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Holiday shopping guide suggests gift ideas Justin Joo Staff Writer With the notorious Black Friday having come and passed, the Christmas shopping season can now begin in earnest. From now until Dec. 25, people across the United States will be frantically scouring Wal-Marts, shopping malls and jewelry stores trying to find the perfect gift for their friends and family. But what does one do when they have no idea what to buy? With the ever-growing trends and fads, it’s hard to keep up with the many things that loved ones would like to find under the Christmas tree. Hopefully this guide will help give confounded shoppers some hints. Teenage Girls For the 15-year-old niece or preteen sister, there are only two words you need to
know: Twilight Saga. With the recent movie release of “New Moon” bringing in over $300 million at the box office, there are books, action figures, the DVD release of “Twilight” and teen magazines featuring the eternal question: Team Edward or Team Jacob? Any Man Younger Than 35 If there is one gift that will always make a man smile, it is electronics. They are simple creatures that love toys. A new iPhone 3GS may set the buyer back $199, but it will put a grin on his face. Three major video game systems -- the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii -- have all dropped their prices recently. Both the Xbox 360 (Elite Holiday Bundle) and Playstation 3 (120 GB) are selling for $299 at Best Buy. For the Ladies Women can sometimes be
hard to buy for, and purchasing a gift for them is usually a challenge. “I really don’t want to be (shopping) at all, so I’ll probably try and grab the first thing I see,” Chase Wunder, freshman in business, said. “I also make sure to give my girlfriend the receipt, so if she wants, she can return and get what she actually wants.” Of course, grabbing her a Snuggie ($19.95, plus shipping and handling) just because everyone else says they’re awesome is not always the best approach. But there is one fail safe solution. Everyone has heard the phrase, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” As clichéd as that might sound, the male shopper may be surprised how effective a pair of earrings can be at spreading Christmas cheer. Jewelry is the ticket to go from the nice to naughty list. See SHOPPING on Page 3
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Shoppers crowd the walkways of West Town Mall early Friday morning searching for deals on the biggest shopping day of the year. While crowds complicated finding the best deals for a perfect Christmas gift, many shoppers braved the large masses.
Schools may pursue UT coaches
Organization provides vision education, affordable eye care
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Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin delivers a piece of advice to junior defensive back standout Eric Berry during the contest against Vanderbilt Nov. 21. While many believe Berry will leave UT and declare for the 2010 NFL Draft, Kiffin has made it abundantly clear he will be staying to coach Tennessee “as long as (he) can coach.”
Matt Dixon Staff Writer With the success the Tennessee football program has had during the 2009 season, some assistant coaches may be given the opportunity to leave Big Orange Country. Head coach Lane Kiffin admitted this could be a possibility when he hired a staff that was the highest paid in college football. “Anytime you shoot high, that’s going to happen,” Kiffin said. “If you shoot high and you get great coaches and recruiters like this, you’re going to eventually lose them.” Kiffin believes losing these coaches means that you are building a championship program, something Kiffin has
stressed since arriving in Knoxville. “If we’re losing (coaches), it’s a good thing,” he said. “Because usually if you’re losing (coaches) that means you’re successful and winning a bunch of games.” Kiffin’s father, defensive coordinator Monte, was a longtime defensive guru in the NFL. Despite ties to the professional ranks, Monte has been very firm about remaining on Rocky Top. “I want to tell you this right now, I ain’t retiring, okay? I’m not going back to the NFL,” Monte Kiffin said. “I didn’t coach in the NFL 25 years to come to Tennessee and get experience to go back to the NFL … I’m going to stay right here, I love it here, and I’m going to coach here as long as I can coach.” Former Ole Miss head coach Ed
Orgeron served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator under Kiffin. Orgeron was at the center of a recruiting war last offseason when LSU offered him more money to coach in his home state rather than rejoin Kiffin at Tennessee. Orgeron is a coach Kiffin knows could become a head coach again given his recruiting success. “Here’s a guy that’s proven again that he can go anywhere and get players,” Kiffin said. “Look at the example of him coming here. He was here for such a short time, and we signed a top10 class, the No. 1 player in the country (in running back Bryce Brown) and look what’s going on this year.” See COACHES on Page 3
Downtown to host Christmas festivities Blair Kuykendall Staff Writer As students rush around to finish up their finals and head home for the holidays, they should be sure to take some time to enjoy Knoxville’s own Christmas cheer. With a rich local tradition, the city of Knoxville has its own set of exciting events celebrating the Christmas season. “Market Square hosts an ice skating rink each year around Christmastime,” Anna Manneschmidt, Knoxville resident and undecided freshman said. Downtown on the square, local residents and UT students can come together to enjoy Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice. The full-sized ice-skating rink will be open Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 3. Knoxville’s most popular winter festival, Christmas in the City, hosts a variety of exciting weekend events leading up to Dec. 25. The annual WIVK / FOWLERS Christmas Parade will take place on Friday at 6:30 p.m. downtown on Gay St. This year’s parade will feature an array of floats, band performances, dancing and lights. On Friday, Dec. 11, at 6:00 p.m. locals will come together to enjoy Comcast’s Christmas at Chilhowee Park. This event will feature free pictures with Santa Claus, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, caroling and free horse drawn carriage rides. There will also be marshmallow roasting as visitors enjoy the lighted trees “floating” on the lake
under the stars. UT’s own Clarence Brown Theatre will put on Charles Dickens’s classic “A Christmas Carol” from Nov. 25 - Dec. 20, 2009. On Dec. 1, the Holiday Chorale Concert performed by the School of Music will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Cox Auditorium. The School of Music will also sponsor a Holiday Musicale at the Foundry from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. This event is designed to benefit their scholarship program and requires an R.S.V.P. to 865974-8935 by Dec. 1. The 41st Annual Knoxville Nativity Pageant, a community sponsored pantomime drama, will take place at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Dec. 13-15. The Ramsay House Plantation, another Knoxville attraction, will be hosting a Candlelight Tour with music and refreshments as well as a wreath-making workshop in honor of the season. Some holiday festivities traditionally incorporate a more philanthropic turn. “The Fantasy of Trees event is put on every year to benefit the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,” Emily Manneschmidt, undecided freshman and Knoxville resident, said. This year’s festival took place Nov. 25-29 and raised funds to purchase medical equipment benefiting children. Each year Knoxville residents turn out to enjoy holiday activities and contribute to this cause.
A new campus student organization, Unite for Sight, is dedicated to educating people on eye care and providing eye care to those who cannot afford it. Lauren DeSain, senior in biological sciences, created the Unite for Sight chapter this semester at UT after providing eye care with the Unite for Sight organization in Ghana. “Our group was able to provide over 5,000 vision screenings, perform 421 surgeries and visit 50 villages during our few weeks in the Upper West Region of Ghana,” DeSain said. All of the services DeSain and the philanthropy organization provided in Ghana were free of charge to the patients. Now she is focusing her efforts as president of the new chapter at UT to provide vision screenings and promote awareness in Knoxville. DeSain said the UT chapter will be performing visual acuity screenings in the Knoxville area. The chapter will be connecting those without insurance to national programs that will pay for them to see an optometrist and referring those with insurance to a local doctor if they do not regularly receive eye examinations. “Unite for Sight is unique in that it is the only organization on campus that is solely focused on offering affordable or free eye care to the Knoxville community by connecting individuals with national eye health programs and discounted or free clinics in the area,” Peyton Pinkard, senior in Biological Sciences and the chair of the Unite for Sight chapter at UT, said. The first visual screening was held Nov. 24 in the UC. “The screening went great,” DeSain said. “Our club was able to connect several members of the community to national pro-
grams that provide full eye exams free of charge.” Another thing the Unite for Sight chapter does is educate people on eye care. “A major aspect of our chapter will be to provide education programs during vision screenings and in local schools,” DeSain said. She said one of her chapter’s goals is to visit local elementary, middle and high schools to teach youth about their eyesight and also to inform teachers on how to spot eye problems in their students. “Teachers are in a unique position to identify potential visual problems among their students, and since many eye problems can be corrected easily if caught early, this workshop program is extremely important,” DeSain said. DeSain said in the future the chapter plans to collect eyeglasses and perform fundraising for the international programs. Last semester DeSain helped raise money by organizing a guest lecture and benefit dinner by a Ghanaian ophthalmologist. “Last year, Dr. Wanye, an ophthalmologist from Ghana working with Unite for Sight, came and spoke on campus at a fundraiser that the Chancellor’s Honors Program hosted in which we were able to raise $1,700,” DeSain said. There will be a similar event in the spring for Unite for Sight, DeSain said. DeSain added that throughout the school year, Unite for Sight will be hosting several fundraisers on the Pedestrian Mall. Unite for Sight was accepted as a UT student organization at the beginning of this semester and approved as an official Unite for Sight chapter more recently. Students wanting to get involved with Unite for Sight may contact DeSain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will need to register with the national chapter and complete volunteer training.
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Saturday, Nov. 21
• 9:31 p.m — While maintaining security for the Vanderbilt football team, an officer noticed a white male and a black male driving a red Toro Gator cart through Gate 7 of General Robert Neyland Stadium. He yelled for other officers to stop the men, but his call was drowned out by the half-time noise. The officer was able to make contact with the men and commanded them to stop. The men complied, and the officer asked to see identification and credentials. They had no official credentials but said a man at Gate 10 had told them to get the Gator. Officers spoke with the man in question at Gate 10, who said he had no idea who these men were. The men in the Gator were substantially intoxicated, but understood that the Gator did not belong to them. They were arrested for felony theft and issued criminal trespassing citations and were informed that should they return to Neyland Stadium they would be arrested on the spot.
Dec. 1 - Dec. 3, 2009
Tuesday, Dec. 1 — • Last day of classes.
• 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. — The Chamber Singers, the Concert Choir, the Women’s Chorale, the Men’s Chorale and the UT Singers combine to perform the Holiday Choral Concert in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.The concert is free and open to the public.
• 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 a.m. — Innovative Technology Consulting hosts a workshop on the basics of using iTunes U for those who wish to learn how to post lectures, podcasts or documents to UTK on iTunes U. Participants will learn how to request a course, upload and organize content, design your “page” and maximize the iTunes U keyword search.The workshop is free and takes place in Hoskins Room 110.
Sunday, Nov. 22 • 2:20 a.m. — Officer responded to a burglary of a business in Presidential Coutryard. The shift leader at the International House of Pancakes informed the officer that one of her workers had just reported seeing four men stealing a case of chips from the store room. Three men were seen fleeing the room with the box of chips, while a fourth held the door for them. All four were dressed in dark denim and hooded sweatshirts with identical shoes. The shift leader reported that in the loading area of the building there is a door that allows access to the hallway through which the men had entered and left. Investigation showed that the lock and frame had been damaged, possibly through forced entry.
Wednesday, Dec. 2 — • 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. — The GRAIL Reading Series, in association with the Creative Writing Program and the UT Book and Supply Store, presents an evening of poetry and prose, featuring readings by Tawnysha Greene, Birkin Gilmore and Christian Anton Gerard.
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Suveyda Karakaya, graduate teaching assistant in political science, and Zeynap Karaka prepare a Turkish dish during the I-House’s Turkish Week.
• 10:45 a.m. — Officer responded to a theft in the Staff 42 parking lot. The victim stated that in the hours between 12:30 a.m and 9:30 a.m. someone had stolen her University of Tennessee Tiffany lamp and cooler from outside her RV. Later, the officer found a cache of goods in the northeast corner of the campus soccer field, including the lamp, a box of stripped copper, a UT windsock, three caution party cones and a blue and white cooler.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Flu vaccinations available Tuesday at TRECS The Student Health Center will offer vaccinations for the H1N1 flu from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesday at TRECS. This clinic will be open to all UT Knoxville-area students, faculty, staff and their immediate family members including children age 14 and older. Vaccines will be given free of charge. Due to the limited amount of vaccine available, doses will be given on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information, contact Student Health Service at 974-3135 or visit http://studenthealth.utk.edu. Students and faculty to present original work at Phoenix reading A reading marking the Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine’s Fall 2009 issue will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the UC Hermitage Room. The reading will be followed by the Art Show in the second floor foyer of the UC. There will be readings by Meg Wade, Forrest Harley, Stephanie Droste-Packham, John DeWitt, Doug Fraser, Nick Moser and Derek Slagle. Board of Trustees committee to meet at UT-Chattanooga The UT Board of Trustees’ Committee on Effectiveness and Efficiency for the Future will meet Dec. 7 in Chattanooga. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga Room in the UT-Chattanooga University Center. Agenda items include the State of Tennessee revenue shortfall and expected appropriation, UTChattanooga’s actions to address budgets and efficiencies, and the IT report on costs and effectiveness For more information, visit http://bot.tennessee.edu/.
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He can go the expensive route with something like the Tiffany & Co.’s Snowf lake pendent for $25,000 (but only if he really loves her) or something cheaper like a sterling silver link bracelet from Jared at $59.99 (if he loves her but doesn’t “love-love” her). Of course, it’s always good to go with a gift that has a personal touch: something that has meaning for both the giver and the person receiving the gift. “I’m getting (my boyfriend) a Wii because of an inside joke we’ve had,” Marvyl Cockrell, freshman in psychology, said. “He’s never going to see it coming.” The beauty of these gifts is that they don’t have to be too expensive. The goal beyond them is to give something that will make the gift receiver think back fondly on inside jokes or times shared. This can be anything from a Nintendo Wii, a G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Snake Eyes Sword & Mask with Ninja Stars ($24.99 from Hasbro) or just going to the mall and making a Build-A-Bear together. (A memory can be made with this gift, and it is a fact that women love cute things.)
Running back and special teams coach Eddie Gran was the first to be contacted by another school this season. Gran interviewed for the head coaching position at the University of Memphis after the Tigers fired head coach and former UT player Tommy West following the Tiger’s loss to Tennessee in November. While LSU running back coach Larry Porter was recently hired for the Memphis head coaching position, Gran holds a history with another coach look-
The Daily Beacon • 3 ing for work. Gran coached under Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss and Auburn but came to Tennessee when Tuberville was fired from Auburn. Tuberville has been mentioned as a candidate for head coaching positions at schools such as Louisville and Virginia, and Gran could rejoin Tuberville if he is hired elsewhere. Wide receiver coach Frank Wilson, who coached under Orgeron at Ole Miss, could also possibly leave if Orgeron is hired as a head coach at another school. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is another possibility to leave as he has ties to the NFL and the Big 10, most notably at Purdue.
Dec. 3-4 ............ 8:30 to 5:30 .......... UC Ballroom, Hess, Presidential Dec. 5 ................. 10:00 to 4:00 ......... Main Bookstore in University Center only Dec. 7-10............ 8:30 to 5:30 ........... UC Ballroom, Hess, Presidential
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LetterEditor to the
Safe swine flu vaccination increases protection of population “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Kel Thompson used this phrase in his Nov. 18 column to suggest a push away from the aid of modern vaccines. However, the notion that vaccines do anything but strengthen the immune system’s responsiveness is false. Vaccines function by introducing the body to a small amount of virus particles so that it can respond and generate immunologic memory without the host becoming ill. Upon subsequent infection, a much more effective and rapid immune response can be generated to clear the pathogen, possible even before symptoms occur. Additionally, vaccination of an entire population is unnecessary. What is known as “herd immunity,” or a decrease in the spread of a disease resulting from a significant reduction in the amount of individuals in a population susceptible to said pathogen, can effectively keep even those who did not receive the vaccine protected from the disease. Hence, the 100 million H1N1 vaccines that have been ordered for the nation, which is more than for any other strain of flu on record, may leave some without a vaccination but not completely without protection. With that being said, vaccination is not a beat-all, cure-all. There are known high-risk groups that should not be vaccinated, and some vaccines even run the risk of generating adverse effects. This brings up why the production of a vaccine is such a lengthy, unpredictable process. Influenza is a living organism, and the growth cycle of a new strain cannot always be accurately predicted. Scientists working on the H1N1 vaccine found that this strain did not grow as quickly in chicken eggs as the seasonal flu viruses tend to do. Thus, part of the release delay was in attempting to overcome this setback. Once enough H1N1 was obtained, numerous tests were conducted to ensure the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. Simply knowing this growth process has produced successful vaccines before does not ensure this is always the case. I feel the popular press would have been more likely to jump on the government had they released an ineffective or unsafe vaccine, even if by the stated deadline. I personally would prefer to wait a few extra weeks to ensure a safe and effective vaccine. As far as product distribution is concerned, it is true the government has only contracted out one distributor for the job. Typically this would mean all the vaccines would first have to be shipped to the respective health departments and subsequently distributed to the physicians. However, according to the director of communications for the Knox County Health Department, the Tennessee state department devised an online system where doctors in Tennessee could register and place an order to have them directly shipped to their clinic. Because of this program, Tennessee (the only participating state) has received to date 4.2 percent of the total amount of vaccine produced despite only making up 2 percent of the nation’s population. On a final note, influenza pandemics have historically occurred in waves, and an outbreak has been predicted for sometime in the near future. Vaccination of this “lame” H1N1 virus aims to hopefully offer protection against a possible repeat of 1918. Like the swine flu, the Spanish flu was rather mild at its opening debut, yet highly transmissible. The virus mutated, as influenza tends to do, and became known as the “greatest medical holocaust in history,” infecting nearly half of the world’s population and killing 500,000 people in the U.S. alone. If H1N1 continues the upward trend it is on, what now may seem like “little more than a good excuse for kids to skip class” may someday be something much more significant. Chase Cornelison Junior in chemical and biomolecular engineering, pre-pharmacy SUPER BROCCOLI • Sumter & Starnes
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One of the issues that perennially arises in the entertainment world is censorship. Every single person that you ask will have a different opinion about the moral responsibilities of artists, entertainers, politicians and anybody else who lives in the public eye. Young entertainers, especially, seem to find themselves toeing the fine line that separates pushing the envelope and pissing people off, and they’ve been doing plenty of it in 2009. On Nov. 25, CNN.com reported that Adam Lambert, a former “American Idol” contestant, had lost his scheduled appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” after his Nov. 22 American Music Awards performance, during which he “simulated oral sex with one of the dancers and kissed a male keyboardist on the mouth.” Lambert gave another performance and interview for CBS’s “The Early Show.” When asked about the scandalous performance, he said that, although he had not planned the on-stage antics in advance, he “blamed parents upset with his performance for letting their kids watch the American Music Awards without supervision.” He went on to say, “I’m not a babysitter. I’m a performer.” Lambert wasn’t the only performer who got in trouble this year. Britney Spears resurrected her career in January with her hit song “If U Seek Amy,” the title of which is a play on words. (Say it five times fast to reveal the naughty hidden message.) In late September, Spears debuted another song, “3,” a catchy tune about threesomes. Needless to say, media watchdog organizations like the Parents Television Council were less than thrilled with her. Tim Winter, president of the PTC, said in a Jan. 21 press release, “It’s one thing for a song with these lyrics to be included on a CD so that fans who wish to hear it can do so, but it’s an entirely different matter when this song is played over the publiclyowned airwaves, especially at a time when children are likely to be in the listening audience.” If you are a parent, it’s your right to know what you’re up against out there. I have no problems with any of these organizations seeking to educate
concerned viewers about media promoting values they don’t agree with. I don’t even fault ABC for removing Adam Lambert from their morning program. It was their prerogative to do so. Nevertheless, that does not make artists and performers responsible for the moral education of children in this country. In another controversial moment, on Nov. 9, “Gossip Girl” featured some of its college-aged characters engaging in a menage-a-trois. I was shocked when, during its Nov. 10 program, the host of “All Things Considered,” Michele Norris, asked guest Liz Perle, co-founder of Common Sense Media (another organization like the PTC), whether her own son, who is 16 years old, was aware of what a threesome was. Perle replied: “You know, he did, and I have no idea how.” Really? I am constantly amazed at those who fail to see the patterns of history playing out. The parents of every single generation seem to believe they are up against cultural influences more debaucherous and depraved than ever before. It’s hard for me to imagine that a 16-year-old male in this country today doesn’t have at least a vague notion of what a threesome is. That’s just unrealistic, and to blame a single artist or performance for that unwelcome fact is just shortsighted. It is the social function of artists and entertainers as a group to shock and provoke. They’re not doing it any differently today than they ever have. Am I saying that threesomes are the way of the future or that Adam Lambert is the Elvis of 2009? Definitely not. Even if some boundaries are rendered historically obsolete, we still have to have them. However, the values of some should not be allowed to undermine the value of the art (a term which I apply very broadly), which is produced for the consumption of all. Neither should it be a basis for judging the moral character of performers as individuals. Just as we need boundaries, we need people to challenge them and to push us forward. Education is fine, but it can so easily degenerate into censorship. I hope that we can avoid that, continuing to leave judgment of art to the individual, and that in the coming years the focus will become increasingly about putting such “controversies” as these into historical and cultural perspective. I’m look forward to seeing where our art is going to take us if we will let it. — Robbie Wright is a senior in English literature. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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When relationships end, they often leave our hearts changed. Sometimes we are left with our hearts broken, battered and bruised, while other times we escape unscathed. As we heal our wounds and continue on, the lessons learned from our past can affect our future relationships. But how much should we disclose about our pasts in a new relationship? Trying to find a balance where we can open the closets of our past without letting any skeletons fall out haphazardly can be difficult, but maybe it’s important to air out our pasts before the closet busts open on its own. Can we try to forget the love we lost? Yes, and most of us have. But is trying to forget those relationships good for us? Making an effort to push those relationships from our memories somewhat discounts everything we poured into them. Should we try to remember all the gory, mushy details? No. But we shouldn’t delegitimize ourselves on our way to stifling the pain we survived. Whether your closet of past relationships is one Carrie Bradshaw would envy or the size of a shoe box, the time, energy and emotion we dedicated to each of our past relationships can significantly alter our behavior in current and future ones. The lessons our past experiences taught us can be devastatingly painful, but that pain can sometimes keep us from repeating the same mistakes in love. Is it healthier to keep this struggle to ourselves, or is it imperative in a new relationship to be open about our heartbreaks? Maybe we don’t even get the choice. Whether we make the conscious decision to disclose information about past relationships or not, our histories show themselves in one way or another. For example, if our trust has been violated by past relationships, then we are most likely going to have a difficult time trusting people in the future. However, our reluctance to trust may be misinterpreted. If a guy has been cheated on by past girlfriends, then he will probably be much slower to trust his new girlfriend. His reluctance is
understandable considering his past, but if his new girlfriend is not aware of these past experiences, then she might misinterpret his behavior. When entering into a new relationship, our past experiences have a way of creeping into conversation, and we have to choose between confronting them directly or finding peace with the unknown. Everyone approaches this decision differently, and there is probably not one right way. Some people want to know all of the details, while others are slower to share the information. This situation can throw a new relationship into early conflict, so it might be a good idea for all of us to be aware of this impending situation and be prepared for compromise. He might not be willing to tell you everything or she might tell you too much, but either way you will have to decide how to handle the information. New relationships can suffer when our hearts listen to whispers of the past, and we may not know what memories to use as guidelines for the present. It may be necessary to brush off the cobwebs and look at our past relationships logically. If we can evaluate what went wrong and figure out the parts we played in the errors, then we should be able to make adjustments within ourselves. While this inner reflection is a personal endeavor, we might owe it to our present and future relationships to disclose some of the information. We can choose to leave the ghosts of our pasts locked away, but isn’t that shutting potential lovers out of a vulnerable, but telling, part of our hearts? Our past experiences can say volumes about how we intentionally and subconsciously behave in a relationship. It’s only fair to explain the reasons behind our reluctance and other behaviors to those who have chosen to be in a relationship with us. It might seem harder in each new relationship to recount the past, but this might be a formidable indicator that a change in behavior is needed. Interestingly, I’ve found that in the past I rarely considered how my actions would affect any future relationships. Maybe it’s because we hope that we won’t have to one day look at the present as a memory of the past. Perhaps we should be more mindful of what our relationships and actions today will say about us when we have to disclose them in the future. — Robin Overby is a senior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Band to bring diverse sound to Knoxville Nash Armstrong Managing Editor There are many bands that begin playing music for all sorts of different reasons. Some look to change the world with their lyrics. Some are looking to find fame and fortune. And some simply play for the love of music. “We love to play epic music,” Chris Brooks of Like a Storm said. “The only rules are there are no rules.” The Vancouver-based Like a Storm will be visiting Knoxville Dec. 15 with Veer Union at the Cider House. Like a Storm consists of three brothers and a musical refugee of sorts. Chris, the lead vocalist and guitarist, and his brothers Matt (guitar) and Kent (bass) began playing together after years of playing with numerous bands. “One day we just jammed and it clicked,” Matt said. “We really felt like we had something going.” Soon after the original New Zealand-based Like a Storm formed, the band members packed up their bags and moved to North America to pursue their dream. It was there they found drummer Thomas Karanasos. While the band has toured with such acts as Creed and Puddle of Mudd in recent years, Like a Storm said they have several influences that shape their unique sound. “We really like Alice in Chains, Tool, Perfect
Circle and any other band that has a different, guitar-based sound,” Chris said. Influences aside, Chris said people have described them as having many different sounds. “People have said we are metal, grunge and even ambien electronic,” he said. “We just really try to play a wide range of music.” While touring, Like a Storm produced their debut album, End of the Beginning. With their first single, “Chemical Infatuation” filtering through the college radio airwaves, combined with their touring, Chris said their American success has been well beyond their ambitions. “We are just so lucky to play in Knoxville,” Chris said. “Going through the U.S. we have gained about 5,000 fans from being close to nothing in three weeks. We are just stoked to be coming to Knoxville.” Viewers may notice a Nine Inch Nails feel to their first single’s music video. “We looked many different directions for the video,” Chris said. “We all have a common love of David Yarovesky, and we were really excited to do something with him.” “Chemical Infatuation,” however, does not have the same meaning as Trent Reznor’s cult classic, “Closer.” Like a Storm said their first single is a dive into the darker corners of reality. “It started out with a really, super heavy guitar sound, then came up with the line ‘don’t know your face when I look in the mirror,’” Matt said. “From there, we went to a dark and powerful
“We are so happy the way it turned out,” Matt said. “This single really represents most of the elements of who we are and what we like to do.”
place.” Matt said the single has boosted not only their confidence level, but their band morale.
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Military film depicts powerful story, harsh reality of service Nash Armstrong Managing Editor Throughout the history of cinema, many films have examined the different aspects of the United States military. “The Green Berets,” starring John Wayne, examined secret operations during the Vietnam Conflict. Tom Hanks showed the world the horrors of World War II and how far men will go to save one of their own in “Saving Private Ryan.” Even Chuck Norris gave viewers an insight into the life of a prisoner of war in the “Missing in Action” trilogy. A new film from director Oren Moverman, however, takes the military genre to a whole new level with “The Messenger.” The film begins with Staff Sgt. Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a veteran of the current War on Terror, who has just returned from action in Iraq after an explosion caused injuries to his eyes and leg. Montgomery only has three months left of service, so he is assigned Casualty Notification duty, where soldiers rush to the next of kin (called an “NOK”) of a soldier who has lost his life. This force is tasked with the duty of delivering the tragic news first before the family hears the information from another source. Montgomery’s commanding officer, Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), a veteran of the early 1990’s Gulf War, attempts to show Montgomery the proper way to deliver the news. Rules and regulations are strict, such as “do not touch the NOK, only speak to the NOK and leave immediately if the NOK is not available.” The film shows Montgomery and Stone as they attempt to cope with their duty as soldiers, their post-war trauma and their challenges in leading a normal life. In “The Messenger,” Moverman shows many emotions simply through the news of a loved one’s passing during combat. The acting during these scenes is heart-wrenching and unforgettable. While some of the families react with acceptance, most become hysterical. One man threatens the life of Montgomery and Stone and spits in their faces, while another fami-
ly member breaks down and sobs uncontrollably on the floor. One father even vomits in the middle of a crowded store while trying to support his emotional wife. The way that Moverman portrays these characters will leave a lasting impression on viewers. While not everyone knows someone in the military, any person with any human decency and compassion can relate to unexpectedly losing a loved one. The twist in portraying these families, however, is showing them as people whose worst fears have come to fruition. Moverman attempts to show this by creating a nightmarish scenario. The cold delivery of the death combined with the family’s emotional reaction creates a scene that will forever imprint in the back of viewer’s minds. While these scenes are powerful on their own merit, the acting of Foster and Harrelson is almost flawless. Those who have seen family and friends suffer through post-war trauma may want to avert their eyes, because the acting is so vivid that memories of their own loved ones may surface. Addiction, duty and pain engulf the lives of these soldiers, and the pair portrays these emotions with a candor that will bring a tear to any humane beings’ eye. The only negative aspect of the film may be the slow plot development, climax and ending. While the major actions bring the film to award-winning status, some viewers may lose interest as the background of Montgomery and Stone develops. Similarly, the ending may upset some viewers, but on second consideration, the conclusion is only fitting for a story that is so complex. With these few minor faux pas, those who stick with the film are treated to a psychological insight into a subject that up until this point has been too taboo to present. While this film on its own merit is one which every patriotic citizen should view and appreciate, those who have family and friends fighting overseas will find a new appreciation for not only their loved ones, but the military as a whole.
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‘Carol’ re-telling takes a darker spin Jenny Bledsoe Editor-in-Chief Disney’s 3D retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” focuses more on social commentary than on pure holiday movie fun, highlighting disparities in wealth and good fortune among social classes. The movie is a dark one, both visually and in tone, in order to express the difficulty of Victorian life and the darkness of Ebenezer Scrooge’s hardened attitude and outlook. Some scenes were so eerie and surreal yet magical that one might think Tim Burton had directed the film. • Photo courtesy of Rottentomatoes.com
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Kristian Smith Student Life Editor As the semester winds down and finals loom, students will be flooding the library and hitting the books, preparing to finish up on a high note. Here are a few tips to make it through the next two weeks. Eating habits
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Anna Bullard tries to decide what snack she will munch on while studying for upcoming finals. Marsha Spence, nutrition research assistant professor, said healthy snacks, such as baked goods located on the second floor of the Library, can help increase focus and stop from what she referred to as “mindless eaters and comfort eaters.”
Eating well is an important part of staying energized and easing the stress of finals. Marsha Spence, nutrition research assistant professor, said the stress surrounding finals could cause students to deal with the stress through unhealthy eating behaviors. “Some students participate in ‘mindless eating’ or eating whatever is available, while others eat for comfort or skip meals and do not eat enough,” Spence said. Contrary to what many believe, Spence said snacking is actually the best way to help all of these behaviors. She said having healthy snacks available can stop mindless eaters and comfort eaters from eating unhealthy foods. Snacking can also help those who may lose their appetite under stress. Spence said students should keep things like prepackaged vegetables and precut fruit on hand so they are not tempted to buy something unhealthy. “What you have available is what you eat,” she said. For students who are up all night studying, Spence said there are healthy alternatives to foods that are available late at night. “For pizza, get wholewheat crust, vegetable toppings instead of meat and low-
fat cheese,” she said. Spence warned students to always look at nutrition labels, though, because the same food can have different nutritional values at different places. She also said that students should avoid cheap, highlyprocessed foods. “Highly-processed foods are cheap now but won’t be cheap later,” Spence said, as these foods are more likely to cause health problems later in life. The best foods to eat, Spence said, are fruits and vegetables and foods made with whole wheat because they are very nutrient-rich. To eat for energy, Spence said to eat high-protein, highfiber foods and to stay away from sugary, caffeinated drinks, like sodas and Red Bull. “The combination of caffeine and sugar causes students to crash and feel bad,” she said. “Drink sugar-free soft drinks but don’t use them as a meal alternative.” Spence said the best way to stay healthy and energized during finals is to simply eat a balanced diet. She said the big three of “moderation, variety and balance” are more important than any specific eating pattern. Library open 24 hours With crowded rooms and limited computers, studying in the library can seem like a challenge to some, but the library has many resources that can help students make the most out of their study time. Open 24 hours since Nov. 29 for finals, the library now offers unlimited study time for students.
For students looking to study in a less crowded setting, the mornings and afternoons may be the best time to visit the library. Teresa Walker, head of integrated user services in Hodges Library, said the library generally has a steady crowd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again starting at 4 p.m. and continuing all night. She said during finals, the library sees the biggest increase of people after 8 p.m. She also said The Commons were generally more crowded than the stacks. “There are more quiet areas in the stacks and on the first floor,” Walker said. While Walker said she usually sees more people studying alone during finals, she said The Commons is a great place for group work. For students dreading the search for a computer in The Commons, Walker said the Library has many resources to help students. “We recently opened Room 245 by The Studio, which is open 24 hours with a room full of computers,” Walker said. “The first floor has computers also.” Students can also go to The Commons Web site at http://commons.utk.edu to check computer availability in The Commons and other areas around campus. Walker said students who are still having trouble locating a computer can ask at the information desk and someone will be able to find one. For students looking for study resources, Walker said students should ask the information and research desks. Walker said Hodges Library has focused on getting more study space for students.
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“We have been creative with our collections and have converted many offices to student rooms,” she said. Study tips With studying for finals looming, students may be overwhelmed by a overload of information, but there are many ways for students to improve their study habits and be successful come exam time. Anton Reece, director of the Student Success Center, said one of the most important things students can do is meet with their instructors before exams. He said students should find out specific information about the format of the exam and the number of points or percentage of the final grade the final exam is worth. “Clarity of the assignment and knowing the point spread is very important,” he said. Reece also said that students should look through the entire exam schedule so they can put in the necessary time if they have two exams on the same day. Students use many different study techniques, including study guides, memorization and note-taking, but Reece said the most important thing is not to use the same technique for all classes. He recommended looking for the instructor’s points of emphasis in both class notes and the textbook and using key terms to study. Reece said one of the best study techniques is study groups with focus. “(In study groups) students collaborate with peers in the same course and create group synergy by dividing up chapters to study or other
techniques,” he said. “Groups can also help fill in the blanks for some students and create personal accountability to the group.” Focus is another important part of studying, Reece said. He said students can maximize focus by studying in a place without distractions and setting aside defined periods of time for each study session. Reece also said that although stress is a part of finals, students should not be consumed by it. Reece said knowing about the study resources on campus can be very beneficial to students. “We have academic coaches in the Student Success Center that can review with students one-on-one, offer suggestions for time management, refer students to tutoring locations and give feedback,” Reece said. “Academic coaches can also help reduce stress.” Reece said the Student Success Center also offers a program called Supplemental Instruction (SI), where students in high-risk courses can participate in study sessions led by other students who have successfully completed the course. Sessions are currently available for Math 119, Math 130, Chemistry 120, Chemistry 130, Biology 101, Biology 102 and Engineering Fundamentals 151. To meet with an academic coach or participate in a SI session, students can call the Student Success Center’s Volunteer Boulevard location at 974-6641 or the Melrose Avenue location at 946-4357. Above all, Reece had one important tip for exams. “Be confident about your skills, abilities and talents,” he said.
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Christina Moore and Sarah Barnett, fifth-year architechture students, study for upcoming finals Monday night in the Libraries’ Commons. Since Nov. 29, the Library has been open 24 hours, and will continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule through the end of finals. Students may reserve computer space by logging onto http://commons.utk.edu to check the availability, not only in the Commons, but other areas of campus.
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‘Fox’ delivers quality acting, innovative style Jake Lane Staff Writer The fall of 2009 has provided a boom in the adaptation of children’s literature for the screen. First, Maurice Sendak’s quintessential “Where the Wild Things Are,” then Stephanie Meyers’ completely inessential “New Moon” (completely objectively speaking), and now Roald Dahl’s animalian class war adventure, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” For viewers who have never perused the gargantuan 96 pages, the gist is that
the ever-cagey Mr. Fox and his fellow farmland inhabitants routinely steal food from farmers’ coups and crop rows, and the farmers decide to get even. In some hand, such a simple plot could have been fumbled into a Orwellian statement on the dichotomy of the animal experience, or perhaps made into a horrific Disney-fied song-and-dance routine devoid of any plot. Luckily, jet set-loving hipster extraordinaire Wes Anderson beat such flaccid renditions to the pulse. In his typical fashion, Anderson molds (literally
clay-mation) his subjects into bold standouts with eccentricities galore. This could not be accomplished, though, without his alwaysoutstanding retinue of pliable players. Anderson vets Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman all shine in their respective roles, but newcomers Meryl Streep and George Clooney run circles around their supporters with chemistry that may not be present, were their real faces present. Instead, Clooney’s standard slick and quick charm and Streep’s stern, matronly
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resolve transmogrify the clay and wire into electric life. Also watch out for the dastardly performances by usually-genial Michael Gambon and generally intense Willem Dafoe. This, of course, is not the first time that a Dahl work has been built up from clay. For those who haven’t seen “James and the Giant Peach,” it isn’t as good as the current subject, but admirable. Where Anderson’s film stands out aesthetically is his standard cutting edge fashion and incredibly tasteful choice of shot placement. The stop-motion style of building such a film requires over 125,000 still frame images, and to imagine the storyboarding sketches to character placement is maddening. However, the film
was not only completed, but actually entirely captivating and hard to tear oneself away from. Naturally with any Wes Anderson feature, the soundtrack reads like a late-Sixties pop rock extravaganza, with notable additions such as Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker’s original composition “Petey’s Song” and the Wellingtons’ 1955 novelty hit “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” The Rolling Stones’ version of “Street Fighting Man” pops up, as does Brian Wilson’s bedroom opus “Heroes and Villains.” Missing are the velvetsnug soundtracks Mark Motherbaugh provided in Anderson’s first four films (“The Darjeeling Limited” was mostly Bollywood soundtrack classics from
Satyajit Ray) that seem so appropriate in this project. Instead Alexandre Desplat picks up the slack and succeeds in setting a frantic pace for the film. For purists, try and keep an open mind. While Anderson extrapolates vastly and stylizes his feature, the basic idea is still the same: just because humans are at the top of the food chain does not give them the right to destroy the world around them or the prerogative to horde resources until they grow plump, while others starve. This moral is as vital today as when it was first written. Anderson delivers a multi-faceted take on the book that is worthy of children young and old.
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‘Saints’ sequel suffers from poor plot choices Will Abrams Staff Writer Since the government of men is corrupt, the divinely appointed must see to it that the guilty pay for their crimes. This is the philosophy behind “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints’ Day.” In 1999, the Saints first showed up in Boston to deliver justice as the good Lord instructed them to through a dream. Despite only being released in five theaters, the original became a cult classic once it hit the video shelves. Ten years later, writer/director Troy Duffy has come back to show American audiences how the story continues. Connor (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) McManus have taken a break from killing off mobsters and are enjoying a nice retirement in Ireland. That is until mob boss Concezio Yakavetta (Judd Nelson) decides to send the boys a message by killing a beloved neighborhood priest. This kicks the boys back into action as they begin a new reign of
terror on the Massachusetts capital. The first half of the film unfolds almost as a spoof of the original with decisions that play out very poorly. It is as if Duffy knew how much everyone enjoyed the first movie and decided he could get away with just about anything. To sum it up properly, this part of the film knows how cool its predecessor was and is cocky because of it. This bit of pride comes off rather distastefully. The first film provided comic relief through David Della Rocco, who was an errand boy for the Yakavetta family while helping out the Saints as well. Although Rocco makes an appearance in the sequel, the comic relief torch has been passed to Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr.). More of the film’s humor is found in the insane nature of the Saints’ work. No matter how unprepared they appear to be for each attack, they somehow come out on top. While there certainly was humor in the original, this film has a much lighter tone, as it can barely make it two minutes without telling a joke of some sort. The worst addition to the film is Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz) who replaces Willem Dafoe’s character from the origi-
X-MAS CAROL continued from Page 7 Indeed, the movie is not well-suited for young children, as one screaming child in the theater found the scene in which the ghost of Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley appears particularly frightful. That said, the three-dimensional animation of this classic movie remake delights and amazes. Director Robert Zemeckis and his several hundred person staff clearly devoted huge amounts of time and effort to the production of the movie. The artfully crafted characters seem part human, part doll. This characterization expressed the childlike, pure nature of many of the characters, particularly Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman), while also conveying in them an almost cartoonish exhaustion from the difficulties of everyday life in the Victorian era. Playing a multitude of roles, Jim Carrey is the star of the show. Playing Scrooge at five different times of his life as well as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Carrey, in his ghostly roles, coaxes Scrooge out of
nal. Even if the audience can overcome one of the worst Southern accents in recent memory, they must still endure lines like “I am so smart that I make smart people look retarded.” Halfway through the film, it appears that it will become one of the biggest failures of all time. Then, all of the sudden, an actual plot emerges, well-executed action sequences are thrown in and the silliness is dialed back. The rest of the film dives deeper into the history of the McManus family. After all, it was the boys’ father (Billy Connolly) that initially took up the calling. One would think that after ten years, Duffy could put together a masterpiece of a film that would blow the low-budget original away. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The film isn’t a disgrace to the original; however, it does belong to that long list of sequels that don’t live up to their predecessors. “The Boondock Saints II” can be fun at times, but Saints’ fans may have to wait until 2019 for a sequel that makes the original proud.
his “bah-humbug” attitude and into a full appreciation of the people around him and the holiday season. Some deviations from Dickens’ book are made during the ghost of Christmas future portion of the movie, but through this artistic license, Carrey conveys a nearly universal fear of death and regret for past actions. As always, the moral of the classic tale is to appreciate relationships with others and to share good fortune and a joyful attitude with all humankind. Robin Penn Wright, who plays Belle, Scrooge’s former love, described the realism of the creative technique used for the film. “It’s like watching a 2D performance, but you feel like you can reach out and grab Jim’s hand and feel the snow falling at the same time,” she told Rick DeMott in his Nov. 6 article for Animation World Network. “You’re actually in the environment. That’s what’s so incredible about it.” With such realistic 3D effects, one might wonder how the film was created. According to the movie’s official Web site, “The film is the first film developed by ImageMovers Digital, which was created by Robert
Semeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke to develop 3D performance capture films exclusively for The Walt Disney Studios.” So, what exactly is the creative process for making performance capture films? “In performance capture technology, sensors attached to an actor’s body digitally capture their performance and create a life-based animated character in the computer,” Duane Dudek, Journal Sentinel film critic, wrote in his Nov. 15 2007 blog entry. “A Christmas Carol” is not the first performance capture film, but it is Disney’s first. Zemeckis used the technique in “Beowulf,” and “Sony Pictures Imageworks pioneered the technique with ‘The Polar Express’ and ‘Monster House,’” according to a July 26, 2007 article in Variety. “A Christmas Carol,” a delightful yet dark holiday classic, pleases audiences with amazing 3D effects and fantastic performances by Jim Carrey. It also foretells the future of Disney movies — a bright and interesting future indeed.
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Fowler leaving mark on Lady Vol volleyball Anthony Elias Staff Writer There was no better way for Nikki Fowler to cap her illustrious season for the Lady Vols than her performance on Wednesday night. This past week, Fowler was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career, making her the first player in conference history to win three-straight SEC Player of the Week awards. Fowler’s four total conference honors this season are also the most in a single season by any player in conference history. “It’s just been a blast,” the Dallas, Texas, native said. “It’s been so fun to share it with all these girls and just winning games like this, so two thumbs up.” The junior came up big in Wednesday night’s thrilling regular-season finale as the Lady Vols (23-7, 16-4 SEC) went on to a five -set victory over No. 10 Kentucky (27-4, 17-3 SEC), 25-16, 25-14,
24-26, 17-25, 16-14. “She came up with some big kills at the right time, and that’s what was really neat,” UT head coach Rob Patrick said. “It wasn’t like all she did was get kills here and there. “Kentucky did a good job of stopping her. All of a sudden they finally just started committing on her; they didn’t even care about the other hitters, they just moved their blockers right in front of her when she was hitting. “She still did a good job of, if she didn’t get a kill, putting Kentucky on the defensive, so we got an easy ball back, and then we were able to transition offensively.” Fowler scored her 17th kill of the night, giving the Lady Vols a 15-14 lead in the fifth set. The UT junior also added 12 digs, giving her 17 double-doubles on the season and 14 straight. Fowler now has 35 career double-doubles. Even though UT is 15-2 this season when their junior outside hitter scores a
Lady Vols escape UCLA, 61-47 David Wells Staff Writer Despite the Lady Vols defeating UCLA at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday afternoon 61-47, Pat Summitt was still only pleased with two things about the game. Summitt enjoyed seeing former player and assistant coach Nikki Caldwell again, though Caldwell was on the opposing bench as the Bruins’ head coach. Summitt was also happy to win yet another game against a former player turned head coach. But as for her team’s 29 percent first-half shooting percentage and the six-point performance by sophomore point guard Shekinna Stricklen, Summitt had no positive words after the game. “It certainly wasn’t pretty,” Summitt said. “I don’t know why our team didn’t come focused and competitive and driven. Why do you come to Tennessee and wear an orange uniform and not compete on every possession? “There wasn’t a whole lot I liked except the final score.” And that disappointment means a practice for the Lady Vols on Sunday afternoon, originally scheduled as an off day. Caldwell said she couldn’t blame Summitt. See LADY VOLS on Page 15
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Sophomore forward Alicia Manning drives the ball down court against the UCLA Lady Bruins Saturday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
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double-double, Fowler unselfishly credits her fellow Lady Vols. “My teammates really help me and they open (up) so much, and our setter sets up and so it makes it all easy,” Fowler said. “It’s exciting to go out there and play, so just whatever happens, happens. I’m glad we can all share it together.” This season, when Fowler’s attack percentage is above 35 percent, the Lady Vols are 6-0. Her drive and determination both on and off the court are why she’s been so tough for opponents to contain, Patrick said. The UT head coach credits the offseason training Fowler has put in for why her game has improved rapidly. “We were going to come back on June 15 to work out and get ready for the season,” Patrick said. “She came back on June 1 by herself, and I went and set up the net for her. She just served by herself in the gym, and that’s why she’s so good. She puts in more time than other people,
so she deserves to be as good as she is because of how much time and energy she puts into what she does. She’s serving tough, she’s passing really well, she comes into individual sessions twice a week outside of our practice time to pass the ball and that type of stuff.” Fowler’s defensive role has quietly played a part in the Lady Vols’ success this season. Fowler is averaging 12 digs per match and has 377 this season, which Patrick credits to her height and arm length. “The other thing she doesn’t get credit for as she should is that she plays great defense, and so she’s able to make some plays defensively for us and keep the ball alive because she’s so long, she’s so tall and she has long limbs,” Patrick said. The Lady Vols now get ready for the Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. Last season, UT was eliminated in the first round in five sets to another ACC foe, Clemson.
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Senior tailback Montario Hardesty receives a hand off from senior quarterback Jonathon Crompton against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Nov. 21.
Matt Dixon Staff Writer Running back Montario Hardesty’s 20-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Tennessee a 30-24 win over the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium. It was the longest run of the night for the senior tailback, and UT head coach Lane Kiffin thought it was a fitting finish to Hardesy’s final regular season game. “I was excited (about) the way that we finished and loved the style that the tailback finished in,” Kiffin said. It was the 25th consecutive victory for the Vols over the Wildcats, the nation’s longest winning streak between two teams who meet annually. Hardesty finished with 179 yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries, all career-highs. Kiffin was not worried about the amount of carries the team captain was receiving. “(It was) his last regular season game,” Kiffin said. “There was no way to say that if he got to a certain amount of carries that they were going to take him out.” Kiffin said the only series Hardesty missed during the game was in the second quarter when he got poked in the eye and had to go to the sidelines to put his contact back in. Hardesty has made the most of his final season on Rocky Top. He arrived at UT as a highly-talented back from New Bern, N.C., and was a star in fall camp as a freshman before a torn ACL against Ole Miss ended his
2005 season early. Injuries have plagued Hardesty ever since. After spending the past three seasons playing behind Arian Foster, Hardesty’s career numbers entering this season were 1,046 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on just 278 carries. The new coaching staff gave Hardesty the opportunity to become the Vols’ featured back even after the top-ranked freshman running back in the country, Bryce Brown, committed to UT and was cleared to play in early August. Kiffin commented in October that he wanted 85 football players like Hardesty to build his program around because of his personality and the way he plays. Hardesty has rushed for 1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns in twelve games this year, averaging 108.8 yards a game, ranking him third in the SEC. Hardesty credits his determination and perseverance over the past five seasons for his success. “I’ve worked hard going into this year,” Hardesty said. “It’s good to see that the hard work is paying off on the field.” Hardesty believes this coaching staff’s zone blocking scheme has been a better fit for him than the previous offenses he had at UT, as he sees himself as a “one cut and go” running back. Hardesty will enter the team’s bowl game needing only 158 yards to become the school’s single-season rushing yards leader, currently held by Travis Stephens, who gained 1,464 yards on the ground during the 2001 season.
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Hopson paces Vols past Cougars Anthony Elias Staff Writer Tennessee found a way to finish off a rough five days on a high note on Friday night. The Volunteers (5-1, 0-0 SEC) finished up their span of four games in five days by defeating College of Charleston 86-69 at Thompson-Boling Arena. UT led by as many as 19 points, but the Orange and White shot 48 percent as a team and turned the ball over 16 times, preventing the Vols from putting the Cougars (1-3, 0-0 SoCon) away early. After the game, UT head coach Bruce Pearl said the Vols’ slow start wasn’t the only reason for their struggles. “I absolutely wore (them) out,” Pearl said. “We did not have a lot of energy tonight because of the number of games we played and how hard I practiced them.” Scotty Hopson bounced back from low shooting performances in the last two games by scoring 21
LADY VOLS continued from Page 13 “I probably would be in agreement with her,” Caldwell said. “If I was still on staff here, then we would come back the next day.” For Caldwell and her Bruins, UT’s pain was their pleasure. UCLA scored the first points of the game, a threepointer from guard Erica Tukianen. The Lady Vols kept it close before UCLA looked like it would break away. After leading UT 17-13 with 5:58 left to play in the first half, UCLA went on a 7-1 run to take a 10-point lead 2314, its biggest of the day. But the Lady Vols bounced back, scoring nine unanswered points and finishing the half trailing by two, 25-23. At halftime, Summitt was fuming. “I said a lot of stuff,” she said. “I just soaked into the point. Now we have upperclassmen. No seniors, but they all have to take accountability for bringing the intensity all the time. And they didn’t do that.” Sophomore Glory Johnson, who finished with 11 points,
points and grabbing six rebounds and two steals. “Interestingly, Scotty (Hopson) did not practice very hard yesterday,” Pearl said. “Interestingly, I was harder on Scotty yesterday than I’ve been on him in two years. And I even talked at halftime about one of the reasons why Scotty had such a good first half was because he didn’t practice yesterday.” Making his return to Knoxville as a starter for the Cougars was Tony White, Jr., a former Bearden High School standout and son of former Vol All-American Tony White. The junior received two warm ovations by the UT crowd both during the lineup introductions and when he exited the game with under a minute to go. White had 12 points, six assists and two steals. “It was great,” White said. “I knew it was going to be a packed house because Tennessee’s a top ten team. Coming home and playing in front of my family and friends, high school teammates and see-
said she and her teammates also needed to look for easier shots. The Lady Vols were able to make some shots fall in the second half, as they shot 12for-29 and outrebounded UCLA 25-19. UT took the lead one minute into the second half off a Johnson put back. From that point on, Tennessee steadily built its lead, outscoring UCLA 36-20. The Bruins came within three points after UCLA forward Markel Walker connected on two free throws. But the Lady Vols answered back, finishing the game on a 17-7 run. Freshman Taber Spani was UT’s leading scorer with 16 points, shooting 4-for-7 and making all six of her free throws. Junior Angie Bjorklund finished with 12 points, scoring every Tennessee three-pointer in the second half, including one that gave Tennessee a 53-42 lead with 5:12 left to play. UT’s next game will be Tuesday night against George Washington, followed by a primetime match-up with Texas on Dec. 6 on ESPN2 in Knoxville.
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ing people from I guess you can say ‘back in the day.’” The Vols were dominant in the paint, outscoring the Cougars 42-14. Brian Williams and Wayne Chism combined for 22 points in the key. “We practiced real hard yesterday,” Williams said. “I think we needed it, and to come out tonight and beat a great team, that’s big for us. That was a great opponent, they ran a lot and challenged us on defense. It’s what we needed.” College of Charleston was able to get within two points of the Vols early, trailing 19-17 with 11:02 left in the first half. A missed 3-pointer by Cougar guard Andrew Lawrence sent the ball the other way,
and Hopson capitalized with a 3-pointer while being fouled. The UT guard missed the free throw, but Tennessee staged on a 17-8 run from then on to boost the Vols ahead 36-25. Hopson scored 13 points in the run shooting 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Vols entered intermission leading 41-33 at the half. College of Charleston wouldn’t let up in the second half. Jeremy Simmons led the Cougars with nine points and brought College of Charleston to within 6158 midway through the second half. But UT forward Tyler Smith shook off a slow first half and scored 16 points in the second period to keep College of Charleston at bay for the remainder of the contest.
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Sophomore guard Scotty Hopson slams home two of his 21 points in the contest against College of Charleston.
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1) #16 Oregon State @ #7 Oregon 2) Ohio vs. Central Michigan 3) #5 Cincinnati @ #15 Pittsburgh 4) #1 Florida vs. #2 Alabama * 5) #3 Texas vs. #22 Nebraska 6) #10 Georgia Tech vs. Clemson 7) #23 West Virginia @ Rutgers 8) Arizona @ #18 USC 9) #19 California @ Washington 10) #21 Houston @ East Carolina Pillow Fight: Arkansas State @ Western Kentucky * game of the week
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1) Oregon 2) Central Michigan 3) Cincinnati 4) Florida (24-10) 5) Texas 6) Georgia Tech 7) West Virginia 8) USC 9) Washington 10) Houston
Pillow Fight: Arkansas State
Pillow Fight: Arkansas State
Pillow Fight: Arkansas State
overall: 98-45 last week: 8-3
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overall: 99-44 last week: 8-3
overall: 99-44 last week: 7-4
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1) Oregon 2) Ohio 3) Cincinnati 4) Florida (27-21) 5) Texas 6) Georgia Tech 7) West Virginia 8) USC 9) California 10) East Carolina
Pillow Fight: Arkansas State
Pillow Fight: Western Kentucky
overall: 97-46 last week: 7-4
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1) Oregon 2) Ohio 3) Cincinnati 4) Alabama (21-17) 5) Texas 6) Georgia Tech 7) West Virginia 8) USC 9) Washington 10) Houston
overall: 90-53 last week: 6-5
overall: 93-50 last week: 8-3
1) Oregon 2) Ohio 3) Cincinnati 4) Alabama (20-14) 5) Texas 6) Georgia Tech 7) West Virginia
1) Oregon 2) Central Michigan 3) Cincinnati 4) Florida (24-20) 5) Texas 6) Georgia Tech 7) West Virginia
8) USC 9) California 10) Houston Pillow Fight: Arkansas State
overall: 97-46 last week: 6-5
overall: 87-56 last week: 6-5
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8) USC 9) California 10) Houston Pillow Fight: Arkansas State