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Blaffer Art Museum holds reception for student master painters Graduate art students at UH will be showcasing the results of their hard work at the 33rd Annual Masters Thesis Exhibition, which is kicking off with an opening reception at 6 p.m. today at the Blaffer Art Museum. “Our MFA graduates this year are some of the most driven and creative people I’ve met. And they defy any sort of ‘sizing up’ that anyone might try to corral them with,” said School of Art Director John Reed in a press release. “It’s a very impressive show.” The exhibition will be running from April 23 to May 14, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Blaffer Art Gallery at (713) 743-9521. — Julian Jimenez/The Daily Cougar

Professor receives prestigious leadership, professionalism award The University garnered another distinction as one of its faculty members, College of Technology professor Jami Kovach, was named as the 2010 recipient of the American Society of Quality’s Feigenbaum Medal. The medal is awarded every year to someone under the age of 35 for the outstanding leadership and professionalism with which they carry out their work — work that will, in the eyes of the award committee, have a distinct benefit for the future of mankind. Kovach’s work has focused primarily in quality engineering and management. Kovach will be presented with her award at the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, which will be held May 16 - 18 in Pittsburgh.

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THE DAILY COUGAR The senators of the Student Government Association were urged to pass a proposal to raise student fees that would help fund renovations to the University Center Wednesday night. The UC renovations are scheduled to begin in Spring 2012. The renovations will take place in two phases that will close off

different parts of the UC while never being in the position where the building is shut down completely. During phase one, the underground will close off, with offices moving upstairs and into temporary trailers. During the second phase, dining services will shut down as the UC underground reopens. The renovations will add a theatre, ballroom and move the student services office to the third floor. The renovation is advertised as a way to help transition the University to a higher status. The senators were given a presentation as to the progress of the planned renovations of the UC. In the presentation was a proposal to the

senators asking them to raise the student fees $50 in order to aid the second phase. Senators raised questions regarding the survey taken in 2008 involving the student’s wishes to refurbish the UC. “Today is about growth. UH students deserve the best of the best,” said Prince Wilson, former SGA president and a member of the student group addressing the senate. “The exciting part is that the students won’t have to go underground to get involved in all the student centers.” President Michael Harding also spoke at the meeting, discussing his activity throughout the week. SGA continues on page 3

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The Women’s Resource Center hosted its second annual “Take Back the Night” event on Wednesday evening to bring awareness to the campus about the safety of women walking on campus at night. The Wellness and Recreation Center, Cougar Peer Educators, Counseling and Psychological Services, Department of Public Safety and the Women’s Resource Center teamed up to co-sponser and take part in a march in order to raise awareness to the campus about sexual assault. “Women are the majority on college campuses across the nation and yet often they are afraid to walk across campus at night to go to the library. Things must change,” said Beverly McPhail, director of the Women’s Resource Center, during her introductory speech for the “Take Back the Night” march. “In Texas, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men are raped over their lifetime and things must change,” McPhail said. Out of about 23 people who came SAFETY continues on page 3

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THE DAILY COUGAR Students came out to play games, educate themselves about green initiatives and celebrate Earth Day Thursday in Butler Plaza. Games such as skee ball, Tic Tac Toe and horseshoes drew crowds competing for various recycled prizes. “I think I learned the most from the clothesline trivia,” said Cynthia Velasquez, a communications senior. “It actually taught me something.” The purpose of the games was to educate students about sustainability while providing them with a fun activity between classes.

“I liked Tic Tac Toe because I won,” said biology junior Emily Vo while waiting in line to play horseshoes. The event also celebrated another year of practicing green habits on campus through RecycleMania and other green initiatives. “Earth Day [is] an event that initiated a world-wide sustainability movement,” said Billy Garner, marketing coordinator of University Services. Other highlights included a weather balloon launch, face painting, an Earth Day cake, Super Earth mascot, Recycle Man and free gifts. “UH has become one of the leaders in sustainability among the nation’s universities,” Garner said. Green Mountain Energy Company also came out to the event and presented UH with a $140,000 check for the University’s first solar panel system, which is expected to be completed on May 30 and will be EARTH DAY continues on page 3


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mounted on the roof of UH’s Central Utility Plant. The company also announced the Green Mountain Energy Solar Internship that will begin in Fall 2011. “Both of these initiatives will help UH spread the word and

educate thousands of students over the 30-year expected lifespan of the array about the benefits of solar energy,” Sean Figaro, Houston market manager for Green Mountain Energy Company, said in a press release. “This further support[s] Green Mountain’s mission to change the way power is made; and help us give back to the Houston community where our customers

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to participate in the march, two of them were males. “This march is important to raise awareness about women’s safety at night. We need to look out for our women folk and our better halves,” biology and French junior Dustin Phipps said. Dr. Kimberly James, assistant director and outreach director of CAPS, spoke about how there is help available on campus for those

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who have been psychologically challenged due to the assault. “Unfortunately, we do see a lot of students that are struggling with this issue of assault,” James said. “I want to make sure that you realize that there are counselors, therapists and psychologists here working at CAPS who are here to help.” The march took place through the hot spots on campus starting at the Student Services Center, to the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library and through the University Center and the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

get input from the community. He also attended the faculty senate meeting and plans to form a faculty-student committee. “I met with some of the faculty on the senate regarding a number of issues, such as the graduation rates,” Harding said. “A student-faculty committee would aid in these issues by organizing programs to help the

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oday marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, a tradition started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to spread environmental awareness throughout the United States.

More than four decades later, it is still celebrated yearly by people in more than 175 countries. The Earth Day Network’s, “Billion Acts of Green,” is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and aims to encourage people to take action in going green and supporting environmental sustainability. For most of us, our energy is spent trying to save time and money, which inevitably puts saving the environment on the back burner. However, the waste we produce from eating fast food and driving back and forth from school to work and back home— especially at our University, wherein almost 88 percent of students are commuters — is highly damaging to our environment. Even drinking bottled water is harmful to Mother Earth. According to The Huffington Post, 75 percent of the half-billion water bottles sold in the US go to landfills, which costs $70 million for our city landfills alone. Furthermore, producing those plastic bottles takes enough oil and energy to fuel a million cars, according to Peter Gleick of Pacific Institute. However, there’s no real health benefit to drinking bottled water in the first place. Oftentimes, tap water is held to a stricter quality standard than bottled water and has added fluoride, which prevents tooth decay. The next time you’re thinking about picking up a bottle of water — which can run you anywhere from $.99 to $4 and has been shown to leach toxic chemicals, think about the impact that bottle has had and will continue to have on the environment. If you insist on buying that bottle of water, however, be sure to throw it in the recycle bin instead of the trash along with your unwanted paper goods — this copy of The Daily Cougar included. As the inhabitants of this planet, we need to strive to conserve the resources available to us and work to improve the environment in which we live, because we are not the only ones affected — future generations will have to live here too.

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he President’s budget proposal debuted last week to a lukewarm review from Democrats and staunch criticism from Republicans. The proposal came just days after the release of the GOP’s own proposal, which was also praised and condemned along party lines. Democrats accuse Republicans of reducing the deficit at the expense of the elderly and poor, John while Republicans blame Costello Democrats for ignoring the deficit at the expense of future generations of Americans. In his proposal speech, President Obama stated, “we must do it [reduce the deficit] without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities.” Republican Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, described Obama’s proposal as “excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate and hopelessly inadequate” and claimed “the President’s policies are committing us and our children to a diminished future.” Frankly, both parties’ obstinacy is “dramatically” and “excessively” redundant. There are many situations where Republicans and Democrats seem to agree but, nevertheless, continue to quarrel because of political ideology. Both acknowledge that the deficit needs to be reduced by $4 trillion, the debt ceiling raised, defense spending reduced, and the tax code reformed. Republicans and Democrats, for

example, have publicly acknowledged that the federal tax code is broken and needs to be reformed. Billions of dollars are spent every year on tax preparation and evasion. The federal tax code consists of more than nine million words. An estimated 3.3 million full-time jobs are consumed by tax compliance. Moreover, experts estimate the US government loses over $60 billion each year because of a loophole in the federal tax code that allows companies to transfer income from the US to so called “tax havens” throughout the world. For decades, Presidents and members of Congress have campaigned for tax reform, yet no progress has been made. Instead, the code has been amended over 14,000 times and is now more convoluted than ever.

Congress is expected to vote on raising the debt ceiling within the next few weeks. Despite warnings from economists, CEOs, and federal agencies about the economic chaos that would ensue without an extension of the debt limit, some members of the Tea Party in Congress have threatened to vote against the increase unless more of their demands are met. This posturing is politically extreme and threatens the US economy. Political ideology should never jeopardize vital US interests. But all too often we let political ideology trump our rationality. The debate over our deficit cannot fall victim to this partisan bickering. The President says he will not reduce the deficit on the backs of the poor and sick. Republicans say they will not raise taxes on the rich. Both say there will have to be some tough choices and sacrifices. I see neither party making those “tough” ” choices. Republicans and Democrats need to pony up and cut programs or raise taxes on an ‘as necessary’ basis. Every socioeconomic class will need to bear some share of the load; all were benefactors of the government living beyond its means. Debate over the deficit should be approached rationally. Consensus about reducing the deficit should be embraced, not used as leverage for advancing a political agenda. The stakes are simply too high.

Every socioeconomic class will need to bear some share of the load; all were benefactors of the government living beyond its means. Reformation of the tax code is just one of many instances in which both parties have reached a consensus but little or no progress has been made because of political posturing. Our government came close to shutting down two weeks ago because of relatively minor ideological differences. Some sources say the compromise eventually came down to a debate over funding Planned Parenthood. What kind of image is the ‘leading nation’ trying to project to the world? The US will reach its borrowing limit, or “debt ceiling,” by June of this year.

John Costello is a political science junior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

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condemn it. Depressingly predictable. —Rude

From the article: Secular loophole brings Arizona justice: Get some principals - if you want another country besides the one

which our Founding Fathers set up - go start your own! Rationalizing and idolizing the breaking of the Constitution is not only anti-American, but it is a sure tell tail sign that the US is in trouble as it is being run more and

more like a corporation than a democracy by and for its people. I’m so disgusted - where is the integrity? —Joe Guy

From the article: Gender stereo types paint pink problems: Good article. To believe that a simple color can define a persons sexuality is simply ludicrous —Invader Zim


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Tulane eliminates UH; recruit added The Cougars season came to a disappointing end Thursday, losing 4-2 to the Tulane Green Wave in the first round of the Conference USA Championship Tournament. Tulane won two out of three doubles matches and three of six singles matches. In both sets, sophomore Byrony Hunter defeated Emma Levy 6-2. Junior Giorgia Pozzan defeated Lindsay Dvorak 6-2 twice as well. In doubles, UH was not as successful. The duo of senior Joanna Kacprzyk and Pozzan lost 8-1. Freshman Celisa Fraser and sophomore Maja Kazimieruk fell 8-5. With the loss the Cougars will finish with a record of 16-8. UH added Liselot Koenen on Thursday. Koenen is a senior at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Ill. She is originally from Holland. “Liselot has a ton of potential,” head coach John Severance said in a release. “She has a huge serve and forehand, and she’s planning on enrolling in the summer and starting her training early, so we’re very excited about that.” According to tennisrecruiting.net, Koenen is a four-star recruit. “The tennis program at the University of Houston has made a lot of progress over the last few years ,” Koenen said. “Coach Severance is building a high-performance team. Houston is a great city and I like the academic expansions that the University of Houston is working on. “When I first met the players and staff, I immediately felt the enthusiasm that they shared for the team and the University. Becoming a Cougar makes me feel like I’m becoming part of, not only a team, but a family, which makes me very excited to become a student-athlete at the University of Houston.” — Cougar Sports Services

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Heralded Louisiana prospect makes it official After verbally committing to UH, head coach James Dickey announced Thursday that Leron Barnes has signed a Letter of Intent. The 6’6 forward from North DeSoto High School led the Shreveport-Bossier City-area with 33 points per game as a senior and scored 40 or more points four times. “We are thrilled to have LeRon at the University of Houston,” Dickey said in a release. “LeRon is an outstanding young man, who is a talented and versatile player. He is very skilled and can play multiple positions.” Barnes was selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for the Class 3A All-State First Team and the All-Area Most ValuablePlayer. Barnes was also a McDonald’s All-American Finalist. Barnes chose UH over Providence, Colorado State, Tulane, SouthAlabama, and Louisiana-Lafayette. — Cougar Sports Services

The UH bullpen blew a three-run ninth inning lead and the Cougars lost the first game of the weekend series against East Carolina 5-4 Thursday at Cougar field. In the ninth with two outs and no runners, ECU started to chip away at the Cougars’ 4-1 lead. The Pirate cut the deficit to 4-2 with a monster one-run home run by designated hitter Chase McDonald. The next two batters singled to get on base and then left fielder Ben Fultz tripled to rightcenter to knot up the score at 4-4. The Cougars managed to keep the Pirates at bay for a few more innings, but they took the lead in the 12th when center fielder Trent Whitehead singled in Jack Reinheimer who had reached base via walk. UH had a chance to tie the game up in the bottom of the 12th, but they left the tying run standing on third base. “This team is resilient,” head coach Todd Whitting said. “We’ve lost tough games all year. Like I told the team, we are two pitches away from being 7-2 and having a two-game lead in Conference USA.” “We’re just going to go at it and try to win tomorrow’s game and the one on Saturday. We still have a chance to win two out of three here.” The game was the Cougars’ first extra inning affair of the season and also marked the return of pitcher Jared Ray. In his first start in nearly two years, Ray pitched a solid four innings allowing a run and three hits. Ray was on a strict pitch count, but made quick work of the Pirate batters. He retired four of the first six batters on the first pitch and threw only 12 pitches through the first two innings. He threw 34 pitches in his outing. “It was good to get back out there,” Ray said. “Before the game I was nervous, but once I got into my routine the nerves went away. “My goal before the game was to throw

Freshman outfielder Landon Appling and the Cougars will get two more chances to avenge the ECU Pirates today and tomorrow. With Thursday’s loss UH fell to 10-8 in games played at Cougar Field. | Newton Liu/The Daily Cougar two good innings, maybe three. When I went out there for the fourth inning, I was like this is the last one for sure. I had nothing left.” After the game, many Cougar players were noticeably disappointed with the loss, but they were still walking around with their heads up. “That’s baseball,” M.P. Cokinos said.

“Tomorrow is a new day. We have to leave this one behind us and come out tomorrow and throw the first punch, which I know we will.” The Cougars will continue the series at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow and wrap up the weekend on Saturday at Cougar Field. sports@thedailycougar.com

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UH aims for another winning streak Jesus Acevedo

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars will look to build on their victory over No. 19 Texas A&M Wednesday when they take on Texas State today. The task may be easier said than done as the Bobcats are currently on an 10-game winning streak. “We just have to do what we know how to do and we’ll be able to take care of business with Texas State as well,” senior pitcher Amanda Crabtree said. “Right now we are playing teams that we should beat, so basically we just need to take care of business by doing all the little things right,because every single one of these games we can win and need to win.” Crabtree sat out of Wednesday’s game for an undisclosed injury. She said it was only a minor tweak and a decision was made to give her some rest to

Senior pitcher Donna Bourgeois and the Cougars will play the last pair of non-conference games today. | Nine Nguyen/The Daily Cougar be ready for the conference championships. Freshman Diedre Outon will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s rough

outing. “I need to come out with no nerves and prove to everyone that I can come back and not let that game affect how I do in the next game that I play,” Outon said. “I just have to have a better head next time and not let the hits rattle me, and just shake it off.” As the conference championship draws near, senior outfielder Katy Beth Sherman said it is all about perservering and playing through difficult situations late in the season. “We got to scrap and do anything we can, bunt, take every walk we can, steal bases,” Sherman said. “We have to take every little bit we can until something falls into place and until we can come through in that one big opportunity.” Friday’s twin bill is set for a 5 p.m.start at Bobcat Field in San Marcos. sports@thedailycougar.com


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are true. James Franco is scheduled to enter the Ph.D. program in UH’s literature and creative writing program in fall 2012.� Bonnin also tweeted that while there is no guarantee Franco will attend UH, his interest in the program is promising. This is no joke, either — Franco takes his education seriously. He went to the University of California Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree, and holds a master’s in fine arts from Columbia University, New York University and Warren Wilson College. The UH creative writing program only accepts 20 students out of about 400 applicants yearly, and only half of those are for the doctoral program. So what does this mean for the non-celebrity students on campus? For the guys, it means in the next few months the girl in your life will compare you to Franco — at least one time, if not more. For

In honor of poetry month I have decided to take the time to review a book on poetry out this April. Now, I know what many of you may be thinking, “Wow, it’s poetry month already and I’ve yet to write a sestina, listen to a poetry reading or pore over volumes of Keats at the local library!� But for the other 95 percent of the population who may not be aware of this time-honored tradition and perhaps less savvy in the ways of the limerick, David Orr’s book on modern poetry, “Beautiful & Pointless,� is a fine introduction. In his book, Orr appeals to the general masses for whom he admits that poetry is most likely a “subject of at best mild and confused interest.� The crux of the problem Orr insists is not so much a lack of knowledge, but a lack of understanding of how to react to the art form. He compares poetry to a foreign country that one has yet to visit. He reasons that you wouldn’t “become paralyzed with anxiety because you didn’t speak fluent Flemish� if you were visiting Belgium. Instead “you might try to learn a few useful phrases, or read a little Belgian history, or thumb through a guidebook.� But mostly you’d “accept the confusion as part of the experience.�

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Similarly he suggests poetry can be appreciated with just a little bit of preparation and a willingness to accept the unfamiliar. Orr elaborates on the situation of poetry in

the modern world with fascinating insight. He gives the reader generous examples throughout the book that help illuminate his concepts. Through the many textual references and various poems, an interactive element is added to the book.

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A section on resemblance form, for instance, is followed up by examples from Paul Muldoon, Koyayashi Issa and Dylan Thomas, which help give the format a shape in your mind. In addition to explaining many poetic devices, Orr also dispels many inaccurate ideas commonly believed about the form and function of poetry. He reassesses the meaning of the personal and the political in poetry, redefines form and explains the value of poetry for poets and society in general. His book is sectioned into six chapters concerning different facets of poetry and the poets involved. This dichotomy makes the book very accessible since any chapter can be read independently of the whole; if you feel you don’t have time to devote to reading the entire book or don’t have a particular interest in certain sections. “Beautiful and Pointless” is an excellent review of the basic history of poetry, the heart of its culture and the enigmatic reasons it has maintained its allure despite the vast incomprehension that surrounds it. Orr relates the material with an enthusiasm and humor that engages the reader. Whether expounding on the lipogram or explaining the ambivalence of ambition in poetic academia, his book does so with clarity and charisma. If poetry is, as Hazlitt suggests, the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself, it may be one well worth learning. As poetry month winds to a close, there’s no better time to become better acquainted with this art of the beautifully pointless. arts@thedailycougar.com

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