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Author to discuss book about Jim Crow South, sign copies "The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South," will be the focus of a discussion lead by author Alex Heard at 7 p.m. today at the M.D. Anderson Library's Rockwell Pavilion. The book deals with the trial and public execution of Willie McGee, a young black man in Mississippi during the 1950s, accused of and sentenced to death for the rape of a white woman. The UH Graduate College of Social Work, Law Center, department of history and the African American Studies Program are co-sponsoring the lecture.


Sustainability training offered for employees, interested students Employees are invited to attend a training session that will cover ways on making UH a more sustainable campus. Employees can sign up for this voluntary training through P.A.S.S. Topics, such as practical steps to take to make offices green, what green initiatives are currently being pursued by the university and what programs and resources are available, will be covered. Though the session was designed for employees, intersted students can participate by sending an emai to The session will take place from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday in Farrish Hall's Kiva Room. Those interested can also contact Maria Honey at


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IT Training on Desktop Publishing A free class introducing students and faculty to Adobe InDesign will be held in the Social Work Building in room 110-L. You must register at ittraining beforehand. The class will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Alex Heard book signing Critically acclaimed author Alex Heard will be discussing his new book “The Eyes of Willie McGee” at the Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of M.D. Anderson Library at 7 p.m. The book concerns racial prejudice and exposes the atrocities of America in the past and present. Find more campus and local events or add your own at


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Fair turns Coogs green Diane Sanchez

THE DAILY COUGAR The fourth annual Green UH Commuter Fair took place last week, offering students both “green” alternatives to commuting and instruction on ways to increase sustainability on campus. Discounted METRO Q cards and information on the Cougar Line Ride and Connect by Hertz program were offered to demonstrate the University’s commitment to its sustainability policy. "The commuter fair was started to provide a venue for students to be informed on commuting options," Maria Honey, marketing manager for university services, said.

Students are looking for ways to simplify their commute as much as possible, Honey said. At the fair, full-time students were able to sign up for Metro Q cards, which save students 50 percent on METRO bus and light rail fares. Around 400 students registered with the program this year. Besides the environmental benefits, officials hope the information provided would also help relieve some of the congestion affecting UH parking lots. "It is unfortunate because there are students who pay nearly $100 for parking passes,” political science junior Maritsa Rivadeneyra said. “And they can’t find any parking." Emily Messa, assistant vice president

for university services, offered one-on-one green commuter counseling. Messa starts off by identifying individual commuting needs through a series of questions, including what time and which day a student commutes. With this information, she is then able to give students a “green” alternative. "Anything is a big help to save our environment, so the fact that UH contributes to that makes me proud to be a student here," Rivadeneyra said. To further promote sustainability on campus, students who attended the fair were asked to sign a pledge that encourages "green” commuting such as bike riding, GREEN FAIR continues on page 5


Center, students react to survey Christi Guerra

THE DAILY COUGAR A company that offers test preparations for higher education programs released a survey last week that stated, “Aspiring lawyers need to be more careful about who they call as their own character witnesses for their law school recommendations.” Negative letters of recommendation, the Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions survey states, have passed through the hands of 87 percent of 145 law school admissions officers surveyed. UH Law Center Assistant Dean for Admissions Jamie Dillon said the survey overstates the situation. “Most law schools receive thousands of applications per year, so to say that (almost) 90 percent of admissions officers have seen a negative letter doesn’t actually say anything about what percentage of letters are negative,” Dillon said. “In my experience, it’s a very small portion.” The survey went on to give advice to students on how they can avoid negative letters of recommendation by choosing the right person to write the letter and not trying to talk to someone who seems ambivalent toward writing the letter. “Certainly applicants should be selective in deciding who they ask to SURVEY continues on page 5

A new masjid, or mosque, stands in Ross, Idaho, the small town where the first masjid in the U.S. was built by Muslim immigrants in 1929. | Courtesy of Bassam Tariq and Aman Ali


Fast journey, common roads Duo document America and Muslim life during Ramadan Anam Ghias

THE DAILY COUGAR Bassam Tariq and Aman Ali knew something bad had happened as they saw smoke rising from the front of their Chevy Cobalt. They were on a strict schedule, and delay was not an option. Adhering to their original plan would be impossible, so instead of driving 11 hours to Fargo, N.D., they altered their plans and ended up in Ross — a community of 48 people, according to the last U.S. Census. Disappointment soon turned into wonder and excitement as they discovered that Ross had once held the first mosque ever built in the United States. In 1929, immigrant Muslims had built a house of worship in a country they now called home.

Tariq and Ali drove to 30 different states during the 30 days of the Islamic month of Ramadan, which ended Thursday. Their goal was to visit different Mosques and diverse Muslim communities all across the country. “The idea was to share the stories of Americans and how they have found a way to be an American and a Muslim at the same time,” Tariq said. “When we tell the stories of American Muslims, we are telling the story of America.” Last year, in order to break out of their comfort zone and expose themselves to the greater Muslim community, Tariq and Ali visited 30 different mosques throughout New York City and blogged about their experiences. Their stories caused a buzz, drawing the attention of National Public Radio and generating encouragement and support from people around the world. JOURNEY continues on page 5



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The Iranian judiciary is asking for $500,000 to release an American woman who was detained in July 2009. Sarah Shourd, 32, was hiking with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal when they crossed the border into Iran last year. They were accused of espionage and arrested. Now the Iranian government is willing to let just Shourd go free if the amount set for bail is met, but has not announced a deal for the two American men. The family members of Shourd have pleaded for Iran to lower the amount as they are not capable of producing the money for bail. The U.S. government, however, has not made any plans in assisting the families on the situation. All three American prisoners are reported to be unharmed.


Plane carrying 51 crashes An airplane carrying 51 passengers crashed Monday in eastern Venezuela. Fifteen have perished in what some are currently assuming to be an accident leaving 36 survivors. Workers at a nearby steel mill yard pulled the survivors from the wreckage and observed the aircraft, which was destroyed and almost flattened. Reports state that the plane was a twin-turboprop ATR 42, which normally seats about 40 to 52 people. The plane was headed toward Puerto Ordaz and crashed only shortly before reaching the airport. An investigation is underway.

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards was broadcasted to 11.4 million viewers Sunday night, the most for any MTV telecast since 2002. The exorbitantly dressed Lady Gaga arrived with an army of Don't Ask Don't Tell discharged soldiers and then walked away with a total of eight awards. She also kissed another woman and cried during her reception. Taylor Swift then introduced a new song and presented it in a very grandiose fashion. Eminem and Rihanna sang the highly radiorepeated song "Love the Way You Lie." Cher and did Nicki Minaj showed with Minaj in a bright pink wig. And of course at the end, Kanye West had to make an appearance and spout off some usual incoherence. That was about it.

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UH running back commended for for performance against UTEP Junior running back Bryce Beall was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after posting a career-high 195 yards with three touchdowns in Friday's 54-24 victory over UTEP. Beall’s previous high was a 176-yard performance against Tulane in his freshman year. This is Beall’s first time being honored with the award. Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week. The Thundering Herd fell to then-No. 23 West Virginia 24-21 in overtime Friday night. Curry had 11 tackles, including three for a loss. He also added two sacks. Tulsa junior kicker Kevin Fitzpatrick was selected as C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week. Fitzpatrick made all four of his field goal attempts in Saturday’s 33-20 win over Bowling Green. He had kicks of 23, 27, 34 and 46 yards and was also perfect on point-after attempts. — Cougar Sports Services


Flores goes from burnt orange to scarlet Head women's basketball coach Todd Buchanan announced Friday that guard Lauren Flores will transfer from Texas and join the Cougars. "Lauren brings immediate credibility to our plan of recruiting the city of Houston and making sure that local kids understand the new vision of this program, which is Houston kids first," Buchanan said in a release. "I am elated to have her in our program and back home. Having her as a part of this team will reveal an extension of me on the floor as well as off the court. In practice, having another voice in the locker room and her lead by example attitude will help make us better every single day." Flores was a standout at North Shore High School and is the school's career scoring leader with 2,319 points. — Cougar Sports Services


Former Cougar goes down with concussion Former UH quarterback and Philadelphia Eagles starter Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in Sunday’s season opening 27-20 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Kolb, who was named the starter in April when the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, completed five of 10 passes for 24 yards before being sidelined. In Kolb’s absence, Michael Vick helped the Eagles score 17 second-half points. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown and ran for 103 yards on 11 carries. — Cougar Sports Services

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UH handles Loyola, BYU Keith Cordero Jr.

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars have their first winning streak of the season, following back-toback wins against Loyola Marymount and BYU at the BYU Molten Classic. UH (3-6) took two of three matches in Provo, Utah, including their most impressive win of the season Saturday night, a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-23) victory against Loyola Marymount. “The sweep is very significant because Loyola Marymount is a very good team,” head coach Molly Alvey said. “They’ve had some pretty good wins this season.” The Cougars coasted to wins in the first two sets against LMU. The Lions were in a position to force a fourth set and avoid a sweep, but UH would not give them that opportunity. After a timeout and the score tied at 14, the Cougars battled back to hang on and win the third set 25-23.

Stephanie Nwachukwu and Chandace Tyron led the way with 11 kills each while Lucy Charuk chipped in with eight kills and five blocks. In Saturday’s afternoon game, UH beat BYU in a five-set thriller (19-25, 25-16, 25-17, 19-25, 15-13). “For us to be able to keep our composure, yet stay intense and compete is very important for us,” Alvey said. “To see what pressure feels like and to see how we perform under pressure just prepares us for matches yet to come.” UH dropped the first set then rallied to win the next two games. But BYU battled back, taking the fourth set to force a fifth and deciding set. The Cougars scored five of the final eight points in the fifth set for 15-13 win. The Cougars' balanced scoring attack was led by Ingrida Zauere’s doubledouble of 12 kills and 10 digs. UH had four players record 10 or more kills. Charuk was strong again with 14 kills and seven blocks while Amber Brooks

had a monster game with 47 assists. “Ingrida performed phenomenal all weekend; she was incredibly consistent, not just in her attacking, but in her backcourt presence,” Alvey said. In Friday night’s contest, the Cougars dropped their sixth match of the season for their only loss of the weekend to Wichita State 3-0 (14-25, 20-25, 22-25). Amanda Carson had 17 digs, and Zauere had 11. UH fell behind 20-9 in the opening set to lose by 11. “The main difference is nothing do with what we can do physically; it was all mental," Alvey said. "I don’t think we mentally prepared for Wichita State. I don’t think we showed up to play to win." Charuk and Nwachukwu both received all-tournament honors. It was Charuk’s third consecutive alltournament team selection and the first for Nwachukwu.


Cougars deflate Scott Street neighbors Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars broke out offensively to defeat Texas Southern 7-0 on Sunday and improve to 4-2-1. The win gives UH a confidence boost after three games with frustrating results. “When you get a win like this it’s all about the timing during the season," head coach Susan Bush said. "I think we needed this confidence right now." The Cougars bombarded Tigers goalkeeper Erika Vasquez with 43 shots, 22 of which were on goal. Their seven goals could have been more, as several shots just missed, ricocheting off the crossbar

or the side of the goal post. The Cougars started the first half slowly, but came out strong in the second half ripping off five goals. “At halftime, we just talked about the details of the game,” Bush said. "Just reviewing a lot of things that you can get away with when you have a lot of time on the ball and not a lot of pressure. I feel like, in the second half, we took care of some details, and it was a good win for us. “Seven to zero is a good result, especially after a tough loss on Friday." Sami Sackos and Lauri Byrne led the way for the Cougars by scoring two goals each. Sackos also picked up an assist on Byrne’s goal in the second half. Kylie

Cook, Kaitlin Thulin and Natalie Vu also scored for the Cougars. The team has already scored more goals through its first seven games (18) than they did all of last season. “If we’re on and finishing our chances, we can be very good,” Bush said. “Sometimes, we just don’t know which team is going to come out. "We’re working on our consistency and our focus in practice through the week. They needed this win, and we only have one more game until we open up conference play. " The Cougars play Texas-San Antonio at 1 p.m. Sunday in San Antonio.



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t’s no secret that Houston sports teams are known for breaking fans’ hearts, but this year could be the season for us to shine, our football teams especially. On Sunday, the Texans conquered the Indianapolis Colts 34-24 in their season opener, and just two days before that, your Cougars stomped Texas-El Paso with a 54-24 win, earning their way back into the Associated Press Top 25. We’ve heard all the naysayers who claim that beating the Colts twice in 17 meetings is hardly reason to celebrate. There are also those who claim that the Cougars are overrated, will lose at least one game sometime soon and fall from the rankings and the national spotlight. We disagree. This could very well be the dawn of a new era of Houston sports and, as always, the fans will have to play a large role. Through both good and bad seasons, we need to keep Robertson Stadium packed. And while the Texans don’t seem to have much trouble packing Reliant Stadium, we hope that this victory over Peyton Manning and the Colts will bring about a brand new hope in our team, which we truly believe could make it to the playoffs this year (even if you think we’re crazy). So we’ll keep dreaming, hoping and attending games, and we hope you will join us, but even if you don’t, we’ll continue supporting Houston’s talented athletes. And don’t think that football is the only sport in Houston worth watching either, because there are plenty of other sports with talented athletes to be watched and supported. Even if football isn’t your cup of tea, it will help shed light on our city and the University, which is good for our economy and our morale. And don’t tell her we told you, but Casey Goodwin came to UH's game against UTEP … and she had a good time! We just can’t jinx the possibility of a great football seasons, which we hope we didn’t do in this article. If we did … well, we’re sorry. We won’t do it next season.

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Cougar football dominates sports


ast week, the first football game of the season had a sell-out crowd of 32, 119 people. The UH Cougars hosted the Texas State Bobcats and dominated, as pretty much everyone to set foot on the UH campus this week has heard. The cheers of “GO COOGS” could be heard in every corner of the university, from Moody Towers to the M.D. Anderson Library. Everybody and their friends seemed to show up, even some from out of town. That same evening though, at another sports venue, less than half a mile from Robertson Stadium, the volleyball team hosted its first invitational of the season. They played at least 10 sets collectively against three different teams from Tennessee, Oklahoma and Florida. Every time the Cougars scored, the scattered yells of “POINT HOUSTON” barely made it out of the Athletic Alumni Center’s lobby. The audience looked to be no more than 300 people, mostly consisting of bored-looking family members and guys interested in the wonders of spandex shorts. Why is there such a vast difference in interest? The reasons might have their origins rooted in culture, or maybe it’s just another matter of not enough marketing. It is interesting that students know

the name of their star quarterback, Case Keenum, without ever hearing the name Lucy Charuk. Her performance on the UH volleyball team merited a selection to the Houston Invitational all-tournament team for the second time in a row. This shows some facts that are obvious and glaring: volleyball just doesn’t get the same love and support as football at UH. The seeming lack of interest in volleyball doesn’t seem to be from lack of understanding game rules either. At the football games, there are plenty female students that still don’t know what a “first down” means or the difference between a “tackle” and a “sack.” But still, girls and guys alike, young and old, flock to the stadium. They tailgate in the parking lot hours before, discuss the players and swelter in the heat. Then they paint their faces, heckle the opposing team and spend long minutes waiting in line to buy some nachos and a Coke. In volleyball games though, terms such as “dig” or “kill” are used, and the crowd could care less what they mean. It cannot be that students do not want to pay admission, either. It is free, and it is being paid for with student fees, just like the football games. In fact, it will be guaranteed easier seating with better views closer to the actual players.

Honestly, it’s possible to go ahead and give the volleyball players a high-five as they run by on their way to the court. There is one fact, though, that has not been mentioned yet — the elephant in the room, so to speak. The UH volleyball team is exclusively female. The football team is all male. Maybe it really is just this chick-flick mentality that keeps the stadium packed and the court less than full. Football is an AllAmerican sport that both guys and girls can enjoy, while women’s volleyball is still working on its reputation. It is not as if there is a need for sellout crowds at the next volleyball game. All that is needed is an awareness that the game is actually going on and that it might actually be enjoyable to watch once or twice. UH is not just about football, believe it or not. While football is what makes us proud and increases our reputation as an outstanding school, it is the minor sports that solidify us as truly diverse. In the end, we will always be made up of a collection of talented athletes excelling in multiple sports with the same amount of Cougar pride. Bethel Glumac is a communications sophomore and maay be reached at

Dining services essential for flagship status


ne of the most frustrating parts of campus life is the inept operation of the UH Dining Services apparatus. When you go to the Einstein Brothers Bagels kiosk, and you can’t get a cup of black coffee, something is really wrong. Or when you go to the new highly-touted Fresh Food company expecting finally to be able to eat a meal that is suited toward your culinary tastes (carb-less), and they say you can’t have the grilled chicken for your salad because it is strictly for the Panini sandwiches. The hype stated that students would be able to have their meal anyway that wanted it — after all it is freshly prepared before your eyes. Or

when you go to Taco Bell in the UC-Satellite and are unable to effectively communicate with the staff because they don’t speak English. Perhaps when you go to the Starbucks kiosk in the UC-Satellite, and they tell you they can’t accept cash because they do not have any change. Three hours later, you get the same story. Then there is the instance when you go to the convenience store in the UC-Satellite for an item you buy daily, and it is not there, so you ask the clerk for assistance, and they tell you that the girl who orders their merchandise is out and no one processed the order. I mean, get real. This is a major, urban University with a lot of lofty hype regarding

flagship status, and we can’t even rely on our dining services operation to run efficiently. Oh, and least I forget the most ingenious of all the dining services faux pas: the week of finals this summer, they closed the UCSatellite. The week of finals, the week during which everyone is extremely stressed and counting on the services that we support and pay for in tuition to be available to us. Now, this is most ignorant of all, I would say. Put the students under more stress by requiring them to walk all the way over to the UC to find something to eat. What an ingenious idea for a major university. Trace R. Williams is an economics junior.

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They took it a step further this year by trekking across the U.S. and sharing their stories on 30mosques. com. “This trip is really for us to try to gain a broader definition of what America is,” Tariq said, “and to see how far we've been accepted, how pluralistic our society really is.” Tariq, 23, is originally from Pakistan. He grew up in Houston and moved to New York after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as the photographer on the trip and hoped to visually portray the unique aspects of the different communities they visited. “It was a challenge to be the photographer,” Tariq said. “I had to make sure we had interesting and visually stimulating photos every day.” As they traveled through the different states, they came across many communities, each with a unique story. On the 20th day of their journey, they stopped in Boise, Idaho. There they found a community of Bosnian refugees that had fled the ethnic cleansings in their war-stricken country during the 1990’s. “The Bosnians bought an abandoned church for about half a million dollars, and then they all came together and built the mosque,”

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walking or using mass transit. Students were also asked to blog about their “green” experiences on the Green Commuter bulletin board. The bulletin board is also used to help UH students, staff and faculty members locate a METRO buddy for those not familiar or uncomfortable with using mass transit. UH "green" commuters should not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also save money in the process. Mass-transit commuters will save money on reduced gas usage, reduced wear and tear on vehicles and by not having to purchase a UH parking permit. Students were also introduced to the Connect by Hertz car-sharing

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said Tariq. “They didn't hire a single contractor. They hired no one. Everything from the wall plaster to the electric wiring was done by the community members.” Making their way on a 13,000mile journey across the U.S. was no easy task, especially while fasting. Having their car break down, interrogated by police and being thrown out of a mosque made their journey all the more difficult. “Getting encouraging e-mails from people who have never heard of the communities we are visiting kept us going,” Tariq said. “The hospitality in these different communities makes you feel like, 'Wow, we're a part of a larger family that we didn't know we were a part of.'" As Tariq and Ali wound down their journey and the end of Ramadan crept in, they started to reflect on how their trip has changed them. “It has given me a great appreciation for America. This is a very accepting society,” said Tariq. “(For example) in Utah, a Mormon church gave at least $25,000 to the local mosque. That's amazing.” Tariq also had a personal message for the UH community. “Have a purpose in life and take risks,” Tariq said. “If you don't take risks, you're not living. And if you're not sweating, you're not working.”

program, which has been available at many other universities but is just now being introduced to UH. “It provides the convenience of having a car without owning one,” Honey said. Students, faculty and staff that sign up for the Connect by Hertz program before Dec. 31 will have both their $50 membership fee and background check fee waived. The first 100 students who sign up for the program will have a $35 credit added to their Connect by Hertz account. There are currently four vehicles available for UH students. “It’s a mini rental program”, Honey said. For more information about green commuting, contact the Office of Parking and Transportation or visit

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write their letters of recommendation, but it’s really not the minefield this article makes it out to be,” Dillon said. “The bigger pitfalls are things like an applicant thinking that he needs to ask someone high-profile to write the letter, resulting in a generic letter of recommendation that tells the admissions committee nothing useful." The survey also said that 73

percent of admissions officers say they have discovered claims on applications to be exaggerated or untrue. “I can’t say that I have seen many lies or exaggerations in resumes,” Dillon said. "Most applicants are pretty careful." Victoria Cantu, a philosophy and pre-law junior, said she did not find the survey's information helpful. “It just says that it has happened, which is obvious,” Cantu said. “I want to know how often.”

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Sequels that should never be made Travis Hensley

THE DAILY COUGAR There are a lot of bad sequels made. Few ever live up to their potential, and even more destroy the characters and storyline of their predecessor. Thankfully, this list is completely fictional. If you have not seen any of the movies below, the ending will be ruined. So spoiler alert, folks. “No Country For Old Men 2� and “Some Country For Young men� Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas and Javier Bardem Where they left off: Ed Tom Bell (Jones) was in midsentence. What happens next: Ed Tom Bell finishes his sentence, which concludes nothing, and goes off the Maim to team up with Crockett (Johnson) and Tubbs (Thomas) to stop Anton Chigurh (Bardem). Chigurh, who had to have his arm amputated after a car

accident, has replaced his missing limb with an air pressured bazooka. He is running Miami like Scarface. “Million Dollar Baby 2� and “Five Dollar Adolescent� Starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Crispin Glover Where they left off: There is some talk about the meaning of a nickname and Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) kills Maggie Fitzgerald (Swank) by euthanasia. What happens next: Fitzgerald is dead, so the whole movie is pretty much akin Tom Petty's music video “Last Dance with Mary Jane,� minus the drug references. “A Beautiful Mind 2� and “The Slightly Attractive Brain� Starring Russell Crowe Where they left off: Crazy guy won the Nobel Prize. What happens next: Russell Crowe explains the insight to Nash's prisoner's dilemma, a la Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth� for 3 hours. “American Beauty 2� or

“Canadian Ugliness� Starring Alex Trebek, Brendan Fraser, Neve Campbell and Pamela Anderson Where they left off: Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) gets shot and dies. The beauty of the atypical American family is left up to the judgment of the audience. What happens next: Burham's soul invades Alex Trabek’s body and is forced to host Canadian celebrity Jeopardy. What hell is like is left up to the judgment of the audience. “Rebel without a Cause 2� and “Hipster without a purpose� Starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera Where they left off: Judy (Natile Wood) is intruded to Jim’s (James Dean) parents. What happens next: Fifty years pass, and Jonah Hill is Jim; he and Judy’s grandson just sit around and look for red jackets that look like his grandfather’s because that is both ironic and retro.



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he Who is pretty cool, but when it comes to the opening credits of a televison show you need some originality. Why the theme song is becoming a lost art, it still lives on in some Classic TV. If you would like a go all C.S.I. and use a preexisting song as your theme, I recommended Pat Benatar's “love is a Battlefield� or The Beatles' “O-bla-di O-bla-da�. As amazing as these songs are, the theme will never live up to your own creation. The Love Boat Paul Williams and Charles fox

The Addams Family Vic Mizzy

The Dukes of Hazzard Waylon Jennings

Mission: Impossible Lalo Schfrin

Welcome Back Kotter John Sebastian

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith and Quincy Jones III

The A-Team Mike Post

The Ballad of Jed Clampett Paul Henning

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