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Rally raises awareness and participation in government SPEAK OUT, a rally to increase students’ awareness and participation in government, will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. today in the U.C. Satellite. “For many years people have been very passive and decisions are made for them, having very disastrous consequences,” said Fred Schiff, associate professor in the school of communications. “Ordinary people have to get active if they want any say in which way the country, state and university goes.” Students are encouraged to come and participate in the rally to discuss issues that are important to them and find out how young people can collectively make a difference.

FCC approves KTRU sale Rice station will continue to reach local scene through Internet, iPhone and Droid Lauren Mathis and Ashley Evans

THE DAILY COUGAR UH prepares for its new radio addition of the KTRU station after the recent news of the FCC’s approval of its License Transfer from Rice University. “The FCC issued its Consent to the

License Transfer on April 15,” said Richard Bonnin, executive director of media relations. With this recent consent by the FCC, Bonnin explained what the next move would be for both Rice and UH. “The next step will be for Rice and UH to set a closing date for the transaction, which should occur sometime in the next 10 days,” Bonnin said. Bonnin mentions what will happen after the transfer. “As I understand it, after the transfer KTRU will continue to broadcast on KPFT

Opportunity to assist faculty in research project available Juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA have an opportunity to get $1,000 by assisting a faculty member in a part-time research project.

Friday’s event provides faculty with effective teaching methods

The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship provides this scholarship for the Fall semester. Competitive applications generally include strong student academic records, research proposals with realistic goals, and an informative faculty letter of recommendation.

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The deadline for the application is Wednesday, April 27th. For further information, please contact Stuart Long at long@ or Karen Weber at, or at (713) 743-3367. — Tap Nguyen/The Daily Cougar

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HD Channel 2 and online at,” Bonnin said. The addition of the second radio station as KUHA 91.7 will also provide changes to UH’s other station, 88.7 KUHF. “The contractual close of the purchase is still pending,” Bonnin said. “Upon completion, the university’s plan is for a new fulltime classical music station to debut on KUHA 91.7 FM, while KUHF 88.7 FM will offer full-time news and information.” Some of the people at KTRU, such as


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unday night began a 72-hour Prayer Tent, where religious organizations will be joining together through Wednesday outside the M.D. Anderson Library. See Page 10 for full story. | Newton Liu/The Daily Cougar

A number of the University’s professors and teaching assistants gained some valuable tools as they learned to reshape their teaching methods at the UH Effective Teaching Practices showcase Friday at the UC Houston Room. The initiative brings together keynote speakers, organizes teaching table sessions and presents teaching strategy workshops led by instructors respected in the field for their contributions to education. Veronique Tran, director of Learning Through Discovery and one of the organizers, said the event’s main purpose was to give faculty a valuable opportunity to learn effective teaching methods. “It really benefits the students,”Tran said. “The instructors that come share an informal discussion with others. It’s like the faculty is going back to school.” Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty Development and Instructional Support and UH Learning through Discovery, this is the second year SHOWCASE continues on page 3


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EVENTS IT Training An instructor-led computer class is introducing web design to students, faculty and alumni from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 110L of the Social Work Building. Register online at Now This, a World Premier, By Scott Kaiser The School of Theatre & Dance is premiering the show tonight from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Jose Quintero Theatre. Tickets cost $20, $15 for faculty, staff and alumni and $10 for students.


Robots visit campus; green efforts practiced Miguel Cortina

THE DAILY COUGAR The Alumni Center was transformed into an exhibit hall as nearly 960 elementary and middle school students participated in Ecobot, a challenge to build functioning robots.

The robots were built ahead of time and were brought by students to perform a series of environmental tasks, such as getting a magnet from underneath a mine, pulling down a car from a small podium and putting beans in a small box. ECOBOT continues on page 3

Teams built robots to use in Saturday’s competition. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar


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Program and Candlelight Vigil March on Campus For Sexual Assault Awareness Lynn Eusan Park April 20, 2011 @ 5pm Please join us in creating a campus community free of violence! FREE T-SHIRTS FREE COUGAR CARDS Door Prize: Women’s Health Exam There will be Campus Speakers, Special Musical Performances, & Information Tables

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The following is a partial report of campus crime between April 13-14. All information is selected from the files of the UH Police Department. The information in bold indicates when the event was reported to UHPD and the event’s location. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UHPD at (713) 743-0600.

Criminal Mischief: 12:06 p.m. April 14, Bayou Oaks Apartments — Two Bayou Oaks residents reported that the side view mirrors on their vehicles were damaged while parked in the Bayou Oaks north parking lot. Theft: 3:55 p.m. April 14, Architecture Bldg. — A student reported that someone stole his unattended and unsecured laptop computer from the first floor studio in the Architecture building. There are no suspects. Theft: 7:06 p.m. April 14, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center — A student reported that someone stole his unattended and unsecured backpack from the basketball court area of the CRWC Criminal Mischief: 9:37 p.m. April 14, Lot 6A — A student reported that someone painted unwanted comments on the windows of her vehicle while it was parked in lot 6A. There are no suspects. Theft: 11:28 p.m. April 14, Moody Towers — A student reported that someone stole his unsecured and unattended laptop computer from the Moody Towers dining hall. There are no suspects. Criminal Trespass: 12:30 a.m. April 13, UC Satellite — A visitor was arrested and transported to Harris County Jail for violating a prior campus Criminal Trespass warning. Harassment: 1:37 a.m. April 13, Cougar Village — A student and Cougar Village resident reported receiving unwanted text messages from another student. Forgery: 10:39 a.m. April 13, Ezekiel Cullen Bldg. — A staff member reported that a UH cashier received a counterfeit ten dollar bill as payment from someone. There are no suspects.

Traffic Offense: 9:32 a.m. April 13, Lot 20A — A student observed a vehicle strike and damage another unattended vehicle in lot 20 A. The striking driver failed to leave the information required by law. The striking driver was located and issued a Student Life Referral. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: 2:14 p.m. April 13, Lot 15D — A student reported that someone burglarized his unattended vehicle while it was parked in lot 15 D. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: 2:26 p.m. April 13, Bayou Oaks Apartments — A student reported that someone broke into his vehicle while it was parked in the gated parking lot of Bayou Oaks. Theft: 4:31 p.m. April 13, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center — A student reported that someone stole money from an unsecured Recreation Center locker. Two students were identified as suspects and issued Student Life Referrals. Terroristic Threat: 4:56 p.m. April 13, M.D. Anderson Library — A student reported that another student physically assaulted her and then left her a voice mail message threatening her safety. A warrant is being obtained for Terroristic Threat. Theft of Service: 2:08 p.m. April 13, University Hilton Hotel — A student was videoed tailgating a vehicle out of the garage without paying the parking fee. The hotel manager accepted payment from the student instead of pressing charges. The student also received a Student Life Referral. For the complete report and to view past reports, go to www.

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prepare his robot to do the tasks. “It’s b e e n a l i t t l e continued from page 1 hard to get the robot Joe Paneitz, who developed the right attachments, the Ecobot Challenge, said the because it took a while students were bringing all of to learn how the robots their concepts based on real work, so we didn’t have environmental issues going on that much time to work around the world. on the attachments, so “The kids developed game ours was kind of messy,” pieces that helped exploit that Gonzalez said. concept,” Paneitz said. “We Margaret Tipton, who want to teach kids all over was a judge at the event Texas about these environmenand also a counselor at tal concepts, but we want them Alice Johnson Junior to use technology, engineering, High, was amazed at math and science to explore h ow m u c h s t u d e n t s these concepts.” know about electronics The teams developed their at such a young age. own robots, making them any “I’m just amazed at way they wanted. They used a how much they know Lego Mindstorms education about electronics. Even NXT Robot kit, which they at our school, these kids had to program to complete come at six in the mornthe tasks. ing and they don’t want Each team of students had to go home at night,” one robot to perform the tasks Lego robots displayed and showcased at the Alumni CenTipton said. “They are in two minutes. working on robotics and ter Saturday. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar Because of the diversity in get a lesson every day.” the students’ creativity, all of the participated. The winning teams took back a robots were uniquely designed with “I really like how if you do dif- trophy to their school. different types of attachments. ferent kinds of attachments, the However, for Gonzalez, the big The competition was comprised robot can do almost anything you win was not the trophy, but to be of students from 5th through the can imagine,” he said. on television. 8th grade from all over Texas. Gonzalez’s team had been “They say that whoever wins Dante Gonzalez, a nine-year- practicing for almost a year dur- gets to be on TV, and I want to be old from Almeda Elementar y ing school. on TV,” Gonzalez said. School, enjoyed the challenge. They had a practice table simiThis was the first year that his team lar to the one in the challenge to

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the event has run. “The main message here is that professors are continually learning and updating their teaching methods. These innovations translate to the classroom for the student’s benefit,” Tran said. “There’s a move from a ‘boring lecture model’ to involve a different, more interactive learning environment for students.” Participants, usually professors and teaching assistants looking to hone their skills, took notes and

studied the presentations with hopes of adapting some new techniques and ideas into their own curriculum. “It’s for college level professors and teaching assistants — really, for any UH faculty that wants to be informed about the new teaching methods that have been developed,” said Srithish Somalinga, a UH masters student in electrical engineering working at the event. Lorraine Stock, an English professor and one of the keynote speakers at this event, is well known in the academic community for her ability to engage students with her lessons. She has earned

numerous awards, including the 2008 UH Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Instructional Technology. T h o u g h h e r p re s e n t a t i o n focused on effectively mentoring graduate students, she said that the overall showcase was a great way for all instructors to update their knowledge. “It’s a very good opportunity for faculty to share some of the University’s excellent faculty support. It spurs the development of new strategies for teaching,” Stock said.

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Professors and teaching assistants took part in a showcase to learn effective teaching methods and improve the overall teaching of the university. It was provided by visiting panelists and guest speakers. | Marie Munoz/The Daily Cougar




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New bill could turn trials into witch hunts


he Texas Senate has given initial approval to a bill that has the legal world in an uproar.

The bill would allow juries in sexual assault trials to hear testimony about previous allegations towards a defendant, even if the testimony did not result in charges or a conviction. The bill was authored by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and was tentatively approved 23-8 Monday. But the implications of the bill has defense lawyers and prosecutors alike scratching their heads. “Defense attorneys believe it makes the trial more about the character of the defendant than whether they committed the act for which he is on trial,” UH law professor Adam Gershowitz said in the Houston Chronicle. Gershowitz also said that prosecutors can use previous incidents as a method of disproving the sexual conduct in question was consensual, a far too common claim. Although the bill would give prosecutors more tools to catch sexual predators, the amount of power granted is simply too large. Trials are the foundation of our legal system — and any person, regardless of the situation, is innocent until proven guilty. Allowing unproven testimony in a court of law is irresponsible. No person should ever be convicted for a crime they did not commit, much less a crime that could not even be brought to trial. Houston defense attorney Pat McCann agrees. “With all due respect to Senator Huffman’s sincere commitment to protecting victims of violent crime, this is probably one of the worst ideas that any senator has ever come up with,” McCann said in the Houston Chronicle. “It’s a dangerous, dangerous thing to convict people on past allegations, not convictions, not even charges. This is an unnecessary solution to a nonexistent problem.” When an issue of this magnitude comes up to vote, legislators need to think about the repercussions of passing such a bill before voting it through Congress. This is a deadly and serious piece of legislation — innocent people could be jailed for life or even put to death from unfair convictions.

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Space city gets snubbed out of orbiters


ast Tuesday, NASA unveiled its plans for the retirement of the space shuttles, the technological wonders that served as the engines of our space program for the last few decades. The shuttle Discovery will go to the Smithsonian outside Washington, the Endeavor will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and Atlantis will stay at the Kennedy Space Center Warren in Florida. New York will Lauderdale get the Enterprise, which was a prototype for the shuttle design built in the 1970s. Absent from that list is Houston — a strange exclusion considering it is often referred to as Space City. We are the home to the Johnson Space Center and our basketball and baseball teams bear namesakes referring to the space program. We are also the home of many of the shuttle crew members and their families, the astronaut

training facility and Mission Control. And we lost out to Los Angeles and New York? New York has done nothing of note for the space program. LA has a few reasons, at least — the shuttles were assembled in Palmsdale, located near LA, and the shuttles did occasionally land at Edwards Air Force Base. But none of these things surpass the contributions that Houston has made to the space program. Though we did get light deck commander seats, pilot seats and the shuttle simulators, the slight on Texas is inexcusable. As a result, a bipartisan bill is being presented in Congress. Surprisingly, it was a Utah Congressman who introduced the bill, which would make Texas, Florida, Virginia, and California home for the Endeavor, Atlantis, Discovery and Enterprise respectively. Many Texans are irate about the decision and believe that politics played a role in the selection process. The most

prevalent fact is that not a single state that voted republican in 2008 got a shuttle. Some Texans are even connecting Obama and his re-election campaign for the shuttle decision, among other things. After the BP spill and the issued moratorium on oil drilling, a federal judge in Louisiana found the moratorium to be unconstitutional. Obama ignored this ruling and continued to enforce the ban. This ban also affected other Southern states including Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, all of whom voted republican in 2008. As petty as this seems for a president to be playing favorites like this, it seems a bit more than likely to be the case. Texas has been one of the most economically successful states during this recession, but it seems we are being punished for it. Hopefully, this incredibly illogical decision can work out in favor of Space City. Warren Lauderdale is a journalism freshman and may be reached at

The UN needs to be more democratic


he United Nations has long been considered at best, ineffective; at worst, unfair. It has become very easy for developed nations to ignore or even disdain UN resolutions by claiming bias. On the other hand, developing nations have frequently complained about the UN’s inherently undemocratic nature. Whichever way you look at it, the UN is in need of reform. Dana For instance, the El Kurd United Nations Security Council has always consisted of only five countries: the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Russia. The only time this changed was when Russia emerged from the Soviet Union, which also held a seat on the Council. Obviously, this does not live up to any standards of democratic decision-making — it certainly doesn’t reflect the multipolar world we live

in today. The world’s rising stars both in terms of economic performance and regional power are countries like Turkey, Brazil and India. Recently, they have sidestepped their rigid foreign policies to focus on the politics of the developed world. For instance, Turkey and Brazil’s nuclear fuel swap with Iran is the perfect example of the growing importance of these two countries. Despite the fact that Iran was branded as too controversial to deal with, Brazil and Turkey had enough autonomy to sign this incredibly significant agreement. Brazil’s Arab-South America summit also raised a few eyebrows at the US State Department, as did former President Lula’s involvement in the Middle East peace process. Lula made it very clear that he challenged the US role in the peace talks, and it is unlikely the new president of Brazil will stray from his path. Wikileak cables between US diplomats

reveal that this arrangement is considered completely unacceptable. Because of this, Brazil’s campaign to gain a permanent seat on the Security Council among other influential countries like Japan and Germany has so far been spurned by the US, the most powerful Security Council member. Why do these countries, ours included, insist on holding onto power, even though the dynamics between nations have clearly changed? People across the globe are leading revolutions and overturning classic geopolitics to gain their self-governance, and the only thing the Security Council cares about is keeping these countries marginalized. In order for the UN to maintain any legitimacy, the Security Council must be reformed to represent the world as it is today. Dana El Kurd is a economics junior and may be reached at

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Awards continue to roll in for senior Amanda Crabtree earned her second straight Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors. It is the fifth time Crabtree has been selected this season and the second time she has won in consecutive weeks. Crabtree started her week by pitching a shutout against No. 15 Baylor. Crabtree struck out 10 Bears over five innings en route to the 8-0 run-rule victory. In two starts against Tulsa, Crabtree was strong. She opened the series with a shutout of the Golden Hurricane, striking out 13 in seven innings while allowing only four baserunners. In the series finale, Crabtree pitched just as well, but so did her counterpart from Tulsa, Aimee Creger. Crabtree’s eight shutout innings earned her a no decision against the Golden Hurricane. Over three starts, Crabtree threw 20 shutout innings and struck out 34. Crabtree proved to be mortal though, allowing two runs in a relief appearance as the second game of UH’s doubleheader against Baylor. Crabtree leads C-USA in strikeouts (291) and batting average against (.117). She is second in the conference in wins (17) and ERA (0.96).

The Cougars will have some minor alterations to their uniforms tomorrow when they host the fifth annual “Striking Out Breast Cancer” game tomorrow when the Texas A&M Aggies visit. | File Photo/The Daily Cougar


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mom was going through a double vasectomy, treatment and chemotherapy and it was on our minds when we recruited her,” Holas said. “When we had the opportunity to do it we thought it was a great idea to honor her and everyone else who goes through this.”

For the fifth straight year the Cougars will wear pink jerseys and helmets, as they host the annual “Striking Out Breast Cancer Game” Wednesday against Texas A&M at Cougar Softball Stadium. The Aggies were the Cougars opponent in the inaugural game in 2007. Head coach Kyla Holas said each year the game seems to take a life of its own. “Sometimes I think it gets bigger and bigger and we have to constantly try and keep up with it,” Holas said. “But for us, it’s one of those things we get a date to be reminded that sometimes we play for a reason above winning and losing. Sometimes there’s a lot more at stake.” The event originated when former player Elena Nordstrom was recruited. “During the recruitment process, her

Playing for more than a win Senior pitcher Amanda Crabtree will be the starter. She said emotions will be high for the special occasion. “It’s an awesome cause and I think all the girls get real excited for it,” Crabtree said. “There is a lot hype that goes with the game especially with playing Texas A&M. It’s just such a fun game because you know you’re playing in it for a good reason.” Part of the fun factor for the players is having the chance to play in pink attire. “Of course all of us girls don’t mind wearing pink, especially if it’s for a good cause,” senior outfielder Katy Beth Sherman said. “It reminds us during the game what its really about. Yes, it’s us competing, but when it comes down to it, the point

Auction, profits from tickets go toward foundation for breast cancer research

— Cougar Sports Services Jesus Acevedo


Cougars impress at Cali meet For the second straight week junior Wesley Ruttoh proved that UH is not all about sprints. He placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8 minutes, 51 seconds at the Mt. Sac Relays on Saturday in Walnut Calif. His performance is the fourth-best mark in the NCAA this season, and the fourth fastest time in school history. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team put up the best time in C-USA, finishing in 3:08, good for second place. The lineup consisted of Kelvin Furlough, Joseph Irabor, Garret Hughey and Errol Nolan. Individually, Nolan placed fourth in the 400-meter dash clocking in at 45.89 seconds. — Cougar Sports Services


of the game is the fight for the cure and how we’re able to contribute to the foundation.” The game will feature a silent auction that opens at 5 p.m. with the proceeds, along with profits from half of the tickets sold, going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in Houston. The auction will feature the pink jerseys and helmets worn by the players, Astros tickets, a Coach purse and an autographed jersey from former US National softball player Jenni Finch. The first 250 fans will also receive a free pink t-shirt. The game is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start at Cougar Softball Stadium.

GAMETIME Texas A&M at UH When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Cougar Softball Stadium On the air: N/A Live coverage:

Rockets in the market for new coach The Rockets and head coach Rick Adelman have “mutually agreed to part ways.” Adelman went 193-135 during his four seasons with the Rockets and took them to the playoffs in his first two seasons. Adelman also led the Rockets to their first playoff series victory since the 1996-97 season. The last two seasons were not as fruitful for Adelman and the Rockets as they dealt with injuries to Yao Ming. Still, they managed to win at least 42 games in both. Adelman is the ninth winningest coach in NBA history with 943, one behind Bill Fitch.

ask the athletes What music do you listen to prior to games?

Stuff to get us pumped up like some rap or hard rock. DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win,” and Lil’ Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot.” Kyle Bacak Freshman catcher

I usually just listen to rap. It gets me pumped up. Depending on the mood I’m in sometimes I listen to country. No particular songs, just whatever comes on my iPod. John Cannon

— Cougar Sports Services

Junior catcher Reporting done by Lance Jaramillo

I listen to rap, my favorite rapper is Eminem. He always gets me pumped up. “Till I Collapse” and “Lose Yourself” are my favorites. Dustin Fuerst Freshman pitcher

Anything by Lil Wayne, but “6 Foot, 7 Foot” is starting to get a little old because we have to listen to it every time we get on the bus after we win. “Fire Flame” and “John” with him and Rick Ross. Codey Morehouse Junior pitcher

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UH to play Marshall in Homecoming matchup Cougar Sports Services

With one season under his belt, head coach James Dickey and the Cougars will continue their effort to return UH to college basketball prominence. | Aaron Cisneros/The Daily Cougar

Cougars headed in right direction It’s hard to ask UH fans to get excited about the basketball team year after year when they have produced so little over the last twenty years. Eventually fans lose faith, and they stop showing up. But things are looking up for the Cougars after a strong early signing period. Joshua Head coach Siegel James Dickey and his coaching staff has had early success in the recruiting process. They have assembled an incoming class that should help the Cougars be much better than last season’s 12-18 (4-12 Conference USA) 11th place finish. It won’t be 1983 Phi Slama Jamabetter, but next season should mark the beginning of several winning seasons for the Cougars as Dickey and his staff are proving able to attract intriguing talent to UH. Dickey’s staff is a blend of youth and experience with assistants Alvin Brooks, who was the head coach of the Cougars from 1993-98, Daniyal Robinson and Ulric Maligi. Between the four coaches, they have coached 45 NBA players. As fans, it might be hard to buy in again after the theme of last fall was a fresh start under a new regime. However, Dickey had several factors working against him after inheriting Tom Penders’ roster. Maturity issues and the lack of a go-to scorer on offense plagued the Cougars throughout 2010-11. Sophomore forward Kendrick Washington, who could have been an asset in the post on offense, was suspended to start the season, battled a staph infection that sidelined him for three weeks and was then suspended again for unspecified team violations. He never looked in shape or interested when on the court. Senior guard Adam Brown, who was supposed to be a team leader, was suspended indefinitely with three games remaining in the season, and was in street clothes for Senior Day. Washington was granted his release from the team last month along with guard Nick Haywood. Brown’s eligibility has run out. Other players who will be graduating or have run out of eligibility include Zamal Nixon, Maurice McNeil and Cory Tellis. McNeil’s length will be missed inside, as will Nixon’s leadership and defense from the point guard position.

6’8 forward Tashawn Thomas. Change is neccesary Thomas was placed in 89th overAn infusion all and was the only 2011 recruit of new talent is to be ranked in the ESPNU 100. necessary. ESPN graded him the 16th best Last season, the forward in the nation. Cougars would hang With the departures of McNeil with teams late in and Washington, Thomas has an games, but never had J Freshman guardJo- opportunity to see playing time a dominant offensive seph Young will immediately. look to make a big player who could Thomas should help right splash in 2011-12. consistently get to away in two areas that were the hole or create weaknesses for UH last season, one for others because of the attenrebounding and protecting the hoop. tion that he drew. He averaged 15 points, 11 Brown was a decent catchrebounds and seven blocks per game and-shoot threat, but he lacked as a junior at Killeen High School. the aggressiveness and strength to Thomas led Killeen to a playoff consistently make it into the paint appearance this season. and finish. The Cougars netted additional McNeil also showed flashes on backcourt help this season with offense, but his inconsistency was two guards from assistant coach sometimes maddening. He would Maligi’s former AAU team, the Dallas take his man off the dribble from Mustangs, with commitments from the elbow on one play to score and Jherrod Stiggers and Jevante “J.J.” botch a layup the next time down Thompson. the floor. The 6’4, 200-pound Stiggers comes with many of the same skills Young to the rescue? that Brown provided last season Scoring in crunch time should as a catch and shoot and spot-up not be a problem next season player, but with better size for the though, because guard Joseph two-guard position. Young will be taking over one of the Thompson is known for his two starting guard spots vacated by abilities as a defender and should Nixon and Brown. compete with Young and swingYoung was ruled ineligible last player Darian Thibodeaux. season after breaking his National LeRon Barnes, 6’6, will be Letter of Intent with Providence, another fresh face on the perimeter but he was still able to participate for UH. Barnes averaged 33 points, in practice with UH. The NCAA 10 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game originally ruled that Young would be as a senior at North DeSoto High forced to sit out his first season and School in Stonewall, La. lose a year of eligibility. That decision Barnes has not yet signed his was retracted and Young will start his Letter of Intent, but has given UH a career at UH as a redshirt freshman. verbal commitment. He figures to He is something of a local hero see time at both shooting guard and after leading Yates High School to small forward. back-to-back Class 4A championThomas, Stiggers, Thompson ships. As a senior, Young averaged 27 and Barnes are all rated as three star points per game. He should be able prospects by to step right into the starting lineup With one scholarship remaining, at the start of the season at either the Cougars should probably look to guard position. add depth in the frontcourt. He also comes from a familiar Because most of their rotation namesake. His father, Michael players from last season are gone, Young, was a contributing member the Cougars will lean heavily on the to the Phi Slama Jama. returning players Thibodeaux and Young will help space the floor Alandise Harris. Harris turned in for the Cougars — he has ridiculous a strong freshman season for the range on his jumper and has been Cougars, averaging 9.4 points, 5.4 known to run off streaks of bombs rebounds and one block in 23.2 from deep. minutes per game. The combo guard was given a Did the Cougars bring in the sec93-scouting grade on a scale to 100 ond comings of Hakeem Olajuwon on and was their 98th and Clyde Drexler for next season? best prospect out of the class of 2010. Not quite, but Dickey and his staff now have a solid foundation to build Instant support in the post on. The biggest catch of the early recruiting period might prove to be

The Cougars will look to be in full swing come Oct. 22 when they host Marshall for the 66th Annual Homecoming Game at Robertson Stadium. It will be the seventh game of the season, and the fourth home contest. “Homecoming is one of the greatest traditions for any University and the mid-October date is a perfect time to return to the Houston campus,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said in a release. “It is always important to have our alumni back to visit UH and see all the improvements and changes that have taken place over the years. “This University of Houston is only as successful as its past and current students. We know that once the alumni see Dr. Khator’s vision for this University, the pride for their alma mater will grow immensely.” The classes of 1986 and 2001 will be celebrating 25 and 10-year reunions. Persons interested in attending can check for updates at Field set for C-USA tennis tournament The Cougars drew the Tulane Green Wave in the first round of the conference tournament.

UH (16-7, 2-2 C-USA) is a No. 9 seed, and the Green Wave (11-10) are a No. 8 seed. Whoever wins will face No. 1 seed Tulsa (22-2, 3-0) in the second round at 1 p.m. Friday The host team, Central Florida, (11-7, 3-1) is set to take on the UAB Blazers (7-12) at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Knights are the No. 5 seed and the Blazers are No. 12. The Rice Owls are the No. 4 seed and will face the winner of UCF and UAB at 1 p.m. Friday. Rice has a record of 13-9. The No. 6-seeded Memphis Tigers (15-9, 2-2) will have to deal with the No. 11-seeded UTEP Miners (6-13, 1-3) at 9 a.m. Thursday. The victor of that matchup faces No. 3 seed Marshall (17-5, 1-0) at 9 a.m. Friday. No. 7-seeded East Carolina (17-8, 1-2) will play the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles (8-13, 2-5) at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The SMU Mustangs (19-4, 3-1) await the winner of that match, and will play at 9 a.m. Friday. The last four teams will play in the semifinals Saturday. The two schools who advance will duke it out for the conference crown at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Cougars begin play at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando.

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Ross’ label to release album Maybach Music Group’s first record, “Self-Made,” to hit shelves next month John Brannen

THE DAILY COUGAR Staying true to the entrepreneurial spirit of America, rapper Rick Ross is finding success in his new endeavors. In 2008, he established his own record label, Maybach Music Group, with himself as the marquee act. After selling over 1 million combined records with his last two solo albums, the Miami rapper has gained much clout. This year, Maybach Music Group expanded, nearly doubling its roster by

signing Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, MC Pill, from Atlanta and Washington D.C. product Wale. “It’s really about making the best decisions, and what’s best for the team, for the brand,” Ross said. “That’s exactly what we’re doing and that’s what Warner Brothers did coming to the table. It’s just time to take it to that next level and that’s what we’re going to do with Meek Mill, Wale and Pill. We’re going to keep continuing to grow.” Ross was in Houston this past weekend with Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj for the the “I Am Music II Tour.” He has used the concerts as an opportunity to promote MMG’s upcoming debut album “Self-Made.” Though sometimes categorized as a Southern act, his collaborations with

artists from other regions have led to a successful showing on the nationwide tour. “We’re just maximizing our opportunities, of course things change in different markets, in some places some people may be more familiar with me than others,” Ross said. “But at the end of the day, it’s just been a lot of love. All the shows have been selling out, the reception has been warm. “It’s a good look having Meek Mill run out stage, representing Philly and representing his movement. He’s the next to blow up.” Though he’s been making music for more than four years, Meek Mill was named as one of the 11 members of XXL DEBUT continues on page 9


Meat your maker at Montrose steakhouse Jorge Porras

THE DAILY COUGAR If you only visit one steakhouse in your entire life, make sure it is a Brazilian churrascaria — and if you’re on the lookout for a superb steakhouse in Houston, look no further than Nelore Churrascaria in Montrose. So few words do it justice in describing the experience at Nelore; Meat-a-palooza, steak-gauntlet, a carne-carnival — you can take your pick, but none of them come close to embodying the ridiculous portions and variety of protein that will pass before

your eyes. The concept for a churrascaria is simple: First, sit down and flip a marker indicating you are ready to be fed, then waiters carrying meat on skewers will come to your table and fill up your body to its fullest capacity. Let me just say this: In order to get the full experience and thoroughly enjoy your dinner, fast the whole day so you can make as much space in your stomach as possible. The style of service at Nelore is known as gaucho, where waiters simply bring you wave after wave of skewered meats to be carved tableside. Like a steak brothel, the 15 cuts of meats offered are paraded in front of you for you

to choose, ranging from Parmesan-crusted pork chops, salt-crusted Ribeye, to leg of lamb (decisions, decisions, decisions) — thank goodness the restauraunt is all you can eat. The quality of meat is incredible. The secret to the taste is found in how the meat is roasted on an open fire and the seasonings are kept to a bare minimum of salt, garlic and a few other light herbs. This allows the flavors of the meat to come through in its purest form. Though this is not a place that’s famous for the salad bar, the restauraunt maintains STEAKHOUSE continues on page 9


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Magazine’s “Freshman Class” in February. His most recent single, “Tupac Back,” has him and Ross liken their exploits and make numerous references to the deceased Shakur. Aligning himself with a name like Rick Ross has proven to be a sound investment in Mill’s future. “It feels good to be working with somebody of his caliber,” Mill said.

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its high standards throughout, serving Brazilian fare such as cheese bread, pickled vegetables and other foods that aren’t meat. I am not trying to be anti-salad bar because they do have some great dishes, but with all do respect, this is a Brazilian steak house — the salad bar is merely meant to distract the diner until his or her food arrives. For carnivores, like myself, who indulge in organ meats, ask for the chicken hearts. You might have to wait, but rest assured it is well worth it. With just a squeeze of lime, this is without a doubt the tastiest part of the whole bird. This is an almost religious experience for any steak-lover. If there is a god and he or she eats steak, no other place would suffice than Nelore.

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“Coming from where I’m coming from, I started from the bottom and he definitely started from the bottom. Real hustlers always meet — we both work hard. We’re self-made, that’s why we named the album that.” “Self-Made” will be available in stores May 24. Ross is also working on his fifth studio solo album “God Forgives, I Don’t,” whose release date has yet to be determined.

Places like these deserve praise, even though they might not get Kobe beef steak flown in like most high end steak houses do, Nelore’s primalistic cooking techniques of a fire pit are simple, yet beautiful, and it’s truly a wonder why more restaurants don’t adopt this style of meat preparation. If you haven’t slipped into a protein-induced coma and you still find yourself wanting something sweet, the papaya ice cream milk shake is the only way to go. I was surprised how much I liked it since I’m not a huge fan of the fruit, but trust me — you will not regret it after your first taste. Sure, there’s a chance you might end up suffering a massive heart attack due from eating so much meat in such a short amount of time, but what a way to go.

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THE DAILY COUGAR Sunday night 15 Christian student organizations kicked off a 72-hour Prayer Tent outside the M.D. Anderson Library. Spanish senior, Tiffany Smith, organized the event by uniting Mission 24, Campus House of Prayer, Inter Varsity, Men After Gods Own Heart, Ladies Experiencing Gods Spirit and other student religious groups. “(We) reached out not only to currently practicing Christians on campus, but to the student body as a whole,” Smith said. “Anyone with an open mind and open heart is welcome. All religions are welcome to join us in this spiritual experience.” The Prayer Tent will be open 24 hours a day until 10 p.m. Wednesday. Each hour at least one student volunteer will be in the tent to guide visitors through their mission and to pray with anyone who enters. In addition to visuals set up

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incoming Station Manager Kevin Bush are not too happy about the transfer. “I remain disappointed in Rice and UH’s decision to remove KTRU 91.7 FM from the Houston airwaves, but I am hopeful that KTRU will be able to survive going forward,” Bush said. “My main objection to the sale is that it threatens KTRU’s viability as both a student organization and radio station. The secretive nature of the sale made this problem worse.” “Removing KTRU from FM in August (when the sale was announced) without prior notice and abruptly switching to an online-only format would have been disastrous,” Bush explained further.

inside the tent, the group organized a group prayer and music circles during the 72 hours. “A lot of us may have theological differences, but through our belief that Jesus is the most important thing in our lives, we have found a strong sense of unity,” said Todd Shoppack, Baptist Student Ministry intern. Shoppack works with BJ Ramon, Campus Minister with BSM and the faculty leader for this effort. Engineering sophomore Pedro Berrizbeitia walked out of the library Sunday night and approached the lighted tent to check out what it was. “Though I am not part of any Christian organization on campus, nor am I very religious, I have never had an experience like that,” Berrizbeitia said. “After explaining what their mission was, Todd (Shoppack) followed me out of the tent and asked me if he could pray for me. “After a moment of confusion, I told him I needed guidance and strength to endure the

compounding stresses of life and school. Todd stood there with me at 2 a.m. and prayed for me for over 10 minutes. It was amazing. Just the kindness of spirit in each person involved is a fantastic testament to what they are trying to achieve in this.” This event has drawn people from other communities in their mission. Carrie McAnally, former Campus Minister at Amarillo College, worked with Ramon years ago and is excited at what she has seen on the UH campus. “There is an unusual amount of collaboration between Christian organizations at UH. It is something I have never seen. There is a unity here that is quite unique. It is a beautiful thing to witness and I am so excited to be a part of it,” McAnally said. The Prayer Tent has interactive activities available and campus ministers are on site during the day, making themselves available to anyone with questions.

“While the efforts to stop the sale have not proven successful, the outpouring of support KTRU received bought us precious time and allowed us to strengthen our position for the future.” Bush mentions there others at KTRU that have found the transfer to be bad news instead of good. “Although the KTRU student management is extremely disappointed with the FCC’s decision, we recognized from the beginning that the FCC was unlikely to accept our petition based on precedent,” Bush said. “We continue to hope that either Rice or UH will back out of the sale.” Though the transfer will happen by the end of the month, Bush points out a critical fact that could give UH a few problems, Bush said. “One interesting item on page five (of the FCC’s decision), is that

KUHF was allegedly missing ownership reports in its public inspection file,” Bush said. “Although this is not grounds for denying the license transfer, the Commission said it would ‘refer the matter to the Enforcement Bureau for consideration.’ UH may face disciplinary action if the Enforcement Bureau finds them in violation.” Joey Yang, outgoing station manager and incoming DJ director, also expressed his disappointment with the situation. “We are disappointed because we had hoped that the petition would be successful considering the FCC’s virtue of localism,” Yang said. “The decision shows their lack of commitment to diversity and local programming.” Yang is still optimistic and hopes things will turn around because of the

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financial burden it would place on the university. “From the date of the FCC’s decision, Rice and UH have 10 days to close on the transaction,” Yang said. “We are hoping that UH will realize that the decision to spend $9.5 million on a second radio station is not fiscally responsible at a time when statewide budget cuts and layoffs are affecting educational institutions at all levels. We hope that they will take a look at this decision in terms of what is best for the public, the state and the economy.” Even though the FCC has approved the sale, other matters have to be attended to before its finalization. “After the transfer of the license, both universities still have to come to a decision on when to transfer the frequency. We will keep broadcasting on 91.7 until they take us off the air,”

Yang said. “Before the transmitter can be transferred there is asbestos work that needs to be done at the transmitter site.” The local presence of KTRU will not completely disappear with the sale. “We will continue streaming HD radio on HD-2 90.1 and continue looking for ways to improve our presence online,” Yang said. “We will continue giving away HD radios to our loyal listeners and have given away a large amount already. Also, possibly exploring iPhone or Android app.” KTRU is committed to staying loyal to the locals. “Regardless of what happens, KTRU will continue their efforts to expand the breadth and depth of the local music scene,” Yang said.

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Taking the high road: Spare their esteem, reject with respect feelings. Do it in such a way that you sound like you feel just a little bit remorseful, so as not to look like the aforementioned insensitive. Be sure to make a clean break and exit the conversation as soon as it’s over. Don’t go into detail about why he or she is not a good match for you — this will almost always end up in hurt feelings. On top of that, don’t say things that might give them a glimmer of hope if you know it’s never going to happen. After you’ve delivered the low blow, exit stage right and go back to your business, careful not to cause any more damage. Mind you, this isn’t a list of tips on how to avoid someone completely — if you have absolutely no desire to date someone and they’re not getting the point, that’s when it’s permissible for you to be more forward about your lack of desire to date them. However, if you’re reluctant to date someone but still find that your day feels empty without receiving text messages from them and they’re the first person you want to tell about important things that are going on in your day, why not give it a shot? Maybe they have a funny haircut, listen to music that makes your ears bleed or maybe they dress like they’re stuck in 1997. Those things might be an initial turn off, but giving someone the chance to be with you might not be that bad after all — it could actually turn out to be the best decision of your life.

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THE DAILY COUGAR If there’s someone in your group of friends or place of work that you’ve noticed sneaking glances at you, running into you by the water cooler or sitting on the same couch, chances are that they’ve become interested in you. However, if you find yourself thinking that you’d rather drink raw eggs or sour milk instead of being seen with them in public, you might want to think about how you’re going to reject them without killing their self esteem. Of course, it’s always easier to take the low road and blow them off completely — in this case, you don’t answer any of their calls or text messages, you keep a strict 6-footseparation-at-all-times policy and you certainly avoid any conversation that would lend itself to anything past small talk. In other words: The Cold Shoulder, a method that has long been used by the insensitive half of the world. It’s likely that just about everyone has had an encountered with an insensitive type; if you can’t think of anyone that fits this mold, you are probably that person. Rather than employing the cold shoulder method of rejection, try these things instead. If you’ve already agreed to go out for dinner or drinks before they started playing the creep card, make it pretty obvious that you’re not considering the outing to be a date and that the checks should be separate. It’s also important to make sure that you don’t allow the conversation to go anywhere past friend level.

When you don’t feel the same about someone who has feelings for you, spare their self esteem by rejecting them subtly. Don’t give them the Cold Shoulder and be as honest as you can with them. | In doing so, avoid talking about relationships at all cost. Don’t talk about your past relationships or how you are as a significant other — this will only make them further envision you being their arm candy. If they bring it up, find your way out of the conversation by quick subject changes or by directing the conversation away from you. If done correctly, this is just a subtle hint that you don’t want to be that person — but they probably won’t even realize that you’re rejecting them at first. In text messages, avoid giving off the vibe that you’re flirting. This

is tricky because tone isn’t easily read in text messages. At the very least, avoid emoticons as much as you can. Second to that, don’t have at-length conversations via text message throughout the day. This only opens the door for them to think you’re interested. Most importantly, don’t call them by pet names — calling them “love” or “beau” is never going to make someone believe that you’re not interested. Ever. Social settings are the trickiest places to keep someone at arm’s length. If you’re at a social gathering,

branch out and talk to other people. If you two are attached at the hip all night long, they’ll have no problem with staking their claim on you or trying to take you home at the end of the night. Of course, there is always the option to be up front about your lack of interest. The best way to do this would be pulling them away from bystanders — the worst thing in the world is being rejected in front of a crowd of people. Quietly tell them that you’re not interested, but it’s important that you’re honest about your

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