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In general, students do not
think about the undergradu-
ate council unless it specifi-
cally affects their lives.

"I honestly don't care unless
it is relevant to course work,"
said Tyler Thornton, a senior
financial services major.

With significant decisions
being made in the future by
the undergraduate council , the
students who care about what
decisions are being made wait
for the university senate to
appoint the two students who
have a voice on their behalf.

Jason Dedeker, a freshman
history major, agreed.

"Students need to provide
their perspective."


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I f students do not have ti me
to stop by and do a screening,
they are encouraged to visit
the Testing and Counseling
Services office where a coun-

New construction program offered

Ashlev Cheney
Simt Wiira

A new construction pro-
gram is being offered through
the department of technology.
The associate degree in con-
struction management began
this year after several years in
the making.

The program is a part of the
technology department's five-
year plan that began in 2004
and also included an architec-
tural drafting program. Since
its approval two years ago,
the construction management
program has been on hold.

"Due to a number of issues,
[the] timing to actually start
the program wasn't right until
this year, and even then pre-

sented some rather interest-
ing challenges," said Michael
Mehlenbacher, an instructor
for the department of tech-
nology. "But we are underway
and things are running pretty

The program includes
classes such as masonry and
carpentry. It will also require
business classes to offer stu-
dents a well-rounded knowl-
edge of operating a business,
Mehlenbacher said. The class-
es will offer hands-on experi-
ence as the students construct
a project house on University
Drive. Upon its completion,
the duplex will be used by the
university as rental housing,
said Ray Carson, associate
professor for the technology


"We have the opportunity
to apply what we've learned
about in class," said David
Moore, a junior architectural
drafting and construction
management major..

With the current economy,
future possibilities in con-
struction may seem slim in the
United States, but Moore is
not discouraged.

"I would like to become a
project managerand pos-
sibly do some international
work," he said.

The type of work offered
through this class appeals to
those who want to work out-
doors or those who want to
start their own business, Me-
hlenbacher said.





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_ A customer opened fire
in a crowded shopping mall
Wedn »sday afternoon, killing
a clothing store employee be-
fore he was shot and wounded
by police officers, authorities
said. Witnesses said the gun-
fire sent people "stampeding"
for cover.

The employee was shot
multiple times around 4:20
p.m. EDT after a confronta-
tion with the customer and
died at Knoxville Center Mall,

police spokesman Darrell De-
Busk said. No other injuries
were reported.

Two uniformed Knoxville
Police Department officers
confronted the suspect and
exchanged gunfire with him
as he exited Reno Menswear,
DeBusk said.

The suspect was taken to
University of Tennessee Medi-
cal Center, where a nursing su-
pervisor said she didn't have a
report on his condition. Police
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heard nine shots and saw peo-
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"1 heard a single shot. Then
immediately after that I heard
eight additional shots. People
started stampeding," said
Wiles, who was at the mall to
pay a cell phone bill.

Kay Jewelers assistant man-
ager Cayla Coram said that
before she heard gun shots a
worker warned her to shut the
gates to the store because of
reports of someone carrying a
gun in the mall.

"At first, it sounded like
firecrackers going off," said
Coram, 21. "Then everyone
started running. ... I've never
experienced anything like it in
my life."

Coram said she heard two
shots, a pause, and then "at
least 15" shots.

The mall closed for the
night about 1V2 hours after the
shooting. Witnesses said sev-
eral of the mall's stores closed
their gates as a precaution
when shots were heard

Knoxville Center Mall is
owned by Simon Property
Group of Indianapolis. A
spokesman did not immedi-
ately return a phone message
for comment.

Retailers report weak
September sales

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ameri-
can consumers went into hid-
ing in September, leaving
retailers with dismal sales
and an uncertain future well
beyond the holiday season as
the fallout from the financial
meltdown pushes spending
even lower.

As retailers reported their
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ing worries about their finan-
cial security.

"Discretionary spending
has come to a trickle," said
Ken Perkins, president of re-
search company RetailMetrics
LLC. "Consumers are the most
worried I have seen since at
least the 1991 recession. There
are so many factors laying on
their psyche."

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the
world's largest retailer, said
sales of discretionary items
were weak as it posted solid
results that were neverthe-
less a bit below expectations.
Target Corp. fared far worse,
reporting a bigger-than-ex-
pected drop and said it is cut-
ting its profit outlook as it ex-
pects problems with its credit
card business to last through
the rest of the year as custom-
ers have trouble making pay-

Luxury stores such as Nei-
man Marcus Group Inc. and
Saks Inc. suffered sharp drops
as well-heeled shoppers held
off on buying $600 stilet-
tos and other luxuries. Many
mall-based apparel stores and

department stores including
J.C. Penney Co. and Ameri-
can Eagle Outfitters Inc. find
themselves mired in a deep
sales slump.

With no clear spending re-
covery in sight, retailers are
navigating in the dark about
how much to cut their spring
orders and store expansions to
address the dramatic changes
in consumer behavior that are
expected to persist at least un-
til next year — if not longer.
"We rarely eat out, and even
groceries have become a big-
ticket item," said Cincinnati
resident Victoria Gentry, 41,
a single mother of a 15-year-
old daughter, who now wor-
ries about her job at a banks
merchant service division. "No
more payday pizzas now."
Before the financial meltdown
began in the middle of last
month, customers had already
been switching to lower-price
brands and stores, cutting
back on essentials and making
other changes like mending
their clothes instead of buying
new ones.

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Chris Clouzet

Religion Editor

[email protected]

Does God care about the seemingly trivial stuff?

Cms Clouzet

RHICmM fnnna

A recent conversation I had
led me to begin thinking about
the fine line we often find our-
selves walking between legal-
ism and discipleship. People
preach strict obedience to
God's laws but seem to rely
heavily on God's uncondi-
tional love. People stress good
behavior and striving for per-
fection as well as never-ending
forgiveness and eternal mercy.
Sometimes, we cannot help
but feel confused about how
we are to live as Christians
when it comes to lifestyle. Do
we always obey the rules and
laws of our parents, teach-
ers, church and government?
When does living our own
lives based on our own deci-
sions according to our own
motives ever exceed the limits
of God's forgiveness? Does it
ever? It seems that what some
people call discipleship, others
despise as legalism.

When the Bible doesn't
make something too clear,
who decides what we should
and shouldn't do? Is get-

ting the best grades possible
something all Christians need
to strive for? Is helping every
hitchhiker or beggar? What
about donating to every cause
wecomeincontactwith? What
about singing in church? Pay-
ing tithes and offerings? Going
to Sabbath School? Dressing
our best? What about going to
church period? Don't Chris-
tians seem to identify these as
the signs of a true disciple?

Often, it is these so-called
"non-salvation" issues that
make our church seem legalis-
tic. We become obsessed with
arguing about why we have to
wear ties to vespers and we try
to convince ourselves (and oth-
ers) that required worships are
a terribly un-Christian idea.
Parents that force their chil-
dren to go to a Christian school
and administrations that force
students to take all kinds of re-
ligion credits to graduate are
shoving religion downpeople's
throats! We don't want to be
a part of a religion where we
have to adhere to standards
and rules, sing ancient hymns,
suffer through boring sermons ,
deal with miserable technol-

ogy and bear conservative pas-
tors. We want to be free! Not
restricted to worship and live
like our parents and teachers!
If God needs to change me,
that's His responsibility. I'm

not supposed to change myself to do the same as He asked His

Love the Lord your God

with all your

anyway, right!


The Bible doesn't say wheth-
er or not worship credit should
be required or whether watch-
ing TV on Sabbath is wrong. It
doesn't explain whether going
to church is what a good disci-
ple does. But, in Deuteronomy
6, Moses relays God's message
to His people saying, "Love the
Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and

with all your strength." While heaven or hell, then people are
the popular title for God's peo- right to label us fake. When
pie has changed from Israelites we make teachers, preachers
to Christians, if we claim to be and parents our enemies and
such then we are still God's stop loving them, we are no
people and He is still asking us longer following Jesus' exam-
ple. Christianity isn't simply
a matter of stating whether or
not you're a Christian. That 1 s
what you do to declare a politi-
cal parry or gender, you check
a box. If s a matter of slowly
but surely directing your life to
be in line with the Way, Jesus

Yes, it may be okay to do
things differently than our par-
ents or church, and no, wear-
ing a tie may never be proven
as the mark of a true Christian,
but if you don't think those are
marks of a Christian, what do
you think they are? When you
call yourself a Christian, are
you positive that your life is
in God's hands and not your
own? Legalism and fake Chris-
tians may not attract anyone to
Christ, but neither will anyone
who is above humbling himself
before God.

Who needs God? We all

Deuteronomy 6:5

Graphic by Christina WeitnH

ancient people. God also asks
us to show our love for Him by
loving our brothers and neigh-
bors, and even our enemies!

Ifs no wonder so many
people think of Christians as
hypocritical, judgmental and
fake. When trivial issues lead
us to despise certain people, or
become indifferent to religion,
but still claim to be Christians
around campus or on sur-
veys, or when it boils down to


Bloom where you are planted

Gordon Bietz


Hwto by Marim Ihorman

Once upon a time deep in
Fenton Forest, so deep in the
dark part of the woods that
rarely did Freddy the Fox ever
go there and never did Light-
foot the Deer ever darken the
forest floor there. Back deep
in the forest past Ivy Lane and
Pine Nut Street where there
were no forest paths and no
homes of any Fenton Forest
folk. Deep in the dark part of
the forest that would frighten
most anyone, right next to a
very large, knarled old oak
tree, by some moss covered
stones was a flower.

She was a pretty flower,
with waxy yellow petals and
a pale green stem, she lifted
her head above the dark, dank

forest floor and opened her
petals wide to the scarce light
that filtered down through the
trees to her place at the base of
the old oak tree.

There she stood, a solitary
spot of yellow, like a splash of
paint on the dark landscape of
the forest floor. She sent out
her fragrance on light breez-
es, hoping that some bee that
strayed from its flight path
would follow the scent to her

There she grew, droplets of
dew glistening from her ca-
nary colored petals. Day after
day she was there in the deep-
est, darkest part of Fenton
Forest. Week after week she
was there, in the obscure re-
cesses of the forest, during the
entire season of her life she
was there.. . blooming.

No errant bee traveler
found her delightful nectar
there by the big oak, no pass-
ing bird saw her splash of yel-
low and no meandering forest
inhabitant observed the glory
she brought to her little dark

The season of her life came
to an end as her golden saf-
fron petals faded onto the col-
orless mat of the forest floor to
provide nutrients for a future
flower generation.

The old oak said to her
as she faded her last, "It was
hardly worth it was it, such
color wasted in the deep dark-
ness of the forest."

Her reply as she died there
by the roots of the ancient oak

"1 just bloom where I am
planted, and God sees."


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Sarah Hayhoe

Opinion Editor

[email protected]

Procrastination is awesome, read this article tomorrow

Alvssa Foil
CmofflHinoB —

Procrastination is awesome,
read this for at least three cen-
turies, literary giants like Ed-
ward Young and Charles Dick-
ens have passed on proverbs
like "Never do tomorrow what
you can do today. Procrastina-
tion is the thief of time," while
Ogden Nash takes the veiled
accusation a step further with,
"Far from being the thief of
time, procrastination is the
king of it."

So, if procrastination is the
king of time, this week I've
won the pageant title for put-
ting off the writing of this ar-
ticle. There it is for all of you
and my editors to know. (As
if my editors were unaware of
the fact.) In the gap between
my intent and action, I have
surfed the internet, played
All-Night Softball, ran in the
Cohutta Triathlon, won an
iPod Touch, performed mod-
est research, and fantasized
about composing this article.
Despite a guilty conscience,
my research has brought me
to a life-changing realization:
procrastination is awesome.

According to Jerry
Ferrari, a psychologist
at DePaul University,
"about 20' to 25 per-
cent of us are chronic
Studies also show that
college, with its dead-
lines, projects, and
constant evaluation,
brings out the trait of
procrastination even
in people with less
tendency to delay. The
answer to our strug-
gles is what Stanford
Professor John Perry
calls "structured pro-
crastination" which in-
volves several important char-

First, procrastinators rarely
do absolutely nothing when
they delay tasks. When we're
not studying, we're usually
checking Facebook, playing
intramurals, hanging out with
friends, or watching 24. Why
do we do these things?

"Because they are a way of
not doing something more
important," Perry answers.
The good news is that with the
right approach and attitude,
procrastinators "can be mo-

tivated to do difficult, timely
and important tasks, as long
as these tasks are a way of not
doing something more impor-

Procrastinators may try to
be more productive by clear-
ing their plates of numerous
tasks. Unfortunately, it's figu-
rative suicide to think that
having fewer commitments
will cure procrastination. The
key is to make "to do" lists by
placing tasks that seem both
important and urgent at the
top so that all of the smaller,
but worthwhile goals will be

Flioto by Marlin Thorman

ways to avoid accomplishing
the more daunting item in
slot #1. Just make sure that #1
item appears to have clearly
defined deadlines (when they
in fact are not) and seems ex-
tremely important (when it re-
ally isn't). This does require a
healthy dose of self-deception
which shouldn't be too diffi-
cult since, as Perry points out,
"virtually all procrastinators
have excellent self-deceptive

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McCain, Obama, Underwood: The choice is clear

, Alyssa Foil


1 learned something new
last week, thanks to the South-
ern Breeze episode on music:
Southern students dislike
country music. With all respect
to the Breeze, our campus'
student-produced podcast,
their research is not conclu-
sive for every student on cam-
pus (they didn't ask me!), but
it did tell me that as a campus
we have strong opinions about
music. I can't help but wonder
though, is it possible that we
have stronger feelings about
what's on our iPods than who
we will vote for next month?
If you know more about Car-

rie Underwood than Senators.
McCain or Obama, then the
answer is yes. According to a
recent article on Underwoodin
Allure magazine, more people
voted for Carrie Underwood
on American Idol in 2005
than had voted in the previ-
ous two presidential elections
combined. You might also re-
call that the past two elections
have been controversial to say
the least.

So why did more people
vote for someone who will
have no effect on foreign pol-
icy, the oil crisis or the col-
lapsing economy, but instead
will serenade us with songs
about innovative auto detail-
ing for an ex-boyfriend's car
(as in Underwood's hit single

"Before He Cheats")? It has to
do with our feelings. It's much
easier to feel swayed by an
emotive song than it is a fis-
cal policy; it's easierto vote for
our next president based on
race, age or experience, than
say platform. We are taking
an American Idol approach to
electing the future President
of the United States.

Think about all the im-
passioned statements (or at
this point-cliches) that you
have heard about the upcom-
ing election. I can think of a
couple, ranging from a close
relative of mine saying, "If you
want the world to end, vote for
Obama!" or overhearing a stu-
dent in Kelly's Garden saying
their voting criteria was which

candidate would enforce the
Sunday Law. As recently as
last week, a MySpace friend
of mine brashly announced in
their status update they would
relocate to Canada upon the
election of a certain candidate.
Or I can think of my own cop-
out: I haven't really thought
about who to vote for.

Maybe my cop-out provides
an explanation as to why we
can vote for pop-culture prin-
cesses over' presidents— it re-
quires little thought. I like that
song, I hate her dress, and I
cast my vote accordingly. Fol-
lowing the same approach in
electing our president would
probably leave us feeling guilty
and embarrassed about our
lack of cognition. The good

news is we have one more
month to ponder the election.
In between now and Nov. 4,
think about the candidate's
position on the issues at hand.
What are their past voting re-
cords in Senate? Read News-
week, ask hard questions,
make a pros/cons list, talk to
people who are taking the Me-
dia and the Presidential Elec-
tion class, and hopefully you
didn't forget to register to vote
(since some state deadlines
have already passed). Think,
think, think!

And if that is simply too
difficult, then just sit back,
relax and listen to the twangy
sounds of Carrie Underwood.
After all, we elected her.




Rachel Hopkins

Lifestyles Editor

[email protected]

The best concerts to watch for this season

Rachel Hopkins

Iiffstytfs FnnnB

Say what you will about
Collegedale, but when it
comes down to it, we're in a
great spot for music. Several
top-notch artists stop through
Chattanooga each year and
Knoxville, Atlanta and Nash-
ville are only a drive away. If
you're like me and you enjoy a
good concert, you may want to
jot some of these dates down.
Even if you aren't into music,
concert tickets make an awe-
some birthday or early Christ-
mas present.


Andrew Peterson - He'll
be at Concord Baptist Church
THIS Saturday, so you'll have
to act fast, but it's free and
if 11 be a great way to close the

Andrew-peterson. com

Reliant K - If you're going
to be in the area over Thanks-
giving break, or you want to
come back early, Reliant Kwill

be in Atlanta on the 29th and
Knoxville on the 30th.
Myspace. com/reliantk


Sara Watkins- One-third
of Nickel Creek. Even if you're
not into country she's got a
silky voice and mad fiddling
skills. She'll be in Knoxville
October 14, which is next

well after sundown.

Carrie Underwood - She's
got quite a voice. And if you're
a hard core American Idol fan,
you wouldn't dream of missing
it. She'll be right here in Chat-
tanooga on December 8. Blow
off your Monday evening class
and go.


Taylor Swift - I'm not that
big of a fan, but I hear she puts
on a good show. If you're in
the area over fall break, treat
yourself on Saturday night to
her concert in Chattanooga.
And don't worry, it's at 8 p.m. ,


Tyler James - 1 went to his
concert about three years ago.
He's really talented and the
concert was relaxed and fun.
He'll be in Atlanta on October


77ie Beach Boys- 1 didNOT
even know they still toured,
but I have a feeling the concert
would be a good time. They 1 ]]
be in Knoxville on October 23.


Coldplay - I'm still kick-
ing myself for not going the

last time they were in Atlanta.
Plus, their new album, Viva La
Vida, is really good. They'll be
in Atlanta on Saturday, No-
vember 11. They haven't post-
ed the time yet, but I'm guess-
ing it will once again, be well
after sundown,

Band of Horses - If you
haven't heard them, give 'em
a listen. They have a unique
but well honed sound. If you'll
be around during Christmas
break (or you live in GA),
they'll be in Atlanta on De-
cember 30 and 31.


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