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National Coming Out Day Three students work to promote LGBT leadership, visibility on campus “It’s not really different from being a regular student,” Porter said. “I have a lot of straight friends. I have yet to be discriminated against or antagonized. I guess it is mostly because I am The suicide of Rutgers University freshman not the type of person to walk in the room and Tyler Clementi last month brought much nationmake a big deal out of being gay. al attention to the struggles of LGBT issues in “I feel like people should just come to that on the college atmosphere, especially those regardtheir own terms. If someone asks me, I’ll admit ing discrimination and harassment, as well as the it, but that has helped people be comfortable alienated atmosphere many out students claim around me. They have gotten to know me first they face because of their sexual orientation. rather than associate my identity with my sexuOctober is LGBT History Month, a month ality.” devoted to raising awareness of LGBT rights Porter, however, noted the uniqueness of and issues. In honor of National Coming Out being an out African-American, a community Day, which is celebrated today, three students that often seems to go unacknowledged shared their experiences of being out on cambecause of stereotypes. pus. “People have the preconceived notion that Elliott DeVore, senior in psychology and there are no gay black people, and it makes it member of the Chancellor’s Commission for kind of challenging for most AfricanLGBT Leadership, has been out since high Americans to come out,” Porter said. “There school but has found that college is a more aren’t very many African-American gay peochallenging atmosphere for finding acceptple on campus who are out. ance and tolerance. “Sometimes it feels like I am this little “I remember freshman year, living in the species. It’s never really bad — in fact I am dorms, I would get on the elevator with a working with the (Chancellor's Commission handful of jerks, who just made it extremely for LGBT issues) to try and encourage more uncomfortable for me,” DeVore said. “They African Americans to be more openly would call me ‘fag’ and ‘cupcake’ as I got off involved with gay-related issues on campus. the elevator. I was harassed by guys that lived It’s not a bad thing; it’s just unique.” on my floor, which was weird, because being Porter said a lot of the lack of LGBT visiout in high school, everyone knew, and it was bility on campus has to do with the preconmore accepted then than it was in college. ceived notions of those within the communi“I thought college was going to open up all ty. sorts of doors for me, and I would get a “A lot of people come here having the prechance to grow and be myself, and yet here I conceived notion that I don’t want to be assowas, feeling uncomfortable and constantly ciated with ‘those kinds’ of gay people, and expecting it to get better, and yet it wasn’t.” then there are those who are too afraid to DeVore said that feeling uncomfortable come to things,” Porter said. “That is why I speaking up for LGBT issues in class and feelencourage people to come to Lambda.” ing self-conscious about being out only added Porter is a member of Lambda leadership, to what he theorized are the campus’s main George Richardson • The Daily Beacon as well as a resident assistant, the latter of issues regarding acceptance and tolerance. “We are the flagship institution for the state, Jess Hurd, junior in history, Chris Porter, sophomore in psychology, and Elliott DeVore, which he said helped steer him in the direcand we have people coming from all over the senior in psychology, chat in the OUTreach Center in Melrose Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The tion of his future career aspirations. “I am looking towards applying to grad place, some with very little diversity,” he said. “For a lot of people, their backgrounds are Commission for LGBT People will be conducting a flash mob as part of National Coming school for higher education administration or something related to health,” Porter said. “If I white, Christian, in very small places where Out Day on Monday, Oct. 11, on the Pedestrian Mall. do higher education administration, I want to everyone is seemingly the same. It’s very diffiwork towards being a hall director or working in cult for a lot of these people to accept things tion administration. He is also a regional officer to promote people being comfortable.” Hurd has faced a unique experience in being student affairs. I like working with students and for his fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. unlike themselves, and so they lash out.” out on campus but said it isn’t something she being involved in student affairs. I see the people “I just enjoy giving back,” DeVore said. DeVore adds that it isn’t just LGBT students I have encountered, especially in housing, seem Jess Hurd, junior in history and president of pays much attention to. who face discrimination. “Apparently I get weird looks,” Hurd said. really satisfied with their jobs. They get a lot out “There is a coming-out experience for allies the Lambda Student Union, experienced a differof it.” (those who promote LGBT rights but are not of ent out experience at UT but echoed many of “But it’s something I don’t really try to notice.” Anyone interested may attend the National Lambda Student Union meets at 6 p.m. on LGBT orientation) as well,” he said. “We very DeVore’s sentiments on the state of LGBT affairs Coming Out Day flash mob, a rally held to proMondays in UC Room 227. much live in a closet culture, where people act on campus. Chris Porter, sophomore in psychology, said mote the visibility of LGBT rights and issues, “UT is not a very comfortable place to be out,” like it is easier just to not talk about it and have an attitude that if we ignore it, it will just go Hurd said. “We go to a public, southern universi- that being out on campus is no different from today on the Pedestrian Mall at noon. The rally away. There isn’t really an example set forth on ty. UT hasn’t been very proactive in making sure being a regular student, but a lot of that has to do is not exclusive to LGBT students and allies and is open to all.--with attitude. people from diverse backgrounds are welcome. what to do.”

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DeVore has been involved with several initiatives on campus to help make it more inclusive for LGBT students, including working to have “Straight Talk,” a gender-segregated portion of the student-orientation process renamed “Vol-toVol.” He is also a recipient of the Chancellor’s Student Leadership Award for his efforts to promote LGBT visibility on campus. In his spare time, DeVore enjoys exercising and looking for graduate schools. He is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in higher educa-

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Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam will report third-quarter contributions of $3.15 million plus an injection of $2.8 million of his own money, the Republican’s campaign told The Associated Press on Sunday. The reporting period straddles the Aug. 5 primary. The campaign didn’t immediately have a breakdown of how much of the money was contributed before or since Haslam won the GOP nomination, and didn’t have a final figure on how much cash remained on hand. Haslam captured 47 percent of the vote in the spirited GOP primary, compared with U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp’s 29 percent and state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s 22 percent. Spokesman David Smith said Haslam wasn’t hesitant about tapping his personal wealth. “We had a contentious primary, and Bill always maintained that he would put in what he deemed necessary to get his message out,” Smith said. Haslam had given $1.45 million to his bid through earlier

reports, meaning his total personal contributions have reached about $4.25 million. The campaign has since paid back about $760,000, said Smith. Haslam was president of the family-founded Pilot truck stop chain before he was elected Knoxville mayor in 2003. His rivals charged that that they could never match Haslam's personal wealth, and that he was trying to buy the election. Smith noted that the third quarter contributions bring Haslam's totals to $12.5 million from 10,500 outside donors since he joined the race in January 2009 — considerably more than any other candidate seeking to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. A spokesman for Democratic nominee Mike McWherter did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Sunday afternoon. McWherter, a Jackson beer distributor and son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, gave his bid $1 million this spring but managed to raise only $1.6 million from outside sources through the report filed before the primary. McWherter told the AP late last month that he was prepared to pour more of his own money into his campaign, though he didn’t say how much. “I’m committed to putting in whatever funds are necessary to be sure we can get our message out,” McWherter said at the time. The two-week early voting period for the Nov. 2 election begins on Wednesday.

“They’ve tried, but every time diversity is mentioned, all that anyone ever sees included are ethnic minorities and women. There are never any mentions of the LGBT community on campus. People need to understand that diversity is not just about race and gender.” Hurd said this leads to an atmosphere of isolation, which makes students feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. “Visibility matters,” Hurd said. “I always do my best to mention gay things and Lamba. I try

Neurosurgeon to share experiences deals with racism by his superiors at the hospital, where he worked and by some of his teachers in school. Carson’s grades were poor at an early age, and he grew to become The groundbreaking neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, will speak very ill-tempered. However, he changed his mannerisms and let nothing hinder him tonight as the highlight for this year’s Legends Lecture Series sponfrom improving. Race was another obstacle he sored by the Black Cultural Programming continuously had to rise above. Committee. Carson was the first doctor to sucAmber Ingram, senior in industrial engineercessfully complete a separation of conjoined ing and member of the Black Cultural twins at the head. Programming Committee, said Carson’s mothCorbin Carpenter, member of the Black er’s drive and strong will had a lot to do with Cultural Programming Committee and senior in him looking past those who scorned him for his political science, said it is important for all sturace. dents, especially minorities, to meet a figure like “His mom played a vital role in his success, Carson. because she supported him always, even when “Carson relates to minorities, because even he was defiant,” she said. “Carson had all odds though he is a successful doctor, he comes from a against him.” background that most minorities can identify And even with all odds against him, Carson with,” Carpenter said. “He was raised in poverBen Carson graduated from Yale and attendty and was headed down a troued medical school at the bled road.” University of Michigan. He then Carpenter said he considered It shows that if you work hard, you can began his residency at the prestiCarson a hero. gious John Hopkins Hospital, “For him to be the first to comachieve your dreams. He’s the first person to specializing in pediatrics in plete the (separation of conjoined Baltimore. twins) operation successfully, it His mother pushed him to aided and changed the views and successfully complete that operation. study hard, because she herself perceptions some Caucasians had had only received a third-grade on African-Americans,” he said. That No. 1 means something. education in school and knew Carson’s life story was made the first-hand struggles of an into a TNT film, entitled “Gifted – Sonya Carson, uneducated African-American. Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” on her son’s success Carson’s mother limited his starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as television time and required him Carson and Kimberly Elise as his mother. The movie displayed Carson’s hardships and bleak child- to read library books and write reports every week. “It shows if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams,” she hood. He has written four books including “Gifted Hands: The Ben said. “He’s the first person to successfully complete that operation. Carson Story,” “THINK BIG,” “The Big Picture” and “Take the That No. 1 means something.” The event will take place at the UC Auditorium at 7 p.m. A recepRisk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk.” The movie of Carson’s life depicts several moments where he tion will follow the program at the Black Cultural Center.

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Johnny Carson's trumpet man to visit UT “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late-night television for three decades. It was “The Tonight Show.” “Johnny” was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon, and the man behind the trumpet was Doc Severinsen, who will visit the UT School of Music Monday to talk about his career and play a couple of songs. “Trumpet Talk with Doc” begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a photograph and autograph session at 8:30 p.m. Attendees also will be able to test out S.E. Shires custom trumpets, the kind of instrument Severinsen plays. The evening also will feature special guest Vince DiMartino, one of the most sought-after trumpet performers and educators in the country. DiMartino, who is also a distinguished artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Ky., is an acquaintance of Severinsen and has been influenced by his work. Severinsen and “The Tonight Show” crew ruled the night air for 30 years until the show’s end in 1992. Within a week of the final telecast, “Doc Severinsen and His Big Band” was Ashley Bowen • The Daily Beacon on the road. The group includes other “The Tonight Show” musicians Ed Shaughnessy on UT students and community members line up outside the Square Room in Market drums, Ernie Watts on tenor sax and Snooky Square downtown to begin the KnoxVenture Race on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event, Young on trumpet. which benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, had racers explore downtown Knoxville businesses and famous locations throughout the day-long Volaware Street Fair to focus on mental scavenger hunt. health awareness UT will highlight mental health resources available to its campus community at the annual VolAware Street Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the UC Plaza. UT's VolAware program is a year-round mental health awareness, wellness and suicide-prevention campaign. Each fall, the VolAware Street Fair gives students and the community a chance to meet mental health professionals and learn about services on and off campus. Students also can take part in activities like mental health “Jeopardy!” and personal safety demonstrations from the UT Police Department and express their inner child by playing on large inflatable toys and

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finger-painting. Other events include: QPR Training: “Question, Persuade, Refer” suicide prevention training open to students, faculty, staff and the community; Career Session: “What Can I Do with a Major in the Helping Professions?”; Wellness/biofeedback training; and “Healthy Lives” art competition In addition, WUTK will be on hand for a remote broadcast from noon until 3 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the day's events, visit http://volaware.utk.edu/2010 Schedule.html. Students attending the fair will be given participation certificates that they can use for credit in certain classes. Those who participate in QPR suicide-prevention training and get signatures from visiting a set number of booths will be entered into a drawing for a $500 book loan from the UT Bookstore. UT names five presidential candidates to invite for interviews The University of Tennessee Presidential Search Committee selected five candidates to invite for the first round of visits and interviews next week. The visits, consisting of an open forum and several meetings with the Search Committee, Search Advisory Council and other University staff and officials, will be held Oct. 12-13 at UT. The list of candidates includes: Jerry Askew, senior vice president for external relations, Mercy Health Partners in Knoxville since 2001; former dean of students, associate vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs and assistant vice chancellor for development at UT Knoxville; an applicant in the previous presidential search; Joe DiPietro, chancellor, UT Institute of Agriculture since 2006; dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida from 1997 to 2006; also held administrative positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana; Craig Fitzhugh, chairman and CEO of the Bank of Ripley since 1992; has served in the State House of Representatives since 1994 and is chair of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee; earned his bachelor’s and law degrees at UT Knoxville; an applicant in the previous search; Robert McGrath, consultant for Battelle Memorial Institute on university partnerships, STEM education and Race to the Top initiatives since April; served as senior vice president for research at Ohio State University from 2004 to 2008; Brian Noland, chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission since 2006; former associate executive director at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; earned his doctorate in political science at UT Knoxville.


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‘Woyzeck’ rendition captivates audiences David Barnett Staff Writer “Woyzeck,” a beautiful and emotional play by Georg Büchner, will play at the Carousel Theatre until Oct. 24. The play follows the depressed, haunted and possibly delusional soldier, Franz Woyzeck, played by Jed Diamond. Woyzeck’s life is unraveling. He has a stable career as a ground soldier in the military, but his frightening delusions of aerial and land attacks make him uncontrollably paranoid. What’s more, Woyzeck has become the subject of study in a crazed doctor’s research on the relationship between objects and subjects. Woyzeck is put through a number of preposterous experiments, which quickly make him ill and increasingly separated from reality. His beautiful wife, Marie, played by Suzanne Ankrum, is the only person who can ground Woyzeck in reality, but she becomes contemptuous with her life with Woyzeck and their bastard child. Indeed, she has grown increasingly more fond and enamored by a young, macho drum major, played by Conrad Ricamora. The play is wonderfully cast and set. Diamond puts on a brilliant performance as Woyzeck and is certainly the star of the show. He convincingly expresses Woyzeck’s thoughts and emotions with physical gestures and tonal inflections and timing. One particular scene that exemplifies Diamond’s stellar performance comes when Woyzeck has just stumbled into a barroom full of • Photo courtesy Clarence Brown Theatre dancing couples. He witnesses his wife dancing Jed Diamond will star in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s presentation of Woyzeck happily with the drum major, and she yells, “Keep from Oct. 7 to Oct. 24. Based on a true story, the play explores the mental effects going,” as the drum major twirls her. of medical experiments and military service on a rank-and-file soldier in a small Suddenly, everyone freezes. Woyzeck, distraught, gives a disturbed and violent monologue. German town.

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His hands and face contort stiffly. His jealousy has consumed him. Ankrum is a fine fit for the role of Marie. She is beautiful, and she convincingly expresses her moral dilemma: Stay with Woyzeck and the baby and continue to be miserable or go to the drum major and be happy. She has a decent singing voice, but she truly shines when she is with Woyzeck and unable to understand him or his thoughts. Marie is unintentionally cold, and that coldness is striking. The set and lighting are perfect for this play. Very few props are used, making the setting appear barren and impoverished. In a similar fashion, the lighting is simple but artistically done. In one dramatic scene, Marie and Woyzeck stand at opposite ends of the stage. They are each cast in spotlights. The mood is tense and somber. The circus scene is perhaps the best example of the lighting effects. As the mood transitions from tense to jovial, the lights change from blue side lights to white overhead lights. Woyzeck and Marie visibly become happier. The entire atmosphere is changed with simple, yet artistic, lighting. The performers and set designers certainly help to make Woyzeck a great performance, but it doesn’t hurt that the play is also well written and translated. The play is rather complex. It is not about any one particular thing. Loneliness and jealousy are certainly some of its themes, but class struggle and morality are also major themes. Woyzeck, at one point, says, “Us simple people have no virtue. We’re driven by instinct … there must be something beautiful about virtue, but I’m just a poor man.” His words, visceral and insightful, are also poetic and provocative. “Woyzeck” is a beautiful, entertaining, emotional and a must-see play.


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Rising — Awareness of October as an awareness month In case you happened to look past the front page without regard, this month is national LGBT history month. It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, German-American Heritage Month, Polish-American Heritage Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, National Liver Awareness Month, National Mental Illness Awareness Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Halloween, Columbus Day, National Coming Out Day, Mother-in-Law Day and the most important of all, Reformation Day on Oct. 31. We at the Beacon are thrilled at our newfound awareness of all things related to October awareness but would like to stress the most important thing to be aware of — October is also the birth month of both the Editor-inChief and the Managing Editor. Rising — Volunteer turnovers Tennessee-Georgia usually has the makings of a primetime SEC matchup each and every season. This year, however, a pair of downtrodden teams met in Athens, Ga., on Saturday as losing squads for the first time ever. But only one team left the field as the victor in the clash of conference bottom-feeders, and that team wasn’t wearing orange. The main reason? You could point to Georgia redshirt freshman Aaron Murray’s impressive showing under center, or Bulldog wideout A.J. Green’s athleticism exhibited all over the UT secondary. But the true culprit of the day came in the form of Tennessee turnovers. Four of ‘em, in fact, for Derek Dooley’s first outing against his father’s old squad. Limiting turnovers was no cakewalk for UT, especially return man Eric Gordon, who coughed up two of his own during the game. Those jumping onto the Dooley bandwagon after the Vols nearly toppled No. 12 LSU in Baton Rouge, La., last week were left with a sour taste in their mouths after the 41-14 drubbing in Athens this past weekend. The Vols entered the game as a double-digit underdog — even against a 1-4 Bulldog team — but a 27-point smacking was hardly expected, especially with the supposed progress made by UT against the Bayou Bengals. One would expect the Vols to improve on turnovers after handing Georgia so many possessions on Saturday, but the improvement had better happen sooner rather than later. After an open date this week, Dooley’s Vols welcome Alabama to town on Oct. 23. Falling — Number of candidates for UT system president Pretty soon, ole Tennessee will finally have a system president — one without the “interim” tag attached to it. After fielding 71 applications for the position of UT system president, university administrators narrowed the list down to five potential candidates late last week after three rounds of cuts. All five candidates will visit campus this week for interviews with trustees, chancellors and other UT bigwigs. Within two weeks, the Presidential Search Committee will likely make its selection for UT’s next system leader. So who’s breathing the biggest sigh of relief during this process? Interim president Jan Simek, an anthropology professor who assumed the role after former president John Peterson vacated office, but who maintained his intentions to remain in the position on an “interim” basis. Kudos to Simek for his service during UT’s time of need. Rising — Possibility of a BCS head-explosion For the first time since longer than the author is willing to look up, teams named Alabama and Florida are not ranked in the top ranks of the Associated Press college football poll. In fact, the SEC isn’t clinching the top rank at all — some school whose mascot is also a type of nut is, believe it or not. Even worse, it’s a Big Ten school! The SEC doesn’t even appear until the No. 7 rank (Auburn, gross), with Alabama, LSU and South Carolina (Steve Spurrier, double ew) rounding out the top 10. So, here’s the thing. What if, in the next few weeks, somehow, impossibly, Ohio State and Oregon lose? Ohio State does have to play Wisconsin, after all. This means that there is a possibility, just a tiny one, that Boise State could gain enough votes to be No. 1 ... and if TCU keeps on keeping on, it could be No. 2. Statistically ... this means ... gasp ... that Boise State and TCU could face each other in the BCS National Championship?!?!?! For the sake of all humanity, go Buckeyes! THE DAILY BACON • Blake Tredway

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Columbus not deserving of national holiday No tes on A r t a n d L i te ra t u re by

Amien Essif As we observe this Columbus Day, let us all take time to remember that fateful year, 1492, when Christopher Columbus set foot on the North American continent for the first time, bringing with him European culture, goods, religion and customs. But let us also remember that no historical hero is without his flaws, and though it takes some close reading in the standard grade-school textbooks, there is no doubt that Columbus is no exception. So I’ve made an incomplete list of Columbus’ flaws for the sake of historical accuracy. First of all, Columbus didn’t know where he was in 1492. I once saw the film “The Magic Voyage” in a middle school history class, which depicted Columbus as the originator of the round-earth theory. And just as strangely, Columbus is considered, according to the public school American pride curriculum, to be the first great American hero, because, despite the danger of falling off the Earth’s edge, he trusted in science and his great American (I mean Italian) self-reliance and just went for it. Wrong. The guy was not as uniquely clever as we are taught to think. Educated people the world over had known the Earth was round for quite some time before Columbus, and though he may have been brave enough to try to sail around the sphere, he was also deluded enough to believe he had done so. Then, there is also the story of the chili pepper. Rumor has it, the spicy vegetable was named a “pepper” by Columbus on the hunch that it was related to black pepper to which Europe had previously been exposed. Well, it turns out that the only thing black pepper and chili peppers have in common is that they make your mouth hurt when you eat them — as if you couldn’t tell just by looking at them. So we call Native Americans “Indians” and chilis “peppers,” because Columbus wasn’t the sharpest

tool in the Old World. Okay, so it’s not fair to call Columbus dumb. But these misnomers help us to better understand Columbus’ real personality. Like so many other European explorers of the time, he thought he was of the only civilized people on Earth, that all the world was his playground and that he would go out for a while and then come home bearing treasures and knowledge from the new world. This illusion led not only to the mislabeling of vegetables, but also to genocide. Forget, if you will, that I used that loaded word “genocide” and consider the following passage, concerning the Arawak Indians, from Columbus’ journals, a passage that speaks for itself: “They willingly traded everything they owned ... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for when I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance ... They would make fine servants ... With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” — quoted from Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” And this is what the Europeans did. They enslaved the natives, took their land and installed their own civilization, which we enjoy today. Your new suburb was once some ancient hunting ground, where natives knew every curve of the land, and if that doesn’t jerk a tear, then I’m speaking to a tearless jerk. (What’s with the ad hominem attacks? It’s like I can’t be serious. Maybe there is just something about Columbus and the Native Americans that is so absolutely tragic we’ve turned the whole thing into a cartoon to ease the discomfort.) Guilt-tripping all through Columbus Day is not the solution, but white-washing history is a crime to civilization. If we understand why Germans don’t have Adolf Hitler Day and South Africans celebrate Nelson Mandela rather than the coming of the Dutch East India Company, then it’s not hard to understand that Columbus Day is hardly a time to rejoice. It is a subtle way of saying genocide is okay if it leads to great things like Western civilization — and some of us Americans won’t stand for that. —Amien Essif is a senior in English. He can be reached at aessif@utk.edu.

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The Tea Party movement, having evolved into a kind of en rouge conservative zeitgeist more than a group of people representing a set of ideals, seems to have swept aside the potential for any meaningful conservative dissent. The resonance with the voting base is simply too strong. Republicans know that they’ve got a good thing here; if anything, it is an effective unifier of the Republican rabble. As such, all conservative pundits, figureheads and personalities, from Rush Limbaugh to Karl Rove, have realized that not only is the Tea Party not worth openly questioning, but it is worth embracing. Rove happens to be perhaps the finest example of this phenomenon. Not long ago, he had been openly questioning the emergence of candidates like Christine O’Donnell, who had recently crawled out of the primordial Tea Party ooze, but after a public rebuttal from Palin, Rove has quickly switched his tone to that of optimism and enthusiasm. While the tone of the movement is admittedly overgeneralized, perhaps nothing is more to blame than the movement itself; the political emotion (practically an oxymoron) that gives the Tea Party its mass appeal and accessibility also gives it the appearance of being a negative, highly disorganized and directionless forum of arbitrary grievances. People becoming absolutely hysterical last year at “town hall” meetings designed to inform the public of the contents of the health care bill and claims of government “death panels” by movement officer Sarah Palin are all associated with the Tea Party’s abuse of free speech for the sake of conflict-based rabble rousing. The Tea Party is a nationwide emotional support group for the superficially politically involved, which has actually produced some high-profile candidates. While the movement is far more emotional than objectively issues based, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an exceptionally unified foundation at the heart of the vast majority of things that fall under the monolithic Tea Party umbrella. It’s all rather critical of the government. Anti-government sentiment is neither controversial nor new and neither is a resentful suspicion of our government’s most basic functions. The over-indulgence in emotional anti-government rhetoric, at the rate that it is portrayed in the media, is just kind of embarrassing.

Apparently real people are getting fed up with an unresponsive government and getting involved in something meaningful to promote the awareness of an unprecedented dysfunction (insert polarizing political issue here). While it’s probably too general to say that the Tea Party itself lacks appropriate historical perspective, emotional conflict-based rhetoric, a critical part of this movement, is characteristic of such a lack. Unfortunately, history is very susceptible to emotional, self-serving analysis, but for those of us who aren’t interested in politics for the stimulation of identity reinforcement, objectivity is hopefully not an unreachable ideal. The movement’s American Revolutionary name is a reference to taxation without representation, but we have that. What is constructive about such a careless exaggeration? Doubting the economic sustainability or effectiveness of Keynesian economics, the economic justification of stimulus money, is completely valid, but it shouldn’t result in a polarizing attack on Obama, when both parties are on board with it. For those philosophically opposed to socialism, universal health care should be given the benefit of a doubt, if only for the fact that you simply cannot get any more socialist than Medicare and Medicaid, which are completely funded by tax dollars; only seeing it as a worthless safety net or as a government mandate that is a slippery slope to other government mandates ignores the economic reality that we’re in and the government's integral role in the economy since the beginning. America has been bailing out business since George Washington ran out of money for a canal he was trying to build; his investors ran off, a testament to the impossibility of privately owned public infrastructure, so he appealed to the Virginia General Assembly, which happily funded the project. “Cost plus 30” ensured our involvement in WWII by guaranteeing the American auto industry 30 percent profits (an astounding amount) and covered costs if they converted their factories for the war effort; they certainly wouldn’t have done it on their own. The government has always been a sheep dog, herding American business in the direction of everyone’s interest. But that is a roundly ignored, even vilified reality. There’s nothing immediately wrong with getting mad at the government; it can be a healthy exercise in light of the oppressive status quos of only a few centuries ago. There is currently a bipartisan bill being pushed through Congress, which will give the government the ability to censor the Internet at will — certainly that brings up a valid debate about government power? Curious that we’ve heard nothing about it. —Wiley Robinson is an undecided sophomore. He can be reached at rrobin23@utk.edu.


Monday, October 11, 2010

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SPORTS

UT-Georgia rivalry harbors trend of one rebuilding, other winning

Matt Dixon Sports Editor The Tennessee-Georgia series added another chapter to the storied rivalry when Derek Dooley was named UT’s head coach in January. Tennessee’s first-year coach is the son of Vince Dooley, legendary coach of the Bulldogs. Vince Dooley coached at Georgia for 25 years and also served as the school’s athletic director from 1979 to 2004. Derek Dooley was born in Athens and served as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs in 1996, a year after graduating from Georgia’s law school. He was even greeted with a few cheers from the Bulldog faithful when he was introduced before Saturday’s game. Vince Dooley chose to stay at home for the game because he didn’t want his appearance to serve as a distraction. The game itself was a unique meeting in the series, which dates back to 1899, when Tennessee defeated Georgia 5-0 in Knoxville. It marked the first time since 1906 that both teams entered the game sporting losing records. Despite the loss on Saturday, UT still leads the overall series 21-17-2. Since 1964, the year Vince Dooley was named the head coach of the Bulldogs and Doug Dickey was named head coach of the Vols, Tennessee has had 14 10-win seasons compared to Georgia’s 15. However, in only five of those years — 1971, 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2007 — have both schools boasted 10-win seasons. While that doesn't seem too striking, the trend is an interesting one. It seems that each school has had its greatest success while the other is rebuilding. The two border-state schools go head-to-head each year in recruiting. Former Vol greats Jamal Lewis, Deon Grant and Cosey Coleman are all Georgia natives who helped the Vols win the 1998 national championship. Safety Eric Berry, one of the greatest defensive players in UT history, is also from the Peach State. From 1967 to 1972, Tennessee won at least nine games, including the SEC title in 1967, in all but one of those seasons, while Georgia only won more than eight games in one of those years. Georgia reeled off four 10-win seasons from 1980 to 1983, including the 1980 national championship and three SEC titles, while UT won less than nine games in three of those four years. It was in the 1980 UT-UGA match-up that a freshman running back named Herschel Walker ran over the Vols, literally, and burst onto the college football scene before later winning the Heisman Trophy in 1982. Current Georgia coach Mark Richt earned his first signature win in 2001 in the now-(in)famous “Hobnailed Boot” game, where the Dawgs scored a touchdown in the game’s final seconds to upset the Vols in Neyland Stadium. Despite his success, Richt was beginning to feel heat about his job security heading into the season. After a 1-4 start, Richt needs some more games like Saturday’s in order to return next season. If Georgia decides to make a change, Tennessee looks like the team that would benefit the most from a coaching change in Athens, if history is any indication.

Buckeyes top poll with Bama loss Associated Press Hit the reset button on the college football season. There’s a new No. 1 team in Ohio State and uncertainty at the top of the rankings for the first time all season, after Alabama’s 19-game winning streak ended at South Carolina. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last four national championships, has some catching up to do in the 2010 title chase. The Buckeyes and No. 2 Oregon have a couple of BCS busters in No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU on their tails. And for the first time in about a decade, Nebraska is a legitimate national championship contender. The Buckeyes moved up one spot in The Associated Press poll after preseason No. 1 Alabama lost for the first time since the 2009 Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide fell 35-21 on Saturday. Auburn is the highest ranked SEC team at No. 7. An SEC team, either Florida or Alabama, had held the top spot in the last 29 AP polls, dating to Nov. 2, 2008. The last time the highest ranked SEC team was this far away from No. 1 was Oct. 22, 2006, when Auburn was ranked seventh. The Crimson Tide slipped to No. 8 — and second in the state — while LSU was No. 9 and South Carolina moved up nine spots to 10th after the program's first win against a top-ranked team. The last time Ohio State was No. 1 was the final regular-season poll of 2007. That season ended with LSU beating the Buckeyes in the BCS championship game to become the first national title winner with two losses. That type of mayhem is a long

way away, but the potential for BCS controversy is high, unlike last season, when Florida, Alabama and Texas moved into the top three spots in late September and didn’t budge until the SEC title game. “You take a look at the top 10 week to week and the precarious nature of any ranking is obvious — just review the change in the makeup of the Top 10 between the beginning of the season until now,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Sunday in a statement. Four teams that started the season ranked in the top 10 have fallen out, including Texas and Virginia Tech, which are gone all together. Florida is down to No. 22 after losing its second straight game. The Gators fell 33-29 to LSU and have their worst showing in the poll since they were unranked to end the 2004 season, Ron Zook’s last as Florida coach. There are eight undefeated teams in the top 10 and five more lurking outside of it, starting with No. 11 Utah. Arkansas is No. 12 with unbeaten Michigan State at No. 13. Stanford and Iowa round out the top 15. Florida State jumped seven spots to No. 16 with a 45-17 victory at Miami that knocked the Hurricanes out of the rankings. No. 17 Arizona is followed by Wisconsin, then comes three more unbeaten teams: No. 19 Nevada, No. 20 Oklahoma State and No. 21 Missouri. The most undefeated teams there could be at the end of this season is seven. There are four unbeatens in the Big 12, but that will eventually sort itself out and leave no more than one. Oklahoma and Nebraska don't play in the regular season but could meet in the Big 12 title game.

Auburn and LSU are the remaining unbeatens in the SEC. The two Tigers play Oct. 23 in Auburn, Ala., and both still have to play Alabama and Arkansas just to get out of the SEC West. If Auburn and LSU keep winning, the strength of the SEC could push them past the teams in front of them and into the thick of the national title mix. But it’s just as likely the SEC will not produce an undefeated champion and be shut out of the BCS championship game for the first time since the 2005 season, when Texas and USC played for the title. Of course, if there are no undefeated teams, you can bet an SEC team will be near the top of the pile of one-loss squads. That’s what defending national champion Alabama is hoping for now. Oregon is the only unbeaten Pac-10 team but running through that tough league unbeaten will be a serious challenge. The Ducks still have to play Oregon State, Arizona and USC. From the Big Ten comes this possible wrinkle: Ohio State and Michigan State don't play each other this season. The Buckeyes play at Wisconsin next week and at Iowa on Nov. 20. Michigan State’s toughest remaining test looks like a game at Iowa on Oct. 30. The first BCS standing of the season are due out next Sunday. It uses the coaches’ poll, Harris poll and computer rankings to order the teams. The latest coaches’ poll had the same top five as the AP, except Nebraska was No. 4 and TCU was No. 5. The first Harris poll was the same 1-9 as the AP Top 25. Somehow the second half of the season needs to whittle this race down to two teams. Don't count on it being a tidy ending.

—Matt Dixon is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at mdixon3@utk.edu.

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THESPORTSPAGE

Monday, October 11, 2010

Costly mistakes cripple Vols against Georgia Matt Dixon

Sports Editor There was very little doubt about the game’s outcome Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga. Unlike last week, Tennessee players and fans never thought the Vols had defeated Georgia in front of a Sanford Stadium crowd of 92,476, as the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2 SEC) jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and cruised to a 41-14 victory over the Volunteers (2-4, 0-3 SEC). “We ran into a motivated, good football team,” first-year UT coach Derek Dooley said, “and early in the game, I don’t care who you play, when you spit the ball out four times in your territory in the first half, we can’t play anybody and expect to hang in there, especially a team that played the way Georgia played. “So give them a lot of credit for how they played. I thought we got affected in the game, being on the road. We didn’t keep our composure very well when things went wrong, and the result was we got ran out of the stadium.” The Vols turned the ball over three times in the first half and gave the Dawgs a short field to work with for much of the afternoon. Vols quarterback Matt Simms was intercepted during the team’s second drive of the game, and cornerback Eric Gordon fumbled a kickoff and a punt in the first half to add to Georgia’s momentum and keep the Vols from ever taking a lively crowd out of the game. “They out-executed us today,” Simms said. “These were two teams that obviously wanted to win. Perhaps we were too focused on winning and lost sight of what it takes to win.” Simms finished 9-of-13 for 179 with a touchdown and an interception before being replaced by freshman Tyler Bray in the fourth quarter. Simms connected with freshman receiver Justin Hunter early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 17-7. For the game, Hunter had four receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown. Hunter saw an increased role in Saturday’s game for the Vols, especially in three wide receiver sets. “(The game) kind of fell away from us in the

• Photo courtesy Kathy Gloer, UGA Sports Information

Georgia receiver A.J. Green stretches to make a catch after beating UT defensive back Janzen Jackson on Saturday, Oct. 9. Green had 96 yards on the day, as well a touchdown, as the Bulldogs won in dominating fashion 41-14.

beginning,” Hunter said. “It’s real sad how we played. We just have to regroup. I think my confidence has been building up higher and higher every week with me getting a lot more touches and a lot more (playing) time.” Georgia led 27-7 at the half and took the opening possession of the third quarter 64 yards in seven plays for a touchdown, when Dawgs quarterback Aaron Murray scrambled five yards for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Murray, a redshirt freshman with seemingly plenty of time to throw from the pocket all day, finished 17-of-25 for 266 yards and two touchdowns, adding 41 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. Murray’s favorite target was star receiver A.J. Green. The junior hauled in six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown, despite being doubleteamed on many plays. Senior middle linebacker Nick Reveiz believed the game was a big test for the Vols, and the outcome was not what he or the rest of the players and coaches were hoping for heading into the team’s bye week. “I felt like this was a big turning point for our team, and we didn’t pass the test today,” Reveiz said. “Again, we have another great opponent coming in with Alabama two weeks from now, so we just have to move on.” Even with depth and talent being an obvious issue for the Vols, Dooley refused to blame his roster’s shortcomings for the way the Vols played Saturday. “I’m not sure that’s growing pains,” Dooley said. “We just aren’t very good … We just aren’t very good right now, and therefore, if we don’t play a clean game, meaning no turnovers, no dumb penalties (and) meaning making them earn it, that’s what happened. That’s what happened the second half (against) Oregon, not playing a clean game.” For the Vols, the team will have two weeks to regroup and find a way to play a clean game against Alabama, when Dooley’s former mentor, Nick Saban, leads the Crimson Tide into Neyland Stadium on Oct. 23.

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