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Coog Career Week: first two days Coog Career Week begins 11 a.m. Monday on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library with a workshop committed to helping students improve their interview skills. A panel of professionals from different areas will also discuss the fastest growing careers. Lunch will be provided between the two events. University Career Services will hold its Mock Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in room 106 of the Student Services Building. The Mock Interview Day allows students an opportunity to participate in 30-minute interviews with real employers and companies, who will then give the students feedback to make their job hunt a more successful one. Reservations are required to attend the event. Go to for more information. — Sara Nichols/The Daily Cougar

Donation event for the School of Communication The Jack Valenti School of Communication, which is looking to increase support for the construction of its new building addition, is hosting a reunion party at 3 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Alumni/Athletic Center. A groundbreaking ceremony at the School of Communication building will also take place an hour later. Demolition for the Lance T. Funston Communication Center’s expansion began in September. Tickets for the event will cost $25. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, call 713-743-9529 or email Kim Howard at — Jimaniece Ware/The Daily Cougar Got an item for Newsline? Let us know! E-mail

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Sara Bareilles and Greg Laswell with Javier Dunn Singer-songwriters Sara Bareilles and Greg Laswell will be joined with indie musician Javier Dunn tonight at the House of Blues. The show will began at 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticket info. Find more campus and local events or add your own at


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THE DAILY COUGAR Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 2 elections, and students who have yet to register are being urged to do so. ReEnergize the Vote, a nonpartisan, youth-focused voter registration and mobilization campaign run by the Sierra Club, manned various stations around campus the past two weeks and will continue today. The organization is taking the process a step further by asking students to sign a “Yes, I’m Voting” pledge sheet. The nationwide organization has also implemented a text message service, which will send text messages regarding information about early voting, as well as a reminder to vote on Nov. 2. “With the texting campain, we have found that there is much more of a response, especially with students,” lead campus organizer for ReEnergize the Vote Liana Lopez said. “This campaign has risen in numbers in other parts of the country, so we are doing it here.” Members of Chi Upsilon Sigma, a UH sorority, have joined forces with ReEnergize the Vote to help register students before today’s deadline. “We’re always ready to help out in a variety of ways and I have always wanted to get involved politically,” human development senior Priscilla Benitez said. The group has also taken their campaign online by starting both a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. “The Obama folks used the Internet most effectively in 2008,” UH political science professor Timothy Howard said. “However, what impact social networks have on this election remains unseen.” Voter registration tables will be set up at the University Center, the Wellness and Recreation Center and the Cougar Den throughout Monday. For anyone unable to register on campus, the Texas Secretary of State has set up a website,, where people can register as well as find out when early voting starts and precint locations, among other voting-related information.

Although UH has numerous recycling bins located all around campus, they are sometimes neglected to the point of overflowing. | Jourdan Vian/The Daily Cougar


Overfl owing bins get trashed Jourdan Vian

THE DAILY COUGAR Green UH’s efforts to turn UH into a completely green campus are going well, but the overflowing recycle bins are a problem for students. “Maybe the cans could be emptied more often throughout the day, they are usually really full when I see them,”architecture student Hannah Young said. The bins are currently being emptied once or twice a week, Jonas Chin, the constituent relations coordinator of UH’s University Services department, said. The bins were placed all over campus last year through a joint effort between Green UH and UH’s Plant Operations, with the latter in charge of their day-to-day upkeep. “If anyone sees a bin overflowing, they can help our Plant Operations team by calling (713) 743-4948, the Fix-It line,” Chin said. The overflowing bins are one of a few kinks in UH’s recycling program that have to be worked out. Overall, the efforts of Green UH and UH’s Sustainability Task Force to turn UH into a fully green campus are paying off. UH was recognized for its recycling program by the Princeton Review over the summer, who named UH one of its 286 Green Colleges of 2010. “We also want people to know UH has a title to defend,” Chin said. “UH finished first amongst universities across the country in

actual weight recycled last year during the three-month RecycleMania contest. The UH community recycled over 200,000 pounds.” UH’s program continues to improve. In Spring 2010, UH recycled 815,000 pounds of paper, plastic and aluminum, 35.65 percent of its total waste. For comparison, throughout all of 2009, UH recycled 1.47 million pounds, 34.13 percent of waste that year. “Waste minimization is a big part of our campus,” Chin said. “Last year, with the implementation of the new reusable to go container program, UH was able to divert over 90,000 styrofoam boxes from going to the landfill.” Green UH also continues to hold and sponsor events all over campus to support sustainability. The Sept. 26 football game against Tulane was the offical UH GO GREEN game. Green UH volunteers were seen promoting simple ways to conserve and recycle. The group’s next big event is Green UH Day, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 28 at Butler Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Green UH welcomes the criticism, according to Chin. “It’s simple to recycle and we want to continue to make it simple. We welcome suggestions on where recycling bins should go,” Chin said. Additional reporting by Lauren Mathis and Paulina Lam.

“I try to do the best I can when it comes to recycling at home and on campus. I think the bins on campus need a little improvement, to be honest. Sometimes the bins are overflowing. Whoever is in charge of emptying the bins needs to be a little more proficient about emptying them.” !

Billy Van Pelt, history senior

“It’s good to hear that we are one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, but I don’t know if we’re doing enough. UH should have it to where each class has a recycle bin or can, that way people won’t have to go out of their way everyday to recycle.” !

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The Associate Press reported that The U.S. Department of State issued a warning on Sunday, alerting American travelers in Europe to be cautious of potential terror attacks. The warning is not a formal notice discouraging travel to Europe, but experts are saying it could still deter people from visiting and affect the tourism industry there. Security officials in Europe have been instructed to be on alert at large-scale events and areas of high traffic. Still, many American vistors were not swayed by the warning. Nonprofit group IES Abroad sent emails and warned about 1,500 college students studying abroad to avoid crowded or popular areas for tourists and Americans. Intelligence agencies are fearing a terrorist attack similar to the Mumbai shooting spree in 2008 which left 166 people dead.

Suspected militants in Pakistan attacked fuel-carrying tankers Sunday near the capital city of Islamabad, reported Reuters. The convoy of about two dozen trucks were torched and two people were killed. The trucks were transporting crude, diesel and petrol for NATO troops in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has banned NATO supply convoys from entering Afghanistan. This comes after the death of three soldiers as a result of shots fired between NATO troops and militants.



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Team goes two of four in fall opener After losing two games on Saturday to Texas A&M and Texas State, the Cougars reversed the trend, coming away with two wins on Sunday in the Spring Klein Fall Classic against Baylor 5-4, along with taking down Alvin Community College 8-3. “We’re not seeing any surprises from anyone, which is both a good and a bad thing,” head coach Kyla Holas said in a release. “We’re looking for people to step up and lead. I want to see someone step-up and step-out.” In Saturday’s loss, righthander Amanda Crabtree fanned 11 batters in the 6-0 loss to Big 12 opponent Texas A&M before falling to Texas State 2-0 in game two on Saturday. — Cougar Sports Services


Golf team does well south of the border After the second day of competition at the Cabo Collegiate, the Cougars are second overall as a team and have two golfers rounding up the top ten. Matt Eschenburg and Jesse Droemer are tied for ninth place. Eschenburg hit a 69 Saturday, lifting the team to first place heading into Sunday’s action. He shot a 74 on Sunday for a total score of 146. Droemer shot a 72 Friday and 74 Saturday. The tournament will conclude today. — Cougar Sports Services


Oklahoma pounds Texas; SMU deflates Rice Oklahoma pulled away from Texas 28-20 Saturday in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. In the 110th installment of the Red River Rivalry, the Sooners dominated the majority of the game. Running back DeMarco Murray had 25 rushes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Landry Jones completed 24 of 39 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. For Texas, quarterback Garrett Gilbert was unable to lead the offense into the end zone. He was 27 of 41 through the air, for 266 yards and an interception. It was the first conference game for both teams. Oklahoma upped their record to 5-0, while Texas fell to 3-2. With the loss, the Longhorns fell out of the top-25 for the first time since 2000. SMU dealt Rice its fourth loss of the season Saturday at Rice Stadium, winning 42-31. The standout for Rice was running back Sam McGuffie who ran for 96 yards and a touchdown. SMU quarterback Kyle Padron was on point, completing 24 of 32 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Cole Beasley and Aldrick Robinson both had over 100-yard performances. SMU is now 3-2 overall, and 2-0 in Conference USA. They are tied for first with UH for the lead in the West division. — Cougar Sports Services

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Team has productive weekend Team peels off two conference wins, gets first home victory Keith Cordero Jr.

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars’ solid play has continued into Conference USA action as they knocked off UTEP and Central Florida over the weekend. The team has eight wins in their last 10 games. UH (9-8, 3-2 C-USA) swept UTEP 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-15) led by Chandace Tryon’s 10 kills and seven blocks. “We played extremely well,” head coach Molley Alvey said. “Overall, the difference is in what we’ve been doing. I think we’ve been playing a lot smarter volleyball.” The Cougars fell behind 12-8 in game one, but rallied back to take the lead late in the set 21-20.

The score was tied at 22, but a kill and a block by Marluci Toazzi gave UH a 24-22 lead as Lucy Charuk closed the door with a kill and a win for game one. The Cougars cruised in games two and three against the Miners, leading the second game by as much as 17-9. After falling behind 3-0 in game three, UH rallied to a 14-7 lead. In Friday’s contest the Cougars won their first home game of the season with a 3-1 win over UCF (25-21, 25-12, 19-25, 25-18). The Cougars were led by a monster game from Stephanie Nwachukwu. She posted a career-high 14 kills to lead the way. Nwachukwu got plenty of help as Toazzi, Charuk and Ingrida Zauere all chipped in with 12, 12 and 10 kills respectively. “Stephanie is a young player, she’s spent some extra time coming into the gym and building a little bit of confidence,” Alvey said. “She’s getting a little bit more comfortable with the role I’ve given her on the right

side, she definitely keeps building on that.” UH dominated UCF, jumping out to a 2-0 lead after a strong 33 kills in those first two games. The Knights answered back with a great defensive third set, holding UH to a .065 hitting percentage to win game three and extend the match. The Cougars’ great play from the first two sets showed in game four as they came out clicking on all cylinders to jump out to a comfortable 15-7 lead. The Cougars let UCF trim the lead to 17-11 after a 4-2 Knights run out of a timeout, but the Cougars kept the pace and cruised to a 25-18 match win in the fourth set. “The fans were unbelievable for us and with our venue, they create such a great atmosphere and sense of excitement. Volleyball is such a momentum game, and a crowd really can help you gain that momentum,” Alvey said.


Cougars blank Miners 2-0 for C-USA lead Team ups win streak to six games after conference wins over SMU, UTEP Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars outlasted the Miners on their way to another undefeated homestand, and a share of first place in Conference USA, beating UTEP 2-0 Sunday at Roberston Stadium. “I’d like to say that we’re the fittest team in Conference-USA,” senior Kaitlin Thulin said. “We have more energy and we can last longer. We break teams down in the 60, 70, 80 minutes.” The Cougars’ fitness cannot be overstated, as they outscore their opponents 18-3 in the second half. UTEP goalkeeper Chandra Morden

had to come out of the goal to defend against Kylie Cook’s cross, and that allowed Adelman to punch the ball in and give the Cougars the advantage. The Cougars’ second goal came on a cross from Thulin to Byrne, which sealed the game for the Cougars. “I positioned myself wide. Kylie played me a ball over the top, took a touch, looked up, my teammate Lauri was making a great run near the post, drove it into her and she had a great goal,” Thulin said. The goal was Byrne’s fifth of the season — and twelfth of her career — to tie her with Sarah Fisher for seventh on the Cougars’ all-time goals scored list. Friday, the Cougars narrowly took the lead over SMU with a 1-0 win in overtime. Sami Sackos hit the clutch goal in the 96th minute to give the lady Coogs the win.

The Cougars will look to extend their winning streak on their upcoming road trip against UCF and Southern Mississippi. “We’re just taking baby steps,” head coach Susan Bush said. “We’re not worried about rankings, awards, honorable mentions or anything like that. We’re just here to play the game and get some results. I think in the back our team’s mind is, ‘can we be the best in our program’s history?’ “We’re not worried about anyone else right now. They’re on a mission to get on the map in women’s soccer and they’re doing a good job.” The Cougars will face off against UCF on Oct. 8 in Orlando, Fla., followed by a matchup against Southern Miss. in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Oct. 10.



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Think your parents are bad? Check this out


he mother of a 12-year-old boy in Michigan told her son that he had leukemia, that he could die, then started raising money for his treatments. She asked members of her church to try and help her with the medical bills to make ends meet. Which is what every mother should do in that situation. But the sad part is, the boy didn’t have leukemia. He was fine. His mother, a terrific specimen of humanity, shaved his head and drugged him so he’d think he was dying. She then started scamming everyone in sight, parading her drugged son around so she could collect the checks. According to an Associated Press story by Corey Williams, the mother — Carol Lynn Schnuphase — didn’t have any outstanding debts and she didn’t have a job. She was spending the donations on food, bills, and other every day expenses. After the scam was revealed, a hospital checked on the son and said that he was indeed cancer-free. He was, however, going through opiate withdrawal. Authorities still aren’t certain exactly what type of drugs were used, but the tests are ongoing, according to the AP. Schnuphase conned her church (who hosted a fundraiser in her son’s honor) out of $7,500 before getting caught. To make matters worse, once the authorities removed her son from her care, she went right back to the people who donated money and told them he had died and she needed money for funeral expenses. Anyone can see that Schnuphase is obviously mother of the year material, but the damage she’s done is going to be much more than just a jail sentence (she’s been arraigned with charges of fraud and child abuse). She betrayed the trust of her former church members, who are probably going to do some thorough checking before they donate money again, and taxpayers have to spend money so she can live a large chunk of her life in prison. Worst of all, though, she’s taken her own child and set him up with a target on his back for the rest of his life. He’s now in foster care. For his sake, we hope his mother stays out of his life for quite some time.

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March for sanity is greatly needed


ct. 30 of this year will mark the fifth anniversary of National Forgiveness Day, a day to celebrate unconditional love and restoration. It is rather fortuitous that Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” is going to fall on the Daniel same day. The rally will Renfrow take place in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., the same place Glenn Beck held his “Rally to Restore Honor” several weeks ago. Stewart’s rally is being hyped in the media as a response to Beck’s rally. In perhaps a more direct response to Beck, Stewart’s faux conservative nemesis, Stephen Colbert, will be holding a dual rally at the same place and time as Stewart’s. Colbert is calling his rally the “March to Keep Fear Alive.” While Colbert’s rally will undoubtedly end up being quite entertaining, it’s not attracting the same kind of attention

Stewart’s rally is attracting. There are currently 145,000 people signed up for March for Sanity on its Facebook page. The event is still over a month away, which means the numbers of those pledging attendance will likely increase exponentially by the time of the rally. Stewart’s rally is supposed to cater to moderates — people who are tired of having to choose between two ideological extremes every time they enter a voting booth. It’s a rally for people who don’t think calling a Democrat a Socialist, or a Republican a Fascist, is productive in the least bit. There are probably people who will read and say that the rally is not for moderates, and that the majority of Stewart’s viewers are of a liberal mindset. It is possible that they are correct in their judgment, but it is too early to determine the demographics of those who plan on attending the rally. However, most of the

posts on the event’s Facebook page have been critical of both political establishments. It should be obvious to anyone who watches “The Daily Show” that Stewart is an equal opportunity comedian who attacks people on both sides of the aisle. This rally could be an excellent way to address the partisan poison that is seeping through the veins of America’s political establishment. We need to try to find a way to work together and find common ground. Politicians and pundits need to stop demonizing those who disagree with them, and start building relationships with them instead. Perhaps Stewart’s rally will provide the comedic catalyst to propel the moderates out of their houses and into the streets — then the real work can begin. Daniel Renfrow is an Anthropology junior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

Hey you! Don’t censor my YouTube!


resident Barack Obama once said, “the Internet is perhaps one of the most open networks in history and we have to keep it that way.” Despite it being the president who said those words, the truth is that the way we surf the Internet could all change one day. Many Americans now find themselves clinging onto those words because there is a possibility that some Merina Internet sites could be Mesa censored or blocked. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Orin Hatch proposed a bill called “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act,” which would ultimately create a website blacklist that would give the Department of Justice the ability to censor certain websites. Leahy and Hatch used very persuasive and eloquent words that made the COICA sound like the best thing since

TiVo. The bill basically creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Internet providers like Comcast would be required to block any domains on the first blacklist sites. The domains that would go into the blacklist are the ones “dedicated to infringing activity.” These domains are defined very broadly — stating that any site on which counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are “central to the activity of the Internet site” would be blocked. The bill probably doesn’t sound too bad, but that’s what has so many people blind-sided. Copyrighted material is central to the activity to one of the most popular websites, YouTube. Copyright holder Viacom argues that this is true, and YouTube would probably one of the first to get censored. If this act is a go, it will only affect America. Other people around the world

would still be able to access any site that we cannot. This kind Internet censorship is exactly what the US government has criticized China and Iran about. Both China and Iran have blocked numerous websites, including Facebook. If people are doing something illegal via the web, the government should take them to court, not shut the whole website down. People are making an effort to stop COICA from passing. A small group called “Internet users against COICA” has formed on Facebook. There’s even an online petition at demandprogress. org, which gives you to the tools to share it with your friends and call your senator. Some don’t care if the Internet is government run, but there’s almost a guarantee that there are a lot more who do. Merina Mesa is an advertising junior and may be reached at

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THE DAILY COUGAR Oprah Winfrey dedicated two days of her show to speaking out about the broken education in America. The same week, Oprah donated $6 million to six different schools across the country. The conversation about this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor education system has been going on for years, but the attention toward it has increased due to Davis Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Superman.â&#x20AC;? David Guggenheim, director and producer of the environmentally conscious movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Inconvenient Truth,â&#x20AC;? has already sparked up many conversations and controversy with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Superman.â&#x20AC;? The film focuses on reminding the audience that America continues to have a weak public education system, which is not getting better. The story is told through five

kids from across the country who experience the weakness of the system. In their search a for better education, these kids are placed in a lottery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether they get picked or not is the difference between them going to college or jail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cannot let that be an excuse of generalization and that just means we have to double our efforts and adapt to these problems,â&#x20AC;? said Guggenheim. He praised the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools across the nation that lead their schools by the proverb of â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Excusesâ&#x20AC;? and mentions that the country needs more programs like Teach for America, that produces teachers who are willing â&#x20AC;&#x153;to roll up their sleevesâ&#x20AC;? and take studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educations into their own hands. Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools system Michelle Rhee and Bill Gates are interviewed in the documentary, along with other prominent

figures that are urging America to take action on this cause. While some argue that Guggenheim outlines no real solution in the documentary, he does include a few options as beginning steps in the end credits. Guggenheim also hopes college students play a role in improving the system, considering that they are some of the fortunate ones to have received proper public education. Guggenheim is now taking on the challenge of getting people to come together for the benefit of the children. Guggenheim admits that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to produce this film initially because he thought it was too difficult, but after learning that each year 1.2 million students fail to receive a high school diploma because the system is failing them, the issue became relevant to him. A father of two himself, Guggenheim says that the problem became personal after his

children began to attend school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day is relevant when you are handing off your children to another person from different schools, every morning you are taking a leap of faith,â&#x20AC;? Guggenheim said. He added that the biggest inspiration for this movie was the memory of him asking his mother why he had to take a 40 minute bus ride to Virginia from D.C. every morning to go to another school. His motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reply was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because our schools are broken.â&#x20AC;? That was in 1968. The movie has received a great amount of attention and the topic has been properly labeled as the civil rights movement of our time because everyone in America deserves better education. But teachers, among others, are enraged by the film and claim that he only focuses on the bad schools in the country, and that the public figures will now only worry about making better

schools instead of fixing the bad ones. To that statement Guggenheim replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope people watch this movie before they criticize it. After all, if it stays as part of their conversation then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all that matters. I may not be completely right, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a step in that direction.â&#x20AC;? The official â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Supermanâ&#x20AC;? website links to a pledge that more than 100,000 people have already agreed to. The pledge is to simply go watch the movie and continue conversation about bettering our schools. Every time a certain amount of pledges is met, money and books are donated and more attention is directed toward the cause. Simply going to watch this movie could help revolutionize the education Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children receive on a daily basis.

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