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Campus asked to donate pet food on campus over the next week AniMeals on Wheels, a program that provides home-delivered meals to more than 3,600 homebound seniors and their pets, will be collecting pet food on campus today through May 2. UH’s Hobby Center for Public Policy will be collecting the donations through the following drop box sites on campus: Heyne Building, Room 104; McElhinney Hall, 1st Floor, front entrance; Melcher Hall, main lobby area; Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 402; Roy G. Cullen Building, Room 205; Women’s Resource Center, University Center Room 279A; PGH Room 447; and M.D. Anderson Memorial Library lobby, 24-hour lounge. For more information, contact the Hobby Center for Public Policy at 713-743-3976.

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THE DAILY COUGAR As the spring semester ends, students who are taking classes in the summer have yet to receive notice from the Financial Aid office as to when summer aid will be available. Public relations senior Avital Goldfin-Wald said that she was waiting patiently for summer financial aid to be ready. “I am taking two classes this summer and my first one starts May 31,” Goldfin-Wald said. “I don’t necessarily think they’re making us wait for financial aid, they just want us to register first and be enrolled before we apply for financial aid. That makes sense to me.”

Goldfin-Wald, who tried to apply for summer aid at the beginning of April, was given a flier that explained the situation. According to the flier, “Summer aid applications are currently not available, but a campus wide email will be sent out ... once it is available online. Please note that you may only turn in a summer aid application after you have enrolled in all of your classes.” Though Goldfin-Wald has already enrolled, she still hasn’t been allowed to send in a summer application. Goldfin-Wald said that when she asked a Welcome Center employee at the front desk when the email would be sent out to all students, the individual said they had no clue and they gave her the flier.

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“They really had no idea about anything,” Goldfin-Wald said. To avoid this summer aid dilemma, some students, such public relations senior Melissa Hayes, decided to go another route to pay for summer classes. “I took money from my financial aid from the spring,” Hayes said. “I used left over money from my grant, unsubsidized and subsidized loans.” Wald explains that she feels frustrated not knowing when she will receive the email. “I think the whole situation with financial aid for the summer is messed up and it needs to be fixed,” Wald said.

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he Natatorium inside UH’s Wellness and Recration Center was the site of the second annual Extreme Boating Regatta, a competition in which local high school students designed and built their own boats out of cardboard. Organizers of the event, which included UH’s College of Natural Science and Mathematics, hoped to instill an apprecation for the sciences in the schoolchildren. Read the full story on page 3. | Aaron Cisneros/The Daily Cougar

While the most common cases of date rape incidents are male-on-female, there have also been cases in other demographics such as female-on-male and the gay, lesbian and transgender population. Women’s Resource Center Director Beverly McPhail held a Date Rate Prevention screening Thursday for faculty and staff from different departments at UH. The screening showed many statistics that most people don’t know, such as the fact that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted during their time in college. It also featured real-life victims, both men and women, who shared their stories of being sexually assaulted and explained the emotional pain they suffered. A typical rapist does not always have a weapon and 75 percent of the time they are someone that you know — a friend, family member or significant other. Only a small number of victims (10 percent) actually fight back when they are being sexually assaulted. A video at the presentation stated that “men are often pressured to have sex with lots of women to prove their masculinity and sexuality to their friends, whether it be consensual or not.” It also stated that “75 percent of guys on campus use alcohol as a weapon to lower a woman’s chances of saying ‘no’ to sex.” Alcohol is the number one date rape drug, which is often consumed to excess by underage people. Alcohol is also involved in three-fourths of on-campus sexual assaults. The video contained two modules: one for women and one for men. The women’s module shows how to prevent sexual assault and defend themselves and others. Most women don’t realize that sexual assault can happen to them. The first semester on campus for freshmen is the most dangerous semester for female students because they DATE RAPE continues on page 6


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Obama’s citizenship is not up for debate

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onald Trump, a dentist from Orange County, Calif., and 48 percent of Republicans from Iowa all have one thing in common — they all believe President Barack Obama was not born in the US.

They make up a small part of the so-called birther movement, a group that believes Obama was not born in America, and therefore is illegally holding the presidency. There’s only one small problem. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961 — a fact that has been continuously proven time and time again. So why is there still a heated debate on the issue? It’s not because Obama hasn’t released his birth records. His campaign released a certification of live birth to the public — and that is as official as Hawaii gets. There is a document called a longform birth record that is confidential, but it is never released to the public, even if the person requesting the document is the president. However, numerous people have inspected the document and have spoken to its authenticity — including former Hawaii health director Dr. Chiyome Fukino and former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle. Independently-operated FactCheck.org has also personally inspected the president’s long-form birth record, and they verify its legitimacy as well. In addition to the long list of verification from Tea Party supporters and Democrats alike, Obama’s birth was announced in two Hawaii newspapers — The Honolulu Advertiser and The Honolulu StarBulletin — the week after he was born. “Of course, it’s distantly possible that Obama’s grandparents may have planted the announcement just in case their grandson needed to prove his U.S. citizenship in order to run for president someday,” FactCheck.org states in their article backing Obama’s citizenship. “We suggest that those who choose to go down that path should first equip themselves with a high-quality tinfoil hat. The evidence is clear: Barack Obama was born in the U.S.A.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Drone attacks drain our legitimacy

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rones, or “unmanned aerial vehicles,” are military technologies that allow our government to conduct surveillance, launch missile strikes and even assassinate individuals all over the world, all without having to declare war and embroil our ground forces. The use of drone technology has enraged foreign governments such as Pakistan, which constantly suffers Dana these attacks on their El Kurd sovereignty. Since coming to office, President Barack Obama has authorized more drone attacks than sanctioned in George W. Bush’s entire first term. One such drone attack targeted the wrong house in Pakistan, killing 20 civilians with victims as young as 5 years old. The estimated death toll, according to the New America Foundation, has now risen to 2,300.

Meanwhile, as our country uses these drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Libya, their legality is being debated in the International Court of Justice. The Court has not come to a decision yet, but it is unlikely that they will rule in favor of such warfare. To launch drone attacks on countries we are not at war with and to assassinate foreign citizens without the proper legal process (including a trial) is an unmistakable breach of every conventional law of war. Not only is the legality of drone warfare dubious at best, but such tactics are also counterproductive. The use of drone attacks in Pakistan, for example, has strained our relationship with their intelligence service. This creates a barrier to more effective intelligence gathering and greatly impedes our joint counterterrorism efforts. Even more alarming is the reaction of the citizens of these countries. Drone attacks have understandably inflamed anti-

American sentiment as innocent civilians die; people have come to realize that the United States has no authority to take such action. These people are oppressed by their governments and live in impoverished communities — the perfect breeding ground for extremism and violence. Drone attacks only serve to exacerbate their hopelessness and escalate aggression. Using this technology may achieve short-term security, but such measures will certainly lead to a more violent outcome in the future. These drone attacks are indefensible from an ethical standpoint. It reeks of audacity and privilege for a country to impede on the sovereignty of other nations and terrorize their civilians, especially if they are free from facing the physical risks of such aggression. Dana El Kurd is a political science junior and may be rewached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

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here is a well-known saying about reading the fine print of a contract before signing it. It is more of a rule of thumb, especially when you sign your name on a phone contract. Most people who don’t read contracts are later surprised when hidden fees appear, and only a rare few suspect that they are agreeing to data collection. But these measures should come as David no surprise when the fine Haydon print spells it out bright as day. Such is the contract for the iPhone, which explicitly states in the agreement: “We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where an Apple product is used.” The justification for this data collection is so that Apple can “better understand customer behavior and improve products,

services, and advertising.” Cell phones have always been traceable, so the ability to track them shouldn’t be news to anyone. But for the non-cellular savvy, the reason they are able to do this is relatively simple: cellphone towers. Whenever a cell phone moves into the range of a new cell tower, the tower triangulates the cell phone’s location with other towers. This information is stored by the phone’s service provider for whatever duration of time they see fit, with or without protecting the info. Turning off the phone renders the towers unable to triangulate it. The FBI actually used this method in 2008 to catch repeat bank robbers in Dallas — a small example of the technology being put to good use. However, modern smartphones have made tracing and tracking worse. Any GPScapable phone (including but not limited to the iPhone or Android devices) periodically saves data such as latitude and longitude

into a file with a time stamp attached. Apple merely took this technology up a notch by putting the data into an unencrypted file that continues collecting data even if you switch phones. The government, the service provider and data companies all are allowed unlimited access because the consumer legally signed an agreement to have the data collected and saved. It’s the equivalent of voluntarily giving up the right to privacy. Others aren’t allowed to see your data, but with unencrypted files it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to access them. The larger message is simple, even though students seemed to have missed it. Whether it’s a phone contract, an apartment lease or a traffic ticket, do not sign your signature unless you know what you’re getting into. David Haydon is a political science junior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.


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Texas State spoils sweep The Cougars split their doubleheader Saturday against Texas State with two distinctly different results. UH (33-15) led off with a 9-0 run-rule win that saw Donna Bourgeois (13-6) no-hit the Bobcats (26-19) in five innings. Brooke Lathan crushed her 12th home run of the season and knocked in four runs in the victory. The Cougars seemed to carry the momentum from their first game into their second, as they jumped out to an early lead when Katy Beth Sherman scored on a throwing error to give them a 1-0 advantage. The bottom of the first went smoothly, as starter Diedre Outon (3-2) retired the side in order. But the second inning was not as smooth for Outon, as she allowed three runs without recording an out. Bourgeois pitched four-and-a-third innings in relief of Outon and gave up seven runs, six of which were earned. UH would tack on another run in the sixth, but fell 10-2 to the Bobcats. The 10 runs are the most the Cougars have allowed in a single game this season. — Cougar Sports Services

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Pace picks up at LSU, Rice meets The Cougars saw great improvement at the LSU Alumni Gold meet Saturday as 21 athletes improved upon their personal-bests. On the women’s squad, Tai’Shea Reese ran her best time in the 200-meter dash, winning the B section in 23.82 seconds. Whitney Harris placed seventh in the A section with a personal record of 23.44 seconds. Alysha Cook placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.90-second split. She also earned a PR in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the race in 1 minute, 1 seconds. For the men’s team, Errol Nolan placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a split of 20.68 seconds, his best mark. Emmanuel Osadebey placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.93 second. Jordan Hofbauer placed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.33 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay team placed fourth in 3:10 with the lineup of Kelvin Furlough, Garrett Hughey, Osadebey and Nolan. Other members of the team stayed in town to compete at the Rice Twilight. Jason Perez won the 400-meter hurdles in 52.27 seconds. Anthony Jordan placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run in 3 minutes, 57 seconds. Starla Garcia won the 5,000 in 18 minutes, 2 seconds. — Cougar Sports Services

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UH in third after day one of C-USA championship The freshman duo of Bryn Flanagan and Curtis Reed lifted the Cougars to a third-place finish after the first round of the Conference USA Championships on Sunday. UH has a score of 288, SMU is in first with a 278 score and Memphis is in second with 281. Individually Flanagan is tied in fourth, and is three strokes below par. Reed is tied for eighth and is two under par. — Cougar Sports Services

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THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars lost their second conference series of the season as they dropped two of three games against East Carolina. With the losses, UH (20-21, 7-5 Conference USA) fell to third place in the conference. 1,382 fans were on hand to see the Cougars and the Pirates duke it out in Saturday’s series finale at Cougar Field. Instead, they witnessed a run-rule shortened 12-2 shellacking of the Cougars. “We are one pitch away from winning two out of three games against what I think is the best team in the league,” head coach Todd Whitting said. “Their record in the league doesn’t indicate it, but I think that they are the best team in the league. They can pitch, they’re really athletic and they can swing the bat. “They are what I want our program to be. They play hard and they play with class.” ECU (27-13, 8-7 C-USA) came out came out of the gates swinging, setting the tone early. Lead-off batter Ben Fultz landed the first punch, hitting a home run to right field. ECU kept landing devastating shots the entire game, hitting five home runs. With the game still in reach at 4-0, the Cougars scored their first fun in the fourth inning. After scoring the initial run, the Cougars loaded the bases, but were unable to capitalize. In the next inning, ECU put the game out of reach by scoring six runs, increasing the advantage to 10-1. UH tacked on its last run in the fifth.

We are one pitch away from winning two out of three games against what I think is the best team in the league.” Todd Whitting Head coach

ECU added two runs in the sixth inning when Whitehead hit his second homer of the day, allowing the run rule to come into effect. With the game at 12-2, the Cougars failed to score in the seventh, and the umpire called the game. Starter Mo Wiley pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. UH used seven pitchers total. “You can’t go to two and three ball counts on every hitter and expect to have success,” Whitting said. “You have to throw strike one and get ahead.” Friday’s game provided the only bright spot for the Cougars, as they beat the Pirates 4-2. ECU scored its first run of the game in the third inning, but the Cougars responded and tied it 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning. In the next inning, the Cougars took the lead when M.P. Cokinos scored on a Codey Morehouse groundout. UH increased its lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning when John Cannon laid down a bunt to score Chase Jensen, who started the inning with a triple. They added another run in the seventh inning to push the lead to 4-1. ECU cut the deficit to 4-2 in the eighth inning, but could not get any closer as the Cougar pitching held off any advances. Starting pitcher Jordan Lewis allowed

one run on five hits and struck out 10 batters. Jordan Mannisto pitched the final two innings to record the save. The first game of the series dealt the Cougars a heartbreaking 5-4 loss. With a 4-1 win seemingly in hand, the UH bullpen blew the three-run lead with two outs and no one on base. ECU managed to tie the game 4-4 and eventually went on to win in the 12th when Whitehead singled in Jack Reinheimer. The Cougars could have extended the game, but they left the tying run standing 90 feet away at third base. UH will have little time to dwell on the series loss, as they hit the road to take on Stephen F. Austin (29-12, 15-6 Southland Conference) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Nacogdoches. sports@thedailycougar.com

East Carolina 12, Houston 2 SCORE BY INNING RHE East Carolina 1 0 0 3 6 2 0 – 12 13 1 Houston 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 2 10 1 TOP HITTERS EAST CAROLINA (27-13) PLAYER AB R H RBI BB SO PO A

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Students row into new waters on cardboard Julian Jimenez

THE DAILY COUGAR High school students from all over the Houston area tested their engineering prowess in the Extreme Boating Regatta that took place Saturday in the Wellness and Recreation Center Natatorium. Students ranging from ninth through 12th grade worked together in teams of four to pool their ideas and resources. They then competed by designing and building their own boats made of cardboard and duct tape over a period of several weeks. At the competition, the teams sent out two of their members on the boat to see how quickly they could complete one 50-meter lap across the pool. First, second and third place winners were awarded with $600, $400 and $200 prizes respectively, with an additional $100 award given for best design. The event, in its second year, was sponsored by the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, BP and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Craig Cassidy, the executive director of HLSAMP, said that the

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main idea of the event was to engage high school students to become interested in sciences. He explained that in preparation for the event, UH faculty members visited participating schools to discuss the basic principles students need to understand to construct a seaworthy vessel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really nice way for (UH) to give back to schools ... It builds a good sense of community that brings in even more students to UH,â&#x20AC;? Cassidy said. Hugo Castro, a sophomore from Porter High School, said that he liked the challenge the competition posed for him and his team members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoyed working with my group, and I think that the outcome will be pretty good,â&#x20AC;? Castro said. Juan Reyes, a member of Castroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, said that they spent much of the time reinforcing the hull with extra layers of cardboard to prevent leakage, and that it was a struggle to make it all work. Still, in the end, everyone seemed to agree it was worth the effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really into the project. It was an experience we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass up,â&#x20AC;? Reyes said. news@thedailycougar.com

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When a friend comes to you after being kicked to the curb, they’re in such a fragile state that there are very few things you can do to make them feel better. Even though they’re probably not going to be incredibly receptive to anything positive outside of their recent breakup, there are a few things you can do to help them see the light. Good tunes are all anyone needs in life After they’ve been given the bad news, there’s nothing like good music to put a smile on their face. Making a mix CD is probably the most discreet way of being there for them without coming off as insensitive. When you’re making the list of songs that will go on said mix CD, it’s usually better to select a majority of hopeful songs in major keys rather than sad, melancholy songs — you want to remind them that life is good outside of a relationship, not that their relationship fell apart. Come around sundown After the big break, a lot of people sit around, watch sad movies and eat ice cream to soften the blow. If your friend is down in the dumps, ask them to tag along on your weekend festivities. Whether this means going to a bar or staying in and playing cards, anything is better than sitting alone in a dark room feeling sad while everyone else in the world is out having fun.

When your friends are feeling blue after a bad breakup, you can do your part in bringing them out of their sadness by making a mix CD or going on a roadtrip to put a smile back on their face. | Photos.com Hit the road, Jack With the weather as nice as it has been lately, there’s no better way to pull them out of that slump than taking a day trip to a place that you’ve never been, or, of course, the beach. Burn a copy of the aforementioned mix CD, make sandwiches and give them no choice but to go on a day-long roadtrip with you. They might be a little hesitant to just get up and go, but remind them that a change of scenery from the four walls in which they’ve been sulking will do their heart and soul a world of good.

I’ll be your mirror More than anything, the best thing you can do is offer them your ear to let them vent their frustrations — within reason, of course. Don’t let them talk themselves down or let them place the blame entirely on their actions. Even if they thought this relationship was the real deal, remind them that their lows will have their complement of highs. As a friend, it’s important to be encouraging, even if you don’t know the words that are going to heal their heart. arts@thedailycougar.com

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Annual Houston dance festival is en pointe Michael Baerga

THE DAILY COUGAR Houston’s highly anticipated annual Dance Salad Festival is known for showcasing the crème de la crème of international contemporary dancers and choreographers, a group that produces a number of groundbreaking works worldwide. This year’s salad was equipped with nothing less than the finest ingredients. Produced and directed by Nancy Henderek, the show’s two-night lineup headlined the premiering works of companies that were new to the US. These performers, hailing from everywhere around the world, put on a memorable show within the walls of Houston’s own Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. The highlight came early before the chime of curtain call. At the opening of the house, as the audience members were taking their seats, the Beijing Dance/ LDTX company from China had already taken the stage with a performance titled “Standing before Darkness,” a seemingly improvised duet that was choreographed by Sang Jijia. With a backdrop featuring an array of randomly positioned chairs, female dancer Ma Bo moved amongst the field of furniture at the whim of partner Zuo Yan and his subtle manipulations.

A 14-member ensemble of dancertook the stage following the duet. They exploded into chair formations that optimized their movements, and they displayed the company’s tremendous control and ability as they wove between the chairs. It was a fantastic choice for the program that only left audience members time to catch their breathcatching their breath only after the curtain dropped. Next on the menu was a US premiere entitled “Bonet,” a comedic duet from Zagreb, Croatia, choreographed by the dancers themselves, Zoran Marovic and Masa Kolar. Centered around a large wooden office table, the duo’s quirky movements combined with humorous pantomime, conceptualizing the bickering between couples in the middle of a business negotiation. It was a big success to the knee-slapping audience, who roared for an encore upon the descent of the duet. The BJM Dance Montreal followed that performance with the US premiere of “Locked Up Laura,” a piece choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and inspired by the inner conflicts of a performer minutes before a performance. With extraordinary extension, flexibility and technique, the two dancers formed lines that made one appreciate the potential of the human body and its precision. Other highlights of the festival included

a show by Eastman Company’s Faun, from Antwerp, Belgium. In this performance, the dancers displayed their succulent athleticism and an ethereal movement range, all set to Debussy’s “Afternoon of a Faun.” Jasmin Virdimon Company’s submission of “Yesterday,” which served as additional comic relief for both evenings, included choreographically synched video projections and an interactive dialogue that asked audience members to look inside, see their own bodies as a home and travel into one’s memory. Closing the festival was the Frenchimported Ballet National de Merseille, featuring a futuristic, Cunningham-styled composition, “Metamorphoses.” In presenting mythical perceptions of nature and the world around us, the show had a subtle, underlying theme discussing the manifestations of desire, which lined the composition with a sense of warning. With the continual growth of Houston’s Dance scene, this year’s Dance Salad Festival was certain to inspire local choreographers and dancers. Houston’s artistic endeavors must be pushed even further to have any chance of reaching the astonishingly high bar that has been set by the innovation of the international dance companies that performed in this year’s Dance Salad Festival. arts@thedailycougar.com


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