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Dooley: Tennessee’s luck has turned Tennessee tops Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime on Gordon’s 90-yard interception return make this play for my seniors and for the team. “As soon as I tipped it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to catch this.’” Rogers finished the night with 10 catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, making it the seventh time a Tennessee receiver has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, with 1,002 yards. It was Bray’s first game back after he broke his thumb
win and have it go that way instead of against us. Guys fought hard. No one gave up today. They were ready to win Clay Seal and the team thought we would win and we got it done.” Assistant Sports Editor The Vols dropped to 0-6 in conference play for the first time in school history after a 49-7 loss to Arkansas last The Tennessee coaching staff ran through the press box, week. jumping up and down, pumping their fists. Dooley and Co. haven’t had the best of luck in games that “We got a break!” screamed offensive coordinator Jim have come down to the wire. The Vols had initially beaten Chaney as he caught an elevator down to the locker room to then No. 12 LSU 14-10 last year celebrate. “We finally got a break!” before UT was called for having For the first time in coach Derek Dooley’s too many players on the field. time in Knoxville, the Volunteers got one of The Tigers got another play, those wins that could have gone the other and scored to win 16-14. way, topping the Vanderbilt Commodores In the Music City Bowl, the 27-21 in overtime Saturday at Neyland Vols lost 30-27 (2OT) to North Stadium. Carolina when the Tarheels Eric Gordon’s 90-yard interception return kicked a game-tying field goal at clinched the Vols’ first SEC win of the seathe end of regulation after they son, but the play was initially in question. were called for having too many Gordon was ruled down at the UT 12-yard men on the field, even though line, and the play was whistled dead by an the clock had expired. official, meaning it shouldn’t have been It didn’t take long for reviewed. Tennessee to go up on Vandy, as It was, and overturned was the call. Malik Jackson forced a fumble Tennessee won. on the Commodores’ first drive “I think the luck has turned at that Rod Wilks recovered, givTennessee,” Dooley said. “I don’t care how ing UT the ball on VU’s 21. this happened, but we got one.” Poole’s 1-yard run three plays Gordon, who has split time with Byron later gave UT a 7-0 lead at the Moore at nickel for much of the year, recog9:02 mark. nized the receiver’s route he was covering. Vanderbilt tied the game 7-7 “He did the same route and I was like, in the second quarter after Bray ‘This can’t be real right now,’” Gordon said. threw an interception to Gordon jumped the pass and took off for Archibald Barnes, which he the end zone with no one in front of him. returned to the UT 6. Zac Stacy “Words can’t describe it,” he said. rushed it in on the next play. The Vols moved to 10-3 all-time in overRogers’ 17-yard touchdown George Richardson • The Daily Beacon\ time contests (6-0 at home), tied for the most wins in the country with Missouri. Derek Dooley and the entire football team take the field in victory after officials overturned grab put UT up 14-7 at halftime. By the 12:21 mark in the Tennessee (5-6, 1-6 SEC) had lost five of a play at the conclusion of overtime of a game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Nov. 20. Eric fourth quarter, Vanderbilt had their last six games and had been outscored Gordon ended the game with a 90-yard interception return during overtime to give the Vols scored 14 unanswered points to their first SEC win, 27-21. 87-0 in the second halves of those five contake a 21-14 lead. tests. It appeared to be a similar story Oct. 8 against Georgia. He passed 16-for-33 for 189 yards The UT defense forced four turnovers on the night with Saturday, as Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-6) had outscored UT 14-0 to with two touchdowns and two interceptions. interceptions from Gordon, Prentiss Waggner and Austin take a 21-14 lead with 12:21 remaining in the game. “I told you guys he wasn’t going to look like his form Johnson, and Wilks’ fumble recovery. Johnson became the Tennessee responded, putting together a 16-play drive that ended with Da’Rick Rogers hauling in a one-handed from six weeks ago, but he made enough plays to win the first UT linebacker since Jackie Walker in 1970 to have four picks. touchdown pass from Tyler Bray on a fade route on fourth game,” Dooley said. On Senior Day, Tauren Poole logged a touchdown and “We got the breaks tonight,” Dooley said. “We really did. down from the 2-yard line to tie the game. “Charlie Baggitt, my (receivers) coach was telling me, rushed for a season-high 107 yards on 19 carries, reaching It was like the first time I feel we had a lot of good luck on ‘We’re throwing a fade to you,’” Rogers said. “That showed the century mark for the first time since Oct. 1 against our side and eventually it’s going to come.” The Vols travel to Kentucky Saturday to face the the faith they had in me. So I was like I know I’ve got to Buffalo. He had 45 yards in the fourth quarter. “It felt incredible,” Poole said. “I’m just excited to get a Wildcats. If Tennessee wins, they’ll be bowl eligible.
InHouse puts education to use Rogero takes mayoral election UT students combine design knowledge with company Elizabeth Ross Staff Writer In July of this year, two battling graphic designers decided to stop bumping heads and join together. The merging of founder Tony Smith, junior in public relations, and Darnell Tennial, junior in journalism and electronic media, led to the creation of InHouse Brand Design. Led by the motto, “If we make millionaires, we’ll be billionaires,” the pair is working hard to accomplish this dream by targeting their biggest clients: the UT student body. Having already designed and printed shirts for such student organizations as Alpha Phi Alpha, the National Society of Black Engineers, Psi Chi and others, InHouse Brand Design has become the talk of the campus. Consisting of screen printing, T-shirts, totes, hoodies, etc., InHouse’s main components are graphic design, web design and company branding. “We’re helping other students who are trying to start their own companies,” Smith said. With a sales pitch, “Home of the $5 Tshirt, InHouse Brand Design, Where We Focus on You,” their ultimate goal is to become one of the top brand design companies for all genres, including restaurants, music artists, etc. Smith said that majoring in public relations has taught him about building brands in relation with the company, and that is exactly what InHouse is for: to help others succeed. Under the umbrella of InHouse are two foundations, Up and Coming Moguls, founded for young entrepreneurs in East Tennessee, and Join the Crew, a non-profit organization that provides daily necessities to kids in the Knoxville community
growing up in single-parent households. This holiday season they will be giving each child in the Join the Crew program crew neck sweaters with the InHouse logo and also rewarding one child with a scholarship to UT. “Education is important, and we want to see the children who look up to the Scotty Hopsons of the world that school comes first,” Tennial said. Inspired by the top entrepreneurs of his generation, Steve Jobs, Sean “Jay-Z” Carter and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Smith said that in the beginning stages of InHouse he and Tennial watched movies like “The Social Network” for inspiration. “We are taking bits and pieces from other people, looking at their troubles and relating it to us, making sure we’re making the right moves,” Smith said. The future of InHouse is limitless, but Smith said their main objective is to create an intimate relationship with customers. “I just want them to know that our focus is them,” he said. “I don’t want a company distance from my clients.” Along with screen printing for organizations, InHouse has assisted UT students like How’s the Living, Inc. founders Kaliv Parker, junior in finance, and Aeron Glover, senior in industrial engineering; as well as a fashion company created by more UT students called Heirborn Tees. “The future of InHouse is a large business tackling all aspects of media, holding contracts with large corporations and owning office buildings filled with web and graphic designers,” Smith said. Catch InHouse Brand Design around finals time in the UC and Hodges Library with free giveaways including free T-shirts and drawstring bags with study tips, or check them out at their website: www.inhousegfx.com.
“It has been the most open campaign, and that is always a good thing,” Padgett said. Rogero is Knoxville’s first female mayor. If Padgett won, he would have been Knoxville’s youngest mayor in 125 years. Rogero commented on Padgett’s young age, saying she
man for the job though. He’s a great diplomat and is good at Staff Writer understanding people and their issues.” Mayor-elect Madeline Ivan Harmon, a former Rogero, 59, defeated Mark opponent of Padgett in the priPadgett in the Knoxville maries, was at the event to mayor’s race Tuesday with 58 show his support despite the percent of the votes. outcome. Rogero held her election “Mark has put a lot of night party at The Foundry, effort into the campaign,” located in downtown Harmon said. “He Knoxville. Prior to the worked 36 hours straight event, a fake bomb was disuntil tonight. He’s taken a covered in a WBIR vehicle. lot of time and money to Rogero was not in the buildreally understand the ing at the time of the issue. issues.” No one was injured. Roughly 20,000 voters Padgett and his camturned out to vote, which paign accepted defeat at his is only a fraction of election night party, which Knoxville’s estimated was held at the Sunsphere. 184,000 people. “Even though the results Before the results, tonight were disappointing, Harmon also felt the race I am so very proud of everywould be close, and that one in this room,” Padgett voter turnout greatly said. “We all still raised affects the results. $535,000 and we talked to “Early voting for the 38,000 Knoxvillians. I am primary really helps, but proud and thankful to you the people who come out all for that. I hope with the and vote on election day defeat of the campaign our dreams and visions don’t • Photo courtesy of Madeline Rogero are people who really want to be there,” die.” Madeline Rogero won Knoxville’s Rogero raised a little mayoral race on Tuesday, Nov. 15, Harmon said. “But when more than $345,000 in cam- with 58 percent of the vote. it comes down to it a lot of people just aren’t votpaign funds until Rogero will be Knoxville’s first ing.” September, spending much female mayor. Harmon also discussed of her funding on a consultPadgett’s young age and ing firm based in thought he should start out by future career. Washington, D.C. “He has a lot of life left to Padgett congratulated running for city council. Despite the defeat, supportlive,” Harmon said. “If he doesRogero and stated his hope of ers filled the Sunsphere for an n’t win, I strongly encourage being in Knoxville’s future. “I wish Madeline the very election night party hosted by him to run for city council or best,” Padgett said. the Padgett campaign. Many county commission.” Padgett concluded his “Knoxville’s best days are were hopeful for a win, but felt speech by thanking his wife, ahead of her and I want to be a the race would be tight. “I think it’s going to be real- who he called “my hero and part of that.” He then commented on the ly close,” Erin Herman, sup- best friend.” Rogero is set to announce election as a whole by saying it porter and longtime friend of is the most transparent election the Padgett family, said. “I defi- her key appointees in the nitely think Mark is the right upcoming weeks. Knoxville has ever had.
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Christopher Bush, freshman in Russian studies and pre-medicine concentration, and Calvin Hiatt, freshman in public administration, debate the constitutionality of the new health care reform in the Howard Baker Center on Thursday, Nov. 17.
1783 — Men fly over Paris French physician Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent, the marquis d’ Arlandes, make the first untethered hot-air balloon flight, flying 5.5 miles over Paris in about 25 minutes. Their cloth balloon was crafted by French papermaking brothers Jacques-Étienne and Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, inventors of the world’s first successful hot-air balloons. For time immemorial, humanity has dreamed of flight. Greek mythology tells of Daedalus, who made wings of wax, and Leonardo da Vinci drew designs of flying machines and envisioned the concept of a helicopter in the 15th century. It was not until the 1780s, however, that human flight became a reality. The first successful flying device may not have been a Montgolfier balloon but an “ornithopter” — a glider-like aircraft with flapping wings. According to a hazy record, the German architect Karl Friedrich Meerwein succeeded in lifting off the ground in an ornithopter in 1781. Whatever the veracity of this record, Meerwein’s flying machine never became a viable means of flight, and it was the Montgolfier brothers who first took men into the sky. Joseph and Étienne Montgolfier ran a prosperous paper business in the town of Vidalon in southern France. Their success allowed them to finance their interest in scientific experimentation. In 1782, they discovered that combustible materials burned under a lightweight paper or fabric bag would cause the bag to rise into the air. From this phenomenon, they deduced that smoke causes balloons to rise. Actually, it is hot air that causes balloons to rise, but their error
did not interfere with their subsequent achievements. On June 4, 1783, the brothers gave the first public demonstration of their discovery, in Annonay. An unmanned balloon heated by burning straw and wool rose 3,000 feet into the air before settling to the ground nearly two miles away. In their test of a hot-air balloon, the Montgolfiers were preceded by Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão, a Brazilian priest who launched a small hot-air balloon in the palace of the king of Portugal in 1709. The Montgolfiers were unaware of Lourenço’s work, however, and quickly surpassed it. On Sept. 19, the Montgolfiers sent a sheep, a rooster, and a duck aloft in one of their balloons in a prelude to the first manned flight. The balloon, painted azure blue and decorated with golden fleurs-de-lis, lifted up from the courtyard of the palace of Versailles in the presence of King Louis XVI. The barnyard animals stayed afloat for eight minutes and landed safely two miles away. On Oct. 15, Jean-François Pilátre de Rozier made a tethered test flight of a Montgolfier balloon, briefly rising into the air before returning to earth. The first untethered hot-air balloon flight occurred before a large, expectant crowd in Paris on Nov. 21. Pilátre and d’Arlandes, an aristocrat, rose up from the grounds of royal Cháteau La Muette in the Bois de Boulogne and flew approximately five miles. Humanity had at last conquered the sky. The Montgolfier brothers were honored by the French Acadámie des Sciences for their achievement. They later published books on aeronautics and pursued important work in other scientific fields. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Disaster relief slow in reimbursement The Associated Press CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency knows about a state audit that shows public disaster recovery money is getting paid slowly but a spokesman said there are three public assistance employees and the agency is working as fast as it can. The performance audit by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office said TEMA takes an average of three months, sometimes longer, to repay local costs for cleanup and repair of public property after a disaster. “Delaying passing through of funds to county and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations can delay cleanup and recovery work, which can elevate costs and increase problems,” the audit said. TEMA spokesman Jeremy Heidt told the Chattanooga Francis Glynn • The Daily Beacon Times Free Press the agency Steven Lewandowski, sophomore in public relations, withdraws money from an ATM at the Money Wall on knows there’s a hardship on Thursday, Nov. 10. Despite plans by many major banks to charge customers debit card fees, public outcry over local communities. the issue has caused all to pull back their plans.
Texas drought uncovers history The Associated Press BLUFFTON, Texas — Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later. Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas’ largest lakes. Across the state, receding lakes have revealed a prehistoric skull, ancient tools, fossils and a small cemetery that appears to contain the graves of freed slaves. Some of the discoveries have attracted interest from local historians, and looters also have scavenged for pieces of history. More than two dozen looters have been arrested at one site. “In an odd way, this drought has provid-
ed an opportunity to view and document, where appropriate, some of these finds and understand what they consist of,” said Pat Mercado-Allinger, the Texas Historical Commission’s archeological division director. “Most people in Texas probably didn’t realize what was under these lakes.” Texas finished its driest 12 months ever with an average of 8.5 inches of rain through September, nearly 13 inches below normal. Water levels in the region’s lakes, most of which were manmade, have dropped by more than a dozen feet in many cases. The vanishing water has revealed the long-submerged building foundations of Woodville, Okla., which was flooded in 1944 when the Red River was dammed to form Lake Texoma. A century-old church has emerged at Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas-Mexico border on the Rio Grande. Steven Standke and his wife, Carol, drove to the old Bluffton site on a sandy rutted path that GPS devices designate
not as a road but the middle of the 22,335acre lake, normally almost 31 miles long and five miles wide. “If you don’t see it now, you might never see it again,” said Carol Standke, of Center Point, as she and her husband inspected the ruins a mile from where concrete seawalls ordinarily would keep the lake from waterfront homes. Old Bluffton has been exposed occasionally during times of drought. The receding waters have revealed concrete foundations of a two-story hotel, scales of an old cotton gin, a rusting tank and concrete slabs from a Texaco station that also served as a general store. The tallest structure is what’s left of the town well, an open-topped concrete cube about 4 feet high. Johnny Parks’ tombstone is among a few burial sites. Local historian Alfred Hallmark, whose great-great-great grandfather helped establish Bluffton, said his research showed 389 graves were moved starting in 1931 when dam construction began.
With a budget of $12.4 million this year, TEMA works under the state’s Military Department to coordinate disaster readiness and response. It distributes grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others to aid disaster response and prevention. Heidt said, “some of that is out of our control,” referring to the audit’s criticism of delay in the office of contracts review and the Department of Military. “We’re definitely working as fast as we can,” he said. Heidt said legislators last year authorized new staff but the agency has just begun the hiring process. Some other states are helping. The audit said that in fiscal 2011, TEMA handed out about $60 million in disaster relief and homeland security grants. There is a backlog, partly from May 2010 floods that inundated Nashville, affected 49 counties and generated 6,000 claims under the Public Assistance Grant program.
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Parking services inept, unprofessional I would like to express my absolute dissatisfaction with the way the Lady Vols basketball game parking was handled on the evening, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the Neyland Parking Garage (C2). I understand that events like these occur on our campus and that students like me are made aware of any necessary accommodations beforehand. However, my displeasure this evening stems from the horrible planning and coordination, or lack thereof, which must have gone into the parking procedure. Being a full-time student with multiple on-campus jobs, it is not uncommon for me to arrive at campus between 8-9 a.m. and stay throughout the day, leaving around 5 p.m., sometimes later if my responsibilities require me to stay. I find it extremely disrespectful that my educational institution would place more emphasis on collecting parking money for a sporting event than it would planning a feasible, strategically sound plan to accommodate those of us who utilize parking areas for school and educational activities. My main concerns and criticisms are as follows: 1) It is particularly troublesome that, as a student, I am questioned as to why I’m entering a garage (where my valid parking permit allows me to park) during the hours of operation of the university and at times when classes are in session. (I may note that if the university expects students to attend a weeknight class from 5:45-8:35 p.m., then considerations should be made to accommodate these students in an area within practical distance from these classrooms on game days, not on 11th Street, when classes are usually housed in HSS and the Communications and Student Services Building at these times.) At no point do I find it necessary for this questioning to occur, like it did this morning (before 10 a.m.) and last week as well. This extends to what I believe a member of the parking staff (blue shirts, khaki pants) called “questionable hours” of parking matters. It shouldn’t matter if it is 8 a.m. or 4 p.m., students utilizing these garages have paid hefty sums of money to be able to park, and if not allowed to use this space, are being short-changed by this practice. 2) By my count (and excuse me if I miss one), there are three areas designated as entrances/exits and an additional opening that functions as an exit-only. By blocking off one of the entrances/exits and limiting the two main traffic points (one on Phil Fulmer and one on Neyland Drive) to be used as entrances/money taking points, that leaves the exit-only ramp to be used by those choosing to exit the garage during game day parking procedures.
There are two problems that this setup led me to encounter tonight, one personnel-based and the other being a clear mismanagement and oversight during the logistical planning of such events. Usually, and upon numerous occasions dating back to the 20082009 school year, I’ve been able to exit the garage via the entrance/exit onto Phil Fulmer, which allows me to travel north through campus, reaching my destination without much hassle. However, the portion of the garage that allows drivers to access this exit was blocked off by a university-owned car tonight. Wanting to inquire into the reason for this new development, I asked, “What’s the reason for blocking off this exit tonight? It hasn’t ever been blocked before.” The response I got was terse and unaccommodating: “That’s just the way we’re doing it. You’ll have to exit this way (and pointed to the right, which led me down four floors of the garage, instead of up the half-floor needed to exit from that position).” Not wanting to hold traffic, I followed the small group of cars being directed to the exit. On the ground floor, there are two areas of traffic flow. I presumed I would be guided toward the exit closest to Calhoun’s, which allows for cars to turn either direction onto Neyland Drive. However, I was directed to the exit-only ramp, which only allows vehicles to exit going west-southwest. This blatant lapse in planning forces exiting vehicles to merge with traffic, a majority of which are still trying to enter campus property to attend the evening’s event or travel west to Alcoa Highway or Kingston Pike. Police presence at the corner of Thompson-Boling Arena is a welcome sight, but the delay in traffic flow makes exiting from the garage in this direction a burden to those who seek to leave campus in the opposite direction. While this certainly isn’t the first negative encounter I’ve experienced with UT Parking Services, it exemplifies some of the obvious shortcomings of this university-run operation. A lack of professionalism from staff has come to be expected by not only me, but by my peers as well. A feeling of distrust has emerged between students and this service, and therefore the university. Some see the Parking Services office as an overbearing force, ticketing unnecessarily, and sometimes wrongly, as well as becoming a burdensome segment of our daily life. Clearly, Parking Services is due for an evaluation and hopefully this will alleviate some issues that the students, faculty and others who visit our campus have come to experience. — David Carter is a senior in public relations. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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THE GREAT MASH-UP • Liz Newnam
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Balancing budget cuts, tuition hikes Off the Deep End by
Derek Mullins Think back to your childhood. For most of us, there was at least one time when our parents gave us a choice in a store. Whether it was candy, toys or anything else, the conundrum was always the same: You can have this or you can have that, but you cannot have both. Sure, kids always try their best to wiggle their way out of those constraints and convince their parents to purchase both options — at least that’s what I remember doing. In the end, however, we had to make a choice between the two options. Now, I do not know about you, but as I have gotten older I have found that few things have changed since kindergarten. Boys still say the grossest of things to girls to get their attention, everyone still generally wants a nap in the afternoon, fart jokes are still hilarious and, of course, the aforementioned impasse still holds true. Just as our parents tried to tell us while we were throwing gigantic tantrums in the middle of the cereal aisle, you can have one thing or you can have the other, but you cannot have both. Whether we realize it or not, that age-old conundrum is hindering us to this day. As I was walking through the halls of HSS not too long ago, I spotted a brightly colored flyer out of the corner of my eye. Normally I just pass by and never give any of these adverts a second look, but I could not help but notice that it was a message from Occupy UTK. Upon further inspection, I noticed that one of their rallying points was supposedly going to be a call for a halt to both budget cuts and tuition hikes. You can stop budget cuts or you can stop tuition hikes, but you cannot stop both. Now, this demand is not one that is strictly limited to Occupy UTK, so please do not misconstrue this as a pointed criticism. In fact, I have had this exact same exchange with many
friends, classmates and instructors over my time at this university. It is undeniable that, when you strip away the frilly layers of academic achievement and athletic success, this university, like most, is a slave to money. That isn’t a critique. All universities have to get money somewhere. While quite a bit of UT’s funding comes from the state, a substantial amount comes from tuition dollars collected from the students who attend this institution. As economic times have gotten tougher, however, the university, its administration, its faculty and staff and we as a student body have had to deal with the aforementioned dreary choice. Budget cuts mean that students do not have to see significant increases in their tuition rates. At the same time, however, cuts also mean that faculty and staff lose their jobs, programs get cut and research efforts lose a source of funding. The alternative, of course, is to raise every student’s tuition. While this means that programs may not have to be cut and instructors may not need to be let go, more money will be required from the students, which, of course, means that more money comes out of savings accounts or higher amounts will have to be borrowed from loan sharks who prey on college students. Current estimates are forecasting that tuition rates will rise five to eight percent next academic year for UTK students. Is there a middle ground to be found? Sure. You can cut a few things from the budget and have a small tuition hike, but you still have to make decisions as to how much should be deducted from the budget and how much students should have to pay. The point is that everyone at this university has to take a moment, get with reality and realize that we can avoid budget cuts or we can avoid tuition hikes, but we cannot avoid both. A choice has to be made. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek could always do the responsible thing and refrain from taking raises to his salary in order to help the university, but that is an issue for another day. — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Congress has yet again shown that it knows nothing about the Internet but is willing to legislate on it if they are paid enough with the recent PROTECT IP Act. This bill is aimed at “protecting” intellectual properties by allowing corporations to shut down any website that has infringing material on it. If you upload a video of you lip synching to the newest Lady Gaga album, not only can you cause YouTube to be shut down, you could even get arrested for it. All of this is done in the name of protecting copyright and ending piracy, which really means that lobbyists gave them huge sacks of money and told them how harmful piracy is to the economy. The most depressing thing about this issue, besides Congress’ sheer ineptitude, ignorance and greed, is that piracy does not have that big of an impact on the economy. Media groups and Congress assume that every person who pirates a song or movie is equal to a lost sale, which is ludicrous if any thought is used. There are many reasons people pirate songs and movies; some do it out of curiosity, others because they cannot afford or do not want it enough to pay for it. With the astoundingly low quality work that is coming out of Hollywood and the music industry, it should not be a surprise that people are wary towards spending money on it. Since movie ticket prices are skyrocketing as well as the cost of CDs, it should not be a surprise that people are not willing to gamble their $20 on whether a movie or album will be good. Congress is so focused on the scapegoat of piracy that it is willing to destroy any and all personal freedoms we have in the name of it. If this bill passes, sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google will have to censor everything out of the fear of being shut down. Websites would now become responsible for everything their users post, so if someone posted a picture of copyrighted material
to a forum then the forum would run the risk of being shut down. The bill would literally cause the death of the Internet, because every site would be so afraid of being shut down that they would stifle any creativity of their users lest it be construed as an infringement. The Internet is a complicated place full of pictures of cats and repeated jokes. It has been used to overthrow corrupt regimes and organize protests against greed. Now greed is striking back by using the ignorance of the people in Congress to legislate on it. Trying to get a bunch of old men who barely understand e-mail to legislate on it will just cause greater harm out of their ignorance than any possible good. Congress, however, does not care if it is ignorant of the issues. Sure they spout the various talking points that are pinned to the sacks of money they are given, but they are merely regurgitating what the media corporations want them to say. The Internet is the last bastion of freedom from corporate greed, and it is being assaulted because of it. The American government has devolved into nothing more than empty corporate shills parroting whoever gives it the most money, and this bill is just a representation of that. The Occupy Wall Street movement showed that we the people, not corporations, are who Congress represents. Greed can no longer be the driving force of this nation — it has already destroyed our economy and killed many soldiers. This bill is only the latest manifestation of the greed; it was shown in the past with the health care debate and many other bills. For the betterment of the nation, greed needs to be taken out of power. Members of Congress need to be shown that if they only listen to money then they are not our leaders. The nation has come so far in its war against greed. In the early 1900s, it was a choice between working and dying or not working and dying, but now we have unemployment benefits and welfare for those who cannot get a job. Children were forced to work instead of attending school, but now they can get an education. Corporate greed has always been a detriment to this country. We cannot allow our government to let it take control again. — Aaron Moyer is a junior in philosophy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Celebrities fire back in court The Associated Press LONDON — They’ve been hacked and libeled, stalked and slandered. Now the public figures whose personal lives have long offered grist for Britain’s news mill have been given a rare chance to confront their tabloid tormentors. Film star Hugh Grant, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and the father of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among those due to testify over the next week at the U.K. inquiry into media ethics — a judicial body that could recommend sweeping changes to the way Britons get their news. The nationally televised inquiry would give many of those in the public eye an unprecedented chance to challenge those who write about them, said Cary Cooper, a professor at northern England’s Lancaster University and the author of “Public Faces, Private Lives.” “This is the first time the celebrities have been able to strike back,” Cooper said. “I think it will have an impact, and the media might — for a while at least — pull away.” Speaking ahead of the testimony, victims’ lawyer David Sherborne told the inquiry multiple tales of shattered privacy, broken lives and even suicides stemming from relentless media intrusion. “When people talk of public interest in exposing the
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private lives of well-known people or those close to them, this is the real, brutally real impact which this kind of journalism has,” Sherborne said. Britain’s media ethics probe was set up in the wake of the scandal over phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which was shut in July after it became clear that the tabloid had systematically broken the law. Most horrific was the news that the tabloid had broken into the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler in its search for scoops. Cooper acknowledged that celebrities like Grant or actress Sienna Miller — another star due to give evidence — have struggled to get much in the way of public sympathy even when it was shown that their privacy had been invaded. But he said their appearance alongside crime victims such as Bob and Sally Dowler or Gerry McCann could mark a shift in attitudes. “They’re going to get hit worse by the Milly Dowler family and witnesses of that ilk,” he said. Sherborne, in a two-andhalf-hour-long presentation Wednesday, promised to make journalists squirm. Most powerful among his accusations was the suggestion that media coverage had driven some celebrities’ family members to the brink of suicide — or beyond.
Flash Fiction: Woes of a Panfish mud!” the voice cackled. It sounded closer but no longer with a tone of urgency. I sat up and took my glasses off to clean the mud. I saw two blurs moving around in the grass, which turned into two fish flopping around and gasping or laughing, one of the two. It was a bit confusing. “Hello?” I said. “Are you O.K.?” The fish laughed some more. “We got you, missy!” the voice said. They were two bluegill fish, one missing an eye and the other with a hook and float dangling out of his mouth that said “Frank” in children’s scrawl. “Am I talking to fish, or is someone else out here?” I said to anybody, but the yelling fish rose up and looked me in the face, gave me a long stare and kept laughing on the ground with Frank. “Ain’t nobody else out here but me and Frank!” the rude fish explained. “A boy up the road caught us, but his mama hollered for him to come back home. We’ve been dying the past hour, so we decided to have us some fun, and we shore got it!” I wasn’t quite sure of the proper social etiquette regarding abandoned fish, so I scooped up Frank and tried to wiggle the hook out of his mouth. “Ah ah ah,” the other one scolded. “That boy is going to have to learn to do that. You leave it alone. Nobody else’s business but his.” Frank hopped back into the grass. “What do you want me to do?” I asked. “Nothing,” the loud one replied. “We’re just fish. You don’t have to do nothing.” “But you talk. I’ve never encountered talking fish.” “This might just be the first time you’ve listened. Might be your last listen, though.” “I’m sorry to hear. You sure you don’t want me to throw you back in?” “Nah, best if you don’t see us die. Be kind of weird, but thanks for all the laughs. Glad I could have that.” I nodded and went back to the road. In the creek, there were more bluegill, swimming. I greeted them, but they swam away. My car was covered in leaves, dew and a spider web between the mirror and door. Those fish took up more time than I realized.
Olivia Cooper Staff Writer This story is flash fiction. Flash fiction is a genre of short stories with word counts that don’t usually exceed 1,000. I had a conversation with a fish once. It was a pretty normal day. I had nothing else to do, while I also had everything in the world I should be doing, but I didn’t. There was something just calling me to get in my car and drive. The weather was getting colder, but I rolled the windows down and felt the breeze roll through and around my face, my empty soda cans and crumbled receipts on the floor before the wind left on its own out the passenger side. It just felt great to get away from obligation for the time being. It was on a pretty small back road — one where the roads get so narrow and twisted that you have to watch for cars and pull to the side to let them through — that I came upon it. An SUV the size of Texas rumbled over the hill, so I pulled over and gave the driver a wave when I received a quick display of their longest finger and roars of laughter from the passengers. I didn’t want to encounter them at the stop light at the end, so I sat in my car, with the engine off, to listen to a nearby creek. Moss and little plants hung on the banks and an old manmade water wheel. The scene was so nice that I locked my car and followed the creek into the woods just to see what I could see. “Help!” a voice cut through the trees. “I’m stuck in the creek! Help me!” I ran as fast as I could, tripping from time to time on some of the more narrow ledges and tree roots that jutted out of the ground. “I’m coming!” I yelled. “Help is coming. Don’t panic!” “Hurry! I can’t move!” the voice replied. It sounded like an old voice, as if some elderly man had been walking by the creek and had maybe gotten his foot stuck in the mud. I came to a log and tried to jump over it but didn’t make it quite in time and found myself face first in the dirt. The voice laughed. “Got a live ’en! Lookit this Frank. She’s done covered herself in
— Olivia Cooper is a senior in creative writing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Virginia upsets Lady Vols, 69-64 Vols one step closer to bowl game Matt Dixon Sports Editor
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Meighan Simmons and Taber Spani struggle to control the ball during a game against Carson-Newman on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Lady Vols were upset this weekend by Virginia, falling in overtime 69-64.
The Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia used an 11-0 run overtime to upset the No. 3 Lady Vols, 69-64 at John Paul Jones Arena. Taber Spani led UT with 22 points while Shekinna Stricklen had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Virginia took the game-changing 62-61 lead as Ariana Moorer knocked down a jumper with 2:52 left in regulation to give the Cavaliers their first advantage in the extra session. They extended that lead to three at 64-61 as Chelsea Shine hit a baseline runner with just over two minutes left in overtime. The Lady Vols went scoreless
for a span of more than four minutes in overtime as they missed several shots and had multiple turnovers. Crosby made three free throws in the final 1:07 of overtime to extend UVa’s run and lead to 67-61. Spani made her second 3pointer in overtime with four seconds left to bookend the Cavaliers’ 11-0 run for the final five-point margin. The final minutes of regulation were back-and-fourth as the score was tied three times at 54, 56 and 58 before the team headed to overtime. Isabelle Harrison tied the game at 54 on a jumper with 3:39 left. That was answered by a Chelsea Shine lay-up with 2:27 in the second half to regain a
lead for the Cavaliers, 56-54. Stricklen tied the game at 56 on a lay-in off a feed from Ariel Massengale with 1:09 left. She was fouled but missed the chance for the 3-point play. On the ensuing possession, China Crosby canned a shot to regain the lead for UVa, 58-56 with 37 seconds left. Spani knocked down a baseline jumper with 25 seconds to deadlock the game again at 58. That set the stage for a potential winning shot for Virginia but Ariana Moorer’s shot was blocked by Glory Johnson with two seconds left and Massengale hoisted a halfcourt shot at the buzzer that came up short, leading the teams to overtime.
For the second year in a row, Tennessee entered its final two games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky needing a sweep to earn its sixth win of the season and a bowl bid. Last year, the Volunteers accomplished that task, and this year they’re a win over the Wildcats away from doing so for the second consecutive season. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a football team in all my years,” UT coach Derek Dooley said. “The adversity these guys have gone through, and what happened last week (at Arkansas), I know nobody was expecting us to come out and do much. But we went out there and just gritted out a win and that was fun to watch.” Despite the adversity and criticism surrounding the program, the Vols avoided losing their seventh SEC game for the first time in school history with the win over Vanderbilt. “I’ve kept telling them I’ve seen a lot of good in them the last six weeks that a lot of people can’t see,” Dooley said. “I kept believing in them and they kept believing in themselves, and it’s real easy to get lost in that. It’s toxic, all the negativity that can surround the program, and it’s hard on a young man — it’s hard for adults — to be insulated from it. But the old Orange Dog did its magic. It was positive all night. We never tucked our tails or put our head down tonight, and there was a lot of opportunity to.” Controversial ending Eric Gordon’s game-winning interception returned for a touchdown sent the Tennessee sidelines and Neyland Stadium into celebration mode. But the play sent the game’s officials scrambling to figure out just what happened because of an inadvertent whistle that blew after Gordon intercepted the Jordan Rodgers’ pass. After the game, the SEC announced the play should not have been reviewed because of the whistle during the play. “On the last play of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game, in overtime, the Tennessee defender intercepted the pass, his knee did not touch the ground and he returned the interception for a touchdown,” Steve Shaw, SEC Coordinator of Officials said in a statement after the game. “During the play, the head linesman incorrectly ruled that the Tennessee player’s knee was down when he intercepted the pass by blowing his whistle and giving the dead ball signal. The play was reviewed as if there was no whistle on the
field and as a result, overturned the incorrect ruling. By rule, if there was a whistle blown, the play is not reviewable.” Regardless, Gordon was credited with the score and UT was given the win. And Vol players and fans were able to celebrate a second time. “I saw him catch it and then I tried to run with him as fast as I could,” senior defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “I ended up doing the Lambeau leap into the stands and then I saw there was a flag. After they called it and we had won, I did the leap into the student section again, so it was fun.” Said senior middle linebacker Austin Johnson: “It was unbelievable. It is a great way to end my career here at Neyland Stadium. I thank all the fans, and it has been a great experience.” Bray returns Tyler Bray’s return to the lineup after missing UT’s previous five games provided a spark for a struggling Vols’ team, despite his sub-par performance. “He struggled a lot,” Dooley said. “I told you guys he wasn’t going to look like his form from six weeks ago, but he made enough plays to win the game.” Entering the game with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 14:2, Bray doubled his interception total on the season and both picks directly lead to two Vanderbilt touchdowns. “I think I completed more passes to the other team than I did to ours,” Bray said jokingly after the game. “You could blame it on rust. It’s not though. It’s just me throwing to the other team. Me just making mistakes.” While Bray wasn’t expected to return to his pre-injury form his first game back, not knowing what play was called when UT took over at its own 38-yard line with 20 seconds remaining in regulation wasn’t expected. “Well, we were trying to run a screen play and we thought we could get a first down,” Dooley said. “Tyler, he didn’t even know what the play was. So he called something insane in the huddle. And you know, I mean, we were laughing about it. The guy, our screen play is called ‘soccer, soccer right.’ And he called ‘sucker,’ which we don’t even have. And then he just invented a play.” Said Bray: “Yeah, we do have a play called sucker and soccer. (Quarterbacks) coach (Darin) Hinshaw was all jacked up and yelling and I really didn’t understand what he said so I just went in there and called something and I was like, ‘Tauren, just check down. Block for a little bit and check down and we’ll throw it to you and get out of this quarter.’ I had no idea what we were running.”
Published on Nov 21, 2011