Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Issue 55, Volume 121
Senator speaks on economy, state of nation RJ Vogt News Editor During the inaugural Baker Distinguished Lecture Series, Senator George Mitchell began with an explanation of his expertise as a speaker. He shared an anecdote of his first day in the Senate in 1980, when he was informed by his new assistant that he had been asked to give a keynote address on the tax codes at the National Association of Certified Public Accountants convention. The young Mitchell expressed surprise. “I said, ‘The tax code? You got 2,000 people in the audience and every one of them will know more than I do.’ The young man looked at me, and in a voice dripping with sarcasm and condescension, he said, ‘You’re now in the United States Senate. Every day, you’re going to be called upon to speak in public on things which you know nothing about, so you might as well get started.’ So I did, and I here I am to tell you what’s going on
in the world.” He shared thoughts With colorful stories on the economy, proand humorous one-linposing that the soluers, Mitchell set a comtion to the “fiscal cliff” fortable tone in the Cox is men and women like Auditorium. Alexandra Senator Howard Baker Chiasson, sophomore in and his wife, Senator English, attended the Nancy Kassebaum. lecture as a Baker “They demonstrated Ambassador, and espein their careers a capaccially enjoyed his canity to stand firm on didness. their principles, but “I thought that was also to be able to great, it’s really wonderunderstand that others ful when a politician can who disagree also have step down from their principles, and to be assumed pedestal … and able to find common talk to the people they ground,” he said. are serving,” she said. His comment was “He’s personable and greeted with a round of was willing to answer applause. After his lecour questions and talk ture, Mitchell was to students. I think it’s asked by WUOT • Photo courtesy of www.wacnh.org staffer Chrissy Keuper really great to see someone removed from what how he himself manFormer senator George Mitchell speaks at an event in New aged to find common we see on TV.” The former senator Hampshire. Mitchell spoke to students at UT on Tuesday. ground in his resoluspoke for an hour, tions in the Senate and addressing the current state of was a great nation from its decline’ … I strongly disagree. abroad. He negotiated the the nation’s government. He inception, long before it was a We do have challenges abroad, Good Friday Agreement specifically addressed the great economic or military but I think we can meet them between Northern Ireland and power,” Mitchell said. “Much and as always in the past, the Republic of Ireland, and strength of American ideals. “Because of our ideals, I has been written, recently, come out of them stronger and also wrote “The Mitchell believe that the United States about so-called ‘American better.” Report” on violence in the
‘Writers’ program ends for semester Melodi Erdogan Staff Writer Hodges Library hosted their last “Writers in the Library” event for the semester. The final reading on Monday featured Knoxville native and UT alumnus, author David Madden. Students and staff members gathered in the library auditorium to listen to a few excerpts from Madden’s tenth, newlyreleased novel, “London Bridge in Plague and Fire.” “For all my books I’ve always come to Knoxville to give a reading because I have such a love of Knoxville,” said Madden, who has participated in “Writers in the Library” events before. “I want to know that people in Knoxville know what is in my imagination and I want to be able to share it with them.” Charlie Sterchi, senior in English, attended Madden’s reading for extra credit in his fiction writing class. Sterchi said he was impressed by Madden’s resume and did not know he was such an experienced writer. “Usually the speakers that they have are only mostly just fiction writers, but since David Madden writes not only fiction but also poetry, the audience was much wider, and he’s a pretty prolific writer with 39 published works and all,” Sterchi said. Madden’s new novel is a historical story that focuses on the original London
Bridge created by Peter de Colechurch and how the poet in the story discovers more about the creator and the history behind the bridge. Madden said that the pieces he selected to read were chosen to connect back to each other so they can also complement each other. “(During the reading) we’re going back and forth between these sets of lives that are two or three centuries apart,” Madden said. “The similarities are actually created by the poet because he is writing the stuff in the past, and so what is happening with him and his mistress, he tries to mirror in some way with what is actually happening.” To begin the reading, Madden played instrumental English music from the 19th century throughout the auditorium. Sterchi, who frequents the “Writers in the Library” events, said that he enjoyed Madden’s original reading and special touch. “I came in knowing that he is an animated reader but I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said. “Usually the authors don’t have their own introduction music, but he definitely lived up to my expectations as an animated reader and he just really is an interesting guy.” Michael Knight, a professor of creative writing, said he is a big Madden fan and also appreciated Madden’s style during his reading. See WRITERS on Page 3
Middle East, and is renowned for his ability to resolve conflict. “It’s a responsibility of political leaders to lead. And one of the most important ways that political leaders can lead in conflicting societies is by making clear that there is a realistic way forward,” Mitchell said. “Not a foolish or unrealistic way, but pointing out that the problems that exist can be dealt with in non-violent ways.” Although Baker and Mitchell were on opposite sides of the aisle during the short time together in the Senate, Mitchell explained the special relationship they had. “In my early years in the Senate, which was precarious, I was appointed. I wasn’t supposed to be there long,” he said. “I had no conception that I might someday be Senate Majority Leader. I had the opportunity to learn from a man who had intelligence and common sense, and most of all, integrity.” See MITCHELL on Page 3
Transit system gets facelift David Cobb Assistant News Editor A few thousand students won’t be the only part of campus graduating this spring. UT’s current bus transit system, “The T,” will drive its final routes in May before a new bus system takes over in the summer. That new bus system doesn’t have a name — at least not yet — and until Thursday at midnight, UT students have an opportunity to suggest a title for the buses they’ll be riding for the rest of their academic tenure. An online suggestion box is open exclusively to students, and is accessible at the “Your Bus, Your Idea” tab of SGA’s website (sga.utk.edu). The decision to make the naming process open to student input stemmed from the opinion that SGA Vice President Terry Nowell and Student Services Director Taelor Olive voiced during recent meetings with UT administrators. “This is not a bus system for ‘Big Orange, Big Ideas,’ marketing,” Nowell
said. “This is not a bus system for the chancellors. This is not a bus system for the athletic department. This is a bus system for the students. And with that, we see it as paramount to make sure that the students like and have input into what it’s called.” As compared to the current buses, most of which are blandly colored and feature advertisements, the new system is set to be tailored specifically to UT. “It basically will be the university’s system,” said Mark Hairr, director of Parking and Transit Services. “The buses would be brand new, would be branded with our name and our logo for the campus transit system and (would) be dedicated solely to campus transit service.” Nowell said that meetings remained civil, but did get heated as he and Olive proposed greater student input in the naming process. “It will be a way to make sure that students are really voicing their opinions and really having their input made so that it’s not just a couple people in a boardroom put there to look like they
are student representatives,” Nowell said. “We’re really happy about it, and the survey so far, it has been going really well and we’re hoping that it kind of keeps its momentum going these next couple days. We really do need students to check it out.” The top five names for the system will be taken and presented to administrators after the survey closes Thursday at midnight. The final name will be announced in the spring as “The T” drives its final routes around campus. “The main thing that Taelor and I realized is that students, especially with a decision that’s as tangible as this, have to have input,” Nowell said. “‘Big Orange, Big Ideas’ did not have the student representation and public nature that we’re hoping this will. We’re hoping really that this makes students feel like they really are a part of this new bus system. “Because that’s ultimately what it is, it’s their bus system and we need them to have the most amount of impact in it as possible.”
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A KAT bus makes a stop on Neyland Drive on July 29, 2010. The university announced that First Transit will be replacing the Knox Area Transit next summer.
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After leaving the Senate, George Mitchell served as the lead negotiator in the Good Friday Agreement that resolved conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. His work garnered him a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government. His involvement in Ireland led to his biggest contribution to college students — the Mitchell Scholarship. Considered the Ireland equivalent of the Rhodes or Marshall scholarships, the Mitchell is awarded to only 12 students each year and offers one year of postgraduate study in any discipline at any school in Ireland.
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Students study in the newly renovated Commons South in Hodges Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
On this day in 1851, “MobyDick,” a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published by Harper & Brothers in New York. MobyDick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale was a flop. Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819 and as a young man spent time in the merchant marines, the U.S. Navy and on a whaling ship in the South Seas. In 1846, he published his first novel, “Typee,” a romantic adventure based on his experiences in Polynesia. The book was a success and a sequel, “Omoo,” was published in 1847. Three more novels followed, with mixed critical and commercial results. Melville’s sixth book, “Moby-Dick,” was first published in October 1851 in London, in three volumes titled “The Whale,” and then in the U.S. a month later. Melville had promised his publisher an adventure story similar to his popular earlier works, but instead, “MobyDick” was a tragic epic, influenced in part by Melville’s friend and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, neighbor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose novels include “The Scarlet Letter.” After “Moby-Dick’s” disappointing reception, Melville continued to produce novels, short stories (”Bartleby”) and poetry, but writing wasn’t paying the bills so in 1865 he returned to New York to work as a customs inspector, a job he held for 20 years. Melville died in 1891, largely forgotten by the literary world. By the 1920s, scholars had rediscovered his work, particularly “Moby-Dick,”
which would eventually become a staple of high school reading lists across the United States. “Billy Budd,” Melville’s final novel, was published in 1924, 33 years after his death. 1951 — United States gives military and economic aid to communist Yugoslavia In a surprising turn of events, President Harry Truman asks Congress for U.S. military and economic aid for the communist nation of Yugoslavia. The action was part of the U.S. policy to drive a deeper wedge between Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. Yugoslavia ended World War II with the communist forces of Josip Broz Tito in control. The United States supported him during the war when his group battled against the Nazi occupation. In the postwar period, as Cold War hostilities set in, U.S. policy toward Yugoslavia hardened. Tito was viewed as simply another tool of Soviet expansion into eastern and southern Europe. In 1948, however, Tito openly broke with Stalin, though he continued to proclaim his allegiance to the communist ideology. Henceforth, he declared, Yugoslavia would determine and direct its own domestic and foreign policies without interference from the Soviet Union. U.S. officials quickly saw a propaganda opportunity in the fallout between the former communist allies. Although Tito was a communist, he was at least an independent communist who might prove a useful ally in Europe. To curry favor with Tito, the United States supported Yugoslavia's efforts in 1949 to gain a seat on the prestigious Security Council at the United Nations. In 1951, President Truman asked Congress to provide economic and military assistance to Yugoslavia. This aid was granted.
Yugoslavia proved to be a Cold War wild card, however. Tito gave tacit support to the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956, but harshly criticized the Russian intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968. While the United States admired Tito for his independent stance, he could sometimes be a bit too independent. During the 1950s and 1960s he encouraged and supported the nonalignment movement among Third World nations, a policy that concerned American officials who were intent on forcing those nations to choose sides in the EastWest struggle. Relations between the United States and Yugoslavia warmed considerably after Tito’s denunciation of the Czech intervention, but cooled again when he sided with the Soviets during the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973. Tito died in 1980. 1985 — Volcano erupts in Colombia and buries nearby towns On this day in 1985, a volcano erupts in Colombia, killing well over 20,000 people as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava. The Nevado del Ruiz volcano is situated in the northcentral part of Colombia. Over the centuries, various eruptions caused the formation of large mudflows in the valleys beneath the volcano. When the Nevado del Ruiz went an extended period of time without erupting, people began to build towns over the mudflow areas and glacial ice built up near the volcano’s crater. In last few months of 1984, activity picked up at the volcano. Multiple tremors were recorded and geologists from around the world traveled to Colombia to observe the situation. The following November, an eruption of steam and ash caused ice, rocks and mud to cascade down the mountain. Scientists, believing that a fullblown eruption was possible, recommended evacuating the area. Their concerns, however, were largely ignored. On the afternoon of November 13, a major eruption occurred. Ash was sent 30 miles into the air, but still, possibly believing they had more time, few residents evacuated. Later that evening into the morning of the November 14, there were several more powerful eruptions. Lava flowed out of the crater, melting the glacial ice surrounding it and causing massive mudslides. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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CAMPUS NEWS WRITERS continued from Page 1 “His performance was essentially a condensed version of his whole novel,” Knight said. “To do that kind of work for a reading and perform it like that, that was great.” When he was 14 years old, Madden said, he saw Lawrence Olivier’s film “Henry V” with an an aerial shot of the original London Bridge, which had many shops and homes located on it at that time. “When I saw that, it stuck in my mind and about 20 years later I thought about it again, and I kept thinking about it,” Madden said. Knight, whose favorite Madden works include two of his novels, “Sharpshooter” and “Bijou,” inspired by the theatre downtown, said he liked Madden’s selections for the reading.
MITCHELL continued from Page 1 A brief question and answer session was offered to all students, and Mitchell gladly answered a few questions. Chiasson asked his opinion on the recent passage of gay marriage in his home state of Maine. Mitchell said that he supported it. “I believe it was and is, in the simplest terms, the right and decent and fair thing to do,” he said. “I’m married and I don’t think
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“His reading had a performative aspect that many other writers that come here for these events do not have,” Knight said. “That last part where he wasn’t just reading a section of the novel but he actually somehow condensed his entire novel into one event and ... performed it.” Madden, who is currently 79 and working on seven different stories, said that even at his age the best feeling as a writer is being deeply involved in writing. “I think that a writer’s life is not the events, not the people that he’s related to or the people he meets, but the experience he is having while writing is the most intense and powerful and memorable experiences of his life.” The Hodges Library’s “Writers in the Library” program will begin again in the spring semester on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium, featuring author and short story writer Adam Ross.
it’s any threat whatsoever to me or my marriage. And I don’t think anyone else who is married to a person of the opposite sex should in any way feel threatened because other people choose their own norms.” Mitchell’s lecture was the first of the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series, a series that the Baker Center plans to sponsor twice a year. Nissa Dahlin-Brown, the associate director of the Baker Center, said that the spring lecturer has not been decided on yet. The speakers are expected to be nationally and internationally known.
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David Madden, a UT alumni novelist and poet, read from his collections of stories at the “Writers in the Library” event on Monday, Nov. 12.
ORNL hosts world’s fastest computer Staff Reports It’s official. UT researchers have access to the world’s fastest supercomputer enabling them to tackle the world’s toughest challenges. The “TOP500” list ranking the world’s
fastest supercomputers was released today at the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, listing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) massive new system, named Titan, as the fastest computer. The list of the 500 fastest computers is published twice yearly by a collaboration
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Bobby Huber, senior in architecture, checks out a large multifaceted geometric piece in the exhibit by Janusz Kapusta in the Ewing Gallery on Tuesday, Nov.13.
between Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory, and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Mannheim. This is the list’s twentieth anniversary. Titan, which was revealed to the public just two weeks ago, is a supersized upgrade of ORNL’s previous system-Jaguar. The upgrade makes Titan ten times more powerful than its predecessor. Titan was benchmarked at 17.59 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second). It is followed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia
supercomputer, which ran the benchmark at 16.3 petaflop/s. UT’s Kraken placed twenty-fifth and UT’s Beacon placed 253rd. Both machines are managed by UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences. UT professors and a variety of national and international research teams will use Titan's power to solve a wide range of important problems, from developing more comprehensive and exact climate predictions to designing new drugs. UT and ORNL, which currently share more than fifty appointments, five institutes, and several successful programs, have collaborated for more than fifty years to tackle such difficult research challenges.
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Editor’s Note College through Fitzgerald’s lens Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief I’ve always been able to understand the world best when F. Scott Fitzgerald explains it to me. His collective works are essential to my lifestyle, specifically the short stories. For today’s column, though, we will turn our attention to his most epic work. In “The Great Gatsby,” the protagonist, Nick, reflects that there are only four types of people: the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired. Fittingly, this paradigm shapes neatly into an analysis of college progression. I’ve decided to cobble it together with a bit of my own experience to paint a rough summation of these four years of our lives. Freshmen: you are the pursued. (Not in the PDM sense, and if you went there, you officially have a dirty mind like my associate editor). You are pursued by an infinite number of clubs, organizations and even degree programs from the moment you enter the university. Colleges battle to attract members of the freshmen class into their programs. You can get lost in the maze of the involvement fair (Of course, you’re never lost if you choose to write for The Beacon, but I digress). If you don’t learn to use the word “no” early, you could lose the chance to immerse yourself in activities and classes you really care about. For our sophomores, you already have a good handle on college life. You should be pursuing now. The path you choose in college, whatever it may be, will determine the direction your life will ultimately take. Chase after what’s important to you, before you miss your chance. Majors have a strong influence on your future career, but
activities and involvement in the campus community can be just as important. This is the time to take an active role in whatever you’re involved with, gain leadership experience, and soak up all of the opportunities around you. Undergraduate careers are short, so live it up while you can. Shout out to all the juniors out there: I know you’re busy. That might be an understatement. Junior year, they separate the men from the boys. Do you have what it takes to make it in the upperlevel distribution requirements? Well, this year you will find out. The relationships you’ve developed are the only thing that can pull you through junior year. Friends make those long Thursdays survivable. The classes are killer, but remember: if you’re working hard, you deserve to play harder. That leaves us with the tired seniors. Since I’m writing this column on Sunday because I won’t have time later in the week, I’ll take artist’s license and use myself as an example. The number of hours I have slept out of the last 62 will remain undisclosed, to protect you from any liability in the situation. I spent my weekend on the road, traveling between two law school interviews. I had a deluge of homework to finish this weekend as well, most of which is still in the developmental stages. I have three exams in the first part of this week, and I have yet to commence the studying process. I had two meetings this morning, and it’s currently 8 p.m. I’m still sitting at my desk at The Beacon, waiting to send in Monday’s issue. I miss summer, when occasionally our staff would leave the office while there was still some daylight. Whatever phase of this crazy college journey you’re in, remember what a wise man once told me: life is a marathon, not a sprint. —Blair Kuykendall is a senior in College Scholars and economics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UT loses by withholding benefits T he Fourth B ra n c h by
Eric Dixon It’s been almost two months since Chancellors Cheek and Arrington released an official statement concerning the university’s denial of health, timeoff, and education waiver benefits to the same-sex partners of UT faculty. Much has ensued since September, and, with any luck, much more is on the horizon. On behalf of UT’s LGBT Commission, Keith Kirkland wrote an open letter to the chancellors, using “Top 25” lingo to deliver quite a case on behalf of the extension of benefits to same-sex couples. Since this initial spark, a coalition of students, staff, faculty and community members dedicated to seeing the chancellors’ decision revisited has begun taking action regarding the issue. The “UT-Knoxville Domestic Partner Benefits Campaign” convened on a number of occasions throughout October, and has been fueling quite an awareness campaign over the past month. The United Campus Workers, Amnesty International at UTK, Lambda Student Union, and the Progressive Student Alliance have already signed on as official supporters. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a much longer list. Real fuel to the fire came a few weeks ago when Chancellor Cheek gave an apology to the Faculty Senate, explaining that the letter was not meant to be dismissive. Cheek noted that the university would deliver another statement better outlining the university’s position on the matter in a “couple of weeks.” That was Oct. 22. The evidence suggests that Chancellor Cheek is not taking lightly the blowback he and his administration are receiving. For this reason, the time is ripe to send a resounding message to the administration. This is most important as a matter of equality, civil liberty, and, plainly, justice. But what’s also important is something that I know must be on
the minds of Cheek and Arrington. The current policy makes UT a less competitive academic institution. If this university intends to attract the highest caliber faculty, then entrenching a potential barrier like the denial of benefits to same-sex couples is not going to achieve that goal. If I just earned my Ph.D from X Ivy League school and I have offers to teach at virtually any of the Top 25 public research institutions, a school that fulfills the stereotype of having a less-than-welcoming atmosphere for faculty is not going to be my first choice. And what if the instructor is gay? It’s game over. UT is not going to be somewhere he or she will have any interest in teaching. We bend over backwards in the recruiting process for athletes. We take absolutely every measure to be certain that recruits are as comfortable and included as humanly possible. Why don’t we approach recruiting faculty with the same demeanor? The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) of the SGA did not waste time looking into the matter and its potential effects for graduate assistants. It turns out that graduate teaching assistants are not employees of the state. They are considered employees of UT, which places them in a different category than faculty. With any luck, this is a blessing. GSS is currently looking into what it would require to begin extending equal same-sex benefits to graduate assistants. In addition to being a basic equation of inequality, this, too, makes our academic institution less competitive on the national front. Students work very closely with faculty and graduate assistants, and thus, this is an issue that is extremely important to many volunteers. The resulting lack in academic competitiveness (not to mention the terrible national press) puts it on the table as an issue before students. Like many other SGAs, we’ll hopefully see our SGA pass some sort of resolution in favor of extending same-sex benefits by the close of the semester. Students, inside SGA and out, need to be engaged in making this a priority for UT. — Eric Dixon is a senior in philosophy. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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This last summer, I made a commitment to try new things during my senior year of college. I did not want to graduate, only to later realize that I had turned down countless opportunities that could have improved my college experience. One such experience was fantasy football. I know it seems like a small or petty undertaking in the grand scheme of things, but it has truly revolutionized the way I spend my Sunday afternoons. I was originally invited by my friend Daniel Hamm to join his ESPN.com-run league. I had no interest, but I figured I would give it a shot. After drafting what I considered to be a very mediocre team, I almost gave up on the prospect of participating at all. However, I stuck with it. I won my first game almost by random chance, and decided to build from there. By picking up NFL players through free agency and the waiver wire, starting and benching players, and reading up on practice and game reports, I felt like I truly ran a small football team. It quickly became addicting. I absolutely HAD to watch games and realtime updates on scores when my players were playing. It instantly gave me a reason to cheer for players and teams that I never would have cared about otherwise. They weren’t just football players anymore. They were MY football players. Maybe this is why it’s called “fantasy” football. The term “fantasy” indicates that the sport isn’t real. The teams and points are just made up. However, it goes deeper than that. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “fantasy” as “the free play of creative imagination” and “the power or process of
creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need.” I feel like these hit the nail on the head when it comes to describing fantasy football. Anyone who’s ever participated in a fantasy league knows that it’s first and foremost about bragging rights. Some leagues involve money prizes, but primarily winning your league ensures a year’s worth of taunting for next season. Similarly, I think fantasy football taps down into a subconscious part of our being that desires to be included in something greater than ourselves. Where our athletic abilities fall flat in the real world, our abilities to run a fake NFL franchise gives us a boost. We do it for entertainment, for pride, and for our competitive spirit. When Michael Vick pulls out his random 25-point games, I feel like I’m winning with him. When Chris Johnson inevitably underperforms against an inferior defense, I feel his frustration as if I’m there on the sideline. However, in the end it is all still fake. It’s a fantasy, and no matter how attached we may become to our players or our teams, the relationships we build with them are reset each year. Whatever reality we perceive is cancelled season after season. However, this won’t keep us from playing. As my roommate Tyler Brown put it, “Who cares what happened last year or what will happen next year? It’s fun here and now. Get over yourself and enjoy the game.” He’s right. Fantasy football is nothing if not entertaining, and overthinking it can ruin the experience. My team needs me, and I can’t afford to let them down with only three weeks til the playoffs. Shameless Plug of the Week: ESPN.com’s fantasy football system is the only one I’ve played in, but I must say that it’s easy to use and I enjoy its format. I would recommend starting a league with ESPN.com if you’re just getting into fantasy football. — Hunter Tipton is a senior in microbiology. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Rob Davis
Piano student embraces life in music Life passion offers abundant opportunities despite economy Melodi Erdogan Staff Writer Playing the piano since the age of seven, Jenny Grace Woodson, a junior majoring in piano pedagogy, said she just now realized how important the instrument is in her life. “This recital that I just gave last week was definitely the marking point where I knew piano was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Woodson said. “I guess everybody kind of hits these walls sometimes as they’re going through their undergraduate or graduate degrees, but there was a point and time when I was wondering if I should continue in music or in another field.” Woodson performed her junior recital last week in front of a jury composed of UT School of Music faculty. Playing pieces from different time periods of music, from baroque and romantic, for at least 30 minutes and by memory, Woodson played for the jury to be graded ahead of time as either pass or fail, and performed for an audience including the jury last week. “It’s kind of just a showing of what you’ve learned over the past three years and you’re actually not graded for that performance so that ... really frees your mind to really express yourself and have a good time on the stage,” she said. For 15 years, Woodson has been performing and practicing the piano on a daily basis. Woodson said that her initial passion for piano is drawn from her love of creativity and expressing herself through music. “I love that I can communicate to others through my music and touch others and inspire their imagination or just make them be like, wow that was an incredible piece that composer wrote. I always say my job is done when someone was touched by my music,” Woodson said. Woodson has been taking private piano classes from Fay Adams since her junior year in high school before she attended UT. Adams, who is associate professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies, inspired Woodson to pursue an education in piano at UT. “I really discourage anyone who wants to be a music major who doesn’t really love it because that’s what it takes,” Adams said. “Piano is what she loves to do, music is her thing. Grace is just so enthusiastic; you love to see a student who is really enjoying what they’re doing.” Woodson, whose favorite composers include Beethoven, Liszt and Debussy, currently teaches young elementary-aged students at the Knox Music Studio, collaborates with different music students on campus, and plays for her local church, all while taking classes regularly. Woodson said that there are ups and downs to her piano pedagogy major. “We should practice three hours a day, when some people practice almost eight, it just depends on the time and the season,” Woodson said. “It’s such a physical, full-bodied experience. There (are) some players that can make it look so easy and that’s kind of one of our goals. The music is so emotional, and that’s just the best way to describe it.” Planning on furthering her education in graduate school to earn a master’s degree in piano studies, Woodson is not worried about how her career will turn out in the current economy.
“I feel like sometimes it’s a hit or miss and it can be scary,” Woodson said. “But at the same time I feel like in any field jobs are on the line right now and I think with hard work and faith the Lord will lead me to the right place I need to be to touch somebody else’s life and to share my passion.” Adams said that she noticed fellow piano teachers have seen a drop in students due to the economy’s state in the past few years. However, Adams said current students who want to pursue teaching music in the future are diversifying in different parts of music. “Piano lessons are an extra, it is not as important as food and heat,” Adams said. “It’s key to diversify and to be able to do different things. Being able to conduct, being able to conduct a choir, and I also urge people to take organ lessons because it’s really hard to find an organist.” Woodson said she enjoys working with students and plans on creating her own music studio to teach all kinds of people interested in learning to play the piano. “At least as a private piano instructor, there’s always someone willing to learn the piano. So even if I set up my studio in my house or in my building (that) I can finance, and I’ll have that opportunity,” she said. “As long as I can eat and pay my bills and be a good citizen of this country, that’s all that matters to me.” Explaining how weekend practices are often impossible during game days on campus, Woodson said that there should be more focus on the School of Music at UT. “I do understand how much funding ... sports bring to the university itself, so of course I wish there could be a happy medium — a good balance,” Woodson said. The School of Music will be relocated to a new building named the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center come fall of 2013. The new building will feature a recital hall, rehearsal rooms, music labs and studios, and practice • Photo courtesy of Jenny Woodson rooms, which Woodson said she is looking forJenny Grace Woodson, junior in music, performed her recital on the piano in Cox ward to. Auditorium on Nov. 5. “At Melrose (Hall) there’s the occasional cockroach that will run across my foot,” she said of the current location of practice rooms available for students. “The new practice facilities will be a plus and also the fact that everyone will have one place to communicate and share their music stories. I think it will definitely bring the music community together as a whole more.” Adams said that the school has been very supportive of the School of Music, especially with the new facilities. “I love sports. I have basketball and football tickets. Our band is very helpful to the sports arena, playing at the games, but I think music is a very important part of the culture here at UT,” Adams said. Described as a “friend for life” from her advisors in the School of Music, Woodson said that without the encouragement she was given by family and friends, her passion for piano would not be as strong as it is today. “I am a big supporter in what anybody wants to do because that means so much to me and because I’ve had so much support in my life from parents and teachers and I just always wanted to give that back,” Woodson said. “My greatest achievement is discovering this path and being able to continue on with it for the rest of my life, and I’m thrilled and ACROSS 40 Tea-growing happy to do it.” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
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Dooley, one more year Lauren Kittrell Sports Editor Reports say it’s “not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when’” Tennessee’s Derek Dooley will be released from his position as head football coach. That’s unfortunate. Dooley came to Knoxville in 2010 after former head coach Lane Kiffin left the team to coach at the University of Southern California. Fans saw Dooley as a kind of savior, the man who could reboot the system and bring the Volunteers back to their former glory. Unfortunately, he didn’t live up to their standards, and fans tossed him to the curb. The debacle began in 2011 when the team fell 10-7 to the Kentucky Wildcats. The loss signified the end of a 26-year winning streak the Vols had held over Kentucky since 1985. The loss put Dooley on the hot seat and as the 2012 season has progressed, his job security has only gotten worse. The Vols, currently 4-6 (0-6 SEC), just haven’t been able to win an SEC game. Every game has been winnable and every game has been lost. With each issue that arose in every
conference game, Dooley took the time to fix it. The only problem was, another issue always arose. The argument for Dooley’s release is strong. Fans don’t want to watch a losing team, players don’t want to play for a losing coach and donors don’t want to invest in a losing program. I realize I’m in the minority when I say firing Dooley is a poor decision. I understand the argument against him is strong. I’m not endorsing him as the next Phillip Fulmer or Johnny Majors, but as a man who can carry the team for one more year. I’m interested in a football program that’s built on a foundation, and a successful coaching change doesn’t take place overnight — it takes time. If Dave Hart doesn’t have someone with experience lined up, the Vols are gonna end up with another Louisiana Tech hire who will stick around for three years until his fans turn on him in a surprising twist of cruel fate. There goes another $5 million. Tennessee has been in a “year of transition” since 2009. It’s 2012 and the team has made no great strides. Blame it on Dooley, but maybe the problem is that a post-Fulmer football program hasn’t had time to recover from two coaching changes in the course of just a few years. I’m not dead set on Dooley and I’m not saying he’s got what it takes to be head coach of an SEC team, but I am dead set on giving
him a year to figure that out. The potential candidates that have been tossed around don’t excite me. Most of them are far-fetched rumors, based more on wishful thinking than actual possibilities, and the rest are Kiffin-esque coaches who will only dig this program further into the grave. Most fans are seemingly put out with Dooley and are willing to fall in love with the next flashy smile that dons orange. I’d rather stick with a coach who has shown himself a faithful leader to the program than turn my attention and affection on an unsure thing. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and Hart may have already made up their minds, donors may be pulling out their checkbooks, but I’m not ready to let go. I don’t see a future with the current list of potential hires and, until I do, I’d rather not add another coaching change to the budget and the players. Someone told me yesterday that if Dooley isn’t fired, he “won’t be able to watch football next year.” Since when did Vol fans become such fair weather fans? Stick with what you got. Support your team and maybe when it comes time for a coaching change, they’ll be able to afford it. — Lauren Kittrell is a senior in journalism Parker Eidson • The Daily Beacon and electronic media. She can be reached at Head coach Derek Dooley speaks to one of his stretching firstname.lastname@example.org. players during practice on Aug. 27.
Vols prepare for Vanderbilt, SEC win Patrick Maccoon Staff Writer While news continues to circulate about the status of the head coaching job at UT, the gridiron gang has plenty of other important tasks to focus on this week. This Saturday the Vols will face a tough road test in that of head coach James Franklin and his Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores, who have been playing motivated football and winning their last three SEC games, would love to do nothing more than find revenge on a Tennessee team whose celebration of last season’s overtime victory sunk under their skin. However, they will be going up against a Vols squad that is determined to take their seniors to a bowl game. In order to do so they will first have to take out their in-state rival and defeat Kentucky. “It would mean everything to send (the seniors) out with a bowl win,” junior quarterback Tyler Bray said. “We sent the seniors out last year with a very bad taste in their mouth so we’d like to send these guys out with a little better taste. We just need to get the win versus Vanderbilt, then we will worry about everything after that.” Bray is currently on one of the hottest stretches of his career at UT. In the team’s last three games he has thrown for 1,302 yards with 13
touchdowns and just one interception. The signal caller, who is considered one of the top NFL Draft prospects at his position, credits one thing in particular to his improvement. “Just working on my footwork has helped me a lot,” he said. “A lot of throws I’ve not made is because of my footwork. Coach (Jim) Chaney and Coach (Kyle) Manley have been riding me to get my footwork down and it’s helped.” However, he doesn’t believe this has been his best three game stretch, as he’d rather see the team win over anything else. “I think if we went 3-0 it would have been better,” he said. While the offense has been very successful this season, ranking 20th in the nation in total scoring offense, the defense has been a letdown. This past weekend in UT’s 51-48 four overtime loss to Missouri, which was their first loss in extra time since losing to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl in 2010, the team put together a strong first half showing on the defensive side of the ball. In fact the only score the Tigers had was off a kickoff return. Despite the defensive effort that allowed less than 100 yards to their opponent in the first half, the Vols’ second half defense collapsed and once again allowed big plays that led to the Tigers’ comeback victory. With first year defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri remaining in the press box for the
Success follows Smith Rufus Hood Contributor Despite a hard fought loss to competitor Bradley Klahn at the ATP Challenger Tournament on Wednesday, John-Patrick Smith still had time to talk about the joys of returning to UT as a professional. “I always love coming back here,” Smith said in the locker room of the Goodfriend Tennis Center. “I try to base and train out here.” Smith and Klahn fought back and forth in front of a large crowd on Wednesday night. After losing a tough first set to the American Klahn, the Australian native Smith fought back with ferocity to take the second set 6-4. The third set and match belonged to Klahn, though, as he came away with a convincing 6-3 win over Smith. “I had a couple opportunities in the third to get the late break but didn’t,” Smith said. “And during the last game as well, I had a chance to get back and serve. It was just one of those days.” Smith said he was disappointed with the outcome. “Yeah, you always want to do well here. You kind of have that extra pressure, otherwise you won’t play that well.” Smith spoke to the media in the locker room next to a full-sized poster of himself in action during his All-American days at UT. The university has not forgotten about his performance while at UT, and neither have the fans, as hundreds showed up to the Goodfriend Tennis Center to cheer on Smith in the evening match. While a student athlete at UT, Smith was a four-time All-American under head coach Sam Winterbotham. Along with his All-American honors, Smith was selected as a first-team SEC athlete in all of his four years and was selected to the SEC Honor Roll as well. Smith also reached the number one ranking in both singles and doubles, the latter being with Boris Conkic. Smith is currently ranked 247th in the world in singles and is steadily on the rise. His youth is serving him well, as he is still on his way to the top of the tennis world.
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John-Patrick Smith waits at the net during a doubles match against Wake Forest in the Goodfriend Tennis Center on Feb. 27, 2011. For now, though, JP is focused on his ongoing challenger tour. “It’s on to Champagne (Ill.) next week, and that’ll be the end of the year after that. It’s a quick offseason, and it’s back at it again in January. It’s a quick turnaround.” Above all, though, the hometown crowd responded positively to the success and performance of the greatly successful Volunteer. “It’s always great to come back here and play in front of the people who I’ve known for years. It’s a real pleasure to come back here. Everyone is so supportive, and I really enjoy it.” With his ongoing success and bright future ahead in professional tennis, JP Smith has truly made his alma mater proud.
Vanderbilt game the Vols will try as many ways as possible to plug the holes in their defense, which has only held their opposition to under twenty points once this season. They will have to work extra hard in practice this week in bringing continuity to their defense, especially when considering they have lost linebacker Curt Maggitt for the rest of the season. “It hurts,” senior linebacker Herman Lathers of Maggitt suffering a season ending ACL tear. “He is a good player, good defensive mind, therefore we have to have guys step up and play along when he’s not there.” This weekend for some Vols will also have a special meaning to them, as seven players on the active roster played high school football in the
Nashville area. “It means a lot to me,” senior receiver Zach Rogers said, who played high school football at Nashville’s David Lipscomb. “I have a lot of family and friends coming to this one so I definitely want to do my best to make them proud of me. At the same time I’m fighting for this team and we’re fighting for each other to get these last two wins.” Rogers was one of many that were recruited by Vanderbilt as well. “I was recruited by Vandy and I live just 10 minutes away from their campus,” he said. “It will be a good coming home for me.” Nonetheless, the Vols are fully focused in their preparation for Vanderbilt and don’t want to let the team’s seniors down.