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By Paulette Ehmer The DAily Cougar Giving up hope was never an option for former Heavy Weight Champion and Olympic gold Medalist George Foreman, who visited UH as part of a tour promoting his latest book Knockout Entrepreneur. Forman was the key speaker at the Veterans Entrepreneurship Seminar on Wednesday, where he spoke of his trials, tribulations and success, the key elements in his book. Though Foreman began a life of hard knocks in the Houston area, he soon realized that he could have to take control of his own destiny. A self proclaimed thug and high school dropout, it was a near arrest that lead Foreman to change his ways and join the Job Corps. During his stint in the corps, Forman gained more education and his boxing license, which forever changed his future. “I came home with that little boxers license to intimidate people,” he said. “ I wanted them to know I had lethal weapons.” The license made Foreman aware

of his environment and gave him the initiative he needed to leave a life of poverty. “I was actually living in poverty and the only way I could get out was to make a lot of money-not a little but a lot of money-and that’s when the entrepreneurial [spirit] jolted me. Right then, I knew I would have to go into business … and that little card, would be my key,” Foreman said. During Foreman’s early life he heard time and again that he would never amount to anything. After obtaining his boxer’s license, Foreman’s goal was to return to Houston with a $1,000 and open a private bar so that he and his friends would no longer have to hide cigarettes. As Foreman’s career began to escalate to extraordinary heights, becoming the heavy weight champion of the world, that $1,000 dream was never revisited. One boxing match after another he climbed his way to the top. In 1974, Foreman received $5 million for his fight with Muhammad Ali, it was not until then that he realized that he had been taking boxing for granted. Although Foreman had lost his reign as champion, he never lost hope. “Sometimes you forget what you’re doing out there and why

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on a regular basis are optimistic about the new GPS operated system. Sociology junior Megan Pavageau, a resident at Bayou Oaks, said she will use the new system to get to class on time. “Before Next Bus, I would never know when the shuttle would pick me up, and it often ran late, but I think the new system will be more helpful, because now I will know the shuttle will be at my apartment and my daily schedule will not be interrupted due to late shuttles,” Pavageau said. Engineering sophomore Gabriella Koenig is also excited about UH’s new investment. “I have been wondering where my student fees go. This is something I don’t mind paying for,” Koenig said. “Being able to find out when exactly the shuttle is coming will ensure that I actually get to class on time from now on.” The University is charged $2,000 a month that pays for the airtime that

UH and the Dublin Institute of Technology have signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines the collaboration of research and educational programs between the two institutions. These programs will encompass a variety of fields, but will primarily focus on energy. “We are committed to providing our students with a nationally competitive global education in which they’ll get to know and interact with students from around the world,” UH President Renu Khator said in a press release. “Collaboration with respected technology institutes like the Dublin Institute of Technology enhances the global perspective of our students and strengthens the comprehensive education offered at UH.” The memorandum was signed by Khator and DIT President Brian Norton and went into effect immediately. “The planning will begin immediately. At best, the fall semester 2010 will be the first opportunity for the implementation,” Assistant Vice President of International Studies and Programs Chief Global Officer Jerald Strickland said. The MOU sets out both objectives and agreements that are to be achieved between the two institutions. A priority of this collaboration is to contribute and enhance the knowledge and understanding between not only the two institutions, but between the countries as well as the cities. This joint venture will use instructional programs, research and faculty and student development to achieve these goals. The collaboration between the two institutions will bring forth new exploratory opportunities for students to gain a more diverse, indepth knowledge in their field of study. “This relationship will provide opportunities for UH and DIT students to study and do research together,” Strickland said. UH and DIT have identified and agreed to a variety of topics that identify and unite their pursuits and their common interests. These topics include exploring a full credit transfer system, the

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The University recently invested $70,000 into its transportation system to make the shuttle services more convenient for students on campus. Next Bus, a GPS based shuttle system, is a service that provides students and faculty with the whereabouts of UH shuttles and gives precise arrival times. Director of Parking and Transportation Bob Browand said students and faculty will be able to access NextBus.com and see when a shuttle will arrive at their respective bus stop with accurate predictions. “UH has had a shuttle system for the past 17 years and now we have an adequate system that should be convenient for everyone,” Browand said. “Before, it was hard to manage; we didn’t know what times buses would arrive, and now we do. Each bus is equipped with a GPS system that updates every 45 seconds for accuracy.” Students who ride the shuttles


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you’re doing it, when I got home and got that money out of the bank. I still wanted to be champion, and I kept striving to be the best boxer in the world,” he said. After a ten year retirement, “something profound happened,” he said. “I woke up, and I was broke.” Broke, middle-aged, and being a solid 315 pounds could not strip away the hope that Foreman harbored deep inside. Determined to rebuild his fortune, Foreman had to start from the beginning, fighting in small venues for minimal amounts

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of money. “You don’t start on top; nobody does. Blessed are the meek … in business you can’t be embarrassed,” he said. Foreman believed in himself, his talent, and his ability to overcome; this self-belief brought in lucrative endorsements and soon birthed his mega-million venture, The George Foreman grill. “The job of an athlete is not to win a thousand dollars or a million dollars; the job of any man is to keep earning,” he said. “It is not about how much you have it is about how much you earn.” news@thedailycougar.com

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Drilling won’t solve energy issues President Barack Obama proposed a few changes to the nation’s energy plan March 31. The most controversial of his proposals were his changes to offshore drilling practices. Obama’s proposal Andrew would lift the bans Taylor on the areas of exploration in Alaska, the eastern region of the Gulf of Mexico and shore areas spanning from Delaware to Florida. This plan sounds interesting because Texas benefits enormously from oil businesses and the oil industry overall. But the important question to think about, whether we get oil from our own country or from foreign nations, is will these solutions truly alleviate the problem at all? When debating the issues of offshore drilling and oil exploration, it’s important to focus on long-term productivity and growth, not quick fixes. Offshore drilling in the nation’s coasts would have little benefit; the process is anything but quick. To begin mining underwater oil, a very daunting and challenging legal process must be hurdled. Environmentalists will always be

against drilling from coastal areas because of the consequences it has to the marine ecosystem. Proponents who fear the possibility of accidental pollution and the defilement of nature would also need to be dealt with. This group has a legitimate concern, as offshore drilling has had negative effects on the ecosystem in the past. Hurricanes, which are prone to hit in the areas where drilling is proposed, make things even more problematic. Furthermore, even if the legal issues weren’t a problem, oil isn’t extracted and immediately converted to fuel. The finished product — or at least what is turned into to fuel — takes time to produce after drilling has begun. Starting to drill now would not solve America’s rising energy costs. The money spent on oil research and exploration would be better invested in new technology. Oil is a limited natural resource. It would make sense to invest in and build an industry around something that will lead the U.S. far into the future and establish it as the front-runner in energy industries. Government policy should aggressively seek alternative sources of energy, as the ultimate solution should be to switch from

oil to something renewable. The U.S. should still pursue its own underwater natural resources and constantly improve safety methods for doing so, but drilling with the goal of domestic use is not a good enough solution. Many have said Obama is using the proposal as bait for Republican cooperation. If this truly is the president’s goal, he is being incredibly naive. Republicans have been nothing but intransigent toward Obama’s policies; trying to please them by caving in on an issue is no way to solve the problem. Compromise is healthy, but this is about more than funding the energy industry — it’s about establishing the country in the future world market. Any decision needs to focus on the future and developing new sustainable technology, not on collusion or backroom deals. Elected officials need to show the people that their plans provide clear proof of sustainability. This would ensure further debate about technology and encourage education, which are the ultimate solutions. Andrew Taylor is an economics senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com

Cyclists need to learn to share road As flowers begin to carpet the landscape, it’s apparent that spring is finally here. It was pleasing to see the many colors and hues of native wildflowers as I went to visit my parents last weekend. I also Joel enjoyed, initially, Yelton seeing cyclists out for a ride enjoying the cool sunny weather. That joy soon turned to aggravation, however, once I became trapped on a small two-lane road behind a sea of riders. Cycling is a great way to exercise while soaking in nature and the roads are for everyone, regardless of one’s mode of transportation. All people should be respectful to others while on the road. Initially, the cyclists formed a neat single-file line and passing them was not an

issue. But it didn’t take long before a select few decided that this particular road was theirs and they did not need to share. As several cars and trucks lined up to pass the group, these few riders refused to yield, going as far as swerving out into the other lane to block anyone from passing. Unfortunately, this sort of behavior is not uncommon with cyclers. It’s aggravating to think that these riders who are out to enjoy the surroundings have failed to recognize that the people who live on those roads have matters more pressing than waiting behind a group of leisurely bike riders. There is a sign on FM 105 that says “share the road,” in an obvious reference to drivers sharing with cyclists. The tables have turned, however, and cyclists should exercise good manners by sharing the road with drivers, especially on smaller back

roads. They need to recognize that there are other people in the world. These few cyclists must realize this is what they fail to do when they refuse to share the road. Stopping people from getting to their own house or from leaving in some circumstances are not the actions of respectable people. Cyclists should enjoy the country, take in the scenery and ride to their hearts’ content. They should be applauded for their perseverance, but it only takes a few rotten apples to spoil the entire group’s reputation. Furthermore, it doesn’t make sense to use a 15-pound, $1,000 bicycle to challenge a three-ton dually. Anyone can predict who will win that battle. Joel Yelton is an English senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com

t’s no secret that parking is a huge problem at UH. It could easily be the biggest frustration students have to deal with during their time on campus, and it seems to get worse every year with every new solution rolled out by the administration. One has to wonder why administrators continue to utilize the same approach in dealing with a lack of spaces and oversold student permits. As it stands, students who park in a permit-only lot without the requisite permit are simply given a ticket as punishment. Meanwhile, students who follow the rules and purchase permits are forced to park farther away from their desired lots or areas of campus, sometimes even having to park at street meters and pay for something they are supposedly entitled to with their permits. While it’s been reported on several occasions that the University has oversold student permits (which created the problem), one aspect seems to always be overlooked — the punishments for parking violators. Sure, a $25 or $50 ticket is a nuisance and can serve as a deterrent to many students, but some are happy to pay if it means getting to class on time or if they can otherwise afford it. Meanwhile, students who pay for permits drive through lot after lot while parking enforcement officials write ticket after ticket, and the problem remains — one student is essentially stealing from another. UH needs to embrace a different solution, one that is certain to curtail the practice of space stealing: towing illegally parked vehicles. The University could designate an area where cars would be towed and released to students for a fee. Students would be required to secure their own legal parking while waiting for their permits to arrive, thus prompting them to obtain one earlier to avoid the inconvenience. What may seem on the surface to be harsh and over-the-top is nothing more than a lesson in responsibility. Once students get into the “real world,” they’ll find that parking illegally can get their vehicles towed, and going to a city-owned lot is a much bigger hassle than paying a parking ticket.

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COMING FRIDAY: See how the baseball and softball teams are preparing for their games this weekend

EDITORS Phillipe Craig, Robert Higgs  E-MAIL sports@thedailycougar.com  ONLINE www.thedailycougar.com/sports

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By Keith Cordero Jr. The Daily Cougar Hailing all the way from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., sophomore catcher Melissa Gregson is a force to be reckoned with on the softball field. Behind the plate for Houston, (20-19, 5-7 C-USA) Gregson has had a solid season, hitting .280 in 37 starts to go with seven home runs, 23 RBI, 23 runs and 16 walks. This year’s numbers are similar to her freshman season in which she hit .275 and had eight home runs, 31 RBI, 23 runs, 36 hits and 24 walks. “Coming into the season, I knew that we had a very young team, but I was really looking forward to stepping up and being a leader on the team,” Gregson said. “I’m probably one of the top hitters on the team right now. I think that my performance has showed that I’m a great player, and I’m here to work.” A part of the 2009 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, Gregson has made strides to improve her game now that she is a sophomore team leader for the Cougars. “Last year, I had the freshman jitters almost the entire year. This year, I know what’s coming at me,

I know the type of pitchers I’m going to face, I know the type of team’s were going to face, and it makes it a lot easier going into a game when believing that you’re better than someone,” Gregson said. It’s a big switch for a young player out of high school to move from California to Texas, but for Gregson it wasn’t a problem. In her first college softball game on Feb. 6, 2009, against California, Gregson smashed a solo home run in only her second at bat. Gregson went one for two in the game, including a strikeout, but knew that the monkey was off her back, and it was time to go out and play. “I was like, ‘Whoa’,” Gregson said with a laugh, thinking back to her first game. “That at bat before (the home run), I struck out. I got the strikeout, and I walked in the dugout and said, ‘I got my first strikeout out of the way.’ Then I crush a home run; it was probably one of the best feelings I ever had.” Gregson received offers out of high school from numerous schools including Alabama, Pittsburgh, UC Riverside and UT, but chose UH after visiting the campus. “I visited every school, but

and to her, it will always be home. “There are so many things about it; it’s home for me. I love the mall that we have; it’s called Victoria Gardens, and I love going there,” Gregson said. Gregson and the Cougars will be back on the field at 1 p.m. Saturday for a three-game home series against Memphis.

This year, the Rice Owls are currently 17-13, certainly not the dominant record we’d expect them to have at this point in the season. Their recent loss to Tristan Dallas Baptist, 7-6, was the Tippet latest sign that something is wrong with the Owls. As usual, the Owls were ranked in the top 10 in virtually every preseason poll. Given their proven track record, their preseason rankings were par for the course. However, the calendar has turned to April, the month in which conference play begins and the post season looms, and the Owls have been inconsistent and certainly not worthy of a top 10 ranking, or even top 25. Rice started the season with a four-game losing streak. The Owls won their next five, and then took two out of three at the Houston College Classic. During that stretch, the Owls won eight of nine and appeared to be back on track. Rice then split a four-game series against California and followed that up with a win over Texas. From Feb. 26 to March 16,

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Not only is Melissa Gregson having a solid season at the plate, her experience behind the plate has been integral for the Cougars. Here she confers with freshman pitcher Bailey Watts. when I came here, and I met the coaching staff, and I met the girls, and I saw the facilities, it was just something inside of me was like, ‘Melissa this is where you belong.’ I love everything about Houston. There are so many things to do all the time,” Gregson said. Located 40 miles east of Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga is a small city located at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains,

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Augusta proves tough

By John Brannen The Daily Cougar After a successful weekend in Austin, the Cougars will head west to Tempe, Ariz., where Arizona State University is hosting the 31st Annual Sun Angel Track Classic. Weather will likely not be a factor in the Arizona climate, so the Cougars are expecting to improve on personal-best marks. With five personal records set last week, and significant improvements in the relay events at last weekend’s meet, Head Coach Leroy Burrell said the team should be excited by the remainder of the season. “We’re going in the right direction. We have some things to look forward to over the next several weeks. Especially in the individual events, we can really get some athletes some good marks,” Burrell said. Kalyn Floyd missed the Texas Relays with hamstring soreness, and some athletes competed with injuries. The Cougars hope they can recover before Friday, and Burrell said health will take precedence over training for

some of the athletes this week in practice. “Kalyn was a little bit dinged up. Tara Prier wasn’t quite at full strength with a knee issue. Grecia Bolton’s knee was still bothering her a bit, but we pulled through,” Burrell said. “This week we’re just going to get back and get some people healthy; that’s our priority.” Burrell said the competition level of the meet should be as high as Texas Relays. Among others, Burrell said the host team will provide ample opposition this weekend. “It’s going to be a pretty competitive meet. Arizona State has a talented team. There will be some other national caliber teams there as well,” Burrell said. Since the focus of the previous meet was the relays, Burrell said this weekend’s meet gives the team a chance to focus on the athlete’s preferred individual events. The events will be divided in sections in which athletes will be matched up against other competitors with similar times. “With a meet like this, it allows us to give the athletes the opportunity to run

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Championship starts May 13 in Orlando. The Cougars are hopeful that their trip out west will boost their chances for multiple appearances at the NCAA Championship meet. “We’ll hit the track, try to iron out our bumps and bruises and head out to Arizona and see how we do,” Burrell said.

Coming off a 16th place finish last weekend at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, the Cougars leave historic Augusta, Ga. for another road tournament in Columbus, Ohio. “We just didn’t quite get the job done. I don’t really think we’ve played poorer than we have been — right now we’re just not as competitive as we need to be. We have to make some pretty serious improvements,” Head Coach Jonathan Dismuke said. Houston tees it off this weekend in the Robert Kepler Invitational, the last event on the schedule before the Cougars play in the Conference USA tournament. The event will be held at the Scarlet Course, which was renovated in 2006 by renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus. Dismuke said that playing at Augusta and the Scarlet Course in back-to-back weeks will make for a valuable experience for his team. “They’re two totally different

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While their last meet was focused on relays, the Cougars will have an opportunity to improve at their individual events at this weekend’s Arizona Invitational. individual events and get them seeded properly to the level of competition that they‘re capable of competing with, so that‘s going to be our goal for this week,” Burrell said. Although this will only be the Cougars’ third full meet of the outdoor season, there are only three more meets remaining after this weekend’s event before the Conference-USA Outdoor


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Counterfeit bags detrimental to artists, economy By Shaziya Bandukia The Daily Cougar Ever wondered whether if it would be better to buy a counterfeit version of a Prada handbag that costs around $2,000 when the fake version of it is around $50? Sure, it’s cheap and sure, it’s easy. But what many don’t realize is that we’re taking someone else’s ideas, someone else’s art and showing it no respect. Instead, it’s easier for everyone to enjoy that art in a much lower quality, while simultaneously causing the fashion industry to lose its real income. The start of the counterfeit revolution in the fashion industry began wholeheartedly when Louis Vuitton and Coach bags had their signature symbols, “LV” and “C,” printed on various bags, scarves and watches. At this point, it was easier for one to separate a fake from an original because sometimes the lettering would be off, the quality was awful, or certain aspects of the labeling were missing. Even so, people bought these counterfeit items not realizing that they are robbing themselves of great quality and the industry of billions of dollars. Some may not realize that this

sort of brand pirating also robs the U.S. of billions every year too. When people buy fake, they still pay their share of taxes, whereas the people who sell fake items put straight cash in their pockets. It is illegal to sell knockoffs, so when one does that, they do it without the permission of the government and artist. What’s worse is that some of the profit from selling these fake items is transferred into the hands of terrorists and gangs. These items can be used to smuggle drugs or a large amount of dirty money. Some have said counterfeit merchandise sales fund many terroristic activities. Apart from hurting the industry and government by supporting such a movement, buyers are also hurting themselves. The materials on handbags and apparel are sometimes so poorly crafted that they can cause rashes and acne. Many believe the counterfeit sunglasses they purchased come with the promised UV protection, but people usually get what they pay for. These sunglasses often do not provide the right amount of UV protection needed for the eyes, so they should be avoided at all costs. The best way to stay away from such items is to know that less is

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Bags made by Louis Vuitton like this one have become a part of counterfeit revolution that cheats buyers of the quality of the real thing. more. It’s always better to have a few high quality items than many cheap ones. Pay close attention to an item’s price, the way it’s packaged and exactly where you bought it when determining whether merchandise is fake. Don’t expect to buy a Gucci bag for around $100, because those can cost up to a couple thousand dollars. If you received a Chanel

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gain access to the shuttles as a safety precaution. Biology junior Maryanna Wassef says it is reassuring to know that UH is spending money to keeps students safe. “Making people show their IDs will increase the safety of student life,” Wassef said. “Limiting access to students will also ensure that student fees are being used to benefit UH students appropriately.” Browand said that the swiping of cards is primarily a safety issue, but it helps the department of transportation get an estimate on how many people use the shuttle services.

the Owls were 11-3, but their overall record was still only 11-7. They then lost four out of their next six, to San Diego and Memphis, leaving them with a 13-12 record. The Owls bounced back with a fivegame winning streak, including a sweep of in-town rival Houston at Reckling Park, before getting upset by Dallas Baptist. In 12 of the last 13 seasons, Rice has had at least a .700 winning percentage. To reach that this season, they can only afford to lose five or six more games. Nothing’s impossible, but the Owls have been too inconsistent this season to think they can pull it off. Still, the Owls are a dangerous team. They have more than enough talent to win a conference tournament and make a postseason run. A major factor in their succuss is Anthony Rendon, who is leading the nation in walks with 39 and has a .511 on base percentage. Rendon is also hitting .320, with 11 home runs. The Owls have two talented starting pitchers who have underachieved, Taylor Wall and Jared Rogers. Wall, who is 1-4 with a 4.43 ERA, pitched a shutout last weekend against Houston, and he appears ready to go on a roll. If they can get Rogers, their tall, lanky right-hander who is 3-1 with a 4.95 ERA, to stay out of the middle of the plate, they can develop a solid trio to go along with Boogie Anagnostou (2-2, 3.95). Don’t sleep on the Owls just yet.

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Students say they are happy about the new program which will allow them to go online and check the exact time the bus shuttles will arrive at their stops.

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transmits data from cell phones. Not only is Web access offered, students can utilize their cell phones and send text messages to find out the next three arrivals of their bus. “You can send a text message (to) 41411, and the number will text you back with arrival predictions. Students will also be able to set up text alerts, so they will know when to leave their respective areas and head to their bus stops,” Browand said. Shuttles will be limited to only UH students and faculty, but Browand says that students and faculty will have to swipe their Cougar Cards to

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environments. It’s really opposite ends of the spectrum as far as golf courses are concerned,” Dismuke said. “The neat thing about both of them is that they have a tremendous amount of history.” Redshirt freshman Joseph Reynolds had a solid final round of 74 in Augusta to lead the Cougars with a 55th place finish. The Cougars had five players in the top 80, including senior Jackie Lindsey and junior Justin Kaplan, who tied for 65th place. “It’s not any secret. We know what we have to do. It’s just a matter of getting better at it before we compete at the Kepler and at the C-USA (Tournament),” Dismuke said. Both Clark Mitzner and Matt Eschenburg, who had been very consistent for UH, struggled and finished in 72nd and t-80th place, respectively. “Obviously, they didn’t have their best event. They’re kind of our leaders, along with Jackie Lindsey, and if we’re going to be competitive at any event they’re going to have to play better than what they have been playing,” Dismuke said. “We got to have guys finishing in the top-10, top-15. Multiple guys for us have to be competitive in a golf tournament, we just haven’t had a lot of that.” After the Robert Kepler Invitational this weekend, Houston will prepare for the C-USA Championships which begins April 25 and goes through April 27 in Orlando, Florida. sports@thedailycougar.com


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