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Jibaniya Agbu barely escaped death when the driver hit him with his vehicle, police said. He was able to dodge much of the impact when he rolled off the hood. Though Agbu’s sunglasses and shoes were damaged by the impact, he was able to walk away from the incident with minor injuries. “I had to make a quick decision. I just jumped up; then I saw myself on his hood,” Agbu said to KPRC Channel 2.

“When he fell off the front of the car, he kind of banged up his shoulder a little bit and broke his sunglasses. But compare it to what it could have been, we were very lucky,” McNimare said.

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A UH student was hit by a fleeing driver during a 15-minute car chase Friday.

Sgt. T.J. McNimare, an officer with the Houston Police Department, said the student was fortunate to avoid getting seriously injured.

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Robert McPherson, the newly appointed dean, has ambitious plans for the future of the College of Education. For the past five years, McPherson had served as executive associate dean of the College of Education. | Courtesy of Dean Robert McPherson

The College of Education hopes to continue to make strides in educational research and leadership within the college and the community under the guidance of a new dean. Provost John Antel has named Dr. Robert McPherson as the dean of the College of Education. McPherson is already working toward making initiatives to bring the college to the forefront of the city and the nation. “In the year ahead, we will be launching a strategic effort to raise

the national profile of the College of Education’s academic programs and faculty research efforts,“ McPherson said. The College of Education’s award winning program in teacher education, the Executive Ed.D. program in Professional Leadership, has become a national model for Carnegie Foundation reform efforts addressing professional graduate training in education, McPherson said. He also praises the college’s other doctoral programs, saying they are well positioned for national ranking. “Like the rest of the University DEAN continues on page 3

According to a spokesperson of the HPD, the chase started at 1:50 p.m. at Almeda Road and Palm. Officers began pursuit when they were notified of a stolen vehicle via the LoJack Security system. The driver was apprehended after he lost control of his vehicle in the Robertson Stadium parking lot and crashed into some nearby bushes. “Most of the time, people running — they stay on city streets and they get on the highways, so this is an unusual situation that the suspect actually pulled into a parking lot,” McNimare said. The suspect has since been taken into custody, and is charged with evading arrest and driving a stolen vehicle, according to police officals. His name has not been released.

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Alumni Association to host night of socializing, networking The UH Alumni Association will be hosting the next Houston alumni-student social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Grill, located at 1592 West Gray Street. Aimed toward students looking to network with alumni in the hospitality industry, the event will be hosted by Larry Martin, a 1990 graduate of the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the co-owner and president of Hospitality USA. Students who attend are encouraged to bring business cards and show their school spirit by wearing red. A cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres will be available for attendees. Tours will also be offered to those who are interested. Parking for the event will be free. For general information, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uh.edu. To RSVP for the event, contact Wendy Ballard at wlballard@uh.edu or call (713) 743-1591.

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UH evolutionary biologist Tim Cooper and his team have found a genetic mutation that may slow the progression of chronic disease.

Cooper and his team have spent the past five years studying a bacterial population that came from an experiment that begun in 1988 by Dr. Richard Lenski. “We use a simple test to determine whether one bacterium is more fit than another,” Cooper said. “We simply count the number of cell divisions different bacterial

types go through as they compete together. The more cell divisions a bacterium has the more offspring it leaves and the higher its frequency becomes in a population. We know that the mutations we see cause fitness to increase, but we don’t know exactly how.” MUTATION continues on page 10


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Those who demonize Israel are either misinformed or malevolent If that proverbial man from Mars came to visit and read the world’s newspapers, especially those in the Arab and Muslim world, he would be convinced that Israel was the most evil nation in the world and the source of all of the world’s strife.

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The election is more than 16 months away, but that has not stopped Republican candidates from putting their name in the hat to run against President Obama.

A mountain lion got the worst end of a collision with a Hyundai Tuscon SUV on Sunday Morning at Exit 55 on Route 15 in Millford, Conn. The driver was not injured in the wreck.

At the Republican debate Tuesday in New Hampshire. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann went public with her intentions to run for President. Other potential GOP candidates include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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According to Antel, UH and the College of Education need to get back into what they are supposed to be doing in their capacity as a professional school. “It’s up to the University of Houston to serve workforce needs for the Houston community and the

metropolitan area,� Antel said. Antel believes this can be accomplished by focusing on teacher and education leadership training. “We need to get more involved with training better teachers and get more involved with training better school principals and school

superintendents,� he said. Houston is ground zero for the unprecedented economic and social challenges facing public schools. The College of Education is striving to be a major player in research to address these challenges. Despite lofty aspirations, Antel

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evaluations the best candidates are offered internships at host companies, according to the internships website. “We look for resourceful self-starters with strong financial skills and environmental passion to represent the EDF in participating companies,� said marketing associate, Katie Ware. “Gayan clearly fit the bill, and we’re happy to have him on board this summer.� The EDF seeks top MBA students with analytical and project management backgrounds who are excited to make an impact through energy efficiency in corporate America. “While hundreds of students from the nation’s top business schools applied to be the EDF Climate Corps fellows this year, Gayan’s background, skills and professional qualifications made him a top candidate for the program. He will be one of 57 EDF Climate Corps finding energy efficiency opportunities in corporate America this summer,� Ware said. INTERNSHIP continues on page 10

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Parking enforcement should be consistent

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he limited activity on campus during the summer must be making the folks at the Department of Parking and Transportation Services bored. Especially those who are tasked with passing out parking tickets. Since the campus is not as populated as it is during the fall or spring, some of the parking staff have taken it upon themselves to dish out nuisance tickets for harmless violations. We are all about the enforcement of rules, but the parking department has failed to develop consistent enforcement. If you have a pass in one lot, then you are prohibited from parking in another until after 5 p.m. — when cars and people are sparse. However, it is easy to park in your original spot, and later move your car to better suit you. A student may park in their designated lot, but walks to and from class are lengthy. Taking the shortcut is easy because it often goes unnoticed even though it is ticket-worthy. The weather is obviously warm in Houston, so this would be an ideal time to move your vehicle — especially to a nearly empty parking lot. But if a parking employee deems it necessary, you will find a ticket tucked under your windshield wipers. Try your luck again the next day, there is a good chance it would go undetected. People are wired to make life a tad easier if it’s possible. If a student takes the small risk and doesn’t get caught they’ll probably do it again. If a car displays a tag from another lot but is parked incorrectly in a lot, is it really worth the trouble of giving a ticket? If it is, then why isn’t it being enforced every day? We think there are other ways UHDPS could be spending its time. Making plans for more accessible parking for students and visitors would be a start. UHDPS needs to be thorough with its policies, instead of haphazard. It needs to enforce a zero tolerance policy and tow cars instead of randomly writing tickets — even if the car is innocently sitting there with countless open spots.

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attles and wars have often begun with a few mistakes and instances of miscommunication on both sides, and the battle between universities and fraternities is no exception. In the instances when fraternities might have gone too far, punishment has similarly been extreme, if not more so, by the university in question. Yale University’s Marcus Delta Kappa Epsilon Smith (DKE) has recently received a five-year ban from participating in campus activities, a ban that will last longer than the current members will be enrolled. This is after they chanted, “No means yes, yes means anal!” throughout the freshman women’s dorm. Incidents like these from DKE and other fraternities have been blamed with creating a misogynistic, hostile sexual environment that promotes rape and

sexual assault. There is no question that this act was silly and immature, but despicable and filled with an anti-feminist agenda, no. When most people see these kinds of actions and understand their nature, they laugh, shrug, express annoyance and then move on. They were not shouting hate speech, or engaging in a venomous verbal assault toward the opposite gender. It was a simple chant with unintended consequences. The chant is not acceptable, but neither is the punishment. This isn’t a free speech issue, but rather one of poor taste and bad judgment that has become a trend on university campuses across the country. Fraternities have been charged with being irritants, a detriment to a college education and have become increasingly unwelcome on university campuses. Little support comes their way due to their often-negative portrayal by the media.

The tales of lewdness, dominating machismo, and misogynistic actions are not always the case. There are some fraternities who consistently contribute to their universities and set a good example for new students and other fraternities to follow. Unfortunately, it appears these acts often go unnoticed and unappreciated. A mistake by a fraternity with a negative impact often ends up crucifying every other fraternity on the campus. If fraternities are to be properly disciplined when their actions are deemed too offensive or unruly, then the punishment should not have the appearance of trying to destroy Greek life and culture. While it’s the university’s job to handle the incidents correctly, it’s the fraternity’s duty to find a balance between current rules and regulations and long established traditions. Marcus Smith is a creative writing sophomore and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.

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repare yourself for the latest money making scheme to come out of the Texas legislature — immunization requirements.This is not the mandatory HPV vaccine from 2006. Instead, the latest state mandate is the meningococcal vaccine, officially known as the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act. Governor Rick Perry signed the act into David law in May. It will take Haydon effect on Jan. 1, 2011. It requires all college students less than 30 years of age to receive the vaccine before entering college. Previous to this law, the state mandated that only students living on college campuses be vaccinated. Students are still able to opt out of the vaccine for various reasons, just as they were able to do previously. As a

result, this newer version of the law is simply a waste of time and money. The name of the law references two students, who contracted meningitis. Schanbaum, survived the disease in 2008, but suffered multiple amputations, and Williams died from the disease earlier this year. The families of these students are mostly to thank for the far-reaching, overbearing and dubious newly forced vaccination mandate. Granted, it’s a tragedy for both the students and their loved ones, but facts are facts. And the fact is, meningitis is extremely rare. Of the 130 college students who contract the disease a year, the death rate remains at 15 percent. With all the hoopla about the dangers of meningitis, people would assume it is some kind of epidemic. Consider that of the millions of college students that live on and off

campuses all across the country, a little over a hundred contract the disease, and only a small percentage of those students die from it. Why Perry won’t protect students from the real dangers is a mystery. Where is the law against credit card sharks preying on students, or arbitrarily high textbook costs? No doubt, Perry touts the importance of protecting young Texan students, but in reality this is nothing more than a publicity stunt for the governor. If these politicians were really interested in protecting students, they would protect us from real threats. Instead, they are simply making sure that students are healthy enough to work, pay bills and file taxes. This is not the first time that Perry has signed a mandatory vaccine into law. In HAYDON continues on page 5


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n the wake of our President’s pledge to give financial assistance to Greece last week, many Americans are beginning to wonder whether it’s a good idea to be giving billions of dollars away to other nations when we are currently borrowing over a trillion dollars a year to finance Congress’ mind-bending spending habits. According to the Census Bureau, the national government Steven gave “economic Christopher assistance” to countries all over the planet last year amounting to a grand total of 34 billion dollars. My question is, despite what elitist, save-the-world-with-yourmoney folks think, should Congress and the President really be handing out cash to foreign nations? In principle, the authority to do so was actually never granted to any branch of the federal government in the Constitution. In fact, when a bill arose in Congress in 1794 authorizing money to be spent on French refugees from Haiti, James Madison stood on the floor of the House of Representatives to declare that “he could not undertake to lay his finger on that article in the federal Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” Simply put, Mr. Madison believed that the United State Congress had neither the right, nor the power to give charity. This is not simply a mean-spirited ideological

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2006, the HPV vaccine was signed by Perry as an executive mandate that all Texas public school girls be vaccinated in order to protect them from cervical cancer. The mandate was met with heavy criticism and contempt. Aside from the fact that Merck, the manufacturer of the vaccine, gave Perry a $6,000 campaign

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stand. A closer inspection reveals that Congressional charity is not charity at all. If I were to go out, withdraw money from my neighbor’s bank account against his will, and proceed to give it to an irresponsible, over-spending friend of mine, it would rightly be called theft. When the government does the same thing, it’s called “economic assistance.” Unfortunately, pleasant-sounding euphemisms cannot take an immoral act and make it noble. Because this blatant fact is rather unpleasant for politicians to confront, most would rather avoid it altogether by attempting to play on your emotions. Once the issue of principle is set aside, the debate can be framed as being between the compassionate members of Congress that want to help others and those greedy individuals who want the world’s less fortunate to suffer in want. For the sake of argument, let us set aside these issues of principle and assume that Congress does have authority to give taxpayer money to foreign nations, and that it isn’t immoral to steal from one individual to give to another. The question remains, is Congress actually helping poor individuals around the world by showering cash on foreign governments? Judging by the view of history, the answer is clearly, no. Seldom, if ever, does foreign aid ever reach the impoverished masses, and when it does, it rarely provides lasting or material relief. Most often, the cash is given to despotic foreign governments where it usually lines the pockets of wealthy politicians

The only solution to global poverty is the only one that has ever succeeded: encouraging free citizens to improve their own lives and the lives of others through voluntary exchange and free enterprise.

contribution, Merck’s lobbyist Mike Toomey was Perry’s former Chief of Staff. It doesn’t require a college degree to connect the dots. And in the case of the meningitis mandate, the reaction should be no different: contempt and rejection. Yet, thus far, there has been no major negative opinion surrounding the law, even though there should be overwhelming criticism. It’s not only a violation of personal choice to have a

“mandatory” vaccine pushed on a certain demographic, it’s fiscally irresponsible. These vaccines are not for free. Even opting out can cost time and money. For students who decide that an extremely unlikely disease is too dangerous, this will merely add another hundred dollars to your list of college expenses.

and well-connected and theirentrenched interests. In the case of Greece, it’s simply subsidizing the empty promises of socialist Greek politicians, giving other countries incentive to take similar actions without fear of going bankrupt. Most responses to the epic failure of foreign aid over the years, as with poverty-elimination programs in general, is that we just aren’t giving enough. A more rational view would be that throwing more cash at foreign nations will not solve their problems, it never has. In fact, it’s making them worse. The only solution to global poverty is the only one that has ever succeeded: encouraging free citizens to improve their own lives and the lives of others through voluntary exchange and free enterprise. Congress has given enough false charity as it is. It ought not carry out its repetitive streak of injustice by continuing to do something that was neither wise nor virtuous to begin with. Steven Christopher is a first year graduate student in the C.T. Bauer College of Business and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

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Coach pleased with season’s conclusion For nine months the Cougars meticulously trained to jump an inch further or run a millisecond faster. Eleven athletes wrapped up their season this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa at the NCAA Championships. Now, even if it is just for a few weeks, it’s time for the team to to take it easy. “It’s a dramatic end to your season,” head coach Leroy Burrell said. “You work really hard and you get to the big meet, and maybe you don’t perform how you want to. I try to deal with the emotional issues first. Typically we’ll tell every athlete in our program that they had a great season, and they did everything they could. Many of our kids are in a place they’ve never been before when they finish at nationals. “Then we tell them they have to learn from what what they accomplished this year and how you got better. Let’s start next year where you finished. Then I tell them take some time away from it. You have to spend some time with your family and take your time off. Be a little lazy because that rest is good for regeneration. We send them home, give them a few things to keep them fit over the summer and see them back in August.” Senior Chris Carter ended his career in style by finishing eighth in the triple jump with a leap of more than 52 feet, earning him All-American status. Carter will still be competing after UH. “I’m happy for him, he had his best year here,” Burrell said. “I think there’s more talent there, it’s just going to take more time. He might be one of those athletes who blooms in their post-collegiate career.” Along with Carter, other senior jumpers Lamar Delaney and Jonothan Williams finished successful tenures. “Those guys did a lot for the program, they scored a lot of points for us. When you got that sure 30 points on the jumps at the conference meet before the running events start, it’s a comfortable place to be. That group was kind of similar to what we had when I was in school here.” The women’s 4x100-meter relay team broke the school record in the preliminaries, finishing in 43.48 seconds. But in the finals, an athlete came crashing into the Cougars’ lane while the third leg was passing off to the anchor. The baton was not passed in the zone, and the Cougars did not finish after being in contention during the race. “Anything can happen in that race, you can’t anticipate that but you prepare for what you know is supposed to happen,” Burrell said. “The real lesson there for our athletes is that you have to maintain focus even if things are going chaotic around you. By all means make sure that you make the pass — say something, holler. “It was disappointing because I knew we were at our best, we were right there. I feel pretty comfortable thinking we would have placed third, where we were we had a good opportunity to even get second. Three of the four are back, we’ve got a good group coming in. We’ll be as good if not better next year.” In the 400-meter dash sophomore Errol Nolan ran a personal-best in 45.3 seconds, but that still did not qualify him for the finals. “He needs to run a better race, that’s all it amounts to. He did a good job of executing his race plan until he got about 250 meters in. That’s when the race was on and he kind of sat back a little bit and didn’t go with the rest of the group. He ended up paying for it. He was in position but that critical moment where he had to go and take the race he didn’t do it. It wasn’t a matter of fitness or ability, it was a matter of execution.” — John Brannen/The Daily Cougar

Head coach Todd Whitting will have the majority of this year’s team back for his second season in 2012, minus outfielder Caleb Ramsey who was drafted by the Washington Nationals. | File Photo/The Daily Cougar

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Head coach looks forward Cougars have reason to be optimistic after a win away from NCAA Tournament Gilbert Requena

THE DAILY COUGAR One play away, one run away, one win away was the story of the 2011 season. After beginning the year with four consecutive victories, the Cougars had a rollercoaster season riding through the highs of winning streaks and working their way through the doldrums of losing skids. Finally, after posting a 27-32 overall record and a 12-12 Conference USA record, the Cougars reached the C-USA tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Cougars started the tournament with an 8-5 win over East Carolina. The second game was a wild 7-6 win that lasted 14 innings, guaranteeing the Cougars a spot in the championship game. They would face none other than crosstown rival Rice. An at-large bid to the NCAA tournament was on the line for the Cougars, as the Owls had already automatically qualified. UH had a three-run lead in the fourth inning, but Rice responded with two runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to tie it up. They eventually lost to the Owls 4-3 in extra innings, marking the sixth time they fell to the Owls this season. “It was a crushing defeat for the ball club,” Head coach Todd Whitting said. “I just feel bad for the kids and the program, because we weren’t able to finish that game off. I thought that we played our best game of the year against Rice on that day. “What caused us to lose the game were the things that we had been doing to lose games all year, which is not playing good defense. At the end of the day,

I can’t fault the team’s effort. I thought that the game was one of the most competitive that we had played all year. The team left everything they had on the field.”

I am trying to build a winning program, not a winning team. Winning teams win some years and lose some years. A winning program sustains a high level of winning year in and year out.” Todd Whitting Head coach

Despite the devastating loss, Whitting said that he thinks the Cougars did a solid job this season, but he would not call it a success. “It’s not a success because we didn’t reach our goal to make it to the NCAA tournament,” Whitting said. “But all the things that surround the team like fundraising, ticket sales, marketing, academics, recruiting and facility improvements I would give it an A+ at this point.

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“I thought the season went OK. We finished fourth for Conference USA, which we were picked seventh in the preseason. We lost eight games in the

other team’s last at-bat. So, if a few of those games go in another direction, our RPI would have been good enough to be an at-large team if we would’ve got over .500.” Seeking consistency In his first year at the helm, Whitting said the program is heading in the right direction and that this season gives him reason to be optimistic looking toward the future. “What I am trying to build here is a winning program, not a winning team,” Whitting said. “Winning teams win some years and lose some years. A winning program sustains a high level of winning year in and year out. We are trying to build consistency.” Attracting top talent essential If the Cougars are to be successful in the years to come, it hinges on the ability to recruit top talent to the University. Whitting has a reputation of being top-notch recruiter, having helped assemble some of the top signing classes while at Texas Christian. With improving academics, Whitting said UH is beginning to become a destination school for prospective athletes. “We are generating a great atmosphere at this point,” he said. “All of the external things with the ballclub like recruiting are going amazingly well. There is a lot of great buzz about the program. “The perception of the program is outstanding. There are a lot of kids that want to come to the University of Houston. You have a Tier-1 education, you play in a warm weather environment and you play in a great league. The administration is great, all the way from Dr. Khator, to the Director of Athletics, Mack Rhodes. They are very committed to winning here. There are not very many negatives when it comes to University of Houston baseball.” sports@thedailycougar.com


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Ohio State scandal highlights need for more enforcement Fast cars, drugs and money aren’t the typical storylines for a college football team. The same program that brought prestige to Ohio State appears to be knee deep in John infractions as the Brannen NCAA is conducting investigations. Even after the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel, one of the premier programs in America is generating the worst kind of buzz. The decorated past of OSU is the envy of most universities. Its facilities and traditions are a draw for any prospective student-athlete. They won a national championship in 2003 and played in two others since with Tressel. In that span OSU won in all three of its appearances in BCS bowl games. But during Tressel’s tenure players were maxing out on illegitimate perks from shadowy outsiders. In retrospect Buckeye faithful will look at Dec. 23, 2010 as the day their team faced a crossroads. The NCAA announced that poster boy quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, and four teammates would be suspended for five games in 2011 for profiting off of their own memorabilia. Pryor and his teammates were just one of many groups of OSU players to sell gear for personal gain. Sports Illustrated reported that Eddie Rife — an owner of a tattoo shop and alleged drug dealer — would either exchange cash, discounted tattoos or marijuana for OSU souvenirs dating back to 2002. Tressel knew what was going on at the tattoo parlor before the 2010 season even started, but he unsuccessfully tried to brush it under the rug. When Tressel lied to the NCAA, he dug a hole too deep to climb out of. Not even his self-imposed fivegame suspension could save him. He couldn’t control that his players consistently received improper benefits. Instead of reporting it or speaking to his team about it,

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is still free to wear his signature sweater vests, just without the Buckeye emblem on it. After building a successful program throughout his 10-year run, Tressel leaves OSU with a disgraced name and in a wake of controversy. Co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell was named as Tressel’s replacement on an interim basis. | Courtesy of Tyler Joswick/The Lantern he simply let it slide. His lack of discretion throughout this ordeal demonstrated an arrogant attitude, an “I’m above the law” mentality. Separate from the tattoo incident, the Columbus Dispatch reported the NCAA would look in to the activities of car salesman Aaron Kniffin. He is being investigated for his involvement in the sales of dozens of used cars for players or their families over the past five years. Buckeye players were rumored to drive around campus in nice cars, much to the curiosity of the student body and even other athletes. Zack Meisel and James Oldham of The Lantern, the Ohio State student newspaper, interviewed former OSU wide receiver Ray Small, who confirmed how frequently players would break rules. Whether it be tattoos or vehicles, some players could not resist the temptation that comes with being a standout athlete. Amidst all the negative press one would think Pryor would try

to keep a low profile. Instead he showed up to campus driving a ritzy Nissan 350Z the day after Tressel’s departure. In doing so, he encouraged the NCAA to dig further — as if it needed another reason. Sports Illustrated has also reported that Pryor has been associated with eight different used cars in his time at OSU. Pryor chose to leave Ohio State last week, probably knowing he would never play another down of football again in scarlet and grey. With the proof he left behind, investigators could piece together enough evidence to extend his suspension for the season’s entirety. He deserves no pity points, as the quarterback’s dual-threat abilities are sure to land him a six-figure salary in the NFL. Tressel created a winning culture on the field and maintained a holier than thou attitude off it. His nickname was “The Senator” because the general consensus was he had a clean reputation. Now

he seems a little more like former US senator John Edwards. Tressel leaves with a damaged legacy, but because he bailed he will never face retribution for violations under his watch. He may stay out of the limelight momentarily, but like most disgraced coaches he will get another job and eventually resurface. OSU is sure to get slapped with NCAA sanctions, victimizing the future and remaining players unconnected to the scandal. The same goes for Pryor. The quarterback knowingly and regularly committed infractions, and made thousands of dollars for being a student-athlete. He is rewarded with the opportunity to apply for the NFL Supplemental Draft. In his first time speaking to the media since leaving OSU, Pryor said his intentions were good. “I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my conduct off the field, and I am truly sorry,” Pryor said to Profootballweekly.com yesterday.

Even after accepting blame and apologizing, the damage is done. Pryor is bound to be a loathed figure when looking back on this era of corruption. The premise of college sports is that they’re supposed to be amateur, not semi-amateur. This past calendar year that line has been blurred in several of the NCAA’s power conferences. Auburn, the defending national champions, faced similar allegations to OSU as Heisman Trophy Winner Cam Newton was investigated for receiving more than $100,000 to play there. In men’s basketball Connecticut won the Final Four but only after it was revealed it had committed multiple recruiting violations. The NCAA can either choose to put the Buckeyes on a short leash or make an example out of them, even though it is Tressel and the guilty players who deserve to be reprimanded. Making OSU ineligible for the BCS championship game and a deduction in scholarships seems to be the go-to punishment, but that won’t prove much. Boosters will not suddenly decide to stop paying players, but as long as it’s illegal those type of people need to be eradicated from college sports. Wrongdoers may think its harmless to financially reward a college athlete for a job well done, however their generosity is in the wrong place. It could be a gradual process but outsiders affiliated with a program must be monitored. But another problem arises, as it would be impossible and over the top to track the every move of a prolific athlete when out of supervision. There is only so much that can be done until privacy is being invaded. The NCAA needs a show of force, otherwise more prestigious teams will continue to be hijacked by those who want to take shortcuts for their school’s athletic success. sports@thedailycougar.com

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Cougars strengthen schedule, will face OU Cougar Sports Services

Men’s basketball head coach and the Cougars have signed up to be a part of the 76th annual All-College Basketball Classic in Oklahoma City. The event will be put on by ESPN and the Oklahoma Sports Association and will feature a doubleheader — the Cougars vs. Oklahoma and New Mexico vs. Oklahoma State. The game will be played on December 19 at Oklahoma City Arena and is the first to be released from the 2011-12 schedule. Future UH golfers rack up awards Incoming freshman Roman Robledo and Kyle Pilgrim were named to the UIL Class 5A All-State teams for their impressive senior season performances. Robledo earned a spot on the First Team after winning the District 31-5A individual championship and leading Harlingen South High School to the team title as well.

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Pilgrim, who attended Colleyville Heritage High School, earned a spot at the state tournament and Texas Academic All-State honors. Both will compete for the Cougars this fall after signing with the program last November. Thrower honored for community work Sophomore John Fortune’s strong arms made him the thirdbest discus thrower in Conference USA. But it is his giving spirit earning him praise. Fortune was named as one of 12 recipients of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award on Tuesday for his involvement in several charitable organizations. “It’s great to be recognized but it’s not why I am so involved with community service,” Fortune said in a release. “We still need more help from everyone to those in need.” sports@thedailycougar.com

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AROUND TOWN

Beer fest tapped out too early Lack of organization and poor planning causes Houston’s first to fall short Andrew Taylor

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LIVE MUSIC

Soulwhip BARC Benefit Tonight at 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit www.fitzlive.com. $5 - $10.

Ninjasonik with Fat Tony, Blackie, Simple Success Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit www.fitzlive. com. $10.

Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea with Second Lovers Thursday 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit www.fitzlive.com. $7 general admission, free for ages 21+.

Bootsy Collins Wednesday, 8 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive.com. $36 - $41.

DJ Q Bert with The Krackernuttz and Simple Success Friday, 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit www.fitzlive.com. $13.

Get Nude & Tattooed Tour with Like Moths to Flames, The Browning and Delusions Friday, 6 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive.com. $10.

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Droves of people gathered in downtown for the inaugural Houston Beer Festival on Saturday. From the very beginning, the festival started off on the wrong track. It was apparent to anyone arriving that the mere task of entering the festival was chaotic. The overwhelmed volunteers were no match for the number of people trying

to attend. The majority of the attendees appeared to have pre-purchased tickets from either Groupon or The Houston Chronicle’s own Daily Deal service. For those seeking general admission at the gates, the task of getting in wasn’t any easier. People who arrived before 2:00 p.m. or right as the festival started had the easiest time getting in, while other patrons waited in lines for an hour or even longer. Inside the festival, lines were still inescapable, but they moved along much faster than those used to enter. Among the 89 beer vendors stationed around the park, most of the stations had two or three people pouring beers,

the same number of people running each entrance to the festival. Two hours into the festival, popular vendors were already running out of beer. The first tent to run out appeared to be the Dogfish Head Brewery which was only offering one choice, their standard 60 minute IPA. It was disappointing to see such a great brewery offering only one beverage. On top of that, Dogfish Head, like many other brewing companies at the festival, offered selections that are commonly found at grocery stores and not their rare or specialty brews. The line-up of breweries had great BEER continues on page 9

MUSIC

Electronic artist skips a beat Kansas-based John LaMonica puts on a good show, doesn’t quite capture the audience Mary Baak

THE DAILY COUGAR With the music scene as diverse as it is in this city, one never knows exactly what to expect when going to a show in Houston — nor should they be surprised when they realize that the atmosphere is completely different than they had imagined. This rings especially true for the folks that gathered to see Texas-natives This Will Destroy You and John LaMonica this past weekend at Fitzgerald’s in the Heights. Originally from Irving, LaMonica got started with music at an early age. He began with the piano and then learned several brass instruments and took up the guitar when he was a teenager. Because his father is a professional

Electronic artist John LaMonica performed with This Will Destroy You on Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s. “I’m working with a lot of loops and things I’ve already created,” he said. “It’s like putting a puzzle together in front a lot of people.” | Newton Liu/The Daily Cougar trumpet player, music has been an important aspect of his life for a long time. “I took a lot of lessons when I was a kid,” LaMonica said. “Music was a big deal, and my parents were really into it from a performance and learned-music

stand point. “Applied music was and is a very respectable thing, but then I started playing rock and roll — so that was a little different. It just wasn’t quite what BEAT continues on page 9

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, 8 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive.com. Tickets at door.

Bonnaroo sets the standard

The Elected with Featherface and Wails

Tennessee music festival rises above the rest in the U.S.

Saturday 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit www.fitzlive.com. $12.

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Rise Records Tour with Memphis May Fire, Decoder, Ten After Two, That’s Outrageous! and Myka Relocate Sunday, 6 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003, East End. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit www.warehouselive.com. $10

My Morning Jacket was one of the many bands at Bonnaroo who put on a headliner worthy performance for the more than 90,000 attendees. | Photo by C. Taylor Crothers/Big Hassle Media

Everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, but that isn’t necessarily true. Music festivals are bigger, better and greener in Tennessee. Texas sports several great mainstream music festivals – Austin City Limits, SXSW, Austin Reggae Festival, Free Press Summerfest, etc. – but none of those come close to capturing the experience of Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo is an around-the-clock adventure more in the vein of European festivals. There is no nightly intermission to retreat home and take a relaxing shower, lick one’s

wounds and recover in a comfy bed. Going to Bonnaroo is an investment and it is totally worth the schlep even from Texas. Unlike ACL where people are carted to and from the festival and leave when they are done taking in the day’s attractions, festival-goers camp when they attend Bonnaroo and it turns the Manchester, Tenn. farm into a city of tents, RVs, hippies, hipsters and vagabonds. It’s awesome. For four days, your life becomes hearing new music, meeting new people and having new experiences and just being immersed in the whole thing. It’s great to wake up and stretch and realize that your biggest problem FESTIVAL continues on page 12


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potential, but in the end, their performances fell flat. The food vendors also seemed to be experiencing the same problems. Three hours into the festival various food vendors appeared to be running out of things on their menu or products all together. Much of the chaos, or lack of success, made it very evident that this was an inaugural event. As the first of its kind in Houston, it would be understandable if some things happened unexpectedly — despite any amount of planning — but this was beyond rookie mistakes. The turnout was clearly underestimated and it’s hard to excuse those who put on this festival because ticket sales can be easily monitored. However, the rest of

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my parents had in mind.” Though it’s his first tour in about two years, LaMonica has been working with members of This Will Destroy You for a some time. While he was living in Austin, he played a few shows with keyboardist Donovan Jones of San Marcos-based This Will Destroy You. “We’re all friends, Donovan, Alex and I all go way back,” he said. “Donovan would come up and we would play a few shows together doing improvisational electronic stuff.” LaMonica brought electronic beats that were peppered with lyrics that seem, in part, influenced by the likes of The Temper Trap and U2 in sound and quality all the way from Lawrence, Kan. and delivered them effortlessly to an low-energy crowd of about 100 people, ranging from age 10 to 85, which is a tough audience to master. “I work the audience based on how I feel they’re going to feel,” he said. “If I feel sort of a dissonance from the audience — like they’re not going to go to a place where I want to go, I move things around in my set. “It’s very organic in that I can move things around and not have it drastically alter my set. I could just throw anything into the pot and it’s fun to think that the set could go anywhere.” Sporting a white V-neck, black denim jeans, a pair of Converse tennis shoes and a set of 1980s-style earmuff headphones, LaMonica opened with a slower piano tune, which he manipulated on the turntable just below the laptop that played looped recordings of his music. “I’ve got a laptop in front of me, which is a weird dissociative thing with a lot of people. They see a laptop on stage and they don’t really know how this performer is going to put it out there, but it seems as though people have been really getting into this one-man-performance thing.” With an audience so diverse, capturing the audience was no easy feat. Those that hadn’t walked off to get a beer moved only slightly and lacked the energy or desire to be invested in his performance — but LaMonica did put on an interesting

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the problems appeared to have been caused by either bad planning or communication from the organizers of this even — not the vendors themselves. If you got in the festival within the first three hours, then having a great time was definitely possible. To the beer nerds and people hoping for a full night of great crafts beers and special offerings, the festival was a letdown in many ways. The lesson to be learned from the Houston Beer Fest is that a great idea like enjoying beer and giving to charity is something that can be wildly successful if it’s done correctly. Timothy Hudson, who organized the Houston Wine Fest and Saturday’s Houston Beer Fest, is the founder of the Houston Wine Fest Young Leadership charity, which aims at providing scholarships to young students. The festival he organized was a

great idea but not a smash hit. However, Houston’s charitable beer-loving community was double booked on Saturday. Camp Beer Seven, which was organized by the Live It Big organization, was much more enjoyable and successful. While it’s nice to see that

Houston’s craft beer community is flourishing, it shouldn’t be impossible for people like Hudson and charities like Live It Big to collaborate and pull off the type of event that Houston Beer Fest aimed to be. arts@thedailycougar.com

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performance for those that were interested. “I DJ a lot in my spare time outside of performance,” he said. “I’ve gotten to the point where I can see people moving and have to figure out how to drive a crowd from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B.’ As far as the feverishness of the night, I really just try to get into it and transfer my energy.” Since the days of jamming with friends, he’s opened for Devin the Dude here in Texas and delved into several different side projects and has even produced a few artists from his living room in Lawrence, Kan. “Music is not necessarily somewhere I want to go, it’s somewhere I want to exist,” LaMonica said. “It’s what I want to do all the time; it’s what I want to surround myself with, all I think about, all I talk about. Music is basically the sum of me. “It’s not that I want to go anywhere necessarily — I’m happy where I am with my music and with the idea that everyday somebody’s hearing it.” arts@thedailycougar.com

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The fitness of the bacteria population coincides with fitness of an actual person. “Fit refers to the effect a mutation has on the ability of a mutated individual to compete with other individuals and to have more offspring,� Cooper said. “The mutations we studied are called beneficial because they act to change individuals in a way that makes them more fit.� Once the interactions between the mutations can be understood, the results become applicable to both natural bacterial populations and bacterial populations that evolve in humans, said a news release. “What we see at the level of the effect of the mutations on the fitness of the bacteria is that they tend to interfere with each other,� Cooper said. “When we combine two mutations in one bacterium and measure their effect on fitness, we tend to get smaller effects than we predicted from knowing the individual effects of the two mutations. Exactly why we see this is not yet known. “We think our findings are probably general to the process of adaptation in a relatively constant environment,� Cooper said. “Several disease causing microorganisms might find themselves in this situation, perhaps especially bacteria that cause chronic diseases like cystic fibrosis. The bacteria that causes the problems of this disease tend to remain associated with a single patient for decades and so it has plenty of opportunity to evolve to increase their fitness in the patient.� news@thedailycougar.com

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Professor commended for asthma research Innovative drug research could improve the lives of those suffering from respiratory diseases Darlene Campos

THE DAILY COUGAR UH Associate Professor of Pharmacology Richard Bond, was formaly honored for his asthma research at 2011 Medical Futures Innovation Awards ceremony in London. Bond’s proposal has to do with beta blocker drugs, which will be used to aid those with asthma and other various airway diseases. Bond’s company, Bond and Inverseon, was commended by the MFIA and currently houses a patent for the inverse agonist beta blocker called nadolol. “Innovation is the lifeblood for any organization, especially in current frugal times of economic uncertainty,� said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andy Goldberg, founder and chairman of the MFIA. “The Medical Futures judges were blown away

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by the sheer volume and quality of brilliant ideas that have the potential to change people’s lives. The judges were encouraged by Dr. Bond’s ‘outof-the-box’ thinking on using beta blockers in (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), an area of huge unmet need and, historically, where such drugs have deliberately been avoided.� The MFIA is a non-profit organization that encourages those in the field of science to put forward new innovations. Hundreds of proposals are sent to the MFIA, but only a fraction of these initiatives are accepted. When the official proposals are chosen, they must go through a full panel of judges and the highest scoring proposals are given the honors. This year, 12 proposals were chosen by the MFIA, but just four were actually honored, Bond’s being one of them. According to a press release written by UH Senior Science Writer and Media Relation Representative Lisa Merkl, Professor Bond and his colleagues from UH, the M.D. Cancer Center, and the Baylor College of

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