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Africa Week hits I-House, promotes diversity Kyle Turner News Editor In keeping with UT’s emphasis on diversity, African Students Association (ASA) is hosting a week of events to highlight different aspects of the African continent. “UT talks about diversity, but many times forgets about those smaller groups on campus,” Fiona Njororai, president of the African Students Association and junior in accounting and information management, said. “We want people to know we have a voice and sometimes feel left out and help bridge that gap between African students and UT.” Africa Week at UT is aimed at raising awareness through the sharing of cultural differences while still focusing on inclusion. “We want people to realize that diversity is a good thing” Njororai said. “We are trying to get rid of the stigma and help people celebrate their identity with the incorporation of UT students.” The planned events highlight many African nations with Somalia and Sudan being the focal points. This year’s theme is “Two Nations, One Struggle,” in light of South Sudan’s recent independence. “South Sudan, being a new country, is able to reap the fruits of their labor,” Njororai said. “Somalia will one day be able to rise up and overcome their struggles and gain true independence.” The event Wednesday focused specifically on Somalia and Sudan with speakers and authentic dishes provided to attendees. According to Sudi Issak, fundraising chair of ASA and sophomore in biology and business, the event helped show aspects of African culture that are rarely seen by most people.
Highlighting two nations specifically helped to emphasize Africa as a diverse continent and not just one large group. “We want to make sure people understand the differences,” Issak said. “Most think of one Africa. We share similarities but really have individual cultures.” This Tuesday, the I-House hosted an evening of jewelry and sambus making. A sambus is an East African dish of pastry dough filled with meat, vegetables and spices. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed making the challenging yet delicious sambus. “I wanted to try something new and step out of my comfort zone,” Wardy Watkins, junior in psychology, said. “I love cooking and wanted to learn how to make a new dish. Events like these are something I would consider coming back for.” Brightly colored necklaces and bracelets were made as well to highlight the life and vibrancy that is many times overlooked when thinking of African culture. A wide range of students and community members attended Tuesday’s event. Macedonians, Bulgarians, Colombians, Kenyans, Somalis and many other nationalities turned out to experience another culture. On Thursday, students will have the option to attend a panel hosted by ASA to cap off UT’s Africa Week at the I-House. The event is a discussion-based program that aims to bring a focus to the issue of human trafficking. Human Trafficking 101 will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will cover the issues of identifying human trafficking, forms of human trafficking and the thriving sex slave industry that persists in much of the world. Wade Rackley • The Daily Beacon All students are encouraged to attend Students play music before the beginning of ceremonies celebrating 50 years of this event as well as future ASA meeting for African-American achievement on Monday, Jan. 31. This week, the African Students those interested in learning about Africa. Association is hosting events promoting African diversity around campus.
SAA promotes respect of UT’s seal Kyle Turner News Editor
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A dead bird lies on a football programs booth outside Neyland Stadium on Monday, Oct. 24.
Run With Bulls mixes blues, rock Caroline Snapp Staff Writer Run With Bulls, a band based out of Nashville, is playing at the Longbranch Saloon Thursday night at 10 p.m. The band, which could be categorized as a throwback band, looks forward to performing on the Strip again. “We’ve played Knoxville twice now, Preservation Pub and the Longbranch,” Brad Sample, the band’s lead guitar player and manager, said. “Both shows we had a blast. We love playing Knoxville — pretty good crowds who just don’t seem to want you to stop playing! We love that. Hoping that we have a great crowd of rowdy people wanting to hear some good tunes this time around as well.” The band is composed of guitarist and vocalist Sample, bassist Chris James and drummer Philip Turner. Formed in the spring of 2009, the band has been touring all over the country.
“We have played in about a million venues all over America, from The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, to Cardinal Stadium opening up for Joan Jett, to little dives from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean,” Sample said. Their love for old rock ‘n’ roll comes through in their music. The band’s first studio album, “Brand New Tongue,” has a classic rock feel with some blues undertones. Besides classic rock, the band members have a multitude of musical influences. “From Dwight Yoakam to Lauryn Hill to Radiohead, and I think we incorporate a little bit of it all into our music,” Sample said. “I know Chris James loves the Black Crows, Philip is a huge fan of J. Roddy Walston and The Business and Coldplay, and my favorite musician pretty much ever is a Nashville cat named Buddy Miller.” Although the band has been successfully working together since 2009, the band
was somewhat formed by accident. Sample met Chris James in 2007 at an illadvised practice for an old band. “We needed a bass player really bad,” Sample said. “He showed up and I was pretty sure I was not going to like him.” Sample did like James, and the pair has been making music together ever since. Philip Turner was added to the band in a similar way. After the three finally came together, their musical chemistry was evident. “Chris and I had been playing together for a few years and ended up being without a drummer for a gig the very next day,” Sample said. “I met Philip through a mutual friend, found out he played drums, said he was hired, and I hoped for the best. I planned on firing him as soon as we were done with the gigs, but he fit so well and played with such conviction that we all decided to officially form a band with the three of us after only a few months of playing together.”
The Student Alumni Association (SAA) has embarked on a mission to reinforce and remind students of the meaning behind the university’s seal. “The UT seal represents our university, everything it was founded upon,” Alex Mullins, alumni liaison for SAA and senior in logistics, said. “So many people on campus don’t have any idea what our seal is made up of or its history, don’t even know what it looks like or don’t have any respect for it whatsoever. Our purpose is to bring this to people’s attention and provide information on the seal and why we want to ‘save it.’” Students may have noticed representatives from SAA standing near the seal handing out literature about this ongoing campaign titled “Students Saving the Seal.” The handouts are urging all students not to tread on tradition. The seal, currently flanked by orange cones, is a emblem of pride that should be valued, according to alumni members. “So many universities have such respect for their seal that it is enshrined or people respect it enough to walk around it,” Mullins said. “That is what SAA would like to see happen here at UT. We want a university-wide respect for this great symbol of our university.” Most freshmen learn the superstition that graduation will be delayed to all those who walk across the seal. This notion has served as the impetus for students to brazenly cross the seal daily. “I think one of the most important things about this campaign is reframing the issue,” Daniel Aycock, senior
in accounting and member of SAA, said. “Not walking across the seal will hopefully be out of respect of UT and what the seal stands for.” The seal, though changed over the years, is meant to represent enlightenment, peace and science, incorporating the words “agriculture” and “commerce.” “To me, the seal represents the exchange of ideas and the core values of what a university is supposed to stand for,” Aycock said. For the greatest exposure, SAA has intentionally chosen to kick off this campaign during Homecoming Week to bring visibility to students, faculty, alumni and community members. “We want this to be a test run, and our ultimate goal is to have this event every Welcome Week and to partner with many different student organizations on campus to provide T-shirts and other items about saving our seal,” Mullins said. SAA, which is composed of students from many areas of campus, hopes to make lasting partnerships with other organizations in an effort to increase awareness for the seal and reach as many students as possible in the hopes of starting a new tradition. The group plans on distributing T-shirts and other media to help get their message known. Wednesday through Friday, students can speak to SAA representatives at the seal for more details on the campaign. “SAA’s motto is ‘Students serving students — past, present and future.’” The seal is something that has tied together Volunteers for over 200 years,” Mullins said. “It is a common bond that all ages of students have, regardless of things like religions, political beliefs, etc. The seal represents what makes the university so great.”
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Brandon Swinford, junior in kinesiology, plays the hand drums while tabling for Volunteer Vine on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Vine is a student-run online magazine catered towards environmentally conscious students at UT.
Sunday, Oct. 30 12:44 a.m. — Officer observed a vehicle conduct a traffic infraction with expired tags. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver allowed the officer to search the vehicle. The officer found a crushing device, Xanax pills and a bot-
tle of vodka. The driver was then arrested for driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a controlled substance. 2 a.m. — Report of an unconscious, intoxicated female at a Halloween party on Grand Avenue. Officers found the girl on the bathroom floor. Upon further investigation, it was found that none of the partygoers were over the age of 21 and had been consuming alcohol.
One of the residents of the apartment stated that he had marijuana in his possession and was given a misdemeanor citation. All subjects, minus the unconscious female, were given underage consumption citations. 3:39 a.m. — Officer responded to a report of a male subject creating a disturbance in Presidential Courtyard. The individual was arrested for public intoxication, underage consumption, evading and possession of marijuana.
1964 — Johnson defeats Goldwater for presidency In one of the most crushing victories in the history of U.S. presidential elections, incumbent Lyndon Baines Johnson defeats Republican challenger Barry Goldwater, Sr. With over 60 percent of the popular vote, Johnson turned back the conservative senator from Arizona to secure his first full term in office after succeeding to the presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. During the 1964 campaign, Goldwater was decidedly critical of Johnson’s liberal domestic agenda, railing against welfare programs and defending his own decision to vote against the Civil Rights Act passed by Congress earlier that year. However, some of the most dramatic differences between the two candidates appeared over the issue of Cold War foreign policy. The Republican angrily charged Johnson and the Democratic Party with having given in to communist aggression, pointedly referring to the existence of Castro’s communist Cuba 90 miles off America’s shore. On more than one occasion, Goldwater seemed to suggest that he would not be above using nuclear weapons on both Cuba and North Vietnam to achieve U.S. objectives. Johnson’s advisers, of course, did all they could to portray Goldwater as a saber-rattling warmonger, who would bring the world to nuclear annihilation if elected. The president countered his opponent’s challenges by portraying himself as a model of statesman-like restraint. Concerning Vietnam, he mollified domestic concerns about a possible war by claiming that he would not send “American boys nine or ten thousand miles from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.” Johnson’s statement satisfied many Americans, but any commitment he may have had about avoiding direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict was already eroding by the time of the 1964 election. Four months after his victory, Johnson committed U.S. combat troops to Vietnam. 1979 — Communists and Klansmen clash in Greensboro Five members of the Communist Workers Party, participating in a “Death to the Klan” rally in
Greensboro, North Carolina, are shot to death by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Seven others were wounded. Members of the Communist Workers Party had organized the anti-Ku Klux Klan rally and march and were joined by a group of local African American mill workers. A caravan of cars carrying Klansmen and neo-Nazis arrived to disrupt the march, and videotape shows demonstrators initiating the violence by kicking and striking the Klan and Nazi vehicles. The Klansmen and Nazis then opened fire, shooting six demonstrators. The communists, who were carrying concealed weapons, then returned fire. When the gun battle ended, five demonstrators were dead or dying, and seven were wounded. In 1980, six Klan and Nazi members were put on trial on murder and rioting charges. During the trial, evidence came to light indicating that the Greensboro police, and perhaps the federal government, were aware of the probability of violence at the rally but did little to prevent it. Edward Dawson, a paid informant for the Greensboro Police Department and former FBI informer in the Klan, had helped plan the massacre and had notified the Greensboro police of the details, while Bernard Butkovich, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agent undercover in the local branch of the American Nazi Party, had supplied some of the firearms used. When the scheduled time arrived for the Klansman and neo-Nazis to disrupt the march, the tactical squad from the Greensboro Police Department assigned to monitor the march was suspiciously absent. The six defendants were acquitted on all charges on the grounds that they had fired on the demonstrators in self-defense. In 1984, a federal trial likewise ended in acquittals. In 1985, a North Carolina jury found two Greensboro police officers, five Klansmen and Nazis, and Edward Dawson liable for the “wrongful death” of one of the demonstrators who was killed and ordered them to pay nearly $400,000 in damages. The jury also ruled that there was no conspiracy between the Klan, local police, and the federal government to disrupt the rally or injure the protesters. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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Where: Clarence Brown Theatre How much: $5-$25 Our take: Tony award winner; a crowd pleaser, this play deals with adolescents at a rural spelling bee. What: Killer Whale with Christmas and Mutations When: 10 p.m Where: Pilot Light How much: $5 Our take: Local surf thrashers to play first club gig. Nudity is optional.
Saturday, November 5 Thursday, November 3 What: Clarence Brown Theatre presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Clarence Brown Theatre How much: $5-$25 Our take: Tony award winner; a crowd pleaser, this play deals with adolescents at a rural spelling bee. What: Reverend Horton Heat with the Supersuckers When: 7 p.m. Where: The Valarium How much: $20 advance / $22 door Our take: Surf/rockabilly legend returns to Knoxville. Break out your Dickies and red and black garb, and refresh your ink on that Lucky 13 tattoo.
What: Clarence Brown Theatre presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Clarence Brown Theatre How much: $5-$25 Our take: Tony award winner; a crowd pleaser, this play deals with adolescents at a rural spelling bee. What: The Skrillex Cell with 12th Planet, Two Fresh and Nadastrom When: 8 p.m. Where: The Valarium How much: Sold out — $30-$40 scalp Our take: Oh boy, it’s dubstep, this generation’s answer to ska. See the video of Sonny Moore skanking to cement that analogy.
Sunday, November 6 What: Clarence Brown Theatre presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Clarence Brown Theatre How much: $5-$25 Our take: Tony award winner; a crowd pleaser, this play deals with adolescents at a rural spelling bee.
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Friday, November 4 What: Clarence Brown Theatre presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” When: 7:30 p.m.
What: An Evening with Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss When: 7 p.m. Where: Tennessee Theatre How much: $35.75-$75 Our take: The Tennessee Theatre says, “Valastro, baker and star of TLC’s ‘Cake Boss’ will share the stories behind his hit TV series and his colorful Italian family, answer audience questions, and give a live demonstration of the techniques that have made him one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the nation.” Bottom line: There will be cake.
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Somewhere... Hopefully Instant gratification bad for US Preston Peeden Managing Editor As I surf through the channels on my television, my mind numbing from passing over the multitude of worthless airtime that cable television programs inhabit, my attention is caught by a show from an unexpected source: TLC. On the screen is a 20-something woman pushing a train of four completely full grocery carts. The contents of the cart were an assorted grouping of food, condiments, cleaning supplies and 25 packs of orange tic tacs. After enumerating her shopping list, the woman then proceeded to the checkout line. Her items cost a gross total of over $800, but after assorted deals and coupons, she left having to pay only $7. It was while watching this program that I came to a realization. “Extreme Couponing” is the personification of everything wrong with America today. I realize that in the realm of logical fallacies, this hyperbole must appear to be one of the greatest overstatements made in a long time. But after looking closely at the ideals espoused by this program, it becomes clear that this show holds up ideals that would not be celebrated by our Founding Fathers. The issue that arose during this show was not the process of couponing. I have nothing against someone making ends meet and taking care of one’s family through collecting and using coupons. In fact, instead of condemning this practice, I actually am wholeheartedly in support of this. Coupons can help lessen the burden on a family and help make things just a little bit easier for everyone. Instead, my problem with “Extreme Couponing” arose from the mentality of its youngest couponer. On the same episode described earlier, a 16-yearold boy was showing off the spoils of his couponing activities. In a hoarder-like area of his garage, this young man had collected copious amounts of various objects, creating a surplus that would last him for years. In his collection, he proudly displayed a mound of feminine products that he had also purchased. When describing these objects, he looked at the camera and said that not only did he have no idea what he could possibly use these things for, but also that he got them solely because they were free. When I saw his glee at this find, I couldn’t help but be filled with revulsion.
In a nutshell, this kid was the perfect image of what other nations view our country as. He was selfish, greedy and disinterested in anything past his own gratification. There was no need for him to purchase those items; they were purely superfluous. And for the past several decades, this has been the foreign perception of America. As a nation, we are seen as purely excessive. While other countries in Africa and Asia have citizens struggling to survive life-threatening droughts and famines, we sit comfortably at water parks or eating contests, wasting what many would view as essentials to living. In the words of Daniel Tosh (someone I honestly have trouble quoting in every other instance besides this one), “We wonder why other countries hate us … We have a game show in our country called ‘Survivor.’ That’s a game in our country!” Due to our nation’s success, we have become so disinterested in the situations across the rest of the world that we take for granted and trivialize the basic drive of all humans: survival. George Washington once said, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered … deeply, … finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” When was the last time you heard someone speak about America in those words? From America’s founding, this country was built on the utilitarian principles of freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. But instead of glorifying these basic tenants of our government, we blast hours of worthless television that point (and portray) American morality and sensibilities in the opposite direction. While this redirection was more than likely not the main goal of the producers and creators of “Extreme Couponing,” their accidental disruptions and misrepresentations serve as a dangerous reminder. The way our television shows portray Americans becomes how the rest of the world sees us. I don’t think that Americans are necessarily inherently greedy, selfish and self-interested, but that’s the image that is associated with this country in other parts of the world. America was once considered the “Great Experiment.” Our founding and its principles were watershed moments in the history of the world that were meant to signal an era of democracy and ultimately an interconnectedness not just between the people of one nation and its governments, but also with other peoples and their governments. This was once the popular image of America; unfortunately, though, it seems to have lost its place in today’s world of instant gratification. — Preston Peeden is a junior in history. He can be reached at email@example.com.
SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline
THE GREAT MASH-UP • Liz Newnam
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Forecast for presidential election C ommit tee o f I n f ra ct i o n s by
Gregory Bearringer Before every sports season, every sport outlet will produce a sure-to-be-wrong outline of every team in every division in every conference in the league of subject. They usually include some information about newcomers, draft picks, losses, potential weaknesses and strengths, as well as a list of things the team needs to avoid and things each team needs to hope for. The Daily Beacon’s lowest qualified writer presents your unofficial 2012 election season preview. Here, the hard-working, sleep-deprived grad student works up a full preview of the 2012 election season — even including those interlopers in New Hampshire who may be working on a time machine to vote on the candidates in utero. DNP Conference Barack Obama: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds (I just made up that weight; surprisingly, I can know exactly why Kim Kardashian broke up with Kris “with a K” Humphries but I can’t even know the president’s weight.); from Hawaii; Harvard (’91). Last election finish: 1st in DNP; defeated the GOP 365-173 for his first championship. Things to hope for: 1) This Occupy Wall Street movement becomes enough of a movement and moves in the right (left) direction to combat the Tea Party. While a lot of people support other people in protesting “greed” (sloth is the real problem!), it is unclear if people would agree with any explicit goals the movement might spawn. 2) The GOP Mess. In a funny bit of role reversal, a lot of Democrats are hoping the Republican mess will drag on and fracture the party. Rarely a real factor, but it might hold true. 3) Economic stabilization. This would seal his presidency. If the country were to rebound from “insufferable” to “sufferable,” it is unlikely the Republican hem-
hawing would mean much. Things to worry about: 1) Change? Assuming the Republicans figure themselves out, they are likely to ask where the change has come in foreign or domestic policies. 2) Occupy Wall Street. Early indications are that this group is left in a similar way to the Green Party; in other words, it is a bit too far left and, if the election is close, will just cost the Democrats some votes. 3) The economy. If this stays roughly where it is, or recovers and peaks too soon or gets worse, it could spell trouble for the incumbent. GOP Conference Hermitt Perromnicain. O.K., your columnist thinks it’s probably Mitt Romney, but it is a fairly fluid situation. Things to hope for: 1) Tea Party gains from last election stay strong and sway a good portion of the vote disparity (almost 8 per cent) from last election. 2) It’s harder to be the president. The biggest gains the Republican candidate makes will probably be from, well, not being president, whose numbers will reflect any government scandal, economic troubles or even the appearance that the job market and foreign policy seem stagnant. 3) Wall Street — Protest! Of course, impressions what they are, this will be hard, but look for the Republicans to try to tie any Wall Street shenanigans to the White House — if it works, look out. Things to worry about: 1) Economy — Mitt Romney’s or Herman Cain’s standing as the businessman in the game will be for naught if the economy rebounds. 2) Tea Party’s over: The Tea Partiers have been fairly quiet and have plenty of time to run out of steam. 3) Sarah Palin: the one person who could REALLY fracture the party. Sleeper: The Tea Party/Occupy Wall Street populist revolts become an actual one, installing your columnist as “benevolent” dictator. The way-too-early pick — things look bleak for the current president, but he rallies late — Obama 300, Romney 238. — Gregory Bearringer is a graduate student in medieval studies. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Death has always been a strange subject for me to talk about. Whether it is in regards to my job or my goals in life, I have never had the ability to broach the subject in a socially acceptable way. The time I have spent at the Body Farm has definitely not helped this horrible trait, but even before that, I was never very emotional about the passing of a loved one. I am not an apathetic person. I am quite the contrary in most situations. Still, to this day, death leaves me stranded on an island of silent apathy. Death is a particularly morose subject. A conversation involving death is never to be treaded on lightly, but rather, caution and empathy are key to such situations. It amazes me to this day the ways in which people react after a loved one has passed. From the visits with friends to the endless days which seem to take eternity to pass, it is a single event that produces such disastrous results and feelings. For the first time this year, the pain of death struck me through a distant relative. It was not anyone of particular note in terms of being a close relative (grandmother, grandfather, aunt, etc.), but it was nevertheless upsetting. Finding myself in constant thought, the event seems stamped into my mind as a point where I was forced to face the reality of death. Not only was it a sense of grief that filled my mind, but I was left to ponder this man’s lasting impact on my own life. I owe a great deal to him and will forever be indebted to him for my ability to speak Spanish and for my own developing aspirations. It is in these post feelings, everyone should take time to sit down and think. Not to say that sitting down and contemplating life should be immediately prompted because usually our own mortality is the first and most enduring thought, but it should be noted that realizing why one develops such intense feelings over a known is key to ending the pain.
We all know that we do not live forever. Death is as certain as gravity. It is inescapable. While a few people do have the “luxury” of never experiencing an emotionally rattling death, this situation is rare. The certainty of death weighs on our every move in life. It drives our desires, our dreams and our aspirations. The death of a loved one can have the same effect. It is a never-ending cycle that pushes us further on. So many famous people point to a particular dead relative that had a lasting impact on their life. To sit down and recall why the loss was so significant and perhaps why the person was even important in the first place is a mature reaction. Being the calm during the storm is hard. Again, I have never had words of wisdom when death was the issue. In fact, I am the awkward person who tries to make weird jokes and fails horribly. However, I do believe I have learned enough throughout my short 21 years to know quite a bit about death. Intense emotions are imprinted into our minds forever. Switching from a focus on the emotions to the person changes the whole perspective. It is in the realization of why the person is worth having such extreme emotions over that we realize the true impact of loss. Losing a friend due to distance is one thing; losing someone to death is quite another. There will never be a practice round for reacting to the news. There will never be a point where a simulation is even remotely close to the actuality of loss. Death is an unknown that is still known. I hope that whenever I am greeted by death, I am able to retreat slowly into the night with knowledge that I have made one lasting impression on at least one person. It is in the memories that my story will live on, not in the emotions that were felt throughout my relationship with this person. Memories are the best tool for solace and a starting point for realization, and these lasting memories are truly the only way in which condolence and healing can occur. During this week of death, may we all remember the people who have shaped us even though their presence may no longer be felt. — Brittany Vasquez is a senior in anthropology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rangers forced to kill escaped lions Iran faces stricter sanctions by US The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — South African wildlife workers drove through the night across sand dunes, desperate to save two lions who had strayed from a vast park and killed a farmer’s cow, a parks spokeswoman said Wednesday. The farmer had already killed a third lion. Instead of saving the big cats, a park researcher rescued a ranger, pulling him free and leaving the ranger’s boot in the lion’s jaws, South African National Parks spokeswoman Henriette Engelbrecht said. She said the two lions then had to be shot and killed. Tuesday’s events near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which stretches across 3.6 million hectares (8.9 million acres) in South Africa and Botswana, left the rangers “very disappointed and very shocked,” Engelbrecht said. Rangers Micho Ferreira and Albert Bojane and researcher Graeme Ellis said they had never before met with lions bold enough to attack people in a vehicle, she said. Their truck was left
covered in blood, dents and scratches. Bojane, who had been riding on the back of the truck, was recovering Wednesday with injuries to an arm and a foot. Ellis left the truck’s cab to pull Bojane into its safety after the attack. “This surely was an act of bravery,” Ferreira, who was driving the truck, said of Ellis’s action in a report on the incident. Parts of the two-thirds of the park in Botswana are not fenced, which can lead to tense encounters between cattle farmers and some of the park’s 400 lions. Engelbrecht said that as soon as rangers hear of a lion on the loose, they head out to tranquilize it and bring it to a special area surrounded by an electric fence. Once the lions learn to keep clear of fences, they are rereleased into fenced areas of the park. In the last two years, 11 lions have been recovered without trouble, Engelbrecht said. “It’s a chase through dunes and sand,” she said. “It’s difficult work, where people put their lives at risk to conserve.”
The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A House panel on Wednesday unanimously approved harsher penalties against Iran, arguing that an economically weak Tehran will struggle in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. By voice vote, Republicans and Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee pushed forward two bills that would strengthen current sanctions while expanding the list of companies and individuals subject to penalties. Lawmakers cited recent allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and insisted that such brazen behavior demands consequences. The legislation builds on sanctions that Congress overwhelmingly passed — and President Barack Obama signed — last year. Those penalties targeted exports of gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran and banned U.S. banks from doing business with foreign banks providing services to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The United Nations and the European Union have also imposed sanctions on Iran. The latest legislation “is designed to clamp new and tougher sanctions on Iran’s energy sector, threatening the regime’s existence if it refuses to halt its nuclear weapons program,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the committee chairwoman. She called Iran’s energy sector the country’s Achilles heel. The United States has tried repeatedly to coax Iran into international negotiations with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany over its nuclear
have less money to spend on weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and other nefarious activities,” Berman said. The sanctions appear to be taking a toll in Tehran. Just this week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledged that the current penalties were impeding Iran’s financial institutions, saying, “our banks cannot make international transactions anymore.” The committee also approved an amendment by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, designed to protect the several thousand Iranians living in exile at Camp Ashraf, located northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. The camp is run by the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, a resistance group to Tehran’s clerical regime that has been a harsh critic of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. It has been attacked by the Iraqi army, with dozens killed, and Baghdad is intent on closing the camp. The provision in the bill calls on the administration to pressure Iraq to ensure the well-being of the camp residents. The measure also calls for preventing the involuntary return of camp residents to Iran and delaying the camp closure until the U.N. High Commission for Refugees can resettle the residents in another country. “If history is any guide, it will see another massacre,” Poe warned. Ros-Lehtinen expressed hope that the House leadership could move quickly on the legislation, which has 343 co-sponsors. She said she wanted the bills ready for the president’s signature “to hand the Iranian regime a nice holiday present.”
program. Iran contends that its program is designed to generate electricity, not build weapons. Among the new provisions, the House bills would restrict foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies from doing business with Iran, include bartering among activities that could be sanctioned and prohibits Americans from conducting commercial or financial transactions with the Revolutionary Guard. Directing its ire at Syria and North Korea as well, one provision would strengthen the prohibition on granting landing rights in the United States to vessels that have visited Iran, North Korea or Syria in the last two years. Rep. William Keating, DMass., said the government of Syria, widely criticized for its crackdown on demonstrators, receives political and material assistance from Iran. The committee, by voice vote, adopted an amendment by the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman of California, that would require the president to determine within 30 days whether Iran’s central bank is supporting the country’s chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or missile programs, financing the purchase of advanced convention weapons, underwriting the Revolutionary Guard or aiding Iran’s support for international terrorism. If the president makes such a determination, the administration would be required to impose penalties that would bar any foreign bank doing significant business with the central bank from U.S. economic activities. “Our hope, as with all our sanctions, is that an economically challenged Iran will
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Vols’ basketball creates campus buzz of success the UT football team has had this year following a few key injuries. Staff Writer “This school needs something to click for it so the UT spirIt’s official: the Tennessee Vols’ and Lady Vols’ 2011-2012 it can be restored, and I personally think it will be the Lady Vols basketball team led by Meighan Simmons upon many senbasketball season is in the air. Students all over campus are now talking about the Vols’ iors,” Joynes said. The students filled up the student section Tuesday night and basketball season. It all started Tuesday night, as the Lady Vols had their first exhibition game versus Carson-Newman, win- are sure to show a bigger crowd at the men’s preseason opener. Just from observing the stuning 105-40. Thursday dent section, one could night, the men’s basketsense positive vibes towards ball team also starts its the new season. preseason with a game After speaking with a few against Carson-Newman of the students after the as they try to forget about game, there seemed to be an the offseason and the conoverall consensus on how troversies with Bruce the teams were going to do. Pearl. They all believe the Lady “I am excited for a new Vols will reach the champiyear, especially after the onship and win, and the disappointment the Lady men will do well but eventuVols faced last year,” ally lose in the tournament. Michael Aleman, freshIt is also apparent that a man in biomedical engilot of the spotlight this seaneering, said. “Also, I’m son will be on the men’s new eager to see how our basketball coach, Cuonzo men’s coach does and see Martin. which direction he takes “I am looking forward to the team. see what Cuonzo Martin is “I totally believe this doing with our basketball could be one of the most team,” undecided freshman meaningful seasons yet. Chris Blakley said. “With We have not been able to that said, I believe the men’s ‘bring home the gold,’ team has the makings to George Richardson • The Daily Beacon and I think the situation reach the NCAA Cierra Burdick works a ball down into the paint during a surrounding coach Pat Summitt could give us the game against Carson-Newman on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Burdick Tournament, but only if we and fellow freshman Ariel Massengale and Isabelle Harrison get dealt the right hand do I edge.” However, Aleman was- combined for 25 points and 16 rebounds in their first outing think we will survive the first round.” n’t the only one ready for for the Lady Vols. Nonetheless, everyone on a new year. “Despite losing Bruce Pearl and being hit with the shocking the UT campus knows all eyes are on beloved coach Pat news from Pat Summitt, I am more excited for this year Summitt. After being diagnosed with early onset dementia, all because our Lady Vols virtually have everyone returning and of Big Orange Country has her back. Especially after being look to make a run for the national title,” Quinton Joynes, ranked No. 3 in the preseason polls, Summitt may be in for one freshman in electrical engineering, said. “As for the men, they of the most meaningful seasons of her career. Now only time will tell how the Vols’ basketball program will are just looking for a fresh start, but it should be an interesting do this year. The students can only hope that their support and year.” Much of the excitement has clearly been sparked by the lack excitement for their teams will propel them to new heights for the 2011-2012 season.
UT alumnus receives coveted honor Staff Reports Former Vol standout and current New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will become the 18th person inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame at the 2012 Leadoff Banquet on Wed., Jan. 18 at the Knoxville Convention Center. “I am honored that R.A. Dickey is going to be inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “I think it is long overdue. R.A. was a great pitcher here and is a great person who represents everything Tennessee is all about. He has carried that on to the bigleague level and I think it is an honor to bring him back to let the fans recognize him, see him again and thank him for all he has brought to the great tradition of this baseball program.” Tickets for the banquet, which will also feature former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, are now on sale to the public online. The preseason banquet will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the start of the program at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $40, while a table for 10 will be $350. For more information, contact Tyler Jones in the UT Marketing Office at (865) 9749001. The only three-time First Team All-American in Tennessee baseball history from 1994-96, Dickey was also a two-time first team All-SEC selection and an academic AllAmerican following his junior year. In addition, he was a
member of the bronze medalwinning 1996 Team USA Olympic team in Atlanta. During his time at Rocky Top, the Nashville native wrote his name in the UT record book as the career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. Dickey also holds the school single-season records for wins and innings pitched and ranks third for strikeouts. Since being selected with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, Dickey has embarked on a nine-year career in the big leagues. In addition to the Rangers, he has also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins before joining his current team, the New York Mets in 2010. A hard-throwing righty at Tennessee and in the first few years of his MLB career, Dickey has reestablished himself as a successful knuckleball pitcher. In his two seasons with the Mets, Dickey has posted a 19-22 record and a 3.08 ERA in 383.0 innings on the mound. During that stretch, he has struck out 238 hitters while walking just 96. Overall, Dickey is 41-50 with a 4.34 ERA in 204 Major League appearances, including 106 starts over nine seasons. In 825.2 total innings, he has struck out 509 hitters. Dickey will join former teammate Todd Helton, as well as 15 other players, one coach and one broadcaster in the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the first person inducted since Helton had his jersey retired in 2008.
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