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news@dailyhelmsman.com News of the termination of Curt Guenther, long-time director of communications services, was met with shock and sadness from the University of Memphis community last week. “Curt is a very good person, and I would hate his reputation, that he has worked hard to maintain, to be

tarnished in any way, because he certainly does not deserve that,” said Deborah Baker, retired media relations director and former interim director of the division of public relations. Baker hired Guenther as assistant director of communications services in 1994. As media relations director, she held what is essentially the same position that Guenther held. She was struck by

not only his credentials, but his personality as well. “I was impressed by not only his book background and obvious capabilities, but he was also a very warm person,” Baker said. “He had the kind of personality and work habits that I thought would be great for the position.” Throughout the time they worked together, Baker said he treated everyone with courtesy,

and he was a true professional at all times. “I hired him as assistant director, and I have never regretted that. I felt like I made a great decision,” Baker said. “He was truly a pleasure to work with every single day.” “For the past 18-and-a-half years I have served the University of Memphis in a public relations

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UM Batboy recognized by ESPN By Jennifer Rorie

news@dailyhelmsman.com Recognizable names in Memphis athletics include DeAngelo Williams, Christabel Oduro and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, but the man found in the dugout at baseball games doesn’t fit the stereotypical characteristics of a sports legend. The soon-to-be 85-year-old Stan Bronson has served as the University of Memphis baseball team’s batboy since 1958, earning him the Most Durable Batboy title in the Guinness Book of World Records. Recently ESPN’s E:60 came to Memphis to interview Bronson about his achievement and time as the batboy for the University. E:60 is designed to have 10 to 15 minute feature stories that focus on people who are highly involved with sports but are not the star of the game. To the baseball team, other members of the Tiger community and even opposing teams, Bronson is no less than a superstar. “ESPN producer Michael Lucas called to say that he had heard about Stan through a college baseball coach that was at one time his roommate,” Associate Athletic Director Bob Winn said. Winn said Lucas thought a story on the Most Durable Batboy would be interesting for fans. “I think it is awesome,” said Alton Woods, Jr., director of baseball operations at the University

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Stan Bronson, who served as the University of Memphis baseball team’s batboy since 1958, was recently filmed for eSPN’s e:60 show. of Memphis. “It is a great story, and Stan certainly deserves it.” Supporters of the program’s coverage of Bronson say that it is about time someone wants to cover his dedication and loyalty to the University. “He was not given longevity at birth by doctors, and here he is [almost] 85 years old still interacting with the Tiger baseball team and coaches,” Winn said.

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He said the ESPN crew plans to return to the University this summer to interview people who know Bronson personally and can provide insight to his years at the University. “This is about Stan,” Woods said, “and I hope it shows everyone in the country how this University cares for [him].” He now lives in the Wesley Highland Towers, right around

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the corner from the University. Katherine Howard, wife of Bronson’s late cousin, told Memphis Daily News that Bronson’s favorite part about living there is that he can look out of his window and see the campus. After retiring his jersey in

Legislators to speak at commencement ceremonies By Crystal Welch

news@dailyhelmsman.com Two Tennessee legislators will be joining the class of 2013 at this year’s commencement ceremonies as the University of Memphis awards 2,382 degrees at two ceremonies on May 11. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony at FedExForum. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett will address graduates at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Alexander has served as a Tennessee senator since 2003. He serves on committees overseeing education and science, among others, and has been the U.S. secretary of education. The former University of Tennessee president and professor will be speaking to graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the University College. Secretary Hargett will speak to graduates of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the Herff College of Engineering, the Loewenberg School of Nursing, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the School of Public Health. Hargett has served as secretary of state since 2009. In 2010, he was chosen as a Henry Toll Fellow as one of the nation’s top 40 state government officials. The University will honor exiting President Shirley Raines during the afternoon ceremony. “We definitely will do something for her,” said Vanessa Muldrow, coordinator of commencement and student affairs special events. “It’ll be a surprise for her as well. We definitely want to recognize her for all she’s done for us.” The University will also

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Local band brings hope to Memphis By Joshua Cannon

news@dailyhelmsman.com From the historic New Daisy Theatre to the now-deceased Skate Park of Memphis in Cordova, many bands in the local scene got their start in high school by going to shows and making friends. For the posthardcore band Yet., the story is a bit different. The band is the combined effort of brothers Jeremy and Nick Griffin, Shawn Jenkins, Jeffrey Birkholz and sophomore University of Memphis computer science major Josh Dunning. While other high school students were entering battle of the band competitions, they were leading worship at East Win Christian Church, which became the foundation for their friendships and the music they make today. “I came about six years ago and started getting active in the youth group,” said 19-year-old Jeffrey Birkholz, who plays drums for Yet. “That’s how we all met.” In the midst of playing in the worship band at church, four of the five members of Yet.’s current lineup were also playing in another group that “wasn’t working” according to guitar-

ist Nick Griffin. They would write music, but never played any shows. The group fell apart, and the friends eventually began writing new songs. The former band featured a female vocalist, but they hadn’t found someone to do vocals over the new material they began writing. Griffin was surprised when his younger brother, Jeremy, offered to do vocals for the band. “We went up to East Win with our gear and I started playing through some songs I had been writing,” Griffin said. “He came up with some lyrics he had written, and he kinda started screaming, and it was so cool. It just worked out so well. Really came together.” After that rehearsal, Yet. was born. The name is short, sweet, and to the point — just three letters followed by a period. It was pulled from the lyrics of a song by the band Switchfoot, but to the friends, the name is a symbol of the hope that they aim to express in their songs. “There is plenty of music out there that acknowledges that stuff sucks sometimes,” Griffin said. “But we feel like there are solutions to those problems and there are things to hope

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Yet. poses at The Abbey before a local show. According to guitarist Nick Griffin, through every song, every show and all of life’s trials, the band tries to convey a message of hope. for, and that’s kinda always been our goal with music, and that’s what we’ve always wanted people to take away from it. There is always an ultimate end goal of hoping that just kind of presents itself to people.”

It has been nearly a year and a half since the band had their first practice. In June of 2012, they released an EP called “Chaos & Old Night,” five songs inspired by Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction account of Christopher McCandless,

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uuGuenther Continued from page 1 capacity, the last 15 of those years as director of communications services,” Guenther said. “I believe that my work here has been beneficial to the University and hope this matter can be resolved so that I can continue to work on behalf of the University.” A University administrator who works in another department and who wished to remain anonymous said multiple faculty and staff members across campus were shocked by the way Guenther was fired. “Most feel the firing was handled in a most unprofessional manner,” the administrator said. When Guenther was fired April 23, he was only given until the end of the day to clear out his office and exit the premises. “That kind of treatment seems very wrong for someone like Curt,” Baker said. “I don’t understand how anyone could treat him that way. That is usually the type of dismissal that is reserved for someone who does something harmful to the workplace, extremely disrespectful or dangerous.” Linda Bonnin, vice president for communications, public relations, and marketing, is his direct superior. Her superior is Shirley Raines, the

www.dailyhelmsman.com president of the University. Bonnin said that she would not comment on personnel matters. Non-faculty employees who feel they were wrongly terminated have two avenues to file formal grievances. The first is a Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act hearing, which is handled by the Office of Legal Counsel. During this type of hearing, the employee is allowed to bring an attorney. The other is a President’s Panel Hearing in which three to five members, appointed by the president or a designee, hear the grievance and report their recommendation to the president. The employee is not allowed legal representation during this type of hearing. Guenther’s reputation spread far beyond fellow administrators. He impacted students and members of the Memphis community as well. “It was always my experience when dealing with him that he was respectful at the University of Memphis and also to the local media. All of the reporters I knew thought very highly of him,” said Trey Heath, information specialist in marketing and communications for Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis & Shelby County, and former editor of The Daily Helmsman.

Heath worked with Guenther almost daily during his years as managing editor and editor-inchief at the University newspaper and developed a high level of respect for him. “I was the editor at the Helmsman when Taylor Bradford was murdered. That was one of the most traumatic things to ever happen at the University,” Heath said. At the time, the recently appointed vice president for communications, public relations and marketing, Bob Eoff, was not available. “Curt was on the front line of it. He dealt with that better than you could ever expect. He did a great job. He was very professional dealing with the craziness of both the local and national news swarming the campus,” Heath said. Guenther’s ability to remain calm in tense situations was something that stuck out in Baker’s mind as well. “He always behaves as a gentleman, regardless of circumstances. He is one of the kindest and courteous individuals I know,” Baker said. “We had crises that came and went, but Curt was always the calmest person in the room. He was always the calm in the middle of the storm, but he was always responsive.” n

uuSpeaker Continued from page 1 present an honorary doctor of letters degree to alumnus Jim Ayers, businessman and philanthropist, during the afternoon ceremony. The College of Business graduate is the chairman and sole owner of FirstBank, Tennessee’s largest independently owned and operated bank. Commencement speakers are chosen out of the president’s office and the topic of their speeches is unknown until the week before the ceremonies, according to Muldrow. Per tradition, other speakers will include the student government president, who will give a greeting. Gregory Duckett, a representative from the Tennessee Board of Regents,

will also take the stage to offer well wishes to graduates. Each ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours, and the doors for entrance open one hour before each. Per the University, in the event of a Memphis Grizzlies playoff game in FedExForum on May 11, commencement ceremonies will be moved to Sunday, May 12, at noon and 4 p.m. n

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uuYet Continued from page 3 Griffin. “He just wanted to acknowledge of all of that and the chaos and dark feelings it brings around.” The band has not only come a long way since that release, but they have come a long way since their days leading worship at East Win Christian Church. While the band’s message of hope may coincide with the church’s message, don’t call them a Christian band — but rather, “Christians in a band.” Watching Yet. play a live show is much different than worshiping at a church service. Sweaty bodies pile on the backs of each other, some rush the stage, but everyone screams vocalist Jeremy Griffin’s lyrics back in his face. “During a Christian worship set, the most people do is raise their hands,” Birkholz said. “To go from people putting their hand up in the air to seeing people’s entire bodies up in the air is a complete turn around.” With the summer approaching, Yet. has big plans. On top of recording a 15-track full-length record, the band is hitting the road and going on a weeklong tour with local pop-punk band Midway. “They are all really genuine guys,” said Hunter Cole Davidson, who plays guitar in Midway. “I personally think they are a great band, one of the better post-hardcore bands around, and definitely deserve to be heard.” On July 13, you can catch their set at “Stage Dive to Save Lives: A Benefit for St. Jude,” which will take place at Minglewood Hall, features nine other bands, and is $10 at the door. For more information visit facebook.com/yetperiod. n

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April of 2010, Bronson continues to attend games regularly. “It would be difficult to describe Stan in one word,” Winn said. “He is kind, caring, goodnatured, witty, clever, whimsical and jovial.” Winn said Bronson is a “oncein-a-lifetime, unforgettable character who always has a smile on his face.” “The University of Memphis is his life,” Woods said. “He shows up to every home baseball game, comes to practice in the fall [and] goes to a lot of volleyball games as well.” The E:60 coverage is scheduled to air in October, around the time of the World Series. n

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Program furthers opportunities for disabled students By Shelby Smith

news@dailyhelmsman.com Many believe that everyone deserves a chance at education no matter the race, gender, or disability. Disabled students have been given a place at the University to excel and perform as students: TigerLIFE. “Everyone can be a valuable asset to our community when given the proper tools. TigerLIFE provides this as a way for the students to succeed while learning through interactions with others,” said Chrisann SchiroGeist, director of the U of M Institute on Disability. TigerLIFE is a two-year certification program, administered by the University of Memphis Institute on Disability, for students with disabilities that provides individualized programs of study in areas of education, vocational training and social skills. While promoting success in college, the program also focuses on employment opportunities for students once the program is completed. “Unlike many students, the ones involved with the program are not in college to get a degree, but to focus on finding work once the program comes to an end to learn to become indepen-

dent as they transition into the world of work,” Geist said. The application for TigerLIFE is an open web application containing certain criteria that must be met. Once applied, the student’s portfolio is reviewed and scored by three special education practitioners. “The detailed rubric states that the student applying must be 18 to 29 years old, have a developed disability, must be able to function independently, must have insurance, a means of transportation, and others. Eight students have been accepted into the TigerLIFE program since its beginning in January 2013,” said Maurice Williams, administrative operations director at UMID. Once involved with TigerLIFE, students have opportunities in developing skills necessary for life after finishing the program. Not only do the TigerLIFE students have the chance to learn, but other students have the chance to better themselves through the program as well. “For University students it provides a great opportunity for students in the Counseling Education Psychology Research, Rehabilitation and Special Education departments to gain great

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Tigers shut out Red Wolves, 6-0 By Alex Briggs

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Tigers struck again. After an Arkansas State pitching change and two Tigers reaching base, a groundout to shortstop by Beeler allowed Zach Willis to score, widening the lead to 4-0. Drew Griffin followed up the RBI by driving in a run of his own, singling to left to score Beeler. A single by Rupiper to score Griffin capped the inning, providing the Tigers with a healthy 6-0 advantage. In starter Michael Wills’ first appearance since the game against Mississippi State last week, the senior shined. Willis allowed only four base runners in his seven innings of work, giving up two hits while striking out four. The Red Wolves had two runners on base in the sixth inning with no one out, but a double play and strikeout quickly silenced the threat. Freshman Colin Lee relieved Wills in the eighth, adding his own scoreless inning to the effort. In the ninth inning, Lee overcame two base hits with a strikeout and ground ball to finish the shutout. The staff limited the Red Wolves to five hits on the evening. In total, the Tigers tallied nine hits on the night, including multi-hit games from Griffin and Beeler. Simbeck provided much of the scoring on the night, driving in three on his homerun and scoring once himself. With the win Tuesday night, the Tigers close out the month of April with a record of 12-6, losing only one series along the way. Although the semester comes to a close this week, the Tigers’ season ploughs ahead this weekend with a series at home against Conference USA foe Marshall. The Thundering Herd are 17-26 on the season and 5-10 in conference play, but feature two wins over nationally-ranked Houston. The Tigers’ final game at FedExPark this season comes on May 14 against Austin Peay. The Tigers begin their series with Marshall on Friday. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. at FedExPark. n

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Karam not your average college QB By Bryan Heater

bheater@dailyhelmsman.com It is a warm and sunny April day and spring drills have just ended for the University of Memphis football team. Players casually make their way to the locker room to undress and wind down while they converse with each other on where the rest of the day will take them. Some will go to a friend’s house to hang out. Others will go and satisfy the pit in the bottom of their stomach after a hard day’s work. Budding senior quarterback Jacob Karam, however, has other plans. He is making another trip to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “To do what?” one might ask. “He goes down there all the time to play piano for the kids there,” said Jerome Karam, father of the ever-sohumble kid out of Friendswood, Texas. “He could do a lot of things with his time, but he’d rather go and put some smiles on the patients there. That’s just the type of person he is.” Though Karam has been tossing the pigskin around since an early age, he is quick to note the game hardly defines him as a human being. Just starting kindergarten at the time, he was enrolled in piano lessons by his mother, Leslie Karam. “I hated it,” Karam said. “I wanted to quit so many times. I just didn’t enjoy it.” But, it was either learn to play the piano and speak Spanish, or not play football. So, though he would often skip practicing and try to play with the rest of the kids on the block, he stuck with it. His mother told him he would thank her some day for pushing him to do it, a statement that eventually became true once he got to high school. Upon entering Friendswood High School, Karam decided he would try out for his church’s band. It was during this time that the kid who despised those few hours in the day of piano lessons would learn to love it and thank his mother. “From then on I just learned so much and how to make it enjoyable for myself,” Karam said. “From then on I just loved it. I love the way it helps you connect with people.” His mom got the thank you this semester after the student-athlete talent show, where he showcased his skills for teammates and others. While watching the show, he got out his phone and sent the thank you that his mother told him he would years earlier. Along with his musical talent, Karam excelled in the classroom as well. After a prolific senior year in high school on the field, he received scholarship offers not only for his football skills, but also for his performance in the classroom. “He had offers from Stanford, Rice and Vanderbilt,” his father said. “He was always one of the smartest kids in his class. He loved going to school and learning new things.” Though he had offers from prestigious academic institutions, Karam opted to sign with Texas Tech, where he became the only athlete in the

country to graduate in two years with the distinguishment of Magna Cum Laude. It was after he graduated early that Memphis came calling. At the time, Tigers head coach Justin Fuente had just been hired away from TCU. With his and defensive coordinator Barry Odom’s ties to the Lone Star State, word passed through the grapevine that Karam was going to be transferring to another program. All it took was for Fuente to watch tape and talk to him to know that Memphis would be a good fit for Karam. “He told me that I’d have a chance to start,” Karam said. “That’s all I wanted was a chance to start, so I listened to him and we just hit it off. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know anything about this city before I came here, but that talk with coach Fuente was all I

needed to hear.” His natural smarts in the classroom had always helped him play quarterback throughout his career, and it was no different at Memphis, where he quickly picked up on the offensive playbook. By the time the regular season rolled around, Karam was firmly in the No. 1 quarterback spot on the depth chart. By the end of the season, Karam had helped lead the Tigers to the most wins the team had had in three years. Fuente said his personality, work ethic and intelligence helped him to come in and make an immediate impact on the program. “From the beginning, you could tell he was just fundamentally sound,” Fuente said. “He was a little cautious at

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Tiger softball takes on Murray State on the road By Jaclyn Redmon

sports@dailyhelmsman.com The University of Memphis softball team is heading to Murray, Ky., to take on the Murray State Racers this weekend. This is the Tigers’ final series before the Conference USA tournament begins. The Tigers [22-35, 8-16 C-USA] are hoping to grab a win this weekend after being handed a threegame loss by conference rival Houston. The Racers [21-24,12-10 Ohio Valley Conference] came to Memphis last year but dropped both games to the Tigers 1-0. Last year the Racers ranked No. 87 before they dropped both games to the Tigers. Although the Racers are not ranked currently this year, WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM the Tigers still have their work cut WWW FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM out for .them. WWW.FREETHEHELMSMAN.COM

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“They are a competitive team. They have a winning [conference] record right now. Their pitching is doing really well right now. They have some pretty good offensive athletes and I think it is going to be a tough matchup,” said head coach Natalie Poole. The Racers are led on the offensive side by Alexa Becker, who is batting a .313 and has scored 30 runs on the season. Cheyanne Gaskey is leading the defensive charge with 132 strikeouts on the season. Gaskey has a 2.71 era. The Tigers have their own offensive weapons as well. Senior Morgan Mosby is batting .302 and has 16 runs scored. She has 55 hits on the season. Close behind Mosby in batting averages is senior Lelani Bernardino, who is batting .291 with 26 runs scored. Bernardino has 52 hits on the season.

The Tigers defense has been getting strong plays from Mosby as well. She has racked up 56 assists. Also playing strong defense is senior Laura Curtis. Curtis has 70 assists on the season and 120 putouts. “We have all the pieces, we just have to put them together,” Curtis said. “We play good defense. We have good pitching and we are getting on base. We are just struggling getting that one good hit to hit everybody in. We just need them together at the right time.” Poole feels like her team is playing good ball but knows they have some kinks to work on both defensively and offensively. “I’d like to see the people getting up in the meat of our lineup to be able to step up and come up with some key hits,” Poole said of her team’s offense. “The

want to do well is there and our team spirit is great, I’d just like to see us come up with some timely hits.” Poole also needs some consistency from her pitching staff. “I’d like to see our pitchers be strong from the beginning of the game to the finish,” Poole said. The Tigers take on Murray State tomorrow in a double header in Murray, Ky. The games are slated for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. n

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uuKaram Continued from page 8 first, but as the season went on he really opened up and came into his own. More important than what he’s done on the field though, he’s just an unbelievably personable individual and is genuinely interested in other people.” Karam started every game for the Tigers this past season, but for each triumph he always gave all the credit to his teammates. Now entering his final year, Karam is not only working on a big senior season on the field, but also in obtaining his master’s degree. In the meantime, he said he is working on making the upcoming season one to remember and enjoying the opportunities he has been given. “It’s easy to forget how fortunate you are when you have so many things going on,” Karam said. “I’m very blessed for where I’m at and the people in my life. I love this program and this city and I just want to give the fans back what this place has given to me.” n

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Thomas Perrot named to C-USA All-Freshman Team By Collins Peeples

sports@dailyhelmsman.com University of Memphis men’s golfer Thomas Perrot was one of five individuals named to the Conference USA AllFreshman Team, the league office announced Tuesday morning. A native of Paris, France, Perrot was recruited by coach Grant Robbins in France to join the men’s golf team at the begin-

ning of the semester. Perrot decided to make the trip across the pond and join the U of M, immediately making his presence known by competing in all seven tournaments the team has taken part in this spring. Perrot’s 74.3 scoring average was good enough to make him second best on the team. Perrot has also finished in the top 20 twice this season.

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Perrot’s best finish came earlier in the year at the Louisiana Classics in early March after coming in a tie for seventh, shooting a season-best even par 216. Perrot tied for 11th during his second tournament as a Tiger at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, in which he carded his lowest round of the year with two 70s to help Memphis finish in front of three top-50 ranked teams. “I’m very proud of Thomas,” Robbins said. “After arriving in January, he adjusted very quickly and has made an impact on our team. He has tremendous work ethic and consistency. He just needs to keep working hard and improving because he has a chance to be a special player.” Though Perrot has accomplished a great deal in his freshman year, Robbins did stress that the freshman does have room to improve in his short game as well as in the weight room. Perrot is only the fifth Tiger golfer to receive the honor of being named to the C-USA AllFreshman Team in the program’s history. Perrot joins the company of Tiger golfers Keven FortinSimard (2005), Carlson Cox (2010), Lexus Keoninh (2010) and Grant Milner (2011). The Tigers will find out Monday May 6 at 8 p.m. CT whether or not they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 62 in Golfstat and No. 67 in Golfweek. Memphis has advanced in post-season play three of the past five years, including an appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2012. n

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Spring 2013 Final Exams Schedule Class Time

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6:50 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:10 a.m. 10:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:40 p.m. 2:20 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 8:50 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 11:20 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:40 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 8:50 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

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Wed., May 8, 7 – 9 a.m. Fri., May 3, 8 – 10 a.m. Fri., May 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mon., May 6, 8 – 10 a.m. Mon., May 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wed., May 8, 10 a.m. – Noon Wed., May 8, 1 – 3 p.m. Wed., May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mon., May 6, 7 – 9 p.m. Wed., May 8, 8 – 10 p.m. Tues., May 7, 8 – 10 a.m. Tues., May 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thur., May 9, 8 – 10 a.m. Thur., May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tues., May 7, 1 – 3 p.m. Thur., May 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 7, 7 – 9 p.m. Thur., May 9, 8 – 10 p.m. Sat., May 4, 9 – 11 a.m. Sat., May 4, 1 – 3 p.m. Sun., May 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

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