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Don’t expect a speech from personal trainer Jillian Michaels at the Orpheum March 14. Look for two hours of inspiration, information and entertainment instead. “I much prefer a direct, unfiltered conversation with the audience,” Michaels said. Michaels, a personal trainer Michaels and reality show personality from “The Biggest Loser”, is speaking for her “Maximize Your Life” tour about goal setting, personal image and inspiration. She hopes to motivate people to go out and do the same in their own lives. Having once struggled with her weight, Michaels’ passion for fitness began with martial arts 17 years ago, and she now holds a black belt. Fans of “The Biggest Loser” can expect a different side of Jillian Michaels than the one they know from television. “TV is like a cartoon,” Michaels said. “People rarely get to see what’s actually going on and how the transformations of the contestants (emotionally and physically) are being achieved and that’s what I am going to teach people during my show.” Goal setting also plays a major part of the conversation Michaels has with her audience as well as in her own life. She meditates on them through the day and before she goes to bed. These days her personal goals range from “to continue growing as a mom and businesswoman, to get better with every passing day and stay true to my passions personally and professionally.” Though barbecue isn’t the healthiest, Michaels plans on having some
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With temperatures falling as low as 12 degrees on Monday, the walkway between the north University Center entrance and the Student Plaza iced over, creating a hazardous situation for potential pedestrians.
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firstname.lastname@example.org After an icy storm swept through the Mid-South Sunday night, University of Memphis officials closed all U of M campuses Monday and opened the main campus at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Just before the storm hit, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell both
declared a State of Emergency. Although the winter storm gave U of M students extra time to prepare for midterms, it caused thousands of power outages and several trees to fall over. When Alyssa Tubbs, anthropology junior, heard classes were cancelled due to inclement weather, she decided to stay indoors and watch Netflix. “People in Memphis do not know
how to drive in the snow, so it is best to stay home,” she said. “I was studying for my Monday exam when I got the email. It does give me more time to study, but I would have rather just gotten it over with instead of prolonging the wait.” As of Tuesday night, about 6,900 customers were still affected. Jackie Reed, a spokesperson for Memphis Light, Gas and Water estimated
Monday night that it will take 48 hours before power is completely restored. “We have crews working around the clock to get power restored as fast as possible,” Reed said. “We have crews coming from Alabama, Indiana, Missouri and Upper Tennessee to help restore power.” According to National Weather
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U of M art student debuts Civil Rights themed gallery exhibition By Samuel Prager
email@example.com Lawrence Matthews’ III opening reception for his new exhibition, ‘”Reflections,” was held at the Box Gallery in the Arts and Communication Building on Feb. 28. The reception featured a series by Matthews that reflects upon the struggles and achievements within black history.
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“When you look in the gallery, it goes through time, as far as issues and different struggles with Civil Rights, but these issues are still going and that’s why this is important,” Matthews, a senior art major, said. Matthews noted Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and the controversy surrounding it, as well as the many restricted rights that homosexuals are battling for all around the globe. “I feel like there needs to be a resur-
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gence of these movements to help correct issues like these,” Matthews said. The gallery features 18 of Matthews’ pieces from his series, each focusing in on a certain moment in the Civil Rights era. However, the work being shown is only part of a collection that Matthews said he has been working on for the past year and a half. “The exhibition shows all of these different issues and different people
stepping in trying to change them. It’s a big and constantly expanding series, this is only a snapshot of what I plan to do,” Matthews said. “Each piece represents a specific time period and issue within the struggle. There are so many images and stories to left to tell.” The images Matthews chose to represent these certain events range from black boxer Joe Lewis winning the
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Scholarship software helps students ﬁnd ﬁnancial aid By J.T. Mullen
email@example.com University of Memphis’ new scholarship software Tiger Scholarship Manager is now available to help students find the scholarships. The new software requires students to fill out a general application. From there, the software compares the general application with the student’s academic profile and matches it with scholarships. Once the software matches the student with scholarships, applying is a simple as a couple of clicks of the mouse. Lofton Wilborn, assistant director of financial aid and scholarships, feels this software will make it much easier for students to find scholarships.
“In the past, students would have to go to different departments to see what scholarships were available, but this gives students one central location to access those additional resource,” he said. “This will make it easier for all students to find what is available for them.” Some students have had trouble finding what they qualified for because there has not been this centralized location to look for scholarships in the past. Dr. Leslie Graff, communications coordinator for the English department, feels that students not knowing what scholarships they qualify for is a major contributor to them not applying for the. “I feel that students sometimes feel discouraged, or they
think they’re not qualified or a good enough student for scholarship,” she said. “They think that they do not have a shot at it, when many of them really do.” Graff also believes that some students do not apply because they think the applications are too hard and take too much time. She hopes the new software will help students realize many scholarships are not hard to apply for. “Many students think applying is going to be difficult and they feel like it is going to be a lot of work,” she said. “Students are already busy with jobs, school and family and they feel scholarship applications are just one more thing. With papers and midterms they think they can’t do one more thing. In many cases, we are looking for some-
thing they have already done, like an essay they wrote the previous semester.” Graff thinks the new software will encourage more students to look and help them apply for more scholarships. “Hopefully if students have a central location, more students will feel like they can sit down one evening and apply to a whole bunch of scholarships,” Graff said. Wilborn echoes this sentiment and believes having all the scholarship info in a centralized location will really benefit students. “We want students to be able to reach other resources that are available to them and move toward their goal of graduation,” he said.
Wilborn and Graff agree college is anything but cheap, and scholarships are way to help students pay for those costs. “College is expensive,” Graff said. “We try to keep the cost down here at the University of Memphis, but it is still expensive. I hope students will put themselves out there and take chances on scholarships. I think that our students are much more qualified then they give themselves credit for, so I would encourage students to just apply and keep applying even if they do not get them one year.” The scholarship office plans to send campus wide emails to the student body with more information about the new scholarship software starting Wednesday.
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Lecture focuses on objectivity in news By Joey Kachel
firstname.lastname@example.org Few can deny that the news has been getting more and more opinionated, but is that necessarily a bad thing? A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter said there are some benefits to reporters sharing their opinions. Geneva Overholser, an independent journalist working in New York City, spoke at the University Center Theater Tuesday as part of the 3rd annual Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series. Professor Otis Sanford, Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism and the student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists, hosted the event. For decades, objectivity—reporting news without bias or slant—has been the norm in U.S. newsrooms. But, as Overholser said, that isn’t the case in many European newspapers and wasn’t the case in the U.S. until the last 100 years or so. The rise of social media has made
it easier than ever for people to share their thoughts, which has lead to the supremacy of objectivity being questioned. Overholser challenged whether or not objectivity has been completely beneficial, admitting that while her knee-jerk reaction to the rise of opinion journalism was that it was a problem, the current state of objectivity in the news was “distressing.” She brought up reporting of hotbutton topic such as climate change and global warming as an example. News outlets, afraid of looking like they were taking a slant, would entertain any opinion, no matter how ludicrous. As a result, the U.S. public’s trust in the media dropped. A 1976 Gallup poll found that 75 percent of U.S. citizens trusted the news. Now, the number has fallen to just about 25 percent. “These are pretty sorry numbers for an industry that purports to be the lifeblood of America,” said Overholser.
Overholser believes reporting has been merely the recitation of facts without context. She brought up a situation from her past career, when the big news item of the day was the breakup of Yugoslavia. Papers would publish stories detailing the conflict, but readers would have trouble understanding what was going on. Reporters would dump a collection of new information into a story and just assume their readers knew exactly what was happening from the get-go. As a result, news consumers turned away from traditional news outlets in search of something that would provide both context and information — and justify their opinions at the same time. Modern Internet technology has made it easier than ever for both reporters and opinion writers to connect with their readers. “Now, not only can anyone with a crackpot opinion be heard, but anyone with a thoughtful story can go viral,” Overholser said.
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News outlets could reap the benefits of this media revolution if they were careful about making sure their readers, viewers and listeners were absolutely clear about what they were getting into. Overholser emphasized the importance of transparency for news outlets. “It isn’t wrong to give opinion journalism, but it is wrong not to tell your readers, viewers and listeners what you’re trying to do,” said Overholser. But the responsibility isn’t just on news outlets to stay transparent. News consumers have to do their own work. There are now more avenues than ever for news consumption, but it’s up to the consumer to consume wisely. “If you don’t like the news you are consuming, then consume something else,” said Overholser.
Overholser previously worked as editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, an ombudsman and columnist for The Washington Post from 1995 to 1998, an editorial writer for The New York Times and director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series was named after Norman Brewer, a reporter and, from 1995 until his death from cancer in 2010, a commentator for WREG. Though his skill as a journalist won him many fans—among them, Memphis mayor AC Wharton—Brewer was most famous for his support of the sanitation workers’ strike in 1968, which lead to him becoming an honorary member of the NAACP.
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Shatorria Murray, nursing freshman, admires work in Lawrence Matthews’ III exhibition, “Reflections,” at the Box Gallery in the Art and Communications building.
Art Page 1 World Heavyweight Championship to the Black Panthers to a poverty-stricken mother and child in Harlem. Many of Matthews’ other paintings feature prominent leaders and figures within the Civil Rights era, such as Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. “I always look at artists who have thousands and thousands of paintings when they die, that’s what they leave behind as their legacy, and I want to be one of those artists with that many great pieces to leave behind as mine,” Matthews said. Matthews starts with a woodgrain canvas covered with a collage of book pages from books written by
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“There is no such thing as AfricanAmerican history—it should be in unison with history. We’re all together, but a lot of the time people want to categorize it as it’s own branch,” Matthews said. “We all built this country together, maybe on the backs of certain people, but nonetheless, all together.” Although Matthews’ main focus within is art is to tell the stories of the past, he said that if people could get together and talk about these issues it might break down barriers and help people deal with similar issues today. “People are dealing with these issues still today and they’re still trying to earn their rights to be treated as people. They are still dealing with these things on a real level: discrimination, violence, stereotyping,” Matthews said. “Obviously we’re not quite where we need to be yet.” Matthews said he is mostly concerned with the foundations, noting we still have to work on the foundations of Civil Rights and preventing discrimination. “If Obama is in the White House and people are still getting shot in their cars because somebody was threatened by their hip-hop music. I’m just more concerned with my little brother being able to walk around his neighborhood and not being worried about someone chasing him down and shooting him than who is in the White House,” Matthews said. Matthews’ exhibition in the Gallery Box, which is open during the week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., officially opened Feb. 24 and will continue until March 17. He is looking forward to the opening reception and noted that there will be more to come in the near future. “The main thing for me is this isn’t about me. I want the work to breathe for itself and to cause dialogue between everybody there. Hopefully there will be a diverse group of people there, which is what the work is about,” Matthews said. “This is the start of a lot of things to come.”
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Tigers football team ﬁghts weather, inexperience during spring practice By Corey Carmichael
email@example.com The University of Memphis football’s 2013 season finished on Dec. 7, but, less than three months later, the team is already preparing for next season. The NCAA limits teams to 15 practice sessions in the spring semester, so the coaches have a short time to get players ready for the fall, including redshirted players from last season and players from the 2014 recruiting class who have already enrolled. Spring practice is a time for the players to get repetition with basic sets and formations in order to get better acclimated and adjusted for the next season. It gives coaches an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate the talent for next season and choose the best direction for the team. Along with incorporating new players, the Tigers also have a new coach. This is Ryan Walters’ first spring coaching the cornerbacks at Memphis. The 28-year-old coached at North Texas last season. Since graduating in 2008, he has held graduate assistant positions at the University of Oklahoma, University of Arizona and the University of Colorado, his alma mater. Head coach Justin Fuente said in a press release that this is the time he will really evaluate those coming off redshirt years. “There are some guys that are coming out of redshirt years who will have to get a great evaluation,” Fuente said. “They have been running plays off
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The University of Memphis football team plans to resume drills after spring break. cards (scout team) for the last six or eight months. Now they get to run our stuff with our terminology. I know those kids are ready to bridge the gap.” Memphis returns nine starters on the offensive side, including last year’s leading rusher Brandon Hayes, who was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. However, nobody is given a starting position, and competition will be strong everywhere on offense.
Fuente said this year will have particular strong fights for position. “We’ll have great competition on the offensive line,” Fuente said. “Now, it will be young competition. There will be some guys competing who haven’t played Division I football who are pretty hungry. I think they have made the older guys better, and they have stepped up their game a little bit. It will be interesting to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.”
Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t expect any more precipitation and the ice should melt by Wednesday since the high will probably be 46 degrees,” he said. “But the temperature will drop to 14 degrees tonight, so expect the roads to still be icing Tuesday morning.” However, Director of Shelby County’s Office of Preparedness Robert
Nations Jr. said that road workers have been putting salt and sand down since 9 a.m. Monday. “We are learning now that in order to repair power in one spot they may have to turn it off in another,” Nations said. “If you are without power you may want to talk to friends, relatives or neighbors about spending the night.” He also cautioned students to leave early and drive slower.
The team also returns eight starters on defense from a unit that ranked 44th nationally, limiting teams to 24.6 points per game. The front of the defense, namely the defensive line and linebackers, is an extremely experienced group of players. Freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch started every game of his debut season. He threw for just over 2000 yards and completed 58.2 percent of
his passes. Still with room for improvement, Fuente hopes his quarterback will benefit from the extended number of reps in the spring, but he knows it’s not only about his quarterback. “I certainly expect him to continue to progress,” the second-year coach said. “I expect him to continue to master the concepts of decision making, progression and the leadership skills it takes to play. I also expect us to play better around him. I think we have to take onus on ourselves at every position to continue to improve to help him out. I know he is anxious to get out there.” Their first spring practice was on Sunday, but the thunder and imminent winter storms cut the two-hour practice short. The team is scheduled to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week before spring break. After the break, the team plans to resume drills and hold the Blue-Gray Spring Game on April 11 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. For Fuente, the spring session may be the best time for his team to begin building much needed team chemistry. “We have to do a great job as a team,” Fuente said. “One of the main things we need to get across is we need to continue to meld as a unit — a selfless group of guys who want to take the next step in this mission we undertook a couple of years ago. Our team leadership; our team accountability; what our team needs to do to get better will determine our long-term fate.”
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No doubt that fat, juicy worm looks delicious to the fish. He may nibble on it for a bit, and it tastes so good he decides to get the whole thing in his mouth and devour it in one delectable bite. To his sad surprise the episode does not end like he thought it would. What promised such pleasure ends in terminal disaster. That is the way that Satan and sin work. Satan shows the bait but hides the hook. Many a life has been ruined by not recognizing this. Moses, in the prime of his vigorous, young manhood refused to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” He was much wiser than the young man we read about in the book of Proverbs. He yielded to the temptations of an unfaithful woman and was not aware that he was going “as an ox goeth to the slaughter.” I once witnessed a bull being slaughtered for its meat. The animal was enticed with some grain to go to the place of its slaughter. While unconcernedly munching on some corn, he sustained the fatal blow. Some who read this will perhaps scoff and dismiss such warnings as paranoia or as an anachronistic throwback to an ignorant and superstitious age. Proverbs speaks of such a scoffer who refused to take warning and when he began to reap the consequences of his actions lamented his foolishness and complained, “How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof…”
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Tigers sweep No. 7 Cardinals, move up to No. 20 By Hunter Field
firstname.lastname@example.org It took 17 years, but the University of Memphis men’s basketball team finally swept their season series with the University of Louisville (24-5, 13-3 AAC), winning a 72-66 thriller on Saturday. The win couldn’t have been more timely for Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and the Tigers (22-7, 11-5 AAC), who lost to a subpar Houston squad (15-14, 7-9 AAC) on Thursday. Pastner was clearly ecstatic after the emotional victory, saying there was no better time to hug a win. “I am so proud of our young men, what a great job they did today,” the fifth-year coach said. “Everyone contributed, including all the guys on the bench. This win was spectacular for our team and this city. Our ability to bounce back after the loss to Houston was tremendous, and I am glad we were able to pull out the win.” The win moved the No. 20 Tigers up a spot in the Associated Press Poll. A loss on Saturday would have almost certainly pushed Memphis out of the AP Poll for the first time this season. They are one of only 10 teams to be ranked each week thus far this season. Memphis took a six-point lead to the locker room at halftime, but the Cardinals stormed ahead in the second half behind the acrobatics of sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell. Harrell caught a jaw-dropping ally-oop from beyond half court with around 14 minutes remaining, sparking a Louisville run that he would later cap off with another thunderous slam. He posted a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. The run gave the then. No. 7 Cardinals an eight-point lead with just over four minutes left to play. Then, Memphis senior guard Michael Dixon Jr., a newcomer to the Tigers this season after a stint at Missouri, scored six unanswered to start
a 15-1 Memphis run to close the game. Dixon ended with a team-high 18 points and 9-9 from the free-throw line. However, the play of the game came with the Tigers down two with only 2:38 to play. In dire need of defensive stop, the Tigers called on senior guard Geron Johnson to guard Louisville’s senior guard and Naismith College Player of the Year semi-finalist Russ Smith. Johnson denied every lane to the hoop and ripped the ball away from Smith as he rose for a 3-pointer. Johnson scooped up the loose ball and went coast to coast for the game-tying bucket. The Dayton, Ohio, native ended with 15 points on 6-7 from the field, prompting a, “God bless Geron Johnson,” from Pastner during his post-game press conference. Dixon echoed Pastner’s praise for Johnson, who has had some rough games throughout the season. “Geron Johnson played awesome defense today against Russ Smith down the stretch,” Dixon said. “He is one of the best defenders in the country and our whole team trusts him to make a play.” Then, with the game tied at 65, senior guard Chris Crawford got in on the action—drilling a deep three from the top of the key to give Memphis a lead they wouldn’t give back. Both Pastner and his players complemented the crowd of 18, 375 for their noise and energy. Crawford was especially happy to get a win for the crowd and City of Memphis. “Sweeping Louisville is huge for us and means a lot for the city,” Crawford said after the game. “I am glad I was able to knock down that three towards the end of the game for my team. They all played with high energy, and making that shot was huge. I had not been shooting the ball well but today was different for me. This rivalry is a big one, and beating Louisville twice boosts our confidence heading into the final two games of the regular season.”
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Memphis senior guard Chris Crawford knocked down one of the biggest shots of his career in the waning moments of Saturday’s win over Louisville. He finished with 12 points, going 4-5 from behind the arc. Freshman forward Austin Nichols chipped in 14 points, five boards, three assists and two blocks. The performance notched the Collierville native his second-straight Rookie of the Week honor from the American Athletic Conference. The 6-foot-8 forward has received the award three times this
season. Pastner said after the game that he believed the Tigers were guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season, and they are playing for seeding now. The Tigers currently sit in fifth place in the American, but they have pivotal
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games against Cincinnati (24-5, 13-3 AAC) and SMU (23-6, 12-4 AAC), the second and third seeds, respectively. Their first game of the week is Thursday in Cincinnati at 6 p.m. Next, they return to FedExForum for senior day against the Mustangs at 11 a.m. to close out the regular season.
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Women’s basketball secures seventh seed for American tourney By Austin Reynolds
firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Memphis women’s basketball team (13-17, 6-12 AAC) picked up a critical 53-47 senior night victory over the University of Cincinnati (1217, 5-13 AAC) at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse Monday night. The game wasn’t exactly an offensive showcase with both teams shooting under 38 percent from the field, but since recovering from a seven-game losing streak, the Tigers will take wins any way they can get them. “A win is a win,” senior Jasbriell Swain said. “If we can keep coming out on top no matter how ugly it is, just keep doing what we’re doing. As long as we keep holding ourselves accountable and we keep playing as a team then I think we’ll be all right.” Swain was one of three seniors playing her final game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The others were forward Pa’Sonna Hope and guard Devin Mack. “It’s surreal. I think it’ll all hit me when it’s all said and done when I’m finally hanging up my jersey, but I’m happy and I’m really gonna miss my team-
mates,” Swain said. It was senior night, but the win can mostly be attributed to some of the Tigers’ younger players. Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn put the team on her back scoring 24 points and grabbing six rebounds, all while shooting 8-16 from the field on a night where most Memphis players couldn’t buy a bucket. Freshman guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran added eight points, five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey chipped in with six points and six rebounds. The Tigers trailed by as many as ten points in the game’s opening half, but Memphis was able to score the final six points of the period including a buzzerbeating layup by Hearn to cut the halftime deficit to four. Memphis continued to chip away at the lead, then with 4:28 left in the half a Fuqua-Bey free throw finally put the Tigers ahead for good. With the win the Tigers secured the seventh seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament this weekend. Perhaps more important than the seed, Memphis will enter the
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Senior forward Pa’Sonna Hope and her fellow seniors notched a win in their final game at Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The win secured the Tigers a seventh seed in the conference tournament. tournament on a two-game winning streak as opposed to what could have potentially been a nine-game slide. “Losing streaks don’t feel good and it really impacts the mentality of your team,” Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin said. “We were tired of losing and we finally got enough of a break in the schedule and played well enough that we’ve been able to
put two together. It’s huge. The world’s going to be a lot brighter place tomorrow after two wins.” Memphis’ opening game in the conference tournament will come against tenth-seeded Houston, and the Tigers may find themselves in for another slugfest. Memphis, who has the seventh seed, won the two regular season meetings with Houston but neither team was able to score more
than 55 points in either contest. “We’ve got to recognize that every game could potentially be our last,” McFerrin said. “Our motivation levels should be very high on both ends of the floor and we’ve just got to trust that we’ve grown up enough to understand that.” Tipoff against Houston is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in Uncasville, Conn.
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