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Ehrlich shares views on global crisis Researcher offers hopeful guidelines to avoid growing problems Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief Paul Ehrlich presented his work in environmental studies via video conference Thursday at the Baker Center. In an effort to increase awareness surrounding environmental issues, the Baker Center Interdisciplinary Group on Energy and Environmental Policy invited Ehlrich to deliver his presentation entitled “The Population — Environment Crisis and the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB).” Carl Pierce, director of the Baker Center, offered introductory remarks. “This lecture is a part of the Baker Center’s Energy and Environmental Policy initiative,” Pierce said. “The planning team that made this event possible evidences the type of interdisciplinary cooperation we desire to promote.” Paul Armsworth, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Jacob LaRiviere, assistant professor of economics, also addressed the audience. Becky Jacobs, associate professor in the College of Law, and Chris Clark of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, helped organize the event. “We can learn from both Paul Ehrlich’s perspective and the viewpoints of different disciplines,” LaRiviere said. “The discussions (among the audience) that follow are just as important as this forum itself.” Armsworth introduced the audience to the figure on-screen. “It isn’t often I get the honor of introducing someone who has made pioneering discoveries in my discipline,” Armsworth said. “Dr. Ehrlich has made substantial contributions to multiple academic fields, notably interdisciplinary research on the environment,” Armsworth said.

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ment than the last two billion,” Ehrlich said. “Each person added to the planet has to get food from more distant, inadequate sources. There are limits to the net productivity of the planet, so the population problem is a very serious one. The way to solve it humanely is to bring the birthrate below the death rate. Most estimates suggest a sustainable population size around two billion people. No one thinks we are anywhere near sustainable now.” Ehrlich promoted MAHB, an organization that aims to ascertain appropriate human responses to global environmental destruction. Specifically, the initiative focuses on alterations in policymaking and public behavior through increased education. More information is available at (http://mahb.stanford.edu). “The question now is what we should do,” Ehrlich said. “Social scientists need to do more in analyzing human behavior. Simply telling people what the science says is not enough. We need to understand how behaviors could and should be changed. Basically, MAHB is a bottom-up network of people asking important questions about things like the decay of ecosystem services.” Ehrlich serves as the Bing Professor of Population Studies and president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Highly acclaimed • Photo courtesy of Paul Ehrlich in scientific circles, Ehrlich’s prolific repertoire includes: Ehrlich’s prognosis for the planet was “The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution sobering. and the Environment” (2009) and “How do we know that everything is “Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on going in the wrong direction?” Ehrlich Empathy, Family and Big Changes for a asked. “Our natural capital and all our crit- Viable Future” (2010). Many of his ical resources are depreciating. Fossil research focuses on population biology, groundwater is being pumped out too fast, coevolution and conservation biology. so we have less and less available water all Solutions to environmental issues will the time. Around the world, soil erosion is require participation from multiple acaanother big issue. Soil is a renewable demic disciplines. resource being transformed into an un“The way economists and ecologists renewable resource by overuse.” think about the world is extremely similar, Ehrlich also highlighted the dangers of and leading economists are beginning to ever-increasing population density. look at real problems,” Ehrlich said. “We “It’s crystal clear the next two billion need to look at how we can generate a people we are scheduled to add to the steady-state economy and limit human planet will do more harm to our environ- consumption.” Students and faculty crowded into the Toyota Auditorium for the highly anticipated event. Ehrlich maintained a lighthearted attitude throughout his presentation, but offered a grim outlook on Earth’s future. “The things we value on this planent are going down the drain,” Ehrlich said. “If you are a medical scientist and you say, ‘Don’t smoke cigarettes,’ you are not accused of being an advocate. If you are environmental scientist and you say, ‘We are destroying our environment,’ you are immediately accused.”

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Committee works toward efficiency Jamie Cunningham Staff Writer While students are busy with the new semester and teachers are engrossed in their lesson plans, a group of eight men have been tasked with trying to find UT financial savings during economic hardships. The Effectiveness and Efficiency for the Future committee of the Board of Trustees, since around September 2008, has been responsible for finding and implementing savings for the entire UT system. According to the committee’s website, the group focuses on areas such as automation/outsourcing, reduction in administration and utility reductions. According to Ron Loewen, budget director for the UT system, the three-year-old committee was created based on a related effort at another institution of higher learning. “The initiative to create this committee started by seeing a similar initiative at the University of Maryland where there has been some success,” Loewen said. The committee’s chairman, Doug Horne, believes that the committee’s mission is easily explained by its title. “We call it effectiveness and efficiency committee because effective means doing the right things and efficiency means doing things right,” Horne said. “We are making sure that our house is in complete order so we can work with legislature in Nashville in order to acquire more appropriations. This committee proves our determination to perfecting our efficiency and effectiveness at the university.” The committee may not be well known among students, especially when the news covers UT’s tuition hikes more than its cost-saving measures. In June, UT trustees approved a 12 percent tuition hike for the Knoxville campus, an increase of about $775 per year, in response to decreased revenues. Loewen states that while the the committee is focused on saving money, its overarching goal is to limit the need for tuition hikes. “The more efficiencies we can find by increasing revenue and reducing costs, the more we can keep tuition hikes limit-

ed,” Loewen said. The committee focuses on six core areas where things can be streamlined. Loewen notes that some suggestions are small savings in many different places. “General streamline to administrative processes is an area that has generated a lot of little savings, not big savings,” Lowen said. “An example would be UT Chattanooga. They moved from paper tuition and fee statements to electronic statements; they saved about $18,000 a year. We have little savings like that in a lot of different areas.” There are also big numbers in the committee’s savings plan as well. “Bigger numbers in savings are coming in areas like energy savings, especially on the Knoxville campus,” Loewen said. “A lot of initiatives have been great in reducing utility costs, which results in big savings for the university.” While the committee is a small group of individuals, including non-voting members like UT president Joe DiPietro, the group does receive suggestions from many people both inside and outside the university. Since Aug.18, 2010, the committee has received 777 individual suggestions from UT employees. Horne insists that they don’t just want to hear from UT faculty and staff. He recommends that students suggest saving ideas because they are an important part of UT. “UT students are essentially the boots on the ground at UT, so if they see something that can be done more efficiently we want to hear about it,” Horne said. People can easily suggest ideas to the committee online through UTALK. “We are appealing to everyone in the university to help us find better ways to do things,” Horne said. While the committee proves useful for UT during budget cuts, Loewen believes that the committee is going to be a long-term fixture. “Even in years where funding is strong, we still need to be as efficient as we can. I don’t see this committee or effort going away any time soon,” Loewen said.

Job Fair opens doors for students way to get people interested in different jobs at one time,” recruiter Julie Fincher said. One reason so many students turned out was On Wednesday, more than 700 students headed due to the great advertising. “I knew from the website,” Garrett Sexton, freshto the UC Ballroom to be courted by more than 40 different company recruiters in the university’s man in economics, said. “I knew a lot of people going. This is a good opportunity to get my foot in 11th annual Part-Time Job Fair. The job fair showcases the university’s broad the door in a business type of place. When I get out of here, I hope to have a variety of students and good experience for it.” studies. Class can be another “The Part-Time Job motivation for getting a Fair is an annual event part-time job, since some usually two weeks after UT departments take class school starts,” DeAnna credit for part-time jobs or Bonner, assistant direcinternships. tor of Career Services, “I’m looking for a partsaid. “The combination time job but looking to get of on- and off-campus some experience in my employers help students field of study, and the job learn about part-time fair is a good way to get a jobs. The fair is a service sample on what’s out to the students but helps there,” Kaeli Toalston, employers as well.” sophomore in food sciThe 37 different ence, said. organizations representOff-campus internships ed at the job fair were are not the only ways to wide-ranging, from The get involved, though. Rush Fitness to H&R Several UT organizations Block, McDonald’s and were present, including even the Federal Bureau the Army ROTC, the of Investigation. While Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon Office of Information the job fair was billed as Police “part-time,” many organ- Mohamed Fofana, senior in sports man- Technology, izations offered full-time agement, looks over some information Department, Recycling, positions, including First at a booth during the Part-Time Job Fair Student Health Center, Alumni TELEFUND and on Aug. 24. Tennessee Bank. the University Center. “We come to the PartDirector of Career Services Russ Coughenour Time Job Fair pretty much every year,” Sherry Lisak, First Tennessee recruiter, said. “It’s a great hailed the university’s rich diversity and potential. “A lot of our recruiters are repeat businesses who source for part-time jobs. We always get some great candidates. We have locations close to campus and come year after year. Employers know UT is a relatively untapped source of talent, particularly at this employ many UT students.” One particularly busy table was that of time of year.” Wednesday capped another successful year for Babysitters International. “Recruiting at UT has been the best way of the event put on by Career Services. Both students recruiting in my business, and the job fair is a great and corporations benefit from the event; the university gets some publicity as well.

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Ann Marie Croce, junior in pre-professional, and Katherine Jacobs, junior in psychology, look through the options during the poster sale in the UC. At the beginning of every semester the store pops up for a couple of days to allow students to find decorations for their new dorms or apartments.


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Matthew Dischner, sophomore in biosystems engineering, does homework between classes in SERF on Aug. 17.

1944 — DeGaulle enters a free Paris On this day in 1944, French General Charles de Gaulle enters Paris, which had formally been liberated the day before. As he entered the Place de l’Hotel, French collaborationists took a few sniper shots at him. “There are many moments that go beyond each of our poor little lives,” he was quoted at the time. “Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyrized! But Paris liberated!” For de Gaulle, the liberation of Paris was the end of a long history of fighting Germans. He sustained multiple injuries fighting at Verdun in World War I. He escaped German POW camps five times, only to be recaptured each time. (At 6 feet 4 inches tall, it was hard for de Gaulle to be inconspicuous.) At the beginning of World War II, de Gaulle was commander of a tank brigade. He was admired as a courageous leader and was made a brigadier general in May 1940. After the German invasion of France, he became undersecretary of state for defense and war in the Reynaud government, but when Reynaud resigned, and Field Marshal Philippe Petain stepped in, a virtual puppet of the German occupiers, de Gaulle left for England. On June 18, de Gaulle took to the radio airwaves to make an appeal to his fellow French not to accept the armistice being sought by Petain, but to continue fighting under his command. Ten days later, Britain formally acknowledged de Gaulle as the leader of the “Free French Forces,” which was at first little more than those French troops stationed in England, volunteers from Frenchmen already living in England, and units of the French navy. De Gaulle would prove an adept wartime politician, finally winning recognition and respect from the Allies and his fellow countrymen. He returned to Paris from Algiers, where he had moved the

headquarters of the Free French Forces and formed a “shadow government” in September 1943. On the eve of the Normandy invasion, de Gaulle demanded that his government be regarded as the “official” government of all liberated areas of France. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, commander of the D-Day invasion, agreed to “not recognize” any government entity other than de Gaulle’s. De Gaulle went on to head two provisional governments before resigning. In 1970, he died suddenly of an aneurysmal rupture at the age of 79. 1968 — Democratic convention besieged by protesters As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of anti-war demonstrators take to Chicago’s streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police. The violence even spilled into the convention hall, as guards roughed up delegates and members of the press, including CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, who was punched in the face. On Aug. 29, Humphrey secured the nomination and the convention ended. In the convention’s aftermath, a federal commission investigating the convention described one of the confrontations as a “police riot” and blamed Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for inciting his police to violence. Nevertheless, eight political radicals — the so-called “Chicago Eight” — were arrested on charges of conspiring to incite the violence, and in 1969 their trial began in Chicago, sparking new waves of protests in the city. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.


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JICS participates in UT’s “Computational Science Kickoff” A group of experts — including Director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) Robert Harrison — gathered at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to speak with interested students, faculty, and staff about professional and educational opportunities in computational science and engineering. At the meeting, JICS members noted their interest in expanding the university’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS) program. Currently, IGMCS is available as a minor, but there is a push to develop the program into a major area of study. Harrison, also a professor of chemistry, discussed the partnership between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and UT Knoxville that established JICS more than 20 years ago — a partnership that continues to bring together internationally recognized computational research and faculty members in fields such as physics, materials science, mathematics and molecular biology. Graduate students majoring in applied math, a computer-related field or a domain science can apply to pursue a minor in computer science. Fifteen departments within the university are a part of the IGMCS program. A student studying in a department outside the 15 IGMCS participating departments can still apply for the minor after consulting with Dongarra. IGMCS students have worked with organizations like MathWorks, Google and Nvidia to fulfill internship requirements. The main facility managed by JICS is NICS, the National Institute for Computational Sciences, which facilitates 65 percent of all computational work done under funding from the National Science Foundation. Housed at ORNL, NICS enables research through three computers: Nautilus, a shared-memory machine for visualization and data analysis; Keeneland, a GPUbased hybrid machine jointly managed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, NICS and ORNL; and Kraken, the world’s first academic supercomputer capable of one quadrillion calculations per second. More details about the event can be found at http://igmcs.utk.edu/kickoff/. Information about IGMCS can be found at http://igmcs.utk.edu/. A JICS/IGMCS seminar series will run this fall on most Thursdays at 2 p.m. in Room 233 of the Claxton building. For more information on the seminar series, visit http://igmcs.utk.edu/seminars. UT faculty and staff offer six Clarence Brown Theatre shows for $70 University of Tennessee faculty and staff can save even more off the already discounted individual ticket prices by purchasing a Clarence Brown Theatre sixshow package for only $70. The Clarence Brown Theatre currently offers half-

price single tickets to UT faculty and staff. The sixshow package discounts those prices even more. This package normally sells for $135 to the general public. The offer is good for the six-show package, is limited to two subscriptions per purchase, and excludes Opening Night. The Clarence Brown Theatre season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8. The following shows are included in the package: * “Moonlight & Magnolias” — Producer David O. Selznick has shut down filming on Gone With the Wind because the screenplay isn’t working. What does he do? He fires the director, pulls Victor Fleming off the set of The Wizard of Oz, commandeers the great screenwriter Ben Hecht and locks everyone in his office for five days to act out the book chapter by chapter. * “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — Six lovable nerds, in the throes of puberty, battle for a spelling championship that is a perfect evening of musical F-U-N. Who knows? YOU may find yourself on stage! * “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” — Inspired by the classic American film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters, produce the sound effects and break for commercial. Live and On the Air! This production is returning to the Carousel Theater for its second season. * “Fuddy Meers” — A woman whose memory is erased when she sleeps, a limping, lisping ‘brother’ who kidnaps her, an accomplice with a sock puppet, a husband with murky intentions, a gibberish-speaking mom and a foul-mouthed teenage son. A farce about aphasia, and other oddities, from the playwright of “Rabbit Hole.” * “Black Pearl Sings” — A search for lost AfricanAmerican folk music leads Susannah, an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress, to Pearl, a woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit and a dramatic story. Over 20 folk songs and spirituals create an American musical tapestry that unites these two different women, as they journey toward their way out of the shadows and into the light of personal freedom. * “Kiss Me Kate” — Start with Shakespeare, add the timeless songs of Cole Porter, and you get a multiple Tony Award-winning musical. This play-within-aplay recounts the onstage and offstage romantic battles of a touring production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Featuring songs like “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” and “Why Can’t You Behave?” For more information or to order tickets, contact the Box Office at 974-5161.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president announced plans Thursday to lift wartime emergency laws that have curbed civil and political liberties for most of the past 30 years. The country has been under intense international pressure to sweep away the draconian measures now that more than two years have passed since the government’s victory in its bitter civil war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The emergency laws, which Parliament had extended every month, had allowed the government to detain suspects without trial, displace residents from their land and set up ubiquitious military checkpoints. President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the legislature the laws were no longer needed, signalling that they would be allowed to expire by the end of next Wednesday. “Today I propose to this assembly the withdrawal of the emergency laws to enable the country to conduct its affairs through its normal laws and in a democratic manner,” Rajapaksa said. “I do this because I am satisfied that we no longer need emergency laws for our governance.” Authorities still can exercise similar powers under another law, the Prevention of Terrorism Act. But legal experts say unlike the emergency laws, PTA is inferior to fundamental rights clauses of the constitution. The move to lift the emergency comes amid widespread international pressure on the government to ease wartime conditions like the state of emergency, investigate alleged human rights violations during the war and share political power with ethnic minority Tamils. The United States welcomed the move in an embassy statement saying the announcement “is a significant step towards

normalizing life for the people of Sri Lanka, and reflects more than two years without terrorist activity.” Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna told Parliament that India would push for a lasting political settlement in Sri Lanka. It will continue to reiterate with Sri Lanka the need of reconciliation of certain issues, including withdrawing the emergency regulations and investigating human rights violations, he said. The island has been under a state of emergency since 1983 except for brief lapses to help peace talks between the government and rebels. The emergency was allowed to lapse in 2002 and was reimposed in 2005, with the assassination of then-Foreign Minster Lakshman Kadirgamar. The rebels were blamed for his death. With the announcement, Rajapaksa is expected not to proclaim an emergency next month and ask Parliament to approve it. A suspect detained under the emergency laws can be held up to one year without appearing in court and can’t be released on bail. Hundreds of people are detained for many years. The law also enabled the authorities to displace civilians from their lands and declare high security zones and even to bury dead bodies without a post-mortem, lawyer Jagath Liyanaarachi said. The military is involved in maintaining law and order in place of police and the authorities can ban rallies and demonstrations under the emergency provisions. Human rights groups have accused authorities of using its

provisions to crack down on the media and restrict freedom of speech despite the end of the war. The government scaled back some of the provisions last year. Jehan Perera, an analyst with local activist group National Peace Council said with the emergency’s lapse, the people’s “freedom to engage in public political activity will be enhanced.” “The military can’t play a role in keeping law and order and military check points will not be possible,” he said adding that the military will also have to keep away from civil administration in the former war zones in the north. Sri Lankan forces defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, ending a 26-year civil war aimed at creating an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils. A United Nations experts panel reported this year that tens of thousands of civilians may have been killed in the final months of the war and said there are credible allegations that both government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels carried out atrocities.


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StaffColumn ‘Looney Tunes’ back with new spin Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor Regarding the Nickelodeon-Cartoon Network debate during the heady days of my youth, I always stuck on the Cartoon Network side of things. Sure, Nickelodeon had great shows like “Doug,” “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Hey Arnold!” and Cartoon Network had excellent cartoons like “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Cow and Chicken” and “Johnny Bravo.” But what made Cartoon Network win the war was its choice of morning programming. While Nick was plodding through Nick Jr. shows that I always felt too old for, Cartoon Network showed Hanna-Barbera classics like “Yogi Bear,” “Top Cat” and “Wacky Races.” The morning was capped off by a must-watch 12 p.m. hour of “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons.” I ended up enjoying “The Flintstones” more than any of the networks’ original programming. But as I grew up, the Hanna-Barbera programming was more and more shuttered off to Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s oldies channel and one that my family did not get. The networks became filled with anime-inspired shows, signaling the end of my childhood and the beginning of my this-isn’t-what-it-was-like-when-I-was-akid days. Cartoon Network’s new series, “The Looney Tunes Show,” has the strange feeling of watching new episodes of a show that got cancelled years ago. All the requisite elements are there: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, et. al. Essentially the series, which debuted on May 3, tries to morph the Looney Tunes format into a traditional half-hour situational comedy. Two shorts break up the main narrative’s action, with one rotating between characters and another always focusing on Road Runner and Coyote. A modern take on Looney Tunes seems like it would not work. After all, the Looney Tunes shorts are timeless, which is why they appeal to audiences even today. The first episode of “The Looney Tunes Show” I caught was “Peel of Fortune,” and in the episode’s opening moments, Daffy is talking about pants to wear to the mall, which

is humor that does not elicit more than a groan. But the episode found its footing fast when it went into the main plot — Daffy needs money like Bugs has. Bugs got all of his money from inventing the carrot peeler, a recurring series joke that is never explained in much depth. Daffy decides to invent something like Bugs and get rich. But all the inventions he attempts — including toilet paper — have already been done. Therefore, his attempted grand revelations of his new “inventions” result in hilarity. The main story almost always focuses on Bugs and Daffy, and who did not always dream of a “Perfect Strangers”-esque sitcom with those two? The two episodes after “Peel of Fortune” have Bugs and Daffy going on double dates, and Bugs and Daffy participating on a bowling team. Daffy’s jealousy and rivalry with Bugs is retained from the classic shorts, but it is played with more subtlety and friendliness to allow plot to get resolved without the use of explosions. To anyone watching, though, it is obvious that the breakout star of the show is Lola Bunny. The character debuted in the 1996 movie “Space Jam,” but her personality is completely different in the show. Played expertly by Kristen Wiig, Lola is obsessed with becoming Bugs’ girlfriend, despite Bugs’ stereotypical male noncommitment. But the key word is obsessed. Lola comes off as crazed, calling Bugs constantly, talking quickly and giving off wide-eyed, insane expressions. Her finest hour is in “Double Date” when she coaches Daffy on how to woo a girl by giving him a piece of paper of everything Lola wishes someone would tell her. The paper is filled with commitments to give up all family and friends and only spend time with the significant other. Just by the act of reading the paper out loud, Lola becomes smitten with Daffy and begins chasing him to Bugs’ understandably perplexed wonderment. One knows an episode of the show is almost over when a CGI short of Road Runner and Coyote airs. Since it’s CGI and the rest of the show is not, the shorts stand out, but that is not a bad thing. Perhaps more so than anything else, the shorts stay true to the classic formula, advice that modern cartoons should take more often. Yes, it is children’s programming, but “The Looney Tunes Show” is also a lot of fun. The show came back from a hiatus on Tuesday. Check it out and step back for 22 minutes into your childhood. — Robby is a graduate student in communications. He can be reached at rodaniel@utk.edu.

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Wiley Robinson Beginner-level college philosophy has kind of ruined the subject for me. I unconditionally loved philosophy as a kid. Who isn’t inspired by a bunch of guys who effortlessly defined the nature of reality — presumably from comfortable chairs? By speculating on the abstract, and then presenting it in a linear way, they were able to give form to the amorphous mystery of human culture and existence itself. And those smug suckers made it look easy. I get why philosophy is still and continues to be relevant and effective. Philosophy, and the disciplined language of logic that governs it, has legitimate authority over determining the abstract. But are ethics and morality any more definable than metaphysics, that most ambiguous yet most distilled essence of philosophy? Metaphysics, which can’t decide on whether what’s around the corner can be objectively or subjectively known or unknown — much less the nature of existence as we perceive or don’t perceive it? I know I’m not being fair — being able to comprehend and verbalize what is or what might be around the corner is why we are top animals, and applied philosophy (hopefully not an oxymoron) is the flexing of this brain muscle to its fullest potential. Individuals enter the philosophical arena, and the winner must be the one who makes the fewest assumptions and most logically defends the few that are asserted. Now, I’ve not yet introduced anything remotely novel or original, but this rudimentary thought process leads back to why I have such concern for the state of philosophy as an academic discipline in general. It isn’t because of philosophy’s superficial inability to absolutely and objectively determine anything — being able to work out and communicate untestable, abstract concepts is a critical skill— but that philosophy roundly castrates itself by not embracing relevant scientific precedent. A lot of beginner-level philosophy is riddled with basic dysfunction, like a de-emphasis on vigilance regarding personal assumption and learning the principles of logic from the beginning. This always seems to result in class discussions that unravel into an uncomfortable contrast between the unenthusiasm of obligatory participation dotted with the unacademic complacency of emotionally

held belief. Again, I’m emphatically not criticizing philosophy — it’s a discipline we depend on to objectively communicate and make sense of the overwhelming social and cultural conflicts. What I’m proposing is: Wellsupported empirical conclusions and theories are the tiebreakers for most cultural and moral conflicts. Unless you roundly reject the study of neuroscience and its conclusions about the brain and human behavior, you’d be hard-pressed to dismiss the social application of studies directly linking the sensations of social rejection and physical pain to practices like solitary confinement in American prisons. Strictly speaking, science’s basic principles rightly limit its power over making generalizations about anything untestable, and culture is no exception. In 2006, Richard Dawkins, one of the first and most effective popularizers of evolutionary biology and genetics, severely crossed this line when he wrote “The God Delusion,” a book asserting that the principles of the scientific method in general somehow negate the sanity of anyone affiliating with a religion — an influential cultural institution. Dawkins reduces the scientific method to an emotional ideology, replacing the very tenets of objectivity he apparently respects with very poor epistemic models and arguments. The lack of criticism from the scientific community against his awful book is very depressing. Why? Specific studies have actual implications for selfinflicted gridlock between science and religion. One would think that Dawkins of all people might have had the faith to actually use the irresistible power of his own field to, I don’t know, “reduce” the universal sensation of feeling external presences associated with ghosts, god, the supernatural and just being in the dark to a biological explanation. Maybe something describing a biological adaptation that helped increase our survivability at the dawn of consciousness by helping us feel ... not so alone? Perhaps identify the part of the brain that undeniably lumps all of these sensations irreverently together? As far as I’m concerned, direct examples from science that can neither confirm nor deny the existence of anything untestable are far more persuasive than the vanity of outright denial. Yet I will never deny the primal satisfaction of a having a one-sided emotional argument. Dawkins is only human. Science leads by example, not by being adamantly argumentative. The existence of culture and religion is not arbitrary, and influential scientists should refrain from being outright pejorative about it, especially when they have the tools to deconstruct it to its very core. — Wiley is a junior in ecology and evolutionary biology. He can be reached at rrobin23@utk.edu.

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For the first time since I started college, glancing at my schedule does not make me wince. No longer am I bound by university rules to muddle my way through four hours of a science lab or to fight in a math class to make numbers add up correctly (in my case, they rarely do). I am finally free to tailor my college course work so that I may revel in my personal paradise of coursework: doing nothing but reading and writing for a whole semester. But even I have to grudgingly admit that without those much-maligned general education classes, my academic perspective would be much narrower. I am not going to waste space here talking about how I feel like a more “well-rounded individual,” because if I learned anything from applying to college, anyone who claims to be one must have lied on at least half of his or her application. What struck me most about my experience in general education classes was perhaps the opposite of what they were designed to do, and yet perhaps the most critical part of the whole process: creating threads of interdisciplinary thought to link diverse subjects and create an academic system that is inextricably tied together. A university’s task is to ensure that its students receive the best education possible, and the American system has taken this to mean that students must receive a “complete” education with a base knowledge of all areas and disciplines. What it fails to realize, in many cases, is that our society is so highly specialized that a base knowledge of chemistry or English literature provides little more than bits of trivia for cocktail parties. It will do me no good in my historical research to know about calculus, and no scientist needs to understand the use of alliteration in Old English poetry in order to cure cancer. The European university system, however, takes the other extreme, completely eliminating the concept of general education courses in favor of beginning highly specialized training in the students’ specific fields from the moment they take their first classes. But while this system does away with the classes that

seem unnecessary to the study of a particular field, it locks its students into their chosen disciplines with little room for exploration. It eliminates the problem that is growing in American colleges, namely that many students waste their college education “finding themselves” and achieving little of note, but the European system fails to address the interconnectivity of all disciplines. An education that puts blinders on its students to force them only to pay attention to the workings of their field will ultimately fail, because nothing in our world is completely self-sufficient. Of course, not every general education course proves beneficial to every student. Never again in my life will I have to differentiate a sedimentary rock from an igneous rock, unless I am incredibly bored on a hike through the Smokies. But I did not emerge from my semester of “Rocks for Jocks” with no applicable information. In fact, the discussions about Darwin and his contribution to geology from his work with fossils gave me an entirely new perspective on how controversial Darwin actually was in his day. Talking about Darwin in the context of a science class reveals aspects of his work that a purely historical study would not; and comparing his work to the work of his predecessors demonstrates how science in the latter half of the 19th century was in a state of flux, when the more conservative scientists who were so focused on orders and hierarchies had to suddenly deal with a concept like evolution that threw all previously conceived notions of biology and genetics out the window. Had I not been required to sit through a Geology 101 lecture every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this understanding of Darwin’s legacy in Victorian-era science would have never occurred to me. Students often either have it in their heads that general education requirements are a way for the university to claim that their students know everything, or firmly believe that it serves as the equivalent of a primitive torture device. But I would encourage all students, both here at UT and across the nation, to consider their general education classes as a way to find the connectivity between all subjects and disciplines. It is an eye-opening experience to realize that your field is related to and often dependent upon another, and that is the real task of a quality educational system. — Sarah is a junior in history. She can be reached at srusse22@utk.edu.


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Burroughs laughs along with joke Who’s Bad keeps Pop King grooving Michael Lindley Staff Writer In early 2004, Conan O’Brien introduced the “Walker, Texas Ranger” lever sketch onto his “Late Night” show. The sketch, which featured a lever that, when pulled, would play an out of context or comically bad segment from the TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger,” became immediately popular with viewers and was featured prominently until its retirement in 2005. Following the sketch’s retirement, the Internet quickly filled in the “Walker Texas Ranger” comedy gap by creating the Chuck Norris Facts meme. The meme, characterized by its extreme hyperboles and satirical machismo (“Chuck Norris can divide by zero”), quickly became viral after its creation in 2005 and eventually led to a couple of bestselling Chuck Norris Facts compilations. The initial success the meme enjoyed was in part due to the popularity of Conan’s lever, but also largely because the meme allowed easy contribution from casual Internet users. Other Internet memes such as Lolcats and Rage Comics require some technical know-how, such as image manipulation, but Chuck Norris Facts only require that one knows how to type. Yet, ease of contribution doesn’t necessarily explain the popularity of Chuck Norris Facts; most memes would suffer from a large contributing user base. Memes such as Rage Comics are limited in concept and would wither away by redundancy with increased input, but the loose structure of Chuck Norris Facts allows for a practically inexhaustible number of jokes. But besides its broad concept and ease of contribution, the meme is versatile as well. Many of the “facts” relate to and are inspired by Norris’ rugged and steely TV persona, but they are just as easily applied to other celebrities, and have been: Indian action-star Rajinikanth currently is the subject of a similar fact meme popular in India. The subject of the fact meme, however, isn’t always limited to macho men. When searching the

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Internet, fact memes appear for people such as Opeth guitarist Mikael Akderfelt or Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, people who hardly resemble Chuck Norris yet have received the similar extreme hyperbolic treatment. In most cases, the names could be interchanged between facts and it wouldn’t make a difference. The chosen subject for the meme doesn’t have to be a tough kung-fu master, just a well respected or prominent public figure that many people can relate to, such as ubiquitous Knoxville lawyer Stephen A. Burroughs. With his bearded portrait featured on over 30 billboards and 12 bus wraps, it is no surprise Burroughs is the subject of a fact meme. Created by UT freshman Ryan Clark, who was inspired by Burroughs’ citywide presence as well as his impressive facial hair, the Stephen A. Burroughs meme page on Facebook has achieved viral status in only two weeks. With 6,000 page “likes” and counting, the meme is steadily gaining more and more contributors. Burroughs has embraced the meme. “I think it’s great,” Burroughs said. “I’ve enjoyed laughing at myself along with everyone else.” Perhaps a fact meme first, he even contributes to the meme by posting facts such as, “My coolness is so extreme, it has to be measured in Kelvin.” Yet, Burroughs’ involvement is not simply stemmed in the hope of increased exposure and more clients. As someone who prides himself on client acquaintance, Burroughs is using the meme to make his personality more known to Knoxvillians and break down some of the pretensions that surround him. “I think people are surprised that I actually do have a sense of humor,” Burroughs said. How long Burroughs will be able to use the meme for his cause is anyone’s guess. Fact memes typically have a short shelf life before mimetic mutation chooses another celebrity. Yet regardless of the meme’s lifespan, Burroughs has been appreciative of Ryan Clark’s efforts. “I’ve had a great time with your Facebook page,” Burroughs said. “(The experience) has been very positive.”

want to hear. Songs like “Man in the Mirror,” “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal” get regular play from Who’s Bad. “You’ve only got so much time to do it, so basically we stick to some of those songs,” he said. “And then there are other songs that we can interchange to keep it fresh for us.” The overall production, however, has evolved more than its setlist. “Our show has changed a lot over the years,” he said. “And we’ve figured out a formula about what’s going to take the audience on a journey, not necessarily chronologically but emotionally,” he said. The show includes live singing, a live band, choreography and costume changes, he said. “It’s non-stop live energy from minute one to minute 100,” he said. While everyone in the band dons Jackson regalia — clothing from Jackson’s famous music videos — two men play Jackson himself. When one Jackson sings on stage, the other Jackson is backstage, preparing to go on or frantically changing costumes. Though Tadepalli identifies the band as the main source of income for much of the members, Who’s Bad is far from the only thing Tadepalli does. He also works on compositions for orchestras, works on electronic music, gives private music lessons for saxophone, teaches high school marching bands, works with drum corps, does some composing and even plays the occasional jazz gig. “I think the beauty of what Who’s Bad allows us to do is we go out on the weekends, perform, make some money and fuel our other musical projects,” he said. From its genesis in Chapel Hill, the band branched out to Athens, Ga., Knoxville, Nashville and Tuscaloosa, Ala. He still remembers playing Blue Cats and various fraternity parties in Knoxville years ago. “Then the word spread,” he said. Today Tadepalli feels he appreciates Jackson’s music better than when it came out. “When you think of Michael Jackson, you think more of the music videos and dancing and whatnot, the visual aspect,” he said. “A lot of people don’t realize that ... the music grooves, and that’s what makes you move. So without that behind you, you don’t have anything.” Even with the success, the band continues now out of a responsibility to keep Jackson’s music playing. “Especially after his passing, we took it upon ourselves to be the ultimate tribute,” Tadepalli said. “We were there before he passed, and now we’re still here to keep his music alive.”

Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Editor Note: Article was meant for publication yesterday, Aug. 25, 2011. The Daily Beacon apologizes for any inconvenience. When Vamsi Tadepalli graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2003, he did not set out to create a Michael Jackson tribute band that would play “Beat It” from Chapel Hill to China. He was just trying to get a gig. The saxophonist thought forming a band, composed of him and his friends from music school, was the best solution. But when Tadepalli, 30, started putting together songs he thought might be fun to play live, the King of Pop kept coming up. Why don’t we do all Michael, he thought. No one else is doing it. There are plenty of impersonators, who dress like him and dance around, but it isn’t like a band playing music live. He remembered hearing “Billie Jean” or “The Way You Make Me Feel” play in bars and watching as patrons started tapping their feet to it. “If we can re-create that sound in a live setting, it gets people moving,” Tadepalli said. The band played its first show, which sold out on a Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, on January 2004. From that, Tadepalli described it as a snowball. The band only played six shows its first six months, but then an agent heard about the cover band, named Who’s Bad after lyrics from Jackson’s 1987 hit. The band played 82 more shows to round out its first year. And the tour has only gotten more hectic since Jackson’s untimely passing. “(It’s) obviously tragic that Michael passed,” Tadepalli said. “But after he passed, we were pretty much the only group that had been consistently paying tribute to him over the years, so we were the go-to band to get the call.” After Jackson’s death, the band played practically nonstop for a year and a half, going everywhere from Canada to Germany to Romania to Singapore. The band has a week in South America this October, Tadepalli said. The band’s creator marvels at how even non-English speaking countries give Who’s Bad an enthusiastic reception. “China, for example — huge language barrier — they would come to the shows and know all the words to the songs, even though they don’t speak English,” he said. As for the shows themselves, Tadepalli makes it plain — the band focuses on the hits because that’s what fans

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UT soccer aims for postseason success “I wouldn’t want to be preparing to play against her. “Along with her teammates, there’s not a preLady Vols soccer coach Angela Kelly is not dictable attack. And I think that’s what’s going to bashful when talking about her team’s goals, even allow us to be exciting to watch this year.” Hatcher recently became just the second Lady if the team has fallen short in the past two seaVol in program history to be named a top-30 presons. “The expectations are very high at Tennessee, season finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS as they should be,” Kelly said. “(Interim Athletic Award, given yearly to a student-athlete who perDirector) Joan Cronan has given us everything forms well on and off the field. “I just want to win,” Hatcher said. “If I can we could possibly ask for …” Those “expectations” are to achieve the triple contribute to the win by X amount of goals or X crown — win the SEC regular season and tour- amount of assists, that’s great. But at the end of nament, and earn a spot in the NCAA the day, I want to win the triple crown and get back to the NCAA Tournament.” Tournament for the first time since 2008. Sophomore midfielder/forward Caroline With 10 Brown has already upperclassmen, emerged as a vital conthe Lady Vols tributor, scoring three return key playgoals in two games, ers all over the matching her season field, including total from last year. She 10 of their 12 was named SEC goal scorers from Offensive Player of the last season. Week and a After finishing CollegeSoccer360.com last season with Primetime Performer of a 10-9-1 record the Week. (7-3-1 SEC) and The team welcomes a first-round exit 11 freshmen, including in the SEC goalkeeper Julie Eckel, Tournament for who will replace Molly a second consecBaird, a two-season utive year, starter for the Lady Vols Tennessee was before she graduated. picked to finish Eckel currently holds fourth in the one shutout and allowed SEC East in the one goal in two games. league coaches’ “It went really well,” preseason poll, Eckel said. “I was nervbut that isn’t ous about playing and deterring the stuff, but the team and team’s confistaff and everyone was dence. really supportive.” “This is Eckel may have been absolutely the nervous about starting year (to get back Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon as a freshman, but Kelly to the NCAAs),” senior midfield- Chelsea Hatcher, senior midfielder/forward, has not been nervous e r / f o r w a r d prepares to kick the ball against Richmond about placing her in the Chelsea Hatcher last August. Hatcher is the second Lady Vol goal so far. “I’ve always said, ‘If a said. “We’re to be named as a top-30 preseason finalist freshman comes in and coming for it.” for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. she’s one of the best 11, The team already has two road wins against Big 12 oppo- she’s going to play,’” Kelly said. “I think Julie nents Kansas and Oklahoma from last weekend, Eckel is not only demonstrating that in training, and hosts the First Tennessee Classic Friday but she’s demonstrating that in each of the three through Sunday where it will play against No. 15 games so far.” Despite lofty goals, Kelly still intends to keep UCLA and No. 18 Texas A&M. Hatcher is the most notable returner for the squad grounded and focused. “Last weekend’s passed,” she said. “We took Tennessee. The Cincinnati, Ohio native led the team with eight goals while also adding four the experiences and we’re moving forward. We’re assists as a First Team All-SEC selection in 2010. not concerned about tomorrow. We’re just concerned about doing everything today to make us She started in all 20 matches. “She’s a force to be reckoned with,” Kelly said. better.

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Volleyball team set to serve up season Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer Over the course of a season, no matter what the sport may be, most teams will have to fight and attempt to overcome adversity. As for the Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team, this is something they are already facing and will have to try to endure throughout the 2011 season. When 14th-year coach Rob Patrick and his No. 24 Lady Vols tip off the regular season at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday in the Comcast Lady Vol Classic against Villanova, they will be without preseason All-SEC outside hitter Kayla Jeter. During practice last Friday, Jeter tore her anterior cruciate ligament, which will sideline her for the rest of the season. She was one of two returning seniors this season and played a key role in UT’s 257 record season a year ago, in which she finished first on the team in kills (340) and second in solo blocks (19). “We’re going to need a total team effort to replace Kayla, as well as last year’s seniors Nikki Fowler and Leah Hinkey,” Patrick said. “So far it seems the girls are handling it as well as can be expected, and now it’s just a matter of going out on the court and playing.” Although the familiar contributions of Jeter will be missed this season, the team’s goals have not changed. “Our first goal always as a team is to win an SEC Championship,” Patrick said. “We have also been focusing on getting better as a team every day and developing a strong mental toughness. As far as our long-range goal, we want to make a long run into the NCAA Tournament.” After putting together solid performances last season, junior middle blocker DeeDee Harrison and sophomore outside hitter/libero Kelsey Robinson are expected to perform at an even higher level this year and need to be two of the leaders on a very young team. “DeeDee and Kelsey have really impressed me in how they have stepped up as the leaders of this team,” Patrick said. “They are two players to keep an eye on this season.”

Harrison finished third on the team last year in kills with 240 and also made a big impact on the defensive side of the ball, finishing second on the team in solo blocks with 16. Robinson, on the other hand, had an immediate impact as a freshman, leading the team in digs with 367 and aces with 21. Not to mention, she was named to the AllSEC Freshman Team. “During the off-season, we’ve really been focusing on becoming more consistent in all areas of the game,” Harrison said. “For example, we need to work on the little things like passing just as much as we do on serving and hitting. We can’t have a good offense if we don’t pass the ball with precision. We have big shoes to fill this year, but I know we can do it. We believe we can compete with anyone in the country.” Top recruit in UT History Highlighting a talented incoming freshman class this year for the Lady Vols is 6-foot-3 outside hitter/middle blocker Tiffany Baker. The UnderArmour First Team High School All-American and No. 4 prospect in the country is expected to make an immediate impact, as Robinson did a season ago. “We are very excited about our highly rated incoming freshman class and expect a lot of them to take on major roles right away,” Patrick said. “Tiffany is a very phenomenal athlete and she will be a very good sixth rotation player, I think.” In her senior season playing for Class 5A state champion Hebron High School, Baker registered 544 kills, 224 blocks and 253 digs in 51 games. Schedule The Comcast Lady Vol Classic will tip off this Friday night, but UT will wait to hit the court until Saturday, as it will play host to Villanova at 10 a.m. and Maryland at 7 p.m. inside Thompson-Boling Arena. “We need to go into this tournament with full focus and not think about anything else,” Patrick said about his team, which will have three straight weekend tournaments to open up the season. “The teams we are playing are very good and are coached very well. We are in for a challenge.”

Friday, August 26, 2011

Week makes Tennessee stronger direction is by some very difficult things happening to your life. “Was it difficult? Yes, but my responsibility is to this organization and my responsibility is to our young people and I think the decision we made was in the best interest of both.” Pearl was given a dream job by UT, and in his six years led the Vols to unprecedented success. Jackson was also given an opporSports Editor tunity thousands of high school football players dream about: playing with a Power T on their helmet. When I interviewed Tennessee Interim Athletic Director Joan But on Wednesday, if they hadn’t already, they were woken up Cronan earlier this summer, she quoted part of her favorite Bible from their dream because the university needed to move on withverse, Luke 12:48: out them. “To whom much is given, much is expected.” “If you’re going to do something, you’ve got to think about this Wednesday night, UT football coach Derek Dooley echoed a organization’s reputation and every day you represent something similar statement regarding the dismissal of All-SEC safety Janzen big,” senior tailback Tauren Poole said Wednesday. “It’s bigger Jackson. than us. It’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than Coach (Dooley), and “This is serious business, he said this program is this (football) program, and I going to be here a long tell the players that every day. time after us.” It’s not a game, it’s serious And if the football probusiness,” Dooley said. “It gram is bigger than impacts a lot of people’s lives, Dooley, the men’s basketand you’ve got a responsibiliball program is bigger ty, and I told them, if you than Pearl. don’t want to uphold that The influence star playresponsibility, I’m O.K. ers like Jackson and head Doesn’t mean I don’t like you, coaches like Dooley and but I’m going to help you go Pearl have is far-reaching. somewhere else. And go Just look at the oversomewhere where it’s not as flowing support Lady big of a responsibility. Vols basketball coach Pat “They chose to come here Summitt has received and when you choose to since announcing publicly come here, you’re choosing a on Tuesday she has early level of responsibility that we onset dementia, a type of expect you to uphold. And if Alzheimer’s. you don’t, there are conseSummitt’s health will quences.” impact her ability to Jackson’s off-the-field coach at the level she has issues finally caught up to for the past 37 seasons. him. Just 11 days before UT Already with the most kicks off the 2011 season. File Photo • The Daily Beacon career victories of any Former UT men’s basketFormer UT men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and current NCAA basketball coach, ball coach Bruce Pearl also Lady Vol’s coach Pat Summitt talk to the crowd at the Vol for men’s or women’s, each learned the consequences on Life event on Feb. 16, 2010. Summitt announced on Tuesday her win from here on out, Wednesday for lying to the battle with early onset dementia, and on Wednesday Pearl beginning with number NCAA. Pearl is essentially 1,072, will have a more received a three-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA. banned from coaching at any special meaning. NCAA school for three years And on a much, much after receiving a show-cause penalty. smaller scale, each victory Dooley earns without Jackson roaming On the court, UT is worse now that Pearl and his orange blaz- the secondary, and each win Cuonzo Martin notches as men’s baser are gone. Likewise on the gridiron. Jackson, the team’s most tal- ketball coach, will be a positive step for UT going forward. ented player, further depletes a roster that didn’t need depleting. “A bright future is on the horizon for Tennessee athletics,” But as was the case when former UT men’s athletic director Cronan said in her statement regarding Summitt’s illness. Mike Hamilton and others involved let Pearl go, Dooley’s decision While that may not be a “given,” UT fans should “expect” that, to dismiss Jackson makes the football program, and the university if this week is any indication. as a whole, better, despite the potential changes in the wins and losses. — Matt is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be “Disappointment’s a part of life,” Dooley said, “and sometimes, reached at mdixon3@utk.edu. He can be followed on Twitter at the only real way to figure out how to get our life going in the right @MattDixon3.

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