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Students wear pink in support of cancer awareness The UH Collegiate Cancer Council Chapter is asking Cougars to wear pink in support of the Well Women Extravaganza 2010, which will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. today in the UC Houston Room. The Extravaganza is an HPV and cervical cancer awareness event for both female and male students, and nine UH organizations are participating this year. For more information, call the Cancer Council President Hannah Kim at 281-978-1493 or go to http:// www.uh.edu/cccatuh. — Sara Nichols/The Daily Cougar
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THE DAILY COUGAR Texas is facing a budget shortfall of up to $24 billion in the next legislative session, and the Faculty Senate is preparing for a 10 percent reduction in state funds. The budget cut is expected to be officially announced when the Texas Legislature resumes next year, but the Senate is already planning for the worst. “Ten percent of our general funds — and this is just the money we’re subtracting from the total revenue we get from the state — comes out to be about 3 percent of our total budget,” Provost John Antel said. “So that’s
at least a little bit of good news — but it’s still 13.7 million dollars, which is an awful lot of money.” The Senate is looking into many different ways to try and combat this loss of funding any way it can — including looking into cutting some programs, Antel said. “What we’re going to do in the interim in the next few months — it might take a year or two years — we’re going to get together and really try and come down and do program evaluations,” Antel said. No matter what the outcome of the budget cuts may be, the Senate remains focused on the University’s short and longterm future. While there are some cuts being made, the organization is also ensuring that
As part of National Chemistry Week, students are encouraged to vote for their colleagues’ “favorite mole creation” as part of Mole Day, which runs all day Friday at Fleming Hall. For more information, go to http://www.chem. uh.edu/undergraduate/acs.
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In the past year, the Student Government Association and the Faculty Senate have passed resolutions for the transgender student population on campus, but the administration at UH has yet to act on them. A resolution to add the phrase “gender identity and expression” to the non-discrimination statement from UH has been passed, but it remains to be finalized with the Board of Regents. “Overall, it’s been in the chancellor’s office since 2006,” Graduate Social Work Senator for SGA Josephine Tittsworth said. “Then in 2008 and 2009, a new legislation was passed by SGA to include the phrase ‘gender identity and expression,’ and that has been with the current chancellor’s office since then.”
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The event will feature fire special effects like those seen in movies, as well as safety demonstrations including stunt actors.
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UH stays on the right track, and it’s looking as far ahead as 10 years. “We have to think about where we want to be in ten years as an institution, and we have to think about our current priorities — our high level priorities,” Antel said. Although it wasn’t the most light-hearted discussion, President Renu Khator made sure to emphasize that UH students will always be the first priority, no matter what. “I want our students to feel that they are not poor cousins to anybody,” Khator said. “We value them, we believe in them, they are special to us, and we want them to be successful and graduate.”
In celebration of National Chemistry Week, the UH American Chemical Society is hosting a fire and explosives demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Lynn Eusan Park outside Cougar Village.
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Rock n’ lunch on campus he Student Program Board continued to showcase local bands with its Fall Concert Series 2010 at the UC-Satellite. The Band Foster performed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday while students enjoyed the music in the patio area. For more information on SPB events, visit www.uh.edu/spb. |
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Expanded Program for Teaching Excellence Awards A new plan has been put in place to expand the size and scope of the Teaching Excellence Awards, which are the highest form of recognition the University of Houston offers for excellence in teaching. The new awards structure was created with the endorsement of the UH Board of Regents, and unified recommendations from the Provost appointed Accountability Task Force, the Teaching Excellence Awards Committee, and the new Center for Teaching Excellence. The amounts of the awards have been substantially increased. There are also new categories of awards including:
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All awards for faculty offered in the past are have been increased to 8,000, and the awards for Teaching Assistants have been raised to $3,500. Details are available on the Provost web page http://www.uh.edu/provost/awards/, under â€œTeaching Excellence Awardsâ€? or on the CTE website http://cte.uh.edu/ under â€œFaculty Grants Awards and Incentivesâ€?. If you would like to nominate someone for these awards, contact Heidi Kennedy at: HAKennedy@Central.UH.EDU.
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A group on campus, the Cougar LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) Allies, has set up meetings with President Renu Khator to ask her why the resolution has failed to reach its next step. â€œWe have gotten to the point where we set up meetings with her and instead she hands us over to Vice President Dr. (John) Antel and he dealt with us,â€? English Professor and Cougar Ally Maria Gonzales said. Gonzales said that the University is willing to build the infrastructure and have UH become an LGBT supportive campus by adding an LGBT studies minor through Womenâ€™s Studies and an LGBT Resource Center with a half-time director to help address these issues. But the Cougar LGBT Allies would still like the wording on the non-discrimination statement to be changed. Currently the statement of nondiscrimination for UH concludes that equal treatment and opportunity is provided to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation, except where such distinction is required by law. Whereas other universities across
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example, a 120 lb. woman can have two margaritas in an hour and have a BAC of 0.06. â€œI think this is just another way for the state to make more money. Now if I want to have a few glasses of wine at a dinner party, Iâ€™ll need a designated driver,â€? health and human performance senior Claireese Kimmons said. â€œThatâ€™s ridiculous.â€? The DWAI law has not been passed yet, but it is in affect in Colorado and is being taken into consideration by Texas officials. The current DUI laws say that if the driver is stopped by the police with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 and above, they can face a fine, jail time, community service and a suspension of their license. The fine for a first DUI conviction in Texas is up to $2,000 and $10,000 if
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Texas have made the change in their statements. The University of Texas at Austin, for example, has added the following sentence to their non-discrimination statement, â€œDiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.â€? Other universities across Texas that have changed their non-discrimination statements are Rice, Houston Community College and South Texas College of Law. In an SGA meeting last month, a resolution was passed to give transgender students the right to choose their preferred names on their Cougar Card, but the resolution is not official yet either. â€œThe Affirmative Action Officer Allison Odom-Bashir is working with the committee to see what the possibility is for this resolution to be put in place,â€? Tittsworth said. The LGBT has also taken action to speed up the process. â€œWe have contacted the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) on campus,â€? Director of the LGBT Resource Center Lorrain Schroeder said. â€œWe are in the process of making some procedures, so the transgender student population can have their alternative name on their ID badge.â€?
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Make a difference, grant a child’s wish
lthough most of us in the Daily Cougar newsroom think that sororities and fraternities do nothing but party and wear popped collars, it seems that all of them collect money for charities, and are actually quite philanthropic. Chi Omega is hosting its eighth annual Wish Week, putting on a different fundraiser every day for seven days. All of the proceeds go to the MakeA-Wish foundation. For those that don’t know, Make-A-Wish grants children with life-threatening diseases a chance to ask for anything they want, and then gives it to them. The organization has granted over 200,000 wishes since it was founded in 1980. Last year, the Chi-Os raised enough money to grant their own wish instead of just donating the money to the foundation. They (along with the help of their alumni) sent an 11-year-old Houstonian named Maddy to South Africa for the World Cup. It was a big deal — and the events this year have done even better than the ones last year. But the week is only halfway over. Today Chi Omega is hosting Dishes for Wishes at the ChickFil-A at the corner of Kirby and Highway 59. 15 percent of their proceeds go to Make-A-Wish — but you have to say that you’re supporting Dishes for Wishes, otherwise no money is donated. However, the big fundraisers take place this weekend. The sorority is hosting Walk for Wishes, a 3K run on the track behind the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Admission is $10 and the run starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. Sunday is the last (and biggest) event — Swishes for Wishes. It’s a basketball tournament for both guys and girls, and although registration is already over, tickets for the event are only $2. Now, we can’t make you guys go out and support these people, but think of the children. All students complain about their busy schedules now and then, but these kids are dealing with life-anddeath issues on a daily basis. For the cost of two dollar-menu items, you can use your money for something that’s actually worthwhile. So it’s up to you to decide which one is more chill — something fast, cheap and greasy, or something that can make a sick child feel better.
his year marked the debut of MPAA’s use of the phrase “male nudity” as a criterion for rating films. This disclaimer was used thus far in the ratings of three films in 2010: “Jackass 3D,” “Eat Pray Love,” and “Grown Ups.” The ratings given to these three recent films reveal that the Motion Picture Association of America — the supposed moral bastion of Daniel Hollywood — is totally Renfrow defunct. The MPAA has a long history of promoting male hegemony through their rating system, and the addition of this phrase to their repertoire is an indication of that. However, it is rather hard to work out just why this is so. Now let’s look at the new, and less humorous addition to the MPAA’s ridiculous rating’s repertoire. By creating the disclaimer “male
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Film ratings are straight-up sexist
n Monday, the voting polls for Houston residents opened and will stay open until next Friday. Many Houston residents are heading to the polls early to avoid long lines and wasting time. The main perk of voting early is that you can get in and out with ease. For most people, the process of voting is relatively easy. A Andrew potential voter might Taylor listen to some nightly news or read the Houston Chronicle. Unfortunately for most, this is about where the ceiling is as far as becoming informed is concerned. A serious voter — one that is engulfed in politics and listens to NPR chronically — might research the candidates and maybe even the views of said candidate on specific issues. In reality
nudity,” the MPAA has acknowledged that in our culture male nudity only applies from the waist down. However, female nudity seems to encompass the entire female body. However, before delving into the details of these ratings, let’s take some time to reflect on the MPAA’s history of ridiculous ratings. In 2004, “Team America” was given an R rating for, “graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language — all involving puppets.” Don’t you like the disclaimer at the end of the rating? It’s unfortunate that the MPAA didn’t build upon this rating and give “Twilight: New Moon” a PG-13 for, “the promotion of self-indulgent behavior—all involving human teens, vampire teens, and werewolf teens.” The seminal children’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” received a PG rating for, “fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking
though, informed and eager voters are the true minority. The majority of people fall somewhere around the middle of the spectrum of informed to uninformed. They stay somewhat knowledgeable, they read the paper periodically and occasionally watch or listen to a debate. A few things are common among most all of these potential and certain voters; they identify with one party more so than another and they almost never research all the candidates or propositions on the ballot at hand. One reason voters never arrive to a poll fully informed is due to the fact that the ballots today are too long. The City of Houston might have the longest ballot in the country. Overall the Houston ballot contains 252 candidates for 142 election contests. Granted that no voter will have to vote in all 142 election contests, each voter is sure to have
caterpillar.” While the MPAA should be credited for the creativity of this rating, why not just say that the film included smoking, instead of pointlessly maligning the caterpillar. It’s not his fault he was written that way. Another children’s film that received an interesting rating is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which was given a PG rating for, “quirky situations, action and mild language.” It’s important not to expose children to quirky behavior too early — they’ll stop playing group sports and spend all of their time knitting tea cozies and hanging out in thrift shops if you don’t monitor their exposure to quirky situations. In 1996, the MPAA released the penultimate of ridiculous ratings when Twister received a PG-13 rating for the, “intense depiction of very bad weather.” While the weather in the film was rather RENFROW continues on page 5
a daunting list of election contests in front of them. It is no surprise that most voters become apathetic with this long of a ballot. The average person of voting age doesn’t even have time to do their homework on 10 candidates. For most registered voters, the work is done once they cast their vote for governor and maybe a few other candidates. The rest of the voting is done by either straight ticket voting or by something as significant as eeny-meenyminy-mo. In some cases, there is only one candidate for the corresponding office and the choice becomes clear — all you have to do is click the box. The average student voter can be more apathetic than other voters at the poll and the situation can then be further simplified. Many student voters TAYLOR continues on page 5
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will show up to the polls to decide between Perry and White, but the rest of the contests will probably be chosen by party affiliation or comical names â€” like Crappito, for example. The length of the ballots is so great that you canâ€™t even memorize everybody you wish to vote for contest by contest. The rare, responsible voter who studies the candidates and researches the propositions on the ballot will literally need to write down the names of all the people they wish to vote for. In an article published in The Houston Chronicle, UH political science professor Richard Murray said, â€œItâ€™s almost certain itâ€™s the longest ballot in the history in the state because weâ€™re by far the biggest county,â€? Murray said. This is not a list you can pen down on a post-it note. A list of this size will require at least one full sheet of paper and probably an amount of time commensurate to driving to a polling location in the middle of rush hour traffic. The time required to research 200 or more candidates is something most dedicated college students couldnâ€™t do in a few weeks even if they were going to be graded on it. In an article published last Friday in the Houston Chronicle by Jeannie Kever, a poll conducted by students at Rice University
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poor, should the weather really be part of the criteria the MPAA uses when rating a film? They could have just rated the film PG-13 for, â€œthe portrayal of a cow in its unnatural environment, and for portraying tornado hunting as a viable lifestyle choice.â€? The majority of female nudity in films is used in a sexual manner, but male nudity is often used as a joke; hence â€œJackass 3D.â€? The cause of this discrepancy is the fact that the most nudity in films is catered towards men. Furthermore, the MPAA is sending the message to filmmakers that women can be objectified in films as long as they recognize that they will receive a harsher rating for â€œnudity or sexuality.â€? If they include full frontal male nudity in their film, however, they will have the disclaimer â€œmale nudityâ€? tacked onto their film. In other words, the MPAA has acknowledged that when they include a disclaimer warning of nudity or sexuality in a film that warning is focused on women. They have placed â€œmale nudityâ€? in a category of its own, to be treated differently. They are saying that men deserve special protection from viewing something different or potentially more offensive. The MPAA needs to either replace their newest sexist disclaimer with â€œfull frontal nudity,â€? or start warning people when a film contains â€œfemale nudity.â€? It is time for the MPAA to start taking their job seriously, and to think about the underlying messages they are sending to viewers through the disclaimers they tack onto films. Daniel Renfrow is an Anthropology junior and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.
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showed the lack of interest among young voters. â€œThis year, a poll by Rice University students found just 3.5 percent of Houston residents between 18 and 25 are likely to vote in the upcoming elections. That compares to half of people between 45 and 65,â€? Kever said. One easy way to greatly reduce the time spent on researching candidates and becoming informed on the elections is to look to those whom you respect. For many, the logical choice is their friend who they work with or the person who they graduated college with. One quality source of information that is readily available is the endorsements made by the Houston Chronicle editorial board. This is a good source regardless of your political leaning because it is one that represents the opinions of several intelligent people as opposed to just one or a few. Moreover, the endorsements made by the Chronicle come from the people who cover the candidates all year long, long before the elections come into conversation. These endorsements are a product of numerous articles of news coverage, and also from propositions to face-to-face meetings with the candidates themselves. The Chronicle will even provide a full article for each candidate endorsed. This is much more than you will get from any television smear ad or nightly news sound bite. The endorsement articles also serve as a quicker method for
those who are looking for substance. Many of the endorsements made by the Chronicle editorial board are supported with facts, history, and actual quotes from candidates and experts from many fields. The chances of finding other sources of summaries and endorsements based on facts are likely to be few and far between. There is sure to be at least a few readers who will be quick to call this a bias from someone within the print journalism industry. To the critics who will charge with this accusation, the task is yours to find a better solution to being informed and voting intelligently. The print media serves the public with the daily news and is the vehicle that has been breaking stories since the invention of the printing press. If the contents printed were useless and slanted, the industry would have become extinct long ago. Regardless, many will cast their vote with little forethought and the print media will do what it does day in and day out â€” report the outcome. If you are planning to take to the polls and do more than spin the polling wheel arbitrarily as if you were a contestant on The Wheel of Fortune, do yourself a favor and at least consider the endorsements printed in the media. At the very least, itâ€™s worth the gas and time youâ€™ll spend driving to the poll. Andrew Taylor is an economics senior and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.
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Ten players notch midseason honors On Wednesday, 10 Cougars were named to the Phil Steele Midseason All-Conference USA Team. Running back Bryce Beall and offensive lineman Isaiah Thompson made the C-USA first team. Beall is second in C-USA with 544 rushing yards. He’s also added 10 touchdowns. For the second team, receiver James Cleveland and right guard represented the offense. On the defensive side, linebackers Marcus McGraw and Phillip Steward, along with cornerback Jamal Robinson were on the list. Rounding out the third team was receiver Patrick Edwards, defensive lineman David Hunter and cornerback Loyce Means. — Cougar Sports Services
Cougars give to the less fortunate The UH softball team is lending a helping hand to the homeless as coaches and teammates worked together making blankets Thursday. The idea came from junior first baseman Jennifer Klinkert, who would give out necessities every Friday along with her church. After the softball team started its Little Sister/Big Sister program, the team used the collective effort to serve as a tool in the process of getting to know the incoming players. “We just started this because we thought it would be a good idea to help everyone on the team get to know each other better,” senior pitcher Baillie Lott said in a release. “It helps the seniors get to know the freshmen better and vice versa. It’s going to help a lot, and we’re going to be a tighter team because of it.” The Cougars were able to make nine fleece blankets that will be distributed to the homeless by Klinkert and members of her church. “It’s honestly really touching,” Klinkert said. “You think that you’re going to go there and help somebody, and they end up changing your life.” — Cougar Sports Services
SWIMMING AND DIVING
This time it counts
The UH football team isn’t the only team slated to compete with SMU. Monday the swim team opens up the Conference USA competition as well. It marks the team’s first official meet after exhibition meets Oct. 6 at home and Oct. 15 at Rice. — Cougar Sports Services
Linebackers Phillip Steward (42), Sammy Brown (8) and lineman David Hunter (95) hope to give the SMU offense more resistance than they did against Rice. | Courtesy of UH Athletics
It’s now or never for Cougars Cougars have chance to get back on top in C-USA West with a win Saturday John Brannen
THE DAILY COUGAR After an unexpected loss to Rice, the Cougars (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) will make their way to Dallas to play SMU. The Mustangs (4-3) are in first place above UH in the west division of C-USA with a 3-0 record. With a win, the Cougars will reclaim first place in the division, and a loss will make it tough for the team to qualify for the prized C-USA Championship game. “This has to be the game that we have
to come out ready to go,” running back Bryce Beall said. “If we can’t do that, we don’t need to show up. I believe that everyone in the locker room believes that we still have a chance and we really believe that we can still pull this one out. “We look ahead knowing that we still have a chance to go out there and get a win. We are in control of our own destiny and the only person that can take that away from us is ourselves.” Last weekend’s result left the Cougars with a bad taste in their mouth. The team hopes to avoid dwelling on the loss. “It’s time to move on to SMU,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Nobody feels good about this last weekend and nobody is happy about it, but we can’t wait around and wallow.” True freshman David Piland will make
his third straight start as quarterback. Growing pains aside, head coach Kevin Sumlin said he is pleased with Piland’s progress. “I don’t know if you can develop a guy in two weeks,” Sumlin said. “I think he is getting better, just over the course of the last couple of weeks. I see certain situations arise and how he handles them — not only mechanically — but the pace of the play and being able to communicate during the game as to what is going on. He continues to improve.” Beall has been one of the more outspoken Cougars through the team’s two losses. Sumlin said players on both sides of the ball need to join him as a leader among their teammates. FOOTBALL continues on page 7
Announcer sees bigger things for UH John Brannen
THE DAILY COUGAR Jim Nantz of CBS is one of the most decorated sportscasters on television. He has anchored golf coverage for the network since 1986 and is also a commentator for college basketball and the NFL. Nantz was in town Tuesday for a benefit for the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. He graduated from UH in 1981. The Daily Cougar was able to catch up with him and get his comments on the UH of past and present.
Q: How do you feel about President Khator’s push for Tier 1?
A: I’m the biggest fan of Dr. Khator. We are so fortunate to have her dynamic NANTZ continues on page 7
Jim Nantz said that he feels that President Khator is essential for the University gaining a bigger profile nationally. | Daily Cougar File Photo
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leadership. She’s really helping the University in ways we’ve never seen before.
Q: What are your thoughts regarding the Athletics Department’s push for national relevance with plans for a new stadium?
A: It’s going to happen, we’re in a really good place. I’m proud of where it is. Mack Rhoades is a ball of energy. He has great leadership and ideas. He’s a visionary who will get us where we need to be. I’m really behind the thinking that we need to take the UH athletic department to a bigger and broader stage. We have the right people to get us there. Q: What are some of your fondest memories at UH? A: Being able to be on the golf
team and have the mentoring of Dave Williams. It gave me my start, allowing me to be the public address announcer at Hofheinz. I’m very much indebted to the School of Communication. I lived in Taub Hall, 101 Taub was my room. I treasure those days. I still have very close ties to my college roommates. We all had these crazy dreams with what we wanted to do with our lives, and we’ve been blessed to be able to live them out. Blaine McCallister, Freddy Couples (PGA golfers) and myself. We’re all about 51 now, and we came here as 17 and 18-year-olds. How many people get to go to school with really close pals, and stay professionally and personally in touch as many years as we have? It’s been super. It’s been like a dream.
Q: What is your advice to students
pursuing a career in broadcasting?
A: Parents tell me their kids want to get into broadcasting, and that they’ve remembered every box score and statistic. Don’t worry about statistics, worry about telling a story. Learn how to tell a story if you want to be a broadcaster. Really study English, I still do. Telling a beginning, middle and an end. Classical storytelling is what will get you far. Learn to write, and to appreciate the language. Have passion, energy and allow your mind to open up and dream big.
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“He can’t do it by himself,” Sumlin said. “When you come into a season and have leaders, there’s a pecking order of how things go in any organization. It takes some time for a guy to step outside of his comfort zone and say ‘you know what, I’ll lead now.’ That seems like an easy thing to do, but personality-wise and player-wise, sometimes that just doesn’t happen overnight. “As coaches, we have to assume that role until we can find someone or a number of guys that say ‘I’ll lead from here on out.’ It’s a whole lot easier to do in off-season than it is while you’re preparing for a game.” SMU will be just as hungry as the Cougars after losing 21-28 to Navy last weekend. In last year’s contest at Robertson Stadium, the Cougars beat SMU 38-15. In 2008, UH won 44-38. The
Cougars are 7-3 on SMU’s home turf, and 14-9-1 overall against the Mustangs. The head coach of the Mustangs is June Jones, who is known for running a passer-friendly offense. His last coaching job was at Hawaii from 1999-2007. While at Hawaii, he helped Timmy Chang establish himself as the most productive quarterback in NCAA history with 17,072 career passing yards. SMU’s quarterback Kyle Padron is on a roll and has compiled over 1,000 passing yards in the last three games. Their running back Zach Line leads C-USA with 635 rushing yards. Linebacker Ja’Gared Davis leads the nation in tackles for a loss. Saturday’s game will be played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium at 2:30 p.m. It will be televised on CBS College Sports and can be heard on 790 AM. Next weekend, the team will head to Tennessee to play Memphis.
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Gorillaz take on Toyota Center The Band mixed animation and live performance for their show at Toyota Center Travis Hensley
THE DAILY COUGAR When it comes to helping someone review for a Latin midterm, the Gorillaz were horrible. They didn’t help out with one conjugation and there was no vocabulary review. Wait, that’s what I should have been doing Tuesday instead of sitting by myself at a concert. The band itself put on a good show. You don’t expect Damon Albarn to be a new generation’s Roger Waters, but you almost wish that he was. With the animations playing over the band, there is a force in the mind that makes you want to compare the show to “The Wall.” Try as you might, it is hard to get the images from the cult classic out of your head. “Heavy Metal” seems like a closer
comparison. It’s not that Jamie Hewlett’s images are anywhere similar. It is just that they give off the same feeling, without looking like photocopies. But the animation is still a major aspect to the Gorillaz experience, as it gives them an ageless quality that is not matched even by KISS. The band KISS is currently made up of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. The latter two members took on the Ace Frehley and Peter Criss make up. That make up switch, as hard as it is to swallow for loyal members of the KISS army, in the end turned out ok. The reason for this is because KISS really is made up of the Star Child, The Demon, The Spaceman and The Cat. The characters that they play will always be trapped in the 1970s. Much in the same way that the animated characters Stuart “2D” Pot, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs will be trapped in the early 2000s. They can’t get any older — just as Bart Simpson has been trapped at the same age for the past 21 years. It is because of
this floating timeline that the Gorillaz can bring to the table what KISS cannot. No matter how much face paint Simmons puts on, he is still getting older. When seeing these characters on stage, there is this transport to a fictional universe with an ageless quality. Below the large video screen is the actual band, which almost caused a sensory overload. You want to watch the whole show, but the performance is taking place both above the stage and on the stage. Both offer so much ongoing activity that your attention deficit disorder is not able to kick in and let you carelessly switch from one to the other. You have to make the hard decision, for each song, to go with either reality or a fictional universe. Reality offers its own joy. You can see 2D sing “Clint Eastwood” online — just go to YouTube. But to see Damon Albran sing it, you have to see him for yourself. Real is interesting. He jumps around, stands on amps and GORILLAZ continues on page 9
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THE DAILY COUGAR Parking and Transportation Services will be sponsoring an information session called “Pizza with Parking” on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., which will take place at the University Center. Parking Customer Service Manager Eric Holamon will be the primary speaker at the event. Parking and Transportation Services is the department that handles the parking lots and garages on campus, as well as coordinating with Connect by Hertz,
updating the parking maps, and others. “Pizza with Parking is an information session to share the programs and services,” Holamon said. “We’re trying to provide information and do the planning now that will help us with the future.” According to a press release, those who plan to attend the information session should register online at www.uh.edu/ parking to guarantee a spot. “Pizza with Parking will be a chance for the campus to learn about their transportation options,” Holamon said in a press release. “As the campus continues to grow, parking will remain a challenge. By proactively utilizing the tools and programs
available through Parking and Transportation Services, commuters should be able to overcome this challenge.” Many of the services will be discussed at the information session. “I want to attend Pizza with Parking mainly for the free food, and the programs I’ve been hearing about interest me,” electrical engineering junior Cesar Figueroa said. Connect by Hertz is a car sharing program that allows those on campus to rent cars at a rate of $8 an hour. This program is design to free up cars on the roads and PARKING continues on page 9
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promote carpooling and vanpooling to school. “It allows those who live on campus to run and buy groceries with the car [provided by Connect by Hertz] without having their own car; commuters have the freedom to leave midday to run errands, whether they take the Metro or carpool to campus,” Holamon said. “It’s a program we just started this year, close to 100 students have signed up so far; Hertz estimates one Hertz car replaces 14 cars on the road. “Every time we do something to promote it we usually have an increase in number; compared to projections by Hertz, we are exceeding our numbers, which is very positive.” Attendees will be able to register for Metro Q-Cards, which is a reloadable card Metro uses instead of cash. Students can get a half off discount on the bus fair when they use the cards; they can also register for the cards at the Welcome Center. The NextBus software will also be featured at the information session. This allows bus riders to get realtime predictions for the next bus to arrive by going online or by texting. “It’s really beneficial when it’s raining to know when the buses are coming, so students can stay inside,” Holamon said. “And students with night classes can stay inside the buildings and wait for their buses” However, students and other commuters can already help themselves by using the parking availability maps and using the Energy Research Park lot, which is located east of campus, then using the Cougar Line. “The parking availability maps are a great idea, but since I use the parking garage, I don’t really use them,” Figueroa said. “The parking garages make me feel that my car is safe.” When they begin the construction of the stadium garage in the near future, Parking and Transportation Services will open three temporary lots between Cullen and Elgin off of Leek Street. “Pizza with Parking” will be the first information session of its kind. Parking and Transportation Services plan to adjust depending on attendance. “Attendees should expect to get more options on what they can do to make their commute easier, and get information and services regardless of their situation — we have options that can really benefit everybody.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Practice begins as season approaches Cougars striving to build from previous season Christopher Losee
THE DAILY COUGAR With two weeks left before the Cougars play their first game, firstyear head coach James Dickey will have his hands full leading up to the month of November. Last season, the Cougars posted a 19-16 record, winning 10 games at home. For the first time since 1993, the Cougars found their way to the NCAA Tournament after
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