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Tutoring programs want student involvement National Tutoring Association to offer incentives for attending tutoring sessions the end of the top floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. “So far this year, we have had about 3,500 people come through the doors of the writing center looking for assistance,” Dr. Marcel Brouwers, acting director of the Writing Center, Staff Writer said. “Every year, the Writing Center averages about 18,000 people helped. We employ 35 Attending a tutoring session this week could net students a sizable UT Bookstore gift card tutors this year. Appointments can be made, but 90 percent of it is walk in and wait.” It’s not just the students who benefit from tutorial programs. Tutors also find a form of selfin advocation of National Tutoring Week. validation. The National Tutoring Association this week is pushing for increases in secondary and “I’ve wanted to be a tutor higher education tutoring. The NTA here since freshman year, so I is the only national association in was really excited when I found the United States accredited to train out they’d hire me,” Alexandria and provide authentication to Parris, senior in psychology, tutors, tutor trainers and tutorial said. “There are always students programs. in here. I love being a tutor UT offers several different tutorbecause not only are you giving ing programs and places to receive back to the university, but it tutoring, including the Educational helps you better with the subject Advancement Program, the you’re teaching.” Multicultural Student Life Center, Another popular tutorial centhe Writing Center, and specifically ter on campus is inside the by the math and chemistry departBlack Cultural Center with the ments. Students who attend tutorMulticultural Student Life ing in one of these centers this week Center, formerly the Office of will be entered into a drawing to Minority Student Affairs. This earn a gift card to the UT year, the MSLC employs about Bookstore. 45 tutors, but academic support “It’s just something we can do to unit coordinator Charlie try to get students more interested Edmonds said they are ambiin using the tutoring centers and tiously looking to hire a total of applying to become tutors,” Brian 75. DiNuzzo, assistant director of the “One of the most popular Student Success Center, said. “The things the MSLC does is on Student Success Center already Thursday nights, when students does a lot of other great things, like can get walk-in tutoring for helping with academic probation whatever they need,” Parris, and providing academic coaches.” who also works with the MSLC, UT hired DiNuzzo this past sumFile Photo • The Daily Beacon said. “And as the name says, stumer to organize and promote efficiency among the university’s tutor- Kevin Guice, senior in accounting, studies in the Black Cultural Center in August 2010. The BCC offers dents of any ethnicity are weling centers. Additionally, he is tutoring for students and this week, any student who goes to a tutor session will be entered in a UT come.” The drawing for bookstore charged with developing a tutoring Bookstore giftcard drawing. gift cards for students who program in the SSC. The SSC has begun taking applications for tutors who will begin working in the spring, after training attend tutoring during National Tutoring Week will be held at the end of this week and those students will be contacted. begins in January. Applications for peer tutoring at the Student Success Center can be found at studentsucThe most widely used tutorial program at the university is the Writing Center, located at cess.utk.edu/support/tutoring/index.shtml and are due on Oct. 21.
Mayoral candidate Mark Padgett celebrates primary success at Old City gastropub Ali Griffin Staff Writer
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Fans watch Salute to the Hill on Saturday before the Vols’ kickoff. Despite it being Fall Break, the Buffalo game still brought in 80,000 people to Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
Knox supporters cheer decision The Associated Press SEATTLE — Once it was clear that Amanda Knox’s Italian murder conviction was overturned, her supporters in Seattle burst into cheers, threw their hands in the air and began to cry in joy. “She’s free,” Tom Rochelle repeated as the translation of the Italian judge’s words came across TV Monday. Surrounded by news cameras, the dozen or so supporters began hugging each other at a downtown hotel suite. The celebration marked four years of uncertainty for friends and supporters of Knox’s family. In its ruling, the Italian appeals court also cleared Knox’s co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, of murder in Meredith Kercher’s death. Kercher, 21, shared an apartment with Knox when they were both students in Perugia. She was stabbed to death in her bedroom. Knox and Sollecito, her former boyfriend from Italy, were convicted of murdering
Kercher in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, a drifter and native of the Ivory Coast. Knox and Sollecito denied wrongdoing and the appeals court ultimately agreed. Supporters also expressed sympathy for the Kercher family. “This is primarily a sad occasion,” said Tom Wright, one of the main organizers of the Friends of Amanda group, after the verdict. “They lost their daughter. We'll keep them in our prayers.” Knox grew up in Seattle, attending a private Jesuit high school before going to the University of Washington. Friends of Amanda formed shortly after Knox was arrested for murder in 2007. With Italy nine hours ahead of Seattle, the group rented a suite and waited through the night for the court’s ruling. Friends of Amanda is made up of parents of her high school classmates, her friends
from college and high school, and sympathizers from around the country. Some never met the young Seattle woman, including Rochelle, who joined the group two years ago after learning about Knox in the news. From trips to Italy to sending Knox books, the group has been a pillar of support for the family. Kellanne Henry is friends with Edda Mellas, Knox’s mother, and has visited the family in Italy. “It’s the first night in four years that (Edda) is going to know her daughter is safe,” said Henry, holding crumpled tissues in her hand. “That was a really overwhelming thought for me.” Some of the people gathered for Knox wore T-shirts that said “Free Amanda and Raffaele.” Photographs of Knox, Sollecito and Kercher, illuminated by candles, were set up in the suite. “It’s unreal,” John Lange, Knox’s former teacher, kept repeating after the verdict was read.
Mark Padgett and his supporters celebrated the results of the primary election at the Crown and Goose last week. As of Tuesday, Sept. 27, Madeline Rogero held 49.91 percent of the votes, followed by Padgett with 22.64 percent and Ivan Harmon with 22.32 percent. The race was evidently tight as supporters waited until almost 10 p.m. to hear the results. “We usually hear the results much quicker than tonight. I’m very disappointed it’s taking so long, but no news is good news,” Padgett supporter Anne Dingus said. Padgett arrived with his wife and brother at 9:45 p.m., shortly before the results were announced. Event goers crowded around the entrance of the Crown and Goose as Padgett shook hands and hugged many of his supporters. Padgett cheered as news of a probable runoff was announced. “I’m just really excited,” Padgett said. “We got what we wanted, which is a forced runoff. Now it’s a whole new race. You can feel the energy in the room.” Padgett’s brother, Matt Padgett, who has been active in the campaign, was also pleased with the
results. “First and foremost, we’re extremely proud of Mark,” Matt Padgett said. “He has worked so hard. He has a great vision for the city he loves and he’s the right man for the job. Regardless, we are so happy for him and love him dearly.” Justin Biggs, a campaign volunteer, is confident in Padgett’s drive to keep campaigning and win the race. “He has worked harder than anyone I know,” Biggs said. “He’s worn out five pairs of shoes from walking door-to-door campaigning, and now in the next six weeks we’re going to make it 10 pairs.” Biggs also commented on what he feels Padgett can do for Knoxville if he wins. “We had the Haslam administration really do some great things, and now we need Mark to keep Knoxville moving forward,” Biggs said. “He’s a good businessman. He’s really set on creating jobs. In my opinion, he’s the only candidate for the job.” Election results became official after 29 provisional ballots were counted on Thursday at 2 p.m. Provisional ballots occur when a voter’s eligibility is in question. These ballots are not always counted, but in a race as close as the primary, the count is necessary.
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Chris Bendeck, sophomore in history, studies ouside of South College at the Hill on Aug 17. Students are enjoying the cooler weather that October has brought to campus.
1813 — Tecumseh defeated During the War of 1812, a combined British and Indian force is defeated by General William Harrison’s American army at the Battle of the Thames near Ontario, Canada. The leader of the Indian forces was Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief who organized intertribal resistance to the encroachment of white settlers on Indian lands. He was killed in the fighting. Tecumseh was born in an Indian village in present-day Ohio and early on witnessed the devastation wrought on tribal lands by white settlers. He fought against U.S. forces in the American Revolution and later raided white settlements, often in conjunction with other tribes. He became a great orator and a leader of intertribal councils. He traveled widely, attempting to organize a united Indian front against the United States. When the War of 1812 erupted, he joined the British, and with a large Indian force he marched on U.S.-held Fort Detroit with British General Isaac Brock. In August 1812, the fort surrendered without a fight when it saw the British and Indian show of force. Tecumseh then traveled south to rally other tribes to his cause and in 1813 joined British General Henry Procter in his invasion of Ohio. The British-Indian force besieged Fort Meigs, and Tecumseh intercepted and destroyed a Kentucky brigade sent to relieve the fort. After the U.S. victory at the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813, Procter and Tecumseh were forced to retreat to Canada. Pursued by an American force led by the future president William Harrison, the British-Indian force was defeated at the Battle of the Thames River on October 5. The battle gave control of the western theater to the United States in the War of 1812. Tecumseh’s death marked the end of Indian resistance east of the Mississippi River, and soon after most of the depleted tribes were forced west. 1864 — Union scores a victory at the Battle of Allatoona After losing the city of Atlanta, Confederate General John Bell Hood attacks Union General William T. Sherman's supply line at Allatoona Pass, Georgia. Hood’s men could not take the Union stronghold, and they were forced to retreat into Alabama. Hood took charge of the Rebel army in late July 1864, replacing the defensive-minded Joseph Johnston. Confederate President Jefferson Davis had been frustrated with Johnston’s constant retreating, so he appointed Hood, who was known for his aggressive style. Hood immediately attacked Sherman’s larger army three times: at Atlanta, Peachtree Creek, and Ezra Church. All of the attacks were unsuccessful, and they destroyed the Confederate army’s offensive capabilities. After evacuating Atlanta in early September 1864, Hood planned to draw Sherman back northward. Hood did not have the troop strength to move against Sherman, so he swung west of Atlanta and moved against the railroad that supplied the Yankee army from Chattanooga, Tennessee. At first, this worked well. Retracing Sherman’s advance on Atlanta, Hood’s men began to tear up the Western
and Atlantic Railroad. Starting on September 29, the Rebels destroyed eight miles of track and captured 600 prisoners. Hood sent General Alexander Stewart's corps to secure Allatoona, site of a large Federal supply depot. Sherman realized the threat to his lines and dispatched a brigade under General John Corse to secure the area. Corse’s 2,000 men arrived at Allatoona before one of Stewart’s divisions, led by Samuel French, attacked on October 5. French had over 3,000 troops, but the Yankees overcame the difference with their new Henry repeating rifles. French attacked and pushed the Federals back at first, but Allatoona was easily defended. By midday, French realized that he could not take the depot. He withdrew and rejoined Hood’s army. French lost 897 men, while the Union lost 706. Realizing that his army was in no shape to fight, Hood took his force west into Alabama. In November, he would invade Tennessee. 1989 — Dalai Lama wins Peace Prize The Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and political leader of Tibet, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet. The 14th Dalai Lama was born as Tenzin Gyatso in Tsinghai Province, China, in 1935. He was of Tibetan parentage, and Tibetan monks visited him when he was three and announced him to be the reincarnation of the late 13th Dalai Lama. The monks were guided by omens, portents, and dreams that indicated where the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama could be found. At age five, Tenzin Gyatso was taken to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and installed as the leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibet, a large region situated in the plateaus and mountains of Central Asia, had been ruled by the Dalai Lamas since the 14th century. Tibetans resisted efforts by China to gain greater control over the region in the early 20th century, and during the Chinese Revolution of 1911-12, the Tibetans expelled Chinese officials and civilians and formally declared their independence. In October 1950, Chinese Communist forces invaded Tibet and quickly overwhelmed the country’s poorly equipped army. The young Dalai Lama appealed to the United Nations for support, but his entreaties were denied. In 1951, a Tibetan-Chinese peace agreement was signed, in which the nation became a “national autonomous region” of China, supposedly under the rule of the Dalai Lama but actually under the control of a Chinese Communist commission. The highly religious people of Tibet suffered under Communist China’s anti-religious legislation. After years of scattered protests in Tibet, a full-scale revolt broke out in March 1959, and the Dalai Lama fled with 100,000 other Tibetans as Chinese troops crushed the uprising. He began an exile in India, settling at Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills, where he established a democratically based shadow Tibetan government. Back in Tibet, the Chinese adopted brutally repressive measures against the Tibetans, provoking charges from the Dalai Lama of genocide. With the beginning of the Cultural Revolution in China, the Chinese suppression of Tibetan Buddhism escalated, and practice of the religion was banned and thousands of monasteries were destroyed. The religious-practice ban was lifted in 1976, but suppression in Tibet continued. From his base at Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama traveled the world, successfully drawing international attention to the continuing Chinese suppression of the Tibetan people and their religion. Major antiChinese riots broke out in Lhasa in 1987, and in 1988 China declared martial law in the region. Seeking peace, the Dalai Lama abandoned his demand for Tibetan independence and called for a true self-governing Tibet, with China in charge of defense and foreign affairs. China rejected the offer. The following year, the Dalai Lama was the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Peace. His autobiography, Freedom in Exile, was published in 1990. Tibet continued to suffer from periodic unrest in the 1990s, and China came under criticism from Western governments for its suppression of political and religious freedom there. The Chinese government has since made efforts to moderate its stance in the region, but Tibet remains without self-government. After more than four decades of exile, the Dalai Lama continues to travel, publicizing the Tibetan cause. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Anti-Wall Street protests escalate The Associated Press NEW YORK — Protests against Wall Street spread across the country Monday as demonstrators marched on Federal Reserve banks and camped out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, in a show of anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed. In Manhattan, hundreds of protesters dressed as corporate zombies in white face paint lurched past the New York Stock Exchange clutching fistfuls of fake money. In Chicago, demonstrators pounded drums in the city’s financial district. Others pitched tents or waved protest signs at passing cars in Boston, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. The arrests of 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend galvanized a slice of discontented America, from college students worried about their job prospects to middle-age workers who have been recently laid off. Some protesters likened themselves to the tea party movement — but with a liberal bent — or to the Arab Spring demonstrators who brought down their rulers in the Middle East. “I’ve felt this way for a long time. I’ve really just kind of been waiting for a movement to come along that I thought would last and have some resonation within the community,” said Steven Harris, a laid-off truck driver in Kansas City. Harris and about 20 other people were camped out in a park across the street from the Kansas City Federal Reserve building, their site strewn with sleeping bags, clothes and handmade signs. Some passing drivers honked in support. The Occupy Wall Street protests started on Sept. 17 with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have set up camp in a park nearby and have become increasingly organized, lining up medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper, the Occupied Wall Street Journal. About 100 demonstrators were arrested on Sept. 24 and some were pepper-sprayed. On Saturday police arrested 700 on charges of disorderly conduct and blocking a public street as they tried to march over the Brooklyn Bridge. Police said they took five more protesters into custody on Monday, though it was unclear whether they had been charged with any crime. Wiljago Cook, of Oakland, Calif., who joined the New York protest on the first day, said she was shocked by the arrests. “Exposing police brutality wasn’t even really on my agenda, but my eyes have been opened,” she said. She vowed to stay in New York “as long as it seems useful.” City bus drivers sued the New York Police Department on Monday for commandeering their buses and making them drive to the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to pick up detained protesters. “We’re down with these protesters. We support the notion that rich folk are not paying their fair share,” said Transport Workers Union President John Samuelsen. “Our bus operators are not going to be pressed into service to arrest protesters anywhere.” The city’s Law Department said the NYPD's actions were proper. On Monday, the zombies stayed on the sidewalks as they wound through Manhattan’s financial district chanting, “How to fix the deficit: End
the war, tax the rich!” They lurched along with their arms in front of them. Some yelled, “I smell money!” Reaction was mixed from passers-by. Roland Klingman, who works in the financial industry and was wearing a suit as he walked through a raucous crowd of protesters, said he could sympathize with the anti-Wall Street message. “I don’t think it’s directed personally at everyone who works down here,” Klingman said. “If they believe everyone down here contributes to policy decisions, it’s a serious misunderstanding.” Another man in a suit yelled at the protesters, “Go back to work!” He declined to be interviewed. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who made his fortune as a corporate executive, has said the demonstrators are making a mistake by targeting Wall Street. “The protesters are protesting against people who make $40- or $50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the bottom line. Those are the people who work on Wall Street or in the finance sector,” Bloomberg said in a radio interview Friday. Some protesters planned to travel to other cities to organize similar events. John Hildebrand, a protester in New York from Norman, Okla., hoped to mount a protest there after returning home Tuesday. Julie Levine, a protester in Los Angeles, planned to go to Washington on Thursday. Websites and Facebook pages with names like Occupy Boston and Occupy Philadelphia have also sprung up to plan the demonstrations. Hundreds of demonstrators marched from a tent city on a grassy plot in downtown Boston to the Statehouse to call for an end of corporate influence of government. “Our beautiful system of American checks and balances has been thoroughly trashed by the influence of banks and big finance that have made it impossible for the people to speak,” said protester Marisa Engerstrom, of Somerville, Mass., a Harvard doctoral student. The Boston demonstrators decorated their tents with hand-written signs reading, “Fight the rich, not their wars” and “Human need, not corporate greed.” Some stood on the sidewalk holding up signs, engaging in debate with passers-by and waving at honking cars. One man yelled “Go home!” from his truck. Another man made an obscene gesture. “We lean left, but there have been tea party people stopping by here who have said, ‘Hey, we like what you’re doing,’” said Jason Potteiger, a Joy Hill • The Daily Beacon media coordinator for the Boston protesters. In Chicago, protesters beat drums on the cor- UT Lady Vols celebrate during the Auburn game on Sept. 18, which they won 3-0. ner near the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In The Lady Vols play Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. Los Angeles, demonstrators hoping to get TV coverage gathered in front of the courthouse where Michael Jackson’s doctor is on trial on manslaughter charges. Protesters in St. Louis stood on a street corner a few blocks from the shimmering Gateway Arch, carrying signs that read, “How Did The Cat Get So Fat?,” “You’re a Pawn in Their Game” and “We Want The Sacks Of Gold Goldman Sachs Stole From Us.” “Money talks, and it seems like money has all the power,” said Apollonia Childs. “I don’t want to see any homeless people on the streets, and I don't want to see a veteran or elderly people struggle. We all should have our fair share. We all vote, pay taxes. Tax the rich.”
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Editor’sNote High court to tackle hefty term Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief The Supreme Court initiated its 2011-2012 term on Monday, and this season’s docket is slated to be particularly tumultuous for the vested nine. Most notably, the battle over Obama’s health care plan will likely take center stage. It will be left to the justices to determine the constitutionality of the act’s provision mandating the compulsory purchase of individual health insurance. Such a matter will require the justices to evaluate foundational restrictions on federal authority. Other important topics that could appear before the court include debates on the legality of gay marriage and the controversial immigration law out of Arizona. The president and various other interest groups have long asserted that strict measures taken to discourage illegal immigration can counter federal statutes that protect civil liberties. The outcome of Arizona v. U.S. will determine whether the state or the federal government holds jurisdiction in matters of illegal immigration. This decision will have a significant reach, as the states have passed 1,592 measures involving immigration in the first half of 2011. A recurring theme this term will be evaluation of recent technological advances allowing government agents to infringe on personal privacy. In U.S. v. Jones, a dispute involving GPS tracking by the police will force the high court to once again draw more boundaries for big brother. Law enforcement agencies have asserted a right to attach tracking devices to vehicles at any point in time, without possessing a valid warrant. Previous rulings at
the appellate level have viewed the action as an infringement on personal privacy, but the government will make a run at reversal. Federal policies on wiretapping could possibly be reexamined as well, with evolving forms of electronic surveillance requiring judicial review. In a similar vein, the court will rule on the validity of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations that enforce decency standards on broadcasters. In FCC v. Fox Television Stations, New York’s second circuit has already ruled against such intrusions into free speech, based on the apparent vagueness of the statute. The Obama administration supports protections that keep broadcast outlets safe for families, but the Supreme Court will rule as to whether or not these provisions curtail first amendment rights. Each of these cases could prove pivotal in developing the nation’s legal philosophy, but perhaps none as substantially as the decision on health care reform. The White House has specifically requested that court take on one or more cases surrounding the health care controversy, specifically a decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th
Circuit. That particular panel of judges overturned the crux of the legislation by a 2-to-1 vote.
The future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains uncertain, with opponents asserting that the Commerce Clause does not allow the government to require citizens to purchase insurance. The current administration holds that the need to purchase some form of health care is ubiquitous, and consequently cannot be construed as an undue burden. The outcome of a health care showdown would likely be passed down next summer, in the thick of what promises to be a grueling presidential election. Stakes will run high. — Blair Kuykendall is a junior in the College Scholars Program. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monk enlightens with lecture Ac orns and Other Seeds by
Anna-Lise Burnette Some of you may know that this week the university welcomed a Buddhist monk of the Theravada tradition to campus, Ajahn Punnadhammo. On both Monday and Tuesday he spoke to groups of students and faculty, responding to diverse questions about Buddhist philosophy, practice and history that his decades of monastic life enabled him to answer. As the abbot of the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Ontario, I assumed that Ajahn Punnadhammo would be able to afford those who attended his talks an interesting perspective on being a “displaced” Buddhist in North America. (I had heard that he was ordained in Thailand 20 years ago.) So, like others who have been studying or are interested in Buddhism, I took the time to listen to him speak. As he walked through the crowded downstairs passage in the McClung Museum on Monday night, his face was concealed by a brimmed hat and a lowered gaze. And so when he straightened up in front of the crowd, removed his head covering and began to speak, I was surprised to see that Ajahn Punnadhammo was not Thai at all — his recognizably Canadian accent made the realization that much stranger. Though I hadn’t taken the chance to look up any information about him prior to the lecture, I had simply assumed that this monk would be from an Asian country. That he had not grown up in a place with a large Buddhist community — indeed, as he told those assembled on Tuesday, he is the only monk at the Hermitage even now — made him a curious figure in my mind. How was it that someone with such limited exposure to Buddhism chose to take the robes and bowl? Despite the fact that Ajahn Punnadhammo related to us the story of his path to monkhood, I was still a little perplexed. I could imagine clearly in my mind his attempts to go on alms rounds:
After several minutes of wandering down the streets, homeowners would call the police to check out a suspicious character in long, brown robes. I also imagined him shivering in the Canadian wilderness, totally isolated. I wondered how in the world he ever found his way down to Tennessee. Fortunately, it seems that Ajahn Punnadhammo’s life isn’t nearly so terrifying as I thought. Though his way of living I think you could fairly call austere, it doesn’t make you question his sanity. As he described his day-to-day life and the way the Hermitage is run he seemed nothing if not content; the descriptions were matter-of-fact and demonstrated to me that practicality was certainly not superseded by some miserable restriction. When asked how it was he managed to blog on topics of Buddhist concern while living “off the grid,” he revealed that he made use of a satellite dish and small solar panels. I was duly impressed. The monk’s presence on campus may have been a blip on the screen for most of you, but I think that Ajahn Punnadhammo’s visit here speaks volumes about the kind of community we are all a part of, the community that is the university. Outside of an academic setting where many fields of study are brought together under one “roof,” there are few places other than big cities and libraries where we have the chance to learn about experiences vastly different from our own. It may be cultural, religious or philosophical, or it might be political or musical (or both) — whatever the case, the diverse individuals you have the chance to learn from are especially rare just by virtue of being individuals. (And who doesn’t love the rare and the intriguing?) Even though I realize that this particular opportunity has already passed, I urge you all to take advantage of the unique speakers and guest lecturers that are invited every semester to UT. You never know when that spark of inspiration may fly from one mind to another, but surely you don’t want to miss it. — Anna-Lise Burnette is a senior in interdisciplinary studies. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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It’s a simple truth that we all trip and fall. UT is in no way lacking of stumbling blocks and as much as people are forced to walk, there is no shortage of people tripping. It’s funny, if you sit and watch people trip, they usually catch themselves and then look down at the ground as if they expect to see a huge rock that just jumped into the middle of the walkway with the sole purpose to trip them. People always try to appear as if tripping is never their fault. Everyone messes up and makes huge mistakes. This world is in no way lacking of alluring opportunities that seem right and/or fun and trick those who pass by into thinking that tripping is actually better than standing tall. If you try to talk to someone about a mistake they made, they usually find something to blame: stressful week, a troubled relationship, a mean person, anything other than themselves. People don’t like making mistakes, but they loathe admitting that they have made a mistake. So they do whatever they can to distract anyone who might have been watching. It’s far easier to have someone look at something that can carry the burden of blame than it is to let someone see the burden sitting on one’s own shoulders. Those paragraphs are really one and the same. One thought written two ways. A lesson exists somewhere buried in most ordinary things in life. Things that seem so trivial and even annoying can carry a deep lesson hidden beneath the mundane surface. Proverbs 24:16 says, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stubble in calamity.” No matter how many mistakes
you’ve made, you should always stand back up. People often say, “fall down and get back up,” and, “walk it off.” The truth is, sometimes people need to be helped up. Some falls really hurt, some so much so that the injured simply can’t pull themselves to their feet. It is rare, however, that someone falls so badly that they can’t get up with another person’s help. The lesson in that: Be there for your friends. Don’t abandon them after they’ve made a monstrous mistake because of hurt or pride. It could be that that person not only needs help, but that he wants it too. Every sport injury is painful to watch, but there is comfort the moment after when everyone, even the opposing team, shows concern and respect for the injured player or when a member of the opposing team is the first to offer the wounded player a hand up. When a player stands up and walks off flanked by a coach or trainer, the fans go wild. That sort of response is what people should have when someone walks away from dangerous mistakes, however enticing they may appear, and walks to the safe path. It is right to help someone who trips and falls, even if someone doesn’t want you to help them because that would be acknowledging that they were about to fall. Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to slaughter.” It just makes sense to try to save someone’s life. It makes just as much sense to save someone from making mistakes that could harm his or her life. It’s a simple, annoying, painful truth that we all trip and fall. We all make mistakes, small and large, but there is redemption from every mistake and failure. So the next time you trip on your way up to the Hill or in the library, just remember — there’s a lesson in there somewhere. — Chelsea Tolliver is an undecided junior. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DC Comics reboots entire catalogue Old French play remains relevant Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor In the comic book world, publishers like DC Comics and Marvel are known for occasionally relaunching books to increase short-term sales. But this past month, DC Comics relaunched every title with a new No. 1, along with creating several brandnew books as well. DC chose to reshuffle the creative teams on titles, reboot the histories of long-time characters like Superman and The Flash and start the vast majority of the titles from scratch, with no experience necessary. Called The New 52, DC launched the initiative on Aug. 31 with the midnight release of “Justice League” No. 1 by the critically acclaimed creative team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. The book is now in its fourth printing and has sold over 200,000 copies in a comic book age where most titles sell around 50,000 copies or less. Throughout the month of September, the remaining 51 No. 1 issues of the books released. Those releases have driven new customers to Knoxville comic stores and caused existing fans to pick up more monthly books. Bill Langford, owner on Comics Exchange on Chapman Highway, said he felt conflicted when The New 52 was announced months ago. “As a retailer, I was happy because I knew it would be an influx of new sales,” Langford said. “As a reader, I was slightly disappointed because I had spent a lot of my life reading DC Comics. And the relaunch effectively wiped out a lot of the DC history I was familiar with.” Langford said he understood the new books are reader friendly, but he felt disappointed that a lot of older stores essentially do not matter anymore. Customer reaction has not been as conflicted. “It’s been pretty overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “There have been a few people who stopped buying DC books because they said it wasn’t their universe anymore. ... But I would say it’s been 90 percent positive among my customers.” New customers to the store have numbered between 50 and 100, he said, with many driven by advertisements in movie theaters and on television. DC also garnered press from The New York Times, USA Today and a host of other publications and websites. “It seemed like they were excited to get in on the ground floor of a fresh start on these old characters,” he said. “They’d always wanted to read ‘Batman,’ but maybe it’s been daunting that there’s been 60 to 70 years of history that they haven’t been familiar with. So most of us feel happy that they can start with issue No. 1 and start at the very beginning.” Langford said “Justice League,” as well as “Action Comics” No. 1 by writer Grant Morrison and artist Rags Morales, are the most popular titles, saleswise. Customers also rave about the first issues of “Demon Knights,” “Aquaman” and “Animal Man.” In particular, Langford is surprised that those Band C-level characters like Animal Man and Swamp Thing are having best-selling books. “Two years ago, if you were to tell me I was going to order 50 copies of ‘OMAC,’ I would have said you’re nuts,” he said.
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Before the relaunch, he said Comics Exchange usually did not sell out of any DC book. But with The New 52, the store has sold out of about 45 of the 52 titles. In particular, before the relaunch, he ordered about 60 copies of “Action Comics.” But with the relaunch, he ordered 200 copies of “Action” and sold them all. He expects DC sales to stay up as long as the company commits to the relaunch. If DC backtracks and returns to the old universe before the reboot, customers might backlash against the company. He also noted that people are buying multiple copies of the No. 1s and devoting fewer dollars to Marvel to reconcile the comics budgets. Sci-Fi City manager Eric Hess was most concerned about the news that with the relaunch, DC Comics would go day-and-date digital with the comics. So, for the first time, digital versions of the comics would be on sale the same day as print for the same price. A month after release, the digital price goes down $1. “It doesn’t seem, at least in the short-term, that it has affected my business anyway,” Hess said. Hess said a lot of customers have bought the new titles, and many new customers are coming in, looking specifically for The New 52 books. “I haven’t had a new influx of customers like that, at least since I’ve been open,” Hess said. Though he has no approximate figures, he said the store has sold out of every issue of The New 52, even though Hess ordered double the amount of what he normally orders for each title. “Most of them still sold out on the first day of release,” he said. The most popular titles at Sci-Fi City are “Justice League,” “Action Comics” and “Batman” by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. Hess has read all 52 of the new books, and he would say “Action Comics” is his favorite. It surprised him because he’s usually not a fan of Morrison’s writing. But he loved issue No. 1. “You don’t get the whole Krypton, last son sent to Earth,” he said. “You don’t get that in the first issue. You just have this guy who is stronger than regular people. He can leap over tall buildings. He’s fast, and he’s fighting mob bosses and regular streetlevel crime and not intergalactic threats or people trying to take over the world.” He said Morrison’s rebooted first issue paralleled the 1930s original “Action Comics” No. 1. “In this first issue, (Superman) was more about truth and justice and not so much about law and order,” he said. The most underrated book of the relaunch, in Hess’ mind, is “All-Star Western.” “This first issue was a really solid issue, bringing Jonah Hex to Gotham City,” he said. “And there’s this whole murder mystery, and he was hired to find the killer. It was really interesting, and it was a lot better than people thought it would be.” Like Langford, Hess is surprised at some of the sales of the lesser books out of The New 52. “I ordered so many on a lot of them,” Hess said. “I was like, y’know, I’m not going to sell all of ‘Hawk and Dove.’ I will still have some ‘Hawk and Dove’ on the shelf, and behold, it sold out on the day of release. I never would have thought that would happen.”
Director O’Connor, actor Hoffmann excited to perform classic Brown Theatre has been calling his name as well. Staff Writer “I had the opportunity to work here some years ago,” Hoffman said. “It’s been on my Moliere may have written “Tartuffe” in radar for some time to come work and it has the 1600s, but it may as well be set in a very good reputation.” today’s time, as this play about deceit and Hoffmann said “Tartuffe” was also callhypocrites is still pertinent. ing to him. He had never done it before and To kick off the season, the Clarence says he was eager to Brown Theatre’s Lab be a part of this proTheatre starts duction. “Tartuffe” on “I’ve always wantThursday. They have ed to do this show,” put a lot into the show Hoffman said. “It and many of the people was something that involved are experts became available and with a long list of creI jumped at the dentials. Director Jim opportunity.” O’Connor and actor As a director, Eric Hoffmann are two O’Connor said there such professionals. are always problems O’Connor has been to deal with but that involved in the arts he has not had to since he was very change much, other young and has dabbled than cutting out in music and visual some of the repetiarts as well as theater. tious lines. “I was always “It’s a very around theater and lengthy script acting, and once I • Photo courtesy of Clarence Brown Theatre because when it was finally found the right written in the French thing I said, ‘Oh this is what I’ve been looking for,’” O’Connor said. language, they loved exploring how many He said he decided to do this play different ways you could say things,” because he just likes this show, and in fact O’Connor said. “Here in 2011 we function he suggested it. O’Connor said he enjoys at a much faster pace.” Hoffmann agrees with O’Connor that the the way the play could fit into the current characters and the plot are timeless and times. even though the audience will be viewing a “The play is several hundred years old play that is more than 300 years old, they and incredibly timely,” O’Connor said. “To will be able to understand. me it sounds a great deal like Washington, “It’s very much a human story and a famlike Washington, D.C. these days.” ily story and hypocrisy is not unique to the Even though he has traveled all over the 1600s,” O’Connor said. “There’s plenty of country and has worked with many theaters that at work today.” in New York and Chicago, O’Connor chose “Tartuffe” officially opens on Friday, Oct. to come to Knoxville to be a part of 7, but there is a free preview the night “Tartuffe.” before at 7:30 p.m. for UT students only. “I’m finding out about Tennessee, about The show runs from then until Oct. 23. the river and downtown and restaurants, Show times are at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays and that’s kind of a treat,” O’Connor said. when it starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Hoffmann, who plays organ, has also UT students and $15 for non-students. Visit traveled the globe and recently finished actwww.clarencebrowntheatre.com for tickets ing various parts for the 50th anniversary or call the box office at (865) 974-5161. tour of West Side Story that lasted about
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Arnett thrusted into action for UT
Spani undergoes elbow surgery
Florida on Sept. 17. He caught a game-high eight passes for 59 yards against the Gators while playing in his first SEC roadgame. Sports Editor “DeAnthony is a talented guy,” UT coach Derek Dooley said. DeAnthony Arnett was absent from the stat sheet in “He has real good transition. He has good ball skills. He has good Tennessee’s first two games of the season, but the talented fresh- feel for the game. His biggest thing right now is playing fast withman wide-out has stepped up in an advanced role now in the out the ball, and that’s something that all freshmen really struggle with is learning to play fast without the ball. He’s still working on Volunteers’ passing game without Justin Hunter. A 6-foot, 175-pound receiver from Saginaw, Mich., Arnett was that.” Arnett said the area he has had to one of the most highly rated players work the hardest on at UT has been in UT’s 2011 signing class, but it blocking, something he rarely did in high took time adjusting to college footschool. ball and an injury to the Vols’ top “I had to play quarterback most of the playmaker for him to start making time so teams would always try to double an impact on the field. (team) me and take me out of the game “I wanted to come in right away plan basically, so I didn’t do a lot of block(and play),” Arnett said Tuesday in ing,” Arnett said. his first media appearance. “I was Despite not being fully dedicated to more anxious than anything. receiver until arriving on campus, Arnett Sometimes I would get so anxious is a polished route-runner, especially for to the point where I mess up. I was a freshman, and his teammates have just real anxious and when I finally taken notice. got my chance I responded.” “He’s just running his routes and he is With Hunter’s season-ending • Photo courtesy of Wade Rackley/UTADPHOTO running them consistently,” Bray said. ACL injury, Arnett was forced to play an expanded role earlier than Anthony Arnett prepares for a catch on “He’s not changing the way he’s doing it, coaches were expecting, but he Sept. 17. Arnett became a main player once so as a quarterback that helps. When a feels ready to take on the opportuni- Justin Hunter was injured against the guy runs it one way one time then switchGators, and he caught eight passes for 59 es it up the next time, it kind of throws off ty. your timing. Him just keeping his routes yards in his first SEC road game. “I’m way more (comfortable consistent has helped.” now) than I was during training Against Buffalo, Arnett caught just three passes for 27 yards, camp or the first two weeks (of the season),” he said. “I feel like but recorded his first two touchdown grabs. The second one was I’ve got all my plays down pat. I’ve just got to keep learning and reviewed by the officials but not overturned. getting better with my practice habits.” “(The ball) hit the ground a little bit but I think I got under it After not catching a pass against Montana or Cincinnati, enough to where it was a touchdown,” Arnett said. Arnett became UT quarterback Tyler Bray’s safety valve at
Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this morning that Lady Vol basketball guard Taber Spani had undergone surgery on her elbow. “Drs. Robert Ivy and Russell Betcher, UT team orthopaedists, performed surgery on Taber’s left elbow this morning at UT Medical Center,” said Moshak. “The surgery addressed the removal of scar tissue build-up.” According to Moshak, Spani’s surgery went well and she will begin rehabilitation immediately. “I anticipate Taber will be ready to return to play in three to four weeks,” Moshak said. The Lady Vols begin their exhibition slate on Tues., Nov. 1 facing Carson-Newman in Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. The season opener is on Sun., Nov. 13 against Pepperdine at 2 p.m. Spani, a 6’1” left-handed junior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., averaged 8.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 22.8 minutes per outing as a sophomore. She earned 26 starting assignments while playing all 37 games in the 2010-11 season.
Summitt to receive courage award The Associated Press NEW YORK — Coach Pat Summitt will receive the Maggie Dixon Courage award when she brings her Tennessee Lady Vols to the sixth annual Classic that honors the former Army coach. Summitt surprised the sports world with her announcement in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She will begin her 38th season when the Lady Vols start practice on Wednesday. Tennessee will face DePaul in the second game of the annual basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 11. Six-foot-eight Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears will take on St. John’s in the opener.
Opportunity, challenges loom in October for Vols Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor October welcomed Tennessee with cool weather and a simple 41-10 win over Buffalo, but the pleasantries are over. Senior defensive tackle Malik Jackson channeled his inner-Derek Dooley when he said after beating the Bulls, “I mean, this is nice and all, but we get back to big-boy ball next week.” Indeed. The Volunteers face the toughest stretch of the season when they go up
against the meat of their SEC schedule for four straight weeks. Home games against Georgia, No. 1 LSU and No. 18 South Carolina, and a road trip to No. 1 Alabama, give Tennessee one of its toughest Octobers in recent memory, but also present high opportunities. By the end of the month, Tennessee will know if it has any chance of earning an SEC Championship appearance with an eastern division crown, or if they’ll have to watch the likes of the Gators or Gamecocks in Atlanta once again. Playing the top two teams in the nation, including a national title team from just two years ago, and the defending SEC East champions should be enough to motivate Tennessee. If it’s not, they can pull drive from somewhere else.
Whether the players and coaches admit it or not, October is about revenge for the Vols. They lost to all four of these teams last season by a combined score of 136-62, and have a 4-9 record against them in the past four years. Georgia and South Carolina embarrassed the Vols. Alabama did the same, but more than that, it was in Neyland Stadium. And fans still feel the sting of LSU’s chaotic 16-14 victory over the Vols in one of the most entertaining college football games of 2010 in which Tennessee had too many players on the field in what would have been the last play of a dramatic 14-10 upset. However, the No. 12 Tigers got another shot on the goal line and scored on a 1-yard run to clinch the game and remain undefeated.
Believe that the Oct. 15 rematch has been marked on the Vols’ calendar since then. At least two of these games will be network television features, as the Vols host Georgia in a surprising 7 p.m. kickoff this Saturday on ESPN2, and the LSU game the next week on CBS at 3:30 p.m. Depending on how those two games go, the Alabama and South Carolina games could follow suit. Wins in any of these games would be great publicity for UT. No, the Vols won’t sweep the month. And it’s not outlandish to think they could once again be swept. However, winning two games would keep them in the conversation in the SEC East. Even if they don’t get there, at least October presents the opportunity.