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Women’s History Month march honors feminist fight By Crystal Howard

news@dailyhelmsman.com Men and women all over the University of Memphis marched throughout campus, boasting signs celebrating feminism

for Women’s History Month Wednesday. Faculty and students showed their gratitude for women’s rights with signs promoting equal pay and gender equality. Women’s History Month is

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Women and men from organizations including University of Memphis VOX, Planned Parenthood, Mid-South Peace and Justice and Center for Research on Women, rallied together yesterday for a “march in March” in honor of Women’s History Month.

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Study shows cell phones have more bacteria than bathrooms By Patrick Lantrip

news@dailyhelmsman.com While some Americans fear the National Security Agency spying on their cell phone conversations, most are unaware that they share every call with the roughly 25,000 germs per square inch that live on their phones. A recent study done by the Pew Research Center found that 90 percent of Americans own cell phones. The study also shows that Americans

are not only owning cell phones, they are taking them everywhere. Sixty-seven percent of cell phone owners admit to routinely checking their phone without it ringing or vibrating, and 44 percent sleep with their phones next to them out of fear of missing a call or text. However, another study done by the marketing agency 11Mark exposed the dirtier side of technology addiction when it found that 75 percent Americans even carry their cell

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phones with them in the bathroom. Situations like these coupled with several other factors make cell phones a literal breeding ground for bacteria. “Moisture and heat create the perfect combination for those bacteria to survive and grow on your phone,” said Dr. Pratik Banerjee, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health at the University of Memphis. “Researchers have shown that deadly bacteria such as Staphylococcus

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aureus or E. coli are abundant on our cell phone surfaces. Believe it or not, sometimes your cell phone may have more bacteria than the toilet handle you used last time in a public restroom.” In fact, according to the news website Mashable, the average cell phone has around 25,000 germs per square inch, while the average toilet only has around 1,200. Other notable nasty

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FedEx profit up despite difficulties By David Koenig AP Business Writer

DALLAS— FedEx Corp. says its latest quarterly profit rose 5 percent from a year ago despite storms that raised the company’s costs, but the results were below analysts’ expectations. The company’s ground-shipping segment is doing better, but the express-delivery business is flat and customers continue to shift to slower, cheaper services for international shipments. The package-delivery giant said Wednesday that net income in the quarter that ended Feb. 28 rose to $378 million, or $1.23 per share, from $361 million, or $1.13 per share, a year ago. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.45 per share. Revenue rose 3 percent to $11.30 billion from $11 billion, missing Wall Street’s forecast of $11.43 billion. The weak results drove FedEx to lower its forecast of full-year earnings. However, FedEx expects fiscal fourthquarter earnings of between $2.25 and $2.50 per share, which leaves room to beat analysts’ prediction of $2.34 per share. FedEx said that weather reduced operating income by $125 million in the December-to-February third quarter. Snow, ice and freezing temperatures slowed the company’s trucks and planes and raised costs for everything from de-icing to overtime. Shipments dropped off during storms because some retail shippers in the East and Midwest closed. Rival United Parcel Service Co. struggled to keep up with peak volumes just before Christmas — traffic was heavier and later in the season than UPS expected. FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith said that his company handled December loads but will be careful in managing residential e-commerce shipments. “The biggest challenge is the fact that so much of the business comes in such a short period of time, and obviously it is not possible to make these

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change in history. This year at the U of M, women and men have taken the time to emphasize the struggles and accomplishments of women and girls. “My definition of being a feminist is all about women’s rights and women being treated equally,” Dhakyia Jackson, sophomore nursing major, said. The terms “feminism” or “feminist” first appeared in France and the Netherlands in 1872, Great Britain in the 1890s and the U.S. in 1910. The feminism social movement dates back from the Enlightenment. Soon after the Enlightenment, the Woman Suffrage movement began to gather momentum. Although it faced stiff resistance, women gained the right to vote in 1918 and 1920. In the years that followed, there were more events where feminism emerged in the workplace as well as in the 20th century, where equal rights arose regardless of race, creed, economic or educational status, physical appearance or ability and sexual preference. Being a feminist does not only pertain to being female — an individual does not have to be a woman in order to be pro-woman. Michael Barbour, a junior criminology and criminal justice major, believes feminism becomes a concern when feminist extremists believe that women are better than men or have a higher role of power over men. “From my education, I have learned that feminist of the past stood up for what is right to make rights of women equal to men,” Barbour said. Last year, Women’s History Month was celebrated with a flash mob inside of the University Center as a part of one of the active events for the month. This year, the rescheduled opening ceremony was celebrated with a campus-wide march themed “This is what a feminist looks like.” There was also a feminism fair on the Alumni Mall with booths that explained different aspects of women’s rights and feminism, such as women’s mental health sponsored by Active Minds. The U of M Nursing Department had a vagina table where they taught about vaginal health and gave out vaginal lubricants for women. “The feminism fair is an educational experience for me because I can learn a little bit and they are even able to get the guys to say ‘Hey, I can be a feminist too’,” Ashley Deering, broadcast journalism major, said. As Women’s History Month continues through March, students interested in keeping up with the events can find the rest of the events on the CROW at memphis.edu/crow.


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Evidence supports universe’s early growth By Malcolm Ritter Assosciated Press

NEW YORK — Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a splitsecond after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos. If confirmed, experts said, the discovery would be a major advance in the understanding of the early universe. Although many scientists already believed that an initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, they have long sought the type of evidence cited in the new study. The results reported Monday emerged after researchers peered into the faint light that remains from the Big Bang of nearly 14 billion years ago. The discovery “gives us a window on the universe at the very beginning,” when it was far less than one-trillionth of a second old, said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University, who was not involved in the work. “It’s just amazing,” Krauss said. “You can see back to the beginning of time.” Marc Kamionkowski, a theoretical physicist at Johns Hopkins University who did not participate in the research, said the finding is “not just a home run.

It’s a grand slam.” He and other experts said the results must be confirmed by other observations, a standard caveat in science. Right after the Big Bang, the universe was a hot soup of particles. It took about 380,000 years to cool enough that the particles could form atoms, then stars and galaxies. Billions of years later, planets formed from gas and dust that were orbiting stars. The universe has contin-

ued to spread out. Krauss said he thinks the new results could rank among the greatest breakthroughs in astrophysics over the last 25 years, such as the Nobel prize-winning discovery that the universe’s expansion is accelerating. Monday’s findings were announced by a collaboration that included researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University

of Minnesota, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The team plans to submit its conclusions to a scientific journal this week, said its leader, John Kovac of Harvard. Astronomers scanned about 2 percent of the sky for three years with a telescope at the South Pole, where the air is exceptionally dry. They were looking for a specific

pattern in light waves within the faint microwave glow left over from the Big Bang. The pattern has long been considered evidence of rapid growth, known as inflation. Kovac called it “the smokinggun signature of inflation.” The reported detection suggests that “inflation has sent us a telegram,” Kamionkowski said. The researchers say the light-wave pattern was caused by gravitational waves, which are ripples in space and time. If verified, the new work would be the first detection of such waves from the birth of the universe, which have been called the first tremors of the Big Bang. Krauss cautioned that the light-wave pattern might not be a sign of inflation, although he stressed that it’s “extremely likely” that it is. The pattern is “our best hope” for a direct test of whether the rapid growth spurt happened, he said. Alan Guth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a creator of the idea of inflation, said the findings already suggest that some ideas about the rapid expansion of the universe can be ruled out. It had not been clear whether the light-wave pattern would be detectable even if inflation really happened, he said, but luckily “nature is cooperating with us, laying out its cards in a way that we can see them.”

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US obesity rates fall for children, rise for older adults By Monte Morin Associated Press

WASHINGTON — While adults and older children continue to struggle with obesity, America’s 2- to 5-year-olds appear to be slimming down. The prevalence of obesity among children in the preschool set has fallen from nearly 14 percent in 2003 and 2004 to 8.4 percent in 2011 and 2012. That’s a 43 percent decline, according to new survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I was kind of excited to see this decrease in the young children and this potential for good news in the story,” said Cynthia L. Ogden, a Maryland-based CDC epidemiologist and branch chief

for the survey. Much of the decline among young children ages 2-5 occurred over the final two years of the study, as their obesity rates fell roughly 33 percent — from just over 12 percent in 2009-2010 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012. But one in three U.S. adults — 33 percent — and one in six, or 17 percent, of all young people ages 2-19 are still considered obese, according to the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, obesity rates for older adults increased from 31 percent in 2003-2004 to 35.4 percent in 2011-2012. Women age 60 and older fueled the increase, with obesity rates jumping from 31.5

percent in 2003-2004 to 38.1 percent in 2011-2012, the survey found. The authors concluded that “obesity prevalence remains high and thus it is important to continue surveillance.” Overweight people are at higher risk to develop a number of chronic diseases compared with people whose weight is normal. Obesity is linked to numerous health problems, including premature death, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoarthritis and gall bladder disease. In recent years, schools, restaurants, food and beverage manufacturers and medical caregivers have paid greater attention to the health threat posed by obesity and have tried to combat the prob-

lem through public awareness campaigns. But what is behind the falling obesity rates for toddlers is unclear. The CDC said it could reflect efforts by child care centers to improve nutrition and physical activity standards, as well as a decline in consumption of sugarsweetened soft drinks and other beverages. Increased breastfeeding rates also could be helping, since the activity helps stave off obesity in breastfed children, the CDC reported. Obesity prevention programs in cities such as Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia and New York City, as well as King County in the Seattle area, could also be playing a role. First lady Michelle Obama,

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whose “Let’s Move!” program works to increase physical activity among America’s youngsters, hailed the survey’s latest findings. “I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans,” Obama said in a statement. “With the participation of kids, parents and communities in ‘Let’s Move!’ these last four years, healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm.” On Tuesday, the first lady proposed a ban on the marketing of junk food and sodas in schools. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonpartisan public health advocacy group, said the proposal would go a long way toward keeping America’s youngsters slim.

Germs Page 1 nurseries include: 8,600 per square inch on a doorknob, 2,110 in a pet food bowl and 1,700 on a kitchen counter. “Unlike our hands, which are easily sterilized using hand sanitizers, our mobile phones are cumbersome to clean,” said Robert Koch, an associate professor at the Loewenberg School of Nursing. “Most people rarely make an effort to sanitize them. As a result, these devices carry a variety of bacteria.” Koch said a cellphone’s daily contact with the face, mouth, ears and hand adds to the health risk involved with using mobile devices that haven’t been cleaned. While there are electric sanitizers available for purchase that use UV light to kill bacteria, using disinfecting wipes to clean phone screens and cases is an effective way to kill bacteria.

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enormous capital investments for two or three weeks out of the year,” Smith said on a conference call with analysts. “You can clearly go broke trying to deliver non-compensatory packages into people’s homes.” Customers are limiting spending on higher-priced services. FedEx said that it was continuing to see a shift toward less profitable international services — the volume of international economy-class shipments rose 8 percent. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is still buying back its own stock, which reduced the number of shares by 3 percent from a year ago and boosted earnings per share. Helane Becker, an analyst at Cowen and Co., said that investors would “give the company some slack” for the disappointing third quarter because of the slightly upbeat forecast for the May quarter and FedEx’s moves to boost profit in its big express operations. FedEx shares rose 56 cents to $139.13 in morning trading Wednesday. They began the day down 3.6 percent for this year after gaining 57 percent in 2013.


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When he heard the Tigers would be playing George Washington in their first game of the NCAA Tournament, he couldn’t help but smile. Memphis senior forward David Pellom spent his first three years of eligibility playing for the Colonials before transferring to the University of Memphis last summer. The Colonials never made the tournament during Pellom’s three years in Washington D.C., but both parties made the “Big Dance” this year. “When we got called, I shed a tear,” Pellom, who was nervous the U of M may never get called, said. “But then, 10 seconds later when they said we were playing G.W., I got excited again. It was an emotional day but, at the same time, I was excited to get to face G.W.” The obvious advantage Tiger fans will point out is that Pellom knows the Colonials plays and gameplan. After all, he played under head coach Mike Lonergan for two seasons. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner swiftly dispelled any notion that the Tigers had an unfair advantage, saying the Colonials have changed over the course of a year. However, he did ask Pellom for his thoughts on the matchup. In his meeting with the press on Monday, Pellom wasn’t yielding any plans to combat G.W. When asked the key to beating them, he simply said, “Score more points.”

The 6-foot-7 forward battled injuries throughout his tenure at George Washington. A wrist injury sidelined him for the entirety of his senior campaign, allowing him to gain immediate eligibility at the U of M. Despite the injuries, Pellom, who graduated from G.W. with a Sociology degree, played in nearly 30 games each season for the Colonials. In 12 starts as a junior, Pellom scored 10.4 points per game and grabbed 6.1 boards. He shot 68.5 percent from the floor to set the Colonials’ program record for field goal percentage. Unfortunately for the U of M, the injuries followed Pellom to the Bluff City. He injured his knee a few days before the start of the regular, requiring arthroscopic knee surgery and missing the first three games. Pellom bounced back the same way he always has during his career. His numbers don’t jump off the page, but he makes hustle plays that go beyond the box score. The fifth-year senior averaged 4.3 points per game this season, while grabbing 2.9 rebounds per game. Friday’s game in Raleigh, N.C., will also be a homecoming for Pellom, a Wilmington, N.C., native. He expects to have a lot of friends and family in the building for the Tigers’ second round matchup. Pellom said George Washington will always hold a special place in his heart, and he still dawns the Colonials logo on his car. But on Friday, it will be all Blue and Gray for the transfer forward.

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Tigers hope on-court success mirrors academic progress By Hunter Field

sports@dailyhelmsman.com For the second straight season, the University of Memphis men’s basketball team has been named one of the top-four teams in the country in terms of Academic Progress Rate. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport announced its annual study, naming the University of Dayton, American University, the University of Michigan and the U of M to their Final Four. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner couldn’t be more pleased with his players. “What a great thing for our program,” the fifth-year coach said. “Let’s not undersell that now. That is an important feat when you’re talking about how this program is viewed nationally just from a perception academically.” The study — conducted at the University of Central Florida — examined the Graduation Success Rate and APR of NCAA Tournament teams provided by the NCAA. The University of Kansas posted a perfect 1000 — the mark posted by the U of M last year — but Memphis, Duke University, the University of Louisville and Michigan were close behind with marks of 995. U of M interim president Brad Martin said this was just another accomplishment on a long list by Pastner and company. “The Memphis basketball team under coach Josh Pastner is an extraordinary representation of the values and mission of the University of Memphis,” Martin said in a release. “We are proud of their academic achievement, their community service and their athletic accomplishments.” In 2013, five tournament teams

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The Tigers posted a near-perfect APR this season. They made it the second-straight year. tied with a perfect APR score. 1000’s. The accomplishment is all the Memphis, Belmont University, Butler University, Kansas, more impressive with some of Michigan and the University of the players Pastner has allowed Notre Dame all posted perfect to join his program. Several

to the academic Final Four for have had colorful backgrounds, but there have been very few problems. The U of M’s athletic director Tom Bowen said the basketball

program is running exactly the way it needs to be running. “The University of Memphis is committed to recruiting and developing the best student-athletes in the country both in the classroom and on the field of competition,” Bowen said. “Our men’s basketball program continues to set a high standard in both areas, and we are immensely proud of their success.” Despite the success in the classroom, Pastner understands he will be judged by the way his team performs on the court. “I know last year the count of rebounds and Michigan State outrebounded us, and that’s why they advanced,” he said. “They advanced and we didn’t, so it wasn’t based on academics. It will be the same thing on the court. We’re going to have to advance through getting the job done via rebounding and scoring, but it’s a great thing to be recognized academically.”

The InTernaTIonal STudenT aSSocIaTIon In collaboration with the African Student Association and the Indian Student Association presents

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