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Helmsman Vol. 78 No. 062

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Winter storm sweeps across region Sunday, hampers many students’ returns to campus




Student-run record label touts sounds of South BY CHRIS SHAW News Reporter

by Malcolm Regester

A blast of wintry weather Sunday night covered The University of Memphis’ normally green grounds with several inches of snow, affecting some students plans to travel back to campus and inconveniencing others who stayed in Memphis during winter break. Around 9 p.m. Sunday, University officials sent a TigerText, The University’s emergency alert text messaging service, informing students, faculty and staff that The University would be closed Monday due to the inclement weather. An e-mail early Monday morning reiterated the closure. The University reopened Tuesday. Rachel Rufenacht, a graduate student majoring in English as a second language, drove back to Memphis from her home in Northern Ohio on Sunday afternoon, just before heavy snowfall began blanketing the Mid-South. She said driving in snowy weather in Memphis is more difficult than doing so in Ohio, but the inconvenience didn’t come directly from the snowfall. “The snow isn’t the scary part,” Rufenacht said. “It’s everyone you’re driving around. In Ohio you know to drive slow and put salt in your car. Memphis doesn’t have the capacity to deal with that, and people down here aren’t used to it.” Police Services remained open and staffed Monday, as it does around the clock and throughout the year, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Some faculty and student workers also continued to work despite the closing. Bruce Harber, director of police services, said several snow-removal procedures on campus ensured safe walking conditions around the dorms and on the paths to din-

Junior psychology major Fredrico Doss Jr. constructs a snowman on campus Monday, when inclement weather forced The University to close. ing facilities. By Monday afternoon, the roads were almost clear. “The fact that classes weren’t yet in session helped us in that the academic calendar was not affected — only The University’s business operations,” Harber said. Christina Holloway, a Rawls Hall resident adviser and junior journalism major, shoveled sidewalks and steps in


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What was originally created as a supplement for an upper-division music business class at The University of Memphis has turned into a full-blown student-run record label, one focused on releasing music created by students and Southern musicians. Blue TOM Records, which takes the latter part of its name from “Tigers of Memphis,” started in 2005 when assistant music professor Tonya Butler devised it as a supplement for her record company operations class. Nick Black, secretary of Blue TOM Records, said that the need for a mock record label was evident, but no one would make it happen. “I think the professor in charge of the class before Professor Butler said it was impossible to start a student-run record label, so it sort of became her challenge,” Black said. “I think the idea of starting the label was to give students as much real-world experience as possible.” Since its inception, the record label has released two full-length compilation records and recorded numerous student projects, including the former pre-game Tiger basketball theme “We Da Tigers” by Lil Smurf and Jus O.

Local groups like Snowglobe and So She Sang have also recorded with Blue TOM Records. Last month, Blue TOM teamed up with High Water records and the Music Maker Relief Foundation to release a cover album comprised of songs from the blues archive owned by High Water Records and The University of Memphis. David Evans, U of M music professor, and Richard Ranta, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, started High Water Recordings in 1979 to preserve the lesser-known music coming out of the South during the reigns of Sun Studio and Stax Records in the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s. That extensive catalog has remained shelved for the most part, as songs have been sparsely used for commercials and independent films. The new cover album, “Blues in Black and White,” promotes the extensive and often overlooked High Water blues catalog with the goal of giving something back to Southern musicians in need. Trey Hamilton, president of Blue TOM Records, said that working with MMRF was perfect for the “Blues in Black and White” project.


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BY AMBER CRAWFORD News Reporter It is one of the longest, most powerful rivers in the world. Rusty signs dot the shores, warning visitors not to swim in its waters. Some say they whisper short prayers every time they cross its bridge. Colton Cockrum, assistant director of the honors program at The University of Memphis, said the Mississippi River is simply misunderstood. In October, Cockrum and some friends spent three days on the river. They began their expedition at Clarksdale, Miss., and traveled about 50 miles south, ending near Rosedale, Miss. Their means of transportation was a hand-carved canoe. “A lot of people said I was crazy and I was going to die,” Cockrum said. “It was pretty terrifying and aweinspiring. All of a sudden there’s this huge river with some parts over a mile wide. You feel like it’s just you

and the water.” Cockrum has canoed on the Buffalo and Lower Illinois rivers, but October’s trip was his first time canoeing the Mississippi River, an expedition he said was on his mind for years. “I used to go down to the Mississippi when my son was first born,” he said. “I’d take him to the river on the weekends, and we’d sit on the benches and watch barges go by. There was something about that river that kept me going back to it.” As he spoke, Cockrum rubbed a small rock he found on the trip between his fingers. When he spotted the smooth, crater-like stone, Cockrum said he started wondering how it was formed. The stone now lies on his desk, accompanying three framed pictures of the Mississippi River on his shelves as reminders of the trip. “There she is right there,” he said, pointing at one


River, page 4

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Rolling on the river: Mississippi’s reputation is muddied with mysticism and misunderstanding

Colton Cockrum (front left), Adam Langley (front right), Charles Clowers (back left), Justin Hill (back right) and guide John Ruskey (far back) row down the Mississippi in one of Ruskey’s hand-carved canoes.

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front of the residence halls Monday morning with other RAs. The student-workers also spread salt in preparation for move-in days on Tuesday and Wednesday. U of M’s director of residence life and dining services, Peter Groenendyk, said although Monday’s weather slowed down students’ progress settling into dorms, movein days remained on schedule.

However, the closing delayed the arrival of desk assistants and pushed their training back a day. Groenendyk predicted that other students would be affected as well. “I would anticipate that the weather may affect travel plans for some students living in middle and east Tennessee,” he said Tuesday morning. “However, we are also conducting check-in Wednesday, and I would anticipate that most students will arrive then and be ready for class on Thursday.”

Memphis International Airport cancellations altered arrival plans of some of U of M’s out-of-state students, who comprise 9 percent of enrolled students. Leslie Berry, sophomore civil engineering major, said her flight into Memphis was delayed past 1 a.m. Monday. The same day, several AirTran and Delta Air Lines flights arriving in Memphis from eight states — Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Colorado, plus intrastate flights from

Nashville — were canceled. Junior internet journalism major Terry Jernigan drove Interstate 40 from Nashville to Memphis on Tuesday afternoon and said he was cautious when driving on low-traffic roads. “I’m worried about the roads once I take the exit ramp (off I-40),” he said Monday afternoon, before his trek began. “I’m really hoping temperatures get well above freezing (Tuesday) because I have a lot to take care of before classes start on Thursday.”

Some students who live near The University also experienced transportation delays from the snowfall. Lorrie Hayes, sophomore computer engineering and mathematics major, expected vehicle parts to be delivered for her recently wrecked car. She said the equipment wasn’t delivered as scheduled because of the weather. “I will have to try to find a ride with a friend or have one of my parents take me,” she said. “It bothers me having to change my plans so close to (the start of) school.”

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river from page 1 of the photos. “I feel such a connection to her now, both environmentally and spiritually. To be able to go in an area where very few people have paddled or canoed, to go a full day without seeing anyone but barges — that was such an amazing feeling.” Cockrum was accompanied by his father, Dwayne Cockrum; Memphians Adam Langley, Charles Clowers and Justin Hill; University of Tennessee student Tyler Sanford; Missourian Brandon Dupler; and the group’s guide, John Ruskey. “While we all come from different walks of life,” Cockrum said, “we have one thing in common — a fascination with this beautiful and wild river.” Ruskey, who has been paddling the Mississippi River for nearly 30 years, carved the 14-person canoe. He has been featured in National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, the Food Network and other major media outlets. Cockrum said whenever the paddlers asked their guide to tell stories of the river, he would reply, “The river tells its own story.” During the trip, Cockrum said Ruskey found old items like a recycling bin and a basketball that he tossed in the canoe and brought home, saying he could use them for something. Cockrum said he and his father had not gone on any adventures together prior to this trip, so he was surprised when his father said he would come along. “Ever since my dad returned from Vietnam, he’s had this pattern and hasn’t done anything real risky,” Cockrum said. “But he loved the canoe trip. He came back re-energized. He goes up to complete strangers and shows them his video he took at the river.” Cockrum’s wife, Casey Cockrum, said her husband has been raving about the trip, too. “He’s been talking about going for over a year and has been doing research,” she said. “When he came back, he had this joy about him. I told him he needs to go every year and take our son.” Langley, a third-year law student at The U of M, said that he and Cockrum wanted to truly experience the Mississippi River. “We wanted to get a feel for it — see what it really was,” Langley said. “We’ve got the largest river in North America in our backyard. It’s always there, but few really ever interact with it.” He said being on the Mississippi River was not what he expected. “In Memphis, you see it. You hear the terrible stories,” he said. “It’s the mighty Mississippi. But being on it, its bigness is even bigger, but not nearly as terrible as one might think. At times it felt like a lazy lake — we even got out and swam at a few points.” Langley said he enjoyed getting away but still being close to home. It was like a great American adventure, he said. Cockrum said he would recommend getting out on the Mississippi River to others, but not without the necessary precautions. “Use a professional guide who has the equipment and expertise,” he said. “And have respect for the river and its power.”

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Breaking the silence Musical within a musical BY ROBERT MOORE News Reporter

With the city still cloaked in white from Sunday night’s snowstorm, the Memphis chapter of a national human rights organization urged University of Memphis students to do the same.


trafficking isn’t just going on in other parts of the world — it is happening right here and now in our city.” — Alyssa Etheridge

Business management junior Operation Broken Silence, a nonprofit organization that aims to spread awareness about genocide and human slavery, invited students via Facebook to dress in white Tuesday in an effort to raise consciousness about human trafficking. OBS teamed with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking for January’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Both organizations have pledged to speak out against human trafficking and create new ways to stop it. Wearing all white Jan. 11 was the first of several upcoming activities and events of which OBS urges U of M students to be aware. Chaarity Williams, the OBS street team director responsible for planning events and recruiting volunteers, urged U of M students to become active with her program. “This is going to be a great year for OBS, and we want you to get involved with making a positive impact on not only your community but the world,” she said. Williams said she hopes that joining the organization will give concerned citizens the opportu-

nity to learn more about genocide and modern slavery and provide an opportunity to make a difference alongside other young people. U of M student Alyssa Etheridge, junior business management major, works under Williams as a street team coordinator. Etheridge, who helps plan events and fundraisers, said she feels that the work she does with OBS makes a difference and serves the greater good for her community. “Not many people know what human trafficking involves,” Etheridge said. “Human trafficking isn’t just going on in other parts of the world — it is happening right here and now in our city.” OBS released a report Tuesday on human trafficking in Memphis based on data collected from the website, a site similar to Craigslist. The report states that from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 352 different women were


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As the award-winning music director of The University of Memphis’ 2009 production of “Blood Brothers,” Brennan Villines made his mark behind the curtains. But beginning Friday at Theatre Memphis, the senior music industry major takes his talents center stage. Villines plays a leading role in the musical literally titled “[title of show],” which premieres Friday and runs through Jan. 30 at the East Memphis venue. “It’s a musical within a musical,” he said. “It’s two guys writing, and you see them talk about writing the musical. Then you see them actually performing the musical. It’s a real interesting concept.” Villines, a singer and pianist, said he has been interested and involved in music since childhood. He has participated in vocal ensembles at The U of M and is the lead singer of local ‘80s rock cover band

Brennan Villines (left) and Stephen Garrett star as roommates Jeff and Hunter in “[title of show],” a musical about two guys writing about writing a musical. The play opens Friday at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Extended. Rockasaurus Rex. Despite only recently taking his talents to the world of live

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cal that these two best friends decide to write but don’t know what to write about,” she said. “So they decide to write about what to write about, and from that moment, everything that happens in their lives becomes a part of the show.”

the fact that they’re submitting a musical for a festival.” Offstage, Villines and Garrett from page 5 are friends, which Garrett said has helped their performances. he hasn’t had much trouble “Brennan is a talented dude,” adapting. Garrett said. “He’s a great singer “It was really easy to pick and a great musician. He’s fun to up my parts because I’ve been work with. It’s funny specifically trained for because he doesn’t things like this,” he t’s a musical within a think he can act, but said. he’s actually pretty Villines has played musical. It’s two guys good. We approach it on-stage roles in two other plays for Theatre writing, and you see them as two friends hanging out and writing a musiMemphis, “Joseph and talk about writing the cal together.” the Amazing Technicolor musical. Then you see Wingate said the Dreamcoat” and “La play’s dialogue is filled Cage Aux Folles,” and them actually performwith conversations that served as music director for two U of M produc- ing the musical. It’s a real friends might have during their everyday lives, tions, “Blood Brothers” interesting concept.” some of which contain and “Spitfire Grill.” profanity, which allows Last year, Villines the audience to feel like a part of won an Ostrander award, a — Brennan Villines these two writers’ lives. locally based theater honor simiActor, senior music major Villines said that apart from lar to the Tony, for his work on Wingate said that the show the occasional “f-word” and “Blood Brothers.” In “[title of show],” Villines is a clever, fun and enthusiastic some unfamiliar theater references, the play is nothing but said that although he and his piece. “There are a lot of meta- lighthearted fun. character Jeff are alike in many “These guys who wrote the ways, they differ greatly in inter- moments,” she said. “Where you go from ‘Oh, we’re at the play show were geeks,” he said. action and dialogue. “He is a musician and com- now. Oh, no this is real life. No, “They were like the Trekkies of poses the music for the show, this is real life in the play.’ You theater.” Villines said he hopes that his but a lot of his lines in the show wonder what part is the play and I would never say,” he said. “I what part is real. The answer to fellow students will come out and enjoy the show. He also said would never correct someone’s that is it’s all real.” “[title of show]” marks those of legal drinking age can grammar or things like that.” “[title of show]” takes place Wingate’s first time working patronize the on-site bar an hour in New York, where roommates with Villines, whom she called a before showtime. “We want people to come get Hunter and Jeff are creating a major talent. “He has a couple of songs a little loose before the show,” musical for an upcoming festival. They decide to write a musi- where I just want to close my he said. Performance times for “[title cal about just that — writing a eyes and drift away,” she said. Stephen Garrett, a graduate of show]” are Thursdays at 7:30 musical. Cecelia Wingate, the director of of the University of Mississippi, p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 Theatre Memphis’ production of plays Hunter. “It’s basically a year in the p.m. Tickets for students with “[title of show],” said that the play life of these two guys,” he said. a school ID cost $15, and adult basically tells the story of itself. “It is the inception of a musi- “There’s no real plot other than tickets cost $28.



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As textbook prices continue to increase, local bookstores are offering several cost-cutting options for money-conscious students. The University of Memphis Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, offers students the option of digital books, or eBooks, at a lower cost than traditional paperbacks. The store has sold eBooks for the past three years and currently has over 500 digital titles avaliable from The U of M’s booklist. Sandy Barksdale, director of auxiliary services at The U of M, said the bookstore’s eBook software doesn’t cost students extra. “This past fall, Barnes & Noble made available free to students ‘NOOKstudy,’” she said. “This is the software needed to download many of the digital titles that we carry in the store.” eBooks allow students to store all their books on one medium, such as a laptop, and lower production costs allows savings to be passed on to students. “The savings to the student for a digital textbook can be up to 45 percent off the price of a new book,” Barksdale said. Prices vary by how many pages a student can print, subscription terms and the number of devices to which the student can download the book. Although eBooks have several clear advantages, some students still prefer textbooks in their conventional form. This last fall, U of M students purchased only 200 of the 500 eBooks available from The University of Memphis Bookstore. Jacob Rickert, sophomore English literature major, said that onscreen reading turned him off the idea. “I really don’t like eBooks because I really detest reading long passages on a computer screen,” Rickert said. Tiger Bookstore’s money saver is the SMART Card, a store exclusive. Textbook manager Marvell Bond said SMART stands for “Students always come first, Making you our main concern, Absolutely great selections, Remarkable prices and services, Transactions with friendly people.” “We came up with this on our own well over five years ago,” Bond said. “No one else has anything like it.” When students present their SMART Card, they earn $15 off textbook purchases over $300, $10 off textbook purchases over $200, $5 off merchandise purchases over $25 and $2 extra cash when selling books back. “Customers who spend at least


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Seeking room to pray on campus BY ERICA HORTON News Reporter

In the first semester of her freshman year at The University of Memphis, Emanne Knefati found herself praying in a stairwell, hoping no one would walk in on her. v Knefati practices Islam, a religion that requires believers to pray five times a day — sunrise, noon, afternoon, sunset and nighttime. Since coming to The U of M in the fall, she has started working with other students to create a meditation room on campus. “The room would be for all religions,” said the second-semester freshman. “The U of M is so diverse, I figured (the administration) would allow us to have a room if we got the supporters.” Knefati said the meditation room would be free of all religious symbols and figures, but there would be a bookshelf for people to donate reference works such as the Quran or the Bible. Junior nursing major Hesen Jabr said any space would be good for the room, but an ideal location would be somewhere in the center of campus, such as a room in the University Center. Zeenan Pathan, president of the Muslim Student Association, said he tried to contact Stephen Petersen, dean of students at The U of M, and the national chapter of MSA over winter break, but he has not yet received a response. Petersen said he has not heard anything about the initiative and was unavailable for further comment. Pathan said though a mosque on Mynders Avenue houses the Muslim Student Association, there are times when students are on campus late at night, which may not always be safe. Freshman pre-med major Iesha Gilliam said as a Christian, she prays as often as she can, and she appreciated the initiative to bring a meditation room to campus. “Everybody needs or wants something from the Lord,” she said. “You can always go to him for anything in prayer, and it gets me to the Lord faster and easier.” Lonnie Latham, associate dean of multicultural affairs, has been helping the students locate a room. She said the room is important because it ensures that students, believers or not, have a place to clear their minds. “This is a need and concern that students have, and we should be able to meet the needs of our students,” she said. Rick Pinkston, a minister at the Christian campus ministry center Wesley Foundation, said prayer is important to every religion. “It’s essential, like the air we breathe,” he said. “Prayer is communication with God or the divine, and we must be in communion with our creator.”

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“It’s great to know our music musicians in need,” Hamilton said. The MMRF helps Southern musicians over age 55 with a yearly income under $18,000 meet day-today needs. Those who donate $10 to MMRF receive a copy of “Blues in Black and White” as a gift. Black said he would like to see songs from the cover album make it onto movie soundtracks. “We’d really like to see these songs end up in movies,” Black said. “People like (local movie director) Craig Brewer have used songs from the High Water collection before.” Hamilton said during the spring semester, Blue TOM will continue to work with MMRF through fundraisers and other on-campus events. “Our main focus this semester is to promote ‘Blues in Black and White,’ but in the spring we are planning on bringing back the talent competition Idol Search,” he said. Senior recording technology major Wil Gatlin said that having a resource like Blue TOM Records available is invaluable to music majors. “Blue TOM is an amazing program, and I’m always amazed at the quality of the productions they create,” he said. “It’s nice to see students involved in the scouting process as well as the production and recording process.”

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Books from page 8 $100 can receive a SMART Card,” Bond said. “We also hand them out as advertisement for the store.” The store, located on Walker Ave., has handed out SMART Cards at Freshman Convocation and New Student Orientation in the past. Fewer than 500 cards are made available each semester, Bond said. Textbook Brokers, located at Walker Ave. and Brister St., saves students money by selling mostly used textbooks and ordering books that require online codes on a customer-to-customer basis, said store manager Derrick Gibson. “We save students money by stocking used textbooks — 85 percent of our textbooks are used,” Gibson said. Though every student has a different standard for deciding between new and used books, Sarah Barnes, sophomore psychology major, said she prefers a mixture of the two. “If I know I’ll use a book for more than one semester, I’ll usually buy it new,” Barnes said. “For gen-ed textbooks or books I know I’ll only use for a semester, I’m more likely to buy used at someplace like Textbook Brokers or Tiger Bookstore — whichever is cheaper.” Textbook Brokers also offers incoming freshman a special deal each fall. “Any freshman who buys all their books from us, we’ll give them their ACAD book for free,” Gibson said.


from page 5 advertised on the website for sex in the Memphis area, Jackson, Tenn., and Tunica, Miss. It lists Memphis International Airport, Wolfchase Galleria mall, and Sam Cooper Boulevard as the most common meeting locations on the ads. OBS will hold a press conference on the contents of the report today at noon. The University of Memphis does not have an on-campus OBS chapter, but several current students have participated in events and are aware of the organization. “As more students start to become aware of OBS, the possibility for a chapter on campus grows,” Williams said. Holly Keating, a junior psychology major, participated in Tuesday’s event. “I am not a member of Operation Broken Silence, but I have talked with other students on campus about the organization,” she said. Not being a member hasnít prevented Keating from participating in events, she said, and she plans to look into more OBS functions that she finds on Facebook.  “It’s great what they’re doing,” Keating said. “I had no idea human trafficking is occurring in Memphis.” Williams and Etheridge urged students interested in becoming part of Operation Broken Silence to e-mail them at cwilliams@ and, respectively, for more details.

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BY John Martin Sports Editor Like it or not, last Wednesday night marked a new era in University of Memphis basketball. The then-No. 21 Tigers sauntered into Thompson-Boling Arena fired up, ready to prove to the nation that they belonged in the Top 25, that they could beat a half-decent opponent. Instead, they were demolished on national television Jan. 5. And don’t let the final score, 104-84, fool you. The end result was worse than a 20-point loss to unranked Tennessee could ever indicate. The Tigers, right now, are not a Top 25 team. They struggle with middling opposition. And when it comes to teams with Top 50 RPIs, it hasn’t been close. In their three losses (all to Top 50 RPI teams), the Tigers have lost by a combined 50 points. U of M coach Josh Pastner has admitted that junior forward Wesley Witherspoon is his best player. Since he’s returned from meniscus surgery, however, he’s been largely ineffective, other than his 29-point outburst against Lipscomb. Sure, he can drop 29 on Lipscomb, but against Kansas, Georgetown, Tennessee or any other legitimate NCAA team, not only is he not as good, he’s missing in action. That’s not exactly the recipe for success. “We’ve got to do a lot of soul-searching,” senior forward Will Coleman said after the Tennessee game. Coleman, coincidentally, was one of the few Tigers who played with a semblance of heart last Wednesday. But he doesn’t want to point fingers at his teammates. He’s not going to call out his guys. Yet if there were ever a night to do it, it was last Wednesday. Freshman forward Tarik

Black, who scored 22 points against Tennessee State last Sunday, had more fouls (five) than points (four). Sophomore guard Charles Carmouche scored four points. Freshman guard Chris Crawford netted four points. And Witherspoon, the best player on the team? Four points. “The stat line he had (last Wednesday) is just not acceptable. That’s the only way to put it,” Pastner said. “We’ve got to find a way to get him to produce at the level we want him to produce.” To be fair, Carmouche has been dealing with a stomach bug that’s made its rounds in the Tiger locker room recently. After last Wednesday night, however, it’s not the flu that’ll make the Tigers’ stomachs queasy. It’s a 20-point drubbing at the hands of an in-state rival. It’s a drop out of the Top 25 polls. It’s a fade back into Conference USA obscurity, which might be just fine with Pastner. After all, maybe the expectations really were too high for these Tigers to meet. Maybe the expectations really were just based on recruiting rankings. Maybe the Tigers are destined to be just an upper-echelon team in C-USA. Maybe an NCAA tournament bid, at least for the next few seasons, comes down to winning the C-USA tournament. It’s very early in, and things could change — for better or for worse — but this is the current outlook of the new U of M regime, where games against Tennessee State and Lipscomb are just as important as games against Tennessee or Georgetown. Last Wednesday night’s thumping unequivocally ushered in the new era of Memphis Tiger basketball — whether you like it or not.

by David C. Minkin

Dawn — or dusk — of a new era for Tigers

Senior forward Will Coleman attempts a dunk but gets blocked by Tennessee’s Cam Tatum in the first half of a 104-84 defeat Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Thompson-Boling Arena. The loss knocked the Tigers out of the Top 25 polls.


Collins serves up national ranking BY Adam Douglas Sports Reporter

Edison Peña (center), one of the Chilean miners trapped for 69 days in October’s collapse, visited Memphis last week for Elvis’ birthday. After swinging by Graceland, Pena attended Saturday’s Tiger basketball game against East Carolina as the special guest of U of M athletic director R.C. Johnson (right). Standing with Johnson and U of M spokesman Bob Winn (left), he was introduced to the crowd at midcourt prior to the game. by David C. Minkin

By this time in the school year, Tiger fans tend to anticipate The University of Memphis’ being ranked in the men’s basketball polls. This year, however, another sport is getting some buzz in the national polls. Courtney Collins, a sophomore women’s tennis player, became the highest-ranked female tennis player in U of M history, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released Tuesday, Jan. 4. She starts the 2011 season ranked No. 9 in the Ohio Valley region and begins singles play this weekend against BYU, Ole Miss and Missouri in the Memphis Winter Invitational at the Racquet Club of Memphis.

“After finishing last season as a freshman at 17-9 at the second slot, my next goal was to become ranked this year,” Collins said. “This was definitely a goal of mine, and I hope to maintain it throughout the season.” Although just a sophomore, Collins said she feels no added pressure in being ranked at No. 9 this year and that starting season play against top competitors won’t be a problem, either. “I wanted to be (ranked) that high, and since I was expecting it, then I will just have to be able to deal with it,” she said. “And I know that the first five or six matches will be against ranked opponents, but I will just have to go out there and


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Pastner says freshmen’s growing pains hurting his heart Wins may be better than losses, but most of The University of Memphis men’s basketball team’s victories haven’t been good for coach Josh Pastner’s heart. Of the Tigers’ 12 wins, seven have been won by nine points or fewer. And it took the Tigers overtime to fend off sub-90 RPI teams Arkansas State and Austin Peay. “I would like for us to win by 50 every time,” Pastner said after a 68-63 win against Texas A&MCorpus Christi. “It is so much healthier for my heart and for my stomach — I can tell you that right now. I can almost feel my arteries getting clogged every time (our opponents) take a lead.” It doesn’t help that four freshmen average 21 minutes a game. According to, a website dedicated to analyzing college basketball, the Tigers are

the seventh least experienced team in the entire nation, with an average of 0.84 years of college play. The players’ inexperience has led to near-disaster on several occasions. With 1:53 left in the nail-biter against Austin Peay and the Tigers leading 53-52, instead of running a play and utilizing the 35-second shot clock, heralded freshman guard Will Barton elected to drive to the rim. Once an Austin Peay defender met him in the paint, he forced a turnaround jumper off the dribble. The shot clanked off the front side of the rim and gave Austin Peay an opportunity to take the lead with virtually no time taken off the clock. The Governors ultimately took the Tigers into overtime but fell short, 70-68. “After games like these, I just want to retire,” Pastner said. “I want to go to the Bahamas, West Palm Beach, San Diego, and just

relax on the beach, watch games and watch what coaches have to go through. We’ve had quite a few of these games this year.” In several games this season, the Tigers have gone into halftime with momentum and double-dig-

it leads. After intermission, however, energy levels have dropped, and they’ve allowed opponents to sneak back into games. “I’m not going to say close games are good,” senior forward Will Coleman said, “but I believe

when close games happen, it really shows how close we can come together.” Wednesday night, the Tigers’ lackadaisical second-half efforts


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by David C. Minkin

BY JOHN MARTIN Sports Editor

It can’t help coach Josh Pastner’s blood pressure when his Tigers narrowly avoid a two-team brawl. Pastner said he used his boxing skills to pin freshman Will Barton (left) back from the scuffle Sunday, Jan. 2, when U of M competed against Tennessee State at FedExForum.

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Women’s Basketball

Tigers try to win 19 straight on campus BY SCOTT HALL Sports Reporter The University of Memphis women’s basketball team will look to improve on its best start since the 2003-2004 season as it takes on the UTEP Miners tonight in the season’s first C-USA matchup at the Elma Neal Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers (13-3, 2-0 C-USA), fresh off a road win at East Carolina on Sunday, can move to 19 straight home wins, including last season, at the 60-year-old on-campus field house. The victory would surpass the current tie for second-longest streak at 18. The all-time school record, first set in the late 1970s, came when the Tigers rattled off 31 straight wins at home. The Tigers can also add to their 10-game winning streak overall, which began after a 90-58 setback Nov. 27 at Kansas. The streak is the program’s longest since 1994-’95, when the Tigers finished 22-8 and went to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will face a tough test against a University of Texas-El Paso offense that ranks third in C-USA in scoring. The Miners (9-5, 1-1 C-USA) come into the game

averaging 72.5 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the three-point line. The Tigers, ranked second in C-USA in scoring defense, have allowed an average of 59.9 points per game, with opponents shooting only 38.6 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. They also average 25.8 defensive rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. They’ve held opponents under 65 points 10 times this season, including eight of the last 10 games. Memphis will be challenged offensively by a strong UTEP


defense that has held 10 teams below 70 points. Junior guard Brittany Carter and junior post Jasmine Lee lead the Tigers in scoring, with 13.6 and 12.5 points per game respectively. Lee also leads the team in rebounds with 8.7 per game, including 3.4 offensive boards per game. In Sunday’s 87-75 victory at East Carolina, Memphis had five players in double figures, led by junior guard Ramses Lonlack’s careerhigh 21 points and Lee’s 17-point, nine-rebound performance. Carter


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show them that I belong up there with them.� Even with her goals and recent accolades, Collins said she still feels there are some things that she needs to work on. “I want to focus on being an all-around player — and not just have certain strengths and weaknesses,� Collins said. “If I can do that and not worry about hitting bad shots or unforced errors, then my game will start to form a lot better.� In addition to the new ranking, Collins has already received awards, such as second team All-Conference

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USA honors, during her freshman season and was the first member of U of M’s women’s tennis team to receive a bid to the ITA All-American Championships. Collins was also chosen as one of nine netters to represent Team USA at World University Games this August in Shenzhen, China. “Personally, I’m so excited and sometimes still can’t believe that I was named to represent Team USA,� Collins said. “It’s a great accomplishment, and it just shows to everyone that (there are) sports here at this school other than basketball because that’s really what this school is known for.�

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Tigers fall 64-58 at SMU BY JOHN MARTIN Sports Editor

Despite leading by as many as 14 points in the first half, The University of Memphis men’s basketball team dropped a 64-58 contest to the Southern Methodist University Mustangs at Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Wednesday night. Midway through the first half, the Tigers led 28-14, but a late 16-4 run by SMU whittled the Tigers’ lead down to just two. The U of M led, 32-30, at halftime. The Tigers (12-4, 1-1 Conference USA) opened the second half with an 8-0 run that put them ahead by 10 points, 40-30. However, the Mustangs


from page 18 finally caught up with them in a 64-58 loss at Southern Methodist University. The U of M was leading SMU by as much as 14 in the first half, but a late run allowed the Mustangs to pull within two by halftime, 32-30. The Mustangs then overcame an 8-0 run by the Tigers and closed the game on a 34-18 run. National perception may be


from page 19 also contributed 15 points and seven rebounds. The Tigers’ free-throw shooting, which has been a problem for the

(10-6, 1-1) responded and ended the game on a 34-18 run fueled by junior forward Robert Nyakundi’s 15 points and senior forward Papa Dia’s 22 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Joe Jackson led the way for the Tigers with 15 points and three rebounds. Junior forward Wesley Witherspoon chipped in with 11 points. SMU finished 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the three-point line. In three of their last four games, the Tigers have allowed their opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from deep. The U of M finished the game 3-of-13 from the free-throw line. The Mustangs converted 15-of22 free throws. that U of M is squeaking by inferior foes, hence its recent drop from Top 25 polls, but Pastner has taken solace in the narrow victories. “The great news is (that) we’ve won close games,” he said. “I’ve told guys in the (timeout) huddle, ‘Guys, we’ve been down this road before. We’ve found ways to win — we’re going to do the same thing here.’ These close games we’ve had have been great lessons and great experience. We’ve been there. These other teams haven’t.” team this season, helped them pull away late in the game after ECU cut a 14-point deficit to just four. The Tigers are shooting a C-USA second-worst 61.8 percent from the free-throw line. The game tips off tonight at 7 in the Elma Neal Roane Fieldhouse.

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