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Review of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Clarence Brown Theatre







Humanist stresses need for education, shelter Robby O’Daniel Chief Copy Editor In his lecture Friday night, His Holiness Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj said the quest toward achieving peace and unity around the world begins with the individual and the family. At the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium, the spiritual humanist said the world is lacking unity, and divisions exist in religion, socioeconomic status and language. “We all belong to only one family,” Maharaj said. “Take away the religion. Whatever the religion may be, whatev-

er the caste may be, whatever the nation may be, whatever the language may be, we’re all human beings.” He underscored the point

anything,” he said. “We can make the earth the heaven. We can throw away the financial crisis from the USA and throw it in the Atlantic

“ ” If we unite, we can do anything.

– His Holiness Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj, spiritual humanist

by beginning the talk in song, singing “God is one for everyone.” Unity would erase divisions and create peace, he said. “If we unite, we can do

Ocean.” He outlined five essentials that must be provided to each individual to make peace and unity possible — food, clothing, shelter, education and health.

Regarding shelter, he asked those in attendance what they thought a “real home” was. “Our body is our real home,” Maharaj said. “It is coming along with me from India to America, America to India, city to city, state to state.” In order to protect both the individual and the country, he emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy body and exercising. “And learn karate,” he said with a laugh. Mental health is also important, he said, stressing that disunity of the mind “shatters it into pieces” whereas unity of the mind “builds intelligence, which

can then be used for peace.” Maharaj said education to each person is necessary, and a lack of education is the chief cause of many problems. Going further, he provided another question for the audience, saying there are problems everywhere, and, at the same time, there is no problem at all. “How is this possible,” he asked. Equipping people with the resources to solve problems eliminates problems, allowing for the paradox, he said. “So if we educate each and every person, if we make them intelligent, they can think about it and, using

their intelligence, they can solve the world’s problems,” Maharaj said. Through the Internet, the world has become figuratively smaller, making communication more expedient and possible between all in the world. This is where Maharaj followed up with yet another question: “Because of the Internet, the world has become very small, but the distance between one person and one person mentally (is) long, so long. Why?” He blamed this on a lack of familiarity and knowledge with other religions, countries and socioeconomic classes. See VISWAYOGI on Page 3

Second Century Commission releases ideas for park future Kyle Turner Staff Writer Those in attendance for the lecture on the national parks were exposed to the ideas for the future and sustainment that came from the Second Century Commission. “There is an imperative initiative underway to make sure our natural resources and wonders are safe 100 years from now,” Carl Pierce, interim director of the Baker Center, said. The Second Century Commission brought 100 experts from the fields of science, government and education together to discuss and craft a plan for the continuation and sustainment of the national park system. Their goal was to assess and create a well-rounded diagnostic for the future of

the national parks based on recommendations from the different fields represented. “We are here to hear from all of you and listen to how you feel about the recommendations put in place,” Stephen Lockhart, chairman of the board of Yosemite National Institutes, said. Lockhart added that he was currently behind the recommendations for the park system because they have come at the behest of the people who are most familiar with the needs. Much of the lecture focused on presenting the commission’s recommendations for the future and promoting the idea of what the national park system means to America. The park system and the idea of the national parks as a whole have evolved since its conception in 1916. See PARKS on Page 3

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Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Kappa’s float cruises down Volunteer Boulevard during the Homecoming parade Friday afternoon.

Crompton’s aerial attack highlights blowout Anthony Elias Staff Writer

Jonathan Crompton earned his stripes once again. Tennessee (5-4, 2-3 SEC)

crushed Memphis (2-7, 1-4 Conference USA) 56-28 on Saturday night in the Vols’ Homecoming game for UT’s

first winning streak under head coach Lane Kiffin. The win puts UT just one away from bowl eligibility.

Crompton was on target against the Tigers, completing 21-of-27 passes for 331 yards. Crompton threw five

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Senior running back Montario Hardesty drives past Memphis defenders during the 56-28 win Saturday. Hardesty carried 13 times for 60 yards, leading the Vols in rushing yards.

touchdown passes to five different receivers while also rushing for another score. He left the game midway through the third quarter while Tennessee held a commanding 49-7 lead. Crompton now leads the SEC in touchdown passes with 21. “It was a good win today,” Crompton said. “We expected to come out and play one of our better games, and we know that if we did we could dominate.” Some defensive personnel also had a dominate day. Linebacker Herman Lathers had a field day in his first career start. The freshman led the Vols’ defense with six tackles, denying Memphis early in the game and helping the defense hold the Tigers to only 52 rushing yards in the first half. The Vols defense forced three Memphis turnovers. “Getting everyone lined up was the whole key to everything, so once I got everybody lined up, I was able to just relax and play ball,” Lathers said. “We just want to get more turnovers, give (the ball) back to the offense and give them a chance to score.” Memphis head coach Tommy West said his Tiger defense had no answer for the Vols’ offensive intensity. See MEMPHIS on Page 3


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Nov. 9 - Nov. 11 2009 Monday, Nov. 9 —

• 7:30 p.m. — The CPC Cultural Attractions Committee hosts the Idan Raichel Project, which performs a blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean, Ethiopian and Middle Eastern sound fused with Hebrew texts, in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium.Tickets are $5 for UT students, $20 for UT faculty and $25 for the community.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 —

• 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. — Professor Miroslav Hristov’s violin class performs a recital in the Alumni Memorial Building performance hall 32.The event is free and open to the public. • 7 p.m. — The CPC Film Committee shows “Jurassic Park” as part of its ’90s Film Series in the UC Auditorium. The film is free and open to the public.

• 7 p.m. — Jeremy Rifkin, president and founder of the Foundation on Economic Trends, speaks on “Leading the Way to the Third Industrial Revolution,” which focuses on the argument that society needs to radically overhaul the way in which energy is consumed.The lecture takes place in the University Center Ballroom, is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the new Center for the Study of Social Justice.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 — • 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. — The International House hosts a Latin American Culture Night, which will highlight Mexican culture and tradition, including food, fashion, music and dance.Tickets are $6 and will go on sale at 6 p.m.

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Members of Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Tau Omega perform during Smokey’s Howl at Neyland Stadium Friday evening.


THIS DAY IN HISTORY • 1872 — On this day, a fire in Boston destroys hundreds of buildings and kills 14 people. In the aftermath, the city established an entirely new system of firefighting and prevention. The fire also led to the creation of Boston’s financial district. The fire began in the basement of a warehouse at the corner of Kingston and Summer streets. At the time, this area of the city contained a mix of residences and light industry. Its buildings and most area roofs were made mainly of wood, allowing the blaze to spread quickly as the wind blew red hot embers from rooftop to rooftop. In addition, as Boston streets were narrow, large flames from one structure could literally leap across them to nearby buildings. • 1961 — Record store manager Brian Epstein goes to a Liverpool nightclub called the Cavern to hear the Beatles. Two months later, he became their manager and helped them land their first record deal, in 1962. The “Fab Four” — Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison — recorded “Love Me Do,” the group’s first Top 20 hit in the United Kingdom, in September 1962. Epstein gave the group their clean-cut, suit-and-tie image; previously, the band had played in blue jeans and leather jackets. He also helped manage their rise to fame. By the time they went on their first U.S. tour, in 1964, Beatlemania was in full swing, and the band was mobbed when they landed at Kennedy Airport in New York. Their debut album in the United States, “Meet the Beatles,” became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history to that time. The Beatles went on to score more No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts than any other group in history, with 20 charttoppers. — Courtesy of

Wednesday, Nov. 4 • 12:13 a.m. — Officer was dispatched to Hodges Library for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, he met with a UT community service officer who directed him to the actual complainant, an employee of Starbucks. He said a student deliberately spilled a large cup of water on the store’s floor. The complainant further explained that the man never makes purchases, and he is known to panhandle outside and harass customers. Employees have been instructed to not make contact with the man. • 2:02 p.m. — Officer arrived at the UTPD lobby for a theft report. He made contact with a complainant who said that on Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m., she was eating at Smokies cafeteria in the University Center. Her VolCard was placed on a food tray. She left to go to the bathroom and returned back a short


time later. She then went to the library and noticed her ID was missing. She believes it was stolen and stated that it had a balance of approximately $240. However, after checking the balance, it was revealed as a total of approximately $233, with $7 unaccounted for. She advised that the ID had not been turned into the main office of the University Center. • 4:04 p.m. — Officer received a call in reference to an auto burglary on the agricultural campus. On arrival he made contact with a student standing beside his Chevrolet pickup, parked in the gravel lot near Cherokee Animal Facility. He parked at 7 a.m. and returned at 3:30 p.m. to find his passenger window broken out. Nothing was missing, and coworkers who had been in the lot on lunch break around noon reported no damage at that time. Other construction workers had been on sight to pick up materials, but no suspicious characters were seen.

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VISWAYOGI continued from Page 1 Education doesn’t just take place in libraries, classrooms or in front of computers, he said. It also happens through first-hand experience by studying in other countries. His solution is to make the body, which he called “the mobile home,” even more mobile.

PARKS continued from Page 1 “The national park system is very different now than it was in the past,” said Denis Galvin, former deputy director of the National Park Service. “The park system has changed and continues to change.” The commission focused on the next 100 years, thinking ahead and trying to predict the continued evolution of the parks for the future, Galvin said. A new strategy for the park system is essential to survival.

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“We have to send our children from the universities to the universities of other countries,” Maharaj said. “Let them go, and, for three months or two months, let them go and understand what is going on there.” In his introduction of Maharaj, Baker Center Interim Director Carl Pierce compared Maharaj’s humanitarian work, establishing a major hospital for the poor

and needy, to the prospect of extending universal health care. Pierce mused on Maharaj’s lofty goals for humanity. “He aspires for all of us to reestablish an eternal code of righteous conduct, in which ultimately we will have a reform of human society,” Pierce said. “Sounds pretty ambitious, sounds pretty wonderful to me.”

“The future of the parks lie outside of the National Park Service and lie in the communities of America,” Galvin said. The National Park Service is looking to become an institution of education to better inform Americans about their outdoor spaces. Both lecturers stressed the importance of exposing the American people to the nation’s parks to increase their involvement and concern. “To maintain our parks, we must have a population who values and cherishes our parks,” Lockhart said. Concerned citizens

turned out to question the speakers and the role they played in making recommendations for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Issues ranged from trail cleanup to the usage of horses on the walking trails. As stressed at the beginning of the lecture, recommendations and ideas are in the hands of the people, and open dialogue is highly encouraged.

MEMPHIS continued from Page 1 “I’ve never been in a game quite like this that we could not cover them,” West said. “We tried everything we could possibly do. We couldn’t cover them.” Memphis’ Curtis Steele still managed to help the Tigers get going in the second half. The redshirt senior led the Tigers’ rushing attack, scoring two touchdowns while recording 147 yards on 21 carries. Junior All-American safety Eric Berry almost secured the NCAA record for career interception yards on Saturday night with his second interception of the season. The 7-yard return with 6:25 left in the first half put the junior just five yards shy of the record. David Oku’s 69-yard opening kickoff return

helped set up Tennessee’s offense on the Memphis 24yard line to start the game. Senior tailback Montario Hardesty pushed UT downfield, rushing three times for 17 yards. Hardesty led the Vols in rushing yards with 13 carries for 60 yards. Bryce Brown provided the exclamation mark on the opening drive by diving into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to give UT a 7-0 lead with 12:53 left in the first quarter. The Vols’ offense was far from done. Crompton drove the Vols down the field on the next series before completing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Jones, capping a four-play, 52-yard drive to further extend the Vols lead to 14-0 with 9:32 left in the first. Jones led UT in receiving yards with 97 yards and a touchdown. Crompton was at his best in the 2nd quarter, complet-

ing 13-of-15 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns, giving the Vols a 350 lead with 2:19 left in the half. Memphis’ Marcus Hightower scored a 36-yard touchdown on the ground to put the Tigers on the board, 35-7, with 58 seconds left in the half. The Vols responded by adding one more score before the half, off a Crompton dive into the end zone. Tennessee led 42-7 at intermission. The Vols’ defense softened in the second half, as the Tigers outscored UT 2114 and racked up 299 total offensive yards. Kiffin said a second-half letdown is something the Vols need to avoid no matter who they’re playing. “Doesn’t matter who’s in there,” Kiffin said. “There’s no excuses, need to play better. We have a lot of work to do.”

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Staff Column Compromises limit abortion accessibility I feel sick about the concessions abortion-rights Democrats made in order to pass the health care bill through the House Saturday night. Forced to choose between a public option and readily available abortions, pending passage through the Senate, this bill may successfully limit women’s access to affordable abortions. It’s shameful that there was little to no coverage of this abortion amendment, which passed 240-194, prior to the passage of the bill as a whole. Most articles available as of Sunday morning touted the passage of this bill as a great success and relegated the issue and implications of the abortion amendment to the last few lines of a larger story about the bill’s “historic” passage. (The New York Times did create a nice graphic and map showing the geographical spread of support and dissent Editor-in-Chief for the amendment, which shows us Tennesseans that only one of our representatives voted against the abortion amendment: Steven Cohen, Democratic representative from Tennessee’s ninth district.) Luckily, in perusing the Internet Saturday night, I came across Meredith Simons’ Nov. 7 blog entry entitled “A Critique of the Stupak Amendment: Choose Between Health Care and Abortion.” Published at 10:07 p.m., just before the bill itself was passed, Simons warned, “Remember those conservatives who don’t want the government interfering in health care plans? Right, well, it turns out what they meant was they don’t want the government interfering in health care plans, except when it comes to abortion. At that point, the government can interfere to its heart’s content.” This is obviously a controversial topic, and I can understand anti-abortion supporters’ conviction that the government should not fund a procedure they deem morally reprehensible, to the point of considering it murder. Such a concern is, of course, a justifiable reason for the addition of the amendment. The language of the bill (H.R. 3962) is fairly neutral, promising “no preemption of state laws regarding abortion,” “no effect on federal laws regarding abortion” and “no effect on federal civil rights laws” in section 258. Section 259 demands that any “federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under this act” cannot discriminate against any “health care entity (who) does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of or refer for abortions.” This seems harmless enough, right? Wrong. “To say that this amendment is a wolf in sheep’s clothing would be an understatement of a lifetime,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) during floor debate. It “will be the greatest restriction of a women’s right to choose” passed by Congress “in our career,” according to a Nov. 7 article. The bill will theoretically allow women to purchase a “rider” for their government-sponsored health insurance that would provide them with coverage for abortion procedures. We all know who this kind of provision favors — those who can afford to buy private health insurance anyway, not the poor and underprivileged, those who desperately need access to affordable abortions. Such a plan will actually limit the coverage of “low- and middle-income women who qualify for government subsidies, along with the legions of women who will buy insurance on the exchange because they are either selfemployed or employed by small businesses.” They “won’t be able to get plans that automatically include abortion coverage,” Simons writes. Even worse, a Sept. 30 New York Times editorial claims this “rider” option is actually a charade, “an unworkable approach given that almost no one expects to need an abortion, few women would buy the rider and, therefore, few insurance companies would even offer it.” Simons reiterates this point: “Businesses don’t like to sell products that don’t have a market, and the market for something like an abortion rider — essentially a plan for an unplanned pregnancy — is notoriously slim.” By allowing this concession and effectively restricting the availability of abortions to those who can afford to pay for the procedure out of pocket, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has successfully limited the rights of women, pending the passage of a similar bill through the Senate. According to a Nov. 8 New York Times article entitled “Abortion Was at Heart of Wrangling,” “Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said the bill’s original language barring the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions should have been sufficient for the opponents. ‘Abortion is a matter of conscience on both sides of the debate,’ DeLauro said. ‘This amendment takes away that same freedom of conscience from America’s women. It prohibits them from access to an abortion even if they pay for it with their own money. It invades women’s personal decisions.’”

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Media miss drama of demonstration Unbo t tl ed Wa te r by

Amien Essif

Democracy in Knoxville is at the mercy of yellow journalism that specializes in sensational stories about murder trials and sports rather than events that have serious implications for our futures. On Oct. 29, I attended a demonstration in support of health-care reform that would limit the powers of the health care industry and provide coverage for all Americans through a strong public option. I will admit my bias: I helped organize the rally with the Progressive Student Alliance. But it is not my pride that compels me to write this objection. I am compelled by the lack of interest the local television stations displayed in covering the event, because they missed the best part of the story. I present to you that missing part. The demonstrators rallied at the corner of 16th Street and Cumberland Avenue for about 20 minutes. WATE and WBIR (television news stations) and the Knoxville News-Sentinel showed up, interviewed and filmed. Then, as we began our march to the Federal Building to deliver a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, the media must have gotten bored because they left. They shouldn’t have. When we got to the courtyard of the Federal Building, our path was blocked by a counter-protest less than half the size of ours but twice as angry. Pushing our way through and chanting “What do we want? Public option! When do we want it? Now!” at a screaming pitch while the others shouted “No Obamacare” to match our volume, officers of the law began to gather to keep relations civil. But when we entered the courtyard, a shouting match developed, threatening to deteriorate into riot-like violence. At one point an officer pushed a demonstrator back into the crowd ordering him to keep his sign down. At this time, I was supposed to read the letter for Alexander publicly but could not control the crowd. Nervous that violence would break out and running on adrenaline, I pushed my way in between the two factions and shouted through the bullhorn that we were here to deliver the letter and should stick to the

program. I don’t know if anyone heard me, but the volume sank, and the chanting mostly ceased. The other group, however, was set on disrupting our reading of the letter. Both our crowd and the other kept up a general yelling that drowned out the bullhorn on high volume. Everyone, it seemed, was part of this thing — the protesters, the counter-protesters, even the police. We were moving and shouting and flowing all on the same pulse, an un-premeditated, un-self-conscious bulging of two cells, the pro and the con. Our opinions and feelings had changed from a matter of statements and classroom participation grades to necessity and passion. Is that a shame? I don’t know, but I do get a little sick and tired of the paper side of politics, the sarcastic jokes from pundits with college degrees who are always nudging their sidekicks with their elbow and laughing at the other faction. I’m also tired of the uniquely American relationship to government, a strange concoction of cowardice and contempt that ends in the occasional e-mail to a senator and maybe the cursing of a television in someone’s isolate kitchen. It has been said that in Europe, the government is afraid of the people, while in the United States, the people are afraid of the government. It felt good to see hints of real action in the homeland. We managed to deliver the letter and march away unscathed, albeit with hoarse voices and tired lungs. But the media missed all this, and gave the whole event roughly 15 seconds of airtime that made our demonstration look like every other sad congregation of sedentary sign-holders while in fact the city had been roaring with street politics for the better part of an hour. They failed to show Knoxville the rougher side of politics, and this is very disappointing, if only because it would have shown the public that a demonstration can be more exciting than a football game whose outcome is noteworthy only in the realm of sports, not the realm of life and death, like the outcome of a country’s healthcare reform might be. If the media didn’t know we were going to march, it shows poor investigation. If the media thought it was less important than “Athlete of the Week,” which got twice the airtime, that is equally reprehensible. Either way, the television news missed out on one of the most significant (and entertaining) displays of Knoxvillian democracy in a long while. — Amien Essif is a junior in English literature. He can be reached at

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Kansas City Chiefs fans are not happy. It’s not because their team has a 1-6 record. It’s not even because Arrowhead Stadium is freezing this time of year. It’s because their running back, Larry Johnson, is closing in on the franchise record for all-time rushing yards. How could this not be something to be excited about? Because Johnson is not a nice guy. Chiefs fans have begun circulating a petition asking the franchise to deactivate Johnson before he can break the record. Part of this petition reads, “He doesn’t deserve that opportunity. He has never represented anything close to the values that we have for our Chiefs, and it would be another dagger to the fans that continue to support this proud franchise.” Johnson was recently suspended for using a nasty gay slur twice in a 24-hour period. But this isn’t the first time Johnson has found himself in hot water. The two-time Pro Bowler has been arrested on four separate occasions for assault charges against women. The charges came after he waved a gun at his then-girlfriend, pushed a woman to the ground, pushed a woman at a nightclub and spat a drink in a woman’s face. Kansas City faithful do not want his name associated with their beloved franchise, and, quite frankly, I don’t blame them. It’s sickening when we, as fans, glorify athletes who don’t deserve the praise. Let’s face it — some of these sports figures are tremendous as athletes and rotten as human beings. Yet, so many athletes are only slapped on the wrist for serious offenses. We regular folks have to face the legal consequences that occur when we break the law. If I robbed a bank, I’m fairly positive the police would not postpone my jail sentence until I finished getting my degree. If I were a professional basketball superstar, however, I bet the court date would somehow get pushed back until the NBA season was complete.

We saw this special treatment during the football game between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs on Oct. 31. During the game, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes gouged the eyes of Georgia’s Washaun Ealey. As a result, Florida coach Urban Meyer suspended Spikes for the first half of their Nov. 7 game against Vanderbilt. Spikes later announced he would sit out for the entire game. This incident with Florida was shameful. As a coach, Meyer should never tolerate that kind of behavior — purposely and maliciously attempting to harm another player. A half-game suspension? Really? He might as well have sent him on a Caribbean vacation while his team plays against the worst team in the SEC East. If their coaches or the league can’t bail them out, however, professional athletes usually have enough money to pay their own way out of trouble. Donte Stallworth kills a man while driving drunk? No problem — he just gives an enormous amount of money to the man’s family to avoid a lawsuit. Ray Lewis stabs someone at a Super Bowl party? No big deal — he can pay off the family and then be named Super Bowl MVP the following year. For these reasons, I take my proverbial hat off to the Kansas City Chiefs fans for taking a stand. They don’t support Johnson’s off-the-field behavior, and they shouldn’t have to. As fans, we have to hold players accountable for their behavior. We have to cheer for the athletes who help bring success to their teams and who conduct themselves with class at the same time. These guys do exist. They’re the ones whose names you Google and don’t get a page full of legal allegations. I encourage you all to take into account the way that your favorite athletes act when they’re not on ESPN. If you saw someone who had just committed a very serious crime — say, rape or domestic abuse — you would not applaud him. That fact should not change if this person is wearing a football uniform. Just because someone can hit 60 home runs or throw for 40 touchdowns in a season does not make him worthy of hero worship. These guys are making hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars every year. I’d say this is enough money to justify staying out of trouble. — Amber Harding is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at


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Escobar’s son speaks out in new film The Associated Press

On Oct. 27, the UT faculty lost one of its own. Karen Holt, assistant vice president of the Institute for Public Service, passed away at the age of 54. Holt’s resume of public service is a long-and-lengthy one, including serving as an associate general counsel at UT (1985-1995), led the University of Virginia’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (1997-2003), was an attorney with the Civil and Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice (1983-1985), served as executive director of Project Pericles in New York (2003-2005) and was director of the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia (2006-2008). Holt served as a park ranger for St. Louis County Parks in Missouri after earning her bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Mother Nature,” as she was called by many of her co-workers in St. Louis, continued her education, earning her law degree from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and her doctorate in political science from the University of Tennessee. In her spare time, Holt spent her time hiking, kayaking and loved spending time with her animals. Outside of the animal kingdom, Holt enjoyed the Americana music scenes in both Knoxville and Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepbrother. Holt is survived by her sister, Sharon Barton and husband Jim of Philadelphia, their children Clark Jackson (Nicole Bernardi-Reis), Matthew Jackson (Karen); and sons, Tommy and Frankie, and Nora and Ryland Barton, and special friends Madelyn Wessel and husband Tony McCall of Charlottesville, Va. A memorial service will take place in Knoxville on Nov. 22. Donations may be made to the Jeannette Rankin Foundation online at or mailed to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, 1 Huntington Road, Suite 701, Athens, GA 30606.


— Information gathered from the Knoxville News-Sentinel

BOGOTA — After notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar was killed, the son who many thought would succeed him, fled Colombia, assumed a new identity and lived a lowprofile life as an architect in Argentina. The former Juan Pablo Escobar, who was 16 when his father was shot to death in 1993, is now trading anonymity for what he calls conscience, asking forgiveness for his father’s reign of terror in the documentary “Sins of My Father,” which opens at film festivals in Argentina on Thursday and Amsterdam on Nov. 19. In a rare telephone interview last week with The Associated Press, he claimed his father’s fortune is gone and that he wasn’t part of his criminal enterprise. He said he went public with his apology to the sons of two politicians his father ordered assassinated because of the pain his father wrought as a billionaire drug trafficker. Escobar led the world’s leading cocaine cartel in the 1980s. He fought extradition to the United States with a violent campaign at home, ordering bombings — including one that destroyed an airliner four minutes after takeoff, killing all 107 people aboard — and the kidnapping and killing of politicians, judges and journalists who got in his way. But the son insists he was not involved and his family has been unjustly persecuted, though many wonder what happened to Escobar’s vast wealth — estimated at $3.5

A child of narcodollarbought excess, Marroquin said he’s now a self-supporting architect and his mother is an interior designer and real estate agent. They appear to live modest, quiet lives in Buenos Aires with no bodyguards and no luxury cars. Escobar’s estimated $3.5 billion fortune has apparently vanished and Marroquin swears he has no answers. “I’d like to know, too, to tell the truth,” he said. In Colombia alone, more than 240 Escobar properties were seized, including a 7,000-acre (2,830-hectare) ranch with its own airport, plus a zoo with zebras and hippos. Toft said other properties were confiscated in Miami and elsewhere, and he suspects Escobar had undiscovered European and Latin American holdings. He estimates Escobar lost more than 80 percent of his wealth but likely provided plenty for his family, including Marroquin. “I don’t think the kid walked away with a few hundred million dollars. But he walked away with quite a bit,” Toft said. Marroquin denied that and said he knew his father was a drug trafficker but was never personally involved. “Business was never discussed in front of the family,” he said. “It’s not like my father would sit down with us at breakfast and say, ‘Pass me the cereal, and today we’re going to explode three bombs in Bogota and I’m going to send this-and-such many kilos to such-and-such a place.’” See ESCOBAR on Page 6

making the movie and that Marroquin did not invest any money and has no financial stake in it. The son of a farmer and a schoolteacher, Pablo Escobar started his criminal life as a teenager stealing tombstones and grew to lead the world’s biggest cocaine-smuggling operation. He used his drug earnings to buy popularity and win election to Congress. When politicians, judges and police resisted him, he had them killed. In 1989, he ordered the bombing of the domestic airliner because he thought future President Cesar Gaviria was among the passengers. At one point he surrendered to authorities, yet maintained his grip on the country from a posh prison he designed. He later escaped from the jail and turned fugitive again. Escobar was killed by Colombian police on Dec. 2, 1993 when Marroquin was 16. Father and son had carelessly lingered on the phone, allowing authorities to home in on the drug lord. They shot him dead on the roof of a safe house as he tried to flee, pistol in hand. “When you don’t ask forgiveness and cling to hate, you are perpetuating the pain a violent act provokes,” Marroquin told the AP from Argentina. Even as he apologized for Escobar’s crimes orchestrated from Colombia’s former drug capital of Medellin, Marroquin also defended him as “not only a terror machine.” “He was also a father, a great father.”

billion by Fortune magazine at one point. “For every 10 doors we knock on, 11 get slammed in our faces,” Sebastian Marroquin said, 32, whose first and last names were changed for his protection before authorities spirited the family out of Colombia. Marroquin and his mother were charged but then cleared of money laundering in Argentina after illegally entering the country in 1994. And a former top U.S. antidrug official for Colombia said authorities had evidence in the early 1990s that Marroquin was preparing to succeed his father. Marroquin’s claim that he had nothing to do with his father’s crimes is “full of crap because there was a lot of evidence up there that the old guy was trying to groom him,” said Joe Toft, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief in Colombia during Escobar’s heyday. There was never a criminal investigation against Marroquin in Colombia, in part because he was a minor at the time, Francisco Jose Sintura, a former top Colombian prosecutor from the Escobar era, told the AP. Marroquin, chubby like his father and bearing some resemblance, doesn’t plan to return to Colombia. Instead, he wants to open a door to reconciliation. “He’s risking the most important thing that he’s had in the last few years, which is nothing more and nothing less than his anonymity,” said Nicolas Entel, the documentary’s Argentine director. Entel said he and his brother spent about $750,000









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Music, comedy dominate ‘Horrors’ Brooke Heriges Staff Writer Clarence Brown Theatre is putting on a “strange and interesting” production for general consumption until Nov. 15. For those who have never been exposed to Howard Ashman’s and Alan Menken’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” those two words cover most of the experience. The plotline is assuredly strange and interesting. It centers around Mr. Mushnik’s (David Kortemeier) floral shop located, quite unfortunately, on Skid Row. He employs two semi-dysfunctional people, Seymour (Mitch Miller) and Audrey (Lindsey Jenne Hansom). Seymour has discovered an exotic plant that he wants to display in the window to try and attract more customers. Initially he cannot figure out what to feed the plant, which therefore tends to wilt periodically. When he finally learns what the plant actually craves — no less than human blood — Seymour becomes something of a slave to the plant’s needs and desires, and hilarity ensues. While the beginning of the play takes some getting used to (the way any play

does for the typical moviegoer) the comedy finally starts to pick up around halfway through the first act. Miller as Seymour has excellent timing, so while the joke may be obvious, MIller’s timing, particularly when attempting bravery in the face of Orin (James McGuire), Audrey’s boyfriend, is superb. Miller also does a fine job of making Seymour sympathetic to the audience. While some might take the Seymour-as-pathetic route, Miller makes it clear that while Seymour is pitiable, he remains responsible for his actions, even as they begin to spiral downward. Also noted for his comic value is McGuire, whose turns as Orin and various side characters are all memorable. While the comedy is good, the music itself leaves something to be desired. Mostly because of the sheer volume of songs in the first act (11 compared to the five of the second act) it is slightly overwhelming as at times one song leads directly into another with no pause for dialogue or story progress. Also, for some reason all of the actors have microphones, a fact which seems a bit unnecessary as the Carousel Theatre is no doubt cozy enough to hear quite

well without the mics. Because of their presence, however, the actors do not want to overpower any others, particularly in group songs, to the detriment of the strength of the song. On the other hand, all of the actors do an outstanding job at actually singing, so for solo or duet pieces, the music can be rather enjoyable. The set is another facet to be touted, as both the sliding stage and the maneating plant are excellently constructed and utilized. Upon first glance of the stage, one may be baffled as to how the ensemble cast could possibly all fit on stage at once, but the use of the space — with the stage itself able to slide back and forth to reveal more or less space — is admirable. The plant, which must start out the size of a typical house plant, but grow to immense proportions, is also skillfully crafted. The puppeteers (Patrick Ryan Kimberlin and Zach Parker) do a good job of making the plant, with all its tentacles and t-rex sized teeth, come to life to intimidate characters and audiences alike. Overall, the CBT’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is one wellworth a ticket for a night of entertaining, if slightly mindless, fun.

ESCOBAR continued from Page 5 After Escobar was killed, Marroquin, his mother and sister spent nearly a year in Colombia under government protection as officials searched for a country that would accept them. The drug lord’s enemies and victims’ relatives were pledging revenge. Finally, Mozambique agreed. Marroquin alleged U.S pressure limited the options. They later entered Argentina on three-month tourism visas, lying to authorities that they were from a coffeegrowing family whose patriarch died in a car accident, Marroquin said. Each carried the $10,000 maximum allowed by law, he said. Five years later, however, Marroquin and his mother were arrested. He spent 45 days in jail and his mother 20

months on money-laundering and false - document charges. He did not say how much he was accused of laundering, but said that he and his mother were cleared by the Argentine Supreme Court in 2006. They are now legal residents of Argentina. Marroquin told Colombian journalist Maria Jimena Duzan in 2006 that Colombian gangsters forced him to pay unspecified sums to leave the family in peace. He didn’t say where the money came from. His apology happened last year, when Marroquin traveled to Bogota — his first time back since 1994 — for a secret meeting for the film arranged with the three sons of Luis Carlos Galan, the presidential candidate the drug lord had killed in 1989. Months earlier, Marroquin apologized to the son of former Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, assassinated on Escobar’s orders in 1984 for publicly denouncing the drug lord in Congress. The son, a senator also named Rodrigo, said he met with Marroquin in Buenos Aires as “an act of humanity” and believes the apology was sincere. “I think it was more important for him,” he told the AP. During the Colombia trip, Marroquin sneaked into Medellin and cried while visiting his father’s grave for the first time. He said he’ll always love his father, and paraphrased Mahatma Gandhi to explain: “We can hate the sin, but we shouldn’t hate the sinner.”

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Smith nominated for senior award Staff Reports Thirty NCAA men’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were tabbed as candidates Wednesday for the 2009-2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, and Tennessee’s Tyler Smith was among them. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — classroom, character, community and competition. Smith and South Carolina guard Devan Downey are the lone men’s candidates from the Southeastern Conference. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. This year’s candidate class includes eight men’s players who are candidates for the AT&T Naismith Trophy (Smith

included), and 11 candidates are from teams ranked in the preseason top 25 poll. Tennessee is ranked 10th in the current Associated Press poll. Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner for men’s basketball at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis in April. The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition. “Lowe’s is proud to be associated with the nominees for the Senior CLASS Award in men’s and women’s basketball,” Lowe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Tom Lamb said. “Each of the student-athletes has shown tremendous commitment to their studies during their college careers. They have also demonstrated

great character and a passion for community service.” This marks the ninth year for the basketball division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Previous winners of the men’s award include Juan Dixon of Maryland (2002), David West of Xavier (2003), Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s (2004), Wayne Simien of Kansas (2005), J.J. Redick of Duke (2006), Alando Tucker of Wisconsin (2007), Shan Foster of Vanderbilt (2008) and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina (2009). In 2007-2008, Tennessee’s Chris Lofton was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist, and he also was a firstteam Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award AllSenior All-America selection. The basketball candidate section of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award site is accessible online at And fans can get more information on the award, updates on all of the candidates and inside information during the selection process by following the Senior CLASS Award on Twitter at

Oklahoma, Stanford swap spots in poll The Associated Press Over the past decade, Oklahoma has rarely been out of the AP Top 25, and Stanford has rarely been in. On Sunday, the Sooners and Cardinals sort of swapped places. Oklahoma dropped out of the college football poll for the first time since 2005, and No. 25 Stanford moved into the rankings for the first time since 2001. The first six spots were held by major college football’s six unbeaten teams, with Florida, Texas and Alabama making up the top three for the second consecutive week. Florida received 39 first-place votes, Texas received 10 and Alabama 11. TCU moved up two spots to No. 4, bumping No. 5 Cincinnati and No. 6 Boise State back a spot. Oklahoma had managed to stay in the rankings this season while losing three close games without star quarterback

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Sam Bradford, but Saturday’s 10-3 loss at Nebraska dropped the Sooners to 5-4 and out of the media poll. Since 2000, the ‘05 season had been the only one in which Oklahoma spent any time unranked. The Sooners lost two games early and were out of the rankings from mid-September until the final poll. Oklahoma won its bowl game and finished 8-4 that season. Notre Dame and California also dropped out after losses. The rest of the top 10 is Georgia Tech at No. 7, followed by Pittsburgh, Ohio State and LSU. Iowa dropped seven spots to No. 15 after losing for the first time this season, a 17-10 upset at home by Northwestern. The Hawkeyes fell out of the national championship race but are still in control of their Big Ten title hopes. Iowa and Ohio State play in Columbus on Saturday with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.

Stanford (6-3) moved into rankings after knocking off Oregon 51-42 to become bowl eligible. The Cardinals finished the 2001 season ranked but haven’t been since. That was also the last season Stanford played in a bowl. Oregon fell seven spots to No. 14. No. 24 Clemson also made it into the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Tigers (6-3) beat Florida State 40-24 to take control of the ACC’s Atlantic Division race. South Florida moved back into the rankings during an off week. Southern California starts the second 10, followed by Miami and Houston. Utah, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Penn State and Virginia Tech are 16-20. The Nittany Lions dropped eight spots after a 24-7 loss at home to Ohio State. Joining the three new teams in the final five were No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 22 BYU.

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Nov. 9 - Nov. 14, 2009 Monday, Nov. 9 — Women’s Basketball Delta State (Exhibition) Knoxville 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13 — Women’s Volleyball Auburn Auburn, Ala. 5 p.m. Men’s Basketball Austin Peay Knoxville 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14 — Men’s Cross Country NCAA South Regional 10K Tuscaloosa, Ala. 11 a.m. Women’s Cross Country NCAA South Regional 6K Tuscaloosa, Ala. 12 p.m. Football Mississippi Oxford, Miss. 12 p.m.

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“I’ve never been in a game quite like this where we could not cover them. We tried everything we possibly could.” – Memphis head coach Tommy West on his Tigers’ inability to stop the Vols during UT’s 56-28 victory over Memphis on Saturday

Brad Merritt Sports Editor


– Dave Clawsons. I don’t like to cuss after a blowout win, especially in the Bible belt, but one of the biggest reasons for UT’s success this season is the absence of the, pardon my French, “Clawfense.” Last year, under Clawson’s tutelage, the UT offense had only 22 plays that covered more than 20 yards. Chunk plays, as they’re called, are vital for SEC teams for the simple fact that 14 to 15 play drives against SEC defenses aren’t a smart way to make a living. Through nine games this season, the Vols have 34 plays for 20 or more yards, including nine against Memphis. In fact, the Vols longest scoring drive in the game lasted only six plays. It has to be nice for Vol fans to get back to the days of explosive offense after what they were forced to bear under Clawson’s offense last season.


– Crompton’s rank on UT’s career passing list. He passed Condredge Holloway, who threw for 3,102 career yards during his career, for 13th all time on UT’s career passing list. After last season and a bit of an ominous start to his 2009 campaign, not much was expected out of Crompton. Presently, he has gone from the outhouse to the penthouse in the heart of Vols fans everywhere and did nothing to hurt his newfound perception on Saturday. He had a career best 331 yards through the air and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score and didn’t throw an interception. He now has 21 TD passes on the season good for tops in the SEC. Arkansas’ Ryan Mallet is second with 18 touchdown passes. As laughable as it once seemed, Crompton is in line to be the All-SEC second team QB, and if it weren’t for Tim Tebow, probably first team.


– First half points. This is the most since 2000 when they scored 49 against LouisianaMonroe enroute to a 70-0 victory. Some speculated there would be a letdown after the black jersey beatdown of South Carolina, but the Vols were crisp and swift with their offensive onslaught against the Tigers


– More yards for Eric Berry to break the NCAA record for career interception return yardage. Berry finally got his first pick on the year that would allow for a return, but he couldn’t break lose. He returned it for just 7 yards, leaving him 8 yards short of former Florida State standout Terrell Buckley’s 515 careers return yards. However, after a noticeable absence from the stat sheet the last two ballgames, Berry was a force against Memphis. In addition to the interception, he had five tackles and a fumble recovery where he nearly defied gravity to return it for a touchdown. Unfortunately his elbow hit the ground, ruling him down. The Vols are at their best when Berry is making plays, and Berry was at his best on Saturday.


– Second half points, 28 for the game, allowed by the UT defense. It wasn’t all champagne and caviar for the Vols on Saturday, though. The UT defense had its worst outing of the season. I say “UT defense” in the most liberal sense possible, since it was mainly back-ups who allowed a 21-point outburst by Memphis in the second half. Worse yet, it simply confirmed what was commonly known – they have zero depth. The Vols starters were their typical dominant selves, but when Kiffin pulled the starters early in the third quarter Memphis ran all over UT’s defense. To further drive that point home, in eight possessions against the first team defense Memphis had four punts, two fumbles, and an interception to go along with one touchdown. Against the Vols’ backups they scored touchdowns on three of the first four drives. It was an effort Kiffin dubbed “pathetic,” and it has to make Vols fans weary at the prospect of any more starters going down with an injury.


– Rushing yards in the game for Tennessee. They came in averaging 173 per game on the year. Memphis had been giving up just shy of 200 yards rushing per game and the Vols

felt like they could run, but wanted to have the passing game hitting its stride for the stretch SEC. Montario Hardesty carried the ball just 13 times for 60 yards and should be as fresh as is possible in the SEC for the last three games.


– Consecutive victories for Tennessee, the first winning streak of the Lane Kiffin era. Not only that, but with this win they are just one win shy of becoming bowl eligible, something they were unable to do a year ago. If they can go 4-0 in November, which they should with remaining games against Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt, the Vols will find themselves in line for the Capital One, Cotton or Outback Bowl at season’s end. All three are New Year’s Day bowl games and a far cry from where Tennessee spent last bowl season.

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