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With last days looming for Lambuth, UM offers options BY Michelle Corbet News Reporter The University of Memphis has reached a formal agreement with the Lambuth University administration to oversee Lambuth students’ transfer to U of M and the continuation of their education. A team of University of Memphis advisers and representatives of the financial aid office visited the Jackson, Tenn., college Monday to speak with students about degree programs, financial aid and transferring to The U of M, said Tom Nenon, vice provost for assessment, institutional research and reporting. The Board of Trustees of Lambuth University will cease academic operations

June 30, 2011. The U of M has reached a “teach-out” agreement with Lambuth to guide Lambuth students through the transfer process and their undergraduate studies. “It’s a technical term used in regional accreditors agencies when they close out a university,” Nenon said. “They must provide a plan and must be with a partner. We’re one of several partners, including FreedHardeman (University), Bethel (University), Union (University) and (Christian Brothers University).” The U of M has agreed to accept all Lambuth students who are in good academic standing, to accept all their earned credits and to apply all the appropriate course credits to their U of M degree programs.

“On the academic side, we are going to do the best we can to accept their credits and help them earn a degree with integrity,” Nenon said. To ease the financial burden on Lambuth students and their families, The U of M has agreed to honor any scholarships that students held with Lambuth and waive the $35 application fee to The U of M. It also plans to match the scholarships by percentage of total tuition cost. Annual tuition at The U of M is $6,780 for a student taking the minimum requirement of 12 hours a semester and enrolled in courses with no additional fees, according to the tuition estimator on The University’s website. Yearly tuition for Lambuth University

is $18,900. “Giving scholarships to a small number of students should not impact our student body negatively. This includes any incoming freshman,” Nenon said. The U of M, only 80 miles from Jackson, already has a presence at Jackson State Community College and offers many online courses and degree programs. The U of M currently enrolls more than 17,500 undergraduate students and offers them 15 bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 subjects and 70 concentrations. “Lots of people come here and do well,” Nenon said. “We graduate over 1,000 transfer students a year. This is something we do well.”


Taking out the trash U of M students erase decades of damage by cleaning debris from Mississippi River

Colton Cockrum, assistant director of the Helen Hardin Honors Program, is helping plan the cleanup efforts. After canoeing When a Memphian throws a the river last fall, he said he saw piece of trash on the ground, it the potential of the Mississippi will most likely end up in a storm River and hates to see drain. From there, it it going to waste. will go one of two “I’ve seen the absoplaces: the Wolf River ’ve seen the absolute lute beauty of it,” or Nonconnah Creek. beauty of the Mississippi Cockrum said, “and If it’s the latter, you see this area it will then be carRiver, and then you see this then of the river, and it’s ried into McKellar Lake, an oxbow, or area, and it’s absolute filth.” absolute filth.” Thien-Chuong U-shaped bend, of the — Colton Cockrum Phung, senior biomedical engiMississippi River. Assistant director, Helen neering major and one of the McKellar Lake was once a hot cleanup effort’s key planners, said Hardin Honors Program spot for recreation. Today, it is that Living Lands and Waters, an difficult to see the water beneath seemingly endless masses of plas- scheduled for Saturday with environmental nonprofit organitic bottles, pollution and other Mayor AC Wharton, and 120 U of zation, first pointed out McKellar M students and other volunteers Lake to him and Cockrum during waste scraps. However, a group of students were expected to attend. However, the spring break cleanup. “(Cockrum) and I saw this lake in the Helen Hardin Honors it was postponed because experts Program and the Memphis City predict that the Mississippi will be covered in 300 or 400 yards of Beautiful Commission hope to at its highest levels in 50 years after see River, page 7 restore the polluted lake to its this week’s forecasted storms.


original state. This effort began last month with a two-day spring break cleanup, during which thousands of pounds of trash were collected. The next cleanup effort was

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BY Amber Crawford News Reporter

After over 50 years of neglect, the Mississippi River’s McKellar Lake has accumulated thousands of pounds of trash. With the help of U of M students and other organizations, the lake is slowly being restored to its original state.


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BY Joshua Bolden News Reporter

Junior economics major Carlisle Jasper donates blood Monday in the Lifeblood mobile donation center on behalf of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. The blood drive, in the Central Avenue parking lot, lasted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University of Memphis fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha hosted a blood drive in partnership with Lifeblood of Memphis in the Central parking lot Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fraternity’s philanthropy chair, Chris Xa, said he felt that some organization should fill the void of the Lifeblood center that left campus a year ago. “We are about giving back to the community, and the blood drive is one way to do that,” Xa said.

He contacted Jason Sykes, marketing director of Lifeblood of Memphis, and, over the course of three weeks, convinced Lifeblood to bring a truck to campus. “There is not really any chance for Memphis students to give blood during homecoming, and we know students want to give,” Xa said in his pitch to Sykes. Once Sykes agreed, the blood for the philanthropy initiative started to be drawn. U of M student Josh Culver tried to give blood but was unable. The freshman nursing major said he

wanted to give blood to help other people. “Whoever needs it, they can have it,” Culver said. One student who was able to donate was freshman Jordan Hockaday. For her, the tiny prick for drawing blood was worth it. “I decided to donate because my fear of needles is a little bit smaller than those three people’s lives I can save,” she said. Monday’s blood drive saw 50 donations, and Xa said Lambda Chi will “definitely” make it an annual event.

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BY Tom Lasseter and Carol Rosenberg McClatchy Newspapers U.S. military intelligence assessing the threat of nearly 800 men held at Guantanamo in many cases used information from a small group of captives whose accounts now appear to be questionable, according to a McClatchy Newspapers analysis of a trove of secret documents from the facility made public by WikiLeaks. The allegations and observations of just eight detainees were used to help build cases against some 255 men at Guantanamo — roughly a third of all who passed through the prison. Yet the testimony of some of the eight was later questioned by Guantanamo analysts themselves, and the others were subjected to interrogation tactics that defense attorneys say amounted to torture and

compromised the veracity of their information. Concerns about the quality of the “facts” from the eight men goes to the heart of Guantanamo’s “mosaic” approach of piecing together detainees’ involvement with insurgent or terrorist groups that usually did not depend on one slam-dunk piece of evidence. Rather, intelligence analysts combined an array of details such as the items in detainees’ pants pockets at capture and whether they had confessed to interrogators — American or otherwise. More than two-thirds of the men and boys at Guantanamo were not captured by U.S. forces. So analysts were often left to weave together the stories told by detainees, the context of where and how they were initially scooped up, the information passed on by interrogators at other U.S. detention sites and, crucially, the testimony of fellow

detainees at Guantanamo. At Guantanamo, the captives were aware that some prisoners were providing a pipeline of information to interrogators — either to justify their continued detention or for use in potential prosecutions before military commissions. “I heard there was another detainee talking about me,” former Briton detainee Feroz Abassi said in a recent interview with McClatchy Newspapers. “I thought, let them talk. They’re only going to corroborate my story.” After being held at Guantanamo for more than three years, Abassi was released in a diplomatic deal in January 2005 at age 25. He now works as a caseworker at the Londonbased detainee activist group Cageprisoners. Abassi said it later became apparent that some informants

were “straying away from the truth, trying to save themselves. They crack and they think it helps them to point fingers. But they only dig a hole for themselves.” That appears to have been the case for Mohammed Basardah, a self-described one-time jihadist whose information was used in assessments for at least 131 detainees. In some instances, he accused fellow detainees of training at militant camps or taking part in the fighting in Afghanistan against the United States and its allies in late 2001. Other times, intelligence analysts simply inserted a sliver of a quote from Basardah about the guilt of everyone caught at Tora Bora — the rugged mountain region where Osama bin Laden and members of his inner circle fled following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — as a sort of blanket truism. The Yemeni’s testimony was


Just 8 captives at Guantanamo gave evidence against 255 others

Muhammed al-Qahtani, of Saudi Arabia, is still a prisoner at Guantanamo.

included despite worries highlighted in a 2008 Guantanamo intelligence assessment that his “firsthand knowledge in reporting remains in question” and a remark that many of fellow prison camp captives seemed “willing to reveal self-incriminating information to him.” At the Pentagon, Army Lt. Col. Tanya Bradsher said the military would not be commenting on McClatchy Newspapers’ findings because “the documents disclosed by Wikileaks are the stolen property of the U.S. government. The documents are classified and do not become declassified due to an unauthorized disclosure.” Among the other informants, who were used in the assessments to both make direct allegations against detainees and explain more general issues such as the relationship between various militant groups: —A Syrian detainee known as Abdul Rahim Razak al Janko, whose own file said that “there are so many variations and deviations in his reporting, as a result of detainee trying to please his interrogators, that it is difficult to determine what is factual.” He was quoted or cited in records for 20 detainees. —Muhammad al Qahtani, a Saudi man whose interrogations reportedly included 20-hour sessions and being led around by a leash, appeared as a source in at least 31 cases. A Guantanamo analyst note about Qahtani acknowledged that “starting in winter 2002/2003, (Qahtani) began retracting statements,” though it argued that based on corroborating information “it is believed that (his) initial admissions were the truth.” At the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, the firm that has championed Qahtani’s unlawful detention lawsuit, senior attorney Shane Kadidal said that “the information that was given in the first place (by Qahtani) was not reliable.” As a condition of his security clearance, Kadidal said, he couldn’t discuss the specifics of the WikiLeaks documents. —Ibn al Shaykh al Libi, a Libyan, told CIA de-briefers in 2004 that he had earlier exaggerated his status in al Qaida because he thought that’s what American interrogators wanted to hear. He also said that he fabricated connections between Iraq and al-Qaida to avoid mistreatment or torture by Egyptian interrogators. Information from al Libi was cited in at least 38 of the Guantanamo files.


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So, who’s ready to make some science?

BY Kyle LaCroix News Reporter The long-awaited sequel to Portal is finally out, and it is even better than expected, improving on the original in every way. When Portal was released in 2007 as a part of The Orange Box, it received almost universal praise and multiple Game of the Year awards. Portal was a short game, beaten within two hours, but its humor and original gameplay made it a hit. In the first game, players are put through a series of test chambers inside Aperture Science Laboratories as an increasingly malevolent artificial intelligence wants to test out a portal gun. The portal gun shoots two colored portals, blue and orange, and passing through one

brought you out of the other. The game focused around puzzles using the portals to navigate dangerous rooms, and all the while GLaDOS, the AI, promised cake and freedom for successful tests and kept you motivated with sincere compliments about “[SUBJECT NAME HERE]” being “the pride of [SUBJECT HOME TOWN HERE]”. Portal 2 takes the same concept and runs with it. Instead of a mere two hours, the game takes eight hours to clear singleplayer and another four or so for the cooperative campaign. However, Portal 2 does not just extend the first game; it expands on the gameplay concepts, the characters and the story. The game picks up hundreds of years after the events of the first game, with Aperture Science overgrown with vegetation and in an advanced state of disrepair. Wheatley, a new AI, awakens you and attempts to get you out of the facility before it falls apart. I can’t really talk about why the plot is so good without spoiling anything, but I’ll say it is much

deeper and even funnier than the first game. And GLaDOS is back and not happy with you for killing her. A lot of the charm and humor of Portal 2 comes from its new characters. In addition to Wheatley’s bumbling around as he tries to help you (“There’s a password. That’s fine. I’ll just hack it. Not a problem. A-AA-A-A-A. No? A-A-A-A-A-C?”), there are recordings of Cave Johnson, founder of Aperture Science. Cave is voiced by J.K. Simmons and is an enthusiastic people person. “You’re not part of the control group, by the way. You get the gel. Last poor son-of-a-gun got blue paint. Blood splattered everywhere,” he says in the game. Simmons’ acting brings a lot to the game, and his energetic performance really brings the character to life. GLaDOS is just as funny as she was in the first game, if not more so, as she is still very bitter about the whole being killed thing: “Okay. Look. We`ve both said a lot of things that you’re going to regret ... but

I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster,” she says. Portal 2 also adds a lot of new puzzle elements to play with, which vary from fairly simple, such as launchers that shove you through the air, to more complicated, such as blue paint that makes any surface it hits essentially a trampoline. There are also new movable objects to interact with, such as mirror cubes that can redirect lasers. The new elements have a lot of creative uses and work well with each other, and it never feels like too much is going on at once. The game is never too difficult and has a good, smooth ramp of difficulty. My only real complaint with the game is that there are fewer surfaces available to put portals on as compared to the first game, which leads to fewer puzzle solutions and a few parts where you spend more time finding a surface than doing any puzzles. However, the puzzles are so well designed I very rarely minded it. The same good level design

continues in the co-op campaign, which adds a new layer of complexity, as the players have two sets of portals to work with. Players can walk through each other’s portals, which leads to interesting puzzle solutions and some neat tricks such as using the four portals together to build up momentum from falling. It takes a while to get used to thinking with four portals, but once you get the hang of it, the campaign is very fun. The plot of the co-op campaign is not as deep as the single-player and takes place after the events of the single player, so you should play that first. I could write about Portal 2 for pages, but you really need to experience it for yourself. The plot, the humor and the puzzles all are phenomenal. It improves on the first game in almost every way, and I was laughing out loud at many of the jokes, a rarity in video games. It is easily the best game released so far this year, and I will be surprised if it isn’t one of the best at the end of the year.

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—Mohammed Hashim, an Afghan whose reporting was described in one analyst’s note as “of an undetermined reliability and is considered only partially truthful,” showed up in assessments for 21 detainees. —Zayn al Abidin Muhammad Husayn, a Saudi-born Palestinian who is known more widely as Abu Zubaydah, was cited in about 127 detainee files. His interrogations are reported to have included at least 83 instances of water boarding, and his attorney, Brent Mickum, recently told McClatchy Newspapers that “he provided tremendous amounts of information that was worthless.” —Fawaz Naman Hamoud Abdullah Mahdi was used in only six cases. But given a 2004 Guantanamo assessment of the Yemeni, it seems surprising that the fruit of his interrogations would be used as evidence against anyone: His “severe psychological disorder and deteriorating attention span” meant “the reliability and accuracy of the information provided by (Mahdi) will forever remain questionable,” according to the assessment. On Sunday, the Department of Defense released a statement saying the Obama administration’s current Guantanamo Review

Task Force has in some cases come to the same conclusions as the 2002-2009 assessments, and “in other instances the review task force came to different conclusions, based on updated or other available information.” Any lingering doubts about the eight men and the quality of their statements were rarely listed when their information appeared in the case files of other detainees. Guantanamo officials were so pleased with Basardah’s work, for example, that his identifying a fellow detainee was used as an example in a guide to “threat indicators.” But in a 2009 opinion ordering the Pentagon to release Guantanamo detainee Saeed Mohammed Saleh Hatim, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina pointed out that Basardah’s allegations about Hatim were collected several years after Guantanamo interrogators knew there were problems. While the government maintained that Basardah provided interrogators with “accurate, reliable information,” Urbina said that Basardah had been flagged as early as May 2002 by a Guantanamo interrogator who did not recommend using him for further intelligence gathering “due in part to mental and

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emotional problems (and) limited knowledgeability.” The interrogation in which Basardah fingered Hatim for operating heavy weapons on the front lines in Afghanistan happened in January 2006. For Human Rights Watch senior counterterror counsel Andrea Prasow, who earlier in her career defended several Guantanamo captives, the military’s heavy reliance on such prison camp snitches vindicates the role of federal judges in analyzing the Pentagon’s patchwork of cases. “But for habeas,” she said Monday, “we’d never have known that Basardah was a liar.” U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler took a similar view of Basardah in the unlawful detention lawsuit of Guantanamo detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. Kessler referred to Basardah as having “shown himself to be an unreliable source whose statements have little evidentiary value.” Kessler also wrote of the U.S. government’s case against Ahmed and other Guantanamo detainees that “the mosaic theory is only as persuasive as the tiles which compose it ... if the individual pieces of a mosaic are inherently flawed or do not fit together, then the mosaic will

split apart.” Basardah was not named publicly in either case, but his identity is clear after comparing the new Guantanamo files and the court cases. In both cases, the judges ruled that the detainees should be freed.


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Tigers avoid sweep by powering past UCF, 12-7 BY Adam Douglas Sports Reporter University of Memphis Tigers’ third baseman Jacob Wilson had two three-run homeruns to help Memphis avoid a sweep at the hands of Central Florida, 12-7, Sunday at FedExPark. The Tigers scored four runs in the seventh and five in the eighth to bring home the victory after being down 6-3 as late as the top of the seventh. “The dugout was really good today,” coach Daron Schoenrock said. “Even though we were


from page 1 trash, and it caught us by surprise,” he said. Phung said he even found a

down, I felt like we were getting some pretty good swings off.” The Knights took a 6-3 into the seventh, but the Tigers refused to go down. They quickly posted a four-run outburst to take a 7-6 lead on back-to-back singles by Zach Willis and Drew Martinez. That allowed shortstop Chad Zurcher to drive in a run with a single through the left side. And with two runners on, Wilson blasted a three-run home run to left field to catapult Memphis to the lead. “We definitely felt like we

could have won the last two games,” Wilson said. “And with the wind blowing out of this park like it was today, we knew we weren’t out of it.” Although this was an Easter Day contest, the sense of urgency kicked in when the Tigers needed it most. Aware that there are only a few games left in deciding a postseason birth, the Tigers still needed late-game heroics to put away a pesky UCF squad. The bottom of the next inning decided the contest for the Tigers. Wilson hammered another three-

run homerun in the eighth to increase the Tigers’ lead to 10-6 over the Knights. First baseman T.J. Rich followed with a single and scored on an RBI-double by Phillip Chapman. The U of M added another run after a fielding error allowed Chapman to score from second, and the Tigers took a 12-6 lead into the ninth inning. The Knights would rally in the ninth, however, by putting two runners on and connecting on back-to-back hits, but reliever Sam Moll would get out of the inning with a groundout and a

fly out. The 12 runs by the Tigers provided enough firepower to narrowly avoid a dreaded sweep on Easter Sunday. Moll earned his third victory of the season, throwing 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Clayton Gant. Moll allowed two runs on four hits and struck out one. Clayton Gant tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs and six hits. The Tigers return to action for a regional matchup with Austin Peay on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.

glass Gatorade bottle — which hasn’t been sold in the United States for 13 years. According to Phung, it was so bad that Living Lands and Waters decided to devote the month of March for the

next four years to cleaning the lake. Phung and Cockrum weren’t convinced that it would be enough. “We figured if it was just a yearly thing, it was just going to build back up as if we didn’t

do anything,” Phung said. “So it motivated us to pursue a monthly or regular cleanup of the area to make progress until Living Land and Waters returned to it.” Cockrum said that he has seen a

large oil drum, appliances, a shopping cart and athletic equipment in the lake. Volunteers at the spring break cleanup even found a prosthetic leg floating on the water. “I don’t know how some of that stuff ends up there,” Cockrum said. “It’s crazy — hundreds of yards of floating trash. That trash sits there, and it will remain there, and any of the chemicals in it will get into the water supply, polluting the water and polluting the land.” Unfortunately, he said, volunteers at the spring break cleanup did not have the means to clean the thousands of plastic bottles they collected so they could be recycled. Cockrum said he hopes to someday be able to coordinate a “Recycle Day” where they can gather, clean and recycle the bottles. Cockrum cited two main causes of this pollution problem. The first is Memphians’ habits of overusing plastic bottles and not taking pride in their neighborhoods. “The second problem,” he said, “is that once trash gets into the Nonconnah, we have no way of stopping it from going in the river — no filter.” Cockrum acknowledged that with Memphis’ current budget issues, it would be hard to find the funding to put a system in place to catch trash before it gets to the river. For now, groups of trash-collecting volunteers will have to do. Cyndy Grivich, program coordinator for the Memphis City Beautiful Commission, said she hopes to reschedule for sometime in the summer. “We are going to watch the water stages to make sure everything is safe and go back and do a cleanup,” she said. “We will still have the full backing of the City of Memphis and Mayor Wharton.” Eldra White, executive director for the Memphis City Beautiful Commission, said that The U of M has been instrumental in efforts to protect the city’s environment. “The University of Memphis has helped first by providing volunteer support,” White said, “and also by sending a message to fellow students to organize cleanup efforts on their own.” Phung said he has been extremely pleased with the response of U of M students and their willingness to help and has received support from many campus organizations. “It’s a community problem that the people of Memphis should be involved in,” Phung said. “This is our city, and we should take care of it and not just hope that someone else would for us.” Phung said that he sees this service as a way to give back to the city that has given him so much. “We don’t have to make big bucks to do good in the world,” he said. “Something small and simple like picking up trash can make a big difference.”

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TALENTED STUDENT/MENTOR wanted for active, gifted 15 yr. old young man with special needs. Beginning weekdays all day during summer vacation starting late May, 2011, and during school year afterschool 5 hours daily (1:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Mon. - Fri. beginning with start of new Shelby County school year in August, 2011. More hours available during school vacations and holidays. Patient, physically fit, well-educated, creative mentor and gifted tutor with respect and interest in understanding and working with

challenges created by special needs (ADHD, Tourettes, OCD). Perfect for responsible Special Ed/Science/Psychology/PE majors. Will be mentor, model good behaviors, help organize/participate activities/school work, and help with sports, chores and homework, drive to and from activities, and meals. Excellent caregiver references, safe driving record and reliable transportation required. Nonsmoker and drug free only. Loves dogs and sports. Email resume and references to Starts late May in Germantown.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED. Desoto county families seeking in-home childcare. Great pay making $8-13 per hour. Flexible schedule with days, nights and weekends available. Please make call or email Martha Hall at 662-374-1511/

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3789 Carnes Move-in Ready! 3 br/1 ba, hardwood, fenced-in backyard $850/mo. More Coming Soon! Call Blake for more info on all available homes. (901) 485-6146

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The Daily Helmsman - April 26, 2011  

The independent student newspaper at the University of Memphis.

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