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Vol. 81 No. 013

Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis

Soccer Hits 3 the Field this Weekend

University makes plans to obtain Audubon Park Students By Joey Kachel The University of Memphis is looking into acquiring Audubon Park, a 373-acre park that borders the University’s south campus, a block east of the main campus. George Little, the city’s chief

administrative officer, revealed Thursday that the University has an interest in using the park’s golf course, and he hinted that the University might be interested in gaining more of the park. “We’ve had some initial conversations with the city, but we do not have any information or

usage of Audubon Park.” George Little described the steps the University would have to take in order to get control of the park. “It’s a pretty arduous process to divide park land,” Little said. “There are a lot of steps to go

details to share at this time,” said Linda Bonnin, vice president of the University’s Division of Communication, Public Relations and Marketing. “If the University and the city determine that this is workable, we will certainly include the community in future discussions about the

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McDonald’s plan causes many changes to historic Highland corner The Super Submarine Sandwich Shop recently left the Highland Strip, and Southern Meat Market, Sharri’s Discount Arts and the smoke shop, Whatever, are soon to follow. McDonald’s plans to set up shop at the intersection of Highland and Southern avenues with three entrances – one on Southern Avenue, one on Highland Avenue and one on Minor Street to the

south. Southern Meat Market is moving off the Strip to 3826 Park Ave. in November and is planning to add a recording studio. Sharri’s Discount Arts is closing down because Sharri Schmidt, the owner, has become ill and is unwilling to add the stress of the deconstruction process, and whatever comes after, to her already overwhelming load. Whatever plans to move its operations across the street to

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555 S. Highland Ave., next door to Juicy J’s. “We’re definitely not against moving,” Rachel Vail, an employee at Whatever, said. “With moving, you get new customers and experiences, but I just think that to move because of a McDonalds’ drive-thru is senseless.” Luke Sexton, manager of Whatever, sees moving as a negative. “They moved out four momand-pop businesses for one corporation,” Sexton said.

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Whatever has been on that corner for 43 years, Sharri’s Discount Arts for 25 years and Southern Meat Market for 19 years. Many in the Highland Strip community want to keep the urban look and feel of their area. “The new McDonald’s isn’t even bigger than the old one,” Vail said. “Not any bigger, not any better.” She said the company expects

The University of Memphis is negotiating with the City of Memphis to transfer the Links at Audubon at Audubon Park to the school.

By Amber Williams

Students often worry about classes and how to succeed in college, but what happens after graduation can be just as important. If a person wants to buy a car or lease an apartment, then two forms of credit are usually needed. Some students have already begun establishing credit by taking out a school loan. Patricia Amann, vice president of the First Tennessee Bank on Poplar Avenue and Highland Street, said that having established credit is important. “Even your car insurance wants to see your credit score,” Amann said. “There’s going to be a day when you graduate from college, and you’re going to want a better car. Mom and dad might not be there to cosign for you, but if your credit is decent, you won’t need (their signature).” First Tennessee offers a student credit card for 18-year-old students who have an income of at least $200 a month or $2,400 a year either through a part-time job or allowance. According to Amann, a credit card limit is the maximum amount the company allows the user to spend without financial penalties. University of Memphis graduate student Caresse Mills used that to her advantage. “I had a really, really small limit, and as I paid it off, it kept increasing.” she said. “I got it when I was 18 years old; I’m 31, I’ve had it for thirteen years, and my limit is crazy high now,” Mills said. Although credit is important to have, it should also be carefully handled. “In my opinion, it is worse to have bad credit than no credit at all,” Amann stated. “It takes time and a lot of effort.

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uuAudubon Continued from page 1 through before acquiring park land. It’s a very public and transparent process.” Bonnin said community involvement would be important in determining how the University would use the park. “(Interim President) Brad Martin proposed the idea to the Mayor, but no determination has been made as to how the park might be utilized in the future,”

uuHighland Continued from page 1 a 40 percent increase in sales by moving to the busy intersection. “They see the corner, where we sit, as a more accessible spot,” Vail said. Some people aren’t too happy about traffic being diverted into their neighborhood, and Schmidt, owner of Sharri’s Discount Arts, isn’t dealing with it. “We’re going out of business,” she said. “There are too many issues.” Schmidt’s building has had leaks in the roof for ages, and she said as many times as she

Bonnin said. “I can tell you that neither the university or the city would be interested in proceeding unless the community was involved in those conversations.” Established in 1953, Audubon Park is located on Park Avenue, south of the University of Memphis campus. It encompasses a golf course, The Links at Audubon Park, as well as tennis courts, jogging trails and a soccer field. Beth Harrelson, coach of the women’s golf team, expressed

beckons her landlord to fix them, nothing gets done without her doing it herself. With the addition of the deconstruction project, Schmidt said she’s moving her business online. “It’s a great spot, but for the amount we’re paying, it’s too much,” Schmidt said. According to Randy Stockard, owner and operator of Southern Meat Market, McDonald’s has at least another month or two to decide whether they really want to buy the property. The paperwork is signed, but it’s not set in stone. “Nobody really knows,” Stockard said.

interest in hosting a golf-related program at the course, should the University acquire the park. “Obviously, if the University buys it, we will see about getting a program together,” said Harrelson. Currently, the women’s golf team practices at Ridgeway Country Club. The Memphis Botanic Gardens is located within the premises. In October, the park will host the 41st Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair. Cancer Survivor’s Park,

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opened in 2007, is located on the park’s east side. While much about the Audubon Park acquisition is still up in the air—including whether or not it will happen at all—some things are already set in stone. “Our discussions with the city are in their infancy at this point,” Bonnin said. “We want to be clear, though, that we do not plan to put a stadium at Audubon Park. Brad Martin has made this clear in his conversations with Mayor Wharton.”

When you have something bad on your credit, it stays there for seven years.” She gave a few tips on how students can avoid falling into a “badcredit trap.” “Talk to your banker before you sign up for a credit card. Don’t use more than 50 percent of your limit and get a card that avoids high interest rates.” She said. She also stressed the importance of establishing credit early. “(Students should) start on (their) credit the last year of high school,” said Amann. Although people cannot establish credit under age 18, there are programs that allow them to build it under their parents’ credit. Priscilla Braga, a junior, did exactly that. “My parents had it (credit), and I had a card that was connected to theirs,” Braga, 22, said. “Now, I have my own account that’s connected to my home in Brazil.” Braga was able to get a condo minimum in Brazil at a younger age because her mother cosigned, but

the credit is in her name. Some students may have problems getting back and forth to the banks across the city. There is a Credit Union located on campus. First South’s Tiger Banking Center is above the bookstore. They offer the same functions as other banks such as checking accounts, debit cards and savings, and they also offer the Fresh Start Saver Program. “It’s a loan that’s helping you save money and build credit at the same time,” said their assistant vice president Tim Hines. This particular loan allows participants to borrow an amount of $500, $1,000 or $2,000 – they have a year to pay it back. “We don’t report when you miss a payment (during the payback year),” continued Hines, “but when you do pay it builds up your credit score.” When the loan is fully repaid, the money goes into a savings account. Credit is not about spending a large amount of money and paying it back, but it is about being prompt in paying back what you do spend. “It’s your character we’re looking for,” said Amann.

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Cross-country prepares for Commodore Classic By Corey Carmichael After a hot night of running at the Memphis Twilight on Aug. 31, the cross county team will travel to Nashville Saturday to compete in the Commodore Classic for the third straight year. At Twilight, the men’s team finished fourth out of the eight teams that competed in the nearly 90-degree heat. The women’s team finished seventh out of eight. Memphis cross-country head coach Doug Clark said the hot weather made it difficult to run. “It’s been really oppressively hot and humid, and it makes it hard to compete,” he said. “You’re training to get through the heat instead of training to get physically fit. I think the high on Saturday is going to be 84 degrees, so that will be a big plus.” Cooler weather will certainly benefit the team, as well as more time to train. Going into the Memphis Twilight Classic, the team had only one week of practice.

“So we’ve had another two weeks now in this last training cycle to become more of a cohesive unit, and I think we can look forward to a little bit better performance than what we had at the Memphis Twilight,” Clark said. At last year’s Commodore Classic, the men’s team placed 10th out of 24 teams, while the women finished 17th. Both teams return with several experienced runners who competed in last year’s meet. On the women’s side, four of the five top Tiger finishers from last year’s Commodore Classic return to the trail again this year. The returnees include Jenny Johnston, Alisha Fitch, Meagan Nichols and Nandia Taylor. Taylor said the experience will only help and the team is ready to compete at a high level. “The upperclassmen are used to this course, and this weekend, it’s a 5K instead of a 6K, so we’re pretty excited about that,” Taylor said. “As far as competing, we’re two weeks stronger and two weeks mentally tougher, so we’re ready to

get out there and be competitive.” All 10 members of last year’s men’s team return to compete Saturday, including sophomore Fabien Fiege. “We’ve been there the last two years. We like this meet,” Fiege said. “It’s a very good course and very competitive. This year my hope is (that) I can move up, more towards the number one and number two runners and get the gaps closer.” After training in the intense heat, the Tigers hope to perform well Saturday with expected temperatures in the mid 70s and 49 percent humidity. Fiege said the harsher conditions should help the team perform better this weekend. “We have a great advantage there, since we train in the heat every day, and we do all the workouts in the heat and all the distance runs in the heat,” he said. “We are used to it, and we know how to deal with it.” The men’s team hits the trail at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the women set to follow at 10 a.m.

Athletic department releases ticket plans By Meagan Nichols In a continued effort to boost fan support at University of Memphis sporting events, the athletic department released a football and basketball mini-pack ticket plan Wednesday. There are two package plan options for people interested in the ticket promotion. The first plan costs $99 and includes a Fun Zone football ticket for the remaining six home games at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and a special Terrace basketball ticket for the three men’s games at the FedExForum. The second package option costs $199 and contains a Prime football ticket for each of the home games and three Terrace basketball tickets. “It’s something we’ve had planned for a couple of months,” said Ryan Bradley, the associate athletic director for marketing. “We were really pleased with the turnout for the first football game. Obviously, there is a lot of hype and anticipation surrounding the upcoming basketball season. This is a great opportunity to encourage fans who might have missed the boat on buying football season tickets to

jump on board and also wet their appetite for basketball season.” Bradley said this is an exciting time for Tiger Nation and the athletic department wanted to come up with and affordable ticket package for fans who don’t hold football or basketball season ticket. Ticket mini-packages secure seats for basketball games against University of Connecticut, University of Cincinnati and the season opener against Austin Peay State University. In addition, fans receive tickets for the remainder of the home football games. “Ultimately, we want to reinforce the idea that fans of Tiger basketball should also support Tiger football and vice versa,” Bradley said. “We’re eager to see how Tiger Nation responds to this ticket promotion. To my knowledge this is the first footballbasketball ticket package ever offered by the University of Memphis. If it takes off, I’m sure you’ll see similar combo-ticket packs from us in the near future.” The ticket packages can be purchased online or by contacting the Memphis Athletics Ticket Office at 901-678-2331 or toll free at 888-857-UofM.

Soccer hits the field this weekend By Meagan Nichols The University of Memphis men and women’s soccer teams will each compete in a pair of matches this weekend. The women’s side of the Tigers (4-1) is coming off a road victory against Western Kentucky. “A win is a win,” said women’s head coach Brooks Monaghan. “We faced some tough conditions at Western Kentucky (last Sunday). The pitch was slower than we are used to and they played a tough defensive style. They are a very well-coached team.” The Tigers are back home Friday against the University of Alabama. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Monaghan said anytime they play a team in the SEC it is difficult. “They’re going to be very good,” Monaghan said. “We are going to have our hands full, but I am very confident in our girls, and we had a great week of practice, and anytime that happens it usually carries over to the games.” The Tigers have an off-day Saturday and take the short drive to Oxford, Miss. Sunday to face Ole Miss. Ole Miss (4-1-1) has caused trouble for some opponents already this season, and Monaghan

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University of Memphis sophomore soccer player Marissa Duguay started in all 19 matches for the Tigers last season. She and the rest of the Memphis team play at home Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

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Tigers travel to Murfreesboro for a chance to rebound By Hunter Field The University of Memphis football team started the last five seasons 0-2. They want to end that streak this Saturday with a win against Middle Tennessee State University (1-1) in Murfreesboro. The Tigers (0-1) dropped the ball on their first game of the season last Saturday against Duke University. “Our kids are looking forward to going up there and playing another quality opponent,” said second year Memphis head coach Justin Fuente at a media luncheon Monday. “We (have) recovered from a hard-fought defeat in front of a great home crowd last week, and we’re ready to move forward.” Middle Tennessee beat Western Carolina University at home in week one but fell to North Carolina last week in Chapel Hill. Memphis faced the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee last season, losing in a 48-30 shootout. Turnovers plagued the Tigers, which resulted in 28 of the 48 Middle Tennessee points. Jacob Karam, a senior this season, and Marcus Rucker, who graduated after last season, led the Tigers in the passing game. Rucker posted 177 yards receiving with two touchdowns, and Karam threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Kilgore, standout senior quarterback, led the way for Middle Tennessee. He threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Fuente compared Kilgore to a point guard in basketball, complimenting the quarterback for his ability to distribute the ball to a strong core of receivers. “He’s a very good football player,” Fuente said. “We’ll have to do a great job of getting pressure when we can

and being sound in our coverage and our schemes. You’re not going to stop him or shut him down, but hopefully, we can contain him.” The Tigers look to the less experienced quarterback, Paxton Lynch. The redshirt freshman made his first career start against Duke, passing for 148 yards and running 29. Fuente said Lynch made some good plays as well as some bad ones against Duke and explained Lynch has to play better if the Tigers want to succeed. Overall, Fuente said he was not satisfied with last week’s performance but said there were some positives. The Memphis coach said he wants the team to be better as a unit this week against the Blue Raiders. “We did some really good things on special teams,” Fuente said. “We scored on defense and played pretty good team defense. Offensively, I saw some good things, but I’m not pleased with our execution. We’re awfully close on a bunch of plays. Offense is about execution and 11 guys doing their job all at once.” Saturday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Murfreesboro’s Floyd Stadium.

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The University of Memphis football team heads to Murfreesboro, Tenn. this weekend to battle the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University at Floyd Stadium.

uuSoccer Continued from page 3 said the rival school should prove another tough match for Memphis. “We’re not where we need to be, but we are getting better each week,” he said. “We still have a lot of room for improvement.” The Memphis men’s team travels to Birmingham, Ala. this weekend to battle East Tennessee State University at 4:30 p.m. Friday and University of North Carolina Charlotte at noon on Sunday.

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