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Award winning chef offers free cooking lessons on campus By Crystal Welch
firstname.lastname@example.org Over the weekend, the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis hosted an Easter morning brunch for almost 900 guests. Chef Edward Nowakowski was the man behind this huge holiday event. His name may not ring a bell for most University of Memphis students, but Chef Edward has clout within the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management. As he walks through the hotel lobby, greetings of “Hey, Chef ” can be heard. In January, Nowakowski headed back to culinary school — this time as a teacher. Every first and last Monday of the month at 6 p.m., the chef hosts free cooking classes in the demonstration kitchen on the second floor of the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. “I got tremendous knowledge. I’d like to share it with some people,” Nowakowski said. “People ask for recipes and how to do this and that, so I do the class.” At the April 1 class about 45 attendees, including students from the Kemmons Wilson School, joined the chef to learn the art of cake decorating. A flyer for the event on Nowakowski’s website decorated with various types of cakes reads “Nothing Foolish About It!” — an ode to April Fools’ Day and a testament to the Chef ’s lively spirit. During the three-hour class, the longest one yet — an occurrence the chef attributes to the environment of fun created with the students — attendees learned about sugar fondant, icing and chocolate painting. Classes usually last about two hours. Guests cooked various types of lamb meat at the last March meeting. But it’s not just about the hands-on kitchen learning. With Nowakowski, attendees are also given a quick informational session
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email@example.com Broke college students don’t have to skip Broadway blockbusters thanks to budget-friendly ticket options at the Orpheum Theatre. For $20, students can attend hit shows such as “The Book of Mormon” on designated Student Rush Nights. They can also get a break on new season ticket packages. “What makes it special is that University of Memphis students can go to the theater on Student Rush Night and see a show sitting next to someone who paid triple that,” said freshman Travis Blackwell, a technical theater major and Orpheum intern. “It opens up the theatrical quality students can afford immensely.” “The Book of Mormon,” written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is part of the Tony Award-winning lineup announced last week by the Orpheum. The 2013-2014 season kicks off mid-September with “Flashdance: The Musical,” followed by “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “West Side Story,”
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Cast members from “War Horse” made a special appearance at the Orpheum’s season release party to demonstrate the mechanics of Joey the horse, the award-winning puppet used in the production. “Sister Act” and “The Music of “Wicked,” making its third Mormon,” two critically acclaimed return to Memphis. The recent shows on Broadway, close out the Andrew Lloyd Webber.” The new season is also Tony Award-winning shows packed with hit shows such as “War Horse” and “The Book of see OrPHEUM on page 4
Underground revolution SmithSeven founder talks punk rock, helping people, and capitalism By Joshua Cannon
firstname.lastname@example.org From the front door of Patterson Hall to the walls inside of the Tiger Den, small circular stickers with the crest “Smith7: Underground Revolution” can be found hidden around the University of Memphis campus. To most students, it means nothing. To others, it’s not just a sticker. It’s a record label. It’s a way of helping people. It’s an escape. It’s a way of life that originated from the mind of U of M
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from the University of Memphis rests on the floor, propped against the bottom corner of one of many bookcases in his room. “Interviews are weird, man,” Vernon admits as he recalls everything in his life that brought him to where he is today. Between 1999 and 2000, Vernon started SmithSeven Records, a non-profit record label that would come to raise more than $7,000 for local families and charities in the Memphis
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uuSmith7 Continued from page 1 area. According to Vernon, it began not only as a way to help kids feel cool without having to go to the mall and buy expensive clothes, but also as a way to help cool people do cool things. Calvin Lauber, a local musician who has played in SmithSeven bands, believes the non-profit organization offers more than a normal record label usually would. “SmithSeven is more a family than a record label to me,” he said. “I think that through that, punk rock has another definition. It’s not just music, but a family. It’s a kind of music that unites people.” Vernon wasn’t interested in making a profit. He wanted to help his friends make records, and give bands a place to play. This idea came to life through “Underground Revolution,” two words that find themselves on most, if not all, band shirts the record label prints. “We’re fighting against the American standard of living,” Vernon said. “We’re doing the opposite of what you’re supposed to do in America. We’re making a lot of effort to not make money. We want to try hard, and not make money to do it. We’re investing in our friends.” From dealing with “good old
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 • 3 boys” during his days at Memphis University School to a “cool punk rock kid” that gave him a Propagandhi mix tape at a summer job, Vernon’s youth had a big impact on the way he views life. He recalls one song that resonated with him: “There was this one lyric like ‘Just wait a minute dad. Did you actually say freedom?’ It was talking about the hypocrisy of America. The land of the free, give us your money bullshit. It was awesome to me, but at the same time, I’m not that hard. I’m not gonna get in the mosh pit and f--- people up. I’m gonna get in the pit to protect people. Gonna bring assholes down, but not break them.” It was this mentality, combined with a specific high school experience that led Vernon to study school counseling at the University, as well as do charity work through SmithSeven. In high school, Vernon recalls being the kid with glasses, an awkward hair cut and braces. One day in history class, a fellow student, the starting running back of the football team, punched him in the face, causing him to clean the blood from his mouth and pick the skin from his braces. “It was the first real punch I had ever taken,” Vernon said. “That kept me out of fights in the future, but our counselor came
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Kids sing with Vernon at a SmithSeven concert put together for a summer camp at Bert Ferguson Community Center last summer. up to me after class and said something like ‘I heard something didn’t happen in history class, right?’” According to Vernon, if the student had gotten in trouble, he would have been suspended and unable to play in that Friday’s football game. “I felt like I couldn’t talk to anybody,” Vernon said about why he became a school counselor. “I don’t ever want another kid to feel that way. If I can be on the front lines of that, I’m gonna be.” Vernon now splits his time between running the record label, being a school counselor at Snowden School in Memphis, and writing music with his punk rock band, Wicker, which has been around for nearly 17 years. In Wicker’s “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Eat a Spotted Owl Part Two,” a punk rock anthem about liberation, the lyric “We’re gonna fight for a new day” resonates with SmithSeven’s message. “Fighting for us means not feeding into greed, not taking the easiest way by being selfish, but by remaining a family and stand-
ing up for each other,” Vernon said. “If we can live like that, others can too, and we can grow and change so much that is so wrong with the world.” Vernon hates greed, and he thinks that capitalism is the catalyst for its growth. “It’s awesome that capitalism rewards people who have the best idea or who are the hardest workers, but when it’s more important for us to keep costs down than to help people, it sucks. When the whole point is greed, it sucks,” Vernon said. “If we ship these jobs overseas where we can pay people less to keep the price the same, but sell people shit, how is that great?” Among bands signed to SmithSeven, members owe Vernon more than $40,000. According to Vernon, he could care less about the debt because “the money bought shelter for people, and it put out music people have really cared about for a while.” David Creech, who is the bassist for SmithSeven band The Star Killers, claims that his favorite aspect of the label is the sense
of community that it brings to people in need. “Brian has done monumental things for the community,” Creech said. “After a show one time, he and I drove to the Paige Robbins Adult Day Care Center and donated $300 to them. Not to mention, he helps local bands live their dreams.” Vernon continues to put out records for his friends as well as donating to families and charities in need, all expectation free. The SmithSeven founder doesn’t like taking credit for all the organization has done, though. According to Vernon, without his friends and family, he wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all of these things in his life. He didn’t fall into the “American Debt Death” because his parents helped him through school while he was working and doing charity work through SmithSeven alongside his friends. “I’ve never focused on making money,” Vernon said. “I want to make things better for kids at school, kids at SmithSeven. Things are gonna be terrible, but we’re gonna fight that. We hope we can get you to do that, too.” n
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uuOrpheum Continued from page 1 season next year. “What the Orpheum has to offer this year is one of the highest levels of season possible,” Blackwell said. “It’s one of the best seasons in years.” The Orpheum is offering several packages to attract more theatergoers, including students. Ticket prices across the board will be lower than ever according to Pat Halloran, president and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre. The Orpheum also plans to broaden its subscriber base by implementing a new payment plan to allow subscribers to pay off their season tickets in a series of three payments. Better seats are also available for less money. “People who used to sit up higher can now come down and sit in the back of the orchestra for the same price,” Halloran said. Even if students can’t afford season tickets, they can participate in the Student Rush program, a system that makes discounted tickets available for students and educators. The Orpheum designates a Student Rush Night where, starting one hour before the show, they sell two of the best remaining seats in the house to anyone with a valid school ID. There is a limit of two tickets per ID and each ticket costs only $20. The next show hitting the Orpheum stage is the awardwinning “Memphis: The Musical,” April 23-28. Contact the Orpheum Box Office at 901-525-3000 for student rush dates and ticket information. n
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on food and beverage management at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center before heading across the street to the Holiday Inn. There, he shows students what he does on a projector screen. “One class was about menu engineering. I’m trying to show the people how it works,” Nowakowski said. As the director of food and beverage services for the Fogelman Executive Conference Center & Hotel, he handles the management of the University’s banquet and conference meetings at both locations. Nowakowski also serves as the head chef and was part of the team that helped to open the hotel more than 10 years ago. His office in the Fogelman Center is adorned with plaques and awards he has received over the years as an executive chef and manager at hotels around the country since his 1977
arrival to the United States. A native Austrian, Nowakowski’s mother was a labor camp worker during the time of German occupation. In his memoir “Brush with the Edge of Time and Profession,” he devotes an entire chapter to his mother. Ultimately, he recalls a great deal of his time as a culinary student in Poland where he trained in French and Southeastern European cuisines, eventually earning the European Master Chef Diploma. “It’s totally different from here,” Nowakowski said. “I want to express to people how it was.” He recalled being asked to kill and divide a hog into sausage in three days as an exam. “Very hard,” Nowakowski said. “I barely passed. This is the type of stuff I want to express to young people today.” He currently serves as the president of the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation and works closely with local charities to produce benefit banquets for various causes. His various salt, chocolate and ice sculptures are often featured centerpieces at the events. The chef is producing a steamblowing chocolate volcano sculpture for this month’s American Cancer Society event at the hotel. Other sculptures have been featured throughout the Holiday Inn restaurant and lobbies. Through all of his work in the kitchen, the classroom and the office, one thing remains a constant for Nowakowski: guest satisfaction. “If the guest is happy, I’m happy,” Nowakowski said. “I do any and everything to make guests happy.” Community members can join Nowakowski at the next free cooking class on April 29. The class’s starting location is typically Room 129, but it varies. Guests should call Nowakowski at 901-246-7669 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org the Friday before class to give the chef an idea of who’s attending the class that day. Read more about the award-winning U of M chef and culinary manager at chefedward.com. n
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Last September the area of Artic Ocean covered by sea ice reached its lowest recorded level in more than three decades of measurements. Compared to the 1980’s this represents a loss of more than half the summer Arctic sea ice pack. Global climate models generally predict sea ice declines over the 21st century, but the precipitous losses observed have significantly outpaced most projections. Dr. Golden will discuss how mathematical models and statistical physics are being used to study key sea ice processes and to advance how sea ice is represented in climate models. This work helps improve projections of the fate of Earth’s ice packs and the response of polar ecosystems. A video from a 2012 Antarctic expedition to measure sea ice properties will be shown.
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‘Game of Tigers, Rebels rematch postponed: Tigers look forward to UCF Thrones’ renewed for fourth season By Alex Briggs
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While its future wasn’t in much doubt, fans of HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones” can rest a little easier knowing that it will get another season. On Tuesday, two days after the show’s third season premiere, HBO announced that “Game of Thrones” would be getting a fourth season. The decision came after the announcement that the show had achieved an audience high of 6.7 million viewers across all three plays of the show Sunday. That topped the previous season premiere by 7 percent. For those familiar with the novels by George R.R. Martin that serve as the basis for the series, the third season was planned to cover only the first half of the third book, “A Storm of Swords.” Now fans will be able to see at least the rest of the events of that book dramatized on TV. After the fourth season, however, things will get trickier. When the books were published, Martin made the decision to divide the fourth and fifth books, “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons,” by characters, with half of the storylines in one book and the other half in the other book (though there is some blending of stories in the fifth volume). When those books make it to TV, elements of both books will need to be blended to continue the ongoing narrative of all the characters. And then, of course, there’s the question of what happens after that. Martin is still hard at work on the series’ sixth book, with one more to go after that. Still no word on when the book will be finished, or how much time he will need to write the final book. The show’s executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, told HitFix that they visited Martin at his home in New Mexico in February to get information on where the series was headed in the final two books. n
The scheduled rematch of Memphis and No. 16 Ole Miss at AutoZone Park was cancelled Tuesday night due to the impending threat of rain. The two teams clashed on Feb. 26 in Oxford, Miss. and the Tigers (15-13, 2-4 Conference USA) upset the nationally ranked Rebels (23-6) 4-3, delivering the Rebels their only non-conference loss of the season. The University of Memphis will make an announcement on a makeup date with Ole Miss or with a different opponent on Monday. Memphis and Ole Miss have
played an annual game at the Memphis Redbirds’ stadium, AutoZone Park, in 11 of the past 12 seasons. In 2008, similar weather conditions forced the teams to reschedule their matchup and play the game at FedExPark. In light of the cancellation, the Tigers baseball team looks to continue its 11-game home stand with a matchup against Central Florida this weekend. UCF (18-11, 4-2 C-USA) is coming off a weekend series with Southern Miss where they dropped two of the three game series. The head of their rotation, Ben Lively, leads the Knights. Lively, a junior, has been dominant in his seven starts this sea-
son, posting a record of 5-2 with an earned run average of 0.35. Lively has also thrown two complete-game shutouts while striking out 55 batters. Seniors Chris Taladay and Erik Hempe comprise the heart of the UCF lineup. Taladay is hitting .379 so far this season and is responsible for 28 of the team’s 143 runs batted in. Hempe has nearly matched Taladay’s production, batting .346 in 29 games this season. Hempe has also driven home 23 runs this season. The rest of the Knights’ rotation features some solid arms, but reliever Zac Favre has been dominant. Favre, a freshman, has posted a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings
of work, striking out 37. The Tigers will counter the players’ production just as they have all season — with depth. While no Tiger has batted in 20 runs this season, they have seven hitters with at least 10 RBI. As for pitching, the Tigers feature a staff that is nationally ranked. The team’s combined 2.74 ERA is 23rd in the country. Their strikeout rate of 8.74 strikeouts per nine innings is good for 13th. The Tigers have dropped three of five so far on the 11-game home stand, including two to nationally ranked Houston, but the team looks to turn it around on Friday. The first pitch is at 6:30 p.m. at FedExPark. n
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Pinkston receives Spirit of Service Award By Collins Peeples
email@example.com The league office announced Tuesday that Memphis native, junior Justin Pinkston, is the latest recipient of the 2012-2013 Winter Conference USA Spirit of Service Award. Pinkston is one of only 12 athletes from C-USA’s member schools to be honored for community service work. “It feels pretty cool to receive this award,” Pinkston said. “I had no idea I could even get it until I found out I was nominated, and then saw that I had won it. I guess the best part is that people can see what you’re doing and that’s pretty cool.” His track coach, Kevin Robinson, offered high praise for Pinkston upon finding out about the award. “Justin is very deserving of this award,” Robinson said. “Justin always has a high level of participation in all of our community service efforts. Not only does he compete in three sports (cross country, indoor and outdoor track), but also he excels in the classroom, and still finds a way to donate his time and effort to others. I am very pleased to see Justin get recognized in this manner. He is a great representation of this program, and the Athletic Department
as a whole.” Some of Pinkston’s vast community endeavors include assisting with Christmas gift distribution for Gift for God’s Children as well as Family Literacy Night at Altruria Elementary School. Pinkston also volunteered to assist with Fogelman Feeds, which benefits the Mid-South Food Bank. He also lent his time to help with the Children’s Museum of Memphis Holiday Extravaganza as well as Memphis Halloween Bash events. “It’s fun to give back and remember how lucky and fortunate I am. My favorite part is just seeing kids prosper and putting a smile on kids’ faces,” Pinkston said. Others in the Athletic Department also sang praises of Pinkston. “Justin is always one of the first people to volunteer for community service,” said Student-Athlete Development Coordinator Kristin Rusboldt. “He’s very proactive in seeking out community service opportunities and always goes above and beyond in his efforts.” Pinkston also goes above and beyond in the classroom, where his academic achievements are rivaled only by his community service. Pinkston has received the C-USA Academic Medal twice, in 2011 and 2012. He has also
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been named to the C-USA Academic Honor Roll twice (2011 and 2012). Additionally, Pinkston has been named to the Tiger Academic 30, the Tiger 3.0 Club and the Dean’s List. When Pinkston is not donating his time and effort to the community or working hard in the classroom, he also runs track. His primary run is the 800meter, but his talents spill over into other events as well. During the indoor track and field season, Pinkston competed in five meets for the Tigers, mainly running the 800-meter. At the Samford Multi and Invitational, Pinkston set a personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57:58. At the John Craft Invitational, Pinkston also set a personal best, this time in the 600 meter, with a time of 1:26:22. Between volunteering off the field and performing on the field, time can get very slim for Pinkston. “It’s tough to fit everything in,” Pinkston said. “We have practice everyday at 3 and we’re gone every weekend so it can get really difficult. I’d say time management is the key.” Pinkston and the rest of the men’s track and field team, along with the women’s team, will take back to the track this Saturday and Sunday at Auburn in the Tiger Track Classic. n
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University of Memphis junior Justin Pinkston received the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award for his work in the community.
U of M track heads to Auburn By Jaclyn Redmon
firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Memphis men and women’s track and field teams head to Auburn University this weekend for the Tiger Track Classic. The Tigers will face some stiff competition, with several top-25 teams in the lineup, including host Auburn. They are ranked nationally in both men and wom-
en’s outdoor track and field. The men are ranked fifth while the women sit in the 21st spot. “It’s a higher profile meet. It will be 18 to 20 teams. [There will be] the SEC, the Big 10, the Big 12 and there will be a Missouri valley team. It will be competitive across the board,” said head coach Kevin Robinson. Robinson is the head coach of the men and women’s track teams. With the forecast looking good
for this weekend, the meet is an opportunity for the Tigers to put up a great showing. “We expect to do well. I think if the weather is cooperative at all this should be a very good meet for us,” Robinson said. “We have some weapons. We just need the weather to cooperate.” Robinson knows there will be some talented teams at Auburn this weekend, but he is more focused on what his team needs to do to fare better than the rest. “In a championship setting it will be a little different. It is not a team sport event, so basically we are trying to put up some qualifying marks for the regional and national championships,” Robinson said. “This is the first meet where we are sincerely going after some big marks, running more of our primary events and less of a training type atmosphere. I am not as concerned about the other schools as I am about us just staying focused and doing what we need to do.” The Tigers have been training hard all season, but this will be the first meet where they cut back on their intensive training regimen. “This is the first meet of the outdoor season where we back off a little bit in terms of our training in order to compete well. We have to ease up a little bit. It is an opportunity to back down a little bit from the training volume and
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Stephens named to CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-America team By Bryan Heater
email@example.com Before the 2012-2013 season, University of Memphis men’s basketball senior D.J. Stephens averaged 2.6 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game and had 55 blocked shots over his first three years as a Tiger with just seven starts. This season, the freakishly athletic Stephens broke out, starting 28 games for Memphis with averages of 7.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 95 blocked shots (2.6 bpg) on his way to being named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Tuesday, CollegeInsider.com/ Lefty Driesell named Stephens to the Defensive All-America team. Stephens’ 95 blocked shots on the year ranked as the fourth highest total for a single season in program history. Aside from leading the Tigers in swats, Stephens also led the team in rebounding at 6.6 a game, which ranked 12th in C-USA, and field goal percentage (.629). The senior finished his career with 124 slams. Against the St. Mary’s Gaels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Stephens
uuTrack Continued from page 7 let them feel a little better going into the meet,” Robinson said.
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swatted a career-high eight shots in helping the Tigers advance to the third round. For the season, Stephens had three double-doubles and six double-figure rebounding games. Also named to the team were UNLV’s Khem Birch, Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton, Montana’s Will Cherry, Belmont’s Ian Clark, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng, Virginia’s Jontel Evans, Akron’s Zeke Marshall, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, St. John’s Chris Obekpa, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Alabama’s Trevor Releford, Colorado’s André Roberson, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Florida State’s Michael Snaer, VCU’s Darius Theus, UTEP’s Julian Washburn, Kansas’ Jeff Withey and Miami’s Shane Larkin and Durand Scott. The team is named in honor of former coach Driesell, who remains the only coach to win 100 games at four different NCAA Division I programs. The 2013 Lefty Driesell Award presented to the nation’s top defensive player will be announced Friday at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, where the Final Four will be played. n
Senior D.J. Stephens was named to the CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-America team on Tuesday.
The Tigers are coming off of a strong showing at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational two weeks ago, with two titles in field events and a host of top-10 finishes across the board in both track
and field events. “We have a pretty balanced team. We are not a distance program. We are not a sprint program. We got strengths in every area,” Robinson said.
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the shot put. The Tiger Track Classic begins Friday afternoon and continues all day on Saturday at the HutsellRosen Track in Auburn, Ala. n
The titles came in the men’s pole vault and shot put. Justin Crenshaw cleared a height of 4.96 meters to win first place in the pole vault. Yannik Schaly threw for 17.23 meters to take first in
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