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Two professors and the dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts are celebrating milestone years this semester. Ranta Dean Richard Ranta has now been with the college for more than 40 years, while professors David Appleby and David Acey have each been at the college for 35 years. Ranta, one of the founding deans of the CCFA, has held administrative positions and traveled and taught in several countries including Belgium, Finland and China. He has served as a chairman and invested in radio, film and television productions. He made his start at the University of Memphis in 1972 as an assistant professor. Appleby remembers the date he arrived in Memphis to start working at the University: August 16, 1977, the day Elvis Presley died. That same year, Ranta collaborated with Graceland and the mayor’s office to begin an annual awards banquet in an attempt to conduct a memorial service for Presley to honor Mid-South artists. Three of the artists honored were Sam Phillips, B.B King and David Porter. Appleby, saddened by the gloomy day of his arrival, wanted to produce a film for the late Presley. “Back then, you could count the number of filmmakers in Tennessee on one hand,” Appleby said. “That meant less competition for grants and, within months, I was making a film funded by the Department of Energy, collaborating with faculty from theatre, anthropology and psychology and
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Michael Wollam, biomedical engineering freshman, gets a work out at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center early Thursday afternoon.
The Student Government Association approved three bills Thursday night to extend hours at Tiger Dining facilities and the Student Recreation and Fitness Center and turn the first floor of the Ned. R. McWherter Library into a place for around-theclock study sessions. If University of Memphis administration decides to implement SGA’s resolutions, the library and Rec Center will extend hours beginning in the spring. Dinning services has already started to extend hours with the announcement of Einstein Bro’s and the University Center Food Court closing one hour later Monday through Thursday. The first floor of the library has been accessible to students all day and all night before. Sylverna Ford, dean of university libraries, said the library was previously open 24/7 when the old University Center was torn down and the new UC was being built. “The library had never been open around-the-clock prior to that time,” Ford said. “The intent was when the UC opened the 24/7 space would be in the UC.” The Technology Hub in the UC now serves as the 24-hour facility for students. The library is open at all hours during exam week. Ford said the library keeps statistics on usage during those weeks to track if a 24/7 library is
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Group to memorialize hate-crime victims By Ellyahnna C. Hall
firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday is scheduled to serve as a day of remembrance for people in the transgender community who have been victims of a hate crime. First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young area plans a service at 6 p.m. to remember the 700 people who have lost their lives as a result of hate crimes. “I want to remember them even if no one else does,” said Dominick Brennan, a 30-year-old political science graduate. “We don’t want special privilege. We just want respect. Sometimes when you are transgender, people try to make you feel
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sub-human. We aren’t sub-human.” Transgender Day of Remembrance has taken place nationally since 1999. The memorial seeks to remember the victims as who they were. “The reason we hold this event is that this population of individuals faces a disproportionate amount of crime and often these crimes go unsolved,” said Casey Lanham, facilitator of Perpetual Transition, a local transgender support group. “And there is a lot of media and social apathy towards these victims.” Organizers want the victims to be both mourned and honored. “A lot of time they don’t have
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Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the “National Salute to Veterans.” It’s a collection of highlights from past National Memorial Day concerts, plus fresh footage. 8 p.m., PBS. “The Good Wife” continues to attract quality guest stars. Christina Ricci plays a comedian who gets sued for indecency after baring her breasts on a late-night talk show. 9 p.m., CBS.
Some accused Oliver Stone of stretching the truth in his film “JFK,” but the director stuck to the facts for the “Untold History of the United States.” It’s his 10-part documentary devoted to pivotal, but overlooked, events. 8 p.m., Showtime.
Josh Brolin narrates the crazily ambitious “Mankind: The Story of All of Us,” a 12-part miniseries covering the entire history of the human race. 9 p.m., History. We’ve learned our lesson: Never watch “Parenthood” without a box of industrial-strength tissues at hand. Tonight’s episode finds Adam and Kristina trying to juggle the demands of daily life with her breast-cancer treatment. 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Wednesday Thursday The critics hated it and viewers mostly ignored it. Still, “Whitney” was renewed and launches its second season, replacing that sitcom with a monkey that critics hated and viewers ignored. 8 p.m., NBC. “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” is a special that celebrates the career achievements of the actor-comedian. We’re guessing that they’ll want to gloss over “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.” 10 p.m., Spike.
“Crossfire Hurricane” is an electrifying new documentary that tries to squeeze the 50-year history of the Rolling Stones into 105 minutes. Included: Interviews with band members, archival footage and lots of great music. 9 p.m., HBO.
“We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston” has Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Usher, Britney Spears and others paying tribute to the late pop superstar. We can only hope it blots out the reality TV stain that is “The Houstons: On Our Own.” 10 p.m., CBS.
Sappy TV movie alert: Marilu Henner and Harry Hamlin star as former love birds in “Holiday High School Reunion,” a film that might force us to hit the eggnog a little earlier than we expected. 8 p.m., Lifetime.
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“FAMILY GUY” — How did this happen? The absurdly irreverent animated series once canceled by Fox has now lived long enough to celebrate its landmark 200th episode. In “Yug Ylimaf” (“Family Guy” spelled backward), Brian breaks Stewie’s time machine, causing reality to run in reverse and forcing them to quickly fix it before Stewie becomes “unborn.” The episode is followed by a tribute featuring interviews with creator Seth MacFarlane and voice talent Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein and Seth Green. 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
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Would it be beneﬁcial for the library and Rec Center to be open 24 hours?
“I would say, the Rec Center yes, because I think more people would use the Rec Center. The library I would say no, except during exams time like finals.” Brandon Taylor, Pre-med/chemistry junior
“It would absolutely be beneficial for the Rec Center to be open for 24 hours. It would also be beneficial for the library to be open for 24 hours.“ Evan Kelly, Accounting sophomore
“Yes! Because people study at four o’clock in the morning.”
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“I think it would be beneficial for most students, though I myself don’t go there a lot.” J.P. Presley, Nursing sophomore
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“The Rec Center, yes, would be beneficial. The library, no, would not be beneficial, except during exam time. It already is that way.” Kayla Garrett, Paralegal junior
uuSGA Continued from page 1 necessary. “The head count is usually three to four, sometimes 10 to 20, but the usage hasn’t indicated that the usage is needed,” she said. Concerned about safety, Ford said the library would have to hire extra security guards and library personnel if their hours were extended. “There are so many nooks and crannies that could create an unsafe environment if someone came in determined to cause trouble,” she said. With year-round, full-time employees making $50,000 a year plus benefits, the costs would add up. When a fellow senator questioned Addison Piggott, the senator who sponsored the bill, as to where the money would come from, and if it would result in a tuition increase, Piggott was unsure, resulting in a lecture from SGA advisor and Dean of Students Stephen Petersen. Petersen told them at least 40 percent of spending on campus comes from students’ tuition. Ford suggested an all-hours study space be created in the UC since the building was created to be open 24/7. “The Tech Hub is a good computer lab, but not a study area,” Piggott said. “If someone needs to read or study, [the library] would best serve students doing projects that don’t have computers.” In addition to extending the library’s hours, the SGA bill proposed the Rec Center be open 30 minutes past its current 10:30 p.m. closing mark. In a survey conducted about extending hours of the Rec Center, 364 out of 388 students who live on campus and took the survey, or 94 percent, said they would use a 24/7 on-campus recreational facility. “We discussed [that] making it a 24-hour environment would be spending too much money without enough students coming in, so we compromised to do a more in-depth survey to see the usage and extend hours in the future,” Piggot said. Recreation and Intramural Services is looking at architectural firms to oversee a project that will include an
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Zach Crawford, freshman business economics and accounting major, enjoys his lunch at the Fresh Food Company on Thursday. evaluation of the Rec Center and focus groups with students to better improve the building and facility spaces. “In surveys in past years we haven’t seen a huge demand for later hours but we recognize that there are a few who would like that so we could at least add the 30 minutes,” said Steve Whistler, assistant director of campus recreation and intramural services. Whistler said he plans to compare the traffic of students coming in during extended hours to data he’s collected in the past to get a better idea of how many students prefer later hours. “We don’t want to guarantee that we can go beyond [30 minutes], but we want to try if that’s what students want,” he said. Extending hours by 30 minutes four days a week will increase Recreation and Intramural Services’ budget by $3,400 in operational costs for an academic year. The SGA bill also suggested that dining facilities on campus open an hour earlier and close an hour later on weekdays and stay open up to four
hours later on the weekends. The SGA set up tables in residence halls to survey students living on campus about dining facility hours, and Piggott proposed the bill after receiving negative feedback from those students, he said. Out of the surveys filled out, results showed 53 percent of students were not satisfied with the Monday through Thursday hours and 75 percent are not satisfied with Friday through Sunday hours. Piggott sat down with Daniel Armitage, assistant vice president of student affairs and campus services, to see what could be done to better-fit students’ needs. “We talked about whether it would be better to wait until next semester or now,” Piggott said. “He advised me to put them in effect immediately to see how students will respond.” If there is positive student turnout, Tiger Dining plans to make the new hours a “more permanent solution,” Piggott said. n
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uuGender Continued from page 1 speakers, including participants who read the names of the 700 hate crime victims. “We usually try to get speakers that have more direct experience with hate crimes or other social issues that tie into that such as homelessness or discrimination faced from employers or family,” Lanham said. “Another thing that this event is, is sort of a call to action to show the kind of violence that
this community faces and to let people know what they can do to start to show some support to the community.” Members from other organizations are also involved, including Latino Memphis, Memphis Center for Independent Living, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Tennessee Equality Project and the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. n
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The MidSouth Woodturner’s Guild donated these bowls to the Memphis Empty Bowls project.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Memphis artists have donated hand-painted and crafted bowls to raise awareness and support for local hunger and homelessness. According to its website, the Empty Bowls project originated in Michigan in 1990 when a class of high school students and their teacher wanted to find a way to raise money for a food drive. Now, there are Empty Bowl projects throughout the United States and at least 12 other countries. The Memphis Empty Bowls project is Sunday at 5 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness. A minimum donation of $20 is required to attend the event, but the cost includes a soup and bread meal and one of the empty bowls that will be donated. Artists, potters and other community members came together to
create and design the handcrafted bowls. There will be over 300 different bowls at the Memphis project for guests to choose from. “The empty bowl is a powerful symbol because guests leave the event with a literal empty bowl as a reminder of all the people in our community who face hunger,” Sarah Ranson, one of the co-chairs for the project, said. Ranson said she and her cochair Jaime Winton volunteer at a local food pantry and decided to start this event because they saw the need to help with hunger in the community. She said Winton is an artist who wants to create “art as an act of compassion,” and after she learned about the Empty Bowl project she found it reflected that idea. “The event raises funds for hunger-relief agencies, but also raises awareness about food insecurity in our community,” Ranson said.
“We hope guests will leave feeling empowered to do something about the problem.” One in five people in Shelby County faces food insecurity, which is higher than the national average of one in eight. “Memphis is one of the hungriest cities in the nation,” Christine Jehu, a volunteer for the project, said. “We have so much wealth next door to so much need.” Jehu is a doctoral student at the University of Memphis. She said she heard about the project at her church. “One of my passions is to raise awareness for people with food insecurities,” she said. The profits from the Memphis event will go to Mid-South Food Bank, the Food/Hunger Ministries of St. John’s United Methodist Church and the community nutritional education program provided by the Church Health Center. n
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International Education Week begins By Erica Horton
email@example.com It’s a race around the world Monday during the kickoff of International Education Week at the University of Memphis. Monday through Nov. 16, the Center for International Programs and Services will observe the week with festivities in Brister Hall and the Ned R. McWherter Library. Twenty-six students divided into 10 teams for the Global Race will partake in competitions from noon to 2 p.m. The students will have to complete a series of challenges that test their knowledge about the international community for the chance to win one of three vouchers to go toward a study abroad trip. Each member of the top three winning teams is eligible for a voucher. First place members will receive $300 vouchers, second place will receive $250 and third place will receive $200 vouchers. “We don’t want to be too specific with what the challenges will be because we don’t want to tip off the teams,” Jonathan Holland, study abroad advisor, said. “The teams will race across campus at various academic and administrative programs and departments completing ten challenges that test their international knowledge. When a team completes a challenge, they are given a clue to lead them to the next location.” Holland said International Education Week is a great way for the U of M to work toward internationalizing the campus, which is part of the university’s mission and vision of addressing the challenges of a global society. During the week there will also be an information session about the Fulbright U.S. Student program and the Tigers Abroad Photo Exhibit. The photo exhibit will be in the library all week and the Fulbright information session will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 220 of Brister Hall. The Fulbright information session is only open to U of M students. “Our photo contest is an activity that we hold every year in celebrating international education week,” Holland said. “The Fulbright Workshop and Global Race Events are new events this year.” Holland said more than 300 students studied abroad during the 2011-2012 academic year. “Students should study abroad because they can learn a lot about themselves, obtain inspiration for a future career, learn cross-cultural skills, enhance their résumé, gain a global perspective, network and make new friends — and because it’s fun,” Holland said. n
Nor’easter slows some Sandy recovery efforts By Molly Hennessy-Fiske & Joseph Serna Los Angeles Times
WEST CALDWELL, N.J. — The nor’easter that swept through the Northeast on Wednesday night dumped record snow, hampered efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy and has been linked to at least one death. From New Jersey to New York, roads, trees and homes were blanketed in overnight snow and another 100,000 households lost power, adding to the misery in a region still grappling with widespread storm damage. The bad weather and white-out conditions prompted major airlines to cancel hundreds of flights, most in the New York area, although airports in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere are affected, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Parts of Connecticut saw more than a foot of snow overnight — a record — while New Jersey and New York saw up to 9 inches in some cities. Late Wednesday, a man was killed in a fatal crash on a highway in Burlington, N.J., according to State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman. Grossman said there were no reports of other injuries Thursday or of backups on the highways, which were cleared of overnight snow accumulation that
had led to multiple spin-outs, including a New Jersey transit bus that was marooned in a median of the Garden State Parkway. “The state and the residents are still trying to clean up and get back to normal life,” Grossman said. The snow and frigid temperatures intensified suffering in hard-hit Sandy towns, including Little Egg Harbor, N.J., where mountains of debris stood frozen in front of storm-damaged homes. “My concern is that people who were already suffering are now suffering greatly,” Police Chief Richard Buzby said of the nor’easter that cause some flooding to Little Egg Harbor. “Some of the people had clothing in their yards they were trying to dry; they are now more sodden. Some of the materials they got out, the insulation and so forth, is now much heavier. We didn’t need this on top of everything else.” “We have been fighting to get these massive piles out of the streets so we could get utility crews in here,” Buzby said. “But the storm hit us before we could get to many more areas.” He said the nearby barrier island community of Long Beach Island was also damaged by the new storm. “I think they lost more beaches, if that’s possible. Like us, it was another kick they didn’t need,” he said. Buzby, whose own home flooded
during Sandy, said he and others have had trouble getting FEMA inspectors to survey their homes. He has been trying to get FEMA to open a permanent disaster assistance center in town — the nearest one is in Brick, about 40 miles north, and it was closed Wednesday because of the nor’easter. “Folks need a permanent face here, and so far it’s been inconsistent and spotty. I don’t know where to take a resident for help. They need a point of contact — that will help empower them,” Buzby said. “People need to have leadership and hope from their government.” On Thursday, Buzby was helping to relocate about 180 people displaced by Sandy from a local middle school to a church building in nearby Stafford township, where they can stay for a few weeks. Elsewhere, other storm victims were relocated from school shelters as officials prepared to resume classes, moving evacuees from Monmouth University’s massive 1,000-bed shelter a few miles north to Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport. “That’s our big problem with transitional housing — we don’t have any,” Buzby said. The local hotels are all full, and other temporary housing on a nearby barrier island was destroyed by Sandy. In Brick township, which evacuated
waterfront areas and Sandy-damaged homes ahead of the nor’easter, the snow storm caused new outages and downed power lines Thursday, but no injuries or major damages, Sgt. Keith Reinhard said. He said officials planned to start allowing evacuees to return after they finish checking neighborhoods late Thursday. Snowstorms are unusual but not unheard of in New Jersey at this time of year — last year a Halloween nor’easter dumped 19 inches of snow on one North Jersey town. “The snow kind of caught everybody off guard. All the heavy equipment that usually has the plows on was dealing with the hurricane so they had to scramble,” Reinhard said. About 30 miles to the north, the nor’easter spared the waterfront town of Sea Bright from serious damage and recovery efforts were underway again Thursday, according to Danny Drogin, the town’s emergency management director. He said that the town saw some flooding typical of a seasonal storm, but that dunes that contractors had reinforced on the beaches ahead of the storm held. “We’re going to wait and see what happens with the high tide this afternoon,” he said. n
Office teaches on living with learning disabilties on campus By Erica Horton
firstname.lastname@example.org The Office of Student Disability Services at the University of Memphis will host an information session for Memphis-area high school students and their parents about looking for and transitioning into college with a learning disability. The session will take place Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Fountain View Room in the University Center. It’s meant for high school juniors and seniors with learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or
autism, and parents, guidance counselors and special education teachers. “It’s to educate students and their parents on how to find a college or university that works for them including what to look for in a disability services program in general,” Jennifer Murchison, assistant director of Student Disability Services, said. “We also tell them in detail what our program can offer students.” Murchison said the program takes place bi-annually, once per fall and spring semester and is part of community outreach. Because the laws in higher educa-
tion are different from grade school, Murchison said it’s important for students to understand what those differences are and how what was appropriate in high school may not be appropriate in college. “For example, in high school, the school has to make sure the students succeed, but in college we just have to make sure students have equal access,” she said. “We want them to succeed, of course, which is why we offer a wide variety of services through our office.” There are no separate admissions criteria for students with learning disabilities at the U of M.
“For all of the students registered with academic services we do academic coaching, math tutoring, assist with writing assignments and study skills, and we also do support groups as needed,” Murchison said. “But, we do offer a lot of one on one assistance and if we can’t do it in-house, we can refer students to other on-campus offices.” Though the event is free and open to the public, Murchison said the disabilities office would prefer for interested attendees to RSVP no later than Monday afternoon by calling 901-6782880. Space is limited to 100 participants. n
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uuCCFA Continued from page 1 teaching a group of very talented students.” Acey has dedicated his stay at the University to film. He and Appleby both have master’s degrees in film. Both helped Ranta create a unique film program in the CCFA. Acey has also traveled the world to teach and experiment in film. When awarded the Kellogg Fellowship in International Development in 1987, he traveled a lot in Latin America, he said. “This eventually resulted in two films: one shot in Paraguay and the other in Brazil. The experience was also instrumental in my becoming Chair of the Tennessee Partners of the Americas in the early nineties where I was able to get involved in other kinds of projects — building a women’s shelter in Manaus, coordinating arts exchanges and creating a video access center in Venezuela,” Acey said. The two most rewarding experiences of Appleby’s career, he said, are the awards and critical reception garnered by his film work and the success of graduates
at the U of M. “Everywhere I look I see films and television shows in production, created and crewed by the hundreds of kids who have passed through our program over the years and I’m extremely proud of all of them,” Appleby said. Robert Flaherty, the American filmmaker who directed and produced the first commercially successful feature length documentary film, said, “A film is the longest distance between two points.” Appleby said traversing that distance within an academic institution set up to support more traditional types of research “would have been impossible without the encouragement and direct help from the administration and staff who have always gone out of their way to facilitate our filmmaking.” Rant, Acey and Appleby have collectively come up with the ideas of an architecture program, a new music facility, recording and dance studio as well as an Art Museum. “From our chairs, to our Dean … from the University lawyers to the president, we could not have succeeded to the degree that we have without their confidence, support and friendship,” Appleby said. n
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Junior guard Chris Crawford and sophomore guard-forward Adonis Thomas had to start Wednesday’s exhibition against Christian Brothers University on the bench after arriving late to the team’s pregame film session.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Hours before the University of Memphis men’s basketball team’s exhibition against Christian Brothers this past Wednesday, the team had their usual film session at the Larry O. Finch Center. The only problem was junior guard Chris Crawford and sophomore Adonis Thomas were not there
on time. The notorious train, which runs between Southern Avenue and Walker Avenue, decided to show up right as the two Tigers were making their way to the pregame film session, resulting in both being a few minutes late. “We were maybe one or two minutes late, but late is late, so coach [Josh Pastner] has to discipline the way he is supposed to,” Thomas said. “Me and Chris take
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full responsibility for it because we have to be leaders for this team.” With the late arrival of both players, Pastner did not play favorites. Though the two Tigers are starters and are expected to play integral roles on this year’s team, Pastner did what he said he would do if any player was late: bench him. “I don’t have a lot of rules, but one of my things is you have to be on time,” Pastner said. “Since the first day I became head coach here I’ve always stayed true to that. I don’t care if you’re a pro, a McDonald’s All-American or the last guy, I’ve always stayed true to that.” As the starters were announced for the exhibition, Thomas and Crawford were sitting on the bench instead of on the court lacing up to make the start. Pastner said he understood the train held them up, but as Thomas said, “late is late” and Pastner took the necessary action to get his message across to the starters. “Both guys are great guys,” Pastner said. “You don’t get higher character kids than Adonis and Chris Crawford. They love Memphis and are beautiful people. They were sick, I mean sick about it, but it’s a lesson for them to understand you need to leave even probably 15 minutes earlier and I guarantee it won’t happen again.” With Monday’s season opener against North Florida a few days away, Thomas said he learned his lesson. “Like I told the rest of these guys, it won’t happen again,” he said. n
Football team to take on Tulane 8 • Friday, November 9, 2012
Photo By David C. Minkin | special to the daily helmsman
Senior defensive back Mitch Huelsing and the University of Memphis football team look to win their second game of the season Saturday against the Tulane Green Wave.
By Bryan Heater
email@example.com More than half of NCAA football teams are averaging more than 400 offensive yards per game. However, Saturday’s gridiron matchup between
the University of Memphis football team and the Tulane Green Wave features two teams that have been inept on the offensive side of the ball. The Green Wave (2-7, 2-3 Conference USA) and Tiger (1-8, 1-4) offenses reside at the bottom of
the barrel. Tulane comes into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium averaging 21.56 points per game (98th in the NCAA) and 316.89 yards per game (111th). Even further down the list, one will find the Memphis offense aver-
ages 18.67 ppg (113th) and 296.0 ypg (118th). Even though the Green Wave offense has struggled, they have picked up steam the last three games, most notably against UAB on Oct. 27, a game where Tulane racked up 619 yards of total offense and scored 55 points. “Tulane is a football team that’s gotten better as the season’s gone along,” Tigers head coach Justin Fuente said. “They’re 2-2 in the last four weeks and scoring a bunch of points. We’ll have a great challenge for us here playing back at home. Our kids are looking forward to it.” Holding the reigns for the Green Wave offense is quarterback Ryan Griffin. Griffin has been a bright spot on an offense that has been otherwise below average. For the season, he has passed for 1,921 yards (320.2 per game) along with 15 touchdowns. By far, Griffin’s favorite target to chuck the ball to is receiver Ryan Grant. Grant has hauled in 42 catches for 834 yards, 33.2 percent of the team’s total receiving yards, and five scores. He also has a 19.9 yards per catch average, good for 10th in the NCAA. Griffin has viable options in Justyn Shackleford (407 yards, 2 TD) and do-it-all running back Rob Kelley, who has 40 catches for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
When Kelley is not sneaking out of the backfield to make a catch, he is carrying the load on the ground for a rushing offense that ranks second to last with 38.11 ypg. The sophomore back leads the team with 244 yards. Those numbers could serve the Tiger rush defense well, as they rank in the middle of the pack nationally, giving up 161.67 ypg. A key for the Tiger defense Saturday will be in the secondary, where they rank 97th nationally, allowing 261.8 ypg. Defensively, cornerback Darion Monroe, who owns 45 stops on the season, leads the Green Wave. The biggest threat to break through the Tiger offensive line is defensive end Austen Jacks. Jacks ranks first on the team with 4.5 sacks for a total loss of 39 yards. The Tigers have a chance to gash a Tulane defense that gives up 491.89 ypg (114th). Heading into Saturday with one win, Fuente said the team’s mentality is fine. “It’s not easy, but nothing worth having ever is,” Fuente said. “In order to build a program, you have to take very small steps and do a lot of hard work. The kids in our program have an opportunity in front of them to build momentum into the future of this program, and look back and say they were on the foundation of building this football team.” Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. n