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Vol. 81 No. 006

Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis

Soccer hits the field this weekend


Fast food workers protest for higher wages By Alexandra Pusateri

A wave of chants filled the courtyard in front of the National Civil Rights Museum as a group of more than 50 protesters rounded the corner from the hot asphalt of Main Street. Their signs demanded $15 an hour and the ability to organize a union. “You can’t survive on $7.25,” they chanted. The strike Thursday afternoon started in the morning after workers walked out and rallied at McDonald’s on Union Avenue. Memphis joined cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and New York City to participate in a nationwide strike against fast food companies. As protesters gathered together in front of the museum, organizers brought speakers forward. City councilman Myron Lowery endorsed the fair-wage protest, speaking to protesters about his support for alleviating poverty and raising wages in Memphis. “The city has an obligation to take care of its people — all of its people,” Lowery said. Reverend Dr. Herbert Lester of the Asbury United Methodist Church also spoke to the protesters, explaining the importance of organizing together. “Today, we make history,” he said. After the speakers, a handful of protesters used a megaphone to


Protesters in Memphis organize in front of the National Civil Rights Museum Downtown on Thursday. The workers, who are employed at fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, say they want to raise their pay to the $15-an-hour range. thank God for allowing them and the workers surrounding them to be there. Bjorn Carlsson, a civil engineering graduate student at the

University of Memphis, said workers are not able to support their family on the current wages given by companies like McDonald’s. “You shouldn’t have to work

two and three jobs to live,” Carlsson said. “Memphis is a poor town in a right-to-work state.” In studies about poverty in America, Massachusetts Institute

of Technology uses a living wage calculator to determine how much an individual needs to earn to

see PROTEST on page 3

President reveals tentative plan for the University By Joey Kachel The president’s office released a statement Aug. 23 detailing an eight-point initiative for the University, but interim President Brad Martin may not be around long enough to see it carried out. He will be in the position for a year, and he has no plans to pursue a career as the University’s president after his stint as interim president is finished. “There is no circumstance where I will agree to be presi-

dent. I have a lot of things going on in my life,” Martin said. “It is not my career, and it is not my choice for the remainder of my career.” He is not receiving a salary, but the Tennessee Board of Regents offered him $5,000 to take the position—money that he said he donated to the University. As part of the initiative, the president’s council aims to raise enrollment by 1,000 students during the 2014-2015 and 20152016 academic years. In recent years, the

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University’s population has fluctuated. Enrollment increased by almost 1,000 students from fall 2009 to fall 2010 and decreased by 586 students from fall 2011 to fall 2012. The president’s council, which handles the administrative side of the University, will also attempt to raise the completion rate for entering freshmen to 55 percent. In 2012, the University retained 77 percent of its fulltime freshman, but only 12 percent go on to finish with

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a 4-year degree and 38 percent go on to finish a six-year degree, according to statistics from the University’s Office of Institutional Research. Martin said the council aims to raise enrollment and completion rates, because the University’s business is to educate students. “Financially, we generate revenue based on people served,” he said. “If we want a vibrant university, we need to grow, not shrink.” On the docket are plans to develop an improvement plan Sports


for the Park Avenue campus, streamline University operations to make them more effective and improve teaching programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences in order to create more successful teachers. The scope of the plans, not to mention the time limit imposed by Martin’s status as interim president, caused some students to be unsure of the long-term success of the initiative. “It seems like a tall order to accomplish all that,” said math

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uuPresident Continued from page 1 major Kevin Webb, 19. Some of the council’s goals focus on the internal workings of the University, such as developing “best-in-class standards” for a variety of administrative offices like advising and admissions. Another goal is to develop “human capital plans” with local employers to make it easier for students to find jobs and internships. Also, community advisory boards will be created for certain programs and services with the goal to “drive more strategic insight, community engagement and support.” However, everything is still in the development process. Nothing is set in stone yet. Emily Woolsey, an English major, reacted with skepticism when she was presented with the president’s plan. “That’s an awful lot of stuff to do within a year,” said Woolsey, 19. “They’re good, well-placed goals, but there’s the time limit, and they don’t even mention how much this is going to cost.”



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The University of Memphis

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Volleyball Soccer hits the fi eld this weekend starts season By Courtney Smith

By Meagan Nichols The University of Memphis women’s volleyball team heads to Nashville this weekend to compete in the sixth annual Belmont Invitational. This is the seventh time in 11 years Memphis and Belmont have battled. The last time Belmont

uuProtest Continued from page 1 support his or her family, depending on location. According to that calculator, in Shelby County, one adult needs to earn at least $9.76 per hour to pay for all expenses, which include food, housing and transportation. One adult with one child needs to earn $18.18 per hour. In July, McDonald’s came under fire from critics when it released a budget planning website for

defeated Memphis was in 2005. The Tigers face Belmont at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Curb Event Center, and they have a doubleheader Saturday against Miami University at 10 a.m. and Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m. The team returns to the Bluff City on Sept. 6 and 7 to host the annual Memphis Invitational.

its employees with Visa. In the sample budget given, McDonald’s assumes workers will have a second job. The first job—presumably the fast food company—is given as a salary of $1,105 per month. The expenses given are for the basics—such as mortgage, car payments and utilities—are totaled at $1,310. The group of workers also stressed it wasn’t just about McDonald’s. According to organizers, workers of Taco Bell, Church’s Chicken, Subway and

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The University of Memphis women’s soccer team looks to keep their winning streak alive Friday against the Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1-1) at 7 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Spectators can expect Vanderbilt to come out kicking in hopes of erasing last year’s loss to the Tigers. During last season’s matchup, the Tigers held off Vanderbilt in double overtime with the 2-1 victory. Tiger senior for-

Krystal’s were among those in the protesting ranks. Alongside the workers, groups like the MidSouth Peace and Justice Center, Workers Interfaith Network, the Progressive Student Alliance at the U of M and United Campus Workers joined the protesters in solidarity. “They’re lifting up their community (and) building more power for themselves,” Carlsson said, looking out into the crowd. “Fast food workers are people too.”

ward Christabel Oduro and sophomore midfielder Diamond Simpson netted the two goals for Memphis. Commodore sophomore forward Cheyna Williams netted the sole Vanderbilt goal. The Tigers finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 10-8-1 and 6-4-1 in Conference USA. Vanderbilt finished 5-10-5 and 2-7-4 in the Southeastern Conference. “We are a team this year that’s not going to rely on one player,” said Brooks Monaghan, the head coach

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for Memphis’ women’s soccer team, in a recent interview with Wolfchase Toyota Insider’s Jeff Brightwell. “We got a lot of weapons. Right now, we are trying to find out the players that compliment each other on the field. You know, we’re still trying to figure that out, especially with so many new players.” On the men’s side, the Tigers travel to California this weekend to open their season against Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge at the Ryan Rossi Memorial Tournament.

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Tigers train with twilight classic 4 • Friday, August 30, 2013

By Corey Carmichael The University of Memphis men and women’s cross-country teams compete in the first meet of the season Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex as part of the annual Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic. The collegiate women line up Saturday at 8:40 p.m. and the men’s race will follow at 9:20 p.m. The teams will use the meet Saturday night to prepare for upcoming races at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Sept. 14 and the Rhodes Invitational on Sept. 28. Head cross-country coach Douglas Clark called the event an opportunity to gauge where the team is after only a week of practice. Although the results are not particularly important, this meet means a lot for the team. It is the first opportunity for them to compete. “We are using this meet to see where we are at and get our feet wet,” Clark said. “For the Twilight Classic, we have a lot of parents that show up, the whole track team and many of the run-

ners’ friends. This will probably be the biggest crowd the team will run in front of all year so they get fired up.” As far as conditions go, this Saturday will be a hot one, with temperatures set to reach 95 degrees. Clark said he predicts the heat to slow the runners’ times. This year features an experienced track team with solid upper-classmen. Clark said junior Daniel Kuhman and senior James Maglasang have stepped up as leaders for the men’s team. “These two were the number one guys last year, and we expect the same of them this year. They push each other in practice and in workouts, setting a great example for the team as emotional leaders,” Clark said. For the women’s team, Clark spoke about Jenny Johnston’s contributions. “Jenny has done a great job being vocal in practices,” he said. “People like (Johnston, Kuhman and Maglasang) showing up for practices and competing shows people what it takes to succeed.”


Junior Julien Wolf looks to improve on his 22:38.78 four-mile time at last year’s Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic. Wolf competed in six cross-country meets last year, with his best time clocked at the C-USA Cross Country Championships.




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