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Animals on campus find friends in some students, but may pose a risk BY KRYSTAL OBLINGER The Prospector Jesus Navarrete, junior biological sciences major, used to help feed Minnie, a small cat that would come by the Honors House every day. Recently, the cat disappeared and no one could figure out what happened. “Over the summer, we noticed there was a cat that kept hanging around here,” Narvarrete said. “We ended up bringing cat food and setting up bowls of water for her. One day, we saw that she wasn’t alone. She had had a litter of four kittens. She

could have passed away or someone could have taken her home. We’d like to think that is what occurred, but we just don’t know.” Students established the Cat University Rescue Effort in 2001 due to reports that individuals were hurting animals around campus, including cats and skunks. They are now called the Cat Rescue Organization. “We’ve seen people throwing rocks for no reason just because people think the cats on campus are dirty,” said Rebecca Kowaleski, UTEP alumna and founder of CURE. “I wish people would just realize that they

(animals) are not hurting anyone and that they and all the other animals are a necessity.” Miriam Cabrera, also an alumna and co-founder of CURE, said that she became involved when she heard about the abuse the animals were experiencing on campus. “These animals help in many ways, from keeping the rodent and roach population down,” Cabrera said. “I remember if we found these animals trapped, we would release them because if they weren’t poked, they were

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Student Conference

Rainbow Miner Initiative to hold disscussion on issues affecting Queer community BY ADAM MARTÍNEZ The Prospector The student organization Rainbow Miner Initiative will be hosting the 2011 Queer Leadership and Scholastic Development Conference Nov. 11 at UTEP. The conference is a venue for dialogue about LGBTQIA issues through academic scholarship and activism. “We’ll be having different workshops and concurrent panel sessions,” said Jeannie Tran, senior biological sciences major and Rainbow Miner Initiative intern. “There will be four different blocks and within each block there will be two choices to attend, which will either be lectures, workshops, panel discussions, roundtable, just a wide assortment of information that we will be providing.” Tran said UTEP professors, graduate students and student organizations are among the participants in the confer-

ence who will share methods and ideas for researching queer issues across various disciplines. Participants will address issues of gender and sexuality, both inside and outside of academia. Among the topics discussed will be a presentation by Athena Matyear, senior organizational and corporate communications major, on gender and body issues called “Everybody’s Beautiful: Female, Male, No Gender, All Genders!” “We did a smaller version of it during Love Your Body week, but decided to do it again because it was successful. So we decided to bring this discussion to a larger audience,” Matyear said. “We will have people on our panel who have different gender identities talk about their experiences with gender, as it is only a social construct. We are going to be talking about the many layers of policing and how they negatively af-

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Dre Lara, English & American literature graduate student and Intern for Rainbow Miner Initiative, helps organize events for the 2011 Queer Leadership and Scholastic Development Conference.

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Post-9/11 GI-Bill delays affect student veterans BY ADAM MARTÍNEZ The Prospector The distribution of funds from the post-9/11 GI-Bill, which provides financial assistance for education and housing to military members who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001, was not paid in a timely manner this semester for some UTEP students. Congress approved a change to the GI Bill in January 2011, which went into effect in August. The changes included not paying benefits during school breaks and waiting for college drop deadlines to distribute funds. Some students, such as April Rumgay, freshman political science major, were forced to take out emergency loans as a result. “It was very last minute, so when I heard about it I was terrified, especially as an incoming freshman,” Rumgay said. “I thought the GI Bill would take care of it immediately. It was certainly a worry.” The changes instituted by Congress modified the regulations that determine the way Veteran Affairs verify eligibility and award calculations. Holly Denney, director of Military Support Services, said these changes have been coming in increments, which have caused some of the hold ups in funds. The main cause of the delay, according to Denney, is that it is taking longer for the Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students’ enrollment.

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Guest Column

In Memory of Adrian Joseph Bernal (1978-2011)

BY JOE TORRES AND FAMILY Special to The Prospector

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“Hey Yo!” is what my cousin always greeted me with. I could hear that from anywhere and I knew it was him without looking or thinking. Adrian was not only my cousin, but my fraternity brother. He was always taking care of me and looking out for me like a big brother. Since I’m only surrounded by sisters, he was the closest big brother I had. My big bro has mentored me from such a young age and I had always wanted to be like him. I truly consider him my role model. My brother Adrian has taught me so much about computers and he once stayed very late fixing my computer while teaching me how to fix it for the next time. He just didn’t want to quit for the night. I remember him calling me often just to see how I was doing and how school was going. We used to get lunch together and it was tough trying to pay for him. He never asked for any compensation or anything in return. He would just say, “That’s what brothers are for.” I am absolutely blessed for the memories and times we had together. The night when Gabriel came and we all went out and kicked it will always be in my memory. Adrian, I promise to cherish those for the rest of my life. My college graduation will be dedicated to you. I love you and I will never forget you brother.

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Adrian Joseph Bernal’s memory will always be kept alive through all of those who knew him and loved him. We are all thankful to have him for 33 years. You will never be forgotten. He is survived and loved by his wife, Monica Bernal; parents Bernadette and Darren Schulte; Arturo Bernal and Jennifer Cameron; Toni and Robert Gallegos; siblings Gabriel Bernal, Bobby Gallegos, Liz Frescas, Sandra Gallegos and all his nieces, nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Motorcyclists, in memory of Adrian Bernal, please always wear helmets, protective gear and drive safely. We all love you Adrian! You will be greatly missed.

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We are deeply saddened to note that Adrian Joseph Bernal passed away Oct. 26 in a tragic motorcycle accident. He was 33. Adrian’s life followed an extraordinary path of passionate service to his family and friends. He was a graduate student at UTEP and has left a huge void in our hearts. Adrian was a very gifted and hardworking individual. He had a passion for fixing computers, studying, being active in school, being involved with his fraternity (Omega Delta Phi), giving service to the U.S. Army ROTC and riding his dreaded motorcycle. Our beloved Adrian was also a dedicated family man. He had an enormous amount of love for his family and wife. He had mentored us all in just about everything. When we needed our computer fixed or any advice on technical problems, he was the one to call. Adrian has always been a very enthusiastic and optimistic person. He was never in a negative state of mind and always had a smile on his face. Other words to describe him: intelligent, selfless, dependable, helpful, organized, loving, humorous, witty and so much more. The UTEP Library was like a second home for Adrian. He studied hard and excelled in academics. He was a graduate student going for his Masters in public administration. He has also attained a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UTEP. Adrian loved school and loved being involved. The Brotherhood of Omega Delta Phi is honored to have him in our fraternity. Adrian loved all his fraternity brothers. He was very dedicated to community service, athletics and the well-being of the fraternity. His contributions will always be remembered. As an ROTC cadet, Adrian had given his all. He enjoyed the military lifestyle and doing P.T. with his fellow cadets. He had always wanted to join the military, but his dream was short lived.

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THE PROSPECTOR November 10, 2011

Queer Leadership and Scholastic Development Conference Transgender Health and Vulnerabilities

Presenter(s): Oralia Loza, UTEP Health Sciences Time: 10 a.m.– 10:50 a.m. Location: Union Building East Acacia Room102A

How the Stigma of Homosexuality Stems from the Bible

Presenter(s): Paul Landerman, UTEP Graduate Student Time: 10 a.m.– 10:50 a.m. Location: Union Building East Andesite Room 102B

Gender Diversity Across Different Cultures

Presenter(s): Aurolyn Luykx, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Time: 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Location: Union Building East Cactus Flower Room 102C

Positive Deviance in a Pre-DADT Military

Presenter(s): Richard S. Flores, UTEP Department of Political Sciences Luzmarina Garcia, UTEP Communication Studies and Political Sciences Time: 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Location: Union Building East Desert Canyon Room 102D

Keynote Speaker

Presenter(s): Karma Chávez Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:20pm Location: TBA

Spotlight problems with today’s youth: LGBT Obesity and Bullying on the Border

Presenter(s): Nicolas Silva, UTEP Border Biomedical Research Center Deborah Paz, UTEP’s division of the Texas Freedom Network Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Location: Union Building East Acacia Room 102A

Domestic Violence, Misogyny and Gender Roundtable

Presenter(s): Cesar Campa, Center Against Family Violence Jesse Arrieta, UTEP Advisor Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Location: Union Building East Andesite Room 102B

and the link between xenophobia and

Queer from page 1 fect people and their self-image, using body image as a prime example.”

Tran hopes the conference will give

Other events include a lecture by Oralia Loza, assistant professor of health sciences, on transgender health, religion and homosexuality, the military, domestic violence and the media. The keynote speaker is Karma

Presenter(s): Athena Matyear, UTEP Women’s Resource Center Intern Time: 2:30 p.m.– 3:20 p.m. Location: Union Building East Cactus Flower Room 102C

Sexuality and its Portrayal in the Online Realm

Presenter(s): Jesus Smith, UTEP Sociology Graduate Student Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Location: Union Building East Desert Canyon Room 102D

people the opportunity to be active in the community, especially towards LGBTQIA issues. “A lot of times, with conferences, you are bombarded with information, but what do you do with it?” Tran

Chávez, assistant professor of com-

said. “The theme for this year’s Queer

munication arts at the University of

History Month is advocacy through

Wisconsin-Madison. Chávez is co-

education, so with all the information

founder of the Queer Migration Re-

that we are going to give you, hope-

search Network, whose scholarship

Every Body’s Beautiful: Gender and Body Image Discussion

homophobia.

explores the relationships between gender, sexuality and immigration utilizing queer theory, feminist intersectional theories and critical race perspectives. Her discussion will

fully, will motivate you in order to actually do something.” For more information, call the Student

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Animals from page 1 taken by animal control and were basically put on death row.” Cabrera said that during her time at UTEP, the holes the cats and other animals had dug were filled with cement by the staff on campus, even if the animals were still inside. “We worked with environmental services to put kitty doors on these type of holes,” Cabrera said. “We went as far as setting up a system where we would catch the cats and send them to get neutered so that they could be released back into the wild, but we can’t do the same for the other animals that share the campus.” Kowaleski still aids the organization on campus by placing small housing, food and water stations out of sight for the cats. She said that recently the environmental health and safety department has complained that these stations bring out more than just cats. “It’s difficult to isolate feeding the animals because we cannot be out there waiting and watching to make sure that it is just cats eating the food. We see foxes come out and, of course skunks, and all of them eat together,” Kowaleski said. “There is never one picking a fight or causing problems from what we have seen, but people on campus just don’t want us feeding or providing shelter for any of the animals.” Kowaleski said that students leave many of the cats on campus, which adds to the feral cat problem. Much like Navarrete and the students at the Honors House, Jessica Veliz, resident life assistant at Miner Village, said she has seen students feeding the cats at the dorms. “We have cats come around in the evening,” Veliz said. “I’ve seen students go outside with them and give them food, which I would imagine makes them come back here every night. But they have never caused any type of problem since I have been here or when I was at Miner Heights, as well.” UTEP has no set policy about how to handle stray, feral or wild animals on campus, but Robert Moss, assistant vice president for environmental

Students bring awareness to Epilepsy By Henry Arrambide The Prospector

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Students in the Cat University Rescue Effort organization helped cats on the UTEP campus by placing small housing, food and water stations out of sight for the cats. health and safety, said that employees work to create a safe environment while attempting to preserve wildlife. “If we capture a feral animal, we will observe its behavior and assess whether the animal is safe to release back into the wild,” Moss said. “We will turn it over to animal control if it displays any threatening behavior that could not only affect students’ safety, but the well-being of other animals as well.” Larry Brunt, education specialist with El Paso’s animal services department, said that if an animal such as a cat or a dog is caught, the life expectancy for these animals is three days if they do not have a tag or identification of any kind. “If the animal has identification, it has six days before we put it down.” Brunt said. “We try everything in order to get the animal home, but if it is a cat, it is very rare that we find its owner. That is why we have so many.” Brunt also said the state of Texas has a policy that says that bats, foxes, skunks, coyotes and raccoons are not allowed into buildings alive. “These animals are to be killed on sight and their brains are to be sent

in for rabies testing,” Brunt said. “Coyotes and foxes are some of the most beautiful animals you can see and it really is sad if we have to kill them because they may not have rabies, but policy says that we have to handle it.” Adding to the problems are the changes to the surrounding landscape due to the construction on campus, which, Brunt said, have altered many of the natural habitats on or near campus. Moss said that any policy changes at UTEP would not guarantee that animal issues on campus would change. “A defined policy will not assure compliance, and even then, it all depends on what is in the policy and how it will affect the campus,” Moss said. “If someone sees someone throwing rocks at the animals or hurting or provoking the animals on campus at all, they should report the individual because whether or not there is a policy, that is behavior that is against the law.”

The Woman’s Resource Center at UTEP invites you to be a Secret Santa! Make a child happy this holiday season! Sponsor a child and make sure their letter to Santa is answered. Secret Santa letters are available for pick-up in the WRC Union West 112 on UTEP’S Campus. Gifts are due to Santa’s helpers by November 23rd. Gift Wrapping Party November 29th. For more information contact: The Woman’s Resource Center at (915) 747-5291

Henry Arrambide may be reached at prospector@utep.edu

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UTEP students are trying to raise awareness and debunk myths surrounding epilepsy throughout November as part of National Epilepsy Awareness Month. “Epilepsy is a disorder of inappropriate firing of neurons in the brain. While a seizure can happen in isolation, epilepsy is a recurring condition,” said Julian McCreary, student pharmacist intern at the Student Health Center. “I don’t know how it started or where it comes from, but a common misconception about people having seizures is to stick something in their mouth, like your fingers, to prevent them from choking. Don’t do that, it’s a good way to lose your finger. “ National Epilepsy Awareness Month is sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation, a national advocacy group dedicated to informing the public of the condition. While the foundation has no official affiliate in El Paso, a UTEP organization, Students For Awareness and Community Service (SFACS), will be hosting events throughout the month. “SFACS got involved with national epilepsy awareness month because the founder has epilepsy. Her goal for November was to promote awareness, educate people and to let people with epilepsy know that they are not alone,” said Tracy Lopez, junior physics major and president of SFACS. SFACS will be hosting a table every Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union Breezeway handing out information, lavender ribbons, raising money for the epilep-

sy foundation and educating people about proper recovery methods. “The reason why epilepsy in general is important is because it doesn’t receive enough support, attention and funding,” Lopez said. “In SFACS, we try to educate the student body and community.” Additionally, through the Epilepsy Foundation website, they are promoting a wide variety of activities that individuals can participate in to raise awareness on a small scale to spread the word. “It can be as extreme as in the movies or an absent seizure,” McCreary said. “That’s where a seizure victim pauses for a moment or has this blank stare. The best course of action when handling someone who goes into a seizure is to move stuff out of the way that may cause harm or be an immediate danger. Let the seizure run it’s course. You want to call 911 immediately, too.” According to the Epilepsy Foundation’s website, one in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime in their life. “I personally have not encountered anyone at UTEP who has had seizures,” said Jacquelyn P. Navarrete, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy. “But the best way to handle a situation is to call 911.” Epilepsy may be treated with drugs, surgery or special dietary modifications. Drug medication is the most common method, although medications tend to be for controlling different types of seizures and not the overall condition. For more information on epilepsy and the myths surrounding the medical condition, visit epilepsyfoundation.org.

“The bottom line, we were trying to minimize the risk of overpayments for the fall semester,” Denney said. The VA has been paying higher education institutions for classes that students end up withdrawing from after disbursement has already been made. This practice has prompted the VA to change their policy and certify payments after the drop deadline. In 2008, the GI Bill was amended to increase educational benefits for

veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001, which would cover more expenses, including providing a living allowance and money for books. The amended bill also offers veterans the opportunity to transfer their benefits to qualified dependents for up to 36 months. Denney estimates approximately 600 students at UTEP utilize the Post-9/11 GI-Bill. She hopes that students will receive payments in a more timely fashion in the spring semester. Denney said they have already begun

certifying schedules for the spring semester. She urges students to solidify their schedule prior to claiming benefits because any changes can cause disbursement delays. “I encourage our students to come in and get the paperwork started, because the sooner we can get them certified, the sooner payments can be made,” Denney said. For more information on the Post9/11 GI-Bill and other benefits, visit gibill.va.gov/benefits. Adam Martínez may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.


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Women’s basketball season opener vs. Idaho state 1:05 p.m. Nov. 12 at the don haskins center

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Experienced UTSA opens season for young team UTEP looks By Frankie Rodriguez The Prospector In their first regular-season match, UTEP will take on UT-San Antonio at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Don Haskins Center. For the second year in a row, the Miners will face the task of opening the season against a Division-1 opponent that finished with a 20-win season. This is the fifth time in school history that UTEP has begun a season in such a manner. UTSA is returning 12 letter-winners from last year’s 20-14 season as they won the Southland Conference tournament title, clinching the school’s first 2011 NCAA Tournament berth in any sport. In addition, four of their five starters are back from last year’s team. The Roadrunners beat Alabama State 70-61 in the opening round then fell to top-seed Ohio State 75-46 in the round of 64. Contrary to UTSA, the Miners have the fifth-most inexperienced team in the country. UTEP returns just three letter-winners with their lone senior, forward Gabriel McCulley, out with an injury until Christmas. “We have a brand new group and they have not experienced a D-1 opponent yet. We are just trying to figure out a way to win,” head coach Tim Floyd said. “We are going to go out there and be as competitive as we possibly can and come out with a win and start learning how to win.” To come away with a win, the Miners must slow down the Roadrunners’ top scorers from last year, junior guard Melvin Johnson III and sophomore forward Jeromie Hill. In their exhibition game against Southeastern

Oklahoma State, they combined for 32 points. Last season Johnson III averaged 14.9 a game, while Hill averaged 13.4. “We just have a set based defense we run. We will try to gear things towards the two leading scorers on the team and try to limit those guys as best as we can,” Floyd said. One of the Miners’ struggles has been rebounding, dating back to last season. However, the Roadrunners did not have a player rebounding in 2010-11 in double figures with Hill leading the way with only 6.6 per game. “We have to win the battle on the boards and outrebound them,” freshman center Hooper Vint said. “We have to play great defense, we have to get back on defense and limit turnovers.” This will be the fifth meeting between UTSA and UTEP and the first since 1998, when the Miners defeated the Roadrunners 78-61. UTEP leads the series 4-0, in which three of those were at home. The Miners all-time record against the Southland Conference opponents is 29-2, including 24-1 in El Paso. The only loss came to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-72 in 2001. The newcomers have a feel for the collegiate level of play, but have yet to experience the challenges a Division-1 NCAA Tournament opponent will bring. “The season so far is feeling good. It is definitely a different level of basketball coming straight out of high school,” freshman forward Cedrick Lang said. “It is a good experience though and we will keep getting better.”

to qualify for NCAA at regionals By Krystal Oblinger The Prospector

net, get a lot more attempts during a match and play off the things she’s able to do for us.” As a middle blocker her freshman year, Horton was selected to the Conference-USA All-Freshman team and was second in kills for the season. She was also the only freshman ranked in the top-20 in hitting percentage. She also had five contests with five or more blocks that year. Since the move, Horton’s kill performances have seen an increase. She has 20 or more kill performances in the 2011 season and is 10th in the conference with 190. This season, Horton is second with 324 kills and a .185 hitting average, breaking her record last year of 301 kills already. Horton has broken her career highs in kills three times this year. She had 20 against Marshall Sept. 30, 22 against Tulane Oct. 23 and 25 a week later against Houston. She also had career highs with 57 attempted kills against Houston and a season-high seven blocks Oct. 7 against Memphis. “Personally, I think my progression is coming along,” Horton said. “I have such a great team that understands I am learning a new position and that supports me throughout my transition.”

Attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships Nov. 21, UTEP will travel to Provo, Utah, for the NCAA Mountain Regional Nov. 12 at Terre Haute, Ind. “Initially, we are preparing to get the whole team in the national meet through the regional meet,” head coach Pail Ereng said. “As we competed in the conference meet, we realized that our team wasn’t deep enough, and as we go to the competition, we will have a few individuals place in both the women and men section.” Junior Risper Kimaiyo is the returning champion of the regional after her winning the event in 2010. Kimaiyo not only won the regional, but became the first woman in program history to win an NCAA competition with a course record time of 20:02. During her freshman year at the regional, Kimaiyo helped the team with a fourth-place finish at 20:46 in the 6k run. According to junior Solomon Gardea, who ran at the regional last year in Salt Lake City, Utah, this year’s location could play a factor. Provo is a landscape made up of rocky terrain, cold weather and high altitudes. For most cross-country teams, these add a secondary challenge to the competition to get to the NCAA Championships. “As far as cross-country, we are pretty confident,” Gardea said. “The only thing that could be a factor is that we are not familiar with the course and its high altitude, which affects us. Weather is also a factor, but everyone has to run in those conditions.” At UTEP’s last event, the C-USA Championships Oct. 31, Gardea gained All-Conference USA second team honors with a season-best time of 24:30 and placed 12th in the men’s 8k-championship run. Last season, Gardea took 55th place at the Mountain Regional with a time of 31:30 in the regional. “We have to watch out for individuals from high-ranking teams who did well last year and those who are excelling this year,” Ereng said. “UNM was one of the top programs last year, but this year they are not as high. But they have very deep individuals.” Junior Justice Chirchir is coming off a 2011 C-USA Championship when he finished Oct. 31 with a time of 23:39. Chirchir was the 29th runner across the finish line at last year’s Mountain Regional. “We are really looking forward to the regional competition,” Chirchir said. “Our regionals are very competitive. We are number nine now in the competition and the teams qualifying are going to be extremely difficult, but we are going to try.” Junior Elkana Rotich followed Chirichir back at the C-USA Cham-

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Junior guard Jacques Steeter attempts a layup during UTEP’s game against Sul Ross State Nov. 5 at the Don Haskins Center. Floyd, being the defensive-minded coach he is, has emphasized that in practices to slow the high scorers on UTSA. “The last couple of days we have been doing a lot of defensive stuff. We put in some new stuff that we have been working on a lot, but mostly just defensive stuff,” Lang said.

According to Floyd, the starting lineup for the Miners is still under evaluation and pending. “We are still in the process of who we can trust in game situations,” Floyd said. Frankie Rodriguez may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

Volleyball

Sophomore continues career-breaking season By Krystal Oblinger The Prospector

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Sophomore outside hitter Jeane Horton elevates to spike the ball during a game this year at Memorial Gym.

Sophomore Jeane Horton had always been a middle blocker until her position was switched to outside hitter this season. For many, having to learn a new set of systems and a new style of play may be a challenge, but Horton took to the role quickly as head coach Ken Murphy began rotating her in more often to gain leads. “Middle is extremely different from outside in numerous ways,” Horton said. “In the middle, you have a fast and quick arm swing and you have to block all three hitters, where in outside, you only have to really focus on one, and you have to recognize how many blockers you have — where are they lined up at — and then determine what type of arm swing you will use.” What initially sparked this decision was when Murphy observed the middle had a lot of depth among the players, which made him look to see what Horton could accomplish in other places. “We thought if we moved her outside, she’d have to do a few more things that maybe a normal outside hitter didn’t do,” Murphy said. “What it has allowed us to do is give her a lot of sets at different places on the


Peg-leg Miners turn attention to injury-laden ECU BY DANIEL ORNELAS The Prospector After falling to Rice for the fifth time in their last six tries, the Miners will turn their attention to a team they have yet to beat, the East Carolina Pirates, Nov. 12 at the Sun Bowl. East Carolina and UTEP have met only twice. In their last meeting in 2008, the Pirates jumped to a 24-0 lead en route to a 5321 victory. The last time both teams faced each other in the Sun Bowl, East Carolina came back to defeat the Miners in a 4542 overtime loss during the 2007 season. The Pirates are led by senior quarterback Dominique Davis, who currently ranks 10th in the nation in passing offense, averaging just over 312 yards per game. Before arriving at East Carolina, Davis began his collegiate career at Boston College, but transferred to Fort Scott

Junior College following his redshirt freshman season in 2008. At Fort Scott, Davis led the Greyhounds to an 11-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking in the final NJCAA/JCFootball.com poll. Davis was able to establish himself as a threat in his first

category. Pirates’ head coach Ruffin McNeil, who was an assistant at Texas Tech prior to East Carolina, has implemented the spread offense that is a trademark of former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. “The offense that they run is Mike Leach’s offense with Ruffin McNeil’s offense. Because Leach isn’t coaching right now, we’ll call it Ruffin McNeil’s offense,” head coach Mike Price said. “It’s an offense without a tight end. There’s going to be four wide outs in the game all the time with one running back and the quarterback a lot of the time in the shotgun.” Price is familiar with that offense, having faced Texas Tech twice while Leach was at the helm. Price is also aware of the added dimension an athletic quarterback like Davis can bring to the spread offense. season “They with the try and Pirates throw the in 2010, ball to open arsetting eas and not necsingle-seaessarily are those son records areas deep in virtually down every pass- ing QB DOMINIQUE DAVIS / Special to The Prospector the field and (Davis)

can run too when you rush him,” Price said. “They have their leading running backs out and their leading receivers out, hopefully, for this game, but they still have good guys.” Those players, junior running back Reggie Bullock and senior wide receiver Lance Lewis, are expected to miss the game against UTEP, according to McNeill’s comments Nov. 7 in the WistonSalem Journal. The Miners will try to exploit the Pirates’ turnover woes when they face off. East Carolina is minus 12 in turnover margin with 27 turnovers and rank last in the conference in that category. “The game plan for them is pretty much executing and don’t turn the ball over. They’re last in the conference in turnovers and we’re next to last,” senior wide receiver Donovan Kemp said. “We feel that if we don’t turn the ball over, it will give us a better chance to win the game.” Senior safety Travaun Nixon, who has missed four games this season, has a chance to add to his team-high three interceptions against the Pirates. “Hopefully I get a turnover. I’m not going to try and force anything. The last game (against Rice Nov. 5), I felt like I tried forcing things and ended up hurting the team,” Nixon said. “This week, I’m just trying to do my job...I feel a lot better; I’m almost at 100 percent.” The infamous November struggles continue to haunt UTEP starting this month at 0-1 after the Rice loss. But at 4-5, they still find themselves only two wins away from bowl eligibility with three games remaining.

East Carolina is in the same predicament as the Miners at 4-5 and only two wins from bowl eligibility. However, unlike UTEP, the Pirates are just one game back of the East Division lead in C-USA after falling to the top team, Southern Miss, Nov. 5 at home. Price’s message to his players remains the same and the goal is to finish the season on a winning note. “They have exactly the same goals and aspirations as we do. I listened to the quotes of their players after the game (against Southern Miss) and it was just like listening to a recording of what we talked about (Nov. 6),” Price said. “They know they have three games left to make their season a success and so do we. Whoever wins the game will make the least mistakes and will be the team that probably wants it the most.” William Vega may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.


gged Pirates Wolf pack in the backfield BY WILLIAM VEGA The Prospector As one of the deadliest, carnivorous groups in the animal kingdom, the wolf pack hunts, gathers and defends their territory. This is the name the UTEP running backs have adopted to describe their sense of unison and leadership. “(The) whole idea was trying to get a unity in the running backs and we just decided wolf pack because they are always together,” senior running back Joe Banyard said. “Even out in the winter, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, they’re always together.” The wolf pack was bred two years ago by former UTEP running backs Donald Buckram and Jason Williams. Three of the running backs on this year’s team, Banyard and seniors Vernon Frazier and Leilyon Myers, were on that 2009 team, but rarely had rushing attempts. In 2011, the team has split the handoffs with each player getting at least 25 touches. In addition, four runners have at least one touchdown. That fourth player is fresh-

man Nathan Jeffery. “I like it a lot. It really separates us from the team,” Jeffery said. “With the wolf pack, we’re the head honchos. We do everything — we run the ball, catch the ball, block, everything.” In the animal kingdom, a wolf pack is usually led by an alpha wolf who asserts its dominance to the rest of the group. Banyard is considered the starting running back, Myers has the most touches and touchdowns, but no one considers himself the head of the pack. “Really, all the wolf pack means, as far as the running backs, is that we stay a unit, never think you’re better than someone else just because you’re getting more attention and be responsible for your actions, like not let your fellow wolf pack members down by dumb actions, on or off the field,” Buckram said. Buckram said that the wolf pack was something that he, Williams and Banyard came up with in 2009 at Camp Socorro. At the time, the popular movie “The Hangover” had just been released in theaters with Zach Galifianakis’ character,

Alan, making a speech referencing the wolf pack. In the speech, Alan describes how he considered himself a loner and a “one-man wolf pack.” But after meeting his three other friends who have congregated for a bachelor party, he considers his new group a wolf pack. Whether it is a coincidence or reference to the movie, players in the pack seem to disagree. “We all fell into it. It’s something that kind of started as a joke and we just fell into it and it stuck,” Myers said. “It kind of came from the movie ‘The Hangover.’ It was one of those things that was funny and we said we were a wolf pack. So we stuck with it and we became one.” Banyard, on the other hand, said it was not from the movie and just a sheer coincidence. “It was funny because once we named it that, we realized that in ‘The Hangover’ there’s the wolf pack, but I don’t know why,” Banyard said. While both players were present for the birth of the name, Buckram

said that the reference to the comedy was only there because of their goofy nature around each other. Regardless of the origin of the name, and with only Jeffery returning from this year’s running back group, every back hopes the name continues for years to come. “When we thought of a wolf, we had in our mind an animal that ran viciously, always attacked their pray, defended their fellow members and stayed a close tight unit,” Buckram said. “Looking at the new pack, Jeffery should be a great leader for them. He’s getting great experience this year and can learn plenty from Banyard, Frazier and Myers.” William Vega may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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regionals from page 5 pionship this year, placing second and just 12 seconds slower. The men’s team took second place overall in the competition with a score of 48 points, only 13 points shy of the champion, Tulsa. In the women’s 5k, Kimaiyo finished in second at the C-USA Championship and was named AllConference-USA First Team honors. Kimaiyo clocked in at a season-best time of 16:14. Freshman Jackline Ekai came behind Kimaiyo and post-

ed a career-high of 18:23, coming in 29th place. The women’s team placed fifth in the competition with 162 points, while SMU took first with 57. Last year, the women’s team finished with 218 at the Mountain Regional and placed seventh out of 19 teams. “You have to be prepared for anything,” Chirchir said. “The other schools are strategizing in order to get more individuals to qualify, but we are strategizing too. I hope it works out in our favor.” Krystal Oblinger may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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Sophomore outside hitter Jeane Horton goes for a kill during a match this season at Memorial Gym. Horton is second on the team in kills in her first season since transitioning from middle blocker. sophomore from page 5 Horton’s switch from middle blocker to outside hitter wasn’t the only challenge she has had to face. After moving to El Paso from her hometown of Fresno, Calif., she said the different type of weather the Sun City brought was an obstacle in itself. “In El Paso you would have every season in a period of one week,” Horton said. “Windy on Monday, raining on Tuesday, snowing on Wednesday, extremely hot on Thursday and the perfect weather on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This was a big change from the weather in Fresno.” Horton was inspired to play volleyball thanks to her mother who loved the sport and taught her the game. But according to Murphy, Horton

was limited as she came into volleyball thinking she was going to be a track athlete. “She only played club for half a year and came into volleyball during ninth grade,” Murphy said. “Good thing was she was a fast learner and she has really become an outstanding player. After a year or two, I think she’ll really blossom into one of the top players of the conference.” Freshman setter Rachael Scott met Horton during the summer on her recruiting trip to UTEP and became Horton’s roommate soon after. The two players became close friends while living together. On the court, Scott said that Horton plays much like her character: smart and energetic.

“I remember seeing her hit for the first time and thinking, ‘This girl can really hit and is very talented,’” Scott said. “Jeane is a very powerful hitter. She has a great style of play because she can see what shots are open and hit to them.” Murphy said that if she continues to learn and work hard, she will be a threat on the court. Horton said, the season has not been based on just one player alone, but the whole team. “My favorite moment this season is every time I am on the court with the team,” Horton said. “Whenever I am on the court with these group of girls is when I shine the hardest because we’re shining as a team.” Krystal Oblinger may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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Arts

Artists from Mexico exhibit ‘Conductores’ Galia Eibenschutz and Amor Muñoz showcase their interest in conduction of energy

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We are the dangerous ‘Red State’ By Krystal Oblinger The Prospector

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Galia Eibenschutz and Amor Muñoz, artists from Mexico City will exhibit ‘Conductores’ Nov. 10 through Jan. 21 at the UTEP Rubin Center.

By Kristopher Rivera The Prospector Two Mexico City artists are thinking outside the box in terms of the art they create. The UTEP Department of Art will be hosting an art exhibit from artists Galia Eibenschutz and Amor Muñoz titled, “Conductores”. The two artists will be exhibiting their work from Nov. 10 through Jan. 21 at the UTEP Rubin Center. “A border can be anything, but here, because of our location, we think of it as connection between El Paso and Juárez. But in a way, they’re also dealing with a border, and that is the border between concept and final product,” said Karina Tovar, senior studio art graphic design major. “Their border just really sets off as to how they’re breaking the border, at least to what we think of drawing.” Eibenschutz and Muñoz were invited to the university by Tovar, Christian Pardo Herrera, senior studio art and graphic design major and Therese Bauer, Art lecturer, after proposing an idea to bring a fresh new exhibit. The two shuffled ideas and put forth the effort to bring the artists. “Their drawing was something more than just a pretty picture drawn on a piece of paper; their drawings go beyond the formalistic,” Tovar said. Eibenschutz uses a performance to generate art, while Muñoz uses an electronic medium to convey her idea. “I think that the way they apply them and their concepts are very new and extremely their own and that’s what makes their work original,” Tovar said. “They have their history that established them and their methods of art.” Eibenschutz uses her experience in contemporary dancing and visual arts. “I spent three months in Senegal in a residency in the school of dance of the African choreographer and dancer Germaine Acogny. This

residency worked as a trigger for my work,” Eibenschutz said. “It was there where I connected drawing and movement in a first animation series. It was there where I found out that both languages were necessary in my process of creation. I found the relation between the process of creation and the transformation processes in nature.” In contrast to her work, Eibenschutz is spilling everything on a blank canvas that’s influenced her journey as an artist. Eibenschutz said the pieces she will show at the exhibit are part of a re-

search she’s been working on for the last eight years. “This research consists in establishing a platform where drawing, movement and register can dialogue and conform one same piece,” Eibenschutz said. “All the pieces talk about trajectories and time. How time modifies the landscape? How can we capture movement? The pieces are active drawings that show a process of transformation.” Muñoz was driven to embark on this project after working with a few other Mexican artists that specialize in electronic art. Muñoz uses a spe-

cial thread with conductivity that is embroidered on textiles. “It’s a project of drawing with electronic art. I had an interest about this because it’s a universal language,” Muñoz said. “The apparatus drawings are interactive. It does not function without the public; they are important.” Muñoz will be showcasing three different types of interactive pieces at the exhibit. They include a breathalyzer, an electronic organ and an audio sensor. Kristopher Rivera may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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After my recent venture into finding and documenting the Westboro Baptist followers who allegedly came to El Paso, I did not linger on the thought of them. They sort of disappeared into a cloud of “I don’t really care anymore,” that caused me to forget they even existed for a short time. The Westboro Baptist Church, founded in 1955, claims to preach against all forms of sin, such as divorce, remairrage and say that God hates the world. They are primarily known for protesting at funerals of homosexuals and fallen soldiers. A week before Halloween, my manpanion (man companion) began pushing a film by Kevin Smith called, “Red State.” I had never heard of it and only ever knew Smith from such films as “Mallrats,” “Clerks”, “Clerks 2,” “Dogma” and a few others. I didn’t even associate the name at first with this repertoire and half-thought some newcomer to the scene had made it. Finally, I caved in and agreed to watch it as long as we watched a horror flick afterwards. Turns out, this was the horror flick, and it was one of the most terrifying films I had seen recently. There were no ghosts, goblins, walking dead or demons running about this film, and yes it was actually hilarious at times; but what it was, is a window. It is a looking glass into what Westboro could become and what a select few had once become. It exposed much of my fears about these kinds of groups, such as the use of media and individual’s fears in order to push agendas, but what it also did was put into perspective what kind of hate and insanity we are capable of. The film takes place in a Middle American town where a church by the name of Five Points hides behind a giant fence conducting more than just religious ceremonies and plots to protest dead homosexuals. It opens with three teens looking up women on a website who want to participate in a three-way amongst the teens. They do find her, but end

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Tembloroso highlights local talent

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Tembloroso is a local website that helps sell music albums and merchandise.

By Alejandro Alba The Prospector In efforts to provide a worldwide voice for El Paso artists and musicians, Armando Alvarez, creative director of Tembloroso Creative Lab, along with other collaborators, has created an outlet for local talent. Tembloroso.com was launched in February 2010 as a website that serves

as a host to help showcase and sell several groups of musicians’ albums and posters by artists at the moment. But according to the managing team, the website will be hosting other artists’ work in the near future. “Initially, we had the idea of selling Jim Ward’s records online,” Alvarez said. “Although, now, it has recently

grown to a community where local talent can be featured and supported.” With his duties of promoting and recruiting, Ward, public relations chair for Tembloroso, wanted to make the website a home for music. Now, it features not only music, but art, his own blog and merchandise. “We always have prospective artists. We are actually hoping to have new products up by next month,” Ward said. “We also want to start a calendar of events so the fans can follow more closely to what is happening around the community.” Currently, there are around four records on sale at the site including The Lusitania’s and The DA’s. Ward said that when it comes to recruiting, he looks at the artists’ work ethic and their musical quality. Ward mentioned that bands ask him how to get their record on Tembloroso, but he said there isn’t really a definite point to when they can be on the website. “When we see an artist we take interest in, we follow their work and analyze,” Ward said. “The Lusitania, for example. I listened to them several times and then started playing several gigs with them. Finally, I asked them if they wanted to have their record on Tembloroso.” Once on Tembloroso, Alvarez said that only the artist benefits financially. The artists get 70 percent of the sales and the other 30 percent is used for customer service, postage, mailing and all other things related with the labeling and shipping process. “Since we don’t really expect a paycheck from this website, we only do it for the benefit of the artists; we don’t really look at sales,” Ward said. “We just look if our sales are being profitable or if they are declining. We basically only have good or bad here, and right now we are doing good.” Aside from collecting new web material, the Tembloroso team is always busy with other jobs. According to

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Alvarez, Tembloroso is a side project, since they all have other full-time jobs. However, they still dedicate time to the site so it can be running and looking good. “We all work great together and it takes creativity to do this, and I believe we are all pretty creative.” Alvarez said. “We want to start doing little things around the city so we can get more involved with the community.” Recently, the team started showing their faces around the city to promote Tembloroso. Alvarez mentioned that they will start doing the art market at the Union Plaza. Previously, they got involved with Chalk the Block, where they designed a poster that sold out. With other roles to fulfill and new projects they want to execute, Lizette Porras, account manager for Tembloroso, is in charge of meeting deadlines. She said Fridays have been set up to do Tembloroso production. “I try to manage the consistency in which we update the website,” Porras said. “We have only worked on it for a while, but we have the goal to make the website seem professional and not make El Paso seem second rate.”

Porras said the website has been a great success. She mentioned that it has had impact on several parts around the world already. “It has been very good; we ship stuff worldwide. We label stuff to Australia, New Zealand and even Spain, just to name a few,” Porras said. “We have reached a lot of people, over 25 countries, actually. It is good to know that our local talent is being appreciated worldwide.” Aside from making an impact across the globe, Alvarez mentioned that they are also working on making an impact locally, with a scholarship fund for local artists that want to pursue a higher education. Alvarez said that the process is undergoing and some requirements have not been made official. According to Alvarez, the scholarship will be given to a motivated and responsible artist. The first one will be given at the end of this year. “We want to start by supporting any local artist,” Porras said. “But basically, we are just highlighting talent.” Alejandro Alba may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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Avoiding the bar creepers

By Beatriz A. Castañeda The Prospector This one goes out particularly for the girls. This is my rant for what we have to deal with being women. Going out for a good night with a group of friends, at a girls’ night out, could suddenly turn disastrous when one simply encounters the wrong type of person at the bar or party.

Ladies, we’ve all been there. You’re out with the girls and the “infamous” creeper guy just sits and makes eye contact with you and your friends (in a very creepy way). First, let me define what a creeper is, for those that may not know the meaning. A creeper is simply a person that creeps. This could be a guy, or perhaps a girl too, that will hit on you despite you showing any sort of interest at all. If you catch the eye of these types of people, there’s not much to do. And then it happens, one will usually approach you and ask if you’d like a drink. Sure, everybody loves a free drink, but that usually involves hanging out with the guy who bought it. Now, when this happens, it is essential to already have a drink in your hand so that you can say, “I already have a drink.” If the guy just won’t leave, go along with him buying drinks; take advantage of the creeper. If he’s going to buy you a drink, then why not just buy drinks for all your friends? Don’t be subtle by letting him buy you a $2 drink. Go with the top shelf liquor you and your friends want. Now, I’m not encouraging hanging out with the creeper, but why not let him enjoy his moment of trying to see if he actually scores a girl? As soon as you’re halfway through the drink, escape. Take your girls to the bathroom (girls, you know we usually go to the bathroom as a pack). So, this is escape plan number one. No matter what song comes on next, when the guy tries to start dancing with you, suddenly scream out, “I love this song!” and start sporadically danc-

ing (props if you can force this on any bad song). Then run off with your friends and dance with them. If the guy follows all of you, just take one of your friends and dance with her. The easiest escape plan; use your cell phone as an excuse to “read the text” from the person that’s looking for you across the room. Or, there’s always the, “I have a boyfriend.” Guys, I’ll admit, if it’s true or not, we say it anyway. We clearly mean, “get away from me now.” If a bar is full of creepers, the bar is probably not the best place to be at in the first place, but if it’s a girls’ night out and all your friends want to dance, then you must be able to make an agreement with them. If the situation becomes dangerous and the guy follows you and your friends around the bar/ club, simply tell the bartender or the bouncer at the door. They will kick the guy out. If you can follow these easy steps, you will be creeper-free and enjoy a night of fun with your gals before the bar closes. One last advice I give is this: remember to be safe and take measures when a night like this happens. If for some reason you are alone or with a friend heading to your car, I suggest carrying pepper spray with you. Pepper sprays are small and may fit in your purse. You never know when there might be a drunk man following you or coming out of nowhere. You’re just trying to defend and protect yourself from any dangerous encounters. And guys, just don’t be a creeper. Beatriz A. Castañeda may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

up in the middle of the church’s real activities. I was never sure who the hero was in the film or who I was supposed to sympathize with, but isn’t that life? Like I said in my Westboro column, there is a double-edged sword to everything and I think that is what Smith was initially going for. You have a hyper-conservative-religious nut church, democrats’ worst nightmares, horny and rude teens, government agents who abuse power and a homosexual officer in denial. Its like a cyclone of disaster; its bound to pull you in. At first you may be thinking, “why is this scary?” It is scary because it depicts a possibility of unchecked organizations turning on the masses and causing the death of people without fair trial. Probably the most realistic example of this is the mass suicide in Jonestown in 1978. Before Sept. 11, it was one of the single greatest losses of American life on American soil in a non-natural disaster or warzone. The body count totaled 918 people who either died from cyanide-laced, flavor drink, or were gunned down for attempting to leave the premises. That number included 276 children and many of the individuals gunned down were followers of Jones who had expressed wishing to leave.

The church started like any other with followers joining the movement that Jones dubbed his attempt at demonstrating his Marxism. It was a collective of minds that believed the same thing. Such groups like the Manson Family could also fall under this category but the connection between these and our more modern groups, such as Westboro lead me to wonder what could happen. Although humors and actionpacked, this film made me wonder what people who have a large following can accomplish. If we look past our own borders we can see this with the genocide of whole civilizations because of religion. I’m not saying stop believing in whatever you believe in, that’s fine but maybe we should consider more than just attempting to respect others. If not consider the extremes such as the ones depicted in this film, by the Jones, or the many other examples that have popped up in the world. Once again, we see that not all is black and white, and ignoring the problem will not make it go away. That is why this film is a true horror movie: at the end of the day, it’s us killing us, and only we have the power to change that. There are no ghosts or demons. Pastor Brown is out there, you know.

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Mizuku Nakay says hello to bohemian fall look Q: Is there anything in particular that inspires you to dress the way you do? A: “Just life in general, accommodating to what I have to do. Something that I can easily bike with, be comfortable with, go to school and don’t look like I wear sports clothing, an outfit that’s for everything.”

Q: Who’s style do you truly admire? A: “Maybe Yoko Ono.”

Q: What are some of your favorite items from your closet?

BY NATALIA AGUILAR The Prospector Mizuku Nakay, junior French major, loves to find truly unique pieces that may be reused and recycled. She admires Yoko Ono’s individual style and she has a particular eye for pieces she knows she will be comfortable in. Nakay shared with The Prospector where to find one-of-a-kind quality clothing at a good price.

Q: What are your favorite things to wear during fall and winter? A: “Definitely boots. I like socks and scarves, of course, and gloves. My favorite fall/winter piece of clothing is my corduroy overalls.”

Q: How would you define your fall style? A: “Comfortable, warm and lots of layers. It depends.”

A: “These boots that I’m wearing; I’ve had them for lots of years. They have holes, but I just love them. I wear lots of crystals and anything high waist I like very much. I have lots of high waist stuff.”

Q: Where do you like to shop? A: “Thrift shops. I usually go to the Family Thrift on Alameda and another one that’s on Alameda, it’s called Looking Good, and any Goodwill is very amazing.”

Q: Why do you like thrift shopping? A: “First reason is because you’re guaranteed to always find unique pieces. Something that you can wear and you know is your own. Also, because it’s just the next step of reusing items and ending capitalism and it’s just a reuse and reduce vibe. Natalia may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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