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Memphis Trainer 3 Dies at 61

Vol. 81 No. 072

Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis

Students Share 4 the Love for St. Jude

Tigers focus on Huskies after UCF victory


Memphis struggled with the Knights on Wednesday, winning 76-70. They have a quick turnaround with their American Athletic Conference matchup against UConn on Saturday. Freshman forward Dominic Woodson was suspended after the game for using inappropriate language.

By Austin Reynolds With five minutes left and the Tigers holding just a three-point lead, Memphis’ sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin stepped up to the free-throw line to complete a three-point play during Wednesday’s game. The shot clanked off the back

of the rim, but senior Joe Jackson soared for the offensive rebound and went strong to the hole — bucket, whistle, foul on University of Central Florida. The Knights went toe-to-toe with the Tigers for the first 35 minutes, but, for the second game in a row, a play by Jackson proved to be the game’s defining moment that gave Memphis a second-half

separation. The Tigers (19-5, 8-3 AAC) held on for a 76-70 victory in the FedExForum, giving them their third-straight win and sending the struggling UCF Knights (9-13, 1-10 AAC) to their ninth consecutive defeat. With the UCF matchup wedged between contests against top-25 opponents Gonzaga and

Connecticut, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner wanted to dispel any suspicions that the Tigers could have overlooked their opponent. “There’s nothing about a trap game or anything like that,” Pastner said. “Championship teams gotta play at a championship level every time you step on the floor.” Memphis shot an efficient 50 percent from the floor for the

game, but the Knights were able to hang around by bullying the Tigers on the glass with a 39-27 rebounding advantage and 19 offensive boards. Memphis’ struggles on the defensive glass can be partly attributed to the presence of the monstrous 6-foot-10, 310-pound big

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Soloists to perform with U of M symphony By Samuel Prager Students who won the University of Memphis fall solo competition will be performing solos from their own selected pieces accompanied by the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 17. Professor Pu-Qi Jiang and

doctoral student Kevin Suetterlin will conduct this year’s annual concert. “We have 80 friends sitting on stage, all doing something very special,” Suetterlin, who moved from Germany a year and a half ago to continue his studies at the U of M, said. “I’m very grateful for that, not many people get to do that for their job.”

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Suetterlin, who had worked for several orchestras throughout Switzerland, said that he had quit his jobs in Europe to come study in Memphis, where he has conducted several concerts. “Back in the day, conductors were dictators, sometimes frightening their orchestras. I’m glad all of that is really outdated and old fashioned now,” Suetterlin

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said. “I think a conductor is never higher than any of the other musicians, because every person on stage has extraordinary training and are all excellent musicians.” The student-conductor started out by learning piano and singing before following his goals as a conductor. He said he discovered his passion by the time he was Tiger Babble


12 years old, which was when he started forming and conducting ensembles made up of classmates. “As a conductor, you get to bring all of these musicians together. You have 80 people with amazing individual ideas and you have the honorable task of making one convincing interpreta-

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man Justin McBride. McBride had six points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of play and posed a difficult matchup for the Tigers. “It’s difficult, because once you get behind (McBride) you’re stuck,” senior Memphis forward David Pellom said. “It’s like getting stuck behind a Coke machine. He’s a big body and a great player once he gets the ball around the rim.” Pellom has been dealing with a lingering knee injury throughout the season, but after struggling against Gonzaga in only six minutes of action on Saturday, he informed Pastner that he’s decided to fight through. Against UCF, Pellom played extended minutes and provided much-needed energy off the bench while totaling eight points and five rebounds. Jackson led Memphis with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Goodwin chipped in 14 points and six rebounds on 7-10 shooting. The performance by Jackson is

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the latest in what has been an impressive season for the senior point guard. He’s averaging careerbests in points (14.6), rebounds (3.5), steals (2.0) and turnovers (1.9). As a result, Jackson has been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List, which highlights 30 of the nation’s top players who are considered the frontrunners for the Naismith Trophy given to college basketball’s top player. Tristan Spurlock carried the torch for UCF with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Tigers’ next matchup comes on the road Saturday against No. 24 Connecticut (19-5, 7-4 AAC). The two teams squared off in the FedExForum on Jan. 16, and the Huskies shot a blazing 57 percent en route to an 83-73 victory. Memphis wants to go in and get the victory on Saturday, but they aren’t necessarily motivated by revenge. “It’s always good to beat the team you lost to, so that’s something that obviously we want to do, but I wouldn’t call it revenge,” senior guard Michael Dixon said after the Memphis win.

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However, the Tigers will be a man short in the frontcourt with Pastner announcing that freshman forward Dominic Woodson has been suspended indefinitely. Woodson was sent to the locker room in the game against UCF for using inappropriate language on the bench. “No one’s bigger than the program, and that’s just the bottom line,” Pastner said after Wednesday’s game. “I did not like some of his language that he used and I will not allow guys to use

language that is not acceptable.” Against the Knights, Woodson played only three minutes and recorded no stats. For the season, he’s averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game. UConn will enter the Memphis game with momentum after dismantling South Florida 83-40 on Wednesday night. Memphis will be looking to extend their current win streak to four games when they tipoff against the Huskies at 11 a.m. Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

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Longtime Memphis trainer dies at age 61 By Hunter Field The University of Memphis Athletic Department lost an athletic trainer and administrator who served the University for more than 40 years. Edwin Douglas “Eddie” Cantler died in his sleep on Wednesday night at the age of 61. Cantler earned his undergraduate degree from the U of M in 1974 after working as a studenttrainer since the fall of 1970. Cantler’s work ethic and commitment to student-athletes endeared him to people throughout the Athletic Department. “He took on every task as if it were the most important of his career, and the care he gave our athletes was

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tion,” Suetterlin said. Clarinet-player Marcelo Maldonado, cello-player Nathan Cottrell and euphonium-player Geoff Durbin were chosen last fall for the concert by three international judges not affiliated with the U of M.

beyond reproach,” U of M Athletic Director Tom Bowen said in a release. “Ed saw every assignment through to completion no matter how lengthy the assignment. He was dedicated, devote and compassionate, a true Tiger until the end. Ed will be greatly missed.” Immediately following his graduation, Cantler became a full-time assistant trainer at the U of M. He held that post until his boss, A. Eugene “Doc” Smith, died in 1980. The University promoted Cantler to fulltime head athletic trainer, making him the second person in the school’s history to hold the title. Cantler, a mainstay at the University through the ’80s and ’90s, left his post as head trainer in the

spring of 2004 to be named assistant athletic director for Support Services. There, he managed the strength staff, trainers and managers. He also helped organize various tournaments and events staged by the U of M. Blake Butler, an offensive lineman for the Tigers football team from 2002 to 2006, was saddened to hear of Cantler’s passing. Butler said Cantler could really get onto players that messed up, but he knew Cantler truly cared for people around the University. Butler shared a story from his freshman season at the U of M. He broke his hand, and the cast was beginning to smell and annoy Butler. He wanted to take the cast off, but Cantler refused. Butler took matters

into his own hands and removed the cast himself. When he showed up the next day, Cantler promptly “chewed him out.” However, Cantler removed Butler’s cast each week and made him a new one until his hand healed. Butler said former Tigers are full of stories similar to his. “Even in his most furious moments, you knew he cared about you, the Tigers and loved his job,” Butler said. “There are many Eddie Cantler stories, and he was one of the good guys at Memphis. He will be missed.” Cantler, a familiar face around the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex, is survived by his wife Jenina, who taught math at the U of M; two sons, Andy, 25, and Michael, 24; and two

granddaughters, Harlee and Zadie. The Bowling Green, Ky., native spent his final 12 years directing the music ministries at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A wake for Cantler will be on Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at the same place on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Bowen said the whole department will miss their close friend. “The entire University and Athletic Department family is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and fellow staff member Ed Cantler,” Bowen said. “Ed dedicated his life to his family, the University and the health and betterment of our studentathletes and staff.”

“I choose the piece I did because it is one of my favorite concertos, it’s very modern and unusual. It has a lot of wholetone scales, which are typically a little harder to perform. It just has a unique sound,” Durbin, who is performing John Steven’s Euphonium Concerto, said. Each soloist will perform his selected piece, each ranging from 10 to 14 minutes, throughout

the beginning of the concert. After the soloists have finished, the orchestra will perform a 20-minute piece that will serve as the big finale, which will be Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy.” “After the soloist’s pieces are done, we have one big last orchestral piece, last year it was Britten’s ‘Young Persons Guide,’ this year I’m conducting the same section

of the concert,” Suetterlin said. Durbin also won the gold medal in the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Artist Competition, a prestigious, worldwide competition for tuba and euphonium performers. Although this was Durbin’s first time winning, he had been selected for the top-10 competitors four times since 2008. “The competition was open to anyone in the world who does not

Pennsylvania to pursue his doctorate at Memphis, said the U of M has been a great step in his career path. “I was very nervous to move here at first, but this University has been exactly what I needed it to

have a full-time position playing music, whether teaching or performing within an ensemble,” Durbin said. “Winning, let alone being selected was a huge honor.” Durbin, who transferred from Indiana University of

b e ,” Durbin said. “I’ve gotten good teaching exp erience, as well as great performance experience.” The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Concert Hall at 3755 Central Ave., and will cost $15 for general admission, $10 for non-U of M students and high school seniors and free for all U of M students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. “Come to the concert. It’s going to be a great evening with very different types of music,” Suetterlin said. “You’ll get to see some very special things.”


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Up ’til Dawn shares the love with flowers By Brady Boswell Alpha Gamma Delta gathered in the University Center Thursday to spread the love of Valentine’s Day by selling flowers and roses to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Share the Love to Find a Cure event is the first of its kind for the sorority. “We’re raising money for the Up ’Til Dawn program,” Vice President of Campus Relations Melissa Byrd said. “It helps raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer.” Up ‘Til Dawn is a nationwide, student-led organization where college students raise money to pay for cancer treatments. Started nearly 14 years ago, the charity has spread to 250 schools while accumulating over $20.6 million for the hospital. The flowers spanned the color spectrum and were the centerpiece of the UC lobby. Running just $2 a piece, students lined up to support the cause.

“I mean, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love flowers,” Ray Brown, marketing major said. “It makes people show that they actually care about each other.” According to Byrd, Alpha Gamma Delta is the top fundraising Greek chapter on the University campus. “It’s a lot more than just saving up money for St. Jude,” Byrd said. “It’s about sharing the love with others and showing people that you appreciate them.” While this may be the first event of its kind for Alpha Gamma Delta, it’s just one of many charity drives that will happen throughout the semester. The goal is to raise enough money so that families don’t have to pay any money to St. Jude. According to Claire Hajak, English major and Alpha Gamma Delta sister, the Share the Love to Find a Cure event allowed the chapter to express their dedication to St. Jude by selling flowers to people looking to express their dedication to loved ones. “This is a really great way to not only spread the love, but also being someone bigger than yourself,” Hajak said.

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