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news@dailyhelmsman.com The thought of going to a clinic and nervously awaiting the results of a pregnancy test is a stressful one for many young women. Not far from the University of Memphis, there are now other, more modern options available. Image Clear Ultrasound and Confidential Care for Women have teamed up to provide mobile pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to women across the city through their clinic on wheels. They offer walk-in service and appointments free of charge. Currently, the mobile unit is located near the University on Monday afternoons. The unit, which started stationing near the University at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester, is a white RV-like vehicle that is hard to miss. The words “Free Pregnancy Test and Ultrasound” are layered on top of a young woman’s face as she glances toward the “Image Clear Ultrasound Mobile” logo. Executive director of Confidential Care for Women Cathy Waterbury said a few

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Few people are lucky enough to discover their passion, something that makes them truly feel alive, and those who do often lack the courage to pursue it. Chris Milam is the rare exception. For years, he told people he would become a lawyer. He interned with a law firm and even took the LSAT, but there was a constant whisper inside of him urging him to follow his dream. “My earliest memories involve music. My parents always had it on around the house,” Milam said. Milam’s mother still has a crayon-colored playbill she received as a birthday present from fouryear-old Milam from when he and his brother performed the entire Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” or at least their rendition of it. Chasing his dreams has paid off. Milam gets to spend his days doing what he loves: writing, recording and playing music. “The reason I’ve always been attracted to music is that it has been the one thing that made me feel like I wasn’t alone,” Milam said. “It is a way to share feelings. Not only can I express how I feel as an artist, but I can also relay that to others and have a shared experience.” Milam and his band will play at Newby’s on S. Highland St. the next two Monday nights, Feb. 11 and Tiger Babble Campus Life

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18. The event will be accompanied by a Beer Bust where attendees can drink all the Ghost River they want for $10. “Newby’s is always a good place to play,” said Seth Hendricks, guitar player for Milam’s band and former University of Memphis student. For Newby’s, the feeling is mutual. “He and the rest of his band members are real nice guys,” said Jason Rasmussen, audio engineer for Newby’s. “They are laid back, easygoing and a real pleasure to work with.” Milam stepped foot in Memphis’ legendary Sun Studio for the first time last September. He and his band recorded a live session at Sun Studio for the PBS series “Sun Studio Sessions”. “Sun Studio is famous because of Memphis musicians, so it is great to have a modern Memphis musician on the show,” said Jayne Brooks, public relations director for the studio. The nationally broadcast show will begin airing sometime in February. The episode in which Milam is featured will air in late March. He is excited, to say the least, and is already planning a viewing party at a venue in Memphis. Milam will spend three weeks traveling to Austin to attend the South by Southwest conferences

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Pax Christi to speak about drone warfare By Joey Kachel

news@dailyhelmsman.com The University of Memphis Catholic Center will play host to a discussion on the controversial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the U.S. military on Tuesday. Pax Christi Memphis, the local branch of Pax Christi International, a non-profit Catholic peace movement that advocates against violence and war, is hosting the discussion. The event starts at 6:45 p.m. Judy Bettice, coordinator for Pax Christie Memphis, hopes this discussion will open people’s eyes to the moral implications of targeted killing and surveillance. “I hope that people will be more engaged in examining the moral implications of targeted surveillance of civilians and the killing of ‘bad guys,’” said Bettice. “I think the discussion has only been in politics and not

in morality.” Some in the military maintain that the utility of UAVs extends far beyond surgical strikes against suspected terrorists. Unmanned drones carry out a number of peaceful missions in both the military and civilian sectors, including search and rescue, scientific research and forest fire detection. “They serve a vital aspect to the military — surveillance, reconnaissance and strike missions,” said Maj. Brant Gast, operations officer of the campus Air Force ROTC and assistant professor of aerospace studies. “Everyone always thinks we use UAVs for killing bad guys, but we use them for surveillance. Reconnaissance was the first mission of the Air Force. We’re not into collateral damage.” Gast said his opinions are his

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Reverend heals others through storytelling By Margot Pera

news@dailyhelmsman.com Reverend Elaine Blanchard says that more than money and love, human beings want to know their story and life experience has meaning. Blanchard is an ordained minister in the Church of Christ and leader of Voices of the South’s outreach program “Prison Stories”, a creative writing and theater program for women currently serving time in the Shelby County Prison System. The University of Memphis Department of Film and Video Production will start filming a documentary in May about these women’s experiences. Blanchard will be writing the script. “People really need to know about this work,” said Jennifer Schnabel, assistant professor in University Libraries. “Prison Stories” started in January 2010 with 12 women. The women meet twice a week for a four month period and share their stories with Blanchard. At the end of the four months, volunteer actors and actresses put on a play depicting each woman’s struggle through things like addiction, rape, beatings and estranged relationships with their children. Blanchard offers the

women her free counseling services at Caritas Village in Binghampton after their release from prison. Blanchard came to campus Wednesday to lead a workshop on storytelling and finding “the extraordinary stories of ordinary women.” She spoke about her one-woman show “For Goodness Sake” and how sharing her story has healed her in many ways. “The more we interact through texting and e-mail, the more dehumanized we become,” Blanchard said. “It is so important that people talk face-to-face, a twitch of the mouth or raise of the eyebrow is very significant and cannot be conveyed via e-mail.” Participants in the workshop did an exercise where they told each other the story behind their name. Blanchard gave three simple prompts: participant’s name, who chose it and the meaning behind the name. These three sentences allowed the women to open up to each other about the intimate details of their lives. “My dad and aunt chose my name, but I dropped my last name due to dysfunctional relationship issues with my dad,” said Theresa Deaner, director of the Center for Research on Women. “Because of

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this, I do not claim his name.” Schnabel said her name is meaningful to her because she can be Jen at work and Jennifer at home, and this makes her “feel like two different people.” Blanchard identified five important elements that together formulate a titillating tale. The place the story occurs is significant because “the audience goes there together,” the

people involved “help others find their selves in story” and the problem the character is going through is important because “no one likes to hear about people who do not have trouble.” She said the presence of the storyteller is essential because “a storyteller willing to be vulnerable is what matters,” and finally, progress is vital for the story to pack a punch because “someone must learn

something.” Blanchard offers advice for those eager to write a memoir or to gather family stories to pass down to younger generations. Do not ask someone to reveal their entire life story at once, but ask about one place or period during their lifetime, she said. “Curiosity along with respect is the energy behind the storytelling process.” Blanchard said. n

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uuOBGYN Continued from page 1 changes are coming soon to its availability at the University throughout the rest of the semester. “We will be at U of M on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the end of the [spring] semester,” she said. “However, because we are mobile, if a student needs an appointment on another day, we can come to them.” Though the service did not begin in Memphis, it is definitely leaving its mark by traveling throughout the city providing services to those in need. Waterbury said that this is not only a first for Memphis, but for the state as well. “ICU Mobile was founded by Sylvia Slifko in Akron, Ohio in 2003,” she said. “We are the first affiliate in the state of Tennessee.” Waterbury said there is something very unique about the service — something even more attention grabbing than the fact that it houses a mobile ultrasound system. “Our organization is faithbased,” she said. “Our mobile unit is staffed with dedicated, caring individuals that are Christ-followers.” Aboard the unit are individuals trained to handle the task of dealing with young women who may need support physically and emotionally. “Our Mobile Unit is staffed with

Thursday, February 7, 2013 • 5 an [registered nurse] trained in limited ultrasound and a client advocate,” she said. April Wilson, a licensed counselor, is one of those advocates. Rather than performing the ultrasounds, she provides moral support and advises women who are unsure of their options when it comes to pregnancy. She said it is important to note that the unit, though it does provide ultrasounds and pregnancy tests, is not a doctor’s office. “We do limited ultrasounds,” she said. “We don’t diagnose if there’s problems in female organs. We do make sure the baby has a heartbeat and measure it.” Wilson said the unit received its name because the founder developed a relationship with God after her work at clinics and after severe castigation for trying to make a difference. “She wanted to be able to impact lives. She became a believer. The lord showed her. It’s named ICU (I See You) because God sees us in the womb,” she said. In order to decide what areas the unit will cover, a data analysis is performed and the areas with the highest rate of abortion are given the most attention, Wilson said. “We don’t have enough units to reach all those areas,” she said. Since all of the desired areas cannot be covered, Wilson said that women who need the unit’s

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uuDrone Continued from page 3 own and do not represent the Air Force or the military in general. In a statement on Pax Christi International’s website, the organization spells out its concerns about the morality and legality of drone strikes. “Despite U.S. government claims that drone operators can distinguish an al Qaeda terrorist from innocent civilians, recent studies present significant evidence that U.S. drone strikes have killed hundreds of civilians and injured many more,” according to Pax Christi’s statement. “Pax Christi International has given serious consideration to different perspectives on this issue and is persuaded that the use of these armed unmanned vehicles as weapons should be prohibited.” The Obama administration has come under fire recently for its usage of armed UAVs in killing suspected members of terrorist organizations. On Monday, the Justice Department released a memo clarifying when drone strikes can be used against U.S. citizens, such as in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and suspected terrorist, who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011. Opponents claim that despite the military’s assurances that the utmost care is being taken to protect non-combatants, too many innocent bystanders are being injured or killed. Earlier this year, the United Nations announced it would be carrying out an investigation on the use of unmanned drones by the U.S. and Israel. However, the results of a survey by the Pew Research Center last spring reveal that 62 percent of Americans support Obama’s drone policy, though opposition to drone strikes remains high elsewhere in the world, with 47 percent of Britons and 90 percent

of Greeks opposed. The American Civil Liberties Union has been an especially outspoken opponent of drone strikes, going so far as to call them “illegal.” “The executive branch has, in effect, claimed the unchecked authority to put the names of citizens and others on “kill lists” on the basis of a secret determination, based on secret evidence, that a person meets a secret definition of the enemy,” according to a statement on the ACLU’s website. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a UK-based nonprofit organization, maintains a detailed and frequently updated list of U.S. “covert actions” carried out against suspected members of terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda. On Monday, the BIJ announced that it would be launching a new project called “Naming the Dead,” which seeks to identify those killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, with the project expanding to include Yemen and Somalia in the future. To date, a total of 423 drone strikes have been carried out in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia according to the BIJ, leading to 4,743 deaths in those three countries. The vast majority of those strikes have been carried out in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal areas in the northwest portion of the country. The BIJ claims that up to 891 civilians — 176 of whom were children — have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan alone. n

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Website helps students find ‘sugar daddies’ By Denise-Marie Ordway MCT

The struggling University of Central Florida business major struck a deal. Needing money, she turned to a “sugar daddy” she found on a popular website. They had dinner. They had sex. Her take: $200. A few months later, when she needed to buy textbooks, she went back to SeekingArrangement.com. There, she found another “date” who flew into town. No dinner this time. They met at a local hotel and had sex. Her earnings: $400. “I’ve worked my whole life since high school, and that was easy,” said the 20-year-old sophomore, who would not be named for fear that her family would find out. “It was like a nice way to make quick money, and I tried not to think too much about it.” She is among the hundreds of thousands of men and women who, either having trouble making ends meet or simply wanting to upgrade their lifestyles, are turning to the Internet for help finding “sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies.” The majority, though, are women looking to be supported by older, successful men with money to burn. The hunt for wealthy benefactors — discreetly or otherwise — is as old as money itself. But people are taking it to a new level by turning to SeekingArrangement.com and other websites. And as the cost of a college education in Florida continues to rise, more Florida stu-

dents are choosing this option as a way to cover their expenses, including tuition and rent, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn and founder Brandon Wade of SeekingArrangement.com. With the exchange of money, however, comes another trade-off: an expectation of intimacy — a dynamic that has prompted critics to compare the arrangements to prostitution and has generated heated conversations about the trend on TV talk shows and elsewhere. Did the UCF student feel like a prostitute? It might look that way, she said, but “like every relationship, there’s a little bit of give and take.” Many visitors to these websites demand a lot more money than the $400 she sought. There’s Marissa, who calls herself a “starving college student” from Orlando, who asks her prospective sugar daddy for $3,000 to $5,000 a month. And “UCF babe,” who requires $1,000 to $3,000 a month from her guy. Last year alone, more than 200 men and women with UCF-issued email addresses signed up to use SeekingArrangement.com, Gwynn said. She said nearly 40 percent of all of its users — a group that doubled its numbers in 2012 to more than 2 million people worldwide — registered with college email addresses. Hundreds have flocked to the site from other Florida universities, too. Last month, UCF, Florida State University, University of South Florida and Florida International University made SeekingArrangement.com’s Top 20

list nationally for having the greatest growth in the number of new college-student registrations. Like dating sites, users log on and create profiles offering details about themselves — height, body type and hobbies, for example. But “sugar babies” also make it very clear that they have financial expectations in amounts that can go as high as $20,000 a month. Wade rankles at the thought of his site being compared to an online house of prostitution. He said he launched it in 2006 to help socially awkward, wealthy men such as himself find dates. “I understand that it’s a gray area, but an hour of company for sex — that’s illegal,” said Wade, 42, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute

SugarDaddyForMe.com. Pamela Scully, chairwoman of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, called the trend “sad.” She said it seems these women are making decisions under duress, primarily because of the bad economy. Meanwhile, universities such as UCF and FSU pointed out that there are other ways for students to fund their educations. Schools offer an array of scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid. “Students who are looking for help with paying for college should contact our financial aid counselors, who can help them maximize the assistance they receive,” said UCF spokesman Chad Binette. n

TOP 20 SCHOOLS The following shows the top 20 list and the number of men and women from each school in 2012 who used college-issued emails to register at SeekingArrangement.com, where students seek “sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies.” 1. Georgia State University: 292 2. New York University: 285 3. Temple University: 268 4. University of Central Florida: 221 5. University of South Florida: 212 6. Arizona State University: 204 7. Florida International University: 187 8. University of Georgia: 148 9. Indiana University: 131 10. Texas State: 128

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of Technology who used the site himself before getting married a year ago to someone he met at work. “Anything that requires a relationship and chemistry and liking each other is clearly not prostitution.” In recent years, the sugar daddy dynamic has become more socially acceptable as a number of TV shows have been created around the idea of helping pretty people meet wealthy people. The hit novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” features a college student and her sexual exploits with a young billionaire. Still, as with any online dating, there is a risk in meeting up with strangers. In 2011, an Orange Circuit judge sentenced a man to life in prison for raping a woman he met through the website

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11. Kent State University: 123 12. Penn State: 121 13. University of North Texas: 112 14. Florida State University: 111 15.Tulane University: 109 16. Michigan State University: 108 17. University of ohio: 103 18. Columbia University: 100 19. University of Alabama: 96 20. University of California, Los Angeles: 91 SoUrCe: SeekingArrangement.com


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Tigers mash Mustangs 60-52 By Bryan Heater

bheater@dailyhelmsman.com Though the University of Memphis men’s basketball team only trailed for 1:44 in the game, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs remained in striking distance for most of the contest. They could not overcome the Tigers’ (19-3, 8-0 Conference USA) depth, however, as Memphis walked out of Dallas with a 60-52 win. After deciding to return for his sophomore season and forgo the NBA Draft, guard-forward

Adonis Thomas has struggled for much of the season, averaging just 10.4 points per game through 21 matches. Wednesday night against the Mustangs, he looked more like the Thomas one would expect to see, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine boards after having no rebounds in the previous game against Tulsa. The first half was tightly contested. Both teams struggled to find their range, opening the game a combined 10-41 through the midway point of the half. Memphis owned a 22-17 lead heading into the locker room despite shooting 6-21

(28.6 percent) from the field. The Tigers were able to nullify their poor shooting by holding the Mustangs to an even worse 7-30 (23.3 percent) from the floor. The Tigers opened the second half hot, shooting 4-7 in the first five minutes to build their largest lead of the game at 34-22. Six of those points came from junior guard Geron Johnson, who had a game-high 19 points and hit several key shots down the stretch. SMU answered with a run of its own, however, cutting the Memphis lead to 34-30 with 12:41 to go. After a Thomas basket put the

Tigers back up six, the Mustangs hit on two straight possessions to pull within two points. The Tigers hit four consecutive free throws followed by a Johnson three-pointer to extend the lead back to nine at 43-34. SMU pulled the score to 45-40 with 4:45 remaining, but Johnson hit another clutch threepoint basket to put the Tigers up eight. SMU could never get closer than six the rest of the way, as the Tigers sunk 12-16 free throws for the rest of the game to win their 13th straight, five of which have come on the road.

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In an interesting development, freshman forward Shaq Goodwin was called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected with 4:45 left in the game. Per C-USA rules, a player who receives a flagrant-2 is also suspended for the next game, which in this case is the showdown at previously unbeaten in-conference Southern Miss, which lost Wednesday night to Central Florida. The foul on Goodwin will be reviewed and a decision will be handed down before Saturday’s game. The Tigers will take on the Golden Eagles Saturday on the road. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. and will be televised by CBS College Sports.

uuMusician Continued from page 1 and festivals in March. “I hope that the Sun Sessions viewing party, March 23 or 30, will be a great homecoming show after a long road-stint,” Milam said. Milam is no stranger to road trips. He typically spends 100 days out of the year on the road. Milam’s humility came to light when discussing his recent appearance in the Memphis Flyer’s 20<30 issue. “The best part was being in the same room with all of those incredible people. It was really encouraging and exciting to meet people that are … doing great things around the city,” he said. “It is a really positive thing, and it lifts your spirits.” The city of Memphis continues to be a muse for Milam. “Memphis is always inspiring to me. I feel like if you spend a day in Memphis, and you don’t have anything to write about, then you aren’t paying attention,” he said. Milam finds inspiration in the contrasts and juxtapositions that pepper the city’s streets. “Memphis is quirky, weird, complicated, dark, dirty, diverse — it has wealth right next to poverty, white right next to black — to me there is beauty in that,” he said. n

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Fuente signs 29 new recruits for Tigers By Hunter Field

sports@dailyhelmsman.com Despite doubts from recruiting experts and rankings, University of Memphis football head coach, Justin Fuente, was optimistic about the U of M’s new football signees on National Signing Day. He felt the Tigers prepared themselves for the future and added depth to their roster — something that was missing when he arrived in Memphis. “I’ve never been anywhere that paid much attention to the online rankings,” Fuente said. “We do our own evaluation and find guys that fit what we’re looking for. We will see how good this class is in three years.” The national letters of intent began rolling in early Wednesday morning about 8:30 a.m. until noon. These letters added to the junior college transfers and early signees Fuente had already secured. Memphis’ 2013 class ranks extremely low according to most online recruiting rankings. Rivals. com placed the U of M 87th out of 123 schools nationwide, which puts them dead last in the Big East. However, Fuente maintained confidence in his new recruits, telling Sports 56 WHBQ that cooks don’t let other people choose their ingredients, and football players are no different. Depth was a big issue Fuente looked to address with this recruiting class. He said depth affords the team opportunities for competition. When a team has depth, Fuente explained, each player has to earn his playing time, rather than having to play due to a lack of personnel. “I look forward to facilitating some of the competition that comes with depth,” Fuente said. “Competition always brings out the best in everyone, whether it’s

in journalism or football.” Fuente tried to get faster as a team, as well. He wanted to sign a lot of skill position players, so the Tigers were not always lagging behind their opponents. “Too many times last year, I stood on the sideline during a game and thought, ‘we have to get faster’,” Fuente said. In addition to the emphasis on speed, the Tigers’ coaching staff also filled holes on the offensive line and special teams. Fuente knew he had his work cut out for him when he came to Memphis. Talented players live all over the city, but schools like Alabama and Vanderbilt often swoop in and steal the best of them. However, the Tigers kept some great local talent in Memphis. “You draw a bull’s eye on the local guys you want to go get and you get some of them like we did, and you don’t get some of them. That’s just the way it is,” Fuente

said, “Through time you’ll continue to see us sign and recruit the right type of guy to be a spokesperson for our program.” Fuente made it clear he wanted high-character players who could give back to the city. He said he wanted local players to be involved in the lives of young people in the community. All-purpose player Sam Craft from Olive Branch, Miss. headlined Fuente’s 2013 recruiting class. Rivals.com ranked Craft the ninth best player coming out of Miss. and the 50th best all-purpose player in the country. Craft had offers from several schools in the Southeastern Conference, but chose to stay in Memphis. The 6’0” 200-pound high school standout attended Olive Branch High School where he played quarterback, running back and receiver as a senior. Craft played on an AAU basketball team with U of M basketball player Shaq Goodwin in 2010, and has

explored playing basketball for the Tigers in addition to football. “I see Sam Craft playing the position with the ball, whatever that is,” Fuente said. “He has a large skill set that translates into what we are trying to do offensively: running, catching and maybe even throwing the football.” The Tigers also signed quarterback Brayden Scott out of Tulsa, Okla. Scott is already enrolled in school this spring and has been working out with the team. Rivals. com ranked the 6’3” 205-pound quarterback as the 34th best quarterback coming out of high school. Fuente noted Scott’s youth, but said it was a good thing and he looks forward to developing Scott the right way. Oklahoma and Texas proved to be areas of focus for the Tigers coaching staff. Seven players were signed from Texas and three from Oklahoma. Fuente came from Texas Christian University and has established connections in the

area. The U of M’s move to the Big East also contributed to Fuente’s success outside Memphis. “We recruit local areas first,” Fuente said. “But moving to the Big East widens our footprint and allows us to get into some of those other areas.” “We as a staff have connections in Oklahoma and Texas, so we will always be recruiting there.” With National Signing Day coming to a close, the Tigers signed eight offensive linemen, three linebackers, two kickers, three defensive linemen, two defensive backs, five running backs, two wide receivers, two all-purpose players and a quarterback. They got younger and deeper. Fuente was excited and looks forward to getting everyone on campus. “We are going to throw it out there and let guys go compete for jobs,” he said. “We aren’t automatically redshirting anyone. We are going to let the guys who are ready to play go out and play.” n

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