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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


Dry skies drain city, campus water


Wildfires burn across Texas, hurt campus community

By AYLA SYED News editor



exans have been affected by the wildfires blazing across the state over the past several months, and students and staff at the University are no exception. Since November 2010, the sweeping wildfires have scorched more than 3.7 million acres of Texas — an area equal in size to the state of Connecticut — according to the Texas Forest Service. President Barack Obama declared the entire state to be a federal disaster area on Sept. 9, which means that federal funds are being used to aid firefighting efforts. The aid may come, but it may not take away the fear that residents, including Career Center director Ann Reynolds, felt when they believed they were in danger. Reynolds, who lives in Waller County about 50 miles from the Univer-

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MCAC gets ‘Creation’

By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN Exec. managing editor

An 8-by-20 mural that employs dramatic swirls of color to represent the Bible’s account of the creation will hang above the entrance to Belin Chapel after workers finish placing it later this week. “The Creation,” an oil on masonite panels painting by Mexican see MURAL, page 5 RELIGION..................7 ENTERTAINMENT.......9

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Celebrating HBU: Heart of campus beats again


The recently-renovated Bettis Quadrangle, pictured here with the new Looser Fountains, will be the site of the “Celebration of HBU” event on Sept. 27. see MILESTONE, page 6

BGCT plans funding vote

University could net $257,000 increase By DANIEL CADIS and JUSTIN M. NGUYEN

Editor in chief and copy editor

More than $257,000 in additional financial support may be granted to the University if the Baptist General Convention of Texas approves a budget proposal that restores most of the funds withheld beginning in 2001, the year the University began appointing the majority of its board of trustees. The boost in financial support

for the institution, if approved at the BGCT’s annual meeting in Amarillo in late October, would increase funding to $682,150 for the 2012 calendar year, on par with the BGCT’s allotments to nine of the 11 in-state institutions it supports. The University’s operating budget is more than $43 million for the 2011-12 academic year. “We are just extremely grateful for that relationship,” said President Robert B. Sloan Jr. about the University’s 51-year affiliation with the

BGCT, which formally created the institution, then known as Houston Baptist College, on Nov. 15, 1960. The budget proposal would restore the financial support that was withheld beginning in 2001, when the University’s board of trustees approved a motion to establish a self-perpetuating majority on the governing body. The BGCT previously elected 100 percent of the board of trustees, but the shift reduced its oversight to 25 percent. see BGCT, page 6

Water trucks have become a recurrent sight around campus as the maintenance crew grapples to nourish the parched University landscape to combat the effects of the most severe one-year drought Texas has seen in recorded history. The University has been forced to respond to the drought by tending to the arid campus, replenishing evaporated water in both the Lake House lake and Friendship Pond as well as repairing two broken water mains this summer. The 10-month statewide drought reached D4 “exceptional” status — the most extreme classification given by the U.S. Drought Monitor — for more than 87 percent of the state. The drought monitoring service describes Texas conditions as “abysmal” yet continuing to deteriorate. “The lack of tropical activity and better odds of a second consecutive La Nina winter only add fuel to this well-fed and entrenched drought,” the Drought Monitor reported. Many meteorologists have speculated that the arid conditions will extend into next year due to a lingering La Nina, a weather pattern that often results in dry, hot weather. And this summer was hot: there were 33 days straight at above 100 see DROUGHT, page 6

Flags up, Huskies By KATIE BROWN Contributing writer

Members of the University community gathered at Holcombe Mall on Sept. 14 for a common purpose: to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil. Just three days after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 assault on the financial and military hubs of the nation, the Nursing Students Association hosted the “9/11: Never Forget Project” memorial service at the center of campus. Volunteers placed 2,997 American flags, CLASSIFIEDS............14 SPORTS...................15

representing every life lost during the attack, in the shape of two giant crosses to symbolize the twin towers of the World Trade Center. More than 120 people attended the service held immediately after Wednesday’s Convocation. A 95-pound piece of steel from the rubble of the World Trade Center was on display on the Holcombe Mall stage as President Robert B. Sloan Jr. led a moment of silence and then said a few words on the importance of remembering the innocent victims of the attacks. “As the innocent suffer, the see FLAGS, page 5



Students place American flags in the ground in Holcombe Mall as part of a 9/11 memorial service hosted by the Nursing Students Association after Convocation on Sept. 14.

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CAMPUS BRIEFING Monvee’s First Session The University will hold the first Monvee session for freshmen on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Residence College to provide more information on the program.

Distracted Driving Student Programming Board and the University Police Department will host an event on Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. on Holcombe Mall to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

Homecoming Court

Homecoming court nominations are due on Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. in the student life office in the M.D. Anderson Student Center, room 291. Voting for homecoming court will be from Oct. 19 to 30.

Templeton Lectures Dr. Chris Keith, assistant professor of New Testament and Christian origins, will speak at the two-day lecture series sponsored by the School of Theology. The lectures will take place on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Belin Chapel for two Community Life and Worship credits, and on Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. in Dunham Theater for one CLW credit.

OCTOBER 6, 2011

Transfer population declines By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN and NEBEYU MEKONNEN Exec. managing editor and contributing writer

A transfer student from the University of Houston recalled his first memories of HBU: the calm atmosphere of the campus, his helpful new instructors and the friendships he quickly made with classmates. “What surprised me though,” said sophomore Takehiro Yasuoka with a ponderous look on his face, “is that I haven’t met another transfer student since coming here this fall.” His opportunity to meet other transfer students may have been limited by the recent drop in the number of returning and incoming transfer students. Of the 206 students who transferred to the University last fall, 46 percent did not return this semester. This drop follows a recent trend in transfer retention rates since 2008, according to the transfer retention report released by the office of institutional research and effectiveness on Sept. 13. In 2008 the retention rate for new transfers was nearly 66 per-

cent. This figure declined by 10 percent that year, bringing the retention rate down to 56 percent in 2009. It fell again to its current rate of 54 percent, one of the lowest percentages in recent University history. Fewer transfer students enrolling for the fall semester also affected the number of transfers on campus. James Steen, vice president for enrollment management, said in spite of the increased number of transfer applicants, the University saw a dip in its transfer yield rate, the percentage of admitted students who enrolled. The figure dropped to 23.5 percent from the previous three-year average of approximately 30 percent. This fall, 163 transfer students enrolled, almost a 21 percent decrease from last year’s 206. Steen said while it is not possible to positively identify why fewer transfers enrolled, the yield rate may have declined due to increasing tuition or the prospective transfer students’ perception of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum and how its requirements impact their ability to meet their established graduation goals.

“The LACC is more rigorous than Smith College was,” Steen said, referencing the Smith College of General Studies, the University’s previous foundational curriculum. The LACC may require transfer students to take more basic courses in order to fulfill core criteria before pursuing classes within their majors. Students majoring in music or fine arts, for example, will take 67 hours with the LACC compared to approximately 54 under Smith College. Bonnie Fresch, admissions coordinator and transfer specialist, emphasized economic factors as a possible reason for the declining numbers. The economic downturn coupled with rising tuition also may have had a negative impact on the issue, she said. Despite the slump in overall incoming transfers, some of the colleges saw an increase in the number of matriculated transfer students. Enrollment of students in the School of Education and the School of Nursing and Allied Health increased by an average of 3 percent since 2009, and the College of Science and Mathematics had a spike in transfer students with numbers averaging 15.5 percent. The

College of Arts and Humanities, however, saw a 15.8 percent decrease in transfer enrollment. The transfer policy was revised on Sept. 20 in an effort to help increase flexibility in applying previously completed coursework to transfers’ University degrees, a change that should make the transfer process easier for prospective students, Fresch said. “We are working with the administration to create a more flexible policy that will allow most credits to count toward a student’s degree and allow seamless entry into the HBU family,” she said. Working closely with new transfer counselor Jenel Capes, Fresch said they are trying to improve the integration process for transfer students. Capes is taking steps to promote and welcome incoming students to the University by meeting with students at community colleges and advising them on courses to take in preparation to transfer. Steen emphasized the University’s commitment to improving the transfer process in the next academic year. “My goal is that we are more transfer friendly for fall 2012 than we were in fall 2011,” he said.

• The Rockhouse Fire description on page five should have read, “Beginning April 9, the wildfire destroyed 41 homes and two businesses in its warpath to consume more than 313,000 acres.”

• Senior Noelle Marchand will hold a book signing for her novel “Unlawfully Wedded Bride” at the Morris Cultural Arts Center on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., not in the Dunham Bible Museum on Oct. 25.

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Corrections: • Sergeant Charles Ragain’s last name was spelled incorrectly as “Reagian” in the pull-out quote on page two in the article titled “University ranks among top 500 safest schools.”


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OCTOBER 6, 2011


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The Powell family accepts the Family of the Year award from President Robert B. Sloan Jr. during Family Weekend on Oct. 1. Bob, B.S. ‘76, center, joined his family on the stage of the Bettis Quadrangle to be recognized for their more than 30-year relationship with the University.

New group aims to connect students with alumni By KATIE BROWN Contributing writer

Make new friends but keep the old. This is the aim of the Student Alumni Association, the new campus organization that encourages current students to meet and develop mentoring relationships with alumni, who can then help students work toward their professional goals. The organization plans to accomplish this goal through dinners with current students at the home of an alumni, barbecues and volleyball games, among other activities. SAA, whose constitution is pending approval by Student Government Association, is designed to bridge the gap between current students and alumni. Jennifer Davis, associate director of alumni relations and annual fund, said the group aims to facilitate these relationships through events designed specifically for students and alumni, similar to those organized by the Student Programming Board. “Joining SAA is the first step in a lifelong relationship with HBU,” Davis said. “SAA will enhance students’ college experience and provide opportunities for personal growth while interacting with HBU alumni.” Davis, along with Vivian Camacho, senior director for advancement and alumni relations, was inspired to create SAA by similar programs at other universities. Both Davis, B.A. ‘08, and Camacho, B.A. ‘91, noticed the small number

of alumni who were active University citizens after graduation and decided to try to boost alumni interest and activity. Camacho said her hope is that the new organization will help current students feel more connected to the University while they are here and after they graduate. She also believes the organization will help students appreciate that they can have a lifelong, beneficial relationship with their alma mater. In order to achieve this goal, Davis and Camacho designed possible SAA events that will engage both groups. Davis stressed that the association needs members in order to be successful. Because the program is student-run, the execution of its events is largely dependent on active student members. “The door is wide open,” she said. “There are things we do, such as homecoming, that need help with organization and planning that could really benefit from the association.” Sophomore Breana Jackson was the first student to become a member of SAA. She said she feels the organization will play a critical role in encouraging graduates to return to the University for campus events. “SAA is important for the campus because after we graduate we’re going to want to have memorable events to attend as alumni, and we need this organization to do so,” Jackson said, adding that she is excited to be involved and see how the program will progress. Students who are interested in joining can access the SAA consti-

tution and application on HuskySync. Several leadership and membership positions are still open for students to fill, and Davis said the first meeting should be organized by early October.

She added that students should get involved with SAA because it will help contribute to a greater college experience and give members the opportunity to grow personally. “It builds a sense of communi-

ty,” she said. “A university cannot be a university without its alumni because of their contributions and dedication. They are the ones who give back to the school they came from.”


SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


Retention improves nearly 5 percent More than 67 percent of former freshmen return By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN Exec. managing editor

Freshman retention has increased nearly 5 percent, from last year’s 62.6 percent to 67.2 percent, according to the latest retention report released Sept. 13 by the office of institutional research and effectiveness. This figure falls five points below that of the class that entered in fall 2008. A school’s retention rate identifies the number of students who returned to the institution in the fall following their freshman year. It also serves as an indicator of how well students were matched with the university and how their academic abilities compared to the expectations of their instructors, said Dr. Phil Rhodes, senior director of the office of institutional research and effectiveness. Undergraduate retention overall increased by approximately 2 points to 70.2 percent, while the transfer retention rate dropped by one percent from last year’s 54.9 percent. James Steen, vice president for enrollment management, said that, of the students who supplied reasons for leaving the University, about 40 percent attributed their withdrawals to financial issues, 21 percent said they were transferring to other institutions, 19 percent claimed personal reasons and 8 percent declared family obligations. He added that, in addition to the reopening of Brown and restoration of the Bettis Quadrangle, grouping freshmen into learning communities should help boost retention back to its 72.3 percent peak that was reached by the class that entered in 2008.


According to the ACT Institutional Data File, last year’s national average freshman retention rate was 68.7 percent for private four-year institutions awarding B.A. and B.S. degrees, placing the University approximately 6 percent below its peers across the country. Rhodes said that while there are many reasons that some students do not return to the University, a major facet of promoting retention is ensuring that students feel connected to the campus community. “This year, reclaiming the space in the Brown Administrative Complex will make a big difference because we will have a center hub on campus,” he said, adding that he hopes to see retention spike again next fall due to the additional spaces for students to congregate and also increased academic support through the Learning Center.

Other private universities in Texas saw a less dramatic increase in freshman retention but reported higher rates. Baylor University posted a retention rate of 95.4 percent for last year’s incoming class, up 0.8 percent, and Southern Methodist University retained 89.2 percent, up 0.6 percent. Rhodes said that because it is more cost effective for schools to retain students than to actively recruit them, universities may choose recruitment strategies that seek students who may be more inclined to return after their first year. He added that this can be achieved by offering scholarships to those who seem to best fit the profile of a typical student enrolled at that institution and are therefore likely to stay the entire four years.


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etention of incoming freshmen made a comeback since the 2009-10 slump. Administrators are confident that this year will mark another increase in freshmen and undergraduate retention and hope to reach 2008 retention levels.




Programs strive to boost freshman retention By AYLA SYED News editor

The University implemented a series of interconnected programs this semester that are tailored to help boost retention and heighten the freshman experience for the class of 2015. Non-science majors from the incoming class were grouped into learning communities, in which 15-20 students share as many as four courses during the semester. These courses include Freshman Year Seminar, taught by one of 15 faculty members from the core advising program, another new development instituted this semester. GETTING TO THE CORE At the end of last academic year, the office of the provost coordinated with professors and the office of admissions to create the core advising program, which shifts away from the University’s previous practice of advising freshmen based on specific majors. Core advisers counsel freshmen on courses until the advisees fulfill their requirements for the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, after which the students move to advisers in their designated majors. Dr. Robert Stacey, interim provost and dean of the Honors College, headed the development of both programs and helped choose the group of core advisers. “Their job is to shepherd students through the first year or two, through the core curriculum and help them transition into a major,” Stacey said. Science majors were not included in the program due to a limited number of core advisers, and because the College of Science and Mathematics has an effective advising system, largely

due to the rigid requirements of the pre-medical program, Stacey said. “The pre-medical program requires students to be on target when they step on campus” he said. “Ultimately, I would like to recruit and train up additional core advisers and have every freshman in the core advising program.” Stacey added that he hopes the core advising program will help freshmen make well-informed decisions about their majors and steer them away from changing majors multiple times, a trend in colleges that he hopes the new program will help counter. He noted a nationwide trend of students changing majors within the first two years. Nearly 50 percent of students who declare majors change those majors, according to “Our profile is such that our new students are still figuring out what they want to do, and it does not Stacey always make sense to have an adviser determined by major,” he said, adding that some students have changed majors into their sixth year at the University. Less than 30 percent of the class that entered in 2006 completed a four-year degree within four years, according to a report by the office of institutional research and effectiveness. “By connecting the core advising program with the learning communities, we are knitting a fabric together to help freshmen succeed at HBU with their degrees and in the real world,” Stacey said. The University previously

implemented learning communities in 2008, a year when the University retained 91.8 percent of new freshman from the fall semester to the spring. MAKING THE CONNECTION

James Steen, vice president for enrollment management, said that the 2009 and 2010 models for grouping freshmen into learning communities were less effective than that of 2008, adding that this previous model was used for clustering classes this year. Grouped classes were set aside for freshmen this semester for the purpose of creating learning communities, as opposed to the 2009 and 2010 fall semesters during which classes were grouped together after all students had been allowed to register. Returning students could not register for classes that were clustered together and left seats in those classes open for the class of 2015. Steen added that the cohorts were created more strategically this year and observed a correlation between the presence of learning communities and higher retention rates. “At our campus where about 50 percent of our freshman population commutes, it is much harder for students to get involved and find their niches on campus,” Steen said. “If we can get them into a learning community and help them meet other students to engage and form study groups, they are more likely to succeed.” All freshmen, including science majors, were invited to participate in learning communities. The admissions office encouraged incoming students to visit the University website prior to attending Student Orientation, Advising and Registration and see which classes were clustered together.

All clusters include Writing for Wisdom I and FYS and vary in the inclusion of either a history or Christianity course. Those interested in the learning communities registered for all three classes in that particular cluster. More than 335 freshmen out of a class of 500 students were placed in learning communities. Many students who entered the University with transferable credits placed out of some of the grouped classes and could not align their schedules to include three of the classes. Freshmen who were not placed in learning communities were still required to register for FYS, which was reworked for this academic year in order to bring it more in line with the new core curriculum. The course now focuses on helping freshmen understand the need for a liberal arts education, rather than on assigning what many students called “busy work,” said Dr. Steve Jones, director of the Master of Liberal Arts program and a core adviser. Jones serves as the adviser for most of the students in his FYS class and will see them through the LACC and into their majors. One of his students, freshman Lindsay Knippel, said she values the opportunity to be able to know her adviser on a personal level. “The core advisers get to know you as a person,” she said. “Not everyone has the same plan, so it makes sense to go to someone who knows you to advise you on the classes you should be taking.” Knippel and the other students in her FYS class meet with Jones for an hour every Monday. She said they have had meaningful discussions about life on campus and how to adjust to college during the first weeks of school. “We are building connections,” she said.


SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


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More than 150 students, faculty and staff gathered on Sept. 14 in Holcombe Mall for a 9/11 memorial service hosted by the Nursing Students Association.

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artist Leonardo Nierman that is valued at approximately $250,000, was given to the University by Stewart Morris and Stewart Information Services, Inc. earlier this semester. Stewart Information Services was vacating its former office space where the painting had previously hung and decided to donate it to the University, which has close ties to Morris. Morris, 92, is the only living founding father of the University and has been a longtime supporter of the institution. Charles Bacarisse, vice president for advancement, said this donation is another sign of continued support from the Morris family. “This is another instance in the long history of support for HBU from the Morris family and Stewart family of companies,” he said. Michael Collins, director of the School of Art, described the work donated to the University as a surreal depiction of God’s creation. The artist’s work hangs in galleries in more than 20 states and more than nine countries and is featured in permanent collections such as The Pan American Union in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in Israel and The Vatican Museum. Distinctions earned include the Palme D’or des Beaux Arts of Monaco and the Royce medal in New York. Maco Stewart of Stewart Title Guaranty commissioned the fivepart painting in 1974. Adil Rajabali contributed reporting.

world is destroyed piece by piece,” Sloan said. The piece of steel, one of the final 100 pieces of the World Trade Center to be distributed following the cleanup of ground zero, was brought to the University for the ceremony by senior Sarah Ulrey, president of NSA. The New York Office of Emergency Management bestowed the metal piece upon the Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene. When the church could not keep it anymore, the congregation presented it to Ulrey’s family since her father helped transport the metal to Texas. Ulrey stands as the person responsible for organizing the oncampus service, which she said was inspired by the work of the Young America’s Foundation, a Virginiabased national conservative youth organization that sponsors these types of ceremonies every year at educational institutions across America. Ulrey, who has contacts with the organization, sought to hold the memorial service to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the attacks. “I thought with this being the

10th anniversary of the attack, the University should really get involved,” said Ulrey, who also has a personal connection to the historic events. When the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, Ulrey’s uncle, who worked at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, was out due to sickness. Had he not been sick, Ulrey’s uncle would have been inside of the Pentagon when the Boeing 757 slammed into the building that morning. “Now whether he worked in that part of the building or not, he’ll never tell us,” she said. Excluding the hijackers, 53 passengers and six crew members, in addition to many other civilians died when Flight 77 crashed into the western side of the Pentagon. There were a total of 125 victims of the attack on the government building, 70 of whom were civilians and 55 of whom were military personnel. Many students who attended the ceremony said their simple act of planting a flag in the shape of

two crosses had a deeper meaning of memorializing the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Freshman Samantha De Silva, a nursing student who volunteered at the event, expressed how the beauty and importance of the memorial impacted her and compelled her to participate in the ceremony. “After 10 years, it’s still on everyone’s minds,” De Silva said. “I think the ceremony was very beautiful, and I wanted to be a part of it.” The memorial event also had a profound effect on those in attendance who have friends and family in the military, including freshman Jessie Roman. Some of Roman’s family members currently serve in the armed forces. “I have a few family members who are in the military, and they sacrifice for their country and for the people who perished that day,” Roman said, adding that the members of his family serving in the military are often gone for extended periods of time. “I think everyone should do their part to show their appreciation, even if it’s as small as planting a flag.”

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-sity, was placed under mandatory evacuation on Labor Day, Sept. 5. “About four o’clock in the afternoon, the constables from our precinct came to our door,” she said. “They told us to prepare to evacuate.” Several hours later, she received a phone call from CodeRED, the emergency system used throughout the country, telling her to evacuate and that the water and electricity should be cut off. Reynolds and her husband had to take nine horses and three dogs with them when they left their home. A friend offered to give the horses a place to stay in northwest Harris County, and another friend in the same area offered to let the couple park their camper in the friend’s driveway. They stayed until Sept. 14, when they went to check on their house, which was intact and safe. Reynolds noted that the only noticeable impact was a smell of flame retardant from the firefighting effort. “We’re still in the process of moving,” she continued. “There’s still some flare-ups of the fire, so we’re not moving the horses back until the weekend.” The wildfires neared the home of sophomore Marco Olivares, who lives in Bastrop, a small town of 7,800 located about 130 miles west of the University. Bastrop experienced one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history, beginning on Sept. 4. The blaze engulfed more than 1,500 homes. “My brother and sister didn’t go to school for a week because


2 3 4 More than 3.5 million acres have burned in Texas since Nov. 15, the worst stretch of wildfires in the state’s history. Source: The Texas Forest Service

all the schools in Bastrop were closed,” Olivares said. “My mom got call after call and text after text from friends whose homes had been burned.” The fire came within 15-20 miles of Olivares’ house, and his older brother was trying to prevent a fire from breaking out at the nature park where he works. Olivares said he tried not to let the pressure affect him. “I kind of had to tell myself not to worry,” he said. Now that he is out of immediate danger, however, his priorities have shifted. “I just feel sorry for people who lost their homes,” he said. Some students didn’t lose their homes but instead helped others who had to leave theirs. Senior Scott Shipley, who lives in the city of Magnolia, Texas in Montgomery County, an area where many people farm and own livestock,










The blaze that began over Labor Day weekend was the worst wildfire in Texas history, consuming more than 1,500 homes and 35,000 acres.

The wildfires swallowed more than 150,000 acres during the summer, with 166 homes and two churches being destroyed.

A lightning strike near Bronte, Texas on April 11 sparked a wildfire that burned more than 160,000 acres.

Beginning April 9, the wildfire destroyed 41 homes and two businesses on its warpath to consumer more than 313,000 acres.

helped evacuate 35 animals from friends’ property on Sept. 5 as the blazes crept closer to the town of 1,100. Although he did not see any fires or fire damage during his drive, Shipley acknowledged that the prevailing mood was one of fear and panic. Shipley was then placed under voluntary evacuation on Sept. 9 when part of a wildfire moved in the direction of his home. He was informed of this development by a Harris County sheriff, who also instructed him to have all his belongings prepared should he have to leave. The fire department in that region, however, stopped the fire about 3/4 of a mile from his house, saving him from having to depart. Members of the University community have responded to the wildfires by making donations to victims. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is made

up of a male and female representative from each campus sport, conducted a wildfire relief supply drive on Sept. 16-17 in Sharp Gym. Compliance Assistant and SAAC communications liaison David Crane, who handles the committee’s communication with the media and other organizations, noted that the drive was SAAC’s most successful project to date. 950 cases of water, 99 individual bottles of sports drinks and more than 10 bags of snacks and supplies were donated. All monetary donations were directed to the Red Cross. Senior and SAAC golf representative Ian Armstrong said the group held the drive because they wanted to help the victims as soon as they could. “It was something we knew we could help on and make an immediate difference,” he said.



SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

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A welder assembles the roof of the stage that will be on one end of the renovated Bettis Quadrangle, site of the “Celebration of HBU” luncheon program. The University community has been invited to attend the Sept. 27 event.

Marking milestones with fellowship By DANIEL CADIS Editor in chief

There are many things to celebrate at the University this academic year, an observation made by top administrators last spring that prompted them to plan the Sept. 27 event designed to do just that. Administrators invited the majority of the University community to attend the “Celebration of HBU,” a luncheon program that will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, held in the recently reopened Brown Administrative Complex and M.D. Anderson Student Center, will feature dedicatory prayers, speeches, food provid-

ed by Aramark Food Services and music by a staff member’s band. “Celebration of HBU” will recognize the University’s accomplishments in a number of areas, including the cleanup and reutilization of the Hurricane Ikedamaged Brown and M.D., the institution of the new Liberal Arts Core Curriculum and accompanying programs, as well as other developments that have occurred recently, said President Robert B. Sloan Jr. “Sometimes things come together that you’ve been working on for years,” Sloan said while sitting in his office in Brown. “There have been a number of good milestones to celebrate.”

The celebration coincides with the board of trustee quarterly meeting, meaning that members of the board will mingle with faculty, staff and students during the event. Rick Bailey, vice chair of the board of trustees, will serve as the master of ceremonies while Sloan will provide the message and dedicatory prayer for the newly created Looser Fountains, a water feature that is currently being built at the center of the Bettis Quadrangle in the middle of the Brown. Sharon Saunders, vice president for University relations and one of the team members who organized the event, said all members of the University should enjoy the celebration. “We’re going to let our

community be the guest,” she said. Lunch will be supplied by Aramark, which is closing the Baugh Center for the day so students who eat their midday meal there will attend the celebratory activity. Students on meal plans will be able to use them for the meal itself, which will consist of cultural dishes at stations around the Brown. The meal will cost $5 for those without meal plans. Candace Desrosiers, director of University events and conferences, said the event was first conceived as a celebration of the reopening of Brown, but it has shifted to become something more. “It’s about celebrating all the things happening at HBU,” she said.

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water tanks on board to reach these areas. One tank has an irrigation line and sprays passing landscape while the other has a water hose for manual maneuvering.

It’s hot and dry. We need rain.

degrees, the longest ever recorded. The extreme heat coupled with the lack of a natural inflow of water contributed to a decreased water supply in Houston, resulting in the enforcement of a citywide Stage 2 lawn-watering limitation beginning in mid-August. The limitation restricts residents to watering between 8 p.m.-10 a.m. twice a week, alternating days depending upon address numbers. Odd-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Saturdays and Wednesdays, even-numbered ones on Sundays and Thursdays. The University, an even-numbered address, uses water from a 360-foot-deep well located near Atwood II to run its sprinklers. Water obtained from private wells is exempt from the Stage 2 limitation, which affects only water supplied by the city. The city supplies the water used in campus buildings, called domestic water, but has not enforced a limitation on its usage. Some areas on campus, including the Hinton House lawn, do not have sprinkler systems. Maintenance workers have been driving a flatbed truck with two 500-gallon

— Loree Watson, financial analyst

Gary Dyke, director of maintenance and operations, said these areas do not need to be manually watered every day under normal rain conditions but have required additional attention due to the drought. “They start in the mornings around 6 a.m. and the process lasts all day,” he said. Dyke added that the Lake House Lake and Friendship Pond also do not usually need daily maintenance but have seen a plunge in water levels this summer.

Both bodies of water were filled once this summer to maintain water levels but have since returned to low volumes, causing water to drop below suction level in the Lake House lake. Dyke said fountains in the lake had to be shut down in response to the low water levels. Loree Watson, financial analyst, said the University does not plan to repeat the more-than $7,000 expense to fill the pond and lake. “We really need to do it again, but we cannot afford to put additional money into water that’s going to evaporate out,” Watson said. The drought’s financial impact on the University is made evident in the increasing water bill. In August 2010, the University used more than 2.7 million gallons of water, an amount that swelled to nearly 4.8 million gallons this August. Jody Wilding-Farrell, cost control analyst, attributed this increase to the added stress on air conditioning units due to the heat. Texans witnessed the hottest weather ever recorded in the United States in a three-month span from June to August, posting an average

daily temperature of 86.8 degrees. Experts calculate averages based on 24-hour forecasts and not daily highs, according to Newser. The record-breaking heat caused additional problems for the University. The maintenance team repaired two water main breaks on campus, one in July and one in August, within 24 hours of notification and performed repairs in-house, after the heat dried the oil and causes buried pipes to shift. The city itself has struggled with leaky pipes, repairing more than 4,300 water main leaks since June 1, according to its website. The University faces conditions that many are dealing with nationwide. Dry weather conditions extend to many states in the South and Southeast, areas that are also experiencing D3- or D4-level droughts. Nearly 38 percent of the nation bears witness to drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. “We just have the normal concerns of anyone living in Texas right now,” Watson said. “It’s hot and dry. We need rain.”

The majority of these funds were reinstituted within the same year with the creation of a special relationship agreement between the two institutions, which called for the University to enter no “formal relationship” with other conventions or denominations, according to a 2004 Baptist Press article. But in 2003, due to differing interpretations of the agreement, the board of trustees affirmed a fraternal relationship with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. That prompted the BGCT to escrow part of the the University’s appropriation, totaling $600,000, which it has gradually restored after drafting a new agreement in 2004 that permitted the University to maintain its fraternal affiliation with the SBTC. If passed, this year’s budget proposal would reinstate that amount completely, but it would also cut University funding in the pro rata category, which is allocated to institutions based on enrollment. That $169,000 potential cut in funding is more than accounted for by the University’s total gains, but it would not be the only institution to experience reductions in that category. Baylor University, the only other BGCT-affiliated institution that has a special agreement with the convention, stands to lose nearly $1 million in pro rata funding if the budget proposal is passed. Randy Wallace, a member of the BGCT executive board, told the Baptist Standard in August that he thinks the cuts are punitive actions directed against Baylor for its decision to allow non-Baptists onto its board of trustees. The University made the same move last March when the board of trustees approved an amendment to allow non-Baptist Christians to compose as much as 25 percent of its members. The University discussed the shift with the BGCT, which BGCT associate executive director Steve Vernon said was courteous but unnecessary. “HBU went through this process as a matter of courtesy and as a way of discussion of the issue,” Vernon wrote in an email to the convention’s executive board, according to a March Baptist Standard article. “Houston Baptist did not and does not need the permission of the BGCT to take this step.” Sloan said the BGCT, the oldest Baptist convention in the state, appreciated the way the University handled the switch to welcoming non-Baptists to the board of trustees, primarily because of the level of communication involved in the process. The BGCT messengers will decide the fate of the budget proposal at their annual meeting on Oct. 2326. Sloan as well as a delegation of University staff members will attend the meeting.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011



Facebook brings youth back to pews By ALEXIS SHELLY Religion editor


Senior Noelle Marchand’s novel, “Unlawfully Wedded Bride,” will go on sale on Oct. 4 at major bookstores. Marchand is a double major in journalism and mass communication and speech communication.

Student publishes Christian novel

By CHELSEA VOLKER Asst. news editor

One of Noelle Marchand’s earliest memories was of hiding under her blankets, holding a flashlight and reading one of the many books she checked out from her local library. Loving the art of literature, Marchand, a senior double majoring in journalism and mass communication and speech communication, converted her ideas into reality with her first novel “Unlawfully Wedded Bride,” which will be released Oct. 4 by Love Inspired Historical Books. While Marchand said she has always been a writer at heart, being published this early came as a surprise to many in her life. “I didn’t even know she was having a book published until I recieved a Facebook invite to a book launch she was having,” said Dr. Marie Mater, associate professor in communication and rhetoric who has had Marchand in class. Marchand also wrote several short stories during her childhood, and her sister Ashley Marchand,

B.A. ‘09, encouraged her to become a novelist. Her interest in historical fiction,inspired her to create a story that related to her favorite time period and placed her ideas of imaginative tales on paper. “She would base her papers for class on aspects of the Victorian era and was also extremely fond of Victorian authors such as Jane Austen,” Mater said. By the time she was 16, Marchand finished “Unlawfully Wedded Bride,” a historical romance about heroine Kate O’Brien. After her parents’ death, Kate’s siblings Ellie and Sean attempt to relieve the overworked protagonist on their family farm by sending out an ad for a mail-order groom. When they receive a reply, Ellie and Sean arrange for their sister, without her knowledge, to be married by proxy to a man she has never met. Kate’s new husband, Nathan Rutledge, soon appears on her doorstep to meet his new wife. In shock, she rages against her siblings for their actions and then tries to find a way to annul the marriage. The novel, which has a surprise ending, incor-


She lifted her chin. “Who are you and why are you here?” He frowned and released her hand. “What do you mean, who am I?” “While we’re at it, how do you know my name?” “Why shouldn’t I know your name? I am Nathan Rutledge and you are Kate —” “O’Brien,” she finished. “Yes, I know that —”

porates Marchand’s belief in God and her journey to salvation. The road to finding a publisher began in 2010 when Marchand, without help from an agent or representative, found the publishing company Love Inspired Historical Books and sent a query letter detailing the synopsis of her novel along with a small excerpt from the work. “It took them three months to respond to my request to say they were interested and needed me to send more of my manuscript,” Marchand said. “Later, it took three more months for them to ask me for the full manuscript. Two and a half months later the publishing company gave me a call saying they loved my book and wanted to publish it.” Marchand said that her story appealed to the publisher because it not only addressed love between a man and a woman but also the spiritual relationship between God and humans. The novel emphasizes that God shows miracles through true love and demonstrates that “happily ever after” does exist. “I hope that my audience is encouraged to believe that there is

“Rutledge,” he reminded. “What?” “Rutledge.” “Why do you keep saying that?” “Because your name used to be —” He paused and looked at her for a second. “You mean to tell me that you, Kathleen ‘O’Brien’, have never even heard my name before today?” “That is exactly what I mean.” He began to speak then shook his head and strode over to where his saddlebag rested near Delilah’s

such a thing as true love because in our culture individuals mostly see the MTV type of love or a happy ending in a movie, but true love is definitely about learning from each other, overcoming personal struggles and reaching your God-given destiny,” she said. Marchand said the moral of the story is to accept what has been done and to trust that God made it happen for a reason. “God always has a plan,” she added. Everyone contends with fears, failures or foibles that blind them to God’s plan for their lives, Marchand said. “Instead, we must hope persistently, love courageously and live joyously,” she said. The University will host “Books, Boots and Bows,” where Marchand’s book will be available for purchase and she will be on hand to sign copies, on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Southern History. The event will also raise awareness and donations to help prevent human trafficking. Marchand will also have a book signing at the Dunham Bible Museum Oct. 25.

stall. “I suppose you’d better have a look at this.” She walked toward him to take the piece of paper he extended to her. She glanced up as she unfolded it. “What is this?” “It’s our marriage certificate,” he replied quietly. “What?” Her gaze held his before she stared down at the certificate. “You don’t mean —” “I mean,” he interrupted with quiet authority, “That you, Kate O’Brien Rutledge, are my wife.”

Facebook has supplied a new arena for people on both sides of the religious spectrum to face off about their beliefs, with a recently released game called “Vatican Wars.” The game provides the perfect opportunity for people to talk about their beliefs in a secular setting. Before starting the game, all players must choose a team. The Templars are for those who consider themselves conservative on social issues while the Crusaders belong on the liberal side of the gamut. The two distinct groups separate themselves on five key issues: abortion, artificial birth control, samesex marriage, women’s priesthood and priests’ marriage rights. Widespread disagreement exists on these issues, and having a place for people to express their views while still maintaining a sense of anonymity is an important step in the right direction. The rules of the game state that doctrines of the Church can be overturned if 10 liberal popes are elected in a row, as opposed to real life in which none of these issues, with the exception of married priests, is negotiable. Although the idea of radically changing the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church might seem outrageous to some people, the game is more of a springboard to allow people to talk about their beliefs and why they believe the way they do. Talking about these hot-button issues seems to be just the perfect device to get people more interested in church overall. In a poll conducted by Game Politics, a game review website, 30 percent of players said they attend Mass more often since they have started playing the game. In addition, 45 percent of men aged 24 and younger and not already on the path to priesthood said that the game piqued their interest in becoming a priest. The poll concluded that the game seems to encourage respectful and thoughtful theological debates. “Vatican Wars” is a perfect example of a secular avenue that can be used to bring discussions of faith into mainstream culture. Having people debate over doctrinal issues and get to the bottom of what they believe themselves might be exactly what is needed to get people fired up about living out the purpose God has for them and their lives.



SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


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“Killer Elite” crosses boundaries to unwrap the story of a vigilante group of killers and their attempt to take down three highlytrained assassins and their leader. Based on the best-selling book “Feather Men” by Ralph Fiennes, the story centers on two groups: The Feather Men and The Clinic. The Clinic, a group of contract killers hired by a Middle-Eastern sheik and led by Danny Brice (Jason Statham), is out to kill four British Special Air Service soldiers. Brice’s mentor, Hunter (Robert Di Niro), is held hostage while the group is in the process of accomplishing its mission. The Feather Men are soon contacted to protect four British soldiers after one has been killed. Spike (Clive Owen) leads the Feather Men as a cat–and–mouse chase ensues. The competition between the two groups establishes the core conflict of the movie, but the clash between Statham and Owen will capture the attention of audiences everywhere. Director Gary McKendry wonderfully parallels the characteristics of Danny and

Spike to create an internal conflict within the audience to weight whose motives are just. The action sequences between the two put both actors on the brink of death, with each scene captivating and highlighting the skills of the actors. Once Statham and Owen are pinned against each other, it elevates the intensity of the movie, but the former shines as the latest actor to prove his worth as an action star. The introduction of Brice’s love interest, Anne (Yvonne Strahovski), deepens the conflict between the team’s mission and his pursuit of a normal life. “Killer Elite” emphasizes the great qualities of a typical action movie with adrenaline-pumping fight scenes, explosions and intricate car chases. While the basis of the movie is derived from a true story, the film strongly lacks any tangible bits of reality. The action and spy genres are heavily based on the notions of a “James Bond” lifestyle and character depth of the “Bourne” series.

“Killer Elite,” however, misses the finesse and vigor of both of these series. The lackluster dialogue and tacky one-liners prevent the viewers from connecting to the characters, forcing the movie to be solely based on the flashiness of the action scenes. The relationship between Bryce and Anne is portrayed through awkwardly-placed flashbacks the romance is reduced to mere minutes on screen and forces a contrived view of love. “Killer Elite” displays the appeal of action films yet will dissapoint viewers with poor directoral execution. The acting, though robotic and tiresome, did not take from the action scenes of the film. While it cannot be disputed that the movie was full of action, the onscreen acting inhibited the potential blockbuster, making the film subpar.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

Parker’s wit fails to fit as a career mom By JESSICA ALDANA Entertainmnet editor

Director Douglas McGrath’s latest film, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” attempts to illustrate the

“I Don’t Know How She Does It” Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelsey Grammer PG-13 importance of prioritizing and managing the stress of a busy life. The comedy, based on Allison Pearson’s novel, “I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother,” centers on the life of Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker), a finance executive who is the main source of income for her family. Kate constantly juggles her marriage, two young children and a stressful job. She may seem to be living the American Dream, but when both she and her husband receive promotions at work, chaos ensues. It is at this point in the movie that McGrath is able to compare

jealousy and personal ambition in the workplace using many emotional scenes that foster responses from the audience, but that is where the positive news ends. McGrath and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna have taken Pearson’s well-written bestseller and destroyed it with an underwritten and overworked screenplay. The storyline, though predictable, does take a few unexpected turns, a small light in the depressing tunnel of bad acting and directing. McGrath does an excellent job of exploiting the “mockumentary” style of film, using freeze frames and even subtitles to get the characters’ points across. The director continues to use cheap gimicks throughout the film, having the characters complain, fuss and whine about how tough their lives are all the while living in well-to-do apartments. McGrath goes one step further to show his opinion on working women by implementing scenes of Rosalind Russell duking it out with Cary Grant in “His Girl Friday.” Although the actors have good onscreen chemestry, Parker could easily have been replaced by either of her two female co-stars, Christiana Hendricks and Olivia Munn. Playing the loyal best friend,

Hendricks does little more than complain about the trials of a working mother. Munn consumes the role of Momo Hahn, Kate’s eager assistant who proclaims to hate children. Again, the failed screenplay is shown when heartwarming moments between Kate and her husband turn stale and awkward at a moment’s notice. It seems as if Parker cannot escape her past as the star of “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw. Her character in this film not only resembles Carrie Bradshaw but reflects an older version of the same New York City woman making a name for herself in the business world. The one saving grace in the othewise dreadful film was the soundtrack. The music creates a feeling of traveling through time, through the playing of tracks from the ‘60s, such as “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” by Betty Everett to the brand new “Make a Snowman” by Aaron Zigman, a song created specifically for the movie. While Pearson’s novel may have been a hit, McGrath fails to translate the pages to the screen, ultimately wasting 91 minutes of the audience’s time.

Reality shows becoming too unreal By JESSICA ALDANA Entertainment editor

American audiences tune in every year to watch “normal people” attempt to become the next music superstar. The public has become overwhelmed with competition shows, from NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Sing-Off” to FOX’s “American Idol” and “X Factor.” It is time for Americans to say “enough.” Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” premiered Sept. 21, and although it is interesting to watch, the new show is just a hybrid of its predecessors, “American Idol” and “The Voice.” Aspiring singers audition in front of an audience and judges. Those who are good move to the next round while the less talented contestants are sent home. Similar to “The Voice,” the judges on “X Factor” mentor finalists on song choice, style and performance. In these competition shows, the attention revolves more around the judges than the contestants. Now that Cowell has returned to American television, the focus of his new show will be himself and the other judges he handpicked to mentor contestants. Record executive L.A. Reid and singers Nicole

Scherzinger and Paula Abdul accompany Cowell and bring both entertainment and knowledge to the show. While Reid and Cowell give the “X Factor” credibility, their blunt critiques and Abdul’s nonsensical ramblings will be what draw viewers in every week. In the last season of “American Idol,” viewers tuned in to listen to the antics of Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson’s numerous “dawgs.” Whether the viewer watches the show for the judges or the talent, it is rare that the winners gain long-term fame from their success. “American Idol” has produced a few household names but more duds than “idols.” Season one winner Kelly Clarkson and season four’s Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood have both proven to be successful and inspirational to their fans. Contestants who did not win have at times outshone those who did, such as season five’s Chris Daughtry and season four’s Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, proving the show does not always get it right. As the season ends, the contestant’s 15 minutes of fame ends as well. Those who last in the music industry can easily call the show their “big break,” but competition shows tend to produce more mediocre artists than shining stars.

Abduction Sept. 23 - PG-13 Taylor Lautner stars in a new thriller in which a teen’s quest to find his personal identity leads him on a spiral of twists and turns, testing Lautner’s character in the process.

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Q: Are you actively involved in student activities on campus? A: Yes. I’m actually involved in many on-campus activities, mainly the Student Programming Board and Sigma Phi Lambda. I really enjoy being a part of such great and active orginizations. Q: What brought you to the University? A: I got a track scholarship for throwing, so it was a great way to cut down on college costs. The Christian environment was a big factor as well. With the small community feel and the Christian atmosphere, it was a perfect fit. Q: Why did you choose to become an art major? A: It was my intention to become a photography major, but since the University no longer offers it, I have switched to art. I am actually very glad I made the switch considering my love for the subject. Q: What is your all-time favorite action movie? A: I don’t know if I have an all-time favorite, but I love the “Transformers” trilogy. It had such an awesome plot, and the special effects were amazing. Q: What do you enjoy most about the University? A: I would have to say that the community feel as well as the small-campus atmosphere are probably the best aspects of the University. From the teachers who are so helpful and supportive to the friendly students on campus, it makes college a lot easier.


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Journey Sept. 25 - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, 7 p.m.

Chefs Under Fire Sept. 25 - Rice Universty East Survey, 6:30 p.m.

Journey will be on tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in The Woodlands, Texas. Other performers for the night include Foreigner and Night.

Chefs from the Houston metroplex will compete in a series of cooking challenges to become regional winners, who will advance to the final competition.


OCTOBER 6, 2011

Chemistry and curveballs


All-star science student bats nearly 4.0 By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN Exec. managing editor

She’s the meticulous chemist, clad in goggles and latex gloves, who precisely measures concentrated hydrochloric acid in a graduated cylinder to test the viability of a di-metal complex as a substitute for porphorin in DNA. A few hours later, she’s the seasoned softball player who confidently approaches the pitcher’s mound, determined to retire the final batter in order to secure the conference championship. For three years, senior Beth Evans has worn two hats, balancing her responsibility to complete her chemistry major with the pressure of being the softball team’s only senior pitcher. “It’s been fun,” said Evans, who plans to graduate in May. “It keeps me busy for sure.” LAB-FIELD BALANCE Attending more than eight laboratory hours each week for her chemistry senior seminar and up to 20 hours of weekly softball practice at the peak of the semester, Evans must constantly practice self-discipline and time management. She credits her parents with instilling in her the motivation to work as hard as is necessary to meet her goals. “They always told me I could do anything I wanted to do in life, and I have taken that idea and run with it over the years,” she said. Evans has won the Academic All-American Scholar Athlete award from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for her last two seasons in recognition of her commitment to her athletic and academic careers. The award is given to softball players who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the academic year. She has been further distinguished as a member of the Great West Academic All-Conference team for the last two years. Softball head coach Mary Ellen Hall described Evans as disciplined, focused, driven and goal-oriented regarding both her coursework and her attitude toward her sport. “She’s a great representation in the classroom of what a studentathlete should be,” Hall said. Evans’ demanding class schedule often requires her to complete

many of her assignments while on the road to away games, adding to the challenge of keeping up with time-consuming coursework. “Last season, when I was taking Modern Analytical Techniques, nearly every time we checked in to the hotel, I was doing 20-page lab reports,” she said. “It’s not ideal, but any way I can get it done is what I have to do.” For her fourth season at the University, Evans is the only senior on the team and is one of its five pitchers. She is also the only softball player in the history of the program to major in chemistry. Hall said that because Evans’ lab sessions often overlap with afternoon practice times, Evans must spend additional time in the mornings or evenings by herself to practice pitching and even seeks the help of a private pitching coach. “Beth is a problem solver,” she said. “She probably can outthink a lot of the batters that she comes up against.” Despite the challenge presented to her by the constant balancing act between academics and athletics, Evans boasts 75 strikeouts and 16 walks in her junior season. She pitched 7-5, with six complete games, including three shutouts, all while attaining a GPA that ranks within the top 10 percent of University students.

This summer, Evans spent 10 weeks in San Antonio completing an honors internship in chemistry that offered hands-on experience in the field of forensic science. “All I can say is that they didn’t treat me like an intern,” Evans said as she explained that the terms of her agreement with the organization for which she worked do not permit her to discuss any details of the top-secret summer internship. Dr. Treacy Woods, professor of chemistry and department chair, who wrote a letter of recommendation for Evans when she applied for the internship and has taught several classes that Evans has taken, said that while every student who chooses to major in chemistry must have a strong work ethic, Evans’ ability to remain focused on her studies while competing in the athletics program sets her apart from other chemistry students. “Getting through a chemistry


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Senior Beth Evans plans to attend graduate school and later enter the petrochemical industry or forensic science field. major requires quite a determined work ethic of anyone, but Beth tackled it when she knew ahead of time that she would also have to keep up with a rigorous practice schedule,” Woods said, adding that Evans always responsibly communicates any conflicts between her game schedule and class sessions. “Every time you focus, you’re sacrificing something,” Woods said. “Beth has been very consistent in making the decision to sacrifice for academics.” In addition to her coursework and membership on the softball team, Evans has been a member of the Dead Chemists Society and a teaching assistant for Woods’ Organic Chemistry I lab section. During her time at the University, she has taken a Latin course and is

currently a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After she graduates, Evans plans to attend graduate school for chemistry at the University of Houston, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Baylor University or Vanderbilt University and to subsequently work in forensic science or the petrochemical industry. “I want to be a chemist after grad school because I find it fascinating that you can take a realworld problem or issue and solve it using science,” she said. Evans would also like to play slowpitch softball after completing her University athletic career. “I’m excited to move on to the next chapter of my life, to focus on chemistry,” she said, “but sports will always be a part of my life.”

Teeth to whiten Teeth are made of an inner dentin layer and are protected by an outer enamel layer. Eating, drinking or smoking can lead to the formation of a pellicle layer over the enamel, which can usually be removed by brushing and rinsing with mouth wash, but over time, the pellicle can seep into the pores of the enamel and leave stubborn stains. Both overthe-counter and dentist-supervised whitening aim to reverse the process. Oxidizing to brighten In the mouth, hydrogen peroxide, the same chemical used to bleach hair, can be used to break

The assumption that fast food can be obtained more cheaply and quickly than “real” food provides poor justification for the excuses college students make for refusing to do themselves the favor of preparing a balanced meal. Comparing the money and time exchanged for both meals discredits the myth that often leaves students poorer and unhealthier than when they first came to campus. Popular opinion generally accepts that junk food contributes to obesity and other conditions in lower-income populations — including college students — because it seems to provide a hot meal more cheaply than does home cooking. Many fall for the seeminglylow $5-6 price of a value meal that only provides one of the day’s three meals and may have not considered that a trip to the nearest supermarket allows students to stretch their grocery bills over several meals. For example, grocery store delis often sell pre-cooked rotisserie chickens for the same price and are large enough to eat for lunch or dinner at least twice. Less than $1 could buy a side item, with the added economy of boxed pasta or a can of vegetables typically providing three servings per container. Having leftovers the next night would split the $8 cost in half, making this semihomemade meal nearly $2 cheaper than a “value meal.” The substitution, if made once each weekday, saves about $40 per month. The “paying for convenience” excuse for purchasing fast food should also be challenged. A drive-thru trip can burn about 10 minutes, while a purposeful run to a less crowded supermarket could take as few as 20. Based on the twomeal average, the time saved is marginal, and the extra time required to prepare the healthier alternative, when divided by two nights, could be spent on a “study” break.

apart the compounds that stain teeth. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which breaks down to hydrogen peroxide and urea, are most commonly used to achieve this through an oxidation reaction, or the loss of electrons in the chemical reaction. The bleaching agent is delivered to the tooth in varying concentrations — ranging from 15-35 percent hydrogen peroxide for dentist-administered whitening and 10-20 percent carbamide peroxide for over-the-counter gels. Both procedures are generally considered safe when monitored by a dentist and can achieve up to 12 to 15 shades of whitening.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


‘Yes’ vote a plus for University funding

The Baptist General Convention of Texas budget proposal could increase financial support for the University by one-third and distribute funds more equally among affiliated institutions, continuing favorable relations between the University and the convention. Financial support was cut back in 2001 after the University’s board of trustees approved a motion to self-elect 75 percent, reducing the BGCT’s oversight. The convention had previously elected 100 percent of the board. Despite these financial cuts, the University maintained a close relationship with the BGCT and upheld a high level of professionalism. President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and the board of trustees made a point to keep open lines of communication when making important deci-

sions such as allowing non-Baptist Christians to make up as much as 25 percent of the board, a switch that occurred earlier this year. Now the BGCT is considering increasing funding to $682,150, near its pre-2001 levels. This welcomed restoration of funds is fair to the University.The proposed budget includes cuts in pro rata funding, which is based on enrollment. This cut is also fair. The pro rata funding is being cut for both HBU and Baylor University, further testament that the proposed budget is just to all institutions. The BGCT only appoints 25 percent of the boards of trustees for both institutions. In addition, both have made agreements with the BGCT allowing the appointment of non-Baptist Christians to their governing boards, something none

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of the other nine BGCT-affiliated schools can do. This decreased oversight of Baylor and HBU means that the BGCT is correct in proposing to reduce pro rata funds for both institutions. Allocations for the University would increase overall under the proposed budget, a wise move for the BGCT if it wants to maintain close ties with the only higher

education Baptist institution in the Greater Houston area. The possibility of restoring funding to the University is welcome and favorable news. The University’s long-standing relationship with the BGCT will continue to be strengthened and upheld by the passing of the proposed budget, so we implore the convention to do so at its October meeting.


by Daniel Cadis, editor in chief

Sunday night fever This column is part of a series on living life fully during college.

The smooth sound of jazz flooded the floor of the Melody Club, a dance studio located about 10 minutes north of the University. It was late in the evening on Sept. 18, and I had joined several friends to do something I have never done: swing dance. Some of my friends were experienced dancers; others had more talent than training. Then there was me, Daniel Cadis, who spent his high school years ducking dance invitations from girls and has as much rhythm as a former homeschooler can. On the rare occasions when I worked up the courage to enter that otherworldly realm of movement, I was more accustomed to shuffling my feet like an elephant and making a fool of myself than actually dancing. I feared a repeat performance on that Sunday night, but my friends had convinced me that swing dancing — the bobbing, weaving, twirling boogie that for me will always be associated with the Roaring ‘20s and other bygone eras — would be fun. And because of my rapidly approaching deadline and commitment to writing this column, I refused to bail on them despite my sudden urge to dash out the moment I entered the studio. The people jived to the grooves that blasted from the sound system, making the jitterbug look so easy with their graceful movements. Like

a kid learning to swim, waiting on the edge of the deep end of the pool, I lingered on the outskirts of the floor and repeated the dance steps I had learned earlier that day over and over in my head: first left, right, left; then right, left, right; then back step with the left foot, step right; repeat. Then a friend grabbed me by the hand and pulled me out onto the wooden floor, where I learned that the more I focused on the steps, the worse I danced. The more I focused on just moving in time to the tempo of the songs, the easier it became until, in a moment, I experienced something I have never before associated with dancing: having fun. It became second nature to twirl my partner, and I began to see how shifting our momentum back and forth while maintaining balance and poise were more natural than I could have imagined. David had his Goliath, and I had dancing, an intimidating giant in my life that I used to avoid. I may have only taken baby steps into this new realm, but I had faced that giant and learned that, while it may still terrify me, swing dancing is something that I would love to continue. Striving to try new things during my senior year, especially on a tight publication schedule, may feel like a burden at times. But this column is all about stepping outside of comfort zones. That night, I went ahead and danced outside of mine.


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A professor who evaluates students every day in the classroom can better predict what type of students their advisees are than a designated advisor who is less likely to have a personal relationship with the student. The professoradviser combination may actually enhance the student’s academic experience at the University specifically due to the low studentto-faculty ratio that facilitates a closer connection between students and instructors. Professors were once in students’ shoes: they were confused and needed more guidance toward their goals when they were in college. With this experience in mind, professors can share their dilemmas or backgrounds, making them perfect for the role of an adviser. Professors are also familiar with the courses offered and the requirements of students. Most importantly, professors who also advise can write stronger recommendation letters for internships or jobs because they know the students personally, especially if students visit their offices regularly and maintain a good reputation in class. Having professors who advise can have a positive effect on a student and should be maintained for every student at the University.

Professors should not take on the role of advising students because the quality of their services could be limited due to time commitments, bias toward their fields of study and possible mistakes that may occur. Advisers play a vital role on campus: they aid students in choosing classes that best fit the students’ academic goals. But it is hard for advisers to provide accurate advice when the adviser has the responsibility of teaching four or more courses a semester in addition to advising many students. Having an adequate amount of time to spend with students is critical in order for them to have a proper advising experience. Professors may also subconsciously hold a bias toward their own subject, advising students to take classes in their field. Students who establish relationships with their professors might feel pressured to take those classes, preventing them from making the best choices. Finally, the advising of too many students by one professor can lead to certain students entering the wrong courses or other easily avoidable situations. Professors are helpful, but students need designated advisers who are unbiased and have plenty of time to assist them.

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Southland should come calling soon By BRANDON PORTER Sports editor

The University is worthy of admittance into the Southland Conference because, in spite of athletics’ overall 24-54-1 record over the last two years, most sports are very competitive against Southland members. Excluding the softball and baseball records (12-41), the Huskies are 12-13-1 against these teams, a figure that also does not include women’s golf, which consistently finished higher at tournaments than Southland members last year. This year, the 12-4 volleyball team is 6-0 against the Southland and has a better overall record than every team in the conference. If the Huskies were in their conference this year and next year, they would have a legitimate chance of winning the championship and qualifying for the NCAA tournament. They still have the opportunity to qualify but will need to finish with an outstanding record and, most likely, a Great West Conference Championship. But it is important to examine what the Southland wants in a new member. Competitive programs throughout the athletics department are a must for joining any automaticqualifying conference. In only four years, the University has proven that its teams can compete with any team in the conference in any sport. Location also plays a major role in selecting new members. The most distant Southland member is the University of Central Arkansas, with seven members residing in Texas and four in Louisiana. Houston sits right in the center of the conference, increasing the likelihood that the University could be admitted. The Southland is a Football Championship Subdivision conference and would want its members to also participate in that sport. This is no longer a hindrance as President Robert B. Sloan Jr. announced this summer that the school is willing to add a football program if accepted into an AQ conference The University is competitive and willing to add football — qualities that should make it desirable to the Southland, which will lose Texas State University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Arlington, to the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The Huskies would perfectly fill one of the upcoming vacancies.



Junior forward Leonel Munoz chases down a loose ball near the Wofford College goal in a 1-1 tie with the Terriers at Sorrels Field on Sept. 16. The Huskies’ next home game is Oct. 1 against Adelphi University to start Atlantic Soccer Conference play.

Huskies scramble for first win

Men’s soccer still winless after first seven games By CHRISTOPHER JAMES Asst. sports editor

The men’s soccer team failed to secure its first win of the season with a 1-1 tie against Wofford College Sept. 16 and a 4-1 loss against San Diego State University Sept. 18, giving the Huskies a 0-6-1 record. After playing San Diego State last year, the Huskies had high expectations before the game. “We expect to win every game and we knew that San Diego State was going to be tough game,” senior defender Richard Ojeda said.

Men’s soccer head coach Steve Jones said that several factors have contibuted to the team’s winless start. “We have one of the toughest schedules we have ever had, and we have it with a very young and inexperienced team,” he said. The Huskies have seven sophomores and seven freshmen, but only three juniors and two seniors on the team. Following five straight losses this season, the Huskies were able to tie Wofford before losing to San Diego State. The score of the San Diego State game was close at the half with a 1-0 deficit. “After the goal we had to keep our heads up and continue pushing the ball,” sophomore forward Kris-

topher Typrak said. “Once we started connecting passes and playing as a team we got into a rhythm.” The Aztecs had six shots on goal to the Huskies’ one, with the Aztecs scoring its first goal on a corner kick by junior midfielder Jose Altamirano to senior defender Daniel Steres in the 11th minute. After the first goal the Huskies became more consistent on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Jones said the team settled down after the first goal and was happy with the opportunities the players created, but the Huskies could not capitalize before halftime. At halftime, Jones reiterated the need for the team’s offense to push the ball and for the defense to keep the Aztecs outside of the box.

“I told them to continue doing the little things and to keep them in the outside lanes,” he said In the second half, the Aztecs scored quickly, adding their second goal by junior forward Ata Ozbay during the 54th minute. The team followed with two more goals before scoring an own goal during the 81st minute, giving the Huskies their only goal of the match. The Huskies only had a total of five shots on goal versus the 16 shots by the Aztecs. Jones said the team looks to improve in the coming months. “It is easy to look for all of the negatives, but we are focusing on how we can change the things we struggle with as well as enhance what we are good at,” Jones said.

TIMEOUT with... Sophomore Caiti Wenger Position: Middle blocker Height: 6’1’’ 2.55 points per set/1.96 kills per set average What is your favorite sports moment? Getting my scholarship and signing it.

Why did you choose the University? I love the girls and coaches on the team, and I like that I am closer to home.

Since transferring to the University, what is it like having full NCAA eligibility? It is exciting with it being my first year, and we could make it to the NCAA tournament if we keep playing hard.

What is your favorite gymnasium in which you have competed? Pepperdine University. What are your plans for after college? My friend and I plan to go to Hawaii for a month. And then I am going to work towards becoming a psychologist.

Who is your favorite coach? Cindy Metcalf. When I was 13, she took me off of second team and put me on first team because she saw potential.

What are your goals for this season? To win conference and make it to the tournament.

What is your nickname? Cat.

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Huskies shut out Southern By ASHLEY DAVENPORT Advertising manager

Houston’s unpredictable weather did not stop the women’s soccer team in its pursuit of another victory. The Huskies defeated Southern University 6-0 at a rained-drenched Sorrels Field on Sept. 18, earning their fifth win of the season. The Huskies finished the first half with a five-goal lead. The first goal was made in the 15th minute of the game by sophomore midfielder Molly Missimer with an assist by junior forward Brandi Hart. Missimer scored her second goal in the 79th minute with an assist by junior forward Arielle Rodriguez. “I felt accomplished, like I did something well for my team,” Missimer said. “I wanted us to have the momentum to keep wanting to score and shoot.” Freshman forward Natalie Hager obtained the second goal of the game in the 18th minute with an assist by freshman defender Rebecca Jardon. Jardon passed the ball up the middle, proHager viding a shot with an open net for Hager. She scored a second goal in the 27th minute, providing the team with its fifth and final point of the first half. Hager added that she was excited about scoring an unassisted shot. “I was happy about it,” she said. “The goal gave me confidence to be able to beat people with my speed.” Each of the sophomore goalkeepers, Shelby Horn and Patty Walrath, saved a shot on goal during the game, leaving Southern with no goals scored at the end of the match. Women’s soccer head coach Misty Jones said the Huskies kept the ball on the ground and moved well across the field, using the skills learned in practice. “It was nice to see their hard work and practice on the field,” Jones said. Hager added that while the Huskies’ win puts them one game closer to Great West Conference play, the team should remain focused on each of the eight games remaining in the regular season. “It was a confidence boost, but it was just a game,” she said. “You take one game at a time, and after this we just have to focus on the next.”rie View A&M.


Senior right side hitter Isis Gardner kills the ball in a 3-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana University during the Husky Classic in Sharp Gym on Sept. 16. The Huskies started the tournament with a 3-1 upset win over the University of Southern Mississippi.

Volleyball wins two at Husky Classic By COLLIN HETZLER Contributing writer

The volleyball team was named champion of the annual Husky Classic held on Sept. 16-17, with the Huskies finishing the weekend 2-1 with victories against the University of Southern Mississippi and Southeastern Louisiana University. Senior libero Courtney Whittleman was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, accumulating 58 digs and 19 assists in three games that included one loss against Louisiana Tech University. “It’s a great feeling to be named Tournament MVP, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” she said. “We came out with a lot of energy this weekend and played pretty good volleyball.” The Huskies outscored their opponents 260-225 in the tournament with three players — junior outside hitter Heather Leaverton, freshman outside hitter Jasmine Casey and Whittleman — being named to the all-tournament team. Leaverton had 33 kills and 22 digs in three games, while Casey had 26 kills and 40 digs. Leaverton said the team enjoyed performing well at home. “It’s a good feeling to be able


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to win our own tournament on our home floor,” she said. “It’s nice to have our fans here cheering for us.” The Huskies continue to play winning volleyball, posting a 12-4 record through 16 games, only five victories away from tying their total from all of 2010. The team’s only loss of the tournament was against Louisiana Tech, in a match that took all five sets to determine the winner. The Huskies were defeated by the Techsters in the first two sets 25-20 and 25-21 before winning the next two 25-17 and 25-19, forcing a decisive fifth set in which they lost 15-9. Volleyball head coach Kaddie Platt said the loss was aggravating because of the team’s performance in the first, second and fifth sets. “This was a frustrating loss, and we still have a lot of things we need to work on,” Platt said. “We learn more and more about ourselves with each game that we play, and this loss today highlighted some things we need to address.” The Huskies will begin Great West Conference play on Sept. 29 against the New Jersey Institute of Technology at Newark, N.J. The next home game will be on Oct. 6 against Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.


Freshman outside hitter Jasmine Casey serves the ball to Southeastern Louisiana University on Sept. 16 in Sharp Gym.

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