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Veterinary Center treats unique cases Hillary McDaniels Design Editor The expectation of veterinarians to treat beloved pet dogs and cats is universal. At UT Veterinary Medical Center, though, students learn how to treat a variety of exotic animals of varying sizes. On any given day, the building is filled with ducks, hawks, tigers, zebras and alpacas, just to name a few. But the variety of species that the students treat isn’t what sets them apart. They are learning to diagnose and treat patients that can’t tell what hurts and that don’t always listen to simple commands. Determined patients and students “There’s a miracle here today,” Sandra Harbison, UT Veterinary Medical Center media relations, said. Amigo is a brown, Arabian horse with a white stripe down this head and a white and black nose. He is one of the elite endurance horses in the nation, but that alone doesn’t make Amigo a miracle. On January 17, Gary Sanderson, Amigo’s owner, found the horse with a cedar branch two inches in diameter and three feet long stabbing Amigo through the chest. Amigo was given a 2percent chance of survival. At UT’s Large Animal Clinic, the veterinarians removed the branch and saved the horse’s life. The story of Amigo is only one of many of perseverance and determination found in the UT Veterinary Medical Center. Clinical year veterinary student Clare Scully once helped a paralyzed pig learn to walk. “This was someone’s dear pet,” Scully said. “It was here for months of physical therapy. We had to lift this 120-pound pig into a whirlpool bath to swim daily. This pig went from not walking to walking. It was so hands on, because there was no medicine that could’ve helped him.” “Clare was determined,” Dustin Page, a clinical year veterinary student who works closely with Scully, said. Different paths Scully, originally from Ireland, with an undergraduate degree in communications and a master’s in public relations, ended up coming to UT to apply at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “I was always interested in animals, but I lacked the confidence and grades,” Scully said. “I went out and lived life and traveled. After spending a year in Africa, you pretty much think that you can do anything.” Page got his start at the College of Veterinary Medicine after dropping from his intended major in finance. “I worked with my dad, who was a vet,” Page said. “I filled in when people were gone, and I thought that all degrees would be fulfilling, and then I realized it wasn’t. I took it for granted.” Scully and Page, currently on the equine medicine rotation, start their mornings at 7 a.m., begin treatments by 8 a.m., ini-
tiate rounds at 9 a.m. and appointments at 10 a.m., and then they begin dealing with patients. “That doesn’t even include any emergencies that come in the door,” Scully said. The students have learned the importance of having adequate time management skills. “Just when you think things are going one way, something else comes along,” Page said. “It keeps you on your toes.” “There’s no typical day,” Scully said. “You don’t know what’s going to walk through that door. It’s unexpected and exciting.” Hillary McDaniels • The Daily Beacon One particular surgery involved a Clare Scully and Dustin Page, both clinical year veterinary students, stand with Amigo the horse that had a horse at UT Veterinary Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 29. Amigo was in for an evaluation by the Guttural Pouch two students who had assisted in operating to save the horse from a life-threatening chest Infection, a fungal injury in January. infection near the “There are 28 in the country in 26 states,” Harbison said. lymph nodes in the horse’s neck. “At UT, we have about 800 applicants for 85 seats. It’s a very “You have to see this,” Scully said, exposing the tan horse’s hard program to get into.” open wound, just behind the jaw bone. “I hope you don’t have But being a veterinarian isn’t just about loving animals. a weak stomach.” “We’re doctors, too,” Scully said. “You have to love the sciShe crowded around a laptop with a group of veterinary stuence behind it, not just the animals, because there are tough dents to watch the extraction of the infection from Star. Scully and Page agreed that moments like that are the most rewarding times in organic chemistry.” Scully, who openly admitted her love for cows, once worked in their jobs. in a slaughterhouse. “You could see the horse relax afterwards,” Scully said. “She “I feel like I’m protecting our food source,” Scully said. “I’m felt so much better.” keeping animals healthy and safe for us to eat. That’s why I like Just like any practice, the days at the UT Veterinary Medical Center aren’t always as successful. While trying to gather a farm animals.” But the best part of the job, according to Scully, is putting herd of cows that had eaten too much and had become bloated, on those huge rubber gloves and helping the cows give birth to Page recalled one getting loose. “We lassoed this cow,” Page said. “It was angry with us, and their calves. “I love pulling cows,” she said. “I volunteer for it even when we had it tied to a tree, and we were using a tractor to pull it I’m on the small-animal rotation. There’s nothing like that. It’s to the chute, but the rope broke, and the cow took off. The magical, even though it doesn’t always end well.” owner had to bring her in. I lived; I was happy.” Scully admitted that whether students are in the “animals that can kill you” room, therapy and rehabilitation center, or Always an adventure surgery according to Scully they have learned an important lesMany people view veterinary schools as focusing on cats and son. “Working with animals is very humbling,” Scully said. “You dogs, but large animal clinics are a widely growing field with have to try and outsmart them instead of out power them. You many avenues. have to work smarter, not harder.”
Experiment tests Volunteer honesty Honest Tea conducts grassroots experiment across nation, college campuses Kristian Smith Student Life Editor
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A smashed pumpkin lays in the street outside of Alumni Memorial Building on Monday, Nov. 1. The smashed squash reminded students of the past weekend’s activities, which centered around Halloween.
How honest is the UT community? That’s the question Honest Tea, the nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company, looked to answer during an honesty experiment on UT’s campus Wednesday. To find out, the tea company set up an unmanned, pop-up tea store for three hours on the Pedestrian Mall near Hodges Library. The “Honest Campus” store featured a selection of bottled tea for students, faculty and staff to purchase on the honor system. Each bottle cost $1. It was up to each person to decide if they would pay for their drinks. Hidden cameras recorded the results. UT had an honesty score of 86 percent, just below the average of 90 percent on other college campuses. Samme Menke, public relations manager for Honest Tea, said Honest Tea expected the honesty rating on college campuses to be high. “College students have a lot of pride for their schools, so we expected to have high results,” she said. She said the high honesty results are “very encouraging.” Menke said the experiment at UT was part of a “Back to School Blitz,” where Honest Tea tried these honesty experiments at 20 college campuses. Some of the other schools visited include the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Northwestern University, the University of Texas, Washington State University, Columbia University, New York University and the University of Vermont. “We wanted to see how campuses would react, especially in this day and age when people don’t carry cash,” Menke said. Menke said these experiments have
also been conducted in major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. She said the average for these experiments was 89 percent, slightly lower than the 90 percent average for college campuses. Menke said that the first experiment came about in New York City. Honest Tea employees left a barrel of tea in the middle of the city while they pretended to take a phone call. They put a sign on the barrel that said they would be back soon, and they wanted to see how fast the barrel would be emptied. She said Honest Tea used this experiment as inspiration to launch the current “Honest Campus” experiment. The “Honest Campus” experiment is a social experiment that is part of a grassroots marketing campaign to test honesty. “We wanted to challenge people to see how honest they were in society,” Menke said. “It’s really about how honest you are when no one is looking, and we definitely made people think about it.” Though the experiment began in major cities, Menke said the company was very excited about bringing it to college campuses. “We wanted to drive enthusiasm at a school level,” she said. Supporting the experiment results, many UT students consider themselves honest. “I would pay for the drink or not take one at all, because the station was unmanned,” Vilmaris Gonzalez, undecided freshman, said. Gonzalez said that even though college students do not have a lot of money, most would be still be honest and pay for the drink. “We (UT students) are here to better ourselves already, and we are more appreciative because a lot of us have to pay for some part of college on our own,” she said.
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Zombies parade through Market Square as part of the Zombie Walk on Saturday, Oct. 23. The undead participants gathered en masse to support the Second Harvest Food Drive as well as to attempt to break the world record for the largest group dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
UT to host flu clinic UT will offer flu shots to students, faculty and staff from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in the UC Ballroom. The flu clinic will be adjacent to the UC’s voting location. Shots will cost $20 and all proceeds will go to the Knoxville News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund, which provides food and toys to needy fam-
ilies during the winter holidays. Sponsors include the UT Student Health Service, the UT College of Nursing, the Knoxville News Sentinel Charities and Knoxville-area physician Dr. Charlie Barnett. The flu shots will be available to all UT students, faculty, staff and immediate family members 4 years old and older. The cost is payable by cash, personal check or major credit card. Individuals with a severe allergy to chicken eggs should not be vaccinated. Additionally, those who have developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within six weeks of a flu vaccination, children under four years of age, those who have had a severe reaction to a flu shot and those who have a moderate to severe illness with a fever should not be vaccinated. This year’s shot protects against both the seasonal flu and H1N1. For more information about influenza-like illnesses, contact UT Student Health Service at 865-
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ty left unattended. And what they found was nearly 150 personal items left up for grabs. Part of the Gotcha! Program, UT police officers distributed “gotcha cards” to individuals in the library who left their items unsecured, explaining to them that in the time it took for them to leave the card and walk away, someone else could have walked away with their property. Learn more about how to keep your property safe at http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2010/10/25/utpdtips-prevent-theft/. California State University, Chico professor to lecture at UT Professor Sarah Pike, Director of the Humanities Center at California State University, Chico will present “Tree-Huggers to EcoTerrorists: Childhood Religious Experience and Radical Environmentalism” Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pike teaches courses on North American religions and researches issues pertaining to religion, youth culture and radical activism. She is author of “New Age and Neopagan Religions in America” and “Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community.” The lecture will be held in McClung Museum. The lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of anthropology, English, ecology and evolutionary biology, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
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Eruptions cripple Indonesia Associated Press MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia — Deafening explosions of hot gas rattled evacuees miles from an Indonesian volcano Monday, the latest eruption in a deadly week. The country reported increased rumblings at 21 other active volcanoes, raising questions about what’s causing the uptick along some of the world's most volatile fault lines. No casualties were reported in Mount Merapi’s new blast, which came as Indonesia struggles to respond to an earthquake-generated tsunami that devastated a remote chain of islands. The two disasters unfolding on opposite ends of the country have killed nearly 500 people and strained the government's emergency response network. In both events, the military has been called in to help. Merapi has killed 38 people since it started erupting a week ago. Monitoring officials have also raised alert levels at some of the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, with two under watch for possible eruption within two weeks and 19 showing increased activity — more than double the usual number on the watch list, an official said. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanos because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoeshaped string of faults that lines the western and eastern Pacific. Scientists could not say for certain what was causing the increased volcanic activity, though two theorized the earth’s tectonic plates could be realigning and one noted growing evidence that volcanos can affect one other. About 69,000 villagers have been evacuated from the area around Merapi's once-fertile slopes — now blanketed by gray ash — in central Java, 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Jakarta, the capital.
Booming explosions sounded during Monday’s eruption, which shot massive clouds from the glowing cauldron and sent ash cascading nearly four miles (six kilometers) down the southeastern slopes, said Subrandrio, an official in charge of monitoring Merapi's activity. Even in the crowded government camps, miles (kilometers) away from the mountain, the sound of the explosions sent evacuees scurrying for shelter. More than 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) to the west, meanwhile, a C-130 transport plane, six helicopters and four motorized boats were ferrying aid to the most distant corners of the Mentawai Islands, where last week’s tsunami destroyed hundreds of homes, schools, churches and mosques. The tsunami death toll stood at 431 Monday, the National Disaster Management Agency said on its website. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said relief efforts must be sped up, expressing dismay that it took days for aid to reach the isolated islands, though he acknowledged that violent storms were largely to blame. Last week’s killer wave was triggered a 7.7-magnitude earthquake along the same fault that caused the 2004 temblor and tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. The fault line, which runs the length of the west coast of Sumatra island, is the meeting point of the two of the Earth’s dozen major plates, which have been pushing against and under each other for millions of years, causing huge stresses to build up. Both earthquakes and volcanos can result from the release of these stresses. As plates slide against or under each other, molten rock can break the surface via a volcano or the energy can be released in an earthquake. The government has raised alert levels of 21 other volcanos to the second- and third- highest levels in the last two months because they have
shown an increase in activity, said Syamsul Rizal, a state volcanologist, said Monday. Many of those are already rumbling and belching out heavy black ash. Indonesia has several volcanos smoldering at any given time, but another government volcanologist, Gede Swantika, said that normally only five to 10 would be at the thirdhighest alert level — which indicates an increase in seismic activity and visible changes in the crater. It is rare for any to be at second-highest — which signifies an eruption is possible within two weeks. He said monitors noticed more volcanos were exhibiting seismic activity starting Sept. 2. Geophysicist Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland said that such an increase could be an indication that some of the volcanos — if any are very close — could be affecting one another. He said this idea is a new one for volcanologists, but they are increasingly seeing evidence of interplay between neighboring mountains. Geologist Brent McInnes said as he hadn’t seen the raw data but would find such a rash of volcanic activity significant. “If it’s true that there are over 20 volcanos demonstrating increased levels of seismic activity, then that is something we should pay attention to,” said McInnes, a professor at Australia's Curtin University who has done extensive volcanic research in Indonesia. He said such an increase could indicate “a major plate restructuring” — a major shift in the plates’ position, rather than simply the usual jostling. “That would be significant.” But seismologists also caution that while eruption patterns can be studied, neither earthquakes nor volcanos can be predicted with any precision. “My theory is that it is just a normal, random fluctuation of volcanic activity,” said John Ebel, professor of geophysics at Boston University.
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Students gather by candlelight as the final stop of Take Back the Night on Thursday, Oct. 29. The event, hosted by the Women’s Coordinating Council, allowed students to share with one another the pains and frustrations surrounding sexual and domestic violence, while raising awareness within the community.
Bomb threats rattle Greek population, leader targeted Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — Greek police foiled four attempted parcel bomb attacks Monday, allegedly targeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy and three embassies in Athens, after one of the devices exploded at a delivery service, leaving a worker hospitalized with burns. Motorcycle police later detained two Greek men, aged 22 and 24, several hundred meters from the blast site in central Athens. Police said the men were carrying handguns and bullets in waist pouches, and one of them wore a bulletproof vest, a wig and a baseball cap. The suspects have not yet been charged. Police said domestic political extremists were suspected, and one of the two men detained had been wanted in connection with a Greek radical anarchist group. Authorities said the bombs were not particularly powerful, and no link was made with the Yemen-based mail bomb plot. Police released photographs of the two suspects late Monday, but did not identify them. Parts of the city center were cordoned off for more than an hour around midday as the three unexploded bombs, found at a different delivery service and in the suspects’ backpacks, were defused in a series of controlled explosions. Beyond Sarkozy, the targets were the embassies of Mexico, The Netherlands and Belgium, police said. The return address labels included the names of a senior government official, a Greek charity, and a well-known Greek criminologist, police said. They said the one that exploded was addressed to the Mexican Embassy. The one addressed to the Dutch Embassy was found and defused at a delivery service, police said. The other two — the one addressed to the Belgian Embassy and the one addressed to Sarkozy — were found on the suspects, police said. Police were searching other courier services and post offices to check whether other parcel bombs had been sent. Sarkozy’s office had no comment on the attempted attacks. They occurred amid an international security alert over two powerful bombs shipped last week from Yemen to the United States. Police said both suspects detained Monday were Greek, and one was suspected of belonging to Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire, a domestic anarchist group that has carried out dozens of crude bomb and arson attacks. Attacks by Greek militant groups — ranging from deadly attacks against police and powerful bomb blasts to minor arson attacks — have flared since riots occurred across the country in December 2008, triggered by the police shooting of a teenager. Embassies and overseas-based companies have been targeted in past attacks, often in solidarity with protests occurring abroad, such as the demonstrations in France protesting the raising of the retirement age. In June 2009, a senior official at the country's public order ministry was killed by a letter bomb — an attack also linked to Greek militants. After the official's death, officials said screening of mail would be more intense but the procedures remain mostly unchanged. Parcels sent by private courier are sealed in front of a company employee and the sender, and they are only X-rayed if they pass through an airport.
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StaffColumn ‘Potter’ world unites younger generation Kim Lynch Copy Editor Ladies and gentlemen, if you have not already done so, it is time to begin your countdown. To what, you may ask? To a little something that has been referred to as “The motion picture event of a generation.” Yes, there are a mere 16 days until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” and I could not be more excited. “Harry Potter” is not something I can classify as just in my childhood or teen years. “Harry Potter” has had a constant presence in my life since the moment my aunt introduced the 8-year-old me to this fantastic world. I’ve always loved to read and still do; however, “Harry Potter” is about more than just the books. It’s bigger than just the movies. “Harry Potter” is something our generation has in common. We are the generation attending the midnight premieres. We are the generation that started the International Quidditch Association. (Yes, it’s for muggles, and if anyone wants to start one here, please let me know.) We are the generation that remembers exactly where we were when we heard that Dumbledore was gay. I know there are people who have never read the books and don’t care about “Harry Potter” at all, but they’re more and more becoming the exception, not the rule. “Harry Potter” is something that unites my friends and me. Whether it’s a discussion on why J. K. Rowling should write a prequel all about the Marauders or what Hogwarts house Jesus would be in if he had attended Hogwarts, it’s something we can all relate to and our arguments are only slightly less heated than when discussing religion or politics. Part of me is sad that the movies will be over after July 15, when Part Two is released. It has a certain finality to it. However, I know that though the movies will soon be over and the books have been completed for more than three years, “Harry Potter” will never truly die. Much like a horcrux (though without all the killing and soul splitting), “Harry Potter” can never really die because part of it is in me and I am a part of it. If you’re one of those fans who read the seventh book at midnight in less than 10 hours, you’re part of it. If you’ve only ever casually watched the movies, you’re part of it. Luckily, one of my favorite things to come out of “Harry Potter” is also something that is helping me deal with another chapter in “Harry Potter” coming to a close. “A Very Potter Musical” is a fanmade parody and homage to all things Potter. A full-length musical, it was created by students from the University of Michigan and put on YouTube.com in April 2009. It was an instant hit, and the cast created another musical aptly titled, “A Very Potter Sequel.” The final song is about how, even though the kids are sad to leave Hogwarts for the summer, “no one needs to say goodbye.” In his final monologue, Harry declares that Hogwarts is bigger than all of them or even its founders. It will be there long after they’re gone, and “there’s always a way back.” Rowling’s world is eternal as long as fans decide it will be. Sure, there may no longer be midnight premiers or multi-billion dollar movies, but as long as we continue to sort everyone we meet into one of the houses or introduce the story to the next generation through our younger siblings and our own children, the magic will live on. —Kim Lynch is a sophomore in English. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Perfect person always worth pursuing C an’t Fight t h e Fe e l i n g by
Kathryn Cunningham Who doesn’t love a good love story? One that pulls at the heart strings and makes you feel as if you can take on the world with your loved one at your side. Hopefully, you know what is arguably the greatest love story of all time. Do the names Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton ring a bell? “The Notebook” tells the story of an improbable romance with all the ups and downs of any young love. Just like the story of Noah and Allie, most great romances don’t, at some point or another, lack heartache and hardship. “The Notebook” simply states, “Behind every great love is a great story.” So here’s where I’m going to tell you someone else’s story, although here’s the catch: This one’s ending has yet to be written… During her freshman year and his sophomore year in high school, Lizzy and Joe met each other through a youth group at their church. As time passed, they came to be friends, but nothing more. They were part of different friend groups and attended different schools; therefore, they didn’t get to see each other much outside of church. Both of their free times consisted heavily of sports — Joe with soccer, basketball, football and track, and Lizzy with volleyball and track. (Needless to say, their kids wouldn’t have an unathletic bone in their body.) Anyway, throughout high school their pattern remained consistent, and they even went on to date other people, slowly drifting apart. High school came and went, and they both began the next chapter in their lives. Lizzy found herself at MTSU, while Joe found himself once again on the football field, tossing the ol’ pigskin at Tennessee Tech. Here's where the story gets interesting. This past summer, everything changed. While home from school, Lizzy and Joe ran into each other at the church where they had first met, but this time it was different. They began hanging out every other day, if not every day. The two seemed to be inseparable. Hours upon hours they would be up late on the phone each night, talking about anything under the sun. At one point they even both confessed to having feelings for each
other back in high school, and, of course, how they both had failed to act upon them. The summer consisted of endless days filled with trips to the mall and late-night Sonic runs. Lizzy came to be so comfortable around him, she would find herself singing at the top of her lungs while they went on drives, as Joe laughed along at the wheel. As summer came to a close, they found themselves once again at another crossroad in their lives. Joe would have to return to Tennessee Tech for his third year of football and Lizzy to MTSU to continue working towards her bachelor’s degree. This past summer, Joe had been the pursuer. He acted like a true gentleman, doting on her and most importantly, making her feel loved. But although Joe had just about every quality Lizzy would’ve wanted in a guy, she was still unsure about where their relationship was heading, which was, of course, not the outcome Joe had hoped for. All of Lizzy’s friends (yes, including myself) and family were confused about what the issue was. Joe was (and still is) literally perfect for her in every way, shape and form, but she was the only one at the time who couldn’t see it. A few months after classes began (now present day), it finally hit her: He’s exactly what she wants. Exactly what she needs. But now she has another roadblock to pass. She’s worried it might be too late, that she might have lost her chance and hurt him along the way. While she may have to work harder at this relationship than she has with any other, I don’t think it’s too late by any means. Such a strong connection doesn’t just dissipate overnight, and there’s no doubt in my mind he still has feelings for her. It’s just going to take more time and effort on her part. While I would normally preach on how the man should be the pursuer, Liz just might have to step up to the plate on this one. Because men don’t take too well to being blown off, it’s going to be much more difficult for them to come back around the second time — but not impossible. The woman is just going to have to put in more effort. For Lizzy, distance truly does make the heart grow fonder, and although it may be poor timing, it’s most definitely better late than never. My advice? Even if it takes time and distance for you to realize what you had, if you’ve found someone worth fighting for, don’t let them slip through the cracks. —Kathryn Cunningham is a junior in psychology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Everybody has a blog. Blogs are fantastic. It’s your own slice of the Internet. You don’t have to censor yourself or wait to get your article approved. And what’s better is that other people can’t censor or edit you, either. It’s a fast, fearless and dirty way to share your opinion. It’s the First Amendment on demand. I like to think having all the feminist blogs that exist today is a benefit to free speech. I frequent the popular ones like Jezebel, Feministing and The Black Snob. Some may find them controversial, but I find them entertaining and a good way to stay on top of social issues that matter to my demographic. Bloggers also use their freedoms as an excuse to be mean for no reason. In some cases, it’s used to get away with embracing your inner Mean Girl and to talk crap into a vacuum where the people you most offend can’t find you and punch you in the face. Amongst the lady blogosphere, where a lot of this “You can’t stop me, I have free speech” rationalizing goes down, a recent scandal emerged, surrounding a blogger at the popular women’s magazine Marie Claire — or I should say formerly popular because many readers have canceled their subscriptions and are staging protests as I type. What in the world did this person post on her blog to unleash 28,000 emails to the editor-in-chief? An opinion piece titled, “Should Fatties Get A Room? (Even on TV?).” The blogger Maura Kelly — a former sufferer of anorexia — asked if it’s appropriate for an overweight couple, like the stars of the new sitcom “Mike and Molly,” to be affectionate on TV. To prevent you from Google searching this article and giving Conde Nast any more advertising revenue from your page visits, I’ll quote the best part of her blog here: “So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat
person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.” Her words, not mine. Now, our country was built on freedom of speech. I wouldn’t have a column without this principle. The Daily Beacon wouldn’t exist without this. You couldn’t get away with saying a lot of the things you say about your professors, your exes, etc., without freedom of speech. But bloggers are taking advantage of this freedom in a bad way. They are doing so to the point of using it as a means to say disgusting offensive things, knowing there will always be a special interest group somewhere defending their opinion as “brave” instead of calling it what it is: hate-mongering. Or in Maura Kelly’s case, fat-shaming people (women, in particular) who already have a hard enough time being accepted. Oh no, now I’m using my free speech to get away with calling someone else’s free speech inappropriate free speech. Yeah, I think it’s super inappropriate what Kelly and what others get away with online. I’m free to call them out, just like you’re free to call me out if you disagree with this column. But disagreeing with something and using hate speech because you disagree with something are two different things. This is what the First Amendment, as awesome as it is, doesn’t lay out for us in black and white. Let’s think of it this way: Just because I have free speech doesn’t mean I should go around calling every person I see who appears to be Asian a “Chinaman.” I most certainly could. I have free speech. But that doesn’t make it right. Just because you have free speech, doesn’t mean you should call someone you disagree with “a dumba**.” You most certainly could. But if you know you wouldn’t like it if someone called you the same word, then where do you get off saying it? I don’t think anyone’s free speech rights should be taken away or policed. As Americans we don’t (fortunately?) live in fear of offending others. But it wouldn’t hurt in some instances to think twice about what we say or what we blog. Some people advocate drinking responsibly. I advocate the use of your free speech responsibly. —Melody Gordon is a senior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
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‘Buried’ fascinates audiences
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Will Abrams Staff Writer While many mainstream films rarely take risks these days —it’s much easier to crank out remakes of the entire 1980s — director Rodrigo Cortés new film, “Buried,” featuring Ryan Reynolds fights that trend. Paul Conroy (Reynolds) is an American contractor working as a civilian in the modern-day Middle East. After his convoy is attacked by insurgents, he wakes up in a wooden coffin buried underground somewhere in Iraq. Armed with a lighter and a cell phone, he must find a way to escape before the oxygen runs out. With the inclusion of America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, groans may arise about whether or not there really needs to be another film about terrorism. Despite this part of the storyline, the film doesn’t get too preachy one way or the other. Although the idea of being buried alive has been seen in several films and TV shows, Cortes makes a bold choice in his method of shooting the film. That is, for more than 90 minutes, the camera never leaves Reynolds’ side. By keeping the camera in such close quarters, Cortes forces the audience to feel the same frustration of claustrophobia that Reynolds’ character is subjected to throughout the film. Of course, in order to make this environment feel perfectly natural, no additional lighting is provided beyond a cigarette lighter and the blue glow of Reynolds’ cell. The only element of the film that momentarily
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takes the viewer out of its realistic feel (other than Reynolds’ probable misuse of oxygen) is the occasional outburst of music. While it is mostly restrained, certain scenes of the film feel like the back door of a dance club has been popped open. Contrasted with the near-silence of the rest of the film, it can be a little jarring. Given the film’s movement restrictions, the only thing that can make it work is whether or not the person lying in that pine box is worth caring about. Reynolds’ acting career has mostly been built upon funny characters in films like “Van Wilder” and “Just Friends,” where wit and sarcasm have been essential. In this film, however, the actor is playing a very different role (with the exception of one or two little quips). With roughly 90 minutes to live, he has not time to be cute with 911 operators or hostage negotiators. A man living in constant desperation, Reynolds nails his character, as he experiences anxiety, regret, fear and a myriad of other wild emotions. It may not be remembered come January, but it’s an impressive role nonetheless. Unfortunately, the film has been on the rough side of a bad distribution/marketing deal, where it has made less than a million dollars over the course of several weeks. Perhaps all of the theaters had to make way for true cinematic masterpieces like “Saw 3D.” “Buried” is a unique film that is both exciting and nauseating all the way up to its intense climax.
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Ben Sollee performs with his cello at the Clarence Brown Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Sollee, renowned as a genre-defying artist who blends folk styles with classical tunes, joined the stage with singer/song-writer Daniel Martin Moore as part of the Cultural Attractions Committee concert.
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Players from the women’s basketball team goof off for the camera at the conclusion of the team’s media day on Monday, Nov. 1.
Zac Ellis Editor-in-Chief Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt wasn’t shy about expressing the most exciting aspect of her UT women’s basketball team on Monday afternoon. Health. Lots of it. “I'm just excited (about being healthy),” Summitt said at Monday’s Lady Vol media day at Thompson Boling Arena. “I think for this team, it's very important that we stay healthy. Right now, I feel really good about it.” In her 37th season prowling the UT sidelines, Summitt admitted that, while injuries have been an issue in the past, Tennessee enters Tuesday’s exhibition contest against Carson-Newman a healthy team. But another challenging schedule awaits a team that lost no players to graduation from last year’s senior-less squad. “We’ve got a tough schedule, and I’m glad,” Summitt said. “That’s going to bring out the best in us. It’s going to expose our weaknesses early. That gives us something to work on. With our schedule, we’ve got to be ready.” Summitt’s latest roster could be the deepest in many years, with 13 players looking to compete for spots in the rotation. Summitt said the team's depth will be advantageous as the season progresses, especially if injuries begin to plague the squad. “With us having 13 players, we have some depth,” Summitt said. “If we have an unfortunate situation come up, someone else has got to step in. With our maturity, we should be solid.” Aside from sophomore Faith Dupree, who is practicing with the Lady Vols but intends to transfer, UT returns every player from last year’s squad, which won the SEC Championship before falling in the NCAA Sweet 16 to Baylor. But to reach the next step, the players said that experience will have to kick in down the stretch. “Experience is everything,” center Kelley Cain said. “Especially with coach and her system, it takes some time to learn it and to buy into it. That experience is key; you'll be able to tell when we start playing.” The senior Cain headlines a group of Lady Vol post players that aims to become the premier frontcourt in the SEC. Cain, who averaged 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds last season, joins juniors Alyssia Brewer, Glory Johnson and Vicki Baugh as returning forwards in Summitt's system.
“Kelly Cain has really looked good,” Summitt said. “She has a great presence … Overall I think our post game is really solid.” Despite a daunting post game, Summitt said UT’s backcourt aims not to be forgotten. Guards and All-American candidates Angie Bjorklund and Shekinna Stricklen return as a potent, one-two scoring combo, while wing Alicia Manning again brings defense and rebounding to the perimeter. “Our guard play is the best it’s been in quite a while,” Summitt said. “I think our guards are understanding how to push and how to get the ball inside.” Depth on the roster and quality guard play gives Summitt an intriguing option on offense: pushing the ball in transition. Plus, the addition of freshmen guards Lauren Avant and Meighan Simmons — players who have already gained high praise from Summitt — give the Lady Vols an even deeper crop of guards from which to choose. “I want to push tempo,” Summitt said. “Give them some freedom as opposed to just feeling like we have to run set plays.” “Our team’s fast, especially this year,” senior guard Angie Bjorklund said. “Speed is going be the key to success — getting it and going out on transition, plus our transition (defense), too.” The return of assistant coach Mickie DeMoss — a staple of Summitt’s coaching staff for 18 years, which won six NCAA titles before her departure in 2003 to coach Kentucky — has boosted the coaching staff’s effect on players during the offseason. “The coaching staff has been great,” Summitt said. “It’s been great to have Mickie DeMoss back. She’s a terrific teacher, and she stepped right in as if she’d never left. Our team’s really responded to all of our coaches.” But the Lady Vols’ ever-present conference schedule — not to mention their non-conference slate — poses a threat not unfamiliar to Summitt’s method of scheduling. “I can’t wait to play Baylor, I’ll be honest with you,” Summitt said. “Just to see where we are. Kentucky’s really solid. Theres so many good teams out there now, we know we have to be ready.” But Summitt said if UT hopes to return to the Final Four, the key will be focusing on the task at hand. “It’s possession by possession,” she said. “We can’t look ahead, and we can’t look behind. It’s in the moment.”
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Tennessee freshman defensive end Jacques Smith turned himself into the Knoxville Police Department Sunday afternoon after an arrest warrant was issued, stemming from an incident on the Strip early Sunday morning. “Based on what we've heard from both the police and Jacques, there was an altercation between Jacques and another student, regarding a girl,” UT athletics spokesman Jimmy Stanton said Sunday night. “Once the altercation started, members of our team who were present stepped in and diffused the situation. All parties then walked out on their own accord and without major injuries. There were no further incidents. Several hours later, the other student and his mother decided to press charges.” Smith was charged with simple assault after he was involved in a confrontation over a woman and was released after posing a $2,000 bond Sunday night. “What’s been out is out, and it was an unfortunate incident,” UT coach Derek Dooley said at his Monday press conference. “It was an isolated incident. It was an incident where Jacques got a little emotional over
the (defensive) line room and apologized, told us what happened. As far as the team goes, there’s not too much discussion about it.” While the incident is behind the team and Dooley said Smith's punishment would handled “internally,” the first-year coach said his players must make better choices off the field, especially early in the morning. “Do I have concerns about it?” Dooley said after being question about his players being •Jacques Smith out at 2 a.m. “Of course I would if it was more complex than that. my child. Jacques is like Its been happening since my child, but we don’t have a curfew. Adam and Eve, I guess.” “We ask them to use KPD officers first became aware of the inci- good judgment and he diddent when they were called n’t use judgment.” Smith is a back-up to UT Medical Center, where 21-year-old Allen defensive end for the Vols Lewis was being treated this season. He was an enrollee from for a concussion and was early receiving stitches on his Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, coming to hand. Lewis alleges that he school in January and parwas dancing with a girl ticipating in spring pracwhen he was punched in tice. He has played in eight the back of his head. After falling to the ground, games this year and has Lewis said Smith started totalled 18 tackles. Smith was at the Vols’ punching and kicking him. “That happened this practice Monday and was weekend, and we just got seen with freshman defentogether this morning, and sive end Corey Miller there’s a lot of rumors and working with defensive stuff,” defensive lineman line coach Chuck Smith Malik Jackson said after practice. Monday. “Jacques got in front of us this morning in a girl and our players did the right thing to defuse the situation. It’s not any
Bray named Tennessee starting QB some point. “It may be four series into the game or three series into the game, we’ve got to go Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to Matt,” Dooley said. “We’ll just let the announced Monday that true freshman game dictate that and see how Tyler hanTyler Bray would be the Vols’ starting dles the starting role.” Simms was benched after his second quarterback this weekend when the team fumble against the Gamecocks. After the travels to face Memphis on Saturday. Dooley’s decision comes two days after game, he was visibly frustrated talking to Bray replaced junior Matt Simms following reporters and apologized for his comments the Vols’ opening possession of the second Monday. “I kind of want to apologize for the way half against South Carolina. “I just feel like that is the best thing for I acted after the game,” Simms said Monday. “By no means was I trying to call our team right out anyone on now,” Dooley our team or said in his anything like Monday press that. I was just conference. disappointed “The facts are that we lost the facts. We’ve and kind of won two games disappointed ... We have a lot in how everyof sacks and thing played turnovers. out.” That’s not to Dooley say its Matt’s understood fault, but we Simms’ frustrajust feel like we tion as a quarneed to change terback and things up to try said Simms to eliminate will still play a some of the bad key role on the plays that are team. happening.” “I wouldn’t Bray said he expect a quardidn’t know he terback to be was going to be happy about named the getting pulled starter but was out of a game,” informed in a Dooley said. meeting with “But I do coaches earlier believe he’ll be in the day. a great team “I had no player, and we idea,” Bray said George Richardson • The Daily Beacon are going to after practice Monday. “I was Tyler Bray throws a long ball against the need Matt; I just letting the University of Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 23. Bray told him that. c o a c h e s has seen more playing time since the beginning of It’s not necesthat decide.” the year and has officially been named the starter sarily The fresh- for the Vols’ upcoming game with the University Tyler has done everything he man from of Memphis. should do to Kingsburg, Calif., said he will approach practices and earn a spot, its just that’s the decision we are making. games in the same way as he had before. Simms has started the first eight games “I feel the same,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and have fun playing for the Vols this season and has thrown for backyard ball. It’s a little nerve wracking, 1,406 yards on 110-of-189 passes with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. but it’s still just football.” “(I) talked to coach Dooley about the Bray said in their meeting, Dooley told him he needs to move the ball down the decision,” Simms said. “I respect his decifield, not take sacks and not turn the ball sion. I respect him as a coach and this staff. (I) know it’s my job to be prepared over. In four games this season, Bray is 25-of- no matter what happens.” This Saturday’s game against the Tigers 47 for 303 yards and two touchdowns with is an ideal match-up for Bray to make his three interceptions. While Bray will enter the game as the first career start. The Tigers rank 115th starter, Dooley said didn't rule out the pos- out of 120 FBS schools in pass defense, sibility that Simms could enter the game as giving up 278 yards through the air.
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