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Fire scare stirs Loft’s tenants By Patricia Estrada and Dorothy Hastings-James The Daily Cougar Residents in the eighth through 10th floors of the Calhoun Lofts building were evacuated Tuesday after a heating and air conditioning system burned out on the ninth floor, a UH fire marshal said. Second year law student Kristen

Young informed The Daily Cougar of the incident via e-mail and estimated that about 10 emergency trucks were at the scene, including three fire trucks by 7 p.m. UH arson investigator William Courtney said the motor and power of the heating and air conditioning system was shut down and will be replaced. Maintenance was on-site working

to fix the problem, and the motor will later be thoroughly checked, Courtney said. English literature senior Brittany Stuhlmiller was driving up to the lofts when she noticed the emergency vehicles blocking the street. Stuhlmiller said that when she pulled up, she could not tell what was happening. “I don’t really know what they

were doing,” she said. “Apparently, there was a fire alarm. I talked to one of the firemen; he said as he was walking by, jokingly, ‘The fire is out; you can go back in.’ But I don’t think there was a fire.” Biology junior Izabel Hlayhel said nobody was telling residents what was going on. While outside, residents speculated on the reason for the evacuation.

“The police officer told me that it was an electrical problem, so if I knew anyone in the building, I should call them to evacuate ’cause it’s no joke,’” Hlayhel said. “When I walked over to the side of the building, students told me it was just a drill and that the firemen were saying that. So there are two different stories going on.”

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he UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture held an unveiling ceremony for a piece inspired by “Grotto for Meditation,” a work by designer Frederick Kiesler designed for the arts community of New Harmony, Ind., called “Frederick Kiesler-From New Harmony to Houston.” Eric Arnold, a fifth-year architecture student, helped with the construction of the piece and said it will be a place for people to go under to meditate and relax.

KUHF Houston Public Radio, in conjunction with the C.T. Bauer College of Business, has created a weekly radio segment focused on business issues around the Houston area, to begin Friday. “Bauer Business Focus” will air Friday mornings on KUHF 88.7 FM at 8:35 a.m., as well as on HD Digital Channel 10 and online at on the Internet radio station KUHF News. “The program will cover business that affects Houston,” KUHF business reporter Ed Mayberry said. “There are so many corporations and CEO’s (in Houston) with business expertise; it would be interesting to get into their heads.” Mayberry will be the host of the program, while Bauer will locate

individuals for interviewing on the segment. Dean of the Bauer College of Business Arthur Warga will be the first guest. “They want to use the Bauer college of Business as a neutral arbiter to help find leaders in the business community or experts to discuss topics in business to inform the public about trends and developments,” Warga said. “Our college is in touch on a daily basis with many of the businesses in Houston. We see them in our building everyday, and we go and meet with them on a daily basis. We know who’s best to find to discuss a specific topic.” Warga also said Bauer is always willing to do whatever it can to help the University. KUHF broadcasts other businesses programs, but “Bauer Business Focus” will be one of the few programs to focus on Houston-based businesses and entrepreneurs. “It’s directed at an audience that see RADIO, page 7

King’s legacy continues to inspire Panelists ask students to learn from message left by civil rights leader


By Ronnie Turner The Daily Cougar Martin Luther King Jr. will forever be remembered for his powerful speeches and marches that he led during the civil rights movement, but a panel composed of UH faculty, staff and alumni summed up the minister’s legacy with primarily two words — sacrifice and service. The University honored the civil rights leader with a discussion about

his life and career Tuesday at the University Center’s Houston Room. The discussion was titled “The Relevance of the Legacy Today,” and the panelists sought to remind the audience of all ages and ethnicities that it could honor King’s legacy by helping to improve the lives of others. “It’s not always about us,” State Representative and UH alumnus Sylvester Turner said. “It’s about what you do to make a difference. That’s what Dr. King stood for.” King, who would have turned 81 on Jan. 15, was largely seen as the face of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, before he

was assassinated April 4, 1968. His activism helped to tear down numerous racial barriers in American society and bring about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, two pieces of legislation that outlawed racial segregation and extended voting rights. King is probably best known for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in August 1963. Many of Tuesday’s panelists urged members of the audience to live out see MLK, page 5

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Students brought brown bag lunches and listened to speakers reflect and discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers included UH President Renu Khator, second from right, and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Interim Dean Joe Pratt, right.

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By Giselle Bueno The Daily Cougar The Council of Ethnic Organizations is a student-fee funded organization that promotes cultural awareness and appreciates the different cultures at UH. “We throw ethnic events and support ethnic organizations through co-sponsorships and promotion,” said computer engineering technology senior and Co-Marketing Director of CEO Oreoluwa Akinyemi Ayodele. CEO consists of individuals and member-group organizations that represent the diverse student body at UH. “It’s important to join this organization because it promotes diversity on campus and interaction between different cultures and ethnicities,” said education junior Michael Harding, director of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program. “When students promote diversity they are showing a maturity level that can only lead to the betterment of the campus and positive effects within the city of Houston,” Harding said. According to CEO’s Web site, the organization promotes quality programs that are devoted to displaying ethnic diversity and multiculturalism, and students have access to the resources offered by CEO. “Our goal for this semester is to increase our individual and group membership, as well as increase participation among these members and their events,” said economics junior and Assistant Director of CEO Steven Fentanes. “We strive to make each and every student feel like they’re at home when it comes to showcasing their diverse culture here on campus.”

CEO promotes general diversity in addition to ethnic, religious, lifestyle and music diversity. “The organization was created in 1972 by Marguerite Ross Barnett, who saw a need for diversity on UH’s campus,” advisor to CEO Tiffany Spurlock said. “CEO gives the student body the opportunity to have a voice and teach people about their culture. Students can ask questions to become more aware, grow and become better people.” CEO hosts the Asian Spring Festival and contributes to Black History Month and Frontier Fiesta by providing carnival rides. “We believe that stepping out of your boundaries, seeking knowledge and exposing yourself to unknown territory will make you stronger once leaving your undergrad career,”consumer science and merchandising senior Derek Robinson, CEO’s director, said. Spurlock said CEO will hold a variety of events, including the Women of the World Banquet on April 13 in the University Center’s Houston Room. Scheduled keynote speaker for the event is Texas Secretary of State Esperanza Andrade. Also on the CEO schedule is the iDiversify Conference, which will be held April 10 in the UC. “Being a member of CEO is absolutely free. We strive to make this organization as beneficial to our members as possible,” Ayodele said. “We do several volunteering events as well as social events but all in the context of diversity.” One of the strong points of UH is the diversity seen throughout campus among its 37,000 students. “As far as diversity goes, UH should be the spotlight among any other university in the nation,” Ayodele said. “Students should take pride in the fact that they attend a university that can promote one of America’s greatest qualities.” see CEO, page 7

Saturday 6th Good News Gospel Choir 30th Anniversary Purpose: Celebratory Event of the organization’s existence on the UH Campus. Time: 6p. UC Houston Room Monday 8th The Web of the Black Widow: Purpose: Jeanette Lee, Asian Pool Player, to close out the Asian Festival event. Time: 11:30a – 1:00p (UC Arbor) Time: 7:00p-9:00 pm (UC Arbor)

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Jersey Shore not a bad Situation Critics from groups such as UNICO National, the nation’s largest ItalianAmerican service organization, have called MTV’s Jersey Shore and its young cast of eight self-proclaimed Kalani Man “guidos” and “guidettes” superficial and blatantly racist in their depiction of Italian-Americans. Some have called the program a threat to and perversion of the rich history of Italians in the U.S.; others have called it offensive to the entire human race. Such claims of discrimination are indeed imbued with a genuine sense of Italian or Italian-American pride. No objection there. But the ferocity with which demands to cancel the show have been made, along with critics’ apparent eagerness to manipulate into racial prejudice what is truly benign, smack of an ideology far more pernicious than the innocently misguided phraseology and sybaritic lifestyle of a group of 20-something co-eds: fascism, or more precisely, Italian Fascism. For those who don’t recall, Italian Fascism maintained, at its base, doctrines

of extreme conservatism, authoritarianism and Italian nationalism. This last tenet, purportedly founded on Italian pride (again, no objection there), led to Italianization — the forced and systematic assimilation of non-Italian minorities. An opportunistic tool for unification and power solidification used by the authoritarian regime, Italianization silenced minority cultures by supplanting their histories and expressions with indoctrinated fascist values and a supremely glorified Italo-centric history. Of course, the defense of ItalianAmerican culture from the perpetuation of stereotypes and the use of certain phrases or words that could be slurs is nothing to be condemned or to be associated with a nefarious dictator’s philosophy. What makes the defense ring of Italian Fascism are the insistences that Jersey Shore ought to have been cancelled, effectively taken off airwaves and should definitely not be renewed for another season (which, according to an article in Saturday’s New York Post, is currently being negotiated). The guidos and guidettes of Jersey

Shore represent a subculture of ItalianAmericans. Although they might be a crass, ostentatious group of insensitive and insular boors, that doesn’t mean they should be silenced by haughty ItalianAmericans afraid of being thrown into the uncouth-labeled crucible with cast members “Snooki” and “J-WOWW.” The only group the actions of the cast affect negatively is its own self-referential clique, a group so far removed from Italian culture and American social norms that the possibility viewers would assume any of the cast members is a true and full representation of all Italian-Americans is about as likely as a child playing Super Mario and coming to the conclusion that all Italians 1) have a best friend named Luigi and 2) fight evil turtles. The bottom line is that this particular subculture has said nothing that condemns other Italian-Americans or alleges a superiority of guidos and guidettes. Italian-American critics of the show who cry racism should refrain from playing the aggressor so as to stop painting a picture of see SHORE, page 12

People want change in new year President Barack Obama celebrated the anniversary of his inauguration Jan. 20, and many people have been left to question when the “change” they were promised a year ago will come about. Karen Ramirez Obama’s ticket to the White House was his promise to revise the system at a time when it was desperately needed. But looking back, nothing has really changed from the way things were before. Obama’s promises of change inspired people to hope for bigger and better things from their government. One year later, some have awakened from that dream only to realize that this nation’s problems have not been fully resolved. Many people have gotten worked up over the controversial health care reform proposed by Obama.

With Republican Scott Brown winning the vacant Senate seat from Massachusetts, effectively quashing the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the future for the proposed health care reform looks grim. In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Obama said Brown was elected for the same reasons he had been — because people want change. If that is the case, then the people of Massachusetts apparently want a kind of change different from what Obama is striving for. In the interview, Obama said he supported health care reform because problems with the health care system contributed to the economic recession. But health care is only a small portion of the nation’s economic woes. Unemployment is still high, and

the banking industry, which received federal stimulus funds that Obama is unapologetic for, has not yet weathered the financial storm. Obama also said he had been concerned with the economy since his inauguration, but his year in office does not reflect that. One year of a presidency may not be enough time to tell whether things will get better, but with Obama putting most of his efforts into health care reform, what will happen if it does not pass? In the middle of a crisis, time is precious; one year can be crucial to the country’s future. Certain polls show that a majority of the country does not agree with the health care reform as currently constituted, but Obama said that see OBAMA, page 12

s fans prepare to take in the battle between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on Super Bowl Sunday, they’re being drawn into another battle that has nothing to do with football. CBS, the network broadcasting the game, is planning to run an ad that features Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother telling the story of her ignoring doctor’s orders to abort her pregnancy in 1987 and give birth to Tim. The ad is sponsored by conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, and critics are saying it does nothing more than spread the group’s anti-abortion message. With the ad’s price tag at $2.5 million, some are saying that Focus would be better off spending that money on women’s shelters or educating young people on how to make the difficult decisions associated with an unexpected pregnancy. But when you delve deeper into CBS’s decision to air the controversial ad, which has been condemned by groups such as the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and the Women’s Media Center, you discover that this is not the network’s first go-round with controversial ads. In 2004, citing a policy held by all the major networks to not air ads of an inflammatory or controversial nature, CBS refused to air an ad by the liberal-leaning United Church of Christ, citing the UCC’s inclusive policy toward gays and others who might feel rejected by more conservative churches. CBS took quite a bit of flack for rejecting that spot and may be preemptively caving to the groups who agree with Focus’ stance. At the same time, it’s not as though CBS is desperate for companies to fill its slots, furthering the notion that it doesn’t mind the controversy as long as it agrees with the advertiser’s stance. That notion goes to the core of protesters’ arguments – that the Super Bowl is not the time or place to dictate moral policy or stoke the flames of an already-hot-button issue. Would CBS air such an ad if Tebow’s mother were someone advocating abortion as an option to save the life of a woman who has a high-risk pregnancy? One has to assume the network would not. If that is the case, this is a clear-cut example of hypocrisy at its finest.

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Government should take closer look into suicides On June 9, 2006, three detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba were found dead, supposedly having hanged themselves in David Brooks their cells. Before any investigation was undertaken, these deaths were ruled suicides; Rear Admiral Harry Harris, thencommander in charge of the camp, said the men committed acts of “asymmetric warfare” against the U.S., proving the victims were jihadists. But an article written by Scott Horton for the March issue of Harper’s Magazine suggests that the official account of what happened that night was a lie and the three men were in fact tortured to death. The article — based on a report released in December written by Mark Denbeaux of the Seton Hall University School of Law, as well as interviews with guards who were on duty that night at the camp — claimed the official accounting of the events that

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King’s dream through their own. “It’s important that we have a dream,” UH President Renu Khator said. “I challenge you to have a dream and live it. “But don’t just have a dream for yourself. Have a dream for your community, your institution and your family.” Political science junior Dylan Hickey said that hearing about King’s work inspired him to help others, such as the victims of the recent earthquakes in Haiti. “I feel (King’s) message is that the greatest injustice is to see suffering from people you can help and refusing to do so,” Hickey said. Graduate College of Social Work Dean Ira Colby and Honors College Interim Assistant Dean Christine LeVeaux both cited the catastrophic events in Haiti when lecturing on King’s legacy. More than 150,000 people have died since the Jan. 12 earthquake, and hundreds of thousands of survivors were left without basic necessities such as food and water. Humanitarian aid flowed to Haiti from countries around the world in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and continues to do so. “That’s something King would have wanted to see,” LeVeaux told the audience. “If you really want to know what Dr. King’s legacy is to the world, just look at the response to Haiti,” she said. “Dr. Martin Luther King taught us to never sit by and allow suffering, and thanks to the indelibility of his legacy, we won’t have to.”

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occurred to be unbelievable. Allegedly, the three detainees plotted to commit suicide simultaneously (even though they had only been in the same cell block for 72 hours), made nooses out of torn bed sheets and bound their hands and feet before shoving rags down their throats, stepping up on their sinks and hanging themselves. We’re also supposed to believe that the men accomplished all of this without any of the constantly patrolling guards noticing and that they hung unnoticed in their cells for two hours. However, the guards who spoke to Harper’s — including the chief of security at Camp America, the portion of Guantanamo Naval Base that houses the detention facilities — reported seeing a van transport three prisoners to a secret facility nicknamed “Camp No” hours before the three bodies were supposedly found. It’s not known for sure, but Camp No is rumored to be a CIA torture site. When the van returned, it did

not transport the prisoners to the cellblocks, but instead backed up to the service entrance of the medical clinic. The guards also confirmed that, despite being stationed with an unobstructed view of the walkway between the cellblock and medical clinic, they never saw any bodies transported from the cellblock to the clinic. That night, Col. Michael Bumgarner, the commander of Camp America, told his guards that although the prisoners had died from choking on the rags they had swallowed, the official story they were to tell would be that the prisoners had hanged themselves. Both the autopsies and the NCIS report failed to mention any possible evidence of torture, including bruising, hemorrhages, needle marks or the rags stuffed down the prisoners’ throats (which is a tactic commonly used during waterboarding). Each report supported the initial claim that the deaths were jihadists engaging in asymmetric

warfare by committing suicide. Yet the men’s guilt as terrorists and motivation to commit suicide are strongly in question. Yasser Al-Zahrani was 17 years old when he was turned in to American officials for a bounty. His case had been reviewed, and he was on a list of prisoners to be sent home. Mani Al-Utaybi had been turned in for a bounty while doing humanitarian work in a tribal region straddling the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan and was due to be sent home in a matter of weeks. And the only evidence against the third prisoner, Salah AlSalami, was that he had lived in a boarding house in Pakistan that terrorists were believed to have used at one point. The same guards who spoke to Harper’s for the article approached the U.S. Justice Department under President Barack Obama’s administration with their concerns, but were unsatisfied with the cursory investigation the Department

executed. The amount of evidence indicating that these prisoners may have been tortured to death warrants a full investigation, yet there is no indication from Obama’s administration that it is willing to do so. There are more cases, too. Since the beginning of the War on Terror, more than 100 detainees have died while in U.S. custody. According to military records, 34 of them are suspected or confirmed homicides, and evidence indicates others were falsely characterized as natural deaths. The vast majority of those cases has never been investigated; only 12 deaths have resulted in any sort of punishment for any official. Despite the CIA’s heavy involvement in many of the cases, not one of its agents has faced a criminal charge. None of these prisoners were see SUICIDES, page 12

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By Shaziya Bandukia The Daily Cougar Now that the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards are done for this year, it’s time to take a look back at the styles the women of Hollywood chose to display on the red carpet. While the styling at the Golden Globes featured mainly long, flowing gowns, the styling at the Screen Actors Guild Awards featured short, casual dresses, along with more tight-fitted gowns. Tina Fey was applauded for her wardrobe change at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. At the Golden Globes, she walked onto the red carpet wearing a full-skirted, strapless Zac Posen dress, which took away from her physique and made her look plump. Fortunately, Fey took a dramatic turn this past weekend when she was photographed wearing a purple knee-length dress that fit her curves well and flaunted her physique in a positive light. Another noteworthy wardrobe decision is that of Kate Hudson. She stayed loyal to the color white at both award ceremonies, but both dresses had the right amount of oomph. At the Golden Globes, Hudson wore a strapless gown

with feathers and a Styrofoam-like cloth covering the upper bodice. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Hudson chose to move the oomph to her backside, and she sported a backless dress with a boat neckline. In both dresses, Hudson succeeded in wowing audiences. From the upgrades between the two award ceremonies, there are definitely some downgrades worth discussing: Sandra Bullock and Anna Paquin. At the Golden Globes, Bullock looked stunning in a plum Bottega Venetta gown that amplified her physique and looked great with her skin tone. Unfortunately, Bullock’s black-with-blue-sequins Alexander McQueen gown at the SAGs was not appealing to the eyes. It was plain and looked a too professional for the red carpet. Anna Paquin of True Blood made a mistake by assuming that she was to dress for a social mixer at the SAGs. From her fabulous golden gown at the Golden Globes, she resorted to a short cocktail dress with a plunging neckline, similar to her Golden Globes gown. From head to toe, Paquin looked unprepared for the red carpet, but hopefully that mishap will teach her an important lesson for the future. With two of the four most prominent award ceremonies over, the Grammy Awards and the Oscars still remain. The fate of the ladies

of Hollywood and their red carpet appearances at these upcoming events is still undecided, but let’s hope there are more upgrades than the hideous downgrades seen from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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While most actresses failed to impress during the first two awards shows of the season, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, actresses Tina Fey and Kate Hudson dressed to impress and found success.

Couture collection dazzles By Jarrod Klawinsky The daily Cougar Twice a year, the designers and ateliers of Paris deliver haute couture shows to a very private selection of clients that includes celebrities, socialites, magazine editors and royalty. Monday began the spring 2010 shows, with Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani’s couture collection Armani Privé. While only a select few women in the world can afford these


inspiring creations, it is the delight of many to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of each piece of artwork. Haute couture literally means “high sewing.” And while the word couture is thrown around casually, only a select few designers create couture pieces. Haute couture is very specific in that it is custom-made. The government of France must license a designer wanting to create an official haute couture piece. From series of fittings to its

hand-sewing by the finest ateliers in the world, each piece is unique to its owner, sometimes taking up to 150 man hours to complete. In a 2006 Forbes article, local Houston philanthropist and socialite Becca Cason Thrash said, “You amortize couture. You buy a piece and you wear it in Houston, then you wear it again in New York, then London, then Paris. You put it away for a couple of years and when you pull it out, it looks all brand new again.” It is no secret that haute

couture is expensive, sometimes as much as $100,000 for one gown, but some pieces fetch millions. However, some designers are as sought after as artists such as Picasso or Monet, and collectors know that couture is an investment. Over time, the value of the investment only increases. “You’re dealing with a very small market on both occasions,” Joan DeJean, author of The Essence of Style said in the same Forbes article. “Couture is the

perfect example of something that is always the central issue in any kind of luxury goods economy— that is to have something that is virtually unique, and not quite unique. You don’t want to have someone looking like you at the Oscars, but you do want to know that you’ll have the best style of the season.” Who doesn’t want the perfect dress? Perfection never goes out of style.


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UHDS brings warm, delicious Xpress dining to Lofts By Zoa Khan the daily cougar UH Dining Services is bringing to campus a fresh type of convenience this semester. Cougar Xpress, nestled in the chic Calhoun Lofts, is a Provision On Demand (POD) mini-market that also offers mouth-watering, hot food items to go. UHDS Director of Operations, Geoffrey Herbert said his department is thrilled to offer a new type of service. “We are really excited to serve the UH community with the new Cougar Xpress mini-market,” Herbert said. “The location at the Calhoun Lofts is a unique one, featuring fresh produce, hot madefrom-scratch meals like rotisserie chicken, hot wings and vegetable

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lasagnas all served in the comfort of a warm and inviting neighborhood market.” The POD’s state-of-the-art design has been recognized with first place at Retail Design Institute’s 2008 International Student Store Design Competition in the Convenience Store Category and has won Chain Store Age magazine’s Retail Store of the Year Award 2009. The store is designed specifically for students and was named by a student as well. Cougar Xpress is a name submitted by history and pre-optometry sophomore Jonathan Richards, in a naming contest and won the most votes by students. “I chose Cougar Xpress with ‘X’ because it matches the stylish environment of the Cougar Lofts,”

Richards said. “College students like myself are always busy and need something fast and good. This is a big step that they are offering this level of service on campus. From what I understand, this is not just a regular C-store but more of a mini-grocery store that serves food also. I am excited about the store and will definitely check it out.” Cougar Xpress’ hours will be 9 A.M. to 11 P.M., Monday through Friday, and 10 A.M. to 11 P.M., on Saturday and Sunday. It will celebrate its service with a grand opening event on Monday Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We will have an array of activities, including free samples, a special drawing for a custom Trek bicycle and more,” Herbert said.

Cougar Xpress recently opened its door at the Calhoun Lofts. Shoppers can enjoy fresh produce and made-from-scratch meals such as vegetable lasagna and hot wings.

around the country, and those are covered by our other business segments like ‘Marketplace.’” The concept of the program had been in the works since 2009. “We have been talking (about the program) for about a year,” Fraser said. “Just from the inception of an idea, we’ve been through a few different forms.” Warga said the concept of the

program has evolved since talks first began. “We had been talking to them for awhile about a much shorter series of pieces,” he said. “We assembled about twenty pieces in the past from our faculty.” Warga said the original 90-second pieces involved information ranging from protecting trade brands to information on financial markets.

“Those would have been potentially daily (segments) but much shorter,” Warga said. “They came back to us with the proposal to expand it to the current format because they felt that there was a demand for something a little more in-depth.” Fraser said she is excited about the new program and that the wide audience will be able to relate to the

starting this week, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the conference room in the UC Underground. Robinson said members are encouraged to attend meetings to receive more information on upcoming events, as well as to earn member points needed to uphold their co-sponsorship benefits.

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As the only ranked team in C-USA, the No. 25 Blazers are the natural choice to man the top spot in the league’s hierarchy. UAB currently holds an 18-2 record and is the only team yet to suffer a conference loss. The Blazers have already posted wins over ranked squads Butler and Cincinnati and recently defended their own inclusion in the top 25 with a 65-55 home win over Tulsa on Tuesday. They still have a pair of challenges it their next two contests, hosting UTEP on Saturday and then traveling to Memphis on Feb. 3. UAB leads the league in scoring defense, allowing opponents 59.2 points per game and the Blazers are 4-0 in 1-point games this season.



Despite falling at UAB on Tuesday, the Golden Hurricane still own the second best record in C-USA at 16-4 and their only conference loss was to the Blazers. Led by 7-footer Jerome Jordan, the Golden Hurricane will have their hands full when they travel to Orlando on Saturday to take on a UCF squad they beat by 20 points on Jan. 16. After that, Tulsa hosts an up-andcoming Marshall team before traveling to UTEP, so their ranking could receive a major boost or blow depending on how it fares over this crucial stretch.

While the Tigers may not have the stranglehold on C-USA they once did, they are far from slouches. Even with the departure of head coach John Calapri and his flock of talented recruits, Memphis has held its own and rebounded from having its record C-USA 64-game winning streak snapped by trouncing UH by 15 points. The Tigers still boast a talented scoring threat in Elliot Williams and have surrounded him with players able to score at will while crating their own shot. They travel to Marshall today, so another tough test awaits them in their quest to reclaim C-USA’s top spot.





The Thundering Herd have proved to be one of the biggest surprises this season, compiling a 15-4 overall record with their only C-USA loss being a two-point home defeat against UAB on Saturday. Marshall has been competitive in every loss, except for a 37-point loss to defending champion North Carolina on Dec. 22 boast a talented frontcourt of Tyler Wilkerson and Hassan Whiteside, both of whom are averaging 12.7 points per game. Like the rest of C-USA’s better teams, Marshall faces a difficult stretch over the next week, beginning with a home date with Memphis tonight. They follow that with a pair of road games against UH and Tulsa and should have a better idea of whether they are contenders or pretenders.



The Cougars have to rank as one of the league’s biggest disappointments this season, especially give they have two-fifths of the preseason C-USA First Team in guards Aubrey Coleman and Kelvin Lewis. Granted, UH’s talented backcourt has provided the scoring they were expected to with Coleman and Lewis averaging a combined 42.0 points per game, but it’s been the team’s inability to defend the interior that has hurt it the most. The Cougars are consistently outmuscled inside, leading to demoralizing second-chance points and a leagueworst -8.8 rebounding differential. Interestingly enough, the Cougars seem to be intent on duplicating the football team’s approach – leading the conference in scoring at 82.4 points per game while allowing 77.4, and we all know how that formula worked for UH on the gridiron.




East Carolina

The Pirates earned a one-spot bump after their 15-point win at Tulane on Sunday and what may be most impressive is they did it on the second night of a back-to-back. Still, the five-game losing streak that preceded it has more to do with ECU’s current ranking as the Pirates lost by an average of 16 points in each contest. This weekend brings the best chance for ECU to record consecutive victories for the first time since late November as it hosts Rice. Leading scorer Brock Young (15.0 ppg) has had a pair of subpar games, totaling 11 points in the Pirates last two contests and will need to rediscover his scoring touch if ECU has any hope of climbing out of the C-USA basement. After the Owls pay a visit, the Pirates jump back into the fray with a home date against UCF on Tuesday and a road game against Marshall on Feb. 6.

»»Central Florida


One of the preseason favorites to dethrone Memphis, UTEP has shown some inconsistency this season and thus finds itself closer to the middle of the pack than the upper echelon. Still, the Miners sport a respectable 15-3 record and come into tonight’s home game against Tulane riding a three-game winning streak. Their two most recent wins may be their most impressive, staring with a 72-67 win at Memphis on Jan. 20 and a 96-59 trouncing of Central Florida in Orlando. With the reigning C-USA Player of the Week guard Randy Culpepper averaging 17.4 points per game and sophomore forward Arnett Moultrie building off his experience as a member of this summer’s gold medal-winning USA squad in the FIBA U-19 World Championships, the Miners pack a potent insideoutside combo that is sure to give plenty of teams fits.

»»Southern Miss


The Golden Eagles recently picked up their first conference win with a 68-53 home win over East Carolina this past Saturday. Hardly something to brag about, the win over the Pirates may be a building block toward respectability. With dates at Tulane and SMU at home should provide Southern Miss an opportunity to climb a rung or two up the C-USA ladder before the road gets tougher. One of the few bright spots for the Golden Eagles has been Gary Flowers, who is averaging 14.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. In fact, Flowers, a junior who is playing for the first time in his career, almost led Southern Miss past conference-leading UAB with a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-56 road defeat.




Picked to finish seventh by preseason prognosticators, the Green Wave have been worse than anticipated, stumbling to a 6-12 record and only one win in conference. Tulane is last in C-USA in scoring at 63.7 points per game and field goal percentage at 40 percent. Compounding matters is its futile attempt at defense, ranking second-to-last by allowing opponents to convert at a 45 percent clip and last in several other defensive categories. The Green Wave’s next real opportunity at a second confernce win should come on Feb. 3 as they get a road rematch with Rice, and in between face UTEP on the road and Southern Miss at home.

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Predicted to finish seventh in the Orlando Sentinel’s inaugural preseason poll, the Knights have been a pleasant surprise but still plagued by inconsistency. After getting a big boost from freshman Marcus Jordan’s career-high 23 points in a 78-71 win at UH, UCF followed that with a 37-point home loss to UTEP. The Knights should get a bit of a reprieve when they travel to Dallas to take on SMU before hosting Tulsa on Saturday. Part of UCF’s problems stem from its lack of a dominant scorer, as its four leading scorers average between 9.3 and 10.5 points. The Knights may be able to keep their heads above water with balanced scoring during the regular season, but come tournament time will need a consistent late-game option to provide points.



Mustang fans may not have noticed how pitiful their basketball squad due to the extended euphoria of the football team’s recent bowl breakthrough, but reality is soon to set in. SMU is 8-10 overall and 1-3 in C-USA play while ranking in the lower half of nearly every statistical category. Their only conference win came against cellar-dweller Rice and with home dates against UCF and Memphis along with a road matchup against Southern Miss over the next week, things look bleak. The Mustangs do have a viable scoring threat in senior guard Derek Williams, who has put together three consecutive games with 20 points or more, raising his season average to 16.8 points per game. On the other hand, junior forward Papa Dia followed his best game of the season, a 21-point showing at Rice, with a paltry two points against Houston Baptist.



Owls fans may have been hoping that the basketball season would help erase the pain from a pitiful football campaign, but have had no such luck to date. Much like their gridiron counterparts, the Owls find themselves dead last in the C-USA standings and have yet to win a league game. Rice’s best chance at getting a win of any kind may not come until it hosts Texas A&M International on Feb. 8, but even that may be a stretch for the offensively challenged Owls. Rice ranks second-to-last in the conference in scoring (64.3 ppg), scoring differntial (-4.2) and field goal percentage (.399). One of the few bright spots for Rice has been the play of true freshman Arsalan Kazemi, who like UTEP’s Moultrie, seems to be benefiting from this past summer’s experience in the FIBA U-19 World Championships. After sering as the captain of Iran’s squad, Kazemi has put together a solid freshman campaign, averaging 10.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.


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Cougar Sports Services When the men’s basketball team takes the court this weekend, the players will have some competition when it comes to sneakers — and not from the opposing squad. Head coach Tom Penders and his staff will be trading in their usual formal footwear for sneakers, all in the name of a good cause. As members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Penders & Co. will be participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend when UH takes on Marshall at 5 p.m., Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion. Done in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more than $55 million since 1993 to help ACS fund various cancer research projects and aid those dealing with the disease. The UH Athletics Department is encouraging fans attending Saturday’s matchup against the Thundering Herd to also wear sneakers in a show of support. According to www.cancer. org, former Missouri coach Norm Stewart, a cancer survivor, originally developed the idea behind Coaches vs. Cancer by challenging fans to donate a dollar amount for every 3-pointer made by the Tigers during


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UH men’s basketball coach Tom Penders will trade in his usual dress shoes for sneakers as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. the 1993 season. That effort led to the formation of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council in 1998, and the tradition continues to this day. Women’s Basketball The men won’t be the only ones helping to fight cancer when they take the court, as the UH women’s basketball team will be participating in Hoops for the Cure in its Feb. 7, 1 p.m., home game against Memphis. This will be the third consecutive year the Cougars team with The Rose, a non-profit breast

cancer organization, to help raise awareness and fans in attendance will have the opportunity to donate to the organization. The UH Athletics Department has several events planned for the afternoon, including recognizing cancer survivors, halftime entertainment presented by jump rope group The Highflyers and free pink T-shirts for the first 200 fans to match the pink shooting shirts being donned by the Cougars.

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bunch that includes nine players 23 years old or younger.

As the NBA season reaches its midpoint and the All-Star Game approaches, certain teams and players are starting to separate from the pack. The Cleveland Cavaliers look like the class of the league, while the Los Angeles Lakers look just as strong as they did during last year’s championship run. With that in mind, what better time than now to hand out some hardware to players, coaches and teams having great seasons?

Rookie of the Year Don’t get upset, Brandon Jennings fans, but Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans is simply having a better season thus far. Evans is averaging 20.7 points per game along with 4.9 assists for a Kings team just now getting back Kevin Martin. Jennings does have that 55-point game early in the season, but Evans has led the Kings to a 12-9 home record despite struggling on the road.

Most Valuable Player They call him “King” for a reason: Lebron James and the Cavaliers have already swept the season series against the defending champion Lakers 2-0 and currently hold the best record in the NBA at 34-11 entering play today. James is having another remarkable season, averaging 29.9 points, 7.20 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. His closest competition is Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, but this should be a repeat performance for James.

Sixth Man of the Year It seems this award goes to Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks every year, but Houston fans may be in for a treat this year. Terry has been starting for Dallas, opening up a spot for forward Carl Landry to win this award. Besides suffering a gunshot wound and five lost teeth in the past two seasons, Landry is on a tear coming off the bench this season for a playoff-contending Rockets team. Landry is averaging 16.4 points per game, more than seven points better than he did last season, and is obviously having his best season.

Coach of the Year It may take readers a minute to realize how worthy Scott Brooks is. Yes indeed, the Oklahoma City Thunder are led by Brooks in his second season and at 24-20, the Thunder are in playoff competition and have already eclipsed last year’s win total. As the leader of a young team led by star Kevin Durant’s 29.3 points per game, Brooks has the Thunder playing an exciting brand of basketball that has the NBA buzzing. A virtual no-name coach prior to this season, Brooks is leading an athletic

Most Improved Player of the Year This award could go to Channing Frye or Zach Randolph, but and I’m going to give it to Warriors guard Monta Ellis. A season after playing only 25 games due to injury, Ellis has burst onto the scene averaging 26.1 points per game this season. along with 5.5 assists. Ellis is playing 42 minutes per game while shooting 46 percent for a below-average Golden State team.

Cougar Sports Services Despite the Cougars’ disappointing start to the 2010 season, there was one bright spot that emerged from this past weekend’s pair of losses. UH diver Anastasia Pozdniakova was named Conference USA Diver of the Week on Tuesday. Pozdniakova, who, along with former Cougar Yulia Pakhalina took silver in the 2008 Olympics in the women’s 3-meter synchronized springboard, has won the C-USA Diver of the Week honor three times this season and 17 times in her illustrious career. Her latest success should not come as a surprise, as she claimed first place in the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions over the weekend against North Texas and SMU — the sixth-consecutive meet in which she has accomplished the feat. Her score of 397.65 points in the 3-meter event against North Texas on Friday was a high for this season. Pozdniakova followed by setting a SMU pool record the next day with a score of 352.88 in the 1-meter event. The Cougars return to the pool when they host Tulane, LSU and Rice on Friday and Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

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Americans are unaware of certain provisions the bill contains and that those provisions will benefit a great deal of people. Americans don’t have time for that kind of political double-talk. Obama seems to be just as optimistic as he was around this time last year, but for how long will he remain so? It is too soon to say what will come about in 2010, but after last year, we’re still hoping for some much-needed change. Karen Ramirez is a psychology junior and may be reached at opinion@

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ever charged with — or convicted of — any crime, and there is substantial evidence to indicate that many of them were innocent. Obama’s administration needs to investigate every questionable case, punish those responsible for wrongdoing and ensure such events don’t happen again. Anything less is a disservice to justice and the ideals America stands for.

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