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Rep. Giffords coming to Houston to continue rehabilitation Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will be moved to a hospital in Houston after some recent improvements in her condition. Giffords was shot almost two weeks ago in the brain during an attack in Arizona. She is able to stand with assistance and will soon be transferred to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital, according to ABC news. Giffords’ husband, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, lives in Houston and trains at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

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UH bonds face IRS scrutiny Audit to focus on bonds used to finance construction projects within system Ashley Anderson

THE DAILY COUGAR The IRS will conduct an audit on $130 million in bonds issued by UH for construction and renovations. In a letter dated Dec. 6, IRS officials informed UH administration of the routine audit, which will focus on the series 2002A consolidated revenue bonds used for construction and renewal services at the University. The audit is to ensure that the issuance

of the bonds is in compliance with federal tax laws. “The series 2002A bonds financed the construction of UH’s Science and Engineering Research Center Building and renovations to the MD Anderson Memorial Library,” Richard Bonnin, UH spokesperson said. Bond revenue was spread across multiple projects within the UH system. The construction of UH Clear Lake’s Student Services Building, UH Downtown’s Commerce Street Building and UH Victoria’s University West Building were also financed by the bonds. “The majority of the bonds are Tuition Revenue Bonds,” Bonnin said. The post issuance of the tax-exempt

bonds is being investigated for compliance purposes. The IRS is conducting an audit, not an investigation, Bonnin said. He also stated that the audit did not come as a surprise to University administration. In 2009, many non-profit and government bond issuers were audited in order to verify that they were compliant with laws concerning bond usage. In 2003, annual reporting requirements on 501(c)(3) organizations were imposed in order to ensure compliance with federal laws. “The issue is private-use activity on all bond-financed property,” Bonnin said. “We BONDS continues on page 10

RECOGNITION

UH not only joined an elite list of universities when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named UH as a research university with “very high research activity” on Tuesday, it also completed one of the important steps in becoming a recognized Tier One university.

Graduate students receive full ride

The Carnegie announcement, which is the highest classification a research university can be given, makes UH the only institution in Houston with the designation. The only other schools in Texas to be designated as such are the University of Texas Austin and Texas A&M. “I am so happy and so proud,” UH President Renu Khator said in a UH news release. “Our students – who today begin a new semester with this incredible news – can say with pride they are getting a Tier One education. They will finally be able to take their diplomas and say ‘I have graduated from a Carnegie Tier One university.’”

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Khator, in an email to the entire UH community, stressed that this achievement did not signify full Tier One status but that it was a “major milestone.” Members of the UH community who want to share thier thoughts on this milestone are encouraged to visit https://ssl. uh.edu/about/tier-one/what-tierone-means/index.php?page=1 and leave a comment on the page.

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Assisted Surgeries (MIROS) is a complex system of hardware and software that will allow surgeons to enter the patient’s chest through a small incision and using streaming MRI images, guide a flexible robotic tube to the area in which you will perform the surgery,” Tsekos said. “The surgeon can then deploy the tools needed for the procedure via the tube, and during this maneuvering the software continuously advises the operator to follow the optimal path in order to minimize trauma to the patient.” Each member of the MLR team is working on different components of the MIROS system’s hardware and software. At the core of the system is a powerful and complex software developed by graduate students Erol Yeniaras and Nikhil Navkar. “The computational core of the system entails the development of a completely novel approach for pre-operative planning

Within the course of a semester, two bilingual UH students received a scholarship that will cover tuition costs for their two years of graduate school. The Graduate College of Social Work welcomed Maria Cano and Yuliana Medina, the lastest recipients of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Bilingual Scholarship, into its program last fall. “We are extremely pleased that, once again, University of Houston social work graduate students are being recognized for their excellence by the prestigious Hogg Foundation for Mental Health,” said Ira Colby, dean of the UH Graduate College of Social Work. “This scholarship offers important support for the professional education of bilingual social workers in Texas.” Cano and Median were nominated for the scholarship by the college. One of the requirements of the bilingual scholarship is that each recipient will have to work a minimum of two years in the social work field in Texas upon their graduation from the program. “Texas has a large Hispanic

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A team of UH professors and students have been working alongside medical professionals in developing the cardiobot prototype like the one pictured above. | Courtesy Medical Robotics Laboratory Team

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THE DAILY COUGAR A team of UH researchers are using a $1.4 million grant to collaborate on the development of innovative technology that would streamline cardiac surgeries. The grant from the National Science Foundation was awarded to Nikolaos Tsekos, associate professor of computer science, and a team of researchers in UH’s Medical Robotics Laboratory. The team is going to use the money to develop technology that would assist surgeons in minimally invasive image-guided cardiac surgeries that can be performed on a beating heart without disrupting its natural motion. “Multimodal Image-guided Robot-


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population and a large percentage of folks in Texas don’t speak English, or it is not their native language,” Merrell Foote, communications director for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, said. “If you’re in need of medical services, the most effective way to get those services is to meet with someone who speaks the same language as you do.” Cano and Medina have both experienced working in the social work field, according to a UH news release. Cano has 10 years experience working with companies such as Child Advocate Inc. in Houston and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Brownsville. Medina, has worked in nursing homes and in shelters for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Her inspiration to join the social work field comes from watching her family help children in foster care. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Bilingual Scholarship began offering the scholarships in 2008 and has since awarded it to 82 students. The Graduate College of Social Work created the first bilingual scholarship for social work in Texas and the Hogg Scholarship Program was modeled after the initiative put forth by the college, Colby said. The program has to date only awarded scholarships to students who are bilingual in English and Spanish, but Foote said the Hogg Foundation has opened the scholarship program to languages other

Yuliana Medina is one of two social work students to receive a full scholarship. | Courtesy University Communications than Spanish if the school could show the need for it. “This year, for the first time, the University of Houston has said that they want to expand the scholarship program to Asian languages,” Foote said. “So we’re very exited to see how that’s going to work.” The college is in the process of raising funds to launch the program by the Fall semester of 2012, if not sooner, Colby said. “We proposed to the foundation our desire to expand our initiative, given the multi-cultural nature of Houston and the necessity to ensure that our social service agencies are staffed with individuals who can work with growing diversity of the greater Houston community,” Colby said. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s ultimate goal regarding the scholarship program is to increase the linguistic diversity across Texas, Foote said. news@thedailycougar.com

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Flagship status awaits, but we have to work for it

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he University of Houston reached a milestone on Tuesday that will further propel our academic institution into the top tier of colleges. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded UH the highest level of recognition pertaining to research. UH was classified as a “very high research activity” institution. This classification is the equivalent to flagship status. This goal was achieved before President Renu Khator and most others expected, but before any complacency sets in everyone at UH must remember that the road ahead is still a lengthy one. The University of Texas and Texas A&M have been Tier One institutions long before Tuesday. This means that we can’t fall victim to anything that will be detrimental to our newly achieved status and hard work. As our progress continues into the future, we must remain tenacious in our efforts to bolster the name of UH. To truly accomplish flagship status, the University has to keep increasing alumni donations, increase the number of doctorates awarded and raise academic standards and performance. Reaching the level of prestige that Texas and Texas A&M have means continuing to emerge as the smartest college in Texas. Taking pride in our school has a lot to do with this. Alumni with pride are more likely to give back to their alma mater once they become successful. Undergraduates with pride often choose to stay within their university to achieve a graduate degree. With many top ranked programs, the University is beginning to offer exciting paths for not only current and local students applying to college, but to those from outside of Houston as well. The University of Houston Law Center is currently ranked 60th among other Tier One law schools by U.S. News and World Reports. The C.T. Bauer College of Business is ranked 18th in the U.S. for Executive MBA programs, according to a Financial Times 2010 report. UH has many accomplishments to be proud of — including our new flagship status. If we continue to be tenacious in our efforts to build a sense of pride and strive for better performance each year, UH will continue to transform Houston and Texas for the better.

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esterday the republican house passed a bill to repeal the Health Care reform bill that President Barack Obama and the Democrats passed last March. Led by House Speaker John Boehner, the bill passed by a vote of 245 to 189. “Repeal means paving the way for better solutions that will lower the cost without destroying jobs Andrew or bankrupting our Taylor government,” Boehner said. What are these better solutions? Boehner and other Republicans have yet to say; they view repeal as essential to solving the broken health care system that we have. Maybe this better solution that Boehner is thinking of can only come after his opponents progress is undone. The rationale seems to be crystal clear. First, we undo all progress because we didn’t achieve it, and then once things get worse we can think of something similar to implement. The

reason Republicans want to completely repeal the health care bill is because their individual solutions don’t exist. If their solutions existed, they would be able to engage in a debate about specific parts, and how their solutions to those parts would serve the American people better. The strategy of the Republican party has always been to bash the health care bill for the sole purpose of winning a political battle. The evidence of this can be seen in their lack of explanation for reasons to reverse the laws that are already helping millions of Americans. Repealing the bill, designing a new one, and implementing it is not something that could be done overnight. Part of the success Republicans had in the midterm elections was due to the picture they painted of the health care bill. Another common complaint of the Affordable Care Act that the Republicans capitalized on was that the bill didn’t solve enough problems before the midterm elections. The problem Obama and the Democrats faced was that due to the size of

the reform the health care bill deals with, the reforms had to be staggered. Now that the GOP is pushing for repeal, they face the challenges of explaining why the reforms that have already gone into effect should be undone. This by no means should be an easy victory. With the split Congress that we have now, the political productivity concerning legislation will be awfully slow unless one side gives in. By making the repeal bill their first act of duty in this congressional term the republicans in control are demonstrating that they plan to do as little as possible in terms of real work. The sad reality is that they are placing all of their eggs in one basket. In a little less than two years the Republicans will try to repeat the success they had in the midterm elections, but whether or not they can succeed is to be determined. If they gridlock Congress to where only a few lucky pieces of legislation pass through, they’ll have to rely on the same partisan warfare that was waged in the TAYLOR continues on page 5

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or many of us, the concept of globalization has recently become a new and widely applied notion in analyses of our country’s educational systems, economic conditions, business practices and governmental relations. While globalization has been practiced for thousands of years among countries (e.g. the trading of goods and services), the technological advances of the past two decades have dramatically increased its impact on our world and led to a newfound, fascinating, and remarkable connectedness of people around the globe. During the 20th century, and still today, Mohandas K. Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fascinated the

world with their campaigns for justice and freedom via a remarkable non-violent approach. Gandhi’s non-violent campaigns against social injustices in South Africa and political strife in India influenced Dr. King’s civil rights campaigns and public service in the US. While many geographical, cultural, economic and political differences exist among countries like South Africa, India and the US, similarities lie within their citizens: human beings who desired the basic human rights of justice, freedom and equal opportunity. In 1963, Dr. King’s dream represented a hope for justice and freedom through non-violent means that still remains

relevant today. Issues of war, freedom, genocide, oppression, discrimination and inequality continue to plague our world; however, the globalization of the dream has increased our awareness of and abilities to address such social problems across races, borders, oceans, continents and cultures. As we participate in this innovative approach to being globally engaged, let us not forget the need to be locally responsive to the needs of our communities, state and country, as so brilliantly exemplified by Gandhi and Dr. King.

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year leading up to the midterms. All of this talk about reduced partisanship and a call for civil discourse has already been reduced to almost nothing. The events in Arizona have had no lasting effect to any member of the Republican party when it comes to recognizing the desperate need for bipartisanship in order to better serve the people. Passing legislation to deal with those among us whom are mentally ill would deal with health care. Taking a detailed look at drafting gun control legislation or implementing measures to further screen the people whom purchase guns in order to make sure they’re not mentally ill will also be a tough sell if Congress isn’t willing to move past the issue of health care. The promise that Speaker Boehner made to his party is one that he can’t keep, but what he does know is that the harder

he and his party work toward limiting progress the better their chances are at making Obama look bad. This is indeed a pretty shallow goal, and it’s one that doesn’t work for the good of Americans. Ultimately the Republicans must hope that their plan to delay progress works and that they can continue to give the current administration a bad name. Most of the reform that is not already in place is scheduled to go into effect after 2012. The only reform set for implementation before 2013 requires individual and small group market insurance plans to spend 80 percent of their premium dollars on medical services and large group plans would be required to spend 85 percent. As the health care reforms do what they were designed to do and as the economy recovers, the Republicans will be extremely challenged by the factors that they can’t control.

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THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars know that the way they finish games is more important than how they begin them. They proved the adage true as UH overcame a slow start to defeat the Tulsa 64-57 Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars improved to 10-1 in home games, and played in front of the largest audience of the season with an announced attendance of 3,617. The Cougars fought back from a 12-point deficit in the first half with a stingy defensive effort. It was a back-and-forth affair with nine lead changes and four turnovers. UH (11-6, 3-1 Conference USA) took the lead for good when Alandise Harris made the second of two free throws with 3:53 remaining to put the Cougars up 56-55. On the ensuing possession, Kendrick Washington stole the ball from Justin Hurtt and was rewarded with a layup to stretch the lead to 58-55 with 3:02 remaining. The Hurricane cut the gap to one point with 1:42 left, but an Adam Brown layup with 27 seconds left gave the Cougars some breathing room. Harris took a charge from Hurtt with 25 seconds remaining, forcing the Golden Hurricane to intentionally foul. Zamal Nixon hit four free throws in the final seconds to ice the win. “We were flat as a unit at the beginning of the game,� Brown said. “But when you get hit, it’s not a matter of whether you got beat up, it’s whether you fought

back. So we started to chip away slowly.� Tulsa (9-9, 2-2 C-USA) opened the scoring with two quick 3-pointers by sophomore guard Bryson Pope and Hurtt. Steven Idlet capped Tulsa’s opening surge with a second chance putback, making it 8-0 only 2:15 into the game. With the score 20-9, Maurice McNeil blocked two shots on one possession, providing a spark plug. The Cougars went on a 10-2 run over the next 4:28, pulling them within three points with 6:51 to play in the first half. The Cougars took their first lead on a 3-pointer from guard Darian Thibodeaux less than a minute later. “They got us early,� head coach James Dickey said. “I thought we were ready to play. I was pleased with the way our guys battled back.� For the remainder of the half, UH dictated the tempo and played solid defense, holding Tulsa to only three field goals in the final 12 minutes. UH went on an 11-0 run in the second half, which was capped off by an alley-oop from Nixon to Harris. That gave the UH its biggest margin at 42-34. Tulsa fought back to take a lead 43-42 lead with 12:17 to go. From then until the final minute, neither team led by more than three points. While pleased with the victory, the Cougars know they cannot be complacent, and that every C-USA matchup will test their character. “We got a good win tonight,� Nixon said. “But every night in conference play is going to be tough. “We’re going to have a tough game against UTEP on Saturday.�

Nixon sets pace Nixon led the Cougars in scoring with 14 points, including a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line. Thibodeaux and Brown chipped in with 11 points apiece. Alandise Harris scored 10 and recorded six rebounds. After missing four contests with a staph infection in his elbow, Washington returned to the lineup. The forward only logged 13 minutes, but his presence was felt as Dickey called upon him to be a defensive presence in the game’s closing minutes. The win puts UH in a four-way tie for first in the conference with Memphis and UTEP. UH looks to stretch its streak to four, taking on the Miners at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion. The game can be heard on 790 AM KBME. sports@thedailycougar.com

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THE DAILY COUGAR Comedian Tom Green is returning to the Houston Improv this weekend as a part of his worldwide comedy tour. He’s had his own show on MTV and hosts a “web-o-vision” talk show, which he broadcasts from his own living room. The Daily Cougar had a chance to talk with Green about his tour and career as a comedian. Q: You’ve been on tour for a year now, how are things going? A: It’s been great. I’ve had a great time. I’m getting to do something that I’ve always really wanted to focus on and figure out. I’ve figured out that the more you get on stage, the easier it gets and the more fun you have. I’m coming up with all sorts of new stuff to talk about, which I really enjoy. It’s not just about getting the laughs, I also try to talk about something real with people. Q: What is your writing process like? A: I’m always thinking of things that seem kind of ridiculous — things about my life. When I’m out with my friends we throw ideas around and whatever hits me that seems like it would be good on stage, I write it down and then I try it out on stage. When it’s on stage, I try and figure out what makes it funny — the timing, rythym and stuff like that. Q: How do you incorporate a rowdy crowd into your stand up? A: Well it usually happens with a

drunken crowd, but it doesn’t really change what I’ve planned as far as the show goes. I’m not really afraid of anything because I’m a high-energy performer. Getting heckled isn’t something that happens every show — but it does happen occasionally, which is fun for me. It gives me a chance to tell people to f**k off. You just don’t get to do that in real life. Q: Who has been your primary inspiration as far as your comedy goes? A: When I was first getting started, it was David Letterman. I also really liked SNL and Monty Python. I’ve been just a really big fan of comedy throughout the years. Q: A lot of the people that go to your shows are fans of “the Tom Green show.” What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on film? A: Well, I used to do a lot of crazy pranks on my parents. We always tried to think of the craziest thing we could do. Q: Do you think any of your stunts went too far? A: Not really. For me it wasn’t, but to my parents, it was. It’s hard to be original now, though. That’s why I love stand up so much — it’s about you on stage and engaging with a live audience. It takes a lot more to pull that off. Q: What were your goals when you started your tour? A: When I started the tour a year ago, I just wanted to be successful and conquer it. I feel like creating the perfect standup show isn’t possible, but I’m always trying

different things. I’ve always had this fear of failure as a standup comedian. I’ve always thought, “I know I can do this.” I’ve just always been afraid of it. I feel really happy about everything. I think at the end of the day, it’s just been a great experience. Q: You’ve been highly successful as a comedian. What would you say to young people that also aspire to be performers? A: I would say that it’s a tough business. To succeed, it takes a lot of work. As with anything in life, you have to be really honest with yourself and ask yourself how important that thing is in your life. You have to work for a long time before you might have your first success. You can’t just say that you want to do something and party every night and just cruise through life. If you want to be a comedian, an actor, a journalist — you have to make it your everything. When you wake up, you have to think about what you’re going to do to achieve your goal. When you’re young, you have a lot of desire and guts, but you don’t know everything yet. You just have to keep learning. You’re going to hit road blocks, you’re going to apply for jobs that you won’t get. You just have to work hard and never quit. If you never quit, you will keep getting better, and eventually you’ll be where you want to be. Green will be performing at the Houston Improv Jan. 21 and 22 at 8:30 and 10 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. arts@thedailycougar.com


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Robotics Lab on the phantom heart to ensure its safety and success. Tsekos expects the MIROS technology to be fully operational and available for patients in approximately two years. The remaining team members include professors Ioannis Kakadiaris, Zhigang Deng and Shishir Shah from the University’s Computer Science Department; mechanical engineers Karolos Grigoriadis and Javad Mohammadpour, a group of surgeons from The Methodist Hospital Research Institute; and UH graduate students. news@thedailycougar.com

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Robbie + Bobby by Jason Poland

ACROSS 1 Narrow fissure 5 Requested 10 Juno, in Athens 14 Comics dog 15 Annoy 16 Idyllic spot 17 Docs prescribe them 18 Sheet of plywood 19 Like prime steak 20 Spock’s lack 22 In a diplomatic way 24 Here, to monsieur 25 Moo goo — pan 26 Winter warmers 30 Nukes the leftovers 34 “— -Breaky Heart” 35 Pith helmets 37 Ragout 38 Grassy expanse 39 Web addr. 40 Guitar, slangily 41 Deli-scale word 43 Hill 45 Bubble — 46 Skulked about 48 Featured musician 50 “Norma —” 51 Galley slave’s tool 52 Hedgehogs in England 56 Like a monk 60 Luau number 61 Delight 63 Solemn promise 64 Net surfer 65 Elegant shop 66 Kind of collar 67 Bulk 68 Castor and Pollux 69 Fossil impression

Dim Sum by Ho Yi Lau

sudoku How to play

Each row must contain the numbers 1 to 9; each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of 3-by-3 boxes must also contain the numbers 1 to 9.

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DOWN 1 Trevi Fountain site 2 Footnote word 3 Rover’s pal 4 Grumpily 5 Designate

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Young Lennon Purview Nights, in want ads 9 Torrents 10 Bad guys 11 Advantage 12 Get dizzy 13 Devine or Griffith 21 Finish a cake 23 Murmur of content 26 Whitman and Kelly 27 Globe feature 28 Midwest airport 29 Put together 30 Small brooks 31 Video-game pioneer 32 Michener novel 33 Did the floor 36 Ski instructor 42 Long-lost flier

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43 Most enthusiastic 44 Unties 45 Diminished gradually (2 wds.) 47 Chiang — -shek 49 Insect resin 52 Nah! 53 Trick 54 Musical symbol 55 Popular side dish 56 This must weigh — —! 57 Chaucer offering 58 Roman highway 59 Biggers’ sleuth 62 Husband of Fatima

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