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Porn debate surprisingly shallow, unsubstantial Brandi Panter Managing Editor It all began with a question. As some unexpected delays kept the debate between Ron Jeremy, porn star, and Chris Gross, pastor and founder of the website www.xxxchurch.com, from starting, moderator Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, walked around asking various young women the question: “Is porn demeaning to women?” to varying degrees of hesitant responses. “Why is this happening?” Sacco further inquired to a young woman standing in an aisle of the UC Ballroom. “Do you think that porn affects you negatively as a woman?” The debate, co-sponsored by the Issues Committee and the Women’s Coordinating Council, kicked off not soon after, with Gross and Jeremy appearing on the stage at either end behind a podium. Both men sported purple, with Gross in the form of a suit and Jeremy in the fashion of a purple Hawaiian print shirt, sweat pants and red Crocs. The debate didn’t begin without controversy, as Gross invited Jeremy to make his opening statement first. A shout of “Why, are you scared?” launched from the audience prompted Jeremy to defend his sparring partner, saying “I’m under the attack.” After some explanation of both sides of the debate, Gross began his introduction by explaining what piqued his interest in pornography outreach. “I started XXXchurch about eight years ago,” he said. “I was a youth pastor. I didn’t grow up around porn. We didn’t have cable, didn’t have Internet. “Then about 10 years ago, I was working with a bunch of teenagers after graduation,
you know, slow Internet, dial-up, who would say, ‘I waited 20 minutes for this picture to download, and I saw boobs and it was awesome.’” Gross said that he is not opposed to pornography but aims to offer aid for addiction. “You would go to AA if you have a problem with alcohol,” he said. “We aren’t trying to shut down the porn industry. We are just trying to offer people help who are addicted to porn. “We’re not there to boycott or to say ‘Don't look at porn.’ Instead we’re saying, ‘If you have a problem, we want to help.’” Gross’ website offers support, information to aid with addiction and even software to monitor a user’s history and to notify whoever the user chooses to hold them accountable for their slipups, among other features. Jeremy began his portion of the counterattack by informally polling the audience. “Show of hands, who here has watched porn with a significant other,” he asked, as a few scattered hands raised around the room. Jeremy’s argument centered on the idea that pornography can be helpful to couples, with his emphasis being placed on the benefits it can have for couples in terms of fantasies and erotica. “Big deal, it’s just sex,” Jeremy said, addressing the notion that pornography is somehow controversial. He added that the majority of the people in the room could probably tell him more than he knows about sexuality. See DEBATE on Page 2
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Porn star Ron Jeremy defends the integrity of the pornographic industry during The Great Porn Debate on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Students turned out en masse to the event.
Virginia Poet Laureate visits UT Robbie Hargett Staff Writer
Students and faculty arrived Monday in the Hodges Library’s Lindsey Young Auditorium for Claudia Emerson’s poetry, but they stayed for the raucous country duet between Emerson and her acoustic guitar-wielding husband, Kent Ippolito. “I first discovered Claudia Emerson’s work through ‘Pharaoh, Pharaoh,’ a 1997 work that I kept returning to, finding new levels, its language and narrative arcs both memorable and inventive,” Jeff Daniel Marion, the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence at UT, said. Marion described Emerson, the Poet Laureate of Virginia, as a “voice that strikes deeply at the heart of things.” As part of UT’s Writers in the Library series, Emerson read works covering many subjects and themes, from loss and desolation to reflections on the image of flocking birds. Emerson described her inspiration for some of her poems. “People around me, if they say anything interesting, I just steal it and stick it in a poem somewhere,” she said. She recalled a comment she once made to her husband. “I said, ‘You sure own a lot of instruments,’ and Kent said, ‘No one really owns a musical instrument. They are just their guests,’” she said. “And I thought that was pretty good, so I wrote it down.” The poems she chose to read came from sections of several of her books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poet-
ry, “Late Wife,” the title of which refers to Ippolito’s deceased first wife. “That was the most personal of the books,” Emerson said. “I ended up at the known risk of doing this thing I call ‘writing close to the bone,’ when you write out of your personal life and try to turn it into art.” She also read poems addressed to her ex-husband, which she said were “wickedly more fun to write.” Emerson and Ippolito even wrote a song to supplement the reading of the poem of the same subject. The energetic number, a reflection of Emerson’s playfully vengeful thoughts upon seeing her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, was the highlight of the evening. “The song was fun,” Emerson said. “My memories of it involved a couple of friends and a bottle of wine.” Jordan Lewis, senior in economics, said he enjoyed the musical finale the most and would like to see more of Emerson’s songwriting abilities. “It’s a sad story, but it’s good that she can be honest about it and create something worthwhile out of it,” Lewis said. “She made it art.” Emerson said she didn’t think she had what it takes to make a record at her age, but she and Ippolito have written several songs. She further discussed her experience with songwriting and performing in the Q-and-A session after the reading and at the reception following the event. “To me, these portions of the program are as interesting as the readings themselves,” JoAnne Deeken, head of research and grants of the UT’s Libraries, said. “The conversations make the readers approachable people and not some remote figures seen from afar.” Deeken said this closeness is one of the main reasons students should attend the Writers in the Library readings. “The programs are an opportunity to interact with published authors — some well-known, some not yet well-known — in an intimate setting,” Deeken said. The reception, held in the Mary E. Greer room of the library, took this intimacy a step farther. Emerson spoke with students in a round-table discussion style, while signing books intermittently. She encouraged students to keep writing and to try new things. Deeken said that these kinds of lively, personal discussions with the author make creativity seem normal and attainable by all. “We all need to awaken our creativity in order to realize our full potential,” she said. “These presentations help all of us realize that we, too, can be creative.”
Banner system eases registration Alyce Howell Staff Writer Banner Self Services is the university’s new informational system that will replace CPO soon. It is a fully integrated system, which includes admissions, registration, academic records and transcripts, catalog and curricula, timetable, graduation, fee payment and financial aid. Students, staff and faculty will be able to access these functions through the new MyUTK portal. The main difference between CPO and Banner is that Banner is designed to have all the programs that students and faculty use readily at their fingertips. “Students will have many new features in the new system,” Monique Anderson, associate dean of the office of the registrar, said. “Students can access their e-mail, check their Vol Card balance, view holds, register and more.” The faculty and staff have been offered training in the use of the new system by the university. Overview sessions will begin soon to remind them how to work the system. The system is being prepared to take over in the fall semester, because of the time it takes to get a new system built and for it to be tested. “There have been some problems with Banner but nothing significant,” Anderson said. “Our OIT staff was great in fixing any problems that happened.” As a part of helping to test the new system, students were asked to be involved. On Sept. 23, 1,200 randomly selected students were offered the opportunity to register early. “In total, 304 students registered on that day and are enrolled in 884 unique sections offered by the university,” Anderson said. Devon Brahan, senior in mathematics, was one of the selected testers that were contacted by e-mail. Brahan said even though she did not get any compensation for being a tester, getting the chance to register for classes early was great, because there were plenty to choose from. “I did like Banner, especially the homepage,” Brahan said. “I did not have any problems, though it was a little tricky to use at first, because I have been used to the way CPO works.” After students participated in the testing of Banner, surveys were sent out to find out the students’ reactions to the new system. It was determined the students had a positive view of Banner. “I think it’s very user-friendly because of the portal and easy access to registration functions and information,” Anderson said. The Banner system will be fully operational January 2011. However, the usual rules for registration, such as students seeing an advisor beforehand, are still in place.
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Employers interact with students during the Fall Job Fair, held in Thompson-Bowling Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Students had a chance to meet and talk with recruiters from a number of companies about internships as well as full-time job openings.
DEBATE continued from Page 1 Jeremy also addressed the impact of pornography on women, the theme of the debate and something that Gross neglected to address in his attack. Jeremy cited Third Wave feminism as a source, saying that women can often feel empowered by porn and embrace sexuality, as well as addressing that many female porn stars have gone on to be successful entrepreneurs. He also suggested that pornography is no worse than R-rated films, music videos or nude beaches in terms of stimulation. “Andrew Dice Clay used to talk about how he would rub up against beautiful women on the subway and get turned on,” Jeremy said. “How is that any worse than porn?” Jeremy summarized his argument around the idea that porn is helpful to people. “Why are you watching porn?,” he said. “For two reasons: One is to enjoy watching what you might want to try out with a
partner; the other is to observe it, to see the act.” The Q-and-A session saw a variety of questions from students, ranging from the ethics of violent pornography to the relationship between video games and sexuality to Gross’ spirituality. The evening had a few laughs scattered throughout, though, with Jeremy and Gross often ribbing each other from either side of the stage. “His penis works, but his eyes don’t,” Gross said after Jeremy misread an article, which he brought to argue his side of the debate. “Yeah,” Jeremy said, “and this is a pastor.” Despite the strong turnout, the only unscripted portion of the debate being the questions asked by students, the lack of focus on the original question posed or the fact that Gross and Jeremy were arguing the same side of the issue (Gross is not against pornography but simply wants to offer resources for those struggling with potential addictions to pornography.), Tuesday’s debate was more akin to a comedy routine than a formal debate.
Crime Log Sept. 17-23 Sometime between Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 20 at 6:42 a.m., a burglar broke into a red 1997 Ford Explorer belonging to a student. The burglar smashed the front window of the car, which was parked in the N8 lot and was the last car on Caledonia Avenue. Damages and stolen property were valued around $600. Sept. 23 Two officers were dispatched to Presidential Courtyard to investigate a possible assault. Three students reported being assaulted by three white males between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. One suspect was wearing a black shirt, one was wearing a blue plaid shirt, and the victims gave no
further description of the third suspect. At approximately 12:15 p.m., a UTPD officer assisted Detective Kevin Bush of the Sevierville Police Department with the execution of a warrant on a subject, an Aramark employee working as a cook at the UC dining area. The subject was wanted on charges out of Sevier County for child rape. The officers arrested the subject at Greve Hall. At approximately 2:24 p.m., a UTPD officer reported to the lobby of South Carrick Hall in reference to Internet harassment. The victim, a UT student, stated that she received harassing e-mails from an unknown source.
Sept. 24 An officer was dispatched to the UTPD lobby to meet with a UT student concerning the theft of her student ID. The student said that at 12:30 p.m., she was at the UC’s Rocky Top food court getting lunch. She placed her food, along with her student ID card, on a table in the middle of the seating area. She left her items unattended and went to the condiment area to get some ketchup. When she returned her ID card was gone. The case has been assigned, reviewed and verified through IQS. When the officer called the student later, she had already replaced her missing ID card. —Compiled by Robbie Hargett
Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.
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“Kefauver Day” to celebrate Senator The Baker Center, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Hiwassee College are partnering to honor Sen. Estes Kefauver on Saturday in his hometown of Madisonville, Tenn. The “Kefauver Day” event begins at 9 a.m. on the grounds of the Monroe County Courthouse. It is free and open to the public. The day will feature an exhibit of Kefauver memorabilia from the Baker Center’s Modern Political Archives, speakers and an official mayoral proclamation designating Saturday as “Kefauver Day.” Diane Rubin, Kefauver’s daughter, will also share brief remarks. Ted Brown, a Baker Center fellow, will present the keynote address about the life and contributions of the senator, who served in the U.S. House and Senate for 24 consecutive years before his death in 1963. Brown’s talk is based on a book he’s currently writing about the Tennessee Democrat, who also led a much-publicized investigation into organized crime. Brown organized and catalogued Kefauver’s papers while an undergraduate in history at UT. Since then, he has written extensively about Kefauver and Tennessee’s political and legal history. Brown is a lecturer in UT’s Department of Political Science, where he teaches constitutional law, judicial process and law in American society. He also serves as adjunct professor of law in American legal history at UT’s College of Law. He earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University and practiced law for more than 25 years before his career in teaching. Jon Rubin, a documentarian and professional in public relations and political and legislative processes, also will speak about his current work on a documentary about Kefauver. Rubin is married to the late senator’s daughter, Diane Rubin. UT offers new concentration Students at UT who are interested in construction have a new opportunity to learn about a different side of the industry: the management side. Starting this fall, students can pursue a concentration in construction technology in the Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. Before, those interested in construction were confined to the engineering aspect of the business. The program will evolve over time to include aspects of both vertical construction, such as buildings and horizontal construction, such as roads, bridges and earthwork. Five students
StudentLIFE enrolled in this year’s class, but Drumm predicts a swell in growth because of the current level of interest and plans for an articulation agreement with Pellissippi State Community College. The concentration is designed to prepare students for entry into the very broad and diverse range of careers related to construction, such as project manager, estimator, supervisor or quality control. For students like junior Justin Kramer, who planned on transferring to another university for a comparable program, the timing of the launch was perfect. The construction science field cuts across a wide swath of disciplines. Therefore, the program includes coursework from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Business Administration. In addition to educating inside the classroom, the program aims to educate its students in the real world by connecting them with regional industry leaders. Already, students are attending local chapter meetings of the Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders and Contractors and the Construction Specifications Institute. Kramer said he enjoys construction because he enjoys seeing something built from the ground up. $9 Million Solar Instillation Grant Program gains TN business’s attention Tennessee Solar Institute today announced it has fully committed more than $9 million in Solar Installation grants to Tennessee businesses. Through this program, 108 projects, valued at more than $33 million, have been approved for new solar photovoltaic installations across the state. These installations will produce an estimated 5.8 megawatts of additional solar conversion, increasing Tennessee’s total solar usage from 2.5 megawatts to more than 8 megawatts. In the current environment, businesses are looking at cost reduction as a key business strategy, which may be one reason more industries are looking to solar conversion. The Solar Installation Grant Program was made available to Tennessee businesses to assist in the purchase and installation of small-scale photovoltaic solar systems on or adjacent to existing non-residential buildings or structures. The goal of this program was to make solar conversion more affordable and boost solar capacity for commercial businesses in Tennessee. Seizing the opportunity to reduce long-term energy costs, businesses responded quickly to the Solar Installation Grant Program. A total of 190 applications were submitted since TSI began accepting applications on June 21. Grant awards range from $14,400 to $245,000 and span across the state. Awards were committed to eligible companies and farming operations on a first-come, first-served basis and may receive up to $245,000 in reimbursement funds for each application based on project size. Businesses were eligible to submit up to five applications for separate projects. Because of the success of the program, Tennessee Solar Institute received qualified applications that exceeded the $9 million in grant funds
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Columnist hypocritical in protester criticism In a Sept. 15 Daily Beacon article by Derek Mullins about certain Christian groups protesting on campus, I found it somewhat amusing that he does the exact opposite thing he admonishes students not to. He tells us to “take a page out of their playbook and just turn the other cheek” in regards to select inflammatory “Christian” protesters on campus, and yet throughout the article, he uses words and phrases that run contrary to his advice. Derek, when referring to the protesters, uses language such as “wastes of air,” “lunatics,” “these airheads,” “crackpot,” “screaming, homophobic, misogynistic psychopath that scowls and screeches,” “knuckle-draggers.” This only gives the groups more attention and fuels the fire and simply creating the motivation for these fundamentalists to return to campus once again (to borrow a line from Mr. Mullins). Not to mention, such language seems entirely hypocritical in light of his advice to ignore the protesters and turn the other cheek. Brian Wright Senior in political science firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Here and now” age not detrimental to creators I would like to respectfully disagree with George Richardson’s notion in the Sept. 14 issue of The Daily Beacon that creativity is stifled by the information age. He takes a myopic view of the issue by examining only the consequence of the information age and not looking at where all that information is coming from and the new products and innovations which it is creating. The reality of the situation is that there have always been, and will always be, creators and consumers, and the creators are orders of magnitude fewer and farther between than the consumers. However, the advent of “here and now” technology does not hurt the creators. It fuels them, because the people who choose to go beyond the first page of Google or the YouTube top 10 have a virtually limitless supply of information available to fuel their creativity and an almost instant means to research, advertise and in the case of virtual media, distribute their product. As a fellow photographer and journalist, I’ll take his example of his picture of Ayres Hall. Let’s examine what the “now” revolution has given him. I am assuming that he used a Digital SLR camera, as opposed to film. Using digital, he was not only able to see the pictures he took in real time, but he was also able to take and produce all of those images at basically no cost to himself or the Beacon, aside from the initial investment of purchasing the camera body and lenses. Because they were coming to him in real time, he was able to take probably five or 10 images and choose the exact exposure and angle he wanted. Using Google, he might have even done his research beforehand, and researched dozens, if not hundreds, of pictures of Ayres in order to discover an angle or lighting that was new. Additionally, if he worked for an online or print/online publication, he would have been able to produce a dozen or more original photos and then edit and publish them at a fraction of the cost in a fraction of the time that it took to produce the print version, where there was only space for one picture. Let’s take my response to the article which he has written. Before the dawn of the information age and the ability to send e-mail, I would never have even bothered to attempt to respond to his editorial. This is not because I am lazy. It is simply because I am extremely busy as a fellow electrical engineering student, and I write much more slowly than I type. The information age has given me a faster, easier, more seamless outlet for my creativity and has allowed me to more quickly finish my work and thus be involved in conversations like this one. Mr. Richardson also mentions YouTube. Yes, it is a place where consumer-driven students can waste countless hours of time watching videos about nothing. But what exactly are they doing? They are examining the products of millions of other users who, before YouTube, had no outlet for their creative energy. In short, what Mr. Richardson observes is not a stifling of creativity but a continually widening gulf between two societal prototypes which have always existed: the creator and the consumer. The instant and worldwide availability of information simply fuels the tendencies of each. The consumer has an ever-growing number of readily available creators from which to consume and the creator an ever growing number of waiting consumers to feed. Zachary Crane Graduate student in electrical engineering email@example.com COFFEY & INK • Kelsey Roy
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Leigh Dickey I’d like, if you’ll allow me, to continue my trend of discussing obscure holidays: This week is “Banned Books Week.” Everyone, pick out whatever book you liked least in high school (for me, it was “Red Badge of Courage”) and write in to the President, and he’ll work on getting it banned for you! Just kidding (though I really didn't like that book). One of my manifold methods of procrastination this semester has been to read for fun, rather than to do work for class. This reading-for-fun thing I’ve been doing appears to be a phenomenon among many of my college-age friends: No one seems to have time for it. This being the case, and in light of Banned Books Week, I thought I’d take it upon myself to regale you weary (and studious and responsible) folk with something you only dream of: reading books, not for class, but because you wish to. I said above that I’ve been “reading for fun” recently, but that’s not entirely accurate — or it is accurate insofar as such a description conveys that I have been reading books I chose myself, books not required by a class. To me, though, saying I’m “reading for fun” diminishes the value of the act, as if pleasure were the only benefit reading provides. Not that pleasure can’t be an end in itself — and indeed I’m not sure reading “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” offers any tangible reward besides amusement (and of course the Meaning of Life). I genuinely appreciate a story well told. But implicit in the concept of a story well told is the idea that, by the time I have finished reading the story, I have learned something worth knowing or am questioning something I was sure of before: that the story has taught me something about myself, my fellow human beings, the world around me, relationships, life, love, death ... In “Travels with My Aunt” (a hilarious book, if you enjoy dry humor), Graham Greene writes, “One’s life is more formed, I sometimes think, by books than by human beings: It is out of books one learns about love and pain at second hand. Even if we have the
happy chance to fall in love, it is because we have been conditioned by what we have read … ” Reading, in some ways, teaches us how to live — or at least shows us different ways of living and understanding life. We have to pick and choose for ourselves from those understandings. But there’s a problem with this, as far as I can tell: Unless we have something against which to measure these understandings, how do we decide which ones we agree with? Hopefully this doesn’t cause problems for you, but I am quite easily influenced by outside forces: After having read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” I want to learn about vehicle maintenance (and philosophy), and after watching “Vicky Christina Barcelona” (Yes I’m cheating; it’s a movie, not a book.), I wanted to run off to Spain and take a lover (but plane tickets are too expensive). It is not only healthy but necessary to be aware of alternate understandings of life, and encountering such alternate understandings is one of the many benefits of reading. But just because one is presented with an idea doesn’t mean it is to be trusted, and against what standard, then, ought we to evaluate what we read and watch? Or should we? Does art have a moral responsibility? Do writers, actors and painters have a responsibility both to show life as they find it — ugly, messy, beautiful, valuable — but also to challenge themselves and you and me to reach for something more? Ought art and literature to do more than just titillate us? My instinct is yes, but I’m not sure. Sorry if you wanted a solution. When I think about this, I always end up contenting myself with an observation from Dorothy Sayers’ novel “Gaudy Night.” The main character has been puzzling over some lines of poetry her friend wrote for her, and in the end Sayers reflected, “She went to bed thinking more about another person than about herself. This goes to prove that even minor poetry may have its uses.” I’m not sure this is the best answer, but it’ll have to do for now. A happy thought with which to leave you: A week from now we will all be on Fall Break. Have fun on your vacations, and think of me, I’ll be home studying for the LSAT, which is on the Saturday of Fall Break. Awesome. —Leigh Dickey is a senior in global studies and Latin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Something that I’ve been considering writing about for a long time is the issue of women and their general lack of self-esteem because of body image. Western media typically generates an unrealistic view of women who don’t exist, portraying this idea of what a woman should be: a scantily clad girl of dubious ethnicity with a flat cardboard chest, overpriced clothes and makeup wholly appropriate for drag and drag only. Real women aren’t like that. We don’t spend every waking minute wondering what our hair and makeup are doing, we worry about how we’re going to get work done, how to pay rent next month, what we’re going to do to get where we want to go. We laugh when we’re ecstatic, we cry because we’re sad and we’re confused about where life takes us (if you’re anything like me). We worry about classes, our relationships (especially with our significant others), and who we are as an individual. We try to be good people and satisfy all the demands placed on us by an unforgiving society. We’re forced to stand and criticize what is already perfect in front of our mirrors, for the sake of pleasing others, starving ourselves to fit into a certain outfit, a wedding gown, or that perfect polka-dot bikini that Yoplait claims its yogurt can get you to wiggle into. I’m here to tell you that it is complete bull. I’m here to divest you of your clothes (Hot, I know, right?), your makeup, the superficial parts of your being and possibly your self-esteem to let you know that who you seem physically is not all who you are about. We’ve all been criticized for our weight or the weight we look like we carry. I think it’s also a collective conscience of mothers who criticize their daughters for their weight when they are perfectly fine, and I’m comfortable enough with my body in admitting that I’m 5’1’’, weigh about 125 pounds and eat a lot and unhealthily. My idea of a six-pack is one concerning Coca-Cola cans, and my idea
of a roll is one split open and buttered completely. I’m a certified pastafarian, and I like my vegetable lasagna sans vegetables (Yeah, I know, I’m vegetarian and I hate vegetables.) But I don’t think this makes me a bad person. My eating habits and my lack of muscle tone don’t make me who I am, nor does the obvious cellulite around parts of my body or the fact that I can’t fit into a dress I want. It just means that this is who I am, and I’m fully prepared to accept it and love myself, though I may fume silently about the unavailability of dresses in my size and occasionally fat-free foods, because everything is good, even fat, in moderation. You are more than what you wear. You are so much more than what you look like. Your weight is just another number in your life, unless it becomes a serious health issue. So many women are uncomfortable about discussing their problem areas in public or admitting their significant others don’t like parts of their bodies, and the people they see who appear beautiful on TV are nothing like the people they see in the mirror. If you can’t love yourself, why do you expect someone else to? And if someone can’t love you for who you are, how do you expect him or her to support you through serious life issues? What makes you think that someone who looks beautiful in your eyes doesn’t have problems of their own? I talked to a friend of mine, named Leigh (also vice-chair of WCC), and asked her for a quote with regard to the Stacy Nadeau program, a woman sponsored by Dove to stand for a photo campaign that celebrated real beauty. She countered, “One of the worst things about the impact of unrealistic beauty images, as created and promoted by the media, is that such images discourage and prevent women from living their lives. This is a big point that Stacy Nadeau, who was part of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, makes. Women are so obsessed with trying to be thin that they miss out on opportunities, even the small, relatively unimportant fun ones. Eat the French fry!” My personal reservations about also wanting to be paid to stand in my underwear aside, she makes an excellent point. Remember, you are pretty and perfect, and you are completely in shape. Round is a shape. —Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Vols, Tigers share commonalities Teams have similar stories as they prepare for stormy October
Colin Skinner Asst. Sports Editor Double overtime or not against UAB, Tennessee football is in a good position. Though a dim October football schedule looms like a storm sweeping over the Gulf of Mexico, Derek Dooley and the boys should be calm and collective right now. Sure, 2-2 (0-1 SEC) is not a favorable record when compared to those of other SEC foes — and we won’t even touch the subject of rankings — but it’s certainly better than 1-3. Take this into consideration. Matt Simms overthrows Denarius Moore in the back of the end zone on first down in the second overtime, down by three. UT runs a sweep play for four yards to the right on second down, and Simms is sacked with no one to throw to on third down. Daniel Lincoln misses the field goal, and pandemonium breaks loose on the UAB sideline. UT has just lost for the first time to UAB and falls to 1-3 on the year. Radio shows across the state of Tennessee are taking calls of fans cussing, livid and outraged, dubbing Dooley the “next Fulmer” and wanting nothing but his head. And yes, there’s that storm brewing in the Gulf that, for college football reasons, will be named October. But hark, this is not the case. The Vols faced not one, but two, top-10 teams back-to-back to start the year, after beating UT-Martin. Of course they have two losses, and to predict anything different would be as heinous as The Daily Beacon’s assistant sports editor’s pick ’ems for week three. (UT over Florida 25-21. Whoops.) As the Vols head down toward the storm this weekend to face LSU, many of the players and coaches will be thinking about the ties they have within this particular game itself. First and foremost is Dooley. Dooley is fresh out of the Bayou state, coaching at Louisiana Tech for three seasons. He completely changed the athletic department in Rustin, La., from the ground up after taking the athletic director’s job in 2008, including adding new turf, box seats and a videoboard to Joe Aillet Stadium. But before his stint at Tech, Dooley spent time at LSU with Nick Saban, serving as the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach from 2000-02. The next two years, Dooley coached the running backs and special teams. There, Saban gained great respect for a young, promising Dooley, so much so that he brought
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him to the Miami Dolphins with him in 2005. UT starters Janzen Jackson and Prentiss Waggner have ties of their own to the Bayou state. The two, who will be heading home this weekend to be playing in front of family and friends, were solid recruits from the state of Louisiana. Jackson, a native of Lake Charles, La., was at one time a commitment to LSU before deciding to sign with UT after Lane Kiffin arrived. Other native Louisianians on the Volunteers’ roster include right guard Jarrod Shaw from Lafayette, left tackle Dallas Thomas from Baton Rouge and Thomas’ Scotlandville High School teammate in linebacker Herman Lathers, who returned to practice Tuesday and is expected to play against the Bayou Bengals. On the flipside, LSU harbors some faded orange and white, which will be facing old friends on Saturday. John Chavis, former Tennessee defensive coordinator, has strong ties with the university, calling his time there one of the best eras of Tennessee football ever. Chavis’ run with the Vols as defensive coordinator was more than impressive. His stint lasted from 1995-2008 and included a national championship and many conference-leading defenses. Then-coach Phillip Fulmer was heavily criticized for promoting Chavis to defensive coordinator in 1995 because of Chavis’ weak resume and lack of experience, but the decision quickly paid off. In the magical 1998 Volunteer football season, Chavis was recognized as the SEC’s outstanding linebacker coach, and the coordinator earned his first and only national championship ring. So far this season, the Tigers are not so much worried about their defense as they are their offense. The offense, led by quarterback Jordan Jefferson, has found no real identity whatsoever and is ranked 115th in the nation in passing offense per game, averaging only 110 yards in the air. Chavis’ defense is led by Patrick Peterson, an electrifying junior cornerback and returner from Florida, who could make quarterbacks sing if he wishes to. His highlights have catapulted him into the early Heisman scene and have saved LSU from dropping any early contests this season. For the Vols and their head coach, only poise and confidence will lead them to victory if they plan on playing the spoiler in this game of great ties. But don’t expect any of the players or coaches to get all sentimental being back home in the state of Louisiana. This is SEC football after all, and the Vols have some storm preparation to get in place before the month of September is over.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Vol Senior Thompson helping to lead young Vols
Get to know a Jason Hall Staff Writer
LaMarcus Thompson is a starting outside linebacker for the Tennessee football team, who has had a lot of experience since his redshirt freshman season. During his first two eligible seasons, he saw action in all 26 games, including the 2007 SEC Championship game and the 2008 Outback bowl. Last season, Thompson started 11 games but missed two games because of injuries. This season, Thompson plays the role of a senior leader in defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox’s new defense. Thompson has proudly accepted this role. “I just have to lead by example,” Thompson said. “I have to let those guys know how to practice and how you’re supposed to play. I just try to show them how it’s supposed to be done. And I think we saw a good example this week about what happens when you don’t do that. I think we all learned the hard way, and we’re going
to work on getting that better.” UT coach Derek Dooley is well aware of the importance of senior leaders like Thompson to a relatively young UT roster. “He’s playing very consistant football,” Dooley said. “He’s shown some great leadership, and I appreciate how he’s bought into the things that we’re doing. He’s been a steady hand for us at Sam linebacker.” Thompson is from Lithonia, Ga., and is very proud of his hometown. “It’s a great place,” he said. “You experience a lot coming from my high school, all walks of life. You see a lot of different characters up there, and you’re just going to get a full wash of what’s going on. Plus, we have a pretty good band. I always liked listening to our band.” He was a standout linebacker for Redan High School, where he was a two-time all-state player and the all-DeKalb/Rockdale County player. He was a four-year starter and a two-time captain. He also lettered for two years in track and served as a three-year captain for the golf team at Redan. As a junior, he was the football team’s MVP. During his senior season, he tallied 120 tackles with 11 sacks and eight forced fumbles. Thompson enrolled at UT in 2006 and redshirted his first year. During his freshman season in 2007, Thompson played in every game as a special teams contributor. He tied for fourth on the team with 10 special teams tackles. His football career began as a kid looking to spend more time with his friends. “All my other friends were playing football for a little park league,” Thompson said. “I was like, ‘Man, I want to do this too,’ so I wouldn’t feel left out. So I started playing ball and kind of got good at it.” As a Vol, Thompson’s favorite moments are defeating Kentucky last season in Lexington and a famous UT tradition. “My favorite moment was beating Kentucky in overtime,”
Thompson said. “How it felt, that moment, the feeling, it never gets old. Also, running out the T, it will never get old either.” He credits the Neyland Stadium game-day atmosphere as a major factor in his decision to play for Tennessee. “The stadium and the fans made me want to come here,” Thompson said. “I love the stadium and the fans here. They’re wild and crazy and love their Tennessee football. So, I had to be a part of it.” He credits Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete and former linebacker Al Wilson as his favorite UT player. His favorite movie is “Transformers,” and if he could meet any celebrity, it would be the movie’s lead actress, Megan Fox. His favorite food and drink are pizza and lemonade. Thompson said his favorite color is red and linebackers coach Lance Thompson is his favorite coach. Off the field, Thompson is a political science major. He also credits fellow senior linebacker Nick Reveiz as his favorite teammate, as well as the Reveiz’ house as his favorite hangout spot. His least favorite SEC team is Florida, but his favorite team to play against is Alabama. “The atmosphere of the ’Bama game is always amazing,” Thompson said. “The Third Saturday of October, it’s just one of those games where it’s always special no matter what.” Thompson will play a major role in UT’s matchup this week against LSU in Baton Rogue, La. Thompson realizes the challenge that he and the Vols will face against the Tigers. “Coming into LSU, they have a lot of great players with athletic abilities,” Thompson said. “We have to get a better job of corralling to the ball and wrapping up. We were working on that and doing tackling drills so we can perfect that.” Dooley also realizes the importance of Thompson and the veteran linebacking corps for Saturday’s game. “They’re going to have to bring what they bring every week,” Dooley said. “They need to be affecting others in a real positive way, and hopefully they can do that.”