Spike Lee speaks at the U of M

Award-winning film-director, actor, writer and producer, Spike Lee, spoke to a packed house on issues surrounding the importance of education, violence amongst African Americans and politics at the University of Memphis Tuesday.

“We come from a long line of educated people,” Lee said. “Education will have to be the way for us to move forward.” The Morehouse College alumnus answered questions from the audience and addressed criticism surrounding his most recent film “Chi-Raq”.

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NRA to meet with U of M students

The National Rifle Association and students who favor carrying guns on campus for protection will hold an event at the University Center on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The NRA’s university outreach arm and Students for Concealed Carry, a University of Memphis student organization, hope to discuss the Second Amendment and expanding carrying guns on campus — a highly controversial topic which many are against, including U of M officials.

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Social media important, but not changing minds

The next presidential election is less than a year away, and researchers are looking into the relationship between millennials, social media and voting habits.

More than 80 percent of the 18 to 34-year-olds said they get their news from YouTube and 50 percent said they used the popular image-sharing site, Instagram as a source of news, according to a survey conducted in March 2015 by the American Press Institute.

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Committee approves development plan for University District- Highland Strip area

By Taryn Graham

Oct. 27, 2016

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners approved a tax-financing plan on Oct. 27 that will allow public improvements to the Highland Strip area near the University of Memphis campus.

Mike Keeney, president of the University Neighborhoods Development Corporation, attended the commission meeting alongside University of Memphis’ President David Rudd.

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Tennessee’s 56 cases of Zika virus (so far) doesn’t compare to Florida’s growing numbers

By Taryn Graham

Nov. 27, 2016

While the Zika virus has caused grave concern in Florida, its impact in Tennessee so far has been minimal with the Tennessee Department of Health reporting just 56 cases this year.

But as was seen in Florida, the expectation is the number of cases will grow throughout the state this coming summer, and public health officials in the state are looking for answers.

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Police: U of M student reports armed robbery near campus

Taryn Graham

Sep. 8, 2016

University of Memphis police are investigating a report of an armed robbery that took place on the on the football fields off of Southern Avenue on Aug. 21, an event that police say is an extremely rare event on campus.

Willis Fosterhe and four of his friends, were throwing a football on the intramural soccer field around 5 p.m. when they saw a man jump the fence and approach their belongings on the bleachers.

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