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University given B+ on water usage Infrastructure improvements in campus plumbing put UH alongside Rice in ranking Brian Jensen

THE DAILY COUGAR Rice University’s recent announcement of a new air condensation recycling system, which, along with similar projects, will save 12 to 14 million gallons of water a year, has received some good publicity in the local media. UH’s similar system, however, has gone

largely unnoticed. The College of Natural Science and Mathematics’ cold-distilled air conditioning condensate conserves water by being redirected to cooling towers and also helps save on chemical treatment due to its purity. UH, which was ranked B+ along with Rice on GreenReportCard.org, will also soon begin working on integrating low-flow (water efficient) plumbing fixtures. These improvements will compliment the recently-installed leak monitoring system. According to a Daily Cougar report that

ran earlier this month, this system “allows for the detection and notification of leaks and the automatic cutoff of the irrigation control system in that area.” A 2009 Green UH report said UH spent about $2.5 million on 358.3 million gallons of water and the treatment of about 236.2 million gallons of waste water. Approximately 122.1 million gallons were lost to evaporation in the cooling towers of the Central Plant, about 30 million gallons were used for landscaping and about 185 million gallons were used in buildings. About 1 percent of the system’s water

came from recaptured steam and condensate from heating and cooling processes. The report goes on to say that each building and groundskeeping zone should have its own meter to determine trends and reduce extravagant spending with the city by renegotiating the water utility contract. The two risks of this strategy, according to the survey, are that “the City of Houston may demand a higher rate for water utilities in return for the reduction in water usage being paid for by the University” and “the actual cost of installing the meters WATER continues on page 3

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Career services hosts series of workshops to aid students University Career Services will be holding a slew of workshops this week, with focuses ranging from resume building to campus recruitment. An interview workshop scheduled for 10 a.m. today will help students prepare for formal interviews and hone job search techniques. UC Services is also offering an internship workshop at 10 a.m. this Tuesday as well as a job search workshop beginning at 2 p.m. Workshops are held in Student Service Center, Building 1, Rm. 106. For more information about these and other workshops please visit http://www.career.uh.edu. — Jennifer Postel

Volunteers helped by constructing furniture for a client with the Halo House Foundation, an organization that rents apartments to cancer patients. | Robert Z. Easley /The Daily Cougar

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Novelist speaks at Inprint creative writing craft talk American novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman will be giving a short craft talk today as a part of the Inprint speaker series, in association with the UH Creative Writing Program and the UH Honors College. Goldman, an Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Trinity College, will be reading from his new book “Say Her Name.” The reading will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the UH Honors College commons and is free and open to public. For more information, contact Inprint at 713.521.2026 or at info@inprinthouston.org. — Jennifer Postel

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Excitement in Greek Park UH Panhellenic Council welcomes 126 women into six sororities — Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu and Zeta Tau Alpha — during Bid Day on Sunday at Cougar Field. Celebrations lasted into the night at Bayou Oaks and weekly meetings for new members begin tonight and will continue for a semester. | Jack Wehman/The Daily Cougar

About 20 passengers sat cheerfully in a bus Saturday, but not a single one of them knew exactly where they were going or what they would be doing once they arrived. The Do Good Bus is a charity organization that was founded in Los Angeles by Stephen Snedden and Rebecca Pontius and has partnered with the band Foster the People in order to give first-time volunteers an easy way in to charity work. “Our friend have always asked, ‘How do I get involved? I want to help but I don’t know how,’” Pontius said.

“Eventually we said, ‘What if we just got a bus, put all of our friends on the bus and we showed them how to do it?’” One of the unique things about the Do Good Bus is the fact that volunteers have no idea where they are going or what they will be doing until the bus arrives at its destination, partially because “everyone likes a surprise,” but also to help eliminate any hesitation that first-time volunteers may have, Pontius said. “(We don’t want) anyone to have any preconceived notions about whatever we’re doing, so ... we just show up to an activity and they jump right in; they don’t get to think about it, they just have to do it,” she said. After playing a couple of games DO GOOD continues on page 3


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CONSTITUTION DAY IN 2011 The Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs are joining efforts to promote the observation of this special day in the history of the United States.

U. S. Constitution Day Observance Did you know that every school receiving Federal funds MUST observe Constitution Day on September 17th (can be observed the week before, during or after), and provide a Constitution-related educational program? UH’s annual Constitution Day of observance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Display tables and the distribution of US flags and miniature Constitution booklets will be located at the University Center, UC Satellite and Cougar Village lobby. Other exhibits and online lectures are scheduled and can be found at www.uh.edu/constitutionday

Voter Registration Application Voter registration applications will also be available at the three sites noted above and at the Campus Housing service desks, the Student Information and Assistance Center at the UC, the Dean of Students Office, and through the Student Government Association and online at www.tax.co.harris.tx.us (click on Voter Registration)

Things to remember on voting: Deadline - October 11, 2011 Early Voting Starts - October 24, 2011 Last Day of Early Voting - November 4, 2011 General Election Day - November 8, 2011

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Real estate club speaker says industry still strong Adiba Rahman

THE DAILY COUGAR Guest speaker Dan Bellow spoke about how the Houston real estate industry has largely been unaffected by the recession at the first general body meeting for the Bauer Graduate Real Estate Club on Wednesday evening at the Honors College commons. “We are coming out of the recession faster than any other states,” Bellow said. Bellow said that the job recovery rate up to July 2011 stands at 87.9 percent, compared to Boston which scored just underneath at 74 percent. Houston fared better in the market compared to most other cities because of proper office space planning, a strategy learned from previous recessions. Other factors that improved the market included the city’s international focus and its ability to avoid mass layoffs and housing bubbles. The Houston private sector has created 67,900 jobs within one year. And thanks to having one of the biggest ports in the world, our industrial market is always bringing in growth. Bellow closed the presentation emphasizing Houston’s strong economy, and how he expects longterm growth and prosperity. After the presentation, he held a Q-and-A where he offered advice to business students. Bellow stressed how communication is a huge fundamental in real estate. It was later revealed that he will

be taking over as chairman for the executive board for the graduate program. Bellow, a UH alumni, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and later went on to study oceanography at Texas A&M. When he discovered the field wasn’t for him, Bellow got involved in the world of real estate. In his 38 years of experience, he has worked with corporate acquisition, disposition and strategic planning processes successfully negotiating in excess of $6 billion worth of projects for his clients. He currently serves as the president of Jones Lang LaSalle, one of the top real estate firms in the world. Bauer Graduate School MBA student Abdul-Mohsen AlGaundi said that he attended the meeting because he wanted to learn more about how similar the Houston business community is to Saudi Arabia. “I found that the industry in Houston was similar to Saudi due to the business with oil and came to the meeting to learn more on situation of Houston’s industry,” AlGaundi said. MBA student Taucha Hogue said that she found the speaker interesting. “It’s hard to get a real perspective from someone who is actually in the market, and it’s cool that a high professional is coming here to work for business students to be successful,” Hogue said. news@thedailycougar.com

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to break the ice with one another, the volunteers arrived at Fannin Street Station, where the Halo House Foundation owns four apartments that can be rented by patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma for $20 a night, far less than the cost of a hotel room, said John Grindle, the high-five guy for the Do Good Bus.

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The event marks the beginning of autumn as determined by the lunar calendar. It’s a sacred opportunity to worship the forms of Mother Mahisasura Mardini. | Mary Curtis/The Daily Cougar

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Cougars celebrate at UH’s first Navratri festival Students organize Hindu nine nights holiday with cultural dance, traditions Lindsey Falcon

THE DAILY COUGAR The Hindu Students Association welcomed students, staff and visitors Friday as they poured into the Houston Room at the University Center for a night of celebrating Navratri, a Hindu merriment honoring the motherhood of God. A professional DJ, a dance floor and traditional garb were all attendees needed to lead the night into a passionate Navratri, or nine nights celebration. People of all ages celebrated on the dance floor to the beat of Bhangra, Bollywood and Raas music. For every individual, Navratri has its personal meaning. For some, mingling is enough. For others, the festival is a way to send praise above. To visitor Rima Shah, Navratri is somewhat of a tradition in her family. “We’ve had it for years. It goes all the way back. Basically it’s just a very cultural thing with food, dance and all of us enjoying ourselves. My favorite part of the event is probably Dandiya, which is what most people are familiar with,” Shah said. Dandiya Raas is an Indian dance practiced most frequently during Navratri. The origins of Raas and the Dandiya sticks are debatable to some, but visitor Dhrub Patel from Canada shared his ideas on the source. “I’m not sure how Dandiya originated, but here’s my interpretation. Back in the day, people used to fight with swords. Using them, they had fighting practices. From there, it sort

of turned into an art. Then I guess it turned into a dance –– which is too dangerous with swords –– so they developed the sticks which are safer,” Patel said. For Bijal Mehta, who began organizing the event months in advance, it was a special day that finally unfolded. “This is the very first time that Navratri festival has been done at UH. We actually started planning and organizing it way back in June because we wanted it to be really big, grand scale and everything. So in June, we started asking departments and individuals in the community for funding and reserved the place and stuff like that,” Mehta said. To partake in Navratri, Mehta says there is really no right or wrong way to go about it. “Hinduism is very flexible and there are different ways to practice. So, you have to choose your own path. People all have different beliefs and it’s not like you’re forced to believe a certain way. You have a choice,” Mehta said. Senior Hiral Patel cracked jokes with friends outside the festivities. To him, Navratri is a time for socializing and to possibly meet a girl. “There’s going to be dancing and stuff, but I’m not really in the mood. Plus, I’m not really dressed appropriately. To me it’s really just a social event to meet people, hang out and also the girls look so pretty in their dresses,” Patel said. For those who couldn’t make UH’s Navratri, there’s another chance. The George R. Brown Convention Center is hosting its own Navratri 2011 Celebration on Sept. 30th.

may be higher than anticipated, creating a longer than predicted period of return on the investment.” According to a 2010 survey by GreenReportCard.org, only 50 percent of UH’s buildings are independently metered for water usage. Only 20 percent of steam and chilled water is metered. The survey also states that “administration and finance has a disposable water bottle ban (that) started Fall 2009,” which shouldn’t be inferred to be a campus-wide ban,

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Dr. Fowler, but I’m afraid to leave my family with nothing,’” said Fowler. “And I thought, we can do this. We can help.” Anyone who wants to support Halo House Foundation can find more information at halohousefoundation.org, said Fowler; they are especially looking for people to volunteer their time to help with media and public relations for the foundation.

but merely a departmental ban on the purchasing of bottled water for staff. The school is also supposed to have “water filling stations at key areas to encourage them (students) to drink water and to use multiple-use water bottles instead of single-use,” though it is unclear where these stations are located. The survey indicates that water conservation measures that are not being implemented at UH include dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology, low-flow showerheads, non-potable water usage, waterless urinals, and xeriscaping. Low-flow showerheads are being

used at Rice and are expected to pay for themselves within a few months. Dual-flush toilets, which allow flushers the option of using less water for liquid waste, are also being used at Rice. For more information about the school’s water conservation ranking visit http://www.greenreportcard. org/report-card-2011/schools/ university-of-houston/surveys/ campus-survey. For more information about the school’s water initiatives, visit http:// www.uh.edu/af/greenUH/WaterUse. pdf.

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The crew from the bus worked for over 5 hours furnishing two new apartments, which will be occupied by patients and their families early this week. Kathleen Fowler was prompted to start the Halo House Foundation after her son, who is an oncologist, met a 26-year-old man with blood cancer whose hotel bills were beginning to take a financial toll on his family, she said. “He said, ‘I’m not afraid to die,

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Good fan support in Ruston; more necessary

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he Cougars managed to pull off a wild win against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in Ruston, La. The internet stream on ESPN3.com might not have been reliable for everyone, but it is a game that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

As he has done many times before, quarterback Case Keenum led a successful charge that resulted in a miraculous UH victory. This time it was the biggest comeback ever for the Cougars, bouncing back after being down by 27 points. Most UH fans in attendance were alumni, with some students scattered in the mix. For being a drive of more than 300 miles, Cougar Nation had an encouraging showing — a sign that UH has a healthy base of loyal supporters to build on. After the win, UH players excitedly rushed over to the northeastern part of the stadium to give their thanks to the group who made the trip. A hoarse head coach Kevin Sumlin was most appreciative after the game. “Our fans who travelled to Ruston were great,” Sumlin said. “They were loud, I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the number of fans. That whole section was going crazy and cheering. That’s why those guys ran over there at the end of the game. We notice that, we acknowledge that and it’s a big deal. I think it helped us down the stretch.” It was a nail-biter. But with unselfish play, the Cougars overcame adversity in an environment that was more than hostile. It’s almost been three weeks since the Cougars opened the season at Robertson Stadium. It was an afternoon game and the weather was hot, yet there was an announced attendance of 31,144. The attendance record at Robertson is 32,119; The Daily Cougar will continue to pester fans until the record is 32,120 or higher. Weather cannot be used as an excuse to miss Saturday’s game against Georgia State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. The team made history against Louisiana Tech — now it’s time for the fans to do the same.

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ate-night cram sessions are not foreign to college students, and neither is the resulting groggy aftermath of such sessions. With this in mind, reaching for an energy drink or cup of coffee for a burst of energy to keep you going is understandable. The controversy is about something with a little bit more push — specifically, neuroenhancers, the method some students Marcus use to get their extra Smith burst of energy. Common neuroenhancers that students take to help them academically include study drugs like Ritalin, Donepezil, Modafinil, Adderall and Vyvanse. Advocates of neuroenhancers say that their use results in higher test scores, increased cognitive function and focus, increased memory, and most important to the argument, that they are relatively safe with little abuse potential inside of prescribed doses. Strong stimulants are frequently used, prescribed or not, by army troops, police officers and doctors to help them keep themselves alert and focused. However, overuse of these drugs can lead to addiction, dependency, cardiovascular problems, increased blood pressure, headaches and sleep deprivation. To most, the risk of a few headaches is a fair price to pay to possibly ace a test. Though use of such medication is widely

known, there has been no crackdown on their use due to lack of major incidents involving neuroenhancers, and the medical gray area in which they lay. With short-term safety almost guaranteed by advocates of these drugs, the attention falls onto the unstudied long-term effects of nonprescribed use of neuroenhancers, and it becomes an argument of ethics. A main concern is whether using such drugs, in an effort to preform, constitutes cheating and places students who do not take such drugs at a disadvantage. Fairness is hard to measure in the academic field because students are expected to learn the material on their own, with the use of traditional study enhancers like a tutor, computer program or copious amounts of caffeine. It’s impossible to treat neuroenhancers on the same level as energy drinks or coffee; to do so would either be saying it requires no regulation, like caffeine, or that caffeine should also David Delgado be regulated.

Furthermore, some of these neuroenhancers have a similar makeup to cocaine, and are sometime used as an alternative to such. College students should see this as a huge red flag. Additionally, the dosage of a drug is specified to the individual with the prescription. This means that some doses will obviously be stronger than others. Therefore, an additional danger associated with these drugs when taking them without a prescription. Some students may do fine on a smaller dosage, but unintentionally place themselves in danger if they accidentally take a dosage that is too strong for them. Future studies will reveal more information on the effects of taking these drugs, but it is also likely that these drugs will become increasingly more potent. And as the use of such drugs becomes more accepted, fewer students will hesitate to take what is seen as good option to keep ahead. And as pressure continues to mount on college students, it is easy to see why more may decide to start using these drugs. Marcus Smith is a creative writing sophomore and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.

surplus monies to apply to the overall deficit. Were Congress to return the $50 billion overpaid funds back to the USPS, that payment would immediately raise the deficit # by the same amount. Thus, while it is OUR(USPS) money to begin with, Republicans have framed this repayment as,....you guessed it.....a government bailout. But wait; there’s more. US Rep Darrell Issa, a Republican Congressman from California, chairs the committee that has oversight of postal affairs. Issa has introduced a bill, HR 2306 or 2309(memory lapse,sorry), that piggybacks the PAEA of 2006 in the following manner. In that the PAEA of 2006 put the untenable debt load on the USPS of a $5.5 billion annual payment, Republicans know that the USPS cannot possibly make this payment. Issa’s bill would use this lack of payment to trigger conditions in his bill that would bust the unions and ultimately privatize the Postal Service. His bill would grant him authority to outlaw collective bargaining, rip up current contracts, reset the wage scale to about half its current setting, and immediately close about half the Post Offices in the country. It would completely restructure the Post Office as we know it, putting it on the fast track to complete privatization in less than 3 years. Now, guess which bill Chairman Issa will put on the floor for a vote. That’s right, all of these obvious points raised by Marc Anderson will be moot, as Issa controls the solution, and his solution dovetails the

Republican agenda of busting unions and killing off government services of any kind. The Wisconsin debacle in the news earlier this year was just the tip of the iceberg in the Republican agenda of waging war on unions and middle class families, all the while while touting family values and christian behavior. To Republicans, the right to collectively bargain in good faith with employers is not allowed. Republicans even want to abolish the minimum wage, in their ongoing efforts to widen the gulf between rich and poor. The Republican solution to what ails America is in short, a recipe to continue the demise. In insisting on only spending cuts, with NO increase in revenues of any kind,(taxes), Republicans want to dismantle the entire portion of the US government that basically aids anyone making under $100,000 by “starving the beast”. By withholding revenue from programs they do not support,(USPS, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid), they can effectively end such programs from behind the scene. There is but one surefire solution to save this country. Return BOTH the House and Senate to filibuster proof majorities of Democrats, raise taxes on the rich, end oil subsidies, and get this country moving again. Until American voters realize and act on this, there will be a divided Congress that will continue to fiddle while Rome burns; a situation that can only lead to the continued demise of our way of life in the United States.

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Re: Privatization of US Postal Service could be costly Navy & Postal Veteran: Why is it a college student can grasp the situation better than ANY Republican member of Congress? Because Marc realizes how very real the impact of privatizing the USPS will affect campus costs across the US. I specifically stated Republicans because the problem goes even further than the column writer suggests. Under the Bush Administration, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006(PAEA), sponsored by Republican Senator Sue Collins, was passed by a voice vote late in the year while Congress wasn’t fully in session. Think of the legislative move when Congress typically votes themselves pay raises late at night at the end of a news cycle; a move that is designed to garner little to no public coverage. This is the type of situation that the PAEA was passed in 2006. Fast forward to 2010. Because the Republicans now control the House of Representatives, AND all revenue bills must originate in the House, Republicans control which legislation even comes up for a hearing. You have seen reference to HR 1351, a Democratic Rep from Massachusetts sponsored bill that would return overpayments from the USPS of over $50 billion, BACK in to USPS coffers, which would solve all the budget problems. It is a very simple fix. But like anything in life, the plot thickens. Congress has forever raided postal


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SEPT. 3 vs. UCLA W 38-34

SEPT. 10 at. North Texas * W 48-23

SEPT. 17 at La. Tech Ruston, La. 6 p.m.

SEPT. 24 vs. Georgia State 7 p.m.

SEPT. 29 at UTEP* El Paso, TX. 7 p.m.

OCT. 8 vs ECU * 6 p.m.

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OCT. 22 vs Marshall * 3:30 p.m.

OCT. 27 vs Rice *. 7 p.m.

NOV. 5 at UAB * Birmingham, Ala. 7 p.m.

NOV. 10 at Tulane * New Orleans, La.. 7 p.m.

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Senior linebacker Sammy Brown continued his assault on opposing backfields. Brown recorded 14 total tackles (11 solo), four for a loss, with one sack. Brown leads UH with 7.5 tackles for a loss this season. | Jack Wehman/The Daily Cougar The Case Keenum-Patrick Edwards connection came through in the clutch for the Cougars for a second straight week. Edwards hauled in two secondhalf touchdowns, including the decisive score with 1:36 remaining. The Cougars have come alive in the second half, amassing 790 of their 1,139 total yards after heading to the locker room. Edwards has been a preferred target in the passing attack in both of the Cougars comebacks.

Louisiana Tech freshman quarterback Nick Isham and the Bulldogs scored frequently on the Cougars for three quarters, building a 27-point lead. UH’s defense responded by stopping Louisiana Tech five straight times and forced two turnovers to win. | Jack Wehman/The Daily Cougar

Cougars live on the edge UH was dangerously close to being 2-1 instead of 3-0 in its 35-34 win against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The Cougars dug themselves out of a 27-point hole with four unanswered scoring drives engineered by senior quarterback Case Keenum. The defense did its part by forcing two turnovers in the second half, and allowing no points from Louisiana Tech (1-2) in its last five possessions. The Bulldogs had 25 more snaps than the Cougars, keeping the explosive UH offense off John the field and contained Brannen for the better part of three quarters. “It was the same story as last week,” Keenum said. “We had to put together a few drives there. We put it off a little longer this time. It’s not ideal, but right now I’ll take it.” It would have been easy to write the Cougars off when they were down 34-7. Some fans may have turned the game off entirely, thinking it was out of reach. UH could have packed it in, determining that a victory in Ruston, La., wasn’t meant to be. But good teams hang around, go on a run and make the score more respectable. It takes more than that to pull off the largest comeback in school history. A slow start and early miscues gave the Bulldogs an immediate edge at Joe Ailett Stadium. Senior Patrick Edwards lost a punt that led to the Bulldogs’ first score. He also had trouble handling his second return after waving for a fair catch. Kent Brooks replaced Edwards afterward and did nothing but call for fair catches to prevent any more fumbles. Keenum threw his first two interceptions of the season, and UH was penalized six times for 42 yards. The Bulldogs’ rushing attack didn’t have its way with the Cougars, but running backs Lennon Creer and Ray

Holley and quarterback Nick Isham were effective, gaining 193 of Louisiana Tech’s 233 rushing yards. The Cougars have the luxury of 19 experienced seniors on the roster who have rallied on numerous occasions. Lesserexperienced players like junior Chevy Bennett are proving they can be relied upon as well. In the second quarter, Bennett deflected a pass in the end zone to force a field goal. Instead of going up by 14, Louisiana Tech went up by 10. Running back Michael Hayes scored the first UH points on a 54-yard catch and run for a touchdown. On 4th-and-1 on the 5-yard line he jumped over the pile for the first down, which led to the first of Bryce Beall’s two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Senior receivers Justin Johnson and E.J. Smith caught passes that were the catalysts for touchdowns. Sophomore defensive back Thomas Bates filled in for an injured Zach McMillian and grabbed two timely interceptions — the first of his career. Had any of those plays gone the other way, they could have shifted the result out of the Cougars’ favor. “We’re getting great leadership,” Sumlin said. “There are seniors who have been in big ball games and understand the situation. They didn’t get frustrated or flustered. They kept playing and made enough plays at the end of the game to win. “A lot of times in those situations guys try to do to much or overcompensate. All of those plays were made in the context of the offense or defense.” The Cougars will return to Robertson Stadium for their last non-conference matchup against Georgia State (1-2) on Saturday. sports@thedailycougar.com

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Scoring summary First quarter LT — Creer, 1 yd run (Nelson kick), 11:12 Second quarter LT — Nelson, 30 yd field goal, 10:10 UH — Hayes, 54 yd pass from Keenum (Hogan kick), 7:21 LT — Holley, 2 yd run (Nelson kick), 4:02 LT - Nelson, 47 yd field goal, 00:02 Third quarter LT — Patton, 16 yd pass from Isham (Nelson kick), 6:47 LT — Holley, 7 yd run (Nelson kick) 5:11 UH — Edwards, 50 yd pass from Keenum (Hogan kick) 4:27 Fourth quarter UH — Beall, 2 yd run (Hogan kick), 12:53 UH — Beall, 4 yd run (Hogan kick), 7:25 UH — Edwards, 32 yd pass from Keenum (Hogan kick) 1:36

Game leaders Passing UH — Keenum, 25-40, 351 yd, 3 TD, 2 INT LT — Isham, 20-31, 199 yd, 1 TD, 2 INT Rushing UH — Beall, 11 att, 63 yd, 2 TD LT — Creer, 25 att, 99 yd, 1 TD Receiving UH — Johnson, 5 rec, 100 yd LT — Patton, 5 rec, 82 yd, 1 TD Defense UH — Brown, 14 Tk (11 solo), 4 TFL, 1 Sack LT — Dudley, 11 Tk (6 solo), 1 TFL, 1 FR

Receptions 7

Yards 225

Touchdowns 3

Big Plays** 5

Above: Edwards statistics from the second halves of UH’s past two games. ** Receptions going for 20 or more yards

GAME OF THE WEEK Oklahoma 23 Florida State 13 Oklahoma stands strong: Junior quarterback Landry Jones found sophomore Kenny Stills in the end zone for a 37-yard score to break a 13-13 tie in the fourth quarter, and help lock up the win for OU. Without starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, freshman Clint Trickett rallied the Seminoles for 10 second half points, but it was not enough against the top-ranked Sooners. Stills finished with seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown.

SAY WHAT? I couldn’t be prouder of this team. We don’t like them, fans don’t like them, but these are the kind of situations that help you grow as a team.” — Kevin Sumlin, head coach

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58 tackles The Cougars’ starting linebackers (Marcus McGraw, Derrick Mathews, Sammy Brown and Phillip Steward) combined for 58 total tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss.


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THE DAILY COUGAR Record-breaking heat didn’t stop people from coming out in droves to this year’s Austin City Limits. Most people seemed to have adapted to the heat by wearing less clothing, or taking clothing off once they got there. This provided a constantly replenished buffet of eye candy for those not necessarily interested in the band they were watching, or people who were too strung out to see the stage clearly. UH students who attended the festival likely discovered that finding parking is often an issue in Austin, and this weekend was no exception. Parking lots seemed to increase the prices of their spots throughout the day. The early birds were lucky, but those who got a late start likely found their hangover worsened when they had to shovel out upwards of $30 for a place to park. Sounds like UH, right? There was a smoking ban this year because of the drought.

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Although good intentioned, it was openly broken by many of the festival’s concert goers. With the amount of rain that fell during the weekend, many concert goers likely found the ban uneccessary to begin with. If there is enough moisture on the ground for your cigarette to make a hissing noise when you toss it, there is a pretty good chance you are not going to start a fire. But the smoking ban did have one unusual effect. The cigarette smokers in attendence seemed to be more shy about their smoking than the concert goers who were smoking other substances. It was more common to find oneself enveloped in a cloud of illicit substances than cigarette smoke, especially if you were closer to the front of one of the stages. This wasn’t entirely undesirable. Coldplay and Kanye West were two of the biggest headliners this year. They both played on Friday night at the same time. This caused issues for people who wanted to see both. However, Kanye seemed to give the better performance. There was a lot more energy in his crowd than Coldplay’s. There were also fewer old MUSIC continues on page 8

Despite the rain, there was a diverse number of Houstonians who took advantage of free admission and made it out to the city’s 15th annual Museum District Day on Saturday. The streets were refreshingly congested with pedestrians instead of cars, and there were a wide range of people who chose to come out and participate in the day’s events. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity (for) people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to come out to all the variety of museums we have here,� said Director of Educational Technology and Exhibit Development at the Children’s Museum of Houston Keith Ostfeld. “The sheer diversity of this offer and the learning opportunity that this provides is tremendous.� Seniors, parents and children were full of energy and did not let the gloomy weather dampen their spirits. Museum directors and employees greeted everyone with bright smiles and courteous manners as visitors came and went. The Houston Museum District knew that the day was going to be chaotic and overwhelming, and

Coldplay was just one of the 130 bands that entertained an anticipated 70,000-plus at a packed Zilker Park at ACL this weekend. | Wikimedia Commons

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people sitting in lawnchairs in the middle of Kanye’s crowd. Coldplay should take the make up of their crowd as a sign that, although still an amazing band, they are perhaps not as relevant with young people as they once were. Or at least that their performance on Friday didn’t pack enough energy to prevent people from drifting over to Kanye’s stage. As far as musicality is concerned,

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Iron & Wine was the hands down winner. During “The Shepherd’s Dog,” their flautists entranced — yes, entranced with a flute-like instument, the crowd. Their performance seemed to have been enhanced by the rain, as it seemed to pair well with their dreamy musical selection. Stevie Wonder was one of the headliners on Saturday. He performed “My Cherie Amour” and “Evil” with the the energy of someone 40 years his junior. arts@thedailycougar.com.

Houstonians of all ages came out to support the arts community at Houston Museum Day this weekend. All 17 of the Museum District’s attractions had free admission, allowing patrons to experience all they pleased. | Elizabeth A. Baker/The Daily Cougar

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they were well prepared for it. Colorcoded maps were passed out to guests to help them locate their next destination, including the surrounding restaurants within the Museum District. Police officers were plentiful at crosswalks and provided extra safety precautions for wandering young children. They also helped alleviate the weekend traffic in the area. The museums were fully staffed, assistance was easy to come by and the organization throughout the

Museum District played an excellent role in helping things run effortlessly. Djenaba Donnett was a college student who found the appreciation in Houston’s Museum District Day. “Art isn’t really my thing, but I do enjoy it and it helps me keep an open mind for my major,” said Donnett, a freshman who works at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. “It also helps to meet new people, and you get to talk to new people so I can network, which is very important as a biology student.” Each museum’s special events, which were held throughout the day, all started on time, which made for a delightful experience.

The Holocaust Museum was a popular attraction as people filled an auditorium to hear survival stories of Jewish prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Although the day may have been overwhelming for first-time museum visitors, it definitely served as an excellent day of culture for the city of Houston as well as a great learning opportunity. “I would say that it’s very successful,” said Ostfeld. “Considering that is it boiling hot, super muggy and the fact that it’s rained several times on us – we’ve been tremendously successful.” arts@thedailycougar.com


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