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Audit reveals possible Clery Act violations by UM BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter An audit conducted by the Department of Education found that The University of Memphis might be in violation of four parts of a federal law requiring all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disclose information about crime on and around campus. The law, known as the Clery Act, is meant to protect the campus community by informing it of potentially dangerous situations in a timely manner. The University’s department of legal counsel has until Friday to respond to the allegations, which resulted from a 2010 audit. The University was notified of the findings in August of this year, which are not yet considered violations of the Clery Act. The DOE will further review the matter after a University response to the allegations. According to U of M associate counsel Melanie Murry, The University doesn’t agree with all of the findings. She declined to com-
ment further until The University files its official response on Friday. The DOE’s findings state that The University failed to warn students of possible danger in a timely manner in 2007 when a student was murdered on campus, failed to prepare and distribute an annual security report as a single document in 2009, failed to properly classify and report crime statistics in 2008, and failed to maintain a complete and accurate daily crime log. Bruce Harber, U of M Police Services director of public safety, said that any reporting errors or errors in policies need to be fixed “as quickly as we can.” Harber also said Police Services is working to update its understanding of what crimes are required to be reported under the Clery Act. “I think we have to establish what the reasonable reporting area is,” he said, referring to reporting crimes involving students in areas near but not on campus. “There is a balance between reporting and alarming.” The DOE handbook says that
universities must report crimes that occurred “immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus” and “crimes that occurred within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus police…” in their daily crime logs. Harber said he was unaware of the requirement. Currently, Police Services does not report crimes against students in their daily crime log if the incident was off campus or handled by the Memphis Police Department. Police Services has an agreement with MPD that allows them to patrol a square block surrounding campus that includes areas where many students live. The DOE’s finding that U of M police failed to maintain an accurate, complete daily crime log has yet to be addressed by Police Services. Those asking for access to the crime log have been deferred to a book of incident reports. When this was brought to Harber ’s attention, he let his employees know that in the future,
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The Clery Act? In 1986, 19-year-old Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered by another student while asleep in her residence hall at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. After her death, Clery’s parents learned there had been 38 violent crimes on campus in the three previous years. The Clerys understood that if universities reported crimes on campus, students would have a better sense of if and where they are safe. Ironically, they had chosen Lehigh University for their daughter after deciding Tulane University in New Orleans was too dangerous. As a result of Jeanne Clery’s death, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 was established. It is now more commonly known as the Clery Act. The act requires, among other things, that schools give timely warnings about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the campus community. It also requires that schools make public an annual crime and safety report, as well as a daily, up-to-date crime log.
Show of solidarity Occupy Memphis protesters rally in opposition to police violence among other metro encampments BY CHRISTOPHER WHITTEN News Reporter Occupy Wall Street supporters in Memphis held a demonstration rally Tuesday to show support for protesters in many other U.S. cities where police actions have turned violent. According to group members, Occupy Memphis takes much of their symbolism and instruction from the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is a nonviolent movement. Occupy Wall Street protesters
in Zuccotti Park in New York City were evicted early Tuesday morning. Law enforcement circled the encampment around 1 a.m. and announced that occupiers had 10 minutes to clear out, at which point, police in riot gear moved into the park and evicted hundreds of protesters, destroying tents and disposing of all other property. In response, OWS supporters scrambled to organize protests in every occupied city in the U.S. Occupy Memphis issued a press
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Occupy Memphis protesters marched from Civic Center Plaza to the National Civil Rights Museum on Tuesday night in response to Occupy Wall Street evictions in New York that escalated to violence Tuesday at 1 a.m.
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BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter He made no pauses in his speech. The words spouted from his lips with little hesitation, telling vividly of his most memorable job – the one where he fought for what was right and had the opportunity to experience what it means to be a journalist. During Trey Heath’s tenure as editor-in-chief of The Daily Helmsman, the paper took legal action against The University, and Heath wrote several editorials calling out both student leaders and University administrators whose actions he felt weren’t up to par with their job descriptions. “Besides athletes, being editor of the paper has the biggest impact on the campus,” said Heath, now 27 and president of Magnetic SEO, a Memphis-based Internet marketing corporation. Heath joined The Helmsman in 2003 as both a news and sports reporter. He then climbed the ranks to managing editor the following year, and finally editor-in-chief from 2005 through 2007. His
senior year, he was named College Journalist of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference. He was editor when the on-campus murder of U of M linebacker Taylor Bradford drew national attention. Talk shows, including Nancy Grace’s, requested his appearance. He was in charge when The New York Times called for information on a fashion designer who stabbed himself in front of a girl’s dormitory on The U of M campus while being arrested for a New York City rape. He headed The Helmsman when the paper challenged The University over various violations, including not releasing the name of a victim on a sexual assault police report, charging $1 per page for public records and police not keeping a daily incident log as required by the federal Clery Act. As a result, The University now charges a reasonable fee per page to copy public records and rarely redacts information from police reports. “The thing that really pissed me off about it was they
thought we were so dumb that we couldn’t read the law and see it was not being applied,” Heath said. “At a University where they teach these things, they were actually making us spend thousands of dollars to get them to follow state and federal law.” Heath is remembered by some University administrators as “aggressive.” Five years after his graduation, Curt Guenther, The U of M’s director of communications, said Heath stands out in his memory over other past Helmsman editors. “Trey seemed to think that as a student journalist, he needed to exhibit the same traits as a professional journalist, and I think that is where his aggressiveness came from,“ Guenther said. “He took his duties and responsibilities to heart. He did them the way he felt they should be done. He didn’t care who liked it or who didn’t like it.” Guenther said Heath’s “notafraid-to-stick-his-neck-outattitude” may have rubbed a few people the wrong way, but in Guenther ’s opinion, Heath never handled any-
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Trey Heath discusses his tenure as editor of The Daily Helmsman. thing irresponsibly. A former co-worker at The Helmsman, Stephen Hackett, said the most memorable aspect of Heath’s leadership of the paper was his fight for The U of M to better comply with the open records law.
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Not for the faint of heart: Volcano-boarding in Nicaragua Peering down from atop the Cerro Negro volcano, it’s easy to see how a daredevil on a bicycle earned a land speed record gliding down its cinder cone slope. The drop is a stomach-churning 41-degree angle, for nearly 2,000 feet. Tourists do it for fun. The instructor laid out the drill. He would give each of our simple sleds a push, and we would hurtle down the slope as fast as we could, a weird bobsled run through hell. “Most of the people, when they get down to the bottom of the volcano, are always wishing they went faster,” Anthony Alcalde said by way of encouragement. Not me. I was just hoping to survive. Volcano-boarding is the latest and most unusual adventure sport to hit Central America, and it’s only done on Cerro Negro, a 2,388-foot-high active volcano that’s one of a string of some 25 volcanoes that traverse Nicaragua. Some of Nicaragua’s junglecovered volcanoes are majestic and verdant. A few send off plumes of gases. Cerro Negro, which means “black hill,” is neither handsome nor imposing. Rather, it is a belching mound of black cinder with a cone indented by two craters. It’s Central America’s youngest volcano, spewing to life in April 1850 and erupting more than a dozen times since, most recently in 1995. It remains distinctly active. Dig into the cinders a bit with a shoe, and one feels heat.
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As guide Anthony Alcalde, in black, and an aide offer instructions, two adventurers prepare to descend Cerro Negro in Nicaragua on primitive toboggans. The volcano had particular significance for me. Near the end of a years-long posting in Nicaragua in the mid-1990s, I took my then girlfriend and her young daughter to witness the spectacle of a volcanic eruption. We joined a line of four-wheeldrive vehicles inching close to Cerro Negro one night, and when we descended from the vehicle it was an assault on the senses. The ground trembled. Lava moving down the slope sounded like a steamroller crunching porcelain plates. Noxious gas lingered in the air. The sight of spewing molten rock from the crater was the best fireworks show ever. We married and left Nicaragua, and here I was, half a generation removed, back this time with our younger daughter, age 14. At least three tour companies operate volcano-boarding trips to Cerro Negro from Leon, the onetime colonial capital of
Nicaragua and the closest city. The first person to come up with the idea of sledding down the volcano’s cinder slope was an Australian. “He decided to go down the volcano on surfboards, French doors, mattresses, anything he could find. Then he came up with the idea of the board we have now, the wooden board with the Formica (bottom),” said Gemma Cope, co-owner of Bigfoot Nicaragua, one of the tour companies. A French cyclist, Eric Barone, brought Cerro Negro to the attention of adventure seekers. In 2002, Barone sought the bicycling land speed record pedaling down the slope of Cerro Negro. He already held a number mountain bike speed records, mostly on snowy slopes in the Alps. In a first attempt, Barone went down on a serial produc-
from page 3 advice and had his hair cut before the hearing. One representative joked that, since the meeting was open record, his mom might find out. Trey fired back immediately, ‘Not if this was a University of Memphis meeting,’” Hackett said. At the Helmsman, Heath was dedicated to informing the students of what the administration was doing. He wrote about rises in student fees and how many faculty members owned Universitypaid cell phones. “We cover The University how a newspaper would cover their local government because they were in essence the government the students had to deal with everyday,” Heath said. “Following in that line of thinking, the administrators are here at our service, right? The students are paying tuition, so the administration should be answering to the students on everything from how the money is spent on different programs or how they are managing the department’s budgets, and all of that.” While in college, Heath worked as sports editor of The Collierville Herald and crime reporter at The Commercial Appeal during summers and weekends. After graduation, he married his girlfriend of many years, Lauren, and accepted a job at The Memphis Business Journal, only to be laid off a year later. Louis Graham, managing editor of The Commercial
Appeal, said he’s surprised that Heath isn’t in the newspaper business now. “I remember him well, and honestly thought he would be the last person to leave journalism. I don’t recall anyone that so genuinely loved the newsroom and reporting. He seemed born for it,” Graham said. Heath said journalism was his intended career, but his life took a different turn after getting laid off from The Memphis Business Journal. “I assumed that I would walk into a job in Memphis after graduation, and I did,” Heath said. “What I didn’t think about is what I would do when I lost that job. There weren’t a lot of options.” Being married didn’t allow Heath to accept a low-paying job offer in Louisiana, he said. His wife didn’t want to move, so his career took a turn, and he co-founded Magnetic SEO. He had covered technology for The Memphis Business Journal and called on a source he had built a good rapport with who gave his business its first big break. “Of course I miss journalism,” Heath said with a slight grin. “I still have the opportunity to write a lot. I write for a lot of magazines still, but no matter what I do – the job I have now, I am partner and I can do whatever I want – but, The Helmsman will always be the best job I ever had. That will never change. It was journalism at a very innocent stage. I didn’t have to deal with the business side of it — I could really write whatever I wanted to.”
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Wrapping up the legend of Egyptian mummies BY CHRISTINA HOLLOWAY News Reporter The University will host a lecture on Egyptian mummies tonight at 7 p.m. in the Fountain View room in the University Center. Lorelei Corcoran, director of the Institute of Art and Archaeology, will deliver the lecture “Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt,” which will focus on her recent book, published in 2011. Her book, “Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt,” was coauthored by conservator Marie Svoboda, a scientist that works to preserve ancient objects. The book focuses on their
four-year research project on Herakleides, the only mummy in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif. While Corcoran focused on the Egyptian angle of their specimen, Svoboda focused on the scientific aspects of the project. In Corcoran’s lecture, she will describe how the mummy looks and her research on it, which includes something she has never seen before, a mummified Ibis bird. “I’ve been doing research on animal mummies with human mummies,” Corcoran said. The bird, which was placed on the abdomen of the mummy, was connected to the God of Scribes, or Thoth.
“We weren’t sure why; this is the first time something like this has been found,” Corcoran said. The mummy has a red pigment, imported from Spain in 2nd century A.D., which not only worked as an insecticide, but also symbolized resurrection. The mummy was studied from different perspectives and analyzed through a CT scan. The face of the mummy was painted as a portrait of deceased Egyptians. “Some people believe that the mummies were kept in the houses of the family members of the deceased, or cemeteries close to it,” Corcoran said. Corcoran’s lecture is free and open to the public.
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Former College Journalist of the Year wore many hats at The Daily Helmsman BY ARETHA PERKINS CROWDER Contributing Writer The front-page headline on Nevin Batiwalla’s first story for The Daily Helmsman in 2006 got the whole city’s attention: “Prostitution ring operating at University Center.” Like some other students, Batiwalla had heard rumors about oral and anal sex being offered for money in the old University Center, which has since been torn down and replaced. However, unlike the others, Batiwalla decided to conduct an investigation, which included stakeouts by him and two other students. Their investigation found that at least two men frequented campus to sell their services in a first floor men’s room next door to the Judicial Affairs office, and that campus police had known about it for 13 years and had made no arrests.
For Batiwalla, it was the beginning of a reporting stint at The Helmsman, which led to his become managing editor and then editor-in-chief. He recalls his experiences with the paper as unique and memorable, an opportunity that would prepare him for the real world. “It gave me what I needed to get an internship at The Commercial Appeal,” said Battiwalla, who also was named College Journalist of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference his senior year. “At one point, I was the editor and managing editor at the same time,” he said. “My days would run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or even later. It was hard to get to class some
times. I can remember sleeping at The Helmsman.” One of those nights that Batiwalla slept in the newsroom, he forgot that the janitorial staff always reset the burglar alarm after emptying trash cans and that the alarm could be triggered by any movement inside the
Another night during his Helmsman days is even more memorable for Batiwalla — Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, when U of M football player Taylor Bradford was murdered outside of Carpenter Complex. Batiwalla led a team of reporters and photographers who worked through the night to get the story while the dormitories were on lock-down, the suspects still at large. The Helmsman was the first news organization in the city to break various aspects of the story. Batiwalla was able to cover major breaking news because of experience gained outside the classroom. “You learn (at The Helmsman) to hit the phones hard and call as many people
“At one point, I was the
editor and managing editor at the same time. My days would run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or even later.” — Nevin Batiwalla Former Helmsman editor newsroom. “I just got up and started running out of the building. I didn’t know what to do at first. I didn’t want to look suspicious,” he said.
as you can,” he said. “You learn to be aggressive and meet deadlines.” After graduation, Batiwalla married and took a job at The Brunswick News, where he covered city and county government. After two years, when his wife was accepted into a graduate program at Vanderbilt University, Batiwalla went to work as a reporter at The Nashville Business Journal, where he currently works. At times, he recalls, he considered other career fields. “For a brief time, I wanted to be a media lawyer,” Batiwalla said. But he knew that journalism was his passion. Batiwalla said the most rewarding aspect of journalism is “pursuing the truth.” “It’s about being ahead, being plugged in to what’s happening; writing stories,” he said. “The satisfaction I get from this is from writing stories that if I didn’t tell, nobody else would.”
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the crime log needed to be provided instead of the book of incident reports. As of Tuesday, the incident report book had not been updated in seven days. In weeks prior to that, Daily Helmsman reporters seeking information on campus crime were told the book and online log had not been updated because the staffer responsible for doing so was off work that week. The online log – not required by law – had no data for the month of November as of late Wednesday night. What does this mean for students’ safety? A large number of students live in apartments or houses in the fraternity row area west of campus that includes Brister Street, Mynders Avenue, Midland Avenue, Walker Avenue and Watauga Avenue. A significant number of students also live in the area south of campus, on or near Spottswood Avenue. University police have jurisdiction to patrol and make arrests in these areas. However, it is not campus property and, according to Harber, is of secondary concern to U of M Police Services. In the past month, more than 40 crimes were reported in this area. “Sometimes, depending on what is going on on campus, we may be a little more focused here,” Harber said. “It depends on the call load. But, we are in (that area) quite a bit on weekends.” Each year U of M students are sent an annual crime and safety report released by Police Services, as required by the Clery Act. According to data in the report, The U of M has long been one of the safest Universities in Tennessee. The report is not required to include data about crimes that occur in neighborhoods directly adjacent to campus. Jonathan Bennett, senior political science major, lives in Brister Oaks Apartments near fraternity row, where a series of burglaries occurred last year. Many victims of the breakins reported that their doors were unlocked at the time of the burglaries. “It is probably that they felt safe enough to leave their door unlocked when they were in the house,” said Bennett. “If you’re in the house or apartment, crime shouldn’t be so bad that you have people walking into the apartment when you are sitting there.” Bennett said that the annual report gives students who live in apartments near The U of M campus a false sense of security. “Mainly my issue is that police are being dishonest with the statistics. It leads to people living there to not know things that happen. I think if police are more honest about it, students would be more aware of the crimes,” he said.
Violence in Nile port city sparks worry about Egypt military’s tactics BY MOHANNAD SABRY McClatchy Newspapers A deadly clash between soldiers and protesters in this Nile Delta city is sharpening concerns that the Egyptian military has decided to confront peaceful protesters with harsh tactics, including live ammunition, in the volatile days before parliamentary elections begin Nov. 28. One person was killed and a dozen injured on Sunday when Egyptian troops armed with assault rifles opened fire on about 50 demonstrators who’d camped overnight to demand that a fertilizer factory stop dumping chemical waste into the waters of this port town. In the days since, protesters have paralyzed this city’s busy port, turning away hundreds of cargo trucks and vowing not to lift the blockade, even though the Egyptian government has said it has suspended the factory’s operations while its toxic effects are studied. The protesters also have blocked access to the security forces’ barracks nearby. “We don’t trust the government,” said Mohamed Eissa, 37, a furniture factory worker who has been protesting for the past week. “It’s a temporary shutdown. They never reacted to our demands or cared about our environment and health. They attacked us with live ammunition instead of listening to our complaints.” The protests here are the latest in a string of incidents across Egypt in which security forces appear to have adopted the same harsh tactics that were prevalent during the era of deposed President Hosni Mubarak. That
Abdelsalam Amin, 23, brother of deceased Islam Amin, was attacked by army personnel while trying to carry his brother’s dead body. He showed bruises left on his chest by rifle butts after he testified at the prosecutor’s office. in turn has Egyptian analysts elections.” ing raids that security forces worrying that as voting unfolds, In the past few days alone, conducted after the bombing of violence will intensify. clashes between protesters and a natural gas pipeline. “I am very concerned about security forces have erupted in In the southern city of the state of security during disparate parts of Egypt. Aswan, protesters outraged by the coman officer’s ing elecalleged killhe government never reacted to ing of a sailtions,” said Ziad Akl, our demands or cared about our envi- or torched a political the local r e s e a r c h - ronment and health. They attacked us police club er at the with live ammunition instead of lis- and a police Al-Ahram station. tening to our complaints.” Center for Several proPolitical testers were — Mohamed Eissa a n d injured Egyptian factory worker Strategic when the Studies in security Cairo. “There will be regretIn the northern Sinai forces used batons and tear gas table consequences if the secu- Peninsula, thousands of resi- to disperse the crowd, according rity gap is not contained before dents marched to protest sweep- to Egyptian news reports.
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BY HABIB ZOHORI McClatchy Newspapers A four-day gathering of more than 2,000 influential Afghan elders began Wednesday to consider what framework should guide future relations with the United States, with President Hamid Karzai calling for a strong partnership “but with conditions” aimed at preserving Afghanistan’s “national sovereignty.” Among the limits, Karzai told the opening session of the so-called “loya jirga,” or grand assembly of elders, should be an end to night raids on Afghan homes, a tactic that U.S. officials say has been crucial to capturing Taliban and al-Qaida operatives, and the elimination of American-operated prisons in the country. Some Afghan parliamentarians have questioned the legitimacy of the assembly and called it unconstitutional, because it sidelines the Afghan parliament. But Karzai attempted to calm that criticism by stressing in his speech that the meeting would serve as an advisory gathering and that the verdict of the meeting would be sent to the Afghan parliament for approval. Karzai also tried to cut off concerns that the meeting was intended to lead to a constitutional amendment that would allow him to run for a third term. “This jirga is only for the partnership and peace,
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nothing else,” Karzai said. “I need your view and I need your advice,” Karzai told the delegates. “In the light of your advice, we will take those important steps to reach our goals.” Included in the meetings were members of parliament, tribal elders, members of provincial councils and representatives of Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan. The delegates are to be divided into 40 committees to discuss the issues. With the U.S.-led international security forces set to leave Afghanistan in 2014, the meeting underscores growing concern about what will happen afterward. The Afghan economy is heavily dependent on international aid, and the Karzai government is trying to keep that assistance flowing by signing agreements with other countries. “In 2014 when the transition process is completed and the foreigners leave, it will only be us,” Karzai said. “We will need international aid. We don’t want to be left alone again, but their assistance should be based on some conditions.” Karzai also said that his government is working on similar partnerships with France, Britain, Australia and the European Union. In a statement, the Taliban denounced the meeting as a plot by foreigners to occupy Afghanistan and vowed to disrupt it. “The United States wants to obtain documentation for a perpetual occupation of Afghanistan under the name of strategic partnership,” the statement said. The meeting started amid fears of Taliban insurgent attacks, and Afghan security forces were on high alert. At least half of the capital was in complete lockdown, and additional checkpoints were set up around the city. Concerns about the security of the meeting and the delegates grew over the weekend after the Taliban leaked what it said was a 27-page Afghan government security plan for the meeting, which included troop deployments, telephone numbers and names of the Afghan security forces that were involved in providing security for the meeting. The U.S.-led coalition denied the authenticity of the document.
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BY PAUL ROGERS San Jose Mercury News A 67-foot fishing boat has been gliding through the waters of California’s Monterey Bay for a week. But in a reversal of fortune, it’s not searching for fish but fishing gear. The ship, a catamaran called the Fulmar, worked in late October to pull up sprawling abandoned fishing nets, old traps and crab pots that have been left at sea in various places between Big Sur and Ano Nuevo Point. The old gear not only can tangle boat propellers and new fishing gear, but it also threatens wildlife. “We see it with birds, with pelicans and sea gulls, who have fishing line wrapped around them. We see entangled whales also,” said Karen Grimmer, deputy superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “We had a call last week of a whale off the San Mateo coast that had crab pot lines around its fluke.”
The project, now in its third year, is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. Its cost, roughly $100,000 a year, is funded through a settlement with the owners of the Med Taipei, a cargo ship that accidentally dropped 15 steel containers — each 40 feet long and full of tires, furniture, hospital beds and miles of cyclone fencing — overboard into Monterey Bay during a winter storm in 2004. The cleanup involves locating debris through reports from fishermen and sightings with unmanned submarines. Most of the gear is floating in the water or sitting on the bottom, between 300 feet and 1,000 feet deep, Grimmer said, as the Fulmar was sailing back to the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey. DERELICT GEAR When the ship locates it, researchers send down an unmanned submersible they nicknamed “Edward Scissorhands” — because of its
Fishing boat searching for an unusual catch: old fishing gear in Monterey Bay
Pictured above in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is Fulmar, the 67-foot-fishing boat that looks not for fish, but old fishing gear in California’s Monterey Bay. mechanical arms — to grab, cut and help drag the material back on board. Grimmer reported that scientists on the Oct. 31, expedition
didn’t find much, only one crab pot. But they located a large net near an area called Portuguese Ledge, sitting about 10 miles northwest of Monterey.
“It’s a big net about 75 feet, with two 1,200-pound steel doors on it” she said. “There’s
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What can campus and local police do to reduce crime in neighborhoods adjacent to campus?
by Aaron Turner
“I live in those areas adjacent to campus and I rarely see police. It would make students feel a lot better living in those areas if the police would patrol them and put more effort into it.”
“It’s hard for them to patrol the crime adjacent to campus. How can they control crime in those areas? I think they should start patrolling them.”
“A nightly patrol through those areas adjacent to campus would not be a bad idea.”
“Patrol a wider perimeter and refocus their efforts. Instead of patrolling the interior of campus, place more of a presence on the exterior and surrounding areas of campus.”
— Caitlin Markle, English junior
— Denzel Johnson, Finance senior
— Jennifer Payne, International business junior
— Scott Epstein, International studies senior
who have never come out to Occupy before,” said Alexandra Pusateri, U of M from page 1 journalism major. “These mayrelease Tuesday morning, callors don’t realize that every ing to action “anyone who time they try to suppress this would march in solidarity with movement, more people join. those silenced in New York.” People don’t like to see their “We will not allow anyone rights infringed upon.” to be silenced,” said James Pusateri was among those Raines, University of Memphis arrested in October as a result literature graduate student. of Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Occupy Memphis can’t stand order to close the State of by and take this anymore.” Tennessee Legislative Plaza, Occupy Memphis held a War Memorial Courtyard support rally for OWS at 5 and Capitol grounds areas in p.m. Tuesday, sounding out Nashville from 10 p.m. to 6 against the police violence in a.m. New York City. Nashville Night Court “When you beat the occuMagistrate Tom Nelson refused pations up, others rise up,” U to jail the 29 men and women of M student Marquetta Scott Friday morning. He said the said in response to the police state had a right to change actions taken against OWS its rules, but didn’t give the supporters in protesters the other cities. opportunity would get arrested any N e w l y to comply. e l e c t e d Instead, proday of the week if my First Memphis City testers were Amendment rights were being Councilman issued misLee Harris and d e m e a n o r infringed upon.” Shelby County citations for Commissioner trespassing. Steve Mulroy, The state — Alexandra Pusateri agreed to stop enforcing the both of whom are University Journalism junior of Memphis School of Law curfew after a federal lawprofessors, were on hand to suit was filed against it by speak at the rally. Center Plaza last Saturday to the American Civil Liberties Mulroy applauded OWS check it out myself.” Union and a restraining order supporters for coming out Other Memphians weren’t was issued against further and demanding change in the as accepting of the Occupy arrests, which U.S. District United States. movement, as traffic came to Judge Aleta A. Trauger called “(Occupy protesters) are a standstill for the 50-plus “a clear prior restraint of free providing a valuable service marchers. speech rights.” to this country,” said Mulroy, “What did I do? What did Davidson County General who has volunteered to serve I do?” one man shouted from Sessions Court Judge Dianne on Occupy Memphis’ legal his car to the protesters. “I Turner dismissed the lesser team. “There are fundamen- didn’t do anything and you’re charges Monday at the request tal conflicts with the political stopping me, assholes.” of the District Attorney and economic systems in this Drivers in other cars, how- General’s office, as a result of country and they are bringing ever, simply waited for the the restraining order. attention to this.” line of demonstrators to pass, “I’m glad that Haslam Professors from The flashing their lights and blow- came to his senses and I agree University involved in the ing their car horns to show with Occupy Nashville that Occupy movement have not their support. it shouldn’t have taken this faced any opposition to their OM members have seen long,” Pusateri said. “I would involvement from The U of M growing support in response to get arrested any day of the administration, so far. the police actions in the other week if my First Amendment “The communications cities with Occupy movements. rights were being infringed department at The University “We had a lot of people upon.”
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is focused on the rhetoric of the civil rights movement,” said Patrick Buttram, adjunct communications professor for The U of M. “I don’t know if they want me to get arrested though, especially on nights before I have to teach the next day.” Protesters then marched down Adams Street and along Third Street to the National Civil Rights Museum. Patrons of many Beale Street restaurants, including Hooters and the Hard Rock Café, got up from their seats and walked outside to hear the message of protesters. “I have been following this since the beginning,” said R.J. Nunley, who had been dining at Kooky Kanuck’s with his family. “I went down to Civic
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tion mountain bike, hitting 100 miles per hour. Then he reascended and mounted a custom prototype bicycle, zooming downward even faster. Barone hit 107 mph before calamity hit. His front tire blew and his frame collapsed, all recorded on video. “I do recommend you take a look at this on YouTube,” Alcalde tells us after we’ve huffed our way along a rocky path up Cerro Negro, carrying our individual sleds, and are preparing to descend. With the blowout, Barone “landed 100 yards past the bike. He was hospitalized for three months here in Leon with broken ribs, bones, ligaments,” Alcalde says. Worse, while he was recovering, an Austrian came to Cerro Negro and broke the mountain bike speed record Barone had just set, reaching more than 102 mph. Barone still holds the prototype bike speed record. Each of us has been given a canvas bag containing a bright orange jump suit and green goggles. Alcalde showed us how to sit on the wooden sled, which is nothing but a piece of plywood with a crude seat and a rope handle. Formica had been placed on the bottom to reduce drag. The only brakes are heels plunged into the cinders. At the bottom of the slope, a tour company employee aimed a radar gun, clocking the speed of each sledder. The top speed among the 17,000 people Bigfoot Nicaragua has sent down the slopes is 54 mph, held by a woman. One by one, the Australians, a Scotsman and two young American women in our group, push off, kicking up a cloud of dust as they gather velocity. A few tumble off their sleds part way down. A lump gathers in my throat, made worse by a comment from a friend who wonders if I might win the “most stupid dad” award for letting my daughter plunge down the mountain. I was glad her mother decided to take a pass on the adventure. It was her turn, then mine. The sled starts out slowly but quickly gathers speed, swooshing over the tiny rocky cinders. Cinders pile around my legs as dust and sand pummel my face. I remember to keep my mouth shut. When I get off the sled at the bottom, I take off the goggles and see a jubilant Sara Marie Sanders from Columbus, Ohio. Soot smears her face, setting off her huge white smile. “Oh my gosh, it was absolutely amazing. You can’t really tell how it’s going to feel until you’re going down it,” Sanders said. “I would do it over again 100 times.” Organizers say the only common injury is a light gravel rash. Volcanic pebbles can be sharp. It’s ill advised to put hands down unless one is wearing gloves. After a bumpy, 45-minute ride back to Leon, the Australians gather in a pool at the hostel where Bigfoot Nicaragua operates, reliving the thrill. “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, hands down,” said 24-year-old Michael John David.
Movie producer jailed — in overcrowded L.A. system — for promotional stunt in airplane
BY DAN WEIKEL Los Angeles Times A movie producer who made low-level passes over the Santa Monica Pier in a Cold War-era military jet went to jail Wednesday for flying an aircraft in a manner that endangered lives and property. Having lost his appeal, David G. Riggs, 48, surrendered to authorities at Los Angeles County Superior Court and began serving a 60-day sentence imposed by Judge Harold I. Cherness in June 2010. Cherness further ordered Riggs to clean beaches for 60 days and pay more than $6,000 in penalties and court fees. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration revoked his pilot’s license for a year. “Justice was done,” said Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Melanie Skehar, one of the prose-
from page 8 a lot of it in the water. This net probably weighs 3,500 pounds.” The researchers will need to return with a boat that has a heavy winch to haul in the net, she said. Since the program began in 2009, crews have pulled more than 1,000 feet of rockfish gill net made of plastic filament and roughly a dozen crab pots, along with 600 pounds of lead weights that are used to deploy remotely operated underwater vehicles from the bay. The work is the latest example of a trend in recent years in which scientists and volunteers in California, Hawaii and Washington have worked to remove tons of derelict gear from
cutors in the case. “The appellate decision went in our favor, and the defense is not going to go any further. It’s a good result.” Skehar said, however, that
maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Jurors found that Riggs endangered the public by buzzing the Santa Monica Pier on
Witnesses said the pilot raced
over the beach at altitudes as low as 50 feet and pulled up abruptly when he reached the pier, which was filled with people. because of overcrowding in the Los Angeles County jails, there was a possibility that Riggs would be incarcerated for only a short time. Riggs was convicted of violating a rarely used provision of the California Public Utilities Code that is designed to protect the public from careless and reckless pilots. The charge carries a
Nov. 6, 2008, to promote a movie his company was making about a maverick squadron of Americans and Russians on a secret mission to Iran. During the stunt, Riggs flew a 1973 Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, a Czechoslovakian jet trainer that was popular in the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Witnesses said he raced over
the ocean. “We’ve seen a lot of beautiful rocky reef habitat covered in nets. They essentially smother the reefs,” said veterinarian Kirsten Gilardi, associate director of the Wildlife Health Center at University of California, Davis. “They just drape over the reef like big bags,” she said. “The kind of animals that are supposed to live there can’t. The things that fish feed on can’t grow. We’ve even found tires and old toilets dumped on a reef a couple of miles offshore off Malibu.”
Santa Cruz and Imperial Beach. They also left recycling containers for old plastic fishing line on the piers, but grants to do more cleanup work ran out. So far, researchers have found that Monterey Bay contains far less debris than waters off Southern California and nearshore waters around piers. In Southern California and other places, the gear actually continues to catch fish, lobsters, crabs and other species, a practice known as “ghost fishing.” Efforts to secure permanent funding for ongoing cleanup have met without success. In 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, that would have required commercial fishermen to report lost gear within 48 hours to a newly created state
CLEANER MONTEREY BAY In 2007 and 2008, UC Davis researchers removed more than 1 million feet of fishing line and thousands of hooks from the waters around 15 piers between
the beach at altitudes as low as 50 feet and pulled up abruptly when he reached the pier, which was filled with people. Riggs, who is now in bankruptcy proceedings in Los Angeles, has a criminal history, including federal convictions on wire and bank fraud charges for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Investors in his film ventures also are pursuing civil cases against him.
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(but not too closely) @DailyHelmsman @HelmsmanSports Fish and Game hotline or website. Schwarzenegger said the bill would impose unreasonable costs, estimated at about $120,000 a year, at a time when the state was running a deficit. Now, the UC Davis researchers have set up a pilot program in Eureka that pays fishermen for their costs, such as diesel fuel, if they go out and collect old gear. The fishermen can then sell it to other fishermen, saving them having to buy it new. Funded now with small grants from family foundations, the program will cost about $200,000 to recover 75,000 pounds of gear over the next couple of years. “People have an out-ofsight, out-of-mind feeling,” said Grimmer of NOAA. “But the ocean should be viewed the same as the land. If there’s garbage, we need to pick it up.”
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The University of Memphis
Thursday, November 17, 2011 • 11
Tigers fall to Illini, 62-54
Another top hoops recruit signs with UM
BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor
BY ADAM DOUGLAS Sports Editor Right before their upcoming trip to the Maui Invitational, The University of Memphis Tigers basketball team got some great news. As expected, class of 2012 Southwest Dekalb High senior forward Shaq Goodwin officially signed his letter of intent to play for the Tigers on Wednesday. The announcement comes 8 days after he verbally committed to the Tigers last Tuesday. Goodwin, a 6-foot-8, 245pound five-star prospect from Decatur, Ga., had also considered Arizona, Florida, Georgia and UCLA. He is the second commitment for Memphis during the early-signing period, joining his former Atlanta Celtics AAU teammate and
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Junior forward Nicole Dickson contributed 11 rebounds and 10 points, nine of which came from three-point goals, in the Tigers’ loss to Illinois on Tuesday. the Tigers missteps, draining a jumper with 1:14 to go that started a 5-0 run to close out the game. Memphis was outrebounded 52-49 in the game. Neither team shot above 40 percent for the game. Jasmine Lee and Nicole Dickson each finished with a double-double. Lee finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds,
while Dickson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Carter added 13 points before fouling out of the game, and Lonlack finished with 10 points. The Tigers return home for a five game home stand on Saturday beginning with a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Tipoff is 2 p.m at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
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Oak Hill Academy senior wing Damien Wilson (Va.). Wilson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing from Mouth of Wilson, Va., signed with the Tigers last Wednesday. Goodwin’s mother told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week that her son was going to wait until the end of the season to sign, adding that he would take “a couple” more official visits. “I just think through the process, everything just got on the same page,” said head coach Josh Pastner in a press release. “It’s a big decision, you know? That’s why the letter of intent allows you to have a week. It gives you time. In the end, this is where Shaq and his mother wanted him to be, and that’s Memphis.”
by Joe Murphy
After winning their first two games of the season, The University of Memphis women’s basketball team (2-1) seemed poised to win another one. Instead, they came up eight points short against the Fighting Illini of Illinois, 62-54 on Tuesday. “We got beat by emotions,” head coach Melissa McFerrin said in a press release. “We got beat by our own emotions; our own negative emotions got us.” Memphis battled through a tough first half where the Tigers were outrebounded 28-23. But Memphis stayed close, down 30-29 after Illinois went 5-for14 from the free-throw line and effectively opened the door for a Tiger comeback in the second half. The U of M took a fivepoint advantage with 15:05 left to play, but Illinois answered with a run sparked by three straight offensive rebounds and cut the Memphis lead to 38-37 with 12:17 to go. Memphis was then blocked twice, and gave up two defensive rebounds when Lana Rukavina hit a layup with 11:33 to play to push the Illini back in front. Memphis would knot the score at 47 with 7:30 to play when Nicole Dickson knocked down her third three-point field goal of the night. A steal by guard Brittany Carter led to a quick layup by Ramses Lonlack that put the Tigers back up, 49-47, with 6:33 to play. But fouls and turnovers would begin to add up for the Tigers. The Tigers committed three straight turnovers in just over a minute, with Lonlack, Carter and Lee all losing possession. Illinois took advantage of
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BY JASMINE VANN Sports Reporter The U of M women’s volleyball hosted Tulane and Southern Miss in their final two home games of the season on Friday and Saturday, winning against the former and losing to the latter. Junior outside hitters Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic combined for a total of 40 kills Friday night in a 3-1 (26-24; 19-25; 25-19; 25-21) victory over Tulane. Hawkins hit .439, her best percentage in any conference match this season, while Jovanovic hit a team high of .464. Earning her third straight doubledouble of the season, Hajnalke Molnar tabbed 55 assists and 13 digs. Freshman Aleksandra Petronijevic led the defense with a game-high 25 digs. “I believe (Tulane was) a lot more fired up to come back and beat us this time rather than last time,” Hawkins said. “They expected us to just roll over and let them beat us because we’ve played them several times in the spring, as well as last season, and they beat us. So, I think they just came in expecting to win.” Saturday, Memphis hosted the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in their final home game of the season at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Four Golden Eagles tallied doubledigit kills as they rallied to defeat Memphis in three straight sets 3-1 (25-21; 19-25; 21-25; 23-25). In C-USA play, Memphis fell to 7-11, 17-13 overall, while Southern Miss improved to 15-14 (9-8 C-USA). “They have a pretty consistent team,” Jovanovic said. “They don’t make a lot of mistakes; they are a team that keeps fighting. If we made a few mistakes, they kept building their game.” Hawkins and junior outside hitter Vesna Jelic both finished with double-doubles. Hawkins had 23 kills and 13 digs, while Jelic registered 13 kills and 13 digs. Marija Jovanovic added 12 kills and freshman middle blocker Lauren Hawkins downed eight. Molnar collected 54 assists and nine digs while Petronijievic had another match-high 18 digs. The Tigers will take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday at 6 p.m. and then travel to Greenville, N.C., for a 12 p.m. match on Sunday against the East Carolina Pirates. Memphis was beaten by Marshall and ECU at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse earlier this season. “We’ve been practicing really hard this entire week,” Hawkins said. “We just really need to go in, be focused, and finish out the season strong.”
by Joe Murphy
Lady Tigers prepare for back-to-back road matches
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Hawkins celebrates after making a kill in recent match.