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Air Force training equips UM ROTC for survival

Air Force Reserve Officer’s Training Corps students receiving guidance on combat survival during a demonstration on how to apply face paint, start a fire, operate a parachute, and other skills.

BY CHRIS DANIELS News Reporter Rescuing a downed pilot, surviving a mid-air evacuation and the contents of an Air Force survival vest were the topics of yesterday’s University of Memphis Air Force Reserve

Officer’s Training Corps leadership lab. “These hundred cadets get to see what military life is like,” said Lt. Col. Jacqueline Randolph. “I want to build officers.” Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. the Air Force ROTC meets for a

leadership lab that gives cadets the opportunity to gain actual military experience. The focus of yesterday’s leadership lab was combat survival. The Air National Guard showcased how to start a fire using special tools, inflate a life-vest and how to operate a

parachute. “They come out here to learn from people who have been in these types of situations and hear their stories,” Randolph said. Cadet Caleb Johnson, senior civil engineering major, said these labs give students a break

from their traditional classroom environment. “We get the basics of military training,” Johnson said. “We’re learning leadership skills and practicing team building on how to be a leader and a good

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UM’s youngest student, 12, settles in BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter At first glance, Arun Jambulapati might look like any other University of Memphis student, being unnoticeably average in height with wispy hairs of a developing mustache atop his upper lip. He usually sits in the front row, occasionally doodling in his notebook or on a desk. Though soft-spoken and reserved in social situations, he is confident when responding to questions posed by his professors. Arun is 12 years old. A junior at The U of M majoring in mathematical sciences and economics, he is believed to be the youngest student ever enrolled at The

University. “It wasn’t very bad,” Arun said, referring to his first college algebra course, which he took when he was 10 years old. His mother shuttled him between The U of M campus and his traditional classes at Cordova Middle School each day for the 8 a.m. course. He quit middle school at age 11 because the courses didn’t intellectually stimulate him. FINDING HIS PLACE “He used to get into trouble with the teachers,” said Arun’s father, V.J. Jambulapati. “For example, in third grade the teacher was still teaching him the clocks – the hour and minute hand. He said, ‘I’m not going to

do it.’ He said, ‘I did this when I was two years old.’” At age one, Arun recited numbers in English, Latin, Spanish and Telegu, the first language of his Indian parents. Arun said his ability to remember a chain of numbers is nothing miraculous, adding that he thinks he has photographic memory. “That’s not special. A computer could do that,” he said, looking down while fidgeting with his mother’s iPhone ear buds and impatiently tapping his foot. His father, however, talked extensively about Arun’s gift, but said he tries not to make a big deal of it. “He has been like that ever

since he was born,” V.J. said. “My brother is like that, I was like that when I was small and my brother’s kids are like that. We don’t treat him any more special. In our family, it is expected. He is hitting a milestone, that’s all. He has to excel.” “Excel” could be considered an understatement of Arun’s academic performance in grade school. He knew multiplication at age two, before he could read. When others were decorating their folders with baseballs and dinosaurs in second grade, Arun wrote the chemical equation for penicillin, something he was fascinated by at the time. “People are born gifted, sometimes they are,” V.J. said. “He was

suffering when he was in middle school. He zones out. He gets into trouble. He’s not focused. When the bus drops him off, he is dragging himself.” So, after a tutor hired by Memphis City Schools fell short in motivating Arun and keeping his attention, the family turned to U of M Provost Ralph Faudree, who taught Arun’s college algebra course in 2009. SKIPPING AHEAD With no high school diploma and a 5th grade education, Arun initially wasn’t allowed to fully matriculate. His genius-level IQ persuaded Betty Huff, vice provost of enrollment services, to allow Arun to become a

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from page 1 concurrent student, meaning Arun could earn credit but couldn’t seek a degree. After earning As in all of his courses, Arun was allowed to fully enroll at age 10 in the spring of 2010. “This was looked at very carefully,” Faudree said. “He was asked to take specific courses – not just in science, which is his strength – to make sure it was appropriate for him and he would be capable of going here.” For safety purposes, administrators established stipulations for Arun, including that his parents be on campus when he is in class. “It shouldn’t be a normal thing,” Huff said of underage enrollment. “The student has to have a certain maturity and a certain intellectual ability. There are still ages where you have to assess whether a student is too young.” Though Arun’s age and maturity level were deemed acceptable by The U of M, Ivy League universities including Harvard, Duke and Stanford declined his applications based on the same criteria, V.J. said. The universities require students to live on campus, but Arun is too young to do so. V.J. said that administrators weren’t sure how Arun would respond to being at a school where students are “as good or better than him.” “I was thinking they would have some special program or something, but really they don’t see these kind of kids often, so they don’t have anything,” he said. IN THE CLASSROOM Arun said he plans to take his time and graduate in 2014. He did not say what he wants to do after college. “I have two years to think about it. I’ll be 14. I might go to graduate school, so that is more time to think about it,” he said with a shrug of his shoulders

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His father, more forthcoming than Arun, said that he knew hat Arun’s post-college plans were. “His goal is to finish his Ph.D. by 18, and he wants to get a tenure at a university at 18 and he wants to be teaching incoming freshman,” he said, chuckling at the marked irony such a scenario. “And, he is serious. He loves teaching.” Faudree said that at age 10, Arun showed a skill many bright children don’t have – the ability to explain how to do a math problem and be understood. However, students didn’t always take to having such a young and talented kid in their class. “Some students told me they didn’t think it was appropriate for him to be in the class. It was a put down for them,” he said. “That was a very small minority, and it went away. As the semester went along, students began to ask him questions.” Classmates from Arun’s microeconomic theory course said that his mannerisms and adolescent face drew attention to his age, but that none of them knew he was not yet a teenager. Most said they assumed Arun was a high school student – 16 or 17-years-old at the most. Zach Clark, economics senior, said Arun’s frequent responses to the professor’s questions in the three classes they’ve had together gave away his age. “It seems like he isn’t really paying attention, and then he blurts out something really confusing,” Clark said. “Sometimes it’s over my head.” Faudree said that Arun was frank in class, something Faudree attributes to adolescence. “Occasionally a teacher will make a mistake, and most students would say, ‘Is that right?’ But Arun was much more blunt about that. He’d say, ‘That’s not right. That should be this.’ The other students kind of laughed at this situation,” Faudree said.

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Arun Jambulapati, a 12-year-old junior majoring in mathematics and economics, sits in the front of his economics class in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. Jambulapati, who began taking courses at The U of M at age 10, is believed to be the youngest student ever enrolled at The University. He said that sometimes Arun walked around during tests, “to think a bit.” “He was still a 10-year-old kid, and that showed,” he said. “But, he was very active in class. It was kind of funny in a way. I ask a lot of questions of students, and he had his hand up every time. One of my challenges was to make him feel good about asking questions, but not let him be the only one to answer.” Arun’s mom, Suchi Jambulapati, said advancing Arun to college was a good decision. “To be frank, people ask, ‘Do college kids misbehave with him in the class?’ But seriously, we didn’t have that thinking. We didn’t have that problem with the other kids talking bad stuff,” she said. “So far, we are comfortable.” Though Arun’s intelligence

is beyond that of a 12 year old, the majority of his friends are his age. He doesn’t talk about college classes with them, sticking to more age-appropriate activities including Pokémon and video games. A FAMILY TRANSITION Arun’s academic progress didn’t come without tough decisions by his parents. “Me and my husband planned around our schedules to be on campus with Arun,” Suchi said. “It’s tough, but I work from home now. Because of him, I just quit. I couldn’t do it. I needed flexibility.” V.J. quit his job altogether in order to bring Arun to campus, but is now starting a business in Atlanta. “After working 16 years, I was ready for a change anyway. I’ll probably never go back to working,” he said. “In one way, we real-

ize if we don’t do it now, no matter what we do tomorrow, it won’t help. Arun needs help. He needs guidance.” Neither parent said that they mind sacrificing for Arun, but neither denied the challenges that come with being parent to such a gifted child. “It’s tough,” V.J. said, referring to making the decision of allowing Arun to drop out of grade school. “Whenever I asked to meet with the teachers, I asked, ‘Is the school teaching students to their age or to their talent?’ Unfortunately we teach them to their age. I tell them, ‘What makes you think age is more important?’” When Arun turned seven, television producers began calling. Both British and American producers have asked Arun to star in his own reality show. “They basically want to make him a freak show, and I said, ‘I am not interested.’ If they are going to provide him some sources, then yeah. But just to go on TV, I don’t want it,” V.J. said. V.J. said that though he supports his son and will continue to do so, he doesn’t want to shelter him and Arun will have to make and learn from his own decisions in life. “He has to figure it out. I cannot live for him his life,” V.J. said.

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Senate falls short in votes to take up Obama jobs bill BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS McClatchy Newspapers The Democrat-led Senate effectively killed President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan Tuesday as the White House and Democratic lawmakers talked of breaking the president’s plan into pieces to try to push it through Congress. Senators voted 50-49 on a procedural move to take up Obama’s plan, but 60 votes were required under Senate rules for lawmakers to proceed on the measure. Democrats control the chamber with 53 votes, but two Senate Democrats facing tough re-election bids— Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana—voted with 46 Republicans to turn aside Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,

to work with Reid to move the plan’s pieces forward. Even breaking it into separate pieces might not save the president’s plan. Some senators who had serious reservations about his whole plan, but voted to debate it, indicated that they retain serious misgivings about various portions of it. “If a vote was called on the American Jobs Act as it is now... I would vote against it,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., who voted to move forward with debate on Tuesday. “The bottom line here is that I don’t believe the potential in this act for creating jobs justifies adding another $500 billion to our almost $15 trillion national debt.” Even if the plan had survived Tuesday’s vote and eventually passed the Senate, leaders

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follower.” Second Lt. Jessica Toma graduated in May, but attended yesterday’s event to help the younger cadets gain a better understanding of what they will be doing in their daily Air Force life. “It gives everybody a taste of the responsibilities they will have, and the different materials they will be using,” she said. “They just see a classroom and march around

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also joined the opposition in a tactical move that permits him under Senate rules to call the measure back up for future votes. The vote was a setback for Obama, who has been crisscrossing the country trumpeting the bill and predicting that its defeat would be the fault of obstructionist Republicans. Even before the vote was taken, Obama proposed salvaging his proposals by breaking the bill into smaller pieces and trying to get Congress to pass them one by one. “If they don’t pass the whole package we’re going to break it up into constituent parts,” Obama said during a Tuesday meeting with his Jobs Council in Pittsburgh. “And having the relevant businesses get behind an effort to move this infrastructure agenda forward is a priority.” After the vote, the White House issued an Obama statement, which said: “Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight,” and he vowed

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campus. With these labs, they get to see what they’re working towards.” Toma is waiting for active duty as a flight commander in Cheyenne, Wyo. where she will be taking charge of a group of airmen to make sure they get their jobs done properly. Air Force ROTC also does volunteer work every Saturday. Some of their community services include meals on wheels, tutoring at Raleigh-Egypt High School and feeding the homeless at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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from Republicans in focusing higher taxes on the rich. Congressional Republicans, who supported a payroll tax cut last year and backed tax breaks for businesses in the past, opposed the increased spending in Obama’s plan and the tax surcharge. Like their House GOP colleagues, Senate Republicans dismissed Obama’s plan as more of a campaign-season stunt than serious legislation. “What matters most to the Democrats who control the Senate...is that they have an issue to run on for next year,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “This whole exercise by their own admission is a charade meant to give Democrats a political edge in an election that’s 13 months away.” Reid said it was Republicans, not Democrats, who are guilty of playing politics over Obama’s jobs plan. “I guess Republicans think if the economy improves it might help President Obama,” Reid said. “They root for the economy to fail and oppose every effort to improve it.”

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WUMR broadcasts in national ‘College Radio Day’ The newly-formed College Radio Day organization recently gave college radio stations across the country the opportunity to build their audiences in an effort inspired by social networking. After watching the 2010 film “The Social Network,” Rob Quicke, general manager of WPSC radio at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., conceived an idea to harness the social networking aspect of Facebook and apply it to college radio stations around the country. Tuesday marked the first national College Radio Day, an event the organization plans to hold annual. “It all started after Rob had an idea that there should be a way to unite several different college radio stations with the goal of expanding their audiences,” said Alyssa Hamade, director of promotions for WPSC and College Radio Day. College radio stations in every state were asked to participate by broadcasting live all day from campus and allowing students to get involved with the station by reading announcements and updates on air. More than 350 college stations participated. University of Memphis radio station WUMR The Jazz Lover was eager for an opportunity like

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WUMR broadcasting at a tent between the Theater and Communications Building and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music on Tuesday morning in participation of College Radio Day. this, said Chris Davis, WUMR program director.

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playing jazz leads to students not being as aware of us,” he said. WUMR held their daily broadcast yesterday at a tent between the Theater and Communications Building and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in participation of College Radio Day. U of M students were welcomed throughout the day to stop by the broadcasting booth to read different segments for the program on air. WUMR also handed out wristbands promoting their station to students who passed by. “We are cooped up under the theater building all day and participating in College Radio Day gave people a chance to see us and what we do,” said Stuart Settles, junior journalism major and WUMR disc jockey. Wristbands, magnets, banners and logos were provided to participating stations to promote the

event and self-promote. The stations were also provided with the opportunity to share recorded station identifications with other participating stations. Famous or well-known individuals usually record station identifications to promote the station. “We were thrilled to have 350 stations, but we want more,” Hamade said. “Our goal next is to unite all college radio stations and bring everyone’s efforts together.” Davis said WUMR plans to participate in College Radio Day next year. “We are learning how to encompass communication between different radio stations, and even the different departments here on campus,” he said. “Everyone seems to be spinning their wheels in a different direction. Maybe instead, we can work together.”

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“Real Steel”- or as I like to call it, Rocky Sockem’ Robots- is a clichéd, derivative mess of a movie. I didn’t think it would be possible to make a movie about robot boxing completely unoriginal, but somehow Dreamworks did it. The film is essentially “Over the Top” mixed with “E.T.”, “Rocky” and every underdog sports film ever made, and it doesn’t do anything interesting with its rather silly premise. “Real Steel” takes place in a future where all technology is almost exactly the same as it is now, but with more touch-screen glass displays and robots beating each other up as the new national sport. Apparently the only things humans applied themselves to in the future was making fighting robots as the movie doesn’t even show robots used for anything other than boxing. The movie isn’t really about robot boxing though, it’s the feelgood story of Charlie Kenton, played by Hugh Jackman, reuniting with the son he abandoned 10 years ago. Charlie is a former boxer who became a robot promoter when robots took his job. He is also a drunkard and a terrible gambler. He’s down on his luck and is stuck pitting his robots against bulls instead of actual robot boxing matches. It all changes for Charlie when his ex-girlfriend dies and he’s stuck dealing with Max, his 11-year-old son. His ex’s sister wants the boy, but her rich husband would rather wait until their trip to Italy ends at the end of the summer, so Charlie offers to not put Max into a foster home and to babysit him until then for $100,000. Basically, Charlie sells his son for the money. From there, the movie is about Charlie and Max growing closer over their mutual love of robot pugilism. They find an old sparring bot named Atom buried in a junkyard and Max wants to fight with it. With Max in charge of almost everything, they begin to win fights and make intelligent bets and work their way through the robot fighting circuit thanks to Max being much smarter than Charlie. Unfortunately, the robot fights are fairly uninteresting for the most part, and fairly illogical. The robots in Real Steel have no personality cores, no artificial intelligence, no computer simulation of a person – they are remote control toys. This makes the boxing much less interesting as we have absolutely no reason to care for the robots. They literally have remote controls for their every movement, except when the movie decides they don’t need to control them. Max single-handedly changes their robot to accept voice commands, leaving them with no way to control its movements, only its attacks. Somehow, the robot knows exactly how to move now. Except when it doesn’t, like when Hugh

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At Crash Palace, an underground robot fight club, Charlie, played by Hugh Jackman, instructs his former league bot Noisy Boy, left, pitted against backroom brawler Midas, in this scene from “Real Steel.” Jackman has to tell it to back step or dodge. This doesn’t even to take into account how inefficient yelling “move left” or “left hook” is compared to pressing a button to do so. Sure, seeing two robots punch each other is sort of interesting at first, but the robots barely react to being pummeled and the final fight of the movie is repetitive and predictable with the usual underdog story ending. The story doesn’t make up for this as it features such scenes as Max, while standing on an edge of a cliff, saying he would “probably die” if he fell off the cliff, seconds before falling off of the cliff. Also Max manages to get a fight with the world champion robot after one official league

match. The movie features Max dancing with his robot as well, and they, unfortunately, do the robot. The “villains” of the movie are all stereotypes with accents, including a racist Texan who beats up Charlie, an evil Russian woman who owns the world champion robot and a Japanese man who programmed the champion bot. The movie also features an annoying amount of product placement, from Dr. Pepper prominently displayed as Max drinks it, with dialog pointing out the soda, to a character holding a copy of WIRED magazine up to the camera for a few seconds too many. The acting is also awful.

Evangeline Lilly still can’t act, and every single child actor except Dakota Goyo – who plays Max – is terrible. And even Goyo has issues due to the terrible dialog he’s given, including the line, “I want you to fight for me, that’s all I’ve ever wanted,” and, “That’s what you do right? Anything you don’t need, you just throw away!” The material also holds back Hugh Jackman as the majority of his lines are just as bad and his character is very unlikable for most of the movie. “Real Steel” is a kid’s movie, though it may not look like one based on its ads and trailers. Unfortunately, it’s not a very good kid’s movie.

Sex is the topic of discussion for students attending the “Is it Safe? Is it Sex?” seminar tonight hosted by The Stonewall Tigers. The seminar, which aims to promote healthy sexual expression and help spread the truth about sex, will start at 8 p.m. in the Fountain View Room of the University Center. M.J. McAuliffe, stonewall tigers president, said the evening will include a “condom racing” game and free contraceptives and lubricant for students. “At this time in our lives, it’s normal for us to have sex and people need to know what constitutes sex and how to have it safely,” she said. McAuliffe said that the group brings a speaker to The U of M every semester to discuss sexually transmitted diseases. Elokin Capece, director of education at Planned Parenthood and the guest speaker of the seminar, said Planned Parenthood has participated in the safe-sex seminars with Stonewall since 2009. “This seminar is just sex ed for college students,” she said. “When people come to college they have a new group of friends and often date within that group, which spreads STDs faster than they would when they were in high school.” She said that safer-sex kits will be given for free and she will also discuss where contraception can be purchased at low costs. “We know that college students don’t have a lot of money, but we want them to know that (contraceptives are) available,” she said.

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Two Tigers scored their first career goals for The University of Memphis’ men’s soccer team on Saturday en route to a 3-0 win over Florida International. Freshman defender Chandler Gagnon struck first for the Tigers in the 16th minute.

finish.” Freshman midfielder Wil Linder doubled the Tigers’ lead in the 37th minute. Linder collected a pass from sophomore forward Mark Sherrod and beat the keeper one-on-one to give The U of M a 2-0 lead at halftime. It was Linder ’s first goal for Memphis. Linder scored again in the 84th minute, capitalizing on

“He’s been great for our pro-

gram. For us, that was a really important signing. We brought in a keeper with experience. But that was Conor’s best performance, and it really solidified him as a lad that’s on the rise in the conference. He worked hard on his game in the week and he was well rewarded.” — Richie Grant

Later, senior midfielder Cody McCoy collected the ball off a corner kick and took a shot on goal, which was blocked by the FIU goalkeeper. Gagnon picked up the rebound and scored his first career goal for the Tigers. “We had spent a bit of time working on being a bit more opportunistic with our shooting,” said head coach Richie Grant. “We thought the keeper made a great save. But Chandler was very smart to stay high up the field and he followed up and he got the rebound, so it was a good

a missed clearance in front of the Panther goal. Linder picked up the ball at the top of the box and scored his second goal unassisted. “We felt in the games before that, at Marshall and South Carolina, that we weren’t making our own luck on a couple of occasions,” Grant said. “So we felt it was important to get good crosses in, test the keeper a little bit more and maybe something breaks for us, and that’s exactly what happened.” Memphis sophomore goalkeeper Conor Hurley was

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Head soccer coach

University of Memphis men’s soccer sophomore goalkeeper Conor Hurley jumps for a save in last week’s action. named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his play on Saturday. Hurley had five saves on the

night, bringing his season total to 29. He also recorded his third shutout of the season.

“He’s been great for our program,” Grant said. “For us, that was a really important signing. We brought in a keeper with experience. But that was Conor ’s best performance, and it really solidified him as a lad that’s on the rise in the conference. He worked hard on his game in the week and he was well rewarded.” The Tigers went into the match having lost their last three games. Grant said the players never worried. “We’ve been pleased with how we’ve been playing all along,” he said. “We play a tough schedule, there’s going to be some ups and downs in the season and our challenge now is to get back on a run like we were in September.”

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Basketball

Women’s basketball picked to win C-USA Carter named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year

Coming off of back-toback 20-win seasons and consecutive post-season berths, The University of Memphis women’s basketball team was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Conference USA crown in a poll of league coaches announced on Thursday. Also, senior guard Brittany Carter was named preseason Player of the Year and senior Jasmine Lee was named to the preseason allconference team. “When you get that vote among your peers, it means something,” said Melissa McFerrin, head coach of the women’s basketball team. “But it also comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility. Being preseason number one in October is not our goal – our goal is to be number one in March. But we’ve been building to this point for three and a half years now, so it’s not a big surprise, but it is a big responsibility. ” Carter, who’s repeating preseason all-conference honors from last year, is a two time, first team all-conference honoree that averaged 13.8 points per game last year. The senior guard battled a foot injury last season, missing five conference contests, but returned at the C-USA championships to help Memphis to its first semifinals appearance since 1997-98. “I’m humbled,” Carter said. “I didn’t expect it. I just want to work hard for my team because if I am the best player in the conference or become that person, then ultimately it helps us out as a team to get to

Solutions

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BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor

University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin talks to media about the upcoming season. where we want to be.” Carter becomes the first Tiger to earn preseason Player of the Year honors from Conference USA since Tamika Whitmore prior to Memphis’ 1998 and 1999 seasons. Only Carter, Whitmore and LaTonya Johnson have been named to multiple preseason

All-Conference USA squads. Senior post Jasmine Lee earned a preseason allconference nod after leading Memphis last season in rebounding (8.2 rebounds per game) and finishing second in points per game (12.4). Lee also added 21 steals on the season and shot 49.5 percent

from the field. “Jasmine spent last year trying to get consistent, to bring an eight or nine or ten in effort level all the time,” McFerrin said. “Last year, early on, we had some games where she was not at that level, and this year we need her to show up every day and

be the same player in games that we see on the practice court.” Fans will get their first full look at the team at Memphis Madness on Friday. Doors open at FedEx Forum at 5:30 p.m., and fans can watch the team practice until about 7:15 p.m.

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