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Immigrants targeted for theft


Miguel Davila came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant three years ago from the small town of Acatzingo, Mexico, after hearing that hard work was greatly rewarded in this country. However, this past summer Davila became a victim of wage theft. Davila, 28, who requested for his real name to be changed, was looking for work in the Longpoint area when someone hired him to re-roof a building and add air conditioners. After Davila finished, the employer said that he didn’t like the roof and he was not going to pay him. “The employer even accused us of stealing some of the air conditioners, but they each weighed about 5 tons. In order to lift any of them, I would’ve needed a crane,” said Davila. The employer threatened to call the police if Davila didn’t leave the premises. “I knew that my word wasn’t going to measure up to his,” said Davila, who did not receive any payment for a week’s worth of work at the re-roofing job. “So I just left.” Officer Rafael Pantoja, who has been a Houston Police Department officer for almost 14 years and who is an active member of the League of United Latino American Citizens, is in charge of speaking to the public about the rights of day laborers. “The first and most essen-

tial thing to do after a crime has been committed against anybody is to call the police,” said Pantoja. “Immigrants should not be afraid to contact an officer.” Pantoja said this because the Houston Police Department cannot ask for a person’s immigration status. “Immigrants always have the right to defend themselves,” said Pantoja. Undocumented day laborers are specifically targeted by those committing wage theft. Cesar Espinosa, an immigration rights activist for 10 years and director of America Para Todos, has worked closely with undocumented day laborers. His work has included speaking to them on the street corners where they wait for work. “Criminals go after these workers because they are paid cash the majority of the time,” said Espinosa. “This criminal activity makes our communities less safe and it makes the workers fearful.” Espinosa added, “That’s why the U.S. needs immigration reform passed, so we’ll have single-class citizens. If these people have paperwork, it will take their fear away.” The failing economy has also given way to a rising trend in wage theft. Officer Pantoja shared how the economy has worsened the fear illegal immigrants have with their employers.

Day laborers desperately sit and wait in the hot Houston sun for an opportunity at a job with pay.


“Fewer people are being picked up for jobs,” said Pantoja. “Now when a job finally comes up, workers are hesitant to tell the employer to pay at least part of the payment upfront.” Jorge Rocha, 32, an undocumented worker, was a near victim of wage theft. Rocha, who asked that his named be changed due to his

immigration status, was picked up by an employer in southwest Houston to unload plants from 18 wheelers. Rocha and the other workers were supposed to be paid five dollars per hour but were only paid a combined $20 for 10 hours of work. “I remember the employer telling us, ‘you better take it or I’m calling immigration’,” said

Rocha. Rocha and the other men were paid their full wages after another worker threatened to call the police on the employer. “I don’t know how that worker had the guts to do that,” said Rocha, “but I made sure to find out what my rights were as a

for many years, believes that construction of the light rail would not do anything to solve the problem of highway congestion nor would it attract more metro riders. “Houston does not have the population for a light rail and people are in love with their cars,” Rodriguez said. According to Rodriguez, the only outcome of the expansion of Metro Rail to the East End would be the closing of many businesses, impacting a community already struggling in this economy. “People will not take the extra effort to come to businesses on Harrisburg when they completely

shut the street down,” said Rodriguez. “They will go elsewhere.” Rodriguez believes that the Metro did not properly plan this construction. The latest controversy concerning the construction of the East End line is the addition of a bridge that would cross over the freight tracks located on Harrisburg near 65th street. The addition of a bridge to the project is fatal to businesses located under the projected overpass. “Those businesses would be wiped out,” said Mrok.

Metro Rail growth sparks mixed feelings By CARLOS VALENZUELA For many business owners and organizations in the predominantly Hispanic East End, construction of the Metro Rail expansion, which will connect the neighborhood to downtown Houston, has become a nightmare. Mark Mrok, owner of Lenox BAR-B-Q, worries that his customers will have a hard time finding and gettting to the barbecue restaurant on Harrisburg Boulevard once the construction takes full flight. “Just last week a customer who was due to pick up an order for a party missed my restaurant four times because he could not see the signs thanks to the heavy machinery parked in front of

my parking lot,” said Mrok who noted that revenue has already dropped 50 percent. Across the street from Mrok’s restaurants is Anna’s Stop and Go store. The manager Anna also fears that once construction workers completely block Harrisburg Boulevard with heavy machinery, her commuter customers will no longer be able to access her store.

“My only customers will be people who can come walking dropping my revenue and possibly forcing me to close,” said Anna. Businesses will not be the only ones affected. Organizations and community centers such as Barrio Student Center will also be affected. According to Ray Rodriguez, who runs the center, the students who come to tutoring every day will be among the people hurt by the construction on Harrisburg. Rodriguez, who has been active in the East End community

see THEFT, page 8

see METRO RAIL, page 2

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No time to get away? Work weekends? Busy with school? Still want to grow in your realtionship with God?

Busy Persons’ Retreat: • Participants will commit to: •30 minutes of prayer using Sacred Scripture •30 minutes meeting with a Spiritual Director •30 minutes Communal Prayer


Construction workers in front of Lenox BBQ restaurant, one of the businesses on Harrisburg Boulevard directly affected from the construction.


continued from page 1 In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Gulf Coast freight rail district, stated that the bridge is “projected to be 2,000 feet long and 26 feet tall.” The project, which is due to be concluded by 2014 for a cost of $390 million for the East End line alone, was well received during the early stages by having the support of 86 percent of East End residents in a 2003 election. According to Metro, the project will revitalize an area that is known as an industrial sector.

The project as a whole would include four other lines, including one to the University of Houston. This would add 60,000 jobs and cost $1.46 billion according to the Houston Chronicle. The 3.3 mile line which will begin at the Magnolia Transit Center is predicted to carry 8,500 people for the first year and Metro hopes those numbers will increase with time. Still, not all agree. “Metro will take away my children’s and family’s future if they continue constructing the rail line through Harrisburg. Metro should go away from here,” said Anna.

• Retreat begins Sunday, October 10, 2010: 5:00 p.m. Introduction Session and Mass • Monday-Thursday, October 11th-14th- 30-30-30 as above • Thursday, October 14th: 5:30 p.m. Closing Session For more information / registration contact GIOVAN CUCHAPIN, CampusMinister Phone: (713) 748- 2529 E-Mail:

Letter from the Director


Election year rhetoric coupled with the Great Recession has made Hispanic Heritage Month 2010 the most important since it was enacted into law in 1988. Our community has been thrust in the spotlight this year and not enough of the coverage has been about the positive aspects of various Latin American cultures. Supposed “experts,” politicians and media companies have made considerable profits this year by oversimplifying and generalizing the Hispanic community. From September 15 to October 15 the constant barrage takes

a much needed siesta. This is the month we take control of our image and the whole country celebrates our heritage. It’s a month of celebration, pride, and remembrance as we eagerly anticipate the future. For these 30 days our community lets go of expectations placed upon us by others and embraces the richness of our culture. As the only collegiate newspaper in the Houston area that targets Hispanics, the staff at The Venture is proud to dedicate this month’s issue to Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a celebration that can never end.

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MMA’s Total Control By LAURA GOMEZ Mixed Martial Arts has seen a recent spike in its popularity since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. “The sport has been around forever. Ancient Greece had competitions similar to modern MMA. Nonetheless, it is only starting to make itself known here in the states,” said Chris Anzures, a member of UH’s shotokan karate team. MMA consists of an equation in which its several components must be used correctly to win. In the early stages of the sport, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, amateur wrestling and submission wrestling helped a competitor’s efficiency. “Right now I am only concentrating on kickboxing. I want to get that down first and then move on to Jiu-Jitsu or some type of striking style,” said Adolfo Chavarria, 15, who got in to MMA after watching a match. MMA has evolved to where fighters now need to have various strategies and knowledge of several martial arts to bring their opponent down. This change has led many critics to cite this sport as violent and aggressive. They have even gone as far as discrediting MMA of being a real sport, despite the

It’s not about strength or physical capability as much as it becomes a battle of will, desire, intellectual capability and heart


Two MMA fighters doing battle in the octagon. fact that the sport has increased safety regulations. “The sport is violent to a certain extent, but it has still proven to be much safer than boxing in many studies. In boxing you take many hits to the head, get knocked out, recover and then fight again,” said Anzures, a gold and silver winner in the National Karate Federation Competition. “I view MMA as the highest form of intellectual competition. It’s not about

strength or physical capability as much as it becomes a battle of will, desire, intellectual capability and heart. The smarter and quicker thinker will always win.” According to a 2006 study done by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 40.3 percent of MMA matches ended with at least one injured fighter. Facial lacerations being the most common injury (47.9%), followed by hand injuries (13.5%), nose

injuries (10.4%) and eye injury (8.3%). “In the beginning it was a big deal to convince my mom to let me practice and become a MMA fighter because how the sport portrays itself to people who don’t know much about it,” said Chavarria. Whether amateur or at the professional level, MMA is at the height of its publicity. There are video games, movies and reality shows based on this growing sport. It is now a multimilliondollar industry. The question is, once the fireworks go away will the sport survive or go up in smoke like others have? “There is no doubt in my mind that it will only continue to grow and exponentially become more popular as time goes on,” said Azuras, who has been training since he was 14 years old.

Designated Player Rule By ANTONIO CRUZ TREJO Major League Soccer made one of its most aggressive moves in 2007 by allowing teams to pick a designated player. The concept of the designated players was created to attract soccer stars from Europe and Latin America to play in the MLS. This allows a team to go over their salary cap to sign them. This rule was created in anticipation of David Beckham’s signing with the LA Galaxy. Beckham was the first player to sign under this new rule. The former England national team captain was signed from Spain’s Real Madrid under a five year contract worth more than $30 million on direct wages. Adding image rights and shares from clothing sales, which are valued at more than $200 million, Beckham became the highest paid player in the MLS. Beckham wasn’t the league’s first attempt to bring foreign talent to the MLS. Since the beginning of MLS, the league tried to get the attention of the public. This included the Latino market by attracting players like Carlos ‘Pibe’ Valderrama, Marco ‘Diablo’ Etcheverry and Jorge Campos. The real soccer boost came years later when the Chicago Fire signed Mexico’s Cuauhtémoc Blanco. “I remember when Cuauhtémoc went to Chicago. The Mexican press started to become interested in the MLS,” said Liliana Rosales, editor of Deportes

Katy Umana

Thierre Henry and Juan Pablo Angel are two of Red Bulls Designated Players Noticia. “I remember that the TV broadcaster Cadena Tres would broadcast MLS games in Mexico; that way we got to know the players, teams and stadiums.” All these signings brought more attention to the league and helped the league financially. The Beckham experiment proved that MLS had the potential to become an important commercial market and many teams became linked to the big stars in Europe. “In addition to the fact that there has been a definite growth in the pace and level of the game, designated players raise MLS popularity for American soccer fans because the majority of these players have some sort of established fan base due to their strong

professional backgrounds,” said Karla Larraga, the MLS public relations intern in New York. The summer of 2010 became the most exciting transfer period in MLS’s history. After the World Cup, veterans from all over the world were ready to move from their current teams to new and exotic leagues. MLS became the hot spot when the Seattle Sounders signed Blaise N’kufo. Seattle also signed Alvaro Fernandez who played for Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The bombshell of the summer came when it was announced that Thierry Henry was leaving Spain’s FC Barcelona for the Red Bulls in New York. Shortly after Henry’s signing, Rafael Marquez, captain

of the Mexican national team, signed with the Red Bulls as well. Even with these big name stars now playing in MLS there are still some skeptics who question the progress of the league. “I just don’t see the huge benefits of bringing veterans from European leagues besides ticket sales. I don’t think people who follow the various [European]leagues are that excited to see any of these players,” said Arlene Nicole, an ESPN contributor in Los Angeles. “MLS gets the used and abused instead of what I call the ‘European fresh’.”

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D.R.E.A.M Act

September-October, 2010

September-October, 2010


D.R.E.A.M Act?

I was more aware about Hispanic Heritage Month when I was little. My school would go on field trips to the Miller Outdoor Theatre for the festivals but I don’t see it as advertised as when I was little.

“I think that Hispanic

The following testimonies were written by Dreamers.

Giving my best

lings and I were used to living here and we loved school; we didn’t want to leave. My parents realized that in this country we would receive a better education so they decided to prolong our stay. During my junior year, I became part of the National Honor Roll; I proudly say that my name and my picture are in the National Honor Roll Book of 2008. In 2009, I applied to the University of Houston while being in the top five of my class with a 4.0 GPA. I was automatically accepted and I also became a member of a program for students in academic achievement. Now, at the age of 19, I am in my sophomore year of college and I have many plans for the future. Since I was brought here as a child, my plans and goals are in this country. However, there is a problem, I came here on a tourist visa and I’m “illegal.” This is starting to interfere with my dreams and goals. There are many things that I lack: a license, a good job, the opportunity of applying to scholarships or internships because of my legal status, complete freedom and many others. That is why I’ve become a Dreamer. The DREAM Act will change my life by giving me the opportunity to obtain the things that I want and to be able to give more to this country. I’ve given my best to this country and I want to continue that way.

Status on DREAM Act as of September 21, 2010. The implementation of the DREAM Act was blocked on September 21, 2010 by a vote of 56 - 43 in the U.S. Senate. It needed at least 60 votes to pass. The DREAM Act was attached to a critical military spending bill that included a provision to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which prohibits gay men and lesbians from openly serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

The DREAM Act is legislation designed to give undocumented students a pathway to permanent residency provided they meet certain requirements including at least two years of military service or a college degree.

In 2004, I passed through the hardest experience of my life. I had received the news that my mother had cancer. She started treatment but the doctors said that she was not going to make it. My siblings and I didn’t see her because she would spend every day at the hospital. After a long year of fighting against cancer, my mom finally won the battle despite what the doctors said. She now has to undergo treatment for the rest of her life, but we can happily say that she’s cancer free. My mom wanted to start a new life and experience something different to forget about the devastating illness that imprisoned her for a year. My parents decided that we should live in the U.S. for two years. That would be enough time for my siblings and I to learn English and for my mom to fully recover. My family and I arrived here on tourist visas in 2005. I enrolled in Houston for my freshman year of high school. It was a very difficult yet interesting year in my life in which I learned a new language, met new people and learned about different cultures. By the end of my sophomore year, I received recognition for being a honor roll student and for having perfect attendance. My mother was very healthy and everything was fine, but the two years that my family had planned to stay here had ended. My sib-

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“It’s nice that they

Heritage Month is under advertised. This is the first I’ve heard of it and I’m pretty sure none of my friends know it either. It would be great for everyone to know about it, they just need to

appreciate Hispanic culture for a month but personally, I’m proud of being Hispanic every single day. It’s good to have exposure about our cultures to let everyone know what we’re all

market it more.” -Conrad Limas

about.” -Whendoling Dominguez

-Mayra Mendez Hispanic Heritage Month is great because it shows how important Hispanic culture is in America and how much we value our

traditions. -Alejandra Liduena

“Coming from a culture that strongly represents itself, Hispanic Heritage Month is but another necessary event that opens the door to show our roots. Hispanic representation and diversity is important within a mixed society, it distinguishes us and

“I’m glad that they acknowledge that Latinos are a large and important part to the culture here, especially in Texas. It’s time to party - Latino style!” -Daniella Garcia

honors our ancestors.” -Rodrigo Aranguren

Editorial Cartoon

FRIDA VILLALOBOS The Venture Houston Mexican Consulate Bicentenario Celebration September 15, 2010.

My sad reality

Going through school, I never saw myself any different from the other students until I realized my lack of “papers” would slam the door of opportunity in my face. For some people, graduating is a dream come true; for others, like myself, graduating means having your dreams deferred indefinitely. I was brought to the United States at the age of six by my parents. They hoped to give my siblings and I a better life. In elementary and middle school, I excelled academically. Teachers and other students started to talk about college, but I kept quiet. I felt hopeless due to my undocumented status. My friends would ask about my future plans and all I could do is hold back my tears, smile and say, “I am not sure.” I finally got the courage to ask my counselor about my options as an undocumented student that wanted to continue into higher education. All she said was, “there is nothing I can do.” I felt trapped until I found the organization Jovenes Inmigrantes por un Futuro Mejor at Lee High School. I learned that I did have the option to attend college, but that I was limited to certain schools.

I applied to the University of Houston because it was the best option. To me, the college application process was frightening because I wanted to ensure they classified me as a state resident. Texas offers DREAMers in-state residency if they meet certain requirements, which I did. I was finally accepted into the University of Houston. During my first two years at UH, the financial aid I received covered less than half of my tuition. The rest I paid from my own pockets. To cover tuition, I held different jobs. My mother, whom I thank God for, has always been by my side to help me financially. In college, I still felt alone. I didn’t disclose my immigration status to many people. As I slowly began to reveal my situation to close friends, the common reaction was “how do you do it?” After taking their questions time and time again, I knew that I had to find a way to educate the community and help those that felt as isolated as I did. I became more involved with JIFM and helped establish Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha. My goal is to empower stu-

dents that were in my situation to pursue higher education and educate our community about the various resources that are available to them. I graduated from the University of Houston in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and minor in Mexican American Studies. As I walked on the stage to recieve my diploma, I couldn’t explain my feelings. I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions once again. I achieved my goal but what’s next? I am not able to work in my field due to my immigration status. It is the sad reality that many of my fellow DREAMers face after graduating college. The fate of many undocumented students lies with Congress, voters and President Barack Obama to pass the DREAM Act. This piece of legislation would give us hope once again and a chance to live a productive life in the country that we grew up in. I am 23 years old and the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. Now I am pursuing a Masters in Social Work. I only ask for an opportunity to fully engage in my career once I finish my masters.


Fiestas Patrias parade in Downtown.


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Creative Cars in Houston Heights By JAIRO RAZO

The Art Car Museum in the Heights is the perfect escape for a college student on a tight budget. According to Jim Hachett, the museum curator, the Art Car Museum is a privately funded contemporary art museum that has been around for 12 years. The museum has 12 cars in their collection but also displays cars on loan from the community. The free admission museum that is also known as the “Garage Mahal” holds four to five art shows a year. At the first glance, the outside looks peculiar. The building resembles a house that the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz would live in. From the moment you step off the sidewalk, an automobile immediately puts you in a state of awe. A ten-foot horse before the museum’s doors also greets visitors. “This is the only art car museum in the world,” said Alicia Duplan, the museum’s assistant curator. For Duplan, Houston has the most organized art car movement in the nation. “Houston is the art car mecca,” said Duplan. The current exhibit depicts the life of Barbara Jones through her paintings alongside the art cars. Jones is a former University of Houston student who passed


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Car advocating non-violence, created by Shelley Buschur and CodePink Houston. away in 2009. Her vibrant use of colors creates still-life and symbolic pieces. One room that contains the piece “Girls with Guns” shows disapproval for senseless violence. “People are either horrified or intrigued,” said Duplan about “Girls with Guns.” “It just makes them think.” Aside from the works of Jones, another art car on display caught the attention of visitors. The car, including the steering wheel and stick shift, was covered in seashells. “It was my favorite piece,” said Veronica Esqueda, a first-time visitor. “It’s mindboggling how

someone can create something so beautiful.” The museum’s main goal is to get the community to appreciate an alternative style of art. “It is a great thing,” said Duplan. “I know nothing else on the planet that brings as much joy and happiness to the people involved.” The museum, located at 140 Heights Blvd., is free to everyone and is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 713-861-5526 or visit www.

The Health Museum of Houston By DARLENE CAMPOS

Giant intestines, oversized eyeballs and a walk-through brain. What more could a nineyear-old boy want in a museum? Nothing according to Katy Martinez, a Houston mother whose young son loves going to the Health Museum, which offers a bounty of anatomical attractions. “My son loves coming to the Health Museum,” said Martinez. “The human body really interests him and he learns so much in such a fun way thanks to the Health Museum. He’s already saying that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.” The Health Museum, which is located on 1515 Hermann Drive and is next door to the Children’s Museum, opened in 1996. Since then, it has continued to expand its interactive mix of science, medical and educational offerings. In 2008, the museum opened You: The Exhibit, a 2,500-square-

foot permanent exhibit that features everything from a life-o-meter that estimates someone’s life expectancy to a bike-riding skeleton that shows how the human body works when operating a bicycle. The Age-OMatic shows a computer image of what a person might look like 30 years into the future, as well as the effects of overeating and smoking. Also available on display is a pair of human lungs – one from a healthy adult and the other the lung from a smoker. In the center of the You exhibit is the Amazing Body Pavilion, which is surrounded by a giant brain and a ribcage. Inside this pavilion is 27.5 foot intestine, a memory within the giant brain, functioning vocal cords, clogged arteries and an eyeball to teach visitors about visual perception. “Being a physician with a focus on nutrition, health has always been a passion for me,” said Miguel Ortiz, a visitor to the museum. “With all the interactive

Inside the Amazing Body Pavilion.

activities here, health becomes a passion for anyone who visits. It’s hard to be bored at this museum.” In June 2010, the Health Museum partnered with the University of HoustonDowntown and Duke University to host a health conference for high school students interested in medical science. Next spring, the museum will host a special 3,000 square foot exhibit about dermatology called “Touch.” The exhibit is currently being planned by the American Academy of Dermatology. Visitors will be able to learn about their own skin, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, tattoos and how skin heals after a cut. “I love bringing my grandson here,” said Eloisa Moncayo, a Houston grandmother. “Every time we come, he learns something new. We always have a good time.” Admission for adults is $8 and $6 for kids 3-12 years old and senior citizens. Museum members and toddlers 2 years and under have free admission. You: The Exhibit is free to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday thanks to sponsorship by H-E-B. Other special exhibits require tickets for Thursdays. The Health Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about the Health Museum, please call 713-521-1515 or visit www.


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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez en su primer juego con Manchester United.

Antes que se jugó un partido en Sud África y ya que se acabo el mundial la ciudad de Manchester y el país de México estaban y se mantiene con la euforia sobre Javier “Chicharito” Hernández. El delantero Mexicano se convirtió en una estrella internacional con sus goles en los últimos meses. “Estábamos buscando talento joven”, dijo Sir Alex Furgeson en una entrevista para “Lo estábamos mirando desde el Octubre del 2009. Los reportes eran buenos. Pero nos preocupo cuando llego a la selección Mexicana. No lo queríamos perder después del mundial”. Hernández debuto con Manchester en Julio contra las estrellas de la MLS, y anoto su primer gol que dejo a Furgeson sonriendo desde la banca. “He estado esperando este día, le agradezco a Sir Alex Furgeson por su confianza”, dijo Hernández en una entrevista para “Estoy viviendo un sueño y voy a trabajar duro.” Hernández no es el único mexicano que ha llegado a Europa. Este verano Efraín Juárez firmo con el Celtic de Escocia, y Pablo Barrera firmo con el West Ham de Inglaterra. Los tres mexicanos ya anotaron, Hernández lleva tres goles con Manchester en cuatro juegos, Juárez anoto contra Braga en la liga de campeones, y Barrera anoto el penal decisivo contra el Deportivo la Coruña. Con jugadores en equipos como el Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Celtic, Tottenham y PSV el futuro de la selección se llena con talento renovado, la nueva generación busca romper barreras y la mentalidad de si se puede a si se pudo. “Yo creo que todos los Mexicanos que han firmado por equipos Europeos ha ensenado como el nivel del futbol Mexicano ha

subido”, dijo Héctor Espinoza un aficionado de futbol mexicano, y estudiante de la universidad de Houston. “Sigue Guillermo Ochoa, el es el mejor arquero en la CONCACAF y tiene todo el derecho de jugar en Europa”. Desde que México gano el mundial sub-17 en Perú nombres como Carlos Vela y Giovanni Dos Santos han renovado el optimismo en la selección mayor. El objetivo ahora es ganar y avanzar el nivel con la base que dejaron nombres como Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Rafael Márquez y Gerardo Torrado. Una vez la base de la selección estos ídolos Mexicanos fueron los que viajaron a Europa con nuestros sueños de avanzar y crecer el nivel en México. Blanco, Márquez, y Torrado jugaron en España y poco a poco llego la revolución Mexicana en Europa. Andrés Guardado Guillermo Franco, Fráncico Fonseca y Carlos Salcedo llegaron a Europa después de la copa mundial en 2006. Fráncico Javier Rodríguez y Omar Bravo pronto siguieron. “La experiencia les va ayudar no nomas a los jugadores si no a México”, dijo Christopher Aranzábal. “Va hacer difícil, pero cuando se acostumbren no tengo duda que van a jugar bien.” El fracaso en Sud África con no obtener la meta de meterse entre los mejores diez países deja el futuro para llegar no solo entre los diez mejores pero poder ser el mejor. “Yo creo que muchos de nuestros jugadores grandes han llegado a Europa”, dijo Christina Rodríguez. “Son jóvenes y eso es muy bueno para México y nuestro próximo mundial. Ellos son el futuro”. El próximo examen para la selección Mexicana será la Copa de Oro en el 2011 y la Copa América. La nueva generación tendrá dos oportunidades para empezar en buen pie llegando a la próxima copa del mundo en Brasil 2014.

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Por DARLENE CAMPOS Hombre, déjame explicar, explicar por ejemplo, tus ojos. Tus ojos, son oscuros como las noches bellas, y son claros como las estrellas brillantes. Hay una luz en tus ojitos, una luz inmensa que me lleva al cielo, una luz que nunca se apaga. Disculpe, pero mis palabras no pueden explicar. Hombre, y tu cabello, ese cabello me da escalofríos. Que cabello tan maravilloso, como una tela hecha de oro. Que hilos tan suaves, como tocar una nube. Pues, no hay suficientes palabras. Hombre, tu cara, ¡pero que cara tienes! Que cara tan hermosa, yo no puedo creer tu cara. Cuando te vi ese día inolvidable, me volví ciega para siempre. Ahora, solo tengo visión para tí. Perdóname otra vez, no puedo explicar.

Hombre, tu pecho, y que pecho. Cómo puedo decirte? La verdad es, ya no tengo ni quiero una almohada. Tu pecho es mi almohada, la almohada donde duermo y donde sueño. Y otra vez, no sé como explicar. Hombre, te digo esto: tú eres el aire que respiro, mi paraguas en la lluvia, y el agua de mi desierto. Eres el gozo de mi vida, mi querido, mi corazón, mi mejor sueño, y mi mejor realidad. Hombre, dime, cómo, pero cómo puedo decirte? No sé como empezar ni como terminar. Te tengo entre mis brazos y suavemente, te doy un beso en tus labios. Será que las palabritas que quiero decir son estas? Te Amo.

¿Sabes que es una relación saludable?


¿Tienes novio (a)? ¿Te gusta alguien? ¿Tienes amigos (a) que están “saliendo” con alguien? ¿Alguna vez te has preguntado que es una relación saludable? Aunque no estés con una pareja, ¿no crees que sea bueno saberlo? Lo es, especialmente cuando las estadisticas dicen que Cada año 1 de 4 jóvenes reportan abuso verbal, físico, emocional o sexual. Hablemos de lo que significa el abuso

Te explico… Abuso Físico: Golpear, arañar, estrangular, restringir los movimientos de alguien. Abuso Emocional: Humillar o avergonzar a alguien, ponerle apodos, amenazar con herir alguien, culparlo de problemas. Abuso Sexual: Forzar a alguien a tener relaciones sexuales o tocar a alguien de maneras no deseadas, impedir que use

contracepción. Comportamiento dominante: impedir que alguien pase tiempo con sus amigos o familia, decirle que ropa ponerse, lo que tiene que hacer o llamadas constates de control. De la misma manera debes de aprender a definir lo que es una relación saludable. En las relaciones saludables, las parejas se demuestran respeto mutuo, honestidad, confianza, comparten sus pensamientos y sentimientos y están dispuestos a llegar a un entendimiento y a resolver problemas cuando estos surjan. En una relación saludable se maneja la ira y las emociones de manera positiva. En lugar de gritar o de golpear a alguien, busca cosas que te relajen como el ejercicio, practicar deporte o escribir en un diario.

En una relación saludable se negocian soluciones de manera constructiva y que ayuden ambas partes. En una relación saludable se respeta la palabra “NO” Si no quieres tener relaciones sexuales con tu novio (a) es tu derecho decir que NO. Otro dato importante, 60% de violaciones en universidades ocurre entre parejas de novios. Muchos jóvenes se sienten presionados a tener relaciones con sus parejas por obligación y esto NO DEBE de ser así. Tu cuerpo es solo tuyo y nadie tiene derecho sobre él, solo tú.

Tienes derecho a… Que siempre se te trate con respeto- tu pareja siempre debe de verte como un igual. Que nadie te lastima emocionalmente o físicamente- te tienes que sentir seguro en la relación

todo el tiempo Vivir libre de abuso- el abuso nunca es merecido y nunca es tu culpa. Conflictos deben de ser resueltos con calma. Tener amigos y actividades fuera de tu relación con tu novio (a)- pasar tiempo con tu familia, amigos sean hombres o mujeres es normal y saludable A terminar la relación- no debes de ser presionada (o), amenazada (o) o ser culpada (o) por querer terminar una relación. Tú tienes el derecho a terminar la relación por cualquier razón que tú decidas. La universidad es súper divertida pero es importante mantenerse seguro. Infórmate sobre recursos disponibles en tu “campus”, camina en grupo por la noches y siempre repórtate con alguien de confianza y déjale saber donde estas. Aprende los números del Departamento de

policías de tu universidad o servicio de taxi. Si necesitas mas información para ti o para una amistad llama al Centro De Mujeres y con gusto te ayudaremos. Tenemos dos líneas de ayuda de 24 horas disponibles. De Violencia Domestica 713-528-2121 De Asalto Sexual 713-528-7273 El Mes de Octubre es el mes de Concientacion del Violencia domestica, si te quieres involucrar no dudes en buscarnos en Facebook “Fans of the Houston Area Women’s Center” ¡¡ Espero que tengas un excelente Semestre! Frida Villalobos Centro de Mujeres del Área De Houston


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worker after that.” According to the Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, an organization which helps laborers learn about their rights and meet with attorneys, $2,088,949 was the documented stolen wages from June 2007 to June 2010. During this same period, 716 cases were brought to HIWJC that involved 1,519 migrant workers. With their help, workers have been able to recover about $404,343.

Laura Boston, director of HIWJC, believes that standing up to one employer can help your community as a whole. “The employers are going to think if someone files a wage theft case against them, they’re going to think twice about doing it to another employee. This isn’t just about you; this is about changing the situation for all low-wage workers in Houston,” said Boston. “It’s about doing something for your people.” Davila’s vision of a better

future still remains with him after his ordeal. “I came to this country to work. I’m not going to stop looking for work because of this one incident,” said Davila. “I now know it’s illegal for them to do this to us, but I still don’t see why some people can’t understand that we’re just trying to have a better life.”

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Did you know...

This October National Breast Cancer Awarness Month celebrates 25 years. ( Men get breast cancer too. This year according to the American Cancer Society, around 1, 700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer can hit at any age. In women ages 15 to 54 breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. (

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The Venture: Sept - Oct 2010  
The Venture: Sept - Oct 2010  

Hispanic Heritiage Month issue. Issue includes article on immigrants targeted for theft, the DREAM Act, and student thoughts HHM.