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Friday, November 8, 2013

Issue 55, Volume 124

Same-sex benefits granted to Knoxville city employees Hayley Brundige Staff Writer Beginning Jan. 1, same-sex, in addition to opposite-sex couples, may file for insurance benefits in Knoxville. Mayor Madeline Rogero made an administrative decision to expand employee benefits to include domestic partnerships Oct. 16.

In a statement made via email, Rogero explained what this citywide change will entail. “The expansion of employee benefits to same or opposite-sex domestic partners allows city of Knoxville employees in committed domestic relationships to extend medical, dental, vision and dependent life benefits to their domestic partners,” Rogero wrote. The expected annual cost is

about $60,000 from the city’s $13 million benefits budget. Although the city of Knoxville has adopted these measures, UT has not. As of now, benefits are not extended to UT employees in domestic partnerships. In 2012, the UT Faculty Senate submitted the Faculty Resolution on Support for Benefit Equality. In a Jan. 10 letter in response to this resolution, Chancellors Jimmy Cheek and Larry

Arrington cited the Tennessee Constitution and the state’s current definition of “marriage.” “The university does not have authority to extend coverage provided by the state group insurance plan or to establish a separate insurance plan for university employees,” Cheek wrote. Knoxville is the second city in Tennessee to provide employee benefits to individuals in domestic partnerships, trailing the town

of Collegedale by two months. The change in Collegedale resulted largely from the efforts of Kat Cooper, a respected Collegedale detective. Cooper married her partner, Krista, in Maryland and did not receive marriage-related benefits when she returned to Tennessee. On Aug. 5, Collegedale City Council members voted 4-1 to approve the extension of health benefits to same-sex couples.

“In Collegedale, it wasn’t a political decision,” said Alex Green, a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press who covered the Collegedale story. “It wasn’t, ‘I’m a Republican commissioner so I vote this way,’ or, ‘I’m a Democrat so I vote this way.’ It came down to the way we were treating Kat Cooper.” See BENEFITS on Page 1

500 Pride alumni to march for homecoming McCord Pagan Copy Editor

Mica Stephens Contributor Eight hundred current and former Pride of the Southland Band members, united and marching on the field at once. That’s what students have to look forward to during this year’s homecoming game halftime show. Each year during homecoming, the Pride of the Southland Band has the distinction of marching with its former members and alumni, as the Alumni Band joins in. While the event has always had a respectable turnout with about 100 men and women in attendance, this year is different. Saturday, nearly 470 former members will be in attendance. Combined with the 330 current members, there will be nearly 800 marchers on the field for the halftime show, more than ever before. Although former Director of Bands Gary Sousa remains on paid administrative leave – pending a full review after a public disagreement in October – interim Band Director Don Ryder carries on this band tradition, with a spin. As a result of unprecedented participation, Ryder said the Alumni Council has had trouble finding enough instruments for all the attendees to play. Ryder was originally excited by the prospect of a large turnout by the former Pride members, dubbed 500 Strong, in early September. “A lot of it is the camaraderie and the friendship,” Ryder said. “We have people coming back who graduated in 1961 and that are marching. “... We have people that are flying in from California just to march.” Patrick O’Shea, who performed in the Pride from 1968-70, is coming from Virginia for the weekend. In light of recent events, O’Shea said he sees homecoming as an opportunity to spark greater interaction with current members. See HOMECOMING on Page 3

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Vols soar past Screaming Eagles in second exhibition, 78-47 Steven Cook Copy Editor Defensive-minded Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin wasn’t happy with his team giving up 80 points in its Saturday exhibition opener against Florida Southern. The Vols’ 78-47 win over Southern Indiana in their final exhibition contest on Thursday night fits his style a bit better. “We came out aggressively,” Martin said in his post-game press conference. “I thought we did a good job tonight in

report. “We were closing in on their shooters well,” McRae said. “We know who their shooters were. That was just us paying attention to our scouting report.” Tennessee never trailed in the contest, getting out to a quick 24-9 lead. Much of that was due to avoiding sloppy play— the Vols committed just five turnovers as compared to the 17 from Saturday’s opener. “(We) didn’t get as many assists as we would’ve liked, but I thought we did a good job of not turning the ball over,” Martin said.

Despite sporting a lead that reached as high as 33 points, UT shot just 36.4 percent (28-for-77) from the field — just edging out the Screaming Eagles’ 35.1 percent performance. “I mean, this isn’t going to be the only game that we’re going to shoot bad,” said McRae, who shot 4-for-16 on the night. “We missed a lot of easy shots, layups and things like that. “We’re off (Friday), but I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole team is in, getting up shots.” See BASKETBALL on Page 9

Gungor produces The T sees spike in ridership more than simply musical ‘noise’ Kendall Basham Contributor

Claire Dodson Arts & Culture Editor

as we’re creating albums.” These albums include the Grammy-nominated “Beautiful Things” and the group’s most recent effort “I Am Mountain,” released on Sept. 24. “Mountain” came after a long “fallow” season, Gungor said. “For the new album, we reapproached writing,” Gungor said. “We took some time in the last year and just stopped doing anything really. We did a lot of snowboarding and hanging out with friends and playing video games and just living some normal life. We tried to not force anything out.

Amidst the swell of music millennials are inundated with on a daily basis, musical collective Gungor aims to add more to the world than just “noise.” “There’s plenty of noise in the world,” said band founder Michael Gungor in a phone interview with The Daily Beacon. “(We want to make) something that can allow people to experience their heart opening towards their lives, towards the world. “It’s a little ambiguous, but that’s something that drives us See GUNGOR on Page 8

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denying wing passes. If you can take away those passing lanes and opportunities, it will give you a better chance defensively.” After giving up eight 3-pointers to Florida Southern and allowing three opposing players to reach above doubledigit scoring, UT’s defense didn’t allow a repeat performance on Thursday night. Tennessee didn’t allow a 3-point field goal or double-digit scorer from the Screaming Eagles. Senior guard Jordan McRae — who led the way offensively with 15 points— attributed the improvement to his teammates locking down on the scouting

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UT’s T-Transit System is moving forward. Literally. The T is now hitting its highest ridership since being absorbed by First Transit during the summer of 2013. Speculation attributes the rise in popularity to the new, more visible bus advertisements and the accompanying smart phone app. Previously, UT’s transportation system was run and funded by Knoxville’s KAT bus system. The new system is modeled after that of Harvard University, embodying the progressive, Top 25 attitude sweeping campus. “A bus system on any campus is essential to the master plan,” said Director of Transportation and Safety Mark Hairr, “the master plan of connecting people and helping them operate through their day-today lives across campus.” See T RIDERSHIP on Page 3

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Oct. 29: 9:20 p.m.: Officer observed the defendant pouring an alcoholic beverage into a V-8 bottle. The defendant was placed in custody for public intoxication. Oct. 30: 1:04 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to Neyland Stadium East Skyboxes for a report that someone had burglarized multiple skyboxes. Oct. 31: 12:12 a.m.: Officer was dispatched to a report of harassment made by a resident of the Sigma Kappa sorority house. Victim was given a UTPD case card. 1:05 p.m.: While doing a property check of the front patio of Strong Hall, officer came across a white male who was smoking a cigarette shaped pipe. Subject also had a southern blend Copenhagen can on his leg which contained buds of marijuana. Subject was issued a misdemeanor citation. Nov. 1: 10:14 a.m.: Complainant at the Steam Plant on Lake Loudon Boulevard reported one of his department’s snow plow blades had been stolen from a large shed on the rear side of the hill. Nov. 2: 2:55 a.m.: At the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, officer issued a misdemeanor citation for public intoxication. 8:59 p.m.: Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Clinch Avenue east of 19th Street and the vehicle fled. The fleeing vehicle came to a rest after reaching a dead end. The driver continued to flee on foot and was apprehended by responding officers on White Avenue. Further investigation led to the discovery of multiple drugs and drug paraphernalia. Nov. 4: 9:50 p.m.: Officer observed a vehicle that was parked on the sidewalk with the front of the vehicle, including the wheel, obstructing the right lane of southbound traffic on 17th Street at Forest Avenue. Officer cited the driver for driving with a revoked license and impounded his vehicle. Nov. 5: 1:27 a.m.: Officer responded to an active fire alarm at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While checking the alarm source, officers discovered drugs inside the room. Two misdemeanor citations were issued. 1:27 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to 2111 Volunteer Blvd. in reference to a theft of an iPod Nano. The victim was given a UTPD case card. Crimelogs are compiled from records of the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Police departments. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

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Kristin Majors, left, and Preston Harris serve themselves Haitian-inspired food after the Taking Action for Social Change Force’s appetizer benefit on Nov. 7 in the UC.

In Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Beacon, the lead story, “Parking space, citations still pose problems for UT,” reported UT’s transit department profits from parking tickets. That figure is actually total revenue, not profit. The article also failed to mention a downward trend in parking citations. The 20122013 revenue of $1,067,360 represents the culmination of a decline from $1,693,836 in 2010-2011. Over the threeyear period, the 37 percent decline in citation revenue has been been matched by an increase in the sale of parking permits.

Student organizations ‘Celebrate UT’ with homecoming tailgate Savannah Gilman Staff Writer Homecoming 2013 is not just about returning to UT; it’s about celebrating it. Campus Crusade for Christ has collaborated with the Central Programming Council and the Campus Entertainment Board to host Celebrate UT, a tailgate for Saturday’s homecoming game. The event will take place on Pedestrian Walkway both before and after the game. “The Celebrate UT tailgate is mainly to just celebrate UT and to create unity amongst different organizations at UT,” said Mary Grace Cooper, a junior in speech pathology and member of the event’s planning committee. “This tailgate is Cru’s way of teaming up with UT and letting the university know that we support it. We want students and faculty to know that we are present on campus and willing to serve

in any way.” Britton Sharp, a UT alumnus, has been a Cru staff member at UT for eight years. In Sharp’s opinion, the tailgate represents a way to appreciate the privileges of life at UT. “Celebrate UT is an event where we can acknowledge the blessing we have been given,” Sharp said. “So often we get bogged down in tests and stresses that we fail to realize we have been given a great opportunity ... Celebrate UT is a chance to do just that, celebrate the gifts we have been given as a community and enjoy our time we had here, whether that be alumni or current students.” Celebrate UT was initiated when Cru reached out to the university administration in an effort to create a more unified campus. The Hillel Jewish Student Group, Blessed John XXIII Catholic Student Group, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Cru and other groups involved will set

up decorated tents with free food, games and music, each of which will be open to all visitors. “They had mentioned that they had always wanted to do a tailgate type event, but no one had ever ran with it,” Sharp said. “We offered to do it and the idea for Celebrate UT was born.” Hannah Herrin, a junior in global studies and religious studies, as a representative of Cru to the university administration, said she believes the tailgate is a natural extension of Cru’s mission. “I hope our involvement with the tailgate shows our passion for being involved at UT and our willingness to participate in campus events,” Herrin said. “Cru is involved on campus by encouraging our students to be active in campus activities and leadership,” she added. “As a whole we desire to be actively present in our student body and loving UT as much as possible.”


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Bradi Musil Staff Writer On Nov. 11, UT will honor Veterans Day with a day-long ceremony on the south lawn of Ayres Hall. Beginning at 7 a.m., the names of the 6,769 soldiers killed in combat since the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be read, marking the third annual campus Roll Call. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day is celebrated on

HOMECOMING continued from Page 1 “I want to try and support the band now more than I did before,” O’Shea said. “At this point in my life, I’m able to do more and I’ve been talking to some alumni and we’re looking at trying to set up a couple of scholarships. “I think the marching band needs our support.” Despite speculation, Ryder suggested other factors were responsible for the unusually large Over the Hill turnout, beyond the removal of Sousa, a 14-year band veteran. “I don’t think it’s one of protest, I think it’s one of positive,” Ryder said. “That the alumni are coming for various reasons, but it’s support of believing in the organization. “I don’t think its ever been about one person, and I tell the band that all the time too. … The bottom line is there have been people planning to come back for a long time, this whole idea of getting to 500 [Strong] started way back before any of that stuff developed.” O’Shea conveyed hope that the effect created by 500 Strong will last long after homecoming. “I myself am coming down to cheer the Pride, to cheer Tennessee, my school and to hopefully create some positive atmosphere that will carry not just through a couple of days, but to continue,” O’Shea said. “You’ll find Tennessee alumni everywhere, but there’s an awful lot of band alumni and I would like to see … not just a once a year shot, but let’s make it all year.” Cindy Lockett, a 2006 graduate of UT and band member, emphasized the importance of remembering the “family” dynamic between past and present band members, a relationship that spans generations and geography. “When the unfortunate circumstance happened, we knew that the current Pride members needed more support than they ever

Nov. 11 because it’s considered the last day of battle in World War I. An armistice, or ceasefire, was set for the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. “It’s just to create a tradition around Veterans Day to give the campus the opportunity to honor people as well as memorialize these events,” said Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center & Case Management and task force chair of the Task Force in Support of Student

Veterans. There are currently 908 student veterans and veteran dependents on UT’s campus. This year, in addition to the Roll Call, UT will also be starting a veteran flag garden. While the names are being read throughout the day, flags with the names of soldiers from Tennessee who have died in combat since 9/11 will be placed on the south lawn. “Folks can go online and reserve a flag, and they can either select that they want to place the flags in the garden

had, to show them that their family was here for them,” Lockett said. “It kind of started with a group of about six of us … where we really started the effort of 500 Strong.” “We put out promotional videos, really getting people excited,” Lockett said. Lockett said she is proud of the Pride of the Southland Band Alumni Council, the group who organized 500 Strong, and sees this weekend more as a natural progression of a very passionate group. “(The Alumni Council) has always been very involved, organizing homecoming, organizing other large scale events that we’ve put on, getting communication out to donors, communication out to alumni,” Lockett said. “But it has never gone to anything like this” Jim Houston, a Pride member from 1976-1977 has always made it a priority to return for football games, despite living six hours away. “I started playing in the Alumni Band in 1983 and have only missed two years since then,” Houston said. “This will be my 29th homecoming to march. I look forward to it each year. … I want to be there to show my support for the Pride in hopes that their role won’t be minimized in the future.” For men like Houston, performing with his Pride “family” defined his college experience. “It always takes me back,” Houston said. “When I march onto the field I am once again a 20-year-old college student. All my friends and family are up in the stands and we are going to party all night.” Regardless of the inspiration behind the return of alumni, Ryder said everyone will be marching to the same tune on Saturday. “When you’re a member of the Pride … you’re in the Pride for life,” Ryder said. “It’s something that gets inside of your heart and soul.”

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to honor living or deceased veterans, or a member of the task force can place a flag in the garden,” said Laura Bryant, assistant director of the S.E.E. Center & Case Management. “Our hope is that it will grow throughout the day. We are also going to have a camera up on Ayres that will be taking time lapse photos so then we can put a video together at the end of the garden growing throughout the day, honoring our veterans.” Flags will also be available Monday for those who did not reserve one in advance.

continued from Page 1 Although the advantages of Rogero’s decision has received much attention, these benefits apply to opposite-sex domestic partners as well. An affidavit showing their commitment must be signed by both parties in order to qualify as domestic partners. Rogero expressed hope that the decision will positively affect the community. “I think it is a strong signal to our employees and to the community as a whole that we believe in treating all people equally and fairly,” Rogero wrote. “I think that is a positive message to convey to anyone looking to live here, move here or start a business here.” Brandon Chrisman, a junior and president of College Republicans, disagrees with Rogero’s decision in a legal sense. “Employee benefits should be given to couples that are married,” Chrisman said.

T RIDERSHIP continued from Page 1 Fare free, T-Transit runs six fixed routes run through campus, the most popular being the Neyland Express route. Pointto-Point and overnight services are also provided by T-Link and T-Access buses, sub-units of the T-Bus fleet. Special events, like sporting events or conferences, are also accessible via the T-Transit system. But accommodations for stu-

At precisely 1:57 p.m., reVOLution, one of UT’s choral ensembles, will sing the national anthem. Immediately following the national anthem, at 2 p.m., UT’s campus will participate in a nationwide moment of silence. This event is hosted by the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans in partnership with other veteran resources on campus. This group was established in 2011 when many young soldiers were returning home from the military and entering college.

“Legally recognized unions should be the only way that an employee’s benefits should extend to their partner. Otherwise, you could argue that it would be circumventing the law.” Rogero maintains that her personal views of marriage equality were irrelevant in making her decision. “I believe in marriage,” Rogero wrote. “My husband and I have been married for 12 years. I also have publicly stated that I support marriage equality for all people. But this expansion of benefits is unrelated to that issue. It is open to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. This is the direction that employers across the country have moved.” Sixty-two percent of Fortune 500 companies currently offer partner benefits, Rogero claimed, citing a 2013 Human Rights Campaign study. Although employees began filing for benefits on Oct. 23, during the city’s annual enrollment period, the benefits will not take effect until Jan.1, 2014.

dents with disabilities remain a relevant concern. “We are providing more services under the same hours,” Hairr said. “This includes all regular bus routes with added special access van routes. This gives even more mobility to students on campus.” The buses were also redesigned to sport a big orange paint job and mascot Smokey. Due to similar routes and design, UT students and staff often found the KAT buses indistinguishable from the T. “The look and visibility of

“It just became more of a campus focus, to recognize that there is a whole student population that would be joining us, and we wanted to be sure that they knew how much we appreciate their service,” said Blamey, also a graduate student in social work. “Also, we have a lot of faculty and staff who have served or are currently serving. “We want to bring that community together, making sure they understand how much the university appreciates their work.”

Despite this victory for advocates, Chris Sanders, chairman of the Tennessee Equality Project in Middle Tennessee, named several issues facing the state. These issues include allowing transgender individuals to change their sex designation on birth certificates, bullying in schools, employment discrimination and benefits for state employees. The ultimate goal for organizations like TEP is complete marriage equality in Tennessee, Sanders said. This movement, he noted, must begin on a local level. “Until we get marriage equality, we should work for things like partner benefits in our local government that can help people until that time,” Sanders said. “Partner benefits can make a huge difference financially in people’s lives and in terms of their health and their family’s health, so we think it’s worth pursuing. “Partner benefits aren’t perfect, they aren’t marriage, but they are a way to protect real people who need it right now.”

the vehicles gives T-Transit the branding it needs to show students ‘Hey, we’re here if you need us’,” said Dallas Jones, a T-Bus driver. As requested by students, the smart phone app includes routes, directions, schedules and immediate feedback for usage of T-Buses. UT’s bus driver Angela Mobley has been working with the school for 17 years. After a small furlough, Mobley made it her priority to return. “We love working here because we love interacting with

the students of this great campus, but sometimes it’s difficult when roads are treated as sidewalks,” Mobley said. Taking place in only a few short months, the T’s facelift is timely, to say the least. “This increase in ridership could show an increase in the students’ population,” Hairr said. “But it also says a lot about the progress of the system. This increase puts less pressure on parking and street networks as UT moves towards a pedestrian friendly campus as construction continues.”


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Social mobility, economy hurt by low minimum wage To Be Prosise by

Adam Prosise As the NSA scandal broke, countless pundits and citizens made references to George Orwell’s “1984” and “Animal Farm.” I empathize with Boxer, the work horse from “Animal Farm,” and millennials should too. Millennials are to the United States what Boxer was to “Animal Farm”: the engine that everyone else depends upon. The Baby Boomers are counting on us to finance their Social Security and Medicare checks, and now we’re being called upon to subsidize their “affordable” health insurance as well. Like Boxer, we are also being handicapped by illconceived public policy. In particular, minimum-wage laws hurt us economically and decrease social mobility. Raising the minimum wage would further the compound economic problems we see in today’s labor markets by decreasing employment opportunities for entry-level workers. Our friends on the left tout raising the minimum wage as a tool for eliminating poverty. President Obama pledged to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50. Sounds like a no-brainer, but the data says otherwise. Twenty-two percent of minimum wage workers live below the poverty line. Under current law, employers must pay workers at least $7.25 per hour; for a full-time employee working a minimum-wage job, this translates to a take-home pay of just $14,500 a year. Ironically, with the president’s proposal, the aggregate yearly pay of a full-time minimum wage worker would rise to about $18,000 – still below the official poverty line. The U.S. Census Bureau examined workers below the poverty line, with fascinating results. In 2012, 67 percent of individuals below the poverty line had not worked in the last year; 25 percent had only worked part-time in the past year. Only 9 percent of individuals below the poverty line had worked full-time in the previous 12 months. What does this tell us? If the goal is to fight poverty, we need to focus on helping these individuals find full-time work rather than part-time or no work at all. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the minimum wage was paid to 4.7 percent of hourly workers. The majority of these workers were under the age of 25, with 79 percent of them working part-time. What can we extrapolate from these numbers? Firstly, not too many people are paid the federal minimum wage – most people earn more. Furthermore, most minimum-wage earners are not the sole breadwinners in their household. In fact, the BLS states 68 percent of minimum-wage earners have household incomes that equal or exceed 150 percent of the poverty line. These figures tell us most minimum-wage earners are teenagers working for extra money. Entry-level jobs for teenagers are incredibly valuable. From my time in these positions, I’ve learned lessons only a job can teach, lessons that make me more attractive to employers. More importantly, these positions provide opportunities for people trapped in failing schools to gain the skills, experience and work ethic needed to elevate their station in life. Yes, these “dead-end” jobs provide opportunities for younger and inexperienced workers to get a foot in the door and build the foundation for a better career. The empirical findings of countless studies on the effect of raising the minimum wage on youth employment point to a negative correlation between the two. Aspen Gorry of the Chicago School of Economics wrote an authoritative paper on this subject; he argued when you raise the minimum wage, you decrease the investment in younger individuals and decrease their human capital. The federal minimum-wage law is the poster child for feel-good liberalism and poorly targeted public policy. It is an inefficient mechanism for lifting people out of poverty, and in fact has never been proven to reduce the poverty rate. Suburban teenagers would be the primary beneficiaries from an increase in it. Additionally, raising the minimum wage decreases the number of entry-level positions available, and thereby has exactly the wrong effect on the job market at a time when jobs are needed more than ever before. Our politicians should take a lesson from Boxer. It’s OK that you depend on us to finance your retirement and your medical care. I get that. But don’t make a difficult job even harder by limiting the number of jobs available to us. Remember what killed Boxer? He was sold and processed into glue when he grew too feeble to work. Let’s hope the correlations stop before we end up in a metaphorically similar situation. Adam Prosise is a senior in economics. He can be reached at aprosise@utk.edu.

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Ditch apathy and stop defining yourself by past failures Working Out Happiness by

Andrew Fleming Life is a multifaceted affair. As such, we should come to mold ourselves into multifaceted beings. It would not bode well for us to define ourselves in a two-dimensional manner, only to have the deluge of variability we face each day wash us unceremoniously onto the doorstep of disillusionment. That is to say, it is important to have our feet planted firmly in multiple domains. It is important to realize we are more than our favorite sport. It is important to realize that we are not defined by the instrument we’re best at, or the rapidity of our witticisms, or our familial relations. Assuming you are not a house cat – being you can read this paper – you are likely a human, and humans are wonderfully complex. I began pondering the proverbial “eggs in one basket” business when I injured my wrist this summer. That wrist injury led to some initially minor inconveniences; I couldn’t flip bacon out of a skillet with my left hand, for one. (I was always a righty when it came to using my spatula, but the sheer weight of a metallic dish and meat

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failed at. But when’s the last time your life went according to plan anyway? I couldn’t be happier that life’s ridiculous emotional shortcomings landed me where I am at the moment. Turbulence has a way of leading to serendipity. The best moments you’ve had were grown out of the husks of your low times. So capitalize on it. Spread yourself too thick. Join another club. Make another friend. Find a reason to like physics (I mostly hate physics), or find a reason why you like running (I mostly love running). The next time your homework seems to approach infinity, take a moment to catch your breath and go out to eat somewhere. School is important, but you are not made of only school. You are not made of only student loans. You are not made of only college, or only that one girl (or guy) who gave you their phone number only to kind of make it seem like they really have no intention of talking to you. You are not made of only your poor (or excellent) grade point average that’s slowly creeping up in importance. You surpass the sum of these parts in the fact that you’re you, and you’re here and you’re doing things. You’re a person, and people are full of opportunity, even if they don’t see it yet. Andrew Fleming is a junior in neuroscience. He can be reached at aflemin8@utk. edu.

Homecoming pomp makes long hours, funds well spent Searching for Serendipity by

Annie Blackwood For at least one week, I live for homecoming. The tradition, the atmosphere, the competition and the camaraderie maintained by the week’s events – I love it all. This year I had the honor of participating with the rest of my chapter in homecoming with Pi Kappa Phi. Not only were countless hours spent pomping – which may or may not be the most pointless use of time and money – but in the delirium of all-nighters we all formed this bond over working together to finish a 23-foot-long float, a soap box car, a banner, a cheerleading routine and a day of field games. All of these events can seem tumultuous, but as homecoming chair last year, I can honestly say I still have a bond with the boys I coached in Smokey’s Howl – as well as the boys this year – that I won’t have with other people. I often wonder why we do this whole homecoming thing. We spend thousands of dollars in order to just destroy the float and banner days later. Logically speaking, this is the most wasteful thing we could do. I think about all the negative things I could

say from this week of what seems to be the most intimidating list of tasks to accomplish for a busy college student, but then I look around me at all the awesome relationships that have formed this week. Suddenly it all seems worth the $5,000 and sleepless nights spent in the Pi Kappa Phi house. That money is really the only downfall of homecoming. In my opinion, the costs are ridiculous because of the materials providers; why are little squares of tissue paper so expensive? Still, I maintain that the experience is worth it. There is an inexplicable bond that happens when you spend every waking moment with a specific group of people. The sheer amount of time, when combined with a united goal, generates a comfortable atmosphere whether you intended to or not. Not only do you make best friends that you will keep forever, but it takes you back to a high school state of mind, a way of thinking that homecoming is the priority and everyone comes together for the greater good of tradition. Not only does it take me back to high school but also it brings me back further to my childhood. I always think of the “Little Rascals” when we do the boxcar race, and although it really is a toss up as to who will win because we all have the same car, I enjoy the crowd around Volunteer Boulevard, watching wooden, hand-painted cars slowly roll their way through the finish line.

Although making floats and spending all that money seems a tad bit irrational, it comes with the tradition at the University of Tennessee in order to unite the community and alumni. Many people come back for the homecoming game in order to support their alma mater and watch the parade of floats and homecoming court nominees. Not only do the alumni get to come participate in the events, but the school makes a profit from children walking in the parade and ticket sales for the game are usually sold at a higher number as well. Although the football game is highly broadcasted throughout the week, I find homecoming is the only game that focuses on UT and the tradition it upholds. Whether it be the trivia questions in Anything Goes or simply rolling pieces of paper into tiny balls, it is a tradition that is longstanding at this university. I believe that homecoming, if taken advantage of properly, can help the community to understand our university more efficiently and create bonds on campus to help make it feel like a smaller campus. The more groups that come together to participate, the more closely-knit the student body becomes. We take away the cliques and restore the campus with a healthy environment of competition and cohesion. Annie Blackwood is a junior in communications. She can be reached at ablackwo@ utk.edu.

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Knoxville Steamboat Sandwiches a popular choice downtown Photo Editor Steamboat Sandwiches’ storefront only needs a handpainted window to mark its territory in the restaurant-loaded Market Square. The sandwiches speak loud and clear. Donnie Anderson, founder, spent a good portion of his life traveling the carnival circuit with his family, before marrying his wife, Dana. They eventually opted out of the nomadic lifestyle and settled in Knoxville to raise their family. “When my dad was conceptualizing, he preferred the wide, flatter bread, and he thought it looked like a steamboat,� Maggie Cole, one of the Anderson daughters, explained. “There are a lot of Southern associations with the steamboat, and the name just stuck.� When Donnie decided to retire, his daughters, Rita Anderson and Cole, picked up the legacy. They invited Andrea Summers, a life-long friend, to co-own the shop, and they haven’t looked back. Central Avenue hosted the restaurant for 20 years, but the three ladies made a decision to relocate. Market Square offered a small, yet spacious new home, squished between Soccer Taco and Shonos in the City, and they went with it. “A lot of the folks that were coming to eat with us on Central were coming from downtown, so it made sense to move,� Cole said. Russ Wise, a long-time customer, wishes they hadn’t moved but doesn’t mind the new location. “When they were on Central Avenue, they were much closer to my home,� Wise said. “I’m

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UT Singers excited for unique jazz-pop concert people from all different lifestyles and backgrounds to connect through their love of music. “The group has a mature, collegiate sound with a UT’s School of Music offers eight choral ensem- balanced blend,� Kinser said. “The group performs bles for students with a passion for music. UT a variety of popular tunes with an emphasis on a Singers is one of these that performs a blend of jazz style of singing and is a group that will develop not only in musicianship but personality and confipopular music with an emphasis on vocal jazz. The jazz choir will perform tonight in the Natalie dence.� After four years in the ensemble, Kinser said she L. Haslam Music Center at 8 p.m. Wendel Werner is in his 14th year as the direc- attributed many of her skills to her participation in tor of UT Singers and made note of the extreme UT Singers. “Being a part of UT Singers has not only chaltransformation the ensemble has accomplished over lenged me musically but as a group the years. member and an individual person,� “It was originally formed in 1949 Kinser said. “I am able to look back as a choir that did only sacred What: Fall Concert and see my progression from freshmusic, so obviously the group has man to senior year and be proud of gone through a bit of a transformaWhen: Tonight at 8 p.m. the work I have accomplished, the tion,� Werner said. “I don’t have musical qualities and tools I have any issue with calling it a jazz choir, Where: Sandra G. Powell gained and the overall person I have even though you will hear other become. styles of music during a concert.� Recital Hall in Haslam “I have no doubt I would be a difUT Singers is made up of curferent person today had I not been a rent members David Buchanan, Music Center part of UT Singers.� Jessie Anne Compton, Stephen Members of UT Singers typiEubanks, Clark Herd, Kelsey Keny, Price: Free cally work as recruiters and perAshley Kinser, Kelsey Landis, Chris form at area high schools. Recently, Martin, Hayley McGinnis, Sara the group headlined a concert at Beth Nelius, Garrison Stallings and the Tennessee Theatre in which Camille Winton. Martin, freshman in computer science, is one of the audience was made up entirely of former UT the newest members of UT Singers and said he has Singers, from 1949 to more recent members. UT Singers has been recognized by the State enjoyed his experience with the ensemble during his General Assembly as “Tennessee’s Musical first year at the university. “Being so small, we’re oddly compatible,� Martin Ambassadors.� “UT Singers has had so many members through explained. “We’ve got a bunch of really different people. From the chill Kelsey Landis to the super- the years,� Kinser said, “and each person is so imporenergetic Camille Winton, it’s a really good group tant and vital to the group and will always be a part of the music.� of people.� All UT choirs are open for auditions to all stuAshley Kinser, senior in global studies, has been dents, regardless of major or previous choral experiwith UT Singers since her freshman year. She said she believes the group brings together ence.

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Andrea Summers, co-owner of Steamboat Sandwiches, makes an order of lemonade. sure this is a good location – I bet they get a lot of traffic.� Market Square’s abundance of dining locations suits Cole and company just fine. “Whenever there’s a highly saturated market, it lets consumers know they’re going to find something great to eat,� Cole said. “We can only benefit from that association.� Steamboat leans not on the positive reputation of its neighbors, but their outstanding products. The veggie special, stuffed with alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and cheese, offers a fantastic meal option for vegetarians, but the Steamboat sandwich draws in the crowd. “It’s been a long time since I ate my first Steamboat, but I still prefer the salami, ham and cheese sandwich,� Wise commented. Some customers eat the Steamboat sandwich with no reservations. “We have have some regulars who come in twice a day, especially on those Steamboat spe-

cial days because you just can’t beat that deal,� Summers said. Another highlight the restaurant offers, the sweet lemonade, is made individually. “We make the lemonade by glass, and we shake each serving separately,� Cole said. “That’s something that came to us by way of the carnival. They call it the ‘shake-up.’� Everything in the shop works together; the decorations speak of Knoxville’s historical heritage and the open kitchen eliminates the barrier between customers and employees. “Steamboat is kind of like my home,� Summers said. “Even though I’m not blood, I feel like family.� The sandwiches served in Steamboat’s sliver of space satisfy old and new customers on a regular basis. “The one thing that I always say, is that Rita and I have been eating this food since we were five and six years old, and we’re still not bored,� Cole said. “Everyday, we look forward to eating lunch.�

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Friday, November 8, 2013 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson

ARTS & CULTURE Around Rocky Top

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Wayne White plays banjo before his lecture on Nov. 7 in the UC.

Siriano talks fashion, inspiration Melodi Erdogan Managing Editor Christian Siriano became the first fashion designer to ever speak at UT on Nov. 5. The Visual Arts Committee of the Central Program Council invited Siriano to give an Art Talk lecture where he discussed his education, “Project Runway” appearance and progression in the industry after winning season 4 of the reality competition show. Managing Editor Melodi Erdogan had the opportunity to speak to Siriano before his lecture and asked him about his initial draw to fashion, his dream client and his debut fragrance. Melodi Erdogan: Do you have any ties to Knoxville or the East Tennessee area? Christian Siriano: I don’t, nothing specific. It’s my first time here. I’ve been to Nashville, but I’ve never been to Knoxville. We have retailers that we sell to there, but I take a trip every couple of months.

CS: I really started when I was with my sister growing up because she was a ballet dancer. I really just remember being backstage with makeup, hair and beauty, and I loved seeing the fantasy world of ballet and the changes from watching a dancer in her warm up clothes to putting on her costume to being this elegant persona. I loved that idea and that’s how women get dressed every day, you know, they’re normal people but what you put on is what you express yourself with. I just loved that and I think that inspired me to want to make clothes for women to wear and shoes and bags and all of those things, to really give a person a voice with a little bit of showmanship.

ME: So would you say that most of your inspiration is drawn from ballet? CS: Sometimes, but it can really come from anywhere now. I can be inspired by a trip I took, I can be inspired by the Russian opera, even though I’ve never been to the Russian opera, it could even ME: What made you want to be my imagination. It changes every season. We’re working on pursue fashion design? our 13th collection so we have a

lot of different collections to be inspired by and it’s always changing which is really exciting, it’s the best part about the job. ME: What is your favorite part of fashion design? CS: I think the start-to-finish process is so cool to see. You really see a sketch come to life in a real garment, I think that’s the most interesting thing. I also just think that making women feel great about themselves is fabulous. That’s the best thing you can do. ME: What would you say is your signature style? CS: Personally? I guess my signature style would be my hair and my glasses because I never really change it too much. But I’m not really personally into fashion for myself because I feel like I work at it all day for other people. I never really think about it too much, I’d rather just dress other people other than myself.

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The Knoxville music scene has become a family of sorts and will come together tonight at WUTK’s benefit concert, Power the Tower. Local rock bands O Youth, Gamenight, Madre and Johnny Astro and The Big Bang will perform at the Pilot Light to raise funds for WUTK to purchase an improved transmitting tower. The current tower, which has been worn by weather damage over time, rests atop Andy Holt Tower and reaches up to a 30-mile radius. WUTK needs about $5,000 more to afford to raise the power of a new tower and increase coverage area, according to Benny Smith, general manager of WUTK. When local bands caught wind of this issue, they were eager to help. Paul Wakefield, guitarist and lead vocalist of Johnny Astro and The Big Bang, had the idea for a benefit concert from the beginning. “I just saw that (WUTK needed money) and I was like, ‘Oh man, we gotta help them somehow. That’s a lot of money and even if we can’t get it quick, we gotta help them,’” Wakefield said. Wakefield then talked to members of JABB, as well as other bands, and said the response was great. Fellow band member Patrick Tice said this is not only a benefit for WUTK, but the entire local music scene. “(WUTK) is like our best friend,” Tice, a senior in public relations and guitarist for

JABB, said. “They’re the only way bands like us will get played in Knoxville with any kind of regularity at all.” Andrew Sayne, guitarist for Madre, said the difference between WUTK and corporate radio stations lies in its willingness to play something other than mainstream music. “The difference between The X and WUTK is WUTK will play anything they like,” Sayne said. “I remember back in the day when Madre was first getting started giving them EPs and begging them to play it and they would play it. No other radio station in the world would do that. “They’re not just playing what they’re getting paid to play.” Both Sayne and Tice said this is an issue that’s not clearly explained around campus. “I don’t know the ins and outs of how you run a college, but to me it seems like they’re a part of the school,” Sayne said. “They’re providing a service and teaching their students in the process. I mean you would pay an English teacher to get the books that they need. Why wouldn’t you pay for the radio station to be able to transmit?” Sayne said another importance of WUTK is the history it holds. WUTK has been on the air for more than 30 years and was the first Knoxville station to play bands such as U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “Think about how long that station has been on,” Sayne said. “There are bands that have come out of Knoxville, like Superdrag for instance. Maybe they got played the

first time on WUTK.” WUTK is self-titled “Local Music’s Best Friend,” according to Smith. He said the station feels as though the title has been earned. “We really feel like these bands are part of our WUTK family,” Smith said. “We are all in this together to make it a win-win for all involved. We feel that the local scene in Knoxville is as strong as ever, and we would put it up against any in the country. “It is a great relationship that has resulted in lots of success for our scene over the last 31 years.” All profit earned at the door tonight will go directly to WUTK. JABB and Madre will also donate all profit made from merchandise sales. Tice said there will also be giveaways throughout the night. He hopes this will motivate more bands to raise money. “We hope that other bands jump on this train,” Tice said. “If it is a success, since it has been brought to a lot of people’s attention just how severely WUTK needs love from other people, I would love to see this happen again.” Power the Tower has made it clear that WUTK is appreciated by Knoxville bands and will not be overlooked. “These bands and musicians know that they can depend upon us to help get the word out about their music,” Smith said. “And we can depend upon them for their support when we need it.” Power the Tower begins at 10 p.m. at The Pilot Light. The cover charge is $5.


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Friday, November 8, 2013 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson

ARTS & CULTURE ‘Festival of Lights’ ‘Berzerk’ reverts to Eminem’s illuminates Hindu former style, lacks raw emotion

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Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark

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holiday on campus Michael Tremoulis Contributor Bollywood dancing, Indian cuisine and spiritual growth are all elements of Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights.” This cultural event will be held on UT’s campus Sunday in the UC Auditorium from noon to 4 p.m. The holiday began Nov. 3 and is part of a tradition based on the Hindu god Rama and his return to his people after 14 years of exile. He was greeted with an illumination of lights and explosions in the sky. Diwali essentially signifies the rise of good over evil and is a time for people’s re-awakenings. Diwali is a time for Hindus to gather in celebration, but it’s also a time to introduce others to Indian culture. The Indian holiday is recognized across the globe by a large amount of other countries besides India. “We’ll have a good turnout amongst the Indian students, but we would really like to show people of other nationalities what it’s all about,” said Jagadish Cherukuri, a graduate student who is a part of the 12-member council that put the event together. The International House and the Central Programming Council worked together to fund the event. Throughout the festival will

be an array of Indian cuisines served to visitors, as well as Indian dancing that ranges from classical tradition to the modern day Bollywood form. In terms of style, classical dancing involves a great use of the hands and feet as a form of expression in a religious sense, whereas Bollywood dancing is more modernized with Western features of dancing, but has traces of classical elements. Live Indian music will be performed to go along with a henna tattoo stall booth. Last year, Diwali had a turnout of 150 people, and this year the sponsors are expecting even more. The significance of meditation is something new that has been added to the event. “That light, mentioned for the festival, actually represents the inner spiritual light of a human being,” said Vineet Khullar, a graduate student who is helping put together the event. “We’re trying to put something in on meditation by perhaps showing a small video on the techniques and how to help the spiritual progress of a human.” Admission is free for all students and faculty; as for attendees of the general public, the cost is $3. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event and an authentic Indian meal can be purchased for about $5.

Cell Waller III Contributor In a year that saw Jay-Z, Kanye West and Drake release major studio albums, the most anticipated rap album of the year is still in the hands of Slim Shady himself. Eminem returns with the sequel from his 2001 classic “The Marshall Mathers LP,” hoping to revive feelings of old with the release. Teaming up with frequent collaborator and mentor Dr. Dre alongside hip-hop legend Rick Rubin, Eminem aims to formulate a late 80s and early 90s sound to the album. From the first line on the lead single “Berzerk” – “Let’s take it back to straight hiphop and start it from scratch” – it seems that Eminem is in a mood to give us the album we’ve been wanting from him for a while now. In recent years the problem for most Eminem fans is that he seems to have a lack of motivation in his music, and the music he did make seemed to be more commercially driven products. However, this time it feels a little different. From the title of the album alone,

GUNGOR continued from Page 1 “Then the songs just started by trying to forget how to write a song. Music is just sound, so how can we create sound?” Gungor said “Mountain” was recorded close to the Mexico border outside of El Paso, a setting that contributed to the feel of the album. The feeling was magnified by a run-in with a drug cartel. “(Our friend) was like the only white guy in the place,” Gungor said. “One of the cartel guys bought him a drink and he was like, ‘Yes, sir.’ He kind of appeased the guy, and then he was on his way out and got stopped by these guys who wanted to take him out to the back alley and in that area, you don’t do that. “The guys started gathering around Craig, but the cartel guy came up and was like, ‘No guys,

it is easy to see this project meant more to Eminem personally than any of his more recent releases, and he has given us many other indicators of this new trend in his work. Shady has returned to the blonde hair and is doing radio interviews again. He genuinely seems excited to talk about the album itself. Thanks to one of the best marketing campaigns in recent memory, the stage has been set for Eminem to return back to form as hip-hop royalty. Despite all the hype and hopefulness we received upon the release of MMLP2, however, fans willw find ourselves in the same disappointed place we found ourselves after the release of “Relapse,” “Recovery,” etc. This time it is not due to a lack of good music as it was in “Relapse,” or for too much of a commercial sounding album as it was in “Recovery,” but it is due to the album missing what made Eminem’s music so impactful in the past: emotion. Eminem might not have always had the cleverest lines, but his music was always able to touch and relate to people of all walks of life. This trend

of lifelessness begins with the first track on the album, “Bad Guy,” which, if done right, would have been a gem for true Eminem fans. On this track, Stan’s infamous brother Mathew makes a return and comes to kill Shady himself, and the track as a whole is described by Eminem himself as continuation of the final song “Criminal” from the original “Marshall Mathers LP.” This track is torturous because it promises what it does not deliver. The emotion is dead. This trend continues on the song “Survival” which had the potential to become one of those anthems that are a staple of Eminem music, but it just seems forced. The music doesn’t feel organic anymore, and it seems as though Shady isn’t telling his stories. Or rather, he’s telling the stories of a much younger and less well-to-do Eminem. Despite the many criticisms, there are still a few songs on the album that show Eminem still has something in the tank. This can be seen best in the songs that were produced by Rick Rubin such as “Rhyme or Reason” and “Love Game.” In “Rhyme or Reason,”

Eminem has a playful back and forth on the samples where he discusses his father. For one of the few times on the album, Eminem shows some of the vulnerability that has made him so successful. This is also shown in “Love Game,” a collaboration between Shady and leader of the new school, Kendrick Lamar. Em and Kendrick both discuss their experiences with women they thought they loved. This is the type of music we expected going into this album, which was instead riddled with watered down and emotionless tunes. Eminem’s gift of being one of the best in the business has become his curse, as he is judged off of what he’s doing at the moment against what he has done in the past. In all actuality, if this album was any normal rapper’s debut it probably would have been better received, but Eminem has set his bar too high to get away with releasing mediocre music. This album does show signs that we may see the Eminem of old again one day. Until then, we’ll just keep listening to “The Eminem Show.”

he’s with me tonight.’ And they dispersed. He said, ‘I can see you have a good heart. As long as you’re with me, you’re safe.’ “I was like, ‘Holy crap, Craig almost got killed or kidnapped.’ Our run in with the cartel was a pretty interesting part. That kind of Wild West feeling was kind of pervasive. There’s a little Wild West on this album.” Before the collective made “Beautiful Things” in 2010, the group changed its name from The Michael Gungor Band to the more ambiguous Gungor. It is a change that, for Michael Gungor, reflected a shift in the group’s priorities. “Gungor is how we really started kind of moving towards creating our own aesthetic and art,” Gungor said. “Michael Gungor Band was part of a slow evolution, where it just kind of happened without much thought or intention. We’d play different places and then called us Michael Gungor and

then added band. There wasn’t much thought or form to it. We were about to make ‘Beautiful Things.’ “It felt like something had shifted and we wanted to pay more attention to what was going on inside of us and make us more intentional. We wanted to make a break from what had been and start fresh with more intentional aesthetic.” Another transformation reflected in the name change is the growing influence of Gungor’s wife, Lisa Gungor, who has since taken a more active role with each proceeding album. The two were originally drawn to each other by their mutual interest in music. “It was part of the initial attraction and fun of the relationship that we both loved music, and it was a shared thing that we had but we never actually thought much about trying to do music together,” Gungor said. “She wrote songs, but they were very different kinds of songs so for a while we didn’t write together. “Until we changed to Gungor.” While Gungor’s Grammy

nominations were in Gospel music-related categories, Gungor said he tries to distance himself from the moniker, and genre in general. “A lot of our early stuff it was written to God as prayers and people just classified it as Christian music,” Gungor said. “I don’t believe in genre period. Music is music and people write about what’s important to them, ideally. Religious themes are in most music. To me religion and spirituality should be all-pervasive in your life. Anything about life is sacred and spiritual to me. “I don’t get the distinction. You don’t call other things by whatever the religion of the person that wrote it is.” Gungor’s perspective on music and the value it has in people’s lives adds to the uniqueness of the group and the work they have produced. “We’re not just trying to cater or pander to an audience,” Gungor said. “It’s important to me that people would have their hearts opened. I find my heart softened with music. “There’s something about art and music that we long for it to be more than just entertainment.”


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Lady Vols open season on road at MTSU Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer The wait is finally over and the No. 4 Lady Vols are set to begin their quest for the program’s ninth national championship. The team will tip-off the season Friday night on the road against Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn. With the memory of losing to Chattanooga in Tennessee’s 2012 season opener still fresh in many players’ minds, the Lady Vols said their focus and intensity must be at full strength if they want to avoid another early-season let down in Murfreesboro. “The key for us going into this game and all other road games is that we have to play as if we are playing at home,” senior guard Meighan Simmons said. “We have an awesome fan base, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t play as if we aren’t at home. “Going into another team’s gym we just have to have the mentality to play Tennessee basketball and everything will fall into place.” The two in-state teams are no strangers to each other, especially after their battle in Thompson-Boling Arena last

year in which the Lady Vols narrowly escaped with an 88-81 overtime victory over the Blue Raiders. “MTSU is a great opponent and they can’t be taken lightly whatsoever,” junior forward Cierra Burdick said. “They play great at home and it’s going to be a tough environment to play in, but we have to stay mentally tough and stay together. That’s what will win us the ball game.” A season after advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season and posting 25 wins, the Conference USA team, coached by Rick Insell, expects to give Tennessee a tough early season test. “There’s a great standard that Coach Insell has set with their program,” second-year Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick said. “He does a great job preparing his team no matter who is on the team. Last year they hit big threes, played great defense, and were strong from inside. We expect them to be well-prepared and ready to play us.” One of the key matchups in both teams’ season opener will be the battle down low. See LADY VOLS on Page 12

• Mercedes Russell’s height. The true freshman is 6-foot-6. She is also the sixth player over 6-foot-5 to ever play at Tennessee. • The number of players on the Lady Vols that stand taller than six feet. • The longest streak of double-doubles for Jarnell Stokes in his career. He accomplished the streak from Jan. 26 to Feb. 13 last season. • The margin of victory that the Vols beat the Florida Gators by last season.

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Tennessee sophomore forward Bashaara Graves tosses a lay-up off the backboard in a game against Middle Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 28, 2012.

Notebook: Quick start paces Vols in exhibition win Dargan Southard Copy Editor As the game turned Unlike the Volunteers’ exhibition opener where Tennessee lead by only four at the break, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin’s squad put the Screaming Eagles away early on Thursday; UT reeled off a 20-5 run to start the contest before finishing off its second exhibition tune-up with a 78-47 win. Southern Indiana did cut the deficit to eight with 7:15 remaining in the first half but didn’t get within single digits the rest of the evening. “I thought we had good looks in the first half,” Martin said. “We didn’t shoot it well, but I thought we had the looks … I thought we did a good job of not turning the ball over.” Juniors Jarnell Stokes and Josh Richardson kept things on cruise control in the latter stages of the game as the duo tallied a total 15 points and six rebounds in the second half.

BASKETBALL continued from Page 1 With Jarnell Stokes picking up two early fouls, junior college transfer center Rawane “Pops” Ndiaye saw his first extended action. The 6-foot-10 junior played 17 minutes Thursday night after being on the court for just four minutes in the opener, picking up seven points and seven rebounds while giving the Vols a

Hot topic The whistles were extremely active again Thursday night as referees nationwide are reacting to the new rule changes that demand more foul calls on reachins and hand checks specifically. The two teams combined for 30 free throws and 24 fouls in the first half, but Martin didn’t have many complaints despite the active whistle. “For the most part just watching from the bench I thought they were legitimate calls,” Martin said. We try to spend a lot of time on defense at arm’s length and moving your feet without fouling…We haven’t changed a lot. We spent more time this week taking charges in practice.” With the Vols up 10 mid-way through the first half, a particular call against UT ignited fans as sophomore guard Armani Moore appeared to draw a charge on Southern Indiana guard Lawrence Thomas. The referee, however, saw otherwise and called a blocking foul, resulting in a frenzy of boos and choice words from those in attendance.

Spotlight Thursday’s victory brought more minutes for newcomer Rawane “Pops” Ndiaye as the junior college transfer played 17 minutes, posting seven points and seven rebounds on the night. “Today I felt good because I played against guys that were my size and position,” Ndiaye said. “I think I did a decent job in defending them and scoring the ball.” Ndiaye’s presence was crucial in the first half as both A.J. Davis and Stokes exited early with heavy foul trouble. “I thought we did a solid job when Jarnell went to the sideline especially when ‘Pops’ came in,” Martin said. “He did a good job of posting up strong, setting good screens, getting good rebounds and again keeping it alive.”

18th in the NABC/Division II Preseason poll.

boost down low. “This was a good opportunity for me to get out there and do what coach is expecting me to do,” Ndiaye said. “But every day is going to get tougher, so I’m going to keep doing better and going hard in practice every day.” Also on the blocks, Jeronne Maymon picked up seven points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Stokes added 11 points and seven boards, contributing four of the Vols’ 26 offensive rebounds on the night.

Memphis transfer point guard Antonio Barton missed the second of two exhibition games, still nursing an ankle injury he suffered in practice nearly two weeks ago. Martin expects his assumed starter back for the season opener on at Xavier. “He should be fine,” the thirdyear coach said. “We’ll take off (Friday) as far as practice, so he should be good to go in Saturday’s practice.” The Vols’ next opportunity to adjust will come in a tough road

test in Cincinatti against Xavier to start out the regular season. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and the game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.

Outside the box score After posting only 14 points in the paint throughout the first half, the Volunteers doubled that total after the break, scoring 30 of their 38 second half points in the paint.

Say something When asked about the offseason grind and Martin’s notoriously physical practices, senior guard Jordan McRae said with a laugh, “Yeah ... I can’t wait for Tuesday.”

By the numbers 26: UT out-rebounded Southern Indiana 26-10 on the offensive glass. 31: The Volunteers got 31 of their 78 points from the bench. The other guys 2: The Screaming Eagles only Senior forward Aaron Nelson had two points off turnovers as led Southern Indiana with nine opposed to UT’s 26. points on 3-of-9 shooting as the loss wrapped up the preseason for Up next the Screaming Eagles. Southern The Volunteers travel to Xavier Indiana was coming off a 15-point next Tuesday for the season openexhibition loss to powerhouse er. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. EST. Indiana and is currently ranked

• The number of years that former head coach Bruce Pearl coached at Tennessee. Pearl led the Vols to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. • The number of wins the Vols had when Josh Richardson scored in double figures last season. Tennessee was 6-2 in such games.


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Auburn’s stout rushing attack poses hefty challenge for Vols Dargan Southard Copy Editor Nine pass attempts. A stat line usually associated with teams running the triple option offense, not top-10 ranked SEC powerhouses who control their own destiny in a division of college football’s toughest conference. Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers, however, went against the norm last weekend in their road win over Arkansas, bullying the Razorbacks with 233 rushing yards and four ground scores en route to a 35-17 blowout win. And yes, the pigskin fluttered through the air a measly nine times in the Tigers’ fifth consecutive victory as they improved to 8-1 (4-1 SEC). “We were able to run the football,” Malzahn said following the Arkansas win. “Our mindset coming into this thing was we felt like we had to run the football. I think we only threw it nine times, and for the most part we were very successful running it.” While the first-year head coach doesn’t expect that • Photo courtesy of The Auburn Plainsman lopsided of a final total in Saturday’s contest versus Auburn junior running back Tre Mason fields a kickoff during a game against Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Tennessee, he knows his team’s Stadium on Sept. 14. success depends heavily on the ground attack’s consistent pro- ic Tiger offense that ranks third “The running back in Mason, over 4,200 total yards in his In his second season as duction. in yards per game (494.9) and Auburn’s primary back, Mason he’s been there,” UT lineback- sophomore season. The former “That’s where it’s got to start first in red zone conversions has established himself as a typi- ers coach Tommy Thigpen said, Georgia Bulldog cornerback has with us,” Malzahn told report- inside the SEC. cal SEC workhorse, averaging who was an Auburn assistant fit perfectly into Malzahn’s upers Tuesday. “We definitely need “I don’t know if you are nearly 18 carries and 103 rush- from 2009-12. “He started for tempo system, showcasing his to establish the run, but obvi- ever prepared for them,” UT ing yards per contest. them last season. Gained over skills as a highly-feared, dualously you’ve got to be balanced. head coach Butch Jones said. In addition, the Palm Beach, a thousand yards last year, and threat quarterback. You’ve got to be able to take “Extremely talented, great team Fla., native has performed at is on his way for another thou“They’ve got a dynamic what the defense gives you.” quarterback, and a ton of confispeed, obviously … They can his best on the road, amass- sand-yard season this year.” A heavy dose of Tre Mason pound you. They can throw the ing seven touchdowns and For Marshall, the transfer dence,” Thigpen said. He’s proband Nick Marshall is what football … They are a top-ten almost 500 total yards in three back to the SEC has been a ably the most electric player that most opponents have received opponent. It is going to be a games away from Jordan-Hare relatively successful one after I’ve seen, and we’ve seen quite a throughout 2013 as the two great challenge.” lighting up the JUCO ranks for few really good mobile quarterStadium. anchor an explosive and dynam-

backs, but he’s as good as any we’ve seen. He’s fast. The kids really believe in him.” Through nine games, the junior signal caller has rushed for 520 yards and thrown for another 1,266 with almost half of those going to sophomore wide receiver Sammie Coates. Marshall did suffer a shoulder injury two weeks ago versus Florida Atlantic but is expected to be full-go against the Volunteers. “He’s been doing everything (at practice),” Malzahn said Wednesday. “It’s pretty much like it was before, so we’re getting back in a routine.” Defensively, Auburn thrives in the red zone, allowing just a 70 percent conversion rate, good for 11th nationally and second in the conference. In addition, the Tiger secondary is one of only four SEC squads with double digit interceptions (10). “Auburn runs a lot of man (coverage),” UT wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard said. “They’ve got talent all around the secondary. They’ve got athletes. They’re a quick-tempo team, and at the end of the day, they’ve got confidence because they’ve beaten a lot of great football teams.” Confident? Yes, but according to Malzahn, nothing’s changed mentality-wise despite the season-long success. “I really feel like this team’s grounded,” Malzahn said Tuesday. “They’ve bought into taking it one game at a time. I don’t hear anybody talking about anything but looking forward. There’s a lot of maturity from our older guys as far as leadership. They’ve done a very good job in that area.”


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Vols re-evaluate focus, hope to pounce on talented Tigers Troy Provost-Heron Assistant Sports Editor Since the turn of the century, the Tennessee Volunteers have won 103 contests. None of those victories, however, have come against the Auburn Tigers. In fact, the last time the program defeated the Tigers, was Oct. 2, 1999, when Tee Martin was under center for the Vols and Jamal Lewis was carrying defenders on his back. While the 1998 national champion quarterback won’t be running out of the tunnel to lead the offense when the No. 9 Tigers come to Knoxville this Saturday, true freshman Josh Dobbs will. The 18-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to the Tennessee idol, will be making his second career start after a 26-for-42, 240-yard performance against Missouri last Saturday to go along with a team-high 45 yards on seven carries, including a 33-yard run that was the longest rush for a UT quarterback since Martin back in 1999. With that said, the first career start for Dobbs was far from perfect, as not only did the Vols lose 31-3, but the freshman also turned the ball over three times, throwing two picks and a fumbling on a crucial possession late in the second quarter. “Every time I step on the field I have to make sure I’m being smart and protecting the football,” Dobbs said Tuesday in his first meeting with UT

media. “Coach always says that the football holds our goals, dreams and aspirations, so we just got to be smart with the football and just finish drives as a team. We have to cut down on the little mistakes and focus in on the details.” No matter how well the highly-touted signal caller plays, the Vols will have a minimal chance of pulling off an upset if Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal combine for 45 yards on 14 carries like they did last Saturday on Faurot Field. To avoid a repeat of the performance, UT’s offensive line will need to have to bounce back on Saturday and return to dominating the line of scrimmage. A week of full-padded practice, a decision that was voted on by the player staff and upheld by head coach Butch Jones, should help the offensive line – as well as the rest of the team – be physically prepared for Saturday’s contest. “He basically told us that we didn’t play our brand of football out there, and we’re not going to represent Tennessee like that,” senior center James Stone said. “We’re not going to go out there and continue to represent Tennessee that way like we did Saturday night, especially on the line of scrimmage. “That’s another one of the reasons for getting back to the practices, getting more physical and everybody recommitting and focusing on this process and finishing these last three games strong.”

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Tennessee freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs warms up before UT’s matchup against Georgia at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 5. While Deon Grant and a three-interception performance like the one he registered in UT’s win over Auburn in 1999 would be a welcome sight, the defense should be more concerned with containing Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall who, along with running back Tre Mason, has created a potent ground attack for the Tigers in 2013. In order to prepare for the talented option signal caller, the Vols have incorporated defen-

sive back and track star Michael F. Williams into the scout team offense to try and replicate Marshall’s athleticism. “He’s one of the fastest people on our team,” said sophomore safety Brian Randolph. “He runs track, so it’s a good look. He was trying to get the ball to the edge, and he did a good job with it.” In terms of the actual Marshall, defensive coordinator John Jancek added: “He’s

really good. He has excellent body control and great change of direction. He’s a guy that can run physical and make you miss. You’ve got to get a lot of guys to get him on the ground.” Following two disappointing road matchups that saw UT get outscored 76-13, the Vols are excited to get back into Neyland Stadium, where they were able to take down a ranked opponent – then-No. 11 South Carolina – the last time they played at

home on Oct. 19. “It will help momentum,” sophomore wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard said. “Everybody has a home-field advantage – the intensity and energy that’s going to be created. On the road you have to create your own energy when you’re in a hostile environment. It will be an advantage to us. We have to take advantage of it and play hard.” Tennessee and Auburn will kick off at noon on ESPN.


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Spoiler alert: Copy Chief stands alone

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Gage Arnold Copy Chief Deep within the bowels of the Communications Building, inside a certain Room 5, a terrible secret has been kept. What was disguised as a simple Pick ‘Em competition is, in fact, a gruesome battle for survival. Am I crazy? Don’t be so fast to assume. Let me relay the facts. In every horror film, an inordinate amount of questionable decisions are made by the unfortunate cast. It’s what makes horror films so addicting. Take, for instance, the number of times you’ve screamed at the poor, innocent girl not to venture

into the dark, slimy dungeon… alone. But, despite your urgent pleas, she does. Every time. She is the first victim. In our case, that poor, innocent girl is Cortney Roark. She resides in last place – as she has for most of the season – and despite her questionable decisions, you had a hunch she’d be the first to go. Then there’s the over-confident jock. I’m looking at you, Troy Provost-Heron. You observe the swagger in his walk, see his cocky half-grin, hear his string of quippy one-liners and within the first five minutes of the flick, you’ve already confirmed his death. It’s fate. And now we move to the random fellow whose character is never developed. That’s you Patrick Lamb. Patrick works in the advertising office at the Beacon and is filling in temporarily for our regular guest picker, Associate Dean of Students Ken Gassiot.

Typically eliciting a non-committal, “Eh,” followed closely by a shrug, the random guy is not vital to the plot. He’s just not important. It’s nothing personal, Pat. I swear. Then there’s @DavidWCobb (referring, of course, to the infamous Sports Editor, David Cobb, better known for his twitter presence than his sporting picks). He’s the geeky, lovable loser you believe will survive. After all, the reason most poor souls die in horror films is because they’re too dumb to employ basic survival techniques (i.e. walk in the middle of the group, never go alone down dark halls, don’t trip over miniscule twigs while running from evil monsters). But at the end of the day, his genius dooms him. Overcalculating, rather than conquering the dreaded demon, he walks right into the trap (heads up: probably shouldn’t tweet while fending off zombies, big guy). And finally, it’s down to Mel.

The Beacon’s managing editor is crafty. She can fight, she’s smart and she understands she’ll have to outlast her friends to survive the nightmare (or in our case, win glory). She’s conniving, but in the good way. Conniving in a tripyou-so-you’re-eaten-by-mutantzombies-while-she-can-run-off kinda way. As you watch, you know that she has the ruthlessness to win. But what is a horror movie without a little dose of karma? In the final hour, when evil zombies are about to dethrone me from my first place position, poor Melodi is snatched away, leaving me just enough time to narrowly escape. And then there was one. Me. The one who played it safe, took calculated risks and made his move when he deemed it necessary. We all know how it’ll play out. Now, it’s time to sit back and watch it unfold. Cheers.

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Tennessee senior guard Meighan Simmons (10) dribbles past Middle Tennessee defenders in a game against the Blue Radiers at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 28, 2012.

LADY VOLS continued from Page 9 Junior center Isabelle Harrison and sophomore forward Bashaara Graves will look to set the tone for the Lady Vols frontcourt and deny Blue Raider senior forward Ebony Rowe from imposing her will and scoring ability. Rowe was one of 25 players selected to the Wade Trophy watch list – a list that Simmons and Graves were also selected to – this preseason, which is also known as “The Heisman of Women’s

Basketball.” Last season, the 6-foot-1 forward ranked in the top 25 in four NCAA categories and finished first on the team in scoring (19.7) and rebounding (11.2). “(Lady Vol Assistant Coach) Dean (Lockwood) has expressed to us how well she is doing and especially in her first two exhibition games,” Harrison said. “After playing her last year we know what she can do and we just have to be ready to go after it on the court.” While the Lady Vols expect plenty of orange to be in the

Murphy Center for their first game of the season, they expect the start to the season to be a grind. After MTSU, the Lady Vols stay on the road for a contest at No. 12 North Carolina on Monday. “It’s going to be a good thing for us to start the season out with two hard road games in hostile environments,” sophomore point guard Andraya Carter said. “No part of this season is going to be easy and starting with a tough schedule right of the bat we are going to get use to it.”


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