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CAM PUS SCEN E DRIBBLING PAINT Former Tiger and NBA basketball star Elliot Perry returned to campus sans jersey and sneakers to share his unique contemporary African-American artwork collection in the new Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art.

FAMILY AFFAIR Photobombs reigned supreme during a wildly popular “photo” scavenger hunt that was one of the many activities that made up the first Parent and Family Weekend Sept. 19-21 in more than a decade. Hundreds of parents and students attended.

FEELING GREEN The University showcased its everexpanding eco-friendly initiatives during the annual Tiger Blue Goes Green Day Oct. 7.

KUNG FU FIGHTING A troupe of traveling martial arts experts invaded campus Sept. 28 as part of a Confucius Institute anniversary event that also featured Chinese folk dances.

Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo “Like my first novel, The Roots of the Olive Tree, this book can be traced to my experiences growing up as part of an enormous family,” says Santo. “In them, I see all the lives I could have lived: fisherman, border patrol, comedian, carpenter, therapist. Their stories could have been my stories.” With that in mind, the English prof set out to write about three cousins who are coping with failure but who come together to save a family spite house. “In writing about these cousins, I got to work through my own questions about what could have been and what should be.” (William Morrow Paperbacks)

OPTIONED Creative writing student Kat Moore scored rave reviews with her short story “Kissing River Phoenix” that appeared in the U of M Magazine’s spring issue. The news has just gotten better: Indie film producer Lanie Zipoy has optioned the work.

ICEY RECEPTION Hovering helicopters bombarded thousands of eager students with tiger tails while President M. David Rudd was doused with ice water in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” during New Student Convocation Aug. 25. DINOSAUR OUT Tiger coach Josh Pastner ended what one national publication called “a bizarre allegiance to his flip phone” when he purchased his first smartphone. “I have recruited a ton of great players with that flip phone,” Pastner said.

Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear by Aram Goudsouzian Goudsouzian provides a fast-paced narrative that displays many different perspectives on the civil rights movement and America that begins with James Meredith’s march from Memphis to Jackson, Miss., in 1966. “In between, Meredith gets shot, every major figure in the civil rights movement determines to carry on the march, huge debates break out over the future of black politics, thousands of black voters register, the police launch a tear gas attack, Martin Luther King inspires poor Mississippians and Stokely Carmichael unveils the new, controversial cry of ‘Black Power,’”says the chair of history. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Visitations by John Bensko

SALUTE!

The University of Memphis was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned business founded in 2001, for its support of military personnel on campus, including the establishment of a Veterans Resource Center. 28

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The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has been recognized by preLaw magazine as being a Best Value Law School for the sixth consecutive year.

Bensko says that his book of poems embodies his interpretation of John Donne’s concept that no man is an island. “We’re all absorbed by, and absorb within us, all sorts of visitations, from the past, from art, from animals, from things like snow and weeds and water in the environment. I wanted to give the sense that the natural and supernatural are one.” The English prof’s book recently won the Anita Claire Scharf prize, given for books that pay close attention to art and the environment. (Tampa University Press)

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