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BGCT nixes proposal
Winter Formal waives admission
Trustees’ request for non-Baptist members rejected
by Saira Siddiqi Staff writer
by Justin Schneewind Editor in chief
A vote by the Baptist General Convention of Texas struck down the University’s motion to allow non-Baptist Christians to serve on its board of trustees. The University sought to admit non-Baptists to the board as a minority in order to better reflect the religious diversity of the institution and attract additional resources and leadership by increasing the pool of potential board members. The 783 messengers at the BGCT’s annual meeting voted against the University’s motion, with roughly 60 percent opposing the proposal at the convention held in McAllen, Texas, on Nov. 8-9. According to the Baptist Press, those opposed to the motion argued that it would weaken the University’s Baptist ties. President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said the proposal originated with the board of trustees and he strongly supports it because it reflects the University’s diversity. “I think the process was not well communicated to them,” Sloan said, adding that the motion received the support of the convention’s executive committee and committee on institutional affairs. “Some of the members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas have said that they thought perhaps the convention did not do a good job of communicating the process and communicat-
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Former President George W. Bush shares anecdotes from his presidency during his keynote speech at the Spirit of Excellence Gala at the Hilton Americas-Houston on Nov. 16.
Exceeding goals Spirit of Excellence Gala surpasses fundraising, attendance expectations by Justin Schneewind Editor in chief
he University hosted former President George W. Bush at its first Spirit of Excellence Gala in seven years. This year’s event set a gala-fundraising record, grossing more than $865,000. Bush delivered the keynote speech at the Hilton Americas-Houston on Nov. 16 at the gala celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary. The black-tie event drew roughly 900 people, sold out the hotel’s Ballroom of the Americas and surpassed the University’s goal of $700,000 for student scholarships. This year’s gala became the highest-grossing Spirit of Excellence Gala and exceeded the average attendance of past galas, which usually drew 600 to 700. The presence of a former president and the recent release of his memoirs, “Decision Points,” have been
Former President George W. Bush answers a question from Dr. Paul Bonicelli, provost.
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By the numbers
Estimated gross: $865,000 Estimated attendance: 900
SGA, campus living restore Christmas tradition by Daniel Cadis Managing editor
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Junior Trenton Bell hangs an ornament on the Christmas tree.
A 12-foot tall Christmas tree now stands in the Hinton Center, reviving a yearly ritual once defunct due to the closure of the Brown Administrative Complex and the M.D. Anderson Student Center. Student Government Association and campus living split the cost of the $499 tree from Garden Ridge that was set up and decorated by members of SGA and residence
assistants on Nov. 28. In purchasing the tree — the result of a year-and-a-half initiative by SGA — both groups have reestablished the ritual of placing a large Christmas tree on campus for the final weeks of the semester. This tradition was swept away by Hurricane Ike, whose destructive power forced the closure of the primary venue for Christmas activities in September 2008. Mark Endraske, director of see TREE, page 4
Winter Formal received a makeover this semester to increase turnout for the annual dance. Student Programming Board, together with campus living, has opted for a broader “dress to impress” theme over last year’s stricter formal dress code and made the tickets free to potentially boost attendance. Becky Crandall, assistant director of campus activities, said she saw how successful the Homecoming dance turned out and hopes the momentum of that event and the changes to Winter Formal will give more students the opportunity and incentive to attend. Crandall said it made more sense to remove the charge since it was not necessary to cover the cost of the event and it was an element that the SPB could control. She said the dress code policy shift was not so much a drastic change from years past as much as a reminder that the dance is a formal event and students should be dressed appropriately. Junior Shaiza Merali said she is excited about the changes because a free event with more dress options benefits those students on a budget who are looking for something fun to do on campus. “It’ll be nice to give students a chance to express their own unique style with a broader dress code,” she said. As a commuter, senior Juveria Wanker said free events like Winter Formal have given her a better college experience while allowing her to meet more people on campus. see DANCE, page 4
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Priority registration for the spring semester will be open through Dec. 8. Students need to meet with their advisers to obtain their alternate pin number in order to access registration on HuskyNet.
Seniors graduating in December 2010 must complete 80 Community Life and Worship credits by midnight Dec. 3 or they will not be allowed to graduate. Students may view their current CLW balance via HuskyNet. For more information, contact Colette Cross, director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain, at email@example.com.
Christmas choral concert
The School of Music will host “An HBU Christmas” choral concert on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Dunham Theater.
Student Programming Board will host a free late-night breakfast on Dec. 6 from 9-10:30 p.m. in the Baugh Center. Faculty and staff will serve food to students and prizes will be given away.
Star of Hope drive
The last day for students to move out of campus housing is Dec. 15. For more information contact Mark Endraske, director of campus living, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gospel Student Fellowship is holding a Christmas drive for the Star of Hope Foundation. GSF is accepting donations of toys, hygiene products, blankets, socks, towels, and T-shirts. All donations should be given to Pam Netter-Morris, secretary of the spiritual life department, in the Spiritual Life office by Dec. 8. For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Office at (281) 649-3117.
Last day to move out
Graduating seniors can pick up tickets from the Registrar’s Office Dec. 6-9 for the fall 2010 graduation ceremony. Up to 10 tickets per graduating senior are available.
Rex Fleming Players will give a performance of “A Night of One Acts” on Dec. 2 and 5 at 7 p.m. in Mabee Theater. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty and staff and $10 for visitors. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Boyleston, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, at email@example.com.
The student life department is hosting a series of events to celebrate Christmas before the start of finals: • Dec. 2 — Winter Formal from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. in the Lake House. • Dec. 3 — Christmas and painting with Dr. Ron Homann, assistant professor of sociology. All materials will be provided. • Dec. 4 — Chistmas music listening and ornament making party at 11 a.m. in the Baugh Center. • Dec. 5 — Christmas movie night following Sunday Service at 7 p.m. in Belin Chapel.
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Mock trial teams kick off new season by Travis Martin Contributing writer
The University mock trial teams, after practicing for much of the semester, began their season in late November at a tournament co-hosted by University of Texas at Dallas and Collin College. The tournament, held at the UT-Dallas campus, included 16 teams from top-ranked colleges including the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Houston, among others. It was a good start to the season, said Dr. Marie Mater, chair of the department of communication and rhetoric, who observed the University’s teams in practices earlier this semester. Mater said the teams were impressive during practice, and she has high expectations for the season. Both of the University’s teams placed in the top 10 at the event with the orange team turning in a 4-4 performance and the blue team at 3-4-1. Freshman Laura Strack, member of the orange team, earned an outstanding attorney award. “The team really pulled together,” Strack said, noting that there are many new members on this year’s teams. Her brother, junior Joseph Strack, who is also on the orange team and has been on mock trial since his freshman year, won an outstanding witness award. HBU won ballots — individual rounds
scored by judges — against SMU, UH, the University of St. Thomas, Southern University and UT-Dallas. Team coach Timothy Rothberg, B.A. ’02, said the mock trial competition is not generally well known to undergraduate students because it is more common at law schools. Rothberg, who is a practicing lawyer in Houston, added that mock trial events combine elements of debate and theater in a courtroom setting. He noted that students who posses a background in either of the fields tend to perform well. Participating teams are given cases at the beginning of the season and spend the semester practicing their roles and honing their skills prior to competitions. This was the University’s first experience with this year’s case, which involved a fictional scenario of an accidental death caused by a children’s toy. Some of the other colleges had already had the opportunity to debate it, Rothberg said. “Polishing and refining our skills are what we need to focus on now,” the team coach said. “Small things are what decide rounds.” The 14 student “mockers” will be practicing for Feb. 4-6, when the University will host the Southwest Regional Competition. Rothberg said this is recognition of the success the mock trial teams have had in the past, as this will be the second consecutive year that the University has hosted the event. Rothberg added that team tryouts are usually held in September of every year and are open to all currently enrolled students.
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Students on the Satan Squishers finish a cheer prior to their game against the New Kicks on the Block at the TurkeyBall Charity Kickball Tournament hosted by by Hispanic Student Organization and Student Programming Board on Nov. 20. The event raised $204 for Thanksgiving meals for families in need.
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credited with boosting attendance as well as the celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary. “I think the promotion and publicity associated with his book helped generate some interest as well,” President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said. Bush spoke about his experiences in the Oval Offices and the beliefs that shaped his decisions before engaging in a question-andanswer session. Charles Bacarisse, vice president for advancement, pointed out the level of engagement as evidenced by the stillness of the audience during Sloan’s introduction of Bush, Bush’s keynote and the questionand-answer session. The audience also watched a video clip of Dr. Billy Graham’s on-campus speech made in 1963 and observed the presentation of the Spirit of Excellence awards. “It was a great opportunity for HBU to be in front of the Houston community,” said Vivian Camacho,
senior director of advancement and alumni relations. Bacarisse and Camacho reported positive responses from those in attendance at the gala, including suggestions to make it an annual event. During a Nov. 22 meeting to review and evaluate the gala, administrators discussed plans for future galas, including considerations of turning the traditionally biannual gala into a yearly event. The previous Spirit of Excellence Gala, held in 2003, featured Karen Hughes, who then worked as an adviser to Bush. A gala planned for 2005, which would have featured former U.S. congressman J.C. Watts, had to be canceled due to Hurricane Rita, and the gala did not return until this year to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary. After breaking attendance and fundraising records and exceeding fundraising and attendance goals this year, gala planners expect a much shorter time between galas.
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enior Emily Brown and junior Sally Anne Grimes work in the University Museums. Brown, a history major, has been working for the museums since her freshman year and is employed at the Museum of Southern History and Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts. Grimes, a biblical languages and English major, has been working at the Dunham Bible Museum since the summer of 2009. As museum workers, both students have similar responsibilities, from cleaning cases to changing light bulbs as well as artifact preservation and cataloging. Brown’s other duties include guiding tours, and she said that being a history major has helped. “The support from my history professors and the knowledge I have gained in class go hand in hand with my work experience at the museums and has given me a comprehensive experience that is parallel to none,” Brown said. Suzie Snoddy, administrative assistant at the museums, is pleased with Brown’s job performance and describes her as an enthusiastic worker who completes assignments quickly. Erin Price, the curator of the Museum of Southern History, said that Brown’s outgoing personality and adaptability have also helped. “She is a fabulous tour guide,” Price said. “Everybody loves her tours.” Grimes started working at a crucial time for the Bible Museum considering it had just received two truckloads of Bibles which needed accessioning and cataloging. Dr. Diana Severance, director of the Dunham Bible Museum, said Grimes was a blessing and that she could not have imag-
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ined last year without her. “If she had not come in, I would still be cataloging right now,” Severance said. The majority of Grimes work goes into accessioning and researching the background of individual books in the Bible Museum. While researching the Bibles, Grimes has found more information added to them such as genealogy of previous owners, drawings, practice letters and even pressed flowers. Grimes said her knowledge of Hebrew and Greek has been valuable because she can read and understand the books with which she is working. “Being with the books is my favorite
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part. It is so peaceful and quiet,” Grimes said. The job does not come without challenges though. For Grimes, the constant need to pay attention to details can become difficult but necessary in order to keep the system accurate. “You have to be alert and thinking. In some ways, it is more like a school than a job, but in a good way,” Grimes said. The worry of dropping a valuable Bible has also crossed Grimes’ mind. “Some of those books are worth more than a house.” Brown is also faced with the challenges of having to be accurate and engaged, espe-
cially when giving tours and answering questions. “It keeps me on my toes because people expect the correct answer, and I want to do the best I can to be knowledgeable,” Brown said. According to Brown, providing answers can be difficult for her when she is asked an opinion-based question, especially during the Lee & Grant exhibit in the summer of 2009 because she was born in Pennsylvania. “As a Yankee, I was cautious in my response because to some people I was the enemy and they felt they were getting a biased tour. Others would request me specifically because of it,” Brown said. The favorite place of both Grimes and Brown is the Museum storage and book room is which is located on the second floor of the Morris Cultural Arts Center. Grimes said that she enjoys spending time in the book room where she can read and search the Bible collections, especially the original copies of famous Bibles such as the King James Bible. “It is such a stress reliever working there,” Grimes said. “I feel like I have the best job.” Brown, who also spends much of her time in the storage room renumbering artifacts among her other duties, feels that the best part of the Museum is kept hidden from the public. “When you put your museum gloves on and are holding a sword from the 1770s, you can feel the weight of its history. It is not just something you read in books. It is real and I get to touch it,” Brown said.
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campus living, said his department worked in tandem with SGA to purchase the pre-lit tree in an effort to promote on-campus Christmas activities. He said that while campus living was working to assemble the calendar for Christmas events, it was suggested that they host a tree lighting ceremony featuring a large Christmas tree on campus. Endraske said that when campus living discovered that SGA was putting together a similar initiative, the two began cooperating to bring
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ing to the messengers at the gathering what the vote was really about.” The board of trustees referred the matter back to the University’s spiritual leadership committee to evaluate a potential second attempt and plan the next step for the University in regards to the proposal. “However we proceed, we want to maintain our Baptist identity and strong relations with the BGCT,” said Dr. Ed Seay, B.A. ’73, who has served on the board of trustees since 2003 and recently concluded his tenure as chairman of the board.
back the annual ritual. “Hopefully, we will be able to use it year after year,” Endraske said about the plastic tree that he and Todd McElroy, assistant director of campus recreation and spirit coordinator, purchased last week. Endraske added that the tree is expected to last several years and will be stored in the Men’s Residence College after the season. The groups hosted a tree-lighting ceremony in the Hinton Center on Nov. 29 to mark the occasion. Christmas-themed snacks and beverages were served at the event attend by more than 50 people. Senior David Toney, president of SGA, described the event as a good sign that the tradition has returned. He added that his administration’s contribution of $250 was an
insignificant amount of their yearly budget, which is set by the Student Life Office. “Being able to have the tree on campus is very significant,” he said. “It’s great that we have the opportunity to do this.” The initiative to bring back the tradition of the Christmas tree is just one of many holiday-themed on-campus activities during the final weeks of the semester. The list of activities includes toy drives, ornament making parties as well as a campus luncheon with a Christmas theme, among other things that students can participate it. Jeremy Klutts, public relations director, said SGA seeks to inspire a new tradition for the student body. “SGA hopes this will continue as a tradition,” he said.
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“It’s fun to dress up and see your friends, and what better time than the holidays to celebrate,” she said. Having moved to Houston from Connecticut for college, Wanker said on-campus events have also given her a connection to the city that she might not have had otherwise. Crandall, who has been in her position for six months and often refers to herself as a freshman
staff member, said the timing of the dance would give students a chance to have fun and relax before the stress of finals sets in. Wanker agreed and said while studying for finals takes over this time of year, a dance would serve as a welcome study break. The Winter Formal will take place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the Lake House on Nov. 2. The event is open to all students.
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ABOVE: Dr. Gene Wofford, professor of Christianity, lectures students about eschatology in his Christian Doctrine class.
by JUSTIN SCHNEEWIND
LEFT: Dr. Gene Wofford with one of his former Christianity students, Dr. Voddie Baucham. Baucham, BA ‘92 in Christianity and sociology, now pastors the Grace Family Baptist Church.
Wofford leaves legacy for students by Alexis Staff writer
Dr. Gene Wofford will soon have more time to enjoy one of his favorite hobbies — playing golf. At 80 years old, Wofford will retire from his position as professor of Christianity at the end of the spring semester. He said he felt that this year was the right time to retire because of his age and because he wanted to retire while he was still in good health so he could enjoy it. “The highlight of my time here at the University has been working with great professors and seeing students achieve great things after they
leave,” Wofford said. Wofford’s 36-year tenure at the University began in 1975, two years after the University changed its name from Houston Baptist College to Houston Baptist University. Dr. Diane Lovell, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and interim dean of the School of Theology, said Wofford consistently receives positive teaching evaluations from his students. “Most generations of University graduates have had him as a teacher,” she said. Wofford currently teaches Christian Doctrine, History of Christianity and Heart of Christianity. Junior Phoebe McClure, a stu-
dent in one of Wofford’s classes, said he reinforces the importance of Christian doctrine to everyday life in his classes. “Dr. Wofford shows the value of theology so that I can understand it, which makes it easy to apply the principles of Christian doctrine to my life,” she said. Wofford took only one sabbatical during his teaching career. He applied for and was awarded a sabbatical in 2002. Dr. David Capes, Thomas Nelson research professor and a colleague of Wofford’s for 20 years, said he advised him to take the leave of absence. “I knew he had a book he wanted
Pope Benedict XVI says in his new book, “Light of the World,” that condom use is permissible in some instances, seemingly contradicting the traditional Catholic Church doctrine against the use of contraceptives. In his new book, the pope said that in certain cases the prevention of HIV and AIDS permits the use of condoms as a step toward responsibility. The pope’s statement is not a change in doctrine, only a call for moralization. In one section of his book the pope said, “The Church of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but, in this case, there can be nonetheless, in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality.” The pope is correct in advocating the use of condoms to prevent the spread of diseases, even though the Church’s doctrine opposed the use of artificial birth control since its founding, according to Columbia.edu. All Christian denominations at one time banned birth control because of biblical teachings. It was not until the Church of England’s
Lambeth Conference of 1930, which decided that contraceptives could be used with the application of Christian principles, that the doctrine was changed in a major denomination. Now many Christian denominations say the use of artificial birth control is acceptable as long as the reasons are not greedy or selfish. The Church does not agree. It believes that marriage is God’s way of populating the world and that birth control undermines his plan. God commands his followers to serve him through parenting his children, whether through natural means or adoption. God commanded his people to populate the world in Genesis 1:22, “And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.” God wants his children to be fruitful, but using birth control is acceptable in some circumstances, especially for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. This, however does not mean that pre-martial relations are acceptable in the eyes of God. Whether you are a Christian that believes in using birth control or not, sexually transmitted diseases need to be addressed by Christians because of our moral and ethical duty to help those in need.
Wofford also helped develop the new Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. He was one of the architects of the Christian Theology and Tradition course added to the curriculum that students will be required to take in the fall of 2011. “He wrote the syllabus for the course,” Lovell said. “He has enhanced Christian doctrine with primary source readings by everyone from St. Augustine to C.S. Lewis.” Lovell added that Wofford has been a valuable asset to the University. “I am honored that he has worked here, and I am saddened at the thought of him leaving,” she said.
Catholic Church, Pope in condom controversy by Ashley Davenport Asst. managing editor
to write, so I urged him to apply for leave and get it done,” Capes said, adding that Wofford has a great mind and a deep faith. “He applied and took leave the next year, finishing the book about a year later.” Halcyon Press published Wofford’s book, “Basic Bible Beliefs,” in 2005. The book now serves as the textbook for all Christian Doctrine classes at the University. Along with inspiring books, Wofford inspired his students. Voddie Baucham, B.A. ’92 in Christianity and sociology, and a former student of Wofford, said he was a personal inspiration and said that knowing the professor brought about the turning point of his life.
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Tunneling for ‘Ant’swers Story by Lauren Schoenemann
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our undergraduate students from the College of Science and Mathematics tend to their farms three times per week after their classes. Juniors Urooj Shahid, Shruti Sakhuja, Sharon Fonseca, and Nida Hassan have studied the effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation on the metabolic activity of male red harvester ants since September for a joint ecology and biophysics research project. Fonseca and Hassan, biology and biochemistry/molecular biology majors, research the components that relate to physics. Shahid, majoring in biology and business, and Sakhuja, a biology and biochemistry/molecular biology major, conducted the study as part of a research project for their ecology course, taught by Dr. Betty Thompson, professor of biology.
A Small Issue Shahid said that Dr. James Claycomb, associate professor of physics, proposed the idea last summer when the students worked as teaching assistants for his firstsemester physics course. “He encouraged us to participate in research, then looked into ant farm studies and found relevant articles that we used to guide our own project,” Shahid said. The results of the study supported the students’ hypothesis that prolonged subjection to radiation would decrease activity in ants.
Two ant populations were observed. Each group was placed in an ant farm enclosure that contained a blue gel in which the ants tunneled and used as a food source. One group of ants was exposed to a frequency of 75 hertz, and the control group was not subjected to radiation. The carbon dioxide emissions of the ants in each farm were measured for 10-hour intervals after 48 hours of exposure, and the tunneling behavior of each was observed after two weeks of consecutive subjection.
Radiant Results The ants exposed to the radiation tunneled less than the members of the control group and yielded less carbon dioxide, meaning they had lower respiration rates. Fonseca explained that the ants’ carbon dioxide output indicates the production of adenosine triphosphate, a coenzyme that functions as a unit of currency in intracellular energy transfer in many living organisms, from ants to humans. Claycomb said the findings are significant because the effects on the ants may parallel those on people who frequently use cell phones. Mobile devices release microwaves, forms of electromagnetic radiation, which may cause long-term health problems. In addition to learning more about red harvester ants, each student said that she now understands more about research in general.
Shahid said they became more independent in the lab by learning how to use new techniques and equipment, such as parallel plate capacitors and carbon dioxide probes and chambers. Hassan said she learned that experiments do not always run as smoothly as expected. Sakhuja added that they would often have to retrace their steps to determine how to troubleshoot problems. For example, the students originally attempted to study fire ants but found that they were small enough to escape from the enclosures, so they used the larger harvester ants. Fonseca said they were also able to apply knowledge acquired from biology and physics courses to a real-world situation. Thompson commended the group for its professionalism and laboratory technique. “The students were rigorous in the execution of the scientific method and did an excellent job finding reproducible results,” she said. Thompson also stressed that students who conduct undergraduate research are more competitive candidates for summer internships as well as graduate and medical schools because hands-on laboratory work is fundamental to an understanding of science. “Real science is, in fact, research,” Thompson said. “Research improves critical-thinking skills and allows students to study science at a higher level than simply memorizing facts does.”
Online shopping no match for tradition by Lauren Schoenemann S&T editor
There’s something to be said for visiting the mall between Black Friday and Christmas Day to contract the annual retail fever. Though nearly any item on shelves could arrive at the front door with just a few clicks and the entry of a credit card number, this convenient way to shop lends itself to seclusion, fees and even fraud. Buyers can feel confident that a product is of value by touching or holding it to assess its weight, size and functionality. Though websites also provide these facts, numbers are not as effective as the senses at assuring customers of a fair transaction. In fact, a new study predicts that this season’s higher-priced gifts will be pur-
chased without the use of computers. Consumer behavior analysts at the California Institute of Technology reported that shoppers will pay higher prices for items with which they can physically interact before purchasing. When instructed to bid on selected items, consumers offered to pay up to 50 percent more for those within reach versus those shown in print. This indicates that consumer behavior is governed by the classic Pavlovian response, which assumes that the possibility of touching an appealing object increases desire for it. Despite its utility, the Internet cannot simulate this basic human reaction. Gift-givers can shop with friends to create memories while crossing names off the list. They will likely be more satisfied with their offerings, for it is better to give traditionally than to receive a package on the doorstep.
1 Prepare ant farm gel and let harden for 24 - 48 hours.
2 Pour ant farm gel into two empty ant farms.
3 Place ants into each ant farm.
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Place control ant farm between two boxes to keep light exposure consistent with other ant farm.
plate capacitor. Connect capacitor to signal generator and set frequency to 75 hertz.
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Insert carbon dioxide probe into ant farm. Place back into parallel plate capacitor and measure CO2 for 10 hours.
TUNNELING TEST Observe amount of tunneling in each ant farm for two weeks. Then use string and ruler to measure total length of all tunnels combined.
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A chamber is raised and lowered by steel ropes looped around a pulley. The cable system Elevator cars are usually moved by cables made of steel ropes that are wound around a grooved pulley and attached to the car. The grooves in the pulley grip the cables so that when it spins, the ropes also move, allowing the car to rise and descend when a motor rotates the sheave in either direction. The sheave, motor and a computerized control system are often housed in a machine room above the shaft. The counterweight and guide rails also assist in locomotion. The counterweight, whose mass equals that of the car at 40 percent capacity, conserves energy by requiring a reduced amount of energy input to tip the balance and raise and lower the car. The guide rails located on each side prevent the car from swaying in the shaft. Safety provisions Elevators contain several security mechanisms to protect passengers in case of an emergency. Each rope is made of several lengths of steel wound around each other, and each elevator has between four and eight of these cables. Automatic braking systems on the top and bottom of the shaft catch the car if it begins to fall. Finally, if all of these provisions fail and the elevator and its passengers plummet to the bottom of the shaft, a shock absorber system consisting of a piston mounted on a cylinder filled with oil acts as a cushion to soften the landing. information courtesy of HowStuffWorks www.howstuffworks.com
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DECEMBER 2, 2010
the New spin on classic Scoop On... Disney’s “Tangled” departs from Grimm Brothers’ tale
by Jessica Scott Asst. entertainment editor
Sheltered nearly her entire life from the outside world, a young woman breaks out to discover her true identity in Disney’s new spin on the classic Grimm Brothers’ tale, “Rapunzel.” The story begins with a king and queen preparing for the birth of their daughter. As the queen nears her due date, she becomes so ill that only a healing flower can save her. Soldiers retrieve it just in time for the queen to deliver.
Movie review Days after Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, is born, an evil witch snatches the princess to use her to restore her youth with the child’s magical hair. Rapunzel spends years locked in a tower until her 18th birthday when a hero, who also happens to be a criminal on the run, breaks into the tower. The intruder, Flynn Ryder, voiced by Zachary Levi, and the lost princess negotiate a deal, resulting in a thrilling adventure that shows Rapunzel who she truly is while inevitably falling for her hero. Disney deviated from the normal routine of princes rescuing princesses with this film. The animated characters are given more human traits than those of other Disney fairy tales. From the villain to the sacrificial hero, each character has upped their archetypal statuses. The evil witch, Mother Gothel, upholds a
hideous persona and acts in ways more devious than Scar or Jafar ever would. The ominous colors displayed while the witch performs her theme song, “Mother Knows Best,” demonstrates her villainous character. The hero was not what audiences would expect. To obscure his criminal background, Eugene Fitzherbert uses the alias of “Flynn Ryder” in hopes of fulfilling his dreams of becoming rich and popular. His character was realistic because most encounter his type: the narcissistic man with a good heart. Then there is Rapunzel, who most expect to be delicate, poised and adorned with perfection from head to toe. Instead, Disney averted the princess repertoire and created her character to be dubious yet ambitious and child-like. She captivates attention with her wavering outlook on her new world. Two unlikely sidekicks color the film with comedic relief. A brave white stallion and a loyal chameleon support the protagonists in accomplishing their mission. The movie follows an unconventional plot that builds to an unthinkable climax. The ending, however, is a let-down. Disney fails to completely venture from its traditional storytelling by reverting back to the typical “happily ever after” ending. “Tangled” presented a refreshing take on the classic story, though it did stray from the original Grimm Brothers’ storyline. It would not have been appropriate for younger audiences had it included some of the written work’s morbid details and tragic depictions. “Rapunzel” has been instantly transformed from a literary work to a feature film, and only Disney could have made it appealing to all age groups.
Young Hollywood stars escape previous patterns by Ashley Davenport Asst. managing editor
Whether starring in a major motion picture or recording a hit record, child stars reflect Hollywood’s new fad. These talented young stars take Hollywood by storm. Child stars have always been a part of the entertainment profession, but in recent decades there has been an increase in young celebrities. With the formation of Nickelodeon in 1979 and the Disney Channel in 1983, kids and teens can get a chance at stardom. Recent “Hollywood babies” include 9-year-old Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Her debut single, “Whip Your Hair,” is currently No. 5 on
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ATTRACTIONS The Smashing Pumpkins Verizon Wireless Theater Dec. 5
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The band is on tour promoting their new album, “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. II: The Solstice Bare.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $57 to $88.
The Chronicles of Narnia PG-13 Dec. 10
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C.S. Lewis’ novels continue with the next book of his series coming to theaters. In “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia.
The Nutcracker Wortham Theater Nov. 26 - Dec. 26
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The landmark play returns for the holiday season. Doors open at 2 p.m. for matinee showings and 7:30 p.m. for regular performances. Tickets range from $27 to $92.
Cedric the Entertainer
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The renowned funny man brings new material for his show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $73 and can be purchased at www.stubhub.com.
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SPB improves winter dance
Student Programming Board’s changes to winter formal will not only make the dance more affordable for students but should also boost attendance. By removing the ticket costs ranging from $10 to $15, SPB made the dance more accessible to all students, particularly those of lesser economic means. The University’s student population consists of people from different social backgrounds. Many can barely afford tuition, let alone tickets for a dance. These students should not have to sacrifice attending certain campus life events because of socioeconomic differences. Campus events are designed to unify the student body, promote school spirit and provide students with an opportunity to socialize outside of class. Events, such as the dance, and other aspects of campus
life create the college experience that all students deserve to have. Ticket prices for events may prevent some students from attending and deprive them of an important facet of campus life. SPB also loosened the dress code for the event, choosing a more general “dress to impress” attire, rather than encouraging students to make high-priced purchases for prom-like apparel. The cost of an expensive outfit burdens those with limited budgets. It also turns attending an event into a chore as people try to search for the acceptable attire. The way SPB and student life approached the dress code allows students to spare their wallets while still enjoying the decorum of a dance. The dance has not been well attended in the past, according to Becky Crandall, assistant director
Break passes quickly
Winter break plays a trick on study-weary students every year. After months filled with course assignments, calendar dates show blanks and promise opportunities for time to accomplish all that was pushed aside during the semester. A month without schoolwork seemingly provides time to watch the movies that received such great reviews, catch up with the friends who have not been heard from since the summer, take the road trips that served as subjects of in-class daydreams, and work a few more hours in order to save for tuition and books next semester. To-do lists mentally composed while studying for finals and writing research papers inspire students in the last days of a semester, but they have one notable flaw.
These aggressively-planned itineraries soon include a number of activities which cannot be completed in a timeframe that turns out to be shorter than imagined. Working through final papers and reviewing for end-of-semester tests, I have constructed an overly optimistic winter break to-do list. Reading through the stacks of magazines covering my desk and the hip-high pile of books will not be possible. Trips out of town and to the movie theaters will be limited by work schedules. It becomes too easy to be convinced of all that can be done without school and homework in the way. I guess I’ll have time after graduating. I’m just sayin’.
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of campus activities. Removing the ticket cost and relaxing the dress code will give students more reasons to attend. Students now have nothing to lose by attending the dance, but they do have something to gain. They have an opportunity to inter-
act with fellow students, meet new friends and develop a greater sense of school spirit. The event offers students a night to relax before enduring the stress of finals week. The changes SPB made to Winter Formal should result in a better event and improve campus life.
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Not providing Santa Claus with cookies and milk on Christmas Eve is akin to forgetting your mother’s birthday — a cruel and unusual punishment for someone so deserving. Ungrateful unbelievers who do not leave treats for St. Nick deserve piles of coal. While supplying Santa with sustenance ensures the acquisition of presents other than coal, students should keep in mind that the he has begun to show his age. His eyes are not twinkling as much as they used to, and his belly has grown much larger than his bag of presents. Despite his age and massive girth, Santa deserves a break as he travels around the world delivering presents on the most important night of the year. Believers should make every effort to accommodate St. Nick, and should continue to leave out cookies and milk for this noble spirit. His health, however, needs to be taken into consideration whenever believers leave him treats. As the father figure for American consumerism, Santa needs to be protected against the onslaught of obesity and other health-related issues that come from ingesting too many sweets. This year, in the true spirit of healthy giving, leave oatmeal cookies and low-fat milk to help Santa keep the cheer on and the pounds off.
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Socks and underwear.
Lily Lopez junior
Should people leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus?
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What would be worse than receiving coal for Christmas
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Clothes that don’t fit.
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Not spending it with family.
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DECEMBER 2, 2010
TIMEOUTwith... Destini Texada
Pos: Forward Ht: 6’0” Classification: Sophomore
Averages 11.9 points per game this season What is the best basketball video game? “NBA Live.” What song would you sing on American Idol? “How It Feels To Fly” by Alicia Keys. Who is your favorite athlete? Michael Jordan. by BRANDON PORTER
Senior guard Tia Jackson drives to the basket against the University of Portland on Nov. 27.
Husky Classic yields two losses for host
Turnovers continue to plague Huskies this season by Brandon
The women’s basketball team, like the men’s team, chose a tough schedule to start the season and still seeks its first win against an NCAA opponent. Playing programs like the University of Louisville and a ranked Texas Christian University team led to two losses, but sophomore forward Destini Texada said the experience of playing talented programs helps the team quickly improve. “We can’t get better without playing good competition,” Texada said. “When we play good teams, we know what we have to work on.” The University held the Husky Classic in Sharp Gym Nov. 26-27,
hosting the University of MissouriKansas City, Lamar University and the University of Portland. The Huskies began the tournament Nov. 26 against UMKC and they scored at least 20 points in both halves for only the second game this year, The Huskies trailed the Kangaroos by two at the half, their best first half since a 25-24 halftime deficit on Nov. 19 against Norfolk State University. UMKC led by four with 13 minutes to play before going on a 6-0 run and holding on for a 59-50 win. The Huskies finished the tournament Nov. 27 against the University of Portland. Turnovers and a lack of rebounds led to an 80-59 defeat. The Pilots outrebounded the Huskies 50-29, and the Huskies gave up 26 turnovers leading to 22 points for Portland. Although there were mental mistakes with the turnovers, the offense scored a season high by nine points against NCAA programs.
The Huskies had a better shooting percentage in both field goals (.478-.429) and 3-point shots (.500.364) than the Pilots in the first half, but the Huskies turned the ball over 16 times and trailed by 14 points at halftime. Even though the Huskies are 1-7, head coach Mary Gleason said performance is all that matters with her young team. “I never care what the score is,” Gleason said. “I just care how we play.” Junior guard Megan Green said that with the new offensive and defensive systems that Gleason has installed this year, the team can see the potential of the program. “We have a much better work ethic, and we are definitely buying into the fact that we are going to be a better team,” Green said. “We do have a lot of potential.” The Huskies will play three consecutive road games in December before returning home on Dec. 21 to face Rice University at Sharp Gym.
Optimism remains for men’s basketball by Brandon Porter Sports editor
The Huskies no longer look like they are just the nation’s best NAIA program but resemble a blossoming NCAA team. There may be reason to panic if every game played by the men’s basketball team turns out like the homecoming game, but they have improved. While the team remains winless at 0-6, fans should remain optimistic that this Huskies team can win the Great West Conference. The schedule that the team has faced thus far would be tough for any team in the NCAA. Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 11, back-to-back Southland Conference opponents in Northwestern State University
on Nov. 15 and the University of Texas at Arlington on Nov. 20 and the Pacific 10’s Arizona State University on Nov. 25 are programs that no team should overlook. Even with this tough start, the Huskies were competitive in every game and probably should have won several.
The Huskies cut Oklahoma State’s lead to only eight points with seven minutes left at Stillwater. In Natchitoches, La., the Huskies quickly cut Northwestern State’s lead to six early in the second half without senior forward Andrew Gonzalez, who has averaged 20 points and 4.4 rebounds
per game this season. At Sharp Gym, the Huskies led UT-Arlington by six early in the second half. Arizona State led by only six with fewer than six minutes left in Anchorage, Alaska. But the Huskies lost all of these games in the same way: late-game collapses, turnovers and, except for the Northwestern State game, being outrebounded. In those four games, the Huskies gave up 19 more rebounds and 14 more turnovers. They also gave up late runs of 13-0, 7-0, 9-0, and 14-4 that cost them any chance of creating an upset. Gonzalez, sophomore guard Miles Dixon, senior guard Michael Moss, and junior forward Terry Bembry are having good seasons, even with five games on the road. Optimism should remain high for the Huskies as the schedule gets a little easier and closer to home.
If you were an animal, which one would you be? A white tiger. What is the best Baugh food? Chicken and vegetables. Nike or Reebok? Nike. What is the best arcade game? “Pac-Man.” What is your favorite Adam Sandler movie? “Big Daddy.” If you had a magic carpet, where would you fly? Bora Bora. What is your favorite part about basketball? Competing. What would you use to kill a zombie? My Bible. Where is your favorite place you have competed? The University of Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. Assists: 16
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