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Victory University students scramble after announcement of school’s closing By Jonathan A. Capriel

Like vultures circling a dying animal, twenty schools set up tables in the gymnasium at Victory University Monday in an attempt to recruit students from the financially failed Christian college. Although this was the first day of the spring semester at Victory University, many classrooms were vacant. A cornermounted television turned to local news played in the empty student recreation center. Down the hall, near the school’s chapel, 50 students stood in line with paperwork in hand waiting for the business office to assess any final fees they owe the school. At the end of the line, law sophomore Ebonie Brown leaned against the wall holding her 3-year-old-daughter’s hand. Brown said lines like these were commonplace for in the two years she attended. “This is pretty much how the school operated,” the 21-yearold single mother said. “We would get a book voucher from one office, get it approved in another, and then bring it to the book store. Those were all long lines as well.”

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Victory University psychology senior Steve Murphy and organizational management junior L. A. Harris wait in line for than two hours in order to obtain their transfer credits. Brown first attended Victory University two years ago after her mother, who graduated from school, recommended it. However, she said she disliked

the way the school operated. “It would take two or three months to get our refund checks from the finical aid office,” Brown said. “They were slow

with everything.” Victory University informed students about the closure only after it was reported on the tele-

see VICTORY on page 7

Energy drinks pose potential risk By Karlisha Hayes For some college students, energy drinks are a quick and efficient way to get through their hectic schedules. However, while energy drinks may have short-term positive effects, students aren’t necessarily aware of the long-term dangers that they can cause to a person’s body. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, drinking too many

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energy drinks or even drinking them too fast can cause nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, chest pains, seizures, delirium, kidney problems and increased heart rate and blood pressure. The AAPCC received 3,028 exposures to energy drinks in 2013—over half of which were of children 18 and younger. Since children already have a high metabolism, drinking anything with an increased amount of caffeine and sugar will only raise it more. According to The Journal of Pediatrics, moderate amounts

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of caffeine is considered safe for adults, but children should not consume more than 100 mg of caffeine per day. According to Linda Clemens, a University of Memphis professor of Health and Sport Sciences, more than one or two energy drinks a day is not recommended. “Some side effects that most people don’t know about that are caused by energy drinks are irregular heartbeat and dehydration,” Clemens said. “There is also a diuretic effect that is caused if too much is

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The Student Government Association recently announced that students can now use Tiger Funds at off-campus dining locations. Garibaldi’s, Domino’s and Ubee’s, all located near the campus, are the only three so far, but many others are looking to sign up. Ricky Kirby, SGA president, said the University’s original focus was the area surrounding campus, but they are willing to expand the locations pending the success of the program. “We can’t expect business to fork over money for technology and discount fees when were not sure it will work,” Kirby said. “So this is sort of a trial period, but if it works then we will definitely grow the program.” U of M students have three types of payment methods attached to their campus ID. The most common payment method is Dining Dollars. Students who attend school fulltime have $300 on their accounts at the beginning of every semester. It is directly used on campus at Tiger Dining locations only. When students buy a meal plan, they receive Flex Bucks that they can use at other dining locations and not just at the Tiger Den. Tiger Funds is an account that every student has and that they put money in much like a debit card. There are several ways for students to add money to their Tiger Funds account. The most common method is to simply add the money into their account at Campus Card Online. With cash, they can visit Blackboard Card Management Centers scattered throughout

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Put the People First: United Campus Workers lobby day Special to The Daily Helmsman On March 11, 100 students, faculty, staff and community members from the University of Memphis spent one day of their spring break engaged in an unusual activity— meeting with our representatives in the state legislature in Nashville to encourage them to put the people first. Most people met in a parking lot in Midtown at 5:30 a.m. to ride a bus. Some of us drove separately, hitting the road by 6 a.m. After a three-hour drive, watching the sun rise over increasingly hilly central Tennessee, we all met at the Capitol in the House Chambers. We sat in the comfortable leather chairs normally reserved for state representatives and were trained on how to effectively lobby our legislators. Our union, United Campus Workers, had partnered with community organizations like Workers Interfaith Network to organize the lobby day. They had scheduled meetings with state legislators and planned the training. Each person had their own reasons for attending lobby day, but everyone came because they want to make the University a successful institution. Deborah Holder, a graduate admissions counselor, told me “I’m interested in the well being of the University of Memphis. I came today to show my dedication to the University as well as to the students.” The Tennessee State Legislature has made huge cuts to the University system over the last few years, leaving the promise of higher education out of reach for many young Tennesseans, forcing staff at universities to go without pay raises, and for many, raising families on poverty wages. Meredith Lones, an undergraduate history major told me that she works three jobs to support herself and pay for school. “Tuition is interfering with people’s ability to go to school without getting massive debt, and it makes it hard to be successful in academics.” After the training, we broke up into small teams to meet with our legislators. Each of us had three or four legislators to meet with. My team’s first meeting wasn’t until 11:30 a.m. In the meantime, we stopped by Senator Yager’s office to see if we could find him. Senator Yager was busy and we hadn’t been able to schedule a meeting with him, so we were supposed to track him down. He wasn’t in, so we left some materials with his legislative assistant. Assistant Professor Elana Delavega, in the Department of

Social Work, told me that her team visited Representative Hardaway. He “was extremely kind and I believe he really listened to us. I felt he has a real commitment to the people.” After our initial meetings, we got lunch and headed to the South Capitol Steps, where we were rallying at noon. People from other unions and organizations from around the state trickled in, until almost 500 of us crowded the steps. Teachers, students, farm workers, autoworkers and others joined us to send a message to the Governor and the Legislature that we want them to put the people first—our slogan for the day. After a few rousing speeches, we went to the Governor’s office. The governor had declined to meet with this group of constituents, but one of his aides listened to us—after calling security. One little girl wrote in the guest book that a couple years ago, she and her classmates had been able to go on field trips with her school. But now, due to cuts from the state, they couldn’t afford to go. The cuts to the university system are part of broader trends in Tennessee and across the nation, cutting public education and attacking workers. Ms. Holder, the admissions counselor, told me that she’s “concerned about growth in Memphis and the direction our city is going. It’s losing its history. It’s a great city, but it’s getting a bad rap because all the jobs have been outsourced. People don’t have the income to keep investing in their neighborhoods.” Ms. Jones, the undergraduate history major, told me that “labor unions in the south, and Memphis, have fought hard to win their rights. They’re still fighting. The bills (the legislature) are trying to pass are taking away rights unions have already won.” While the little girl who wrote in the guestbook has a wonderful story to tell her classmates and teachers, it’s doubtful the Governor will hear her message. And the same is true of the state legislature. While many (though not all) of the legislators we met with were sympathetic to our cause, they do not hold a majority. Our state government is currently run by a group of politicians who appear to lack empathy with the plight of regular people. We can all understand the difficulty the legislature faces when they have budget shortfalls, but cuts to public schools and universities are mean spirited. Leaving schools to choose between hiring new teachers or forcing current teachers to teach more than one subject isn’t a choice schools should face. And

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Local rapper plays Texan festival and more By Samuel Prager Draped in an assortment of seemingly exploding colors, local “afro-tronic” rapper Ify has become an impressive force in the Memphis hip-hop community, recently performing at the reputable South by Southwest festival based in Austin, Texas. Ify, who prefers to go by her stage name, came to the U.S. from Nigeria when she was 7-years-old and began taking her rapping career seriously after fracturing both of her hips six years ago. While in physical therapy, the young artist met someone who would change her life, Memphis legend Isaac Hayes, who had just suffered a stroke. “I went to physical therapy since I had to relearn how to walk, but I was blessed enough to have it with Isaac Hayes who was always surrounded by producers and musicians,“ Ify, a senior fashion marketing major at the University of Memphis, said. After hearing her sing, the nowdeceased music mogul encouraged her to continue to progress her musical career. “One time he said to me, ‘Baby girl, what’s your story?” I told him I sang and draw; I love fashion, all that stuff.

Then he told, ‘Sing for me.’ I was shy back then, so I would only do it when the therapists weren’t around, but he was like, ‘You got something, I don’t know why you’re wasting time, but when you get back on your feet do what you can to make it happen,” Ify said about her time spent with the soul music icon. Before his death, Hayes introduced Ify to producers and musicians who helped her get her music recorded and into clubs around the city. Now, the singer-turned-rapper has over 50 songs and has plans on releasing her first official studio album “Candy Canes and Crutches” sometime in the near future. In the meantime, the colorful and thematic musician is currently in the process of putting together a three-song mix tape titled “I beg your pardon,” which is made up of Dolly Parton samples, one of Ify’s biggest influences. The mix tape is set to release in late spring. “Dolly Parton is amazing. She not only paved the way for many country artists, but for female musicians as well,” Ify said. However, she notes that music isn’t her only inspiration within the artistic expression. “I’m influenced by a lot; visually, artistically, growth. You have to take everything in,” she said.

Over the course of her career, she has opened for notable acts such as 8Ball & MJG, Bobby Rush, Fantasia and, most recently, Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg. Ify’s music, which is fully equipped with heart-shuttering bass, distortiondriven guitar licks and trap beats, reflects hints of Memphis’ signature hip-hop style. “I salute all of the big Memphis artists that are my predecessors. The way Three 6 Mafia moved throughout the ’90s is really influential in my book, but Memphis history in period is very important to me, musically and politically,” Ify said. One of Ify’s greatest achievements was being featured on the compilation CD for the new Memphis music documentary ‘Take me to the River,” which also feature many of Memphis’ most notable musicians: Yo Gotti, North Mississippi Allstars, Al Kapone, Otis Clay and many more. Ify performed a cover of the classic Al Green love song, ‘Tired of Being Alone” at the live premiere at South by Southwest, where she was accompanied by Big Baby. The unique and unconventional styling of the young rapper’s roars with catchy pop-infused hooks is emitted through raw energy and youthful angst.

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Ify, senior fashion marketing major at the U of M, recently performed at the South by Southwest music festival with legendary rapper Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg. She said that she tries to write music that people can relate to while having a good time. “The music is feel-good, you can move to it. I also try to make it relatable and I try to keep it funky,” Ify said. The rapper is set to graduate in December of 2014. Following graduation, the artist plans on traveling the world, possibly even going back to Nigeria.

With her degree she hopes to start a clothing line. However, she also hopes to set up tennis camps, which she was very passionate about before fracturing her hips, for under-privileged kids in her hometown of Lagos, Nigeria. Students can listen to Ify’s music on

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Excessive use of energy drinks can lead to increased heart rate, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and other painful side effects.

Opinion Page 3 students at universities shouldn’t be forced to pay increased tuition every year while workers make as little as $7.25 an hour. Such cuts are shortsighted too—well-educated citizens pay more in taxes and are more likely to be unemployed. Dr Delavega believes that “education is not spending money—it’s investing in the future.” We heard invocations of the labor and civil rights struggles in Tennessee at the rally and throughout the day. Representative Towns reminded my team that it was in Memphis that those two struggles merged and came to a head with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When I spoke with Dr. Delavega, she remarked how “Dr. King was in Memphis because of the sanitation strike” and how we all have a similar responsibility to stand with workers. The same politicians making cuts to public services also like to invoke the imagery of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Governor Haslam spent Martin Luther King Day in Memphis this year, where he visited the Civil Rights Museum and attended a celebration at Monumental Baptist Church. But the truth is, if King were alive today, he would have been lobbying with us, inspiring us with a speech at our rally on the south capitol steps, likely urging us to take more action by sitting-in and marching. It’s painfully ironic to hear his words used by politicians who stand in such stark contrast to his legacy. Our organizing work won’t end with lobby day. It took decades of struggle to end segregation and Jim Crow in the South. Workers have always faced poverty wages. Our lobby day was just one more step in that struggle. While voters today

may appear to reward the behavior of politicians like Governor Haslam, with his shameful blaming of poor people and workers for the ills of our country, I am confident that history will judge him differently. By 3 p.m., we had all finished our meetings with legislators and crowded back into the bus or our cars to head back to Memphis. We’ll see in the coming weeks what impact our Lobby Day had on the state legislature. But, in the meantime, the impact it had on all of us was clear. We all left the capitol more excited than ever to organize and keep working together to make our university work for everyone. As Ms. Holder told me, “the union allows everybody to have a voice: faculty, staff and students.”

or three donuts afterwards rather than eating a bowl of cereal with milk. The caffeine in energy drinks can also cause physical problems because being a central nervous system and metabolic stimulant, and sugar metabolizing quickly, blood sugar is increased and then dropped just as quickly. This is dangerous because it causes confusion to the body, resulting in fainting and dizziness. According to Terezie Mosby, part-time instructor in health sport sciences, energy drinks, like many things, are okay in moderation. While they are not the healthiest option, their short-term benefits could help keep someone awake on a long drive, or in some circumstances, replenish an exhausted athlete. “Energy drinks should only be drank if you are active and sweating a lot,” Mosby said. “They are mainly made for those who are in sports, especially since they help replace electrolytes.”

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Rifle team sets new record

By Corey Carmichael Over spring break, the fourthranked University of Memphis rifle team traveled to Murray, Ky., to compete in the 2014 NCAA Rifle Competition. In an eight-team field, the Tigers finished fourth, setting a program record for highest finish at the championship in their first trip to the event since 2005. Their record-breaking season was capped off with a 4669 point score after two days of competition on Friday and Saturday. West Virginia University placed first in the event with an aggregate score of 4707, setting a new NCAA championship record. The University of Alaska and University of Kentucky

finished second and third, respectively. Friday was the smallbore rifle competition, and the Tigers jumped into third place overall after Elizabeth Lee, Dan Hermsmeier and Amy Fister finished among the top 20 individuals. Lee and Hermsmeier both ranked in the top ten. After the smallbore sessions, the Tigers trailed the WVU Mountaineers by only 18 points. On Saturday, the teams competed in the air rifle portion of the championships, and Memphis finished with the fourth-highest score of 2349 for the day, led by top-20 finishes by Lee, Hermsmeier and Max Burkhardt. Lee, a sophomore from Louden, Tenn., posted a 592 mark on day two after a 585 on Saturday, leading the team in individual scoring on both

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Tigers garner eighth seed, draw Colonials

By Hunter Field The NCAA Selection Committee announced that the University of Memphis men’s basketball team received an eighth seed in the East Region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sunday. The Tigers (23-9) will face ninthseeded George Washington on Friday in Raleigh, N.C. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner hoped the Tigers would get a seed or two higher, but his team was excited for the next phase of their season. “It’s a great privilege to be apart of the tournament—not a birthright,” the fifthyear coach said just after finding out the Tigers’ draw. “Now we have an opportunity to play a very, very good G.W. team.” Heavy criticism has poured in over the last several seasons for Pastner and the Tigers, who have failed to make it to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. They fell to Arizona three seasons ago, St. Louis two years ago and Michigan State in their second game of the tournament last season. Should the U of M beat the Colonials, they would have to turn around quickly to almost certainly face the first-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers face Coastal Carolina, but a one seed has

never lost a second-round game in the history of the tournament. From there, the Tigers have American Athletic Conference foe Cincinnati, a three seed, and Michigan State, a four seed, in the way of their hopes to make the elite eight. On the other side of Memphis’ region, Villanova, a two seed, will be favored to make it out to the elite eight. However, third-seeded Iowa State and sixth seeded North Carolina will both do their best to upset the Wildcats. “This is refreshing,” Tigers senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. said. “This is the tournament that 360-odd-some teams play for. We’ve got a lot of veteran guys that have played major minutes in the NCAA Tournament, so I think we’re going to be ready.” The Tigers fell out of the AP Top25 poll for the first time this season on Monday. The drop came on the heels of a lopsided loss to Connecticut in the American Conference Tournament. The American failed to receive the respect from the selection committee that most analysts and coaches figured it would. Southern Methodist University didn’t receive a bid after being ranked in the top 25. The omission dumbfounded many television analysts and coaches alike.

Four teams from the American, including Memphis, received bids: fourth-seeded Louisville, seventh-seeded UConn and fifth-seeded Cincinnati. Pastner said he knew Memphis was going to receive a lower seed when Louisville was named a four seed. The draw pleased Memphis’ senior forward David Pellom, who transferred to Memphis from George Washington last summer. Both Pastner and Dixon said Pellom was ecstatic when the matchup rolled across the screen. Dixon said the Tigers have no time to relax, and they have bring their best each game because it could be their last. “Like I told Chris (Crawford) we’re literally playing for our life,” Dixon said. “That’s how we got to treat it. We just got to go out there and do what we’ve been doing well.” Tipoff is slated for Friday at 5:55 p.m. TBS plans to televise the game nationally. Senior guard Geron Johnson was confident in the Tigers’ chances before the bracket was ever even announced. “We will win two games next week,” Johnson said after the loss to UConn. “I got faith in my team. We can play with anybody in the country. I know coach doesn’t like that, but we’re going to get to the drawing board and we are going to work hard, and you can put my name by that.”

photo By DaViD C. minKin | SpeCial to the Daily helmSman

Tigers senior guard Geron Johnson promised Memphis fans two wins in the NCAA Tournament after the Tigers’ loss to UConn in the American Conference Tournament. They get their first chance on Friday against George Washington.

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