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Memphis music makes history By Samuel Prager
email@example.com The world of music will be “all shook up” as Memphis honors some of its most notable musicians, including Elvis, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, an administration of the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, will have its inaugural induction at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7 p.m. “It’s a salute to those individuals and to Memphis as a whole. Inductees range from early pioneers to the hay day with Sun Studio and Stax Records to more contemporary artists,” John Doyle, executive director of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Memphis Music Hall of Fame, said. “Most of the inductees or family members of those deceased will be in attendance and honored.” A nominating committee made up of local and national music professionals chose a list of 25 initial inductees to be honored at this first ceremony, to take place yearly from now on. The committee’s members included studio owners, producers, authors and historians who picked the musicians based on a variety of criteria that reflects Memphis’ musical heritage and integrity.
firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Memphis opera “Idomeneo” took home the first place award in this year’s National Opera Association’s Production Competition. The award is the second for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, following the same placing for its 2008 performance of “Hansel and Gretel.” The opera, directed by faculty member Copeland Woodruff and conducted by Mark Ensley, is a tale about a Cretan King who returns home after the siege of Troy. “Because of a vow to save his life, he has to sacrifice the life of his son, Idamante, to appease the god Neptune,” Carol Morse, the marketing and communications manager of the
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B.B. King (top left), Jerry Lee Lewis (bottom left), Isaac Hayes (bottom center) and Elvis Presley are some of the Memphis artists to be inducted into the Memphis Hall of Fame tonight at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. “There’s not a general rule, that’s part of the beauty about it. Memphis music is an independent. It kind of breaks the rules,” said David Less, member of the nomi-
nating committee and partner at Memphis International Records. ”If we saw an inductee, we would know it. If we couldn’t justify it to the other committee members,
then they shouldn’t be in it.” With ties to the origin of the blues with W.C. Handy and the
see Music on page 3
U of M opera wins first place in national opera competition By Samantha Esgro
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School of Music, said. The company’s production followed the example of violence Mozart set up in the writing of “Idomeneo.” Using post-war heroes, he added his own battle cry to the Enlightenment philosophers, artists, scientists and statesmen of the day. The National Opera Association’s panel of judges is made up of opera professionals who have no prior knowledge of which opera companies submit the videos of productions. The winners are selected based on the production budget and size of the program and critiqued on vocal and orchestral performance, dramatic quality, stage direction, set, lighting and costumes. “This opera is the background for exploration of the movement from one generation to another and the violence of letting go,” Morse said. n
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For the past two months, University of Memphis officials have scoured the academic world for a new provost. The search has been narrowed down to two candidates: M. David Rudd and Donald S. Siegel. “We want everybody’s input. The provost is the second most important position on campus,” said Stephanie Beasley, assistant to the president for community relations. “We want it to be a collaborative affair.” The two candidates have been invited for on-campus interviews that students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. They will give presentations and answer attendees’ questions. “We are trying to reach as many people as possible with these sessions,” said Janann Sherman, chair of the history department and member of the provost search committee. The interviews will begin today and last until Tuesday. “We chose two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the morning on two different days, on two sides of campus, to give as many faculty, staff and students as possible the opportunity to hear each candidate,” Beasley said. Rudd’s open sessions are scheduled for today from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom C and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. in room 203 in the FedEx Institute of Technology. Rudd currently serves as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah. He has helped raise more than $13 million for the U of U. Siegel is currently dean of the School of Business and a management professor at the University at Albany, the State University of New York. He has helped raise over $15 million for that university. Siegel’s open sessions are scheduled for Monday from 2:30 to 3:30
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Malco Cooper plays Idomeneo on set of the winning opera.
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From Big East to Big Least By Bryan Heater
firstname.lastname@example.org Tu e s d a y night, more bad news came for the Big East as the Louisville Cardinals jetted for the Atlantic C o a s t Heater Conference. The move continued the downward spiral for the Big East, a conference that at one time housed some of the top programs in the country. As one program after another leaves for top-tier conferences, University of Memphis Tigers
uuMusic Continued from page 1 integration of rock ‘n’ roll and mainstream radio with Elvis Presley, Memphis has served as an epicenter for music from all over the country for more than half a century. “As far as one city literally producing hundreds of charting musicians through the years, it’s kind of unequal,” Doyle said. “This city exploded rock ‘n’ roll. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame was something that the city needed.” Each inductee is presented with a Memphis Music Hall of Fame statuette, handcrafted by the Tennessee Pewter Company of West Tennessee. The award features the organization’s logo — a hand and vintage microphone — mounted atop a base of West Tennessee hardwood and individu-
fans and school officials have to be second-guessing the move as the Big East looks more and more like Conference USA with each passing day. In football, the Big East now has Boise State, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Temple, Tulane and Navy, which is set to join in 2015. Basketball has a much sexier look, with Central Florida, C i n c i n n at i, C on n e c t i c ut , DePaul, Georgetown, Houston, Marquette, Memphis, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Temple, Tulane and Villanova.
Even with the remaining bigtime programs, it is hard to be optimistic about the conference’s future. Connecticut and Cincinnati have put out some serious feelers to leave the Big East and join forces with more prominent conferences. When it comes to conference realignment, it is all about money. The fact of the matter is the Big East just cannot match the deals set forth by other conferences, such as the ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten, conferences that have dipped in and made off with what made the Big East an attractive move to begin with. The once powerful Big East has dwindled into the Big Least. Basketball is what can salvage the conference in the end. After
ally inscribed for each inductee. “Often we take these people for granted. We don’t really have a concept of the huge impact they’ve had on music and what the city really meant and still means to music,” Doyle said. Along with the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the Hall of Fame also has the cooperation and support of other respected Memphis music organizations, such as Sun Studio, Graceland and the Blues Foundation. “The audience will see a lot of Memphis musicians playing tributes to inductees, as well as a few inductees performing themselves,” Doyle said. Musicians inducted this year come from an array of genres that have found a home in Memphis. Artists being honored at the induction range from Three 6 Mafia to ZZ Top to Booker T. and the MG’s.
Even some of the behind-thescenes musicians will be inducted and saluted at the event, such as Memphis record producer Jim Dickinson. “This first year is a heavy one. We’re inducting 25 people this year. However, there are so many more,” Doyle said. “We have already identified 300 names that are significant Memphis musicians, worthy of inductions. This is something that will be taking place for decades.” Other legendary musicians to be inducted tonight include Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding. “Not only do we want the inductees proud and honored by the induction, more importantly, Memphians that attend or see the media the following day should have a sense of pride,” Doyle said. n
all, it is basketball that gave the Big East its reputation before the floodgates opened. As for what this means for the Tigers, well, it is definitely not what the athletic department had in mind when it accepted the invitation to join earlier this year. Nonetheless, bigger bucks await the program. Consider the payouts from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament — last year, the Big East brought in $26.1 million compared to C-USA, which earned $5.5 million. Television contracts are also huge. The Tigers have averaged about $2.2 million per year with their contract as a member of C-USA. That is a far cry from the $8 to $10 million brought in by Big East schools. While
FedExForum is a great place to host the C-USA Tournament in basketball, it is no match for Madison Square Garden, where the Big East Tournament is played. Though the future of the Bowl Championship Series bowls is still unknown, if Memphis were invited to participate in one of the bowls, the program could receive $2 million and another $1.1 million for the Fiesta Bowl. With those numbers, it is easy to see why the Tigers initially made the switch in conferences. However, only time will tell if the move was as seismic as people first thought. Time has not been a friend so far, as teams continue to pack their bags, but regardless, the Tigers will press forward and hope for the best. n
2012 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductees Bobby Blue Bland Booker T and the MG’s
Lucie Campbell George Coleman Jim Dickinson Al Green W.C. Handy Isaac Hayes Howlin’ Wolf B.B. King Jerry Lee Lewis Jimmie Lunceford Prof. William McDaniel
Memphis Minnie Willie Mitchell Dewey Phillips Sam Phillips Elvis Presley Otis Redding Staple Singers Rufus Thomas Three 6 Mafia Nat D. Williams ZZ Top Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton
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Official parking citation grace period sought by SGA By Michelle Corbet
firstname.lastname@example.org One Student Government Association senator plans to propose an act that would allow students who receive a parking citation for not having a hangtag to be given a one-week grace period to acquire necessary tags and decals to park in a University of Memphis lot. Joshua Jackson, senator for the graduate school, sponsored the act to amend a section of the SGA Constitution that will allow students a one-week reprieve by the Student Government Court to obtain necessary documentation from Parking Services. “It’s a big bill to a simple solution, to a problem that has been recurring,” said co-sponsor Matt Hotz. “It will [be] for the betterment of everyone.” Jackson, former SGA chief justice, said this one-week grace period is needed because when he was in office, appeals came mostly from freshmen who did not receive proper hangtags
and decals for their cars or were misinformed about parking practices on campus. “I didn’t want them to come to the University and the first thing they experience is a ticket,” Jackson said. “I didn’t want a ticket issue to cloud their experience at the U of M.” Because tonight’s regular bi-weekly senate meeting conflicts with the men’s basketball game, the meeting was moved up and took place Wednesday night. Because of the short notice of the schedule change, Jackson’s bill wasn’t discussed, but is expected to be up for vote at the next meeting on the first day back from winter break, Jan. 17. “After speaking with many of y’all, I know many of y’all want to go to the game tomorrow, and we had to look at changing [the meeting date,] so this is the best time, but unfortunately we knew that we most likely wouldn’t meet quorum tonight,” SGA President Russell Born said to the senate Wednesday night. The grace period mentioned in the act will allow students to appeal to
the student court. Depending on the outcome of the traffic citation appeal, students may not have to pay the fine. “It would still appear on your record, but you wouldn’t have to pay for it,” Jackson said. Associate Chief Justice Andrew Ray said he isn’t opposed to a grace period, but Parking Services should continue to issue citations not related to displaying or possessing a valid permit, such as improper parking and handicapped parking zone violations. “I believe the grace period could serve as a time in which students can remedy any mistakes they or Parking Services made that kept them from receiving their permit,” Ray said. Jackson said the grace period is something Born and Parking Services Director Angela Floyd have a verbal agreement about. “I was strengthening this agreement by making it law,” he said. “I thought this could strengthen the relationship between Parking Services and the judicial branch [of SGA.]” Jackson said there is a possibility
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that the student court will strike down the act because by changing the constitution, the SGA is “telling the court what to do.” “We assign laws, and the court can agree or strike them down, but I think this is something the court should be on board with,” he said. Chief Justice Daniel Albright said he has already instituted a policy to give students the first week of school to get the necessary documents needed to park. “We’re already doing what that is saying, so I’m not sure if there needs to be a constitutional amendment,” he said. “We don’t want to be restricted to a constitutional amendment.” Ray said if the SGA Senate does pass a constitutional amendment, the student court must abide by it. “The student court ensures that all University rules and regulations are properly followed and enforced, so I’m not worried about the proposed amendment making any choices for the court since the court’s job is only to enforce rules and regulations in effect,
which includes the SGA Constitution,” he said. Jackson also sponsored a bill to purchase the chief justices of the student court nine black “choir/graduation robes” for weekly traffic meetings. “Essentially, they have earned the position they are in and I think they should look the part,” Jackson said. Jackson said he didn’t know who was fronting the cost of the robes, but the bill states, “The cost to the Student Government Association per robe will be approximately $90 per robe, plus shipping tax.” “I know it is a lot of money, but it is something they need and haven’t had for 10 years,” Jackson said. “The current ones are in total disarray.” Albright said he’s heard concerns among senators about the costs of the robes, but the robes would be a good investment because they will last for a long time. “It’s just a good thing to have for the court,” he said. “It helps us look official. Every other university has them, so it’s just a good thing.” n
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uuProvost Continued from page 1 p.m. in the University Center room 304 and Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. in room 203 in the FedEx Institute of Technology. Dean of Students Stephen Petersen encouraged members of the Student Government Association to attend the sessions. “The provost is responsible for everything academic in this institution, not just your classes and the department chairs and the deans, but they’re also responsible for things like the library,” he said Wednesday night during the SGA’s last meeting of the semester. Those attending the sessions are asked to complete evaluation forms, which can be found online at memphis.edu/provostsearch. “I hope people will come to these sessions and take the evaluations seriously, because we will take them seriously,” Sherman said. The provost is the leader of academic affairs and reports directly to the president. Sherman stressed the importance of the position and the sig-
nificance of the input from members of the U of M community. “These are people who will be making decisions on your behalf, decisions that will affect you,” Sherman said. “This University is a community and if you are going to be a member of that community, you should be a participating member.” Petersen told the SGA Wednesday night that candidates appreciate student feedback. “Don’t foreclose on your opportunity to ask questions from these individuals,” he said. “It says a lot to the candidates when students show up and ask questions.” The committee culled stacks of résumés and nominations before settling on Rudd and Siegel. “Mainly they had experience in a similar size university. That is very important to understand the scope, the importance of the job. When you are provost, you are in charge of just about everything,” Sherman said. After the sessions, members of the provost search committee will review the evaluations and report to President Shirley Raines. She will make the final decision. n
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8 • Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tigers look to rebound against UT-Martin By Bryan Heater
email@example.com The expectations the University of Memphis men’s basketball team came in with this season were as high as they had been since the glory days of John Calipari. Those expectations were derailed last week when the Tigers went 1-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Tonight, Memphis looks to get back on track when they tip-off against the University of Tennessee at Martin at FedExForum. The game against the Skyhawks [2-4] will be the 19th meeting between the two programs, with the Tigers leading the all-time series 13-5. UT-Martin, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, is coming off one of the worst seasons in the program’s history, as they finished last year 4-27 and went winless in the OVC. This year’s matchup will have a hometown feel, as 10 players from both teams hail from the Bluff City. UT-Martin has three players from Memphis, including Bobby Jones [Trezevant High School], Corderio Maclin [Ridgeway High School] and DeMarc Richardson [Briarcrest Christian School]. Maclin was a teammate of the Tigers’ junior forward Tarik Black at Ridgeway from 2008-2009. Forward Myles Taylor leads a balanced Skyhawks’ attack, averaging 16.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. UT-Martin has four other players producing double digits in scoring. Mike Liabo [12.8 ppg], Justin Childs [11.2 ppg], Jones
[10.0 ppg] and Jeremy Washington [10.0 ppg]. The Tigers failed to guard the three-point line while in the Bahamas, allowing teams to shoot comfortably beyond the arch. Memphis has a chance to shoe up in the area versus a Skyhawks team that is shooting 32.8 percent from downtown. Memphis has struggled to take care of the ball through the first five games, averaging 15.6 turnovers per game. It will not get any easier against a Skyhawks team that is forcing opponents into 17.7 giveaways a game. The bulk of the turnovers UT-Martin has forced have come via steals, where they are making off with 10.3 per contest. Perhaps the biggest key to tonight’s game will be the home court advantage the Tigers have enjoyed at FedExForum since moving from the Pyramid in the 2004-2005 campaign. Since then, Memphis owns a 147-17 [.896 winning percentage] record in the friendly confines of FedExForum. The 147 wins are the most at home by any school in the country during that span. The Tigers have also won 137 of their last 148 home games for an impressive .926 winning percentage. The Tigers look to forget last week’s tournament and take advantage of a seven-game home stand, starting tonight with the Skyhawks. Memphis will then have games against Ohio University on Wednesday and Austin Peay on Dec. 8 before gearing up for the marquee matchup against No. 5/6 Louisville on Dec. 15. Tip-off for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m. n
Photo By David C. Minkin | special to the daily helmsman
Junior guard Joe Jackson and the Tigers look to get past their performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament during tonight’s game against the University of Tennessee at Martin.
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