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Street newspaper to focus on homeless Amplifier voices homeless persons’ opinions, provides connection to community get off the streets,” Young said. “But it gives them a chance to engage with the marketplace and the community at large.” Editor-in-Chief Judson said The Amplifier strives to help the homeless in Knoxville by telling their own stories. Each issue contains feaLeslie Judson knew what she wanted. The problem was, she ture articles and autobiographies of individuals within didn’t have a name for it. Knoxville’s homeless community. After two issues, the involveAs Judson sat at a roundtable of volunteers from Redeeming ment has been extremely positive. Hope Ministries last April, she listened as the group discussed “I like working with the homeless plans to create a street newspaper who want to write, who yearn to tell in Knoxville, a publication with the their story but have never been given intention of shining light onto the a piece of paper,” Judson said. “We voice of East Tennessee’s homeless have vendors who have shown interpopulation. est in layout, in selling ads, all these Suddenly, a light turned on inside things newspapers need. It’s really Judson’s head. exciting.” “Our executive director and pubJudson and her staff hope to some lisher, Eddie Young, used the word day make The Amplifier a monthly ‘amplify’ a lot,” Judson said. “‘We publication. Success stories from want to amplify these voices.’ I sugacross the country have shown gested ‘The Amplifier.’ That’s how Judson that it’s possible to make a difmy brain worked, they all liked it, ference in the homeless community in and it stuck.” Knoxville. Chicago’s street newspaAnd just like that, The Amplifier, per, for example, has turned into a Knoxville’s first street newspaper successful magazine after a start and only the second such publicamuch like that of The Amplifier. tion in Tennessee, was born. “One of their vendors grew out of Judson, editor-in-chief of The their vendor team and is now leading Amplifier and a 1996 UT broadcastthe team and has a job,” Judson said. ing graduate, has helped spearhead “Now, he’s inspiring other vendors. the movement with the help of We want to do more of that.” Redeeming Hope Ministries based The underlying goal of The in Redeemer Church of Knoxville in Amplifier is to restructure societal Fort Sanders. stigmas surrounding homelessness. The group has already printed Young said the newspaper is not two issues of The Amplifier — meant to give the homeless a voice; November and February issues — instead, the staff strives to make and work is currently under way on those existing voices heard. a third. “It matters,” Young said. “It mat• Photo courtesy of Dan Andrews “The Amplifier was the vision of the executive director of ministries Angela, a homeless Knoxvillian who serves as a vendor for the city’s first street newspaper, The ters to change one person’s life. You can’t who serves as pastor at our church,” Amplifier, displays the November issue of the publication. The staff of The Amplifier, which is com- change the world, but everyone has a Judson said. “We had heard about prised primarily of volunteers, just published the newspaper’s second issue, which is on sale now. world contained within their eyes. You change one person’s life, and you’ve street newspapers and wanted to changed the world for that one person. bring one to Knoxville.” “You won’t see a large change in the homeless in a communiThe concept of a street newspaper is not a new development. munity at $1 per copy, pocketing the profit as their own. Young said the newspaper has used 10 to 15 vendors during ty until you change the community’s opinion about homelessCurrently, 25 street publications exist in North America and in 40 countries worldwide, but few cities as small as Knoxville production of the first two issues, with the majority selling ness.” Judson said The Amplifier welcomes volunteers, contributors have jumped aboard the bandwagon. Young, Judson and a few copies throughout downtown Knoxville. The February issue is and interns. For more information regarding The Amplifier, currently on sale. other volunteers wanted to change that. “They won’t get rich off this, and many of them won’t even visit http://www.redeeminghope.com. “Its primary purpose is to empower the homeless in our com-
munity,” Young, the executive director of Redeeming Hope Ministries, said. “The secondary thing is to help these people get some degree of economic empowerment.” The staff of The Amplifier, which has included many UT student volunteers and interns, utilizes help from the homeless in Knoxville as newspaper vendors. Homeless individuals can buy the paper for 25 cents per copy before selling it back to the com-
Egyptian violence mars local economy Associated Press The violence in Egypt is already hurting the country’s tourism industry, and in turn, its economy. It’s also raising fears that other Middle Eastern countries will suffer as well. Many U.S. travelers have canceled trips to Egypt. Some tour operators are avoiding the country, and Delta Air Lines and EgyptAir suspended flights from the U.S. to Cairo. Stock markets in the Middle East fell sharply during the weekend. Travelers faced the same question as Rob Solow, who is booked on an Egyptian getaway in February with his wife: “Is it going to be an issue where we are going to have to watch our backs the whole time?” The Yorktown Heights, N.Y., couple aren’t sure if they’ll make the trip. But Solow said he won’t be going to the Middle East in the future. “I just think it’s a troubled part of the world that’s not necessary to visit,” he said. The timing of the violence and political uncertainty couldn’t be worse — winter is the high season for visitors. Large tour operators such as Gate 1 Travel and cruise companies including Norwegian Cruise Line have canceled Egyptian stops. Tours elsewhere in the Middle East haven’t been canceled, but travel agents are getting a steady stream of inquiries about the status of planned trips. “The ones who haven’t booked are holding off, and the ones who have are trying to get out of it,” said Blake Fleetwood, owner of several Cook Travel businesses around New York. Tourism is a major industry in Egypt, a country that struggles with poverty. It accounts for 5 percent to 6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to several estimates. Egypt is also often a starting point for people exploring Jordan and parts of Northern Africa. Cairo International Airport is the second-largest Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon airport in Africa after Johannesburg, handling Peter Misaiphon, sophomore in industrial engineering, practices skateboarding roughly 16 million passengers a year. Most of them tricks while friends watch on the Pedestrian Mall on Saturday, Jan. 29. Students — 15 million a year — are tourists, according to the enjoyed time outside this weekend, taking advantage of the unseasonably warm Egyptian Tourist Authority in New York. Investors were clearly concerned the turmoil weather.
could spread. Dubai’s major stock market index fell more than 4 percent Sunday, while stocks fell nearly 2 percent in Kuwait and 3 percent in Qatar. Saudi Arabia’s main index rose 2.5 percent, but that was a partial recovery from a 6.5 percent drop Saturday. Oil prices spiked 4.3 percent Friday on fears that the Suez Canal might be closed. Roughly 3,500 oil tankers a year plus thousands of other cargo ships travel through the canal on their way from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. After the 1967 ArabIsraeli war, the canal was shut down for eight years. A closure today would add 6,000 miles to trips as ships detour around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Those trips would risk the threat of attack by Somali pirates. The region’s real economic power player is Dubai, whose airport saw 47.2 million passengers in 2010, according to the Airports Council International. Government-backed Emirates Airlines has also turned Dubai into the region’s cargo hub, and FedEx Corp. bases it Middle East operations there. “To affect the (tourism) industry globally, unrest would need to spread to places like Dubai, which is a major port and air hub. This looks very unlikely,” said Ann Wyman, head of emerging market research at investment bank Nomura in London. Still, Egypt’s problems follow political strife in Lebanon, Yemen, and earlier this month, Tunisia. That has led to a general wariness about the region. Airlines from Arab states lining the Persian Gulf were still flying in and out of Cairo. Some have had to rearrange their schedules due to the unrest and curfews put in place by Egyptian authorities. The Mideast’s biggest airline, Emirates, advised passengers to “reconsider nonessential travel” but said it was operating on schedule from its Dubai hub. John Strickland, a London-based aviation consultant, said the turmoil’s effect on the region’s airline industry is yet to be determined. EgyptAir is likely to suffer most, and gulf carriers could also face trouble, he said. But Strickland said Emirates in particular has shown it can bounce back following challenges including the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. See EGYPT on Page 3
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John Ellis Porter shoots and scores over a Tennessee Wesleyan defender during a club lacrosse match on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Vols fell in a close contest to the Bulldogs, 8-7, but finished the day strong with a win over Sewanee, 13-12.
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first offense, unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana and violaA female UT student reported a theft tion of the implied consent law. that occurred in the UC lobby around 12:45 p.m. The report stated that the value of the Around 9:40 p.m., an officer arrested an stolen items was $35. unaffiliated male Knoxville resident for public intoxication. The suspect, wearing a A male student reported that a silver gray jacket, was attempting to enter Laurel 2008 Ford F-150 was vandalized while it Residence Hall when the officer made the was parked on Level E of the G6 UC park- arrest. ing garage between noon and 2:15 p.m. Jan. 30 Jan. 28 Around 2 a.m., an unaffiliated 27-yearWhile patrolling the G11 parking garage old male called an officer from a stuck elearound 2:40 a.m., a UTPD officer observed vator in the G13 parking garage. The suba red Chevrolet truck speeding through the ject, only wishing for assistance in the garage. The officer failed to stop the vehi- jammed elevator, was arrested for public cle, though he did observe the truck’s intoxication. license plate number. The suspect is a male Knoxville resident, unaffiliated with UT. Around 3:45 a.m., an officer was assisting with a fire call on Fraternity Park Drive Around 5:45 a.m., an officer reported to when he observed a disturbance taking Laurel Residence Hall in response to a place on the sidewalk in front of the Sigma report of a suspicious person in front of the Chi House. One male student was arrested building. The suspect, a male UT student, for public intoxication and underage conwas arrested for public intoxication shortly sumption. after the officer arrived. Around 4:15 a.m., an officer observed a Jan. 29 white male, carrying the Greek K, walking north on Fraternity Park Drive from the Pi At approximately 2:23 a.m. on Kappa Alpha House. The officer was Cumberland Avenue, an officer pulled over unable to make contact with the subject, a blue 2005 Ford F-150 because of an but he did recover the letter. expired registration sticker on the license plate. The truck contained four male stu- — Crime Log is compiled by Robbie dents. The driver was arrested for DUI Hargett Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.
On this day in 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present. Plans for the dictionary began in 1857 when members of London’s Philological Society, who believed there were no up-to-date, error-free English dictionaries available, decided to produce one that would cover all vocabulary from the Anglo-Saxon period (1150 A.D.) to the present. Conceived of as a four-volume, 6,400-page work, it was estimated the project would take 10 years to finish. In fact, it took over 40 years until the 125th and final fascicle was published in April 1928 and the full dictionary was complete — at over 400,000 words and phrases in 10 volumes — and published under the title A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles. Unlike most English dictionaries, which only list present-day common meanings, the OED provides a detailed chronological history for every word and phrase, citing quotations from a wide range of sources, including classic literature and cookbooks. The OED is famous for its lengthy cross-references and etymologies. The verb “set” merits the OED’s longest entry, at approximately 60,000 words and detailing over 430 uses. No sooner was the OED finished than editors began updating it. A supplement, containing new entries and revisions, was published in 1933 and the original dictionary was reprinted in 12 volumes and officially renamed the Oxford English Dictionary. Between 1972 and 1986, an updated 4-volume supplement was published, with new terms from the continually evolving English language plus more words and phrases from North America, Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, South Africa and South Asia. In 1984, Oxford University Press embarked on a five-year, multi-million-dollar project to create an electronic version of the dictionary. The effort required 120 people just to type the pages from the print edition and 50 proofreaders to check their work. In 1992, a CD-ROM version of the dictionary was released, making it much easier to search and retrieve information. Today, the dictionary’s second edition is available online to subscribers and is updated quarterly with over 1,000 new entries and revisions. At a whopping 20 volumes weighing over 137 pounds, it would reportedly take one person 120 years to type all 59 million words in the OED. — This Day in History is courtesy of history.com--
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Todd Steed promoted to new role at WUOT Todd Steed has been promoted to jazz/radio operations coordinator at UT’s public radio station WUOT 91.9 FM. Steed has served as the station’s jazz coordinator and has hosted WUOT’s jazz show “Improvisations” on Tuesdays and Thursdays since 2007. His role has expanded to include operations related to the station’s second digital channel, WUOT-2. Steed also hosts WUOT’s “Studio 865/Flipside” and is a local fill-in host for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Steed began his broadcasting career as music director of WUTK 90.3 FM, UT’s student radio station, from 1983 to 1984. In the 1990s, he served as a television reporter for “Tele3,” the first English language news program to air in Vilnius, Lithuania, and was a radio host in Jakarta, Indonesia. Steed was a study abroad coordinator/adviser at UT’s Center for International Education from 1998 to 2007 and has led teaching trips to China’s Tsinghua University. Other work has included artist management and radio programming for AC Entertainment. An avid musician, Steed has led a number of successful Knoxville bands including Smokin’ Dave, Apelife and The Suns of Phere. He has released several recordings that earned positive reviews in CREEM Magazine, Musician, No
Depression and several international publications. Steed holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UT. A Knoxville native, Steed lives in North Knoxville with his wife, Stama. Listener-supported WUOT is licensed to the University of Tennessee. WUOT is a member of NPR and a Public Radio International affiliate. The station’s primary format is classical and jazz music, news and public affairs. WUOT serves listeners throughout East Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The station broadcasts 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and streams on the web at wuot.org. WUOT’s second audio channel, WUOT-2, is available on HD Radio™, Internet radio and on the web. Architecture and Design lecture series begins with Valerio Olgiati As part of the College of Architecture and Design’s Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series, Valerio Olgiati will speak on the work of his firm at 6 p.m. today in the Art and Architecture Building. This is the first lecture of the spring 2011 series. Olgiati studied architecture at ETH Zurich. Having lived and worked first in Zurich and later in Los Angeles for some years, in 1996 he opened his own practice in Zurich and in 2008 with his wife Tamara Olgiati in Flims. Among his major buildings are the school house in Paspels, the Yellow House in Flims, a house for a musician in Scharans and the museum for the Swiss National Park in Zernez. Among his major projects are a housing development in Zug, a winery for Carnasciale, Italy and a music auditorium for the manor Hohenbeilstein in Germany.
Drug-ring trial to test new NYC laws Associated Press They were students who juggled an elite education with criminal extracurriculars, dealing an array of drugs from Ivy League dorm rooms and frat houses, prosecutors say. But beneath the surface of academic success, some of the Columbia University students charged in a campus drug takedown struggled with substance abuse, their lawyers say. Attorneys for two of the five students plan to ask a court to prescribe treatment instead of prison — one of the most high-profile tests so far of a recent overhaul of New York’s once-notoriously stringent drug laws. The outcome will be watched closely by opponents and proponents of 2009 changes to mitigate what were known as the Rockefeller drug laws. Backers called the lesser punishments a more effective and humane approach to drug crime; critics said they gave drug peddlers a pass. With the bid for what’s known as “diversion” to treatment, the Columbia bust “is probably the case that’s going to cause light to be shed on what these new laws mean: When diversion is appropriate, and what the Legislature intended when it cut back so drastically the Rockefeller laws,” said Marc Agnifilo, who represents one of the students, Christopher Coles. Coles and fellow students Harrison David, Adam Klein, Jose Perez and Michael Wymbs were arrested in December, have pleaded not guilty and are due back in court in March. Authorities called the arrests one of the largest drug takedowns at a New York City college in recent memory, and the prestigious setting made the case a media magnet. Each student made some of the 31 sales in which an undercover officer bought about $11,000 worth of marijuana, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy and prescription stimulants over five months, authorities said. Drugs, paraphernalia and more than $6,600 in cash were found in the students’ rooms, according to the office of special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan. Prosecutors have indicated they’re likely to add to the charges, but at least for now, only David faces mandatory prison time if convicted. In 1973, Nelson Rockefeller, governor at the time, pushed strict laws through the Legislature that he said were needed to fight a drug-related “reign of terror.” Critics long complained the laws were draconian and racist and filled prisons with people who needed treatment, not incarceration. The 2009 revisions took away some mandatory minimum terms — after the harshest terms were eliminated in 2004 — and let hundreds of nonviolent drug offenders seek to shorten their sentences. The latest changes also gave judges more latitude to send nonviolent offenders to treatment programs or other alternatives to prison, on the
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premise that addressing addictions would do more to change some offenders’ criminal behavior than would locking them up. Coles and Wymbs hope a judge will use that discretion to channel their cases to a special drug court, their lawyers said. Drug court defendants generally undergo a year or more of treatment and may end up with their charges dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors. To their lawyers, Coles and Wymbs are ideal candidates to illustrate the drug law reform’s rehabilitation-minded message. Coles, 20, is charged with selling marijuana and pairing in some amphetamine sales with Perez. An anthropology and political science major involved in a campus effort to combat sexual violence, Coles told police he sold drugs to pay tuition, prosecutors said. But Coles’ lawyer said the student was in the throes of a roughly $70-a-day marijuana habit. It had become so problematic that his father had called Columbia to express concern, Agnifilo said; a university spokesman declined to comment. Wymbs, charged with selling LSD and Ecstasy, also has “a demonstrable problem with some substances,” said his lawyer, Michael Bachner, declining to be more specific. A senior applied-mathematics major, Wymbs, 22, worked as a biostatistician for a cancer-research program last summer and plans to apply to graduate school, his lawyer said. “At the end of the day, Michael Wymbs is better off among us, working to help society, than being labeled as a felon and being ostracized,” Bachner said. Prosecutors declined to comment on the students’ request. A judge has yet to weigh it. By law, their bid for treatment depends on showing that drug dependency drove their alleged crimes. But their circumstances also raise delicate questions about how to weigh issues of privilege and promise. While their backgrounds and plans might augur well for their success in treatment, “are we to then look at those who are less privileged in our society and may have more difficulties, and punish them more harshly, when (the students’) options were clearly more extensive?” said state Rep. Jeffrion Aubry, a Queens Democrat who was a key backer of the drug law changes. “It’s a complex issue.” The move toward sending more offenders to treatment was a fraught part of the druglaw debate, with opposing sides disputing whether it would provide people opportunities to change their lives or give opportunists an easy way out. One critic of the 2009 changes said he wasn’t sure they were meant to mitigate punishments for defendants like the Columbia students. “I think you really have to take a close look at this, and is this really what we meant by a second chance?” said state Sen. Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican.
There are eleven monographs about his work as an architect and teacher. Among other prizes, he has been awarded the German Architecture Prize Appreciation Honor and four times has received the prize for the Best Building in Switzerland. Olgiati is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. As a guest professor he taught at the ETH in Zurich, at Architectural Association in London, and at Cornell University, New York. In 2009 he led the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University, Cambridge. Since 2002 he has been a full professor at the Accademia di architettura Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana. This lecture is free and open to the public and can be viewed live and in archive form online. Applications for VolCorps now available The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is currently accepting applications for the VolCorps Program for the 20112012 school year. Within the VolCorps Program, there are three divisions — Volunteer Team (work with prospective student-athletes), UT Ambassadors (work with the UT Visitors Center and conduct campus tours), and ME4UT Team (work with all weekend diversity recruitment programs). An information session will be held on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium. Visit http://admissions.utk.edu/undergraduate/recruiter to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Undergraduate Admissions Office, 320 Student Services Building.
EGYPT TRAVEL continued from Page 1 It is not clear how long tourists and businesses might avoid the Middle East, and therefore, how much of an impact the situation in Egypt will have on other countries in the area. Jordanian economist Hani Horani said: “Foreign tourists look at the Middle East as one entity and they will avoid traveling to an area they consider unstable.” Tourism accounts for 14 percent of Jordan’s GDP. Horani thinks its trade with its neighbor Egypt “will be negatively affected by the turmoil,” he said. Tourism in the Middle East has recovered after wars and unrest in the past. Egypt has had a number of terrorist acts aimed at tourists. A 1997 attack killed 62 people, including 58 tourists at ruins in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings. But the violence hasn’t deterred visitors from coming to see the pyramids, cruise the Nile River and tour Cairo’s markets. Lebanon’s recent political turmoil is likely to scare off Western travelers. But the Lebanese
capital, Beirut, has repeatedly proven repeatedly its resilience, emerging from civil war and conflict with Israel to rebuild and live up to its image as the “Switzerland of the Middle East” — a reference to the snow-capped mountains as well as its banking laws. “People’s memories are surprisingly short,” said Janet Moore, owner of Distant Horizons, a Long Beach, Calif., travel agency specializing in the Middle East. For now, though, many Americans are staying away. Moore predicts that 80 percent of her customers who have already booked trips to Egypt will try to cancel. And she doesn’t expect any calls for new bookings during the next six months. Moore expects travel to the rest of the region, including Israel and Lebanon, to be hurt too. “People will fear that the whole region will be falling apart,” Moore said. “I think the next year is going to be a quiet one.” Not everybody is so worried. Malaka Hilton owns Admiral Travel International in Sarasota, Fla., specializing in Egypt. The biggest concern for her clients: a government curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., essentially trapping tourists in hotels.
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StaffColumn Understanding others requires empathy
Blair Kuykendall News Editor When the controversy over airport security pat-downs started in the fall, I dismissed them as a necessary evil to preserve airport security. Then I got a full-body pat-down. Everyone has an opinion about everything. We instantaneously make judgments about whatever we hear. Sometimes this is useful, because it allows us to process new information more quickly. In some situations, however, instantaneous judgment leads us to abandon empathy. The situation around airport security provides an excellent example of this concept. Those hearing about the pat-downs originally probably brushed them off as yet another hassle to endure when trying to travel by air. I was much the same. However, when the news coverage of the patdowns increased, and “Saturday Night Live” even felt the need to step in, I gave it a little more thought. After evaluation I came to the very rational conclusion that the benefits of steppedup security far outweighed the feelings of some travelers. If the pat-down was disagreeable to them, they could simply go through the full-body scanner. No harm, no foul. The full-body scanner turned out to be a bigger deal than TSA had anticipated. Some people were legitimately opposed to having complete strangers look at their essentially naked forms. I then thought if a person had such an issue with the scanner, the pat-down was really a useful option to have in place. Christmas break came and I completely forgot about all of this, until I had a brush with Fraport. Fraport is a semi-privately owned firm that handles security measures in Germany’s Frankfurt Airport, and as I can attest, they take their job seriously. I was passing through security in Frankfurt
with my family, and had just walked through the security scanner. I am not sure exactly what image this scanner showed, but I knew walking through it was necessary to get on the plane, so I did not even think about it. When I was collecting my bag from the scanner, a burly German woman who I would later learn was a Fraport agent pulled me out of the line. Seeing it was a random security check, my mother laughed a little, because we find awkward things like this tend to happen to us. The representative pulled me away and to the right of the scanning area, next to a wall in the main terminal. There was a group of people sitting along a wall right in front of me, i.e., casual onlookers. In broken English she instructed me to hold out my arms. Right there in front of men and women coming and going through the terminal, she proceeded to rub down (I use that intentionally instead of pat) every part of my entire body, leaving no stone unturned — to put it nicely. When I winced and cringed during this process, she pushed my arms up and repeated it. At one point she lifted up my shirt, exposing my bare abdomen. I am sure the pat-downs in the U.S. are not quite as thorough. When she finally let me go (after she did a chemical-swipe test on my jacket) my mom wasn’t laughing, and neither was I. While my experience was not exactly the same as those in the U.S., I can tell you that I no longer dismiss the claims of passengers who feel violated by the TSA measures. Making judgments about how others should feel or act can be a very dangerous thing. Empathy is absolutely necessary, because in life no one’s experiences are identical. You will honestly never know how it feels to be in someone’s exact situation, unless of course you have the pleasure of meeting Bertha from Fraport. — Blair Kuykendall is a sophomore in college scholars. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Elliot DeVore Many of you would not be aware of the flagrant levels of hatred towards the LGBT community in Uganda today if it were not for the recent murder of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato. This past Wednesday, Kato was beaten to death with a hammer in his own neighborhood. Ugandan officials want to attribute this to robbery, but I suspect he was targeted as a highly visible activist. This sudden influx of Evangelical Christian values and churches in Uganda is a product of American colonialism and the intense anti-gay movement has inevitably arisen. American pastors, like Rick Warren, author of “A Purpose Driven Life,” and many members of a secret religious organization called “the Family” have been backing, nay, inciting this Ugandan movement of hate since 2009. When Warren learned of the movement, he deemed Uganda a “Purpose Driven Country.” This movement began in October 2009 with the introduction of the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” which was later deemed the “Kill the Gays Bill.” The goal of the bill was to worsen the “crime” of homosexuality, introducing the death penalty to repeat offenders or a lifetime in jail. The bill would prosecute people, companies and even media organizations that supported Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) rights, even outside of Uganda. When I discovered this bill back in 2009, I was astonished that the U.S. government was allowing such religious diplomacy in a country that has already suffered crimes of humanity, like child slavery. Americans should be putting time and energy into bettering the standard of life for people who suffer, not creating seminars and conferences educating and indoctrinating people to hate, breeding a culture of discrimination. David Bahati, who is also a member of the Family, is the Ugandan who introduced the bill to help prevent the recruitment of children into homosexuality. He says that we (LGBT people) intrude their schools and entice children with American money and gifts to become gay. It is Mr. Bahati’s beliefs that Uganda should pass this bill because it is also God’s Law. There is a magazine, “The Rolling Stone,” that outs LGBT people in Uganda with its pictures, names and address; a caption on the front page reads “hang them.”
They do this so people can turn them in to the authorities quickly. By law, you can be punished if you do not turn in someone who is gay within 24 hours of discovering it. LGBT people in Uganda fear for their lives day-to-day in an atmosphere of physical beatings, death threats, property vandalism and even “correctional rape.” (Correctional rape is most associated with raping a lesbian to “cure her of her sexual orientation.”) My heart burns with rage thinking that one could try to hide one’s bigoted agenda of gay genocide behind the tragic veil of “We’re protecting the children.” You could almost make marijuana legal if you ran on the campaign of, “We’re doing it to protect the children.” Why do people fall for that junk? Even more, why are we sitting idle while American dollars are funding political campaigns like this? In my rage, I proceeded to go to the “The Family Internationals” mission statement and see two of its goals: 1. Making the world a better place: sharing the message of God’s love for humankind. 2. Humanitarian assistance: enhancing the quality of life of the disadvantaged, displaced and those without hope. I’m not quite sure how ostracizing, imprisoning or killing a population accomplishes these goals, but good for your family. At least they look good on paper, right? The bill has since reached a pause because of a resounding backlash from countries across the world, as well as other Christian organizations. Sweden, as well as other countries, threatened to retract muchneeded aid that it had historically been giving to Uganda. With the magnitude of negative backlash, I cannot comprehend why some leaders in Uganda still persist with the thoughts of passing this legislation. Actually, I can; it is because there are filthy Americans proselytizing leaders in Third World countries with their money so they may assert their political agendas in areas they know are vulnerable. Actions like these are deplorable and should be punished. I implore you to please write to your representatives. We as people of the United States of America, the most powerful country in the world, must take action on this issue. I thank the nations who released statements of strong disapproval or who threatened to retract aid funding … but that message still is not as loud as the voices of LGBT people in Uganda being arrested for life or worse: murdered. Even if you disagree with being LGBT, you can still love those people for their innate value as human beings. Stay informed, be proactive, and you, too, can make a difference. — Elliott DeVore is a senior in psychology. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Typically, I’m not a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey. While part of me commends her for all of the wonderful things she’s done for so many people, there is another part of me that thinks she’s self-righteous about all of her good deeds, similar to someone who finds a lost wallet and tweets, “just returned a man’s wallet #good deed.” There is always someone who is “that guy.” They’re lucky the vast majority of us, at least, get amusement out of it, otherwise they’d probably wonder why their friends’ list is constantly dwindling. With that being said, I did happen to get home at the beginning of one of her shows the other day and since nothing else was on (“House,” “Hoarders,” “Intervention,” “That ’70s Show,” etc.) I decided I would stay tuned in. “How happy are you?” was the question the show was meant to revolve around. The obvious follow-up questions were asked; other questions asked were the common reasons people presume each other to not be happy or the reasons one finds oneself unhappy. “Do you know your neighbors?” “How often do you have sex?” “How strong are your friendships?” Kudos, Oprah, because I think you figured out how to look happy. Apparently no one told her that looking happy isn’t quite the same as actually being in high spirits. I want to address the fact that I appreciate these questions and believe that they are questions worthy of careful consideration when evaluating your life (which should also be done much more often than we do). I have a wall in my condo that is covered in painted canvas. It’s absolutely my favorite wall and is continually being added to; it will never be complete. Each canvas has its own intricate background that took way too long and way too many pots of Teavana. One thing that 95 percent of the different canvases have in common is that they are each completed with a different quote. Rather, I think of them as my life rules. Marshall Mathers, Iron & Wine, Sublime and various philosophers and journalists cover the once-blank canvas with their words. Charles-Louis de Secondat is among these.
“If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” This one quote hangs in the sea of stretched and starched cotton. It is one of my favorites by far. That is the hardest part about being content with ourselves, especially in college. Friends come and go. We have open enemies and secret “frenemies,” and we are perpetually looking at everyone around us, wondering how we can have what they have, look like they look, live like they live, etc. If we weren’t wishing to have more than everyone else, I don’t think we would have to worry about being so unhappy. Perhaps if we were more concerned with what we do have, we wouldn’t be so worried about what we don’t have? “Do you have a good relationship with your neighbors,” Oprah asks. Supposedly, people have a tendency to be happier in their day-to-day lives when they are well-acquainted with their neighbors. But so what? So what if you don’t drop weekly baked goods by your neighbor’s house? A popular one: When all of your friends have boyfriends/girlfriends, so what if you’re the only one “ridin’ solo?” Usually we start thinking of the first five reasons why you deserve a relationship more than they do: You’ve been single longer. You’re funnier than they are. You’re better looking than they are. We’re so focused sometimes on everyone else’s relationships and what everyone else has that we forget to be happy for people (people usually being our friends). Experts say that jealousy is “the natural emotion that makes you want to do it again, try harder, to continue striving until you succeed.” In a nutshell, jealousy is a normal reaction to things we don’t/can’t have. There’s nothing wrong with being jealous and there’s nothing wrong with all of the other “bad” characteristics and properties to your life. I think the real focus should be on fixing the things you know are wrong, not following a list of the things other people think are right. Answering a few measly questions on a “How happy are you?” quiz won’t tell you, or anyone else, if you’re actually happy. So for the love … realize that your happiness only belongs to you. —Ashleigh Disler is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Artist’s sound unchanging on album Unoriginal ‘Episodes’ falls short ent from the usual Iron & Wine routine, is a more jazzy tune that would be perfect for Staff Writer dancing around and having a good time. Iron & Wine’s fourth studio album, The song “Walking Far From Home” seems “Kiss Each Other Clean,” was released on as though it would be on a television show Jan. 25. Samuel Beam, the sole member of as a sad scene is flashing across the the band, has been busy recording and screen. Beam’s amazing vocals and incredible writing new material to make up this new lyrics are what make his songs as amazing and improved sound. as they are, and one could relate to these Beam is most known for his rendition of “Such Great Heights,” which was on the lyrics whether they are happy or sad. Music from Iron & Wine has been feasoundtrack of the 2004 film, “Garden State.” And many teenagers melted when tured on many television shows like “The OC,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” his song “Flightless “House” and “Friday Bird, American Night Lights,” so most Mouth” accompanied of the American televithe gazebo scene at sion audience is aware the end of “Twilight.” of the effect Beam’s The musician is melodies can have on also famous for songs people. “Kiss Each like “The Trapeze Other Clean” is no Swinger,” a reminisexception to this. cent song about the The only complaint past and childhood one would be able to memories. People find in this new piece of know Beam as a melwork is that the sound low, lyrical artist, and is not very different this new album, “Kiss from what Iron & Wine Each Other Clean,” has done in the past. sounds like his old Some songs may sound work but with much different, but for the more intense, emomost part, Beam doestional lyrics. n’t veer too far off his Adding to this feelpath of mellow songs ing, “Godless Brother • Photo courtesy of Iron & Wine that put people in relaxin Love” sounds a great deal like “Flightless Bird, American ing moods. Maybe that’s not a bad thing, though, as Mouth” with the exception of more instrumentals. However, many tracks have a very that sound is what he is known for. different sound from anything fans have Regardless of being different or sounding heard from Beam before. “Me and the same from older albums, Iron & Wine’s Lazarus” is an extremely catchy, simple “Kiss Each Other Clean” is without a tune that has excellent lyrics about doubt going to capture the attention of Lazarus and what his life was like after audiences everywhere and make existing being brought back from the dead by fans fall in love with Beam’s music even more than they already have. Jesus.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
UT to retire Vol legend Houston’s number Matt Dixon Sports Editor Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl announced Monday that Allan Houston will have his number, 20, retired on March 6, when UT hosts the Kentucky Wildcats. Houston played for the Volunteers from 1990-93 and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,801 points. The mark ranks second in SEC history, behind only LSU’s Pete Maravich. Houston was a two-time AllAmerican and a four-time All-SEC First Team selection. “Allan represents everything the term ‘student-athlete’ is supposed to represent,” UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said. “He was a very good student, campus leader and tremendously successful on the court. We are thrilled to have his number hang in the rafters at ThompsonBoling Arena as a tribute to who he was and is today.” Houston came to Knoxville from Louisville, Ky., where he was a McDonald’s All-American. He was coached at Tennessee by his father, Wade, who was the first African-American coach in SEC history. “I think it will mean much more than the number,” Houston said. “I think it will mean the name. Your name means a lot. “For me, to have that name hung up in ThompsonBoling (Arena) means so much more than just any records. It means character, the lineage and the legacy. That’s why this is going to be really, really emotional, real special to me.” Pearl has developed a friendship with Houston since taking over as UT’s coach in 2005 and believes it’s what Houston is off the court that sets him apart from others. “You can aspire to be the kind of player Allan Houston was,” Pearl said. “But that pales in comparison to the kind of person he is.” Houston’s 806 points during his sophomore year is the UT single-season scoring record. He was named the MVP of the 1991 SEC Tournament and led the league in
scoring his senior season, averaging 22.3 points per game. Houston said he enjoyed the college experience at UT, and his favorite memories were beating the likes of Arkansas, LSU and Kentucky, as well as being able to play in Kentucky’s Rupp Arena. Houston graduated from UT in 1993 with a degree in African-American Studies. He created the Wade Houston Scholarships for minority undergraduate students in 2003 to honor his father. “He provides a tremendous example of how it’s supposed to be done,” Pearl said. “Allan is much like Peyton Manning in that, as a student-athlete, as a professional athlete at the highest level, as an Olympian who represented our country and as a philanthropist and community servant, you’re hard-pressed to find anyone better.” Following his career at Tennessee, Houston was selected 11th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played 12 years in the NBA, • Allan Houston most notably with the New York Knicks, where he was a two-time All-Star in 2000 and 2001. He was also a member of the gold-winning 2000 U.S.A Olympic Team, starting in four of the team’s seven games. Houston currently works in the Knicks’ front office as the assistant general manager. Hamilton informed Houston of the decision to retire his number earlier this season when the Vols were in New York for the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. Houston will be the third basketball Vol to have his number retired, joining Bernard King (1975-77) and Ernie Grunfeld (1974-77). “Just to be in their company is truly special, because they brought a lot of excitement during that time,” Houston said. “They brought a lot of memories, and they carried a powerful legacy and tradition ... For me to be able to sustain the legacy of (Tennessee) basketball with them is really a special feeling.”
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Allan Houston dunks over Kentucky’s John Pelphrey in this undated photo. Houston, who is the all-time leading scorer for the Vols with 2,801 points, is set to have his jersey retired during a pre-game ceremony at the Kentucky game on March 6.
Stricklen leads UT past Arkansas
Titans patient in coaching search
closest the Razorbacks would get, however, as another 9-0 run by the Lady Vols put the lead back in double digits, where it stayed for the remainder of the game. The 5th-ranked Lady Vols ran away with In addition to Stricklen, Tennessee was another game as they defeated the Arkansas led by Spani, who scored 18 points, includRazorbacks 72-53 at the Bud ing three 3-pointers, and Glory Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Johnson, who had a double-douArk on Sunday. ble with 12 points and 14 The win was Tennessee’s rebounds. 12th in a row since its loss to Arkansas coach Tom Collen Baylor in December. The Lady had high praise for the Lady Vols were led by Shekinna Vols. Stricklen’s career-high 26 “I think this is the best points, which included hitting Tennessee team since (Candace) 6-of-9 3-pointers. Parker (played at Tennessee),” The game was a bit of a Collen said. “This is the most homecoming for Stricklen, complete team they’ve had. I who played high-school basketthink this is a team that can probball at Morrilton High School ably make a run to the Final Four, in Morrilton, Ark., which is and anytime you get there, about an hour’s drive from you’ve got a chance to win the Little Rock. Stricklen said that national championship.” she had more than 60 friends This marked the 11th straight and family members in attenopponent Tennessee had held dance and admitted to feeling below 40 percent shooting from anxious before the game. But the field, as the Razorbacks manonce the game was underway, Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon aged to hit only 33.9 percent of she showed no signs of anxiety and played lights out for most Shekinna Stricklen attacks the basket against Stanford their field goals. Until Sunday, of her 38 minutes on the floor. on Sunday, Dec. 19. Stricklen helped the Lady Vols Arkansas had averaged only “I have to say I was nerv- cruise through the second half to a 72-53 win over 1,706 fans per game, but 6,149 showed up to see the Razorbacks ous,” Stricklen said. “I really Arkansas by scoring a career-high 26 points. take on the Lady Vols, only to be didn’t know why I was nervdisappointed with the end result. ous, but it went away as soon as the game The Lady Vols will have a full week to prenot have any answers for the Lady Vols started, though.” With 2:13 left in the first half, sophomore offense. Although trailing 41-27, Arkansas pare for their next opponent, another SEC Taber Spani hit a 3-pointer that sparked an showed it was not ready to surrender and, match-up against the 16th-ranked Kentucky 8-0 run and helped put the Lady Vols up 39- led by star forward Sarah Watkins, closed to Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington on within four points at 41-37. This was the Monday, Feb. 7.
The Tennessee Titans might be a little rusty as they search for their first head coach since the end of the 1994 season, and their timing couldn’t be worse with a team that seems to be crumbling. First, they decided to trade or release quarterback Vince Young. Now, they’ve parted with Jeff Fisher after 16 full seasons as their head coach. Add in the fact that owner Bud Adams is impatient at age 88, along with a looming lockout, and this offseason looks like no other. “Challenges do not translate into chaos,” said Steve Underwood, the Titans’ senior executive vice president. “All that means is that we have our work cut out for us.” Since the franchise promoted Fisher, there have been 110 coaches hired by the other 31 NFL teams through the end of 2010. And it makes for easily the biggest decision Tennessee has faced since relocation from Texas in 1997. The search is being handled by Underwood and general manager Mike Reinfeldt, with Adams making the final decision, and the general manager said they have a long list of potential candidates they planned to trim down by Monday.
27 at the break. Tennessee’s shooting in the first half was among its best of the season, hitting a scorching 50 percent from behind the arc, sinking 9-of-18 treys. Tennessee came out strong in the second half and went on a 10-0 run as Arkansas did
Reinfeldt calls prior head coaching experience a good thing but noted Fisher was defensive coordinator when promoted in 1994. Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Jim Mora Jr. are being mentioned by fans, along with New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who worked with this team between 1990 and 2000. The top candidate could be offensive line coach Mike Munchak. He was a Hall of Fame lineman for this franchise while in Houston, and he went from playing to coaching with 14 seasons at that position with this franchise. “He’s a person, given his playing career and his coaching career, he’s certainly a person that you’d have to consider,” Reinfeldt said. In-house possibilities include linebackers coach Dave McGinnis, a former head coach at Arizona, and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, diagnosed with cancer in November. The Titans insist their only deadline for a new coach is “as long as it takes.” Reinfeldt said they want the right person as head coach, and recalled that he wasn’t hired as GM until midFebruary in 2007.