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Who you gonna call? Crime Stoppers By ASHLEY JOHNSON Contributing writer

By DANIEL CADIS Editor in chief


he University Police department teamed up with Houston Crime Stoppers, an anonymous telephone tip line that gives up to $5,000 to those who report crimes, this semester as part of an effort to keep the campus crime rate low. The new initiative provides students, faculty and staff with a means to report crime on campus anonymously 24 hours a day, said Charles Miller, University Police chief, who played an active role in bringing Houston Crime Stoppers to campus. “We decided to partner with Houston Crime Stoppers because we want to use every tool available to make the University safe,” Miller said. Tipsters can receive financial rewards ranging from $100 to $5,000 for reporting a crime. When someone calls to report illegal activity, the operator will take see CRIME, page 5

Fountain of memories for Loosers By DANIEL CADIS Editor in chief

President Robert B. Sloan Jr. surprised Dr. Don Looser, vice president emeritus, and his wife Elsa Jean at a luncheon on Sept. 2 with the news that the new water feature in the Brown Administrative Complex would be named after the couple. Located in the Bettis Quadrangle at the center of Brown, the Looser Fountain will be unveiled at the “Celebrate HBU” event on Sept. 27. The fountain will be named after the couple thanks to a donation from their son Greg Looser and his wife Beth, who wanted to honor see LOOSER, page 4

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The University administration unveiled a new attendance policy this semester, notifying students that those who do not attend at least 75 percent of scheduled class sessions will automatically receive a failing grade for the semester. Professors and colleges may institute stricter attendance policies on top of the University’s new requirement, giving faculty members greater latitude in determining the penalties for students who fail to attend class. The School of Business, in particular, has elected to utilize a standardized system for penalizing skippers. see POLICY, page 5


R E M E M B E R I N G S E P T. 1 1 By ARSALAN REHMAN Contributing writer

It was the same procedure every day at Highland Elementary in Queens, NY: Take out a sheet of paper and write your name, Arsalan; write the teacher’s name, Ms. Held; write the subject, vocabulary words; and finally write the day’s date — Sept. 11, 2001.

Around 9:30 a.m. the principal came into the classroom and spoke with my teacher. There was a look of fear and horror on the teacher’s face when the principal left, but she continued to teach. A short time later, a knock came at the door. The principal had come to get a student whose frantic parents had arrived to take their child home. This process was repeated until my name was called. It

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Students required to attend two-thirds of scheduled class sessions


Administration institutes a new policy, cutting final grades after the third absence


Reformed policy requires a minimum of 75 percent attendance and allows professors to set their own penalties

Honoring student-veterans University joins Yellow Ribbon Program By AYLA SYED News editor

Student-veterans may be eligible to receive up to an additional $2,000 to help pay for tuition and fees this semester as a result of the University’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The University allotted a maximum of $1,000 for each of the 20 eligible students, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will match that contribution. More than 40 CLASSIFIEDS............14 SPORTS...................15

students qualify for the grant this year. Jackie Morgan, academic records processor, assists student-veterans as they complete their paperwork. She said that the students will be awarded Yellow Ribbon benefits on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as on financial need. Students who receive the $2,000 assistance will be notified of the award by the photo illustration by DINA ROHIRA end of the month, according to financial aid adviser Connie Castillo. The new Yellow Ribbon Program will provide up


see RIBBON, page 5 to $2,000 per year to student-veterans.

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CAMPUS BRIEFING Organ recital series The organist Alexander Rusakov will perform in Belin Chapel on Sept. 9. The free concert will last from 1-1:30 p.m.

J. Wesley Hayes Trio The group will perform songs from its album “Kid J” on Sept. 9 in Dunham Theater. General admission is $20, and $25 includes the purchase of the band’s vinyl record.

KA Cookout Kappa Alpha Order will host a free cookout for all students on Sept. 14 in the Husky Village gazebo. The fraternity will begin the cookout at 4 p.m.

Salsa Night Join Student Programming Board and Hispanic Student Organization on Sept. 15 for “Salsa Night.” The event will take place in the Glasscock gym from 8-11:30 p.m.

Greek Night Greek Life will support the University during the men’s soccer game at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Sorrels Field.

Spiritual emphasis Spiritual Emphasis week will take place on Sept. 19-24, including daily convocations for Community Life and Worship credits.


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University students can now receive discounts at more than 70 local and national businesses as part of a collaborative program sponsored by the student governments of five Houston-area colleges. The Student Savers Program, spearheaded by Sean Kriger, a student from the University of St. Thomas, allows students from member institutions to receive discounts on everything from cell phones to apartments. The program includes offers from AT&T, Mission Burrito, Chick-fil-A, Joe’s Crab Shack, Sterling McCall Auto Group and Texas Lifestyle Apartments, with additional discounts being added on a weekly basis. Student Government Association began coordinating with student leaders from the University of St. Thomas, University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown and Texas Southern University in May to collaborate and expand the previously existing discount programs at each institution. Junior Vincent Meyers, SGA president, said the student governments agreed to work together to identify greater discounts for their academic institutions. “Each university already had its own discount program to various restaurants and companies around

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took up that mantle and ran with it.” The University’s previous discounts included a list of more than 10 companies, which will remain available to students. Some of these businesses have even enhanced the discounts they previously offered under the new program, and Meyers attributed this to the large amount of students who can now participate in the initiative. An estimated 70,000 students in the Greater Houston area won benefits from the program, according to a press release from the University of St. Thomas. “Companies are much more generous with their discounts if we say we have 70,000 students rather

than, in our case, 2,700,” Meyers said. SGA printed 2,000 Student Savers cards to distribute to students free of cost. Students can present the card and a valid University ID at any of the participating businesses to receive the benefits. A full list of contributing businesses is available on the Student Savers Program’s Facebook page. Freshman Josh Wilson said he plans on using the card as often as possible. “It helps keep students who don’t have a lot of money from breaking the bank,” he said. “It’s a really cool way for us to save money.”

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Sophomores Aaron Ford, Brett Hateley, Michael Harrison and Dijon Blease grill burgers and hot dogs outside of the Lake House on Sept. 1. The roommates took the opportunity to cook dinner outside, using the time to bond and celebrate the beginning of the fall semester. The group has plans to continue grilling throughout the year.

Aramark’s new venues include Mexican food By ASHLEY DAVENPORT Advertising manager

When freshman Nadria Robinson explored campus during Welcome Days in order to acclimate herself to her surroundings, she discovered her now favorite hangout in the Husky Village Clubhouse — the Provisions On Demand area. The POD, along with Tila’s Cafe, a new Mexican restaurant in the M.D. Anderson Student Center, opened on campus this semester, providing new food options for students like Robinson. Peter Huber, director of dining services for Aramark Food Services, said the idea for the POD began developing a few years ago. Tila’s, however, only became an option after President Robert B. Sloan Jr. announced the move back to the Brown Administrative Complex last spring. Once the Aramark staff members knew they had new spaces to work with, they began handing out surveys to students to discover which food options and locations they desired. “We did an intercept survey to see what the students’ wants were,” Huber said. “I think we got somewhere around 350 responses, which is a statistically-valid amount.” Huber and his staff then began working on the menus, recipes and designs for the two new areas on campus. The POD premiered on Aug. 18, during Welcome Days, and Tila’s opened the first day of classes. Huber said the debut of Tila’s created a location for commuters to hang out during the day and get a hot meal. Junior Kathy Sacueza said that because she commutes from Sugar Land each day for classes, she has eaten on campus more often than in the past and welcomed the opportunity

to get good food without having to leave campus. “I like how it’s pretty fresh and quick,” Sacueza said of Tila’s. “It’s great for just grabbing lunch and going to class.” Robinson paralleled those sentiments saying that she likes that the POD gives her the option to stay on campus instead of going to off-campus stores. “I love it because I cannot drive,” Robinson said. “Anything in walking distance is perfect.” The convenience of Tila’s and the POD is not the only quality attracting students. “One thing that we are trying to make sure we maintain is that we are as authentic as possible,” Huber said about the menu at Tila’s. Adding that everything from the salsas to the enchiladas is made with fresh ingredients every day. As the semester progresses, more typical Mexican food items will be added. Corey Glenn, a POD supervisor, said the POD also provides unique choices for students as they can request additional food items for the Clubhouse venue. Along with the option to request items, the POD gives students more food and snack choices than the previous Aramark areas on campus provided. “The thing I am excited about is the options,” Glenn said. “The cool thing about the POD is that if you request something, we can get it.” In addition to these new selections, students can interact with their fellow Huskies in the dining areas. Robinson said this was another major benefit of the two new on-campus venues. “If you have not been there, you need to go at least once to experience it,” Robinson said. “It’s definitely a good place to meet new people.”




Honors College launches new cape tradition By CHELSEA VOLKER Asst. news editor

They were called “academic superheroes.” The freshmen Honors College inductees donned capes for the first week of the semester as a part of a new tradition started by the student leaders of the Honors College. Upon induction into one of the four houses in the Honors College on Aug. 23, the freshmen were required to wear the capes that displayed their house colors — red, blue, yellow and green — around campus for the first week of the semester. Those who removed their capes were reported to Dr. Robert Stacey, interim provost and dean of the Honors College, who subtracted one house point per violation. The points are significant because the house with the highest point total at the end of the school year receives the Honors College House Cup and bragging rights for a year. Members of the Honors Congress, the student government of the Honors College, met during the summer to plan for the fall induction ceremony. Junior Haseeb Khatri, vice president of the Honors Congress, introduced the idea of the cape tradition during the summer meeting. He said he wanted to begin a new tradition to help freshmen feel a greater sense of community and to help them come together as Honors students. “We wanted to start with a tradition that identifies who the Honors freshmen were, but the capes also helped solidify the community between the freshmen and the upperclassmen,” he said. In mid-July, Khatri and two other members of the Honors Congress, senior Grace Parmar and sophomore Aly Haddad, presented the idea to Stacey, who approved the idea and encouraged the students to develop the tradition. Khatri, Parmar, Haddad and two other Honors College students met at the beginning of August and hand made the 26 that were distributed during the induction ceremony. Many of the new students, including freshman Ashley Arnold, said the capes gave them an opportunity to get to know each other and to be part of a bigger community. “The capes helped us interact with other freshmen and get to know the upperclassmen,” Arnold said. “We bonded and learned from each other’s experiences.” Stacey was enthusiastic about the new tradition idea and said the cape tradition will continue next year due to its successful first year. “I’ve gotten very positive feedback from everyone, so we’re going to continue it,” he said.

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Workers continue progress toward the completion of the Looser Fountains in the Bettis Quadrangle. The fountains, named after Dr. Don Looser, vice president emeritus, and his wife Elsa Jean, will be unveiled at the “Celebrate HBU” event Sept. 27.

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service to the University. “Beth and I are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the University’s work to honor my parents and Looser my father’s 45 years of service to HBU,” Greg Looser said. “The Looser Fountains celebrate the spirit of excellence in Christian higher education that my parents dedicated a lifetime to achieve.” One of the longest serving

members of the faculty, Looser started at the University, then known as Houston Baptist College, as a music professor in 1964. He met his future wife, English instructor Elsa Jean Albritton, on campus. Looser was dunked in the quadrangle fountains in 1966 when his students learned that he was newly engaged, meaning that the fountains hold special significance for the professor who rose through the ranks and retired as vice president of academic affairs in 2007. “I can think of no place on campus which holds more warm memories for me at the personal level than does this sacred court,” Looser said. “To be remembered,

especially there, in this beautiful way is a gift to Elsa Jean and me that rewards the spirit and warms the heart.” His wife echoed his sentiment about the importance of the fountains, adding that she was overwhelmed by the tribute to his dedication to the University. “Our lives have been enriched as Don has lived out his love for and his lifelong dedication to the University,” Elsa Jean Looser said. After retiring, Looser spent the next three years writing the University’s history, a 600page tome entitled “An Act of Providence: A History of Houston Baptist University.” The book was

published last year in time for the University’s 50th anniversary celebration. He witnessed decades of history at the University and worked with all of the institution’s presidents — Dr. W.H. Hinton, Dr. Doug Hodo and Sloan. Sloan said he is grateful for the Loosers’ contributions to the University and their continual impact on its course. “Don and Elsa Jean Looser have made a significant contribution to the life of HBU,” Sloan said. “It is particularly gratifying to know that their son Greg and his wife Beth have celebrated their legacy with a generous gift to create the Looser Fountains.”

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the tip and transfer it to the University Police, who will investigate it. If someone is prosecuted, Houston Crime Stoppers will call the number back and inform the tipster of his or her financial award. Senior Simone Greenleaf said she believes the new partnership will boost communication between the student body and the University Police. “I think teaming up with Crime Stoppers is a good idea because some students are scared to come forward about serious crimes,” Greenleaf said. The tip line is just one aspect of the multifaceted partnership between the two organizations. Representatives from the University Police department and Houston Crime Stoppers held group training sessions for resident directors and assistants this summer in order to teach them how to handle illegal activity on campus. Junior M o l l y Duncan, a resident assistant who attended the workshop, was impressed by the preMiller sentation. “It was nice to see how serious the representatives were and how they planned to work with University Police to keep our campus safe,” she said. Houston Crime Stoppers also coordinated with Miller to co-host Safety Day on Aug. 25 with the University Police. They handed out pamphlets, emergency contact sheets and parking passes and informed students about the new program. Junior Joe Thompson said he believes the new initiative will strengthen the police department. “I feel really safe on campus,” he said. “I believe this is one of the safest campuses, and teaming up with Crime Stoppers is going to be a great contribution.”

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The University’s new guidelines, formalized this summer, replace the older and often-decried attendance policy, first implemented during the 2009-10 academic year, which allowed three absences before students’ grades began dropping. Professors, who set their own penalty for student absences on the older policy, often sliced two or more points off a student’s final grade for each absence after the first three. The strictness of the 2009-10 policy contrasted with the University’s previous absence regulation, which required students to attend a minimum of two-thirds of class sessions. For many, including President Robert B. Sloan Jr., the current policy appropriately suits the needs of the University. “I think it hits the right tone,” Sloan said. “Our professors are of such good quality that if you miss 25 percent of the course, then you’ve really penalized yourself.” Beginning in the spring semester, Dr. Robert B. Stacey, interim provost and dean of the Honors College, worked with deans and the Academic Affairs committee on a proposal to modify the

policy. All agreed that the previous requirements were too strict and worked to find a compromise that would provide professors with greater latitude in determining their own classroom policies and would put more of the attendance responsibility on students, Stacey said. Sloan first publicly announced that he wanted to reconsider the 2009-10 attendance policy before a crowd of more than 120 students at the first State of the University address, hosted in February by Student Government Association in order to encourage greater dialogue between the University administration and the student body. The president’s response to a question on the attendance regulation drew the most audible reaction from the people in the audience. Leading up to the address, representatives from SGA fielded numerous complaints from students who took umbrage with the severity of the former policy, said junior Vincent Meyers, the current president of the association who worked with his predecessors in appealing the old guidelines. Meyers said he personally appreciates the freedom the new policy gives

him as a student. “I want to be in class, but if something should happen outside of class, I want the freedom to miss if I have to,” said Meyers, who cheered along with his fellow students when he learned of the policy change in the first session of his Linear Algebra class on Aug. 22. Cheering is how many students greeted the new regulations, including junior Shawn Walker, a psychology major. “It feels more like a college attendance policy,” Walker said while waiting for his Intimate Relationships in Psychology course to begin on a recent afternoon in the Hinton Center. But not all approve of the new guidelines. Freshman Adam Hunt, an international business major who runs a business through the ACN network, said he regularly has to attend business conferences that take him out of the city and the classroom in order to afford tuition. These frequent trips may compromise his grades in certain classes. When asked if this attendance policy was what he expected of his chosen college, Hunt gave a one-word reply: “No.” Yet the University’s new regu-

lations governing attendance are consistent with the policies of several academic institutions in Texas. Baylor University maintained a 75-percent attendance requirement up until this year, when it scrapped that policy in favor of a decentralized approach that empowers individual colleges to make attendance regulations. The divergent views on the subject of the new guidelines at the University ensure that it will continue to be a controversial subject, at least among the student body. Many faculty members, however, approve of the new guidelines specifically for the freedom that it gives them in designing their own attendance policies to supplement the University’s. Some professors, such as Dr. Melissa Wiseman, associate professor in economics, maintain that students should concentrate not so much on the specific details of the new policy but rather on whether or not they should be in class. “Too many students are too focused on the rules,” Wiseman said, adding that students should attend classes and not try to squeak by while doing the bare minimum for a passing grade.

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The VA matches any funding provided by institutions that take part in the program, doubling a school’s contribution to studentveterans made in addition to benefits granted by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Castillo works to help studentveterans navigate their financial options and the benefits available to them. She said efforts were made to initiate a University chapter of the Yellow Ribbon Program at its inception in 2009, but shuffling of leadership positions delayed the process. Castillo added that cuts to the Post-9/11 GI Bill put into effect on Aug. 1 increased the necessity of bringing the Yellow Ribbon Program to the University. The cuts capped the Post9/11 GI Bill benefits at an annual

$17,500. Student-veterans previously received an allowance equal to the highest public college tuition in their respective states of residence, which totaled to $24,260 for Texans. Veterans must be 100-percent eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in order to receive Yellow Ribbon funds, meaning the students served a minimum of 36 months in the armed forces. Though benefits increase for veterans who served for longer than three years, the annual maximum of $17,500 leaves a gap of about $6,600 for University students faced with budgeting a tuition of more than $24,000. Senior Travis Martin served in the Coast Guard from 2002-06 and qualifies for full benefits. He said he was unsure of how

he would finance his last two semesters at the University after the cuts but felt optimistic after hearing news of the Yellow Ribbon Program in addition to receiving a GPA-based scholarship. “It had been weighing on my mind all summer,” Martin said. “I was happy that I could finish my degree at HBU, which was what I wanted to do.” The Yellow Ribbon Program will help some student-veterans afford tuition without the added burden of loans, something that junior Taly Garza wanted to avoid. Garza served more than four years in the Air Force. She said the possibility of having her education paid for in full was one of the contributing factors in her decision to join the Air Force. “The budget cuts were like a


broken promise,” she said. Martin and other student-veterans who enrolled at the University prior to Jan. 4 may now be “grandfathered” by the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, signed into law on Aug. 3, to receive the previous $24,260 benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill until August 2014. Morgan and Castillo were informed of the “grandfather” clause at the beginning of last week and have not yet contacted students. Castillo said the pair is still working with the financial services office to determine which students are eligible for the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 and the Yellow Ribbon Program, adding that students whose tuitions are fully covered by the grandfather clause will not receive funding from the latter.

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Ramadan: Testing spiritual discipline By ALEXIS SHELLY Religion editor

It was five in the morning during the first week of school, and some students were already wide awake. They were not completing any last-minute studying for a quiz or even heading to work but were instead sitting down for a meal with their families. These students represent the Muslim student population of the University that took part in a major Islamic rite: fasting during the daylight hours throughout the month of Ramadan. During this time, Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, choosing instead to focus on prayer and submission to Allah. Central to Islam is the belief in Allah and his prophet Muhammed. Fasting is one of five key principles in Islam that are designed to bring Muslims closer to God. In addition to it, Muslims are also expected to pray, give alms to the poor, and those who are able should to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE Nur Naviwala, the imam of Faizan e Madinah Islamic Center in Stafford, Tex., said Muslims practice Ramadan to remind themselves of their dependence on God as well as to test their spiritual discipline. “Ramadan is a month-long celebration of compassion and restraint,” he said. Freshman Rabia Hashmani, a practicing Muslim, explained that Ramadan is not simply about fasting but that it also involves shunning sinful behaviors and activities such as listening to certain types of music.

“The whole month is focusing on the concept of hearing no evil, seeing no evil and speaking no evil,” Hashmani said. “People think it is just about not eating, but that is only a part of it.”

Taking a walk for 9/11 unity

COMMUNITY OUTREACH In addition to inward reflection, Ramadan also involves doing various charitable projects in the community. Fasting allows more time for relection on those who are less fortunate in the community, so helping those in need is especially prevelant during the month of Ramadan. Naviwala said that Muslims are encouraged to share their nighttime meals with neighbors, friends and family as well as with the hungry. Many Muslims also donate to causes. Hashmani said Ramadan gives Muslims the chance to experience the hardships of those around the world who often go days without eating. During the month of fasting, Muslims often do not eat or drink for as many as 15 hours at a time. “Getting the chance to step into someone else’s shoes for a little while is a refreshing idea,” Hashmani said. TIMING A TRADITION This year Ramadan ended on Aug. 29, which aligned closely with the beginning of the school year. The end of the month of fasting is celebrated with a festival known as Eid al-Fitr, literally translated as “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” one the most important religious holidays for the Muslim community. At this celebration many Muslims dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with

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Freshman Rabia Hashmani demonstrates a typical pose used in the daily prayers during Ramadan. lights and decorations, give gifts to children and enjoy visiting with family and friends during a big meal. The exact date of Ramadan varies depending on the Hijra, the Islamic lunar calendar, which dicates when months start based on when the cresent moon can be seen in the sky. Every year Ramadan occurs 11 days earlier than it did the previous year due to the fact that Gregorian months are longer than lunar months. The timing of Ramadan allowed non-Muslim students to observe their classmates participating in a religious activity that is central to the Muslim faith and the dedication it entails. Colette Cross, director of Spiritual Life, explained that non-Muslim students can learn valuable life lessons from their fellow Huskies, which was particularly relevant during Welcome Days, when Muslim upperclassmen helped freshmen move into their dorms and led various Welcome Days festivities

while continuing to fast. “The discipline of these students who were fasting as well as taking care of what they needed to take care of was amazing,” Cross said. With Islam being one of the many different religions that make up the University’s student population, the diverse campus provides learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, said Danny Miller, director of Baptist Student Ministries. He added that having a multicultural student body helps to facilitate learning among students. Students are able to see what is acceptable across cultural boundaries in a setting where many religious groups are present. Miller said this open-mindedness ensures that when students go out into the real world, they can feel confident knowing how other societies work. “The University is a cross section of Houston and gives students a taste of what real life is like,” he said.

Whether witnessed live in classrooms or in playback in their living rooms on the evening news, students around the country remember all-too-vividly the horrifying images of Sept. 11. In the days immediately following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the country became united in its grief and outrage. Since that time, however, people have begun to fear those who are different from them, no matter if that difference is cultural, racial or religious. Society turned away from promoting unity in the face of tragic events and instead began pointing the finger, breaking down the bridge that had previously been built between cultural gaps. As the 10th anniversary of the attacks approaches, some leaders in the community are looking for a way to rekindle the outpouring of community spirit and understanding that was commonplace immediately following the tragedy. Troy Jackson, pastor of the University Christian Church in Cincinnati, speaks of a way to do just that in a recent article in the Huffington Post. Jackson proposes a straightforward solution: take a walk. The idea behind it is simple. Bring together a group of people from all different backgrounds and cultures and just start walking and talking together. Jackson explains that the purpose behind the walks is to honor the victims of Sept. 11 as well as celebrate humanity as a whole by standing boldly against the hatred of those who are different from their peers. Walks are being organized around the country and in several places around the world. Anyone interested in organizing a walk in his or her neighborhood can visit Anyone who wants to arrange a walk in a particular area only needs a partner and a designated walk location; particpants may then post their information to the website so others can find them. Resources such as flyers and wallet-sized cards are also available to print from the website. The 10th anniversary of the most heinous domestic attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor is the perfect reminder that hatred based on blind prejudice is the most dangerous weapon in the world. We must learn to stand — and walk — against it.




TV Rewind Your guide to the past year of your favorite shows and a look at their 2011 seasons. WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Design and story by Jessica Aldana

Glee Season premiere Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. on FOX

In the second season’s finale, the glee club travels to New York City for nationals. After writing original songs, singing on Broadway and rekindling a romance between Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Finn (Corey Montieth), the group leaves feeling defeated due to their dissapointing score in the competition. Season three will be a busy year for the hit show. The first episode will announce which characters are graduating and, therefore, not returning for the fourth season. Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam Evans, will not be returning as a series regular but will instead be seen sporadically as a guest star.

The Big Bang Theory Season premiere Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. on CBS

At the end of last season when Leonard (Johnny Galecki) learns that Priya (Aarti Menn) plans to move back to India, he considers breaking up with her. Raj (Kunal Nayyar) temporarily moves in with Sheldon (Jim Parsons), and the whole group discovers Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Raj in a compromising position. Leonard and Priya attempt to have a long-distance relationship while Penny still works out her feelings towards Leonard. Sheldon gets a new, permanent roommate.

Supernatural Season premiere Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on The CW

At end of last season Sam (Jared Padalecki) is on a quest to retrieve his memories. The angel Castiel (Misha Collins) decides to take over purgatory, ending the season on a melancholic note when the he boldly declares himself to be God. The seventh season of “Supernatural” will take on a Western theme. reported that the show’s writers were asked to watch “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to understand what the new season will entail.

Grey’s Anatomy Season premiere Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC

At the end of last season, Christiana (Sandra Oh) learns she is pregnant. When she announces that she will terminate the pregnancy, Owen (Kevin McKidd) kicks her out of the house. Meanwhile, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is suspended when news leaks that she tampered with the medicinal trial Derek (Patrick Dempsey) has been running. The opening episode of season eight will resolve the cliffhangers of last season. There will also be an all-male episode in which the audience sees Seattle Grace from the guys’ perspective.

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Singing in Austria: ‘It just doesn’t get any better’ By JUSTIN NGUYEN Contributing writer

It was a musical summer for 25 singers from the University’s School of Music and First Presbyterian Church, who traveled to Eisenstadt, Austria, to participate in the 36th annual Classical Music Festival. Dr. Richard Zielinski, the artistic director and principal conductor of the event, invited the University’s Schola Cantorum to be the choirin-residence as part of a two-year agreement after he heard the group perform at the University of Oklahoma, where he serves as the director of choral activities. Six singers from First Presbyterian Church and 19 singers from the School of Music participated from Aug. 2-16 at the festival, which brought together choirs and orches-

tras to perform Haydn’s “Der Sturm” (The Storm) and “Missa Sancti Nicolai,” as well as Beethoven’s Fantasy, Op. 80 “Choral Fantasy” and “Symphony No. 9.” For Dr. John Yarrington, director of the School of Music, said performing Haydn and Beethoven in the city where the composers lived was magnificent. “It just doesn’t get any better than that,” he said. Although rehearsals comprised the majority of the festival, a number of internationally recognized lecturers such as Don V. Moses and Dr. Walter Reicher gave presentations to the participants in their free time. Additionally, they were given the opportunity to attend guided tours of historical cities such as Vienna and Budapest. Senior Mike McCarver said he was amazed at the European landscape and architecture.

“The Esterhazy Palace was especially memorable, and I’ll never forget it,” he said, adding that he was impressed at the prowess and knowledge of the music directors. Senior Matt Phenix, assistant conductor, said performing and rehearsing in Austria was a memorable and educational experience. “Just being exposed to all the different ways the music should be performed gave more depth to the way performances and practices are meant to be done,” Phenix said. Both Phenix and McCarver showed interest in learning more about European culture and history when they return next year. “There’s a lot to do. You don’t really have enough time to see everything,” Phenix said, adding that he hopes to participate in all the activities and tours that he was unable to attend this past summer.

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Students from the University as well as members from First Presbyterian Church with Dr. John Yarrington, director of the School of Music, in Austria this summer. In lieu of last year’s “It’s A Grand Night for Singing” benefit concert that helped finance the trip, the choir will hold two different fundraisers during the year to raise funds. This year’s concert will be named after Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Austria, and will include pieces composed by Beethoven and Haydn.

Yarrington said the School of Music plans on holding a auction creating a pool of money from which the students can draw and pay back later in order to allow more students to attend the festival. “We will start raising money and getting support for the kids to go earlier this year,” Yarrington said. “I am hoping we can take twice as many as we took this last time.”



‘Warrior’ transports hearts into the ring By ASHLEY DAVENPORT Advertising manager

“Warrior” illustrates survival of the fittest by exploring human emotions as well as natural instincts, both in and out of the ring.


Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joe Edgerton PG-13 Directed and written by Gavin O’Connor, the film follows two brothers as they find themselves on the same mixed martial arts path for very different reasons. Returning to his father’s home in Philadelphia, a war veteran named Tom Conlon (Tom Hardy) confronts his father Paddy (Nick Nolte) about their troubled past. After joining a local gym, Conlon finds he must go to his father to receive training for the upcoming Spartan Mixed Martial Arts tournament. On the other side of the city, Brendan Conlon (Joe Edgerton) receives troubling news from his bank. Learning that he and his fam-

ily will lose their home if he cannot pay off their loan, Brendan hears of the same MMA tournament, which awards millions to the winner. As each brother approaches the tournament with different motives, viewers find themselves cheering for both Conlons. O’Connor’s use of cinematic techniques allows the audience to get to know each character. His employment of close-ups throughout the film creates a sense of connectedness between the audience and characters. Few wide-angle shots are used, creating a personal feel. As the brothers begin training for the tournament, O’Connor splits the screen to show the audience contrasting views of how and why the brothers prepare. The split screen creates a powerful effect on the viewers by inhancing their relationship with the characters, The soundtrack for “Warrior,” with its clash of classical and upbeat tempos, enhances the best scenes and adds to those that lack depth. Composer Mark Isham crafts an impeccable score for the motion picture, revealing a new side of MMA to the audience. Isham uses creative tracks not typically heard in sports movies.

Not only did the score include Beethoven, but it also contained audio clips from Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick.” The “Moby Dick” references create a parallel between the characters in the movie and in the 1851 book, which tells the story of a captain whose tireless journey to hunt down a great white whale fails miserably. It is the captain’s ambition that O’Connor hopes to reflect in the brothers’ fight for victory and Paddy’s struggle to regain the trust of his sons. The score gives the audience a chance to find deeper meaning in the elements of what some might believe to be a typical sports movie. Hardy’s ability to portray a broken and battered kid from Philadelphia, as opposed to a conman in “Inception,” will astound viewers. Along with Hardy, both Nolte and Edgerton gave noteworthy performances. Overall the cast fit together well and created believable relationships between the characters. O’Connor presents his audience with an outstanding piece of cinema. Those who see this movie will leave the theater with a profound sense of empowerment and a new outlook on what is worth the fight.

Alter egos enhance creativity By JESSICA ALDANA Entertainment editor

Some music critics perceive alter egos, like Lady Gaga’s Jo Calderon, as unnecessary, but these personas can breathe new life into an artist’s career or at least provide that kick of creativity needed to write the next hit. Many well-known musicians, such as Robert Schumann, Hank Williams, The Beatles and Nicki Minaj have created interesting characters for themselves. These musicians vary in their reasoning as to why they work as alter egos. Nineteenth-century composer Schumann had two different personalities: the forceful Florestan and the romantic Eusebius. He used these personas to write his music as well as publish critiques of pieces by other composers. Williams was an established country star when he created his gospel-singing alter ego Luke the Drifter in the 1950s. Williams is said to have created this persona in order to deal with the new reality of being watched by millions of people.

After releasing “Revolver,” the Beatles reached a creative crisis. In order to produce an album that would not only be a billboard success but also artistic, the band invented “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The concept proved useful as the band found its freedom to experiment with new sounds. Some of the band’s most influential hit songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “With a Little Help from My Friends” were direct results of this freeing experience. Minaj may be the most recent artist to use multiple alter egos as a way to connect with her diverse audience. The rapper creates her music using three alter egos — Roman Zolanski, his mother Martha and Harajuku Barbie. While onstage, she dresses according to the style of the ego she is portraying, and as a result fans are able to see a collection of different performers for the price of one. Some music fans may believe that multiple personalities are unnecessary and controversal, but these characters relieve the pressure of past successes and can give artists the essential push needed to create unique sounds.


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Q: What was your favorite movie this summer? A: It has to be “Horrible Bosses.” I work as a waiter, and I have a boss who is a hassle to work with. It was nice to see that on screen. Q: What was the most exciting part of your summer? A: SOAR was probably the best part of my summer. I had been working all summer. When I came to SOAR, I met a lot of people and got an idea of the direction I wanted to go. Q: Who plays the most important role in your life? A: My dad is my role model. He was basically a country boy in China, and I am part of the first generation in my family to come to America. My dad brought me all the way here, and I really admire his ambition. I respect him a lot. Q: Why have you chosen government as your major, and what led you to it? A: I like politics and being able to travel around the world. I want to grow in politics and be able to visit different areas of the world to study their governments. You have a lot of room to change and become more open to things when you see the world through different perspectives. Q: What brought you to the University? A: My mom wanted me to be closer to Houston and have me in a smaller college. I also recieved a lot of scholarships for my academics. Also, the people here are so welcoming.



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Welch Foundation reallocates 24th year of research funding By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN Executive managing editor

The chemistry department recently received approval from the Robert A. Welch Foundation for an additional year of extracurricular research funding totaling $30,000. The extension of the grant through the 2012-13 school year brought the total amount of contributions from the organization to $649,000 over the 24-year period that the department has received its support. “We’re very grateful for the Welch Foundation,” President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said. “It’s an enormously successful and helpful foundation.” Proposals for the funding are considered by invitation only, and beginning last year, academic institutions must submit an application each year to vie for renewal of the grant. The University, however, received an extension of funding through an additional school year without having to reapply, said Dr. Treacy Woods, chair of the chemistry department and Welch undergraduate scholar mentor. The prestige brought by the foundation’s offer to extend its support, therefore, furthers the vision of the University, she added. Founded in 1954, the Welch Foundation is one of the nation’s largest private sources of funding for chemistry research at institutions around the state. The Houston-based organization hosts an annual chemical research conference in the city and sponsors two prestigious chemistry awards.

Biblical story makes rare appearance in video game By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN Executive managing editor


Dr. Robert Towery, associate professor of chemistry, demonstrates an application of the quartz crystal microbalance to Dr. Treacy Woods, chair of the chemistry department, and Dr. Saul Trevino, assistant professor of chemistry. Towery is working with the QCM as part of an ongoing Welch research project. In keeping with this mission, each of six chemistry faculty members advises and collaborates with one chemistry major per semester to conduct research in his or her field of interest. Projects may be short or long term, and students may continue until they graduate. Woods said that 102 University students have been named Welch scholars, many of whom have entered graduate programs, health professions schools and careers in industry and academia. The allowance is used to provide stipends for student and faculty participants and to purchase instruments, chemicals or other supplies needed to perform the experiments. It may also be allocated to cover travel expenses for conferences and meetings related to

the students’ research endeavors. Dr. Doris Warren, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics who wrote the first proposal in 1989, said the grant allows the department to advance the University’s vision of academic excellence. “I am delighted that the Welch Foundation recognizes the quality of our HBU chemistry department and continues to award us a departmental research grant,” she said. This year’s experiments include research on ruthenium complexes, weather data collected on campus, quartz crystal microbalances and an adaptation of a Green Chemistry organic chemistry experiment. Senior Noman Ali, who is designing the organic experiment with Woods, said the research prepares students for graduate and

health professions programs because it helps them improve their laboratory technique. “You learn how to run trials with precision and patience and to eliminate any bad habits developed in other labs,” he said. Last year, Tracy Gastineau, B.S. ‘11, and Michael Olokode, B.S. ‘11, presented their protein research at the Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, and senior Franklin Leal showcased his ruthenium results at the Undergraduate Symposium at Rice University. Woods described the Welch scholarship program as an outlet for faculty and students to use their imaginations in the lab when designing new experiments. “It’s really an opportunity for scientists to get creative,” she said.

Chemistry club joins American Chemical Society By KARIM JIVANI Contributing writer

The chemistry club is no longer dead. After three years on campus as the Dead Chemists Society of HBU, the organization’s officers completed a full transition to membership in the American Chemical Society. The process of applying for ACS membership required 1 1/2 years’ worth of paperwork, said senior Becca Cook, ACS president. The first chapter of the organization was founded in 1876 at New York University with the goal of

promoting policies that support scientists and encouraging students to enter science and engineering fields. Today, it is the world’s largest scientific society, with more than 161,000 members, according to its website. Dr. Saul Trevino, assistant professor of chemistry and ACS sponsor, said the shift will be beneficial for chemistry students. “There are opportunities to win chapter awards that recognize successful programs and activities conducted by each school,” he said. Among the activities in which members may participate are Community Assessment of Community

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Annotation with Ontologies, a competition for which students correct errors in sample research papers, and the United States National Chemistry Olympiad, a contest whose winning team represents the country Cook at the International Chemistry Olympiad. Cook said that club members may take advantage of these and

other opportunities that were not available when the organization was not affiliated with a national chapter. “Becoming a chapter of ACS gives numerous advantages to HBU students, such as the ability to apply for ACS scholarships and grants, and organize activities with other ACS branches at nearby schools such as the University of Houston and Rice University,” she said. ACS members will attend the Fall 2011 National Meeting and Exposition in Denver where they will present research on childhood cataracts in addition to offering chemistry tutoring throughout the year.

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It’s good versus evil, taken to new levels. “El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron” took inspiration from a source rarely consulted within the video game industry – the Bible. The game is loosely based on the legend of Enoch, the greatgrandfather of Noah who, according to the book of Genesis, never died but was taken by God directly into heaven. It draws more heavily from the Ethiopic Bible’s Books of Enoch, according to which Enoch becomes chief of the archangels and protector of heaven’s treasures. Whether the game assumes a ministerial role or simply serves to entertain, players may feel challenged to look beyond the animethemed action-adventure elements to discover the original scripture that inspired the plot of “El Shaddai” instead of merely playing a game that encourages no further investigation into its origins. They could even become more enthusiastic about playing it after learning more about the story. Though they named it after a Hebrew word for God and derived its story from scripture, the developers of “El Shaddai” assert that they created the game merely to take advantage of the largely untapped potential for storylines that the Bible can supply to video game producers and not as a didactical instrument for young players. In fact, the Entertainment Software Rating Board classified the title as “Teen” for its inclusion of fantasy violence. If nothing else, the biblical brainchild traverses rare video game territory with its imaginative retelling of a lesser-known Christian tale, providing a refreshing change in subject matter and perhaps setting a precedent for future titles.

necessary for proper function, the liquid product is first poured into the can and sealed inside. Then a gaseous propellant is pumped in at high pressure through the valve. When the user presses the head piece, the inlet in the channel slides below the seal, which creates an opening from the inside of the can to the outside. As the propellant reaches equilibrium, it expands and pushes the product up the tube and out of the can. The narrow nozzle atomizes the liquid, breaking it into small drops to form a fine spray.

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was in the middle of a math review, and I excitedly grabbed my Pokemon book bag from my cubby and scurried out the door. I was clueless about the serious nature of the events unfolding in the city — I was only eight years old. I was just excited to be going home early. When I saw my father, a businessman who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in the summer of 1989, he had the same look of horror in his eyes that I had seen on my teacher’s face. We left the school, but we did not take our usual path home. “I need to see it for myself,” he said as we drove toward New York City. “I need to see it.” A BURNING CITY Moments later what we saw was black smoke rising from the World Trade Center, scarring the skyline. While I had been memorizing vocabulary words, 10 terrorists had hijacked two passenger jets and slammed them into the twin towers in Lower Manhattan. The freeway was clogged with bumper-to-bumper traffic as hundreds of thousands of people tried to witness the tragedy firsthand. We crept inch by inch along the freeway in our tan Lincoln Navigator, but the entrances to the island metropolis were closed. We were forced to turn around. During the long drive home I remembered that my mother, a doctor, had gone to Lower Manhattan for a meeting that morning. I was scared for her safety, especially because we had yet to hear from her. My father turned the radio up: the voice from the station was shaky as it relayed details of the unfolding hellish tragedy. WITNESSING THE TRAGEDY As we pulled into our gated house, we rushed to the nearest television. My father, three sisters and I huddled together, frightened, worried and stressed as footage of the attack’s play-by-play were replayed on the screen. My father left home and returned hours later with canned food, emergency supplies and most importantly, knowledge of the whereabouts of my mother. That morning she had arranged for a meeting with her lawyer whose of-

fice was a block away from the Twin Towers. She was driving toward the city on her way to the meeting when she was called to assist a patient and returned to the hospital in Queens. Upon entering the emergency room, she watched in horror as American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, several hundred yards from where she was supposed to meet her lawyer. The hospital where she worked, like many others, issued a state of emergency, meaning my mother and her fellow doctors were locked in for 24 hours. She came home the next day and spoke of how, during the crisis, strangers came together and offered one another comfort. After a few hours, she returned to the hospital to help some of the most badly injured victims of the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Two days after the attack, I returned to school. There was an emptiness in the air. That week we reinstated a forgotten tradition in school, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every day. That year, the school yearbook featured a patriotic cover, an American flag mosaic made using photos of our faces. Inside the yearbook were stories from students about how the infamous day impacted their lives. Now, nearly 10 years later, I am still asking myself that question. “SHUT UP, TERRORIST” In the ensuing years, my PakistaniAmerican family faced racism and hatred from our fellow citizens, but we were not alone. Across the nation, many people of Middle-Eastern descent bore the brunt of the public’s misdirected anger over the Sept. 11 attacks. They faced hate crimes that ranged from vandalism of property to death threats. I remember the judgment in people’s eyes, followed by rude comments. When my family went on a road trip three years ago, we stopped for dinner at a fast food restaurant in Oklahoma. Someone stepped in front of us in line, and when my dad said something to the individual, he turned around and said, “Shut up, terrorist.” Surprisingly, a lot of the verbal abuse I had to endure was not from strangers, but from my friends thinking they were making harmless jokes. They called me “The Brown Bomb-

er,” a nickname I will never forget. In jokes, in fights and in casual moments, what marked me was my mocha-tinted skin. It caused me pain, but it forced me to search within myself to learn to stand firm against those verbal blows, to fully accept who I am. It made me stronger. While my family experienced all of this misdirected anger, I watched as the rest of America united around the cause of restoring what was lost on that brisk September morning and on punishing those responsible. Patriotism ran thick through the veins of Americans as we focused on these two tasks, objectives that would take us years to accomplish.

CLOSING THE CHAPTER On May 2, I celebrated along with my friends when I learned that U.S. Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden, the evil mastermind behind the attacks and America’s No. 1 enemy for the last decade. It was an important moment for our nation, a moment when we were finally able to close one of our nation’s darkest chapters. The fall of the Twin Towers nearly 10 years before Bin Laden’s death was the watershed moment of my generation and largely defined this last decade of American history. For someone who was only eight years old when the attacks happened, I have seen how they impacted my life and the lives of those around me. And as an American, I still feel the pain and rush of anger whenever I see images of the World Trade Center as it burned, violated by the unholy hands of murderers. On Sept. 11, I will remember how I spent that day and how it changed my life, and like most Americans, I will remember the stories of those who fell. I will never forget.








A UNITED CITY, NATION As someone born and raised in New York, I felt a special connection to those 2,606 people who lost their lives when the Twin Towers collapsed. They were my fellow citizens, neighbors who I might have passed while riding a subway or sharing a taxi cab. But they were gone, their lives cut short by the hate-filled actions of a handful of terrorists.




















Change in policy creates instability

Administrators successfully improved the University-wide attendance policy this year by eliminating the practice of taking points off final grades after three absences, but the new policy leaves the door open for potential misuse by allowing professors to implement individual attendance guidelines. The new attendance plan requires students to attend at least 75 percent of classes in order to receive a passing grade, which comes as a sigh of relief for those who felt that the previous guidelines were too strict. But under the current attendance procedure, professors are allowed to create their own rules to place on top of the Universitywide policy. With this stipulation, professors could possibly imple-

ment even stricter policies than the one the University just eliminated, which in turn is unfair to the students. If the need for differences is necessary, attendance regulations should be set by individual colleges and schools, much like the School of Business has done. Instead of allowing professors to set too lax or too strict policies, the deans and faculty members of each college should set school-wide policies. In addition, no one should be allowed to set policies that are stricter than the University’s previous attendance requirement. Doing so defeats the purpose of the revision. Furthermore, when the standard for how many classes a student must attend to receive a passing grade can vary greatly depending

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on the specific rules of each professor and department, the situation becomes confusing and counterproductive. With busy schedules filled by classes, work and familial activities, keeping track of approximately five different attendance policies is an unnecessary burden for students. A firm policy set by each col-

lege would also help ensure student understanding of attendance expectations at the University level, hopefully leading to the rules being adhered to more closely. This will prevent needless misunderstandings between student and professor on the subject and promote the student’s responsibility to his or her education by still encouraging class attendance.


by Daniel Cadis, editor in chief

Reaching new heights This is the first column in a series on living life fully during college. A thousand splendid electronic buttons flickered before my eyes as I waited for the flight instructor to give the “all clear” signal. It was July 21, the final day of the Space Shuttle program. I was at Johnson Space Center, sitting in the pilot chair of the space shuttle simulator normally utilized by astronauts to prepare for their voyages through the heavens. My father, an employee of a NASA subcontractor, had managed to get us a flight on the twostory tall machine on its final day of operation, the same day that the nation closed a chapter of human spaceflight. Though I had visited my father several times at work, I had never had the opportunity to operate the simulator — until now. The flight instructor, a middleaged man with a lazy eye, gave me the thumbs up and flicked the switch. Then I felt it — the weight of the entire shuttle coursing through the joystick in my right hand. Images of the Florida coastline whizzed by on the digital screens that surrounded the cramped cabin as we pulled an emergency maneuver to land the vehicle. My two brothers and a third guest were sitting behind me, and the flight instructor made it clear that our lives depended on me landing this bird. Time slowed as I guided us into beautiful arching curves, descending in great lazy circles. The runway drew closer as we dropped out of the

sky in a controlled descent. The flight instructor kept giving me occasional words of guidance: “A little to the left. Keep going. Now up a bit.” At the last moment, as the runway rushed up to kiss the wheels of the shuttle, he shouted, “Pull back.” I did, feeling the nose of the bird tip upward and the rear wheels touch down as the simulator shook and bucked like a wild bull. I pressed down on the brakes, easing us into a full stop somewhere in the middle of the runway. With that, my time as an astronaut ended, but a new journey had begun. I had flown the same shuttle simulator that President Bill Clinton and others had utilized on their visits to Houston’s space center, and those precious moments of flight had awakened a new desire in me. From that day on, one question lingered with me: If you had only one year left to live, what would you do? That is what I hope to discover and accomplish during my senior year at the University. Every two weeks I will try something new and slightly outlandish, which I will then write about in this column. But I need your help. If you have a suggestion for something that I should try, let me know. It is my goal to seize the year and do things that I have never done before, mainly because I have found that college is a lot like the space shuttle simulator. You only get one chance to fly.

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Modern technology has made research papers a waste of time. Research papers in the past required students to go to the library, rummage through daunting stacks of books and read heavily on the topic in order to produce a paper that was all their own. These days, students tend to do anything but the proper research to complete papers. With the convenience of using Google to obtain information, they will often look no further. The use of these sites does not require students to invest the same amount of thought and effort into finding and understanding the information. By relying on these shortcuts as sources, students often miss the point of the paper entirely. As they speed through the assignment, they are not gaining or retaining any of the valuable knowledge that is the intended byproduct of the assignment. Regurgitating information that is readily available and adding unfounded commentary benefits neither the student nor teacher. An alternative to research papers should be developed since using the Internet has become so common. Applying the traditional procedure for writing a research paper prohibits students from truly learning the material and instead tempts them to bypass thorough investigation of the topic.

The best way to learn new material is to review it, and a research paper forces students to do just that. Hours of agonizingly reading and data gathering are required to complete a research paper, by the end of which students should become adept on their chosen topics. Consequently, writing research papers serves as effective preparation for students who go on to graduate school. The extensive knowledge in a distinct field that comes from writing research papers acts as a solid first step for students who choose to specialize in that field. Students will also familiarize themselves with graduate-level work by completing research papers as undergraduates; their writing capabilities will become more advanced, and they will enhance their invaluable research skills. Some of these skills include ingenuity and individual thought. Research papers allow students to formulate new ideas as they sift through existing truths and laws, stringing together different facts and recognizing patterns that have yet to be discovered. A research paper could be just the thing that leads students to a groundbreaking theory that could shape the future, or an idea that could change the world.

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P O R T E R ’ S


Two decades of memories By BRANDON PORTER Sports editor

The first time I ever came to campus was October 1987 when I was only weeks old. Since then, I watched the University experience numerous changes, both great and devastating, mainly with its athletic department. I have been on this campus longer than most faculty members. I walked around the Hinton Center during its construction, Glasscock Gymnasium while both gymnastics teams were ranked No. 1 in the nation and Sharp Gym during the transition from a decent NCAA Division I men’s basketball program to a powerhouse NAIA program. Though it was fun to watch all the teams win the majority of their games in the NAIA, the change was horrendous for University athletics. When the University switched to the NAIA in 1990, the men’s basketball team was six years removed from its only appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the golf program won five conference championships in six years and included current professional golfer Colin Montgomerie from 1983-87. Also, Ricky Thompson won the NCAA high jump national championship in 1983, and women’s gymnastics won the NCAA Division II National Championship in the program’s final year. Due to budgetary constraints, the University chose to move to the inferior NAIA in order to keep the school out of the red. Within one decade in the Red River Athletic Conference, the Huskies won more then 25 conference championships, including nine straight in men’s basketball and seven straight for baseball. Players such as Bobby Sanders shooting a current school record of 91 3-pointers in 1994 and Kelton Smith scoring 678 points in 1996 helped pack Sharp Gym for most home games. The move to the NAIA did spark the creation of the school’s baseball team in 1990, which led to the addition of players like Trevor Enders who played briefly for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000 and Andrew Taccolini, who, from 2006-09, set school records in home runs with 32, hits with 274 and RBIs with 197. President Robert B. Sloan Jr. facilitated the long-awaited return to the NCAA, and the transition has occurred much faster than expected. But while the programs are not to the level that which I first saw them in 1987, they are on their way back



Sophomore middle blocker Caiti Wenger (center), senior outside hitter Christie Dorch (left) and senior right side hitter Isis Gardner (right) celebrate a kill by Wenger in the 3-2 upset win over the University of Texas at San Antonio at Sharp Gym on Sept. 1.

Hot start for Huskies

Volleyball earns best start in Great West By COLLIN HETZLER Contributing writer

The volleyball team, after a 1713 campaign in 2010, has carried its winning ways into the 2011 season with a 6-2 start. After sweeping Texas Southern University in three straight sets in the season opener, the Huskies went on to win four consecutive matches against the University of North Texas, Lamar University, Prairie View A&M University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Head volleyball coach Kaddie

Platt said the athletes’ dedication has been instrumental to the team’s wins. “The commitment from the players to put in the hard work and preparation has been a big part of our success to begin the season,” Platt said, adding that the seniors have done a great job of leading by example to the underclassmen. “They’ve worked hard all summer, and their hard work is now paying dividends.” In the Huskies’ first eight games, the team has outscored its opponents 632-586. Platt attributed the victories to a strong offensive system. “When our offense is rolling, we are capable of beating anyone on our schedule,” she said.

Juniors Heather Leaverton, an outside hitter, and Victoria Weatherly, a setter, have both played key roles for the Huskies so far this season. Leaverton leads the team in attacks, points and kills. Weatherly, the 2011 Lamar Invational Tournament MVP, leads the Huskies in assists with 272. She has 250 more than any other player on the team. “Our offense has been flowing really well to start the season, and that makes it easy for me to distribute the ball to my teammates,” she said. The Huskies are playing more schools from automatic-qualifying conferences this season than last, with Rice University, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M University all on

the team’s schedule. Leaverton said the Huskies are looking to peak at the right time, with Great West Conference play set to begin at the end of September. “The talent level we’re competing against this year is definitely better than what we’ve played in the past, and we believe the stiff competition will prepare us better for conference play,” Leaverton said. Weatherly said winning the first five games of the season gave the team a substantial confidence boost heading into conference play. “The teams in our conference are tough, but we believe we are talented enough to win it this year,” she said. “We just have to keep working hard and improving.”

TIMEOUT with... Sophomore Kristopher Tyrpak Position: Forward Height: 5’11’’ 2010 Atlantic Soccer Conference Rookie of the Year How did it feel being named conference Rookie of the Year? It felt really good. Hopefully, this year I can win MVP. Why do you wear a helmet on the field? I had six concussions in a two-year span. So I figured it was about time to wear it. What is your favorite sports moment? Scoring the winning goal in the National Championships when I was 14. What is your nickname? Tupac.

Women’s Soccer

Why did you choose the University? I saw a bright future at HBU with the players they recruited. What is your favorite stadium in which you have competed? Westcott Field at Southern Methodist University. What are your plans for after college? Play professionally or go into dentistry. What are your goals for this season? To have a successful season, score a lot of goals and hopefully put HBU on the map.

Men’s Soccer


Sept. 14

7 p.m.


Sept. 16

7 p.m.


Sept. 16

2 p.m.

Southern Mississippi

Sept. 18

1 p.m.


Sept. 18

7 p.m.

San Diego State

Sept. 17

1 p.m.

Louisiana Tech





he last time the University competed at the NCAA Division I level, 68 percent of current students had not been born. In August, the University made the announcement that the athletics program has returned to full Division I status and can officially compete in the NCAA tournament in every sport on campus. It was 1990 when the Huskies last played in Division I, and coaches and players have welcomed the long-awaited return with open arms. FORMER PLAYERS Many former players, some of whom now coach at the University, have fond memories of their playing days and think that the move back to full Division I status is a positive change for the entire University. Head volleyball coach

Kaddie Platt said she believes the transition could benefit the program in many ways. “It’s great that we are back to the Division I status because now it puts HBU back on the map as a Division I school,” she said. Platt, a standout volleyball player at the University from 1988-91, said she wanted to be a Husky because the school was a Division I institution at the time. “I knew I was going to get a quality education, but the athletics program played a big role in my choice to come here,” Platt said. Former basketball player Boone Almanza, who played from 19821985, was a part of the only team in school history to make it to the NCAA tournament in 1984. Almanza said playing basketball at the Uni-

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versity was a great experience filled with fond memories. “Some of the best memories I have ever had came while I was playing at HBU, and I will never forget the friendships and relationships I made,” he said. Aside from the lone appearance by the men’s basketball team at the NCAA tournament and a Division II women’s gymnastics national championship in 1990, most of the success has come from the NAIA level. NAIA TRANSITION When the University shifted to the NAIA in the early 1990s, the athletics program took a major hit for a few years, including a one-year absence of men’s basketball. However, it took a short amount of time for not only men’s basketball but all sports to have success on the playing field. Head baseball coach Jared Moon, who played from 1993-95, said transitioning from the NAIA back to the NCAA Division I level is substantial. “For one, the game is much faster at this level,” Moon said. “The competition is better now, and we have to prove that we belong.” When Moon played, his team still competed against other NCAA Division I schools, such as the University of Texas. “We psyched ourselves up more to play Division I schools, and it helped us to keep that mentality all season when we played schools at the NAIA level,” he said. Men’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell said now that the decision has

been made to return to Division I, the coaches have enhanced recruitment efforts in order to build competitive teams.


The Road to

Return 1963 First season of NCAA athletics at the University

NEW ERA Freshman basketball player Marcel Smith, a highlytouted point guard from Detroit, said Division I status played a major role in his college selection. “It was important to know that I and the other freshman who came in would get a chance to play for and earn a berth to a national tournament during my college career,” he said. Freshman volleyball player Jasmine Casey said she knows that she and the other freshmen coming in to the University this year have a chance to start a tradition of winning for the athletics program. She added that it is an honor to be a part of the first freshman class that can compete in the postseason. “Playing for a chance to compete in the NCAA tournament every year is one of the big reasons that convinced me to come here.” The coaches said the opportunity to succeed at the highest level is now upon them and that they are eager to restore the University as a place of winning tradition.

1991-92 University fully moves to NAIA

2007 University rejoins NCAA Division I as independent

2008 University officially joins the Great West Conference

2011 NCAA reinstates University’s full membership

Huskies win two straight against Southland opponents By CHRISTOPHER JAMES Asst. sports editor

The women’s soccer team secured its second straight shutout against Southland Conference teams with a 3-0 win against Lamar University on Sept. 2 and a 2-0 victory against Northwestern State University at Sorrels Field on Sept. 4. The first half of the game was a defensive struggle between the teams with only two total shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Castellon recorded her only save of the match on a shot by Demons sophomore midfielder Ashlee Savona before the half. Head coach Misty Jones said that during halftime, she told the players they needed to be more aggressive

and organized in the second half. It was not until the 71st minute that sophomore midfielder Molly Missimer assisted junior forward Brandi Hart with the Huskies’ first goal of the match. It was Missimer’s second assist and Hart’s first goal of the season. “I took a back side run from Missimer as she passed it to me at the opposite side of the goal, and I just placed it in,” Hart said. The first goal helped energize the team, according to Jones, who said she was disappointed with her team’s first-half play. The University would score a second time as both senior forward Kristina Burhans and junior defender Arielle Rodriguez assisted junior midfielder Mandi Folger with the


Aug. 27 Sept. 2 Sept. 4

Air Force Old Dominion Binghamton

5-2 L 6-0 L 4-1 L

Huskies’ second goal of the night. With a give-and-go from Rodrugiez to Burhans, Folger was found open in the middle to score the second and final goal of the match. “We had to come out of the second half strong, and I believe we rose to the occasion,” Folger said. The Huskies snapped Northwestern State’s three-game winning streak, improving their record to 3-3 with their third win at home. In the two games, the Huskies scored five goals, two more than they scored in the previous four games combined. They also had six assists in the two games, half of their assists for the year. The Huskies’ next home game will be against the University of Houston on Sept. 14.

VOLLEYBALL (6 - 2) Aug. 27 Aug. 30 Sept. 1 Sept. 2 Sept. 3 Sept. 6

Lamar Prairie View A&M Texas-San Antonio Rice Georgia Tech Sam Houston State


Freshman forward Natalie Hager attempts her third shot against Lamar University on Sept. 2. She scored two goals on the night.

(W) SOCCER (3 - 3) 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-2 W 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-2 W

Aug. 19 Aug. 21 Aug. 26 Aug. 28 Sept. 2 Sept. 4

McNeese State Sam Houston State Texas-El Paso New Mexico State Lamar Northwestern State

2-0 W 2-1 L 4-0 L 2-0 L 3-0 W 2-0 W


The first issue of the 2011-12 academic year. Enjoy!