UT fires Sousa as band director

Gary Sousa was removed as UT’s Pride of Southland marching band director Thursday. He will retain his position as a tenured professor.

Sousa’s removal comes after a public debate with university administrators last October concerning funding cuts for the band.

In a letter to Sousa, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin said the university reviewed his conduct and determined his actions were “insubordinate by virtue” because he did not voice his concerns in “the professional manner.”

“Your own statements – in October, during your interview, and in your written response yesterday – demonstrate that you allowed your relationships with key university officials deteriorate to the point that it is no longer possible for you to serve effectively as Director of Bands,” Martin said in the letter.

Sousa has also lost his WJ Julian fellowship and the $15,000 endowment that comes with it. His salary will be reduced from $155,200 to $105,000 beginning April 1.

More details to come as they develop on tnjn.com.

 

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SEX, LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS AND PIZZA

Students are invited to enjoy some free pizza and talk about sex Thursday. Two counselors, one a relational/multicultural therapist and the other a UT doctoral student, will answer questions and participate in the discussion. The talk will be in the OUTreach LGBT & Ally Resource Center in Melrose Hall from 6-9 p.m.

STUDENT TO BUILD WORLD’S LARGEST BOX FORT

As part of UT’s 9th annual Recyclemania, student organizations will attempt to build the world’s largest box fort on Pedestrian Walkway Friday using 5,000 cardboard boxes that UT Recycling has set aside over the last month.

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Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Danny O’Brien were arrested on alcohol-related charges after police broke up a party Johnson was co-hosting at the apartment of former Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp early Sunday morning, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Read the full story at Knoxnews.com.

SUSPECTED FT. SANDERS SHOOTER IN CUSTODY

Brandon Middlebrook, the man suspected of shooting and injuring two people in Fort Sanders last week, has been taken into Knox County Intake Center. Middlebrook was being treated for injuries of his own at UT Medical Center since the incident. Get all the details of the shooting here.

RECYCLEMANIA SERVICE PROJECT SIGN-UPS

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The XXII Olympic Winter Games will begin in Sochi on Thursday with snowboarding and figure skating events. The opening ceremony will take place Friday in Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium, and the Games will go on until Feb. 23. NBC will be streaming all events live online at NBCOlympics.com.

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