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The indoor football practice field in Neyland-Thompson Sports Center was transformed Thursday into the 1912 scene of the sinking Titanic. Shelley Binder, associate professor of music (flute), teaches a First Year Studies 129 course about the Titanic disaster. Binder’s great-grandmother, Leah Aks, and her great uncle, F. Phillip “Filly” Aks, then just a baby, survived the ship’s sinking. The students used historical records to learn about the Titanic and Aks’s escape from her third-class quarters to access a lifeboat. A student similar in height and weight to Aks dressed in a floppy hat and long coat to mimic dress of the time. She carried a 20-pound doll to represent baby Filly. Members of the UT cheer squad assisted class members in forming a human ladder to hoist the two to the height of the ship’s upper deck. The re-enactment aired live on WBIR’s “Live at Five at Four.”

Read more about Binder’s class.