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Renowned philosopher, scholar to lecture Linguist Noam Chomsky visiting Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium and its relations to intrinsic functions of the human brain. News Editor “He was originally most well-known for his work in linguistics and his views about the innateness of Internationally acclaimed anarchist and critical linguistic structures, and their universality across libertarian Marxist Noam Chomsky will address all human beings,” Richard E. Aquila, professor in UT students and faculty from his breadth of expethe Department of Philosophy, said. “In turn, these rience tonight. He will play host to one of the most views were also taken by some philosophers of eagerly awaited events of the Spring semester. mind to support the notion that we are born with Chomsky, one of the most prolific linguistic and certain ‘innate ideas.’” international relations scholars of our time, has The universal applicability of Chomsky’s work written extensively on topics ranging from the thehas fostered worldwide oretical roots of syntax to respect in disciplines ranging the underpinnings of from philosophy to psycholoAmerican hegemony. gy. The lecture offers students His intellectual pursuits across the various subjects a have fostered an uncomprochance to broaden their horimising trademark perspeczons. tive on the international role “Students should attend of the U.S. He persistently this lecture because they will criticizes the outworking of undoubtedly learn something a capitalistic economic sysnew,” Shelso said. “Whether it tem that he believes has is a simple matter of how prospered at the expense of events have unfolded or a subjugation for the global whole new way of analyzing majority. current problems in our “When it comes to his world, I think students will views on U.S. foreign policy, learn something.” I typically agree with Mr. Experienced internationalChomsky,” Nathaniel ly, Chomsky delivered a series Shelso, Issues Committee of John Locke Lectures at chair, said. “Mr. Chomsky Oxford in 1969, and the foltypically tells it like it is lowing year he delivered the when it comes to U.S. forBertrand Russell Memorial eign policy as an instrument – Nathaniel Shelso, Issues Committee Lecture at Cambridge chair, on tonight’s lecture by well-known of economic interests.” University. He has also spoken linguist and philosopher, Noam Chomsky In addition to his around the world in universiscathing appraisal of U.S. ties from New Delhi to foreign policy, Chomsky is known for his distrust Leiden. of the mainstream media. He asserts that corporate “In the last few decades Chomsky has been an forces move to instill capitalistic economic and object of attention primarily directed toward his political goals in public opinion through strict conpolitical views,” Aquila said. trol of media coverage. Chomsky is a fellow of both the American Well-versed in his subjects, Chomsky received Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Academy of Science. The Central Programming 1955, later becoming a professor in the department Council, as well as the Issues Committee, will of modern languages and linguistics at the sponsor the event. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961. Interested students should be careful to arrive In devotion to the understanding of grammatiin plenty of time to get a seat. cal structures, Chomsky pioneered modern under“Get there early,” Selso said. “We will try to let standing of language. His work exploring linguistic students in first if there is a line.” “deep structures” has brought forth greater underThe lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Cox standing of the universality of oral communication Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building.

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Noam Chomsky looks on after speaking with a group in Vancouver on Saturday, March 20, 2004. Chomsky, a famous linguist and philosopher, will be speaking in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building on Tuesday, Jan. 25, starting at 7 p.m.

Stricklen, bench lead UT to victory

Suicide bomber targets Moscow airport

defense and rebounding the ball. “We had a lot of good hustle plays. It was a really good effort overall against a very good Auburn team.” In the second half, UT established a solid 20-point lead against the Tigers. Auburn responded by rallying around Alli Smalley and Morgan Toles, both leading Auburn scorers with 13 points apiece.

MOSCOW — A suicide bomber carrying a suitcase walked into Moscow’s busiest airport and set off a huge explosion Monday, killing 35 people and wounding 180. The international arrivals terminal at Domodedovo Airport was engulfed by smoke and splattered with body parts after the mid-afternoon terror attack sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings at passengers and workers. Hundreds of people were in the loosely guarded area at the time. President Dmitry Medvedev immediately ordered authorities to beef up security at Moscow’s two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities. He also canceled plans to fly out Tuesday to Davos, Switzerland, where he was going to promote Russia as a safe, profitable investment haven to world business leaders. “Attempts were being made to identify” the suspected male suicide bomber, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said, adding that the attacker appeared to have been wearing the explosives in a belt. The Interfax news agency said the head of the suspected bomber had been found. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred at 4:32 p.m. (1332GMT). But Chechen militants have claimed responsibility for previous terror attacks in Moscow, including a double suicide bombing on the subway in March 2010 that killed 40 people and wounded more than 100. The latest attack on the Russian capital also called into question Russia’s ability to safely host major international sports events like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup. It was the second time in seven years that terrorists had hit the Domodedovo Airport: In 2004, suicide bombers penetrated the lax security there, killing 90 people as they blew up two planes. Large-scale battles in Chechnya ended years ago, following two devastating wars between Russia and the republic’s separatists, but Islamic militants have continued to carry out suicide bombings and other attacks. Most of the attacks have been in Chechnya and other predominantly Muslim provinces in the southern Caucasus region, but some have targeted Moscow, including its subways, buses and trains. In Washington, President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous act of terrorism” and offered any assistance Russia might want. Those comments were echoed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who spoke with Medvedev and assured him of his complete support. The Emergencies Ministry said 35 people were killed, 86 hospitalized with injuries and 94 were given medical treatment. Two Britons were among the dead, Markin said.

Auburn head coach Neil Fortner of Stricklen. “She’s got great range on her (3-pointer), and she’s so powerStaff Writer ful. She can play anywhere on the floor. During every timeout we have The Lady Vols continue their winto figure out where (Stricklen) is ning streak, marking their 10th victogoing to be, and what position she’s ry in a row since their loss at Baylor, going to play coming out of the timeby defeating the Auburn Tigers out huddle. She plays every position.” Sunday, 73-53. The win over Auburn Johnson also played a standout keeps the Lady Vols undefeated in the game for UT, SEC. scoring 16 Tennessee points and (19-2, 7-0 SEC) snagging 13 came out of the rebounds to gate quickly and pace the Lady controlled the Vols to victogame from start ry. to finish against Tennessee’s the Tigers (12-8, bench did its 5-2). The Lady part as well, Vols grabbed the outscoring the early lead and Auburn bench kept their disby 20 points, tance the whole and allowing way. Te n n e s s e e Despite players to stay Te n n e s s e e ’s fresh. early lead, both “Going in, I teams struggled was hoping to find rhythm in that our depth the first half. would be a facThe Lady Vols tor, but it is a were able to find George Richardson • The Daily Beacon w a i t- a n d - s e e a rhythm and tire Members of the Lady Vols basketball team celebrate upon reaching 100 s i t u a t i o n , ” out Auburn’s points against ETSU on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. The Lady Vols improved said Summitt. offensive attack to 7-0 in SEC play against Auburn on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, also keeping alive “I liked what I by rotating in saw, so we their bench and a 10-game winning streak. used a number using their size The Tigers began to slowly whittle of rotations, getting people quality advantage. “We went inside and that was key away at Tennessee’s lead and came minutes. Kamikio Williams, I was for us,” Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt within 10 points before Glory very pleased with her minutes and said. “I felt that we have such a size Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen led did a lot of good things as well. We advantage that it would be a good the Lady Vols to score the team’s next had good balance, so we didn’t have part of our scheme and the team 10 points. The Lady Vols continued to play players as long as we have.” The Lady Vols take on Mississippi responded very well. I thought we to fight to victory, beating the Tigers State at home this Thursday at 7 p.m. came ready to play. You never know by 20 points. Stricklen led the Lady Vols in scor- at Thompson-Boling Arena and look when you are on the road and in this ing with 18 points in the game. to stay perfect at home and in the environment. I was very pleased with “She’s such a good scorer,” said SEC. our intensity, commitment to playing

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Crime Log Jan. 21 A UT student reported that his vehicle was vandalized while it was parked in the G13 parking garage sometime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 20. A UT employee reported that an unknown suspect vandalized the second floor men’s restroom of the Presidential Court building sometime between 11 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 4 a.m. on Jan. 21. A female student reported a theft in the TRECS happening sometime between 5:15 and 6 p.m. Neither the possessions stolen nor the value of the stolen possessions was stated in the report. Jan. 22 At approximately 12:15 a.m., a UTPD officer reported to Reese Hall in response to an active fire alarm issuing from the fourth floor stairwell on the east side of the building. The officer quickly determined, with the help of the Knoxville Fire Department, that there was no fire.

At approximately 3:09 a.m., an officer reported to Presidential Courtyard in response to a fight in progress involving three male students. The three suspects, along with a female student, were arrested for public intoxication and underage consumption. A student reported that items were stolen from her yellow 2004 Jeep TK while it was parked on the ramp between the second and third levels of the G12 parking garage between 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 and noon on Jan. 22. A student reported that she had been receiving harassing text messages from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22. The suspect was unidentified in the report. An officer reported to the intersection of 11th Street and Cumberland Avenue in response to an unconscious male subject in the driver’s seat of a black 2005 Chrysler 300. The suspect, a UT student, was arrested in the left turn lane of Cumberland Avenue and 11th Street for DUI first offense. — 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.

1905: World’s largest diamond found On Jan. 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the “Cullinan,” it was the largest diamond ever found. Frederick Wells was 18 feet below the earth’s surface when he spotted a flash of starlight embedded in the wall just above him. His discovery was presented that same afternoon to Sir Thomas Cullinan, who owned the mine. Cullinan then sold the diamond to the Transvaal provincial government, which presented the stone to Britain’s King Edward VII Tara Sripunvoraskul• The Daily Beacon as a birthday gift. Worried that the diamond Chelsea Johnson, senior nursing major, helps recycle old printers during the MLK might be stolen in transit from Africa to Service Day on Saturday, Jan. 22. Students worked at a number of locations, London, Edward arranged to send a phony diaincluding the Boys and Girls Club, helping to clean up as part of the annual serv- mond aboard a steamer ship loaded with detectives as a diversionary tactic. While the decoy ice day. slowly made its way from Africa on the ship,

the Cullinan was sent to England in a plain box. Edward entrusted the cutting of the Cullinan to Joseph Asscher, head of the Asscher Diamond Company of Amsterdam. Asscher, who had cut the famous Excelsior Diamond, a 971-carat diamond found in 1893, studied the stone for six months before attempting the cut. On his first attempt, the steel blade broke, with no effect on the diamond. On the second attempt, the diamond shattered exactly as planned; Asscher then fainted from nervous exhaustion. The Cullinan was later cut into nine large stones and about 100 smaller ones, valued at millions of dollars all told. The largest stone is called the “Star of Africa I,” or “Cullinan I,” and at 530 carats, it is the largest-cut fine-quality colorless diamond in the world. — This Day in History is courtesy of

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Center for Executive Education expands The Center for Executive Education (CEE) in the College of Business Administration at UT welcomes several new individuals. Lea Anne Law joins the center as assistant director, Healthcare Business Solutions programs; Brian Wright joins as contracts and business manager for the center’s National Defense Business Institute; and Mark Bucco is the center’s new operations manager. Susie Hill was promoted to the center’s director of technology. Law has spent more than 20 years at UT, both as director for communications and outreach for the UT Graduate School of Medicine and previously as marketing manager for university outreach and continuing education on the UT campus. She has received more than 90 international, national and regional awards for publication management, strategic planning, writing and creative campaigns. Law brings extensive health care expertise to CEE. At the Graduate School of Medicine, she was responsible for on-site accreditation and certification compliance for continuing medical and dental education (CMDE); overseeing grant applications and financial management for certified CMDE educational activities for licensing health care professionals; writing, editing and producing institutional publications; public relations planning; and managing special events. In 2008, Law was named a Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional (CCMEP) by the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals Inc. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education approved her as a national site surveyor for continuing medical education providers seeking re-accreditation. In June 2009, she was selected as one of two site surveyors for the re-accreditation of the FDA and the U.S. Army. She also is one of about 80 Tennesseans currently accredited in the practice of public relations. Brian Wright joined the center as contracts and business manager of the center’s National Defense Business Institute (NDBI). He is responsible for NDBI contract management, business operations and supporting research projects. Prior to joining the center, Wright served as subject matter expert at SAIC, where he supported the business unit responsible for Department of Defense financial services. One of his major accomplishments was developing and teaching a “Basics of Public Sector Accounting” course to help educate new or


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current employees of the fundamentals of this core government process. In addition, Wright worked as a program analyst in strategic systems programs for the Department of the Navy in Arlington, Va., and RGS Associates Inc., a defense contractor, in Washington, D.C. Wright brings experience and a proven track record of success in customer relations, contract management, personnel management and the ability to translate customers’ technical requirements into achievable goals. Bucco is the Center for Executive Education’s new operations manager. He joined the center from Harvard Business School, where he served as manager, course consulting and marketing services for its executive education team. Bucco specializes in operations management and, at Harvard, was instrumental in tapping into his team’s collaborative nature to develop a metrics-driven system that influenced the creation of new program content based on executive demands. He worked to develop a competitor analysis system to measure competitive pricing, program content and level of service. Bucco also held management positions within American Airlines Inc. in the areas of scheduling, human resources, planning, sales and marketing and customer service. He worked as part of a team to design a state-ofthe-art, multi-million-dollar airport facility for American Airlines’ terminal at Logan Airport in Boston. Bucco completed the Achieving Breakthrough Service program at Harvard Business School and the Lean Applied to Business Processes program at UT’s College of Business Administration. Hill joined the Center for Executive Education in January 2010 after earning her MBA from UT. Although she came on board as assistant director of the professional MBA and leadership programs, she quickly was promoted to the center’s director of technology. Hill is responsible for all technology and Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon strategic IT initiatives across the center, including the development of a new website Students in various costumes descend the steps of the Art and Architecture and customer relations management software application. She has provided innovative Building as part of the charette on Friday, Jan. 22. Despite the seemingly comical thinking and recommendations toward the use nature of the event, the charette is defined as an intense time of design activity. of technology throughout the entire UT College of Business Administration. Hill brings over 15 years of web-based and information technology experience to the center. Before joining academia, Hill held several positions with Clayton Homes, including business architect and project manager and web developer. In those positions, she managed and led a $3 million process improvement initiative, facilitated technology upgrades for 4,000 users, and initiated a re-design of customer relationship management application for Clayton’s sales division. She also worked for Bechtel National, Inc., eLanguage (a former dot com start-up of The Learning Company), Computer Learning Center, First Tennessee Bank, and as an independent technology consultant in the nonprofit sector and with various multi-national corporations.


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StaffColumn ‘Perfect’ love difficult to pinpoint Brandi Panter Managing Editor “That’s the key to having it all: Stop expecting it to look like what you thought it was going to look like.” I’ll be the first one to admit it: Despite the fact that I am supposed to feel ashamed, I absolutely love “Sex and the City” (I thank my freshman year roommate, Amy, for introducing me) for little quotes and nuggets of wisdom like the quote above this sentence. Here’s why: When we were young, our first memories of how relationships are supposed to work came from the environment in which we were surrounded. The health of the relationship of our parents, layered with a healthy dose of films by the Walt Disney Company and books filled with fairytales, all contributed to our ideas of what it means to be in love. Granted, based on current statistics, a little over half of the readers of today’s column come from families with divorced parents. That blows a huge hole in the Disney pre-packaged love connection. Love suddenly doesn’t look so perfect anymore. Love never did look all that perfect, in reality. Queen Victoria, for example, might have been hopelessly smitten with Prince Albert, and they may have married and had nine beautiful, halfGerman children, but the fact that Prince Albert was her first cousin is often overlooked by people seeking to adapt the lives of rich, famous people into films. Speaking of films, let’s look at some of the movies that have been used in our classical conditioning of warped relationship identity. In “Gone With the Wind,” Rhett leaves Scarlett. In “Aladdin,” our namesake protagonist wishes himself to be a rich prince in order to win an audience with the princess. Even “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” with my idol Audrey Hepburn, is a big, fat lie. In the book from which the film is adapted, Holly doesn’t come running back in the rain to George (in the book she doesn’t even bother learning his name) and her cat. She just leaves. So what are we supposed to think? That love doesn’t exist, or that all love stories end badly or have a corrupted plot? No, it’s quite the opposite, really. The key

to having it all, these perfect love affairs that only seem to exist in movies or our imaginations, is to stop expecting them to look like the love affairs we see in movies. It isn’t impossible to find true love. In fact, millions of people do it every day. Haven’t you seen those eHarmony commercials? The secret is that we have to stop expecting Prince Charming or Cinderella to show up in a pumpkin carriage holding bags of money and promising a happy future with no problems or challenges. That’s the first problem: No one ever expects it to be hard. There is a reason every great love story in the history of cinema ends on a high note (usually with a swelling, piano-driven score and a passionate kiss between the rather stereotypical protagonists). No one wants to believe the bad parts of love ever exist. Love is supposed to conquer all, isn’t it? So what happens when the conquering you have to do is the one you love? Another problem that stems from this mentality is the ever-dreaded “perfect man, perfect woman” idea. There is no such thing as perfect, so stop looking for it already. You aren’t perfect, and you should probably stop expecting him or her to be perfect as well. Elizabeth Bennett had to learn the hard way that her pride and assumptions over a man were unfounded, and I hope your quest won’t be nearly as agonizing or end up in a Jane Austen-type novel. Going back to the quote above, I suppose that in itself is the actual “secret” to happiness. Discovering that love is less about the obnoxious fairytale wedding about which you’ve dreamed (you know, the one where your lessthan-stellar family surrounds you in a church, and … end scene) and more about having someone to sleep beside you in bed and hold you when you have a bad dream. It’s less about fancy dinners, wine and wooing, as much as it is about finding someone who knows exactly how you like your drink and already has it poured whenever you walk in the door after an especially bad day. While we’re on the subject, it’s less the beautiful children you’re going to have eventually, and more about finding someone who will help you take care of those beautiful children when they throw up on your fancy ball gowns you’re always seeing yourself wearing. Stop trying to make “perfect” happen. — Brandi Panter is a junior in history and English literature. She can be reached at

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Dream of equality transcends boundaries T he Social N etwo r k by

Elliott DeVore Last Monday, faculty, students and staff celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. King was one of the most celebrated civil rights activists of all time. He fought for racial equality and for the equal treatment of all people regardless of their identity, with many people helping him along the way as he touched the lives of many. Through the actions of King, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA 1964) came into fruition; it was and still is a landmark in the history of the U.S. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 promoted the desegregation of schools, prevented unequal applications for voters to register, and outlawed discrimination in businesses that provided public accommodations and government agencies that receive public funds. Title VII prevented employment discrimination because of race. I wish I were living during that time so I could have fought alongside my black peers to secure their rights. As a white man, I cannot comprehend the black experience, but I am gay and fighting in the current civil rights movement for LGBT equality in all areas of life. The purpose of my column is not to compare the black experience to the LGBT experience, but instead to call attention to one aspect of inequality that LGBT people experience. As graduation approaches, job security quickly comes to mind. In Tennessee and in more than 20 other states, a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) person can be fired because of that identity. Surprising, right? Who would think that people could still be legally discriminated against, especially with all of the fabulous LGBT people on television. The existing institutionalized discrimination in the work place is archaic and utterly repulsive. Having the risk of being fired because of your identity causes many people undue stress in the work place, and frankly, in my opinion, it hurts job performance. It seems that any intelligent employers would want to openly affirm people of all walks of life so that they can attract people of the highest caliber. When it comes to qualifications for a job position, sexual orientation and gender identity are not some of them.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been introduced to every Congress since 1994 — with the exception of the 109th — to further provide equal protection from discrimination. There has not been much recent action taken, as the act sits with the Education and Labor Committee. Many people oppose ENDA because they do not want LGBT people to be a “protected class of people,” but the interesting thing is that the semantics of the bill state there would be no discrimination on sexual orientation regardless if you are gay, straight, pansexual or asexual. From my research, I have found that a lot of such opposition comes from so-called “Pro-Family” organizations. While I was browsing the Internet, I found the letter that the vice president of a certain “pro-family” organization wrote to Congress. An excerpt reads, “While many homosexuals have come to the conclusion that they were ‘born gay,’ there exists a significant minority of homosexuals and bisexuals who recognize that sexual orientation is quite fluid. How can a business be expected to avoid discriminating against categories of individuals that are potentially ever-changing and based on subjective selfidentification?” My favorite part was, “How can a business be expected to avoid discriminating ...” Forget the rest of the quote, or the rest of the letter for that matter; why would you discriminate in the first place? Shouldn’t an organization with honorable values and professionalism celebrate and advocate employees who produce great work without disenfranchising them because of an actual or perceived characteristic? I think MLK was a wise man when he said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal.’” I, too, have a dream that one day, my desk at work will be plastered with pictures of me with my husband and children and that I won’t worry about losing my job for being honest about the people that I love dearly; that one day, my transgendered friends won’t fear disclosing personal information during a required physical for a job. I have a dream that you will hire me for my bubbly personality, leadership qualities and my fabulous resume, not who I love or the size of my stilettos. ENDA is still waiting to be passed. Stay informed, be proactive, and you, too, can make a difference. — Elliott DeVore is a senior in psychology. He can be reached at

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The first two weeks of classes have come and gone and we are finally starting to get into the nitty-gritty of the detailed syllabi we have been handed. As my psychology professor began her lecture the other day, she asked the class to answer one question (rather, two): What does normal mean? Thus, leading into her journey to discover from us, her students, what does abnormal mean? My head began to fill with answers like, “Well, normal is a set of schemas that each person has characterized themselves, so abnormal is anything outside of those schemas that would make us feel uncomfortable in a particular situation or setting. Bringing a beer to church would be abnormal; bringing a Bible to a kegger would be abnormal. Bringing a Bible to church, however, is normal. And bringing a beer to a kegger is … well dumb; it’s a kegger. You bring $5 ... if you’re a guy …” (I realize those are fragments and grammatically incorrect in so many ways. Remember, these were my thoughts. I don’t think in proper English.) Apparently I was one of the only people in this particular class who wasn’t offended by this question. Students began to shout very different things from what I was thinking. Now, either they needed to be briefed on their previous psychology lectures, or people really do find themselves far more interesting and “abnormal” than each of us really are. “Normal is a setting on a clock,” one student said. I rolled with it even though I’m pretty sure there’s no “normal” setting on my clock, but I understood what they were getting at. Another girl raised her hand and patiently waited to be called on before she spoke up and said, “No one is normal. We’re all different.” Okay, we got the point she was trying to make, too. So here we are, after years of trying to make sure we have had the latest trends stocked in full capacity of our closets, trying to be unique. My question is simply this: Are we all trying to act infinitely more interesting than we really are? Or are we all really this

interesting? Do we really enjoy classical music? Are we really brave enough to go to the cinemas alone? Do you honestly sit and ponder over Shakespeare with dim lighting in the corner of coffee shops we’ve never heard of? Whether you’re normal or abnormal makes no difference, because obviously everyone has a very different definition of the two, anyway. It seems that the trend these days isn’t to be like everyone else, but to be different from everyone else. Now everyone is sporting lines like, “I’ve never been one for conformity,” or, “People tell me I’m weird all the time.” But I think we’re missing the big picture here. If no one is conforming, aren’t we all? So now if we’re all abnormal and different and unique and eccentric, doesn’t that make us all normal in the end? If we’re all rocking the peace signs on our T-shirts and Converse sneakers on our feet but we aren’t conversing at all and we’re mean-mugging people as they walk down the Pedestrian Mall, aren’t we still the same old people? So please, sit in your chair before your lecture starts and think about how I’m wrong and you’re more peculiar and remarkable than the person sitting beside you. But are you? I hope my journalism professor doesn’t mind me quoting him, but what he said in my night lecture seemed to fit so perfectly that I immediately scribbled it down (or wrote it in the notes on my iPhone, same difference). He was explaining to us that we could write whatever we wanted. “Most people hear me but they don’t believe me, but I mean it,” he said. “You can write about whatever you want. Don’t you think you are so unique that you and a bunch of illiterate people are the only ones interested in coon hunting or NASCAR.” At the end of the day, all that matters is that you are yourself. In relationships, friendships, and in life … just be yourself. After all, how could you know what you feel if even with your friends you can’t be real? I’m not saying we do intentionally … but perhaps we do. Perhaps we’re only giving off the characteristics we wished we possessed. Maybe life and love and friendships would be a heck of a lot easier if everyone would just be themselves from the beginning. So for the love … will the real Slim Shady please stand up? —Ashleigh Disler is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Decemberists explore new rhythms ‘Rabbit’ balances tragedy, reality low-up to “January Hymn.” It is a more upbeat, optimistic song about summertime and possibly creating a new start out of something that The Decemberists, a folk band based out of didn’t go quite as planned. What is most refreshing about the band is Portland, Ore., recently released its sixth album on Jan. 18 entitled “The King is Dead,” that its songs tell stories that are sometimes so and it is certainly not a disappointment to the honest and real that the listener may feel an array of emotions all at the same time. Few music scene. The band is not foreign to experimenting artists have the ability to capture such an emowith new sounds and trying to do things in tional core within their music. This CD can be compared to Bright Eyes’ ways it hasn’t previously done before. “The more simplistic Mariner’s Revenge album released Song” off the band’s in 2007 entitled third album, “Cassadaga.” It “Picaresque,” is an seems that The almost nine-minute tale Decemberists of a man avenging his are following in mother’s death and eventhese footsteps tually getting stuck with more inside of a whale, all A m e r i c ana backed by the sounds of songs like “Don’t an accordion, mandolin Carry It All,” and guitar. which includes The originality of this the lyrics “Let band has never been a the yoke fall question, and people are from our shoulautomatically drawn to ders, don’t carry lead singer Colin Meloy’s it all, don’t carry beautiful and unique it all. We are all voice. our hands and “The King is Dead,” holders, beneath the band’s newest album, this bold and is a 10-track journey brilliant sun.” through a more simple • Photo courtesy of The Decemberists This song, along sound that the band hasn’t with “Down by yet explored. The violins, acoustic guitars and the Water,” is an example of the band’s newer drums sound altogether different than the folk sound mixed with hard rock that fans are used sound. The Decemberists haven’t disappointed to hearing. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that “The King is Dead” is a wonderfully with this new album, yet it is clear that past performed, well-written CD that the group’s works such as “Picaresque” and “The Crane Wife” are much better pieces. fans will rejoice in. If one is already a fan, “The King is Dead” “January Hymn” is by far the best song on the album. With a simple acoustic guitar and will surely be one to add to one’s collection. If Meloy’s amazing vocals, this song is a reminis- not, don’t judge the band solely off --this album, cent tale of lost love and past mistakes. “June as pleasing to the ear Hymn,” another song on the CD, is sort of a fol- as it may be.

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Lady Vols drop first meet of year second on the 3-meter with a tally of 333.38. UGA’s Hannah Moore topped Trudeau on her final dive on the 3-meter to The 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol win the event with a score of 344.18. swimming and diving team gave No. 2 “Going against top competition, Gaby Georgia a remarkable effort, sweeping the wasn’t intimidated,” said UT diving coach fly events and setting three pool records, Dave Parrington. “I challenged her a couple but ultimately fell to the Lady Bulldogs by a of weeks ago and she stepped up and score of 177-123 on Saturday at the Allan answered that call. I told her when she Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. makes those corrections she would be a The loss was the first of the season for major threat to a lot of the top divers.” the Orange and White (5-1, 2-1), while Along with Trudeau, senior Jill Pierce Georgia improved to 8-0 this year. and sophomore Skye Sanders also had Sophomore Kelsey Floyd notched victocareer days. Sanders finished fifth in both ries in the 100y and 200y fly events, includevents, notching career-best scores of ing breaking her own UT and AJIAC pool 250.80 (1record in the 200. meter) and Floyd touched in 278.33 (3at 1:55.55 seconds meter.) Pierce, to win the 200 in her final comevent, the fifth petition at the fastest time in the AJIAC, went Lady Vol record out strong with book. She shatcareer-best tered her previous score of 276.75 best time of on the 3-meter 1:56.68, which she board to finish registered two sixth. weeks ago against Senior Virginia. She won M a r t i n a the 100 fly in M o rav c i kova 53.55. and junior Fellow sophoK i r s t y n more Brooke Colonias each Watson finished grabbed third in third in the same breast events. events, recording M o rav c i kova season-best times had UT’s best of 56.15 (100 fly) finish in the 100 and 2:02.12 (200 Tara Sripunvoraskul• The Daily Beacon fly). Her 100 fly Lindsay Gendron competes in the 400-yard IM at the Tennessee Invitational on event with a Bcut time of time was also a Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. The Lady Vols travel this weekend to take on the 1 : 0 2 . 4 1 . career-best. defending national champion Florida Gators on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Colonias just Also winning a missed equaling pair of events for her career-best and notching a B-cut time in the win with a pool record and NCAA B-cut the Lady Vols was freshman phenom Lindsay Gendron. The Bloomington, Ill., time of 53.24. The West Lafayette, Ind., the 200 breast after touching in at 2:16.94. The squad opened and closed the meet native broke the AJIAC pool record in the native broke her own pool record, improv200 free after clocking an NCAA B-cut time ing on her mark of 53.84 that she swam with runner-up finishes in relay events. Freshmen Lauren Solernou and Alex of 1:45.35, breaking the old mark of against Virginia. Frasier, along with Colonias and Watson, “We don’t want to kid ourselves as to 1:46.91. The mark also ranks fifth fastest in where we are in the season and where we earned a B-cut time in the 200 medley relay Lady Vol history. In the 500 free, Gendron went toe-to-toe are in our races,” Kredich said. “We want to with a clocking of 1:42.23. Connolly, freshwith one of the nation’s best in the event, have the highest level of competition so we man Mary Kate McNeilis, Floyd and Georgia’s Wendy Trott, and came out on can really get to work in fine-tuning our Gendron also grabbed a B-cut time in the 400 free relay after swimming a time of top. Gendron earned the victory after races.” On the boards, junior Gabrielle Trudeau 3:21.01. touching in at a B-cut time of 4:44.46, Up next for the Lady Vols is another continued to find success regardless of the which was .19 seconds faster than Trott. The time ranks 10th on the Lady Vol per- competition, setting career-best and zone daunting task: facing the defending nationformance list and third on the performers qualifying marks on both the 1- and 3- al champion Florida Gators. The dual meet list. By winning the event, Gendron now meters. Trudeau was victorious on the 1- is slated to begin at noon at the Stephen C. has notched at least two wins in every dual meter with a score of 304.28 and finished O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

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meet she has competed in this season. “Kelsey and Lindsay continue to raise the bar for themselves, and this was a great test,” said Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich. “This is a huge step for Lindsay, as she beat some really good people, and Kelsey continues to get better.” Senior Aleksa Akerfelds wasn’t far behind in third with another B-cut and season-best time of 4:49.98 in the 500 free. Akerfelds was also the team’s top-finisher in the 1000 free, claiming third after a clocking of 9:54.36. Jenny Connolly, a junior, continues her dominance in the 100 back as she grabbed

Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon

J.P. Smith focuses intensely on a shot during the SEC Coaches Indoor Championships on Sunday, Jan. 16. The Vols, who are currently ranked third nationally, were selected to be repeat SEC champions, receiving 10 of the 12 votes from the selection committee.

UT investigating potential violation

George Richardson• The Daily Beacon

Renaldo Woolridge looks on during UT’s game against Indianapolis on Monday, Nov. 8, 2011. Tennessee is currently investigating whether or not Woolridge was given improper benefits by allegedly receiving free access to New Amsterdam Bar and Grill on the Strip early Sunday morning to film a music video.

Associated Press Tennessee officials will meet with Volunteers junior forward Renaldo Woolridge to determine if he received free use of a Knoxville bar to film a music video, which may be an NCAA violation. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Woolridge received exclusive access to a portion of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill free of charge early Sunday morning, a few hours after the Vols (12-7) lost 72-61 at No. 5 Connecticut. “We’re looking into it right now. We’re going to visit with Renaldo, visit with (Tennessee’s compliance office) and find out if there was anything that was done that was in any way a violation of NCAA rules or extra benefits,” Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said Monday. The News Sentinel reported that the use of the space was provided to Woolridge for free in an effort to support him and Tennessee athletics. Representatives of New Amsterdam did not return a call from The Associated Press on Monday. Tennessee’s football, basketball and baseball programs are

currently the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation. At the heart of the investigation is basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s admission that mislead NCAA investigators about hosting recruits at a team cookout at his house and other recruiting violations by Pearl and his staff. Vols officials reported an additional secondary violation to the NCAA in December after discovering 33 athletes were given special treatment another Knoxville bar when they were given free entry while other patrons were charged between $5 and $10. None of those athletes received more than $70 in benefits and each paid their share of benefits to a charity. Woolridge, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif. and son of former NBA forward Orlando Woolridge, has recorded a number of rap songs and shot music videos under the name “Swiperboy.” He recorded a song for NFL Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry during his Heisman Trophy campaign at Tennessee in 2009 and released a song called “Never Leave You Like Kiffin” after football coach Lane Kiffin left Tennessee for Southern California in January 2010.

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