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Researchers link genes to behavioral traits UT, Oxford study finds selfishness, altruism stem from maternal, paternal genes Robbie Hargett Staff Writer Researchers from UT and Oxford University recently found that selfish behavior is linked to maternal genes, while altruistic behavior is linked to paternal genes. Francisco Úbeda, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UT, and Andy Gardner, evolutionary biologist from Oxford University, advanced genomic imprinting by applying this theory beyond the family. “Up until the ’90s, we thought that genes inherited from our mother and genes inherited from our father, if they had the same sequence, were identical,” Úbeda said, “But we found that they are in fact not equivalent. Genomic imprinting refers to the fact that a gene might express itself differently depending on whether it is maternally or paternally inherited.” Úbeda said these imprinted genes carry a memory of which parent they came from. One of the basic assumptions behind the study is that genes want to survive in future generations, and Gardner said there are two ways of doing this. “First, the gene can make its carrier have more offspring and send copies of itself into the future using that route,” Gardner said.

“Secondly, the gene can make its carrier “Consequently, paternal genes have been behave altruistically towards other individuals selected to make you behave altruistically who carry copies of the same gene, kin, so that towards your neighbors, whereas maternal they have more offspring and, hence, send genes have been selected to make you behave copies of the gene into the future.” more selfishly,” Gardner said. Essentially, your genes want you to be kind Gardner said we generally view individual to your neighbors if they are related to you. organisms as straightforward decision makers, “This yet many can lead to social dilemdis agreemas involve m e n t s decisions we between find difficult the genes to make when you got torn between from your choices. mother “Our study and those suggests that you got these inner from your demons may –Oxford University evolutionary biologist Andy Gardner on the father, if be due to the origin of conflict within individuals you are conflict that more relatis happening ed to your in our neighbors through one of your parents than genomes: our maternal genes pushing for us to through the other,” Gardner said. behave selfishly, while our paternal genes urge Maternal genes in human populations cor- us to think of others,” Gardner said. respond to egoism because males historically The findings could also be used to interpret tended to stay close to where they were born, neurological disorders, as research in the past while females traveled to new areas to have a few years has suggested that genomic imprintfamily, so people are more related to their ing underlies human neurological disorders. neighbors through their fathers than their Gardner said that mutations in imprinted genes could be responsible for disorders rangmothers.

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ing from psychosis to autism. “We make predictions about what sort of mutations are expected to lead to what sort of conditions and when,” Gardner said. “Our study reveals that the ecology and demography of the species really matters in shaping these neurological disorders, for example, details like whether dispersal is female biased or male biased.” In some areas of the field, gene therapy and reactivation of genes is done to address these disorders. “Some of the diseases are caused by division, but you still have a copy of the gene that is fully functional,” Úbeda said. “Before reactivating the gene, we need to understand the connections and the nature of the genes. Otherwise, we could have undesirable side effects.” Úbeda said the main benefit of the research is that it furthers the understanding of the roles of these genes, but Gardner said that much more experimental work is needed in order to take this field forward. “While our article was in press, another study discovered the existence of many, many imprinted genes that are active in the brain,” Gardner said. “It will be exciting to see whether their activity and effects on social behaviour are consistent with our model predictions.”

Student opinions vary on Neyland renovations

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Construction crews work on the newly renovated Gate 21 Plaza outside Neyland Stadium this summer. UT students’ opinions differ on the numerous changes to Neyland’s appearance and student section seating, two of the many changes that have taken place to the home of the Vols this season.

Matthew McMurray Staff Writer With the dust just now settling from Neyland Stadium’s recent renovations, students share their observations, opinions and experiences concerning the new stadium. “I noticed the new amphitheater,” junior Hunter Siler said. “It really makes it a lot more of an open atmosphere. It’s a place you feel comfortable hanging out at now, as opposed to feeling like that’s just where game day is. People can actually go there to chill and hang out before the game and not be worried about being trampled by somebody.” The area around the stadium has the addition of the amphitheater and the newly laid brick. “I noticed the bricks they laid down,” Kip Packer, nursing major, said. “That crazy huge facade, I think it’s all pretty sweet.” For students and fans alike, UT football is a big part of life, and Neyland stadium is a key part of it. The stadium is where the Vols play and are cheered on by 100,000 fans clad in orange and white. “The stadium looks incredible now,” Jonathan Edwards,

engineering major, said. “Neyland used to be kind of old, and it’s nice now to be able to look at the stadium and be proud of it. I like that it looks good now and doesn’t look like an old rundown stadium that is only known for being huge.” Although the changes made to the outside of the stadium have been received well by students, the changes made to the inside have drawn complaints from some. Packer and Siler both agree that the move of the student section was a bad idea. Being so far back from the home team’s sidlines, Siler fears the Vols are not as encouraged by the cheers of the student section, because the team is unable to hear them. “The fact that they put the visiting team on the other side sucks, because when we cheer on the UT team, they can’t really hear us, because they are on the other side with the fans that typically sit the whole game,” Siler said. “Selfishly, I’m against it, just because for the students we don’t get as good of seats,” Edwards said. “But I understand why they did it, and I’m kind of glad they did it. Having our team sit in the shade while the other team sits in the sun, that’s smart. Students can just get over it, because they’re there for the game, and it doesn’t matter if you have a crappy seat — you can still be loud.” For first-time students who haven’t been able to see the

before-and-after results of the renovations, the stadium changes are not that big of a deal. Rather, first timers enjoy the energy of the game. “The first game I ever went to was against UT-Martin,” Alex Joss, freshman from New Jersey, said. “I just remember the stadium buzzing. It had a completely different feel to it than all the other games I’ve been to up north, where I’m from.” Joss remembered being taken aback by the sheer volume of orange. He remembered thinking there was no way all that orange would fit into one stadium. “My first experience was intense,” Sean McComisky, freshman from Franklin, said. “It was completely different from high school football. You could just feel the intensity in the air.” For McComisky, UT games have lived up to all the hype and expectations he had. He will always have fond memories of the Oregon game when the game was delayed because of lighting, he said. While the field was vacated, McComisky watched as students began pouring over the walls onto the field. Overall, game day is still game day. It’s a time when students and alumni come together to watch their Vols battle it out in Neyland Stadium. The seating and new outside renovations go unseen as everyone turns their eyes to the field and becomes absorbed in the energy of that is Tennessee Volunteer football.


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Students take a break between classes on the main floor of the Arts and Architecture building on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The commons draw in students due to the building's interesting elements, including indoor foliage and exposed offices. AA also has Einstein's Bagels, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crime Log

Sept. 26 —Two UT students were assaulted on Laurel Avenue around 1:30 a.m. The unknown suspect was a white male with brown hair in a crew cut and was reported to be between 19 and 21 years old, around six feet tall and 215 pounds. The report stated that alcohol was involved.

Sept. 27 —Around 5:20 p.m., a UT student reported that her black 2006 Jeep Liberty was stolen from the third level of the G10 parking garage. —A UT student reported a theft between Pedestrian Mall and Buehler Hall at approximately 7 p.m. —A UT student reported a theft in Smokey’s Café of the UC around 3:35 p.m. —A UT student reported that their garage card was stolen.

Sept. 28 —At approximately 8:11 a.m., an officer responded to a vandalism complaint in the Stokely Management Center. The complainant stated that the door frames to several rooms on the third floor had been damaged by an unknown person using an unknown tool. The suspect was described as a tall white male with brown hair. Another staff member then advised the officer of an unknown suspect leaning up against the wall near Room 343 of the Stokely Management Center on Sept. 27 at approximately 7:30 p.m., just as she was leaving work. She stated that the suspect had been watching a person vacuuming the carpet, and that she hadn’t thought of reporting him. He was wearing a beige jacket and dark pants. —A UT student reported vandalism outside of Massey Hall at approximately 6:14 p.m. —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.

This Day in History Oct. 1, 1890 Yosemite National Park established On this day in 1890, an act of Congress creates Yosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and his colleagues campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison and paved the way for generations of hikers, campers and nature lovers, along with countless "Don't Feed the Bears" signs. Native Americans were the main residents of the Yosemite Valley, located in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, until the 1849 gold rush brought thousands of non-Indian miners and settlers to the region. Tourists and damage to Yosemite Valley's ecosystem followed. In 1864, to ward off further commercial exploitation, conservationists convinced President Abraham Lincoln to declare Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias a public trust of California. This marked the first time the U.S. government protected land for public enjoyment and it laid the foundation for the establishment of the national and state park systems. Yellowstone became America's first national park in 1872. In 1889, John Muir discovered that the vast meadows surrounding Yosemite Valley, which lacked government protection, were being overrun and destroyed by domestic sheep grazing. Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, a fellow environmentalist and influential magazine editor, lobbied for national park status for the large wilderness area around Yosemite Valley. On Oct. 1 of the following year, Congress set aside over 1,500 square miles of land (about the size of Rhode Island) for what would become Yosemite National Park, America’s third national park. In 1906, the state-controlled Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove came under federal jurisdiction with the rest of the park. —”This Day in History” is courtesy of History.com


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students to the Ready for the World international and intercultural initiative, represent a transition or journey that can be related to the first-year experience at UT, target specific campus initiatives or current global events, are broad and cross-disciplinary in nature and can be built upon with programming throughout the fall semester and challenge student thinking and encourage campus dialogue. In addition, the Life of the Mind book should be written by an individual who is living and able to come to campus to meet with students. To suggest a book, visit http://torch.utk.edu/lifeofthemind/suggestion.shtml. Volunteer Ministry Center to hold annual race

UT dedicates classroom in honor of Peyton Manning UT’s College of Communication and Information has dedicated a classroom in honor of former Vol quarterback and CCI alumnus Peyton Manning. The dedication of the classroom, room 317 of the Communications Building, also marked the inception of the Peyton Manning Communications Enrichment endowment. The fund will provide ongoing support for a variety of educational initiatives within the college’s School of Communication Studies. Manning was the top Speech Communications graduate in Spring 1997, and he received the college’s Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Economist to give Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture James K. Galbraith, an economist and frequent contributor to a number of national publications, will give the inaugural Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture on Oct. 5 at UT. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Galbraith is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a senior scholar of the Levy Economics Institute and chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security, a global professional network. He writes a column called “Econoclast” for Mother Jones and occasional commentary in many other publications, including The Texas Observer, The American Prospect and The Nation. He is also an occasional commentator for Public Radio International’s Marketplace. Galbraith’s books are “Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future,” “Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay” and “Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View,” co-edited with Maureen Berner. His latest book is “The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.” Galbraith is the son of renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith and the brother of former diplomat and commentator Peter W. Galbraith. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale and studied economics as a Marshall Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including executive director of the Joint Economic Committee. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1985. He directed the LBJ School’s doctoral program in public policy from 1995 to 1997. He held a Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in China in the summer of 2001 and was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003. Galbraith���s recent research has focused on the measurement and understanding of inequality in the world economy, and he leads a research group called the University of Texas Inequality Project. Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Honors Program, this lecture series is named after Mayhew, professor emerita who retired as vice chancellor for academic affairs in July 2006 and returned a couple of years later to serve as the director of the Office of External Scholarships. She retired from that position in June. Mayhew will introduce Galbraith. UT taking Life of the Mind book suggestions The Life of the Mind Committee invites faculty, staff, students and others to nominate a book as next year’s reading selection for first-year students. Life of the Mind is a common reading experience for all firstyear students that gives them their first taste of academic life at UT. The book is to be used as a tool to challenge students’ thinking and engage them in discussion about important issues and their transition to college. Each year, the Life of the Mind committee reviews dozens of books as potential selections for the program. Now, the committee is taking suggestions from all members of the UT community. Life of the Mind books should include themes that: expose

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The Volunteer Ministry Center, a non-profit agency that reaches out to the poor and homeless of Knoxville, is having its annual 5K race Saturday at 9 a.m. The race will begin in World’s Fair Park and continue through the Fort and onto campus. Registration is $25, and registration continues until the day of the race. Events include a 5K Run/Walk, a one-mile walk and a Kid’s Fun Run. To register for this event, visit http://www.firstgiving.com/. UT Libraries seeking submissions for art exhibit UT Libraries are seeking submissions for the next Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The exhibition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at UT. Cash prizes will be awarded. First prize is $300 and second prize is $150. All 2-D works, including drawing, graphic design, printmaking, photography, ceramics or painting, will be considered. Each student may submit up to three pieces. Selected 2-D artworks will remain on display in the Hodges Library throughout the spring semester. Artwork will be selected by the Student Art in the Library Committee. Email submission information to artinlibrary@utk.edu. Submissions must include artist name and contact information and for each piece submitted, the title of the work, dimensions and medium. Attach a digital image of each work (jpg, gif or png only) and name each image file with your last name and submission number (eg. Smith1.jpg). For more information, visit www.lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary/.

‘Change’ honors Gandhi through service Chris Bratta Staff Writer With “Be the Change,” students are now able to start changing the nation with their own hands. “Be the Change” is sponsored by the Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. and caters to students who want to volunteer time and effort in exchange for a better place to live. Taking place on Saturday at the Black Cultural Center from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., this event will honor Mahatma Gandhi for his legendary contributions to the world. “Be the Change” is an annual event coordinated by the South Asian Americans Leading Together organization. It is a national day of community service in spirit of Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This event targets people nationwide in an attempt to gain civic service, leadership in the South Asian community, partnerships with other local national organizations and unity between South Asians and the U.S. Selina Charaniya, a sophomore in political science, is the service chair for Delta Phi Omega as well as a Knoxville coordinator for the “Be the Change” event. “I got involved in conducting and planning this event, because I think that service could bring the community together,” Charaniya said. Charaniya said the variety of community service allows students of different interests and walks of life to use their skills and hard work to participate. “The students will be going to different parts of the community and serving the community that they live in,” Charaniya said. “We will be working with Habitat for Humanity to restore houses, assisting senior citizens of the community and cleaning a part of the campus. Students are specifically going to these places because we want to show how important each part of community is to us.” Juhee Shah, a junior in exercise science and president of Delta Phi Omerga, is excited about the event because Gandhi is being honored for all of his work. “He did a lot for India, which is where my family originally is from,” Shah said. “He also contributed a lot to the world, in terms of his practices and beliefs. Such a man should be honored and thanked for all he did.” Charaniya said Gandhi’s movement for change could impact students. “We have decided to honor Gandhi, because he led a movement through the change he has made in himself,” she said. “He has shown how just one person could make a difference that could affect the society for a change.” For more information or to register, send an e-mail to bethechange.dpo.utk@gmail.com.

Joy Hill • The Daily Beacon

This semester’s Study Abroad Fair featured several booths from different organizations to help students find a program they are interested in. Students were also on hand to talk about their experiences traveling abroad. More information can be found at https://studyabroad.utk.edu.


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OPINIONS

The Hot Spot Brandi Panter Managing Editor

Date rape real threat in college scene tampering with your drink. Imagine, easily enough, that you are out on a Friday night date with a new significant other who suddenly seems to have a monopoly on your time and mind, you’re talking to someone at a party and he suggests you go outside for some fresh air, or at the game on Saturday with a group, you’re thirsty, and someone hands you a drink. It isn’t that much of a stretch, right? Almost instantly, that sweet person with the nice smile, the cutie you went on the porch with or even the group you thought were your friends can turn into something much more sinister. Unfortunately, the only way I know how to begin the conversation about acquaintance rape is by being excessively dramatic, because it is a very serious matter. Whenever I hear the word rape, my mind automatically leaps to dark alleys and empty parking garages; never to someone I’m dating or hanging out with socially. I think I can trust whoever I’m with to “take care of me” and protect me from the boogeyman lurking in the dark corners of unmanned areas. I don’t willingly acknowledge that the person I blindly put my trust in can possibly do me any harm. Unfortunately, the case is often the opposite. Seventy-seven percent of all rapes are committed by non-strangers (the victim knew the attacker previously). So, what does this mean for you? Obviously, walking around in blind fear and never trusting anyone is not a healthy approach to life but neither is walking around in blind trust. So this week is devoted to protecting yourself, understanding what happens if you are or think you might have been raped and knowing what to do if you are suddenly feeling very violent or sexually aggressive: 1. Watch Your Drink While the scenario is often highlighted for dramatic effect, it really isn’t that hard for someone to slip something into your drink. In fact, it really only takes about two seconds, and the results are often odorless and tasteless. “Roofies” as they are called in slang terminology, are often the ones most cited (Roofies are an illegal tranquilizer) in stories, but in reality, it could be anything. And it doesn’t even have to be someone slipping something into your drink; monitor your alcohol consumption, especially when you are with people you don’t know very well. Drinking too much can be just as powerful of as someone

2. What to do if you are/think you have been raped Go straight to the hospital. Do not wait around, change clothes or shower. If you have been raped, it is important that a rape kit is collected (even if you don’t want to press charges and only around two percent of victims choose to do so) in the event that you should ever change your mind. Also, the hospital can allocate resources, such as finding counseling and helping to prevent pregnancy. So, don’t wait, just go. 3. Rape is never the victim’s fault It really isn’t. One person, never in a million years, could ask for something as traumatic and horrifying as rape to occur, and to blame the victim for somehow provoking this attack is absurd. Rape is a crime, and there need not be any stigma placed on the victim. We, as a community, have an obligation to do all that we can to help each other, and that help extends to after an attack. So be sensitive to each other. Also, if you are feeling sexually aggressive and violent, get professional help immediately. We have wonderful counseling resources here on campus with lots of trained professionals who are more than happy to help you work through your issues. Also, as a rule of thumb: If you think the person you are with is too intoxicated/under the influence to have sex, you’re probably not wrong and shouldn’t engage. A primary stepping-stone for a happy, healthy sex life is consent, and it is hard to get consent and give consent when you are too intoxicated to even spell your own name. Some closing food for thought: around every one in four people in college will be the victim of some type of unwanted sexual encounter this year. At UT, there are around 27,000 students. If we apply these statistics to UT that means around 6,750 people will be the victim of acquaintance rape. As always, take care of yourselves, be responsible and remember the four Cs to responsible behavior: clarity, communication, comfort and consent. Next week is fall break, so I won’t have a column, but the week after we will be addressing the nature of virginity in society! Aufweidersehen! —Brandi Panter is a junior in philosophy and history. She can be reached at bpanter1@utk.edu.

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Jonathan Grayson

I’m afraid a piece of my childhood died this past weekend. After spending the weekend with close friends at my roommate’s cabin in the mountains, I needed time to myself to unwind. I drove out to Turkey Creek to see a movie by myself (an antisocial pleasure of mine). As I mindlessly drove down Lovell Road, I drifted in and out of singing the lyrics to Wilco’s “Ashes of American Flags.” Suddenly, an all-too-familiar sign appeared in the corner of my eye. It was the grand opening sign for the new Jim ‘N Nick’s Barbecue at Turkey Creek. I nearly wrecked when I realized what it was. I quickly began thinking of who to call to vent my frustration. I was angry beyond words. But why anger, you ask? Growing up in Birmingham, Ala., I was raised on good barbecue. When asking people’s opinions of where the best barbecue in the Southeast is, almost no one mentions Birmingham. Memphis, North Carolina and Mississippi seem to be the places that people associate with the best pork. But Birmingham is better (bring on the hate mail Memphians). I am, of course, biased, for everyone favors the ‘cue they grew up with. Some of my fondest memories of childhood are associated with eating barbecue. Fourth of July lunches with my extended family eating Top Hat pulled pork and post-soccer game visits to Jake’s Barbecue with my dad are some of the happiest memories of my youth. When I eat the barbecue in Birmingham, I taste my childhood. Like Top Hat and Jake’s, one of my absolute favorite barbecue joints growing up was Jim ‘N Nick’s. With its original Five Points location only a three-minute drive from my house in Birmingham, my family ate at Jim ‘N Nick’s on a weekly basis when I was a child. The place felt like a second home. The wooden floors creaked with every step. The air was filled with mesquite smoke. And we knew the servers by name. We were lucky to have Jim ‘N Nick’s, and we knew it.

They served the most comforting of comfort foods. Pulled pork with sweet red sauce, collard greens, mac ‘n’ cheese and cheese biscuits were preeminent reminders of how good home could be. But several years ago, Jim ‘N Nick’s began franchising. At first, the new locations were limited to the Birmingham area. However, in recent years, new locations have opened in cities as far away as Northfield, Colo. As much as I want people to experience how good Birmingham’s barbecue is, I want them to experience it in Birmingham … not one thousand miles away in Northfield, Colo. The food served at the Jim ‘N Nick’s in Northfield is probably very similar to the food I grew up eating in Birmingham. And the same goes for the food served in Knoxville. I don’t doubt that the version of Jim ‘N Nick’s that Knoxvillians will come to know and love is a darn good version. But it isn’t the one I grew up with. It isn’t the original. Jim ‘N Nick’s represents one small piece in the massive homogenization puzzle that is being built in America. There has to be a trade-off in how we eat and how we travel. Either we come to love the fact that home never feels too far away, where nearly all of the comforts of home can be found in every town in America — or we grow to hate that our home is cultureless and no longer unique. No restaurant or food culture is immune to the undeniable power of sameness. Since my initial shock and frustration, I have had time to think about what this all means to me. To be quite honest, I am on the fence. While I want to hate Jim ‘N Nick’s for taking away from my ideal vision of home, I can’t help but want to drive 15 minutes to eat Jim ‘N Nick’s famous cheese biscuits. Any one of my friends that has visited me in Birmingham has experienced Jim ‘N Nick’s. I have always used it as a model for how good the food — and more specifically, the barbecue — is in my hometown. But now my friends can eat the food that I talk so fondly of without ever leaving Knoxville. While I would rather people make the trip to Birmingham to eat at the original Jim ‘N Nick’s that I grew up with, I can’t help but think that finally Birmingham barbecue might earn the respect that it so desperately deserves. —Jonathan Grayson is a senior in advertising. He can be reached at jgrayso3@utk.edu.

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It should come as no surprise to the non-computer programming masses that Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts (that are held so sacred!) can be easily exploited by someone with a little technical know-how and a desire to create mischief. After a flurry of news reports this past week reporting on compromised tweets, I was left a little confused: Doesn’t everyone know the Internet is a public place? The shock and outrage that the social networking site hacks cause seem, unless truly malicious, to be amusing blips on the otherwise placid surface of web-browsing and estalking. Or isn’t this the case? This is, as one journalist called it, a “people problem,” not a matter of failing technology or out-ofdate software. Consider this a reassuring statement of human frailty, not a lack of attempted protection for your personal information. Internet privacy is not a new issue, but it keeps getting painted as an innovative threat because, no matter how many times it is drilled into their heads, the general populace still doesn’t seem to “get it.” The pseudo-tech-pundits who decry social networking sites’ policies aren’t thinking within the framework of what is actually occurring. This is, once again, a people problem. Security is not, however, the biggest people problem that social networking sites create. I know, I know: You’re all college students and you love Facebook. And believe me, I’m well acquainted with all of the reasons that social networking sites can be useful in a pragmatic sense. But ignoring the disconnect that online social networking creates (Pause: Remember the time when “social networking” meant face-to-face encounters? Now we have to tack on the prefix “online” to prevent confusion in the over-40 crowd … ), necessitates ignoring much of the negative press that these sites receive. And, to be honest, people do ignore it. Nothing screams youth like listening to terrible music and ignoring the news; the desire to hang on to this youth is why we have 35-year-olds

who tweet YouTube links to Ke$ha videos. Even worse than the degradation of maturity on that front, sites like Twitter shatter conventional wisdom that (one would hope) comes with age. Just because someone subscribes to your stream of continuous updates does not make them a “friend.” Because they are not actually friends, they have no need to know how old you are, where you live, what you do for a living, how many pets you have or which classes you are taking with which professor. Parents are concerned about children’s online safety, but they preach half-hearted “abstinence” without thinking through the context of the medium and the ramifications of social networking as a whole. Instead of saying “don’t share your information online,” young people usually hear “don’t share information with strangers, because you don’t know who they really are,” which doesn’t foster any real thoughtful behavior. There’s a bubble of illusion that exists around these sites, which lures males and females of any age into thinking their social network is a private one. Which is, I think, sort of ironic. The whole concept of linking the world together through social networking sites is, in fact, a major selling point for these ventures. The delusion that is so often shattered but constantly rebuilt is one of total abandon. Of course, some people don't mind this, and as time goes on, more and more young people will grow to love this contradictory mindset. There are always exhibitionists that will do anything to get attention, and there will always be performers that just like to act for the sake of expression. Social networking sites make everyone an exhibitionist, and they condition us to value and expect the constant pat-on-the-back feeling you get when someone clicks the “like” button on your status. But I ask you: Is that what real friendship feels like? In the virtual world, you can represent yourself in any fashion you want. Be aware, however, that other people can just as easily represent you and mold a new identity for you in whatever manner they choose. Be wary of those, including yourself, who have become text on a screen. Some people say that there’s nothing progress likes more than turning humans into machines — in the realm of social networking sites, what other option do we have? —Anna-Lise Burnette is a junior in global and Asian studies. She can be reached at kburnet7@utk.edu.


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First Friday highlights diversity in local art Chris Bratta Staff Writer At the base of the visual art community, one monthly event stands strong in morphing restaurants, gift shops, beauty galleries and more into art galleries for local artists. This event is First Friday. At First Friday, artists have the opportunity to showcase their artwork for little or no cost. This event takes place on the first Friday of every month and starts around 5 p.m. While the primary locations for these galleries are located in Market Square, Gay Street and the Old City, First Friday spans different venues all over Knoxville. A greater-Knoxville resident and artist, Steven Lareau, knew about First Friday, but he had a problem finding information on it. Lareau started knoxvillefirstfriday.com to inform the public about the events that have and will take place. His struggle came from the lack of information and organization surround the event. He felt that First Friday is pivotal for the local art community. “When you see something that needs to be done, you just do it,” Lareau said. “This (was) my way of giving back to art community.” “The biggest point I love about it (First Friday) is that you can get your work in a gallery.” Lareau said. “It is hard for people starting out, and even if you haven’t gone through the difficult process of getting your art in an established gallery, being able to hang your art in one of these galleries is really cool.” The idea of getting art available to the people, and getting the people out to the galleries, is the

universal goal for First Friday, according to Carol Pritcher, an artist and co-op employee at The Art Market Gallery. “First Friday gets people downtown,” Pritcher said. “It makes people aware of us and what we are trying to do, while giving people a great excuse to get out of their houses.” Lareau shared this sentiment. “It is important to get people out, because there are many types of art that many people don’t know about,” he said. “I never knew about the marble sculptures and glass blowers in Knoxville until First Friday.” From painting to sculptures, from beautiful painting to things on a canvas, which can make an individual question his or her definition of art, First Friday has a lot to offer. “There are enough venues to hang art in any type of gallery, and there is so much diversity between,” Lareau said. “Take, for instance, oil painters; there are so many out there. There are some artists out there who are doing some really out there things, and there are other people doing realistic paintings.” The variety of art forms attracts children and adults of all backgrounds. Whether one is there to enjoy the live music and art, to taste the food and wine or to enjoy a Friday night, the introduction to local art will be unlike any other event in Knoxville. “There is music, wine, food and a lot of the artists come out,” Pritcher said. “Seeing the art is one thing, but seeing the person who created it is totally different and enlightening.” “It (First Friday) is the best kept secret in the area,” Lareau said.

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First Friday, a monthly art event in Knoxville, will take place Friday, Oct. 1. Most locations are in downtown Knoxville like the Old City. For information on where events are taking place, visit http://knoxvillefirstfriday.com/.

‘Hispanico’ meets high expectations David Barnett Staff Writer Ballet Hispanico, considered to be the nation’s preeminent Latino dance institution, performed Wednesday night at the Clarence Brown Theatre. The performance was given in four portions, each representing a distinct style. Dances ranged from classical ballet to modern/hip-hop fusion to traditional Latin styles, like Rhumba and Mambo. The first dance, entitled “Tres Cantos,” was a classical ballet piece. Dancers wore tan or white leotards decorated with Aztec symbols. The storyline of the dance is nebulous. The audience sees two groups: the males and the females. Each group dances as a single unit, cohesively and synchronously. The protagonist, the Aztec King, is identified by his face paint and bird-skull scepter. His role as king helps to highlight his performance. As he dances energetically, he effectively communicates the music’s rising and waning emotions. In one particular scene, the King enters the stage clad in a brilliant green sheet, holding high his cloth-covered scepter. The King moves slowly, yet the large, heavy sheet that he drags behind him gives an air of rapid movement. The following dance, entitled “Farewell,” begins with two dancers standing apart. The male is dressed in a button-up shirt and slacks, while the

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How UT Will Win Let’s face it, Tiger Stadium is no place to start on the road in the SEC. After a four-game home stretch in which the Vols were dreadful on third downs, offensively and defensively, they still hold a 2-2 record and head into Baton Rouge, La., to face an even more dreadful passing attack led by quarterback Jordan Jefferson. But not so fast; the Tigers have numerous weapons on offense and defense, which can hurt the Vols with big plays, and an old defensive coordinator from Knoxville who coaches the No. 5 defense in the country in points against this season (12). The Tiger defense is led by Patrick Peterson, who will stifle receivers with his physicality and speed and seems to record a bigtime pick every game. On offense, LSU’s starting running back, Stevan Ridley, has not been talked about enough this year, nearly single-handedly carrying the offensive production this season. If the Vols have a chance this weekend in Baton Rouge, which they do, they must first stop LSU on third downs. Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson will get rattled and panicky even at home if the Vols put pressure on him and force three-and-outs. The LSU offense has not found an identity yet, making it tough for UT defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to form any sort of defensive strategy. Chris Walker and the five up front must disrupt the backfield of the LSU offense in order to create turnovers if they want to win this game. Offensively, the return of Tauren Poole will be a huge plus for the running game, although he still may not be 100 percent come game time. David Oku has filled in adequately, but Poole is just what the Vols need to spark the offense. Matt Simms may be very wary to throw towards Patrick Peterson’s side, but the return of Gerald Jones will give the Vols’ offense a new look. Simms could be licking his chops when he sees Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones on the field at the same time. The Orange and White must find a way to convert on third down and quiet the loud, rowdy crowd that makes up Death Valley.

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UT faces first road test against LSU songs just so it won’t be the first time they hear them. But I think it’s also important just to talk about it. I don’t know how you simulate Staff Writer Tiger stadium.” Sophomore safety Prentiss Waggner, a Louisiana native once Inexperienced and suffering from various injuries, Tennessee (2- recruited by LSU, chose to come to Tennessee and said he has a 2, 0-1 SEC) leaves Neyland Stadium on Saturday for the first time good feel for the atmosphere of Tiger stadium. this season to face LSU in Baton Rouge, La. “I just tell (the team) to not worry about the fans and things like The Vols will meet the Tigers as a weakened team, with six that,” Waggner said. “Keep communicating in the back end and just injuries holding UT back, including injuries to juniors Cody Pope play your game and not get affected by anything.” and Ben Bartholomew, but senior wide receiver Gerald Jones, junInstead of seeing the outcome of the UAB game as a bad win for ior cornerback Art Evans, sophomore the team, Waggner said that it would linebacker Herman Lathers and junior motive them to play better. Personally, he tailback Tauren Poole will more than likesaid he played his worst game on Saturday ly be ready to play on Saturday. and was eager to return to the field and UT coach Derek Dooley gave his playprove himself. He was looking forward to ers Monday off to rest their bodies and the team practices this week as a way to minds and to help them prepared for the prepare for Saturday. upcoming game. “This week’s practice (has been) real big “They need to clear their minds and for me,” Waggner said. “Just getting back to get physically well,” Dooley said. “We the basics and fundamental tackling and need to evaluate our personnel, where we things like that.” are and where we need to go these next With all the challenges this weekend, the few games.” Vols still have hope. Dooley said that in the Dooley also mentioned the Tigers’ midst of so many mistakes during the UAB speed and the fact that their defense is game last weekend, the team came away ranked first in the league in many defenwith a few good points, which could carry sive catagories, but that was not his them through the matchup with LSU. greatest concern. After a relatively disapThe Vols didn’t turn the ball over, had pointing performance against UAB, the only 20 yards in penalties, controlled field Vols have a new challenge to face against position in the kicking game and played LSU. well in the red zone. This is the first time nearly half the “I think those were the things that kept team has been involved in a road game us alive and gave us the chance to win it,” on the SEC level. With such inexperiDooley said. ence, Dooley said little can be done to Dooley was also excited about the team prepare the team, but he has a plan. unity revealed during the UAB game and “The bigger challenge besides that is felt that this could lead to future victories, Scott Martineau • The Daily Beacon it’s going to be the first road game for specifically in the LSU game. almost half of our travel squad,” Dooley Gerald Jones, wide receiver, injured his “There was never a time when I saw the said. “We’ll probably travel 60 to 66 hand in the Vols’ opening game against players bickering at each other and pointing guys, and 30 of them have never been UT-Martin. He returned to practice this fingers, and I didn’t see the coaches doing on a road trip at Tennessee and we’ll week and is expected to play this week- that,” Dooley said. “That is important when have to talk a lot about that and how we end against LSU. He had 6 receptions it gets thick. You have to stay together and handle it professionally and how we for 86 yards his first game. just keep believing and forget about the last handle the crowd.” series and go to the next one. We did that, “We’ll do crowd noise, which we’ve and that was good, and we made the plays done some crowd noise for home games, and maybe play a few we needed to play down the stretch.”

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Tigers want more offense against Vols With an offense still looking for an identity, the Bayou Bengals have Matt Dixon relied heavily on their defense, led by junior cornerback Patrick Sports Editor Peterson. Peterson is considered to be one of the top defensive players in colThe 12th-ranked LSU (4-0, 2-0 SEC) Tigers will enter Saturday lege football and displays his talents in the return game as well. He afternoon's match-up with Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) as a decisive has already returned two punts for touchdowns this year. favorite. LSU fans have been hoping that Miles will insert Peterson into the The Tigers sport an unblemished record and will be playing at sputtering offense, much like Vols fans wanted safety Eric Berry to home in Tiger Stadium, one of the most intimidating stadiums in col- get the ball in his hands during his UT career. lege football. But for now, the self-proclaimed Heisman Trophy candidate will LSU coach Les Miles is excited to anchor a Tigers’ defensive unit that leads the play the Volunteers for the first time SEC in total defense, giving up only 254 yards since the 2007 SEC Championship per game, and ranks second in the conference Game, where LSU avoided a UT upset in scoring defense, allowing just 12 points per bid, winning 21-14. Miles is cautious not contest. to overlook the Vols, given his history The man in charge of that defense is longwith UT’s first-year head coach. time Tennessee defensive coordinator John “We are looking forward to the next Chavis. Holding the same title at LSU, Chavis test, Tennessee,” Miles said Monday at spent 14 seasons heading up Vols’ defenses his weekly press conference. “They are and is in his second year with the Tigers. 2-2 overall and obviously Derek Dooley, LSU senior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard has certainly we are very familiar with him. the highest praise for Chavis and credits He was on our staff (under Nick Saban “Chief” for the development in his game. from 2000-04) and was the head coach “Coach Chavis is probably the best coach I at Louisiana Tech (when it played at have ever been around,” Sheppard said. “You LSU in 2007 and 2009). can see it in my game. My progression from “His guys were always well prepared, my sophomore year to my junior year has and his guys will be ready to play.” been crazy. Now my progress is going even The Tigers’ offense has struggled farther into my senior year.” through its first four games this season, Chavis was not retained by Lane Kiffin especially in the passing game. Junior when he was hired in December of 2008, but quarterback Jordan Jefferson has been he quickly found a home in Baton Rouge, La. under scrutiny as the Tigers rank 115th Chavis played for the Vols from 1976-78 and • Photo courtesy of LSU Sports Information will get his first chance to coach against his of 120 FBS teams in passing offense. “We have to be better at quarterback,” Stevan Ridley, running back for LSU, alma mater on Saturday. Miles said. “Some of the things that has rushed for 434 yards this season, “He was at Tennessee for 20-plus years, Jordan Jefferson did (against West along with three touchdowns. and they had great linebackers,” Sheppard Virginia last Saturday) were exactly said. “Now he’s brought those talents over what we needed, yet we can improve his here, and he is helping our team." play as we can improve the play of a number of guys on that offensive Miles is hoping the Tigers are prepared for Saturday and don’t side.” overlook the Vols, because he knows teams can’t afford to not be Despite the struggles through the air, Miles is pleased with the pro- ready to play in the SEC. duction he is getting in the running game. Junior Stevan Ridley has “Tennessee is a very physical team with good speed,” Miles said. emerged as a bright spot for the Tigers after gaining just 272 yards “We understand our work is going to be cut out for us. It is going to during his first two years at LSU. Ridley is averaging 108.5 yards a be a great test for us. Our football team must focus on that opponent game this year, good for third best in the SEC, and has scored three and get ready to play.” touchdowns. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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How LSU Will Win LSU is undefeated thanks in large part to the play of its defense. Its offense has struggled to score points despite a multitude of talent on that side of the ball. Quarterback Jordan Jefferson has struggled throwing the ball and backup Jarrett Lee could see the field Saturday, if Jefferson struggles. The Tigers will need to settle on one philosophy offensively, and that should be running the football. Running back Stevan Ridley is third in the SEC in rushing and could have a big day against a banged-up and thin UT front seven. Even with the struggles in the passing game, the Tigers have three talented receivers that the Vols must account for. Senior Terrence Toliver is the go-to guy of the unit and has plenty of big-game experience to go along with his tall frame. Sophomores Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard have more playmaking ability than Toliver but are still trying to find consistence. LSU has a talented and fast defense, which has made it difficult for its first four opponents to advance the ball. Junior cornerback Patrick Peterson is built more like a safety or linebacker but is arguably the best cover corner in the nation. With Peterson’s ability to shut down half of the secondary, look for defensive coordinator John Chavis to bring some aggressive blitz packages at a young UT offensive line to try and get pressure on Matt Simms. Defensive tackle Drake Nevis leads the team with 3.5 sacks on the year and will look to add to that total on Saturday. With Vols running back Tauren Poole still not 100 percent from a thigh bruise, the Tigers will load the box with eight or sometimes nine defenders. The Bayou Bengals will need to keep the raucous crowd in Tiger Stadium in the game on Saturday and rattle a Vols team that will be making its first road trip of the season.


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Friday, Oct. 1 — Men’s Cross-Country Brooks Paul Short Run Bethlehem, Pa. 11:00 a.m.

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1. Tennessee at No. 12 LSU 2. No. 2 Ohio State at Illinois 3. No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 9 Stanford 4. No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas 5. No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 24 Michigan State 6. No. 16 Miami (FL) at Clemson 7. No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 22 Penn State 8. No. 23 North Carolina State vs. Virginia Tech 9. Kentucky at Ole Miss Game of the week: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 7 Florida

Women’s Cross-Country Brooks Paul Short Run Bethlehem, Pa. 11:45 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2 — Football LSU Baton Rouge, La. 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3 — Women’s Soccer Kentucky Knoxville 2:00 p.m.

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and that’s why he’s been coordinating in the SEC for so long, because he’s good.” – UT coach Derek Dooley on former Tennessee and present LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

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