The Budget Savvy UTC Student

By: Charnele L. Box

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) – Higher education can be quite expensive these days, but could books equate to the same cost? With the rising cost of tuition each school term you would think textbooks are included; but they’re not. For students at UTC tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year were $7,654 for both terms and books were estimated at a whopping $1400.

Attractive Woman with Her BooksTo downsize the cost of textbooks, the UTC bookstore, which is a Barnes and Noble affiliate, have textbook rentals available for students depending on the book choice. From personal experience, I have rented about 5 to 7 books throughout my entire collegiate experience.

Most textbook companies, publishers, and authors put out new editions every year or two. This can become a burden on students because the differences from the first and second edition of the textbook are fewer words or updated laws.

On occasion, authors may take away from the previous edition. Sometimes they will remove questions if it’s a math or science course, or even add to it. Since most of my course textbooks were not available for rental, I found another way to save money.

During the search for textbooks, I found free files of textbooks or file sharing to be a money saver. Depending on the class or subject, some textbooks may be available online in PDF form for FREE! Although you have various money saving textbooks sites like amazon, ebay, and half.com; I still came out cheaper by file sharing. art23883widea

According to USNEWS.COM, there are several ways to save money on textbooks.

1. Buy used textbooks

2. Buy E-books

3. Rent

4. Apply for textbook specific scholarships

5. Research

6. Book Swap

Using the above tools will help any budget savvy student save money on extremely expensive textbooks throughout their college years.  Although there are other sources such as amazon, ebay, half.com, and chegg; you still may have a better buy by utilizing free textbooks online or file sharing.

Christina Maximos, a UTC junior, stated she saved about $80 on textbooks in a literature course she took in the fall semester. “If I did not weigh other options, I would’ve spent $300 on textbooks instead of $150″ said Maximos.

Some UTC professors can relate to the high cost of textbooks and usually make it easier on the student by not requiring a book or putting books on reserve in the library. By opting to use the textbook(s) on reserve in the library, you can save big bucks.

3028855-poster-p-1-3028855why-cant-e-books-disrupt-the-lucrative-college-textbook-businessAt the Lupton Library, you can utilize the materials in three hour intervals before you have to re-check them out again. The Lupton Library also offers interlibrary loans. Using the Interlibrary Loan program can help budget savvy students. Did I mention it’s a FREE service!

The Interlibrary Loans allow UTC students, staff, and faculty to obtain books or copies of certain items that the UTC library does not have. There are many different types of materials that can be requested via the Lupton Library site, including books, articles, and even certain chapters of a book. Although it is difficult to get a course textbook from the Interlibrary Loan program because of the short-term loans, this resource would be great for English, Education, or Literature majors or minors.

Even though it may seem that students do not get a break when it comes to purchasing textbooks, not to mention the rising cost of tuition; using the above resources and more could save you large amounts of money.

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Rolling in the Dough

downloadBy: Charnele L. Box

LOS ANGELES (AP/UTC The Loop) — Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around.

Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million, topping the previous record-holder, 2011′s “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million.

“The Winter Soldier,” which stars Chris Evans as the shield-wielding superhero and Scarlett Johansson (whose sci-fi film “Under the Skin” also debuted this weekend with $140,000) as Black Widow, commanded 32 international markets last weekend.

Expanding to Russia, Australia and China in its second week, the Marvel comic adaptation, boasting a budget of over $170 million, earned $107.1 million internationally this weekend, bringing its overall worldwide haul to more than $303 million.

Also a touchstone for Imax, “The Winter Soldier” received $9.6 million of its U.S. haul on 346 screens showing the film in the enhanced resolution format. Internationally, it showed on 278 Imax screens, bringing in $6.5 million, $4 million of which was delivered from China.

“Captain America: The First Avenger,” which had a budget of around $140 million, debuted in July 2011 with $65 million. Overall, it earned $371 million worldwide.

Why the shift to an April release rather than remaining a summer launch?

“We looked at the possibility of creating separation from the other summer tentpoles,” said Dave Hollis, head of worldwide theatrical distribution for Disney. “There was an opportunity. We have the second Marvel film coming at the end of the summer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ We wanted to start and end the summer and take advantage of this holiday. In the next month or so we’ll have the benefit of spring break.”

“The Avengers effect,” as Hollis calls it, set the stage for the continuation of Marvel’s massive box office presence, which includes the “Iron Man” and “Thor” franchises. With the release of the films’ sequels, both have seen earning jumps of over 35 percent.

“There are very few movie brands that are this consistent,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, said of the Disney-Marvel team. “For ‘The Winter Soldier’ to push on $100 million in April shows that you can release a big movie any time of the year. Every studio is going to be looking at this date to plant their flag in the future.”

Meanwhile, Paramount’s biblical saga “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, took a drastic dip in its second weekend, earning $17 million after debuting with $44 million. Still, it sailed into second place, crossing the $70 million mark domestically, while pushing Lionsgate’s young adult science-fiction thriller “Divergent,” led by Shailene Woodley, to third with $13 million in its third week. Its stateside total is now $114 million.

Freestyle Releasing’s surprise hit “God’s Not Dead” took the No. 4 slot with $7.7 million in its third weekend.

Despite the decrease in the “Noah” box office performance, the outcome of film’s debut, its overall haul, and the success of both “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead” bodes well for other biblical-themed films coming this year, including “Heaven is for Real,” starring Greg Kinnear and “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” starring Christian Bale.

Coming in at No. 5, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” collected $6.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $33 million. Fox Searchlight expanded its stylish comedy to 1,263 locations, and the studio plans to add even more in the coming weeks. This is Anderson’s second widest expansion following 2009′s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“As this movie is expanding it is just building an audience,” Dergarabedian said. A total of “$33 million compared to something like ‘Captain America’ doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a huge number for a film like ‘Grand Budapest’ that is so indie-minded and original.”

The weekend’s other releases included Codeblack Films’ “Frankie and Alice,” starring Halle Berry as a dancer with multiple personality disorder. Playing in 171 locations, it earned $350,000.

And Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy “Dom Hemingway,” starring Jude Law and “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, had a domestic gross of $32,000 after showing in only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Next week the film will expand to nearly 40 locations.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” which landed at No. 6 with $6.3 million in its third weekend, and Fox’s “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” coming in at No. 7 with $5.3 million in its fifth weekend, were the top kiddie films. But Fox’s animated “Rio 2″ stands to knock them down a few notches when it opens in the U.S. next weekend.

Will you go see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”?

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1.”Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $96.2 million ($107.1 million international).

2.”Noah,” $17 million ($46 million international).

3.”Divergent,” $13 million ($11.1 million international).

4.”God’s Not Dead,” $7.7 million.

5.”The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $6.3 million ($5.5 million international).

6.”Muppets Most Wanted,” $6.3 million ($1.9 million international).

7.”Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $5.3 million ($11.2 million international).

8.”Sabotage,” $1.9 million.

9.”Need for Speed,” $1.84 million ($4.7 million international).

10.”Non-Stop,” $1.83 million ($2.5 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $107.1 million.

2. “Noah,” $46 million.

3. “Rio 2,” $22.2 million.

4. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $11.2 million.

5. “Divergent,” $11.1 million.

6. “Frozen,” $8.2 million.

7. “The Lego Movie,” $7.3 million.

8. “Ocho apellidos vascos,” $7.2 million.

9. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $5.5 million.

10. “Need for Speed,” $4.7 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

Freedom Isn’t Loyal!

By: Charnele L. Box and Robresha Jackson

LOS ANGELES (AP/ UTC The Loop) — With a roll of his eyes and a comment that he was good at using guns and knives, Chris Brown may have cost himself weeks of freedom and his chance to get back to making music anytime soon.

The reasons for Brown’s dismissal from a Malibu rehab facility were detailed in court on Monday, with a judge ordering the Grammy winner to remain in jail until a formal probation violation hearing can be convened on April 23.

The jail stint will be Brown’s longest and comes more than five years after he viciously attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna in a rented sports car just hours before the Grammy Awards. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said he was most troubled by a comment the singer made during a group therapy session last week.

“I am good at using guns and knives,” the rehab reported Brown said in response to an exercise asking him to reflect on what he was good or excelled at.

Other transgressions cited by rehab workers included the singer ignoring a worker who was waiting to give him a drug test, rubbing elbows with a woman when he had signed an agreement to stay at least two feet away from all female clients and joking telling fellow patients, “I’m going to ask my higher power to take away my troubles.” When asked whether he was serious, Brown said yes while shaking his head no, a report on Brown’s conduct stated.

Outside court, Brown’s attorney described Brown as having a bad day at the facility and said he didn’t think his client should be forced to stay behind bars for another month.

“You know — do you have a bad day? I have bad days sometimes,” Mark Geragos said outside the courthouse. “Do you say things you’d like to take back? I certainly do. So I don’t know that being in a therapeutic session and you’re talking about your reflections and you say one sentence means you go to jail? Seems to me to be counterproductive to therapy.”

Geragos said he planned to petition to have Brown released before the April hearing. The singer has legal woes on the East Coast as well and is due to go on trial in a misdemeanor assault case in Washington, D.C., on April 17.

Geragos said Brown’s incarceration might make it impossible for the trial to start on time, and would be a waste of judicial and jail resources.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray however said Brown has had repeated chances to comply with his sentence for the Rihanna attack, which required him to obey all laws and complete six months’ worth of community labor. Brown’s completion of those hours was called into question last year, and Brandlin required the singer to do another 1,000 hours of roadside cleanup and graffiti removal as punishment for a misdemeanor hit-and-run case.

“He has put himself into custody,” Murray said.

Brown appeared in court wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a sharp contrast from the suits and designer jeans he has worn for other court hearings.

Geragos had requested that Brown be allowed to change into a suit, but Brandlin refused. He did allow the singer’s handcuffs to be removed during the hearing, and ordered photographers not film deputies placing the restraints back on after the hearing.

Brown had been in court-ordered rehab since November and until recently had received good reviews from probation officials and praise from Brandlin.

Since his arrest in February 2009 for assaulting Rihanna, Brown has worked to restore his public image and has released three albums, including 2011′s “F.A.M.E.” that won the Grammy Award for best R&B album.

Brown’s fifth album, “X,” has been delayed several times and a new release date has not been set. He has launched several singles from the album, but while some have reached the Top 40, they haven’t resonated on the charts like his previous tracks.

The Nicki Minaj-assisted “Love More” was the strongest of the singles, peaking at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the current single, “Loyal” with Lil Wayne, broke into the Top 40 last week. Brown is still a popular guest collaborator in the R&B and hip-hop world: He’s featured on rapper Kid Ink’s rising Top 15 hit “Show Me” and singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter’s R&B hit “It Won’t Stop.”

Associated Press Writer Ryan Pearson and Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.

Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

 

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Rock and Roller Visits Nashville

By: Charnele L. Box

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/UTC The Loop) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash will be in Nashville on Friday.

He will do a brief talk and book signing of his new memoir at the city’s main library at noon before performing Friday night at the historic Ryman Auditorium with Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Nash earned fame as part of the group more than four decades ago. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1997 and as a member of The Hollies in 2010.

Nash’s library appearance is free and open to the public.

 

Extreme Home Makeover: Orange Grove Edition

By: Robresha Jackson and Charnele Box

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) -  For the intellectually disable, The Orange Grove Center is a safe haven. It is a place that is primarily focused on their mental and physical development in hopes of providing  more comfortable life like the rest of the world.

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On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the Chattanooga City Council agreed to continue this movement by approving funds for Orange Grove, Inc. to create affordable rental housing. These funds were awarded on behalf of the HOMEAgain Program, a program that assists in creating supportive rental housing for underprivileged individuals and families to prevent homelessness.

According to documents from the Chattanooga City Council, the Department of Economic and Community Development are to award HOMEAgain Program funds in the amount of $45,000. The owner is to contribute $73,250 to create these affordable apartments.

Orange Grove residential services help support about 50 individuals in 23 homes located throughout the metropolitan area. While the non-profit organization may not own the homes, they help assist the individuals in leasing their home in the community and provide the staffing and oversight for the homes.

Orange Grove also provide residential rehabilitation housing. OGC has 25 homes serving 146 individuals. The residential rehabilitation housing supports two to eight individuals in Orange Grove Center homes with a house manager and support staff as needed. The staff helps with life skill development and many activities throughout the community.

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One of the Rehabilitation Homes provided by Orange Grove

Many agree that Orange Grove is a staple in the Chattanooga community that provides a safe environment for the mentally ill and that this initiative will only improve the private, non-profit organization.

“Orange Grove has worked hard to become the establishment that they are. If it wasn’t for Orange Grove coming along individuals with developmental disabilities would be left at home or in mental intuitions,” said Diamond Pride OGC employee.  She also stated that OGC allow the individuals have regular lives help them feel more inclusive in the community.

Darious James, Direct Support Professional at OGC weighed in on the mentally ill clients and OGC’s initiative to make them feel more independent. “Orange Grove does a great justice to the community plus they also let the individuals work and make money on real jobs. ”

Although it is not clear on who the new, affordable apartments will be made available to, it is clear that Orange Grove is always finding ways to improve their organization.

More information will be provided as the story continues to unfold.

4 Women, 4 Strings

By: Charnele L. Box

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC The Loop)- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s music department is known for having great musical events. This year the music department is will present the Marian Anderson String Quartet to the Chattanooga community, February 20 – 22.

In the fall of 1989, members of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, then known as the Chaminade Quartet joined forces to accomplish more than they ever dreamed. The Marian Anderson String Quartet has won major classical competitions and performed at the White House during a Presidential Inauguration.

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(top to bottom- Prudence McDaniel, Diedra Lawrence
Marianne Henry, Nicole Cherry)

The Marian Anderson String Quartet Residency project was initiated by Dr. Jonathan B. McNair, Coordinator of Theory and Composition at UTC, as part of an effort to raise public awareness of the contributions to concert (classical) music by African American and other minority performing artists and composers.

“I became interested in bringing acclaimed African American classical music composers and performers to Chattanooga a few years ago. I had purchased a collection of music by Black composers, and liked some of the music very much,”  said McNair.

The four women are passionate about their musical art. They will perform a concert for the public, work with local music students, of high school and collegiate levels, conduct a workshop for young composers from around the Southeast, and participate in a public panel discussion.

The MASQ will visit Orchard Knob Elementary school on Thursday Feb. 20 in the morning, and Center for Creative Arts high school Thursday afternoon Feb 20.

“I hope to bring other highly skilled minority artist to campus in coming years, such as the Ritz Chamber Players, and/or the Imani Winds, or fine solo artists who I’ve come across online. If this MASQ program is successful, which I believe it will be, then we have a foundation to build on for the future,” he continued.

Each member of the ensemble is trained at top conservatories and universities such as Julliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Shepherd School of Music.The women of the string quarter have a strong commitment to music education, and established a community music school in their home base of Bryan, Texas, as well as string quartet music camps in the Southwest and the Virgin Islands.

Sources: UTC Music Department and Marian Anderson Quartet Sites

Singer Wins Gold at the End of the Rainbow

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By: Charnele L. Box

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/The Loop) — Tamela Mann has won seven awards including top honor artist of the year at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Mann broke down in tears as she spoke with the audience during the 29th annual ceremony at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. She also won major awards female vocalist and CD of the year for “Best Days.”

Kirk Franklin’s “Take Me to the King” was named song of the year, Tye Tribbett took male vocalist of the year and Tasha Cobb won three awards including new artist of the year.

Hezekiah Walker and Anthony Brown & Group Therapy matched Cobb with three wins apiece as well.

The two-hour awards were hosted by Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley and broadcast on the Up Network.

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“12 Years A Slave” Wins Finally

By: Charnele Box

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP/UTC The LOOP) — The Golden Globes are typically Hollywood’s bawdiest awards show — “a wonderful mess,” said co-host Tina Fey of this year’s bash. But in the end, after all the boozy banter — some of it bleeped for broadcast — the 1970s corruption tale “American Hustle” got a very serious push toward Oscar glory, picking up three major awards.

Benefiting the most from Sunday night’s Globes as focus shifts to the Academy Awards, David O. Russell’s con caper locked in best comedy, best actress (Amy Adams) and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence).

Not that early-season favorite “12 Years a Slave” isn’t still in the running. Though it earned only one award, Steve McQueen’s historical epic took home the night’s top honor: best film drama. But “American Hustle” seems to have emerged from the 71st annual Golden Globes as the film to beat.

Oscar doesn’t usually care much for comedies, but “American Hustle” offers a rich blend of scandal, style and superb acting that is bound to get Academy voters’ attention.

The Globes have flipped awards season momentum before. Though Ben Affleck was denied an Oscar nomination last year for directing “Argo,” he did win best director at the Globes and his film went on to win best picture at the Oscars. In 2009, Katherine Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” lost in the best film category to James Cameron’s “Avatar” at the Globes. The defeat seemed to sway Oscar voters in Bigelow’s favor and she snagged the best picture award.

With the Oscar nominations coming Thursday, lost-in-space saga “Gravity,” which earned Alfonso Cuaron the best director Globe, could pick up some additional pull with likely nominations in the craft categories, which the Globes don’t recognize. There’s also a lot of built-in affection for its leading lady, Sandra Bullock, not to mention the film’s impressive worldwide box office performance.

Hosting Sunday night’s Globes for the second year in a row, Fey and Amy Poehler drew big laughs as they targeted such A-listers as Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.

One of the evening’s well-received jokes was delivered in the “SNL” alums’ opening bit in a reference Fey made to “Gravity”: “It’s a story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

Last year, the duo led a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers. They’ll return as hosts next year.

Besides “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, also favored other fact-based films from America’s past: the ’80s-era AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” and the high-finance extravaganza “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which both won top awards.

“Dallas Buyers Club” stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both lost noticeable weight for their roles — “or as actresses call it, ‘being in a movie,’” joked Fey — won their first Globes for best dramatic actor and best supporting actor. DiCaprio, a nine-time nominee, picked up his second Globe for best comedy actor for his turn as a provocative stockbroker in Martin Scorsese’s nearly three-hour “Wall Street.”

“I am thankful that Martin Scorsese is still this punk rock,” said DiCaprio backstage.

Famously absent from awards shows for years, Woody Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement honor, which was accepted by the director’s “Anne Hall” star Diane Keaton.

“Did you see Diane Keaton tonight?” best comedy actress winner Cate Blanchett asked reporters backstage. “She is my style icon, my acting icon — the works.” Blanchett took home the award for her portrayal of a fallen socialite in Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”

Elegant in an Armani gown, Blanchett joked, “A lot of effort goes into this effortlessness. It’s a wonderful mirage to be here tonight, but it’s not entirely who I am.”

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