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VOLstars help those in need over break UT students travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., help rebuild after tornado fallout after five months,” Tucker Hunley, undecided freshman, said. “Most people don’t realize how close to the university this actuStaff Writer ally was … what if this had been UT? How would we react to it?” Stephens explained to the group exactly what she saw that “It’s ridiculous, the highlight of my academic career,” day and told stories of the friends she lost and the lives that Spencer Cagle, junior in economics and Alternative Fall Break were saved. She feels that the tragedy, though it brought forth Tuscaloosa member, said. much suffering, also connected the students like nothing but Fall Break 2011 went a little differently for a fortunate few tragedy can. She said that even though school was dismissed UT students who were chosen via interview process to particiseveral weeks early, nearly the whole student body refused to go pate in this year’s Alternative Fall Break. TeamVols hosts both home, and instead stayed to help clean the streets and nurse the alternative break trips annually and allows wounded. students to donate their time, usually spent The final day of the trip was split into two resting, to the less fortunate. The students parts, starting with volunteering at the are never told the location of their trip until Forrest Lake Baptist Church and ending weeks after they have been selected. This with the Tuscaloosa volunteer center wareensures a team of true Volunteers, who wish house. The church had become a place of nothing but to serve others to the best of refuge after the storm, hosting and nursing their abilities. Once the interview process is people daily for five months. It was just now complete, the remaining students are secable to begin functioning as simply a church tioned off into hand-picked groups, each routagain. The members told stories of food ed to separate locations in need of assistance. shortages and miracles that seem to happen As many are aware, earlier this spring — every time they were nearly out of a supAlabama was hit hard with its share of natuply, a person would find them and give them ral disasters, leaving many of its resident’s just what they needed. homeless, without schools and at the mercy Most remarkable, however, was even in of its surrounding states in their quest for their time of tragedy they were still focused restoration. TeamVols selected one volunteer solely on what they could do for someone group to help make a difference in the heart of else, even going as far as surprising the the destruction, Tuscaloosa. VOLstars with a full-course, home-cooked The Tuscaloosa team, more affectionately meal just for being there to help move some known as the VOLstars, started their service furniture around and clean up. on Sept. 29, volunteering at Lloyd Wood The volunteer center was no different. Middle School. The middle school is playing Home to some secret Volunteer fans, affechost to a group of elementary students from tionate older men, who spend their time colHolt Elementary’s afterschool program, lecting goods to give out to the poor for free, • Photo courtesy of TeamVOLS whose previous location was destroyed in the never ceased in offering them what they Over Fall Break, students paint the outside of a home damaged from the storms that tornados. The VOLstars spent the remainder wanted from the piles of necessities they of their day finger-painting, singing songs and, hit Tuscaloosa, Ala. last spring. On this year’s Alternative Fall Break trip, students were supposed to be bagging. most importantly, bringing joy to the faces of worked to repair damaged homes and played with children whose lives had been As the trip drew to a close TeamVols children who have had their daily lives and affected by the storms. Coordinator Kate Humphrey summed up the routines uprooted from beneath them. Lloyd is feelings of all. just one of many schools trying to deal with the overcrowding pride with people and I am glad we could restore just the small“In a troubling world it’s refreshing to find someone who still issue seen all over southern Alabama. est bit of that pride to the people here,” Anna Freels, junior in has time to be kind, someone who still has the faith to believe On the final day of September the VOLstars worked with nursing and Team Leader, said. that the more you give the more you receive,” Humphrey said. Brush of Kindness, a service group under Habitat for This term applies not only to the citizens of Alabama but to Later on that night they were given a tour of University of Humanity’s housing umbrella. This section provides fresh coats Alabama by student and Brushes of Kindness helper, Hannah the Tennessee students as well. The examples set by the stuof paint and household restorations for people in less fortunate Stephens. dents not only at home but around our country really allow the neighborhoods. “It was pitiful to see how bad of shape they were in, even world to see what it means to be a volunteer. “The fresh coats of paint made a huge difference, but you

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look around and see all the other destroyed houses and it makes you sad to know you can’t help them all,” Melissa Mullins, undecided sophomore, said. The community really responded to the volunteers’ work, according to participants. Many of the residents even stopped and commended the work. As the volunteers worked on two adjacent houses in a neighborhood, one woman remarked that no one ever does anything about the damage here and thanked the volunteers. “People’s houses and what they look like are a real sense of

Gala commemorates struggle Jamie Greig Staff Writer Nearly 900 people gathered last week in the Knoxville Convention Center to celebrate 50 years of African-American achievement at UT. The event was part of UT’s year-long celebration commemorating the first black undergraduates to enroll in the university. The large crowd honored UT administrator Theotis Robinson, the families of Charles Blair and the late Willie May Gillespie with a standing ovation. UT Trustee Anne Holt Blackburn, a 1973 alumna and Emmy-award-winning anchor for Nashville’s WKRN-TV, served as the mistress of ceremonies. “Today’s students owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who broke down the walls of segregation at the university,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek told attendees. “The events of the past have brought us to where we need to stand today — a campus open to and committed to diversity.” The celebration, organized by the 50th Anniversary Committee, featured musical and dramatic performances highlighting the challenges and accomplishments of the last five decades. UT students, faculty and staff, along with community members, were part of the music and dramatic production. The 1970s were represented by a song and dance production of the song “Age of Aquarius.” The All Campus Theatre and Strange Fruit Productions student groups joined forces to produce a play highlighting the 1980s and the oncampus struggle for equality. The families of Gene Mitchell Gray, the first African-American graduate school student, and Lincoln Anderson Blackney, the first AfricanAmerican law school student, were also recognized at the celebration. Many African-American achievers attended, including Brenda Peel, the first UT AfricanAmerican undergraduate to obtain a degree; Lester McClain, the first African-American scholarship athlete, who played football in 1967; and Wade Houston, the first African-American basketball coach in the Southeastern Conference. Among the many other individuals and groups celebrated for achievement was the late Fred Brown, who founded UT’s Minority Engineering Scholarship program. Cheek noted the impact of Brown’s work and highlighted the efforts of the campus’ Love Gospel Choir and ME4UT student organizations.

Cheek also made note of Brown’s role in nurturing many students, including UT trustee Spruell Driver, a 1987 engineering graduate. Driver was named a Torchbearer upon graduation and went to Duke University to earn a law degree. He also was celebrated at the event as the first African-American president of the UT National Alumni Association. Music faculty member Donald Brown, a threetime Grammy nominee and internationally renowned jazz pianist, played “Someday We Will Be Free,” accompanied by vocalist Kelle Jolly. The program reflected on the role of sports in UT’s African-American achievement. Including Larry Robinson, the first AfricanAmerican to receive a scholarship for UT’s varsity basketball team; linebacker Jackie Walker, who became the first African-American football team captain; and Condredge Holloway, who was named the school’s first African-American football quarterback and UT alumna Benita Fitzgerald, who was the first African-American to win a gold medal in the Olympic 100-meter hurdles. The program gave credit to the work of Rita Sanders Geier, who filed a lawsuit against the state in 1968, which led to a long-standing consent decree and dedicated funding for minority recruitment, scholarships and faculty hiring at UT. Geier came to work at UT in 2007 as a special assistant to the chancellor and retires this fall. UT junior Jessica Session gave a riveting slam poetry performance, which was accompanied by vocalist Shana Ward, pianist Kristopher Tucker and cellist Jeremiah Welch, all of whom are UT undergraduates. The gala ended with the university’s Alma Mater, sung first in traditional style and then reworked into a modern arrangement for the grand finale, which showcased all the evening’s performers. Cheek thanked celebration co-chairs, Charles and Annazette Houston, and members of the committee for an enjoyable and inspiring event. Avery Howard, agriculture and natural resources leadership and table host at the Gala, remarked on the event’s meaning. “It was incredible to see the achievement of African-Americans who attended UT. It inspired me to see that I can make an impact just as they did,” Howard said. “African-American students at UT are not here solely because they want to be but because of the work of others who have come before us. Reflecting on the 50 years of accomplishments by African-American students makes me want to continue to make a difference for another 50 years.”

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Matt Butcher performs while comedian Dave Rasnake and host Lauren Lazarus listen during a live airing of 11 O’Clock Rock on Thursday, Sept. 29. The episode was the 500th for the program, which is broadcast from the Market Square offices of The shows are open to the public Monday-Friday at 11 a.m.

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Christopher Mann gives instruction to Alex Spicer, sophomore in psychology, between games during the Charlotte Open on Friday, Sept. 30. The UT Badminton Club traveled to Charlotte over Fall Break, where students placed first and second in women’s singles, second in women’s doubles and first in men’s singles consolation.

1957 — Sputnik launched The Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles. Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. In January 1958, Sputnik's orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere. Officially, Sputnik was launched to correspond with the International Geophysical Year, a solar period that the International Council of Scientific Unions declared would be ideal for the launching of artificial satellites to study Earth and the solar system. However, many Americans feared more sinister

uses of the Soviets’ new rocket and satellite technology, which was apparently strides ahead of the U.S. space effort. Sputnik was some 10 times the size of the first planned U.S. satellite, which was not scheduled to be launched until the next year. The U.S. government, military, and scientific community were caught off guard by the Soviet technological achievement, and their united efforts to catch up with the Soviets heralded the beginning of the “space race.” The first U.S. satellite, Explorer, was launched on January 31, 1958. By then, the Soviets had already achieved another ideological victory when they launched a dog into orbit aboard Sputnik 2. The Soviet space program went on to achieve a series of other space firsts in the late 1950s and early 1960s: first man in space, first woman, first three men, first space walk, first spacecraft to impact the moon, first to orbit the moon, first to impact Venus, and first craft to soft-land on the moon. However, the United States took a giant leap ahead in the space race in the late ‘60s with the Apollo lunar-landing program, which successfully landed two Apollo 11 astronauts on the surface of the moon in July 1969. 1965 — Pope visits U.S. Pope Paul VI arrives at Kennedy International Airport in New York City on the first visit by a reigning pope to the United States. During his packed one-day American visit — limited entirely to New York City — Pope Paul VI visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Cardinal Francis Spellman’s residence, met with President Lyndon Johnson at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, attended a public Mass at Yankee Stadium, visited the Vatican Exhibit at the New York World’s Fair, and then flew to Rome from Kennedy Airport. During less than 14 hours in the United States, the pope was seen in person by one million people and on television by an another 100 million. 1970 — Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose In the summer of 1966, Janis Joplin was a drifter; four years later, she was a rock-and-roll legend. She’d gone from complete unknown to generational icon on the strength of a single, blistering performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in the summer of 1967, and she’d followed that up with three years of touring and recording that cemented her status as, in the words of one critic, “second only to Bob Dylan in importance as a creator/recorder/embodiment of her generation's history and mythology.” Born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1943, Janis Joplin made her way to San Francisco in 1966, where she fell in with a local group called Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was with this group that she would become famous, first through her legendary performance of “Ball And Chain” at Monterey and then with the 1968 album Cheap Thrills. She soon split off to launch a solo career, however, her personality and her voice being far too big to be contained within a group. “I’d rather not sing than sing quiet,” she once said in comparing herself to one of her musical idols. “Billie Holliday was subtle and refined. I’m going to shove that power right into you, right through you and you can’t refuse it.” But if sheer abandon was Janis Joplin’s vocal trademark, she nevertheless always combined it with a musicality and authenticity that lent her music a great deal more soul than much of what the psychedelic era produced. But it was never just music, or the passion she displayed in performing it, that made Janis Joplin an icon. It was the no-holds-barred gusto with which she lived every other aspect of her life as well. Far from being an empty cliché, “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” was a revolutionary philosophy to many in the late 1960s, and Janis Joplin was its leading female exponent. Her string of romantic conquests ranged from Kris Kristofferson to Dick Cavett. Her drug and alcohol consumption was prolific. And the rock and roll she produced was timeless, from “Piece Of My Heart,” “Get It While You Can” and “Mercedes Benz” to her biggest pop hit, “Me And My Bobby McGee.” — This Day in Histroy is courtesy of

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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Switchfoot’s new album diverse Claire Dodson Staff Writer When most bands reach their eighth album, the songs all start to sound the same, the creativity starts to run out and the tracks start to become a little lackluster. With the release of its latest album “Vice Verses” on Sept. 28, however, alternative rock band Switchfoot is just getting better with age. After its seventh album, Grammy-winning “Hello Hurricane,” the band had a tough act to follow. So they didn’t follow it. Instead they went a whole different direction musically. They kept the searching soulfulness of lead singer Jon Foreman’s lyrics and added 12 diverse tracks that are sure to keep listeners rocking out the whole way. “Vice Verses” opens with the edgy, riff-driven “The Afterlife” that boldly states what becomes a common theme throughout the album — “Why would I wait till I die to come alive? / I’m ready now / I’m not waiting for the afterlife.” The guitar-driven, almost aggressive tracks build the listener up before lulling him into the more ballad-like songs like “Restless” — an anxious search for God — and “Thrive” — a mellow, melancholy song where Foreman’s raspy voice pleads “I wanna thrive / not just survive.” In between is the most diverse song on the album and my personal favorite. “Selling the News” is Switchfoot experimenting with spoken word verses that add intensity and a catchy chorus that brings it all together. “News” is an almost scathing commentary on money, power and media and its effect on the truth. The grungy guitar in the background — courtesy of the talented lead guitarist Drew Shirley — makes Foreman’s verses give the listener chills when he sings, “When nothing is sacred, there’s nothing to lose / When nothing is sacred,

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all is consumed / We’re still on the air, it must be the truth / We’re selling the news.” After “Thrive” comes “Dark Horses” — the album’s first single. “Dark Horses” is the climax of musical intensity on this record, and it becomes a rallying anthem for the oppressed, the downtrodden and the abandoned. The song was written for homeless, at-risk kids that the band tries to help through their annual Bro-Am beach concert benefiting the Stand Up For Kids charity, according to Foreman. The record begins their concluding descent with the nostalgic “Souvenirs” that comments on youth and the realizations of growing up. The second-to-last title track “Vice Verses” combines incredible lyricism with the probing questions that everyone asks himself or herself about life. Foreman asks “Where is god in the night sky? / Where is god in the city light? / Where is god in the earthquake? / Where is god in the genocide?” and creates a sad, musing tone that makes the listener ponder life in a new way. Switchfoot concludes with the balladanthem “Where I Belong ” and • Photo courtesy of Justin Stephens leaves the listener with a feeling of contentment at having been successfully taken through the ups and downs of a musician’s journey of faith and questioning. While a few tracks get lost in the shuffle of the emotion of “Vice Verses,” most of the songs are both memorable and thought provoking. Overall, Switchfoot rallies the success of “Hello Hurricane” with “Vice Verses.” They remain true to their lyrical style while pushing the musical bounds of their genre and expanding as artists. And if Switchfoot is just getting better and better as they progress as musicians, one can only imagine what record number nine has in store for Switchfoot fans.

New horror movie actually scary Brittney Dougherty Staff Writer It has become hard to find a good thriller or horror movie recently. The days of “Halloween,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” ended more than a decade ago. Now there are gore-ridden gems like “Saw” (1-a million) and “Prom Night,” and there are semi-horror movies like “Priest” and “Fright Night,” where the plot doesn’t lend itself to scaring viewers. Every time a new horror flick comes out, movie buffs everywhere watch the previews with excitement only to be disappointed in the film when they see it. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” looked like it could end up the same way. From watching the previews, it seemed like “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” would have quite a few of the key elements to classic horror movies. There is a sinister, giant house, an odd, dark child and a monster that speaks in halfwhispers. Movie posters featured grabbing hands and ominous shadows. Everything looked right to deliver a pretty decent horror movie or a terribly cheesy attempt at one. Amazingly, it was actually rather scary and did not once inspire mocking laughter from me. Screenplay writer Guillermo del Toro chose to use two main tactics to frighten his viewers. He both appealed to the viewers’ childhood fears and also made creepiness a huge part of the film. Literally everything is creepy about this movie, from start to finish. The first scene shows a man knocking out a woman’s

teeth and the last is the creatures whispering about waiting for their next victims. Again, everything is creepy. A broken family moves into a massive, creepy house in the middle of nowhere. There is a creepy maze of a garden in the yard where the girl, Sally, likes to explore, inadvertently wandering through faerie rings and diving into brush concealing who knows what. The film keeps viewers on their toes watching Bailey Madison’s character Sally trip around a dangerous mansion filled with creatures that want to consumer her and her teeth. Yes, the reason Sally needs to be afraid of the dark is there is a tiny army after her teeth. If that isn’t creepy enough, the creatures all carry things like broken scissors, steak knives and scalpels to take down Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce along with all the other people around. The other main scare tactic in the movie is appealing to the audience’s childhood fears. Almost everyone is afraid of the dark when they are young. Kids fear things running around in their rooms, hiding under their beds and sometimes even hear whispers. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” reminds viewers of those times with the way the creatures in the movie speak, move, hide and attack. The acting is moderately good, and the cinematography is beautiful. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was well done, especially in comparison to the other horror movies of the times. If you like being scared, see this movie. It takes a lot to frighten young adults in our day, but this one did a pretty good job doing so.

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Rising— American Cholesterol Levels On Oct. 2, The Ninety Nine Restaurants in Billerica, Mass., created the world’s largest nacho. The final product weighed in at 3,999 pounds and required a 70-foot, custom-made table to hold it aloft. The concoction topped the previous record of 3,555 pounds, which was set by a church group in Frisco, Texas. No word yet whether the nachos were finished, or if double-dipping was allowed.

With the ongoing collapse of the Greek economic system, the strength and security of the euro has come into question. Many observers feel that if Greece is not able to pay its debts, then it will be forced to quit the Eurozone. Their departure would call into question the commitment of other failing European markets, like Spain, Portugal and France. It seems like the future of the Eurozone rests in the hands of Germany and any potential buyout it can offer.

Falling — Class attendance This fall’s transition from September to October has been marked by a distinct decline in the number of students showing up for lecture. As the semester moves along, fewer and fewer students seem able to summon the effort necessary to drag into their classes during the first part of the day. The additional rest now will translate into extra hours in the library before Winter Break. Rising — Fraud in the educational system Parents are going to increasingly greater lengths to get their children into better public schools. A surge in fraud convictions related to school enrollment speaks to the deteriorated state of the American educational system. Mothers like Ms. Williams-Bolar, who used her father’s address so her children could attend a better school, are being charged with grand theft. Their convictions speak to the immense pressures placed on both parents and administrators by poor educational standards. Desperate parents are vying for placement in a good “zone,” and overtaxed administrators are fighting to maintain some semblance of fairness. America’s children hang in the balance. Falling — The strength of the euro

Rising — Hopes for the Vols’ season Following a dominating (albeit mistake prone) performance against Buffalo, the Vols hope to notch their first SEC win this weekend against the incoming Georgia Bulldogs. The offense’s explosion on Saturday has many fans wondering how far these Vols can go. Several key questions remain to be answered though, such as: “Can Da’Rick Rogers prove to be a deep threat against stiffer competition?”, “Can Tyler Bray withstand the dominating pass rushers of top SEC teams?”, and “Will Coach Derek Dooley continue to flaunt his orangepant fashion faux-pas for the rest of the season? And how will that affect the vision of onlookers?” Rising— Hopes for “Arrested Development” Reunion Series creator Michael Hurwitz surprised fans by announcing plans to return the show to TV with new episodes and the long-awaited movie at a cast reunion over the weekend. Hurwitz stated that he wanted to run “nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode” as a limited-run series leading up to the film. The episodes are planned for a release in early 2013. Fans of the series are taking an “I’ll believe it when I see it” approach. In other news, Steve Holt was quoted as saying about the chances of new episodes, “Steve Holt!”



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Tax hikes necessary for growth C ampbel l’s Co r n e r by

Seth Campbell We all know the financial issues that our country currently faces. No one in America wants to pay higher taxes and this is completely understandable. Why would anyone want to pay more in taxes when they can spend that money on themselves? Nevertheless, our current financial issues need to be combated by tax hikes on those who make over $1 million a year. Quite frankly, this isn’t that radical of an idea. There is always a new excuse why we shouldn’t tax the richest Americans. A term that continually comes up when President Obama proposes these tax hikes is “class warfare.” The notion that a tax hike on America’s richest is equivalent to warfare is purely propaganda and ridiculous. A simple rise in the tax rate for millionaires and billionaires is not parallel to true class warfare. I’m not even sure if the right wing realizes what constitutes class warfare and I would highlight the French Revolution as a true example of class warfare, not a tax hike. If we are serious about reducing the deficit, we need actual solutions. Simply stating that we’ll cut some spending here or there isn’t going to make much of a difference. Similar to former President Clinton’s strategy, we need to get America’s richest paying a fair share and this means overturning former President Bush’s tax cuts for the richest. I’ve heard a lot of people claim that taxing the highest earning Americans will directly hurt job creation. I say it’s about time we quit assuming that the rich are creating jobs in this country. For the richest who are actively

creating sustainable American jobs there are tax cuts in place, but assuming that all of America’s rich create jobs is a falsehood and it’s further damaging our economy. Stagnant wealth is not deserving of the tax cuts that Bush graciously provided. Just because one is a millionaire or billionaire doesn’t mean they spontaneously create jobs and we shouldn’t treat all of the rich as if they do. Much of this discussion to raise taxes is being driven by none other than the mega-rich Warren Buffett. Buffett, to his credit, found it utterly wrong that he was paying a lesser tax rate than some of his secretaries. With a system like this, it’s no wonder we face our current issues. We have individuals who make massive amounts of money who are paying far less than anything that can remotely be considered fair. Virtuously, Buffett admits these flaws in the system and has had an active role in creating a solution. In an unsurprising and childish fashion, Fox personality Bill O’Reilly has threatened to quit his show if his taxes are raised. He cites the ever-increasing costs of travel and show production as reasons why any tax hike would make it entirely too difficult for him to continue his show. I should note that O’Reilly’s net worth is roughly $50 million. Though I find his show entertaining, I know many people who wouldn’t shed a tear if O’Reilly called it a career. Poor guy, it must be a rough life. Luckily, there are many countries that he could live in without paying much in taxes. Everyone wants to complain about our floundering economy, but as soon as Obama proposes eliminating Bush’s economyrepressing tax cuts for America’s richest, many become enraged. I’m not in the business of protecting the rich, and it’s about time they pay an equivalent rate as the middle-class. — Seth Campbell is a senior in history. He can be reached at

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For many students, midterms are fast approaching. Hodges Library will soon be packed with students trying to cram everything they have been taught thus far into their memories before the big test the next day. Midterms and finals can cause a widespread panic of stress-filled nights across our campus. There is a recent and disturbing trend developing in which some students are using an alternate method to help achieve higher performance. The prescription drug Adderall has alarmingly begun to appear throughout college campuses as a way for students to endure late nights of studying. Although recreational use of Adderall might appear as an acceptable alternative to the traditional study methods used by college students, the side effects and long-term consequences of the drug might outweigh the benefits. Adderall is a drug prescribed to persons who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or who suffer from narcolepsy. Adderall makes it easier for one to focus, remain still and stay awake. Although Adderall might be an easy solution to an immediate problem, taking this drug when it is not prescribed can cause a disadvantage to the student in the future. Adderall is classified as an amphetamine. This means that Adderall is classified with other various drugs, such as cocaine, that can lead to substance abuse and addiction. The reason Adderall is prescribed to certain people suffering from ADHD and narcolepsy is so a doctor can moderate their intake to maintain a healthy tolerance. If students choose to take Adderall recreationally, they are not allowing their bodies to adapt to the dosage. Also, people who have suffered from heart defects and other heart related issues are advised not to take this

drug, because of the higher risks of death. Adderall, often known as “the Ivy-League drug,” has been quite controversial around the nation. Students are taking the drug because they want to perform well in their classes. But students who do not take Adderall feel as if they are facing a disadvantage among their peers. In sports, most would describe it comparable to cheating if an athlete engages in steroids and other performance enhancing drugs to better their game. Is this belief the same for Adderall in a classroom? In this competitive world, students feel they must take Adderall in order to keep up with their classmates. Colleges around the nation are responding to these growing insecurities among students. Many schools have banned the use of Adderall around campus, unless students have a proven prescription from a doctor. Taking Adderall can cause a co-dependency among students. Some might feel that they are not capable of performing to their best ability unless they have the drug to guide them through the night. This chance at becoming dependent will lead them to become tempted to take the drug whenever high levels of stress appear. If student choose to consume Adderall for studying, they are hindering their study skills from being developed in the future as well. Studying for tests is a stressful event that students often dread. But, once the suffering is over and the test is complete, the reward is to feel a rush of adrenaline in accomplishing selfsufficiency and discipline that will carry over into their future careers. If students choose to take a test while under the influence of Adderall, they did not learn how to manage their stress effectively and efficiently. There are many bumps along the road of life and attempting to take a shortcut by ingesting Adderall is not only illegal and dangerous, but could curtail a journey to a successful destination. — Samantha Trueheart is a sophomore in communications. She can be reached at

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New ‘Battlefield’ worth its many annoyances Promising game’s beta version still glitchy, lighting effects, graphics among pluses Chris Flowers Staff Writer The newly released “Battlefield 3” beta for the PC makes an excellent first impression once the in-game action begins, but getting there can be a frustrating ordeal. The beta is multiplayer only and just one map, but should be enough to tide fans over until the Oct. 25 release. As you may already know, EA Games, publisher of “Battlefield 3,” has begun to pull its games off of the industry standard online game store, Steam, in favor of its new proprietary service, Origin. The beta requires the Origin client and the creation of an Origin account to get started. Curiously, launching “Battlefield 3” from the Origin client brings up a web page in your Internet browser which serves as the game’s method of getting you into a match. There is no main menu screen within the game; you are either ingame or in the web browser menu. Of course for the menus to work, a browser plug-in must be installed. Once you actually attempt to launch the game, you are asked to download beta video card drivers released specifically for the game. Playing without them is possible, but the game is somewhat less glitchy with them. Thankfully, the hassle involved in getting the game running proved to be worth it within the first five minutes. Playing on my fairly up-to-date PC, I was able to run the game with almost every graphical setting maxed out and I was blown away. The models and textures aren’t a huge step forward from last year’s “Battlefield:

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Bad Company 2,” but the lighting effects are astounding. Each individual leaf of a tree casts its own shadow. The sun reflects off the scopes of sniper rifles, making them easier to spot outdoors. With grenades and rockets constantly exploding, and flashlight beams slicing across the environment, the dark subway section of the map really lets the new lighting engine shine. I couldn’t help but smile the first time a rocket whis-

tled by my head, lighting up the dark tunnel and echoing off the walls as it flew. EA spent an entire year importing the animation engine from their sports games into Battlefield, resulting in a drastic improvement. They are easily the most fluid and natural looking animations I have ever seen in a first-person shooter. Even on the low-



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est graphics settings possible the game looks just fine and ran at a playable frame rate on a six year old PC. “Battlefield 3” plays much more like last year’s “Bad Company 2” than 2005’s “Battlefield 2” — not a bad thing as it makes for a faster-paced, more focused game. The four classes from “Bad Company 2” remain, with some slight alterations, and the leveling system for earning new gadgets and guns is identical. The difference in gameplay from “Bad Company 2” is fairly slight in the beta, but in the full game the reintroduction of the jets and gigantic 64player maps found in “Battlefield 2” will provide a sense of scope not found in last year’s game. There is no reason not to try the beta out, but as a warning it is still a beta and it is fairly glitchy. I played in a group of four friends and two of us had constant crashes while all of us experienced graphical glitches where our screen would sometimes flash white for a few frames, or turn completely blue until death. I will also chalk this up to being a beta and hope it changes in the final game, but currently it is impossible to enter any menus while dead. I died several times because I was forced to spawn so I could adjust something in the options, then killed while standing motionless out in the open. This kicked me out of the options menu before I finished what I was doing, and • Photo courtesy of I was forced to try again on my next spawn. That was extraordinarily frustrating. None of the problems with the game are deep-rooted design issues, so if the bugs and minor annoyances can be ironed before release, “Battlefield 3” should be the shooter to play in the coming release-filled holiday season.


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6 • The Daily Beacon

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Dowd leads UT past Arkansas David Cobb Staff Writer

Rivera embracing starting role Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer In the past decade of UT football there have been many talented players that have accomplished great things on the gridiron, especially at the tight end position, with names such as Jason Witten and Luke Stocker. Another name to keep note of at the position and one who is currently wearing the orange and white is redshirt junior Mychal Rivera. After putting up a solid sophomore campaign in his first year on campus after transferring from a junior college, Rivera has gotten off to a hot start this year. Having already matched his total in receptions (11) from last year in just three games, Rivera has also surpassed his receiving yardage totals from last year with 125. Not to mention, Rivera was named to the College Football Performance Awards weekly honor roll for his five catch, 71-yard performance in a 33-23 loss to the Florida Gators back on Sept. 17, in which he scored one of UT’s three touchdowns. “What has impressed me the most about Mychal this year is that he plays with good physicality but also has the athleticism and ball skills to make plays down the field,” UT coach Derek Dooley said. “He is a very good competitor and he has stepped right in and we haven’t missed a beat at tight end.” Rivera had this to say about living up to names such as Witten and Stocker. “It’s really exciting because I know I can’t slack off and I’ve got to work my butt off when I’m in there and make plays.”

In 2008, Rivera had originally committed to play football for the University of Oregon until a coaching change was made, but the 6-foot-3, 254-pound Los Angeles, Calif. native believes it has all been for the best. “I’ve really wanted to prove all the people wrong that didn’t believe in me at Oregon and all the schools that didn’t believe in me after high school,” Rivera said. “Since I’ve gotten to Tennessee I’ve gotten a lot better. I came here for the tradition and the coaching staff. I really believe in coach Dooley and what coach Russell and Chaney are doing on the offensive side of the ball.” However, there is much more to the Hollywood native than just what he does on the football field, as he is majoring in communications and his sister Naya Rivera is a celebrity. She plays the character Santana Lopez on the hit TV show Glee. “It’s cool and really fun,” Rivera said about his sister being a TV star. “I’m really glad to see that she’s very successful and I’m really proud of her. When I get the time I like to sit down and watch the show.” Being over 2,000 miles away from his home, Rivera said he misses it sometimes. “I’m a really laid back guy and like to have a good time,” Rivera said. “I loved growing up in California. I’m a California kid and think it’s the best place on the earth. My family has always played a big role in my life. When I have my ups and my downs they are always there to support me and give me words of encouragement and advice.” The young man whom Dooley refers to as “always smiling ” also enjoys hanging out with his cousin, a rapper, off the field and going to the studio with him.

Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon

Mychal Rivera carries the ball ahead after a catch during a game against Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 11. Rivera has pushed hard to go from a junior college transfer to a vitally important starting player on the offensive side of the ball for the Vols.

After a disappointing 2-0 loss at LSU on Friday, the Tennessee soccer team could have responded in a number of ways when it took the field against Arkansas on Sunday afternoon. Within eight minutes, it was apparent that their response would be positive, as senior forward Emily Dowd propelled the Tennessee squad to a 4-0 win with her two early goals. “LSU was rough because they scored two goals on just four shots on goal,” UT coach Angela Kelly said. “We played a good game but we just really needed to revisit our foundation and our fundamentals.” That is exactly what the Lady Vols did on Sunday before a crowd of 743 at Razorback Field in Fayetteville, Ark. The basic element of winning soccer games is scoring goals, which is exactly what Dowd did in both the seventh and eighth minutes of Sunday’s match. “Emily Dowd came away with another two goal performance,” Kelly said. “She has now scored eight goals in eight games. That’s some pretty solid performance by her.” The recent stellar play by Dowd, who was already named SEC Offensive Player of the Week once this season, comes as no surprise to UT assistant coach Keeley Dowling. “She has developed a lot as a player during her time here at Tennessee,” Dowling said. “With the speed she has, she is always going to be extremely dangerous going to the goal.” The effort by Dowd was instrumental in what turned out to be a fairly easy win for the Lady Vols. “We did a lot of dynamic things in the attacking

half,” Kelly said. “We maintained a good rhythm. And we were committed in the defensive half, so I was pleased with our performance in all facets of the game today.” After an own goal by Arkansas put the Lady Vols up 3-0 in the 54th minute, sophomore Caroline Brown rounded out the scoring by adding an insurance goal in the 70th minute. “It was truly just a solid performance from the whole squad,” Kelly said. “It was exciting to get our sixth shutout of the season.” The offensive output, combined with a stellar defensive effort, was especially gratifying for the Lady Vols as they recovered from the frustrating defeat at LSU. In the loss against the Tigers, UT was only able to manage two shots on goal. “We just had to revisit the fundamentals in our style of play,” Kelly said. “I also challenged their focus and commitment to preparation. I challenged them a lot yesterday in every aspect of our foundation. This team is very responsible. They take responsibility for positives, and for the things that aren’t so positive, and they’re committed to getting better each day.” As the Lady Vols continue to jockey for position in the SEC standings and national rankings, Kelly is stressing the importance of continuing to improve. “We’re only halfway through our season so we’re looking to improve drastically,” Kelly said. “Certainly we’re never content with where we are, never complacent. We’re still getting the team to understand that we’re taking it one day at a time. We’ve got to be excited about getting better each and every day this week.” The Lady Vols will play host to Mississippi State and Ole Miss this weekend.

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