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Speakers debate same-sex marriage in UC Despite different beliefs, debaters encourage students to respect each others’ views Jamie Greig Staff Writer On Monday night two speakers, with different views on same-sex marriage, urged students to be open to other people’s opinions. Maggie Gallagher, a national spokesperson against same-sex marriage, said, “If we are going to change a historical social institution, then we need to be pretty confident that the debate takes in as many views as possible before any conclusions are formed.” Gallagher, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy president, was joined on stage by John Corvino, Wayne State University philosophy professor and pro-same-sex marriage activist. Both speakers enforced the idea that people should be respectful of each argument presented in the same-sex marriage debate. “Serious public issues require civil public debate,” Corvino said. They spoke in front of more than 150 students and members of the public in the UC auditorium in a debate organized by the Issues Committee. Corvino was first to present his views, announcing that he had five main points that outlined his argument. “Giving same sex marriage to gay people does not take it away from straight people,” Corvino said. He added that marriage should be seen as a beautiful part of human experience. It bonds people together through a wonderful union that should be able to be experienced by everyone, including gay people. This union also brings with it legal rights such as insurance, residency and the laws surrounding separation. Corvino then noted that marriage is good for society, creating security and safety in communities as well as in households. “Happy, stable couples make happy, stable neighborhoods,” Corvino said. He also noted that this stability provides children with security as well as rights. His final argument stemmed from the idea that giving marriage to same-sex couples would have an adverse effect on other
to know what marriage is,” Gallagher said. Gallagher explained that there are not many human universals and sociologically there is a reason behind this. “Males and females produce babies; this is a necessary requirement for human existence,” Gallagher said. “Therefore these babies ought to have a mother and a father.” Gallagher argued that the sanctity of marriage protects this union and without this mothers and fathers will be more likely to neglect their duty to the child. “When the government changes the definition of marriage, then the definition will change for everyone in society,” Gallagher said. Gallagher finished her talk by explaining that if the definition of marriage is changed then the view that marriage is designed to allow males and females to have children will no longer be the historical model that is followed. “Each of us has the right to live as we choose, but none of us have the right to redefine marriage,” Gallagher said. After the speakers presented their views they discussed the role of same-sex marriage affecting adoptions. The audience was then given the opportunity to ask each speaker questions. These involved topics such as state Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon involvement in the issue, taxation being Maggie Gallagher and John Corvino speak during a Gay Marriage debate in the UC spent on anti-same-sex religious groups as auditorium on Oct.10. The debate’s goal was to increase student awareness on the well as the traditional Western view of subject and to encourage students to be open to other opinions. marriage. “I thought it was really accessible to all edged the existence of homosexuality and social issues. Corvino presented the view that same- that gays should be respected and should people,” Lisa Dicker, sophomore in political science and Issues Committee member, sex marriage should not affect what the not fear society. “I think about people as citizens, neigh- said. “The only thing I was unhappy with church or straight couples do, lend strength was the disproportional audience represento the argument presented by polygamists bors and my friends,” Gallagher said. or take children away from heterosexual She went on to explain that marriage is a tation. I thought it would have been better if couples. virtually universal human system that has a we had drawn more people who only sup“Same-sex marriage does not take chil- cross-cultural shape representing the union ported heterosexual marriage.” Trevor Gregory, sophomore in chemistry, dren away from loving heterosexual couples of husband and wife. asked the speakers about state representawho want them,” Corvino said. Gallagher argued that the sanctity of that tion. Gallagher started her half of the debate union is threatened when the definition of “They brought up some good points,” by asking audience members to raise their marriage is changed. Gregory said. “I don’t really agree with her hands to show whether they were anti- or This union produces rights and responsithat gay people shouldn’t be allowed to get pro-same-sex marriage. bilities mainly towards children that create married, and I can see her point about adopOnly five people raised their hand in sup- cultural and public norms. tion, but I feel it’s unfair on gay people as port of the anti-same-sex argument. “If we want to discourage divorce, adulwell.” Gallagher explained that she acknowl- tery and the protection of children we need
Habitat gives students options to help Deborah Ince Staff Writer Students at UT are becoming increasingly more involved in volunteer opportunities, especially in the university’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. Last month, 10 UT Habitat for Humanity members volunteered their time at Beardsley Farms, weeding and mulching one of the farm’s main flower and plant gardens. Volunteers participated with the Habitat Urban Gardens (HUG) program — an offshoot of Habitat for Humanity. Dave Craig, who created HUG eight years ago, said establishing the program was “a divine call.” The HUG program assists homeowners in the landscape upkeep of their new homes, educating them on the laws of landscape while also collaborating with them on plant selection, lawn tool use and gardening tips. “It’s the first program of its kind in the nation, and it’s been very successful,” Harry Tucker, a caretaker of Beardsley Farms, said. Because HUG does not receive Habitat’s direct funding, the program relies on plant donations from gardeners and nurseries in order to maintain its nurseries and to continue raising plants for Habitat for Humanity use. Beardsley Farms is a large nursery that nurtures the donated plants HUG receives until they are needed by Habitat homes. The sectin contains four main garden and stretches over roughly one acre of land. It is located across from the Knoxville News Sentinel. “We always need volunteers,” nursery manager Becky Fairchild said. Fairchild said that HUG has been fortunate enough to receive volunteers from at least one UT organization each year and that they program is “very blessed to have UT Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon students.” Holly Harris, sophomore in architecture, leaves a note for Lady Vols Basketball If UT students would like to volunteer head coach Pat Summitt on a billboard before the Lady Vols Soccer game against with the HUG organization, they can go to South Carolina on Sept. 23. Fans were able to give a donation to sign the billboard the Habitat for Humanity of Knoxville webfor Summitt, who was recently diagnosed with early onset dementia. site, click on the “Volunteer” tab, and choose
Habitat Urban Gardens. The page offers information on how individuals can become more involved in the program and where and when they can volunteer their time. There are no restrictions on the amount of time an individual must volunteer, and individuals can choose to volunteer anywhere they like, whether it be with landscaping, gardening or any other of HUG’s activities. “We also need a web designer to help us get more publicity,” Craig said. Anything UT students can do to help the program would be greatly appreciated by the developing program, according to organizers. “We need volunteers really bad,” Fairchild said. The program also offers classes taught by master gardeners in which they teach planting techniques and engage homeowners in hands-on lessons and activities. One of HUG’s upcoming classes focuses on being “yard proud,” and will educate homeowners on certain yard laws and on lawn tool use. The Master Gardener Program, of which HUG’s managers are a part, currently has classes taught by trained volunteers in several other Tennessee counties. At UT, the program is offered through the Extension office and aims to provide benificial horticulture information to the community so as to continue its overall improvement. Though primarily based in Knoxville, HUG is trying to expand to other counties in Tennessee, but the only way it can do that is with the support of more volunteers. The HUG managers at Beardsley Farms said they greatly appreciate the work done by the UT students who volunteered at the garden and look forward to receiving their help in the future. “Our president, David, said (Habitat) was dying at UT,” Athena Strasel, senior in global studies and a member of UT’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, said. “I wanted to help bring it back. I think it’s a really good organization.”
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Tamra Hunt, fine arts graduate student, looks over pieces in the INVISIBLE INK: The Art of Black Independent Comix exhibit in the Reading Room of Art and Architecture. The exhibit was currated by John Jennings who held a lecture and workshop last week.
1492 — Columbus reaches the New World After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. Little is known of his early life, but he worked as a seaman and then a maritime entrepreneur. He became obsessed with the possibility of pioneering a western sea route to Cathay (China), India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia. At the time, Europeans knew no direct sea route to southern Asia, and the route via Egypt and the Red Sea was closed to Europeans by the Ottoman Empire, as were many land routes. Contrary to popular legend, educated Europeans of Columbus’ day did believe that the world was round, as argued by St. Isidore in the seventh century. However, Columbus, and most others, underestimated the world’s size, calculating that East Asia must lie approximately where North America sits on the globe (they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed). With only the Atlantic Ocean, he thought, lying between Europe and the riches of the East Indies, Columbus met with King John II of Portugal and tried to persuade him to back his “Enterprise of the Indies,” as he called his plan. He was rebuffed and went to Spain, where he was also rejected at least twice by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. However, after the Spanish conquest of the Moorish kingdom of Granada in January 1492, the Spanish monarchs, flush with victory, agreed to support his voyage. On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three small ships, the Santa Maria, the
Pinta, and the Nina. On October 12, the expedition reached land, probably Watling Island in the Bahamas. Later that month, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China, and in December the expedition landed on Hispaniola, which Columbus thought might be Japan. He established a small colony there with 39 of his men. The explorer returned to Spain with gold, spices, and “Indian” captives in March 1493 and was received with the highest honors by the Spanish court. He was the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland in the 10th century. During his lifetime, Columbus led a total of four expeditions to the New World, discovering various Caribbean islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South and Central American mainlands, but he never accomplished his original goal — a western ocean route to the great cities of Asia. Columbus died in Spain in 1506 without realizing the great scope of what he did achieve: He had discovered for Europe the New World, whose riches over the next century would help make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. 1810 — The origin of Oktoberfest Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von SachsenHildburghausen. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates. These famous public fields were named Theresienwiese — “Therese’s fields” — in honor of the crown princess; although locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n.” Horse races in the presence of the royal family concluded the popular event, celebrated in varying forms all across Bavaria. The decision to repeat the festivities and the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the annual Oktoberfest, which now begins in late September and lasts until the first Sunday in October. Alcohol consumption is an important part of the modern festival, and more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed annually at Oktoberfest. 1870 — Confederate leader Robert E. Lee dies General Robert Edward Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, dies peacefully at his home in Lexington, Virginia. He was 63 years old. Lee was born to Henry Lee and Ann Carter Lee at Stratford Hall, Virginia, in 1807. His father served in the American Revolution under George Washington and was later a governor of Virginia. Robert Lee attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated second in his class in 1829. He did not earn a single demerit during his four years at the academy. Afterward, Lee embarked on a military career, eventually fighting in the Mexican War (1846-48) and later serving as the superintendent of West Point. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Lee sided with the Confederacy and spent the first year of the war as an advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia when Joseph Johnston was wounded in battle in May 1862. Over the next three years, Lee earned a reputation for his brilliant tactics and battlefield leadership. However, his invasions of the North, at Antietam in Maryland and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, ended in defeat. After Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in 1865, he returned to Richmond, Virginia, and an uncertain future. With his military career over, he accepted the presidency of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Under his leadership, the struggling institution’s enrollment increased from a few dozen to more than 300 students. He contributed to faculty stability, revamped the curriculum, and improved the physical condition of the campus. He also became a symbol of the defeated South, a dignified and stoic figure who was lionized by North and South alike. Lee suffered a stroke on September 28, 1870, and lingered for two weeks before passing. The school changed its name to Washington and Lee College soon after he died. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
CORRECTION In the Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 issue of The Daily Beacon, the article “SPEAK commences Sustainability Week” wrongly attributed the date for the light bulb exchange as Oct. 12. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Daily Beacon regrets this error.
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NYPD college invasion raises fears The Associated Press
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Micaha Hanson, junior in biological sciences, tastes the difference between bottled water and tap water at the SPEAK water tasting on the Pedestrian Mall on Oct. 11. Wednesday, the first 600 students will recieve a free reusable mug that can be used for the 99-cent coffee or soda at Volunteer Dining locations. SPEAK will be on the Pedestrian Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Romney faces opposition from party The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — They’re coming to what is essentially his home turf — and they are ready to challenge Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney on the economy, the central issue to the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign. And don’t expect Romney’s rivals to stop at the economy when criticizing him during Tuesday night’s debate at Dartmouth College. With time running out before the first votes are cast in the GOP nominating process, the race is quickly becoming a scattershot effort to deny Romney the nomination by any means necessary. “Even the richest man can’t buy back his past,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign said in a web video that describes Romney as the inspiration for President Barack Obama’s national health care overhaul. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota urged conservative voters not to support a candidate who isn’t one of them. “It’s not good enough to settle for anyone but Barack Obama,” she said while campaigning in New Hampshire on Monday. Even lower-profile rivals tried to knock Romney off his game. “Simply advocating more ships, more troops and more weapons is not a viable path forward,” former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said in a foreign policy speech that was a direct rebuttal to Romney’s a week earlier. Romney’s rivals readied criticism on health care policy, cultural issues and environmental positions. Even with a focus on the economy and voters most concerned about 9.1 percent unemployment, there was scant chance Romney would be able to dodge questions about his overall record. “For some people in campaigns their process is one of obfuscation and bewilderment,” Romney said Monday when he visited a VFW hall. “You’re going to find in a campaign like this people running against me who will take what I
said and try to say something else. There’s an ad out there today that does that,” he said, referencing Perry’s ad, which interspersed images of Romney and Obama talking about health care. Both Perry and Bachmann have tried to pitch themselves as an alternative to Romney, who as Massachusetts governor signed into law a health care mandate that conservatives loathe. However, those candidates also stumbled in their early attempts: Perry flubbed a practiced criticism during his last debate, and Bachmann struggled to maintain her fast rise in popularity and gain traction for her message casting Romney as a moderate who can’t be trusted. Such criticism has not broken Romney’s pace. Nothing, to this point, has sparked an exodus among his supporters. While New Hampshire has yet to schedule its primary, it is likely to come before mid-January. That means there are fewer than 100 days for the newcomers to make inroads in a state where Romney is well known, owns a vacation home and won a second-place finish in his 2008 presidential bid. Yet, his rivals note, Romney hasn’t faced steady, nasty attacks
here on television. His chief opponent four years ago, Sen. John McCain, didn’t have the campaign cash to buy the commercials. That is not the case now. Perry is sitting on $15 million. Bachmann has yet to report her fundraising, but previous campaigns show she is a prodigious fundraiser who isn’t shy about spending. And Huntsman, who has made New Hampshire his make-or-break state, has a personal fortune he could tap; his allies have established an independent organization that could run anti-Romney ads. Perry’s campaign signaled that its anti-Romney ads were almost certain to start soon. At the ready is a strong defense of Romney, emphasizing his record as a business executive whose campaign has been based almost exclusively on the economy. Since coming up short four years ago, he and his advisers have laid the extensive groundwork to respond quickly with a message tailored to the economic uncertainty. If the decision of voters comes down to the economy, Romney is ready to highlight his accomplishments — and his rivals’ shortcomings.
NEW YORK— With its whitewashed bell tower, groomed lawns and Georgian-style buildings, Brooklyn College looks like a slice of Colonial Virginia dropped into modern-day New York City. But for years New York police have feared this bucolic setting might hide a sinister secret: the beginnings of a Muslim terrorist cell. Investigators have been infiltrating Muslim student groups at Brooklyn College and other schools in the city, monitoring their Internet activity and placing undercover agents in their ranks, police documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Legal experts say the operation may have broken a 19-year-old pact with the colleges and violated U.S. privacy laws, jeopardizing millions of dollars in federal research money and student aid. The infiltration was part of a secret NYPD intelligence-gathering effort that put entire Muslim communities under scrutiny. Police photographed restaurants and grocery stores that cater to Muslims and built databases showing where people shopped, got their hair cut and prayed. The AP reported on the secret campaign in a series of stories beginning in August. The majority of Islamic terrorism cases involve young men, and infiltrating student groups gave police access to that demographic. Alarmed professors and students, however, say it smacks of the FBI spying conducted on college campuses in the 1960s. They are calling on college administrators to investigate. “It’s really about personal freedom,” said Moustafa Bayoumi, an English professor at Brooklyn College. “The government, through the police department, is working privately to destroy the private lives of Muslim citizens.” Last week, professors at the City University of New York’s Law School issued a statement warning that the spying at CUNY campuses may have violated civil rights laws. The Brooklyn College Faculty Council has passed a similar measure. Outside a prayer room used by their club on the edge of the Brooklyn College campus, members of the college’s Islamic Society worried they might be marked for life — flagged on a terrorism watch list or blacklisted in a police dossier — because of the surveillance. “We come to the room, we talk, we chill,” said Shirin Akter, 20, an elementary education major. “So if another sister comes into the room and she’s a cop, that’s not cool. I’m really scared about this.” Following revelations about widespread spying, the New York City Council demanded answers Thursday from Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who defended the department he has transformed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He said police only follow leads and do not single out groups based on religion. “The value we place on privacy rights and other constitutional protections is part of what motivates the work of counterterrorism,” he said. “It would be counterproductive in the extreme if we violated those freedoms in the course of our work to defend New York.” The NYPD’s intelligence division first turned its attention to colleges after receiving sketchy information that a student wanted to be a “martyr,” according to a law enforcement official familiar with the program who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to dis-
cuss the program. But police never found this person and did not bring cases charging Muslim student groups with training terrorists, the official said. In their surveillance, undercover officers from the department’s Special Services Unit attended events organized by Muslim students, the official said, as did members of the NYPD’s Demographics Unit, a secret squad that used plainclothes officers of Arab descent to monitor neighborhoods and events. The NYPD’s Cyber Intelligence Unit used speakers of Arabic, Persian and other languages to monitor the websites of Muslim student organizations. They trolled chat rooms and talked to students online, the official said. By 2006, police had identified 31 Muslim student associations and labeled seven of them “MSAs of concern,” the documents show. Six were at branches of the City University of New York: Brooklyn College, Baruch College, City College, Hunter College, La Guardia Community College and Queens College. The other was at St. John’s University, a Catholic college in the borough of Queens. Members of the Brooklyn College Islamic Society said their association is typical of the groups. The club occupies two prayer rooms, one for men and one for women, off a student lounge on the western edge of campus. The American Medical Students Association is next door; the Veteran Students Organization is at the end of the lounge. On a recent afternoon, society members made their way past students playing board games in the lounge. Hip-hop music by Flo Rida and T-Pain blared from the office of another student club. The Muslim students entered the prayer room for men, knelt on a patch of carpet and recited quietly, occasionally touching their heads to the floor in unison. A bumper sticker on the door of the women’s room read: “Discover Jesus in the Quran.” A table held tracts with titles like “Women’s Dress in Islam” and “Samples from the Illustrious Qur’an.” A bulletin board offered free Arabic classes. Nazim Hussain, 21, a senior accounting major, said the club offers a quiet place to worship on the busy campus, as well as a social outlet. “It’s just a brotherhood, nothing extreme, nothing like that,” he said. “We just do football, basketball, stuff like that.” The documents show police were interested in guest speakers and any signs of Salafism, a strain of fundamentalist Islam. The groups at Baruch and Brooklyn College’s featured “regular Salafi speakers” and the one at City College had a “Salafi website,” the documents said. “Students are politically active and are radicalizing,” agents said of the Baruch Muslim Student Association. The group declined to make immediate comment. Mohammad Shamsi Ali, an associate cleric at the Islamic Center of New York, said some student groups have been known to invite speakers to campus without vetting them first. “Some MSA groups in some colleges are being influenced by Salafi tendencies because many of these students, they don’t know who the speakers are,” Shamsi Ali said. “They invite them to speak in the college, and they influence them. They influence the minds of the students.”
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Editor’sNote Jobs scarce, EU on brink of crisis Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief The global economic forecast remains disturbing, and September unemployment numbers indicate that the American labor market is still only limping along. With growing concerns surrounding Europe’s debt futures, the labor market could soon be the least of America’s worries. Around 100,000 jobs were added to the American economy in September, according to the Wall Street Journal. This number, while seemingly abysmal, does show an improvement over August estimates pegged at 57,000. To put these numbers in perspective, employers generally must add 125,000 jobs on a monthly basis to keep pace with the growing population. Right now America’s labor market is, at best, anemic. The unemployment rate has been locked at 9.1 percent for the last three months, and the White House is using the lackluster number to promote passage of the president’s jobs bill. A representative from the Council of Economic Advisors called the figure “unacceptably high,” while politicians scramble for ideas to reinvigorate the job market. Across the pond, the European Union has bigger issues. The euro has been slowly losing traction, as mainstream banking institutions leerily eye Spanish, Greek and Italian debt. Euro-zone government bonds have been called into question, and American money markets are growing increasingly skeptical of the Europeans. Banks on the continent are being forced to liquidate dollar assets to keep pace with liabilities, and are casting off euro assets at an alarming rate to cut risk. They simply no longer possess the capital to be highly leveraged. Needless to say, none of these developments spur lending. Jean-Claude Trichet, ECB
president, is anything but optimistic about the current situation. In a recent address to a European Parliament committee, his comments foreshadowed coming woes. “The high interconnectedness in the EU financial system has led to a rapidly rising risk of significant contagion,” Trichet said. “It threatens financial stability in the EU as a whole and adversely impacts the real economy in Europe and beyond.” The official ECB stance toward expanded lending and government bond purchases has chilled. Trichet also indicated that he would not support any bailout measure funded by the ECB, but any contingency plan to protect European financial markets will be largely ineffective without central bank support. The ECB’s attitude is doing little to instill confidence in investors, whose resources could be the EU’s last hope. If Europe’s problems are left unchecked, another debt crisis could go viral. In the face of such an onslaught, the president’s jobs plan would have little chance of success (provided it could ever make it through Congress). Even with the recent push away from risky euro assets, the fate of America is still solidly intertwined with the EU. Politicians can debate back and forth over the merits of the president’s proposal, but in the end globalization may have the last laugh. The West has steadily profited from economic integration over the course of the last several decades. If certainty fails to return to Europe, America will incur serious losses right along with the EU. This entire situation puts the U.S. between a rock and a hard place. If further attempts are made to liquidate European assets, the situation will only escalate. The region is already starved for dollars, and the U.S.’s only real choice right now is to stand by Europe and hope for the best. Hey, they’ve still got Germany. — Blair Kuykendall is a junior in the College Scholars Program. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Settle in for another autumn Ac orns and Other Seeds by
Anna-Lise Burnette At the end of September, I found myself already fantasizing about the time when I could finally write a column that mentioned “October in the Chair.” It is one of my favorite Neil Gaiman stories out of “Fragile Things,” and when I think of it I can almost feel the glow of autumn firelight. As the months gather around, October weaves a simple ghost story, short and bittersweet. By the time the story is over my bones are aching for my favorite season’s 60degree weather and apple cider promises. But you can’t just pick up “October in the Chair” at any time of year. In order to experience the full effect of it you must wait until the first few leaves have started to turn and you’ve worn a sweater at least twice. (I realize that in East Tennessee it can quickly go from one season to another and just as quickly back again, so you’ll have to forgive me if this advice seems seasonally displaced.) Without a fall that you can experience, it’s about as good as singing Christmas carols in June — a little bit silly, and obviously premature. I’ve found that almost all things related to this dusky season are best worth waiting for. A few of these that come to mind: cinnamon brooms, peppermint syrup at Starbucks, beef stew, pumpkin carving, scarves. Despite the fact that I do occasionally find myself craving a touch of fall in the warmer months, usually I am able to let the feeling pass. After all, what’s autumn without the traditions? One of my favorite early October traditions is dreaming up potential Halloween costumes (with this year being no exception: for the past couple of weeks I’ve thought about Halloween costumes at least twice a day, every day). Most of my ideas
are pretty silly, and involve a lot more effort and time than I’m willing to devote to an outfit that I’ll only wear once, but I’m willing to entertain any truly terrific ideas. Does it make me feel like a little kid to place “costume” so high on my to-do list? Sure. Even though I’m on the lookout year-round, being only 19 days away lends urgency to my search, and so for the next two weeks I will be just as fervently seeking my best-ever costume yet. I have every confidence that it will come to me — it’s just another piece of autumn you have to wait for. For me, these things are fall. There are other, less pleasant things that remind me of fall — such as the closed parking lots, blaring audible garbage and staggering fans that are all hallmarks of a home game Saturday — but none of those constitute fall. What makes the season so grand and so distinct are the things you look forward to, like mosquito-free hikes in the mountains and sidewalks dotted with oh-so-crunchy leaves. It is the combination of things anticipated and things realized that makes you, perhaps today, turn your head to the left and right in order to take in all the fall around you. As you glance up into the trees you’ll notice spots of yellow and brown and maybe a little orange, just visible through the green. When you walk into class you’ll see that half the girls are wearing that curious combination of shorts and a sweatshirt, perfect for our unpredictable weather and temperamental campus A/C. If you pay attention to this sort of thing, you’ll notice that more and more people are walking around carrying coffee cups; if you stand really close, you can see the tiny clouds of steam. Only the doggedly oblivious will persist in thinking we live in endless summer — and although I do believe that “it takes all kinds,” I think we all should pause and take in a deep breath of October. It’s what Ray Bradbury would want us to do. — Anna-Lise Burnette is a senior in interdisciplinary studies. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I need to check my Facebook.” We hear and/or say that way too much. Facebook certainly has its benefits. When used in the right way and for the right reasons, Facebook can serve a purpose that is truly helpful. It can, however, be hurtful, dangerous and just plain stupid. Some people use it for simple, harmless reasons: to keep up with friends and family out of state and hear about community events. All too often, however, people use Facebook in pointless ways that can be dangerous. The first issue that comes up is the subject of friends — specifically how many someone has. It is considered cool to have hundreds (or even thousands) of friends. Well, sorry, but that really isn’t cool, it’s stupid. People who have hundreds of friends cannot possibly really know all those people. It’s basically an online popularity contest that has incorrect scoring and dangerous implications. Why would anyone want to have 976 people able to look in and read their life stories? That’s the second issue: life stories. A relationship is considered official when the boyfriend and girlfriend change their relationship statuses from “single” to “in a relationship.” Another thing that’s just plain dumb is the “it’s complicated” option for relationships. Really? Ask yourself and, if you’re sane, realize that whether a relationship is “complicated” is something that should be kept private and worked out. People may be interested in the complication. If you don’t want to share that complication, you shouldn’t be advertising it. A lot of people will put anything that is troubling them on Facebook, but, if someone sees that they’re upset, those same people
often refuse to tell a real live person (who clearly actually cares about them) what is bothering them. Face it: that makes zero sense. Remember when you actually had to talk to someone to learn their favorite books and TV shows and what they liked to do with their spare time? Well, this is one of those cases where “the good ol’ days” applies. Talking is a very valuable, important thing. Now, you can get on someone’s Facebook and scroll down to learn what TV shows they enjoy, what their favorite books are, what instruments they play, what quotes speak to them, and anything else they wish to announce to the world. Next, the infamous Facebook stalking. Everyone thinks a “Facebook stalker” is a creep. That opinion is short-sighted, because someone who is “stalking” people on Facebook is using Facebook in the way it was intended. If someone has his or her privacy settings such that anyone can see everything, then she has no right to complain when someone looks through all 800-some pictures because she’s put up that information herself. If you don’t want some random dude from New Hampshire to see your birthday pictures, he shouldn’t be able to. That ability for someone to stalk another person is given or taken by the one in the picture. The bottom line is that Facebook has its uses and can be very beneficial but, if used in careless, irresponsible ways, can be dangerous. It may be a hard concept to grasp because Facebook has such an overwhelming presence in our lives. It can be dangerous, not just in the gossip and cyber bullying that is becoming all too common, but in identity theft and phishing schemes that people fall into. Like a lot of things in life, Facebook is a good thing often used in a bad way. Its power and influence should be respected because ignoring or belittling that power can have dangerous consequences. You just need to use your head. — Chelsea Tolliver is an undecided junior. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Wikipedia offers outlet for academic growth
Jake Lane Arts and Culture Editor
Dec. 9 is exactly 60 days away. Many of my fellow pending graduates talk about grad school and the virtues of continuing education. The majority of my fellow editors at the Beacon have taken or are preparing for the LSAT and GRE and have a top five list of schools. By no means can I blame anyone around me for my lack of excitement to seek a degree after undergrad. My parents are all about it, and many of my peers and mentors have encouraged it, but after more than 17 years in school I’m ready to get out and recharge a bit. This is not to say I’m leaving academia behind or falling on my laurels by allowing my mind to dull. Much the opposite. Among my many neuroses is mild OCD complimented by addictive tendencies towards anything I become interested in. But they don’t offer college courses in speculative theories in physics vis-a-vis science fiction, and even if such a curriculum existed there would be no practical application for mastering the knowledge gleaned from punishing Google’s bandwidth with constant searching and repeated abuse of the auto-fill feature. That is why Wikipedia was created. Though I can’t qualify this with a live quote, I am pretty positive Jimmy Wales was tired of carting around 30-some-odd years of accumulated brain droppings and was able to turn it into the NPR of the interwebs. Just like that wonderful beacon of unbiased liberal insight, Wikipedia depends on the contributions of readers like you, with the added caveat that the nicety of a fact checker is not included. For long years I’ve trawled the Wiki deep, correcting grammar and adding small musings, but never contributing something meaningful. Now that my collegiate studies are waning, though, I’ve decided to devote my energies to a more immediate form of research and regurgitation, the Wiki article. One of the main goals of college is to sharpen your skills in reasonable discourse,
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with sufficient evidence to back it up. Forget the idea that you are in school to learn a trade or to master a school of thought. Your objective has been develop the ability to defend your position, no matter how wrong you are; this, however, is a skill better utilized on forums and talk pages. No, when writing papers in college the point is to realize that you can actually synthesize a succinct and original point without the coddling of professors. That is not to discount the valuable resource which professors offer of world experience and advanced academic expertise in their field. However, past a certain point, subjective grading becomes irrelevant and if you are ever to find your independent voice, you must strike out on your own as a writer. While I will probably never write a bestseller, and I don’t necessarily strive to anyway, I like to think that Wiki scholarship versus academic scholarship offers a much more utilitarian approach to learning. Besides domain overhead, which is paid by the non-profits that operated Wikipedia and the Wikia family of sites, the services are free. Likewise, anyone is able to make revisions and additions, strengthening the ties of mutually interested parties and encouraging a more diverse field of researchers. My main inspiration to get involved with this venture, though, is accountability. Most of what I perceive as benefits as listed above could be turned around and presented as why community encyclopedias are considered a faulty source of reference. But when you consider the fact that the job prospects for most college graduates are grim these days, and the thought of incurring grad school debt is simply out of the question for a lot of us. What better opportunity to continue our educations than to put four or more years of collegiate study into providing free knowledge to any and everyone. I do not mean to claim that anyone who goes the Wiki route will be guaranteed a degree or better job opportunities, but when considering the availability of publishing opportunities in the academic field, writing on a Wiki page stands to offer you Internet immortality more readily than a standard O-chem paper. Just saying.
family was shot here in 2009, and went on to earn $256 million at the box office and snag a Best Actress Oscar for star Sandra Bullock. “It’s like being asked ‘What’s worse, losing an arm or a leg?’” Linn Sittler, longtime head of the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission, said about the current situation. Still, as bad as it was to lose “The Blind Side” — which, to add insult to injury, got much of its financing from FedEx founder (and Tennessean) Fred Smith — Sittler said the two hurts don’t compare. “It’s much worse that we lost ‘Footloose’ because here was a talent that we had nurtured for years,” Sittler said of Brewer, who’d shot his three previous movies in Tennessee, including the Oscar-winning “Hustle & Flow.” “'In all my years of recruiting movies (to film in and around Memphis), this one was a gimme.” Brewer’s local ties weren’t the only thing Tennessee film officials thought they had going for them. Known as a powerhouse of the music industry, Tennessee seemed like a perfect backdrop for a movie whose glut of hits included “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” “Almost Paradise” and, of course, that catchy theme song (Indeed, Brewer told the Memphis Commercial Appeal he’d planned to produce the new soundtrack using Tennessee musicians and recording studios). Yet it wasn’t to be. Since 2008, Georgia has offered a tax incentive for production companies that spend at least $500,000 in the state: Up to 30 percent of the production’s budget in tax credits as long as the finished film displays a special Georgia tourism logo prominently in the credits. Except in rare cases (paging Mr. Spielberg!), it’s the studio rather than the director that decides where a movie will be made. In the case of “Footloose,” that was Paramount Pictures, and the decision “was pure economics,” said Thomas of Georgia’s film office. With a $25 million budget and an executive producer — Timothy Bourne — who’d also produced “The Blind Side,” “Lottery Ticket” and several other movies here, “Footloose’s” economic indicators all pointed toward Georgia. “He was very familiar with our tax incentive process and very comfortable working here,” Thomas said of Bourne, who is also the executive producer of “Joyful Noise,” the filmed-inAtlanta choir comedy starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah that hits theaters in January. “It came down to his decision and the economics of it. I think they gave Tennessee an opportunity to try and come up with the difference (in incentives).” Yet lacking a similarly generous tax break, Tennessee couldn’t close the gap.
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ATLANTA — The annoyingly addictive theme song and happily partying kids from the opening credits are just memories and the mood is grim when Dennis Quaid’s character addresses a crowd in one of the first scenes in the new, filmed-in-Georgia “Footloose” remake. Time to face reality about the world they’re living in, he mournfully tells them. It’s “a world filled with evil and temptation and danger.” On screen, as anyone who ever saw the original “Footloose” can instantly tell you, that danger is youthful dancing. Off screen, as plenty of disappointed Tennesseans can attest these days, that danger is Georgia’s juggernaut film production industry stealing their business away. In this case “Footloose,” which opens Friday in Georgia, Tennessee and everywhere else besides. Tennessee desperately wanted the $25 million budget, foot-tapping, potential box office phenom to be filmed on its own turf. And it thought it had an ace in the hole: Craig Brewer, the writer and director of the remake, lives in Memphis and wanted to make the movie there, just like all his previous films. His original version of the script even set the action in a fictional small town in Tennessee. But when the cameras finally started rolling, everything — that fictional small town, all the very real filming sites — was located in Georgia. “What’s that old saying about ‘death by a thousand cuts?’” sighed Jan Austin, executive director of the Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee. “To lose ‘Footloose’ to Georgia was a disaster.” As Southern feuds go, this one isn’t as longlived or as likkered up as, say, the Hatfields and the McCoys or the Bulldogs and the Gators. But the stakes, arguably, are much higher — $2.4 billion. That was Georgia’s economic benefit from TV and film production in the recently concluded fiscal year, said Lee Thomas of the state Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. And the scales keep tilting increasingly in Georgia’s favor. Besides “Footloose,” an update of the 1984 Kevin Bacon-starring hit that’s been re-set in the iPod era South, two other recent movies that by rights should have been made in Tennessee ended up here instead. Granted, “Get Low,” about a Tennessee hermit (Oscar winner Robert Duvall) who stages his own outrageous funeral while still alive, didn’t generate that much heat when it was released last October. — Jake Lane is a senior in creative writing. But the same can’t be said of “The Blind He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Side.” The story of a real — ahem — Memphis
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Be patient with Vols during rebuilding Matt Dixon Sports Editor It was a statement Tennessee coach Derek Dooley made on Sept. 28 leading up to the Buffalo game regarding UT’s offensive line under-performing, but now it’s of greater significance. “I never think things are as bad as everybody else does and I never think they are as good as everybody else does,” Dooley said. Now, more than ever, Tennessee fans need that even-keel approach. Dooley is in year two of a massive rebuilding job, and doing so in the toughest conference in the country. But it’s going to take time. “Everybody wants the quick fix, the magic pill that’s going to make everything great. It doesn’t exist,” Dooley said. “It doesn’t exist in life.” Were the Vols ever serious contenders in the SEC East? Most likely not. And that was before the summer injury to linebacker Herman Lathers and the dismissals of safety Janzen Jackson and defensive tackle Montori Hughes. Yes, this team had arguably the best quarterback in the league in Tyler Bray. Yes, Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers formed one of the best receiving duos in the country. But winning in the SEC is more than having a few underclassmen playmakers. It’s about being a complete football team, equipped with quality and experience on offense, defense and special teams. Tennessee has little of both. Did fans’ expectations become bigger than they should’ve been after watching Bray and Co. play “backyard football” the first two games of the year? Probably, but the thinking that UT was going to go down to Gainesville and knock off Florida is the kind of passion and attitude championship-level teams and fan bases need to have. “Our deal is not our spirit. We’ve got good spirit and we want to do good and we believe in the program and we believe in the val-
ues,” Dooley said. “It’s just learning how to be mature competitors where we don’t get affected, we don’t get emotional, we don’t get down, we don’t expect everything to be easy, we don’t expect things to fall in our lap. You just have to grind. You’ve got to work at it and eventually you develop the confidence through all that hard work and things start happening.” Question marks at Florida, Georgia and South Carolina gave UT fans hope that if the Vols got some lucky breaks, they could find a way to make “things start happening” and possibly win the SEC East in a year it’s as wide-open as it’s ever been and probably ever will be. Instead, the opposite has happened. Hunter’s season-ending torn ACL early in the first quarter of the Florida game was bad enough. Then, Bray breaks a bone in his right thumb late in the Georgia game and will be out at least five weeks. On top of that, UT faces the two best teams in the country over the next two weeks: LSU and Alabama. After the Georgia loss, all of the fan base’s dreams of a special season became wrapped up and put in a sling like Bray’s throwing arm. The good news is Bray will be the Vols’ signal-caller again, and UT will be a contender for a conference championship again. (Maybe the two go hand-and-hand.) But it takes time. “I don’t have any doubts that Tennessee is going to be what Tennessee expects to be,” Dooley said. “But we also have to confront some tough, brutal facts that we are facing right now. Is it going to be tough? You’re dang right. But you’re presented with a set of circumstances every day and you can’t change what has happened in the past. “You can’t worry about what might happen. You can’t say, ‘Well, this might happen if that.’ You can’t do any of that. You have to deal with the circumstances you are presented with and go after it the best you can. That is all you can do, and never lose faith in the end of the story.” Tennessee fans shouldn’t give up on the Volunteers or Dooley, especially right now. It’s times like this when fans bases, including the Big Orange Nation, need to rally behind their school and support it, knowing the story isn’t over. It might just be getting started, and a new chapter could even begin on Saturday against LSU.
Stricklen, Johnson on watch list Staff Reports The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30 list today, which is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members. The University of Tennessee placed two Lady Vols on the initial list: Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen. “Glory and Shekinna are both coming off solid junior seasons and a great summer experience with the World University Games gold medalist USA team,” said UT head coach Pat Summitt. “In their last goround as Lady Vols, I anticipate they will both have outstanding senior campaigns.” Glory Johnson is poised for an AllAmerica senior campaign after enjoying a breakout season as a junior turning in career-best marks in every statistical category (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg, .534 FG %, 46 assists, 28 blocks, 50 steals. Over the summer, Johnson elevated her game as she earned a gold medal as a member of the 2011 USA World University Games team. The Knoxville, Tenn., native could become just the second Lady Vol in school history to average double-figure rebounds
for a single season. Last year, Johnson did so in 2011 SEC games (only) at 10.3 rpg. State Farm All-America Shekinna Stricklen returns for her senior season as the most versatile player in the country. As a junior, she started games at the point, on the wing and in the post and averaged 12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.8 apg. In 2010-11, she nabbed the daring double as the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and the SEC Tournament MVP. Also selected as a USBWA All-American and was among the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. Over the summer, Stricklen took her game to new heights on the international level as she earned a gold medal as a member of the 2011 USA World University Games team. Other leading candidates include, Stanford senior Nneka Ogwumike who is a two-time (2010 and 2011) Wooden Award All American, and was the MVP of the West Regional a year ago after averaging 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2011. Brittney Griner was named to the AllAmerica team last year as a sophomore after leading Baylor in scoring (23.1 ppg, No. 4 in the nation), and rebounds (7.8), and blocked shots (170, No. 1 in the nation). Ogwumike is joined on the preseason Wooden Award list by her younger sister and Cardinal teammate, Chiney. Other schools with multiple players chosen include Connecticut with three (Tiffany
Hayes, Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley); Notre Dame with three (Skylar Diggins, Natalie Novosel, Devereaux Smith); Tennessee with two (Stricklen, Johnson); Baylor (Griner, Odyssey Sims); Maryland with two (Lynetta Kizer, Alyssa Thomas); and Miami with two (Shenise Johnson, Riquna Williams). The Big East led all conferences with nine selections, followed by the ACC with six, the Big 12 with four, the SEC and Big 10 with three, and the Pac-12 and CAA with two, and the Atlantic 10 with one. Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December’s Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week before the Final Four. The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, and will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2012.
Robinson Division I player of week Staff Reports Having already been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Tennessee sophomore Kelsey Robinson picked up a national honor on Tuesday, as she was tabbed the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. Robinson, a native of Bartlett, Ill., is just the fourth Lady Vol ever to be given the honor, as she joins Kayla Jeter, Kelli Scott and Kristen Andre as award recipients. Most recently, Jeter picked up the award on Oct. 5, 2010, after recording a combined 29 kills against Kentucky and Ole Miss, while averaging 4.83 per set and hitting at a terrific .328 clip. Scott earned the honors on Oct. 9, 2000, thanks to a 38kill, 22-dig performance against Arkansas and 27 kills
and 27 digs versus LSU. Andre followed suit on Sept. 7, 2004, after leading UT to a tournament title at the Loyola Marymount Four Points Sheraton Classic. In wins over Alabama and Ole Miss this past weekend, Robinson recorded doubledoubles in both matches and now leads the SEC with 12 double-doubles on the season. Against Ole Miss, Robinson recorded her second 20-20 game of the year by blasting 20 kills and digging up 20 balls. Two days prior, in a three-set sweep of Alabama, Robinson tallied 15 kills, 13 digs and three assists. This season, Robinson ranks first in the SEC in points per set (5.49), kills per set (4.69) and aces per set (0.48). Robinson and the rest of the Lady Vols will return to action tomorrow against Kentucky, in a match that will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 8 p.m.
Titans tied for AFC South lead The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Munchak looks at Tennessee’s schedule and sees opportunities. Yes, the Titans’ three-game winning streak is over, and they still need to get Chris Johnson untracked. Special teams needs some fixing, and cutting down on penalties also will be a focus after a 38-17 loss in Pittsburgh. But the Titans enter the bye week 3-2 and tied atop the AFC South with the Houston Texans. When they return, the Titans play three straight games at home, where they are 2-0. “That’s exactly what we have to hang our hat on now,” Munchak said Monday. “We hoped we sat here 4-1 saying that. We didn’t. So yeah, I think the fact that at home we played well both times. At home we won both our games. We know how much advantage it is for us, and that’s something we’ll definitely be shooting for. Longrange plan ... we lost our first game of the second quarter, and now we have to make up for it by winning all three, the next three at home. So we’ll feel a lot better when we do that.” The best part of that pending homestand is that Tennessee starts by hosting the Texans (3-2) on Oct. 23 followed by a visit from Indianapolis (0-5) and then Cincinnati (3-2). Tennessee
and Munchak set winning the AFC South as the team’s top goal, and that remains very possible for a franchise that hasn’t won the division since 2008. “You’re always going to keep focus on your division and what it’s going to take to win it,” Munchak said. “Winning every Sunday takes care of that. But you’re also going to keep an eye on what’s going on within the division, and we know we’re playing the Texans our next division game that we play. ... We’re in position to have a big game coming up in two weeks against them.” First, the Titans need to work on that run game. They rank last in the NFL for a third straight week. Chris Johnson opened with a 21yard run but finished with only 51 yards on 14 carries. They are averaging 66.6 yards rushing. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Munchak can’t do what teams did when he played and go into pads for most of the week. Instead, the Titans will practice Tuesday before getting the rest of the week off. They won’t return until Monday for an extra day of work before focusing on the Texans. Munchak said they all know the run game must get better. He fended off a question on whether Johnson, who held out all preseason before getting a $53 million extension, is less aggressive hitting the holes.
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