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Staff Writer Gender neutral housing on campus may still be a distant prospect for UT. Written in 2012 by SGA senator Jacob Clark, the Student Government Association Bill 0113 aims to allow male and female students to live together in the same apartment or suite. Gender-neutral housing would benefit siblings, couples, transgender individuals and others who wish to live with members of the opposite sex. Passed by the student senate in 2012 by a margin of 27-18, Bill 0113 called for the establishment of gender-neutral housing options by fall 2014. Frank Cuevas, executive director of University Housing, has been working closely with Provost Susan Martin and Vice Chancellor Rickey Hall to determine how best to move forward with the bill. What they have concluded may postpone the fall 2014 deadline. “Recently, we had the chance to sit down and review the bill,” Cuevas said. “In that discussion, we arrived at the conclusion that unfortunately the facilities we currently have don’t really lend themselves to implement gender neutral housing.” Cuevas said these housing options would fit best in newly-built dorms carefully designed to fit requirements like increased privacy. “As we look at designing and building new facilities and becoming more intentional with the design process, we will have a much more conducive space to work with,” Cuevas said. Clark, a senior in College Scholars, remains hopeful that progress will be made. “If a bill sticks around that long, and they’re still talking about it and it’s being dealt with that high up, usually you get a result,” Clark said. “It’s very rare that nothing happens.” See HOUSING on Page 2

Hemsworth visits Knoxville for ‘Catching Fire’ premiere Claire Dodson

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Cortney Roark Assistant Arts & Culture Editor The Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 added three new tiles to their star plaza Tuesday night: Liam Hemsworth, Francis Lawrence and a commemorative plaque for the premiere of “Catching Fire,” the second film in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Both Lawrence, who directed the film, and Hemsworth, who plays Katniss’s childhood friend Gale, attended the event, which served as a fundraiser for Variety – The Children’s Charity. The charity, which helps U.S. children in need, raised more than $500 million through the premiere, 100 percent of which goes to the charity, according to Carol Fusco, executive director of Variety. Lawrence and Hemsworth arrived on the red carpet to hundreds of screaming fans, many of whom got autographs and pictures with Hemsworth, who also stopped to talk to media. When talking to The Daily Beacon, he emphasized how proud he is of the film and cast.

Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale in “The Hunger Games” series, attended the premiere of “Catching Fire” at the Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 on Tuesday night. The showing served as a fundraiser for Variety – The Children’s Charity. “I’m very happy to be a part of this whole project,” Hemsworth said. “I’m working with the director Frances Lawrence and we have so many great actors on this. It’s a meaningful story. I think we’ve become very emotionally involved in these characters because they’re real people,

they’re honest. “They’ve caught on to the situations and they’ve managed to stay themselves somehow throughout those terrible situations.” Lawrence, who directed “I Am Legend” and is set to direct the next two films in “The Hunger

UT seniors opt for touch of gray in season finale

Games” series, talked about his vision for “Catching Fire” and how the source material provided crucial inspiration for his take on the film. “My vision all kind of came from the source material,” Lawrence said. “(‘Catching Fire’) is the book where every-

Garrett Ahmad Contributor As voted on by the seniors who will be participating in their last home game of their careers, the Vols will run out of the “T” for Saturday’s game against the Vanderbilt Commodores wearing UT’s alternate “Smokey” gray uniforms. Tennessee’s only previous time wearing the new uniforms came in an overtime loss to Georgia on Oct. 5. Head coach Butch Jones said Tuesday he wishes to more firmly establish gray as part of the future of the football program. “We talked about the gray becoming more standard a little bit in our football program,” Jones said. “So it’s just something with our seniors that they wanted to do.” Most of the Vols’ seniors committed to play for Lane Kiffin before his notoriously abrupt departure to USC. However, they stuck to their commitment and played their first three seasons under Derek Dooley, only one of which ended in a bowl game. Now with a new head coach, the seniors are looking to end their careers on a high by earning a bowl bid. To do that, they’ll need to beat Vanderbilt and close the season with a win at Kentucky next week. Senior defensive lineman Jacques Smith has already been preparing for his last home game at

Tennessee senior defensive end Jacques Smith celebrates in the end zone after returning an interception 18 yards for a touchdown against Auburn at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 9. Tennessee. “It’s going to be an emotional moment,” Smith said. “Especially being able to play one at night for my last one, it’s going to be a very special night.” Jones, however, wants to keep emotions out until the the season is over. See FOOTBALL on Page 6

thing starts to open up. The real themes of the stories really start to kick in, the consequence of war and of violence. We can really see what kind of damage has been done to the characters that have been in the games. See PREMIERE on Page 3

Students, professors prepare for evaluations Jenna Butz Staff Writer

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It’s that time of year. As the semester ends, reminders for instructor evaluations are landing in every student’s inbox. Using a model adopted from the University of Washington in the late 1990s, and as decided by SGA and the faculty senate at the time, the Student Assessment of Instruction System attempts to provide an accurate depiction of course instruction quality. But response rates for evaluations are low, with only 30-40 percent of the student population participating. This low rating has spurred requests from faculty. “The response rate has been an issue for faculty and instructors, and it’s something that we are continuing to work on,” Elizabeth Pemberton, the SAIS Coordinator, said. “You know, you don’t want to spend your time doing this just to think it disappears into a black hole. If your professor

tells you how they use it and you feel like it’s meaningful to them, I think that is important to students.” However, Pemberton said SAIS understands the timing may pose difficulties for some students. “This is a busy time of the semester for students, and this is another on the list of things you have to do,” Pemberton said. Aaron Hamby, a prepharmacy freshman, said he intends to make time for the evaluations, but primarily for courses in which he had a negative experience. “It gives me more of an incentive to fill it out if I do have a complaint,” Hamby said, “because I want it to be fixed for the next semester that takes them.” If an instructor receives repeatedly low evaluation scores, he or she could be referred to the Teaching and Learning Center for help with instruction. See EVALUATIONS on Page 2

‘Beat Vandy Bonfire’ set to consume Fiji Island school spirit before the season’s final home football game. Also open to the public, the bonfire is expected to span 10 square feet and attract an audience of around 600 Fiji Island will be set on fire. Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Student guests, including UT football coach Government Association Traditions Butch Jones. Jones will make an appearcommittee will host a “Beat Vandy ance, pose for pictures and sign autoBonfire” in Fraternity Park to rally graphs. The Knoxville Fire Department has approved the event and will also be

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present to ensure safety. Brittany Bender, a junior in political science, is a co-director of the committee and said she’s looking forward to the event. “We want to increase everyone’s big orange spirit, not just students,” Bender said. “But I really can’t imagine anyone would want to miss out on the fun.”

In Bender’s opinion, events like the bonfire are necessary to maintain enthusiasm and passion on campus. “I want everyone to feel connected, Vol to Vol, through traditions,” Bender said. “Our athletics teams and really every part of our school is fueled by Vol energy. The football team needs our spirit to win.” Free Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be

served and High Cotton will be giving away UT merchandise. “It’s pretty much just kind of like one last big ‘hoorah’ for the students,” said Clay Hillyard, senior in biomedical engineering and another co-director of the SGA Tradition’s Committee. “Especially the seniors.” See BEAT VANDY on Page 2


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UT is not responsible to teach sexual exploration In the Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, issue of the Daily Beacon, the front-page article entitled “UT still near bottom of sexual health rankings” unnecessarily attacked the university and blurred the line between sexual education and sexual exploration by including them under the same canopy of “sexual health.” They are not the same thing, and the university certainly is not responsible for providing both to students. Although they could be more centralized, the university already offers several services and resources, including sexual health care professionals, STD testing, accessibility to condoms, authorities to handle issues such as rape, lecturers and peer-led educational groups. Through these various resources, the university is appropriately fulfilling its role in sexual health education. In the article, Ms. Rader explained the wide spectrum of information covered on Brown University’s sexuality center website, from “how to have a female orgasm to where to go if you’re raped.” When did students’ successes in sexual pleasure become the responsibility of the university? Considering this information is already more than readily available through various sources in our society today, I hardly find it necessary for yet another website to be created explaining such things, much less by a public university. After recalling several events that took place during our own university’s Sex Week last spring, including a session

called “How Many Licks Does It Take...,” I cannot help but think that perhaps there is a bigger agenda driving events such as these. The line seems to have been crossed from sexual health education — something good and necessary — to “pleasure education.” Ms. Rader also suggests it is unrealistic for students at a public educational institution to educate themselves with the resources provided by that institution. If we as students are unable to utilize resources given to us, regardless of their topic, then the University of Tennessee has far greater issues than a perceived lack of sexual education. Education does not come door-to-door (though, in this case, it is perhaps even easier than that — just a click away), and students in an academic setting are responsible for digesting the information they receive. I think it is time we start recognizing the existence of sexual responsibility and the serious need for its application. Respectfully, Amy Stewart, 4th year architecture student. Amy Stewart can be reached at SEE MORE OPINIONS: See another Letter to the Editor on UT’s sexual health on Page 4

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World AIDs Day to spur awareness, offer free testing Kendall Basham Contributor

There is no vaccine and no cure. There is only awareness. The Facing AIDs Project has arrived on campus, campaigning for education among students, faculty and staff through the annual World AIDS Day. Taking place Monday, Nov. 25 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the second floor of Hodges Library, World AIDS Day will include several events, including free, confidential HIV testing, Facing AIDS Project photo testimonial activities and an educational display offering red ribbons, the symbol of hope for HIV victims past and present. The Center for Disease Control estimates more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in America. One of five of those infected are unaware they carry the disease. In Tennessee alone, more

than 25,000 cases have been detected since 1982. “Many of our students, faculty, and staff have been personally touched by the HIV epidemic due to the loss of friends and family members, and this day both memorializes and educates,” Joel Kramer, faculty advisor for Lambda Student Union and assistant manager of University Housing, said. “So this isn’t something that happens ‘somewhere else’ to certain kinds of people.” Acquired through the exchange of bodily fluids, HIV attacks the immune system. Over time, HIV can progress and become AIDS, a point at which the body is severely compromised and requires immediate treatment. Intended to educate and unite citizens against the stigma associated with the illness and commemorate victims, UT’s Lambda Student Union, S.E.E. Center, College Democrats and

UT Libraries are co-coordinating with the Knox County Health Department for the day’s events. Lambda and the S.E.E. Center will have a resource table on the second floor of Hodges Library, where they will distribute information and speak with attendees. Representatives from the organization say Lambda is counting on the power of peer persuasion. “Despite those numbers HIV and AIDS is still something taboo to talk about,” Michael Porter, president of Lambda Student Union, said. “This causes a stigma around HIV and AIDS itself, as well as discrimination for those living with HIV. Lambda Student Union hopes to use this as an opportunity to educate students, faculty and staff about HIV and AIDS.” Knox County Health Department will be administering free, confidential HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hodges. “We will use the Oraquick test, which is an oral swab

that does not require blood or needles,” Judy Roitman, LMSW with the Knox County Health Department, said. “Results are available within 20 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone between the ages of 15 and 64 get tested for HIV, regardless of risk factors.” Through their Facing AIDS Project testimonials, S.E.E. will afford students, faculty and staff the opportunity to write a message to help raise awareness, promote testing or commemorate those who have died. These messages will be photographed and placed in the photo gallery to accompany the display. “This is a disease that strikes our community close to home,” Kramer said. “And recent comments by state officials such as Sen. Campfield show there is still a lack of education and a great deal of misinformation in our community about this ongoing epidemic.”

Knoxville Zoo to host St. Jude charity walk Victoria Brown Contributor

A commitment to finding cures and saving lives: that’s what a donation to St. Jude connotes. On Nov. 23, the Knoxville Zoo will host the annual “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.” to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Some of the event’s local sponsors include WVLT and Target. Located in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a not-forprofit organization that works to “cure and enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to us for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide,” as described on the hospital’s

website. The walk is a part of the “Thanks and Giving” campaign, founded by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas, the children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. “Knoxville is an incredible community and I’ve loved working with UT students to fundraise for a great cause,” Courtney Kissack, leader of event staff, said. “By fundraising for this event, Knoxvillians and UT students are ensuring that no family at St. Jude ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.” The walk is free for all attending, though donations are encouraged. Certain prizes will be given when donation goals are achieved. “The best part about it is that the ‘St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.’ is a nationwide event,” Kissack said. “Supporters in more than 75 communities across the

HOUSING continued from Page 1 Products of student initiative, senate bills tend to be most successful when their progress is closely monitored by senators. “The gender neutral housing bill was my first bill, and it’s being taken very seriously because we took it very seriously,” Clark said. “We had a serious discussion in senate and we did our research beforehand. Technically, once we pass bills in the senate, it is out of our hands. But it’s our responsibility as senators to check up on it and keep administrators accountable, which I think they appreciate.” Recently, University Housing began a pilot program allowing honors students and athletes to live on a co-ed floor in Volunteer Hall. Rachel Hudson, an RA on the seventh floor of Volunteer Hall,

country will participate on Nov. 23. For students, it’s fun to think that friends and family are probably participating at the walks in Nashville, Memphis and Tri Cities.” Lindsey Herche, senior in finance, plans to attend the walk for the first time. After raising $1,000 for the organization, Herche said she is excited to support the hospital where she once sought treatment. “Being a patient at St. Jude for the past five years has been a journey, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Herche said. “The day of the walk, I am excited to celebrate my journey through St. Jude and the fact that I am a survivor, to celebrate other children who are currently being treated at St. Jude, and to celebrate the amazing doctors, research and cures that St. Jude has discovered and shared with medical institutions around the world

said there have been no safety issues thus far with males and females living on the same floor. “I think it’s beneficial to have them on the same floor, especially in the living and learning communities,” Hudson said. “I see boys and girls on this floor studying together all the time. It’s just easier to be accessible.” Noting other universities that have successfully implemented gender neutral housing, Cuevas is working with other administrators to work out the logistics of the plan. Gender neutral housing initiatives have spread across the country in recent years, with nearly 100 schools in the U.S. currently offering gender-neutral living options. Northeastern University, for example, allows students interested in gender-neutral housing to specify single or double bedrooms in pre-determined apartments across campus. “In places like Vol Hall, you have men and women living on

EVALUATIONS continued from Page 1 Pemberton stressed that one bad evaluation does not doom an instructor’s career. “There may be underlying reasons for a bad evaluation,” Pemberton said. “One here or there shouldn’t really hurt someone. There are instructors that go to the TLC on their own, but it’s really at the department level.” While only instructors may view anonymous responses to the survey’s open-ended questions, department heads can have access to the scale questions. Students can also access the scale results through the Tennessee 101 portal on the SGA website. The database was last updated in 2011. Still, students remain skepti-

BEAT VANDY continued from Page 1 The Traditions Committee has been preparing for the bonfire for weeks. Hillyard said he hopes the event becomes a lasting UT tradition.

saving children everywhere.” Junior Jenna Martin, a nutrition major, also holds a personal connection with the hospital. “I am the recruitment chairwomen for the new St. Jude committee, a very new committee,” Martin said. “My brother is a patient at St. Jude, so I’m very familiar with and close to it.” Herche has been impressed by the community’s response to the upcoming walk. “The ‘Give thanks. Walk.’ gives people the opportunity to learn about St. Jude and childhood cancer, and to celebrate and honor patients and doctors,” Herche said. “This year, myself and a group of a few other students worked extremely hard to spread the word around campus and get UT involved. Sixteen student organizations are participating in the walk this year. That’s incredible.”

the same floor, which is technically more co-ed than gender neutral, but I think with that we are getting to the right concept,” Clark said. “You don’t need a new hall, you don’t need a new branch, you don’t need to make a huge change, you just need to let people who want to live together live in the same place.” However, Cuevas stressed the importance of correctly implementing Bill 0113, with intention and a carefully designed floor plan in mind. “Some people might say that since the new Fred Brown dorm will be opening next fall that it will be used for gender neutral housing,” Cuevas said. “But not even Fred Brown is designed in a way that is conducive to that type of living. “You have to have answers to all the issues up front and be very intentional, otherwise you run the risk of the program not being successful at all.”

cal about how seriously these evaluations are taken. “Some teachers, I don’t feel like look at them,” Hamby said. “The older teachers might, I don’t know. From talking to my lab TAs, they’re like, ‘We don’t really look at them as much as our older professors look at them.’ I don’t know if they’re going to be as useful as they should be.” Amy Heger, a graduate student in the experimental psychology Ph.D. program, is teaching her first semester class this fall and plans to use her evaluations as a learning tool. “I’m hoping for feedback on how I can tailor my teaching style,” Heger said. “Getting feedback on the things that people find are really helpful in their learning versus stuff that might be annoying, so I can know for the future.”

“Our committee is in charge of promoting traditions and making new ones, so hopefully this event will be the one we are making new,” Hillyard said. “Not very often do you get to set something on fire on campus without getting arrested.”

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THE DAILY BEACON • 3 Arts & Culture Editor Claire Dodson

PREMIERE continued from Page 1 “The stakes open up emotionally for Katniss and for the entire nation; the rebellion is starting to percolate so I took all those ideas and built from that.” Fans started arriving around 1 p.m. and lined up outside the fences surrounding the Turkey Creek theater, all with one goal in mind: catch a glimpse of Liam Hemsworth. “I bragged about it to all my friends,” Madison Harmon, freshman in communication studies who had a ticket to the showing, said. “I’m just hanging out with Liam Hemsworth this afternoon, no big deal. But I’m definitely Team Peeta, got to root for the underdog.”

Fusco was impressed with the amount of people that attended the event and with the impact the showing would have on the community. “We are able to bring in a lot of star power and notoriety to the city,” Fusco said. “We have a wealth of people in the area that help support us.” After the screening, the crowds were abuzz with excitement and approval for the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” which made $155 million in its opening weekend. “I loved it and was so happy with it,” Marilee Liemohn, sophomore at Central High School, said. “The first was good, but I had to grow to like it. In this one there were just so many good parts. It’s so exciting that something like this could happen in Knoxville.”

Students introduced to Zambian, Zimbabwean culture through I-House Hannah Cather Photo Editor Zambia and Zimbabwe are two African countries that rarely make their way into the minds of American students. With this week’s cooking demonstration at the International House, the African Student Association aimed to change that. The I-House offers programs throughout the school year that emphasize various countries that have representatives present on UT’s campus. Zambia and Zimbabwe had yet to be highlighted, so the third week of November was their time to shine. The ASA presented a cooking demonstration to share some traditional African cuisine with curious students and community members Wednesday. Cecilia Dzingira, a native of Zimbabwe, called upon two volunteers to assist in the preparation of a curry chicken stew. They added diced onions and peppers to a hot electronic skillet, and while the ingredients simmered, Dzingira described the dish. “Some people eat chicken stew and rice for lunch,” Dzingira said. “Sometimes it’s reserved for special occasions like weddings or funerals. One of the most important dishes is sadza, and we eat it with different things like greens or fish.” Sadza, a porridge-like food made from cornmeal, is the national dish of Zimbabwe. After the peppers and onions were “mild brown,” Dzingira added shredded chicken and a can of tomatoes.

“In Zimbabwe, we use the freshest tomatoes, but canned works for right now,” Dizingira said before seasoning the dish with curry powder and salt. While the chicken stew simmered away, the cooking demonstration continued with cabbage fritters. Mwamba Bowa, who was born and raised in Zambia and then traveled to Knoxville for college, walked the audience through the process of making cabbage fritters. “First, shred all of this cabbage,” Bowa said to Michael Grigsby, one of the new volunteers. Grigsby looked slightly perplexed, but proceeded to shred the half head of cabbage while Bowa helped Raina Altawil combine the remaining ingredients. Grigsby offered to form the fritters and help fry them, so he accompanied Altawil to the kitchen. As the cabbage “blobs” cooked, Grigsby explained his interest in the culture. While in high school, he was one of eight American students invited to travel to Zambia for a research project about famine and fund allocation. “My favorite food thing from Zambia was definitely the peppered steak,” Grigsby said. “I’m pretty sure it was antelope, actually.” The fritters were fried while pre-prepared food was served to attendees. The audience dined on samples of the two dishes that had been prepared during the presentation. “I’ve never had Zambian food,” Shannon Mullane said. “I love to explore new cultures and cuisines, and the food was delicious.”

‘Catching Fire’ burns brightly Cortney Roark Assistant Arts & Culture Editor “Catching Fire,” the second installment of “The Hunger Games” series, captured the emotions and futuristic concepts presented in the books written by Suzanne Collins. Directed by Frances Lawrence, “Catching Fire” follows Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, into a new arena for the Quarter Quell, the 75th Hunger Games. Since the 74th Hunger Games, hope has risen in the districts through Katniss, the “mockingjay” of the people. This symbol is depicted brilliantly throughout the film. As the train passes through a tunnel, a stamp of the mockingjay is shown on the walls just long enough to give the audience an idea of what is to come at the end of the tunnel. The viewer only sees this symbol as long as Katniss does, a great example of subjective narration used in the film. This creates a sense of confusion, much like that of Katniss’. The most obvious mockingjay reference is the use of a dress made to look like the bird itself as Katniss raises her arms. The expression and body movement of Lawrence while in this costume shows the almost hesitation, and eventual confidence, of the idea of hope. Perhaps the most subtle, and most powerful, depiction of the mockingjay, is the use of camera angles and movement as Katniss enters the arena as one of her closest loved ones is dragged away by The Capitol.

Lawrence’s expression is one of terror while under the ground of the arena while the camera is at a straight-on angle. As the tube rises, Lawrence’s expression begins to fade from terror to confusion. As she reaches full height in the arena, the low camera angle show’s Lawrence above with her arms out from her body enough to show the sky through them, much like a bird. The camera then pans

Catching Fire Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Francis Lawrence Genre: Action, Adventure Rating: PG-13

up slowly with 360-degree movement around Lawrence as her expression changes solely to anger and determination. A major difference between the film and the book turned out to be a nice touch of dialogue to make up for details only a book can explain. The series’ antagonist is given screen time with his

granddaughter. Through the use of a simple braid in her hair and one line of dialogue about love, the audience understands what drives the antagonist to his decisions. Adding characters and perspective to a book adaptation was a risky move, but only helped guide the viewer through the complexity of the character’s motives. One aspect of this film that cannot be overlooked is The Capitol. The camera movement while filming Capitol scenes is almost a crane movement of constantly flowing through air, to portray the grace and elegance the Capitol citizens are meant to have. The costumes in the film seem to be exactly as described in the book. With such dramatic makeup and costume descriptions given by Collins, a fine line between “Capitol fashion” and “drag queen Halloween” was evident. However, this was handled perfectly in this film. The costumes were more dramatic than anything seen in today’s world, but were designed with enough thought to be believable in the context of the film. The futuristic feel of “Catching Fire” is something director Lawrence knew the audience was expecting. This was accomplished through the set, but also the futuristic mindset in which the actors were directed to portray. Citizens of The Capitol held their noses in the air and never gave robotic reactions throughout the film, just as expected. “Catching Fire” is one of the best book adaptations in film history. Viewer’s will leave the theater off to buy a mockingjay pen with three fingers raised for the districts. Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon

Francis Lawrence, director of “Catching Fire” talks to reporters on the red carpet for the film’s premiere at Regal Pinnacle 18 on Tuesday.

Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Cortney Roark

Michael Grigsby, left, freshman in nuclear engineering, and Mwamba Bowa make cabbage fritters during the Zambia and Zimbabwe Cooking Demonstration at the International House on Tuesday. Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon

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Cecilia Dzingira, left, ties a head scarf on Mwamba Bowa, a junior in electrical engineering, at the Zambia and Zimbabwe Cooking Demo on Nov. 19.The event was put on to bring Knoxville a taste of the traditional food from the African nations.


Thursday, November 21, 2013 Editor-in-Chief R.J. Vogt


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Educate on more than sex

In the Tuesday, Nov. 19 issue of The Daily Beacon, the article “UT still near bottom of sexual health rankings,” described how UT is “ranked in the bottom 25 on Trojan’s annual Sexual Health Report Card.” The headliner might be enticing, but is it really as disconcerting as it seems? Does it send the best message? The article cited that students have access to “a Student Health Center, a Women’s Clinic and the S.E.E. Center, which provide students with medical assistance, STD testing, sexual assault counseling and general health information.” OK, so we’re not the best, but we clearly have an ample supply of sexual resources on campus. Ms. Brianna Rader, co-founder of Sexual Empowerment at Tennessee, argued throughout the article that the university is still not doing enough. “How realistic is it that we are expecting students to print off the program themselves and educate themselves,” she asked. “That’s not happening. We need to do more.” Rader went on to propose resources similar to those at Brown University. However, what the article did not mention is that, despite all its resources, Brown University holds a dark and still prevalent history of sexual assault. The Brown Daily Herald published an article in April of this year that explained how Brown students love to attend sex-positive events. But Devon Reynolds, a coordinator for Brown’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse, stated in the article that putting “sexual assault” in the name makes it harder to generate attendance. It seems our own university might be facing the same issues. The point of having a plethora of choices is just that – they are choices. No one can make someone go to work, pay their bills, feed their children or study for their tests, and no one can make someone educate themselves when it comes to their sexual health. People have to be responsible for their actions. Even in the case that someone was raped, it is the victims and witnesses responsibility to report it or nothing is going to be done. We can’t make people be responsible for themselves. Why is this such a big deal? Well, because to college students, sex is a big deal. Our culture is constantly preaching to us that sex is what matters; we see the message in music, art, films, books and especially product advertisements. This is not to say that “sex is bad,” but over-glorifying sex has formed a culture of objectivity. One would be hard-pressed to go a day without viewing an advertisement that is using a scantily clad woman to sell its product. This emphasis on sex has caused our society to view the human person as a mere object for sexual pleasure. This is the cause of the growing number of sexual assaults and rapes, not because people aren’t “educated.” Are we as a university really pushing for the right kind of education, or are we force-feeding students too much of the same thing? I agree with the article’s focus on education, however, I propose a different kind of education. To prevent the “progressive” conformation of our campus to the views of society, there needs to be further emphasis and especially education on the dignity of the human person. Instead of more sexual education, what if we impressed upon the student body the importance of each person? What would it look like if students were taught just as much about “Why rape is wrong” as they were “How to prevent and report rape?” It is this kind of education that would help students make choices and utilize the resources made available to them. These are the kind of “Big Ideas” that the university should be pushing for. UT prides itself on its education and sending students out into the world who can change it. The employers who hire UT graduates base their decisions off the university’s educational reputation, (hopefully) not because we can or can’t keep up with Trojan’s illustrious rankings. Let’s talk about education, baby. Allison Vargo is a junior in social work. She can be reached at

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Don’t forget to ‘give thanks’ before you ‘Merry Christmas’ Knight Errant by

Victoria Knight Every year, Thanksgiving arrives before Christmas. And yet every year, we continue to creep up the date of when it is acceptable to start doing Christmas-y things. Now more than ever, it seems to be happening immediately after Halloween is over. I was an actual eyewitness to the crime that Wal-Mart committed in early October of having Christmas decorations up simultaneously with Halloween decorations – even on back-to-back aisles. Within the UT community, there seems to be a great divide upon this point – on one side the avid lovers of all things Christmas who literally start playing Christmas music the first of November, and on the other side the curmudgeons who say, “no,” to Christmas spirits before Thanksgiving. As a passionate advocate of the latter, I implore you not to leave Thanksgiving out. You might counter with the fact that you’re not leaving Thanksgiving out, you still celebrate it in between all of your caroling and Christmas gift shopping and tree

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the message was the same: be thankful. It was not until 1863 in the midst of the Civil War that Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday and set it to be the fourth Thursday in November. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to get it moved to the third Thursday in November in order to increase sales during the Great Depression, but the general public outcry was against “Franksgiving,” and he was forced to move it back. Additionally, perhaps one of the neatest facets of Thanksgiving is that it is also one of the only exclusively American holidays. Maybe I’m such a stalwart supporter of the holiday because I am a “turkey baby,” born the day before Thanksgiving. There’s something magical about it that’s not quite like any other holiday, though it probably traces back to the simplicity that it involves – just reuniting with the ones you love and eating a meal together. Hold off on your Christmas ornaments and renditions of “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and instead pull out the pumpkins, turkeys and a copy of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Christmas can wait for a couple more weeks. Victoria Knight is a senior in microbiology. She can be reached at vknight4@

Let your home-school show, reveal your interesting side Uncommon Sense by

Evan Ford I was home-schooled. While other kids were standing in cafeteria lines and sticking gum to the bottom of school desks, I was at home, listening to my mom explain biology and pre-algebra and waiting till I could go upstairs and play Legos with my sisters. I’ve asked my mom why she and my dad chose to home-school us, and she always responds with something about “a better education” and “public school being a waste of time.” In truth, I really think my mom loved it as much as we did. Take, for example, the time she wanted us to have a real biology education — to do some dissections. My mom piled my two older sisters and me into the Dodge Grand Caravan and drove 15 minutes from the comfy Franklin suburbs to a cattle farm and butcher shop in rural Tennessee. That’s where my mom was getting our dissection materials — not a “science provider,” or a school or somewhere sane – from a butcher shop. A bell on the door dinged a welcome as my mom ushered us inside the shop. The smell was intense, like walking into a cooler of raw meat. You think the outside of cows

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decorating. But that doesn’t quite count. Thanksgiving deserves its own period of celebration too. For us, as corny as it sounds, Thanksgiving should truly be a time of thanks. Being able to be college students makes us better educated than 93 percent of the world. Besides that, though, we are broke college kids that still have cars, phones, laptops, warm beds and some kind of food. And not only do we have material things, but most of us are also blessed with having friends, family, mentors, co-workers and any manner of other people who sincerely care about us. With all of these wonderful things that we have in our lives, why not take the first couple of weeks in November to actually give thanks for them? By rushing right past Thanksgiving, we’re also forgetting about the awesome history behind the holiday. I know, all holidays have some kind of cool history, but just think about Thanksgiving’s especially for a minute. In November of 1621, the settlers of Plymouth Rock and the Native American Wampanoag tribe held a feast together to celebrate their newfound friendship and also give thanks for the Pilgrim’s first successful corn harvest. The whole event lasted for three days, and though their food may have looked a little different than ours,

smell bad? Wait until you smell the inside. The first thing we saw was one of those meat counters like at a deli, complete with steaks, ground beef and cow tongue. But as our eyes wandered around the room, we saw the door to the “processing” room. Through that doorway, I saw dead cow No. 1 — hanging from its hind legs, draining blood. At this point, 7-year-old me was ready to get out of there. It smelled bad, people were holding knives and I was totally unprepared for this experience. My mom, on the other hand, still wanted stuff for us to dissect and knew the only way to get the material was to go back into the “processing” room. I thought of it as the room of death. My mom and my sisters entered the room of death while I ran outside. I was a naturally curious child (got it from my mom), so I decided to wander around the dirt lot to the back of the shop. That’s where I saw dead cow No. 2. Well, it wasn’t dead yet. It was a young bull, and three ranchers had gotten it onto one of those flat trailers that you pull behind a pickup truck. They tied ropes around its two horns so it couldn’t move around and were trying to point a big gun right at the bull’s forehead. The funny thing is, my first response after being dumbstruck for a second was to run and get my mom — I thought she’d want to see this. As I was running back to the front door to get my mom, I heard the gunshot. My mom was walking outside with a soft cooler bag, which I would later traumatically learn was full of a cow kidney, a goat

liver and a few eyeballs. This was the same bag we used to keep things cold when we shopped at Sam’s Club. It never smelled quite right again. I think the important moments don’t change our lives; they make us realize that our lives have already changed. For me, the trip to the butcher was one of those times. I realized my childhood is weird, and my family is weird and I’ll never be the same for it. I think it’s fair to say this is an experience most school children never experience. They do, on the other hand, experience a real social life and meeting people other than their neighbors and other weird homeschool kids. Every now and then, one of my good friends will tell me my “home-school is showing,” usually when I’m small-talking about theoretical physics at a party, or citing philosophy in the middle of an otherwise normal conversation. Every time they say my home-school is showing, I think back to that butcher shop. Not because I’m experiencing some postslaughter post traumatic stress disorder, but because of my mom. She was relentless in her search for knowledge to the point where she’d walk into a butcher to get stuff for us to dissect. My mom never stopped learning, and never stopped teaching us. If that boundless curiosity is what it means for my home-school to show, I hope it’s always showing. Evan Ford is a junior in philosophy and economics. He can be reached at eford6@

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Carriers reject kill switch for stolen smartphones Associated Press Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a “kill switch� that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the nation’s biggest carriers have rejected the idea, according to San Francisco’s top prosecutor. District Attorney George Gascon said Monday that AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, United States Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. rebuffed Samsung’s proposal to preload its phones with Absolute LoJack anti-theft software as a standard feature. The wireless industry says a kill switch isn’t the answer because it could allow a hacker to disable someone’s phone. Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other law enforcement officials have been demanding that manufacturers create kill switches to combat surging smartphone theft across the country. Almost 1 in 3 U.S. robberies involve phone theft, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Lost and stolen mobile devices — mostly smartphones — cost consumers more than $30 billion last year, according to a study cited by Schneiderman in June. Samsung officials told the San Francisco district attorney’s office in July that carriers were resisting kill switches, and prosecutors have recently reviewed emails between a senior vice president at Samsung and a software developer about the issue. One email in August said Samsung had preinstalled kill switch software in some smartphones ready for shipment, but carriers ordered their

“I Set to Rest the Memory of My Girlhood Innocence,� a ceramic sculpture project created by Shiloh Jines, hangs near the Art and Architecture Building on Wednesday.

UT senior finds creative release through decorating childhood toys Jenna Butz

Staff Writer Adorning a corner of overlooked, plain railing on the side of the Art and Architecture Building lies an unexpected sight. Shiloh Jines, senior in creative writing and poetry, has lined the railing with naked dolls, liquid clay called slip and flowers in an unexpected combination as a project for her ceramics class. Her work is entitled “I Set to Rest the Memory of My Girlhood Innocence,� and uses the elements of clay, dolls, wire, yarn and fabric. The project is the third assignment in Jines’ ceramic sculpture class, taught by Jessica Kreutter, lecturer in ceramics. Instead of firing their pieces, they use clay for its material nature and how it can add a layer to their ideas. Jines picked the prompt that asked students to explore how the clay form relates to and transforms a specific site. She said she was inspired by where the railing meets the ivy, and after seeing artist Tamara Gonzales lecture on art and Day of the Dead traditions, decided to incorporate the sacred dolls into her project. “After seeing this, I decided I wanted to make an altar/shrine for a memory I needed to let go — in gurlesque fashion,� Jines said. “The piece is concerned with revisiting, resolving and putting to rest my childhood

memories of empathy and roleplay with dolls. I tied these dolls, most of which I already had in my house, to the railings on the Day of the Dead, and left them there.� The decision to work in a place not typically considered for displaying art was one Kreutter said she approved of. “It is a space that is often walked past and forgotten,� Kreutter said. “People use it to go down to the ceramics studio but don’t spend time there.� Initially, Jines considered painting the black bars with pink liquid clay and inscribing poems into it. She was interested in how the rain could wash the words away and whether or not others would write back. “Pink was for the girly and carving for the grotesque; I wanted to work outside in the sunshine and I wanted to write poetry,� Jines said. “But with just the slip and the carved words, the project felt empty. It didn’t photograph well, and instead of writing poetry I found myself writing things like, ‘I was going to write my poetry on the pole but now all I want is an honest conversation. Is that too much to ask?’� Drawing inspiration from an anthology of poetry by Arielle Greenberg and Laura Glenum entitled “Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics,� along with artists Pepon Osorio and Gonzales, Jines worked to find a new direction. “The book explores kitsch/

campy, Avant-garde feminism as it applies to poetry and visual arts,� Jines said. “I was also influenced by the visiting artists Pepon Osorio and Tamara Gonzales, both of which have works that push the socially perceived feminine aesthetic beyond its limit into a campy, almost kitsch, grotesque sphere. “Think spray paint lace and a baroque bed made from dollar store finds.� She also incorporated her poetry and writing instruction from Marilyn Kallet, UT’s Director of Creative Writing, into her ceramics project. “My mentor and poetry teacher, Marilyn Kallet, who is always in the back of my mind, stressed giving ourselves permission to be absurd, ‘dada dreamy,’ let yourself go and write the poem about your mother’s nipples — delve into the Rimbaudian hell of your childhood self,� Jines said. “Maybe those weren’t her words exactly — but that’s how I understood it.� Since setting up the project Nov. 2, Jines said she has continuously expanded the work. “I’ve been adding plastic flowers from thrift stores, much in a way someone who visits a grave would do,� Jines said. “I have also continually painted and poured layers of slip over the shrine, which have subsequently washed away only to be reapplied, as an exploration of the way memory and dream wash over my understanding of the pre-pubescent girl I once was.�

To some, the project may seem strange and maybe even a little creepy. However, Kreutter encouraged the creative expression. “I am all for art that makes you stop and want to find out more,� Kreutter said. “And by talking about it and getting people’s reactions, the artist learns what works and what doesn’t.� If Jines’ piece does inspire reaction, she said she hopes it will catch people’s eyes as an expression of empowerment in an unusual way. “I want girls everywhere to live fearlessly, unashamed of their visions, never let that daunting desire to be loved get the best of you,� Jines said. “It’s up to you to make myth from your melodrama.�

removal as a standard feature. “These emails suggest that the carriers are rejecting a technological solution so they can continue to shake down their customers for billions of dollars in (theft) insurance premiums,� Gascon said. “I’m incensed. ... This is a solution that has the potential to end the victimization of their customers.� Samsung said it is cooperating with Gascon, Schneiderman and the carriers on an anti-theft solution but declined to comment specifically about the emails. “We are working with the leaders of the Secure Our Smartphones (SOS) Initiative to incorporate the perspective of law enforcement agencies,� said Samsung spokeswoman Jessica Redman. “We will continue to work with them and our wireless carrier partners toward our common goal of stopping smartphone theft.� CTIA-The Wireless Association, a trade group for wireless providers, said it has been working with the FCC, law enforcement agencies and elected officials on a national stolen phone database scheduled to launch Nov. 30. The CTIA says a permanent kill switch has serious risks, including potential vulnerability to hackers who could disable mobile devices and lock out not only individuals’ phones but also phones used by entities such as the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies. “The problem is how do you trigger a kill switch in a secure manner and not be compromised by a third party and be subjected to hacking,� said James Moran, a security adviser with the GSMA, a United Kingdom wireless trade group that has overseen a global stolen mobile phone database and is helping to create the U.S. version.



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Back to basics: Lady Vols’ hot start fueled by defensive dominance Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon

Pat Summitt Plaza, statue set for unveiling on Friday

Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer

Staff Report The dedication of the Pat Summitt Plaza and unveiling of a statue created in her likeness will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday at the newly-constructed plaza at the corner of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Neyland Drive. Phillip Fulmer Way will close at 9 a.m. between the Andy Holt Tower administrative parking garage entrance and the intersection with Lake Loudon Blvd. The boulevard will close at 10:30 a.m. from Neyland Drive to Volunteer Blvd. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek sent an email to students Wednesday encouraging them to attend the unveiling. “Just inside our campus’ most traveled entrance, Pat Summitt Plaza will serve as a gateway to welcome visitors to our campus,” Cheek said in the email. “It also will be a permanent and inspiring reminder of her legacy.” T e n n e s s e e Always: According to a university release, the UT Athletics Department and the Tennessee Fund has established “Tennessee Always,” a planned giving and endowment society. “Membership not only supports Tennessee’s student-athletes today, but can create opportunities for generations to come,” the release states. “Many planned gifts and endowments allow supporters to receive substantial tax advantages and other unique benefits while demonstrating generous support to the university’s athletic programs.” Golden Flourishing: Former Tennessee point guard Trae Golden is flourishing at Georgia Tech. He is averaging a team-best 15.3

points for the Yellow Jackets (3-0) after transferring from UT following the 2012-13 season. Two Marion High School coaches arrested: A second assistant football coach at Marion County High School has been accused of vandalizing the team’s field house, authorities said. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Joe D. Gudger was arrested Tuesday on a charge of vandalism of $1,000 to $10,000. An officer at the Marion County Jail told The Associated Press Gudger was released after posting bail of $3,500 and that he has a Jan. 15 court date. Last week, assistant Michael Schmitt was arrested on the same charge. Both Schmitt and Gudger are also teachers at the school. Earlier this month, administrators arrived to see the Marion County field house defaced before the team’s District 6-A championship game against cross-town rival South Pittsburg, who ended up winning the game 35-17. Officials said vulgarities were painted on side doors and the backside of the field house in South Pittsburg’s colors, orange and black. Officials estimated the damage totaled $7,000. Following Schmitt’s arrest, county investigators pulled his cellphone records and discovered conversations between Schmitt and other coaches discussing painting the field house and making it look like South Pittsburg supporters were the culprits. Officers involved in the arrest believe the vandalism was an attempt to inspire the Marion County team.

FOOTBALL continued from Page 1 “It’s not time for emotions,” Jones said. “It’s not time to reflect on the past. You do that in February. We have a couple games left and you have to focus on the task at hand. “It’s another game. You’ll be able to go back and reflect on that in years to come, but now’s not the time and the place.” In-State Rivalry The Vols were left with a bitter taste in their mouth last year after losing to Vanderbilt 41-18, which led to Dooley’s firing. This defeat came the year after video surfaced online of the team celebrating in the locker room

Defense and rebounding. Two areas in the game of basketball the Lady Vols program has prided itself on. Through four games, things are no different for the 2013-14 Lady Vols. During No. 3 Tennessee’s 4-0 start, the Lady Vols have proven their emphasis on the defensive end over the summer and preseason has paid off. At times, the Lady Vols have needed to take a step back and play looser due to an increased emphasis by officials on calling hand checks, but they still have managed to frustrate opponents and prevent them from finding a groove on offense. So far this season, no team has shot better than 35 percent from the field against the Lady Vols. In fact, their four opponents – MTSU, North Carolina, Chattanooga and Georgia Tech – have only managed to scrape out a .315 shooting percentage. Junior forward Cierra Burdick’s prowess on the defensive end of the ball boosted her team this Sunday in its win over Georgia Tech. In the second half of the game, she was challenged by her head coach to hinder the scoring ability of Yellow Jacket freshman guard Kaela Davis. She answered the call. In the last 11 minutes of play, she held the former Lady Vol commitment to three points and denied her from any open looks. “I think Holly and the team and our coaching staff was really proud of the way I defended Kaela Davis,” Burdick said. “She had 25 points early and she got hot so they put me on her to face guard. I appreciate them for having the confidence in me to do so knowing I can go out there and get those stops we needed.” What has also stuck out on paper this season so far is the rebounding numbers that second-year head coach Holly Warlick’s team has put up. On average, the Lady Vols have outrebounded their opponents 52.5 to 39.8, and their 65 total team rebounds against Georgia Tech this past Sunday was the program’s fifth highest total for a single game. Unlike any other team in Division-I women’s basketball, this season the Lady Vols feature three girls in the frontcourt that average nine or more rebounds a

after beating Vanderbilt in 2011, which at the time enraged Commodores head coach James Franklin. Both Smith and fellow defensive lineman Marlon Walls said they felt “disbelief” after last season’s loss. Walls called it one of the “low points” of his career. Smith, a Tennessee native, said this series “most certainly” means a great deal to him. “Knowing that Tennessee, we are the state’s team, and for Vanderbilt to continue to say that, it’s a motivating thing,” Smith said. Three of the five starters on Tennessee’s offensive line are Nashville area natives: Antonio Richardson, James Stone and Alex Bullard. All three are seniors. “It means a lot to them,” senior offensive

Tennessee junior forward Cierra Burdick shoots over Carson-Newman defenders during an exhibition game against the Lady Eagles at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 4. game: Isabelle Harrison (9.25); Bashaara Graves (9.25); and Burdick (9.00). “We take a lot of pride in the rebounding aspect of things,” said Warlick. “I hope it is an example of Tennessee basketball that we are carrying. We’ve always been a great rebounding team and people are seeing the results of us emphasizing it.” While the team hasn’t been overly excited with their performance on the offensive end, where they have still managed to score 78.7 points per game despite shooting just .407 percent from the field this season, they believe that can be counter attack with their ability to haul in offensive rebounds. “Second chance points give you the chance to erase if you missed a shot,” Warlick said. “I don’t worry so much about missing the shot as if we don’t get on the boards and finish the plays. Our team understands the importance of get-

lineman Ja’Wuan James said. “It means a lot to this university and this team. We want to win Tennessee basically, be state champs.” Get Nasty The Tennessee coaching staff has emphasized nastiness from the defensive line in practice after the unit only recorded one sack in its past three games. “I think that’s something we’ve lost in the past couple of weeks,” Smith said. “Just having that nasty mentality to get to the quarterback no matter what.” For Jones, being nasty comes by combination of abilities from the defensive line. “It all goes back to playing with great effort and strain and mentality to get to the quarterback,” Jones said. “We’ve been challenged because also

ting second chance points.” Burdick has been one of those to struggle with her shot in the early going, as the 43 percent career shooter is shooting just .231 percent (9-of-39) from the field this season. Despite this being the first time in her career she has struggled to hit the shots she normally makes in games, Burdick said she believes she can overcome the sluggish start on the offensive end. However, the success of the team remains her top priority. “It helps me in a sense to know that I’m contributing to my team,” Burdick said. “Even when my shot isn’t falling the biggest thing is that I’m helping my team get this win. We are undefeated right now and I can’t get upset of be too down. “At the end of the day it’s not about Cierra Burdick’s shots falling, it’s about us winning a national championship and winning ball games.”

we’ve played teams with athletic quarterbacks.” Vanderbilt’s quarterback, Austyn CartaSamuels, will once again challenge the defensive line with his dual-threat ability. Smith said he believes the defensive line will be the deciding factor against the Commodores by pressuring Carta-Samuels. “It’s very imperative in the game,” Smith said. “It’s a big factor. I think this is one that is going to be fought and won in the trenches.” Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall ran for 214 yards on 14 carries against the Vols two weeks ago. Walls hopes to prove the defensive line is able to handle a mobile quarterback this time. “We’ve just got to show that we can get them down,” Walls said. “We’re motivated and excited to go out here and play some ball.”

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