Barton, Stokes help to resurrect Memphis-UT talent pipeline for Vols
UT professors try to get jazz music back in tune within Knoxville area
Lady Gaga deserves ‘applause’ as ‘ARTPOP’ impresses in early reviews
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Roll Call, flag garden help UT students remember US veterans Mica Stephens Contributor
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Lance Cpl. Jonathon Hairston, left, junior in disaster displacement in human rights, stands in a moment of remembrance as Dean of Students Maxine Davis does Roll Call. “The magnitude of what these men gave cannot be measured,” Hairston said.
Honoring and remembering those who have fought for the U.S., UT held a special Roll Call ceremony in recognition of Veteran’s Day on the south lawn of Ayres Hall on Monday. UT became one of 85 schools in 33 states that participated in the Roll Call. The events were organized by the campus Task Force in Support of Student Veterans in collaboration with UT Libraries, the Student Veteran Advisory Group, Office of Veterans Affairs, the Center for the Study of War and Society and CAPS Veteran PreCollege Program. The Roll Call began at 7 a.m. and continued until 5 p.m., with a break for a special time of remembrance at 2 p.m. The Roll
Call consisted of naming military members lost during combat since Sept. 11 and what branch of the military forces they served. Nearly 7,000 names were called. The special 2 p.m. remembrance included a ringing of Ayres’ chimes during harmony of the military echo “Taps.” This year marks the second year in a row “Taps” was played. Following “Taps” was an observation of the national moment of silence. Those who attended the ceremony had the opportunity to remember and honor those who have fought for our country. Ashley Blamey, chair of the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans, explained the two main purposes of the ceremony. “I think the first is to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in honor of the country since
9/11,” Blamey said. “The second aspect is to honor and memorialize Veterans Day, giving our students, faculty, staff and student veterans an opportunity to see a public recognition of their service and also what they bring to the university community.” There are currently 908 registered student veterans and veteran dependents on the UT campus. Stephen Cohen, who was deployed to Afghanistan for 8 months in the United States Marine Corps, was one of the young men who attended the event. “Veterans Day is a special day that we all can get together and remember who served, especially for me being a veteran,” Cohen said, “it’s more important that we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving
Diwali festival highlights Indian new year Fast-a-thon Hannah Cather combines with Photo Editor years commence differently in various cultures. Islam Awareness India’News begins with Diwali, the festival of lights. Knoxville community members recognized Diwali with Week on campus an afternoon showcase of Indian culture. Organized by Bradi Musil Staff Writer In a post-9/11 age, the Islamic world is under scrutiny. This week, the UTK Muslim Student Association will attempt to dispel false notions during their second annual Islam Awareness Week. “Basically, we are just trying to spread awareness,” said Noor Alshibli, president of the MSA and a junior biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology major. “A lot of people have questions and don’t know where to go to get them answered, and we are trying to promote the universality of the principles that we have in Islam, like being kind to your neighbors and being hungry, as well.” Islam Awareness Week 2013 will include UT’s annual Fast-athon, taking place on Thursday, Nov. 13. Although the Fasta-thon is a tradition held on numerous college campuses, the event’s origins stem from UT grounds 13 years ago. In 2001, just after the Sept. 11 attacks, UT held its first fasting event. In 2006, other schools followed suit. This year marks the first time the Fast-a-thon will be combined with Islam Awareness Week. “We decided to put them together to attract more people,” said Hawa Henderson, Treasurer of MSA and junior majoring in microbiology. “Last year we didn’t have as many people for the Fast-a-thon, but we did have a lot of people for Islam Awareness Week. So, we are thinking that by attracting people to Islam Awareness Week, they can also learn about Fast-a-thon.” Participants pledge to fast for a day, beginning at 5:58 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. For every student pledge, a local company will donate one dollar to Love Kitchen, a soup kitchen catering to community members in Knoxville. See FAST-A-THON on Page 2
Manthan, the Indian Students’ Association at UT, the festival of lights celebration incorporates traditional dance, music and food. The lunar cycle regulates the occurrence of the five-day Hindu festival, and it usually falls between late October and early November. A new moon on the third day marks the actual date of Diwali, and this year it fell on Nov. 3. Manthan hosted its event a week afterwards, but celebratory moods dominated the afternoon nevertheless. Hoots and hollers emanated from the audience during the multiple performances, and the cheers increased in volume during the fashion show and the Bollywood style dances. Priyanki Sinha, one of the two announcers for the day, introduced the fashion show with the reminder that the 28 states in India each have their own subcultures marked by a difference in fashion decisions. “Keep in mind, we love to dress up,” Sinha added as the first couple displayed their Indian garbs. While many of the clothing items were similar, such as the saris and dhotis, the details in cloth and the accessories indicated their different origins.The first of two Bollywood dance exhibitions warranted the most audience response as the six students danced across the stage to modern hip-hop tunes. Between the dance numbers and songs, the audience answered trivia questions about details of the Diwali festival. Jalynn Baker • The Daily Beacon UT’s rendition of Diwali provided an outlet for Manthan member’s talents, as well as an enhancement of the unity Dancers participate in a Bollywood performance during the Diwali within the Indian community. festival at the UC on Sunday.
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Water quality still faces uphill battle in Knoxville area Jenna Butz Staff Writer Be careful what you drink. The Tennessee River and its many streams, Knoxville’s water sources, are currently on the state’s 303(d) list of water quality impairments. While the most common impairments are sediment build up and aquatic life habitat alterations, Knoxville water is also listed with levels of E. coli, nitrogen and phosphorous. These chemicals can come from paved surfaces’ runoff along with sanitary sewer overflows and leaky septic systems. Agricultural land uses can also contribute to the
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problem. Michael McKinney, UT’s director of environmental studies and sustainability, explained that having an impaired stream poses a public health danger and does not legally meet certain safety criteria. “It means that our quality of life is degraded,” McKinney said. “For example, it is very dangerous to swim in the creeks, and even parts of the Tennessee River are not very healthy to drink. In some places, the fish are not safe to eat.” David Hagerman, a Knoxville storm water engineer, said litter causes a high amount of damage to the water quality. See WATER QUALITY on Page 2
Built on toughness, Vols look for success in 2013-14 Steven Cook Copy Editor “Toughness” has stood out as an unofficial motto of Tennessee basketball ever since Cuonzo Martin was hired as head coach in 2011. Now, it’s official. The 2013-14 season will run behind the “Tougher Breed” slogan — two words players utter in seemingly every press conference. Those words also encapsulate the blueprint for a team that is, according to Martin, the shining product of his three years of work at UT. “You guys hear us talking about a tougher breed now,” Martin said, “and that’s something that has been a part of our program. But now is the first time that I’ve really revealed it as a coach because I feel like we’re built for it. “We have the personnel across
the board to be that, to wear that badge of honor, so to speak. Because it’s the way you play all the time, regardless of the outcome, and it’s a brand that I feel good about.” The Vols’ toughness comes from the inside out, with a pair of 6-foot-8, 260-pound big men reuniting. 2011-12 All-SEC power forward Jeronne Maymon returns as a fifth-year senior after redshirting last season, and he’ll anchor the post along with junior Jarnell Stokes — a second-team All-SEC selection last season in his own right. “It’s very exciting being able to play alongside Jarnell,” said Maymon, who hasn’t played with Stokes in nearly two years. “With his stature and my stature, it’s very hard for other teams to compare.” Tennessee’s “big three” is rounded out by senior guard
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their life for our country. “Overall, it was a great experience, especially in the Marine Corps. It’s the best group of men and women in the world, (and the) finest fighting organization in the world.” In addition to the national moment of silence and Roll Call, there was also an area of the Ayres lawn designated to a flag garden where members of the community who attended could place a small American flag in the ground in honor of any loved ones they had lost. Along with the events held on Ayres, UT Libraries had an exhibit of World War I and Civil War-era letters, diaries, portraits and other ephemera set up in Special Collections Room 121 of Hodges Library.
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Jordan McRae, a first-team AllSEC preseason selection across the board. After a breakout junior campaign where he finished second in SEC Player of the Year voting, he’s selected before this season to finish as the No. 2 player again in the conference. Those three veterans, Martin said, will see the ball on every possession. “Unless other guys prove otherwise,” Martin said, “Jordan, Jeronne and Jarnell, those guys, the ball has to flow through those guys’ hands in any way shape or form every time down.” Losing starting point guard Trae Golden, who transferred to Georgia Tech, left an undeniable hole in the Vols’ lineup — one that Antonio Barton quickly filled. See MEN’S SEASON on Page 5
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Tennessee senior forward Jeronne Maymon shoots over a Southern Indiana defender during an exhibition matchup at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 7.
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Acclaimed anchor to deliver annual Baker Center lecture Lecture Series: to honor people who have impacted society and reflect Sen. Baker’s values. “We still have somewhat of a focus on the media; Senator Baker is always very interested in keeping that in our mission,” Dahlin-Brown said Monday. “We didn’t want to always have politicians.” After graduating from the University of South Dakota in 1964, Brokaw worked in Omaha, Neb., Atlanta and Los Angeles before earning his network start covering Watergate in 1973 for NBC. From there he went on to cover the Challenger disaster, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hurricane Andrew and the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The broadcast he delivered during the terrorist attacks garnered praise from Dr. Sam Swan, a UT professor in broadcast journalism. “He went on the air, I believe, at about 10 o’clock in the morning and stayed on for 14 or 15 hours,” Swan said, “reporting
to the American people with the skyline of New York City behind him.” Swan said the event is valuable to more than just students of journalism, because Brokaw is one of the leading figures in American history. “Not because he made history, but because he reported history,” Swan said. “He was the face of news for millions of Americans.” Since his retirement from the anchor’s chair in 2004, Brokaw has written several books, including the best-selling “The Greatest Generation” about Americans who grew up in the Great Depression and fought during World War II. He remains the only anchor to host all three major NBC News programs: The TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press. Doors open at 1 p.m. and Brokaw begins his at lecture 1:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
state as impaired due to bacteria. The health risks, Hagerman said, are nothing to be overly concerned with. “It means that we can enjoy most of our streams, but there are common sense precautions that should be observed,” Hagerman said. “Don’t drink creek water and avoid contact if you have open cuts, sores, etc. The Knox County Health Department is a good source for health warnings.” Knoxville water quality is regulated nationally by a Phase II National Po l l u t a n t D i s c h a rge Elimination System permit according to population, then the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation sets further standards while the city of Knoxville monitors storm water to identify any impacts to the receiving streams of the Tennessee
River. McKinney said adjustments to the sewer system and reduced surface run-off from the city could greatly raise the city’s water quality. Techniques for achieving these changes include rain gardens and retention ponds. “More vegetation, especially in riverbank areas, are extremely effective,” McKinney said. Scott expressed his belief that individual action affecting water quality is critical to the community as a whole. “One person taking a small action may seem pointless,” Scott said. “But if you consider that action multiplied by thousands or hundreds of thousands of people across a community, those individual actions can genuinely make a difference in water quality and the health of the community.”
what she felt was the main purpose of the ceremony. “Today’s main goal was realcontinued from Page 1 ly just to recognize and honor our veterans who have died in Laura Bryant, assistant direc- combat since 2001 (Sept. 11),” tor at the Safety Environment Bryant said. “Also to honor and and Education Center and orga- pay tribute to our veterans who nizer of the ceremony, explained are still living and giving the com-
munity a space for folks to come and reflect or experience the day in a way that’s important to them. “Our country would not be what it is today without our veterans, so it’s important to honor those who have served our country.”
R.J. Vogt Editor-in-Chief When Tom Brokaw takes the stage in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium Wednesday afternoon, he could talk about anything. After all, he’s covered everything. Once known as America’s most popular news personality, Brokaw will deliver the third installment of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy’s Baker Distinguished Lecture Series. In Fall 2012, former U.S. Senator Robert Mitchell delivered a talk on the state of national affairs and bipartisanship; spring 2013 brought U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the nation’s school systems, specifically in Tennessee. Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center, said Brokaw fulfills the purpose of the Baker Distinguished
WATER QUALITY continued from Page 1 Jason Scott, an engineer for the town of Farrugut, identified economics as a major roadblock to fixing this problem. When drinking water is polluted, it takes more effort and money to treat, impacting the rate citizens pay for utilities. “Funding for water quality programs can also be a limiting factor when some systemic fixes can cost from the tens of thousands to millions of dollars,” Scott said. “That said, all the more reason to advocate for individual positive changes. “One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” However, Hagerman said Knoxville’s water quality is typical for an urban environment and always improving. He explained most urban streams are listed by the
FAST-A-THON continued from Page 1 This year’s goal is 1,000 students for $1,000. “Local businesses are willing to donate money to the cause just for knowing that students our age and people are more aware and willing to create awareness about the cause,” Alshibli said. Students in MSA were staked on Pedestrian Walkway last week taking pledges, and more than 780 people have already committed to participating in the Fast-a-thon. At the conclusion of the fast, MSA will host a free dinner in the UC Ballroom complemented by speakers present to discuss fasting during Ramadan and the value of the Fast-a-thon. “It’s just an open, social event for people to come and enjoy a home cooked meal with us,” Alshibli said. “We have local families cooking all sorts of food.” Fast-a-thon was started in keeping with Ramadan,
the holy month in Islamic faith, during which 30 days of fasting cultivate spiritual purity and enlightenment. Although Muslims fast from all foods and water during Ramadan, the MSA simply encourages students to fast in whatever manner suits them. “We just encourage the idea that people, if they can’t fast from water, skip lunch if they can,” Alshibli said. “If not, maybe give up something like coffee or just something to get the idea of being hungry and get the idea that some people don’t necessarily have three meals a day guaranteed for them. We are trying to help people realize that and take an active participation in changing that in our community.” While the university funds the annual Fast-a-thon, other activities and events included in Islam Awareness Weak depend upon donations from what Alshibli describes as a very supportive community. All week long from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a “Learn About Islam” tent on Pedestrian
Walkway is providing hot chocolate, henna tattoos and Arabic name translations. In addition, each night a panel will be held in the UC exploring different themes in Islam. On Friday night, there will be a prayer observance at the Anoor Mosque on 13th Street. Alshibli said she hopes Islam Awareness Week and the Fast-a-thon will shed light on an often misunderstood culture. “We want to have a way for people to get more comfortable with us,” Alshibli said. “Some people, when they hear the word Islam or Muslim or Muhammad, they might feel a little bit scared and not necessarily know what to expect. So, we are trying to promote the idea that we are students just like you. We like to do the same things, we like to drink coffee and play video games, doing all the same kinds of things you do. We just have a different faith. “We are all part of UT, and part of the Big Orange family.”
Typhoon victims in Philippines plead for aid Associated Press TACLOBAN, Philippines — Bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and desperate survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine as rescue workers took on a daunting task Monday in the typhoon-battered islands of the Philippines. Thousands were feared dead. The hard-hit city of Tacloban resembled a garbage dump from the air, with only a few concrete buildings left standing in the wake of one of the most powerful storms to ever hit land, packing 147mph winds and whipping up 20-foot walls of seawater that tossed ships inland and swept many out to sea. “Help. SOS. We need food,” read a message painted by a survivor in large letters on the ravaged city’s port, where water lapped at the edge. There was no one to carry away the dead, which lay rotting along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country’s remote eastern seaboard. At a small naval base, eight swollen corpses — including that of a baby — were submerged in water brought in by the storm. Officers had yet to move them, saying they had no body bags or electricity to preserve them. Authorities estimated the typhoon killed 10,000 or more people, but with the slow pace of recovery, the official death toll three days after the storm made landfall remained at 942. However, with shattered communications and transportation links, the final count was likely days away, and presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said “we pray” it does not surpass 10,000. “I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every
single building, every single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over Tacloban, the largest city in Leyte province. He spoke on the tarmac at the airport, where two Marine C-130 cargo planes were parked, engines running, unloading supplies. Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon, known as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia but called Yolanda in the Philippines. It was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation. “Please tell my family I’m alive,” said Erika Mae Karakot as she stood among a throng of people waiting for aid. “We need water and medicine because a lot of the people we are with are wounded. Some are suffering from diarrhea and dehydration due to shortage of food and water.” Philippine soldiers were distributing food and water, and assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen Monday for the first time. The U.S. military dispatched food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city, the first outside help in what will swell into a major international relief mission. Authorities said they had evacuated some 800,000 people ahead of the typhoon, but many evacuation centers proved to be no protection against the wind and rising water. The Philippine National Red Cross, responsible for warning the region and giving advice, said people were not prepared for a storm surge. “Imagine America, which was prepared and very rich, still had a lot of challenges at the time of Hurricane Katrina, but what we had was three times more than what they received,” said Gwendolyn
Pang, the group’s executive director. Emily Ortega, 21 and about to give birth, said she clung to a post to survive after the evacuation center she fled to was devastated by the 20-foot (6-meter) storm surge. She reached safety at the airport, where she gave birth to a baby girl, Bea Joy Sagales, whose arrival drew applause from the military medics who assisted in the delivery. The wind, rain and coastal storm surges transformed neighborhoods into twisted piles of debris, blocking roads and trapping decomposing bodies underneath. Cars and trucks lay upended among flattened homes, and bridges and ports were washed away. “In some cases the devastation has been total,” said Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras. At U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, the envoy from the Philippines broke down in tears as he described waiting in agony for news from relatives caught in the massive storm’s path. “In solidarity with my countrymen, who are struggling to find food back home ... I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate,” said the envoy, Naderev “Yeb” Sano, who urged delegates to work toward “meaningful” change. His emotional appeal was met with a standing ovation. In Tacloban, residents stripped malls, shops and homes of food, water and consumer goods. Officials said some of the looting smacked of desperation but in other cases people hauled away TVs, refrigerators, Christmas trees and even a treadmill. An Associated Press reporter said he saw about 400 special forces and soldiers patrolling downtown to guard against further chaos.
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‘ARTPOP’ brings more of Gaga’s typical flair Renewed culture helps jazz Victoria Brown Contributor “ARTPOP” is pop-phenomenon Lady Gaga’s third studio album. It was released Nov. 6 to high anticipation. Gaga, known for being slightly over-the-top with her music and outfits, has not taken much change in direction with this album. “ARTPOP” infuses exactly what the title says into almost every song: art and pop. Though the album embraces Gaga’s over-dramatic antics in behavior and style, musically, the album is slightly unique when compared to her previous two albums. While it is very lively, it creates an almost parallel feel to the most recent album, “Born This Way,” which released in May 2011. In similarity with “Born This Way,” “ARTPOP” focuses a great deal on sexuality and strength, with some feminist undertones. In contrast, “Born This Way” emphasized religion a great deal and had more somber songs that dealt with heavier issues. With Lady Gaga’s release of “ARTPOP,” it seems as though she wanted to release a fun, party album for her die-hard fans. It’s almost as if Lady Gaga, during “The Fame” era, has returned. “The Fame” was released in 2009 and shot Lady Gaga to stardom with its fun pop songs. “ARTPOP” is a more mature continuation of Gaga’s party songs that were found on “The Fame” album. It channels both of her previous albums, but also differs as it incorporates more musical styles and has a very diverse sound. In the title song, Gaga sings, “My ARTPOP could mean anything / We could, we could belong together.” Gaga feels art and pop could
DIWALI continued from Page 1 “This event on campus gives a sense of cohesion,” said Niyanth Sridharan, a Ph.D. student, as he enjoyed the lunch of classic Indian foods. “We get to meet
easily belong together, and she has tried to fuse them into one throughout the album. She brings her own creative energy and art and infuses it with pop music and sound. The album’s first single, “Applause,” garnered a lot of positive reaction from both critics and fans. It includes a very up-tempo sound with lively energy, which creates a great • Photo Courtesy of Lady Gaga overall depiction of “Artpop,” Lady Gaga’s third studio the rest of her album. In the single, Gaga album, was released on Nov. 6. notes she “lives for from living high for so long.” the applause,” which The song is clearly about a can be understood as she loves the attention from both fans and heartbreak Gaga is going through and touches on a relatable topic critics. There is a lot of techno and for many. Her album includes a few guest electronica sound infused throughout the album. Gaga only has appearances from other artists, one ballad on the album, and she such as R.Kelly, T.I., Too Short and even includes a song – “Jewels Twista. The musical makeup of the and Drugs” – that incorporates rap album is very diverse and unique, and trap sounding music, which compared to her other albums. “Do What You Want,” the secincludes heavy rap and hip-hop sounds that are usually popular in ond single, features artist R. Kelly. This song focuses on sexuality and southern rap. Delving deeper into the lyrics of consent with Gaga singing, “Do the songs, one can see Gaga puts a what you want / What you want great deal of emphasis on love and with my body.” She also sings, sex in “ARTPOP.” She mentions “Write what you want / Say what “Himeros / God of sexual desire, you want about me / If you’re wonson of Aphrodite” in her song enti- dering / Know that I’m not sorry,” tled, “G.U.Y.” and makes numerous which implies she doesn’t care references to Greek mythological what the media will say or write characters. Her song “Venus” ref- about her, either for embracing her erences the Roman goddess and sexuality as a woman, or just in alludes to the beauty every woman general. “ARTPOP” provides a wide varihas within. The ballad on the album, “Dope” ety of sound for anyone to listen to. is one of the best. The song focuses The album includes rap, pop, hip on a love Gaga has experienced. hop, rock, techno and electronica, She sings, “My heart would break as well as a ballad. This album is without you / Might not awake definitely one that will outrank the without you / been hurting low, others this season.
each other and make new friends. It really gives you a sense of being at home in India.” Manthan served basmati rice topped with chicken curry. Aloogobi, which is a combination of potatoes and cauliflower in a gravy-style sauce, and chana masala, a simple chickpea dish,
were offered on the side. Savory Indian spices enhanced each of the entree options. Gulab jamun, a cheese-based dessert, and mango lassi, a yogurt mango drink, tantalized sweet taste buds. “Gulab jamun? It’s dried milk that is formed into a ball and
popularity rise in Knoxville Megan Lange Contributor Fifteen years ago, it would not have been out of place to walk through the Old City and hear strains of jazz music floating from Lucille’s Jazz Club. Those days might be long gone, but when it comes Knoxville, finding that laidback beat or swinging French horn is easier than you might think. Whether it is gypsy-jazz, old standards, modern tunes with a jazz treatment or big band, jazz music is on the rise in Knoxville. Katy Free, jazz vocalist and graduate student in musicology, said she thinks the current environment has played a large part in the rising popularity of the genre. “I think that most things come and go in waves,” Free said. “People often talk about jazz and blues as a reaction to difficulty, so there’s an argument, I think, for the recent issues we’ve been having in America.” That isn’t the only reason jazz is on the rise, however. Jake Smith, guitarist and senior in studio art and jazz, said he believes jazz is finally becoming visible to a younger audience. “I don’t think jazz has ever lost popularity,” Smith said. “We just live in a place where it goes unnoticed to younger generations, but that seems to be changing. “Jazz is becoming more accessible, and people are realizing what amazing musicians
then deep-fried. Then they soak the dough balls in a sugar syrup,” Sridharan explained. “They’re actually very popular.” While Diwali symbolizes the beginning of a new year, it also marks a time of giving and gratitude. Indian families decorate their
we have hidden in this town.” Sara Daniels, jazz flutist and senior in studio fine art with a concentration in 4D, agrees with Smith’s notion. “I think jazz has always been fairly popular, just not in this part of the country,” Daniels said. “More people in this area seem to be taking an interest, because access to music like this has been opened up.” Local musicians attribute a great amount of the success jazz is seeing in Knoxville to Vance Thompson, professor of studio music and jazz at UT and founder of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. “With the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Lunch Series every first Wednesday at the Square Room and Jazz on the Square, he has done so much to continue giving musicians an opportunity to play and people the chance to discover the music,” Keith Brown, professional pianist and band leader of Keith Brown and the New Jazz 4TET, said. Founded in 1999, the KJO was initially created as a fun way for local musicians to connect and play big band music. “I thought that we could have some fun playing, but I didn’t have any initial ambitions beyond that,” Thompson said. “Once we got started and began attracting audiences, I realized that this had the potential to grow into something bigger and began to set my sights a little higher.” Today, the KJO presents around 20 ticketed events per year in addition to more than 30 free concerts and biweekly
houses with dias and candles to represent the “victory of light over dark.” “The scale of this festival is like Christmas in America. That’s how important Diwali is in our country,” Mohit Shakula, treasurer of Manthan said. “It’s a pretty big deal.”
jam sessions at the Emporium. “I see the KJO as a vehicle of opportunity,” Thompson said. “Opportunity for experienced local, national and international musicians to perform. Opportunity for the community to experience the music where it can be fully appreciated. Opportunity for young musicians to learn.” Another major influence on the Knoxville jazz scene is Donald Brown, a UT professor of jazz piano. Wendel Werner, jazz pianist and director of the UT Singers, explained why Brown has had such an impact. “His appearance in the UT jazz department came across as a change from the perceived ‘old guard,’” Werner said. “There was no better recruiting tool for jazz in the university and jazz in the community.” For those who are looking for jazz in this day and age, you don’t need to go far. Just take a stroll through downtown Knoxville. Venues such as The Square Room, Bijou Theatre and the Tennessee Theatre frequently offer up wider-known jazz artists, while smaller spaces such as Cru Bistro, Crown and Goose, Remedy Coffee and the Bistro at the Bijou host local jazz musicians on almost a weekly basis. Another great source of live jazz is the UT School of Studio Music and Jazz, which hosts events such as the UT Big Band concert and individual jazz recitals. Information about these can be found on UT’s website.
Manthan hopes it can expand its cultural awareness to more members of the Knoxville community in future years. “We partnered with the Cultural Programs Committee and the I-House to try and expand our reach to other nationalities,” Shakula said.
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My hair is blonde. I like to dress up. Many of my T-shirts are oversized, and I love my leggings. When people catch me casually walking down Pedestrian with a button on my backpack and certain letters on my shirt, they all think the exact same thing. “Sorority girl.” For many non-Greeks, the sound of Greek letters strung together often generates negative feelings. Popular media and movies perpetuate a particular image of the ideal sorority girl, like Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.” Sorority girls are often portrayed with fake tans, dyed blonde hair and excessive makeup; they live in large houses and party exclusively with fraternity guys most nights of the week. I knew all the stereotypes — and based on that image, I never imagined myself in a sorority. In high school, I spent much of my free time studying for my rigorous coursework and traveled often around the Southwest to play in basketball tournaments. I worked for the eventual day when I would be in college, possibly as an athlete, but more than likely as a student at a certain elite academic school. But if life is anything, it’s ironic. I decided to attend Tennessee for reasons that were unexpected but clear; at the urging of those close to me, I had grudgingly gathered sorority recruitment letters and signed up for rush. In August, I began a process I scarcely understood but decided to try anyway. Rush is an experience all in itself. The process has many similarities to dating; potential new members spend time at every different house. If both parties enjoy each other, then the girl will likely return and spend more time at the houses that best fit her throughout the week. At the end of rush, each PNM receives a bid card with an offer to join a sorority. Rush has received much criticism over the years as a practice in exclusivity and elitism. Unfortunately, of the 900 or more girls who go through Tennessee’s recruitment annually, not all girls receive bids or get asked back to their favorite sorority. Recruitment is a gamble, and there are no promises the process will work out in ways one expects. I didn’t know what to think as I went through recruitment myself, so I maintained an open mind and realized something. Girls who join sororities recognize something very important — life cannot be lived alone, and finding a group of consistent women to support and endure with you is a beautiful thing. I have met some absolutely incredible people through my sorority who will not only be with me throughout college, but also on the day I graduate, the day I get married and beyond. My sisters and I don’t have practices or a grade or a paid employment to brings us together; we chose to be a part of a society and allow ourselves to learn and grow together. Creating community can come from many different areas, and making life-long friends certainly does not require a Greek system. However, in a large campus with a constant flux of people, having a group I always know will be there has made all the difference. I’ve heard the idea phrased in a million different ways, but essentially, many of my friends say the same thing — I don’t fit the stereotype. I am not the exception – I know countless girls in all chapters and systems who defy every expectation of what a sorority girl “should” be. Perhaps, from the outside — with the letters and the houses and the mixer T-shirts — people decide we are all the same. We are not. We have decided to share an aspect of our college lives together, but the fact I’m in a sorority for four years does not define every feature of my journey through college and the future. Every stereotype can contain grains of truth; some interactions will confirm pre-existing beliefs. Don’t label a girl, or an entire group of girls, under a negative stereotype founded on scant knowledge and popular media. If girl in Greek letters articulates herself intelligently in class or has incredible athletic skills or spends her weekend nights completely sober, don’t be surprised. Her identity in a sorority is a part of her, but her true identity lies in herself as a human being. I am more than a blonde girl walking down Pedestrian in leggings and Chacos – I am Sarah Hagaman. Sarah Hagaman is a sophomore in English. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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A fond farewell to my Blockbuster childhood The Taboo Parlor by
Chase Parker I loved Blockbuster. When I heard the news of Blockbuster finally giving up the ghost to its modernized, web-streaming competitors, I was inconsolable. Not because Blockbuster was an inherently efficient or convenient way to view movies as compared to our modern day movie viewing mediums. Not because because it was cheap with a reasonable return period that didn’t end with a credit card shark-esque telephone harassment. I was inconsolable because a part of me had died in a firestorm of obsolete plastic DVD cases. The entirety of my childhood revolved around Blockbuster and its unmistakable blue ticket. Every single weekend, my dad, my brother and I would rush to that big blue sign and burst in, hoping to add to our already-extensive list of favorites and wisely spend the little amount of time we had together on the weekends. The movies always changed: Classics, new releases, Westerns and especially
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And even though Netflix allows for sitting and enjoying the company of our families, it will never replace the Blockbuster experience. We are the last of our kind. No generation after us will ever have movies as a tangible and concrete joy to be held in our hands. They will never be able to open a little rectangular Christmas present with that movie they have been waiting to watch with their family for weeks. They will never be able to truly appreciate the process and art of movie-making because “The Godfather” will be flippantly disregarded with the same smash of a grubby finger on an iPad as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. So here’s to you, Blockbuster. With all of your inefficiencies and annoying inconveniences, I thank you for creating family events and planned trips just for a single movie that new generations of kids will never get to experience, because their movies need only to be clicked on. Thanks for fostering my love of movies by making each movie choice have significance, even if it makes my Netflix decisions exponentially less significant now. But, most importantly, thank you for bringing my family together and giving me something I will never forget. Chase Parker is a junior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amid Haiyan disaster, hope can be found for Philippines Turn of Phrase by
Jan Urbano When I heard about the storm approaching the Philippines, my heart sank. It didn’t help when it was categorized as a “Super-Typhoon” and widely classified as one of the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall in history. I could have never expected the amount of damage from the storm to be as bad as it is now. I can’t imagine how difficult life must be over there, not just for those whose homes and lives were destroyed by the storm, but for everyone there who has been enduring this for decades. Not just the cycles of storms, but the overall condition of the Philippines. This summer, I witnessed firsthand what life was like. Crowded cities and rampant pollution are circumstances millions of Filipinos endure everyday. Unemployment, crime and poverty go hand-in-hand. Many suffer from disease, doomed to have their lives end early because of a lack of money and primitive medical technologies. Life could not be any more real or painful there. Many people are barely making enough to feed their family, much less themselves.
So much effort is necessary to make a living there, and for many of us here in the U.S. who have neither seen nor experienced what poverty and true adversity is, life in the Philippines is but one example. It doesn’t just test your physical strength; it also tests your mental fortitude. At one point during my visit, I joined several dozen fishermen on the beach as they reeled their catch in. It wasn’t just men. I saw women helping as well, with people young and old working together. With another group of people on the other side of the beach holding the other end, we began to close the net in. The fishing net, spanning at least a football field’s length, took an hour to finally bring in. When the catch – weighing at least half a ton – was spread out, however, most of it was squid instead of fish, which heavily reduced the payout that could have been received. For the arduous amount of work and effort put into doing this, I was told by my uncle it would be lucky for the whole thing to sell for 1,000 pesos, or $20, which would then have to be divided among the dozens of workers. This dumbfounded me. I looked at the workers, expecting to see their faces riddled with disappointment and resignation. But they didn’t stop working. Regardless of whether or not they were discouraged, they readied themselves to fish once again. I learned about how I had been taking life
for granted. How the life granted to me could have easily been one filled with adversity and struggles like the fishermen I had seen. It’s one thing to pity a person for the conditions he or she is enduring. It’s another to respect and admire the courage they have for continuing through it. When you hear about a country or group of people being struck with a disaster, it’s easy to take pity on them. Many people will also agree, though, that it’s not pity you should be giving. For the Filipinos who have had their lives and bodies destroyed by the disaster, I don’t have pity. I have something else – I have hope. I have hope they can, and will, recover from this calamity. I know this because I have witnessed first-hand the strength and will that they have. Even now, the country is banding together to help heal the wounds inflicted by Haiyan. Time and time again, they have endured previous disasters, and I know they will not let this storm be the one the stops them now. I would be lucky if I had half as much courage or strength as they did. Whether you donate money, send canned goods or give your prayers and best wishes, please give your support to the Philippines. They need it now more than ever. Jan Urbano is a senior in biological sciences. He can be reach at email@example.com.
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cheesy movies that made us cringe with jokes only a dad could appreciate. Despite the constantly changing genres, there was always a common denominator: My dad, my brother and I all spending the entire day watching movies together. That is what made Blockbuster so successful and so near and dear to my heart. It made movie viewing available to us right in our living rooms, instead of forcing us to sit quietly with our feet stuck to the floor in a cave-like room full of people while forcing viewers to pay for popcorn as if it were bags of flawless diamonds. Getting to watch nearly any movie my brother and I could have ever wanted, all the while laying next to my dad – instead of being squished in between two hard cup holders and rotten upholstery in some theater – has always been one of my fondest memories. Within a month, that is all Blockbuster will be – a memory. Although Netflix allows us to avoid worrying about forgetting discs or rewinding uncooperative VHS tapes, it will never replace the excitement of packing into my dad’s car and making that 10-minute trip to Blockbuster to run through the aisles, trying to convince my dad to let us rent the “Master of Disguise” for the 15th time, knowing he would always give in. It will never replace the feeling of rushing home with case in hand, dying to put it into the VCR and popping that bowl of extra buttery popcorn.
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THE DAILY BEACON â€˘ 5 Sports Editor David Cobb
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Martin revitalizes Tennessee-Memphis talent pipeline David Cobb Sports Editor The Memphis vs. Tennessee basketball relationship is taking a breather. After nine meetings between the teams in the last eight seasons that were separated by a total of 13 points, Interstate 40 will not flow with the hate of the in-state rivalry in the 2013-14 season. A UT spokesman added Monday that no movement has been made in regards to the future of the series. However, there is still something basketball-related flowing from the hoops-crazed Bluff City to Knoxville. Talent. The year before Bruce Pearl took over as Tennessee head coach in 2004-05, the UT roster included three players with direct ties to West Tennessee. Dane Bradshaw, Scooter McFadgon and Fred Smithwick all hailed from Memphis. Over the following years, the pipeline began closing off. J.P. Prince and Wayne Chism â€“ both key players during the six-year Pearl era â€“ each came from West Tennessee. But Prince first attended Arizona before transferring to UT, and Chism actually came from Bolivar, which sits two counties east of the talent-rich gyms in Memphis. By 2010-11, Pearlâ€™s final season, no Memphians were suiting up for the Vols. That is changing under Cuonzo Martin. Now on the cusp of his third season, Martin has tapped back into the recruiting hotbed situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. In fact, it was one of his first orders of business upon arrival. He went head-to-head with Connecticutâ€™s Jim Calhoun, Floridaâ€™s Billy Donovan and, yes, Memphisâ€™ Josh Pastner to land Jarnell Stokes, a five-star power forward from Memphis Central. Stokes enrolled for the second half of the 2011-12 season and contributed immediately. When the Vols tip vs. Xavier tonight, heâ€™ll be beginning his third season in orange. And now heâ€™ll be playing alongside two Memphis-oriented newcomers he helped recruit because of their own ties to his hometown. Antonio Barton â€“ a Memphis transfer â€“ is expected be the pri-
mary point guard in 2013-14 and freshman guard Robert Hubbs III, a Dyer County product who played AAU basketball with M33M out of Memphis, will play significant minutes for UT. Martin denied paying much special attention to Memphis in recruiting, saying instead his staff focuses on finding talented players who fit the program. â€œBut that is a place we have to recruit in to have success,â€? Martin said at UTâ€™s basketball media day. â€œAnd weâ€™ve been blessed to get those three guys to be a part of our program.â€? For those three players, though, the reality of playing for a program that most University of Memphis fans loathe is a bit more personal. Stokes announced his highlyanticipated commitment on Dec. 23, 2011, and less than two weeks later, the Vols traveled to Memphis to face the Tigers in FedEx Forum. After 13 days of mixed responses from his city and plenty of disgust from radio callers and message board posters, he sat behind the Tennessee bench in a public display of commitment to the Vols. â€œThat was a bad idea,â€? Stokes said, who played his AAU ball with Memphis YOMCA. â€œI felt like I had betrayed my city, but in actuality I felt like I made the right choice,â€? he said. â€œJust watching the game, it was a nightmare.â€? As Stokes described it, the Vols â€œgot their heads beat inâ€? that night. But the mentality of the team following the loss impressed Stokes and reaffirmed his decision. â€œAfter the game the guys were saying, â€˜I canâ€™t wait to play this game. Weâ€™re going to win,â€™ and it just happened that we played Florida next,â€? Stokes said. â€œWe beat Florida, and that was a top-10 team, so it showed the resilience the team had. â€œI felt like they were missing a piece, and I felt like I could have been that piece,â€? Stokes added. â€œThat was my mindset in picking Tennessee.â€? With his decision nearly two years in the past, Stokes holds no regrets. That brief feeling of betrayal is trumped by a bigger loyalty. â€œIâ€™m playing for the state I grew up in,â€? Stokes said. â€œIâ€™m not only representing the city, Iâ€™m representing the state. That means a lot to me.â€? Though Barton is a Maryland native with no intrinsic ties to
thrusting in youngsters who werenâ€™t ready, UT looks to have a two-deep rotation at each position. Up next for Tennessee is finding roles for all of those pieces. â€œWhen you have more than five or six guys, I think the biggest key is guys really embracing and accepting roles,â€? Martin said. â€œThatâ€™s why we talk a lot about family and togetherness. â€œWhat happens is, when you get into this point of the season, someone has to accept a role in order for this team to be successful.â€? With the focus of Martinâ€™s first two teams sitting firmly on making the NCAA Tournament, a bigger goal is chased for this talent-laden squad. While toughness is the signature characteristic of the program, on paper, the Vols return one of the most talented rosters in all of college basketball. That, according to Martin, could set this team apart. â€œWhen youâ€™re trying to win championships and cut the nets down, you have to have the personnel to do that,â€? the third-year coach said. â€œYou have to be talented enough. â€œYou can work hard, you can compete, you can be in games, you can be tough, but you have to have the talent and personnel to try to win it in the end. I think we have the talent to do that.â€?
MENâ€™S SEASON continued from Page 1 Being the floor general on a team full of lofty expectations may bring pressure Barton hasnâ€™t experienced, having been a bench player in his first three collegiate seasons. But heâ€™s not concerned one bit. â€œIâ€™m really not worried about what people are expecting me to do,â€? Barton said. â€œIâ€™m just going to do what Iâ€™m normally used to doing, play within this offense and be that missing piece that coach wanted me to fill.â€? Barton has shot over 40 percent from 3-point range in his career, which will help the Vols improve their deep shooting along with McRae, freshman Robert Hubbs III and more perimeter shooters. Although Martin may have more guys capable of letting it fly from behind the arc, he wants to keep his teamâ€™s offensive focus on the interior. â€œWeâ€™re a better 3-point shooting team than the previous two years,â€? Martin said. â€œBut we canâ€™t consume ourselves with just shooting 3-point shots all the time. If they present themselves then you have to take them, but we have to get the ball inside.â€? Outside of the starting five, the Vols boast newfound depth that wasnâ€™t featured in Martinâ€™s first two seasons. Instead of
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Tennessee junior forward Jarnell Stokes shoots a jump shot against Memphis at Thompson-Boling Arena on Jan. 4. Memphis or the state, the fact that he spent three seasons playing for the Tigers allowed Stokes to give him an insider sales pitch as he chose to leave Memphis and cross the state for his senior season. â€œIt made me feel comfortable that I have a guy that I can actually vibe with,â€? Barton said of Stokes, who was one of the first to call when he heard rumblings that Barton may transfer. Though Barton dropped 19 points on the Vols the night Stokes sat behind the UT bench, neither sensed animosity in evaluating the possibility of Barton donning orange for the 2013-14 season. Nevermind that a fight nearly broke out between Bartonâ€™s older brother Will and former UT guard Wes Washpun because of the excessive physicality of the game. â€œIt was always like that when we played Tennessee,â€? Barton said. Because of games like that, the 6-foot-2 Baltimore native needed no warning on what Memphis fans might have to say about his decision to transfer to UT. â€œOf course, because it was a rival, a lot of people were shocked that I decided to come here, but a lot of people understood my situation, and they went to bat for me,â€? Barton said. â€œAt the end of the day, you canâ€™t please everybody, and I made the best decision for me and my family. Coming here was the thing I had to do.â€? Hubbs experienced less of a backlash because his hometown of Newbern is
86 miles north of Memphis. But he still related to Stokes because of their mutual background within the Memphis-area AAU basketball community. Barton and Hubbs are both natural scorers and players who could theoretically decrease the number of touches Stokes receives in the paint as he seeks to bolster his draft stock. But Stokes paid no mind to such things in convincing Barton to make that familiar five-hour trek east. â€œHe just needed a chance, thatâ€™s all,â€? Stokes said. â€œHeâ€™ll finally get his chance this year to show what he can do. He didnâ€™t get much of a chance at Memphis.â€? It works out ironically. If the Vols were on the Memphis schedule this year, Barton would not have been permitted to transfer to Tennessee. â€œI wanted to play Memphis at Memphis this year,â€? Barton said. â€œBut theyâ€™re not on the schedule. â€œHopefully weâ€™ll run into them in the tournament.â€?
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
SPORTS Grading the Vols vs. Auburn Copy Chief Gage Arnold covered UT’s game against Auburn on Saturday. He assessed grades for each position based on the group’s performance in the Vols 55-23 loss to the Tigers.
B+ Wide Receivers
C+ Offensive Line
In his second start, Joshua Dobbs did about what was expected of the true freshman. A few nice throws to Marquez North and Alton “Pig” Howard helped Dobbs’ stat line, but a few head-scratching misses – including his air-mailed pick in the third quarter – kept his numbers low. His 68 rushing yards were a nice reminder to opposing defenses of the versatility the young signal caller brings to pthe position.
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Rajion Neal – and the entire Vol backfield – rebounded in a big way after a dismal 94-yard performance against Missouri a week prior. Neal crossed the century mark for the fourth time this season and his 17-yard score was a thing of beauty as the senior broke through multiple would-be tacklers before high-stepping into the end zone.
David Cobb The group didn’t hurt itself with drops but it didn’t really do anything of note. The rapport between Marquez North and Alton “Pig” Howard was evident Saturday as half of Dobbs’ completions went to the two wideouts. Jason Croom dropped a potential touchdown – although it would have been a tough catch – that could have jump-started the offense in the second quarter.
After posting its worst game of the season against Missouri, the O-Line bounced back in the run game, but penalties still got the best of the unit. The O-Line registered three false starts within the first 20 minutes of the game due to what offensive tackle Antonio “Tiny” Richardson called “cadence issues” from switching quarterbacks throughout the season. The UT defense was simply embarrassed on Saturday, and the defensive line’s lack of containment on Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is a big reason why. Marshall and the Tigers ran at will, leading to 444 rushing yards, the most UT has given up to a team since 1986 against Alabama (457). Jacques Smith’s pick-six was a potential momentumshifter before the D-Line allowed another Marshall touchdown run directly before halftime. It was another forgettable performance from UT’s linebackers. The linebackers aren’t playing terrible, but instead it’s more along the lines of the group’s ineptitude for making plays. Dontavis Sapp had blanket coverage on a wheel route before Marshall dropped a pass in delicately for Auburn’s first score; however, the senior only had two total tackles during the contest. A.J. Johnson’s 8 tackles were a team-high, pushing his season total to 84 for the season. Marshall threw only seven passes and completed just three of those tosses, but that’s all the Tigers really needed. UT’s glaring lack of back-end speed was largely on display once again as the Vols failed to make tackles in space while Marshall and running back Tre Mason zoomed past safeties Brian Randolph and LaDarrell McNeil on multiple occasions. Cam Sutton, however, recorded the first sack of his career on a beautifully executed corner blitz. The special teams were dreadful for the Vols against the Tigers. After allowing an 85-yard punt return touchdown, UT gave up a 90-yard kickoff return to open the second half that ultimately killed any shot of a Tennessee comeback. It was the first time in Auburn’s history it returned both a punt and a kick for a touchdown in the same game. Kicker Michael Palady salvaged the special teams’ effort by booting home all three of his field goal attempts and earning two special teams tackles.
Game 9 GPA: The Vols earn a 1.71 football GPA for their performance against Auburn. Season GPA: After nearly regaining their Hope Scholarship by pushing their cumulative GPA to 2.96 with a win against South Carolina, the Vols now hold a 2.58 for the year.
Sports Editor Running quarterbacks are still a rare delicacy only utilized by the deviants of college football. Or so Tennessee seems to think. After all, Butch Jones preaches frequently that the SEC is a line of scrimmage league. Any team worth its salt is going to line up and hit you in the mouth, not foray into tomfoolery like allowing the guy who is supposed to pass the ball to run with it, right? It appears the Vols believe signal callers with wheels are essentially like point guards who dared to dribble the ball between their legs or attempt behind-the-back passes in the 1950s: an exception to the rule and an overall disservice to the game that comes around every once in a while. “It’s an extra element that the defense has to defend,” UT linebacker Dontavis Sapp said Saturday after Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall ran mostly untouched for 214 yards as his Tigers glided past the Vols 55-23. Except running quarterbacks aren’t just an “extra” element anymore. They are not some occasional nuisance. They’re the norm. In fact, the current top 10 indicates pure pocket passers are the exception in today’s college football landscape. Alabama’s A.J. McCarron is the lone quarterback in the top 10 who is essentially inept at
running the football. The Vols were no good at slowing McCarron, either, but they continue to be ransacked by dual-threat quarterbacks this year at a level that makes UT’s 2012 defense appear potent. Quarterbacks have accounted for 657 rushing yards against the Vols through 10 games in 2013. They ran for just 225 against UT last season. Poor performances in containing quarterbacks from Auburn, Missouri, South Carolina, South Alabama and Florida indicate the Vols are inept in more than just speed. It shows they are inept at adapting to their opponents. Is Jones wrong to peg the SEC as a line of scrimmage league? No, but the conference isn’t stuck in a cave. Dual-threat quarterbacks are everywhere and don’t seem to be an endangered species. Sure, Alabama and LSU are ground-and-pound offenses that bruise opponents to death with quarterbacks firmly planted in the pocket. But then there’s Missouri, Auburn and Texas A&M. Each are among the nation’s elite and have quarterbacks just as comfortable scrambling in the open field as they are going through their progressions in the pocket. Yes, the Vols lack speed. But they also lack the ability to adjust, even over an entire season. And that’s not a problem that will simply fix itself with an influx of talent. It’s adapt or die in college football, and UT’s dream of a bowl game is awfully close to dying thanks to mobile quarterbacks. David Cobb is a junior in journalism & electronic media. He can be reached at dcobb3@ utk.edu or on Twitter @ DavidWCobb.