pie frozen yogurt. “It’s better (than pie),” said Natasha Wicker, freshman in the school of Arts and Sciences. “I like that it doesn’t have that awkward consistency that pumpkin pie has.” Pumpkin pie yogurt is not the only sweet in the fall spirit. The infamous pumpkin spice lattes have begun to appear in coffee shops across town. The Golden Roast, The Cup Café and Coffee and Chocolate proved no exception. Each took a unique take on the Starbucks-popularized drink. See PUMPKIN on Page 5


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Energy efficiency program offers opportunity to Knoxville youth Liz Wood Contributor

With the unemployment rate hovering at 7.4 percent, jobs are a hot commodity in Knoxville. For one local organization, employment opportunities for Knoxville’s youth lie not in the retail or food industry, but in more obscure areas, like weatherization and the improvement of a structure’s energy efficiency. Founded only four years ago, SEEED, or Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, grew out of dissatisfaction with existing youth programs in Knoxville. Executive director Stan Johnson and social equality director Joshua Outsey founded SEEED together, having both experienced unsatisfactory leadership at another organization. ”We got to a certain point where some men had started to eliminate their risk factors for death, incarceration and the use of drugs,” Johnson said. “We got to this brick wall and it was like once I’d eliminated my risk factors, now what do I need to do to still be successful and a leader? The leader of our organization didn’t really have an answer for that.” Johnson recalled participant frustration, as well. ”Young people actually came to me saying, ‘we’re tired of programs that don’t end you up anywhere,’ so I said, ‘What’re you going do about it?’” That simple question set SEEED into motion. In 2009, Johnson visited California and Washington D.C. where he was first exposed to the concept of green economies and the stimulus package. Seeing potential for job growth, Johnson formed a board which began to meet regularly. ”We wanted to develop ourselves,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t your process to make me whole; it was my own process to make me whole. And these are things that I’ve seen in myself that I needed to

deal with.” ”We want to take young people off the streets and give them something to do,” Outsey added. Today, SEEED does just that. The organization’s GED program had 23 participants last year, with five earning their GED, three gaining admittance to college and 10 now enjoying employment, with the rest continuing to work on their diploma. Next spring, SEEED will accept another crop of 8-10 young people to its unique program. Though the basics of science, math and solar and wind energy are explored, the curriculum is not entirely tailored to “green” jobs. Providing instruction involving interviewing, handshakes and eye contact, SEEED offers versatile life skills and generalized advice as well. In addition to educational programs, SEEED attempts to address other sustainability issues in the Knoxville area. Last year, the nonprofit held Green The Block, an event addressing the food desert existing in certain areas of Knoxville. SEEED planted 54 fruit-bearing trees in the community and gave away 70 more. ”We said to homeowners, ‘Do you want a tree?’ And we planted it for them,” said Laurel Bowen, SEEED Development Coordinator. In mid-October, SEEED will be holding its annual Music Harvest Fest in Market Square. Music from several genres will be featured. While admission is free, donations will be accepted. Serving as their largest fundraiser, money will be funneled back into SEEED and its projects. ”Before we started touching other people and affecting their lives, we all focused on our own personal development,” Outsey said. “And then once we saw, wow, I can come from this level to this level and then continuously be raising up. It fuels us and gives us passion to go help other young people.”

The Daily Beacon collected closed police reports from the University of Tennessee Police Department. The following accounts detail the crimes we found. Sept. 17 1:50 a.m.: Officer conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation and seat belt violation. The passenger admitted to being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Sept. 18 12:55 a.m.: Officer observed a Gold Chevrolet Malibu traveling west on White Avenue, an eastbound only street. Driver was arrested for driving on revoked license and simple possession of drugs. Sept. 19 11:37 a.m.: Officer was dispatched to the Presidential Court Building in regards to a suspicious person asking for money. The individual was located and it was found that he had been given a criminal trespass warning two weeks prior. The individual was arrested for criminal trespassing. Sept. 20 Approx. 8:30 p.m.: Officer was on the second level of G13 garage and heard what sounded like shouting and a female screaming coming from the third level of the garage. Officer went to the level to check. A male subject was arrested for Domestic Assault, Criminal Trespassing and Public Intoxication. The

victim was transported to UT cer located a plastic bag conHospital where she was treated taining a green leafy substance and released. believed to be marijuana, a blue and multicolored glass smoking Approx. 9:44 p.m.: Officer pipe, and Job 1.5 cigarette “rollresponded to a call of an uncon- ing” papers for which the occuscious person on Forest Avenue. pants of the vehicle were charged. Upon arrival, the officer found the suspect lying on the front 10:50 p.m.: Officer met a female lawn unconscious. The defendant subject on the pedestrian walkwas evaluated by Rural Metro way, near the Clarence Brown Ambulance Service. The suspect Theater. After confiscating a admitted to consuming 3 grams small amount of marijuana, offiof mushrooms. The suspect was cer advised the female that this placed under arrest for public information would be forwarded intoxication. to Student Judicial Affairs. The female was cooperative and polite Sept. 21 during this investigation and has 3:56 a.m.: Officer responded had no prior drug/alcohol related to report of a person passed out incidents. behind the wheel of a vehicle. The driver was misdemeanor cited for Sept. 23 driving on a suspended license. 11:10 a.m.: Officer was notified The driver was passed out in the of an altered handicap placard in Cook Out drive thru. a vehicle parked near Dunford Hall. The altered placard was conSept. 22 fiscated and vehicle was driven to Approx. 8:52 p.m.: Officer was the UTPD impound by the driver. dispatched to Hess Hall due to hall staff smelling an odor of 4:41 p.m.: Officer was dismarijuana outside of a room. Two patched to Sophronia Strong subjects were issued misdemean- Hall to follow up on a report or citations for simple possession. of someone smoking marijuana. Upon arrival, the officer was 10:19 p.m.: After obeying a rou- unable to smell any marijuana tine traffic stop due to equipment being smoked. He located a glass violations on Highland Avenue, a pipe on the ground by a group of driver granted consent to search students and subsequently conhimself and his vehicle. The offi- fiscated it. No charges were filed.

SPIDERS continued from Page 1 Despite the creature’s harmless nature, Kendall Selsor, a junior in nutrition, admitted to a substantial fear of spiders. After discovering two extremely large spiders in her home at The Retreat, Selsor posted a photo of one of the intruders to Instagram. “These spiders were huge, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Selsor said. “It was just a very traumatic experience.” Selsor said insects have been a lingering issue this season. “We have a lot of those sugar ants, stinkbugs … and silverfish,” she said. “It hadn’t really bothered me too much until the

spiders, because I don’t deal with spiders very well, and these were the biggest spiders I had ever seen in my entire life.” Selsor is not alone. According to Statistic Brain, approximately 30.5 percent of the population experiences varying degrees of arachnophobia. From her research, Riechert has found that spiders are misunderstood, and that the stigma attached to them are mainly from misguidance in the media. “This whole business about how whole awful spiders are is just trumped up,” Riechert said. “It comes from movies … The more spiders you have, the less problems you have.” Working in a lab that might fit into a horror movie plot line has not changed Riechert’s mind. “I’ve been working in excess of 40 years on spiders, and I have been bitten only once,” she said.

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Abby Rubenfeld, a lawyer and marriage equality advocate, poses a question to her audience during the DOMA Lecture, hosted by UT’s College of Law, on Sept. 25.

DOMA continued from Page 1 Rubenfeld is currently working on a plan to attack Tennessee’s DOMA through two separate lawsuits involving couples who married outside of the state and returned home to find that their marriage would not be recognized. “I believe in our legal system,” Rubenfeld affirmed. “I think our American justice system, at least in theory, is the best that there is and it should be able to work. I want to help make it work right.” Rubenfeld began practicing law in 1979 after graduating from Boston University’s College of Law. She now runs a general law practice that focuses on family law, sexual orientation and AIDS-related issues. As an openly gay lawyer, Rubenfeld has faced prejudice but continues to strive for justice. “There have been times when things haven’t gone so well throughout my career and I could have thrown in the towel and been pessimistic,” Rubenfeld said. “But that’s not going to fix anything. You’ve got to just keep going.” Rubenfeld’s positive spirit and determination have been an

inspiration to others, including Amanda Hill, a first-year law student who attended the lecture. “That a Tennessee lawyer went and worked on these cases gives me faith that I can do what I’m doing and really make a difference,” Hill said. “Really it shows that anyone can make a difference, lawyer or not.” Over the course of an hour, Rubenfeld explained that marriage equality is not just about being able to get married, but having all the benefits that accompany marriage. One benefit that is often neglected is the right to get divorced, Rubenfeld said. Just as heterosexual couples fight, fall out of love and separate, homosexual couples experience the same strife. “There are no residency requirements to get married in the states with marriage equality, but there are to get a divorce,” Rubenfeld explained. “So gay couples can be caught in a sort of ‘wed lock.’” In the absence of sufficient legal protection, Rubenfeld said she believes employment discrimination is also a problem in Tennessee. “I probably get about one phone call a week from people who have lost their jobs or had some kind of adverse employ-

ment action because they are homosexual or transgender,” Rubenfeld said. Child custody cases are particularly complex in a state where gay marriages are not recognized as legitimate. “In my career I’ve seen a lot of people lose custody of their kids and I’ve cried a lot,” Rubenfeld said. “It’s very personal to me, and when I see someone lose custody of their child just because they’re a lesbian I think how easily that could have been me.” Despite these pressing issues, Rubenfeld admitted that significant progress has been made since she started practicing law. “I think marriage equality is becoming more of a norm than a radical thought,” said Carmel Chase-Greenwood, a freshman studying communications and political science. Rubenfeld emphasized that change can only happen if empowered individuals take action from within their communities, workplaces and homes. “If I can convey nothing else to you today,” Rubenfeld said, “I really want you to know that individuals can make a difference and change society ... The future is bright for marriage equality even in red Tennessee.”

Funding is a constant source of difficulty for the station, as UT does not provide any financial support to WUTK. Through participating in Worldwide College Radio Day, WUTK plans to finance the replacement independently. “We aren’t funded by UT,” said Benny Smith, WUTK general manager. “So we reach out to community, business leaders and students. … It is unfortunate, but we like to turn frustration into motivation.” Founder of Worldwide College Radio Day, Rob Quicke, sees the WUTK’s fundraiser as an extension of his organization’s mission. “College Radio Day is a day when every single college radio station that is possible around the world now – it’s become this huge global event – comes together to celebrate the meaning of college radio,” Quicke said. Celebrated at 490 stations in the U.S. alone and in 700 stations worldwide, Quicke stated that, in an age rampant with commercialism, college radio is more important than ever before. “College radio is still very brave for what it plays

and what it produces,” Quicke said. “We are fighting to be in a position where we can be in a common pool of money to help stations like WUTK.” Smith emphasized the value of the station to the 75 students who work at WUTK every semester, calling them the “backbone for the station.” “What really keeps us going strong is our students and our tasteful style of music,” Smith said. To Smith, WUTK student staff members are “tastemakers” for the campus, playing a vast range of genres and exposing Knoxville to songs long before mainstream radio. Garth Malone affirmed this statement and said that WUTK has been an immensely instructive experience for him over the last two years. Not only dishing up a variety of music everyday, the station also serves as a “lab” for students seeking broadcast experience. “The station is important to me because it has allowed me to find my interest in radio,” Malone said. “I love working at the station, I’ve spent the majority of my time at UT at the station because I enjoy contributing to it.” As of Thursday, the station has raised $2,700. For those interested in donating to WUTK’s Impact Big Ideas Fund, visit: aspx?sid=1341&gid=2&pgid=3512.


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a look at your music library. Chances are it doesn’t all belong in one genre, and, more than likely, it’s not all in one place. Between the ever-present radio, podcasts and online listening sites like 8tracks and, our mechanisms for seeking out, discovering and listening to music are ever-evolving. Purchasing music is no longer required and becoming less and less expected, while the number and quality of legal on-demand listening sites are everincreasing. This change in the way that we acquire music puts a unique pressure on today’s artists to not only produce more music, but also to make music that can capture the interest of an audience who has access to an infinite library. When Will Glaser and Tim Westergren founded the Music Genome Project and began cataloging what they call “the essence of music at the fundamental level,” a major shift took place. The idea that genres of music could be broken down into a series of “genes” that could then be used to compare or contrast individual tracks, albums or artists, had never been conceived. What was even more revolutionary, though, was the subsequent implementation of this idea: Pandora Internet Radio. Since its launch in 2005, Pandora has grown into a library of more than 800,000 tracks and a membership of more than 90 million users in the United States alone. Using music’s “genes,” Pandora creates recommendations that bridge genres, and its users gain potential exposure to thousands of songs and artists nearly effortlessly. More recently, Pandora’s younger cousin, Spotify, made on-demand listening easy and intuitive, allowing users to stream almost any song free of charge. For consumers, these services offer some immediate and obvious benefits: never before have we had legal access to high-quality audio, free of charge, whether it be through on-demand streaming or radio stations based on recommendations. However, Spotify and Pandora and the music-listening culture have helped to create a unique kind of pressure on musicians. Because listeners have nearly unlimited access to music, the range of their tastes has expanded; they want more than just more music; they want more kinds of music. Bands who have spanned the gap between analog and digital music face the challenge of young audiences whose demands on musicians are greater than ever. In 2007, Radiohead responded to this challenge by selling their album “In Rainbows” at the price of “pay what you want” – garnering attention from a new generation of music fans who, until that point, might’ve never heard of Radiohead. However, the more interesting responses to this challenge occurs when artists address it not through the way their music is retailed, but through the making of the music itself. We can find the best example of such a response in Justin Vernon, who made his name as “indie-folk” ensemble Bon Iver’s pseudo-frontman. Soon after, he collaborated with the likes of Kanye West and James Blake, transcending genres and audiences. Vernon, in recent years, has been at the head of music innovation. Untethered by the notion that groups of musicians must remain together forever as “bands,” Vernon takes on “projects,” one-or-two album collaborations between musicians with common interests. This approach has allowed Vernon to not only remain relevant and reach varied audiences, but also explore his own varied interests within music. Justin Vernon’s type of music-making would never have been possible before the era of Pandora and Spotify. Not only have they created an infinite library for listeners, they’ve created an infinite audience for musicians. It’s uncertain whether Justin Vernon is deliberately taking advantage of this, but it is certainly clear that it plays to his favor. In the music industry’s quest to remain fresh and relevant, his approach may well begin to shape the musician of the future. Marianela D’Aprile is a fourth year in architecture. She can be reached at

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‘Income distribution’ paints misleading economic picture To Be Prosise by

Adam Prosise “Save the neck for me, Clark.” Perhaps no movie depicts 1980s Americana better than the dinner scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Clark Griswold, portrayed by Chevy Chase, sits at the head of the table carving the Christmas turkey while Cousin Eddie, who is hilariously played by Randy Quaid, eats Jell-O garnished with cat food further down the table. This was – and remains today – pop culture at its finest. One of the movie’s funniest moments occurs when Cousin Eddie kidnaps Clark Griswold’s stingy boss and dumps him tied up in the Griswold living room as a Christmas present. Eddie performed the Class B felony after hearing Clark angrily proclaim that he’d like to have his boss hog-tied in the living room in order to give him a piece of his mind; Eddie kidnapped the boss based off of a fallacious assumption. How does this tie in with economics for students at UTK? Economic fallacies, through the laws and government programs that arise from them, impact our lives every day. And when it comes to economic fallacies, one in particular stands out: income and income distribution. The very term “income distribution” is misleading. To the unfamiliar, it implies that

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Firstly, it demonstrates that every transaction within a free-market is not a zero-sum game. In other words, no one loses. You pay for tickets to see the Broncos play football, and in return the Broncos are compensated with your money. Both parties benefit – as long as no one is forcing you to make the transaction. The brilliance goes beyond a mutually beneficial transaction; in order for an individual to receive monetary compensation, he must first serve his fellow man by providing them with a good or service that they deem valuable. Most of us wouldn’t pay $100 for a Big Mac at McDonald’s, because that price is too expensive. In other words, we don’t value the compensation we receive from the Big Mac at $100. The vast majority of individuals with higher net worth than you or I have served their fellow man by providing a good or service consumers deemed valuable; they did this in a manner which allowed them to accrue the aggregate value they provided – or got rich. After all, the money supply isn’t like the turkey Chevy Chase carves in the first scene of Christmas Vacation – an equal portion to be given to all. Instead, income and its “distribution” is the net result of mutually beneficial transactions born out of service to one another. We should focus on enabling others to develop skills necessary to serve in a better capacity – and rest assured knowing that in order for one to lay claim to what others produce, he must first earn it. Adam Prosise is a senior in economics. He can be reached a

Meditation can remedy your sleepless nights Working Out Happiness by

Andrew Fleming Your prefrontal cortex is a blessing and a curse. Located under your forehead, mankind’s hugely developed prefrontal cortex enables creativity, foresight and strategy. However, that same prefrontal cortex is responsible for those nagging thoughts that keep you up at night – the “what if” scenarios that become increasingly terrifying as their exigency approaches. While these imaginary situations where you fail the test and lose the girl – or boy, depending on your anatomical preference – may not ever play out, the long term effects on your body from these thoughts actually can. When the brain invents a stressful situation (or replays something horrific that just happened), the sympathetic nervous system engages in very real fight-or-flight responses. These adrenaline pumping, heart-racing reactions are great at making you jump away from a moving car, but they can have incredibly detrimental effects in the long run. Our bodies are incapable of sustaining the stress we are capable of providing it. Stress can eventually

lead to organ failure and death in mysterious and insidious ways. Whether an increased risk for heart attack, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias or even just “sudden death,” you can, quite literally, stress yourself to death. Hopefully you’re still reading, because there is hope. Now, meditation has long been frowned upon by Western culture as some sort of Eastern cultish religious nonsense. That being said, quieting your thoughts has nothing to do with religion, chi, Zen or anything else on a physiological level (and I mean that with absolutely no ill-words towards religions of any kind). It has come to light in recent years that meditation is one of the healthiest things you can do for your brain, and subsequently, the rest of your body. This is coming from real neuroscientists doing real research on real brains – this is not the hippie stuff your parents warned you about. The Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin produced hard data that short amounts of mindfulness meditation lead to increased influenza resistance. Akira Kasamatsu, M.D., went as far as monitoring the electronic activity of 48 priests and disciples of Zen Buddhism, a religious sect known for meditation. Their brain activity showed increased levels of what are known as alpha waves. These waves are heavily associated with being relaxed. These long-time practitioners of meditation

were literally able to tune their brains to a relaxed wavelength, regardless of how stressful a situation may be. Imagine being able to make stress go away with a conscious decision – these individuals don’t have to imagine that power. They already have it. Countless scholarly articles reinforce this sentiment, explaining how mindful meditation can be used to manage chronic pain and reign in anxiety disorders. To approach “mindfulness” from ground zero can seem difficult. The whole point of the exercise is to quiet the mind – something I struggle with on a daily basis. To begin, you need a mental focal point. Some people like to use the word “mantra,” but if that seems hokey, call it a focal point. Sometimes I just use the word “focus” as a constant reminder of what I’m trying to do. Relax every muscle in your body. Sit upright so you don’t fall asleep. See if you can sit there and do nothing but think less and less for 10 minutes. Use a timer on your phone so you don’t feel the need to peek at the time. It takes practice, but even if you don’t get it your first time, you’ll be amazed how good quiet time feels. It’s the kind of habit that takes little time and less planning. Do it in the library if you’re stressed and until you fall asleep when you’re antsy. It’s your brain; learn to make it work for you. Andrew Fleming is a junior in neuroscience. He can be reached at

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there exists some arbiter of income – someone who doles out the dollars to members of society. Economist Walter Williams satirizes this view: “There is a pile of money intended for us all,” Williams writes in his essay, “From Whence Income?” “The reason why some are rich and some are poor is that the greedy rich got to the pile first and took their unfair share. Clearly … justice would require a re-dealing, or redistribution, of the dollars where the government takes the ill-gotten gains of the few and returns them to their rightful owners.” In reality, wealth is allocated as a result of millions of individuals making different choices based on what they value. Take Peyton Manning, for example. I personally would love to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos and make millions. However, my fellow football fans would not pay several thousand dollars for season tickets to see me play in the NFL, because I have don’t have the capacity to please the fans that Peyton Manning does. He breaks records; I would just break bones. We need to think of dollars as “certificates of performance,” because one of the functions of money is as a store of value. Essentially, when one buys something – like season tickets to watch the Denver Broncos – a good or service is exchanged for a particular value or price. Fans pay money for the pleasure of watching Peyton dissect a defense, and in return, Peyton receives a portion of the accrued value he provides to the fans in the form of a paycheck. While this example seems frivolous, it proves why a free-market system of exchanges is such an incredible system.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

THE DAILY BEACON • 5 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson


Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark


Banned Books Week increases awareness

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Emma Evans Contributor

The simple joy of reading actually can be quite controversial. Banned Books Week, an annual campaign that promotes the freedom to read, captured the minds of UT students and faculty alike this week. According to Molly Royse, the head of research collections in Hodges Library, the celebration is a way to spread the word about book censorship. “It’s an awareness tool,â€? Royce said. “It is here to remind people that even in today’s society there still are book titles being challenged for a number of reasons.â€? In 2012, there were 464 formal requests to ban books, most of which were due to sexually explicit content and offensive language. However, according to Rachel Radom, instructional services librarian at UT, these books have no right to be challenged. “The American Library Kendall’s Take: The pumpkin pie yogurt tastes just like a Association has a Freedom to real pie, especially when complimented with graham cracker- Read statement as well as a crust crumbs and cheesecake crumbles. Interestingly enough, it Reader’s Bill of Rights that say is recommended to eat it with peanut butter yogurt mixed in. that nobody can say what someone should or should not read,â€? While the yogurt was delicious by itself, it is surprisingly good Radom said. “They also say Kendall’s Take: Their pumpkin spice latte is creamy and with the peanut butter flavor mixed in. The saltiness is a great that reading itself is not a bad sweet, but not overwhelming. It is possible to taste both the compliment to the pumpkin flavor, as well as the graham cracker or a good act.â€? pumpkin and a hint of spice and coffee blended together crumble topping. The taste is just enough to knock out a craving In addition to disagreeing for pie without waiting for Thanksgiving to come around. cohesively. with book censorship, Radom Photos by Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon said reading controversial

















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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

THE DAILY BEACON • 7 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson


Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark

GTA V revolutionizes gaming Kyle Brennan


Greg Raucoules Contributor America’s favorite guilty pleasure is back and bigger than ever, as Rockstar Games unveiled the fifth installment of the wildly popular and controversial Grand Theft Auto series earlier this month. With sales surpassing the billion dollar mark after just three days, GTA V takes the title of fastest to reach that number in all of entertainment. Similar to the previous four games, gamers assume the role of a criminal motivated by money and power, gallivanting through an expansive and highly-detailed open-world map. While earlier games offered a respectable level of customizability, the sheer level of detail in GTA V allows players to customize their characters and pursuits like never before. Even the resolution of the plot is largely based on decisions made by the gamer early in the story. With so many subplots and other activities to be played, GTA V offers up to 100 hours of gameplay, giving buyers unparalleled entertainment value for their money. Unlike the other GTA games, this one is the first in the series to have multiple playable characters, allowing users to experience the storyline from a trio of angles on different missions and heists, while also playing out each personal plight. Each one of the three characters offers gamers a unique set of skills and colorful personalities, helping to keep players from getting bored of one character’s life. Many GTA fans are raving over the updated graphics, and rightfully so. The people and their movements are as realistic and

Amber Stewart • The Daily Beacon

Austin Worthy, freshman English major, plays Grand Theft Auto V, the latest release in the video game series, in his room on Sept. 24. fluid as ever before seen in a video game. While cruising in the player’s car, truck, ATV, stolen city bus, personal plane or whatever their preferred method of travel, you may find yourself getting lost in the realism of the calming back roads of Blaine County or dangerfilled Los Santos streets. Turn on the radio and the player will find an enormous selection of music and news stations that would make most real life cities pale in comparison. A cruise with the radio on reveals a laundry list of musical icons from past and present, including Tupac, Britney Spears, Steve Miller Band, Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Johnny Cash, Tyler, The Creator and many more. The game even goes beyond the Xbox and Playstation with the new app, iFruit. Currently, only iOS devices have access to the app, but that will change in the future. This app allows you to interact with your specific game

and receive up-to-date GTA V news for free. Just as any of its four predecessors did at the time of their release, GTA V has experienced huge backlash due to the senseless violence and crude sexuality that the game has become known for, and this edition pushes the limits of both. With this game taking place in a faux-Los Angeles, the already violent and lewd nature of the game is only heightened by the glamorous and cutthroat ways of Los Santos. Rockstar games made sure they’d grabbed headlines again by including a mission in which you conduct graphic torture that would make even the most hardened gaming veteran cringe. All in all, Grand Theft Auto V is a cultural masterpiece. This game is incomparable to any other video game out there and is a must-have for any gamer, pas-

Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon

Evan Chaudhuri, left, senior in neuroscience, and Taufig Hassan, senior in bio premed, investigate the “Banned Books” in Hodges Library on Sept. 26.

BANNED BOOKS continued from Page 5 Many UT students are participating in Banned Books Week by checking out controversial books to read and voicing their opinions on the subject. Hope Anthony, freshman in English, said she agrees that banning books is unconstitutional. “I don’t think we should be

UT welcomes soul duo Johnnyswim to Humanities Amphitheater for Fall Fest Kendall Thompson Contributor It is possible you have heard of Johnnyswim from VH1’s “You Oughta Know,” “The Late Show with Jay Leno” or even The GRAMMY’s website. This group is composed of Amanda and Abner Ramirez, a husband-and-wife duo who are based in Los Angeles but originally lived in Nashville, Tenn., according to their Facebook page. It describes their music as a mixture of folk, soul and pop. They will be performing tonight at the Humanities Amphitheater at 8 p.m as part of UT’s Fall Fest, a component of Family Weekend. There is no cost to attend the concert. Kendall Thompson, a contributor to The Daily Beacon, had the chance to speak with Amanda Ramirez from the band via email to discuss their history and style of music. Kendall Thompson: How did the two of you meet? Amanda Ramirez: We knew of each other for four years before we actually met at a coffee shop through mutual friends. Then Abner invited me to a show over MySpace (yep, this was a while ago), and I think I fell in love

musically and probably in every other way with him, so I asked if we could write together. KT: What made you decide to go into music together? AR: We realized early on that we had a lot of overlapping influences, so it made writing together really easy and really fun. We didn’t set out to start a band together, but we’re glad it worked out that way. We both were a bit burned out by the industry of music but writing together brought us back to the purity and joy of writing again. KT: What’s been your favorite part of this experience? AR: Our favorite part is getting to have fun with each other and our friends. We write with our friends and we often play shows with our friends, so it’s always a bit of a party. KT: What’s your favorite part of performing? AR: The audience! It’s so much fun to get reactions, tell stories and bring people on a bit of a journey with you. Every time is different, and every time really feels like the first time. KT: What’s the most interesting place you’ve gotten to travel to so far? AR: We just got back a few months ago from Indonesia where we visited some Food

for the Hungry developments. One was five hours off the coast of Padang on a completely remote island. That was definitely the most interesting and furthest place we’ve been. KT: Have you had any interesting fan experiences? AR: I don’t know about interesting, but our favorite thing is when a fan covers one of our songs. They are always so unique, and they show so much personality. Plus it’s always such an honor when someone takes the time to learn and record or film a song you wrote. KT: Do you have any work coming out soon? AR: We have a full length coming out the beginning of 2014 that we are thrilled about. KT: How would you describe your music? AR: Hopefully honest and a bit of a blend of our eclectic influences. KT: What’s your favorite thing about music? AR: Music has the ability to capture a moment and an experience, and in a few minutes make a listener experience those same things. It more than opens dialogue. It creates a space that goes beyond words. Johnnyswim’s music can be found under their YouTube channel, Johnnyswim, and can also be purchased on iTunes.

able to ban books because we have freedom of the press and freedom of speech,” Anthony said. “Banning books is an infringement of our rights.” Casey Preuett, junior in English, argues that censoring certain books prevents the joys that can be found through reading. “I think that censoring a book puts an unfair limit on what a reader is able to enjoy,” Preuett said. “I don’t think anyone should be able to put a limit what we spend

our time reading.” According to Royse, it is important to celebrate Banned Books Week so students and faculty can be reminded of the freedoms they possess as writers and readers. “The freedom to read is not something that everyone in the world has,” Royse said. “We can’t take it for granted, and Banned Books Week reminds us of that.” Banned Books Week runs until Sept. 28.


Friday, September 27, 2013 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson

ARTS & CULTURE Kings of Leon welcomed back to throne of rock Spencer Hall Staff Writer

When it was announced that Kings of Leon were working on a new record earlier this year, fans all over breathed a sigh of relief. It’s been more than three years since the group came out with new music. With the release of their sixth studio album “Mechanical Bull,” Kings of Leon attempts to recapture the edge they once had. Although they have been one of the top acts in England since their debut album “Youth & Young Manhood,” it wasn’t until 2008 that Kings of Leon reached the same level of fame back home. With the release of their fourth record “Only by the Night,” the Kings went from a

southern roots band to arena rock mega-stars. After breaking their backs for several years, the quartet finally reached the peak of their success. In 2010, they released their fifth studio album, “Come Around Sundown,” to mildly underwhelming fanfare. Following the release of “Come Around Sundown,” it was clear that fame was taking its toll on the band. After allegations of feuding band mates, a canceled U.S. tour and a three-year hiatus, it seemed like Kings of Leon was all but finished. With the release of “Mechanical Bull,” the Kings bring back their youthful excitement with a much more mature sound. “Mechanical Bull” blends the grittiness of “Youth & Young Manhood” while

evoking the stadium sound of the band’s past three records. The album opens with the group’s first new single “Supersoaker,” an all out rock song in which lead singer Caleb Followill’s vocals take center stage. Followill’s voice soars over ringing guitars and a thumping bass line. The track sets the tone for the rest of the album. Some tracks such as “Don’t Matter” and “Coming Back Again” are forgetful filler tunes at best. The band really shines when belting out stadium-ready rock anthems with catchy hooks. On “Temple,” the album’s best track, the Kings use an up-tempo hook with some stellar guitar solos within. The song is by far the most radio-friendly song. “Temple” sounds as if it would fit perfectly on a ‘90s road trip mixtape. While the Kings excel with energetic and youthful songs, it’s nice to see the band take some risks with their musical arrangements as well. “Family Tree” is a rare Kings of Leon track where the guitar isn’t front-and-center, instead utilizing a rhythm guitar style. The song progresses nicely through Jared Followill’s funky bass line, adding a groovy tone to the album. “Mechanical Bull” showcases the band’s diverse talents and proves they have reached a new level of maturity in their songwriting. After starting families and having children during their three-year break, it would be easy to think the Kings would trade in their skinny pants for some dad jeans. With one listen to “Mechnical Bull,” it is plain to see that Kings of Leon is not ready to slow down any time soon.

Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark

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Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon

Kerrigan Skelly, of Refining Fire Fellowship, wears a hat labeled “Obey God” as he discusses his radical Christian views with students on Pedestrian Walkway on Sept. 25.

Quintron brings ‘mad scientist’ musical concoctions to Pilot Light Jake Watkins Contributor Organist and machinist, it would seem Robert Rolston, aka Quintron, brings quite a bit to the table when performing with his wife Miss Pussycat. The couple will be dropping in on the Pilot Light in the Old City tonight with Fine Peduncle, Daddy Don’t and Shockwave Riderz. The New Orleans artist has been pumping out noise rock since the ‘90s and frequently bills himself with his wife Panacea Pussycat. The two met in New Orleans and have opened up several different clubs together. Miss Pussycat also holds great interest in puppet use. She opened up shows at her Pussycat Caverns venue by performing a puppet show set with her puppet band Flossy and the Unicorns. Quintron eventually joined her and they began playing together as a musical duo. Bob Bucko, Jr., owner of Personal Archives records, said the duo mixes gimmicks and music. “The grit and grime dripping off his bent Rhodes/ Hammond hybrid more than make up for any guitar distortion, and the songs take you on a swampy detour through everything that’s bad and dirty about rock ‘n’ roll,” Bucko said. “Quintron somehow manages to surpass his admittedly innovative gimmicks with solid tunes and a bizarre sense of showmanship that is accentuated by the equally fantastical creations of Miss Pussycat.” Quintron has additionally invented multiple mechanical devices to assist him on stage. The duo’s music consists of frequent organ use for which Rolston created “The Spit Machine.” The device uses saliva as a tuning conductor for a hand organ. Rolston’s most famous creation, Drum Buddy, is a light activated drum machine that also has its own infomercial show. Drum Buddy backs Miss Pussycat in various puppet shows from time to time. “I’ve always built my own equipment,” Quintron

told Radio Lomax in Oct. 2012. “Everything I have is either changed by me or built. I think if your really looked into it, I think most bands, most musicians… every band specialize their equipment in some way, I just took it to an extreme.” The pair utilize Quintron’s inventions while creating their analog sound that has developed its own genre known as “Swamp Tech.” The genre shares a name with their 2006 album described by Pitchfork’s Brian Howe as “nasty, chicken-fried electro grooves … through a pep rally of stupid/funny chant-alongs,” in his Jan. 6, 2006 review. “Swamp Tech” also presents Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s own version of Kiss’ “God of Thunder” on top of original scores, such as “Squirrel Garden” and “Love is Like a Blob.” When off tour, Quintron and Miss Pussycat run the Spellcaster Lodge in New Orleans’ ninth ward. Rolston wrote a song entitled “9th Ward Breakdown” that predicted the massive human impact a disaster would have on the area years before Hurricane Katrina hit. Supporting acts Fine Peduncle, Daddy Don’t and Shockwave Riderz complement the unique sounds of the headliner with their own brands of hazy noise rock. Fine Peduncle and Daddy Don’t both hail from the Knoxville area with Shockwave Riderz coming from Pittsburgh to join the lineup. Jason Boardman of the Pilot Light said the show Quintron puts on is unlike any other. “It’s difficult to describe what an incredible show they put on,” Boardman said. “Mr. Quintron is like a mad scientist with his flashing, spinning, homemade music devices, masquerading as a sleazy lounge organist. He’s accompanied by surrealist puppeteer Miss Pussycat – and her puppets, as there is always a live puppet show mid set – singing backup and playing maracas. “It’s like a high-energy carnival sideshow act you can dance to. (It’s) truly amazing.” The show starts at 10 p.m. for ages 18 and older. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.

Friday, September 27, 2013

THE DAILY BEACON • 9 Sports Editor David Cobb


Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

Former Lady Vols spend summer with Team USA Troy Provost-Heron

Assistant Sports Editor Throughout the nation, there are 291 NCAA Division I women’s softball teams that are comprised of more than 5,000 players. In terms of the Team USA women’s softball team, there are only 18 available spots, and two of them were occupied by former Tennessee players – second baseman Lauren Gibson and third baseman Raven Chavanne – this summer. For Gibson, who had a career batting average of .361 during her tenure at UT and took home SEC Player of the Year honors in 2013, this summer marked her third with Team USA. Chavanne, a three-time top-10 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, on the other hand, was in her first go-around with the team after not being able to participate in 2011 and 2012 because of lingering injuries. This summer the duo traveled through North America competing in four tournaments – the World Cup of Softball VIII, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, the Mayor’s Cup and the Pan American Games Qualifier – representing their country on the diamond. “It’s an unreal experience,” Gibson said. “Obviously, it’s amazing to be able to play for your country and it was just a lot of fun to play with a lot of girls that we either played against or played with in the past.” The summer started out a little rocky as the team was only able to grab bronze in the Canadian Open and silver in the World Cup, which Chavanne attributed to undeveloped team chemistry. “We had chemistry, but we still had to build upon it,” Chavanne said. “It would just be the little

things, like if I go to cover third, (Lauren) knows where I like the ball, whereas someone else doesn’t necessarily know and that can be the difference between someone being out and safe, so the first two tournaments we had everyone was still trying to get to know that about each other. Wade Rackley • Tennessee Athletics “By the time we got to Puerto Rico, we had Former Lady Vols Raven Chavanne and been playing together Lauren Gibson sport their medals while for a month and a half being clad in an American flag. The or two months and duo competed for Team USA’s women’s that’s when we went softball team this summer. out there and dominated.” them because we all knew what Dominate is exactly what Team everyone could do.” USA did once they reached San While the former Lady Vols Juan, not losing a single game have been playing for 18 years, and taking home two gold medals they each said they took somein the Mayor’s Cup and the Pan thing away from this summer’s Am Qualifiers. experience. “The Canada Cup and the “It taught me to enjoy the game World Cup didn’t go as planned again,” Gibson said. “I want to but being able to bring home two be a coach when I’m done with gold medals at the very end was school and everything, so it just nice,” Gibson said. taught me a bunch of things that While Gibson and Chavanne I’ll be able to use as a coach to definitely contributed to those talk to my players.” medals, they were helped by a “It made me more calm,” supporting cast of the best soft- Chavanne said. “I learned that ball players in the country includ- you can always learn from every ing SEC foes from Florida and single thing that goes on, whether Missouri as well as members of you do something right or wrong, the Oklahoma team that knocked so I guess it kind of matured me off the Lady Vols in the national mentally.” championship. For now, Gibson is finishing “It’s really nice to have them up her degree in sociology with a on our side instead of the oppos- concentration in criminal justice ing team,” Gibson said. “When while Chavanne is still in the you think about it, all the peo- Knoxville area giving lessons for ple you are playing with are the RBI Heads First, as well as workbest in the country and each and ing softball camps around the every one of them are there for a country. reason. Sometimes when you’re However, the two are still on a college team there’s more preparing for the International pressure to get your job done, Softball Federation Softball World whereas for this I feel like every Championships in August 2014. individual had less pressure on

Softball cut dashes Olympic dreams for Chavanne, Gibson Marina Waters Contributor During the spring, young girls of all ages flocked to Lady Vol softball games at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium to get a glimpse of their heroes. Many of these girls hope to become collegiate players such as the Vols’ former second and third basemen, Lauren Gibson and Raven Chavanne. Someday, these girls may have a chance that Gibson and Chavanne never will – playing in the Olympic Games. After softball and baseball were removed from the Olympics in 2005, hopes were high that both sports would be reinstated for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sept. 8, the International Olympic Committee instead reinstated wrestling by a vote of 49 to 24. Squash collected 22 votes. “All of us girls, from college to tee ball, were all hoping it would get reinstated so that we had a chance to play,” Gibson said. “I know for me, if it was going to be in 2020, I was going to attempt to keep playing so that I could play. I’d be 29. “I would put my life on hold for the Olympics. Now, I wouldn’t really have a chance.” The decision to remove softball and baseball from the Olympics ocurred under strained circumstances. In 2005, baseball faced heavy criticism for steroid use, spreading concerns for its inclusion in the Olympics. However, it wasn’t completely the IOC’s intention to remove softball. In fact, the vote in which softball and baseball were removed came at a time when the IOC was actually hoping to promote women’s sports. The unfortunate conflation of the two sports forced softball stars to watch as the years, along with their life-long dreams of playing for their country, pass them by. Chavanne and Gibson are two of those athletes, hoping for a change in the future. However, Chavanne and Gibson are far from ready to lay their softball lega-

cies to rest. The girls are both members of Team USA and completed their collegiate careers with the Lady Vols this past spring. Although becoming an Olympian may not be in their futures, the Olympic future of the sport lies in their hands as well as other collegiate softball players. “That’s kind of gonna be our role now,” Chavanne said. “Now that we can’t be Olympians, there’s still girls on our team that are 18 who maybe could do it if they did it in 2024. Now we’re just gonna be that U.S. team that works for all the girls that are 12 years old, so that they can become an Olympian.” Though softball didn’t get its chance to be reinstated, Gibson is optimistic that media can also play its part in returning the sport back into the Olympic Games. “We need to get more media,” Gibson said. Chavanne believes a lack in exposure contributes to the popularity of the sport. “It’s only four or five days for the World Cup that we’re actually on TV, so people don’t even realize it’s on,” Chavanne said. Gibson agreed with Chavanne’s notions. “Then they watch a championship game and they’re like, ‘when do you play next?’ well, that’s actually it,” Gibson said. “The TV ratings for softball for Alabama versus Tennessee beat the Yankees. It’s gotten so big. But, if they exposed USA softball just as much, people would get more interested.” It will be a few more years until the IOC votes on this matter again, but for now, Chavanne and Gibson are enjoying even the simplest components of the game that captured their hearts all those years ago. “(Team USA) taught me to love the game again,” Chavanne said, reflectively. “I literally felt like I was playing 12-and-under all-stars out there. “I was just having so much fun, just smiling, and going out there remembering why I played the game in the first place.”


Friday, September 27, 2013 Sports Editor David Cobb


Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

Vols hope for offensive success against aggressive Jags defense Troy Provost-Heron Assistant Sports Editor With two forgettable Saturdays in the books, the Vols’ focus now shifts to a lesser-known opponent than the two they faced in the previous weeks. Even though South Alabama may not carry the same name value as Oregon or Florida, the Vols are not overlooking their Sun Belt Conference foe. “My philosophy is every game is a must-win,” head coach Butch Jones said Tuesday after practice. “In college football right now there is still no playoff. So every game is critical and one bad day can take you away from all your dreams, goals and aspirations. I approach every week like it is a mustwin. There is no difference in our preparation from last week or any other weeks.” Following a quarterbacking debacle in last week’s 31-17 loss to Florida, one candidate for the starting job, Nathan Peterman, underwent hand surgery which means junior signal caller Justin Worley will once again start under center as he did in the first three games of the season. While Worley admitted after Saturday’s game that he was hurt after not being named the starting quarterback,, he has bounced back this week and stepped his game up in practice.

“He doesn’t blink; he is a competitor,” offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian said. “This program is built on handling adversity and he handles the adversity. As a competitor he is going to step up to the challenge.” The Worley-led Volunteer offense will be matched up against a Jaguar defense that has received mass heapings of praise from Jones and the offensive coaches for the amount of pressure they put on the opposing backfield. The Jaguars come into Neyland Stadium having racked up eight sacks, eight quarterback hurries and 18 tackles for loss in their three contests this season. “They are very aggressive,” Bajakian said. “They pressure more than 50 percent of the time. They are going to bring it from every direction and they like to dictate. I don’t want to say the tempo of the game, but they like to dictate their mentality, which is an aggressive, physical mentality.” While quarterbacks — and the offense in general — have been the talk of the town in Knoxville this week, defensively the Vols have a tough task ahead trying to contain the two-headed quarterback assault of South Alabama. Ross Metheny, who transferred from the University of Virginia, and Brandon Bridge, an Alcorn State transfer, have played excellent in their first

year on campus in Mobile, Ala. Metheny has completed 42 of his 62 attempts this season – 67.7 percent – to go along with 595 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers amount to a glistening 163.2 passer efficiency, which ranks 22nd among Divison I quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Bridge has done most of his damage with his legs, recording 120 yards on 24 attempts – good for 6.7 yards per carry– and ranks second on the team in rushing. “It is really difficult to prepare for them because of the different elements each quarterback brings to the table,” Jones said. “They do a tremendous job in the scramble drill, a lot of their big plays have occurred off of scrambles and third-and-long situations.” Even after two demoralizing losses, senior linebacker Brent Brewer stressed that this team is still pushing forward and learning from their failures. “We don’t quit; we don’t give up,” Brewer said. “We’re a hard-nose team and we’re going to come after you and keep grinding ... We’re going to just keep building on that and Saturday we’ll be ready for the game.” Kick off is scheduled for Wade Rackley • Tennessee Athletics 12:21 p.m. and the game will Senior linebacker Brent Brewer breaks up a pass intended for fullback Gideon be televised on SEC TV. Ajagbe against the Florida Gators on Sept. 21 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Brewer finished the game with six total tackles and two pass deflections.

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Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

Opportunistic South Alabama squad boasts two-pronged QB attack Dargan Southard Copy Editor

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South Alabama senior quarterback Ross Metheny dives into the end zone for a rushing touchdown against Tulane on Sept. 7.

They don’t have the passing capabilities of Oregon’s Marcus Mariota or the breakaway speed of Florida’s Tyler Murphy, and they certainly don’t have the hostile-environment experience of the Gators’ Jeff Driskel. But when South Alabama trots out its dual-threat quarterback tandem of Ross Metheny and Brandon Bridge on Saturday at Neyland Stadium, one commonality will remain from some of the quarterbacks the Vols have already faced in 2013. The Jaguars’ signal-calling duo will have Tennessee’s full attention. “Both of them can run,” UT linebacker Brent Brewer said. “One is very consistent at passing. The other one is pretty good at passing too ... I know both of them are very good. They can both run, so we got to contain our lanes and just play hard. “You have to prepare for both of them.” A transfer from the University of Virginia, Metheny — the more passing oriented of the two — will get the first crack under center as he’s started all three contests this season. The Stephens City, Va., native took over the lead role last year and was a bright spot throughout the program’s first season of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision competition. Metheny has carried that production into his senior campaign, accounting for seven of USA’s 11 touchdowns, while amassing nearly 700 total yards in 2013. “He’s a great decision maker, manages the offense really well,” UT defensive coordinator John Jancek said. “It looks like he’s a very smart player, knows where to go with the ball.” Bridge — the additional piece to the Jaguar quarterback puzzle — joined the South Alabama squad in 2012 after transferring from Alcorn State. The Torontoarea native attended the Manning Passing Academy in July and has quickly become a source of unprecedented athleticism and speed for the Jaguar offense. Bridge is responsible for seven plays of 15 yards or more, six of which came in USA’s second half comeback victory over Western Kentucky.

“When the really athletic quarterback comes in, you have to have awareness,” Volunteer defensive line coach Steve Stripling said. “We’ve talked about that,” Stripling added. “It started in the meeting room on Monday and it has carried over to the field. We can identify when he’s on the field, identify what plays can hurt you, obviously, quarterback runs – those types of things – keeping him in the pocket. We just talked about making him be a quarterback. Don’t let him run around.” While the Jaguar signal-callers garner most of the praise, a diverse and unselfish group of pass catchers play an integral part in the offense’s success. Headlined by junior tight end and Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection Wes Saxton, USA currently has four players with more than 100 receiving yards and three individuals with double digit receptions. “Their slot receivers are really quick, really fast,” Jancek said. “Those are the guys we’re really focusing in on.” Defensively, the Jaguars implement a variety of blitz packages that generate pressure from all angles. This assertive game plan has many beneficiaries, most notably Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List member and preseason All-SBC defensive end Alex Page. He and tackle Romelle Jones have combined for 4.5 sacks, while cornerback Qudarius Ford and linebacker Enrique Williams lead USA in tackles with 26 apiece. “Defensively, (they are) athletic, phyiscal, very aggressive, bring a lot of pressure and they play very good team defense,” UT coach Butch Jones said Monday. Should the Volunteers be forced to throw the ball late, look for senior cornerback Tyrell Pearson — the Jaguars’ third Preseason All-SBC selection — to come up with a momentum-shifting play. The Greenville, S.C., native had two fourth-quarter interceptions on consecutive drives to seal USA’s win over the Hilltoppers. “You have South Alabama coming in here not feeling sorry for us,” Jones said. “They had a bye week. They had an extra week of preparation. “We have to be ready for anything and everything come Saturday.”


Friday, September 27, 2013 Sports Editor David Cobb


Troy Provost-Heron Asst. Sports Editor

South Alabama 10 - Tennessee 45 No. 21 Ole Miss - No. 1 Alabama No. 14 Oklahoma - No. 22 Notre Dame No. 23 Wisconsin - No. 4 Ohio State No. 6 LSU - No. 9 Georgia


Gage Arnold Copy Chief


This Year: 16-4

Melodi Erdogan Managing Editor

South Alabama 10 - Tennessee 34 No. 21 Ole Miss - No. 1 Alabama No. 14 Oklahoma - No. 22 Notre Dame No. 23 Wisconsin - No. 4 Ohio State No. 6 LSU - No. 9 Georgia


This Year: 16-4

Ken Gassiot Associate Dean of Students

South Alabama 10 - Tennessee 31 No. 21 Ole Miss - No. 1 Alabama No. 14 Oklahoma - No. 22 Notre Dame No. 23 Wisconsin - No. 4 Ohio State No. 6 LSU - No. 9 Georgia


This Year: 15-5

David Cobb Sports Editor

South Alabama 24 - Tennessee 38 No. 21 Ole Miss - No. 1 Alabama No. 14 Oklahoma - No. 22 Notre Dame No. 23 Wisconsin - No. 4 Ohio State No. 6 LSU - No. 9 Georgia

This Year: 14-6


Cortney Roark Asst. Arts & Culture Ed.

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Unabashed dedication pays off for assistant sports editor

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South Alabama 9 - Tennessee 34 No. 21 Ole Miss - No. 1 Alabama No. 14 Oklahoma - No. 22 Notre Dame No. 23 Wisconsin - No. 4 Ohio State No. 6 LSU - No. 9 Georgia

Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

Troy Provost-Heron Asst. Sports Editor Being the best is always a gratifying feeling, but when you’ve been mocked for weeks because a girl who has attended one football game in her entire life is the only one standing between you and the throne... Well, words can’t really describe the happiness of getting that monkey off your back. Now that my position at the top is official, the only thing left to do is keep these peasants from ever coming close to the crown again. So how do I go about doing this you might ask? The answer is quite simple: just keep picking, because while I won’t say my knowledge of sports is leaps and bounds above everybody else’s, there definitely isn’t anyone who knows more than me. With that said, let’s break-

down these loser’s picks for this week. Our special guest picker, Ken Gassiot, imparted some wisdom on us yesterday when he sent us his picks with a message attached. “I know all my fellow pickers will be pickin’ TN this weekend,” Gassiot said. “Glad they can join the crowd when it’s easy and the stakes are high. Slackers.” Some big words coming from someone who would be tied for first had he done the smart thing and picked UT to lose these past two weeks like everybody knew they would. With his selections of Georgia and Notre Dame, it looks like Ken could potentially be his worst own enemy again. As for that girl that has plagued me these past four weeks, Managing Editor Melodi Erdogan, she has been making her picks through her future brother-in-law who works for It just so happens that last week he couldn’t provide her with the necessary help she needed, and surprisingly, she dropped from first to third. As for his – I mean her – picks this week, she, along with most everyone else, is on the Georgia bandwagon against LSU, and

SOCCER continued from Page 1 “They’ve got a bunch of young, attacking, talented players,” Pensky said. “They are going to be a handful up front and we’re going to need to be prepared to deal with that.” Following the match in Baton Rouge, La., the Lady Vols will use Saturday as a travel day to bus to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for their Sunday match against the Alabama

honestly that game could go either way, but last week her unknowledgeable selection of Michigan State over Notre Dame caused her collapse and she has attempted to rectify that decision by picking Notre Dame this week. An amateur’s mistake that will surely cause her to fall even lower in the rankings where she belongs. Our Assistant Arts and Culture Editor, Cortney Roark, has had a miserable time this year and I truly feel bad for her, so I promise that I won’t poke fun at her that much. Seriously Cort, 24-17 Vols? I forgot we were playing the actual Alabama football team. Even though I will admit that her being the only other person picking LSU makes me question myself, but alas Geaux Tigers. In fact, she picked all the same teams as me this week, so if I falter, she’s shouldering the blame because she’s obviously bad news bears. I will give credit where credit is due, however. Gage and David do scare me a little and if there is anybody on the face of this earth that can dethrone me, it would be these two. David Cobb, who is the sports editor and supposedly my boss, started off slow and prior to this

Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide (2-6-0, 0-1) have struggled this season. They have one win in September, and only one goal in the last five matches. The team has also been shut out in five of its six losses. However, Pensky knows that there are no pushovers in the SEC. “Anytime you play a game in this league, if you aren’t mentally ready to compete and play, you can get burned,” Pensky said. This will be Tennessee’s first conference

week had been in the basement all year. But unlike Cortney, Big D – as we call him around the office – was able to brush the dust off and climb his way up, even if it was only one spot. He has decided to follow in the footsteps of his “understudy” for four of the five games this week, which doesn’t shock me one bit because even he knows that I’m the best. And then there’s Gage Sauce, our meticulous copy chief, who purposely looked at my picks and switched his original LSU over Georgia pick so that he could have an outside chance of getting a share of first place. A desperate attempt, no doubt, but I applaud his will to win, it’s a refreshing change from the rest of these spineless individuals. Troy Provost-Heron has paid zero attention in every one of his Thursday classes in an effort to work his way up to the top of the Pick Em’ rankings. Now that he is in first, hopefully he can pick his grades back up before getting kicked out of school and having to forfeit first place and his pride. He can be followed on Twitter at @TPro_UTDB, and reached at

road trip of the season. Last year, the Lady Vols posted a 5-1 record as the visiting team during conference play and an overall SEC record of 9-3-1. They will look to mimic that success this season, but Brown realizes that SEC games are a battle. “We have rivalries with a lot of them,” she said. “We know a lot of the players. We’ve played against them before. More is put out there on the table.” Sunday’s 2 p.m. match against Alabama will be televised on CSS and ESPN3.

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