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Campus maps to take new direction Manager makes navigating the University easier with details, recognizable symbols XIaowen Chen


Eva Lyon works to update campus maps that reflect new construction of classrooms and research laboratories as the University grows. | Elizabeth A. Baker/The Daily Cougar

Eva Lyon, a UH Facilities Planning & Construction manager, has dedicated herself to mapping the UH campus for four years. “Our UH campus map has experienced great changes these years,” Lyon said. “The changes are due to the

improvements in technology, the hard work of our department and cooperation with other departments of UH.” Lyon finished her master’s degree in construction management at UH. She has been working at the University for 14 years, and says she has special connection with UH. “I am making improvements to UH day by day,” Lyon said. “All that I do, and all that my department does, is rooted in our strong will to serve the UH student community.” Using computer-assisted design and geographic information systems, Lyon

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Grad students to face higher interest rates

UH celebrates back-to-school with Cat’s Back 2011 Students will have a chance to experience one of the University’s largest single-day events with Cat’s Back 2011, taking place from 4-7 p.m. today at the UC. The event, now in its ninth year, will have free food, games and music available for all students that attend. There will also be an organizations fair with numerous students and a pep rally featuring the UH football team and marching band. “The excitement and anticipation for this event continues to grow; it offers students the perfect opportunity to make friends, have fun and learn what Cougar pride is all about,” said Keith Kowalka, the Assistant Vice President for Student Development, in a press release. For a full list of Cat’s Back activities and events, visit http://www. -Cougar News Staff

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UH Alumni Association hosts Texas Hold ‘Em Showdown The University of Houston Alumni Association will be hosting the 2011 Texas Hold ‘Em Showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Athletics/ Alumni Center, located at 3100 Cullen Blvd. The event is the inaugural poker tournament the organization has had. Food and a cash bar will be supplied for participants. Tickets are $75 per person with 8 person tables available for $600. Though spots are full, those who are interested can still join the standby list. For more information about the event or the standby list, contact Ali Walker at 713-743-0828. -Cougar News Staff

works to create 2D UH campus maps. To make the map user-friendly, she assigns easy-to-recognize symbols for each building. The Optometry service building for example, has an eye as a symbol, and nature parks with a forest may use a green tree as a symbol. “We created these signs to make it easier for the students to find each building with different functions on our larger campus. We put the ‘inquiry’ symbol on the map for infrastructure under construction,” Lyon said.


volunteer helps direct a new student to his class. Tents like this were scattered across campus to alleviate first day woes by giving directions, answering questions and providing much-needed relief from the hot day with bottled water. Find out more about Cougar First Impressions and the first week of school on page 6. | Robert Z. Easely/The Daily Cougar

Students entering graduate school who are awarded financial aid will get just that — plus interest — after July 2012, as no subsidized loans will be awarded under the new debt ceiling plan. Through subsidized loans, graduate students receive loans with no interest while in school. Unsubsidized loans, which will continue to be awarded, are charged interest from the moment they are issued until the loans have been paid. The economic impact for students receiving subsidized versus unsubsidized loans could result in graduate students accruing thousands of dollars in interest over the duration of their studies. Interest on unsubsidized loans is also capitalized. Some graduate students at the University of Houston are banking on alternative means to fund their education, but say they are willing to pay additional interest, if necessary, to finish their degrees. Ben Porter said he will “make it work” as he completes his last year of graduate studies in social psychology. He’s working two jobs as as a statistician and the second as a teaching assistant on campus. As a TA, he works 20 hours weekly

in exchange for the school covering his tuition. He still has to pay school fees, which are about $600 per semester, he said he does not plan to take out student loans next year. “It’s really sad because grad students make very little in terms of money,” Porter said. “Essentially, it’s going to put us in a lot more debt. Undergrads will also have more debt.” Upon completion of his degree, Porter hopes to gain employment in academia at a research university. As a social psychologist, he said he expects to earn a modest salary as he begins his career. “We’re not medical doctors, we’re not lawyers,” he said. “We’re not going to get massive salaries when we graduate.” Like many other colleges within the University, the Conrad H. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management has been, and will be assisting students who qualify through graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, scholarships and fellowships. “That will significantly help to get rid of the financial burden,” said Kijoon Back, Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor at the college. He does not deal with financial aspects while advising students, Back said he has never had a student drop out of school from financial concerns. GRADUATES continues on page 6


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The following is a partial report of campus crime between July 29-Aug. 8. All information is selected from the files of the UH Police Department. The information in italics indicates when the event was reported to UHPD and the event’s location. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UHPD at (713) 743-0600. Theft – 5:35 p.m. July 29, 2011 – Lot 15 F — A faculty member reported that someone stole the spare tire from her motor vehicle while it was parked in lot 15 F. There are no suspects. The incident occurred sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The case is Active. Criminal Solicitation – 9:59 p.m. August 2, 2011 – Farish Hall — A faculty member reported receiving an alarming letter directed towards numerous high-level University officials. Investigation ongoing. The incident occurred between 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The case is Active. Theft – 12:06 p.m. August 2, 2011 8/2/11 – Campus Recreation and Wellness Center — A juvenile was found in the possession of a complainant’s stolen cellular phone. The phone was returned and the complainant did not wish to pursue criminal charges. The juvenile was issued a campus-wide criminal trespass warning and released. The incident occurred between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The case is Cleared by Exception. Theft – 3:20 p.m. August 3, 2011 – UC Underground — A staff member reported that someone entered his unattended and unsecured UC Underground office and stole his laptop computer. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 11:50 hrs and 12:10 hrs 8/3/11. The case is Inactive. Theft – 8:33 a.m. August 5, 2011– Architecture Building — A student reported that someone stole her property from her secured locker in the Architecture building. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The case is Inactive.


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Theft – 4:54 p.m. August 5, 2011 Cougar Village — A visitor reported that someone stole unattended and unsecured electronic equipment from Cougar Village. The property was later found on site and had not been stolen. The incident occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 12:37 a.m. The case is Unfounded. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 3:14 a.m. August 7, 2011 – Cullen Oaks Apartments — A student was observed under the influence of alcohol, and after further investigation the student was found to be under the legal age to consume alcohol. The student was released to a responsible third party and received a Harris County citation and a UH Student Life Referral. The case is Cleared by Citation. Assault – 4:26 a.m. August 7, 2011 – Off Campus — UH Police Department received a report of an assault that had occurred at Calhoun Lofts Apartment complex. During the initial response police officers were unable to contact the alleged victim. During the investigation the victim arrived at Calhoun Lofts via taxi. No arrest was made and no charges filed. The incident occurred between 4:00 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. The case is Inactive. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle – 11:34 a.m. August 8, 2011 – Lot 20 A A visitor parked her unattended and secured vehicle in lot 20 A. When she returned to the vehicle she found her check book missing. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 08:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The case is inactive.


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Security kiosks like this one are located in lots 9C, 12A and 4A to provide security in those areas. They were established for crime prevention, as well as improving the image of the campus. | Jack Wehman/The Daily Cougar


Kiosks make campus parking safer Security booths added to three University lots Ryan Rockett

THE DAILY COUGAR Students will have an extra pair of eyes watching out for them with the installation of security kiosks in three student parking lots this fall. The kiosks have been erected in lots 9C, 12A and 4A. The kiosk at lot 9C is manned 24/7, while kiosks 4A and 12A are occupied from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Security will also be present in the 12A kiosk during sporting events. Operational hours will increase pending the hiring of more security officers. “I think it’s a great idea,” Police Chief and Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Security Malcolm Davis said. “It’s a way to let students know we’re looking out for their safety.” The security initiative began in Summer 2009, when a task force assembled by UH President Renu Khator and composed of faculty,

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“A great many students don’t even know there is a Hilton Hotel on our campus. It is our responsibility to help students identify these buildings. There are a few buildings sharing the same name, like the E. Cullen Building, which is used by a few departments. We also try to symbolize these buildings in a clearer way. ” Lyon is currently putting her efforts into creating 3D UH campus map that would help students their destination more easily. Lyon also teaches Engineering Graphics in College of Technology. She said teaching helps her

staff, students and community leaders were assigned to address growing security concerns among students on campus. “It’s a great addition to the campus,”said Jeff Syptak, an SGA representative. “Police will be able to respond faster to incidents now.” Davis said that crime alert emails sent to students throughout the year helped foster a false view that the campus was unsafe. “It’s a perception battle we’re continually fighting,” Davis said. “Crime has never been as bad as people think it is.” Mechanical engineering student Jose Guerrero is skeptical of the kiosks’ effectiveness. “I’ve never really felt safe here,” Guerrero said. “I don’t think they’ll make a difference at all.” Officers, however, have received mostly positive responses from students. “Students think they’re right where they need to be,” Davis said. According to the police, the campus averages approximately 1,000 incidents a year ranging from mild to serious.

improve her ideas in both technological and mapping areas. The Facility & Planning Construction department has hired undergraduate students and graduate students for recent mapping projects. Students from a wide variety of disciplines spend around twenty hours during the semester working on different mapping projects. “Our mapping team is becoming more professional and formal,” said Zhu Chen, a first year Architecture master student. “The meeting schedule, reports format and management are becoming stricter. Experience really helps us to utilize drafting

Davis said crime has been steadily declining over the past few years, but he has seen increasing concern from students. The kiosks were construction last spring. Davis said that the designers were very cautious during the developmental stage because the police did not want to create a threatening atmosphere. “We didn’t want it to look like a prison guard tower,” Davis said. “We didn’t want it to be the first thing students see.” Authorities said that more security kiosks are planned in the future, and police wanted to address the areas of maximum concern first. Police believe that the initiative will be a successful crime deterrent, but they also hope that students continue to play a part in reporting incidents. “This gives students another place to contact us and get involved,” Davis said. “Working together we can make this campus as safe as it can possibly be.”

software like AutoCAD and Revit much better.” Space Inventory Manager Camille Porter said that the Facilities & Planning Construction department is always looking for more students interested in participating. “Facilities Planning & Construction program is in need of more students to join in,” Porter said.“Students from engineering, architecture and construction programs could go to the UH career service website (under “Work and Study”) to view the details and requirements to work here.”

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nyone who attends UH can attest to the fact that it is not a very student-friendly campus. There are a myriad of things that point to this.

One of the first indicators of this is the official website of the University. Unfortunately, it is one of the first things a prospective student will check before applying to UH. The official website is disjointed and poorly designed. It is full of false leads and dead ends. It is commonplace for universities to make it hard for prospective students to find information about tuition prices and general student expenses. They do this by burying the information – UH does this. However, it also seems like UH makes a point of over-zealously burying all other relevant information. As a Tier One university, UH should strive to make the campus more student-friendly. Redesigning the website would be a good place to start, but that is not the only area that needs improvement. The campus parking lots are a battlefield every morning because of the acute deficit of available spaces. This often causes students to either lose valuable sleep by waking up thirty minutes earlier than they should, or forces them to be chronically tardy to their classes. After making an appointment to speak with an advisor, it is often a couple of weeks before that meeting actually takes place — long after the problem has either solved itself, or has grown by a snowball effect into a much larger predicament. The financial aid office is generally mute when it comes to communicating valuable information about policy changes. Transcripts are often sent, lost by the administration and then resent only to be lost by them a second time. Because of the high volume of crimes that occur on campus, students tend to scramble to their cars as soon as night starts to fall. The campus loses its personality after dark. A six-volume book could be written about how non-user friendly Peoplesoft is. If UH wants to continue to grow, these issues need to be addressed. Students are the foundation of a university. It doens’t seem like UH realizes this.

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Intelligent design has no place in Texas classrooms

Perry needs to evolve T

he socially conservative base of the Republican party has never been fond of secular education, and Republican presidential candidates are once again courting their socially conservative base by attacking evolution.

This was seen last week at a New Hampshire speaking event when Gov. Rick Perry responded to a child’s question about evoluEmily tion with a somewhat Brooks embarrassing answer. “It’s a theory that’s out there,” Perry said. “It’s got some gaps in it.” Unfortunately, Perry is not the only politician making such statements. During the Republican Leadership Conference this June, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) reiterated her support for intelligent design. “What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide,” she said. “I think it’s a good idea for a government not to come down on one side of a scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides.” The problem is, there is not reasonable doubt on both sides. The scientific community is overwhelmingly supportive of the theory of evolution. The handful of objecting scientists are clearly of the mad variety. The gaps that Perry referred to in his answer are the most common criticisms of evolution — alleged gaps in the fossil record. Since so few organisms are likely to leave fossils, much less fully intact ones, some transitional forms have not

yet been discovered. Scientists do not expect that fossils will be found of all organisms that have lived on Earth. Evolution is observable in traits over generations and in alleles. There are no gaps in this so-called theory. Evolution is a fact. Some believe that evolution was a deity’s instrument in creation, but there is no observable scientific evidence

Faith is a deeply personal matter. If one wishes to teach their child JudeoChristian creationism, intelligent design, or that we all live on the back of a giant turtle, they are welcome to do so in their own home.” that this is the case. Candidates speak of reasonable doubt on both sides, when in actuality there is overwhelming evidence in favor of evolution, and no scientific evidence at all to support divine intervention. The First Amendment of the US Constitution is fairly explicit about the establishment of a state religion. Thomas Jefferson elaborated on this in a letter written to the Danbury Baptist association in 1802. “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State,” Jefferson wrote. How may a public institution

preferentially treat any specific creation narrative over proven observable science in our schools? To do so would be establishing a national religion. Asking our schools to teach a specific narrative on our origins would require that all origin narratives be taught. Why would we take class time for such a purpose when US students rank below average in math and science globally? There are many religious theories about the origins of our planet and the human species. None are backed by scientific evidence. Faith is a deeply personal matter. If one wishes to teach their child Judeo-Christian creationism, intelligent design, or that we all live on the back of a giant turtle, they are welcome to do so in their home. One does not, however, have the right to demand that their neighbor’s child be taught the same. To insist that one’s own unverified beliefs are right for everyone is, by definition, bigoted. To maintain that evolution is unproven is willful ignorance in the face of fact. Bachmann and Perry can hold their breath until the sky turns orange — but that will not make it true. We do our children a great disservice by teaching them that 2 + 2 doesn’t have to equal 4 if someone yells loud enough that it doesn’t. If our next generation is going to compete globally, we must heed the words of the defense attorney in the infamous Scope’s Monkey Trial. “We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States,” Clarence Darrow said. Darrow’s words are as true today as they were in 1925. Emily Brooks is a senior economics major and may be reached at

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International Student Tyson Weeks said he would take out a loan, subsidized or unsubsidized, if he had to in order to complete his graduate degree in hospitality management. However, he does not have to do so because he and his family are paying for his degree out of pocket, he said. Other students, including friends of Weeks, have had to take out loans and will be affected by the graduate student loan changes. “You can’t really escape the ramifications of the economy,” Weeks said. Porter said he does not think the government’s initiative that brought about loan changes were intended to burden graduate students. “The whole reason this came about is that there’s only so much money,” he said. “I don’t think that they could do anything to assist us that wouldn’t harm anyone else.”

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Students introduced to campus by volunteers Many get acquainted at Cougar First Impressions Pedro Pinto

THE DAILY COUGAR UH faculty, students, and organizations manned tents around campus during the first two days of the semester to help inform, direct and ease the transition for new and returning Cougars. Cougar First Impressions, which is in its ninth year and sponsored by Staff Council, is one of the many Cat’s Back celebrations going on this week to get students ready for the new school year. “We want to have an absolute welcoming impression,” said Mike Pede, president of the Alumni Association. With many new students coming from community colleges and

high schools, UH is the first taste they get of a campus this size. “On the first day everyone is so scattered,” said volunteer Gaby Solis. “These tents help the community of students know that we care about them.” Besides the stress of having to find classes, getting used to the new campus and the start of classes, students were also faced with the heat. CFI volunteers helped alleviate this by offering free bottled water to students who stopped by. “It’s pretty hot. They’re nice to do that,” said Clint Kirchoff, a chemistry and economics junior, upon taking a cup of water from a nearby tent. Overall, both volunteers and students said they enjoyed this year’s CFI. “A lot of people have been really friendly this year,” said

Volunteers persevered under the hot sun to ensure students kept their cool on the first two days of school. | Nine Nguyen/The Daily Cougar geology major Jorge Trevino. “A lot of people have been helping me.” Cougars wanting to get more involved on campus and celebrate the new semester can attend the yearly Cat’s Back Event: Be One taking place from 4-7 p.m. today in


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touch. “We were best friends down there,” Hayes said. “He came and visited with me this spring and talked to me. We speak on a weekly basis. We keep a close relationship to see how each other is doing, and push each other to be better every day.” After Blinn, Newton led the Auburn Tigers to a perfect 14-0 record and the NCAA championship. He was then selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. Hayes said playing with an athlete of Newton’s prowess elevated his game. “Working with him made me better,” Hayes said. “I’ve never seen a guy that works from Monday through Sunday, everyday. He doesn’t party, he doesn’t do anything. He’s just on the field throwing routes or he’s in his room watching film. It was great to see a person like him and how focused he was.” Upon arrival Hayes was reserved about expressing himself to teammates. With a year of experience in the program, Hayes is not shying away from being vocal in his final season. “When I first came here it was more of me being quiet, getting to know the plays and doing the right thing,” Hayes said. “Now it’s me knowing the offense, and knowing my teammates. I’m more comfortable around people and more vocal at practice.”

Earlier in the month, South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier banned his team from using Twitter. After one former player tweeted a false rumor about a current player, the Ol’ Ball Coach decided it was time to put a social media muzzle on the Gamecocks. Other players were John also rumored to be sharing questionBrannen able tweets via Twitter. “We have some dumb, immature players that put crap on their Twitter, and we don’t need that,” Spurrier said to reporters at the SEC Media Day. “So the best thing to do is just ban it.” When outlets like Facebook and Twitter are being used irresponsibly, this is the right course of action. If online content becomes a distraction it might be best to log off — at least for the length of the season. Spurrier is not the first coach to do so, and will certainly not be the last. It is necessary to silence athletes when they are not being good representatives of their program. The beauty of social media for sports fans is that it gives athletes an unfiltered pedestal to share their thoughts, as well as the opportunity to interact with them. But in that uniqueness is a risk. All amateur and professional players deserve to have opinions, but problems arise when those views are broadcast to the world and then shared repeatedly. People tend to let their guard down when using Twitter, and post tweets that could be likened to journal entries. Some users are not guarded, and tweet with a casual tone. More so than any other group in the public eye, athletes need to reserve their thoughts from the public. Followers are used to reading actors and musicians share their political and social ideals, but when athletes share something controversial it is more likely to become a story. As soon as media outlets have a screenshot of a controversial post, it sparks a frenzy. No apology can take back the proof left behind. Whether they know it or not, players are always serving as ambassadors for their team or university — even if it is through an online persona. If they could refrain from posting inappropriate musings, athletes would have had the go-ahead to use social media to their hearts’ content. Otherwise, head coaches need to start playing the wardens of Twitter jail.



Former UH standouts catch on overseas with pro teams in Spain After having two of the most illustrious careers in UH history, former Cougars Brittney Scott and Courtney Taylor may need to brush up on their Spanish-speaking skills. Both players signed with teams in the Spanish league. Taylor signed with AG.DVA. Baloncestes Aviles, and Scott signed with Ourense. “I’ve been playing basketball all of my life, so to get to this level and achieve another goal, it feels really good,” Scott said in a release. The two are fresh off of leading the Cougars to a 26-6 overall record (16-0 Conference USA), and a regular-season conference championship. Taylor finished her career as the all-time UH leader in rebounds and double-doubles. Scott made the most 3-pointers in program history with 226. — Cougar Sports Services


UH schedules home-and-home series against the other Cougars UH announced it added the Brigham Young Cougars to its non-conference schedule for the 2013, and 2014 seasons. The Cougars will host BYU on Oct. 19, 2013, at Robertson Stadium. The next season on Sept. 27, 2014, UH will travel to Provo, Utah, for the second game of the series. “We are very pleased to be able to bring such a high-quality opponent to the University of Houston campus,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said in a release. “BYU is a tradition-rich football program and will make for an exciting series. We believe in playing a strong non-conference schedule against teams nationally known to our fans.” The two schools have never squared off on the gridiron. BYU is entering its first season as an independent. “We’re excited to play this series with Houston,” BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe said. “It allows both schools to have unique travel experiences and play very good competition. “Our football team has never played in Houston, so I’m excited that BYU fans in that part of the country will have an opportunity to see our team play in person.” Details regarding television broadcasts and ticket sales will be made available later. — Cougar Sports Services


Portion of out-of-conference schedule revealed The Athletics Department is slowly clueing in fans on the Cougars non-conference schedule via Twitter (@UHCougarBB) and Facebook. Each day this week they will release another opponent. The Cougars will open the 2012 season with a series against Delaware from Feb. 17-19 at Cougar Field. UH will follow that with another home weekend series against Texas State from Feb. 24-26. — Cougar Sports Services

Senior running back Michael Hayes entered last season in a complementary role, but broke out when given a chance. He averaged 106.3 per game when given 20 or more carries. | File Photo/The Daily Cougar

Hayes is worst-kept secret in UH backfield John Brannen

THE DAILY COUGAR Senior running back Michael Hayes knows how to make a dramatic entrance. In the 2010 season opener against Texas State he caught a pass out of the backfield, broke a tackle and weaved his way to the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. It was the Cougars’ third play from scrimmage en route to a 40-point victory. “It was a great feeling to have an impact on the team that fast,” Hayes said. “Just to see how the crowd got into it and how Bryce (Beall) was. He came and was the first person to celebrate with me.” Hayes is one of three options at running back for UH, but he is the hybrid of the group. Senior running back Bryce Beall is a hard runner, and sophomore Charles Sims is faster and will be used as a receiver. Hayes’s skill set is a mixture of both. “I’d just rather have the ball in my hands,” Hayes said. “I can run in between the tackles, outside the tackles or down the field. It doesn’t matter.” He transferred from Blinn Junior College in Brenham and intended to play at South Florida. Days before training camp opened, he was told the program no longer need him. He opted to attend UH, which is less than an hour away from his hometown of East Bernard. His decision was a sigh

of relief for the coaching staff. When Sims was ruled ineligible in 2010, head coach Kevin Sumlin described the backfield situation as “Oh no,” and Beall was slated to shoulder the reps. Hayes was accepted to UH and started practicing 26 days before the first game. Co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips referred to him as “the secret weapon” before he had even worn a UH uniform. Hayes shined sharing snaps with Beall, producing nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and scoring 10 touchdowns in 2010. His contributions make him one of the Cougars’ worst-kept secrets entering this season. “Mike definitely brought a spark to the team last year,” running backs coach Clarence McKinney said. “He’s a powerful, explosive runner. He gave us an alternative to Bryce and gave him a break every now and then. When he was out there he did great things for us.” Hayes played his first two seasons at Blinn which plays in the National Junior College Athletic Association. During his sophomore season, Hayes played alongside Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton before he transferred to Auburn. Hayes and Newton helped lead the Buccaneers to an 11-1 season and a win in the NJCAA Championship in 2009. Competing at a high level forged a bond between the two, and they still keep in

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Fast food chain gives Houston a taste test According to the Houston Chronicle, Houstonians can look forward to being a test market for the newest McDonald’s creation — the English Pub burger. Because Houston is such a big city, it has the demographics the world’s largest fast-food burger chain needs to see if their latest menu item will be a success or not. According to the Huffington Post, reception from test locations in Chicago have been positive. But here’s the kicker — the burger is a long shot from being English. It features an Angus beef patty, hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, American cheese, onions, steak sauce and Dijon mustard all piled on an artisan roll bun. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that most of those ingredients are far from being served with a spot of tea. The burger will be on a trial run in Houston for about two months.

A jazz ensemble performed on the porch of Moores School of Music on Tuesday. Their performance was one of many during the UH Arts Open House in the Arts Quad. | Jaja Anele/The Daily Cougar


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UH fine arts students host event to welcome Cougars young and old Alex Pechacek



Organization shares the word, serves Cougar arts students The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Arts Chapter will be serving breakfast tacos to all members of the School of Theatre & Dance, Moores School of Music and the School of Art today and tomorrow in the UH Arts Quad. “We’re doing this for New Student Orientation and Outreach for Welcome Week,” said Intervarsity Christian Fellowship member Erica Henderson. “We’ll have events throughout the semester that are geared toward fellowship for arts students.” The organization will also host a watermelon picnic from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the UH Arts Quad and an Artist Exchange Show & Tell dinner on Thursday, Sept. 1. — Compiled by Mary Baak

This year’s UH Arts Open House hosted in the Arts Quad brought together talented writers and musicians for an evening dedicated to displaying the talent and unique programs which enrich the school. Performances were hosted on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center patio, while others were featured on the Moores School of Music porch. One of the first acts to shine its light was UH’s own acapella group, Men of Moores. They performed an astonishingly smooth set which included well-formed vocal renditions of modern hits. Sophomore Matt Mozzola performed

slick solo covers of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” Under the direction of Moores School of Music affiliate artist Jennifer Keeney, a flute quartet comprised of upperclassmen had a unique set made up of Irish melodies. One of the quieter performances at the event was held in the lobby of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center and featured professor and artist-in-residence Chuck Ivy. Ivy introduced a musical contraption which included a Samsung 3D TV, an XBOX Kinect sensor and a colorful, pixelated display of body movement. This combination created a new way for people to make music — a way in which anyone can take part. UH undergraduate literary journal Glass Mountain was in full effect, featuring an outdoor reading from creative writing senior and staff member Brett Forsberg. Layout editor Steven Simeone noted the growth of the journal within the past year due to its rise to national

status, describing the reception as “overwhelmingly positive.” Student submissions have risen to new heights and the journal’s next release is highly anticipated. A tour of some of the campus sculptures was given by a Blaffer employee and culminated the evening. The tour gave explanations of some of the structures. The guide described some of the quirkier statues on campus, from the tall walking sculptures to the spotted bird that can be found nestled between two trees. The sculptures and their history are a testament to the many artistic assets UH flaunts. The evening was a diverse rendevous which brought out people from many walks of campus and brought together the students, faculty and staff who care about and participate in UH art programs.

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Parrots leaves other burgers in the nest Jorge Porras

THE DAILY COUGAR Located on the edge of Hempstead off FM 395 is the Thirsty Parrot Bar & Grill. It is like most bars you will find anywhere else. You can shoot pool, throw some money in the jukebox or have a beer or cocktail at the bar. You might be wondering why I would bother writing this review of a run-of-the-mill bar out in the middle of nowhere (no offense to those of you from Hempstead) — quite simply, it is all about the burger. As I stated before, the bar appears to be as average as they come — it’s housed in a large plain white building

with typical neon beer signs adorning the walls. However, among the bland bar monotony is the Parrot Burger, which is named after the bar, not because the patty is of avian variety. It’s truly a miracle that something so good can come out of a place like this — the entire time I was eating I felt as though a camera crew was going to come out and let me in on some kind of culinary prank at any given moment. It is not the condiments or the toppings, but the flavor and texture combination of the meat and bread that is something that should raise burger standards. The first thing you realize is how juicy, soft and full of flavor the meat is.

When combined with the sweetness brought on by the broken down starches from the jalapeño sourdough bread, the rush of flavor and texture from the fried jalapeños just overwhelms the senses. The jalapeños were mild and perfectly accented the burger, rather than dominating the flavors and ruining the burger. It was Plato who believed that all manmade things were only poor imitations of their perfect ideal forms, but let me tell you this, my burger hungry brothers and sisters. If the Thirsty Parrot doesn’t have a perfect burger, then it is an incredible imitation, especially when paired with your favorite beer.




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Dismuke has a problem: too many skilled young golfers Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR Ideally, head coach Jonathan Dismuke said he would like to play one freshman regularly — maybe two at most. Last season Dismuke had four freshmen play 10 or more events. “Four guys can be daunting because every experience they have is new, and it can be tough for them to play week in and week out,� Dismuke said. “Ideally, you’d like them to have time to reflect on their mistakes and improve. What we asked them to do last year, they didn’t have that.� The four freshman – Curtis Reed, Jesse Droemer, Bryn Flanagan and Wesley McClain – helped the Cougars finish as high as fourth on two occasions, including at the Conference USA Championship, but also as low as 15th twice. “You know what you’re getting into or you should know when you’re playing that many young guys,� Dismuke said. “If they play great, they’re going to play great. But

when they struggle, they’re really going to struggle.� Despite the erratic play of freshmen, Diskmuke said he feels the Cougars are better for the experience, as he continues to grow the program. “It was a lot to throw at that many young guys,� Dismuke said. “But I think they did a tremendous job over the course of the year and I was very proud of them. I think we’ll be better for it in the future.� That future will include last season’s standouts, as well as two promising incoming freshmen in Kyle Pilgrim and Roman Robledo. A multi-sport athlete in high school, Pilgrim has room to grow as he just began prioritizing golf full-time. “He is a very talented player,� Dismuke said. “He was a multi-sport athlete in high school, who just started focusing on golf during his last year of high school. I think he’ll come in and develop fast. He’s very smart. He’s going to be a part of the honors college and be a tremendous asset at the University of Houston. “Roman Robledo, physically

he’s one of the most gifted I’ve ever seen. He’s extremely mature physically and ahead of the curve development-wise for incoming freshman. I expect him to do some great things this year and be one of our best players.� The Cougars will also welcome junior James Ross from Michigan State. For Dismuke and the Cougars, the amount of depth can only make the squad stronger. “Being fresh and having time to practice and reflect on your mistakes is really valuable in terms of long-term player development,� Dismuke said. “Having the depth to mix the lineup up a little more this year will keep us a lot more fresh and help us improve over the course of the year.� The Cougars are young, but Dismuke is optimistic about the outlook for the upcoming season. “I think they have good core values,� Dismuke said. “They want to do great things and it should be a year to watch.�

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Sophomore Curtis Reed is one of several important building blocks for the Cougars. As a freshman, he finished tied for fourth at the Seminole Intercollegiate tournament and tied for fifth at the Conference USA Championship. | Courtesy of UH Athletics



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