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September 27, 2011 Issue 21, Volume 77
Talks tackle Texas troubles Tribune Festival panelists discuss higher education graduation, oil policies Brian Jensen
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The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online newspaper, created its own festival to bring together some of the state’s most important officials to engage in conversations concerning problems Texans face today. | Brian Jensen/The Daily Cougar
UH President Renu Khator defended the value of public universities in the current economic situation at the Texas Tribune Festival that took place Saturday and Sunday at the University of Texas. The event, which was organized by The Texas Tribune and South By Southwest, included
speakers such as the Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon Jr. and former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. It also featured a number of debates and heated discussions concerning issues relevant to Texans. Khator’s panel was asked whether public universities can “make the grade.” Khator said she believed public universities should make a “really high grade” considering their increased enrollment and graduation rates amidst a difficult financial situation. Khator and UT El Paso President Diana Natalicio disagreed
on the value of graduation rates, which is often taken into consideration when considering the funding a school receives. Natalicio said that members of the group should “eradicate” graduation rates, and instead measure degree completions – statistics that take into account transfer and part-time students. Several state legislators took part in the “how to pay for public education” panel, such as Houston State Senator Dan Patrick, who is vice-chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Patrick TRIBUNE continues on page 3
Business college to offer Q&A sessions for graduates
Students struggle with limited day care options
The Bauer College of Business is offering information sessions to students looking to further their career or who have questions regarding graduate or professional programs. Bauer offers many MBA and MSF information sessions throughout this semester including one today beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attending one of these sessions is the best ways to have any pending questions answered as well as meet other students and some of Bauer’s current faculty and staff. For more information call 713743-0700 or email houstonmba@ uh.edu. — Jennifer Postel
Liability issues make expansion of existing childcare facilities difficult Naheeda Sayeeduddin
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KUHF honors University’s accomplishments with show Every Wednesday, KUHF brings to the airwaves the stories of the University of Houston through its weekly program “UH Moment”. Each UH moment tells of a different and decisive UH story focusing on the accomplishments of the university, its students and staff. Written by the UH communication staff and produced by KUHF, UH Moment has covered stories concerning Tier One status and cancer research. UH Moment airs every Wednesday at 7:49 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Past episodes are accessible online at, http://bit.ly/oVorr5 — Jennifer Postel
Soccer squad rebounding
fter starting the season with five consecutive losses, the Cougars are beggining to bounce back. UH has won four of its last five matches — its most recent was a 2-1 win against the UAB Blazers on Sunday at Robertson Stadium. The team will be on the road for the next two weeks, and will return on Oct. 16 for a match against Central Florida. | Aaron Cisneros/The Daily Cougar
An increase in student enrollment also means an increase in the number of parenting students on campus — leaving some students with the challenge of finding appropriate childcare amongst the limited options available on campus. The only on-campus option for parenting students is the accredited UH Children’s Learning Centers. A recent expansion of the center now allows them to accommodate a little more than 200 children, said UHCLC director Sherry Howard. Yet, despite having the UHCLC already in place on campus for students and their children, some students are misusing the drop-in center located inside the UH Recreation and Wellness center. “They have that child care center for women who work out But some women, because there was no other childcare available, were dropping their kids there, pretending they were going to work out, and then really running to a class,” said Beverly McPhail, director of the UH Women’s
Resource Center. “And we hated that they had to do that. It’s a bit dishonest but we understand their frustration and their need.” To address this issue, the WRC began having talks with the director of Cubbie Corner, the child care center inside the recreation center. The goal was to turn Cubbie Corner into a drop-in child care facility open to all students on campus – not just for students working out in the gym. But with the changes in Cubbie Corner administration, McPhail said they are facing challenges. “The interim director (of Cubbie Corner) turned us down recently saying they were worried about liability issues,” she said. “We are trying to do more because we do recognize that we have a lot of non-traditional students on campus and some of them are mothers. It’s a different license and drop-in childcare centers are hard to run because of that in and out,” Howard said. Even worse, drop-in centers have a number of limitations. “There’s a (time) limit — for example, if you’re going to license as a drop-in, a child cannot be there more than two hours and they are very difficult to manage in terms of getting that kind of CHILDCARE continues on page 3
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The following is a partial report of campus crime between Sept. 18 and Sept. 21. All information is selected from the files of the UH Police Department. The information in bold indicates when the event was reported to UHPD and the event’s location. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UHPD at (713) 743-0600. Assault – Sept. 18 12:22 a.m. – Health Center — A student reported that her boyfriend, a visitor, assaulted her in the Cougar Village elevator. The visitor then took the student’s keys and dropped them outside the Health Center. The incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 12:22 a.m. Sept. 18. The case is Inactive.
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Theft – Sept. 19 9:56 a.m. – Cullen Oaks Apartments — A student reported that someone stole personal property from her Cullen Oaks apartment. The incident occurred at 9:56 a.m. Sept. 19. This case is Active. Theft – Sept. 19 5:09 p.m. – Dorm Quad — A student reported that someone stole her unattended bicycle while it was secured to the bike rack outside the dorm quad. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 19. The case is Inactive. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle – Sept. 19 6:36 p.m. – Lot 1 A — A student reported that someone stole his UH parking decal from his unattended and unsecured vehicle after it was towed away to the UH DPS tow lot. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 9:05 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 16. The case is Active. Theft – Sept. 20 3:28 p.m. – Armistead Optometry Bldg. — A staff member reported that someone stole a university-owned laptop computer from an unattended and unsecured exam room in the Optometry building. The incident occurred between 1:30 a.m. Sept. 19 and 12:45 p.m. Sept. 20. The
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Terroristic Threat – Sept. 21 3:08 p.m. – Bates Residence Hall — A student reported receiving terroristic threats by phone and internet. The student believes the threats are meant for someone else. The incident occurred between 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 12:01 a.m. Sept. 19. The case is Inactive. Theft – Sept. 21 4:35 p.m. – Melcher Hall — A student reported that someone stole his unattended and unsecured cell phone from outside Melcher Hall. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 12:40 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. Sept. 21. The case is Active. Traffic Offense – Sept. 21 5:15 p.m. – Lot 15 C — A visitor reported that someone struck her unattended vehicle while it was parked in lot 15 C. The striking driver failed to leave the information required when striking an unattended vehicle. The incident occurred between 12:38 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 21. The case is Inactive. Traffic Offense – Sept. 21 10:47 p.m. – Bayou Oaks Apartments — A student reported that someone struck her unattended vehicle while it was parked in the Bayou Oaks north parking lot. The striking driver failed to leave the information required when striking an unattended vehicle. The incident occurred between10 p.m. Sept. 13 and 11 p.m. Sept. 15. The case is Inactive. For the complete report and to view past reports, visit thedailycougar.com/crime
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engaged F. Scott McCown, a former judge who presided over all of Texas’ public school finance cases from 1990-2002, throughout the discussion, which covered topics ranging from low-income minorities to tax rates and policies. “On one side you’ve got all these kids with high needs and folks who see they are our economic future, and on the other side you have an aging Anglo population that is unwilling to share in the economy,” McCown said in regards to the growing poor and Hispanic population. Patrick believed that taxing businesses is not a good solution to the underfunded school districts. “The last thing you want to do is to go in and tax business more than they’re already being taxed, which hurts job creation, which hurts home ownership. The value of a home pays for half of our education budget,” Patrick told McCown. Patrick also suggested raising sales tax and lowering property taxes to keep people from moving to Florida for lower property taxes, which McCown believed would harm the poor, going on to add that Texas’ poorest 20 percent have the fifth-highest taxes in the country. Other speakers at the festival spoke about issues that affect Texans as a whole, not just universities. Senator John Cornyn R-TX, who was a featured keynote speaker,
corporation and getting kids into the system,” said Howard. When students run short of child care options, they are left with no choice but to bring their child to class. “What students ask a lot is ‘what is the university’s policy on bringing a child to class,’” McPhail said. “What I tell them is there is really no statement saying that’s OK or prohibiting it.” McPhail recommends asking the individual professors on what their policy is beforehand. She says some professors are accommodating while others are strictly against it. But McPhail says what she sees is that when some professors are open and willing to allow children
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DEPARTMENT OF CAMPUS RECREATION SPOTLIGHT
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epartment of Campus Recreation - Intramural Sport’s kicked off the Fall 2011 ﬂag football
season with 30 games over the course of the weekend of September 21 – September 25. Our 1st weekend hosted a collection of good games. Friday had a rematch of two of the best CoRec teams on Campus, Cracka Jacks and UHFSA. UHFSA held off late surge from the Cracka Jacks to win 18 – 15. Our returning Men’s Competitive champion team, Straps, returned to their dominating form and beat HBSA 44 – 6 in an early morning contest on Sunday. We will see if Straps can successfully defend their title.
FLAG FOOTBALL AT UH
The best of the best Intramural Sport Flag Football teams will gather Saturday, October 1st at the Houston Amateur Sports Park to compete in the annual Regional Play-in tournament. The winner of the tournament will represent the University of Houston at the NIRSA Regional Flag Football Tournament that will be hosted by Stephen F. Austin University the ﬁrst weekend of November.
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in the classroom, other students are not. “When a little baby is quiet, no one knows it’s there and that’s OK. But babies start crying and fussing or older kids start running around, whining, and that’s often distracting to other students and they think ‘Hey I’m here, I’m paying all this money, I don’t need this distraction.’” A solution to this problem is to get drop-in care on campus, McPhail said. And to do that, mothers need to voice their concerns. “What it would take is for a group of students who are mothers to get together and form a group and go to the administration and kind of demand these services,” she said. “But nobody’s really taken that on.”
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Texas juvenile justice system on the right track, adult needs reform
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Khator’s solution to higher ed future is sound
H president Renu Khator recently had an article published in the U.S. News & World Report on Sept. 13. In her article, Khator addresses the current state of the American higher education system, and what she believes should be the future of that system. “If American higher education wants to remain relevant and globally competitive, then it must broaden its perspective and transform itself into a truly global enterprise. The innovation and initiative that helped make the American system the envy of the world can also lead the way in developing an equally admirable new model for the future,” Khator said. Khator discusses throughout her article how the global market for knowledge is growing, and the higher education systems of foreign countries could soon strip US universities of top talent if change does not take place. She believes that it will be more difficult in the future for US universities to maintain exclusivity over top students and professors, and that by streamlining the global education system, the US will be able to maintain these students and professors. Khator believes that this streamlining could be achieved by making it easier for students to study in multiple universities in foreign countries while working on their degrees, and that it should be easier for professors to teach at multiple institutions, spending a semester at foreign university and then a semester at a university in the US. She also believes that researchers across the world should be more willing to work together on the same projects. As foreign nations pour more money into their higher education systems, it is imperative for the US to make these changes. If not, we may lose access to the top foreign talent that contributes so much to making the US higher education system as competitive and globally respected as it is. UH students and supporters should rest assured that with Khator at the helm of our University, UH will be an innovator in this area.
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hether it is deserved or not, Texas has a reputation of being unapologetically draconian when it comes to its criminal justice system. The state’s steadfast allegiance to the death penalty, inordinate number of inmates placed in solitary confinement and unresolved issues with overlycrowded prisons all seem to stem from policies that Marc favor punishment Anderson above rehabilitation and retribution over compensation. However, such ignominious distinctions are no longer entirely deserved. It is more accurately stated that a dichotomy now exists between the juvenile and adult justice systems. While the youth oriented component now serves as a lesson in practicality and effectiveness, the adult system is an embarrassment to a state that lags painfully behind the rest of the nation. Such a discrepancy should not be tolerated when a clear pathway to reform exists and has been proven successful. As recently as 2007 Texas had what was possibly the most poorly-run juvenile detention facilities in the country. During this time, incarcerating one juvenile cost the state an unbelievable $93,864 per year, and fraud and irresponsible spending were burning through millions of the taxpayers’ dollars. When reports emerged of widespread instances of physical and sexual abuse of teen inmates the scandals became too reprehensible to ignore. The reforms were swift and dramatic. Governor Perry, so often portrayed as a “tough on crime” extremist, allowed good policy decisions to beat out partisan ideology and quickly dismantled the agency that ran the state’s juvenile detention facilities. Harsh sentencing guidelines were re-evaluated in order to keep many of the non-violent and first-time offenders out of state facilities. The state senate went as far as prohibiting the jailing of youth for misdemeanors. As a result, the state has saved more than $200 million, and the number of incarcerated juveniles in Texas has decreased by more than 50 percent. Both inside and outside jail counseling programs were expanded, and community organizations were recruited to assist with breaking the cycle of crime and imprisonment among juvenile offenders. In the last four years, both juvenile crime rates and rates of recidivism have fallen to some of the lowest levels seen in decades. Deservedly, Gov. Perry is now credited for successfully overhauling a once broken system, and implementing policies that preserve public safety while demonstrating an appropriate degree of leniency and compassion towards wayward youth. In a remarkably short time, the state’s juvenile justice system was so completely restructured that it is being cited as an exemplary model of efficient and effective management. In contrast, Texas lawmakers seem to be deliberately undermining the
adult justice system, and the repercussions are daunting.
The state has more inmates placed in solitary confinement than anywhere else in the nation. Tantamount to torture, this isolation precludes convicts from receiving any form of rehabilitation, and is documented to lead to higher levels of recidivism. Even for inmates in the general prison population, programs that provide drug counseling, mental health treatments and various educational services are either being reduced or eliminated. Such shortsightedness is expected to dramatically increase the number of repeat offenders and add to behavioral problems within prisons. Punitive measures are dominating over reformative ones, and the adult prison system is reverting to arcane policies more often associated with the dungeons of the past. That such a divergence can exist between the two parts of the same justice system reflects the absurdity of state lawmakers’ decisions that are based primarily on ideology and adherence to a decrepit establishment. Conservatives may give a pass to juveniles, but they refuse the same proven reforms for adult offenders out of fear of being seen as catering to criminals. The adult prison system is resistant to any changes that threaten its funding, which is largely based on its number of inmates. It took a near total failure for the juvenile justice system to initiate the reforms that are now receiving so much praise. It would save the state time, money and respectability to implement the same types of changes to the adult justice system before another such fiasco occurs. Marc Anderson is a 3rd-year cell biology Ph.D. student may be reached at email@example.com.
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According to The Houston Chronicle, the Texas juvenile inmate population has dropped from 5,000 inmates in 2006, to 1,400 inmates today. This decrease has also been accompanied by a decline in the overall juvenile crime rate. In May of this year, Gov. Perry signed into law a piece of legislation that combines the Texas Youth Council and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission into one agency — The Texas Juvenile Justice Commission. This commission will focus more attention on community-based programs in order to rehabilitate young offenders outside of the prison system. According to the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, community-based programs are more effective at rehabilitating juvenile offenders. According to The Houston Chronicle, Texas has saved more than $200 million from recent reforms, and the number of incarcerated juveniles has decreased by more than 50 percent.
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Fort Bend sushi restaurant is a Keeper
Music festival rocks Midtown
It’s no secret that the culinary scene in the Sugar Land area is fairly limited. The list of dining options consists of one-note restaurant chains, over-priced fine dining in Town Center and restaurants that fall just short of hitting their mark. However, there is hope for Sugar Land — that hope can be found at the corner of Austin Jorge Parkway and Highway 6. Porras Depending on how long someone has lived in the area, they might refer to the location as “where other-failed-restaurant used to be” — but soon, people will know it as where Keeper’s is. For most people like myself, sushi is a serious addiction that cannot be done in moderation, but rather indulged. Unfortunately, this runs the sushi connoisseur upwards of $50. I am aware of sushi happy hours, but the time to enjoy sushi and sake from 3-6 p.m. has long been replaced with work and being a father. Hearing about Keeper’s’ concept of a reverse happy hour — which gives access to low-priced but high-quality sushi and alcohol past my son’s bedtime — is enough to make the later crowd feel like the first people to discover fire. The reverse happy hour works just like any other, but it’s offered from 9-11 p.m. instead. Sushi pieces, rolls and platters are laid out in groups of flat prices ranging from $1.50-$8, which helps you keep track of what you are spending. The sushi chefs are fast and efficient, especially if you are sitting at the bar — there is almost no wait from when you place your order to enjoying bite after bite of fresh seafood and vinegar rice. The prices may be reduced, the quality and portions stay the same, which is proof enough that Keeper’s knows how to keep the customers happy. The high-quality sushi is practically flying at you, the bartender is left in the dust. Even with a dining room less than 25 percent full, the wait for two of the same cocktails was a solid 15 minutes. Even with that being said, the selection of drinks was very impressive — especially with $2 domestic beers. Sugar Land foodies should keep an eye out for more places like Keeper’s outside of Town Center — those that serve great food and won’t bust your budget before you get a chance to order an appetizer. Though the only serious strike against Keeper’s is a bartender with no sense of urgency, remember that a happy hour at a bar is for cocktails and a happy hour at a sushi bar is for sushi. email@example.com
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Inaugural event brings Houston’s finest musicians, artists to Superblock Allen Le
THE DAILY COUGAR Houston Press hosted its first annual Best of Houston “BestFest” music festival, highlighting local and national acts this past weekend. Houston Press publishes a Best of Houston issue anually giving praise to local businesses, musicians and restaurants. The ridiculously long list recognizes everything imaginable in the metropolitan area from “Best Bar Bathroom” to “Best Cemetery.” The two-day festival was hosted at the Midtown “Superblock” off of Main St. and Travis and started promptly at noon on both days. Although BestFest was advertised as a “music, food and arts festival,” the main attractions of the event were clearly the bands and rappers who headlined the weekend full of music. Local booths and vendors surrounded the five acres of land where the festival grounds, and the interior was decorated with two stages on opposite ends facing each other. Day one of the festivities was noticeably dominated by Houston rap favorites Chamillionaire, Slim Thug and Bun B. Chamillionaire was the only rapper out of the three who was given the Joffe MediCenter main stage to perform on and it was refreshing to see his new appearance — clean cut and without the braids — live in action again. The rapper did not perform any brand new material as he has not had an album released in more than four years now, but he was still able to entertain the crowd as he ran through past hits “Turn It Up” and “Ridin’.” The audience also seemed to enjoy his brief commentary and crowd interaction between each song.
Against Me! headlined Houston’s first BestFest this weekend, along with Cake, Toadies, Chamillionaire and Bun B. BestFest is Houston Press’ latest weekend-long music festival and was held downtown Saturday and Sunday. | Photo by Ryan Russell/Big Hassle Media On the smaller C&D Scrap Metal home brewed stage, Slim Thug had special guest Mexican-American rapper Baby Bash open up his set for him. It was a nice surprise and the South Park Mexican affiliated rapper performed his R&B softened tracks “Suga Suga” and “Baby, I’m Back.” Slim Thug’s hype-assisted set served as a nice warmup to the headlining rapper of the night, Bun B. Bun B’s performance drew many rap-along fans from the crowd and he displayed grief, passion, and pride in his performance. “One Day” was played as a tribute to the late Pimp C, the other half of UGK,
and the raw emotional from Bun B was felt on the stage.Punk rock band Against Me! crammed as much of their music catalogue into their set as possible which created an all-out jam session from the group. The band’s energy never slowed down and was fueled by the drums throughout the entire performance bringing the day long event to a close. Houston Press’ BestFest was not as festive as the annual International Festival nor was it as grand as Free Press Summer Fest, but its effort is worth noting. firstname.lastname@example.org
Documentary sheds light on immigration Terence Yung
THE DAILY COUGAR The Center for the Americas continues its series on immigration documentaries this week with a showing of the documentary “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding” and a discussion with co-producer Steve Dixon. The documentary is being screened today in the Honors College Commons in MD Anderson Library. It was screened Monday at the UH Law Center “This film (and discussion with one of the film’s producers) deals with the immigration issue and a case that got a lot of media and legal attention,” said Professor Susan Kellogg, director of Latin American Studies Program at UH. The documentary is a full-length feature that explores the bureaucracy that is the US immigration system by following the struggle of Tony and Janina Wasilewski — a Polish couple and their efforts to reunite after being separated because of Janina’s deportation. “(The film) is a unique portrait of a
family facing deportation, in particular dealing with 212(a)9(b), the 10-year bar,” In his Director’s Statement, Dixon said that when he met the Wasilewskis, it was essentially “the worst day of their lives.” “Janina had just found out that her stay of deportation had been denied,” Dixon said. “She was going to have to leave her partner of 15 years within the next 48 hours.” The Wasilewskis’ story had “taken a hold of my heart,” he said, “and would not let go.” He kept asking himself why the couple was clinging to this country, even when their family was being torn apart — thus began the search for answers and the enormous project of creating the documentary. The film, which begins just before the 2008 election cycle, is significant as a commentary on the current state of immigration. An added political dimension to the narrative is the fact that the Wasilewskis are from Chicago, where then-Senator Barack Obama cut his teeth in his political career. Coincidentally, their narrative corresponds with his ascendency to the Oval Office.
Both Tony and Janina arrived legally from Poland, and Tony eventually successfully applied for a U.S. citizenship. Once an active anti-Communist in Poland, Janina followed another trajectory and opted for political refugee status. Her initial efforts were not successful and led to her eventual deportation. After many months of legal battles — and with the help of their attorney Royal Berg, Representatives Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, and Zoe Lofgren, as well as Senator Dick Durbin — Janina and her son Brian were finally able to return to Chicago. Dixon said that the success of the Wasilewskis’ story takes on greater significance and adds greater power to the message of the documentary. These screenings of “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding” are sponsored by the Center for the Americas and the Latin American Studies Program at UH, and will be showing at 2:30 p.m. today in the Honors College Commons. email@example.com
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After two rounds of play, the Cougars are clinging a three-stroke lead at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind. | FILE PHOTO/THE DAILY COUGAR
In the Cougars’ four-set win against UAB, three players — seniors Lucy Charuk, Ingrida Zauere and junior Stephanie Nwachukwu — finished with double digit kills. Charuk led UH with a .684 hitting percentage. | Yulia Kutsenkova/The Daily Cougar
Cougars battle, extend win streak Ricardo Rivera
THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars managed to close out their two-game home stand this weekend with back-to-back victories against Southern Mississippi and Tulane to push their winning streak to five games. UH (10-3, 3-0 Conference USA) battled the Golden Eagles (6-8, 0-2) at the Athletics/Alumni Center Friday through five backand-forth sets (22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 18-25, 15-13). “It absolutely wasn’t the best volleyball this team has ever played, but we really came together as a team and found a way to pull it out tonight,” junior Stephanie Nwachukwu said. The Cougars fell in the first set after digging themselves into a ten-point hole, but took the second set as UH’s hitters took advantage of the Golden Eagles’
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inconsistencies on defense. Led on offense by Nwachukwu and outside hitter Katie Norris, UH would claim the second and third sets, and looked to have a stranglehold on the match. Norris would finish the night with a career-high 18 kills. Hitting errors plagued UH as it lost momentum in the fourth set and fell behind early again, falling to Southern Miss 18-25 and forcing a fifth set. The Cougars struggled early in the fifth, falling behind at 3-6 before head coach Molly Alvey called her first timeout to regroup her hitters. Afterward, UH traded points with the Golden Eagles to reach a 12-12 tie. Needing a strong server, Alvey called on sparingly-used junior Ashley Applequist to deliver much-needed points with the match deadlocked at 13. Applequist laid in key service deliveries to Southern Miss. to set
the Cougars in position for the go-ahead point at 14-13 and again to claim the match at 15-13. “Ashley came in with a very difficult role, in a pressure situation in set five and essentially won the match for us,” Alvey said. “We were in a situation where we needed to serve to win, and she did that wonderfully. She was unbelievable.” Against Tulane (5-8, 0-2) on Sunday, UH appeared to quickly revert to Friday’s error-prone play from of the tip. The Cougars trailed 9-14, eventually dropping the set 20-25, but showed signs of life late. With the rocky start behind them, the UH offense took control of the match in the second set, racing to an 18-11 lead. After dominating the second set, UH continued its aggressive pace. With Nwachukwu leading VOLLEYBALL continues on page 8
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UH dropped its Conference USA opener to No. 9 Memphis 2-1 Friday, but turned around quickly to beat UAB on Sunday 2-1. Coming off a three-game winning streak, UH (4-6-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) hoped to play spoiler to the defending conference champion Tigers (10-0-0, 1-0-0). The Cougars came out flat in the first half, conceding the game’s first tally in the 11th minute to Kylie Davis, and another score in the 27th minute to forward Taylor Isenhower. “At this point in the season it’s about effort,” head coach Susan Bush said. “We clearly lacked it in the first half.” A resurgent effort by the Cougars in the second half gave them a fighting chance as Jessica Zavalza found the back of the net for the Cougars after a goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters fumbled a ball. “It’s all about playing the full 90 minutes,” sophomore midfielder Sami Sackos said. “We’ve been a
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