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Millennials face high unemployment rates Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis

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news@dailyhelmsman.com Though some people would say the national economic situation is improving slightly, one organization begs to differ. A job report from Generation Opportunity, a national non-partisan organization, states that the unemploy-

ment rate amongst millennials, referring to young people between the ages of 18 and 29, stands at 13.1 percent. The unemployment rate among women stands at 11.6 percent, the rate for Hispanics was 13 percent, and blacks tip the scales at 22.1 percent. Terence Grado, director of national and state policy at Generation Opportunity, said the national rate

does not include an additional 1.7 million young people who do not count as unemployed by the United States Department of Labor. “The reason these people are not included in the unemployment rate is because they are not in the work force,” he said. “They have given up searching for employment due to the lack of jobs in the economy.”

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According to Grado, one factor that has contributed to the unemployment rate includes employers who are hesitant to hire young people because they don’t have as much of a job history or work experience as their older counterparts. “Young people who are qualified for numerous positions usually resort to

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Everyone knows a decent lawyer joke, but when it comes to compassionate lawyers, third-year University of Memphis law student Chris Martin is no joke. His deep passion for social justice was recently recognized with an award from the Tennessee Bar Association for his public service and pro bono work. In 2009, Martin graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in journalism/electronic

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Law student receives public service award work — a new graduation requirement that started this spring. According to Martin, 50 Memphis law students will be participating in ASB in March. Twenty other out-ofstate law students will be joining in. Eight service tracks are available to participants, with each project having anywhere from five to 10 law students on each track. The projects range anywhere from family law to immigration to criminal defense. The research track, Martin’s addition to the ASB program, includes three different subjects: human traf-

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ficking, working with Operation Broken Silence; nonprofit administration, working with the Alliance for Non-Profit Excellence and human advocacy, focusing on public interest law and working with grassroots organizations. Martin can’t do it all alone, however. “ASB is a huge undertaking and it wouldn’t be possible without the students, administrators and volunteer attorneys who donate their time and

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media before attending the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. His résumé is a lengthy one, including volunteering with Memphis Area Legal Services as well as the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office and being a Youth Court mentor. Martin will also be overseeing the law school’s Alternative Spring Break program this year, which offers students a chance to use their time off from school as a way to give back to the community. He hopes law students will soon be using ASB to satisfy their mandatory 40 hours of pro bono

Café Eclectic to feed hungry Tigers

With so many eateries close to campus, it can be difficult to choose where to grab a quick bite to eat or where to roost for endless hours of studying. By spring, Café Eclectic hopes to make that choice a little easier. The locally established coffee shop is opening a new location beneath the Stratum, a student apartment complex on South Highland Street. “The Stratum came to us and asked us if we’d be interested in opening there,” said Rachel Boulden, the social media and marketing manager of Café Eclectic. “We don’t really go looking for places to expand to. They normally come ask us, and if we think it feels right, we’ll do it.” There are currently two locations. The one in Midtown is referred to as the Big Café Eclectic, and the one in Harbor Town is called the Little Café Eclectic. The Big Café will be five years old this month, and the Little Café will be three. “We’re definitely excited about the birthdays coming up,” Boulden said. “We have really loyal customers, which is great.” Those loyal customers aren’t shy about showing their appreciation. On Urbanspoon, both locations have 90 percent or higher for their approval ratings, and Big Café Eclectic ranks 13th on the site’s list of top restaurants in Memphis. Akin to the casual, relaxed cafés of Europe, Café Eclectic makes a point to be a communal spot where patrons can savor local flavors from suppliers like Claybrook Farms, Delta Grind Grits, Quinley & Whitworth, Urban Farms and Downing

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Long-term solution to Shelby County’s high pregnancy rates By Corey Carmichael

news@dailyhelmsman.com Each year, a quarter of pregnancies in the United States are a result of contraceptive failure. Several options are available to avoid this potential failure by changing the method used to prevent pregnancy. A Step Ahead Foundation and Planned Parenthood offer many longterm opportunities for birth control for the women of Memphis. A Step Ahead Foundation calls this solution Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives. This long-term solution is 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancies than the pill, patch or ring. Often times, people are lured into a false sense of security with contraceptives like condoms and birth control pills. “The three main long-term contraceptive options, known

uuRates Continued from page 1 applying for unpaid internships and volunteer work in order to hone their skills and make themselves look more attractive to prospective employers,” he said. In response to this, a number of older Americans are working longer than they intended to with no intention of retiring or even dipping into their own savings accounts in order to make ends meet. Grado described this as “a constant move-up, move-down process.” Polling data from Generation Opportunity indicates that 69 percent of millennials agree that if taxes in business profits were reduced, more companies would be likely to hire, while 23 percent disagree. Coincidentally, 65 percent said that

medically as Long Acting Re versible C ontraception, include the ParaGard IUD [intrauterine device], which lasts up to 10 years and is a non-hormonal option,” said Katy Langston, community outreach manager for A Step Ahead Foundation. “Mirena IUD lasts up to five years and is a hormone-based birth control also approved to help with difficult cycles. The Nexplanon implant lasts up to 3 years and is a hormone based match-sized implant that is placed in a woman’s upper arm. A Step Ahead Foundation also offers the Depo-Provera shot, which lasts 85 days.” Joan Carr, director of community affairs at Planned Parenthood, said she thinks everyone should back up contraceptives with another form of contraceptive. For example, Carr mentioned that the LARC

should be accompanied by a condom to prevent STDs as well as pregnancies. “Condoms are not foolproof,” she said. “Women need to protect themselves with another form of contraceptive.” Carr emphasized that the decision is up to the woman. “Not everyone wants an IUD, as it’s a big commitment for anyone to make.” She said it is a very effective tool for preventing pregnancies, but takes a few years out of a woman’s fertility, which is a large commitment. These two organizations have a multitude of options for women not interested in long-term contraceptive options. The number of teenage pregnancies in the Memphis community is considerably higher than elsewhere in the U.S. Data collected by A Step Ahead

businesses would be more likely to flourish without the interference of the government, with 25 percent disagreeing, according to data from Generation Opportunity. In an effort to raise awareness of the obstacles young people face while job searching, Generation Opportunity has created a Facebook page, “Being American by GO,” where they can share their personal stories. “Some of the stories we’ve received so far have been extremely heartbreaking,” Grado said. “The longer it takes to get a job, the more damage it does to one’s longtime earning potential.” Despite the hardships laid out in front of them, Grado still has hope for the younger generation. “This is an entrepreneurial generation,” he said. “People are so tech-savvy, they’ve taken to creating their own jobs.” n

Foundation in 2010 showed the teenage pregnancy rate in Shelby County to be 40 percent higher than the national average. Almost 14 percent of all children born in Shelby County that year had mothers between the ages of 15 and 19. Along with the high amount of teenage pregnancies, there is a high rate of infant mortality in Shelby County. A Shelby County Health Department release said there is a 24 percent chance for infant deaths in women less than 20 years old. The mortality rate for those with less than a high school education is even higher, jumping to 37 percent. A Step Ahead Foundation and Planned Parenthood look to provide more options for those women who are sexually active and want to avoid a pregnancy. Both organizations said they would like to see the preg-

nancy rates drop and are more than willing to help anyone with questions. For more information about A Step Ahead or to make an appointment, call (901) 3207837. For Planned Parenthood, the number is (901) 725-1717. n

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uuLaw Continued from page 1 effort to do it,” he said. “I have a highly dedicated team of board members in PALS [Public Action Law Society] who all do outstanding work.” Callie Caldwell, public interest counselor for the law school, was one of two faculty members who nominated Martin for the award. Caldwell first became involved with Martin through his presidency at PALS, which promotes service among law students. She was interested in pro bono programs and worked closely with Martin on projects like Project Homeless Connect and ASB. “Chris has done a great job expanding tracks [for ASB],” Caldwell said. “He has a lot of different passions.” If it seems like Martin is an activist, he certainly considers himself one. “The law is never neutral,” he said. “You have to advocate your client’s interests. Our job is to be problem solvers — lawyers as peacemakers.”

Friday, February 8, 2013 • 5 Tristan Tran, junior supply chain management major, met Martin through organizing Occupy Memphis events last year. Martin was a member of the legal team, providing pro bono work to the protesters downtown. “Chris works well with people,” Tran said. “He’s empathetic and patient.” Martin said his dream job would be to land a legal position doing public interest advocacy and pro se mediation with enough free time to be an independent community organizer. “Empathy is what motivates me,” Martin said. “[It’s] a fundamental principle that should guide all attorneys and future attorneys.” As for his future, Martin plans to help Memphians in the area after he graduates. Caldwell said it’s ultimately his decision. “There’s potential he could stay here,” Caldwell said. “He loves the people and city — but I could see him going to D.C. There’s so much opportunity there [for public interest].” n

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Chris Martin, third-year law student, stands with Callie Caldwell (left), public interest counselor for the Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law, and Clinical Professor Christina Zawisza (right), after receiving the Tennessee Bar Association’s Public Service Award in January 2013.

uuEclectic Continued from page 1 Hollow Farms. “We’re always adding to the list of local suppliers,” Boulden said. “It’ll be great to become a part of the University of Memphis community once we see what students want.” In addition to using local ingredients, Café Eclectic is the only business in Memphis that carries

Midtown location, too,” Boulden said. “You can text in your order. You’ll get a confirmation saying that we got it, then we’ll let you know when it’s ready.” Stratum residents will have the option to get their order delivered right to their door. Gwendolyn Barnes, a junior art major, worked for Café Eclectic only briefly, but the experience was definitely one to remember. “Everyone in there treated me

“We have really loyal customers, which is great.”

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A new Café Eclectic is now under construction in the ground floor section of the Stratum Apartments on the corner of Mynders Avenue and Highland Street.

illycaffé, a special brand of coffee produced in Italy. “It’s one of the best coffees out there,” Boulden said. “They set the standard for coffee.” Although the café won’t have student discounts regularly, they will offer a service where customers can text their order to the café and pick it up when it’s ready. “It’s a service we use at the

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Afghan charity sees Scouting as way to instill values in youth

By Jay Price MCT

KABUL, Afghanistan — PARSA, the group that got the clothes collected by Maryland Boy Scout John Ferry to the cave dwellers of Bamiyan, has worked to revive Scouting in Afghanistan since 2009. PARSA is one of the country’s oldest charities, with programs to train teachers and social workers to deal with psychological issues in orphanages and schools, to help women start small businesses and to provide education to women and children who can’t attend traditional schools for various reasons. It first got involved in Scouting as a way to instill values in older children it was training to help in orphanages, said Keith Blackey, PARSA’s Scouting adviser. Now it has 2,000 Scouts and more than 100 Scout leaders spread around the county, and it’s emphasizing training more Scout leaders as a way to expand Scouting. Like most of the 181 countries with Scouting, but unlike the United States, Afghan Scout troops are co-ed, and about 40 percent of the Scouts are girls. Boys wear long pants and a pale green uniform shirt, and girls wear a green uniform tunic over their pants and a pale blue headscarf under their Scout cap. Both wear the usual kind of Scout activity badge, though Afghanistan being what it is, one is for Rule of Law. Scouting in Afghanistan has a

convoluted history. It started in 1931, and by 1977 it boasted 36,000 Scouts. When the Soviets invaded in 1978, they turned the program into one for young communists. When the Taliban took over, they banned Scouting outright. Now, despite the occasional accusation from a conservative cleric that the Scouts are campfire worshippers, the program is growing so quickly that PARSA recently hired Blackey, a grizzled Vietnam veteran who helped restart the Scouting movement in Iraq. Blackey is the only foreigner in Afghanistan’s Scout program; PARSA is trying to ensure that Scouting is sustainable in Afghanistan, Western help or not. Scout meetings here are similar to those in the United States, Blackey said, with the same opening routine, and instruction and practice in a skill instruction like first aid or knot-tying. Campouts, however, aren’t possible because of the obvious security issues. “The way to improve this country long term has to be through the children, and I believe Scouting is a tool that can help create leaders,” Blackey said. “If I thought soccer was a tool that could do that, I’d promote soccer, but this is a tool that has worked, and worked well, for 100 years.” “The goal is to teach them to be leaders in a place where there really aren’t many, and to make them responsible for their own lives and their communities,” he said. n


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LAPD chief speaks out to fugitive former cop ‘No one else needs to die’ By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather, Robert J. Lopez, Phil Willon and Tony Perry MCT

LOS ANGELES — As the search continued Thursday for a former police officer suspected of a double homicide and shooting three police officers, one fatally, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called the situation “extremely worrisome and scary.” Beck said suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, had multiple weapons at his disposal, including an assault rifle, and called

the ex-LAPD officer and former Navy reserve lieutenant “armed and extremely dangerous.” “Of course he knows what he’s doing — we trained him,” Beck told reporters Thursday morning. “It is extremely worrisome and scary, especially to the police officers involved.” When asked what he might say to Dorner, Beck replied: “I would tell him to turn himself in. This has gone far enough. No one else needs to die.” Beck urged anyone who sees Dorner to immediately call 911 and not approach him. Local, state and federal authorities are involved in a massive

manhunt for Dorner, who threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police in an online manifesto. Dorner is also wanted in connection with a double homicide Sunday in Irvine, Calif., where the daughter of a retired LAPD captain and her fiance were killed. The search intensified early Thursday — and warnings spread across California and Nevada — after three police officers were shot in Riverside County and Dorner was identified as a possible suspect. The first shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Corona, where two Los Angeles Police Department officers were providing protection for someone mentioned in Dorner’s manifesto, officials said. One officer suffered a graze wound to the head during a shootout and Dorner fled the scene, police said. A short time later, two Riverside officers were shot. Toussaint said the officers were sitting at a red light when they were ambushed. One was killed, the other was undergoing surgery Thursday morning. “Our officers were stopped at an intersection at a red light when they were ambushed,” he said. “Because of the close proximity to the timeline, we believe there is a strong likelihood that former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was involved in our incident.” As authorities swarmed the area, two officer-involved shootings occurred in Torrance after police encountered suspicious

vehicles. The first Torrance incident occurred about 5:20 a.m., Lt. Devin Chase said. That incident involved Los Angeles police detectives from the Hollywood division, sources said. Beck said police were in the area on protection detail for one of the officials mentioned in the manifesto when authorities received information a vehicle matching the description of Dorner’s was seen in the area. Police then observed a vehicle with its lights turned off and approached it, at which point the shooting occurred. Beck said the two people inside the vehicle were struck and taken to an area hospital. One person suffered a minor wound, Beck said, the other — struck twice — was listed in stable condition. Sources said the women were delivering newspapers. “Tragically, we believe this is a case of mistaken identity,” Beck said. The second incident, which involved Torrance police officers, occurred about 5:45 a.m., Chase said. No injuries were reported in that incident. Chase said both incidents involved vehicles matching the description of the one Dorner is thought to be driving. “Now it appears neither of them are directly related,” Chase said. “In both of them, officers believed they were at the time.” Authorities said they believe Dorner attempted to steal a boat from an elderly man Wednesday at the Point Loma Yacht Club

in San Diego, hours before the shootings in Riverside County. The boat owner reported being accosted by a burly man who tied him up, threatened him with a gun and said he wanted the boat to flee to Mexico. But while they were trying to get underway, a rope became entangled in the propeller and the boat was inoperable, authorities said. The suspect fled the scene and the boat owner was unharmed. About 2 a.m., a citizen reported finding property belonging to Dorner on a street near Lindbergh Field, not far from the scene of the attempted boat theft. The property included a briefcase and Dorner’s LAPD badge. In his online manifesto, Dorner specifically named the father of Monica Quan, the Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach who was found dead Sunday in Irvine along with her fiance, Keith Lawrence. Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain, was involved in the review process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal. A former U.S. Navy reservist, Dorner was fired in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his training officer. In the manifesto, he complained that Randy Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing. “The violence of action will be high ... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Dorner wrote. n

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Passing motorists greet a police officer standing guard outside the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Station on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Police across Southern California stayed on high alert in the wake of three murders by former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner.


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Tigers to throw down with Golden Eagles By Jordan Thomas

sports@dailyhelmsman.com The University of Memphis men’s basketball team (19-3, 8-0 Conference USA) looks for their 14th straight victory as they head to Hattiesburg to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (18-5, 7-1 C-USA). With a win, the Tigers will stay atop the C-USA standings. Memphis comes into the game on a 13-game winning streak after defeating SMU 60-52 on Wednesday. “We’ve won 13 straight, and 17 of 18,” head coach Josh Pastner said. “We are playing a really well-coached, a really good team in Southern Miss.” The Golden Eagles are second in the conference behind Memphis, and are coming off their first conference loss of the season at the hands of UCF, 60-58. However, the Golden Eagles are a deep team with loads of experience and are undefeated at home with an 8-0 mark. Southern Miss comes into the game with an RPI of 42. Senior forward Dwayne Davis, who averages 12.9 points per game and ranks second on the team with 4.5 rebounds per game, leads the Golden Eagles. Junior guards Jerrold Brooks and Neil Watson average 10.9 and

9.3 points per contest. Watson also leads the team in assists with 5.0 per game. Forward Jonathan Mills leads the Golden Eagles with 6.8 rebounds per game. The Tigers are 5-0 on the road and look to continue that success against the Golden Eagles. However, Memphis needs to limit turnovers and points in transition, as both teams are averaging around 73 points per game. Memphis looks to protect the perimeter against Southern Miss, which has three players that shoot over 42 percent from behind the arc. “Everyone we play is good,” Pastner said. “There are no “gimmes,” and Southern Miss has good players.” The winner of the game will be in first place in the conference, but Pastner stressed that this game is no bigger than any other. The Tigers continue to play one game at a time. Starting forward Shaq Goodwin has been cleared to play by C-USA officials after being called for a Flagrant 2 foul. The foul occurred when Goodwin went to block a lay-up attempt by SMU and both players hit the deck hard. The officials immediately called a Flagrant 2 foul. However, the league reduced the foul to a Flagrant 1 after seeing that Goodwin was playing the ball.

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D.J. Stephens and the Tigers look to extend their win streak to 14 games Saturday when they take on Southern Miss on the road. “He made a play on the ball, it was not malicious,” Pastner said. “He was just trying to block the shot. It was a good decision by the league.” Junior guard Geron Johnson and sophomore guard-forward Adonis

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bheater@dailyhelmsman.com After the most successful season in program history, the University of Memphis men’s golf team is set to begin the 2013 spring season Saturday at the Sun Trust Gator

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Invitational on the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. The Tigers finished the 2012 spring season in a big way, capturing the team’s first ever Conference USA Title and sealing a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 24 years. The field includes fierce competition from around the land, including No. 4 Florida, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 21 Liberty and No. 23 Florida State. Also in the pool of play are Georgia Southern, which received votes for the top 25 at the end of last season, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lamar, Mississippi State, North Florida, South Alabama, UAB and UCF. Each squad plays 36 holes Saturday, with 18 holes sched-

Thomas hit double-figure points last game and will continue to look to score against the Golden Eagles. The Tigers must limit turnovers against Southern Miss, as the Golden Eagles possess one of the best players in

the conference in steals in Wright, who averages 2.0 steals per game. “We will fight and claw like we have all season,” Pastner said. “We have to play a tremendous game.” Game time is slated for 3 p.m. n

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uled for Sunday to round out the competition. Taking the course for the Tigers are senior Lexus Keoninh, juniors Grant Milner and Will Pearson and freshman Thomas Perrot. Of the four, Keoninh, Milner and Pearson played in all five fall tournaments for Memphis, with Milner winning his first collegiate individual title at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in October. Pearson boasted three top10 finishes and four top-20 finishes for the fall slate. Following this weekend’s spring opening tournament, the Tigers will travel to Mobile, Ala., to compete in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate hosted by South Alabama and scheduled for Feb. 18-19. n

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sports@dailyhelmsman.com After a weekend off from competition, the University of Memphis men’s tennis team steps back on the court today to defend their home turf. The Tigers’ training over the off-weekend will be put to the test as they swing their way back into action against the Salukis of Southern Illinois (2-1) and the Racers of Murray State (0-4) at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Today’s matches mark the 19th time in program history that Memphis has faced off against Southern Illinois and the 56th time against Murray State. The Tigers

hold an 11-7 record over the Salukis and a 32-13 record over the Racers. The Tigers have walked away victorious in the past 15 consecutive matches against Murray State. Memphis made quick work of the Racers a year ago, sending Murray State home with a dismal 7-0 loss. Paul Goebel, head men’s tennis coach for the blue and gray, has not dropped a match against Murray State in his eight-season tenure at Memphis. Admission to the matches is free. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. against Southern Illinois and 7 p.m. against Murray State. Fans can watch as Tiger junior Joe Salisbury looks to collect his 50th career win for the Tigers. n

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