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Flora Theden Assistant Managing Editor The “Little Brown Dog” was in shock when she arrived at the John and Ann Tickle Animal Hospital at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday, Nov. 3. She had to be stabilized overnight before doctors could work on her wounds and has spent over a week in the Intensive Care Unit. The 17-pound terrier mix was in critical condition after being dragged behind a Knoxville man’s truck. Skin, tendons, ligaments and even bone were worn away from the • Photos courtesy of Sandra Harbison traumatic event. Although the Knoxville Little Brown Dog, wearing her watermelon bandages, rests in man, Jimmy Lovell, has been Dr. Patricia Sura’s arms. charged with one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, which is a felony in Tennessee, the Little Brown Dog is still in the Intensive Care Unit in UT’s animal hospital, struggling to survive. Elise Jones, a fourth year veterinary student, said Little Brown Dog has been in the Intensive Care Unit since she arrived at the animal hospital and is in such bad condition that she requires hourly monitoring. Jones said that Little Brown Dog’s wounds took approximately five hours to clean when she was first brought in to the animal hospital. “Initially general anesthesia was needed for daily cleaning and bandaging of the wounds,” Jones said. “Currently they can be changed with heavy sedation in approximately one to two hours. She has extensive wounds on her hand and chest.” Everyone in at the animal hospital is hoping for Little Brown Dog’s speedy recovery, Jones said. “Myself, three senior veterinary students, a surgical technician, an intern and Dr. Patricia Sura, who is a board certified veterinary surgeon, have all been doing our part daily to care for Little Brown Dog’s wounds,” Jones said.




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They even try to make her recovery more pleasant by configuring new outfits each day with her external bandage material. “Our favorite so far is Wonder Woman,” Jones said. Photos of Little Brown Dog’s costumes can be seen on the UT College of Veterinary Medicine home page. Currently, Little Brown Dog continues to heal, but there is still a small amount of bone exposed on her hind leg, so infection remains a concern, Sandra Harbison, head of media relations for the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, said. “Hopefully she will be ready for a skin graft next week,” Harbison said. “She rolled over this morning to have her belly scratched.” The animal hospital has already received numerous offers for adoption, and people from all over the country have sent donations, cards and even calls to offer well-wishes. At this time, Little Brown Dog remains in the protective custody of the Animal Control Unit of the Knoxville Police Department. “The outpouring of compassion for Little Brown Dog has been overwhelming,” Harbison said. Jones said the main concern is that Little Brown Dog will have a large amount of scarring once her wounds heal. Until all of her skin wounds have healed, her orthopedic issues are not able to be fully evaluated, Jones said. “A problem that concerns us is a possible distrust of humans,” Jones said. “We have been doing all we can to make her time with us as pleasant as possible. Students are constantly stopping by ICU to check on her.” Jones said this kind of training will help her and the other students who are caring for Little Brown with their future careers. “I would have to say Dr. Sura has turned this unfortunate case into a wonderful learning experience for all of the students involved,” Jones said. Daily bandage changes allow students to see how wounds heal, what techniques facilitate healing, and the dedication involved to care for such serious injuries, Jones said. “Wound management, whether from an accident, surgery, or some other cause, is an everyday part of the job of a veterinarian,” Jones




said. “It’s not all puppies and kittens.” Jones said her first reaction to this incident was shock but that she feels justice will be served. She said the outpour of compassion from the community gives her faith that most people find it inhumane to cause this kind of harm to an animal, especially one as cute as Little Brown Dog. Harbison said the Knoxville community is fortunate to have animal control officers who tirelessly fight to protect animals and a District Attorney’s office willing to protect creatures that often don’t have a voice. Although Little Brown Dog has been through a traumatic event, her situation has brought joy and hope to the UT community. “(Little Brown Dog) wags her tail and is quite a cutie who has stolen the hearts of everyone at the vet school,” Harbison said. “Witnessing so many people wanting to do so much good and try to make things right for one little brown dog who has been through so much fills my heart with hope.”

Donations can be sent to: The Small Brown Dog Fund UTCVM Development Office 2407 River Drive Knoxville, TN 37996-4550

UT to host H1N1 vaccine clinic Kyle Turner Staff Writer Just in time for exam season when many students are worried about being weathered down, UT will host its first clinic providing the H1N1 vaccine. Free nasal and injection vaccines will be available to UT students, faculty, staff and immediate family members Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the TRECS. All wishing to receive a vaccine are encouraged to come as early as possible. The vaccines are limited and will be given out first come, first served. Available medicine offered will include 250 nasal spray and 350 injection vaccines, with both having equal effectiveness. “They both offer equal protection but are composed differently, the nasal spray being a live virus, and the injections contain a dead strain of the virus,” Jim Boyle, Student Health Service administrator, said. Anyone wanting to get vaccinated should not currently be suffering from any flu-related symptoms. People currently suffering from a fever will not

be given either of the vaccines, Boyle said. “Just wait until you are not sick and instead are healthy before getting an H1N1 vaccine,” Boyle said. The nasal spray is not recommended for those with weak immune systems and chronic illnesses such as asthma, respiratory problems and diabetes. Also, people 50 years or older will have to receive the injection as opposed to the nasal spray. Attending staff will be available to answer questions at the clinic as to whether or not the vaccine is appropriate for everyone. Jim Boyle said there will be a small number of vaccines available Tuesday, but a large quantity has been ordered for the rest of the season. “The state is in charge of allocating the vaccine, and UTK is supposed to have priority in receiving the vaccines,” Boyle said. Due to the limited amount of vaccines, the clinic is expected to administer all 600 doses but will host future clinics upon the arrival of more vaccines. “I plan on receiving the vaccine tomorrow because I really

can’t afford to get sick between now and exam time,” Shelby Maxwell, sophomore in speech pathology, said. “With work and school, getting sick just isn’t an option right now.” Boyle hopes to be able to host another clinic in time for exams to offer protection for students when needed most. “The ideal situation would be to have another flu clinic before final exams, but it is all dependent on the amount of vaccines the university receives in the upcoming days,” he said. Those who become infected with H1N1 can expect the same symptoms as the seasonal flu: fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. People with the flu are encouraged not to seek medical attention because in most cases the flu tends to be relatively mild. According to the UT Health Services Web site, students are encouraged not to come to the health center for flu symptoms unless they are “pregnant, have a chronic illness or suffer complications, such as difficulty breathing, fever that does not come down with medicine, or the inability to keep liquids down.”

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University of Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday that freshmen wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards have been permanently dismissed from the football team. “After extensive and thorough research of the situation over the last four days and considering various disciplinary options, I’ve decided it’s in the best interest of our program to remove Nu’Keese and Mike,” Kiffin said. “As I’ve said many times before, we hold our student-athletes to an extremely high standard on and off the field. Our student-athletes must be responsible members of society, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. “We want a positive culture for our student-athletes that allows them to succeed in the classroom, on the field and in life after college. My hope is that these two young men will learn from their terrible decision. Clearly, their actions have no place in our program.” Janzen Jackson will continue to not be allowed to participate in team activities while Kiffin awaits additional information. —Information from UT Sports

NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen kicked off budget hearings Monday for a state spending plan that the Democrat said he anticipates will be the toughest to assemble since he came into office in 2003. “This is not a couple weeks I’m looking forward to,” Bredesen said. “This next six months will be my most difficult time as governor.” While most agencies have been asked to present plans to cut 6 percent from their spending plans for the budget year that begins July 1, the

Bredesen administration has asked for them to prepare an additional 3 percent cut in case economic conditions persist. “That’s on top of an average of 12 percent they reduced in the current year,” state Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz said. “That’s the kind of magnitude of things we’re facing — it’s not simply trimming around the edges.” The Education Department was first to present its spending plan, though it’s in the unusual position among state agencies in that leaders of both parties want to spare school funding from the deep cuts that will be necessary in other

areas. Bredesen said he wants to cover the projected $82 million in inflation and growth costs for K-12 education costs, but warned that cuts remain possible even there. Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has said other areas where he’d like to avoid further cuts are in mental health and retardation services, where he said “we’ve cut about as much as we can cut.” “If there is a legitimate reason for government to exist, it’s to help those that can’t help themselves,” Ramsey, of Blountville, said. See BUDGET on Page 3


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Nov. 17 - Nov. 18, 2009 Tuesday, Nov. 17 —

• 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. — The UT chapter of Ed2010, an organization for aspiring magazine writers and editors, hosts its last meeting in Communications Room 317. Guest speaker Janet Testerman, editor-in-chief of both Skirt! Magazine and Knoxville Magazine, will discuss regional publications.

• 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. — The International House offers free belly dancing lessons, led by instructor Sonja Oswalt.

• 6:15 p.m. — The UT chapter of the American Marketing Association holds its last meeting of the semester in Haslam Business Building Room 102. Gene Crabtree, a recruiter for 21st Century Mortgage, is the guest speaker.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 — • 11:30 a.m. until 1p.m. — Faculty are invited to join Faculty Senate President Toby Boulet and Provost Susan Martin for brown bag lunches and a discussion of topics of concern to the university and faculty. • 6:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. — Two noted scholars of religion, Christine Shepardson, professor of early Christianity in the religious studies department, and the Very Rev. Father Paul Tarazi, professor of the Old Testament at St.Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, lead a discussion about Christianity in the Middle East.The discussion takes place in the International House and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

• 1558 — Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth. The two half-sisters, both daughters of King Henry VIII, had a stormy relationship during Mary’s five-year reign. Mary, who was brought up as a Catholic, enacted pro-Catholic legislation and made efforts to restore the pope to supremacy in England. A Protestant rebellion ensued, and Queen Mary imprisoned Elizabeth, a Protestant, in the Tower of London on suspicion of complicity. • 1777 — On this day, Congress submits the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification. The Articles had been signed by Congress two days earlier, after 16 months of debate. Bickering over land claims between Virginia and Maryland delayed final ratification for almost four more years. Maryland became the last state to approve the Articles on March 1, 1781, affirming them as the outline of the official government of the United States. The nation was guided by the document until the implementation of the current U.S. Constitution in 1789. • 1863 — Confederate Gen. James Longstreet places the city of Knoxville, Tenn., under siege. After two weeks and one failed attack, he abandoned the siege and rejoined Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. — Courtesy of

THE CRIME Thursday, Nov. 12 • 12:24 p.m. — Officer was dispatched to the fifth floor of Garage 13 for a black 1997 Nissan displaying a counterfeit hangtag. Upon arrival, the officer met with the owner and the ticket writer. The owner said he had copied his brother’s hangtag. The tag was confiscated, and the owner drove his vehicle to the UTPD impound lot. The officer then took him to parking services to handle the matter further. •12:50 p.m. — Officer took report in the UTPD lobby of lost property. The victim stated that while


she was walking toward South Carrick Hall on Francis Street she dropped several items that she was carrying. After she returned to her dorm room she noticed the items were missing and returned to where she thought they’d fallen. Everything was there except for her VolCard. • 2:34 p.m. — Complainant came by the UTPD station to report losing her VolCard. While eating lunch in Smokey’s cafeteria, she laid the ID on the table around 11 a.m. At twelve she realized the card was gone and returned to the area to find it missing.

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Orange belt Pablo Stuardo competes against yellow belt Michael Leaver in UT’s invitational Judo tournament Saturday at HYPER.

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Former UT basketball player dies at 99 UT’s oldest living letterman, Albert E. “Red” Kirk, died Saturday at the age of 99. Graduate of Knoxville High School, Kirk lettered on the Volunteers men’s basketball team from 1932-34, serving as a team captain under coach W.H. Britton in 1934. Kirk grew up on Cumberland Avenue near the UT campus, was on the Vols team that played the first-ever game in old Alumni Gym in December 1932 and came to own a piece of the Alumni Gym playing floor after Tennessee’s basketball team moved to Armory Fieldhouse in 1958. Nicknamed “Red” by his teammates because of his red hair, Kirk captained the 1933-34 team to a 10-7 record and remained a loyal UT supporter for many years after his days as a student-athlete. Kirk, who was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Martha Gibbins Kirk, retired from the United States Postal Service and lived in Fountain City. He was a charter member of Beaver Brook Country Club and played a round of golf on his 95th birthday. A member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity during his time at UT, Kirk is survived by son Monsignor Al Kirk and daughter and son-in-law Carol and Eddie Holden. Funeral services take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Knoxville’s Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Chemistry graduate students throw pies for charity The UT chapter of the Association of Chemistry Graduate Students is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive through Wednesday. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville. Donation boxes are located in Buehler 514 and 552. For every item donated, a student can submit a vote for a chemistry TA to receive a pie in the face. When 1,000 items are donated, chemistry professors John Bartmess, Jim Green and Al Hazari will also take pies in the face. Results will be announced Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard outside Buehler 300. For more information, e-mail Angel Tree encourages Christmas donations for children Gamma Beta Phi and the Knoxville Angel Tree invite all students, faculty and staff to stop by the UC lobby and choose an angel from the Angel Tree. Each angel will suggest a Christmas present for a child this year. Donations of new toys and clothing can be dropped off until Wednesday, Dec. 9. For more information, e-mail

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Doubleheader doozy: KansasMemphis, Pelphrey-Pitino One game will be a rematch of one of the greatest NCAA championship games in history, a chance to relive Mario’s Miracle. And the first game could be more intriguing than the nightcap. Top-ranked Kansas will face Memphis in St. Louis on Tuesday night, bringing back memories of their 2008 showdown for the title. The early game pits Arkansas and No. 20 Louisville, with coach John Pelphrey going up against mentor Rick Pitino with just six scholarship players. Not a bad little doubleheader for the first week of the season. “To have a doubleheader of this magnitude in front of a sold-out house, I think will definitely kick off the college basketball season right,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. It opens with Pelphrey vs. Pitino. Pelphrey was a forward at Kentucky in the early 1990s after Pitino took over the probation-strapped program. They helped bring Kentucky back to prominence in three years together, culminating with that memorable loss to Christian Laettner and Duke in the 1992 NCAA tournament. Troops hone artillery skills to cut Afghan deaths FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Deep in the woods on the Kentucky-Tennessee line, infantrymen headed for Afghanistan are honing their precision with powerful weapons like mortars in a key element of the American military’s new mandate to

BUDGET continued from Page 1 Bredesen added that the Correction Department also can’t be expected to produce the same cuts as other agencies. “You’re obviously not going to let prisoners out on the streets and close prisons to do it,” he said. But the governor stressed that the cuts are going to have to come from somewhere, especially since most federal stimulus money will run out


reduce civilian deaths. Three soldiers from the Army’s 101st Airborne Division lie on their bellies on top of a berm on a forested Fort Campbell artillery range. A pair of Kiowa OH-58 helicopters circle around to the right to scout the enemy’s position, which in this training is an empty bunker surrounded by razor wire. Mortars start whistling over the tree line and down toward an open field behind the bunker where a couple of old Army tanks painted bright yellow help artillery men precisely place the shots. The soldiers on the berm watch the rounds kick up clouds of dirt and rock, and a fraction of a second later, the sounds of the explosions echo back. The 1st Brigade Combat Team is preparing for deployment to Afghanistan, and its training is going beyond using high-powered weapons like mortars and aerial bombs to fight an entrenched enemy. A new directive to avoid civilian casualties is being pushed down the ranks from colonel to private through drills on how to get close enough to thoroughly assess situations and carefully gauge the impact of every weapon. For several weeks, the brigade has been focusing on advanced artillery training that incorporates the new rules. “All planning is based on where you can shoot and where you can’t shoot,” said Lt. Col. Randy Harris, the deputy commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team.

during the upcoming budget year. “I don’t have anything off the table at this point, I’m really waiting to see what people come up with,” he said. When Bredesen came into office in 2003, he blamed a vast budget shortfall on money running after his Republican pred-

Budget hearings get under way amid bleak forecasts NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen kicked off budget hearings Monday for a state spending plan that the Democrat said he anticipates will be the toughest to assemble since he came into office in 2003. “This is not a couple weeks I’m looking forward to,” Bredesen said. “This next six months will be my most difficult time as governor.” While most agencies have been asked to present plans to cut 6 percent from their spending plans for the budget year that begins July 1, the Bredesen administration has asked for them to prepare an additional 3 percent cut in case economic conditions persist. “That’s on top of an average of 12 percent they reduced in the current year,” said state Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz. “That’s the kind of magnitude of things we’re facing — it’s not simply trimming around the edges.” Woman pleads not guilty in baby kidnapping case NASHVILLE — Tammy Renee Silas pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping a newborn baby in Tennessee and taking him to Alabama. Police say Maria Gurrola suffered a knife attack in her home Sept. 29 by a woman claiming to be an immigration agent, and her 4-day-old son was kidnapped as she fled to a neighbor’s house for help.

ecessor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature used onetime savings to pay for ongoing programs. Those spending plans were passed amid emotional debate about whether to impose a state income tax, an effort that ultimately failed. The governor and lawmak-

ers appear to agree that current conditions are far more serious. “Back in the income tax days of ’01 and ’02, people thought there was a contrived crisis,” Ramsey said. “But everyone realizes this is the real deal here and we’re going to have to make it work.”

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Orange jerseys represent commonality between players, fans Out of respect for current students, it is incumbent upon those of us alumni who take exception to the black jerseys the Vols wore on Oct. 31 to explain our position to the student body. According to a poll, about 15 percent of respondents disapproved of black jerseys. That is a significant percentage. The current players for the Vol football team have accomplished very little as a team on the field by Volunteer historical standards. Some of them are outstanding players, and, as the current coach says, make themselves a lot of money by demonstrating their skills to the NFL, which will someday compensate them handsomely. They make a great sacrifice to achieve this. The one thing that binds that personal sacrifice to UT is the orange jersey. It represents the tenuous relationship between bigtime football and the university. It supports an illusion that fans and players care about each other. If the players “decide” to wear the colors of a shoe company, the spell is broken, the illusion gone. They’re treated like pros, because that’s what they are. They’re selling shoes. Don’t believe it? Check out the band’s rain suits, the cheerleaders’ warm-ups and carry bags. The coach wears two equally-sized emblems: a power T on one side and an Adidas logo on the other. For those of us who enjoyed the illusion that there is something in common between an ordinary Vol fan, Peyton Manning and Eric Berry, the orange jersey cemented that mystic bond between past, present and future players and fans. We wore the same color, win or lose. Believe me, wearing orange at the Liberty Bowl when Memphis beat the Vols was not fun. Pretending that I was standing up for Peyton and “my” team to the end of a bad day was a meaningful illusion. Now it seems that Adidas picks the color. If you believe players get to decide what jersey color they wear, ask them what else they get to decide. Nothing. It may be good to rid ourselves of illusions. Let the team wear whatever color they wish, and let fans do the same. What difference does it really make? Only winning matters. Leave traditional concepts to universities that still cling to the illusion that the jersey matters: Penn State, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Michigan, Nebraska, Alabama, etc. After all, what do we really have in common with them, now? Are we ranked? Are we winning big? What’s all this “we” stuff, anyway? The new cheer is: “Just show me the money!” By the way, there is no “T” in Adidas, so watch that helmet space. The players may want to put something else up there after they talk to the Adidas sideline rep, if that rumored position really exists. Mike Hamilton says our school colors are still orange and white. I just wonder if it’s still “our” school, or if it really ever was. Jim Kinkennon Alumnus, class of ’72

Columnist projects one-dimensional, biased view of men Robin Overby’s columns give me the singularly peculiar experience of being offended both as a male and as a feminist. I don’t know how much of the impression Overby gives is intentional or reflective of how she actually feels, but her perspective seems hopelessly gender biased. Over the course of several columns, she’s painted a picture of college men as some kind of calculating dating machines, able to access as much casual sex or intimate relationships as we want by virtue of our man-ness, leaving the poor, helpless “nice girls” to wither like unplucked flowers as we chase after our fast women. Even her Nov. 2 column, largely a description of a date she went on, fits into the pattern. Apparently men, in a calculation or a response to social pressure to be “sexy,” are intentionally being timid and indirect. Could it not be some men are naturally shy? Nervous? That we could have human emotions? Again, I doubt it is an expression of Robin’s real beliefs, but she constructs a world in her columns where she consistently denies men any genuine fears or insecurities. And the victim complex she attributes to her “nice girls” and the denial of legitimacy that she implies for the aspirations and activities of the “not nice girls” can’t be pleasing to many women, either. I would love to see the evolution of some more nuance in what could be a refreshingly reflective addition to the typically shallow “relationship column” genre. Ethan L. Fulwood Sophomore in anthropology SUPER BROCCOLI • Sumter & Starnes

College life leads to stress, drug interactions T he Pop Co lu m n by

Robbie Wright

I feel like I am drowning, and I’m willing to bet that many of you are feeling the same way. At this point in the semester, there isn’t much time left to make the grades, pass tests, write papers or apply for internships. The days are getting shorter and darker, and the quickly-approaching holidays are not necessarily something that everyone looks forward to. Many of you, especially the soon-to-be graduates like myself, may have felt this way all semester. The job market is bleak, graduate school admissions are becoming increasingly competitive and the end of undergrad can bring many regrets about the past and fears for the future. According to an Oct. 30 article in the Washington University student newspaper, Student Life, college is, for many people, the most stressful period of their lives. Student Life quotes a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which reports that “stresses from the daily routine of school and life keep 68 percent of students awake at night, with 20 percent of them at least once a week.” This stress, of course, creates a sleep deficit, which in turn begets more stress. This revelation that college is a stressful time is important to note, because college students are notorious for partying, drinking, sleeping around and more or less acting recklessly, and this seems, on the surface, to be a lifestyle completely estranged from stress. True, while heavy drinking, drug use and other hedonistic behaviors are often experimental at first for college students, when the novelty wears off, they can become (risky) ways of self-medicating. The high availability of prescription drugs and their increasingly recreational role in our lives is compromising our ability to recognize mental distress in ourselves and our friends. All of us are opening up to the possibilities that drugs like Adderall, Xanax and Klonopin offer to enhance our lives. Drugs are helping many people on this campus stay awake and focus so they can pass a test or finish a project, and then other drugs are bringing them down so they can get some sleep. On weekends, still more pills are combined with alcohol to give students the kind of break they feel they deserve for working so hard. I don’t think anybody wants to hear a lecture about drug interactions or the dangers of alcohol and pills. I think it’s foolish and old-fashioned to pretend that

these drugs aren’t available or that smart, good kids aren’t going to take them in spite of health risks. The truth is, the availability of these pills and the increasingly casual attitude about them is changing the college experience in the new millennium. A recent article in the November issue of Glamour magazine, titled “Meet Generation R(X),” profiles three women who admit to borrowing their friends’ prescriptions to get them through challenges, such as a heavy workload, traveling or public speaking. The article’s title says it all: We are a generation hooked on pills, and it’s not going away. Within the Glamour article, a 2008 editorial article from the scientific journal “Nature” is mentioned; that article “argued that using these drugs to boost mental performance was the way of the future” and that “cognitive enhancement has much to offer individuals and society.” I’m not concerned that my generation’s increased dependence on pills means that we will all become addicts or statistics. In fact, I think, when approached from a certain angle, this could be an extremely positive development. Never before has it been so accepted to take pills to treat mental, emotional or cognitive disorders or, for that matter, to even to talk about these disorders. I take Zoloft to treat anxiety and depression, and I will happily and proudly tell anyone that it has helped me enormously. The world is becoming more aware that many of life’s problems can be traced to brain chemistry, and there are more options and solutions made available every year. That is not to say that pills are always the answer. I have also availed myself of the services offered by the Counseling Center here at UT during a struggle with depression, and it was an invaluable resource. Weekly sessions with a therapist, even when I was happy and upbeat, helped me not to be so hard on myself, and gave me insight and perspective. I think even the most “together” students here at UT could benefit from these types of services. Everyone has their issues, but college students now are super-achievers, more ambitious (and terrified) than they ever have been in the past. It’s time we cut ourselves a little slack. I still expect that, as exams and graduation approach, pills will be popped and liquor will be guzzled. We will all forfeit sleep to get it all done. I wish everyone good health and luck in this stressful time. For those of you who will be taking advantage of pharmaceutical options, I simply ask this: Take it easy on yourselves. Put your health, mental and physical, first, and make it a point to ask for help if you need it, from teachers, friends, parents or a counselor. College is hard for all of us, but things are getting better all the time. —Robbie Wright is a senior in English literature. She can be reached at

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How do you say “I love you”? In relationships, many of us have very different ways of expressing our feelings for someone. Almost a year ago, I came across the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman while perusing the shelves at Borders. For about two minutes I held the book in my hands and flipped through it thinking to myself “Really, Robin? Isn’t this just going to be a reiteration of every other self-help book for hopeless romantics?” But as I continued to flip to the end of the book I realized that this wasn’t a selfhelp book but a guide to helping those you love. Curiosity beat out the hint of shame I felt as I handed the book to the cashier. A recent conversation brought the lessons I learned from the book back from the recesses of my memory, and I think it’s more than appropriate to share in this column. Do you feel most loved when someone gives you a gift? If so, then your language of love is receiving gifts. This one might be hard to admit to yourself, because it sometimes carries a connotation of greed or superficiality. But there really is no shame in feeling loved when someone gives you a gift. A gift can be a visual symbol of love, and it doesn’t have to come in a Tiffany & Co. box. The gift of self can oftentimes be the most powerful way for someone to tell you “I love you.” Similarly, if you feel loved when someone does something more pragmatic or tangible for you, then your language may be acts of service. This differs from receiving gifts because when someone does a household chore, for example washing your dishes or taking out the trash, out of love and not obligation, there is an element of humility. Physical touch can be a powerful language of love. In his book, Chapman discusses how men often thrive off physical touch from their mates

because it’s a clear indication of attraction, and the same can apply to women. What type of physical touch can differ dramatically, and it takes time, just as with the other languages, getting to know what kind of touch says “I love you.” While gifts, acts of humility and physical touch can say “I love you” to some, others need quality time to feel loved. In our busy lives it can be too easy to fall into routines and drift apart from those we love and fail to give our loved ones the time they deserve. This doesn’t mean sitting on the couch doing homework together, but instead really investing energy and focus on someone for a certain amount of time. It means turning off the Xbox or putting down your phone and making that person the center of your world for however long you can. Some people need to be verbally affirmed and reassured of love. For people who feel loved after being complimented or encouraged, words of affirmation is your language of love. As females, sometimes we just need to be reminded of how our friends and significant others feel about us. We need to hear that you still think we are pretty. Ladies, sometimes your man needs to hear that you still find him attractive and still respect him. Although Chapman’s book is mostly in the context of romantic relationships, the ways to say “I love you” are certainly not limited to them. We need to feel love in every aspect of our lives, from our families, friends and lovers. If you are in a relationship that feels like it’s lacking, maybe it’s because you and yours are not communicating your affection. You might be speaking two completely different languages. It is imperative to understand what language you speak in love and to understand that how we say “I love you” could be unfulfilling for someone else. We can shower someone we love with gifts and do their laundry but if all that person really needs is quality time with you, then your efforts may be unfulfilling. Maybe it’s time to try something new in your relationships. Maybe it’s time to learn a new language. —Robin Overby is a senior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at


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‘2012’ presents entertaining story Chassidy Doane Staff Writer John Cusack and the brilliant directing of Roland Emmerich are just the beginning of reasons to go see “2012.” This film, though it appears pretty cheesy, is actually one that captures the audience’s attention with its beautiful production and somewhat terrifying storyline of the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012, based on the end of the Mayan calendar. The film opens up in the year 2009 with a scientist named Helmsley visiting his friend in India who explains that the Earth is heating up more rapidly than scientists have predicted. The film then fastforwards to the following year, 2010, where the president of the United States is giving a speech to all the

nations’ leaders about this global disaster that is about to happen. The movie, in the beginning, doesn’t make that much sense. However, as it progresses, the storyline unfolds and all the people sort of come together and deal with this disaster. California is the first to go as the catastrophe strikes, and the rest of the world quickly follows. Earthquakes scaling as big as 9.4 hit the grounds, and tsunamis follow shortly thereafter, killing virtually everything. The people who survive are the ones who have been smart enough to get into airplanes or helicopters and get off the ground. The imagery in this movie is stunning, and the audience can’t help but feel like they are actually there when seeing Yellowstone National Park get bombarded with an active volcano and Washington D.C. get

taken over by massive waves. John Cusack makes this film. He plays a character named Jackson Curtis who is recently divorced and makes his living as a writer and limo driver. His two children, Lily and Noah (Morgan Lily and Liam James), struggle to connect with their father after the divorce and to survive this global phenomenon at the same time. This causes the movie to tug at the viewers’ heartstrings as one sees Curtis desperately trying to save his children while making up for the time he had wasted with them before. Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) also has a part in making this movie one for the tender hearted. Although brilliant and level headed, he also knows that people need to help one another out to survive in chaotic times and does his

best to make sure that everyone is saved, not just the billionaires who can afford to buy their safety. There is some humor in this film as well. Cusack makes up a large amount of this with his witty one-liners as usual, but there is also a strange appearance by Woody Harrelson, who plays a seemingly crazy, pickle loving radio host who predicts this end of the world and warns Cusack and his family. This film is a lot better than expected and should be given a chance. Although it is probably not going to be on any critic’s top 10 list, it certainly isn’t a waste of money. It’s a great story of civilization coming together in a time of global destruction and fighting to stay alive through it all.

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Slayer fails to deliver quality sound with new album Justin Joo Staff Writer

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Slayer, one of the “Big Four” of thrash metal, has released their tenth studio album, “World Painted Blood.” And it is a disappointment. The first thing a listener will note is the terrible sound quality. Each instrument’s volume is increased to such a degree that unwanted distortion (and not the good, Rock ‘n’ Roll kind) cracks out of the speakers. The mix is also lackluster in that the guitars are crammed so high up that the

bass is inaudible for 80 percent of the album. Perhaps this is one of the more disappointing aspects of the album, as Slayer’s previous records had pretty stellar audio quality. Even on their very first album, 1983’s “Show No Mercy,” one could clearly hear what both guitars were doing, the bass line was identifiable and the drums did not pierce your ears with each downbeat. Compared to previous records, “World Painted Blood” sounds like a tangled web of noise and static. Next in line to upset are the band’s asinine lyrics. While songs about war, violence, mistrust and abuses of power

have been around in metal since the 1970s, Slayer has taken these themes to a new level of redundancy and stupidity. Rather than have each song about a coherent and unique topic, it feels like the band was just writing a line because it sounds “metal,” and then puts it with another equally “metal” line and called it a day. Here are some examples of the band’s lyrical wit: “Anarchy, disarray this is the world today / Justice is a lie for the followers to get by / No peace, only guns, can’t trust anyone,” from the wonderfully titled “Public Display of Dismemberment.” Another

prime example: “Mistress of cruelty, a name that will not die / You are my sacrifice / Blood is the deficit / Bathing in blood, your heart, your soul, your god,” from “Beauty Through Order.” Of course, it doesn’t help that lead singer Tom Araya doesn’t actually sing these lyrics so much as he shouts and screams them like a drunken frat boy on a Friday night. While screaming and shouting a song (rather than say, singing) isn’t that uncommon for heavy metal, most listeners will probably be put off by this quality in Slayer’s “vocalist.” See SLAYER on Page 6









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‘Glee’ soundtrack revisits classic favorites Will Abrams Staff Writer

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Few television shows have the ability to control more than one outlet of media entertainment. Fortunately for the people at Fox, their new hit, “Glee,” is one of those select few. The show, which has received praise from critics and audiences alike, is based on the drama that goes on behind the scenes in a high school glee club. Considering the show’s premise, the music is a staple to its success. “Glee” features the cast performing a variety of music, from Carrie Underwood to Bon Jovi/Usher mashups. On November 3, “Glee: The Music, Volume 1” was released with several fan favorites from the show. There is no doubt that this will excite fans of the popular series, but what is there to keep the rest of the world from thinking that the album is more than just a few karaoke recordings slapped onto a compact disc? It is true that some songs on the 17-track album are just the same ole’ songs with a different singer. For

example, “No Air,” which was originally performed by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown back in 2008, sounds like the exact same song when Finn (Corey Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) belt it out. While this may be true of two or three of the tracks, the majority of the album is actually quite original. Different doesn’t always mean that a song is good, but at least it shows that some thought went into the music. Michele’s cover of Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” is pretty good on its own, but the original is just a better song. Mercedes (Amber Riley) is the girl who brings the Jennifer Hudson-esque soul to the album in songs “Hate on Me” and “Bust Your Windows.” Again, the songs are unique in and of themselves, but only “Bust Your Windows” is an improvement on its original. Other positive covers are REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling ” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” Of course, any song that doesn’t include Kanye is better than one that does. Also, the group managed to make Avril Lavigne’s “Keep Holding On” go from mediocre-skater-song to something great. The two biggest successes of the album are Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing ” and Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Both sound fantastic and stand on their own legs very well. Fans of the originals may not like the diminished presence of each song ’s “rock” quality, though. One of the biggest gambles of the soundtrack is the cover of “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked.” The song, taken from what is arguably the most-beloved musical of this generation, is broken into a duet for Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer). The two make the song work, but it may have fans of the musical divided when comparing it to the original version by Idina Menzel. The album also contains two tracks from guest star Kristin Chenoweth. The Emmy winner definitely has a lot of vocal talent, which she showcases in “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret” and Heart’s “Alone.” Fans of the show will love finally having all of these songs on one disc, and perhaps the album will even help the show get more fans. However, what makes the show so great in the first place is the combination of the music along with the characters, choreography and everything else. “Glee: The Music, Volume 1” may not be quite as good as the show from which it comes, but it sure beats anything one could see on “American Idol.”

SLAYER continued from Page 5 To be fair though, a quick review of Slayer’s previous albums shows that “World Painted Blood”’s lyrical and vocal style is just the way Slayer does things. Fans of the band will probably not be disappointed and glad to hear a familiar voice. Newcomers to Slayer (or the metal genre in general) will probably leave unimpressed. In summary, “World Painted Blood” is a jarring experience

from the get-go. The sound is amped so much that the sound quality of the instruments suffer, and listeners may have to turn the iPod down in order to listen without being in pain (but perhaps that was the band’s intention). The lyrics are dumb and typical for a metal band, and the singer screams more than actually sings. If you are a fan of Slayer, then this album is probably going to be fine to your ears. There’s nothing new from the band, but it still has the good stuff you

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Volleyball team divides weekend matches against Auburn, Georgia

Lady Vols take out Baylor, 74-65

Kevin Huebschman Staff Writer The Lady Vol volleyball team finished the road portion of their season by splitting their weekend matches, losing to Auburn and beating Georgia, both in five sets. Auburn Tennessee held the early advantage in its match against Auburn on Friday, winning the first two sets 25-11 and 25-20, but they weren’t able to hold off an Auburn rally, dropping the final three sets 22-25, 21-25 and 15-17. Head coach Rob Patrick said he thought the match turned more because of the number of mistakes UT made than anything Auburn did to pull back into the match. “It was just multiple errors by us,” Patrick said. “It was kind of a multiple thing, over a period of points that we’d just try and build up some momentum, but we kept stopping ourselves rather than Auburn stopping us.” Patrick attributed many of those errors to running a new offensive formation against Auburn and Georgia. The switch, from a 6-2 formation to a 5-1, was necessary, according to Patrick, because of the number of injuries UT has suffered. “We had to do that because we lost two setters to injuries in the last couple weeks,” Patrick said. “We’re pretty good in a 5-1. We just have to get used to the new positions because we had to switch the players completely around. So part of it is just getting comfortable with this offense.” Patrick said the move from two setters to one was easier thanks to sophomore Kelsey Mahoney’s performance, who earned 110 assists against Auburn and Georgia. “She’s setting better than she’s set any time during this year,” he said. “She’s doing a tremendous job setting this offense.” Junior Nikki Fowler led all players with 22 kills, earning a .291 attack average, while junior Leah Hinkey led the match with 7 blocks and senior Chloe Goldman led with 23 digs. Georgia Tennessee also reached five sets against Georgia on Sunday but managed to come away with a win against the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Vols dropped the first set against Georgia, 24-26, but managed to come back, winning three of the next four, 25-17, 25-18, 19-25 and 15-10. Patrick said errors were again the key to the match. “When we kept our unforced errors to a minimum, we controlled the match,” he said. “We were way ahead in set one and just made a few unforced errors, and Georgia all of a sudden, with that momentum change, stormed back.” As the team becomes more comfortable with the new offensive, the unforced errors should begin to go down, Patrick added. A critical player in the Lady Vols’ win against Georgia was Fowler, who finished three blocks shy of a triple-double, with 29 kills, 13 digs and seven blocks. Fowler attributed her numbers to the entire team. “Our setter (Mahoney) has been giving really good sets, so she just makes it really easy,” Fowler said. “And the rest of our team is playing at a really high level, so it just opens up everything.” Freshman DeeDee Harrison, who finished with eight kills and seven blocks, started her first match of the season Sunday. Patrick said Harrison earned the start in practice. “She’s somebody that’s really been practicing very well so she earned a starting spot,” Patrick said. “She really helped start us off very quickly and … helped us (be) very successful offensively.” Fowler said Tennessee’s mistakes against Auburn helped prepare the team in the fifth set from making the same mistakes. “I think we kind of learned from it (the Auburn match) for Georgia,” she said. “Because after the fourth game, we knew we didn’t want to go down the same path that we’d gone down against Auburn.” Fowler led all players in kills, while Goldman led the team with 17 digs and Hinkey led with eight blocks. Tennessee closes out the season with three home matches against Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky next week.

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The Associated Press Tennessee coach Pat Summitt wanted to keep Brittney Griner’s dunking potential from being a distraction. So she reminded the Lady Volunteers that a dunk was only worth two points. “Obviously going into it everybody’s talking about Brittney Griner and the dunk,” Summitt said of the 6-foot-8 Baylor freshman. “So I told them, ‘Angie (Bjorklund) and (Shekinna) Stricklen: if she dunks, just go hit a 3. Now we’re one up.’” Stricklen ended up with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 8 Tennessee beat No. 7 Baylor 74-65 on Sunday in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. Griner, women’s college bas-

ketball’s celebrated recruit dunked in an exhibition game and a few times in warmups. She scored 15 points and had four blocks but never got close enough to the rim for a chance to dunk during the game. The Lady Volunteers(1-0) didn’t need many 3s, but instead used a combination of post players, who spent much of the game in foul trouble, to shut down Griner. The freshman found herself with four fouls 2 minutes after halftime and sat for 61⁄2 minutes of the second half. “They were petty fouls. That’s part of the learning I’m going to have to do coming from the high school level to the college level, playing with fouls,” Griner said. Baylor led by as many as seven points in the first half and entered halftime with a 26-

24 lead, but Tennessee scored the first 12 points coming out of the break. Stricklen hit a fast-break layup on a steal and assist from Kamiko Williams to cap a 14-2 run that gave the Tennessee a 52-38 lead with 9:49 left. “They made a few runs, and Shekinna would come down and make a jump shot,” Lady Vols center Kelley Cain said. “When she makes those shots, it really picks up our team and lets us know that we’re still in it and that we aren’t going to let them come back.” Baylor (0-1) got within nine points several times but kept sending the Lady Vols to the free throw line, where they shot 85 percent in the second half. The Lady Vols were looking for redemption after losing in the opening round of the

NCAA tournament in March. Summitt has praised her young players for working harder than all her recent teams in the offseason. “I brought them into a hornet’s nest,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “(Summitt’s) mad at her team. They lost in the first round of the tournament, they got kicked out of their locker room and I’m coming to Knoxville, Tennessee. “You think I wasn’t sitting there proud as a peacock when we had a lead at halftime and proud at the end of the game? Absolutely, but I’m not into moral victories,” she said. Melissa Jones led the Lady Bears with 21 points, and Morghan Medlock had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Cain had 15 points for Tennessee, and Bjorklund added 13.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton looks for an open pass in the homecoming game against Memphis on Nov. 7.

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“I don’t have a number (of missed tackles). After the game I said I thought we set a school record. Now I think we set a national record.” – UT head coach Lane Kiffin on the Vols’ tackling in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss

What a difference a year can make. Last year, UT quarterback Jonathan Crompton was coming off of a 11-for-27, 91-yard performance in a 13-7 homecoming loss to Wyoming. This year, coming off of a 42-17 loss to Ole Miss where he completed 20-of-37 for 176 yards with two touchdowns, Crompton surpassed the 2,000 yard mark for the season to go with his 23 touchdown strikes. The senior downplays his stats, though, because he knows that as a team, the Vols haven’t reached where they need to be. “We’re concentrating on ourselves,” Crompton said. “We’re staying after practice, the quarterbacks and receivers are trying to get their timing down a little more just because every little bit helps. (We’re) studying more film so we know what we can do, but we’re not there yet. And we know that, so that’s a good thing when everybody knows that we still have more work to do.” UT head coach Lane Kiffin said the most noticeable improvement for Crompton from last season has been his

accuracy. “All of a sudden, it’s not a bigger game for him, he doesn’t need to play any different,” Kiffin said. “He just needs to continue to not make mistakes with the ball, take care of the ball, deliver to the right guys.” Looking back on Crompton’s career, the senior out of Waynesville, N.C., has worked under five different offensive coordinators in his time on campus. In 2006, David Cutcliffe helped UT get their first look at Crompton when the freshman threw his first touchdown pass to Robert Meachem for 37 yards in the closing minutes of a losing effort to LSU. Last year, due to Cutcliffe taking the head coaching job at Duke, former UT head coach Phillip Fulmer brought in Dave Clawson as offensive coordinator to work with Crompton. Amid a 5-7 season, the Vol quarterback recorded only four touchdowns while throwing five interceptions. This year, with Kiffin as head coach, Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator and David Reaves as quarterback’s coach, Crompton’s performance and confidence have both seen improvement. In his first five games of the season, Crompton got off to a rough start, throwing for only 900 yards and eight interceptions. Kiffin stuck with Crompton

as his starter, and in the last five games, the UT quarterback has completed 93-for-147 passes for 1208 yards, 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions. “When you’re at practice every day, you see the way that he works and how well that he’s playing, and then when you watch the film and break it down you say, ‘Okay, is he making the mistakes or are the people around him?’” Kiffin said. “So, he was not playing as well as we liked, but we weren’t helping him. I wasn’t calling great games, we weren’t making enough plays around him, so our players are now making big plays for him and that’s been the biggest reason.” This week, Crompton and the Volunteers will be getting ready for their final home game against Vanderbilt, a game that UT needs to win to become bowl-eligible. Even though Crompton’s numbers have improved, the senior quarterback and his teammates enter this game against the Commodores making the same approach as they would against Florida or Alabama. “We go into every game with the same mindset, concentrating on ourselves no matter if we’re playing number one in the country or number 119 in the country,” Crompton said.

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