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Soccer competition to take place on campus The 2010 Indoor Wheelchair Soccer Nationals will be held on Nov. 12-14 in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. Volunteers for score keepers and timers for all three days are needed. If anyone would like to serve in the event they can call 713 743-5400 or e-mail camoruso@uh.edu. The championship will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Health Center offers free diabetes screening In honor of American Diabetes Month, the UH Health Center is encouraging students, faculty and staff to take advantage of its free diabetes screening from 9-3pm today. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 24 million Americans live with diabetes, and another 57 million people in the U.S. are at risk. The screening is available on a walk-in basis, and participants are asked to abstain from food and liquids, besides water, for at least eight hours before testing to ensure accurate results. For more information, contact the Health Center at 713-743-5156. — Sara Nichols/The Daily Cougar

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Officials appoint dean Department welcomes new dean for the first time in almost 18 years Ashley Anderson

THE DAILY COUGAR The University of Houston appointed Mark A. Smith as the new dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics after John Bear stepped down. Bear, who has been serving as dean for 18 years, announced his departure last January. Smith, a former department head at the University of Arizona, won’t begin his position until Jan. 1, 2011. “I’m very excited,” Smith said. “It’s a

great opportunity to make a significant impact at a really good school.” Smith said some of his goals include increasing research and helping UH reach its goal of flagship status. Smith has 18 years of experience in administration at the University of Arizona, where he was head of his department for six years. As dean, Smith also plans to increase ties with the community and attract new faculty and graduate students. “I want to make sure students have easy access to participate in this research and excitement,” Smith said. “Beyond that, make sure they have access to the brightest minds teaching them in the classrooms and labs.”

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Medical Center. Students in the natural science and mathematics department are concerned about policies regarding the dual-degree program and the possibility of expanding it college wide. “The dual-degree program may expand DEAN continues on page 3

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ON CAMPUS Charcoal Challenge at Homecoming Saturday’s homecoming activities will kick off with a smoky competition. Come join the Charcoal Challenge at the Tailgate Pavilions in front of Robertson Stadium at noon. Homecoming Parade The Homecoming Parade will follow Saturday at 3:30 p.m. down Cullen Boulevard by the tailgating areas. Live Cougar Exhibit Come see a live cougar in the stadium parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Homecoming Game What’s homecoming without a football game? The game against Tulsa will begin at 7 p.m.

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USA Today and the Student Government Association may soon be joining forces to provide national newspapers on campus. Kate Almanza, a representative for USA Today, proposed that the SGA endorse USA Today’s Collegiate Readership Program at the SGA meeting in the Cougar Den on Wednesday. “ T h e re a d e r s h i p p r o g r a m is designed to promote global awareness, media literacy and civic engagement on college campuses by providing newspapers to students in various locations on campus,” Almanza said. USA Today wants SGA to endorse the program, which would mean SGA’s logo would be located on all the newspaper bins and therefore help promote the program among the student body. SGA’s Chief of Staff, Jeff Syptak, said he is in favor of SGA endorsing the project. “The readership program, I believe, will be a great success,” Syptak said. “It will give students a lot more access to know what’s going on in the world.” USA Today’s program would begin by surveying UH students SGA continues on page 3

More than 50 police officers and almost two dozen security officers patrol the UH campus daily to keep students safe and prevent crime. | Brianna Lee Morrison/The Daily Cougar

CRIME

UH Students held at gunpoint Houston Police working with safety department on details Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR Investigators have a lead in their search for a suspect who robbed three UH students at gunpoint on Friday at the 5000 block of Calhoun. They could not give details due to the sensitivity of the case. “We received some information that we think will be quite helpful,” Lt. Brett Collier said. “So, our investigators will be working with the Houston Police Department.” The students were crossing the street from Cougar Village to the Bayou Oaks apartments when a male in a white Chevrolet Tahoe stopped them. The suspect exited his vehicle, displayed

a pistol and told the complainants to drop their purses and cell phones. The complainants complied and ran to Bayou Oaks and contacted police. Collier said he praises the complainants for how they handled the situation, putting themselves in the least amount of danger in a potentially explosive situation. “The students involved did everything right in this case,” Collier said. “They did everything that we would advise and they immediately contacted the police.” The complainants were not injured during the incident. The case is being investigated by both the HPD and UH Department of Public Safety. Normally the HPD handles off-campus issues, but in this case the UHDPS will be working in conjunction with them, because they responded to the call and initially handled the situation. news@thedailycougar.com


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Militants attack police headquarters An attack on anti-terrorist police headquarters in the Pakistani city of Karachi involving explosives and gunfire has left at least 20 dead, BBC News reported Thursday. Militants bombarded the Criminal Investigation Department building and defending police were assaulted with gunshots and a truck packed with bombs. The truck was driven into the building when the explosives were detonated, severely damaging its structure. The attack by about a dozen militants left more than 100 injured. Among the fatalities were five police officers. The attack followed a series of bombings that occurred in Pakistan over the past weeks.

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The stranded Carnival ship Splendor made it home to San Diego on Thursday, CNN reported. The ship docked to a warm round of cheer and applause. After disembarking, passengers shared mixed experiences, with many expressing disappointment and a few who seemed to have enjoyed the “adventure.” The worn-out vacationers stated that they were not informed of an engine fire, but that crew members were thankfully patient and helpful. Splendor received help from aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, but the food dropped off turned out to be primarily cans of Spam and Pop-Tarts. Passengers also had no hot showers or air condition-

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Basketball coach sued for whipping players A basketball coach at a Jackson, Miss. high school is accused of whipping his players, CNN reported Thursday. Three students are suing the coach after they were paddled in the rear for failure to correctly run plays. The coach admitted to the beatings and expressed that it was a necessary procedure for their own good. It has since been reported that he was suspended from the school, but the students are still attending. The principal is now also a defendant in the case. The school district prohibits corporal punishment.

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Retailer Amazon pulls pedophilic book Internet retailer Amazon.com pulled a guide from its Kindle eBook listings Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The publication is titled “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure.” Amazon took it off the site after numerous complaints and threats were sent in. Yet, another book which also advises on pedophilia titled “Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers” remained on the website. Compiled by Newton Liu

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Gravity was Everywhere Back Then Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Dec. 9 at DiverseWorks, on 1117 East Freeway. For more information, call 713-223-8346 or visit www.diverseworks.org. Admission is free.

“Peter Sacks: Recent Paintings” Tuesday though Saturday, 11 to 5 p.m. until December 11. at 4411 Montrose. For more information, call 713-521-2977. Admission is free.

Gulf Coast Reading Series: Nicole Walker, Jameelah Lang and Aja Gabel Today at 7 p.m. in the Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For more information, call 713-743-1000 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Admission is free.

Impulse Artist Series: The AlterEgo Season Saturday, 7 p.m. at 4411 Montrose. For a full schedule, call 832-247-6647 or visit www.impulseartistseries. org. Admission is $25.

“B-Sides: A Dialogue with Contemporary U.S. Photography” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until Dec. 11 at Vine Street Studios, 1113 Vine Street. For more information, call 713223-5522 or visit www.fotofest.org. Admission is free.

“It’s better to regret something you have done ...” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Jan. 8 at 3913 Main. For more information, call 281-5012964 or visit www.artpalacegallery.com. Admission is free.

Nishani Bhangara took first place in the show with their flowing movings, and great music. | Nine Nguyen/The Daily Cougar

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Organization hosts cultural show Event held to showcase diversity through performance, instruments Tinisha Bonaby

THE DAILY COUGAR November is a month dedicated to diversity, and last Wednesday I went to an amazing event called the International Explosion. It was hosted by the Council of Ethnic Organization (CEO), which is an organization on campus that promotes quality programs to display ethnic diversity and multiculturalism. The International Explosion is a cultural talent show in which different organizations perform in order to help their peers gain a better sense of what is valued in their respective cultures. The top three organizations were awarded a trophy, and the first place winner received $500. Individual performers were awarded points for the Homecoming festivities used to win prizes. The program began with everyone

boarding an imaginary plane. The pilot, Captain Jared, along with his lovely assistant flew us around the world to experience all types of cultural performances. The talents of these UH students were mostly displayed in the form of dancing that came from places like Vietnam, India, Nigeria and more. The winners of this competition had props, awesome realistic cultural dance

The International Explosion is a cultural talent show where different organizations perform for their peers to help them gain a better sense of what is valued in their culture.”

attire and an eye catching high-energy dance routine. One of the Greek organizations showed us a very saucy and sexy Latin Salsa/Zumba type of dance that wowed the crowd. The ladies who performed

cultural dances from the Vietnam routine were very colorful and beautiful with their bright yellow and pink outfits. Then in a blink of an eye the ladies let loose and showed us their wild side, which had the boys hooting and cheering with delight. The men and women representing NSA did an outstanding job incorporating and re-performing a popular dance routine originally done by Ciara in her music video “Ride” into their choreography. There was also an individual who played a guitar solo for about five minutes straight and a guy who was a triple threat; performing on guitar, piano and singing in a different language. I loved the music that was played throughout each performance and felt there wasn’t a dull tune. Among the crowd were at least 10 people who had visited 10 or more countries, including one performer involved in the Air Force who visited 19. The show was very entertaining and worthwhile, and definitely recommended. arts@thedailycougar.com

BOOKS

Kathryn Casey: The Killing Storm 3 p.m. at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For more information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www. murderbooks.com. Admission is free.

Kathy Reichs: Virals 6 p.m. at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For more information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www. murderbooks.com. Admission is free.

Movies Films that are ready to be watched at home

Grown Ups Rated: (PG-13) crude material including suggestive references, language and some male rear nudity Director: Dennis Dugan Cast:Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider

Ramona and Beezus Rated: (G) Genres: Comedy Director: Elizabeth Allen Cast: Joey King, Selena Gomez

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Rated: (PG-13) stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Charlie St. Cloud Rated: (PG-13) language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality Cast: Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew


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EDUCATIONAL FAME MONSTER by Karesha Brown

EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF MANAGING EDITOR NEWS EDITORS SPORTS EDITORS LIFE

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Matthew Keever Newton Liu Hiba Adi, Jose Aguilar John Brannen, Christopher Losee Travis Hensley Andrew Taylor

STAFF EDITORIAL

SGA needs to consult other organizations

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he Student Government Association discussed the possibility of collaborating with USA Today to provide national news coverage for students on campus at Wednesday’s meeting. What SGA didn’t do, however, was discuss any of these details with the students or staff at Student Publications. SGA is fully funded by student service fees; primarily, so is student publications. The proposed program would cost $1.50 per student per semester, or $55,000 or more in fees per semester. If the SGA plan on using student service fees for this project — especially at this caliber — they should consult the University’s main publication, The Daily Cougar, which students already pay for. This is a problem that concerns us because it affects the University as a whole. We, the students, are constantly reminded to have more school spirit. Officials are also working hard so that our University obtains flagship status. Well, the key factor in achieving this is unification. The student government should focus on keeping all student organizations, departments and publications notified of important agendas that could effect them. It’s safe to say that this is something that more than effects The Daily Cougar. We’re not implying that having national news coverage on campus is a bad idea. If anything, we’re most likely the number one advocates for this generation of students reading more print newspapers. We’re saying that SGA endorsing a newspaper program without consulting its own school newspaper — or its students — is questionable. If in fact students were in favor of having a newspaper with national coverage and it would prove to benefit the student body, a reasonable collaboration would be for the Daily Cougar to change its methods and focus to meet student needs and not those of the SGA. The Daily Cougar is run by students for the students. We also serve as a place for students to gain experience and serve as a place for their voice to be heard. Our primary concern is studentbased; good luck finding that in any other paper or publication.

E D I TO R I A L P O L I C I E S STAFF EDITORIAL The Staff Editorial reflects the opinions of The Daily Cougar Editorial Board (the members of which are listed above the editorial). All other opinions, commentaries and cartoons reflect only the opinion of the author. Opinions expressed in The Daily Cougar do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Houston or the students as a whole. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Daily Cougar welcomes letters to the editor from any member of the UH community. Letters should be no more than 250 words and signed, including the author’s full name, phone number or e-mail address and affiliation with the University, including classification and major. Anonymous letters will not be published. Deliver letters to Room 7, University Center Satellite; e-mail them to letters@thedailycougar.com; send them via campus mail to STP 4015; or fax them to (713) 743-5384. Letters are subject to editing. ADVERTISEMENTS Advertisements published in The Daily Cougar do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University or the students as a whole. GUEST COMMENTARY Submissions are accepted from any member of the UH community and must be signed with the author’s name, phone number or e-mail address and affiliation with the University, including classification and major. Commentary should be kept to less than 500 words. Guest commentaries should not be written as replies to material already printed in the Cougar, but rather should present independent points of view. Rebuttals should be sent as letters. Deliver submissions to Room 7, University Center Satellite; e-mail them to letters@thedailycougar.com; or fax them to (713) 743-5384. All submissions are subject to editing.

Gaga’s class leaves me speechless

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ady Gaga is catchy. Some of the music she writes is pretty decent by most standards. It’s not Mozart, but by our culture’s standards it’s pretty good. Is her rise to fame and power and dominance in every aspect of the market that Justin Bieber doesn’t control (all of it except for girls between the age of 3 to 14) worthy of say, a university level class? Ian Professor Matthieu Everett Deflem of the University of South Carolina thinks so. This upcoming semester, Deflem will be teaching a course entitled: Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame. The course, according to Deflem, will examine the social elements behind Lady Gaga’s rise to fame and her current status as a social phenomenon. The original purpose of the class was to examine the social elements of the celebrity and her rise to fame. It would

use various examples to not only provide an explanation of the social elements involved in fame, but also various issues such as: business and marketing strategies, the roles of the old and new media, gay culture, religious and political themes, sex and sexuality and the cities of New York and Hollywood. Isn’t it a bit obsessive to base a class on sociology and fame solely on one person — is one person enough to explain the social elements of fame? If so, is Lady Gaga capable of being the one person that we can paint an effective portrait of the sociology of the celebrity? Lady Gaga really shouldn’t be used to paint a picture of the sociology of the celebrity, not because she does not accurately represent it, but because no one person could exemplify every element of fame. Every person is different, and this includes celebrities. Even if one could explain the social elements of fame and

celebrity through one person, Lady Gaga is such an odd and unique character that she would just be too outlandish to be able to represent all celebrities. Deflem’s obsession with Lady Gaga might blind him to the fact that one person cannot represent a whole group accurately. If people want to learn about Lady Gaga and her effect on the social elements of fame, and vice versa, well, let them. It is absurd, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. It just seems like a highly ineffective route to take when dealing with sociology. So, hey, to each their own. And if Deflem can teach something to his students, then by all means, he should be able to teach a course. Ian Everett is a literary studies freshman and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

Cargo packages need more scrutiny

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fter 9-11, the airline industry plummeted due to a new growth in the fear of flying. Passengers welcomed stricter safety policies with open arms. But, as the months passed and the traumatic effects of Sept. 11, 2001, grew dim, impatience with the exceedingly long lines, Macy the slow process and Walker concerns for individual privacy diminished the patience of American passengers. Last month, two US-bound packages from Yemen carried explosives packed into printer toner. The United Arab Emirates uncovered one of the explosives in Dubai, while the United Kingdom confiscated the second bomb shortly after. According to a US official, the plan involved the parcels exploding in US planes on either the runway, or above US cities. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the bombs and threatened to continue

their efforts. This sparked an increase in changes among many countries including the US, Britain, Germany and France. Airlines in the United Arab Emirates have joined other countries in their refusal to carry cargo from Yemen. “The first layer is to isolate the Yemen case, and then see what the impact is, and then decide if that needs to be expanded to other countries,” security analyst Theodore Karasik told the Associated Press. However, these efforts seem too little to deteriorate al-Qaeda. With the recent threat of terrorism renewing fears in American citizens, the US government and airports don’t just possess the right, they have an obligation to protect. That includes what some may consider an inconvenience or an invasion of privacy. Part of the new policy includes an enforcement of the “no fly” list while not impeding on innocents’ rights. Although not everyone feels comforted

by this new policy, it does help protect American citizens. Everything comes at a price, but people should feel comforted when their family member lands safely due to these policies. Regardless of some critics of the airport security, 70 percent of the American public approves of the way the government currently protects air travel, according to USA Today. While the airport process may cause frustration among even the most patient Americans, the fact remains that this protection far outweighs the potential consequences. At the end of the day, most people would rather get the chance to tell their family about how awful airport security was than not being able to tell anything at all. Macy Walker is a public relations sophomore and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.


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Tickets running low; Southern Miss. televised The Athletics Department announced Thursday that less than 2,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s Homecoming game against Tulsa. The Homecoming parade begins at 3:30 p.m., and from 5 -7 p.m. there will be a live cougar exhibit. In the first half there will be an announcement of a number fans can text for a chance to win an autographed football from head coach Kevin Sumlin and 10 buffet coupons to Cici’s Pizza. The Cougars’ Nov. 20 contest against Southern Miss. will be on CBS College Sports, resulting in the game time being pushed back to 7 p.m. Eleven of the Cougars’ games have been televised. — Cougar Sports Services

BASEBALL

UH finishes fall workouts; Bourn awarded again The Cougars wrapped up fall practice Wednesday. First-year head coach Todd Whitting said the team will now focus on weight lifting and individual work. The 2011 season starts Feb. 20 when UH hosts UT Arlington at Cougar Field. “As staff, we have accomplished every goal that we set for the fall,” Whitting said in a release. “We put the offense into place and the mechanics that go into swinging the bat. Defensively, we have put in most of the things that we will do, and we will continue working on those things in the spring. “To this point, we got through the fall with everyone relatively healthy and we got everything accomplished that we wanted to at this point. So, we had a really good fall season.” For the second consecutive season former UH outfielder Michael Bourn notched his second Golden Glove Award.— Cougar Sports Services

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Cougars land five recruits UH has signed five prospects for the 2011-2012 season. Head coach Todd Buchanan announced Thursday that Voche’ Martin (6-2), Danielle Parks (5-10), Tahlia Pope (6-0), Towanda Sutton (5-11) and Latasha Tubbs signed national letters of intent to play for the Cougars. — Cougar Sports Services

SOCCER

UH to host tournament for handicapped Four teams with over 100 competitors will participate in the Indoor Wheelchair Soccer Nationals at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center today. The tournament will continue through the weekend, and will conclude on Sunday with the championship match slated for 1 p.m. — Cougar Sports Services

The Cougars will look to Amanda Brooks (1) to use her ability to get her teammates in scoring position. So far this season she has over 1,000 assists and has been awarded the C-USA Setter of the Week twice. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

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Cougars prepare for last homestand UH hoping to keep momentum going with just five games remaining Keith Cordero Jr.

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars defend their home court this weekend for their final two home games of the season against ECU tonight and Marshall on Sunday at the Athletics/ Alumni Center. UH (17-10, 11-4 C-USA) has won five consecutive games, and sits alone in third in the Conference USA standings behind Tulsa (25-2, 15-0) and SMU (215, 13-2). The offensiveminded Cougars hope their last J Marluci Toazzi home games will has stepped her help them keep up game up for her their success. senior season. “This week we’ve really been focusing on offense,” head coach Molley Alvey said. “We’ve got to find a way to execute better and put a few more balls away.” Sunday is also senior day for two Cougars, libero Amanda Carson and outside hitter Marluci Toazzi, as they play their final home game in scarlet and white. “I think both of them play a huge role in contributing to the team,” Alvey said. “Amanda’s the only player on the team that has been here four consecutive seasons. “Marluci has stepped up despite injuries at the beginning of the season

and has stepped in and played a critical role on the outside.” Setter Amber Brooks received her second C-USA setter of the week award Monday with 71 total assists in the Cougar’s back-to-back wins against UAB and Memphis.

Each of these matches are just as important as the next. It’s our last weekend at home — our last opportunity to play in front of our fans.” Molly Alvey Head coach “That role is a demanding role,” Alvey said. “When it doesn’t work out on the court then the setter is the one that usually gets the finger pointed at them. When it does work out on the court they are usually not the ones who get recognized.” The Cougars last played ECU (1-25, 0-14 C-USA) on Oct. 31, and beat them handily in a 3-0 sweep. The Pirates have had a dismal season, and are currently on a 14-game losing streak. The Pirates have been swept 19 times this season. The Pirates’ only win of the season was Sept. 18 in a 3-2 win over Binghamton in their final game of the Georgetown Classic. ECU is coached by Pati Rolf, who is in her second season with the Pirates. “How we prepare for every match is what can we do to be better,” Alvey said. “It’s the same game plan. We are not

going to worry about who is on the other side of the net. We are going to take care of ourselves.” Marshall (9-17, 3-11) has not performed well, having dropped nine straight games. They were swept 3-0 by the Cougars in their first meeting of the season Oct. 29. The Thundering Herd are led by Elizabeth Herman’s 363 kills in the season, including 13 kills in the loss against the Cougars. Marshall is coached by Mitch Jacobs, who is in his ninth season. Marshall’s last win came more than a month ago Oct. 3 against UAB. J Lucy Charuk has The Cougars been a standout on hope to make offense, posting 312 the most of their kills this season. last showing on campus. “Each one of these matches are just as important as the next,” Alvey said. “It’s our last weekend at home — our last opportunity to play in front of our fans.” Lucy Charuk leads the Cougars with 312 kills and 119 blocks. Brooks leads the way with 1,030 assists, and Carson has 472 digs. The Cougars are on the road for their final three games of the season, beginning Nov. 19 at SMU followed by a Nov. 21 match with first-place C-USA foe Tulsa. After Thanksgiving the Cougars make the short trip to Tudor Fieldhouse to play Rice on Nov. 27. sports@thedailycougar.com


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