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Memphis Police and Forensics arrive on scene at the Psychology building this morning, as students continue as if it was a normal day on campus. By Jordan Thomas The body of a University of Memphis employee was found in the Psychology auditorium Thursday morning according to a police report. The deceased was found to be William Spencer, 64, who was a local technical support provider for the Psychology Department and had just received LSP of the year. Spencer workd at the university for over 30 years. The Memphis Fire Department called the police around 7:45 a.m. after the body was found, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Alyssa Macon-Moore. The cause of death is not known and police are carrying out a death investigation, not a homicide investigation. University of Memphis spokesman, Curt Guenther, confirmed that the body was a university employee and not a student, but no other details could be given.

Mynders renovations leave limited space for residents

Students who want to stay on campus could pay more than $1,000 extra By L. Taylor Smith Starting next fall, Mynders Hall will undergo an extensive renovation, leaving current residents looking elsewhere for a place to stay. When Mynders residents returned from winter break, they were given a letter from Residence Life stating the dorm would no longer be available as a housing option for fall 2013.

Audrey Pierson, a senior studio arts major, has lived in Mynders Hall since last fall. Pierson was upset when she got her letter because she said she believes the dorm is a good place to live for the money. “It doesn’t really affect me that much because my friend and I planned on buying an apartment over the summer, but it affects a lot of the people that just moved in,”


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Mynders Hall will undergo extensive renovations making it unavailable to current residents during the Fall.

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The University of Memphis is hosting the Wordsmith Writing Olympics Saturday morning in the University Center Ballroom. The writing contest is cosponsored by the University of Memphis Department of English and the Shelby Memphis Council of Teachers of English. Wordsmith is an annual writing contest that began in 1978 and is offered to area students in grades 7-12. “This year we are basing the contest on the Olympics,” Wordsmith director Cathy Dice said. “Instead of running a 40-yard dash, the students do a 40-word dash.” The contest consists of a 10-minute dash — a 40-word description of a provided object, a 20-minute dash — an 80-word narration of the events depicted in a black-and-white photograph, and a 30-minute dash — a 120-word letter to the editor inspired by recent headlines. The top five contestants in each grade and in each dash compete in the 400-word main event at the end of the day. The top three performers in each grade will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal. “This is a great way to honor students who enjoy writing,” Dice said. The top senior will be awarded a $300 scholarship. Students can help with the event by volunteering as proctors and can be counted as service hours. The Wordsmith Writing Olympics begin on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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Campus Life uuMynders Continued from page 1 said Pierson. “Despite not having air conditioning, it’s probably one of the better dorms on campus.” Mynders residents will be given priority for specific housing options if they apply by February 22. Students can begin to apply for housing starting today. These students have the choice of a double room in the Living Learning Complex, a single room in Richardson Towers North or an apartment on the Park Avenue campus, which they would share with other students. Unfortunately, these residents could pay more than $1,000 extra to stay on campus. “The residents will pay the rate that is charged for the building to which they are assigned,” said Peter Groenendyk, Director of Residence Life and Dining Services. “We are not able to discount rental charges.” Currently, Mynders Hall, with 142 residents, is the least expensive dorm on campus at $1,790 per semester for a double room without a meal plan. WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN .COM Without meal plans included, WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM a single room in RTN is $3,155, a FREETHEHELMSMAN .COM double the LLC is $2,410, and .FREETHEHELMSMAN .COM allWWW options for housing on the Park Avenue campus are over .$3,000 WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN COM WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM

per semester. The second-to-least expensive housing option is a double room without a meal plan in either Rawls Hall or Smith Hall at $1,910 each semester. However, current Mynders residents will not be given priority, so getting a room could prove difficult. The question of how many rooms will be available for incoming students is one that remains unanswered for now. “We will not know how many spaces are available for Mynders residents in the apartments, singles or in the LLC until after the current residents reapply,” said Groenendyk. The interior renovations will cost $4.6 million according to an unfunded projects listing from the Campus Physical Plant. The money will go toward re-carpeting the building, fixing broken tiles, refurbishing bathrooms and other general maintenance. Victoria Law, a sophomore Japanese major, lived in Mynders Hall last year and appreciated the antiquity of the building, but admits it could use an update. “The architecture is something you don’t see in modern dorms,” Law said. “I don’t know what they’ll be doing, but if it’s adding AC, then great. If they’re adding an elevator, then that’s even better.”

First SAC Film Festival puts focus on domestic violence By Corey Carmichael Coming to the University Center Theatre nearest you is an exciting opportunity for student filmmakers. In order to raise awareness for domestic violence, there is a shortfilm competition on March 25 hosted by Student Activities Council. The theme of the festival is domestic violence awareness and will be in collaboration with Women’s History Month. The festival is designed to promote the student filmmakers as well as highlight awareness of domestic violence. A commentator

will introduce every film and the filmmakers are able to speak to the audience after the presentation of their film. Films must be formatted on DVD and be between 7-15 minutes. As far as content goes, the films must be rated R or below, according to rating guides, in order to be appropriate for an audience that may include children. Participants will be ranked based on most compelling interpretation of the theme, best director and most creativity, with each category winner receiving a certificate of recognition. Prizes for the best three participants’ hard work are a $150 Best Buy gift card for

first place, a $100 Tiger Bookstore gift card for second place and a $50 Malco Cinema gift card for third place. The required forms are available with competition rules in the Student Leadership and Involvement Office in room 211 of the University Center. Forms must be submitted with the DVD in the same office by March 18. For more information, participants can contact the office at (901) 678-8679 or email Courtney Claxton for more information at Interested students can attend the festival on March 25 in the UC Theatre from 6-10 p.m.

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Tigers’ Ta es “I’ll be sleeping until halftime, then I’ll be watching Beyonce.” Ashleigh Rhodes, Criminal Justice sophomore

“I’ll be eating potato chips and sippin’ on soda.”

Mary Garcia, Economics sophomore

How are you going to spend your Super Bowl Sunday? By Nathanael Packard

“I’ll be going to a party, hanging with some friends and of course rooting for Baltimore.”

“Rappin’ and trappin’, pretty much just hanging out.”

Shacorius Hathaway, Business freshman

“We’re going to have a Super Bowl party at one of my friends’s houses.” Alisha Patel, Spanish Foreign Language junior

Jamilah Lambert, Criminal Justice freshman

Do you have your heart on? By Jennifer Rorie Are you a woman? Are you over the age of 20? Is your heart working properly? Have you had it checked out recently? Today is National Wear Red Day, which is part of the Go Red for Women campaign, sponsored by the American Heart Association. This movement, started in 2003, calls people together each year on Feb. 1 promoting awareness and action against the number one killer of American women. There are good reports on this tenth anniversary. More women are aware of the threat of heart disease, which had previously been seen as “a condition that mainly affected men.” Now that more women know how to improve their cardiovascular health, 21 percent less are dying from this disease. The American Heart Association credits this disease with publishing genderspecific results for prevention and treatment. Women are not the only ones affected. Heart disease is the number one killer for men as well. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the

United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 2,200 people die each day from heartrelated causes like heart disease and stroke. Small measures make a big difference in improving heart health. Starting at the age of 20, all people should start checking their cholesterol and keep the total number under 200, according to Jacqueline De Fouw, health educator on campus. She also suggests staying active for at least 30 minutes a day. Keeping a steady weight and drinking alcohol in moderation are ways to help as well. Stress is also a factor in cardiovascular health. De Fouw suggests using good coping techniques for daily stresses. Family history of heart disease, ethnicity and age are factors that cannot be changed. African Americans have a higher risk of heart disease. The older a person is, the likelihood of developing heart disease increases. This is why it is important to be aware of risk factors early. “[The] University of Memphis initiative, Memphis Healthy U, promotes ‘Move More, Eat Healthier, Be Tobacco Free,” said De Fouw. “This includes exer-

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cise programs at our Recreation Center, like the walk-in fitness classes and Tigers Feel GRRREAT!!!” Other programs include Wednesday Zumba, Desk

to 5k training and Thursday nutrition seminars. “Students are eligible for free nutrition and lifestyle coaching, blood pressure, weight and BMI

monitoring in Student Health Services,” De Fouw said. Another measure that

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The University of Memphis Black Student Association Invites you and your guest to the

2013 Black History Month Opening Reception Tonight @ 7 p.m. Michael D. Rose Theatre Parking is available in the garage located on Zach Curlin For more information, please contact Linda Hall in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 678-2054.

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Getting more for less: your guide to using student discounts

By Alexandra Pusateri

By now, most University of Memphis students can expect to get a student discount at restaurants in the area, but some may not realize the extent of the savings they can receive by just flashing their student ID. Local services and stores, from liquor stores to fitness centers, offer markdowns to University students. Asking about a student discount upfront is usually helpful, according to most businesses, and none of the businesses listed below will grant the discount without a student card shown. The best service discount offered out of the following list is Midtown Yoga, located at 524 S. Cooper St., which has a student discount rate of $7 per class, compared to their regular price of $15 per class. A 10-class package is $70, while their regular package rate is $110. Coming in a close second to the yoga studio is Inbalance Fitness in Harbor Town, which offers students a discounted monthly rate of $45 — almost half-off their regular $85 per month price. The lowest discount on the list offered to students is 9.25 percent off at the Highland Smoke Shop, located at 571 S. Highland St. One surprising discount found was at Gagliano’s Liquor Store at 1237 Getwell Road, which offers a 10 percent discount to students — over 21, of course. Whatever, the eclectic gift shop on Highland Street, offers a 10 percent discount to students, according to shop manager Luke Sexton. The store’s close proximity to campus might contribute to the store’s loyal student customer base. “We’ve been open since 1971, so we’ve gotten a lot of students

and former students over the years,” Sexton said. “In fact, all the students that have worked here are still working here after they’ve graduated.” The store will actually be moving to the former location of Double Deuce bar, at 555 and 557 S. Highland St., on April 1. Orline Bowers, a sophomore graphic design major, said she makes a trip to the Art Center on Union Avenue for their 15 percent discount to students. “Art supplies are expensive,” Bowers said. “I could use what savings I get.” For those students looking for extra ways to save money during their collegiate career, one option is joining the student organization Future Alumni of Memphis. The membership costs $20 a year, which entitles students to discounts locally and nationally. Members of the organization gain access to over 300 online discounts among local brick-andmortar store markdowns. Holly Snyder, coordinator affiliated with Future Alumni of Memphis, said joining the 2,000 students in FAM could save students money in the long run. “There’s discounts on theatre, groceries, renting a car,” Snyder said. “You name it, there’s probably a discount for it.” Two notable discounts offered by FAM are from the Tiger Bookstore and Tiger Gift Shop. With a FAM membership, students are entitled to 20 percent off used textbooks and 10 percent off new textbooks at the Tiger Bookstore, located at 3533 Walker Ave. Tiger Gift Shop, located at 549 S. Highland St., gives 20 percent off merchandise with a FAM membership. Students can apply to join the organization on the FAM website or in person at the Alumni Center on Normal Street.


Aaron Skahill, an undeclared freshman, presents his student ID to the cashier at Whatever, one of the more prominent shops on the Highland Strip, to receive his 10 percent student discount.


Inked Memphis 1555 Madison Ave.

Midtown Yoga 524 S. Cooper St.

Fantastic Sam’s 3445 Poplar Ave.

$25 off $100+ total

$7 per class, $70 for 10 classes

10% off haircut

Apple Store 7615 W. Farmington Blvd. $50 off MacBook Airs, $100-$150 off MacBook Pros

Art Center 1636 Union Ave. 15% off full-price items

Plaza Beauty School 4682 Spottswood Ave. $5 haircuts with student ID

Sport Clips 4732 Spottswood Ave.

$2 off any service

Hi Gorgeous 1475 Madison Ave.

Underground Art 2287 Young Ave.

Whatever 610 S. Highland St.

50% off first haircut

10% off total

10% off total

Gagliano’s Liquor Store 1237 Getwell Road

Highland Smoke Shop 571 S. Highland St.

10% off total

9.25% off total

Tan-N-Go 3477 Poplar Ave.

Inbalance Fitness 718 Harbor Bend

Free week of tanning or free sunless session with student ID

$45 membership per month

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February celebration not meant to separate races or ethnicities By Hassan Allawi A slice of American history will be projected through the activities and events that will take place throughout Black History Month. Initiated by African American historian Carter G. Woodson, black history was celebrated during the second week of February, which coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. On the nation’s second centennial, the week was extended to span the entire month of February. There have been pros and cons for this celebration, however, even within the black community. Aram Goudsouzian, a history professor and the director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities said he thinks that Black History Month is “a dou-

ble-edged sword.” “On one hand, it focuses attention on some important themes … bolstering a sense of pride in African American achievements,” he said. “On the other hand, it confines black history in a box, as if it does not belong as part of the larger narrative of American and world history.” Mikail Philips, the president of the NAACP on campus, said that “the essence and the main purpose of the month is enlightening students,” but she is not satisfied with the non-black turnout. “We really haven’t gotten nonblack audience. That has been an issue, or even a struggle,” she said. She thinks that the reason is that people of other ethnicities don’t feel comfortable being a part of a black organization or event. She, however, is committed to continuing the hard work to get everyone involved.

Hayley Harber, a junior majoring in school counseling, said she has never attended any of the events held for Black History Month. “I feel it’s targeted towards the African American students, not white Caucasian students,” she said. “I would feel kind of awkward going there by myself. Maybe if I had a black friend I would go.” Molly Davis, a senior nursing student, said, “the month seems to be directed to African Americans.” Being white, she said, “I don’t feel invited,” but she said she would possibly go if she was invited in person. Davis’ friends, Layne Berliner, Pamela Renfrow and Angel Keaton, who are also white, expressed the same views. Other students, however, said they haven’t been to any of the month’s events because they don’t like the idea of celebrating black

history for only one month. “It’s not that I’m against it, but why celebrate it for only one month?” said JP Graham, a white, art education junior. Brianna Wilkerson, the president of the Black Student Association, said that her association focuses on inviting figures who would appeal to a wider range of people, in an effort to attract a more mixed audience. Morgan Austin, the vice president of Black Scholars Unlimited, said that her organization holds a luncheon to honor a black U of M professor every year, and she said that the event attracts a reasonably mixed audience. She encourages people of all races and ethnicities to attend. “We encourage everyone to attend all activities throughout Black History Month because black history is American history that everyone should be a part of,” Austin said.

uuHeart Continued from page 4 improves cardiovascular health besides exercising is eating better. Avoiding foods with saturated fats, trans fats and high salts are a good way to start. Saturated fats are found in animal products and trans fats and sodium are commonly found in restaurant and processed foods, according to Jennifer Barnoud of Student Health Services. Feb. 1 is the kick-off with Wear Red Day, but the awareness doesn’t stop there. February is also American Heart Month. Valentine’s Day is usually smothered with flowers, hearts and chocolates, but the month has begun to mean so much more to many people affected by cardiovascular disease. On this day, women wear red as a badge of honor. They take action and have dedicated time and effort to fighting heart disease.



Coming Soon brought to you by the Student Event Allocation Committee

Your Student Activity Fee at Work

Black History Month Opening Ceremony Friday, February1 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Rose Theatre Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

Miseducation of the Black Greek Experience Tuesday, February 5 --7:00 p.m. -- UC Ballroom Co-sponsored by NPHC

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration w/Isabel Wilkerson Thursday, February 7 -- 6:30 p.m. -- Rose Theatre

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Assoc. of African American History

Who Built the Pyramids?: The Discovery and Excavation of the Workmen’s Village on Giza w/ Dr. Mark Lehner Thursday, February 7 -- 6:00 p.m. -- UC Fountain View Room Co-sponsored by Egyptology Graduate Student Association

Black History Month Gospel Explosion featuring Tamela Mann of Meet the Browns & Sheri Jones-Moffett Friday, February 8 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Rose Theatre Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

Black History Month Prayer Breakfast Saturday, February 9 -- 10:00 a.m. -- UC Bluff Room Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

Lecture Luncheon: The Preacher, the Professor, and Southern Manhood: Religion's Influence on Gender in the South Friday, February 15 -- 12:45 p.m. -- Mitchell Hall 200 Co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta

Black History Month Freedom Ball & Mahogany Awards Friday, February 15 -- 7:00 p.m. -- UC Ballroom Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

T.J. Holmes (BET & CNN anchor) Tuesday, February19 -- 7:00 p.m. -- UC Theatre Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

River City Writers w/ Lee Smith Thursday, February 21 -- 6:30 p.m. -- University Center Theatre Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Club

Service on Saturday Saturday, February 23 -- 8:30 a.m. -- UC Memphis Room Co-sponsored by Students Advocating Service

Memphis Aspires: A Road to Success Saturday, February 23 -- 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. -- UC Ballroom Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Student Association

Black History Month Closing Ceremony Thursday, February 28 -- 1:00 p.m. -- UC Bluff Room

Pruitt-Igoe: A Public Housing Story Tuesday, February 12 -- 6:00 p.m. -- UC Theatre

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

Co-sponsored by the Planning Student Organization

All events are free and open to all. See you there!!

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Men’s soccer team to play FC Dallas tomorrow By Corey Carmichael To continue the University of Memphis men’s soccer team’s 10-year tradition of playing a Major League Soccer team, they are traveling to Texas to play FC Dallas on Saturday. The team and head coach, Richie Grant, are ready for the opportunity to play one of their five available spring games against a professional team. This game comes during the MLS pre-season, and helps the Tigers prepare for the move to Big East Conference play this fall. Grant called it a wonderful opportunity, saying that the game will be a useful teaching tool in letting it “gauge the next level for players.” Tomorrow’s game also allows FC Dallas to get ready for their regular season play, which starts March 2. There are a few Tigers players who aspire to join the FC Dallas players in the MLS, including junior

forward Mark Sherrod. Grant spoke highly of the goalscoring machine, as Sherrod tied the school’s goals record with 19 in 18 games last season. He said the junior has the potential to become a high draft pick in the MLS draft as long as he keeps up his work ethic and continues to believe in his own talent. One person who would know the forward’s MLS chances is the Tigers’ newly hired assistant coach, Richard Mulrooney. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Mulrooney, as he spent a small portion of his 10-year MLS career with FC Dallas. He is an experienced addition for the Tigers, especially from the personnel development standpoint. Mulrooney’s tenure with the MLS gives him the experiences that the Tigers desire. The game Saturday in Dallas will provide the Memphis players with a chance to assess how they match up against professionals, who play soccer for a living.


The University of Memphis men’s soccer team travels to Dallas for a matchup against MLS team FC Dallas Saturday. The team finished the 2012-2013 regular season, their last season in Conference-USA, with a 8-7-3 record, 4-2-2 in the conference.

Women’s basketball down Rice 64-60

By Austin Reynolds Senior forward Nicole Dickson led the Tigers with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the University of Memphis women’s basketball team marched on to a 64-60 victory over the Rice Owls [9-11, 1-6 Conference USA] on Thursday night at Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Dickson put Memphis on the scoreboard first with a steal and a bucket inside. It was a slow start for both teams, as Memphis shot 1-7 and Rice shot 2-8 heading into the first media timeout, with the score tied at 4-4. However, it did not take long for the Tigers to get out of their shooting funk. Freshman guard Jaymie Jackson drove in for a tough inside shot to make the

score 14-8-Memphis with 11 minutes to play in the first half. Two minutes later Dickson was fouled and got her finger roll to go, giving the Tigers a 21-13 lead. The Tigers converted on a pair of baskets, but the scoring slowed down again for both squads. Freshman guard Ariel Hearn scored on a drive for the first field goal by either team in four minutes, giving Memphis a 26-14 with four and a half minutes remaining in the half. With about a minute left, Zoe Rogers connected from long range to give Rice its first field goal in over eight minutes. Memphis led 33-23 entering halftime. The Owls shot just 25 percent leading up to the break, while the Tigers shot 32.6 percent. The two teams shot even worse from beyond the arc, with Rice shooting an abysmal

1-10 and Memphis shooting 1-8. “That’s something we need to work on,” Hearn said. “We’ll come back.” Hearn led all scorers with 12 points at the half, as Memphis dominated the glass by out-rebounding the Owls 34-22, with 14 on the offensive end. The slow offense returned to start the half, but the Tigers slowly built their lead up to 15 after a few minutes. Rice would not go away, as Nakachi Maduka scored off of a desperation bank shot three to cut the deficit to 10 with just over 13 minutes to play. Breion Allen knocked down another triple for Rice to cut the deficit to 49-40. By the ten minute mark, the lead fell to six points off of a pair of free throws by Allen. Both teams traded baskets for a few minutes, but with six minutes to play Allen struck again off of a second chance three-pointer to cut the Tiger lead to three. Memphis could not pull away, as

the teams entered a timeout with the Tigers leading 58-55 with 2:21 remaining in the contest. Out of the timeout, Dickson converted on a well-contested shot in the paint to put the Tigers up five. Jackson’s aggressive play paid off as she got fouled on a drive and made both free throws to extend the lead to seven. Kuster free throws brought Rice within five with under a minute to go, as Rice opted to foul. Dickson and freshman forward Asianna FuquaBey both split their free throws while Hearn missed both of hers, but Rice was unable to capitalize on the opportunities as they fell to the Tigers by a score of 64-60. Dickson led the Tigers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Hearn added 16 points on 7-14 shooting and Jackson lent a helping hand with 11 points. Kuster led Rice with a gamehigh 22 points. Perhaps the stat most indicative of

the Tigers’ success was their rebounding. Memphis out-rebounded the Owls 54-43, with 22 coming on the offensive end. “It’s an emphasis we have,” Dickson said. “We’re supposed to be a really good rebounding team, and we know the more rebounds and extra shots we get, the more of an advantage we have.” The only detriment to the Tigers’ play was their subpar shooting efficiency. Memphis has struggled shooting the ball the last few games, and finished the contest against Rice shooting 36.2 percent. “(We need to) attack the basket,” Hearn said. “Get the ball to the post players so that they can do their thing, because they have the highest percentage shooting on the block.” The Tigers hit the road on Sunday afternoon in search of a secondstraight victory. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. against the Marshall Thundering Herd.


Senior foward Nicole Dickson led the Tigers to victory against the Rice Owls with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

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New ITA rankings released for tennis teams By Meagan Nichols The University of Memphis women’s tennis team earned their highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking in program history on Wednesday, while the men fell a spot in the poll. The men’s team dropped from No. 31 to No. 32 after two losses against No. 8 University of Oklahoma and No. 30 Notre Dame during this past weekend’s ITA Kick-off weekend matches. The Tigers are currently 1-2 on the season, all of which has been against ranked opponents. The Tigers get a break in the action this weekend to recharge and train before Memphis hosts Southern Illinois and Murray State at The Racquet Club of Memphis on Feb. 8. On the women’s side of the net, the newly ranked No. 50 Lady Tigers return home to battle with Morehead State University today. “It’s great for everyone in our program, past, present and future, whenever you reach new heights in rankings or records,” said head women’s tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker. “ Our players, and those who know our team closely, know that we can go very high in the rankings this year. So for our fans and alumni the ranking is something to be proud of. For our current team and staff — it’s something we should ignore and keep focusing on improving.” Memphis is slotted to hit the court at The University Club at 6 p.m. against the Eagles to try and defend their long-standing winning streak. The 21-match streak dates back to Apr. 9, 2009 when the Tigers lost to Arkansas State. Since head coach Walker took the reigns of the Tiger program back in 2007, Memphis has gone 33-6 at home. “Playing at home certainly


has its advantages, but I’m not so concerned about streaks as I am our team getting better and competing well,” Walker said. Morehead, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, finished 11-10 in their 2011-2012 campaign and are 0-3 on the 2013 season. Memphis holds an overall 88-43 record over schools in the Ohio Valley Conference. The women’s squad is coming off two back-to-back losses at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tigers fell 4-0 to No.9 Alabama and 4-3 to No. 24 Tulsa. Despite the team’s defeats over the weekend, Memphis freshman Skylar Kuykendall went 3-0 for the blue and gray in the tournament. With two victories coming from doubles play with partner Stefanie Mikesz, and one from singles. Kuykendall was the only Tiger to go undefeated. “I have a lot of mixed emotions about the weekend,” Walker said. “The first emotions were huge disappointment because the losses were very unexpected. After a few days, I have been able to see the positives of the weekend. One positive is that our team was in position to beat a top 10 and top 25 program. So if there was any doubt from anyone on the team, that doubt should be erased now.” Walker said the girls were not beat because they were worse than there opponents, but rather because they choked and froze a little under pressure. “I think we learned how we need to close out matches differently next time, so this is a positive,” Walker said. “Another positive is that our team came together and hurt together after wards. Sometimes heartbreaking losses can tear teams apart, but I get a sense that our girls are suffering together and going through this hard time together. This bodes well for the future,” he said.


Freshman Skylar Kuykendall serves in a recent match. She and the women’s tennis team host Morehead State tonight at 6 p.m. at The University Club. Today’s match marks the first of four the Tigers will play at The University Club, which is

why Walker said it is important the girls adapt to these courts. “We need to be sharp and

keep our level high the entire match start to finish.”

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