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BY Chelsea Boozer News Reporter Gas fumes filled the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music on Wednesday from morning until early afternoon, causing at least two faculty members, who reported headaches and nausea, to leave work early. The fumes came from five gaspowered leaf blowers that were being used outside by Physical Plant employees. The odor entered the building through its ventilation system, located on the east side of the building, and became trapped there because the building’s windows don’t open. Steven Ensley, director of opera activities, left work around 11 a.m. due to the gas smell and came back at 1 p.m. He posted a note on his door that read “out due to toxic fumes” and had to cancel two coaching sessions with students. “It is a problem. We don’t need our students to be breathing fumes from leaf blowers,” he said. “We’ve got to ensure to keep everyone in the building as healthy as possible. Musicians are taking really deep breaths — singers are taking fullbody breaths.” Vera Sidhom, music admissions

employee, left work at noon. She said she tolerated the “horrible” smell of gas until then because she thought the leaf blowers stopped, but they started up again. “I had a massive headache and dizziness,” she said. “(The leaf blowers’ causing a gas smell in the building has) happened many times, but this time was the absolute worst. The building was reeking of it — just when I thought they stopped, it started up again.” John Farrell, manager of landscape and pest control services at The University of Memphis, said he is aware of the ventilation issues and has instructed his employees to use only battery-powered blowers or rakes on the east side of the building. However, the employees working on leaf removal Wednesday do not normally work in that area, he said. “I take responsibility for what happened Wednesday because I should have made sure all of the employees knew to look for air intakes and to avoid running equipment near them,” Farrell said. “This will be corrected.”   “We apologize for any discomfort the use of our equipment has inadvertently brought on individuals in the music building or

by Mike Mueller

Professors, students leave music school after gas fumes fill building

Fumes from Physical Plant workers’ gas-powered leaf blowers entered the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music on Wednesday, causing some to leave the building due to dizziness and nausea. any other buildings on campus,” he added. “We will continue to look for better methods and equipment to perform our responsibilities with the least impact to the environment and an individual’s

University experience.” Fumes released by the blowers contain the colorless, odorless gas carbon monoxide. Tennessee Health Services says exposure to low levels of this gas, which

they call “the hidden killer,” cause symptoms described by faculty and students Wednesday: headaches, dizziness and nausea. Repeated


Fumes, page 8

U of M’s bookstore under new management this spring BY Joshua Bolden and Chris Daniels News Reporters The University of Memphis bookstore will be packing up and moving down the street to make room for a 10-year contract the Follett Higher Education Group made with The U of M. The current contracted book vendor, Barnes & Noble, will manage the bookstore until March 4, and Follett will officially begin managing operations of the store March 7. The new contract will go into effect March 3.

The transition from Barnes & Noble to Follett in The U of M’s V. Lane Rawlins Service Court Facility will occur during spring break. During that time, the bookstore will be closed. Follett is the nation’s largest wholesale college bookstore operator, with over 800 stores across the country. David Zettergren, vice president of business and finance at The U of M, said in an e-mail that The U of M’s bookstore will continue to operate as it has in the past. “Follett brings new expertise to help us embrace the best practices in today’s rapidly evolving bookstore market,” he said.

Zettergren said the contract with Follett is structured similarly to the previous one with Barnes & Noble. The University will receive a minimum guranteed portion of profits, plus additional percentages based on sales volume, he said. The bookstore will remain on campus until its new location at Highland Row is completed sometime in 2012, Zettergren said. “We are looking at possibly changing the bookstore name once it relocates,” he said. “Our intent is to emphasize the bookstore as a collegiate bookstore and a full-service community retail bookstore,

with casual food offerings and space for relaxation.” The current bookstore is 22,000 square feet, but once the bookstore relocates, there will be more room for additional customer services, he said. As of now, no decisions have been made for what will happen with V. Lane Rawlins Service Court Facility after Follett moves to its off-campus location. Sandra Barksdale, director of auxiliary services, said in an e-mail to The Daily Helmsman that current bookstore employees choosing not to stay with Barnes & Noble will have the opportunity to apply with Follett.

New safety measures planned for Central Avenue BY Jasmine Vann News Reporter Since a 2002 proposal of adding two overhead sidewalks at Central Avenue, construction may finally be under way to make the street safer for pedestrians. Tony Poteet, University of Memphis associate vice president of campus planning and design, said more crosswalks and signalized crossings, side-

walks further from the street, fencing and landscaping are planned for the street. Pending approval from state and city officials, as well as surrounding neighborhoods concerned with its potential effect on traffic flow in the area, construction on the project could begin after the spring semester, Poteet said. “We want to get started as soon as the summer starts,”

Poteet said. “We are trying to get the plan available for contractors to review and bid.” Two major crosswalks, one leading to the Herff College of Engineering buildings near the northeast corner of campus and the other at the intersection of Central and Zach Curlin, could be added as part of an effort to prevent more “deaths and accidents” at the street, Poteet said.

In 1995, a student was killed after being struck by a car while crossing Central Avenue. Another was killed in the same manner in 2004, while several others have been injured from similar accidents while crossing the street. In 2002, The U of M was granted $775,000 from the state of Tennessee and $1.3 million from the City of Memphis to use for safety construction on

Central Avenue. Christy Waddlington, broadcast journalism junior, said the improved safety measures at Central Avenue would be a welcome change. “I think it’s a great idea because it’s precautionary for drivers and safe for us, as pedestrians,” she said. “Sometimes cars are flying down Central, and it’s not good for students.”

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2. Follett in, Barnes & Noble out

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4. Tigers can’t withstand Owls’ rally

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5. ‘Safe Zone’ welcomes LGBT to campus

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DOMINO’S PIZZA Across 1 Timeworn observation 6 “Pronto!” 10 Party person 14 Paganini’s birthplace 15 One of an historic seagoing trio 16 Not deceived by 17 Los __: city near San Jose 18 Presidential putdown? 20 1926 channel swimmer 22 Bernardo’s girl in “West Side Story” 23 Presidential advisers? 26 Trademark cousins 27 Trains on supports 28 “Discreet Music” composer 29 Movie beekeeper 30 People person? 32 Presidential ATM sign? 39 “Contact” author 40 “Uh-uh” 41 Ex-Saudi ruler __ Saud 44 Managed 45 Onetime California gubernatorial candidate Huffington 48 Presidential university? 51 Biblical words before and after “for” 52 Title subject of a G.B. Shaw play 53 Presidential belt-tightening? 56 Blitz attachment 59 Prefix with “Language” in a 1993 comedy best-seller 60 Gaston’s god 61 Perform penance 62 Scraps 63 U. of Maryland athlete 64 Streisand title role Down 1 Turkish honorific 2 Wilmington’s st. 3 Lover of armies? 4 Acts of kindness 5 Enter cautiously 6 Americans in Paris, e.g.


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CorreCtion In the Feb. 17 story “Professor proffers ‘Desire’ discourse,” the discussion about the difficulty of staging “A Streetcar Named Desire” led by assistant English professor Jeffrey Scraba was listed as taking place Thursday evening, before the play’s premiere. The discussion will actually precede Saturday night’s performance of “Streetcar” at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Communication and Fine Arts Building.

7 Femme fatale 8 Book collector’s suffix 9 Put down in writing? 10 Mubarak of Egypt 11 Surfing without a board, maybe 12 New York’s __ Island 13 T in a sandwich 19 Typewriter feature 21 Queue after Q 23 Opposite of bueno 24 Psychic couple? 25 “That’s __ ask” 26 Sta-__: fabric softener 30 Hoodwink 31 Ruling family name in 19th-century Europe 33 Connecticut coastal town near Stamford 34 “Yikes!”

35 Qualm 36 Like some workers in an open shop 37 HMO employees 38 Thumbs-up vote 41 Response to a doubting Thomas 42 More scrawny 43 Prohibitive door sign 45 Misbehaves 46 British rule in India 47 Post-fall reassurance 49 Interpol headquarters 50 Glyceride, e.g. 54 Setting on the Mississippi: Abbr. 55 A lost driver may hang one, briefly 57 M.D.’s specialty 58 Styling stuff

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Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3—by—3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9.

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Campus Activities

SGA president announces bid for second term BY Chelsea Boozer News Reporter Student Government Association President Hunter Lang announced that he will be running for SGA President

for the 2011-2012 school year at the annual Black and Gold Pageant on Feb. 13. He will run under his current party, Finding Answers Concerning Everyone. Senator Courtney Milton,

senior accounting major, will run as vice president under the party’s ticket. Under his administration, 47 senate bills were passed, and SGA provided travel funding for over 100 student organiza-

tions, Lang said. “Last year I campaigned and made promises, most of which I’ve kept,” Lang said. “My senators have raised the bar. You know what they say: If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

Lang also added that the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program, which was implemented under his administration, has been on SGA’s to-do list for four years and will be one of his party platforms.

Collegiate Readership Program may increase student activities fee BY Chelsea Boozer News Reporter The Student Government Association met Thursday for its second meeting of the semester, in which a representative from USA Today spoke about the Collegiate Readership Program. The program hosted its fourweek trial on The University of Memphis campus from Jan. 24 to Feb. 18, allowing students free access to The Commercial Appeal, USA Today and New York Times in 10 campus locations. SGA President Hunter Lang said if the SGA decides to passes a bill continuing the program, $3 will be added to the current $44 per semester student activity fee for full-time students. The increase would cover the $72,000 cost of the program for the 2011-2012 school year. During the first three weeks of the Collegiate Readership Program, students picked up an average of 1,042 newspapers per day, according to data collected by USA Today, with The Commercial Appeal being the most read. Collected data showed 5 percent of The U of M’s 23,000 students read the free papers. Continuing the program through the spring semester would cost about $16,000, based on the data. The University would be billed only for how many papers were picked up by students each day. Lang said if students each read just 1.5 papers a year, the $3 fee increase would compensate for all papers read and more. Senator Rachel Goodman expressed concerns about the fee increase for students. “I don’t agree with everyone paying for something that 5 percent of students are using right

now,” she said. Senator Tyler Dewitt said he agrees with the academic and social intentions of the program but echoed Goodman’s financial concerns. “The debate will come down to how it’s going to be paid for,” Dewitt said. He said he doesn’t think SGA should decide to raise the student activity fees without a vote from The U of M’s student body. Dewitt said he would suggest limiting the program to the two most-read papers, The Commercial Appeal and USA Today, with funding from SGA’s budget. The organization’s

budget is already solely comprised of student-paid activity fees. Gretta Clem, senior account manager at USA Today, said the average readership at most colleges with the program is 3 to 5 percent of students, making The U of M among the best-read schools. As part of the program, USA Today conducted a preliminary survey of 376 students and a postsurvey of 397 students. Eightynine percent of students in the pre-survey said they would read one of the papers at least once a week. Sixty percent said they would read one of the papers three to five times a week.

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Arianna Online BY roBin aBCarian Los Angeles Times

Elegantly clad in black lace, her famously copper hair now blond, Arianna Huffington was surrounded by friends and well-wishers as she arrived Saturday at a fundraising dinner for Columbia University’s student newspaper. Everyone wanted to congratulate her on AOL’s $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post. “You’re in the big show now,” said David Stone, Columbia’s executive vice president for communications. Huffington gently shook her head, widened her eyes and replied, “It’s all a little too much, isn’t it?” With Huffington, you could say, it’s always been a little too much. The native of Greece has never taken a minimalist approach in her many New Worlds — Cambridge, Mass.; New York; Washington, D.C.; Montecito, Calif.; Los Angeles. She came with ambition, smarts, charm, letters of introduction and an unfailing sense of whom to cultivate for maximum success. The best-selling polemicist, biographer and pundit, whose friends told her she was too

old to start an Internet venture when she launched the Huffington Post six years ago, has now conquered a corner of cyberspace. After several unprofitable years, Huffington’s website — combining news from traditional journalism sources, unpaid blog posts, fluffy photo galleries and a smattering of original stories — says it turned a profit last year, and expects revenue to double to $60 million in 2011. With about 25 million monthly visitors, the Huffington Post is one of the Web’s most popular news sites. But how much that will help AOL transcend its dial-up roots, its ill-fated acqui-

sition of Time Warner and its hemorrhaging bottom line is the subject of debate in the blogosphere and beyond. Last year, AOL’s ad revenue dropped 29 percent, said Chief Executive Tim Armstrong, and the company laid off a third of its workforce, which is now about 5,000. HuffPo employs 210. Huffington said she persuaded co-founder Kenneth Lerer, a former AOL Time Warner executive, and their board to sell to AOL even though it probably wasn’t the most lucrative deal possible. “I really convinced them that this was not the best price — because we could have got-


huFFinGTOn, page 5


AOL targets Huffington’s cachet

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington beat the odds as a 60-year-old entrepreneur in the world of Internet journalism.

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huFFinGTOn ten more — but the best home,” she said. The mostly cash deal, finalized on Super Bowl Sunday, puts Huffington in charge of all editorial content for AOL, which includes Politics Daily, TechCrunch, FanHouse, PopEater and Patch — a network of about 800 hyperlocal news sites — as well as MapQuest and Moviefone. Her challenge will be to inject some cachet into a faded Internet brand. She begins, in some sense, by just being herself. At the Columbia dinner, Huffington was among equals in the top echelon of old media players. Her tablemates included Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson, a Rupert Murdoch protege who has criticized sites that aggregate — whose boss Huffington recently bashed, saying she couldn’t understand why anyone would call


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an iPad news app “The Daily,” as Murdoch has done. “The whole point of the Internet is that it’s not daily,” she said. It’s “immediacy.” Norman Pearlstine, Bloomberg’s content chief, sat on Huffington’s right, and Paul

Steiger, chief executive of the nonprofit investigative venture ProPublica, introduced Huffington. He praised her “penetrating wit,” noting that “she appeared on ... ‘Family Guy’ and witheringly destroyed Brian the talking dog.”

At 60, Huffington will have a real boss for the first time. It is unclear what portion of the sale price she will receive, or what her annual salary will be. She would not comment on reports that put her take at about $18 million with a salary of $4 million. She will answer to Armstrong, who headed ad sales for Google before arriving at AOL 20 months ago. Huffington will be judged on her ability to make AOL’s content “magical,” which will then make its advertising “magical,” Armstrong said, adding that “consumers are smart and know when they see magical experiences.” In typical fashion, Huffington has been on the go since the deal was announced. She and Armstrong left the Feb. 6 Super Bowl at halftime and flew to New York for the announcement. They appeared the following Tuesday at a Los Angeles media conference. She keynoted a World Affairs Council dinner the next day in San Antonio, then a day later

held an all-hands meeting at HuffPo headquarters. She appeared last Friday on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where she spoofed her merged roles. Maher pretended to call Moviefone, and Huffington’s heavily accented voice said, “Hello dahling, you’ve reached Moviefone. Now playing: ‘The Kids Are All Right.’ But the kids are not all right. They are suffocating under a mountain of debt, accumulated mostly during the Bush administration.” She told Maher, one of her original bloggers, that his audience would be much bigger now. “What about back pay?” he joked, getting at the bitterness felt by some of HuffPo’s unpaid bloggers. Huffington ignored him, but at the Columbia dinner she offered a spirited defense: Her employees, she said, “are the people expected to meet deadlines, turn up every day, even over the weekend when something like the Tucson shooting happens.” The site’s 9,000 bloggers, she continued, “have no obligations. ... You send a blog today, for which we are very grateful because that’s how we get great content, but if you don’t send another blog for another two years, nobody’s going to bother you.” Huffington and Armstrong bristle at the suggestion that users and advertisers might be turned off by her site’s liberal roots. They call it a “red herring.” “We welcome voices from across the spectrum,” Huffington said. “When Newt Gingrich or Joe Scarborough or David Frum or Tony Blankley write for us, they are always treated respectfully, and they get good play.” But the site was conceived as a liberal response to the conservative Drudge Report. Huffington and Lerer founded it in May 2005 after John Kerry’s loss to George W. Bush. Lerer has contributed nearly $200,000 to Democrats since 1994, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, Portfolio media reporter Jeff Bercovici noted that the Huffington Post was moving into nonpolitical areas to appeal to advertisers. If that continued, he wrote, “maybe, someday, HuffPo will be a $200 million business.” Her old friend Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Internet entrepreneur, who worked for her as she developed the site, said he left because he was turned off by its lefty orientation. But for two mostly glorious years, he said, he worked in her Los Angeles home, in her “Anne Frank makeshift hideaway office” — accessed by swinging open a large painting of two clergymen, one of whom has caught the other cheating at cards. Kaus said he thought Huffington, a one-time Republican and now a registered Democrat, was never as left-wing as many believed her to be. “If you listen to her closely over the years, I think it’s been clear she’s not any kind of socialist,” Kaus said. “She wants a market economy but just wants to punish the bad actors and scammers and polluters.”

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BY ned ParKer and Kim murPhY Los Angeles Times Security forces in tiny but strategic Bahrain launched a brutal assault early Thursday against about 10,000 defiant anti-government protesters, including women and children, camped out in tents in the capital’s Pearl Square. A barrage of tear gas canisters thundered across the square about 3 a.m. as dozens of police cars, armored security vehicles and ambulances converged on a makeshift tent city in the center of Manama that was beginning to resemble a smaller version of Tahrir Square in Cairo, where Egyptian protesters this month were successful in overthrowing their president. Most of the protesters in Pearl Square were asleep, witnesses said, noting that no steps had been taken to guard the area against the security forces, even though two people had been killed in earlier clashes with authorities. “They told us we had three days in the square,” said one man as he ran from the scene said. “And then they attack us on the second day.” As flashing blue police car lights cast an eerie strobe effect down side streets and a helicopter swooped overhead, packs of young men with bandanas covering their faces to thwart billowing clouds of gas fled the area, flashing “V” signs and shouting slogans and warnings. “Get away, they’ll shoot you, they’ll shoot anyone they think is Bahraini,” some called. Security forces in Bahrain are often recruited from other neighboring nations or Southeast Asia. Other weeping escapees told of seeing women and children lying passed out from the fumes. “I was sleeping and then I heard screaming,” said protester Alla Mutawa. “They attacked children, they used gas that choked you like you were dying.” In the wake of the attack, hundreds of wailing relatives packed the halls and lobby of Salmaniya Medical Complex, creating pandemonium as they frantically searched for loved ones amid the chaos. Medical officials said they had seen at least one older man and a younger man killed by rubber bullets and at least 50 people, including toddlers, were being treated for injuries. They said they expected the toll to rise. Relatives crowded into a room where the two bodies were draped by bloody sheets. One woman in a black abiya pounded the walls and herself, keening and screaming “Our heart! Our souls! Our martyrs!” “We were shouting, ‘Peaceful, peaceful,’” in an imitation of the Tahrir Square protesters, a woman said as she tearfully held a small child being treated with oxygen in a

hallway. “Tomorrow the king will say ‘Sorry,’ but this was done with his permission. He is the one telling these men to do these things.” Nurse Zainab Yousef Hassan said she was working in a clinic in the square when “they came from everywhere, so many police, and began beating doctors.” She showed a vicious bite mark on her arm, saying she was beaten by a billy club and bitten by one police officer as she tried escape. She finally managed to grab two children who were in the clinic and ran to a mosque before making her way to the hospital to treat the injured there. As ambulances continue to roll up and unload the wounded onto a river of gurneys, an angry crowd began to throw fists into the air and chant “Enough, enough!” The protesters had set up camp in the square — some bringing their families — to signal their intent to stay until King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa forced his uncle to step down as prime minister and guaran-

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force in a string of sometimes tile fronts is Libya. Anti- 300 demonstrators in a few minlethal demonstrations sweep- government protests erupted utes, and very quickly escalating the Middle East, importing in several towns across Libya ed to 2,000,” said Mohammed from page 6 the lessons of North Africa’s on Wednesday, with reports of Ali Abdallah, deputy secretary The demands of protesters recent uprisings general of the have grown over three days, with into the oil-rich exiled opposiwas sleeping, and then I the crowd now torn between Persian Gulf. tion group, the those who want constitutional The successFront heard screaming. They attacked National reforms and others who now say ful uprisings for the Salvation openly they want the family of in Tunisia and children — they used gas that of Libya. the king to step down. Eg y p t h a ve Opposition Bahrain’s protest move- become mod- choked you like you were dying.” groups reportment appears to be largely els for a daily ed a widening leaderless, although medical phenomenon in series of protests — Alla Mutawa and media centers have been places such as Yemen and in towns across Libya, includorganized by the demonstra- Bahrain. With new marching several in which police Bahraini protestor tors. Some credit the use of es planned in several other stations were burned. Protest Facebook, Twitter and blog countries over the next sev- police stations torched in the organizers have called for a sites with providing a forum eral days, including Morocco cities of Qubba, Zentan and “Day of Rage” across Libya on for activists to trade ideas and and Libya, governments from Baida, and overnight clashes in Thursday. promote the rally. North Africa to the Gulf were Benghazi on Tuesday. Abdallah said his group is Before Thursday’s crack- settling in for what looks The most serious reports urging the departure of Gadafi down, the unrest in Bahrain to be an extended period of of violence in Libya remained and the institution of a constihad emerged as among the instability. unconfirmed because the gov- tutional form of government in most potent anti-government One of the more vola- ernment of Moammar Gadhafi Libya, but said the widening imposes heavy restrictions on protests inside the country are the operation of journalists. not associated with any orgaI am a senior majoring in Opposition activists report- nized political faction. Biology with an emphasis in ed on social media that police On Wednesday, protests in chemistry. TNOBC is highly had opened fire with live Yemen spread to the southern convenient to U of M ammunition on demonstra- port city of Aden, where police students because of its tors in Baida and Benghazi. opened fire in an attempt to At least five people died in break up a surging crowd, killlocation and its continuous the violence, which broke out ing two. involvement throughout a day before the biggest street Al-Jazeera Television reportthe community. Also, this demonstrations planned in ed that about 500 protesters church and its messages the North African nation on hurled stones at police, set cars Thursday. on fire and stormed a municipal have really empowered Street fighting in Benghazi building before gunshots rang so many. began Tuesday night, when out and tear gas was fired. ~Neville Mitcham Jr. protesters gathered in response In Sanaa, the capital, a to the arrest of a well-known sixth straight day of protests The New Olivet human rights lawyer became turned violent Wednesday Baptist Church agitated at reports of a fire in another round of clashes 3084 Southern Avenue inside Abu Selim military pris- between about 800 students on. Many outside the prison seeking the ouster of President Memphis, TN 38111 were awaiting the release of Ali Abdullah Saleh and young 901-454-7777 family members, said Libyan people loyal to the regime who journalist Fatthi Ben Eissa in a were carrying batons, stones telephone interview. and daggers. Call us for a ride from campus! “It started out with a few At least four people were (and its adjacent areas) tens of families. That became wounded, Reuters news agen-



cy reported. In Iran, government supporters paraded through the streets bearing the coffin of a 21-yearold Tehran Art University student Saane Zhaleh, killed during a march Monday by tens of thousands of Iranians seeking the ouster of the theocratic regime. Described by the government as the “martyr Basij,” Zhaleh is said by the authorities to have been killed by government opponents when he joined citizen Basiji militiamen to help put down the protests, which were officially prohibited by the government. The opposition says he was a supporter of the anti-government protesters and was shot by police. State television showed marchers carrying Iranian flags and shouting slogans against opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Hossein Mousavi, including “Death to Karroubi!” and “Death to Mosavi!” There were brief clashes with opposition activists, but no injuries, according to state TV. Iran also officially confirmed the death of a second “passerby” at Monday’s protests, 22-year-old Mohammad Mokhtari, who according to the Iranian Fars news agency was “wounded by a number of rioters” during Monday’s events. In Jordan, the latest in a series of largely peaceful protests was staged by about 150 people in the rain outside one of King Abdullah II’s palaces, where labor activists and teachers demanded a return to a constitution that more evenly divides power between the king and the parliament.




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College rivalry goes too far: historic oak trees poisoned BY Mary Sell Montgomery Advertiser Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson this morning asked Auburn University fans to act with class following the arrest of a man who allegedly poisoned oak trees at Toomer’s Corner. “I want to caution all the Auburn fans to act with the class we always act with,” Dawson said. Harvey A. Updyke Jr., 62, of


from page 1 exposure can cause unconsciousness and death. John Cooper, director of jazz and studio music, said one of his students left a lesson complaining of dizziness and shortness of breath. Scott Hines, manager of music facilities, said he’s been sending complaints to Physical Plant for at least three years regarding the repeated issue. In fall 2010, he offered to buy the “largest, most powerful” electrical leaf blowers and longest extension cords available out of the School of Music’s budget for Physical Plant’s use. Hines said the director of custodial landscape services, Calvin Strong, told Physical Plant employees to cease use of the leaf blowers Wednesday morning after Hines sent him an e-mail. Hines has seen similar action from Strong in previous occasions but has never received a response. “Every time (this happens), they do switch to rakes, but the building does have to end up with fumes for that to happen,” Hines said. He said he experienced some dizziness but that he is more concerned about the rest of the faculty and the students. He said the offices over the air vent and classrooms on the east side of the building are affected the most. “Basically, they are being gassed,” he said. Several faculty members sent Strong complaints Wednesday morning as well. Associate Professor of Music Dan Phillips’ e-mail began: “It seems we have reached that time of year when Physical Plant employees once again do their best to asphyxiate the entire population of the School of Music by running gas-powered leaf blowers underneath the music building’s air intake vent.” He mentioned that many requests not to use the gas-powered blowers around the music building have been accepted over the years, but it continues to happen. Phillips suggested a permanent sign be placed outside the building to remind workers not to use the blowers there in order to “stop this dangerous disregard for the health and well being of our students, faculty and staff.” He also considered filing a lawsuit with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “Something has to be done to allow us to teach and learn in a safe, healthy environment. Please, please, please find some way to remove leaves on the east side of the music building without sickening hundreds of students, faculty and staff in the process. I’ve heard that rakes work quite well,” he said.

Dadeville was taken into custody at 1:26 a.m. today in Auburn. Updyke was arraigned at 11 a.m. at the Lee County Courthouse. He has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief. In Alabama, first-degree criminal mischief is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. Dawson said it’s believed that Updyke acted alone. He would not say if police were investigating the poisoning before Updyke’s

alleged phone call to a sports radio show in which the caller admitted to poisoning the trees. Dawson said no further arrests were expected in the case, but it was possible additional charges could be filed against Updyke. “This is good news for the campus and community, especially since we delayed announcing the bad news about the trees for a few days to protect the investigation that was in progress,” Auburn

University President Jay Gogue said. “We’re proud of the city of Auburn’s police department and hope this Updyke arrest brings a sense of resolution to our fans.” During Thursday morning’s news conference, Stephen Enloe,

an assistant professor and soil expert at the university, became choked up when asked about the likelihood the trees could survive. He said there was a very low probability. Gary Keever, a horticulture professor at Auburn, said the herbicide applied to the trees and the surrounding area — Spike 80DF — can remain for three to five years in the soil and can inhibit growth for up to seven years.


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■ The evening of Jan. 28, while on a routine patrol, officers saw an open side door at the Arts and Communication Building, former home of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Upon investigation in room 218, they found Marlon Anderson, a.k.a. Marlon Rice, who had broken in to use a computer. He was charged with criminal trespassing and sent to 201 Poplar Ave. Marlon Anderson previously tried to enter the building Jan. 1 and Jan. 9 and has more than 20 incidents on file with campus police going back to 1995.


■ Jan. 31 at 6:54 a.m., officers responded to a call at the Art and Communication Building from a member in a work crew doing renovation work. He found a man sleeping in the third floor lobby and upon reporting it to the police, the

man attacked the complainant and tried to escape. The subject, identified as Marlon Anderson, was arrested by campus police. Anderson was charged with trespassing, and his bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear in Shelby County court Feb. 23 for a mental evaluation. ■ Feb. 6 at 10:14 p.m., officers responded to a fight at South Hall. Officers interviewed two students involved. There were no serious injuries. The case is under investigation.

dent reported that the lug nuts were stolen off his vehicle that had been parked in Lot 5 on Zach Curlin. The case is under investigation. ■ Feb.7 at 1:19 p.m., a student had her laptop stolen from a private study room on the fourth floor of the Ned R. McWherter Library after leaving it unattended for several minutes. The case is under investigation.

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Ed Helms is part of a new breed straddling TV and film There was once a time, children, when an actor could be a movie star or a TV star, but not at the same time. I know, it sounds silly. But that’s the way Hollywood worked. Maybe it was a lingering resentment from the 1950s, when the rise of television threatened the movie business. Perhaps the hurry-up shooting schedules and limited budgets of TV created a schism between pampered movie stars and the working stiffs knocking out episodes for the boob tube. And then there was a feeling that people wouldn’t pay to see actors in a theater when they could see them for free in their living rooms. Whatever the reason, for more than 40 years this odd strain of Hollywood apartheid was in effect. A few actors — James Garner comes to mind — could have a hit TV series and pop in and out of a string of successful movies. But they were the exceptions. You didn’t see John Wayne on a TV show ... unless it was in a guest spot playing himself on “I Love Lucy.” Elizabeth Taylor didn’t mess with the small screen. On the other hand, many an actor has started out on television and left it behind for the movies. Last weekend’s box office champ was “Just Go With It,” starring Adam Sandler, once a fixture on “Saturday Night Live,” and Jennifer Aniston, the former “Friend.” Clint Eastwood? Yeah, some of us old-timers can remember when he played trail scout Rowdy Yates on TV’s “Rawhide.” George Clooney became a household name on “E R” after a slew of failed sitcoms. Another TV doctor: Denzel Washington on “St. Elsewhere.” Johnny Depp once chased crooks every Sunday night on “21 Jump Street.” And Will Smith used to be “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Before winning an Oscar, Helen Hunt starred in TV’s “Mad About You.” Before she was Private Benjamin, Goldie Hawn was a “Laugh-In” girl. But far from being a thespian ghetto, TV series are now regarded as a launching pad for talent that moves effortlessly between the big and small screens. On Friday we’ll see the opening of “Cedar Rapids,” a comedy starring Ed Helms. Helms has been on TV in “The Daily Show” and “The Office.” Two years ago he stood out in the raunchy ensemble movie comedy “The Hangover,” and, wham, he now has his name above the title of a theatrical film. Whether he will become a true movie star, of course, is up to you ticket buyers. Jason Sudeikis co-stars in the big-screen comedy “Hall Pass,” opening Feb. 25, but is still a regular on “Saturday Night Live.” One of his co-stars: Jenna Fischer of “The Office.”

The trajectory of Steve Carell’s career is in many ways typical. Get on a hit TV comedy (Carell was a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” then grabbed the lead in “The Office”), build a rabid fan base, try a few movie comedies (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Evan Almighty,” “Get Smart”),and after a while you can give up the daily slog of a hit TV show and concentrate just on movies. Nowadays the system even works in reverse. Actors whose movie careers have cooled can reinvent themselves on TV. Exhibit No. 1: Charlie Sheen. Yes, kids, he was once regarded as a movie star and had the lead in an Academy Awardwinning film (“Wall Street”). But by taking a gig on TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” Sheen achieved a level of recognition (for good or ill) he never enjoyed when strictly a movie

actor. In fact, he’s now one of the highest paid performers in the industry. (Let’s not get into how he spends all that disposable income.) Of course, Charlie is only following in the footsteps of his father, Martin Sheen, who starred in landmark films like “Badlands” and “Apocalypse Now” and later signed on to play the POTUS (that’s president of the United States ) in TV’s “The West Wing.” Alec Baldwin was once thought of as exclusively a screen actor. But not since landing an Emmy-winning role on TV’s “30 Rock,” with co-star Tina Fey, who also dabbles in movies. Actresses of a certain age have long lamented the lack of good movie roles, but television isn’t nearly so myopic. So we have two-time Oscar winner Sally Field in “Brothers and Sisters,” Glenn Close in “The Shield” and

“Damages,” Kyra Sedgwick in “The Closer.” Modern Hollywood really doesn’t care how an actor gets famous. TV, movies ... at some point we’ll probably see some actor become a huge star on the

basis of his/her website. The point is that stars are, to some extent, bankable. Whether they bring fans from TV to the movie theater or the other way around, it’s our willingness to follow them that matters.

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Ed Helms walks the red carpet at the Dublin premiere of “The Hangover.”

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The Tigers might be in first place in the logjam that is Conference USA, but they don’t have much room to breathe. Three teams are tied for second place and two tied for third.

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With The University of Memphis’ win against UAB and UTEP’s loss to Southern Miss on Wednesday, the Tigers took sole possession of Conference USA for the first time this season. Two weeks ago, the Tigers had lost two straight for the first time since 2004-’05. They were vying just for a decent seed in the C-USA tournament. Now, they’re in first place in C-USA by a halfgame and positioned to play their way into an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. It wasn’t a race to the top of C-USA, though. It was a climb. “We’ve had to climb the ladder, and right now, where we’re sitting, you’re at the top of the building, and there’s a guy on top of the building — there’s your fingertips, and the foot is right there about to come down

on your hand,” U of M coach Josh Pastner said. “The foot’s about to come down on your hand, and you can drop back. How quick we got to first is how quick we can be in fifth.” Southern Miss, UAB and UTEP are currently tied for second place in C-USA, while SMU and Tulsa are tied for third. The Tigers (20-6, 8-3 C-USA) were in a four-way tie for third place in the standings after a Feb. 2 68-65 loss against Tulsa. They’ve since won four straight, which includes victories at Gonzaga and against Southern Miss for the second time this season. “There’s so much basketball to be played, and that’s the bottom line,” Pastner said. “We’re hanging by a thread, and with someone looking to stomp their foot on our fingers and if we don’t have a firm grip, you lose that spot and you drop back down. To control our destiny, we have to

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win games.” The Tigers’ ascension up the ladder that is C-USA was hardly a simple one. They just finished a 10-game booby trap in which each of their opponents since Marshall on Jan. 15 had an RPI of 100 or better. They were largely without second-leading scorer junior forward Wesley Witherspoon, who logged minutes Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 12, due to a two-game suspension and lingering knee soreness. But behind an improved defensive effort, the Tigers went 8-2, a stretch that included sweeps over Southern Miss and UAB. They’re holding opponents to 41 percent shooting, the best scoring defense field goal percentage in C-USA. During their current four-game winning streak, the Tigers’ opponents are scoring only 59.8 points per game. “It comes down to defense. You’re going to have off nights offensively,” Pastner said. “We’ve turned the ball over too many times, but there’s one thing you can’t be off on, and that’s defense. That’s just the bottom line.” With every rung they’ve climbed in C-USA this year, the Tigers have improved their chances at an NCAA Tournament berth, which was all but an inconceivable notion a few games ago. Their RPI is currently a season-high 26. In ESPN’s Bracketology, The U of M is projected as a 12-seed. “There isn’t a feeling,” senior forward Will Coleman said. “We’re still fighting. We’re not comfortable. We’re still fighting. We don’t look at it like that because the moment we slip up and think we’re on somebody’s back or we’re in the lead or anything of that nature — that’s when we slip up.” While they’re currently at the perch of C-USA, the Tigers haven’t forgotten about their shortcomings earlier this season. For The U of M, being in the middle of the pack in C-USA isn’t such a distant memory. “You always learn from your past,” freshman forward Tarik Black said. “You never forget that. So, like the saying goes, ‘You never forget where you come from.’ We came from (third place), and so we still feel like we’re there because it happened overnight that we became first. You can’t really get bigheaded like it’s something that’s been ongoing for a while.” Though C-USA is a top-to-bottom better conference this year, there isn’t much room for error for the Tigers in the final five games of the season. Four of their next five opponents have sub-140 RPIs. In other words, if the Tigers suffer another loss this season, they could be effectively thrust from the top of the C-USA ladder — and out of the conversation for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. “You’ve got to find a way where you’re in survival mode,” Pastner said. “That’s where you are right now, flat-out survival mode. When you’re in survival mode, you’ve got two ways: You’re either finding a way to survive, or you’re saying it’s time to go. I’m going to take my chances with my guys that we’re going to find a way to survive.”

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Take me out Tigers try to get ball flying early for rapidly approaching season The University of Memphis will open its 2011 baseball season today when it hosts Evansville in the first of a three-game series starting at 4 p.m. Head coach Daron Schoenrock’s returns six starters, including 2011 AllConference USA preseason picks Chad Zurcher and Drew Martinez, from a team that finished third place in C-USA last season. “The idea is to get off to a good start,” Schoenrock said. “Based off how we finished last season, I think we can continue that momentum to begin the season. We have a lot of home games early, and I think that will help us get rolling.” Martinez, who hit .377 last season, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 23rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He ranked 29th nationally with 98 hits in 2010. Zurcher led the team with a .400 batting average. “I think we’re real excited about getting going today,” Martinez said. “Our offense this year is very explosive and my role is to get us started, and I’m looking forward to getting a hit every time at bat.” Martinez and Zurcher will have a strong supporting cast in senior catcher Phillip Chapman, senior Rick Russell, and juniors Adam McClain and Jacon Wilson. Chapman and Russell batted .315 and .320 respectively in 2010 and combined for nine home runs. Wilson returns as one of the club’s top run producers after banging out a team-high 19 doubles and 41 RBI. McClain hit .296 with 33 RBI and 10 doubles. “There will be some comfort in how we want to play offensively,” Schoenrock said. “These guys have been around and have had a number of bats so there won’t be any unfamiliarity.” There will also be a few new bats in the lineup. T.J. Rich, a junior college transfer from Georgia, will be taking over for the departed Trey Wiedman, and Eli Hynes, a transfer from Sacramento Community College, will take an outfield spot left by Tyler Huelsing. Despite losing their top two weekend pitchers from last year, the Tigers return a core group of seven pitchers who have amassed 324 strikeouts. The current crew has made 160 appearances and 44 starts collectively. Sophomore Dan Langfield will get the start on the mound for the Tigers today against

Evansville. Langfield was solid in his freshman season and had a 4-4 record with a 4.62 ERA and 47 strikeouts in just 39 innings. The right-hander averaged a team-best 10.85 strikeouts per nine innings. “Dan’s a competitor,” Zurcher said. “Coach knows he’s going to give us his best when he takes the mound, and he also knows that he has the most explosive stuff on the team. So that’s why he’s out there.”

Chad Zurcher is one of six returning starters for The University of Memphis baseball team this season. He and teammate Drew Martinez were All C-USA preseason selections.


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