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Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Vol. 79 No. 34

Independent Student Newspaper of The University of Memphis

More than $314k in Student Activity Fees dispensed BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter Money aggregated from student fees was stretched further this year after a change to the meeting schedule of the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee. The group now holds three meetings a year. The committee, made of administrators and student representatives, has the responsibility to allocate funds to a number of eligible groups that put on events or programs for students. The funds are the sum of the $49 Student Activity Fee required of each full-time University of Memphis student. Previously, the committee met once over the summer and had more than $300,000 left from the bulk of monies What else could each year. $350,000 from the “A lot of groups didn’t Student Activities spend all the money they Fund pay for? are given and we thought, ‘Why are we meeting once 35,035 reams of a year?’” said Tyler DeWitt, paper at $9.99 each Student Government 3,571 ENGL 1010 Association President. textbooks at $98 each Beginning this year, the 1715 ink cartridges committee will meet three at $203.99 each times to discuss requests for 569 PC computers at funding. This week, U of $615 each M President Shirley Raines signed her approval of the 229 desks at committee’s decision to dis$152.45 each pense another $314,188 in 163 HP LaserJet printfunds in addition to the ers at $2,139.99 each amount distributed over the 35 guest speakers at summer. $10,000 each Of the amount given this 1.4 visits by former fall, eight of ten groups who President Clinton at sent a proposal received $250,000 money. The SGA received $170,000, the bulk of the funds. SGA Vice President Rachael Goodwin, SGA advisor Stephen Petersen and DeWitt serve on the committee. “It’s not like (DeWitt and Goodwin) have any advantage or any control over the outcome of the allocation,” said Petersen, Dean of Students and chair of the committee. “They would be substantially out numbered and I don’t have a vote at all.” DeWitt requested the supplemental budget for SGA, which is an addition to their already allotted $175,000 budget that is also comprised of money from the Student Activity Fee. The extra money will fund student parking at football and basketball for this season, a computer and printer for SGA’s office, an electronic voting system for the University Center senate chambers, new election software, student organization Model United Nation’s travel funding and a political speaker. SGA was allotted $130,000 from the committee to bring in a political speaker. Originally, former President George W. Bush was sought, but DeWitt said Bush’s administration encouraged him not to bring a politician because it was an election year. The SGA was given $24,000 of student fees

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Passing the microphone Administrators leave some concerns unanswered at town hall meeting BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter Students took advantage of a town hall meeting on Wednesday night that gave students the opportunity to ask key University of Memphis administrators questions about their concerns with campus life and policy. While some questions were answered in detail, others were answered indirectly. David Zettergren, Vice President of Business and Finance, answered a question regarding a lack of healthy choices in vending machines that also addressed an increase in vending machine food prices in such a manner. He said that he is open to “entertain other options that (students) think are available.” “I would agree we need many healthy options. We certainly feel like we have that in there,” he said. At least two students raised concerns about how U of M administration plan to enforce a campus tobacco ban that will begin in July. They also asked if the current University policy requiring campus police to monitor no-smoking zones within 20 feet of campus buildings or entrances is being enforced. One of these questions was directed to U of M President Shirley Raines. She passed the microphone to Zettegren. “There are no fines …we did not want students to feel like they were harassed,” Zettergren said. “We assume people would comply and all it would take would be a reminder.” He said there would be different penalties depending on whether a violator is faculty, staff or student. Students will have to appear before judicial affairs after an initial warning, he said. Zettergren didn’t initially respond to whether the current smoking policy was being enforced, but after being asked again he said it takes a report of someone

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University Finance

Editorin-Chief fumes over impending tobacco ban at U of M

University of Memphis president Shirley Raines eyes the crowd as vice president of business and finance David Zettergren addresses students’ concerns about The University’s enforcement of the 2012 tobacco ban. smoking within 20 feet of a building for action to be made. According to The U of M’s smoking policy posted online, a “Safety Officer also is authorized to monitor and enforce non-smoking rules…” Zettegren did not address whether campus police do this. Several questions arose about the effectiveness of equipment in dormitory bathrooms. Peter Groenendyk, director of dining services and residence life, said he has been made aware of a lack of soap and toilet paper in community bathrooms in the Living and Learning Complex. He didn’t say whether anything would be done about it, but that Residence Life is looking into options. Groenendyk also told attendees that the possibility of eliminating computer labs in dormitories is being considered because many students have laptops.

One student asked why The University turned down a proposal for an on-campus football stadium. Raines said that funding was a big factor. “We shopped that plan to major donors, many of who said they would not give because we have a stadium two miles away,” Raines said. “We have a lot of empty sports venues in Memphis that people are still paying for.” Zettergren spoke on a student’s concern about The University paying employees less than the living wage of Memphis that was determined by researchers on campus as $11.62. “One thing that is not a factor in the equation has to do with the benefits that people are provided that are not actually included in your net pay, but be that as it may, we are very concerned about salaries and the wages on campus,” he said. “We’ve looked at that quite a bit.”

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Characters welcome at Honors Council dodge ball tournament BY CHRISTINA HOLLOWAY News Reporter Students can dress as their favorite character and participate in an epic battle of the balls tonight from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center. The Honors Hall Student Council will sponsor the tournament, in

which all players are required to wear a costume. Britney McWilliams, fundraising chair of the Honors Council, said there is a minimum of 4 players per team and everyone is invited to play. “They don’t have to be in Honors – it’s open to anyone,” McWilliams said. Austin Tutor, senior mechani-

cal engineering major, acts as the Programming chair of the Honors Council. Because few organizations host a dodge ball tournament, Tutor said this would be a great way for students to learn more about the Honors Council. Tutor said that his team plans

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Letters to the Editor Seeing as their reason for banning tobacco products on campus is in an effort to make campus “more healthy,” this must mean they will also be banning trans fats, artificial sweeteners (another carcinogen), and all other products that are unhealthy. No? Of course not. It would be ridiculous to take choice away from those who have a right to it. So what makes it okay to BAN some unhealthy items but not others? Smokers tend to congregate, so the smoke is limited to their surrounding area. What would make sense is to provide them a place to smoke away from the non-smokers or general pathways. The reason that people smoke near the doors of Patterson, for example, is because that is the only place nearby with seating and shelter. The few ashtrays they have on campus are always near doorways, forcing smokers to stand in the path of others. These ashtrays are also rarely ever emptied, resulting in smokers disposing of butts on the ground. I agree that it is unfortunate to be a non-smoker and be forced to inhale someone else’s bad habit, but that habit is their choice. A more logical solution would be to facilitate smoking in areas away from populated pathways. – Kelly Gilliom via Facebook

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There should be covered seating regardless of smoking! I support the ban of smoking on campus. Why should I, a nonsmoking person who is allergic, have to wade through the cloud of smoke to exit Dunn Hall or have to inhale it while sitting outside between PSYC and the auditorium when seats are taken indoors? It’s not only unfortunate, but it’s disrespectful to those of us who have made the conscious choice not to smoke. Also, smoke is not limited to an area. It dissipates like every other smell, just like a bad cologne wafting through the air in a class room. – Holley Haley via Facebook

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“I’m glad I won’t have to hold my breath as I walk through all the crusty smokers surrounding the doors to campus buildings.” —@johnrstevenson “I feel so bad for those in the Walk & Talk today. I’m really going to miss the warm smoke in my face ... NOT.” —@tomwilcox “No tobacco on campus? Does the University want to tell me how to dress and what soda to drink? Maybe make diets mandatory too.” —@Daddy_Duley “#UM moving forward with plan to ban tobacco on campus. Question: Whom was chosen to tell The BIG CHIEF of this plan?” —@MphsRonnB “No tobacco on campus? Is this high school again? Are we not all adults? Welcome back to Tiger High, ladies and gentlemen.” —@JakeBoring

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Midtown ‘Courthouse’ governs by rule of funk BY JACK SIMON News Reporter A funky, three-story house in Midtown known as Courthouse Co-Op is host to cross-country travelers, free live-music shows and home for several University of Memphis students. The house is a sanctuary for creativity – paintings, drawings and collages cover the interior. The walls seem to breathe with inspiration. “It’s a real laid back environment; simple, but laid back,” said ‘Knowledge’ Nick Harris, Senior Finance major. The name “Courthouse” is derived from the name of the street it’s located on: Court. Courthouse also has a community library filled with books ranging in topic, including topics of philosophy, gender, art and politics. The haven also contains its own music jam room. “Eight people live here – we’ve got four students and four locals,” said Billy Haynes, sophomore English major and resident of Courthouse. Haynes said they try to keep the shows’ schedule convenient for the students who live there. “It can be a little hectic sometimes and a little personal space has to be sacrificed but it can be a hell of a lot of fun and it’s economic,” Haynes said. The house can be found on

couchsurfing.org, a website dedicated to finding travelers a free place to stay the night on their journeys. “Courthouse” will host a free show Saturday night at 8 p.m. with several local and touring acts. Haynes said the neighbors don’t complain about the music. “They’re cool,” he said. “We’ve never really had any problems with them.” Because the “Courthouse” is not a venue, there is no cover charge but donations are accepted. Barkley Pryor, senior history and Spanish major is a member of the local rock/reggae band Sanga that will be performing at Courthouse on Saturday. “We’ll be one of a couple different acts, all based around a reggae sound. It’s going to be one big reggae Halloween show,” Pryor said. The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, a local, roots reggae band, will also be performing along with The Soul Radics and reggae legend, King Django. The Soul Radics are a ska band based in Nashville and King Django is out of New Jersey. Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica during the late 1950s and was a precursor to reggae. John Michael Tubbs, a junior Saxophone player for The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, said he expects “a college crowd with a lot of cool diversity.”

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Where there’s smoke, is there always fire? BY SCOTT CARROLL Editor-in-Chief

Halloween came early at The U of M on Wednesday night as Shirley Raines introduced herself as University F a i r y G o d m o t h e r, officially banishing future tobacco use on campus with a wave of her magic wand. University administration and the Student Government Association acknowledged that though they’ve spent a great deal of time on the anti-tobacco policy (and plan to continue doing so), they have no way to effectively enforce the policy. Well…they’ve pretty much made my point for me. Excuse me. I’m going to go smoke now.

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to put an emphasis on variety when it comes to costumes. “We’re all gonna wear different things,” Tutor said. “It should be a decent amount of teams that show up, so it should be fun.” Tutor said this tournament would make for a great opportunity for students to meet new people and to help them get involved on campus. Cheyenne Medlock, programming co-chair, said that it would make for a great opportunity to raise awareness for the Honors Council. “For those who aren’t going out for Halloween, it’s a good thing for them to get involved in and dress up for,” Medlock said. Students interested in participating can pay at the Honors Hall before 6 p.m. tonight for two dollars per person or at the door for three dollars per person.

Executive branch offers no facts to counter allegations McClatchy Newspapers The White House on Wednesday said a McClatchy Newspapers news story was false when it reported that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were not deeply involved in talks with Iraqi officials over whether to leave a residual force of U.S. troops in the country before deciding to withdraw all U.S. troops by the end of this year. The White House refused, however, to release details of Obama’s and Biden’s involvement that would counter the details in the story. McClatchy Newspapers on Tuesday reported that “President Barack Obama and his point man on Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden, remained largely aloof from the process” of negotiating whether U.S. troops could or would remain in Iraq past the end of this year. The story quoted logs provided by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad showing that no talks between the president and vice president and Iraqi officials occurred from March through October. The logs recorded the White House statements, or “readouts,” of calls made by the president or vice president. The story also quoted a spokesman for the government of Iraq. And it noted that, in addition to the embassy’s log records, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office had put out a statement on Sept. 22 saying that al-Maliki and Biden had discussed that day a possible residual U.S. force. “That report is just categorically false to suggest that the president and the vice president hadn’t been in communication with Iraqi leaders,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Wednesday afternoon when asked by reporters about the story. “The vice president had many, many conversations with Iraqi leaders over the time period mentioned in that story. The president spoke with Prime Minister Maliki this summer,” Carney said aboard Air Force One as the president flew home to Washington from a West Coast trip. Asked if he would release the dates or details of those talks, Carney said, “I don’t know.” He also said that “there actually was” a White House comment of one of the calls to Iraq that was missed. “But the fact of the matter is ... we don’t read out every call we have, the president has or the vice president has with foreign leaders.” “We stand by our reporting,” said James Asher, Washington Bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers. “We have repeatedly asked White House officials for details on Mr. Obama’s and Mr. Biden’s communications with the Iraqi government. So far, they have declined to provide them. We await a response.”

active minds meeting TODAY @ 4 p.m. UC Poplar Room (308) Please join us as we work to change the conversation about mental health on the University of Memphis campus! Active Minds is an RSO that works to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues among college students, eliminate the stigma associated with those issues and to promote help seeking behavior. For more information, contact us at activemindsuofm@gmail.com or visit: www.activemindsuofm.org

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Walk&Talk

If you could ask Shirley Raines any question, what would it be? by Aaron Turner

“Why do students from middle class families have to suffer most?”

“Why do we have less parking on campus this year, and why are the parking pass prices going up?”

“What is your favorite book in the Bible?”

“Why is the art building so run down?”

“Is there a way more scholarships can be made available for students?”

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— Kaitlyn Foster, Nursing sophomore

— Quincy Newson, Education junior

— Scott Nivens, Sophomore

— Jessica Bell, Biology senior

The U of M Classical Guitar Society presents Dr. James Baur in Concert

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Putting the move in Occupy movement BY KATE LINTHICUM, LEE ROMNEY AND CHRISTOPHER GOFFARD Los Angeles Times

Friday, Oct. 28 @ 7:30 p.m. Harris Concert Hall Performing a Guitar Concerto with the Contemporary Chamber Players, conducted by Dr. Kamran Ince, U of M professor of music, and featuring compositions by his father, Dr. John Baur, U of M composition & graduate music theory professor, and Dr. Ince.

How will it end? More than a month into the Occupy movement, officials are beginning to talk openly of moving protesters out of their encampments in parks and public squares

around the country. But many activists show no signs of budging as the movement continues to generate heavy media attention and support from liberal circles. Looming large is the cautionary spectacle of Oakland, Calif. Police there arrested about 100 protesters before dawn Tuesday, using tear gas and riot gear to break up encampments — only to face a massive evening protest and threats of continued unrest from angry backers of the movement. Leaders in other cities said they don’t want a repeat of that chaos, but it’s unclear how they will eventually oust protesters who refuse to leave. Even in Los Angeles, where city leaders have greeted the demonstrators warmly, there are signs of protest fatigue and increasing anxiety about what happens next. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who earlier this month had ponchos distributed to rain-soaked Occupy L.A. protesters, said Wednesday that the encampment next to City Hall “cannot continue indefinitely.” Villaraigosa has instructed city officials to draft a plan for another location for the demonstration. He decided the camp could not stay after Los Angeles County health inspectors expressed worries about the cleanliness of the camp, and because of concerns about the condition of the lawn and trees. “Look, our lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren’t working ... our trees are without water,” the mayor said. Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, meanwhile, said police should enforce an existing law that keeps people from camping in city parks after 10:30 p.m. since they enforce it

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from page 5 elsewhere. Among City Hall staffers, there is ridicule about the protesters’ cleanliness and resentment that a weekly farmers market — usually held on the City Hall lawn — has been forced to move. On the East Coast, where the Occupy Wall Street protests began in September and have since spread to many cities, the approach of winter could curtail the campouts dramatically. Here in the more temperate West, they could theoretically continue year-round. Los Angeles police officials said they have no plans to move the protesters out. “We’re still working as best we can and trying to be cooperative,” said Cmdr. Andrew Smith. He said police have a contingency plan to clear out protesters if they have to, but said if police are forced to evict protesters they would take pains to avoid the tear gas used by police in Oakland. About a dozen protesters showed up at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to ask lawmakers to allow them to stay. Protester Alex Everett, 26, said he came because he was alarmed at calls for the demonstrators to move on. Everett, who moved into a tent outside of City Hall two weeks ago, said protesters would not leave without a fight. He said there may be violence if police move in to clear out the protest. He said the LAPD would take a less confrontational tack than Oakland police “for public relations purposes,” especially as the city tries to woo a National Football League team downtown. Protesters are expressing similar resolve at encampments across the country. In Lower Manhattan where the Occupy movement began, protesters show no signs of closing shop even as the weather gets colder. After battling back a city plan to clear out Zuccotti Park earlier this month, protesters have been trying to make the occupation more palatable to neighbors, who have complained about incessant drumming and urination in the streets. The local community board voted this week to support the movement, but to also limit “sources of noise” to two hours a day and to arrange for the protesters to have access to bathrooms. Michael Kink, leader of a coalition of union and community groups, said he thinks the New York protests will continue through winter, though enduring the weather will be “tough.” “The intention is to stay but I wouldn’t say stay forever,” Kink said. “At least right now the city is not in showdown territory but in work-it-out territory.” The occupation in New York has morphed since it started. By day, the park fills up with hundreds of supporters and tourists, with police keeping close watch. At night, the encampment is mostly quiet as protesters crawl into sleeping bags, in contrast to the all-night activity that characterized the occupation’s early days. In Oakland, near the site of the police raid, businesses were open Wednesday and little damage was visible other than two cracked windows. One resulted from a projectile fired by police, said Mike Porter, a 24-year-old Pleasant Hill, Calif., protester who was charged

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with disorderly conduct, loitering with no ID and remaining at the scene after it had been declared an illegal assembly. He spent about 15 hours in jail and could hear the chants of evening protesters from his cell. “I came back down as soon as I got out,” he said. Porter decried the repeated use of tear gas and flash grenades, saying it was lone actors — “one moron” at a time — who broke the peaceful protests to lob a bottle at police in riot gear. Tasha Casini, 22, said police shot her in the thigh with a rubber bullet during the raid. She said she and other demonstrators tried to retake the plaza after the “second or third order to disperse,” and that she had tried to help a demonstrator who had been knocked unconscious by a projectile fired by police. The police crackdown inspired Leandra Johnson, a 36-year-old mother of five from El Sobrante, Calif., to take to the street Wednesday with a sign that said “We Have the Right to Peaceful Assembly.”

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Attendees shake their hands in agreement with Kwazi Nkrumah, as he speaks recently at an Occupy LA security committee meeting on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles, California. Authorities across the United States are pondering best practices to move protesters out of their encampments. “Last night is the reason I’m here today and it’ll be the reason I’m here tomorrow,” she said. Oakland officials insist that they tried to work with the campers and got nowhere.

Across the bay in San Francisco, the occupy camps remain at Justin Herman Plaza South. But the city has threatened to arrest protesters who camp overnight, citing “evidence of excrement, urine, and

vomit” in a park with some 300 protesters. All told, there have been an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 arrests in dozens of American cities since the Occupy movement began.

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“This (supplemental budget) allows programs and allows SGA to do something,” from page 1 DeWitt said. “Most of our budto pay for the parking lots get was spent already. There’s at basketball and football not really a lot of money for games. Students will be noti- projects that benefit students fied via email of when and if you really thing about it. So where tickets will be distrib- SGA took the initiative this uted on a first-come first- year to expand our role.” served basis. Other registered student Model United Nations, a organizations at The U of M government-related student are allowed $400 a semester o rg a n i z a t i o n for a budget, that is active money that t’s not like also comes on The U of M’s Lambuth from the stuDeWitt and campus, will dent-paid fee. Goodwin have R e g i s t e r e d be allotted $2,000 for orgaany advantage student travel and regnizations can istration for or any control apply for addicompetitions. tional funding over the out- through the Student organizations not Student Event come of the sponsored by Allocation the SGA can allocation. They committee. only receive DeWitt said would be subup to 70 perhe realizes the stantially out- SGA has cercent of funding for travel privileges numbered and tain requests. other campus I don’t have a organizations DeWitt said another $2,000 don’t receive. vote at all.” was needed “ T h e for a printer S t u d e n t — Stephen Petersen G o v e r n m e n t and computer Dean of Students and because SGA’s Association SGA Advisor are “hand-meis recogdowns and nized by the unreliable.” Senators use these administration as a long computers to research and standing group that is part write bills during their man- of the administration at The dated weekly office hours. University of Memphis,” he The remainder of the said. “We consider ourselves $12,000 given to the SGA will as partner with all (registered fund the new online election student orginaztions) and I software and voting system. welcome any partnership, The voting system will allow whether it be a co-sponsor, the SGA to post on their web- promotion or whatever. We site the voting record of each are open for it because we are senator. the voice of the students.”

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Opinion

War of the words BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor

Some people say that it is impolite to use profanity, while others think that you can’t get your point across unless obscenities are used. Whichever way you decide to live your life and what comes out of your mouth is entirely up to you. But when you’re a public figure or someone who is in charge of other people’s kids, should you tone down your language or should you do whatever it takes to win? Due to the recent outtakes of one Shawn Abel, now former head football coach at Collierville High School, we wanted to revisit whether or not you should curse at a young adult (teenager), or a college student-athlete, because although they’re in school, they’re still considered adults. “I’ve never had an urge to curse, even when I’m furious,” said Josh Pastner, head coach of the men’s basketball team. “I believe you don’t need to curse to get your point across. I think you can motivate through respect.” Whether or not the players have Pastner’s respect has yet to be recognized. Since he

took over the program in 2009, Pastner has had his run-ins with a few players. During last season he benched a struggling Wesley Witherspoon for inappropriate behavior on a team bus. Before that, senior forward Pierre Henderson-Niles was dismissed from the team because of playing time and also it was reported that he and sharpshooter Roburt Sallie had a few choice words before he decided he wanted to pursue a professional career after not being accepted into Louisville. So, to say one should not curse and that players respond better to positive talk is an understatement. We now live in a world where sometimes the best way to get through to an 18-22-year-old is talk like them. So if Pastner wants to consider himself a cool coach for getting Rick Ross scheduled to perform at Memphis Madness, he should consider talking to the players the same way they talk to each other. It’s not like they don’t do it. But I’m not saying that it makes things right to do so, but he should give it a shot. “There are many coaches that have won championships and that are in the hall of fame, so I’m not saying my way is the right way,” Pastner said. “I’m saying personally, I just believe you can treat people the right way, coach them, get them better and teach them that

it takes some discipline to get your point across without saying a word that doesn’t need to be used.”

“I believe

you don’t need to curse to get your point across.” — Josh Pastner Head coach, Tigers basketball So if we end up seeing another Tigers team that lacks cohesion, chemistry, togetherness and seeming like they’re tuning out their coach and playing selfishly because he seems to use ‘baby words’ to motivate them, then we now know why the players aren’t playing up to their potential. It will be because Pastner refuses to be like his predecessor and call them names and throw them under the bus just to get to a national championship game. But if they do get to the national championship game will it be in spite of all these things, or will it be because of pure talent? “In my world of recruiting, I tell them that if you need me to curse at you to get you motivated, then don’t come to Memphis,” Pastner said.


8 • Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Volleyball

Solutions

Lady Tigers seeking redemption

(Don’t accept candy from strangers.)

After two straight losses – both conference match ups – The University of Memphis volleyball squad (15-9, 4-7 in Conference USA) will be looking to redeem themselves as they prepare for two more conference matches on the road, beginning with Tulsa on Friday and SMU on Sunday. “The girls did not believe they could win because we played good teams last weekend,” said assistant coach Marko Majstorovic. “We are about to play good teams this weekend so all they have to do is believe they can beat those teams.”’ The lady tigers fell short to C-USA rival Houston on Sunday at the Tigers’ annual ‘Dig Pink’ game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. “We were playing good teams, and that’s what it boils down to,” said April Jauregui, head coach of the volleyball team. “Our conference is very solid this year. On any given night anyone can beat anyone.” Led by Marija Jovanovic in kills with 14, Altrese Hawkins (13) and Vesna Jelic (12) pulled in double digits in both kills and digs with 11 and 13, respectively. Hajnalka Molnar tabbed 49 assists leaving her with 998 on the season. Plagued by routine errors, the tigers ultimately fell 3-1 against the Cougars. “We struggled with errors, so we have to reduce our errors and play more focused volleyball,“ Hawkins said. “We need to believe in ourselves and our teammates and work together. If we all give 100 percent then we’re going to beat these teams we’re losing to right now.” As they prepare to hit the road this weekend, the tigers are up against two teams they’ve already seen this season, Tulsa (19-5, 10-1) and SMU (9-14, 5-6). In a hardfought five-set match, the Tigers downed SMU at home where Hawkins tabbed her record high 30 kills. In their last meeting, Tulsa swept Memphis in three straight sets. “We beat (SMU) two weeks ago so we’ll have the same exact game plan,“ Jauregui said. “It’s about executing the game plan just like we did two weeks ago, we’ve got to play well.” After two on the road, Memphis returns home for four straight home games – the first two against UCF, then followed by Tulane and Southern Miss; all games, they hope to win with fan support as they play their last games on the season in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. “Home games are always a lot better than away games,” Hawkins said. “Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd come out and support us. We’re going to go out and play our game and that’s all that we need to do.”

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