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It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2007 

Full coverage 

■ Sports, Page 8 


Hints for planning a 
wedding, without the 
requisite nightmares. 

■ A&E, Page 5 


Volume 79 
Issue 25 


As the semester winds down, 
university officials offer advice 
on getting organized in order to 
alleviate stress. 

■ News, Page 3 


SGA candidates face off on fee, communication 

Student involvement stressed by both parties’ leaders 

Will York 

A proposed fee increase 
to benefit athletics contin- 
ued to be the dominant 
theme of this year's Student 
Government Association 
election Wednesday, as 
both parties squared off 
over issues ranging from 
the athletics fee to campus 

Erin Chambers, presi- 
dential candidate repre- 
senting the Student Voice 
Party, said students should 
inform them- 
selves about the 
reasons the UTM 
Department of 
Athletics is seek- 
ing a $50-per-stu- 
dent, per-semester 
fee increase, but 
stopped short of 
expressing her 
position on the fee. 

"We support the ath- 
letes," Chambers said, "but 
we support all students. We 
want to see what the (refer- 
endum) vote is. Whoever 
comes out with the votes, 
that's what we'll support." 

Chambers and other 
Student Voice members, 
including secretary general 
candidate Amelia Kosta, 
said they are not running 
a campaign driven by the 
athletics fee, and that they 
will support the outcome of 
the referendum on the fee. 

Students will 
vote in the refer- 
endum as well as 
elect a new SGA 
from 10:30 a.m. to 
6 p.m., Wednesday 
and Thursday 
in the UC Game 
Room and the 
Gooch Hall lobby. 
On the other 

hand, Becky Dykes, presi- 
dential candidate for the 
YOUTM Party, stands in 
strong support of the ath- 
letics fee increase. 

"I don't know how you 
can say you support the 
athletes without support- 
ing the fee," Dykes said. 
"Athletics is the best way 
to get our name out there. 
It's our publicity. We have 
to do what we can to make 
them competitive. I'm not 
supporting it to gain sup- 
port. I'm doing it because 
it's how I stand. 

"I'm not a ride- 
the-fence kind of 

Dykes seeks elec- 
tion under the 
YOUTM Party 
banner, along with 
vice presidential 
candidate Grayson 
Uldrich and secre- 

tary general candidate Kyle 

Dykes said she conferred 
with Alumni Relations 
Director Charles Deal 
before the debate, and 
Dykes added she sup- 
ports the fee increase in 
part because it would help 
encourage alumni giving. 

"Athletes do a great job 
publicizing the university. 
It makes our degree stron- 
ger," Dykes said. 

But Chambers and Student 
Voice said their focus is on 
reforming SGA 
to become a bet- 
ter conduit for 
student opinion, 
expression and 

"We have to 
represent every- 
body," Chambers 
said. "We don't 
just represent the 

people who are 21 or 22 
or in SGA. We represent 
the mother who commutes 

She continued saying 
SGA should do more to 
build on earlier progress 
in furthering diversity and 
reach out to students who 
may feel disenfranchised 
by SGA. 

"The challenge is getting 
people to see SGA as stu- 
dents," Chambers added. 
"We want to give SGA back 
to the students, and the 
only way we can do that is 
to not just sit in our meet- 
ings and do what we've 
always done." 

Chambers' party advo- 
cates forming a student 
advisory panel for the UT 
system president, which she 
argues would help improve 
communication between 
system leaders and UTM. 



"We support the athletes, but 
we support all students too. 

Erin Chambers 

"I don't know how you can say 
you support the athletes with- 
out supporting the fee.' 

Becky Dykes 

— See ‘SGA’ on Page 8 


10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 
April 11-12 
Check out for 
ongoing election updates. 


If you go: 

pounds were 
during this 
year’s Greek 

April 16 
11 a.m.-l p.m. 


“Showcase of Sustainability” 

April 16 
7-9 p.m. 

Humanities auditorium 
“An Inconvenient Truth” 

April 17 

3- 7 p.m. 

Pacer Pond 

Kite competition 

April 18 

4- 6 p.m. 

Watkins Auditorium 
Recycling presentation 

Earth Weel 

Allie T. Thomas 

"How can you do your part?" will be 
answered in next week's campus celebration 
of the Second Annual Earth Week in featuring 
A1 Gore's Oscar-winning documentary and 
marks the debut of a kite-flying competition 
among other events slated for this year's Earth 
Day festivities, which will take place April 16- 

Kicking-off the week next Monday will be 
the showcasing of current environment efforts 
at UTM via displays and demonstrations in 
the UC during lunch. Demonstrations include 
the "green poetry" of Dr. David Carithers, an 
examination of biofuels by Tim Burcham, as 
well as displays from Tom Blanchard, Paula 
Gale and S. K. Airee who is demonstrat- 
ing "green chemistry." That evening from 7-9 
pm A1 Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" over 
global warming will be shown in Humanities's 
Norman Campbell Lecture Hall. 

Style, materials, flight time and design will 
then decide the winner of the kite-flying com- 
petition, on April 17 from 3-7 pm at Pacer Pond, 
rain or shine. 

From 4-6 pm on April 18, Dennis Kosta, 
who heads our campus recycling program, 
will further examine environmental issues 
and debunk "myths" about how hard recy- 

cling is on campus in his presentation in 
Watkins Auditorium to conclude the week's 
events, said UTM American Democracy Project 
Coordinator, Dr. Mike McCullough. 

Perhaps the most controversial event next 
week will be the showing of A1 Gore's "An 
Inconvenient Truth." The film is often dis- 
missed by extremists who classify the film as 
a form of liberal propaganda. Environmental 
issues often prove a hot political topic with 
those who see pollution as a problem and those 
who see it as a myth. 

"We hope to have people who take the skep- 
tic view," said McCullough, concerning the 
showing of "An Inconvenient Truth." 

"I really admire people who go and partici- 
pate in things they disagree with and learn," 
said McCullough. 

Instrumental in planning this year's suc- 
cessful Fraternity and Sorority Recycling 
Competition is Josh Isbell who will introduce 
Kosta next Wednesday. Organizing UTM's 
Earth Week this year are Sarah Holliday, Eric 
Pelren, Paula Gale and Heidi Huse. 

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and the 
week's events are sponsored by the American 
Democracy Project, UTM Department of 
Agriculture and Natural Sciences, the French 
Club and the student recycling group. Second 

dies from 
brain tumor 

Tomi Parrish 

The messages are pour- 
ing into Facebook 

They all are phrased dif- 
ferently, but the theme is 
loud and clear: Wes Brasher 
will be deeply missed. 

Brasher, 25, a UTM 
Editorial major and English 
minor, died Tuesday, April 
3, at Duke University 
Medical Center in Durham, 
N.C. He had spent the past 
two years battling an inop- 
erable brain tumor. 

"We are deeply saddened 
by the tragic loss of Wes 
Brasher. We admired his 
courage and strength to 
pursue his degree while 
he was so desperately ill. 
We will remember his 
ready smile, his spirit and 
his courage. Our prayers 
are with his family at this 
difficult time," said Dr. 
Robert Nanney, chair of 

Services for Brasher, a 
native of Decaturville, were 
held Saturday, April 7, at 
Trinity Assembly of God 
in Decaturville. Burial fol- 
lowed in Trinity Cemetery. 

According to an obitu- 
ary in the The Jackson Sun 
Online, Brasher was born 
March 16, 1982, to Jana 
Hays Brasher and the late 
Chris Brasher. He was a 
2000 graduate of Riverside 
High School, a member of 
the Kappa Alpha Order 
and a member of Trinity 
Assembly of God. 

In addition to his father, 
he was preceded in death 
by his maternal grandfa- 
ther, Robert Hays. 

Survivors include his 
mother, Jana Hays Brasher 
of Decaturville; one broth- 
er, John Brasher and his 
wife, Amy, of Parsons; 
one sister, Nakota Wood 
of Decaturville; paternal 
grandparents, Eugene and 
Dora Brasher of Perryville; 
maternal grandparents, 
Irma and Mike Riley of 
Decaturville; maternal 
great-grandmother, Thelma 
Hays of Decaturville; 
and one nephew, Ethan 

Chancellor search narrowed to four, forum schedules announced 

Sara M. McIntosh 

After 63 interested indi- 
viduals applied for the 
soon to be vacant chancel- 
lor position, the candidates 
have been narrowed down 
to four. 

With each candidate 
assigned a two-day itiner- 
ary of events, members of 
the campus community as 
well as the city have an 
opportunity to meet the 
applicants and develop an 
idea of what this individ- 
ual can offer for everyone 

The most important 
aspects on their itineraries 

involve meet and greet ses- 
sions with students. For all 
candidates, an open forum 
is scheduled for the first 
day at 3 p.m. in Watkins 
Auditorium. The purpose 
of this forum is to allow 
students, faculty and staff 
to ask questions of the 
candidate as well as voice 
concerns or opinions they 
may have for the applicant 
in regards to job improve- 

On the same day as 
the open forum, students 
will have the opportunity 
to meet the candidate in 
a more relaxed, less for- 
mal setting at 7:30 p.m. in 
UC 206. This meeting and 

greet between students and 
applicants provides one 
last opportunity for many 
people to interact with the 
individual. Before leav- 
ing on the last day, each 
applicant will have an exit 
interview with the search 

Now that we all know 
what these people are going 
to be doing, the question 
that remains is who are the 
four applicants? 

Starting yesterday. Dr. 
Thomas Rakes, Provost 
and Vice Chancellor for 
Academic Affairs at UTM, 
began his official tours 
and meet and greet ses- 
sions with various people 

from the campus. Rakes 
is currently a professor of 
educational studies on this 
campus as well as holding 
his other offices. 

Beginning his events 
today. Dr. John Schween, 
Vice President for Academic 

Emporia State University 
of Emporia Kansas, will 
meet with various people 
and students on this cam- 
pus. Schween also served 
as the Interim President 
for Emporia from May till 
October of 2006. 

On Wednesday, Dr. 
Kaylene Gerbert, Executive 
Vice President and Provost 
from MTSU, will follow 

her itinerary in the same 
fashion as the other candi- 
dates. Gerbert also served 
as the Vice President for 
Academic Affairs and 
Provost at the University of 
North Alabama from 1999 
till 2003. 

Finally, Dr. Roosevelt 
Newson, Vice President 
for Academic Affairs and 
Provost for the University of 
North Alabama, will begin 
his schedule on Monday, 
April 16. Prior to his current 
position, Newson served as 
Dean in the College of Fine 
Arts from 1999-2004. 

After these candidates 
successfully complete this 
step, the announcement 

of the chancellor appoint 
will be made by the UT 
President by May 1, accord- 
ing to the advisory search 
committee projected cal- 
endar. Once this task has 
been completed, the calen- 
dar says that the chancellor 
will begin his first day on 
the job effective July 1. 

For more information on 
each candidate, in addition 
to upcoming student forum 
dates, interested persons 
should check out the fol- 
lowing website that has all 
the information regarding 
the chancellor search at 


Tomorrow, rain with a high of 
64 and low of 42. Thursday, 
expect sun with warmer tem- 
peratures, with a low of 51. 


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Dedication needed with SGA 

With SGA elections 
quickly approaching, 
many students are begin- 
ning to think about who it 
is they would like to vote 

Some of the questions 
they might be asking are 
these: What 
are the plat- 
forms of the 
different par- 
ties? What are 
the promises 
they are mak- 
ing? What do 
they hope to 
achieve dur- 
ing their year 
in office? 

Perhaps a 
more impor- 
tant ques- 
tion students 
should be 
asking is 
this: How dedicated are 
the candidates? 

We accuse SGA, just like 
we have of all govern- 
ments, of having their own 
interests at heart, rather 
than that of the student 
body. We say that they 
are throwing our money 
away on useless things. 

Maybe they do. Maybe 
they had all of the best 
intentions when they actu- 
ally did it, never know- 
ing it would backfire. We 

say that they didn't learn 
from their mistakes the 
first day, and that's what 
makes them a bad govern- 

But what if there were 
more people in SGA who 
were passionate about 
what they 
do. People 
who don't 
just see SGA 
as a job or 
as a status 
symbol, but 
as a way to 
make a posi- 
tive impact 
at this uni- 

There are 
people in 
SGA, just 
like in any 
ment, who 
already feel this way. They 
want to be the voice of the 
students and do what is 
right for the campus as a 
whole. It just seems like 
they've been pushed to 
the back, where no one 
can hear them. 

We hope that this will 
change with the upcom- 
ing SGA election. We're 
looking forward to see- 
ing a student government 
who is just that, a govern- 
ment for the students. 

UTM needs 

that are 
making a 

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Letters to the Editor 

Letter HED 

When we came across 
the advertisement "They 
conquered all but death" 
on last week's paper, we 
were appalled to see the 
image of The Supreme 
Ruler Nebkheperure 
Tutankhamun tainted by 
desecrating insinuations. 

Since establishing our- 
selves in Northwestern 
Tennessee two years ago, 
the now official 131 local 
members of the secret fel- 
lowship "Wings of Amun- 
Ra" have kept a very low 
profile, not intending to 
disrespect the majority 
Christian community in 
the region. Nonetheless, 
this same community that 
we respect does not seem 

to be concerned with the 
feelings of those from other 
religions, doing exactly 
the contrary of what Jesus 
preached. After all, Jesus 
was tolerant and embraced 
people from all walks of life. 
The members of our soci- 
ety worship Tutankhamen 
- the Boy King - and we, 
his followers, believe that 
through us he HAS con- 
quered death. 

Throughout history. His 
immortality has been prov- 
en once and again. Most 
recently, this was demon- 
strated in the overwhelm- 
ing worship he received 
during the display of His 
sarcophagus in Chicago. 
The portraying of Him in 
The Pacer was, to say the 

least, offensive and conde- 
scending. Tutankhamen 
died young, betrayed by 
the ones around Him, but 
His tomb was found intact 
in the Valley of Kings, a 
concrete proof of His mag- 
nificent powers. His influ- 
ence has lasted over 3000 

We, the ones belonging 
to the "Wings of Amun- 
Ra," are a peaceful group 
of over 40 thousand mem- 
bers worldwide, founded 
in London in 1930. We do 
not try to convince others 
of the greatness of the Boy 
King: His powerful image 
speaks for itself. We do 
not spend any money on 
advertising as all the dona- 
tions we receive go to "the 

obelisk fund" as we like to 
call it. We hope to build 
an obelisk in Northwest 
Tennessee, at an undis- 
closed location, around 
which we can gather and 
pray to the Boy King that 
he may spread His wings 
over us. His supremacy 
over all other deities is 
unquestionable and we 
believe that, like Him, we 
will conquer Death. We 
hope that this letter is pub- 
lished as a testimony of The 
Pacer being a newspaper 
that embraces all religions 
and every student's point 
of view. May the Eye of 
Horus shine upon you all. 

Hasina Mett 


Atrocities against Native Americans still exist 

Last week, I began this 
mini-series on Native 
Americans. I failed to men- 
tion that when we think of 
Native Americans, we tend 
to be rather Eurocentric in 
our thinking. 

Over the weekend, I 
spoke to a woman about 
Native Americans and the 
struggles that many of them 
still face in this country. 

She stressed to me that 
Native Americans are still 
seen in many parts of this 
country as savages or exot- 

She recounted an experi- 
ence wherein she entered a 
home in "full regalia" and 
noticed a Bible on the cof- 
fee table. 

When asked if she 
believed in the Bible and its 
teachings, she responded 
that she had been raised 
Roman Catholic but didn't 
subscribe to the fundamen- 
talist teachings of the Bible. 

She said that the preva- 
lent notion then was that 
she was uneducated and 
"savage" because her beliefs 
did not match those of her 

This is the case for many 
Native Americans in this 
country. Prejudice and 
ignorance still greet many 
Native Americans when 
and if they venture out into 





the society that surrounds 
them. Because of their heri- 
tage, they are denied civil- 
ity, respect and dignity of 
person that are afforded 
most every other person in 
this country. 

When I conducted a 
phone interview with this 
woman, she introduced me 
to the reality that Native 
Americans exist on reser- 
vations that are considered 
sovereign nations. 

To supply you with a 
Web definition, a sovereign 
nation has "the exclusive 
right to exercise supreme 
authority over a geograph- 
ic region, group of people, 
or oneself" but some type 
of government agency 
regulates most sovereign 

Their sovereignty works 
for them in terms of being 
able to practice their own 
customs, language and reli- 
gion but turns them into 
prisoners of their own land 
if they need anything pro- 
vided outside their reserva- 

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To leave their reservations, 
some Native Americans 
must file paperwork that 
tells where they're going, 
when they will return, and 
what their business is for 

Many times, this same 
paperwork is required 
when driving eleven miles 
off the reservation to pur- 
chase a gallon of milk or 
other staples that many of 
us take for granted. 

Because Hollywood has 
glamorized the Native 
American and because our 
media chooses the best pos- 
sible vantage point for its 
coverage, many stereotypes 
still exist and are perpetu- 
ated more all the time. 

Val Kilmer portrayed 
Ray Levoi, a police offi- 
cer with Sioux back- 
ground, in a movie called 

This movie dealt with 
conditions on reserva- 
tions, what many Native 
Americans face on a day to 
day basis when they leave 
these reservations and 
some governmental stances 
regarding reservations. 

Through the course of the 
movie, he embraces his her- 
itage and seeks to not only 
help others do the same but 
make it easier for those on 
the reservations to do the 


On this campus, we have 
professors, staff and stu- 
dents that are proud of their 
Native American heritage. 

As my phone interviewee 
stated, "it only takes one 
drop (of Native American 
blood)" to claim that heri- 

Delve into your family 
histories and see if perhaps 
a great grandfather might 
have had some Native 
American blood in them. 

I have found that once 
something can be directly 
related to, it's much more 
difficult to ignore the ugli- 
ness that surrounds it. 

There are still atrocities 
being committed against 
the Native Americans in 
this country. 

They are forbidden to 
speak their native languag- 
es outside their reserva- 
tions, conditions on those 
reservations rival that of 
third-world countries, and 
even medical testing on 
Native American infants 
and children still goes on. 

As always, the purpose 
here is to educate. I have 
not witnessed these atroci- 
ties but I have researched 
them quite thoroughly. I 
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Campus News 

Page 3 

Athletics fee vote to occur during SGA elections 

The following is a mes- 
sage from the SGA Election 

During the SGA elec- 
tions, students will have 
the opportunity to vote for 
or against increasing the 
athletic fee from $104 per 
semester to $154 per semes- 

Elections will take place 
from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Wednesday and Thursday, 
April 11-12, in the UC 

Game Room and Gooch 
Hall Lobby Students must 
have their student ID pres- 
ent to participate in the vot- 
ing process. 

The athletics fee referen- 
dum item will appear on 
the ballot as follows: 

The expenditure budget 
for UTM intercollegiate ath- 
letics is among the lowest in 
the Ohio Valley Conference 
and $1.5 million less than all 
other Tennessee universities 

with similar sports invento- 
ries. Under current policies 
of the Tennessee Higher 
Education Commission, 
state appropriations and 
general tuition alloca- 
tions will not be allocated 
to help close this gap. A 
$50 increase in the athletic 
activity fee each semester 
would generate more equi- 
table funding for operating 
budgets, team travel and 
recruiting. Currently, cer- 

tain sports and the Sports 
Information Office have no 
full-time assistant coaches 
or staff members. A $50 
increase would fund assis- 
tant coaches in selected 
sports, an assistant sports 
information director, a new 
marketing coordinator, 
and a new intern coordi- 
nator that would help cre- 
ate undergraduate intern- 
ships for all academic 
disciplines. Finally, a $50 

increase would fund facility 
improvements for baseball, 
softball and soccer (specifi- 
cally in the areas of seat- 
ing, lighting, locker rooms 
and restroom facilities). A 
$50 increase would gener- 
ate approximately $582,000 
that would help address the 
funding inequity between 
UTM and other Ohio Valley 
Conference members. 

Do you support increas- 
ing the athletic activity fee 

from $104 per semester to 
$154 per semester for full- 
time students and a pro- 
rated amount for part-time 
students to ensure that 
UTM intercollegiate athlet- 
ic teams have a fair oppor- 
tunity to compete and offer 
more positive publicity for 
the university? 

"Vote YES or NO." 

Need funds? Find scholarships 

Students who haven't yet applied y - 

for loans f grants should get busy y UVXCl/ 

Danika Parris 

Staff Writer 

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State/ grcvrxty 

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Don’t let stress 
make you a mess 
just before tests 

Mindy Underwood 

Staff Writer 

As the school year clos- 
es, another one is quickly 
approaching, which means 
scholarship and grant 
applications are due. 

If you haven't started 
already, you are extreme- 
ly behind on applying for 
scholarships. However, it is 
not too late. Scholarships 
are available to almost 
everyone; you just have to 
know what to do and how 
to find them. 

When you begin your 
search, you should definite- 
ly start with scholarships 
that may be available in 
your community or at your 
prospective educational 
institutions. Sometimes you 
may have a better chance of 
receiving them from these 
sources. But do not limit 
yourself to search engines 
that may lead you to schol- 
arships online. 

As you search for schol- 
arships, there are certain 
questions you should ask 
that will help you deter- 
mine whether there is a 
good match between each 
scholarship program and 
your circumstances and 
educational goals. First 
you should ask yourself is 
the scholarship one-time 
only or can it be renewed 
beyond the initial award. 
This is important because 
you don't want to be stuck 
trying to find different 
scholarships every year 
when you can choose one 
that is renewable. Finding 
scholarships can be a has- 
sle and you don't want to 
divert attention from your 
schoolwork to find these 
when they can already be 
in place. 

You should also ask if the 
scholarship is based only 
on merit. Some scholar- 
ships require a financial 
need or both of these things 
may be required. When 
you find this information 
out, you should definitely 
have your answer clarified 
because each scholarship 
program has its own defi- 

nition. You need to know 
how they define financial 
needs and merit. If you are 
not able to obtain informa- 
tion about the need criteria 
and you can't afford to pay 
for your education without 
financial assistance, check 
all of the other eligibility 
criteria. If there is a good 
match overall, submit an 
application and your need 
will be assessed in the 
scholarship review process. 
Some scholarships require 
a minimum grade point 
average of 3.0 to 3.5 (B to 
B+) and/or above-average 
college entrance test scores, 
leadership, and other cri- 
teria that are highly com- 
petitive, while other schol- 
arships have more flexible 
criteria and use a more 
holistic approach to select 

When checking and 
applying for scholar- 
ships, you need to know 
if full-time enrollment is 
required and other eligi- 
bility requirements. Some 
of these requirements may 
include the scholarship 
being targeted to a specific 
institution, specific field of 
study or major, residents of 
a specific geographic area, 
first bachelor's degree, or 
masters or doctoral level 
programs. They may also 
include letters of recom- 
mendations, interviews 
and essays. 

One of the most impor- 
tant things that you should 
remember when searching 
for scholarships is dead- 
lines. It is extremely imper- 
ative that you keep an orga- 
nizer to remind yourself 
when certain things are due. 
The last thing you want to 
do is miss the deadline for 
a scholarship application, 
application to your school 
and FAFSA applications. 

FAFSA stands for Free 
Application for Federal 
Student Aid. This form 
is used to determine the 
amount of money a fam- 
ily is expected to contribute 
to the price of attending a 
post-secondary institution. 
The results of the FAFSA 

are used in determining 
student grants, work study, 
and loan amounts. The 
FAFSA application is criti- 
cal because it is used for 
federal Pell grants as well 
as Minnesota State Grants 
and other financial aid 
offered by colleges and uni- 
versities. You must apply 
separately for many schol- 
arships. For more infor- 

mation on FAFSA you can 
visit the FAFSA Web site at 

These tips should assist 
you in finding scholarships 
to help reduce your finan- 
cial burden. If you haven't 
started yet, get started 
immediately so you can 
get the scholarship or grant 
money you need. 

Finals are right around 
the corner and now is the 
time when students start 
feeling the pressure. 

Along with the extra 
amount of stress from 
classes during these last 
few weeks of the semester, 
figuring out summer plans, 
living arrangements for the 
next semester and financial 
responsibilities carry their 
own anxiety. 

Seniors are especially 
prone to "freak-out" mode 
as they send out resumes 
along with accomplishing 
endless other tasks that 
come with finishing their 
academic education; unless 
that is, they are applying 
for graduate school, in 
which case a whole new set 
of tasks arise. During this 
time of chaos, stress tends 
to take over most students. 

Dr. Jennifer Levy of the 
UTM Counseling Center 
has helpful hints on how to 
maintain a sense of sanity 
during this hectic time. 

"Make an intelligent plan 
now," Levy said. "Figure 
out how to prepare now so 
you don't have to at the last 
minute." A good deal of 
stress comes with procras- 
tination. Managing time 
effectively is one way to 
deal with stress. Learn to 
say no. Only take on activi- 
ties that you can manage. 
Upon graduation. Dr. Levy 
said, seniors should make 
realistic plans: "Brainstorm 
about future plans now." 

One thing that Levy does 
not recommend is relying 
on alcohol and other stimu- 

lants such as caffeine. While 
students are prone to drink 
at the end of the semester, 
it is actually a detriment to 
the body. Alcohol slows the 
brain and impairs its func- 
tioning as well as adds to 
stress-related health prob- 
lems later on in life. Levy 
said. Some of these include 
back pain, stomach ulcers 
and anxiety attacks. 

The Counseling Center 
will host a "Stress Free 
Zone" on May 4, 5, 7 and 
8. They will offer free mas- 
sages along with crafts, 
stress balls and snacks. 

There are a number of 
ways to relieve stress that 
are good for the body. 
Exercise, Levy said, is cru- 
cial. Physical activity is 
essential for increasing your 
heart rate and counteract- 
ing the harmful effects of 

Another helpful hint: try 
to slow down and stop 
the everyday onslaught of 
thought that wears you out, 
especially the kind of circu- 
lar thinking that gets you 
nowhere. Instead, make a 
plan of action. 

In the midst of all the 
frenzy, "me time" also 
takes a back seat to other 
things. Try participating in 
something you enjoy, espe- 
cially activities that center 
on well-being like yoga and 
Pilates. Taking time to relax 
calms the nerves and reju- 
venates the body. 

For more information 
about the Counseling 
Center, visit the office in UC 
213, or call 881-7720. You 
can also go to the Center's 
Web site at 


In last week's edition of The Pacer, the campus 
radio station was incorrectly identified as WLJT. 
Its call letters are WUTM. The Pacer regrets the 

Spring has sprung in students’ sinuses 

Christopher Turner 

Staff Writer 

Has a runny nose, sneez- 
ing, and red eyes been 
a problem that has been 
plaguing you for the last 
month? When most UTM 
students look into their 
medicine cabinets this time 
of year they have an assort- 
ment of sinus and allergy 
relief medicine. 

With UTM located in an 
agricultural area, Martin 
is just a playground for 
pollen and other airborne 

According to, 
UTM has reached pollen 
levels up to 9.9. At that 
number, the surrounding 
environment is considered 
to have a high level of pol- 
len, which in most cases 
means ailments for those 
with allergies or asthma. 

Allergies are abnormal 
responses to the immune 

system, with symptoms 
from watery eyes and itchi- 
ness to cramps and diffi- 
culty breathing. Asthma 
is a chronic disease in 
which the airway becomes 
inflamed and it becomes 
hard to breathe for those 
who suffer from it. People 
with asthma and allergies 
are at a high risk of having 
an asthmatic reaction at this 
time of the year because pol- 
len is an airborne allergen. 
Another problem that often 
occurs during the spring is 
constant sinus infections, a 
viral infection that causes 
damage to the cells of the 
sinus lining, which leads to 

UTM's nurse practitioner 
at Student Health has seen 
an increase in the number 
of students who have come 
in with allergies. She also 
said, "To lessen symptoms 
of allergies, follow simple 
steps such as keeping your 

car window rolled up, limit 
the time you spend out- 
side, and keep your room 
windows shut." She also 
prescribed over-the-coun- 
ter antihistamines, like 
Claritin. Benadryl is not 
prescribed unless you are 
going to take it after class 
because Benadryl is highly 
sedative and you will be 
going to sleep during class. 

Student Health will also 
take students who are suf- 
fering from allergies. Office 
visits are free, but a fee 
is charged for medica- 
tions. Students are strong- 
ly encouraged to make an 
appointment, and same-day 
appointments are accepted. 

Student Health is open 
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Monday-Friday. The office 
is located at Lee and Jeffress 
streets, right behind Cooper 
Hall, and the phone num- 
ber is 881-7750. 

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motor oil, rotate & inspect tires, inspect brake 
system, top off fluid levels, check air filter, belts & 
hoses, & test battery. Taxes and diesels extra. 
Includes waste disposal fee. 

See us for all your automotive needs. 

We service most makes and models. 

Brake service - Transmission service 
Front end alignment - Balance Tires 
Fuel injection service - Batteries 


841 N.Lindell St.- Martin 

April 10, 2007 

Campus News 

Page 4 

Photo courtesy of India Dean 

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta perform outside the UC at a yard show during 
Delta Sigma Theta week. The yard show was held on Friday, March 30. 

Delta Sigma Theta hosts event-filled week 

India Dean 

During the week of 
March 26, the ladies of 
Delta Sigma Theta planned 
a week's worth of events of 
fun and entertainment. 

On March 26, the ladies 
of Delta Sigma Theta host- 
ed their 5th annual Delta 
Sigma Theta Scholastic 

This award was given to 
students who have main- 
tained an exceptionally 
high GPA from the previ- 
ous school year. This pro- 
gram was started several 
years ago by Delta advisor, 
Debra Williams-Boyd. 

"Each year during Delta 
Week, African American 
students with high aca- 
demic achievements are 
recognized and awarded," 
said Williams-Boyd. "Delta 
Sigma Theta emphasizes 
sisterhood, public service, 
and scholarship." 

The Debrasha Patrice 
Boyd Scholarship of 
Excellence was also award- 

ed to Sylvester Boyd. 

This award is not only for 
the top male/female at UTM 
but also for the top African 
American students from 
Westview High School. 

The Delta Fashion Show 
was held on March 27. 
Some of the scenes includ- 
ed Club Wear, Greek Wear 
and Culture Scene. 

The Culture Scene dis- 
played a number of color 
print dresses. There also 
was a scene dedicated to 
representing where you 
where from. 

The crowd stood to its 
feet when models paraded 
down the runway in clothes 
airbrushed with neighbor- 
hood signs and colors. 

March 28 was Spa Night. 
It features massages, mani- 
cures and pedicures for 
males and females. 

March 29 was the first 
annual Mr. Crimson and 
Creme pageant. 

It showcased five of 
UTM's finest gentlemen 
displaying an array of tal- 


The categories that they 
were judged on includ- 
ed Talent, Question and 
Answer and Glitz and 
Glamour. The winner at 
the end of the night was 
Trey Oliver III, a sopho- 
more from Memphis. 

March 30 was a double 
feature from the ladies of 
Delta Sigma Theta. At noon, 
they hosted their yard show 
and that evening the Delta 
Sigma Theta Awards. 

Some of the awards 
given included Cutest 
Couple Mildred Everth 
and Ryan Lanier, Best Hair 
for Females Nicole Marble, 
and Best Hair for Males 
Anthony "Skip" Bowles. 

Saturday was the Delta 
Picnic and a party at Club 

The week ended Sunday 
with service at McCabe 
United Methodist Church 
and Dinner with the Deltas 
afterwards at the Interfaith 


Small Animal Services 
Medical, Dental & Surgical 
Boarding & Baths 
Separate Rooms For Cats 
Indoor and Climate Controled 

Douglas G. Hooks, D.V.M 

Call for an appointment 


Toll Free 1-888-533-8091 
296 Highway 43 1 - Just past the new Wal Mart 

Delta Sigma Theta presents first 
Mr. Crimson and Creme Pageant 

Christopher Turner 

On March 29, the Eta 
Xi chapter of Delta Sigma 
Theta presented their inau- 
gural Mr. Crimson and 
Creme Pageant. 

With the theme of 
"Bringing Sexy Back" the 
Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta 
picked five UTM males to 
compete for the ultimate 
goal of being Mr. Crimson 
and Creme. 

The Mr. Crimson and 
Creme consisted of four 
parts, the first category was 
"Hollywood's Glitz and 
Glamour." This portion 
of the contest let each of 
the five contestants pick a 
celebrity which they want- 
ed to portray. 

The next part of the com- 
petition was "Dressing like 
a Scholar." This is were each 

contestant models a casual 
outfit that best describes 
their personality. 

The talent portion was the 
next category in the pag- 
eant. Omar Fears moved 
the audience as he recited 
an untitled poem, in mem- 
ory of a friend he lost in 
high school. 

Next, Joshua Snerly did a 
contemporary dance piece 
to a host of various songs, 

Christopher Turner came 
later with a video montage 
of his life titled "My Life." 

Trey Oliver took the audi- 
ence to church as he sang a 

Alex Atkins gave a lec- 
ture on "How to Pick the 
Perfect Girlfriend" as pre- 
sented the audience with all 
shapes and sizes of women 
and how to get the perfect 
significant other. 

The finale of the pageant 

was the "Question and 
Answer Portion" when 
each contestant answers a 
question randomly selected 
by each participant. 

As the night came to a 
end, everyone wanted to 
know who was going to be 
the first Mr. Crimson and 

As the scores were tallied 
up, Christopher Turner was 
named Mr. Congeniality 
and Mr. Businessman, with 
all the points accounted 

Omar Fears was named 
second runner-up and Trey 
Oliver became the first Mr. 
Crimson and Creme. 

In addition to having the 
courage and time to par- 
ticipate in the pageant each 
contestant had to raise $120 
in donations. 


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Police Report 

v\ j J The information contained in this report is taken directly from public 

records distributed by the UTM Department of Public Safety. DPS 
can be contacted by calling (731) 881-7777. 

3:35 p.m., April 2 

10:30 a.m., April 5 


University St. 

Subject reported theft of personal 

Wanda J. Hamilton was issued a cita- 

property. Investigation continues. 

tion for registration law. City Court. 

6:16 p.m., April 2 

11:36 a.m., April 5 

Lot 10 

Lot 4 

Subject reported damage to their ve- 
hicle. Investigation continues. 

Vehicle towed due to excessive tickets. 

10:14 a.m., April 5 

7:56 a.m., April 3 


Lovelace St. 

Report of a disturbance and officers 

Laura J. Asbridge was issued a citation 

responded and referred subjects to 

for failure to yield to pedestrians. City 

Students Affairs. 


8:08 a.m., April 6 

9:22 a.m., April 3 

Hannings Lane 

University Courts 

Taite M. Wilson was issued a citation 

Subject reported damage to their 
vehicle. Incident referred to Student 

for speeding. City Court. 


4:50 a.m., April 6 
Ag Pavilion 

9:50 a.m., April 3 

Report of a subject that had fallen and 

Lot 2 

officers and emergency personnel 

Vehicle towed due to excessive tickets. 

responded. Subject was treated on the 
scene and transported by EMS. 

3:36 p.m., April 4 
Lot 12 

9:19 p.m., April 7 

Vehicle towed due to excessive tickets. 

University Center 

Report of missing university property. 

2:31 p.m., April 4 

Investigation continues. 

Lot 2 

Vehicle towed due to excessive tickets. 

3:00 p.m., April 8 

12:35 p.m., April 5 


Lot 12 

Subject reported theft of their bicycle. 

Vehicle towed due to excessive tickets. 

Investigation continues. 

Campus Bulletin Board 

The Pacer provides this space free of charge to campus clubs and organizations that wish to promote events or offerings. Items to appear in The 
Pacer's “Campus Bulletin Board” section must be submitted at least a week ahead of the event, either by e-mail to or by 
dropping off a flier and press release to 314 Gooch Hall. Preference is given by event date closest to printing and by order received. Please note 
that submission does not necessarily guarantee printing. Call (731) 881-7780 for more information. 

Open Forum Bible Study 

The Spring Forum is exploring 
this semester's topic: The Gos- 
pel of Salvation & The Power of 
Christ. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. 
every Thursday in UC 209. Ev- 
eryone is invited to attend these 


BeanSwitch meetings are held 
every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in 
HU 209 (Writing Center). Ev- 
eryone is invited to attend these 

Phi Kappa Phi banquet 

Phi Kappa Phi initiation ban- 
quet on Tuesday, April 17, at 
6:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. 
Dr. Bob Levy, UT Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic Affairs and 

Student Success, is the speaker. 
Tickets are $14.00 and are avail- 
able for purchase at the Infor- 
mation Desk in the UC through 
Friday, April 13. 

Wednesday Forum 

Wednesday, April 11 at 12:15 
p.m. UC 125 (Inside the caf- 
eteria) "Till Death Do Us Part." 
Find out how loving an abusive 
partner can be dangerous, and 
how to assist someone who is 
dealing with abuse. Feel free to 
bring your lunch. 

Annual Battle of the Brains 

The UTM Chapter of the Gam- 
ma Beta Phi Honor Society is 
sponsoring the 4th Annual Bat- 
tle of the Brains - a basketball 
game pitting the faculty/staff 
against the students. Tuesday, 

April 10th. Players at 6:30pm to 
practice, 7:00 p.m. game time in 
the Alumni Gym at the Student 
Life Center. 

Pacer Meetings 

Want to write for the student 
newspaper? Pacer meetings are 
every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in 
Gooch 316. 

Fishing Rodeo 

On Saturday April 14th from 9- 
11 a.m., the UTM Student Chap- 
ter of the Wildlife Society will be 
hosting a Kids Fishing Rodeo at 
Pacer Pond. The fishing rodeo 
is for ages 5-12. The cost is $12 
per fisherman and includes reg- 
istration, bait, t-shirt, and lunch. 
Also the first fifty to sign up will 
receive a free fishing pole. Prizes 
for the winners along with door 

prizes to be drawn. 

The Old Maid & The Thief 

The Department of Music pres- 
ents "The Old Maid & The 
Thief" at 7:30 p.m., April 14 and 
3 p.m. April 15 in Harriet Fulton 
Theatre. Admission is $3. Chil- 
dren under 12 admitted free. 

Benefit Horse Show 

The UTM Equestrian Team will 
be hosting a benefit horse show 
for St. Jude's on May 5th. 

Student Ambassador Inter- 

The Office of Admissions will 
be conducting Student Ambas- 
sador interviews on April 12 
& 13. If you are interested in 
giving campus tours to pro- 

spective students, come by the 
Admissions Office, 201 Admin- 
istration Building to pick up an 
application and sign up for an 
interview. Applications must be 
turned in by Wednesday, April 
11 . 

S.T.E.A Meeting 

S.T.E.A will have a meeting on 
April 11 at 4 p.m. in the LRC in 
Gooch Hall. S.T.E.A will also be 
sponsoring a half-price book fair 
on April 16-19 from 8:45 a.m. to 
4 p.m. on the second floor of 
Gooch Hall. 

April 10, 2007 

Page 5 


Rachel Rogers, A&E Editor • E-mail: 

Spanish culture comes to UTM 

Brad Hadley 

Staff Writer 

Have you ever been around a baby when 
it shook a rattle? Did you just sit back and 
listen to the wonderful music it was mak- 
ing, or did you think it was just noise? Well, 
I am here to tell you that not all noise is 
considered just "noise." Just because some- 
thing does not have rhythm to it does not 
constitute it as such. 

The Center for Global Studies, the Col- 
lege of Humanities and Fine Arts and Per- 
cussive Art Society introduced Dr. Evaristo 
Aguilar, a professor of drum set and per- 
cussion at the Universidad Autonoma de 
Tamaulipas in Tampico, Mexico, to UTM 
Monday night in Watkins Auditorium. He 
has worked with Huapango music, which 
is the name of a Mexican musical style and 
the accompanying lively dance of Spanish 
origin. His style as a percussion artist has 
led to the mixer of urban and rural lifestyles 
in the Mexican region of the Huasteca. 

Aguilar used many different types of in- 
struments that evening from drums to baby 
rattles. His goal was to show just about 
anything can make music. To prove this 

the crowd sat and watched a grown man 
play with baby rattles and squeaky toys. At 
one part of the night Aguilar had the Per- 
cussion Ensemble come to the front of the 
auditorium and perform a drum circle in 
which Dr. Julie Hill, the percussion direc- 
tor, even performed. 

"The students worked hard for this," 
said Hill. 

"The best part of the evening? Well I 
liked the audience participation the most 
because it really brought you into the mu- 
sic," said Nathan Bonar, a junior French 
major from Clarksville. Many students, 
faculty, and the faculties' families even per- 
formed in the audience participation part 
of the night. This is where Aguilar had the 
audience come up to the stage and use the 
instruments for a "mini percussion lesson." 
Aguilar had certain instruments start off 
and then added more of the instruments 
to create a collaboration of sounds. Over 
all the night was a blast and even the fac- 
ulty seemed to have a fun time, however 
some might not say it, but a picture paints 
a thousand words. 

Sixteen Minutes: Part IX 

Stephen Outten 

www. S tephen Ou tten . com 

I'm not going to exaggerate: James was 
big. Broad, offensive-line shoulders, chis- 
eled jaw, eyes nearly hidden in the shadow 
cast by his prominent forehead. 

Even though I told people that I hit the 
gym regularly, I didn't do so much as a 
pushup from the time I got off of work un- 
til the end of Grey's Anatomy. Yep, this guy 
was going to kill me. 

"James, I can't believe you came!" Anna 
screamed. "How did you get in?" 

He never took his eyes from mine. 
"Bouncer let me through," he said to her. 

I'm guessing that the bouncer didn't want 
to have to try and keep him out. 

"So who is this guy?" he asked her 

"This is Ethan," Anna said. "And Ethan, 
this is James, my fiance." It was almost 
as if she thought we were in some polite 
social situation that required formal intro- 

"What's he doing here?" James asked, 
still looking at me. 

"I came for the party," I said, finally de- 
ciding to speak up. 

"Was I talking to you?" he snapped. 

"You were certainly looking at me." I re- 
gretted saying it as soon as the words had 
left my mouth. James reached forward and 
grabbed my shoulders, but the bartender 
must have called in reinforcements. A 
bouncer came over and grabbed us both. 

"Come on. We're taking this outside." 

Anna followed, but her step was uneasy. 
She nearly fell down the stairs behind us 
twice; only her frail arm grasping the hand 
rail kept her steady. "Are you okay?" I 
called back to her. 

"Keep walking," the bouncer said. 

Out on the street, two squad cars had 
pulled up, poised at the edge of the side- 
walk. The bouncer, a large man with a 
shaved head, turned to Anna. "What hap- 
pened up there?" 

Anna began to answer, but it took her a 
moment to string the words together. They 
came out in a near- whisper. 

"I'm her fiance," James stepped forward 
and put his arm around her back. 

"Is this true?" the bouncer asked her. 

She nodded and tried to speak, but James 
pulled her head into his chest. "It's okay, 
baby. You go upstairs. I'll be right behind 
you." He physically turned Anna towards 
the club and gave her a tiny push, propel- 
ling her forward. She vanished into the 

"This isn't what you think," I said to 
the bouncer. "I was invited; I came as her 

James leaned forward and whispered 
something in the bouncer's ear. The bounc- 
er nodded at the sidewalk, then raised his 
hand and motioned into the air. 

Two car doors opened, and out came 
the police. "This is the guy, officers," the 
bouncer said, pointing at me. 

"What's going on here?" I asked to any- 
one who would answer. 

"Sir," one of the officers said to me. 
"Come with us. We need to ask you some 

"About what?" 

"I saw him ditch this upstairs," James 
interrupted. He handed the police a small 
bag filled with white powder. 

"No, this is a mistake," I said. "I'm not a 
drug dealer!" 

"Sir, you have the right to remain si- 

NOTE FROM AUTHOR: After running 
from James for so long ; Anna must finally face 
the collision of her past life with her present. 
Don't miss the final, double installment of Six- 
teen Minutes next week in The Pacer! If you 
need to catch up on the story in time for the 
finale, read all previous installments at www. 

Our hearty 
of Wey Brother 
and/ the/ hr other y 
of Kappa/ A Ipha/ O rder. 

The/ Vacer Staff 

When planning a wedding, a 
few rules must be followed 

Rachel Rogers 

A&E Editor 

After my fiance first popped the question 
more than a year ago, I thought I would 
have absolutely no trouble planning a wed- 
ding. After all, I had plenty of time. And 
how hard could it really be? 

Answer: harder than I thought. 

I now have just a little over a month left 
until the big day, and I have offically be- 
gun to panic. Although I have a numerous 
amount of people who are more than will- 
ing to give me a hand. I've still spent much 
more time working on this one day than I 
ever anticipated. 

I know that there are many other people 
planning to have their own big days this 
summer, and many more who are plan- 
ning for theirs in the near future. So before 
any of you get ready to dive into the big, 
big world of wedding planning, I present 
to you the Bride's Survival Kit. 

• Always, always have a bottle of White- 
Out handy Don't use the strips. Those have 
a tendacy to break after only a few uses. 
If you are doing your own invitations, as 
I have done, this little bottle will become 
your best friend. It does not matter how 
careful you are when addressing the enve- 
lopes, there will be a mistake somewhere 
along the way that you just can't have. Just 
don't buy too much at once. You don't want 
to have cops called on you for suspicion of 

• Make demands. After all, this is your 
big day. Don't let parents and friends push 
you into doing something you don't want. 
I know you probably want to make every- 
one happy, but this can cause a lot of heart- 
ache. Who cares if your bridesmaids don't 
like the dresses you picked out? Be firm. If 
they really are good friends, they should be 
honored to be in your wedding and won't 
care about the dress. If they still fight you 
about it, simply tell them they don't have 
to be in it. 

• Make sure people know that you can't 
send an invitation to everyone you've ever 
met. I've just recently ran into this prob- 
lem, and I simply told the person that there 
would be an open invitation in the news- 
paper. Invitations are reserved for family 
and close friends. If you're doing an iniva- 
tion-only wedding, then simply tell them 
that you're sorry, but this is what you want. 
However, if they would still like to send 
gifts, that's fine, too. 

UTE!! Even if you think that you're safe, 
starting early helps a lot. Get your brides- 
maid dresses ordered early. They can take 
up to 12 weeks to come in. If you wait 
too long, you'll find yourself having to 
pay extra to get them rush ordered. Even 
if you're not paying for the dresses, your 
friends don't want to have to pay it, either! 
Depending on where you are buying your 
rings from, they should be ordered early as 
well. Set deadlines for yourself. This will 
help relieve much of your stress. 

• Don't be afraid to ask for help. I know 


that you may find yourself wanting to han- 
dle everything on your own, but this could 
spell trouble. If your parents or his parents 
want to give you a hand, take it! Just make 
sure that they understand what you want. 
If they insist that the only way they'll help 
is if you do it their way, say thanks, but no 

• Do something to relieve your stress. 
When things start getting bad, do yoga. Go 
out for a walk. Throw a frisbee around. Do 
something to help you relax. Make sure to 
set aside time to do this. No matter if you're 
planning the whole thing by yourself, or 
have a professional planner helping you 
out, you'll need a break from it all from 
time to time. 

• Shop around! If you find a dress you 
like, but it's not in your price range, don't 
fret. As crazy as this may sound, eBay 
is a great place to check for dresses. My 
cousin got her wedding dress brand new 
from eBay for hundreds less than what she 
would've paid at a bridal shop. There are 
warehouses that sell name-brand dresses 
for less as well. The same goes for cakes. 
Check hometown bakeries, even Wal-Mart. 
And don't be afraid to check out cakes that 
don't use fondant. As pretty as these may 
look, remember that the main purpose of 
a cake is to eat it. Buttercream is pretty as 
well, and it tastes better. 

• Think before you leap. Traditionally, 
the groom and groomsmen wear tuxedos. 
Before, you rush off to rent yours, think 
about where the wedding is taking place. 
Mine is being held outside, so our grooms- 
men are wearing suits. While tuxedos do 
look nice, they're impractical for an out- 
door wedding. 

• Always have a backup. From offici- 
ants to cakes to places, you never know 
when something might happen and you 
find yourself without something and not 
enough time to find another. 

• Have a trusted friend you can call 
when you need to vent. My Matron of 
Honor lives two hours away, and I have 
spent more time talking to her in the past 
few months than I have friends here in 
Martin. Whenever something goes wrong, 
she's the first one I turn to for help. Most of 
the time I just call to rant about the latest 
disaster, and she's always there to listen to 
me and promise me that everything will be 
all right. Out of all the tools in my Survival 
Kit, this is probably the most valuable. 

• Have fun with it! This is your big day. 
This shouldn't be all about stress and an- 
ger. It's a great time to bond with the one 
you're spending the rest of your life with. 
So enjoy it! 

Just follow these tips, and you'll find 
yourself stressing out a lot less and spend- 
ing more time doing what's important. 

Do you have any wacky wedding stories, 
or any creative wedding tips? Send them 
in to so we can 
share them with everyone else. 

GrindHouse causes screams and laughs 

Bruce Willis plays a soldier that unleashes a bio- 
chemical in the first feature of GrindHouse, Planet 
Terror. GrindHouse was released over the weekend. 

Elizabeth Watts 

Executive Editor 

Over the weekend. Grind 
House opened in movie the- 
aters across America. 

One interesting feature 
of Grind House is that the 
movie features two full 
length films. 

The first film. Planet 
Terror, seems to play of the 
movie Dawn of the Dead. 
A biochemical is infect- 
ing people with a disease 
that causes their body to 
mutate. With this disease, 
people start eating other 
humans to remain alive. 

The mastermind behind 
the biochemical outbreak is 
a soldier, played by Bruce 

As the first movie pro- 
gresses, Cherry Darling, 
a former Go-Go dancer, 
played by Rose McGowan, 
and Wray, played by Freddy 
Rodriguez, meets up with 
the remaining survivors at 
a restaurant. 

Their plan is to shoot 
their way out and find the 
soldiers and stop his plan. 

Planet Terror is an awesome 
movie that has moments 
where it's too gruesome 
to watch. However, at the 
same time, there are scenes 

that have a lot of irony. 

The second feature movie 
was Death Proof, which 
featured Kurt Russell. 
Stuntman Mike, played 
by Russell, was a former 
Hollywood car stuntman 
that traveled around to kill 
pretty girls with his car. 

However, he met his 
match with four actresses 
that decided to take their 
revenge after Stuntman 
Mike tried to kill them. 
Death Proof starts out slow, 
but the last half of the 
second film is a sweet car 

chase that everyone will 

GrindHouse is a great 
movie, but I would recom- 
mend bringing small chil- 
dren to see it. While there 
are many funny points in 
the movie, there's a lot of 
gruesome, bloody parts 
that made adults that were 
watching the movie hide 
their eyes. 

However, if you're look- 
ing for a laugh and a scare, 
it's definitely worth the 

April 10, 2007 

Page 6 

Adobe CS3 promises to 
be effective but costly 

L ast week I received 
an e-mail from Adobe 
Systems Incorporated 
"introducing" the Creative 
Suite 3. As you may recall, 
we ran a feature about 
Photoshop CS3 beta version 
a few weeks ago, so natu- 
rally, I was curious to see if 
they were already releasing 
the entire suite. 

Well, as it turned out, the 
new suite is not available 
for purchase yet, although 
preordering is currently 
available on the Adobe 
Web site. What was of more 
importance to me was the 
Flash-heavy site introduc- 
ing the updates of the prod- 
cense. This interactive site 
displays the features that 
are making designers, Web 
masters and in-house video 
editors everywhere drool. 

Noteworthy in this 
release of Creative Suite is 
the packaging of software 
aimed for specific jobs. One 
can purchase the Master 
Collection which contains 
all the Adobe (and recently 
bought-out Macromedia) 
software one could ever 
(or never) need. From here, 
packages are broken down 
into Design Premium, Web 
Premium and Production 

Design Premium is target- 
ed toward graphic design- 
ers and artists and fea- 
tures InDesign, Photoshop 
Extended, Dreamweaver, 
Flash, Illustrator and 
Acrobat. Web Premium 
is pieced together for all 

Matt Cook 



sorts of Web possibilities 
and includes Dreamweaver, 
Flash, Photoshop Extended, 
Illustrator, Fireworks, 
Contribute and Acrobat. 
The Production Premium 
is geared more toward 
video creators and has 
After Effects, Premier 
Pro, Photoshop Extended, 
Flash, Illustrator and 
Soundbooth. Also available 
are "Standard" versions of 
the Web and Design pack- 
ages that limit the number 
of programs to only those 
specifically for Web design. 

Costs, as expected, are 
astronomical as full ver- 
sions of Web Premium, 
Production Premium and 
Design Premium are avail- 
able as pre-orders from 
just under $1,600, $1,700 
and $1,800 respectively. 
Upgrades to CS2 are con- 
siderably cheaper, as Adobe 
continues to reward those 
who are diehard Adobe 
fans. Student prices usually 
mean significant reductions 
in the cost of the packaged 
software, but for most stu- 
dents (at least around here) 
a complete package is over- 
kill for their needs. Students 
will likely be better off buy- 
ing the specific software 
they need for their projects. 

Photo software for both sides of the fence 

Danika Parris 

Staff Writer 

Are you interested in pho- 
tography? Then you will 
definitely be interested in 
two photography programs 
that are hot on the market: 
Adobe Lightroom 1.0 and 
Apple Aperture. They offer 
many similar yet different 
features and advancements 
that any photographer 
should know about. 

After beta testing for 
over twelve months, Adobe 
recently made their new 
Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 
final product available to 
the public. The new offload- 
ing, browsing, organizing 
and editing tool promis- 
es improved professional 
workflow for everyone and 
includes easy to use pick/ 
reject features and tagging. 
In addition, Lightroom 
leverages Adobe Camera 
RAW, meaning it can read 
and display hundreds of 
raw formats. 

Photoshop Lightroom 
enables professional pho- 
tographers to import, 
manage and present large 
volumes of digital photo- 
graphs, helping photog- 
raphers spend more time 
behind the lens and less 
time at the computer. With 
more than 500,000 photog- 
raphers participating in 
the public beta program 
over the last 12 months, 
Photoshop Lightroom now 
includes a wealth of inno- 
vative features that stream- 
line digital photography 
workflows. Recognizing 
the photography commu- 
nity for their efforts, Adobe 

is offering Photoshop 
Lightroom at a special 
introductory price of $199 
through April 30, 2007 at 
the Adobe Store. Photoshop 
Lightroom will later sell for 
an estimated street price of 

In a nutshell, this pro- 
gram can offer you ele- 
gant, uncluttered interface, 
cross-platform compatibil- 
ity, robust tools to handle 
large shots, import/export 
presets, and automatic con- 
version to DNG (digital 

Photoshop Lightroom 
isn't the only program that 
has camera RAW features: 
Apple's Aperture also pro- 
vides photographers with 
advanced RAW workflow. 
A unique user interface 

and an interesting fea- 
ture called Stacks - which 
groups images together 
based on the time differ- 
ential between shots - are 
also useful. With the RAW 
technology. Aperture auto- 
matically creates "versions" 
of your master images to 
preview, crop, color correct, 
sharpen and apply other 
modifications. The origi- 
nals remain safe because 
Aperture doesn't change a 
single pixel in them. 

And with the most pow- 
erful image processing in 
the world. Aperture is fast 
— whether you're working 
with RAW, JPEG, or TIFF 

Aperture also allows you 
to work full screen or cre- 
ate multiple screens for 

more effective viewing. 
This is one feature that the 
Adobe Lightroom 1.0 does 
not advertise. Aperture 
also stores your photos 
anywhere you want them, 
allows you to enjoy tight 
integration with iLife '06 
and iWork '06, enhances 
images with a new color 
adjustment tool and can be 
used on any Mac laptop for 
a mobile studio. Aperture 
currently sells for $299. 

Between the two pro- 
grams, anyone interested 
in photography will find 
features that they like that 
will aid their photography 
work flow. After all, every 
photographer wants the 
best for his or her pictures 
because they are worth a 
thousand words! 

Firefox 3.0: Boon for Google? 

Jay Baker 

Asst. News Editor 

Having just released Firefox 2.0 last fall, 
the good people at Mozilla are already 
hard at work on 3.0 (code name: Gran 
Paradiso) and have recently released an 
alpha test version. 

There's not much to the alpha version, as 
it is not intended for public release, rather 
for developer preview, but there will be 
a few new features sure to keep Firefox 
growing in popularity and a serious con- 
tender for Microsoft. 

The biggest update is to the graphics 
engine, which is switching to the Gecko 1.9 
rendering engine to provide better image 
rendering and support for vector images. 
Due to this update, Firefox 3 will not work 
on Windows 95, 98, and Me or for the Mac 
OS X, versions 10.2 and earlier. 

Most of the other updates are behind 
the scenes stuff that will affect developers 

more than the end user, such as changes 
to the Document Object Model (DOM). 
But a few things can be expected to be 
trickle-down benefits for the layman: bet- 
ter security, better compliance with Web 
standards (which most browsers, aside 
from Opera, can hardly meet) and frame 
rendering and event threading (which will 
make things go smoother). 

Also, there is talk of off-line support of 
on-line applications. This will be an obvi- 
ous boon to Google and their suite of Web- 
based apps that come bundled with your 
Gmail account. 

The alpha release is available for down- 
load at, but be advised 
that it is only a developer preview meant 
for testing purposes. It is likely to have 
many bugs and will probably crash (and 
may even cause your computer to crash). 
Use at your own risk, but seriously, who 
can wait? 

Web site of the week 

www ‘ flash .net 



Jay Baker 

Asst. News Editor is an inter- 
esting and often overlooked 
facet of the Web and its new 
"2.0" version. 

Basically, it works like 
this: you create a "lens" for 
other people to check out. 
You can get the word out 
about something (a char- 
ity for instance) or make a 
list of your favorite things 
(like stupid pet trick videos 
or Web 2.0 sites or blogs). 
Other people see it and 
check out your links. If they 
buy something from one of 

your links or advertisers, 
you get paid. 

Squidoo operates on the 
premise of an Internet ver- 
sion of the word of mouth 
phenomenon. When you're 
searching for something 
on, say, Google, you click 
through a couple of the 
links until you find what 
you're looking for. With 
Squidoo, you check out 
other people's lenses to 
see what they recommend, 
adding a human element to 
the process of finding cool 
stuff or products, just like 
you do with friends in real 
life situations. 

Squidoo has a pretty 
slick design and layout 
that's easy enough to navi- 
gate and get things done. 
A little more customization 
would be nice for the lens- 
es, but at the same time, 
the lack of customization 
helps keep the number of 
poorly designed lenses to 
a minimum. There are also 
quite a few lenses which 
are clearly marketing ploys 
by such and such company 
selling ab workout tapes or 
some other such scam, but 
these are not too hard to 
avoid. Otherwise, this one's 
definitely worth a look. 



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Brad Hurt 

Sports Editor 


On the Web 

Page 7 

Upstart Skyhawk equestrian team hopes to take 
Waco by storm in first championship appearance 

Brad Hurt 

Sports Editor 

They may be the new kids on the block as far as varsity 
athletics is concerned but that does not mean the Skyhawk 
women's equestrian team is going to sit back and blend in 
with the background. 

On the contrary, the team has performed well all season 
long. As a result of their hard work during the season, 
the ladies earned themselves a spot in next week's Var- 
sity Equestrian National Championships, which are being 
held in Waco, Texas. 

The Skyhawks received a No. 9 seed in the champion- 
ship bracket and will face off against No. 8 seed Fresno 
State on Wed., Apr. 18. If they are victorious in that match, 
they would advance to face the top seed South Carolina. 

As the season approached, the members of the team 
knew little of what to expect from their first competition. 

"We were ready to do our best but we knew we would 
face obstacles because we are a very small and young 
team," says senior Virginia Kruckeberg. 

Kruckeberg is one of only three seniors on the team, 
which is comprised largely of underclassmen. Eight of the 
team's 15 members are freshmen, while another three are 

UTM is one of 19 NCAA Division I schools that are field- 
ing women's equestrian teams. A majority of these schools 
are located in the state of Texas and in the Southwest, al- 
though a few eastern schools such as Cornell University in 
Ithaca, N.Y., and Brown University in Providence, R.I., are 
also participating. 

The championship competition will crown a winner in 
each of the following three categories: Western, English 
and overall. Western and English are the two main disci- 
plines that make up the equestrian competition. Winners 
of the 2006 competition included Auburn University in the 
overall spot, USC in the hunt seat category and Oklahoma 
State in the Western competition. 

Despite the number of more experienced programs 
across the nation, the Skyhawks are not intimidated by 
the competition they have faced this season. While the 
switch in affiliation provided some differences in the way 
the team prepares for a competition, those differences had 
little affect on the team's success. 

"I think that all four events were equally challenging for 
our teammates. I'm sure that for different team members a 
certain event more challenging than others, but as a team, 
there aren't any major differences. The NCAA competi- 
tion is much more a 'team-centered' sort of competition 
than what we had been used to," Kruckeberg says. 

The team entered the season with its share of individual 
riding experience that helped its members throughout 
the season. In order to perform in peak condition at each 
meet, team members must practice at least twice a week 
for a total of three hours. Aside from practicing with the 
horses themselves, the team members are also responsible 
for duties such as cleaning the barn that houses the horses. 

Additionally, they participate in horse-related activities 
around the UTM campus and provide a face for the uni- 
versity along with its other athletic teams. 

"This is a big responsibility for me and I feel like the 
team has been a good representation of the university," 
Kruckeberg says. 

The team entered the season with its share of individual 
riding experience that helped its members throughout 
the season. In order to perform in peak condition at each 
meet, team members must practice at least twice a week 
for a total of three hours. Aside from practicing with the 
horses themselves, the team members are also responsible 
for duties such as cleaning the barn that houses the horses. 
Additionally, they participate in horse-related activities 
around the UTM campus and provide a face for the uni- 
versity along with its other athletic teams. 

Preparations for the championship competition include 
a great deal of mental work as well as physical practice. 
Team members must memorize the various tests that 
they will face in the events. They must also visualize the 
course and the exact motions they will go through on their 
horses. Because each individual horse has its own temper- 
ament the riders practice on different horses to prepare 
themselves for different situations. 

"We are already busy memorizing the various tests and 
practicing on different horses. I personally practice the 
tests on my own horse in my own time to help with the 
memorization," Kruckeberg says. 

Kruckeberg notes that because the team's preparation 
thus far has yielded positive results they are hesitant to 
change anything about their practice routine. 

The Skyhawks enter the national competition on the 
heels of a victory in a hunt seat competition at Stephen F. 
Austin University on the weekend of March 24. 

While equestrian events are ultimately team-orient- 
ed, they offer individuals the chance to shine. Several 
Skyhawk riders have earned recognition for their achieve- 
ments over the course of the season. 

Freshman Michelle Thompson was named MVP over 
fences in the team's 13-4 loss at Auburn on March 4. Junior 
Kendra Leake and freshman Lacey Dodd tied for reserve 
high-point rider at the ISHA show hosted by the Skyhawks 
on Feb. 12. 

Leake finished first in the reigning competition at that 
meet while freshman Sally Armstrong finished second in 
the novice horsemanship category. 

As with any sport, the current equestrian standings are 
often used as motivation for a team over the course of a 
season. While few athletes and coaches admit to putting 
any stock in their team's performance in the standings 
during the season, Kruckeberg acknowledges that it can 
be a distraction at times. 

"I have been checking out the standings so I will know 
what our competition will be like," she says before offer- 
ing a clarification. 

"You can bet I'll be sure to forget this as I go out to ride, 
focusing solely on the idea that we are just as good of rid- 
ers as they are." 

TREVOR RUSZKOWSKI/ UTM Sports Information 

The UTM women’s equestrian team, under the 
leadership of head coach Meghan Cunningham, 
has enjoyed a successful inaugural year of NCAA 
competition. The team will participate in the Varsity 
Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas, 
April 18-20. 

Skvhawk sports at 
home this week 

Baseball looks ahead to matchup with 
last-place Eagles to launch homestand 

Zane Gresback 

Asst. Sports Editor 

The Skyhawk baseball 
team left Richmond, Ky. 
with unfinished business. 
After rebounding from the 
first game's 13-8 defeat to 
beat the Colonels 6-1 in the 
second game, cold weather 
on Saturday ruined UTM's 
chances of winning their 
first conference series of 
the 2007 season. The series 
was cancelled due to the 
cold weather but the win 
UTM did pick up will be 
something to build on 
going into this weekend's 
series against fierce rival 
Morehead State. 

Morehead State sits at 2- 
7 in conference play after 
picking up a pair of wins 
against Tennessee Tech on 

UTM's 6-1 win came 
in large part to junior 
starting pitcher William 
Blackmon's seven-strike- 
out performance over six 
innings. Blackmon held a 
solid-hitting EKU squad 
scoreless into the sev- 
enth inning. The win was 
Blackmon's second of the 

The Skyhawks had 
strong offensive out- 
put behind Blackmon 
with Kyle Dudley and 
Doug Nicodemus belt- 
ing home runs off EKU 
starter Chris Grider. Nate 

Walters, Nicodemus 
and Chad Green all 
had RBI in the contest 
with Dudley, Lance 
Renton and Nicodemus 
accounting for all six of 
the Skyhawks' hits. 

The Skyhawks will 
host St. Louis University 
tomorrow at 2 p.m. 

Last year's series with 
Morehead State was a 
heated battle in which 
UTM should have swept 
the series but left with 
only one win. The 
Skyhawks' 23-7 pound- 
ing of the Eagles in last 
year's final game saw 
multiple bench clearings 
and subsequent suspen- 
sions which disrupted 
Morehead State's post- 
season hopes. 

Morehead State's 
offense is powered by 
seniors Ryan Kinder and 
Donald Cheney. Kinder 
is batting a solid .343 
with 4 HR and 27 RBI 
with Cheney posting a 
.319 BA with 5 HR and 
21 RBI. 

The Eagles come to 
town Saturday, April 
14 with double-header 
action set for 1 p.m. The 
third and final game of 
the series on Sunday is 
also scheduled for a 1 p.m. 

Senior pitcher Chadwick Cameron and the 
Skyhawk baseball team have struggled this sea- 
son. Nonconference games this week against 
Martin Methodist College and St. Louis University 
will offer the Skyhawks the opportunity to reverse 
their fortunes and gain some positive momentum 
going into the weekend series against Morehead 


vs. St. Louis Wed. 2 p.m. 

vs. Morehead State Sat.- Sun. 1 p.m. 


vs. Austin Peay (DH) Tues. 1 p.m. 
Men’s Tennis 

vs. Murray State Tues. 2 p.m. 
vs. Jacksonville State Sat. 
vs. Samford Sun. 

Women’s Tennis 
vs. Jacksonville State Sat. 
vs. Samford Sun. 


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April 10, 2007 


Page 8 

Nationally-ranked rodeo team 
hosts competition this weekend 

Kristin Wiseman 

Staff Writer 

UTM's rodeo team is well 
on their way to another re- 
gion title. With only two 
rodeos left in the season, 
the UTM men's rodeo team 
is leading the region by 
1,363.34 points. They cur- 
rently have 4,620 points, 
and Missouri Valley Col- 
lege is the second place 
team with 3,256.66 points. 

The women's team is cur- 
rently sitting 5th in the re- 
gion with 1,215 points. They 
are behind the first place 
team by only 945 points. 

Not only is the rodeo team 
leading in the region, but 
they are also holding down 
the top ten in the nation. 
UTM is sitting 8th in the 
nation behind the 7th place 
team. New Mexico Univer- 
sity, who has 4,769 points. 
This shows that when UTM 
competes against the big 
rodeo schools from out 
West they are up to the 


One of the last two rodeos 
left in the season includes 
the long awaited home ro- 
deo at UTM. The rodeo is 
coming up this weekend, 
and all of the action has al- 
ready begun. 

It all started Saturday, 
April 7, with the 2nd an- 
nual Jr. Miss and Miss UTM 
Rodeo Pageant. Tomorrow 
April 11, there will be a 
crawfish supper at the Le- 
gion. Supper starts at 5:30 
pm, and will cost $10 per 
person or $25 for a family. 

Rodeo action is set to 
begin Thursday, April 12 
at 7:30 p.m., followed by a 
performance Friday, April 
13 and Saturday, April 14. 
The Saturday night perfor- 
mance is the championship 
round where the top ten 
cowboys and cowgirls, of 
the weekend, in each event 
compete for more points 
and money. 

Every night at the rodeo 
there will be drawings 
and chances to win prizes. 

Anyone can enter drawings 
for a chance to win a rid- 
ing lawnmower or a new 
Dodge Truck. On Saturday 
night, you can make a do- 
nation for a chance to win a 
new saddle or cash money. 

Also on Saturday, there 
will be a kid's rodeo from 
9-lla.m. and a free barbe- 
cue and Blue Grass band 
immediately after by the 
football building. After the 
barbeque, the rodeo team is 
hosting a celebrity auction 
with proceeds going to the 
UTM Rodeo Scholarship 
Fund. There are several au- 
tographed items to be auc- 

Your UTM rodeo team has 
been working hard all year 
to make this a great week 
and the rodeo a huge suc- 
cess. Each team member is 
doing as much as they can 
as well as focusing on their 
personal accomplishments 
in college rodeo. Show 
your support for the rodeo 
team and join in on the ac- 
tion this week. 

The Skyhawk rodeo 
team has been rack- 
ing up wins away from 
Martin this season en 
route to securing a spot 
in the national rank- 
ings. This weekend the 
team will look to defend 
its home territory with 
a victory in the 39th 
Annual Spring College 
Rodeo at the Ned Ray 
McWherter Agricultural 
Complex. The action 
begins Thursday at 
7:30 p.m. 

Kristin Wiseman/ The Pacer 

Rodeo team racks up top 5 finish 
at North Arkansas competition 

UTM Sports Information 

The UTM rodeo team finished fifth in 
this past weekend's North Arkansas Col- 
lege Rodeo at Harrison where there was 72 
points that separated UTM from first place 
in the team standings. 

Missouri Valley piled up 665 points to 
win the rodeo, while Southern Arkansas 
was second with 640 points and Troy was 
third with 600 points. West Alabama fin- 
ished fourth with 595 points, while UTM 
was fifth with 593 points. 

"Everybody is competing well," said 
John Luthi, the UT Martin head rodeo 
coach. "I cannot fault any of them. This 
was an extremely close rodeo." 

Russ Ratkowski turned in a 75-point ride 
in the bareback competition's first round to 
finish second. He was fourth in the second 
round with a 70-point ride and finished 
fourth in the average. 

Matt Bright also worked the bareback for 
UTM and turned in a 73-point ride in the 
first round to split fourth place. He turned 
in a 69-point ride in the second go and fin- 
ished fifth in the average. 

Brent Menz worked the calf roping for 
UTM and turned in a 13.0 run in the first 
go to split sixth place. He turned in a 12.2 
run in the second go and finished second. 
He was fourth in the average with a total of 

SGA: Continued from Cover 

25.2 on two runs. 

Ty Atchison and Brad Bates worked the 
saddle bronc for UTM and finished 
second and third in the average respec- 

Atchison turned in a 76-point ride in the 
first go and a 75-point ride in the second 
go. Bates turned in a 77-point ride in the 
first round and a 72-point ride in the sec- 
ond go. 

Boyd Quinley turned in a 4.6 in the steer 
wrestling first go to finish third. He had 
a 10.2 run in the second go and finished 
fourth in the average. 

"We didn't have things fall our way, but 
I don't want to make excuses," Luthi said. 
"We have to keep fighting and keep work- 

On the women's side, UTM finished sev- 
enth in the team standings with 85 points. 
Troy won the rodeo with 405 points, while 
Murray State was second with 295 points. 

Lauren Glasco scored points for the UTM 
women in the breakaway roping when she 
turned in a 30 run in the first go to split 
second and third place. She had a 4.9 run 
in the second go to claim fifth. She was also 
fifth in the average. 

Brittany Duff and Nikki Bacon worked 
the goat tying for UTM but did not earn 
any points. 

Additionally, Student Voice favors per- 
manent positions in the SGA Senate for 
foreign and nontraditional students. 

Similarly, Dykes favors a more smooth- 
ly run and efficient SGA, but her ideas 
include "meet the chancellor" forums and 
more interactivity with students through 
the myUTMartin portal. 

"We need to go to other schools and 
see what their priories are," Dykes said. 
"Access and success are both what we 
should strive for as a student govern- 

Dykes added, "SGA must take advan- 
tage of opportunities to be available to 
(students), for their representation is very 

She continued, "Creativity is something 
we bring a lot of to the table. EC (Executive 
Council) has never gotten down to talk to 
colleges. We need to address little things 
like parking lots are simple. We want to 
keep people involved." 

Dykes said she would support initiatives 
like school spirit days, recycling initiatives 
and chancellor forums. Additionally, her 
party advocates initializing exam study 
days during the fall semester. Currently, 

there is no time off for students between 
the end of classes and final exams during 

But some call into question Dykes' 
loyalties to the College of Agriculture and 
Applied Sciences, saying since agriculture 
maintains a lofty reputation and receives 
significant funding at UTM, Dykes may be 
ill-equipped to lead all students. 

That is not the case. Dykes said. 

Similarly, others questioned whether 
Chambers is in touch with the needs of 
students, since she is currently serving 
as a legislative intern for the Tennessee 
General Assembly in Nashville. 

She, too, says that is not true. 

"I still have friends here. I know all these 
smiling faces," Chambers said. "I still keep 
in constant contact by e-mail, and I still 
come to meetings in Martin. I still feel like 
I'm in touch with the students." 

Chambers added her work in Nashville 
has afforded her valuable experience in 
government, and that she has "grown up" 
since being defeated in last year's presi- 
dential election, when she lost to incum- 
bent President James Orr. 

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