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Helmsman alumni recalls time at UM BY BRYAN HEATER Sports Reporter During his time as sports editor of The Daily Helmsman, Jason Smith covered Tiger basketball and other sports, but being a full-time Tiger basketball beat writer for a metro daily newspaper like The Commercial Appeal was merely a dream. His years at the Helmsman proved to a door that opened to a world of opportunities. A self-described hard working, blue-collar-type of person, Smith credited his time at the Helmsman for helping him get his foot into the door of professional journalism. “It was invaluable,” said Smith, who is now the Tiger basketball beat writer for The Commercial Appeal. “It gave me the feel of what an everyday newspaper was all about. Sometimes people take for granted that it is a student newspaper and that there is no power there, but that’s not true. You can do great work at the Helmsman, and it gave me that itch that this is want I want to do.” With the Memphis Tigers’ basketball season finally here, Smith is a very busy man. He has Smith people to talk to and deadlines to meet. Readers of The Commercial Appeal are treated to his daily updates concerning the team. As any writer knows, there are deadlines to be met so that people, and in this case Tigers fans, can be informed on what is going on. Smith credited his time at the Helmsman for teaching him how to meet these deadlines, something he said he could not have learned from a class. “That was the thing for me once I got to the (Commercial Appeal),” he said. “If I hadn’t been involved with the Helmsman, then there is no way I could be doing what I am now because it is so stressful with all the deadlines. It also helped me learn what happened to your story once you wrote it.” Smith had people in the classroom that also helped him along the way, invaluable in their support and advice, he said. “For me it was professor (Elinor) Grusin, who went out of her way to tell me that I could do this,” Smith said. “I was a guy that needed encouragement. She was a huge encourager and helped me get an internship (at The Commercial Appeal) back in 2000 when I was still in school.” The chance to make friends and form close bonds with other student reporters also made the Helmsman worthwhile for Smith. “The camaraderie and the friendships were the most fun aspect,” he said. “At the Helmsman, there were more writers around, and you could bounce ideas off each other, and you come up with a better product when you do that.” Out of all the weird and quirky things that happened while writing for the Helmsman, there was one occurrence that has stuck with him through the years. “I really shouldn’t be telling this, but I remember while I was the managing editor, I had a side job I also did because I worked for the Helmsman where I would call in the Grizzlies score for a bottom line,” he said. “My usual schedule was I would get that done, then come back to the newsroom and put the paper to bed.” “After the Grizzlies game, they would give the writers beer. Some of the writers get a few and some don’t, but I was just getting started, so I was like, ‘Sure I’ll get a beer.’ Well, I drink the beer while I’m finishing up what I have to do, then I head back to the Helmsman. I get back to the Helmsman, and at the time the photographer’s name was Scott. So when I get back he was the first person I started talking to and then all of a sudden he asks, ‘Dude, have you been drinking?’ It was my immediate reaction to fib and say ‘no,’ because I was working so I better not tell him that I’m drinking. I eventually told him I had one
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Brawl on campus sends student to hospital BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter University of Memphis freshman Brandon Transon was hospitalized after he and some friends were attacked by a group of at least 20 men outside of the campus recreation center Tuesday. According to a police report, Transon’s group of friends and two other groups got into a verbal argument inside the rec center over using the basketball court. When Transon and his friends left the building, they were assaulted by about 20 to 30 men, the report said. Another victim told police the fight ended when Transon became unresponsive. According to the report, he was transferred to the Regional Medical
Center at Memphis in non-critical condition with a broken jaw. U of M director of safety Bruce Harber said University police are investigating the incident. “While we are waiting for the victim to feel well enough to talk to us, we are continuing our efforts to locate and interview anyone who may be able to provide information about the incident,” he said via email on Friday. Harber said police are still trying to identify who was involved and what role they played in Transon’s injuries. Based on the injuries, Harber said the charges of the inflictor would most likely be aggravated assault, a felony. Anyone with information is asked to call police services at 901-678-4357.
U of M law school celebrates golden anniversary BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Established on the main campus in the fall of 1962 with 148 students, the school is now located downtown and 424 students are enrolled. “The number of students and faculty has remained relatively constant. However, we have grown in such things as the number of externships available to our students … and the strength of the relationship between the law school and its alumni and friends,” said Kevin Smith, Dean of the School of Law. The state’s supreme court accredited the school the year it was founded, but the American Bar Association gave it full accreditation, which it still maintains, six years later in 1968. Currently, its students have a 90 percent passage rate of the Tennessee Bar Exam, higher than the state average. “Our students are successful on the bar and in life primarily due to the rigorous curriculum, excellent faculty who are concerned about their students’ success and the students’ own abilities and hard work,” Smith said. A reunion celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary is planned for sometime in October of next year, though exact details have not been arranged.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law turns 50 years old during The University’s centennial year. The school relocated downtown to the former U.S. Post Office/Customs House in 2010. Pictured above is the inside of the new building.
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BY ERICA HORTON News Reporter Sitting in the window of a tiny studio apartment in New York, a young Lindsay Goldenberg looked out on to the city. She was a summer intern for Rolling Stone magazine, and it was the first time she had ever lived on her own. A Patti Smith CD playing in the background, Goldenberg thought to herself, “This is exactly what I want to be doing right now.” But before her lifestyle as a magazine writer in New York, Goldenberg was a reporter and Editor-in-Chief of The University of Memphis’ independent student newspaper, The Daily Helmsman. “Working at The Daily Helmsman was, without a doubt, a pivotal moment for me in choosing a career path,” she said. “It gave me the knowledge, insight, drive and determination that I would need after college, and in every job I’ve had since then.” After graduating from The U of M, Goldenberg joined the Rolling Stone staff in 2000 full-time, and later wrote for Teen People, Maxim. com, Blender.com, OutdoorLife. com. She is now the NewParent. com editorial director. Goldenberg said she learned the “nuts and bolts” of journalism in the classroom, but in The Helmsman office, she gained experience that a book can’t teach. “You also learn how the entire process works from start to finish by being in the thick of it. Those lessons are invaluable,” she said. Sometimes it was hard for her to juggle working at the paper and keeping up with school, but Goldenberg said the entire experience was fun because she enjoyed
what she was doing. “Never have I had such a good time staying at work until one or two in the morning on deadline,” she said. “There was a sense of ownership you had when working there, that this was your ‘baby,’ and you wanted to put out the best newspaper you could. I wish every job was like that.” Though she has not been in The Helmsman office for more than 13 years, Goldenberg can still recall big, blue Mac computers, a source of frustration to staffers when they would frequently crash. She also remembers becoming Editor-in-Chief of the paper and redesigning the whole publication, one of her proudest moments at The Helmsman. “I really loved being able to see something come together from start to finish. I was proud of myself for being able to fill those big shoes of being an editor and being able to work with the writers and put together the best product we could,” she said. “I’ll always be proud knowing I was a part of The Daily Helmsman.” As a journalism student, Goldenberg said she loved newspapers and the chasing stories like the time she broke the story of a tuition scam perpetrated by some U of M students and their supervisors at FedEx. All the newspapers and TV stations in Memphis were trying to get the story, but The Helmsman was the only news outlet to get it. But despite the fun of newspaper work, Goldenberg loved magazines because she loved entertainment. She said she knew she had to get to New York, the hub of entertainment magazines. “I highly encourage anybody who wants to make it in journalism
to plan on moving there if they can,” she said. “It’s the center of the publishing universe, and the experience, both career and life, is incomparable to anywhere else in the world.” Goldenberg not only found her career in New York City, she met her husband. She and Cory Jones met in 2007 when they were both editors at Maxim.com. They married a year ago and now live in Nashville, where they moved for their jobs. In college, Goldenberg was determined to be a magazine writer, applying for as many internships as she could, including the American Society of Magazine Editors internship program, for which she was initially turned down. “When I got my rejection letter, I followed up with a letter that I faxed that explained why I thought they made a mistake,” she said. “That persistence got me into the program when a space became available.” She was accepted into the program and interned at Reader’s Digest. “That magazine and its location are so unique. You essentially have to take a train from Grand Central out to Pleasantville, N.Y., where they are based,” she said. “A Reader’s Digest van picks you up at the train station, and they bring the workers without cars to the headquarters. It looks like a hotel resort, with lakes and ducks roaming the grounds.” Each week Goldenberg worked in a different department. “One week I was in the humor department, the next week I was in the research library. It was a totally different experience,” she said. During that first summer in New York, Goldenberg met Bob Love, then-managing editor of Rolling Stone. When she got back to Memphis at the end of that summer, Goldenberg started planning
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the Freedom of Information program on campus and was in charge of finding a speaker. “Bob Love was the first person I thought of,” she said. Love and his wife flew to Memphis, and Goldenberg said they all had a great time touring the city. She convinced him she would make a great intern and was at Rolling Stone the next summer in New York. After graduation, she was hired full time at Rolling Stone. “Sometimes getting your dream job involves not only applying for it, but making it happen by putting yourself out there to show them who you really are,” she said. “There’s a harsh reality when you get to any first job, I think, especially when the
curtains are opened and you see the non-glamorous side of it.” She said when she first started working at magazines, she saw a lot of editorial decisions based on marketing as opposed to content. “But at the end of the day, it’s a business, so it’s understandable,” she said. “There are drawbacks to every decision, however, and I think a lot of publications have sacrificed their credibility.” Goldenberg said magazines are putting people on their covers and profiling them not because they think they’re talented, but because they’re on a reality show or are attractive. “I mean why do I keep seeing Jessica Alba on magazine covers?” she asked. “What was the last good movie she was in?” Despite her extensive resume, Goldenberg said she does not have an ultimate career goal yet, as many publications are going online. “I’m still trying to figure out what my ultimate goal is. Online is very different than magazines, which is what I majored in,” she said. “My ultimate goal might be my dream to write a best-selling novel or a screenplay. We’ll see what happens.”
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BY CARLA RUTLEDGE Contributing Writer A lens shutter clicks. Adjust the lens focus. Arms lifted as if just completing an Olympic marathon, head coach for the University of Memphis Tigers Tommy West is hoisted onto the shoulders of his gargantuan players. A roaring mass of blue and gray explodes in the New Orleans Superdome. With pride beaming from him like rays from a lighthouse in the blanket of night, the shutter snaps closed once more. Got the shot. Julia Weeks, a photographer for The Daily Helmsman, captures the excitement and triumph in this solitary moment as she too feels the flutter of joy with her team’s win. “I’ve always liked the Tigers, so it was just an added bonus to be able to combine two of my passions,” said Weeks, now photo editor for the Associated Press in New York City. “I am a huge sports fan so being able to go to the games and network with the different photographers was always exciting.” “When I first came on board, being new to the journalism
from page 1 and that I couldn’t believe he could smell one beer on my breath, but it was just one of those things that was really funny.” Even with all the friendships and fun the Helmsman offered, Smith was quick to say that not all aspects at the paper were fun and games. There were challenging aspects that had to be overcome. “Working on a daily basis was pretty tough,” he said. “I wasn’t just writing a story a week and that was it. I had to come up with stories four days a week. When I was editor-inchief and had reporters underneath me, I had to have stories to fill up the paper. That was hard, too. Not just stories that would fill up the paper, but stories that people actually wanted to read.” Getting stories that people want to read requires some digging. Digging up information often leads to conflict, which Smith ran into when he wrote a story on grant money to the University that was rescinded. “I did a story trying to find out why they took this money back,” he said. “Long story short, a person from the (U of M) legal counsel called about the headline saying that the grant had been rescinded and she said that it hadn’t been rescinded, but they had decided not to give it to them. But according to the legal counsel, the headline was completely false, so she blasted me for that.” Smith went on to say that the headline was retracted but that the
world and finding my way was probably the toughest,” Weeks recalled. “But having professors who were always encouraging me to go out and do what I wanted was a huge help. The instructors, with their knowledge and resources to different opportunities, were great.” Weeks’ happy memories of her days as a Helmsman photographer are not all work and no play. “One time I was traveling
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won or lost the game, but that night we went out and rode a mechanical bull,” she said with
“The hands-on experience at
The Helmsman gave me access to events and a great platform for getting in touch with people. Even to this day, that still helps at the Associated Press with digging up names and contact information.” — Julia Weeks Former Daily Helmsman photographer with editors and writers to cover the Memphis Tigers in Dallas. I don’t even remember if we story was actually factually correct. The University may have not liked the story, but the truth was in there, he said. “I let them intimidate me,” he said. “You’re going to ruffle some feathers when you’re trying to get to the heart of the situation.” Smith was most proud of a story that he wrote when he was a news reporter, “Teaching in Another’s Shoes,” based on an African-American literature class Smith was in that was taught by a white teacher. “As soon as the mostly predominately black class saw that a white teacher was going to be teaching this class, everyone started whispering and saying, ‘No way he is the teacher,’” Smith said. “It took me a while to convince him to let me do a story on him, but I wanted to ask the question, ‘Why couldn’t he teach this class?’ Not only did he have a right to teach the class and the credentials, but it was a shame that students in the class thought he shouldn’t.” The story won Smith numerous awards and allowed him to discuss race in a city where race is a frequent topic. Smith continues to write not just because it puts food on his table, but also because, through the Helmsman, he has fallen in love with it, he said. “I will always cherish the memories from my time at the Helmsman,” he said. “It helped me realize that this was the right path for me to follow, and I am eternally grateful for that.” Photo used in this story is courtesy of Jason Smith.
a giggle. “It was the camaraderie with others in journalism that was most memorable.”
After graduating from The University of Memphis, Weeks landed a prestigious internship at Newsday that took her more than a thousand miles north to New York. “When I moved to New York, I ended up falling in love with this city,” she said. “Six years later I’m still here.” Weeks gives The Daily Helmsman some of the credit for her success. “The hands-on experience at The Helmsman gave me access to events and a great platform for getting in touch with people,” she said. “Even to this day, that still helps at the Associated Press with digging up names and contact information.” Weeks still gets to travel sometimes, but the destinations are a bit more exotic than those of her Helmsman days.
“Just this February, I was editing photos at the Oscars, and this summer the AP flew me out to the south of France to edit photos for the Cannes Film Festival. It was amazing.” While her job usually consists of editing photos, occasionally Weeks still shoots her own photos in the field. “I have a really great manager who encourages us to still go out and shoot photos even as an editor,” she said. “Now, I have access to press passes, giving me opportunities to get through police barricades and things like that. In June of this year, I was at the Senate Chamber in Albany (N.Y.) to take photos as they legalized gay marriage in New York.” “To be a part of something, often times, so historic, has really been an incredible experience.”
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Obama administration delays decision on Canada oil pipeline BY RENEE SCHOOF McClatchy Newspapers A decision on whether to build a pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to Texas will be delayed, probably until 2013, to allow time to consider rerouting a section in Nebraska, the State Department announced Thursday. The requirement for a new environmental impact statement and more public comments means the decision won’t be made until after the 2012 elections. Controversy over the pipeline created a headache for the Obama administration, but the delay might not end it. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has become a textbook example of an issue that pits environmentalists against energy developers. Environmentalists have made the pipeline a test case of whether President Barack Obama will fight climate change. The pipeline would ensure decades of an increased supply of a form of oil that produces more heat-trapping emissions than conventional oil does because more energy is needed to extract and refine it. The State Department said the delay was about the environmental impact on Nebraska, not climate change. Supporters of the pipeline said Obama was missing an opportunity to create construction and
manufacturing jobs and that the U.S. needed Canadian oil. The president said in a statement that he supported the delay “because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment.” He added that he’d promote expanded domestic oil production and “a clean energy economy.” The State Department must decide on the permit for the 1,661mile pipeline because it would cross the U.S.-Canadian border. Kerri-Ann Jones, an assistant secretary of state, said the new review wouldn’t address concerns about increased greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands. Nor was the pipeline’s route over part of the Ogallala aquifer, a vast reservoir beneath the Plains states that’s key to regional irrigation, a reason for the delay, she said. The new review will examine only the pipeline’s impact on the Sandhills, a large section of north-central Nebraska made up of dunes, wetlands and native grasslands, Jones said. Environmentalists have faulted the State Department’s handling of the issue. The department let the company that wants to build the pipeline, TransCanada Corp., suggest contractors to help write the environmental impact statement on the project. State Department officials said such a practice was
normal and legitimate. The consulting company that wrote the report, Cardno Entrix, found no significant environmental issues and said TransCanada’s proposed route was the best choice. Pipeline opponents charged that the handling of the study, emails between a pipeline lobbyist and a U.S. official at the embassy in Canada and support for the pipeline by a former State Department official showed that the agency had a conflict of interest. Jones said there was no conflict of interest. She said Cardno Entrix “will be considered as anyone else would be” to write the new environmental impact statement. Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement that his company wasn’t giving up. “We remain confident Keystone XL will ultimately be approved,” he said. “This project is too important to the U.S. economy, the Canadian economy and the national interest of the United States for it not to proceed.” Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association for the oil industry, cited an industrybacked study that found the pipeline would create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs over two years. “With 9 percent unemployment, the president turning his
back on these 20,000 jobs is not good news for the American people,” he said. Bill McKibben, an author and environmentalist who organized protests against the pipeline at the White House, including a
large one last Sunday, said: “The American people spoke loudly and today the president responded, at least in part.” He said that opponents would resume protests if plans for the pipeline went ahead.
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More than 200 people were turned away because the theater reached capacity, according to Chelsea Dubey, director of communications and events at the law school. “After that, Professor Kiel came to us and asked if the law school would host it. We were thrilled to do that,” she said. Members of the Memphis 13 will also be at the encore showing, two of whom—Joyce White and Jacqueline Moore Christion—are U of M employees, Dubey said. With the school merger now at hand, the topic of the documentary is more relevant than ever. “I think it’s important for undergrad students to see this even if they’re not from Memphis, and especially if they’re not from Memphis to see where the city has come from and where it’s going,” she said.
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Occupy Wall Street insists it isn’t political — for now at Rutgers University and a spokesman for Occupy Wall Street. Efforts to shift the Wall Street protest may be movement in a partisan direca movement, a momentary tion would be unlikely to be phenomenon or something in approved by the consensus between, but one thing its most process at the protesters’ regfervent activists insist it’s not ular General Assembly meetis a team of shock troops for ings, he and other protesters any political campaign. say. “There would be so many That’s a disappointment to people who Democrats who would balk at wish the Occupy endorsement activists would don’t see the of any party or animate their party the way us endorsing candidate that don’t think it the tea party lit candidates or Iwould happen,” up Republicans in the past two trying to form Bray said. Not yet, at years, but the a party.” least. protesters at the Like other original Occupy — Mark Bray protesters from Wall Street scene Occupy spokesman various Occupy say that’s not Wall Street orgawhat it’s about. “I don’t see us endorsing nizing groups, Bray did not candidates or trying to form rule out political possibilities a party,” said Mark Bray, 29, for the future. Protesters from a doctoral student in history the Occupy Cincinnati group
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Police brandished guns and assault rifles on Nov. 13 as they arrested a group of demonstrators who had taken over a vacant car dealership Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. have announced a platform for a new political party — the Occupation Party. The protests are far from apolitical. It’s difficult to walk even a few feet in Zuccotti Park, the New York protest’s base in Manhattan’s financial district, without hearing political issues being debated and finding groups weighing in on a wide range of subjects such as health care, education, national debt and defense spending. Though most activists at
Occupy Wall Street claim to be dissatisfied with the state of American government and politics, their views come in many flavors. Some are leftists of the 1960s generation, and others are curious newcomers to political activism. Still others are Ron Paul supporters, anarchists, or soured Obama campaign volunteers. Last Wednesday, a group of protesters left for a two-week march to Washington, with plans to arrive by Nov. 23, the deadline for the congres-
sional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to decide how to deal with federal budget deficits. The activists plan to protest extending the Bushera tax cuts. But beyond such singular acts of protest, most Occupy Wall Street activists hope their movement will remain outside organized politics for now. They offer several explanations. Some say they feel the polit-
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What is your dream job after college? by Aaron Turner
“Work at a youth center, and be a mentor for young African American kids.”
“I would love to instantly jump into the music industry, and an alternative would be a video game designer.”
“I would like to work as a publicity editor for Vogue magazine”
“To be a fireman in the Los Angeles area because of all the wildfires that take place around there.”
“I would work at Le Bonheur Hospital as a pediatric nurse, because I have a strong passion for children.”
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Campus Recreation Intramural Services to host triathlon BY TRACEY HARLOW News Reporter Campus R e c re a t i o n Intramural Services is holding its first ever “Rec-ing Crew Triathlon” on Nov. 19 in the Recreation Center. The triathlon will include
a 30-minute treadmill run, a 30-minute bike ride and a 15-minute swim in the indoor pool. Registration starts at 6 a.m., and the event begins at 7 a.m. The cost to compete is $15. Anyone age 10 and up is eligible to participate. “It’s indoors so it’s a little
different from other triathlons,” said Suzanne Fenech, aquatics and safety coordinator. Participants are placed into an age group, and the top three participants who cover the most distance in the time allotted will win their division. “We encourage everyone to
come out and give it a try,” Fenech said. All proceeds for the event will go to Memphis Girls Club Inc. Fenech said girls from the Club take swim lessons in the summer, and the proceeds will cover their costs for lessons. “We anticipate a lot of com-
munity involvement. This is our first triathlon, but we hope to have more in the future,” said Laurie Kay, associate in campus recreation. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the Memphis recreation center website.
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Deification of Paterno National perhaps permitted crimes insecurity at Penn State to continue BY JEFF MCLANE The Philadelphia Inquirer
I asked, and Joe Paterno cracked back: “That’s not a very good question for a Penn State graduate.” It was in Chicago in 2007, at my first Big Ten media conference, and the banquet room was filled with about 200 reporters. I couldn’t see Paterno’s reaction from my seat, but judging by the comedic pause and the laughter his quip elicited, I was pretty sure he made what I had come to refer to as his “Jekyll face.” The season before was my first on the Penn State beat for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and it took about, oh, two meetings for the Paterno mystique to fade away. That may seem like one too many for a journalist, but I had grown up a passionate fan of Nittany Lions football, attended the university, and had at one point been a true believer in all things “JoePa.” Sure, by the time I got the beat I was in my early 30s and already knew that the iconic Penn State coach was not perfect. Like Santa Claus, there is no such man. But it came as a mild surprise, after spending my first social moments with Paterno, to learn that he was as flawed as anyone. They say you should never meet your heroes, but that would be denying yourself the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson: Life is neither black nor white, and largerthan-life figures are nothing more than flesh and blood. The scandal at Penn State is a tragedy not because Paterno was removed as coach Wednesday night by the board of trustees or because his legacy will forever be tainted. It is a tragedy, first and foremost, because innocent children allegedly were victims of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. And it is a tragedy because the deification of Paterno perhaps permitted these crimes to contin-
ue when they might have been stopped nearly a decade ago. The St. Joe myth, while steeped in fact, was propagated for years by writers who fell under Paterno’s spell. Yes, this was a public man who was often above the fray and stood by his morals. But that did not necessarily mean he was a great guy. Those who painted a balanced picture, gray hairs and all, were shunned and often marginalized. Paterno, after all, won all those games and two national championships without violating an NCAA rule. But in the process, the man became untouchable, and his power grew. If you grew up in Philadelphia in the 1980s and you loved football, there was only one college team to follow: Penn State. By 1982, the Eagles were starting to decline, and Paterno’s teams finally were starting to win national titles. I’ll never forget Greg Garrity’s diving touchdown catch in the end zone and Paterno being lifted off the ground at the Sugar Bowl. Even as a 9-year-old, I sensed the enormity of the coach’s finally winning a national title at age 55. When Penn State beat Miami four years later for Paterno’s second crown, I felt as if justice had been served. Here was a Miami program that everyone knew cheated falling to the squeaky-clean Lions, a product of Paterno’s “Grand Experiment.” Even during the lean years we could still puff out our chests because our coach didn’t cheat, and our players graduated. By the time I was a senior at Penn State in 1994, Paterno had his last great team. When the Lions won at Michigan, I and hundreds of other students instinctively ran to Beaver Stadium. We broke in and tried to bring down the goalposts, but they would not budge. The school instead brought out an
old goalpost, and a crowd carried it all the way to McKee Street and laid it across Paterno’s lawn. When I started covering Paterno in the 2000s, the shine had dulled a bit. But he had survived a fouryear lull, and the program had rebounded. Because I was a graduate and once a fan, I wanted to prove my bona fides and avoid the worst of sportswriting sins: to be a homer. So I ripped Paterno and the Lions when it was appropriate, and I asked the hard questions. Maybe I overcompensated. I learned along the way, though, that Paterno respected the reporters who did not cow to his stature. Still, he could be a bully and sometimes said the cruelest of things to writers during his Friday cocktail gatherings before games. Paterno loved to bust chops, and when he delivered a real zinger he would open his mouth and make that evil face. It’s the expression I was sure he had made when I asked a question in Chicago about his no longer visiting recruits on the road. When I left the beat, watching Penn State games wasn’t the same at first. But as my sons grew older and became interested, I found myself becoming attached once again. My wife even bought a Penn State children’s book written by Joe and Sue Paterno that we would often read to our two eldest sons at night. But when the Sandusky scandal broke last week, and details emerged about Paterno’s either blindly doing very little or covering it up, I sneaked into my sons’ bedroom and removed the book. I thought about tearing it up and throwing it away, but I didn’t. I just put it in my bookcase, locked the key, and thought, “Why can’t it be that easy to protect my boys?” I wonder how Paterno would answer that.
Too fat to fight? Group says national security could be jeopardized if young people don’t get in shape BY SANDY KLEFFMAN Contra Costa Times The nation’s young adults are getting too fat, and unfit, to fight. That is the conclusion of a group of retired military leaders who noted Wednesday that one in four Americans are now too overweight to enlist. The nation’s obesity crisis, the group said, threatens national security. “You have a shrinking pool of eligible people, and that pool has got to start going the other way,” said retired Army Major General James Comstock. “That’s why it’s a security issue.” The group, called Mission: Readiness, issued its report on the eve of Veterans Day. It is comprised of 250 retired generals, admirals and other top military brass. It urged schools to ensure that physical education requirements are met and that students have trained instructors and adequate facilities and equipment. The group noted that California high school students spend on average just 22 minutes per day in moderate-to-vigorous activities during physical education classes, middle school students spend 16 minutes, and elementary school students nine minutes. Making matters worse: only 15 percent of 17-year-olds participate in daily physical education activities. Nationwide, about 75 per-
cent of American young people are not eligible for the military because of weight problems, criminal histories, not meeting the educational requirements and other problems. The military is meeting its recruitment goals, in part because the slumping economy limits available private-sector jobs. But Comstock said he and other military leaders worry that if the economy improves and people have more options, recruitment will suffer, particularly if American children keep getting heavier. Even for recruits who meet the weight requirements, being unfit before enlisting can pose other problems, the group noted. Unfit recruits have higher rates of sprains and stress fractures, and inactive males are three times more likely to be medically discharged than people who exercised or played sports three or more times a week before joining. Physical fitness is more important for the military today than it has ever been, said retired Navy Admiral Leon “Bud” Edney. “If you’ve been to Afghanistan and understand the difficulty, there is no time to rest,” Edney said. “You are always on alert.” A quarter of medical evacuations from Iraq and Afghanistan to Germany were for serious sprains and stress fractures, the group noted. That compares to 14 percent due to combat injuries.
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Lady Tigers rout UT-Martin 7-0
Oduro named to national team of week
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found Oduro waiting on the left flank. Oduro then slammed the ball past the goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead. Less than 10 minutes later, Oduro captured the hat trick. After senior defender Lizzy Simonin played the free kick, Oduro scored on a sliding shot in the box for the 3-0 lead. The assist was Simonin’s fifth on the season.
the ball and connect for her first goal of the season from five yards out for the 4-0 lead. The season has become a “It’s pretty unreal as a broken record. Week after freshman and still not know week, game after game, the what it’s like to lose,” Cassady No. 5 University of Memphis said. “I’m just happy I got to women’s soccer team has contribute.” answered the call. Hallman added her secSaturday, the Lady Tigers ond goal of the season three ended four years of frustrating minutes later to give the first round exits in the NCAA Lady Tigers a 5-0 advantage. tournament Freshman midwith a dominatfielder-forward ing 7-0 win over Natalia Gomezthe University Junco recorded of Tennesseethe assist on the Martin Skyhawks. play after she Sophomore midpassed the ball to fielder-forward an open Hallman Christabel Oduro at the top right of recorded a hat the box. Hallman trick as the Lady then smashed the Tigers cruised to ball into the upper the second round. left corner of the Oduro congoal. nected on the first Oduro would of her four goals add one more goal — Christabel Oduro at the 1:50 mark for her fourth in Women’s soccer midfielder-forward to give the Lady the game, and Tigers their earlisophomore forest lead of the seaward Rasheeda son. Oduro used her speed “I have no idea what hap- Ansari also added a goal to to dribble around a Skyhawk pened,” Oduro said. “The balls give the Lady Tigers a 7-0 win defender and beat the goal- were coming in almost perfect, and advance to the second keeper for the early lead. and it was my job to finish round of the NCAA tourna“Christabel’s performance them off so I just did what I ment for the first time in the was second to none,” said had to do.” program’s history. head coach Brooks Monaghan. Junior defender Averi “To be able to score seven “There were just a lot of posi- Hallman got in on the action goals in an NCAA tournament tives to take (from the first in the 51st minute. Freshman game is massive,” Monaghan round).” midfielder-defender Carly said. “It’s do or die now.” Oduro added to the advan- Cassady crossed the ball into The Lady Tigers will take tage in the 25th minute. the box from near the cor- on the Louisville Cardinals Freshman forward-midfield- ner flag after dribbling past Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the secer Kylie Davis advanced the a Skyhawk defender. Hallman ond round at the Mike Rose ball up the middle where she did enough to put her foot on Soccer Complex.
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After setting an NCAA tournament record for most points in a match with nine, sophomore midfielderforward Christabel Oduro was named to Top Drawer Soccer ’s National Team of the Week, as announced on
the goalkeeper. Oduro added two more goals in the 25th and 34th minute for the hat trick. She would add another goal and assist in the second half to help the Lady Tigers cruise into the second round of the NCAA tournament. Oduro now has 16 goals on the season, moving
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to be recognized. I’m just lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of girls.” — Christabel Oduro Women’s soccer midfielder-forward Monday. “It’s always an honor to be recognized,” Oduro said. “I’m just lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of girls.” Oduro needed only one half to record a hat trick on Saturday against the University of TennesseeMartin Skyhawks. Her first goal came in the second minute of the game after Oduro utilized her speed to beat a Skyhawk defender and then
her into second place in the program’s history for goals in a season. The award marks the sixth time this season Oduro has been named to a national team of the week. She is also now tied with three other players for the most goals in an NCAA tournament game. Oduro and the Lady Tigers now look toward Friday’s match against the Louisville Cardinals. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor Before their final tune-up game on Friday night, U of M Tigers head basketball coach Josh Pastner insisted that defense will have to be the team’s calling card this year. And for the first 10-12 minutes the Tigers looked like one of the best defensive teams in the country, albeit against a lesser opponent in Christian Brothers University. The Tigers began the game with full-court pressure, stifling defense and an early 24-point lead en route to cruising past CBU, 79-56. “If we want to be as good as we want to be, we have to do it for 40 minutes,” Pastner said. “Those first 10 or 12 minutes were fantastic. My issue is, why didn’t we do it for the next 28 minutes? I told guys in the locker room, ‘You’ve set the bar. So I’m going to hold you to that standard and those first 10 or 12 minutes, that’s how we’re playing.’” That tough Tigers defense caused CBU to miss their first 10 of 12 shots and shoot 9-of-23 from the floor for 39 percent. Five of those nine field goals came from the three-point arc. Pastner said he still doesn’t understand why his team can’t keep teams from shooting a high percentage from beyond the arc. The Buccaneers shot 37.9 percent from downtown,
Occupy from page 6 ical status quo is so corrupt, it’s best not to engage with it at all. Elisa Miller, 38, a New Orleans resident who came to New York for the protests in late September, said she was boycotting the 2012 elections. “This system is grossly dysfunctional,” she said, then entered a heated exchange with a passing organizer about why she thinks electoral reform is impossible. Several protesters said they want their effort to avoid being co-opted by or beholden to a particular party or candidate. Many praised the protests as a place to nurture the exchange of new political ideas entirely outside of the two-party system. “We’re literally opening a space that did not exist before,” said Kobi Skolnick, 30, who said he was amazed at the creative problem-solving he’s seen. Others said the question of what would become of the protests, politically or otherwise, was missing the point. “The question to me is, what’s the right way to come up with an answer to that, based on democratic principles?” said Bray, the spokesman.
11 three pointers in total for the game. “My biggest pet peeve is not allowing teams to be able to shoot the three-point shot,” Pastner said. “You have to take the three-point shot away. That absolutely stresses me out to not be able to stop the three.” Though the Tigers were without preseason AllConference USA second team sophomore Tarik Black, who missed the game due to knee soreness, they had plenty of frontcourt help from senior forward Wesley Witherspoon, who grabbed a team high nine rebounds to go along with seven points, three assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Will Barton, who led the team in scoring with 27 points, also chipped in on the glass with five boards. “I know Wesley was 1-of-5 from the field, but he affected the game in so many other areas,” Pastner said. “Will Barton is night-and-day different from last year to this year, and he’s playing at a very high level.” The Tigers won’t have much time to salivate over this exhibition victory, as they will have to prepare for their season opener today against a Belmont team that took No. 6 Duke University to the wire, losing 77-76. The game will start at 11 a.m. as a part of ESPN’s 24-hour College Hoops tipoff Marathon.
by David C. Minkin
Tigers’ defense stymies CBU
Sophomore guard Will Barton soars and dunks home two of his game high 27 points against Christian Brothers University on Friday night.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 • 11
4th quarter collapse: Tigers lose to UAB 41-35
Senior wide receiver Tanner Rehrer makes a critical third down conversion catch against a UAB defender on Saturday.
BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor
quarter, but managed to sur- scoreless in the final and good game, the Tigers defense render 24 unanswered points deciding quarter. But it was did do its part for the better and lose the game 41-35 to the UAB quarterback Johnathan of three quarters. The defense Perry who caused a lot of the once again won the turnover This game was one of those Blazers. games where you definitely “No matter how you look damage to the Tiger defense. battle, causing and recovercould not leave early because at it, you have to take your Perry threw for 410 yards ing two fumbles and recoverof the score. If you tuned out hat off to UAB for fighting for and four touchdowns and ing them and holding a much maligned offense to just 17 due to UAB losing badly, then four quarters,” said head coach ran for another 47. “Their quarterback made a points with fifteen minutes left you were wrong for doing so, Larry Porter. “At the end of the day, they led when it counted lot of big plays with his arm to play. But the offense, though scoring 35 most.” points up to the The Tigers it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas o matter how you look at it, fourth quarter, d o m i n a t (okay, maybe just at the mall) mused UAB’s you have to take your hat off to couldn’t ter up a final 102nd-ranked defense f o r UAB for fighting for four quarters. scoring drive join us as we search for the birth of in the closing the better part god in our midst. At the end of the day they led seconds to win of three quarthe game after ters. But when when it counted most.” UAB had taken it mattered, — Larry Porter the lead for the in the fourth, free meal/discussion Head football coach first time with the Ti g e r s thursdays @ 6 p.m. 1:38 left. couldn’t solve 449 patterson The Tigers were led on the somehow potent offense and his feet,” said senior defen(corner of patterson & midland) of the Blazers. 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BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor Today marks the start of the 2011-2012 basketball season for The University of Memphis Tigers. And their first opponent on the season will be Belmont University, a team that narrowly lost to Duke on Friday night, 77-76. But third-year head coach Josh Pastner sees no reason that this game won’t be as competitive as the Bruins’ last. “This Belmont game will be a very good game, and I’ve been saying it since the schedule came out,” Pastner said. “We’ll know a lot about our team after the game. We’re excited about this game because we will be tested.” The Tigers come into the game expected to be one of the best teams in college basketball, ranked No. 10 in both ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll, but the ranking doesn’t matter to a team like Belmont, according to Pastner. “We know Belmont’s a good team,” Pastner said. “You don’t
win 30 games, go to the NCAA tournament and bring back the same team and not be good. Our guys know that they’re good, but our focus has got to be about us – Memphis.” The U of M’s plan is to put fullcourt pressure on teams this season. And with the length, quickness and athleticism the Tigers possess, it shouldn’t be hard to do. Belmont presents a difficult task for the young and talented Tigers. They usually like to slow it down and play a half-court game, like Christian Brothers. But Pastner sees a team that likes to mix it up, even playing to the Tigers’ strengths. “Belmont likes to pressure and play up-tempo too,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s what they’re going to do against us, but they like to full-court press and run up and down the floor as well.” After the Tigers’ game with the Bruins, it’s off to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. Memphis will play No. 18-ranked Michigan on Monday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.
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Tigers set for 11 a.m. tip off
Sophomore guard Joe Jackson sends home a one-handed slam dunk in Friday’s exhibition game against Christian Brothers University.
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