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Law to identify definition of journalist By Jared Luck THE DAILY COUGAR A bill proposed in the Maryland House of Representatives is putting the spotlight on the issue of whether collegiate journalists should be granted shield law protection to prevent them from having to reveal confidential sources. The shield law allows reporters the right to refuse to reveal their sources gathered while working on a news story. According to the Student Law Press Center, the Maryland bill is the response to an attempt by an attorney

in Illinois to subpoena the syllabus, grades, notes, e-mails, expense receipts and other documents from a class at Northwestern University. The class is part of the Medill Innocence Project, in which students use investigative reporting to research old cases to look for signs that people were wrongfully convicted of crimes. The bill’s sponsor, Sandy Rosenberg, hopes that other states will pass similar laws. However, last summer Texas passed the Free Flow of Information Act (FFIA) — its version of a shield law. The Austin-American Statesman

reported that the Act defines a journalist as someone who gathers and disseminates information for “a substantial portion” of their livelihood or “for substantial financial gain.” Unpaid college journalists are therefore not protected. Michael Tate Barkley, assistant professor and practicing attorney at Bain & Barkley, said the state should broaden its definition of “journalist.” “College journalists participate in journalism and they’re serving their identified role under the First Amendment just like a newspaper or broadcast news magazine is,” Barkley said. “In my mind, I don’t

make the distinction — just because somebody’s a student doesn’t mean they’re not practicing journalism.” But with the FFIA being passed so recently, Barkley said, the political incentive to pass additional legislation probably no longer exists. Like in Texas, a proposed federal shield law may also exclude collegiate journalists. The bill, also called the Free Flow of Information Act, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in December of last year. Texas Sen. John Cornyn is a member of this group. Although an outspoken supporter of open government, according to the

White to work on education State’s economy, energy and environment also on Democrat’s agenda

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No rivalry between UHPD, Rice cops Officer says UHPD communicates with other law enforcement to solve crimes

By Patricia Estrada THE DAILY COUGAR Former Mayor Bill White appears to have a clear path to November’s gubernatorial ballot. White leads Farouk Shami in the Democratic primary 59 percent to 12 percent, according to the Feb. 23 Public Policy Polling survey. The primary election is scheduled for March 2. White, a businessman who served as deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration from 1993-95, said his primary focus if elected governor would be on improving education in Texas. “The most important business of the state of Texas is educating our young people,” White said via e-mail. “From preschool through graduate school, I will work to increase access to highquality preschool programs for all children to enhance the quality of public education in urban, rural, large and small school districts so our students will graduate. (I also plan) to make post-high school education at vocational schools, community colleges and universities affordable for Texas families.” White said he decided to run for governor because he felt state leaders have not focused on improving education for Texans, therefore hurting the state’s economy. “For too long, we have lagged behind other states in developing our greatest asset — our people

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Cornyn had been one of several committee members with concerns that shielding too many people, such as bloggers and citizen journalists, could be dangerous to national security. Cornyn’s offices did not respond to numerous attempts for comment. The bill is awaiting a vote by the U.S. Senate. The ambiguity of the state of media protection has left many journalists in an awkward situation. They could be held in contempt of

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Former mayor of Houston Bill White said he wants to improve education in the state and hopes Texans will hold the state’s government more accountable, particularly when it come to spending taxpayers’ money. — to compete in the 21st century economy,” he said via e-mail. “About one-third of our students drop out of high school, which lowers their lifetime earnings potential. And many of our students who do finish high school cannot afford to attend college because of skyrocketing tuition rates. “Our younger generations are not achieving the same educational levels as our older generation, and that trend must be reversed.”

White also believes it is time people together and get things for Texans to hold the government done with transparency, respect accountable, and he will work on and accountability. … I’ll take the improving the same approach to state’s economy Austin.” Upcoming profiles by “squeez(ing) As mayor, White Thursday: Republican Rick Perry the most out of implemented every dollar.” several programs Friday: Republican Debra Medina “I will be a — finding governor who puts the future of Hurricane Katrina evacuees refuge Texas first and makes government and eventually homes, SAFEClear accountable to taxpayers again,” Programs, which quickly removed he said. “I know how to work with stalled vehicles from freeways, people from diverse backgrounds and political perspectives to bring see WHITE, page 3

Despite a seasoned sports rivalry between the Cougars and the Rice Owls, UH Police Chief Malcolm Davis and Rice Chief Bill Taylor often call upon each other’s departments for information and advice. Davis said this communication between the two universities came into play Jan. 22. A UH professor reported missing a general use Panasonic Toughbook owned by the University on Jan. 22 at around 2 p.m. Professors rather than students predominantly use the computer. About three hours later, UHPD received a call from Rice PD. “They told us they had a suspicious person call. ( That person) was not affiliated with Rice, so (a Rice officer) gave him a criminal trespass warning,” UHPD Assistant Chief Brad Wigtil said. “As he started packing up his things, the officer’s suspicions were aroused because students typically wouldn’t have a Toughbook.” After further inspection, the Rice officer saw a UH identification see POLICE, page 5


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court and jailed for refusing to turn over confidential information, or sued by their sources for divulging information. The Daily Cougar’s managing editor Matthew Keever has a unique

perspective on the issue since he is a college journalist making “less than minimum wage� and an unpaid intern at a professional publication. Keever said he agrees with Barkley that, in the interests of democracy, true journalists need to be able to report unhindered. “The definition of a journalist is crucial to the legislation, but at

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Stop Trashing Houston, which dissuaded littering and Get Moving Houston, a fitness program to reduce obesity in the city — but the one he said he’s most proud of is the energy efficiency home and building retrofit program. This is the initiative he would like most to take to Austin, if elected. “We weatherized thousands of older homes in Houston, many of which were owned by seniors or others on a fixed income,� White said. “We made the homes more energy efficient, saving homeowners, on average, over 10 percent on their electric bills.� White said because of the program, Houston is now in the process of retrofitting “millions of square feet of city-owned buildings to increase their energy efficiency.� He believes programs such as these not only save money, but also promote environmental protection. White was elected to his first term as mayor in 2003 and served for two more consecutive terms, winning each election by more than 60 percent. He was re-elected by a margin of 86 percent in 2007 and by 91 percent while running unopposed in 2005. White was born in San Antonio and later attended Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He later studied law at the University of Texas before becoming partner at Susman Godfrey LLP. White has also served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Wedge Group, a Texan real estate developer, and chairman of the Texas Democratic Party. news@thedailycougar.com

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Religion doesn’t belong in school While President Barack Obama and Congress usually draw the nation’s political headlines, a campaign to destroy education standards in our country has been lurking in the David Brooks shadows. This movement started in Texas, spawned from the efforts of an evangelical bloc of the State Board of Education, but it has national implications. In January, the SBOE met to finalize new social studies standards for textbooks. The standards are supposed to be set by groups made up of teachers with the aid of board-appointed experts. However, in a New York Times article published Feb. 11, reporter Russell Shorto wrote, “Two of the six experts the board chose are well-known advocates for conservative Christian causes.” One of them is a Christian minister and the other runs a Christian-advocacy organization and has no academic background. These experts, appointed by the Board’s evangelical bloc, steer the guidelines to stress the myth that America was intended to be a Christian

nation. They want to lie to students and tell them that we were founded for Christian reasons and on Christian principles. The truth is that many of our founders were Deist, not Christian, and all of them were well aware of the dangers that come from fusing church and state issues. America was founded on principles that were considered radical at the time and derived from the writings of Renaissance philosophers, not the Bible. The country wasn’t intended to be a Christian nation but rather an experiment in liberty, which could possibly be extinguished by a government that adhered to any one particular religion. Last year, the board angered educators and scientists when it revised science standards, including forcing students to consider weaknesses in the theory of evolution. This kind of religious influence has no business in the classroom. The evangelical bloc is comprised of seven of the Board’s 15 members, so they don’t always get their way if they can’t draw another voter to their side —

although there are other conservatives who tend to vote with them. Despite resistance from teachers, experts, and other board members attempting to defeat insidious attempts at sneaking religion into schools through curriculum standards, the bloc frequently gets its way. The group is able to do so by using its relationships with textbook publishers, simply telling the publishers they want something included or removed and it is done. And the publishers obey the bloc and make changes behind the scenes because the evangelical members comprise the most powerful voting bloc on the most influential board of education in the country. “The state’s $22 billion education fund is among the largest educational endowments in the country,” Shorto wrote. Texas uses that money to buy or distribute 48 million textbooks a year, which provides publishers a strong incentive to tailor their books to fit our see BROOKS, page 5

any people use social networking Web sites as a means of keeping friends apprised of what movie they’re watching or how their Arby’s Beef ‘n Cheddar tastes. Now, it seems such Web sites may be used to serve a higher purpose. The Dalai Lama launched his Twitter page Monday, a day after meeting with Twitter founder Evan Williams. “Met the Dalai Lama today in LA. Pitched him on using We are Twitter. He laughed,” Williams happy to tweeted Sunday. Apparently it was more see the than just a dismissive chuckle, Dalai Lama as the Dalai Lama created an account less than 24 hours embrace the suggestion was made. technology after In the three days since the and give page has been up, the Dalai Lama has amassed more than himself a 80,000 followers. platform To put that into from which perspective, The Daily Cougar’s Twitter account was to speak launched in June of 2009 and has a grand total of 443 followers. While we at The Daily Cougar do not support a particular religion, we are happy to see the Dalai Lama embrace technology and give himself a platform from which to speak. Social networking Web sites are not only a great way to keep up with friends and family, but also can be used to provide a medium for certain people to share their message with the world. To see a cultural icon such as the Dalai Lama using Twitter is indicative of a societal shift toward a new wave of mass communication. How the Dalai Lama intends to use his newfound stage remains to be seen. So far, he has posted only nine tweets, none of which offer any spiritual guidance or advance some nefarious agenda. But regardless of what thoughts he decides to share, the Dalai Lama has given credibility to a media platform that was previously lacking any. It’s a giant step in the right direction, and that can never be a bad thing.

Obama facing slim reelection odds President Barack Obama’s approval rating has taken a hit over the past week. According to a Rasmussen poll released Monday, Obama’s total approval rating was at 45 percent, compared to a 54 percent rating of total disapproval. Presidents are judged by history, AAndrew d TTaylor l and history tells either the story of a commander-in-chief’s greatness or of their mediocrity. The grade a president receives for his work is never fixed, but is rather always in flux. Long-term effects are sometimes not obvious until decades after a president leaves office. For Obama, accomplishments such as health care reform, an increase in rights for gays, a more transparent government

and a resolution to the Iraq War would be things sure to earn him a second term. Achievement of all of these is likely impossible, so hopefully he achieves at least one of them. But a president’s most important job, more so than the aforementioned tasks, is to overcome partisanship and to unify the American government in order to obtain progress. Unity was among the pillars of Obama’s platform when he was campaigning for the presidency, and the most important thing he has yet to accomplish is erasing the barrier between Republicans and Democrats. The stalled progress has not been due to bad proposals, dithering or lack of effort on anyone’s part, but from fighting what until now has been a never-ending uphill battle. On the campaign trail, Obama would

say that he knew the challenges of the presidency, and that he would rather serve as the nation’s leader when times are tough. The job has certainly been as hard as he could have ever expected, but conditions could be much worse. In a Jan. 25 interview on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, Obama talked about his focus of being greater in the short-term instead of average with longevity. “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” Obama said. His focus is in the right place; he’s thinking hard about right now and not re-election in 2012. The American people are his ticket to another four years. Obama still has two years to show see TAYLOR, page 5

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standards. This means that the evangelical bloc of the SBOE effectively sets the curriculum for the vast majority of states. “Texas governs 46 or 47 states,� James Kracht, a Texas A&M University education professor who is involved in the state’s textbook process, said to Shorto. Everyone should oppose the evangelical bloc’s efforts, even Christians. The Founding Fathers established this country with the intention of keeping church

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every American that he can rise to the occasion, deliver on his promises and accept the blame if he can’t. The struggles he has encountered are ones that are not impossible to deal with. Two wars, a national debt in the trillions, a wrecked economy and a broken health care system were things Obama inherited. It is Obama’s failure to find ways of erasing partisan politics that have been his ultimate struggle. From the day he took office, Republicans were tasked with destroying Obama’s hopes at a second term. So far, their efforts have proven effective, as his approval rating shows.

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sticker on the computer. When the officer contacted UHPD, he discovered the identification numbers on the computer matched the missing one. The suspect claimed he purchased it at a local pawn shop. After checking several pawn shops in the area, UHPD confirmed the computer was the one reported missing by the professor, allowing UHPD to press charges. A felony arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect, Dayquan Thomas, a Houston man. Theft statutes in Texas are determined by the value of the item stolen. Because the Panasonic Toughbook is worth more than $3000, this crime is considered a felony instead of a misdemeanor. Police said they are hoping Thomas will run into a situation where the warrant will be enforced. “The good things about warrants are when they get

and state separate not just to protect government from religious influence, but also to protect churches from the hand of government. Religion and faith belong in the realm of the church, not our schools or the government. This evangelical bloc is attempting to meld the two to increase the influence of Christianity, but the inevitable result will be the corruption of Christian teachings by government and the undermining of the education of our nation’s children. David Brooks is a communication senior and may be contacted at opinion@thedailycougar.com

But the Republican and Independent parties better have a plan for 2012. If they do not have new ideas to solve America’s current crises, they will have a tougher time defeating the incumbent administration when polling time comes around. If the Republican Party continues its game plan of destroying Obama’s presidency and halting progress, it will face an impossible uphill battle in the elections. Obama will need all of the hope that he campaigned with if he is to have a second term, and with it the potential title of a great president. That recognition will not come from one term, no matter how much progress could. Andrew Taylor is an economics senior and may be contacted at opinion@thedailycougar.com

entered — and if this person is ever stopped for a traffic stop or in suspicious circumstances — the officer will be alerted (if ) there are active warrants for this person,� Wigtil said. Police have no further information on the suspect. UHPD also depends on larger law enforcement agencies to share or exchange information and help solve cases. These agencies include, but are not limited to, HPD, police from HISD and TSU, Metro and constables from Precinct 7. “When we share information and work together, it unlocks a lot of potential to make Houston a safer community,� Wigtil said. “On a regular basis, we call on these agencies for their resources, and they call on us when they have certain issues.� UHPD hopes to continue this relationship of active correspondence between other law enforcement agencies to keep UH, the Houston area and other local universities safe. news@thedailycougar.com

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hose that condemn fashion have their reasons; at its worst, it is pretentious, objectifies beauty and, at times oblivious of reality. Fashion is the schizophrenic child of Pandora, and four times a year, it is destroyed and reinvented. Yet, it is at this time that the world sees the best of the fashion industry. It can produce some of the most dramatic and arrestingly beautiful creations ever seen — an art that is as refined as any Monet or Michaelangelo statue.

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At the industry’s largest trade show, MercedesBenz Fashion Week, held in New York twice a year, the best and the worst is seen, and this year was no different. Industry insiders gathered Feb. 17 for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Bryant Park for the last time. After a lengthy debate with designers and park management, the event that began at the park in 1993 will move away from the Garment District to Lincoln Center in September. In a tribute to almost two decades spent at the Tent’s, the entrance on 6th and 41th Street was covered with quotes from various designers, publicists and editors including that of Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue: “Bryant Park became the beacon of what New York fashion stands for – an industry that’s fearless, tireless and always moving forward.” The jury is still out on what this means for the industry that has been in a continuous state of decline for the past 18 months. Nonetheless, designers are optimistic and have echoed that the move to Damrosch Park nter, will propel them into the 21st at Lincoln Center,

century. Repeatedly criticized for their carefully organized guest lists and invitation-only affairs, the general theme of the Tents seemed to be “transparency” as a handful of designers livestreamed their shows on the Internet for the world to see. Twitter was a-tweet and bloggers sat front-row reporting live to the masses. But the mood was simple, a return to the roots instead of looking to the future or stepping outside of the box. Speaking of boxes, Marc Jacobs’ notoriously na celebrity packed show was held literally in cardboard box, no glitz or glam. The walls of ed in the Lexington Avenue Armory were covered cardboard, and Jacobs himself denied anyy and all celebrities from this season’s runway show. Colors were beige and neutral with few hints of color and simple American sportswear with his reimagined pea coats and A-line dresses. This sentiment was also perpetuated att Calvin Klein. Creative Director Francisco Costa returned to the house’s minimalist basics focusing on textures and tailoring. Max Azria who designs for BCBG, Herve Leger and his eponymous label, Max Azria, a, normally uses his creative license to take his line whichever way he chooses. Yet, this is season found Azria going back to basics, “(The recession) made us realists. It’s not about our fantasy it’s about out our customer, customer,”” his wife Lubov Azria told Style.com. yle.com. While simple was key for some, the opposite was true rue for others. Fan favorites such as Project Runway’s fiercest est son, Christian Siriano, was as mature and dynamic, catering tering to the “ladies who lunch”” d ball with cocktail dresses and gowns.

As tradition has dictated for the past few years, Tommy Hilfiger closed Fashion Week, but also the era of almost two decades at Bryant Park. Taking to the microphone, Hilfiger bid adieu to Midtown. His collection titled “Preppy with a Pop” embodied the Upper East Side pedigree or, as the show notes described, a young Katherine Heburn. As we say good bye to Bryant Park the fashion world also said good bye to the British designer Alexander McQueen, whose untimely death came on the first day of the shows. But as the saying goes, “the show must go on.” That it did and will with a new beginning at Lincoln Center in September.

Jarrod Klawinsky sat down with Eric Jennings, Vice President of Saks Fifth Avenue while in New York, and here’s a excerpt from the interview: Biggest trend(s) for men? Your favorite? Fair isle knits, shawl colors, toggles, and boots. My favorite would probably be the toggles. I love the way they feel in your hand. Who would be your next pick for Team USA uniform if Polo’s contract isn’t renewed? Michael Bastian or even Simon Spurr. Biggest fashion mistake men make? Not buying cloths that fit them properly. This is an epidemic in our country.

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TRENDS IN THE TENTS lthough everyone complained about the snow up to the knees, the fun comes after editors pour over a hundred runway shows to decipher the trends for the upcoming season. Lucky we were there to help the discerning fashionista. Unlike last season with the neon colors, we saw lush velvets and cashmeres with muted colors such as camel and oxblood. Other trends re-emerged including tailored jackets and outfits the slightest hint of skin. Look for these trends to populate the racks of fast fashion retailers like Zara and Topshop come fall.

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NAOMI’S STILL GOT IT PHOTOS COURTESY OF GET TY IMAGES s. Campbell aligned the stars Feb. 13 — literally. The final walk of Alexander McQueen’s last collection Supermodel Naomi Campbell and her slew of celebrity during Fashion for Relief, which raised of $100,000. friends, including musicians Estelle, Chris Brown, Kelly Osbourne, supermodel Helena Christensen and designers Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg, gathered on the catwalk in Bryant Park for Fashion for Relief, a benefit show how for Haitian earthquake victims.

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While it is the norm for the tents to be on lockdown during Fashion on Week, ere sold except to those with golden tickets, American Express cardholders were hin four seats to the show at $100 - $150. The 950 seats available sold out within odeled days with all proceeds going to the Haiti relief effort. The clothing modeled arting during the near hour-long show will be sold on Net-a-porter.com, starting March 15. ef were Other famous names that came out in support of Fashion for Relief America’s Next Top Model judge, Jay Manual and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman. mpbell While she rarely walks the runway these days, the 39-year-old Campbell he once walked three times and as flawlessly with the grace and prowess as she aces, did. But that was not the case for one of the runway’s semi-veteran faces, Agyness Deyn, who fell not only once, but twice in platform Burberryy sandals eventually resigning and walking barefoot the rest of the way. on, the The night began with a solemn note as the hostess, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, expressed the sentiments of everyone in the room, eath of “I know you all are missing a friend tonight,” she said about the death fashion designer Alexander McQueen earlier that week. ampbell The night ended as Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” began and Campbell, six other visibly distressed models, and personal friend and muse of McQueen, Daphne Guinness, marched down in McQueen’s last collection, “Plato’s Atlantis.” Fashion for Relief has currently raised more than $100,000, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are selling t-shirts online that will also benefit the victims of the earthquake. For more information, go to cfda.org.

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By John Brannen THE DAILY COUGAR People don’t have to look far to see where track standout Kalyn Floyd gets her breakaway speed. She’s just the latest branch to sprout from a family tree rich with talent. Her father Stanley and sister Ebonie, who qualified for the 2008 Olympic team, both ran at UH. Her mother, Delisa, ran at the 1988 Olympics. Floyd, a 20-year-old communication junior, came to UH after a successful career at Alief Hastings High School. She also played volleyball but knew early on she had a future on the track. Now, entering her third year on a young team, Floyd’s teammates consider her a leader. Prior to becoming a Cougar, Floyd was recruited by Tennessee, Kansas and Baylor, among others, but says UH was a clear choice given her family’s history. “It felt like home. (Head) coach (Leroy) Burrell is a great coach. He’s very understanding,” Floyd said. “I knew a lot of the people on the team already, so I had chemistry with the athletes before I got here.” Burrell has expressed confidence in Floyd’s potential to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in either the 200- or 400-meter dash. Floyd, the

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Junior sprinter Kayln Floyd is establishing herself as an all-around threat in a variety of events, following in the footsteps of her family, which boasts a pair of former Cougars. 2009 Conference USA 200-meter indoor champion, hopes for the same result in the C-USA Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday at UH. “If I decide on the 400 or the 200, I want to place top three and run a high 52 (seconds) in the 400 and sub 23 seconds in the 200,” Floyd said. Floyd hopes to take her success during this indoor season and transition it to this spring’s outdoor season. “Once we go to outdoor, I think

I’m going to drop a fast opening time in both the 200 and 400. So far, indoor, I’ve been running faster than I had outdoor last season,” Floyd said. Floyd is featured on the 4x400meter relay team and has the potential to qualify in either the 200- or 400-meter dash. She is still attempting to determine which race she is better at. “I’m still not sure what I’m strongest in,” Floyd said. “I ran the see FLOYD, page 9

The Cougars may have lost the majority of their dual meets this season, but that is the last thing on their minds this week. Today, the four-day Conference USA Championships begin. The Cougars remain in their backyard, as they host the championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. For the Cougars and head coach Mark Taylor, the conference championships are the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work. “We haven’t gotten the results we’ve wanted this year, but all year we’ve swam to get ready for the conference championships, and to get ready for the NCAAs,” Taylor said. “Our focus is to place as high as we can at the championships.” During the regular season, the Cougars won three of 10 events: one each against fellow C-USA foes Tulane and Rice, and once against Florida International. The Cougars defeated Rice and Florida International on Oct. 9, 2009 in the Phill Hansel Duals — the first meet of the season. The Cougars also finished a respectable fourth in the Cougar Classic Fall Invitational in mid-November 2009. “Our dual meet record is not a huge deal,” Taylor said. “What matters is the conference

championships and the NCAAs. That’s how we are judged as a team. What matters is that every time you look at the stop watch, they’ve swam their best.” Aside from swimming in their own pool, several factors could contribute to the Cougars’ success. UH swam against some of the best squads in the country this season; several of which are ranked in the top 20. Taylor said swimming against top competition has helped his team’s preparation most. “We’ve been getting everything perfect for the conference championships all year,” Taylor said. “We’ve prepared with great teams like Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and SMU.” The Cougars also engaged in rigorous practices throughout the regular season, only resting since the season ended. “The swimmers have done everything we’ve asked them to,” Taylor said. “I’m so proud of the way the girls have swum (sic). They’ve set themselves up for a great championship.” “I’ve got the best group of girls that I’ve ever had. We expect to do awesome at the conference championships.” The C-USA Championships will begin today and extends through Saturday. sports@thedailycougar.com

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Tiger drawing unfair amount of ire When most people get caught in a bout of marital infidelity, it doesn’t make the front page of The National Enquirer. Tiger Woods, Alan Dennis however, is not like most people. The world’s most prominent athlete has spent the past several months doing damage control and attempting to rehabilitate his image following the nation’s biggest sex scandal since Monica Lewinsky was an intern at the White House. Since allegations of his adultery first surfaced Nov. 25, Woods’ once-private life has been placed under a proverbial microscope, scrutinized by everyone with a microphone and a soapbox. Woods held a press conference Friday to address his indiscretions. Every major sports media outlet in the country was watching. It’s understandable that any news organization would want to dedicate so much attention to such a salacious story — sex and scandal always sell.

The level of vitriol espoused not only by members of the press but by fellow athletes and fans has certainly been palpable. But at the end of the day, all Woods did was cheat on his wife. People who are getting worked up and self-righteous about his private life need to take a step back and realize that, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t much of a news story. The 24-hour coverage Woods has received is amazing, especially when examined in proportion to the attention the media gives to stories that have actual substance. On March 14, NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley coupe while driving under the influence of alcohol. Police administered a sobriety test and determined that Stallworth’s blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit, and he was charged with DUI manslaughter. After pleading guilty, Stallworth received a 30-day jail sentence and was ordered to serve 1,000 hours of community service. Now, if you thought that

someone being sentenced to serve a mere 30 days in jail for manslaughter was rich, that isn’t even the best part: Stallworth was released after serving 24 days. To put this into perspective, a DUI manslaughter charge in the state of Florida carries a maximum punishment of $10,000 in fines and 15 years in prison. Stallworth served for threeand-a-half weeks. Where is the constant media coverage of this injustice? Why is nobody gnashing their teeth over this crime? If it had been Donté Stallworthington who was driving drunk behind the wheel of a Toyota hatchback that struck and killed someone, I guarantee he would have been sentenced to more than a month behind bars. For some reason, however, no one in the media seems to care. To say the lack of coverage this event received is an injustice doesn’t paint an accurate enough picture. The media’s primary job — its responsibility — is to provide watchdog journalism to the people, not tabloid fodder. Woods’ affair making more headlines

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situation. But look at the bright side: the non-stop coverage of Reggie Bush’s and Kim Kardashian’s break up will be fantastic. sports@thedailycougar.com


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200 (Feb. 13) and surprised myself with the time of 23.4 (seconds). I feel like I’m getting better in the 200, but I’m not sure.” Floyd also hopes to improve upon her start in the 60-meter and is still trying to create the bestpossible strategy for the 400-meter. After running at UH, Floyd has ambitions to follow in her family’s footsteps and run professionally.

Cougar Sports Services The Cougars hope a little home cooking helps them snap a twogame losing streak tonight when Conference USA rival Memphis comes to Hofheinz Pavilion. The Tigers are riding a fourgame winning streak following a 76-63 home win over SMU on Feb. 17. The last time they took the hardwood, the Cougars (13-13, 5-7) fell to UAB at Bartow Arena, leaving them in a three-way tie for seventh place in the league standings with SMU and Central Florida. Aubrey Coleman, the nation’s leading scorer entering Tuesday at 25.4 points per contest, paced UH against the Blazers with 20 points. But UAB’s Elijah Millsap did in the Cougars. Millsap finished with a gamehigh 22 points, including a 12-of-16 performance from the free-throw line. He also dominated on the glass, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. Howard Crawford added 20 points for the Blazers. The Cougars mounted a comeback against the Blazers on Saturday after falling behind 22-7 in the early going with a 20-4 run, but were thwarted by UAB’s hot shooting in the second half. The teams then volleyed back and forth from there before the Blazers claimed a 34-33 lead at the half. UH held UAB to 42.4 percent from the field in the first half, but allowed the Blazers to jump-start their offensive and convert 58.3 percent (14-of-24) in the second. The Cougars, meanwhile, connected on only 23 of 68 shot attempts.

She said she’s eager for the opportunity to compete against world-class athletes. “If I could go pro this year then I’d go pro,” Floyd said. When her running career concludes, Floyd plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. “I’d like to get a job at Turner (Broadcasting) in Atlanta,” Floyd said. “I’d like to work behind the scenes. Anything that has to do with sports.” sports@thedailycougar.com

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Guard Zamal Nixon (2) will be looking to build on his recent success — a 15-point, threeassist and three-steal performance against UAB — when the Cougars host Memphis at 7 p.m. today. UH briefly held a 49-48 lead, when Zamal Nixon made one of two free throws from the charity stripe, but gave up the advantage for good after UAB responded with a 10-2 run. UH managed another late rally with 6:34 remaining to close the gap to 63-59 on a jumper by Nixon. But the Blazers put the game out of reach after scoring six unanswered points and sinking six of eight free throws down the stretch. The Cougars will have a tall order against Memphis (20-7, 10-2 C-USA), which has won 11 straight games UH, including a 92-77 win on Jan. 23 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis owns

a 24-10 lead in the all-time series with the Cougars and UH has not defeated the Tigers since its 66-53 victory on Feb. 5, 2005 at Hofheinz. Head coach Tom Penders will have to find a way to stop freshman Elliot Williams, who leads the Tigers and ranks second among C-USA’s individual leaders at 19.1 points per game. Wesley Witherspoon is Memphis’ second option, as he averages 12.4 points per contest. After facing Memphis, the Cougars return to the road this weekend to meet C-USA-rival SMU at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas. sports@thedailycougar.com

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