Summer Employment Remains To Be Seen

By: Siobhan Rahilly

Chattanooga, TN (UTC)–  UTC students looking for summer jobs may be disappointed to find fewer opportunities than in years past.

Jean Dake, director of the Placement and Student Employment Center, said more part-time jobs for students were available last fall, but the flow of job requests from local companies has ”trickled down… with the economy bottoming out.”

Companies that employ graduates and interns have said they are hiring interns, but fewer.  “It’s making the competition steeper for those jobs that are out there,” Dake said.

Dake said the Placement and Student Employment Center has received some feedback from students who are anxious are discouraged at the lack of job prospects, even for part-time positions.

Kira Spears, a senior from Nashville, said she has a guaranteed job back home for the summer, but has been unable to find a second part-time job.  Spears works at the Friday’s restaurant in Chattanooga and is transferring to a Friday’s in Nashville.

Even though Spears is lucky enough to have a job, she said that being a waitress is not guaranteed money in this economy.  Spears said she usually brings home about 15 percent of her daily sales in tips, but recently made only $55 on a busy Sunday.

Some students have had to resort to taking out loans for summer classes in order to pay the bills while working towards their degree.

Luke Holcomb, Dalton, GA., sophomore, said he is taking out a loan for summer classes which will unfortunately be his main source of income this summer.  He said he is still looking for a part-time job, but is hoping to get an internship that has recently opened up at his church.

Students who are looking for jobs related to their field of study should consider volunteering in that particular field if they cannot get a paid job or internship, Dake said.  “At least that’s something else to out on their resume that relates to their field, and some employers look very highly at that,” Dake said.

Dake’s tips for students looking for opportunities are keeping an eye on UTC’s job posting Web site, as well as checking with the chamber of commerce and major employers in their home towns.  She also advises students to network with family members and friends.

Mocs Want to End Football Woes

Blue Cooper, a senior on the Mocs football team

Blue Cooper, a senior on the Mocs football team

By: Evan Bissonette

Chattanooga, TN (UTC)– With the Mocs dismal 2008 football season over, one team member hopes the Mocs can drum up more support for the 2009 season.

Blue Cooper, a senior from Rome, Georgia has had enough.  “I get tired of seeing UT-Knoxville on the front of the Chattanooga Times,” Cooper said.  “You can read about them in the back of the paper.”

The Mocs have begun spring training for 2009, building up their biceps and courage for an exciting season with new head coach Russ Huesman.  The questions is whether the Mocs’ dwindling attendance from the past few years will have an affect on the player’s psyches and translate into another losing season.

With an 1-11 record in 2008 and an average attendance of about 5.700, the lack of audience participation is apparent.  Many students said they often tailgate before games, but never make it inside the gates.

Martha Rawlings, a long-time library staff member who also works concessions at Finley Stadium, has noticed a sharp decline in attendance.  She once was an usher over a section that had no one in it.

“I’ve been working concessions for about four years now and it has gotten worse and worse,” Rawlings said.  “We lose money on the games.”  She also commented that away teams often appeared to have brought more support than the Mocs could at home.

Cooper, a receiver for the Mocs, said low attendance is a factor.  He said he remembers a time when the headsets had stopped working in the fourth quarter.  The stadium was so quiet the that the coaches simply yelled out plays to the team on the field.  “You shouldn’t be able to do that, man, you shouldn’t even be able to hear really,” Cooper said.

Cooper said he believes the problem will eventually fix itself.  “First you gotta turn the program around and win some games.  If we’re winning games, and people still don’t come out, then I’ll be upset.”

For now, the Mocs are relying on the expectations and chatter surrounding Coach Huesman and his plans for the 2009 football season.  Huesman, a 1983 graduate of UTC, replaced head coach Rodney Allison Dec. 22, 2008. 

The Mocs’ performance under Huesman’s leadership at this year’s opening game will likely affect the rest of the season, according the Cooper. 

The Mocs will have their chance to make headlines at home Sept. 3 against Glenville State at 7 p.m.

It’s Bonnaroo Time Again!

By: Sannah Parker

Chattanooga, Tn (UTC)– As the spring semester ends, UTC students are already gearing up for the Bonnaroo music festival.

While many students attend the festival to see the performances, Vincent Betro, a professor at UTC, has fonder memories of the event.  “In 2007 I met my wife at the Ziggly Marely show.  We knew each other from college and reconnected at Bonnaroo.  We got married in June 2008, then went to Bonnaroo again,” Betro said.

Bonnaroo, June 11-14, is headlined this year by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, and others.

The current ticket price posted on Bonnarro’s website is $249.50 for one general admission ticket.  However, students like Brandon Terrill are opting to buy their tickets from scalpers once they arrive at the festival.

“I bought my ticket from a scalper last year and I’m going to do it again this year,” Terrill said.  “I like being able to negotiate the price, because once you hike it down to the price you’re willing to pay, it’s all yours.”  Terrill said that buying a ticket from a scalper is cheaper than buying one online.

Once she is at the festival, Carrie Bressler, a freshman from Cookeville, Tenn. said she plans to see Band of Horses, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, A.A. Bondy, and Nine Inch Nails.  Freshman William Wallace also plans to see Nine Inch Nails at the festival.

Betro attended the past two years of Bonnarro, and said his favorite past shows include The Raconteurs, The Wood Brothers, Jack Johnson, Government Mule, and Ben Harper who is on this year’s lineup.

Although he isn’t attending this festival this year, Betro said if he was going he would see Phish, Gomez, Beastie Boys, and Snopp Dogg.

Bressler said the best thing about Bonnaroo is the “atmosphere of happiness.”  Wallace said his favorite part of the festival is being able to spend time with friends while being surrounded by the music.

“Every Bonnaroo is different.  I remember ’07 was literally a drought, and then in ’08 it rained for the first two days,” Betro said.

For more information about the Bonnaroo festival, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bonnaroo.com/

Please visit the below website to view Bonnarro’s video lineup.

Bonnaroo video

Abusing Horses: Who’s the Real Animal?

The effects of soring

The effects of soring

By: Meaghan Dant

Gainesville, FLA. (UTC/HSUS)–  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently released a video which they feel will help bring awareness to the abuse of horses.

The video presented at the second annual Sound Horse Conference in Gainesville, Fl., documents the cruel practice of soring performed on horses. 

Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s feet, using caustic chemicals and metal chains.  These elements together produce an exaggerated high stepping gait which Tennessee Walking Horses and other related breeds are prized for.  Even though the end result is beautiful, the practice of soring is brutal.

Tennessee Walking Horse

In 1970 Congress passed the Horse Protection Act which enabled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inspect horses at shows and exhibitions for any signs of soring.  If a victim was found, the Dept. of Agriculture prosecuted the people in violation of the law. 

Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States made several comments of how soring is a blatant form of abuse towards horses.  “This deliberate infliction of pain upon these defenseless creatures is blatant animal cruelty.  It is brutality in the name of entertainment-opposed by horse advocates and many responsible leaders in the industry-and must be brought to an end.”

Dane also hopes the video will inform the public as well as Congress to stress how inhumane the practice of soring is and that criminals who abuse the law will be exposed.

The Sound Horse Conference, which was co-sponsored by The HSUH featured professionals in different fields who spoke about the act of soring in full detail.

Speakers included veterinarians and other scientific experts who discussed ways to help end soring including new technologies such as thermography, digital radiography, and pain detection devices.

The United States Department of Agriculture also presented at the conference and shared how they plan to fully engage and enforce the Horse Protection Act this year.

Natural horsemanship leaders Pat Parelli and Robert Miller, DVM, delivered the keynote presentation “Humane Trends Impacting the Horse Industry” at the conference to an audience of more than 100 people.

The Humane Society of the United States, which is one of the nation’s largest animal protection organizations have taken the problem of soring into their own hands.

In 2008, The HSUS, along with other animal welfare organizations and horse industry groups, founded the the Alliance to End Soring.  The Alliance has grown to include 24 member groups from around the U.S.

The Alliance works with the USDA, Congress, and Tennessee Walking Horse industry stakeholders to advocate the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and to help raise public awareness about the issue.

Cleveland Gets a Big Surprise

 

The Kaba modern dance troupe.

The Kaba modern dance troupe.

By: Meaghan Dant

 

 

 

Chattanooga (UTC/Mocs News)–  A well-known dancer hip-hops her way into Cleveland, Tennessee recently.  Students at Studio 125 in Cleveland were given a treat when Cindy Minowa held a clinic.

 

 

Cindy Minowa hugs dance troupe member.

Cindy Minowa hugs dance troupe member.

Cindy Minowa and her dance crew Kaba Modern are best known for their performances in the hit MTV show America’s Best Dance Crew.   Kaban Modern was created by Arnel Calvario in 1992, and is a spin-off of the University of California, Irvine Filipino Cultural Club.  The crew began performing hip-hop style dances in the annual Philipino Cultural Night.  Since then, the crew has gained positive media recognition.  

 

Studio owner April Bently says her students have a lot to learn from Minowa since she started out in a dance studio environment as well.  “Cindy has so much to offer all the dancers around here.”Bently made well to inform her students that Cindy, who specializes in hip-hop, did not start performing that particular dance craze until she was in the 9th grade.

 

Bently wanted her students to get the most out of the workshop with Cindy and what the students can learn from her.  “I wanted somebody that they could admire.”  Minowa is currently balancing three jobs while pursuing a career in dance. 

 

 

 

Nits, Lice; What’s the Difference?

By: Meaghan Dant

Montgomery, Ala. (UTC/AP)

The reasoning behind the new policy.

For as long as many people can remember, children who were discovered to have signs of head lice were sent home in embarrassment to face hours of disinfecting.  Now, however, a large percent of schools across the country are allowing the children who have nits, or lice eggs, but no crawling bugs, to stay in school.

It’s a change recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses, and it has been welcomed by many educators and parents, who worried that students were missing too much school, moms and dads were missing work, and children were being made to feel ashamed.

Parents complaining about the lice problem.

“Our children miss enough school without having to add this to it. The no-nit policies are as much a nuisance as the pests that we’re dealing with,” said Astrid Cruz, a mother of three from Palm Coast, Fla.

When Cruz’s daughter got lice in second grade and was removed from class under the school’s no-nit policy, Cruz had to beg administrators to let the girl ride the school bus home. They relented, but made the girl and her siblings ride alone — and the driver sprayed the seats down with Lysol afterward. When more nits were spotted, the girl had to miss school and go to work with Mom.

Other parents, like Debbie Cornell, want to see schools go back to taking a hard line against head lice.

Cornell grew frustrated when her daughters each got head lice twice last school year. Their San Francisco private school lets kids with nits stay in class, a policy she blames for her daughters’ infestation.

“I wanted to go to the school wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Got Lice?’ and have rice in my hair,” she said. “I was like, ‘Come on, people, get with it!’”

The U.S. has anywhere from 6 million to 12 million cases of head lice each year, though that is only a guesstimate, said Dr. Barbara Frankowski, a Vermont pediatrician who has studied the subject.  However, it is not clear whether there have been more infestations in recent years as a result of the new, more relaxed policies.

When and why the policy changed.

The switch came after a 2002 pediatrics academy study said students with nits shouldn’t be kept out of class. The real problem, according to the medical experts, is the lice, not their eggs.

“Nits don’t spread. They don’t jump from one person to another,” said Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses. “So to withhold a child from school due to nits really interrupts the educational process.”

Once nits hatch, they generally take 7 to 10 days to become full-grown adults that can lay eggs and begin the cycle all over again.

About 60 percent of schools now allow children with nits to stay in class, Garcia said.

The pediatrics academy also says that kids who are found to have crawling head lice should be allowed to stay in school for the rest of the day but discouraged from close head contact with others. But not many school districts have gone that far.

Getting rid of head lice often requires a strong anti-lice shampoo to kill the crawling bugs, and a fine-tooth comb to pick the nits out of the hair. But the safety and effectiveness of some shampoos are questionable, and removing all the nits can take days.

The dangers of lice are small, Frankowski said. Lice have not been found to carry disease, though excessive scratching can lead to infections.

“It’s a frustrating thing, but if you kind of put it in perspective with all the things that can happen sending your child off to school every day — heck, the school bus can go off the road,” Frankowski said.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Restaurant Review: Heaven On a Bun

By: Meaghan Dant

Chattanooga (UTC)–If you think Oscar Mayer is the only name is hot dogs, then you haven’t tried Good Dog, a little slice of hot dog heaven in Chattanooga.

Good Dog, located on 34 Fraizer Ave.

Good Dog, located on 34 Fraizer Ave.

Good Dog restaurant located on 34 Frazier Avenue, opened several months ago in November of 2008. Good Dog is a new comer to Chattanooga, and owner Susan Paden said that she wants her restaurant to make a home here.  “Every town has a great pizza place, or coffee shop, and I want to be the great hot dog place in Chattanooga.”

Susan said that business so far has been great, but she feels warmer weather will bring different people to the shop.  “A change in season will not only bring locals here, but tourists as well.” 

Good Dog brings a new and different taste to Chattanooga that the city has not experienced before, and the grilled hot dogs are just the beginning.  “The restaruant really has five tiers: dogs, fries, chili, salad, and bakery, all of which is made fresh here daily.”

Delicious meal waiting to be eaten.

Delicious meal waiting to be eaten.

In addition to the wholesome chili, fresh cut green salad, home made fries, and delectable cupcakes, customers have their choice of hot dog toppings.  “Technically, the menu suggests 15 different types of dogs, but we encourage customers to go for more.  Really, the options are limitless.”

Susan also has the goal to make Good Dog another green restaurant in Chattanooga.  “We have applied with the Green Restaurant Association and hope to become the second green restaurant here.  We recycle and every piece of furniture in the restaurant has been used before.”  In fact, the quaint furnishings add to the atmosphere to the shop.

 

Dall Rector enjoying his Carolina Chili and Slaw dog.

Dall Rector enjoying his Carolina Chili and Slaw dog.

 

Good Dog will without a doubt appeal to the senses and leave you longing for more.

Consolidation Equals Bad News

By Meaghan Dant

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP/UTC)–   Komatsu factory workers will feel the pain of the crushing economy when a plant in Wisconsin is moved to Chattanooga. 

 

Komatsu's logo.

Komatsu's logo.

Komatsu America Corporation is consolidating its production to the plant in Chattanooga in a move that affects 95 workers.

 

Spokeswoman Mari Aoyagi says some, but not all, of the workers at the Shawano plant will be offered a job elsewhere.

 The plant makes Valmet forest machines that aid in the process of logging and clearing trees.

As recently as last summer, city and county leaders looked at ways to help provide assistance for plant improvements and expansion.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Finding Time When There is None

By: Meaghan Dant

CHATTANOOGA (UTC)–In a weird way, college students have their own difficult juggling act.  Finding time to balance school with anything else is a skill young people must learn in order to succeed.

Going to college is no easy task, but imagine having to balance not only school, friends, and possibly work, but also a career as an athlete. That is something that University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student Laura Nethery is all too familiar with. Laura, a senior at UTC, is majoring in Biology and is planning to go to either Veterinary School or Medical School after she graduates in May 2010.  If that is not difficult enough, Laura has been a member of Lady Mocs volleyball team since 2005.

Having played volleyball for nearly 10 years, Laura knows well the struggles that come with being an athlete as well as a student. “It’s hard,” Laura said.  “You make a lot of sacrifices in school work and social life.”

 During the season, Laura practices four hours a day and puts at least 30 hours a week towards volleyball.  Towards school work however, Laura finds only a couple of hours a week. “Volleyball takes up a lot of my time,” Laura said.  “Sometimes grades suffer.

Another challenge athletes must face is missing classes in order to go to games or practice.  “I had to miss a lot of classes, which hurt me,” Laura said.

Laura said even though it gets tough, you have to learn how to deal with all of the stresses that come with being an athlete. “It gets hard at times,” Laura said.  “But you have to work through it.” Sometimes Laura had to resort to doing homework on the bus after away games so she could get more than a couple hours of sleep at home.

UTC senior Dallas Rector said school is hard enough, and he could only imagine what it is like being a student-athlete. “I struggle with balancing school and work as it is,” Dallas said.  “I have a tremendous amount of respect for athletes.” Laura said athletes must do three things to ensure getting better grades:

  1. Get a tutor
  2. Maintain an organized planner
  3. Do homework when you have the time

Even though being a student-athlete has its downfalls Laura said if she had the chance to do it all over again she would. “I love volleyball! I would definitely play again if I had the opportunity.” Laura is currently coaching Dig-To-Win volleyball in the off-season and is doing well in all of her classes.

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One Point Makes All the Difference

By: Meaghan Dant

Elon, N.C. (UTC/AP) – After an intense and long game Saturday night, Elon manages to pull out a “W” against the Chattanooga Mocs by maintaining a one point lead in the final seconds of the game.

     An endless effort from both teams resulted in not one, but two overtimes as Elonwons 86 to 85.  Ola Atoyebi had 22 points in the game including the free throw that gave Elon the one point advantage with less than a minute left on the clock. Brett James’ 25 points and 14 rebounds helped Elon put an end to their seven game losing streak, and stopped Chattanooga’s winning streak at five.

     Josh Bonney put up a jumper which put Elon up by two, but Ty Patterson quickly tied the score at 85 with 1.23 left on the clock.   After Atoyebi made one of two free throws with 42.6 seconds left on the clock, Patterson missed three consecutive free throws for the Mocs which left the score 86-85.

            Even though Patterson contributed 23 points ten rebounds and Stephen McDowell had 19 points, Chattanooga still could not hold on against the Phoenix. 

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.