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Legendary north campus cafeteria shuts down Zac Ellis Editor-in-Chief Sophie’s Place, one of the most iconic venues on UT’s campus, permanently closed its doors on Friday as a part of ongoing renovations to Strong Hall dormitories. “Basically, a lot of the campus has moved away from here now,” Charles Brakebill, UT vice president for development emeritus, said. “And with the resident halls closed, (Strong) is going to be offices.”

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– Charles Brakebill, UT vice president for development emeritus on the history of Sophie’s Place

Sophie’s remained in the basement of Strong even after the residence hall closed as student living in 2008 with proposed plans of becoming administrative offices. UT opted to leave Sophie’s open until a replacement dining hall could be completed, and with the Jan. 10 opening of Southern Kitchen in Vol Hall, administrators decided the time was now to close Sophie’s doors. Named after the famed ghost said to haunt the halls

of Strong, Sophie’s first opened in 1925 and is arguably Though Sophie’s was best known for its food selecthe most famous dining hall on UT’s campus. Before the tion, it was the service many students found most memopening of Southern Kitchen in Vol Hall, Sophie’s served orable. as the only dining option for students on the north end “The people at Sophie’s were really nice there,” of campus for many years. Hannah Rust, sophomore in art and psychology, said. Brakebill said Sophie’s was even the premiere dining “But I’ll miss the food, too.” location for students decades ago, when he first stepped Southern Kitchen on the bottom floor of Vol Hall will on campus after World War II. “A lot of students came right through where we’re sitting,” Brakebill said of the cafeteria. “It was more than a cafeteria; it was the social hall. You came to see and be seen. “If you wanted to eat on campus, it was here or Ellis & Ernest Drug store, right in front of where the UC is now.” On Sundays, Sophie’s was once even open to the public, catering to those not affiliated with the UT campus. “The Knoxville church crowds used to line up all the way out the front door,” Brakebill said. “It was the cafeteria,” he said. “I don’t know a better place for food service around these parts back then. There was nowhere else to eat. Clement Hall wasn’t here, but these daormitories were all here. This whole hillside was full of students, big houses all the way up Volunteer Boulevard.” The popularity of Sophie’s has transcended generations, with students today sharing the Zac Ellis• The Daily Beacon same memories of the dining hall as Brakebill’s Students enjoy lunch at Sophie’s Place on Friday, Jan. 28. generation. Even with new options like an updatFriday marked the end of more than 80 years of serving stued Rocky Top Cafe in the UC, several students dents in the Strong Hall cafeteria. admit the down-home feel of Sophie’s cannot be easily replaced. “I’m shocked that it’s closing,” Ryan McGranaghan, now be the primary on-campus dining that is technically senior in aerospace engineering, said. “That was my go- “off-campus,” on the north end of Cumberland Avenue, to place since my freshman year. with the exception of Clement Hall’s Pilot Express store. “I thought it was the best cafeteria food on campus, The dining hall will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and it was very convenient when you had class on the and will accept Dining Dollars, as well as All-Star, for north side of the Hill.” students without meal plans.

Students create UT blogging site Undergrads found, maintain blog site about Tennessee experiences he has recently been researching copyright laws and has begun to handle many legal aspects of the system. Staff Writer Christopher Ruppelt is the graphic Many UT students have seen the flyers designer for the entire Volblogs system and on the billboards, doors, walkways and car is responsible for many aesthetic elements windows on campus advertising Volblogs: a of the website, including the iconic header, new website for student opinions, which which welcomes every visitor who logs on. “Karl came to me in December and said, focuses on general interest, local information and artistic output. However, students ‘I need a logo that has orange in it. The rest may not know the entire blog was created is your choice,’” Ruppelt said. He also aids local businesses in creating and is currently operated by five underads for Volblogs. graduates enrolled at UT. “I had fun applying what I have studied The five students have not only created and learned,” Ruppelt said. a collective place for Clayton Kast, students’ ideas, but advertising sales they are constantly manager, and Kelsey designing and Nuttal, marketing employing a busicoordinator, work in ness plan they hope the public relations to adopt at every uniareas of the system. versity in the country. Kast sells advertiseKarl L. Hughes, a ment spaces to local senior in mechanical companies for the engineering, is the website. creator and system “These are preferadministrator for able over InternetVolblogs and the based ads, because MyUblogs system students have more currently under develinterest in local busiopment. nesses,” Hughes “I had the idea the said. middle of last semesThe students also ter — a group blog of have their own students who give a advertising strategy. snap shot of the uni– Karl L. Hughes, on the “I aim at businessversity in every recently launched Volblogs es that do not nortopic,” Hughes said. mally advertise on “It began in the Internet, and we December, and I have been amazed by the progress we have got- help them integrate to a new market,” Kast said. ten done.” Nuttal, on the other end, aims for the Shortly after the success of the initial blog, Hughes decided the idea was some- students and promotes the website using thing that could be tried nationally, and he viral marketing techniques including chalk, began to work on a business model using a posters and the Internet. The website is currently seeking consystem of “trials and errors through the tributors, creative writers for the art secVolblogs.” Joe Heaton, senior in biology, serves as tions, photographers and marketing content manager and assists Hughes by interns. “We are selective,” Hughes said. “All working with the writers and articles for Volblogs. Heaton said he mostly handles applicants should have some experience and need to send an example of their George Richardson • The Daily Beacon grammatical and proper organization of the work.” blog. Ian Cato, freshman in studio art, jams out on a Wurlitzer organ in the Art and Students can find more information “I feel like my 11th-grade English teachArchitecture Building on Friday, Jan. 21. The organ was just one of several pieces of about Volblogs at volblogs.com. ers sometimes,” Heaton said. He also said art throughout the building that was part of the Charrette.

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Mandy Riddle, senior in accounting, and Craig Rockett, senior in finance, study in the common area in the Haslam Business Building on Monday, Jan. 24.

1950: Truman announces development of H-bomb U.S. President Harry S. Truman publicly announces his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb, a weapon theorized to be hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. Five months earlier, the United States had lost its nuclear supremacy when the Soviet Union successfully detonated an atomic bomb at its test site in Kazakhstan. Then, several weeks after that, British and U.S. intelligence came to the staggering conclusion that Germanborn Klaus Fuchs, a top-ranking scientist in the U.S. nuclear program, was a spy for the Soviet Union. These two events, and the fact that the Soviets now knew everything that the Americans did about how to build a hydrogen bomb, led Truman to approve massive funding for the superpower race to complete the world’s first “superbomb,” as he described it in his public announcement on Jan. 31. On Nov. 1, 1952, the United States successfully detonated “Mike,” the world’s first hydro-

gen bomb, on the Elugelab Atoll in the Pacific Marshall Islands. The 10.4-megaton thermonuclear device, built upon the Teller-Ulam principles of staged radiation implosion, instantly vaporized an entire island and left behind a crater more than a mile wide. The incredible explosive force of Mike was also apparent from the sheer magnitude of its mushroom cloud — within 90 seconds the mushroom cloud climbed to 57,000 feet and entered the stratosphere. One minute later, it reached 108,000 feet, eventually stabilizing at a ceiling of 120,000 feet. Half an hour after the test, the mushroom stretched 60 miles across, with the base of the head joining the stem at 45,000 feet. Three years later, on Nov. 22, 1955, the Soviet Union detonated its first hydrogen bomb on the same principle of radiation implosion. Both superpowers were now in possession of the “hell bomb,” as it was known by many Americans, and the world lived under the threat of thermonuclear war for the first time in history. — This Day in History is courtesy of history.com

50th Anniversary of African-American Achievement Kickoff event set for Feb. 1 On Jan. 4 of this year, UT celebrated an important milestone: the 50th anniversary of AfricanAmerican undergraduates on campus. Unfortunately, inclement weather necessitated postponing of the kickoff event. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1, in conjunction with the start of Black History Month. The event will begin with a march from the Torchbearer statue at 4:30 p.m. The march continues on to the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center auditorium for a program featur-

ing Olympian and UT Knoxville alumna Benita Fitzgerald Mosley. The program will begin immediately after the march. UT will commemorate this important anniversary all year with special events and speakers. Students are invited to participate in this first event and other upcoming programs planned to commemorate this important part of UT Knoxville history. For more information about the yearlong celebration, contact Charles Houston (974-3011) or Annazette Houston (974-6087) or e-mail 50thaaau@utk.edu. UT report: Economy continues to rebound at slow rate It will take years for the U.S. and Tennessee economies to recover, and they may never look the same as they did before the recession. Still, they are recovering. This is the forecast in the 2011 Economic Report to the Governor, an annual report prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. See BEACON BITS on Page 3


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Protests cause economic, political instability Associated Press CAIRO— Egypt’s most prominent democracy advocate took up a bullhorn Sunday to call for President Hosni Mubarak to go, speaking to thousands of protesters who defied a third night of curfew to mass in the capital’s main square. Fighter jets streaked low overhead and police returned to the streets as Egypt’s government tried to show its authority over a situation spiraling out of control. Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed ElBaradei’s appearance in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square underscored the jockeying for leadership of the mass protest movement that erupted seemingly out of nowhere over the past week to shake the Arab world’s most populous nation. Now in their sixth day, the protests have come to be centered in Tahrir Square, where demonstrators have camped out since Friday. Up to 10,000 protesters gathered there during the day Sunday, and even after the 4 p.m. curfew, they numbered in the thousands, including families with young children, addressing Mubarak with their chants of “Leave, leave, leave.” “You are the owners of this revolution. You are the future,” ElBaradei told the crowd after nightfall. “Our essential demand is the departure of the regime and the beginning of a new Egypt in which every Egyptian lives in virtue, freedom and dignity.” In a further sign of Mubarak’s teetering position, his top ally the United States called for an “orderly transition to democracy.” Asked if Washington supports Mubarak as Egypt’s

BEACON BITS continued from Page 2 “While recessions are a natural part of the business cycle, the length and depth of the current cycle has been unprecedented,” Matt Murray, CBER associate director and author of the study, said. “The decade ahead will represent a period of significant adjustment and restructuring for both the state and national economies.” The state’s economic performance will generally mirror the national economy in the quarters ahead with the economic outlook for 2011 looking the brightest since 2006. Unemployment numbers will dip, private sector jobs will grow and sales revenue will rise. Economic growth will be even stronger in 2012. The report notes that the Great Recession has created long-term consequences for national and state economic perform-

ance. Some measures of economic activity like the unemployment rate will take years to recover, while others like housing starts may not fully rebound even by the end of the decade. While the long-range economic outlook to 2020 is largely positive, the national and state economies will undergo a slow and long period of adjustment and transformation in the years ahead.

Delays in travel reimbursement The University of Tennessee accounts payable staff apologizes for recent delays in processing travel reimbursements. The office is now back to the normal turnaround time of processing a reimbursement within 3 to 5 working days from the date that it is received. The accounts payable office is currently processing travel that was received

leader, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton avoided a direct answer, telling Fox News in an interview, “We have been very clear that we want to see a transition to democracy, and we want to see the kind of steps taken that will bring that about.” Protesters have shrugged off Mubarak’s gestures of reform, including the sacking of his Cabinet and the appointment of a vice president and a new prime minister — both seen as figures from the heart of his regime. ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, has gained a following among young secular democracy activists with his grassroots organizing. But some demonstrators dismiss him as an expatriate long removed from the country’s problems. “Many people feel he loves prizes and traveling abroad,” said Muhammad Munir, 27. “He’s not really one of the people.” The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which wants to establish an Islamist state in Egypt, has made some statements that it was willing to let ElBaradei act as pointman for the movement. But it also appeared to be moving for a more prominent role after lying low when the protests first erupted. Sunday evening, the presence of overtly pious Muslims in the square was conspicuous, suggesting a significant Brotherhood representation. Hundreds performed the sunset prayers. Veiled women prayed separately. A senior Brotherhood leader, Essam el-Erian, told The Associated Press he was heading to Tahrir Square to meet with other opposition leaders. El-Erian told one Egyptian TV station that the Brotherhood is ready to contact the army for a dialogue, calling the military “the protector of the nation.”

on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and staffers appreciate your patience during this time. The delays were due to staffing issues and increased volume related to stimulus and research funding. The office always has had 3.5 full-time employees processing travel. Like everyone, budget cuts have impacted the office’s staff and they now have 2.5 employees processing travel. At one point that number fell to just 1.5 full-time employees. However, the Accounts Payable staff worked overtime and very diligently to get caught up and get reimbursements to UT faculty and staff as quickly as possible. The office processes over 21,000 claims totaling over $15 million per year. To prevent future delays, plans include increasing the staff level back to 3.5 employees. Policy is being revised in hopes of reducing the number of exceptions and to begin a paperless process.

This process will significantly reduce the turnaround time since documents will not travel through campus mail and will not have to be matched to the electronic transaction by Accounts Payable staff. This is currently being tested by some departments and additional information will be provided soon. To further improve the process, anyone who travels, processes travel or approves travel should attend the Travel Regulations class offered through Human Resources.

Clinton suggested American concerns over the possibility of the Brotherhood seizing direction of the movement. She warned against a takeover resembling the one in Iran, with a “small group that doesn’t represent the full diversity of Egyptian society” seizing control and imposing its ideological beliefs. The military was taking the lead in restoring order after police virtually vanished from the streets on Friday without explanation after initially clashing with protesters. The disappearance of the police opened the door for a wave of looting, armed robberies and arson in cities around the country. The anarchy was further fueled when gangs of armed men attacked at least four jails across Egypt before dawn Sunday, freeing hundreds of criminals and Muslim militants. Gangs of young men with guns and large sticks smashed cars and robbed people in Cairo. The official death toll from the crisis stood at 97, with thousands injured, but reports from witnesses across the country indicated that the actual toll was far higher. The military, which enjoys far greater support among the public than the police, fanned out in tanks and armored vehicles around the city starting Sunday morning. At Tahrir Square, they appeared to cooperate with protesters in keeping the demonstrations orderly, and there were many scenes of affection between soldiers and protesters, who allowed troops to use their mobile phones to call home or offered them cigarettes.


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Tops

Rocky

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Bottoms

It’s T-SHIRT TIME! On Jan. 26, MTV announced the next season of “Jersey Shore” will be filmed in Italy, yet another chance for the so-called “juicehead gorillas” to attack Europe just as they’ve attacked the television sets of Americans over the last year. The entire cast — including Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi — will prepare to hit the Italian club scene, fist-pumping and tanning amidst the European locals. Cast members are excited for the opportunity, as evidenced by a tweet by Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio on Tuesday that stated, “Ohh I Love Italy This Time A Yeahhh.” “Jersey Shore” has captured the hearts of Americans ever since the first season launched on MTV in the spring of 2010. Credited with the creation of glorious pop-culture phrases like “GTL” and “grenade whistle,” Italian teens all across the country are striving to become more in-touch with their televised brethren, and young folks who aren’t Italian are wishing they were. And who can blame them? Who doesn’t love watching Snooki fall all over herself across the Seaside Heights shoreline? Who doesn’t revel in the ridiculous arguments on display when Ronnie glances at a girl and Sammi inevitably notices? The idea of “Jersey Shore” undoubtedly sounded farfetched in its inception, but MTV producers likely aren’t laughing as the escapades within each episode have made for hilarious, must-watch television. Seeing as “Jersey Shore” cast members have reached a certain “celebrity status” in the U.S., the only reasonable option for a fourth season was to send the crew across the pond, because how much damage can they do in Italy, right? Right?

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Critical thinking imperative to beliefs Pol itics o f Tr u t h by

Justin Crisp

Rising — winter hookup syndrome Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve hit that point. It’s that time of year, when the cold wind blows and the sun sets early. It’s that time of year when all you want to do is find yourself snuggled up under a blanket with a heaping mug of hot chocolate beside a fireplace. But something is missing from this scenario. If you aren’t in a serious relationship already, you catch yourself daydreaming about how great it would be to stay inside, happily snowed in and cozy in the arms of someone else. You’ve probably noticed it on your Facebook news feed with all of the sudden crop-ups of “(insert name here) is now listed as in a relationship,” or even more ambiguously and appropriately, the entire removal of the relationship status altogether. Winter hookup syndrome, a completely made-up phenomenon with no medical bearing whatsoever, is the trend imagined by this editor that occurs whenever the misery of winter leads to some warming up of a different variety. In order to pacify the loneliness created by Old Man Winter, people begin dating each other less out of desire and more out of comfort. It certainly doesn’t seem as cold outside when your bed is staying hot. So, how do we combat this trend? It’s simple: We embrace it. Enjoy winter hookup syndrome while it lasts. Soon, it will look weird if you’re walking around wearing a scarf and high-collared shirt to hide more, um, unsavory markings from last night’s adventures. Season’s greetings just got a lot cheerier. Falling — Need for winter boots In the most unseasonable shift in the history of apocalyptic weather, the sun has decided to temporarily come out of hiding and wave “hello” to everyone’s pale, barren, Vitamin D deprived faces. This temporary, welcome shift in weather does not in any way nullify the previous Rocky Top regarding winter hookups, as that status remains acceptable due to the month of the year and the season, and is not impacted by the temperature. So, in this momentary glory, throw on the flip flops and ditch that nasty parka. After all, on Friday, the weather will resume its regularly scheduled winter torment..

SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline

What you believe matters. I think many, if not most of us, live under the delusion that our opinions exist in a vacuum — that they come into being out of nowhere and that, by and large, they don’t affect other people unless we personally act upon them. This is patently false. First, the idea that our beliefs are perfectly objective and unaffected by outside influences ignores the fact that from the moment we are born, we are embedded in culture. There is no primal space of innocence from which we can make perfectly objective observations about the nature of life, love or politics (as if these things can ever be separate, but that’s a discussion for another column). In this sense, our beliefs are not only our own. They are partially the result of personal judgment, to be sure, but these decisions are inseparable from our history, geographical location, personality and so forth. We work with the material given to us: the material of culture. All of us live under the influence of ideology, and as one of my professors is fond of stating, trying to challenge ideology is like trying to push a bus you’re riding on. Don’t believe me? Go to Walmart, Target or the superstore of your choice, and pay attention to the way products are marketed according to gender. As pointed out in one of my classes a few weeks ago, the easiest place to dramatize the relationship between the sex/gender system and consumer culture is probably the toy section of one of these stores. I mean, really, where else is the cultural separation of female and male more noticeable than in a box of Hot Wheels set side-by-side with a Barbie doll? Yet during my own childhood, I — a boy — probably played with toys that came in bright pink boxes doused in glitter as much as or more than those that came in blue and flames. Now, ask yourself, what about that sentence makes us uncomfortable? More uncomfortable than if I had

written, “During my childhood, I enjoyed acting out imaginary stories with figurines as much as or more than playing with toy cars,” for instance? But even then, what about the word “doll” drives me to use “figurine” instead, whereas “toy cars” can stand on its own? How have I been so disciplined by what Michel Foucault calls the “discursive regime” that I am driven to make decisions on the level of word choice? I’m no expert on the ways in which consumerism act upon our psychological condition, so I won’t hazard a definite answer. All I know is that my parents tried to raise my sister and me to play with each other and to share our toys, regardless of how they were marketed (that is to say, gendered), yet I am still scared to tell folks I used to play with Barbie dolls. There is no outside to the power structure. Okay, you may be saying, perhaps we are not as absolutely “free” as we think ourselves to be, and our opinions and beliefs are inevitably affected by forces recognized and unrecognized. But so what? What’s the use in having an opinion at all, then? This brings me to the second half of the delusion I mentioned at the beginning: that our beliefs don’t affect other people if we don’t personally act on them or force them on others. First, just because you don’t act on beliefs doesn’t mean others won’t. Second, the way in which you see the world and what you believe about the human condition matters profoundly. In arguing for the importance of theological study among Christians, liberation theologian Sharon Welch writes, “The ways in which we understand the nature of faith and ecclesia are not irrelevant. These understandings have life and death consequences; they determine the type of response the church makes to particular social and political crises; they shape the nature of human community and human belonging in the world.” Dr. Welch is right — and not just about Christian theology. It should go without saying that what one believes about subjects like gender and race matters, never mind whether the particular view is grounded in theology or psychology or sociology or biology — or intuition. Sometimes it’s about Hot Wheels and Barbie dolls. Sometimes it’s about life and death. —Justin Crisp is a senior in English and religious studies. He can be reached at jcrisp1@utk.edu.

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Backpacking in two-and-a-half feet of powdered snow is not something most people associate with East Tennessee. Treks in these cold, wintry conditions typically provoke thoughts of the Rockies, the Himalayans, the Alps or a barrage of other highaltitude or extremely high- or low-latitude locations. Most people do not fully realize the snowy conditions the Appalachian Mountains experience in the dead of winter. Peaks in the Smokies as close as an hour from campus can experience 2 to 3 feet of powder from early January through mid-March, depending, of course, on annual precipitation and temperatures. Though the depth of the snow is not as deep throughout the entire park, many trails experience 6 inches to a foot of snow during the winter months. When it comes to preferring the hot of the summer or cold of the winter, I’m with the majority. Treks in winter can mean nights that drop below zero, frozen articles of clothing, sunsets before 6 p.m. and layers and layers of clothing. I’m also with the majority in believing that none of the things listed above are the least bit appealing. Still, the experience of living temporarily in a different world or environment does possess a powerful zeal — a kind of zeal that you don’t fully realize until you place yourself in this atypical locale. From my own experience, I can promise that the beauty of the foreign silence and serenity atop a snow-covered summit is well worth the discomforts. So for you economics students, winter trips in the Appalachians can be assessed with a simple costbenefit analysis. Take a two-day winter backpacking trip in the Smokies. Even with the discomforts, I guarantee that the unique natural bliss stirred up by your experience on those wintry peaks will be well worth the trip. I heard a quote awhile back that has since stuck with me: “Adventure begins when something goes wrong.” While I believe that the key to a “successful” trek lies in proper preparation and equipment, the above adage sheds light on what it means to take yourself into the wild. I think the thrill of adventure is universal among

the human spirit, and overcoming obstacles — particularly in the wild — is something that many people overlook. Not having everything go exactly as planned and overcoming those problems can lead to a higher sense of reward and fulfillment that would have been otherwise unattainable if your trip played out in a picturesque manner. Though I can’t say that I’ve had many things go awry, I took a winter trip in the Smokies just a few weeks ago. Some friends and I decided to begin the year with a more popular backpacking loop on the edge of the Cades Cove and Tremont regions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Anthony Creek Loop begins at Cades Cove Campground and takes Anthony Creek Trail to Bote Mountain Trail, which connects to Spence Field on the Appalachian Trail. From here the loop follows the Appalachian Trail west for just under three miles until it hits Russell Field Trail. Finally, Russell Field Trail runs for about three and a half miles until connecting again with the Anthony Creek Trail you come in on. The entire loop is only 13.4 miles, which isn’t difficult to cover on a two-day trip. However, the elevation gain — upwards of 3,000 feet — adds quite a bit of difficulty to the trek, especially in the dead of winter. The loop is a great winter backpacking choice, because having shelters located at both Spence and Russell Field allows you to forgo the extra weight of lugging a tent up the mountain with you. Just be sure to make a reservation for one of the shelters (I would recommend the Russell Field Shelter, if possible) at least 24 hours in advance. You can make a reservation by calling the Backcountry Reservation Office at (865) 436-1231 (open daily from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.). We made our reservations and took the trek early on a Saturday morning. That night, we stayed at Spence Field Shelter on the AT, which afforded some beautiful views, particularly at sunset and sunrise. Though the temperatures dropped into the teens at night, the shelter provided great cover from the external conditions. We hiked out the next day with only a few small problems and were back at our car by 2 p.m. Given the wonderful accessibility of these spectacular views and environments, I would recommend the Anthony Creek Loop as a great route to dive into winter backpacking. —Eric Dixon is a sophomore in philosophy. He can be reached at edixon4@utk.edu.


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Vols tennis sweeps through weekend matches Vols beat San Diego, follow with 7-0 shut out against Clemson in ITA Kick-Off Weekend “Yesterday was a long match,” Williams said. “The guy’s a really good player and a really good athlete. He is very annoying to play, The UT tennis team continued its standout because he basically gets every ball back, and season, going undefeated through the ITA Kick- he can run for days. I was just happy to get through that match, and today I wasn’t feeling Off Weekend. The Vols started the weekend with a win my best either and was just getting through against San Diego on Friday and continued the matches.” Even with this added difficulty, Williams streak with a 7-0 shutout against the Clemson seemed to have no problem winning matches Tigers. Senior J.P. Smith said that although the team against his competitors. Williams said both of has obvious improvements to make, everyone his opponents were talented, but the hardest challenge was conquering himself. played well, and he’s “When your body looking forward to the doesn’t feel great out rest of the season. there, you just kind of “We had to be prefeel sluggish,” Williams pared this whole said. “Sometimes you weekend,” Smith said. have to get a little “We knew this was the angry at yourself, and weekend to go to Seattle that kind of fires you — that’s where the up, and so that’s what I National Indoors are — had to do. It’s not a and we were all pretty great thing, but it gets well-headed and ready to me through matches.” go out there and give it After the tournaour best, and I think we ment, both Smith and did that.” Williams were able to Starting out the seasee areas for improveson with four wins has ment in themselves and built confidence for the – Rhyne Williams on challenging in the team, even Vols, but they’re aware of himself during matches though everyone their weaknesses and are played well. Williams ready to continue made a few mistakes in improving. The team has his net game over the added a few new proweekend and said this grams to its practice routine, and Smith said this is something that is was his biggest area to change. “I would really like to improve my net game,” important when it comes to becoming a better Williams said. “I’ve been working a lot in practeam. “It’s early in the season, so it’s hard to tell tice and trying to get into the net and finish off right now where we are, but obviously we need points. I think that’s a big key for my game to to improve,” Smith said. “We’re doing a lot move on to the next level.” After the matches, Smith and Williams were more things, fitness and individual sessions, and so it’s really important that we stick to the excited to get some rest, but they were also program and the routine. It’s especially easy to rethinking the match and wondering how to improve for the next match. Smith said he was divert from it early in the season.” Sophomore Rhyne Williams is the No. 1 a little disappointed in his serve, but he was player for the Vols right now, and although he proud of his performance overall and of his said he struggled during his matches over the teammates. “I was really proud of everyone as well,” weekend, he still managed to come out with the win. While Williams found the match on Smith said. “Teddy Borris in doubles and Saturday challenging, he said that Friday’s Rhyne in tennis played great as well the whole weekend.” match was the most exhausting.

Lauren Kittrell

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you have to get a little angry at yourself, and that kind of fires you up.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Swim teams drop season finales Vols stifle Rebels in second half Preston Peeden Staff Writer The regular seasons for both Tennessee men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up over the weekend. Both squads went south to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators in their final dual meets before the SEC Championships. Florida swept the meet, however, winning the men’s by a score of 198-101 and the women’s 180120. Men’s The results of the meet were not completely unexpected for men’s head coach John Trembley, who came in knowing that the seventh-ranked Vols were facing arguably the second-best SEC team in the No. 5 Gators. “It might not make a lot of sense for me to say

meters. “It was great,” Wright said. “I was just preparing for SECs, and I wanted to go in there and kind of dive out there like I’m diving back at home.” Other performances of note for the Big Orange were turned in by seniors Mike DeRocco, who took first in the 50-yard free, third in the 100 fly, and second on both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Tennessee’s Brad Craig was first in the 100 breast and second in the 200 breast and 200 medley relay. Women’s The Lady Vols were once again led in the dual meet by a strong trio of performances by Jenny Connolly, Lindsay Gendron and Kelsey Floyd. Connolly took first in the 100 fly and the 100 back, to go along with second in both the 50 free and 200 medley relay. Not only did her time of 53.84 seconds in the 100 back make the NCAA zone-B cuts, but she has yet to lose the event this season.

George Richardson • The Daily Beacon

Swimmers from Tennessee and Indiana make waves at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Vols were handed their first loss of the season by the fifth-ranked Florida Gators on Saturday, falling 198101. I was pleased with our performance when you look at the score,” Trembley said. “But Florida came out and really performed. It was their senior day and they really came out. We performed about as I expected in some areas and exceeded expectations in others. Overall (I am) pretty pleased with how our guys performed.” A problem for the Vols that Trembley pointed out was a lack of maintained focus and intensity by the entire team. “Several individuals did a great job (with intensity),” Trembley said. “Some lost it. Our divers, on the other hand, did a great job staying focused, all four of them.” For the Vols overall, the divers and their depth were the bright spot of the meet. In the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, three UT divers placed in the top six, with two taking the top spots on the 3-meter. However, the true standout performance was given by senior captain Michael Wright. Wright, as he has done all season long, entered the meet with high expectations and came out meeting them by taking first in both the 1- and 3-

Floyd, who is the UT record holder for the 200 fly, swam to first-place finishes in the 200 fly and the 400 free relay to go along with two secondplace finishes in the 100 fly and the 200 medley relay. As for Gendron, the reigning national swimmer of the week took three first-place finishes in the 500 and 200 free, as well as the 400 free relay. She also was able to snare second in the 100 free. “I think we made progress as a whole, as we were better than last week, but (Florida was) a whole lot better,” Lady Vols head coach Matt Kredich said. “It’s hard to see the progress in the face of the results, but we had a lot of people swim better than they did last week, dive better than they did last week, and that is what we were looking for.” In diving, junior Gabrielle Trudeau was first in the 1-meter. “She had a great performance last meet,” diving coach Dave Parrington said. “And now she follows it up with another good performance against a very experienced team. It was a very good win for Gabby.”

Williams’ 18 points spark 30-12 UT run to pull away in second half Andy Kennedy said. “I’ve never experienced anything like it. We weren’t aggressive. We went as deep on our play card as we could, Colin Skinner hoping to break through, but we had no Assistant Sports Editor answers offensively.” Vols’ center Williams came off the bench Ole Miss kept the game close at the half, but Brian Williams’ 18 points were too much and shot 7-of-8 from the field and tallied nine rebounds. for the Rebels as the His presence Tennessee Volunteers was too much pulled away, en route for the Rebels’ to a 74-57 win on defense down Saturday in Oxford. low, and at Scotty Hopson times he went added 16 points and uncontested as junior guard Cameron Te n n e s s e e ’s Tatum scored 13 transition points after halftime game benefitfor the Vols (14-7, 4-2 ed from SEC), who put on a Williams’ put16-4 run during the backs on secsecond half to make it ond-chance 60-49 and never s h o t s . trailed again. Freshman The SEC matchup Tennessee forwas tied at 32, thanks ward Tobias to a Williams’ put-back Harris tallied in the final seconds 12 boards. before heading into UT interim the break. Ole Miss’ head coach leading scorer, senior Tony Jones, guard Chris Warren, filling in his recorded 16 points on sixth game for the day and gave suspended Tennessee fits the head coach entire first half, scorBruce Pearl, ing 13 points. Despite was happy his opening performwith the Vols’ ance, Tennessee defense in the outscored the Rebels second half 42-26 in the second and the overall half. Wade Rackley • The Daily Beacon effort of the “We didn’t play with any passion in Brian Williams shoots over LSU defender team. “We had to the second half,” Ole Malcolm White on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Miss sophomore guard Williams contributed 18 points, tying his will ourselves Nick Williams said. season high, as the Vols mounted a second- to want this “We didn’t attack the half rally to breeze past the Ole Miss Rebels, game more,” Jones said. glass, and we didn’t 74-57. “We built a get back on defense.” defensive wall With 13 minutes to go, Warren knocked down a 3-pointer to give around Warren and didn’t allow him to go off the Rebels a 45-44 lead, but the transition on us.” Jones was also excited about the play of game of Tennessee took over and sparked a Williams, who did it all for the Vols on 30-12 Tennessee run to close the game. The free-throw game of the Rebels (13-8, Saturday, blocking shots, hitting free throws 1-5) kept it close in the first half, as they cap- and scoring another buzzer beater. “That’s the type of player we envisioned italized off of 13 personal fouls by the Volunteers and shot 16-of-19 from the chari- that he could be if has the mindset on the ty stripe. The Rebels would not see the free offensive end,” Jones said. “We told him throw line after the first half, nor would they before the game that (Ole Miss) didn’t have the size to contend with him on the interior. find a hot hand. Ole Miss shot just 26.7 percent from the This is a game where he could be effective floor on the game and were 4-of-20 from 3- offensively, and he did that.” The Volunteers take on Auburn, who is point range, while the Vols shot 43.3 percent coming off a win at South Carolina, and went 6-of-18 from behind the arc. “It was a nightmare,” Ole Miss coach Thursday at Auburn at 9 p.m.

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