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SGA considers gender neutral housing David Cobb Assistant News Editor On Tuesday afternoon as election coverage began permeating the airwaves, Jacob Clark, an elected official in his own right, presented a bill to SGA’s Student Senate that could lead to a change within the UT housing culture. Bill 0113, named “Bill to Promote Gender Neutral Housing at the University of Tennessee,” went through the first of two presentations at the Senate’s biweekly meeting. Clark represents the College of Arts and Sciences. He also sits on SGA’s Diversity Affairs Committee. “What I mean when I say gender neutral housing is an option available where males and females can live in the same apartment or suite just like they can in real life,” Clark, a junior in College Scholars, said. “Some schools define it as a male and female living in the same room, but we know that’s probably not going to happen here.” The bill asks that UT Housing and the Division of Student Life develop a plan to implement gender neutral housing by the fall of 2014 with the help of SGA, URHC and “other interested individuals.” Under Clark’s proposal, the option would benefit families with siblings who were interested in sharing a university space, as well as those in relationships, others simply desiring to room with a co-ed group and those within the transgender File Photo • The Daily Beacon community. “A large part of the push for it at other schools has been the Dorms on campus may see gender neutral options following passage of a bill that is being presented to SGA’s fact that you have a significant, maybe not particularly large, Student Senate. but a significant transgender population that wants that option,” Clark said. “Because right now, they might not feel staff to see it’ll be implemented and how it can be implement- rum when students began trickling out of the meeting between ed.” the presentation of legislation and president Adam Roddy’s that they necessarily fit in a strictly female or male setting.” The bill will be up for vote Nov. 20. It will need a 51 percent presentation of the organization’s altered constitution. SGA Vice President Terry Nowell is also in favor of the bill, “That’s something that we’re definitely hoping to address in saying that he foresees its implementation as coming two or majority from the senators to pass. Clark and Nowell both anticipate that it will do so successfully. this next couple weeks by allowing senators to realize the three years down the road. “The people who will make these decisions have been very expectations one more time, and if they’re not willing to com“Yeah I think it is one of the bigger ones,” Nowell said. “To change the actual way that students live and the way they asso- warm to it,” Clark said. “So I don’t think it’s going to be that mit to those, then we’ll be looking for people to fill those roles ciate with people in the residence halls, I don’t think it’s impos- difficult. But having it passed through the senate and the because we should take this seriously,” Nowell said. “We’re repsible by any means. I definitely think it’s something that stu- URHC protects them when someone doesn’t like what they’re resenting the students, and if people aren’t taking it seriously dent government can tackle. I’ll be working with (Clark), doing. They can say ‘we’re just doing what the students want.’” then it is going to be a very ineffective council and that’s not Tuesday’s Student Senate meeting nearly lost voting quo- what anybody in student government wants.” URHC and also with a lot of the residents associates and their

Baker Center holds election watch party Samantha Smoak Staff Writer Students donned their Obama and Romney gear in support of their chosen candidate at the Baker Center as the election results rolled in on Tuesday night. More than 60 students attended the election watch party. The event was co-sponsored by the Baker Ambassadors and the Honors Council to foster a safe environment for learning and discussion. “We (the Baker Ambassadors and Honors Council) wanted a place for students to go that was bipartisan … (and where) discussion could occur,” said Lisa Dicker, a junior in political science and Asian studies. “In this room we have Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and people who don’t really know either way and people who don’t care, and it just makes for a great discussion.” In addition to watching the election results come in, the Baker Ambassadors facilitated political charades. Students would act out famous political figures such as Bill O’Reilly, Ann Romney, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton and other current political figures. Historical political figures such as William H. Taft and Franklin D. Roosevelt were also included in the game. There was also a running poll about election issues that

students could text their answers in for. “(They are) general questions about who you voted for … and more specific questions like ‘who do you think is going to run in 2016?’ or ‘do you think it’s unpatriotic to not vote?,’” said Dicker, who also serves as a Baker Ambassador. “None of them are just ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ You can fully explain.” The poll also included questions that ranged from fun questions like who had better arms, Michelle Obama’s pilates arms or Paul Ryan’s p90x arms, to more serious questions like if students thought the current system of the Electoral College works. Students were also asked in the poll what issue was the deciding factor on who they cast their vote for and which issues they wished received more coverage. Kevin Brown, sophomore in public relations, hopes that students will learn that the voice of young adults is important in this election and others like it. “I really hope that students will learn throughout the night that we do really have a voice, and (the importance of) getting out there and making sure your voice is heard. Whether or not you think it matters, it really does … you need to get yourself out there (and vote),” said Brown, who also serves as the Public Relations Committee Co-Chair for the Honors Council. See BAKER CENTER on Page 2


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Olympic gold medal hurdler Aries Merritt, a Volunteer alumnus, waves to the crowd during the Troy game on Saturday. He was honored during a media timeout for winning the gold in the 110m hurdles in the London 2012 Olympics.

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Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City is a popular restaurant and bar that offers a vibrant social scene on most nights. But on Election Day, it became a gathering place for those wanting to watch the election results come in, including the local chapter of the Green Party of Tennessee. Among those in attendance were Martin Pleasant, who was running to represent Tennessee in the US Senate, and Calvin Cassady, hoping to represent District 15 in the Tennessee House of Representatives. “It’s been pretty exciting. I met a lot of UT Students and a lot of them are going to vote for me. It was really a positive sign, particularly the ones who researched the race,” said Pleasant, dressed in a full suit for the special evening. Pleasant was running against incumbent Republican Bob Corker, who ultimately won the election, and Democratic nominee Mark Clayton; Clayton, however, was disavowed by the state party shortly after winning the primary. “Mark Clayton is associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C.,

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and the Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, will not do anything to promote or support him in any way, and urges Democrats to write in a candidate of their choice in November,” read a statement by the Tennessee Democrats. “There was a progressive choice on the ballot: me. It’s been a very positive response,” said Pleasant. For Pleasant, one of the most important aspects of the campaign and for the future of the party is to reach out to a younger demographic. “Young people need to be engaged at a younger age. We need to bring young people into the process so they can start participating, teaching and educating about our system, and understanding ... how the vote affects them,” he said. See VOTES on Page 3

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Ceramic pieces are put on display for students to view and purchase during the UT Potters Holiday Sale on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

BAKER CENTER continued from Page 1 Students and Faculty received an email Tuesday afternoon from the Chancellor encouraging the UT community to express their volunteer spirit by practicing civility on Election Day. Both Dicker and Brown hope that the event encouraged civility. “The Honors Council and the Baker Center try to foster (a learning and welcoming) envi-

VOTES continued from Page 1 Cassady, a graduate student in public administration, was running to represent District 15, which comprises Fort Sanders, Downtown, East and South Knoxville. Cassady ran against incumbent Democrat Joe Armstrong, who has held the seat since 1989. “The goals for us are to expand the debate,” Cassady said. “We want to open up our views to the mainstream, to be on the vanguard of the next wave of political change in this country.” Statewide, the Green Party ticket featured 11 candidates. They were allowed on ballots in May after the State Supreme Court ruled that the Green Party could select candidates by convention, not by primary. Being a student at UT, Cassady

ronment where students can come and be open and not worry about ridiculous things happening,” Brown said. Dicker agreed with Brown, stating that one of the purposes of the event is to bring students of different political opinions together. “You can get together with a group of people that may not have the same ideas as you and watch such a momentous occasion such as an election,” she said. offered a unique perspective on the role of young people in the election and the political future of the United States. “We’re young people, we’re going to be on this earth for the next 50, 60 years. If we don’t change the way our process and our economy works right now we’re really going to face something serious 50 years down the road,” he said. “The Green Party is ... making the tough decisions and raising the tough questions.” Pleasant was able to garner two percent of the vote. The winner, Bob Corker, received 65 percent, and the disavowed Mark Clayton still managed to pull in 30 percent of the vote. Cassady received 18 percent of votes for the District 15 State House race, conceding the race to his opponent, Joe Armstrong. Armstrong maintained his seat with 82 percent of the vote.

McClung hosts Civil War event

Union General Ambrose Burnside (right) and Confederate General James Longstreet (left)

Staff Reports The Frank H. McClung Museum will host a book signing and lecture on Earl J. Hess’s new Civil War book, “The Knoxville Campaign,” on Sunday, Nov. 11. Artist Ken Smith also will be on hand to sign prints of his Civil War artwork ,“At First Light.” The event will begin at 2 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to meet the writer and artist and to buy copies of the book and the print.

Published by the UT Press, “The Knoxville Campaign” tells the often-overlooked history of the 1863 campaign for Knoxville led by Union General Ambrose Burnside and Confederate General James Longstreet. This important campaign has never been the topic of a full-length work. The publication of the book also coincides with and commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Hess is an award-winning historian and the Stewart McClelland Distinguished Professor in Humanities at Lincoln Memorial University. Ken Smith’s Civil War painting, “At First Light,” was commissioned by the McClung Museum and depicts the Confederate attack on Union-held Fort Sanders in Knoxville. Smith currently lives and works in southwest Virginia, and is an assistant professor of graphic design at Radford University. Before this, he lived in the Knoxville area for more than thirty years and is a UT alumnus. Photography is welcome in most museum galleries. Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries. The museum’s exhibits include archaeology, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, the battle of Fort Sanders, geology and fossils. Admission is free. For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the museum’s website at

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Thursday, November 8 Saturday, November 10 Who: Jamey Johnson Where: Tennessee Theater When: 7 p.m. Price: $32-$47 Victoria’s View: Okay, those of you who read The Weekender religiously know by now that country music isn’t my favorite genre. However, I do recognize a good artist when I hear one, so I continue to bite the bullet and list country concerts for all of you who love this kind of music. Soulful, heartbreakingly deep, and a nice set of facial hair all describe Alabama native Jamey Johnson. His pure voice sings of past troubles and typical hangouts at bars with friends. YouTube fans think he’s ‘real,’ so I’m sure you country lovers will, too. You’re welcome.

Who: Mary Gauthier and Scott Nolan Where: Square Room When: 8 p.m. Price: $20 Rob’s View: Want a show that will be good for your soul? I highly recommend the combination of Mary Gauthier and Scott Nolan. Mary Gauthier has the same feel as a more acoustic Johnny Cash and has a great folk sound. Pair Gauthier with a folksy version of John Mayer in Scott Nolan and you have the makings for a fantastic show. This is the perfect November night concert.

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Friday, November 9 • Phoro courtesy of Mary Gauthier

Who: La Boheme Where: Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre When: 8 p.m. Price: $5-$15 Victoria’s View: Taking Puccinni’s “La bohème,” the classic opera about the impoverished artists and the bohemian culture in 19th century Paris, UT Opera Theatre is putting a contemporary spin on the classic. A little interesting tidbit, the musical “Rent” was inspired by this opera, so this show should be good. Go and get a little culture in your life. Who: Cereus Bright with Ben Bannister Where: Square Room When: 8 p.m. Price: $32-$47 Victoria’s View: Okay, those of you who read The Weekender religiously know by now that country music isn’t my favorite genre. However, I do recognize a good artist when I hear one, so I continue to bite the bullet and list country concerts for all of you who love this kind of music. Soulful, heartbreakingly deep, and a nice set of facial hair all describe Alabama native Jamey Johnson. His pure voice sings of past troubles and typical hangouts at bars with friends. YouTube fans think he’s ‘real,’ so I’m sure you country lovers will, too. You’re welcome.

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• Photo courtesy of Ben Bannister

Who: Pregame Showcase: ‘Protecting Our Water Resources: A Microbiologist’s Perspective’ Where: University Center, Room 213 When: 10:20 a.m. Price: Free Rob’s View: Stretch your mind before you cheer for the Vols with this informational lecture from an esteemed faculty member. The structure is a thirty-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute questionand-answer session. Steven Wilhelm will be the professor featured in this lecture. This should be an interesting discourse on a very important topic.

Sunday, November 11 Who: Peelander-Z with Electric Eel Shock and My Parents Favorite Music Where: Cider House When: 8 p.m. Price: $5 - $11 Rob’s View: Peelander-Z is best described as a Japanese psych/garage/punk band that dresses up like Power Rangers. I know, it sounds awesome, right? Joined with hard rocking Electric Eel Shock and the video game/rock music of My Parents Favorite Music, this should be a great Sunday night show. Help the Cider House go out on a positive note.

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Somewhere... Hopefully Voter turnout dissapoints Preston Peeden Associate Editor Tuesday night was supposed to be the biggest demonstration of our democratic system for the next four years. It was supposed to be the day that every eligible American took time out of their day to make their voice and their opinions heard. Unfortunately (like so many things), what was expected was not what happened. Lacking the pageantry and populism of 2008, Election Day 2012 came and went not with a bang but with a whimper. It’s not surprising that there was such a lack of grandiose this time around. Four years ago, with the nation drunk on “Hope,” we elected our first AfricanAmerican president. Tuesday night, however, showed that we’re still hungover. Official statistics (at least at the time that I’m writing this) have yet to be released on voter turnout. But going from a preliminary estimation by the Associated Press, less than 60 percent of eligible voters will have turned out to cast their ballot this cycle. This election is one of the rare instances in which voter turnout in every state decreased as compared to the previous election. In fact, in most states, the turnout numbers are lower than the 2004 election. For the past three decades, turnout numbers in the U.S. have been steadily staying below 60 percent, with the lowest point hanging at just 49 percent of eligible voters participating in the 1996 election. I wasn’t eligible to vote the last time around, but regardless of the fact that I couldn’t participate officially, I still got caught up in the fever that gripped this country four years ago. But last night showed me that the biggest problem in this country isn’t the partisan cockfights taking place on Capitol Hill or even the insurmountable budget which will shortly leave us indebted, crippled or in a post-apocalyptic “Mad Max”-

esque wasteland (Mel Gibson will definitely be hoping for this outcome), but rather that we, as Americans, truly didn’t care enough about the future of our country to take the time to vote. I can understand some reasons for not voting, with the extreme being the effects of Sandy. But voter turnout was down throughout the entire country. For those not caught in the aftermath of a deadly storm, everyday excuses were commonplace. Time was an oft-quoted one, as was the inconvenience of absentee ballots and changing registration statuses. But is it really that difficult to take an hour or two to send in that piece of paper or to drive to your polling place? That little bit of time can shape the way this country will run, not only for the next four years, but its after effects will ring into perpetuity. Voting is too important to simply write off as an inconvenience. It’s more than just a privilege. It’s a right and a responsibility built into the social contract we keep with those that govern us. We elect our government, we share our voices on how our nation should be run and we ultimately shape the course of this country. To some this sounds idealistic and naïve, and it is in some ways, but that is only because we’ve allowed it to become such. Voting rights used to be something that people demonstrated in the streets for, risked their lives for and even fought for. But now, so many of us treat voting like we do a take-home assignment from class. It’s something we might do, only if we have the time or nothing better to do. Last night on Twitter and Facebook, there were enough statuses and opinions to fill volumes of texts with our nations opinions. But of the 70 million Americans on Twitter, how many voted? How many found it easier to type their opinion into a keypad for the entire world to see, but neglected to drive to a polling center to make an actual difference? Governments gain legitimacy and power from the opinions and the participation of those that it governs. Tuesday night, we didn’t hold up our end of the bargain. — Preston Peeden is a senior in history. He can be reached at



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Obama election guarantees reform Urb an La n d sca p e s by

Lindsay Lee This election will perhaps go down as one of the most important in American history. The election of either man would have significantly impacted the course of our nation, but with an Obama win, a few things have become certain now about the future of the United States. The fight for gay rights, including the right to marry, has gained major momentum during Obama’s presidency. Still, most Republicans have continued to speak out against gay rights, citing the divine law and the inevitable moral decline of society after gay marriage legalization. But now with an Obama election, the first openly gay senator elected in Wisconsin, and gay marriage supported on the ballot in at least four states, it seems now that the momentum the gay rights movement has gained in the last few years will continue to increase. Undoubtedly the hardest legislative battle fought by Obama and his Democratic supporters was for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. After about two years of legislative review and revision and battle, it was passed by an extremely narrow margin, and cost many Democrats their seats in Congress. Republicans have continuously vowed to bring down the Affordable Care Act since it was first created. They have called it socialist and a major government overreach. Mitt Romney promised to replace it as soon as he possibly could. After it passed, Republicans immediately took the law to court, citing its “unconstutionality.” But the Supreme Court did not agree and upheld its legality. Though it is not nearly as liberal as similar laws in other Western nations, the Affordable Care Act is one of the most liberal pieces of American social legislation in recent history. The majority of the individual aspects of the ACA — such as the rule

that children can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and that coverage cannot be denied because of pre-existing conditions — are supported by the American people, but the overall idea of the bill is scary to many. The government is mandating that people purchase some sort of insurance for the good of the entire population. But even if Obama simply sits in the Oval Office and twiddles his thumbs for the next four years, his presidency will ensure that the ACA will continue. The Supreme Court decision will be extremely difficult to combat, and Congress will not be able to successfully overturn it with a Democratdominated Senate and Obama in the White House. In addition, essentially all parts of the law will be put into effect by 2014, so Americans will begin to see for themselves how beneficial the law is, widening the medical insurance coverage Americans have the right to. Women’s rights will especially be protected under Obama with the ACA. It isn’t all good news with a second Obama term, however. Obama has made unprecedented movements in increasing unilateral presidential power in foreign affairs. He has waged silent drone wars in the Middle East, murdering thousands of civilians in the area — all without congressional approval or significant oversight. He has reaffirmed the executive branch’s power to indefinitely detain anyone suspected of terrorism, including American citizens. Without increased outcry from the American public against these atrocities, these unilateral, life-or-death practices by President Obama are not likely to change. The biggest thing that I hope for under a new Obama term is increased bipartisan cooperation in all parts of the government. Both sides need to stop fearing and hating the other; both sides need to respect each other as human beings with what we hope is genuine passion and care for their constituents. The Obama election has guaranteed certain outcomes, but the nation will remain historically, miserably divided without some sort of change of heart of our closest representatives. — Lindsay Lee is a junior in mathematics. She can be reached at

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If you want to know why Barack Obama was able to win … well, I don’t want to say “easily” since it could very well have been messed up, but handily, just ask your conservative friends their reaction to the election. Outside of a few stragglers, you aren’t going to hear them say, “I can’t believe Romney didn’t win.” Their reactions are probably going to range from “That was a terrible campaign” to “Crap. Now Obamacare is coming.” The major reason it wasn’t close, as much as Democrats would like it to be otherwise, is that Romney essentially used the tortoise strategy, not realizing that it works as a parable precisely because it doesn’t work in real life. The hare always wins. Naturally, though, Republicans are going to wonder what the heck is going on. For the next few months at least, their attitudes toward the US election results are going to range from depression to anger to acceptance. During this time, they are going to wonder if their country is doomed, they are going to talk about every younger Republican politician like they are the next big thing. They are going to become obstructionists, and are going to work really hard to take back the Senate in 2014. Essentially, they are going to turn into Democrats circa 2004. And people are going to wonder if they need to dramatically change their attitudes, positions, or ideology in order to effectively regroup. I am going to tell you what I think should happen over the next four or so years within the Republican party if they want to rebound. While I think there is going to be a significant shift within the ranks, I actually think they will change much less than we might think. For starters, the Republicans need to realize

they don’t need to do very much right off the bat. Their major goal should be 2014, not 2016. The one thing they do need to do is put out one, consistent message. Making the message about the economy right now is probably a waste of time, since the economy will either still be blah in 2014 or it will get better. I’ll come back to this. The second thing they need to do, and this is half of the major shift I am talking about, is come up with a reasonable heuristic solution for the “entitlements” they love to rail about. I think that Republicans tend to talk about how evil the “entitlements” are so that they either sound calloused or impotent when the entitlements exist. However, if they came up with a reasonable plan for providing basic services like, say, women’s health, they would be able to enter the conversation and give off a much better vibe. Finally, the second major shift would be to drop some significant issues down a few pegs. Being an anti-abortion, tax-cutting fiend is probably going to have to stop being the standard of Republican politicians. They need to reframe these same points in language that doesn’t connote such a strong sense of economic hierarchy based solely on white dudes. By doing this, they would be able to bring back into the fold many disaffected Republicans and newer independents. So what the Republicans need to do is a pretty significant trick. They need to become quite a bit more libertarian and less evangelical in their language. At the same time, they need to take just a little wind out of the liberal sails by coming up with a real plan to provide services heretofore unpopular amongst conservatives. They also, I think, have a real opportunity to pursue higher education reform. The shift that I think the Republicans need to undergo is already happening. But they need more than just a big dose of libertarianism. They need to be able to discuss the issues with a plan of action rather than a language of exclusion. — Greg Bearringer is a graduate student in history. He may be reached at

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Staff Writer It’s officially a week into the month of November, and faces are already scruffy. Dubbed “No Shave November,” the idea to not shave for an entire month initially was created as an aid to raise awareness for prostate cancer in 1999, but has recently become a fad among young men. Sometimes also called “Novembeard” or “Movember,” this month guarantees an excess of facial hair on campus. “Somebody told me it was for a good cause, but I also just really • Photo courtesy of Einar Erici/Swedish National Heritage Board wanted to grow a beard,” Miles Carter, undecided freshman, said. “It’s a mark of doesn’t take that much time to shave.” Ortiz-Piazuelo, who is also participating in manhood, it’s a test of masculinity, and whoever has the biggest beard on campus at the end of “No Shave November” for the first time, said that even though he probably won’t make it the the month wins.” Carter, who has never been able to grow a whole month without shaving, he is mainly beard before and is participating in “No Shave doing it for personal reasons. “I’ve never done it before, before I couldn’t November” for the first time, said that he was peer pressured into committing to not shaving even grow a beard and now we’re going to see if I can keep growing it,” he said. “At least I don’t for a month. “People told me to do it, so I started doing have to worry about my facial appearance for a it,” Carter said. “Everyone else is doing it and I while because everyone looks a little scruffy.” Carter is taking advantage of “No Shave figured why not? Plus, ... it’s an excuse not to shave and it’s cool because everyone else does it November” and trying to connect with his family. with you.” “My grandfather and my father had great Santiago Ortiz-Piazuelo, freshman in art, said that the whole month is basically a compe- beards, and by growing out mine I feel like a man and that I’ve lived up to their expectations tition among him and his fellow male students. “I think students mainly do it to compare and their standards in life,” Carter said. Spirko said that since her husband is beardeach other, I think it’s more of a competitive act,” Ortiz-Piazuelo said. “It’s great because ed she appreciates the effort to grow beards durthen I can see how many people can grow bet- ing the month of November. “Maybe it’s just because (of) the era I grew ter beards and have more facial hair than me up in, but I like a well-kept beard, I think it’s a and those who have less.” English lecturer Jennifer Spirko said that it handsome thing,” she said. A lady’s opinion does matter, said Carter. doesn’t have to be labeled as peer pressure. “Girls just don’t like kissing guys with “Sometimes when your friends are doing something it’s more fun to do, but I also think beards,” Carter said. “With past experiences of it’s a sort of freedom,” Spirko said. “It’s like having a beard and kissing girls, they think it’s women’s right, like I’m not going to wear make- really gross and it’s prickly and it hurts their up, but even though it doesn’t change your face. It’s just not sexy to girls, unless they like appearance very much you feel liberated. that bearded cave man style.” Ortiz-Piazuelo said that he does not think There’s this one less thing I have to do.” Spencer Rouser, senior in business adminis- females prefer beards. “I don’t think girls like too much facial hair, tration, spent six years in the Air Force and had to shave every day due to uniform regulations. it makes them scared of our alpha male When he found out he was getting out of the dominance,” Ortiz-Piazuelo said. “Girls military, he started growing a beard the first don’t like it when a face is prickly when you’re (kissing), it’s not conducive to intiday out. “Students probably do it because they don’t macy when it feels like you’re rubbing have to show up at a nine to five everyday where Velcro on someone’s face.” As a female, Womack said that she is somebody is going to get on them for their facial hair,” Rouser said. “I probably couldn’t get picky about her man’s facial hair. “I like some scruff but not a lot of away with my beard if I worked at an accountscruff, but that’s just me,” she said. “I ing firm, they’d look at me like I were crazy and they’d tell me to go shave, just like they would probably won’t recognize guys by the end of November, they will all look homeless.” in the Air Force. It’s not professional.” Projection for the success of “No Shave Females have started taking their own perspective on “No Shave November” and stopped November” is still early, said Rouser. “It’s still pretty early, so you’re only shaving their legs for the month. Wren Womack, undecided freshman, said that the girl take on going to see stubble now. It’s hard to tell the month-long commitment is not something who’s slacking on shaving and who is actively participating in ‘No Shave she’ll participate in. “It’s funnier on guys to see how their facial November,’ but in the end good beards hair grows, but on girls it is gross,” Womack recognize good beards.” said. “ ... I don’t like to have hairy legs and it

product — all first time experiences for many. Students huddled around the stove and watched as the ingredients On the same evening that many were mixed together and cooked until Americans were crowding around the the dish was finished. The final prodtelevision to see which presidential uct was then served to those who lincandidate would carry the swing gered to enjoy the food and engage in states, some UT students congregated conversation. While the international dish may around the stove to celebrate a type of not be likely to find its place on a uniinternational cuisine. versity dining menu, most in attenThe International House hosted a cooking demonstration Tuesday night dance agreed that it was enjoyable to that featured mirza ghasemi, a tradi- sample the ethnic food and broaden their culinary knowltional Northern Iranian edge. When a few stufood, as a part of “Persia dents asked for secWeek.” The dish is vegeonds, facilitators joktarian and mainly comingly insisted that secposed of roasted eggonds were for those plant, eggs, tomatoes who could make the and garlic. It is eaten dish themselves. with a piece of pita or Several said that they Persian bread and is thought they were usually served as a side capable of making dish, an appetizer or a mirza ghasemi on light lunch. their own after watchPreluding last night’s ing the demonstracooking demonstration tion. was a lecture by Mostafa “I definitely liked Ghafoori Varzaneh about the food. And since his experiences as an File Photo • The Daily Beacon they handed out the Iranian student. Among the students The I-House will be hosting recipe to us, I will represented at the “Persian Culture Night” on probably try and make demonstration, many Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. for stu- it,” Lajos Magcos, had never before partici- dents to experience danc- freshman in aeronaupated in anything like it. ing, music and Persian tics engineering, said. “I actually thought “I have had food at food. about when I might the I-House, but (I’ve) get a chance to try and make the dish never gone to one of the demonstramyself.” tions,” said Sarah Bright, senior in psyThere will be a night on Persian culchology. The food preparation lasted less ture in the Great Room of the I-House than an hour. Those in attendance were this Thursday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 given a copy of the recipe and the and can be purchased in the I-House. opportunity to actively aid in the cook- The event will include dancing and ing process by chopping garlic, peeling music, as well as feature a wider array eggplant, and sampling the finished of traditional Persian food.

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McCullers makes big impact Luke Tamburin Staff Writer

Heath Mosier • The Daily Beacon

Sal Sunseri talks with players on the sideline of the Troy game on Nov. 3.

Where to look for answers

Austin Bornheim Assistant Sports Editor There isn’t too much positive to say about the Volunteer defense. The publicity around the defensive unit has sounded like a broken record over the past three weeks, but who’s to blame? What can be done about it? If I had to put a number on who’s responsible for the defensive woes, I would put it at 60 percent to 40 percent coaching. It might not be fair to Derek Dooley or Sal Sunseri to put that much on them, but they are paid too much to not take the responsibility. The Volunteers dropped $800,000 for Sunseri, which makes him the third highestpaid assistant coach in the SEC, and Dooley brings in $1.8 million. It’s what they’re suppose to do. That being said, there are a good amount of instances where the players are in the right position to make a play

and just simply can’t make it. The defensive line can’t seem to get to the quarterback against an SEC offensive line and the secondary seems to be lost on at least one play each drive. Even after the coaching staff has said they have simplified the defense to help the players out. But doesn’t that just bring the question back to coaching? Shouldn’t they be recruiting players who have the ability to execute the defense? To comprehend and apply the schemes? But enough of the blame game — what can be done to try and patch the dam up enough to make it through the rest of the year? This week Dooley has stressed that there will be “significant things done” to try and turn the defense around, but what are those? The first thing to do is adapt, which Dooley has finally conceded to do, and go back to the drawing board. When your team ranks in the bottom 10 nationally in plays given up of over 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards, something isn’t working and hasn’t been for a while. As a coach you don’t want to abandon ship too early. Especially when your university paid $800,000 for that ship and your job is somewhat reliant on that ship to keep you afloat, but after giving up 37 to Florida,

giving up three plays of over 20 yards to Akron and having the Zips convert 4-of-7 third-andlong, 51 points to Georgia and 41 to Mississippi State, I would consider heading for the life boat. Keep some of the things you’ve implemented over the season because you have made the conscious decision to switch to the 3-4 defense, but it isn’t working. Go back to what worked last season for the last three weeks to try and come away with wins. Do things that the players are comfortable with. I don’t expect this defense to turn things around in the final three and possibly four weeks. Dooley has said it consistently this year, “you are what your bubble gum card is.” Meaning you are what your stats say you are, and the Vols’ stats say they are terrible. But I do expect them to try as much as they can to put the players in position, and I expect the players to finally be completely fed up with the results that they will refuse to let it happen again. Will that translate to a different result? We’ll find out Saturday. — Austin Bornheim is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at

Dooley shifts focus to defense Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor Tennessee football has seen better days. Currently 0-5 in the SEC, the Volunteers are ready to do what it takes to score a conference win. Head coach Derek Dooley said he’s putting more and more attention on the team’s lackluster defense. “I have been spending all of my time over there and more to be just another eye to make sure that our players are out there not confused and not thinking,” Dooley said. “We have made some significant changes that I hope will show up a little big on game day, but it is not something that you can overhaul in one week.” With a conference game against Missouri on Saturday, the Vols know a challenge is not far off. Dooley said they’re working on just finishing each week successfully. “The biggest thing we have focused on is trying to be 1-0,” said Dooley. “We did it last week, that was all our focus, was to be 1-0 any way we could do it. Our team has kept their focus pretty good. The reality is they know what is at stake and certainly going to the bowl game is a big deal. It is still out there and it is our opportunity to take advantage of it.” The Vols’ current record isn’t what players, fans and coaches had hoped for. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said he and the other coaches feel the pressure to win, but that the goal is to continue doing what they do and not let it affect who they are as coaches. Chaney said part of that is watching quarterback Tyler Bray and seeing his performance continue to improve week to week. “There (are) always two or three plays in the last couple of

weeks that we would have liked to have back. But it is better than six or seven,” Chaney said. “I do feel that way. I feel like he has played with more discipline or calm in the last few weeks.” Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said it has been difficult to see the defense continually play mediocre football each week. He said it all comes down to him. “We are not playing as good as we need to play on defense, and I am responsible for it because I am the guy that is calling it,” Sunseri said. “It has to get done. I am not one to turn my face or my eyes away from it, we have to get it done. We are going to keep battling until we get it done.” This is something Sunseri said he felt the team accomplished last week against Troy. “The only thing that I am not disappointed about is that we won the game the other day. We

figured out a way to get off the field at the end of the game and give the ball to the offense,” Sunseri said. “Then we played well in two minute(s). In this game, people told me that I was too small to play, I was too this and all that and I worked through it and got it done. Right now, we just have to play better defense and that is the attitude that I want to take to the kids. We are going to work through it until we understand it, and we do what we need to do to get better.” Regardless of the record, Sunseri said the season isn’t over yet and there’s still time to turn the Vols’ current trend around. “I think the season right now, we are sitting here and we have a chance to go out there and get another win,” Sunseri said. “We are looking at this game. It’s been a learning process on both sides.”

Tennessee’s junior college transfer nose guard, Daniel McCullers, has made the transition into the SEC as the centerpiece of the Vols’ defensive line look easy. In his first season in the SEC, the 6-8, 360 pound junior has collected a total of 30 tackles through nine games. McCullers has shown that the more experience he gets, the more he understands football in the SEC. McCullers’s teammates aren’t surprised by the progress he has made throughout the season. “Everybody knew he was going to be good,” sophomore defensive back Justin Coleman said. “He’s a very big guy, so he can clog up the hole.” “He came into the SEC quickly,” fellow sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Williams said. “With that kind of natural ability, it doesn’t take long.” But McCullers said the transition to the SEC was not an easy one. “It was hard when I first started going against the big SEC schools. How much (more) physical and faster the game is. Over time I got used to it,” said McCullers. “Just learning my technique, conditioning and losing weight has helped (the transition).” McCullers’s enormous presence is extremely valuable in the Vols’ new 3-4 defensive scheme. “He’s a big body. That definitely helps everything up the middle,” said Williams. “He’s damaging the center,” Coleman added. “Centers can’t hold him. As long as he keeps playing hard and good, he’s going to help us stop the

run.” McCullers credits his teammates for his success this season. “Everyone helped me,” McCullers said. “Herman Lathers is the leader of the team. He helped me each and every day.” McCullers noticed that he was not like the other kids in school early on in childhood. “I would say third grade was when I first started to notice that I was taller and bigger than everybody,” said McCullers. Off the field, McCullers’s teammates think that he is a great guy to be around. “He likes to joke around and plays video games and stuff like that. It’s fun to be around him,” said senior left guard Dallas Thomas. Daniel McCullers is the heaviest player on the team. However, when it comes to eating the most on the team, he doesn’t believe he can wear the crown. “Corey Miller eats more than me, surprisingly. But he doesn’t gain too much weight,” said McCullers of the junior defensive end, who styles himself as the “Hot Wing King.” “He’s got me beat.” Thomas has his own views on what the results would be in a team competitive eating contest. “The O-line would win an eating contest. We pound wings all day. The defensive line can’t compete with us,” said Thomas. With only a few games left in the regular season, McCullers is still trying to reach a personal goal. “I want to get a couple sacks by the end of the season,” said McCullers. McCullers has yet to record a sack with the Vols, but he is focused on getting to the quarterback before the season is over.

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Daniel McCullers overpowers a Trojan offensive lineman during the Troy game on Nov. 3.

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