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Panel to discuss immigration The UH Center for Immigration Research and the UH Sociology Students Association are hosting a panel discussion concerning immigration, citizenship and law from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Honors College Commons, located on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The panel will feature four UH faculty members and is co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Clinic, the UH Law Center and the Center for Americas.

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GreenReportCard.org recently released its 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, awarding UH a grade of B-plus for the 2009 school year. The Green Report Card, a list of the most environmentally friendly

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Scholar to speak about conflict between Palestine, Israel As part of the Honors College, Mient Jan Faber will give a lecture titled “One Hundred Years of War in the Middle East” at 4 p.m. today in the Honors College Commons, located on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. Faber is a visiting scholar to the University and is teaching a class in the Honors College this semester. Following his lecture, two UH alumni who attend Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service will speak to students about graduate school and careers in public service or international affairs. For more information, contact the Honors College at 713-743-9010. — Sara Nichols/The Daily Cougar Got an item for Newsline? Let us know! E-mail newsline@thedailycougar.com

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universities in the US and Canada, began in 2006. Since then, green programs on campuses have skyrocketed. “The green groundswell on campus is evident in a wide variety of energy-saving initiatives, such as sourcing food from campus farms and reducing hot water use REPORT continues on page 3

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ON CAMPUS International Marketplace Organized for International Education Week, International Marketplace welcomes people to check out international cultures and cuisines. Visit the Butler Plaza in front the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. International foods will be available for purchase.

AROUND TOWN Ahn Trio Ahn Trio is a classical music group which consists of three Korean-American sisters who trained at Juilliard. They will be performing at 8 p.m. today in the Wortham Theater at 501 Texas Ave. Find more campus and local events or add your own at thedailycougar.com/calendar

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UH is in the middle of celebrating not only the world, but also the students of the world. The Committee for International Education Week announced the beginning of International Education Week on Monday with music and dancing provided by international student organizations. “We are a very diverse university, and this gives us an opportunity to showcase all of the programs and services that we have here at UH that promote international education,” Director of International Student and Scholar Services Anita Gaines said. International student organizations and international offices on campus set up booths to provide information on programs offered. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” Gaines said. “These celebrations are going on in campuses, elementary, middle and high schools, and businesses around the US.” International Education Week is a joint effort of the US Departments INTERNATIONAL continues on page 10

Participants in the 2010 National Indoor Wheelchair Soccer “Blue Northern” Championship take the court at the Recreation and Wellness Center. | Travis Masterson/The Daily Cougar

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Wheel goals of able athletes Travis Masterson and Edgar Veliz

THE DAILY COUGAR The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center was busy as normal last weekend with basketball teams, rock climbers and even badminton players. The gym was also host to the players of an uncommon sport: wheelchair soccer. As the sweat dripped on Courts 1 and 2, the participants of the 2010 National Indoor Wheelchair Soccer “Blue Northern” Championship brought a competition full of joy, skill and desire to win not only the title, but also to promote the fledgling sport. The United States Association of Indoor Wheelchair Soccer hosted the national championships of a sport that is a hybrid of soccer and basketball, and resembles water polo without the water. William Lardi, chairman of the USA-IWS, and Dave Stephenson, co-director of the Greater Houston Athletic Association for the Physically Disabled, organized the event, which

was both competitive and well organized. “We sponsor local, regional and national tournaments and occasionally hold clinics to provide exposure of our sport to the disabled population,” Lardi said. “This is a sport that, when the athletes come and play it, they don’t want to leave it. They don’t want it to die. There is so much dedication between the coaches and athletes that this sport keeps living.” IWS is a year removed from leaving its former umbrella organization, the National Disability Sports Alliance, which financially supported regional and national tournaments. IWS has faced numerous challenges on and off the court, ranging from handling finances to finding resources. “When you have an umbrella organization, you have financial backing. You have access to facilities and a lot of support,” Lardi said. “When you are alone, financially, it is very difficult. Nationally and locally, that has been our WHEELCHAIR continues on page 9


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Join us, Thursday, November 18, at 11:30am Room 279A, University Center for a free screening of a brand new documentary by Filmmaker Stacey Muhammad who will screen the film and be available for a Q & A Popcorn and drinks served Co-Sponsored by: WHEW: Women Healing and Empowering Women Check out their 5th Annual "Second Chance" Conference Downtown Branch of Houston Public Library Saturday, November 20th, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information: www.whew-now.org

Hollywood publicist shot several times Prominent Hollywood publicist Ronni Sue Chasen was shot to death Tuesday after attending a premiere screening of a film, the Associated Press reported. Chasen was driving home in her Mercedes-Benz from a showing of the forthcoming movie “Burlesque,� a production in which she helped promote. Police said that she was then shot several times in the chest while driving. The severely wounded Chasen subsequently crashed her car into a light pole on Sunset Boulevard. She died less than an hour later at a hospital. Investigators have now confiscated the computers from Chasen’s business in an attempt to seek more answers regarding events leading up to the cause. No suspects or motives were immediately identified.

another, who was also a friend. When Giunta spotted Sgt. Josh Brennan being dragged away by two Taliban members, he opened fired and killed one and injured another. Giunta was shot twice during the operation. President Obama remarked during the ceremony that Giunta was “what America’s all about.�

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New York Rep. Charles Rangel is guilty and convicted on 11 counts of ethical misconduct, reported the Associated Press on Tuesday. The 80-year-old representative who served 40 years in Congress believed that he is being treated unfairly. He is accused of failing to report income to the IRS in a few instances and soliciting money. The House ethics committee will conduct a hearing on Thursday and come to a conclusion on the appropriate punishment.

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A U.S. Army staff sergeant became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor when he was awarded on Tuesday, CNN reported. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, 25, was bestowed the rare and highest regarded military medal by President Barack Obama for his actions while he served in the war in Afghanistan. Giunta was a specialist in the Airborne 503rd Infantry Regiment. His unit was ambushed the night of Oct. 25, 2007 when Giunta and his fellow soldiers were walking back to their base. Amid the gunfire, Giunta helped a fellow wounded soldier, and then proceeded to search for

Prince William gives fiancee Diana’s ring Prince William has announced his decision to wed Kate Middleton with whom he has had a long-time relationship with, BBC News reported Tuesday. William told the media that the he proposed to her while on vacation in Kenya in October. The two plan to marry in the spring or summertime next year. William used his mother’s, Princess Diana’s, ring as the engagement ring. When inquired, the prince told the media that it was only fitting. Compiled by Newton Liu

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through tray-less dining,� said Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, which publishes the Report Card. According to a Green Report Card press release, no university had tray-less dining available in 2006. Presently, 75 percent of universities offer tray-less dining. UH’s steps to going green have been aided by Green UH, an organization aimed at making the campus more earth friendly. Green UH, founded in 2008, was behind the push for installing recycle bins throughout the campus. “Green UH is continuing to focus on our core activities of teaching our UH community to live sustainability — both on campus and at their homes,� said Assistant Vice President for University Services Emily Messa, who oversees Green UH. The department has created Green UH training and departmental certification programs, which walk people through the key steps for living sustainability. UH’s Sustainability Task Force is working on a climate action plan and energy policy, which will outline UH’s policy for reducing the amount of energy consumption on campus. “Recycling is the gateway to living sustainably. Teaching people to recycle is the first step to living more sustainably,� Messa said. “Once you begin recycling, you inherently begin to think about the next step and want to do more.� Messa likens the core focus of

Green UH as being similar to that of a university: knowledge creation and transference. “On our Task Force, we have a team of students, faculty and staff,� she said. “We are working together to educate our community about sustainability and learning new ways of teaching people, as well as how to make the University a livinglearning laboratory for sustainable living.� Green UH is not only focused on publications and websites, but on educating the community through large events the department holds throughout the year, including RecycleMania, an Earth Day Carnival and Green UH Day. “What we try to espouse in all of our publications and training is that we all have a responsibility in living green, and universities have a unique and important role in teaching their individual communities about the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle,� Messa said. The Green Report Card grades the top 300 schools with the highest endowments, and there is no optout option for the grading. “The green report card shows ideas on how and where a school can improve its sustainability,� said Christina Billingsley, a senior research fellow at the Sustainable Endowments Institute. “UH can improve its overall grade by focusing new initiatives in the areas it got the lowest grades, particularly in shareholder engagement, investment priorities, food and recycling and student involvement.� news@thedailycougar.com

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Animal overpopulation leads to new legislation

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ost people don’t know about Houston’s animal situation. It’s not like it’s a secret, but there isn’t a whole lot of press covering the overcrowding of shelters in the Houston area — like the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, which is over capacity by almost 200 animals. The problem stems from a variety of sources such as people not spaying or neutering their pets, not wanting pets and instead sheltering the animals and a large amount of space for feral cats and dogs to procreate. The biggest problem, however, is pet owners simply not taking responsibility for their actions. Most of the animals in these shelters are either strays or owner surrenders. That means that, for whatever reason, a pet owner brings an animal in and simply gives it up. This is a huge problem because the shelter is legally obligated to take the animal in question — because BARC is funded by the city. But BARC isn’t the only place where animal overcrowding is a problem. Bellaire just passed a resolution banning residents from being able to feed feral cats, because there are simply too many of them and the stores the cats congregate around are fed up with the situation. It’s not the best solution — after all, people who feed stray cats have nothing but compassion at heart — but they are simply too large in number to be gathering in one place fighting over a food bowl. It’s not just cats and dogs, either. On Tuesday, the Houston SPCA took 14 horses and three donkeys into custody. The animals were living in terrible conditions, with their health “being poor to emaciated” in addition to suffering from “long-term hoof and temperament issues,” according to Fox News 26. It’s sad to know that animals around Houston are either living on the streets or not being taken care of. It’s worse, though, to know that only other Houstonians are to blame. Take care of your pets, people. Spay and neuter them. And before you go pay a bunch of money for a new pet, think about adopting a cat or dog from a local shelter.

he outlook for UH is not one that is optimistic. The outlook is even worse when you consider the entire Texas education system. Recently, the state budget deficit has been estimated to be close to thirty billion dollars. A budget cut that big will undoubtedly affect UH greatly. All of this comes at a bad time. UH is still behind their goal in Andrew accomplishing flagship Taylor status. Tuition costs have risen every year since the early 2000s and the national rankings for UH have nothing to show for it. The worst part of it all is what doesn’t make it into the headlines. At UH many programs are potential targets for being cut and some University staff fear more furloughs. Layoffs and cutting programs isn’t the way to keep enrollment high during

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NA testing revealed last week that the evidence from a crime scene resulted in the death of a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Ten years after his death, the hair that was used to convict Claude Jones was tested and showed that it was, in John fact, not his. Gervais Jones was executed in 2000 under Gov. Bush for the murder of a shop owner in 1989. The execution came shortly after George W. Bush voiced his opinion during a presidential debate. “I don’t think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don’t think that’s right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people’s lives,” Bush said during a presidential debate. The conviction hinged on a single small shred of evidence — a hair found

tough times like these. The more layoffs there are and the fewer specialized programs there are, the less attractive the campus becomes to not only students but also to potentially talented professors. These professors and students are the backbone for all the Tier One hype you hear about. With Rick Perry’s victory of a third term as governor, the reality of Texas education sounds considerably different from the upbeat successful tone of his campaign. The Texas economy might be stronger or more resilient than some, but that by no means applies to education. Texas has become dead last in the category of high school graduation rates, according to statemaster.com. It also ranks 35th in percentage of people who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Much of the worst has yet to come and that is partly due to the fact that some statistics have not yet been released. Likewise, there is no telling how

at the scene of the crime believed to be his. Before his death, Jones petitioned for a stay of execution to allow more time for testing of the physical evidence; however, his request was denied. Documents show that attorneys in the governor’s office failed to inform Bush of the request. With the growing number of exonerations in this state, the question looms: should we reevaluate our stance on the death penalty? Can we justify killing an innocent man from time to time in hope of “saving more lives?” Furthermore, can we save lives without executing people? This is not a political issue; rather, it is an issue of morality and justice. Since 1976 when the death penalty was re-instated, Texas has executed 464 people, according to deathpenaltyinfo. org. Twelve people who were on death row waiting to die have been completely exonerated and set free through

low Texas can fall in other rankings while our current governor ignores the problems throughout our education system. While the leader of our state is off signing books about being fed up with the government and Washington, educators across the state are worrying about what might be around the corner. The Texas economy that Perry so joyfully campaigned on isn’t completely energy driven. The reality of the Texas education system is one that many people are beginning to see as failing. The importance of our top leadership conveys the idea that Texas is content with the education system we have, which isn’t true. The more budget deficits and furloughs there are, the more fed up Texans will become with their anti-Washington governor. Andrew Taylor is an economics senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

developments in DNA evidence. Imagine for a minute serving 18 years on death row for a crime you did not commit, proclaiming your innocence, but being surrounded by thousands of others who are falsely claiming to be innocent. Putting aside the urge to avenge those who have wronged us, would it not be more sensible to instead distribute sentences of ‘life without the possibility of parole’? There are a few popular arguments that oppose this idea: cost, deterrence and prevention. Contrary to popular belief, it costs about three times more to execute someone than it does to imprison someone at the highest level of security. “In Texas, a death penalty case costs an average of $2.3 million, about three times the cost of imprisoning GERVAIS continues on page 5


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someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years,” according to deathpenaltyinfo.org. As far as deterrence is concerned, we have executed over four times as many people in Texas than any other state since 1976 (Texas has had 464 executions, Virginia has executed the secondmost at 107), yet we have an above average murder rate. In 2009, the average murder rate per 100,000 people for states that do use the death penalty was 4.9 (Texas had a rate of 5.4) while states who do not use the death penalty average 2.8. Some might argue that Texas exemplifies a “do as I say, not as I do” sort of stance when it comes to killing someone. Such people believe that because we are so willing to execute someone in this state, we are showing a lack of consideration for life and metaphorically closing our eyes to what is moral. Whether you buy that argument or not, the fact remains that capital punishment has not been shown to deter crime. Finally, perhaps one of the most legitimate arguments: if you execute a criminal, he will not be able to kill or harm someone again. This may be true, but couldn’t we spend the money that we use to execute people on improving our prisons and the criminal justice system? If we could accomplish that, a sentence of life without the possibility of parole would also mean that person would not be able to harm anyone ever again. It seems like a no-brainer in the light of the recent exonerations. Claude Jones would still be alive today and, though he has not been proven innocent, we would have a clear conscience that we did not unjustly execute a man. With the availability of new technology, the number of exonerations is growing all across the country at a substantial rate and some are rethinking their stance on capital punishment. Perhaps Texans should do the same. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “It is better that 100 innocent persons should escape than one innocent person should suffer.”

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The Black Angels and Black Mountain Wednesday, 8 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive.com. $14 to $16 admission.

K-Ci & JoJo, Dru Hill Thursday, 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Houston, TX 77002 Downtown. For more information call 888-402-5837 or visit www.hob.com/houston. $30 to $40 admission.

Misfits Thursday, 7 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive. com. $14 to $16 admission.

Social Distortion with Lucero Friday, 7 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Houston, TX 77002 Downtown. For more information call 888-402-5837 or visit www.hob.com/houston. $30 to $40 admission.

Matt Costa with Everest in the Bronze Peacock Room Friday, 7 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Houston, TX 77002 Downtown. For more information call 888-402-5837 or visit www.hob.com/houston. $16 to $18 admission.

Stars Friday, 8 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive.com. $14 to $16 admission.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters with Shawn Mullins Saturday, 7:30 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Houston, TX 77002 Downtown. For more information call 888-402-5837 or visit www.hob.com/houston. $25 to $50 admission.

Scott McCurry & The Mercenaries with Parachute Adams and Cari Quoyesser Band in the Bronze Peacock Saturday, 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Houston, TX 77002 Downtown. For more information call 888-402-5837 or visit www.hob.com/houston. $10 to $12 admission.

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Young comedian delights fans end of the album, is Burnham’s wellwritten, almost-too-serious tirade against artists, specifically himself. “This song isn’t funny at all, but it helps me sleep at night,” Burnham says at the beginning of the song. In it, he compares Matthew Keever artists of all ilks to children at birthday THE DAILY COUGAR parties who won’t stop screaming. He says that because they never grow up and Bo Burnham relies heavily on satire, because they never learn that every day and he doesn’t care if your parents don’t can’t be about them, they are rewarded. get it, because his audience is you, the “I must be psychotic; I must be college-level, kinda’ sorta’ dirty-minded, demented to think that I’m worthy of all fun-loving youngster who’s somewhat of a this attention, of all of this money you know-it-all and ok with it. worked really hard for. I slept in late while “After the show, if you see a black guy you worked at the drugstore. My drug’s beating me up, he’s doing it ironically,” attention. I am an addict, but I am paid to Burnham offers his indulge in my habit. It’s all audience in a recent an illusion.” I try and write satire that’s well-intentioned, but recording after making So either Burnham is getthose intentions have to be hidden... that’s what a playful jest at the issue ting burned out or, having of slavery. been a part of the industry makes it comedy.” This is just one of for more than two years now, Bo Burnham he’s seen how ugly it can many racy punch lines Comedian/musician be from the inside, and he that 20-year old Bo Burnham delivers after a taboo-oriented when 15 members of various on-campus misses making YouTube videos from his joke on his new album, “Words, Words, organizations at Westminster College pro- room in Massachusetts for fun. Words.” tested against one of his concerts, which Either way, for the time being, BurnCrass humor has made him a YouTube was scheduled for that evening. ham’s stuck doing standup, and audiences sensation, a star among the sea of “I try and write satire that’s wellshouldn’t be complaining. onlookers hoping to gain popularity and, intentioned,” Burnham told the Columbia While he might go overboard from predictably, the center of some controDaily Tribune in 2009. “But those intentime to time, it’s important to remember versy, too. tions have to be hidden. It can’t be his age, which, when taken into considerMuch of the criticism stems from a completely clear, and that’s what makes it ation, showcases his intelligence far more distaste for Burnham’s choice of content. comedy.” than his off-color sense of humor. It’s not too much of a stretch to compare The Columbia Daily Tribune went on You can’t take life too seriously, him to Eminem, minus all the anger and to report that, after his performance, a because you’ll never make it out alive. So bass-heavy beats. He’s young, white, paraplegic fan approached Burnham, who sit back, have a few laughs and support a quick-witted and can provide a tongue regularly makes jokes about the handiyoung, talented individual who will problashing equal to that of any English capped. Apparently, the two sorted out ably be in college this time next year. professor whose knowledge extends to their differences, and the fan offered up a His current tour, “Bo Burnham and pop culture. But dissimilar to Eminem, blonde-joke for Burnham, who laughed. (no) Friends,” will bring the young Burnham sticks to more melodic music, Those unfamiliar with Burnham comedian to Houston on Thursday night playing guitar and piano at his live shows might think him a conceited, snot-nosed, at Numbers Nightclub, 300 Westheimer and on his album. immature, privileged kid. But one track Houston, TX, 77006. For tickets and inforThe riffs range from simple and on “Words, Words, Words” shows a side mation regarding tickets, which are $25, beautiful to unnecessarily complicated of Burnham that fans have never seen visit http://numbersnightclub.com. and outlandish, depending on the content before: self-loathing. of the song in question; it’s a good fit for ‘Art is dead,’ which is placed near the arts@thedailycougar.com

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Assistant coach receives honor First-year pitching coach Jack Cressend will be inducted into the 11th Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame class on Saturday in Chatham, Mass. The Cape Cod League is for collegiate players to refine their skills over the summer. Cressend played at Tulane in college; while he was there, the Green Wave made two NCAA appearances in 1994 and 1996, and won the Conference USA Tournament in 1996. He played in the Cape Cod League between 1995-1996 for the Cotuit Kettleers. He put up all-star caliber performances both seasons. In 1995 he had a 7-1 record and a 2.44 ERA. In 1996 he went 7-0 with a 1.89 ERA. He accounted for 117 strikeouts in his two seasons with the Kettleers. “He was not only a tremendous major league player but one of the all-time greats at Tulane University,” head baseball coach Todd Whitting said in a release. “All of those involved with University of Houston Athletics are very proud of Jack, and appreciative of the Cape Cod League for their continued support of collegiate baseball.” — Cougar Sports Services

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UH adds two more for next season The Cougars added some depth to their team, with head coach Jonathan Dismuke announcing that two recruits signed National Letters of Intent on Monday. “The main thing we needed to do was sign talented student-athletes,” Dismuke said in a release. “I wanted to continue to increase the talent pool, so we could have more depth,” Dismuke said. “I like the size and athleticism in this class, and both players have the potential to be great here.” Kyle Pilgrim is a senior at Colleyville Heritage High School in Dallas. As a junior, he placed fourth in the Region I-5A with a score of 142, after shooting a 67 in the first round. This past summer, Pilgrim competed in the AJGA Bob Estes Abilene Junior Tournament where he earned a third-place finish, scoring a 216. He also finished third in the Junior PGA Championship Section Qualifier with a 139. “Kyle is extremely smart and extremely talented,” Dismuke said. “He has great athleticism and great touch. He can come in and make an immediate impact in our program. I look forward to having him here next fall.” Roman Robledo of Harlingen South High School is the second recruit. Robledo has won the individual District 31-5A three years in a row and is hoping for a clean sweep his senior year. He placed seventh at the state tournament last year as a junior, and won each previous tournament for a 10-0 record that season. “Roman has a great golf swing with a lot of power, and he is very sound fundamentally,” Dismuke said. “He has the potential to be as good as anyone who has ever played at the University of Houston.” — Cougar Sports Services

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Wednesday night action Bowling Green will face off against Toledo at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Miami of Ohio plays Akron in a 5 p.m. matchup that will be aired on ESPNU. — Cougar Sports Services

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Productive season for defensive specialist Senior Amanda Carson has seen program undergo vast changes since freshman year Keith Cordero Jr.

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars have won seven games in a row, and senior leader Amanda Carson has been a consistent defender on the team; she leads the way with a team-high 472 digs. The Daily Cougar caught up with her to talk about the team’s success during her senior season.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about this season? A: Just the bond that we have. I think the team is really close, this is the closest team I’ve been on since I’ve been at UH. We do everything together, not just volleyball. When we’re not playing we go out together, to the movies and dinner.

Q: What does it mean to you to be considered a senior leader?

A: It means a lot. I’ve always considered myself as a leader. I like it when the girls look up to me, and come up to me if they have any questions. I like to help out the girls as much as I can.

Q: What is the biggest difference on the team from your freshman season to now?

A: My role of being more of a leader, being more vocal and trying to get out of my comfort zone from being a freshman to my senior year.

Q: What has been the biggest change from former head coach Bill Walton to current head coach Molly Alvey? A: I feel like the practices are a little more intense, they’re more fast paced with coach Alvey. With her, we pay more attention to the details and make sure we take care of that before we work on team stuff, individual stuff before we do team stuff. Q: What have you enjoyed most about coach Alvey’s style? A: I think she does a really good job of working with us individually, making sure we get our jobs done before we do anything as a team. I think she has done a really good job of working with us as individuals.

Q: What is your favorite moment of the season so far?

A: I feel like there are so many moments, but I’ve enjoyed watching Stephanie Nwachukwu and Chandace Tryon grow as players. They’ve improved so much from last year.

Q: Was it tough adjusting to coach Alvey in your last season after being under the direction of Walton? A: It’s a little tough, but I think that as long Q&A continues on page 9

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THE DAILY COUGAR After a promising first weekend of action at the Hofheinz Pavilion, the Cougars will go on the road to take on Louisiana Tech. The Cougars are off to their first 2-0 start since the beginning of the 2006-2007 campaign and only the second 2-0 start since the 1997-98 season. The Bulldogs (1-1) are coming off their first victory for the young season, a 90-58 rout of Austin College on Saturday. So far the Cougars have been led by the production of their three seniors. Guard

Adam Brown leads the team in points with an average of 21.5 points per game. Senior point guard Zamal Nixon, who is doing his part distributing the ball, averaged 7.5 assists in both games. Maurice McNeil, who was awarded Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday, is averaging a doubledouble this season of 15.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. Head coach James Dickey has been pleased with the team’s performance thus far, especially the hard-nosed play of Nixon, who had 10 assists and five steals in Sunday’s game. “We really challenged Zamal,” Dickey said. “He was one of the reasons we played

as well as we did in the second half. “That’s what point guards have to do, they have to defend. He made a couple of nice plays that gave us momentum.” The Cougars are 2-1 against Louisiana Tech and last season when they played, UH won 99-94 on Dec. 29, 2009. Today’s game will mark the first road game of the season for the Cougars, who are looking to continue the dominance they showed in Sunday’s win. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center, and can be listened to on KBME SportsTalk 790 AM. sports@thedailycougar.com


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Nationally and locally that has been our biggest obstacle.” Wheelchair soccer pits two six-man co-ed teams against each other over two 25-minute halves. The goal is the same as in soccer, except players throw the ball into a goal similar in size to a lacrosse goal. The competition involved teams from several parts of the country playing in either Division I or II. One team, consisting of players from Houston and from California, was appropriately named Cal-Tex. “We currently have several teams in the Houston area, the Northeast, Southern California and other locations across the US,” Lardi said. Locally, Houston has been labeled the largest “hot spot” according to Lardi and has won the past three Division 1 Championship. The Houston Toros and the Houston Challengers were the representatives at this year’s tournament. “ We support each other, this sport is hard. You have to train and be fit to compete,” said Ricardo Cedillo Castaneda of the Houston Toros. The competition itself has elevated in the last five years with a New YorkHouston rivalry. In the last three years, the Division 1 title has been decided between the two cities. The Houston Challengers have won nine titles. The New York Chariots have won the title three times. “These tournaments have gotten more and more competitive each and every year,” said referee Brian Swaney, a five-year veteran. “They are the top athletes in this sport…it’s a great fastpaced game, it’s a fantastic game.” The players in the two different skill divisions were bumping against each other with their wheelchairs and laying out for loose balls while picking up fouls. In one case, a player was even ejected, showing that these men and women are just as competitive as professional athletes, which is the way these athletes would like to be perceived. “It means a lot because I feel like it gives us an avenue to show that we have talents and are just like everybody else,” said Christian Ekunwe, member of Division I champions New York Chariots of Fire. The New York Chariots won the 1st Division tournament with a 7-5 victory over the Houston Toros. Pasadena won the 2nd Division tournament with a 9-5 victory over the New York Strikers. “I am very happy about our win. It’s been a couple years since we’ve won it, so it is a big win for us,” said Ekunwe. Houston was selected as the host city in March due to the facilities available and the increased interest in the sport. “The University of Houston played a big part in the tournament coming to Houston. It’s a premier location for a tournament like this,” Stephenson said. “I think these tournaments are huge. People with disabilities want to participate in life just like everybody else.” The tournament had two UH connections with alumni Eric Owens making his rookie debut as coach of the Houston Crusaders and Jacob Klementich starting as goalie for the Houston Challengers. Stephenson insists nobody should be sitting at home wishing they could do something when there are organizations like the IWS. “We don’t turn anybody away,” said Stephenson. “The goal is to compete. The goal is to grow the sport.”

as you go with what she says and do what she does, it makes it a lot easier, instead of resisting what she says.

Q: What was going through your mind during the last home game and Senior Day Sunday against Marshall? A: These four years have been the

Q: Was there any panic in your mind after the team started the season going 1-6? A: No, definitely not. I knew this team has a lot of potential, and we’re really good as a team. We’ve grown

fastest, I never thought it would go this fast. I remember my freshman year just waiting for it to be over, and now I don’t want it to end. It’s weird it’s gone by really fast.

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Which Houston Cougar will find out they can impact the world’s energy future? Join us, and you will. Many University of Houston gradu ates have worked with Chevron to meet the world’s demand for energy. Chevron is wo rking every day to responsibly exp lore, develop and supply energy that keeps the wo rld moving forward. Discover wh at it’s like to be a key member of our team and work in an environment that rewards col laborative thinking and innovation. Visit us at www.c hevron.com/careers to find out wh en we’ll be on campus. Join us, and together we can accomplish great things.

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