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Vol. 81 No. 097

Burglary, assault cases decline on campus


Pro-Russia demonstrators declare independent republic


Tigers’ tennis sends off seniors with undefeated season


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By J.T. Mullen Often referred to as “the caveman diet” because it consists of eating all natural foods and cutting out anything processed, including grains and milk, the Paleo diet is

more than just an ordinary diet— it’s a lifestyle. Brian Schilling, associate professor and exercise neuromechanics lab director in the Health and Sports Sciences Department at the University of Memphis, said the Paleo lifestyle is different from other diets because it is intended to

be a long-term regiment. “A ‘diet’ by the commonly used definition is suggesting a temporary change in food consumption, mostly for making a weight goal,” he said. “In this context, diets are not good for anybody, even college students. As a ‘lifestyle change’ the Paleo diet seems to have some good

benefits.” Spenser Allen, a national strength and conditioning association certified personal trainer and functional movement screen professional, believes it is a good way for college students to switch to a healthier lifestyle. “The Paleo diet can be good for

college students because it gives them healthy guidelines to follow when eating rather than eating whatever they may feel like,” he said. “This would lead to less processed oils, refined sugar and other unhealthy foods being consumed.”

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Online language courses provide unique challenges By Joey Kachel Learning a second language can be one of the most beneficial things a person can do to further their education and their career. But the costs involved—both financial and time-wise—cause some to balk at the idea. Online language learning courses

offered by universities and private companies provide an alternative way to learn a language. Consumers have access to a wide variety of online programs and mobile apps designed to instruct potential polyglots in foreign languages, and they all have different barriers to entry— rom a $499 five-disk course from Rosetta Stone to free language lessons on YouTube. Despite the increasing exposure

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of online language education, questions have been raised as to the effectiveness of online instruction in teaching people second languages. Critics of online language instruction have pointed out that the lack of human interaction and face-to-face communication like a person would have in a traditional classroom could make it more difficult for students to learn. William J. Thompson, chair-

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online course often have difficulties if they then attempt a traditional classroom-based course, probably due to the fact that with the online course, they are not receiving as much exposure to the spoken language, and, therefore, their oral and listening skills are not as developed.” But some studies of online language education programs indicate they are just as effective

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Burglary, assault cases decline on campus By Jonathan A. Capriel

The number of burglary and assault cases occurring on the University of Memphis decreased in 2013 compared to the two previous years, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 Crime on Campus report. The report showed that there were only 18 burglaries on the U of M campus, which is more than a 50 percent drop from 2011. Assaults cases also declined by 35 percent since 2011. One major factor in improving security is the increase of technology, said Deputy Director of Police Services Derek Myers. “We have well over 600 cameras now,” Myers said. “They have been instrumental in not only deterring crime and capturing suspects on film. We have actually had some people say, ‘I

didn’t know there were cameras.’ Well, we don’t really hide them. They are everywhere.” Police Services investigates every case and prosecutes when it can, Myers said. “We send a pretty strong message,” Myers said. “We are not tolerant of criminal behavior out here. Basically, we take all investigations as far as we can.” Myers said by far the most common crime on campus was theft. There were 159 cases of larceny on the U of M campus in 2013—a decrease from the two previous years—but only 18.2 percent were cleared, according to the report. “If we could just get students to be more aware of where they leave their stuff, we could cut incident rates by 50 percent,” Myers said. “Book bags, laptops and iPads—students leave those unattended all the time.”

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In addition to 600 security cameras on campus, the University has several campus police squad cars patrolling at all times.

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as traditional foreign language programs, and may have the edge in keeping students’ interest. A 2008 report by the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language determined that online language courses brought substantial benefits to the students who use them, such as the ability to communicate with native language speakers on the Internet, access to multimedia such as foreign-language video, audio and other media that could heighten a student’s understanding of a language and a way for students to pool resources, an important consideration for lan-


guages that aren’t commonly taught. The report also highlighted some of the difficulties in teaching certain languages online like Arabic, a language with a multitude of different, often mutually unintelligible dialects, sounds that simply don’t exist in English and a non-Roman alphabet that has letters that change shape depending on where they are in a word, making memorization difficult. As part of the Tennessee Board of Regents’ Online Degree Program, online language courses in Spanish and French are available to University of Memphis students, but instructors at other TBR institutions teach them. Cosetta Gaudenzi teaches Italian at the U of M. She will be teach-

ing an elementary-level Italian language course online in the summer of 2014. Though she uses online resources in her traditionally taught courses, this is the first time she will teach a course completely online. “I believe that an online course in language can be done, especially at the elementary level,” Gaudenzi said. “This is a field that is growing.” Despite his misgivings about online language education, Thompson is confident that students could succeed in Gaudenzi’s course. “The Italian course being offered online this summer is in fact being designed by our Italian professor, Dr. Cosetta Gaudenzi, and this is a case where we have more faith in the content and outcomes because it is one of our own faculty members who is responsible for the course, and who will be determining the student outcomes,” Thompson said. Gaudenzi said that she will use Skype to keep tabs on her students’ progress. Though elementary level language education should be relatively easy, as students move forward in their education and more emphasis is placed on oral communication, a strictly online curriculum might pose some problems. “At the intermediate level, it might be a little more difficult,” Gaudenzi said. The U.S. outstrips other nations in online education, with more than 7 million students taking at least one online course, according to a 2013 report by The Sloan Consortium. The same report states that 74 percent of academic leaders now rate online instruction to be on par with or even superior to traditional instruction.

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Tigers’ Ta es “I think it’s pretty safe besides that one time someone tried to blow up a suitcase.”

“It’s definitely not a place where I feel like my safety is at risk.”

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The other half of calls Police Services responds to is a mixed bag of domestic violence and identity theft. “Your personal information could be taken from anywhere but, if they report it here, it increases the U of M’s incident

“During the late evening, I don’t feel safe. Last Halloween some guy with a mask jumped out and scared me. I haven’t been the same ever since.” Valisa Harris, Psychology freshman

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rate,” Myers said. “But we are more than happy to help. The campus has gotten a lot better about reporting incidents.” Despite the reported drop in crime, some students are surprised by the news. “Memphis is not a safe city,” logistics and marketing sophomore Dennis Good said. “I think crime statistics have proven that.”

According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on crime in 2013, Memphis had a higher rate of violent crime than any other city in Tennessee. Good, who lives off campus, said he has never felt in danger at the U of M. “There are a lot of police on campus, so they do a good job at that,” he said. “I am also off campus by 2:30 p.m., so I am not

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here usually that late.” Lauran Myer, a freshman nutrition major who takes a couple of night classes, said she feels safe at the U of M most of the time but takes no chances. “I don’t lollygag when I am between buildings,” she said. “Most of campus feels pretty safe, but there are a few dark allies that are kind of sketchy that I avoid.”

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Pro-Russia demonstrators declare independent republic By Sergei L. Loiko Los Angeles Times

MOSCOW — Pro-Russia demonstrators who seized the regional administrative building in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk announced Monday that they were declaring an independent republic and would hold a referendum about joining the region with Moscow. The country’s acting president, Olexandr Turchinov, blamed Russia for the unrest and said an anti-terrorism operation would be launched against any demonstrators who take up arms to capture government buildings. “Yesterday, the second wave of Russia’s special operation was launched with the aim of destabilizing the situation in the country, overthrowing Ukraine’s government, disrupting the election and tearing up the country,” Turchinov said in a televised speech Monday. “This is all happening at a time when Russian forces are staying at our borders.” Crowds took over at least three government buildings Sunday in industrial cities of eastern Ukraine, which has been plagued by demonstrations in favor of stronger ties to Moscow. In Donetsk, Ukraine’s coal-mining capital, several hundred protesters barricaded themselves in the administration building Monday with car tires and barbed wire and raised a Russian flag. They demanded that a referendum


Anti-Euromaidan protesters build a barricade outside the Donetsk Region Administration building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. be held about the possible secession of the region, which borders Russia, the UNIAN news agency reported. They also appealed to Moscow to deploy peacekeepers in the region. There were similar scenes in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, where protesters flew the Russian flag on top of the regional administration building. In Lugansk, demonstrators were holding the regional Security Service building and a weapons depot. Nine people, including law enforcement offi-

cers, were injured in that attack, UNIAN reported. Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko, who was in Lugansk, said the arms cache seized by protesters included about 300 submachine guns, 100 handguns and 20 sniper rifles. Between 10 and 15 armed men were positioned around the building, Lyashko wrote on his Facebook page. “The criminals are predominantly military and Afghan war veterans, and there are about 150 of them in the

(Security Service) building,” Lyashko wrote. “Some of the terrorists are Russian sabotage agents, given away by their accent.” The Ukrainian government sent delegations headed by three ministers to the affected cities Monday to hold talks with the protesters. Acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said progress was being made in resolving the standoff in Kharkiv. “Overnight we elaborated a clearcut plan of action to overcome the

situation,” Yatsenyuk said in televised remarks Monday. “I am in constant contact with the law enforcement section.” Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, another presidential candidate, reportedly flew to Donetsk to try to help defuse the situation there. Police have offered little or no resistance to the protesters. “The police are demoralized, since they have not been given an order to open fire on the attackers,” Vadim Karasyov, director of the Kiev-based Institute of Global Strategies, told the Los Angeles Times. “They know only too well that a single shot fired and a single casualty among the attackers may prompt the Kremlin to declare that ‘fascist extremists’ are killing Russian nationals in eastern Ukraine, and Russian troops absolutely must invade Ukraine to prevent the bloodshed.” Karasyov said Moscow doesn’t recognize Ukraine’s interim government and is trying to disrupt the presidential election scheduled for May 25. Thousands of Russian troops are deployed all along Ukraine’s border, at a distance of 20 miles from the frontier, Yatsenyuk said. Ukraine’s acting foreign minister, Andriy Deshchytsia, told the Russian radio station Echo of Moscow that his country would fight back in the event of a Russian invasion. Russia “has no grounds to deploy troops in the eastern regions of Ukraine,” he said.

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California bill that would end orca shows stalls By Fenit Nirappil Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction. The bill’s author, Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, agreed during the bill’s first hearing before the water, parks and wildlife committee to revisit his proposal after further study. As a result, AB2140 is dead for this year and the soonest lawmakers could vote on the proposal would be mid-2015. “It’s unfortunate that much of the conversation has been fueled ... by fear and invective and misinformation,” Bloom said. “It’s clear that many committee members are simply unprepared to make a decision on the bill.”


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Many professionals believe a Paleo lifestyle or diet plan is one of the healthiest paths to take. Schilling said it could even be the best choice if maintained properly. “I would consider the Paleo diet the best choice for most people, as long as it is considered a part of a lifestyle change,” he said. “That change should be accompanied by changes in eating behaviors and have a physical activity component as well.” Like all diets, though, there are some drawbacks in the Paleo system. Marian Levy, associate professor and assistant dean of students and public health practice in the School of Public Health at the U of M, believes a major flaw in this system is that it excludes dairy and grains. “Since the Paleo diet consists of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, it con-

Bloom was inspired by the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” in which filmmakers argue that captivity and mistreatment of orcas make the animals aggressive. It examined the events leading to the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in SeaWorld Orlando when the whale Tilikum pulled her underwater. John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld trainer in Texas and San Diego who appeared in “Blackfish,” told lawmakers at the hearing that orcas appeared agitated and dragged him underwater multiple times. The bill would have banned the import, export and breeding of orcas while requiring SeaWorld San Diego to move its 10 killer whales out of tanks and into larger sea pens. Witnesses for the marine park said that was not a viable option, and SeaWorld lobbyist Scott Wetch told lawmakers the bill would have likely

resulted in the orcas being moved to parks outside the state. Public outrage over the movie drove 1.2 million people to sign a petition that was delivered Monday to the Assembly by three elementary school students who successfully stopped an overnight school field trip to SeaWorld. Dozens of animal rights activists packed the hearing room on Tuesday to support the bill, with more waiting outside. SeaWorld dismissed their contention that orcas are too intelligent and too large for captivity. “That argument is not based on credible peer-reviewed science,” John Reilly, president of SeaWorld San Diego Park, said in an interview. “It’s based on emotion and a propaganda film.” Reilly said the bill would be detrimental because almost every visit to SeaWorld includes a killer whale show or viewing.

tains most of the nutrients needed for health, but it lacks milk products which are great sources of calcium and grains which are sources of some B-vitamins and zinc,” Levy said. Brandi Marter, owner of local Paleo hotspot Bedrock Sweets and Eats, said the only flaw is that it may be hard to catch on to the system at first. “It’s sometimes difficult for a person new to the Paleo diet to understand what they can and can’t have,” she said. “People can get overwhelmed and walk away from the benefits simply because they don’t think they can do it on their own. That’s the reason behind Bedrock.” Often a common theme to whether or not college students get into a diet change is if it is affordable. The Paleo diet has some options that can be pricey but mostly can be very affordable, according to Marter. “I’m certainly not what I’d call

wealthy and I have no problem eating Paleo,” Marter said. “You choose less expensive cuts of meat and keep your meals simple.” Schilling believes costs shouldn’t matter as much when it comes to nutrition. “Affordable is relative, especially in the context of long-term health,” he said. “I can assure you that making positive lifestyle changes at an early age, even if it means making financial sacrifices elsewhere, is a good thing. A positive lifestyle change now is far more affordable than a lifetime of poor health.” For Allen, the Paleo lifestyle is a healthy alternative and is a great option to consider when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “I would consider it to be one of the healthier diets out there and would definitely recommend it over a normal American diet,” Allen said. “I would not consider it one of the ‘best,’ because the best diet depends on the individual and the individual’s nutritional needs.”

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San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders said in a statement after the hearing that SeaWorld is important to the local economy because it provides thousands of jobs and attracts millions of visitors. SeaWorld has mounted an aggressive public relations campaign to discredit the film for relying on what it calls unqualified former employees and biased experts. The publicly traded company bought newspaper ads, set up a website countering “Blackfish,” and criticized the film on Twitter. SeaWorld says it expects record revenue in 2013 despite the film. Recent filings, however, showed a dip in attendance at the start of the year that the company attributes to a change in how holidays fall in the calendar year. Witnesses for SeaWorld said the animals receive the highest level of care and provide opportunities for research to help conserve killer whales in the wild.

“The bill was deeply flawed and fundamentally flawed and didn’t appear to have support today,” Reilly said after the hearing. “We believe strongly there is an inspiration benefit to people seeing (killer whales) in our park.” Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist with the Animal Welfare Institute, a sponsor of the bill, said she was disappointed by the delay but believes science will ultimately show orcas are ill-suited for captivity. “Nobody likes to wait, but I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” she told reporters after the hearing. “I’m playing the long game.” New York lawmakers have also been considering a bill to ban the captivity of killer whales, although there are none in the state. Rose said she had been working with lawmakers in Texas and Florida, where SeaWorld has parks in San Antonio and Orlando, to introduce similar legislation.

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Softball senior etches name in the record books

By Austin Reynolds The University of Memphis softball team (17-21, 2-6 AAC) took down the Temple Owls 1-0 in Sunday’s series-deciding game at the Tiger Softball Complex, and the team got a record-breaking performance from its starting pitcher. Senior Ellen Roberts went all seven innings, striking out four and allowing only four hits, and she became the Tigers’ all-time leader in career strikeouts and wins in the process. “It’s a pretty cool accomplishment,” Roberts said of her new records. “It’s not something I was working towards or anything like that, but it’s pretty cool to have a record like that, and I think it was a team effort, obviously with the wins. I couldn’t get the wins like that without my team behind me.”

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Ellen Roberts broke the all-time wins and strikeouts records on Sunday. She now has 38 career wins and 446 strikeouts. The win was the 38th win for the senior pitcher, who entered the matchup with Temple tied for the wins lead with two other

former Tigers. Her four strikeouts on the day gave Roberts 446 in her career. In addition to the Memphis

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Memphis head coach Natalie Poole said she’s proud of Roberts’ achievements and notes that they’re even more impressive given the timeframe in which they were completed. “The record that she broke was actually done in probably about two and a half years if you ask me, because she only pitched 12 innings her freshman year,” Poole said. “I’m really pleased that she’s able to strike people out. It definitely helps us as a team, and I think it says a lot about what she contributes to our team.” The Tigers were unable to brave the Ides of March with the team dropping eight contests in a row over the final two weeks of the month, but April has appeared to bring new life into Poole’s squad—the victory over Temple was Memphis’ fourth win in its last five games. Wednesday evening the Tigers continue their 10-game home stand with a matchup against the University of Tennessee-Martin. Poole and the Tigers are optimistic that the momentum from the previous week’s wins can carry over and that issues they faced during the eight-game slide have been resolved. “I think confidence goes a long way,” Poole said. “We got into about a two-week slump offensively. We were trying to find our way out of it and it was a struggle for us. We did some talking last week. We did some work to try to help get over what we were struggling with maybe mentally a little bit as well as physically, and I think we made some good adjustments.” Memphis will look to extend their winning streak to three games in the mid-week meeting with UT-Martin. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex at the University of Memphis Park Avenue Campus.

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Tigers’ tennis sends off seniors with undefeated season at home By Hunter Field For the fifth-straight season, the University of Memphis women’s tennis team has refused to stumble at home, finishing this season with a 7-0 sweep of Marquette University Sunday. The win extended the Tigers’ homewinning streak to 39 matches and they won all six home matches this season. Memphis head coach Lee Taylor Walker was relieved after the match to finish with yet another unblemished home record. “It was great,” he said after the match. “To get through another season without a home loss, it’s something I don’t take for granted because last year’s schedule, especially, and this year’s was much harder. It’s exciting to get through another season undefeated at home.” Junior Alyssa Hibberd and freshman Marta Morga scored Memphis’ first point of the day with an 8-2 doubles win in the third slot. Redshirt senior Liza Tymchenko and sophomore Skylar Kuykendall followed with a doubles win of their own in the No. 1 slot. They notched an 8-1 win with a dominating showing at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Tymchenko kept the ball rolling in singles, winning her No. 5 match in straight sets. The Ukraine native transferred to the U of M in 2012 after play-

ing WTA tournaments in Ukraine from 2009-11. Hibberd and Morga were the next two Tigers to post wins, both winning in straight sets. Morga was named the American Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week last week. Kuykendall and sophomore Caroline Wegner also wrapped up their singles matches with victories. The Tigers (13-7) had locked up a victory long before, but all eyes were on the final match of the day. Stefanie Mikesz, a senior, was playing her final home match at the U of M. The Germany native won her final match in a decisive-third set after winning the opening set 6-0. The senior said she was happy to have had a great four years in Memphis. “It was really emotional. I cried before I even started playing,” Mikesz said laughing. “It’s crazy how fast everything flies. I feel like I just got here, and now it’s my last home match. It’s bittersweet because, yeah, I’m happy, it was a great four years, but, obviously, my last home match is really sad.” The win moved Mikesz into sixth on Memphis’ all-time wins list with 164 victories. She also moved into sixth in all-time singles wins with 80. In her four years, the Tigers and Mikesz have never lost a match at home as a team. Walker couldn’t believe Mikesz career was coming to a close.

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Senior Stefanie Mikesz won her final match in front of Tiger faithful on Sunday. She finishes her career with an unblemished record at home. “It has just flown by with (Mikesz),” the seventh-year coach said. “I remember the first time she got here. It was the first year we were officially with the Racquet Club, practicing out here with her. It’s just crazy what she has done and moving on. I’m happy she could get a win today to close out, and I’m just real thankful for all she has done for our

program and all she has done for the community and club and all the players on our team. She’s been awesome.” Mikesz and the Tigers aren’t done yet, though. They travel to the University of Tulsa on Saturday to face the Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa has had the Tigers number over the last four years, beating the Blue

and Gray every time they’ve matched up. Mikesz wants to notch a victory over them before she leaves the U of M. “It’s the last time I’m gonna play Tulsa,” she said. “Obviously, I would like to beat them, because we never did. We came close the last couple of matches. It came down to my match at conference last year, so, obviously, we want to go out there and beat them and go for conference. We’re going with the mindset we want to win, but everybody does that. Hopefully, we can adjust and do what we want to do.” After the matchup with Tulsa, Memphis competes in the American conference tournament in Tampa, Fla., April 17-20. Walker said he has a lot of confidence in his team right now, and the players are peaking at the right time. “It’s been a tough year,” Walker said. “It’s just been up and down and up and down. Last Saturday after North Texas was the first time I felt like everybody was getting confident and coming together, so it’s just perfect timing for us going into Tulsa and conference championships.” The team has never won conference. “Tulsa is definitely good though, and it’s something we’ve never done is beat them, so it’s definitely going to be tough,” Walker said. “I don’t want to act like it’s a routine thing we’re about to do, but we’re confident we can do both.”

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