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Reaping the benefits of the web

Web-only students pay a premium for convenience but receive perks not available to traditional students BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter


Taking University of Memphis courses from a computer rather than a

classroom may take less mobile effort, but is significantly more costly. Online courses are about $20 more than on-campus courses. Comparing a course load of 15 credit hours, stu-

Despite lacking in-class, face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers, online students pay more to take classes from the comforts of home.

Election time means jobs for some students BY ROBERT MOORE News Reporter As the Oct. 6 Memphis municipal election draws nearer, more than 10 University of Memphis students are being given the opportunity to assist a city council candidate as he vies for one of the nine open council seats. Lee Harris, associate professor at The U of M Law School, hired University students to fill intern positions for his current campaign for Memphis City Council.  Harris is running to fill the vacated Dsitrict 7 seat of Barbara Swearengen Ware, who resigned in June.  This summer, Harris hung fliers at different locations around campus asking for anyone interested in interning for a Memphis City Council campaign to apply.  The decision to use U of M students was the obvious path to take, Harris said. “I am surrounded by students all day,” he said.  “There is a lot of talent on this campus.  I thought this would be a good experience for students interested in politics, and an

opportunity for me to use some of these very talented students for my campaign.” Jonathan Toles graduated from The U of M this summer with a degree in history and began interning for Harris just before finishing his final classes. The experience of working for a political campaign changed his outlook on the future, Toles said.  While he is still interested in attending law school, Toles said working for Harris made him more aware of local politics. He is now considering the possibility of a career in politics, he said. “Interning for Mr. Harris has been an eye-opening experience for me,” Toles said.  “Not only have I had the opportunity to coordinate events, but I’ve had the chance to sit in on meetings.  It has definitely changed my outlook on the future, and politics is now a real possibility for me.”  Dan Buchanan, senior anthropology major, also interns for Harris’ campaign.  Buchanan said the internship appealed to him because he wants to study people. “This has been such a great experience,” he said.  “My goal was to gain insight to a political campaign, because my interests revolve around public policy.  I consider myself a social scientist, and this provided me with a great ethnographic study.” Terry Spicer, campaign manager for Harris, was eager to welcome U of M students like Toles to the campaign efforts. “The interns have been a great


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dents taking only online courses pay nearly $1,500 more each semester than on-campus students. The comparison amount increases significantly with each added online hour. Online students have access to perks including free admission to University of Memphis sports games, though they don’t pay the fee on-campus students pay to fund those incentives. According to Jeannie Smith, assistant vice president for finance, the increased tuition is due to a $100-$102 per hour fee started in 2008 and is tagged onto online courses. It funds the “infrastructure, development and delivery of these courses,” she said. Professor Thomas Hrach teaches online classes in The U of M journalism department. He said the courses take a great amount of effort from professors because all work has to be completed prior to the start of school. “From an instructor ’s point of view, there is  more time spent prior to the start of class but less  time after the class starts.  An instructor ’s time is  worth something, but whether it is worth a $100 more I can’t say,” Hrach said.

Data shows that last semester 1,870 students solely took online courses and 3,985 enrolled in both online and on-campus courses. The 15,236 other students who took no online classes paid an $82.50 program service fee per hour instead of the online fee. This program fee is a combination of a debt service fee, general access fee, facility fee and student activity fee, mandatory of all students who enroll in any campus courses. The difference is the program service fee cuts off at six credit hours, but online students continue to pay $100-102 for every hour after six, even up to 18. Dan Lattimore, vice provost for extended programs, said the decision was made before his employment at The U of M, and he isn’t sure why there isn’t a cut-off for online courses. He pointed out that at six credit hours, on-campus tuition is actually $23 higher than online tuition. A fee chart on The U of M’s website shows this is the only case where tuition oncampus is more than that online.


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Honors students get down and dirty at McKeller Lake BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter Students of The University of Memphis’ Helen Hardin Honors Program have been prodding in a murky lake and pulling out thousands of pounds of trash, which they then recycle. The cleanup of McKeller Lake in Southwest Memphis started as a spring break service project and continued into the summer and fall. To date, volunteers from The U of M, Christian Brothers University, Memphis City Beautiful and other community allies have collected more than 2.5 tons of recyclable materials from the lake. “Most of the storm water in Memphis goes down the drain, then flows into Nonconnah Creek and ultimately ends up in McKeller Lake,” said assistant director of the honors program Colton Cockrum. “Therefore, the majority of what we pick up comes from Memphians and over 90 percent of it is recyclable.” In July, student efforts netted 2,240 pounds of recyclable material from the lake. Colton said the Sept. 10 cleanup yielded even more. Thien-Chuong Phung, graduate bio-

medical engineering student, helped with the project and said that the lake hasn’t always been an eyesore to the community. “It is a real eye opener to see what a mess McKellar Lake is and an even bigger surprise to learn about its history, such as how it used to be a major vacation spot in Memphis,” he said. “People would go out on their boats and ski or swim. Beauty pageants used to be hosted down there, and even Elvis made an appearance or two.” Kenny Park, philanthropy chair of the Honors Student Council, said he found both plastic and glass bottles, old toys, Styrofoam, light bulbs and tires junking up the lake. “Most would think picking up trash is nasty, but it isn’t in most cases. Nothing is ever oozing or spilling and its fun to find things you don’t expect,” Park said. Park, sophomore computer engineering and mathematics double major, said he and his friends started collecting the unexpected material they’ve found, including a glass Gatorade bottle and a coyote’s skull. Students and community members plan to work together again Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to clean up the lake. Any individual or group can volunteer by emailing Cockrum at ccockrum@

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Memphis to get a taste of French culture and language when film festival comes to campus University of Memphis foreign language students can ditch their flash cards this week and attend the fifth annual Tournées Festival, a subtitled French film series. The series is hosted by the department of foreign languages and Literatures and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. Free and open to the public, it begins tonight in the University Center at 7 p.m. with the film “Des Hommes Et Des Diuex,” or “Of Gods and Men.” The opening film is about seven Christian monks who helped locals with food and medicine in 1996 Algeria until they were threatened by the country’s military. The men voted to stay in the country and continue to help the people, despite the threat. The film won Grands Pris at the Cannes Film Festival, the highest honor possible at the annual event. Denis Grélé, associate professor in the department of foreign languages and one of the key organizers of the festival, said that of the five films being shown during the festival, he

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A scene from “Des Hommes Et Des Diuex,” one of several films featured in the Tournées Festival, a subtitled French film series. is the most excited about “Des that the five movies were selectOther films in the series Hommes Et Des Diuex.” ed to show French culture over a include “Un Prophète,” or “A “We wanted to take a movie span of 50 years. Prophet,” which will be shown that was on Oct. 4. The film linked to reliis about a 19-yeargion, showing old criminal who he idea was to create an that even if does the bidthe French are image of what it is to be French dings of a crime seen as atheists boss. “Deux de la through movies.” today, religion Vague,” or “Two is still a big in the Wave,” will — Denis Grélé part of French be shown on Oct. Associate professor of foreign languages, life,” he said. 5. The feature is festival organizer G r é l é a documentasaid the overall purpose of the “The idea was to create an ry about the French directors Tournées Festival is to bring image of what it is to be French François Truffaut and Jean-Luc French culture to Memphis, and through movies,” he said. Godard.


“Potiche,” which will be shown on Oct. 6, is about a woman who helps her husband and his umbrella factory during labor unrest in the 1970s. The final film, playing Oct. 11, is “L’Illusioniste,” or “The Illusionist,” an animated film about a magician upstaged by his rabbit. Each film will start at 7 p.m. in The UC on its designated day. The festival is supported through a $1,800 grant from the French government’s Ministry of Culture and a $1,600 grant from the University of Memphis, Grélé said. Ralph Albanese, chair of the department of foreign languages and French professor, said one of the reasons students should come to the festival is to hear modern French spoken in natural conversation. He said that students need to hear up-to-date language and slang expressions, which they don’t usually get in language books or in an academic setting. “They learn a lot about French culture, history and relationships,” Albanese said. “So much comes out with dealing with French identity in the movies. Film is a way of learning culture just like learning the language.”





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Female fantasy writers host Q&A in UC BY TRACEY HARLOW News Reporter For urban fantasy novelists Melissa Marr and Jennifer Lynn Barnes, there is no right or wrong way to become an author. On Monday, Marr and Barnes held a question and answer session in the University Center Poplar room for University of Memphis students interested in becoming writers. “It was great to see people passionate about their work,” said Erica Chambers, a junior communications major who attended with her children’s lit-

or two in the evening when I can write, even if it means sleeping an hour or two less,” Barnes said. Neither Marr nor Barnes ever took a creative writing class. They first met six years ago in an online writing community. They are currently on a six city, 10-day tour with 18 authors called The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. The tour began last September. “Several strong, female protagonist authors came together wanting to organize and fund their own author tour,” Marr said.

The tour is for the readers and the authors to meet each other and interact. Memphis was selected as the launch site for the tour because of the funding the city received from local publication Justine Magazine, a “national lifestyle magazine for teen girls.” Several of the authors have novels that are included in Justine’s online book club. The tour includes school visits, morning television appearances and press conferences. The tour officially begins at Hutchison School today at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

W.A. Franke College of Business. “They’re young and will continue to have that spending power for some years.” Of the $23 million spent directly at Arizona wineries last year, $18 million was in the Verde Valley, and with a multiplier effect the industry injected $38 million to Arizona’s economy, the NAU survey found. The Verde Valley’s success as a wine-growing region is attribregion that includes Cottonwood, uted to its terroir, a French term Sedona, Camp Verde, Jerome and describing favorable characterissurrounding towns has burgeoned tics such as the area’s altitude and in the last six years. Alcantara is its soil, which is both volcanic and among several dozen vineyards rich in limestone. and wineries in Arizona, most of Alcantara Vineyards owner them in the north. Barbara Predmor spent three Winemakers here know the years looking for area might her terroir. never rival Napa “This is a perValley, but they he true wine connoisseur fect little microintend to estabis not just looking for the same climate,” she lish it as a dessaid. “While it’s tination for wine thing. They’re looking for hot, the grapes lovers. something special.” are producing With a matchsugar, and then ing $15,000 — Tom Pitts they’re allowed grant from the to rest during the Arizona Office President, Verde Valley night.” of Tourism, the Wine Consortium The vines take Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce started a per party directly from Arizona five to seven years to mature but can stay in production up to 100 Verde Valley Wine Trail campaign wineries, the survey found. in 2009 to promote wineries and “With those two demograph- years. Tom Pitts, president of the vineyards, including a brochure ics, there’s a lot of strength in the guiding tourists to the locations. market,” said Thomas Combrink, Verde Valley Wine Consortium, “We use the wine trail as a the survey’s leader and a senior said since 2006, when Arizona hook, but through that we mar- research specialist with NAU’s liberalized its alcohol laws, the

area has attracted experienced wine growers who have invested in developing quality wines and distinctive varieties. “The true wine connoisseur is not just looking for the same thing; they’re looking for something special,” he said. Pitts, who also owns a restaurant in Jerome, said local wines have improved the quality of dining in the area and helped revitalize Jerome and Old Town Cottonwood with wine stores and tasting rooms. “It’s become a mecca for food and wine-tasting,” Pitts said. “Without the wine, it wouldn’t have happened.” Tolleson, with Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, said the wine industry is an economic driver for the Verde Valley, employing 124 people directly and many more in related businesses. The Wine Consortium and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Yavapai College to start Arizona’s first certified viticulture program. “We see it as not just a tourism component but an economic component,” Tolleson said. For Arizonans, Tolleson hopes this wine region will be an escape. “During the summer, Flagstaff is just a natural place for people to go to, so we’re just trying to make people aware that we’re here and we’re not as far away,” she said.

erature class. According to Marr, becoming an author was not always at the forefront of her to-do list. Marr taught at the university level in literature and gender studies, and even bartended, before she sat down and wrote her first young-adult novel, “Wicked Lovely,” which became a New York Times best-selling series. “There is no clear, distinct way to do this. You don’t have to know anyone in this business to write,” Marr said. “At no point are you going to be as good or as bad as your critics say you are.” Barnes wrote her first novel

her senior year of high school. She called it her “practice book.” Then, she wrote “Golden” the summer after her freshman year at the age of 19. A sequel titled “Platinum” was later published. “I match everyday concepts and fantastical ones, until I find two that fit together,” Barnes said. Barnes graduated from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science and is currently working on her Ph.D. “If you love something - and I love both writing and science a lot - you find time for it whenever you can. Many of my books have been written finding a hour


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Arizona’s Verde Valley aligning itself with the right players to become a mecca for wine aficionados far and wide BY ELVINA NAWAGUNACLEMENTE McClatchy Newspapers The red rocks of Sedona drew Steph Houser from Bloomsburg, Pa., to the Verde Valley in Arizona. Then a tip from a friend, a brochure and a little curiosity led her to a winery. Glass of white wine in hand, she strolled the grounds of Alcantara Vineyards, accompanied by her husband and mother-in-law. “We were actually surprised to find vines here,” said Houser, sipping from her glass. “I like the wine — not too sweet, not too dry.” The Verde Valley has for long been a tourist destination, luring visitors like Houser to Sedona, parks featuring ancient American Indian dwellings, the ghost town of Jerome and other attractions. But only recently has wine become a draw in its own right. The wine industry in the


ket the whole area,” said Lana Tolleson, the chamber’s president and CEO. The organization also recently launched Painted Barrels, a public art promotion that encourages visitors to seek out 40 painted wine barrels featured at different businesses in region. These efforts are already paying off. Wine was one of the few local industries that grew during this recession, with at least 258,000 people visiting Verde Valley wineries last year, according to a Northern Arizona University survey. Wine tourists, averaging 46 years old and $88,000 in annual income, spent about $70 on wine

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BY DAVID GOLDSTEIN AND STEVEN THOMMA McClatchy Newspapers Michele Bachmann’s presidential hopes have lately taken a nosedive. The Minnesota congresswoman finished dead last Saturday in the Florida Republican straw poll — six weeks after leading the field in Iowa’s straw poll. And even when Bachmann does score some points, she sometimes has a tendency to overreach. She attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his decision to require young girls to take a vaccine to protect against human papillomavirus, but she was roundly criticized when she later suggested that the vaccine contributed to mental retardation, for which there is no evidence. Her poll numbers remain in single digits, and her former campaign manager has been lobbing critiques of her stumbling performance from the sidelines. Despite all that, the Republican presidential race remains in flux, and the results of Florida’s straw poll could serve as a check on viewing anything or anyone in the race as a sure thing. It was not just that businessman Herman Cain, who gets about 5.5 percent support in recent national polls — 2 points below Bachmann — won the Florida GOP exercise. It was that he drew more votes than Perry, the front-runner, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom Perry displaced, combined. “It shows how closely people are paying attention, and how little they are listening to

the media’s opinion, which I think is a very powerful shift,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the larger organizations in the movement. “It should have been won by Romney or Perry. To see Cain win it, and decisively, was an extraordinary turn of events.” Indeed, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, one of the Republican hopefuls, told an Iowa gun show audience on Sunday: “People are tired being told that these are the only two candidates (Perry and Romney) that you get to choose from.” Given the state of play, is Bachmann’s political descent an irreversible free fall from the high of her Iowa straw poll victory last month? Or, with the first real votes to be cast in just over four months, is it more a statement about the persistent fluidity of — and possibly dissatisfaction with — the Republican presi- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann addresses supporters at a campaign dential field? stop at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. on Sept. 16. “For these candidates, the support is a mile wide and to remain in the race. Even with where you just meet with Perry’s evangelical politics as an inch thick,” people and well. Preceded by a mediasaid Republican answer their fueled will-he-or-won’t-he strategist questions,” said campaign, Perry announced his ou’ve got to be so careful. Trudy Caviness, candidacy the same weekend Greg Mueller. You’ve got to realize that any- the longtime that Bachmann won the Iowa “Romney voters might be of the straw poll, stepping all over her thing you say could be put up in chairman Romney votWapello County moment. ers today, but It’s been an up-and-down a billboard. Maybe that’s more R e p u b l i c a n might be Perry Party in south- path for her ever since. voters tomor- disciplined than what she, at this eastern Iowa. “I love her,” said Meg row. Perry “She needs to Shannon, a retired lawyer and point, is trained to be.” voters might get out and see tea party supporter from Palm be Perry votthe people and Beach Gardens, Fla. “She rocks — Trudy Caviness ers today and answer their the base. But she’s going to be Chairman, Wapello County Bachmann votquestions.” viewed as a little too conser(Iowa) Republican Party ers tomorrow.” The state’s vative. She frightens a lot of That’s Bachmann’s hope. A forays to Florida and other key faith-based conservative people.” tea party favorite, Bachmann early states, Iowa is where her Republican electorate plays to Bachmann’s campaign could needs to win the Iowa caucuses campaign intends to focus. her strength. early next year, or come close, “In Iowa, it’s a situation But it’s fertile ground for see Bachmann, page 8


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BY TODD MARTENS Los Angeles Times It was three days before Wilco was scheduled to leave Chicago to start its tour, and the band was running through songs on its newest album, “The Whole Love.” Next up was “One Sunday Morning,” a 12-minute cut that is at once the most traditional tune on the album and its most subtle, with slight melodic tweaks and instrumental adornments throughout. The rehearsal, however, was momentarily delayed. Glenn Kotche, the band’s percussionist, was missing an instrument. Could someone, Kotche shouted, bring him his “chicken paddle”? The toy-turned-instrument is exactly as its name implies — a small paddle, adorned with wooden chickens. Shake it, and the chickens peck, although Kotche has modified it so the beaks hit a metal finger cymbal. “I’m sure it’s the first time someone brought a chicken paddle onstage,” Kotche said. “I can take credit for that.” Among the ranks of Wilco’s accomplishments in its 17 years of musical adventurousness it is, admittedly, minor, but one that reflects the playful camaraderie that went into making “The Whole Love,” due out Tuesday. Wilco has never been shy about flirting with the unexpected, but not since 2001’s breakthrough “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” has the band so freely utilized the studio, and never has the band sounded this consistently upbeat. Whether in the digitally enhanced explosiveness of “Art of Almost,” the garage rock recklessness of “Standing O” or the orchestral psychedelics of “Capitol City,” “The Whole Love” is the sound of a veteran band rejuvenated. It’s an album that seems directly aimed at silencing those who would dare write off Wilco’s continued move into adulthood as that despicable thing: “dad rock.” “This is a band that has chemistry, and that’s inexplicable,” Jeff Tweedy said during a break in the band’s loftspace kitchen. “This is a band that has a certain amount of maturity, not just age-wise, but experience-wise, in terms of how many records everyone has made and been a part of. This band couldn’t exist

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asset to our campaign,” Spicer said. “Interns in general are necessary for campaigns. Even the White House has interns.  We hope that our particular campaign has given students the opportunity to give back to their community and to learn

without having not settled for unsatisfying and ungratifying or dysfunctional situations before. Like relationships, I think a lot of bands go many, many years past where it is working in a functional way. We never had to do that.” In fact, the band believes it is entering its most productive period as a recording unit. “We can make a dozen different records if you stuck us in the studio tomorrow and gave us one week,” Kotche said. “We can make straight-up noise. We can make straight-up pop. We can make a folk record. There’s so much we have that we haven’t even touched upon.” Credit consistency — “The Whole Love” marks the first time Wilco has recorded three albums with the same lineup — or attribute it to newfound freedom. Like veterans Radiohead and Weezer before them, Wilco is going independent. “The Whole Love” is the inaugural release on the band’s own dBpm Records, which has partnered with Anti-, an offshoot of punk label Epitaph, for marketing and distribution. It’s a jump that seemed inevitable. Wilco capitalized on the digital-era confusion of the music business early, and the success of “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” has become the stuff of industry legend. It was to be the third Wilco album released by the Warner Music Group’s Reprise Records, but the label rejected it. The album found its audience after the band gave it away free online, and ultimately, “Yankee” was released by Nonesuch, a label also owned by Warner. Wilco continued to work with Nonesuch through 2009’s “Wilco (The Album).” Still, the band has always mixed up its approach in the studio. For 2007’s “Sky Blue Sky,” the band recorded it live in its Chicago space with limited overdubs. Last time out on “Wilco (The Album),” Kotche said, “Jeff had a lot of it down. Like, ‘Here’s the chords, and here’s the lyrics.’” “On this one,” Kotche continued, “Jeff was very clear: ‘Any ideas get explored.’ ... It was more similar to the way ‘Yankee’ was made, with just layers of stuff. I felt a lot more freedom to just mess around.” Co-producer/multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone said: “I wanted to make a really good headphone record. I felt like we’re the kind of band that could do that.”

more about local politics.” Regardless of the outcome of the election, Harris said that he looks forward to working with U of M students again. “I have been very impressed with the interns we used for the campaign,” he said. “If I run for an office in the future, the first place I would turn to for help would be The U of M.” 


Wilco is sounding rejuvenated on upbeat new album

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs at the Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. on Oct. 25.

Alpha Delta Pi Rocks!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi is pleased to announce its 29 new members for the Fall 2011 Panhellenic Recruitment at U of M. We look forward to how our new members will shape Gamma Eta in the years to come.

Congratulations To Our New Members! Sarah Chappell Emma Cline Kyndel Cook Elizabeth Cortes Carly Cosmini Barbara Dennis

Morgan Douglass Mary Garcia Stacy Hathcock Alex Hooper Maddie House Jennifer Hunt

Cori Johnson Des Johnson Cindy Mejia Alley Miller Tricia Nelius

Aleisa Pereira Tammy Potter Amber Scallions Melissa Smith Alex Smith Chelsea Sparkman

Alyssa Standridge Mary Stevens Melissa Sweeney Abby Tawater Jordan Wells Molly Winders

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Women’s Soccer

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No. 9 Tigers’ historic unbeaten streak continues with 10th victory

Sophomore midfielder-forward Christabel Oduro slashes past a Rice defender as she scores the game-winning goal on the road in Houston last week.

BY BRYAN HEATER Sports Reporter Head coach Brooks Monaghan and his Lady Tigers squad knew they would be tested last weekend when they opened conference play on

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the road against the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls. But as has been the story all year, the No. 9 women’s soccer team in he nation stayed poised and gutted out two hard-fought victories. The Lady Tigers opened conference play with a 2-1 win over the Cougars last Friday in Houston. Senior goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters made five second-half saves to help preserve the victory. “They had a lot of really good chances,” Kuhar-Pitters said. “Unfortunately, I gave up a silly goal, but after that I really tried to focus and keep my head in the game because I gave up one goal and wasn’t going to give up another.” Freshman forward-midfielder Kylie Davis opened struck first for the Lady Tigers with a goal in the 11th minute. Sophomore midfielder-forward Christabel Oduro crossed the ball to an open Davis after dribbling the ball up the field for the score. The Lady Tigers added to the lead in the 27th minute when junior forward Taylor Isenhower netted her third goal of the season. After subbing in, Isenhower wasted no time slicing through the Cougar defense and sent the ball into the back of the net. The Cougars would score in the 53rd minute after a miscue by Kuhar-Pitters, who dropped the ball to punt it away. Houston’s Jessica Zavalza capitalized, getting a foot on the ball for the Cougars’ lone goal. On Sunday against the Rice Owls, the Lady Tigers had all they could handle, grinding out a 1-0 victory. The lone score of the match came in the 66th minute when Oduro scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Senior forward Melissa Smith picked up her third assist of the season when she found Oduro at the top of the keeper’s box. Oduro proceeded to kick the ball in and gave the Lady Tigers the only goal they would need. “I just try to finish 100 percent of the shots I take,” Oduro said. “If I work hard in practice, then my margin for error in a game will be lower, so that’s a good thing.” The victories added to the program’s record winning streak of 10 games. “It feels awesome,” KuharPitters said. “We are making history here and I hope it doesn’t stop.”

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use a jolt — and money. In her race for re-election to the House last year, she raised $13.5 million, more than any other member. Her presidential campaign took in $4 million last quarter. But there is speculation that her third-quarter haul could disappoint, with Perry and Romney far surpassing her total. “She has to some extent gotten lost in the Romney-Perry matchup,” Meckler said. “But she clearly has a record to attract to tea partyers and conservative supporters. It doesn’t mean she is ultimately the person tea partyers will support for president.” In Florida last week, Bachmann received a standing ovation at the Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering. Her message always includes a full-throated roar for conservatives to stand their ground on cutting spending and taxes, repealing the health care law and opposing President Barack Obama. “Conservatives don’t have to settle,” Bachmann said. “We don’t have to go to the back of the bus.” But her mistakes, like her comments about the Perry mandate on the human papillomavirus vaccine, have hurt her with some potential voters. “You’ve got to be so careful,” said Caviness, the Iowa GOP party official. “You’ve got to realize that anything you say could be put up in a billboard. Maybe that’s more disciplined than what she, at this point, is trained to be.”

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Egyptian women, long allowed to vote, see little progress from latest revolt BY HANNAH ALLAM McClatchy Newspapers Thousands of Egyptian women fought in the 18-day uprising that unseated longtime President Hosni Mubarak. They hurled stones at pro-regime attackers, delivered meals to hungry protesters, and drew global attention to the struggle through their blogs and Twitter accounts. At least 15 women died in the uprising, according to official figures. Hundreds were wounded. And still, complain prominent Egyptian feminists, women are being sidelined from postMubarak politics: their names ignored for government posts, and their divorce and custody rights threatened by a powerful new Islamist lobby. Egyptian activists shrugged off the announcement over the weekend that Saudi women, who cannot drive and require a male guardian for even mundane business, finally won the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections. Egyptian women have been voting, in mostly rigged elections, since 1956. But the revolution that ended Mubarak’s 30-year dictatorship has done little for women’s rights in the Arab world’s most populous country. With parliamentary elections just two months away,

the outlook for women candidates is so dismal that Egyptian women activists are shelving dreams of leadership and progressive new laws because they fear they’ll be too busy guarding their few hard-won gains of recent years. “We won’t waste our time finding women, training women, to run a campaign. They won’t

matized as belonging to the old regime, or, worse, imposed by the West. Nonprofit groups that once relied on U.S. or other foreign aid said their funding has dried up, partly because of political pressure against accepting American money, and partly because of new layers of bureaucracy in applying for such grants.

“It’s not about feelings and

emotions, and they won’t get it until they feel our power. We have to show that we are half the society, we are organized and we can use our votes for empowerment.” — Hoda Badran Head, Alliance for Arab Women win,” said Nehad Abu elKomsan, head of the nonprofit Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights. “We’re using these two months just to strengthen groups that support women’s rights.” Another obstacle for activists is that because Mubarak’s widely despised wife, Suzanne, projected herself as a champion of Egyptian women, women’s rights are stig-

“Since the revolution was against the system, and Suzanne was the wife of the head of the system, women’s rights were seen as part of a corrupt regime,” said Hoda Badran, head of the Cairo-based nonprofit Alliance for Arab Women, which used to receive U.S. funding. One newspaper published the word “traitor” next to Badran’s photo to

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smear her as an American agent. As a result, even some of the young female protest leaders are keeping quiet on women’s issues, frustrating older feminists who consider them naive for thinking that the slogans of the uprising will automatically protect their rights. “These girls think the revolution called for equality, democracy and social justice, so when that’s accepted, women’s rights will be covered,” Badran said. “They think equality will free them all. We have great respect for them, and we are trying to discuss this. Our wisdom and years of experience with their energy and technology is what we need.” Many women from the new generation of Egyptian activists bristle at highlighting women’s rights, insisting that the revolt was for reform in all sectors of society. To them, cultural and educational changes have to take place before any meaningful discussion of women’s rights. And they deride Western-style feminists who push for women’s rights without sensitivity to Egypt’s conservative context. “There are still women — and I meet them often — who think they were created to stay at home and be good and faithful housewives,” said Rola Badr, an officer in the April 6 Democratic Front, an offshoot of the youth movement that was at the forefront of the uprising. “I can’t talk with them about a woman becoming a minister before I help them erase what they’ve been fed for the past 30 years.” “It’s a combination between the weak performance of the government and the poor attitudes toward women in Egypt,” said Abu el-Komsan, who recently received a death threat because of her work. “Instead of asking, we must show our strength.” After several fruitless meetings with senior officials from the ruling military council and caretaker government, women’s activists said, some groups are pushing for dramatic measures. One idea — scrapped for security reasons — called for mothers to drop off their children in Tahrir Square and let government forces deal with them for a day. They’re also trying unconventional conduits to decision-makers. One recent afternoon, a small group of women gathered outside Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s house, shouting for his wife to push her husband to address their demands. Public relations specialists are teaching the activists how to pitch profiles of inspiring Egyptian women to local newspapers. In June, women’s activists held a national conference that created an umbrella group — the National Federation of Egyptian Women — to fight attacks on women’s rights in family law cases, promote the inclusion

of women in government, and launch a public awareness campaign. They work long hours, fielding calls for guidance from discouraged activists around the country. “I get literally hundreds of calls, women crying and afraid. After the first 20, I started telling them, ‘Go to hell,’” Abu el-Komsan said. “’If you’re not going to defend yourselves, I’m not going to do anything.’ I told them, ‘Go write letters to all the newspapers, write in your own language, write with your spelling mistakes.’ Just organize.” In the election-season political grandstanding, candidates are courting the Islamists, the business community, Coptic Christians and the poor. Women, however, still aren’t viewed as a vital constituency, despite official figures that show about 20 million women are eligible to vote. Just one presidential candidate — the former Arab League chief Amr Moussa — has approached women’s groups to pitch his vision for a new Egypt. Only a couple of the many emerging political parties explicitly call for women’s rights as part of their charter goals. Even the secular, intellectual elites, activists said, address women’s rights with flowery words of support, but no real action. “’Oh, our sisters, oh, our daughters.’ I hate that,” Badran said, referring to male politicians’ pandering. “It’s a power transaction. It’s not about feelings and emotions, and they won’t get it until they feel our power. We have to show that we are half the society, we are organized, and we can use our votes for empowerment.”

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Health & Technology

BY TONY PUGH McClatchy Newspapers When Cook Medical Inc. decided to spend $35 million to build two manufacturing plants in Canton, Ill., it wasn’t just business. It was personal. The company’s founder, the late William Cook, grew up in Canton. He knew firsthand the town’s devastation when International Harvester closed its 33-acre manufacturing plant in 1983, leaving 3,000 workers jobless in a city of 15,000. The area never fully recovered. “So our intent was to try to help a Midwestern town that had fallen on some difficult times through no fault of their own,” said Kem Hawkins, the president of Cook’s parent company, Cook Group Inc. William Cook’s vision was to build a plant every year or two in struggling communities throughout the Midwest to create jobs and “begin that process of restoring hope,” Hawkins said. Cook’s death in April hasn’t deterred the company from that goal, but an unforeseen obstacle has jeopardized the effort. In 2013, the Affordable Care Act will begin to levy a 2.3 percent excise tax on U.S. sales of certain medical devices, ranging from stents and defibrillators to artificial hips and bedpans. The tax is supposed to raise $20 billion over 10 years to help fund universal health care. It will cost Cook, the world’s largest privately owned medicaldevice company, about $17 million of its $1 billion in annual U.S. sales. Hawkins has done the math. “That’s a plant a year that we’re

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not able to reinvest in. Or it’s a large clinical study that we can’t invest in. Or it’s maybe 10 or 12 or 15 new product innovations that we can’t reinvest in,” Hawkins said. “If we can’t build the plants, then we can’t hire the people.” The medical device industry shares his concerns. It’s lobbying Congress to repeal the tax or at least postpone it. The United States is the world’s leading exporter of medical devices, and each new industry job adds more than four to the overall U.S. economy. An industry report claims that 43,000 U.S. jobs will be lost because of the tax, many of them to foreign countries such as India and China, where labor, taxes and raw materials are cheaper. That’s more than 10 percent of the nation’s 422,000 medical-device workers. Industry analyst Jeff Jonas, of Gabelli & Co. of Rye, N.Y., said the tax could cut a company’s U.S. profits by about 3 or 4 percent, but he disagreed with the report’s “aggressive assumptions” about job losses. “There will be job losses because of it, but I think a more realistic number would be somewhat lower than 43,000,” he said. Small development-stage companies, particularly those that are just beginning to book revenue on newly approved products, will take the biggest hit, said Brad Perriello, co-founder and editor of, an online journal that covers the device industry. “Those companies are generally revenue-negative or not yet profitable, and taking a slice of their top line right off the bat could be very difficult for them to cope with,” he said. In a forum on Capitol Hill last


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Amber Porter attaches a stent body to the graft material of a flex stent at Cook Medical in Bloomington, Ind. on Sept. 20. The product generates nearly $400 million in global sales. The medical device industry is fighting to repeal a 2.3% excise tax that takes effect in 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act. week, device company executives met with Republican lawmakers to discuss the tax and growing regulatory head winds that could curb growth in one of the nation’s strongest and most promising sectors. Several Republicans are sponsoring legislation to kill the tax, including Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and Sens. Dan Coats of Indiana and Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who helped cut the tax from 4.6 percent to 2.3 percent during last year’s health care debate, also would consider

repealing it as part of a comprehensive restructuring of corporate taxes. Not everyone is having second thoughts about the tax, however. John Boyd, the president of the Boyd Co., a site-selection consulting firm in Princeton, N.J., said that rather than sending U.S. jobs overseas, the tax probably would cause manufacturing jobs to move from more expensive areas to smaller, lower-cost cities such as Rochester, Minn.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Madison, Wis. “We’re not one of these companies running around projecting this incredible exodus” of jobs,

Boyd said. “In fact, I’ve been saying just the opposite. There are lot of macro and micro trends that actually speak well for the U.S. in the next several years for the industry.” Boyd said the device industry was less vulnerable to offshore job losses because of the weakened U.S. dollar, as well as intellectual property and piracy concerns in countries such as China. He thinks those problems will lead some device companies to move their foreign production back to the U.S. over the next few years,


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Lady Tigers’ Oduro receives conference co-offensive player of the week honors University of Memphis women’s soccer forward Christabel Oduro was named Conference USA co-Offensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. She is the first Lady Tiger to receive an offensive weekly honor since Taylor Isenhower did last season. “I think this is a well-deserved honor for Christabel,” head coach Brooks Monaghan said. “I thought she was very solid this weekend, but she still has to work on being a consistent player over 90 minutes of a match. She has the ability to receive this award many more times down the road and become an AllConference player as long as she

stays disciplined with her play.” Oduro tallied three points last weekend to help the Lady Tigers win their conference road openers against the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls. She provided the assist on Memphis’ first goal in a 2-1 victory over Houston and scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Rice. “It feels really good to be recognized,” said Oduro, a sophomore. “I found out from some friends on Twitter congratulating me.” The Lady Tigers have now accumulated five weekly honors for the season, four defensive and one offensive, a new program record surpassing last season’s total of four weekly honors.

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Junior linebacker Kenyatta Johnson jars the ball loose from an SMU receiver on Saturday. Despite four takeaways, the Tigers were unable to produce any points through four quarters.

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was on the wrong end of the scoreboard, the 10th time in as many games where their opponent has scored 40 points. In front of a homecoming crowd of 16,748 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, slightly 2,000 people less than last week’s win against Austin Peay State University, the Tigers were defeated by Southern Methodist University 42-0. Despite the lopsided loss, head coach Larry Porter said that he saw improvement in his team. “I thought defensively we started to settle in and play a good brand of football,” Porter said. “There are some positives in that we held (SMU) scoreless in the third period and we turned them over four times throughout the game.” Though the Tigers defense held SMU scoreless in the third quarter, they still couldn’t capitalize on turnovers. The offense was inept against the Mustangs’ defense, accumulating a meager 139 yards of total offense. The Tigers failed

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to score a touchdown for the second time in the four games this season. “Offensively, we had a horrible day. There are no excuses,” Porter said. “All across the board, all 11 guys and including the coaching staff, we’ve got to be better.” Freshman Quarterback Taylor Reed, who was pressured all day by the SMU frontline, completed 17-of-32 passes for 153 yards. His new main target was senior Tanner Rehrer, who caught five passes for 51 yards while filling in for injured wire receiver Marcus Rucker. Rucker recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery that will keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks. Reed said that it is no coincidence that Rehrer has become more a reliable target. “I’ve watched a lot of film with Tanner,” Reed said. “He’s a really intelligent player and sees things really well. So he has a knack for finding spots and getting open.” Without several key players on offense, including injured sophomore running back Jerrell Rhodes, the rushing attack struggled was almost non-existent. The Tigers rushed for a total of 14 yards and couldn’t convert on key third downs. The team finished just 2-of-13 on the critical downs, with only 7 first downs to extend drives. They punted 10 times – three shy of an all-time game record. “Right now we’re searching for efficiency within our offense to be able to sustain drives and put points on the board,” Porter said. “We couldn’t run, couldn’t pass, couldn’t do anything. Offensively, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

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from page 10 while device makers in Canada and Europe could bring operations to the U.S. And because the excise tax can be deducted from a company’s income taxes, the true impact will be more like 1.4 percent instead of 2.3 percent, said Jonas, the industry analyst. A research and development tax credit of nearly 2 percent further

eases companies’ tax burden, Jonas said. Jonas said larger device makers such as Boston Scientific, Covidien, Medtronic and Cook could raise prices while reducing costs and discretionary spending to offset the tax. In addition, low tax rates on their European, Asian and South American operations allow large device makers to better absorb the tax increase. “If you’re a big medical device company, you might be getting 30

percent of your sales in Europe and that means 30 percent of your business has a 15 percent tax rate,” Jonas said. “That’s how their (overall corporate tax rate) creeps lower.” Cook manufactures in Australia, Denmark and Ireland. But Hawkins argued that competition is too keen to assume that they can just raise prices without hurting sales. “This notion that we can ‘just pass it on’ is simply untrue,” Hawkins said. “Because we’re a

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private company, we can take a little less profit and do the right thing. But you have to ask yourself: At what point do we start to lose business because we can no longer compete on price because of the advantages of companies manufacturing in low-cost” foreign countries? At Zoll Medical Corp. in Chelmsford, Mass., company CEO Rick Packer said the tax would cut the company’s investment in research and development. “That means fewer jobs for engineers,” Packer said. About 1,800 of its 2,000 employees are based in the U.S., but Zoll, which makes resuscitation devices, has no foreign manufacturing operations. That could change, however, Packer said. “I’m an old manufacturing guy that just believes I ought to try and do it in the United States if I can. But if I have to go and squeeze every last nickel out of my cost structure, then I need to move my manufacturing to offshore places and lower my costs and try to fill in the hole that the tax is going to cost,” Packer said. That’s not an option for smaller firms with low profit margins or those that are struggling to become profitable. Because these companies often need venture capital to expand their operations, even a small hit on profits can make outside funding more difficult to secure, particularly in these economic times. “They just don’t have as many levers to pull as the big guys” when it comes to trying to offset the tax, Jonas said. That doesn’t bother John Reid, a co-founder of AbbeyMoor Medical, in Parkers Prairie, Minn. In a state with more than 400 medical-device companies that employ more than 50,000 people, Reid’s company has fewer than 10 employees, who make devices to treat male urinary problems. He hasn’t thought too much about the tax, and he isn’t worried about its impact. “I just look at it and say, ‘If it comes, I have to contend with it, because everyone else will have to contend with it,’ “ Reid said. “I just can’t see it having a material impact on us in the short run. I can’t.”



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