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Chief says recovering paintings, horse have been his favorite cases


By John Brannen THE DAILY COUGAR UH police chief and vice president for public safety and security Malcolm Davis took an unconventional route in his law enforcement career. A music fan, Davis wanted to become a band director before stumbling into a law enforcement career and eventually becoming the University’s top cop. He was born in Galveston and moved to La Marque, where he attended high school. He played baseball and tuba in the school band. After bouncing around several colleges, Davis concluded his undergraduate education at UH, earning a degree in music teacher education. But local schools were looking for woodwind players, not brass musicians. Davis thought he would eventually get a teaching job, but realized the importance of having a consistent occupation. “I was working security at Astroworld just to do something while I was finishing up school,” he said. “I realized I had to do something, so why not see about being a cop. I talked about it to my boss, and he agreed that I had the right personality for it.” Davis started working as a police officer at the Houston branch of the University of Texas Medical School




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or the next two weeks, fine arts senior and nongraduating master of fine arts students’ work will be featured at Blaffer Gallery as part of the School of Art Annual Student Exhibition. The School of Art Director John Reed said in a press release that the thing he likes about this exhibit “is that you get to see a visual super-sampler, a rich cross section of the talent and creativity of our students.” The exhibit will run until March 13.

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Former Mayor Bill White and Gov. Rick Perry dominated their respective primaries in the Texas gubernatorial elections Tuesday, paving the way for a November election one professor predicts to be among the most competitive in years. White, who comfortably led all Democratic candidates in polls leading up to the election, predictably triumphed over Houston businessman Farouk Shami with 75.4 percent of the vote. Shami, White’s next closest competitor among a field of seven Democrats, came away with 12.3 percent. Perry carried the majority of the Republican vote with 51.6 percent, compared to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s 31.1 percent and activist Debra Medina’s 17.3 percent. Most political observers predicted Perry to win the majority of the vote under the presumption that he wouldn’t achieve the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid an April runoff election. Instead, Perry ran away with the victory, something political science professor Kent Tedin said he didn’t completely predict. “There was no surprise (Perry) was going to win. Only a small portion of the total Texas electorate vote in the primaries, and they’re the most conservative,” Tedin said. “For him to get more than 50 percent of the vote would be less expected.” Tedin said Perry has “a lot of vulnerabilities,” in a general election

and predicted a competitive race in November. “White matches up well against Perry because he’s not part of the Washington establishment and was a very popular mayor for a long time,’ Tedin said. “He doesn’t have a lot of vulnerabilities. Perry will say that he’s too liberal for Texas, but White runs a very clean campaign.” A win in November would give Perry, who has held the office since George W. Bush left the post prior to becoming president in 2000, an unprecedented third term in the Governor’s mansion. For Kay Bailey Hutchison, Tedin said her defeat was a result of “running a poor campaign” and overreaching to a conservative base that typically votes for Perry. Tedin predicts Hutchison will no longer seek elected office after serving as one of Texas’ senator in the U.S. Congress since 1993. The results are also consistent with the Daily Cougar’s March 1 poll, which had Perry and White comfortably leading their respective parties. About 53 percent of Republican voters said they supported Perry, while 86 percent of Democratic voters favored White. Biology freshman Jennifer Nguyen cast her ballot for White on Tuesday. She’s pleased with the results. “I’ve been a fan since he was mayor, and I feel like he has the best chance to get Perry out of office,” Nguyen said. “Congratulations to Perry, too, but I’m hoping for some change. I’m already excited.”

Walking in someone else’s shoes Tour gives participants perspective, helps point out areas to improve


By Darlene Campos THE DAILY COUGAR Students with DisABILITIES received a helping hand Tuesday, courtesy of the students, staff and faculty participating in the Campus Accessibility Tour. The tour was put together by the Center for Students with DisABILITIES to demonstrate how disabled students maneuver around campus and point out areas for improvement. “Getting around the campus is not always smooth,” CSD Assistant

Director Alan Russell said. “The pebble ground cracks can cause damage to a wheelchair, which can be very expensive. My wheelchair, for example, costs $5,000. “There are also some obstructions like the big flower pots around the campus, so the blind and those in a wheelchair have to ease their way around.” During the tour, four groups inspected the campus. Some group members had the opportunity to experience moving around in a wheelchair, while others got to walk around with a white cane and blindfold. The purpose was to identify which areas on campus need improvements. According to a flyer put out by the CSD, general accessibilities features

should include automatic doors, wide hallways and sidewalks, access ramps, tile or short carpeting floors, handsfree sinks and spacious restrooms. Participants were asked to identify if the buildings they toured complied with these features. “The Student Service Center has restrooms only on the second and third floors, and the drinking fountains are on the third floor,” health senior and tour guide Irene Young said. “There are automatic doors at the entrance to the Student Service Center but none to the Career Services office.” Ann Liberman, director of Career Services at the Graduate College of Social Work, said the tour helps see CAT, page 3


The Center for Students with DisABILITIES held a Campus Accessibility Tour to help identify areas needing improvements to make the campus safer for disabled students.



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During the Campus Accessibility Tour, participants identified the College of Technology and the Cullen Performance Hall as two buildings with narrowed spaces, making them difficult for students with disabilities to access.

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participants who are not disabled relate to the challenges disabled students face. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a wheelchair, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be more aware of obstacles than if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not,â&#x20AC;? Liberman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can just walk along and trip and get back up again.â&#x20AC;? For blind students, access to books for research can sometimes be difficult to find as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can take a week to get a book in Braille, but if the semesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already under way, it can take a long time,â&#x20AC;?

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in 1976. He worked his way up to lieutenant in his six and a half years there. But with little criminal activity on that campus, Davis decided to go where the action is. In 1983 he took a $10,000 drop in pay to work as a police officer at UH, but knew the sacrifice was for the best. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father taught me one of the best lessons in life,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(That) making lots of money can be really important but enjoying what you do is even more important. I was working at (the) UT (medical school) and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoying it anymore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to stay in law enforcement. I wanted a different set of challenges. To me, job satisfaction was more important, so I came here and never regretted it.â&#x20AC;? In 1999, Davis obtained a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Science in occupational technology. He was immediately able to put his knowledge to use at UHPD, which helped him gain a better grasp of law enforcement technology. In more than 22 years, Davis rose through the ranks of UHPD from sergeant to lieutenant and eventually police captain. In 2005 replaced Bob Wilson as police chief. Over the years, Davis has seen a lot of crime, the most thrilling of which was recovering a religious painting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was working at the medical school, someone stole a French Renaissance painting valued over $1 million,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were able to get with the FBI and let them know where it was leaving the country from, so we got it back.â&#x20AC;? Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most amusing case involved recovering a horse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At UH, the most fun case Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been

Russell said. Through the tour, participants found the most inaccessible buildings on campus. Participants identified the College of Technology and the Cullen Performance Hall. The College of Technology does not have automatic doors or accessible drinking fountains for those in a wheelchair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The restroom in the technology building is very narrow,â&#x20AC;? Young said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels very uncomfortable, and there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough space for me to move around. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also no Braille to label the restrooms for the blind.â&#x20AC;? The Cullen Performance Hall had

on (was when) PBS hosted an auction near Entrance 8,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would have a tent set up and we would safeguard the valuables. One year they auctioned off a 2-year-old Arabian quarter horse.â&#x20AC;? A woman at the auction placed a high bid and said she was unable to pay at the event, but would contact PBS the following the day. No one noticed when she made off with the paperwork that allowed her to claim the horse. Davis was assigned to the case and found the horse in a pasture in Pasadena. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had one horse theft at the University, and I recovered the horse,â&#x20AC;? he said. Davis said student suicides present the most difficult cases. UH officers investigate and inform family, friends and teachers of any suicide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It always makes you wonder, even though I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t personally know any of those people, was there something they said or did that we missed, and maybe we could have prevented that?â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not to downplay the severity of a homicide, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that one person does to another. Why in the world would you do it to yourself?â&#x20AC;? Davis said he desires an approachable, honest police department at UH and hopes he has spread this message of protecting and serving, along with being fair. Davis decided he enjoyed the work of a university police officer over that of a city police officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the university setting. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been much in wanting to kick butt and take names. Not every crime should be punishable by jail,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal should not be punitive, but to correct behavior. What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re truly judged on is the quality of service we provide to the University, not by the number of arrests we make.â&#x20AC;?

their drinking fountains located in a narrow space, making it inaccessible to the disabled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually see the steps until you get to them,â&#x20AC;? said Young, who gets around campus in a powered wheelchair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From my experience, the first time I was around the Cullen Plaza, I actually fell down the steps because I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to see the ramp on the side.â&#x20AC;? A survey was given to all those who participated in the tour. These surveys will be given to the Department of Plant Operations in order to brainstorm improvements.

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EDITORIAL BOARD Ronnie Turner, Editor in Chief Matthew Keever, Managing editor Patricia Estrada, News editor Hiba Adi, News editor Phillipe Craig, Sports editor Robert Higgs, Sports editor Travis Hensley, Life & Arts editor Alan Dennis, Opinion editor Jarrod Klawinsky, Special projects editor


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Tort reform not a viable alternative During a health care summit hosted by President Barack Obama on Thursday, Republicans in attendance were quick to propose their solution to all of the problems with the current system — tort David Brooks reform. Their argument went something like this: The medical liability system is broken, and juries give out massive awards in frivolous cases, causing insurance rates to skyrocket and scaring doctors into practicing wasteful defensive medicine. Throughout the past decade, Republicans have consistently claimed that the medical liability system is the biggest factor behind excessive health care costs. What is their solution? To limit the damages that plaintiffs can recover in malpractice lawsuits. But there is one tiny problem with their argument: It’s wrong. “All told, jury awards, settlements and administrative costs — which by definition, are similar to the combined cost of insurance — add up to less than $10 billion

a year,” David Leonhardt reported in a Sept. 22 New York Times article. Leonhardt also said that figure is less than one-half of a percent of what the U.S. spends on health care every year. The malpractice liability system isn’t broken at all. A study conducted by nonprofit group Public Citizen found that the size of malpractice damage awards has remained steady for nearly 20 years. After factoring in inflation, the average payment has steadily decreased since 1991. Also, the study revealed that the number of payments made of more than $1 million — the ones that garner all the media attention — have never exceeded one-half of one percent of the annual total number of payments. The idea that runaway juries award millions of dollars in frivolous cases is an unsubstantiated myth. Tort reform advocates argue that the true costs of the malpractice system aren’t really seen in damage awards, but in the wasteful defensive medicine they motivate. But Leonhardt reported that even the highest estimates set the cost of defensive

medicine at around $60 billion a year — just 3 percent of medical spending. Defensive medicine is clearly not the main factor in skyrocketing health care costs. According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the proposed national tort reform measure would save $54 billion over 10 years. That amount may sound like a lot of money, but the U.S. spends around $2.5 trillion each year on health care. Also, an economic cost is incurred when malpractice causes the injury or death of a person and courts must decide how to allocate that cost. Malpractice insurance exists to assume that risk. Capping liability acts like a price ceiling and socializes the cost of malpractice above the cap. That’s right — liability caps are socialism. Not only are they socialist, but they also transfer the cost of malpractice away from insurers, who exist solely to assume the cost, to malpractice victims and their see BROOKS, page 5

Animal instincts can be dangerous Most Americans interact with animals only on a limited basis. People own dogs, cats, fish and ferrets, but those are the only animals most of us encounter in our daily lives. Casey Perhaps that’s why Goodwin it was so shocking when SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed Feb. 24 by one of the orcas she worked with. Reports say the animal grabbed Brancheau by her ponytail and dragged her underwater, drowning her. It’s worth noting that orcas aren’t called “killer whales” because people die from gazing at their cute looks; they are named that way because the species at one point had a reputation for being deadly. But this minor detail is usually forgotten or ignored. Animal advocates have downplayed the danger of orcas and other animals in their efforts to conserve environments and

species. In a world where nature is saved for zoos and national parks, people have pushed to the side the fact that all animals, domestic or otherwise, have the potential to harm. To people, animals have stopped being predators to be feared and respected, prey to consume or laborers to provide aid. Instead, in almost all situations, they are no more than a source of entertainment. Dogs exist solely to make us smile, not to protect our homes; cats are kept for their company, not to kill mice. Sure, there are seeing-eye dogs, guard dogs and farm animals, but those are exceptions to the norm. We’ve forgotten that although they seem trained and tame, even our beloved pets have the teeth and claws able to seriously injure a human. Stories of pit bull attacks make headlines simply because people are so shocked when an animal acts in an instinctual way.

So perhaps, in some way, Brancheau’s tragic death had a small positive effect; it served as a reminder that even animals that appear to be tame can still be deadly. When the SeaWorld killer whale show reopened Saturday for the first time after Brancheau’s death, the trainers had taken additional safety precautions. All the women wore their hair in buns instead of ponytails, and none of them got into the water with the animals the way they usually do. The orca responsible for killing Brancheau was not involved in the show. These precautions would have seemed excessive before the incident and will likely disappear over time, but for now, the orcas are finally getting the respect they deserve as majestic and dangerous animals. Casey Goodwin is an engineering freshman and may be contacted at

Anyone who has access to a TV has been inundated ever since the Super Bowl with Taco Bell commercials featuring Charles Barkley hawking the fast food giant’s new $5 Box. “The $5 Box, it rocks, it rocks; it rocks for a meal, with lots and lots,” Sir Charles gleefully proclaims in the ads. “It rocks for a jock, it rocks for a fox; it rocks blocking shots on guys with dreadlocks.” Apparently it rocks for everyone, except UH students. The last The Taco Bell in the University thing Center Satellite provides a multitude of food choices, students the aforementioned should have including Box, which costs $5.99. Conveniently, Satellite Taco to deal with Bell refers to it as the NBA Box. are inflated This is just one example prices for of many of the food items on campus that are marked up for lousy food. the inconvenience of students. With tuition rates due to rise in the Fall 2010 semester, the inordinate price of textbooks and the cost of gas after driving to and from UH every day, the last thing students should have to deal with are inflated prices for lousy food. But cost is not the only issue with the available food selection on campus. There is also a dearth of healthy food alternatives accessible to University students. The only places with somewhat healthy food are the cafeterias in the Moody Towers and Oberholtzer Hall, and not everyone has time to run all the way across campus just to grab a quick bite to eat. Aside from that, the only choice students have is to take time to drive off campus in search of food. The UH administration needs to work on improving the dining options and food prices for students so that people who don’t want to pay a premium for a paltry meal have something to eat. If the University really were looking to improve its national image, showing some concern for the diets of its student body would only be another step in the right direction. It wouldn’t hurt things for the school to ask Chickfil-A to start selling its delicious sweet tea on campus, either.

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families. Try to imagine what that feels like for the victims; imagine a parent, sibling or child going into the hospital for a procedure. Imagine them dying because of a negligent doctor, and then imagine that, in addition, you and your family are burdened with the financial cost. Now, if that family had a lot of money, they might be able to recover something, even though the deck is stacked against them. But if it’s a retired parent or an unemployed sibling or child, their ability to recover would be limited. They wouldn’t even be able to hire

an attorney, as no money would be made off of the case for years. Consider these facts: A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine concluded that as many as 98,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that around 100,000 more die annually due to hospital-acquired infections. Those are just the deaths. Who knows how many more people are hurt each year? Tort reform supporters want to make those people and their families bear the costs of malpractice. The real goal of tort reform isn’t to save money or improve health care, but to absolve insurance companies of financial risk at the expense of

malpractice victims. Not only is that evil, but it would also remove incentives to prevent doctors from committing malpractice, which would inevitably result in more malpractice. We don’t have a malpractice liability problem in this country; we have a malpractice problem. The government certainly shouldn’t be doing anything to exacerbate it.

We can’t hear you. Mostly because we’re a newspaper and we don’t have ears. But we would love to get your voice heard. Send us a guest column, around 400-600 words on a topic of your choosing,

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isit the O’Kane Gallery at The University of Houston-Downtown and enjoy a day in the nation’s fourth largest city. This free exhibit of human figure drawings debuted in New York City and has received national attention. Houston is its only other stop. For exhibit hours, maps and other information go to Drawing Lessons: Early Academic Drawings from the Art Students League of New York Through April 1, 2010 Thirty-three drawings from 1889–1924 with works by students of H. Siddons Mowbray, Kenyon Cox, Frank Vincent Dumond, and George B. Bridgman

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Employers expect more than just a degree By Jessica Campbell CAREER GUIDE In such a competitive job market, knowing what employers are looking for is more important than ever. A recent Job Outlook 2010 survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers asked employers what they look for in a candidate. The top responses included: holding leadership positions, relevant major, interest in volunteer work and a relatively high GPA. Employers also cited relevant work experience as being important with over half pointing to internships and co-ops as the preferred way to get that experience. A key take-away from this survey seems to be that it is important to study hard, but that it is equally important to get involved. Getting involved by doing volunteer work, joining organizations and serving in leadership roles allow you to maximize your time and energy in a way that will help you gain relevant experience. Employers also look for a group of competencies, commonly referred to as soft skills. Soft skills can be harder to quantify, but incredibly important to employers. It is important to know what these soft skills are and how to recognize, develop and communicate them to a potential employer. As you consider these skills, it might be helpful to jot down some examples of when you have demonstrated these skills. It is no surprise that one of the soft skills is good communication. Communication skills are one of the most universally desired skills by employers. Good communication skills are critical

for a successful career. Those with good communication skills are able to effectively listen, speak and write. There are several resources on campus that can help you develop these skills. The UH Writing Center helps with written communication, while the local Toastmasters International organization can help improve your public speaking skills. Working in a team environment is a reality for most workplaces, and being an effective team player is important to employers. While working with others towards a common goal, good team players are able to get along well with teammates and demonstrate the flexibility to pitch in where necessary to accomplish the goal. They are supportive, reliable, generous and respectful. They likely have a lot of experience in a team environment, whether it is from sports teams, group projects or as a member of an organization. Reflecting on your experience as a team member and your contribution to the team will help prepare you to talk about what makes you a good team player in an interview. Employers are looking for people who can get things done. They want someone who can look at a problem, come up with solutions and show the initiative and work ethic to implement those solutions. One very effective way to demonstrate this skill to employers is to be prepared with specific examples of challenges you’ve faced and how you overcame them. Weaving these examples throughout your answers to interview questions is a great way to demonstrate to a potential employer that you can


In the Writing Center, students are given free advising about how to improve their paper-writing abilities, which is an asset often overlooked by students and appreciated by potential employers. This center is one of many free, on-campus learning hubs.. deliver results. There is a common saying among employers that you hire for attitude and train for skill. It is much easier to teach someone a skill than to change what he or she

believes. Having a great attitude means having enthusiasm, poise and passion. People want to hire and work with people who have a positive attitude. Therefore, while today’s job

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Effective résumés send a clear message

The social networking game Networking- the art of connecting and building relationships with people- is still the number one way to find a job in the U.S. marketplace. Certainly, who you know (and who knows you) can directly affect your job search effectiveness. So why not enhance your networking abilities online? With the advent and popularity of Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, employers and job seekers alike are utilizing these tools for recruitment and job sourcing activities. Let us explore these three websites and review some best practices for effectively improving your job search. J

By Marilyn Wade CAREER GUIDE In a competitive marketplace, it is extremely important to have a résumé that clearly communicates your skills, strengths and abilities that are relative to the position you are seeking. Your résumé should not only include all of the duties and responsibilities you have assumed in your previous jobs, volunteer and academic experiences; it should address how this experience makes you the best fit for a specific job. The best way to position yourself as the best candidate for a job is to make sure your résumé contains three elements: focus, accomplishments and keywords that are relative to your position of interest. Having a clear focus-point is the first essential step to creating a résumé that catches the attention of hiring managers. This means that the hiring manager should be able to tell the job seeker’s position of interest quickly based upon the Objective or Professional Summary, as well as other evidence presented throughout the résumé. For example, it should be relatively easy for the reader to figure out that you are a computer science major who is interested in a software design internship in the oil or gas industry within a few seconds. Employers are now becoming more results-oriented than ever before. They are looking for candidates that have produced some measure of a result in their previous experience. Accomplishments will demonstrate not only your ability to perform a job, but also the ability to make a lasting impact on the organization. Accomplishments do not need to be Nobel Peace Prize-worthy, but should provide evidence that your presence in a job has added value to the organization. For instance, if you worked in retail and you directly increased store sales by 20 percent, this measurable accomplishment is definitely worth noting. Concrete, measurable accomplishments are the points that really help sell your résumé to an employer — much more than just performing everyday duties. Last but not least, keywords are nouns that directly relate to the technical, industry-specific skills and experience the employer wants in a candidate. Résumé keywords are very important, as many companies now use résumé scan software to screen out candidates. When job seekers upload or create résumés on company websites, hiring manager’s simply key-in keywords that are relative to the open position, and the résumés that have included those same keywords are the ones that will get consideration.



Facebook was originally created to connect users socially to family and friends, but its usage has exploded to include professional business marketing and networking. Since so many companies and organizations are using Facebook to enhance customer communications and marketing, it makes sense for job seekers to use it to promote themselves, meet other professionals and research job openings. Join the UCS Facebook Fan page to reconnect with and meet with other students/alumni while receiving UCS announcements, events, career-related articles and information. At first glance, Twitter may seem like an unlikely source for conducting a job search and 140-character “tweets” may not appear to offer much value or information, but because web search engines regularly pick up Twitter feeds, it has become a powerful resource for networking, researching organizations and job opportunities. Join the UCS Twitter account! Receive UCS announcements, events, career-related articles and information. Visit to receive UCS tweets. LinkedIn is a professional social networking site that was designed for managing professional relationships. LinkedIn currently has over 55 million professionals in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Using LinkedIn as a networking and promotional tool is highly recommended for the professional job search. Join the UCS LinkedIn Group! Connect to UCS staff, UH students and alumni; also receive UCS announcements, events, career-related articles and information.

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March 4, 2010 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Houston Baptist University Glasscock Center x UCS has arranged a continuous COMPLIMENTARY BUS SHUTTLE,

9:30am-4:30pm between UH and HBU. Pick up at UH will be every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30am, on Calhoun (outside of McAlister’s Deli at the Welcome Center parking garage). Look for signs and balloons! x For Tips on How to Make the Most of the Job Fair, review the UCS handout entitled "How to Make the Most of a Career Fair," in the "Handouts" link, at

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SPORTS EDITORS Phillipe Craig, Robert Higgs

COMING THURSDAY: See if the Cougars can send off their seniors with a win against in-town rival Rice





UH ready for senior sendoff

Cougars eager to start serving up victories

By Maurice Bobb DAILY COUGAR SPORTS UH head coach Tom Penders wants to make sure his only loss tonight against Conference-USA and in-town rival Rice has nothing to do with the game’s final score. It’s up to the Cougars (14-14, 6-8 C-USA) to avoid losing the game against the Owls (8-20, 1-13) on their own turf, but they have no way of delaying the departure of the nation’s leading scorer and the heart and soul of the team, Aubrey Coleman, who will suit up for the last time in front of the Hofheinz Pavilion faithful. “This is the last rodeo for Aubrey, a once-in-a-lifetime player,” Penders said. “He’s the best player I’ve ever coached. It’s important for the fans to come out and show their appreciation for what he’s done here. We have three players who are local products, and they’re seniors, so we really need the students to come out and show their appreciation.” Before tipoff, senior guards Coleman and Kelvin Lewis and forward Sean Coleman, along with their family members, will take their final bow at center court in a Senior Night ceremony. After the applause, the Cougars hope to rebound from their bitter 94-83 loss at SMU. In that game, UH surrender a six-point halftime advantage and allowed the Mustangs to turn the tables with a 61-point outburst in the second half. Coleman, who was named C-USA Player of the Week, finished with

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Aubrey Coleman will wow the Hofheinz Pavilion faithful one last time when the Cougars take on in-town rival Rice at 7 p.m. tonight and will be honored alongside Kelvin Lewis and Sean Coleman on Senior Night. a team-high 30 points and nine rebounds. Reserves Adam Brown and Kirk Van Slyke added 17 and 14 points, respectively. Papa Dia paced SMU with a game-high 31 points, connecting on 11 of 13 shots. The loss to the Mustangs put the Cougars in a tie for seventh place with Southern Miss in the conference rankings. With so many variables as the regular season comes to a close, UH can finish as high as sixth place and as low as tenth in the standings before the Conference USA Tournament begins next week. “This league is so balanced,” Penders said. “It’s a one-(loss)elimination (C-USA) tournament. We feel like we can beat anybody in this league. I feel like we have a legitimate shot in this tournament.” The Cougars topped Rice 83-66

on Jan. 6 at Hofheinz, but Penders still won’t take the Owls lightly. “When we play Rice, it’s always a hotly contested game,” Penders said. “No matter what the records are or what the playoff situation is, we have to match their intensity because of the intense local rivalry that we have. I remember when I first got here and we lost to them by one point at the buzzer, and students rushed the floor like they just won a national championship. “This is a natural rivalry for us, so we’ve got to be able to play at a high level of intensity, and we’re going to need our fans to come out and be loud.” Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., but the Senior Night festivities will begin shortly before game time.

The Cougars will be looking to bounce back from their first home loss this season when they take on Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday at John E. Hoff Courts. UH (3-1) lost 6-1 to Northwestern State Feb. 21, a talented team that outplayed the Cougars in both doubles and singles matches. Freshman Bryony Hunter earned a singles win to improve her singles record on the season to 3-0. Hunter bested the Lady Demons’ Olga Bazhanova in a split decision, 4-6, 7-5 and 10-8. Hunter’s perfect start to this season is no surprise to head coach John Severance. “Well, of course I’m impressed. That was the blueprint — for her to develop in the fall and come out and have a good spring season,” Severance said. “She has a lot of talent and a lot of fire power.” Southeastern Louisiana (2-5) is up next, and the Lady Lions have been struggling. The Lions have dropped five of their last six matches following a 7-0 home win over Alcorn State on Jan. 31. Severance knows the Cougars will have to take advantage of the Lions’ weaknesses. “I guess every match is important for us, but it is

equally important to get back to our winning ways at home,” Severance said. “This match, hopefully we can get through it and give us some confidence for a lengthy road journey.” This will be the ninth stop on a 10-game road trip for the Lions. Their only win so far was a 7-0 decision over Jackson State on Feb. 21. “They can be either really getting into a groove or getting really tired,” Severance said. “We’re preparing for them to be pretty grooved, and we’re expecting a tough match.” The Cougars should face a drained Lions team, considering it played at Texas-San Antonio Tuesday. “I think we match up well with a lot of teams on our schedule if we are playing right, and we’ve worked on a few things that we needed to work on, and I believe we’re ready,” Severance said. Wednesday’s contest will finish a five-game home stand for UH. Next, the Cougars will embark on their own lengthy road trip and won’t return home until they take on Prairie View A&M on April 3. “I think if we go out and play with more discipline and more enthusiasm — I was happy with our enthusiasm (by the way) — we will get the result we want,” Severance said.


Rice shines up its ’10 Silver Glove By Tristan Tippet THE DAILY COUGAR


The Cougars faced off with in-town rival Rice Tuesday and came away with an 8-2 loss thanks in large part to leaving too many runners on base and not capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

The Cougars kicked off the 2010 edition of the Silver Glove Series with a matinee against the Rice Owls and got walloped 8-2. After taking two of three against Santa Clara last weekend to improve to 2-4, Tuesday’s loss at Rice drops the Cougars back to three games below .500. Against the Broncos, the Cougars scored 27 runs on 40 hits. UH did pound out 12 hits against the Owls (4-4), but they produced only two runs. Rice, on the other hand, turned its 10 hits into eight runs. Most of UH’s damage at the plate came after Rice had taken control of the game, and head coach Rayner Noble said the 12 hits were an afterthought. “We pretty much got 12 meaningless hits,” Noble said. “We’ve got to drive guys in when they’re out there. That’s our biggest problem.” While UH’s offensive struggles may have been a new problem to deal with, its pitching remains an issue.

Righthander Mo Wiley started his first game of the season for the Cougars, and in the first inning, allowed Rice’s Michael Ratterree to reach third base before striking out Michael Fuda and Anthony Rendon to end the inning. Wiley wasn’t bad in the second inning, despite serving up a solo homer to Rick Hague. He settled down to retire Chase McDowell, Abe Gonzales and Jeremy Rathjen in order. In the third inning, Wiley unraveled. With one out, Ratterree hit a gapper to right-center for a triple, and Joel Ansley and Zak Presley misplayed the ball. Chad Mozingo followed with an RBI single, scoring Ratterree and giving Rice a 2-0 lead. Fuda hit a shot off Wiley, which rolled to the third-base line, and Mozingo went to second. Rendon then walked to load the bases. McDowell followed with a single that plated Mozingo and Fuda to give Rice a 4-0 advantage. Lefty Taylor Hammack relieved Wiley and walked Hague to load the bases with one out. Hammack got out of the jam by inducing a

double play from pinch-hitter Steven Sultzbaugh. “Wiley started out good, but then Rice started getting hits, and then he lost it,” Noble said. “He was one (of) our best bets to start. The pickings are a little slim right now. We have to learn to pitch.” The Cougars couldn’t get to Rice starter Jared Rogers, who gave up only five hits and didn’t give up a run until the sixth inning when Caleb Ramsey’s RBI double cut UH’s deficit to 4-1. The Owls, though, dealt another blow to UH in the bottom of the sixth. Hammack walked Hague and one out later, Rathjen hit a two-run homer to give Rice a 6-1 lead. UH’s M.P. Cokinos answered with a solo shot in the top of the seventh to pull the Cougars within 6-2, but the Owls put up two more in the bottom half of the frame to much seal the win. Both teams will participate in the Houston College Classic this weekend. UH’s first game will be against Missouri at 3:30 p.m. Friday.


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Fighting Words

Talking smack and sports

At issue: With Terrell Owens now a free agent, would you want him playing for your team?


» Keith Cordero Jr.: I’m ready to watch shirtless situps As a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan, I would take free Terrell Owens on my team any day of the week and tw twice on Sundays. Ow Owens’ mediocre sseason last year still netted him 55 receptions, 829 yards and five touchdowns. to Those are numbers any Ravens fan would take at receiver. Baltimore’s Derrick Mason could retire and, with Joe Flacco developing into a nice young quarterback, the Ravens would be a great fit for Owens. His skill set and the attention he requires from defensive backs should free up fellow receivers Donte Stallworth and Mark Clayton. Despite having issues with former quarterbacks Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb, Owens would bring an offensive weapon

to a Ravens team known for its defense. Plus, he’d be a big target for Joe Flacco who could take the Ravens one step closer to a Super Bowl. If T.O. signs with the Ravens, I will buy his jersey within 24 hours.

» Jason Ovalle: No country for old men — especially homophobic receivers Keith, I can see your point about Owens and him possibly helping the Ravens. That said, the guy has a long track record of being a divisive figgure in the locker room, most no notably in San F Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas and even in his latest stop, B Buffalo. In the end end, he threw all his QB’s under the bus and even made slanderous comments about Jeff Garcia’s sexuality. That’s not

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what I call a good teammate, and a young, developing QB like Flacco doesn’t need a cancer like that in the locker room. There’s another important factor in regards to T.O. and why the gamble on him isn’t worth it. It’s the fact that he is 36 years old and will be 37 in December. He has lost a step and is no longer the deep-threat he used to be. This statement has become more evident as he did not even rank in the top 20 for receiving yards this past season. The bottom line is T.O. is not the player he once was, and his negative antics far surpass his skill and talent level on the field, which makes him a player that a good NFL team should not touch.

» Christopher Losee: Hey, the T.O. show is still primetime viewing Jason, unlike you, I still enjoy the T.O. show. And Keith, it looks like you might be buying that jersey after Friday. In his 15th season, Owens is still one of the fiercest wide receivers in the league, rendering his age of 36 meaningless. His numbers last year were less than years before, but it was obvious that there wasn’t any chemistry in Buffalo, and it showed because they did not extend his contract. His antics in and out of the locker room were

It’s your turn turn. Take the poll at thedailycougar com/sports different than the T.O. we love and hate. I think he is maturing. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, which has nothing to do with the fact that he can completely dismantle defenses by freeing up other wide receivers and options in the running game. He brings the confidence needed by the receiving corps in Baltimore and if anything, adds confidence to a young quarterback. If a relationship develops between Flacco and Owens, the connection will be unstoppable.

» The Beard: Time to bust heads now and ask questions later later. Well, I’m back and you boys are about to wish I wasn’t. Keith, are you se serious? Owens is all about himself and will be in Flacco’s ear from day one, demanding the ball. The Ravens are built around an old-school defense and to a lesser degree, running back Ray Rice. Just go find a Brian Billick picture, make a shrine and pray for Owens to eclipse Stallworth as the biggest story to hit Baltimore since Melo’s “stop snitching” video.

Heck, while you’re at it, pray for Desperate Housewives to get extended for another decade. Jason, I agree with your point, so you dodge my wrath for now. But be forewarned — I am in talks with Judge Dredd and we are working on installing lasers in my beard, Chuck Norris style. Chris, T.O.’s age is anything but meaningless. The NFL is all about speed, and Owens is only getting slower. And the only thing on his sleeve besides an Ed Hardy logo and a pocket for those “he’s my quart-er-back” Lady Gaga glasses is an all-me, all-the-time attitude. The guy is the epitome of a jerk, and his game no longer supports the B.S. that he brings to the table. For shame, rookie, for shame.

Verdict Jason wins, and the other two are one whack opinion away from being relegated to Life and Art’s Fighting Words, where they will discuss the best look for the summer.

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Cougars hit road to tussle with A&M By John Brannen THE DAILY COUGAR After dropping an extra-inning affair to LSU last weekend, the Cougars hope to get back on track today against Texas A&M in College Station. Head coach Kyla Holas hopes competing against the No. 19 Aggies motivates her team to join A&M as an upper-echelon squad. “A&M has always been one of the benchmarks here in the state of Texas,” Holas said. “A&M and Texas tend to get the top recruits, so they’re the type of program we all want to be. “For us, playing against them is going to be a tough environment, so we have to make sure to step it up and play our best softball.” Although A&M is ranked in the top 25, Holas said no one aspect of its team stands out; instead, the Aggies rely on all-around strength. “A&M’s not flashy. They don’t come with the best of anything. They’re just really solid top to bottom,” Holas said. “Their ninth hitter can hit as many home runs as their leadoff hitter. “The same with the pitching staff. They’re all equal. They all throw good strikes, and they all stay ahead of hitters. They’re just a really balanced ball club.” With UH’s record at 7-8, Holas says she can see her team making progress. “Last weekend, we had a few

errors here and there, but were much improved. Some of the things that were happening were game stuff, not routine ground balls,” Holas said. “I think we’re improving defensively. (The pitchers) put up some good numbers, and they’re doing their job. “Offensively, we’re continuing to get better. It’s just about getting those timely hits. I think we’re getting better and playing good softball right now.” Junior catcher Lauren Strickland logged her first playing time as a Cougar last weekend. Holas hopes newcomers such as Strickland take advantage of the situation when their name is called upon. “Nothing can replace experience. As many opportunities we can give them this year, the better they’re going to be next year,” Holas said. Holas said she wants to see freshman shortstop Brooke Lathan perform up to her offensive capability. “She was recruited to be a power hitter for us,” she said. “She needs to make sure she’s getting on base enough to do those kinds of things.” The Cougars took a day off from practice Monday and hope to rest up this weekend after today’s contest. “Any time you can rest after you have played this kind of schedule, being able to give us a break heading into conference (play) will help us be fresh,” Holas said.






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Plus-sized models hit the runways When one looks at an ad in a magazine or watches a runway show, a skinny and “toned” body is exactly what’s expected. Lately, Shaziya however, there Bandukia are models that are not necessarily skinny and might not have the body that a typical Victoria’s Secret model is expected to have. According to a recent report by British newspaper The Independent, “designers, retailers and magazine editors demand women with curves.” Unfortunately, even though fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana want plus-sized models in their ad campaigns, the likes of Ralph Lauren have received publicity for deliberately photoshopping his somewhat “plus-sized” models to the point where they appear anorexic. Filippa Hamilton, who has modeled for Ralph Lauren since she was 15, was fired last April for not being thin enough. Hamilton is a beautiful and curvy 23-year-old who was shocked to see her completely airbrushed and empty body when the final cut of the Ralph Lauren Blue Label ad was released. The upsetting part isn’t that Hamilton’s photo was so harshly photoshopped, but that she was fired for apparently being overweight at 5’10”, 120 pounds. In September, Glamour did a spread consisting entirely of plussized, curvy models. The spread was revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October when Glamour’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive claimed this spread was done “to send the message to young women, especially who are reading the magazine, that there are a million different ways to be beautiful.” For Glamour, its interest in such a campaign started when a photo of Lizzie Miller posing completely natural and with a slight belly overhang was published in the September issue. Readers loved the idea because it portrayed a relief to women out there — one does not have to have a perfect body to be beautiful. And with such feedback, Glamour went on to the next best thing — a completely nude spread of young, curvaceous women who are confident in their bodies and in their size. The debate is not whether there should be plus-sized models; it’s whether plus-sized models are OK for ad campaigns and runway shows. Few people are the perfect “skinny” and the perfect “toned” to be viable enough for such opportunities. Even the curvy models that are popular nowadays are photoshopped and airbrushed before a final cut on a photo is


Dark Star Orchestra, a popular Grateful Dead cover band that has been playing for more than 10 years, will be at the House of Blues this Thursday.

Dark Star Orchestra comes to Houston By Travis Hensley THE DAILY COUGAR After five years away from Houston, Dark Star Orchestra, a popular band that pays tribute to Grateful Dead, is coming to the House of Blues at 8 p.m. Thursday. This is not a normal cover band. Instead, the musical style of Grateful Dead gives room for improvisation for the band members to show off their talent as musicians. Dark Star Orchestra first formed in Chicago in 1997. The original lineup has changed over the years, with some members leaving and others joining in. Among the most popular longtime members is drummer Rob Koritz, who joined the band in 1999 — only two years

after it formed. “The thing that sets us apart from others is their (the Grateful Dead) music was 90 percent improvised,” Koritz said. “We had no expectation of where it would go.” Koritz himself first learned of the Grateful Dead when he was in high school and was already a musician. As a fan, Koritz went to see the Dead more than 100 times. “Those were some of the best days of my life,” Koritz said. “I was way into the drummer, so I spent a lot of time watching him,” he said. While earning a degree in jazz from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Koritz played in a number of bands. “I have done everything except for being in a metal band,” Koritz

said. After performing with the rest of Dark Star Orchestra for more than 10 years, Koritz has developed a skill for playing with the other members of the band. The band itself is no longer Chicago-based, but is in several different states. When the members are done touring, they go their separate ways. Despite this, Koritz said he feels like he improvises with other members of the band with ease. “It comes from knowing each other and having really big ears,” Koritz said. The structure for Dark Star Orchestra’s music comes from different sets Grateful Dead played throughout its years of touring. “We don’t always play off the set

list. We play some of their songs that are a little bit more rare, or ones from different eras,” Kortz said. “We like to change it up some. Here is this song, and we know that we can take it in any direction (with improvisation). We are all pretty intense students of this music.” One of the most significant aspects of the group is their love of the music the Grateful Dead made throughout their long career. The song that Koritz most enjoys, he said, is “The Music Never Stopped” because “the lyrics grabbed me.” The most important thing to the band is “the fact that we’re not doing this for the money. We’re doing this to perpetuate the music,” Koritz said.

Student’s sweet treats make a splash By Phillipe Craig THE DAILY COUGAR When you ask most students about the key to managing their personal and academic lives, you’ll get anything but a short and sweet answer. But for elementary education junior Katie Jefferies, her advice meets both criterions. “Have two ovens,” Jefferies said with a smile. That’s because Jefferies moonlights as Galveston Island’s up-and-coming queen of all things cupcake. And while the 40-minute drive south is not short, the treats you’ll find at KJ’s Bakeshop are all sweet. Jefferies, a 26-year-old mother of two with an admitted sweet tooth, started whipping up her colorful concoctions nearly a yearand-a-half ago, initially as a treat

for friends and family. But she quickly realized that the demand for her tasty treats gave her another career option that doesn’t require a degree. “I really like cupcakes,” Jefferies said. “I started making cupcakes and giving them away as presents, and people were like, ‘Oh, you should start selling them,’ and so I did.” Before opting for an education major, Jefferies had her sights set on becoming a graphic designer, but a chance employment opportunity quickly swayed her. Given her new major, having a knack for sweets can only be a plus when dealing with elementary school students. “I got a job at Garden Oaks Elementary as a teacher’s aide, and I loved it so I decided to become a see CAKE, page 11


Elementary education major Katie Jefferies turned a sweet tooth into an up-and-coming bakeshop out of her home in Galveston.


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teacher,” Jefferies said. And when it comes to her kids — Dade, 9, and Aiden, 7 — she says they can serve as inspiration sources and her official tastetesting board. “Sometimes, the boys will give me good ideas and (my husband) Andy will help as well. I like to get everyone’s input,” Jefferies said. “Dade drew me a picture of what my bakeshop should look like — it’s a giant cupcake. And Aiden does not like cream cheese icing at all, which I don’t understand.” When she’s not mining her family for ideas, Jefferies turns to a more traditional source for her next project — shows on the Food Network. “I’m addicted to all of them,” she said. “They have cupcake wars now; kind of like cake wars. Maybe I’ll go on it one day. But I did see an episode where they had to use chili peppers, and I wondered what would I do with that?” So far, she hasn’t had to deal with anything too unusual, but has had her share of stressful assignments. “Most people keep them wholesome. They’re my friends, so nobody has asked for anything too crazy,” she said. “This weekend, I had to make a wedding cake for 150 people, so I was freaking out about that a little bit. For the wedding cake, I had to mentally wrap my head around the (occasion’s) moment.” As rewarding as owning her own business has been, Jefferies admits that juggling it with a family and school can be trying at times. She also said that following in her footsteps might not be the best idea for most students, but it’s an experience she hopes she can combine with her degree. “I would totally avoid (having a business) until you’ve graduated,” she said. “For me, it’s so much fun, and I get to relieve my stress baking. I don’t want to stop because I really love it. “Juggling everything is the hardest part. When I have an

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order to fill, sometimes it’s hard to mentally separate ‘study now, cake later.’ I love teaching, and maybe some day I can have pastry classes at my bakery, but no master’s degree for me.” Jefferies may not want to extend her stay at UH past next year, but it’s not because she hasn’t enjoyed her time here. In fact, she says that one of her lasting memories will be of watching mascot Shasta do push-ups at football games. “I have met some really great people that I just love,” she said. “And the football games and tailgating — I love it. As long as there’s parking for games, I’ll be there.”


Katie Jefferies shows her school spirit with her UH-decorated cupcakes.

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released. Many controversies have sparked when female audiences have taken it upon themselves to starve until they can be so “perfectly” skinny, but where exactly has that brought any of us? Models have had to go through starvation and so have many normal girls. There’s nothing wrong with plus-sized models. In fact, it’s a bright change in the world of fashion and advertisement. We, the audience, cannot always live on fantasy novels, fiction movies, or these die-hard perfect girls; we need something normal. Seeing plus-sized models seems much more relatable, and many women will feel nice knowing they are able to relate to women who have made it so far. Just as Tyra Banks’ new campaign, Beauty Inside & Out, has proven, it’s important for women of all shapes and sizes to feel beautiful in their own skin.


Suzanne McHenry is no feather in the wind. Every day, she rises with the sun to run with the homeless. Every day, she’s feeding her life, her career and her future.

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Go on a “bad news diet”. After you have digested the multitude of scary statistics about reduced hiring of college graduates, layoffs and unemployment rates, it stops serving any good purpose to take in any more discouraging information. Do what works. Dr. Daniel Turban in the Department of Management at the University of Missouri studied 327 job seekers and offered these conclusions: (1) At the beginning of a job search, the most important predictors of success are thinking about your plan, acting on the plan and reflecting about the plan; and (2) As a job search continues, the most important predictor of success is staying positive. Manage your mood. Every day, spend time doing something mood-boosting to offset the stress of job search. Do whatever feels reliably good for you. Ideas include exercising, spending time with friends, reading for fun, engaging in a hobby, a spiritual or religious endeavor and enjoying nature. Sharpen your job search skills. If the economy is booming and there are plenty of jobs, you can have a weak record of accomplishment, a resume with typos and mediocre interview skills, and you can still land a job. In a tough, competitive job market, you must have a flawless resume and excellent interview skills. Fortunately, all of these variables are within your control because you can learn how to do each of these things well. Celebrate what you are already doing right. If you are a UH student, you have already made two excellent decisions: (1) You are attending college. Unemployment is far lower among college graduates than among those who didn’t finish college; and (2) You chose to live in a region of the U.S. with much better employment prospects than in most other geographic areas of the country. Avoid isolation. When you are job searching, it can be tempting to stay home and surf the Web looking for opportunities. But most people don’t find a job online; most people find employment by meeting or knowing someone who has a connection to the employer who has a current or future job opening. The more acquaintances you have who like and trust you, the better your chance of landing a job. This is true even if the acquaintances are in a different career field than you, so be sure to stay involved socially throughout your job search. Learn how to communicate effectively. You never have a second chance to make a first impression, so do everything you can to make sure you know how to make a good one. University Career Services (UCS) offers a weekly Job Search Strategies Group than gives students a forum to practice communication skills that relate to job search. Leverage social networking. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have made it even easier to meet or stay in touch with people who might introduce you to your next job. Create a profile on LinkedIn, join professional groups on both LinkedIn and Facebook, and follow people via Twitter who can help you become an industry insider. Consider starting a business. Research by the Kauffman Foundation found that more than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of America’s fastest-growing companies. Get support! Throughout all phases of career development, it helps to have a strategic partner who can teach you what you need to know to succeed. Dr. David Small, Associate Vice President for Student Services at the University of Houston, says, “UCS professional career counselors can be invaluable in facilitating each of the phases of career development, from self-discovery to employer/industry research.”


Foreign students can find help on campus By Helen Godfrey CAREER GUIDE Whether you are a new or returning student, let me personally welcome you to the University’s Main campus. We are happy that you are here, and we appreciate the positive contributions that we know you will make in the classroom and the community. In addition to adjusting to a new culture, international students often face challenges when seeking employment. Because many employers have hiring restrictions that limit the opportunities for international students, the job search can be frustrating and discouraging. Although we cannot control the hiring practices of employers, there are a lot of things we can control to help prepare you to take advantage of a good opportunity. I encourage all UH students to visit University Career Services to explore the resources we can provide. Many people underestimate the importance of a strong résumé. I encourage you to attend our resume workshop and follow-up by making an appointment with a counselor

to work one-on-one and fine-tune your resume. Resumes vary country by country, and it is important for you to understand your audience if you are seeking employment in the U.S. Another important component of the job search is interviewing skills. Again, visiting our workshop and scheduling a follow-up appointment with a counselor is a wonderful way to prepare. A counselor can help you understand some of the cultural components, such as body language, which mean different things in different cultures. We can also give you personal feedback and work with you on your interview answers so you are comfortable and confident in the interview. In addition to this, we have many resources to help you on your job search. We have a wonderful Web site full of job and internship links and company information. We can work with you personally on topics such as your résumé, interviewing skills, networking techniques and job search strategies. These services are included in your student fees. We look forward to working with you.

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When it comes to work, authenticity matters On average, we can expect to spend a third of our lives working. Why does this fact make many of us mentally cringe, as we retreat to dreaming about winning the lottery or retirement? Could we be that lazy? Humans are wired for productivity, not only as a means of survival but also as a means of self-expression. Thanks to the increasing accessibility of higher education today, more people than ever have the opportunity to be paid to do what they enjoy. What makes for rewarding work, and how can you attain it? Philosophers and career counselors would agree that authenticity plays an important role. Defined as acting in accord with one’s true self, authenticity is first about making good choices. When it comes to making occupational decisions like choosing a major or industry specialization, career counselors recommend that students evaluate how well potential career paths fit with their core values, interests, and strengths. Work that is compatible with your values and interests is likely to




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be more motivating, satisfying, and meaningful in the end. The following are some tips on how to make authentic career choices: Know yourself The more awareness you gain about your values, interests, passions, abilities, talents and work-life experiences, the better positioned you’ll be to make decisions and spot opportunities that are advantageous to you. If you’re able to talk about yourself in a cohesive way in the job interview, you’re halfway hired. Act in accord Once you identify your values and strengths, communicate them effectively. Target positions that make use of your natural and acquired abilities. Let employers know of the unique ways you can contribute to meeting their needs. Find people who are looking for someone exactly like you and network, network, network. Be flexible In a less than ideal job market, you will have to make some compromises. Compromise sounds scary, but realize that good


Work can be hard, and it often is, but with a little mindset change, students may find a lot of tasks quite enjoyable

compromises get you closer to your goals while bad compromises take you farther from them. Make strategic choices that fit in your long-term career picture. Keep in mind that lifetime occupations are an increasing rarity; most people will transition into new roles or new careers. Develop an enterprising mind by approaching any experience as an opportunity to acquire transferable skills and to discover new outlets for selfexpression. Talk to a career counselor At University Career Services, we offer a variety of services to help you strive for authenticity in work. Stop by for individual discussions during our walkin hours or schedule an appointment.

One of the most important decisions that a college student can make is to complete an internship. It is the perfect way to receive hands-on experience and prepare for your selected field of study. Many career counselors advise you to stay in school until you have completed at least one internship so that you are fully prepared for life outside of school. Planning is always smart when considering which internships to pursue. Many companies only accept interns who are students because they may require that students receive school credit for the internship. Also, a lot of companies, especially the larger ones, have set deadlines and class standing requirements for their internships. There are even some instances when a student intern graduates, he/she may have a full time job offer from that company. You can imagine from a company’s perspective that it is advantageous to hire students who have been working at the company for several months already. They have had a chance

to really get to know the student and to find out if the student is a good fit. The student also has an opportunity to get to know the company. Student interns have a head start in being productive in their new jobs if they have already learned about the company through an internship. During a recession, many companies stop recruiting and opt to hire their current interns. If you have your heart set on employment with a particular company that restricts hiring to interns only, it is very important to be one of those interns. Employers love to hire interns because doing so reduces their risk: they are hiring someone they already know and appreciate. Employers hire entrylevel students at an internship level because it gives them the opportunity to train you according to their company’s policies and procedures. If you are unsure about where to begin or how to start looking for an internship, the University Career Services is available to provide various services including search strategies, resume writing, interviewing skills and a multitude of job and internship resources.



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Military Life to College Life Student veterans often face a unique set of issues as they adjust to life on campus. Veterans may become frustrated with the less structured academic environment and feel their responsibilities as a student are less important than their former responsibilities, resulting in a lack of effort or involvement. Student veterans may also feel alienated. For those student veterans with many years of military service, it may take longer to relearn academic habits and study skills. Student



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