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It’s Tuesday, April 15, 2008 

What does 
this one do? 

One woman's insight 
into car maintenance 
for women 

■ Tech, Page 9 


It's a hit! 

Baseball takes OVC win 
over Eastern Kentucky 

■ Sports, Page 10 


Melissa Kimble 

Pacer Writer 

UT Martin recently 
hosted its 40th annual 
Spring College Rodeo, but 
not everyone on campus 
appeared to be celebrating 
or enjoying the event. 

Across campus last week, 
visual protests against the 
rodeo were abundantly 
chalked on sidewalks. A 
temporary student/faculty 
group. People Educating 
on Animal Cruelty and 
Exploitation, or PEACE, has 
become the force behind 
these protests. Student 
Jaime Taylor, a leader of the 
group, is adamant about the 
protest not being intended 
for any specific group of 

faculty protest UTM’s 40th annual rodeo 

"Pro-rodeo people here on 
campus seem to think that 
we promoted boycott and 
protest of the UTM rodeo 
as a personal attack on 
them. However, this is not 
the case. Our efforts were 
against rodeos in general, 
and it just so happens that 
UTM has an annual rodeo," 
Taylor said. 

The rodeo issue draws 
passionate responses 
from those for or against 
the practice. For example, 
anti-rodeo Web sites, such 
as the European Anti- 
Rodeo Coalition (EARC) 
(http://www. anti-rodeo, 
org/english.htm) display 
pictures of animals during 
rodeos and claim that the 
rodeo's purpose is "taking 
pleasure in torturing 


"I am quite frankly 
appalled that UTM 
has supported and 
encouraged this barbarism 
(under the guise of sport 
and the misnomer of 
'entertainment') for 40 years. 
To actively and publicly 
support something known 
by more civilized people 
(if you'll pardon me) to be 
so cruel is unforgivable," 
Taylor said. "Though I 
love UTM for many other 
reasons, I am indescribably 
saddened and ashamed by 
our school's participation in 
this activity." 

Heidi Huse, an English 
Department faculty member, 

— See ' Rodeo Protest’ on 
Page 6 

Brandi Griggs, left, and Dr. Angie MacKewn, right, 
protested the UTM Rodeo Friday, April 11. (Pacer 
Photos/Emily Yocum) 

SGA candidates grapple over experience, lotto gaffe 

How and Where to Vote 

Polls are open from 10 6 p.m. 
Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Students can vote online from any 
computer at, or 
at the designated polling station in 
the UC. 

Will York 

Senior Reporter 

Student Government 
presidential candidate 
Brittany McGruder defend- 
ed her position on lottery 
scholarship reform — say- 
ing she and the Action 
Party were given bad infor- 
mation about the rules 
that govern the scholar- 
ship — while Engage Party 
presidential nominee Lorie 
Mallari fought off allega- 
tions of being unprepared 
to be president at a last- 
minute roundtable debate 
on Monday. 

Students go to the polls 
Tuesday and Wednesday to 
elect the entire SGA Senate, 
a student body president, 
vice president, secretary 
general, and to vote on a 
resolution to change the 
yearbook fee and the year- 
book itself. 

A major tenet of the 
Action Party's platform 
was to network with other 
Tennessee colleges to lobby 
legislators to increase the 
number of hours covered 
by the lottery scholarship if 
a student's major requires 
more than the standard 120 
credit hours. 

But the current rules that 

Brittany McGruder 

govern the scholarship 
already include a provision 
to cover up to 136 hours 
of undergraduate study if 
a student's major requires 
that many hours, effective- 
ly nullifying Action's pro- 

"I think more than my 
lack of research, that points 
to the lack of understanding 
of the lottery scholarship," 
McGruder said. "People 
don't know the rules. ... So 
this isn't something that is 
a bad part of our platform. 
What we are talking about 
is the inability of the lottery 
scholarship to understand 
the average student." 

McGruder said if UTM 
administrators don't know 
the mechanics of the schol- 
arship, that underscores the 
need for statewide reform. 

Lorie Mallari 

She added that students 
who are seeking double 
majors are also neglected 
by the scholarship. 

Mallari implied that 
McGruder is focusing 
her campaign on issues 
too broad for the SGA to 

"I would still lobby for 
the students of UTM," 
Mallari rebutted. "We want 
to concentrate more on the 
student body of Martin, 
whether that is for sister 
schools or on the campus 

Mallari, who is serving in 
her second unelected term 
as an SGA executive assis- 
tant, fended off allegations 
of not being qualified to 
lead the Senate. 

"What people don't real- 
ize is that executives help 

make the legislation either 
through legislative council 
meetings or random office 
meetings," Mallari said. "I 
think that the lack of expe- 
rience is a good thing. They 
can bring in fresh ideas that 
have not been communi- 

But McGruder said that 
"administration can be 
troublesome sometimes" 
and students need leader- 
ship who knows how to 
work with university lead- 

All three of the Action 
Party's Executive 

Committee candidates have 
served in Senate leadership 
positions, and McGruder 
is currently serving as an 
elected student member of 
the UT Board of Trustees. 

Both candidates respond- 

ed to questions about rising 
tuition and fees. 

Mallari said she and the 
Engage Party support the 
referendum to reduce the 
yearbook fee and do away 
with a hard-bound book, 
which is part of the party's 

In addition to SGA Senate 
elections, students will vote 
on a referendum to abolish 
an $8.50 per semester fee for 
The Spirit yearbook, replac- 
ing it with a $7 a semester 
fee to cover student publi- 
cations, including the edi- 
torially independent stu- 
dent newspaper. The Pacer. 

Mallari also said she 
would look into fixing the 
student fee-funded travel- 
study scholarship, which 
was depleted by March this 

— See ‘SGA’ on Page 6 

Faculty Senate 
committee stalls 
on sexual 
orientation clause 

Whitney Sullivan 

Pacer Writer 

Members of the Executive 
Committee for the UTM 
Faculty Senate said they 
were not aware of any 
problems related to sexual 
orientation discrimination 
during their meeting, where 
they discussed what action 
to take on revising the 
university's nondiscrimina- 
tion clause to include sexual 
orientation and gender iden- 

The executive committee 
chaired by Senate President 
Elaine Harriss deferred 
the decision on whether to 
bring the resolution to the 
floor to the Faculty Senate's 
Diversity Committee, which 
is chaired by Ann Duncan. 

The Student Government 
Association Senate passed 
the nondiscrimination reso- 
lution overwhelmingly in 
late February. 

The Faculty Senate's 
Diversity Committee took 
up the issue in Fall 2007 
before the amendment was 
brought forth by SGA this 
Spring, but the decision was 
made that it did not seem to 
be a problem at that time. 

John Schommer brought 
up concerns at the executive 
meeting last Tuesday about 
how the amendment would 
impact religious groups 
and organizations on cam- 
pus. He feared students' 
religious liberties could be 
imperiled by such a resolu- 

Schommer also read a 
list of questions that raised 
policy and legal issues. 

Dr. Jerald Ogg, a guest at 
the meeting and vice chan- 
cellor for Academic Affairs, 
said there were legal mat- 
ters for just those reasons. 

He went on to say the issue 
has raised concerns at the 
federal level in Congress 
which have not been 

Ogg and Schommer noted 

— See \ Faculty Senate’ 
on Page 6 

Earth Week’s impact increases as enviromental issues rise 

Monica Collins 

Pacer Writer 

The American Democracy 
Project and UTM Recycles 
are sponsoring the third 
annual Earth Week 
event April 21-26 in 
what sponsors say 
are exciting times 
for environmental 

Dr. Mike 

director of the UT 
Martin American 
Democracy Project, 
said that he has seen 
significant changes 
in the response to 
environmental issues 
since the first Earth 
Week three years ago. 
"People are really excited 
about environmental events. 
It's easy to get people to do 
things now, in just the last three 
years," McCullough said. 

April 22 is national Earth Day, 
and the activities offered during 
the wee-long event provide students 
and the community an opportunity 
to give back to environment. 

The events begin on Monday, 
April 21 with the "Showcase of 

This event, from 10 a.m. until 
2 p.m. in the cafeteria hallway of 
the University Center, will feature 
displays and demonstrations that 
show what UT Martin is doing to 
help the natural environment. 

"We're going to have canvas bags 
available at our tables, which people 
can take to the grocery store to avoid 
using plastic bags," McCullough 

On Tuesday, April 22 the festivities 
will continue with a speaker at the 
weekly "Times Talk" by Paul Meek 
Library Director Mary Carpenter. 
of literature about sustainability. 
"Times Talk" will be in room 125 
in the University Center, from 11:30 
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The movie "Kilowatt Ours" will 
be shown at noon in Gooch Hall's 
Gallien Auditorium on Wednesday, 
April 23. Immediately following 
the film, McCullough will lead a 
discussion of the movie. 

The Weakley County Green 
Symposium will be held on 
Thursday, April 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. 
in Watkins Auditorium in the Boling 
University Center. 

Panelists for the symposium 
include moderator Dr. David Coffey, 
UT Martin College of Humanities 
and Fine Arts co-interim dean; 
Dennis Kosta, UT Martin supervisor 
of custodial services; Keith Kersey, 
MTD; Mark Kinsey, Goodyear; 
Mike Cary, Obion County Recycling 
Center; and a representative from 
Barker Bros. Waste, Inc. 

Thursday night from 9 to 10, lights 
will be turning off all over Weakley 
County, asEarth Week continues with 
a "Lights Out Party," as community 
members are encouraged to turn off 
their lights to conserve electricity. 

A recycling event is slated for 

Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 
p.m. in the Hardy Graham Stadium 
parking lot. 

Student volunteers are needed to 
help with the event, McCullough 
said, and are welcome to just show 
up at the parking lot ready to assist 
with the collection process. 

McCullough said that the Earth 
Week events have been successful 
to this point and hopes to continue 
them in the future. 

"I think the best thing that has 
happened out of Earth Week events 
is getting people inspired. We now 
have a good recycling program in 
place, and some of (the inspiration 
for the program) came out of Earth 
Week activities," McCullough said. 

Others helping to organize Earth 
Week activities include Dr. Sarah 
Holliday, UT Martin assistant 
professor of Mathematics; Dr. 
Arthur Hunt, associate professor of 
Communications; and Tommy York, 
a UT Martin graduate student. 



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of 69, low of 48. 
Thursday, partly cloud and a 
high of 71, low of 55. 




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Our View 


Action Party best suited for SGA 

F or too long, the 
Student Government 
Association has been 
obsessed with charioting 
its senators around in golf 
carts in the name of "com- 
munication," laboring over 
intramural softball and 
voting away our money 
without cause. 

The Senate needs change, 
but the agents of change 
must be quali- 
fied and com- 
petent to make 
the changes we 
need to return 
the Senate to 
the students. 

In this year's 
election, we are 
presented with 
two starkly dif- 
ferent political 
parties vying 
for control: 

The Engage Party's plat- 
form makes us feel good. 
They boast "Spirit Nights," 
an improved Soybean 
Festival, sponsoring events 
with student groups and 
keeping administrators 
responsible for student 

In theory. Engage would 
help restore confidence in 
a beleaguered student gov- 
ernment by taking a more 
populist approach. 

Unfortunately, Engage 
is only engaged in empty 
rhetoric. When asked how 
they'd improve communi- 
cation, for instance, they 
propose holding a forum 

or making a cute bulletin 

UTM's problems are more 
complex than pretty Web 
sites and working with sat- 
ellite campuses to improve 

Lorie Mallari, Engage's 
presidential nominee, has 
no experience working 
with legislation, despite her 
claims. She was an execu- 
tive assistant 
while Brittany 
McGruder and 
Eric Lipford 
were the most 
senators this 
year - and 
that's accord- 
ing to the 
sheer volume 
of legislation 
they passed. 
The Pacer 
believes in measurable, 
data-driven results, and the 
Action Party has proven 

While we are concerned 
about their lack of knowl- 
edge or research about 
the lottery scholarship, 
McGruder, Lipford and 
Rebecca Weaver - as well as 
the rest of the Action Party 
- are far better equipped to 
deal with the realities of a 
complex SGA. 

We like parties, but we 
prefer solutions. We whole- 
heartedly endorse the 
Action Party in this week's 

Engage is 
only engaged 
in empty 

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Letter to the Editor 

Go, Vote for Engage! 

It is a privilege for me to 
write this letter officially 
endorsing the Engage UTM 
Party. I have full faith and 
confidence in the mem- 
bers of this party and their 
record of experience. As I 
am graduating this semes- 
ter, it brings me a sense of 
comfort to know that, if 
this group of individuals is 
elected, the students on the 
campus that I have come to 
love over the last four years 
will continue to be repre- 
sented in a positive way. 

Lorie Mallari has served 
as the Chief-of-Staff for 
the Student Government 

Association under two dif- 
ferent administrations, and 
knows the inner-workings 
of SGA inside and out. If 
there was a manual of how 
to serve the students, she 
would have written it. No 
one on this campus is more 
prepared to serve as our 
chief executive. 

Nicholas Lewis has 
served as a Senator and 
as the Senate Procedures 
Committee Chairperson. 
These are the perfect posi- 
tions to have served in 
prior to holding the Vice 
President's position. His 
experiences have prepared 
him to process legislation. 

preside over Senate as their 
chairperson, and mentor 
the Freshmen Council. 

Heather McLean is the 
perfect person to serve 
as Secretary-General. She 
has served as an Associate 
Justice of the Student Court, 
Senator, and as Procedures 
Committee Chairperson. 
If elected, she will be able 
to hit the ground running 
with her new duties. 

The platform of this party 
will do great things for the 
students, if it is enacted. 
It will allow students to 
learn where their student 
fees go, give all students 
the opportunity to become 

involved at UTM, allow the 
Student Government to be 
more interactive with stu- 
dent activities, and most 
importantly help students 
prepare for careers after 
college. I urge you to sup- 
port these Executive candi- 
dates and the Senator can- 
didates associated with this 
party. Engage UTM. "It's 
your campus.... It's your 

Chris Cherry 



Freedom of speech should not include hate speech 

Sara M. 



The problem that is the 
topic of discussion in this 
column is in regards to the 
sidewalk chalk that was 
aimed at whether the rodeo 
sympathizers or animal 
sympathizers were wrong 
on an ideological level. Now, 
I am all for the freedom of 
speech that is granted to 
Americans in the illustrious 
First Amendment; howev- 
er, there are times when the 
freedom of speech becomes 
problematic when it begins 
impeding on the rights of 

Kudos are in order for 
both groups for represent- 
ing their viewpoints on 
this particularly and over- 
whelmingly debate as well 
as Capt. Ray Coleman's 
willingness to handle my 
complain in a manner 
that was exemplary of his 
office. Although I feel that 
the beginning of the side- 

walk debates were done 
in good taste, I think it 
became problematic when 
some individuals took their 
argument to a level that 
was inappropriate and bor- 
derline hate speech. 

"Gay? No? Go to the 

The logic in this seem- 
ingly innocent statement is 
problematic and a repre- 
sentation of the problems in 
desperate need of address- 
ing on the campus. I think 
that this was an unfounded 
statement and highly offen- 
sive to most people because 
of the implications that are 
underlying the message. 
Basically, the individuals 
who felt so inclined as to 
drum up support for the 
rodeo actually grouped all 
of the people who were 
not going to the rodeo for 
whatever reasons into an 
all inclusive "gay" label. 

Not that I am saying that 
there is anything wrong 
with being labeled "gay," 
but I feel that the problem 
behind this sidewalk graf- 
fiti is that it is reflective of 
the beliefs of the society as 

a whole. I mean, if there 
was some racist terminol- 
ogy, I would believe that 
students on this campus 
would be deeply offend- 
ed, hurt and bothered that 
some students were so 
inclined as to be open with 
their bigotry. 

In fact, it would be a safe 
determination that orga- 
nizations would jump at 
the opportunity to take 
on a college campus for 
being outwardly racist. 
After all, aren't college 
students representative 
of the future because the 
education received at col- 
lege is supposed to teach 
people to think outside 
the social norms, ques- 
tion traditions that are in 
place just because "it's how 
things have always been 
done" and to develop criti- 
cal thinking skills to take 
to their respective societies 
for the betterment of all 

If most people would be 
offended by using racial or 
religious slurs, then why 
would it be acceptable to 
even consider putting a 

term that has connotations 
that are negative merely by 
the context of the rest of the 
sentence? I think that these 
individuals were attempt- 
ing to make a statement that 
all people who are opposed 
to the rodeo or refuse to go 
to the rodeo for any reason 
must be gay. 

This use of the term "gay" 
and the implied mean- 
ing behind the statement 
is offensive. Making state- 
ments that appear innocent 
yet cause people to feel 
inferior or less of a human 
being is the reason why 
hate speech should not be 
tolerated or allowed on this 

The Faculty Senate should 
seriously consider voting 
on legislation that would 
add sexual orientation or 
gender identification to the 
anti discrimination clause 
for this university. 

This example as well as 
the one that appeared later 
that said "PETA is gay. Eat 
more chicken" is unaccept- 
able to all individuals and 
such matters should be 
handled accordingly. 

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April 15, 2008 

View Points 

Page 3 

In the Counselor’s Comer: 

Choose wisely, succeed in your grades while in college 

d Counseling 
JBL Center 

Look ahead. If you con- 
tinue doing things the way 
you are doing them now, 
are you going to be happy 
with your life? If nothing 
changes, will you be okay? 
If the decisions you make 
today, next month and next 
year are similar to the ones 
you made yesterday, last 
month and last year, what 
will the future hold? 

We delude ourselves into 
thinking that "someday" 
we'll do things differently. 
We'll be more organized, 
exercise more, drink less. 

During weekends and 
holidays, the UTM campus 
is like a ghost town because 
so many of the students go 
off campus. 

Some students are unable 
to leave, though, because of 
the lack of transportation, 
no family in the area, or 
the rise in gas prices. Being 
one of those students, it 
frustrates me that this uni- 
versity doesn't have a sort 
of bus system that some 
universities offer. 

What I suggest is that 
the university starts a 
bus shuttle to nearby cit- 
ies such as Jackson, Union 
City, Memphis, Paducah, 
and even cities like Paris 
during the weekends or 
at least on alternate week- 
ends. Alternating depar- 
ture times also would help 
so that students with late 
classes can take advantage 
of the service. This can 
help the campus, too; the 
cafeteria can alter its sched- 
ule during times when the 
majority of the campus is 
gone, and this can provide 
a time off for the work- 
ers, which I'm sure they'd 

Some universities already 
offer a shuttle service to 
either surrounding cities or 

save more money, change 
our toxic relationships, 
watch less TV, and partici- 
pate in the political process. 
We'll find the time to do all 
the things we have been 
putting off, get more sleep, 
study harder, achieve more, 
whine less. Noble goals. 

Each day we make choic- 
es that shape our lives. Are 
you pleased with the way 
your life is shaping up? 
Are you proud of yourself? 
Would you admire someone 
else who made the choices 
that you are making? Are 
those choices leading you 
to a future that looks invit- 
ing and productive? 

What is most important 
to you? Are you focusing 
on that each day? Does the 
way you spend your time 
truly reflect your priori- 

another bus or train sta- 
tion in order to allow stu- 
dents to get off campus. 
Those universities include 
Adelphi University, Baylor 
University, the University 
of Maryland at Testudo, 
and Washington State 

At these universities, all 
a student needs to use the 
shuttle bus is a student 
ID. Some of these shut- 
tles, like the University of 
Maryland at Testudo, actu- 
ally go to train stations so 
that students who live far- 
ther away, like in another 
state, will be able to get to 
their final destination. The 
University of Maryland at 
Testudo shuttle bus also is 
available for guests, just in 
case a prospective student 
or parent wants to visit. 

Of course, these cam- 
puses are generally rather 
large and have large cities 
around them, so it is more 
convenient for the universi- 
ties to have a shuttle rather 
than not having one at all. 

I have a friend who 
attends Washington State 
University and who has 
no driver's license, but was 
still able to visit his grand- 
parents in another town 12 
hours away during spring 
break using the campus 
shuttle to get to the train 
station. Despite the length 



Each day is a gift we 
receive. Our challenge is 
to be mindful of the value 
of that gift and the choices 
we make about how to use 
it. Every day, we stand at a 
crossroad in our life. Do we 
enhance our relationships 
or damage them? Do we 
move toward our dreams 
or do we ignore them? Do 
we reach out to others or 
do we maintain our self- 
absorption? At the end 
of each day, are we more 
knowledgeable, more self- 
disciplined, more content? 

We can't do everything 
in a day, but we can do 
something each day that is 
consistent with our goals, 
our values, and our aspira- 
tions. What are you doing 

of the trip, he was still able 
to get off campus without 
needing a car. The only way 
I could get off campus is 
by carpooling with a good 
friend of mine, who, luck- 
ily, lived in the same area 
I did. If I had not had her 
to count on, I would have 
probably stayed on campus 
during long weekends and 

As for how to pay for 
this, the universities either 
include the bus fare in the 
tuition so that all the stu- 
dents just have to show their 
ID card, or they offer a dis- 
counted price to students 
who show their ID cards, 
depending on whether the 
bus shuttle is run by the 
university or the town that 
the university is in. 

I know with gas prices 
on the rise, there might not 
be much enthusiasm for 
the idea of a bus shuttle, 
but think of this as a sort 
of carpooling for the stu- 
dents who don't have cars 
or don't have gas money. A 
survey could be conducted 
online on the UTM homep- 
age or sent in the student 
e-mails to see if there's any 

I know I'm not the only 
one who has to stay on 
campus during the week- 
end who wished there was 
a way to go home. 

Stephanie Moody 

Guest Columnist 

My time at UTM has been 
quite a roller-coaster expe- 
rience as I have faced the 
transition from my fresh- 
man to my sophomore 

I came to Martin from 
my hometown, Memphis, 
Tennessee. The transition 
from the urban to the rural 
area of Tennessee turned 
out to be quite interesting. 
Adjusting to the small town 
where agriculture domi- 
nates has really shown me 
how important the school 
is to this community. 

During my first year, 
being away from home was 
scary and most definitely 
nervous for me. However, 
living in the dorm and gain- 
ing long-lasting friendships 
made me feel like I could 
call UTM a home away 
from home. My two years 
at UTM have been some 
of the best years because 
I have been grateful to be 

It is true that the University 
of Tennessee at Martin is a 
very diverse community. 
Students come here from 
all over the world, whether 
it is from a military family 
or just because they like the 
UTM campus. I am from 
Wiesbaden, Germany, a 
military base located on the 
European continent. 

When I first arrived at 
UTM I immediately want- 
ed to leave. My family was 
on another continent and I 
was all alone. The lack of 
public transportation espe- 
cially startled me. I came 
from a place where trans- 
portation is always avail- 
able to a place where if 
you don't have your own 
transportation you will not 
be going anywhere. 

UTM definitely is a suit- 
case campus, meaning that 
the majority of students 
go home on the weekends, 
many not even staying for 
Friday classes. I also dis- 
covered that many other 
students came from differ- 

a part of a college where 
diversity plays a strong role 
on this campus. 

Also, going into my major 
has made me feel like UTM 
has me on the right path to 
success. My professors from 
the College of Humanities 
and Fine Arts are known to 
be considered some of the 
best professors across the 
state and also known on a 
national level, which I am 
grateful for. 

One of the best things 
that UTM has shown me 
is that the faculty and staff 
here are very helpful when 
it comes to academics and 
also the social aspect of the 
school. The hardest chal- 
lenge that I overcame was 
learning how to develop 
study skills. The study 
skills I brought with me 
from high school changed 
drastically after facing a 
rough first year. 

I want my fellow peers 
to know that "cramming" 
is not healthy for the mind 
and body if you are prepar- 

ent parts of the world, just 
like I did, and they were in 
the same predicament. So 
coming to UTM without 
any form of transportation 
was not very wise on my 

I soon realized, though, 
that transportation was not 
everything. Contemplating 
on whether I wanted to stay 
at UTM, I noticed the ben- 
efits that UTM does offer 
foreign students. 

When I first arrived here, 
students helped me move 
all of my things into my 
dorm room, and the staff 
members really care about 
overseas students' opin- 
ions because of the many 
surveys that come through 
e-mails throughout the 
semester. All students at 
UTM are able to have a one- 
on-one relationship with 
their professors. I also have 
friends and residence assis- 
tants who have been more 
than willing to give me a 
ride to the local stores. 

Yet UTM could offer more 
benefits to help its over- 
seas and military students. 
When having my things 

ing for an exam. The faculty 
here at Martin truly cares 
about your performance in 
the classroom. I realized 
that success in continuing 
a higher education involves 
100 percent effort. 

This is not high school 
and as young adults, stu- 
dents need to understand 
that taking notes in class, 
listening to professors, and, 
most importantly, class 
attendance is your decision 
to make. The effort you 
put into your classes will 
be beneficial to you in the 

You should understand 
that you are not alone 
when it comes to balanc- 
ing school, work, and 
school activities you may 
be involved in. Discipline 
is the main key to success 
while in college. Juggling 
20 hours of classes and 
working two jobs, on and 
off campus, while dealing 
with school activities have 
been very overwhelming. 

delivered from Germany, 
I missed a lot of packages 
because I could not sign 
for them. UTM could offer 
a special delivery system 
that would allow our pack- 
ages to arrive earlier, before 
the semester. Even trying 
to mail something express 
can be a hassle. The UTM 
post office could offer this 
way of sending mail over- 
seas to allow important 
informational documents 
to make it to our parents 
when needed. 

A Western Union located 
in the University Center 
would benefit many stu- 
dents, not just overseas 
students. It would allow 
students to receive money 
from parents and family 
members without waiting 
for it to be approved. The 
university could also offer 
a way for students to make 
long-distance phone calls. 

I believe that if UTM 
would offer these things it 
would make the college life 
for overseas students much 

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Heather Peterson 

Pacer Writer 

The eerie emptiness of 
Business Administration, 
the muddy fenced off con- 
struction of the new dorm 
... It is hard to miss all the 
construction being done 
on campus. Even though it 
may have inconvenienced 
some staff and students the 
destruction, construction 
and renovation is meant to 
improve the university. 

"The work being 
done on the Business 
Administration building 
is contracted out to Searcy 
Construction. This project 
includes replacing fan coil 
units, air handling equip- 
ment, ductwork and other 
HVAC equipment in the 
building. The project will 
also provide new ceiling, 
lights, flooring and paint. 
"The project is currently 
on schedule and we plan 
to move the occupants back 
into the building the first 
of June," said Tim Nipp, 
Director of Physical Plant 

Another project that has 
been under construction is 
the new dorms being built 
in place of the older "y- 
dorm." "We plan on hav- 

Update: Business Admin completed soon, other projects to follow 

said Nipp. 

There are also many 
other updates planned for 
the whole University. "We 
will be starting on the New 
Student Recreation Facility 
in the upcoming months. 
Installation of the new 
Field Turf at the football 
stadium should start prior 
to the end of Spring semes- 
ter 2008. This will be a new 
"Field Turf" that will be 
completed prior to the start 
of the 2008-2009 football 
season," said Nipp. 

"Replacement of the exist- 
ing communications tower 
should start this summer. 
We will be starting the 
10,000 square foot addi- 
tion to Brehm Hall prior 
to the end of Spring 2008. 
Also, we are currently in 
the design phase of the 
Humanities HVAC Phase 
II. This project will replace 
HVAC equipment on the 
west side of Humanities 
(classrooms). We will also 
be replacing ceiling and 
lights, floors, paint and 
upgrading the restrooms as 
a part of this project. We are 
also beginning the design 
for the structural upgrades 
at the Elam Center," said 

ing the new dorms ready 
for students to move in 
by the Fall Semester 2008. 
However, there is currently 
not a timeframe on tearing 
down another "Y-dorm" 
and building the next 

phase of the new housing," 
said Nipp. 

The Fine Arts building 
will be the next construction 
project. "The renovation of 
the Fine Arts Building will 
be completed in two phas- 

— r . 1 (Pacer Photo/Martina Conley) 

es. The first phase is cur- approved by the UT Sys tem 

rently in design. This phase 
will renovate the existing 
building. The construction 
on this should start in the 
timeframe of Fall 2009. We 
would like to see a phase II 

that would provide for 
additional square footage 
of the building, new con- 
cert hall and a renovation 
of the existing theatre," 

Professors run Nashville marathon 

Tiffany Sanders 

Pacer Writer 

Several UTM professors are leav- 
ing the classroom and hitting the road 
later this month as they run the Country 
Music Marathon and Half Marathon in 

Brad Coker, Mark Simmons, Amy 
Simmons, Lucia Florido and Lynn Patterson 
and UTM philosophy professor Jim Fieser's 
wife Laura Fieser will be competing in the 
race on April 26. 

All of the professors have been training 
for many weeks and are very excited about 
the upcoming event. 

Having previously run four 5Ks, Coker, 
instructor of music, said he feels prepared 
for the race. He has been training for a 
month and a half and has run up to 30 
miles a week. 

The half marathon is a little more than 13 
miles; the full marathon is 2614 miles. 

"Some of these miles are on the road, 
while others are on the treadmill and ellip- 
tical machine," Coker said. "It's important 
to find a balance to the heavy impact 
involved with road running." 

This will be Coker's first half marathon. 
His goal is to finish the race in two hours 
without stopping or walking. 

"But I'll be happy just to finish," he said. 

Training for this race has changed Coker's 
life in many ways. 

"The training for this half marathon has 
helped me gain focus in my daily workout 
schedule. Previously, I settled for a little bit 
of weight training here and some cardio 
there," Coker said. "It's nice to have a defi- 
nite goal in mind. It takes the monotony 
out of the daily grind." 

Coker hopes to encourage his students 
and colleagues to continue or begin exer- 

Amy Simmons, assistant professor of 

music, is training for the half marathon 
with the help of Sarah Jenkins, a mem- 
ber of UTM's cross-country track team. 
Simmons says she feels somewhat pre- 
pared for what is ahead of her. 

"It's been difficult, balancing responsi- 
bilities at school with making sure I have 
enough time and energy to run," Simmons 

Since she began running, Simmons has 
lost 50 pounds and has learned how to 
discipline herself. 

"(Running has) given me an appreciation 
for my body and what it can do," Simmons 

During her training, Simmons has real- 
ized that 30 is not "middle-aged." She 
believes she has more strength and stami- 
na than she has ever had. 

"(My goal) is to finish ... on my feet, not 
a stretcher!" Simmons said. 

Lucia Florido, assistant professor of 
French, is not a running rookie. She has 
participated in a marathon in Memphis, 
the half marathon in Nashville last year 
and many short races. 

Running 35 miles a week, Florido tries 
to mix up her routine with speed training, 
hill training, long runs and recovery runs. 
She says it's imperative for her entire body 
to be strong so she also adds stretching 
and weight training to her workout. 

Running really affects her life in many 
ways and affects everyone in her life as 

"If I don't run, I am insufferable and 
really hard to handle," Florido said. 

Florido tries to improve her performance 
at each race. 

"I discovered that you can teach your 
body to perform better at each season," 
Florido said. "It is quite amazing what 
your body will do if you take good care of 
it. I'm also learning not to beat myself up 
when things don't go as planned." 

Arrest pending in buffet burglary 

Jay Baker 

Managing/News Editor 

An arrest is soon to be 
made in the burglary of 
Dragon Buffet where a thief 
made off with $20,000 in 
cash, police said. 

While police would not 
name the suspect, Martin 
Police Chief David Moore 
said that, "as late as this 
afternoon [Monday], 
they've tentatively located 
the guy." 

Moore said that a reticu- 
lating saw left at the scene 
of the crime in the office of 
the restaurant was the key 

to identifying the suspect. 
Moore said investigators 
had identified the suspect 
within days and have been 
tracking him since. 

"It's not unique necessar- 
ily that burglary tools are 
left behind," said Moore, 
who went on to say that 
criminals leave tools and 
other items at the crime 
scene for various reasons 
such as fear or believing 
they are leaving behind no 
physical evidence on the 

Moore wouldn't say if fin- 
gerprints or something else 
about the saw led investi- 

gators to the suspect, but 
would only confirm that 
the saw was the key. 

Moore said they also 
believe the individual was 
involved in the burglary 
of Dragon Buffet manager 
Ting Lin's home, March 
29th, where a thief used a 
ladder to reach a second 
floor window to steal a 
small safe and some elec- 
tronic equipment. 

Follow www.utmpacer. 
com today for continued 
coverage of the case and 
pending arrest. 

ETSU students to pay for ‘green’ fee 

(AP) — Students at East 
Tennessee State University 
may have rejected paying 
for football, but they are 
willing to pay for environ- 
mental projects on campus. 

Students voted 1,416 
to 282 on Wednesday in 
favor of imposing a $5 fee 
per semester to create the 

Campus Environmental 
Stewardship Fund. About 
14 percent of the universi- 
ty's 12,000 students voted. 

The fund will pay for 
more energy-efficient vehi- 
cles and buildings, solar 
panels and education pro- 
grams. A committee of stu- 
dent government members, 
other students and staff 

advisers will decide how to 
spend the money. 

Several other public and 
private universities in the 
state have similar pro- 

Last year students voted 
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to return football after it 
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Bredesen signs 126 bills into law 

Erik Schelzig 

Associated Press Writer 

_ Gov. Phil Bredesen has 
already signed 126 bills 
into law, including mea- 
sures requiring toll facili- 
ties in Tennessee be oper- 
ated by American-owned 
companies, banning cars 
from parking on highway 
ramps and increasing the 
font size for birth dates on 
driver's licenses. 

Bredesen has also signed 
legislation aimed at pre- 
venting theft of metals 
like copper. The proposal, 
which unanimously passed 
both chambers of the 
Legislature, requires scrap 
dealers to register with the 
state and for sellers to show 
a photo ID and submit a 
thumb print. 

Supporters argue the 
law is necessary because 
as the price of copper has 
increased, thieves have 
responded by stripping 
buildings and air condi- 
tioners for lengths of cop- 
per pipes and other metals. 

The governor has 10 days 
to sign or veto bills after 
they reach his desk. He can 
also allow bills to become 
laws without his signature. 
Most laws go into effect on 

July 1. 

Bredesen has signed into 
law a bill inspired by par- 
ents' frustration over tick- 
ets to last year's "Hannah 
Montana" tour being 
snapped up by scalpers and 
sold at a hefty profit. 

Starting in July, scalpers 
who use software to breach 
online security measures to 
buy tickets and then sell 
them for profit could be 
fined up to $5,000. 

A law that requires princi- 
ples to grant students up to 
10 days of excused absence 
to visit their military par- 
ents or legal guardians who 
are stationed abroad takes 
effect immediately. 

Dozens of the bills signed 
by the governor involve 
naming roads and bridges, 
alcohol-by-the-drink per- 
mits for specific restaurants 
and the routine extension 
of boards and commis- 
sions' responsibilities. 

Bredesen also approved 
a measure to extend the 
state's commission on 
Indian affairs by another 
year. Senate Republicans 
had argued for phasing out 
the commission because of 
infighting among members 
and over concerns that the 
commission's may want to 
seek federal recognition for 

tribes to allow casino gam- 
ing in Tennessee. 

Beginning in July 2009, 
ages on driver's licenses 
will be printed red numbers 
and in a larger font. Sen. 
Tim Burchett, a Knoxville 
Republican, said he spon- 
sored the bill on behalf 
of an elderly liquor store 
owner in his district who 
has a hard time reading the 
current font for ages. 

The law to limit operation 
of toll facilities in Tennessee 
to American-owned com- 
panies was approved by 
Bredesen despite the failure 
of another proposal to lift 
the cap on how many toll 
projects can be approved in 
the state. Current law limits 
such projects to one toll 
road and one toll bridge. 

Bredesen also signed a 
proposal to legalize hunt- 
ing with cable snare traps 
in the 21 East Tennessee 
counties where the prac- 
tice had been banned. State 
law prohibits hunters from 
using nets, spring poles 
and deadfall traps. 

On the Net: 

Tennessee General 
Assembly: http://www.leg- 

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— Mosquitoes were anoth- 
er victim of last summer's 
drought, but experts say 
they'll return — and possi- 
bly carrying the West Nile 
virus — if recent rains con- 

Metro Nashville Health 
Department has been test- 
ing known breeding spots 
for a week, even though the 

West Nile season doesn't 
officially start until May 1. 

Pooling waters in places 
like old tires to soft-drink 
cans are potential breeding 
spots and some cities, like 
Nashville, spread larvacide 
or map mosquito hot spots. 

Dr. Abelardo Moncayo, 
the state medical entomolo- 
gist, says Memphis has 
had the most of the state's 

West Nile infections, a total 
of 147 human cases and 
11 deaths across the state 
since 2002. 

The virus also appears to 
be spreading in Memphis, 
up from 15 percent of sam- 
ples testing positive for 
West Nile in 2006 to 22 per- 
cent in 2007. 


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Dietetics major explains the ‘math’ of losing weight 

Jessica John 

Pacer Writer 

Summer is quickly 
approaching and with that 
the talk of pools and beach- 
es is in the air. Now is the 
time that tank tops, tube 
tops, shorts and swimsuits 
are on the minds of many 
of us, which can be seen 
by the increased number of 
people in the Fitness Center 
and the incredibly long line 
at the tanning bed. Today, 
with diet pills, shakes, 
waters and snacks lining 
the walls of supermarket 
shelves, the idea of losing 
weight and getting into 
shape might seem more 
complicated and daunting 
than it might actually be. 
All you need to do is go 
back to the basics: 

• If you want to lose 
weight by cutting back 
calories, you have to con- 
sume fewer calories than 
your body expends in order 
to drop pounds. Remember 
that fat contains nine calo- 
ries per gram, while protein 

and carbohydrates contain 
four calories per gram. By 
limiting foods high in fat; 
like whole milk, butter, sau- 
sage and bacon, ice cream, 
fatty red meats, and rolls 
and biscuits; and replac- 
ing them with foods high 
in complex carbohydrates; 
such as brown rice, whole 
wheat bread, wheat pastas 
and oatmeal; or foods high 
in protein; such as eggs, cot- 
tage cheese and lean meats, 
including chicken, turkey 
and lean ground beef; you 
will lose weight. 

• If you want to lose 
weight by exercising, you 
still have to expend more 
calories than you con- 
sume. The American Heart 
Association suggests that 
healthy adults aged 18-65 
get at least 30 minutes of 
cardiovascular exercise 
five times a week. This is a 
minimal recommendation. 
Recent research has shown 
that weight bearing exer- 
cise is essential to maintain 
healthy bones. 

• The most effective 

way to lose weight and get 
healthy is to combine cut- 
ting back on calories and 
participating in an exercise 
regimen so that you are 
expending about 3500 calo- 
ries more than you are con- 
suming a week. A healthy 
weight loss is between Vi-2 
pounds per week. If you 
are losing more than that, 
then you are not consum- 
ing enough energy for your 
body to function proper- 
ly and if you are not los- 
ing any weight then you 
should reevaluate exactly 
what and how much you 
are eating everyday. 

Gaining, losing and main- 
taining a healthy weight is 
simply a balancing act. If 
you eat more calories than 
your body can use, then 
your body will store the 
excess as fat and you will 
gain weight. If you burn 
more calories than you 
eat, then your body will 
use your stored up fat for 
energy and you will lose 

Competitive cable legislation moves in house 

Heather Peterson 

Pacer Writer 

Comprise legislation that seeks to pro- 
vide statewide cable TV franchising is 
moving in the house with little debate. 

The measure unanimously passed the 
House Commerce Committee on Tuesday 
after Democratic chairman Charles Curtiss 
of Sparta had state Comptroller John 
Morgan address committee members to 
make sure they understood the bill. 

The legislation would allow companies 
like AT&T Inc. to avoid having to seek 
hundreds of municipal permits to offer TV 

For people who do not live on campus 
this may mean another option for a TV 
service. Advocates for the bill say it will 
allow for more competition and may bring 
costs down. How beneficial it may be is 
another story. Some committee members 
on Tuesday expressed concern about how 
AT&T will provide Public, Education and 
Government programming, or PEG. 

Currently, such channels can be accessed 
directly like any other TV channel. But 

under the new AT&T technology, Morgan 
said consumers will have to go to a certain 
channel, and then select the desired PEG 
channel from a list. 

There was also concern about the pic- 
ture quality of the PEG channels under 
the new system. "There have been some 
complaints that the picture quality is not 
good," Morgan said. 

"I don't want to look at a picture I used 
to as a kid... when you had a lot of snow 
on the TV," said Rep. Charles Sargent, R- 

Morgan said if the picture quality is 
different, then AT&T is required "to tell 
people it's going to be different." 

In any debate a compromise must be 
reached and the House Commerce 
Committee feels that one has been made. 

Gov. Phil Bredesen called the bill "equal- 
ly distasteful to all parties, which is always 
a good sign." 

Some means to insure this benefits 
everyone is the so-called "build-out" 
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Heather Peterson 

Pacer Writer 

Tax season is almost at 
an end; hopefully everyone 
has sent off their W-2s and 
will be receiving some hard 
earned money. 

No need to panic if you 
have procrastinated, and 
waited till the last minute. 
Thanks to technology you 
can miss the panicked rush 
at the post office and file 
electronically. Filing taxes 
can be done online at www. or at certain tax 
preparation agencies that 
offer online services. 

The IRS webpage tells 
people at every chance that 
they can file online, but 
if you want to do it with 
paper they offer some tips 
to help make sure you file 

According to www.irs. 
gov, "when you file a paper 
return, the numbers to 
check most carefully on the 
tax return are the identifi- 
cation numbers — usually 
Social Security numbers 

— for each person listed. 
This includes the taxpayer, 
spouse, dependents and 
persons listed in relation 
to claims for the Child and 
Dependent Care Credit or 
Earned Income Tax Credit. 
Missing, incorrect or illeg- 
ible Social Security num- 
bers can delay or reduce a 
tax refund." 

Other helpful tips the 
IRS website gives include: 
"double-check that they 
have correctly figured 
the refund or balance due 
and have used the right 
figure from the tax table; 
Taxpayers must sign and 
date their returns. Both 
spouses must sign a joint 
return, even if only one 
had income. Anyone paid 
to prepare a return must 
also sign it." 

In the event that you owe 
money to the government, 
the IRS website has a few 
pointers including: "make 
the check out to "United 
States Treasury" and should 
enclose it with, but not 
attach it to the tax return or 

the Form 1040-V, Payment 
Voucher, if used. The check 
should include the taxpay- 
er's Social Security num- 
ber, daytime phone num- 
ber, the tax year and the 
type of form filed" Also the 
website gives instructions 
if you are going to pay with 
a debit or credit card. 

Finally after all the 
paper work has been done, 
checked, signed and dated 
you can mail it off. One 
of the more common mis- 
takes is not checking to see 
if envelopes are addressed 
legibly and have the cor- 
rect amount of postage. 
Registered mail is an option 
for added protection to 
insure that the IRS receives 
the return. 

The paper forms can be 
picked up at the post office 
or on campus at the Paul 
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After-school civics education programs likely fail 


"It is unfair for a student 
going from here to New 
York to be allotted the same 
amount of money as a stu- 
dent spending the summer 
in Spain," Mallari said. 

McGruder went further, 
saying members of her 
party have already spo- 
ken with representatives 
from the Center for Global 
Studies about the scholar- 

"(The travel-study schol- 
arships) should be more 
merit-based, something 
that can be more competi- 
tive," McGruder said. 

Mallari said holding 
forums to inform students 
of how their fees are spent 

said she is concerned about 
the lessons that rodeo par- 
ticipation teaches. 

"I am an individual who 
seeks to live a lifestyle of 
respect and compassion for 
all beings, and to parat- 
icipate in creating a future 
in which all living beings 
are treated kindly and val- 
ued simply for being (as 
opposed to having value 
only for what we humans 
can get out of them)," Huse 
said. "In that context, I am 
troubled by what rodeos 
teach children who are 
watching these rodeos 
about the value of animals 
and how to treat them." 

The Professional Rodeo 
Cowboys Association, cre- 
ated in 1936, whose mem- 
bers compete in rodeos, is 

that including sexual ori- 
entation and gender identi- 
ty in the university's policy 
would hold UTM up to a 
higher legal standard — 
and possibly make it more 
prone to lawsuits. 

"Everyone should treat 
everyone well," Ogg said. 

"There should not be dis- 
crimination on campus, 
but [changing the policy] 
requires more than just 
ink," Harriss said. 

"cherry-picking" customers 
by choosing wealthy areas 
over low-income neighbor- 

Companies have 3 Vi 
years to make service avail- 
able to at least 30 percent 
of the households in their 
franchise area. Twenty-five 
percent of those have to 
be low-income. Providers 
that don't meet the require- 
ments face stiff fines. 

is the most realizable goal 
for SGA. 

McGruder said improv- 
ing recycling awareness on 
campus and starting a more 
conscious commitment to 
"going green" would be the 
easiest of her party's goals. 

McGruder said her big- 
gest accomplishments in 
Senate this year were pass- 
ing the nondiscrimination 
resolution that encourages 
the university to include 
sexual orientation and 
gender identity to its anti- 
discrimination clause and 
giving a vote to the presi- 
dent of Freshman Council 
to improve retention in the 
unelected freshman group 
that feeds to the SGA 

an example, however, of 
the various organizations 
that are pro-rodeo and help 
to assist rodeo members. 

Ryan Pope, a UTM stu- 
dent who is a member of 
the rodeo team, said the 
rodeo simply has its roots 
in American history. 

"The events in rodeo were 
formed from the everyday 
lifestyle of the American 
rancher. They use these 
same techniques every 
day to ensure that we have 
food on the table, but what 
would they know about 
that, they probably think 
that their food just comes 
from the grocery store, it 
just magically appears on 
the shelf," Pope said. 

"The protesters think 
that these animals would 

Harris did not put the 
amendment on the agenda 
for the next Faculty Senate 

Dr. Harriss stated that if 
a member brings it up, it 
will surely be discussed. 

"No student should ever 
be discriminated against 
because of sexual orienta- 
tion or gender specifica- 
tion," Harris said. 

The Executive Committee 
also voted down a motion 

For instance, if a company 
fails to reach its build-out 
target, then the Tennessee 
Regulatory Authority 
could assess a fine of as 
much as $10,000 a day up 
to a cap of $2 million in the 
case of failing to meet the 
low-income target, provid- 
ers could be fined $5,000 
total per household, with 
no cap. 

The proposal would 


Mallari said she helped 
plan a networking week- 
end for the student govern- 
ments at all the UT cam- 

Polls are open from 10 
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday 
and Wednesday, and for 
the first time, students can 
vote online from any com- 
puter, not just at the poll- 
ing station that will be set 
up in the UC. 

Students can vote at, 
using their Portal login as 
the user name and their 
student ID numbers as the 

be running around in the 
middle of nowhere on 
5,000-acre pastures without 
a care in the world if they 
weren't in the rodeo arena. 
If these animals we use 
for rodeo were not being 
used for that they would be 
hanging on a killer's rack 
with its throat cut, bleed- 
ing to death, just wishing 
they were still in the rodeo 

"I do not think that we 
are cruel to the animals 
and these people are just 
a bunch of idiots that have 
never seen or only want to 
see the dark and negative 
side to rodeo and anything 
else involving animals. 
They need to go worry 
about real animal cruelty," 
Pope said. 

to discontinue issuing mid- 
term grades. A motion to 
add the option for profes- 
sors to grade students as 
"satisfactory" or "unsatis- 
factory" at mid-term was 
approved by the Executive 

The next faculty senate 
meeting will take place next 
Tuesday, April 22, at 3:15 
p.m. in the UC Legislative 

also require AT&T and 
other new entrants to pay 
a five percent franchise 
fee on gross receipts to 
the local municipality or 
county where they operate. 
Providers must also meet 
the mandated customer 
service standards of the 
Federal Communications 

— Legislation that would 
allow a portion of state lot- 
tery funds to be used for 
after-school civics educa- 
tion programs has likely 
failed this session. 

The measure sponsored 
by Sen. Bill Ketron, a 
Murfreesboro Republican, 
was deferred in the Senate 

— The drought is easing 
because of rain this year, a 
Tennessee Valley Authority 
official says. 

At the start of 2008, rain- 
fall totals were 19 inches 
below normal. That's now 
down to 2.5 inches, thanks 
to the recent rains. 

"We're still making up 
those dry deficits, but we 

University Relations 

The audit committee of 
the University of Tennessee 
Board of Trustees is 
scheduled to meet April 
17 in Knoxville. 

The meeting is set for 
1 p.m. EDT in the eighth- 
floor boardroom of Andy 
Holt Tower. 

Betty H. Rasberry, retired 
professor of Social Work at 
UTM, recently received the 
Jim Pryor Child Advocacy 
Award for her careerlong 
dedication to child advo- 

The award was pre- 
sented in Nashville at the 
20th annual meeting of 
Children's Advocacy Days. 
Executive Director Linda 
O'Neal of the Tennessee 
Commission on Children 
and Youth presented 
the award, referring to 
Rasberry's legacy of advo- 
cacy, her leadership roles 
within many state and 
national professional orga- 
nizations, as well as her 
leadership in numerous 
service-related programs 
and civic groups. 

Rasberry was particularly 
recognized for her integral 
role in the development 

Education Committee on 
Monday, but it could be 
brought back up at any- 

However, the companion 
bill was taken off notice 
last month in a House sub- 
committee and will likely 
not be considered this ses- 

Under the bill, the pro- 

are beginning to gain on 
it," said TVA spokesman 
David Bowling, who man- 
ages the agency's River 
Forecast Center. 

He told WBIR-TV he's 
cautiously optimistic about 
the outlook. 

"If we continue to see a 
couple of inches of rain a 
week, something like that, 
we will continue to fill our 

The committee will 
review audited financial 
statements for the 
university, the athletics 
department and the UT 
Research Foundation. 

Other agenda items 

-Review of the universi- 
ty's internal audit activities 
for 2007; 

and accreditation of UTM's 
bachelor's degree program 
in Social Work. Following 
her retirement from UTM, 
Rasberry continued to 
advocate for children and 
their families through 
training, workshops, con- 
sultation and private clini- 
cal practice. 

O'Neal also commended 
Rasberry for her contribu- 
tions as a member of the 
legislatively appointed 
blue-ribbon panel that 
established the Tennessee 
Commission on Children 
and Youth with nine 
regional councils across 
the state. Rasberry contin- 
ues as an active member of 
the Northwest Tennessee 
Regional Council and cur- 
rently serves as an officer. 

Additionally, state Rep. 
Mark Maddox, D-Dresden, 
presented a resolution to 
honor and Rasberry upon 
receiving the Jim Pryor 

grams would serve students 
in grades four through 12 
and would have to be avail- 
able to students for an aver- 
age of 10 hours per week. 

Read the full text of 
SB3958 on the General 
Assembly's Web site at: 
http://www. legislature, 

reservoirs to our June 1 tar- 
get levels," Bowling said. 
"If conditions begin to dry 
up like we saw last year, 
we'll continue to operate in 
a minimum flow manner, 
conserving as much water 
as possible and position- 
ing ourselves to have as 
much water in storage as 

-Discussion of proposed 
University bylaw amend- 
ments for the internal 
audit section. 

A complete agenda and 
supporting materials are 
available upon request. 

For more information on 
the Board of Trustees, visit 

Child Advocacy Award and 
for her meritorious service 
to children in Tennessee. 
In the resolution, Maddox 
cited many awards and 
recognitions Rasberry has 
received throughout her 
years of personal and pro- 
fessional service to others. 

In closing, Maddox read 
from House Joint Resolution 
971: "Be it resolved by the 
House of Representatives 
of the One Hundred Fifth 
General Assembly of the 
State of Tennessee, the 
Senate concurring, that 
we hereby honor and com- 
mend Betty H. Rasberry 
upon receiving the Jim 
Pryor Advocacy Award for 
2008, offer our gratitude on 
behalf of her many signifi- 
cant and meritorious con- 
tributions to the health and 
welfare of the children of 
this fine state, and extend 
her our best wishes for 
every future success." 

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Pacer Meetings 

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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. 

Earth Weeek Events 

Tuesday, April 17: 

All day. No Child Left Inside 
Conference. To register, contact or call 881-7326. 

Monday, April 21: 

10am-2pm Green 
University Center 


Tuesday, April 22: 

ll:30am-12:30pm Times Talk, 
"Sacredness of the Earth", Li- 
brary 2pm-4pm Dumpster Dive, 
Between Library and UC 

Wednesday, April 23: 

12pm -2pm Kilowatt Ours, 
Gooch Auditorium 4pm-6pm 
Kilowatt Ours, Humanities 
Room 215 

Thursday, April 24: 

3pm-5pm West Tennessee Re- 
cycling Symposium, Watkins 

9pm-10pm Earth Hour, Lights 
out party at BDX 

Saturday, April 26: 

8am-lpm Recycling Collection, 
Football Stadium Parking Lot 

Undecided About a Major? 

Attend the Student Success 
Center Major Fair, featuring 
food, fun and door prizes April 
23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in UC 

206A, B and C. 

African American Studies 

The History and Philosophy 
Dept, is inviting students to at- 
tend a meeting concerning the 
African American Studies mi- 
nor. A list of course offerings 
will be given and a brief presen- 
tation will be made concerning 
the need for this minor and the 
benefits to students. The meet- 
ing is April 16, from 7 to 7 p.m. 
in the Humanities Auditorium. 

BDx Coffee’s first ever Parking-Lot-A-Palooza a success 

Demetria Jackson 

Pacer Writer 

Despite the chilly weather 
this weekend, BDx Coffee 
on University Street hosted 
their first annual Parking- 
Lot-A-Palooza with what 
BDx owner Erik Markin 
said was a huge success. 

Songwriters and bands 
played music in a variety of 
genres from noon until 11 
p.m. Students, faculty and 
members of the community 
were all present to support 
the musicians. 

More than 15 bands 
played over the day, and 
some are familiar faces at 
BDx. Some, however, trav- 
eled from 
towns for 
their sound 
to be heard. 

said the 

event is ex- 
pected to be 
hosted for 
many years 
to come. 

"I am 

so excited 
about how 
the event 
turned out— everything 

was extremely outstand- 
ing," Markin said. 

The event was held to 
serve dual purposes: to 
give the community and 
students a chance to hear 
live music in an enjoyable 
venue and let the bands be 
heard, given that Martin 
does not have many places 
where live music is played 

The bands performed 
their pieces throughout the 
day in a set order of genres, 
beginning with singer/ 
songwriters, then blue- 
grass, rock 'n' roll and one 
special performance from a 
band that formed ten years 
ago, 27bstroke6. 

27bstroke6 is a band of 
five UT Martin alumni 
that had its beginnings in 
January 1995. The band 
members are Micah Barnes, 
Matt Adams, Andy Will- 
hite. Jay McClutecheon and 
Julie Hill, assistant profes- 
sor of Music and director 
of UTM's Percussion En- 
semble. The band has had a 
number of past accomplish- 

ments, including the re- 
cording of three CDs. More 
information on this band 
can be found at 27bstroke6. 

"This special band is ex- 
pected to bring out a lot 
of old fans; it's been years 
since they played together," 
Markin said. 

BDx sold a number of 
Parking-Lot-A-Palooza T- 
shirts with names of the 
bands on the back, and 
bands sold their merchan- 
dise throughout the day. 

Some of the bands and 
songwriters that played 
were Soupstreet Shootout, 
The Vent Depart, A Total 
Absence, My Friend Maxx, 
Ezra Nance, 
Super Jam, 
Chris Fair- 
less, Ben 
and Old 

A stage 
was setup 
inside BDx 
and outside 
in the park- 
ing lot to 
listen to the 
performers. Bands that did 
not sign up in time were 
not turned away; everyone 
that came was allowed to 

The first performance of 
the day was a 16-year-old 
sophomore from Dresden, 
Tenn., Lara Leigh, who 
hopes to become very suc- 
cessful in the music busi- 
ness. Performing in front of 
crowds since she was three, 
Leigh wants her unique tal- 
ented music abilities to be 
heard. She has performed 
at The Mid-South Fair, 
Union City and small cof- 
fee shops. 

Leigh said that despite an 
unusually cold April Satur- 
day, her performance went 

"The cold air messed with 
my fingers playing the gui- 
tar but overall I really en- 
joyed myself," she said. 

For more information 
with BDx they can be found 
on at 
baroquedxcoffee or calling 

"I am so 
excited about 
how the event 
turned out— 
was extremely 

- Erik Markin 

BDx owner 

VTA Student Art Exhibit slated for April 15 

Loretta McDonald 
Tiffany Sanders 

Pacer Writers 

The Department of Vi- 
sual and Theatre Arts will 
present another spectacu- 
lar VTA Annual Student 
Art Exhibition beginning 
with an opening recep- 
tion, slated from 5-7 p.m., 
April 15 in the gallery of 
the Fine Arts Building. 

The exhibition will fea- 
ture the innovative work 
of visual arts students 
from throughout the 
2007-2008 school year. 
Students submit artwork 
in several categories for 
review by the visual arts 
faculty for inclusion in the 
department's popular end- 
of-the-year extravaganza. 

Selected student work 
will be put on display for 
judging by the art faculty 
members. They will then 
personally rate each exhib- 
it. First, second, third place 
and two honorable men- 
tions will be awarded to the 
best exhibits at the opening 
reception. Cash awards are 
given for Best of Show over- 

all and first through third 
places in each category. 

This year's exhibition 
categories include paint- 
ing, drawing, ceramics 
and sculpture, graphic de- 
sign/photography, 2-D and 
mixed media, fibers and 

"It's what we do as 
visual artists, sharing 
our vision of the 
world around us." 

- Doug Cook 

Visual and Theatre Arts 
Department Chair 


They will also be giving 
away three gift certificates 
to participating students 
from Plaza Arts Company, 
which is an art supplier out 
of Nashville. 

Roughly 30 to 40 students 
will be competing in the 

"The show is really strong 
this year," said Diane Shaw, 
Assistant Professor of Vi- 
sual and Theatre Arts. "A 

wide variety of media have 
been submitted, and there 
are many students partici- 
pating. They have done a 
really good job." 

Visual and Theatre Arts 
Department Chair Doug 
Cook said the exhibition is 
one of the most exciting 
events sponsored by the 

"Creative and innova- 
tive cumulative works 
representing our best 
young artists are dis- 
played for friends and 
family, campus and com- 
munity," he said. 

"It's what we do as 
visual artists, sharing 
our vision of the world 
around us. If you play base- 
ball you eventually want to 
be up to bat with the bases 
loaded. If you're an artist, 
you eventually want your 
work displayed in public 
exhibition," Cook said. 

The exhibition will run 
through Monday, April 28. 

For more information, 
contact the UT Martin De- 
partment of Visual and 
Theatre Arts at 881-7400. 

Fashion show will highlight professional styles 

Amber Niblock 

Pacer Writer 

For seniors springtime summons excit- 
ing sentiments of graduation, and more 
significantly, career searches and opportu- 
nities. Similarly summer internships, jobs 
and fun-in-the-sun prospects occupy the 
thoughts of every other college student. 

But as fashion experts and employers 
alike will tell you, each 
potential situation means 
nothing without the right 
outfit. In today's highly 
competitive job market, 
students can't afford to 
show up to an interview 
or event dressed inap- 

Luckily, for students 
in any situation. Van 
Huesen clothing store 
in Union City will host 
a student fashion show 
on Tues. April 15th from 
12-1 PM in the Captain's 
Coffee Shop of the Paul 
Meek Library to highlight their new line of 
affordable spring and summer fashions as 
well as professional wear for adults. 

"[Students] will see some of the newest 
styles and get ideas on how to put things 
together for a fashionable as well as a pro- 
fessional look," said Janie Crews of the 
Paul Meek Library. 

College students go from an environ- 
ment where they are judged on how good 
they grade to one based on how well they 

present themselves; students come from 
an atmosphere where they dress how they 
please to one where they are expected to 
take out excessive piercings, cover tattoos 
and leave their clubbing clothing in the 
back of their closets. Understandably, col- 
lege students are left wondering, "why?" 

Dressing appropriately in the profes- 
sional world translates to some students 
as "pretend to be someone you'er not," and 
it is far from that. Pro- 
fessional dress is about 
knowing the rules of the 
game and wearing the 
uniform so you can play 
in it. It is about finding 
the balance of not com- 
promising who you are 
and expressing yourself 
with dressing appropri- 
ately for every occasion. 

"Dress for the job you 
want, not for the job you 
have," students and pro- 
fessionals are repeatedly 
told. But what does that 

Unfortunately, not many graduates-to-be 
are enlightened with knowledge of proper 
professional wear. Additionally, those who 
often find themselves at the problematic 
state of needing to assemble a professional 
wardrobe and lacking the funds to do so. 

Fashion show clothing will be modeled 
by UTM college students and Van Huesen 
will be giving away door prizes among 
those in attendance. Crews said. 

"[Students] will see 
some of the newest 
styles and get ideas 
on how to put 
things together for a 
fashionable as well 
as a professional 

- Janie Crews 

Paul Meek Library 


Arts and Entertainment 

April 15, 2008 

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Student Activities Council to end year with several exciting events 

LoEva Jackson 

Pacer Writer 

The SAC committee has 
put together an assortment 
of activities for the student 
body to enjoy before getting 
out for summer vacation. 

On Wed. April 16, there 
will be a Halo 3 tour- 
nament. This is a high- 
tech, computerized 
army game that allows 
its players to compete in 
groups. The game will 
be played in a LAN sys- 
tem. This type of game 
setting is a 3-D visual 
that allows you to play 
in order to accomplish 
goals. The game gives 
you a certain amount of 
life, and it is up to the 
player to determine if 
they can gain more life 
or not. The games are 
not played for just enter- 
tainment, but for cash 
prizes as well. The winning 
team will receive $100 with 
$75 and $50 being awarded 
to second and third place 

Later on in the week, on 
Sun., April 20, SAC has 
planned an outside movie 
presentation of the animat- 
ed version of "Beowulf," 
starring Angelina Jolie. The 
showing begins at 8 p.m. at 
Pacer Pond. In case rain de- 
cides to join in on the fun, 
the movie will be moved to 
Watkins Auditorium. 

On Monday, April 21, SAC 
will be hosting their first 
annual SAC debate. The 
topic is called "Resolved: 

The United States Should 
Immediately Implement a 
Phased Withdrawal from 
Iraq." The debate will con- 
sist of two person teams. 
Each team should be pre- 
pared to debate both the 
pros and cons of the topic. 
When competition begins. 

teams will flip for sides and 
speaker order at the begin- 
ning of each round. Any- 
one who is interested in 
showing just how convinc- 
ing they are should put to- 
gether a team and compete 
for the cash prizes. 

The Mike Munkel Bar-B- 
Que will allocate spots with 
the SAC Double Dare Chal- 
lenge at Pacer Pond on Tue. 
April 22. The Double Dare 
Challenge is similar to the 
game show where players 
compete for points and the 
team that moves too slow 
will be showered with goo- 
ey green slime. The games 
begin at 4 p.m. Those in- 

terested in playing should 
arrive at the game site 30 
minutes early to register. To 
help brighten the day and 
create a bundle of smiles. 
Dale Evans will be present 
to make balloon animals 
and creations for those who 
attend. The winning team 
that conquers the title 
will also take home a 
$400 check. All students 
that are interested in 
playing are encouraged 
to sign up. 

On Thur. April 24, 
SAC will also host an- 
other game show pre- 
sentation known as 
BONK!! Bonk is a trivia 
game where random 
questions are asked and 
players are tested to see 
who can think the fast- 
est and hit their pro- 
tected heads with a soft 
tip mallet. The game 
begins at 9:09 p.m. All 
participants should arrive 
30 minutes in advance. 

After a long week of excit- 
ing games and cash prizes, 
SAC will end the events 
with a free movie showing 
titled "Three Can Play that 
Game." The movie presen- 
tation will be featured at 
9:09 p.m. in Watkins Audi- 

Anyone who is interested 
in participating in any of 
the SAC events can contact 
SAC Martin on Facebook or 
write SAC at www.sac.utm. 
edu. All that are interested 
can also arrive at any event 
in advance to guarantee a 

Anyone who 
is interested in 
participating in 
any SAC event 
can contact SAC 
Martin on Facebook 
or arrive at any 
event in advance to 
guarantee a spot. 

University Trio carries on 37-year legacy 

LaToya Brent 

Pacer Writer 

UT Martin's Department 
of Music presented a per- 
formance by the University 
Trio on last Thursday. 

The trio includes flutist 
Dr. Elaine Harriss, Pianist 
Delana Easley and clarinet- 
ist Dr. Amy Simmons. 

Harriss, Professor of mu- 
sic, teaches flute and piano. 
Easley is a staff accompanist 
and specialist. Simmons, 
Assistant Professor of Mu- 
sic, teaches clarinet, saxo- 
phone and double reeds. 

Thursday's performance 
consisted of works from 
four composers; Thomas 
Svoboda, Charles Koechlin, 
Carl Vollrath and Clifford 
Crawley. Harriss, who has 
been a part of the trio since 
1973, said, "I read through 
literature to find pieces that 
I thought would be delight- 
ful to the audience." 

This was a complex task 
because most composers 
do not arrange music for 
the instrumentation of this 
trio. The pieces chosen were 
subtle and somber, but there 
were also some up-beat and 
fun portions. In choosing 
the pieces, Harriss said that 
she searched for something 
of good quality and took 
into consideration how it 
would sound to the audi- 

The pieces performed 
were classical but had a 
more modern tone than 
some works by earlier com- 
posers. This is due to the 

fact that the works chosen 
were all composed during 
the 1900s. The third piece 
performed was composed 
by Vollrath in 1988. It had 
never been performed un- 
til the trio premiered it last 
June at the Tennessee Music 
Teachers Association state 

The last piece performed 
consisting of eight move- 
ments was composed by 
Crawley. "I thought ev- 
eryone would enjoy this 

"The trio is 
successful because 
we have a good 
time and we get 
along well." 

- Dr. Elaine Harriss 

Professor of Music, 
University Trio member 

piece," Harriss said. Parts 
of it had faster tempos and 
included some well-known 
songs such as "When Irish 
Eyes are Smiling" and "Bil- 
ly Boy." The fourth, fifth 
and eighth movements of 
this piece carried titles that 
characterized the music. 
For example, the eighth 
movement was titled "Rou- 
lade," which means a mu- 
sical embellishment with 
many rapid notes. 

The trio has been a part 
of the UTM campus for 
37 years. After a 15-year 
gap from 1988 to 2004 it 
was re-energized by Har- 

ris. Michael Walsh was the 
clarinetist at the time of 
the trio's revival. Simmons 
joined the group in 2005. 

"The trio is successful be- 
cause we have a good time 
and we get along well," 
Harriss said. She spoke 
very highly of the other 
two members referring to 
them as "fine musicians." 
They seemed to connect 
with each other as they 
played and enjoyed every 
note. They looked to each 
other for starting and stop- 
ping points. Easley played 
with emotion and Harriss 
and Simmons made it evi- 
dent that proper breathing 
techniques were of great 

These ladies have been 
involved with musical in- 
struments since they were 
children and had been 
practicing for this event 
since the beginning of the 
spring semester. 

To learn more about the 
trio log on to www.utm. 
edu/staff/elaineh and click 
on the University Trio at 
UTM link. 

On April 20 and 21 the 
Department of Music will 
present a Chamber En- 
sembles Concert and a 
Voice Studio Recital. For 
more information on up- 
coming performances and 
other Department of Music 
events visit 

On the Net: 

Music student Justin Brown performs senior recital 

Christopher Henning 

Pacer Writer 

Justin Brown, a Music Education major 
from Dyersburg, gave his senior trumpet 
recital Sunday, April 13, in the Harriet Ful- 
ton Theatre at UT Martin. 

Brown has participated in several mu- 
sical ensembles throughout his collegiate 
career at the university, including march- 
ing band, pep band, jazz band and wind 
ensemble. Upon graduation Brown plans 
to get a job as a band director; this way he 
can keep music in his life, as well as help 
young people develop a passion for music. 

Brown said his senior recital performance 
took six months of preparation. The four 
pieces of music Brown chose for the recital 
were all recommendations from his music 
professors: "Concoctions," composed by 
John Cheatham, "Trumpet Concerto" by 
Alexander Arutunian; "Suite in D Major 
by Jeremiah Clarke; and "Sonata for Trum- 
pet and Piano" by Morton Lauridsen. 

"'Trumpet Concerto' was my favorite. 

and was fun to play," Brown said. 

Dr. Bradley Coker, a UT Martin instruc- 
tor of Music, also said that "Trumpet Con- 
certo" was his favorite piece that Brown 
played, and that he enjoyed Brown's per- 

Jeremy Rhoades, a UTM student from Ri- 
pley, rated the recital a "10" on a scale of 
1-10. "I loved the performance," Rhoades 

"Very well done," Tony Ison, a UTM stu- 
dent from Jackson, said about Brown's per- 

The dozens of other family, friends, fac- 
ulty and colleagues who attended the re- 
cital showed their appreciation for Brown's 
work through a five-minute standing ova- 
tion at the end of the recital. Brown has now 
completed one more hurdle in his quest to 
graduate and become a band director. 

When asked if he was nervous before the 
recital. Brown said he was "So nervous I 
had sweat between my elbows. Now that is 
over, I feel about 10 pounds lighter." 


SAC Event Schedule 

• Halo 3 Tournament 

Wed. April 16 

• "Beowulf" movie presentation 

Sun. April 20 

• First Annual SAC Debate 

Mon. April 21 

• Double Dare Challenge 
w/ Mike Munkel BBQ 

Tue. April 22 

• The BONK Game Show 

Thur. April 24 

Writing Center to host two poetry workshops 

LaToya Brent 

Pacer Writer 

The Hortense Parrish Writing Center 
will host two poetry workshops this week 
featuring faculty poets. One will take 
place today, Tue. the 15th, and one will be 
on Thurs. the 17th, and both will begin at 
12:15 p.m. 

Today's workshop's host Jenna Wright is 
one of the Writing Center's coordinators 
and is also an English instructor at UTM. 
Wright will be reading some of her work 
as well as Bob Cowser and Nelda Rachels 
who are also members of the English de- 

"The poets will read their poems and 
discuss the craft of writing poetry," Wright 
said. These workshops are interactive. Par- 
ticipants will be asked to do some writing 
of their own also. 

"After the readings and discussion, stu- 
dents will have the opportunity to write 
either a collaborative or individual creative 
writing," Wright said. 

The workshop being held on Thursday 
will be hosted by Anna Clark. She is also 
a coordinator of the Writing Center and an 
English instructor. Clark's workshop will 
showcase the works of Beth Walker of the 
Writing Center, Leslie LaChance of the De- 
partment of English and Bob Peckham of 

the Department of Modern Foreign Lan- 
guages. Clark will also be reading some of 
her own works. 

Peckham is also a musician and will in- 
corporate singing and the playing of the 
autoharp into his performance. 

Thursday's workshop will also call for 
student participation. "People will leave 
with some creative writing that can be 
done in a non-threatening environment," 
Clark said. "It will be just for fun." 

Refreshments will be served to all partic- 
ipants at both workshops. Tuesday's work- 
shop will have doughnuts and Thursday's 
will have a variety of chocolates. 

"We associate chocolate with creative 
writing and feel that it will serve not only 
as refreshment but also as an inspiration," 
Clark said. 

The purpose of these workshops is to 
celebrate writing and writers, especially 
those on campus. 

The Writing Center is located in room 209 
of Humanities. It is a place where students 
can come for assistance in any stage of the 
writing process. There are computers and 
hands-on tutors there to better serve stu- 

Beginning April 29th the Writing Center 
will host session to help students prepare 
for essay exams. 

Rodeo Street Dance livens up streets of Martin 

Monica Collins 

Pacer Writer 

On Tuesday, April 8 the Martin Busi- 
ness Association offered its contribution to 
the Rodeo Week festivities in the form of 
a street dance. The event started at 7 p.m. 
and lasted until around 10. 

In years past, the City of Martin would 
host street dances like these to support 
various community events. This year the 
Martin Business Association used Rodeo 
Week to try and resurrect this tradition. 

The Country Grammar Band was the 
featured entertainment for the night. The 
street dance was a non-profit event for the 
enjoyment of the community. It was free 
and open to the public and featured music 
and dancing. 

The street dance was held in downtown 
Martin on the lot between the public library 

and City Hall. A stage and sound equip- 
ment was set up for the band along with an 
area for audience members to dance or just 
listen and enjoy the show. The area was set 
up like the Soybean Festival concerts. 

Martin Business Association representa- 
tive David Belote commented that the event 
attracted a decent crowd. While still suc- 
cessful, the street dance was not as packed 
as initially expected. 

Belote says that he feels the weather was 
the main factor influencing attendance as 
it had been cool and cloudy with an occa- 
sional sprinkling of rain. Another factor 
Belote identified was the airing of the Lady 
Vols Championship basketball game that 
same night. 

Belote also said another street dance was 
a definite possibility for next year, as well 
as to support other future community and 
campus events. 

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From the Geek Corner Special Tech Report 

Using Technology as your voice 

Last week I wrote my 
column about the Obama 
campaign and the work 
they were doing online 
and off, but that essentially 
their efforts aimed at utiliz- 
ing the online youth sup- 
porters in a real world way. 
This week my column will 
be similarly themed with a 
political angle, but this time 
its reach is narrowed to this 
university specifically. 

As many of you know, 
or at least should know, 
SGA will hold elections in 
the next couple of days. I'm 
really not worried about 
telling you who to vote for, 
what I want to focus on is 
how to vote. 

This year will be the first 
time that students will 
have the ability to cast their 
votes from the privacy of 
their own dwellings. You 
will be able to log on and 
vote, using your student 
identification number, from 
anywhere with Internet 
connection. Additionally, 
in the interest of full disclo- 
sure, you can also vote the 
traditional way as well by 
going to the polling booths, 
typically in the University 
Center, and using their 
computers to vote. 

First off, I am highly 
impressed with those work- 
ing on the online voting 
system. Getting students 
to take an interest in SGA 
and its affairs can be dif- 
ficult. At times even The 
Pacer has trouble garnish- 
ing interest in what truly 
is important matters con- 
cerning SGA. Moreover, 

St. Amant 



getting students to vote 
can be equally as challeng- 
ing. This new online voting 
system, I believe, is a great 
opportunity to gather more 

Clearly our generation 
is using technology in a 
new and innovative way 
with little problems. As 
mentioned in my column 
last week this is a double 
edged sword. On the one 
hand we are more likely to 
use technology to voice our 
concerns about the world 
around us, however, on the 
other hand we don't offer 
much action outside in the 
real world. This has caused 
our voices to be deluded in 
certain ways. 

Whether or not you use 
your voice off-line, at least 
in the next couple of days 
you can us it online. I urge 
everyone to use technology 
as their voice and vote in 
the SGA election online if 
you just don't want to do it 
by the traditional methods 
for whatever reason. 

As always, our world is 
continually changing and 
technology is the catalyst 
for our society's continual 
evolution. Use this to your 
advantage. Embrace the 
change and make your 
voice heard. 


Ashley Totty 

Pacer Writer 

This website is a great 
place to go to if you are 
looking for competent 
medications. Not only does 
this website give a great 
analysis of the biological 
makeup of psyhcoactive 
drugs, but it also presents 
the psycological effects of 
these drugs. 

There are subheadings for 
law, culture and art. These 
subsections of the website 
allow you to also research 
the history in regards to 
religion and culture of a 
particular psychoactive. 

The website boasts the 
mission to use its member- 
supported organization to 
"provide non-judgemental 
information about 

psychoactive plants and 
chemicals and related 

This website is a great 
resource for any biology 
or psychology major 
that is looking for good 
information on plants and 
their medical aspects. 

The name of the site, 
erowid, is a word created 
from indo-european roots 
meaning "Earth Wisdom." 

The website works with 
academic, medical and 
experimental experts 

to bring forth reliable 
information on their topics. 

The mind and spirit 

section discusses such 
related topics as the use 
of the drugs in fasting 
and meditation. And the 
freedom and law section 
discusses legislation that 
pertains to the drugs. 

The website is a great 
library of information 
for anyone looking to 
find a website with good 
credentials and accurate 
information on anything 
related to plant medicine. 

The array of information 
that does not just cover 
the biological aspect of the 
pschoactive plant but the 
culture references is what 
makes this website such a 
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to someone who is a biology 
major, but can potentially 
be helpful to a psychology 
or history major. 

Everyone knows how 
hard it is to find a website 
with accurate information 
and not only does erowid 
do this, but they provide 
links to both old and new 
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of tire 

Learn how 
to check 
your oil 

Ask to see 

Does the car mechanic 
sound like he’s speaking a 

foreign language?! 

5 Simple steps to ensure that | 
you’re not getting swindled. 

LaToya Brent 

Pacer Writer 

Ladies, what do you 
know about your car other 
than how to drive it and put 
gas in it? There are a few 
basic things that all drivers 
should know to keep 
vehicles running properly. 

Many women fear going 
to the mechanic on their 
own because they have the 
mentality that mechanics 
try to take advantage of 
women. This thought could 
be less scary if women 
knew more about their own 
vehicles and had a mechanic 
they could trust. Master 
Tire and Auto Service, 
located at 871 University 
St. in Martin, has one such 

Mark Lundquist says he 
has been in business as an 
auto mechanic for more 
than 15 years. "Every day is 
Ladies' Day around here," 
said Lundquist. 

He says that he does not 
believe in taking advantage 
of women. Instead he 
goes extra lengths to help 
women understand the 
inner workings of their 
vehicles and why certain 
things must be repaired. 
"Mechanics should treat 
women as if it were their 
mother bringing her car in 
to be repaired or checked 
out," says Lundquist. 

One of the simplest things 
a woman, or any driver, can 
do to become more familiar 
with their automobile is to 
read the owner's manual, 
he says. This manual 
gives information about 
everything from where 
the jack is located in your 
car in case of a flat to what 

maintenance symbols 
appearing on the dash 
mean. Lundquist says, 
"Many people don't use 
their manual for anything 
more than setting the clock 
or programming radio 

Another important thing 
for ladies to know about 
their car is how to check the 
oil. Driving with low oil 
levels can be damaging to 
the car's engine. According 
to, a driver 
should wait until the car has 
been turned off for at least 
15 minutes before checking 
the oil. The first step in 
the oil is to 
locate the 

the hood 
and to the 
side of the 
engine is 
where the 
can be 

found. It 
will be 

labeled in 
most cases. 

Pull the 
straight out and wipe it 
clean with a rag. The oil 
should appear clean; if it 
is dirty, dark, or milky see 
your mechanic for an oil 

After reinserting the 
dipstick, pull it out again 
and inspect the oil on the 
tip. The oil level should 
be between the "add" and 
"full" marks. Each mark 
on the dipstick loosely 
translates into one quart of 
oil. If the oil level is low, 
add only enough to bring 

it to the safe zone between 
those "add" and "full" 
marks. Be careful not to 

Something else women 
should be attentive to is 
tire pressure. One Web 
site,, lists the 
following instructions on 
checking tire pressure. First, 
look for a tire decal that 
tells how much air pressure 
is right for your tires. This 
decal may be in the trunk or 
glove compartment. It may 
also be on the edge of one of 
the car doors. The capacity 
may also be embossed on 
the side of the tires, but this 
is number 
not be 
relied on 
it is the 
of air 
that your 
tire can 

out how 
much air 
should be in your tire, 
remove the screw-off cap 
from the valve stem on the 
tire. This is the little stem 
that sticks out form your 
tire that is also used to 
put air in the tire. Using 
a reliable tire gage, which 
can be purchased from auto 
parts stores, place the gauge 
so that the pin in the middle 
of it lines up with the pin in 
the center of the valve stem 
and press it firmly against 
the valve stem. Upon 
doing this, an indicator 

stick should pop out of the 
end of the gauge. Read the 
last number showing on 
the indicator stick. That 
number tells the amount 
of air pressure currently in 
your tire. If the number is 
too low, add air until the 
pressure reaches the correct 
amount. Checking all four 
tires and the spare in your 
trunk is a good idea. 

When your car must be 
taken into the repair shop, 
there are ways to let the 
mechanic know that you 
will not be taken advantage 
of. "Ask to see exactly what 
was done to your car before 
you pay," Lundquist says. 

If parts have been 
replaced ask to see the old 
parts. "People don't realize 
that they have the right to 
inspect and keep their old 
parts," Lindquist said. 

If your old parts are 
shown to you, you can 
rightly assume that they 
have been replaced. Also, 
ask plenty of questions. If 
your questions seem to be 
annoying the mechanic, you 
may want to consider taking 
your vehicle somewhere 

"Women are the best 
at shopping and calling 
around for the best deal," 
Lindquist said. If this is 
so it should hold true for 
finding the best mechanic. 
Basic car maintenance is 
important for all drivers, 
but especially for women, 
to ensure their safety while 
driving and a better chance 
at being treated fairly when 
their vehicles must be 

“Women are the 
best at shopping 
and calling 
a rou nd for the 
best deal,” 
Lindquist said. 
If this is so it 
should hold true 
for finding the 
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Action from the UT Martin home rodeo over the weekend. UTM’s men placed 
second overall to hold onto second place in the region. The women also placed 
second to jump from fourth to second in the region. Ty Atchison won the saddle 
bronc riding competition, placed second all-around and placed eighth in both 
steer wrestling and team roping header. Matt Smith won the bareback riding 
competition and Ross Ratkowski placed fourth in the event. Boyd Quinley placed 
fourth in the team roping header. John Beckwith and Brent Menz placed seventh 
and eighth in the team roping heeler. Nicole Todd won the barrel racing competi- 
tion. Brittany Duff and Adrienne Vought placed second and seventh in the goat 
tying competition. (Pacer photos/Emily Yocum) 

The UT Martin rodeo 
team moved one step closer 
to the Ozark Championship 
Finals after the 40th annual 
Spring College Rodeo held 
April 10-12 in Martin. 

The men's and women's 
rodeo teams both finished 
second in this weekend's 
rodeo, and both teams cur- 
rently are in second place 
in the Ozark region. Going 
into the home rodeo, the 
men's team was second in 
the region and the women's 
team was ranked fourth. 

The Missouri Valley 
College men's team won 
the UTM rodeo with 620 
points, followed by UTM 
with 570 points and Troy 
University with 510 points. 
On the women's side, the 
University of Arkansas- 
Monticello took first place 
with 435 points, followed 
by UTM's women with 
425 points and Southern 
Arkansas University with 
255 points. 

Stormy weather kept 
attendance low during 
Thursday night's perfor- 
mance, but the rodeo teams 
played to packed houses 
in the Ned McWherter 
Agricultural Pavilion dur- 
ing Friday night's rodeo and 
Saturday night's finals. 

"We're thankful for the 
fans' support. The rodeo 
would not be as successful 
without them," said John 
Luthi, UTM rodeo coach. 

"This was the most suc- 
cessful rodeo we've had in 
UT Martin history," said 
Joe Lofaro, UTM director of 
Athletic Communications. 

UTM's teams are still 
working toward a berth in 
CNFR, the College National 
Finals Rodeo, scheduled for 
June in Casper, Wyo. The 
top two men's and women's 
teams in the Ozark Region 
will automatically advance 
to CNFR, and the teams 
have two more regular sea- 
son rodeos in which to com- 
pete to cement their chance 
to compete nationally. 
Those rodeos will be held 
April 17-19 at Northwest 

Mississippi Community 
College in Senatobia, 
Miss., and April 24-26 at 
North Arkansas College in 
Harrison, Ark. 

Several individual team 
members also seemed des- 
tined for nationals. 

UTM's Ty Atchison placed 
second this weekend in 
men's all-around and kept 
his lead in saddle bronc rid- 
ing, winning the average 
with 160 points. Atchison 
also has a comfortable lead 
for men's all-around and 
saddle bronc in the overall 
region standings. 

Matt Smith won the 

bareback riding event this 
weekend, and still leads 
the Ozark Region in over- 
all points in that category. 
Brent Menz also remains in 
first place in the region in 
bull riding. 

On the women's side, 
Nicole Todd won the aver- 
age in barrel racing, main- 
taining her first-place posi- 
tion in the Ozark Region. 
Molly Alexander took third 
place in barrel racing, while 
Brittany Duff placed sec- 
ond in goat tying. 

The UTM rodeo typically 
draws fans from all over 
the country, partly because 

of the teams' national repu- 
tation. The event also helps 
boost the local economy 
and gets students and com- 
munity members alike 
involved in a UTM event. 

"I really enjoyed seeing 
people I knew competing 
and had a great time par- 
ticipating in the calf dress- 
ing," said Amber Harrell, 
a UTM freshman from 
Harrogate, Tenn. 

Team member Matt Smith 
agreed. "The rodeo team 
has been a good college 
experience for me." 

Closer leads baseball team to first 0VC win 

Rodeo holds second place in region 

Rebecca Alsup 

Pacer Writer 

UT Martin’s Calen Sutton pitches during Sunday’s 
6-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky. The closer- 
turned-starter pitched eight strong innings, giving 
up three runs on five hits and three walks. (University 
Relations/Trevor Ruszkowski). 

UTM Athletic 

Fortunately for the UT 
Martin baseball team, Calen 
Sutton checks his voice mail 
and returns phone calls. 

Sutton got a call from 
UTM head baseball coach 
Bubba Cates around 9 p.m. 
Saturday. The coach want- 
ed to let the senior right- 
hander know he would 
be the starting pitcher 
for Sunday's Ohio Valley 
Conference game against 
visiting Eastern Kentucky. 
Cates also asked Sutton to 
call him back and let the 
coach know whether or not 
he was up to the start. 

Sutton called Cates back 
and told him, "Why not? 
This is a good chance for me 
to put up a 'W' and I have 
not thrown in a week." 

The senior pitched eight 
innings, giving up five hits 
and three runs as he led the 
Skyhawks to a 6-3 victo- 
ry over Eastern Kentucky. 
The win was the first OVC 
victory of the year for the 
struggling Skyhawks. The 
victory was also the first of 
the year at Skyhawk Field. 

The Skyhawks provid- 
ed Sutton with early run 
support and played stel- 
lar defense behind him 
throughout the game. 

Senior Kyle Dudley and 
junior Scott Gladstone drove 
in runs in the third inning 
to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 

Freshman Wes Patterson 
hit his fourth home run 
of the season in the fifth 
inning to give the Skyhawks 

a 3-0 lead. 

EKU tied the game with 
three runs in the top of the 
sixth inning. Sutton retired 
the first two batters in the 
inning and then gave up 
a single and a double. An 
error allowed two of the 

three runs to score. 

Freshman Drew Mason 
drove in a run in the sixth 
inning to give the Skyhawks 
a 4-3 lead. 

The Skyhawks added two 
more runs in the seventh 
inning. Dudley and sopho- 

more Shayne Martin had 
two hits each in the game 

Sutton gave up a leadoff 
walk in the top of the ninth 
inning and Cates opted to 
put Patterson on the mound 
for the save. 

Patterson gave up a walk 
and a single and the bases 
were loaded. He struck out 
Tyler Barnett and racked 
up his first save when the 
Skyhawks turned their 33rd 
double play of the season. 
The Skyhawks are rank 
10th in the nation for the 
most double plays turned 
this season. 

Sutton acknowledged his 
defense. "My fastball was 
there, but all my off-speed 
pitches were missing. I 
had a lot of good defense 
behind me today." 

This was the second start 
of the season for Sutton 
and his team-leading 15th 

It looks like Sutton may 
find himself in the starting 

"It doesn't matter to me," 
Sutton said. "I like to close, 
but either way I want to 

The Skyhawks are now 
4-26 overall and 1-9 in the 
league. EKU falls to 15-14 
on the year and 7-5 in the 

The team returns to action 
on Tuesday when they trav- 
el to St. Louis University. 
On Wednesday at 6 p.m., 
they will face Memphis at 
Pringles Park in Jackson. 
On Saturday and Sunday, 
they will travel to Morehead 
State for a three-game OVC 

Tennis teams improve in 
OVC season standings 

UTM Athletic 

The UT Martin women's 
tennis team swept visiting 
Southeast Missouri State 
on Saturday, 7-0. 

Skyhawk senior Elizma 
Schoonees won her eighth 
Ohio Valley Conference 
No. 1 singles match by 
defeating the Redhawks' 
Bryce Kristal, 7-5, 6-2, and 
became the league's leader 
at No. 1 singles. 

Prior to Saturday's match, 
Schoonees and Kristal were 
tied for first place, 7-1, on 
the OVC's No. 1 singles 
leaders list, but Schoonees 
proved her skill and com- 
petitiveness, downing 
Kristal in straight sets to 
earn sole possession of the 
league lead in No. 1 singles 

"I cannot say enough 
about Liz. She does the 
work of a full-time assis- 
tant and can still focus on 
her own tennis," said head 
coach Dennis Taylor. "She 
is definitely the best player 
in the conference and is 
probably one of the best 
coaches. I hope she gets the 
recognition from the con- 
ference that she deserves. 
As far as I am concerned, 
Elizma is the OVC Player of 
the Year." 

The Skyhawks started off 
the chilly afternoon win- 
ning the doubles point. 
Sara Leavy and Belisa 
de Brito won their No. 1 
doubles match, 8-6, while 
Schoonees and newcomer 
Julianne McMeen blanked 
their opponents at No. 3, 
8-0. The only match lost 
by UTM on the day was 
at No. 2 doubles. Ernestine 
Koornhof and Martie Wahl 

were edged, 8-6, by SEMO's 
No. 2 doubles pair, Julia 
Masotti and Alyce Kelly. 

In singles action, UTM 
took five of six matches in 
straight sets. Koornhof won 
a tie-breaker, 10-8, to earn 
the victory at No. 5, 7-6, 
2-6 (10-8). Leavy, de Brito 
and Mary Beth Gunn dom- 
inated their matches at No. 
2, No. 4 and No. 6 respec- 
tively. Leavy won 6-0, 6-1, 
de Brito cruised to victory 
6-1, 6-0, and Gunn took her 
match 6-1, 6-1. 

"This was a good win for 
us," Taylor said. "But it will 
mean nothing if we can- 
not be Tennessee Tech on 

The Skyhawks, now 5-4 
in the conference, will host 
a 4-4 Tennessee Tech team 
in a must-win situation 
on Monday. A win would 
guarantee the Skyhawks a 
berth in the OVC tourna- 
ment that begins April 18. 

Earlier in the week at 
Murray State, the men's 
team picked up their fourth 
OVC win of the year and 
likely secured a spot in the 
OVC tournament. They will 
also face Tennessee Tech on 

"The extreme bad weath- 
er this spring has really had 
an effect on the conference 
race. We have only been 
able to practice outside a 
few times and it shows 
in the unforced errors we 
are making on the court," 
Taylor said. "But if we can 
get past TTU and into the 
OVC Tournament, we have 
as good a chance as any of 
winning it all." 

Results from Monday's 
matches were not in by the 
Pacer deadline. 

UT Martin’s Elizma Schoonees became the OVC 
league leader at No. 1 singles on Saturday. (University 
Relations/Trevor Ruszkowski). 

Softball offense stalls 
vs. Eastern Kentucky 

UTM Athletic 

UT Martin softball pitch- 
er Paij Lintz will tell you 
in a heartbeat that she pre- 
fers to pitch in hot weath- 
er. However, the sopho- 
more stayed warm enough 
Sunday afternoon, despite 
the 40 degree weather 
and rain, to stifle Eastern 

Lintz worked seven 
innings in the circle and 
scattered three hits and 
one unearned run but hurt 
herself by giving up four 
walks in the game and two 
in the fourth inning. 

EKU took advantage of 
those two free passes in the 
fourth inning and scored 
the only run it needed 
when Lintz walked Chanze 
Patterson with the bases 

With the 1-0 setback, 
the Skyhawks fall to 16-23 
overall and 4-8 in the Ohio 
Valley Conference. They 
also suffered their fifth 
consecutive loss. 

"It's a shame we couldn't 
get a run or two for her 
(Lintz)," said Donley 
Canary, the Skyhawks' 
head coach. "She pitched a 
great game." 

UTM threatened in the 
second inning and left 
runners stranded at sec- 
ond and third. In the third 
inning, they left runners 
on first and second. Once 
again, they had a chance to 
tie the game and take the 
lead in the sixth inning but 
left runners on second and 

The Skyhawks had seven 
hits in the game. Megan 
Williams and Savannah 
Roberts had two hits each. 

"The good thing is we 
bounced back and played a 
real good game with great 
intensity," Canary said. 

The Skyhawks suffered a 
7-2 loss and a disappoint- 
ing 16-5 decision Saturday 
against Eastern Kentucky. 

"If we continue to play 
with the same intensity we 
had today, we will be okay," 
Canary said. 

The Skyhawks return to 
action Wednesday when 
they host Middle Tennessee 
State University at Bettye 
Giles Field on campus. 
The non-conference dou- 
bleheader gets under way 
at 2 p.m. They will also 
host Tennessee State in a 
three-game OVC series 
on Saturday and Sunday 
beginning at 1 p.m.