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Dance Society prepares to unveil showcase, provide dance education to campus

Strong defensive effort, rejuvenated Simmons take Lady Vols’ win streak to five games

Dirty Guv’nahs clean up with Southern tunes at Johnson City show

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Jones, students hope pre-Vanderbilt bonfire ignites new student tradition

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Monday, November 25, 2013

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Lee wins 2014 Rhodes Scholarship with only six Rhodes Scholars. UT’s own Torchbearer magazine site also recognizes six, not seven, Volunteer Rhodes Scholars. For almost 20 years, UT memoraThanks to senior Haslam Scholar bilia has claimed that Volunteer alumni Lindsay Lee, however, those big orange include two Nobel Laureates, seven T-shirts and coffee mugs are no lonRhodes Scholars, six Pulitzer Prize- ger erroneous – call them prophetic winners and astronauts. instead. Strangely, the Office of the American Lee was announced Sunday as one Secretary of the Rhodes Trust lists UT of 32 American winners of the Rhodes

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Scholarship, becoming UT’s first Rhodes Scholar since Jennifer Santoro Stanley in 1995, and officially, its seventh in history. After graduating in May with a double major in math and Spanish, she will head to the United Kingdom’s Oxford University with her fellow Americans and 52 classmates from around the world. The scholarship covers full tuition,

fees, maintenance and travel expenses, a value estimated at approximately $50,000 each year for two years. It is internationally considered one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, and after 101 years of existence, Rhodes Scholars alumni have bolstered its reputation. Notable alumni include Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Walter Isaacson, among others. Lee said she did not think she’d

won the scholarship after her 20-minute finalist interview concluded on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. When the selection committee announced her as one of the two Scholars from District 7 – which includes the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Florida – she said she had a small moment of utter shock. See SCHOLARSHIP on Page 2

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Black Cultural Committee to host Kwanzaa Celebration Victoria Brown Staff Writer Student organizations on UT’s campus are looking to spread both merriment and diversity this holiday season. The Black Cultural Programing Committee is hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration today at 7 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. Chris Dillard, senior in political science, is a team event leader for the organization and took part in planning the event. “As Kwanzaa is a traditional BCPC event, there isn’t much out of the ordinary that I have to plan as team leader,” Dillard said. “The template is there already. It’s up to me and Rachael to execute and innovate ways to promote the event to campus.” Rachael Taylor, senior in food science, is also an event leader. She and Dillard helped coordinate the logistics of the event in order to bring the diverse event to campus. While embracing the holiday spirit, students and guests also have a chance to learn more about the history of Kwanzaa. “I do think this Kwanzaa event brings diversity to campus,” Taylor said. “During our event the seven principles are explained, as well as the meaning of other symbols that represent Kwanzaa. “This event allows students to explore and become more knowledgeable about this wonderful African-American celebration.” Along with learning about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, students can also expect a live performance by an African dance group, a candlelighting, a musical performance and free food provided by Chandler’s Deli. See KWANZAA on Page 3

Tennessee senior running back Rajion Neal runs the ball during UT’s 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Neal finished the game with 95 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards with his effort.

Jones’ continual optimism shines despite heartbreaking Vandy loss Dargan Southard Copy Editor Throughout the 2013 season, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has often donned an optimistic and enthusiastic demeanor despite the ongoing challenges of rebuilding a oncestoried football program now riddled with adversity. An inaugural campaign that’s included crucial injuries, four

28-plus point losses and a brutal schedule littered with ranked opponents, Jones has consistently preached reassurance through elaborate statements, unique acronyms and heavily-repeated, motivational sayings. So after arguably the Volunteers’ most gut-wrenching defeat this year, a last-second, controversial 14-10 loss to instate foe Vanderbilt, would the first-year coach still find time to stress the positive direction he

believes this program is currently heading? Most definitely. It just took a little longer than usual. After skipping the press conference’s usually extensive opening statement, Jones answered the first few questions with uncharacteristically-brief responses before replying with his own inquiry. “What do you think it’s like?” Jones said flippantly when asked

about the locker room mood. A long pause ensued before he repeated, “What do you think it’s like?” This unfamiliar disposition, however, soon changed as Jones returned to his customary answers full of detail and encouragement. “I see, again, progress,” Jones said. “Tennessee football is going to be fine. Right now we’re going through some things, but we have an extremely loyal fan base,

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Summitt honored with statue, plaza Divestment campaign supports Philippines, Jenna Butz spreads awareness

commemorative statue. Opening the ceremony, Hart Staff Writer recalled Summit’s initial reaction to hearing the university’s “It’s a goose bumps day on plans to construct the plaza and Rocky Top,” UT Athletic Director the statue. In response, Summitt Dave Hart announced to the crowd gathered on the corner of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way. Friday, Lady Vol fans across an you believe generations came to celebrate the career of legendary basketthey ’re doing this for ball coach Pat Summitt at the unveiling of the Pat Summitt me? I’m just a basketPlaza. ball coach. ” As members of UT’s marching band played ‘Rocky Top,’ -Pat Summitt Summitt lead a procession, escorted by her son, Tyler. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings told a close friend, “Can you and Dave Hart were followed by believe they’re doing this for Holly Warlick, the current Lady me? I’m just a basketball coach.” Vols basketball team and generaEmphasizing the span of her tions of the team’s alumni. legacy, Hart pointed to the line In honor of his father and in of current and former Lady Vols. memory of his mother, Scott “These women here today, Hilary and his wife Debbie represent only a sampling of donated the lead gift for the those you’ve touched,” Hart plaza. Chris and Quinita said. “The women you’ve LaPorte funded Pat Summitt’s


impacted in such a significant way. You were their coach, and so through that experience, they grew, and they grew immensely. But more than that, you were their mentor. And through mentoring them, you literally shaped their lives.” The winningest coach in NCAA basketball history with 1098 career wins, Summitt won 84 percent of the games she coached, solidifying her place in numerous halls of fame. In addition, every Lady Vol that played for Summitt completed their degree. “There’s nobody else in the coaching field that will have 100 percent graduation,” Marty Acuff, a Lady Vols season ticket holder, said. “That is really something to be proud of.” Cheek took the podium to share stories about Summitt with the crowd. “Pat Summitt is a Tennessean by birth and a Tennessee Volunteer by choice,” Cheek said. See STATUE on Page 2

Jenna Butz Staff Writer UT’s investments are not only a student concern; they are a community concern. Thursday night, the UT Coalition for Responsible Investment hosted a fundraiser at the Birdhouse to raise money for typhoon victims in the Philippines and spread awareness for their divestment campaign. Seeking to freeze all fossil fuel company holdings in UT’s portfolio, the coalition hopes to expand support for their petition beyond campus. Kristen Collins, senior in environmental studies, along with Daniel Lawhon, junior in physics and electrical engineering, organized the event to continue promoting their platform. Last week,

“Like most of us, she is frustrated by the injustice in the world. Like very few of us, she has the guts to do everything she can to fix it.” @UTDailyBeacon

very proud fan base, a very proud university, and it’s a matter of time and we’ll be fine.” Just moments earlier, Jones watched 28 seniors end their home careers with yet another devastating defeat as three costly turnovers, two failed field goals and a non-existent passing attack highlighted UT’s second consecutive loss to the Commodores in as many seasons.

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the campaign presented the petition to the faculty senate. Deciding to review the divestment proposition in their budget and planning committee, the Senate will make a decision at their next meeting in February. Attendees said they felt compelled to support victims of the storm after viewing the catastrophe as an outcome of climate change. “Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was a disaster, and it is up to us to raise money to help the victims,” Erica Davis, a sophomore in sociology, said. “Just like it’s up to the University of Tennessee to stop funding the fossil fuel industry that in turn causes climate change that then causes natural disasters like the typhoon.” See DIVESTMENT on Page 2

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Knoxville group plans to protest proposed oil pipeline Manuela Haddad Staff Writer Melting glaciers, dying species and evacuated homes. Climate change and environmental consequences have led some to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. Created by the activist organization Credo Action, the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance encourages people to engage in civil disobedience against Department of State approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL is energy company TransCanada’s proposed addition to the existing Keystone Pipeline. If built, this

SCHOLARSHIP continued from Page 1 It was a moment similar to one of her first experiences as a Haslam Scholar, when Steven Dandaneau, Ph.D. and then-director of the Haslam Program, inspired the class with the biographies of that year’s Rhodes Scholarship recipients. “He laid down the Rhodes bios in front of us and said, ‘This is what you’re capable of. This is what you should be expecting of yourselves,’” Lee said. “We were so intimidated back then, and it was really from that moment that I started to understand that this was possible.” Fulfilling UT’s prophecy of seven Rhodes Scholars was no easy task. Applicants are judged on criteria outlined in Cecil Rhodes’ will, a metric that requires literary and scholastic attainment as well as energy to fully use one’s talents and moral force of character. To prepare for the finalist interview, Lee said she worked closely with the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. Assistant Director Nichole Fazio-Veigel arranged three

oil pipeline will run directly from the tar sands fields in Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Neb., where it will meet with another portion of the pipeline that continues to the Gulf coast. William Plank, sophomore in foreign language at Pellissippi State Community College, signed Credo Action’s pledge and agreed to take on a leadership role to try and bring the Knoxville community together for the cause. “I’m interested because I care about the environment. ... I got this notification (about the pledge) at a time where ... I was getting increasingly frustrated with the Democrats and the American left-wing in general in terms of us getting

mock interviews for Lee to gain experience in the fastpaced interview style used by the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee. Lee also worked with Adam Cureton, a Ph.D. philosophy professor who won the Rhodes in 2003 out of the University of Georgia. “The whole office, but especially Nichole, was able to break it down and offer so much support…” she said. “It was really hard, but I always felt like I had someone to turn to when I was totally stressed out by the whole thing.” At Oxford, Lee intends to study statistics. She said she knows she wants to do something in public health to advocate for disenfranchised groups, such as people with disabilities. The career would reflect her accomplishments at UT, which include founding the Campus Disability Advocates and running for SGA President in spring 2013. Only nine of the 32 American Rhodes Scholars attend public universities, and Lee said she hopes her accomplishment encourages Tennessee lawmakers to invest more into the state’s higher education. “The opportunities are no

stuff done,” Plank said. “I’m tired of seeing … people saying good words and not taking action on them.” Plank hosted a meeting at the Birdhouse on Saturday to inform people on how to engage in safe civil disobedience. At a protest rally, specific, pre-designated people would risk arrest while others support these arrestees legally through various roles. Approximately eight people attended Plank’s meeting, including Elizabeth Clanton, a sophomore in environmental science at Pellissippi State. Clanton said this issue is worth the risk of arrest. “I’m kind of nervous, but at the same time, I feel like it needs to happen, but

less here at UT than they are at a Harvard or a Yale,” she said. “In fact, I think here you are able to interact with people with much more diverse backgrounds and outlooks than you are at a private school.” Marianela D’Aprile, a fourth year student in architecture and one of Lee’s close friends, said she first met the future Rhodes Scholar in 2010 as a fellow finalist for UT’s highlycompetitive Haslam Scholars Program. “She was always just talking to people, and everybody seemed to like her right away,” D’Aprile said. “She’s able to relate to people almost instantaneously.” Both D’Aprile and Lee were selected as Haslam Scholars, and over four years the two have traveled to Japan and Chile together. Between taking spontaneous trips to Bon Iver concerts and attending four semesters of Haslam scholar classes together, D’Aprile said she has seen Lee prove the world can change for the better. “Lindsay is somebody who has never let the daunting nature of her goals stop her from trying to achieve them,” D’Aprile said. “She’s somebody who wants to see change happen.”

you know, America, of all countries ... we have the highest [percent] of our population in prison systems, so that’s a whole other problem in and of itself,” Clanton said. “So it’s almost like you’re protesting two things at once. It’s just seeing how ridiculously easily the government feels that it needs to be involved.” Despite much opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline, many supporters tout the benefits the pipeline offers the American economy, including added jobs at refineries and decreased dependence on politically unstable countries for oil. Despite these potential economic boons, Clanton believes the costs of the

pipeline outweigh potential benefits. “Well, the way I see it is, if we don’t have a planet to live on then we clearly wouldn’t have an economy,” Clanton said. “So why should we care about the economy if our environment is such a bigger issue. So, I mean, it’s kind of ridiculous to even be worried about it. I guess it is like everyday consequences for everyday person, but in the long run, the big picture, it really doesn’t matter at all. It’s not significant. “I’d rather have, you know, functioning ecosystems and like, not mass extinction of every species, including humanity, over worrying about the economy instead of the environment.”

Bonfire illuminates, unites student body Tyler Renner Contributor

Samantha Smoak Online Editor Even rain could not dampen the spirits of the Volunteer faithful. In spite of poor weather, more than 200 people attended the “Beat Vandy Bonfire” Friday night at Fiji Island. The pep rally-like event served as a bonding time for students to enjoy free food and get pumped for Saturday’s much-anticipated game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, the final home football game of the season. “We’re trying with athletics and SGA and the university to boost attendance in the student section at football games,” Blake

STATUE continued from Page 1 Catchings, a current WNBA star, said she relished the chance to share how she, and her fellow players, were impacted by Summitt’s presence. “For all of us, we learned what it takes to be a leader, what it takes to be a great woman, what it takes to be a great lady, what it takes to have character, what it takes to have poise, how not to buckle under our adversity,” Catchings said. “Thank you, Pat. Thank you for everything.” The final guest speaker,Tyler Summitt, took the podium, start-

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Roller, junior in journalism and electronic media, said. “…So doing events like this we hope gets the enthusiasm up.” With pep rallies declining in frequency and attendance, Roller said he hopes to reignite connection to the university. “It’s a Friday night,” he said. “You’re out here eating with your friends, you’re going to have a fire. Standing around a fire is a very bonding thing, whether it be a camp fire or a bonfire, it’s just something that you share that common experience with the people around you. And I definitely think that it will bring the students together.” Tennessee head coach Butch Jones also made an appearance, alongside senior offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James and senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp. Jones, James and Sapp came to excite

students for Saturday’s game. “Only so many people can be a Tennessee Vol,” Jones said. “I look forward to seeing you at the Vol Walk, I look forward to singing ‘Rocky Top’ with you after the game and we are going to show the entire country that there’s only one Tennessee.” Roller said he hopes the bonfire will become a new UT tradition before football home games. Jake Baker, SGA student body president, agreed. “I think this event has an impact on students,” Baker, a senior in political science, said. “... It really just kind of boosts morale on our campus and when you get people excited about our athletics, they get more excited about our school, and they get more excited about wearing orange and white which is great for the university overall.”

ing with a phrase often repeated by his mother. “Every moment is a teaching moment,” the younger Summitt said. “She’s a teacher, and I think I would get the stare today if I didn’t use today as a teaching moment.” Following her son, Pat Summitt took the podium to a standing ovation from the audience. “I want everybody to know, that for me, today, it’s not about me,” Pat Summitt said. “It’s about everyone out here that loves the University of Tennessee. I want everybody to know how much I appreciate what’s happened here today. And I don’t think I’ll ever

forget it.” To applause and cheers, Pat Summitt’s statue was revealed. Sculpted by David Adickes, the monument weighs 500 lbs. and stands 8 feet, 7 inches tall. Rather than depict the look of concentration Summitt typically wore while coaching, the sculpture sports a smile. Larry and Marty Acuff, season ticket holders for 15 years, came to honor the woman Acuff called “the one and only.” “Everybody just adores Pat and worships her,” Marty Acuff said. “We cry when we’re happy, we cry when we’re sad. Today is a mixed day. You have happy tears, but you know what she’s facing.”

Biscuitheads, the Folk You Buddies, Drowsy Cow Pokes and In La Kesh, donated their talents to help draw a crowd. Between sets, guests could

sign the petition, help decorate a banner or write letters to the UT administration. Through such measures, Collins said she hopes to persuade administrators to consider the proposal. “We’re going to use them when we go to the administration to let them know that students care about divestment,” Collins said. “It’s not just getting a petition signed. We’re doing more.” The Birdhouse, a Knoxville community house, provided a backdrop for the event. “The mission is to bring community together to hold legislatures accountable, and we have to involve the entire community in these issue,” Collins said. “A community house is the perfect place to do so because it invites everyone.” In fact, community members present outnumbered students. “It’s a lot of new people that haven’t been involved before that are going to get involved now,” Jake Rainey, senior in journalism and electronic media, said. Echoing the importance of community, Ana Reboredo, senior in ecology and evolutionary biology, said she sees the divestment campaign as a way to link the university to the city of Knoxville. “I think it’s important for the entire community to become more involved,” Reboredo said. “Especially since divestment campaigns are not just about getting universities to divest, but also about getting cities to move away from fossil fuel investments. We need to reach out to all local institutions so that we can have the biggest impact.” Raising $400, attendees and organizers considered the event a success. “I think the event went really well,” Reboredo said. “We got people interested in divestment, made some new friends, raised money for the hurricane victims and supported local bands. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and it was for a good cause.”

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Dirty Guv’nahs bring southern rock to Johnson City show Liv McConnell Staff Writer Knoxville’s homegrown rising stars, The Dirty Guv’nahs, heralded audiences with a set of swaggering, soulful tunes Friday night at Capone’s in Johnson City. Named after the mythic mafioso himself, who purportedly utilized the small Appalachian town as a “Little Chicago” during Prohibition, Capone’s made a fitting setting for the band. Playing on a stage guarded by kitschy plastic models of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, the connection between these icons and the Guv’nahs’ American feel was apparent. “We have played at this venue a bunch of times, and it’s always a great crowd,” lead singer James Trimble said. “We have a lot of good fans at ETSU, and this has always been a fun place to play.” The Guv’nahs, all six of whom grew up either in the Knoxville or Nashville area and graduated from UT, have garnered much local acclaim for their Southern sound and considerable stage presence. Kevin Hyfantis, keyboardist and harmonicist, said he believes the classic sounds and artists of the South provide much to be musically inspired by. “It’s where all the great music came from,” Hyfantis said. “It’s what’s influenced everybody, like The Rolling Stones, for instance. They’re steeped in Southern music. It’s the music that just moves us, that rhythm and blues.” Southern influence has continued to be instrumental to the band and the music industry at large due to its deeply-rooted legacy in authentic emotion, Hyfantis said. “It’s the soul and the pain,” he said. “A lot of it was originally slave music or church music and comes from a place of deep sorrow. I love some classical music as well, but it doesn’t have the same pull. It’s the soul behind the music that gives it its magic.” Trimble notes that although these classic Southern sounds have proved hugely influential to the making of the band, the Guv’nahs’ tunes are not to be confused with country music. “We love Southern music but that doesn’t mean we’re a country band, which is kind of a hard place to be,” Trimble said. “It’s okay to be Southern and soulful and like rock music with no intentions of being on a country radio station. I don’t think they’d

KWANZAA continued from Page 1 For Dillard, the event is a step in the right direction in regards to diversifying campus, but more can be done. “More of these type of events need to occur among all races and nationalities,” Dillard said. “I feel like if more organizations would add incentives for students to come to these events, they would have more of an impact long-term. Because college is not just an experience you have in the classroom, the real growing experience happens as you become more involved in campus life.”

want us.” Trimble cites the band’s sense of camaraderie as being another visible trait of their Southern heritage. “Nobody in our band is looking to be a solo superstar,” he said. “We’re very much a ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of band. I really think that’s something that comes across to fans.” The band members’ genuine friendship was certainly evident on stage Friday. Secretive grins indicating inside jokes and laughs were exchanged throughout the show, including when audience members pelted guitarist Cozmo Holloway in the face with dollar bills during “Blue Rose Stroll”’s line, “If you got a dollar lay it down.” Hits like “Baby We Were Young” and “Fairlane” ignited much cheering and dancing from the crowd, and the band members, who frequently reached for beers between songs, appeared to have as much fun as their audience. The surprise covers of the night, “Proud Mary” and the encore-concluding “Satisfaction,” demonstrated the band’s dedication to soulful rock, a sound they plan to explore more directly in their upcoming and as-of-yet unnamed EP, which is set to be released in early 2014. “Musically, I think it’s a little less Southern rock than it has been in the past,” Trimble said. “It’s still soulful rock music. One of my favorite lyricists of all time is Bill Withers, and I think maybe now more than ever, I’ve tried to harness some of that. Simple messages, just trying to get more and more simple. It’s hard to be simple and say something, and I’m just trying to get us closer to that, at least lyrically.” Hyfantis, who formerly played for Knoxville’s The Black Cadillacs before accepting the Guv’nahs’ invitation, said he believes Trimble’s songwriting efforts are paying off. “There’s going to be a lot of new influences and new sounds,” he said. “I’ve known these guys for a while, and it’s just an evolution. They’re just becoming better writers and that’s the main thing I see in the new material. They’re growing, which is what you’d hope to see in any band.” The Dirty Guv’nahs will next play in Knoxville on New Year’s Eve at the Tennessee Theatre. Tickets are $32 and available on the Tennessee Theatre’s website. Kelli Orr, junior in kinesiology with a concentration in physical therapy, is a member of BCPC. Orr said she is also excited about the event and the message it sends to campus. “This event is very helpful in promoting diversity,” Orr said. “At our age, we must be open minded to other cultures and traditions. We are quick to tell of what we know. We must also be quick to listen and observe new things. “What better way to teach than through an event that highlights another holiday. We hope that at least someone leaves with a new perspective on what Kwanzaa really is.”

Members of the UT Dance Society perform on Jan. 7, 2012. This semester, the society has opened the showcase to incorporate a wider variety of art talent.

Dance Society set to unveil first annual showcase Katelyn Hadder Contributor UT’s Dance Society will host the first annual Student Arts Appreciation Showcase tonight. The dance society is a student-run organization at UT that was formed after budget cuts took out the dance program. The goal of the dance society is not only to promote dance, but to provide dance education to the university as a whole, according to Madilynn McCollum, a fouryear BOSS Dance Company choreographer who helped organize the event. “The goal is to bring art appreciation to the campus, and to showcase all the different kinds of talents that are here at UT,” McCollum said. Work will be submitted from art majors, BOSS Dance

Company choreographers and Strange Fruit Dance Company. Independent talents will also be submitted from UT students. McKinley Merritt and Reed Sorrels will be singing while Brock Ward and Leo Lacamara will be performing a comedy sketch. McCollum has also personally choreographed a hip-hop routine for the showcase. Another student responsible for helping put on the showcase, Belinda Minda, said being a part of the society has changed her life. “I’ve always liked to dance, but never had any real experience,” Minda said. “The society, as well as the BOSS Dance Company, gave me the opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer. The last three years with these groups have given me so much confidence as a dancer, and it’s

even allowed me the opportunity to now branch into choreographing.” Chelsea Milligan, senior in communication studies, had her own reasons for joining the society. “As a freshman, I was in search of some way to still dance and perform,” Milligan said. “The purpose of the society is to not only offer dance education, but to allow students ways to perform.” However, the society recognizes the importance in allowing all kinds of artistic performers to showcase their talents. The versatile nature of the show allows all kinds of students to be involved, and it also is making an effort to showcase appreciation to all arts, not just dancing. “Our goal within the showcase was to allow opportunities to all types of artists, not just dancers,” Milligan said.

Minda and Milligan said they both are extremely proud of the work the society has accomplished and are excited to help put on their first fall showcase featuring BOSS student choreographers. Not only does the society hope to bring an appreciation of the arts to UT, but their efforts are also humanitarian as well. The cost for the event is $1 and all proceeds go to the Joy of Music School in West Knoxville. It is the society’s goal to educate and give back, not only within the showcase but also as an organization as a whole, Milligan said. The show will begin at 8 p.m. at Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. All students are encouraged to attend.


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Lindsay Lee: friend, role model, Rhodes Scholar Crossing Cues by

Melissa Lee The first time I heard about Lindsay Lee, I was slacking off — checking my email in my high school statistics class. I was a month or so removed from my interview with Steven Dandaneau, Ph. D. and then-director of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and Haslam Scholars Program, and he sent me an email congratulating me on being named a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, a prestigious national science competition for high schoolers. I hadn’t entered the Siemens Competition. Puzzled, I looked up the list of semifinalists from the state of Tennessee and found the probable point of confusion — some random girl in Oak Ridge, Lindsay Lee, was listed. We shared the same last name. I replied to Dr. Dandaneau with an email that said something along the lines of, “Thank you, but I think you have me confused with this other girl,” and figured I would never have to think about this mysterious other Lee again. I am so glad I did. When I saw her name on the list of fellow Haslam Scholar Finalists, I immediately resigned myself to failure. She was a Siemen’s Competition semifinalist, after all. I couldn’t compete with that. At our Finalist Interview Weekend book discussion, she sat at the head of the table and talked about the complex social justice issues presented within the book, “The Glass Castle,” while I mispronounced ‘Montaigne.’ I was intimidated, but I soon found that in addition to being brilliant, Lindsay was also incredibly open, friendly and nice in a way that automatically put the people around her at ease. When she rejected her offer from Harvard in favor of the University of Tennessee, I was ecstatic. I would have, at the very least, one friend at college with me. Even then, I had no idea what kind of friend she would be. You see, in addition to writing weekly columns for The Daily Beacon for two years, serving on the Issues Committee, founding and acting as president of the Campus Disability Advocates, running for Student Services Director and then president of SGA, serving as co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of SGA, tutoring for the UT Math Center, directing the Running With Hope 5K, working with Redeeming Hope Ministries, presiding over the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and modeling the population dynamics of Knox County feral cat colonies with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis — all while maintaining a near-perfect GPA — Lindsay is the best kind of person. She is hilarious and thoughtful and kind. She is among the busiest people I know, but she has never been too busy to talk to a friend. We have laughed, we have cried, we have tried to convince other people that we are twins (I wish), we have made marriage pacts, and we have spent a whole lot of time looking at cats. She is the kind of person you can trust to give an honest, well-thought-out opinion about both the issues raised in that article you just read and also that boy you’ve been seeing. She is open-minded, loving and a true friend for life. More importantly, Lindsay is an unwavering advocate — for the disabled, for the marginalized, for everyone she loves. Like most of us, she is frustrated by the injustice in the world. Like very few of us, she has the guts to do everything she can to fix it. When I have been afraid to speak, she has spoken. When I have shied away, she has been bold. She is, in every way, my role model. Now she’s a Rhodes Scholar, too. The best thing about Lindsay’s victory is that it doesn’t change anything about her; she is no better or worse a person after winning this scholarship than she was before, because she was already an amazing scholar, activist, mountain-mover and friend. Anyone that knows her knows that. What winning the Rhodes means is that now everyone else will know that as well. There are those that may have automatically dismissed her before; this makes it that much harder for them to do. As freshmen, Lindsay and I were in a class that tasked us with changing the world. We looked at Rhodes Scholar profiles and deemed them superhuman. With Lindsay winning this award, they continue to be. Melissa Lee is a senior in College Scholars. She can be reached at

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Girls at UT > Blake Lively Uphill Both Ways by

Nate Talbot Blake Lively is hot. This is pretty well accepted. I’ve seen “Accepted” and “The Town” and admit that, yes, she is pretty. But when I’ve watched these movies with my guy friends, I’ve heard things like “She’s the hottest woman alive.” Absurd. Consider her hair – how many professionals were involved in making those locks fall so perfectly into place? Then consider her makeup – how expensive was the stuff another group of professionals smeared all over her face like cream cheese on an Einstein’s Bagel? Between the lighting, the clothes, the people she is around, and the fact that a big part of her job is to be in extremely good shape, how would girls on the street ever stand a chance? We men need to more effectively appreciate how incredibly lucky we are to be surrounded by dime pieces at any

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may not have showered today. She’s wearing a big T-shirt and yoga pants, and she’s stressed out about her exam. If you still can’t see the smoke-show under all of that, then you have some problems, and you are going to have a rough life. Don’t marry anyone I care about. Wait until that girl in the Commons is in her element: her sorority formal, the day she is making a presentation or going to a job interview, maybe her friend’s wedding. She’ll get her hair and nails done, wear a dress she’s obsessed with and she’ll be really excited to see you in a suit and tie. You best believe you’ll be excited for her to take lots of pictures so you can show her off to everyone you know. My fellow men, I suggest that you take the Blake Livelys of the world to be what they are – an illusion of what you are attracted to. After you get beyond the illusion, you can take a walk around this campus and you might just find the best view in Knoxville isn’t in Neyland or from the BB&T building, but instead can be seen from the intersection of Andy Holt and Volunteer during a class change on a sunny afternoon. Nate Talbot is a senior in mechanical engineering. He can be reached at

A slurred ‘yes’ should still mean ‘no’ School of Sarcasm by

Kaila Curry When 14 year-old Daisy Coleman attended a party with 17-year-old athletes in October, she did not expect to awake on her doorstep the next morning in freezing cold weather with bruises all over her body and the clear marks of rape. Would you think the perpetrator would be immediately arrested? Not this time, when the perpetrator was also a star football player and grandson of the Missouri state representative Matthew Barnett. Coleman was forced out of the community for making such a claim against royalty; he emerged unscathed. Gentlemen, it’s sad I have to address this, but under no circumstances is it acceptable to have sex with an incoherent drunk girl. If you are so adamant about having sex with a lifeless corpse, then you’re in luck, because UT happens to be home to the legendary body farm. In The Eagle, American University’s college newspaper, columnist Alex Knepper stirred a national uproar when he wrote:

“Let’s get this straight: any woman who heads to an EI [fraternity] party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy’s room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK?” Not quite – it has become too easy to point your fingers at women – as Knepper and others have – and say, “Stop going to parties, binge drinking and wearing revealing clothing.” It is true women should be more aware of how much “jungle juice” we are drinking. Perhaps we like to think we can drink as much as the guys. Why shouldn’t we? We’ve been climbing the social justice ladder for centuries. But this is not the main reason women get raped. In a New York Times article by Mychal Denzel Smith, the focus of the conversation shifts: “Drinking does not cause rape,” he wrote, “and once you begin focusing on the actions and behavior of the victimized, you ignore the role of perpetrator.” Alright, I acknowledge that chivalry is dead. Women are no longer the damsels in distress waiting in the bell tower for the prince to slay a dragon and rescue them. We don’t need to be rescued; we are fully capable of taking care of ourselves. We no longer live in a patriarchal society where women are subordinate to men in social and political relations. However, can there not be some glimmer of hope that these men could

at least behave like gentlemen? The majority of UT guys are not rapists, but a minority of them are enablers. Choosing not to take action when you see an unresponsive woman walking off with a man with obvious intentions is not “cool.” Sometimes the situation is out of your control, but if there’s something you can do to prevent this situation and you choose not to, then you are just as guilty. College is a time to grow up and enjoy your newly-found freedom. With this freedom you are given the ability to recognize limits and live by them. I believe in order to put a stop to date rape, both men and women need to reevaluate their limits. Most victims know their assailant, and drunken people are not accidentally stumbling into rape situations; alcohol is a rapist’s favorite, and oftentimes only, weapon. Setting drinking limits could resolve some of the dangers women are challenged with. But the real blame lies with the rapists who seize this moment of weakness for a pathetic opportunity to get what they want. In order to put an end to this epidemic, women need to set drinking limits and men need to know that the meaning of “no” is inherent in a slurred “yes.” Kaila Curry is a freshman in English. She can be reached at

Get Fuzzy • Darby Conley

Non Sequitur • Wiley


moment. Sure, they aren’t going to live up to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but when I consider my own squishy physique, I realize I don’t live up to the swimsuit edition of, well, anything. As it turns out, we are surrounded by Blake Livelys. Look closer at that bartender at Tin Roof and the girl in checkerboard overalls at the tailgate; notice the girl studying for an exam in the Commons. They are each at least twice as likely to be a Tennessee fan, which is sweet. There’s also a much better chance of the girl in the Commons thinking your double kegger in the Fort was fun, which is very sweet. If nothing else, the girl in the Commons exists in real life. You can have a conversation with her; you can take her to dinner. Blake Lively will never hear your awful jokes, but that girl in the Commons might even laugh at them. And you know what? There’s a pretty good chance you wouldn’t be compatible with Blake Lively. Even if she thought you were cute, and you could have a great conversation, what if you both like olives, or worse, what if you both hate olives? Who would eat your olives?! The girl in the Commons is just studying, sitting there in sweatpants with her hair tied back. She did her make-up herself, if she is wearing any at all, and she may or

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Monday, November 25, 2013

THE DAILY BEACON • 5 Sports Editor David Cobb


Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

Tennessee senior running back Rajion Neal runs down the Vanderbilt sideline in UT’s 14-10 loss to the Commodores at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

Vandy sinks UT’s postseason hopes, 14-10 Troy Provost-Heron Assistant Sports Editor Tennessee head coach Butch Jones commonly states that inches make the difference in a ballgame. The phrase from the firstyear head coach couldn’t have been more accurate in the Vols’ 14-10 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night. With an opportunity to put the game away in the fourth quarter, the Volunteer offense faced a third-and-1 but was unable to move the chains as senior running back Rajion Neal was stuffed for a loss of three yards. Then, with 46 seconds remaining on a fourth-andinches, Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels took the snap from under center and pushed forward towards the first down marker. After a measurement ruled that the Commodores came up just short, the Vols defense broke out in celebration, sprinting toward the sideline with what appeared to be a victory – a sight reminiscent of the Vols heart-breaking defeat to the LSU Tigers in 2010. The replay official saw it differently, however, as the spot on the field was overturned, and the Commodores were awarded a first down to continue what would be their

game-winning drive, capped off by freshman quarterback Patton Robinette’s 5-yard touchdown run. “I mean, at first, it did feel like we had the game, but we knew the defense just had to go back out there and try to make a play,� said junior defensive back Justin Coleman about the play being overturned. “It came down to inches, and they won over their inches.� For senior offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James, who watched from the sideline as everything transpired, the moment brought flashbacks of other gut-wrenching events that transpired throughout his career. “We all looked at each other and said we were brought back to those games against LSU and North Carolina and we told everybody to calm down, calm down it might not be over yet,� James said. “So, you know, the ball goes your way sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t, but there were a lot more opportunities where we could have won the game besides that one play.� The overturned fourth down call wasn’t the only critical play during Vanderbilt’s 12 play, 92-yard game-winning drive. A 15-yard facemask called on freshman defensive back Devaun Swafford, who also forced a fumble earlier in the second half, placed the Commodores inside

Tennessee territory, and a 25-yard completion from Carta-Samuels to wide receiver Jordan Matthews helped Vandy secure its seventh win of the season. “That was just 15 free yards for them, and any time you give up free yards to them like that, they’re usually able to capitalize on it, so that means a lot,� said senior defensive lineman Daniel Hood of Swafford’s penalty. Offensively, the Vols were unable to continually move the football due to the absence of the passing game. Tennessee amassed 184 yards on the ground – Neal led the way with 95 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries – but freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs played his worst game as the starting signal caller for the Vols, as he finished the game 11-of-19 for 53 yards and two interceptions. “We just were a little bit out of sync, and that’s just something that we can just fix with routes on air and timing,� Dobbs said. With the defeat, the Vols will not be bowl eligible for a third consecutive season, but Dobbs said he still feels the program took another step in the right direction. “We’re extremely excited about the future, especially behind coach Jones,� Dobbs said. “We just have to keep moving forward and continue to grow.�

















Lady Vols get defensive, breeze past Oakland Patrick MacCoon

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Staff Writer After a slow start to open the season, senior guard Meighan Simmons found her mark on the offensive end of the court in the No. 3 Lady Volsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 84-50 win over Oakland on Sunday afternoon in Thompson-Boling Arena. UTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone senior scored a season-high 14 points on 5-of11 shooting from the field and gave the team a much-needed boost at the end of the first half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Meighan is a volume shooter,â&#x20AC;? second-year head coach Holly Warlick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought she shot the ball really well tonight.â&#x20AC;? While she shot over 40 percent for the first time this season, her offensive game wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only thing that impressed Warlick. The senior also contributed on defense with three steals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has really focused on her defense and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really proud of her over the last couple of games of what she is trying to do for this team,â&#x20AC;? Warlick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody knows she is a great offensive player, but she has really taken this team on and she has put this team first. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her overall game has gotten better because of the focus on the defensive end.â&#x20AC;? In the first half of the action, the Golden Grizzlies (0-5) held their own with the Lady Vols (5-0). Olivia Nashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-pointer highlighted a 16-3 run by Oakland and brought the score to 28-27 with just more than two minutes left in the first half. Then, with nine seconds left in the half, Simmons found separation from her defender in the right corner of the court behind the three-point line and sent in her second shot from long range of the first half off an assist from junior point guard

Tennessee redshirt freshman guard Andraya Carter looks to pass during a game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Thompson-Boling Arena. Ariel Massengale. Simmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basket to end the first period extended the Lady Volsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to seven over the Golden Grizzlies. Tennessee made a point quickly to begin the second half, as the squad opened the final period with a 15-0 run that Simmons capped with an open jump shot off an assist from Bashaara Graves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Warlick told us in the locker room that in 45 seconds to start the second half we scored seven points,â&#x20AC;? Massengale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of those points came off our defense. We need to take that to heart and realize that defense is what wins ball games and championships.â&#x20AC;? Graves also had a big night on the court. The sophomore forward finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We take a lot of pride in our rebounding and on second chance points and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go hard to the boards in the first half,â&#x20AC;? Warlick said of her team,

who was out-rebounded 24-20 in the first period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to rebound well when you are quick shooting. The second half we settled down and got back to what we are capable of.â&#x20AC;? Massengale also showed up big on the stat sheet as she scored 11 points and had six assists. The game allowed Tennessee to extend its victory streak to five games for the start of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not walking around knowing that we are undefeated,â&#x20AC;? Warlick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to keep that maturity about us. We need to keep stressing our defensive play.â&#x20AC;? The Lady Vols now gear up for their trip over Thanksgiving break to Freeport, Bahamas where they will play in the Junkanoo Jam Classic. UT opens play on Thursday against Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to keep working hard and striving to put together a complete 40-minute performance,â&#x20AC;? Massengale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defense is the number one thing on our minds.â&#x20AC;?

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Monday, November 25, 2013 Sports Editor David Cobb

SPORTS Tennessee seniors endure final curse in snake-bitten careers

David Cobb Sports Editor

“Sometimes the ball goes your way,” Ja’Wuan James said, “and sometimes it doesn’t.” For James and UT football’s 27 other seniors, the ball bounced their way arguably just once during their time as Tennessee football players (see: Michael Palardy’s game-winning field goal against South Carolina on Oct. 19). Toss in a win over North Carolina State to open the 2012 season, and it equals two games of glory to go along with innumerable moments of pain in a forgettable four years of a storied program. Yes, a game at Kentucky on Saturday is yet to be played. But from a realistic standpoint, the meaningful portion of their UT careers ended Saturday when a close game predictably fell Vanderbilt’s way at Neyland Stadium, ensuring the Vols (4-7, 1-6 SEC) will not qualify for a bowl game. The predictability of UT’s gut-wrenching 14-10 Senior Night loss did not stem from a lack of heart, effort or even a lack of talent. Though the Vols may lack in talent compared to much of the SEC, they matched up similarly in that regard with the Commodores (7-4, 4-4 SEC) Rather, UT’s second straight loss to Vanderbilt stemmed from that invisible, nobody-knows-what-itis thing that stings the Vols all too often – even after Palardy seemed to conquer it against the Gamecocks. Sure, this new coaching staff can – and probably will – point to certain plays, blown calls, inexperience and a gamut of other factors that played into the outcome. But, when time after time winnable games are lost at the expense of the sanity of all involved, other explanations must be explored. My theory is after the Vols lost to Missouri this season, LSU quarterback Matt Mauck placed UT under a spell in the 2001 SEC Championship Game when he knocked the Vols out of the national title picture by quarterbacking the Tigers to a 31-20 win. The publication of that diagnosis stemmed primarily from the eerily similar name of Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk and how he did exactly what Mauck did against the Vols 12 years before. After all, it’s easy to point at that game in 2001 as the

beginning of the program’s demise following its peak in 1998. But on Saturday, minutes after experiencing apparent victory only to have it all too familiarly stripped away, UT senior defensive tackle Daniel Hood offered another explanation for why the Vols can never catch a break. “That’s kind of been the burden of our senior class,” Hood said before rattling off a painful list of games and events that have made bleeding orange an exsanguination over the past four seasons. By the way, exsanguination is the process of blood loss to a degree sufficient to cause death. Essentially, Hood offered the senior class as a martyr for the current state of Tennessee football. Forget Matt Mauck, Dave Clawson, Mike Hamilton, Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley. They are not around anymore to be blamed. The only remnants of the ashes everybody in orange so desperately wants to be emerging from are those 28 seniors, whose time at Tennessee transcended the tenures of most of the people who are actually to blame for their dismal careers. Fair? No, absolutely not. But what about having the coach they committed to play for leave and go to USC was fair? What about having a program-altering win against LSU stripped away in 2010 was fair? How was a similar Music City Bowl loss to North Carolina just weeks later fair? How was being the first Tennessee team in 27 years lose to Kentucky fair? Throw in a forgettable 2012 season that included another coaching change and unthinkably painful losses to Georgia and Vanderbilt this year, and it’s been anything but a smooth ride. “I hurt for them just because of all they’ve been through,” said Butch Jones, who admitted Saturday’s contest was the first time he ever had an apparent victory stripped away by a reversed call. But instead of claiming injustice or unfairness, Hood simply took it on the chin like he and the 27 others have done for the last four years. “We’ll carry that burden, so that in the future, we can win championships,” Hood said, “and I believe 100 percent that we’ll be able to do it in the future.” Yes, the Butch Jones honeymoon should be over. But whether it’s fair or not for this senior class, maybe the curse is too. David Cobb is a junior in journalism & electronic media. He can be reached at or on Twitter @DavidWCobb.

Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron

Grading the Vols vs. Vanderbilt

Copy Chief Gage Arnold and Sports Editor David Cobb covered UT’s 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium on Saturday and assessed grades for each of the Vols’ position groups.


As much as everyone wishes Joshua Dobbs success, the true freshman has yet to find it through three games as the starting quarterback. He played his worst game yet against the Commodores with just 53 passing yards, a pair of interceptions and a couple of costly sacks. - David Cobb


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The exit of Marquez North in the first quarter hampered Tennessee’s already anemic passing game. Though they got few chances to shine, UT’s receivers did nothing to help Dobbs. Upon further review, Josh Smith probably could have caught Dobbs’ Hail Mary pass on the final play. - DC

After falling victim to constant Commodore pressure and watching the offense put up a woeful 5 yards passing in the first quarter, this group dug their heels in and opened holes for the running game. However, the group disappointed when it was needed most. When UT failed to convert on third-and-one from Vanderbilt’s 45-yard line – a down and distance a talented SEC line should convert – it gave Vanderbilt new life with under five minutes in the fourth quarter. - GA

Though they failed to contain Patton Robinette on the game-winning touchdown, UT’s defensive line buckled down most of the game to prevent the senseless quarterback scrambles that hurt the Vols against Missouri and Auburn. - DC

A.J. Johnson’s game-high 13 tackles coupled with his two tackles for loss and fumble recovery tell the story of this unit. Dontavis Sapp even chipped in with two tackles for loss of his own. The group was exposed on Vanderbilt’s final drive on two crossing routes, but held Vandy’s run game to a mere 90 yards while making a handful of stops in the backfield. - GA


The running backs carried the load offensively for the Vols. Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal constantly ran hard and Dobbs chipped in with 23 yards of his own, totaling 184 ground yards from the unit. Neal also crossed the 2,000-yard plateau for his UT career, making him the 14th player in UT history to accomplish the feat. - Gage Arnold

For probably the first time all season, true freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton was burned in a key situation. Jordan Matthews, the SEC’s all-time leader in receptions, broke past Sutton and caught a pass dropped between Sutton and the safety for a key pickup on the game-winning drive. This unit did do its share in forcing four turnovers - DC

Instead of kicking a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Butch Jones rolled the dice on a Michael Palardy fake field goal. In short, it backfired completely and resulted in an interception. However, Palardy looked off all night as he had a field goal blocked, multiple shanked punts and his only make – from 32 yards out – banked in off the crossbar. - GA

Game 11 GPA: The Vols earned a 2.51 grade for their performance against Vanderbilt. Season GPA: Through 11 games, UT has a football GPA of 2.57.

FOOTBALL continued from Page 1 The outcome, which guaranteed the Vols a third straight postseason-less year, was just another chapter in UT’s recent tumultuous stretch that’s produced just a 20-28 record since the beginning of 2010. But Jones’ players echoed their coach’s optimistic approach as their words suggested Saturday night’s result was not a back-breaking setback . “We are finally working the

way a Tennessee program is supposed to work,” Daniel Hood said. “We are starting to build the right foundation. Sometimes good things you have to wait for. Right now is one of those processes.” The defensive lineman, a local product of Knoxville Catholic High School and one of the 28 seniors who ran through the “T” for a final time on Saturday, is prepared to honor Jones’ outlook, even if it means in a setting other than the football field. “Out of respect for coach Jones, we have to do the right thing,” Hood said. “Even if it

means us staying around until January, we have to get these young guys in the weight room working out and doing drills on their own, keeping them here long enough. “We have to push through; this future team will push through. This week, as seniors, we have to set the foundation. We cost them 15 practices. I think we can still do the right thing by leading them in the right direction.” And, according to Jones, that guidance is imperative in next week’s matchup at Kentucky despite the season finale’s nowabsent bowl implications.

“Well, it’s all about continuing to build this football program,” Jones said. “It’s competitive character, and you get another opportunity compete. We get one more chance to come together as a football family, as a football team, and it’s the last time we’ll play. Our seniors are a great group of kids. They’re very resilient, and I expect them to move forward and be ready for Kentucky. “Life is sudden change. You have to answer that sudden change. It will be a valuable teaching point. We always talk about sudden changes and the ability to handle those.”

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