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It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2008 


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SGA Travel Study Scholarship 

Student applications for 2007-2008 may 
be declined because of a lack of funds. 


Travel fund budget stretched thin 

Heather Peterson opportunities. about $57,000 and 124 majors if they want to be 

Pacer Writer 

Students planning on 
going on a travel study or 
study abroad trip who are 
counting on the SGA Travel 
Study Scholarship might 
not receive the scholarship 
they help fund. 

The four deadlines for 
the scholarships have not 
yet elapsed, but money 
is already running low. 
The fourth deadline ends 
March 3 and is for the April 
thru December travel study 

What is the problem 
with the money, exactly? 
The travel study fund is 
working too well. 

Each student pays $5 
per semester directly 
from their student fees to 
fund this account. Former 
SGA President James Orr 
initiated this program in 

The 2005-2006 academic 
year raised about $51,000 
and 111 students were 
offered the scholarship. 
The next year raised 

students were offered the 

Professor Paul Crapo, 
director of the UTM Center 
for Global Studies, sees this 
as a positive thing. 

"I find it encouraging 
that students are using the 
scholarship made possible 
by the students. Traveling 
abroad is going to impact 
your life in many ways," 
said Crapo. 

Crapo also feels that travel 
study or studying abroad is 
vital to students of all 

able to compete in a global 

With only three of the 
four deadlines passed, 124 
students have applied for 
assistance and $61,500 has 
been raised so far for the 
travel study account. Some 
students may be turned 
down for this scholarship 
and others may decline to 
accept this scholarship. 

The committee deciding 
those deemed eligible 
for this scholarship is 

— See ' Travel fund ’ on Page 6 

June stresses importance of SGA 

Toston takes data-driven approach 

Will York 

Senior Reporter 

Vincent June's student 
affairs experience is a 
perfect fit for UT Martin as 
it stands as an institution 
in transition, he told The 

June was vice president 
for Student Affairs at the 
12,000-student Florida 
A&M University in 
Tallahassee from 2005 to 
2007 when the university 
was undergoing leadership 
and demographic changes. 

The opportunity to work 
with student leadership 
is June's main reason for 
getting involved with 
student affairs, he said. 

He said student leadership 

starts with the Student 
Government Association 
president and weaves its 
way down through student 
organizations. June said he 
enjoys keeping leaders up 
to date with policies and 

"A lot of times I had to 
come in and get rid of red 
tape," June said of student 
governments. "My role is 
not to put obstacles in the 
way . . . but to empower 
them to accomplish what 
they want to do." 

He said his experience 
with student government 
has been statute-driven, 
meaning his work with 
student leaders has been 
to align their policies with 
state statutes to increase the 

likelihood that their goals 
are achieved. 

June said his experience 
with crisis management, 
revitalizing personnel 
structures and budgeting 
particularly fits UTM. 

June oversaw four phases 
of new housing construction 
in the late '90s— similar to 
the residence construction 
under way at UTM— and led 
a transition team at Florida 
Gulf Coast University, 
which was founded in 

"A lot of times people 
think student affairs is 
all about fun and games 
and we don't do anything 
meaningful that ties in 

— See \ June ’ on Page 6 

Will York 

Senior Reporter 

Improving students' 
quality of life through data- 
driven decisions is what 
makes vice chancellor for 
Student Affairs candidate 
Margaret Toston stand 
apart, she said in an 

Toston, who has 
served as vice president 
for Student Affairs at 
Central Connecticut State 
University since 2004, said 
last week that she believes 
in the use of surveys' to best 
tell administrators what's 
on students' minds. 

She also said constant 
contact with students 
coupled with an enrollment 

management program- 
creating a balance between 
new and graduating 
students— helps boost 
graduation rates, something 
she said UTM can benefit 

"If I am the successful 
candidate for this position, 
improving the quality 
of life, creating a vibrant 
learning, living community 
will always be at the top of 
my agenda," Toston said. 
"I'm the person who will 
stand in the hallway with 
a basket of energy bars and 
not-so-healthy things and 
offer them to students the 
first two weeks of class just 
to see if students are getting 
everything they need." 

Toston said her interest 

in enrollment management 
is directly tied with her 
interest in student and 
financial success. 

"It's cheaper to keep our 
students than to continue 
to enroll new students," 
she said. "While we do 
a good job of enrolling 
new students, it's just as 
important to graduate 

She said another way 
to increase retention is to 
"decrease the run-around 
students experience when 
they conduct business on 

Toston said her first 
14 months at Central 
Connecticut — when 

— See ‘Tosten’ on Page 6 


• Understands the needs of Greek letter organizations 

• Saw Florida Gulf Coast Univ. through four housing construction projects 

• Degrees from Florida A&M and Washington State University 


• Devoted to security and is student oriented 

• Lived in a residence hall at Central Conn. State for 14 months 

• Degrees from Grambling State, Univ. of La. at Monroe, Univ. of Mississippi 

Panel sends final VCSA choices to chancellor 

Will York 

Senior Reporter 

The committee charged 
with finding UT Martin's 
next vice chancellor for 
Student Affairs will offer 
its recommendations to 
Chancellor Tom Rakes 
this week, the committee's 
chairman said Monday. 

Search committee 

chairman A1 Hooten said 
late Monday that the eight- 
person panel met earlier in 
the day and suggested "up 
to three names" for Rakes' 

Rakes then has the final 
decision on naming a vice 

The search committee 
led by Hooten— who also 
serves as UTM's vice 
chancellor for Finance 
and Administration— had 
selected five finalists 
from an initial pool of 32 
applicants for on-campus 
interviews during the past 
two weeks. 

One of the candidates, 
Paul Bryant, withdrew from 
the search last week, citing 
a family emergency. 

Hooten said no UTM 

faculty or staff members 
applied for the job. 

Calls Monday seeking 
comment from Rakes were 
not immediately returned, 
but an administrative 
assistant to the chancellor 
said Hooten will inform 
Rakes of the committee's 
recommendations early 

"I feel like (Rakes) 
will move as quickly as 
possible," the assistant 

Hooten also suggested 
that Rakes may make a swift 
announcement, citing the 

still-open search for a vice 
chancellor for Academic 
Affairs— the job vacated by 
Rakes when he was named 

Whoever Rakes selects 
as the leader of Student 
Affairs— the division that 
oversees all aspects of 
student life outside the 
classroom ranging from 
fraternities to dorms to 
safety— will stand out— at 
least physically— from the 
rest of the university's 
senior staff. 

All four candidates 
selected for on-campus 

interviews were either 
black, women or both. 

"We did take diversity 
into consideration," Hooten 
said in an interview. "This 
is a situation where we look 
for people who appreciate 
diversity in the community. 
All the candidates to some 
degree have participation 
in diversity somewhere in 
their career." 

But Hooten also said all 
the finalists— regardless of 
race or background— met 
the requirements for the 
position, including having 
a doctorate and at least 

10 years of experience in 
student affairs. 

Teresa Woody, the 
director of UTM's Office of 
Minority Affairs, said she's 
pleased with the diversity 
of the finalists for the job. 

"I'm also pleased they 
brought a lot of very good 
research and assessment 
on multicultural issues," 
Woody said. "I think 
it means quite a bit to 
students to see someone 
who represents them. It's 
very, very positive." 

— See VCSA ’ on Page 6 






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Slightly slick streets sours students 

S ame weather, same 
problem, same out- 
come, different 
semester. The students at 
UTM were again surprised 
to find that classes were 
indeed still in session. 

Last week, the admin- 
istrators deemed it com- 
pletely unsafe for all sat- 
ellite campuses to be in 
session, yet failed to follow 
in the fashion 
of surround- 
ing school 
districts by 
classes. Many 
students who 
live off cam- 
pus were con- 
cerned with 
the driving 
on unsalted, 
hazardous roads. 

Obviously, if local school 
boards are concerned 
about the safety of stu- 
dents, then why not have a 
university share the same 
sentiment for tax-paying, 
tuition- increase-tolerating 
and increasingly endan- 
gered college students? 

A1 Hooten has said to 
The Pacer in past winter 
seasons that the consider- 
ation of the road condi- 
tions getting to campus are 
not their primary concern 
because the most impor- 

tant factor for the adminis- 
trators is whether it is safe 
on the campus itself. 

As there are currently 
searches on this campus to 
bring new blood into the 
campus environment, we 
hope that many of the cur- 
rent administrators will 
begin to think about the 
issues of all students when 
trying to attend classes. 

It does not do 
anyone any 
good if only the 
students who 
pay the uni- 
versity to live 
within the safe, 
small town 
are the only 
ones capable of 
attending class- 
es merely by 
walking from their dorms 
or respective living envi- 

The students have been 
speaking in coherent, well 
thought out arguments 
that cannot continue to be 
ignored based solely on 
their geographic location 
in relation to the 38238 zip 

Frankly, when The Pacer 
dies while driving to cam- 
pus, which administrators 
will volunteer to write our 

We hope that 
the current 
will begin to 
think about the 
issues of all 

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The Pummeling Pen By: Eric white 

In the Counselor’s Comer: The key to a great relationship? You, at your best! 

• Be prepared. 

You have to be ready 
before you can help to cre- 
ate a great relationship. Are 
you managing your own 
life reasonably well? Are 
you a good friend? Are you 
sober? Have you thought 
about what you want in a 
partner, and what you want 
for your own life goals? 

• Be picky. 

Be very picky. You will 
never have the right rela- 
tionship with the wrong 
person. Is your potential 
partner a decent human 
being? Does he or she show 
consideration to other peo- 
ple? Can your partner take 
responsibility for his or her 
actions? Would you want 
to be friends with this per- 
son, even there wasn't any 
physical attraction at all? 
Does your partner think 

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you are terrific and special, 
or does the person act like 
it is a big favor to be with 

• Be proactive. 

Don't allow yourself to 
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this relationship, no matter 
how exciting the ride may 
be. You are the co-creator 
of this romance, and it is up 
to you to be honest about 
what you want and need, 
to express your thoughts 
and feelings directly, to 
talk about what bothers 
you, and not to settle for 
anything less than respect 

from your partner. 

• Be patient. 

Many wedding cere- 
monies include the Bible 
quote, "Love is patient, 
love is kind." Being patient 
means understanding the 
natural course of relation- 
ships - they are almost 
always fabulous and thrill- 
ing in the beginning, but 
they only remain fabulous 
if both partners are will- 
ing to wait for a deeper 
relationship to unfold and 
to invest their true selves 
in the process. Do you give 
your partner the benefit of 
the doubt when you dis- 
agree? Do you approach 
your partner with courtesy 
and consideration, even 
when you are irritated or 

• Be positive. 

That doesn't mean tak- 

ing the approach, "I'm posi- 
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look for the goodness in 
your partner. Don't over- 
look meanness or tolerate 
any sort of abuse, physi- 
cal or emotional, but don't 
automatically assume that 
your partner will do all the 
negative things that previ- 
ous partners have done. 

Promote the best in your 
partner. If you have a good 
relationship, be grateful 
and mindful; express your 
appreciation often. If you 
are with the right person 
and have done your own 
preparation for a healthy 
relationship, you will be 
able to trust your partner 
and to enjoy the time you 
spend together, while con- 
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View Points 

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Our Recommendation for VCSA 

Endorsement Editorial: 

Toston best fit to lead UTM of the future 

N early two years ago, 
a scrappy cadre 
of finalists came 
to campus with hopes 
of being named the next 
vice chancellor for Student 

The most qualified of 
them may not have even 
made the cut of five final- 
ists this year. 

We applaud A1 Hooten 
and the search committee 
for acting quickly, profes- 
sionally and judiciously in 
seeking some of the most 
highly qualified candi- 
dates for vice chancellor 
for Student Affairs ever to 
come to this campus. 

All five candidates would 
fit well at UT Martin, but 
some fit better than oth- 

The senior leadership of 
this university has been 
dominated by older white 
males for far too long. 

In a time when a woman 
or a black man can be elect- 
ed president, it's time for 
our leaders to better reflect 
the diversity of our student 
population— in opinion, 
educational background 
and yes, appearance. 

The search produced two 
highly qualified contend- 

In Diane Berty, the uni- 
versity would benefit from 
a unique look at leader- 
ship. Her background in 
student health services put 
her outside the realm of 
the traditional— something 
we could benefit from at 

Berty's personality con- 
veys confidence and could 
reassure a division left 
without permanent leader- 
ship since 2005. Her inti- 
mate understanding of this 
university and the unique 
challenges of Tennessee 
universities was unparal- 
leled in the finalists. 

Berty, a native of 
Clarksville, Tenn., is engag- 
ing, intelligent and well- 

prepared for senior lead- 
ership in student affairs. 
She undoubtedly values 
diversity and would bring 
more activities to a cam- 
pus bereft of meaningful 

We particularly liked her 
commitment to making 
students healthier, includ- 
ing a proposed campus- 
wide smoking ban. 

But we had our reserva- 

After she came to cam- 
pus, we were still unsure 
what drives her decision- 
making, and her applica- 
tion and campus interviews 
lacked specifics relating to 
her experience. 

In Margaret Toston, we 
would benefit from a stu- 
dent affairs perspective 
forged by nearly 30 years 
of exceptional experience 
at several colleges. 

Toston's glowing per- 
sonality, dedication to 
data-driven decisions and 
proven record of making 
the right choices makes her 
our choice for vice chancel- 
lor for Student Affairs. 

Toston's leadership has 
been tested at several uni- 
versities— giving her the 
opportunity to pick the 
best policies for UTM from 
a menu of past successes. 

Sprinkled with accolades 
from both students and 
administrators, Toston's 
resume is unsurpassed 
among the vice chancel- 
lor candidates for its com- 
prehensiveness, depth and 
breadth. She has worked 
with and inspired students 
from all backgrounds, and 
she is the only candidate 
who understands the com- 
plexity of enrollment man- 
agement, a need of UTM 
now and in the foreseeable 

No other candidate can 
say he or she lived in uni- 
versity dorms for more 
than a year to better under- 
stand student needs. 

No other candidate has 
devised a plan so com- 
prehensive, so innovative, 
so inspiring as commis- 
sioning hundreds of but- 
tons for faculty, staff and 
administrators to wear 
that encourage students to 
ask for help. 

No other candidate par- 
allels the depth of her 
experience in dealing with 
students from so many 
backgrounds. She brought 
the largest gathering of gay 
students to her campus. 
She stood up for Hispanic 
students who were denied 
a meeting place and built a 
cultural center for them. 

She has stood in hall- 
ways handing out energy 
bars to ensure students are 
being served in the best 
way possible. 

Toston has said one of 
her faults is not being in 
as many administrative 
meetings as she should 
have, but frankly, that's a 
strength for us. 

We want a vice chancel- 
lor who is an advocate for 
students and treats all stu- 
dents the same, regardless 
of their affiliation with fra- 
ternities or sororities. 

We need a vice chancel- 
lor who believes in stra- 
tegic planning and using 
surveys to make decisions. 

Margaret Toston repre- 
sents a new generation of 
leadership for UT Martin— 
a generation marked by 
fairness and progress. 

She has experience that 
perfectly fits UT Martin, 
from her detailed knowl- 
edge of university housing 
to the disparity between 
campus and community 

Her ideas, her leadership 
and her commitment to the 
welfare of students make 
Margaret Toston the most 
logical choice for a bur- 
geoning campus grasping 
for its identity. 


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Campus News 

Page 4 

Local coffee shop expands to offer select beers 

Staff Reports 

Eric Markin, owner of Baroque Dx Coffee, stands next 
to the new selection of domestic and imported beers 
recently made available at his coffee shop. (Pacer Photo/ 
Katie Mercuri) 

Beer is now just a short 
walk from campus for stu- 

In Martin, it used to be 
impossible to buy qual- 
ity beer said 2001 graduate 
and co-owner of Baroque 
Dx Coffee Eric Markin. 

"I've been a lot of places 
and seen a lot of things, and 
I wanted to bring some of it 
back (to Martin)/' Markin 

Markin, a self-proclaimed 
beer enthusiast, decided 
after a year of owning 
the shop he would sell a 
selection of domestic and 
imported craft beers. 

"I love Stella Artois. It's 
my favorite," Markin said. 

He also recommended 
Yazoo from a brewing 
company in Nashville 
and Shock Top made by 
Anhuieser Bush which con- 
tains a hint of orange. They 
also offer a slew of Samuel 
Adams brews. 

In addition to the pre- 
mium beers, the shop 
offers regular domestics 
like Miller Light, Bud Light 
and Budweiser. On tap, the 
shop has a five dollar 'drink 
all night till the keg is gone' 
special on Bud Light. For 
those who might not want 

to come in, but still would 
like something different 
on their palate, the shop's 
drive-thru allows beer 
buffs a quick stop for their 
lager needs at nine dollars 
a six pack. 

Along with adding beer 
to the menu, the shop plans 
to add an open mic night, a 
karaoke night and bring in 
some comedians through- 
out the spring semester. 
Markin said he is unafraid 
that the addition of alcohol 
might alter the ambiance of 
his shop. 

"It is for responsible 
adults, who want drink 
responsibly with their 
friends. We can refuse ser- 
vice to anyone who seems 
like they've had too much 
to drink," Markin said. 

The price of the beer 
might also hinder people 
from drinking to excess, 
said Markin. Some might 
not see the point in spend- 
ing more money on beer, 
but Markin sees it differ- 

"Some people will come 
in and spend a couple dol- 
lars on a cup of coffee, and 
just like that some people 
will come in and spend a 
couple dollars on a beer," 
Markin said. 

Plans to add more beers 

and a TV are in the works. 
Markin said he is never 
adverse to student sugges- 

tions and will potentially 
order specialty beers by 

UTM announces candi- 
dates for Vice Chancel- 
lor of Academic Affairs 

Amanda Carr 

Pacer Writer 

With a search for Vice Chancellor of Student still under- 
way, the candidates for Vice Chancellor of Academic 
affairs were announced via campus e-mail on Monday. 

Dr. E. Jerald Ogg Jr., interim vice chancellor for Academic 
Affairs; Dr. Donna L. Burgraff, dean of the College of 
Business, Education and Professional Studies at Soutwest 
Minnesota State University in Marshal, Minn.; Dr. W. 
Harold Ornes, dean of the College of Science at Southern 
Utah University in Cedar City, Utah and Dr. Richard A. 
Beck, associate vice president for Academic and Student 
Affairs at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, 
have been named as the candidates for hire. 

The four hopefuls will be visiting campus the week of 
Feb. 11. All four will undergo the same type of open cam- 
pus and student forums as the candidates for the VCSA 
position Feb. 11-14. One candidate will speak per night 
starting at 7:30 in the University Center. 

All students are encouraged to attend, take part in the 
discussions and ask the candidates questions. The Vice 
Chancellor for Academic Affairs position is one of great 
influence on campus and deserves every student's atten- 

"The public student forums are available so that the 
students can meet the candidates and let the selection 
committee know what they think of them. Students have 
the opportunity to shape the future of the university 
through these chief positions. Other campuses may not 
allow this kind of accessibility and I want to encourage 
students to attend each night, meet the candidates and 
give their opinions," said Interim Vice Chancellor for 
Student Affairs Steve Vantrease. 

Cox appointed to history commission 

Student groups host mock election 

Ashley Totty 

Pacer Writer 

UTM history professor 
Brent Cox, a specialist in 
Native American History, 
has recently been appoint- 
ed by Gov. Phil Bredesen 
to the Tennessee Historical 

The objective of the com- 
mission is essentially to 
encourage the diverse study 
of Tennessee's history for 
the benefit of students. 

Cox, nominated by the 
Tennessee Native American 
Convention, hopes to 
accomplish much for the 
ethic group's recognition in 
Tennessee history. 

"I hope to ensure the 
place of Native Americans 
in Tennessee history," Cox 
said. "Currently they are 
usually only mentioned 
in passing, like in the first 
chapter of a history book. 

but I hope to change that." 

In a letter from Bredesen 
to Cox, Bredesen praised 
Cox's qualifications saying 
Cox's "individual charac- 
teristics and professional 

"I hope to 
ensure the 
place of Native 
Americans in 

- Brent Cox 

History Professor 

qualifications were excep- 
tional among the number 
of nominees who expressed 
interest." Bredesen also 
expressed his enthusiasm 

for the commission say- 
ing, "It is very important 
to me that our state boards 
and commissions are filled 
with the most dedicated 

Some of the duties of the 
commission are to main- 
tain and operate historical 
sites, mark important dates, 
locations and persons in 
Tennessee; to record and 
nominate to the National 
Register of Historic Places 
all properties which meet 
National Register crite- 
ria and implement other 
programs of the National 
Historic Preservation Act 
of 1966. 

"It is a small group of 
people with a large task," 
said Cox. "I look forward to 
it as I always look forward 
to serving Tennessee and 
UT Martin." 

IFC, NPHC begin Greek Week festivities 

Fraternities , sororities host week of 
events to benefit Habitat for Humanity 

Staff Reports 

Greek Week starts this 
week with money being 
raised to benefit Habitat for 

"The Greek Week fund- 
ing Habitat for Humanity 
is something we are going 
to keep doing over the next 
year. Eventually, we would 
like to have an entire house 
funded by the Greek Week 
fund raising" says Louis 
Ragsdale Coordinator for 
Greek Life. 

Tuesday at 7pm, they 
will be holding their "Hire 
a Greek" auction in the 
Student Life Center where 

Greeks are being sold to the 
highest bidder. The win- 
ning bidders will have their 
Greek "slave" for the week 
and are normally used 
for cleaning and running 

The Line Dance will be 
Wednesday at 7pm in the 
Skyhawk Field House the 
cost is $2. This Thursday at 
9pm in the Skyhawk Field 
House, they will be per- 
forming Lip Sync. The cost 
of the show will be $3 at 
the door. This year the 
theme will be Broadway 

IFC/NPC Step Show will 
be Friday at 7pm in the 

Skyhawk Field House. The 
cost is $8 in advance at UC 
Information Desk or $10 at 
the door. 

The NPC Rockathon 
Fundraiser will be Saturday 
from 11am until 6pm in the 
Student Life Center. Alpha 
Tau Omega will be having 
a chicken dinner to benefit 
St. Jude. Dinner will cost 
$7 and tickets can be pur- 
chased from members or at 
the NPC fundraiser. 

Greek Fest will end with 
the Awards Ceremony 
Sunday at 5:30pm in the 
Student Life Center. 

Staff Reports 

Got a political opinion? 

You can share it with 
the campus today during 
UTM's Super Tuesday Mock 
Presidential Election. 

The mock election, spon- 
sored by the Division of 
Student Affairs, SGA and 
the UC, will be held from 
8 a.m. till 6 p.m. Voting 
locations are not restricted 
- all you need is Internet 
access, your Portal log-in 
information and your UTM 
identification number. 

The election Web site is, 
and all faculty, staff and 
students are allowed to 

"I hope many on cam- 
pus take advantage of this 
opportunity," said Steve 
Vantrease, interim vice 
chancellor for Student 
Affairs. "We're certainly 
encouraging everyone to 
go to the polls and cast 

their real votes for our next 
presidential candidates, but 
they can also vote in the 
mock election on campus." 

Vantrease said that 
Student Affairs and SGA 
collaborated on the idea, 
with technological sup- 
port from John Abel, 
interim director of the UC, 
and Mike Abney of the 
Computer Center. 

"With all the discussion 
going on about the pri- 
maries, and all the bicker- 
ing among candidates, we 
just wanted to get a pulse 
of our campus on feel- 
ings about the election," 
Vantrease said. "The mock 
election will be similar to 
the real world, except that 
it involves live online vot- 

Vantrease said he hopes to 
have mock election results 
Wednesday morning. The 
results will be made avail- 
able to the campus through 
University Relations, the 

Portal, campus-1 and The 
Pacer, he said. 

Plans for the mock elec- 
tion were finalized and 
announced at SGA's Jan. 29 
meeting. To participate, go 
to the election Web site and 
log in using your Portal 
name (jsmith, johns, etc.) 
and your UTM ID number 
(960xxxxxx). You will then 
be directed to the voting 

Both the Democratic and 
Republican primary slates 
will be displayed, but you 
can only make one selec- 
tion. As in the real world, 
the whole slate will be 
displayed even though 
some candidates have 
dropped out. Also, you 
have the option to vote as 
an "uncommitted" voter or 
write in your alternate can- 

If you have difficulty vot- 
ing via the Web site, call the 
SGA Office at 881-7785 for 

Increase in students, admission standards 

MEMPHIS, (AP) _ More 
students are trying to get 
into college in Tennessee, 
thanks mostly to money 
from Lottery scholarships, 
but universities are getting 
more selective too. 

With the pool of col- 
lege applicants widening, 
schools in Tennessee and 
across the nation have 
become increasingly selec- 

University of Tennessee 
at Knoxville dean of enroll- 
ment services Richard 
Bayer says applications are 
going up, and the quality in 
that pool is improving too. 

In 2001, about 96 percent 
of students who applied to 
the university were accept- 

ed. This year the acceptance 
rate will hit its lowest point 
ever at 64 percent. 

The flux of students 
applying to local colleges, 
for the most part, is being 
driven by the Tennessee lot- 
tery scholarship program. 

The number of students 
getting financial aid has 
nearly doubled since the 
scholarship's inception in 

It started at $93 million 
worth of scholarships for 
40,000 students and has 
increased to $233 million 
for 78,000 students. A pro- 
posed budget hike by Gov. 
Phil Bredesen could pro- 
vide college funding for 
another 15,000. 

The increase in candi- 
dates has allowed some col- 
leges to gradually increase 
admissions standards. 

Over the last four years, 
the University of Memphis 
has put more weight on 
GPA's and ACT scores, as 
well as reserved spots for 
honor students, said assis- 
tant vice provost for enroll- 
ment services William 

While the university has 
more desirable applicants, 
Akey says, "Our goal is 
not to become an exclusive 

Information from: The 
Commercial Appeal, www. 

Nation remembers Columbia space shuttle disaster five years after tragedy 

Matt Cook 

Executive Editor 

"Roger, uh, but. . ." 

They are the last 
known words of Col. Rick 
Husband, mission com- 
mander for STS-107, the last 
mission of the space shuttle 
"Columbia." The U.S. Air 
Force colonel is in mid sen- 
tence, acknowledging a 
transmission from NASA's 
Mission Control Center in 
Houston, Texas, when the 
communications signal 
from Columbia to Mission 
Control is lost. 

At 8:10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 
1, 2003, Columbia's crew 
is informed by Mission 
Control that they are GO 
for de-orbit, after 16 days 
in orbit performing myriad 
scientific research experi- 

8:15: Husband and shuttle 
pilot William McCool, a US 
Navy Commander, per- 
form the de-orbit burn to 
send the shuttle hurtling 
toward the Earth. 

8:44: Columbia flies over 
the Pacific Ocean at a height 
of 400,000 feet and begins 
colliding with air molecules 
in the upper atmosphere, 
causing temperatures out- 
side the shuttle to rise to 
2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

8:52: Columbia enters the 
peak heating phase of re- 
entry, approximately 300 
miles from the California 

8:53:46: Debris is seen 
trailing from Columbia. 
Mission Control has 
observed a normal re-entry 
to this point. 

8:54:25: Columbia crosses 
into Nevada; shuttle is seen 

by observers to flash bright- 
ly and more debris is seen 
falling from Columbia. 

8:55: Columbia cross- 

es into Utah briefly, then 
enters Arizona. 

8:56: Columbia enters 

New Mexico, now at an 
altitude of 219,000 feet. 

8:58:20: Columbia enters 

8:59:15: Tire pressure read- 
ings on Columbia's land- 
ing gear are lost in Mission 
Control. Houston alerts the 
shuttle's crew. 

8:59:32: Husband's 

response to the alert is cut 
off in mid sentence. They 
are the last words heard 
from the crew. 

Less than 50 seconds later 
the main body of the shut- 
tle is observed to be break- 
ing apart, and observers 
on the ground hear a loud . 

boom as debris and smoke 
trails fill the clear, blue 
skies of north Texas. 

All seven astronauts 
Husband, McCool, 
Payload Commander Lt. 
Col Michael Anderson of 
the US Air Force, Payload 
Specialist Col. Ilan Ramon 
of the Israeli Air Force, 
Mission Specialist Kalpana 
Chawla, Mission Specialist 
Capt. David Brown of the 
US Navy and Mission 
Specialist Capt. Laurel 
Clark of the US Navy - 
were killed in the disaster. 

UTM Astronomy 

Professor Dr. Lionel Crews 
said he heard about the 
disaster on the news that 
Saturday morning. 

"My initial response was 
utter sadness. Astronauts 

See 'Columbia’ on Page 6 

Columbia’s crew poses for a photo aboard the shuttle. 
This photo was recovered from an unprocessed roll of 
film found in the wreckage. (AP Photo/NASA, file) 

February 5, 2008 

State News 

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UT fraternity sanctioned on hazing charges 

University of Tennessee has 
sanctioned a fraternity for a 
hazing incident in January 
that put three students in 
the hospital. 

The university rescind- 
ed Pi Kappa Alpha's UT- 
Knoxville campus registra- 
tion on Monday after the 
national fraternity placed 
the chapter on administra- 
tive suspension. 

Separately, the chapter 

pleaded guilty to hazing 
charges before the UT stu- 
dent judicial affairs office. 

"The university rescind- 
ing of registration means 
the organization cannot 
participate in social events 
and activities," UT spokes- 
woman Karen Collins said. 

Collins said the ill pledg- 
es were released from the 
hospital, though she could 
provide no details, and 
the fraternity house was 


A continuing investiga- 
tion by the national frater- 
nity could lead to further 
review by the university 
and possibly more sanc- 
tions, including dismissal 
from campus. 

Information from WATE- 
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Cable bill lacks transparency, reporters say 

Lucas L. Johnson II 

Associated Press Writer 

_ House Speaker Jimmy 
Naif eh on Monday denied 
there's been a lack of trans- 
parency in the handling 
of a contentious proposal 
to change cable permit- 
ting rules in Tennessee 
to encourage broadband 
access around the state. 

Naifeh, a Covington 
Democrat, told reporters 
Monday legislative lead- 
ers from both parties have 
been meeting with repre- 
sentatives from AT&T Inc. 
and other cable businesses 
for the past five weeks to 
work on compromise leg- 
islation, but the media has 
not been invited to any of 
the meetings. 

Naifeh said about 15 rep- 
resentatives from AT&T 
and other cable business- 
es and several lawmakers 
have been present during 
the meetings. 

When questioned about 
the matter, Naifeh said 
there's no hidden agenda 
but that all parties want to 
first work out the "techni- 
cal issues" of the proposal. 

"Let's get it all worked 
out ... then let us as legisla- 
tors go over it and deter- 
mine what we want to be 
the bill," said Naifeh, who 
was joined by Republican 
sponsors of the legislation 
from both chambers. 

Sen. Bill Ketron, R- 

Murfreesboro, agreed with 

"I won't calendar the bill 
until I feel comfortable ... 
that Tennesseans are get- 
ting what they're request- 
ing," he said. 

Naifeh nor any of the 
lawmakers provided spe- 
cifics about the proposal. 
But Naifeh did address 
criticism from Gov. Phil 
Bredesen who told the 
Chattanooga Time Free 
Press in an interview last 
month he didn't think what 
Naifeh is "trying to do can 
be successful." 

"I respectfully disagree," 
Naifeh said. "We're going 
to have a bill." 

On Monday, the governor 
seemed to have changed 
his tune. His spokeswom- 
an, Lydia Lenker, released 
a statement saying the gov- 
ernor "is pleased ... prog- 
ress is being made and 
he appreciates Speaker 
Naifeh's leadership on this 

"He is encouraged to 
know these efforts are 
focused on building a 
plan that will benefit all 
Tennesseans," she said. 

Bredesen has said he 
would get involved in the 
proposal. He stayed out of 
last year's legislative fight 
over the measure that would 
create statewide franchis- 
ing rules that would allow 
companies like AT&T to 
avoid having to seek hun- 
dreds of municipal permits 

as it enters the cable TV 

The measure failed last 
year, but the speakers of 
both chambers have said 
they consider this year's 
effort to have a better 
chance to pass. 

Earlier last month he 
declined to tell the AP 
what his specific proposal 
would be, other than that 
he wants to "take some 
leadership and direction" 
on the issue. 

Cable and telecommu- 
nications groups spent at 
least $10.7 million in the 
fight over the proposal last 
year, according to lobbying 

AT&T says the measure 
would allow for more com- 
petition for cable consum- 
ers. The company wants to 
roll out its U-verse package, 
which delivers TV content 
to consumers using the 
Internet, rather than tra- 
ditional cable or broadcast 

Local governments 
opposed the measure over 
worries that the change 
would lead them to lose 
control over who has access 
to cable service. Currently, 
municipalities can negoti- 
ate franchise agreements 
that require companies to 
provide service to every- 
one, not just wealthier resi- 
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Tenn. polls affected by weather woes 

Teresa M. Walker 

Associated Press Writer 

the past three weeks. Brook 
Thompson had been wor- 
rying about the chance 
of snow in Tennessee on 
Super Tuesday. Now the 
state's election coordinator 
is keeping an eye on the 
weather for another threat: 

"You never know what 
type of weather issue you 
may have," Thompson said 

Forget winter weather 
putting a chill on Tennessee 
voters who decided to wait 
to cast ballots in the state's 
presidential primary. 

Temperatures were fore- 
cast to reach the low 70s 
and possibly hit record 
highs across the Volunteer 
State. The warm spell and 
only scattered showers dur- 
ing most of the voting day 
could help boost turnout. 

But a cold front is expect- 
ed to begin pushing strong 
thunderstorms into the 
western edge of Tennessee 
at midday Tuesday and 
could bring damaging 
winds, hail and the chance 
of tornadoes. 

"The better weather will 
be in the morning hours," 
said meteorologist Jonathan 
Howell of National Weather 
Service in Memphis. 

Thompson's office will 
stay in touch with coun- 
ty election officials state- 
wide Tuesday to monitor 

any possible problems. He 
recalled a tornado that hit 
Jackson the day before a 
municipal election but said 
election officials are ready 
for any possibility. 

"If you're concerned about 
that, you ought to go on 
and vote early," Thompson 

Shelby County elec- 
tion administrator James 
Johnson in Memphis was 
expecting up to 50,000 
more voters Tuesday after 
nearly 31,000 voted early. 
He said he would stay in 
touch with state officials if 
the storms prove stronger 
than expected. 

"Weather could always 
have an adverse effect on 
turnout. It depends on how 
severe it is. I'm just praying 
we will not have any severe 
weather for any reason," 
Johnson said. 

A flurry of campaigning 
brought all three leading 
Republicans to Tennessee 
in the closing days of the 

Republican Mike 

Huckabee visit- 

ed Chattanooga and 
Blountville while Mitt 
Romney stopped at a 
popular Nashville pan- 
cake restaurant Monday. 
John McCain campaigned 
in Nashville on Saturday 

Democrat Hillary Clinton, 
who visited the state Jan. 
26-27, had daughter Chelsea 
meet supporters Sunday in 
Nashville. Democrat Barack 

Obama hasn't been in the 
state since June, but his for- 
eign policy adviser visited 
Tennessee State University 
Monday and the campaign 
scheduled a few endorse- 
ment announcements. 

Tennessee's presidential 
primary has drawn unusu- 
al but not unwelcome atten- 
tion from the candidates, 
thanks to wide-open races 
for both parties and the 
state's decision to move 
up its primary to Super 
Tuesday, a 24-state bundle 
of primaries and caucuses. 

Tennessee tripled its pre- 
vious early voting turnout 
for a presidential primary 
with 320,939 of the state's 
3.3 million voters, and 
Tennessee could beat the 
turnout of 830,000 in the 
1988 Democratic presiden- 
tial primary when favorite 
son A1 Gore was on the 

Thompson said the early 
voter turnout could be the 
result of voters becoming 
more comfortable with 
early voting. But he has 
been hearing a lot of excite- 
ment about this primary, 
possibly because so many 
states are voting on the 
same day. 

"Both parties' nomina- 
tions are still open, so I 
think we're going to have 
a real good turnout," 
Thompson said. 

The storm system wasn't 
expected to move into 
Middle and East Tennessee 
until after the polls close. 

English deptartment holds competition 

Once again this year, the 
annual English Department 
writing contests will award 
prizes of $150 each to the 
best student writers in the 
categories of poetry, short 
story, personal essay and 
scholarly essay. 

Student winners will also 
receive various other rec- 
ognitions and will be invit- 
ed to post their writings 
on the department web 
site. The names of annual 

winners are inscribed on 
plaques in the department. 
Winners will also be recog- 
nized at the annual English 
Department Awards 
Banquet on March 3. 

The deadline for sub- 
mitting entries is Feb. 8. 
Directions for entering the 
contests are available from 
the English Department 
offices in Holt Humanities 
131. Further information is 
available at campus exten- 

sions 7300 or 7310. 

All full-time undergrad- 
uate students enrolled at 
UTM during the fall or 
spring terms 2007-2008 are 
eligible to enter their origi- 
nal works in the contests. 

Four panels of expert 
readers will judge the sub- 
missions. Winners will 
be announced later in the 
spring term. 

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to the curriculum/' June 
said last week. "That's 
something I've been inti- 
mately involved with. 
Everything should tie 

"If we develop a lecture 
series, for example, this 
is not done in isolation," 
he said. "We should work 
closely with Academic 

June said bringing more 
culture to campus is 
important, and he favors 
an assessment of what's 
already on campus and 
what role Student Affairs 
can play in strengthening 
UTM's offerings. 

"We have to decide what 
it is we're supporting, are 
we collaborating, are we 
looking at the resources 
needed to make that hap- 
pen?" June said. "We need 
to make sure it fits in with 
the goals of the institu- 

June, who was a member 
of the traditionally black 
Alpha Phi Alpha frater- 
nity as an undergraduate 
at Florida A&M, was the 
strongest proponent of 
the role of fraternities and 
sororities on campus. 

"(Greek life) is a marriage 
between the university 
and the respective national 
organization," June said. 
"It's a wonderful frame- 
work if done correctly. It's 
a recruitment tool, it's a 
retention tool, it's a way to 

find good leadership." 

He said fraternities and 
sororities also serve as a 
base for increasing alumni 

But June said he also sup- 
ports non-Greek student 
organizations and their 
ability to "foster the same 
type of relationships as 

He said organizations 
augment and supplement 
Greek Life's mission. 

June also said his deci- 
sions are all based on the 
university and division's 

"The pillar (to achiev- 
ing goals) is understand- 
ing-faculty, staff and stu- 
dents— what is the univer- 
sity's mission, and second, 
what is the strategic direc- 
tion Student Affairs wants 
to go in," June said. 

June resigned from his 
vice president position at 
Florida A&M in July 2007 
over what he called a polit- 
ical squabble, and he has 
not worked since then. 

"I worked with the inter- 
im president, and I thought 
I would at least be there for 
three years and the presi- 
dential search took place 
sooner rather than later," 
June said. "I didn't want to 
work with the new presi- 

June explained in that in 
Florida, vice chancellors 
serve at the pleasure of the 
university's president and 

that the gap between his 
resignation and applica- 
tion at UTM was a "needed 

June said his first respon- 
sibility at UTM would be 
to have an "open dialogue" 
with Student Affairs staff 
and student leaders "to see 
where Student Affairs is, 
where it's been and where 
it's going." 

June, who earned his 
doctorate in higher educa- 
tion at Washington State in 
1996, said administrators' 
ultimate responsibility is to 

Aggressive budget- 
ing and grant-writing are 
among June's strongest 
strengths, he said. 

June said he holds meet- 
ings with administrators 
four times a year to discuss 
budget priorities. 

"(Budgeting) is a tight 
process, and it's a challeng- 
ing process," he said. "I 
oftentimes like to have a 
rewards system." 

June said he brings cre- 
ativity to the budget-mak- 
ing process, which allows 
him to shift funds between 
accounts and make money 
stretch further. 

June was responsible for 
a Student Affairs budget of 
about $34 million at Florida 

"None of us would have 
jobs in higher ed if it weren't 
for students," he said. 

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Woody said she hopes 
the next vice chancellor 
for Student Affairs devotes 
more attention to attract- 
ing— but more importantly, 
retaining— students from 
underrepresented popula- 

She said she hopes to see 
more funding for student 
programs aimed at minor- 
ity students, community 
outreach and recruitment 
for students representing 
what she called the "full 
spectrum of diversity," 
including race, gender, sex- 
ual orientation and even 
economic background. 

"That's just a dream I 
have; they killed Martin 
Luther King for having a 
dream," Woody joked. 

The committee's recom- 
mendation marks the near- 
end of a protracted process 
that began in August 2005 
with the abrupt resigna- 
tion of Katherine High, 
the most recent permanent 
vice chancellor for Student 

High left to take an 
administrative post with 
the University of Tennessee 
system in Knoxville. 

The search for High's 
permanent replacement 
was reopened in April 2006 
after Leroy Durant from 
Jackson State University 
declined the position. 

Internal candidate David 
Belote— who was serv- 
ing as the interim for the 
position— was told then 
he would have been more 
competitive if he had 
already earned a doctorate. 

The search was further 
delayed by the retire- 
ment of Chancellor Nick 
Dunagan and the elevation 
of then-provost Tom Rakes 
to chancellor. 

Steve Vantrease will con- 
tinue to serve as the inter- 
im in the position until a 
permanent replacement is 
named, he has said. He did 
not apply for the perma- 
nent position. 

Hooten, who was the 
search committee chairman 
during the previous search, 
credits an earlier start with 
producing a more qualified 
pool of candidates than the 
earlier search. 

During the last round of 
searches, advertisements 
and job postings weren't 

made public until January, 
as opposed to starting in 
September this academic 
year, he said. 

Hooten said he instruct- 
ed the search committee 
to talk candidly about 
strengths and weaknesses 
of the four candidates left 
in the search, and then the 
eight committee members 
cast votes for up to three of 
their favorites. 

The search committee 
is composed of Mary Lee 
Hall, dean of the College of 
Education and Behavioral 
Sciences; Elaine Harriss, 
Faculty Senate president 
and interim director for 
graduate studies; Charlie 
Deal, assistant vice chan- 
cellor for alumni relations; 
Gina McClure, director 
of the Office of Campus 
Recreation; Sandra Neel, 
director of the Office of 
Financial Assistance; Teresa 
Woody, director of the 
Office of Minority Affairs; 
Erin Chambers, Student 
Government Association 
president; and Erin Smith, 
a student representative. 

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have the riskiest jobs 
because space is the most 
dangerous environment 
to be in. NASA has had 
so few disasters, and it 
is quite amazing that we 
haven't had that many," 
Crews said. 

The impact of losing 
the shuttle was difficult 
to measure. Crews said, 
given that so few problems 
had previously occurred. 
However, he added that the 
shuttle program would be 
phased out over time even 
if the fatal disaster had not 
taken place five years ago. 

"The space shuttle has 
long outlived its useful- 
ness," Crews said. "A huge 
amount of money has gone 
into the shuttles, and that 

has been a drag on the rest 
of the space program." 

Crews suggested that 
space planes - small- 
er ships designed to get 
humans into space 

without the large cargo 
capacity of the shuttles - 
are the way of the future. If 
NASA wants to construct 
something in space, such 
as a space station, it could 
ship the parts separately 
in unmanned flights, and 
then fly astronauts to put 
the pieces together in the 
smaller, safer space planes. 

Crews said that students 
should pay attention to 
the program because he 
believes it is our future. 

"The more we know 
about space, the more we 

Toston: Continued from Cover 

she lived in university resi- 
dences— exemplifies her 
unique attitude toward stu- 
dent affairs. 

"The effects (of deciding 
to live in the dorms) were 
almost immediate," Toston 
said. "First of all, there was 
just this disbelief that a per- 
son of my level would be 
willing to live in the same 
circumstances as they did. 
I learned very quickly what 
the issues were." 

She said as a result of her 
experience, the university 
decided to remodel a resi- 
dence hall that had become 
neglected because "no one 
at a decision-making level 
had been inside that build- 
ing in years." 

As vice president at 
Central Connecticut, a 
public four-year college of 
about 10,000 students in 
New Britain, Conn., Toston 
oversaw 14 departments 
and managed a budget of 
about $6 million. 

Members of fraterni- 
ties and sororities— who 
make up about 15 percent 
of UTM's total enrollment, 
a proportion significantly 
higher than other public 
schools in Tennessee— 
serve a definite purpose 
on campus but should not 
be treated differently from 
other student organiza- 
tions, Toston said. 

"I don't think there should 
be any greater attention to 
the behaviors, the goals— 

anything related to the 
Greeks," Toston told The 
Pacer. "I believe Greeks do 
a good job with self-govern- 
ing, but when there are con- 
duct problems, they should 
be dealt with in the same 
way as any member of any 
student organization." 

Toston said her commit- 
ment to diversity is "deep- 
ly ingrained into me as a 
human being" and goes 
beyond laws and policies. 

She helped bring the larg- 
est True Colors gay and 
lesbian student conference 
in the country to Central 
Connecticut, and she over- 
saw the construction of 
a Latino student center, 
according to her applica- 
tion packet. Before work- 
ing at Central Connecticut, 
Toston directed the dis- 
abled student program at 
the University or North 
Carolina at Wilmington. 

Hispanics make up the 
largest minority of Central 
Connecticut students. 

She said one way of 
recruiting a more diverse 
student body is to let stu- 
dents from underrepresent- 
ed groups tell their stories 
in admissions material. 

As adviser to student 
government associations, 
Toston said she prefers help- 
ing leaders devise a strate- 
gic plan, rather than sitting 
in on Senate meetings. 

Toston restructured 
Central Connecticut's stu- 

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know about ourselves 
because space is the con- 
text in which we live," 
Crews said. "We gain a lot 
of information about where 
we've been and where we 
are going by looking at 
other places." 

"I really think, if we got 
our act together, that we 
could have colonies on 
Mars and the Moon some- 
time in students' lifetime," 
Crews said. "We are rap- 
idly approaching the maxi- 
mum capacity this planet 
can maintain, and if we 
wait until we reach that 
limit to find out what to 
do, then people really will 
start dying." 

dent handbook to add fre- 
quently asked questions 
and renamed it the "student 
survival guide." 

She ordered buttons for 
administrators, staff and 
faculty to wear during stu- 
dent orientation and the 
first few weeks of classes 
reading, "Ask for help." 

Student Affairs phone 
numbers were printed on 
the back of the buttons in 
case the wearers didn't 
know the answer to stu- 
dents' questions. 

Toston also said the uni- 
versity has a responsibility 
to provide cultural opportu- 
nities to the community by 
cooperating with chambers 
of commerce and meeting 
with community leaders. 

She helped start a univer- 
sitywide critical incidence 
response team to deal with 
emergencies and has had 
the FBI test their policies 
by holding mock disaster 
drills on campus. 

Before working at Central 
Connecticut, Toston was 
dean of student life and 
development at Maryville 
University of St. Louis from 
1995 to 2003. 

Toston earned her doctor- 
ate in higher education lead- 
ership from the University 
of Mississippi in 1994 ana 
earned a certificate in edu- 
cation management and 
leadership from Harvard. 

comprised of faculty from 
different departments, a 
representative from student 
affairs, Steve Vantrease and 
at least two students affili- 
ated with SGA. 

This will be the first time 
in the three years since 
the scholarship's begin- 
ning that they will have to 
start turning people down. 
The first group of students 
likely to be rejected will be 
those asking for funds to go 
to conventions held in the 
United States. Previously, 
students wanting to attend 
national meetings for an 
organization in which they 
held membership were eli- 
gible to receive the money. 

The decision was made 
to reject those particular 
requests because the trips 
do not stay true to the real 
objective of the fund, which 
is to be able to provide 
funds for students' experi- 
ences traveling abroad. 

The committee meets five 

to six times a year, with the 
most important meetings 
falling after each of the 
four deadlines. The mem- 
bers have approximately a 
week to review the applica- 
tions and then meet again 
to decide on recipients. 

Since the number of 
students applying for the 
scholarship is greater than 
expected, the committee 
has been careful about 
awarding the money. Crapo 
said that steps will be made 
to try to raise more money. 
First, the school will be 
approached to add money 
to the pool, and then they 
will look to private donors. 
The last step to raise funds 
would be to ask SGA to 
raise the amount contrib- 
uted by students. 

Students took the first 
step by creating the schol- 
arship, and Crapo feels 
that it positively shows pri- 
vate donors that students 
understand the importance 

of traveling abroad to their 
education. The Center for 
Global Studies, however, is 
always looking for private 
donors to add to the fund. 

The scholarship of $500 
may not seem like much, 
but it covers an estimated 
one-fifth of the total price 
of most 10-day travel stud- 

Kyoko Hammond, UTM 
instructor of Japanese, 
takes students to Japan for 
a travel study and is thank- 
ful for the scholarship. She 
does not know how many 
of her students would be 
able to afford the trip oth- 

"All the students I take 
to Japan have applied, 
and I believe received the 
scholarship. The trip costs 
$2,400 for 10 days, and for 
a college student, that is a 
lot of money," Hammond 

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Pacer Meetings 

Want to write for the student 
newspaper? Pacer meetings are 
every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in 
Gooch 309. Come sign up for a 
story so that you can see your 
byline in next week's issue of 
the student newspaper. 

Lifeline: Blood Donors Want- 

Lifeline Blood Services is aksing 
O negative and B positive donors 
to give blood. There is currently 
a serious need for these partic- 
ular blood types. New rules at 
LIFELINE Blood Services make 
it ok to donate blood even if you 

have a tattoo. Please give blood 
when the bloodmobiles visit 
UTM on Feb 5th and 6th from 
10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the UC 

HIV/STD Awarness 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 
Presents: Wise Up!, a discus- 
sion on HIV and STD Awarness 
on Thursday, Jan. 31 in the UC 
Room 206 B&C at 7:13 pm. Join 
them in learning about the 
causes, symptoms and, cures 
(if any) of Sexually Transmit- 
ted Diseases. There will also be 
discussions about the HIV virus 
and AIDs, and how to protect 
yourself and your partner. Hope 
to see you there! 

UTM Super Tuesday 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation and the Boling Univer- 
sity Center will host our own, 
UTM Super Tuesday Feb.5, 2008. 
From 8:00am-6:00pm, UTM stu- 
dents, faculty and staff will be 
able to log into a mock primary 
election ballot to select their 
presidential primary candidate. 
This will be a mock election 
polling the campus communi- 
ty's choice for presidential can- 
didates. . .this is NOT the real 
primary election. 

Black History Month/ Civil 
Rights Conference 

Black History Month program 
sponsored by BSA/NAACP to 
be held on February 13 at 4:00 
p.m. in room 206 B&C, Boling 
University Center. The speaker 
will be Beverly Watts, Tennes- 
see Human Rights Commission 
executive director, who will 
focus on voting and campus 
advocacy. Civil Rights Week is 
Feb. 25-March 1st. 

Times Talk Super Tuesday 

Today student representatives 
will voice support for their can- 
didate in the Times Talk forum, 
held at Skyhawk Dining, Room 
125, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All 

students are welcome to attend. 

UTM Circle K Club 

A Spring membership drive will 
be held 6:00P-7:00P - Wednes- 
day, February 6, 2008 Univer- 
sity Center, Room 229. Circle K 
International is an organization 
for college and university stu- 
dents who are responsible citi- 
zens and leaders with a lifelong 
commitment to community ser- 
vice. Students who have an in- 
terest in service, leadership, and 
fellowship are encouraged to 
contact the UTM Circle K Club 
President, Josh Potts (joslpott@ 

February 5, 2008 

Page 7 


David Hampton, A&E Editor • E-mail: 

The extent of the cracking skills of the typical college student 
end somewhere between a bag of microwave popcorn and the 
occasional package of macaroni and cheese.. And when you 
live in iVlartin, Tenn. r the choices for eating out are slim at best. 

Many UTM students have access to kilchens, hut either don't 
ihink they have time 1o cook or simply don r 1 know how. So I 
decided 1o come up with a few Italian recipes that are fast, 
healthy arid easy to help you slarl putting your kitchen to better 
use. The next time you don't feel like resigning yourself to eat- 
ing at the UC or going out for fail food, give one of these a try ! 

Co figure. A lot of Italian 
cuisine revolves around 
pasta. Luckily, even in 
.Marlin pasta is easy 1o 
come by. Everything from 
regular spaghetti to whole 
wheal tortellini can be 
found at Wal *Marl_ Throw 
some noodles and sauce 
together, and youVe gol a 


Tomatoes are always a good vegetable to 
have on hand. Romas, cherry and grape to- 
matoes offer a sweeter flavor and can be eas- 
ily cut up and used with pasta. If you don't 
wanl to go 1o the trouble of using fresh toma- 
toes, the canned variety work just as well, 
a nd in some cases, better. .Many of these 
come preseasoned and can be used slra ight 
out of the can as a pasta or pizza sauce. 


Everybody knows 
that you can 't have 
a complete Italian 
meal without bread. 
My favorite way to 
serve bread is criispy 
from the toaster 
oven with an herb 
and olive oil mix- 
ture ready for dip- 



Olive Oil 

Olive oil can be a 
very versatile in- 
gredienl. It can be 
used as a simp le 
sauce in ilself or 
for sauteeing al- 
most any imagin- 
able vegetable to 
go with pasta. 
Plus, it contains 
omega 3 fatty 
acids, making it 
one of the most 
healthful oils for 


Italian food relies heavily on the use of a wide variety of 
herbs. You're probably already familiar with some of the 
most important ones i ike basil, rosemary, organo, thyme, and 
pans ley. They can all he used by themselves for their individ- 
ual flavors or combined to create a multifaceted taste. If you 
don r 1 want to bother with individual herbs, you can even buy 
Italian mixtures and sprinkle them right in. 

recipes found al 

# * # 

: Lasagna 

:Prep Time; 

32 D min 
rTotal Time: 

:1 hr 35 min 
[Makes ; 

:1 2 servings, one piece each 

:1 lb. groun d beef or vegetarian crumbles 
:1 egg, beaten 

32-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture ftrl-Skim 

:Mozzarell a Cheese, divided 

:1 container ft tt Skim Kicotla Cheese 

31/2 cup Crated ftrmesan Cheese, divided 

31/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 

:1 jar * J26 or.: spaghetti sauce 

:1 cup water 

:1 2 lasagna noodles, uncooked 

3PREHEAT oven to 3SD*F. Brown meat in large skillet on 
3medium-high heat. Meanwhile, mrxegft. 1-1/4 cups of 
a he mozzarella cheese, the ricnfla cheese, 1/4 cup of the 
Iftrmesan cheese and the parsley until well blended; set 

jDRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir lin spaghetti sauce. Add 
jwaterto empty sauce jar; cover with lid and shake well. 
3Add to meat mixture; stir until well blended. Spread 1 
3c up of the sauce onto bottom of 1 3^9-inch baking dish.: 
31op with layers of 2 lasagna noodles, one-lhird of the «ri- 
jeotta cheese mixture and 1 cup of the sauce. Repeat lay- 
ers twice. Top with remaining 3 noodles and the remain- 
ing meat sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1-1/4 cups moz- 
Jzarella cheese and remaining 1/4 cup ftrmesan cheese. 
jCover with greased (oil. 

3E3AKE 45 min. Remove foil; hake an additional 15 min. or 
luntil heated through. Let stand 1 5 min. before cutting to 


jFeVtuecim Aifredo 

■Prep Time; 

■5 min 
fTotal Time: 

■2 D m i n 

■4 servings, 1 cup each 
■1/2 lb. fetluccine, uncooked 

■1-1/4 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable 


■4 tsp. flour 

■1/3 cup Light Cream Cheese Spread 

■3 Tbsp. Grated iftrmesa n Cheese, divided 

■1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 

■1/0 tsp. pepper 

■2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 

■COOK pasta as directed on package. 

60 AAJ/ 

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-.MEANWHILE, mix broth and flour in medium saucepan 
■with wire whisk. Add cream cheese spread, 2 Tbsp. of the 
■ftrmesan cheese, the nutmeg and pepper; cook 2 min. or 
■until mixture comes to boil and thickens, stirring con- 

jDRAIN pasta; place in large bowl. Add sauce; toss to 
jeoat. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Thsp. ftrmesan cheese 
!and the parsley. 

=TIP : 

■yegelable broth can be found al E.W. James. j 

:P«to Presto \ 

:Prep Time; ■ 

IlDmin ■ 

rTotal Time: ■ 

IlDmin ■ 

[Makes; = 

35 serving^, ahoul 2 Tbsp. each ■ 

33 cups fresh basil leaves, washed, dried ■ 

:1 /2 cup House Italian Dressing ■ 

31/4 cup Crated ftrmesan Cheese ■ 

3PLACE all ingredients in food processor or blender con- ■ 
Hainer; cover. ■ 

3PROCES5 until well blended. ■ 

[tip j 

jPeslo can he frozen in ice cube trays and popped out later- 

jfbr i ndividual servi ngs. ■ 

February 5, 2008 

Arts and Entertainment 

Page 8 

UT Martin alumnus to visit campus, 

Amanda Rogers 

Pacer Writer 

UT Martin alumnus M. J. 
Mollenhour will be signing 
copies of his latest novel, 
"Arcturus," this Thursday, 
February 7, from 10 a.m. to 
noon in the Paul Meek Li- 

His new novel consists 
of some events and char- 
acters based on real expe- 
riences, and is described 
on the author's Web site as 
taking the reader "...into a 
swirling, fast-paced plot of 
espionage, piracy, betrayal, 
and Islamic terrorism." 

The novel is based on the 
story behind the luxury 
yacht Arcturus' rescue mis- 
sion. Mollenhour conceived 
the story from news ac- 
counts of lost yachts, taken 
and scuttled by drug run- 

ners and from true accounts 
of people longing to escape 
Cuban communism. 

The bitter events of 9-11 
added the element of Islam- 
ic terrorism. 

He began writing Arc- 
turus four years ago. 

Mollenhour grew up in 
Sharon and graduated from 
Sharon High School in 1969. 
He attended UTM where 
he worked many jobs in- 
cluding a stint as a camera- 
man for the educational TV 
station on campus, in the 
housing office, the ROTC 
department and the busi- 
ness office. 

He graduated from UTM 
in June 1973 with a B.S. De- 
gree in Psychology and a 
minor in History. 

Because of his Army 
scholarship he was commit- 
ted to four years of service. 

After attending the Army's 
Ranger School at Fort Ben- 
ning, Georgia, he was com- 
missioned into the Army as 
Second Lieutenant 

He later completed fur- 
ther training at Fort Bragg, 
North Carolina and Fort 
Benning, and was then as- 
signed to the 101st Airborne 
Division (Air Assault) at 
Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 
From there he was assigned 
to the 1st Battalion of the 
506th Infantry "Curra- 
hee" Regiment, made well 
known by the "Band of 
Brothers" series. There he 
met a number of interest- 
ing soldiers, some of whom 
inspired him while writing 
his book. 

He resigned from the 
Army of his own will in 
1977. After re-adjusting 
to civilian life he attend- 

ed graduate school at UT 
Knoxville, got married and 
returned to work. 

Mollenhour managed a 
manufacturing plant until 
1982 when he started UT 
Law School, from which he 
graduated in December of 

He currently works as an 
attorney in Knoxville. 

On Feb. 6 Mollenhour 
will be signing at the Sha- 
ron and Greenfield public 
libraries. After his visit to 
the Martin campus, he will 
be signing at the Obion 
County public library. 

His book is available in 
the campus book store for 
$25 plus tax. 

On the net: 

sign recent novel 

Ison wows audience, bridges genres with senior tuba recital 

Matt Cook 

Executive Editor 

Solo tuba player is not a 
commonly seen profession, 
given that for every one 
tuba player in a symphonic 
band there will be an aver- 
age of 25 to 30 other instru- 

On Sunday afternoon, 
however, Tony Ison showed 
an audience in the Har- 
riet Fulton Theater just how 
powerful a solo tuba can 

Ison, a senior music edu- 
cation major from Jackson, 
Tenn., said he thought his 
senior recital was well re- 
ceived by the audience. 

"I thought it was a great 
performance," Ison said. 
"And now I don't have to 
get up at 6 a.m. to rehearse 
for a recital." 

Ison's performance cov- 
ered a wide range of tuba 

literature, with pieces large- 
ly from the 20th Century, 
Dr. Bradley Coker, instruc- 
tor of tuba, said. 

Ison began the perfor- 
mance with Edward Greg- 
son's "Tuba Concerto," 
accompanied by Delana Ea- 
sley, staff accompanist for 
the Music Department. 

The concerto, a grueling 
18-minute piece, showcased 
Ison'S^ dynamic and tonal 
ranges throughout fast and 
slow sections. The challeng- 
ing work went from a fast, 
attention-getting opening 
section into a slower, me- 
lodic second movement be- 
fore returning to a theme 
similar to the opening in 
the third movement. 

Ison then played a solo 
work with an accompani- 
ment CD entitled "New 
England Reveries" by Neal 
Corwell. The piece featured 
a dark, ethereal melody 

complemented by the syn- 
thetic sounds of strings. 

Ison next moved to con- 
trasting movements from 
Alec Wilder's "Suite No. 
1 'Effie.'" Ison first played 
the sixth movement, "Effie 
Sings a Lullaby," and then 
the fourth, "Effie Joins the 

Ison concluded his recital 
with a brass quintet piece, 
with the assistance of fellow 
music majors Justin Brown, 
Jeremy Rhoads, Matthew 
Emison and Chris Vaughn. 
The quintet played Gioac- 
chino Rossini's "Largo al 
Factotum" from The Barber 
of Seville. 

Ison said his plans for the 
coming months include per- 
forming in the Leonard Fal- 
cone International Tuba and 
Euphonium Competition in 
March and student teaching 
during the fall semester be- 
fore graduating. 

Lupe Fiasco changes the game with ‘Cool’ 

Chris Ivey 

Pacer Writer 

The term "sophomore 
slump" refers to an artist's 
second album that is not on 
par with their freshman de- 
but. The greatest example 
of this might be Hootie and 
the Blowfish whose de- 
but album "Cracked Rear 
View" sold an amazing 12 
million copies, but their fol- 
low up album titled "Fair- 
weather Johnson," or as I 
like to call it "14 Songs that 
Sound exactly like Only 
Wanna Be With You," sold 
a fourth of that. 

The problem lay with 
Hootie's inability to rein- 
vent themselves as musi- 
cians. People get tired of 
hearing the same thing, no 
matter how good that thing 

So, when Lupe Fiasco set 
off to the recording stu- 
dio to create his follow-up 
album to the critically ac- 
claimed "Food and Liquor," 
properly titled "The Cool," 
he did just that. 

He changed his sound by 
utilizing the help of pro- 

ducers Soundtrakk, Unkle, 
Patrick Stump and Chris 
Paultrie rather than Kanye 
West and Pharell Williams, 
who produced most of 
"Food and Liquor." 

With the addition of guest 
musicians Mathew Santos, 
Snoop Dogg, Sarah Green 
and Gemstones, the new al- 
bum has a totally different 

Even the first single, 
"Dumb it Down," which 
examines the commercial- 
ization and all around stu- 
pidity of the present day 
rap genre, is in sharp con- 
trast to the cheerful first 
single released on "Food 
and Liquor," which was 
"Kick Push." This song 
tells the story of two hip- 
hoppers who fall in love by 
means of half pipes, aerials 
and olies. 

The subject matter on 
"The Cool" is darker. Lupe 
deals with such touchy sub- 
jects as rape and AIDS on 
"Intruder Alert" and gun 
control on "Little Weapon." 
On the flipside though, 
he does rap about "Street 
Fighter II" and Monte Blanc 

pens on the track "Gold 

The beats greatly differ 
from those on "Food and 
Liquor," mostly because 
of the producing changes. 
"Food and Liquor" mainly 
sampled relaxed beats. It 
sounded a little like "Col- 
lege Dropout," but "The 
Cool" is more eclectic. It's 
like the styles of "Late Reg- 
istration" Kanye West and 
"Shock Value" Timbaland 
fused to create the record. 
It has elements of rock, 
jazz, rhythm and blues over 
hard bass kicks and also 
has a song, "Paris, Tokyo," 
that sounds like a "Souls 
of Mischief" joint from the 
mid nineties. 

Mathew Santos is also a 
great addition to the songs 
"Superstar" and "Fight- 
ers." He sounds a lot like 
Adam Levine from Maroon 
5, which gives this album a 
pop element. 

All in all, the album is a 
solid effort by the skate- 
boarding Muslim from 
Chicago. It's exactly what 
the album says it is. . .cool. 

Touche, Lupe. 

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Ison, background, performed a variety of tuba solo pieces during his senior 
recital, Sunday, Feb. 3. Pictured with Ison is Delana Easley, staff accompanist for 
the Department of Music. 


Monday, February 4 

XQ Mr. Greek - 7:00 p.m. - Watkins Auditorium 

Tuesday, February 5 

“Hire a Greek” Auction - 7:00 p.m. - Student life Center 


Line Dance - 7:00 p.m. - Skyhawk Fieldhouse (Cost: $2) 

Thursday, February 7 

Lip Sync - 9:00 p.m. - Skyhawk Fieldhouse (Cost: $3) 

Friday, February 8 

IFC/NPC Stepshow - 7:00 p.m. - Skyhawk Fieldhouse 
(Cost: $8 in advance at UC Info Desk, $10 at the door) 

Saturday, February 9 

NPC Rockathon Fundraiser - 1 1 :00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 

ATQ Chicken dinner to benefit St. Jude - Cost for 


Sunday, February 10 

Awards Ceremony - 5:30 p.m. - Student Life Center 



February 5, 2008 


^'VAViUlrniSctC-sr.C^lll Charlie llulntu^h, Tmh Editur ■ E-mail! pifCC" i^ch .ftub~l.cdk 


Charlie McIntosh 

Technology Editor 

Visual entertainment has 
become harder to come 
by within the past few 

With the Writer's Guild 
of America continuing 
their strike months after it 
began, the amount of qual- 
ity programming on televi- 
sion continues to decrease. 
The problem doesn't lie in 
a lack of programming, but 
the drought in original and 
new material has left cotton 
mouthed audiences thirsti- 
er than ever. 

Options are still avail- 
able for viewers, however, 
and many of these options 
have been appearing on the 
Web. One of the latest plac- 
es on the Web for new pro- 
gramming is OnNetworks. 
com, a Website featuring 
low-budget but high qual- 
ity shows to drown out the 
boredom of couch potatoes 

The website's premise is 
simple: a variety of fresh 
entertainment and shows 
made by the site and pro- 
vided free of charge. Unlike, OnNetworks 
places all of its content right 
up on the front page for 
you, with no need for end- 

less searching or browsing 
for a quick laugh. 

As an added bonus, the 
quality of each show sur- 
passes what you would 
expect from a Website, and 
a wide variety of different 
themes and topics are pre- 

For instance, you can learn 
what it's like to be a stand- 
up comic by following the 
life of comedian Christian 
Thom in "Comedy Insider," 
receive Golf Tips from PGA 
Professional Instructor Joe 
Beck, or discover the sci- 
ence behind making the 
perfect steak in "Food 

Top episodes of 
OnNetwork's multiple 
shows are listed and rated 
in a sidebar on the main 
page, making the brows- 
ing experience quick and 
easy for anyone who wants 
to end their boredom in a 

Even if the strike ends, 
new episodes of your favor- 
ite shows won't be com- 
ing until the Fall. This 
makes the value of a site 
like real- 
ly skyrocket for TV lovers 

On the net: 

GT5 sets a new standard for racing, whenever it arrives 

Heather Peterson 

Pacer Writer 

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue 
was released in Japan on 
December 13, 2007. Luckily, 
I have a copy now since the 
North American release is 
not until April 17 and may 
yet again be pushed back. 

Even though it may be 
considered, a demo to some 
there is still plenty of things 
to do in this game to 

keepyoubusy. Graphically 
the game is stunning, most 
times it is nearly impos- 
sible to tell the difference 
between actual footage and 

The details of the loca- 

tions are amazingly correct, 
and the weather actually 
influences game play like 
it would in real life. Once 
again. Polyphony Digital 
has set the bar for the rac- 
ing genre. 

The game will retail for 40 
dollars on both the Blu -Ray 
disc version and through 
the Playstation Network as 
a download. The official 
release of Gran Turismo 5 is 
still not available. All that is 
known is that it will come 
out sometime this year. 

The game features 37 
cars from various different 
carmakers and 10 playable 
racetracks. Some of the 
options found in the game 

are News, GT TV, Online 
mode. Ranking, Arcade, 
Event, Garage, Dealer, 
Replay, and of course the 
options menu. 

The news section releases 
a broad line of news about 
GT5 or anything closely 
related to it. When a car 
is bought from a dealer, 
news directly from that 
dealer about their products 
can be viewed. GT TV has 
videos that present certain 
cars in the game. In the 
online mode race against 
other people in the world, 
choosing from the cars that 
have been bought and the 
racetracks to race on. 

The ranking system shows 

your rank in the world in 
both time trials, and actu- 
al competitive racing. The 
ranking system records 
what car was used, the 
course was raced, whether 
racing was in simulation or 
professional mode, the type 
of tires used, race time, and 
the date the record was 

Event races are were 
money is earned and cars 
can be unlocked in the 
game. C class races are the 
first ones and work towards 
A class races. Depending 
on the race, only certain 
cars are allowed to be used 
for that specific race. 


Special Report 

UTM Student Organizations are looking to bolster via Web 

Amber Niblock 

Staff Writer 

OrgSync, a web-based 
system created to enhance 
student organization pro- 
ductivity, is currently in 
the process of being imple- 
mented at UTM. The system 
was created by former stu- 
dent organization members 
for student organizations 
and provides a multitude of 
applications and features to 
help student organizations 
operate more efficiently. 

The cost of implement- 
ing the program is a mere 
$2500 a year, which will be 
paid for out of the Office 
for Student Organizations 
budget this year and in fol- 
lowing years, out of the stu- 
dent technology fee. 

David Taylor, the 
Coordinator for Student 
Organizations, is spear- 
heading OrgSync's imple- 
mentation and believes the 

new system will positively 
influence and enhance stu- 
dent life at UTM. 

"I wanted to bring stu- 
dent orgs into the 21st 
Century in way that is 
both unique and efficient. 
OrgSync gives students the 
tools it needs to be a pro- 
ductive organization. We 
expect that student organi- 
zations will greatly benefit 
from all the program has to 
offer and allow the Office 
for Student Organizations 
to better serve its students," 
said Taylor. 

While it offers facebook- 
like networking capabili- 
ties, it surpasses in org-spe- 
cific tools like online mem- 
bership fee collection and 
bank depositing, website 
creation and design, news 
feeds, mass text messaging, 
member directories, poll- 
ing, and more. 

But the perks don't stop 
with student organizations. 

OrgSync is set-up in a 4 
layer system with Student 
Life at the top. Underneath, 
falls the sub-categories 
of student organizations, 
sports recreation (intramu- 
rals), and Greek-life. Next, 
organizations can create 
private profiles distinc- 
tive to their organizations 
needs and wants. Last, stu- 
dents can create individ- 
ual profiles, under which 
they can add the organi- 
zations they are members 
of, with the permission 
of the group administra- 
tor, and stay informed and 
organized with personal- 
ized calendars, discussion 
boards, etc. 

The program doesn't 
affect just students; it pro- 
vides administration with 
up-to-date student org. ros- 
ters and allows the Office 
for Student Organizations 
to track involvement, leader- 
ship roles, and community 

service for each student and 
organization through a Co- 
Curricular Record (CCR). 
CCRs act as a transcript for 
a student's Greek-life, orga- 
nization, and intramural 
involvement and centralize 
student management in a 
convenient, online record 
system. In addition, the 
new program helps orga- 
nizations keep in contact 
with alumni through email 
updates and online dona- 
tion solicitation tools. 

OrgSync is set to be open 
for use sometime this 
week and will formally 
be introduced to student 
organizations at the next 
President's Roundtable, 
this Tuesday night at 8:00 
PM in University Center 
Legislative Chambers. For 
more information on the 
program visit 
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From the Geek Corner 
Strong words from Google 

L ate last week Microsoft 
offered a hostile bid to 
buy Yahoo. This moved 
has been widely criticized 
across the Web, especially 
by rival company Google. In 
lue of my tech column this 
week I am going to quote 
Google's official response, 
which is more eloquently 
put than anything I could 
write. So here it is: 

"The openness of the 
Internet is what made 
Google — and Yahoo! — 
possible. A good idea that 
users find useful spreads 
quickly. Businesses can be 
created around the idea. 
Users benefit from constant 
innovation. It's what makes 
the Internet 
such an excit- 
ing place. 

S o 

hostile bid for 
Yahoo! rais- 
es troubling 
questions. This 
is about more 
than simply a 
financial trans- 
action, one 

company tak- 
ing over another. It's about 
preserving the underlying 
principles of the Internet: 
openness and innovation. 

Could Microsoft now 
attempt to exert the same 
sort of inappropriate and 
illegal influence over the 
Internet that it did with 
the PC? While the Internet 
rewards competitive inno- 
vation, Microsoft has fre- 
quently sought to establish 
proprietary monopolies — 
and then leverage its domi- 
nance into new, adjacent 

Could the acquisition of 
Yahoo! allow Microsoft - 
- despite its legacy of seri- 
ous legal and regulatory 
offenses — to extend unfair 
practices from browsers 

St. Amant 



"Could Microsoft 
now attempt to 
exert the same 
sort of inappro- 
priate and illegal 
influence over 
the Internet that 
it did with the 

and operating systems 
to the Internet? In addi- 
tion, Microsoft plus Yahoo! 
equals an overwhelming 
share of instant messaging 
and web email accounts. 
And between them, the 
two companies operate the 
two most heavily trafficked 
portals on the Internet. 
Could a combination of the 
two take advantage of a 
PC software monopoly to 
unfairly limit 
the ability of 
consumers to 
freely access 
email, IM, and 
around the 
world need 
to ask these 
and consum- 


satisfying answers. 

This hostile bid was 
announced on Friday, so 
there is plenty of time for 
these questions to be thor- 
oughly addressed. We take 
Internet openness, choice 
and innovation seriously. 
They are the core of our 
culture. We believe that the 
interests of Internet users 
come first — and should 
come first — as the merits of 
this proposed acquisition 
are examined and alterna- 
tives explored." 

Truely, I couldn't have 
put it any better myself. 
However, we will have to 
wait and see what comes 
from this move. 


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John Summers 

Sports Editor 


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Men’s basketball wins one on the road to stay in OVC race 

John Summers 

Sports Editor 

The UT Martin men's 
basketball team overcame a 
rough week at home to pull 
off a victory on the road 
Saturday to salvage their 
Ohio Valley Conference 
playoff hopes. 

The previous week had 
the potential to be a big 
one for the Skyhawks, but 
it started out on a sour 
note. The team fell at home 
74-60 to OVC foe Eastern 
Kentucky on Tuesday. 

The adrenaline was flow- 
ing pregame, as the team's 
starting lineup introduc- 
tion was reminiscent of the 
infamous Chicago Bulls' 
intro in the '90s. However, 
EKU effectively took the 
crowd out of the game by 
going on a 9-0 run early 
in the game to take an 11- 
2 advantage five minutes 
into the game. 

The teams traded baskets 
for much of the rest of the 
half until EKU went on and 
8-0 run capped off by point 
guard Adam Leonard's 
three-pointer to take a 36-22 
lead. This 14 point advan- 
tage was the most EKU led 
by in the first half. 

Skyhawk freshman 
Marquis Weddle nailed a 
three-pointer at the buzzer 
to cut the EKU lead to 39-31 
at halftime. 

Weddle extended his hot 
hand into the second half. 
He connected on another 
3-pointer to trim the EKU 
lead to 44-41 at the 15:30 
mark. The Skyhawks would 
not get as close for the rest 
of the game. 

EKU went on a 15-2 run 
after Weddle's basket to pull 
away from the Skyhawks 
for good. 

UTM would cut the lead 
to seven points late in the 
game, but EKU hit eight free 
throws down the stretch to 
win 74-60. 

EKU's Adam Leonard 
was amazing in the victory. 
The guard nailed 7 treys 
and poured in a team-high 

(Left): Lester Hudson scans the Tennessee Tech defense during Thursday’s 100-95 loss. Hudson had 27 points and 3 steals in the game to 
break the UTM school record for steals in a season. (Right): Marquis Weddle nails a three-pointer over a Tennessee Tech defender. Weddle 
tied his career high with 30 points in the game. (Left photo: Pacer/Emily Yocum; Right photo: University Relations/Trevor Ruszkowski) 

23 points. 

Weddle was the lone 
bright area for UTM. He 
also hit 7 treys and had a 
game-high 25 points. 

Lester Hudson was the 
only other Skyhawk who 
scored in double-digits. 
One of the nation's leader 
scorers was held to just 15 
points by the tough EKU 
defense. His streak of 20 
consecutive free throws 
made was also snapped. 

The home court woes 
would continue for the 
Skyhawks. They lost to 
Tennessee Tech 100-95 on 

Tech took a 20-8 lead 
only seven minutes into 
the game and never looked 

Tech's Amadi McKenzie 
grabbed an offensive 
rebound and put the ball 
back into the hoop to give 
his team a 51-36 lead at 

TTU would extend their 
lead to as many as 18 points 
with about 6 minutes left in 
the game. 

UTM then went on a 24- 
10 run to cut the lead to 4 
with a minute remaining in 
the game, but once again, 
they could not complete the 


McKenzie and Anthony 
Fisher led the way for Tech, 
scoring 21 points each in the 
game. Four other players 
also scored in double-digits 
for the Golden Eagles. 

Weddle had anoth- 
er strong game for the 
Skyhawks. He hit 8 treys 
and tied his career-high 
with 30 points. 

Hudson had three steals 
in the game to break the 
UTM school record for 
steals in a season. He also 
had 27 points, 8 assists and 
7 rebounds in the game. 

The Skyhawks rebound- 

ed from these two losses 
to pull out a 90-71 victory 
at Southeast Missouri State 
on Saturday. 

UTM came out strong to 
take an early 12-point lead 
and never looked back. 

The team's three top scor- 
ers led the way. Gerald 
Robinson had a game-high 
26 points and 12 rebounds. 
Weddle poured in anoth- 
er 22 points and 4 treys. 
Hudson had 18 points, 10 
rebounds and 7 assists. 

With the win, UTM 
improves to 11-14 on the 
year and 7-8 in the OVC. 

The top eight OVC teams 

will play in the OVC play- 
offs, and the Skyhawks are 
currently tied for eighth. 
There are five OVC games 
remaining on the schedule, 
and four of those teams do 
not have a winning record 
in the OVC, so the team 
appears to be in good shape 
to qualify for the playoffs. 

The Skyhawks have 
two of those games at 
home this week. They will 
host Tennessee State on 
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 
Eastern Illinois on Saturday 
at 6 p.m. TSU posts a 7-7 
OVC record while EIU is 3- 
11 in conference play. 

Women’s basketball pushes OVC power High hopes for 2008 
house Southeast Missouri to the brink Skyhawk softball team 

UTM Athletic 

The UT Martin women's 
basketball team dressed 
only six players Saturday 
at Southeast Missouri State 
due to the suspensions of 
Aunjel Adams and Marie 
Goyette for violations of 
team rules. 

Shorthanded as they 
were, UTM forced the Ohio 
Valley Conference's sec- 
ond-place team to overtime 
before eventually falling 

Jennifer Angler led the 
Skyhawks in scoring with 
18 points and was aided 
by Phyllisha Mitchell's 12 
points and 15 rebounds. 

To open the game, the 
Skyhawks jumped out to 

an early 4-0 lead on the 
Redhawks with back-to- 
back buckets from Fuller 
and Mitchell. Unfortunately, 
it would be the Skyhawks 
largest lead of the game. 

Southeast Missouri's 
Crysta Glenn was able to 
open the scoring for the 
Redhawks when she con- 
nected on a free throw after 
drawing one of three first 
half fouls on Sarah Stinson. 
Sonya Daugherty found a 
lane to the bucket the next 
time down the floor and 
scored an easy layup at the 
18 minute mark to record 
the first field goal of the 
day for Southeast Missouri 
and pull them to within 
one point at 4-3. 

Fuller responded with a 
jumper to push the UTM 

lead back to three, but 
Daugherty had an answer 
the next trip down the floor. 
She drained her first three- 
point bucket of the game to 
draw the score even at six. 

Over the next 12 minutes. 
Southeast Missouri would 
push its lead to as much as 
16, thanks in large part to 
a 15-0 run capped off by a 
Missy Whitney three-point 
bucket from the top of the 
key, setting the score at 29- 
13 with 4:18 left in the first 

As the half was draw- 
ing to a conclusion, the 
Skyhawks rattled off a 7-0 
run of their own to bring 
the halftime deficit to only 

UTM held Southeast 
Missouri scoreless for the 
last 3:47 of regulation, went 
on a 6-0 run and sent the 
game to overtime in dra- 
matic fashion. 

With 31 seconds left, 
Victoria Carlile netted a 
jumper from the free throw 
line to tie the game at 48- 
all. Southeast Missouri 
called a pair of timeouts to 
set up a last shot attempt 
that Missy Whitney even- 
tually forced from behind 
the arc with only two sec- 
onds remaining. On the 
rebound attempt, Whitney 
Malone was whistled for a 
foul with four seconds left 
on the clock, sending the 
Redhawks' Crysta Glenn to 
the line. After Glenn left 
the first attempt short, the 
second rattled around the 
rim before falling off to the 
side harmlessly. 

In overtime, UTM was 
unable to score in the first 
four minutes and allowed 
Whitney to score 7 of the 
Redhawks' 10 overtime 
points. Crystal Fuller con- 
verted a 3 -point play with 
52 seconds remaining to cut 
the final margin to 58-51. 

"We fought very hard 
today, and I am very proud 
of the team we had on the 
floor today," said Skyhawk 
head coach Tara Tansil. 

"After being down 16 in 
the first half, we really bat- 
tled back before the half 
and at the end of regula- 
tion, but in overtime we 
just couldn't get the shots 
to fall," Tansil said. 

Mitchell recorded her 
seventh double-double of 
the season, and Angler's 18 
points was only two away 
from matching her career 
high set earlier this season 
against Jacksonville State. 

With 15 points and 9 
boards. Fuller was one 
rebound shy of her fifth 
double-double this year. 

Whitney led all scor- 
ers with 20 points and 15 
rebounds and was joined 
in double figures by Tarina 
Nixon, who chipped in 10 

UTM will return to action 
on Thursday when it hosts 
Tennessee State at Skyhawk 
Arena. The Skyhawks and 
Tigers faced off in Nashville 
earlier this season with the 
Tigers prevailing 58-52. 
Tip-off is set for 5:30 and 
all the action can be heard 
live on the Skyhawk Radio 
Network at Mix 101.3. 

John Summers 

Sports Editor 

After two straight sea- 
sons of win-loss records 
hovering at the .500 mark, 
the young 2008 Skyhawk 
softball team is expected to 
finish with a better record 
this season. 

The team was predicted 
by Ohio Valley Conference 
coaches' votes to finish fifth 
out of the ten OVC teams, 
but head coach Donley 
Canary expects the team 
to have a stronger season 
than that. 

"We definitely have the 
potential to finish higher 
than fifth," Canary said. 

Last year's team finished 
with a 30-33 (14-12 OVC) 
record. That team was 
young as well; four true 
freshmen were in the open- 
ing day lineup. The return- 
ing players will be ready 
to lead the newcomers to 
improve upon that record. 

One of the key return- 
ing players is outfielder 
Ashley Benbow, last year's 
OVC freshman of the year. 
Benbow led last year's team 
in batting average, hits, 
doubles, triples, total bases, 
slugging percentage and on 
base percentage. She was 
also near the top in runs 
scored, RBIs (runs batted 
in), steals and fielding per- 

Two All-OVC players also 
return this year. Pitcher 
Paij Lintz posted a min- 
iscule 1.74 ERA (earned 
run average per game) last 
season and also picked up 

six wins and two saves 
in the process. Catcher 
Savannah Roberts led the 
team in RBIs and was sec- 
ond in home runs. She also 
started in 60 of the team's 
63 games which is a fairly 
high percentage for a catch- 
er because of the wear and 
tear the position imposes 
on the body. 

Other returning starters 
include Megan Van Arsdale 
at third base, Kara Harper 
at first base and also pitch- 
er, Laura Roberts at second 
base, Greer Long at short- 
stop and Megan Williams 
in the outfield. 

Pitcher Ashton Strode 
is the only senior on this 
year's young team. Strode 
is joined by three juniors 
to make up the only upper- 
classmen on the team. Eight 
of the other 15 players on 
the team are freshmen. 

The team showed that 
they have promise by win- 
ning five of six games in the 
UTM Fall Softball Classic 
last September. 

They will open the offi- 
cial season this Saturday 
and Sunday in the Georgia 
State First Pitch Classic. 
The team will also par- 
ticipate in tournaments at 
Southeastern Louisiana 
University and Middle 
Tennessee State University 
the following two week- 

Home action for Skyhawk 
softball will begin on 
Saturday, March 1, when 
the team plays host to the 
UTM Hospitality House 

Victoria Carlile runs the point during UTM’s 73-64 
loss to TTU last Thursday. (Pacer/Emily Yocum)