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DAILY HELMSMAN Thursday 09.26.13


For a look at Craft’s historic catch, see page 4

Vol. 81 No. 020

Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis

Fellowship of Christian Students


Throwback Thursday


Students raise awareness about health care reform at coffee house


Danyale Cross and Tim Tonole discuss the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act on Wednesday at a local Starbucks. Although they share differing views, the conversation was congenial (left). Kirsten Cheers discusses PPACA-related issues with Lauren Perkins and Laney Sayle (right). Open enrollment for the plan begins Tuesday.

By Patrick Lantrip When Barbara Jenice Lester was a sophomore in college, she and a group of friends were in a tragic accident. Her car rolled over after she swerved to miss a deer. The accident killed one of her friends and left Lester with a traumatic brain injury.

Unfortunately, her father’s insurance ran out shortly after the accident, and she was unable to obtain health care coverage for over two years, because her condition was classified as “pre-existing.” “I would have blackouts and falls, which resulted in a lot of spinal fractures that would swell up to the point where I couldn’t walk anymore,” Lester said. “I had to re-

learn to walk twice.” On Wednesday, Lester and several Organizing for Action volunteers were at Starbucks at 5201 Poplar Ave., speaking out against Representative Stephen Fincher’s (R-TN) decision to push for a government shutdown unless the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare, is defunded.

As a part of the #EnoughAlready campaign, they interviewed customers about their opinions of the PPACA, and asked those in favor to sign a petition and have their picture taken holding a sign that read, “#EnoughAlready Let us pay our bills AND have health care like you!” “I think it is important for Americans to have to access to

health care no matter what their station in life,” said 23-year-old Starbucks patron Lena Kirk. Sallis Murrell, 26, was also in favor of health care reform and called the PPACA funding controversy illogical. “It’s actually advantageous to taxpayers, because they won’t be

the Department of Homeland Security and Scott Fleming received a $312,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Department of Computer Science at the University of Memphis is ranked 55th in the nation among computer science departments that receive federal grants for research, according to Sajjan Shiva, chairman of the computer science department. The department currently has

about $8 million in grants. Shiva said the grant money would pay for students to be involved with cutting-edge research. “We probably have the highest research expenditure per faculty, on the campus,” Shiva said. “They (the grants) allow faculty and students to travel and interact with other researchers in the field, and they make our faculty stay up to date.” Wu joined the faculty at the U of M as an associate professor in the

fall of 2006 and was the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Research Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. His main research interests include computer networks, parallel and distributed computing, wireless sensor networks, cyber security and scientific visualization. Wu’s research project will develop and test various networking technologies and their synthesis methods to achieve such flows and

develop tools that provide these capabilities through simple interfaces to users and applications. His second grant is a $300,000, three-year award from the Department of Homeland Security entitled “Robust Network Fusion Algorithms for Detection and Localization of Radiation Sources.” “This project will focus on designing, testing and optimizing

see HEALTH on page 3

Computer science receives millions in grants

By Robin Spielberger Three University of Memphis computer science professors received more than a million dollars in research grants. In the past two months, Chase Qishi Wu received two research grants worth a total of $525,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy, Vinhthuy Phan received a three-year, $280,000 grant from

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Tigers’ Ta es “I heard it was good, but I don’t know much about it. In class, I heard it was really difficult to read, and, if you know what it is, you must be really intelligent.”

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uuHealth Continued from page 1 funding frivolous emergency room visits as often,” Murrell said. However, just like much of the rest of the country, the patrons of this particular Starbucks were divided on the issue. “I’m actually one of the few people who would benefit from it in this area, but I don’t think my children should shoulder the burden of my health care, or other’s health care,” said Tim Tonole. “It’s another example of large institutions winning. Insurance companies are large corporations, and they are going to win again.” Stacy Hinkle is also opposed to the PPACA. “I’m a nurse, and I’m really worried about cutting back on the amount of care that you’re able to provide,” said Hinkle.

“I think it sucks. How are people who do not have enough money to afford health insurance now, going to afford it when it is required by law? And then you get fined if you do not get it. This is just a lose-lose for those who can’t afford it.” Lee Curri, Communications senior “Our patient load is already huge, if we lose nurses due to funding issues it’s dangerous. It’s just not safe to not have enough nurses to provide care for everyone.” Organizing for Action is a national nonprofit organization established to move forward the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012. “OFA is a non-partisan organization, but we do try to push President Obama’s initiatives, especially affordable health care, reducing gun violence, women’s issues and immigration,” said event organizer and University of Memphis journalism major, Kirsten Cheers. “This event is important, because it allows us not just as students, but as Americans to get out, converse with other people and get different opinions other than our own about these important issues,” Cheers said.

“ObamaCare is for the people who can’t afford health insurance. This way they can’t be turned away for having preexisting medical problems.” Desmund Fauoknu, Business management junior

“What is your opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)?” By Jonathan A. Capriel

“I’m on a full scholarship actually, so I don’t have to—What is it exactly? Oh, ObamaCare… If we switch over to socialized medicine, it will lower the quality of health care in the United States.” Heath Brown, Physics and mechanical engineering sophomore

“I think it’s a front. It gives people a false senses of security… It really just helps upper-class citizens. It is not good for the majority of the country.”

Brandon Shaw, Philosophy senior

Students find fellowship and faith among students By Shunitra Ingram Alcoholism, drug addiction and substance abuse are all factors that can contribute to college students not graduating. Kenya Gray, president of the Fellowship of Christian Students, said she cares, and it is very important that students have an avenue to help them with obstacles they face while trying to obtain a degree. “Students need to know that they are not alone in what they are going through,” Gray said. “I know the struggle is real.” Gray took initiative in trying to attempt to resolve the problem by starting an organization, FCS, that primarily helps students cope with the adversities in college and to express their communication and fellowship skills. “Anything that students are dealing with, we want them to know that God can help them out,” Gray said. The organization encourages students religiously and educates them

uuMillion Continued from page 1 next-generation network fusion algorithms for detecting, localizing, and identifying low-level, hazardous radiation,” Wu said. Wu is currently on sabbatical visiting several universities in China and has been attending weekly telecoms with his collaborators and students. He will return stateside in late October to kick off the new projects. The National Science Foundation

on things that can enhance their college and Christian experiences. “Being a college student can be just as much fun as being a Christian,” Gray said. “Doing both is very possible and will definitely help students along the way.” Every Wednesday night, the group holds a bible study in the form of a rehab intervention. “We go through the steps of rehab,” Gray said. “Once we finish going through the steps, students should feel a sense of cleanliness. They should feel free.” The FCS is different from all other student organizations, said senior professional studies major and praise leader of the group Quincy Newson. “We don’t just have meetings, take up dues and do community service. We change lives,” said Newson. Danielle Nelson, the group’s treasurer, said sometimes the group faces rejection but is still determined to move forward. “People are not always running up to us wanting to join,”

said Nelson, a junior Anthropology major. “Not everybody is seeking a god.” On average the group has 40 to 45 attendees at its bible studies, and it had 20 to 25 at the first mass meeting. “We may be off to a slow start, but we have arrived,” said Kevaugon Griffith, a junior music major and vice president of the group. Despite the love, excitement and passion the group possesses, the president admits they have a hard time moving forward. “We are not a typical organization,” Gray said. “Because our group is religion-based, we have a hard time getting funding and approval for certain projects.” Not everyone deems what the group is doing as being appropriate. “It sometimes is tough, not only being rejected by students, but by officials as well, but that is what is going to make us strong,” Gray said. “That is what is going to make us be able to do what we do — that is to encourage students, help them succeed and spread the love of God.”

funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering through grants and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses and other research organizations throughout the United States. The NSF receives approximately 50,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. The foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic

research. One of this year’s 11,000 funded proposals is Vinhthuy Phan’s, the principal investigator on a three-year, $280,000 grant entitled “Analysis of Gene Expression Data using Transitive Directed Graphs.” “The goal of the proposal is to develop methods to identify patterns of genes responding to many drugs, when there are few samples. The novelty of these methods is in taking advantage of graphs to represent response patterns as well as

see PROFESSOR on page 4

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Historic touchdown for Craft

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By Meagan Nichols After the University of Memphis football team handily defeated Arkansas State University 31-7 Saturday, several players were highlighted for their performances. One of those players was true freshman Sam Craft. Not only did the game mark his first collegiate touchdown, but those six points were also historic ones. Craft’s father Ray, a major for police services at the U of M, was a wide receiver for then-Memphis State University from 1986-89. Ray had 700 plus yards receiving during his tenure at Memphis. While this is not the first time members of the same family have played for the University, Craft’s score was the first time in school history two members of the same family earned touchdowns for the blue and gray. After practice Tuesday, Craft told the media his dad is a nonchalant guy who expects those types of plays from him and said he was sure his dad was excited on the inside but did not want him to notice. Craft came to the Bluff City via Olive Branch High School. Recruited by colleges for both basketball and football, Craft ultimately decided Memphis was the place for him. “My dad was real supportive,” he said. “We sat down and had a number of talks, and he would just tell me, do what I thought was right for myself. Him playing here really wasn’t a part of me committing. For myself, I just knew that Memphis was the right place for me.” With the support of both the head Memphis football coach Justin Fuente and the men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner, Craft will soon have to decide whether or not he will be a two-sport athlete for the Tigers.



Freshman University of Memphis player, Sam Craft, earned his first touchdown Saturday and made Tiger history in the process.


Larry Finch accepts coaching job By Phillip Tutor Staff ‘96

Larry Finch was named to succeed Dana Kirk as men’s basketball coach by the Memphis State athletic department yesterday. Finch signed a three-year contract, but no specific details were announced. “Larry has demonstrated a great deal of leadership during the past seven years while serving as an assistant coach,” said Memphis State Athletic Director Charles Cavagnaro. “Every move he has made has been with the same class and integrity that we know he will bring to the program. He will be a perfect model for all of our student athletes.” Finch, who played basketball at MSU and has been as assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and at MSU, said he has not yet named his assistant coaches. Lee Fowler, an assistant coach with Finch under Dana Kirk, is currently seeking an assistant athletic

director’s position at Memphis State and may not return. No other names were mentioned. “It really is like a dream come true. I never would have believed 15 years ago that I would have this opportunity,” said Finch. The Tiger basketball squad is currently on a two-year probation from the NCAA. Finch stated that the team’s probation will not have an effect on the way he coaches or handles the team. Memphis State senior guard John Wilfong has played under Finch during his first three seasons at MSU, and seems to be confident that the Tiger’s new coach will do a good job. “I think all the players are glad that it’s finally over. Now we can go on and continue with the season knowing he’s going to be with us and just look forward to that,” Wilfong said. “I expect we will run a little more and play a little more pressure defense.” Finch played with the Tigers from 1970 to 1973 and until the last few seasons held numerous

offensive records. At the moment he still is the holder of the MSU record for most points in a game (48), and most points in a season (721). Finch ended his career with a scoring average of 22.3. Finch’s no. 21 was retired after he finished his playing career at MSU. After leaving Memphis State, Finch was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, but opted to stay at home and play for the now-defunct Memphis Tams of the ABA. He began his coaching career at Richland Junior High and from there went to Messick High School. Finch entered the coaching ranks at AlabamaBirmingham as an assistant under his former coach at MSU, Gene Bartow. He served there for two years until he came back to his alma mater in 1979 with Kirk. The Tigers begin their season Nov. 11 against the Athletes in Action at the Mid-South Coliseum.

to exploit properties of such graphs when there are few samples,” Phan said. Phan is currently an associate professor with a passion for bioinformatics. Another one of the 11,000 funded proposals from the National Science Foundation is Scott Fleming’s. He was awarded a $312,000 grant from the NSF entitled “Information Foraging Theory: From Scientific Principles to Engineering Practice.” “Modern software systems are notoriously large and complex, often made up of hundreds and thousands of interconnected modules and lines of source code that can number in the millions,” said Fleming. “Consequently, software developers waste a considerable portion of their time trying to find and get to information in that code.” This research project addresses the problem by investigating a scientific theory, the Information Foraging Theory, in order to describe how developers go about seeking this information. The project will use the expanded theory to identify ways of helping developers to more efficiently find information and increase their productivity. “This contribution will be put to practical use, by providing the builders of today’s software tools and new practical ways to apply this theory in order to reduce the effort required in software development projects,” Fleming said. “I’m thrilled to have the resources necessary to carry this research forward, and I’m grateful to the National Science Foundation for providing that support,” Fleming said. Fleming has been an associate professor at the U of M since 2011 and according to him, his research is “concerned with understanding the challenges that software developers face in performing their tasks and to design tools that reduce errors and improve productivity.” “Ever since I first caught the programming bug as an undergraduate student, I’ve been fascinated by how programmers think and work and by the considerable barriers they face in understanding and creating software,” said Fleming.


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