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Fewer students means less money for Memphis

March 15, 2016

The number of students at the University of Memphis has hit a seven-year low. This comes despite early indications that the school would retain more students this semester than in the previous spring.

University too busy to write parking citations

Feb. 22, 2016

The amount of money the U of M pulled in from parking tickets decreased by about $94,000 in 2015 from the pervious year. This is the biggest drop in seven years.

J-school loses dedicated professor

Jan. 19, 2016

Most students and fellow professors knew Ron Spielberger by his friendly demeanor and his penchant for wearing a suit and tie to class. Spielberger, who taught journalism at the University of Memphis for nearly five decades, died the day after Christmas

Rapists could see little punishment in university system

Oct. 29, 2015

How the University of Memphis deals with sexual assaults on campus varies, and is usually hidden from public view. f the sexual assault survivor chooses to not report the crime to police, then how (or if) the university punishes an alleged attacker will likely remain a secret. Understanding the University’s closed-door policies on sexual assault when police are not involved is crucial because for every victim of sexual violence that goes to the police, there likely are dozens who remain silent.

Frats ordered to stop all events after altercation at step show

Nov. 10, 2010

Two fraternities at the University of Memphis are being told they cannot hold social events on campus after a homecoming step show Thursday that ended in a confrontation and evacuation of the Rose Theater.Some are even suggesting that the university treats members of the mostly black NPHC fraternities more harshly than fraternities in the mostly white Interfraternity Council.

Ludacris will perform at U of M Homecoming

Nov. 5, 2015

With less than 24 hours till show time, it is also unknown how SAC was able to get 'Luda' to agree to play. SAC shared the news just before 8 pm Thursday, but the concert is scheduled for 7 pm Friday.

Student government backs LGBT office on campus

Oct. 30, 2015

Student government is pushing to create a new office of gender and sexuality at the University of Memphis. The proposed office is much needed and long overdue, advocates say. While the groups like the Hispanic Student Association and African Student Association get support from the U of M’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT and woman rights groups have no such advising hub

Protestors march through University demand living wage from U of M and fast-food giants

Apr. 16, 2015

Students and workers at the University of Memphis joined a nationwide protest Wednesday, seeking to shame fast food restaurants into paying employees at least $15 an hour.

University and ex-employee make final arguments in termination appeal —lawsuit still pending

Jan. 21, 2015

Accusations of discriminations and incompetence were exchanged between the University of Memphis and one of its former employees, Curt Guenther, during day three of a wrongful termination hearing.Although these statements were closing arguments, it’s most likely not the last time these charges will be made.

Student government seeks new parking app

Sep. 22, 2015

Students willing to pay for garage parking may get a new phone app that will tell them which lots are full.Student government is working with campus parking services to develop the app, said David Knowles, president of student government, during Thursday’s student senate meeting.

U of M paid $2.3 million to run mostly empty buses

(Photo by Bailey Clark /The Daily Helmsman)

April 22, 2016

About 85 percent of the seats on the busses that traverse the campus area five days a week are empty, and some buses make a full round-trip completely empty. The U of M paid nearly $725,000 in 2015 to Groome Transportation of Tennessee, the private company that operates the shuttles. That money comes from mandatory and non-mandatory parking fees students and university employee's pay. Read more...

No liquor, but rappers will get $95,000 for Spring Fling

(Photo by Jonathan Capriel /The Daily Helmsman)

April 21, 2016

These are the items Hip-Hop artist Tory Lanez requested in his contract with the University of Memphis. While the U of M refused to provide the bottle of Hennessey, Ciroc and two packages of Backwoods, Lanez will likely see the bottles of Simply Blueberry Lemonade and Simply Orange Juice, a meat platter, a bag of Puffy Cheetos, Goldfish, honey, a lemon and green tea in his green room. Read more...

Fewer parking spaces and higher parking fees for U of M students

(Photo by Bailey Clark /The Daily Helmsman)

Jan. 26, 2016

A third of general parking at the University of Memphis will be eliminated when the university begins construction on a new recreation center and pedestrian bridge. As a result, the per semester parking fee will increase from $42 to $69 to cover the cost of a parking garage that will replace the lost spaces. Read more...

More than 20 percent of the city lives in official food deserts

Feb. 22, 2015

Convenient stores advertising beer and junk food are littered throughout poverty-stricken communities across Memphis while supermarkets, with nutritional foods at lower prices, are often out of reach. Forcing the city’s poorest to pay the most for food. Read more...

Nursing and pre-nursing most common majors on campus

Oct. 29, 2015

More than 25 percent of the University of Memphis students are undecided, undeclared, prenursing or nursing, according to an analysis by The Daily Helmsman. Click the link to see more (Photo/graph by Jonathan Capriel) Read more...

U of M hits 8-year low for freshmen enrollment, could mean financial trouble

Oct. 1, 2015

A big part of the drop comes from fewer in-state residents attending the U of M. This could be a side effect of the recently passed Tennessee Promise, which allows recent high-school graduates to attend any of the state’s two-year community colleges for free. Read more...


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