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BY Joshua Bolden News Reporter
While student attendance at U of M men’s basketball home games is better than ever, the average 821 students per game still leaves a lot to be desired. Last summer, Athletic Director R.C. Johnson considered slashing the student section by 1,000 seats.
Athletic department could consider slashing unused student seats if attendance remains poor BY John Martin Sports Editor The University of Memphis student body may largely be made up of commuter students, but they certainly aren’t commuting FedExForum to support the men’s basketball team. Since FedExForum became The U of M’s official home venue in 2004, students have averaged an attendance of 669 per game —
roughly 34 percent of the 2,000 seats allotted to them in sections 101, 102, 117, 118, 201 and 232. Athletic director R. C. Johnson said it’s disheartening when, during nationally televised games, there are sometimes more empty seats than students. “We try to make it as convenient as possible, so all (students) have to do is have an ID,” he said. “We try to schedule as many
good teams as we can, but even then, that’s not the answer. Even when we were winning, it wasn’t happening.” And while average student attendance this season is better than ever at 821 per game, athletic department officials are hardly satisfied. “Our mindset is that we’re going to find something along the way that will get them
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A University of Memphis music fraternity officially returned to campus this week. Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity that promotes music through sisterhood and philanthropy, was re-initiated Sunday. The organization was founded in 1903 and was originally chartered on The U of M campus in 1963 but disbanded due to lack of membership in the ‘80s. In October 2009, a group of U of M students wanted to re-charter the organization. “We saw that there were other music fraternities on campus, and we decided it would be a great thing for SAI to be here,” said Hillary Clemons, sophomore recording technology major and vice president of membership. While many Greek organizations deal mostly with campus involvement, Sigma Alpha Iota looks beyond the campus to create a larger music environment in the community. The organization has programs that provide Braille music for the blind, musical instrument assistance in schools and help
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BY Erica Horton News Reporter
University of Memphis junior April Hunsucker discovered newly opened clothing store Sachë last September during a trolley tour of the historic arts district near Downtown Memphis. A fashion merchandising major interested in getting involved in the fashion industry, she walked in and asked if she could help. “I talked with one of the own-
ers who mentioned he needed a seamstress,” Hunsucker said. “I told him I would love to help him out.” Now Hunsucker spends six days a week receiving handson experience at the small business — not only sewing, but also contributing to Sachë’s design process. “I like what I’m doing now and I’m learning a lot,” she said. “I want to take Sachë further and create my own line eventually.”
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April Hunsucker (left), junior fashion merchandising major, is gaining her hands-on experience from a small business instead of a large corporation.
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Staffers garner glory for stories BY aMBer craWForD News Reporter Ten Daily Helmsman staff members recently received national and regional awards for their writing talents. Sophomore journalism major Chelsea Boozer received the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Award on Jan. 31 for her story “Inside RSOs: Part 1 of 3,” which gave an overview of how students’ fees were being used by Student Activities Council and Student Government Association. Boozer placed third among 98 students and was given a $1,500 scholarship. Her award was matched with a $1,500 grant to The University of Memphis Department of Journalism. According to Candace Justice, general manager of The Daily Helmsman, this was, to
her memory, the highest ranking a U of M student has ever achieved. Nine other Daily Helmsman staff members received awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference’s “Best of the South” contest on Friday. The 2011 Annual Convention took place from Thursday to Saturday at Troy University in Troy, Ala. Recipients of awards included senior journalism majors Mike Mueller, Scott Carroll, Amy Barnette, Chris Shaw and Louis Goggans, junior journalism major Erica Horton and recent graduates Sara Patterson, Joseph Russell and Megan Brown. Of these, Mueller, The Helmsman’s current managing editor, was awarded first place in the news reporting category, and Horton, a news reporter on staff, placed first in the special
events reporting category. Carroll, editor-in-chief, received third place in the news reporting category, and Barnette, copy and design chief, received third place for opinion/editorial writing. Shaw, a current news reporter, and former news reporters Goggans and Brown tied for second in the public service journalism category. In the sports writing category, former sports reporter Patterson was awarded second place, and Russell, former sports editor, received sixth place. According to Justice, The Daily Helmsman always wins awards in the “Best of the South” contest, though there were more recipients this year than any previous year. “A couple of the winners have graduated, but I think we have a real dream team this
year,” Justice said. “So I’m not surprised but excited.” Justice said the journalism department selects and enters the students’ articles in the contest. “Unlike most contests where a story wins, the SEJC awards individuals,” she said. “Three stories are submitted that represent the best work of each individual. Obviously, the three stories have to fit in each category.” One of Mueller’s three articles included his findings on how some U of M offices were breaking the law by withholding public records. Horton’s submitted stories focused on economic issues. Justice said that this year, The U of M won in every category but one. Daily Helmsman reporters and editors competed against 32 other eligible schools in
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Carroll said that the high number of recipients selected this year reflects positively on the newspaper. “In the two years I’ve been at The Daily Helmsman,” he said, “the content and quality of reporters has improved, and the awards show that.” Patterson graduated in December and received a yearlong fellowship at the Commercial Appeal. She said The U of M’s journalism department and The Daily Helmsman helped her refine her journalism skills. “I learned a lot from the journalism department and especially The Daily Helmsman,” she said. “It was good for me to work on real stories instead of just work for classes.”
ancient egyptian artifacts come to life with Family Day BY Michelle corBet News Reporter The University of Memphis’ ancient Egyptian artifacts from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology will be rediscovered this weekend at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Saturday, The University of Memphis’ IEAA will host Ancient Egyptian Family Day
at AMUM. This free, public event will introduce families to Egyptian art and culture through fun, creative activities, said Patricia Podzorski, curator of Egyptian art for the IEAA. “We are putting on this event for the community, especially the kids,” said Podzorski “We’re hoping for fun, but education also. The graduate students (in Egyptian art history) will sneak in knowledge
with the fun teaching them about ancient Egyptian art and history.” Family Day activities include teaching children to write their name in hieroglyphs, make an Egyptian amulet and color masks that teach them about ancient Egyptian gods. “Hathor, goddess of beauty and music, is the most popular among the girls,” said Podzorski. “The Anubis mask is most popular for the boys.”
Special tours of the Egyptian exhibition at the Art Museum, including stories from ancient Egypt, will also be offered. The “School for Scribes,” a one-hour workshop offered to older children (at least 10 years old) and adults will teach participants about the ancient Egyptian language, how it was rediscovered, and the role of the famous Rosetta Stone in that rediscovery. “During the class they will
learn the history of deciphering the language and how to write one sentence,” said Podzorski. Beginning Sunday, The Tennessee State Museum is showing pieces from the IEAA in its exhibit, “Egyptian Relics, Replicas, and Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun.” The exhibit, which will run through Sept. 4, will look at the art, culture and history of ancient Egypt and how it has influenced Tennessee.
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Wisconsin governor rejects union offer, concessions BY Lee Bergquist, Don Walker & Bill Glauber Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
ate the budget and we can’t balance the budget on a hope and a prayer,” Werwie said in the statement. “That remains true. State and local government need the flexibility to manage this and future budget crises. In addition, as government workers pay a modest amount toward their pension and health-care premium,
As thousands of protesters marched and chanted, Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday rejected an overture from a Democratic state senator that public employee unions had agreed to make financial sacri-
fices contained in the budgetrepair bill in return for the right to bargain collectively. Cullen Werwie, Walker ’s spokesman, said in a statement that State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, “should come to work and debate the bill while doing his job in Madison. “Gov. Walker has repeatedly said that we won’t negoti-
A member of the Service Employees International Union rollerblades past demonstrators in Madison, Wis., on Saturday.
about half the national average, it is fair to give them the choice of additional savings on their union dues.” The Walker statement was in response to a statement earlier Saturday from Erpenbach, who said he had been informed that all state and local public employees had agreed to the financial aspects of Walker ’s budget-repair bill. Erpenbach added in his statement that the groups wanted, in turn, for Walker, a Republican, to agree to let labor groups bargain collectively, as they do now. Erpenbach’s statement was backed by a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, who confirmed the agreement. After hearing Walker ’s response, via his spokesman, Erpenbach said Saturday afternoon that the offer from public employee groups was “a legitimate and serious offer on the table from local, state and school public employees that balance Gov. Walker’s budget. “It would appear that Gov. Walker’s only target is the destruction of collective bargaining rights and not solving the state’s budget,” Erpenbach said. In an interview, Erpenbach said the next move belonged to Walker. “I don’t see this coming to a
head until the governor takes a look at this,” Erpenbach said. “He has all he needs to balance the budget.” State Sen. Mark Miller, D-Middleton, agreed with Erpenbach. “The governor got us into this mess by going too far,” Miller said. He said local school districts and city councils across the state had the ability now to bargain with unions as a means of balancing budgets and negotiating cuts. “We have healthy negotiations and that’s how we do things in Wisconsin,” Miller said. The back-and-forth between missing Senate Democrats and Walker came as protesters in the thousands descended on the State Capitol on Saturday, demonstrating their support or opposition to Walker’s budgetrepair bill. Inside the Capitol Rotunda, which took on the feel of a high-school pep rally, and outside in different areas of the Capitol, protesters gathered to chant, yell, march and otherwise voice their opinion. All day, there was a heavy security presence around the Capitol. Outside, while groups were parading around the square and shouting slogans,
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police from multiple jurisdictions, some as far away as Brown County, were watching. State officials said as many as 500 officers were on duty, representing 40 different law enforcement agencies. That number is somewhat misleading, however, because some jurisdictions are sending only one or two officers to relieve other personnel who have been working long shifts. At the Capitol, police said the east and west entrance to the Capitol were closed. Instead, protesters who wanted to get into the Capitol had to enter on the north and south entrances. There were three areas of protests going on. Labor activists controlled the Capitol Rotunda, and visitors representing firefighters, police officers and teachers were pouring in. Outside, on one side of the Capitol, several thousand labor protesters were listening to speeches. Separated by orange plastic barriers, several thousand tea party protesters and others supporting Walker gathered. Many were holding signs supporting the governor. At the entrances inside, protesters were allowed to take placards in, but no signs with sticks on them. And, one sign said, no firearms are allowed. Police said the east and west
entrances would be closed all day. The extra security presence was in anticipation of two opposing groups — for and against Walker’s budget-repair bill — protesting and marching for their cause throughout the day. At one area in which both pro- and anti-Walker protesters had gathered, one side chanted, “Kill the bill,” while another group yelled, “Pass the bill.” Tom Rynders, a Vietnam veteran here to support Walker, was talking to a Journal Sentinel reporter when a union protester yelled at him, “This is about losing our rights as citizens.” Replied Rynders: “I have rights, too.” Outside, pro-union protesters walked around the perimeter of the square, shouting their support for public employees. At times, the ambience seemed like Madison’s venerable farmer ’s market on the Capitol Square. But once they approached the south side of the Capitol where the tea party and proWalker groups were assembled, the shouting from both sides rose in intensity. Some of the signs read, “Do Your Job” and “The Gravy Train is Over.” The sound from the dueling protesters was so loud that many of the tea party supporters couldn’t hear the speakers. Instead they commiserated about teachers, complained about the missing senators and
tried to shout down pro-union demonstrators. Groups representing public employee unions and others backing Republicans and Walker were expected to hold demonstrations during the day. Labor groups had planned at least two rallies, Americans for Prosperity E x e c u t i v e Director Tim Phillips told his supporters on Saturday that the country is in the midst of a “revolution of fiscal sanity.” He led tea party supporters in a rousing chant of “Do Your Job.” “We are going to win. We are going to win our nation and our values,” said Phillips. “The eyes of the entire nation are on you today,” said Phillips, whose group helped organize the event to back Walker’s budget- Thousands of protesters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed bill repair bill. march around the capital square in Madison, carrying a huge American flag.
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Gadhafi clings to power as troops gun down protesters BY Miret el Naggar, jonathan S. landay & margaret talev McClatchy Newspapers Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was clinging to power Monday as his troops and mercenaries gunned down civilians and anti-government protesters in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, prompting international condemnation, and defections and cries of genocide from some members of his own government and military. U.S. officials confirmed multiple reports from residents of aircraft strafing protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli. Mercenaries were firing indiscriminately into crowds, funeral processions and civilians’ homes, and people were running out of food, potable water and medicine, residents said. “The situation is serious and horrible,” said a doctor reached by telephone at the city’s main trauma center. He spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution should Gadhafi remain in power. Libyan diplomats at the United Nations mission in New York and at other embassies worldwide broke with Gadhafi’s regime Monday. Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s deputy U.N. representative, called on Gadhafi to resign and urged the world to speak out. The regime is committing “a real genocide against the
Libyan people. Colonel Gadhafi is shooting his own people,” Dabbashi said in an interview on the Al-Jazeera network. The turmoil raged on the sixth day of an uprising against Gadhafi that has claimed hundreds of lives and left the second largest city, Benghazi, and other population centers on the country’s eastern wing in the hands of troops who defected to the opposition and armed civilians. The insurrection against Gadhafi, the Middle East’s longest ruling dictator, is the most dramatic of the uprisings inspired across the region by the largely peaceful revolts that ousted the former presidents of Egypt and Tunisia, rooted in pent-up popular anger over corruption, poverty, abuses and a lack of political rights. The uprising began with the arrest of a prominent lawyer in Benghazi and spread along the eastern side of the Gulf of Sidra, reaching the regime’s stronghold of Tripoli on Sunday evening. Events in Libya, one of the Middle East’s main oil producers, pushed petroleum prices higher, complicating President Barack Obama’s efforts to keep the delicate U.S. economic recovery on track and adjust a U.S. approach to the region that has long favored its dictators and kings over the political and human rights of ordinary people.
There were rising calls for the U.N. Security Council to address the Libyan government’s assault on civilians. A senior U.S. official, who wasn’t authorized to speak for the record, wouldn’t rule out an emergency Security Council meeting, but said there were no plans yet for one. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement Monday evening that “now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed” and that the U.S. is “working urgently with friends and partners around the world to convey this message to the Libyan government.” Internet and landline telephone service was cut, electricity was erratic and cell phone circuits were constantly overloaded. Protesters vowed to hold out until Gadhafi left, while other residents cowered in their homes. At the trauma center, doctors donated their own blood to try to keep up with the demand. Two to three new casualties, all gunshot victims, were arriving every half-hour, the anonymous doctor said, and dozens of dead had been brought in since Sunday. One Tripoli man who gave only his first name, Massey, said in an interview via Skype that the violence in Tripoli broke open late Sunday night moments after Gadhafi’s son, Saif al Islam Gadhafi, delivered a rambling speech warning of the potential
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for civil war. Gadhafi security forces and mercenaries “began shooting at the crowds indiscriminately” in Green Square, where protesters from Tripoli and other Libyan cities had flocked, holding hands and demanding Gadhafi’s departure. “Many people began falling down.” Monday morning, Massey found about 70 corpses at a nearby park. He said witnesses are describing killings largely as being carried out by African mercenaries, including in the working-class neighborhood of Ghout Shaal and along heavily populated Republic Street, which leads to Bab Elezizya, Gadhafi’s compound. As of 1 a.m. Tuesday local time, he said, “There is gunfire going on nonstop. It’s basically a war zone,” He said protesters were largely unarmed. One Tripoli woman, who spoke with McClatchy Newspapers
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from page 1 Sachë, which opened Aug. 26 of last year, is a men’s, women’s and children’s clothing store specializing in custom designs and contemporary style clothing. John Sylvester, the store’s co-founder and president, said students tend to look to large businesses for internships, and experience when working at a smaller business could be more beneficial. “What you see with some small businesses is there are so many opportunities,” he said. “The more that they can get involved in the industries they’re interested in, the better. There are unique opportunities in small businesses and different challenges and opportunities.” Sylvester said in Sachë’s work environment, business leaders and students learn from each other, especially since the store is only six months old. “Every generation has pros and cons, and young professionals have such a unique abil-
ity to tap into a niche market,” he said. “You can hire someone with 15 years’ experience, but it could be (experience with) one skill for 15 (years). Never underestimate the intelligence of young professionals.” Eric Evans, co-founder of Sachë, said Hunsucker has been a great addition to the team, and because of her, he’s looking for more driven interns who are passionate about their work. “I want you to have fun and come to work because you love what you do,” he said. “I don’t want you to consider it work, even though we work our butts off. We want an environment that goes with their objectives and goals in terms of their involvement in our organization.” Hunsucker said working at Sachë has been a great first step toward her ultimate goal of becoming a fashion designer. She said she would eventually like to start her own clothing line with a polished, classic style. “I want to be able to represent the woman’s figure very well and flatter it,” she said. “I want to use clean lines and have a Audrey Hepburn-type style — very classic elegance.”
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China’s censorship of Internet still strong relent and let the “walls fall.” China, however, has given no indication that it intends to As Arab governments from change course. In fact, a chief architect of Bahrain to Yemen and the clerical rulers in Iran alike wrestle China’s Internet monitoring prowith how to get a grip on the gram said in an interview pubInternet’s role in spreading lished Friday by state media that unrest, the Communist Party in the country should bolster its Beijing has steadily applied one efforts. Despite the efficiency of of the world’s most sophisticated China’s censors, Fang Binxing, censorship programs. Instead of shutting down the nicknamed the “Father of the Internet completely, as Egypt Great Firewall,” told the Global briefly did in an unsuccessful Times state newspaper that he bid to save former President was concerned about software Hosni Mubarak’s regime, China platforms that could circumcarefully picks and chooses vent those measures with virtual what material is allowed to filter private networks, which allow through. And while troops in groups of people to use the Bahrain opened fire on crowds Internet to communicate privately. While exact figures aren’t available, it’s widely assumed that t’s like when only a small portion of China’s Internet users passengers aren’t have access to VPN allowed to take water subscriptions, which often require credit aboard an airplane card transactions in because our secuforeign currency. rity gates aren’t good Still, Fang said he’d concluded that “so enough to differenti- far, the GFW (Great Firewall) is lagging ate between water behind and still needs and nitroglycerin.” improvement.” Fang, the 50-year-old president of the Beijing — Fang Binxing University of Posts and Developer, Chinese firewalls Telecommunications, said that he kept six different VPN connections at home “to of demonstrators, China so far test which side wins: the GFW has been successful in keep- or the VPN.” The article paraphrased ing dissidents from gathering momentum, in part by crushing him saying there was a “war” their ability to post manifestos or between the technologies and that calls to open up the Internet form groups online. While the Internet hasn’t car- represented a “soft power threat ried the momentum of those to China from foreign forces.” Fang used the totalitarian uprisings nor has it addressed the myriad of complex underly- regime of North Korea, which ing factors, it’s thought to have counts China as its key backer, as galvanized groups of key protest an example. “Some countries hope North organizers. But Beijing so far hasn’t had to Korea will open up its Internet,” roll back or reconsider Internet he said. “But if it really did so, access issues, because in China, other countries would get the they didn’t exist to begin with. Widely known as the Great Firewall, the restrictive measures emanating from Beijing keep a majority of China’s estimated 457 million Web users from accessing anything online that the government considers politically sensitive, including sites — such as Facebook and Twitter — that have been used to organize or report on recent standoffs between troops and protesters in Bahrain and Egypt. The result is a parallel system in which the bare news of events such as those now roiling the Arab world can be reported while any analysis that might draw parallels to domestic issues in China is omitted. Or, as has been the case recently, it can be accompanied with dire warnings about the dangers of turmoil. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton challenged that authoritarian approach in a speech on Internet freedoms this week, contending that it ultimately leads governments to a “dictator’s dilemma” in which they have to continue doubling down on oppressive tactics or finally
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upper hand.” On Tuesday, Clinton announced $25 million in additional funding this year to “fight against Internet repression,” which presumably would include Chinese efforts along those lines. When the U.S. Embassy in Beijing attempted to post Clinton’s address, which specifically mentioned China five times, it was blocked on several Chinese sites. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu slammed the White House initiative Thursday, saying, “We are
against any other countries using Internet freedom as a pretext for interfering in others’ internal affairs.” Across some of China’s own Web pages, though, there have been calls for more access and less oversight. Fang’s role in developing the Great Firewall program has made him a target of derision for some “netizens.” When Fang created a page on a popular Chinese blogging site in December, users posted a torrent of insulting, and at times profane, remarks attacking him. Amid the bluster in the Global
Times piece, Fang acknowledged that the Great Firewall could use a bit more nuance in, as the article put it, “distinguishing between good and evil information.” When a website contains sections with “sensitive” language, everything else is blocked as well, an issue Fang said he hoped would be addressed with smarter software in the future. “It’s like when passengers aren’t allowed to take water aboard an airplane because our security gates aren’t good enough to differentiate between water and nitroglycerin,” he said.
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from page 1 to go,” Johnson said. “(But) even when Tennessee came here in 2008, and Gameday was here, we really had to work at it. It gets a little frustrating.” Last Spring, Johnson openly suggested cutting student seats by 1,000, selling them instead to the general public. FedExForum houses 18,119 seats. “I wanted to do it because if we sold the tickets, we’d generate close to a half a million dollars in revenue when it was all said and done,” Johnson said. “We’re on television so much. I hated to have all those seats sitting empty.” Before Johnson went through with the decision, he met with then-newly elected Student Government Association President Hunter Lang on April 27, 2010, to discuss the matter. “I wasn’t about to sell out the people who had just elected me,” Lang said. In a counterproposal presented to Johnson, University President Shirley Raines and coach Josh Pastner, Lang alleged that “an analysis of students from 19992010 shows that with this proposed reduction (of 1,000 seats), 8,867 students in 28 games would
have been rejected at the door. The level of frustration of students traveling Downtown, paying to park in most instances, and then being turned away can only be imagined.” Lang said Raines ultimately chose his proposal over Johnson’s. Johnson, however, said a presidential intervention was never necessary. “I just didn’t want to agitate (the student body) to the point of bringing it to a head,” he said. “The decision would have been up to President Raines, and I didn’t really want to put her on the spot.” President Raines was not immediately available for comment. In the last several years, The U of M basketball program, despite not being in a Bowl Championship Series conference, solidified its position in the upper echelon of college basketball. The Tigers have won 307 games since 2000-’01, behind only Duke (345) and Kansas (336). But conference affiliation isn’t the only difference between The U of M and other elite programs. Duke students, allotted 1,200 seats at the 9,000-seat Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., have earned the nickname “Cameron Crazies” and are regarded as some of the best, most
raucous fans in the country. Kansas plays in the 16,300-seat Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., and fills its 4,000-seat student section — double the student section at FedExForum — at every home game. In two of the last five seasons, The U of M student section average didn’t approach even 25 percent capacity, just 500 seats. “It concerns me,” athletic director R.C. Johnson said, “because (students) are our future. There‘s no question about it.” Although the athletic department kept the student section intact this season, Lang said he expects Johnson to revisit the issue at season’s end. “(Johnson) said that they were still going to proceed forward with their calculations with this upcoming season,” Lang said. “If the seats weren’t full, then they (would be) cut.” Johnson denied Lang’s claims. “That’s not true,” he said. “The fiscal people wanted to do this. The student affairs people didn’t want to. There’s no sense in getting those two groups angry. It’s just not going to make or break our budget. It would’ve added revenue, but I didn’t think it’s really worth it to take it all the way to the end. So I said let’s just leave it (alone).”
A Weekly Devotional For You Sex Again!
I suspect that many of you, who usually ignore this devotional, are reading it because of the title. Yes, almost everyone is very interested in sex. Advertisers know that sex sells. Most people agree that sex is a very fun thing. As we pointed out last time, God made it that way. God is not a prude. In fact, He is the one who made human beings and made them capable of sexual activity. The first command He gave Adam and Eve involved sex, when He told them to be fruitful and multiply. However, God who made us and has the right and authority to tell us how to live, confined sexual activity to a man and woman who are married to each other. All other sex is wrong. All other sex is a violation of God’s commands. We need to be reminded of this because very strong emotions, which could easily mislead us, often influence sexual activity. As one song put it, “How could it be so wrong, when it feels so right?” Please remember the following statement, when in the passion of the moment, your emotions may mislead you: It has never been right, from the first of history, and will never be right until the end of time, for any sex to happen except between a man and woman who are married to each other.
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Despite the fees all U of M students pay for guaranteed seating at Tiger basketball events, turnout has been subpar. Every year, almost half a million dollars of revenue and exposure opportunities go unclaimed because of poor student attendance at FedExForum, according to officials with The University of Memphis athletic department. To make up for these deficits, the department hiked the student athletic fee by $25 this semester. The increase comes only two years after officials raised the tuitionfunded athletic fee 100 percent, from $200 to $400 per student. The fees make up $7.4 million, or 23 percent, of The U of M’s total budget. Despite rising fees, some students don’t make the trip to FedExForum because of its inconvenient location, said sophomore marketing major Paul Hooks. “I don’t go because it’s out of the way,” said Hooks, who attended most U of M home games last year as a freshman. “I have to be really free, and not just for an hour. It’s not like they play on campus. I have to drive Downtown and find parking and just deal with all the people. It’s not really convenient.” Nick Eubanks, president of the Blue Crew, lives in Lakeland. He said that while he understands that the location of FedExForum deters some students from attending home games, the Blue Crew executive committee — mostly commuter students — tries to set an example. “Everyone isn’t willing to make that drive,” the psychology and philosophy major said. “Just because The U of M has 22,000 students doesn’t mean everyone is a basketball fan.” Dec. 23, the then-No. 9
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Georgetown Hoyas visited FedExForum to play the then-No. 16 Tigers in the first Top 25 matchup at The U of M’s home venue since 2008-’09, but sections 201 and 232 were almost completely unoccupied. “We’ve had sessions with marketing, we’ve put billboards up, we’ve asked student (organizations) what we can do,” Johnson said, “and no one really has an answer for us.” The reason for low student attendance figures may extend deeper than a disinterest in athletics. More than 83 percent of the 17,510 undergraduate students who attend The University of Memphis claim commuter status. Students must maintain jobs to pay their bills, Johnson said. He said he realizes their schedules don’t allow much time for athletic events. U of M basketball coach Josh Pastner said he understands that students have higher priorities and other responsibilities. “I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t want every student there, but they’ve got to do their job academically,” Pastner said. “Due to games being on weeknights, they can’t come down, and I understand that.” In the past, fans have argued that an on-campus football stadium would improve interest and, certainly, attendance in the football program. Proponents have said it could reconnect alumni and presumably inspire them to give back to U of M athletics. The men’s basketball team, however, plays in a state-of-theart NBA facility only a short drive from The U of M campus, and it’s highly unlikely that The University could privately construct anything close to FedExForum. “People have said it would be different if we were on campus,” Johnson said. “But those stadiums that are on campus have the same issues. It’s not inconvenience. We provide buses to go down there. We’re going to keep working it at it because students are our future. And there’s nothing more exciting than when the student section is filled.” In 2007-‘08, perhaps the most memorable season in U of M basketball history and one in which the Tigers reached the NCAA championship game, students occupied only 775 seats per game, or 39 percent of total seating. “I think there’s interest there, but they just don’t see it as a priority to come to the events,” Johnson said. “I think most of our students know what’s going on with the basketball team, but they’re not coming to the games. Interest and attendance are two different things — we need it to be the same.”
10 • Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Urban charter school beats odds with college acceptances Fire broke out in Cedric Abdul-Hakeem’s home in Chicago’s Englewood community on Dec. 31. After making sure everyone was out safely, the 17-year-old re-entered the smoke-filled home to retrieve his laptop. “My laptop had all my applications, and most college applications are due Jan. 1,” explained Abdul-Hakeem. “I figured if my laptop burns, I’m through.” He got his laptop. He got the applications in on time. And so far, he’s been accepted to half a dozen colleges, including Grinnell College in Iowa, where most of his tuition will be paid through scholarships and grants. Abdul-Hakeem is yet another Urban Prep success story. For the second consecutive year, every single senior in Chicago’s only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to a four-year college or university. In all, the 104 members of the 2011 graduating class have been accepted to 103 different colleges, including some of the country’s most selective schools. With many acceptance letters still anticipated, the charter, which has campuses in the Englewood, South Shore and East Garfield Park neighborhoods, is hoping at least one of its students this year will land an Ivy League invitation. “We would never advocate that anybody run into a burning building to get a computer or essay or application, but what (Abdul-Hakeem’s story) speaks to is how much our students are dedicated and focused on getting into college,” said Urban Prep’s founder and CEO, Tim King. “They recognize that with college they will have very different lives that will be transformative for them and their communities.” Urban Prep Academy for Young Men recently celebrated its repeat with a tie-exchanging ritual in which the final three seniors to receive acceptance letters exchanged their red uniform ties for red-and-gold ones as the other seniors did before them. Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Public Schools’ interim chief education officer Charles Payne were on hand. So was alum Israel Wilson, a freshman at Morehouse College in Atlanta, who said he has earned a 3.3 GPA and made the dean’s list his first semester. Skeptics last year had questioned whether grads would actually attend college and be able to succeed in higher ed programs. One of the school’s missions is to ensure students earn that bachelor ’s degree, so King and his staff have helped secure money for plane tickets, driven students to college campuses, held workshops for alumni in the summer and winter, and checked up on
them. Of the 107 seniors in 2010 — the school’s first graduating class — 101 enrolled in college, King said. Three went into the military and another three joined the work force. By now, Urban Prep’s story
has become a national wonder for its success in making college a reality for kids from tough, low-income neighborhoods where college rarely is an option. In Chicago Public Schools, the high school drop-
out rate for African-American males hovers at 60 percent, and only 1 in 40 black male grads earn a bachelor ’s degree by the age of 25. Only 11 percent of Urban Prep’s seniors were reading at
grade level when they entered the school four years ago, King said. Through a rigorous academic environment, includ-
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Tony Moseley, 18, a Posse Scholar, center, is congratulated by friends James Cole, 18, left, and Cedric Hakeem, 17, as he steps to the front of the auditorium to be recognized for his accomplishments during an assembly at Urban Prep in Chicago. Every senior at Urban Prep Academy in Chicago has been accepted to a four-year college and the school held an assembly.
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Heavy Metal Master
from page 10 ing required double periods of English and longer school days, and strict uniform and code-of-conduct policies, students are kept on track. Staff also are available at all hours and weekends to drive kids home or provide extra academic help outside the classroom. Jonathan Harvey said teachers have stayed at school till 8 p.m. and met him on weekends to help him master math. To get to school, he has had to cross gang lines in his Englewood neighborhood, and he has learned to wait until he gets to school to put on his black blazer and red (now red and gold) tie.
“College wasn’t on my map,” Harvey said. “I didn’t think it was reachable.” The hard work has paid off. King said this year the average ACT score for the graduating class was 17.5 — higher than last year ’s 16.1 and comparable to Chicago Public Schools’ average of 17.3. The school has taught some students to challenge themselves. When his college counselor told him to apply to 10 colleges, senior Alfonso Henderson sent out 50 applications. He’s been accepted to 21 and been offered $719,000 in scholarships. He’s still holding out, though, for his top three choices — Yale, Harvard and Wheaton College. “I want to prove the stereotypes wrong,” he said.
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Freshman art education major Ryan Hughes welds together pieces of metal for his Art Foundations II class in the Art Building studio. On any given afternoon, Hughes and other classmates can be found in the studio welding, sculpting and cutting for upcoming weekly class critiques. Several pieces of metal and heavy machinery are at hand for students to use in their creative art projects.
12 • Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tigers sweep Evansville 3-0 to open season
enth, giving up five runs in the inning, followed by one each
over the last two to end the game at a four-run deficit.
“I thought our table setters, in Drew Martinez and
Chad Zurcher, did a good job with getting us started,” Schoenrock said. “We kind of let the lead slip away in the middle innings, but we just gotta figure out how to play with the lead and stay ahead of the competition.” Although the Tigers had already locked up the series by Sunday’s game, that didn’t stop them from playing at the same pace. The U of M connected for 18 hits, including 11 extra base hits, en route to a 17-6 win over Evansville on Sunday afternoon. All eight of Memphis’s position starters compiled hits, while six finished the day with multiple hits. The Tigers, who scored 38 runs on 47 hits in the first three games of the season, were led by Drew Martinez’s big day. The junior went 3-for-5 and accounted for seven runs (four runs scored and three RBI). Eli Hynes and Adam McClain each posted three hits, while junior college transfer T.J. Rich drove in a team-best four runs. “You always want to say that this weekend went like you always thought it would be,” Schoenrock said. “But over the course of the weekend, I thought we put together really good, solid back-to-back-toback-to-back at-bats, and that’s what you expect from a veteran group of players.”
only — about half our girls are not music majors,” Clemons said. “They are just people who love music and people who realize the difference music can
make in people’s lives.” Members of the fraternity through the entire tri-state area came to celebrate the initiation, including those from Middle
Tennessee State University and University of Mississippi chapters. Werkhoven said women should want to be part of this
organization because “it’s something bigger than yourself, and you get to help the world with something you love to do.”
The University of Memphis baseball team started its season with a bang — literally. In the first inning of the first game with Evansville (Ind.) of a three-game series, junior college transfer Eli Hynes stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and, in his first-ever atbat as a Tiger, hit the first pitch he saw from Evansville starter Sam Johns over the right-field fence for a grand slam. Memphis jumped out to a 4-1 lead over the Purple Aces at FedEx Park on Friday night. They went on to win 13-9, despite a late inning rally from the Purple Aces. “Coach (Daron Schoenrock) asked me before I went up to the plate, ‘Do you love this?’” Hynes said. “And I said, ‘‘Yes I do.’ Then he said, ‘Just be ready,’ and the first pitch I see was a fastball, and I took it over the fence.” Memphis won each game this weekend by an average margin of six runs, beating Evansville 13-9 in the first contest, 8-4 on Saturday, and 17-6 on Sunday. On opening night, the Tigers jumped out to a 12-2 lead going into the sixth inning, but the bullpen allowed the Purple Aces to make a game of it by the sev-
from page 1 to veterans through music therapy. “It’s not a social organization,” said Regina Werkhoven, junior psychology major and president of The U of M’s Delta Beta chapter. “It is more community-based and familyoriented.” U of M graduate student Krista Gadarowski helped start a chapter of the fraternity at the University of Denver, where she completed her undergraduate studies. Gadarowski, graduate classical voice student, joined The U of M’s Delta Beta chapter of SAI despite nearing the end of her studies. “I wanted to help the girls really get it on its feet,” Gadarowski said. “It’s a wonderful way to share music if you have an interest in performing or if you want to help others perform.” The U of M’s chapter has 18 members. Upcoming projects for the fraternity include a bake sale and a service project with Memphis Councils of Girl Scouts Heart of the South, in which SAI members will help girls earn their music badges. Clemons said she wants people on campus to know that this fraternity is not meant just for music majors but for everyone who has a love for music. “One of the biggest misconceptions is that that these music fraternities are for music majors
by David C. Minkin
BY Adam Douglas Sports Reporter
Junior college transfer Eli Hynes is met at home plate by his teammates after he hit a grand slam on the first at-bat of his career at The University of Memphis. The Tigers swept Evansville in a 3-game series last weekend.
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