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Universities unite for green initiative UH joins forces with other educational institutions to reduce carbon footprint Joshua Mann

THE DAILY COUGAR SGA President Michael Harding met with the student government presidents of several area universities to introduce a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of Houston. The program would include UH, UH Clear Lake, Rice, Texas State University and Houston Baptist University.

It would involve a month of recycling initiatives, followed by a meet-up event with all of the participating universities. “The event would be a going green program that would take place on our campuses simultaneously,” Harding said. “Then we would all re-convene at Discovery Green and announce our numbers; how much we recycled as each campus and how much we recycled as the city of Houston.” The program will be similar to RecycleMania, a contest that tracks recycling data on college campuses and then ranks the

schools according to several categories. The program would broaden its focus to encompass the Houston area as a whole. “The goal of the program will be to reduce the city of Houston’s carbon footprint while also raising awareness about recycling at different universities and hopefully within the community,” Harding said. “We can be activists when it comes to reducing the city’s carbon footprint.” The universities are aiming for the start of the program to be in the spring semester, with the final

event in Discovery Green taking place sometime in February. Harding said this is hopefully only the beginning. “We’re hoping to make this an annual event,” said Harding. “Not only making it an annual event, but expanding it as well. We talked a lot about getting other universities involved. All of us are really excited about the potential for this program.” Additional bills gain approval The Student Government Association also got several pieces of legislation passed over the summer as well as at the start of the

fall, Academic Affairs Committee Chair Mike Nguyen said. During the summer the SGA passed the Academic Bill of Rights, that will provide students with an alert system informing them if they have any holds or stops on their academic accounts. A task force was created that will be working on a system that will enable students to rate and review the performance of academic advisors. The Academic Bill of Rights gives guidelines to professors on the use of syllabuses and ensures, RECYCLING continues on page 10



UH sports unveils hands-on virtual guide program for fans The Athletics Department at UH revealed a new and improved form of the fan experience this week. Cougar fans will enjoy a virtual hands-on experience through the new 2011-2012 Houston Athletics Virtual Guide, which features a virtual layout of UH’s 16 sports programs. Virtual tours through athletic facilities, videos from head coaches and the history of each team’s accomplishments — on field and off field — are available with the simple click of a mouse. Fans can find a list of the links to each team’s social media page by visiting — Jennifer Postel

Moderator Neimon James helped facilitate the discussion by asking panelists questions about their political beliefs. | Yulia Kutsenkova/The Daily Cougar


Student opinions clash at NAACP political debate

UH art museum opens latest exhibit at architecture school With the Blaffer Art Museum’s main campus site closed for major renovations, the art museum is holding a major exhibition off site. Opening on Friday at the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Gallery is an exhibit titled WORKac: all cultural. WORKac will exhibit seven designs by Work Architecture Company, the firm in charge of the Blaffer renovations. WORKac: all cultural will run through Oct. 30. Admission is free and open to the public. — Jennifer Postel

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Dental Alliance hosted a bake sale Tuesday to raise money for their trip to Amarillo. There, the group will participate in the Texas Mission of Mercy program, a nonprofit that offers free dental care to uninsured patients. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

“Obama v. Perry” talk challenges panelists with opposing views Ryan Rockett

THE DAILY COUGAR Amid increasingly incendiary Republican debates in the race to choose the next presidential candidate, UH students made a stand to argue their own beliefs on issues facing American voters Tuesday in the University Center

Tejas room. Dubbed “Obama vs. Perry,” the event, hosted by the nonpartisan UH NAACP, invited a four-person panel of students and alumni to engage the audience of about 40 and discuss issues such as immigration reform, education and unemployment. “We just hope people understand the importance of being politically active,” said UH NAACP President Lindsay Gary. “We DEBATE continues on page 3


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On Sept. 28, 1785, Napoleon Bonaparte graduated military school in the bottom 30% of his class. He would go on to stage a coup d’état and eventually be crowned Emperor Napoleon I. On Oct. 1, 1890, Yosemite is designated as a state park. The park exists to retain a little piece of nature to enjoy. For further reading about national park history, visit NPS. Gov. On Oct. 1, 1949 The People’s Republic of China was declared, with Chairman Mao Tse-tung delivering a speech on the new government. On Oct. 1, 1938 Occupation of the Sudetenland by Hitler’s forces begins. This event is one of the first major buildups to WWII.

On Sept. 29, 1996, the Nintendo 64 made its debut in the US. Costing $200 at its launch, the system would go on to sell 32.93 million units worldwide. On Oct, 1, 1982, the EPCOT Center in Disney World opened. Created as a dedication to human achievement, the theme park took nearly three years to build, and was at the time the largest construction project on earth. On Oct. 2, 1950, Charlie Brown makes his first appearance in the comics section of the paper. He was in the cartoon that would later become ‘Peanuts,’ Still running in many papers today. On October 3, 1995 O.J. Simpson found not guilty in his murder trial.



Sept. 28, 1902 Ed Sullivan Sept. 29, 1963 Les Claypool Sept. 30, 1924 Truman Capote Oct. 1, 1924 Jimmy Carter Oct. 2, 1890 Groucho Marx Oct. 2 1895 Bud Abbot

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wanted to bring them both sides of the issues.” Political Action Chair Neimon James moderated the debate, asking questions posed by students on Twitter. When asked if Obama’s school renovation proposal will improve student performance, panelist Raul Lopez invoked a problem within the University as reference. “Our schools have not been renovated for a long time,” Lopez said. “How are children supposed to believe that education is important when school walls are falling apart? “Even at UH students can attest to that. Look at the basketball program; the stadium is being held together by tape.” Many of the questions presented to the panel revolved around statements and initiatives proposed by Gov. Rick Perry, who until recently, led fellow potential republican candidates in the polls. Most of the panel did not believe that Perry was a powerful enough candidate to effectively challenge Obama for the presidency, but the governor was given praise for his tact involved in his meteoric rise to the front of the Republican polls. “The man is a genius politically,” Lopez said. When asked about Perry’s recent statement in which he called conservative principles “sensible” and “compassionate,” panelist Cynthia Medina had strong feelings.

Students watch the debate as the panelists weighed the issues and argued for or against candidates. | Yulia Kutsenkova/The Daily Cougar “At the beginning of the session there were over 70 anti-immigration/Latino bills, I really wouldn’t call that compassionate,” Medina said, referring to the Voter ID bill as an example. “Instead of trying to figure out how to balance the budget or fund education that was (Perry’s) number one bill.” Lone conservative panelist Eno Crabtree provided an alternate viewpoint, clashing with panelist and audience members alike in

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questions regarding the government’s role in the private sector and conservative principles. A question concerning whether or not government is better qualified to provide for the needs of the public than the private sector, a student in the audience argued in Washington’s favor. “Staying within the guidelines of the Constitution, the government is there to provide for its

people,” the student said. “To say that a business can take care of the people is literally walking blindly into traffic; to simply expect that businesses care about the people is frankly dumb.” Crabtree quickly fired back at the student’s passionate statement. “To say that businesses don’t care about people, that’s one of the most asinine, completely illogical things I’ve ever heard,”


Crabtree said. Crabtree also received backlash from panelist Kaine Hampton and audience members alike for several controversial statements made during the debate, such as “we are past racial lines” in a monologue in which he invoked the teachings of Booker T. Washington. Crabtree said despite the sometimes heated debate the panelists were actually good friends. “It’s very important to have this candid discussion,” the political science senior said. “It’s good for us to engage in this debate.” The NAACP has hosted several debates in the past, and plans to hold another discussion revolving around the justice system in two weeks. James ended the event with a heartfelt speech aimed at encouraging the audience to be informed and look past color lines, echoing Newt Gingrich’s stance that jobs are created by the public and not the federal system. “Ladies and gentlemen, when you’re thinking about your president, don’t just look at color anymore,” James said. “Look at your long term future and your student costs and put those things together. “If you have a president who’s going to create more jobs by creating more debt, in my opinion that’s not a reasonable solution. Look at each candidate objectively. Your real tool to hold these politicians accountable is to vote, so vote in every single election.”


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Newly freed US hikers were irresponsible


fter being held captive in an Iranian prison for over two years, Americans Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattall were finally released on Sept. 21 and arrived on US soil four days later.

The two were originally sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, but were set free after their bails — approximately $1 million — were paid by Oman. A third member of their party, Sarah Shourd, was released in September 2010. After enduring a nightmarish experience, the two men will have to start the difficult task of re-acquainting themselves to the lives they knew before their imprisonment. While it is a relief that this situation has been resolved without further escalation, just what exactly were Bauer, Fattall and Shourd trying to accomplish by hiking across the landscape of a country they knew they were not welcome in? Exploring a country that is occupied by US troops and bordered by a nation that has a history of unfriendly relations with the US is not a wise idea for a vacation. One must consider Iran’s constant search for bargaining chips in their fight against the West as a warning. During their captivity, Bauer and Fattall came to the obvious conclusion that their American citizenship was the key motive behind their sustained incarcerations. “The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between America and Iran,” Bauer said to reporters at a news conference in a Manhattan hotel. “We were convicted of espionage because we are American. It’s that simple. No evidence was ever presented against us.” Knowing this, they should have realized the whole ordeal could have been avoided with a simple solution — refrain from making a trek to a war zone. There is nothing wrong with having a desire to travel, as long as it is done responsibly. By voluntarily placing themselves in harm’s way, these hikers unwittingly caused extra tension in the already strained relationship between the US and Iran.

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Fed-up ‘Operation Twist’ will put nation and students in an economic twist


nvestors on Wall Street and all over Wall Street protest most likely were not buying bonds (QE 1 and 2) couldn’t do. the world panicked Thursday thanks involved. However, investors didn’t take to the to the Federal Reserve’s newest “tool” The culprit is the Fed, that announced idea, which is why the markets had a to fix the economy. Thursday that it would implement a new spasm. Market investors took plan to help the markets — not QuantitaHad the Fed announced something their money out of the big tive Easing three, but Operation Twist. like Operation Twist in 2008, investors three — oil, would have probably been gold and shocked at such a move – but Many students may ignore the situation, and silver — and not deep into 2011. many students may not feel the direct impact and put it into The central bank went long-term David think that it will be possible to coast by in school, from flooding the market treasuries. with cash — twice — to this Haydon The price hidden within the confines of their campus until this whole attempt at allowing others of oil has since dropped to invest with better interest thing blows over. Many students are wrong.” to $80 a barrel, gold has rates. It wasn’t a good trick to plunged to $1,314 an ounce, follow up on. and silver has fallen to $24 an ounce. Juvenile as it may sound, Operation This is relevant information for invesNormally, these three commodities are Twist involves the central bank buying tors, stock brokers and everyone who has safe investments. long-term debt in an attempt to lower a career in the global markets, but more What caused everyone to flee like interest rates in the market. The Fed students will undoubtedly be talking rats from a sinking ship? We know the assumes that lower interest rates will people who threw together the Sept. 17 increase spending and do everything that HAYDON continues on page 5

Racist bake sale devalues diversity


tudents of the Berkeley College Republicans at the University of California-Berkeley hosted an unusual bake sale yesterday to express their outrage over an affirmative actionlike bill, SB-185, that is currently awaiting California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. SB-185 would allow the University of Rachel California school system Farhi to use, “race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate admissions, so long as no preference is given.” This practice is commonplace even in staunchly conservative states; universities in Texas use this exact standard. The bake sale has a sliding scale of prices, with Hispanic, Black, Native American and female customers paying lower amounts for baked goods. The College Republicans’ Facebook event page claimed that the “satire” was meant to raise awareness about the issue. The event’s Facebook page previously read, “If you don’t come, you’re a racist!” Shawn Lewis, UC Berkeley College Republicans president, told CNN that the bake sale’s prices were meant to mimic the

effects of SB-185, observing that “discriminating against people based on their skin color for baked goods is discriminatory,” just like the affirmative action bill. He continued to say that the bill ignores socio-economic factors that deserve to be considered. The organizers of this bake sale are severely confused. First, the socio-economic factors that Lewis said are absent from the language of the bill are directly included in SB-185: household income, geographic origin and national origin can all contribute to socioeconomic status. Maybe the group just missed that half of the sentence. Furthermore, the bill does not require anything of schools; they may choose to opt out. Its language is also so broad that many hardships or circumstances besides race may be considered during admissions. Plus, when admissions representatives have hundreds of applicants with similar test scores, grades and other materials, but less seats in the entering class, a student’s background information

can provide insight into whether or not they should be given priority over another student. The bake sale’s portrayal of the affirmative action-like system grossly oversimplifies the process. Nobody is admitted to a school solely because they are African-American or Hispanic. Diversity considerations are used as small supplements to applications, not deciding factors. The “I’m Black, admit me” mentality that the organizers of the bake sale say is the essential character of the bill is completely off. When applying to schools, applicants are asked multiple “diversity” questions including ones about where they were raised, their parents’ income, their family dynamics and if they had any interruptions in their schooling, along with a host of other relevant questions. Furthermore, universities often require or encourage a short statement of diversity in which students are expected to fully explain their circumstances and prove that their backgrounds have developed their character. White students are welcome to submit statements that explain how low income, immigration, striking events, familial or health troubles, linguistic issues, or any FARHI continues on page 5

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about the UH football team and their Saturday victory over Georgia State. And, that’s fine for students who plan to live off in the woods somewhere after graduation. The problem is that the major market movements can lead to a second recession. By then it will be too late to pay attention. Many students may ignore the situation, and many may not feel the direct impact and think that it will be possible to coast by in school, hidden within the confines of their campus until this whole thing blows over. Many students are wrong. The 2008 recession can easily recur in 2011 or 2012. Crossed fingers and forlorn hope will not change this. The Fed may have caused Thursday’s market reactions, but the investors were really just looking for an excuse. To blame the central bank for the markets after the fact — that they’re only trying to fix what’s already broken — ignores the underlying problems.

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other circumstances have placed them at a disadvantage. The bake sale participants have the right to do and say what they want, and their basic message is laudable: race should not be a free ticket. But SB-185 does not actually do the evil things that they claim it does; if they want to be taken seriously, they need to fully understand the policy and make an actual argument against it, using productive means such as debates and petitions instead of publicity stunts. Lewis and his group successfully got attention with these shenanigans, but I see no useful critique of the legislation conveyed by their activities. Getting attention is all they have accomplished. Rachel Farhi is a senior political science and English literature double major and may be reached at opinion@

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Everyone thinks the rules are the same. Everyone thinks that this is some sort of bump in the road and that the markets and global economy will eventually get back on track and we can all start buying gasoline at $1.30 a gallon again. Unfortunately, a double-dip recession is not a pothole or a speed bump. Remember the 1990’s? Remember growing up in a booming economy? Remember older siblings going off to college and entering into careers? Remember consumer spending without fear? That’s all in the past now, and if it ever returns it won’t be in this decade. It would take more than a halfpage article to prepare a future college graduate for what may or may not happen in a double-dip recession. The only short and sweet advice is to do what college students do best: research. Staying in the dark instead of up to date, just because it’s more depressing than a football game, is not a wise alternative.

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Social Security is a Ponzi scheme


ith the debate over whether or not Social Security is a Ponzi scheme surfacing in yet another Republican debate, it’s very confusing that Gov. Rick Perry has not clearly defended the words he used regarding the program in his recent book, “Fed Up!” In his book, Perry specifically Steven refers to Social Christopher Security as a Ponzi scheme and “fiscal insanity,” then likens it to Bernie Madoff’s infamous fraud that came toppling down in 2008. Considering how terribly accurate his description is in his book, it leaves many wondering why “Slick Rick” is left bewildered and tongue-tied when he is forced to defend his words. Mitt Romney took issue with the phrase “Ponzi Scheme,” insisting that it was only being used to scare seniors. But if speaking the truth about Social Security is scaring them, then perhaps all of us have a reason to be afraid. Whether or not Perry is capable of defending his words published less than a year ago, the truth of the matter is that Social Security is absolutely– 100 percent – a Ponzi scheme. One has to look no further than the textbook definition of a Ponzi scheme to see this: Paying off previous investors not with real market returns on their assets, but with the cash from subsequent investors. Here’s the skinny on Social Security. When taxes are collected from workers’ paychecks each month,

none of it goes towards personal accounts, nor is it invested or used to purchase assets in any real sense of the term. From the cash collected, most of it immediately goes out the door in order to pay current beneficiaries, with some being scraped off the top to pay for generous salaries of governmental administrators. The remaining surplus is used to purchase “assets” which make up Social Security’s “trust fund”. Here’s where the additional swindle comes in. By law, this “trust fund” consists entirely of US Treasury securities. These securities are simply US government debt, or IOUs from American taxpayers. By slight of hand, the government has taken a federal liability, and by passing it from the right hand to the left, led its citizens to believe that it has suddenly become an asset. The reality is that none of the money was saved or invested; it was all spent to pay off previous workers who were convinced they were saving for their own retirement, with any remaining funds being borrowed by Congress and blown immediately. This simple fact becomes particularly apparent when one notes how furiously the political class fights even an opt-out provision to Social Security. One might wonder what is so horribly wrong with allowing people the freedom and personal responsibility of saving for their own retirement. The truth of the matter is that if such a provision were to be allowed, the entire facade of Social Security would come crashing down. It would then become more than obvious that workers’

One might wonder what is so horribly wrong with allowing people the freedom and personal responsibility of saving for their own retirement. The truth of the matter is that if such a provision were to be allowed, the entire facade of Social Security would come crashing down.” payroll taxes are not being saved for them in some sort of “lockbox,” but instead used to subsidize Congress’ spending addiction and reduce real savings and investment throughout the economy. The fiscal deception that is being used by politicians to defend Social Security may be something Enron could be proud of, but it shouldn’t pass for honest accounting by the government of the United States. By any private-sector measure, Social Security is a con job and a complete fraud. What’s worse is that at least in traditional Ponzi schemes you have to be willing to give your earnings over to the money manager. In Social Security, none of us even get the freedom or benefit of making that choice. Steven Christopher is an economics alumnus and graduate finance student in the C.T. Bauer College of Business and may be reached at opinion@


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Hayes earns national recognition for monstrous touchdown run Besides helping the Cougars defeat the Bruins on Sept. 3, senior running back Michael Hayes’ 34-yard touchdown run is garnering larger attention. On Sunday, it was announced that the run was nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year. Each week, for nine weeks, four plays from around the nation will be nominated and fans can vote for the one they think is the best. The nine weekly winners will then be judged by a panel of college football experts to determine the top play of the year. Fans can watch and vote for Hayes’ or any of the nominated plays at GEICO’s facebook, www. Hayes is second on the Cougars in rushing with 204 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries. Hayes has also been a threat out of the backfield with 165 yards and two touchdowns on 17 receptions. Hayes has two multi-touchdown games for the season. — Cougar Sports Services


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Strong play earns Cougars Conference USA and national honors Junior outside hitter Katie Norris and freshman setter Caitlin Ogletree earned the top Conference USA weekly honors for their positions this week. Norris was named the conference’s top offensive player and Ogletree its top setter, while the Cougars went 3-0 to open C-USA play with wins at Rice and home victories against Southern Miss and Tulane. In the three wins, Norris notched 39 kills on 96 attempts, good for a .329 hitting percentage, while only committing eight errors. Norris leads the Cougars for the season with 139 kills with a .224 hitting percentage. She also ranks 11th in C-USA in kills. Ogletree averaged 11.3 assists per set during the Cougars’ conference-opening week, while also adding 21 digs and five service aces, highlighted by her performance agaist the Golden Eagles. Against Southern Miss, Ogletree tallied a career-high 53 assists and nine digs. She ranks third in C-USA with 506 assists in 48 sets, and her 16 service aces are the eighth most in the conference. Senior outside hitter Ingrida Zauere was recognized for her play, earning the American Volleyball Scouting Report Global Player of the Week. Zauere, a native of Kuldiga, Latvia, had a strong all-around week for the Cougars, recording 30 kills, 26 digs and eight blocks. Zauere also earned ASVR Global Player of the Week in 2008 as a freshman. She leads the Cougars with 111 digs and is fourth on the team in kills with 91. The Cougars will hit the road this weekend to face Tulsa (11-4, 2-0) on Friday and SMU (4-10, 0-2) on Sunday. — Cougar Sports Services

At any given moment since graduating from Atascocita High School in 2008, it has been difficult to pin down exactly who and where Katie Norris is. In the past four years she’s gone by many names — a Wildcat at Humble High School, an Eagle at Atascocita, a Rebel at Ole Miss, and as of this fall a Houston Cougar. But Norris’ most identifiable name over the past two years has had nothing at all to do with her resident school. In between volleyball road trips, two-a-day practices, and the end of every school day, she can be found answering simply to “mom”. Norris’ three-year journey from Atascocita High School to Cullen Blvd. began on the hardwood of her high school gym in Humble. “I didn’t really fall in love with volleyball until I got to high school,” Norris said. “That’s when I really got into the whole atmosphere. The travel teams, the people at tournaments, it was easy to get into the whole world.” After transferring to Atascocita from Humble her sophomore year, Norris entered into competitive volleyball having had only three years of coached training. Though briefly hindered by her lack of formal experience, Norris would excel quickly under the Atascocita staff that recognized her natural flair for the game. At middle blocker, she was selected to the All-District Honorable Mention Team her sophomore year. Her second season, the honor was increased to the All District Second Team. By senior year, she was co-captain.

“The coaches and everyone I played Under the tutelage of the Ole Miss with were great,” Norris said. staff, Norris saw her stock rise. With her “They all made it easy to fall in love dominant play at the net and leadership with the sport.” on the court, there was little sign of After three impressive seasons heading off course. between Humble and Atascocita High That is, until life interrupted. School, Norris’ play caught the eye of “Well,” Norris said. Ole Miss recruiter and head coach Joe “I got pregnant. So there was my Getzin. whole ‘found out’ moment, and then the Getzin, while considering the Humble decision of what to do next.” native’s impressive high school stats, saw Life, in the form of her daughter, something unique in the senior outside Ryleigh, became her top priority. of the box score. With supporting her daughter as her “We saw great athleticism,” Getzin central concern, Norris moved back to said. Humble with the plan for her parents “She hit a heavy ball and to help raise had great court awareness. Ryleigh while Katie’s favorites: More importantly, she had she continued Pregame Pasta of any kind. a great competitive spirit — to pursue a meal that’s something all coaches degree. look for.” The decision Pregame Linkin Park, System of a Down Accepting the offer from to leave Ole music Getzin, Norris would work Miss, while a Athlete Peyton Manning her way into the Ole Miss difficult reality crush system. to swallow, Believing Norris would appeared the serve the team better at outside hitter, most reasonable choice for Norris. Getzin moved the freshman from middle Not only would she be leaving a blocker to the outside expecting a tough promising volleyball career, but also transition process, but better results in a team full of girls who had quickly the long term. become like sisters. For Norris however, the move meant “The team was amazing,” Norris said. leaving a position she had played since “Everybody was really welcoming. middle school, and learned to adjust to It was a really homey place to be. The mentally over the years. girls were really great. It was pretty hard “It was a difficult transition defito leave them, I guess. It was a great nitely,” Norris said. experience.” “As a middle everything is really quick, Upon enrolling at UH, Norris trained and as an outside you have to learn to vigorously after her pregnancy to mainbe patient. I wasn’t really a very patient tain her athleticism. person.” The transition from motherhood to a For Getzin though, the transition returning student-athlete did not prove process was surprisingly smooth. With as smooth as Norris’s past changes. With one year of experience at outside hitter, Ryleigh as a major part of her life, volNorris ranked second in the SEC in total leyball at times seemed a relic of another kills midway through her sophomore season. NORRIS continues on page 7


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The Cougars entered the final day of play at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic with a three-stroke lead, but inclement weather caused them to fall behind by as many as four strokes to St. Mary’s (Calif.) before a strong finish pushed them back to the top of the field. Junior James Ross led the rally with a birdie on the 16th hole and shot par on the final two holes. Ross tied for the best final round score with a 69, and finished second for the tournament.

Sophomore Wesley McClain shot a careerbest 67 in the second round at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind. | FILE PHOTO/THE DAILY COUGAR

As a team, the Cougars shot 30 over, three strokes better than Minnesota and UT Arlington, who tied for third place. — Cougar Sports Services

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lifetime. “I had a really difficult time deciding, ‘Do I really want to do this?” Norris said. “I don’t get to spend a lot of time with her (Ryleigh), or as much as a normal working mom would. It was difficult at first.” Ultimately, Norris would decide to continue her pursuit of collegiate volleyball with the hope that UH would provide a fit for her changing lifestyle. “As much as I would love to give my daughter all my time, I just think for me, going to school, getting a degree, and maybe not spending as much time as I would like with her for these two years is worth it,” she said. After a yearlong absence from competitive play, Norris entered the 2011 season re-energized under second-year head coach Molly Alvey. “This has been a tough year for her,” Alvey said. “She’s really had to work on time management in a way that a lot players wouldn’t. “But she never complains. She always has a great attitude.” Alvey, a former assistant coach under Getzin at Ole Miss, has worked with Norris in the transition process and been impressed with her progress. “I’ve known Katie for a long time, and she’s always been the same genuine person,” Alvey said. “But there’s absolutely been growth in her maturity since Ole Miss.” Opening the season, Norris earned a selection to the All-Tournament Team for her play at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. Picking up where she left off at Ole Miss, the junior leads UH in kills with 139 and has quickly established her dominance on the frontline. “Her coming in is a huge piece to our success in conference and moving forward as a program,” Alvey said. “She really makes her teammates better and brings a great dynamic to our team.”


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UH searching for sunny results Top competition awaits squad in San Diego Cougar Sports Services

The Cougars will compete in the San Diego State Invitational this weekend. It will be the Cougars first fullsquad competition, after sending just freshmen and sophomores to their first competition, the Islanders Open, in Corpus Christi. “We’re going to try to work on our mental toughness a little more and be a little more disciplined,” head coach John Severance said. “We’re playing a tough tournament with teams like Duke and San Diego State, all those teams are nationally-ranked.” Severance anticipates that the tougher competition will be a good learning experience for the Cougars. “I think we’re going to have the opportunity to play against nationally-ranked opponents,” he said. “Whether or not we take a couple wins away, it’ll be great.”

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Study suggestions, relaxation tips make midterm crunch a breeze Reesha Brown

THE DAILY COUGAR The beginning of fall marks preparation for homecoming, the turning of red leaves and dreaded midterms. Studying for exams can be a stressful time in any college student’s life. Whether it’s for regular exams, midterms or finals, tests can add unneeded stress that can either make or break a student. But there are ways to keep from falling into that scary pit of anxiety. Here’s the key: Do not overindulge in activities that do more harm than good during exam week. Instead, find ways to limit your stress level and study in moderation. Don’t wait until the last minute If you cram a lot of information all at once, it could prevent your brain from recalling the material on exam day, Gaylyn Maurer, outreach counselor at the UH Recreation and Wellness Center said. “It’s better to study and take a break so your brain has time to digest that information and doesn’t get overloaded,” Maurer said. “Your brain can freeze up and the anxiety and stress can block your access to the information, preventing you from recalling the information you have learned.” Give the “all-nighter” ritual a rest Many students believe they work best under deadlines. This may be true, but ask yourself if it’s worth the sleepiness and fatigue you experience the next day. Maurer says absolutely not. Rest is best. Even 15 minutes every hour might

With midterms and papers due in the coming weeks, the workload can seem daunting. Keep your stress level down by avoiding all-night cramming sessions and avoid drinking too much caffeine. Instead, start early, stay organized and plan study breaks. | give the body what it needs – a little R&R. “Students need to get some rest. It’s better to rest than to push through and not remember what you studied.” Make a plan Start studying ahead of time. As you read the materials, make notes and create outlines. This will keep your mind focused and organized

Slow down on the caffeine breaks Try to avoid caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a stimulant that can actually create more stress. Worst of all, it can prevent you from getting enough rest. “Students need to avoid caffeinated beverages, especially energy drinks because eventually they make you crash,” Maurer said. “So it’s better to EXAMS continues on page 9


Shake up your old studying habits Dear Losing Steam, Bryan Dupont-Gray


Bryan, I have been studying for almost two years now and I am starting to become unmotivated to study, what would you recommend to help keep me inspired to sit down and actually learn? Signed, Losing Steam

Studying is all about interpreting information and finding a way to retain it. As far as being motivated to study, it’s all about having the willingness and patience to get through it. We all have our studying woes and there’s no denying that. Trying to prepare for a big test over a subject that you’re not too enthusiastic about can be exhausting and, dare I say it — boring. However, there are some remedies and believe it or not, making studying a fun experience is possible. Here are a few tips to get you motivated. One good way is to set up goals and rewards. Once you reach a certain goal you’ve set, give yourself some type

of reward. If you’re studying through a bunch of notes or you’re reading through a long chapter in a textbook, set some checkpoints in between pages and use them as your goals. For example, maybe reading through the first 10 pages merits one chocolate chip cookie and then another for the next 10 pages. You could also block yourself from social networking sites until you get through an entire chapter. Once your reading is finished, allow yourself 10 to 15 minutes of surfing the web to clear your mind. Don’t forget to reward yourself after you’ve taken the test, too — after all, what’s hard work without a little fun ADVICE continues on page 9


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stay hydrated by drinking water.” Find natural ways to stay energized during exam week by eating fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients your body needs to stay focused and keep you awake. Throw a study party Study parties are a great way for students to help support each other during exams. However, don’t let this turn into a loss of valuable time. Depending on the group of people, study parties can be more distracting than studying at home by yourself. Here’s how to throw a proper study party: Make sure you go to a quiet place, so there are no distractions. Try to meet with people in your class because studying with friends can turn your attention in the wrong direction. Jog your memory while you work out Maurer says that exercise helps clear your mind and keeps you

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afterward? Sometimes studying alone doesn’t really cut it, either. Sure, a quiet place can seem like a great way to go about studying, but for some people, there are times when daydreams and heavy eyes waste their study time. In order to keep yourself attentive and motivated, studying with your classmates is the way to go. Connect with other people and schedule study sessions with your classmates. Nine times out of 10, your connection with them will not only build new friendships, but you will land an opportunity to create study groups. Not only will you and your friends be able to hang together during these sessions, you will also be able to brainstorm, quiz one another and help each other before test day.

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focused on your goals. If you’re thinking it’s hard to balance a workout schedule with a study schedule, Maurer said she’s seen students do both. “Some students read while they’re on the treadmill,” she said. Remember they’re midterms, not the end of the world It’s good to make the grade, but don’t hurt yourself in the process. Too many students worry about one grade, and put less focus on taking care of themselves, Maurer said. Reminding yourself constantly about what’s at stake can backfire and add an abundance of stress and anxiety, which is the last thing any student needs at this point in the semester. So keep your goals in mind and try hard to reach them without adding too much strain on your body and mind. Remember, it’s just a test. Visit UH Recreation and Wellness Center for some R&R between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Wellness Lab has a relaxation room for students who need some down time during the day.

However, be careful. It’s really easy for study groups to get side-tracked during a study session and end up not studying at all. It’s important to keep you and your group busy during these dire hours of preparation. A few small tips to remember: Make flashcards. Index cards and highlighters are your friends. Sometimes studying becomes fun when you get creative and use new ways to interpret the material. Make a song or write a poem that will help you remember the most difficult part of the subject. Most importantly, remember to reward yourself every now and then for working hard because studying can be an overwhelming task. There are many other ways to keep yourself motivated to study but people work in different ways. Try all of these methods out and see which ones work best for you. Good luck, Bryan

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SGA guides senate with ethics code Legislation helps curtail disrespectful behavior, fosters sense of respect Joshua Mann

THE DAILY COUGAR UH’s Student Government Association passed a code of ethics in their last meeting that will allow for several new options when taking disciplinary action against an SGA member. “Basically the reason behind this (is that) things happened and we don’t feel comfortable impeaching someone, but that’s the only thing (we are currently able to do),� said Honor’s College Senator Maggie McCartney, who coauthored the bill. “The code of ethics kind of sets up exactly what isn’t appropriate and then what we need to do about it.� One of the senators had been behaving in a disrespectful manner, but not in such a way that required impeachment. This, along with other incidences, was

what created a need for the bill, said Lucia Ayola-Guerra, a CLASS senator who also coauthored the bill. “Sometimes when it comes to student issues, people can get very heated,� Ayola-Guerra said. “People can get very passionate, and sometimes people can get off track.� The new code of ethics allows for lighter disciplinary action to be taken where impeachment might not be appropriate or necessary, said Ayola-Guerra. This discipline comes in the form of an official reprimand, which will stay on record, removal “from any committee, agency, task force, chairmanship or vice chairmanship position(s) etc. by their respective authority,� or removal “from any University committee(s) positions by their respective authority� according to article five of the bill. The bill also specifies what is expected of SGA members; that they represent the interests of their constituents rather than those of the various special

interest groups and political parties that they support, AyolaGuerra said. SGA members are required by the code of ethics to conduct themselves in a professional demeanor and represent the University and student government “in a dignified manner,� according to article four of the bill. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t know entirely what’s happened in the past,� Ayola-Guerra said. “But I know that from now on what I want is for certain standards to be upheld. “At the end of the day I want future SGA members to know that once they come in, no matter who they stood with, no matter if the SGA president is not who you were supporting, they need to make SGA the best it can be to empower the students. Because without a functional SGA, one that’s run without politics (the senators won’t be looking out for the students).�

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among other things, that students are not discriminated against for any reason. The alert system — which is planned for the spring semester — will let students know two weeks in advance via email if they have a hold on their academic account.

It will enable them to meet with their advisors and deal with any problems before they lose their seats in class. Eventually, the advisor evaluation system will allow students to provide feedback to the university about their academic advisors, to help improve the poor quality advising currently available in some schools.

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ACROSS 1 Fluid rock 6 He played ObiWan 10 Stephen King dog 14 Medicinal plants 15 Cap visor 16 Jezebel’s spouse 17 Heaps kudos on 18 Georgetown athlete 19 Flashy dresser 20 Shares secrets (3 wds.) 22 Horse-drawn carriage 24 Graceful wrap 25 Answers a charge 26 Cabochon’s lack 30 Gusto 32 Face-to-face exam 33 But, in Bonn 35 Galley slave 40 Husk peanuts 42 Least sloppy 44 Violinist’s aid 45 Ancient Dead Sea country 47 Finish-line marker 48 Soup du -50 Squirrel’s hoard 52 Chinese festival sight 56 Fifi’s friend 58 Night flight (hyph.) 59 Where to get dates (2 wds.) 64 Salon creation 65 Article 67 -- Slezak of soaps 68 Raised cattle 69 “David Copperfield” wife 70 Poker pair 71 Achy 72 Lowell and Winehouse 73 Hot rum drink

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