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Published by Amy Barnette
The Daily Helmsman, Independent Student Newspaper of The University of Memphis, Vol. 78, No. 26
The Daily Helmsman, Independent Student Newspaper of The University of Memphis, Vol. 78, No. 26

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Vol. 78 No. 026
Independent Student Newspaper of The University of Memphis



‘Let Me In’ in Theaters Friday
Remake of Swedish vampire flick hits with a bite
n see page 9

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tattoos: cool or taboo?
BY SCOTT HALL News Reporter
American author Jack London once said, “Show me a man with a tattoo, and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” For some, this is a literal truth. “My tattoos are a timeline of my life,” said senior political science major Julie Hoffman, who has eight tattoos and at least five more planned. Tattoos are a great way to express oneself in a permanent way, she said. “For good or bad, they remind me of where I was, where I came from, what I loved at the time and why those things meant so much to me,” she said. “I don’t think I could part with any of them.”


TaTToo, page 4

Dave Vernon of Trilogy Tattoos and Body Piercing inks up a customer Tuesday afternoon. He says a significant chunk of his customer base is U of M students.


Congo peace efforts reach The U of M
BY AARON TURNER Contributing Writer
They were too small to hold guns, so they were sent to the front lines with whistles to scare off the enemies and act as human shields. That is what five small boys, kidnapped by a rebel army and forced to fight and kill in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s civil war, told activist Sean Carasso during his 2008 trip to Africa. Carasso, 28, is the founder of Falling Whistles, a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about the use of child soldiers, as well as kidnapping and rape, occurring in the Congo’s civil war. Monday night, he spoke to students at The University of Memphis in the University Center Theatre about these acts of violence and abuse. Though only about 10 students attended, Carasso said he was happy his message was being received. “If you start with the right 10, next time you come back, it will be a thousand,” he said. Carasso originally traveled to Africa with TOMS to give shoes to South Africans but said that he was inspired to “get lost” and explore after their campaign was over. “I kept getting lost and kept getting lost and kept getting more lost until I ended up in the Democratic Republic of the

Campus Events

Student-run dance class retains African roots


congo, page 5

New York. He said the hourand-a-half long class, which is free and open to students, When senior education teaches pride and African major Marcus Hurt goes culture, but students of all to the University Center eople really ethnicities have attended the tonight, he will share a traclass. dition he was introduced to need to realize that “People really need to realin Mali, Africa, when he was there is an African ize that there is an African 3 years old. culture that can be applied to culture that can Hurt will teach an their everyday life,” he said. Aminifu dance class tonight be applied to their “We teach African history at 8 p.m. in the UC, room through the dance.” everyday life.” 363, hosted by the African He said dance styles like Student Association. hip-hop and crumping stem — Marcus Hurt Hurt, who has been from African dance. Senior teaching dance since he was 14 Emy Ufot, junior biology years old, said Aminifu means major and president of ASA, “light of God.” junior teacher of African dance has parents who hail from West “The reason we call it that is in the United States, per the Les see Dance, page 8 because African dance is very Ballet Soleil dance company in


spiritual,” he said. “Every step means a different thing.” Hurt is considered a master

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