Foo Fighters bring tour to Thompson-Boling Arena

Wednesday, Oct. 18, Foo Fighters rocked Thompson-Boling Arena in concert for the Knoxville community and UTK students on their “Concrete and Gold” tour.

Foo Fighters performed a three-hour set. They played hits such as “The Pretender,” “My Hero” and “Monkey Wrench” as well as new songs from their album Concrete and Gold.” The band, along with special guest Mick Murphy, performed a cover of Van Halen’s “Eruption” and The Kinks’s “You Really Got Me.”

The audience ranged from long time fans who attended Foo Fighters’s first tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2000 to younger fans seeing them for the first time.

Freshman Alexis England said, “I grew up with Foo Fighters with my family and on the radio, and when I think Foo Fighters I think ‘Everlong,’ so when they left the stage the first time I was freaking out. When they finally came back and they ended with it, it made my day. That was my favorite part.”

Before Foo Fighters took the stage, The Struts, a band from the United Kingdom, prepared the crowd with their energetic rock sound. They performed songs from their album, Everybody Wants,” like “Kiss This,” “These Times Are Changing” and “Could Have Been Me.” The band also performed their new single “One Night Only” for the eager audience.

“I personally do not know much about the Foo Fighters,” Hayley Bradshaw said. “This was my first experience. I knew a couple of their songs but not many, but confessions [“Best of You”] was my favorite.”

The founder of Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, entertained the audience with his commentary and energy that kept young and old fans alike laughing, singing and head banging along with the band. They returned to the stage at the end of the show to perform a three-song encore ending with “Everlong.”

Foo Fighters will be back in Tennessee Oct. 23 in Nashville and Oct. 24 in Memphis.

For more information about the Foo Fighters “Concrete and Gold” tour, visit


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Edited By: Lexie Little

UT Science Forum tackles nuclear energy

Dr. Stephen Skutnik, Assistant Professor at UT’s department of Nuclear Engineering says that the future of nuclear energy depends on if it’s viewed as trash or a treasure.

Skutnik addressed multiple forms of proposed storage methods such as geologic disposal, hydrogeologic disposal, ice sheet disposal and more outlandish solutions such as extraterrestrial and volcanic disposal.

Although scientists have the ability to store used fuel for decades, it is not seen a viable permanent solution.

According to Skutnik, geologic disposal is the only feasible option at this time. It involves storing the radioactive elements deep underground long enough to “run out the clock” on the materials so they are no longer radioactive.

However, “running the clock out” on elements such as Plutonium and Neptunium can take thousands of years. Before locking the elements away in their radioactive tombs, Skutnik supports the idea of isolating the Uranium, a less radioactive element, and reusing it for nuclear fuel.

Skutnik went on to point out that the United States’ method for handling used nuclear waste has not been widely supported. The Nuclear Waste Policy act of 1987 created a permanent, underground repository for radioactive nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, located 100 miles north of Las Vegas.

In 2009, the Obama Administration defunded the Yucca Mountain repository efforts and began the Blue Ribbon Commission. The commission recognized the national need for a consent-base repository program to garner wide public support. The target date for completion is 2048.

The Unite States government hopes to model the program after Sweden and Finland’s programs, the most programs successful thus far.

Robin Hill, a former engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, expressed optimism.

“I come to every seminar on the schedule,” Hill said. “I love it.”

“I made my living in this business with reactors, accelerators, fusion machines, waste management and cost benefit work for nuclear reactors,” Hill continued. “This stuff is important; I think the Baker Center should talk about this as well.

The political implications of nuclear energy reprocessing are heavy financial burdens and the possibility Plutonium and Uranium being used as a weapon. Currently, South Korea is seeking relief from a US treaty that prohibits the ability to enrich uranium or seek nuclear reprocessing.

In addition, Japan has been on a quest to recycle nuclear energy that has cost $25 million and generated no success.

“Understanding natural and biological processes is extremely important. The science forum gives students an opportunity to engage in additional educational opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise see,” said Amanda Womac, president of UT Science Forum and Director of Communications for the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about research and developments in science, visit the UT Science Forum in Thompson Boling Café from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday.

Next week, Terry Hazen, Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology will be presenting methane issues. Temporary parking passes are available for the event.

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Edited by Ben Webb

Preview: Vols to face top-ranked Kentucky, looking for upset

After a tough Valentine’s Day loss to LSU, the basketball Vols are looking for redemption through an upset of the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena in a Big Tuesday match-up.

It has been over a year since these two teams went face-to-face on the hardwood. The last time they met, the Wildcats took the win at Rupp Arena, 74-66. Jarnell Stokes played a big part in the game for the Vols – scoring 20 points and gaining 15 rebounds. For Kentucky, it was then-freshman Andrew Harrison who led the Wildcats in scoring with 26 points.

Harrison is back again this season for Kentucky and is looking to turn his lackluster season around. With a few key players from last year gone, there are two questions that Tennessee faces going into Tuesday: Who will step up to lead and what will it take to contain Kentucky?

Tennessee (14-10, 6-6) comes into this game after suffering a home loss to a hungry LSU squad on Saturday, 73-55. Armani Moore led the Vols with 16 points and 8 rebounds. After seeing their team have a major momentum surge at the beginning of the second half against LSU, Vol fans will be looking to have that same spark show up, and hopefully stay, in Tuesday’s game.

Kentucky (25-0, 12-0), on the other hand, comes into Tuesday with a “full steam ahead” mentality as they continue their pursuit of perfection. They beat South Carolina on Saturday, 77-43. Willie Cauley-Stein led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points, while two other players, Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson, were in double digits – scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.

Kentucky has been dominant all season. While they have had a few close wins, including overtime and double overtime wins that came back-to-back at the beginning of SEC play, they have still found a way to remain undefeated.

It is no surprise that Kentucky has an amazing amount of talent that knows how to score, no matter what the cost. Apart from their talent, they have size and they have a lot of it: two seven-footers and eight players ranging in size from 6’6” to 6’11”. Of course, this size will help them in the paint going against a Tennessee squad that no longer has an immense amount of size in comparison to the past few years.

For Tennessee, the key to beating Kentucky is simple: stop them from shooting. If there is one shooter they need to key in on, it is Devin Booker. The 6’6” freshman guard has played a huge role for the Wildcats this year averaging almost 11 points per game while shooting 47 percent from three-point range, the highest three-point percentage on the team.

In terms of match ups, Booker could be facing Josh Richardson, who has recorded 51 steals and 12 blocks on the year. The other hot shooter to look out for is Aaron Harrison, the 6’6” sophomore guard, who has averaged 11 points per game this season. Once he and Booker get their shots flowing, it will be hard to contain them. The same goes for plays in the paint. For these, expect to see Willie Cauley-Stein make splashes, since he is seven feet tall and will take any route possible to score on a smaller defense, such as Tennessee’s.

For Tennessee, it all comes down to containing Kentucky, forcing them to make minimal shots and not letting them slide into the paint for easy baskets. Size cannot be an intimidation factor. If the Vols want to regain a solid spot in the SEC and possibly in NCAA play, this game will be crucial in doing so.

The game will be aired on ESPN as part of Big Tuesday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Edited by Cody McClure