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September 14, 2011

Don’t lift weight off, but run it down

Issue 14, Volume 77


Islamic faith source of peace, comfort Recently converted Muslim student discovers sense of belonging in newfound beliefs Zahra Ahmed

THE DAILY COUGAR Hoang Long Le was only 10 years old when his family fled Vietnam for America in search of a better future. As he grew older in the states, he tried to escape the suppressed society that he had grown up in by expressing himself through religion. In Islam, he found comfort and

companionship. “I was on my way of finding a faith for myself,” Le said. “So I was always talking to a lot of religious people but I was still confused about certain things.” Le grew up in an Atheist family. Though his family was not religious, he said he was always interested in different types of people. In college, he met many Christian students and decided to learn about their faith. After a few months of studying the religion, Le said he didn’t agree with some of Christianity’s main tenets and continued his spiritual journey. In 2010, as Le was passing through the

Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall breezeway on campus, he noticed the Muslim Student Association’s information table. Curious, he paused to ask the organization’s members a few questions about the religion. After discussing Islam’s main tenets, Le decided that he wanted to research the religion more. He began reading the Quran and realized that Islam was more in line with his ideas. “The Quran made sense to me,” he said. “I just have to believe in one God and not relate him to anyone else. I felt relieved after learning that. I knew if I accepted Islam that I would have to start thinking about living my life differently, but I felt

really happy.” Then in April 2010, Le converted to Islam — like 20,000 other Americans every year. UH MSA’s religion outreach manager Shuruq Gyagenda said that last year alone, six students converted to Islam. Many students who convert are often searching for a spiritual connection in their lives, she said. “Because of what people see in the media today, Islam is the last religion people searching for a faith seek out,” Gyagenda said. “But with those who convert, I think they find what they need. MUSLIM continues on page 3



Buisness school hosts resume workshop for accountancy

Mayor talks to campus about city water leaks

The Rockwell Career Center, in conjunction with the C.T. Bauer College of Business, is hosting a Resume ER event for BBA and MS Accountancy students on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rockwell Career Center staff and corporate volunteers will be available to review or make suggestions to resumes. Students are welcome to come by the Melcher Hall AIM Center Lobby anytime during the event. The event is free and students will be helped on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information contact Kori Gould, or call 832-842-6128. — Erica Quiroz


Psychological services hosts counseling workshop today Counseling and Psychological Services will be holding Food for Thought Workshops from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the Student Service Center, Building 1, conference room 210D. Today’s workshop, “Understanding Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms and Ways to Cope,” is offered to UH students, faculty, and staff free of charge. Food for Thought workshops can help identify problems and sort them out with other students facing the same issues. CAPS will also be giving away two cougar trading cards at each Food for Thought workshop. — Michelle Casas

Lack of manpower makes infrastructure fixes difficult Joshua Mann


Dean Latha Ramchand of the C.T. Bauer College of Business plans to continue in the steps of her predecessor, Arthur Warga. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar


Bauer dean to maintain school’s flagship status Estíbaliz García

THE DAILY COUGAR By adding unique electives and collaborating with local businesses, the C.T. Bauer College of Business will continue to lead the nation as a top business school, said the newly appointed dean of UH’s business college. Latha Ramchand, who was appointed Sept. 7, is taking over the position that was left vacant when former Dean Arthur Warga stepped down in March.

“I am honored to be in this position, and I am honored to serve this college,” Ramchand said. “This institution has given me a lot and it is time for me to give back.” She said she would like to continue to make Bauer high in national rankings by extending the classes offered in the college and adding electives that students are not being offered at other top business schools. She said that DEAN continues on page 3

Students were treated to hot coffee, finger foods and an explanation of why pipe leaks are causing water shortages by Mayor Annise Parker Tuesday night in the University Center Underground World Affairs lounge. The event, which was hosted by the Urban Experience Program, featured several speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from the mayor’s Q-and-A to a talk about ways students can organize their time. Parker called Houston a “water rich city,” saying that it has an “abundant supply of water” in both Lake Conroe and Lake Houston. “Part of the problem is that the city of Houston is used to an abundance of rain,” Parker said, “This is the driest summer in the state of Texas; this is the driest period in the recorded history of the city of Houston.” Houstonian’s need to change their relationship to water, Parker said. “We are profligate water users,” Parker said. “We need to begin to change the way people think about

Annise Parker has been served the city of Houston as mayor since Jan. 2, 2010, and was a member of city council from 1998 to 2003. | Nine Nguyen/The Daily Cougar water.” The reason Houston has a water problem is because of a huge number of leaks in the pipes that carry the water from the reserves to the people who use it. “On a normal, bad summer day in the city of Houston, I have 200 water leaks across the city. Today I have 1,000,” she said. “That’s been going on for weeks.” The city is having trouble keeping up with the damage to the pipes, Parker said, and the problem isn’t that Houston doesn’t have enough money; it’s that it doesn’t have enough manpower. “Let me tell you the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night,” Parker said. “These forces that are pulling our water mains apart and causing the water leaks; once it rains again (...) the soil’s going to swell, and it’s going to torque the water pipes in the other direction. So the leaks are going to happen all over again.” PARKER continues on page 3

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Today in 1917, Russia’s Duma, a government entity most closely explained as a parliament, gave way to the brief but crucial Russian Republic. The Russian Republic lasted for just longer than a month before it gave way to the Soviets, taking control of Russia in October. Today in 1814, “The Star Spangled Banner,” our national anthem, was written by Francis Scott Key. He was inspired by the flag flying at the victory at Fort McHenry. The original version has four complete stanzas, which can be found at www.americanhistory.

On Sept. 17, 1630, the City of Boston was founded by John Winthrop. It turned into an integral city in resisting British control and remains a crucial American city today. On Sept. 16, 1978, Monty Python started filming “Life of Brian,” a highly controversial movie dealing with religion. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject that the British comedy group parodied, it was banned in many countries and select cities. On Sept. 15, 1835, Charles Darwin’s ship reached the Galapagos Islands, where he wrote notes which were later included in his book, ‘The Origin of Species.”



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Those same forces are going to be acting on the ground underneath Houston’s roads, Parker said. “You can’t see it yet, for the most part,” she said, “but we’re going to have an epidemic of potholes next year.”

They’re spiritually connecting with something that’s based in their heart.” Though Le is satisfied with his decision, he said that telling his family wasn’t easy. “(My mom) didn’t want to believe me,” he said. “She was very upset, and I was torn apart.” He and his mother seldom discuss his new faith, making it difficult for him to openly pray. For Le, who works with his mother at a Houston barbershop, it’s hard to lead two lives inside and outside of home and work. He can only hope that she will accept him for who he is now, he said. “No matter what, I’m always going to be (my mother’s) son,” he said. “Nothing has changed between us.” At school, however, he’s allowed to pray and practice his faith more freely, finding comfort with his Muslim friends. But with the 10th anniversary

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of Sept. 11, he worries about how American Muslim students are viewed. “Of course it’s hard being Muslim today,” Le said. “But the reward is that I believe it’s the right thing to do, and I did it for myself.” Le said the only thing he can do now is pray to God to make his decision easier. “It’s important to just be yourself and the person you want to be,” he said. To provide a support system for student converts, MSA is in the process of setting up weekly sessions with religious speakers from the Muslim American Society that will focus on the importance of Muslim community and faith. “It’s difficult because we don’t want to cause any friction at home if a student is going to an MSA event,” Gyagenda said. “But we want students to know that they have support at school. Students have a right to practice their faith.” Stay in touch.


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by differentiating its curriculum, Bauer will attract students from other cities. This will bring in revenue, which is a priority of hers since the decrease of state funding. Ramchand also plans to reach to the business community, especially the energy industry, to support Bauer’s Global Energy Management Program and its global Energy Executive MBA. She said Bauer has the strongest energy program she knows of and that, given Houston’s strong, globally-recognized energy reputation, the collaboration benefits the community. “Anything that can differentiate our product from others (means) we can attract the best students … and when we leverage that with the faculty we have, we create value for the community,” Ramchand said. Since joining the University’s business school in 1993, Ramchand has served as associate dean of programs and administration and associate dean of graduate and professional programs. She has also been professor of


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In this drying time fire prevention is key


exas continues to smoulder. In the midst of a record heat wave and the worst single-year drought in the state since 1895, conditions couldn’t be more perfect for wildfires to spread across the state’s vast landscape.

Fires have decimated more than 3.6 million acres of land across Texas; six of the 10 most detrimental wildfires in state history have happened in 2011. Bastrop county has been hit particularly hard. Almost 54 square miles of the county — roughly 25 percent — has burned this year. Bastrop State Park is almost non-existent. More than 95 percent of the park has been scorched by flames. Houston is not fireproof, either. Firefighters worked through the night Tuesday trying to extinguish a fire that started in west Houston’s George Bush Park. At its peak, the fire was more than a mile wide, according to the Houston Chronicle. The fire has now been contained for the most part, but the damage is already done. Although representatives from the Houston Fire Department were confident no evacuations are necessary, these fires can happen all across Texas, and they spread rapidly. To make matters worse, volunteer fire departments, which protect 75 percent of the state from wildfires like these, have had their budgets slashed to $7 million from $23 million. So not only are the fires spreading rapidly, but most of the state is not currently being funded for a large-scale firefighting effort. There is some good news, though. Fires like these are somewhat preventable. The fire in George Bush Park likely started near a roadway, according to the HFD. If you are a smoker, make sure you do not flick your cigarette butts out the window near patches of dry grass. Water conservation is also key — without adequate supplies, firefighters are battling an ever-increasing uphill battle. Pay attention to your surroundings, too. If you see a fire sprout up, do not hesitate to call 911 before it becomes unmanageable. The best defense in fire prevention is an early warning.

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A Missouri college has mandated drug testing for all students

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inn State Technical College, a two-year school in Missouri, has implemented a school-wide, mandatory drug screening. All student enrollment is contingent upon passing these tests. Linn State offers courses and degrees involving dangerous equipment (nuclear technology, aircraft maintenance, machinery repair, etc.), and it claims that these tests Rachel will improve safety on Farhi campus. Lawyers for Linn State compare the drug testing of students to the conditions of employment they will face after graduation. They say that a drug-free environment is safer, and students should prepare for a market in which drug tests are often necessary. The practice of drug testing is common for private employers, and this is a great idea for students whose courses actually involve risky work with machines

and other tasks where mental impairment is dangerous. Some students from Linn State applaud the measure, citing hands-on classes where coordination is key. However, Linn State’s

As it operates now, the drug screenings will irritate much of the student body and will most likely not make the campus safer.” proposed drug testing method makes little sense. Laws governing privacy and hiring for corporations and states are different, so the school’s analogy does not work. Suspicionless drug testing (analogous to searching a vehicle without cause) is hard to defend. Civil libertarians claim that screening without cause constitutes an illegal search

prohibited by the 4th Amendment. The sweeping nature of Linn State’s new policy is unnecessary and contradicts many current practices. Employees have won cases in which they were terminated for noncompliance with drug testing laws; all they have to do is prove that their job does not have a sufficient connection to public safety. Why should that standard change for Linn State students simply taking core or bookwork classes? The Georgia Institute of Technology, a similar school, mandates drug screenings, but only for employees working in certain conditions. All students are required to be tested at Linn State. And, students at Linn State must pay for the $50 tests themselves. Those not taking any classes affecting public safety will likely view this fee to be an unnecessary burden. These drug screenings will irritate much of the student body and will most likely not make the campus safer. FARHI continues on page 5

Food service workers deserve respect


s a college student, the likelihood of you knowing or being one of the millions of faces in the food service industry is greatly amplified. These people are your servers, your bartenders and your baristas. They are nameless faces, forced to work with a smile while being Amanda severely underpaid and Keenan under-appreciated. Knowing this, why might anyone subject themselves to such treatment, you might ask? They do it for the immediate cash, because they are paying their way

through college, or supporting a family and want to have a flexible schedule. Despite the benefits associated with working for this industry, there are also drawbacks. The average server knows this well. They often have to work on their feet for 12 hours at a time and carry trays weighing more than 70 pounds. This can take a toll on a person’s joints, back and knees. Servers work while injured, sick, tired, and yes, even sometimes hung-over. They have bad days like everyone else, but they aren’t allowed to show it. According to the US Department of Labor, $7.25 is the minimum wage in the state of Texas. However, the minimum

cash wage is $2.13 per hour, and is what most servers make. Servers are taxed, not only on this pathetic wage, but on their tips as well . Often times it is not uncommon for this to result in a server receiving a check that is void. Servers also have to pay a percentage of their sales to support staff such as bartenders and bussers. If you fail to tip at least 15 percent — which is often considered to be the socially accepted norm — or worse yet, do not tip at all, you are forcing the server to pay to wait on you. And, by knowing how little they make per hour, you are degrading them and KEENAN continues on page 5


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Alpha females UH needs more women in leadership positions hen the University Commission on Women released its report in 2007 on the status of women at UH, a mere eight percent of the positions at the highest levels of the administration were held by women. It has now been four years since the publication of the report. In that time, UH has gained a female university presiEmily dent, Dr. Renu Brooks Khator – also the first female chancellor of the UH system. Additionally, the number of female faculty members at UH has increased by two percentage points since 2007. Students of the Bauer College of Business were fortunate to recently see the interim dean of their college, Latha Ramchand, formally named to the position of dean. Ramchand is a successful scholar and proven administrator within the college, and Bauer and UH are very lucky to have her. Unfortunately, Ramchand is one of very few female administrators at the University. Even though UH has made great strides in diversity in a very short period of time, we still have progress to make. The CLASS Commission on Diversity found that, despite significant improvement since 2007, of the 2010 chairs, directors and deans, only 21.8 percent were female.

Of the UH faculty, only 29 percent are women. This is less than the national average of 37 percent for four-year universities. Half of the UH student population is female, and female college students have outnumbered their male counterparts nationwide since 1979. Why shouldn’t we have an administration that reflects the gender dispersion of the student body? The glass ceiling in the US has certainly been raised – but it still stands between women and leadership positions. Girls are taught from an early age to be less aggressive and competitive than boys. Such traits are seen as “unladylike,” but they are important traits for an effective leader in any field. Female UH students deserve an opportunity to see women in leadership positions, women who can show them that they can be strong leaders without sacrificing their femininity. Research published in the Harvard Business Journal by Columbia professor Sylvia Hewlitt asserts that one reason women are thought to be left behind at the higher levels is due to a lack of sponsorship. It is typical for individuals who rise to these levels to be mentored by an older professor or colleague who can aid them in networking and teach them tricks of the trade. Most of these mentors are male, and are often concerned that such a close relationship with a female student or young colleague could be perceived as inappropriate by others who assume

Female UH students deserve an opportunity to see women in leadership positions, women who can show them that they can be strong leaders without sacrificing their femininity.”



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forcing them into poverty. Furthermore, if you are a light tipper, you should keep in mind that the person who is waiting on you could easily be a family member, a neighbor or a friend. While there are those who get into the restaurant industry with plans to turn it into their permanent career, more often than not, the people who work in the service industry are there as a stepping stone to get to where and who they want to be. Tips are a server’s livelihood, and not something to be toyed with. A server deserves your respect for doing a job that not everyone can or will do, and whose labor we have all benefited from. It is a common sentiment of those in the service industry that everyone work in it at least once in their lives so that they can understand and appreciate the work that goes into taking care of and putting up with others. So, if you’re reading this article and you haven’t been in the shoes of a server or held any other food service position, you may want to try on their shoes before you decide what to tip. Or at least if you aren’t prepared to tip, do everyone a favor and go to a drive-thru — or try cooking for yourself.

The probation time for a student who tests positive on their tests is 45 days. If a student tests positive a second time, they are required to

withdraw from the university. A California judge concluded in 1988 that pre-employment drug tests operating similarly to Linn State’s tests don’t deter drug use and don’t accurately predict whether an employee will be at a higher risk for crime, mistakes or inefficiency.


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that a sexual relationship must exist. Hewlitt’s research shows that twothirds of male senior executives are fearful of sponsoring a junior, female colleague, and half of the women in question are afraid to accept such a sponsorship. Clearly, there is a need for women in these mentorship roles. Women have come a long way in the last 50 years, but our work is not yet complete. The Current Population Survey has found that, on average, a woman will still earn only 81 percent of the earnings of a similarly qualified man in the same position. Furthermore, only three percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. By making an effort to increase the number of qualified women in our faculty and administration, UH can help to develop and enrich a new generation of female leaders. Emily Brooks is an economics senior and may be reached at opinion@

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Missed a print edition? Browse recent publications in our virtual newsstand. THE DAILY COUGAR.COM /print-edition Linn State school officials are preparing for court, and the Missouri Civil Liberties Association is doing the same. However, Linn State should first make sure that the policy is consistent with the Constitution and Missouri law, and then make sure that it may actually improve

the school. Otherwise, why waste student fees defending it? Rachel Farhi is a junior political science and English literature double major and may be reached at opinion@

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Cougars try to build first winning streak

UH wins in three straigh sets

Zamora, Zavalza hope to carry over scoring momentum at HBU

Charuk and Tryon rally UH back in final set to complete sweep Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars swept Lamar (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) on Tuesday at the Athletics/Alumni Center to close out their non-conference schedule. “I think overall, composure-wise we did a good job of not getting rattled, not getting out of sync with one another,” head coach Molly Alvey said. “But I’d like to see us do a better job of having a sense of urgency before we get into a bind to earn those points. I thought we did a good job of keeping control and continuing to move the set forward and not getting hung up on mistakes.” The Cougars earned a win in the second set easily, but had to rally to win in the first and third sets. “The one adjustment that we made between set two and set three was that they needed to go up and start swinging faster,” Alvey said.

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Junior middle blocker Chandace Tryon helped rally the Cougars back from an 0-5 deficit with three kills and one block in the third set. | Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar “You could clearly see that Lucy made that adjustment, and she was swinging extremely fast and it produced kill after kill for her. Once Chandace saw that as well, she made that adjustment and she started scoring too.”

UH rallied back with three straight kills and a block at the net by junior middle blocker Chandace Tryon to bring the score to 6-8. Tryon and senior middle blocker VOLLEYBALL continues on page 10

going into the match despite UH’s struggles. “We can do this,” Zavalza said. “The previous games were tough but we can do this and we have Joachim Clarke definitely proved that.” THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars have shown improvement each game as the The Cougars will look to conseason draws on. tinue their recent offensive success Early on in the season they were when they take on Houston Baptist not getting quality scoring opporat Sorrels Field on Wednesday. tunities. Entering the seventh Coming off contest of the their first win non-conference of the season, a schedule, the 9-0 rout of Texas Cougars are Southern, the looking like Cougars (1-5-0) a much more will be looking polished team. to extend their The Cougars success. are now creatJ Senior Jessica Zavalza and freshman Head coach ing scoring Susan Bush said Kelsey Zamora lead the Cougars with four chances, and as and two goals, respectively. she is looking shown against forward to a TSU, they have competitive game against the Hus- the potential to finish them. kies (4-4-0) and looking for further The challenge for the Cougars improvement from her squad. now is to put the finishing touches “We need to be perfect in the on a work in progress. details,” Bush said. “The first Bush said she believes that the touch, how they receive the pass, success of Friday’s match against which foot they’re playing the ball TSU will help their cause. to, and things like that.” “We have to build on what we HBU is coming off a 3-0 loss did well and sharpen up on some to Stephen F. Austin. The Huskies things that we haven’t taken care have had little trouble scoring of,” Bush said. this season, registering 10 goals in Wednesday’s match kicks off at eight games. 7 p.m. at Sorrels Field. Senior forward Jessica Zavalza said that she has confidence

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Lifting weights doesn’t belly up to jogging Cardio workouts proven more effective than resistance training Reesha Brown

THE DAILY COUGAR Lace up those jogging shoes and hit the track. A recent study in the Aug. 25 issue of American Journal of Physiology, conducted by Duke medical researchers, suggests that aerobic exercise is better than resistance training for those interested in losing belly fat. The eight-month study compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercises like jogging to resistance training such as weight lifting and a combination of both in 196 overweight, sedentary adults ages 18 -70. Participants in the aerobic group performed exercises equivalent to 12 miles of jogging per week at an 80 percent maximum heart rate, while those in the resistance group performed three sets of eight to 12 repetitions three times per week. Researchers studied how these types of exercises reduced visceral

Instead of going to the gym to pump that sweet, sweet iron, a recent study by Duke medical researchers found that aerobic exercise is more beneficial in terms of burning fat, toning up and slimming down. Even if jogging is not your forte, stay active doing something you enjoy. | and liver fat that is found deep within the abdominal tissue and can fill spaces between internal organs. This is not to be confused with subcutaneous fat, which is fat that is stored beneath the skin. Melanee Wood, a UH recreation fitness assistant director, said this type of fat is associated with increased heart disease, diabetes and different types of cancer. Researchers found that weight lifting did not measure up to its competition after the study was complete. Resistance training achieved no significant reductions in visceral fat, liver fat, live enzyme levels or in insulin resistance, but they found that aerobics did quite the opposite than resistance training.

The Duke study showed that aerobic training significantly reduced visceral fat and liver fat, which is linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It also helped improve insulin resistance and it reduced liver enzymes and fasting triglyceride levels, which are all risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. In fact, aerobic exercise burned 67 percent more calories than resistance training. Don’t make the mistake in thinking resistance training is not good for you, because “any kind of exercise is better than no exercise,” Wood said in an email. “It is important to note that resistance training also results in fat loss. This study is not saying

that aerobic activity is the only method of fat loss. There is a lot of recent research that suggests that metabolic or interval training is also highly effective for fat loss,” Wood said. “This type of training is not recommended for sedentary people who are just beginning to exercise but can be a great way to progress for a new exerciser who enjoys weight training.” The fitness director believes that both methods of exercise are effective ways of losing weight, but only when used appropriately. However you choose to exercise, Wood wants to jog your memory and remind you to always have fun. “The most important thing for new exercisers is finding activity

that they enjoy doing,” she said. “If you keep exercise fun, it’ll be easier to stick with it and you’ll see greater improvements in your health in the long-term.” Readers interested in starting an aerobic conditioning program can try the recreation center’s cardio-based group fitness classes such as Group Cycling, Kickboxing, Step, Hip Hop Hustle or Zumba. Weight training, interval training and circuit training classes are also available. The full group fitness schedule and class descriptions can be found at group-exercise. All classes are free for UH students.


Transit gives Museum District, Houstonians reason to celebrate Specialized railcar unveiled; Houston gearing up for annual Museum District Day Allen Le

THE DAILY COUGAR The Houston Museum District Association has partnered with the Houston Arts Alliance and the METRORail Arts in Transit Program to create a brand new “Houston Loves Museum” rail train dedicated to providing transportation for cosmopolitan Houstonians. The “Houston Loves Museum” METRORail train debuted Tuesday with Mayor Annise Parker riding as a passenger for the first time. Parker was accompanied on her train ride with President and CEO of METRO George Greanias, and Director of The Menil Collection

and Chairman of the Houston Museum District Association, Joseph Helfenstein. The specialized train is completely painted in bold blue and green colors and labeled to distinguish it from regular METRORail trains. It will primarily be used to offer people a ride from one gallery to the next in the Houston Museum District. The Greater Houston area has more than 150 museums and the Museum District is compromised of 18 museums, 11 of which are free to the general public. “We’ve blessed the city of Houston with a wealth of museums that span from fine arts to natural science to areas of particular interests that we do a great job of giving an in-depth look at,” Parker said. “This is a great opportunity for families to decide that they want to experience the museums

and METRORail — it’s convenient, it’s easy.” Many of these museums are common destinations for elementary school children on field trips, but college students are encouraged to come out and rediscover the arts and culture beginning with the special new train that METRORail is now running. The “Houston Loves Museums” train is slated to start running just in time for the city’s 15th annual Museum District Day, which is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Houstonians will be able explore and travel between the 17 participating museums in the district for free the entire day and immerse themselves in new discoveries and rich history. The 15th annual Museum District Day will offer guided tours, interactive activities and special workshops, depending on which museums guests choose to visit

Mayor Annise Parker unveiled the new METRORail car that will run through the Museum District. The railcar will begin operating on Sept. 17. | Wikimedia Commons throughout the day. Refreshments will be available while supplies last. “We urged you to find a spot along the rail line and take the train to museums,” Greanias said.

“It’s the way to enjoy the museums, release some tension and focus on the arts, crafts and culture that’s available in our city.”


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Senior middle blocker Lucy Charuk led the Cougars with a game high of 15 kills, seven of which came in the third set, on a .542 hitting percentage. | Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar

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Lucy Charuk dominated the rest of the match and UH took its first lead at 21-20. Charuk and Tryon notched seven and three kills, respectively, in the set. For the match, Charuk had a game high of 15 kills. “I was just really excited for this match,� Charuk said. “Coming off of the weekend, I guess I was feeling pretty confident. Once things

started rolling and I was getting more and more kills, I felt like I could swing hard every time and they just couldn’t touch me.� The Cougars’ composure helped them come back from the early deficits in sets one and three. “Without getting crazy and yelling at each other, we come into the middle and take a deep breathe and know that we can make the plays to make the next point and bring ourselves out of that five-point hole,� Charuk said. “We managed to keep control

on our side, which is hard when you play a team that is very chaotic. When things aren’t going our way, we’re able to step back and relax going into the next point and that helped us be more successful instead being crazy all over the place like they were.� Defensively, freshman Natalie Keck led the Cougars with a game high 13 digs, and freshman Caitlin Ogletree finished with a game high of 36 assists. The Cougars came into the match without much downtime, returning from a weekend tournament in Kentucky less than 48 hours earlier. “It’s difficult,� Alvey said. “I think it’s difficult when you come off of a tournament like that and you’re playing at a major venue against a top 25 or 50 team like Kentucky with only one day of partial recovery, practice and to then be back in the gym. I think the bonus is we’re at home and we don’t have to do that on the road. I’m proud of them for winning and doing it in three.� The Cougars begin play in Conference USA against Rice (3-5) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tudor Fieldhouse. “We get right back into it,� Alvey said. “We don’t have a lot of time to prepare now for conference. In less than a week we head to Rice and I think it’s a total shift in gears to have to then turn on your conference brain because everyone is out to get you.�



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Cougars split up roster for weekend events Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars hope to build off of a strong start to their season with two events this weekend. The Cougars’ men’s and women’s teams will each send their top eight runners to compete at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo., while the rest of the roster will run at the Rice Invitational. The Missouri Southern Stampede will be an opportunity for both the men’s and women’s squads to build on their recent jump in the USTFCCCA regional rankings. Both teams finished second in their opening event, the UH-hosted Johnny Morriss Invitational at Buffalo Bayou Park earlier this month. The strong finish moved the men to No. 12 in the region, while the women jumped from No. 12 to No. 10 in the South Central region. The men’s quest to continue their ascension will be made easier this weekend by the return of senior Wesley Ruttoh who was sidelined with a toe injury. This is

Ruttoh’s first season competing for UH in cross country after transferring from Eastern Kentucky. In his final season with the Colonels, Ruttoh won the Ohio Valley Conference Champions and was named the conference’s runner of the year. Ruttoh made his debut for the Cougars last spring. He will be joined at the Missouri Southern Stampede by Nate Pineda, Andres Santaoloalla, Anthony Jordan, David Smith, Drevan Anderson-Kaapa, Yonas Tesfai and John Cantu. Competing for the women will be Megan Munoz, Starla Garcia, Kat Ducommun, Eryn Barroso, Julie Reinwald, Taylor Beer, Jaime Johnson and Alexis Vick. The Missouri meet will get underway Saturday with the women starting at 8:30 a.m. and the men following at 8:50 a.m. The Rice Inviational will take place at a course marked off of Rice Blvd. between Sunset/Main and Greenbriar. The women will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the men at 6:50 p.m.


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The Fishbowl by Thomas Hernandez

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Chili Fingers by Nam Nguyen

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.

Previous puzzle solved

DOWN 1 Du -- (menu phrase) 2 Governess in Siam 3 Reeled off 4 PC messages (hyph.) 5 Mystery writer P.D. -6 Kind of system

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