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Musicians Fuzed Together

Vol. 78 No. 101

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UM ensemble Sound Fuzion, in 15th year, creates pop harmony across the state see page 5

FACE the charges Presidential candidate Tyler DeWitt filed the first infraction of this year’s Student Government Association election early Wednesday morning, citing the improper posting of flyers by the Finding Answers Concerning Everyone party. FACE party campaign materials were posted on doors, windows and trash cans and covered at least two yard signs, promoting the Writing on the Wall Project, which belonged to the Student Activities Council — all placements that violate University policy. SGA Election Commissioner Anthony LaRocca noticed the improperly placed signs Monday night around 10:30 p.m. He then called the FACE party’s presidential candidate and current SGA president, Hunter Lang, and ordered him to have the signs removed by 1 a.m. Strolling the campus around 1:30 a.m., LaRocca said he noticed a significant number of the signs still posted in the illegal locations, proceeded to take photos as evidence and removed posters that covered SAC’s signs.

DeWitt filed the infraction against the FACE party around 3 a.m. Wednesday. LaRocca said he scheduled court hearings for this week more than a month ago, in case a grievance were filed. The court hearing was scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, but LaRocca said SGA Chief Justice Joshua Jackson told him that Dwayne Scott, associate dean of Student Judicial Affairs, “canceled the meeting because associate justice selection is more important (and is taking place Wednesday) afternoon.” “This is something I set up a month ago, and I asked for him to have the court meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” LaRocca said. “He said the court was going to meet, and four hours beforehand he told me the meeting was canceled. (The election commission is) waiting for the hearing to get rescheduled. They had a prior commitment. Hopefully we will get a hearing so the facts will come out.” LaRocca said last year’s election’s grievances could not be heard before the election ended and were ultimately dropped, since they would have no effect on the election, and he did not

want that to happen this year. Infractions were also filed against the FACE party last year for placing flyers on doors, windows and the hoods of vehicles, all against University policy. According to SGA’s election laws, the student court is responsible for scheduling a hearing within three days of receiving the charges. However, LaRocca said Jackson told him that the student court “thought it was best to wait until all grievances are filed after the election and hear them together.” When the hearing takes place, the election commission will present a statement, show the evidence and make a recommendation for punishment. Potential punishments are a reprimand, a monetary fine of $25 or $75, or disqualification from taking office. LaRocca said there likely will be no disqualification, since he has no proof who posted the signs. “I was happy that Hunter (Lang) took down most of the posters — or his party did — but by 1:30 a.m., there were still


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UM professor, student to receive awards at upcoming ceremony BY MELISSA WRAY News Reporter University of Memphis faculty member Vivian Gunn Morris will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Award on April 2 at a 2 p.m. ceremony in the University Center Theatre. Tishira Smith, senior African and AfricanAmerican Studies major, will also receive a Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship at the ceremony, which is free and open to the public. Morris, assistant dean for faculty and staff development at the College of Education and a professor in the college, has received many awards for research in the educational advances for children of color and has published books and Morris articles on the topic.

Smith, a graduate of Ridgeway High School, is a member of Black Scholars, Positive Assertive United Sisters of Excellence and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is also a volunteer at the Lester Community Center and a tutor for the Memphis Literary Corps. “I feel humbled and fortunate to be in a position as a college-educated, African-American woman to give back and to be an example to those who see me,” Smith said. “Serving the community Smith also reminds me why it is critical to continue pursing my education so that I can be an even more active advocate in the community.” Hope Smith, assistant director of interdisciplinary studies, said she hopes the ceremony “will inspire others to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps.”

Student Government Association presidential candidate Hunter Lang campaigns in the UC on Wednesday in an attempt to secure potential votes from still-undecided — or uninterested — students.

Nocturnal admissions All-night studying crucial for many students BY ERICA HORTON News Reporter As the semester’s end nears and exam week looms, some students are beginning to prepare for finals. Others, however, will pull all-nighters the day before exams, spending the final hours of the semester frantically reviewing lecture notes and flashcards. With only 23 days of school left, Dylan Hanks, sophomore history major, said for some students, “procrastinating is the key to studying.” Dylan and several other University of Memphis students said cramming many weeks’ worth of studying into just a handful of hours the night before a test is as easy as a trip to a favorite fast food restaurant or watching a movie. “Imagine you have to study for a biology test,” he said. “You use something as a reward for studying, like pausing a show

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Student Profile

Graduate student formerly accustomed to telling stories of struggle now lives her own BY HANNAH C. OWENGA News Reporter

would have known she had cancer if she hadn’t gotten a second opinion about excruciating pains in her side. The first doctor she saw told her nothing was wrong. George’s pains were caused by a ruptured appendix and several malignant tumors. “I hadn’t ever heard of (people in their 20s) getting cancer,” she said. “It wasn’t as if I had a baby, and my lifestyle changed. Cancer affects me, not just a lifestyle.”

Thirty percent of George’s colon and her entire appendix were surgically removed in an A former editor at a small attempt to stop the cancer ’s Kentucky newspaper, Melanie spread. George said she’s always had To supplement the missing a heart for telling the stories of organs, she takes prescriptions people in dire circumstances. to curtail nausea and aid food But the story she’s telling digestion on a daily basis. lately is her own. George, a “I have taken so many narpublishing graduate student at cotics, opiates and (other medThe University of Memphis, is ications) that my eyes are dark a survivor of colon cancer. and darting,” she said. “(U of M organization) Up When someone mentions ‘til Dawn has this ‘it’s for the chemotherapy, it sends chills kids’ motto, but on her arms and when it’s for you, brings tears to it is real,” George tell my story for advocacy her eyes. She has said. “I tell my photographs of because colon cancer is 90 the bruises that story for advocacy because colon decorate her arms percent preventable.” cancer is 90 perlike painted polka — Melanie George cent preventable.” dots from having Publishing graduate student M a rc h is blood withdrawn. national colorecMedication and tal cancer awareness month. In her undergraduate years the effects of cancer have also According to the American as a journalism major at The caused her to gain weight. Cancer Society, colorectal can- U of M, George participated George said she has an cer is the third most common in SGA for four years, assist- excellent relationship with her cancer diagnosed in both men ed with the organization of team of doctors, considering and women in the United States the first homecoming and was the extensive amount of time and is expected to cause 49,830 even a member of the home- she spends with them in testdeaths in 2011. Screening for coming court. ing, checkups and treatments. early detection has helped save Just before her diagnosis, Journalism professor Rick more than a million colorectal she recently had an article Fischer has taught George in cancer survivors. published internationally and both undergraduate and gradIn March 2008, a doctor received a promotion to fea- uate studies and said the difdiagnosed George with a rare ture editor at Kentucky New ferences in her situation then form of colon and appendix Era, a newspaper located near and now are quite apparent. cancer. Fort Campbell, Ky. Fischer, whose brother died “He sounded as if I was Today, she deals with the from lymphoma, said George going to be dumped or fired,” harsh reality of her illness. is just like any other student, George said of learning about Over the last three years, but now she must deal with her cancer. “After he told me, George has accumulated half a her cancer and still anticipate I felt like I had been hit by an million dollars in medical bills possible problems it might 18-wheeler.” that are tidily tucked away in a cause. George said she never stack of hefty binders. Just last week, George was hospitalized for a week after blacking out in the Edward J. Meeman Journalism Building. George said she relies on the support of her family and her best friend to help her through the realities of the disease. “When you find out your child has cancer, it takes your breath away,” George’s mother Diane said. “Fighting with everything to win over the cancer keeps you going.” Melanie George has dedicat-



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ed much of her time to spreading awareness about colon cancer. She is currently a substitute teacher for special education students at Southwind Elementary and the publicity chair for the American Cancer Society of Collierville’s Relay for Life. “Last year, I guess I was Collierville’s most loveable cancer patient,” George said in the midst of a knee-slapping laugh. In 2010, Collierville named George honorary chairman of the race. After receiving her master ’s degree, she plans to work at a publishing house in New York but must continue her course of treatment until 2018. “I am Melanie first, who

just happens to be a cancer patient,” George said. For information about scheduling a screening, consult your physician. To learn more about colorectal cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at

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Saifullah Paracha, shown posing for an International Committee of the Red Cross delegate at Guantanamo, has balked at having a medical procedure done on his heart at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo. Paracha, a former New York resident, was a wealthy Pakistanbased businessman at the time of his 2003 capture in Bangkok, Thailand, and is held on allegations he was a key al Qaeda insider.

Bush administration sought foreign medical treatment for Guantanamo detainees BY Carol Rosenberg McClatchy Newspapers The Bush administration was so intent on keeping Guantanamo detainees off U.S. soil and away from U.S. courts that it secretly tried to negotiate deals with Latin American countries to provide “life-saving” medical procedures rather than fly ill terrorist suspects to the U.S. for treatment, a recently released State Department cable shows. The U.S. offered to transport, guard and pay for medical procedures for any captive the Pentagon couldn’t treat at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba, according to the cable, which was made public by the WikiLeaks website. One by one, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico declined. The secret effort is spelled out in a Sept. 17, 2007, cable from Thomas Shannon, who was then assistant secretary of state to the U.S. embassies in those four countries. Shannon is now the U.S. ambassador in Brazil. At the time, the Defense Department was holding about 330 captives at Guantanamo, not quite twice the number that are there today. They included alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two other men whom the CIA waterboarded at its secret pris-

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on sites. The cable, which was posted on the WikiLeaks website March 14, draws back the curtain on contingency planning at Guantanamo, but also contradicts something the prison camp’s hospital staff has been telling visitors for years — that the U.S. can dispatch any specialist necessary to make sure the captives in Cuba get firstclass treatment. “Detainees receive stateof-the-art medical care at Guantanamo for routine, and many non-routine, medical problems. There are, however, limits to the care that DOD can provide at Guantanamo,” Shannon said in the cable, referring to the Department of Defense. The cable didn’t give examples of those limits. But it sought partner countries to commit to a “standby arrangement” to provide “life-saving procedures” on a “humanitarian basis.” It’s unclear what prompted the effort. The cable said thenDeputy Secretary of State John Negroponte had approved making the request at the behest of then-Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, who at the time oversaw Guantanamo operations. Negroponte said Wednesday that he had “no recollection” of the request but that it would have been unrealistic to expect

the Latin American nations to agree to it “because anything to do with Guantanamo was always so politically controversial for any of these countries.” England didn’t respond to a request for comment. Earlier that year, a captive had managed to commit suicide, according to the military, inside a maximum-security lockup. Two medical emergencies also tested Guantanamo’s services in 2006: Two captives overdosed on other prisoners’ drugs they’d secretly hoarded, and then three men were found hanged in their common cellblock before dawn one Saturday. In 2007, lawyers for Guantanamo’s eldest detainee, former U.S. resident Saifullah Paracha, who Pentagon officials said was a key al-Qaida insider, also challenged the military’s plans to conduct a heart catheterization procedure at the base. Paracha, now 63 and still suffering from a chronic heart condition, wanted to be taken to the U.S. or his native Pakistan for the catheterization. He refused to undergo the procedure at the base, even after the Pentagon airlifted a surgical suite and special equipment to the base to undertake the procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider Paracha’s request that he be brought to a U.S. hospital rather than have the experts brought to him.

Gabriela Oti, junior chemistry major, relishes the opportunity to patrol campus in a hot dog outfit Wednesday afternoon to promote the Catholic Student Organization’s hot dog sale. Lent isn’t the wurst way to break a bad habit, so she tried to ketchup to students around The U of M to encourage them to mustard up the courage to exercise their faith. Though some may not have found her style kosher, all agreed those were some hot buns.



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the great State of Confuzion University of Memphis traveling musical act performs pop hits from past and present tonight When high school seniors think about earning class credit in college, they probably don’t imagine themselves traveling across Tennessee performing pop hits by the likes of Lady Gaga. But for the members of University of Memphis music ensemble Sound Fuzion, that scenario is their reality. “It’s a feel-good, have-agreat-time kind of show,” said Larry Edwards, director of both The University of Memphis Choral Program and Sound Fuzion. Formed in 1989, Sound Fuzion consists of 15 students — eight singers, five instrumentalists and two sound engineers. During the academic year, the group piles into vans to

travel the state and perform at high schools, corporate functions and Universitysponsored events, as well as being part of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music’s annual concert series. “We probably do at least a dozen (performances) each semester, mostly high schools,” Edwards said. Sound Fuzion is a positive representative for The University of Memphis and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, said Carol Morse, marketing and communications manager for the school. She said the group has grown to achieve regional recognition for a professional and

dynamic style all its own. Last fall, Sound Fuzion performed at The U of M’s

All members of Sound Fuzion receive full-tuition scholarships and earn one undergraduate credit per semester. Sound Fuzion membership is a yearlong commitment, and the group practices eight hours a week, plus travel and performances. Sound Fuzion will perform at Harris Concert Hall in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at 7:30 tonight. The performance will feature classic and contemporary

“S ound Fuzion is a fresh face and a young face that

relates well to high school students when we recruit new students to the university.”

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— Carol Morse Marketing/communications manager for Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Campus Day, when high school seniors from around the region visited The University to receive information about admissions, residence life, student organizations, academic programs, scholarships and financial aid. “(Sound Fuzion) is a fresh face and a young face that relates well to high school students when we recruit new students to the university,” Morse said. She said high school students who have seen Sound Fuzion perform at their schools or in their communities often contact the admissions office in the music school. Typically 50 to 60 incoming freshmen audition for Sound Fuzion each spring, Edwards said. Auditions, which will be held April 12, are open to any full-time undergraduate student at The U of M. Edwards said the auditions are similar to those on “American Idol.”

hits. “This year’s show consists of mostly new age stuff and some classics,” said Landon Rodgers, sophomore criminology major and one of eight vocalists in Sound Fuzion. “There’s some Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Allman Brothers, just to name a few.” Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for non-U of M students and seniors, and free to U of M students, faculty and staff with ID. Tickets go on sale one hour before the show at the Harris Concert Hall box office, located in the lobby of the music building.

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Members of Sound Fuzion rehearse Wednesday afternoon for their upcoming performance. They will be performing tonight at Harris Concert Hall in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at 7:30 p.m.

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Talks stall between ‘Mad Men’ creator and AMC, Lionsgate There may be some cutbacks coming to the advertising agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The companies behind the critically acclaimed drama “Mad Men” — cable network AMC and producer Lionsgate — are battling with Matt Weiner, the show’s Emmy Award-winning creator over a new contract and budget cuts, which would include trimming the large ensemble cast. If Weiner does not agree to a new deal, AMC and Lionsgate have signaled they are prepared to continue to produce “Mad Men” without him. Lionsgate has an agreement in place with AMC for a fifth season with or without Weiner, whose contract expired after the fourth season ended last fall. Dropping Weiner would be tantamount to blasphemy to the show’s incredibly devoted, but relatively small, audience. Like his mentor David Chase of “The Sopranos,” Weiner closely supervises the writing of every episode and is known for obsessing over the details of “Mad Men,” which uses the Lucky Strike-smoking, secretary-leering, four-martinilunch lifestyles of Manhattan ad men as a lens into the culture of the 1960s at large. The stalled talks mean that the show, which usually starts its 13-episode run in the summer, now won’t air its fifth season until early 2012. People close to the show think March is the earliest it could be back on the air. Although “Mad Men” has modest ratings — last season it averaged 3.2 million viewers — and is not even AMC’s most-watched show (“The Walking Dead” has that distinction), it put the network on the map and fired it into the cultural zeitgeist. When critics talk about the new golden age of television, “Mad Men” is often the first show they cite as an example. Since it debuted in 2007, the show has won 13 Emmys and four Golden Globes and was the first basic cable series to win the Emmy for outstanding drama series, an honor it received in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Set in the early 1960s, chronicling the upheaval between McCarthy-era conformism and the countercultural revolution to come, “Mad Men” has been praised for bringing new depth to the secret lives of secretaries, boardroom flacks and housewives. For the show to remain under Weiner, he will have to agree to a three-year pact worth about $30 million, according to people close to all the parties involved in the negotiations who declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the talks. At that figure, Weiner would become one of the highest-paid producers in television.



Weiner, through his spokesman, declined to comment. One of the major sticking points concerns the number of commercials in each episode. Currently, AMC pays about $3 million to Lionsgate for each episode of the show. To cover the rising costs of airing “Mad Men,” the network has indicated it wants to add more commercials, which would obviously cut into the show’s length. Another obstacle in the negotiations are the use of so-

called product placement and product integration in the program. The network would like to see more of them as a means of generating additional revenue. And certain to prompt outrage among fans, up to six members of the cast may be axed from the show in a costcutting move over the next three seasons, a person close to the show said. For his part, Weiner has been extremely protective of the show and in the past has fought efforts to bump up com-

mercial time on his show. Two years ago, AMC compromised with Weiner and added more commercials without trimming the program length. Relations between Weiner, AMC and Lionsgate have over the years frequently been less than harmonious. In the current tumult, it’s unclear though when Weiner was first approached to discuss a new deal for a fifth season. People close to him say he was only recently asked about renewing his deal, while those in the

Lionsgate and AMC camps say they’ve been trying to complete this for almost a year. As for the cast, Weiner has cut characters before. For instance, a very popular closeted gay character, Sal Romano, who was portrayed by Bryan Batt, was dropped from the show after Season 3. But that decision was Weiner ’s, and — according to people close to Weiner — the show runner would regard being forced to shed actors as interference with the creative process.

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BY JULIE CART Los Angeles Times

It would appear to be one heck of a public relations challenge: Persuade the Australian public to care about a seldom-seen animal the size of a cocker spaniel, beady-eyed, standoffish and fond of displaying a mouthful of pointy teeth. Picture a skunk, with the jaws of an alligator and the charm of a weasel. From a marketing standpoint, the Tasmanian devil is no koala. But the pugnacious carnivore needs help. Scientists across Australia are working to untangle the genetic puzzle behind a fatal disease decimating the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. The affliction is straight out of a sci-fi movie: Tumors sprout around the devil’s mouth, quickly morphing into bulbous red pustules that take over the animal’s entire face, leaving it unable to eat or drink. Alarmed by the threat to a species already in danger of extinction, wildlife biologists here began tracking the disease 15 years ago. Early on, the scientists identified how it spread: through facial bites when devils fight or mate. The disease had all the characteristics of a virus. But last year geneticists made a sobering discovery: Devil facial tumor disease was no virus, but a highly infectious cancer — one of only three communicable cancers known to medicine. That breakthrough piqued the interest of scientists. Though researchers say it is unlikely


from page 1 mercials when you want a break.” Leslie Turner, sophomore psychology major, said the keys to her late-night cram sessions are “Disney movies and juice.” “Juice keeps me awake. Any kind — grape for instance,” she said. “With Disney movies, I already know what happened, so

that humans could become infected with DFTD, the knowledge gleaned in research across Australia could prove invaluable should an infectious cancer appear among people. The name Tasmanian devil conjures up images of the Looney Tunes character, a slightly daft and clumsy creature that does little more than whirl and slobber. Yet, in ways that surprise even themselves, Australians are rallying around this nasty, screeching beast that once was the most reviled animal in the country. Even if relatively few Australians have taken the time to see a Tasmanian devil at a zoo, and even fewer have spied one in the bush, they are getting the message: It may be a devil, but it’s our devil. They’re “a little Aussie fighter,” suggested Kathy Belov, a molecular geneticist at the University of Sydney working to save the marsupial. “There’s something really adorable about little devils.” Wildlife stewards in Australia’s island state of Tasmania have at least one biological crime to atone for: Conservationists worldwide haven’t forgiven officials here for allowing the world’s last remaining thylacine — the Tasmanian tiger — to die in a concrete cell in Hobart Zoo in 1936. Wildlife officials have created a “Devil Ark,” dispatching small groups of uninfected devils to zoos and sanctuaries around the state and mainland to establish an insurance population and stave off extinction. Researchers believe

without this massive intervention, wild devils could be gone in five years. 90 percent of the known Tasmanian devil population is lost. “No one, politicians to scientists, wants to lose the devil on their watch,” Belov said. “Everyone is really desperate to make sure it doesn’t happen.” Greg Irons strode briskly past the low-walled enclosures at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, trailing a ragtag parade: Grandpa, the elderly kangaroo he picked up on the way out of the front office; Mavis, the plump wombat, who insisted on being carried; and young Sam, here with his father to look at a real Tasmanian devil. “Wicked! That’s awesome,” the boy yelled as four devils amble around. “Dad! Get a picture!” Irons, director of the wildlife sanctuary carved into a hillside north of Hobart, is raising 16 devils in quarantine free from cancer. The goal is to prepare them to become part of Australia’s insurance population, living in wildlife sanctuaries. Bonorong is one of the few facilities in the country where devils can be observed up close. It was the screaming in the dark bush land that doomed the marsupial, which has been on the mostwanted list for almost as long as it has been known. European settlers in the 19th century heard the devil’s signature shrieks and saddled the animal with its unsympathetic name. Bounty hunters captured and poisoned the devils, natural scavengers, into near-extinction in the erroneous belief that they were

it’s just noise that’s there to keep me conscious.” Nathan Hanks, undecided sophomore and Dylan’s brother, said he and his friends used to pull all-nighters studying together. He said they made a pact, “no sleep ‘til Conley” — the name of their former English professor — to help each other stay awake until after Conley’s 9 a.m. class. Nathan said other times when he’s stayed up studying with

friends, they have trekked to a Steak ‘n Shake for some late-night grub. “A Steak ‘n Shake run can help you between the 2:30-5:30 a.m. hours,” he said. Nathan said the latest he has stayed up was 11 a.m. — but not to study for an exam. “I was playing World of Warcraft,” he said. Jake Cole, sophomore anthropology major, said his usual bedtime is around 4 a.m. Nathan


Australia tackles a devil of a problem

Tasmanian devils are being raised in quarantine at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Hobart, Tasmania. attacking livestock. Devils are hardly finicky eaters — anything dead or rotting will do. Irons dangled an unrecognizable road kill animal into a pen, setting off a free-for-all. With a chorus of coughs, snorts and hissing, four hungry devils each chomped onto a body part and set off in different directions, making off with a hunk of fur, bone and meat. Their pink ears turned a vivid red, signaling, in this instance, excitement. Tasmanian devils possess the most powerful jaws of any mammal in the world, capable of applying a ton of pressure per cubic foot. Their jaws crank open beyond 90 degrees. Their sharp front teeth are designed for ripping and their broad back teeth snap through

bones with ease. Those oversized jaw muscles come with a tradeoff — inside their large heads reside tiny brains. Generally, when animal research commands significant governmental funding, it’s a good bet there’s something in it for humans. In this case, the devil’s contribution to mankind is a rare opportunity to track the feints and machinations of a clever, transmissible cancer. Researchers are amazed at the facial tumor’s ability to propagate. It is evolving, with more than a dozen mutations identified so far. Since the disease is parasitic and requires a live animal for transmission, geneticists speculate the mutations are a sign the cancer is evolving to coexist with its host, not kill it.

Hanks said he averages 3 a.m., while his brother said he doesn’t have a set time. “I just have a reservoir of (sleep) time to be filled,” Dylan said. He said, for instance, if he tells himself he wants 30 total hours of sleep in a week, he doesn’t have to get an even number of hours of rest each night, as long as he gets the full 30 hours by the end of the week. “So, say I sleep two hours one day, two hours another, and then

cram 19 hours in another one,” he said. “As long as the reservoir is filled, I’m fine by the end of the week.” Cole said that studying around friends can actually be a problem for him. “The key to staying up and studying is to go to the library or the University Center, where there’s nothing fun to do,” he said. “Or somewhere you would be ashamed to fall asleep.”


from page 1 some (improperly displayed),” LaRocca said. “There is at least grounds for the hearing. It is not my job to place judgment. I just make recommendations and give evidence.” DeWitt said he filed the grievance because he and Lang had previously met with SGA’s advisor, Dean of Students Stephen Petersen, and LaRocca to discuss the election laws. He said they were told several times how to place campaign materials properly. They were also informed of University policy on the matter, DeWitt said. When he came to campus Tuesday morning and saw more flyers illegally posted outside two of the engineering buildings, he decided to move forward with filing the infraction, he said. Lang said he received permission from the dean of the Herff College of Engineering to post the flyers in the building and said he did not post some of the materials deemed improperly placed.

8 • Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sports in Brief

Tennis captures 10th victory of season BY SCOTT HALL Sports Reporter

Southern Miss recorded its two singles victories at the top two seeds. Julien Roussel defeated O’Hare 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 1 slot, and Jan Burmeister took down Salisbury at the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-4. The U of M (10-7, 3-3 C-USA) will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to play in the Sunbelt Shootout, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University. The Tigers will play two matches Saturday and one Sunday. Match times and opponents have not yet been released.

by David C. Minkin

The University of Memphis men’s tennis team picked up its 10th win of the season in a 5-2 victory over Conference USA foe Southern Miss on Saturday. The Tigers began the matchup 2-0, as Southern Miss did not submit a complete lineup. The Golden Eagles played only five players and lost the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions by forfeit. Freshman Cedric de Zutter

dominated USM freshman Michael Sims 6-0, 6-0, to improve to 7-1 in singles play this season. Freshman Johnny Grimal took down Paulo Alvarado, 7-5, 6-2, and redshirt junior Leon Nasemann clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Jovan Zeljkovic. Nasemann leads the team with 11 singles victories this season. Memphis swept both doubles matches to clinch the doubles point, as duos Joe Salisbury and David O’Hare, along with Leon Nasemann and John Taylor, both won 8-3.

Will Coleman, shown here preparing for the dunk contest at Memphis Madness last October, will participate in the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship tonight. The event is exclusive to NCAA seniors.

Coleman to compete in Denny’s dunk contest BY SCOTT HALL Sports Reporter University of Memphis senior forward Will Coleman will don a Tiger jersey one last time. Coleman, the Tigers’ only senior, will compete in the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship, held exclusively for upperclassmen. The dunk contest is part of the 23rd annual State Farm Slam Dunk and ThreePoint Championships, which are held prior to the NCAA men’s Final Four each year. This year ’s competition will be held at Hofheinz Pavilion on the University of Houston campus. Coleman will compete for the title with seven other seniors: Pittsburgh’s Gilbert Brown, St. John’s Justin Burrell, East Tennessee State’s Justin Tubbs, Illinois College’s Jacob Tucker, San Diego State’s Billy

White, Cincinnati’s Darnell Wilks and UNC-Asheville’s John Williams. The contest will be judged by NBA Hall of Famers Karl Malone and Calvin Murphy, Courtney Lee and Chuck Hayes of the Houston Rockets, and DeMeco Ryans of the Houston Texans. Coleman, who will graduate in May with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in two years at The U of M. The 6-foot-9 forward had five career double-doubles and set the Memphis career field goal percentage record at 63.5 percent. Coleman was part of two Tiger teams that went a combined 49-20 and made two postseason appearances in the 2010 National Invitational Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The contest begins tonight at 8 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.



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