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Students to present Students flock to the Big Easy to celebrate Mardi Gras research at capitol By Austin Reynolds On Wednesday, seven honors students from the University of Memphis will travel to Nashville to present their research at the state capitol. The students will be taking part in the annual Posters at the Capitol event, in which the state of Tennessee has been participating since 2006. The event displays the finest undergraduate research by students from universities all across the state. In last year’s event, a total of 61 students participated in Tennessee. The U of M’s seven students will present research from a variety of fields. The students are senior biology major Alden Blake Daniels, senior anthropology major Jeanne Hanna, senior biomedical engineering majors Thien-Khoi Phung and Hummad Tasneem, senior chemistry major Nicole Whitaker, senior physics major Ryan Wilson and sophomore psychology major Alexandra Slater. Each of these students was paired up with a faculty mentor for their research. Phung’s project aims to improve the treatment of asthma. He performs tests on rats in hopes that the same methods can lead to better treatment in humans. “Using microfocal x-ray imaging, you can track airways as they constrict,” Phung said. “Once you learn how airways constrict, you can target specific airways for asthma.” Tasneem’s project is entitled “Comparison of Fixation Strength of Adhesives and Sutures with Mesh on Abdominal Wall.” The goal is to “prove that glue is just as effective as sutures,” according to Tasneem. While many of the students come from different areas of study, the one thing they all have in common is that they are in the Helen

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Every Mardi Gras, New Orleans is transformed into a city-wide party. People from all walks of life come together to celebrate with uncountable amounts of beads and other party favors.

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Special to the Daily Helmsman For more than 200 years, millions have flocked to New Orleans, La. in celebration of the massive party known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” In a last attempt to feast, drink and party before the Christian holiday Ash Wednesday, many college students gather in New Orleans to enjoy an exciting time, meet new

This year was her 10th celebration, but Deason believes it hasn’t changed for her over the years. “I still do as I did when I was a child, yelling for beads, dancing and watching parades,” she said. “I have always eaten good food there, but now I just indulge alcohol.” Beginning Jan. 19 with the Krewe du Vieux parade and ending with the Krewe of Grela on Feb. 12, Deason said her most memorable moment

people and make new friends. The moment you arrive in New Orleans, the sweet smell of king cake or the delicious aroma of Cajun and Creole food makes you feel right at home. “Tradition and family” keep Jimy Whitney Deason, a New Orleans native and University of Memphis public relations and French graduate, returning annually to the Mardi Gras festivities.

is going to the Thoth parade on Magazine Street at her uncle’s house, which she does every year. “I had an awesome time. I loved the energy and didn’t meet a mean person there,” said Anica Gentry, a business management graduate from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Although it was Gentry’s first journey to Mardi Gras, she vowed to

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FedEx pulls conference funding By Lisa Babb FedEx withdrew its $30,000 sponsorship Wednesday from “everywhereelse. co The Startup Conference” after it was announced that Damien Echols would speak. Echols spoke with James Dowd, business reporter for the Commercial Appeal, in a fireside chat yesterday evening at 4:30 p.m. at the Cook Convention Center. “It was one of the more inspirational speeches I have seen,” Nick Redmond, cofounder of Memphis-based startup

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“Rocky Horror” buffs get their fix in Midtown By Samantha Esgro “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a campy, cult favorite that continually brings the ne’er do-wells and oddballs to Midtown Memphis. In 1974, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” originally a British musical, was brought to the Poplar Movie House, now known as the Evergreen Theatre. It was the first regional production of the musical outside of New York City and Los Angeles. A year later, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was brought to the silver screen, starring Tim Curry as the main villain, Dr. Frank-NFurter. Memphis was one of only eight cities to show the movie. The film quickly gained a cult following. Moviegoers made a show of wearing skimpy costumes, bringing props like toast and toilet paper to throw at the screen during the show and shouting back at the characters. Midtown Memphis continues the tradition by screening the film once a month at the Evergreen Theatre on Poplar Ave. And, as it’s been for the past forty years, the show is still vulgar, risqué and interactive. The first part of the ritual is to parade the “virgins,” or firsttimers, across the stage where they receive painted x’s on their cheeks, usually administered with a tube of bright red lipstick. Annalisabeth Craig, a junior art history major at the University of Memphis, has been attending the play since she was fresh out of high school. Craig had no idea what to expect when she first went as a virgin. “I didn’t dress up for it and was brutally ostracized for it,” she said laughing, adding that Memphis’ Evergreen Theater on Poplar Avenue is more “sexually outthere” than where she first attended, a theatre in Jackson, Tenn. In Memphis, “Rocky Horror”

has a shadow cast, meaning while the movie is playing on a screen, live actors perform the scenes. Participation is not required, but according to Craig, things like the costume contest make the experience more fun. “You win the costume contest if you look like a character or if you wear lingerie and can pull that off,” she said. Gender bending isn’t considered taboo in this play. The men wear lingerie and the women don tuxedoes without it being considered off-limits. “Guys can play girls and girls can play guys,” Craig said. “The best part is seeing people who have never been before. It’s more fun to not tell people what they’re walking into, because most of the time their reaction is shock.” Haley Hanners, a sophomore English major at the U of M, was once a virgin, but now is part of the production. “What makes it different is all the crowd participation,” Hanners said. Interested participants can bring props or buy them there, as well as dress up. If neither of those options sounds appealing, the next best way to participate is by shouting at the screen. “There’s a lot of vocal participation, like lines the audience is supposed to yell,” Hanners said. The “Rocky Horror Memphis” site has an audience participation script available for Rocky fans to read over before they come to show. Although they can always learn from veteran attendees. Hanners, who has been a part of the audience twice and the cast once, noticed a difference in being a part of the cast as opposed to the crowd. “When you’re watching it, you think ‘This is kind of messed up,’ but when you’re acting it out … it’s okay that it’s messed up because everyone around you is doing it too. It’s kind of a morbid humor,” Hanners said. Both Hanners and Craig

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A live performer mimics Tim Curry’s performance as Dr. Frank-N-Furter while “virgins” and veterans alike celebrate a Memphis tradition. claimed it was more fun seeing the play live before having seen the actual movie and recommend others to do the same. “At the beginning they’ll haggle you and it’ll be more fun if you participate, but you don’t have to do any of it,” Hanners said. Another of the crowd-participation events and Hanners’ favorite part of the “Rocky Horror Picture

Show” is the “Time Warp.” The Time Warp is a dance with explicit instructions on the Rocky Horror website. The six-step dance is relatively easy to follow, but, as footnoted on the website, “Those with limb disabilities may find it necessary to alter or delete certain actions, but NO EXCUSES for alterations to steps four and five.”

“Honestly, the thing that brings people from Memphis to Midtown is the feeling of community, so I feel like it’s appropriate that it is held in Midtown,” Hanners said. All are invited to attend the second Friday of each month at 11:30 p.m. in the Evergreen Theatre for $10. n

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Students rock local music scene By Samuel Prager People often refer to school as a full-time job, and the same can be said about music, leading many students to drop their classes or give up their musical endeavors. However, Looking for Alaska, a local band, is crushing the stereotypical obstacles of student musicians by continually progressing as musicians while still being active in school. “Josh and I both took off last semester, so we could get together and write songs or record whenever,” said Calvin Lauber, undeclared freshman and lead singer. “Now we obviously are more busy and focused on school, but we’re all still passionate about music and still take the music we’re writing right now more serious than ever.” Looking for Alaska, which was formed in early 2009, is made up of lead singer and guitarist Calvin Lauber, guitarist and vocalist Joshua Cannon, bassist Garrett Galtelli and drummer Chris Chamoun. “Last year we released a new EP after we had a lineup change, along with a lot of new things going on,” said Cannon, a sopho-

more journalism major. “Basically, the band we were for three years ended and we kind of took the shell of that and started an entirely different new one.” The band, which originally took their name from a 2006 John Green novel, continues to play songs from their EP, “Sing Your Heart Out Country Boy”, released in September of 2012, as well as write new songs. “It took a lot of time to figure out the direction we were moving in and where we were going to end up,” Cannon said. “For the first time since being this re-hatched form of band we’re really figuring out who we want to be and have gotten really comfortable as the band we’ve become.” The nature of LFA’s sound exists somewhere between alternative, rock and indie. However, the members of the band cite their musical influence everywhere from David Bowie to Manchester Orchestra to Oxford, Miss. natives Colour Revolt. “There are so many different influences going into the band that mesh together and make what we write. I don’t really feel like we fit in a certain genre, as cliché as that is,” Galtelli said. “Honestly, I

feel we’ve made a very finite sound that fits with all of our different styles.” The band had two previous releases, EP “Everything We Wish We Could Be” and their debut fulllength “There is Hope” before the departure of former lead singer Chad Turner; their most recent EP features Lauber as lead vocalist. “Our new music showcases each individual musician’s talent more than any of our older songs have, each one of us plays something interesting and useful for every song,” Lauber said. “I think our new material is darker than anything else we’ve written, lyrically and musically, but it works as a good outlet; a way to being not depressed in real life.” The band is currently writing new songs for their anticipated EP. They hope it will be released sometime between late summer and early fall. They are talking to record labels and saving up money to record with producer Tyler Orr, who recorded the fulllength before their last EP. “It took a lot of time to figure out the direction we were moving in and where we were going

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Callie Crossley on First Amendment By Samantha Esgro Tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the University Center’s Theatre, Callie Crossley will be giving a lecture on the First Amendment. Crossley has a strong background in journalism, both radio and television, and currently hosts a popular radio talk show in Boston. “Primarily, she is known for co-producing a documentary called ‘Eyes on the Prize,’ which is an exhaustive look at the history of the civil rights movement,” said Otis Sanford, Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism at the U of M.

Sanford organizes a First Amendment event annually in order to recognize and honor Norm Brewer, a former mentor of his and a veteran in broadcast and print journalism. This is the second year for the First Amendment lecture, the first being an all-day conference in November 2011. “Crossley is an outstanding speaker with a rich history in journalism and civil rights and the First Amendment,” Sanford said. The event is open to the public, and those who attend can expect to leave with a better understanding of the media’s role in covering the civil rights movement. n

Echols Continued from page 1 “It is certainly their right to withdraw support, but it made something that shouldn’t have been that controversial, controversial,” Rachel Hurley, University of Memphis junior and cofounder of Soundstache, said. “It never even crossed my mind that it would be an issue.” Other attendees of the conference were also baffled by FedEx’s decision. “I honestly didn’t think he was all that controversial now, especially now that he has been released. I also thought it was strange because it is such a small part of this conference,” Carrie Brown-Smith, professor of entrepreneurial journalism at the U of M, said. For entrepreneur Redmond, the startup offered much more than just an opportunity to meet Echols. He was offered a check for $15,000 as an investment in his startup company. In the early 1990’s, when he was 18 years old, Damien Echols was convicted along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. — the “West Memphis

Three” — of the murders of three young boys. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison, while Echols was sent to death row. The story quickly swept across the nation and spawned three HBO documentaries called “Paradise Lost” and a documentary by Peter Jackson called “West of Memphis.” The overwhelming media attention and films created about the case resulted in the involvement of several celebrities including Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Peter Jackson. In 2011, the West Memphis Three agreed to an Alford plea and were released. With this type of plea, a defendant does not admit to committing a crime but does admit that there is enough evidence for the prosecution to convince a judge and jury of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. After sitting on death row for 18 years, Echols was free. Although he had remained still, the world of technology had changed drastically. “I think that is fascinating. What would that be like if you had been totally



Continued from page 1 Hardin Honors Program. The honors program of the University of Memphis is the largest in the state of Tennessee, with 1,848 students enrolled for the fall 2012 semester. The program continues to grow, as a record 469 of those students were freshmen. A major perk of the honors program is that it provides students with access to honors courses that are taught in much smaller classes than their non-honors counterparts. Dr. Melinda Jones, director of the Helen Hardin Honors Program, believes that the students’ involvement in the honors program helped contribute to their success. “We encourage students to participate in research,” Jones said. “There are many advantages.” For some students the advantages may just be a smaller class size, but for others it took them all the way to the state capitol. n

out of the loop for so long and then suddenly thrown into this world where there is Facebook, Twitter, and other types of technology you had never experienced?” Brown-Smith said. Conference goers got a glimpse of what life was like for someone who had missed almost two decades of technological advances. “[Echols] said when he went [to jail] it was the early 90s, and there weren’t even CD’s yet — the only computer he had seen was a glorified typewriter that only rich people used,” Redmond said. “When he got out he was given an iPhone and a brand new laptop by his wife’s parents.” Some attendees looked forward to hearing him speak for more reasons than just hearing his insight on the advances in technology. “Personally, I followed the case since I was 18 years old, and I knew someone whose cousin was a victim,” Hurley said. “I have followed his life and I find it inspiring that he has gone through what he has been through and he has carried on.” n

Continued from page 4 to end up,” Cannon said. “For the first time since being this “re-hatched” form of band, we’re really figuring out who we want to be and have gotten really comfortable as the band we’ve become.” As LFA gets closer to finishing the songs they plan to record this May, the band is trying to gain support online and raise a portion of their recording costs via donations. “We’re currently raising money on a website called ‘’ The money is going towards recording,” Lauber said. “We’re really looking forward to the new EP and we definitely feel like it’s the best music we’ve put out.” n photo courtesy of hummaNd tasNeem

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A Weekly Devotional For You Who Does He Claim to Be? We have spent the last few weeks establishing that there must of necessity be a supernatural Creator of the universe. This is transparently obvious to the unbiased. We have also postulated that this Creator not only created the material universe, but that He also has communicated with His creation and interacts with it. He has communicated with His creation by means of natural revelation. He has indicated to us some of His incredible intelligence and power by the complex intricacies of nature. He has also communicated by means of special revelation. By this means He has communicated things that could not have been discovered if He had not voluntarily revealed them. His natural revelation is subject to empirical investigation. His supernatural revelation contains elements that are not subject to experimental scrutiny. These things transcend the ability of mere creatures to fully analyze and comprehend. In this special revelation, which is commonly known as the Bible, He has claimed that He is sovereign in Creation, in Salvation, and in Providence. He claims to have become incarnate and is known as Jesus Christ. Almost everyone acknowledges that there was a man who lived approximately 2000 years ago who was known by this name. However, there are many conflicting opinions as to who He really was. People differ vehemently as to the nature of the claims He has made about Himself. I would ask you a question that was asked long ago, “What think you of Christ ?”

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return to New Orleans. Along on the journey was her friend Maggie Sharbel, a journalism graduate from UT Knoxville. Sharbel, 22, hadn’t been to New Orleans since she visited her sister seven years ago. Having always “put off ” going to Mardi Gras, Sharbel felt it was her last chance to experience it before things “got real” after graduating from college. “I have always loved New Orleans, its unique food and crazy atmosphere,” Sharbel said. “Going to Mardi Gras is a very colorful and mystic experience. There is always something to do and you pretty much hangout with everyone you meet.” After experiencing the party atmosphere in New Orleans, Sharbel hopes to return one day. “We will see what happens in the future. Who knows, maybe I’ll live there one day,” she said. BreAnna Boyd, a broadcast journalism senior at the U of M, hadn’t been to New Orleans in eight years. This year, she decided to make the trip down to the bayou for her first Mardi Gras experience. “I love the culture of New Orleans. While I was there I found out the background behind Mardi Gras and what the colors symbolized,” she said. Knowing the history of the city and the event made the festivities much more enjoyable for Boyd. Purple, gold and green became the official colors of Mardi Gras in 1872. Purple stands for justice, gold for power and green for faith. Boyd says her most memorable moment from this year’s Mardi Gras was at a V.I.P party on Bourbon Street. “While on a balcony, I saw a group of 70-year-old women flashing their boobs for beads,” she said. “I was in complete shock.” Boyd’s favorite place to eat in New Orleans was Copeland’s. “It was beautiful inside, and very romantic eating dinner around a fireplace,” she said. Boyd also enjoyed meeting new friends and learning a traditional dance called the “New Orleans Bounce.” Jacob Zeairs, an environmental engineering graduate student at Louisiana State University, has been to 22 Fat Tuesdays. “Every year I look forward to Mardi Gras, enjoying the rich culture and history,” he said. “During Mardi Gras, I party and have fun, but afterwards I get back to work with a serious attitude and try to accomplish some things. My most memorable moment from this year’s Mardi Gras would be going to Mom’s Ball, all you can drink.” Katie Bollheimer, a former business management student at Loyola University New Orleans, went to Mardi Gras this year to visit old college friends. “I wanted to feel the culture in my bones,” she said. “New Orleans is a lot like Memphis with the food and music, but much more intense. Every time I’m in New Orleans it makes me feel at home. Even people you don’t know are like family.” n

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Geron Johnson named Track and Field C-USA Player of the Week set new records By Bryan Heater After putting up a gamehigh 19 points against SMU last Wednesday followed by a season-best 25 points against Southern Mississippi Saturday, University of Memphis junior guard Geron Johnson was named the Conference USA Player of the Week by the league office Monday. The junior led the way in both wins for the Tigers, finishing the week with averages of 22.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals. The junior also shot a staggering 58.3 percent from the field in the two wins, as well as 56.3 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe. In perhaps his most impres-

sive outing of the season, Johnson tied season highs in rebounds (8), assists (7) and steals (4), while also gashing Southern Miss for 25 points. Johnson hit several key shots throughout the game when the Golden Eagles made a run and also hit 4-4 from the free throw line in the final 1:18 as the Tigers won their 10th straight on the road. “He’s better,” head coach Josh Pastner said. “He’s continued to get better and he’s improved. That’s important for us that he’s playing at the level he is because we’re a better team.” Johnson also played big minutes for the Tigers against the Mustangs. After tallying seven points in the first half, he scored 12 in the second half helping Memphis overcome a poor

shooting performance to capture the 60-52 win. With junior guard Antonio Barton to miss four to six weeks with a hairline fracture in his right foot, players like Johnson will be relied upon for more minutes. “Guys are going to have to step up,” Pastner said. “It’ll probably shorten the rotation a little bit and other guys will have to do their job.” Johnson is the second Tiger to garner the honor this season, joining junior guard Joe Jackson, who won the honor on Jan. 7. The Tigers return to the court Wednesday when they welcome the Central Florida Knights to the Bluff City. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. n

By Corey Carmichael Last Saturday, the men and women’s track and field teams traveled to Alabama for the Samford Mutli and Invitational at the Birmingham Complex. It’s fitting that the Tigers would chose to compete in the invitational, as the Conference USA championships will be hosted there on Feb. 23 and 24. In their dress rehearsal for the championships, the Tigers performed very well. Three school records were broken, and there were several personal bests achieved. Kala Funderburk came in first place for the 400-meter and set a Tigers record with a 54.17 time. Already one of the fastest Tigers, her time of 54.17 breaks her own

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record of 55.02 from last year. Maya Williamson also broke her own school record with a first place finish. She won the women’s 800 meter with a 2:10.53 time. To put it into perspective, she is running roughly 20 feet per second. As well as setting records in their individual events, Williamson and Funderburk helped Monica Mason and Keyona Neal break the school’s record in the 4 x 400 meter event. After setting the school record last week of 3:42.69, they broke it again on Saturday with a 3:42.10 time. Late into the indoor track and field season, both the men and women’s teams are hitting their stride. The coaches and athletes alike look to carry the upswing momentum into their next event, the Redhawk Invitational on Friday. The Tigers are setting the bar high and aim to finish up the season on a high note before the C-USA tournament in a couple of weeks. n

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By Austin Reynolds Two weeks ago, the struggling Central Florida Knights waltzed into the Elma Roane Fieldhouse and stunned the Memphis Tigers on their home floor to pick up their first conference victory. On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers traveled to Orlando and found themselves once again dismantled by the Knights. “From the jump, UCF came out and played pretty hard,” Tigers assistant coach Michael Wholey said. “They seemed pretty committed to pushing the ball in transition and really running at us.” The contest opened with a pair of three-pointers by both teams, with UCF getting on the scoreboard first with a deep ball from Gevenia Carter. The teams went back and forth in the early going. Junior post player Pa’Sonna Hope put the ball in the basket to give the Tigers a 13-12 lead, but then things took a turn for the worse for the visiting side. Over the next nine minutes, the Knights went on a 17-1 run to give them a 29-14 advantage. U of M freshman forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey finally stopped the bleeding with an inside bucket with 3:52 remaining in the first half. It was the last field goal of the half for the Tigers. They

were able to add a few more points from the charity stripe, but stumbled into the halftime break staring down a scoreboard that read 36-21 Knights. The Knights scored the first four points of the second half, but the Tigers showed their first signs of life since the opening minutes of the ball game. Down 40-21, Memphis sophomore guard Lauren McGraw got a steal and added two points on the break. This sparked a 9-1 Memphis run that was capped off by a score in the paint by senior forward Nicole Dickson. The run cut the UCF lead to 41-30 with 14:14 left in the game. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Dickson picked up a foul and Fuqua-Bey added a technical, which led to four straight free throws by the Knights to put them back up by 16. The Tigers were unfazed however, as McGraw drilled a three-pointer. Fuqua-Bey scored and split a pair of free throws, and Dickson hit a shot in the paint to bring the Tigers within eight points with less than 12 minutes left to play. However, this was as close as the Tigers would be able to get. The scoring picked up immensely, and the vast majority of the points went in favor of the Knights as the Tigers would fall by a score of 83-62. “Since we’ve come to Memphis,

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Freshman forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey and the women’s basketball team could not overcome big runs by the UCF Knights as they fell Sunday 83-62 on the road. we’ve talked about being committed to full court defense, ball pressure and over deny and things of that nature and right now that’s kind of proven to be too hard,” Wholey said. “We’re not a team that’s committed right now to work hard enough to do those things.” The Tigers were plagued by dreadful shooting throughout the game, finishing at 28.6 percent from the field. On the other side

of the court, the Knights were able to connect on 43 percent of their shots. In addition to the poor shooting, the Tigers were also unable to get much done on the glass as they were outrebounded by the Knights 49-38. Dickson led the Tigers in both scoring and rebounding, with a 19 point 10 rebound double-double. Fuqua-Bey and freshman guard Ariel Hearn chipped in 11 points, but both struggled from

the field. Fuqua-Bey shot 2-7 while Hearn threw up brick after brick, shooting 3-16. Briahanna Jackson led the Knights with a career day in nearly every aspect of the game. She notched gamehighs of 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 steals. The Tigers return home to open up a two game home stand on Thursday night as they go for the season sweep of the UAB Blazers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. n

“We’re not a team that’s committed right now to work hard enough to do those things.”

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