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FASHION for HAITI
Students hold jewelry fashion show to raise funds for earthquake victims
Panic — the feeling many students get when they receive a letter from financial services requesting payment on outstanding balances. But panic is not what the University wants from students. The University wants a plan. Harry Guy, head cashier and work study coordinator, said notification letters were sent out last week to current and former students with outstanding balances explaining that they must make a payment plan by March 31. Guy said without
by Jason Euresti Staff writer
“Huskies for Haiti” continued the trend of supporting the earthquake-stricken nation of Haiti. More than 100 students gathered for the Project Charlie fashion show fundraiser in McNair Hall on March 6. Project Charlie, which was organized and sponsored by “Huskies for Haiti,” raised more than $1,700 and featured 1,000 pieces of jewelry donated by Charming Charlie, a women’s fashion boutique founded in Houston in 2004. The group has raised more than $4,000 overall. Tickets were sold for $5 and included a complimentary piece of jewelry. Those in attendance got more than jewelry and a fashion show. The event included a performance by Gabriel Reyes, older brother of senior Michael Reyes, one of the leaders of “Huskies for Haiti.” Gabriel Reyes performed his Christian contemporary song “On High,” and junior Miyako Joseph, whose family is from Haiti, spoke about his visit to the capital Port-Au-Prince to help his family after the earthquake. Gabriel Reyes said he was glad to support an important cause and his younger brother Michael Reyes. Along with Michael Reyes, senior Thanh Tran and sophomore Sadaf Jilani, the other leaders of
We are doing a disservice to students if we are allowing them to accrue more debt. —Sandy Mooney VP for financial operations
this plan students cannot register for classes, get transcripts and, for graduating students, receive their diplomas. Guy added the cashier’s office must approve payment plans to ensure their practicality. Sandy Mooney, vice president for financial operations, said the collections plan is not to discourage students, but to make sure students keep up with their finances and to help the University meet its finan-
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by Noelle Staff writer
The British are coming. The University approved Aramark Food Services’ plan to replace the Moody Library’s Grab-nGo with a full-service coffee shop through its partnership with Brit-
by Vanessa Staff writer
Students now have the opportunity to receive a refundable credit for out-of-pocket course material expenses or tuition that was not covered by scholarship or a financial aid grant for the 2009-2010 academic year. The American Opportunity Tax Credit available to students is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. According to the Internal Revenue Service Web site, the American Opportunity Tax Credit is a modification to the existing Hope Credit. The American Opportunity Tax Credit is available to a broader range of tax payers, including those who have higher incomes and have no tax liability. The credit also allows books and materials required for courses to be eligible for refundable credit, which can be claimed for up to four years of a student’s post-secondary education. This means a student who is currently a freshman would be able to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit from freshman to senior year if the credit is extended beyond 2009 and 2010. The American Opportunity Tax Credit can cover up to $2,500 of the out-of-pocket cost of tuition and expenses. For the first $2,000 spent, 100 percent is eligible for the tax credit,
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Coffee shop plans brewing for library Aramark initiates bringing Java City to campus venue
Students could net $2,500 in tax refund
ish-owned and operated Java City. Peter Huber, director of dining services, said construction for the Java City coffee shop is scheduled to commence at the end of this spring semester and finish by the 2010 fall semester. Ann Noble, director of Moody Library, said the construction dates would work out well for the library. “That is normally our slowest time of year, so that would be the best time to do it,” Noble said. Construction will include installing new sinks, an espresso
machine, a brewing system, commercial blenders and possibly changing out the wooden walls and
front doors to glass. Sandy Mooney, vice president of financial operations, said the plans are in the preconstruction
phase with architects still working on final plans for the space. Students can expect the space to look more like a coffee house and less like the storage space it once was. New floors, tables, chairs and lighting will be brought in to achieve the new ambiance. “It will have more of a relaxed feel,” Huber said. “It will be a place where students want to come to hang out rather than just go out of necessity.” Huber also said he would like to
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Undergraduate students with 64 semesters hours must have an approved degree plan on file. Transfer students with more than 50 semester hours must file a degree plan before their second semester in residence. Students are responsible for submitting their degree plans, which can be obtained from their advisers, to the office of the registrar. Students must also file an intent to graduate form with the office of the registrar at least two semesters before they graduate. Before a student files an intent to graduate form, they must have a degree plan on file. The intent to graduate form can be submitted online at www.hbu.edu/registrar under the Apply for Graduation link or to the office of the registrar.
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Student Government Association has announced voting for the 2009-2010 Opal Goolsby Teacher of the Year Award. Students can check their University e-mail accounts for the link to vote on the annual award for the professor who they think is the best teacher on campus. For more information, contact SGA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students will be on spring break March 15-19.
The Houston Civic Symphony will present a free concert March 11 at 8 p.m. in Dunham Theater. The concert will feature three young soloists who were winners in the annual Young Artist Competition in January. For more information, contact the School of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KNTH News Talk 1070 AM will host the “America, Unplugged Tour,” featuring radio show hosts Michael Medved and Michael Reagan, March 16 in Dunham Theater. The VIP reception will start at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $75 and general admission tickets are $25. Both are available for purchase online at www.1070knth. com/pages/America_Unplugged.
The U.S. Air Force Academy Band will perform March 22 at 8 p.m. in Dunham Theater. To request a maximum of four free tickets or for more information, contact the School of Music at email@example.com.
The Dunham Bible Museum’s new exhibit, “They Read the Same Bible,” will be on display through May 31. The exhibit features Bibles from the American Civil War, including a Bible that was on the Confederate blockade runner, Minna, when the ship was captured by the Union Navy in 1863. For more information, contact Dr. Diana Severance, director of the Dunham Bible Museum, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Texas-sized job fair comes to campus by Daniel News editor
Job seekers, including students from the University, attended the Texas Job Fair 2010 in the Glasscock Recreation Center and Sharp Gym on March 4. The Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers, a collection of recruiting programs from 14 Houston-area colleges and universities, sponsored the annual event, which featured 115 organizations. These included the U.S. Department of State, Verizon Wireless and New England Financial among others. Out of the 115 organizations, 70 employers listed that they were seeking students from all majors. Three companies did not attend the event but did set up boxes for students to put their resumes in. Ann Reynolds, director of the Career Center and co-chair of the Texas Job Fair for HACCC, said it is the second largest job fair in Texas for college students. “It is a great opportunity for students to find an internship or job,” Reynolds said. She added that the event was funded by HACCC. Shelley Richard, assistant director of the Career Services Center at the University of St. Thomas and president-elect of HACCC, said there was a steady flow of student job seekers.
One of these students, senior Christa Hall, said the employers were very informative. She added the job fair was organized well with a focus on jobs with a wide range of applicants. “The employers are sweet people who were very excited and helpful,” Hall said. She joined more than 1,200 students and alumni from the members of HACCC in attending the event, held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Following the job fair, Josué Barrera, B.A. ‘05, who works in human resources for the U.S. Department of State, gave a presentation on working for the Department of State. Reynolds said 30 people attended the lecture. She added that many companies complimented the University on hosting the job fair. “They like the fact that we are a Christian university and teach Christian values,” Reynolds said. The Texas Job Fair rotates between four centrally located campuses in the Houston area, including Texas Southern University, the University of St. Thomas, the University of Houston and HBU. “HBU has a great campus and the event was well organized,” Richard said. The University last hosted the Texas Job Fair in 2006. The event drew 1,056 students and alumni and 157 organizations. The Texas Job Fair 2011 will be held at UH, but no date has been set.
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Transfer Preview Night, a first-time event, was held to welcome prospective transfer students to the University March 9. Admissions counselor Ashley Bouwer, who helped organize the event, said admissions has held transfer sessions during events before, but they were not well attended because the events were geared toward freshman. “Transfer Preview Night is something we’ve been thinking about for the past couple of years,” Bouwer said. When the transfer students entered the foyer of the Hinton Center, Husky Ambassadors, students who give tours for prospective students, welcomed them to the event. “We are here to answer any questions they might have about HBU,” sophomore Albert Ceniceros, a Husky Ambassador, said. Prospective transfer students were guided to Dillion II, where counselors presented
critical points of interest to them. Afterward, the 38 transfer students gathered in the Hinton foyer to discuss majors and minors with faculty and staff. Jim Hutchison, director of the Success and Advising Center, was there to advise the transfer students. Admissions staff and financial aid representatives were also present to inform students about financial needs and the status of their applications. Computers were available for transfer students to pay deposits, fill out applications and enroll for classes. Prospective students had a chance to receive a transcript evaluation from the admissions staff, which was one of the busiest parts of the night, Bouwer said. Chelsea Purifoy, interim director of recruitment and campus visit coordinator, said it would be beneficial to have at least one transfer preview night each semester. “This preview went really well,” Purifoy said. “We would like to add more of these events.”
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London actors set to perform by Justin Schneewind Managing editor
The Mabee Teaching Theater will be doing its best Globe Theatre impression tonight and tomorrow morning. The Actors from the London Stage will perform “Romeo and Juliet” in Mabee Theater tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 11 a.m. “It gives a chance to see classically trained Shakespearean actors in a minimalist setting accurate to how the plays were originally performed,” said Dr. Matthew Boyleston, interim chair of the department of languages. The five actors have been guest lecturing in classes in addition to
the two performances of Shakespeare’s most famous play. The actors were scheduled to lecture in 21 classes March 9-13, teaching about theater in classes ranging from English and writing to French, history and philosophy. Dr. Doni Wilson, associate professor in English, hosted actors in three of her classes. “It’s great exposure to literature,” Wilson said. “I wanted the students to meet with professionals who could give insight into Shakespeare’s art.” The company, which features actors from companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe
Theatre, perform Shakespeare’s plays at U.S. colleges and universities in an effort to engage students in the work of Shakespeare. “Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be spoken out loud,” said Liz Crowther, one of the five actors in the troupe. “It’s actually simpler to understand when it is spoken out loud.” Crowther said it is important for students to see the plays performed instead of only reading them in a classroom setting. “The way an actor approaches the text is much different than an academic approach,” Crowther said. Boyleston, who saw the troupe while he was an undergraduate stu-
dent at Furman University, said the troupe was brought in so students could see the difference between the play being performed and read silently. “The students have to see it on stage to understand what the play is,” Boyleston said. The performances will help students understand the plays while the lectures allow for the students to learn from the actors in a classroom setting. “The students have been positive and involved,” said Marshall Griffin, who plays Mercutio, Balthasar and Abraham. “The faculty has been very friendly.” Actors from the London Stage was started 35 years ago by a pro-
fessor from the University of California-Santa Barbara and British stage actors including Sir Patrick Stewart, who is known for his work as Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” movies and as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV series. Based out of the University of Notre Dame, the Actors from the London Stage will perform in Texas for the third time this year, following February performances at Texas A&M University and Rice University with the performance in the Mabee Theater. Tickets for each performance will be sold at the door for $20. Students with a University ID will receive a discount.
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and on the next $2,000 spent, 25 percent is eligible. Once the amount eligible is determined, 40 percent of the tax credit is refundable with the maximum amount being $1,000. To be eligible, students who apply must have an adjusted gross income below $80,000 or $160,000 for married couples. Richard Hershman, director of government relations for the National Association of College Stores, was an advocate for books and course materials being added to eligible expenses under the American Opportunity Tax Credit. “The American Opportunity Tax Credit
represents a more robust and generous tax credit than has existed in the past,” Hershman said. The original tax credit, the Hope Credit, covered 100 percent of the first $1,100 and 50 percent of the second $1,100 of qualified tuition and related expenses. NACS created a brochure that is available in the University Bookstore as a resource for students and their families to learn more about the credit. Hershman said NACS partnered with the IRS to develop the brochure because the association has found that many students who
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engage more students to frequent the new facility by possibly displaying student artwork in the space and possibly adding a small stage area for music students to perform. “Aramark’s mission statement talks about helping campuses thrive,” Huber said. “This fits perfectly with that.” Noble said she has concerns about the stage feature because it would increase the noise level in the library. She said the library has already experienced an increase in noise level since the addition of the Grab-n-Go. “I personally don’t mind the additional noise from the Grab-n-Go but I don’t think students are pleased with the noise that comes from the lobby outside of the Grab-n-Go.” Noble said. “Noise from that area echoes throughout most of the library.” Since the Grab-n-Go opened, the lobby area outside of it has become a meeting place for students. When Hurricane Ike damaged the M.D. Anderson Student Center in 2008, it took away a central meeting place for students and one of the University’s on-campus coffee shop options. Mooney said she is aware that people are studying and doing research in the library, which may limit some aspects of the coffee shop but she emphasized the need for a place for people to socialize. Huber said he hopes the addition of the Java City coffee shop will help the students regain a central meeting place, become more connected with the University and socialize with students they would not normally see outside of the classroom. Noble said that the library will continue to benefit from facilitating a gathering place for students. “I have heard students from this Univer-
sity and other universities say that they have gone through years of college and not gone into the library once,” Noble said. “People are learning what we have now.” Mooney said there is a desire to make the space a little larger than it is now but any additions will be subject to city codes. Other familiar aspects of the Grab-n-Go will have to change to accommodate a larger number of students. Cold cases for microwave meals and snack racks for other convenience items will be removed to make way for more tables and chairs. Aramark will retain as many of the traditional Grab-n-Go products as it can but must comply with Java City’s guidelines for food service. For example, all currently served Starbucks products will be switched to the Java City brand. Java City is used at almost all other campuses served by Aramark partially because its fair-trade products and sustainability efforts set it apart. Huber said even the most dedicated Starbucks fan will not find much of a difference in taste between the products. Java City’s menu will include specialty coffee, espresso beverages, ice blended beverages, real fruit smoothies and tea. It will also serve pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups. Seasonal drinks will be featured each month and membership benefits will be used to attract costumers. The coffee house atmosphere is expected to convince those costumers to stay. “We want it to be more of a gathering place for students not just somewhere to run in, grab something and leave,” Mooney said. Mooney added that she was very excited about the addition of the coffee shop because it will give students another place to hang out.
were eligible for past tax credits did not apply because they were not aware of them. Marilyn Yunker, master tax adviser for H&R Block Premium, has more than 16 years of experience preparing taxes. She said previously students could only take credit against their tax liability while the new credit provides the opportunity for a refund. She said that there is a limit to claiming one credit per taxpayer. Yunker advised students to keep itemized receipts of all books and course materials purchased from any vendor. She said to begin the process of applying
for the credit students must first file a return for 2009. The return must include the education form 8853 with the top section completed in order to apply for the credit. Yunker added students must also obtain their 1098-T, which is a student’s tuition statement to complete their taxes. Senior Christina Espinoza said she plans on taking advantage of the new tax credit. Espinoza, a nursing student, said she spent about $800 on books and course materials for classes and clinicals. “I definitely want some of my money back,” Espinoza said.
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“Huskies for Haiti,” began fundraising for Haiti on Jan. 19 by selling carnations and hand-woven bracelets outside of Hinton Center and by helping junior Griffin Covington with his benefit concert “Real Hope for Haiti.” Following the concert, the group set up and led a fashion show with hopes of adding to the funds they raised. “We thought it would be a really good way to get attention and bring everyone together,” Michael Reyes said. “It was the best way to raise money.” Jilani’s brother-inlaw, Asif Mumtaz, helped secure the jewelry donation for the Michael Reyes fashion show. Mumtaz, the concept-designing manager for Charming Charlie, is well acquainted with Steve Lovell, president of the boutique chain. Once Mumtaz found out Jilani needed help with raising money, he called Lovell and asked for help to raise funds. Mumtaz said Lovel donated 1,000 pieces of jewelry. “I just talked to Steve about
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ABOVE: Jewelry boutique Charming Charlie donated jewelry which “Huskies for Haiti” sold at its table in Hinton Center and at the “Project Charlie” fashion and jewelry show held in McNair Hall in the Morris Cultural Arts Center. RIGHT: Freshman Leanna Garcia models a bracelet during the fashion show. the donation,” Mumtaz said. “It wasn’t even five minutes before he said ‘yes.’” Reyes and others from “Huskies for Haiti” have been working to spread the word about Project Charlie over the past few weeks. They placed flyers around campus and posted messages and updates through Facebook, Twitter and their blog, www.hbuprojectcharlie.blogspot.com. Students and organizations such as Students in Free Enterprise, the American Red Cross, Student Government Association, International Student Association, Greek Life, Dead Chemists Society, Nursing Student Association, the Collegian and many others were involved in the development of Project Charlie. “It was one of the best events
on campus because students came out and supported us,” Tran said. Sophomore Andreza Ndinofina, who modeled, said she was very happy with the student turnout and was amazed to see everyone work together. “I’m glad people showed up,” Ndinofina said. “It didn’t even matter about the number of people.” Sophomore and model coordinator Lily Lopez, who worked during the event prepping the models for the runway, said she felt honored to assist in anything within her power for the Haitian people because it was for a good cause. “I just wanted to help out as much as I could,” Lopez said. “It was something the Lord called me to do.”
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cial obligations. She added students will not be dropped from their classes and are not obligated to pay their full balances at the end of the semester. Mooney said one of the main goals is to make sure students pay balances from previous terms. “We’re doing a disservice to students if we are allowing them to accrue more debt,” Mooney said. “It doesn’t help a student’s education.” James Steen, vice president for enrollment management, agreed and said that the more debt a student accrues the more they struggle to pay back loans after graduation. “It impacts a student’s credit,” Steen said. “If students have outstanding balances from us, then it doesn’t help them when they want to buy a house, a car or get a mortgage.” Guy and Mooney agreed that the policy will make it easier for students keep track of
their finances. Guy said students are often confused and unsure about how much they owe until they receive a bill from financial services. He said the University has plans to add a new vendor that will keep up-to-date account information for students on Banner. Mooney said this policy will continue through the fall semester and incoming and current students will be able to make a more comprehensive plan for their expenses for the year. Additionally, the cashier’s office moved under finance and operations. Hugh McClung, assistant vice president for treasury operations, will oversee student accounts along with the cashier’s office. McClung said this plan will regulate the cash flow of the University. He added that it will also allow better communication between the students and the cashier’s office. Students can find the payment plan form at www.hbu.edu/payments.
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Archbishop Chaput urges Christians to live their faiths in everyday life by Mauricio Editor at large
The church must stand together as one. That was one of the points of the Most Rev. Charles Chaput’s lecture, “The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life.” Chaput, the archbishop of the Denver Archdiocese, lectured on the theological differences between Catholics and Protestants, but he said there are enough similarities between the two denominations that there should be more unity between them. Chaput, who spoke at Dunham Theater on March 1, also said that Christians must live their faiths in their everyday lives and not just call themselves Christians. Before the archbishop began his lecture, Chaput said that his views were his own and not that of the American bishops or the Houston Catholic community. “I’m here as a Catholic Christian and an American citizen,” Chaput said. “Both of the identities are important.” Chaput explained that within the last 100 years the country’s Christian character is not as strong as it used to be. He said Christians, in-
cluding Catholics, live their faith as if it were a private matter. Chaput’s lecture included a question and answer segment moderated by Dr. Paul Bonicelli, provost, where Chaput answered questions submitted by the audience. Chaput and Bonicelli discussed topics including the division between the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. He said that over the years he has talked with leaders of both churches who hoped the division would end soon. He also said that the only way to reach the youth in the Catholic Church is with help from the youth. Chaput looked to the audience and said young people should help teach church leaders how to bring in the youth. The event also signaled the beginning of a partnership between Houston Baptist University and the University of St. Thomas as both universities worked together to host Chaput at different events. Bonicelli along with Dr. Hunter Baker, associate provost and director of strategic planning, and Dr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy at St. Thomas and director of the John Paul II Forum, worked together to bring Chaput to the University. Baker said he met with Hittinger
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Most Rev. Charles Chaput, archbishop of the Denver Archdiocese, and Dr. Paul Bonicelli, provost, engage in a Q&A segment during the archbishop’s lecture March 1 in Dunham Theater. and Bonicelli to collaborate on an event for both universities. All three men heard Chaput speak before and decided that HBU should have him speak since the archbishop was coming to speak at the John Paul II Forum on March 2 at St. Thomas. “This event was great and terrible at the same time,” Baker said.
God’s gift of grace is abundant and endless by Ashley Davenport Asst. entertainment editor
People should not hesitate to ask God for his grace on a daily basis. Psalm 94:14,18 says, “For the Lord will The best gift is not a not cast off his people, neither will he forChristmas or birthday gift. sake his inheritance. When I said, My foot The best gift is available slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.” free every day of the year to This Verse admits that people slip, but everyone — the gift of God’s grace. the love and grace of God supports them Grace is the freely-given, unmerited fa- through their trials and tribulations. vor and love of God. A person who believes God’s people should do the same by askChrist is his or her savior deserves God’s ing for his grace in times of need. People grace and favor because they are his chosen need grace. It can sustain their lives and give people. them hope. Deuteronomy 7:6 says, “For you are a God is sufficient for all needs. It says people holy to the in 2 Corinthians 12:9, Lord your God. The “My grace is sufficient Lord your God has for you, for my power chosen you out of all is made perfect in weakthe peoples on the ness. Therefore I will face of the earth to be boast all the more gladly his people, his treaabout my weaknesses, so sured possession.” that Christ’s power may Guest Commentary God chose people rest on me.” to do his works and good deeds. By having Through the weakness of God’s people faith in Christ, who died for the sins of man, he is made perfect and strong. all are able to find favor in the eyes of the College students should remember they Lord. can go to God with any problem. Anything People also receive God’s favor because is possible through him. God supported his he sent his only son to die for their sins. people through their trials and tribulations When Jesus died for the sins of mankind, he and he will support college students through not only gave them a pardon from everlast- theirs. ing death, he also gave them a chance at ev2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able erlasting life. to make all grace abound to you, so that in all Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not be things at all times, having all that you need, your master, because you are not under law, you will abound in every good work.” but under grace.” Paul says in Corinthians that God gives This does not mean that people can do grace to his people so that any work they what they want, only that all can be free do will be good. God will not let any of his from the burden of sin. Sinners still have to people become lost in their errors. Though repent, but since Jesus Christ died for the college students may make mistakes in their sins of mankind, his grace is forever. lives, they can receive God’s grace.
“Terrible because it made us realize that these two great Christian institutions never put together an event like this before and great because now we know that both universities want to work together in the future.” Hittinger agreed and hopes that both universities can continue to hold forums to discuss faith and im-
portant political issues. In fact, Chaput recited the University’s guiding scripture, John 14:6 which says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He said it burns hot in his heart and the heart of every Catholic who truly understands his faith.
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WOMEN’S TEAM EXPERIENCES...
“Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” – Scottie Pippen
asketball season is in its final quarter, and the women’s basketball team has more losses than wins, with a record of 3-24. But there is more to this team than what the standings show.
MAKING THE ROSTER
Only a carefully selected few were chosen to represent the orange and blue. During the recruiting period, the coaches looked at numerous athletes in high school and from other universities for specific traits that would set the future Huskies apart from the pack. These athletes had to have the ability to perform on the court, have a good attitude and, most importantly, they had to have good academic records. The carefully chosen new team is primarily composed of freshmen with the exception of a few returning players. Head coach Todd Buchanan said his plan for the women’s basketball team was, and still is, to build a solid foundation with young players. The team can then develop during the four years they are eligible to play for the University. “It will build chemistry and consistency,” Buchanan said. The program will be eligible to compete in NCAA postseason tournaments when the freshmen and sophomores become upperclassmen. In two years, the young team could have an opportunity to take the University to its first NCAA or the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. “That is, and will continue to be, our motivation and focus,” Buchanan said.
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Sharp Gym was at its capacity for the Huskies’ season opener against one of the most recognized NCAA Division I basketball teams, Duke University. Though many still question scheduling this opponent, it was a strategic move that accomplished its goal. “Duke needed another game for their Texas road trip,” Buchanan said. According to Duke, no other local team would play them. After giving it some thought, President Robert B. Sloan Jr., Steve Moniaci, director of athletics, and Buchanan thought it would be an amazing opportunity. The game provided exposure, not only for Buchanan’s program, but also the University. Assistant coach Rusty Laverentz said scheduling wellknown opponents like Duke will show prospective athletes that the University is more than capable of keeping up with highly-ranked NCAA Division I teams. “The game was to show the players that this is what we want to become,” Laverentz said. The team began its season with an upsetting loss against Duke 104-35, which might have seemed humiliating to some but became a learning experience for the Huskies. “We held our own against Duke in the first half,” sophomore guard Megan Green said. “We started the game very energized and ready to put it all on the line.” Green also added that the game was a learning experience for the team and a great memory for all the fans that attended. Playing teams of this stature is just the beginning for the women’s basketball team. Buchanan and Laverentz said the schedule for next season will be demanding. The team will be playing highly recognizable opponents such as University of Louisville, Lamar University and Sam Houston State.
REBOUNDING AFTER THE LOSSES
It is true the women’s basketball team knows defeat well. The team has lost 24 of its 27 games.
“We have to continue to grow as a team, to stay together and to put the losses behind us,” freshman guard Princess Jeanmard said. The young team is pressing forward in spite of what the scoreboard has shown,. They are not letting their losing streak define them. “It has been a learning experience with ups and downs,” Green said. “So for us to make it through the losing season with a positive attitude shows the maturity and the heart that we have as a team.” But building a winning team does not happen overnight. Junior post Mele Leasau said the team took a little longer to come together this season because players were still trying to find their roles on the team. There are advantages and disadvantages of having a young team. Things often get worse before they become better. “It is very frustrating and rewarding at the same time,” Laverentz said. “As a coach, you think they should pick up things quicker, and when they do you are happy for them, but we are trying to break some bad habits. It is a very challenging thing to do, so you need to be very patient with them.”
SEEKING TEAM CHEMISTRY
The word “gel” has been used by the players to describe the process they have been going through on the basketball court. Gel has different meanings for each player, but at its core it means coming together and playing as one unit. “It’s having chemistry,” sophomore guard Raquel Jones said. “It has been a growing process.” How well the team plays, interacts and relates to one another is crucial to forming a great team on and off the court. “That is why it is so important for us to continue gelling,” Green said. The goal for the team at the beginning of the season was to win the Great West Conference championship in Orem, Utah, March 10-13. Now that the season is at its end, the goal seems unlikely. However, the team still has an opportunity to win the championship. If the young team wins, it would make an incredible underdog story. The strategy for the championship will depend on their opponent. “Defensively, we want to press,” Laverentz said. “Offensively, we want to bring the intensity.” Freshman forward Joselyn Pugh said the team is happy to compete and will do the best they can at the Great West Conference championship.
FAST-BREAK TO NEXT SEASON
The fans and supporters can expect to see a mixture of new and familiar faces next season. “Since I transferred, I have to sit out this year because of NCAA rules,” senior guard Tia Jackson said. “I spent this year trying to see where I could be an asset next season.” This season can be described as a uphill battle. The new season will bring a clean slate for the team. After learning the fundamentals of basketball, the Huskies’ skill level will be better developed. “I have promised my administration and team that my staff and I will build this program one way,” Buchanan said. “That is the right way — not selling out and taking short cuts by recruiting great players that may not be the right fit.”
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here once was a man named Seuss whose pen was as mighty as the thunder of Zeus.
March 2 was the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. His most well-known book, “The Cat in the Hat” will celebrate the 53rd anniversary of its release March 12. Prior to Grinches, Loraxes and Whos, Geisel worked many different jobs before publishing his first children’s book, “And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” in 1937. Seuss captured the hearts of many children with his off-the-wall characters and phantasmagorical worlds where cats wore hats, a fox wore socks, wockets enjoyed living in pockets and where one could cram green eggs and ham. Geisel was born in 1904 in Springfield, Mass. The son of a brewmaster and baker, Geisel memorized the “pie-selling chants” his mother made up whenever he had trouble going to sleep and credited those rhymes for influencing his work. He attended Dartmouth College
where he became editor in chief of “Jack-O-Lantern,” its humor magazine. But party antics eventually cut his tenure short, which resulted in Geisel becoming only a contributor. This would mark the first time Geisel would use his “Seuss” moniker to get past the college officials. After Dartmouth, Geisel’s father gathered enough money to send him to Oxford University. Not knowing what career path to pursue, he decided to become a professor. It was at Oxford where fellow student Helen Palmer noticed his drawings and convinced him to be an artist. Geisel took her advice, made her Mrs. Seuss and began his cartooning career. After noticing his work in various publications, Standard Oil hired him in its advertising department where he worked for the next 15 years. Geisel was also known for his political cartoons. He contributed three to five political cartoons a
week to “PM,” which was considered a liberal publication during World War II. Wanting to contribute more to the war effort he joined Frank Capra’s Signal Corps in the U.S. Army and helped make films relevant to the war effort. Geisel’s big break into children’s literature was when he was contracted by Viking Press to illustrate a book of children’s sayings in 1931. While the book was received as dull, Geisel was praised for this illustrations. His love of drawing, writing and rhyming later created his first book “And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street.” Yet, it was rejected by 27 publishers before an old Dartmouth friend of Geisel’s who worked for Vanguard Press helped him publish it. Geisel made an impact into the realm of children’s literature and solidifying an unmatched legacy.
The Cat and his cake “The Cat in the Hat” and Dr. Seuss are synonymous. When Theodore Geisel’s most celebrated book was first published on March 12, 1957, it sold about 12,000 copies a month. By November 1958, more than 300,000 copies were sold, a sign of the success the book would reach in the coming years. Part of the reason the book made such an impact was because the country was in the middle of a reading crisis around the time it was published, said Judith Haut, vice president of communications for Random House Children’s Books, in a July 2007 FOXnews. com article. The book is also the driving force of Project 236, a literary initiative which donated books for every copy of “The Cat in the Hat” sold.
Since its publication, the book has spawned a television special that aired March 1971, its own featurelength film in 2003 and a ride at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure. “The Cat in the Hat” has become so deep-seated in today’s culture that even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quoted the book when talking about immigration in 2007. Recently in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, first lady Michelle Obama chose “The Cat in the Hat” to read to 200 elementary students at the Library of Congress. As people stroll down memory lane during the book’s 53rd anniversary, they may remember how the iconic feline in his red-and-white striped hat played a major part in their childhood.
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the Burton unleashes Scoop On... world of madness by Ashley Davenport Assistant entertainment editor
Director Tim Burton and Walt Disney Pictures have teamed up again for a new adventure in Wonderland. In Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll novels “Through the Looking Glass” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” viewers are able to return to a live-action version of Wonderland.
Movie review The film begins when 6-year-old Alice Kingsleigh, played by Mairi Ella Challen, awakens from a nightmare about a rabbit in a waistcoat and a blue caterpillar. Later 19-year-old Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, must attend a party where a revolting lord plans to propose to her. Unable to make a decision about her potential engagement, Alice sets off into the garden chasing after the white rabbit. She follows the rabbit, falling into a hole and tumbles down to Wonderland. Danny Elfman, composer for “Alice in Wonderland,” brings magic to the screen through his use of music. The score enhances the imagery that Burton creates in Wonderland. Elfman does a great job of helping move the plot ahead and enticing the audience with eerie songs. Once in Wonderland, Burton takes the viewers to a place unlike any other, using details that no other director could imagine.
With floating pollen and the sounds of grass rustling, this unimaginable world comes alive. These small features visually add to the atmosphere, making the film unique. In this wondrous new place, Alice meets Tweedledee and Tweedledum, both played by Matt Lucas, the blue caterpillar, voiced by Alan Rickman, the white rabbit, and the cheshire cat, all made famous by other versions of the story. Alice is then told that she is the only one who can save Wonderland and the White Queen, played by Anne Hathaway, from the infamous Jabberwocky, controlled by the Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter. Alice must make the hardest decision of her life, whether to save Wonderland or to let the Red Queen’s terror reign. Burton brings back Johnny Depp for another one of his films, as the Mad Hatter. Depp does a marvelous job as the crazed Hatter, showing a side that was not seen of the Hatter in Disney’s original 1951, “Alice in Wonderland.” Burton does a fantastic job of mixing the live actors with the computer animated creatures of Wonderland. Burton, his cast and Elfman made a thrilling film that is suitable for all fans, both of the original “Alice in Wonderland” and Carroll’s novels. “Alice” will definitely make it onto the list of Burton’s masterpieces, along with “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Sharks circle around new episode of ‘The Office’ by Mauricio Editor at large
Two of life’s joys, marriages and babies, are not as joyful in the world of sitcoms. Both end up being sitcom killers. When sitcoms introduce a baby and have their “Sam and Diane” characters get together, the question becomes, “Where does the show go from here?” On “Full House,” the twins Nicky and Alex signaled the end. “Friends” jumped the shark when the gang married and had babies with each other. “The King of Queens” lasted seven seasons without a baby, but once kids entered the picture in its last season, Kevin James vacated the sitcom throne. During this season of “The Office,” Pam
and Jim got married last October and then had a baby on the March 4 episode. This means fans may want to prepare to say goodbye to the mad-cap workplace comedy. Plus, the characters on “The Office” have grown as much as they can. Steve Carrell’s take on the asinine and inept boss has not become stagnant yet, but he cannot play that same character for another three years. The rest of the cast’s twodimensional characters have grown to 2 1/2 over the years, with the exception of Jim and Pam, who have begun a family and may be ready to move on. Since the baby episode, the show has lost the charm it had when the pilot debuted, a story about co-workers trying to deal with each other and their buffoon of a boss. Hopefully “The Office” will get one good final season.
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Hannah Stovall Senior English and Writing
Q: Favorite flavor of ice cream? A: Mint chocolate chip.
Q: PC or Mac? A: PC, but I am a wanna be Mac.
Q: If the moon were made of barbecue spare ribs, would you eat it? A: Sure, but I would need help.
Q: If you ran out of cookie dough, would you use the Pillsbury Dough Boy? A: I would take a little bit off his tummy.
Q: What is your favorite Shakespeare play? A: “Measure for Measure.”
Q: Ke$ha or Lady Gaga? A: Neither.
Q: What is your favorite book? A: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Q: Which celebrity would you like to slap into a coma? A: Tom Cruise.
Q: What is your favorite band or singer? A: John Mayer.
Q: What would be your “Jersey Shore” name? A: Giggles.
Q: What is your favorite movie? A: “You’ve Got Mail.”
Q: What sitcom would depict your family life? A: “7th Heaven.”
She’s Out of My League R March 12
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An average joe meets the perfect girl by chance, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his family and friends begin to affect their relationship.
RockStar’s 2010 AP tour Warehouse Live March 21
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Featuring Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, Every Avenue and The Cab, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all ages range from $16 to $18.
South Pacific Hobby Center through March 21
COLLEGE DAZE - “Hard at Work”
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Set on a tropical island in the Pacific during War World II, a nurse for the U.S. Navy falls for a local plantation owner. Tickets range from $24 to $102.
FunkyJahPunkys Fitzgeralds March 20
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With the mix punk rock, funk and reggae, the FunkyJahPunkys bring what they call “Rebel Music” to life on stage. The show starts at 10 p.m.
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SIFE promotes sustainable living
by Justin Schneewind Managing editor
Business and environmental sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Eco-Week intended to prove this to the University community. Students in Free Enterprise organized its first Eco-Week, held March 2-4, which included EcoFair, the Go Green Presentation and the Go Green Spring Fling. SIFE decided to host Eco-Week to educate the campus community on environmental sustainability, one of the organization’s seven focuses. “We realized students weren’t aware of eco-friendly businesses around Houston,” said sophomore Ronald Ramsey, SIFE president. “We wanted to show how easy it is to go green.” Eco-Week started with the EcoFair on March 2. Held in front of the Lake House, 18 companies came to demonstrate environmentally friendly products and inform those at the fair about their efforts to practice business in an environmentally responsible manner. Some of the companies at the fair included the Body Shop, which sells beauty products made from natural ingredients, Chipotle Mexican Grill,
which uses organic ingredients, and Smart car, makers of two-seat cars concentrating on fuel efficiency. The Go Green Presentation, held on March 3 in Belin Chapel, featured Dr. Betty Thompson, professor of biology, and recycling professional Brittani Flowers. Flowers, a 23-year-old graduate of Central Washington University, started her company, Not Trash Houston, which collects items from residential and commercial clients for recycling. Thompson presented research her students performed on the environmental effects of golf courses. The study showed that fertilized courses without natural habitats caused water pollution while fertilized courses with natural habitats provided an ecological benefit to the communities. Thompson, who owns a hay farm in Brenham, Texas, and a timber farm in Magnolia, Texas, presented research from a 20-year study of profitable, environmentally friendly logging methods based on her farm. “The business world doesn’t need to oppose the environment,” Thompson said. Eco-Week concluded with the Go Green Spring Fling on March 4
by JASON EURESTI
Dr. Betty Thompson, professor in biology, presents “From Garbage to Gardens” at SIFE’s Eco-Fair held March 2 in front of the Lake House. in the Husky Village Clubhouse, an event SIFE hosted last year. Twenty-five students bought $5 tickets to the dance, and SIFE gave away $450 in raffle prizes. The raffle prizes came from some of the companies involved in Eco-Fair and the University Bookstore. SIFE plans to use the money from the dance to
Once dominant Microsoft forced to rally in key markets by Justin Schneewind Managing editor
Microsoft has been getting plenty of practice playing catch up. It remains to be seen if the company is getting closer to the competition. CEO Steve Ballmer said his company will dethrone Google as the leader in search engines. The question then becomes when, if ever, this will happen. In an appearance at the Search Marketing Expo, Ballmer said the company “someday” would overtake Google. Trying to avoid appearing either arrogant or doubtful about Microsoft’s capabilities, Ballmer did not give timeframes. Instead, he noted Microsoft’s intention to grow its share of searches. Microsoft has a good deal of ground to make up. Google boasts a market share of 65 percent while Microsoft’s percentage barely reaches double digits. An expensive advertising campaign for Microsoft’s Bing, launched in June 2009, and a partnership with Yahoo has boosted its market share, but Google still holds an
impressive advantage. While working to close the search gap, Microsoft has responded to its shrinking share of a growing technology by rebuilding its mobile software. With smartphones projected to outsell PCs by 2012, Microsoft restructured its smartphone software division. The product of the restructuring, the Windows Phone 7 Series, was released with the hope that a more user-friendly operating system would help Microsoft catch up to Apple. Surpassed in search and phone software, Microsoft has long trailed in personal media player sales. The Zune, launched in 2006, has had almost no effect on the Apple iPod’s dominance. During the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Microsoft faced many accusations of operating as a monopoly. Still one of the most recognizable names in business, Microsoft’s struggles in the personal technology markets, and the failures of giant projects like the Vista operating system, have humbled the technology giant. A decade later, the question is not if Microsoft is a monopoly. The question now focuses around its ability to compete.
purchase additional recycling bins. Members of SIFE, who were in contact with 60 companies during preparations for the first Eco-Week, hopes to attract twice as many companies for next year’s planned EcoFair. In addition to teaching the campus community about sustainability,
the first Eco-Week proved to be an educational experience for SIFE. SIFE faculty adviser Dr. Martin Bressler, professor in marketing, said the organization has developed ideas for next year’s Eco-Week. “In the first year, you always learn ideas for subsequent years,” Bressler said.
Did You Know..
How does wireless power work?
A magnetic field induces a current which charges a battery. Coupling required Charger docks use wireless power to recharge items like iPods and digital cameras. The wireless transmission of energy is common in much of the world. Radio waves are energy, and they are used to send and receive cell phone, TV, radio and Wi-Fi signals. Radio waves spread in all directions until they reach antennae that are tuned to the right frequency. A similar method for transferring electrical power would be inefficient and dangerous, which is why inductive coupling is used. Field of power Inductive coupling uses magnetic fields that are a natural part of electrical current movement through wire. Any time electrical current moves through a wire, it creates a circular magnetic field around the wire. Bending the wire into a coil amplifies the magnetic field. If a second coil of wire is placed in the magnetic field, the field can induce a current in the second coil. Recharging batteries takes three steps. Current from an outlet flows through a coil inside the charger, creating a magnetic field. In a transformer, this coil is called the primary winding. When the battery is placed in the charger, the magnetic field induces a current in another coil, or secondary winding, which connects to the battery and recharges it. Resonating research Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that by adding resonance to the equation they had discovered an efficient way to transfer power between coils separated by a few meters. An object’s physical structure determines the frequency at which it naturally vibrates, its resonant frequency. Research indicates that induction can take place a little differently if the electromagnetic fields around the coils resonate at the same frequency. information courtesy How Stuff Works http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/wireless-power.htm
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Bridging the denominational divide who follow Christ to take a stand together on both civic and political matters. His presence at the University exemplifies this notion. Chaput also rightly urged believers to unite not just in words and pleasantries but also in heart and mind. The privatization of Christian faith — that is, the emphasis of the individual at the expense of the community — is a microcosm of the division within the church that has existed for centuries. Chaput’s lecture is not a call for the end of the Reformation of the church, but rather the beginning of a reformation in the hearts of believers. The wisdom shown by the leadership of both schools in bringing Chaput to speak at the University is a blessing. The role of faith in government, which has been scrutinized and misinterpreted for decades, has been made a little clearer. The administrations of HBU and St. Thomas, as well as Chaput and DiNardo should be commended for their openness to dialogue and fellowship, and their desire to encourage unity among God’s people.
staff editorial The welcoming of two prominent Catholic leaders as speakers is a positive step for the University toward its goal outlined in the seventh pillar of the Ten Pillars Vision of bringing Athens and Jerusalem together. The lecture delivered by the Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, archbishop of the Denver Archdiocese, on March 1 was a joint effort with the University of St. Thomas, marking the biggest partnership between Houston’s two major Christian universities. This partnership will hopefully continue in the future. The Chaput lecture, as well as the March 10 Convocation featuring Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, shows that the University recognizes the need to look beyond divisions between Catholicism and Protestantism and realize that despite any theological or practical differences, both denominations worship God and believe in the same savior, Jesus Christ. Chaput spoke on the necessity of all those
Should Texas have term limits for governorship?
Dropping the Hammer and Cycle by Nathan Cadis Editor in chief
I pointed to the bike and managed to say, “You need to give that back to me.” With a smug look, he demanded why. I struggled to find a suitable answer. Then I had it. With a renewed sense of confidence, I puffed out my chest and proudly declared, “Because I am an American.” Their arrogant looks melted as the reality of that statement sunk in. I guess they thought a distress signal was sent to the White House if any American was ever threatened and U.S. GIs would come and kick their borscht-loving behinds. Deflated, they walked the bike to me and ran off. As an adult, I am still in awe of how much of an effect my U.S. citizenship had on those boys that day. I wonder if they still have the same fear of Americans and if they ever retell that story as the day that defined their cultural identity.
I was 7 when I became aware of my cultural identity. My family had been living in Russia for a year as missionaries, and that summer my parents bought a red bicycle for my brothers and me. We were thrilled, but so was a gang of Russian teens who roamed our apartment complex. Soon, the bike went missing. We found the group huddled in an alley with our bike. Since I was the oldest, my brothers sent me to get it back. I mustered up all the courage a 7 year old could and marched to meet the thieves. In an instant, 20 pairs of eyes stared at me. My heart sank. Their leader glared at me and asked, “What do you want?”
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Designated term limits for government officials are a necessity if a government is expected to effectively serve its citizens. The office of governor of Texas is in no way exempt from this. The structure of the United States government was formed around the idea of checks and balances. This structure acknowledges an individual man’s relentless predisposition toward error. Term limits are one of the aforementioned checks. A lack of term limits promotes the idea that a politician can be irreplaceable, allowing them to become stagnant in office. It is important to keep the political process moving. This allows those with new ideas to have a fair chance to be elected and forces those who would otherwise become lazy in office to remain vigilant. Unfortunately, many people ignore the need for a term limit to support their personal affinity for a politician currently holding an office. A term limit will dissuade any candidates who are merely seeking the power in the position. If establishing a term limit comes at the cost of a good candidate being forced out of office after a given number of years, it is a price worth paying. A true civic servant recognizes that there are many areas of government where they can serve. They should be seeking to serve their people, not a more glamorous position.
Having the opportunity to serve without term limits allows more time for a government official to learn the responsibilities of their office. Mitchell L. Moss, professor of Urban Policy and Planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, said, “We diminish elected officials if we don’t give them the time in office to learn about government, to represent their constituents effectively, and to do jobs which require some learning and know-how.” Not having term limits allows leaders to build stronger rapport with their constituents and legislators and therefore accomplish more while in office. Term limits do not necessarily prevent politicians from becoming stagnant in office nor is there proof that term limits keep the political process moving smoothly. Ultimately voters have the opportunity to elect a new governor every four years. Additionally, term limits can discourage worthy candidates from running and cause a lack of continuity within the government because those with the greatest knowledge of the office, and its function, are no longer eligible for office. There are 11 other states including New York, Mississippi, Georgia and Indiana that do not impose term limits. Texas should remain on that list.
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Heading to Orem TIMEOUTwith... The men’s basketball team is preparing for the Great West Conference Tournament March 10-13 in Orem, Utah, as the No. 2 seed behind the conference champions, the University of South Dakota Coyotes.
Top Contenders South Dakota
Pos: Utility player Ht: 5’9” Classification: Junior Team leader in batting average and home runs Xbox, PS3 or Wii? Wii. Favorite sports idol? Josh Hamilton.
Tyler Cain 15.1 Points per game Jake Thomas 76 3-point field goals
Andrew Gonzalez 18.8 Points per game Mario Flaherty 9 Rebounds per game
Middle of the Pack Utah Valley
What song would you sing on American Idol? “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Why is softball better than baseball? Because girls are better than boys. Favorite field you have played on? Rocky Johnson Softball Field at Texas Tech University. Do you have a nickname? Saya.
Travis Bledsoe 14.8 Points per game Patrick Mitchell 52 3-point field goals
Jordan Swarbrick 18.8 Points per game Jourdain Scoubes 5.5 Rebounds per game
Long Shots Chicago State
What would you use to kill a zombie? Sweet ninja skills. What would you name the next Husky mascot? Balthazar. Powerade or Gatorade? Gatorade. If you were a Chicken McNugget, what sauce would you be dipped into? BBQ sauce.
Points per game: 73.2 Field goal percentage: .380
Points per game: 66.9 Field goal percentage .378
Points per game: 61 Field goal percentage .385
* conference record in parentheses
Methods for managing the ‘madness’ by Colby Primeaux 2007 but were absent from the Opinion editor bracket altogether in 2008. Do your research. Which team A famous line has the higher shooting percentage? in literature fea- Who lost momentum by losing their tures a soothsayer conference tournament final? Know telling Julius Cae- the answers to these questions. sar to “beware the Ides of March.” I like to think that this wise sage was talking about March Madness. Friends and strangers compete for prizes, money or bragging rights by attempting to predict not only the next NCAA Division I men’s basketball champion, but also the winDon’t get attached to seeds. ners of all 64 games. Although no No. 16 has beat a No. I have enjoyed success in recent 1, they have come close. A No. 15 years and feel obligated to pass has beaten a No. 2 four times. At along tips on how to pick a respect- least one No. 13 has beaten a No. 4 able bracket. in four of the past five tournaments, Forget the past. Florida and including two in 2008. Ohio State played in the finals in Listen to the experts. There are
people who see these upsets coming. Analysts like Jay Bilas and Joe Lunardi are widely recognized for predicting who could be the next “Cinderella.” Sienna and Davidson in 2008 and Bradley, George Mason and Northwestern State in 2006 were all winners on my bracket because I paid attention when someone said, “Watch out for this team. They can make or break someone’s bracket.” Finally, pick with your head, not with your heart. Don’t put Texas in the Final Four just because you bleed burnt orange. While I can’t guarantee victory in your pools, I can promise you that if you take my advice, you will feel more confident as you fill out those brackets, and you will no longer have to beware the Ides of March.
On-Base Percentage: .465
Batting Average: .343
Home Runs: 2
Runs Batted In: 6
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Offensive outbreak generates sweep by Colby Primeaux Opinion editor
by DEBORAH CLANTON
Freshman midfielder Cindy Hedden advances the ball against Puerto Rico in an exhibition game at Sorrels Field on March 5.
International competition Huskies host Puerto Rican national team
by Josue Elizondo Sports editor
The women’s soccer team faced a different level of competition March 5 hosting Puerto Rico’s national team at Sorrels Field. Head women’s soccer coach Misty Jones said the match was almost a year in the planning. Last May, Steve Jones, head men’s soc-
cer coach, and John Adams, goalkeepers’ coach, traveled to Puerto Rico to recruit players for the soccer program. While in Puerto Rico, Steve Jones met with Joe Serralto, father of former University soccer player Joey Serralto and President of the Puerto Rico Soccer Federation. The two talked about bringing it’s women’s team to the University for a match. The match was played under the lights with the grandstand filled with fans of both teams. Junior defender Ashley Pierce said the atmosphere of a capacity
crowd and playing a night game added intensity to the match. “There was some intimidation at first, but then it turned into motivation to show we could play with a prestigious team,” Pierce said. The match was played under basic international rules, but free subbing was allowed to help develop players and positions on both teams. The game started with both teams playing aggressively. Freshman goalkeeper Lara Johnson said it usually takes all of the first half to reach the intensity the team
played with from the start. The half ended with both teams having two shots on goal, but neither capitalized with a goal. Johnson said she felt the Huskies dominated the game and had the majority of the opportunities to score. Yet with less than seven minutes left in the game, miscommunication between two defenders and Johnson being caught off her line resulted in the only goal scored in the match. “It was good outing for a spring match,” Misty Jones said. “It’s good to know that we can compete with a national team.”
Close call at first causes series split
by Brandon Porter Assistant sports editor
The No. 13 team in the NAIA, the University of Houston-Victoria, gave the softball team tough competition in the doubleheader March 6 at Husky Field. UH-Victoria, coming off victories of eight and 10 runs over Prairie View A&M University, faced the Huskies, who were coming off two losses against Texas Tech University. The first game started as a pitching duel, with six total hits and no runs through 5 1/2 innings. In the bottom of the sixth, with runners on second and third, junior shortstop Mollye Mlcak hit a line drive up the middle, scoring both runs. The Jaguars pulled their pitcher and brought in senior Tasha Rotramel. On her first pitch, she gave up a two-run home run to junior first baseman Sara Corcoran, giving the Huskies the 4-0 lead they held
the rest of the game. Sophomore pitcher Beth Evans picked up her first win of the season, bringing her record to 1-2. She threw all seven innings allowing no runs on three hits with three strikeouts. “I felt pretty good today,” Evans said. “We played well as a team and we got the outs when we needed them.” In the second game of the doubleheader, the Huskies jumped out to a quick start in the first with Mlcak picking up an RBI on a double off the left-center wall, her fourth hit of the day. In the bottom of the third, after three singles to load the bases, Corcoran walked in a run, picking up her third RBI of the day and extending the lead to 2-0. Freshman Mac Christensen lined out to second and the Jaguars doubled off Corcoran to end the inning. UH-Victoria took the lead in the top of the fourth as Rotramel picked up an RBI double to left
by DEBORAH CLANTON
Freshman shortstop Mac Christensen warms up during the doubleheader against the University of Houston-Victoria. field, and with two on and two outs, an error by Mlcak gave the Jaguars a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs, Mlcak hit a dribbler to third and on a controversial call at first was called out to end the game, a 3-2 win for UH-Victoria. Freshman pitcher Keely Shuler took her first loss of the year, bringing her record to 2-1.
“I was very confident in myself today,” Shuler said. “They started to catch up to me late in the game and I had to mix it up.” Head coach Mary-Ellen Hall thought that her team played well in the double header. “We made some good plays and it was tough adjusting to the slower pitching after playing Texas Tech, but we did a good job,” Hall said.
Slideshow of softball against UH-Victoria.
See the rest of Sara Corcoran’s photo shoot.
The baseball team had a successful weekend in Austin, Texas, March 5-6, sweeping a threegame series against Concordia University Texas. The Huskies won the series opener 7-4 when sophomore right fielder Kolby Arnst drove in two runs with a single and later came around to score on junior left fielder Paul Prestera’s triple in the top of the 10th inning. Overcoming an early one-run deficit, the Huskies tied the game in the third when senior shortstop Zeke Zikeli scored on a wild pitch. The team took the lead in the fourth on an RBI single from senior second baseman Derek Smith and a two-run double by Zikeli. Junior Dalton Schafer gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings before junior Stephen Nikonchik was brought in, pitching 4 2/3, allowing one run on five hits to earn the win. The Huskies dominated the doubleheader the following day. In the first game, junior Jamie Story threw a complete-game shutout, giving up two hits and striking out four in the 9-0 win. “The defense behind me was solid,” Story said. “I threw a lot of first pitch strikes which produced a lot of ground balls and pop ups.” Story added that his firstpitch approach that allowed him to go deep into the game. “What I try to do every game is to get my team off the field as quickly as possible,” he said. The second game remained scoreless until the fourth when junior Russell Johns hit three of the first four batters he faced before giving up a two-run double to Arnst. All nine batters for the Huskies reached base in the inning, six of whom scored. Three insurance runs were scored in the seventh thanks to a pinch hit two-run double by freshman Jacob Gonzalez. The onslaught continued in the final game of the series as the Huskies won 15-5 with 17 base hits. Junior Michael Schulle picked up the win, allowing only one unearned run in five innings. Head coach Jared Moon praised his team’s work ethic and desire and said that will play a major part in their success this season. “They push each other and hold each other accountable,” he said.
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