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October 11, 2011 Issue 29, Volume 77


Jack J. Valenti opens

Award-winning TV director joins UH radio operations Lisa Trapani Shumante, an Emmy award-winning TV veteran, has been named the executive director and general manager of Houston Public Media, which combines the operations of public radio stations KUHF-FM, KUHAAM and the public television station KUHT. Shumante is the director of programming and marketing for KHOU-TV and worked as an anchor and producer for KTRK for 11 years. Shumante has won numerous awards, including a 2010 Lone Star Regional Emmy for community service. As executive director and general manager, Shumante will be responsible for the management, fiscal and media operations of Houston Public Media, which is located in Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting on the UH campus. — Jennifer Postel


Women’s Resource Center to screen hip hop documentary Every Wednesday, the Women’s Resource Center screens films that focus on issues about gender, race, class and sexual identity. This Wednesday, in conjunction with the office of Equal Employment Services, the Women’s Resource Center will be showing “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” a documentary written, directed and produced by Byron Hurt. It focuses on the “issues of masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip hop music and culture.” The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center, room 279A at the University Center, and is open to the public. Admission is free. — Jennifer Postel


Internship workshop offered to all interested UH students Career Services will be offering an internship workshop to students from 10-11 a.m. today in room 106 on the first floor of Student Service Center 1. The workshop will expose students to different types of internships, ways to learn about internship opportunities and how to make the most of an internship. — Michelle Casas


unding donors gathered with administrators and faculty in front of the communications building for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Construction began in December 2010 and went on throughout the summer. | Paul Crespo/

The Daily Cougar


Cougars unite to support gay equality National Coming Out Day festivities culminate with human rainbow Pedro Pinto

THE DAILY COUGAR Students crowded tables piled with stacks of green, yellow, orange, red, purple and blue shirts in front of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library on Monday to spread the message proudly emblazoned by their text, “Gay? Fine By Me.” The free shirts were part of an initiative celebrating National Coming Out Day, a holiday

that commemorates the Gay and Lesbian rights march on Oct. 11, 1987, in Washington, D.C. Since 1994, October has been the National Coming Out month for the LGBT community. At UH, the festivities were celebrated with a rainbow of colors. “The LGBT community tends to be invisible,” said Lorraine Schroeder, the director of the UH LGBT Resource Center. “National Coming Out Day raises awareness that there are a lot of gay people and allies on campus.” As students walked toward the grassy area collecting freebies and information, many recognized the significance of the event.

“It’s a way for the LGBT community to unite on campus,” said Brook Sell, a business sophomore. “A day where we are able to celebrate our coming out to ourselves in society.” She wished positive thoughts for students who were unable to attend and might be struggling with their sexuality. “Be proud, love yourself and know that you are not alone,” Sell said. For Ashley Nwokedi, a sophomore studying education and nursing, the event created an atmosphere of acceptance. LGBTQIA continues on page 5


Students show off campus to families Juliana Olarte

THE DAILY COUGAR Cougars had a weekend to hang out with their parents and siblings as UH Family Weekend offered numerous activities, surprises and knowledge for families about the campus, students, faculty and activities. With more than 50 activities to choose from during the weekend, families had a packed schedule. To kick off the weekend, family members checked in at the University Center where they picked up welcome packages containing guides, nametags and tickets.

Activities open to families included breakfast with the Vice President of Student Affairs, J. Richard Walker, tickets to the UH football game against East Carolina and the UH Amazing Race, a campus text-messaging scavenger hunt. Students and their families had an opportunity to visit many locations around the campus, such as the library, the wellness center and the University Center game room. Despite all the campus had to offer, some visitors had difficulty finding things to do between scheduled events. “My parents were so frustrated having too much time to kill between activities,” said Robert Price, a theater student.

“The sound of Pirates of the Caribbean was echoing and difficult to understand.” With more than 500 Family Weekend attendees taking in the Cougars’ 56-3 win at Robertson Stadium, the football game was the weekend’s biggest draw. “I’m lucky enough to have my family at every game, so it’s nice knowing that I have them up in the stands cheering me and my team,” said Crawford Jones, a broadcast journalism senior and a member of the UH football team. “It relaxes me knowing I have my family up there even when the game gets crazy.”