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Getting red-faced for Cougar Red Fridays initiative Starting this Friday, a $15 cougar flex card will be given to the first two students to arrive after 11 a.m. at the Fresh Foods Company with their face painted red. Students are asked to tweet a picture of their face and prize with the hashtag #UHRedFriday. This is part of the Cougar Red Friday initiative sponsored by the Office of University Relations. Students, faculty and staff can also participate by tweeting a picture of them in red with the answer to trivia questions posted on Twitter with the hashtag #UHRedFriday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays. The first five people to answer correctly will win prizes. To learn more about Cougar Red Fridays go to features/on-campus/red-friday/ index.php. — Cougar News Staff


Campus to hold 5K run for research, cure of diseases UH’s Sugar Land branch will be hosting a “Be the One Run” starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 5. Sponsored by the National Marrow Donor Registry, the race is open to citizens of all ages and includes a 5K run, a 1K run and a “Trot Trot” race for kids 5 and under. The event aims to help raise money for transplant research and will help to find a cure for diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. Registration is still open for volunteers willing to participate. To join the effort, sign up at or during the event. — Cougar News Staff

CORRECTIONS The Fish Bowl cartoon on Monday was mistakenly credited to Brandon Hernandez instead of Thomas Hernandez.

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UH put on fiscal diet Board of Regents announces 2012 budget, cuts jobs in operations, support organizations, campus facilities Ryan Rockett

THE DAILY COUGAR The UH Board of Regents approved a $1.36 billion budget in its quarterly meeting, which highlights a decrease in operating expenses, as the school system is forced to cope with state funding cuts for the 2012 fiscal year. The budget, which will take effect Sept. 1, will cut 345 jobs in operations, support organizations and campus facilities. Faculty salaries were also reduced. UH Associate Vice President and Vice Chancellor for Finance Tom Ehardt emphasized the impact the state budget has had compared to previous years. “Twenty years ago, state allocations accounted for about half of our operating budget,” Ehardt said. “In fiscal year 2012, it accounted for just 25 percent of the operating

budget.” A tuition increase announced in June also played a part in increasing the school’s revenue for the upcoming year, consisting of a 3.95 percent increase for 12 credit hour course loads, a 4.95 percent increase for students taking nine hours, and a 9 percent increase overall for professional students in optometry and pharmacy. To counter this, the budget will include a $9.9 million increase in financial aid, making it a total of $66 million. Regents sought to reduce the University’s operating expense costs per credit hour taken by students as well. The new budget reveals a 5 percent decrease in this area, from $510 per hour to $486. The elimination of over 300 jobs was achieved through layoffs, retirement and retraction of unfilled positions. The cuts claimed 23 faculty positions, 183 professional


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Reductions as a result of state revenue decline totaled $30.7 million for the 2012 financial year. Departments took the biggest hit with a $14 million reduction, while research developments took the smallest hit with a $1 million reduction.

3% 8% FY2011 Reductions Reserve for Endowment Loss Research Development Funds Cuts Special Items Cuts Departmental Cuts Source: University of Houston Administration

and support staff positions, 28 positions in University Advancement and Information Technology and 11 maintenance positions. Despite the job cuts, the school still plans to add 52 faculty positions and 41 professional and support

staff positions with an additional $5 million added to what Regents list as “priority academic programs.” The goals stated in the budget were to protect instruction and BUDGET continues on page 2

If you were in charge of the budget, where would you make the cuts?

I’d say construction. I mean, if we have to cut something, I don’t think we should build more things. We should just stick with what we have. Victoria Stanley Business Sophomore

If anything, I’d cut how much they spend as far as advertising on football games. People know about them anyway, and since people have a good sense of school spirit they’ll attend by word of mouth.

Things like ‘The Statue of Four Lies.’ I know it’s kinda subjective, but a lot of the art here isn’t terribly aesthetically appealing. It doesn’t really decorate the campus well.

(Athletics). There are a lot of games. And they are a big deal, they are good for the University. But I think they are spending too much money on it.

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Landscaping. I think they waste too much water. Even if it’s raining, they’re still watering the grass. Hanh Nguyen Chemical Engineering Freshman

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Improved distance learning support leads to online enrollment increase Monica Coleman


2007-2011 enrollment


Though the University has consistently experienced doubledigit growth in online enrollment over the last four years, the quality of online learning has remained uncontrolled and is still in development. Online enrollment increased more than 38 percent, soaring from 13,875 students in 2007 to 36,376 in 2011. The average online enrollment increase was more than 5,600 students each year, though the number of course sections only increased by 75 on average. The University is doing more with fewer resources, said Nancy Herron, assistant director of Education Outreach. “We’re getting more bang for our buck,” she said. Most of the work involved in keeping pace with the swift increase in online class enrollment can be credited to Herron’s small department of less than 20 employees. Her staff serve as advocates for students who are enrolled in distance education. When these students have problems with their online classes, she and her staff are the people to call. Herron said that course quality is a major concern to her department, and that the issue hinges largely on the way instructors deliver content and information in online classes — quality lies in the hand of each instructor. “We currently don’t have any quality control,” Herron said. “We have instructional designers. We hope that the faculty members work with them, and for the most part they do. The job of the instructional designers is to help them (instructors) determine the best way to present the materials they have to the students.” Psychology junior Jana Godino said her online math class could have been better had her instructor

Online enrollment has increased by over 100 percent since 2008 and by over 200 percent since 2007.

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arranged the material differently. She said she received the most help by looking up concepts on Youtube. “I felt like I was teaching myself math,” Godino said. Her professor’s contact hours were limited and she had work at those times. Godino said she finished the class with a C but expected to fail. “I’m not really good with math,” she said. “So it was a little harder for me than it would be if I took it in person.” Taking a class online and taking one in person should feel nearly the same, Tammy Hoskins said. As educational technology director, she recently drafted the Online Course Recommended Guidelines, which is pending approval from the deans of each college. The guidelines recommend best practices on how instructors can deliver course materials, setting quality control in place for online classes, she said. Hoskins said these guidelines help improve online courses by setting standards that increase interactions between instructors, students, their peers and the course content. One major area addressed is communications. “Instead of it being one way or even two way, now it’s multiple connections,” Hoskins said. The guideline also sets a standard for distributing course information such as syllabuses, the instructor’s contact information

and his or her preferred contact hours. Hoskins said the approved guidelines would require instructors to post this information online prior to the beginning of each semester. In Fall 2006, the University offered 132 online sections, in which 5,029 students enrolled. Those numbers were trumped in Summer 2011 when 169 sections were offered with 6,375 enrolled. In Spring 2011, the University offered 245 sections with 14,815 students enrolled. The most students recorded in a semester at the time of this report were 15,186 in Fall 2010 when 231 sections were offered. “UH currently leads Texas in online enrollment. The University offered its first online class in 1997 and its first online degree program in 2003. Students may choose from a total of seven online degree programs currently offered. Two additional programs are being considered,” said Nancy Herron, assistant director of educational outreach. In previous years, the University also offered courses via tape and TV. Those courses we completely eradicated in 2009 due to lack of interest. “We watch our enrollment closely,” Herron said. “It got to a point where we couldn’t justify offering them with the amount of money we had to pay for it.”


UH report shows record enrollment Meg Viers

THE DAILY COUGAR Fall 2011 saw a new record for the number of first-time college students to enroll at UH. According to preliminary information from Susan Moreno at the University’s Institutional Research department, 3,453 first-time college students have enrolled in the University in some capacity. Of this group, 31 percent were in the top 10 percent of their class, 45 percent were in the top 15 percent, and 56 percent were in the top 20 percent. The average SAT score for the group was 1115. Of the 2010-2011 class, 27 percent were in the top 10 percent of

their class and 59 percent were in the top 15 percent. For the class of 2008-2009, 21 percent were in the top 10 percent and 51 percent were in the top 15 percent. The average SAT scores remained fairly constant from year to year, hovering between 1000 and 1200 for the combined critical reading and mathematics scores. UH does not consider the writing scores of the SAT or a writing sample as part of the admissions process. For 2012 admissions, the school automatically accepted applications from students that were ranked in the top 20 percent of their class in high school. Students who were ranked

between 21 and 50 percent needed at least 1000 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT. Students ranked in the bottom 50 percent are subject to individual review before acceptance. These criteria are only applicable to those who apply by Dec. 1. After this date, only those in the top 10 percent regardless of standardized testing scores are guaranteed acceptance. This year’s freshmen have a greater percentage of students in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, yet a significantly lower percentage in the top 15 percent compared to the other years described here.

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tally kept by CNN reported that 66 American soldiers have died this August, making it the deadliest month for troops since the beginning of the war almost a decade ago.

August also brought on the deadliest attack of the war, when 30 soldiers were killed when insurgents shot down their Chinook transport helicopter on Aug. 6 in the eastern central province of Wardak, Afghanistan. Whether you support the war or not, you have to give thanks for the men and women who risk their lives every day to make sure we can continue to live ours in any way that we choose. The average age of a first-time army recruit for the past 10 years has ranged from 20 to 22, according to the Army’s website. That means when many of us were entering our junior year at UH, these men and women were enlisting and going overseas — and their sacrifices don’t end there. According to an article written by the Associated Press, one in eight soldiers returns to the US with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This often means they relive their experiences in Iraq or Afghanistan over and over again and have a hard time reintegrating into normal life. The return to school has ushered in a myriad of complaints from the student body, but how well would we cope with the conditions in the military? We complain about waking up early for class, when they’ve been on the battlefield all night. We complain about traffic and construction while we drive in our air-conditioned cars and listen to the radio. We are doing this when, at the same time, young soldiers are trekking across the Middle East listening to gunfire. We complain about homework, Peoplesoft, the administration and tuition; while men and women our age, some even younger, are putting their lives on the line knowing full well that they may never be properly thanked for it. Kind of puts the whole parking situation into perspective, eh?

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he first semester of freshman year in college is an exciting time for incoming students. Many are emerging from under their parents’ thumbs for the first time. It is an exhilarating time of freedom, self-discovery and assertion of independence. And, let’s be honest, usually a little partying and walking on Kirsti the wild side will accomPollard pany these wonderful new changes. Unfortunately, it is also a potentially dangerous time for young women. It is a time when they need to understand the responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Several studies have shown that the first semester of freshman year is when young women are most likely to be sexually assaulted. The US Department of Education reports that about 20 percent of young women will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault. The sad reality is that this number is only an estimate. Rape and sexual assault are the most underreported crimes in our criminal justice system. Studies also show that sexual assaults are often committed by people the victims know, not strangers, which also impedes reporting. According to the US Department of Justice, only 5 percent of college women who have been raped report it to authorities. Would you? Would you even know

what to do, where to go or who to talk to if it happened to you? When it happened to me at the age of 21, I was hanging out with a friend from campus that I thought I could trust. In a split second, I was alone in an unsafe situation and my life changed forever. It is imperative that this issue is confronted. Women need to be aware of the risks and know how to avoid becoming victims of sexual assault. recently published a list of back to school safety tips for women on its website. Their tips go beyond the resources our campus already has in place, like security escorts and emergency phones. It highlights the risks that exist from people who are not strangers. UH women should read it, print it and slap it on their wall somewhere so their friends can read it too. If you do find yourself in a situation that constitutes sexual violence, which can also include stalking, sexual harassment and dating violence, you need to talk to someone. UH has a phenomenal Women’s Resource Center that offers many services to women. Beverly A. McPhail, director of the Women’s Resource Center, said that the Center is actively campaigning to make students aware of sexual violence and offers numerous resources to students on campus. In addition to the WRC, our campus

When it happened to me at the age of 21, I was hanging out with a friend from campus that I thought I could trust. In a split second, I was alone in an unsafe situation and my life changed forever.” has its own counseling center, the Counseling and Psychological Services. Houston also has numerous resources such as the Houston Area Women’s Center, the Rape Crisis Center and many others. If you remember only one thing from this, know that it is not a good practice to always assume that everyone you know is as nice and as trustworthy as you may be. Keep in mind that they might also be going through a new period of freedom and self-discovery and can make bad decisions in the process. Remember to always have an exit strategy — a backup plan. And, when you’ve figured that plan out, make another one. Take care of yourself and enjoy your college experience the way it was meant to be. Kirsti Pollard is a senior sociology major and may be reached at


Labor struggles should inspire students


lthough there hasn’t been as much coverage lately of US labor struggles in the mainstream media, there have been some amazing things going on since the protests in Wisconsin over state workers’ collective bargaining rights back in February. This summer witnessed the longest work stoppage in the history of the NFL, which ended in a major victory for players — i.e., workers. Players were able to keep Brendan owners from adding more Laws games to the season and shortening off-season practice periods. This limits full contact practices that increase wear on players’ bodies and increase their chances for injury. Football and its repetitive practices have been increasingly linked to concussions and other brain and nervous system damage. On top of this, players were able to maintain a comparable share of revenue while increasing pensions for already retired players. Most impressively, players were able to secure lifetime health coverage, which is crucial because of the toll a career in the sport can take on players’ bodies. This often makes post-NFL private insurance for players extremely expensive and difficult to secure. The fact that the average career in the league is only 3.4 years makes securing

long-term healthcare even more important for all NFL players. Also, in spite of the general climate of austerity in the country, 45,000 Verizon workers started the largest strike in recent history on Aug. 7. The company has been calling to freeze worker pensions, take away contributions to employees’ healthcare premiums and make it easier to fire workers and take away seniority-based pay raise policies. The workers went on strike and picketed for two weeks, and though they haven’t gotten their demands yet, they have earned a much more level field for bargaining. And finally, on Aug.17, over 300 student workers on the J-1 visa program staged a sit-in and strike at a Hershey’s packing warehouse in Pennsylvania to protest their exploitation. These students paid between $3,000 and $6,000 to travel to the US, learn English and be immersed in American culture. Instead, they found themselves trapped working for pittances through a typical sweatshop model. The workers, under a lot of physical duress and pressure, make slightly over minimum wage, but have been forced to live in crowded, artificially inflated company housing that costs double the market value. And, according to The New York Times, after rent and other mandatory bills were paid, the students only made between $1 and $3.50 an hour. The J-1 program enlists over 100,000

foreign students annually to do menial jobs — with similar levels of exploitation as this Hershey’s case. This is a growing trend within Hershey’s and other companies. According to the National Guestworker Alliance, Hershey’s laid off 1,500 workers in recent years and replaced them with exploited student labor, and is planning on firing 500 more workers next year. Companies who enlist J-1 students don’t have to pay Social Security or Medicare for these student workers. Also, if the workers speak up about their wages or working conditions, the company can take away their visas and have them deported. Many of the students are in debt because of the initial cost of the program, so for them the situation is dire. However, these students did stand up. Together with the support of local union chapters and other community members, they are fighting to turn these exploited jobs into union represented living-wage careers. Although Houston is a city known to be pro business, and is located in a state known to be conservative, the majority of those on campus are, or will be, workers. Therefore, the labor movement is something UH students should care about, regardless of their political affiliation. Houston needs more people working to build a strong labor movement locally. UH is a good place to start. Brendan Laws is a senior sociology major and may be reached at

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Cougars and Owls to do battle at Reliant next season and beyond According to the Houston Chronicle, UH and Rice have agreed to bring the Battle for the Bayou Bucket to Reliant Stadium starting in 2012. The deal is supposed to run over multiple seasons. An official announcement will be made today at 11:30 a.m. at Relaiant Stadium. The two schools last met on the field at Reliant to open the 2004 season. UH officials have considered using Reliant as a temporary home during the construction of a new football stadium. — Cougar Sports Services


UH readies itself for season with retreat to clear minds The Cougars took a small trip to the Woodlands this past weekend for a team retreat to focus on the upcoming season. The coaches and players took part in activities to keep morale high prior to the Cougars’ first tournament. “We get away from the city for a few days and come together to establish goals and get our mind right for the beginning of the season,” head coach Jonathan Dismuke said in a release. “This weekend was about establishing a championship culture for us and building what we want to become in the future.” Two decorated Navy SEALs spoke to the team, giving them a pep talk about the concepts of camaraderie and loyalty. “The Navy SEALs are one of the most respected organizations in the world. The culture they have created is second to none,” Dismuke said. “Their hard work, dedication and sacrifice have established Navy SEALs as an example for the rest of the world. “I couldn’t think of a better group to speak to, challenge and inspire our team, and we were very fortunate to have them come out.” The Cougars first tournament is the Gopher Invitational Sept. 11-12 at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzatta, Minn. — Cougar Sports Services


Cougars look for diamonds in the rough with walk-on tryouts UH will try to find new talent amongst the overlooked. Tryouts for players hoping to walk on will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Cougar Field. Potenital players must bring a completed tryout form, copy of insurance, sports physical and completed liability waiver. For more information, contact assistant coach Jack Cressend at — Cougar Sports Services

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Journey continues for Keenum Senior quarterback sees matuartion in a variety of ways during time at UH John Brannen

THE DAILY COUGAR Depending on the severity, the tear of an anterior cruciate ligament can potentially end an athlete’s competitive career. A return to the field has not been a simple task for senior quarterback Case Keenum. He has had to draw inspiration from multiple sources to help him endure the painful rehabilitation process. Keenum, a devout Christian and active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has found significance in the Bible verse Philippians 3:12-14: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on… Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize.” “To paraphrase, it’s like forgetting what is behind and striving for what is ahead,” Keenum said. “That’s what I think the whole team is thinking. What’s behind us is behind us. The only thing we can control now is what’s ahead of us.” In summation, Keenum and the Cougars are keeping a tunnel vision on what is directly in front of them. There’s no staring at the rearview, and no need to rehash the shortcomings of 2010. For Keenum and the 18 other seniors, a coveted Conference USA championship paired with a win in a bowl game is the ultimate prize. His improvisational skills and ability

to recognize defenses at the line of scrimmage show his commanding presence on the field. But that sense of authority was taken away from him last year, and he had to sit and watch UH finish below .500 for the first time in six seasons. “Those are two things that are not fun,” he said. “Not being able to help, and not winning. That’s something hopefully we don’t have to experience any more.” Keenum sits atop the UH record books in almost every passing statistic, and this season he will be chasing history. Keenum is fifth on the list of all-time NCAA leading passers, and is exactly 3,486 passing yards short from eclipsing former Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang as the all-time NCAA leader. The “Case for a Heisman“ campaign is also still in full effect. He was picked as the eighth-best candidate in a poll on, and was selected as the 18th best player in the country by “That means a lot to be mentioned in the same sentence as a lot of the great players,” Keenum said. “But if that’s happening, then that means the team is doing well, and that’s going to make me happy. That’s all I care about is helping my team. “If I have to hand the ball off 100 times, then I will. Whatever it takes to win a football game. I want to do my best to put this team in a position to be successful.” After graduating from Wylie High School in Abilene, Keenum was redshirted as a freshman. He is one of few players left over from the recruiting classes of former head coach Art Briles. Keenum’s became an observer of games and practices following the injury, but was able to learn from a third-person perspective. Five previous years of experience make Keenum a player-coach

of sorts. Head coach Kevin Sumlin said Keenum is someone he can confide in personally and profesionally. “He’s been here six years — he’s been here longer than I have,” Sumlin said. “I like our communication level. He’s a mature guy, we’ve been around each other for four years now. There’s a comfort level where I can talk to him not as an 18-year-old, but as a 23-year-old married guy about what’s going on with me.” Keenum earned his bachelor’s degree in December and is enrolled in a master’s program. He took another step into adulthood by marrying his longtime girlfriend Kimberly in June. “It’s like anybody’s college experience, you’re on your own and start making your own decisions,” Keenum said. “That’s when your character starts forming and you find out who you are. “I’ve grown a lot, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. I grew up as a person and learned a lot. So much of it has been on the field, but a lot of it has been off the field.” Assuming he stays healthy, Keenum is likely to receive the opportunity to prove his worth to NFL teams after the season. But he plans on being a staunch supporter of UH football for years to come. “The city of Houston is ready to get behind the football program here,” he said. “It’ll be a snowball effect. What we get started now, and over these past few years it can continue grow. “I think we’re doing something special. I want to come back 10 years from now, sitting in the new stadium in a suite, and watch us win another conference championship after backto-back-to-back-to-back seasons. That’s where I think the program could be headed, and I hope it is.”


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Former US National head coach Arie Selinger featured three Cougars on his roster. One current Cougar plays internationally — senior Lucy Charuk. Charuk is a member of the Canadian National Team. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

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The Israeli National Team will begin its three-match tour of Texas with an exhibition against the Cougars tonight. The match might be the most meaningful of the three to Israeli head coach Arie Selinger. Selinger is no stranger to the University. He served as the head coach of the U.S. National Team from 1975 to 1984. Former UH head coach Ruth Nelson served as a coach on his staff for the 1980 and 1984 squads that featured former three UH players — Flo Hyman, Rita Crockett and Rose Magers.

During those years, the team stayed in Pasadena and trained at the University. “There’s a huge link,” head coach Molly Alvey said. “He lived here, they trained in Houston and they actually trained on campus. This is his home. So it’s a really cool connection. It’s a really big deal to us. “There’s a lot of old national team players and a lot of people involved with USA volleyball that are connected to Houston, connected to Ari that will be coming back for the match.” The match will not count towards the Cougars’ official season record, but should prove beneficial for several reasons. “One, to just have an opportunity to play that level of volleyball,” Alvey said. “Two, they know it’s in

preparation to help us continue to get better for the rest of our preseason tournaments because we have some tough competition coming up. “I think the other important part for the team is to see how excited our fans are over it. Just to open up winning our first three and then to have this match is going to be a pretty exciting night tomorrow.” Alvey is trying to restore the program to its previous prominence achieved under Nelson. In her first season as head coach, the Cougars finished third in Conference USA with their highest win total since 1999. The match will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Athletics/ Alumni Center.

One of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s goals since his arrival was to build a bigger offensive line for the Cougars. Entering his fourth season, it appears that Cougars have done so, and given themselves depth and options on that front through recruiting top junior college players. At the beginning of training camp, there were eight to 10 candidates auditioning to play major roles on the offensive line. Sumlin acknowledges that things can change between game one and the end of the season, but he likes how the Cougar’s line has shaped up. “I think we’ve had some great competition,” Sumlin said. “It’s hard to gauge where you are as a team this time of year. We can answer that a little bit better probably Saturday. I think obviously we’ve had more competition with more guys just looking at the depth chart there are some people who were playing last year who aren’t even in two deep.” The line will return only two starters from last season — senior center Chris Thompson and junior tackle Jacolby Ashworth. Thompson, who started at guard for UH since his freshman season, will slide over to center this season. He will replace Jordan Shoemaker, who, like Thompson, was a starter since his redshirt freshman season. While Thompson has not played the position for the Cougars, Sumlin feels that his skill and experience as a lineman will be vital on a line featuring three new starters. “Moving Chris Thompson to center has helped,” Sumlin said. “He’s our best offensive lineman and a preseason all-league pick. Him being a center to me becomes important. “I had a question early, ‘Are you concerned about your whole right side being new?’ I’d be more concerned about the center being inexperienced because our center

gets targeted and is really the guy who sets the tempo, gets to the ball. He lets us know what the calls are and lets us know what’s going on. An experienced player there really, really helps.” That brand new right side will feature sophomore Kevin Forsch at guard and freshman Rowdy Harper at tackle. “Kevin Forsch was a backup center,” Sumlin said. “But we moved him and gave him some shots at guard and actually he’s playing very, very well. He’s moving well, smart and has the flexibility to play center and guard. “Rowdy Harper is going to start at right tackle, backed up by Ralph Oragwu. Both of those guys have had not a lot of game experience.” The last of the new starting linemen is sophomore Ty Cloud, who will flank Thompson at left guard. The three new starters represent Sumlin’s desire for a larger line. Harper stands 6’6 and weighs 285 pounds, while Cloud is 6’4, 315 pounds and Forsch measures 6’5, 301 pounds. Over his tenure with the Cougars, Sumlin has never been shy about playing inexperienced players whom he felt were talented enough to contribute. This year’s edition of the Brick Squad is no different, and he feels confident about its abilities. “I’m pleased with where we are in our offensive line,” Sumlin said. “It will be interesting Saturday. We’ve got three new guys there, but that’s college football. You’re never going to have 22 returning guys and if you do it’s a pretty good team — I’ve never been on one of those. “But those three guys, what they lack in experience they have made up for in an increase in size and strength. We’re bigger than we’ve been, probably not as experienced, but because of our size and strength, I think those guys have a chance — and they’re going to be doing nothing but getting better and better.”

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Philanthropic entrepreneur to release first book about his success After founding a successful line of canvas shoes and sunglasses, the man behind TOMS has found another way to give back — but this time, it’s bound to a spine and not a sole. Blake Mycoskie is slated to release his first book, “Start Something that Matters,” in which he talks at length about the TOMS vision, the ethics behind his cause and how others can find their own method of giving back to the people that need it the most. He also discusses the common misconception that one must pursue either a passion, wealth or a cause that both gives back and inspires others, forcing them to exclude the other two. However, Mycoskie says that it isn’t necessary to choose between the three, and one might even find more success if they don’t. In telling the story of entrepreneurship, inspiration and the small mission that became a global movement, Mycoskie offers readers a new definition of success — the kind that makes a difference in the world and satisfies a personal desire for financial well-being. The book is meant to give hope to people of all ages, whether they’re just entering the workforce or leaving their career in pursuit of starting something that brings compassion and ingenuity to business and, in a broader sense, makes the world a better place. “Start Something that Matters” is slated to hit bookstore shelves Sept. 6, and true to the TOMS philosophy, a new book will be provided to children in need with each copy purchased. — Cougar Arts Services

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Lil Wayne’s ninth studio album is the first in history to be released following an awards show. It was released online at midnight on Sunday after the VMAs. The physical album hit store shelves on Monday. | Courtesy of MTV Press


‘Carter IV’ can’t top the hype Lil Wayne disappoints, doesn’t bring anything fresh to world of hip-hop John Brannen

THE DAILY COUGAR As a way of building hype, Lil Wayne delayed his last album, “Tha Carter III” for more than a year until its release in June 2008. “Tha Carter IV,” which has been available since Sunday, could have used another year of fine-tuning. Wayne finished his eight-month prison term for illegal firearms in Nov. 2010. “Tha Carter IV” was advertised like a comeback album, but it doesn’t compare to his previous works in terms of buzz or quality. Many expected that Wayne’s time spent behind bars would enhance his creativity and he would emerge from the prison term a musical genius. There are no major breakthroughs and no spectacular signs of progression on

“Tha Carter IV,” just Wayne doing what has made him successful. There is a lack of focus, but Wayne’s different styles make the album appealing. Wayne is known for releasing free mixtapes in rapid succession to keep his masses of followers satisfied. That’s what “The Carter IV” sounds like — a slight showcase of Wayne’s talent, but not a cohesive effort. There is not a sense of urgency in his rhymes, and it sounds like an extension of his July mixtape “Sorry 4 The Wait.” Aside from a few exceptions, “Tha Carter IV” is like when all of the best parts of a movie are in the trailer. Singles “6 Foot, 7 Foot” featuring Cory Gunz came out last December and “John” with Rick Ross premiered in March. Both tracks have aged gracefully and remain standout songs on the album. The best part of “Tha Carter IV” is when Wayne steps aside and gives his elders a chance to shine. The recurring beat first heard on the intro happens again at the album’s midpoint and conclusion. The interlude on the eighth track features one half of Outkast with Andre 3000

and a guy you’ve probably never heard of: Tech N9ne — who arguably does the beat the most justice. On the outro, Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes all take turns delivering respectable verses. While his sidekick Drake is only featured in two songs, if you close your eyes and listen closely it sounds as if Wayne is doing his best Drizzy impersonation. Accusations that the Canadian-born rapper is ghostwriting for Wayne seem to have an air of legitimacy. His loyal fans will consider the fourth chapter of “Tha Carter” another solid installment, but there are no earth-shattering witticisms — just Wayne’s signature combination of being crude and clever. His next slated project is the release of Dedication 4, a mixtape with DJ Drama. The release date has not yet been announced. It will be the next chance for the public to see if Wayne challenges himself as an artist or continues using his proven methods for success.


Transportation methods cross the pond Alexandra Kuchik

THE DAILY COUGAR This summer, I decided to take a vacation — one that would be a nice weekend getaway without draining my bank account. After sorting through my options, I decided to make a trip to Galveston. After all, I thought, what’s the cost — a cheap hotel and gas, right? After filling up to get there, again for the weekend’s festivities and then filling up a third time for my summer school class on Monday morning, I was broke. It is no secret that the cost of gasoline has kept most of us

down and out of money this summer. As is the case for many college students, the depletion of your bank account this summer was not from a trip to Las Vegas, but from the rising cost of gasoline. Even in a fuel-efficient vehicle, it can cost upwards of $50 for an entire tank of gas. It seems as though a few Cougars finally got fed up with constantly having to fill their gas tank and empty their wallets and are seeking alternative methods of transportation. What is this new wallet-friendly mode of transportation? Is it walking, skateboarding or fixed-gear bicycles? The answer is none of these — it’s scooters. And I’m not

talking about the Razor scooter you had in seventh grade — students are channeling our friends from across the Atlantic and employing motor scooters to get around town. There are several shops around Houston that sell and maintain scooters, but only a select few that really cater to a new and wary buyer. ScooterSmith on Yale street specializes in The Genuine Buddy scooters, but also carries vintage Vespas along with other popular brands. Steve Smith, the owner of ScooterSmith, said that scooters are an extremely costPOND continues on page 10




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OEF/OIF Veterans, reservists, and active duty service members are invited to participate in a research study. Participants will be interviewed, asked to fill out several questionnaires and take a few computer-based tests. Some participants will be invited to undergo MRI scan of their brain. If interested, please contact

Bill Grieshaber at (832)316-6336, (713)794-7493, or 1-866-838-2778. Participants will be reimbursed for their time and effort.

efficient mode of transportation. “Scooters are an economical way to get around campus,� Smith said. “The Buddy Scooter gets around 100 miles to the gallon, it is legal and safe to park it a bike rack, and insurance costs around $80 a year. Parts are cheap and the outside is a heavyduty plastic that keeps the cost of any necessary repairs to a minimum. “Scooters also have a social aspect. I have a scooter club called The Scooter Battalion that meets on the first Sunday of every month at Beer Island in the Heights. I know there are also a few UH students in the club.� Yes, there are motorcycle clubs, chess clubs, and now there are even scooter clubs. Similar to motorcycle clubs, The Scooter Battalion organizes rides, but the lack of burly men in leather jackets on hogs and the brighter color scheme of scooters is what sets this club apart. If you’re looking to save a few dollars and change up your look while you’re at it, trading in your car for a motor scooter might be the answer that you’re looking for.

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is seeking energetic canvassers to help win an upcoming election. We are seeking individuals interested in politics who are outgoing, positive and ready to work hard. PT job, mostly weekend hrs available. Send resume to

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church 3826 Wheeler Street Houston, Texas 77004-2604 713.748.5240

RENTALS 1 BDRM & 1 BATH W/ study. Off street parking. Close to campus. Available now! Call Catherine 713-923-7991.

Worship Services 7:15a.m., 9:00a.m., 11:00a.m. & 1:00p.m. Wednesday, Bible Study: 12 noon & 7:00p.m. Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, Pastor Rev. William A. Lawson, Pastor Emeritus Sunday Services via webcast:

1 BDRM/1 BA. 1 MI FROM UH. hard wd r, quiet & clean, $400/mo+utilities, non smoker & no pets. Call (713) 523-3525. FOR RENT. Large, Light, & Bright 1 Bedroom, Hardwood oors,bike and drive 5 minutes to UH. $500 ( incl. water + deposit) Call 713-667-1294 or 713320-3672 GARAGE APT 2 blocks from UH. 1 Bdrm, living rm, kitchen with appl, new AC. All utilities paid, $650/mo. & Room for rent 1 block from UH, fully furnished. all utilities paid $400/mo. call 713-459-6414

HELP WANTED WE ARE SEEKING a full-time or part-time International Assistant Buyer in the 610 Loop & Richmond area, with strong organization, verbal, and written communication skills, and proďŹ ciency in Microsoft OfďŹ ce. This is a good opportunity for those majoring in International Business. Please contact 713-527-9912 LIVEIN FEMALE HOUSESITTER, over 18, English speaking. Up to $875/month, plus car&Tuition Assit., Memorial Mall area. 713-647-0460. PT HELP NEEDED at home and ofďŹ ce. Several positions available. $10/hr. 713-533-1577 Please leave message. NANNY NEEDED. $10/hr. Children 11yrs, 7yrs, 10 wks. Must have reliable transportation. Light housework. Flexible hours. references & exp required. Call for interview. 832-563-5783





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713-729-7880 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. Bible Class 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

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Living Water Ministry & Pastor Sang Kim

invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings @ 10:00 Located upstairs in the Education building. All are welcome especially Asian Americans.

Free lunch afterwards.



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Telemarketing / Appt Setting for Consulting Firm Highly respected national consulting ďŹ rm based in Houston is seeking a marketing person to set appointments for online technical presentations for our executive sales staff. Training is provided. Must be able to get past the gatekeepers and have excellent verbal skills. Experience in outside or inside sales is prefered. $15.00 per hour plus incentives for each appt set. Full time or part time and hours can be exible. Location is I45 South at Fuqua (SE Houston). Respond to the email shown below or call Kim Carter at (281) 484-1700. Email

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Must be Something in the Water by Brandon Alexander

ACROSS 1 Klutz’s cry (hyph.) 5 Scurry sideways 9 Name in headphones 13 Stellar review 14 Of element 79 16 Lounge around 17 Field of study 18 Beatles’ “Eleanor� 19 Outback mineral 20 Gave temporarily 21 Famous numero 22 Promotes 24 Little Joe’s bro 26 Benchmark 27 Rio Grande town 30 Regained energy (2 wds.) 34 Accustom 35 Rocky ledge 36 1920s look 37 British inc. 38 Worms and minnows 39 Freight unit 40 Stadium level 42 Black-and-white snack 43 Mix together 45 Canceled the launch 47 Oak products 48 Huge crowd 49 La -- Tar Pits 50 You bet! in Bonn 53 Happy hour site 54 Mortgage 58 Sharif or Bradley 59 Call forth 61 “En garde� weapon 62 Fries or slaw 63 Risks it 64 Irritate 65 Pay attention 66 -- pilot 67 Rip-off

The Fishbowl by Thomas Hernandez

SUDOKU How to play

Each row must contain the numbers 1 to 9; each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of 3-by-3 boxes must also contain the numbers 1 to 9.

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DOWN 1 Siberian river 2 Mad Hatter guest 3 Range part 4 Moor vista 5 Tenor Enrico 6 Devastates

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Workshops will be held at N111 Cougar Village. Must register on line by going to “workshopssignup” at

Workshops are 1 – 1 ½ hours and will be held in the 106 Student Service Center 1, UCS Conference Room. RESUME

TUTORING HOURS: Mon.-Thur. 9am–8pm Friday 9am–3pm, Sat–Sun 1pm–4pm

09/08 09/19 09/29 10/17

10 am 11 am 11 am 11 am

10/25 11/01 11/14

12 pm 10 am 10 am

10/24 11/08 11/30

10 am 2 pm 2 pm

10/19 11/07 11/15 12/01

3 pm 10 am 3 pm 12 pm

10/26 11/03 11/16

3 pm 3 pm 1 pm

Time management, 8/31 @ 4pm; 9/2 @ 3pm; 9/14 @ 4pm SW 102; 11/1 @ 4pm SW 102; Textbook and college level reading tips, 9/6 @4pm; 9/7 @1pm; 9/8 @ 2pm; Note taking tips, 9/13 @ 11am; 9/16 @ 4 pm

INTERVIEW 08/31 09/12 09/21 10/13

3 pm 11 am 3 pm 10 am

Improve your memory 9/21 @ 1pm; 9/22 @ 2pm; 9/23 @ 11am; Exam preparation and test taking tips, 9/27 @ 3pm; 9/28 @ 5pm

JOB SEARCH 09/01 3 pm 09/13 2 pm 10/10 11 am

Studying for Natural Science Courses, 9/29 @ 4pm SW 102; Lower your test anxiety, 10/3 @ 4pm; 10/4 @ 11am; 10/6 @ 3pm Write better research papers, 10/13 @ 2pm; 10/14 @ 3pm Procrastination, 10/10 @ 4pm SW 102; 11/21 @ 4pm; 11/22 @ 11am;

INTERNSHIP 09/13 09/22 09/28 10/11 10/20

10 am 3 pm 1 pm 10 am 12 pm

Help, I can’t concentrate!, 10/18 @ 4pm; 10/21 @ 11am


Goal setting, 10/31 @ 11am; 11/3 @ 3pm

09/01 09/06 09/08 09/12 09/15 09/20 09/26

Organize yourself!, 11/15 @ 3pm; 11/18 @ 11am Prepare for and cope with final exams, 11/30 @ 4pm; 12/1 @ 3pm

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES Workshops will be held on Wednesdays at 12 noon–1 pm in Conference Room 210D Student Service Center 1. 09/07: Success at College: Creating Balance between School, Work & Relationships 09/14: Understanding Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms, and Ways to Cope 09/21: I’m Listening Honey! Communication among Couples 09/28: Learning How to Become More Assertive 10/05: Understanding Depression: What Everyone Should Know 10/12: Coping with Financial Stress 10/19: Undecided! Career Exploration and Planning 10/26: Tips for Developing Positive Self-Esteem 11/02: It’s All the Rage: Managing Anger 11/09: Readjustment to College for Veterans 11/16: Real Men: An Overview of Men’s Issues 11/30: It’s All the Rage: Managing Anger

UH WELLNESS All workshops are held in Room 1038 of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Call UH Wellness at 713-743-5430 for more information. Alcohol: Shaken, Not Slurred, 09/14 @ 2-3pm

Improve your motivation, 10/27 @ 3pm; 10/28 @ 3pm

Use study groups effectively, 11/9 @ 1pm; 11/11 @ 4pm

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10 am 5:45 pm 3 pm 5 pm 12 pm 5 pm 5:45 pm

09/29 10/03 10/10 10/18 10/24 10/27

2 pm 5 pm 5:45 pm 10 am 5:45 pm 12 pm

Preventative Medicine Health Screenings & More!, 09/22 @ 3-4pm Men’s Health: Turn and Cough, 10/03 @ 12-1pm Sexual Assault Prevention: Be Part of the Solution, 10/11 @ 3-4pm Nutrition: Eating on the Run, 10/21 @ 10-11am Financial Wellness: The College Economy, 11/01 @ 12-1pm Angry? Manage It instead of It Managing You!, 11/10 @ 10-11am

HOW TO WORK A CAREER FAIR 09/06 3 pm 10/03 11 am 09/20 11 am

Thinking About Stopping Smoking?, 11/15 @ 12-1pm Nutrition: Eating Well During the Holidays, 11/21 @ 11-12am Stress Management: Relax – it’s Only Finals, 11/28 @ 3-4pm HIV: Prevent and Protect, 12/01 @ 10-11am

For more information about these workshops, visit the websites listed above.


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