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University to utilize Memphis Police Department crime-tracking technology in concerted effort to increase awareness of crimes near campus BY CHELSEA BOOZER News Reporter
Police Services uses the Memphis Police Department’s CyberWatch tech-
The area chosen by U of M police extends 0.7 miles from Rawls Hall in either direction. It nearly reaches Walnut For the first time in The University of to the north, ven though students, faculty and Grove Goodlett to the east, Memphis’ history, Police Services has staff can sign up directly and receive Douglass to the south, and goes four blocks created a public log of crimes that occurred a CyberWatch from MPD, we thought it west past Highland to off campus within a might be convenient to make it avail- Alexander Street. In November, U 0.7-mile radius. able with our daily crime log.” When asked why of M students proit was important to posed a similar crime— Bruce Harber reporting requirereport crimes off-camDirector of public safety ment of all univerpus, Director of Public sities in Tennessee Safety Bruce Harber quoted the credo of securityoncampus. nology to calculate a list of any crimes at the Tennessee Intercollegiate State org: “crime awareness can prevent cam- reported to MPD within the area around see Crime log, page 3 campus. pus victimization.”
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Student-entrepreneurs capitalize on marriage, media with business The special moments in life are what Vantage Media strives to capture. Clarissa and Ryan Sidhom make up the husband-and-wife team behind Vantage Media, LLC, specializing in Memphis area weddings, corporate and church photography and videography. Vantage launched in June 2011, just one month after the Sidhoms tied the knot. Since opening, they have had more than 30 clients. At the age of 20, Clarissa, a junior communications major, is the lead photographer of Vantage. She specializes in engagement and wedding photography, as well as high school senior portraits. Since high school, she has worked at several photography studios, including Holland Studios and Lasting Expressions. However, Clarissa said her passion has always been weddings. “I always wanted to run my own business. So, when Ryan and I started talking about working together, we decided to go for it,” Clarissa said. Owning a business and being a fulltime student presents its challenges. “I have learned a lot of discipline the past couple months,” Clarissa said. “When I sit down to do homework. I do it fast. I don’t check Facebook. I just have to get it done.” University of Memphis alum and promotions producer at WREG News Chanel 3, Ryan, makes up the other half
of Vantage with his videography. Ryan graduated from The U of M in December 2009 with a degree in film and video production. Ryan said he has continued to push himself to improve since he started making videos in the seventh grade. “It’s about what you can do, not what kind of equipment you have,” Ryan said. Though some may think working with your spouse could lead to marital woes, the Sidhoms agree that working together has its benefits. Their strengths and weaknesses play off one another.
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“I love working with Clarissa, because we understand each other. We need each other,” Ryan said. “We also get to see each other more.” When Vantage first launched, much of their work was done free of charge in order to build a client base. Then, they transitioned to heavily discounted photo sessions and portraits. After almost six months, Vantage is able to charge full price for their work.
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Husband-and-wife team Clarissa and Ryan Sidhom make up Vantage Media, LLC, which specializes in Memphis area weddings, corporate and church photography and videography.
In one hand, 24-year-old Josh Croucher, a delivery boy, holds the remote control towards the big game. In his other, he anxiously fans out a wad of twenties, ready to throw it all on the line. This is a typical Sunday for Croucher, who admits to spending nearly $500 a week on sports betting. Gambling is often portrayed on TV and in movies as glamorous and daring, but it is rarely mentioned that pathological gambling is a real addiction that more than 2 million U.S. adults suffer from, according to the Gambling Clinic at The University of Memphis. “To bet the highest wager on a game makes me feel superior over my friends,” Croucher said. Croucher began gambling at age 13. “We would sit around the lunch table and mix these grotesque concoctions of our leftover food. Depending on the severity of the ‘murder meal,’ we would bet anything from one dollar to an entire week of lunch money that one another would not eat it,” he said. So how does schoolyard betting lead to the loss of hundreds or even thousands? According to the Gambling Clinic, a low-cost outpatient clinic located in the psychology building at The University of Memphis, 85 percent of high school students have reported gambling at least once during their lifetimes. Gambling usually begins between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. Meredith Ginley, a doctorial student and gambling researcher at The University of Memphis, places an
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“Ryan videoed my wedding and he did a great
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U of M alum Alan Bunnand and his wife Emily hired Vantage for their June wedding. “Ryan videoed my wedding and he did a great job. It made me cry happy tears when I saw the final product. Good work for a good price,” Emily said. The couple advertise their business through word of
job. It made me cry happy tears when I saw the final product. Good work for a good price.” — Emily Bunnand Vantage customer
mouth, a Facebook page and Vantage Media’s website. Ryan’s mother, Vera Sidhom, has worked at The U of M since
2004 in music admissions. She said she was not worried at all when Ryan and Clarissa decided to create their own business.
“They both are very talented and good in what they do. They are strengthened by one another,” Vera said. “They are both
go-getters and hard-workers.” Clarissa and Ryan have no regrets in starting this business together, but they caution others who are eager to do the same. “Whatever you are wanting to pursue, make sure you know the business. Just because you have a camera does not mean that you should start charging people to take their picture. It is a learning process,” Clarissa said.
You went to college for that? BY JANE S. SHAW McClatchy Forum As a child perusing my parents’ and grandparents’ libraries in the 1950s, I came across odd books like one instructing the reader in proper pronunciation. It taught how to say the word “despicable” (stress the “des,” not the “pic”) and incognito (stress the “cog,” not the “nito”) — just the opposite of what you normally hear. Another book told me that while there are many ways to announce that “it’s time to go to bed,” one never should say “let’s hit the sack.” Using that term revealed you as a hick because it alluded to times (and places) when beds were made of straw — and you didn’t want to be associated with them. Such tomes (and others, including Emily Post’s famed book of etiquette) helped many Americans who weren’t fortunate enough to attend college — the vast major-
ity in those days — brush off the hayseed and become proper members of the middle class as they moved into their Levittown homes with their new all-electric kitchens, Presto pressure cookers, and Encyclopaedia Britannicas. Today nearly 30 percent of American adults have college degrees. But there doesn’t seem to be much difference between many of the college educated and their non-college peers. To some extent this may be because of mass culture. Lawrence Summers, former president of Harvard, recently claimed that average Americans are smarter than they used to be. His evidence: in the 1960s the country’s favorite TV show was the “Beverly Hillbillies”; in the 2000s, it was “West Wing.” In his view, the silliness of the one versus the erudition of the other reveals the elevation of mass culture. We all have “moved up.”
Maybe, but an equally plausible reason that college graduates don’t stand out is that they are just as deeply mired in lowbrow culture as everyone else. Sports — college, professional, amateur — are today’s great levelers, along with entertainment emblems such as “American Idol,” “Biggest Loser,” “Jersey Shore,” “Bad Girls Club,” Lady Gaga and the technological world of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The college graduate is part and parcel of this environment, and I haven’t noticed that graduates speak noticeably better than those who haven’t been to college. Their language, at best, reflects more the language of their parents and childhood peers, and every person under 30 seems to use the dreadful locution “me and Jan” as the subject of a sentence. Personally, I don’t care terribly whether graduates sound educated or not; of greater concern is
whether they are educated. But why doesn’t college provide the superficial veneer of respectability that it did in the past? The answer is that it doesn’t provide the substance that it did in the past. College graduates rarely quote Shakespeare or even use his plots to illustrate points. Does anyone under age 50 ever allude to Plato’s cave? As Lee Doren says in his new e-book, “Please Enroll Responsibly,” students “aren’t receiving the education most people expect when they think of earning a degree.” Of course, there are exceptions. And when it comes to their major fields, many students learn a lot because they are vocationally motivated and their professors are teaching what they love. But few students get a solid grounding — or any grounding at all — in what used to be called “high culture”: the fundamental intellectual ideas that underlie
modern society. Core curricula at most colleges have been tossed out the window. Of the 54 accredited colleges and universities in North Carolina, for example, just two require courses in U.S. government or history. All in all, a college education doesn’t seem to make you anything special anymore. We already have many reasons to suspect that college is fading as an essential ingredient in life — such as continuing cost increases and the uncertain value of a degree. If Americans once used college as a stepping-stone to a more respectable life, and that doesn’t work anymore, families are going to rethink spending thousands of dollars on higher education. Junior can just get a job and with the money he saves and buy a — well, perhaps a Lamborghini. Now that would move the family up in the estimation of the neighbors, wouldn’t it?
cent to campus. He said he didn’t expect to see such a quick reaction by U of M Police Services. “I am pleased that Director Harber has been so proactive about paying attention to the needs of students who live right off campus,” Bennett said. “I think the new report is a good tool, and I hope that after some time its find-
ings can be aggregated to an easy-to-read report that will be accessible to the entire student body, just like the report that Police Services currently publishes about on-campus crime yearly.” In addition to TISL recently drawing attention to crime adjacent to The U of M, the Department of Education reported in August that their findings suggest The U of M has been in violation of the Clery Act, a federal law that determines how Universities report crimes, since 2007. After the DOE’s findings were reported, Police Services has increasingly used the emergency TigerText system in a timely fashion. Five of six TigerTexts in the past two months were issued within an hour of the crimes they were reporting. The quickest alert was sent in 26 minutes. Before this semester, Police Services waited more than six hours to issue alerts in some cases. In regards to the off-campus crime log now available from U of M police, Harber said it contains data that Police Services always had, but just now decided to make public. “Even though students, faculty and staff can sign up directly and receive a CyberWatch report from MPD, we thought it might be convenient to make it available with our daily crime log,” he said.
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BY ALLY FANNIN Contributing Writer Sitting at a bar, he holds on to his glass tightly. He feels the cold glass, the only feeling aside from the numbness taking over his body. The lights turn on, signaling the bar is closing, and he stumbles outside and into his car. Chris Powers, a recovering alcoholic, remembers the night before his accident. “I wrapped my car around a telephone pole. I woke up on a gurney handcuffed with chains around my ankles,” he said. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, in one year the cost of alcohol-attributable crime was $73.3 billion, including crash-related costs from driving under the influence
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emphasis on society’s need to realize that gambling is done in places other than just the casinos. “Gambling is considered to be anything in which money or valuables are placed on uncertain odds,” Ginley said. Ginley names everything from “heads or tails,” drinking games and sports betting to “guessing where the cow will poop” as everyday activities that are recognized as gambling. “When an individual experiences a win in gambling, it triggers the release of dopamine in the brain as a drug substance
(43.8 percent) and corrections expenditures (17.2 percent). The cost of excessive drinking to the U.S. government was $94.2 billion. Powers sustained a concussion and a bruised body from the impact. The police later, after allowing him to stabilize, took him to jail for six hours before he made bail. Powers was also consuming cocaine. However, the police didn’t find it because “it was all up my nose,” Powers said. “Cocaine is an upper and allows you to drink more and be happy. You aren’t calming down. You are alert, but you’re drunk,” Powers said. Drinking heavily was common in Powers’ family as he grew up. “I had my first drink at 13 at a booze farm with the friends
would,” said Emily Philips-Roth, a gambling researcher at The University of Memphis. “To a pathological gambler, the feeling of a win is like nothing else.” According to Ginley, “most gamblers do it strictly for fun” and have no problem with the activity. For those who started gambling strictly for fun but now think they may have a problem, psychologists refer to the Lie-Bet scale. This tool uses two simple questions to put a person’s level of gambling into perspective. The scale asks, “Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?” and “Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you
in the neighborhood,” he said. “It was a good feeling. It made you taller and more attractive and more comfortable. You could talk to anybody. I liked it. I probably started drinking on a regular basis when I got wheels.” A job in the restaurant business led to more drinking. “I got into the restaurant business at 20 and made friends that partied every night,” Powers said. “And when you are around people like that it is easy to justify your own actions. You also grow accustomed to seeing people every night going out and drinking. It just seemed acceptable. It comes to be a fact that you think everybody drinks every day.” Powers’ first alcohol related accident happened to him in high school when he hit a stop sign with his car. At age 21, he was stopped for speeding and was taken to jail, charged with reckless driving after he refused a breathalyzer test. “I had my first really bad accident in 1989,” he said. “I don’t remember leaving work, but I blamed my drinking too much on doing the cocaine.” “Before my wreck, I had been working for a friend of mine who attended AA meetings,” Powers said. “He saw behavior problems in me and asked me if I wanted to go to a meeting. He got me to go to a meeting, and there was a lot of praying going on, which wasn’t me.” Later, Powers began working for a liquor wholesale company where he went around to bars and restaurants to sell different varieties of alcohol. This allowed Powers to carry around numerous bottles of vodka, tequila, wine, rum and bourbon in the trunk of his car. At his lowest, he would wake up to a drink and continue to drink all day until he passed out. He occasionally would wake up during the night, go out to his car and take a shot to knock himself back out. “I drank so much to have a release from reality, but then all of the sudden it quit working,” gambled?” When Croucher was asked about the scale, he replied “yes” to both questions, but said, “My bills get paid on time. There is no problem here.” To diagnose someone with a gambling addiction, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual requires that one must meet five of 10 criteria. Examples of these criteria are “preoccupied with gambling,” “needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement,” and “has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.” Like substance addiction,
he said. “The only relief that came from doing all those drugs and alcohol was sleep. It was a terrible way to live.” When he finally reached his breaking point, Powers started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings two or three times a week. “There was a realization that I was absolutely killing myself and that this was no way to live my life,” he said. “I believe that God and AA had given me the ability to not drink one day at a time, and if I do it a day at a time, I stream together the days and it turns into a week, then into a couple months, and then into a couple years. I am not out there to save the world at any rate — my job is to save my own ass.” ******** The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence lists the following signs/symptoms of alcoholism:
REPEATEDLY NEGLECTING RESPONSIBILITIES
ALCOHOL USE IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS The use of alcohol in situations where it can be physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, drinking in a bad neighborhood, mixing alcohol with prescription medication against the advice of your doctor or operating machinery while drinking.
LEGAL PROBLEMS DUE TO DRINKING If, due to drinking, you are experiencing repeated legal problems. For example, getting arrested for fights, drunk and disorderly conduct, domestic disputes, driving under the influence.
CONTINUED DRINKING DESPITE RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
Because of drinking, repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, work or school.
Alcohol is causing or mak-
gambling has a negative effect on an individual’s personal life. The Gambling Clinic has determined that persistent gambling results in financial, emotional, marital, legal and psychological problems. The clinic’s research also shows that children with parents who gamble are at greater risk for becoming a problem or pathological gambler in the future. Though money is a major factor in gambling, the loss of monetary resources does not have to be a problem. “Gambling at times is not detrimental until someone mixes up their priorities,” Philips-Roth explains. “If a wealthy person is gambling $200 bi-weekly, it is
not a problem until they begin to neglect family time.” People who gamble in any form are at risk for becoming problem or pathological gamblers at some point in their lives. Those with the most risk typically gamble during adolescence, have parents who gamble, are an ethnic minority and are male, according to research. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, Ginley says not to lose hope. “People can change and can get better,” she said. “It is not a death sentence and we have seen great success in rehab.” The Gambling Clinic’s Center for Self Change can be contacted at (901)-678-STOP.
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How Far is Too Far?
BY CHRISTY MISTER Contributing Writer Like many teenagers, Tamarcus Lott can’t imagine life without social media. “I probably spend 10 to 12 hours (a day) texting, on Facebook and on Twitter,” said Lott, a 16-yearold junior at Overton High School, who said he is addicted to social media. “When it comes to school work, I tend to procrastinate a lot. I put it off so I can update a status or talk about a trending topic.” But according to a study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, young people who spend a lot of time with technological communication face far more serious problems than not getting a science project finished on time. “Hyper-networking” — defined by researchers as spending more than three hours per school day on social networking websites — was reported by 11.5 percent of students in the study and was associated with higher odds ratios for stress, depression, suicide, substance use, fighting, poor sleep, poor academics and parental permissiveness. Teens who are “hyper-networkers” are 62 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes, 79 percent more likely to have tried alcohol, 69 percent more likely to be binge drinkers, 84 percent more likely to have used illicit drugs, 94 percent more likely to have been in a physical fight, 69 percent more likely to have had sex, and 60 percent more likely to report four or more sexual partners, the study concluded. Similar risks were found among teens that are “hyper-texters” (defined by researchers as texting more than 120 messages per school day.) Teenagers obviously aren’t the only ones social networking and texting. The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that more than 70 percent of young adults in America use social networking sites. Researchers found that social networking both supports and detracts from academic work. Thus, effects could cancel each other out. The question is, when does engaging in social media become an addiction?
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ing problems worse in your relationships with your friends, family or spouse, and you continue to drink
DRINKING TO DE-STRESS Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to relieve stress. Because alcohol is a sedative drug, over time, you
Julie Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker at the Christian Psychological Center near the U of M campus, said social media, like many other kinds of behavior, can be addictive. “If anyone is spending an increased number of hours communicating through social media to the exclusion of social events, face-to-face conversations, etc., I would question whether this person would be becoming dependent,” Johnson said. Jacqueline McCreight, a professional counselor in Memphis, said technology should be embraced to enhance effective communication, but social media should be an additional route and not a replacement for the scenic route. She said she believes people should enjoy relationships and see their loved ones as much as they do their mouse pad and keyboard. Even among those who do not fall into that minority of social media users who develop substance abuse and other serious health problems, there are still concerns about the effect social networks and technology are having on relationships. “There is no question that social media is redefining relationships,” Johnson said. “Communication is now spread out to many people in a surface way, sometimes to the detriment of deeper, long-lasting connections. As we have long known, real communication consists of eye contact, tone of voice, inflection and ability to respond spontaneously and emotionally. With social media, thoughts, ideas are edited and sanitized with emotion being conveyed in abbreviations and icons with little risk of real personal exposure.” “I think that online relationships can interfere in many ways as a substitute for real intimacy that involves risking oneself with another, opening the door to self-disclosure and real understanding.” Social media’s short-circuiting of relationships is not Johnson’s only concern. “In my work, I am concerned that resurrecting old intimate relationships through social media is wreaking havoc with marriages,” Johnson said. “The excitement of connecting with old lovers, though unintended, has
will need more alcohol to have the same effect. Getting drunk after a very stressful day more often, for example, or reaching for a bottle after you have an argument with boss, a friend or your spouse more frequently. ******** Jared Sentell, 26, began drinking and smoking pot at an early age and used them to deal with problems, as well as for socializing. But Sentell’s drinking ended because of his shiatsu puppy, Rocky, whom he adopted from a shelter. “Rocky was the first thing that
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Power of social media too much for some consumers to handle responsibly
“Hyper-networking,” defined by researchers as spending more than three hours per day on social networking websites, was reported by more than one in ten students surveyed by researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. interfered with many marriages. It is easy to misunderstand and fantasize about past relationships which sometimes lead to devastating effects on family life.” Pamela Copeland, a mother of two and a senior social work major at The University of Memphis,
said she uses social media, but can “unplug from it.” “I’m married, and yes, from time to time, I have old classmates inbox me messages asking or saying inappropriate things, but every time, I nip it in the bud,” Copeland said.
Johnson said usage and attitudes toward social media are evolving. “As a society, it will take time to figure it out, develop a morality about social media that makes sense, protects our values and is worth instilling in our children.”
I could call my own. He made my home complete,” Sentell said. One day, Sentell took his dog to a store to buy him treats after consuming a handle of Bacardi and numerous beers. He ended up fishtailing his car, then flipping it over into a ditch. “That dog would come even if you just snapped your fingers, but he never came,” Sentell said with tears rolling down his face. “I hear someone yell, ‘I found him.’ I ran down there and held my dog. They thought I was going to run away from the
scene, but I just went and picked him up. The firefighters gave me a blanket and let me wrap him, because I couldn’t bury him, and I just kept on saying, ‘I’m sorry, Rocky, I’m so sorry.’” Sentell was arrested for drunk driving and was in jail for six days. His mother and fiancé abandoned him during his jailtime, he said. “My mother refused to even visit me because she wanted me to learn the sole responsibility of my actions,” he said. “And the only person I could contact was my pastor, who bailed me out.”
After Sentell got out of jail, he started attending AA meetings. He walks everywhere or calls for rides because, almost a year later, he still chooses to not own a car. “It took something that drastic to make me stop drinking,” he said. “I had to kill my dog to make me realize that alcohol is not the solution to my problems. Eventually, I will die if I do not learn how to control my drinking. Sometimes we are forced by life lessons when we are not ready, but sometimes we are more ready than we know.”
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Fitness fanatics risk doing more harm to bodies than good — but still push mental, physical limits BY BRITTANY JACKSON Contributing Writer Beside his bed are two protein pills, a protein shake and a gallon of water. When the morning comes, he instantly weighs in and takes his morning protein. This is how he gets his energy for his long day of healthy eating and working out. Now he moves onto his morning home workout of pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups and 3 miles on the treadmill. This is a way to get his blood flowing for the day. R o d e r i c k Thompson wakes up at five o’clock to complete his morning workout and then has to get himself ready for school and beat the morning traffic. He is often torn between working out consistently and going to class. “When I am sitting in class, I feel as though I am being lazy. I have to stay active,” he said. Thompson often walks out of class early to walk around campus just to be on the move. He has started to see a drop in his grades and also his weight, but his weight seems to be more important to him. Although he has never been overweight, Thompson is mainly concerned with being healthy and maintaiing a steady weight. After class and on weekends, Thompson uses his spare time playing soccer because it is a good cardio workout. On a Sunday, when the average person will most likely take the day off, Roderick uses this day to work out. However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t do his usual morning workout as well as often
doing an afternoon workout. According to an article from LiveStrong, 30 minutes of adequate physical activity can keep a person healthy the same as exercising for two or three hours a day.
injured later in life, but that won’t change his putting long hours each day into exercise. Taylor Johnson is a former high school cheerleader who is trying to maintain her healthy lifestyle while in
students eat. “Being healthy is expensive,” Johnson said. “Most of the healthy foods cost more and the fat foods cost less.” She purchases foods high in fiber so she can speed up
it that way. Her image is important to her. Going out with her friends and having a boyfriend is also a reason she workouts. Waking up in the morning with a thinner roommate, Rayvn Carter, in the house is like a daily competition to Taylor. The two, who have known each other since grade school, are not as close friends as they used to be because of the weight and exercise competition. “It is like a nonstop competition between me and Taylor,“ Carter said. “We can’t even be normal and enjoy college because she thinks I am trying to stay thinner than her.” Carter does not emphasize healthy eating and exercise in her life as much as Johnson. “I feel like I probably have a better life and stay fit because I choose to do and eat as I please rather than force myself to work out and think about it,” Carter said.
U of M sophomore philosophy major John Perales runs on a treadmill located in the Campus Recreation Center.
Taylor Johnson Too much exercise can actually be detrimental to health — leading to injuries and other health problems. According to physical therapist assistant Trey Toles, many injuries come from people putting too much strain on their bodies by working out and playing sports. “Running four miles a day is normal for people who are addicted to working out, but anything more at a consistent pace is a little harsh on the body,” Toles said. A person’s body needs time to heal and recover from any physical activity. Thompson is aware of the fact that he is putting his body at risk of b e i n g
college by working out twice a day, five days a week. “Keeping up with my weight and health now that I am in college is easy but hard at the same time,” she said. “In high school I had more time on my hands and did not get as tired from my workouts as I do now. This does not stop me from working out — I do not care how tired I get or how many classes I fall asleep in, I will never get fat.” Johnson finds that healthy foods cost more than the junk food many c o l lege
her metabolism. She drinks a dietary tea that cleans her body through the night. “This is just a way for me to feel like there is nothing in my stomach and I am starting over today,” she said. This could be seen as an eating disorder to some people, but Johnson doesn’t see
by Aaron Turner
eeping up with my weight and health now that I am in college is easy but hard at the same time. In high school, I had more time on my hands and did not get as tired from my workouts as I do now.
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Noisy mob? Cops shoot back with powerful sound cannon BY W.J. HENNIGAN Los Angeles Times
military contractor LRAD Corp. after the Sept. 11 terror attacks as a sonic weapon to help control unruly crowds, foil hijackers and keep other potential threats at bay. The Pentagon and law enforcement agencies are among the biggest customers, but there are civilian uses as well. LRAD sells sound cannons to yacht owners as a means of keeping pirates from boarding. In 2005, an LRAD sound cannon staved off an
“Interest in our technology has never been stronger. It offers a safe solution for potentially dangerous situations.” — Scott Stuckey Vice president, business development at LRAD Corp. units. LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green said orders to disperse made with bullhorns went largely unheard because of the din of crowd chants and helicopters hovering overhead. The police had to use pickup trucks with massive speakers to get the orders across. “It’s frustrating when you’re not heard in those situations because ultimately it’s all about communications,” Green said. “Bad things happen when the batons are out and the adrenaline is flowing. So, if there’s something better out there to get the message across, let’s have it.” The device was developed for the Pentagon by San Diego
attack by pirates on a fivestar German-built cruise ship, called Seabourn Spirit, off the coast of Somalia. The company also markets versions of the device for wind farms and aircraft owners, to scare off birds. There are six models, from one resembling a small stereo speaker to another as large as a home satellite dish. They are priced from $5,000 to $100,000. There are a few competitors in the acoustic device market, among them HPV Technologies Inc. of Irvine, Calif., and Ultra Electronics USSI of Columbia City, Ind. “Interest in our technology has never been stronger,” said Scott Stuckey, vice president
Sound has long been used as a weapon. The Germans put sirens on Stuka dive bombers in World War II to amplify the terror to unlucky souls below. Jamaican maroons — fugitive slaves — used the abeng horn to unnerve British colonial soldiers. The U.S. Army blasted rock music to torment former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. And according to the Bible, Joshua brought down the walls of Jericho by having his priests blow rams’ horns. Now, the power of loud noise is being harnessed by police departments. A device known as the sound cannon is joining Tasers, rubber bullets and pepper spray in law enforcement’s expanding arsenal of nonlethal weapons. It’s officially called the Long Range Acoustical Device, or LRAD, and it has two primary uses. One is as a high-tech megaphone that generates a beam of sound that can cut through the din of a noisy protest far better than conventional public-address systems. It also functions as a tactical weapon — projecting a high-pitch chirping sound that makes people cover their ears and run away. And with a maximum volume of 149 decibels, the LRAD can get about as loud as a jetliner on takeoff. Pittsburgh police used LRADs mounted on an armored vehicle to break up demonstrations jamming the city’s downtown during the Group of 20 international
economic conference in 2009. More recently, New York police officers used small, hand-held LRADs to bark orders as they ousted the Occupy Wall Street protest from Zuccotti Park. The Los Angeles Police Department has an undisclosed number of LRADs, but they are larger devices fixed to vehicles, which they say might have been helpful in breaking up the Occupy L.A. encampment at City Hall last week. Police did not have hand-held
The 100X “portable hailing device,” made by LRAD Corporation, is seen in San Diego. The ultra high output sound broadcast machine has been used by police across the U.S. for crowd control at Occupy Wall Street events. Voice commands can be heard loud and clear 1/2 mile away. The device can also send a pulsing, non-verbal 3 kHz tone that is extremely uncomfortable to the human ear and has been used to disperse large groups.
for business development at LRAD. “It offers a safe solution for potentially dangerous situations.” Unlike a traditional loudspeaker, the device directs a loud beam of sound like a spotlight — hence the name, sound cannon. Although it may be nonlethal, critics say that it could damage hearing or cause psychological harm. Joshua Paul, a student at Rutgers University who was at the Occupy Wall Street rally, described the sound from the LRAD as “high-pitched and very disabling.” Afterward, he wrote on Twitter: “High pitched noise. Natural reaction: My face scrunched and hands started moving to my ears. Length was around 5 seconds.” Although the New York Police Department denies ever using the LRAD for anything other than a loudspeaker, the device is capable of incapacitating people. That was the sales pitch to the Pentagon when San Diego inventor Elwood G. Norris developed the LRAD idea. Norris said the need for the technology was demonstrated by the 2000 suicide attack on the Navy warship USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen. The Cole’s crew could not use lethal force against the interlopers because it did not know their intent, but a nonlethal sound cannon could have been deployed. “If they had the LRAD to keep the terrorists at bay,” Stuckey said, “who knows what would have happened?” The device differs from previous sound technology in that the person standing behind or next to the device does not hear the sound as loudly. Conventional speaker systems generate sound that spreads out. On an LRAD, the sound is condensed into a single beam. “You can direct the beam wherever you want,” Stuckey said. “It hits the sweet spot of human hearing. It’s similar to having a really bright light in your eyes.” Its debilitating effect can be seen in a YouTube video of a crowd of protesters at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009. Police rolled through the street in an armored truck with an LRAD device fixed atop like a turret generating a loud sound beam into the crowd. In an instant, the highpitched chirping appears to compel nearly everyone in the crowd to cover their ears. In the crowd was Karen Piper, an English professor at the University of Missouri, who says she suffered immediate pain in her ears and became
nauseous and dizzy. Piper said she was unable to cover her ears because she was holding bags, her purse and a camera. “All of a sudden I heard this excruciating high-pitched noise. It was debilitating,” she said this week. “I never heard anything like it before.” A federal lawsuit filed in September against the Pittsburgh Police Department by the American Civil Liberties Union on her behalf states that she suffered permanent hearing loss. LRAD declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 • 9
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Tennessee-Martin proves no match for high-scoring Tigers BY BRYAN HEATER Sports Reporter It’s no secret that senior guard Brittany Carter has a natural ability to score. The preseason Conference-USA Player of the Year’s 27 points were nothing out of the ordinary during The University of Memphis women’s basketball team’s 90-69 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Sunday. In addition to her scoring ability, Carter also padded her defensive stats, helping out with five rebounds and a career-high nine steals, showing just how complete her game has become. “For her to have nine steals, she was really focused and keyed in,” assistant coach Brett Schneider said. “She just added another part of her game that is really going to make her tough to play against.” After beginning the game slowly, making just one of her
first six shots, Carter caught fire and hit her final 12. Her excellent game was complemented by a complete team effort in the win. Junior forward Nicole Dickson added to her school record with her seventh consecutive double-double. Dickson posted 11 points along with ten rebounds and six assists. Senior post player Jasmine Lee added 18 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Tigers dominate the Skyhawks 58-26 in the paint. Freshman post Ann Jones also chipped in a career-high nine points. “That’s my job, to get in the middle of the zone and knock down shots for my teammates,” Dickson said. “I just come out every game and do what I have to do for my team, so if that’s rebound or score that’s what I’m going to do for my team.” The Tigers built a sizeable lead by halftime, going into the
break 45-30. They outscored the Skyhawks 30-6 in the paint while holding them to 30 percent (9-30) shooting. For the game, the Tigers shot 37-of-63 (58.7 percent), while the Skyhawks finished 22-of-65 (33.8 percent). The Skyhawks were lead by Heather Butler with 21 points, and Jasmine Newsome added 20 points. The Tigers now look toward a four-game road trip. During that stretch, the Tigers will face perennial power Louisiana Tech in New York and play games at Arkansas-Little Rock and Missouri. “Having a ballclub with a lot of seniors and maturity, I think our kids realize this is the year we have a lot of opportunities to get wins that will help us in March,” Schneider said. “Not only that, but it is going to help us prepare for a tough conference starting in January.”
gets nod from Pastner for open assistant position BY SCOTT HALL Sports Reporter Memphis basketball head coach Josh Pastner announced on Saturday that he will recommend Jimmy Williams to replace Luke Walton on the Tigers coaching staff, pending approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents. Walton will rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers following the end of the NBA lockout on Nov. 26. Walton, who played at the
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University of Arizona while Pastner was an assistant coach there, decided to fill the Tiger’s assistant coaching vacancy on Aug. 22 when it appeared the lockout would continue into the regular season. Pastner spoke at length about Williams’ coaching credentials. “He’s known as one of the best big man coaches around,” Pastner said. “I’ve known Jimmy for a long time. He was at Oklahoma State with Eddie Sutton for a while, Nebraska with Danny Nee when they had their really good success. I’ve talked to Kevin McHale multiple times. Kevin said without Jimmy, he wouldn’t be one of the great players he ended up being in the NBA. He’s a very positive guy, he’s a veteran guy and he will be recommended for the spot.” Pastner said the appointment will last until April 30, after which candidates will be brought in to interview for the long-term position. Pastner said Williams may be considered for that spot, but he will have to wait and see. “That will be to be determined based on how I feel things go and the flow of things,” he said.
A Weekly Devotional For You Is It For You? We have been looking at the good news of the gospel. The Scriptures are plain about the eternal doom of those whose sins are not covered by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter how well one might fare in this present age, the future is unspeakably ominous for those whose sins have not been atoned for by His precious blood. However, there is good, unspeakably joyful, news for those for whom the redemptive price has been paid. Remarkably, those who most feel the need of salvation from their sins are those for whom the blood was shed. Did He shed His blood for you to secure for you eternal joy? There are several ways in which the Lord refers to His own people for whom He stood as their substitute and endured the wrath of God in their place. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Notice that He does not summon the self-sufficient, the self-satisfied, or the self-confident. He has no invitation for the scoffer, for the one who scorns His Word and audaciously disregards His commands. He bids those who have nothing to offer, but who, realizing their great need, look to Him for mercy. He has never rejected such a one. Is this for you?
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Turn on, tune in and get better? BY MELISSA HEALY Los Angeles Times Janeen Delany describes herself as an “old hippie” who’s smoked plenty of marijuana. But she never really dabbled in hallucinogens — until two years ago, at the age of 59. A diagnosis of incurable leukemia had knocked the optimism out of the retired plant nurserywoman living in Phoenix. So she signed up for a clinical trial to test whether psilocybin — the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” — could help with depression or anxiety following a grim diagnosis. Delaney swallowed a blue capsule of psilocybin in a cozy office at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She donned a blindfold, a blood pressure cuff and a headset playing classical music. Then, with two researchers at her side, she embarked on a six-hour journey into altered consciousness that she calls “the single most lifechanging experience I’ve ever had.” What a long, strange trip it’s been. In the 1960s and ‘70s, a rebellious generation embraced hallucinogens and a wide array of street drugs to “turn on, tune in and drop out.” Almost half a century later, magic mushrooms, LSD, Ecstasy and ketamine are being studied for legitimate therapeutic uses. Scientists believe
these agents have the potential to attitude “has been dramatic,” Psychiatry that psilocybin help patients with post-traumat- Doblin said. improved the mood of patients ic stress disorder, drug or alcohol Researchers explored the with “existential anxiety” related addiction, unremitting pain or usefulness of hallucinogenic to advanced-stage cancer. The depression and the existential agents as an adjunct to psycho- benefits lasted at least three anxiety of terminal illness. therapy in the 1950s and ‘60s. months. “Scientifically, these com- But allegations that hallucinoJaneen Delany is a typical pounds are way too impor- gens were used in government- case: The insights she gleaned tant not to study,” said Johns funded “mind control” efforts, during her encounter with psiHopkins psychopharmacologist freewheeling experimentation locybin continue to shape her Roland Griffiths, who conducted by proponents like Dr. Timothy attitudes toward life and death. the psilocybin trial. Leary, and the drugs’ appeal to Delany said her “trip” awakIn their next incarnation, these a generation in revolt quashed ened a deep and reassuring sense drugs may help of “knowing.” the psychologiShe came to see cally wounded universe and e’re trying to break a social the tune in to their everything in it darkest feelings mind-set saying these are strictly as interconnectand memories ed. As the music drugs of abuse.” and turn therin her headapy sessions phones reached — Rick Doblin into heightened a crescendo, she Righteous dude opportunities to held her breath learn and heal. and realized it “We’re trying to break a legitimate research for decades. would be OK — no, really easy social mind-set saying these The thaw has been slow in — not to breathe anymore. She are strictly drugs of abuse,” coming. In 2008, Griffiths co- sensed there was nothing more said Rick Doblin, a public pol- wrote a report in the Journal of she needed to know and thereicy expert who founded the Psychopharmacology compar- fore nothing she needed to fear Multidisciplinary Association ing psilocybin with a placebo for about dying. for Psychedelic Studies in 1986 people dealing with incurable And that, paradoxically, has to encourage research on thera- diseases. Psilocybin resulted in allowed her to live. peutic uses for medical mari- “mystical experiences having “When you take the veil of juana and hallucinogens. “It’s substantial and sustained per- fear away from your life, you can not the drug but how the drug is sonal meaning and spiritual see and experience everything in used that matters.” significance,” according to the such a present way,” she said. Regulators and medical study, the first since 1972 to “I don’t have to know what the researchers remain wary. But explore a hallucinogen’s thera- future is. Every day is the day among at least some experts peutic value. of days.” at the National Institutes of In January, a team led by Such mystical insights are Health and the Food and Drug UCLA psychiatrist Charles Grob central in another potential use Administration, the shift in reported in Archives of General for psilocybin — as an addiction
treatment. Griffiths is conducting a pilot study combining psilocybin with cognitive behavioral therapy to help smokers quit. Four people have completed the program, and so far none has returned to smoking, Griffiths says. At the University of Arizona in Tucson, addiction specialist Dr. Michael P. Bogenschutz has proposed a clinical trial to test whether psilocybin can help ease alcohol dependence. If the NIH agrees to fund the study, it would be the first instance in decades of government financial support for a trial involving any drug of abuse. Psilocybin’s effect on the brain can be described, if not explained. It increases the activity of serotonin, a chemical that affects mood. Brain networks associated with emotions are highly active in the presence of psilocybin, as are structures involved in higher reasoning and judgment, MRI scans show. Griffiths says that subjects routinely describe their psilocybin experience as one that “helps reorganize their thinking.” For those facing death, that can bring new perspective on loved ones, on life and on what lies beyond; for those stymied by addiction, it can cut the addictive substance down to size. “Their enslavement to cigarette smoking will be almost funny,” Griffiths said.
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The University of Memphis
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 • 11
Tigers heat up from behind arc, ouster Governors 91-60
by David C. Minkin
Sophomore guard Will Barton screams after scoring against Austin Peay.
Despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds and committing 19 turnovers, the No. 21/22 University of Memphis Tigers had little trouble dispatching the Austin Peay Governors, 91-60, on Saturday. The story of the day was threepoint shooting, with the Tigers (4-2) shooting a blistering 60 percent (15-25) from deep, and 57.1 percent (32-56) overall. The first six Memphis baskets in the game came from beyond the arc, and the Tigers raced to a 25-point halftime lead, sinking 11 threepointers before halftime. The 15 three-pointers fell one short of tying the school record for threes in a game. “I was proud of our guys,” head coach Josh Pastner said. “I felt that we moved the ball. The shots that we took were in rhythm. They weren’t bad shots. The difference from when we play, say a Michigan team earlier in the year, we got threepoint attempts that were forced in that game. It was dribble, dribble, dribble and the shots weren’t on assists or on rhythm. These shots today were in rhythm. And we’re a good shooting team when we
by David C. Minkin
BY SCOTT HALL Sports Reporter
Sophomore forward Tarik Black dunks over an Austin Peay defender. shoot within rhythm and get to the second or third side and make the extra pass.” Sophomore guard Will Barton scored 22 points and freshman guard Adonis Thomas added 17, including 5-of-6 from deep. Barton also led the team in rebounding with 13, the only Memphis player to finish in double-digits. “Will told me before the game, ‘Coach, I’m getting double-digit boards for you,’” Pastner said. “Because I told him, ‘You’re averaging six boards a game, that’s not good. You should be getting ten. I don’t understand how you don’t get ten.’ Last year against
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Austin Peay, he was not good. Tonight he was good. For the most part, he was good.” The Tigers’ defense limited Austin Peay (0-9) to just 33.3 percent shooting, and 2-of-10 from deep. Leading scorer TyShawn Edmondson had a poor game, shooting 1-of-6 for three points in 26 minutes. Forward Melvin Baker continued where he left off last year, leading the Governors with 15 points and seven rebounds. Despite the hot shooting, Pastner’s team continued to struggle in two key areas: rebounding and turnovers. The Tigers eventually won the rebounding battle 42-37, but gave up 19 offensive rebounds while collecting only 12. Their 19 turnovers is a season high, with Barton committing six turnovers. Sophomore guards Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson combined to turn the ball over seven times. “We gave up 19 offensive rebounds; that can’t happen,” Pastner said. “We had 19 turnovers; that can’t happen. We were 12-of-24 from the free throw line; that can’t happen. We have to better in those three areas.” The Tigers travel to Coral Gables, Fla., tonight to take on the Miami Hurricanes (5-2) in their first true road test of the season. The last meeting between the teams was close throughout. Guards Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant combined for 38 of Miami’s 68 points, while Memphis was led by Joe Jackson’s 17 points and Charles Carmouche’s 13. Then-freshman Antonio Barton hit a free throw with 1.5 seconds left to put the Tigers up by four and secure the 72-68 victory. Scott and Grant come into tonight’s game averaging 13 and 17.1 points respectively. Guard Trey McKinney Jones leads the Hurricanes with 5.4 rebounds per game. “They’re a tough team, very well coached,” Pastner said. “They’ve got two outstanding guards in Grant and Scott, and they’re a very good basketball team.” Tipoff is set for tonight at 8 pm on ESPN2.
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Fall 2011 Final Exams Schedule Class Time
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Wed., Dec. 14, 7 – 9 a.m.
Fri., Dec. 9, 8 – 10 a.m.
Fri., Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 12, 8 – 10 a.m.
Mon., Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 14, 10 a.m. - Noon
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Mon., Dec. 12, 7 – 9 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 14, 8 – 10 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 13, 8 – 10 a.m.
Tues., Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 15, 8 – 10 a.m.
Thur., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 15, 8 – 10 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 10, 9 – 11 a.m.
Sat., Dec. 10, 1 – 3 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11, 1 – 3 p.m.