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Teach-In webcast highlights youth activism Country looks towards younger generations for future change, education becomes crucial standing of how important coalition building is. It’s crucial that we work together,” Kaitlin Malick, a senior douStaff Writer ble major in Africana and sociology, said. Malick is a cochair of UT’s Progressive Student Alliance, which was During this era of historically high unemployment formed in 1997 in an effort to combat unfair wages at UT. rates and economic uncertainty, it is more imperative Lisa East, a graduate student in environmental sociolthan ever that America has an economically, socially and ogy and one of the Teach-In’s co-moderators, agreed, notpolitically aware and active youth. ing that UT provides many outlets for students to mobiThis idea met receptive ears last Wednesday night at lize. the “America Wants to Work” Teach-In webcast hosted by “There have been a lot of student campaigns and histhe Sociology Department in the Multitoric actions that have gone on at Cultural Center. UT,” East said. “We’ve got really The webcast, which was streamed great student organizations that are nationally from the University of interested in social justice. I would California, hosted a panel of student encourage anyone to participate, and university faculty speakers who because this isn’t just a place of eduaddressed such key issues as workers’ cation, it’s a community.” rights and the overall importance of stuOne such campaign is Occupy dent activism. Knoxville, which will take place at With 25 million Americans still Crutch Park next to Market Square on unable to find full-time employment, Saturday. Students and Knoxvillians speaker Robert Reich asserted that gathered to protest unemployment “there is no issue more important to and income inequity. Similar moveAmerica today than jobs.” ments have been taking place in cities Reich, who served as U.S. Secretary all over the county, a fact which heartof Labor under former president Bill ens Eric Dixon, a junior and attendee Clinton and works currently as of the Teach-In. Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy “Real efforts are spreading, which at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that we’re gaining power,” stressed that this issue is particularly Dixon, philosophy, sociology, ecorelevant to college students. nomics and global studies major, said. “You are the future,” Reich told audiBill Taylor, a political economy ences nationwide. “If this country is graduate student and another modergoing to survive and prosper over the ator of the webcast, added, “Occupy next few decades, it will not be because Knoxville is a great moment for the of my generation.” city. It’s really unique and there’s a lot Curtis Hierro, a speaker from Central of energy there.” Taylor further noted Florida University where he serves as that “if you’re interested in helping president of the Student Labor Action people, you have to change the system Project, believes that America’s youth is that’s hurting people.” more than capable of stepping up to the • Photo courtesy of “We see what’s going on in the plate and delivering the change our University of California, Berkeley Professor Robert Reich speaks with students during a United States and the world, and we nation needs. presentation at Northwestern University in 2005. Reich joined the UC-Berkeley hosted don’t like it and we agree about what’s “Historically, students have played a webcast for Teach-In, a national discussion between students and university staff about wrong,” said Teach-In speaker Frances crucial role in grassroots progressive workers’ rights issues and the importance of student action. Fox Piven, a professor at The City movements,” Hierro said. “From picket University of New York’s Graduate lines to sit-ins, the mobilization of student power has “Workers should be paid living wages and treated with Center. acted as a catalyst for mass social and economic change.” If America wants answers, Piven continued, we must Speaker Lenore Palladino, the creator of the political respect because without them, our schools couldn’t funcfirst look at our own history. tion,” Bradford said. web community, agreed. “Corporate power was rolled back by the populous Repeatedly raising tuition rates is unmerited, Bradford “We’re in a time where there’s so much we can do,” movement and the Great Labor Uprising of the late 19th argued, and said instead that “someone on top is going to Palladino said. “It’s a time to take leadership and throw century,” Piven said. “It was restrained by the Labor have to take a pay-cut.” ourselves into the moment.” movement of the 1930s and again during the 1960s. UT students who listened to declarations such as Staggeringly low employment rates are not the excluMaybe it’s the moment another great movement is being Bradford’s during the webcast responded with gusto. sive cause of student dissatisfaction. Unfair treatment of born.” “I’m walking away from this Teach-In with an underworkers and Wall Street’s ever-expanding influence over

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our democracy have only further added to a mass feeling of discontent among academics and the working class, according to speakers. “Why don’t we have a say? Why is our voice not louder?” questioned speaker Terasia Bradford, an undergraduate student from Ohio State University. “We’re balancing the budget on the backs of hard-working American families.” Bradford pointed to universities’ treatment of their employees as another example of injustice.

Community unites to run barefoot Deborah Ince Staff Writer On Oct. 23 at 2 p.m., the Barefoot Benefit will be holding its second annual run at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn. “As far as we can tell through our research, this is the first barefoot race on grass in the country,” Jordan Smallwood, junior in finance and this year’s event’s chief executive officer, said. “It’s a new era, a new idea.” Started last year by Dr. Ernest Cadotte and six other UT students as part of a new marketing class, the organization quickly garnered the attention of hundreds. “Last year we raised over $4,000 and had about 140 runners,” Smallwood said. “It’s a different opportunity for students to learn to promote social responsibility and community involvement.” Because the race is also part of a business course, each year, the benefit will be organized and run by a new group of UT students and will continue to educate those students in marketing, logistics and communication. A new group of students organizes the event each year, which allows the Barefoot Benefit to improve and to be uniquely different each year. This year, the six students involved have worked hard to create an event that will garner even more support for their cause. Participants of the race can either run a 5K or a 1-mile race with all proceeds going to Samaritan Place, an assisted living center in Knoxville that serves the elderly men and women of the community. “Samaritan Place is a great organization, and it is really important that we are able to help them through this

event,” said Jessica Henderson, senior in journalism and electronic media and the benefit’s communications officer for this year. Everyone is encouraged to run their respective races barefoot to support the cause, but the option to wear shoes still remains. This year, one hour before the race, there will also be a clinic, led by Mick Larabee, which will teach participants the benefits of barefoot running. “It goes back to that idea of the natural state of running,” Smallwood said, “and there are some real health benefits.” As well as holding a clinic for the runners, this year, the benefit will also have many different vendors and music artists at the event site. Vendors and sponsors this year will include Pilot, Health Source, Runner’s Market, Rita’s, Crossfit Ktown and many others. Also, three music artists — The Sweetest Sleep, Sam Flanagan and Ben Bales — will also perform. “People should come out because it’s a great cause and a great community event, but also because it is fun!” Henderson said. “It will be a great activity for students, families and people of any age.” If individuals would like to register for the event, they may either do so online or at the event site on the day of the race, and it is encouraged that more people come out and be a part of the festivities. “This has been one of the best experiences of my college career — if not the best,” Smallwood said. “It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and learn about a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great opportunity to become part of something growing exponentially.”

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Zack Plaster, freshman in public relations, and Emily Hoffman, undecided freshman, participate in the SPEAK protest against UT’s coal plant on Wednesday, Oct. 12. SPEAK, Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville, was protesting against UT’s coalfired power plant, which they view as a dirt form of energy production.

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Nancy Jones shows a sample of wool to participants at the Second Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival in the UC Plaza on Monday, Oct. 17. Jones and business partner Lynn Hash spin lamb, sheep, llama and alpaca wools into yarn, just a sampling of the arts and crafts native to the Appalachian area. dow of his truck. There were items reported missing from his vehicle. 4:53 p.m. — Call received about a vehicle burglary at the second level of the G-7 parking garage. The victim was found standing next to his car. The driver’s side window was smashed.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 7:43 p.m. — Officer met with victim at the top level of the G7 parking garage. The victim’s vehicle had been burglarized.

Friday, Oct. 14 1:32 p.m. — Burglary of a vehicle reported on the fourth level of the G-7 parking garage. The victim stated that items had been stolen from her vehicle. The incident is thought to have occurred between 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Thursday, Oct. 13 7:30 a.m. — Officer responded to third level of G-7 parking garage in reference to a vehicle burglary. A green car was found to have its driver’s side window smashed. The victim was not at the scene. 8:11 a.m. — Possible burglary of a vehicle reported at G-7 parking garage. Victim stated that someone shattered the win-

Saturday, Oct. 15 9:14 a.m. — Report called in of a burglary of a vehicle on the fourth level of the G-7 parking garage. An officer made contact with the victim. The male stated that items had been stolen from his vehicle and that the vehicle had been damaged. The incident occurred between 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 6:18 a.m. on Oct. 12.

Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the University of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.

1863 — Controversial Union General Sickles visits his troops Union General Daniel Sickles returns to visit his old command, the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He was recovering from the loss of his leg at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July 1863, and the visit turned sour when the army's commander, General George Meade, informed Sickles that he would not be allowed to resume command until he completely recovered from his injury. Sickles had a somewhat checkered past. In 1959, while a U.S. congressman from New York, he killed his wife’s lover across from the White House in Washington, D.C., but was acquitted when his lawyers employed a temporary insanity defense. He used his political leverage to secure a commission as a brigadier general when the Civil War began, and his personal skills endeared him to his men. He rose quickly, and by early 1863 was commander of the Third Corps. At Gettysburg, Meade posted Sickles’ troops at the left end of the Union line. The Army of the Potomac

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was arranged in a three-mile long, fishhook-shaped line on the top of Cemetery Ridge and Culp’s Hill. On the morning of July 2, Sickles noticed that just in front of his position was a section of high ground. In his estimation, this rise could be used by the Confederates to shell the Union position. Sickles expressed confusion over his orders and three times Meade explained that Sickles was to hold the end of Cemetery Ridge. Sickles was unhappy with the explanation, failing to understand that Meade was fighting a defensive battle. He moved his corps forward anyway, and the move nearly cost the Union the battle. A furious Meade ordered Sickles to withdraw his troops, but the Confederates were already attacking. After heavy losses, the Third Corps moved back to Cemetery Ridge. Despite his wound, Sickles hurried back to Washington to conduct damage control. One of his first visitors was President Abraham Lincoln. Sickles was one of the few Democrats who welcomed Lincoln to Washington in 1861, and Lincoln remembered that gesture. Sickles gave his account of the battle

and justified his move. He even claimed that his action prevented Meade from retreating and therefore prevented a Union defeat. This began a war of words between Meade and Sickles that lasted the rest of their lives. When the reports on the battle were filed that fall, Sickles did not fare well. Many, such as General Gouverneur K. Warren and General-inChief Henry Halleck, blasted Sickles for his actions. The hatred that Sickles developed for Meade after the Gettysburg incident peaked on October 18, 1863, when Meade made it clear that he had no intention of restoring Sickles to command. Sickles later testified in front of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War against Meade, but his own combat career was effectively over. He spent the next half-century defending his record, attacking Meade, and trying to shape the history of Gettysburg by continuing to promote his account of the battle before he died in 1914. — This Day in History is courtesy of

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Miss. almost officially anti-abortion The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — A national effort to put abortion bans into state constitutions is looking for its first victory next month in Mississippi, where voters are being asked to approve an amendment declaring that life begins when a human egg is fertilized. Supporters hope the so-called personhood initiative will succeed in a Bible Belt state that already has some of the nation’s toughest abortion regulations and only a single clinic where the procedures are performed. The initiative is endorsed by both candidates in a governor’s race that’s being decided the same day. While Mississippi is the only state with such an amendment on the ballot this fall, efforts are under way to put the question to voters in at least four other states in 2012. Any victory at the state level would likely be short-lived since a life-at-fertilization amendment would conflict with the U.S. Constitution. Leaders of the movement say their ultimate goal is to provoke a court fight to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion. Opponents say defining life as beginning at fertilization could block some common forms of birth control and deter Mississippi physicians from performing in vitro fertilization because they’d fear criminal charges if an embryo doesn’t survive. They also say supporters of the amendment are trying to impose their religious beliefs on others to force women to carry unwanted pregnancies, including those caused by rape or incest. Those campaigning for the Mississippi initiative — including the Tupelo-based American Family Association — are using glowing images of babies in utero or chubby-cheeked newborns, and say they’re trying to end a sin that blights America. The proposal being decided Nov. 8 has divided the medical community and bewildered some physicians. “We feel like the docs and the patients are getting caught in the middle of a war between the anti-abortion folks and the prochoice folks,” said Dr. Wayne Slocum of Tupelo, head of the Mississippi section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a group that opposes the initiative. George Cochran, a University of Mississippi constitutional law professor, said even if Mississippi voters adopt the initiative, he believes it’s unlikely to ever be enforced because it’s certain to be challenged and overturned in court. “Suits are brought, they have it declared unconstitutional,” Cochran said. “It’s not very difficult.” Cochran said there's a 5-4 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court now to uphold Roe v. Wade. That and other Supreme Court rulings have required states to allow abortions up to the point that a fetus could survive outside of the womb — approximately 24 weeks. Still, a win at the ballot box “will send shockwaves around this country, then around the world,” predicted Keith Mason, co-founder of Personhood USA, the Colorado group that’s pushing the petition drives around the country. Mason’s group eventually wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to say life begins at fertilization, and he hopes the push for state constitutional amendments will create momentum. Similar “human life” amendments have been introduced on the federal level repeatedly over the past 30 years and have failed. Thad Hall, a University of Utah professor who has written a book about abortion

politics, said people who want to outlaw abortion are seeking state-by-state changes that often put the question to voters, rather than federal changes. “What you see here is a kind of difference between slowness and difficulty in policy changes on federal level ... and the ease with which states can change public policy,” Hall said. People are gathering signatures in Florida, Montana, Ohio and Oregon to try to put personhood initiatives on ballots starting in 2012, Mason said. He said similar efforts will begin soon in eight other states. Personhood Ohio said Friday that it had reached its first threshold toward the 2012 ballot by gathering more than 1,000 signatures, allowing it to start knocking on doors to gather the rest of the 385,000 signatures it needs. Previously, Mason’s group got amendments on Colorado ballots in 2008 and 2010, but they were rejected. Some groups that oppose abortion, including Eagle Forum, opposed the Colorado efforts, saying the ballot initiatives only enriched Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion rights. In Mississippi, the state’s largest Christian denomination, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, is backing the personhood proposal through its lobbying arm, the Christian Action Commission. “The Lord expects us to value life, even as he does,” the commission’s executive director, Jimmy Porter, says in a video. The state already has several laws regulating abortions, including parental or judicial consent for any minor to get an abortion and mandatory in-person counseling and a 24-hour wait before any woman can terminate a pregnancy. The Mississippi State Medical Association says it is not supporting the initiative — a step short of actively opposing it. “I agree with the sentiments of this movement; but, I can’t agree with throwing a physician into a system where the decision will not be malpractice but wrongful death or murder,” the group’s president and family physician Dr. Thomas E. Joiner wrote in a letter to members. Slocum, who leads the ob-gyn group, said the amendment could ban forms of birth control that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting, such as the IUD or the morning-after pill, and that it might limit physicians’ willingness to perform in vitro fertilization. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine also opposes the amendment, saying it would “unduly restrict an infertile patient’s right to make decisions about embryos created as part of the in vitro fertilization process.” Dr. Freda Bush of Jackson, an obstetrician-gynecologist who’s campaigning for the ballot measure, said she believes the initiative would not affect hormonal birth control pills or curtail in vitro fertilization. She said opponents of the ballot measure are spreading rumors to scare people. The Mississippi initiative has already survived a legal effort to keep it off the ballot. One of the plaintiffs was Cristen Hemmins of Oxford, who was raped by two strangers in 1991 in Jackson. She said she didn’t become pregnant through the rape, but she’s insulted that any woman who does should have to carry out an unwanted pregnancy, whether it came about through rape or other circumstances. “I just think it’s a travesty in America that the government could make me bear a child that I don’t want to have or that could endanger my life as a victim of rape or a violent crime,” Hemmins said.

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Call for arts grant program Do you want a more lively campus? A more beautiful campus? There are many great moments on the Pedestrian Mall and across the campus every year, but even so, do you want to add something else to the picture? To the community? If you’re motivated and resourceful, you can find ways to bring your idea into reality on UT’s campus: your big mural, your Pedestrian Mall dance party, your pamphlet, your protest. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the clear support of UT and the resources to make it happen? Two weeks ago, I started a petition at to rally students and faculty to show their support for a Student Arts Grant Program here at UT. It isn’t a petition against something or to correct anything. The petition is a bravo, a thank you and a good luck. The petition is addressed to Jane Pope, the director of the Department of Student Publications. Ms. Pope is a veteran advocate of student writers and artists on this campus, and in the last year, she was made aware of student desire to create a program to fund small projects — from written tracts to interactive art installations — that would

impact the UT campus with large doses of student-created culture. The program would ideally fund students who impact our campus with their visions and culture. I started my petition building support for this initiative, letting others know that students also want a Student Arts Grant Program at UT. In the petition, I suggest we call the program Free Speech Productions to emphasize diversity and student voices. You may want to second that idea. You may want to offer your own suggestions. Already, over 20 students from across the board have signed the petition. If you have any interest at all, act now so that UT campus culture may flourish. Check out the petition and spread the word: h tt p : / / w w w. c h a n ge . o rg / p e t i t i o n s /u tdepartment-of-student-publications-createfree-speech-productions-a-student-arts-grantprogram. — Joshua Richeson was a Spring 2011 graduate in English and French. He can be reached at

Volunteer fans show hospitality I am a very dedicated LSU fan, student and mother of two LSU students. We are attending all of our games this year and I couldn’t leave Knoxville without saying something. Our last away game left a bad taste in my mouth and a resolve to never set foot in West Virginia. Not so with Tennessee. Volunteer fans are a class act whose behavior should be emulated by the entire NCAA football fan base. Football is competitive and no one likes to see their team lose. The ability to lose gracefully isn’t easy but it is very telling about character. I see

there is an abundance of character in Knoxville and they have done the near-impossible: winning this die-hard LSU fan’s admiration and support. I will from now on cheer for the Vols as long as they aren’t playing my Tigers and I will spend our family’s vacation dollars in Knoxville in the future. Today you won the most important battle. Sincerely, Wendy Gilley LSU SGA Secretary



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Tea Party, ‘OWS’ compared C ampbel l’s Co r n e r by

Seth Campbell Whether conservatives like it or not, the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration doesn’t vary too far from the Tea Party approach. I’ve heard many conservative pundits rip the OWS demonstrators for a variety of different things. Fox even goes as far as to claim that the OWS protesters aren’t as cleanly or hygienic as the Tea Party folk. Personally, I would like to see the scientific testing behind this claim. Maybe folks like Karl Rove just enjoy putting people down, but he is adamant in claiming that the OWS protesters are in the wrong. If this is the case, how can the Tea Party be justified in their actions? It seems as if Mr. Rove’s mind is a bit warped. It’s merely because the Tea Party is in exact line with Rove’s ideology while the people occupying Wall Street haven’t molded to the conservative thought. I couldn’t tell you if he’s bitter of the new movement’s vigor or maybe he’s just envious of the thought process that belongs to the new movement. Either way, Rove doesn’t live up to his hype. It’s about time the Tea Party developed a protesting counter-weight. I’m not quite sure we can group the OWS people all into the liberal category, but they sure aren’t as rigidly conservative and misinformed as the Tea Party. Needless to say, it’s important to avoid the generalizations that the Tea Party has unfortunately fallen victim to. Despite the Fox network’s best attempt, the people occupying Wall Street cannot be pinned to one issue or a single cause. While they receive criticism for not having one specific cause, I don’t believe a group of this magnitude should have only one meaning or cause. The Tea Party is simple to the point where they have all this hate centered on

our federal government and President Obama. Any informed citizen understands you cannot center all frustration with one person or entity and just because the OWS people don’t have one centralized complaint doesn’t make their cause any less valid. I keep hearing how much better the Tea Party is than the people currently occupying cities all over the country. If anything, the people occupying Wall Street show much more dedication by their lengthy stays in parks and various locations. The Tea Party has an easy job in comparison and just because the Tea Party seems to have an older overall age doesn’t mean their message is more important. They simply show up, stand around and then go home. Without a doubt, occupying a location showcases a degree of seriousness that the Tea Party lacks. Anyway, I am not sure the Tea Party supporters would last too long occupying a place. By all accounts, the Tea Party would need a healthy dose of Glenn Beck and insulin to sustain a worthwhile demonstration. Has anyone seen the OWS demonstrators sport offensive signs comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler? Or President Obama to a monkey? By any example I’ve seen, not at all. Ironically enough, Karl Rove has claimed that the OWS people are “kooky” and “weird.” While I am not disputing every large group has certain unique individuals, I am not sure that Rove should be calling names. For years we’ve seen the Tea Party dance around in revolutionary-themed costumes while claiming that our government is too powerful. If one were trying to push the message of an invasive and intrusive government, dressing up in a revolutionary costume isn’t the best way to have your message taken seriously. In all seriousness, it seems like the Tea Party is nothing but a joke when compared to the dedicated people occupying cities all around our country. I’m sure both sides have their respective downfalls. All I am saying is Rove and the Tea Party have no room to judge any other protest movement. — Seth Campbell is a senior in history. He can be reached at

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Across the world, people are logging on to various social networks and connecting with friends, family and even strangers. Before the Internet, people did not have the opportunity to keep in touch with others so efficiently. Now, someone has the freedom and control to instantly communicate with someone in another state, down the street and even across oceans. In today’s society, almost everyone has an account for Facebook. In fact, there are more than 800 million active users that log on to their Facebook account on a daily basis. Facebook has developed into another world where people can interact behind the screen and connect in new ways, expanding the boundaries of communication beyond our imaginations. Social networking is especially prevalent in young people, who enjoy interacting with their classmates and other long-distance friends. For college students, the use of Facebook has many advantages. Because most students do not attend college in their hometown, Facebook offers a chance for students to stay in contact with friends from high school. Since we college students typically live away from home, parents are increasingly signing on to Facebook in order to connect with their college attending child. While some college students might fight this mass epidemic, parents around the nation are setting up their accounts and instantly finding their children. Many young adults are finding this popular trend to be unsettling. Once the friend request has been sent, students often hesitate about accepting. The worry that your parents might find something disapproving could make any college student uneasy. Then the question arises on many minds: Should young adults mark their profile settings to a limited view to family members? In fact, the concern that parents are invading Facebook has created a stir on the Internet. A popular site called was created to

showcase the funny things parents and relatives have been saying on the social network. Yet, parents joining Facebook is inevitable. So, college students should find a way to communicate effectively to their parents about their boundaries on Facebook. Some students may not feel comfortable having their parents write on their walls, constantly giving them attention and love. By communicating what boundaries you want to be respected, there will not be a conflict between your parents, thus establishing a stronger relationship. Many parents have chosen to sign on to Facebook in order to connect with their children. Because college can be a stressful time, where kids are constantly busy studying and attending social events, they might forget to keep in close contact with our parents. Facebook makes it easier to keep in contact through the various forms offered. Many parents check their child’s Facebook regularly to make sure their state of mind is healthy. A lot can be told about a person through how we interact with our peers, and parents have a keen knack at picking those cues up. Some students might be cautious about accepting the friend requests from a relative because they might feel they have inappropriate pictures, statuses and other things on Facebook that parents would disapprove of. Although this is an understandable concern, one must remember to always represent oneself well. If someone is ashamed to show their parents the pictures from last weekend, then they should not be on the Internet anyway. Also, another thing to keep in mind when maintaining your Facebook is that future employers will make an opinion about you from the way you interact on your social networks. Keeping your Facebook clean will benefit all parties, and avoid conflict later in life. Good communication with parents will ease the transition towards independence. The main objective is that in using the networking site, Facebook, it enhances and benefits your social life in a healthy and positive way. — Samantha Trueheart is a sophomore in communications. She can be reached at

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Shooting, graphics shine in ‘Rage’ Medley of events enlivens community Chris Flowers Staff Writer Coming in, “Rage” was a game I desperately wanted to hate. I am an unashamed PC snob who will argue the superiority of mouse and keyboard controls all day and believe any game will benefit from the flexibility the PC allows. Unfortunately, due to the spread of easy access to pirated software, PC gamers have lost clout within the industry. Former PC developers have been switching their lead platform to consoles for years now, giving PC gamers a throwntogether port a month or two after the console release, if anything at all. “Rage” was created by what is probably the most important development team in PC gaming history, id Software. The three-man team of John Carmack, Tom Hall and John Romero, gave birth to the firstperson shooter in 1992 when their tiny upstart released “Wolfenstein 3D.” “Doom” made the genre the behemoth it has become the following year by filling out the skeleton that is “Wolfenstein 3D.” Considered one of the most important games of all time in terms of design and engine technology, “Doom” gave its world a vastly greater sense of atmosphere compared to the strictly 90-degree angles and single-story corridors of “Wolfenstein 3D.” A strong relationship between id and its fans blossomed due to id’s liberal policies of releasing substantial free demos, providing a level creator and releasing the source code of older games for free. Over the past 20 years id has remained dedicated to that core group of nerds that helped get them on their feet. Releases like the blindingly fast-paced “Quake 3 Arena,” which without question remains the best death-match game of all time, catered to both hardcore play-

ers and tinkerers. It has been over seven years since the release of id’s last original title, “Doom 3.” In that time period, which saw a few re-releases of classic titles as id’s only output, the industry has taken a hard swing toward consoles. I launched the game still holding the belief that id Software was one of the PC’s remaining champions, but the truth smacked me in the mouth when I opened the video option menu and was presented with a single graphical performance option, anti-aliasing. This struck me as more insulting than just excluding graphical performance tweaks altogether as the measly little antialias selector rotated between its four options. Not even an option to enable V-sync was present, an oversight I immediately realized was a big problem for my system, as screen tearing was a major issue for me. Having a fairly high-end PC and an Nvidia graphics card with the latest drivers, I didn’t experience the texture pop-in many players have complained loudly of online, but the two people I know who also played “Rage” on the PC said it was present in their game and a major distraction. I began my campaign through the asteroid-devastated wasteland on a mission to find as many flaws in the game as possible, the tinge of betrayal still fresh. This proved quite easy as the opening hour or so is an absolute bore. Most of the player’s introduction to “Rage” is a linear series of corridor shooting sequences where a weak feeling pistol is the primary weapon. However, I have to reluctantly admit that when the game finally begins to open up and your arsenal of firearms is of a sufficient size, the game becomes an extremely satisfying, though largely unoriginal shooter. The best part of “Rage” is the most important part of any FPS, the shooting. The shotgun will pop mutant heads into

a splatter of maroon gel while their body will continue the momentum of the moment before death. Each of the guns feels legitimately useful and can be fed special ammo with effects ranging from a simple damage increase to transforming the shotgun into a grenade launcher. The main quests of the game are almost all on foot shooting sequences, but the action can be broken up with the optional side quests and mini-games. Some of these are what you would expect like racing and a shooting gallery, but the most surprising one is a fairly involved card battle game similar to “Magic: The Gathering.” Cards to improve your deck are scattered throughout the world but a basic starter deck can be purchased from the town shop. The graphics are as incredible as the prerelease screenshots made them out to be, most of the time. The background vistas and character faces are obvious highlights, but some random textures legitimately look like they came out of a PS2 game when closely inspected. Id was obviously proud of their new graphics engine because they completely disable your HUD when you are in a city so you can better appreciate the environment. This is effective, but it takes a while to learn where everything is in the twisty postapocalyptic cities, and having no map for assistance is annoying. The story, which is fairly similar to “Fallout 3,” is interesting enough to not be irritating to sit through in between shooting sections, and the very end sets up what could be a much better story for a sequel. Ultimately what id Software has made is a really solid shooter with enough side activities to keep the action fresh. It is by no means revolutionary and the clear emphasis on consoles is disappointing, but “Rage” is simply fun to play.

Square during First Friday. The atmosphere is so busy and eclectic that it makes eating at places like Trio (soups and sandwiches) and The Tomato Head (Italian) even better than they usually are. Another component of attracting people to the downtown area is the Knox County Public Library’s Movies on Market Square. This event occurs on Fridays during September and October and is a great, family-oriented way to bring Knoxville together. This past First Friday, they showed the ’80s mystery-comedy “Clue.” In the recently redone part of downtown Knoxville, Union Avenue is the home of several boutiques, a photography studio and a bookstore. Union Ave. Books is a new and used bookstore that held an open house this past First Friday. They featured an art exhibit that raised awareness for mental health and featured paintings made by mentally disabled people. The overall atmosphere (including several squashy couches) makes for a great bookstore, and a special find by those exploring downtown Knoxville. One of the best parts of First Friday is that it brings people from all different areas in Knoxville together as a community. The city of Knoxville has done a pretty good job fixing up Knoxville’s downtown by making it more beautiful and familyfriendly in recent years, and they are encouraging people to explore all that downtown has to offer. With the variety of local shops and businesses and the free things they give away, downtown Knoxville adds a lot to the area. Whether on Central Avenue, Gay Street, Market Square, Union Avenue or even the Old City, there is always something to do on First Fridays if one just knows where to look.

Claire Dodson Staff Writer On the first Friday of every month, downtown Knoxville becomes a blur of live entertainment, great food and exciting people. With its First Friday engagement series, the Market Square/Gay Street area is transformed into a market and an art gallery, an open house and a restaurant, a city and a community. First stop: Magpies Bakery. Every First Friday, Magpies holds a free cupcake tasting where they make mini cupcakes of three specialty flavors and take a poll to see which one is the customers’ favorite cupcake. This month’s fall-themed treats got the season off to a delicious start — Pumpkin Brown Butter for the win. Cups of locally produced milk nicely compliment the tasty dessert. Though not technically in the Market S q u a re / G ay Street area, Magpies is well worth the quick trip out to C e n t r a l Avenue. After the d e s s e r t warm-up, the f u n - s e ek i n g K n ox v i l l i a n would then head over to Gay Street where live music and unique art galleries reign. The Emporium Center always holds interesting and thought-provoking art exhibits during First Friday, along with free refreshments. This area also has many options for dinner; however, the crowds are crazy — a three-hour wait for Downtown Grill & Brewery proved too much for our group, so we opted for Market Square. Part of Market Square’s charm is the large variety of local restaurants available to the Knoxville community. The unique food is compounded by the ambiance of Market

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Vols trying to fix second-half letdowns Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor There’s no way around it, second halves haven’t been good to Tennessee in big games this season. The Volunteers have been outscored 51-23 in the second half in three losses, including 35-6 in their last two against Georgia and LSU at home. “It’s kind of our thing since I’ve been here,” said senior middle linebacker Austin Johnson, who had six tackles against LSU. “Last year, we had a bunch of those games we’d come at halftime tied with them, or down 10 points or so. Then we’d come out the second half and get blown out. “It’s just something that — I’m not sure what it is. We have that confidence coming back out. We have that energy. We’ve just got to make stops. I think they kind of just figure us out, they make those big plays and it hurts us.” Nose tackle Daniel Hood was encouraged by the defense’s performance in the first half. “I think the first half against LSU I liked how we came out with emotion and sustained it for both quarters,” he said. “Then the second half we didn’t do as well, but I liked how we had everybody playing with that passion that you see of the great Tennessee teams in the past. “Now the challenge is having that same passion for four quarters.” It was Tennessee’s mantra last year to fall behind in the second half, especially against the best opponents. Against then No. 7 Oregon last year, Tennessee had a 13-3 lead in the second quarter, but the Ducks scored 45 unanswered points to win, including five second-half touchdowns, to win 4813. Against No. 7 Alabama, the Vols were down just 13-10 at halftime but lost 41-10. It’s a trend they’ll have to change when they

travel to Tuscaloosa to face the second-ranked Crimson Tide this weekend. “I don’t think it’s been much schematic. I would say it if I thought there was,” UT head coach Derek Dooley said. “I think there’s a level of physical stamina that our team doesn’t have right now. That’s going to come in time with experience in learning how to sustain those physical kind of games for 60 minutes. I think it does take a toll.” Dooley said past second half issues may have been because of a lack of composure, leading to frustration, especially against Georgia, but that wasn’t the issue against LSU. “I thought we were a lot more composed in this game,” Dooley said. “We got in the hole 14 to nothing and it started looking bad in the second quarter, and nobody panicked, and they were calm. That was the first time in an SEC game that’s happened. And we went 10 plays, 80 yards and scored, so I was proud of that.” Rivera on watch list Junior tight end Mychal Rivera has been named to the mid-season watch list for the John Mackey Award, given to the best tight end in the nation. Rivera ranks second in the SEC among tight ends in receiving yards (248) and receptions (19). Lattimore out for season Tennessee’s home match-up Oct. 29 against No. 14 South Carolina is slated for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff on either ESPN or ESPN2. The Gamecocks lost star running back Marcus Lattimore for the season after he tore a ligament in his left knee and suffered cartilage damage in a 14-12 win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Lattimore, who rushed for 818 yards and totaled George Richardson • The Daily Beacon 1,000 all-purpose yards in seven games this season, accounted for nearly 36 percent of South Marlin Lane Jr. watches as a ball he fumbled is recovered by Cincinnati players durCarolina’s offense, the most for a single player in ing a game on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Vols have been plagued with second-half the SEC. woes this season, being outscored 51-23 over three losses.

Volleyball drops thriller to Kentucky David Cobb Staff Writer Sporting an 8-0 conference record, sole possession of first place in the SEC and the national player of the week, the No. 18 UT volleyball team took the national stage on Wednesday, as it traveled to Lexington, Ky. to face No. 25 Kentucky in a nationally-televised mid-week battle. The match lived up to its billing. The Lady Vols fell in a fiveset thriller (24-26, 26-24, 2025, 26-24, 13-15), while a crowd of 1,959 watched from inside Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. “It was two pretty evenly matched teams going at it,” UT coach Rob Patrick said. “My hat is off to Kentucky, they made some plays when they needed to, and that was the difference in the game.” The contest between two of the SEC’s top teams aired on ESPNU, which also broadcast the Lady Vols improbable road

victory over then No. 6 Florida earlier this season. “Florida was in the top 10 and it was a great battle just like this one,” Patrick said. “Having another battle like this with another ranked SEC team says a lot about the strength of the teams in our conference. It says a lot about the athleticism in our conference. It says a lot about where our conference is in terms of being able to play consistently at a higher level, and I’m excited about that.” Patrick’s squad rebounded from the mid-week defeat by sweeping Mississippi State (25-19, 25-18, 28-26) on Sunday to improve its record to 16-3 overall and 9-1 in SEC play. The Lady Vols remain in control of their goal to win the conference. “We’re 8-1 (now 9-1) and tied for first place,” Patrick said after the loss to Kentucky. “We’ll take that. We had arguably our three hardest SEC matches on the road this first half of the season. We still

have a lot of tough matches left, a lot of volleyball to go. “But the reality is, we’re still in first place or tied for first place, and we’re excited about that.” In addition to national-television exposure for the team, sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Robinson being named player of the week by the National Volleyball Coaches Association further solidified UT’s spot as a high-caliber team. She proved herself worthy of the honor as she led the team offensively again this week, recording 19 and 13 kills against Kentucky and Mississippi State, respectively. Included in her 19 kills on Wednesday were three consecutive fifth-set hits that brought Tennessee back from a 12-9 deficit. Junior outside hitter Leslie Cikra believes the Lady Vols are capable of competing with the nation’s best, including No. 1 Illinois, a team UT fell to earlier in the season.

“We think we should’ve beaten Illinois,” Cikra said. “They don’t do anything we can’t defend. They’re not better than us at any position. We would love to face them in the sweet 16 or even final four again this year.” The Lady Vols return to action this weekend, as they travel to face Auburn (9-11, 37 SEC) on Friday and Georgia (9-11, 5-5 SEC) on Sunday. The next home match for the Lady Vols will come against Florida on Oct. 28 in a rematch of UT’s upset victory of the Gators last month.

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