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Cell phone use alters classroom dynamics Aaron Stepp Special to The Daily Beacon As cell phones evolve and become more accessible in daily life, scholars and educators are forced to evaluate the effects of the presence of cell phones in college classes and adapt to education in a cellular age. Studies revealed that 96 percent of students own a cell phone and nearly 70 percent of those phones have Internet capabilities. With the advent of smart phones and cell phone applications, students are more connected to the world and are bringing that connection into classrooms. Suzanne Kurth, an associate professor of sociology at UT, studies the ways that electronically mediated forms of communication, like cell phones, are changing communication methods. “I spent some time looking at our ideas within social psychology and sociology about what is the value of faceto-face communication, what makes it distinctive, and then what is it that is different about (electronically) mediated communication,” Kurth said. Kurth maintains a strict policy of not allowing cell phones in class, but all professors do not share this view. Jim Stovall, an Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at UT, has a generally permissive point of view regarding cell phones in the classroom. “Every time I've thought about (banning cell phones in class), or tried to do it, students say ‘I’m taking notes,’” Stovall said. “It's hard to argue against that. If they are, that’s great.” A variety of research has been conducted recently on the effects of cell phones among student populations. Predictably, these studies show both positive and negative effects of students having cell phones, particularly in academic settings. In a study that used text messaging to support administrative communication in higher education, researchers found that students responded positively to the method and content of the experiment. Universities across the country have implemented programs, like UT Alert, to provide students with important information. “Yeah, it's true, the administration can readily reach people, but in cases like VPI or Northern Illinois University where we had serious assaults, people died,” Kurth said. “I didn’t hear that they sent out messages. So, yes, the potential is there, but those are not explanations for having (these communication systems).” Stovall said the key component in this issue is to know what information students want and how they want to receive it. Scholars have also examined student cell phone use and attachment to parents. Students find cellular technology helpful in adjusting to college life because it can keep them connected to their parents or control the amount of contact they maintain. Students with strong parent-child relationships find cell phones useful because they are able to contact parents whenever they need. Other students, whose parent-child relationship is more tenuous, find cell phones liberating because cellular devices give them certain control over the
relationship. “I think the students become more dependent on their parents when they have things like cell phones,” Kurth said. Kurth said that on some levels this is advantageous because it supports her believe that cell phones enable users to spend more time communicating with those they already know fairly well.
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Stovall sees how individuals may have different viewpoints. “If I stay more connected with my child, he or she is less likely to make bad decisions, or get into trouble,” Stovall said. “On the other hand, the argument is they’ve got to go out there and make their own decisions at some point.” Kurth agreed that students must learn how to function on their own in the adult world, eliminating their dependency on both cell phones and parents. John McNair, the director of technology for the College of Communication and Information at UT, said it may be time for professors to adjust their teaching methods, to incorporate or account for the presence of cell phones. “It’s hugely difficult,” McNair said. “They have a standard way that they’ve (taught) for a long time, and it’s been successful. So (cell phones) are very disruptive to
them too. All of a sudden, they’re not necessarily the expert.” A study has been conducted on the efficacy of using cell phones to interact with large classes. Through the use of a cell phone application, students could directly interact with the professor by sending text messages. Students responded positively to the application, because it afforded them anonymity and eliminated potential peer judgment. Kurth disagreed with this teaching technique, though. “I’m not going to be moving them forward, in a sense,” Kurth said. “I’m going to let them stay where they are, or (let them) slip back,” if she doesn’t actively seek out faceto-face participation from students. Kurth’s main foci, in her research, are the theoretical bases distinguishing the contrast between face-to-face and mediated communication, as well as a student's preference to send text messages rather than talk to someone. Acknowledging the potential benefits of this study, Stovall occasionally offers students the chance to use Twitter during class. This assignment is a means of earning extra credit while keeping students engaged in the lecture by incorporating the use of the Internet and cell phones. “I really do want (students) to pay attention, and I want (them) to share (their) reactions to what I’m saying with other people who read Twitter,” Stovall said. “Ideally, from a professor’s point of view, you’ve got everybody’s lecture notes.” McNair suggested that cell phones provide students with an immediate way to check facts a professor may present. “This scares the crap out of professors, because, first of all, they’re used to being the sage on the stage,” McNair said. “But now they’re just kind of another participant in a marketplace of information.” Stovall said that while cell phones have the potential for positive results, the downside is that cell phones can simply be one more distraction. He also said that students are distracted enough, even without cell phones. “(Students) were distracted way before any of these things were invented,” Stovall said, making the point that cell phones shouldn’t be blamed completely for student distraction. McNair said universities used to isolate students from their home, family and friends so they could focus on their academic studies. But as cell phones continue to evolve, they become more disruptive. When his colleagues express frustration over students’ use of cell phones in class, Stovall said he reminds them that these are communication channels and they have nothing inherently good or bad about them. “Most students I know, or have observed, just kind of integrate (cell phones) into their lives,” Stovall said. “They are communication channels and we use them. Some people get stressed over them. Some people say, ‘My life is so much easier.’” McNair, sharing Stovall’s point of view, said that things are different and that everyone must figure out how to deal with that fact most effectively.
Defendant praises prosecutor Man seeks talents of former opposition in rehabilitating others Associated Press MEMPHIS— For more than seven years while in prison, Quantreal Underwood thought about the prosecutor who put him away for second-degree murder. She had called him a killer, a liar, a drug dealer, “a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde” type who even had his family fooled. “She told the jury not to let me fool them,” recalled Underwood. “It’s like I hear her saying it over and over again.” One other thing he remembers about prosecutor Karen Cook: “Everything she said about me at the time was true.” That was in 1995 and because Cook did such a good job on his case, when he became a victim of a crime this summer Underwood specifically asked for her to handle the case. “Another prosecutor told me ‘I’ve got a victim requesting you as a prosecutor; it’s a guy you put in prison for second-degree murder,’” Cook said. “My first thought was, ‘Is he joking?’ He said ‘You put it to me, so I know you’ll put it to my cousins.’” Since the aggravated-assault incidents this summer Underwood now calls them “a family argument that got out of hand” he’s more inclined to have the cases settled amicably and for everyone to move on. At a younger age, he would have settled things his own way, as he did that night in 1993 when he shot and killed a man who he said had robbed and shot him earlier in a drug deal. “My stand then was that I believed I was justified in what I did,” said Underwood, now 37. “I was young then and I lived by the streets. The system had
nothing to offer me. I’ve learned the best way to beat the system is to stay out of the system.” He said he survived prison all seven years, eight months and 19 days of it by taking advantage of whatever help was available. “Rehabilitation comes from within yourself,” said Underwood, “and if you can keep yourself away from gangs and drug activity and focus on some program or trade and get some family support, it helps take you away from that environment.” He’s been out of prison and out of trouble for almost 10 years, attends Greater New Liberty M.B. Church, works two warehouse jobs and hopes to earn a business administration degree through LeMoyne-Owen College. “He’s a super guy, super guy,” said Dr. Joey Edwards, director of the college’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program for adults. “I had him in two classes and he got A’s in both of them. He’s very talented. You can tell he’s got unlimited potential. I was very impressed with him.” Underwood now is hoping prosecutor Cook can help set his cousins on the right path, just as she did with him all those years ago. “She was just doing her job, but if it was not for her 17 years ago I would possibly be dead,” said Underwood, adding that he has apologized to the family of the man he shot. “There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. She helped me grow and to be more responsible, to be a Krystal Oliva • The Daily Beacon man. “I was one of those people who needed Megan Hensley, junior studio art major, has Mehndi applied to her arm on Tuesday, to be where she sent me. I just didn’t real- Nov. 16. The application of henna as a form of temporary tatoo, a traditional Indian practice, as well as authentic Indian snacks and music were featured at Indian ize it at the time.” Henna Night put on by the I-House.
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Corey Alexander, Keith Thomas and Patrick Crum race during practice on Sunday, Nov. 2. The Tennessee track and field team recently released its 2011 schedule, which steps off on Jan. 14 in Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invitational. running since July. The first group of 17 aspiring math and science teachers are currently working with mentor teachers in Knox and Hamilton County schools. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program provides funds to universities to support items were a “clear plastic baggie containing a Nov. 17 scholarships, stipends and academic programs for small amount of a green, leafy substance undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureA UT student reported that his bicycle was believed to be marijuana and one pack of Top ate students holding STEM degrees who earn a stolen from the bicycle rack near the Haslam rolling papers.” Both the bag of marijuana and teaching credential and commit to teaching in Business Building sometime between 4 p.m. on the rolling papers were contained in another $2.8 million grant received for teacher resi- high-need K-12 school districts. clear plastic Ziploc bag. A copy of the case was Nov. 12 and 1 p.m. on Nov. 15. dency program TEACH/Here enrolls recent college graduates forwarded to student conduct. or mid-career professionals who specialized in Three UT faculty members reported that an TEACH/Here, an innovative teacher residency math- or science-related fields and have become Nov. 18 incident of vandalism occurred in Sutherland initiative through which UT is helping to prepare interested in teaching. Similar to a medical resiApartments sometime between noon on Nov. 9 highly skilled math and science teachers for hard- dency program that provides “on-the-job training” A UT staff member reported that a Dell lapand 3 p.m. on Nov. 17. The report stated crimes to-fill positions in Knox and Hamilton county for doctors, residents will work in a mentoring of forcible entry and vandalism, and drugs were top was stolen from the Commons OIT Room schools, has received $2.8 million from the relationship with a master teacher for one year, in Hodges Library. The suspect, a UT student, allegedly involved. National Science Foundation through the Robert where they will work side-by-side with the master allegedly checked out the laptop around midNoyce Teacher Scholarship program. teacher in the classroom four days per week. On A student reported an incident of theft that night on Oct. 27 and never returned it. UT College of Education, Health and Human the fifth day, they will take classes at UT to earn occurred in the student section of Neyland Sciences Dean Bob Rider, Knox County Schools both a master’s degree and a teaching certificate A former TRECS employee was arrested Stadium around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. Superintendent Jim McIntrye, Hamilton County by the end of the year. around 3:50 p.m. for trespassing in the TRECS Schools Superintendent Jim Scales and Public The resident teachers will log at least 1,700 volAt approximately 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 16, a building despite being issued a previous crimiEducation Foundation Board Chair Jim Hall gath- unteer hours in schools assisting their mentor member of the Hess Hall staff confiscated two nal trespass warning on Oct. 29, 2009. ered in Knoxville on Friday to celebrate receiving teachers and will complete a service learning projdrug-related items from a student living in the the grant and pending completion of the agree- ect by the end of their training. Resident teachers —compiled by Robbie Hargett. building. The report stated that the confiscated ment formalizing the TEACH/Here partnership. are not salaried but receive a small living stipend Although the official paperwork is just now as part of their TEACH/Here service. Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. being completed, TEACH/Here has been up and See BEACON BITS on Page 3 All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar
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Members of the UT Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard march in the Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 11. Detachment 800 was recently honored as the 2010 Medium Unit High Flight Winner for the Southeast Region.
Beacon Bits continued from Page 2 Now in its first year of operation, TEACH/Here has recently placed 17 resident teachers to work alongside highly successful and experienced mentor teachers in four schools. Seven residents are working in Central High School, Fulton High School and Gresham Middle School in Knoxville, and 10 residents are working in Tyner Academy and Tyner Middle Academy in Chattanooga. Next fall, these residents will take classroom positions in Knox and Hamilton counties, where they have agreed to work for at least four more years in exchange for the cost of their training and education. Governor-elect Haslam to speak at commencement Governor-elect and Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam will address graduates at the fall commencement ceremony for UT. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at Thompson-Boling Arena on UT’s campus. More than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, who have completed degree programs during the summer or fall semesters, will be awarded diplomas. Five graduates will receive commissions as second lieutenants in the U. S. Army. Students earning post-graduate degrees will be honored in a graduate hooding ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, at the arena. Haslam, a Knoxville native, began working at age 13, pumping gas at one of a few service stations owned by his family. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, where he volunteered with the Young Life organization, a Christian ministry that reaches out to adolescents, and worked summers on the grassroots political campaigns for Sen. Howard Baker Jr. and Sen. Lamar Alexander, who at that time was campaigning for governor. After graduating from Emory, Haslam returned to Knoxville and began traveling throughout the country, scouting locations for new travel centers. The small chain of stores grew into what is now Pilot Flying J. Haslam served as president and a director of the company from 19801999. During his time at the helm, the company grew from 800 employees to more than 14,000 in 39 states. He continued to serve on the board until 2003 when he was elected Knoxville mayor. He has served two successful terms as mayor, balancing seven consecutive budgets, tripling the city’s Rainy Day Fund and recruiting and retaining thousands of jobs for the city. On Nov. 2, he was elected Tennessee’s 49th governor and will officially take office on Jan. 15, 2011. UT’s Air Force receives top honors
Air Force ROTC Detachment 800 at UT has received the 2010 Right of Line Award, honoring it as the best of the nation’s 56 medium-sized AFROTC Detachments. The award is given in three categories based on detachment enrollment: Small (75 or fewer cadets), Medium (76 to 150 cadets) and Large (150 or more cadets). Massachusetts Institute of Technology won best small detachment and Purdue University won best large detachment. UT’s Detachment won the right to compete for the national award after being named the Southeast Region Medium Detachment of the Year. The competition measured performance in five categories:
production of officers, education, recruiting and retention, university and public relations, and cadet activities. Some specific AFROTC Detachment 800 accomplishments include commissioning 21 officers this spring (a 250 percent increase from 2008), and having its training program lauded as outstanding. The Detachment also was commended for providing unsurpassed leadership development opportunities for cadets, including a mentoring session with the 22nd Secretary of the Air Force, Michael B. Donley. Kraken and Jaguar shine in challenge The Kraken and Jaguar supercomputers housed at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences and ORNL’s Leadership Computing Facility continued to demonstrate their balanced architectures this week, taking half the top spots in this year’s HighPerformance Computing (HPC) Challenge. The challenge gives the world’s most powerful systems an opportunity to demonstrate the range of hardware and software capabilities necessary for a useful supercomputer. The Department of Energysponsored Jaguar system took first place in two of the competition’s four benchmarks, known as HPL and STREAM. HPL, or High-Performance Linpack, measures the speed of a supercomputer by solving a dense linear system of equations, while STREAM measures the memory bandwidth and corresponding computational rate for a simple
vector kernel. In addition, Jaguar took second place in a benchmark known as Global FFT and third place in another called RandomAccess. Global FFT, or Fast Fourier Transform, evaluates a system’s ability to transform one function into another, while RandomAccess evaluates a memory system’s performance with small, randomly placed transactions. UT’s Kraken system, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, also demonstrated that it is an elite system. Kraken took second place in the HPL benchmark and third in the Global FFT. According to Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility Project Director Buddy Bland, the HPC Challenge results highlight the value of Jaguar and Kraken and of the Cray XT5 architecture on which they are built. The HPC Challenge awards are given each November at SC, the international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. This year’s conference, SC10, is being held in New Orleans.
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Campus traffic posing danger to students A few months ago, there was an alarming story of three University of Tennessee students being hit by a single motor vehicle. One of the students who was hit was lifted into the air and landed roughly on the road. The student was immediately rushed to the hospital for proper treatment. The other two students faced minor injuries, and the driver of the vehicle admitted to not paying attention to the pedestrians walking on the crosswalk in front of Hodges Library on Volunteer Boulevard. On another college campus at UT-Chattanooga, a female student was walking in a crosswalk to her car when an oncoming vehicle hit her. In this case, the driver saw the pedestrian; however was unable to stop their vehicle in time before hitting the student. Fortunately, the student received only minor injuries and the driver was given a ticket. A personal and disheartening story that touched close to home was witnessing a student getting hit by a vehicle while riding his bike on Cumberland Avenue a few months ago. Even though no serious actions were taken to prosecute the motorist, there should have been serious repercussions for unsafe driving practices to prevent unintentional injuries. All of these incidents represent the need for an increase in awareness of driver and pedestrian safety and policy change on UTK campus. In all instances, the lack of awareness and visibility played key roles in these students being hit by vehicles. If more policies are implemented, this will increase the awareness for both motorists and pedestrians in creating a safer campus environment. Community mobilization and creating partnerships with diverse populations will also assist in this effort. We can all do our part by educating and incorporating safety policies and minimizing the number of pedestrian injuries. Marcus Johnson graduate student in public health firstname.lastname@example.org Columnist accurately pinpoints free speech issues Melody Gordon's Nov. 3 column “Free speech not akin to thoughtless speech” accurately discussed the problems associated with the overuse of “free speech” excuse in today's society. Online blogging has recently become popular among people of all ages. Bloggers are free to say whatever they want, and Gordon argues that this freedom is abused and that people use the excuse of “free speech” to say inappropriate things. The example included in the column about Maura Kelly's blog entry about “fat” people on television is just one instance of people saying offensive things behind the safety of their computer screen. However, would Kelly have said such things to someone in person? The same could most likely be said for the millions of other blogger-bullies. Gordon brought up a very good point concerning this problem that is so prevalent in today's society. As stated in her column, “It wouldn't hurt in some instances to think about what we say or what we blog.” Grace Locke freshman in English email@example.com Kelly Brackett undecided freshman firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Karl freshman in aerospace engineering email@example.com
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Parent approval critical step in relationships C an’t Fight t h e Fe e l i n g by
Kathryn Cunningham With the holiday season upon us, Thanksgiving literally right around the corner and visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, we just can’t seem to get the upcoming break off our minds. As we all head back home for what could be our first real home-cooked meal in quite some time, a lucky few of us might be bringing back more than just our books. For some, meeting the parents might seem like a breeze, but for others, it might be the most frightening thing on the planet, but don’t be afraid; I’ve got a few tips that will help you out! Quite a bit of pressure is placed on the first impression, and that’s mainly (and obviously) coming from the parents. They could probably care less how much you like them, but oh boy, you better hope they like you! These people could be your future in-laws. Think every other Christmas, Thanksgiving, vacation … yep, they’ll be there. For one, if you’ve gotten to the point in your relationship where it’s time to meet the parents, then I want to applaud you. Congratulations for snagging a keeper! Meeting the parents is a big step in the relationship, and one not to be taken lightly. Plus, once you’ve gained the parents’ approval, you’re in the clear (well, for the time being …). To begin, we’ll start with your appearance. You must have the mindset of “dress to impress” when evaluating your wardrobe and picking out that perfect outfit. Gentleman, you’ve got it a bit easier, I’d say. Throw on some khakis and a nice polo or some type of buttondown, and you’re pretty much good to go. For those who don't particularly enjoy dressing up, you don’t have to go “black tie affair” — just business casual, and remember this night isn’t about you kicking back; it’s about earning the parents approval. Tattered and torn jeans, no matter what brand, may need to stay in the closet on this one. For girls, the boundaries aren’t as black and white. What’s too short or too low? You can use your good judgment on that one, but I’d recommend high(er) necklines and longer on the bottom. Think Jackie O,
not Ke$ha. Also — this should go without saying — take a good shower, and put some effort into your hair. Don’t look like you just rolled out of bed, even though that seems to be an outlandish trend right now. Make sure you have fresh breath and a firm handshake. When shaking hands, don’t go limp or “dead fish.” That can imply distrust, something we’d all like to avoid. This is more important for the guys, because men tend to read into handshakes more than women. When meeting her father, give him an impressive handshake. Actions speak louder than words, right? After you’ve nailed the meet-and-greet and passed the hey-how-are-you? stage, let’s move on to manners. While this may seem like elementary stuff, always be on your best behavior. Saying “ma’am” and “sir” will go a long way and show that you respect your elders. Offering to help set the table or clean up after dinner will also show you’re helpful, and parents will take note of that! Complimenting their nice home and meal is a good idea, even if you weren’t the biggest fan of either. It shows hospitality, and it just goes along with being polite! Oh, and do NOT forget to say “thank you.” This is huge in my dad’s book. He’s been drilling that into my head since I was a toddler. He also expects that if I ever bring a boy home, he’s going to be ever so gracious. As far as conversation goes, this is not the time to be shy or timid. You’ve got to put your best foot forward and engage in polite conversation with parents. Take the time to ask questions about family background, and also reveal positive things about yourself, like your latest interests or your plans for the future (because it might also be their daughter’s or son's future!). If you find common ground or share a similar interest, the conversation will even begin to seem effortless. A close friend of mine even shared how when he found out his girlfriends’ dad was a huge fan of the Denver Broncos, you better believe he became their biggest fan. I’m not saying that you should shape yourself into the cookie-cutter-perfect boyfriend or girlfriend, but what I am saying is that if you’re serious about your relationship, take the time to impress the parents. As long as you present yourself as a mature, polite, young individual, chances are they’ll fall for you just as hard as your sweetheart did. —Kathryn Cunningham is a junior in psychology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There is an indie award-winning film no one has heard of that I adore. It’s titled “Arranged.” It is a visual gem and one of my favorites. It’s not the typical film about finding yourself or achieving the dream. Inspired by real events, “Arranged” is a low-budget, New York-stylized look at an unlikely friendship between a Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman in the elementary school where they work. They become friends for a lot of reasons. They love teaching. They don’t really fit in with their other coworkers. They have a similar sense of humor. But most of all, they’re both dreading and anticipating arranged marriages. The film as a whole is well-written, hilarious at times and has a cute, happy ending. In the U.S. — or well, in most U.S. demographics — all you have to do is say arranged marriage and people get pissed. Rightfully so, we have a reason to get pissed. The act of arranged marriage isn’t what’s infuriating. It’s the things that come with it that we can’t rationalize. For example, police in India file at least 2,500 cases of “bride burnings” a year. What is a bride burning? It’s what happens in arranged marriages when the groom and his family decides the original wedding dowry (A dowry is money/precious jewels/whatever a bride gives to her soon-to-be husband as a wedding gift) isn’t enough. They demand more and if the bride’s family refuses, they literally set her on fire out of retaliation. Royal families have been known to inbreed through arranged marriages. In some cultures, even if it’s against national laws, an older man can be promised a child bride. There’s still bride kidnapping on every continent. That’s when a groom-to-be kidnaps the woman he wants to marry and then forces her into nuptials — usually through rape. Add the possibilities of abuse and being refused a divorce if you end up hating each other and arranged marriages sound like something straight from hell. Not to mention when you realize that some of the people who are actually getting married
often had no say in the matter. I went into this film knowing these things and was expecting their friendship to build over a mutual contempt for their arranged marriages. I was hoping they’d both find a way to get out of it. For some reason, I wanted the religious version of “Thelma & Louise.” It was not. (But how cool would a religious version of “Thelma & Louise” be?) To get back on topic, I learned a lot. “Arranged” is what every great film is supposed to be: It makes you think about a culture, society or certain lifestyle in a fresh, new way. I shouldn’t turn my nose up at this concept because it’s foreign to me. I began to wrap my mind around the idea that not all arranged marriages involve brides getting kidnapped or beaten. In some situations, all parties have good intentions and simply want a happy, healthy relationship like every one else on Earth. Even the feminist in me can’t argue with that. There were ups and downs throughout the arrangement process for both characters, though. Still, the second-most important message of the film (after real friendship knows no bounds) is that everyone has a choice in how they want to live their life — you just need to be aware of all your options. Nasira, the Muslim woman, is initially set up with a dude who’s way older than her, is missing teeth and can’t carry a conversation. Frustration builds and she later lets her daddy know that this isn’t going to work. I was expecting rage from the dad at this point. Or a huge fight. Instead he hugs her, kisses her forehead and says he’ll find someone else for his most precious daughter. For Rochel, the Jewish woman, she is allowed a first date with potential suitors. If all goes well, engagement begins. I thought it sucked that part of her plot involved all her suitors being arrogant, overbearing or both. But it was also cool that she could say, “No.” And she did multiple times, which made her mom furious, but I’m not going to give away the story. I’ve spent a lot of time this semester dissecting the bad things mass media does, how it’s not feminist friendly and why we should be on our intellectual guards when reading a blog or looking at YouTube. Yet, every so often mass media get it right. And when the message is right, it’s a good thing. —Melody Gordon is a senior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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‘Waiting’ addresses school failures edges the depth of the controversy and further conveys his call for radical change in education. As the film points out, America’s education Lurking somewhere behind the bickering between liberals and conservatives over issues system is abysmal at times. Although the U.S. of immigration and health care, the United government spends more than almost every States’ education system is slowly crumbling other developed nation on a child’s education, students rank somewhere in the mid-20s in to the ground. In 2001, “The First Year” studied five core subjects like math and science. Naturally, schoolteachers over the course of a school this leads to the issue of where the educators year in an effort to understand what separates are going wrong. Drawing from his own experience, case good teachers from bad teachers. Nearly a decade later, documentary filmmaker Davis studies and expert opinion, Guggenheim comes to the conclusion that teaching u n i o n s , among other bureaucratic speed bumps, get in the way of properly educating America’s youth. However, the documentary is lacking in two areas. The first missed opportunity is the way in the • Photo courtesy of rottentomatoes.com which film never Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) has discusses the role of the parent in a child’s come back to broaden his lens over the entire education. Every family in the film has a parent or guardian who is actively involved with country’s educational program. The main focus of “Waiting for Superman” the child and has his or her every need in comes from the vantage point of five families mind. Kids spend more time away from the from across the country that are looking for classroom, and even the best teachers aren’t the best schools to send their children to. always going to be there for their students. Also, Guggenheim’s opposition is never From Los Angeles to Houston, these parents given a chance to voice its side of the story. have discovered that there is a difference between schools that fail (or as the film refers Everyone knows that America’s system is in to them, “dropout factories”) and schools that the toilet, so give those in power a chance to explain themselves. The film’s message may carry the promise of a better life. These families are not only different in geo- be even more powerful if the director had graphic location but also in ethnicity and attacked his opponents point-by-point in an social status. With testimony coming from interview or just given them the rope to hang families of such great diversity, the documen- themselves later in the film, rather than solely tary adds credibility over those that become his viewpoint for 100 minutes. Although it is a little biased at times — more about the filmmaker than the actual what documentary isn’t? — “Waiting for problem he or she is exploring. Guggenheim doesn’t just spend time with Superman” is both powerfully moving and these families, though. The film covers all lev- essential for every American citizen. No els of education, from the students to former superhero in the sky is coming to rescue the chancellor of the District of Columbia public country’s education program. schools, Michelle Rhee. Attacking the issue from every angle, the filmmaker acknowl-
Fans enchanted by magic of latest Potter installment Will Abrams Staff Writer “Harry Potter” is the most successful film franchise in history. In fact, it accumulated more money than any other franchise back in 2007, while “Order of the Phoenix” — the series’ fifth of seven installments — was still in theaters. Needless to say, the wizard’s got a few friends. However, these fans have had to endure a couple of pretty bad adaptations to arrive at the newly released “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.” Less than a year and half since “Half-Blood Prince,” the series’ sixth film, Potter fans find themselves looking at the final chapter (split into two installments) of their beloved franchise. After much anticipation, it appears that the series has saved the best for last. Although the series began in 2001 as more of a family-friendly affair, the films have developed into something much more mature in recent outings. Not only has all of the color been sucked out of the films, but there are actually things more important than Quidditch happening. Most importantly, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has infiltrated every aspect of the magical world, including the Ministry of Magic. Consequently, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) must run for their lives in order to escape He-Who-Must-NotBe-Named. In regards to narrative, what makes “Deathly Hallows” different from every other Harry Potter film is that it does not follow the protagonist through a year of education at Hogwarts. The film has no classroom shenanigans, tournaments or Christmas festivities. The film, like its heroes, is only concerned with the defeat of Voldemort. While the film starts out with all of the usual characters, like Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), and Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), the film ultimately centers on Harry and his two best friends
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as they journey to Mordor … er … track down certain artifacts, called horcruxes, that will weaken Voldemort upon their destruction. When the three main characters flee from civilization, the film becomes more of a postapocalyptic tale where they must always be on the lookout for bounty hunters and other troublesome foes. This is the chapter of the film where audience members will begin to stare at their watches in disbelief at how slow the narrative is moving forward. About 20 minutes of footage shows Harry or Hermione sitting silently at a tree or walking across a vast plain heading God-knows-where. What awakens viewers from the film’s trance is a chase scene so poorly shot that it would make Jason Bourne wonder what’s going on. In a span of 30 seconds, probably 25 jumpy cuts are made between several cameras that are all being operated by what seem to be highly caffeinated cameramen. Fortunately the scene ends before the audience reaches for an aspirin bottle, and director David Yates recovers from his momentary lapse in judgment. Aside from these two rather small grievances, the film is immensely better than the series’ previous installment. Yates has come a long way as a director since “Order of the Phoenix,” which was only his second feature film at the time. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” is arguably the best film of the franchise for two reasons. First, with the series coming to an end, the coming climax brings more suspense, danger and sense of destiny than the previous films could have hoped for. Second, breaking the final book into two films allows more time to develop its characters and narrative in a way that is faithful to its source. Next summer, Harry Potter fans will see the end of an era as author J.K. Rowling's fantasy world finishes with “Deathly Hallows: Part Two.” If this film is any indication, it will be an occasion worth remembering.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
‘Boardwalk Empire’ debuts to high aclaim Character development, all-star cast aid in success of HBO’s newest drama Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor For the reason why HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is such a predictably enjoyable show, one need only look toward two other critically acclaimed series of the past decade: “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men.”
way to make the time pass before the explosion. For all of its bravado, “Sopranos” was ultimately a talk-y show that usually lacked action. And while Christopher Moltisanti was entertaining enough, too many plot points around Tony Soprano’s kids were boring filler. But in this way, “Boardwalk” is, instead, like “Mad Men.” Both shows have that cool period-piece setting, making them telescopes into a forgotten era. Set in the 1920s, “Boardwalk”
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Since “Sopranos” scribe Terence Winter created the show, it comes as no surprise that “Boardwalk” has the same slow, character-building pace that “Sopranos” had. “Boardwalk” has that same feel that all the episodes of the season are building up to a cataclysmic finale. With each episode and each negotiation or misunderstanding, “Boardwalk” acts as a carefully orchestrated chess match, and by the season’s finale on Dec. 5, everything will be in place for an explosion. But perhaps what “Sopranos” lacked was a truly compelling
makes political arguments interesting, because viewers do not hear much about surprise candidate Warren G. Harding on CNN these days. And aspects of society that were less progressive in the ’20s — like thoughts on gender roles and sexuality — become much more intriguing plot points in the world of “Boardwalk” than in the world of “The Sopranos.” “Boardwalk Empire” follows mastermind Nucky Thompson,
who has wrestled control of Atlantic City for himself and engineered a far-reaching bootlegging process during Prohibition. From ads — and there were plenty of them before the show debuted in September — potential viewers might think it’s just a show glamorizing illegal alcoholic excess during Prohibition. But in essence, just like “The Sopranos” was a character study of Tony Soprano, “Boardwalk Empire” is one of Nucky Thompson, principally his struggle between good and evil. The show thrives from a cast that generally all made their names in film well before the premiere of “Boardwalk.” Series star Steve Buscemi (as Thompson) needs no introduction from his film career comprised of several classic Coen Brothers’ movies in the 1990s, as well as his masterful turn in Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.” Everyone knew Buscemi had the chops to anchor HBO’s new flagship show, and he’s delivered in spades. The rest of the cast all have stood out in at least one movie or another in recent years. Michael Pitt plays Jimmy Darmody, who provides a look into the life of a rising gangster in the ’20s. Pitt stole the show in 2008’s American remake of “Funny Games.” Kelly Macdonald stars opposite Buscemi as Margaret Schroeder, a tea-totaling woman who gradually falls under the spell of Nucky’s money, influence and charm. Macdonald’s uncanny Southern accent was a highlight in the Oscar-winning “No Country for Old Men.” Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden, played expertly by Michael Shannon, is the series’ most intriguing character. A dark moment with Van Alden caps off the series’ strongest episode — its sixth, “Family Limitation” — as he struggles with his obsession over Schroeder. Like Pitt, Shannon stole the show as a supporting character in 2008’s “Revolutionary Road.” Finally Michael Stuhlbarg, as New York kingpin Arnold Rothstein, provides a delicious foil to Buscemi’s Thompson. While the two share calm and calculated approaches to business dealings, Rothstein comes off as much more vindictive and emotionless than Thompson. Stuhlbarg’s starring role made the Coen Brothers’ last film, “A Serious Man,” one of the best films of 2009. Put the excellent acting and superb writing together, and it's no wonder why “Boardwalk” scored the highest ratings for an HBO premiere since 2004’s “Deadwood” and has already been renewed for a second season. It’s probably not too early to predict that “Boardwalk” will soon become one of those classic television shows that is talked about for ages.
Swift remains introspective in music Associated Press L.A.— For a singer-songwriter who pours out her heart in song to near transparency, Taylor Swift is tightlipped when it comes to having probing discussions about her personal life. Over a recent lunch in a near empty pizza parlor, the 20-year-old deflects questions that may reveal details about the love and heartbreak that inspired many of the songs on her third album, the instant blockbuster “Speak Now.” The guy in “Dear John” is John Mayer, right? Which song is about Taylor Lautner? Who’s Swift referring to on “Better Than Revenge”? Don’t expect Swift to tell you. “The one thing that allows me to sleep at night is knowing that I’ve never confirmed who I write my songs about,” the lanky blonde says with a sly smile. And what about those strolls through Brooklyn with Jake Gyllenhaal? “I don’t want to talk about it,” she says, with typical sweetness. But as indirect as she may be in interviews, she was resolute that “Speak Now,” like her other multiplatinum albums, be raw and reflective of her personal journey over the last two years, despite her super-
star status. “I think the only hesitation I’ve seen her struggle with on this new album — was she being honest enough — ‘Am I telling everybody exactly how I feel?’” says Nathan Chapman, who co-produced “Speak Now” with Swift and has worked on all of her albums. That led to one song being bounced from consideration after she played it for her guitar player — and he gave it the thumbs-down. “He said to me, ‘I don’t think that song is as honest and direct as you’ve been in your other music that I’ve heard from this record,’” she recalls. “As soon as he said that, I scratched that song off the list and added him to the list of the people that I always play music for.” “Speak Now” may be the most personal record of her young career. It may also be her best. The follow-up to the Grammy-winning “Fearless,” “Speak Now” debuted last month to near-universal acclaim. It also debuted to over 1 million in sales in its first week, with the largest album debut for any artist since 50 Cent in 2005. Days after the achievement, Swift — looking glamorous in a black lace dress accentuated by diamond-like bling on
her ears and fingers (”Urban Outfitters!” she exclaims proudly) — is still trying to comprehend the magnitude of it all. “Mostly the feeling that I’ve had is just overwhelming gratitude,” she says. “I wrote an album for two years. I slaved away over every single detail of every line, of every lyric, and made an album that I was proud of.” Swift has always taken a page from her diary to inform her songwriting, and “Speak Now” is no different. The searing “Dear John” ballad seems to confirm tabloid rumors of a romantic relationship with Mayer, her former mentor; “Back to December” seems to be about a romance with Lautner that ended due to Swift’s missteps. Other tunes seem to give listeners a glimpse into Swift’s personal life. While there has been plenty of speculation about who’s who on “Speak Now,” Swift refuses to let those thoughts consume her. “If I factor in that millions of people may possibly speculate who that song is written about ... I may start to edit my songs down to nothing,” she says. “So I keep them very, very one-on-one, just ‘message in a bottle’ to the person I’m writing the song to, about or for.”
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Kentucky talent not enough to steal win in Neyland Upset-minded Wildcats bring loaded offense into Knoxville, look for first win in 26 years
Colin Skinner Assistant Sports Editor The year was 1984, and Ronald Reagan had just won the presidential election in a landslide against Democratic candidate Walter Mondale. The Internet we know was six years away from being released to the public, and Band-Aid recorded the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to raise money to combat the famine in Ethopia. The same year was also the last time that Kentucky beat Tennessee in football. Twenty-five years later, the game that college football experts call The Border Battle ensues in its typical annual affair this Saturday in Neyland Stadium, this time however, on a much more even playing field. The Kentucky Wildcats (6-5, 2-5 SEC) come into the game unranked and riding a two-game winning streak after a disheartening month of October that saw only one win in five chances for the Wildcats, an upset victory against the then No. 10-
ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. have two receivers that can pierce yards per game and 22nd overall in The week before, Kentucky was tied you, one of them being an all-pur- points per game at 34.7, but its with No. 2 Auburn throughout much pose guy who’s a phenomenal foot- defense is where his Vols can exploit of the fourth quarter before a dis- ball player (Randall Cobb). They their border rival. The Wildcats are heartening 37-34 defeat at home. move him all over the field, and they giving up nearly 30 points per game Tennessee (5-6, 2-5) is riding a three- have a good solid running back this season and are ranked 81st in game winning streak and the nation in that needs one more victory to regard. secure its chances to go For Alcoa High bowling. School alumni Randall It is no secret that Cobb and Tyler Kentucky has playmakers Robinson, a win this year, but it has had against the Vols would trouble piecing together not only polish their full games and taking team’s resume for bowl advantage of other teams’ game executives but mistakes in order to win. also add a personal Still, this will be no match high to the end of this for the dominant team in year’s regular season. the series, the Vols. Cobb, named one of “When you look at the ten semifinalists for Kentucky, I think it’s as the 2010 Fred explosive a football team Biletnikoff Award, that we’ve seen and that given to the best Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon they’ve had in a while, and receiver in college footthey have had some great Senior Nick Reveiz celebrates after a tackle against ball, was a standout at offensive teams,” said UT Vanderbilt on Saturday, Nov. 20. Reveiz was hon- Knoxville suburb Alcoa coach Derek Dooley. “I ored for his performance over the last four years, High School before know that ’07 team was going from a walk-on in 2007 to starting every leaving the state for good. Back in the late ’90s game in what has been a successful senior season. Kentucky. Robinson folthey had some good ones, lowed in his footsteps. but these guys are really good, and as (Derrick Locke). When you have all “My dream was just to be playing good a football team I think as those parts in place, you’re going to college, and I am happy where I am they’ve had since even when they be good.” at, and it is going to be something to were really incredible in the late ’70s. Dooley may be cautious of go back and play there,” said “They have the formula. They Kentucky’s potent offense, which Robinson, a freshman tight end at have a veteran quarterback. They ranks 20th in the nation in passing Kentucky. “But when I was a kid, of
course I wanted to play for the Vols. Everybody did. But I am very happy here now.” Tennessee would not give Robinson a scholarship, because coaches believed he would have to play center in their offense. Robinson felt that this game will be a chance for him to prove to them otherwise, all the while playing for one his nearby hometown’s favorite teams outside of the Big Orange. “I think they are going to be proKentucky, because they have two of their boys here,” he said of his hometown. “There is a lot of Kentucky around the halls at Alcoa.” Quarterback Tyler Bray makes his third start for the Vols, coming off a sloppy performance in a 24-10 win in Nashville. Last week against Vanderbilt, the freshman threw for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two picks, one of which was thrown in the red zone and allowed the Commodores to hang around. Tauren Poole looks to become Tennessee’s next 1,000-yard rusher this weekend against Kentucky, needing only 65 yards to do so. Derek Dooley announced yesterday that defensive end Montori Hughes will be suspended for this weekend’s game for “academic reasons.” Kickoff for the 2010 Border Battle is set for 12:21 p.m. in Knoxville.
Harris tabbed as SEC Freshman of the Week Staff Reports The SEC announced Monday afternoon that UT men’s basketball player Tobias Harris earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts in leading the 24thranked Volunteers to the 2010 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off South Regional championship last week in Knoxville. Harris led the Vols in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and seven rebounds in UT’s first-round win over Belmont last Tuesday. In the regional title game against Missouri State one day later, the Dix Hills, N.Y., native once again led Tennessee with 15 points, helping propel the Big Orange into this week’s NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal round in his home state. “This is a well deserved honor,” UT
head coach Bruce Pearl said. “Tobias played with great focus last week, and he clearly plays to win. He showed great poise as a freshman in helping close out both games for us last week.” Harris is the Vols’ leading scorer this season (16.3 ppg) and also paces the team in minutes (27.3 mpg) while ranking second in rebounding (5.3 rpg). Tennessee plays two games in New York City’s Madison Square Garden this week. Harris has played once previously in the Garden, participating in a scrimmage there as part of an Elite 24 event the summer before his senior year. He twice played in the New York state championship game during high school (as a junior at Long Island Lutheran High School and again as a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West). Andy Rowe • The Daily Beacon All told, Harris won two Suffolk County Tobias Harris shoots over Missouri State defender Kyle Weems on Wednesday, Nov. titles, an “Island” title and one state title17. Harris has provided excellent performances for the Vols in what looks to be a during his prep career. standout season for the freshman.
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What’s HAPPENING IN SPORTS
Nov. 24- Nov. 27
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — Men’s Basketball VCU New York, N.Y. 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
1. Tennessee vs Kentucky 2. No. 1 Oregon vs No. 21 Arizona 3. No. 4 Boise State at No. 19 Nevada 4. No. 5 LSU at No. 12 Arkansas 5. No. 8 Ohio State vs Michigan 6. No. 9 Oklahoma State vs No. 13 Oklahoma 7. No. 18 South Carolina at Clemson 8. No. 25 Mississippi State at Ole Miss 9. Florida State vs Florida Game of the week: No. 2 Auburn at No. 11 Alabama
Women’s Volleyball Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27— Football Kentucky Knoxville 12:21 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Georgetown St.Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands 9:00 p.m.
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1. Tennessee (30-27) 2. Oregon 3. Boise State 4. Arkansas 5. Ohio State 6. Oklahoma State 7. South Carolina 8. Mississippi State 9. Florida 10. Auburn (34-31) Last week: 8-2 (.800) Overall: 85-25 (.773)
1. Tennessee (27-24) 2. Oregon 3. Boise State 4. Arkansas 5. Ohio State 6. Oklahoma State 7. South Carolina 8. Ole Miss 9. Florida 10. Alabama (35-21)
1. Tennessee (24-14) 2. Oregon 3. Boise State 4. LSU 5. Ohio State 6. Oklahoma 7. South Carolina 8. Mississippi State 9. Florida 10. Auburn (27-20)
Last week: 8-2 (.800) Overall: 83-27 (.745)
Last week: 7-3 (.700) Overall: 85-25 (.773)
Kentucky, I think it’s as explosive a football team that we’ve seen and that they’ve had in a while, and they have had some great offensive teams.” – UT football coach Derek Dooley on rival Kentucky, who the Vols face this Saturday in Neyland Satdium
Chief Copy Editor 1. Tennessee (38-30) 2. Oregon 3. Boise State 4. Arkansas 5. Ohio State 6. Oklahoma State 7. South Carolina 8. Mississippi State 9. Florida State 10. Alabama (27-20)
Advertising Manager 1. Tennessee (21-17) 2. Arizona 3. Boise State 4. LSU 5. Ohio State 6. Oklahoma 7. South Carolina 8. Mississippi State 9. Florida 10. Auburn (31-27)
Managing Editor 1. Tennessee (27-17) 2. Oregon 3. Boise State 4. LSU 5. Ohio State 6. Oklahoma State 7. South Carolina 8. Mississippi State 9. Florida 10. Auburn (24-21)
Last week: 7-3 (.700) Overall: 79-31 (.718)
Last week: 8-2 (.800) Overall: 75-35 (.682)
Last week: 9-1 (.900) Overall: 82-28 (.745)