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University of Memphis students can expect to catch a ride on a shuttle bus as early as the end of this semester. The idea was developed to ensure student safety, according to Assistant Vice President of Business Services Edwina Washington. “We are finalizing the specific type of bus to be used, but we anticipate they will be vehicles that will support 26 passengers and two wheelchairs,” she said. “It will not be a school bus.” Other details about the shuttle such as its name, hours and routes are in the planning stages. It will be available to students, faculty, staff and visitors free of charge. Though the number of buses depends on the number of routes and wait times, five buses with one spare are currently planned. Shuttle buses are most commonly used to shuttle people to and from hotels, airports and tourist attractions. More recently, colleges have used them to provide a safe and a more efficient means of transportation. “I have night classes, and I do not feel safe walking to and from class. My dad bought me pepper spray, but I should not have to worry about getting jumped walking to class,” said Caroline Berry, a junior hospitality major. “I think I will feel a lot safer on campus if I have a safe way of getting around.” Bruce Harber, director of police services, said the shuttle bus would increase campus security efforts. “The shuttle should make our campus even more secure by providing transportation around the perimeter of campus, especially at night, allowing the Tiger Escort Program to focus more on interior escorts on our campus,” Harber said.
Not off the hook yet SGA President Tyler DeWitt talks campaign promises, scholarships BY CHRISTOPHER WHITTEN News Reporter
Halfway into Student Government Association President Tyler DeWitt’s term, the 21-year-old graduate student accounting major said he considers his time in office to have been a success “so far.” “What I’ve really tried to do is put in framework and establish a precedent in administration. And the next guy that comes in, I plan on working with,” DeWitt said. “I’m also establishing a legacy so to speak—planning beyond just this one year when I’m Student Government Association president.” While DeWitt said some of his campaign promises were fulfilled, including updating the SGA website in a timely manner and extending students’ ability to use the HOPE scholarship during the sum-
mer term, he’s failed to deliver on one. Student activity fees pay the tuition of SGA officers, a topic that was debated during last year ’s elections. During his campaign, DeWitt said he “would not accept the SGA president scholarship” and planned to donate the money back to the general scholarship fund and have it go to a student. “I don’t believe that one person who is already running a surplus in scholarships should receive that money and I believe it is inherently unethical and morally disturbing,” DeWitt said during his campaign for presidency in the spring of 2011. Ten months later, DeWitt said he doesn’t have a surplus of scholarships, so he used most of the $7,390 given to him by the SGA to supplement
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As of Jan. 19, 2012, SGA President Tyler DeWitt has yet to fulfill his initial campaign promise of donating his near $8,000 scholarship given to Student Government Association executives out of student fees.
Radar lab open for business BY KENDRA HARRIS News Reporter The development of a radarimaging lab on campus will give engineering majors an opportunity to do hands-on research. The Advanced Radar Imaging and Sensor Integration Laboratory, located in the FedEx Institute of Technology, is one of few such labs in the United States, said Director Tim Tanigawa. “All the projects we start in the lab we hope to be successful,” Tanigawa said. He and his staff began working on the lab in October, and it officially opened last week on Jan. 12. The Air Force Research Laboratory donated half a million dollars worth of radar equipment to help testing in the lab. Current research projects are aimed at developing the movements of humans and vehicles in challenging environments with a lot of noise.
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The radar lab, located in the FedEx Institute of Technology, gives engineering majors an oppourtunity to get hands-on experience and features high-resolution radar imagery. The technology being tested can pick up movement behind walls or underground. This type of machinery will be beneficial to firemen and policemen who need to tell if there is activity occurring in a building or on another side of the wall. Students majoring in engineering are encouraged to use the lab to gain hands-on experience or submit ideas that can be tested. Tanigawa said compa-
nies will also use the lab to do radar testing. Lara Booth, a White Station High School student, is learning about the machines in the lab while assisting with research. “Seeing the radar imagery is interesting to me because some things are reflective and some things are transparent. It’s really cool to be able to see the signals we pick up; it’s like I can see through walls,” Booth said.
Tanigawa and his staff hope The University will provide a course that teaches radar imagery. “Offering a course about radar imagery would be great. It will teach the students about how to use radar imagery and help students come up with ideas to possibly test in the lab,” said Orges Furxhi, postdoctoral fellow in electrical engineering.
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The 10-Year Plan University of Memphis officials BY Timberly Moore News Reporter The University of Memphis has a grand vision for the expansion of campus life into the community, which has been revealed in a 10-year plan. The make up of the campus will be transformed in an attempt to create space to accommodate added features, including a new music building, a railroad underpass on Southern Avenue and a new alumni center. Tyler DeWitt, Student Government Association president, said the changes could prove profitable for The U of M. “I think there will be commercial interest, but it is going to make The University way
more attractive,” he said. The plan calls for an expansion of campus property as far out as Highland Street with the cooperation of residents living in between. Bill Harbin, a design drafter at The U of M, said The University has been buying residential land for the last two to three years. “We are not planning on buying businesses at the moment. We are more interested in including them in our campus community,” he said. Harbin said the issues of student parking and railroad crossings are a priority for the design staff. “We have been planning a rail overpass for almost 50 years, but it will be an underpass. I’m not sure when that
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The master plan for the dream campus includes a new alumni center, expansion on Highland Row for a more collegiate feel and new parking garages. will happen because we are going to have to work closely with the railroad company,” he said. Future parking may be limited to garage additions, which students will have to pay for. Negotiations for expansion of the general parking section on Zach Curlin may be impossible because Memphis Light Gas
and Water owns the land. “We plan on having a garage on Southern between the tracks and the gym and another on the North side of the music building,” said Harbin. Harbin said that five or more years from now, The University will build a new alumni center and music facility south of the new Richardson
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Towers. He also said construction on Highland Row, The U of M’s shopping center on Highland Avenue, has begun and will continue when funding clears. DeWitt said Highland Row is an important addition to the campus’ appeal to the city. “If you drive down Highland, you can’t tell that a major university is a block away. The expansion will create a nice collegiate atmosphere that transcends into the community,” he said. The U of M has created a master plan that changes the face of not only the main campus but also the South Campus. The Loewenberg School of Nursing and the Speech and Hearing Center will be moved to the South Campus and a new entrance will be built outside of the complex. Harbin said all of the changes in the master plan are not set in stone. “The plan is more so what we hope to create if we had the money,” he said.
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BY LAUREN VILLAGRAN MCT Israel Vasquez, 12, has no computer or Internet access at home, but he needs both to do his homework. Luckily, his rundown neighborhood in this city, an extension of the vast urban sprawl beyond the Mexico City limits, is home to a computer center where he can finish his homework; study his favorite subjects, history and geography; and chat with friends — all for free. Mexicans have access to first-world infrastructure and high-velocity Internet speeds in Mexico City, in pockets along the border with Texas, and in business centers like Monterrey and Guadalajara, but the vast majority of Mexicans live beyond the reach of the digital age. About 82 million people —70 percent of Mexicans — have no access to a computer or the Internet, according to the Mexican Internet Association, or AMIPCI. Just 35 percent of Mexican households had a computer at the start of 2010, according to a joint report by AMIPCI, civil organizations and Mexico’s national Congress. Access statistics worsen when split along economic lines: The report shows the penetration of computers in Mexican households at the top of the economic pyramid was 5.5 times that of households at the bottom.
“The success of companies, universities, organizations and people depends a lot on the digital knowledge that they have,” said Javier Allard, director of Mexican Association of the Information Technology Industry, or AMITI. Allard and other experts say Mexico’s ability to compete in the global economy — and narrow the country’s gaping chasm between rich and poor — are on the line. Mexico ranks No. 2 for economic inequality among the 34 nations belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, behind Chile. The OECD report on global inequality indicated that a nation’s technological progress had a greater impact than globalization on the spread between the very rich and very poor. Technological progress in Mexico, however, has so far panned out unevenly. In terms of Internet access, Mexico falls behind Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina — countries where between 30 percent and 40 percent of the population is connected online. A Mexico City-based nonprofit organization called Proacceso is working to bridge this sizable “digital divide” with subsidized computer centers, like the one Vasquez uses, that provide access where there has been none. In a Nezahualcoyotl neighborhood called Hope, the build-
ings are affixed with makeshift street signs that bear the names of ranchera songs like Me Voy and Adios — “I’m leaving” and “Goodbye.” There are houses built of scrap wood and metal among the modest concreteblock homes, but the streets are paved. Nezahualcoyotl is known for its high crime rate and, lately, for an influx of the country’s violent drug cartels. The Proacceso centers are modular, built with recycled materials and outfitted with dozens of computers. When Vasquez and his mother, Maribel Fonseca, visited recently, a security guard stood watch on the street outside. “I like that he comes here because this place is very calm and safe,” Fonseca said. “We used to go to the cyber cafes, but they are more expensive, and there is less security.” Proacceso has won funding from public and private sources, including the federal and Mexico state governments, Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc. and its Centers for Learning and Innovation. Microsoft donated $1.7 million in software licenses, while Dell donated the computer equipment needed to outfit two of Proacceso’s 70 educational centers in Mexico state. The mission, said Proacceso President Aleph Molinari, is to “use technology to democratize the access to education.” He said he envisions expanding the program nationwide.
UM to receive grant for Transportation Institute BY DANA PORTER News Reporter
University of Toledo, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Milwaukee, Vanderbilt and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Martin Lipinski, director of the institute, said The U of M served
project in Washington next week with the transportation research board.” The University of Memphis, The University of Wisconsinalong with nine other universiMadison is the largest lead conties, received a grant for research sortium and will receive the grant and education involving before it is dispersed to the the improvement of freight other nine universities. hen we receive transportation. The institute’s staff was The money will go towards notified about the funding the grant we will The U of M’s Intermodal Tuesday. continue to perform Freight and Transportation “We will receive more Institute and will primarily research and education updates through confersupport faculty and students ence calls. The grant is with our graduate and interested in learning more spent based on a budget, about the development of Ph.D. students and also but everyone will benefit transportation. from it. We will send out improve the freight The Research and information in newsletInnovative Technology transportation industry.” ters,” said Sean Ellis, assoAdministration received 63 ciate director for The U of — Sean Ellis transportation applications M Intermodel Freight and from various universities. In Associate Director of University of Memphis Transportation groups. the end, the U.S. Department The institute has an Transportation Institute of Transportation distributed inner disciplinary connec22 grants worth a total of $3.5 as a southern hub for the col- tion with business and engineermillion to be shared among the laboration of the project because ing at U of M. 10 universities for efficiency in Memphis is a large distribution “When we receive the grant transportation. we will continue to perform and freight transportation city. The universities that received “The date has not been research and education with our the grants are: The U of M, Michigan announced on when we will graduate and Ph.D. students Tech, University of Huntsville receive the funding,” he said. and also improve the freight Alabama, University of Chicago “There is a transportation meeting transportation industry,” Ellis Illinois, Southern Mississippi, about the funding towards this said.
Out of reach digital age
Children work on a computer at a Proacceso center in Nezahualcoyotl, outside Mexico City, Mexico. Proacceso, a non-profit organization, uses donations from public and private sources, including Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc., to provide computer and Internet access in areas where such access has been very limited.
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Company turns to aquaculture for ethanol Imagine driving up to a gas station for ethanol made not from corn farms in the heartland but from seaweed farms on the coasts. Futuristic, yes. But as the world looks for ways to reduce the use of fossil fuels, farming for seaweed as a fuel feedstock could emerge as an option. It’s already starting in the earliest stages of testing in Chile. On Thursday, a breakthrough in the development of biofuels and useful chemicals from seaweed made the cover of the current issue of Science magazine. The story tells how scientists from Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, Calif., engineered a microbe that can convert the sugars in brown, inedible seaweed into energy. Efforts to develop biofuels from land plants other than corn and sugar have run into the difficulty of finding an economical way to break down the part of the plant that gives it structure — lignin — and use its sugars to make fuel. Seaweed doesn’t have any lignin, but it has another substance that locks up sugars — alginate. Bio Architecture Lab’s breakthrough was engineering a microbe to extract sugars from
alginate and convert them into fuels and chemicals. “In the oil industry, oil wells are black wells in the ocean. We spend billions of dollars on refineries to convert that feedstock into usable fuel or chemicals,” said the company’s CEO, Daniel Trunfio, a retired Royal Dutch Shell executive. “There’s really no difference. Our wells are in the ocean also, but they’re green and renewable,” Trunfio said. Like other biofuels, however, seaweed would need space. The company estimates that three percent of the world’s coasts where kelp grows could be used to make enough ethanol to replace 60 billion gallons of fossil fuel. That’s about four percent of global transportation fuel demand. Seaweed farms also would compete with other uses of the coasts, such as conservation, aquaculture, fishing, recreation and possibly other future forms of renewable energy such as offshore wind and tidal and wave energy. Trunfio said seaweed ethanol would have lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline. His company has a partnership with Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas company, to make ethanol. It’s also working with DuPont, which received a grant
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Workers harvest seaweed at a coastal farm for Berkley, California-based Bio Architecture Lab. The company has engineered a microbe to derive sugars from seaweed to make fuel and chemicals. from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy — or ARPA-E — to use seaweed to make isobutanol, an advanced biofuel. ARPA-E’s fact sheet for the project said that isobutanol could be blended in gasoline at higher levels than ethanol without changes to vehicles. It’s also projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90 percent compared with gasoline from petroleum. Trunfio said that while his
company’s advance “has gamechanging potential,” it still has many more steps ahead, including building a pilot plant in Chile, figuring out what products to make, and commercializing them. Jonathan Burbaum, the ARPA-E program director for biofuels and biologically produced chemical feedstocks, said the Bio Architecture Lab venture with DuPont has “proceeded apace,” but that “there’s a milestone we’re still waiting on.” He said he couldn’t give details because the
information was proprietary. “I think it’s definitely worth looking at,” he said. “There’s nothing at this point that’s a showstopper. We’ve got a situation where it would require the development of an offshore aquaculture industry for there to be enough feedstock to really compete with things like corn and cellulose. But it’s the sort of thing, where if it’s successful, it will be a game changer, so that fits what ARPA-E looks for.”
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from page 1 his tuition for summer classes and a course he takes outside of The University. He said there is around $300 to $500 remaining from his stipend. “What’s left, I plan on donating back to the general scholarship fund, but I haven’t exactly planned on how I’m going to give it back to The University,” said DeWitt. Petersen said that in order for DeWitt to give back the money, he must complete
a request form to have that money charged against his account. DeWitt said he does not recall saying he would refuse the money, but instead said that he would return the surplus. “I don’t think I actually ever said that. I don’t know if that interview was recorded or just written down. But in the next sentence I clarified what I meant,” DeWitt said. “I guess it’s a possibility (voters were misled), but that was never my intention to mislead anyone, anyway.” SGA adviser and Dean of Students Stephen Petersen
AroundCampus app saves time and money BY NATALIE LEDOUX News Reporter College students’ wallets get a little less empty with the aid of a new mobile coupon application. The free app, AroundCampus, allows students to save money at businesses near campus that offer student discounts through the app. The app became available on the iPhone and Android at the beginning of the 20112012 school year. It uses the cell phone’s current location to find what university the person is near and then finds nearby businesses that offer coupons. “I really like how easy it is to use and the places that the app offers coupons for are places that I actually go. Being an art student, I don’t have a lot of money to spare and any way I can save helps,” said Whitney Mongue, sophomore graphic design major. Each A ro u n d C a m p u s coupon has a “share” link attached that allows the user to post the coupon to Facebook and Twitter or email or text it. AroundCampus is targeted towards college students and several restaurants, bars, beauty salons, auto care and apartments near The University of Memphis offer coupons on the application. Palm Beach Tan, located at 4635 Poplar Ave., offers a discounted student tanning package. Cassie Calder, a Palm Beach Tan employee, said several students have used the coupons. Highland P ro p e r t i e s , apartments just west of campus, offers a half-off discount on application fees and deposits. “I would like to see more students come over and use it,” said Blair Brown, property manager. AroundCampus began as a website in 2010 and the company launched the coupon application last August at 180 universities across the country. “We figured we would really start promoting it this
semester,” said Justin Plant, one of the designers of the AroundCampus application. Colleges in Tennessee that appear in the application include The University of Memphis, Vanderbilt, the University of Tennessee and their branch colleges at Chattanooga and Martin. Plant also helps manage interns at each campus. Every college affiliated with AroundCampus has a certain number of student interns depending on the size of the campus. The student interns manage accounts, make sales calls and collect thousands of dollars from the businesses around campus. “This gives students a real-world experience,” Plant said, “You couldn’t think of a better business plan because the students are the market and its good for business owners to get feedback from them.” AroundCampus is a division of University Directories, a campus media and marketing company based in Chapel Hill, N.C. The company has been working with the college market for 37 years.
said he felt DeWitt has done well as president. “I think he’s done a very good job in following through with the promises he pledged from his campaign platform,” Petersen said. “I’ve only been here a couple years, but both the presidents I’ve worked with tried really hard to fulfill their commitments.” A system was set up under his presidency to submit the SGA’s meeting agendas, minutes and bills online “almost immediately,” according to DeWitt. Also, as was approved in the SGA’s last request for student activity fees, sen-
ate chambers located in The University Center is in the process of implementing an electronic voting system that will essentially track each senator ’s vote on every issue. This technology can be used by not only the student senate, but by the faculty and staff senates who use the chamber as well. DeWitt said a bill is in the works that would enable the student body to address controversial issues, including the upcoming smoking ban that is potentially set to go into effect this summer. “Luckily, we still have five more months of SGA left,”
DeWitt said. “With legislation to be passed like that, it will require a bill. If we did it now, it wouldn’t be as accurate and we wouldn’t have a great turnout. If we do during in the general election, then there are a lot of people to survey how students feel about this particular issue.“ DeWitt also said he worked through last summer ’s Constitutional Convention to change the way things are done. “We rewrote the election laws, the bylaws and the Freshman Senate bylaws. We pretty much just had a ‘legal cleansing,’” he said.
Feds nab MegaUpload BY BEN FRITZ Los Angeles Times
The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has conducted a major action to shut down MegaUpload, a popular file-sharing site widely used for free downloads of movies and television shows. After receiving indictments from a grand jury in Virginia for racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and other charges on Jan. 5, federal authorities on Thursday arrested four people and executed more than 20 search warrants in the U.S. and eight foreign countries, seizing 18 domain names and an estimated $50 million in assets, including servers run in Virginia and Washington, D.C. MegaUpload is a “digital locker” that allows users to store files that can then be streamed or downloaded by others. Its subsidiary site MegaVideo became very popular for the unauthorized downloads of movies and TV shows. Users whose uploaded content proved particularly popular were paid for their participation. In a joint statement, the
Justice Department and FBI called the action “among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.” Ira Rothken, an attorney for MegaUpload, said in an interview that he only learned of the actions in a news release this morning and had not yet read the entire indictment. “Our initial impression is that the allegations are without merit and MegaUpload is going to vigorously contest them,” he said. “We have deep concerns over due process and assets being taken without the opportunity for a hearing.” According to the indictment, the operators of MegaUpload earned more than $175 million in illegal profits and caused an estimated $500 million in harm to copyright holders. The site is advertised as having more than 50 million daily visitors, according to federal authorities. Four of MegaUpload’s operators have been arrested in New Zealand, while three more remain at large. Not listed on the indictment is rapper Swiss Beatz — real name Kasseem Dean — who, according to a
report in the New York Post, is the CEO of MegaUpload. Beatz is married to pop singer Alicia Keys. Rothken said that Beatz had not been running the site but that recently there had been “a transition period going on.” The seven each face a maximum of 55 years in prison. The news is sure to be welcome in the entertainment industry, whose leaders have faced a recent setback in their push for the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act. The proposed bills, if passed, would make it easier for U.S. courts to go after piracy sites that, unlike MegaUpload, operate entirely overseas. Critics who believe the bills are heavy-handed and don’t adequately protect civil liberties conducted a U.S. Internet “blackout.” As many as 10,000 websites went black Wednesday, among them Wikipedia, Craigslist and Reddit. The protest helped to pressure lawmakers to oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Obama administration announced its opposition to the bills in their current forms Saturday.
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Pastner partakes Tigers won’t be knocked down in Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge BY SCOTT HALL Sports Editor
BY BRYAN HEATER Sports Reporter University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner is one of 48 college basketball coaches representing a charity in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Pastner will represent the nonprofit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The winning coach’s charity will receive a $100,000 donation, with each charity receiving at least $5,000. Fans will pick the winning coach by registering and voting on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. The voting period opened Jan.
18 and will end March 9, when the winning coach will be announced. For the first round of the tournament, the 48 coaches have been broken down into four regions, which consists of 12 coaches each. The first round will last for six weeks, after which the winning coach of each region moves on to the semi finals in week seven. The final two coaches will vie for the $100,000 charity donation in week eight. The challenge is expanding from only 14 coaches last season. The total Infiniti contribution is expected to surpass $300,000.
Barton receives midseason honors BY SCOTT HALL Sports Editor The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Tuesday that Memphis sophomore guard Will Barton was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. Barton is averaging 18.2 points per game and nine rebounds per game. His nine double-doubles of the season and eight 20+ point games have helped his team to a 12-5 (3-0 Conference USA) record. The award, named after legendary Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, is awarded to “the nation’s best player at an institu-
tion of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, and is considered one of the highest individual honors in college basketball. Previous winners of the award include Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07) and Blake Griffin (’09). Last year’s winner was Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young. The National Ballot of 20 names will be distributed in March, with the winner being announced at the Final Four in New Orleans, La.
“(Witherspoon) did some good things yesterday,” Pastner said. “The group that got us back into it, he was in that group. He can get the job done. I believe in him, I know he can get the job done. He can do a lot of good things.” Pastner said his forwards, including Tarik Black, Hall and Witherspoon, need to play better if the Tigers are to achieve their goals this year. “We need our four spot, it’s critical for us to be able to get
know they will.” Now the Tigers have to turn their attentions to SMU, a team Head coach Josh Pastner said that has troubled the Tigers he didn’t sleep in the hours folthe last two years. lowing Memphis’ 68-67 loss to The Mustangs come into Central Florida on Wednesday, tomorrow’s game with a choosing instead to review 10-8 (2-2 C-USA) record, a tape of the game. Now he fresh off a 14-point win over must prepare his team for a Houston. Leading scorer noon showdown against the Robert Nyakundi is shooting Southern Methodist Mustangs 49.7 percent from the floor on Saturday. and has scored 15.1 points per The Tigers (12-6, 3-1 C-USA) game. He also leads his team lost to UCF in the final secin three-point shooting, hitonds after ting 2.6 threes senior forper game on ward Wesley o doubt they’ve got to step 44.7 percent Wi t h e r s p o o n shooting from it up, and I believe they will. was called for beyond the a foul, leadarc. I’ve got faith in my teammates. ing to a gameSMU beat winning three- They’ve just got to keep working M e m p h i s point play for at it, keep practicing at it. We’ve last year the Knights. when the two just got to keep helping them, teams faced Pastner said his team had in Dallas. and they’ll start making plays, I off chances to M e m p h i s win and didn’t went without know they will.” take them. a field goal “It hurts for more than — Will Barton when you lose nine minutes Sophomore guard a game like in the second that,” he said. half, allowing “But you also had chances. I the Mustangs to rattle off 17 mean, every loss hurts, but the job done,” he said. “That unanswered points, erasing you have the game in your doesn’t mean it has to be one an eleven-point Memphis lead hands, basically. You just need guy, it can be by committee. and sending the Tigers home to make some plays towards We’ve just got to have good with a 64-58 loss. Memphis has the end, which we just didn’t numbers out of that spot there. lost two of the last three games do.” We teach, we go over, we call against SMU, both losses comThe Tigers were hurt by the people out in the film sessions. ing on the road. Memphis has loss of sophomore wing Adonis But at some point, it’s produc- only lost once at home to the Thomas due to an ankle injury tion on the floor.” Mustangs, a three-point loss last weekend, leading Pastner Sophomore guard Will in 1953. to try multiple combinations Barton, who had 28 points and Pastner said perimeter of players to attempt to sta- eight rebounds on Wednesday, defense will be key for the bilize his team. Witherspoon, said he thinks his teammates Tigers if they are to beat SMU. junior forwards Stan Simpson will step up to the challenge. “This team can really shoot and D.J. Stephens all saw time “No doubt they’ve got to the ball,” he said. “They were at the power forward position, step it up, and I believe they 11-of-22 from three last night with varying results. Pastner will,” he said. “I’ve got faith against Houston, so we’re defistuck with Witherspoon for in my teammates. They’ve just nitely going to have to take the much of Wednesday’s game, got to keep working at it, keep three out.” with Ferrakhon Hall sitting on practicing at it. We’ve just got The Tigers have struggled to the bench after starting the to keep helping them, and defend the three-point line this game. they’ll start making plays, I season. Opponents this season have hit 5.9 three pointers per game against the Tigers, with teams hitting about 6.8 threes per game in each of Memphis’ six losses. Barton said tomorrow’s game is important to prove that Memphis is still the team to beat in Conference USA. “They beat us last year, so we’re definitely taking this game very personally,” he said. “Another conference game, we’ve got to stay on course in the conference standings, so we need to win. We can’t fall back any further than we are. So, we’ve just got to come out, play hard, and get a big-time win.” Pastner said he doesn’t feel there’s reason for fans to worry. “We don’t need to hit the panic button, but on the other hand, we’re not out of the woods either,” Pastner said. “I believe we’re in a situation where we’ve got to show what we’re about, especially coming off from last night’s game, and then seeing how we come out on Saturday.”
Season Preview 8 • Friday, January 20, 2012
With new coach Natalie Poole, Tiger softball adopts a new vision for the season
After a 2011 season that saw The University of Memphis softball team reach the NCAA regional tournament for the first time in the program’s sixyear history, the Lady Tigers are looking to make 2012 bigger and better. Spring softball practice officially began on Jan. 11, starting a new season and the tenure of new head coach Natalie Poole. Poole took the reigns from coach Windy Thees, who left at the end of last season to accept the head coach position at Ole Miss. In her three seasons at McNeese State, Poole showed success in the postseason by taking the Cowgirls to two Southland Conference tournament championship game appearances and an NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 2010. For Poole, this season has been productive so far, but it’s still about taking it one step at a time. “Things are going well, we’re just trying to cover all of our bases and go over the list of things that need to be discussed and worked on,” she said. Senior first baseman Jessica Phillips was a part of the historic squad that made it to the postseason. Phillips said working hard through the uncertain beginning of last season is what brought the team to regionals. “Last year, we lost some of our strong hitters,” Phillips said. “We weren’t really sure how that year was going to turn out, but we fought till the end of the season. But making it to regionals was absolutely the best thing.” Junior pitcher Carly Hummel said last year’s postseason run was a “great experience,” and that the new coaching staff this year is building upon that success. “Our new staff is amazing,” she said. “They’ve brought so many different and new things.” Entering the second week of spring practice, the team is still ironing out the expected kinks that come with a new staff, but players are already optimistic for the 2012 season. “When we first started practicing everyone was a little on edge, because no one knew what their expectations were,” Hummel said. Poole said that with the talent on hand, a repeat of last season’s success is possible. “It’s definitely a possibility for us. For pitching, I feel like we’re going to be right there where we need to be — consistent with what we had last season, defense is going to be fine,” Poole said. “We’ve tried to build from the ground up
photos by Joe Murphy
BY DAVID CAFFEY Sports Reporter
First baseman Jessica Phillips was part of last season’s NCAA team. some mental toughness, as well as work on some of our technical skills and try to create some consistency.” The team opens Feb. 10 on the road against Alabama as a part of the Mardi Gras Invitational in
Mobile, Ala. “It’s going to be tough, they’ve only lost two starters, they’ve had about 158 stolen bases,” Poole said. “We’re hoping to go out and be successful, and we’re looking for the win.”
Pitcher Carly Hummel said last year’s NCAA appearance was a “great experience.”
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