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Edinburgh professor speaks at annual lecture Blair Kuykendall Copy Editor Jeremy Crang of the University of Edinburgh, U.K., delivered an address to students and the faculty in the UC Crest room Tuesday. His speech represented the 11th Annual Charles W. Johnson Lecture, hosted by the UT Center for the Study of War and Society. His topic, “Scotland and the Second World War: A Military History,” drew a substantial crowd, so much so that seating was limited. The audience was first reminded of the purpose of the lecture: to honor Charles W. Johnson. “I was privileged to be his colleague for a few years,” Vejas Liulevicius, professor in history, said. “He was a gifted teacher and beloved colleague. We are grateful for his vision in terms of studying war and society. As one of his main achievements, he initiated a wide-ranging program to record the accounts of veterans. It is in recognition of vision that this lecture was established in 2000.” Crang then took the podium to recount his nation’s contribution to the U.K.’s efforts in World War II. “Scotland made a huge contribution to the British war effort,” Crang said. “They managed to maintain their own identity during the war and drew on the pugnacious reputation of their race. The wartime efforts of the Scots inspired future regiments of the British Army.” He provided an anecdote to frame his remarks. “I would like to begin my story before noon in 1939,” Crang said. “It was then that several German fighters flew in loose formation to attack a Scottish base near Glasgow. Several squadrons were sent out to intercept them. The important point here is that Scottish men took down the first German planes over the United Kingdom.” He said Scottish resources were key in supporting the war effort. “Not only did Scottish industry build a fourth of England’s naval capacity, the Singer sewing machine factory was integral in producing tank treads, guns and ammunitions,” Crang said. “A third of the workforce in Scotland was devoted to the manufacture of munitions.” Scotland provided its land to the use of the armed forces as well. “The west coast of Scotland was a key air strip,” Crang said. “Prestwick air base served as a key air terminal in the defense. The main threat was to the south of England, but to counter invasion, anti-invasion defenses were created along the East Lothian beach and others. The home guard stood waiting to defend the homeland in Scotland. It was said they could detect the movement of German sol-
diers with the way the grass moved.” Rugged Scottish terrain was devoted to raising trained forces. “Scotland also played a role as a training ground, and the highlands specifically were valuable for training nontraditional units,” Crang said. “A network of training schools was set up to train operatives in sabotage. Commandos were active in establishing a training depot in the area, and traditional forces trained here too, such as the British Third Division. They conducted invasion exer-
They managed to maintain their own identity during the
war and drew on the pugnacious reputation of their race.
– Jeremy Crang on Scotland’s contribution to the British war effort
cises in 1943 and 1944, preparing for V Day.” Scotland welcomed foreign forces as well. “Polish military units were housed in Scotland, up to 23,000,” he said. He also said Naval installments were contained along the nation’s marine areas. “Scapa Flow served as the home for British naval defense, with additional naval training establishments,” Crang said. “There were 29 naval bases in Scotland by 1942. The H.M.S. Hood and the H.M.S. Prince of Wales, both of which were deployed from Scotland, encountered the Bismark in combat. Also, the H.M.S. Edinburgh departed in 1942 from Scapa Flow on a passage to Damask. She was sunk. Treasure was found aboard her in 1981, and split between the finders and the Soviet and British governments.” He said Scotland played a critical role in air force support during the war. “Air operations were important in Scotland as well,” Crang said. “By 1945, there were 95 air fields in Scotland. Squadrons shot down the first aircraft to attack mainland Britain. The plane was called the Humble Heinkel. In addition, German pilots were said to christen areas of Scotland, ‘Suicide Alley.’” Crang explained how Scottish pilots were key in many
of the major battles against Germany. “Scots were prominent in other regiments that took part in the Battle of Britain. Archie McKellar destroyed 17 German aircraft,” he said. “Another ace was Wallace Cunningham, who flew spitfires and shot down six German aircraft. He crashed in Rotterdam, was a prisoner of war and lived to tell the tale. He was an usher at my wedding.” The nation suffered greatly in the war effort. “Over 1200 Scots were killed in Clydebank blitz, with over 25,000 people losing their homes,” Crang said. In one deceptive move, Crang explained how the British attempted to distract the Germans away from the offensive war front. “Operation Fortitude was the code name given to lead German forces to deploy away from Normandy Beach,” he said. “Fortitude North was the Scottish part of the plan to distract the Germans into believing an attack would be launched on Norway. Dummy aircraft were scattered around the Northern coast, along with other distractions.” He said the Highlands unit was affected harshly during the war. “In the Highlands, there was hardly a family not touched by this loss,” Crang said. “They trained a reinforced division, trained by Douglas Wimberley. He was a passionate highlander, determined to foster Scottish tradition in the regiment. He did his best to preserve the ethnic requirements of his division. He poached many Highlanders from other regiments.” These troops replaced the famed 51st division. “The 51st division was then dispatched to North Africa to reinforce Montgomery’s army, fighting against Rommel,” he said. “When the 8th Army launched its offensive, the regiment codenamed its attacks with names of Scottish cities. The troops advanced to the attack, took all of its objective but suffered many casualties. It earned widespread praise for this effort. The division then reorganized.” The Scottish spirit became famous the world over for its tenacity during the war, Crang said. “The distinctive Scottish ethos earned it a reputation and holds a law unto itself,” Crang said. “The soldiers felt they were fighting a holy crusade and served to fuel nationalistic tendencies in the nation.” Crang was educated at Stirling, Oxford and Edinburgh. He now serves as senior lecturer in history at the University of Edinburgh, where he focuses his research on World War II, with a central intensity on Great Britian. The lecture series is designed to honor the late Charles W. Johnson, who served the history department.
Vote narrows presidential candidates After one round of votes, where committee members were to select a maximum of three candidates for final nominations, Murphy announced The UT the results, with Presidential Search DiPietro and Noland Committee selected receiving a unanimous presidential candieight votes each. The dates Brian Noland committee was given and Joe DiPietro on the option of voting a Wednesday as nomisecond time for a third nees to be considered nominee but opted to by the UT Board of defer. Trustees Friday for “Obviously, in some the position of UT people’s minds, they system president. felt there were only After five presidential candidates underCandidates Joe DiPietro (left) and Brian Noland (right) two candidates,” Murphy said. “As we went a second round said, this wasn’t just of interviews all day Wednesday, the Search Committee met in UT’s Plant Biotech Building to moving people forward. This was making a recomnarrow down the search pool from five candidates to mendation to the board as to who could be the next president.” either two or three. “In some people’s minds, there were two candiNoland, the chancellor of West Virginia’s higher education agency, and DiPietro, the chancellor of the dates, and they were the only two candidates they UT Institute of Agriculture, received all eight of the were comfortable with.” Murphy said the search committee, which, committee’s nomination votes. UT interim president Jan Simek, the ninth member of the nine-member through application review, open forums and two rounds of interviews, narrowed the pool down from committee, was a non-voting member. “It was nice to see that we had a pretty uniform 71 initial applications, faced its toughest challenges consensus on two candidates,” Jim Murphy, chair of through candidate recruitment early in the process. “The hardest part, we knew, would be the the UT Presidential Search Committee, said after the committee’s vote. “Both candidates had the full com- process of recruiting people to be in the pool,” mittee voting for them. You never know when you Murphy said. “It’s very difficult, because an open get into one of these things where people will be, so process makes people reluctant to participate. “That’s always a challenge; we knew it was a chalwe’re pleased we had unanimity.” Murphy explained prior to the vote that the com- lenge. We tried to shorten the time period for the mittee would select either two or three candidates for process to try to encourage candidates to get in, and final nominations, though the nominations would be I think we got good candidates because of that.” The UT Board of Trustees will meet on Friday simply a list, not a ranking. The committee agreed to adopt the nomination procedures prior to the vote morning for a final review of DiPietro and Noland and reflected on the selection process, which started before making a final selection for UT’s next system president. with 71 applications two weeks ago. “The process Friday is you’re going to have a full “This process has been a learning experience,” committee member Andrew J. Loughry said before board,” Murphy said. “We will vote on paper ballot just like we did today, have everyone fill in their canthe vote. “I think that we got some good candidates, so we didate, tally them up and see if we have a majority. can make selections we can be proud of,” committee We must have a majority of the people voting, of the board members that are (present).” member Monice Hagler said.
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Members of the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company perform in the Clarence Brown Theatre on Tuesday. The company, which has been featured in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the U.S., blends new and traditional styles of American and Asian dance.
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A student learns how to write her name in Chinese calligraphy at a workshop hosted by the I-House on Wednesday. For more information on programs hosted by the IHouse, visit web.utk.edu/~ihouse
Director of UT Forests to retire Richard Evans, longtime director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center including the UT Arboretum, has announced his intent to retire. Evans plans for the 2011 fiscal year, which began July 1, to be his final year of service to the University. His effective retirement date will be June 30, 2011, after nearly 39 years of service. A native of Nashville, Tenn., Evans has served as director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center since 1972, when the Center was originally created as the Forestry Experiment Station. The Center is the largest of the holdings of the UT Agricultural Experiment Station system of outdoor research facilities. Evans oversees the programs conducted on the Center’s 11,000 acres, and under his leadership, UT AgResearch has grown into a recognized leader in developing new technologies applicable to modern forestry, wildlife resources management, and environmental stewardship. Center locations include the Oak Ridge, Cumberland, and Highland Rim forests and at the UT Arboretum.
Evans is a respected and active member of the Society of American Foresters and was elected a Fellow in that organization in 1987. Additionally, his forest and environmental management expertise has been demonstrated as a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Forestry Association, the Natural Resource Conservation Society of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Professional Landscape and Horticulture Association and the Morgan County Forestry Association and the Tennessee Native Plant Society. Evans is most proud of his work with students over the years. The longtime forest professional is also proud to be passing on some healthy, productive land to future generations. Evans hopes to continue to be active in professional circles and plans to give back. A search to fill the position of Center Director will begin in the near future with the goal of finding a suitable candidate no later than summer 2011. Evans has agreed to remain part-time at the Center for approximately six months after retirement to assist during the transition to new leadership. The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center is one of ten centers in the UT AgResearch statewide system of outdoor laboratories. The Centers provide practical solutions for the state’s farmers and foresters and related industries. The UT Institute of Agriculture, which includes UT AgResearch, also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state. See Beacon Bits on Page 3
A UT student reported a burglary of several items from her gray 2009 Nissan Altima. The student stated that the burglary occurred while her car was parked on the fifth level of the G15 parking garage between 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 9 p.m. on Oct. 16. Oct. 18 A UT student reported a theft in Hodges Library, which occurred around 3 p.m.
A UT faculty member reported that around 12:15 p.m. in the Burchfield Building he received a harassing phone call from a 39year-old known male suspect not affiliated with UT. A UT student reported that his wallet was stolen from the TRECS basketball courts sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. — Compiled by Robbie Hargett.
Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.
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SophoMORE seminar teaches service Beacon Bits Grace Van Dyke Staff Writer Service Learning and Summer Research at the second sophoMORE Seminar this semester was held in the Hodges Auditorium on Monday. Speakers at the event included Bob Kronick, Nathan Sanders, Kim Midkiff and Sharon Pound, and an introduction by Anton Reece. Students in the room spanned all kinds of majors and interests: everything from undecided to business, child education, biomedical engineering and math, even having a neuroscience and creative writing double major. The first point of focus was on what service learning is and what it can do for students personally and academically. A variety of classes offer service learning, whether for a specific major or for general education requirements, event organizers said. Midkiff, academic outreach coordinator with the College of Arts and Sciences, was the first to speak on this topic, explaining the meaning of service learning. “Service in a community is a concrete example of what is being learned in the class room,” Midkiff said. Service learning gives students far more of a grasp on the material than just a book or time in the classroom ever could, Midkiff said. Traditional instruction still exists, but an emphasis on reflection in the form of journals and a meeting for discussion also exists. “This broadens and deepens the experience,” Midkiff said. Midkiff outlined what service learning actually is, as it is often confused with internship or volunteering. Service learning is made possible by partnerships with UT within the community and by nonprofit organizations. She gave the students an image, similar to that of a number line or graph. “If internships are over here,” Midkiff said, holding her left hand out, “and volunteering is over here,” she said, this time holding her right hand out, “then service learning lies in the middle,” she said. Internships, she said, benefit students in learning about their major and possibly being paid. Volunteering benefits the community and gives no academic credit. The worker gains nothing but a good experience and service learning benefits both parties. Students gain credit tied to a specific class while helping the community. “It’s reciprocal,” Midkiff said. She went into detail about why service learning is so effective. “It is proven that seeing, doing and saying is more effective than just listening,” she said, and by a large margin. Service learning boosts academic performance, relationships with faculty, success in the workplace and real world and critical thinking skills, Midkiff said. Kronick also addressed those in attendance.
Kronick has been at the university for 40 years and “after four kids and a mortgage” is still here. In what some saw as the most moving moments of the evening, Kronick asked two of his former students to speak about their experiences in his service learning class. Maddie Brown, journalism and electronic media graduate, spoke about her experiences working with young children at Pine Grove Elementary School. She said that the hardest things she went through were the challenging questions the young children would ask her, along with the attachment she had to let go of once the class was over. Brown remembered thinking, “When am I going to give another piggy back ride?” as she left the school for the last time. Elizabeth Williams, who recently completed graduate research at the University of Pennsylvania, told the story of how service learning showed her how she wanted to spend her time as a graduate student. She said that many resources at UT can be used to benefit both the community and the students simultaneously. Williams stressed the importance of growing the program as quickly as possible, which is currently happening as students continue to seek out classes with a service learning component. The topic of undergraduate research was also explored through Monday’s event. The word used to describe the program by Pound was “evolving.” It’s not just something that happens in a lab, Pound said. It must include creativity, production of new knowledge and much discovery. Summer research has many benefits outside of just working closely with colleagues and faculty and contributing to one’s field of interest, several speakers said. These benefits include possible compensation, and an unforgettable summer experience, contributing to your expertise and spending time in your favorite environment. Pound explained that most students participate in summer research to “chase their passion and gain a sense of enrichment.” Sanders followed Pound, saying that not only will summer research make a difference to future employers or graduate school admissions, but it is important to “follow your passions” and that this is a great way to do it. “UT is one of the best research universities in the country or even the world,” Sanders said, advising students to take advantage of all that is offered. Whether it’s environmental science in the great outdoor or art in a studio, there will always be encouragement from the university for your research, she said. Those unable to attend the second sophoMORE Seminar but who areinterested in these opportunities are recommended to contact the Student Success Center, where they can directed to help in pursuance of summer research or service learning. More sophMORE Seminars will be offered this spring.
continued from Page 2 Bursar’s office to close for renovation The Bursar’s office will be closed because of renovation from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5, 2010. If you need to make a payment or discuss your account, a cashier will be located in the Student Services Building Room 202 (Office of the Registrar). Financial Aid checks will not be printed Nov. 1 through Nov. 8, 2010. The Bursar’s office will be relocated to Andy Holt Tower, floor P2, room 207 Ready for the World Café to have colorful menu “Welcoming Fall” is the theme of this week’s Ready for the World Café at the UT. The menu includes pan-roasted chicken breast with pecan and potato hash and brown butter sauce; pork Roulade with apple-cider gravy; tilapia with peach barbecue sauce; broccoli, mushroom and Gouda quiche; smashed baby red potatoes; green bean casserole; and bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta salad. The café is an international buffet operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center. Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out. This semester, there are 18 students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445 course. In small groups, they take turns planning the menus, marketing the café and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food. This week’s managers are Audrey Byrne and Claire Hadden. Byrne, a senior in HRT from Washington, D.C., worked at a restaurant in San Francisco last summer and is interested in event planning. Claire Hadden, a senior in HRT, is from Philo, Ill., and Morristown, and works as an intern at the Holiday Inn near World’s Fair Park. UT to welcome Alabama fans Saturday The traditional Vol Walk will start on Volunteer Boulevard, just east of the intersection with Lake Loudoun Boulevard. The walk will begin at 4:45 p.m. and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard, past the Torchbearer statue, then down Peyton Manning Pass, then left onto Phillip Fulmer Way. The band will begin its march to the stadium at 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Pat Head Summitt Street and Volunteer Boulevard and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard, past the Torchbearer statue, then right on Andy Holt Avenue, then right onto Phillip Fulmer Way. The band will briefly pause in front of the new amphitheater for its traditional salute to The Hill, then continue to the stadium. Fans can attend the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Faculty Showcase, now in its 21st year. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the UC Ballroom, the showcase is a free 30-minute presentation by a UT faculty member, followed by a 15-minute Q-and-A session. This week, Stephanie Bohon, associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice, will present a talk titled “Place Matters: Characteristics of Cities That Attract and Sustain New Immigrants.” The Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Also on display at Volunteer Village this season is the UT Zero Energy House prototype, created by a team of UT faculty and students to demonstrate environmentally sustainable design. A total of 9,500 tickets have been allocated to Alabama fans, and the university reminds all fans to exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. Because of strong demand for tickets, the university urges fans to be aware of counterfeit tickets when making a purchase from a source other than the UT Ticket Office. Only fans with permits may park on campus. UT encourages fans to use shuttle buses from the university’s Kingston Pike building, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, the Old City and Market Square areas of downtown Knoxville and Farragut High School in West Knoxville. Limited public handicapped parking spaces and handicapped shuttle service to the stadium are available on the UT Agriculture Campus, off Neyland Drive. Many area hotels also offer shuttle service to the game. Check with your hotel’s management for details.
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Sex debate moderator detracts from presentation In addition to some of the issues already brought up by Ms. Panter’s Sept. 30 Daily Beacon article “Porn debate entertaining, not intellectual,” I would like to point out the shameful conduct of the evening’s moderator, Lynn Sacco. Throughout the evening, she continually appropriated every available opportunity to insert her own commentary or opinion on any and all subjects pertaining to the debate. I arrived in the UC, desiring to observe a debate on the subject of pornography and somehow left with what I would consider a passable understanding of Sacco’s political leanings and thoughts on the subjects of pornography and feminism. At one point, while reading a passage for Ron Jeremy — an act which was, in and of itself, extremely dubious and not befitting of a neutral party — she made the comment, “I love reading the words of debunked Republicans.” Before she even began reading Mr. Jeremy’s introduction, she offered her opinion by stating, (paraphrased) “This is probably the only time you will hear someone introduced with credentials like these.” Her tone and general air indicated that she was some combination of shocked by the breadth of Mr. Jeremy’s sexual experience and amused by the ordering of his credentials. Sacco was also kind enough to offer up her opinion on the subject of whether or not pornography promotes sexual violence towards women. While I agree with her that it most definitely does, it was neither the time nor the place for her to be interjecting her opinion into the debate. Sacco also failed to keep order several times when Mr. Jeremy and Mr. Gross began debating more animatedly during the question and answer portion of the discussion. In short, Dr. Sacco’s inability or lack of desire to maintain a neutral stance detracted extensively from what should have been a much more intellectual proceeding. Had this been a more publicized debate, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that she would have detracted from the general intellectual standing of the entire university. She purports herself to be an academic and a leader. I, as a student, expect conduct befitting that title.
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Falling — Sweet 15 parties in Farragut In 2006, Farragut, Tenn., resident Leslie Anne Gibbs — now Leslie Anne Janous — made it clear that not all birthdays are created equal. In an act that would make MTV proud, Janous threw a ridiculously large Sweet 15 (not Sweet 16) birthday party for her daughter, then-Farragut High School student Brittany Gibbs. The party featured shirtless male Farragut athletes bedazzled in glitter, a rap artist from Georgia and the icing on the metaphorical birthday cake: a brand-spankingnew BMW for Brittany, valued at almost $50,000. The party was so over the top that it nearly gained national exposure on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” television show, until the network ultimately opted not to film the party. But the party was short lived for the happy Farragut family. On Friday, Janous was accused of embezzling $4.5 million from her employer, a brokerage firm called Scancarbon. The FBI claimed that Janous stole $2.4 million from the company this year alone. Whoops. While the Beacon does not condone embezzlement of any sort, someone had to pay for the lap dances by the Farragut athletes, right? But the real question is, did the daughter get to keep the Beemer?
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My columns the past three semesters have traveled a continuum both of topic and of seriousness. Today, because I’d like a break from difficult thinking — and you might, too — I thought we might veer toward the lighter end of the “serious” spectrum. I recently traveled to Atlanta, and while spending time in the city, met a couple who had moved there from California within the past two years. We talked about their move and a few things they had observed about their new region. On that note, here are a few light-hearted reflections on life in the South: 1. Weather: The wife of that Californian couple said that, before moving, there was one thing she had seen on television shows set in the South that she just hadn’t understood: Everyone was always dripping with sweat. After the move, she said, she understood it. I myself love the heat, and though the current change in seasons is certainly welcome after this recordbreaking hot summer, I have friends in schools up north, where the high tomorrow is 55 degrees. I cry like a baby when the LOW gets down to 55. A little sweat never hurt anyone, but have you seen pictures of frostbite victims? I like my toes. On that note, raise your hand if you buy canned goods if the temperature drops below freezing or if your school used to cancel classes when snow was predicted “possible.” 2. SEC football: Let’s take a moment and rejoice that our mascots are Davy Crockett and Smokey the dog, not Smokey the black bear. Now, people across the country become heavily invested in college sports. I don’t think the South is unique in this. There is, however, a certain level of dedication required to stand in 95-degree heat in a sports coat or a dress and heels. I’ve never understood why more pledges don’t pass out during games early in the season. 3. Appearances: Whatever negative things you can say about the region, the South has an overwhelmingly high number of attractive people living in it, which I appreciate. Freshman year, I spent part of Spring Break in D.C. with some friends. Then, one
of my friends — we’ll call her “L” — and I drove together to UNC to visit another friend of ours. When we arrived in Chapel Hill, “L,” who goes to college in the Northeast, got out of the car and literally fell to the ground on her knees and kept repeating how nice it was to see attractive men around. We are quite lucky. The corollary to that, though, is that some people don’t want to be seen without their hair done or a Polo shirt on. How some people find the time (and patience) for that I’ve never understood … 4. Food: Just about anything can be — and will be — fried. I personally love french fries, fried pickles and fried green tomatoes, but I’ve never had fried ice cream before, or a fried Snickers bar, so I guess I haven’t really embraced this tradition. I’d like to think that the great variety of fried food isn’t gluttony but rather imaginative minds at work, making the most out of whatever happens to be on hand when that fryer is heated up. While we’re talking about food, let’s mention “comfort food.” This aspect of “Southern hospitality” — a seemingly endless supply of wonderful food when I go visit friends and family — is absolutely lovely. And let’s not forget about the ubiquitous sweet tea. Just try asking for that in a non-Southern state. And grits (which I don’t like). 5. Accents and Vocabulary: I personally don’t have too strong a Southern accent, but my long “I”s tend to be very long. A friend of mine has family in Mississippi, and we can always tell when she comes back from a weekend with her grandparents — her “I”s are long, and her vowels are drawn out. Time for some audience participation: Try pronouncing “pin” and “pen.” Is there a difference? Technically, there ought to be, but mine sound the same. And how do you say “oil”? I say it more like “ohl” instead of “o-yul.” Po-tato, po-tah-to, I say! What do “y'all” think? I have to end here, but I have so many more entertaining suggestions from friends and family I might do another column on the same topic. I hope you’re not offended by my generalizations and stereotypes: They are meant good-naturedly. Though I used to feel differently, there is nothing wrong with enjoying and celebrating the culture you grew up in — as long as you aren’t demeaning others’ cultures in the process. Good luck to the team Saturday, and here’s hoping we beat ’Bama. —Leigh Dickey is a senior in global studies and Latin. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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I don’t understand stereotypes. Everyone refers to them, whether from their own observations or whether they were raised that way, but I find it very hard to adhere to them, so I spend most of the time mocking them in a very “Borat” way. For reasons beyond me, people refer to me when they need help with anything and there’s this general misconception that all Indians and people of Oriental descent are good in math. News flash — NO. I loathe math. There’s a reason I did not pursue a degree in engineering. Yes, I push myself to succeed academically — almost to an extreme point — but that results from a need to be better than mediocre and a fear of failure, not because my skin is brown. No, my parents do NOT own a KwikE-Mart or a gas station, and my name isn’t Patel either. When I need tech support, I don’t have my relatives on speed dial … although that would be nice. Yes, Indian food is absolutely fantastic, but I don’t smell like curry … although I would be delicious if I did. There’s also this stereotype with people who are either extremely skinny or have been blessed with more to love. People who are skinny are not necessarily anorexic but usually have a high metabolism. (Darn you people and your mysterious ways!) Their low weight doesn’t have to do with their self-esteem but with how active they are. On the flip side, people who are overweight have this label tacked onto them of being stupid and associated with poverty. However, not many people consider that it could just be an internal health issue or treat them with compassion, instead of making snide remarks and mocking them behind their backs incessantly. Part of it is this view in Western culture that is obsessed with the ideal person and how that relates to being healthy, and part of it is just us being unable to accept people who lie outside of what we view as our norms. I also take some exception to mocking handicapable people. It is not handicapped; it is handicapable, because they are just as capable as any average person, but they have been challenged in a different way to test the strength of their character. There is this view that is inherent in all of us subconsciously that, because
they may be shorter, lack arms and limbs or the ability to understand day-to-day life that they are lesser than us, that they cannot do much and achieve as much as we can. But who are we to say that? There are people who have had learning disabilities who have gone on to redefine physics, invented the telephone and the lightbulb and have done more within their lives than most average members of the human race. There are men and women who have had Down’s syndrome and autism who have become virtuosos in music and whose abilities far surpass our own, and if we cannot appreciate and honor them, we have failed as individuals and as members of the human race. Another common misconception, especially in the South, is related to the issue of homosexuality. I’ve talked to many people in my life, from all walks and backgrounds, and it seems that they all think that gays and lesbians aren’t intelligent and are on a lesser pedestal than straight men and women. They seem to associate gays and lesbians with a trashy scene, mainly because of ignorance and lack of understanding. But who are we to say that, and how do you know if you have not walked a mile in their shoes? I know many gay men and women who are well educated, from the fields of math and science to just about every subject in the arts and humanities. There are two sides to every coin and every argument, and before you judge, you should seek to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see what it feels like. Then you would know that the girl that comes in late to class every time isn’t doing it on purpose; she suffers from depression and can’t get up in the morning. The guy that is overweight and severely autistic isn’t someone to be pitied but to be admired, because he wants to go into politics and public speaking, pushing himself far beyond his comfort zone. That the girl sitting in the corner, listening to you intently, staring at the floor isn’t just Indian or African or Caucasian; she’s absorbing what you’re saying, and she’s so much more than the color of her skin — she loves living, travelling, exotic foods and her best daydream is one of her sailing on a pirate ship and never growing up. People define you by how you define yourself, so you have to make the best of your individuality and realize that you’re so much more than a stereotype, and that the only idea you should try to strive for is one of yourself. —Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cirque du Soleil takes on Elvis hits Lady A, Easton Corbin lead ACA nominations with 7 apiece NASHVILLE — Lady Antebellum and newcomer Easton Corbin lead the field for the inaugural American Country Awards with seven nominations apiece. Carrie Underwood is next with six nominations and Josh Turner has five. Country music’s newest awards show debuts Dec. 6 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. All finalists will be determined by fan voting, which opened Monday. Lady A was nominated for artist of the year, album of the year and single of the year. Easton was nominated for both artist and breakthrough artist of the year and single of the year. Underwood also was nominated for artist of the year. Fans can vote for their favorites in each category on the award show's website through Nov. 8 except artist of the year. Voting closes in that category on Dec. 4. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow to sing at CMA Awards NASHVILLE — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month’s Country Music Association Awards — as a performer. She’ll sing the title track of her new movie, “Country Strong,” and will be joined by Vince Gill. Paltrow stars in the film with Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. She plays a washed up country singer who gets romantically involved with a rising singer-songwriter (Hedlund). They try to resurrect her career with a major tour, headed up by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester.) Paltrow says she researched a lot of country music history for this role. “I sort of started at the beginning with Hank (Williams) Sr. and Johnny Cash and really studied Dolly (Parton) and Loretta Lynn, and kind of just started at the beginning and went all the way through and found the people that I really love and who inspired me,” she told The Associated Press in a recent interview. In addition to classic country stars, Paltrow also has some current country music favorites. “I really like a lot of the young women in country right now, like Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert,” she said. “I had never really known very much about country music, and I now am very into it. I know a lot more about it than I did.” The film hits theaters in Los Angeles and Nashville on Dec. 22 and nationwide on Jan. 7. The soundtrack will be released Oct. 26. Previously announced performers for the CMA Awards include Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson will perform together, and Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow will sing a duet to honor Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as a recording artist. The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Nov. 10 on ABC.
Classic songs bring back memories from past with new relevancy MEMPHIS — A re-styled version of the Elvis Presley hit “Suspicious Minds” hit radio stations on Monday, part of an album being released later this year featuring newer, more contemporary takes on many of his hits. “Suspicious Minds” is the first single off “Viva Elvis-The Album,” set for mass release Nov. 9. The 12-track compilation is a companion piece to the Las Vegas show “Viva Elvis” by Cirque du Soleil, which began in February. The new “Suspicious Minds” and the other reworked songs on the album could strike a dissonant chord with Elvis’ older fans. But the minds behind the new album said the new tracks won’t lose the qualities that made them hits in the 1950s and ‘60s. “I can understand why the purist may be cautious and hesitant, but the new album is a unique way to bring Elvis’ music to a whole new younger audience,” said Tom Cording, vice president of media relations for Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division. The Elvis machine is relying on fans who never saw him in person to keep revenue pouring in. Last year, Elvis generated more than $60 million in revenue from royalties, licensing and Graceland’s operations, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings by CKx Inc., which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises. Erich van Tourneau produced and arranged the new songs, fusing thousands of samples of Elvis’ music and voice with more modern styles like punk, garage rock and hip-hop. Other tracks feature voice-overs and sound effects. For instance, “Suspicious Minds” opens with Elvis’ soulful, echoing voice and prominent piano notes, then shifts into a guitar introduction that evokes memories of U2’s
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The Vols take the field before facing off against UT-Martin on Saturday, Sept. 14. Although the Vols have dropped to 2-4, the SEC East still remains wide open for them.
Orange team ends offseason series with win Staff Reports Led by a seven-RBI explosion by senior Tyler Horne, the Orange team captured game six of the Orange and White World Series, 13-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Horne went 4-for-5 with three singles and home run, as Team Orange clinched the series with a 4-1 advantage (game one was a tie) in the fall intrasquad series. The final game of the series will be played this Friday at 5 p.m. Admission is free and fans are encouraged to attend. Parking is available in the C1 lot behind right field or in C6 on top of the parking garage off of Lake Loudoun Blvd. Joining Horne as the offensive stars of the Orange team were sophomore Chris Fritts, who went 3-for-4 with a double
and scored three runs, and freshman Andrew Toles, who tallied three hits, a double and crossed home plate twice. Senior Khayyan Norfork also had a pair of hits and scored one run. “We’ve swung the bats better than we have all fall,” Tennessee head coach Todd Raleigh said. “Led by Tyler Horne, the Orange team was exceptional. Khayyan Norfork, Chris Fritts and Andrew Toles all had good games, too. We did a great job of making the other team pay when we had to. I wasn’t as happy with the strikes we were throwing, but offensively we made them pay.” Sophomore righty Zach Godley nabbed the win for the Orange. He pitched 2.1 inning and gave up just one earned run on two hits. He came into the game in the third inning after starter Drew Steckenrider had given up four runs on four hits and five walks. Junior Jerod Peper took the loss for the White. Starting the game, Peper gave up seven runs, but only two were earned. He allowed six hits and walked one in 1.2 innings. Offensively for the White, Davis Morgan drilled a home run, en route to going 2-for-5 at the dish. Junior Zach Osborne had two hits, a double and a run, while fellow classmate Adam King also scored a pair of runs. The Orange mashed 15 hits compared to nine for the White squad. The White team also committed three errors to zero for the Orange. After a scoreless top of the first by Steckenrider, the Orange team took an early lead with a two-spot in the bottom of the inning. Toles got the ball rolling with a looper to right that fell for a leadoff single. Norfork followed suit with a bloop single down the right-field line that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Senior Matt Duffy then brought home the first
run of the contest with a high chopper to short for an RBI groundout. Norfork was hustling all the way on the play and managed to make his way to third. After a long at-bat by sophomore Fritts that ended in a walk, Horne made it 2-0 Orange with a single up the middle that plated Norfork. Peper was able to stop the bleeding there though, picking Fritts off at second and getting junior Matt Ramsey to fly out to deep right field. The White squad wasn’t going to go down without a fight though and immediately responded with three runs in the very next frame to take a 3-2 lead. Morgan started the stanza with a towering blast well over “The Porch” in left field to put his team’s first tally on the scoreboard. Steckenrider then gave up back-to-back free passes, hitting King in the back and walking Osborne. Senior Josh Liles advanced them both 90 feet with a perfectly-executed sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch allowed King to cross the plate. After a strikeout, a walk put runners on the corners with two outs. The White team showed its aggressiveness and successfully pulled off a double steal, with Osborne swiping home, to take a 3-2 advantage. Not to be outdone, the Orange team bounced back with six unearned runs in the bottom of the second to regain the lead, 8-3. All six runs came with two outs as Peper started off strong by sandwiching a pair of fly outs around an error by the second baseman on a grounder off the bat of Toles. Peper then hit the next batter, however, and the Orange team capitalized with three straight two out-hits. Fritts got things started with an RBI double off the base of the wall in left and Horne followed with a single up the middle that brought home two more runs. After Horne moved up to second on a fielding error by the left fielder, Ramsey punched one back up the middle as well to allow him to race around to score. That would be the end of the day for Peper as senior D.J. Leffler came trotting in from the bullpen. It wouldn’t get much better for the White team though as a passed ball and back-to-back wild pitches moved Ramsey all the way around the basepaths for the Orange squads fifth run of the frame. Leffler would end up walking freshman Blake Berger, who would later score on a single by Norfork, to give his team a commanding five-run advantage through two innings of play. In the top of the third, Morgan laced a double of the base of the wall in right. Morgan moved to third after a ground out by King before scoring on a wild pitch from Steckenrider. Back-to-back walks to Osborne and Liles brought in Godley, who promptly struck out freshman Ethan Bennett after instigating a 1-5-6-1 pickoff of Osborne. Despite a single and a steal by Ramsey, the Orange team was unable to add to its 8-3 lead in the bottom of the third and in the top of the fourth Godley was stellar. He picked off junior Chris Pierce after allowing a chopper single before ending the inning by striking out junior Wes Walker and Morgan. In the bottom of the fourth, Horne added two more RBIs to his total. Duffy ripped a double off of White team sophomore pitcher Nick Blount with one out and Fritts followed with a single to put runners on the corners. With Horne batting, Fritts stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Horne singled to center to bring both runners home and give the Orange a 10-4 lead. King led off the fifth inning for the White with a walk and Osborne followed with a double to put runners on second and third. After Liles popped up to second, Bennett hit a sacrifice fly to left to score King, which would be the final run for Team White. Horne and Fritts provided the final offensive fireworks of the contest in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs in the inning, Duffy and Fritts hit back-to-back doubles before Horne smacked a tworun bomb for his sixth and seventh RBIs of the game to make the score 13-5. For the Orange, Josh Allman pitched the entire sixth inning, giving up two hits and two strikeouts. Hunter Daniel and Dalton Saberhagen combined to pitch a one-hit seventh inning to close out the victory over the White.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2010
Wild SEC East race wide open thus far in season, even for one-loss Vols
Vandeventer witty, genial off course
Asst. Sports Editor Knoxville residents take heed! A blizzard is heading for East Tennessee. Businesses, post offices and roads are expected to freeze over for week. Ok, so this mid-autumn phenomenon is not imminent presently. But this one is ... Knoxville residents take heed! The Vols are still in the hunt amongst the SEC East! Businesses, be prepared for a celebratory city-wide off-day Monday in case of an upset victory against Alabama, and post offices … be ready for a workday. The ingredients to a Vols season-saving win this weekend will have to be stirred, mixed, repeated and heated in order for the orange and white to be back in the hunt for an SEC East title this season. But the fact remains: The recipe is possible. With each team in the East losing two conference games thus far in the league, the door is open for the only winless Eastern division team to catapult itself back toward the top. Sure, this will really only be possible if the Vols can defeat Alabama this weekend in Knoxville and start the momentum heading into a 12:21 p.m. kickoff against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., the following weekend. But buyer beware: Saying the Vols do not have a prayer of pulling the upset this weekend in Knoxville and buying into the “what if …” motto that this season’s Vols have been labeled as is, well, just plain ignorant. As wacky as college football can be, this year is no disappointment. Vanderbilt and South Carolina battle for the top spot in the SEC East this weekend, both of which the Vols face later this year. Georgia started the year 1-4, losing to a weak, out of conference opponent in Colorado and then hung up 41 and 43 points on Tennessee and Vanderbilt in consecutive weeks, respectively. These two opponents scored 14 points collectively to the Bulldog’s thundering 84 points combined, though Vandy did not account for a single one of those points against. Even if the game this weekend isn’t the “Third Saturday in October” like seasoned Vol fans have grown to declare, this Fourth Saturday in October match-up is one that has been tight in recent years. Last year, facing Terrence Cody, aka Mt. Cody, in a lastsecond field-goal attempt, the Vols came up just short of the upset. Daniel Lincoln’s kick was blocked and the Tide narrowly escaped, 12-10. No one gave the Crompton-led Vols a chance to knock off the No. 2 Alabama powerhouse, which went on to win the BCS National Championship. That game’s spread was 16 points, and this year’s spread: 16-and-a-half. So before you write off the Vols this weekend against Tennessee, consider these interesting tid-bits: New Suits. The Vols will take the field this weekend for the first time wearing new adidas TECHFIT jerseys. The new technology features a new fabric, reduced seams and a 30-percent lighter feel than their traditional jerseys. What may be more exciting than the lighter fit is the energy these jerseys will bring to the young team in search of a spark. Though the jerseys aren’t black, everyone knows a freshly dressed man is a confident man. I have a good feeling South Carolina learned about this philosophy last year. Night Game. UT will be welcoming Alabama into Neyland Stadium under the lights this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Again, last year’s South Carolina team found out about the Vols under the lights playing in new jerseys. The snowball continues to build here for the Vols. Momentum and energy “Running Through the T” should be much higher with a heightened sense of a conference rivalry compared to that of a lackadaisical overall effort to Oregon five weeks ago. Thanks rain. The Dooley-Saban Connection. Although Vols head coach Derek Dooley has downplayed his relationship and past ties with Nick Saban this week, the fact remains that Dooley was brought up a Saban understudy throughout most of his coaching career. Saban is well aware that Dooley will anticipate his tendencies and strategies on the field Saturday, and nothing would be more satisfying and proving of worth for the apprentice than a win over his mentor. Sure, Dooley won’t be taking this game on a personal level, but beating Alabama would give him and his team some clearance in the wide-open SEC East race. Tennessee will need another loss from Florida and Georgia to make the dream come true in the SEC East this season. But as Dooley believes, the Vols must take each game as individual challenges before they start worrying about any titles. “Let’s win one (SEC) game before we start talking about any of that,” he said. The talk has already started, coach. — Colin Skinner is a junior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at email@example.com
Preston Peeden Staff Writer It is safe to say that Jay Vandeventer is a true golfer. He came to Tennessee because of golf. He plays golf almost every day and he hopes to make a career out of golf. But this sophomore from Bristol, Tenn., is more than just his sport. Vandeventer described himself as an easy-going person who prefers to spend his time during the school year bonding with his teammates and during the offseason at the lake with his friends. But in the end, Vandeventer is a golfer. Even though he played several sports growing up, like baseball, soccer, tennis and basketball, Vandeventer’s true calling was golf. “We’re kind of a golfing family,” he said. “My dad took a love for the game of golf and introduced it to us at a young age.”
Family is very important to Vandeventer. He cited his family, particularly his mother, as his biggest inspiration. He says his mother is always there for him through thick and thin. It was also that family feeling that brought him to UT, as not only does he have family in the area, including a brother, but Vandeventer said that when he first stepped on campus, he was so comfortable with the staff and the program that “it just felt like home.” Last week, Vandeventer competed in the First Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn., and finished 74th. This was not the result he or his coaches were looking for. Vandeventer came into that competition following a careerbest, 14th-place finish at the Windon Memorial Classic in Glenview, Ill. Assistant coach Casey VanDamme said that he views that performance as a “blip on the radar.” “He’ll bounce back really well and be ready to play the next time he tees it up,” VanDamme said. VanDamme makes this claim based upon what he sees as Vandeventer’s best attribute: his mental toughness. “He’s a tough kid,” VanDamme said. “Usually when adversity comes, he’ll respond well with real good holes.” But away from golf, VanDamme describes Vandeventer as simply funny. “He’s got a real quick wit about him,” VanDamme said. “He’s just a real good person and fun to be around.” Vandeventer’s favorite color is blue. When it comes to music, he likes to keep it simple, and he said he likes a broad range of alternative rock, singling out The Dave Matthews Band as a favorite.
The best book he has read is “Raising the Bar,” which tells the story of PGA golfer Tiger Woods’ championship years. He loves comedies and said the “The Hangover” is currently his favorite movie. And when he’s watching television, the first show he goes looking for is “Entourage.” Vandeventer is currently majoring in sports management. After he graduates, Vandeventer wants to stay involved with golf. “You know obviously I want my career to be golf and play professionally,” Vandeventer said. “But if that doesn’t work, I definitely want to be involved somewhere around the area of golf, whether its golf-course development or anything like that — just something around golf.” Vandeventer said his best experiences so far as a UT golfer have been the various road trips the team has taken to competitions, including stopovers in California and Las Vegas. It was on these trips that Vandeventer gained a new job. Because of his phone, VanDamme said that Vandeventer has become the team’s navigator on trips. Vandeventer is a relaxed guy, but during competitions last year, his coaches said he had troubles controlling his emotions. Lately Jay’s off-the-course personality has begun to blend with his on-thecourse one, as he has started to lighten up and have fun. “He’s loosening up, and he’s doing really well getting accustomed to the demands we put on him,” VanDamme said. “It seems that the key to Vandeventer’s success as a golfer lies in the times when he’s not one.”
Matthew DeMaria The Daily Beacon
Girls from the Kappa Delta sorority perform as part of Lip Sync in the Cox Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The annual event features girls from multiple sororities performing song and dance routines to the tunes of popular musicians like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc.