Top: Students survive snow-day with zero casualties
After a last-minute decision, students rejoiced during a snow day on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The extremely packable snow made for great snowballs and snowmen – and on occasion, snow artwork displaying the male anatomy. The fun and games, however, came nearly 50 years after a similar snowstorm left one UT student dead on Cumberland Avenue. Although UT officials kept school open on Feb. 1, 1965, 300-400 students still made their way to the Strip to sling snowballs just as they did last week. Stopped at a red light, produce truckdriver William Douglas Willet, Jr. responded to a student snowball attack with a single .22 pistol shot. The bullet killed Marnell Goodman, an 18-year-old student from Swampscott, Mass. Eyewitnesses said Goodman was running away, but Willet claimed self-defense, citing students jerking his doors open and threatening to drag him from his vehicle. Willet's testimony matched the stories of other snowball victims, including a bus-driver who said the horde of students broke a dozen bus windows. Police speculated that the fatal wreck may have been caused by snowball-induced heart attack. After a ground jury declined to indict Willet, then-UT President Andy Holt vowed to hold classes, even in blizzards, setting a potential precedent for the current administration's reluctance to cancel classes.
Bottom: Legislators may condemn UT administration
Some people just don't like to talk about sex. So much, in fact, that they don't even want other people using their own money to have experts talk about sex. No talking dirty, period – or at least, that seems to be the stance of some state senators and representatives. And as UT's Sex Week begins inviting students to events this week, UT's administration may face condemnation from the legislature. That's right – a bill is on the docket in Nashville, to be voted on within the next two weeks, that would officially condemn Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and President Joe DiPietro. What exactly does that mean? Will Chancellor Cheek have to wear a cone of shame? Will Stacey Campfield himself affix a sign reading "I am condemned, kick me" to the back of President DiPietro? No one is yet certain, but UT students should fear severe and drastic results from this bill.
Top: Feels like 1980
In the 34 years since the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the "Miracle on Ice," a lot has changed. A certain wall in Berlin came down; Vladimir Putin rose to prominence; the Olympics began to allow professional athletes to compete. Despite all the changes in both global politics and the sport of ice hockey, however, Saturday's match between the U.S. and Russia had all the crackling energy of a rematch. NHL stars like Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Quick played for their countries in a fast-paced game that left the score knotted at 2-2 when the final buzzer sounded. There was no shortage of controversy after an American referee disallowed a Russian goal in the third period, claiming the net was off its moorings – many Russian sports critic have cried foul play, pointing to a video clip that shows Quick, the U.S. goalie, crashing into the post a few seconds before. Was it on purpose? Nobody could be certain, and with the score tied, a shootout ensued. Thanks to an Olympic rule that allows a team to send the same shooter more than once, the fate of America came down to the stick of T.J. Oshie – six times. He scored four of his attempts, netting the last after Quick stoned Ilya Kovalchuk. The game lacked the consequence of the "Miracle on Ice," but none of its thrill.
Bottom: Smells like Chaco spirit
With Tuesday's 60-degree weather and similarly warm weather forecasted through Saturday, many UT students are hunting through their closets to find the region's definitive shoe – it's Chaco time in Tennessee, at least for the next few days. As pale piggy toes began to emerge from their confinement in Uggs and Bean Boats, however, a certain, unmistakable stench began to waft across campus. With Chacos come a sense of freedom from social expectations, but the liberation has its price. I wore mine Tuesday, and I think the guy next to me in my history class may have suffered. Fear not, fellow history buff – the weather looks to be a bit chillier and wetter Thursday, so I'll probably put my feet back in my socks.
This week's Rocky Tops and Bottoms was compiled by Editor-in-Chief, R.J. Vogt.