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email@example.com Regardless of what a student studies, 41 hours of general education courses stand between freshman orientation and graduation for all who pass through the University of Memphis. The 41 hours do not include upper division humanities, social
sciences and foreign language courses that are usually on the same list of general education classes. These courses are in a different category, because different colleges at the U of M require students to take them in addition to the other general education classes. The required amount of hours of upper division humanities a college requires varies depending
on what department a student is in. For example, the University requires students studying for a bachelors of science degree to take 12 hours of additional general education courses, while a bachelor of arts students are required to take anywhere between 9 to 16 hours depending on their major. Since most majors require students to take 120 credit hours in order to graduate, general edu-
cation courses usually end up making up a little less than half of most students’ college careers. Based on this semester’s tuition, that equals roughly $15,000 going directly to courses unrelated to the student’s major. One area of general education courses that several colleges require is a foreign language. The
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Goner Records, near the intersection of Young Avenue and Cooper Street, has been providing vinyls to the Cooper-Young area for over a decade. See page 3 for the story.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Engineering may cause many students to think of tedious math classes and countless hours of studying, but a new registered student organization at
the University of Memphis is working to show students the fun aspects of the field. Sophomore computer and electrical engineering major, Shawn Westcott, started Memphis Makers and Creators, an RSO looking to build a maker community at the U of M.
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The maker movement has been gaining steam globally in recent years. Makers are those who take interest in learning how things work and construct projects on their own. Memphis Makers and Creators members expressed interest in projects ranging from robotics to sewing
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and even zombie survival techniques. “The survivalist kind of culture sort of does mesh a little bit with makers, because you really start thinking about a unique problem — like what if there was no electricity,” Westcott said. The Memphis Makers and Creators
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email@example.com University of Memphis students at the Lambuth campus gained a voice in student government in the form of the Lambuth Student Government Council two weeks ago. Since the summer, the Student Government Association has worked on getting a voice for Lambuth students. Doing that required a five-page document outlining the executive by-laws of the new Lambuth Student Government Council. Ten students sit on the council, including a speaker, Renard Miles, a secondary position held by Matthew Hammonds and a clerk position filled by Ellie Spencer. Ricky Kirby, SGA president, said there were a few snags in the creation of the firm because of naming problems. The SGA originally planned to name the council “Lambuth Senate,” but because of technicalities, it had to be changed. “We’re one university, just different locations,” Kirby said. “Anything that’s state-recognized as a department or anything else — there can only be one.” Before the council was formed, Lambuth students had little say in changes made to the University. “They couldn’t have their own president,” said Kirby, “So our senate has to make their decisions, and decisions I make here go to them, too, because they’re all Memphis students.” A recent referendum added a section to the SGA constitution stating that Lambuth would have one senator for every 200 full-time students enrolled at the campus. “We created it, because we wanted them to have their own voice and for them to be able to
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Where is the music? By Courtney Smith
email@example.com Music, in today’s world, is all over the place. At one time, a person had to go to a music store to purchase the latest genre of music. Now, that same person can sit in comfort of their home and get up-to-date songs immediately. They can either buy the music through websites like iTunes and Amazon or online stores like Target and Best Buy. Despite plenty of accessibility, digital track sales and CD album sales are down, according to Nielsen Entertainment and Billboards 2013 Mid-Year Music Industry Report. In 2012, 698 million digital tracks were sold compared to 682.2 million sold in 2013. As for CD album sales, they had the biggest drop — in 2012, 91.1 million copies were sold compared to the low 78.2 million copies sold halfway through 2013. However, vinyl and digital album sales have gone up. Vinyl
By Colleen Long and Larry Neumeister NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge’s ruling that found the New York Police Department’s stop-andfrisk policy was discriminatory and took the unusual step of removing her from the case, saying interviews she gave during the trial called her impartiality into question. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the rulings by U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin will be stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the city. The judge ruled in August the city violated the Constitution in how it carried out its program of stopping and questioning people. The city appealed her findings and her remedial orders, including a decision to assign a monitor to help the
police department change its policy and the training program associated with it. During arguments, lawyers in the case said the police department hasn’t had to do anything except meet with a monitor since the judge’s decision. But the city said police officers are afraid to stop and frisk people now and the number of stopand-frisks has dropped dramatically. The three-judge appeals panel, which heard arguments on the requested stay on Tuesday, noted that the case might be affected in a major way by next week’s mayoral election. Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, who’s leading in polls, has sharply criticized and promised to reform the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk technique, saying it unfairly targets minorities. He said he was “extremely disappointed” in Thursday’s decision. The appeals court said the judge
album sales have increased by 33.5 percent, while digital album sales increased by 6.3 percent. Daft Punk’s album “Random Access Memories” is on top of the charts with 32,000 vinyl records sold so far this year. Justin Timberlake’s latest effort, “The 20/20 Experience”, is leading the way for digital album sales with 869,000 units sold. The year is not over yet, but the year could possibly end on a high note for physical CD’s and digital track sales. If not, then vinyl and digital album sales will help them even the playing field. Eric Friedl, one of the owners of Goner Records, gave his own opinion on why people are still buying music rather than getting it for free. “We have a wide variety of stuff, kind of our specialty,” Friedl said. “We sell new records and our specialty for that is kind of punk, rock and Memphis music. But as far as used records, we sell a little bit of everything like rock-n-roll, gospel, jazz, blues, soul, funk
and country.” Friedl said that vinyl records are the store’s top seller and people come everyday to buy records that are old or new. “That’s 90 percent of our business probably,” Friedl said. Friedl said that vinyl has made a comeback and people seem more interested in playing vinyl records than physical CD’s, MP3 players or iPods. “People are just more interested in something that they can play,” Friedl said. “Vinyl records are things that people just love for some reason. I play records as well. I play music on my iPhone, but I would rather have a vinyl record. When I am at home, I like to pull out a record that I can play rather than listening to it on my phone.” Dan O’Brien, general manager at Spin Street, feels that the comeback of vinyl records has a lot to do with the generations. “I think there’s two reasons why. It’s basically two generations that have gone through and don’t know what vinyl is, and vinyl actually has this sense
of collectivity,” O’Brien said. “A sense of warmth, a sense of getting to know what the artist truly is and with downloads you don’t get that anymore.” Jonathan Frazer, associate professor of music at the U of M, truly loves vinyl records and reminisces about the days when he was buying records on a weekly basis. “So, what I like most about them was the ritual of having to cherish the physical media as much as I did the music,” Frazer said. “The physical media had value whereas the CD’s doesn’t have any value except you can copy it.” Frazer also mentioned how people would come together and listen to music when a new record came out. “People used to get together and listen to music,” Frazer said. “People were like ‘Hey I got a new record, so come on over my house to listen to it.’ We would put it in, sit around on the floor and listen to the whole record. And you don’t get that with CD’s.”
of people by wrongly targeting black and Hispanic men with the stopand-frisk program. She appointed an outside monitor to oversee major changes, including reforms in policies, training and supervision, and she ordered a pilot program to test body-worn cameras. The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented plaintiffs in the case, said it was dismayed that the appeals court delayed “the long-overdue process to remedy the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-andfrisk practices” and was shocked that it “cast aspersions” on the judge’s professional conduct and reassigned the case. The city said it was pleased with the federal appeals court ruling. City lawyer Michael Cardozo said it allows for a fresh and independent look at the issue. Stop-and-frisk, which has been criticized by civil rights advocates, has been around for decades, but recorded stops increased dramatically under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to an all-time high in
2011 of 684,330, mostly of black and Hispanic men. A lawsuit was filed in 2004 by four men, all minorities, and became a class action case. About 5 million stops have been made in New York in the past decade, with frisks occurring about half the time. To make a stop, police must have reasonable suspicion that a crime is about to occur or has occurred, a standard lower than the probable cause needed to justify an arrest. Only about 10 percent of the stops result in arrests or summonses, and weapons are found about 2 percent of the time. Supporters of changes to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program say the changes will end unfair practices, will mold a more trusted police force and can affect how other police departments use the policy. Opponents say the changes will lower police morale but not crime. The judge noted she wasn’t putting an end to the stop-and-frisk practice, which is constitutional, but was reforming the way the NYPD implemented its stops.
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work down there without breaking the state law,” Kirby said. It means a lot to Lambuth students to have representation, according to junior nursing student Stephanie Ann White. Last fall when the Student Government Council was still the Student Advisory Council, the group, which then included White, was a think-tank outlining the possibility of a future for a Lambuth student government. It wasn’t until last spring that things started moving seriously in the direction of a fully-fledged council that could shape the future of the campus for students, and two weeks ago, the hard work of the SGA and students at Lambuth paid off when the council was officially created. The creation of this semester’s council was appointed through an interview process. SGA president Ricky Kirby appointed two of the 10 employed councilors, but, according to Miles, Lambuth elections will align with main campus elections for student government. “I’m excited for the opportunity for the Lambuth students to have an official voice to be able to express their thoughts and concerns within the University of Memphis main campus,” Miles said.
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needed to be removed because she ran afoul of the code of conduct for U.S. judges in part by compromising the necessity for a judge to avoid the appearance of partiality. It noted she had given a series of media interviews and public statements responding to criticism of the court. In a footnote, it cited interviews with the New York Law Journal, The Associated Press and The New Yorker magazine. The judge said Thursday that quotes from her written opinions gave the appearance she had commented on the case in interviews. But she said a careful reading of each interview will reveal no such comments were made. The 2nd Circuit said cases challenging stop-and-frisk policies will be assigned to a different judge chosen randomly. It said the new presiding judge shall stay all proceedings pending further rulings by it. After a 10-week civil trial that ended in the spring, Scheindlin ruled that police officers violated the civil rights of tens of thousands
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is taking off faster than Westcott originally hoped — 30 students came out to the first meeting on Monday. The key to reaching so many students was by first speaking to the faculty and staff. “There was so much overwhelming staff support,” Westcott said. “After I had the staff interest, it was really easy to get word to students, because I would just go, ‘Hey, do you mind if I talk to your class?’ or ‘Do you mind forwarding this to your students?’ and they’d go ‘Sure,’ so we got a lot of word out to students.” Many staff members have shown their support including computer and electrical engineering chair Russell Deaton. “Too often, the study of engineering is very dry and classroom-bound,” Deaton said. “Opportunities like Makers and Creators gives students the chance to play and learn at the same time, and many experts believe that this combination leads to innovation.” Deaton also praises Memphis Makers and Creators for giving students a chance to work on projects with students from other areas of study within the engineering department and across campus. The inaugural meeting kicked off with an introduction into what maker culture is and then transitioned into what Westcott described as a miniature brainstorming session. Students were asked the simple question of how to improve a common everyday item — the shopping cart. “There were so many ideas,” Westcott said. “We filled up the whiteboard and part of the chalkboard in the room just with people talking ideas.” One of the many ideas was a barcode scanner installed onto the shopping cart so that customers could know
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The Crews Venture Lab will have 3D printers available for students to create solid, three-dimensional objects out of digital models. their price total before checkout. Westcott stressed that there are no bad ideas. “It’s not about whether or not the idea is good or bad — it’s about getting the ideas out there,” he said. “Even if it’s a bad idea for a shopping cart, it might be an awesome idea for something else.” For Westcott, the inspiration for Memphis Makers and Creators was rooted in the Midsouth Makers, a maker community based in Bartlett.
“I’d been wanting to be a member of Midsouth Makers for a long time,” Westcott said. “Even before I started up school, I had wanted to join them, but their cost for membership is so high. Even for student discounts it’s $25 per month.” Memphis Makers and Creators utilizes resources available at the University to ensure the program remains free for students. A major resource is the Crews Ventures Lab that is set to open on
campus in late November. The lab will have 3-D printers, laser cutters and various other tools readily available to students who know how to use them — and for students who don’t, Memphis Makers and Creators is looking to help with that. “One of the big things that we do is that we do workshops,” Westcott said. “People have ideas, but they don’t know where to start — like people who aren’t engineering focused or people who are engineering focused but don’t have the
appropriate skill. We do workshops where you can come and learn.” Memphis Makers and Creators also received a $200 yearly parts stipend from SparkFun, an online electronics store. Deaton is also assisting with funds and space for the club. Memphis Makers and Creators will hold its next brainstorming meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday in the University Center Iris Room and is open to all students, not just engineers.
colleges that require this call for six hours of an upper-division language, but students have to work their way up to these upper division courses before they get into the 2000-level classes. This results in students taking 12 hours of a foreign language. While learning a foreign language can be very important in helping a student appear more valuable to employers, some students feel like the 12 hours are a waste of time. “I’ve probably retained 5 percent of everything I was taught in my four years of college,” Justin Culley, a U of M alumni, said. “I felt about as confident in my Spanish in my last semester as I did in my first.” Although Culley made all A’s in
“No, I’m just not feeling it.”
“I can’t, because I just got hired by Hollister.”
Nick Kanamaru, Economics senior
Spanish through college, he said that he doesn’t feel like he learned anything that he can actually apply to speaking or understanding the language. “I basically learned everything I needed to know to read a menu at Los Reyes, and then I can ask you why children are playing in the street,” Culley said. “I think it was a waste. What I know now and what I knew for my last test was the same as what I knew when I graduated high school. I learned how to memorize words so I could pass a test.” Some would argue, however, that the amount a student learns is contingent on how much they put into the education. “If a student studies and reads outside of the classroom, I believe they can be fluent in four semesters — at least to the point that they can go to another country and
Oscar Segera, Biology freshman
communicate with locals,” Isadora Belmonte, a Spanish undergraduate advisor, said. The professors in the foreign language program use the communicative approach to teach, so as long as students continue to speak the language while they are taking courses and after they finish, the education will be effective, according to Belmonte. Several clubs and tutoring services are available for students to go and practice the language they are learning outside of the classroom. “I think if I did Spanish club or any extracurricular activity, I guess it would have helped in class a bit, but, honestly, who has time for that?” Culley said. “I would have liked to have actually learn Spanish, but when you’re as busy as you are in college, it’s just easier to float through it and get an ‘A.’”
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“No, I wouldn’t do it. I have to go on television everyday. If I didn’t have any professional problems, I’d do it.” Otis Sanford, Journalism professor
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Food stamp cuts kick in as Congress debates more By Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program. Beginning in November, a temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars will no longer be available. According to the Agriculture Department, that means a family of four receiving food stamps will start receiving $36 less a month. The benefits, which go to 1 in 7 Americans, fluctuate based on factors that include food prices, inflation and income. The rolls have swelled as the economy has struggled in recent years, with the stimulus providing higher benefits and many people signing up for the first time. As a result, the program has more than doubled in cost since 2008, now costing almost $80 billion a year. That large increase in spending has turned the program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, into a target for House Republicans looking to reduce spending. Negotiations on a wideranging farm bill, including cuts to the SNAP program, began Wednesday. Five-year farm bills passed by both the House and the Senate would cut food stamps, reductions that would come on top of the cut that will go into effect Friday. But the two
chambers are far apart on the amounts. Legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House would cut food stamps by an additional $4 billion annually and tighten eligibility requirements. The House bill would also end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely and allow states to put broad new work requirements in place. The Senate farm bill would cut a tenth of the House amount, with Democrats and President Barack Obama opposing major cuts. Farm-state lawmakers have been pushing the farm bill for more than two years, and Wednesday’s conference negotiations represented the opening round in final talks. If the bill is not passed by the end of the year and current farm law is not extended, certain dairy supports would expire that could raise the price of milk. Farmers would start to feel more effects next spring. “It took us years to get here but we are here,” House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said. “Let’s not take years to get it done.” The biggest obstacle to a final bill is how far apart the two parties are on food stamps. Lucas said at the conference meeting that he was hoping to find common ground on the issue, but House GOP leaders such as Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., have insisted on higher cuts, saying the program should be targeted to the
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Special to The Daily Helmsman Makeup provides a confidence boost and sets the tone for a day. “Beat” is the type of makeup that’s flawlessly applied and completely appropriate. It is knowing what is in and what looks good. It’s exciting and fresh. “There’s just something about waking up early and taking the time to put on makeup that makes me feel like it’s going to be a good day,” Terri Calhoun, biology major at the University of Memphis, said. Cosmetic trends change with the seasons, and this fall and winter it’s all about a “dark, romantic look,” according to T.K., a makeup artist at Sephora in Collierville. So, what exactly does dark and romantic look like? “It’s edgy, sexy and bold,” Reva Hobbs, makeup artist at M∙A∙C in East Memphis, said. The color pallets most brands are putting out have those deep wine-colored eye shadows — perfect for a smoky eye. Even those who don’t like wearing eye makeup can still be trendy. It’s more than that. It’s a fullface affair. Lips are in this season, according to T.K. But, it’s a matte finish that is really in high demand. It adds to the edge and makes wine-colors more dramatic. Knowing what colors enhance what types of skin can double the chances of achieving a celebrity look. For deeper skin tones, a matte-plum color lipstick with a thick liner, sharp mascara and wispy lashes is enough to stand out this time of year. “It’s not a matte-matte but a retro-matte that’s trending,” Tangla Norris, makeup artist at Ulta Salon, Cosmetics and Fragrance, Inc., said. Fair-skin complexions look good with bronze accents, as the color gives a healthy glow. Having a blue-based pink, deep red-orange and a go-to red lipstick in the makeup arsenal will keep fashionistas trendy.
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A key part in bringing out that inner gorgeous is to keep skin care in mind. “Everyone wants to be beat,” Hobbs said. “But no one wants to look beat up.” Mineral-based and other lightweight foundations can keep skin even without clogging pores with chemicals and waxes. Remembering not to leave makeup on overnight can increase the skin health, too. Using gentle methods to cleanse skin after a day of fabulous wear reduces irritation and can provide essential nourishment. Fragrances and oils stop that rejuvenating process.
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neediest people. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent out a statement as the meeting opened that said food stamp recipients “deserve swift action from Congress to pass a bill that provides the much-needed nutritional support for our children, our seniors, our veterans and our communities.” As Congress debates the cuts to the program, charities say they are preparing for the farm bill reductions as well as the scheduled cuts taking place Friday. “Charities cannot fill the gap for the cuts being proposed to SNAP,” said Maura Daly of Feeding America, a network of the nation’s food banks. “We are very concerned about the impact on the charitable system.”
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Daly says food banks may have to as much as double their current levels of distribution if the House cuts were enacted. The
Congressional Budget Office says as many as 3.8 million people could lose their benefits in 2014 if the House bill became law.
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It is a time of transition for the Tigers. Perhaps nobody knows this better than the University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin. “The difficult thing at this moment is that there is so much movement in conferences across the country that I don’t know that the rest of the country really knows that Memphis is in one of the best women’s basketball conferences in the nation,” McFerrin said. “We get a year under our belts, and we get a little bit of exposure, when we are o n
TV against the likes of a Rutgers, or a South Florida, or a UConn, then it begins to become a little bit more real.” Powerhouses like UConn, Rutgers or longtime rival, Louisville, are not built overnight, but sometime conferences can be. In the new era of the American Athletic Conference, traditional powers will clash with up-and-coming contenders like the Tigers for the first ever conference title. “We have averaged 21 wins a year and have become a program that is used to winning,” McFerrin said. Although, if the Tigers wish to take their winning ways to the new conference, then they will have to do so against a drastically improved t a l e nt p o ol highlighted by NCAA leading eight-time champion Connecticut. However, McFerrin said she sees this as a good thing.
“It going to give us a little bit more credibility with recruits,” she said. “It’s also going to give us a little bit more exposure when it comes to TV and the opponents that we will have.” It is a complex process that begins years in advance, but that credibility with recruits is the foundation on which powerhouse programs are built. “We identify kids very early though the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) circuits,” McFerrin said. “We spend a large majority of the month of July just going from city to city to watch major AAU tournament after AAU tournament, and these are tournaments that have 200 and 300 teams.” Not only is the process yearround, it also involves getting to know potential recruits years before they ever set foot on campus. “The change in the NCAA rules has really accelerated the recruiting process,” McFerrin said. “It’s not uncommon for sophomores to commit to some of the best programs in the country.” McFerrin is no stranger to
this process. After completing her own successful collegiate career as a point guard at the University of Missouri, McFerrin was the recruiting coordinator for Ohio State University. While there, she compiled the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 1992 and also coached former No. 1 overall WNBA draftpick Lindsey Whalen at the University of Minnesota before taking the Memphis job. Through her first five seasons as head coach at the U of M, McFerrin has posted a 95-68 record. This season, the USA Today’s AAC Coaches Poll projects the Tigers to finish sixth in the conference behind UConn, Louisville, USF, Rutgers and SMU. “Our ability to be completive in the American Athletic Conference may not come overnight, but it will come, and we will chase that NCAA Tournament bid just like we have the past five years, and it will happen,” McFerrin said. The Tigers play an exhibition game against Christian Brothers University at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
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Tiger faithful watched an all too familiar story unfold on a beautiful Wednesday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The University of Memphis football team (1-6, 0-4) bolted out to a seven-point first-quarter lead, as they have several times this season, only to relinquish it in the very next quarter and ultimately fall to American Athletic Conference foe Cincinnati 34-21. The Bearcats (6-2, 3-1) darted out of the gate at halftime, driving 69 yards on their first drive of the third quarter. Memphis answered on the ensuing drive to make it 21-14, but redshirt freshman Paxton Lynch’s late third quarter interception sealed the Tigers’ fate, as Cincinnati went unfazed by the Tigers’ late run. “Sometimes when you play good people, they make you give them the ball,” said head Memphis coach Justin Fuente on the turnovers. “Sometimes, really good teams have that effect on people, and that’s a pretty solid unit. I don’t think that should be understated.” Turnovers have been the Tigers’ Achilles heel all season,
including Wednesday night. Memphis fumbled the ball inside of its own 20-yard line. Coupled with Lynch’s interception, the U of M’s turnover margin moves to -10 on the season. “We lost a close ballgame, and we lost the turnover battle 2-1,” Fuente said. “If it had been 1-0 or 2-2 then maybe, but you just can’t do it. You can’t do it.” The Tigers were fortunate to find themselves trailing by only seven at halftime. They posted just 58 total yards but allowed 218 from Cincinnati. If it wasn’t for freshman running back Marquis Warford’s fumble inside the Tigers’ 20, Memphis may have entered the half tied. Brandon Hayes consoled Warford at halftime. Fuente declined to play Warford in the second half due to ongoing problems with holding on to the ball. “Lance Smith was there for me as a freshman,” Hayes, Memphis’ senior running back, said. “I try to be that guy for guys like Marquis (Warford). I just told him to put that play (the fumble) behind him and reminded him how good he was against Arkansas State.” The powerful frontline of Cincinnati’s defense punished the young Tiger offensive line.
Memphis rushed for only 92 yards on 28 carries. Lynch played a solid game, completing 17 of 33 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, but the performance will be overshadowed by the critical pick he threw in the fourth quarter. Not to mention, several balls that fell right between the hands of his receivers. The U of M’s lone first-half score came on a tremendous catch by Tevin Jones, a sophomore wide receiver. Jones elevated over a smaller defensive back for the score on a critical third and goal. Hayes reached the end zone twice in the second half. The first
came on a 7 - y a r d pass from Lynch, and
Hayes sprinted down the hash from 31 yards for his second score. Fuente spoke glowingly about Hayes after the game. “It’s hard for me to explain how much we appreciate him,” Fuente said. “Attitude, work ethic, dedication, grit — I mean all those things. He’s just incredibly positive and a hard worker that continues to be a leader for us.” Cincinnati also dominated third downs. They converted 11 of 17 third downs, while the U of M converted 2 of 12. Hayes said it all comes down to execution. The Tigers will enjoy another long week before their next game against UT-Martin on Nov. 9 with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m.
Event: Memphis vs. Christian Brothers (Exhibition) Date: Saturday Location: Elma Roane Fieldhouse Time: 2 p.m.
Event: American Athletic Conference Championship Date: Saturday Location: Madison, Conn. Time: Men 10 a.m. (CT) Women 10:50 a.m. (CT)
Event: Memphis Collegiate Invite Date: Friday to Sunday Location: The Racquet Club of Memphis Time: All day
Event: Memphis vs. Cincinnati Date: Friday Location: Elma Roane Fieldhouse Time: 7 p.m. Event: Memphis vs. Louisville Date: Sunday Location: Elma Roane Fieldhouse Time: 1 p.m.
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Tigers give back to community 8 • Friday, November 1, 2013
By Karlisha Hayes
firstname.lastname@example.org Working for 20 seasons as a coordinator for basketball has been time-consuming, but for Eric Sebastian, director of operations for the University of Memphis’s men’s basketball team, it is a major part of his life. Before joining the Tigers, Sebastian was the coordinator for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets for 15 years. “After working for the NBA for so long, I knew it was time for something new,” Sebastian said. “Being my fifth season as the coordinator for the U of M Tigers now, I’ve grown to love coordinating for college basketball.” Sebastian’s job as coordinator consists of working around the team’s schedule so he can answer requests from different schools and organizations for the team or members of the team to visit and do volunteer work. “Although community service is not required for the team to play or graduate, head coach Pastner has made it the focus of the team to give back to the community, since the community has supported us so well,” Sebastian said. “It is something we will continue to strongly encourage.” Although the team receives many requests for community service projects, certain NCAA rules prohibit the team from fundraising for any school. Many organizations take advantage of seeing the men of the team getting involved in the community and passing on their knowledge to future tigers, according to Sebastian. Damien Wilson, sophomore guard for the U of M men’s basketball team, is an active member of the team’s community service projects. “Community service is a big deal to me, because when I was
younger — although, I wanted someone to — no one ever came to my neighborhood to talk to us students and steer us in a positive direction,” Wilson said. Along with playing basketball and maintaining good grades, Wilson has traveled to China to talk about the importance of staying in school while playing at Oak Hill Academy, been to California to help build playgrounds with Team USA and visited the U of M’s Campus School to read books to students. As for Geron Johnson, senior guard for the U of M men’s basketball team, the majority of his community service has consisted of visiting multiple schools. At the schools, he typically reads to students and signs autographs. “I enjoyed each school that I visited, because the attention the kids showed really inspired me to reach out more,” Johnson said. “I truly embraced my experiences, because the kids really knew how to show a guy a great time.” Each year, the men’s basketball team participates in Special Olympics with various handicapped groups. Those individuals get the chance to interact and play with the team as well as the coaches. This year, the team participated in the Special Olympics event on Oct. 26 at the Finch Center. “The Special Olympics is rewarding to those participating as well as the team,” Sebastian said. “The event shows each participant and team member how we are all not that different from each other.” For future community service projects, Wilson said he plans to go to more schools to play more basketball with students, read to them and stress the importance of school. According to Sebastian, it is important to understand the impact the team has on others, especially kids. “The sky is not the limit,” Johnson said. “There is no limit.”
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Geron Johnson, senior guard, and Shaq Goodwin, sophomore forward, read to students at the U of M campus school.
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