Issue 31, Volume 121
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Summitt files affidavit, claims forced retirement Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor
Preston Peeden Associate Editor Former Lady Vol sports information director Debby Jennings' lawsuit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart was amended Wednesday. The changes were made in response to refutations made by a UT official against the original suit's claim that Hart informed women's basketball head coach emeritus and coaching legend Pat Summitt that she would not be coaching the Lady Vols during the 2012-2013 season In her complaint, which was filed in federal court by attorney David A. Burkwalter, Jennings claims that part of her dismissal came from her protesting Hart's "discriminatory" actions towards Summitt and other older employees. The amendment was made to include a sworn affidavit from Summitt, corroborating Jennings' claim that a meeting occurred between herself and Hart in which his desire for Summitt's eminent retirement were made clear. According to Jennings, this meeting took place on March 14, a day before the team traveled to Chicago for the NCAA tournament. "During this one-on-one meeting, Dave Hart indicated to me that I would not be coaching the Lady Vol Basketball Team in the next school year (2012-2013), and that he planned to name Holly Warlick
as the head coach," Summitt said in the affidavit. Following this meeting, Summitt told several people, including Jennings, of Hart's intentions. Summitt also swore that she met once more with Hart following the March 14th meeting to claim that she had "misinterpreted what he said." In the complaint, UT Vice Chancellor of Communications Margie Nichols is quoted as saying that Jennings' claims were "absolutely not true," and that it was "Pat's idea to become head coach emeritus." Nichols statement was refuted in Summitt's affidavit. "Dave Hart told me I would still have an office in Thompson-Boling Arena and my title could Head Coach Emeritus," Summitt swore. "This was very surprising to me and very hurtful as that was a decision I would have liked to have made the season after consulting with my family, doctors, colleagues, and friends and not be told this by Mr. Hart. I felt this was wrong." In response to Summitt's meeting with Hart, Jennings sent an email to him stating her opposition to his decision. "I respectfully ask you to please reconsider this decision as it is no in the best interests of the University, and also, in view of Pat's condition is discriminatory and wrong," Jennings said in the missive. In response to her message, Hart dismissed her claims. "The email you sent me at 12:52 a.m. regarding Coach Summitt is so inaccurate on so many levels that it does not warrant a meaningful response," Hart said. Summitt coached for 39 seasons, winning eight national championships and compiling a record of 1098 wins to 208 losses.
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Pat Summitt speaks during her retirement press confrence on April 19.
VolAware Fair increases stress awareness Manuela Haddad Contributor Chair massages, stress balls, manicures, therapy dogs and inflatable play areas: just a normal day in college, right? Maybe not, but that’s what yesterday looked like for students who attended the VolAware Street Fair from 10:00 to 4:30 on Pedestrian Walkway. The event was held to promote mental health and to raise awareness about mental health issues. There were booths from different organizations lining the walkway, and several were giving out prizes and free food. Though the fair was full of games, prizes and other lighthearted fun, its purpose was to bring awareness to a serious issue. Between classes, homework, social lives and planning for future careers, college students face plenty of stress. Krystal Barnes, an associate member of the Campus Ministries Council, said that taking one’s mind off of work for a bit can really help with stress. “Taking a break, even if it’s a five minute break. Talk with a good friend. Contact family. Doing something they (students) enjoy,” Barnes said, listing options that can help students de-stress. “I’m hoping that they’ll learn to handle stress. Hopefully, they’re able to cope better with their stuff,” she said. Pam Spindel is an Assessment and Observation Counselor from Cornerstone of Recovery, an alcohol and drug recovery center. She expressed a desire to help bring more awareness to the problems which stu-
dents face. “(I hope) that they’ll become more aware with the issues, especially with young adults,” Spindel said. “If they need us, we’re here.” Spindel acknowledged the common negative connotations associated with receiving aid for mental health, or admitting substance abuse problems. “One of the first things people say when they come up here is ‘I don’t drink,’” she said. Spindel also noted that the college social environment is a big culprit when it comes to alcohol abuse with students. “It’s the very first time they get away from home … what do they do? Party,” she said. In light of the recent PIKE suspension, which gained national attention after one student was hospitalized with a dangerous blood alcohol content level, this is something students can’t deny. Spindel said that having more events like this fair would bring more awareness to these issues, and hopefully reduce the stigma surrounding the idea of asking for help. Barnes and Spindel may be glad to hear that at least two students walked away from this fair having gained some useful information. Gray Coppernoll, undecided freshman, said, “They gave us a lot of stress tips. That was pretty cool.” Natalie Farris, another undecided freshman, enjoyed the activities. “I really like the one (booth) down there. It was about eating disorders. They gave us an activity to Tis Patron • The Daily Beacon do. (At another booth) they mentioned aromatheraAbdelrahman Abdelwahed, freshman in buisness, and Dakota Brown, freshpy,” she said. men with pre-professional interests, make their way out of the zorb at the VolAware Street Fair on Oct. 3.
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Classical South Indian dance form is being brought back into the twenty-first century on UT’s campus tonight. The Indian American Association and the Cultural Attractions Committee, a committee of the Central Program Council, have arranged for the Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance group to make a stop at UT during its touring season. As part of Diversity Week on campus, the dance will give viewers insight into what classical Indian dance and music is like. “This is the first time the Cultural Attractions Committee has brought Ragamala to the University of Tennessee,” Elaina Spiekermann, Chair of the Cultural Attractions Committee and senior in logistics, said. “Every year, the committee votes on which dance or musical acts to pursue, and this year we decided Ragamala fits our mission to bring culturally diverse and talented acts to campus perfectly.” Ragamala, acclaimed as one of the Indian diaspora’s leading Bharatanatyam ensembles,
is comprised of six dancers, a violinist, a mridangist, and a vocalist. The dance company will perform a classical Bharatanatyam dance, tying in the true grace, purity, and tenderness of the dance. Bharatanatyam is the oldest and most comprehensive form of Indian dance. Cultural Attraction’s Committee Executive Press Secretary, Sarah Kim, is excited about the performance. “Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy celebrate the beauty and traditions of Bharatanatyam while infusing it with their own contemporary ideas,” Kim said. Cultural Attractions Committee chair member James Ballard, a sophomore with a preprofessional interest, explained the relevance of Ragamala. “Our main concern was making an event like this topically accessible to students, but Ragamala solved that problem,” Ballard said. “We’re using this as an opportunity to bring a culture to Knoxille that is severely underrepresented in the area.” On Ragamala’s website, Ragamala.net, Ranee and Aparna Remaswamy make a statement about the dance form and their infusions of the dance. See RAGAMALA on Page 3
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Ken Woody, president of venture capital firm Innova, talks during Vol Court on Oct. 2. Vol Court is sponsored by UT's Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It offers the opportunity for students, faculty and the community to learn from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business experts about getting a company started.
1957 — Sputnik launched The Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" with its launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for "satellite," was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles. Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. In January 1958, Sputnik's orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere. Officially, Sputnik was launched to correspond with the International Geophysical Year, a solar period that the International Council of Scientific Unions declared would be
ideal for the launching of artificial satellites to study Earth and the solar system. However, many Americans feared more sinister uses of the Soviets' new rocket and satellite technology, which was apparently strides ahead of the U.S. space effort. Sputnik was some 10 times the size of the first planned U.S. satellite, which was not scheduled to be launched until the next year. The U.S. government, military, and scientific community were caught off guard by the Soviet technological achievement, and their united efforts to catch up with the Soviets heralded the beginning of the "space race." The first U.S. satellite, Explorer, was launched on January 31, 1958. By then, the Soviets had already achieved another ideological victory when they launched a dog into orbit aboard Sputnik 2. The Soviet space program went on to achieve a series of other space firsts in the late 1950s and early 1960s: first man in space, first woman, first three men, first space walk, first spacecraft to impact the moon, first to orbit the moon, first to impact Venus, and first craft to softland on the moon. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Massive pot farm found in Chicago The Associated Press In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room to grow something a little more organic: Marijuana. The plants grew even taller than the tallest Chicago Bulls. However, just days before the crop on a chunk of land the size of two football fields would have been ready to harvest, a police officer and county sheriff's deputy in a helicopter spotted it as they headed back to their hangar about three miles away. On Wednesday, a day after the discovery of the largest marijuana farm anyone at the police department can remember, officers became farmers for a day as they began to chop down about 1,500 marijuana plants that police said could have earned the growers as much as $10 million. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, and police were still trying to determine who owns the property that housed the grow site on the city's far South Side. But police said they were hopeful that because of the size of the operation, informants or others might provide tips about those involved, including a man seen running from the area as the helicopter swooped low. James O'Grady, the commander of the department's narcotics division, said they've never seen anything like it before, in part because Chicago's harsh winters mean growers have a lot less time to plant, grow and harvest marijuana than their counterparts in less inclement places such as California and Mexico. The bumper crop was likely planted in spring, O'Grady said. Add to that the urban sprawl: there are few spots in Chicago where such an operation could go unnoticed because of all the buildings, roads and residents. The growers took pains to ensure their crop was largely hidden by a canopy of trees and surrounding vegetation.
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Krista Bowman, senior in advertising, and Tammy Stackhouse, freshman in plant sciences, create a baby footprint with their hand during the VolAware Street Fair on Oct. 3. The Alta Cracia campaign is hoping to bring more sweatshop-free clothing to the UT Bookstore. “Our work re-frames the cultural specicontinued from Page 1 ficity of Bharatanatyam, bringing the eloquence of the form to universal themes in order to move beyond the personal and spark a global conversation,” their statement on the site says. The dance Ragamala is set to perform is called "Sacred Earth." This specific dance incorporates all of the different aspects of Bharatanatyam including the music, theater, poetry, sculpture and literature, which are all tied together to form the dance. Ragamala trains its dancers to be able to capture the true essence of the dance and bring to life the history of the South Indian dance. Soloist Aparna Ramaswamy is described by Dance Magazine as “both icon-
ic and explosive…infusing the formal rigor of Bharatanatyam with fluid spontaneity and rock star allure” and by The New York Times as “an enchantingly beautiful dancer.” The dance company travels all across the nation and internationally, performing their dance in numerous theaters including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and CalTech’s Beckman Theater in Los Angeles. The company has also performed in the United Kingdom and India. Ragamala will perform at the Clarence Brown Theatre on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. With a UT ID, students can get into the event for $5. Tickets for UT staff are $20 and general admission is $25. Students and faculty can purchase tickets at the ticket booth outside of Thompson-Boling Arena. The general public can purchase tickets at knoxvilletickets.com.
"Somebody put a lot of thought into it," O'Grady said. "But they probably didn't anticipate the helicopter." Chicago Police Officer Stan Kuprianczyk, a pilot, said police helicopters flew "over it all the time," to and from their hangar, without spying the grow site. Yet somehow, a number of factors came together to allow Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Edward Graney to spot the plants. "We had the right altitude, the right angle, the right sunlight, and I happened to be glancing down," said Graney. He said he initially spotted five plants or so through the trees before he asked Kuprianczyk to circle around for a closer look. "We just happened to be right over a small hole in the trees and we looked down," Kuprianczyk said. They also happened to have the right training, Graney said, explaining that just a few weeks earlier a much smaller operation in suburban Chicago prompted them to fly over and videotape the scene so they might be able to recognize marijuana if they ever saw it from the air again. So, by the time Graney spotted the marijuana plants, which are a much brighter shade of green than the surrounding vegetation, he had a pretty good idea what he was looking at. Superintendent Garry McCarthy, whose officers are more used to intercepting shipments of marijuana grown elsewhere or discovering hydroponic growing operations inside buildings, said the discovery of the marijuana is significant in a larger fight against street violence. Those involved with narcotics, whether it is marijuana, heroin or cocaine, purchase firearms with their profits and have shown they're willing to use them to protect their business, he said. "That's where the violence comes in, the competition for the markets," he said.
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College creates absence of sleep Emily DeLanzo Managing Editor I should probably sleep more. The bags under my eyes aren't the most flattering, and the stress is going to my head. I've been told I can't live off of black coffee and Greek yogurt, but I haven't died yet. The people in my 8 a.m. Spanish class probably think I live under a bridge — or that I have no interest in a life partner. Showers are always neglected before ten a.m. and brushing my hair is now an option in modern day life. Mornings aren’t my best friend. More often than not, I am useless. Extremely unresponsive at best. I’m a barely breathing, sometimes snoring, lump of sweatpants — unless I wake up early enough to stand in line with other sleepy drones at Dunkin' Donuts. Maybe if I fell asleep before the birds started chirping in the morning, I'd probably be a much more pleasant and productive individual. Put that together with clean teeth, an outfit that excludes yoga pants and an appreciation for sunrises. I should sleep more. My dreams barely have an opportunity to start before my alarm smashes them with little respect. God knows how many fantasies with John Stamos, black bears and superpowers have gone incomplete. The obnoxious squawking of my clock pays no regard to unfinished dreams, no matter the excitement. I should dream more. My daily routine consists of coffee, class, Beacon, library and occasional sleep. That combination doesn’t give way to the best ideas. My brain could be housing the solution to global climate change or the next best color of toe nail polish. I’ll
never know since I never have face time with my pillow. I should rest more. I should contribute more than a few butchered conjugations in my Spanish 211 class every MWF morning. The only thing worse than my use and abuse of the English language is my interpretation of the Spanish language. Additionally, I’d feel less inclined to skip classes and embrace naptime. I should sleep more because it’s unfair to force people to acknowledge my obviously disturbed, constantly frazzled smelly self on a daily basis. It’s time to bring myself back from the edge of a Britney Spears-worthy meltdown and plan for eight hours of sleep nightly. College students, myself included, vastly underestimate the need for sleep on a daily basis. Save your sanity and indulge in showers on a regular basis. Make friends with your comforter before midnight occasionally. If all else fails, coffee is my savior. Hot Vanilla: Ingredients 1 cup 2% milk 2 teaspoons white sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pour the milk in a microwave-safe mug. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar, then stir the milk. Mixing the cinnamon into the sugar first will help keep it from floating on top. Stir in the vanilla. Place mug in the microwave and heat for 1:40 or longer for a warmer drink. Stir before drinking. Not to sound like your mother, but warm milk supposedly serves as a sleep aid. If that fails, pop some melatonin. — Emily DeLanzo is a senior in environmental studies. She can be reached at email@example.com or followed on Twitter at @Emily DeLanzo. Recipe courtesy of Recipes.com.
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Guantanamo death reveals inhumanity Urb an La n d sca p e by
Lindsay Lee On September 10 of this year, Yemeni national Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif died in his prison cell at Guantanamo Bay. Latif was never charged with a crime and was never given a trial. Latif was taken into custody by Pakistani police near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan in late 2001, and was handed over to US forces, who placed him in Guantanamo by January of 2002. The United States government claimed he was recruited by al-Qaeda to train for terrorist operations, but Latif maintained that he was traveling to Pakistan to seek medical attention for injuries sustained in a car accident in 1994. District Court Judge Henry Kennedy said in 2004 that Latif “is not known to have participated in combatant/terrorist training.” He recommended in 2004, and then again in 2007, to have him transferred out of Guantanamo. In July of 2010, he ruled that the government lacked sufficient evidence and that his detention was unlawful, ordering that he be released. But the Obama administration appealed, claiming that Judge Kennedy was completely wrong and misguided. The Court of Appeals in 2011 ruled in favor of the government, and Judge Kennedy’s order was overturned. Latif suffered from chronic back pain, deafness, headaches, heartburn, and a sore throat. He never received proper medical treatment or any assisting devices for his deafness. He was regularly mistreated by the Guantanamo Immediate Response Force, who entered his cell, threw him on the ground, dragged him, strangled him, and knocked him unconscious. He cut his wrists in front of his lawyers in 2009, and often expressed a desire to die because “death [is] more desirable than living.” He tried to commit suicide multiple times. The official cause of his death has not yet
been released. This is the ninth known death at Guantanamo Bay. Six of the previous eight deaths were by suicide, with the others being reportedly due to natural causes. Part of Obama’s platform when he ran for president in 2008 was to close Guantanamo Bay. He presented it as an overreach by the Bush administration that was blatantly in opposition to human rights. In 2009, right after he was sworn in, Obama signed an order that suspended proceedings at Guantanamo and ordered its closing within a year. Congress and the military both opposed this measure and have since blocked any efforts to close the prison. It would be great if we could blame Obama’s broken promise on Congress, but we can’t, because in 2011 Obama signed the Defense Authorization Bill, placing restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to mainland prisons, further delaying its closure. The United Nations called for the closure of Guantanamo. Other developed nations view the proceedings there as incredibly inhumane and unconscionable. But it seems that Obama has since changed his mind or his priorities away from human rights. It is completely clear that the use of this detention facility is reprehensible. It is a disgusting overreach of American power abroad, and an arrogant, paranoid product of deep-seated racism. In a 2004 report, the New York Times said that of almost 600 detainees, a maximum of 24 of them had any meaningful connection at all to al-Qaeda and that very limited information could be gathered from detention and questioning. Are we really so arrogant that we believe this murky concept of “homeland security” is worth the detention, torture, humiliation, and abuse of hundreds of innocent people? People with lives and families? Even after all these years since 9/11? Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif is just another example of the extent to which we are pushing our fellow human beings. We should be ashamed. — Lindsay Lee is a junior in mathematics. She can be reached in firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CNN ran a piece on the potential Supreme Court vacancies to be filled next term in office, depending, of course, on who is serving on January 21, 2013. They began to discuss not only some potential replacements but also some potential retirees on the court. In my opinion, Justices Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the most likely to retire, being two of the three oldest members of the court. Antony Scalia, the other member of this geriatric group, will probably serve into his second century, until he comes back as zombie Scalia, and is finally taken down by bands of roving liberals occupying a vast, post-apocalyptic future. The landscape of the court is much more likely to change if Romney is elected. Ginsburg will probably last until 2015-ish, and replacing her with a conservative will surely swing the court to conservative from it currently being almost conservative. Kennedy's being replaced by a liberal would be a boon to the liberals, but there is no doubt that Ginsburg is more liberal than Kennedy is conservative. I don?t think that Supreme Court justices have too great a need to stay on the court until they will be replaced by someone of their ilk (after all, that pesky "death" thing could get in the way), but it is interesting to note that only Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement, Samuel Alito, would be an exception to this rule. I would have to think that conservatives would have to feel better about their candidates, thanks to George W. Bush, who was able to overcome the whole Harriet Miers fiasco to put just about
every conservative with an Ivy League law degree into a court position. In fact, what has been strange is the lack of judicial appointments on the part of Obama; other than Clinton, no recent liberal has made the same effort toward appointing people to the courts as Reagan or Dubya. Liberals should find this very curious. Conservatives should be wondering why or even how this matters, which has been a staple of the Republican platform since Reagan, and has gone almost unmentioned by Romney during his campaign. Of course, the debates may make this issue come once again to the forefront, but the absence of this discussion has been mindboggling. Republicans should be the angriest. Whatever you think of last year's slightly wonky ruling that held up "Obamacare," Republicans probably have concern about calling a punitive tax, well, a "tax" and not a fee; this seems very antithetical to their "small government" mandate. While I don't much care to think about whether or not the Founding Fathers would approve of today's government, I do wonder sometimes what their opinion of these matters would be. I am pretty sure their reaction would not be one of surprise, at least not to the extent we'd expect. I do think they might lament now, as indeed they could have during their own lifetime, that the Supreme Court would be anything like a political issue. But for all the shortsightedness government could be accused of, the one platform that political parties can use that will have long-term effects is supplying the courts with people who will decide what the Constitution means to the future. It would be nice if the candidates would bring it up between accusing the other of hating whoever doesn't support them. —Greg Bearringer is a graduate student in history. He may be reached at email@example.com.
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LASA hosts food demo Sean Hale Contributor The I-House, along with the Latin American Student Association, hosted a Mexican food demonstration Tuesday night where visitors learned how to make tostadas. The event, held in the Great Room, had several tables that were covered with many different ingredients for making the tostadas. These included shredded chicken, refried beans, mozzarella cheese, hard corn tortillas, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes, which. Adilene Rodriguez, LASA president and sophomore in Latin American studies, said she hopes the event can bring more attention to Mexican culture on campus. “I feel like it’s not really being represented that well and I feel like there should be more Mexican and just Latin American (events) and I feel like they should be more represented than they actually are,” she said. Traditional Spanish flan was provided as a dessert. Students were given the recipe so they could attempt the Mexican delicacy themselves. “Nice and simple, straightforward. It was delicious,” said Will Doran, graduate student in music. The flan, which is a type of custard dish, has a sweet and eggy flavor. “It is a really special desert made mostly for special occasions,” Rodrigues said.
“The flan was awesome, (with) sugary eggs what more could you want?” Doran said. Visitors washed down the dishes with mango water. “The mango water can be found at your local Walmart in the Mexican section,” said Rodriguez. Doran, an avid chef at home, enjoyed the demonstration. “I thought it was representative. I know shredded chicken is very Mexican, (like) ... flan and corn tortillas. My wife and I like to cook a lot so this is something very simple we can do ourselves.” This event is one of the many events held in the I-House this week as a part of Mexican Week. LASA has committed to bringing events to UT that express what Latin America is all about. “The purpose of this event is to demonstrate food that (is) more authentic to Mexican culture” said Rodriguez. “Not like the ones you get at restaurants, so instead of having the hard shells, sour cream and stuff like that on them there (is) ... corn tortilias with cilantro meat and onions on them.” Rodriguez said that she hopes students learn that Mexican food is not scary to tackle in the kitchen. “(It’s) just to ... see that Mexican food is really good I guess, and that not all Mexican food is ... really hard and spic(y), some of it can (actually) be really simple,” she said.
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Students cook out during a party at Presidential Courtyard on Oct. 2.
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Tyson barred from entering New Zealand Trust, withdrew its support Tuesday. The charity's chief executive, John O'Connell, however, said the charity long ago decided not to accept any money from the event due to its concerns over Tyson's character, O'Connell said a volunteer trustee mistakenly sent a letter to immigration authorities supporting Tyson's plans. Promoter Max Markson said he's continuing to sell tickets — at between 69 and 300 Australian dollars ($71 and $308) — and will give refunds if Tyson cannot appear. He said he had been "hoping it might be a smoother run," but remained confident Australia would grant Tyson a visa and that New Zealand would reverse its decision when he found another suitable charity. "He'll only be in the country for 20 hours, I don't think he's a danger to anybody, and thousands of people want to see him," Markson said. Would-be visitors to Australia normally must pass a character test. Those who have a "substantial criminal record" — including people who, like Tyson, have been sentenced to more than a year in prison — fail the test. But the department can use its discretion to grant such people visas. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old woman in an Indianapolis hotel room. He served three years before being released on parole. A spokesman for Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship said, "I can tell you that a decision is still pending" on Tyson's application.
The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand canceled a visa for Mike Tyson on Wednesday because of his rape conviction, saying it reversed its earlier approval because a charity that would have benefited from his appearance says it wants nothing to do with the former heavyweight boxing champion. Tyson had said he had been looking forward to meeting New Zealand's indigenous Maori people, the inspiration for his notorious facial tattoo. But now his whole Downunder speaking tour, scheduled for next month, is threatening to fall apart: Australian immigration authorities said they've yet to decide whether to let him in. Tyson's 1992 rape conviction would normally prevent his entry in New Zealand and could be grounds for denial in Australia as well. New Zealand's denial came days after Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the visit. Tyson was to speak at a November event in Auckland, the "Day of the Champions," which is being promoted by Sydney agency Markson Sparks. On Wednesday the agency continued to promote tickets for appearances in New Zealand and five major Australian cities. New Zealand's Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said she initially granted entry because a children's health charity would get some of the proceeds from Tyson's speech. She said in a statement her decision was "a finely balanced call" but that the charity that would have benefited, the Life Education
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ARTS & CULTURE
Thursday, October 4 Who: Ragamala Where: Clarence Brown Theater When: 7:30 p.m. Price: $5 for students, $20 for faculty and staff, $25 for general public Victoria’s View: This classical South Indian dance show uses the traditional art form of Bharatanatyam to convey modern ideas. The performers have toured around the world, and have even received nods of approval from the president. It’s a one night only show, so don’t miss this opportunity. Who: Andrew Bird Where: Tennessee Theater When: 8 p.m. Price: $32 Rob’s View: The incredibly talented Andrew Bird will be playing the Tennessee Theatre this weekend. Bird is skilled at multiple instruments and utilizes all of them in what I can only predict to be an awesome show. The pairing of the musical talent of Bird with the historic feel of the Tennessee Theatre should make for a show you won't soon forget. If you have the time and the financial means, you should check this show out.
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Who: "The Hunger Games" at Movies on Market Square Where: Market Square When: 7 p.m. Price: Free Rob’s View: If you’re anything like me, you have a long list of movies that you want to see, but then don’t. If you wanted to see "The Hunger Games" but didn't make it, you’re in luck. Not only can you see Katniss compete in the Games on a big screen, it’s happening in a really unique setting. If you want to eat before the movie, you need to get to Market Square pretty early. My suggestion is an "Oh Boy" from Tomato Head. Don’t forget your folding chair and popcorn!
Saturday, October 6 Who: Color Me Rad 5K Where: Chilhowee Park When: 9 a.m. Price: $45 Rob’s View: Want to get some exercise AND support a great cause at the same time? Not only will you be benefitting the Tennessee Children’s Hospital, you’ll also be having fun and getting a little dirty. This isn’t your normal 5K run. Every five minutes, you’ll be pelted with corn starch-based paint. See you at the starting line. Who: Cobra Starship with Outasight Where: Thompson-Boling Arena When: 6 p.m. Price: Free Victoria’s View: It’s not every Saturday that students receive a free concert, so why not take advantage of this opportunity? Most are probably familiar with pop-techo band Cobra Starship, but for those who don’t know newcomer Ouasight, he’s the guy who sings the song “Tonight Is The Night”. Go to http://www.facebook.com/truthorange to recieve a 4-digit code for admission. Note: code does not ensure a seat, so get there early to make sure you can get in.
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Friday, October 5 Who: Vol Night Long Where: Circle Park When: Free Price: $5 for students, $20 for faculty and staff, $25 for general public Victoria’s View: A university tradition, Vol Night Long is an event to provide students with free campus entertainment (perfect for freshmen). This year's theme is hip-hop vs. rave party, so go and enjoy free food and dance your butt off to contrasting musical genres.
Who: The Black Cadillacs with Grandpa’s Stash and the Delta Saints Where: Market Square When: 6 p.m. Price: Free Rob’s View: Knoxville’s The Black Cadillacs will headline Oktoberfest, the official afterparty of the Brewer’s Jam. The rock jam band is known for their high energy shows, so I predict this event will be a certified good time. For those who aren’t old enough to attend the Brewer’s Jam event or decided to pay rent this month instead of buying tickets to drink beer all day, this event could be a good alternative.
Sunday, October 7 Who: Rationalists of East Tennessee Where: Pellissippi State Community College When: 10:30 a.m. Price: Free Rob’s View: With the presidential election approaching, many Americans have had questions about Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs. The Rationalists of East Tennessee will hold a roundtable discussion on Mormonism to help the community better understand the values and beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Who: Red Wanting Blue Where: Cider House When: 7 p.m. Price: $8 to $10 Victoria’s View: Formed in Athens, Ohio, in 1996, Red Wanting Blue is slowly gaining recognition and could very well be a popular name in the indie music scene by the end of their fall tour. Best way to describe their sound? Their vocals are similar to Darius Rucker with a pop-rock sound. Oh, and they’re Letterman approved. Check out their summer performance on the show on YouTube. You won’t be disappointed.
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THE DAILY BEACON • 7 Sports Editor Lauren Kittrell
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Former Vol enjoys eventful year Staff Reports Author. Movie Star. Mountain Climber. Hall of Famer. All-Star. 20-Game Winner. Cy Young Award Candidate...all in a year's work for R.A. Dickey. It is hard to imagine anyone having a more eventful year than the three-time All-American Vol pitcher. Just one day after returning from a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity in January, Dickey drove from his native Nashville to Knoxville where he was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame. Less than a month later, he reported to spring training in Florida to begin his journey through an incredible season in which he appeared in his first All-Star Game and became the first knuckleball pitcher in over three decades to win 20 games. In between, his autobiography was published, he signed a deal to author three children's books and a documentary about knuckleball pitchers in which he stars was released. Through all of the success, Dickey has been quick to defer all of the credit to others. "It's hard to sum it up in a few sentences but it has been a pretty neat experience," Dickey said. "I am not a self-made man by any stretch of the imagination. I've had a lot of coaches, family, teammates and everyone in between pour into me and love me well. It's nice to be able to celebrate a year like this with them." Two of the coaches that Dickey credits for playing a significant role in his journey to becoming one of the best pitchers in the world are current Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano and assistant coach Bill Mosiello. Although they worked with him at different points in his UT career, both Mosiello and Serrano left indelible marks on Dickey's development as a pitcher. "The whole reason I came to Tennessee in the first place was because of Bill Mosiello," Dickey said. "He recruited me in high school and something just clicked between us. We've always had a special bond between us ever since. I consider him a dear friend and when he left in the upcoming 1995 and 1996 season, [Dave] Serrano took his place. It is fairly poetic that those guys are such good friends and are now at UT, and they both poured into me in that way." Born and raised in Nashville, where he still lives with his family, Dickey's Tennessee roots began long before coming to UT to play baseball. It was a completely different sport that drew him in originally. "It's part of who I am," Dickey said. "I grew
up with UT football around. Both Ben Bartholomew and Will Bartholomew [played] there and they are my brothers-in-law. I'm a fan of the culture that Tennessee represents in Knoxville so I have always followed ever since I left and even before then." A story of perseverance and dedication himself, Dickey finds himself drawn to a similar narrative as told by his brother-in-law and current Tennessee starting fullback Ben Bartholomew. "It's fun for me to follow [Ben]," Dickey said. "He has certainly persevered through a lot of Tennessee adversity. This is his fifth year and he has known three different coaches. Not a lot of people can tell that tale, but he can, he has persevered and he is making a career for himself over there." A hard-throwing hurler as a Vol, Dickey has spent the past seven seasons reinventing himself on the mound and refining his technique as a knuckleball pitcher. The results have been dramatic this year with the 6-2 right-hander establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball with a 20-6 record and 2.69 ERA. Dickey lead the National League in innings pitched (227.2), strikeouts (222), complete games (5) and shutouts (3), but he sees those numbers as a result of his process rather than something to strive for. "I don't really pitch for numbers as much as I do for consistency. I want to offer a consistent product every time I take the field. I want to figure out how I can throw a quality start up there every time out. Now if I give up less runs on that particular day great, but if I have given my team a chance to win just about every time out I can put my head on the pillow at night and sleep well." That consistency he has displayed for the Mets this season has made him one of the top candidates to win the National League Cy Young Award, an accomplishment he had only dreamed of in years past. "It is surreal," Dickey said. "I think every little boy grows up wanting to be the best pitcher in the world, or at least in the league. If you win the Cy Young Award it is kind of a pat on the back that you may be at least one of the top two in the world. Of course a part of me wants to win it, but I really don't feel like I need an award to tell me how I have done. I know that in [my heart] and that is good enough for me." Having already written it on and off the field this season, it only seems fitting that he should take pen to paper and add an additional chapter for the paperback version of his autobiography. "There will be an epilogue I'm sure," Dickey said. "It's been a special year and to get to share that with readers and people who have been loyal supporters of me and my family will be fun."
Serrano leads fall practice overload" in the early part of fall camp, the Vols have begun to overcome it and are starting to play faster and with more confiWith former Vols R.A. Dickey, Chase dence. Headley and others making headlines as "We really feel that we have some good Major League stars, the Tennessee coaches baseball players," Serrano said. "I know peoare working hard to mold this year's roster ple hear us say that a lot, but we are talking and prepare it for the upcoming season. about guys who pick up the game quickly After having the weekend off, UT found a and I think this young, inexperienced group break in the weather and returned to the has done that. We were talking in the office practice field briefly on Monday before holdtoday with Coach Bergeron and Coach ing another intra-squad scrimmage on a Mosiello about how well they have picked up beautiful Tuesday afternoon in Knoxville. the signs, the system and all that. Now it is The time off gave the team a chance to allowing them to catch its breath go out and perafter being indocform as baseball trinated into the players." brand of baseball Although his the Tennessee perspective coaching staff comes from the wants to play and defensive and came back with pitching side of plenty of energy the diamond, and excitement. Serrano is "There was a pleased with the lot of energy, development he which is expected has seen with when you have the Volunteer some days off," offense so far. UT head coach "What I see Dave Serrano from calling the said. "I thought it pitches from the was a good intradefensive side is squad [scrimguys starting to mage] with a lot really sustain of energy good at-bats and [today]. The really stay on pitchers commitballs," Serrano ted to first-pitch said. "That is strikes, which exciting, espewas good. File Photo • The Daily Beacon cially when you "We did an Baseball coach Dave Serrano spoke know the ceiling is excellent job with the inside game, we Monday, Oct. 1 on the expectations for his a lot higher for team’s upcoming season. many of them. We didn't defend it have a ways to go, extremely well, but we know that, but that is what is so exciting. that is what happens sometimes in intraIt is going to be a work-in-progress, probably squad games. It's hard to walk off the field all year long." and feel good about both sides defense and Tennessee's next two scrimmages are set offense, because somewhere you are going for 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All fall to break down." practices are free and open to the public. After suffering a little bit of "information
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Sports Editor Lauren Kittrell
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NBA ‘flop’ ruling, step in right direction
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A.J. Hall • The Daily Beacon
Wide reciever Zach Rogers catches the ball over a Georgia defender on Sept. 29.
Mentality, fourth quarter play key for Vols Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor The Volunteers have no scheduled game on Saturday. That doesn't mean they're not practicing. The Vols are using the extra time to prepare for their next matchup. "The bye week is always a good opportunity to evaluate the things you are doing well and work on the things you need improvement on," head coach Derek Dooley said. "You look back at the five games and there are a lot of positives in those five games as far as growth of our program and against some good football teams. We haven't always gotten the results that we wanted but there are also a ton of things that we need to improve on in every level and that is what we are doing." Dooley said that one of the big issues for the Vols has been playing with consistency through four quarters. "I would say it is a couple things. First of all it is playing with a level of consistency for four quarters. You look at how we played in the second and fourth quarter on defense and we really played very well running the same calls against the same plays," Dooley said. "Then we had too many breakdowns throughout the course of the game. The second thing is just good old fashioned taking on blocks, getting on blocks and getting a lot of hats to the football. I don't care how much scheme you do, how advanced you get, how old you get or how young you are, good defensive football is about whipping the guy in front of you and getting to the football and that will never change." Starting quarterback Tyler Bray suffered through consistency issues during the Georgia game last Saturday. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said he's looking for marked improvements from the junior during the bye week. "I expect him to come out of there a lot better than he was after the ball game," Chaney said. "We expect him to do that, he'll
learn a lot and we'll keep moving on." Junior tailback Rajion Neal came out strong on Saturday with scoring catch. Chaney said his ability to catch is a great luxury. "All of our running backs catch the ball very well so we are comfortable with whoever is in there catching the ball," Chaney said. "They are an added addition to the passing game and we appreciate it." He said having five legitimate receiving threats that he can throw the ball to anytime is fun. "All of our players are playing hard and when they get a chance to make a play, for the most part, they are doing it and are executing the play we would like for them to do." Chaney said that along with those, he feels that senior wide receiver Zach Rogers is doing a good job. "I believe Zach has run by a few people also and I am comfortable with him playing," Chaney said. "He is playing very well and he is playing like an elder statesman should be. We are really proud of him." Regarding the team's seeming inability to make a field goal, junior kicker/punter Michael Palardy said reasons for missing a field goal could be the result of a number of things. "I don't think it is one thing specific that goes wrong," Palardy said. "There are a lot of things that could go wrong, whether it is a snap or hold or a lack of concentration. But there is no one specific thing that goes wrong. If you miss a kick, whether it is an extra point, a field goal or anything like that you just have to move on to the next one. Take it kick by kick." Palardy said it's the mental game that's going to make a difference going forward. "My first miss this season was against N.C. State and I came back for the rest of the game and had a good game, made all my kicks and had no problems. It just goes to show that you have to stay concentrated and in to the game and focused. Being mentally prepared you are going to get the results you want."
The NBA released their statement on the new flop rule yesterday afternoon. Thank you. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I am the most avid NBA fan. In fact, it's probably my least favorite of the big-four sports put on by the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA. But, I still watch and the constant flopping is a big reason why it is so frustrating watching an NBA game. How many times have we seen a 6-foot-5, 200-plus pound forward fall to the ground after a he gets a half a shoulder bump, or Lebron James act like a slap on the wrist from Russell Westbrook while going through the lane really affects him? It's just ridiculous. The statement released by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, gives a good explanation of what flopping is doing to the game. "Flops have no place in our game — they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call," Jackson said. "Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should -- after a warning
— be given an automatic penalty." For the first offense a player only gets a warning, the second offense is $5,000, $10,000 for the third offense, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for the fifth offense. After that the league will review the play and determine the appropriate punishment. Sounds pretty harsh, but let's be honest—it needs to be. In reality I don't think there is going to be a huge change this year in the way the game is played. In the heat of the game the officials aren't going to be able to do a better job than they are already doing. It's tough to make the call in a split second on court level. It's much easier to judge when seeing the replay 12 times and in slow motion, so I don't have too much contempt for the officials. I don't really blame the players either. The players are going to try and get away with as much as they can—that's how competition is, especially at the highest level. But, it is something that needed to be addressed. The rule will hopefully help cut down on the amount of flops fans see, but for players that make tons of money, i.e. James, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, it's not a huge hit to their pockets and they will still flop. They are good at it, too. It's going to affect the players who are making the league minimum. It's not going to hurt the most heinous offenders but it is going to help start weeding out the act of flopping. All fans can really hope for is that it's a step in the right direction and will set a precedent for years to come.
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Students yell during the UGA game on Sept. 29.