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Dental Armageddon: Part Six

Rogers answers call in absence of Hunter

Monday, October 3 2011



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Despite mistakes, UT trumps Buffalo, 41-10 Vols look to correct ‘mental errors’ on both sides of ball before Georgia game Saturday Lauren Kittrell Student Life Editor Still recovering after a rough loss to Florida two weeks ago, Tennessee rebounded with a strong win against Buffalo on Saturday. After wide receiver Justin Hunter’s season-ending knee injury at the Florida game, the 41-10 win over Buffalo came at the perfect time. UT coach Derek Dooley said the team’s ability to regroup and return to the field with a strong opening half made him hopeful for the future. It was good seeing two new faces making some plays for us, Rajion Neal and Devrin Young,” Dooley said. “It was nice to see the return game get excellent field position and energy. Hopefully we can continue that and hold on to the ball. I was proud of how we jumped out on them. It was a really good first half.” Though the loss of Hunter has clearly had a negative effect on the team, sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray felt the team was able to pull together and step up to the challenge. Bray said more importantly the team came out with a good game plan and a fired up offense. “You can’t focus your offense around one guy,” Bray said. “He is a great ball player but we still have 10 other guys on the field who have to step up and play. We did that today.” Though the team started out with 31 points in the first half, the team struggled to get points on the board for the duration of the second half. Dooley said he was happy with the final result, but he is not satisfied with the way the team played during the last half. “In the second half, I was really disappointed,”

Dooley said. “We lost our focus. We made a ton of mistakes on offense: drops, snaps, penalties, missed assignments. It just looked sloppy. That was disappointing.” On the other side of the ball, Dooley said the defense played great the majority of the time, but that that is not enough. “On defense, it’s the same old story: We played great defense for 51 plays and we give up two plays for 180 yards,” Dooley said. “Somehow, we’ve got to eliminate that. We make a mental error and no one else can make up for it.” Though the ultimate result was a clean win, mistakes emerged both minuscule and blatant that no team in the SEC can get away with. Dooley saw the errors, made some comments and intends to prepare the team to overcome these issues in time for the Georgia game this coming Saturday. “(It was) mental errors, and then nobody else running to the ball that can make up for it,” Dooley said. “We had two mental errors on the long runs and just total mental breakdowns. A couple of times we’re in man coverage and we don’t keep the ball hemmed up. The post safety is not coming out of the top making the play, and we mess up — up front, and that’s what happens. So, we’ve got to go play zone and just keep the ball in front of us.” Overall, the Vols went out on the field and did what they needed to do to get the win. They learned what it means to lose a star player and overcome that deficit and they are ready to face the Georgia Bulldogs with a fresh outlook. “We did what we needed to do,” Dooley said. “It was a good win. This team has played every team they’ve played close, and they didn’t today. Now we turn our attention to what lies ahead.”

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Tyler Bray looks for an open receiver during a game against Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 1. Bray completed 21-of-30 passes for 342 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Vols went on to a 41-10 victory over Buffalo.

Job fair highlights logistics careers time employees,” Bonner said. “Some of the companies offered internships, but a lot of them were looking for students that are graduating soon.” Rob Davis Most companies that take interns will look to hire them after they Staff Writer graduate. “Companies like to hire students that have already completed an UT’s Career Services hosted their fifth annual Logistics Job Fair internship with that company,” Bonner said. “It’s a safe hire for them. on Sept. 27. Companies were available to talk to prospective students in The companies have already invested their time and money in training you to work for them once you graduate. It’s a great opportunity Thompson-Boling Arena from 2-6 p.m. “This year, we had 57 companies present for the Logistics Job for students to make a good impression on the company.” The fair was opened to all students, recent Fair,” DeAnna Bonner, who was in graduates and the community charge of the fair, said. Most of the attendees were seniors that Companies that attended the fair will be graduating in either December or include DuPont, ExxonMobile, the May. CIA and Unilever. The total number of students that attendNewcomers to the event included ed the job fair was 308, which was very simCoca-Cola and Martin-Brower. ilar to last year’s. Career services also hosted the Fall Students could preview the list of compaJob Fair on Sept. 27 and some companies at the fair by logging on to Hire-A-Vol nies attended both events. before Sept. 26. The logistics fair is an event “Twenty companies that attended that is held only in the fall. the Logistics Job Fair were there only Other opportunities for students to talk to for the logistics fair,” Bonner said. prospective employers include the Fall Job “These companies are looking for a John Qiu • The Daily Beacon Fair, which was on Sept. 27, the College of specific major. Some companies that go to the other job fairs are looking for Students and employers interact during Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources more of a skill set than for a specific the Fall Job Fair in Thompson-Boling Career Fair on Oct. 5, and the major.” Arena last fall. Students had a chance to Communications Job & Internship Fair on Eastman Chemical Company was meet and talk with recruiters from a Oct. 26. The next opportunity for a non-college one of the recruiters that came for the number of companies about internships specific fair is the Summer Job and logistics fair only, looking more for as well as full-time job openings. Internship Fair on Feb. 9. interns instead of full-time employees. “The Logistics Job Fair was a great opporMost of the companies that were tunity to get to talk to many different companies about internships only at the logistics fair used the next day for interviewing potential employees. The Career Services offices were converted into inter- and possible jobs after I graduate,” Tyler Mitchell, senior in logistics, said. “I was a little surprised by the fair, though. I thought more comview rooms for logistics companies on Sept. 27. “Most of the companies that were present were looking for full- panies would be offering internships, but most of the booths I visited were looking for full-time employees.”

Officers host awareness event to increase student safety in Fort Sanders, surrounding area well.

Victoria Wright Staff Writer

As a result of the recent robberies on campus and door-to-door magazine scams, UT Police Department held a safety event in the Fort Sanders area Monday evening near 16th Street and Laurel Apartments. Eight UTPD officers and one KPD officer were present for the event. “Recently we’ve had several robberies reported in the Fort Sanders area,” said Emily Simerly, UTPD administrative affairs and public information officer. “We really wanted to approach that subject very honestly and address concerns anyone may have about that.” According to the UTPD 2011 Security Handbook, 21 public property robberies and three student resident facility robberies were reported. The majority of Fort Sanders, which covers the whole area north on Cumberland Avenue, is not UT-owned. Simerly said students in this neighborhood do have resources available, such as the blue phones placed in the 16th Street area. Despite the heavy rain, officers managed to advise students walking to Laurel Apartments to stay alert, especially during late hours between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. when the majority of robberies occur. Some students seemed weary when approached by an officer. “I did have my stuff stolen out of my car,” said Aimee McDaniel, sophomore in broadcast with a minor in theater. “They (UTPD) were really nice on the phone and helped me with whatever questions I had.” Most students approached by officers shared concerns about robberies and theft crimes. However, recent doorto-door magazine scams have Stephen Oi • The Daily Beacon affected students in the Ethan Cansler, senior in aerospace engineering, shakes hands with Jon Farr with Shaw Industries at the Commons Apartments as Engineering Profressional Practice cookout on Friday, Sept. 2.

Psychology and pre-med senior Sarah Thompson never encountered a solicitor, but her roommate was not as lucky. “They (the scammers) were young — around 18 or 19,” Thompson said. “A lot of people ended up giving them money.” The scammers belonged to a company called Midwest Circulation, LLC, and told students that they needed to sell a certain number of subscriptions to earn a trip overseas. Internet sites are littered with complaints about customers never receiving subscriptions. Some complaints said the solicitors appeared in tattered or unprofessional attire. Thompson said her roommate never received the product she paid for. “It’s not necessarily 100 percent a scam, but a large portion of it is,” said Dana McReynolds, UTPD officer in investigations. “That has actually been going on not just in the Fort Sanders area but in the Knoxville area for several years.” McReynolds said “pseudocompanies” pay young people to sell the magazine subscriptions that customers may or may not receive. In some cases, McReynolds said these solicitations are opportunities to gauge homes for future burglaries. He advised students to contact local authorities in such a scenario. Thompson and her roommate contacted both the KPD and UTPD about the company solicitation, though she said officers appeared cavalier towards their issue. Thompson later sent a Facebook notification, so students could stay aware if a solicitor approached their door. She offered students advice if they are approached by an unfamiliar solicitor in the future. “Just be smart, and don’t open your door to people that you don’t know,” Thompson said. “Listen to your gut.”


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Matt Neuhart, senior in sociology, reaches past a defender in a line-out during a match against Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Men’s Rugby Club traveled over Fall Break, falling to the University of Maryland 26-36 and bouncing back against Virginia 13-7.

1932 — Iraq wins independence With the admission of Iraq into the League of Nations, Britain terminates its mandate over the Arab nation, making Iraq independent after 17 years of British rule and centuries of Ottoman rule. Britain seized Iraq from Ottoman Turkey during World War I and was granted a mandate by the League of Nations to govern the nation in 1920. A Hashemite monarchy was organized under British protection in 1921, and on October 3, 1932, the kingdom of Iraq was granted independence. The Iraqi government maintained close economic and military ties with Britain, leading to several anti-British revolts. A pro-Axis revolt in 1941 led to a British military intervention, and the Iraqi government agreed to support the Allied war effort. In 1958, the monarchy was overthrown, and for the next two decades Iraq was ruled by a series of military and civilian governments. In 1979, General Saddam Hussein became Iraqi dictator; he held onto power with an iron fist, until disappearing in the face of an American-led coaliation's invasion of Iraq in 2003.

1981 — Maze hunger strike called off A hunger strike by Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison in Belfast in Northern Ireland is called off after seven months and 10 deaths. The first to die was Bobby Sands, the imprisoned Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader who initiated the protest on March 1, 1981 — the fifth anniversary of the British policy of “criminalization” of Irish political prisoners. In 1972, Sands was arrested and convicted of taking part in several IRA robberies. Because he was convicted for IRA activities, he was given “special category status” and sent to a prison that was more akin to a prisoner of war camp because it allowed freedom of dress and freedom of movement within the prison grounds. He spent four years there. After less than a year back on the streets, Sands was arrested in 1977 for gun possession near the scene of an IRA bombing and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Because the British government had enacted a policy of criminalization of Irish terrorists in 1976, Sands was imprisoned as a dangerous criminal in the Maze Prison, south of Belfast. During the next few years, from his cell in the Maze, he joined other IRA prisoners in protests demanding restoration of the freedoms they had previously enjoyed under special category status. In 1980, a hunger strike was called off when one of the protesters fell into a coma. In response, the British government offered a few concessions to the prisoners, but they failed to deliver all they had promised, and protests resumed. Sands did not directly participate in the 1980 hunger strike, but he acted as the IRA-appointed leader and spokesperson of the protesting prisoners. On March 1, 1981, Bobby Sands launched a new hunger strike. He consumed only water and salt, and his weight dropped from 155 pounds to 95 pounds. After two weeks, another protester joined the strike, and six days after that, two more. On April 9, in the midst of the strike, Sands was elected to a vacant seat in the British Parliament from Fermanagh and South Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Parliament subsequently introduced legislation to disqualify convicts serving prison sentences for eligibility for Parliament. Sands' protest attracted international attention. On May 5, he died. After Sands' death, the hunger strike continued, and nine more men perished before it was called off on October 3, 1981, under pressure from Catholic Church leaders and the prisoners' families. In the aftermath of the strike, the administration of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher agreed to give in to several of the protesters' demands, including the right to wear civilian clothing and the right to receive mail and visits. Prisoners were also allowed to move more freely and were no longer subject to harsh penalties for refusing prison work. Official recognition of their political status, however, was not granted. — This Day in History is courtesy of

Correction In the Tuesday, September 27, issue, the story “Vols look to capitalize on weak Bulls offense” was attributed to Matt Dixon but was in fact written by Sam Scott.

VolAware Street Fair WEDNESDAY, Oct.5 10 TO 4:30 UC PLAZA AM


Join us and unwind with chair massages, yoga, arts and crafts, giveaways, raffles, and more at the VolAware Street Fair. Campus and local mental health and wellness groups will distribute information on personal safety and offer suicide prevention training. Students can also learn about internships and career opportunities in the helping professions.

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Exhibit offers fresh approach Brittney Dougherty Staff Writer Every month, the Visual Arts Committee showcases a different exhibit in the UC concourse. October begins the reign of Chris Sarborough’s drawings and paintings. Morgan Hardy, the chairperson of the Visual Arts Committee, said she is excited to present this semester’s first professional artist. “It is really interesting stuff and it’s also our first professional show of the year,” she said. As a chairperson, Hardy has some goals for the committee this year. She said she wants to expand the types of art they bring to UT as well as student involvement. “I feel like in the past we’ve been kind of exclusive to art students,” Hardy said. “My goal for this year is to kind of expand what we do beyond the state artist lectures and exhibitions.” According to its website,, the Visual Arts Committee’s mission is “to promote appreciation of the visual arts.” They do this with lectures and exhibitions such as the upcoming Chris Scarborough exhibit. Starting this month, Hardy would like to add the exhibits put on by the Visual Arts Committee to First Friday. “We thought it might be a good idea for the UT students to start off their First Friday at the

UC concourse,” Hardy said. It lasts from 5-6 p.m. this First Friday on Oct. 7. There will be food and sometimes the artists will be in attendance. Unfortunately, Scarborough is not in town. He has been to UT before, however, and is extremely dedicated to his craft. The Boston resident said he has always been an artist. “I believe someone stuck a brush in my hand when I was two and it stuck,” Scarborough said. “I’ve always had the impulse to draw or paint.” Scarborough mixes ordinary subjects with the strange. For example, his piece “The Architect” has a stump with a large bird’s talons perched upon it. The bird’s shape is quickly lost under a mass that resembles a pile of mangled airplane wings. The only other recognizable part of the bird is its eyes. This is one of the reasons the Visual Arts Committee chose Scarborough for its UC concourse exhibit. Hardy said a number of factors go into which artists they present. “I like to be ornery and choose artists that people will be shocked by, but that’s not in the rulebook,” Hardy said. “I think they saw that he had an interesting quality to his work.” The exhibit has been up in the UC concourse since Oct. 1. For information about other upcoming events put on by the Visual Arts Committee and other Central Program Council committees, visit the activities’ website at To show your appreciation or make comments, fill out a comment card at the end of the UC concourse about the art.

Memphis mayor seeks re-election The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Known for his mediation skills and stylish suits, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has guided this gritty city through a $60 million budget deficit, a school funding battle and a historic Mississippi River flood. Through it all, the silver-haired former lawyer has remained low-key and calm. Those traits have helped him maintain his support as he prepares for re-election Thursday in a city that has been beleaguered by poverty, crime and unemployment. “I’ve got to have an upbeat spirit, no matter what challenges we face,” Wharton said. “That aspect of being mayor is as important, or sometimes more important, than balancing the books.” Wharton won a special election in 2009 to replace Willie Herenton, the city’s first elected black mayor who resigned after 18 years in office. Wharton previously served as Shelby County mayor for about seven years and was the first African-American law professor at the University of Mississippi, a position he held for 25 years. He also

was Shelby County’s chief public defender. Wharton leads in polls by a substantial margin. His opponents include Edmund Ford Sr., the brother of former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr., and James Harvey, a Shelby County commissioner who has chastised Wharton for backing more than $150 million in tax breaks for companies such as Electrolux and Mitsubishi Electric in the face of budget woes. All three are black, which is important in a city where 63 percent of about 646,000 residents are African-American, according to the 2010 Census. Memphis was also recently declared the poorest big city in the country by the Census. Wharton’s ability to resolve conflicts has been put Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon to the test. In July, tensions rose when the struggling, majority-black Memphis City Schools system Essence Clemons, freshman in business and marketing, and Kellie Duncan, freshmerged with the more successful, majority-white man in logistics, help clean up trash on campus as part of their Venture Living Shelby County school system. Wharton stepped in Learning Community Business Administration 100 class on Wednesday, Sept. 21. near the end and helped smooth out what could have been a long, contentious process of planning the merger transition. Then, when the Memphis school board decided to delay the start of classes until it received millions of dollars owed to it by the City Council, Wharton negotiated a deal and classes began on time.

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Misperceptions surround DADT It might surprise those of you who have little experience with the military, but the military is a very large collection of individuals. And while many of them did lament the passing of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), many of them were enthusiastic, and still others marked it with a very unenthusiastic “whatever.” Yet, Wiley Robinson in his Sept. 23 Beacon article, asserted that “the military” put DADT in place to persecute homosexuals, completely discounting Admiral Mike Mullen, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the key voices advocating against DADT. Before I begin to lay out why I support DADT, let me begin by asserting something exceedingly rare in these types of discussions — facts. DADT did not stop homosexuals from serving in the United States Military; rather, it allowed them to serve. Before the implementation of DADT, homosexuals were not allowed in the military at all. In fact, DADT forbade my chain of command from asking anyone else I served with if they were a homosexual. This was the source of the outrage at the onset of DADT. If DADT does not exist to persecute homosexuals, then why does it exist? On the battlefield there can be no allegiances superior to those you have to the man on your left and on your right; from my first day in the Marines it was made clear to me that the men beside me were more important than my mother and father, my girlfriend and every other relationship I had ever had. And they were. My mother and father, girlfriend, grandparents or friends couldn’t save me once we were under fire; only my brothers could. What’s more, there is no room for dissension — or, more importantly, legitimate reasons for dissension; and there is no room for factions. All attention must be focused on the task at hand; the price for failures or mistakes is death. And it is for this reason that there is no room for romantic entanglements; whether homosexual or heterosexual. Women are not allowed to serve in combat arms units, so laws prohibiting fraternization between men and women, in these units at least, are unnecessary; but in units where women are allowed these laws are in force, and ignored. As a result, there is much speculation as to how certain leaders got and maintain their positions; and it is all but fatal to morale. Men are allowed to serve in combat arms units, so the repeal of DADT exposes them to this very real risk of dissension and faction.

So, that is my case for DADT; but now I would like to get on to the inspiration for this article. In his article, Robinson asserts that “99.9 percent of the folks we killed over there” are innocent. How dare you, sir? Have you ever had to look any of those people in the eye? Have you eaten food they graciously and enthusiastically prepared for you — when they barely have enough for themselves? Let’s again revert to facts to make the case. We are not the ones intentionally targeting innocents over there; the terrorists are. Have you missed the countless news stories to that effect? I have fought these people and I tell that they do not hold life in the same regard we do. They callously and regularly use drug addicts, the mentally handicapped, women and children as the pawns of their games; they attack schools, torture fathers and sons to death and decapitate journalists. I will not make the case that no innocents are dead at our hands; recent events speak to the opposite. Rather, I make the case that these incidents are either unintentional, collateral damage or isolated incidents. But we didn’t just leave those poor people out of the fight; whenever possible, we helped them. We built schools and water treatment plants, treated the sick, fed the hungry and clothed the naked. Americans have no reason to be ashamed of the actions of their government in the wars in either Iraq or Afghanistan; our men and women in uniform have comported themselves with no small measures of valor and kindness. Furthermore, we did not invade Iraq “for its resources.” We invaded to prevent Saddam Hussein from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, which he used on the Kurds in the ’90s and which his top generals and staff testified he moved to Syria. It is always odd to me that these kinds of articles are written about the military by people who have enjoyed the protection of the military. Because of our military, the wars that wage in our enemies’ backyards are not waging in our own. We do not have to listen to the anguished screams of mothers as they look on the bodies of their children. There is no risk that we will be captured off of Cumberland, taken to a plastic lined room and beheaded. And this is all thanks to the military. So, please show some respect; or at the very least, don’t take cheap shots at the people who keep you safe. — Johnathan Dunham is a senior in enterprise management. He can be reached at



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Republicans lack real contender Off the Deep End by

Derek Mullins I seem to be ticking a lot of my die-hard Republican friends, acquaintances, and detractors off, but that’s understandable. I mean, after all, I have always maintained that President Barack Obama will retain his seat in the White House next fall despite a lot of criticism lobbed at him from all sides, even from this very column. Somehow, they just cannot understand what it is about this man that makes me so sure that his chances of remaining in power are greater than falling to any potential foe they can put up against him next November. Their mistake is thinking that my faith comes out of some sort of faith or fervent support of the president. It doesn’t. Instead, it comes from a continuous analysis of their beloved Republican Party and the menagerie of wackos they keep rolling out on debate stages across the country. To put it quite simply, the Republicans have NO ONE. Yeah, yeah, I know. “Ron Paul is great!”, “Rick Perry is going to win by a landslide!”, “Mitt Romney is going to be the one!”, and “Michelle Bachman is going to save us!”. I’ve heard it all again and again and again. Regardless of how many times you repeatedly tell yourselves that, Republicans, it doesn’t make it true. Rick Perry sealed his fate the moment he entered the race for the nomination when he said that Social Security was a Ponzi scheme. Totally casting the fact that he once mentioned secession for Texas — jokingly or otherwise — aside, you have to remember that the majority of people who will be participating in this election are going to be individuals who either are currently receiving entitlement benefits or stand to receive them soon. They don’t like it when you threaten to take them away. Mitt Romney? Forget it. His track record as a governor and his usage of a socialized health care system already lost him one race for the nomination. His hypocrisy would lose him the presidency, too, even if he is the perceived best option for big business. Beyond that, the Republican Party, if they were being honest, will not hedge its bets on the South — a

predominantly Protestant region — voting for a Mormon over that black fella who’s supposedly a closet Muslim. Michelle Bachman? Don’t make me laugh. She’s so stupid, she makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar. She runs her head into so many political brick walls, that someone should do the humane thing and give her a helmet. And then there’s the longshot, Ron Paul. Much like Rick Perry, he’ll never be elected. His adamant stance against big government sounds great on paper to voting Republicans, but his opposition to entitlements and projections of American power will drive away modern Republicans in droves. Add to that the fact that he’s a closet religious nut, too, and you can’t help but see he’s doomed. But you want to know the biggest reason none of these or the other also will win in November 2012? Their party and the people who back it. I don’t know if you’ve kept up with the Republican debates in recent months — I’d understand if you preferred to retain your IQ points. If you have, I’m sure you’ve noticed the numerous instances of the candidates trying to one-up each other with how conservative they are. After all, as Bill Maher put it, the only way they could seem to be more on the right at these things is if one of them stood up and demanded a return to slavery. It is, however, the crowds that are shocking most moderates, independents and other onlookers. When Rick Perry was said to have executed over 230 people, one audience stood and cheered at length as though he was a war hero returning from killing bin Laden with his bare hands. When Ron Paul was asked if — as a former physician — he would really be in favor of letting someone on life support die because of a lack of funds, the crowd burst into applause after a couple of their cohorts yelled “Let him die!” When footage of an Air Force airman coming out to his dad after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was played for the candidates, the crowd booed him like Big Orange fans when Alabama or Florida takes the field. The Republicans aren’t doing themselves any favors with their choice of candidates or their stiff social stances. Unless something changes, they will wind up losing the election instead of being defeated by Obama. — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at

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The Onion recently reported on the startling and terrifying situation occurring inside the Capital Building. Congress has decided to take a group of visiting school children hostage for the ransom of $12 trillion. John Boehner has emerged as the speaker for this bipartisan group and demanded that the money be delivered by 4 p.m. that day or they will start shooting hostages. President Obama was reported as saying: “I know Speaker Boehner personally, and I know that he and his colleagues will not hesitate for a second to kill these poor children if they don’t get their way.” He also added: “Trust me, this Congress will do it.” In case you are oblivious to the Onion’s purpose, this is all satire. Unfortunately, it is happening, though not in such a literal fashion. Congress has repeatedly held the nation hostage in order to further its own goals. The financial bill was a ludicrous display of this unabashed greed. The U.S. was literally on the brink of defaulting, which would have destroyed us economically, all because some congressman did not want to slightly increase taxes on the rich. While that was the most blatant display of villainy, it hardly was the first time it happened. The Onion is supposed to be satirical; however, in this increasingly insane world of politics it is becoming more difficult to create a situation that is different enough from reality. The U.S. currently is holding a contest for who can turn it into a theocracy the fastest and Congress is so against Obama that they are willing to destroy the country just to defy him. Politics has become a joke, and yet no one is laughing because everybody will pay dearly for it. While Congress is working hard to keep giving the rich more money, the poor are becoming poorer and life in America is falling apart. Instead of acknowledging this and trying to fix it, Congress is enveloped by their own greed and has become deaf to the troubles of its constituents. Our country is going to go down in flames unless

we the people stand up to fight for it. Instead of kowtowing to our corporate benefactors, as the Tea Party is obliviously doing, we need to fight against them for our own individuality. Education funding is being cut left and right, and as such tuition is being raised to nigh unaffordable rates. Health care is nothing more than sacrifices for the sake of money. The focus needs to be put back on the people rather than what sponsors us. A protest has been held on Wall Street against the banks and the way they have ruined this country. At first, they were ignored and even mocked by some, but now the police have decided that rampant beatings and arrests are the solution. Even news reporters were considered protesters and have been arrested for simply being there with a camera. What kind of world is this where a reporter can be arrested for simply reporting a protest? What happened to Free Speech and the Right of the Press? In the face of all these adversities, there is hardly room to hope for change. Obama promised change, but thanks to Congress, none of this change can happen. The U.S. has let Congress be bought out by lobbyists who do not care about anything but money. Politics has become nothing more than whoever has the most money gets what they want. Equality and care for the poor and disadvantaged has been thrown to the wayside. Greed has become the newest drug of choice and our country is suffering for it. Despite all of this, something must be done. College students and the younger generation hold the most power to change the world and yet we are placated by television and video games. The people need to fight against oppression in order to maintain a livable country. In the early 1900s, people were forced to work 12-hour days with no overtime or breaks, except maybe for lunch, and children were given dangerous jobs. All this so the family can bring home enough to live on for that day. Since then, the minimum wage and work day laws have gone into effect and the country finally started to realize that the poor contribute the most. We have forgotten that now, and the country is slipping back into the exploitation ages. We must fight to prevent this because if we do not, our children will suffer. — Aaron Moyer is a junior in philosophy. He can be reached

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Dental Armageddon : Part Six McDonald’s exemplifies new Strip Olivia Cooper Staff Writer A week had passed since Harriet visited Spencer. The electric company gave up and sent workers home after several protests. The office was now running on generators. Stacy had finally left after a particularly nasty game of “Monopoly,” which left a fist-sized hole in the break room wall. Mrs. Marshall had developed carpal tunnel from the cards and had taken up crossword puzzles. They now covered her desk, the appointment calendar long since forgotten. Natalie had given up on dressing in colorful scrubs with cartoons all over them and kept arriving in jeans and Tshirts each day to Harriet’s chagrin. The waiting room wasn’t dirty. It was Mrs. Marshall’s duty to clean it, but the light of the generator-powered wall sconces seemed to make it darker. Harriet cleaned the toys and fit them in a basket in the corner until she finally relented. She set them outside, next to a sign that said “free.” And that was where the pile stayed. All the kids were gone. All the usual cars, with back seats full of luggage, had left. Some said the impact of the meteor wouldn’t be felt as much in certain cities and that there might be a chance of survival. Upon hearing that news, the people remaining in the city departed, knowing their last hope was just gossip. Harriet had begun to pack her office into boxes. She wanted the end of time to feel like a move to a different house, a routine and organized event, not a violent and sudden one. Her pictures were out of sight, along with her degrees and name plate. All that remained was a pen, a notebook and a set of ceramic teeth. She rubbed the spot on her arm and pushed the teeth aside. At the grocery store down the road, Natalie was buying snacks for the office. The leftover meat in the back of the store had been out of the cold for too long and had made the entire place smell putrid. With a surgical mask on her face, Natalie searched for anything to eat and had so far found a can of jalapeno sausages in a can and a bag of pork rinds. She took her finds

urban design at the University of Texas Arlington. I asked Duong what he thought McDonald's was attempting to accomplish with Chris Flowers their design overhaul. Staff Writer “McDonald's wants to attract a new demoEntering the Cumberland Avenue graphic with its pseudo-postmodern architecMcDonald's grand reopening gala, I immediate- ture and strong use of graphic art,” Duong said, ly stuck out. I was the youngest attendee by at “attempting to attract a more urban, trend conleast twenty years. The room was filled with scious individual.” “The exterior of the building seems to slightMcDonald's executives and other serious looking business folks wearing suits. As I started to ly contradict the interior, displaying a much chow down on the food provided by Dead End more dated architectural style than the one BBQ, (yes McDonald's paid another restaurant reflected within,” Duong said. “While there are to cater their party) I drew the attention of the updated accents on the exterior, it still holds the same character of that of an older McDonald's, big man himself, Ronald McDonald. Ronald and I had a nice chat, during which whereas the interior exhibits a completely modhe admirably remained completely in character, ern personality. The interior looks like an archiuntil he eventually asked if I would take a pic- tecture major dropout puked Bauhaus all over it.” ture with him This move using his Ipad. I toward a more obliged and urban aesthetic attempted to is part of a match his spastic broader effort enthusiasm in the by the city of picture, but it is Knoxville to tough to compete revitalize the in that departstrip, known as ment with a corthe Cumberland porate mascot. A v e n u e After borrowC o r r i d o r ing Ronald's Ipad Project. The to email myself primary goal of my awesome new Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon the project is Google+ profile picture, I strolled Dustin Le, undecided freshman, places the first to make the more around the order at the newly renovated McDonalds on the strip restaurant pon- Strip at the midnight re-opening on Wednesday, attractive and dering what Sept. 28. The McDonalds features an updated p e d e s t r i a n A M c D o n a l d ' s look, featuring the skyline of Knoxville and an out- friendly. later phase of hoped to accom- door patio. the project will plish with their new look. It is certainly a drastic change. At see Cumberland Avenue reduced to three lanes, first glance the minimalistic, solid-colored furni- with one lane each direction and a shared-turn ture reminded me of an Ikea store; the random lane. This will allow for wider sidewalks and punctuation marks adorning the walls raised my increased foot traffic, foot traffic McDonald's eyebrow. Unsurprisingly, orange and white hopes to pull in with their new outdoor seating dominate the color palette. The simple shapes area. “Outdoor seating engages the sidewalk,” and bright colors contribute to the restaurant's newfound aura of cleanliness, a welcome Anne Wallace, manager of the Cumberland change from the former interior filled with Avenue Corridor Project, said of the new seating. “It makes for a more urban, pedestrian dingy brown and yellow. Graphic art depicting the Knoxville skyline friendly environment.” McDonald's will also be updating some of covers one wall, periods and commas are scattered across the rest. The Knoxville skyline and their business practices to go along with the liberal use of orange and white serve to instill structural changes. In order to satisfy the needs the restaurant with a sense of community, the of the UT students who frequent the strip, cuspunctuation marks are perhaps to generate an tomers will now have access to free Wi-Fi, a 24atmosphere of communication and social activi- hour drive-through, and a 24-hour dining room ty. Or maybe they painted periods and commas on the weekends. The remodeling of the McDonald's is only a all over the walls because they thought it looked small step in the ambitious Cumberland Avenue — Olivia Cooper is a senior in creative cool. To get a more informed perspective on the Corridor Project, but it rids the strip of one of writing. She can be reached at new architectural style of the McDonald's, I its most rundown structures, and is the most contacted Steven Duong, masters candidate in visible sign of progress for the project to date. to the checkout counter, pulled open the empty till and placed her last $5 bill inside. Harriet had insisted she pay. As she walked toward the door, she heard a shuffling coming from the office up front. In a city on the brink of total annihilation, nobody took a chance. She hastened her pace until a voice cried out, “Piggy chips!” She stopped. She recognized that voice. It was the same voice she had heard for years every day at every appointment. Natalie threw open the store’s office door and found a small girl four or five years old in dirty clothes, standing on a pile of dog beds. Behind her was a stockpile of every snack food a child could imagine. “Piggy chips…” the girl told her and pointed to the pork rinds. Natalie handed them over. The girl snatched them and placed them carefully on top of a pile of other bags of chips. She then dragged a larger dog bed off her pile and placed it beside her. Natalie took the hint and sat down. “Where are your parents?” she asked the girl, who had begun to change outfits on her doll. The doll looked cleaner than the girl did. “Ms. Lindsay told me they had to give me away,” the girl said. “Mommy couldn’t pay for me.” Natalie examined the girl’s hideaway. The counter obscured her from the front of the store, but she had everything in here, even a television and video game system. “I’m Natalie,” Natalie said. “What’s your name?” The girl stopped and grinned up at her. She looked as if she learned that Santa Claus had stopped the meteor. “My name is Natalie too!” she replied excitedly. As she watched the little girl brush her doll’s hair, Natalie began to feel the ground moving. It started off as a buzzing, hardly noticeable if you hadn’t been waiting for it for months, but it then turned into shaking. Natalie grabbed the girl and crawled underneath a counter for safety. The girl yelled, eyes wide, “It’s here!”









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6 • The Daily Beacon

Monday, October 3, 2011


Rogers steps up in Hunter’s shadow didn’t need him to be. Da’Rick had a big day. If Da’Rick can’t catch for 180, somebody is going to have to make up for it. We’ve got to get these yards, but 342 passing is a big number, and I like their attempts.” Young returns In his first game as Tennessee’s go-to receiver, Da’Rick Rogers stepped up in a big way for Knoxville native Devrin Young made his UT debut on Saturday. The freshman fielded his first the Volunteers. Without fellow sophomore receiver Justin Hunter for first time due to a season-ending injury punt after the Vols forced the Bulls to go three-and-out to open the game and returned punt 43 yards before being tripped at the Buffalo 48-yard line. Young also had 51 yards on two kickoff he suffered against Florida, Rogers hauled in seven receptions for a careerreturns, fumbling one, and added six rushing high 180 yards and two touchdowns in UT’s 41-10 victory over Buffalo yards on offense. Saturday in Neyland Stadium. “He had two good returns,” Vols’ coach Derek “Really, the coaches had been telling me all week that a lot of plays Dooley said. “I hope he can continue to do that. would be coming my way, and when they would come, what would I do,” It got a little energy going in the return game. Rogers said. “With Justin going down, I felt like I had to come back strong Hopefully, that will energize the guys for the team.” blocking. But, he put the ball on the Through four games, Rogers ranks second in the SEC in both receptions ground, too. So you all know why I had (27) and yards (442), trailing Arkansas Jarius Wright in both categories. him carrying the ball all week. It didn’t Rogers’ six touchdown grabs rank first in the conference and tied for third help. Or maybe it did. Maybe he nationally. –Da’Rick Rogers would’ve fumbled five. It was a ‘do it and “He’s a hard guy to cover,” UT quarterback Tyler Bray said. “He’s a big, Sophomore Wide Receiver get your feet wet’ game and we’ll see how he prophysical receiver. And you can’t just worry about him.” gresses.” While no other Vol had more than three catches or accumulated 40 Night game looms receiving yards, Dooley said it was not needed. The Vols’ now enter a brutal four-game October stretch similar to last year, which includes Freshman DeAnthony Arnett did haul in his first two touchdowns of his UT career, even if two of the top three teams in the country — LSU and Alabama. one of which was controversial. But up next for UT is a home showdown with Georgia. The game will kick-off at 7 p.m. and “I think he dropped one,” Dooley said. “They couldn’t see it on the replay, so I’m going to give him credit for that second one. He’s doing O.K. He wasn’t very active in the slot, but we be televised on ESPN2.

Matt Dixon

Sports Editor

Really, the coaches had been

telling me all week that a lot of

plays would be coming my way.

Titans triumph after tragedy, 31-13 The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Matt Hasselbeck’s fresh start in Tennessee has the Titans off to an unexpected one. The 13-year veteran quarterback, who left Seattle as a free agent after a playoff-filled decade, threw three touchdown passes in the first half and safety Jordan Babineaux returned an interception 97 yards for a TD as the Titans thumped the Cleveland Browns 31-13 on Sunday for their third straight win under first-year coach Mike Munchak. Hasselbeck picked apart Cleveland's secondary in the opening half, throwing for 194 yards while helping the Titans (3-1) build a 21-6 lead. The 36-year-old Hasselbeck finished 10 of 20 for 220 yards — 26 on just two completions after halftime. The Titans were playing with heavy hearts. On Saturday, they learned that Mike Heimerdinger, their beloved former offensive coor-

dinator known as “Dinger” died of cancer at 58. Heimerdinger died while in Mexico to receive experimental treatments for a rare form of the disease. Heimerdinger and Munchak spent several seasons together on former Titans coach Jeff Fisher’s staff. Tennessee’s Chris Johnson rushed for 101 yards, three more than his total in three games. The Browns (2-2) didn’t build momentum following a comeback win last week over Miami, and they enter their bye with renewed problems. Cornerback Joe Haden, arguably Cleveland’s best player, injured his left knee. Colt McCoy went 40 of 61 for 350 yards and one TD against the league’s No. 1ranked defense, which sacked him three times and chased Cleveland's QB all afternoon. But as he tried to rally Cleveland in the second half, McCoy forced a pass that was picked and taken all the way back by Babineaux.

Cross country suffers rough run Staff Reports Seniors Chris Bodary and Brittany Sheffey once again paced the Tennessee cross country teams, leading the Vols and Lady Vols at Friday’s Brooks Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. For the third time this season, senior Chris Bodary was out front for the Vols. Making his final collegiate cross country return to his home state, the native of Downingtown covered the 8000-meter Goodman Campus Course in 25 minutes, 28 seconds to finish 90th (87th scorer) in a field of 402 runners in the men’s Gold Race. Bodary had crossed the line 61st a year ago in 25:00. The Tennessee men finished 37th out of 45 teams on the 8000meter layout, accumulating 1020 points. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma claimed victory in the men’s competition, tallying 34 points. Twentysecond-ranked Georgetown was a distant second with 134. Sheffey was UT’s top female finisher for the third straight meet and contributed to the scoring cause for J.J. Clark’s squad in her 21st-consecutive race. The product of Bellport, N.Y., crossed the line in 21 minutes, 19 seconds to place 41st in a field of 396 runners in the women’s Gold Race on the 6000-meter Goodman Campus Course. Sheffey had placed 14th here in 2009 in a career-best 20:39. The Lady Vols, who came in 38th a year ago, climbed to 32nd out of 45 squads this time around with 879 points despite the absence of two of their top-five runners. Third-ranked Providence captured the women’s team trophy over No. 5 Villanova, 101-104. No. 1 Villanova wound up fourth at 141, just behind the 125-point collaboration of 12th-ranked Syracuse. Other scorers for the UT men included senior Tom Gilmartin in 249th (217th) at 26:31, freshman Austin Whitelaw in 251st (218th)

at 26:32, sophomore Jake Rainey in 267th (232nd) at 26:38 and freshman Jeremy Dickie in 315th (266th) at 27:09. Bodary, Gilmartin, Whitelaw and Dickie have counted toward the scoring total in all three races for UT this season, while Rainey has contributed in each of his two starts in 2011. Running but not factoring into the points were sophomore Stephen Derlath in 341st (281st) at 27:23, sophomore Daniel Tobin in 353rd (289th) at 27:35, sophomore Alex McCandless in 363rd at 27:43, freshman J.R. Creekmore in 387th at 28:20 and senior Scott March in 395th at 29:09. “After a good performance on our home course at the Tennessee Invitational, our guys came to a meet that had several good teams and appeared to get a little stage fright,” said Clark, UT's director of track & field/cross country. The Lady Vols’ Amber Zimmerman, who led UT in five of six races in 2010, completed her first race this season. The sophomore from Knoxville (Webb) concluded the race 172nd (157th scorer) in 22:47. Walk-on Kacey Nobert of St. Agnes Academy in Memphis, who recently joined the squad, ran third for the Big Orange and placed 189th (172nd) in 22:56. Rounding out the scoring for the UT women were junior Kelsey Kane in 246th (220nd) at 23:23 and freshman Amirah Johnson in 346th (289th) at 24:24. Sheffey, Kane and Johnson have been in UT’s top five all season, while Zimmerman and Nobert were first-time contributors in 2011. Not factoring into UT’s sum were junior Nijgia Snapp in 354th (293rd) at 24:30, senior Elizabeth Altizer in 371st (300th) at 24:58 and senior Elizabeth Tiller in 380th at 25:26. Senior Chanelle Price did not finish the race after appearing to twist her ankle, and junior Ramzee Fondren, the team’s No. 2 runner two weekends ago, did not make the trip. Clark said Price’s injury was not serious.

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