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Homecoming spirit sweeps campus Students enjoy festivities leading up to featured performance by Big Boi together,” Catherine Skeens, All Campus Events chair, Homecoming alongside current students.” Thus far, various events have exhibited what is new said. “We’ve never held this concert before, but we hope to also adopt this as a UT tradition. Students can buy from Homecoming Weeks in the past, focusing certain This year’s Homecoming Week is being billed as an their tickets before Friday for $10 at activities.utk.edu, by events on helping those in the community. “There are many differences between this year,” Skeens event different from years past with an emphasis on col- Friday the price goes up to $20.” said. “We have really tried to revamp this year’s Anything The musical group Outkast’s very own Big Boi will be laboration and inclusiveness for all students. Goes by going big. We had inflatables, a cookout and even the headliner for Friday’s concert at the Knoxville Civic With a focus on collaboration, this year’s organizers a can castle competition that collected almost 3,200 Coliseum. have reached out across campus to maximize participation pounds of food for Second Harvest to help those in need This year’s selection of Big Boi precipitated from the and enjoyment for all. in our area. That was probably the neatest thing we have collaboration between Central Programming Council and “We have collaborated with the Black Cultural the Black Cultural Programming Committee’s joint effort done as far as changes go with Homecoming compared to to bring an entertainer with mass years past. We hope to keep this as UT tradition and help appeal to students and community out those in need every year.” Apart from members. the concert on “Big Boi was F r i d a y chosen in an effort evening, the to bring everyone Homecoming to the concert and parade, a Lady make the event Vol’s volleyappealing to as ball game and many people as UT Men’s baspossible,” Ruth ketball game Dyke, senior in will also take anthropology, said. place as a part Much effort has of the week’s been put into this activities. year’s Homecoming Saturday’s from all around to – Catherine Skeens, All Campus Events chair events will perpetuate a tradion the importance of Homecoming include the tion that is enjoyHomecoming able for all, organizfootball game, ers said. “A strong Homecoming can where Miss Homecoming will be crowned at halftime, as remind the whole university about well as various tailgate gatherings at Fiji Island, Circle Joy Hill • The Daily Beacon the traditions (we) have had for Park and the Black Cultural Center, which will be held Girls from Alpha Delta Pi sorority cheer on their sisters performing as part of years,” Skeens said. “The first prior to kickoff. the Smokey’s Howl competition on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The preliminary round Organizers are pleased with the support and success of of Smokey’s Howl featured dance teams competing for spots in the finals Homecoming was in 1916, so we of the annual Homecoming event, which will be held at Tom Black Track have had almost 100 years of events thus far and only hope to continue the positive Homecoming traditions here at UT. momentum. from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. “We hope that everyone will get involved with this With the unity that is created durProgramming Council and other organizations to bring ing the week, it is a great reminder about the UT family year’s Homecoming,” Skeens said. “We have made many the first annual Homecoming concert: Big Boi. This is a that we are all a part of and will always be a part of. It is changes that we hope everyone will enjoy.” really neat opportunity for all students of UT to come neat to see the alumni come back and get to celebrate
A strong Homecoming
can remind the whole university about the traditions (we) have had for years.
Lecture addresses nature of bestiality Criminology professor explains definition, criminality of bestiality Chris Bratta Staff Writer The word, even if viewable for only a split second, evokes thoughts and sentiments unlike most of the other words in the English language. The topic, some feel so far removed from, while some dedicate countless hours studying. Bestiality is the subject. The word itself has a strongly negative connotation. Piers Beirne’s speech entitled, “Is Bestiality a Crime?” nearly filled the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library on Monday. Beirne serves as a professor of criminology at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. Beirne’s speech detailed his journey in criminology to eventually lead to what he does not call bestiality; rather, he calls such implied actions as “animal sexual abuse.” He explained his eventual landing in this type of criminology was because of the intellectual outgrowth of his work, his everyday interactions with animals and his teaching. He noted two particular works involving animal sexual abuse: “Of Plymouth Plantation” and “Barnyard Love.” In the first work mentioned, William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Plantation in 1642, described the conviction of Thomas Granger for “buggery with a mare, a cow, two goats, divers sheep, two calves and a turkey.” The second work is a German film that displays various sexual acts with human males and females, between cows, horses, dogs, hens and eels. “The large quadrupeds, such as cows, were seemingly indifferent ... while the mediumsized animals, such as dogs, seemed to energetically enjoy the attention given by the human females,” Beirne said. Beirne then confronted four different questions about bestiality: “What is it? How much of it is there? What are its forms? Is it wrong?” He explained that, although the actual origins and definitions have varied over the years, bestiality’s contemporary definition “denotes sexual relations between humans and animals — being anal, oral or genital.” He confronted the problems surrounding young, innocent children and the collection of semen from farm animals for profit.
Beirne explained that knowing the amounts of bestiality is hard to determine, because “one of the partners involved can’t report the abuse.” Furthermore, he said, as animals have been more removed from rural areas and because pets have been introduced into homes, “most forms of animal sexual abuse are at the home with companion animals, probably.” As he progressed down the road of this specific type of criminal activity, he created a typology for animal sexual abuse. Beirne’s four forms of animal sexual abuse are: zoophilia, adolescent sexual experimentation, aggravated cruelty and commodification. He notes that zoophilia is “someone whose preferred partner is an animal.” Adolescent sexual experimentation is defined in its own naming. Aggravated cruelty to animals typically takes place in the form of genital mutilation and other types of cruel behavior. Lastly, the commodification of animal sexual abuse is where money is made and paid for people to perform sexual act on animals. Beirne cited Tijuana, Mexico, as a place containing various establishments. Beirne also presented three ways to take care of the sexual animal abuse problems, but he felt that only one of them would work for contemporary times. He said that “compulsory humane education starting at kindergarten” would be problematic because the curriculum is often “business based” rather than focusing on humane treatment of animals. Changing this would be hard to do in a society that has a strong focus on finances. Restorative justice would not work because “nobody would represent the animals” and the animals would have a very hard time testifying against human perpetrators. Lastly, Beirne said criminalization is the only temporary fix right now. Even though the jails are overcrowded, Beirne said this seems to be the best option. This topic is not something that is easily talked about, but many UT students found the lecture intriguing. “I thought it was really interesting, very eye opening and something that needs to be talked about more,” Rhiannon Leebrick, a graduate in sociology, said.
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Katie Woodby, junior in printmaking, browses through a selection of goods at the Pot and Print Sale in the Art and Architecture Building on Wednesday. The sale features pieces from undergraduate and graduate students from the printmaking and ceramics departments.
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A student probes the audience for questions after pitching her business idea during the final stage of the Vol Court competition. “Katch” offers solutions to control bacteria during plant growth, which allows growers to have better crop yields.
Senator Corker to hold town hall meeting U.S. Senator Bob Corker will be participating in a public town hall meeting to discuss the debt crisis today. The meeting will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College in West Knox County. Doors will open at 8:00 am and attendees are asked to be seated by 8:15 am for the program beginning shortly thereafter. UT college receives funding
UT College of Education, Health and Human Services has been awarded funding for its Future Program in Connections for Disability and Employment, in the Center for Literacy Studies (CLS). The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. The Future Program will provide postsecondary education opportunities on the UT Knoxville campus for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Connections for Disability and Employment is led by Liz Fussell, program director in the CLS; Melinda Gibbons, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling; and David Cihak, associate professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. In conjunction with UT’s Korn Learning, Assessment and Social Skills (KLASS) Center, the Future Program will focus on academics and instruction, social activities, employment experiences and independent living. Ready for the World Café features food from around world The Ready for the World Café for the week of Nov. 8 takes a trip around the world, offering dishes inspired by the cuisine from most every continent. The menu includes Brazilian chicken with rice and olives; Peruvian ceviche, a seafood dish; roasted pork with sage, rosemary and garlic; summer corn with tons of herbs; Mama
Voula’s spanakopita, or spinach pie; cherry tomato couscous; herb salad with feta, roasted red peppers and toasted nuts. The café is an international buffet operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the UC. Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out. This semester, there are 18 students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445 course. In small groups, they take turns planning the menus, marketing the café and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food. This week’s student managers are Ryan Edgerton and Michael Darras, both seniors in HRT. Edgerton, from Atlanta, worked at The Butcher Shop restaurant and aspires to open a resort in Greece; Darras, from Chattanooga, recently did an internship at Disney World. UT Bone Collection Wins Award UT provided specimens and expertise to an exhibition within the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History which has been awarded one of the Secretary’s of Research Prizes for 2010. See BEACON BITS on Page 3
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‘Pot and Print Sale’ offers variety of holiday options
As the year is coming to an end, gift-giving season is right around the corner. By stopping at the UT Pot and Print Sale, students can pick up a gift for someone special and donate to a good cause. This event is sponsored by the UT Potter’s Club and UT Print Club, held Thursday on the first floor of the Art and Architecture Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pots and prints being sold were made by UT faculty, alumni, students and from Mighty Mud, a ceramic supply store. Mighty Mud also provides art classes and workshops in a variety of fields and studios for artists to use. It sells finished works and have a viewing gallery. Some of the artwork sold wa made specifically for this event, but some artwork was donated from the artists’ own collections. Some artists will also be selling their own work. “This is not the first time the Potter’s Club has done this event, which usually happens every fall and spring semester,” Hannah Short, president of the Potter Club, said. The event’s goal is to sell enough artwork to send the graduate and undergraduate students interested in pottery to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art and the students interested in graphic art to the Southern Graphic Council. “The funds provide scholarships for the students and allow clubs to bring in visiting artist for lectures and workshops,” Ashton Kudden, president of the Print Club, said. Besides selling pottery and prints, silkscreen demos will be on the second floor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., displayed by the printmakers. Short said it will be a demonstration of the screenprinting process and the silkscreens will also go on sale. Kudden said all of the artists are getting excited as the day approaches because they are excited to sell their work. “It’s been a lot of work, but I have a lot of support from the club members,” she said. Short said the Print and Potter’s clubs wish for the event to have a lot of people show and to see people enjoying their artwork, as well as having their clubs become well known around campus. Prices for the artwork range up to $45 and can be paid using cash or credit cards.
BEACON BITS continued from Page 2 Bones like this skull appear in the award-winning Smithsonian exhibition. The award goes to museum curator and UT alumnus, Doug Owsley and his colleague, Kari Bruwelheide. The exhibition, “Written in Bone,” examines history through 17th-century bone biographies, including those of colonists teetering on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia, and those living in the wealthy and well-established settlement of St. Mary’s City, Md. The exhibition includes selected specimens from the William M. Bass donated skeletal collection which better reflects the present-day American population. All of the 800-plus skeletons in the still-growing collection were generous donations to science. The exhibition and hands-on lab remain favorites with museum guests and will remain in place through Jan. 6, 2013. UT fans and alumni welcomed to Homecoming game UT welcomes football fans and alumni to campus Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff for the Volunteers’ game against the Rebels of the University of Mississippi is scheduled for 12:11 p.m. ET. Gates open at 10 a.m. CBS Sports will televise the game. The traditional Vol Walk will start on Volunteer Boulevard, just east of the intersection with Lake Loudoun Boulevard. The walk will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard, past the Torchbearer statue, then down Peyton Manning Pass, then left onto Phillip Fulmer Way. The band will begin its march to the stadium at 10:20 a.m. at the intersection of Pat Head Summitt Street and Volunteer Boulevard and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard, past the Torchbearer statue, then right on Andy Holt Avenue, then right onto Phillip Fulmer Way. The band will briefly pause in front of the new amphitheater for its traditional salute to The Hill, then continue to the stadium. Fans can attend the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Faculty Showcase, now in its 21st year. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the University Center Ballroom, the showcase is a free 30minute presentation by a UT faculty member, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. This week, Soren Sorensen, professor and head of the department of physics and astronomy, will present a talk titled “Nature’s Legos: The Building Blocks of the Universe.” The Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the
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lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Also on display at Volunteer Village this season is the UT Zero Energy House prototype, created by a team of UT Knoxville faculty and students to demonstrate environmentally sustainable design. To commemorate Veterans Day, a fly-over of Neyland Stadium will be conducted by a military aircraft from the 134th Air Refueling Wing, stationed at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base adjacent to the Knoxville airport. The aircraft, a KC-135 in-flight refueler, will fly over the stadium at the end of the national anthem prior to the start of the game. The crew members are Lt. Col. Gary Smith, Capt. Justin Wilson and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Buckner. Study finds positive of mixing business and politics A study by two College of Business Administration professors at UT found that when firms engage in corporate political activities, such as lobbying and making campaign contributions, they enjoy about 20 percent higher performance. The study, by Russell Crook and David Woehr, along with Sean Lux of the University of South Florida, entitled “Mixing Business with Politics: A Meta-Analytic Study of Corporate Political Activity,” will be published in the January 2011 edition of the Journal of Management, and available online at http://jom.sagepub.com/. The researchers looked at more than 7,000 firms over various time periods, analyzing what leads firms to engage in corporate political activity. They found that the larger the firm, the more likely it was to be politically active. Also, politicians with more policy-setting clout are more likely to be on the receiving end of corporate contributions. Incumbents are also more likely to receive corporate attention. This research follows the January 2010 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which overturned a long-standing ruling limiting business spending on political campaigns. According to the researchers, this arguably opens the door to even higher levels of corporate political activity. Indeed, despite the state of the U.S. economy, more money flowed to politicians during this past election cycle than ever before. The authors do not speculate as to why corporate political activity leads to fatter profit margins but point to examples such as the Copyright Term Extension Act, dubbed the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act,” in which Disney successfully lobbied to extend U.S. copyrights by 20 years. While the authors say these dealings do not smack of corruption, they do say it is a cause for concern to policymakers, managers, journalists and citizens alike.
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Columnist bases athletic facts on assumptions I just wanted to say that I am disappointed in The Daily Beacon for publishing Amien Essif’s Nov. 8 column on UTK athletics. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the first rule of journalism is accuracy. Many of the statements in his column are inaccurate, and I find it irresponsible on his behalf, but, most importantly, on the Beacon’s part for representing this writer. He said that athletes are rewarded scholarships for relatively little academic achievement. Speaking as a student-athlete, I find this very offensive, as I hold a 3.6 cumulative GPA. He rants that athletes get dorms with balconies — I assume he is referring to Gibbs Hall, which also houses non-athlete students. Furthermore, he complains that athletics drains the university’s funds, when, in fact, much of the money gained from athletic events goes toward renovations for the university. The Beacon has definitely lost a reader in me, unless Mr. Essif will be man enough to speak with me face-to-face about his blatant ignorance.
Jessie Harrison Sophomore in communications pre-major firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friends should make relationships intentional An A l ternate R o u te by
Reader experiences real-life ‘perfect kiss’
I read Kathryn Cunningham’s Nov. 2 column, “Perfect Person Always Worth Pursuing.” I don't have my own love story yet, but I’ve got a story about the most perfect kiss. This girl and I started dating a few weeks ago. I took her out to dinner a couple of times, and we’d gone to a haunted house once. There was just one thing missing: I hadn’t kissed her yet — not that I didn’t want to, because I did, I just didn’t feel the right moment to make our first kiss special. I could tell she really wanted me to kiss her and even after one night when I dropped her off, she made it clear as day that she was wanting me to kiss her goodnight. But again, I chose not to, and I got a text from her later that night saying “Are you freakin’ gonna kiss me?” I thought it was great. I told her “Yes, when the right time comes.” Her best friend just happens to be my cousin, and my cousin had asked if I had kissed her yet and why not? So after another few days of hanging out, I was beginning to feel a real connection between us. I thought if the right time comes today, I’m going to kiss her. It was a Tuesday and after lunch we went back to my apartment to hang out. We were laying there listening to GAC, because we both have a great passion for country music. Then it hit me that this would be the perfect time to kiss her. Little did I know, it was. I leaned in to give her a kiss, and it was everything I thought it would be. But to make the moment perfect, within seconds of kissing her, the song “History in the Making” by Darius Rucker came on GAC. I’m not sure if you are aware, but one of the lines in the chorus reads: “This could be one of those memories, we want to hold on to, cling to, one we can’t forget, Baby, this could be our last FIRST KISS.” I was in a bit of amazement when I heard the song start playing and wasn’t sure if she was listening, but I later found out she was. Now, I can’t say I knew that song was going to start playing, but I’d like to say I did! It’s safe to say that if we continue to make history and write our own love story that you can be certain that “History in the Making” will be played over and over again.
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COFFEY & INK • Kelsey Roy
Good morning/afternoon, my chickadees. I hope your days are going well. Depending on what time you’re reading this (and I guess whether or not you’re “sick” the Wednesday before Thanksgiving), we have 11 or 12 days left of classes before finals. I hope this is as exciting to you as it is to me: I know I, for one, love the impending caffeine-fueled all-nighters that leave everyone on campus looking like zombies. Three cheers for finals: Hip-hip, hooray! Hip-hip, ho… OK, maybe not. You’ll have to forgive me, I’m a bit hyper tonight and slightly frustrated: I’d like nothing better than to be drinking a half-priced beer at Barley’s right now, but some of my girlfriends (a term I’m using as my grandmother uses it, not as Ellen Degeneres uses it) are out at a movie, and several other friends have insisted for some reason that they can’t drink and study at the same time. So I am sitting here at home instead, writing my column, because my friends have other plans and responsibilities, and I’m not in the mood to drink alone at a bar (though usually I have no qualms about this). Coordinating schedules is a pain. When my friends can go to wine night, I have a test to study for, and when I have a weekend free to drive up to D.C., my friend, S, has a 30-page paper to write and can’t meet me (this example is based on a true story). I anticipate that finding occasions to see friends will only become more difficult. Our impending graduation means my friends and I will (hopefully) have jobs with little free time and probably spread farther apart geographically. We will have to be much more intentional in our relationships with one another. This is something I’m not very good with. Here in Knoxville, I’m extraordinarily lucky in that I live with my three best friends; it’s not that much of an effort to hang out with them. (In fact, I see them a little too much … just kidding.) How much of an effort do I make with my other friends, though, the ones I don’t live with? Or the ones who are in other states? I will answer my own question in case none of you
stalk me regularly: I don’t make as much of an effort as I could. I’m afraid I am one of those people who becomes so wrapped up in her own life that she has neither the time nor the energy to involve herself, more than superficially, in others’ lives. I have friends here in town that I love dearly but I almost never see because I’m “busy” all the time; as if this “busyness” is some sort of all-powerful force that controls my thoughts and actions. All of us lead hectic, busy lives. Whether this is healthy or not, we can discuss another day: The reality is that, right now, I constantly run around like a chicken with my head cut off (but a free-range, organic chicken). This is my choice. I chose to enroll in my busy classes, chose to work part-time, chose to be involved in various extracurriculars. When I am too busy to involve myself in my friends’ lives, isn’t that also a choice I am making? Am I, to put it bluntly, prioritizing, though perhaps subconsciously, something over my friends? In some cases, such a prioritization may be appropriate. We all have duties and responsibilities to our professors and bosses, and we ought to fulfill those (something I fail at constantly). I’m concerned, though, because what I seem to be prioritizing over my friends is not my work, but myself: my free time, alone time, chill time, playing-on-iTunes time, whatever. It is important to have time to rest, yes. But relationships are costly, in terms of both time and emotion. If I'm not willing to give up some of my time and energy to be intentional in my relationships with my friends, what does that say about how I value my friends in comparison with how I value myself? Not, I’m afraid, anything positive. If you’ll let me be honest: It occasionally hurts when friends of mine haven’t read my columns; it hurts not to have been thought of. For me (I probably read this somewhere), the opposite of love isn’t hate, but apathy, the absence of any sort of care at all. If I’m not intentional in my relationships with my friends — if I’m not thinking about them in the midst of the whirlwind of my own preoccupations — what does that say to them about how I value them? Enjoy your homecoming weekend! I have some very dear friends coming in town, and we are going to party like it’s 1999 (which I guess means we’ll be acting like 11 year olds?). Until next time. —Leigh Dickey is a senior in global studies and Latin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I observed at some point last week that life was full of little ironies and interesting things that seemed to happen, which we all seem to have in common. Since I know that the basis of my column is based entirely on dark humor and the ironic nature of life, I thought it only fitting to share some points of disconnect that are in our lives that may amuse and infuriate us to the nth degree, and even some things that are just interesting. Starting with: 1. The fact that people can have a college degree and cannot get a job. This is a favorite of mine to rant on simply for the fact that the worth of a college degree right now is the equivalent of what a high school diploma used to be, and you need to get at least a master’s degree or perhaps a Ph.D. to be considered for even entry-level jobs. Needless to say, as soon as I discovered this, I signed up for a Craigslist account where I advertised for a sugar daddy who can glide me through my periods of unemployment and support my habit of picking up new hobbies for a short while without regret — currently, it’s medieval sword fighting. Sorry, Mom and Dad, I used to have morals, but they went right out the window when I realized that all my interests wouldn't pay, not in this economy. It’s this or grad school, and let’s face it, did you really want to finance six more years of me goofing off? 2. Why is it that some people who really want kids and who can afford to provide for them can turn out to have some genetic defects or are infertile? Then, on the flip side there are 16- and 18-year-olds that get pregnant — sometimes multiple times — giving the impression of having the gestation period of an African elephant (almost two years). My natural instinct is to send high-risk teen girls to a commune, but the more civilized part of me, which apparently is still surprisingly intact, settles for the mass distribution of chastity belts — think “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” that Kevin Costner movie from when you were still in
diapers. What astounds me is that these girls think they can take care of these babies as easily as people who are more settled and of a mature age, but they are bowled over by the same issues — and that’s not including the cost of doctor’s visits, diapers, food, car and college funds, etc., etc. And then, MTV does a show on you and documents your life that’s been changed forever all because of 10 minutes and one glaring mistake. It’s the circle of irony at its finest. 3. Isn’t it ironic that thousands of people immigrate to the United States every year, selling everything they have in hopes of more money and bigger things and find that things here are so bad employment-wise, and that the standard of living has dropped, that they realize that what they left behind was probably better? Ironic that when a friend’s father (who happens to be Indian) lost his job, it got outsourced and went to a call center ... in India. 4. Isn’t it ironic that a single parent on minimum wage can’t get food stamps because he or she makes too much money, but it feels like every other person can, and for the most inane of reasons? ’Nuff said. 5. Isn’t it interesting that our culture focuses on extremes? People get bigger and smaller but never in the middle. We focus on the largest and flashiest cars and homes, and our phones and laptops get smaller, but we want them to do the most ridiculous things. I want mine to be a Transformer and do house chores, personally, and if it can carry itself and charge without being plugged in, that’s just a bonus. 6. Isn’t it sad that we spend more time on YouTube and Facebook in the last few years of our lives than we have reading an actual book, which made us think differently? Some may argue that they don’t have the time, but really, who does these days? 7. Isn’t it interesting that when we’re younger, we want more money, but as we get older and become more broke, we realize that it’s not everything? 8. Isn’t it funny that the time you spent reading this was probably time better spent doing something else, but you read it anyway? Moral of this story: Procrastination is universal, at any age. —Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reach at email@example.com.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
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John Oates plays favorites in memorable show Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor It was a concert that hailed the introduction of the new John Oates, a man who perhaps was the same all along, but people just weren’t paying close enough attention. Many in the crowd of about 100 at the Square Room on Tuesday were past middle age, so it is reasonable to assume they were there, because Hall and Oates’ pop classics back in the day were absolutely astounding. They were there because Hall and Oates has proven themselves as not just an ’80s novelty act but perhaps the most prolific pop group, in terms of churning out hit after hit, ever. From “She’s Gone” (1973) to “Do It for Love” (2003), the band is excellent. What resulted was not a nostalgia concert, however. Well, it was but in a different way. The bulk of the material came from Oates’ upcoming cover album, “Mississippi Mile,” to be released in April. Oates identified the songs for that album by collecting the tunes that influenced him to get into music when he was a child. The tone of the concert came off almost as subtly antagonistic at first between performer and audience. People would shout out requests early, like a yell of “She’s Gone!” from the back, but Oates insisted on staying away from “Hall and Oates without Hall” as much as possible. Despite an early agenda of going through songs chronologically, after a few covers of early to mid-’70s Hall and Oates songs, this philosophy was abandoned to fill the middle portion of the concert with Oates’ solo work from 2008 and beyond. This musical choice was disappointing until Oates started digging into some of these tracks, including a raucous version of Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up.” While Daryl Hall’s vocal range is legendary (hear Hall and Oates’ classic “Say It Isn't So” for proof), Oates’ concert quickly became an education in the vocal range of Oates. His cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “It’s All Right” was remarkably similar to the original. A surprise was when Oates invited local musicians Scott Miller and Jill
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Andrews to come on stage with him to perform The Youngbloods’ “Get Together.” Andrews’ voice in particular sounded like she was channeling the ’60s strength of Jefferson Airplane’s “Grace Slick.” Oates also sang a few tracks from his 2008 solo album, “1,000 Miles of Life,” but the highlight of the night came when he delved into the familiar of the Hall and Oates catalogue, mostly because most of the classics came with stories attached. Before playing it, he told the story of the inspiration of “Maneater.” Oates was at a hangout in New York City when an attractive girl entered. “She’s the kind of girl that could just suck the air out of the room,” Oates said. She sat down at the table with Oates and company. “When she opened her mouth, she had the filthiest vocabulary,” Oates said. “... She was a maneater.” In certain pockets of the United States, like in the Pacific Northwest and Atlanta, Oates said Hall and Oates got widespread popularity. “We would stay in Atlanta for weeks, because it was the only place we could get any gigs,” he said. This led to Hall and Oates playing a concert where one in attendance ended up slumped over drunk by the end. The songwriter in Oates came up with his backstory, which he played in “Camellia.” “Promise Ain’t Enough,” Oates’ selfdescribed early attempt at country writing, which became a Hall and Oates pop song instead, showed Oates dabbling in some of Hall’s customary yells at the end of a song. Plus, the acoustic version of this song felt truer without all the ’90s pop production of Hall and Oates in the studio, a rare win for acoustic covers. But of all the stories, the one behind Hall and Oates’ first hit song came across as most poignant because, without that first hit, Hall and Oates might not have made it. And the story just
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screams of serendipity. “I got stood up for a date on New Year’s Eve,” Oates said. “Best thing that ever happened to me. I started strumming my guitar, and this is what happened.” What resulted afterward was a soulful rendition of the pop duo’s first hit, “She’s Gone.” It was by far the closest any of the Hall and Oates covers came to the original, and it encapsulated a revelatory, scatterbrained night. Oates’ concert was a unique one. It was interactive. After confusion from Oates and a band member on when to start, an audience member shouted, “1, 2, 3, 4” and the band started on that cue. In another instance, sustained clapping from the audience caused the band to continue playing. And just when one thought he was never going back to the classics, Oates would belt out the most laid-back version of “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” ever. That laid-back tone reflected the entire concert. The setlist felt malleable even if it wasn’t. The audience had influence. That anything-couldhappen anticipation made the night memorable.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Vols hoops to sport new uniforms New adidas jerseys feature lightest basketball jersey material ever
Wiry Bray shows maturation on field, garners teammates’ praise Preston Peeden Staff Writer
Tyler Bray Tyler Bray, the lanky 6-foot-6-inch gunslinger from California, started the first game of his young career Saturday. Bray needed only 30 minutes to place his name in the Tennessee record books. In the first half alone, Bray completed 17-of-28 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns, both records for a UT quarterback in a single half. The number of touchdowns is even more impressive considering that five different receivers caught them. By spreading the ball around to several position players, he was able to make the defense account for everyone on the field. This is something Bray used to his advantage. “It helps when a defense can’t focus on just one receiver or one person, and they have to worry about everyone,” Bray said. “It also helps if the receivers don’t feel as if they are decoys on routes and can expect the ball on every play.” Bray entered the game on the heels of an up-and-down performance against South Carolina, which saw him throw two touchdown passes but also one interception, which was returned for a touchdown. For the season, Bray has thrown seven touchdowns and three interceptions. On his quarterback’s overall performance, coach Derek Dooley was cautious to anoint Bray as the next Peyton Manning, but at the same time, was pleased with his performance. “I made the statement last night,” Dooley said. “It pains me a little bit to say he played well, because he’s a freshman and went in there in his first game. But he played really well. He made some great throws. He avoided the rush really well. He got rid of the ball and took some hard shots.” Bray’s game last week came at almost the perfect time for the Big Orange faithful. In a season marred by several blowout losses, Bray provided some much-needed relief. He not only helped stop a four-game losing streak and put the Vols in contention for a possible bowl game, he helped the offense match its season high for points scored in a game, with 50. This offensive output is something Dooley attributed to the inherent talents of his new signal-caller. “I think he’s just an instinctive thrower,” Dooley said. “He has a good feel for the rush and where the breakdowns are starting to occur. He has an ability to get rid of it quickly, which you need to have when you play quarterback to avoid negative plays. I think he’s got a good feel for where to place the ball.” Bray’s performance since that third-quarter interception against South Carolina is something that he has chalked up to his development as a quarterback. “I’ve started to understand the offense a lot more and see the big picture, not just the routes and the receiver,” Bray said. “I saw the defense and everything else that went along with it. No more thinking, just go out there and throw the ball.” Bray’s play on Saturday earned him the SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
and faster, whether you’re playing in the Final Four or a pick-up game with your friends,” adidas Basketball Apparel Global Business Unit Director Travis Blasingame said. “As the official Staff Reports outfitter for these collegiate properties, we work closely with This season, adidas and the UT men’s and women’s basket- the teams and athletic departments to constantly innovate and ball teams are unveiling the lightest and most technologically improve products to help the best basketball players in the advanced college basketball uniforms ever. Designed and devel- country become one step quicker and jump one inch higher.” The new oped by adidas, the Tennessee uniform uniforms are 30 perabsorbs moisture in cent lighter and dry less than three sectwice as fast as previonds as a result of ous uniforms to help adidas CLIMACOOL enhance performance fabrics. The jersey by keeping players moves heat and cooler, drier and more sweat away from the comfortable on the body through a comcourt. bination of moisture “Our 2010-11 adimanagement materidas uniforms are als, ventilation chanabsolutely cuttingnels and three dimenedge with the new sional garments, breathable material,” helping the uniform Lady Vols head coach George Richardson• The Daily Beacon dry twice as quickly. Pat Summitt said. Along with “They have a sleek The Lady Vols logo adorns the shorts of Angie Bjorklund on Sunday, look and are the light- Nov. 7. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be unveil- Tennessee, 11 other est and most comfort- ing new, technologically advanced jerseys courtesy of adidas this schools will debut the new uniforms able uniforms our upcoming basketball season. this season, includteam has ever worn. I ing Cincinnati, like having the adidas Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, NC State, advantage on the basketball court.” “Our partnership with adidas has been tremendous over the Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin. In addition to the NCAA teams wearing the new uniforms, years,” UT men’s head coach Bruce Pearl said. “This is just the latest example of how adidas provides our players with state-of- all 30 NBA teams will wear Revolution 30 jerseys this season the-art gear that allows them to perform at their highest level.” featuring similar adidas technology. The new uniforms are part of an integrated and customizThe new Tennessee uniforms, made from 60 percent recycled materials, feature adidas’ Formotion technology, which able uniform system that includes adidas TECHFIT padded reduces seams, decreases friction between the garment and the and PowerWeb compression base layers and accessories. This player’s skin and optimizes the player’s natural movement system helps to improve endurance and protect athletes from through specially constructed material. adidas reduced uniform injury while maintaining flexibility. The new jerseys will be available in replica versions at camweight and increased player comfort by switching front and back numbers from heavier, dense materials to a more breath- pus bookstores and local sporting goods stores in midDecember. The jerseys will retail for MSRP $50-$60 and the able mesh. “Our goal at adidas is to help make athletes stronger, lighter shorts will be $45-$55.